Entry Book: December 1684, 6-10

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December 1684

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Dec. 6. Treasury warrant to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney, approving the said Commissioners' proposal that the difference between the late Farmers and Managers of the Hearthmoney and the Master and Company of Trinity House touching the payment of the duty of Hearthmoney on the scite of one of their Hospitals or almshouse be referred to the determination of Lord Chief Justice, Sir George Jefferyes. Warrants not Relating to Money X, p. 16.
Money warrant for 20,000l. to Baptist May, Keeper of the Privy Purse, as in part of the 38,000l. for the service of the Privy Purse as by the privy seal of Nov. 29 last. (Money order dated Dec. 8 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 117. Order Book XXXIX, p. 202.
Henry Guy to Charles Porter. As you cannot get your accounts ready by Monday next you are to attend the Treasury Lords with them on Monday week. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 459.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests. The business concerning Mr. Prettyman's accounts is put off till Monday week. Attend the Treasury Lords then upon it. Ibid.
Same to same enclosing a paper [missing] concerning the deductions made by the Paymaster of the Forces for chelsea Hospital. Prepare a state of this account for the Treasury Lords. Ibid. VIII, p. 1.
Same to Lord Dartmouth, enclosing (1) an order [missing] of reference from the King to the Treasury Lords of the petition of the Master, Wardens and Assistants of the Society of hand gunmakers of London; (2) the certificate and request [missing] of that Company to the Treasury Lords. Report hereon to my Lords. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Bartley, of East Greenwich, co. Kent, for a coastwaiter's or landcarriageman's place, London port, being well acquainted with the several byways and sinister practices that are daily used to defraud his Majesty of his Customs in said county, through which many considerable quantities of prohibited and uncustomed goods are brought up to London. Reference Book II, pp. 148–9.
Same to same of the petition of Richd. Bretton, joint patentee in the office of Customer of Sandwich port, praying for some further allowance for having also collected the Customs of Dover port for nine years past, being near 20,000l. per an., his allowance being not proportionate to the hazard run and duty performed. Ibid, p. 149.
Same to same of the petition of Sutton Oglethorpe, searcher of Carlisle port, for William Rudd to be approved as his deputy. Ibid.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of George Long, shewing that he had a warrant 1677, Dec. 10, for a lease of coal mines in Plummer's Close, parcel of petitioner's tenement, but was to pay Mr. Tooker some charges which he had been at in digging there, which charges are but 6l. which sum he has tendered but same has been refused: therefore prays for the Surveyor General to compose the difference so that the lease may be perfected. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Tho. Wainwright to be restored to his place as tidesman, having been charged out of malice by Samuell Cordwell, "a waterman and no custom house officer," for suffering wine to be hoisted back into a ketch that came from port, whereas in truth at the time petitioner was on board the Charles from Guinea, as appears by the petitioner's and the tidesurveyor's clerk's books. Ibid, p. 150.
Same to Mr. Stephens of the petition of John Bumsted, late master of the ship Oxford, for payment of 57l. 8s. 11d. due to him for wages, he being now out of employment. Ibid.
Dec. 6. Treasury reference to William Hewer of the petition of Eliz. Wood, widow, for the arrear of pay due to her late husband, Henry Wood, for the time he served in Sir James Lesley's Company at Tangier, petitioner being in a most miserable poor condition. Reference Book II, p. 150.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of George Isaacson for a King's waiter's or landwaiter's place, London port, he having been brought up to merchant's accounts. Ibid, p. 151.
Dec. 8. Money warrant for 30l. to William Chiffinch et al. (Francis Rogers, Theodore Randue, Arundell Bull, Edward Hooton, and John Caplin), Pages of his Majesty's Bedchamber, for one year to 1683, Christmas, for washing of sheets for his Majesty's service. (Money order dated Dec. 9 hereon.) Money Book V, p. 117, Order Book XXXIX, p. 203.
