Entry Book: December 1684, 1-5

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December 1684

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Dec. 1. Money warrant for 88l. 3s. 4d. to William Lowndes, without account, for his charges in making a large book for his Majesty's service, being an abridgement of all grants enrolled in Chancery of all lands, rents etc. from the Crown during the reign of Charles I with the reservations [of rents and services etc.] thereupon. (Money order dated Dec. 1 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 108. Order Book XXXIX, p. 200.
Same for 25l. each to Sir Charles Cotterell, Sir William Glascock, Tho. Povey and Charles Morley as Masters of Requests; being for a quarter each ending at 1683, June 24, for the first three and 1684, Lady day, for Morley. Money Book V, p. 109.
Same for 200l. to Thomas Whitgrave for one year to 1682, Lady day, on his pension. Ibid, p. 110.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt to issue 146l. to Edward Griffin on any unsatisfied orders in his name as Treasurer of the Chamber; same to be by him paid over to Phillip Burton, keeper of Chapel Hainault Walk in Waltham Forest for 12 years to 1684, Sept. 29 on his fee of 12l. 3s. 4d. per an. The said sum is to be satisfied by tallies on William Gilmore, gent., husband of Anne, the daughter and administratrix of Tho. Harbone, gent., who as Receiver of the arrears of Hearthmoney in co. Bucks was returned by Sir Robert Gayer, late sheriff of said county for the years 1662 and 1663, as in super to the amount of above 600l. upon constables and other persons. Ibid.
Dec. 1. Money warrant for 20l. to Robert Swan for 1684, Sept. 29 quarter, on his yearly sum for fidelity in securing the King after the battle of Worcester. (Money order dated Dec. 3 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 110. Order Book XXXIX, p. 201.
Same for 12l. 10s. 0d. to Nicholas Estoll for same quarter on his sum of 50l. per an. for discovering a plot against the King's person. (Money order dated Dec. 3 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 111. Order Book XXXIX, p. 201.
Same for 20l. to the executors of Humphry Madge for half a year to 1676, Sept. 29, on his fee as late one of the King's musicians. Money Book V, p. 111.
Same for 10l. to the executors of Alphonso Marsh for 1674, Michaelmas quarter, on his fee as late a same. Ibid.
Same for 20l. to the executors of Ann Jenkins, 10l. thereof to complete 1671, June 24 half year, and 10l. in part of 1671, Christmas half year, on her annuity of 30l. Ibid.
Same for 38l. 10s. 0d to the executors of Lancelott Thornton in full of 2¾ years to 1680, Lady day, on his fee as late Clerk of the Wardrobe. Ibid, p. 112.
Same for 20l. to the executors of Anthony Robart (Robarts) for half a year to 1674, June 24, on his fee as late one of the King's musicians. Ibid.
Same for 27l. 10s. 0d. to the executors of John Banistre, 7l. 10s. 0d. thereof as in full of 1674, Lady day quarter, and 20l. as in part of 1674, June 24 quarter, on his fee as late a same. Ibid.
Same for 20l. to Dr. Blow for 1672, Michaelmas half year, on the fee of 40l. per an. (In the margin: for Widow Humphrys.) Ibid, p. 113.
Same for 30l. to the executors of John Loup, 16l. 19s. 2d. thereof as in full for the year ended 1666, Christmas, and 13l. 0s. 10d. as in part of 46l. 19s. 2d. for the year ended 1667, Christmas, on his fee of 2s. 6d. a day and 20s. 8d. per an. for a livery as late clerk of his Majesty's armoury. Ibid.
Same for 40l. to the widow of Tho. Loup, 20l. thereof as in full of 1667, Christmas half year, and 20l. as in part of 1668, Lady day quarter, on his fee of 100l. per an. as late one of his Majesty's engineers [of fortifications]. Ibid.
Same for 20l. to Alice Baggott, relict of John Baggott, for half a year to 1672, June 24, on his annuity. Ibid.
Same for 12l. 10s. 0d. to Elianor Mather for 1684, Sept. 29 quarter, on her annuity. (Money order dated Dec. 3 hereon.) Ibid, p. 114. Order Book XXXIX, p. 200.
Same for 75l. to Ann Kelly for three quarters to 1677, Christmas, on her annuity or pension. (Money order dated Dec. 8 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 114. Order Book XXXIX, p. 202.
Money warrant for 25l. to William Chiffinch, without account; to be by him paid over to Ann, relict of Gyles Driver, late keeper of Greenwich park; being for 1678, Christmas quarter, on the wages and salary of said Driver and his servants for repairing the keeper's lodge, making hay for the deer and other necessary disbursements here. (Money order dated Dec. 3 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 114. Order Book XXXIX, p. 201.
Same for 7l. 17s. 11d. to the executors of Henry Norris as in full of all arrears on his fee and allowance as late joiner of the King's Privy Chamber. Money Book V, p. 115.
