Entry Book: November 1680, 2-10

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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 1680

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Nov. 2. Same to same to issue 10,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy as follows out of the 11,000l. lent into the Exchequer Oct. 26 by Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe: viz. 6,000l. for two weeks to Oct. 23 last on the ordinary money of the Navy, 3,500l. for the pay of the men of the Hunter and 500l. for the pay of the men of the Bristol. The 1,000l. remaining of said 11,000l. loan is to be issued to Mr. Hewer, Treasurer of Tangier, for the pay of the Earl of Plymouth's Regiment. Ibid, p. 30.
Nov. 2. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows the 9,000l. which Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe have agreed to lend into the Exchequer to-morrow: viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 30.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for one week to Oct. 30 last on the ordinary money of the Navy 3,000
to same, for the men of the Hunter 1,500
to same, for the Harwich's men (marginal note: these three sums were not lent [by Kent and Duncombe and were therefore not issued upon the authority of the present letter] but afterwards struck by tally; see infra, p. 731 under date Nov. 8 and remark Ibid.) 2,000
to the Privy Purse for Healing Gold 500
to Prince Rupert on his warrant 1,000
to William Williams, esq., Speaker of the House of Commons, "on such warrants as you shall receive" 1,000
Money warrant for 1,000l. to Prince Rupert for last Michaelmas quarter on his annuity of 4,000l. per an. Money Book, p. 201.
Henry Guy to Mr. Griffin. Deliver in with all speed to the Auditor of Imprests all your accounts [of the Treasurer of the Chamber] to Michaelmas last. Likewise you are to present to the Treasury Lords a book containing a list of all his Majesty's servants payable in your Office [of the Treasury of the Chamber] with their respective fees and salaries; and also [of] all other yearly payments [due] to be made by you [in said Office] and particularly to whom lodging money is allowed, all agreeable to the establishment now in force. You are also to present to my Lords a book containing a particular of the arrears due to any of his Majesty's servants payable by you, viz. the name, place, allowance and time and also of any other arrears payable by you upon warrants or otherwise with like details of name, service and time. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 117.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the landing, Customs free, of the equipage of his Excellency the Count de Thun, Envoy Extraordinary from the Emperor of Germany. Out Letters (Customs), pp. 283–4.
Appending: schedule in French of said equipage and baggage, part now coming and part left to be forwarded from the Hague in the ship _ and part from Hamburg in the ship Resolution (inter al. one chariot, seven horses, etc.)
Nov. 3. Henry Guy to Mr. Bridgeman. The Treasury Lords Have directed Mr. Duncombe to pay immediately 500l. into the Exchequer for the Privy Purse for Healing medals. It will be paid this day accordingly. (Same to said Duncombe to so pay in the abovesaid 500l., as the Treasury Lords find that 1,500l. will pay off the ship Hunter so that there will be saved 500l. out of the 2,000l. allotted for such pay "in your paper of 16,000.") Out Letters (General) VI, p. 118.
Nov. 3. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners referring to them from the Treasury Lords the Order of Council dated Oct. 27 last concerning an Amsterdam ship laden with leather, dates and almonds and seized in the Isle of Wight. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 118.
The Treasury Lords to the Duke of Ormonde. We have now under consideration the improvement of the Greenwax money revenue arising here [in England] to the King. We are informed that same is under very good management in Ireland for his Majesty's advantage. Let us know who are the Farmers there of the Greenwax fines and all branches in particular whereof it consists, how the Farmers and officers receive it, and which way they manage it to get true accounts thereof, and what means is used to prevent deceits by officers' false returns and entries, what the annual profits thereof were before it was in farm and what improvements [therein] the Farmers have since made. Ibid, p. 119.
Nov. 4. Henry Guy to Lieut. Grahame. A complaint has been exhibited to the Treasury Lords against you by Lieut.-Col. Kirk. My Lords will appoint a day for you to make your defence as soon as your health permits. Send them word when you think you will be able to come abroad. Ibid, p. 118.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The [? Privy] Council can do nothing in the matter of the violent taking of a parcel of dowlas out of Mr. Tannant's house without more particular information, as it does not appear from Mr. Porter's and Mr. Tannant's letters that any particular persons are charged therewith. Ibid, p. 119.
Entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of a docquet of a demise by in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Richard Bland of divers lands and tenements in Pontefract and elsewhere, co. Yorks, being parcel of the lands of Leonard Scurr, outlaw: at a rent of 8s. 11½d. per an. and fine of 17s. 11d. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 268.
