Entry Book: March 1685, 11-15

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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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March 1685, 11-15

Mar. 11. Privy seal dormant for 3l. a day to Sir Peter Wyche, kt., for his ordinary as Resident with the Hanse Towns: to be paid quarterly; the first quarter in advance: together with the usual clause for the allowance of his extraordinaries. King's Warrant Book X, p. 35.
Same for 5l. a day ordinary and 500l. for equipage to Sir Gabriell Silvius, kt., as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Denmark: to be paid ut supra: with the usual clause for the allowance of his extraordinaries. Ibid.
Same for the like ordinary and equipage to Bevill Skelton, esq., as Envoy Extraordinary to the States General of the United Provinces: to be paid ut supra: with the usual clause for allowance of his extraordinaries. Ibid, p. 36.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue the 3,900l. now remaining in the Exchequer out of the 20,000l. loan made by Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe, and the 600l. of the Excise money directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer (making in all 4,500l.) to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces. Disposition Book IV, p. 9.
Same to same to issue as follows 8,627l. 17s. 3d. of Customs money and 2,639l. of Hearthmoney which is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer (making in all 11,266l. 17s. 3d.) to the following services viz. Ibid, p. 10.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [for one week on the Navy's] weekly money 1,500 0 0
to ditto to complete the 12,000l. for the ordinary and extraordinary repairs of the Navy 1,000 0 0
to ditto towards fitting out several ships immediately to sea according to a list from the Navy Board 500 0 0
to ditto for buying New England masts 300 0 0
to ditto for the present Victuallers 1,200 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week of the Ordnance Office's] weekly money 1,000 0 0
to Mr. Chudleigh, Envoy in Holland 2,941 17 3
to Bevill Skelton in full of 2,825l. 186
2,825 0 0
£11,266 17 3
(Same dated Mar. 12 to the Customs Cashier, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for the present week: said paper containing the first seven of the above items and 186l. of the item to Skelton [being payable out of Customs money in the Exchequer] together with the following item [payable direct out of the Customs Office], viz. 1,000l. [in part of the London Customs officers' salary] quarterly bill. Total, 9,627l. 17s. 3d.)
Mar. 11. Henry Guy to Mr. Green to prosecute the accounts of the moneys imprested to you towards keeping an Office of Exchange in London. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 23.
Treasurer Rochester to the Bishop of Sarum. There remains 148l. 7s. 11¼d. at the foot of your account of the Tenths of your diocese for the year ended 1683, Christmas. You are to pay same in and to send in your account and vouchers for the succeeding year. Ibid, p. 25.
Privy seal for an allowance to Henry, Earl of Clarendon, as Lord Privy Seal, of 4l. a day for and in lieu of the ancient diet of 16 dishes of meat heretofore settled and allowed to the Keeper of the privy seal: payment hereof to commence from Christmas last and to be made quarterly. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 52–3.
Mar. 12. Henry Guy to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney forwarding the paper of the disposition of the Excise cash and the Hearthmoney cash for the present week, as follows: Disposition Book IV, p. 11.
Excise cash. l.
to the King in part of arrears due to him as Duke of York 2,000
to the Queen Dowager 1,000
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 600
to Mr. Toll, in part of his debt 1,000
to Mr. Freind and Mr. Calverd in part of their debt 1,500
to complete the [Excise Office salary] quarterly bill 655
to Mr. Hornby 500
Hearthmoney cash.
to Bevill Skelton in full of 2,825l., ut supra £2,639
Mar. 12. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester for the execution of a warrant dated 1684, Oct. 30, from the late Treasury Lords to the Customs Cashier for 9,139l. 3s. 3d. to Robert Woolley for saltpetre ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 1376. (In the margin. cancelled by my Lord Treasurer 1685, May 18.) Money Book VI, p. 9.
Money warrant for 273l. to Sir Peter Wyche for a quarter's advance of ordinary as Resident with the Hanse Towns, to commence from the day of his departure out of the royal presence. (Money order dated Mar. 13 hereon.) Ibid, p. 9. Order Book I, p. 2.
Same for 955l. to Bevill Skelton as Envoy Extraordinary to the States General: being 500l. for equipage and 455l. for a quarter's advance of ordinary ut supra. (Money order dated Mar. 13 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 9. Order Book I, p. 2.
Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities of Robert Squibb, ut supra, p. 40, as Receiver of First Fruits. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 12.
