Entry Book: December 1680, 2-9

Pages 756-760

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

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December 1680

Dec. 2. Same to the Customs Commissioners to give the Treasury Lords their opinion on the enclosed draft of orders about coast bonds and on the draft of what Mr. Fanshaw desires may be added thereto. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 134.
Appending: a note of said paper, entitled "Orders to be observed in the Exchequer and in the several ports of England and Wales concerning the returning the port books and port bonds, and regulating the coast trade:" the last article [thereof being as follows], viz.: that for the better discovery of the false certificates and other practices to conceal the carrying of goods and merchandises beyond sea which were pretended to be carried coastwise whereby it is doubted his Majesty is oftentimes deceived of the Customs and other duties due to him upon such exportation: it is hereby ordered that the imports shall from time to time be carefully compared with the exports by the port books that are and shall from time to time be returned into the Exchequer and that this work shall be performed by Henry Fanshaw, esq., in whose custody the said books do now remain or some other officer thereto appointed [to which said article Mr. Fanshaw desires the following to be added]. "and that all transires and let passes be entered in one part of the book by themselves or a distinction made between them and the entries that have relation to the said bonds and to that purpose that the books be four inches broader than heretofore, according to the said former orders; and that the certificates be well affixed to the bonds at the loading port."[In the margin: sent by Mr. Tyre.]
Same to same forwarding three affidavits containing informations against Mr. Johnson, collector of Deal, and Mr. Randolph, surveyor ibid. Report hereon to the Treasury Lords. Ibid, p. 135.
Same to same with the Treasury Lords' reference to them of an order of Council and proposal for the destroying of iron wire. Advise with Mr. Foley concerning the manner of destroying same and the disposal thereof and report thereon to my Lords. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue (out of loans made into the Exchequer by Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe) 174l. to the Treasurer of the Navy, which is intended to pay the caulkers' wages who are to be dismissed from Chatham Yard. Disposition Book II, p. 35.
Dec. 3. Henry Guy to Mr. Parry to send forthwith to the Mint Commissioners an account what sorts of pieces of Eight they are which you have brought from Portugal, whether Seville, Mexico or Pillar or Portugal money. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 135.
Money warrant for 1,250l. to Mris. Elianor Gwynne for last Michaelmas quarter on her 5,000l. per an. for the support of herself and Charles, Earl of Burford. (Money order dated Dec. 4 hereon.) Money Book, p. 284. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 179.
Treasury warrant to the Receiver and the Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall to pay to John Sayer, the King's chief cook, 150l. for one year to Sept. 29 last on the annuity of 150l. granted to him by a great seal dated 1660–1, Jan. 3: and dormant warrant clause for the similar payment of same out of said Duchy revenue annually in future: all as by the privy seal of Nov. 24 last, supra, p. 734. Money Book, p. 284.
Same to the Receipt to issue 10,000l. to Edward Seymour on any unsatisfied, unappropriated orders in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: to be by tallies on the Excise Farmers as in part of the advance money on their farm commencing 1681, June 24: said 10,000l. being intended to be paid over by said Seymour to the Victuallers of the Navy in part of this year's victualling. (Struck through and cancelled Dec. 16.) Ibid, p. 285.
Money warrant for 200l. to John Romsey, esq. (Col. John Ramsey), for one year to June 24 last on the annuity or yearly pension granted him out of the Queen's [Portugal money or dowry] portion. (Money order dated Dec. 13 hereon.) Ibid, p. 285. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 180.
Same for 5,000l. to John Buckworth, Charles Duncomb and James Hoare, Commissioners for the Office of Master and Worker of the Mint, as imprest for carrying on the service of the Mint: to be satisfied out of Coinage Money in the Exchequer. (Money order dated Dec. 6 hereon.) Money Book, p. 285. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 179.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver, Customs free, two fondres of Moselle wine sent as a present to Don Pedro de Ronquillo, Ambassador Extraordinary from Spain. Out Letters (Customs), p. 288.
Appending: copy of a letter in Spanish, dated Ostend, Dec. 8 [N.S.] from Divio Denó to the said ambassador. Said wines have been sent to me by Philipe de la Neuveforge, abbot of Hethtexnachs, primer deputado and the ecclesiastics of Luxemburg, for me to forward same to you. I send them by the bearer, Belandrero. Respects from my wife.
