Entry Book: April 1681, 21-30

Pages 115-133

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 7, 1681-1685. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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April 1681

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
April 21. For the royal warrant for Sir Samuel Morlands' privy seal for 664l. 4s. 5d. see supra, p. 79, under date Mar. 11. King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 156–8.
Royal sign manual for 400l. to Henry Guy for secret service without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Mar. 9 last. (Money warrant dated April 21 hereon. Money order dated April 30 hereon.) Ibid, p. 156. Money Book III, p. 28. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 210.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to William Hussey and James Briggs of London, merchants, their executors, etc., as in trust for Robert Williamson, esq., his executors, etc., of the demesnes of the manor of Newark, the park called Shimpling Park, and all other lands, tenements and hereditaments in cos. Nottingham and Suffolk, which were demised by the King or the Queen and her Trustees to Sir Thos. Williamson and said Robert Williamson, his brother, to hold the premises in co. Notts for 80 years from 1681, Lady day, and in co, Suffolk for 90 years from same date at a rent of 6l. 13s. 4d. payable from the Queen's death: all by reason that the said Sir Thomas Williamson obtained grants of the premises from the Queen with a covenant from the King to make further assurance thereof, all which interest he has sold to said Robert, who prays a confirmation of the grant as herein in order to remedy defects of title. King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 159.
Same to same for a same for a grant to Lionell Copley, his executors, etc., of all arrears due to the King of the monthly assessments in Wales between 1649, Lady day, and 1651, Christmas, and of the revenues of churches and vicarages levied in Wales and Monmouth between 1648, Lady day, and 1660, Lady day: the King having by the privy seal of 1679–80, Feb. 28, directed that William Williams, Phillip Bell and Hugh Greene, in consideration of their discovery of the said arrears and charges in prosecuting same, should (upon the recovery thereof) be rewarded thereout up to the value of one-third thereof: and the King also granted or did intend to grant to Sir Edmund Windham, Knight Marshal (since deceased), some part of the said arrears: but the said Phillip Bell, William Atkinson (the assignee of said Hugh Greene) and William Williams, by an instrument dated Jan. 31 last, and the said Sir Edward Windham by a like instrument, dated Feb. 23 last, departed with all their interest in the premises to the said Lionell Copley, to whom the King is pleased to make the present grant in consideration of good services performed. All powers to be given to Copley to sue for, receive, compound for, etc., etc., said arrears. Ibid, pp. 160–1.
Money warrant for 84l. 9s. 0d. to Anthony Seagar, 74l. 9s. 0d. thereof for disbursements for the Treasury Office for 1681, Lady day quarter, and 10l. for same quarter's salary. (Money order dated April 21 hereon.) Money Book III, p. 25. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 208.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of a draft of a plot of the Artillery Ground brought in by Mr. Fisher, being a piece of ground in St. James's Park, etc. The Surveyor General is to report what is the value of the ground built and unbuilt, and what improvements may be made of the same by building. Reference Book I, p. 249.
April 21. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 375l. to the President of the Privy Council out of the 948l. Excise surplus money now in the Exchequer. Disposition Book II, p. 58.
Same to same to issue as follows out of the 6,200l. Excise money directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.: Ibid.
to Mr. Johnson for the Forces 2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings 2,000
to the Duke of Monmouth 1,000
to the Duke of Grafton 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in further part of 5,000l. 200
Same to same to issue as follows out of the 11,000l. Customs money directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.: Ibid, p. 59.
to the Navy for three weeks on their weekly money 9,000
to the Treasury Lords for one quarter's salaries 2,000
Same to Mr. Duck. In regard the King's affairs require a speedy supply of money, the Treasury Lords direct you to forthwith pay into the Exchequer the remainder of the 15,000l. which you have agreed to lend on the credit of the Customs, and also the 6,500l. which by agreement you were to pay the 20th of this month for the surplus of the Hearthmoney. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 229.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to pay into the Exchequer, as soon as received, the 6,000l. which the Excise Farmers agreed to pay for the sub-farm of Wales and of the four Northern Counties. (Same to the Excise Farmers to forthwith pay said 6,000l. to said Commissioners.) Ibid, pp. 229, 230.
Same to George Downing, junr., to apply to the account of the Eighteen Months' Assessment and not to that of the Six Months' Assessment, the next moneys which shall be paid in by Mr. Duncombe, Receiver for co. Beds, of those assessments; he being above 800l. in arrear on the first assessment and 460l. on the second. If Duncombe refuse to comply with this direction, you are to detain the money in your hands till the Treasury Lords' pleasure be known. Ibid, p. 230.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay into the Exchequer this week the 2,000l. which was, upon the list, for the Privy Purse. Ibid.
April 22. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Jones, tidewaiter in fee for two years past in London port, for the place of tidesurveyor, ibid. loco Edmd. Clerk, removed. Reference Book I, p. 250.
Same to same of the petition of John Fellows for discharge of a seizure of some worsted hose, etc., shipped by him for France on the Mary, John Mervin master, said goods having been by mistake of William Bishop, his packer, entered as woollen hose, which would have saved only 4½d. a dozen in the duty on the hose. Ibid.
April 22. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the 6,500l. which the present Managers of the Hearthmoney have agreed to pay into the Exchequer on their payment due 1681, Sept. 29, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 60.
l. s. d.
to Mr. Packer, Paymaster of the Works 755 5 7
Wardrobe; ordinary 1,361 16 0
ditto; for Stable equipage 400 0 0
ditto; for extraordinary 700 0 0
Mr. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber 3,146 1 7
remainder to be reserved for the Treasury Lords' disposal 136 16 10
£6,500 0 0
April 23. Treasury allowance of the 1681, Lady day quarter's salary bill of the Customs, London port. (Total, 5,282l. 14s. 7d.) Money Book III, p. 25.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to direct the respective collectors of the outports to pay same quarter's salary bill for the outports. (Total, 3,457l. 16s. 8d.) Ibid.