Treasury reference to Mr. Lawrence of the petition of George Browning for a licence to build a watermill on the river near Exeter. Lawrence is to attend the Barons of the Exchequer for their opinion thereon. Reference Book I, p. 149.
Same to the Mint Commissioners of the petition of John, Joseph, and Phillip Roettiers, gravers of the Mint, and Peter Janson, smith of the Mint. Petitioners set forth that they had a warrant dated 1678–9, March 13, from Treasurer Danby directed to James Hoare for payment of 255l. 15s. 9d., which sum they have several times demanded of said Hoare, but were put off from time to time and at last denied [altogether], although Hoare has the money in his hands to pay same but will not part with it (as he says) till he has some writing of a merchant unknown to petitioners. Therefore pray a warrant for them to be paid by Hoare or some other way, they being workmen and in great want of their money. Ibid, p. 150.
Nov. 4. Henry Guy to [Mr. Nott] to pay 10l. immediately to Mr. Francis Pointz upon account of his debt. The Treasury Lords will take care to repay you again. Reference Book I, p. 150.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Morgan Powell for the office of Comptroller of Milford port. Ibid.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to the Treasury Lords, (Lawrence, Hyde, Sir Jon. Ernle, Sir Ed. Dering, Sidney Godolphin, and Sir Stephen Fox) for last June 24 quarter's salary. (Money order dated Nov. 6 hereon.) Money Book p. 262. Order Book XXXVIII. p. 171.
[?] Incomplete and cancelled money warrant for _ to Thomas Bridgeman. Money Book, p. 262.
Nov. 6. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money as shall be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz. 2,000l. to Mr. Johnson for offreckonings [of the Forces] and 1,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household. Disposition Book II, p. 31.
Money order for 3,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in repayment of so much by them lent this day into the Exchequer: together with 6 per cent. per an. interest and 4 per cent. per an. reward [to be paid or made into principal] at the end of every three months. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 172.
Followed by: a later letter of direction dated 1680, Dec. 13. Let this order be satisfied by tallies on the Customs.
Privy seal dormant for 10,000l. to be issued in such proportions. to such persons and for such uses as the King shall from time to time direct by warrant under his sign manual. (Royal warrant dated Nov. 3 to the Clerk of the Signet to prepare said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 50, 51.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Newland for a commission for a twelvemonth to seize smuggled goods, petitioner having driven the coach from London to Harwich and other roads in England, from whence he has been employed to convey fine goods to London and knowing all the ways and methods made use of by several merchants in stealing in great quantities of silks, laces, etc., and the places of landing and securing the same, and he having at this time knowledge where many prohibited and uncustomed goods are privately hid about 40 miles hence [from London] "which hath been a considerable charge to him." Reference Book I, p. 151.
Same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Capt. Samuel Roberts and Capt. Edward Dover: said petition setting forth that about eight months since the King ordered each of them a medal, the first of 50l. value the other of 30l. value, and pursuant thereto the Admiralty Commissioners above six months since wrote to the Navy Commissioners and the Mint Commissioners to despatch them, but the same are delayed for want of money: they therefore pray payment of said money out of the [Navy's] weekly money or otherwise. Ibid, p. 152.
Nov. 6. Henry Guy to the Victuallers of the Navy. An order of Council has come to the Treasury Lords for altering your patent. Send to my Lords your present patent for perusal before they give directions for the alteration thereof. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 119.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite forwarding from the Treasury Lords (1) Mr. Wick's reports dated 1680, Oct. 27, that no ship [from St. Christopher] has been entered in London port from 1672, Lady day, to 1675, Michaelmas; (2) account of customs [on] goods imported into the outports from St. Christopher during the same period. Ibid, p. 120.
Report to the Treasury from abovesaid William Blathwait touching the release of the duty of Four and a Half per cent. in St. Christophers for two years and [? to] the Bermudas Company. I have received from Mr. Guy the abovesaid two papers concerning goods exported from St. Christopher from 1672 to 1675, in relation to the accompt of Col. Strode as Farmer of [the Four and a Half per cent. duty in] the Leeward Islands. There cannot be drawn from them any probable conjecture for the ascertaining a just allowance to said Strode [as in compensation] for his Majesty's [having granted a] release of the said duty in St. Christophers [? and to the Bermudas Company] during that term. I therefore propose that Strode's demand of 1.379l. 14s. 4½d. as defal cation for such release be referred to Sir G. Downing, Col. Byer and Capt. Freeman. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 57–9.
