Entry Book: August 1685, 16-25

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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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August 1685, 16-25

Aug. 17. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 200,000l. to Anthony, Visct. Falkland, Treasurer of the Navy, as imprest for the Navy and Victualling. (Money warrant dated Aug. 27 hereon. Money order dated Aug. 27 hereon.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 180. Money Book VI, p. 131. Order Book I, p. 47.
Royal sign manual for 500l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of July 23 last. (Money warrant dated Aug. 18 hereon. Money order dated Aug. 19 hereon.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 181. Money Book VI, p. 127. Order Book I, p. 45.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal dormant for the yearly sum of 50l. to the churchwardens of the parish of St. James's within the Liberty of Westminster as royal bounty for the sustenance and relief of the poor inhabitants and orphans of said parish: the first issue hereon to be at the end of a year from date of this privy seal: without account other than such as said churchwardens are to render [to their parish] for the other moneys they receive for the use of said poor. King's Warrant Book X, p. 182.
Same to same for a same for an annuity of 50l. to Nicho. Estoll as from Christmas last: the first payment for the half year to June 24 last to be made presently and so subsequently quarterly: said Estoll having a like grant by privy seal dated 1668, Aug. 26, for discovering a dangerous conspiracy against Charles II and other treasonable designs against some of his garrisons; which privy seal became void by the late King's death. Ibid, pp. 182–3.
Same to the Attorney General for a great seal for a grant and confirmation to Sir Roger Strickland of the duty on imported salt whether from beyond seas or from Scotland: at the rent of 40s. per an.: to hold same from Feb. 16 last to 1688, Sept. 29, being the remainder of the term granted him by Charles II by an indenture under the great seal dated 1682, July 29: the King's Counsel having advised that the duty on Scotch salt is an inheritance of the Crown and will have continuance notwithstanding the death of Charles II but that the duty on Foreign salt did thereupon determine. Ibid, p. 184.
Instructions by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners in reply to their memorial of the 10th inst. (1) You are to sell by inch of candle the goods in the hands of Thomas Thrayle, husband of the Four and a Half per cent. duty, which you acquaint me are of considerable value. Pay the proceeds to the Receiver General of the Customs and see him charged therewith. Do the same from time to time with other such goods. (2) By the Act for the duty on tobacco and sugar you can allow 8 per cent. for wastage and decay of goods during the time they remain in the hands of the importer before sale or exportation. My late direction for a rebate of 10 per cent. for ready money seems to exclude this allowance for wastage. You are hereby to allow a further 4 per cent. for wastage upon payment of the duty in ready money. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 45.
Aug. 17. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to employ Richd. Tucker (tidesman in extraordinary, Cowes port) as a tidesman in fee ibid. loco John Kirton, lately deceased. Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 46, 47.
John Knowman as a tidesman, Weymouth port loco William Duke, preferred to be a landwaiter ibid.
George Muschamp as collector of the [Plantation] duties under 25 Car. II [c. 7] within the province of Carolina loco Timothy Biggs, lately deceased. As the present allowance of one half of the receipt (whereof two-thirds to the collector and one third to the Comptroller) is not a suitable reward for their trouble and charge, you are hereby (as is done in Virginia and Maryland) to allow them threefourths of the whole receipt, viz. a moiety to the collector and a quarter to the Comptroller and Surveyor.
Hugh Newton (an extraordinary tidesman, Weymouth port) as a tidesman in fee ibid. loco Thomas Clotworthy, lately dismissed.
Robt. Gregs (a tidesman, Whitehaven port) as waiter and searcher ibid. loco William Beckworth, lately dismissed.
John Greene as a waiter and searcher at Pembroke Ferry in Milford port loco Lewis Moore, who declines same.
John Goldsmith and Simon Gill as watermen to Humphry Jones, one of the tidesurveyors loco Thomas Hazzard, deceased, and his mate.
