Entry Book: May 1685, 1-10

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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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May 1685, 1-10

May 1. Henry Guy to Alderman Duncombe to pay to Charles, Lord Murray, Master of the Horse to the Queen Consort, the value of 430 guineas at 1l. 1s. 6d. each (making 462l. 5s. 0d.). But you are to take his acquittance for 480l. 14s. 6d. as the fees for the warrant and at the Exchequer amount to 18l. 9s. 6d. which you are to detain and to pay to Mr. Squibb, one of my clerks, who is to pass the warrant. You are to enter this 480l. 14s. 6d. in your [weekly cash] certificate of the Hearthmoney next week. Disposition Book IV, p. 27.
Warrant dormant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to grant (according to the constant practice of the Customs Commissioners) new deputations to officers upon the [Customs] establishment at any time upon their request when either their deputations are worn out or defaced by accident or when by alteration of the [Customs] Commission few or none of the subscribers of these deputations have remained which sometimes occasioned disturbance and disputes about their authority "provided you do not at any time give a deputation to any officer not established by warrant from me or the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury." Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 23.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to attend the Lord Treasurer on Monday next when he will hear John Stevington and others, Virginia merchants, with their counsel upon your report touching the payment of debentures on exported tobacco. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 66.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to Auditor Aldworth to make a particular of so many farms, parcel of lands and possessions in Ireland of the present King before his accession, as shall amount to 3,000l. per an. value and to send same to the Attorney General. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 48.
Reference by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Rawleigh Radford praying to be restored to his employment as his suspension was due to a false accusation of his using indecent words against Sir Nicholas Buttler (Buttlar) viz. that Buttlar's name stunk at the other end of the town, for which he has been suspended above three months and Buttler declares he will remove him to some outport. Reference Book III, p. 74.
Same by same to same of the petition of John Brett and John Waring for renewal of their patent as searchers of Chester port, void by the late King's death. Ibid, p. 75.
Same by same to Mr. Graham and Mr. Burton of the petition of Robert Julian as by a reference thereof from the King: petitioner praying the discharge of his fine of 100 marks for which he has lain a twelvemonth in the King's Bench prison, being poor and unable to pay it; he having served the late King nine years at sea under Sir Edward Spragg. Ibid, p. 76.
Same by same to Mr. Stephens [cashier to the Treasurer of the Navy] of the petition of David Thornton for payment of 10l. 14s. 7d. due to him on a Navy order. Ibid.
May 1. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Butler for renewal of his patent as customer and collector of Boston port, to be executed by himself or his son Richard, the latter being a very loyal person and at present Surveyor of Plymouth port. Reference Book III, p. 76.
Same by same to Auditor Aldworth of the accounts as follow. Ibid, pp. 77–9.
Prefixing (a) an account of interest money due to 1685, April 1, to William Hewer [for moneys] by him formerly advanced on two Customs tallies by direction of the [late] Treasury Lords. l. s. d.
on 800l. advanced [to] Mr. Shere on a Navy imprest bill from 1683, July 28, "the time I was directed to lend him the money" to 1684, Nov. 19, when a tally was struck on the Customs for same at 6 per cent. 63 0 0
on said 800l. from 1684, Nov. 19, to 1685, April 1, at 6 per cent. 17 7 0
on 500l. advanced on a tally dated 1684, Nov. 16, struck on the Customs for half a year of Viset. Brouncker's pension; viz. for 1684, Nov. 26, to 1685, April 1 10 5 0
£90 12 0
(b) account of interest due to said Hewer, as Treasurer for the affairs of the late garrison of Tangier for moneys advanced by him on tallies struck on the Customs from 1684, Oct. 1, being the determination of his last account, to 1685, April 1.
l. s. d.
on 32,250l. 4s. 10d. being balance of principal and interest due to him on the foot of his said last account made up to 1684, Oct. 1. viz. to 1685, April 1 964 17 0
on 500l. advanced on a tally struck on the Customs 1684, Nov. 20 [viz. to 1685, April 1] 10 17 0
975 14 0
total principal due 32,750 4 10
repayments of principal money and deductions of interest for such repayments on 1,382l. 6s. 0d. paid 1684–5, Jan. 23, being what was due to him for interest on his [said] last account 15 5 0
on 1,000l. paid him by Mr. Kent 1684, Nov. 26, on a Customs tally dated 1682, June 2 20 10 0
35 16 0
Total interest due, 975l. 14s. 0d.; total principal due (after deduction of said 2,382l. 6s. 0d. so repaid as above), 30,367l. 18s. 10d.; or together, 31,307l. 16s. 10d.