A scire facias is brought against the Bermudas Company, and in case the charter shall thereby become void that Government will revert to his Majesty, which may occasion a charge upon the Crown in case the inhabitants do not grant his Majesty such a revenue as may support the Government. The decision as to this scire facias is to be made in the King's Bench to-morrow. I therefore advise that the Attorney General be immediately desired not to enter the judgment upon the scire facias until such time as the inhabitants. who prosecute the avoidance of the charter, shall have given good security to his Majesty or to your Lordships that they will agree in the next Assembly to the raising a public revenue by a duty of Four and a Half per cent. or otherwise, which may free his Majesty from any charge in the support of that Government.
I herewith present to your Lordships the draft of an instruction to Sir William Stapleton, Governor of the Leeward Islands (like that already given to Sir Richard Dutton for the Barbados) enabling him to propose to the Assemblies within his Government the commuting the Four and a Half per cent. duty in such manner as may be for his Majesty's service. (For the said instruction see infra p. 743 under date Nov. 19.)
Treasury warrant to the Barons of the Exchequer to swear Tho. Bridgeman into office as collector and receiver of Ipswich port, he having a grant dated 1676, April 22 thereof in reversion of William Booth, who is lately dead. Warrants not Relating to Money, pp. 267–8.
Nov. 8. Henry Guy to the Auditors of Imprests to bring forthwith to the Treasury Lords the account of Sir John James and partners, which was drawn by Mr. Brewer and sent to you to peruse. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 120.
Henry Guy to John Johnson, collector of Deal port, to attend the Treasury Lords on the 23rd inst. on the charge of not behaving yourself according to the duty of your place. (The like to Gyles Randolph, Surveyor of Deal.) Out Letters (General) VI, p. 120.
Same to Mr. Morgan Lodge, late landwaiter at Sandwich and Deal, and Henry Appleby, tidesman and boatman at Deal, and Mr. Haselwood, late tidesman at Deal, to appear as above to make good your information against said Johnson and Randolph. Ibid, pp. 120–1.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend at the above hearing. Ibid, p. 121.
Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to William Williams, esq., Speaker of the House of Commons, as royal bounty without account: out of the privy seal dormant of Nov. 6 inst. (Money warrant dated Nov. 8 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 9 hereon.) King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 50. Money Book, p. 263. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 173.
Same for 500l. to Henry Guy for secret service: without accompt: to be issued out of the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of the 6th inst. (Money warrant dated Nov. 9 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 9 hereon.) King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 51. Money Book, p. 263. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 173.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of their own report of the 3rd inst. concerning the salary of Samuel Danvers, one of the patent waiters, for the period of his suspension, which said report (being made on the reference of Oct. 28 last) informs the Treasury Lords that said Danvers's salary was suspended by Treasury order of 1679, Oct. 15 last; said suspension was taken off in consequence of said Commissioners presentment of Feb. 23 last. Reference Book I, pp. 151–2.
Same to John Creed and William Hewer of the petition of Mary Heathly: petitioner shewing that her husband at the defence of Whitby fort at Tangier, which he commanded, did refuse to surrender up the same to the Moors and shewed his great courage and loyalty in blowing up the same and with him above 50 Moors whereby petitioner is left desolate, having nothing to maintain herself and child; therefore prays payment of 297l. due to her husband, she being greatly molested by creditors. Said petition being formerly referred to the Lords Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier was on the 18th August last referred by the Privy Council to the Treasury Lords to examine her allegations and thereon to give directions for her relief. Ibid, p. 153.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Derby Bryan to be made a tidesman in fee London port, having been a tidesman [in extraordinary] for six or seven years. Ibid, p. 154.
Same to same of the petition of James Moore for a tidesman's place London port, he having used the seas for several years and being well experienced in Customs matters. Ibid.
Same to same of Lawrence Thompson's petition for a tidesman's place London port. Ibid.
Same to same of Henry Tyrrell's petition to be made one of the 50 tidesmen in extraordinary London port, he having been several times so employed when there has been a glut of shipping. Ibid.