Treasurer Rochester to the Earl of Dunbarton. Several of the inhabitants of the late city of Tangier have applied to me concerning the debt of 8,519l. 14s. 2d. owing to them from the officers of your Regiment for their subsistence during their serving at Tangier; towards which debt (so adjusted and stated by the Commissioners appointed by Lord Dartmouth) only 3,958l. 14s. 10d. appears to be paid although several of your officers allege to the said inhabitants that the whole of their debts are stopped out of their pay. Likewise Mr. Hewer has laid before me a memorial of money advanced by him upon account of clothes supplied to said Regiment whilst at Tangier and also of money advanced by order of Lord Dartmouth to your officers there which was to be repaid to Lord Dartmouth or to Hewer out of their first pay after their arrival in England: viz. 530l. paid 1680, Nov. 30, for clothes supplied to the 200 recruits sent to Tangier by order of the Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier; 400l. paid 1683, Dec. 5, to Capt. Douglas and Capt. Monroe; 49l. 10s. 0d. paid 1683–4, Jan. 20, at Tangier by order of Lord Dartmouth and 480l. similarly paid 1683–4, Feb. 8, or in all 1,459l. 10s. 0d. Hewer is to attend you as to both these matters. I recommend it to you that his Majesty may receive no further trouble herein and that I may not be obliged to put a stop to the pay due to the Regiment. (Henry Guy of same date to said Hewer, enclosing said letter. You are to attend the Earl of Dunbarton therewith.) Out Letters (General) IX, p. 125.
Aug. 17. Henry Guy to Sir William Stapleton to attend Treasurer Rochester at his house to-morrow morning. (The like notice to Richard Coling.) Out Letters (General) IX, p. 126.
Same to the Mint Commissioners to forthwith provide and deliver to Sir Thomas Grantham a medal of gold with the King's effigies and a chain of gold of the value of 50l. which the King is pleased to give him for his great courage and valour in defending himself against the New Rose of Algiers, Admiral Cannary commander, in 1678, Oct. 24, when said Sir Thomas was master of the Concord merchantmen. Ibid.
Aug. 7
[sic for 17].
Same to Auditor Done to peruse the enclosed draft [missing] of a privy seal for Alderman Sturt. Ibid.
Aug. 17. Same to Mr. Darcy et al. to forthwith provide as follows. Ibid.
Appending letter dated Aug. 9 from the Earl of Ailesbury, Lord Chamberlain, to Treasurer Rochester. Two blue chairs were made at the Coronation which would be very serviceable for the King and Queen upon removes on progress "if there were made two blue stools to each chair suitable, to set in the withdrawing rooms for their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Denmark, otherwise the chairs will be of themselves useless and at the Coronation there was no use of stools which is the reason they were made without." The stools are to be delivered to Mr. Kinnersly, Yeoman of the Removing Wardrobe.
Same to Mr. Dove [of the Office of Treasurer of the Chamber] enclosing a copy of the new establishment of the falconcers. Send a copy to Windsor to Mr. Griffin, who will get it signed by the King. Before any payments be made, pursuant to this establishment, to any of the falconers who are payable at the Exchequer by their patents, they are to surrender their said patents. Ibid, p. 127.
Appending. said new establishment (a) the falconers that must do the duty, a serjeant 100l. per an. and 10 falconers, viz. Conway 80l. per an., Poole 50l. per an., Milles 45l. per an., Potter 44l. per an., Duffeild 44l. per an., Sylvester 50l. per an., Philip Berenbrooke 44l. per an., Daniel 44l. per an., Ryves 25l. per an., Garrell 25l. per an. Total, 551l. (b) Falconers that are in arrear and desire an allowance of 20l. per an. pension, viz. William Seakins. Tho. Dychampe, Witchell, James Russell, Rowly, Poulton, Col. Legg, Peter Crowles, Preston, Edes, Bacon, Prettiman, Cooke, Holmes. Total pensions, 280l. Total establishment, 831l. per an.; as against 1,440l. per an. previously.
Same to Lieut. Tower. Treasurer Rochester will order 100l. to your servant for taking Burton. You are to make such satisfaction to Ryder for services thereon as you at first intended. Ibid, p. 129.
Aug. 18. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, of the petition of Edmond Barry for the office of searcher, gauger and packer in Dublin port loco Mr. Hare, deceased. Reference Book III, p. 152.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Jackson (a landwaiter for 21 years) for a land surveyor's place, for which he had a reference July 7 last: he having a certificate of his loyalty and conformity to the Church of England. Ibid, p. 153.
Same by same to Mr. Hewer of the petition of James Gibbs for payment of his Tangier arrears, being desirous of returning to his own country, Scotland. Ibid, p. 154.
Money warrant for 125l. to Dame Joan Howard for 1681, Christmas quarter, on her pension. Money Book VI, p. 127.
Same for 150l. to John Dryden for three quarters to 1681, Sept. 29, on his annuity as Poet Laureate. Ibid.