Henry Guy to the Customs Cashier to pay 130l. to the Marquis of Halifax on his warrant for that sum. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 23.
Same to the Earl of Anglesea. The King is informed that you desired in the late King's time to be heard [as] to some of your accounts. You are to attend the King on Saturday afternoon next thereon. Ibid.
Same to the sheriff of Kent or his deputy Mr. Dalling. You are to reserve in your hands till further direction the fine of 500 marks set upon William Burman at the assizes at Maidstone in July last. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Arlington. It is the Attorney General's opinion that the Lord Treasurer may not fitly proceed on the [existing] privy seal for [12,000l. worth of] timber for you out of Whittlewood and Salcey Forest. A new privy seal must be provided. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Darcy et al. to forthwith provide [for the Lord Chamberlain] the things mentioned in the enclosed estimate [missing]. Ibid, p. 24.
Same to the Attorney General to report on Mr. Cowley's patent for the office of an under searcher, London port, and on Mr. Meek's petition for the same place. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Wardour. The Lord Treasurer approves the proposal as in yours of yesterday concerning your examining and signing the imprest rolls [along] with the Auditor of the Receipt. You are to prepare a warrant for this. Ibid.
Mar. 12. The Earl of Rochester to Col. Strother and Mr. Williamson. Thanks for yours of the 26th ult. and for your pains and care in receiving the rents and profits of the estate of Ford, Lord Grey. As you apprehend that the same (which is of some importance in relation to securing the peace upon the borders) may be granted to his brother Mr. Ralph Grey I am to acquaint you that the King does not intend to depart with the said estate to him, but thinks it will be for his service to keep it in his own hands and to have it managed for his own proper use. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 24.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners enclosing all the papers relating to Sir Richard Temple's survey of the Western ports. In answer to Mr. Sanson's letter of to-day you need not report to the Lord Treasurer on any references to you from the late Treasury Lords on private petitions, but only on matters immediately concerning the King's service. Does your proposal of Feb. 5 last as to renewal of outport officers' patents do away with the necessity of fresh petitions? You are to attend the Lord Treasurer next Monday afternoon. Ibid, p. 25.
Royal letter to Michaell, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate and Chancellor of Ireland, Arthur, Earl of Granard, one of the Justices and Commissioners of Ireland, and to the Lord Lieutenant etc. of same, for a commission to be passed under the great seal of Ireland to constitute Sir William Talbot, bart. to be agent and commissioner within the kingdom of Ireland of all the King's [private] revenues, profits and incomes in said kingdom now due or in arrear or hereafter to become due by reason of any the castles, honors, manors, messuages, lands etc. there pertaining to the King before his accession either by virtue of the Acts of Settlement or Explanation or by grants in reprise or by any other title: [to act] under the inspection of Fra. Earl of Longford, Lemuel Kingdon, William Strong, Robert Bridges and William Culliford, "the present Commissioners and Governors of all other our [public] revenue in the said kingdom." All the revenues of said lands etc. so committed to said Talbot's care and management are to be paid and to be charged in the office of the Receiver General of Ireland or to such other person as the King shall hereafter appoint. Full power to Talbot or his substitutes to prosecute arrears, recover by distress etc. Talbot to observe the instructions of the Chief Governors of Ireland or the Treasury Lords of England or the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. Talbot to keep an office in some convenient place in Dublin and to keep exact registers and books of accompts and to make certificates thereof from time to time to the said Chief Governor, Treasury Lords or Revenue Commissioners as they shall direct: with a salary of 500l. per an. for said Talbot and one clerk from 1684, Christmas. Power to Talbot with the approbation of the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to let the said lands to farm etc. for any time not exceeding one year. Power to Talbot to commence action, with the abovesaid approbation, for recovery of any the lands belonging to the King before his accession. Power to compound for any arrears. Talbot's charges and expenses, when allowed by said Revenue Commissioners, to be paid by the Receiver General of Ireland. Talbot to be exempted from juries. Charles Pleydell is also hereby appointed "to be our solicitor [for these private revenues] to prosecute and solicit our affairs and to be chief clerk and register to you our Commissioner": with a salary of 60l. per an. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 36–39.
