Entry Book: July 1685

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 8, 1685-1689. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1923.

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Page 511

July 1685

July 2. Reference by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Singleton for a tidesman's place, London port, he having some years since served on a frigate under Sir Tho. Allen and since as ma[ste]r of several merchant ships in which time he has discovered several ways and tricks amongst seamen to cheat the King in his Customs. Reference Book III, p. 202.
July 31. Same by same to the Auditor of the Receipt of the petition of the Earl of Chesterfield et al. executors of Charles Henry, late Earl of Bellomont: shewing that said Earl left a small estate not sufficient to discharge the incumbrances and did contract great debts by reason of the loss of his offices in Holland upon his refusal to take the oath imposed by the States when his late Majesty was engaged in a war with them; and a great part of his fortune left him by his mother, the late Countess of Chesterfield, being in the late King's hands he was deprived of the receipt of same by the shutting up of the Exchequer: that there is due to him 13,463l. 7s. 0d. by privy seal and two orders on the Customs and Hearthmoney besides 6,000l. granted him by Charles II of which 1,000l. was paid him by Treasurer Danby, thus leaving 18,463l. 7s. still due: therefore pray payment thereof. Ibid.