Nov. 8. Treasury reference to the Ordnance Commissioners of the petition of Richard Cowes et al.; petitioners shewing that they were at great charges in making deeds passed by council [counsel] and other charges which should have been defrayed at his Majesty's cost, it being for the better securing of his Majesty's title to the several lands disposed of by his Majesty for the royal citadel of Plymouth; such costs having, in the like case at Gosport, been allowed to the people there. (In the margin: cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2.) Reference Book I, p. 155.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt to issue 6,500l. to Edward Seymour on any unsatisfied, unappropriated orders in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: 3,000l. thereof to be for one week to Oct. 30 last on the weekly money to the Navy, 1,500l. to complete the pay of the men of the Hunter, and 2,000l. for the discharge of [workmen at] the Harwich yard. The present issue to be by tallies on the Customs. [The present warrant is apparently the authority for portion of the letter of disposition of Nov. 2, supra, p. 726, where the marginal note explains the repetition of the items but does not explain the serious fact that many of these letters of disposition have no money warrant to authorise them. For such a letter of disposition to anticipate or to dispense with the money warrant is clearly unconstitutional.] Money Book, p. 264.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 69l. 3s. 4d. to Sir Nicholas Crisp, bart., for last June 24 quarter on fee or salary as collector outwards London port. Ibid, p. 265.
Same [to same] to pay 4l. to John Halliley for one year to June 24 last on his fee or salary as Usher of the Custom House, London port. Ibid.
Nov. 9. Money warrant for 300l. to Tho. Neale, Groom Porter, for half a year to 1678, June 24, on the allowance of 600l. per an. as in lieu of all bills for furnishing several sorts of household stuff and provisions which by the duty of his office he is to provide at the royal palace of Whitehall and other his Majesty's houses. Ibid, p. 264.
Henry Guy to [the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue to me [Guy, for secret service] the 500l. remaining in the Exchequer out of Mr. Whorwood's loan. Disposition Book II, p. 30.
Same to the Customs Commissioners forwarding, on reference from the Treasury Lords, an order in Council of the 6th inst. concerning the French Ambassador's memorial to the King and Council concerning Isaac Bauford and David D'Isle, masters of two barques of the Isle d'Oleron, laden with wine and brandy, and which by ill weather were driven into the Yarmouth port, Isle of Wight. The said Commissioners are to report on said order. Further they are to send officers from some other port to take the place of the officers of Deal port (Mr. Johnson, collector, and Mr. Randolph. surveyor, and Henry Appleby, tidesman and boatman), who are directed to attend the Treasury Lords the 23rd inst. Reference Book I, p. 155.
Nov. 9. Treasury reference to the Attorney and Solicitor General and Sir Robert Sawyer of the report from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands upon the petition of Thomas Prouse referred to him July 16. The present referees are to inform the Treasury Lords what defence was made for his Majesty's interest upon the trial in question, upon what title Dr. Edisbury recovered against the King, and how far the King shall be concluded by the verdict and [by the] composition of the tenants and to how much of the premises. Reference Book I, pp. 156–7.
Prefixing: said Surveyor General's report dated Oct. 11 last. By lease dated 1664, April 18, the King granted to John Prouse, petitioner's brother, the reversion of several small and decayed tenements in Taunton and Milverton, co. Somerset, at the several ancient rents of (in all) 21l. 11s. 5d. per an. and several increased rents of (in all) 3l. 13s. 1d. per an., "the consideration of the said lease being all valued in 1662 but at 69l. 15s. 0d. per an. upon improvement above the said old rents of 21l. 11s. 5d.": the said lease being for several terms of years all ending in 1694 and being in reversion after a former 60 years lease made to Jno. Bond, their grandfather, in 1606. Aug. 9. By indenture of 1668–9, Jan. 8, Jno. Prouse assigned his lease to his brother Thomas, petitioner herein. for a consideration of 100l., and Thomas enjoyed such parts as were fallen into possession and paid rents for same till he was evicted from a great part thereof by ejectment and a verdict obtained thereon in Hilary term, 1679, by Dr. John Edisbury, who claimed the inheritance by mesne conveyance under the great grant made of these and many other things in fee, 1631, Dec. 8, to William Collins and Edward Fen in satisfaction of 20,000l. then advanced for the use of the Navy. Petitioner has compounded with said Edisbury for 450l. to convey to him the premises so recovered, and the said Edisbury and Josua, his elder brother. by indenture of July 19 last covenanted to levy a fine thereof to petitioner's use before the end of next Michaelmas term. What defence was made for the King upon the trial of Hilary term last, and how far the King is concluded by the verdict and composition of the tenant and to how much of the premises it will extend (the declaration seeming to be put for three messuages and three gardens in Taunton) should be referred to the King's counsel. If the Treasury Lords grant the inheritance of the residue of the premises to petitioner as he desires, being 24 tenements and parcels of land of the old rent of 11l. 15s. 0d. per an. and 1l. 6s. 0d. per an. de incremento. the reversion in fee is not worth more than 200l., the improved value being but 25l. per an., and the premises so small and chargeable to keep in repair.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Daniell Gauell, praying to be made a tidesman in fee, he having been employed as a tidesman supernumerary, but being seldom employed it turns to no tolerable account towards the defray of his great charge. Ibid, p. 158.
