Entry Book: November 1679, 11-20

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 6, 1679-1680. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1913.

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November 1679

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Nov. 11. Treasury reference to Sir Richard Mason et al. [Agents for Taxes], of William Churchill's petition praying discharge of the 12 per cent. interest charge upon him as surety for William Twiss, late Receiver of the Seventeen Months' tax for co. Dorset, who died insolvent: petitioner's estate having been extended 1,557l. 5s. 3d. by reason of his said bond. Out Letters (General), p. 216.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to dispose as follows the 3,500l. which Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe lent into the Exchequer yesterday, viz., Ibid, p. 217.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the Victuallers 500 0 0
to same for the Navy 2,500 0 0
to Mr. May for Healing Medals if he have orders that will bear it 500 0 0
Same to Mr. Slingsby. If you have any exceptions to my Lords' directions to the Auditor concerning your accounts (see supra, pp. 250–2) you are to give them in in writing forthwith, so that they may be adjusted before the accounts be ready for declaration and the trouble of transcribing them again may be prevented. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners for Alienations to pay forthwith into the Exchequer all moneys in your Office of that part of the revenue of Alienations which has usually been paid into the Exchequer. Ibid, p. 218.
Same to Auditor Shales to carry to the Attorney General a copy of the privy seal for giving orders up to 200,000l. to Sir John James and Major Huntingdon. Ibid.
Royal warrant to Lemuel Kingdon to pay (out of such money as is or shall come to your hands for the support of our foreign alliances or by any other means whatsoever) to Capt. James Purcell, 2,503l. 11s. 0d., same having been a long time due to several officers of Col. McCartie's late regiment of foot: to be in full of all pay due to them to the last day of February last, being the time of their disbanding and [in full] also of all bounty and other pretences: the King having taken into his consideration the said officers' service and sufferings. King's Warrant Book, p. 147.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to forbear process against Sir Thomas Littleton till next Hilary term for not accounting as late Treasurer of the Navy; in regard his accounts are undertaken to be brought in by that time. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 91.
Same to same to supersede process till next term against Sir William Armorer on the 50l. super charged on him as his subscription for the Free and Voluntary Present which he never paid. Ibid, p. 92.
Nov. 11. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay 500l. in further part of the order of March 10 last for 2,000l. to Baptist May [Keeper of the Privy Purse], upon account for providing Crown gold for medals for his Majesty's use in healing: on which order only 195l. 16s. 3d. is already paid: said 500l. to be issued out of the 3,500l. which Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe lent into the Exchequer the 10th inst. Money Book, p. 261.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 100l. to Richard Topham for half a year to June 24 last on his pension out of the Customs. Ibid, p. 262.
Nov. 12. Royal letter to the Governor of Connecticut in New England (and the like letters severally to the Governors of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire). By the Act of 25 Car. II. [c. 7, for the encouragement of the Greenland and Eastland trades] certain rates are imposed upon certain commodities of the growth of our Plantations in Asia, Africa or America that shall be [there] shipped or laden on board any ship or vessel for which bond shall not be first given to bring the same to England: the collection thereof to be under the management of the Customs Commissioners, England, and to be under the like penalties for nonpayment, etc., as in England. In pursuance of Treasury directions the said Commissioners have appointed Edward Randolph for collecting said duties within your Government, with power to make deputies, You are to give him and his deputies all due encouragement and assistance. You are moreover to take effectual care that all former laws relating to the trade of the Plantations be duly observed, particularly of 12 Car. II, 15 Car. II, and 22 and 23 Car. II, and the proclamation of 1675, Nov. 24, for enforcing the said laws. And you are once a year to return to the said Commissioners a list of all ships and vessels lading within your Government any of the enumerated commodities as by 22 and 23 Car. II, and a list of bonds taken by you. King's Warrant Book, pp. 146–7.
Nov 13. John Tooker desires that if George Long endeavours to pass a lease of Perthill and Plummer's Piece, in Stratton super Fosse, notice be first given to Mr. Tooker at Mr. James Coombs next door to the Five Bells by the Maypole in the Strand. Caveat Book, p. 7.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue the 800l. Excise money now in the Exchequer to the Keeper of the Privy Purse, and also such other sums of the Excise as shall be paid into the Exchequer for that use pursuant to such Treasury warrants as you shall from time to time receive. Out Letters (General), p. 218.
[?] Same to Auditor Aldworth with Mr. Shales to examine the accounts of the late Farmers of the Hearthmoney, which they are ready to exhibit: the first five half years thereof by you, the remaining five half years thereof by Mr. Shales, but jointly perusing the whole at the conclusion. Ibid, p. 219.