Same for 34l. 18s. 1½d. to Charles Evans for three quarters to 1673, Michaelmas, on his fee as one of the King's musicians. Ibid.
Same for 11l. 12s. 8½d. to Fra. Gerard, one of the King's musicians for 1679, Lady day quarter, 10l. to the executors of John Harding for 1671, Lady day quarter, as a same and 30l. to Charles Coleman for 1678, June 24 half year, on his fee of 40l. per an. and half a year to 1677, Christmas, on his fee of 20l. per an. as a same. Ibid.
Same for 40l. to John Clements for one year to 1676, June 24, on his fee as a same. Ibid, p. 116.
Same for 9l. 2s. 6d. to Rebecca Lowe, relict of William Low, for 1677, Lady day quarter, on her said husband's allowance of 2s. 6d. a day as late one of the Grooms of the Chamber to the Queen. (Money order dated Dec. 5 hereon.) Ibid, p. 116. Order Book XXXIX, p. 202.
Treasury reference to William Blathwayte of the petition of Richard, Earl of Ranelagh, as follows. Blathwayte is to give the Treasury Lords a true state of the [Four and a Half per cent.] revenue and of what debts are charged thereupon. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, pp. 110–14.
Prefixing: said petition shewing that by patent dated 1662, Oct. 30, the King granted to Francis, late Lord Wiloughby of Parham, and his assigns the Barbados and Leeward Islands with all the Customs and profits thereof for seven years from the then following Christmas, he to pay a moiety thereof to the King and to detain the other moiety to his own use without account: that the said Lord quietly enjoyed the benefit thereof till 1666, "but then the French having taken St. Christophers and infested the other islands, his Lordship set sail with a fleet and a considerable number of landmen, which with great charge he had got ready, and in a few days after was unfortunately cast away by a hurricane": that a little before he began that fatal expedition he made his will, leaving to his two daughters and co-heiresses (who were married respectively to the present petitioner and to William, late Lord Brereton) the remaining term in his said lease of the Barbados and Leeward Islands. as also the territory of Surinam in the West Indies the planting and settling of which had cost him upward of 50,000l. sterling, as can be made appear by accounts: that upon the news of the Earl's death the King appointed his brother then William, Lord Willoughby, to succeed him in the government of those islands, giving him amongst his instructions a particular direction to take all possible care of the estate of his said neices in those parts: that said Lord Willoughby landed in the Barbados towards the end of April, 1667, and between that time and the 25 Dec., 1669 (when the said seven years' lease expired) the moiety of the Customs due to the present petitioner's wife and her sister amounted to 8,397l. 2s. 4½d. clear of all charges and deductions which sum instead of being paid to them was applied by said Lord Willoughby without their consent towards paying Sir Tobias Bridge's Regiment and other charges of the King's government there, he alleging that there was an absolute necessity thereof, the war still continuing between the King and the French and Dutch: that besides the said co-heiresses being thereby disappointed of their just due, the Dutch also in the said war took and plundered Surinam which had cost their father so much and which he had left to them; and by an express article of the peace at Breda the said country of Surinam was made over to the Dutch in return for New York, but this without the least consideration given to the said co-heiresses: that said William, Lord Willoughby, returned to England in 1670 and passed his accounts before the Auditors of Imprests and by said account and by Treasurer Clifford's report thereon it appeared that the King was justly indebted in said sum of 8,397l. 2s. 4½d. to the estate of said Francis, Lord Willoughby: that thereupon at the desire of the present petitioner and William, late Lord Brereton, the King granted a privy seal dated 1673, July 12, for paying that sum out of the revenue of Barbados with a positive direction therein that not only tallies of pro or assignment but also, if desired, tallies of anticipation should be levied for same, one moiety to be paid next after 5,000l. part of the arrears of Sir Tobias Bridges [his Regiment] and the other moiety after the remainder of said arrear: that in pursuance of said privy seal petitioner struck tallies for 4,198l. 11s. 2d. and the assigns of the said Lord Brereton did the like for 1,440l. making 5,638l. 11s. 2d. in all: that for the remaining 2,758l. 11s. 2d. no tallies were struck, the King having by order in Council of 1676–7, Feb. 23, stopped any more proceedings upon the said privy seal, the said order being grounded upon the petition of Francis Tirwhit concerning the debt due to him from Francis, late Lord Willoughby: that the said Tirwhit was soon after left to prosecute his claim at law and at the desire of Lord Brereton the present petitioner made himself sole administrator of the will of Francis, Lord Willoughby: thereupon Terwhit filled a bill against petitioner as such administrator, alleging that he [Tyrwhit] being chief collector of the Customs [in Barbados etc.] had upon several orders from Lord Willoughby laid out several sums for his Majesty's service, viz. 2,867l. 10s. 0d. towards equipping the aforesaid fleet designed for the recovery of St. Christopher, and 1,335l. 10s. 0d. for the said lord's own private use, or in all 4,203l.: that the Court of Chancery after several hearings gave Tyrwhit a decree for both the said sums, declaring that since the disbursements thereof had been made by direction of said Lord Willoughby, Tyrwhit ought to be repaid out of said Lord's estate, and the Court further adjudged that the abovesaid privy seal "being all the visible estate of the said Francis, Lord Willoughby" should be liable to satisfy said two sums to Terwhitt within less than a twelvemonth from the date of the said decree. Petitioner therefore being every day threatened with arrest for not performing said decree and being utterly unable to perform it until he has first received from the king the abovesaid balance of 2,758l. 11s. 2d. and until he receives [a Treasury money] order for the 2,867l. 10s. 0d. which was wholly disbursed as above for the King's service, hereby prays to be paid said sums partly out of the arrears of rent due to the King from Col. John Stroud, farmer of the [Four and a Half per cent. duty or] Customs of Barbados and the Leeward Islands which [farm] determines at Christmas next and partly out of the surplus of the revenue of those islands from said Christmas next.