(c) copy of a warrant of the late Treasury Lords, undated, to said Hewer to deliver to Anthony Sturt the note for 954l. 13s. 1d. advanced and paid to said Sturt by said Hewer in full of 1,000l. supplied to Hewer by the late Treasury Lords (there being due to said Sturt and Jonathan Gauden, contractors for victualling the late garrison of Tangier, a considerable sum of money on the balance of an account adjusted by Auditor Done to May 4 last): Hewer having taken only the receipt or obligation [of said Sturt] for same. In lieu of said note Hewer is hereby to take Sturt's receipt on the back of this warrant for said sum and the Auditors of Imprests are to allow same on Hewer's account as Treasurer for the affairs of Tangier and the sum is to be charged as an imprest on said Sturt and partners.
May 1. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Matthew Appleyard for renewal of his patent as Customer of Hull, void by the death of Charles II. Reference Book III, p. 81.
Same by same to Richard Graham and Philip Burton of the petition of Thomas More, esq., for a third part of the discoveries he shall make of houses and lands formerly belonging to monasteries in Kent and Surrey: same being referred [from the King] Mar. 30 last. Ibid.
Same by same to William Blathwait [as Secretary at War] of the petition of Col. Hen. Farr alias Craven, shewing that his wife lately died in childbed of the 24th child, her death being his ruin had not the late King bestowed 4s. a day on him, which kept him and his children from starving, he being now 87 years of age. Ibid. p. 82.
Same by same to Richard Graham and Philip Burton of the petition of Septimus Bott and John Waldron, late sheriffs of Coventry, shewing that they paid the King's part of the fines on Dissenters to Mr. Dugdale to buy an organ for Holy Trinity Church in Coventry, which amounted to 36l. 0s. 6d. upon supposition that those fines belonged to them: that Mr. Feilding, steward of Coventry, has certified the said fines into the Exchequer. Therefore pray to be discharged of same. Ibid.
May 2. Henry Guy to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands. Mr. Parsons will attend you with a particular of a parcel of land lying near the King's land at Reigate. You are to view and value same. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 66.
Same to Mr. Agar [Surveyor General of Woods, Trent South] to attend Treasurer Rochester on Monday with an account of wood sales in Whittlewood and Salcey Forest. Ibid.
Same to Peregrine Bertie, Charles Bertie and Mr. Osborne. You have not yet been to the Attorney General to make surrender of the lands etc. granted you in trust for the late Earl of Plymouth. You are to do it without delay. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to attend the Barons of the Exchequer, with the opinions given by yourself and others (viz. Sir John Osborne, the Attorney and Solicitor General of Ireland, Sir John Meade and the Solicitor General of England) on the following case and on the opinions given thereon by yourselves, viz. whether the enumerated goods coming from the Plantations without having paid the Plantation duty payable under the Act of 25 Car. II. e. 7 (whereby they become forfeit) may be seized upon their arrival in Ireland and if so in what manner they are to be proceeded against and recovered. Ibid, p. 67.
May 2. Fiats by Treasurer Rochester for royal letters patent to constitute Tho. Lysons as Customer of the port of Kingston upon Hull, to wit the office he held at the death of Charles II. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 48, 49.
Richard Evans as searcher of Milford port: similarly held by him.
Walter Middleton as Customer of Milford port: similarly held by him.
John Martin as searcher of Plymouth port: similarly held by him.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for issues as follows for the Stables. By privy seal dated June 30 last the late King directed 6,964l. 1s. 6d. to Henry Griffith, esq., viz. 975l. 18s. 0d. part thereof for a surplusage due to him and the remainder for the service of the Stables for 1683. Thereon an order was drawn Nov. 22 last for said sum and thereon there has been issued to him 3,598l. 11s. 1d. By reason of the death of Charles II the 3,365l. 10s. 5d. remainder of said order cannot now be paid without further direction from the King. It is hereby to be paid by issues either on said order or on a new order to be drawn for it. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 97–102.
Further Henry Guy, Theophilus Oglethorpe and Charles Adderley, late Commissioners of the Stables (Commissioners for executing the office of Master of the Horse) to the late King have presented a list of the arrears unpaid to the Stables at the death of Charles II as follows, viz.: 3,738l. 14s. 0d. for the usual expense and service of the Stables for 1684; 1,439l. 10s. 0d. for the livery clothing for the servants of Charles II and his Consort for said year (over and above 1,000l. paid at the Exchequer for that service): 1,512l. 5s. 10d. for moneys disbursed for horses, hire of stage coach horses etc. for said year; 541l. 4s. 6d. for disbursements to defray the charges of several privy seals, Exchequer fees etc.; 100l. 1s. 11d. to several tradesmen for divers particulars from 1681, Christmas, to 1682, Lady day, not paid by the then Commissioners of the Stables. These sums amounting to 7,331l. 16s. 3d. are hereby to be paid to said Griffith.
Further there is hereby to be paid to him 500l. to defray the charges of mourning for the late King's servants provided by command of the King. The full total of all the above sums is 11,197l. 6s. 8d. and is to be applied by said Griffith to said uses according to such directions as he shall receive from said Commissioners. But no account, imprest or other charge is to be set in the Exchequer upon said Griffith for same.