Henry Guy to Mr. Whitacre to inform the Treasury Lords whether the fine on Daniell Gates, a notorious dissenter in co. Herts, is yet estreated into the Exchequer or not. Out Letters (General) VIII, p. 1.
Same to Mr. Hewer to stop 44l. 5s. 11¼d. out of the money due to Diego Nartos as for so much due to James Waring, a late inhabitant of Tangier. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor or Comptroller of the Excise to certify the Treasury Lords how the account stands between the King and Sir Sam Starling and partners, heretofore Farmers of Excise of Norfolk from 1665, Sept. 29, to 1668, June 24. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Lawrence to certify my Lords what you know touching the agreement made by the late Treasury Lords with the abovesaid Starling and partners concerning their debt of 598l. now depending in super. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. Hasten your report on the petition of Thomas Aslaby. Ibid, p. 2.
Treasury fiat for royal letters patent to constitute Thomas Wolstenholme customer of Bridgwater port loco Richard Sandys. Warrants not Relating to Money X, p. 17.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take security from Thomas Twitty, of the city of Worcester, for his receipt of several arrears of the Royal Aid, Additional Aid, the One Month's and the Eleven Months' Assessments standing out in co. Worcester, viz. his own bond in 1,000l. on condition of paying in his receipts every three months and of finishing his account thereof before Nov. 28 next Ibid, pp. 17–20. Out Letters (General) VIII, p. 2.
Appending: (a) copy of the Treasury constitution of said Twitty to collect said arrears which remain uncollected by the default of the several head collectors and sub-collectors as below, who being insolvent the same ought by law to be re-assessed whereupon the Commissioners for Assessments in said county have (in response to the Treasury Lords' request) issued their warrants for collecting same and have appointed same to be paid to said Twitty and some part thereof has been received by him and the remainder is collected in many places of the county but the payment thereof retarded because Twitty has authority only from said Commissioners and not from the King; wherefore he is hereby duly authorised so as to remove the doubt as to the proper discharge of the persons making the payments to him.
(b) a schedule of said arrears so outstanding in said county, ut supra, pp. 1327–9, save that the item of 45l. 19s. 10d. charged in Kemp Harward's account upon the collectors of the towns of Middle and North Littleton is absent from the present later schedule. (The Treasury Lords dated Dec. 8, to the abovesaid Commissioners for co. Worcester, informing them of the authorisation of Twitty as herein. We desire a continuance of your pains herein so that the arrears may be fully collected either by a reassessment or otherwise.)
Dec. 8. Treasury reference to Lemuell Kingdon and William Dickinson of the following proposal. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, pp. 114–5.
Prefixing: proposition to the Treasury Lords from John Breedon and partners, late Farmers of the great branches of the revenue in Ireland, viz. that upon their paying the 14,254l. 16s. 6d. balance of the account of their said farm, the King should assign to trustees for them the judgment obtained against them in the Exchequer, England, to the intent that such of the Farmers who refuse to pay their quota of said sum may be enforced thereto by process in aid: [further] that the King by patent under the great seal of England shall pardon, release and discharge such of the said Farmers, their heirs etc. as pay their said quota and reciprocally the Farmers will release to the King all demands whatsoever on their part: "that to the intent no prejudice or inconveniency may happen to his Majesty's growing revenue in Ireland by the collecting the arrears of quit rents and Crown rents due to the said Farmers and that the same may be collected with ease to the people and without clamour," his Majesty allow the said Farmers three quarters' time from Lady day next to levy and collect said arrears and should direct the Lord Lieutenant, Council and Barons of the Exchequer to countenance and assist them and their agents therein and to permit the [King's] collectors of quit rents and crown rents to collect the said Farmers' arrears for an allowance of 1s. 6d. or 2s. per £: finally that where any difference or suit in law shall happen touching any part of the said arrears or the levying or collecting of them, they may be allowed three years' time to levy such arrears from and after such difference and suite shall be determined.