[?] Same to the abovesaid late Farmers of Hearthmoney to carry their accounts to the above auditors. Ibid.
Nov. 13. Henry Guy to the Excise Farmers. You promised the Treasury Lords to give security for what shall appear due to the King of the second year's [Excise farm] surplus above the account now made up, "which their Lordships direct you forthwith to bring and sign [so] that your sign manual may be taken out." Out Letters (General), p. 220.
Same to Mr. Wicks for an account what tobacco bonds are in your hands at this time and when the money will be due upon them respectively. Ibid.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Charles Leave, gent., his heirs and assigns for 31 years from Lady day last (in consideration of his services and sufferings) of the rent of 100l. per an. reserved to the King out of or for the marsh called Gedney Marsh, co. Lincoln, granted 1636, August 20, to Sir Peregrine Bertie and Sir Phillip Landen and their heirs for ever in fee farm. Power to be given to said Leave to sue for said rent with the aid of the Exchequer. King's Warrant Book, pp. 147–8.
Royal sign manual for 106l. 13s. 4½d. to Nathaniell Lugger as royal bounty in consideration of his former services and sufferings: to be out of the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of August 20 last and to be by tally on Seth Ward, late bishop of Exeter, as Receiver of the Tenths of that diocese. (Money warrant dated November 15 hereon. Money order dated November 25 hereon.) Ibid, p. 148. Money Book, p. 262. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 53.
Treasury warrant to Anthony Rowe and partners, Contractors for the Hearthmoney, to depute John Frend, Thomas Serjant, William Else, William Wallis and Nicholas King, to be the officers for collecting and levying the Hearthmoney duty within the town of Northampton as by the privy seal of 1677, June 30 [granting said duty to the town for seven years towards its rebuilding after the late fire]; the said persons having been thereto formerly nominated by the mayor and aldermen of Northampton, whereupon Treasurer Danby directed his warrant, 1677, August 9, to John Perry and Edward Buckley, late Hearthmoney Farmers, to make them such their officers. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 92.
Same to the Auditor concerned with the accounts of the coal farm to allow in account to Lord Townsend 165l. for the moiety of the English Custom on 1,320 chalders of sea coal exported from London and Newcastle for his Majesty's service "between the years 1667 and 1677," as is certified by the Customs officers of London port: such allowance being in accordance with a clause in the grant to said Townsend of 4s. per chalder on all coals exported [said 4s. being part and] parcel of the Customs in the Book of Rates. Ibid, p. 93.
[?] Entry of the [Treasury Lords' subscription of the] docquet of a demise by in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Humphrey Wilcocks of several lands and tenements in Heavitree, co. Devon, parcel of the lands of John Cole, outlaw. Ibid.
Nov. 13. Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for the creation of an office of inspection, examination and control of the Wine Licence revenue, and for grant of said office to Henry Howard, etc., ut supra, p. 233: to hold [during pleasure]: with the salary of 200l. per an. payable from September 29 last. King's Warrant Book, p. 149.
Nov. 13. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Joseph Lee, complaining that Edward Godfry, Searcher of Gravesend, defrauds the King and petitioner of a certain parcel of cloth karsies and money. Out Letters (Customs), p. 124.
Nov. 15. The Treasury Lords to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. The Commissioners of the Ordnance have represented to us that several stores and provisions of war amounting to 6.076l. were sent into Ireland in 1669 by the Office of Ordnance, England; that on the 1st October, 1669, the King in Council ordered that Sir George Carteret, then Vice Treasurer of Warrs in Ireland should pay to the Treasurer of the Ordnance. England, 2,576l. at Michaelmas, 1670, in part of said 6,076l. and the remainder by equal moieties in Michaelmas, 1671, and Michaelmas, 1672: further the Earl of Ranelagh undertook the payment of this money, and did once declare in Council that he had actually paid the same, but notwithstanding this, there has not been a penny thereof received by the Treasurer of the Ordnance. The said Commissioners are very pressing to obtain effectual payment. and as the necessities of the Ordnance Office are so great, we have been obliged to represent this matter to the King. who directs us to wish you to take such course that same may be speedily paid. Out Letters (Ireland), p. 28.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to charge Edward Seymour. Treasurer of the Navy. with the 15,000l. which is the amount of an order No. 86 dated January 28 last registered on the 412,025l. 14s. 6d. [part of the 18 Months'] Act and payable to Sir John James and Robert Huntington, same having been by them this day assigned to Anthony Stevens. Esq., who is Cashier to said Seymour. Such charge to be made by way of memorandum in the Navy imprest certificate. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 92.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to allow in account to the Excise Farmers 160l. for the allowance by them made to the owners, adventurers and fishermen of Great Yarmouth for their provision of beer for the North Sea and herring fishery for the year ended September 29 last, under the proviso of their due payment of Excise thereon. Money Book, pp. 263–4.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 200l. to Ralph Montague on any unsatisfied orders in his name as Master of the Great Wardrobe: to be for the service of the Wardrobe: to be issued out of Excise money in the Exchequer. Ibid, p. 263.