Further by a great seal dated 1681–2, Jan. 22, Charles II granted to Charles, Duke of Richmond and Lennox, the office or place of Master of the Horse with the fee of 100 marks per an. and all other profits thereto belonging to be held by him after attaining the age of 14 and during pleasure and the said Guy, Oglethorpe and Adderley were to be Commissioners for executing said place till said Duke attained said age: they to account for the profits of said place as the King by his sign manual should direct. They have accordingly presented to the present King an account made up to 1684–5, Jan. 1, shewing receipts of 2,992l. 15s. 10d. which with 500l. received by said Oglethorpe for the equipage of said Duke when he went into France amount in all to 3,492l. 15s. 10d.: and likewise showing payments by them for said Duke of sums amounting to 3,465l. 19s. 4d. leaving them with 26l. 16s. 6d. in hand on Jan. 1 last. Being satisfied that the late King's intention was that sums so received by them should be so expended to the use and service of said Duke, although directions for so doing were not signified by the late King's sign manual as mentioned in said great seal, and being satisfied that the said sums were really paid for said service (the account thereof having been seen and not objected against by our beloved cousin Louisa, Duchess of Portsmouth, mother of the said Duke) said account is hereby approved as if same had been paid by express direction of the late King's sign manual; and the said accomptants are to be hereby absolutely acquitted and discharged of said sum of 3,492l. 15s. 10d. and also of their receipts between 1681–2, Jan. 22, and 1684–5, Jan. 1, as above, except the said remain of 26l. 16s. 6d.
Further at the death of Charles II several sums remained due and unpaid in the office of Cofferer of the Household or elsewhere upon the allowance of the Master of the Horse. It is hereby directed that said Guy, Oglethorpe and Adderley shall receive same and apply same (as also the abovesaid remain of 26l. 16s. 6d.) towards the satisfaction of said Duke's debts.
Further they are hereby to cause the remains in the stables of the late King which are specified in a schedule hereto to be delivered to said Duke for his own use without account.
Appending: said schedule: being horses detailed (6 pads; 7 hunters; 2 bottle horses, one for the celler, one for the field; 4 sumpter horses; 7 old grey horses and 1 old coach of state in J. Clarke's charge; 7 black Dutch horses, 1 body coach, 1 travelling coach, 1 set of harness etc. in Chaire's charge; 7 black Dutch horses, 1 travelling coach, 1 set of harness in Baldwin's charge; 1 hand chair, 4 saddles and furniture, some sadler's wares in the sadler's office; 2 old waggons in the Mews; 1 private chair in Mris. Gwyn's charge; 7 running horses at Newmarket).
May 2. Royal sign manual for 480l. 14s. 6d. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Feb. 27 last. (Money warrant dated May 5 hereon. Money order dated May 6 hereon.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 103. Money Book VI, p. 54. Order Book I, p. 22.
Same for 655l. 16s. 4d. to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, without account: in full satisfaction of what remains due to him as well of the sum of 2,101l. by him disbursed to several persons for lands bought for the accommodation of the late King's buildings at Winchester and for making a park there "which said lands and tenements are now in our actual possession by good conveyances" as for the interest on said sum to April 30 last as by an account thereof examined by Auditor William Aldworth. The present sum to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Feb. 27 last. (Money warrant dated May 5 hereon. Money order dated May 6 hereon. Henry Guy dated May 2 to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue said sum out of the moneys of the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall "upon such warrant as you shall receive." It is to be issued to Harbord without fees.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 103. Money Book VI, p. 54. Order Book I, p. 22. Disposition Book IV, p. 27.
May 2. Royal warrant to Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, to enter a noli prosequi upon the several informations which by the procurement of Charles Stisted have been exhibited in the Exchequer Court against Roger Clutterbuck, Laurence Pryor, Edwd. Duke, Edward Leneve, Richard Hosier, Richard Boys and Edward Man, deputed searchers in London port, upon pretence that they have severally taken from merchants or others some small fees not established: the King being informed that the said prosecution is malicious and either altogether groundless or for very frivolous matters. King's Warrant Book X, p. 104.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to instal the First Fruits of Peter Mew, D.D. (late Bishop of Bath and Wells) as Bishop of Winchester: same to be payable on his own security only by instalments of 718l. 9s. 77/8d. on 1685, Nov. 23, 718l. 9s. 6d. on 1686, Nov. 23, and 1,436l. 19s. 0d. on 1687, Nov. 23 (total First Fruits, 2,873l. 18s. 17/8d.: after the Tenth is subducted): with the usual clause for the ceasing of all liability hereon upon avoidance. Ibid, pp. 104–5.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to Phillip Burton to pay 300l. to Charles Hauses for money by him disbursed and to be disbursed for his Majesty's service. Money Book VI, p. 53.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to Henry, Earl of Arlington, Lord Chamberlain, out of wood sales in 1684 in Whittlewood and Salcey forests and as in part of his 12,000l. thereout, as by the privy seal of April 8 last. (Money order dated May 4 hereon.) Ibid, p. 53. Order Book I, p. 22.