(b) A paper of four reasons offered on behalf of the abovesaid petition.
(c) Reference dated Whitehall, Nov. 12 last, from the King to the Treasury Lords, of said petition, his Majesty well remembering the many and faithful services of said Francis, Lord Wiloughby, and the great losses of his children from the said war and peace and thinking it noways reasonable that they should be further sufferers either by not receiving the remainder of their privy seal which has been so many years due or by being forced to pay a debt wholly contracted for his service.
Dec. 1. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver to the Earl of Exeter upon payment of Custom ad valorem the parcel of pictures which were seized by Humphry Jones, one of the tidesurveyors, and another parcel of 45 pictures imported by said Earl in five cases; it being affirmed by said Earl upon his honour in two letters to the Customs Commissioners of Oct. 26 last that the said several pictures were imported for his own particular use for furniture of his house at Burghley and not for sale. In the margin: cancelled 8 Mar., 1684–5. Out Letters (Customs) IX, p. 78.
Henry Guy to William Kirkby. You are to attend the Auditor with the accounts of yourself and your late brother, Col. Richard Kirkby, for the Royal Aid, Additional Aid, Poll and Eleven Months' Assessment for co. Lancs. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 454.
Same to the Customs Commissioners enclosing the answer made by the gentlemen of Newcastle to your presentment of Nov. 24 last concerning the foreign coal trade [i.e. coal exported from England over seas]. You are to report thereon as the Treasury Lords doubt the certainty of the matter of fact set forth in Creagh's paper mentioned in said presentment and they do not think fit to move the King further therein till more certainty of it appear. Ibid, p. 455.
Same to Mr. Agar. Bring the Treasury Lords an account of the sales of wood that have been made in the forests of Whittlewood and Salcey. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Justices of Peace of co. Bucks. We have yours of Oct. 9 last with an extract of the account of moneys paid by the Justices of Peace for your county to the undersheriff upon account of conventicles. On inquiry we find that same is not estreated into the Exchequer, so that the sheriff cannot be charged therewith upon his account. You are to direct the Clerk of the Peace for your county to forthwith cause to be estreated into the Exchequer the sums mentioned in the said accompt and all other sums that shall from time to time be levied upon account of conventicles in your county; so that the sheriffs may be duly charged therewith upon their accounts. Ibid.
Dec. 1. Henry Guy to Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bynion. Send the Treasury Lords a list of the arras-men and tailors belonging to the Great Wardrobe with their respective yearly allowances "as also which of them you observe to be most necessitous." Out Letters (General) VII, p. 455.
Same to the Attorney and Solicitor General, enclosing the papers [missing] sent by the Customs Commissioners to the Treasury Lords, containing the state of the case concerning calicoes and other sorts of cloth from India. You are to report thereon to the Treasury Lords. Ibid, p. 456.
The East India Company desires that no licence for importation of [red] saunders wood from Holland be granted to any until the said Company be heard therein. Caveat Book, p. 27.
[? Dec. 1
or Aug. 7.]
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords concerning the Hospital at Tangier. Some of the inhabitants of the late city and garrison of Tangier have set forth to us some hardships they have received from Mr. Smyth, late Major [Mayor] thereof, and from the rest of the overseers appointed to dispense the money allotted by the establishment for the use of the hospital there. Thereupon we directed Mr. Hewer, Treasurer for Tangier, to state the account of said hospital, distinguishing what was due to said Smyth and what to others thereupon. From Hewer's report thereon it appears that on the 1st Nov., 1682 [there was] and at the present moment there [still] is 1,215l. 8s. 8d. due to several of the said inhabitants for bread, wine, flesh and other necessaries by them supplied for the hospital "which rendered them incapable of giving them any further credit without being supplied with money": that from Nov., 1682, to Oct., 1683, the hospital was managed by Mr. Smyth, then major, and there is due to him 162l. 0s. 4d. thereon on the balance of his account (over and above 1,018l. by him received in ready money within that time). As the hardships complained of by the said inhabitants seemed to us not unreasonable, we directed Hewer to forbear paying to Smyth some moneys due to him for his houses at Tangier. But on further inquiry we find that the instructions established by the late Commissioners for managing the affairs of said place relating to the dispensing of the money allotted for the hospital have not been complied with either as to the care or method of issuing the money and unless your Majesty think fit to excuse this non-observance we cannot remove the stop on the payment of Smyth's money. "But forasmuch as your Majesty has thought fit to ease yourself of any further charge relating to that place and the said Mr. Smyth offering to make oath that he has made little or no advantage by the management of the said hospital for his time" we offer that (seeing no better accounts than those already adjusted relating to the hospital can be now expected) it would be an act of grace to excuse the said non-observance. This would enable us to proceed in giving satisfaction to such poor tradesmen as have given credit to the hospital. Warrants not Relating to Money X, pp. 11–16.
