Entry Book: November 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 512

November 1685

Nov. 14. Extract of a letter [from Virginia] from Lord [Howard of] Effingham to Mr. Blathwayt. I have received yours by way of New England, together with the book of the late Presbyterian plot and the happy news of the King's victory over the rebels and that they were so soon brought to condign punishment: which revived the hearts of all good subjects here, being before much terrified with reports to the contrary from New England which so far emboldened very many that their tongues run at large and demonstrated the wickedness of their hearts, till I secured some and deterred others from spreading such false reports by my proclamation; which plainly shows the necessity of raising those 20 men I formerly intimated to you, p. 509 supra, which I am now doing by the advice of the Council, that there may be at least the face of a force to resist any commotion if any should happen, which God forbid. And truly the late additional imposition on tobacco [in England] has so disturbed the planters here, either by the not right apprehending the Act or by their fears that their Diana and sole commodity will down and come to nothing, that it is difficult to persuade them otherwise. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, p. 184.
Nov. 20. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Tho. Gattford for a noontender's place in the Custom House [London]. Reference Book III, p. 274.
Same by same to the Attorney General of the petition of Charles Garrett offering to confess the information against him for cutting the King's timber in Braywood, co. Berks, and praying not to lose his interest in Braywood which he claims by assignment from the Duke of Norfolk for the remainder of a 31 years' term, petitioner having paid 900l. for the premises. Ibid, p. 253.