May 4. Henry Guy to the Board of Greencloth to give order for 170l. to the King's and Queen's cooks for their charges in their attendance on their Majesties at the Coronation according to your report of April 18 last to the Duke of Ormonde, Lord Steward of the Household: viz. 50l. to the King's Master Cook, 40l. to the Queen's Master Cook, 40l. to the King's second Master Cook, 40l. to the Queen's Italian Master Cook. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 67.
May 5. Same to the Customs Commissioners to have brought up to London the cantoon of an embroidered bed seized at Dover. Ibid.
Same to same to seal up at the lodgings of the Count de la Trinité a parcel of red wool and to pass same provided it be not above 60 or 70 lb. weight. Ibid.
Same to Capt. Tho. Cornwallis for his answer in writing to the enclosed copy [missing] of the petition of Francis de Carterett of the island of Jersey. Ibid, p. 68.
Same to Sir Philip Lloyd to go with Capt. John Pery and demand of Mr. Harrison, a goldsmith in the Strand, 100l. which is in his hands of the money lately belonging to Eleanor Bonnett, who was convicted for clipping. Ibid.
May 5. Henry Guy to Mr. Darcy and partners to provide the following particulars that are wanting for furnishing and fitting the House of Commons for the [meeting of] Parliament. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 68.
Appending: letter dated May 2 to the Lord Treasurer from the Earl of Arlington, Lord Chamberlain of the Household. The House of Commons has been viewed by the officers appointed by you and report that the following particulars are wanting, viz. the Speaker's chair and footstool to be new covered with green velvet, with a green velvet cushion, all trimmed with silk fringe; the table to be covered with a carpet of green cloth, with a silk fringe and a leather carpet to cover it; six green cloth cushions; drum lyar to draw the window curtains; the seats of the House to be mended and repaired; green serge to hang the lobby where the messengers from the House of Lords retire; green serge to hang the clerk's seat and cover the desk at the entrance into the House; a green serge curtain for the serjeant's window in his little room; 2½ dozen of pewter candlesticks; two dozen of snuffers; 1½ dozen of tin sconces; 1½ dozen of stands; one dozen of pewter chamber pots; one large close stool with two pans; three long brushes; three rou[n]d brushes; seven doz. of Turkey work chairs; three elbow chairs of Turkey work.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to appraise and sell 13 packs of cotton wool, part of the estate of Edward Jackson, lately executed for treason, [same being] seized at Manchester and remaining in the hands of Robt. Alexander, Joseph Brookshaw and Matthew Bottes, merchants, and Rob. Stanton, carrier in Manchester and Bolton: the wool being in a perishing condition. Ibid, p. 69.
Same to Sir Richard Haddock and to Sir John Narborough, to consider, together with Auditor Done and Mr. Lowndes, and to report on the matter in difference between Major Brett and partners, late Victuallers of the Navy, and Alderman Sturt concerning the prices of provisions sent by the [said] alderman by order of the King in Council to the late garrison of Tangier. Ibid.
Same to Sir Gilbert Talbott to send to all officers and others that have any of his Majesty's plate to forthwith bring same into the Jewel House. When it is all brought in you are to give the Lord Treasurer an account thereof. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney to forthwith send for Thomas Span and John Richardson to attend the Lord Treasurer, if they are officers employed in the Hearthmoney. Ibid.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Thomas Hall, gent. of the place of Chief Clerk of the Mint and also of the office or place of Clerk of the Papers belonging to the Mint: to wit, the offices he held at the death of Charles II: to hold during pleasure: his salaries to be inserted on the establishment of the Mint and to be paid quarterly as from Christmas last. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 105–6.
May 5. Royal warrant to the Lord Treasurer to give warrant to Tho. Agar, Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, with the approbation of two or more Justices of Peace of co. Gloucester, and of such officers of the Forest of Dean as the Duke of Beaufort, warden thereof, shall direct, to fell and sell in the Lea Bailiwick of said forest such a quantity of old oaks and beeches (not being ship timber) as may raise 2,000l. per an. for three years: Agar to pay the receipts therefrom into the Exchequer and to account before the Auditor for co. Gloucester: all by reason that it has been certified by said Agar in a report dated April 27 last to the Lord Treasurer that it has been often represented by several Commissions [issued for inquiring as to said Forest] that it were highly expedient for the future service of the Crown to fell and carry off such old oaks and beeches with all speed for the benefit of the growth of the young coppice enclosed according to the late Act of Parliament [of 19 and 20 Car. II. c. 8]; and that the Navy Commissioners after many views and trials of said trees, have rejected them as utterly unserviceable to the Navy. (Treasurer Rochester, dated May 5, to the Earl of Chesterfield, giving him notice of the intention to issue said warrant.) (Treasurer Rochester's warrant accordingly dated May 12. You are to be very careful that the wood be not sold for firewood or at under rates, but to the best profit that may be: and no poundage or other benefit is to be taken by any person. You are to keep a book of details of all your contracts for such sales.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 114. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 69. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 62–3.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such moneys of the Customs, Excise, Hearthmoney and Post Office as are paid or directed to be paid this week into the Exchequer, viz.: Disposition Book IV, pp. 27–8.