Appending: (a) said Hewer's report [? dated 1684, Aug. 7] to the Treasury Lords in obedience to an order of reference of July 7 last. During my treasurership of Tangier payments as follow have been made by my deputies at Tangier on account of the hospital by order of the Governors for the time being the payments being at the rate of 4s. 6d. for every 4s. 9d. "except the last two sums which were effective moneys," viz.:
l. s. d.
to Jenkin Thomas, 1680, Dec. 23 273 15 0
to Jenkin Thomas, 1681, May 21 136 17 6
to Capt. Ro. English, 1681, Dec. 15 411 0 0
to Capt. Ro. English, 1682, Sept. 22 190 10 0
to Capt. Ro. English, 1682, Oct. 7 184 10 0
to Will. Smyth, 1683, Oct. 19 318 0 0
to Will. Smyth, bills of exchange 500 0 0
to Will. Smyth by Lord Dartmouth's order 200 0 0
making totals of 410l. 12s. 6d. to Thomas, 786l. to English and 1,018l. to Smyth. The accounts current have been adjusted by the overseers of the hospital and have been presented to you [the Treasury Lords] by Lord Dartmouth. From these it appears that the 3rd and 4th of the above sums are included in the account adjusted on the 1st Oct., 1681, being Jenkin Thomas's time of being major and the account [thereof] lay before the Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier. The fifth and sixth of the above sums were not paid when the account of the hospital was adjusted at Tangier in Oct., 1683, and are not charged in the accounts. though owned by Mr. Smyth to have been since satisfied. By my report of July 29 [last] to your Lordships there appears what each person claims as due to him on account of the hospital for which each of them have notes under the hands of the overseers of the hospital. I find these notes agree with the duplicates of the accounts shewn me by Mr. Smyth (which I presume agree with those in your Lordships' hands) "which is all the voucher the said persons have any right to claim their said debt by and by what I can understand your Lordships are not to expect any other, forasmuch as I am informed by Mr. Smyth that the practice of the said overseers has been (whatever instructions were given on that behalf) that when they examine and pass the accounts they cancel the vouchers relating thereto and have no more regard to them, but give each man a note of what is due to him to be paid as money comes, the said vouchers remaining in no particular person's custody."
It appears by a paper of instructions that the overseers appointed Robert English steward of the hospital and he so acted from 1679 to the time Tangier was deserted, though he had no instructions to guide him in that duty until Sept., 1683. English produced to me several books and many papers relating to that affair which he says have been examined and allowed by the overseers. But they are not signed by anybody nor reduced into any method by way of debtor and creditor either for provisions received and spent or for moneys received and paid. I could learn nothing therefrom and must refer your Lordships to Mr. Smyth and Mr. English for satisfaction as to same, "they appearing both by certificates from Col. Kirk and the other overseers of the hospital to have discharged their duties in this affair with great care and faithfulness." I must leave to your Lordships' judgment how far the accounts of the overseers comply with the instructions made by the Committee for the Affairs of Tangier.
(b) Copy of the instructions established by the Lords Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier 1675, Mar. 31, relating to the Hospital: (together with Hewer's remarks thereon in a parallel column).
(1) There are to be four Principal Overseers of the Hospital, viz. the Major of the town, the eldest alderman and the two Field Officers of the garrison. On the first Monday of every month they shall under their hands ascertain [decide] what proportions and sort of diet the sick in the hospital shall be allowed so as the whole charge necessary, officers and attendant included do not exceed 9d. a day per head, "and the value of their victuals from the stores and also the usual allowance of coals." (Hewer's remarks hereon. The persons mentioned in this article did, as I am informed, act as herein directed: but it is alleged the scarcity and uncertainty of provisions was such that they could never weekly ascertain the sort of victuals to be allowed as is herein required. Nor by any regular account kept or calculated does it appear whether a man's victuals comes short or exceeds 9d. a day per man.)
(2) The overseers are to appoint such under officers and attendants as they find necessary and are to see accounts regularly kept of the coming in and departure of the sick from the hospital and of the expense; and are to certify the accounts quarterly to the Commissioners for the Affairs of Tangier. (Hewer's remarks hereon. Robert English was by them appointed steward of the hospital and so acted from 1679, to 1683–4, Feb., but the said accounts of the patients and of the expense does not appear to be kept with that regularity or to be sent quarterly as directed. It is true English has taken great pains in keeping books but no vouchers appear to justify the same.)