Same for 1,262l. 16s. 2d. to Thomas Chudleigh, late Envoy Extraordinary to the Hague, for his extraordinaries as follows from 1684, June 15, to 1685, April 5, after the disallowance of items 15, 16 and 19 therein. (Money order dated Aug. 19 hereon.) Ibid, pp. 127–8. Order Book I, p. 45.
Appending: bill of said extraordinaries as allowed July 17 last by Secretary Middleton, with the exception of said three items which are referred to the Lord Treasurer.
l. s. d. Gilders. st. d.
for postage of letters and messengers to the Brill and expresses to England 1,603 15 0
the expense of my journey from the Hague to London in July, 1684 345 7 0
ditto of my journey back to the Hague 366 10 0
given in New Year's gifts 511 0 0
for several journeys to Leyden, Rotterdam, Maeslandsluijs, Honslaerdijk and other places 344 19 0
for several messengers sent to Utrecht, Amsterdam and other places 212 11 0
for intelligence of all kinds 2,315 0 0
for relieving poor seamen and other of his Majesty's subjects 260 0 0
gifts and rewards upon other occasions 467 8 0
for putting myself and family, my coach, horses and house in mourning on the late King's death 300 0 0
for paper, wax, gazettes and other prints 642 9 0
to physicians and apothecaries for several of my family 63 13 0
an entertainment to several of the States [General] at my audience of congé 284 0 0
for my return into England with all my goods, servants and horses 1,354 0 0
paid in Exchequer fees on 2,000l. of my extraordinaries which I received the last summer 68 10 6
ditto on 600l. more received in Nov. last 17 0 6
ditto on 2,941l. of my ordinary allowance 66 4 0
fees on passing a new privy seal for the said money 19 10 0
Exchequer fees on what I am to receive [for this present bill] 51 17 0
the whole reduced to sterling £1,400 4 2
Aug. 18. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money and Hearthmoney as is directed to be this day paid into the Exchequer and out of Post Office money paid in last week, viz.: Disposition Book IV, p. 65.
Out of the Excise. l. s. d.
to me [Guy] for secret service, 500l. and 500l. by [way of] advance 1,000 0 0
to Mr. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, for one quarter to the Foxhounds 120 0 0
to Mr. Graham, Keeper of the Privy Purse 800 0 0
[Out of the Hearthmoney.]
to me [Guy] for secret service by [way of] advance 500 0 0
Out of Post Office money.
to Lady Portland 250 0 0
to Lady Joane Howard 125 0 0
to Mr. Dryden 150 0 0
to the falconers 538 9 0
(Same dated same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the cash of the Excise and Hearthmoney for the week ending the 11th inst. [and that ending the 18th inst.]: said paper including for the Excise: the item of 6,000l. ut supra, p. 305, and the abovesaid three Excise items [payable out of the Exchequer], together with the following items [payable direct out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to Mr. Toll in part of his debt; 1,500l. to Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe in part of their debt; 500l. to Mr. Horneby in part of his debt. Total disposition of the Excise, 10,920l. For the Hearthmoney: the above item of 500l. to Guy [payable out of the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable direct out of the Hearthmoney Office on tallies], viz.: 2,000l. to Mr. Toll in repayment of loan; 3,000l. to Mr. Duncombe in further repayment of 22,000l. Total disposition of the Hearthmoney, 5,500l.)
Aug. 18. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Customs money directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz. Disposition Book IV, pp. 65, 66.
to the Treasurer of the Navy to pay off the Montague's men, the Mordaunt, Dunbarton and Shophia prize 5,000
to ditto for sea officers and bills in course 400
to ditto for the Victuallers 1,200
And likewise to issue 8,200l. to the Paymaster of the Forces out of Excise money to be paid in for that purpose and 3,800l. to same out of loans on the linen duty; reserving out of said loans 1,264l. 19s. 6d. for uses to be signified: and to issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance up to 1,500l. out of what remains of said loans after deduction of these two items.
(Same dated same to Alderman Duncombe to pay said 8,200l. into the Exchequer to-morrow.)
(Same dated same to the Customs Cashier to pay 6,600l. of Customs money into the Exchequer to-morrow for the three items as above.)
Same to the Customs Commissioners to visit the goods of the Envoy of Portugal at his house in Pall Mall in order to their transport for Portugal. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 126.
Same to Mr. Harbord for an account of the information of wastes in New Forest which was presented to the late Treasury Lords by Major Dickens. Ibid, p. 127.