Dec. 4. Henry Guy to Sir George Downing, Col. Byer and Capt. Freeman to examine the demand for defalcations as follow made by Col. John Strode, late Farmer for seven years to 1677, Dec. 25, of the Four and a Half per cent. duty in the Leeward Islands. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 270.
Prefixing: extract from said Strode's account of said farm: (being said item of demand of defalcation) for the release of three years [of said Four and a Half per cent.] duty granted by the King to the island of St. Christopher from 1672, March 25, to 1675, March 25, for which abatement said Strode produces the deposition dated 1676–7, Feb. 10, of Henry Gilman, subcollector of that duty in St. Christopher, whereby he makes oath that he collected that year of sugar, singer and tobacco to the value of 459l. 15s. 8 ½d.: which rate would produce for the three years of release 1,379l. 14s. 4½d.: likewise for 24l. for damage in discharging the officers employed in St. Christopher in the collection of said duty, i. e. by reason of the said three years' release as by the oath of Harvy Ekins, the said Strode's Commissioner. (Total demand 1,403l. 14s. 4½d.)
Dec. 4. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the export, Customs free, of the goods of Sir Richard Dutton, who is appointed Governor of Barbados. Out Letters (Customs), p. 289.
Appending: schedule of said goods (including coach and eight horses).
Henry Guy to [the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue 750l. to the Cofferer of the Household out of Excise money paid into the Exchequer last week. Disposition Book II, p. 35.
Same to the Ordnance Commissioners to send to the Treasury Lords forthwith the affidavits concerning Marshall and others whether Sir George Wharton have answered the same or not. (In the margin. [sent by Teare or] Tyre.) Out Letters (General) VI, p. 135.
Same to Sir Jon. Mathews. The Treasury Lords desire that the 13,320 pieces of Eight (which you remitted to be paid to Sir Palmes Fairborne on account of 9 months' pay for the garrison of Tangier, the said Fairborne being [now] dead) may be paid to Mr. Sheere and Mr. Phinees Bowles for the same use and that you will presently renew or confirm your letter of credit to make the said sum payable to them. My Lords will take care it shall be made good to you in the same manner as if Fairborne had received it. Ibid, p. 136.
Dec. 6. The Treasury Lords to Sir Baynham Throckmorton. We are informed of a very remarkable assault and riot made upon the Customs officers of Bristol port at the house of James Kerrick, a farmer living at Hagloe in the parish of Awre, co. Gloucester, and the forcible rescue of a parcel of French wine and detention of another parcel [of same]. The principal abettors of said riot were said Kerrick, Jno. Blackwell, Jno. Gainsford, Jno. Barrow, Jno. Buck and George Lovell. This high contempt of the law may be of evil consequence. You are to discover the offenders and bring them to condign punishment. You are to summon such persons as the Customs officers shall name to you, and further to give the said officers your countenance and assistance in the execution of their offices. (In the margin: sent by Mr. Tyre.) Ibid, pp. 136–7.
Same to Henry Shere, esq., and Mr. Phinees Bowles. In consequence of the death of Sir Palmes Fairborne we hereby empower you to make use of the credit and powers given by us to him on Oct. 14 last, ut supra, pp. 704–5, viz. to take up so much money as shall be wanting to complete the three quarters to the garrison of Tangier after the [rate of the] provisions [already] applied thereto (being the remainder of Sir Martin Westcombe's 20,000 pieces of Eight. 2,000l. sent from England in the Newcastle, and 3,052l. 10s. 0d. [remitted] by Sir Jno. Mathews' letter of credit for 13,320 pieces of Eight, which latter we have now taken care shall be paid to you) and also [to take up such] money for fortifications and contingencies not exceeding 1,000l. or so much thereof as Fairborne did not take up in his life. On your drawing bills for such moneys on Mr. Hewer [here in London] and notice thereof to us, we will take care to see them duly complied with. You are to acquaint Col. Sackvile or the Governor or Commander-in-chief there [Tangier] for the time being with this letter and to act in all contents of it by communication with him. Ibid. p. 137.
