Entry Book: March 1679

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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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March 1679

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
March 19.
Same for allowances as follow to Sir Lionel Walden, Kt., late Receiver General of the Eleven Months' Assessment for co. Huntingdon. In the said Walden's account commencing 1667–8, Jan. 26, as made up by Auditor John Phelips, Walden is charged with 12,246l. 0s. 6d. and is allowed per contra 204l. 2s. 0d. for salary and 5,348l. 5s. 8d. for so much paid into the Exchequer. Towards the balance of 6,693l. 12s. 10d. he craves allowance of 1,226l. 10s. 8d. for provisions by him delivered to Sir Denis Gauden, late Victualler of the Navy, by direction of the late Treasury Lords; 280l. that he lost by the death of one Shelly, who died of the plague; 330l. of which he was cheated by having his hand counterfeited by one Graunger, a notorious forger; 1,200l. which his father became bound for Charles I., and which the said Sir Lionel has paid since the Restoration; 400l. which he was bound with his said father for Sir George Lisle to put him in a condition for his loyal and memorable attempt in Kent and Colchester, into which service said Sir Lionel went personally and has paid part of that sum beside interest; 383l. 0s. 6d. as the principal value of an annual sum of 22l. 19s. 7d. which by a poll deed dated 1677–8, Jan. 18, enrolled in the office of the Auditor of the Receipt, was assigned to him and his heirs as part of the banker's annuity of 5,149l. 17s. 4d. granted to John Lindsey, said 22l. 19s. 7d. per an. being to be assigned by Walden to the King in regard same represents the King's money which Walden returned to John Colvile to be paid into the Exchequer, which said Colvile failed to do. The present privy seal commands that the said sum of 1,226l. 10s. 8d. for provisions delivered be satisfied by levying tallies on said Walden, whereby the King may be discharged of that sum in the Exchequer and the tallies may be applied to the discharge of so much in said Walden's account: and further that allowance be made to him of the said sums of 280l., 330l., 1,200l. and 400l., and also of 383l. 0s. 6d. on a good and sufficient assignment to the Crown of said 22l. 19s. 7d. per an.; and also finally allowance to be made to him of [the balance of] 2,874l. 1s. 8d. which the King is pleased to remit to Walden in consideration of his and his father's many good and faithful services, and in consideration of said Sir Lionel's charges and pains in getting in the moneys aforesaid. All [12 per cent.] interest and damages upon the said account are likewise to be allowed him. King's Warrant Book, pp. 2–3.
March 22. Privy seal to the Treasury Lords to give warrant to the Woodward of Whittlewood and Salcey Forests to fell 400 tons of timber in the said forests to be granted to Sir Edmund Bray, Kt., William Tate and John Willoughby, to be applied by them to the building of public places in the town of Northampton, by the direction of James, Earl of Northampton: all upon the petition of the mayor, aldermen and poor distressed inhabitants thereof. The timber to be taken where it can best be spared with regard to the vert and venison; and John Hall, the Woodward General to the Queen Consort, is to be present to the end the coppices now in jointure to the Queen may receive as little prejudice as may be. (Treasury warrant dated April 7 hereon accordingly to Thomas Newton, Woodward of Whittlewood and Salcey Forests.) King's Warrant Book, p. 5. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 3.
March 26.
Commission to Arthur, Earl of Essex, Lawrence Hide, Esq., Sir John Ernle, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Edward Dering, bart., and Sidney Godolphin, Esq., Master of the Robes, as Lords Commissioners of the Treasury, to execute the office of Treasurer of the Exchequer: with full power to any three or more to confirm and approve all orders and warrants already signed by the late Treasurer [Danby] which are remaining unexecuted and shall seem reasonable to you and to execute all other things belonging to the office of Treasurer of the Exchequer. And the Lord Chancellor and all other officers are to give full allowance of all things so to be done by you or any three or more of you. King's Warrant Book, p. 1.