The like for 400l. to Baptist May for the Privy Purse: to be issued out of same. Ibid.
The like for 500l. to Edward Seymour, Treasurer of the Navy, for the Victuallers: to be issued out of the 3,000l. which the Customs Cashier paid into the Exchequer this week. Ibid, p. 264.
The like for 2,500l. to same for the Navy: to be issued out of same. Ibid.
Nov. 15. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Joseph Venner for a place in the Customs. In regard of his mean condition and ability to serve the King in the Customs the said Commissioners are to recommend him for the first vacant office. Out Letters (Customs), p. 124.
Same to same of John Man's petition for an undersearcher's place, London port, my Lords being willing to gratify him. Ibid, pp. 124–5.
Francis Pouchon's petition for the office of Wine Taster, London port, after Mr. Cox, one of the sworn Wine Tasters there; petitioner having been bred a vintner, and his family sufferers for their loyalty.
Tho. Kempe and John Harris's petition for a warrant to seize uncustomed and prohibited goods, having been employed as deputy to the king's Searchers, in seizing such goods.
Henry Guy to same to see the Duke of York's goods passed without further obstruction, there being some stop put to them by Mr. Cresswell, Searcher at Gravesend. Ibid, p. 124.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to permit William Taylor to inspect Mr. Slingsby's accounts. Out Letters (General), p. 220.
Same to Sir Robert Croke [Clerk of the Pipe], for a certificate what inquisitions are returned into your Office, with the two-third parts of Recusants' estates, mentioning particularly the parties named in the several Counties, and the value of the two-thirds in the margent, so that the Treasury Lords may be informed what every county amounts to unto his Majesty for two years last past; and likewise [to certify] what has been written in process to the several sheriffs. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The King in Council has directed that Commissions be prepared for the Mayors and other chief magistrates of the respective ports with some principal persons residing in or near each port to administer the oaths of allegiance and supremacy to all his Majesty's subjects that land from parts beyond the seas and that the Treasury Lords should send to the Customs Commissioners for a list of persons judged fit to be joined with the mayors in this service. Send such a list. Ibid, p. 221.
Same to John Eyles, Ben Scutt and John Bawdon, Barbados merchants. The accounts of Sir Charles Wheeler and Col. Strode, late Farmers of the Four and a Half per cent. duty in Barbados, for the last three years of their farm are now before Auditor Aldworth to be stated. The Treasury Lords wish same to be perused by some knowing merchants who understand the trade of that country. They therefore desire you to consider said accounts, as to the reasonableness of the charge, how much of the said commodities were shipped thence for England and how same were disposed of here, whether at full market price and whether the charges and expenses brought into account are just. Ibid, pp. 221–2.
Nov. 15. Treasury reference to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands. of the particular of lands for his Majesty's stables and guard house and other uses at Windsor. Out Letters (General), p. 222.
Prefixing: said particular: five tenements and a garden at 37l. per an.. a barn and garden at 5l. per an., three tenements, a stable and garden at 20l. per an., a ground of two acres at 4l. 5s. 0d. per an.
The Treasury Lords to the Marquess of Dorchester. There is in your hands 1,500l. which by agreement made between Daniel Chambers (since deceased), and Augustine Hungate is by the latter appointed to be disposed after his death for superstitious uses. viz, 300l. to Lambspring. 300l. to Douai, 200l. to Paris. 200l. to Dientwoort and the remainder for some Popish uses. This is now put in process by the King's directions. Put in your answer according to the due form. Ibid, p. 223.
Henry Guy to Mr. Ryves. The King intends to hear the whole business about renewing the Commission for the Wine Licences at the Treasury Board on Monday afternoon next. You are to attend then, if you think fit. And give notice to Mr. Curzon and your brother of this hearing and bring your patent with you. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Long to attend at the said hearing as above. Ibid, pp. 223, 224
The like to Mr. Christian. Bring your patent and you may bring counsel if you think fit.