Same to the Attorney General. It is the King's pleasure that the three proclamations enclosed [missing] concerning the Post Office be renewed viz. 1672–3, Jan. 11, about soldiers quartering in Post houses; 1667, July 26, to keep the Post officers from public offices; 1669, June 21, about carriers. Ibid.
Treasurer Rochester to Sir Mathew Jenison, late undersheriff of Notts. Your account for the year ended 1684, Sept. 29, is not yet passed in the Exchequer. It must be perfected in Michaelmas term next otherwise you will be arrested. (The like notice to John Kyrle, sheriff of Hereford, to 1684, Sept. 29; James Howard, ditto of Northumberland, to 1684, Sept. 29; Sir John Coryton, ditto of Cornwall, to 1684, Sept. 29; Charles Jones, ditto of co. Gloucester, to 1684, Sept. 29; Edmund Craister, ditto of Northumberland, for the two years to 1683, Sept. 29; William Hall, ditto for co. Gloucester, to 1681, Sept. 29; Simon Urwyn, ditto for co. Stafford, to 1677, Sept. 29.) Ibid. p. 128.
Henry Guy to Chr. Hilliard, steward of the Liberty of St. Mary's, York. Send me your answer to the enclosed complaint [missing] of Sir John Reresby against you. (The like notice to Rich. Battersby, clerk of the said Liberty.) (Same of same date to Mr. Harbord or in his absence Mr. Fisher, to report on said complaints.) Ibid.
Aug. 18. Henry Guy to Mr. Bridgeman. The Customs Commissioners have represented to the Lord Treasurer that it is desirable that captains of the King's men of war that go to any of the Plantations should have copies of the instructions which are given to the Governors of those Plantations to which the captains are bound. You are to send to Mr. Pepys copies of these respective instructions so that he may so deliver them. This method is to be constantly observed for the future. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 128.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of the patent officers [of the Customs] and the papers relating thereto. Ibid, p. 129.
Appending: note of said papers (inter al. an account of petty Customs payable by Carta Mercatoria and navigation duties with what more has been collected by virtue of the Greenland Act and the Act for Tillage in London port for the year ended 1684, Sept. 29).
Same to the Commissioners of Wine Licences. As to your report on Richard Gleave's petition if you think a riding surveyor is necessary you ought to pay his salary and not the King. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney to report on the enclosed letter [missing] of the Duke of Beaufort and the complaint of the gentlemen of Carmarthenshire. Ibid.
Aug. 19. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue the two single 100l. (advanced to me for secret service out of the Excise) to Sir Ste. Fox on his order for secret service, "Mr. Squibb, my clerk, being to pay the money to him." And further to issue to me [Guy] 48l. 12s. 8d. out of Lord Churchill's loan; and 564l. 19s. 6d. out of loans on the linen duty and by way of advance; and 1,299l. 0s. 10d. out of Post Office money in the Exchequer, likewise by way of advance; and to reserve for Treasurer Rochester's disposal the 48l. 6s. 0d. remaining of 1,972l. 18s. 0d. [being the total of the above items and representing the sum] intended lately for Sir Rich. Bulstrode. Disposition Book IV, p. 67.
Same to same to issue out of William Harbord's loans 250l. to me [Guy] and 40l. to Robt. Swan. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to employ John Bambury as a tidesman in extraordinary, London port, he being recommended by the Bishop of Winchester. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 129.
Same to Mr. Pepys to report on (a) infra concerning the anchorage duty in Ireland. What has been the practice here [in England]? Ibid, p. 130.
Appending: letter dated Aug. 11 inst. from Sir P. Pett to [Treasurer Rochester]. As Advocate General of Ireland I have received complaints from the Marshal of the Admiralty there that the right and duty of anchorage which was always paid in that Kingdom to the Lord High Admiral has in some ports of late met with interruption on pretence that that duty has not been of late years paid in England. I consulted the Admiralty records here [England] hereon and find that before the rebellion of 1641 that duty was constantly paid in England after the rate of 4d. per ton [burthen] for all ships above 50 tons and 2d. per ton for all under that burden. To the end the duty may receive no further interruption in Ireland I advise the settling of it in England according to the ancient usage. It will soon be effected if referred to the examination of Sir Leoline Jenkins, Judge of the Admiralty, Sir Rich. Lloyd, his deputy and Dean of the Arches, Sir Thomas Exton, Advocate General of England, and myself, "which may be a sufficient ground for his Majesty to re-establish that ancient regale and perquisite of Admiralty with effect in both kingdoms."