March 27. Henry Guy [Secretary to the Treasury Lords] to Charles Bertie to give the Treasury Lords a state of the revenue as it stands at the present time, viz., of the yearly amount of each branch of the same, and of what annual or other constant charges are settled thereupon, and what anticipations by tallies or otherwise there are at this present. Out Letters (General) p. 1.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to confer with Mr. Lytcot, Comptroller General of Customs, and Mr. Kent, Receiver General of same, and draw up an account of the yearly amount of the Customs before the late prohibition of French goods and of the same since, and a reliable estimate of them for the future: distinguishing therein the particular duties. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Wardour [Clerk of the Pells] (and the like letter verbatim to Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt) to attend the Treasury Lords with a list of all the annuities, pensions and other annual payments payable at the Receipt by tallies on the respective branches of the revenue or out of money in the Exchequer in general as well for public as private uses: and with a certificate of what anticipations are upon the respective branches by tallies levied on the Customs and Excise and for whom since 1677, June 24, and upon the half year's rent payable by the late Contractors for the Hearthmoney March 15 inst. and Sept. 19 next and upon Anthony Rowe and partners on their advance money and Hearthmoney farm rent; or by tallies on any other branches of the revenue. Ibid, pp. 1–2.
Same to Richard Kent to attend the Treasury Lords with a copy of your patent as Receiver General of Customs and of your agreement or undertaking with the late Treasurer Danby for the constant advancing of money for the Navy, Ordnance, Forces, Ambassadors and other public services, etc.: and with an account of the unsatisfied charges or anticipations on the Customs by tallies or otherwise, you obtaining a list of such tallies from Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt: also with an account of what annuities or pensions are payable immediately out of the Customs and what salaries to patent officers. Ibid, p. 3.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the import of 3 chests of Piedmont wine sent as a present to the King from the Duchess of Savoy, not being French produce. Out Letters (Customs) p. 1.
Same to same to deliver, Customs free, the baggage (now in London port on the Katherine, Bernard Robinson master, from Rotterdam) of Lawrence Hyde, late one of the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaries at Nimuegen, "the French wines only excepted," but if those French wines appear to have been first imported before 1677–8, March 20, and to have been exported again only for his use, then they are to be Customs free. Ibid.
Appending: note of the schedule of said baggage; including pictures, chapel furniture, books and papers, maps, jingerbread, etc.
March 27. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver, Customs free, the baggage of his Excellency the Marquis de Aronches, Ambassador Extraordinary to the King from the Prince Regent of Portugal; also of Don Jasper de Abrin, Envoy from the same Prince; said baggage being on board the Mary, from Lisbon. "And because we may sometimes have occasion to direct to you our warrants for importing goods free and the nature of the respective parcels cannot be particularly known to us, you are hereby required in all such cases to take care, and to give the same caution to the [Customs] officers that if any of the goods comprehended in those warrants or in schedules annexed thereunto be such as are prohibited by the clauses in the late Poll Act relating to the French commodities the same are in no wise to be delivered but proceeded against as that Act directs." Out Letters (Customs) p. 2.
Appending: schedule of said goods; including seven cases for the Queen, oranges and lemonds, etc., the second schedule being signed by J. Gar. de Abrinde.
March 28. Privy seal for 500l. to "our trusty and well beloved subject" William Bedlowe, gent., as royal bounty in consideration of his discovery of the murderers of Sir Edmund Bury Godfrey, Kt. (Money warrant dated April 4 hereon: to be by tallies on the Customs. Order hereon dated ? April 8.) King's Warrant Book, p. 3. Money Book, p. 4. Order Book XXXVIII. p. 1.
Henry Guy to the Agents for Taxes to certify to the Treasury Lords the states of the accounts of all Receivers of Taxes and of the arrears thereof. Out Letters (General) p. 1.