Henry Guy to [the Navy Commissioners] to make forth bills of imprests for the following four chirurgeons, assigning same for payment out of the [Navy] weekly money for tickets, viz.: 6l. 10s. to Paul Bush [surgeon of the] Saphire; 26l. 3s. 9d. to Math. Stalworthy [ditto of the] Kingfisher; 34l. to John Moyle [ditto of the] St. David; 10l. to John Stephenson [ditto of the] Dunkirk; and also to pay out of the same weekly money in two or three weeks' time the 60l. odd due to the relict of Capt. Stephens for service done several years since. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 231.
Same to Sir P. Killigrew to forthwith attend the Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall with your last year's account as Receiver of that county [sic for Duchy]. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Fanshaw to attend the Treasury Lords on Tuesday next at the hearing of the business between you and Mr. Oates concerning discoveries. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to attend the Treasury Lords on Thursday, May 4. with the accounts of the Paymaster of the Works, for declaration. Ibid.
Treasury reference to Bartholomew Fillingham of John Mitton's petition shewing that about 1663 Peter Sergeant, head collector for the Hundred of Framland, co. Leicester, of the 1663, Eighteen Months' Assessment, was in arrear 726l. 1s. 3d. [on his said collection] for which arrear some lands of his to the value of 10l. per an. were extended and seized by inquisition taken 1673, Oct. 10, by the sheriff of Leicester: further that John Barkly, Page of Honour, sold his pension of 120l. per an. to petitioner [on the payments of which pension] there is above 500l. in arrear to petitioner: petitioner therefore prays that said extended lands may be assigned him on a valuation towards satisfaction of his said debt. Reference Book I, p. 251.
April 23. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of Peter Browne's petition for restoration to his place [in London port] having been dismissed in March last because Mr. Jones did not find him at his post on the quay. Reference Book I, p. 251.
Same to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of William Legg (as by a favourable reference thereof from the King of the 18th inst.), praying for a lease for 31 years at 12l. [sic ? for 12d.] per acre of concealed lands in Chipping Sodbury, co. Gloucester, being a messuage or tenement called the Town House or Town Hall, two large closes or grounds called the Mead Riding and Stub Riding, containing together 180 acres, out of which there is 5l. per an. issuing to the Lord of the Manor, and [also] the feeding of Gaunt's field containing 25 acres from Lammas to Lammas one year and from Lammas to Candlemas every other year: petitioner to be at the charge of recovering [the Crown's title to] same. Ibid, p. 252.
Same to John Lawrence, esq., and Auditor Shales of the case of Tho. Blagrave. Ibid, pp. 253–4.
Prefixing: said case: shewing that said Blagrave covenanted together with Wadlow, Hargrave, Henderson, Sayer, Kensey, Dyos and others to advance 300,000l. on the 310,000l. Wine Act in 1668. This money the advaneed and had orders of repayment registered in the Exchequer, which orders they assigned to several goldsmiths and others of whom they had borrowed the money which they advanced. Further the said Blagrave, Sayer, Kensey, Dyos and other partners released to Wadlow, Hargrave and Henderson, all their interest in the said Act and never had at any time one penny profit by their covenants with the King. That all the money raised upon this Act amounted to 222,700l. which appears by the Auditor's reports to be duly applied in the discharge of orders as far as it would go. That the money levied upon this Act falling short of what was advanced upon it, several persons who had orders assigned to them by the undertakers applied themselves to the Parliament that some way might be found out [in the second Wine Act] to satisfy them that were unpaid on the former [the abovesaid first Wine] Act. Thereupon in 1670 another [the second Wine Act] passed in which provision was made for discharging those unpaid orders registered on the first [Wine] Act. The King appointed Commissioners to put this Act in execution and ordered that the moneys thereof should be paid into the Exchequer, or to such persons as the Treasury Lords should nominate. By the special order of the then Treasury Lords the Commissioners who were to execute the [Retrospection clauses of the] Act were appointed to pay the money levied thereby to Wadlow, Hargrave and Henderson, who by virtue of this order received 52,700l., part of which was misapplied. That Blagrave, Kensey, Sayer, Dyos and others who were joint undertakers for the first Act are decreed to account jointly with Wadlow, Hargrave and Henderson for the money which was paid to them [the latter] as above upon this second Act, and by them misapplied, although they [the former] had no right or interest in the money levied upon the second Act, for before the commencing thereof they had assigned all their orders to persons of whom they had borrowed the money as above, and so were no longer interested in this fund; and further they had no power or authority to receive any money levied upon this second Act, which commenced about two years after their covenants with the King, and was made payable only to Wadlow, Hargrave and Henderson; and lastly they [said Blagrave, et al.] never received any part thereof or intermeddled in the execution of the second Act.
April 23. Treasury warrant to Auditor J. Done to make up the account of Sir Henry Osborne as Treasurer to the Sick and Wounded seamen and soldiers and prisoners of war in accordance with his report as follows: Reference Book I, pp. 254–6.
Prefixing: report dated 1680–1, Mar. 8, from said Auditor Done on said account. The total imprests to said Osborne from 1671–2, Mar. 5, to 1676, April 14, was 59,628l. His Majesty, out of his care for the seamen appointed Sir William Doily, Henry Forde, Bullen Reymes, Jon. Evelyn, et al. Commissioners for Sick and Wounded, and appointed London, Yarmouth, Ipswich, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Harwich, Chatham, Gravesend, Deal, Dover, Godspur [Gosport], Southampton or any other place thought fit by two of the said Commissioners for the speediest relief of the Sick and Wounded and the Commissioners were to provide all things necessary for that service and to take care that as soon as cured the men were to be returned to their ships. The Treasurer was to issue money by warrant from said Commissioners, and was to be allowed 166l. 13s. 4d. per an. salary. But by as subsequent order of 1671–2, Mar. 15. which constituted said Osborne Treasurer, he was to be allowed 400l. per an. for salary. The discharge side of said account is as follows:
l. s. d.
salaries to clerks, etc. 6,832 11 10
incidents 1,915 10
imprests and payments warranted by the Commissioners to be paid to themselves 50,866 0 0
But it does not appear that the said Commissioners have [rendered account shewing that they had] applied the said 50,866l. for the uses directed by the above instructions. I propose that the account be passed and that said 50,866l. be set in super on said Commissioners, and that process may issue against them to compel them to render an account.
Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Tho. Duckett, esq., for stay of process and for allowance for extraordinary pains as Receiver General for several taxes for co. Cambridge, he having been unable by reason of great sickness to prosecute his accounts, for which reason process went against him and his securities, although the debt due to the King is small and petitioner is ready to pay it. Ibid, p. 257.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Allen Ford, citizen and bookbinder of London, praying a tidewaiter's or watchman's place, London port. Ibid.
April 23. Treasury recommendation to the Customs Commissioners of John Durham's petition for a noontender's place, London port. Reference Book I, p. 258.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of James Harmon, only son of Sir William Harmon (a great sufferer for loyalty), praying a place as landwaiter or quayman, London port. Ibid.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Sir Jon. Temple, Solicitor General of Ireland. Said petition sets forth that by royal signet and sign manual of 1663–4, Jan. 4 [the King directed the passing a grant of forfeited lands in Ireland to the value of 300l. per an. to petitioner and his heirs] and by another royal letter of 1674–5, Mar. 8, patents were directed to be passed to him of such and so many lands, tenements and hereditaments in possession, reversion and remainder belonging to the King in Ireland as should amount to 500l. per an. in consideration of his many faithful services. Petitioner has never yet passed any grant or received any benefit herein. He is informed that there are some lands belonging to the King in reversion or remainder of which he might pass the inheritance by virtue of the said letter without further warrant. But in case he should pass the said inheritance those persons who now hold the said lands in tail by suffering recoveries after such grant might bar such estates in reversion or remainder. He therefore desires rather to pass a long lease of such lands to commence from the determination of such estates as are now in being. For this he must have a fresh royal warrant, which he prays. Out Letters (Ireland) II, pp. 148–151.
Followed by: a note of the lands last referred to. Mary Taylor and John Taylor, her son, by decree of the late Commissioners for the Act of Settlement of 1663, Aug. 3, were adjudged Innocent Papists and were thereby restored to certain lands in Swores [Swords] of 160 acres and several other lands, to hold part for her life and the rest to John Taylor and his heirs male. Same being both dead, all said lands are enjoyed by John Taylor, son of said John. His Majesty is entitled thereto in remainder after the termination of the estate so decreed. And further John Cannon [Carron] by decree of the said Commissioners of 1663, July 15, was adjudged an Innocent Papist, and was thereby restored to the manor, castle, townlands, tenements and hereditaments of Mobarnan, Rathmere, Cornerigh, Knockbrit, Rachey and Ballin, being parcels of Mobarnan, lying in the barony of Middlethird, co. Tipperary. Said Carron is since dead and said lands are now held by Connill Carron, son and heir of said John. His Majesty is entitled to the reversion of said estate.
Said petition being referred Feb. 15 last to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. the Duke of Ormonde hereon reported Feb. 25: The facts are as stated. Petitioner may be granted leases of said estates after determination of the respective estates tail, reserving the quit rents now payable.
Said report being referred Mar. 24 last to the Treasury Lords, the latter hereby report concurring therein.
April 25. Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Peter Whitley for an allowance for extraordinary pains, he having upon the death of his brother Ralph Whitly, taken the receipt of six of the late Eighteen Months' Assessment in North Wales and similarly the receipt of the last three months of said Assessment for co. Chester upon Mr. Hollenshead's being superseded and all others refusing, in which receipts he was put to as much charge and trouble as if he had been concerned in the whole Assessment, having laid out 200l. therein. Reference Book I, pp. 256–7.
Same to Nathaniel Bladon of the petition of George Beare and Tho. Thoroton, et al. praying payment of the 1,194l. 10s. 10d. due to them for necessaries relating to housekeeping wherewith they have for some time past served the late Earl of Plymouth at reasonable rates for which, at his going to Tangier, he gave his obligations and acknowledgments and assignment on the first money that should be paid on his pension of 4,000l. Ibid, p. 258.
Together with: reference dated Mar. 4 from the King to the Treasury Lords of said petition.
Treasury warrant to George Manley, bailiff and collector of his Majesty's rents of the manors of East Farleigh and Peckham, co. Kent. The King has granted to Charles Osborne and John Knight the sum of 60l. 18s. 2d. per an. in rents of assize and other rents within the said manors for 99 years from 1678, Lady day, terminable on the life of the Queen. You [Manley] have received said sum since 1678, Lady day, without rendering any account. You are to deliver to Auditor Shales an account of your receipts of said sum from 1678, Lady day, and to immediately pay the balance thereof to said lessees. And for the future you are to forbear to collect any of the said rents. Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, p. 330.
The Treasury Lords to Sir William Stapleton [Governor of the Leeward Islands]. Yours of Oct. 26 last to hand. We note that you have omitted to send us authentic copies of all the laws and public Acts relating to the revenue arising within your Government. In particular we require copies of all Acts for raising the impost on liquors within each of the Leeward Islands, and the act of 1lb. of sugar in Antigua and all other Acts relating to the revenue, which we are well informed have not been regularly transmitted to the Lords of the Council for the Plantations. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 77–8, Out Letters (General) VI, p. 235.
Money warrant for 20l. to Edward Teare as reward for his extraordinary pains in carrying letters on several occasions for his Majesty's service; for the year ended 1681, Mar. 25. (Money order dated April 26 hereon.) Money Book III, p. 26. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 209.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt to forbear striking any more tallies on the Hereditary Excise for perpetual interest to the Bankers till those already levied thereon are satisfied and until you receive further order in that behalf: all by reason that several of the said tallies already struck thereon do remain unsatisfied. Money Book III, p. 26.
Letter of direction on the 4,000l. remaining unpaid on a money order of 1678, Sept. 4, for 800l. to Philip Packer for one year on the ordinary of the Works, on which order a letter of direction was signed 1679–80, Mar. 2, for 4,000l. thereof ("of which 4,000l., 3,044l. 14s. 5d. appears by the order to be already satisfied"). The said order is hereby to be executed for the remaining 4,000l. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 208.
April 25. Henry Guy to Ralph Montague [Master of the Great Wardrobe] to apply as follows the 1,284l. 12s. 0d. ordered to be issued to you, viz., 800l. for the ordinary of your office [of the Wardrobe], 444l. 11s. 6d. for stable equipage and 40l. 0s. 6d. for Mr. Sayers [the King's] master cook. "This is part of 6,500l. Hearthmoney." Disposition Book II, p. 59.