Out of Customs moneys. l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [on the Navy's] weekly money 3,000 0 0
to ditto towards paying off sea officers and bills in course 400 0 0
to ditto for the Victuallers 600 0 0
to ditto for fitting out the Kingfisher 121 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [on the Ordnance Office's] weekly money 2,000 0 0
to Sir Henry Robinson in repayment of loan 1,000 0 0
to Mr. Hewer for the service of Tangier 625 15 0
Philip Packer for the Works for two quarters of the ordinary [of the Works] to Lady day last 2,000 0 0
to ditto towards repairing the mews at Hampton Court 500 0 0
to the Mint Commissioners 1,000 0 0
to Mr. Segar on his warrant 152 1 0
to Mr. Langwith 60 6 8
to Wen[dover] Lowndes and William Wekett 20 0 0
to be reserved for the Lord Treasurer's disposal (viz. 300l. for the keepers of Waltham Forest and other particulars and 54l. 15s. 0d. for the keepers of New Park) 354 15 0
to Henry Guy, for secret service 200 0 0
£12,034 7 8
Out of Excise moneys.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 5,000 0 0
to Mr. Toll in full of his interest to April 1 last 795 18 10
to Visct. Brouncker for the Household 1,000 0 0
£6,795 18 10
Out of the Hearthmoney.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for Mr. Taylor in full of his contract for [Navy] stores for the month of April last 643 0 0
to Mr. Knight for the charges of the funeral of the late King and of the Coronation of the present King 700 0 0
£1,643 0 0
Out of the Post Office Moneys.
to Philip Burton by way of advance 700 0 0
to Mr. Poley in part of what is due to him as late Agent at Ratisbon 640 11 0
£1,340 11 0
Total direction £21,813 17 8
(Same dated May 8 to the Customs Cashier, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs for the present week; the said paper including the abovesaid 15 Customs cash items, save that the total sum for Langwith, Lowndes and Wekett is stated at 126l. 10s. 0d. [all the preceding being payable out of Customs money in the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable directly out of the Customs Office on tallies] viz. 1,101l. 13s. 8d. to finish the quarterly book [of salaries, London port] for last Lady day after the deduction of 716l. 13s. 4d. for the patent officers put into the said quarter book and whose payment was ordered April 28 last, supra, p. 146, to be forborne till further order; 1,000l. to Sir Benj. Bathurst in part of his debt; 2,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in part of their debt; 137l. for the rent of the Custom House. Total disposition of the Customs, 16,318l. 14s. 8d.)
(Same dated May 7 to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the moneys thereof for the present week; said paper including for the Excise the above three items [payable out of Excise money in the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable directly out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 500l. to Prince George in full of 1685, Lady day quarter [on his annuity]; 500l. to Mr. Hornby in part of his debt; 1,500l. for the bankers' interest. Total disposition of the Excise, 10,795l. 18s. 10d. And similarly for the Hearthmoney; the disposition including the abovesaid two items [payable out of Hearthmoney in the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable direct out of the Hearthmoney Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to Mr. Price in repayment of loan; 1,000l. to Mr. Bertie in repayment of loan. Total disposition of the Hearthmoney, 3,643l.)
May 5. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the Works, to suffer Francis Gwynn to erect on the piece of ground which is being leased to him in Whitehall Palace such new buildings as you shall approve of. Warrants not Relating to Money X, p. 49.
Fiat by same for letters patent to assign to Rowland Thrupp [the place of customer or collector of] strangers and aliens' customs and subsidies in Bristol port in accordance with the liberties granted to aliens by Edward III (viz. 2s. for scarlet cloth, 18d. for mixed cloth, 12d. for cloth, 12d. for quintal of wax, 3d. per £ ad calorem on divers other cloths, horses, corn etc.) and with the Act of Parliament of 11 Hy. IV; and likewise of the Customs of English wool cloth exported abroad: that is to say 14d. of denizens and 21 pence for aliens for each asize cloth; 2s. 4d. of denizens and 3s. 6d. of aliens for each scarlet cloth and so in proportion according to the mixture of the fibre; and 1d. of denizens and 1½d. of aliens for a cloth of entire worsted; 5d. of denizens and 7½d. of aliens for a cover cloth of simple worsted; 9d. of denizens and 13½d. of aliens for a double coverlet; and likewise customer of the Customs of wool, skins, lead and tin in said port: all during pleasure. Ibid. XI, pp. 55–56.