Same to Sir John James and Major Huntington for a copy of the instrument by which you were constituted Receivers of Excise and also of the agreement made with you by the late Treasurer Danby wherein you undertake to advance money constantly for the Household, Forces, etc.: and further for a certificate to the Treasury Lords what are the rents reserved on the present lease of Excise, what allowances are made to the Farmers above those rents, and what account they are under for the surplus of that revenue above those allowances, how much the said surplus amounted to for the first year of the farm, and what it is like to produce to the King for the remaining years: what method is observed in the Farmers paying to you their daily cash upon the score of their rents, and how they have complied therewith: what are the settled charges on the Excise, whether by Act of Parliament or grant of the King, and what tallies stricken on the Excise remain unsatisfied: also how much you have received of the said Farmers' 270,000l. advance money for their second farm and how you have disposed the same: also to send a copy of your late patent for securing to you 100,000l. which you gave credit for, and what has been done thereupon. Ibid, p. 2.
March 28.
Henry Guy to George Dashwood and partners [Farmers of Excise] for a copy of your privy seal for gratuity on your advance money on your first farm and a copy of your [second] farm commencing 1680, June 24, and of the privy seal for gratuity on the advance money for said second lease; and of the patent for securing to you the 30,000l. which you advanced of the first year's surplus; "and that you come prepared to give the Treasury Lords satisfaction in any agreement you have made with his Majesty or the late Lord Treasurer [Danby]." Out Letters (General) pp. 2–3.
Same to Mr. Prettiman for an account for the Treasury Lords of what the revenue of the First Fruits and Tenths has amounted to, communibus annis, for three or four years last past, distinguishing therein the First Fruits from the Tenths and the quantum of each in the respective dioceses; and of what arrears are due upon instalments and what annual payments are made thereout to the Band of [Gentlemen] Pensioners and [to any others] for pensions, annuities, etc.: and also to forward a copy of the privy seal for installing your own debt. Ibid, p. 3.
Same to the late Farmers of the Hearthmoney to attend the Treasury Lords with a state of your late farm of the Hearthmoney, of your advance money, rent days and arrears, if any, of rent. Ibid.
Same to the present Farmers of same to similarly attend with the state of the present farm, advance money, rent days, amount of rent, and what tallies by way of anticipation or otherwise are levied on you. For your better information you are to apply yourselves to the Auditor of the Receipt and the Clerk of the Pells. Ibid, p. 4.
Same to the Victuallers of the Navy to similarly attend with a state of your Victualling undertaking and contract, the times of payment and in what proportions appointed by the late Treasurer Danby, and how the same has been performed and what [Victualling] declarations you have now unsatisfied. Ibid.
Same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a certificate what honors, manors, demesnes or other [Crown Land] revenue are now remaining in charge before you. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests for a certificate of all accounts now depending before you and what the obstructions are which hinder the passing the same; and of what annual accomptants have not yet delivered in their accompts: and to immediately attend the Treasury Lords with such other accounts as are perfected for declaration. Ibid.
Same to the [Exchequer Court] Auditors of the revenue for a certificate of the honors, manors or other demesnes now remaining in charge before you. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners of Wine Licences to attend the Treasury Lords with your particular covenants and agreements made with the King; and how the Wine Licence revenue is now charged by way of anticipation. Ibid.
March 28.
Henry Guy to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to similarly attend with the establishment of your Office; and what moneys you have received in pursuance thereof, and what debts are upon your office. Out Letters (General) p. 5.
Same to the Farmers of the Law Duty to similarly attend with the state of your farm; what tallies of anticipation or otherwise are struck thereon; your advance money, rent, rent days and duration of farm. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall to similarly attend with the state of the accompts of the Receivers of the revenue of said Duchy for the year ended Sept. 29 last. Ibid.
Same to Lemuell Kingdon to similarly attend with a particular account of the establishment for the Guards and Garrisons and the new raised Forces and of Col. Stapleton's two companies .Ibid.
Same to the Master of the Robes to similarly attend with the establishment of your Office and what money you have received in pursuance thereof and what remains due. Ibid.
Same to the Treasurer of the Chamber to similarly attend with the like for your Office and what settlement there is in said Office for the extraordinary payments there. Ibid.
Same to the Officers of the Works to similarly attend with an account of the annual charge of your Office, ordinary and extraordinary, and what is the debt due to your said Office. Ibid.
Same to the Cofferer of the Household to similarly attend with the establishment of your Office, your receipts in pursuance thereof, and what remains due to your said Office. Ibid, p. 6.