Aug. 20. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Culliford, Register of Seizures, for permission to resign his [said] employment to John Earle, gent.; petitioner being lately appointed a [Revenue] Commissioner, Ireland. Reference Book III, p. 152.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to reserve for Treasurer Rochester's disposal all the money that is or shall be paid into the Exchequer on account of the duties on wines, vinegar, tobacco and sugar. (Sam. Langford to same dated same to keep a distinct account of these impositions and so to express it in your weekly certificate as Auditor.) Disposition Book IV, p. 67.
Same dated Windsor, to same to issue as follows out of the moneys of the Customs, Excise, Hearthmoney and Post Office directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, p. 68.
l. s. d.
Out of the Customs.
to Philip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, for the new buildings at Whitehall 1,500 0 0
Out of the Excise.
to Mr. Graham for the Privy Purse 800 0 0
Out of Hearthmoney.
interest for several small loans 1,228 4 6
to Mr. Hewer for interest to April 1 last 1,030 10 1
Out of Post Office money.
to me [Guy] for secret service by [way of] advance 344 6 10
to Mr. Whitgrave 200 0 0
to the parish of Walbrook, due on a perpetuity 84 6 8
£5,187 8 1
(Same, dated Aug. 21, to the Customs Cashier to pay the abovesaid 1,500l. into the Exchequer for Packer.) (Same, dated Aug. 21, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the cash of the Excise for the present week: said paper including the abovesaid item of 800l. to Graham [payable out of the Exchequer] together with 8,200l. for the Forces and 1,500l. for Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe in repayment of loan; 1,000l. to Mr. Toll for ditto and 500l. to Mr. Hornby for ditto. [It is uncertain whether these items are duplicates with the similar items of Aug. 18, supra p. 310.] Total disposition 12,000l.) (Same dated Aug. 22 to same, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Hearthmoney for the present week: said paper including the abovesaid two items of 1,228l. 4s. 6d. and 1,030l. 10s. 1d. [payable out of the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable direct out of the Hearthmoney Office on tallies] viz., 1,000l. to Mr. Toll in repayment of loan; 3,000l. to Mr. Duncombe in further part of repayment of 22,000l. Total disposition of the Hearthmoney, 6,258l. 14s. 7d.)
Aug. 20. Henry Guy to Sir Joseph Ashe. Send your answer to the enclosed case [missing] between the King and the East India Company concerning the payment of their duties with a proposition touching the payment of debentures for East India goods as presented to the Lord Treasurer by the Customs Commissioners. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 130.
William Shaw to the Customs Commissioners to have sent up to London two boxes stopped at Dover, being directed to the Countess of Rochester. Ibid.
William Lowndes (in the absence of Henry Guy) to same to report on the following enclosures. Ibid, p. 131.
Appending: note only of said enclosures, viz. Mr. Blathwait's letter to Mr. Guy of Aug. 18 inst.: The petition of Barrakiah Arnall, late master's mate of the pink Hannah and Eliz. whereof Natha. Stanberry was commander, to the King and the report thereon dated Aug. 1 inst. from Sir William Stapleton to the Committee of Trade and Plantations: a certificate of the deputy searcher of Boston on behalf of said petitioner: a certificate of the discharge of the Hannah and Eliz., Barakiah Arnold commander.
Henry Guy, dated Windsor Castle, to same not to fill up Robert Bathurst's place, whom you have removed from Arundel port, as several principal gentlemen of that country have recommended a person for said place. Ibid.
Aug. 21. Reference by Treasurer Rochester, dated Windsor Castle, to William Hewer of the petition of James Gorman, shewing that Edw. Roth, late of Tangier, owes petitioner 7,000l. and intends to convey his estate to others to defraud petitioner, therefore prays the payment of 2,791l. 16s. 8d. due to Roth [from the King] to be stopped. Reference Book III, p. 152.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of James Pearse for a place as deputy searcher, London port, and for leave to make a deputy in his office of a patent waiter ibid. Ibid, p. 153.
Same by same to same of the petition of Lieut.-Col. John Devereux, an inhabitant of Montserrat, shewing that a small vessel which traded in the said island with Scotch manufacture contrary to the Navigation Act was seized and condemned and thereon bought by petitioner for 53l. who loaded her with the production of said island and brought her to London where she is seized for coming contrary to the said Act: therefore praying a discharge of the ship and goods. Ibid.