Instructions by same to Aldred Seaman, senr., gent., steward of the King's borough of Milverton, co. Somerset. You are hereby to call before you at the Courts Leet for said borough the several persons who enjoy any dwelling house or have erected anything on any of the wastes or streets belonging to said borough or who have enclosed any part of the said waste which are not yet arented or compounded for; and in open Court you are to contract with them to hold the same as tenants at will under such yearly rents as you think fit. You are to return [to me] the names of all refusing to so contract so that information of intrusion may be preferred against them. Ibid, p. 56.
Warrant by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a grant to abovesaid Seaman of said office of steward of the county [sic? courts] within the borough of Milverton: as granted to him 1663–4, Mar. 10, with the yearly fee of 13s. 4d.: the Auditor for co. Somerset having certified that he has behaved well therein and has delivered in the rolls thereof fairly written on parchment. Ibid, p. 57.
Prefixing: (a) note of said Seaman's petition ut supra, p. 33: (b) report dated Mar. 17 last from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands thereupon.
May 6. Dormant privy seal for 10,000l. to be issued in such proportions, to such persons and for such uses as the King shall direct by his sign manual either upon imprest or without account as the respective cases shall require. (Royal warrant dated April 30 for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 90.
May 7. Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of certain premises (see infra, p. 186) with a view to a fresh lease thereof to Nicho. Arris. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 57–8.
Prefixing: report dated April 8 from said Surveyor General on said Arris's petition for same. The three tenements or cottages in question were a discovery made by petitioner in 1660 as escheated to the Crown for want of an heir of Emme wife of Jno. Hedges, petitioner having served the late King [Charles I] in the wars. His existing lease will expire 5 April, 1693, his rent 3l. per an.; valued in 1660 at 10l. per an. but being now grown old and in decay are not worth so much.
Report by same to the King on the petition of the Mayor and burgesses of Newcastle concerning the Castle Garth, as by the reference thereof from the King of Feb. 17 last: petitioners shewing that their predecessors enjoyed the piece of ground with the appurtenances called the Castle Garth in Northumberland for about 50 years which ended in 1664, when Charles II granted a lease thereof to the Earl of Macclesfield for three lives yet in being: that said place never brought profit to the Crown save the yearly rent of 40s. and is only a receptacle for strangers and others to the great inconvenience and damage of the freemen of the town. Therefore pray the reversion of the premises after the Earl of Macclesfield. Ibid, pp. 58–60.
The Surveyor General reports hereon to me that James I 1619, April 14, granted the old Castle of Newcastle with the Castle Garth, herbage and other appurtenances to Alexander Stephenson, one of the Pages of the Bedchamber, for 50 years at 40s. per an. rent excepting the Moothall and other inconveniences [sic] for keeping the assizes and sessions for the use of the county of Northumberland; but the town finding it very necessary to them purchased in the said grant from Stephenson and prayed a renewal from the late King but the now Earl of Macclesfield prevented them and got a grant 1664, Aug. 13, for 99 years terminable on the lives of himself and Charles and Fitton Gerard his sons, under the same rent and exceptions. Stephenson's grant expired in 1669, April 14. The Surveyor General is certified by several gentlemen of the neighbourhood, Sir William Blackett, bart., Sir Ralph Jenison, Sir Nathll. Johnson, Sir Henry Brabant and Timothy Davison April 18 last, that the rental thereof is 149l. 1s. 8d. per an. as the tenements and premises seem now to be let, being improved by late buildings thereupon from the yearly value of 116l. 15s. 6d. at the time of the Parliament's survey. But Sir Nathll. Johnson further affirmed April 27 last that the rents arise to the said value by strangers living there, being a place not subject to the government of the town and so consequently pay no taxes nor contribute to the support of the said government which privilege has brought it [the rental] to the highest improvement it is now capable of and would fall to less than half if it were within the government of the said Corporation. Therefore the Surveyor General thinks the town's proposal of delivering 100 chaldron of coals yearly will be a very great rent for the premises, especially if the town covenant to deliver the coals immediately after the passing of the grant [and so before they become possessed which can only be at the end of the Earl of Macclesfield's term]. If they so deliver 100 chaldron of coals London measure yearly before Aug. I in the Pool in the port of London to the hands of Charles Fox, Treasurer of Chelsea Hospital, it will be a very full and valuable consideration for a grant for 31 years to them.
May 7. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners, enclosing a copy [missing] of an agreement between the Royal Africa Company and Mr. Ludlow and Mr. Stacy, concerning a parcel of wood seized out of the ship Resolution, Richard Cobb master, and condemned at Barbados. Advise whether it is to his Majesty's service for the Lord Treasurer to make the like agreement for the King's moiety of the said wood. He is informed that Mr. Steed cannot sell the wood in Barbados to any advantage at all. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 70.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to report on the enclosed paper [missing]. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney to report on the enclosed paper [missing] concerning brandy. Discourse with Thomas Forth thereupon. Ibid.
Same to Charles Osborne to execute the surrender of the lands etc. in trust for the late Earl of Plymouth; Peregrine Bertie and Charles Bertie having executed same. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. One Richard Westcombe of the island of Teneriffe continues an annual trade of remitting Canary wine thence to New England and has a vessel called the Lidia, Robert Cole master. You are to do your utmost to have said vessel seized for so carrying said wines to New England "without first touching here" [England]. Ibid.