Same to the Attorney General to attend the Treasury on Monday afternoon next about the return of the Commission for enquiring of wastes and spoils in Whittlewood and Salcey Forests, the King intending to hear that business himself. Ibid, p. 224.
Nov. 17. John Hackshaw having a bill endorsed to him which was drawn by Sir Richard Bulstrode upon Henry Bulstrode for 80l. and accepted by the latter to be paid out of Sir Richard's [ambassadorial ordinary] entertainment; care that no more money be paid on the said ordinary till said Hackshaw's demand be heard and considered. Notice to be given to Philip Heron next door to the Blewbore within Ludgate. Caveat Book, p 7.
Treasury recommendation to the Customs Commissioners of James Miller for the employ of seizing prohibited and uncustomed goods. Out Letters (Customs). p. 129.
Prefixing: certificate by Edward Wake (attested by A. Radcliffe. John Leison. John Bignell and Tho. Seaman. inhabitants of St. Martins in the fields), that said Miller was prisoner in the Gatehouse, Westminster, in fetters of iron in 1658, was removed by a habeas corpus after Cromwell's death to the Old Bailey. remained there under bail for three sessions, and then quit by proclamation, "in all which his sufferings I [Wake] was his assistant."
Treasury reference to same of Francis Smith's petition for the next vacancy of a tidesman's place, London port: with a certificate from several gentlemen of Hampshire of his faithful services in the late wars. My Lords to be reminded of him when a vacancy falls. Ibid, p. 125.
William Williams' petition for a land waiter's place in the Isle of Wight, loco Mr. Cauton, deceased. The Commissioners to give him the place desired on the first fit vacancy.
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Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of Symon Young's petition for a searcher's place, London port, he having been a merchant of St. Michael, Queenhithe parish, and reduced by bad debts, an active healthy man. The Commissioners to present him on the first vacancy, my Lords being well satisfied of his abilities. Out Letters (Customs), pp. 125, 127–8. Out Letters (General), p. 236.
Appending: certificate on his behalf by Ed. Thornburgh, Theodore Jacobson, John Pollexfen, Ben Skutt, Nth. Lodington, Tho. Onebye, M. Crisp, Peter Joye, Richard Alie, Tho. Hartopp, George Willoughby.
Nov. 17. Henry Guy to Mris. Jefferies. I have a letter from Sir Robert Southwell signifying that the Committee for Trade and Plantations have been attended by Lord Colepeper, with his opinion that the state of your case in relation to the 900l. due in right of your late husband is very true, and that his Lordship had nothing to object why the same should not be paid you. His Lordship likewise informed the Committee of some moneys lately sent to Virginia by the King's order of which no account appears as yet to have been made. The said Committee desired the Treasury Lords to consider same and report. The Treasury Lords therefore desire you to attend them at the Treasury with the best information you can touching the state of the account of that money. Out Letters (General), pp. 224–5.
Same to Mr. Hayter. The Treasury Lords have seen your letter to me of the 15th inst. At present there is not money ready for paying off the ship you mention, and the obtaining of it is so uncertain that my Lords cannot in this give you exact time when it will be had. They hope it will be speedily. Tell the Admiralty Lords so. Ibid, p. 225.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. In your last [weekly] certificate [of receipts and issues at the Exchequer] there is 1,493l. 12s. 2½d. which you style ordinary, remaining in the Exchequer. My Lords desire you not to issue any more of that money till they speak with you. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Richard Uthwat for 88l. 18s. 8d. due to him on a bill signed by the Navy Commissioners for provisions supplied to the ship Reserve in 1676 and 1677, when he was purser of it. Ibid, p. 226.
Same to same of the petition of William Hamond, commander of the ship Friendship, for 194l. due to him, 114l. thereof for transporting and victualling 380 soldiers sent to Tangier and 80l. for victualling 957 men aboard for 28 days that were ordered for Tangier. Ibid.
[?] Same to Auditor Aldworth and John Evelyn, Esq., of the petition of Robert Birstall, deputy at Gravesend to said Evelyn for the care of the sick and wounded seamen and soldiers in the last war against the Dutch. Petitioner sets forth that he has been in prison above a year for a supposed debt on his accounts for that service, to the ruin of him and his children, which yet he hopes to prove he has well discharged and ought to be acquitted. Sir Richard Gibson [sic ior Mr. Gibson] who, by an extraordinary command examined his said accounts abated and disallowed a very great part of petitioner's real and just payments thereupon. Prays a just statement of his account by Mr. Evelyn and another just and able person. The referees herein are to examine said accounts, and to call for papers in said Mr. Gibson's hands. Ibid, pp. 226–7.