Same to the Attorney General of certain papers, relating to a discovery of lands, "which particulars are entered in our book of Caveats" [? see Oct. 18, supra, p. 713]. The Attorney General is to certify the Treasury Lords whether there be a probable title to be made to the King in the said lands. Ibid.
In the margin: note of undated report hereon from Sir Creswell Levins, Attorney General. I have perused such papers as the informer has produced and think the matter something dark by reason that the deeds are wanting that should make out the title to the King. But if the informer can make out such proof by witnesses as he affirms he can of the sealing and executing thereof I conceive it may be probable evidence to a jury, upon a commission, to have the lands found and seized.
Nov. 9. Treasury reference to John Lawrence, esq., of the petition of the widows, orphans et al. of the late Barbados [Regiment] officers and soldiers deceased, and of such as are yet living and unpaid: petitioners shewing that a privy seal was granted to Commissary Jno. Baines 1674, June 11, to pay the arrears of the officers and soldiers late of Sir Tobias Bridge's Regiment in Barbados; that said Banes is lately dead and petitioners are yet unsatisfied one moiety of their arrears for which tallies are struck, but no moneys can be paid to them without a privy seal to name some [receiver in said Baines's place], for which place petitioners recommend Jno. Eyles, of London, merchant, who was lately concerned in the examination and stating the accounts of the Farmers [of the Four and a Half per cent. duty in Barbados]. Reference Book I, p. 159.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Thorp for a tidesman's place in London port. The Treasury Lords recommend petitioner. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of James Harris for a tidewaiter's place London port. (In the margin: cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2.) Ibid, p. 160.
Same to Nicholas Johnson, Paymaster of the Forces, of the petitions of Capt. Thomas Coale, Capt. William Baggot and Capt. Cha. Fox, same having been referred Jan. 9 last from the King to the Treasury Lords. Petitioners shew that by virtue of his Majesty's commission each of them raised a Company of Foot at their own expense for the late expedition into Scotland, wherein [in the levy whereof] they expended above 50l. each which they were never reimbursed, as is certified by the Duke of Monmouth: they therefore pray relief. Ibid, p. 158.
Nov. 10. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to the Treasury Lords and the officers of the Exchequer and Board of Greencloth to cause the accompts of the [William Ashburnham, as late Cofferer of the] Royal Household for the two years, 1677, Sept. 29, to 1679, Sept. 29, to be made up in the names of Richard Bayley, John Lawrence and Charles Toll, executors of said Ashburnham, and to be allowed in the Exchequer Court in the usual method of allowing the accounts of the Household: and further for warrant and direction to be given to the said Toll to take up or borrow such sums of money for the service of the Household upon the credit of such tallies as were struck before the death of said Ashburnham and remain unsatisfied, as the Treasury Lords shall think fit, and that thereupon 6 per cent. per an. interest and 2 per cent. per an. reward be by the said Lords allowed to said Toll as well for such moneys as he has already taken up as for such as he shall hereafter take up by appointment of the Treasury Lords and upon accounts to be stated by one of the auditors: and further that there be issued out of the Exchequer 3,000l. to said Bayly, Lawrence and Toll as imprest for the service of the Household for the year ended at Michaelmas. 1679: all by reason that the King has thought fit that all the moneys due and payable to said Ashburnham to the time of his decease for the service of the Household on tallies or other assignments made to him should be received and paid by his executors and that the accounts thereof should be rendered to the King by them. King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 53–4.
Nov. 10. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the Treasury Lords to authorise and direct the Auditor and Receiver of the Duchy of Cornwall to pay to John Sayer, the King's chief cook, 150l. for one year at Sept. 29 last upon his annuity of 150l. per an. for life granted to him by the patent of 1660–1, Jan. 24, and to pay the same annually in future as it grow due; and in case the revenue of said Duchy shall fall short or be assigned to other uses, that then the Treasury Lords cause said annuity to be satisfied out of any the King's treasure in the Exchequer: all by reason that the said annuity was originally granted payable out of the Exchequer or by the Receiver General of Crown Lands for co. Middlesex, and that by reason of the sale of fee farms there remains not enough of that said revenue to satisfy said annuity, wherefore Sayer has besought the King to charge same upon the revenues of the said Duchy. King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 55–6.
The Countess of Plymouth desires that no warrant [for any payments] may be delivered out upon any of the Earl of Plymouth's pensions till she be heard. Caveat Book, p. 12.