Aug. 21. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Warden and Commissioners of the Mint of the petition of George Macy for 400l. being his charges in prosecuting clippers and coiners, he having convicted about 240 persons. Reference Book III, p. 162.
Same by same to Bartho. Fillingham, Thomas Hall and William Lowndes, Agents for bringing in the arrears of Taxes, of the petition of Tho. Marsden, late Receiver for co. Lancs, of the last part of the Eighteen Months' and Six Months' Assessment, shewing that he returned to Serjt. Ramsey, late one of the Agents for Taxes, 283l. at several times, whereof Ramsey only paid in 100l.: prays that the remaining 183l. may be paid out of money due to said Ramsey in the Exchequer. Ibid, p. 168.
Entry of the signature by Treasurer Rochester and Sir John Ernle, Chancellor of the Exchequer, of the docquet of an in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Thomas Price of the lands of Christian Langley, merchant, extended for debt: at 18s. 4d. per an. rent and fine of 36s. 8d. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 112.
Fiat by same for royal letters patent to constitute James Waring, gent., customer of Berwick port loco Feild Dunn. Ibid.
Money warrant for 500l. to Robert Squibb, junr., as imprest for the relief of English captives [in Barbary] as by the privy seal of April 30 last: to be satisfied out of moneys in the Exchequer arisen by the collection for the said use. (Money order dated Aug. 22 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 129. Order Book I, p. 46.
Same for 40l. to Robert Swan, gent., for half a year to June 24 last on his annuity or pension. (Money order dated Aug. 22 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 129. Order Book I, p. 46.
Same for 120l. to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster for two years to June 24 last on the annuity to them for the minister of the French Church in the Savoy. Money Book VI, p. 129.
Warrant, dated Windsor Castle, by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to make such abatement as they think fit on all decayed and defective wines and to take the same duty upon wrought plate exported as if same was bullion (viz. that same go free as by the order of the Treasury Lords in 1672): it appearing that under the Wine Duty Act which expired in 1681 the said Commissioners had authority to make allowance for defective wines in regard of the greatness of the duty but after said expiry they kept themselves strictly to the rule of the Act of Tonnage and Poundage and only gave allowance on wines where same was fit only for the still or vinegar and in that case also they did not exceed the allowance of a third which allowance will not now be practicable in regard of the greatness of the [new] duty. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 47.
Same by same to same to employ Henry Gosnold as waiter and searcher at Leigh loco Joseph Crab, who has relinquished same. Ibid, p. 48.
Same by same to same to permit the ship William (belonging to Peter Airault and other distressed Protestants who came from France on account of their religion) and her lading of wine and brandy now in Lancaster port, to return to France or any other foreign port without unlading or payment of Custom: it appearing that said ship is not navigated as required by law and so is unqualified to go to any of his Majesty's Plantations; petitioner in his ignorance having come into Lancaster port for a pass thinking that would be sufficient to authorise him to unlade his goods in the Plantations. Ibid.
Aug. 21. Warrant, dated Windsor Castle, by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to observe a royal warrant, dated Windsor, Aug. 17, to permit Thomas Hawgood, sword cutler to the Ordnance, to import six chests of sword blades on payment of the usual Custom and to deliver same to the [Ordnance] stores under direction of Lord Dartmouth: said Hawgood having contracted with the Ordnance to furnish them with a considerable quantity of swords which he cannot well do without bringing sword blades from foreign parts which is against a late Act of Parliament prohibiting gunpowder, arms or other ammunition to be imported without special licence. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 48.
Same by same to same to repay the 20l. as follows deposited by Henry Fever, master of the Rebecca, whose ship in Jan. last was seized by Robert Bernard at Weymouth on the information of Richard Savage for trading between Ireland and the Plantations contrary to law, whereupon Fever "applied himself to your Board who offered him the favour of a letter of licence to compound with his owners, which he would not accept, resolving to stand trial; that being bound to the Newfoundland and having on board 100 men, he agreed to the offer as having the greater share of the said vessel provided he could be immediately despatched away on paying down the King's and officer's part [of the seizure] by way of deposit; but upon advice he was informed that in case of a composition the seizer could not make a good sale of the vessel because the property still remained in the owners and therefore he paid down the King's full moiety in order to a recovery of the said ship upon the promise of your Board to become a means that the 20l. remaining over and above the King's third part should be repaid to him or his order and thereupon you directed the delivery of the said ship which hath been since recovered through default of the owners in not appearing." Ibid, p. 49.