Same to William Bowles, Esq., Master of the Tents and Toils, to similarly attend with the state of your Office; the yearly allowance for it, and the arrears thereon. Ibid.
The like letters to Sir Gilbert Talbot as Master of the Jewel House; and to Samuel Pepys as Treasurer of Tangier. Ibid.
Same to the Trustees for sale of Fee Farm Rents for a certificate of the yearly value of the fee farm and other rents (both in possession and reversion) remaining still unsold: and of what [fixed county payments and other perpetuity] sums appear to be charged thereupon. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners for a calculation, for the Treasury Lords, of the whole debt of the Navy as it stands at this day for stores, wages to ships or yards, victuals and all other accounts whatsoever, distinguishing the old from the new; distinguishing as particularly as may be how much of it was upon the account of a war against the French king [and so chargeable on the present Eighteen Months' Assessment] and how much upon account of the thirty new ships [and so chargeable upon the Poll Act]: also of what settlements were made by the late Treasurer Danby of money for the Navy or Victualling, how far same is in arrear, and what cash is in [the Office of the] Treasury of the Navy, and for what uses [same is earmarked]. Ibid.
March 28. Henry Guy to Edward Seymour [Treasurer of the Navy] for an account of Danby's settlements of moneys as above, on what funds and how far same are in arrear, and what cash you have in your hands appropriated or otherwise, and for what uses; and also of tallies or registered orders [in your hands] remaining yet unsatisfied. Out Letters (General) p. 7.
March 29. Money order for 235l. 12s. 2d. to John Walker, Usher of the Exchequer Court, as well for necessaries delivered to the officers of the Exchequer Court in Hilary term last as also for his diet upon his fee of 5d. a day from 1678, July 25, to March 22 last: all by virtue of the letters patent dormant of 1660, Sept. 28. Order Book, XXXVIII. p. 3.
Treasury constitution and appointment of George Hosyer as Receiver General for co. Salop for the Eighteen Months' Assessment [viz., for the last 12 months thereof commencing from Feb. 24 last] loco Robert Cressett who has not duly performed his trust, and whose appointment is hereby determined. Warrants not relating to Money, p. 1.
Henry Guy to the [Exchequer Court] Auditors of the revenue to certify to the Treasury Lords the last declaration of accounts of each Receiver of Crown revenues; and to hasten same for the year ended Sept. 29 last. Out Letters (General) p. 6.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to attend the Treasury Lords on Monday next at 8 a.m. with your answer to the petition from the Marquess of Winchester, et al. The like letter to Mr. Kent and to Mr. Duncombe. (It is concerning the Fifth part [of the Excise]. I suppose Mr. Kingdome will be here too, and the Excise Commissioners.) Ibid, pp. 7, 8.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to attend the Treasury Lords on Tuesday afternoon next. Ibid, p. 7.
Same to the Excise Farmers for an account, for the Treasury Lords, of the surplus of the Excise revenue for the first year of your [farm or] management ended June 24 last over and above your rents, allowances, reward, bad debts and poundage: and how much you have paid or advanced of the said first year's surplus. Ibid.
Same to Charles Bertie to attend the Treasury Lords at 8 a.m. on Monday next. Ibid, p. 8.
Same to Sir Anthony Deane, Comptroller of the [Navy] Victuals, for an account for the Treasury Lords of what stores the Victuallers now have [provided]: and to give my Lords a weekly account of what quantities the said Victuallers provide for the future, beginning from this day. Ibid.
Same to Mansell Stradling, Receiver General for South Wales, for the Seventeen Months' tax, Poll Bill and Eighteen Months' Assessment. If you do not immediately satisfy your debt of 5,213l. 16s. 4d. on these receipts process will issue. Ibid.
March 29. Henry Guy to the Earl of Sunderland enclosing a certificate of what is paid and reserved in the Exchequer to pay upon orders of loan registered on the late [Eighteen Months' Assessment] Act for disbanding the Army. The Treasury Lords desire you to order notice hereof to be put in the next Gazette: and that the like advertisement may be put into the News Books weekly according to such certificates as I shall send you from time to time as I shall receive them from Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt. Out Letters (General) p. 9.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to observe an order of the King in Council dated Whitehall, March 26 inst. Out Letters (Customs) p. 3.
