Entry Book: August 1684

Pages 1478-1479

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

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August 1684

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Aug. 14. Henry Guy to [Lord Montagu, the Master of the Great Wardrobe] to pay the 110l. 12s. 0d. ut supra, p. 1286, to the arras workers and tailors for one quarter's wages. Disposition Book II, p. 397.
Aug. 20. Report to the Treasury Lords from William Blathwayt concerning a Spanish ship seized at Jamaica. Your Lordships referred to me the letter sent to you and also to the Committee of Trade and Plantations by Matthew Meverell of Jamaica, dated May 9, wherein he gives an account of his seizure of the ship St. Thomas for trading contrary to the Navigation Acts. In this case I conceive that Mr. Meverell esteems negroes to be goods and commodities within the meaning of the Act of 12 Car. II. c. 18. But there is a letter from the King dated 1677, May 12, entered in the Council Book of Jamaica wherein the King signifies to Lord Vaughan, then Governor of Jamaica, that the King has been informed by the Royal Africa Company of England that permission would be granted from Spain for their [Spanish] shipping to come to that island [Jamaica] to buy Blacks, which trade would probably be of considerable advantage to English subjects. Thereupon at the request of said Company and for the encouragement of said trade the King did thereby require Lord Vaughan to take special care that such ships or persons as should come to Jamaica as aforesaid should be civilly treated and receive all fitting countenance in their design of buying Blacks, provided they do nothing contrary to the Act of Navigation or the established laws. In pursuance thereof and upon proclamation in that island Lord Vaughan and all other governors since have allowed of and countenanced the trade of negroes with the Spaniards, "it being understood that his Majesty may in this and in other cases dispense with the clause aforementioned in the Act of Parliament. The proceedings of Sir Thomas Lynch, the present Governor [of Jamaica], in freeing this ship from seizure by Meverill was by the advice of the Council of Jamaica, as appears by the minutes transmitted to the Committee for Trade and Foreign Plantations. Mr. Meverell intends in a few days to attend your Lordships in person thereon. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 152–3.
Aug. 26. Treasury warrant to William Hewer, approving the payment of 70l. to several poor Tangier soldiers at the rate of 40s. each as royal bounty for their maintenance for 1684, June 24 quarter, in accordance with Mr. Guy's letter of July 16 last, supra, p. 1230. The Auditors of Imprests are hereby to allow said payment in said Hewer's accounts. Money Book V, p. 80.
Memorandum: a list of the soldiers ut supra, p. 1476 (except John Betries and Edward Hutton) was enclosed in this warrant, acknowledging the receipt of 40s. a piece of Mr. Hewer for 1684, June 24 quarter.