Same to the Wardrobe Commissioners, enclosing a letter [missing]. Before you make any provision of those things you are to inform the Lord Treasurer what has been done in the like case heretofore. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. Where is the ship of Benjamin Clerke out of which some goods were seized about the beginning of March? Ibid.
Treasurer Rochester to Sir Charles Stapleton. Your late brother, Gregory Stapleton, deceased, by his last will bequeathed the manor of Askham Bryan, co. Yorks, to Sir Phill. Constable, Tho. Gascoigne and Jno. Middleton and by another writing under his hand did declare that same was in trust for the Congregation of the Benedictine Monks of England. By reason thereof said manor is forfeit to the King. I have been lately informed that you and two of the King's messengers have in your hands the evidences of said estate which make out the King's title thereto. You are to immediately deliver same to Richard Graham at his Chamber in Clifford's Inn, London. Ibid, p. 71.
May 7. Henry Guy to Mr. Porter and Mr. Prettyman. At your attendance on the late Treasury Lords Dec. 15 last you promised to clear some mistakes which you alleged were in Mr. Lawrence's paper then read and that by the next audit you would clear all with the auditors in relation to the Earl of Arlington's assignments and would certify all your demands and bring in all your vouchers on Jan. 21. This time is long since past. You are to forthwith perform all your promise. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 71.
Same to Capt. Johnson to attend Treasurer Rochester on Monday next, when the Customs Commissioners are to report on your petition. (The like notice to said Commissioners.) Ibid.
Same to Mr. Sydenham and Mr. Barry to attend the Lord Treasurer on Monday next upon the Customs Commissioners' report on your proposal about lead. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to forthwith suspend Edw. Blackburne, Maurice Fitzgerrald and Edmo. Cotter from their places in the Hea[rthmoney] Office. Ibid, p. 72.
Money warrant for 54l. 15s. 0d. to William Shaw as assignee for Treasurer Rochester for half a year to 1683 on said Rochester's fee of 6s. a day as Keeper of New Park, near Richmond. (Henry Guy, dated May 11 to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay said sum to said Shaw as part of the 354l. 15s. 0d. directed to be reserved the 5th inst. supra, p. 167.) Money Book VI, p. 55. Disposition Book IV, p. 29.
Same for 58l. to Henry, Earl of Clarendon, for 58 days from Feb. 20 last to Easter day, April 19 last, on his fee of 20s. a day as Lord Privy seal. Money Book VI, p. 55.
Dormant warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Cashier to pay to Sir John Cope, heir to Sir Anthony Cope, 137l. for last Lady day half year's rent of the ground of the Custom House and henceforward to pay him from time to time half yearly the rent of 274l. per an. for same: as by the lease of 2 and 3 May, 1675 (ratified by a great seal of 1675, May 4) by which said Sir Anthony conveyed to the then Lord Treasurer et al. the quay or wharf called New Wool Quay, whereon the Custom House of London now stands, at the said rental. Ibid.
Reference by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Tho. Hyde for a noontender's or other place in the Custom House [London], he having been taken prisoner by a Turks man of war and made a slave at Algiers and redeemed by the merchants at Constantinople, who paid near 300 dollars for his liberty. Treasurer Rochester hereby recommends him for such place. Reference Book III, p. 82.
Same by same to Richard Graham, Philip Burton and William Shaw of the case of Ralph Williamson concerning the inquisitions for finding the estate and receiving the rents late of Ford, Lord Grey. Ibid, p. 83.
Same by same to Capt. William Legg of the petition of the gardeners and labourers for payment of their wages for work done in St. James's Park Jan. 19 to April 30 last: as referred by the King in Council to the Lord Treasurer May 6 inst. Ibid.
May 7. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Mr. Hewer of the petition of Lieut. Gorman, administrator to Major White of Tangier, shewing that said Major's creditors are very troublesome to petitioner, pretending he has assets in his hands, and petitioner is hindered by Col. Kirke from receiving 300l. of said Major's arrears due for his service at Tangier; therefore prays that 300l. of said Colonel's arrears may be stopped in Mr. Hewer's hands till said Col. Kirke show cause for stopping said Major's arrears. Reference Book III, p. 83.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Charles Cogan, formerly a landwaiter in Weymouth port and lately removed to Sarum, praying to be removed to Lyme or Poole for prevention of frauds. Ibid, p. 84.
Same by same to same of the petition of Benjamin Watson, of London, merchant, shewing that being owner of a ship built in Holland but made free in England he laded same for Algier, where she was freighted for Alexandria, there he took in for his own account a small quantity of coffee, and the ship returning to Algier delivered all her cargo except said coffee, and on her arrival in England the ship is seized as forfeited by reason thereof. Ibid.