Mar. 12. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to the Lord Treasurer and Attorney General to dischargo divers coast bonds and compound others as follows. By the Act of 14 Car. II c. 11 for frauds in the Customs coast shippers are to take out cocquets and give bond for delivery in some port of England or Wales. Divers [such coast trade] ships have been heretofore or may be hereafter driven into outward parts or foreign countries by stress of weather whereby their bonds become forfeit to their utter undoing if the King's clemency be not extended. In such cases on certificate from the principal officers of the Customs that the duty for the goods, so secured by bond, is paid in some port of England no process is to be issued on such bonds without the special direction of the Exchequer Court and the King hereby pardons such bonds; the record of the bonds is to be cancelled and the bonds delivered to the obligor for their full discharge. Further, in case of some such coast ladings as above certain covetous persons have [or may have] before our accession conveyed such ships out of the kingdom [without such excuse of stress of weather] and their bonds have become forfeit in law viz. to the amount and value of the goods in question, and the extremity and forfeiture thereof might be to their utter undoing. The King minding to extend his clemency but yet to discourage such evil practices, hereby authorises the Lord Treasurer and Attorney General to examine such persons and thereupon to compound the offence by payment to be made into the Exchequer in one entire payment, whereupon process is to surcease, the record of the bonds to be cancelled and the bonds to be delivered ut supra; all provided that certificate as above be first made of payment to the King of the Custom of such goods so wrongfully carried out of the kingdom. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 40–2.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Attorney General of Crown Lands of the petition of Tho., Bishop of Rochester, for permission to make out his right to the fine of 500 marks set upon Burman at a late assizes for co. Kent, the petitioner [sic for prisoner] living within a liberty belonging to petitioner in right of his church of Rochester: but now one Perinoth is about to get a grant of said fine. Reference Book III. p. 29.
Same from same to the Customs Commissioners of Thomas Aslaby's petition for the place of searcher of Kingston upon Hull: he having discovered and prosecuted at his own charge a fraud in said office, whereupon said office was seized into the King's hands. Ibid.
Same by same to the Warden of the Mint of the petition of Mr. Knight, yeoman of the Guard, shewing that he formerly petitioned to be relieved out of the estate of Eleanor Bonnett, alias Cabourn, for two horses lent to her, she being condemned this last session for clipping: as there is 90l. of clipped money in the hands of Justice Perry prays that same may be delivered to him. Ibid, p. 30.
Mar. 12. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Attorney General of the petition of Tho. Doyly, engineer of the Mint, for payment of the quarter's salary due on his 100l. per an. out of the Customs: for which quarter he has a warrant of the late Treasury Lords. Reference Book III, p. 30.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Widdows for a tidewaiter's place, London port, he having been bred a pewterer in London, but disabled from his trade by great losses. Ibid.
Same by same to same of the petition of the Earl of Clarendon, Mr. Chiffinch and Mr. Folks for Thomas Chiffinch, junr. to be admitted as their deputy in the office of one of the two searchers at Gravesend, which office they hold [in trust and] for his natural life, and he being of sufficient ability for the office. Ibid.
Same by same to same of the petition of Richd. Evans for renewal of his patent as searcher at Milford. Ibid, p. 31.
Same by same to same of the petition of Walter Middleton for the like renewal of his patent as collector of Milford port. Ibid.
Same by same to Robert, Earl of Lindsey, warden of Waltham Forest, and to Sir Eliab Harvey, lieutenant of same, of the petition of Col. Trussell, mercer to the late King, showing that said King is indebted to him in above 10,000l.; therefore praying a grant of a piece of ground called Walwood in Essex, for which he lately petitioned Charles II, who had a good title thereto. Ibid.
Same by same to Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, of the petition of Lawrence Carter ut supra, p. 22. Ibid, pp. 35–6.
Prefixing: report dated Mar. 4 to the Lord Treasurer from the Surveyor General of Crown Lands on said petition and on the order of Council of Feb. 20 last ut supra, ibid. I have enquired of the Earl of Huntingdon, the Recorder of Leicester, and John Wilkins, one of the aldermen [of Leicester]. They are both of opinion that the bringing water from the river up into the town as petitioner proposes will be of great use and advantage to the inhabitants. I conceive he ought to have all encouragement. As the King is Lord of the soil there it will be necessary to grant him licence and liberty to lay pipes in the streets and wastes there and to erect cisterns, waterhouses and conduits in the most convenient places. As the Honor of Leicester is within the Duchy of Leicester the grant must pass under the great seal of that duchy. I advise some small rent of a noble or less per an. as the charge to petitioner is like to be very great.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Philip Bell and Thomas Stratford and the report thereon as follows: Ibid, p. 46.