Same to the Treasurer of the Chamber to issue as follows the 1,808l. 0s. 3d. directed to be paid to you, which with 76l. 7s. 6d. in your hands unapplied makes up the total 1,884l. 7s. 9d., viz., 90l. to Mr. Gauntlet; 300l. to Mr. Chase; 454l. 17s. 6d. to the watermen; 150l. to the Apothecary of the Household; 110l. 3s. 0d. to the Queen's Apothecary; 12l. to Mary Dowle; 200l. to the Maundy; 70l. to Mr. Davies, Wardrobe Keeper at Windsor; 120l. to Mr. Randieu; 100l. to Mr. English and Mr. Coleman, underhousekeepers at Hampton Court; 58l. to Mr. Donkelly on bills; 30l. to three footmen; 24l. 19s. 9d. to Mr. Seagar; 90l. to Evans, Howell and Change [three of the Chamber] messengers; 74l. 7s. 6d. to Mr. Atterbury. (Total, 1,884l. 7s. 9d.) Ibid, pp. 59–60.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the 5,000l. lent and to be lent by Mr. Duck to complete [his loan up to] 40,000l. viz.: Ibid, p. 60.
l. s. d.
to Mr. Johnson for Jamaica 3,373 5 0
to the Treasurer of the Navy for Sir Tho. Beckford 500 0 0
towards payment of a list which will be sent as soon as perfected 1,126 15 0
Same to same to issue 44l. 6s. 8d. to Andrew Lawrence, surveyor of his Majesty's highways; out of the 250l. Hearthmoney now remaining in the Exchequer, being part of 300l. formerly reserved for Mr. Griffin. Ibid, p. 61.
Same to the Attorney General. The Treasury Lords have read several authentic certificates shewing that Jno. Winne, of Lewisham, Kent, was convicted for a Popish Recusant through malicious and private prosecution and is nevertheless a true Protestant. Shew him all the favour the law will allow. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 230.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend the Committee for Trade to-morrow in order to the settling of a project of a treaty of commerce with Sweden. Ibid. p. 231.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 300l. to Ralph Widdrington out of the 300l. which the Collector of the Tenths of Gloucester Diocese will pay into the Receipt on the account of said Tenths for 1679. Ibid, p. 232.
Same to the Customs Commissioners for a certificate as to the payment of 40l. to Solomon Sommers. Ibid.
If not paid forbear to pay it till further order. In the margin: [this letter was delivered] to the man himself that prosecutes.
April 25. Henry Guy to Tho. Brown. If you do not pay the money due from you to the Agents for Taxes by Thursday next your [surety] bond will be put in suit. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 232.
Same to the [Auditor of the Receipt] to issue to the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners so much of his Majesty's revenue arising by First Fruits and Tenths as will clear 1679, Christmas quarter, as well as satisfy 1680, Lady day quarter [to said Band]. Issue this preferable to all other persons who have not dormant warrants thereupon. Ibid, p. 233.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the landing, Customs free, of the goods of Don Emanuel de Fonseca, Resident of the Spanish Low Countries. Out Letters (Customs) V, pp. 327–8.
Appending: schedule of said goods, brought over in the Henrietta yacht (including some pictures, pourcellin and Boucaros, writings and books of history, eight pieces of old tapestry hangings, 10 pieces of new tapestry hangings, pictures with their frames, painted screens and pictures, etc.).
Same to same to permit the landing, Customs free, of eight pieces of tapestry hangings arrived in the Henrietta yacht from Brussels for the Duke of York. Ibid, p. 328.
April 26. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Robert Nangle, gent. Said petition sets forth that by patent of 1611, June 19, James I. granted to Robert Nangle, esq. (in consideration of many services by him performed to said King and to Queen Elizabeth) the rectories of Lismalin, Railstown, Ballingill and Garvock [Garvagh], Tymachoe [Timahoe], Kilmackayle [Kilmachahill], Newtownlennan, Shadbaly [Stradbally] and Shrewell [Shronell] with several lands, tenements, tithes and profits thereto belonging, and a quarter of land containing 30 acres in Ballywilliam, all lying in cos. Tipperary, Kildare, West Meath, Longford and Waterford, for several terms of years, many thereof unexpired: that said Nangle died intestate in possession thereof: that petitioner, being his near relative and kinsman, took out administration in the Prerogative Court, Ireland, by virtue whereof he is entitled to the premises during the respective terms therein, and, having been till of late a minor, was unable to repair the waste, and the charge of repairs will now be considerable. Therefore prays a further grant of the premises at a moderate increase of rent. Out Letters (Ireland) II, pp. 146–7.
Said petition being referred Jan. 29 last from the King to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the Duke of Ormonde reported thereon Mar. 5 last: The rectories mentioned are by the Acts of Settlement disposed of to the respective incumbents of the parishes wherein they lie after the expiration of the several leases thereof now in being; and the reversion of the lands referred to has been heretofore granted by patent to the Duke of Monmouth and his heirs. So that I do not see how any further grant can be made to petitioner of the premises. But his interest in the remainder of the existing terms may be confirmed if your Majesty be so pleased.
Said report being referred the 13th inst. to the Treasury Lords, the latter hereby report that such confirmation will be no prejudice to your Majesty.
April 26. Henry Guy to Mr. Ayloffe, King's Remembrancer, to issue immediate extent against Samuell Williams, esq., late Receiver General of the Eighteen Months' Assessment, co. Southampton, and similarly against Jon. Hartop, late Receiver of the Six Months' Assessment, co. Leicester, and to issue scire facias against his surety, on the bond lately returned into the King's Remembrancer's Office by the Commissioners [for co. Leicester] for said Assessment. Out Letters (General), VI, p. 232.
Same to Lewis Trethewy. On considering the weekly certificate of the Assessments the Treasury Lords find a great arrear upon your brother upon the late Six Months' Assessment. You are to satisfy my Lords on Thursday next as to when it will be paid to prevent issue of extent. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Kirwood. From the weekly certificates presented to them by the Agents for Taxes, the Treasury Lords perceive that the city of London and county of Middlesex is near 6,000l. in arrear upon the Eighteen Months' and Six Months' Assessments. They are informed that you have at least 2,000l. hereof in your hands as deputy Receiver for Capt. Howard. In order to prevent issue of process against said Howard and his sureties, you are to pay the money into the Exchequer immediately, and to attend my Lords on Thursday with the state of [your] accounts of those [Assessments]. Ibid, p. 233.