Same by same to same of the petition of Samuel Danvers for renewal of his patent as a King's waiter, London port, determined by the late King's death. Ibid.
Same by same to same of the petition of the corn merchants and farmers of Wisbech, Thorney, Whittlesea and Crowland in the Isle of Ely and co. Lincoln, shewing that the general prices of English oats at the port of London do not exceed 12s. per quarter, although foreign oats are daily imported at 2½d. per quarter Custom without paying the duty of 5s. 4d. per quarter and contrary to the Act of 22 Car. II. c. 1 which imposes said duty unless the common price of oats exceeds 16s. per quarter: that petitioners have great quantities of English oats and can make no sale thereof but at very low rates, whereby they are disabled to trade or pay their rents: therefore pray that when the price does not exceed 16s. no such importation be permitted save under said duty. Ibid, pp. 84–5.
Same by same to Tho. Agar, Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, of the petition of Henry Pound, one of the King's keepers (a Master Keeper) in the forest of South Bere, co. Southampton, for the repair of the two lodges there at an estimate of 206l. Ibid, p. 85.
Same by same to the Auditor of the Receipt of the petition of Andrew Lawrence for reward for soliciting several Peers for payment of the Poll money, he having travelled above 500 miles to their several houses and lost a horse in the journey, which cost him 20l. Ibid.
Same by same to the Attorney General of the petition of the patent officers in London port, shewing that the Lord Treasurer had forborn to sign the warrants for their salary unless they take out new patents; but that their patents being for life will be sufficient to authorise the payment of their salary. Ibid.
May 7. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Anthony Stephens of the petition of Oliver Westland of London, merchant, for payment of 909l. for sprusia deals delivered by him into the stores at Deptford and Woolwich, petitioner being in the Fleet for debt, where he may perish and his family want bread. Reference Book III, p. 86.
Same by same to Bartholomew Fillingham, Thomas Hall and William Lownds, Agents for bringing in the arrears of Taxes, of the petition of John Holme, apothecary, praying that the 158l. owing to him for medicines furnished by him to divers chirurgeons for the use of the Forces raised in 1678 (as appears by Mr. Pearce's certificate) may be registered on the last Poll and the first part of the last Eighteen Months' Tax which were appropriated to pay the debts incurred on account of said Forces. Ibid.
Same by same to Auditor Phelips of the account of Edward Proger (Progers) of moneys disbursed [by him] for hay for the deer, for pales, posts and rails and repairing the great lodge, barn and outhouses and the underkeepers' lodges [of the Middle Park of Hampton Court] from 1682–3, Jan. 18, amounting to 109l. 19s. 2d. Ibid.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Richard and Edm. Anguish, praying to be admitted to the office of collector of Great Yarmouth port granted them by Charles II in reversion of Edmund Anguish their father, whose office is terminated by the death of Charles II. Ibid, p. 87.
Same by same to same of the petition of John Anguish for renewal of his grant as Comptroller of Lynn port. Ibid, p. 89.
Same by same to same of the petition of Mr. Kennett, for restoration to his place as collector of Faversham port, where he served nine years and being called to give evidence against the infringers about the Corporation of Faversham he was dismissed for coming up without leave. Ibid, p. 91.
Same by same to the Attorney General of the petition of Sir William Darcy, shewing that he has, upon [valuable] consideration, a grant of 400l. per an. from the late King for 21 years out of the Customs of alum and payable quarterly by the Treasurer of the Customs; that the latter refuses of late to pay same without further order from the Lord Treasurer: therefore prays such order. Ibid, p. 103.
Report by same to the King on the petition of Mary Preston and Ann Preston, daughters of Sir Tho. Preston, as by the reference dated Feb. 17 last thereof. Petitioners set forth ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 1387. I find by report to the late Treasury Lords from Richard Graham and P[hilip] B[urton] Feb. 2 last, that the mesne profits (of the late dissolved monastery of Furness, late the inheritance of petitioners' father) for the years 1679, 1680 and 1681 (which includes all the time between the exhibiting the information for the King in Trinity term, 1679, and the delivery of possession to the King in Aug., 1682) amount to 2,430l. 10s. 0d. whereof 305l. 19s. 4d. has been paid into the Exchequer and Graham and Burton think that 1,027l. 10s. 2¼d. should be allowed for repairs, buildings, fee farm rents and incidents; thus leaving 1,097l. 0s. 10¼d. whereof 182l. 0s. 11d. is in the hands of Lord Carrington and 914l. 19s. 11¼d. is in arrear. This may be granted or remitted to petitioners. Warrants not Relating to Money X, p. 49.
May 8. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to permit the equipage of the Duke of Richmond to be transported, being 32 horses for coach and saddle, two coaches, one callash, one tumbrell, harness and side saddles. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 72.
Same to Mr. Hewer to forthwith pay Margt. Collins, widow, 40s. and for the future 4l. per an. as pension quarterly in consideration of the death of her husband in the late King's service at Tangier. Ibid.