Same to William Hewer of the petition of Manns Scurlock, James Armstrong and William Hampton, for payment of their arrears, having served the King at Tangier and being disbanded at their coming into Ireland, being all aged and infirm "and without any consideration were forced to beg their way home" and are now ready to perish for want. Reference Book II, p. 151.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of James Whiston for reward for his service in causing brandy to pay ad valorem, having deterred the merchants from entering brandy as aqua vita "by undeniable reasons in print" which now pays far more than before though not so much as it ought. If rewarded petitioner has other proposals, viz. his design of double brandy and others. Ibid.
Dec. 8. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of Thomas May's petition for a tidewaiter's place, London port, having been bred a linen draper but unable to trade as formerly by reason of losses. Reference Book II, p. 152.
Same to same of the petition of Adrian Loffland and John Goedaert and several others, Dutch merchants, for a grant of denization so as to exempt them from paying aliens' duties: same having been referred to the Treasury Lords Nov. 26 last by the King in Council. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General of the petition of John Grey for a grant of the estate of John Waller of Speldhurst in Kent, forfeited to the King by said Waller's death. same having lain concealed [from the Crown] since 17 Car. I; petitioner offering to try the Crown title: said petition being referred from the King to the Treasury Lords. Ibid.
[?] Same to the Customs Commissioners of John Ingram's petition for a tidewaiter's place, London port, with a certificate in his behalf from the Lord Mayor et al. Ibid.
Dec. 9. Money warrant for 2,000l. to James, Duke of Monmouth, 1,500l. thereof for 1683, Sept. 29 quarter, and the remaining 500l. thereof in part of 1683, Christmas quarter, on his pension of 6,000l. per an. Money Book V, p. 118.
Same for 1,300l. to George, Duke of Northumberland, 750l. thereof for 1683, Christmas quarter, and the remainder as in part of 1684, Lady day quarter, on his pension of 3,000l. per an. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to William Hewer, Treasurer for the late garrison of Tangier, to pay a bill of exchange drawn by Col. Percy Kirke from Tangier, 1683–4, Jan. 11, for 122l. 0s. 9d. payable at 30 days' sight to Benjamin Price. Said sum is to be charged as an imprest on said Kirke. Ibid.
Money warrant for 15,000l. to same to be as imprest and upon account for the extraordinary charge and service of said late (city and) garrison and as in part of the privy seal of Nov. 29 last. (Money order dated Dec. 13 hereon.) Ibid, pp. 118–9. Order Book XXXIX, p. 203.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.: Disposition Book III, pp. 27, 28.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy, intended for two quarters to 1683, Sept. 29, to Deptford and Woolwich yards 7,830 5 0
to ditto for Sir Richd. Haddock and partners, Commissioners for Victualling the Navy 1,700 0 0
to ditto on account of 12,000l. for stores 1 000 0 0
to ditto for hemp bought to compare with Mr. Taylor's 1,000 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Chamber (for Mr. Atterbury) 300 0 0
to Mr. Burton on account 500 0 0
£12,330 5 0
(Same of same date to [the Customs Cashier] forwarding the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for the present week, said paper containing only a duplicate of the above items.)
Dec. 9. Henry Guy to the Treasurer of the Chamber to pay the abovesaid 300l. to Mr. Thomas Atterbury, messenger, on bills and for wages. Disposition Book III, p. 28.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, pp. 27, 28.
l. s. d.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 4,500 0 0
to the Cofferer for the Royal Household 1,300 0 0
to Mr. Hornby for secret service 300 0 0
to the Duke of Monmouth 1,000 0 0
to the Duke of Southampton 375 0 0
to the Duke of Northumberland 1,300 0 0
to the Earl of Berkshire 300 0 0
to the executors of Lady Mary Howard 100 0 0
to Sir John James and partners 599 15 2
£9,774 15 2
(Same of same date to the Excise Commissioners, forwarding the paper of the disposition of the Excise for the present week, said paper including the abovesaid nine items [payable out of Excise money in the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable directly out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,052l. 8s. 9½d. to the Queen; 1,000l. to the bankers. Total, 1,1827l. 3s. 11½d.)