Prefixing: said order. There being this day read to the King in Council a letter from Sir Thomas Morgan, Kt., Governor of Jersey, desiring directions how to dispose of certain parcels of wine lately brought, the 6th and 8th inst. to Jersey in three small vessels, one a boat belonging to that island the other two being shallops belonging to St. Malo, which he has seized and lodged in the King's warehouse at St. Aubins, it is hereby referred to the Customs Commissioners to report on.
Appending: copy of Morgan's letter dated Castle Elizabeth, March 12 inst.
The like warrant on a like order of Council dated Whitehall the 21st inst. Ibid, p. 4.
Prefixing: said order. A proposal was this day made to the King in Council that the master or merchant of every ship trading to the Leeward Islands might be enjoined to carry thither for sale 10 or 12 firearms of 20s. or 25s. each and a dozen swords which would tend to the security of the King's subjects in those parts and the profit of the ship's master or merchant so transporting, the King having expressed his good liking of said proposal refers it to the Customs Commissioners to report on.
Reference from the Treasury Lords to the Customs Commissioners of Stephen Walker's petition. Ibid.
Prefixing: said petition: was by former Treasury Lords appointed copying clerk and for making bills of store outwards London port and for keeping the coast accounts for coals for all the ports of England and has enjoyed same since 1671, Jan.: on the 22nd inst. Edward Owghtred procured a warrant from the late Lord Treasurer [Danby] for copying clerk and bills of store (for which there is a salary and perquisites) but has left the coast business (for which there is no salary) to be managed by petitioner. Prays to be admitted again into his said place, having been faithful and diligent.
March 31. Henry Guy to the Attorney General to call at the Treasury Chambers as you pass to the Parliament this morning and with as much speed as conveniently you can. Out Letters (General) p. 9
Same to Sir John Shaw [as Collector Inwards, London port] to forbear admitting into office any deputy to Lawrence Corbet, one of the King's waiters at the Custom House, until the Treasury Lords have heard John Mede, Esq., on his petition [thereon] Ibid.
March 31. Henry Guy to Mr. Stephens. Last Saturday you promised to send me this morning the two orders for 2,000l. and 8,200l respectively registered on the Eighteen Months' tax and designed for raising money for the Victuallers [of the Navy]. I should have laid them before the Treasury Lords this morning. Let me have them this evening or to-morrow morning early. Out Letters (General) p. 9.
Same to Sir Richard Mason [et al. Taxes] Agents. Robert Cressett, late Receiver General of the Eighteen Months' Assessment for co. Salop has not duly performed his trust and is superseded. You are to examine G. Hosier's security as his successor, and to hasten the payment of Cresset's arrears. Ibid.
In the margin. delivered to Serjeant Ramsey.
Same to Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt, for an account how much of the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of 1677, Dec. 31, is [exhausted or] issued: and for a copy of the dormant letters patent of 1660, Sept. 28. Ibid, p. 10.
Same to the Customs Commissioners enclosing three petitions for the place of collector of Boston port [co. Lincoln], viz., from Robert Markham, Edw. Prescott and Richd. Hodges respectively. Report the fittest man or whether better to put that receipt into the hands of the Customer [of Boston]. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Rene Petit and Jacob Guerard setting forth that 40 foreign Protestant families skilled in the manufacture of silks, oils, wines, etc., are ready and willing in March [instant] or April next to ship at London to go and settle in Carolina in case the King will grant 2 small ships for their transportation and 2,000l. to be advanced for this undertaking, to be reimbursed to the undertakers [managers and lenders] out of the Customs of goods to be imported for that plantation. Said petition was referred by the King to the Committee for Trade and Plantations and was by Sir Tho. Dolman, March 14 inst., transmitted to [the Treasury] Secretary Guy for the Customs Commissioners to report the advantage or prejudice thereof and what Customs have been received in England for two or three years past on the commodities exported from that colony [of Carolina]. Out Letters (Customs) p. 5.