Same to the Customs Cashier to forthwith pay 500l. to Prince Rupert for last Lady day quarter on his pension of 2,000l. per an. Ibid, p. 234.
Same to Phillip Frowd. At your request the Treasury Lords have been so favourable to Mr. Dorislaus as to pass by his fault. They expect you to take care that Mr. Appleby be forthwith rewarded by Dorislaus for his charges in making the seizure. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to furnish Mr. Blathwayt with the accounts of Francis, Lord Willoughby of Parham during his government of Barbados, as the Treasury Lords have occasion to see the state of the revenue of Barbados in reference to the pretensions of the creditors of the Earl of Carlisle. Ibid, p. 237.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the Excise money directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.. Disposition Book II, p. 62.
to Mr. Johnson for the Forces 2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings [of same] 2,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 2,000
to me, Guy, for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne 250
Treasury reference to the Attorney General of the petition of Henry, Earl of Peterborough, the Earl of Yarmouth, Lord Paston, Sir Francis Compton, Bernard Grenvile, Charles Middleton, William Chiffinch, James Frazier, Anthony Parsons and Percivall Brunskell. Said petition shews that several forfeitures of Greenwax not granted from the Crown for divers years past amounted to a very considerable sum yearly to the King, insomuch that his Majesty graciously promised a grant thereof as desired herein. To avoid all opposition, petitioners beg a grant for 31 years of all fines and moneys called Capias pro fine upon judgments Quod capiatur vel committitur and the moiety of all fines and forfeitures whatsoever reputed as part or parcel of the Greenwax, excepting all First Fruits and Tenths, all Pre-fines and Post-fines of alienations, all fines upon Popish Recusants and seizures upon Papists and Conventiclers, all fines of the same sort and nature granted to any private person, city or corporation or of any liberties or franchises. Reference Book I, p. 259.
April 26. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Wildey for a place as tidewaiter, weigher or watchman, London port. Reference Book I, p. 259.
Royal letter to the Governor in Chief and Deputy Governor of the Leeward Islands. We have found it necessary for our service to bring our revenue arising in America into a more certain method of account than has hitherto been practised. Our will and pleasure therefore is that you do not remit or pardon any fines or forfeitures whatsoever which shall happen within your government, before or after sentence given, until you shall have first signified to us the nature of the offence or occasion of such fines and forfeitures with the particular sums or value thereof (which you are to do with all speed to the Treasury Lords) [and] until you have received our directions therein. We further charge and require you not to pass any law or do any act by grant, settlement or otherwise whereby our revenue shall be remitted, lessened or impaired, nor dispose of any escheats or forfeitures whatsoever without our especial leave or commands therein. King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 158. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, p. 78.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Sir William Scroggs, late Chief Justice of the King's Bench, of an annuity or yearly pension of 1,500l., payable termly, for his natural life: the first payment to be made on the last day of Easter term, 1681. King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 161.
Same to same for a same to empower Sir Francis Leeke, bart., to appoint from time to time (with the Treasury Lords' approbation) one or more deputies or substitutes in his office of one of the two searchers at Gravesend, of which office he (by the name of Francis Leeke, esq.) received a reversionary grant 1677, Aug. 28, in reversion after Tho. Chiffinch. esq., who is since deceased. (Entry of said Leeke's petition for such power: with reference dated April 11 thereof from the King to the Treasury Lords.) Ibid, p. 162. Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, p. 330.
Money order for 500l. to Sir George Wharton, Treasurer of the Ordnance, as in part of 1,500l. by the privy seal of 1680, July 28, for building a hospital for sick men of the garrison of Portsmouth, and repairing his Majesty's chapel at Godshouse and the alarm gallery there: the present payment to be made out of the 500l. arising by the sale of dotard or decayed trees or wood in the New Forest. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 211.
April 26. Money warrant for 1,000l. to the Duke of Grafton; 250l. thereof to complete 1679, Michaelmas quarter, on his pension of 3,000l. per an. and 750l. for 1679, Christmas quarter thereon: to be satisfied out of moneys of the Excise. Money Book III, p. 26.
Same for 62l. 10s. 0d. to Adam Colclough as reward for his pains in executing the office of surveyor of Greenwax for five months from 1680. Nov. 19, to 1681, April 19; being at the rate of 150l. per an.: to be paid out of King's Bench fines. Ibid, p. 27. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 210.
April 27. Phillip Frowd desires that no grant may pass, in reversion, to Visct. Massareene of a parcel of land in Ireland called Mountjoy, till he be heard. Caveat Book, p. 14.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the Treasury Lords, the Barons of the Exchequer and the officers of the Board of Greencloth to pass and allow in the account (for the year ended 1678, Michaelmas) of William Ashburnham, late Cofferer of the Household, 10,800l. which sum said Ashburnham was by a royal sign manual dated 1678–9, Mar. 3, directed to pay to William Chiffinch without account "which for divers years last past he had disbursed and paid to said persons by our especial command." which sum said Ashburnham accordingly paid 1679, June 25: the said warrant which authorised said payment having directed that said payment should be allowed in the accounts of [the Cofferer of] the Household for the said year ended 1678, Sept. 29. King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 163.
William Blathwayt to Mris. Danby, forwarding a copy of (a) intra. Give me your answer in writing or appoint a time when we may meet and confer concerning such proposals as you may be able to make for the discovery of any concealed sums of money due to the King in Barbados or any other of the King's dominions in America. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 79–81.
Prefixing: (a) petition to the Treasury Lords from Richard Payne, Lewis Prescot, et al., and Treasury reference thereon of date Feb. 28 last, ut supra, pp. 59–60.
April 28. Money warrant for 27l. 13s. 0d. to the executors of John Stone (Stones) for 1½ years to 1671, Sept. 29, on his fee of 12d. a day as late Master Mason at Windsor. Money Book III, p. 27.