Treasury reference to the Warden of the Mint and the Mint Commissioners of the petition of John Walker, blacksmith, for the place of smith and engineer for milling his Majesty's moneys in the Mint, now void by the death of one Blands. Reference Book II, p. 152.
Same to William Hewer of the petition of Katherine Kateness, widow, for some allowance on her pension as a poor Tangier widow. Ibid, p. 153.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Newton for a landwaiter's place, London port. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. Send us an exact account of all the examinations taken in relation to the discovery of the fraud committed by Dobbins in counterfeiting or forging certificates falsely to attest the having given security for goods taken in at the Plantations to be landed in England, Wales or Berwick, or by any other persons concerned in the like fraud. We are informed that Dobbins is very penitent and willing to give a narrative of that and all other his crimes. But security is to be taken for his appearance or he is to be committed. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, p. 115.
Dec. 9. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Moses Viridet, clerk, minister of the French church in Dublin, on behalf of the afflicted French Protestants (there). We have considered same and the Duke of Ormonde's and other reports thereon as below, and have nothing to object to the said reports. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, pp. 116–7.
Prefixing: (a) said petition setting forth that by the Declaration of 1681, July 28, the King granted (inter al.) that such afflicted Protestants as were forced to quit their native country on account of religion and desired to shelter themselves under the King's protection should pass free with their goods and household stuff, whether of a greater or a smaller value and their tools and instruments belonging to their crafts or trades and generally all what belongs to them (that may be imported according to the laws now in force) without exacting anything from them: that the said grant [if extended to Ireland] would be a great encouragement to the said Protestants to come and inhabit Ireland and that for want of same they [in Ireland] have been in much trouble at their coming over, most of them being so necessitous as not to be able to pay any custom. Therefore pray that those of the said Protestants who shall retreat into Ireland for shelter and protection may enjoy the same privileges and immunities granted to them in England by the said declaration. (b) Reference dated Windsor, Aug. 12 last, from the King to the Lord Lieutenant of said petition. (c) Reference dated Dublin Castle, Aug. 28, from the Lord Lieutenant to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, of said petition. (d) Report dated Custom House, Dublin, Sept. 1, from said Commissioners to the Duke of Ormonde thereon. The King may without prejudice to the revenue give such permission for wearing apparel, necessary household stuff and utensils and tools. (e) Report dated Sept. 6, from the Lord Lieutenant to the King transmitting d supra. (f) Reference dated Whitehall, Sept. 30, from the King to the Treasury Lords of said papers as above.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the action brought against Bartho. Anthony of Exeter, merchant, on his paying a third of the great duty on the several quarters of beans which about Nov., 1681, were consigned to him as factor in Exeter port, which he entered at the lower duty by the collector's permission, having first obtained the oath of the clerk of the market and the mayor's certificate that the market price for beans was 5s. 2d., 5s. 4d., 5s. 6d. a bushel, but for which said Anthony is since served with a subpoena out of the Exchequer Court for the higher duty. In the said business Anthony acted only as factor for one per cent. commission and his principal is since absconded, so that he is without remedy against his principal: nevertheless it seems evident "that there was a contrivance set on foot by the petitioner to advance the price of beans in the market whereby to avoid the payment of the great duty." Out Letters (Customs) IX, p. 83.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to certify the Treasury Lords whether the Tenths arising within the dioceses of Exeter, Lincoln and Sarum are charged by any grant from the King and [if so] to whom and to what time same are payable and whether the payments are made by tally of assignment [or directly out of the Exchequer]. Out Letters (General) VIII, p. 2.