Henry Guy, dated Windsor Castle, to the Customs Commissioners to visit the goods of the Count de Castle Meliore in order to their transport to Portugal. Mr. Sawyers, Vice-Chamberlain to the Queen Dowager at Somerset House, will direct your officer to the Count's lodgings. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 130.
Same to Mr. Fox, Paymaster of the Forces, to pay to Lieut.-Col. Butler, his Lieut. and Cornet, and to Capt. O'Conner and his Lieut. and Cornet (who are all in Col. Hamilton's Regiment of Dragoons) their full pay as if their Troops had been mounted from the time they were first paid. Ibid, p. 131.
Aug. 22. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of George Ribton, master and owner of the ship Freeman of Whitehaven, shewing that at Dublin he freighted for Virginia and the Commissioners of [Revenue or] Customs there assured him that on his giving bond there, their certificate should clear him in Virginia either for England or Ireland; that at Virginia said certificate not being sufficient he had to give bond in 100l. to enter [his lading] in England, intending for Whitehaven; that by contrary winds his ship drove near Dublin, where he went ashore for provisions; then the ship drove into Dublin bay, where the Commissioners grounded her and forced him to enter his tobacco which he did, paying 2d. a lb. Irish duty and ½d. a lb. English duty; thereupon the Commissioners gave him a certificate to clear his bond in Virginia: nevertheless on coming to Whitehaven the Comptroller there seized his ship for landing in Ireland contrary to law; "that one Mr. Savage pretends that he can prove he landed goods in Virginia" and threatens to send for said bond in Virginia and put it in suit: therefore petitioner prays a stop to all proceedings herein. Reference Book III, p. 154.
Appending: (1) certificate dated June 23 last by the [Revenue] Commissioners, Ireland, of the payment of said duty. (2) Affidavit touching the forcing said ship on shore by the officers there [Dublin] and detaining the sails until the ship was entered and Customs satisfied for said goods.
Aug. 22. Royal warrant to the Attorney General for a privy seal for a grant or confirmation to the mayor, bailiffs and burgesses of the borough of Berwick on Tweed of the annuity or pension of 100l. per an. granted by Charles II 1666, July 23, out of the Customs of Berwick or Newcastle port: the patent for which grant did contain proviso that the said town should at their own charge for ever support and repair the bridge over the Tweed built by James I without any further pretences to the King for further repair thereof, that all the said annuity should be expended therein and to no other use and that they should give security for the performance hereof by such conveyance of the manor of Tweedmouth as the Attorney General should approve, the said manor being affirmed to be of the yearly value of 100l. By reason that the said grant cannot be charged on the Customs granted to the present King without this present fresh privy seal and the said borough has represented that said bridge is now in danger of falling unless it be speedily repaired, the said annuity is therefore hereby to be paid from 1678. Lady day, out of the Customs as above. The necessary covenants are to be inserted herein for due employing of said annuity for the use intended. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 185–6.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a same for regulating Anthony Sturt's account as follows. The said Sturt and Jonathan Gauden as the assignees of Sir Dennis Gauden, kt., Sir Denny Ashburnham, bart., Abraham Jaggard and Benjamin Gauden were employed as Victuallers of Tangier from 1678, Sept. 29, to 1683–4, Feb. 5, under a contract dated 1664, Aug. 30, made between James, Duke of York, et al. on behalf of the King of the one part and Thomas Yeabsly, Thomas Andrewes and John Lanyon, merchants on the other. Some time after the death of Charles II the said Sturt and Gauden exhibited to the Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier an account of said victualling "for which the said Anthony Sturt paid or advanced the money," and for interest computed to 1684, May 1. Said account was stated by Auditor Done and shows receipts by them from Samuel Pepys 1678, Dec. 30, to 1680, April 7, of 12,834l. 16s. 5½d. and from William Hewer 1680, June 5, to 1684, April 22, of 78,520l. 17s. 1½d. and provisions received by them from the said Sir Dennis Gauden, Sir Denny Ashburnham and partners to the value of 7,325l. 9s. 0d. towards making good the standing magazine of victuals appointed to be kept in said garrison. The said total charge is 98,681l. 2s. 7d. Against this they are allowed in discharge for provisions issued to the garrison (at the rate of 3s. 2¼d. per man per week) 124,486l. 16s. 7d.; and for provisions delivered by order of the Governor