Same for 12l. 3s. 4d. to Richard Welbecke for one year to 1680, Sept. 29, on his fee as Keeper of his Majesty's stables at Reading. Ibid.
Same for 500l. to Richard, Lord Arundell, for half a year to 1679, June 24, on his pension of 1,000l. Ibid.
Same for 6,350l. 9s. 6d. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe for 6 per cent. interest and 4 per cent. reward for the quarter ended Mar. 25 last on moneys by them advanced for his Majesty's service. (Money order dated April 30 hereon.) Ibid, p. 28. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 210.
Same for 20l. to Lodowicke Bray for half a year to 1680, Christmas, on his pension of 40l. per an. Money Book III, p. 28.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of [Capt. Hy. Wilkinson] appointed Governor of Carolina for a grant to his eldest son, Robt. Wilkinson (who has been for eight or nine years past Lieut. of several of his Majesty's ships, and is now designed to go along with petitioner to Carolina) of the place of Customs officer in Carolina, petitioner having a former grant of said office but did not take out the patent because on enquiry he found the office would not answer his expectation; and for the same reason one Mr. Taile who procured an order for the place desisted therefrom. Reference Book I, p. 261.
Same to [Auditor] Aldworth of the petition of the domestic servants of the Earl of Plymouth, about 40 in number, shewing that they served him till the time of his death, and that there is owing above 4,000 to them for wages and otherwise for which the said Earl by notes under his hand and seal assigned them satisfaction on the 7,000l. arrears owing on his pension of 4,000l. a year: therefore pray payment of said debts out of said arrear, petitioners being in a very poor condition with nothing to subsist on. Ibid, p. 265.
Appending: order of reference dated 1680–1, Feb. 22, from the King to the Treasury Lords of said petition.
The like reference on a petition of said Earl's creditors for similar payment of said Earl's debts to them out of such pension arrears. Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the 6,500l. which the Hearthmoney managers have agreed to pay into the Exchequer on their rent due 1682, Mar. 25. together with the 136l. 16s. 10d. remaining in the Exchequer, of their payment made the 26th inst., making a total of 6,636l. 16s. 10d., viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 61.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Chamber 1,808 0 3
to the Master of the Wardrobe 1,284 12 0
to Lord Lumley 350 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service on three orders 734 13 7
to Mr. Hewer for extraordinary service of Tangier, to pay a bill of exchange 719 19 2
to the officers of the Works, a year's salary 397 5 0
to the Paymaster of the Works on the ordinary 60 0 0
to ditto for extraordinaries for the Duchess of York's lodgings at St. James, 119l. 1s. 7d.; for the Court of Judicature scaffold, 230l.; to fit the Mews for the soldiers, 140l. 489 1 7
to the Duke of Monmouth for the Stables 600 0 0
to Mr. Oglethorpe 30 0 0
to Mr. Welbecke, stable keeper at Reading 12 10 0
to the widow of John Stone, late master mason at Windsor 27 13 0
to Mr. Bray 20 0 0
to Sir Phillip Lloyd 100 0 0
remainder to be reserved 3 1 7
£6,636 16 10
The Treasury Lords to Sir William Stapleton [Governor of the Leeward Islands]. We have already signified to you William Balthwayt's appointment as Surveyor and Auditor for the revenues in America, recommending him and the business committed to his charge to your furtherance as an acceptable service to his Majesty, "whose special commands we have to improve by our utmost care among other things that part of his revenue arising in the Charibbee Islands by the duty of Four and a Half per cent." In order thereto it is necessary that we be informed of the real value thereof as collected and managed by the present Farmers. You are hereby to have the books of said Farmers or their deputies in the Islands under your Government viewed and copied, ut supra, p. 112, from the commencement of the present farm to Michaelmas last, and have them transmitted to Blathwaite. Out Letters (General) VI, pp. 233–4.
Attestation by Henry Guy to the truth of a certificate dated 1680–1, Feb. 25, from Nicho. Johnson to the effect that said Johnson advanced to Edward Griffin, esq., Treasurer of the Chamber, on the 22nd of June, 1680, the sum of 4,000l. upon credit of an order for 15,000l. granted to him 1679, Dec. 22, for the service of the Office of the Chamber, which 4,000l. was repaid to said Johnson out of the Exchequer, viz., 3,000l. thereof on 1680, Sept. 14, and 1,000l. on 1680, Nov. 20. Ibid, p. 236.
Henry Guy to Mr. Graham. Summon John Farwell and John Richardson before you and after examining, report on the [enclosed] petition [missing]. Ibid.
Same to Sir Henry Johnson and Mr. Strutt. When you attended the Treasury Lords upon Mr. Killigrew's proposal concerning the tin you did not agree to his proposal, but took it away in order to the making such a proposal as you could stand by. My Lords will consider the business of the tin next week. Send them as soon as you can the proposal you intend to stand by. Ibid.
Same to Sir Geo. Downing to furnish said Blathwaite with such papers and minutes as you have in your custody relating to the matter of the pretensions of the Earl of Carlisle's creditors upon the Barbados revenue which matter is under the Treasury Lords' consideration in order to have the whole matter stated to the King in Council. Ibid.
Same to Capt. Talbot to attend Mr. Blathwayte with such papers as you have in your custody relating to the above business of the Earl of Carlisle's creditors' pretences. (The like letter to Mr. Lawrence and to Mr. Fillingham.) Ibid, p. 237.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. Inform my Lords this afternoon about the writ which was served upon you by Mr. Hastings. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to attend the Treasury Lords on Saturday concerning Sir George Wharton's and Mr. Pepys's accounts, and to certify my Lords concerning Mr. Pepys how much was paid in pieces of Eight and how much in shillings. Ibid.
Henry Guy to Thomas Brown to pay to Sir Richard Mason by Saturday next the money you owe to the King, or process will issue on your surety bond. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 238.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. Did you dismiss Nicholas Web from his place as surveyor, waiter and searcher at Norwich without a hearing ? Ibid.
April 18
[sic, erratum
for 28].
Same to Mr. Frowdd. The Treasury Lords think 10 guineas is a sufficient reward for Mr. Appleby. Ibid.