Same to the Navy Victuallers. Send the Treasury Lords an account what payments will be necessary for them to furnish to you weekly for carrying on the victualling of the Navy for one year from Jan. 1 next according to the declaration that has been agreed upon by his Majesty for 3,000 men. Ibid.
Same to Auditor Done. The accounts of Hugh May for the King's buildings at Greenwich etc. have been a long time before you. You are to attend with them for declaration. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. Send the Treasury Lords an estimate what timber will be necessary for the works of the Navy for the year commencing Jan. 1 next; as also what quantities of hemp, pitch, tar and all other materials and stores will be required for the Navy for said year. Also send them an account of all the King's ships now at sea and of such of them as you judge are like to come home to be paid off within said year so that my Lords may take measures to provide money for them. Ibid, p. 3.
Same to Lord Dartmouth. The Treasury Lords recommend to you White Sadler, who petitions for 91l. 10s. 0d. owing to him on a debenture dated July 5 last issued out of the Ordnance Office for 61 new saddles and bridles for Troops furnished with breast plates. Pay him as soon as may be. Ibid.
Same to the Paymaster of the Forces to advance a month's pay to Capt. Langston and two or three more Troops of Dragoons that are ordered to march. The said advance is to be reckoned as on account of their pay from Jan. 1 next. Ibid.
Same to [the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue to the Treasurer of the Navy for uses as follow the 402l. 16s. 8d. now remaining in the Exchequer out of the East India Company's present to the King, viz.: Disposition Book III, p. 29. Out Letters (General) VIII, pp. 4, 5.
l. s. d.
to pay off the King's Fisher which is ordered by the King to be laid up in the wet dock at Deptford 110 0 0
to Samuell Attkins for executing the office of Judge Advocate in Lord Dartmouth's fleet 71 12 0
to Samuell Hunter as Muster Master in said fleet 68 9 10
to Capt. Christopher Billop in part of 249l. 6s. 0d. remaining due to him for several sums for provisions he supplied to the Deptford ketch in 1680 and 1681 (in the West Indies) 132 14 10
to Mris. Wrenn as imprest on her wages 20 0 0
£402 16 8
(Same, dated Dec. 11, to the Navy Commissioners to so pay the abovesaid items to said Billop, Atkins and Hunter.)
Dec. 9. Treasury reference to William Hewer of the petition of Mary Mortimore, Hoggerill and Brown, three [Tangier] widows, shewing that they trusted Robt. Fryerson, a soldier that lately came from Tangier, with all necessaries of meat, drink, washing and lodging and that he refuses to pay for same: therefore praying for same to be stopped out of his pay. Reference Book II, p. 153.
Dec. 10. Henry Guy to the late undersheriff of Herts. The Treasury Lords have been certified by Timothy Whitfield, Clerk of Estreats, that the fine of 100l. lately set at the quarter sessions held for co. Herts on Daniel Gates, a dangerous Nonconformist, was estreated Nov. 21 last and paid in court to you as appears by the record. You are to forthwith pay same into the Exchequer. Out Letters (General) VIII, p. 3.
Royal warrant under the sign manual to the Treasury Lords to give warrant to Phillip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, to pay out of such moneys as shall be in his hands for the building the Palace at Winchester, 500l. to Sir Christopher Wrenn for his care and pains in and about the building of the said Palace; for one year from Sept. 29 last and to be paid quarterly. (Treasury warrant hereon accordingly dated Dec. 11.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 422. Money Book V, p. 119.
Privy seal for 5l. a day as ordinary to Charles, Visct. [Granville of] Lansdown, as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Spain, to be payable quarterly, the first quarter in advance: and further for 500l. for his equipage: together with the usual clause relating to extraordinaries. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 423.
Royal sign manual to the Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. We have chosen Laurence, Earl of Rochester, to succeed you as Lieutenant General and General Governor of Ireland, and have thought fit to allow him 3,000l. as our free gift towards his equipage and transport. You are to order the Receiver General of the Revenue in Ireland to pay him said 3,000l. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, p. 118.