(3) All soldiers that fall sick are to be kept and attended in their quarters till Monday morning, the day that the victuals are issued from the stores, where every sick soldier's provisions shall be detained till his return or account given of his death to the Commissary of Musters, that so a regular and true account may be given of the victuals. (Hewer's remarks hereon. The ill state of men's healths has been such some time that several soldiers have been forced and sent from their quarters to the hospital in a middle of a week, but I am informed they have avoided it and prevented it all they could.)
(4) The admission to the hospital is to be ordinarily by a ticket under the physician's hand attested by the chirurgeon, or extraordinarily by a note under the hands of any three of the overseers. (Hewer's remarks hereon. This method has been observed and the steward offers to swear that none were admitted otherwise.)
(5) Every Monday at noon the Commissary of Musters is to take the name of all sick soldiers sent to the hospital by ticket and to see their persons: and every three months he is to send to the Commissioners for Tangier a roll giving account of the sick and infirm: and the ministers are to give him a weekly account of all they bury, whether related to the garrison, corporation, mole or galleys: and for the greater certainty that all be performed with faithfulness, care and compassion the Governor is to satisfy himself of the consent [constant] good usage of the sick by ordering the Captain of the watch as a part of his duty every day to survey the hospital: also the physician is to make daily visits and satisfy himself as to the provisions and usage of the sick and in the carefullest manner to prescribe remedies for them. The overseers are to have full authority to give all other directions necessary from time to time for the good of the hospital and particularly for issuing only for the use of the hospital out of the chest the 547l. 10s. 0d. per an. allowed upon the establishment for the hospital or so much thereof as shall be needful. (Hewer's remarks hereon. I do not find any part of this article to have been at any time observed by the Commissaries.)
(6) The poor sick people of the town are in like manner to be admitted to the hospital in such numbers from time to time as the Overseers find that the established allowance for the hospital will reach to relieve. The 200l. per an. yearly designed by this Board [the Commissioners for Tangier] for putting to work the poor children of Tangier whether [of] the soldiers or townsmen is to be also under the inspection and regulation of the said Overseers to be in the faithfullest and best manner husbanded for the [said] service and an account thereof sent quarterly to this Board. (Hewer's remarks hereon. They have some time relieved some of the poor townspeople but with that regard as not to add much charge to his Majesty thereby.)
The above instructions are subscribed by the following of the Lords Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier, viz. the Earls of Anglesea, Craven and Peterborough, Sir Joseph Williamson, and Sir H. Coventry and Tho. Povey [secretary] and the copy is attested by Jo. Creed.
Dec. 1. Treasury reference to William Hewer of the petition of James Bush and Paul Harris: petitioners shewing that they were appointed by Col. Kirke to supply with wine the soldiers that wrought upon the fortifications at Tangier and that there is due to them from the soldiers 861l. 2s. 0d. on that account as appears by a bill of credit signed by Mr. Sandford, late paymaster of the mole there. As petitioners are indebted to several merchants of Tangier for said wine they will be speedily cast in prison if they do not pay. Therefore pray settlement out of the [said] soldiers' pay. Reference Book II, p. 141.
Same to John Griffith, deputy Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall, of John Tooker's account as follows as bailiff and collector of the rents and profits of several manors of said Duchy in cos. Somerset and Dorset. Ibid, pp. 143–4.
Prefixing: said account.
Charge. l. s. d.
[said rents in] Somerset and Dorset [for 1682] 243 9
ditto for 1683 243 8
£486 18 0
paid to George Long two years' salary as steward of the manors in co. Somerset 19 0 0
paid Col. Strangwayes 4 0 0
my own salary for two years 24 0 0
paid into the Exchequer by two tallies 300 0 0
347 0 0
remains due "which I am ready to pay" 139 18 0
As touching such other money [as] I receive in Somerset, Dorset and Wilts (which falls short of what is charged upon me) as also belonging to the Duchy of Cornwall I receive the same by deputation from Sir Peter Killegrew, Receiver of the said Duchy, and I have given large security to answer same and part of it is already paid to Ellis Lloyd, esq. I pray your [Treasury] Lordships to recall your order of suspension and that I may be restored to the benefit of my patent which so lately cost me a considerable sum in suing out, "I engaging in the first place upon that affair out of an honest and real intention to serve the King and to keep his tenants, as much as in me lay, in their duty and obedience to his Majesty. There was never any security given for the due answering these rents until I sued out this patent, but the same was collected in the several manors by persons ill affected to the King and government which did so far influence the tenants that the bad effects of which was very apparent upon all elections of Parliament men."