April 28. Same to the Navy Commissioners. Upon an estimate given in to the Treasury Lords by the Admiralty Lords the 18th inst. the Treasury Lords do agree that you buy pitch, tar, rosin, oil, tallow, reed and broom, timber, plank, dales [deals], masts and spars and hemp upon the credit of the [Navy's] weekly money; to be paid in course; not exceeding 7,000l. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brisbane to acquaint the Admiralty Lords that the Treasury Lords have appointed several sums of money for paying off the Leopard, for materials for repair of the docks, the caulkers at Chatham, the Boneta sloop, the Kitchen yacht, the list of poor widows, the new ship at Chatham, and for providing several materials according to the Admiralty Lords' estimate given to the Treasury Lords the 18th inst. Ibid.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Col. Lane's daughters, viz., Grace Lane, Lettice Lane, Eliz. Jervice alias Lane, Dor[oth]y Lane, Frances Offley alias Lane. Said petition sets forth that by royal letter of 1669, Aug. 2, the King granted to the Duke of Ormonde 5,000l. per an. out of quit rents, Ireland: that by royal letter of 1678–9, Mar. 10, the King authorised a grant to petitioners of 6,000l. out of said quit rents after satisfaction of the Duke of Ormonde's claim thereon. Such patent passed the great seal of Ireland and said sum was inserted on the establishment of Ireland to be in such manner paid to them. Before Michaelmas last the Duke of Ormonde was satisfied what was due thereon to him from the King except 441l. 4s. 0d. which he has received out of the 2,500l. for the half year's quit rents due at Michaelmas last, and petitioners have received the remainder of said 2,500l., being 2,058l. 16s. 0d. as in part of their 6,000l. By Order in Council of Nov. 9 last the King has ordered that the said 5,000l. per an. of quit rents should be by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland applied to other uses, although same is as above devolved on petitioners [till satisfaction of the balance of their 6,000l.] and is their whole dependence and subsistence. Pray an order for them to receive the 2,500l. for [1681] Lady day, and 1,441l. 4s. 0d. out of the same for 1681. Michaelmas, and that such order may be entered in the establishment of Ireland. Out Letters (Ireland) II. pp. 151–5.
Said petition being referred 1680, Dec. 21, to the Treasury Lords from the King, "never forgetting the good services of the petitioners" the Treasury Lords referred same to the Earl of Ranelagh, who thereupon reported certifying the truth of the matter of fact. Thereupon the Treasury Lords hereby report to the King. We find the statements true. But we also find that the said order of Nov. 9 last suspended the payment of these rents, together with divers pensions and salaries for one year, and directed the Duke of Ormonde to apply the money arising from such suspension towards the repairs of forts, mounting guns and providing stores for the safety thereof [of Ireland]. If the petition be granted, so much of these services must be omitted as their claim comes to.
April 28. Letter of direction on a money order of the late Treasurer Southampton, dated 1661–2, Mar. 22, for 1,153l. 16s. 0d. to John Alexander, shoemaker to King Charles I. for salary and for boots and shoes and other necessaries furnished to King Charles I., payable out of the moiety of forfeited leather: it being certified by the Auditor of the Receipt that 949l. 19s. 5d. has been paid on said order. thus leaving 203l. 16s. 7d. The said order is to be hereby executed for the said remainder. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 209.
April 29. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Tho. Powell for the command of one of the Customs smacks, he having been a mariner, a master of ships and having served the King in the Dutch wars. Reference Book I, p. 260.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to enquire after a parcel of wines seized at Worcester by one Viccarys, a Customs officer there. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 238.
Same to Mr. Howland to forthwith pay into the Exchequer the balance of the account of Col. Birch and partners remaining in your hands and to attend the Treasury Lords on Tuesday week for the declaration of said account. Ibid, p. 239.
Same to the Customs Commissioners forwarding the following letter. Do therein as far as properly and legally you may. Ibid.
Appending. letter dated Dover, 29 [sic] April, 1681, from Tho. Veel to the Treasury Lords. I received this information from a person of quality yesterday, viz., that out of the fleet now "residing" in the Downs the merchants have lately run wines to the value of 6,000l. customs [thereon] and most suspected to be landed in Kent. The truth is the whole county is plentifully supplied, and it is modestly believed that upon examination the fifth part will not appear to be entered. We consulted Mr. Breton, the Collector of this port. We believe a speedy search through the whole county will much conduce to his Majesty's service if the Customs officers be ordered to assist us. Ibid.
April 30. Same to the Excise Farmers to forthwith pay to the Excise Commissioners the 6,000l., ut supra, p. 116, the Treasury Lords having no information that it is yet paid into the Exchequer. Also to similarly pay the 204l. 13s. 9½d. [balance] due upon the last year's surplus [of the Excise]. Ibid, p. 240.
Same to Mr. Ducke to pay into the Exchequer the 6,500l. ut supra, p. 116, my Lords taking notice from the Exchequer that it is not yet paid. Ibid.
Same to William Harbord. Hasten your report on the reference about the Artillery ground. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Treasurer's Remembrancer, the Clerk of the Pipe, and the Comptroller of the Pipe, to stay all further process against William Penn, of Worminghurst Place, co. Sussex, for 20l. supposed to be by him forfeited for one month as a Popish Recusant upon the Act of 28 Eliz., the Treasury Lords being very well satisfied that said Penn is not or ever was a Popish Recusant. The sheriff of said county is to be hereby given a discharge for said sum on his accounts. Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, p. 331.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the Treasurer of the Navy the 11,029l. 4s. 6d. of Customs money which will this day be paid into the Exchequer. Disposition Book II, p. 62.
Same to the Treasurer of the Navy to apply the abovesaid sum as follows: Ibid.
l. s. d.
to pay off the Leopard 5,000 0 0
to the Victuallers 4,000 0 0
materials for repairs of docks 1,000 0 0
caulkers at Chatham 200 0 0
Boneta sloop 150 0 0
Kitchin yacht 100 0 0
list of poor widows 146 12 3
new ship at Chatham 432 12 3
£11,029 4 6
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay Mr. Swan 37l. 10s. 0d. out of King's Bench fines and 2l. 10s. 0d. out of any disposable money to make up his 40l. warrant. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Attorney General of the following paper. Reference Book I, p. 260.