Nov. 17. Henry Guy to the Lord Privy Seal. The several pretensions as well of Mr. Robert Ryves and his partners as of Mr. Edward Christian and those concerned with him and also of Mr. Wolseley and the rest of the gentlemen that are now passing the Commission for granting of Wine Licences have this day been at the Treasury heard before the King and the Treasury Lords. The King has finally resolved that the Commission shall forthwith pass under the great seal upon the last warrant signed by the King wherein the said Wolseley, etc., are named to be Commissioners. You are forthwith to pass the said Commission under the privy seal. (The like dated Nov. 20 to the Lord Chancellor to pass same under the great seal.) Out Letters (General), p. 228.
Nov. 18. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for a grant to Thomas Yardley of the forfeited estate of Nath. Richmond, late boatswain of the King's ship Grafton. the said Richmond having lately committed a murder and felony upon himself in Hanging wood. near Woolwich. Kent, whereby his personal estate is forfeit to the King: the said Yardley. one of the Coroners of the said County, having prayed a grant thereof in consideration of the loyalty of his father and grandfather (who lost his life at the battle of Newbury). King's Warrant Book, pp. 164–6.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to contain an indenture between the King of the one part and George Dashwood et al.. Farmers of Excise. of the other part, for the discharging and acquitting the said Farmers of the 43.271l. 10s. 8¾d.. being the Excise surplus of the second year of their farm, viz.. for the year ended June 24 last (as by the account thereof stated by Elias Ashmole. Comptroller of Excise, and adjusted by Auditor Shales and by John Bruere, deputy Auditor of Excise): there being hereby allowed to said Farmers interest. poundage and other allowances, leaving 33.956l. 9s. 0d. payable to the King: which sum said Farmers have paid or agreed forthwith to pay to the Excise Commissioners for his Majesty's use. All generally on the lines of the like warrant for the preceding year's surplus, supra, p. 46. Ibid, pp. 155–60.
Treasury reference to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands. of the petition of Hanserd Knollys with the papers annexed. Harbord to consult with Col. Legge and the rest of the officers of the Ordnance. and to state the case with his opinion. Out Letters (Customs), p. 126.
Prefixing said petition: on former petitions to the King has had two references to the now Lord Chancellor who has made two reports thereupon to the King: afterwards the King was to refer petitioner to the Earl of Danby, then Lord Treasurer, who referred same to Sir C. Harbord, who reported agreeing with the Lord Chancellor that 700l. should be paid him, he having been eighteen years out of possession of his house [in the Artillery Ground]: therefore, in view of his miserable, distressed family and pressure of poverty prays either payment of said 700l. or a grant of a lease for 99 years under a small rent.
Nov. 18. Henry Guy to Mr. [Charles] Berty. What yearly allowance have you paid to Mr. Hen. Killigrew out of money for secret services, and to what time has he been paid. Out Letters (General). p. 228.
Nov. 20. Treasury reference to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of John Rosewell, tenant of the farm and demesnes of the manor of Englishcombe, for renewal of his lease thereof for fresh lives, his son being dead, same having been in the possession of his family for 200 years, and petitioner having purchased the renewal thereof immediately after the restoration at a dear rate from Mr. Seymour. Ibid, p. 229.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to receive 6,500l. from Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe which they have agreed to lend into the Receipt this day; and to give them a tally of loan for same; and immediately thereupon to issue same to the Treasurer of the Navy on any unsatisfied, unappropriated orders in his name. Ibid, p. 230.
Same to the Treasurer of the Navy. The 9,000l. which Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe have agreed to lend (being 6,500l. into the Exchequer as above and the remainder on a tally on the Customs) is to be applied as follows, viz., 1073l. to the captain and officers who are commanded out immediately and the residue to pay off the men belonging to the ships Captain and Montague. If any money shall be saved out of the said remainder after paying off those men, same is to be applied towards the discharge of 80 shipwrights in Woolwich yard. Ibid.
Money warrant for 50l. to Dr. Charles Frazier for half a year to 1677, Lady day, on his fee of 100l. per an. as one of his Majesty's Physicians in Ordinary: to be by tallies on the half year's Hearthmoney farm rent due 1680, March 25. Money Book, p. 265.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 150l. to George Porter for half a year to September 29 last on his fee as Surveyor of Customs, London port. Ibid.