Dec. 1. [William Blathwayte] to Mr. White, Judge of the Admiralty at Jamaica. Information is given to the King of great parcels of goods and sums of money piratically taken or belonging to pirates which have been embezzled in Jamaica. The King and the Treasury Lords have thereupon directed the Treasury Lords to make strict enquiry. In order to your better assistance therein I enclose copies of letters written to that purpose and assure you of the King's particular consideration of your service in this behalf. (The like letter of same date to Mr. [Roger] Elletson.) [The said letters enclosed are probably the King's letter of Nov. 28 last, supra, p. 1417, and the Treasury letter of Nov. 30 last, supra, p. 1418.] Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 139, 140.
Dec. 2. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to re-deliver to Roger Ekersley 80 guineas seized at Liverpool in regard of his ignorance and inadvertency. Out Letters (Customs) IX, p. 78.
Same to same to employ William Cliffe as a boatman at Portsmouth loco William Goulding, lately dismissed. Ibid, pp. 78, 79, 80.
John Askew, junr., as waiter and searcher at Grange in Lancaster port loco John Askew, his father, who is superannuated.
Samuel Broster as a tidesman at Minehead loco William Hill, who declines same. In the margin: cancelled 1684–5, Mar. 8.
Thomas Buckworth as collector of Wisbech port, a member of Lynn Regis port loco John Arden, lately dismissed.
Sampson Grubb (one of the extraordinary tidesmen, London port) as a tidesman in fee ibid. loco Thomas Cox, lately dismissed.
Henry Jainson to be established as waiter, tidesman and boatman on the south side of the Lune about Cocker Abbey in Poulton port.
Dec. 2. Treasury reference to Charles Bertie of the account of Mr. Reves (Reeves [Rives]) of the principal and interest of 15,502l. 18s. 6d. being part of 20,000l. advanced upon the Wine Licence revenue. Hereon Bertie is to certify the Treasury Lords whether the payments therein mentioned were made by order of the late Lord Treasurer Danby and what else he knows touching this matter. Reference Book II, p. 144.
Same to William Hewer of the petition of Brian Crossant, Robt. Harris, Tho. Watson, Bryan Mackmahone, William Harvy and John Filkins six poor Tangier soldiers who were all disbanded in Ireland and without money were forced to beg their way to England: there being several months' pay due to each of them as appears by their Captain's certificates, they pray payment thereof to preserve them from starving, being all aged and disabled from further service. Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners. On reading your presentment of the 1st inst. concerning William Dobbins, an officer at Belfast, who has counterfeited seals and officers' hands for ships to the Plantations, the Treasury Lords send you the enclosed extract [missing] of a letter of Nov. 21 last from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to their Lordships. Consider same. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 456.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. The Treasury Lords desire that for the future when any naval stores are to be shipped for export you first give the Customs Commissioners notice thereof, that they may send an officer to search and view same. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Gibson and Mr. Cooper to forthwith certify the Treasury Lords what moneys are due to his Majesty on the accounts for sick and wounded men in the last war from each of the deputies in every the ports of Kent, with the name and place of abode of every of them: so also similarly for every other the ports and places more remote. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners returning their presentment [missing] of Nov. 11 last. The Treasury Lords desire you to mature the consideration thereof and to agree among yourselves in order to obviate the difference of opinion among you and the heats occasioned thereby when you attended them with the said presentment. Ibid, p. 457.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the Countess Marischal the 150l. of the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall remaining in the Exchequer. Disposition Book III, p. 22.
Same to Mr. Hewer to pay the several items following, viz.: Ibid.
l. s. d.
to Simon Adams in discharge of his arrears as a soldier under Capt. Cantrell 9 10 6
to Jane Emerson, a poor [Tangier] widow, as royal bounty 5 0 0
to Margaret Miller for same 5 0 0
to Margaret Jarvase for same 5 0 0
to Nath. Johnson for last Lady day quarter's salary as Serjeant in the late city of Tangier 5 0 0
£29 10 0
You are to keep a proper account hereof to the end you may have a regular [Treasury] warrant for allowing these payments.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, pp. 24, 25.
l. s. d.
to the twelve Judges 3,000 0 0
to the Masters in Chancery 275 0 0
to the Welsh Judges 175 0 0
to the Masters of Requests 100 0 0
to Baron May (66l. 13s. 4d. and 7l. 10s. 0d.) 74 3 4
to me [Guy] for secret service (500l. and 250l.) 750 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Navy for two weeks for Sir Richard Haddock and partners, present Victuallers of the Navy 3,400 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service 500 0 0
to John Walker, usher of the Exchequer Court, on his liberate 421 15 0
to Mr. Lowndes 88 3 4
to Mr. Hewer, Treasurer for Tangier, on account of the proprietors [of houses etc.] at Tangier 400 0 0
to ditto for small payments 50 0 0
to Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe on account of interest 6,023 8 5
£15,257 10 1
(Same of same date to Mr. Kent, cashier of the Customs, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs for the present week, said paper consisting entirely of the abovesaid items.)