Prefixing: said paper, submitted to the Treasury Lords by Ed. Randolph. In order to a better regulating the trade of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay in New England, it is proposed that the Attorney General's opinion be had on the following questions. (1) Whether the laws of Trade and Navigation ought not to be from the first signification thereof observed by the King's subjects as well in New England as in all other his Majesty's foreign Plantations, and what form of signification is necessary. (2) Whether that Government [of New England] ought not to admit of appeals to his Majesty before and after trials had in their Courts by jury or otherwise. (3) Whether in appeals made there by his Majesty's officers and other his subjects good security ought not to be taken to answer before his Majesty here in England and what course must be taken if security be refused. (4) Whether the Governors and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England being by charter made a corporation and directed to act here in England and by their agents and factors to govern a tract of land granted to them by that charter in New England have not vacated their said charter by removing themselves and the entire execution of that charter to New England.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Mris. Kenniston and Ann Attwood, daughters of Sir John Lawson, shewing that there is due to them 3,125l. arrears on their pension of 125l. per an. granted to each of them by the patent of 1665, Aug. 28, and praying a grant of the forfeitures of coast bonds on coals exported beyond seas from 1671, Michaelmas, to 1680, Michaelmas, as in full satisfaction of said arrear. Ibid, p. 261.
Appending: reference dated April 12 to the Treasury Lords from the King of said petition, the King having a gracious sense of their father's many good services and being willing to relieve them as far as may consist with the present condition of his affairs.
April 30. Treasury reference to Sir James Shaen of the petition of Benedict Thistlethwaite (as by a reference thereof dated 1680, July 14, from the King to the Treasury Lords): petitioner shewing that being concerned in the inland Excise of Ireland he did on that account accept of several sums of money due to several officers and soldiers of the army there for their pay before 1675, Christmas, and did also at the instance of Sir John Champante, Deputy Vice-Treasurer of Ireland, advance and pay many sums due upon the same account, which he performed the more readily because of the King's several letters directing the payment of the said arrear as a special service to his Majesty: further that petitioner is considerably indebted to the Farmers of the Revenue of Ireland, towards satisfaction whereof he has offered vouchers and receipts for the money so by him advanced: but the said Farmers allege that they require first a particular order for their detaining and being allowed the said sum out of their farm rents before they give petitioner allowance therefor on his accounts with them. Reference Book I, p. 262.
Privy seal for the payment to Sir Thomas Derham, kt., of 500l. for equipage and 1,000l. per an. for ordinary entertainment as Resident with the Great Duke of Tuscany: the first three months of his said ordinary to be advanced: with the usual clause for allowance of his extraordinaries. King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 164.
[?] Money order for rewards to the clerks and ministers of the Receipt as follows, viz., John Lowe 7l., Matthew Lister 7l., Samuel Langford 5l., and John Taylor 5l. for levying tallies in vacation time for the year ended Mar. 25 last; and 6l. to Francis Sympson, clerk to William Wardour [Clerk of the Pells] for the like attendance concerning the Pells issues; and 5l. to Robert Packer, doorkeeper of the Receipt for the like attendance [at the gate of the Receipt]. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 210.
April 30. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the Duke of Ormonde's report on the petition of Mathew Quin. Said petition prays that on surrender of the grant under the great seal of Ireland of 1672–3, Feb. 25, of some small duties held and enjoyed by his late uncle, Andrew Lynch, of Galway, merchant, in the town and liberties of Galway (to wit 2d. upon every cow, steer or bullock killed by butcher to be sold within the said town and liberty thereof, 3d. for every cask of butter to be retailed with[in] the said town and liberties, 20d. upon every tun of beef and 20d. upon every tun of butter to be transported out of said town and liberties) said Quin may have a re-grant thereof under the great seal of Ireland for 99 years in as full and ample manner as was enjoyed by said Andrew Lynce and with amendments as follows: the petitioner having after three years' suit on bill and answer in the High Court of Chancery in Ireland at his great charge obtained a decree for his enjoyment of said duties for the term of his first abovesaid grant. But by reason that petitioner served your Majesty beyond the seas during the late usurpation he had not a true cognisance of the certainty of the said small duties before he preferred his said bill in Chancery by which it appears that said Lynch had 4d. for every bullock or steer killed as aforesaid, though [petitioner] knew then but of 2d., and 1d. for every hog killed and sold as aforesaid and 1d. for every sheep killed and sold as aforesaid, which last duties were not particularly mentioned in petitioner's first said grant by reason that the certainty of same were not then known. Out Letters (Ireland) II, pp. 156–9.
Said petition being referred 1677, Sept. 22, to the Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the latter referred same to Sir William Domvile, Attorney General of Ireland, who reported thereon 1677–8, Jan. 18. Said Quin exhibited his bill in Chancery in Michaelmas term, 1673, against Gregory Constable, John May, John Vaughan, Daniell Wright and Humphry Lamphert to be quieted in the possession of the abovesaid duties of 4d. per beef cow, bullock or ox slaughtered, 1d. per hog and 1d. per sheep, 3d. per firkin of butter, 20d. per tun of beef and 20d. per tun of butter. Defendants' answer denied his title and set up a title in the mayor, burgesses and commonalty of Galway by virtue of several charters from the King's progenitors and that defendants accounted to said mayor, etc., for same from time to time. Issue was joined and on the 15th May, 1675, a decree was made to quieten plaintiff in his possession of the said duties. The depositions shew that Lynch received and enjoyed to his own use 4d. per steer, ox, cow or bullock, 3d. per cask of butter, 1d. per sheep, 2d. per hog, 20d. per tun of beef and 20d. per tun of butter, ut supra, and claimed an inheritance therein by right from his father and grandfather. Petitioner may therefore be granted said duties as in said decree, on surrender of the former grant, and in as ample manner as said Lench or any of his ancestors enjoyed same before 1641.
Hereon the Lord Lieutenant reported 1677–8, Feb. 28, to the King agreeing with said report of the Attorney General.
The said Quin having preferred a second petition, same was referred 168[0-]1, Mar. 23, together with the abovesaid reports, to the Treasury Lords, who hereby report agreeing therewith.