or Commander in chief for the forts and other extraordinary occasions, 8,979l. 12s. 4d.; and for ditto for the sick and wounded in the Hospital by order of Edward Sackvill, late Governor there, 253l. 15s. 1½d.; and for ditto for five Companies of Foot Guards sent to said garrison and four Companies sent there from Ireland, 85l. 2s. 7½d. as by the certificate of Sir Palmes Fairborne, then Commander-in-Chief of said garrison; and for sea provisions delivered on board several ships for victualling 240 Troopers belonging to the [King's] Forces that came from Spain for the assistance of Tangier, viz. for five days at 8d. per man per day (which was the rate allowed to the Victuallers of the Navy for sea victuals) 40l. as by the certificate of Edward Sackvile, esq.; and for 6 per cent. interest computed to 1684, May 1, for money grown due for said victuals so delivered, 4,245l. 12s. 8d. The total discharge is 138,090l. 19s. 4d., leaving a surplus of 39,409l. 16s. 9d. due to the accomptants: and the said account has been allowed as reasonable by the Navy Commissioners and other referees. Since 1684, May 1, the said Sturt and Gauden have further received from Mr. Hewer, 8,721l. 10s. 0d. besides 278l. 10s. 0d. paid them for coals which item is to be placed to another account. The surplus still due is therefore 30,688l. 6s. 9d. By an instrument dated April 14 last, said Jonathan Gauden has agreed that said account shall pass only in the name of said Sturt and the balance to be paid only to him, subject to the articles of agreement dated Mar. 14 last between Sir Dennis Gauden and said Jonathan Gauden of the one part and said Sturt of the other. It is hereby ordered that the said account be passed in the form as above and the surplus due thereon as above is hereby to be paid to said Sturt. Further among the victuals for which allowance is hereby directed there is comprehended 161,480 lbs. of biskett, 15,077 pieces of beef, 6,316 pieces of pork, 1,377 bushel of pease, 1,604 bushel of oatmeal, 4,706 lbs. of butter and 1,011 lbs. of Cheshire cheese which by order of Lord Dartmouth when he was at Tangier to demolish that garrison were delivered by the agents of said Sturt to the ships then under the command of Lord Dartmouth there by which means Richard Brett and partners who were Victuallers of the Navy received the pursers' indents for those provisions, viz. to the value of 3,425l. 2s. 10d. and interest thereof. The said Brett and partners are hereby to be charged with said item and with the biskett bags and casks belonging to same. Ibid, pp. 186–8.
Aug. 22. Henry Guy, dated Windsor Castle, to Mr. Stephens for an account what is due to you on your loans upon the last half year of the Hearthduty. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 130.
Same to the Exchequer officers, enclosing (a) infra. Return your answer thereto. Ibid, pp. 131–2.
Appending: (a) the Earl of Peterborough's reasons why he should not pay the 50l. now demanded by the Exchequer officers for fees on the 1,000l. a year paid him out of the establishment of Tangier by the Treasurer of Tangier. Said pension was granted on a valuable consideration and has always been inserted in the Tangier establishment: up to the time of Mr. Povey's resigning the Treasurership of Tangier to Mr. Pepys in 1664, the officers of the Exchequer never demanded other fees than those paid for the issues on Tangier account, which are much greater than in the case of issues for the Navy etc.: and so also during Mr. Pepy's treasurership 1664–80: in the last establishment for Tangier the King allowed only 20s. per 1,000l. for fees of the Exchequer officers, whereas they have and do now receive, by favour, 4l. per 1,000l.: the said officers have never received other fees for any pension on any establishment than was paid for the money generally received [on such establishment].
Aug. 24. Same, dated Windsor Castle, to the Customs Commissioners to permit the Earl of Carlingford to unlade from the pink William and Sarah of Yarmouth, lately come from Hamburg, some presents sent him by his brother, Count Taaff from Vienna, which are for the King. Ibid, p. 132.
Same to same to visit the goods of the Marechal D'Humières, at the French ambassador's house in St. James's Square in order to their transport to France. Ibid.
Aug. 25. Privy seal dormant for 10,000l. to be issued in such proportions, to such persons and for such uses as the King shall direct by royal sign manual. (Royal warrant dated Aug. 17 for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 181.
Eight separate royal sign manuals for respectively 344l. 6s. 10d., 500l., 700l., 564l. 19s. 6d., 250l., 500l., 1,299l. 0s. 10d. and 500l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Aug. 25 inst. (Eight money warrants dated Aug. 25 hereon. Eight money orders dated Aug. 26 hereon.) Ibid, p. 189. Money Book VI, p. 130. Order Book I, p. 47.