Same to same to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 4,500
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,300
to Mr. Hornby for secret service 300
to Sir Stephen Fox for the Earl of Sussex 1,300
(Same of same date to the Excise Commissioners, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Excise cash for the present week; said paper including the abovesaid four items [payable out of Excise cash in the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable directly out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to the Duke of York; 500l. to Prince [George of Denmark]; 479l. 17s. 0d. to the bankers. Total, 9,379l. 17s. 0d. "Also [you are to pay] what is due on the [Excise Office] quarterly bill for last Midsummer quarter.")
Dec. 2. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,000l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for [two weeks of the Ordnance Office's] weekly money; issuing same out of the 50,000l. loans made by Alderman Duncombe on the credit of the Hearthmoney. Disposition Book III, p. 25.
Dec. 3. Three separate royal sign manuals for respectively 750l., 250l. and 500l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Aug. 30 last. (Three separate money warrants dated Dec. 4 hereon. Three separate money orders dated Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 hereon.) (The three sums are doubtless as above; but owing to careless clerical entry in the King's Warrant Book it appears as if four sums were ordered by the royal sign manuals, viz. 750l., 250l., 500l. and 500l.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 419. Money Book V, p. 116. Order Book XXXIX, p. 201.
Henry Guy to Mr. Hewer. The Treasury Lords have directed 26l. to be paid to you. You are to pay same to Mr. Brune Clench for half a year's salary to 1682, April 14. Take care this item be inserted in a warrant to be passed to you for allowing this payment. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 458.
Dec. 4. Money warrant dormant for payment of the moneys due and from time to time to be due on the salary of 1,000l. per an. to Sir Thomas Streete, kt., late one of the Barons of the Exchequer and now one of the Justices of Common Pleas. Money Book V, p. 117.
[William Blathwayt] to Henry Guy. Sir Richard Dutton has delivered to me an account of money received by him during his Government of Barbados. I have presented a state thereof to the Treasury Lords and am ready to attend them to explain several particulars thereof if required. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, p. 146.
Henry Guy to Mr. Packer [Paymaster of the Works] to issue as follows the 76l. which is directed to be paid to you at the Exchequer, viz. 56l. to the widow of Tho. Kinward, late master joiner [to the Works] and 20l. to Widow Wratten, in both cases in part of what is due to them. Disposition Book III, p. 26.
Same to Mr. Darcey and Mr. Benyon. The Treasury Lords have directed 35l. to be issued to Jno. Knight in part of 2,000l. on his order of Nov. 11 last. Thereof 20l. is intended for Widow Bocock and 15l. for Widow Vandebare. You are to certify my Lords what is due to each of the said widows and on what account, to the end warrants may be drawn in accordance with the privy seal of Oct. 31 last. Also you are to certify my Lords how much money will be necessary to provide coats for the King's and Queen's watermen. Ibid.
Henry Guy to [the Auditor of the Receipt] not to issue the 250l. to the executors of Judge Windham, but to reserve same for the Treasury Lords' further directions. Disposition Book III, p. 26.
Same to Mr. Prowse [Solicitor to the Customs] to deliver to Mr. Graham and Mr. Burton all the papers relating to the prosecution of Levy, the Jew, in which prosecution Graham and Burton are to co-operate with you. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 457.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to permit the servant of Count de Thun, Envoy from the Emperor, to go to Harwich to bring thence the said Count's goods which have been seized there. Ibid.
Appending: memorial, undated, in French from said Count to Lord Godolphin for delivery of said goods.
Same to Mr. Wilford, executor to Sir Sam Starling. The Treasury Lords will hear Widow Gaunt and yourself this day week touching the debt of 598l. due to the King from Sir Sam Starling and partners at Midsummer, 1668, on their farm of the Excise of Norfolk. (The like notice to Mris. Gaunt, and to Mr. Man.) Ibid, p. 458.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The Treasury Lords have consented for this time to give their warrant for passing free the Navy stores on board the Constant Richard, although not first visited by a Customs officer. But they have signified the Navy Board that hereafter no Navy stores be shipped outwards by them without notice first given to the Customs Commissioners and without same being first visited by a Customs officer. Ibid.
Same to the late [Farmers or] Managers of the Hearthmoney. Send the Treasury Lords your answer to the enclosed petition of the Mayor and Aldermen of the town of Northampton. Ibid, p. 459.
Appending: said petition shewing that the King granted them the Hearthmoney within said town for seven years from 1675, Michaelmas, towards rebuilding the great church there: that pursuant thereto the first 5½ years of said duty was paid to trustees and by them laid out in building said church; that the three last half years thereof amounting to 305l. 2s. 0d. is [paid direct or] returned to the late Managers of the Hearthmoney and by them is refused to be paid [or refunded to said Trustees]: therefore pray allowance of said sum.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to pass outwards, Customs free, the following stores shipped by the Navy Commissioners on the Constant Richard, David Lockwood master, to be transported to Jamaica for the service of his Majesty's ship Ruby. Out Letters (Customs) IX, pp. 80–82.