Dec. 7. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Phillip Howard praying for Robert Sanderson to be admitted a tidesurveyor in Hull port loco Mr. Harrison, lately deceased. Reference Book I. p. 175.
Dec. 8. Treasury warrant to Thomas Newton, woodward of Whittlewood and Salcey Forests, co. Northampton, to fell timber sufficient for gateing, stileing, cabbering and staking of Hanslopp coppice in Major Stirke's walk in Salcey Forest and Lady coppice in Wakefield alias the Gullet walk, Redmore coppice in Wakefield walk, and Blackpitts and Longhedge coppices in Sholbrooke walk in Whittlewood Forest: the said coppices being certified to be fit to be felled this season and exposed for sale for the Queen's service [the said coppices being within the Queen's jointure] whereupon the Queen's Council have desired a Treasury warrant for such felling in order to such gateing. etc. The offal is to be sold to the King's best advantage and to be accounted for before the Auditor for co. Northampton. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 271.
Report to the Treasury Lords from William Blathwaite concerning the following matters. Pursuant to your orders I have met Col. Strode and received from him tallies for 9,048l. 2s. 1d. upon the account of the three last years of the Barbados [Four and a Half per cent. duty] farm: and so that his account is now ready to be passed. But the Farmers desire nevertheless to attend you by appointment, in order to further defalcations. Mr. Richard Pain and Mr. Lewis Prescot have delivered to me a paper stating that they can find out divers concealed estates and moneys due to the King in the West Indies to a considerable value. But they find that Mris. Margaret Danby has in a petition to you pretended to make great discoveries [of a like nature] in those countries. but for near a twelvemonth has not effected anything therein nor do they think she can make out anything that she pretends unto. They cannot proceed while she has any such pretence, and therefore they desire she may be ordered forthwith to prosecute and give in a list of the particulars of her discovery or her petition be dismissed. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 61–2.
Royal sign manual for 240l. to William Williams, esq., Speaker of the House of Commons, for his diet, which the King is pleased to allow him after the rate of 5l. a day, being for 48 days, Oct. 21 last to the 7th inst. inclusive. To be issued out of the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Nov. 6 last, and to be without accompt. (Money warrant dated Dec. 9 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 9 hereon.) King's Warrant Book VIII. p. 63, Money Book, p. 287. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 179.
Dec. 8. Money warrant for 4,000l. to William Bridges in repayment of so much by him lent into the Exchequer this day on the credit of the Hearthmoney farm rent due 1681, Sept. 29, but payable by the utmost days of grace at 1681–2, March 15: together with 6 per cent. interest payable [or to be made into principal] at the end of every six months. (Money order dated Dec. 8 hereon.) Money Book, p. 290. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 185.
Dec. 9. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to direct the Customs Cashier to pay 19l. to Thomas Miller, late Customs officer at Carolina, for his present support. Money Book, p. 287.
Henry Guy to [the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue to the Speaker of the House of Commons the 240l. which Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe will lend into the Exchequer to-morrow. Disposition Book II. p. 35.
Same to the old Farmers of the Hearthmoney (Abraham Anselme, now deceased, John Perry and Edward Buckley) to forthwith pay 600l. into the Exchequer upon account of the farm rent due from them to the King. Reference Book I, p. 175. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 138.
In the margin. [this money is intended to be issued to] Mr. Thompson. (A similar letter of same date with the name Mr. Tyre [Ned Teare, the messenger] in the margin. It is difficult to decide whether these two entries are duplicate or not.)
Same to Mr. Howland. Your letter to me was sent by the Treasury Lords to Col. Birch. He informs them you are fully paid for what service you did as Register to the Commissioners of the Retrospection of the Wine Act. As to your claims as Register of Excise you are to forthwith pay into the Exchequer the balance remaining in your hands when (but not till then) my Lords will consider your pretences. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 139.
(In the margin: [sent] by Mr. Smyton.)
Same to the Ordnance Commissioners. Send forthwith to the Auditors of Imprests the ledger books of the Comptroller of the Ordnance for 1679 and 1680. Ibid, p. 140.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. Mr. Wade will pay 8,000l. into the Exchequer in Mr. Parry's name [as in part] of the remainder of the Queen's portion. Do not issue any part thereof without special direction from the Treasury Lords. Ibid.