Appending: schedule of said stores being boatswain's and carpenter's stores shipped by warrants of the Navy Commissioners dated May 27 and Sept. 22 last: the schedule being attested by J. Sothorne and Fran. Hosier.
Same to same to authorise Mr. Kent to employ the 81l. 13s. 4d. (due to Richard Gwynn, the Customer of Swansea port, for five years salary at 16l. 6s. 8d. per an. to Sept. 29 last for collecting the Customs of said port during the suspension of Mr. Man) towards meeting the arrear of 204l. 18s. 8½d. due to the King from said Gwynne on said collection, towards which deficit Richard Mathews, security for said Gwynne, has already paid 100l. and has promised to balance the deficit if the abovesaid salary be so employed. Ibid, p. 82.
Dec. 4. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Edward Hamond, an extraordinary watchman in London port, for a place in fee [there]. Reference Book II, p. 144.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney of the petition of Richard Hill, setting forth that the office of gauger of wines and ale in London port is conceived to be in his Majesty's dispose by forfeiture or surrender of the charter of London, and has been much neglected in London and that the King granted to William Carlos et al. the farm of said office in most parts of England, except London, which [latter excepted place] is assigned to petitioner in execution whereof he has been at great charges and received little profit and has also suffered for his Majesty [to the extent of] 5,000l.: therefore praying a grant of said office under a reserve rent to the King or to be made farmer thereof under the Mayor and Commonalty of London under some moderate rent. Ibid.
Same to William Hewer of the petition of Widow Ennis as referred to the Treasury Lords from the King Nov. 27 last, petitioner shewing that her late husband, Robt. Ennys, served as Ayd Major and Lieutenant under the Earl of Dunbarton in France many years, and when called home was sent into Ireland, and thence to Tangier, where he was wounded in fight against the Moors and died: therefore prays charity, being wholly destitute. Ibid, p. 145.
Same to same of the petition of Robt. Collins, master smith of Tangier, shewing that 295l. 2s. 5d. is due to him in the time of Lord Middleton's being Governor of Tangier, that he is in suit with Lady Middleton for same and therefore praying that said sum may be stopped in Mr. Hewer's hands till the matter be determined. In the margin: cancelled 8 Mar., 1684–5. Ibid.
Same to John Lawrence of the petition of the Bishop of Bristol for the instalment of his First Fruits, being 327l., the yearly value of the bishopric being not above 340l. 12s. 9d. "and hath but eight acres of land in demesne out of which are paid about 27l. per an. for Tenths." Ibid, p. 146.
Same to same of the following extract relating to the valuation of the diocese of Winchester in the King's books. Ibid, p. 147.
Prefixing: extract from the [Valor Ecclesiasticus and other] records in King's Remembrancer's Office relating to said bishopric certified by William Prettyman, Receiver and Remembrancer of First Fruits and Tenths.
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value in temporalities and spiritualities 3,885 3
Tenths thereof 388 10 4
By privy seal of 18 Mar. 3 Eliz. assessed at 2,491 9
Tenths thereof 249 3 0
By privy seal of 7 Mar. 18 Eliz. assessed afresh at 3,193 4
Tenths thereof 319 6
After deduction of said Tenths this last assessment shows a yearly valuation of 2,873l. 18s. 1¾d. and it was at this rate that Dr. Andrews compounded [for First Fruits] in 1620, Dr. Curle in 1632, Dr. Duppa in 1661, and Dr. Morley in 1662.
Dec. 4. Treasury reference to Mr. Hewer of the petition of Francis Morris for payment of his arrear of 9l. 2s. 0d. having served 20 years and upwards as a private sentinel at Tangier and received many wounds and now disabled. Reference Book II, p. 148.
Same to same of the petition of Jane Abram, widow of Richard Abram, late a private sentinel at Tangier, who served 20 years at Tangier and died there, leaving her and two children very poor: prays payment of an arrear of 3l. 10s. 0d. owing to him. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Mary Heather, widow of Edward Heather, for payment of an arrear of 6l. 3s. 3d. due to her husband, who served 12 years at Tangier, petitioner being left with a sister and young children all in great want. Ibid.
Dec. 5. Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Andrew Cade for a landwaiter's place, London port, he having been bred a merchant. Ibid, p. 145.
Same to same of the petition of Tho. Addison for an allowance for the loss of his office of searcher of Carlisle and that the debt of 46l. 9s. 2¾d. owing by him to the King may be deducted from the 80l. salary owing to him and the balance of said salary paid him. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Capt. Doughty, shewing that he is charged by the Comptroller of the accounts of the Customs with an arrear of 5,194l. 8s. 4½d. for which he is now in custody: that towards said arrear the sheriff has seized 227l. 7s. 6d., his sureties have paid 1,250l. and he himself delivered up bills for 700l. or in all 2,177l. 7s. 6d.: all his plate was locked up in the King's chest and his goods and papers left in the Custom House and he has not 20l. left to maintain himself, wife and children. Ibid, p. 146.