Prefixing: (a) said petition praying a grant of the office of gauging, branding and marking all empty butter casks and vessels within England, Wales and Berwick for 31 years in like manner as heretofore granted by Charles I to Capt. Jno. Read.
(b) Reference dated Feb. 29 last thereof from the King to the Attorney General.
(c) Report dated 1684, July 15 [sic], from Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, on a petition [dated] 1684, July 29 [sic], for said office on a reference from the late Treasury Lords. The late King erected said office in anno 10 of his reign and granted it to one Reads, since which an Act of Parliament passed in 14 Car. II. for limiting the weight of neat butter to be put into the several casks and pots in order to sale and for prohibiting the mixture of corrupt butter: but no officer is by the Act appointed to gauge the vessels. Petitioner may be granted a commission for gauging all empty butter casks and pots and for searching all butter put into casks for sale contrary to said Act.
Mar. 13. Letters patent by the King appointing Robert, Earl of Sunderland, to be one of the Principal Secretaries of State: with an annuity of 100l. per an. payable at the Receipt: payable as from Christmas last. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 79, 85.
The like patent for Charles. Earl of Middleton, as the other Principal Secretary of State, with the like annuity.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Richard Sprigge shewing that three years since he had a ship with 2,000l. freight seized and condemned without coming to trial which he wholly lost: that he has another ship lately seized in Ramsgate Road laden with caliatour's wood which lay there for orders being arrived before advice of her coming: therefore prays a grant of two-thirds of the last mentioned ship or permission to send the goods out again. Reference Book III, p 29
Same by same to the Commissioners of Excise of the petition of Henry Shalcross for some place in the Customs or Excise. Ibid, p. 31.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Henry Rolt shewing that his father sold lands to the value of 500l. per an. to defend Charles I and after the restoration his uncle Sir John Jacobs put petitioner in a landwaiter's place, London port, wherein he has served 11 years: prays to be restored to said employment. Ibid, p. 32.
Same by same to William Hewer of the petition of Dorothy Kiffes shewing that she was one of those that was transported from Tangier, that coming in the fly boat she lost all she had: prays a small pension as granted to the other widows who came before her, she being kept behind to be Lord Dartmouth's laundress and being now very poor with five children. Ibid, p. 34.
Same by same to Richard Graham, William Shaw and Philip Burton of the petition of Widow Palmer shewing that her husband was steward to Ford, Lord Grey, and disbursed several sums of money for him: that he died in 1680 and petitioner exhibited a bill in Chancery against said Lord which was referred to Sir Miles Cook, who reported that Lord Grey owed her 797l. 13s. 2d. which said Lord was appointed to pay, but was shortly afterwards outlawed for treason and his estate forfeited: prays to be paid said money, being all she has to maintain herself and family. Ibid, p. 38.
Mar. 13. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Auditors of Imprests of the statement [missing] of Sir Thomas Littleton's demands of interest and gratuity as referred by the late Treasury Lords, 1683, April 19, to Sir Robert Howard, et al.; Sir Robert Howard et al. having made a statement of said demands 1683–4, Jan. 17. Reference Book III, p. 44.
Warrant from same to the Comptroller of the Pipe, the messengers of the Exchequer and all others concerned, to deliver to Edward Ange (who is solicitor for the King in the matter of Recusants), the several processes against Recusants which are in your hands or power and also to produce to him the respective sheriffs' acquittances for such processes as you have already delivered out: "to the end such further directions may be given touching them as I shall think fit." (Henry Guy dated Mar. 12 to Sir John Osborne [Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer] to deliver to said Ange all the processes against Recusants which are sealed and ready to be delivered out.) Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 13. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 23.
Henry Guy to Mr. Peregrine Bertie, Mr. Charles [Bertie] and Mr. Osborn to send to the Attorney General all the deeds etc. in your custody relating to the grant of divers honors, manors and lands to you in trust for the late Earl of Plymouth. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 25.
Same to the Attorney General to examine the Mint Commissioners, Auditors of Imprests and Mr. Slingsby and to report whether the 7s. and 19d. per lb. weight allowed for the gold and silver money coined since said Slingsby's suspension belongs to said Slingsby of right. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Pepys to appoint some to attend the auditors for the despatch of your accounts as late Treasurer of Tangier. Ibid, p. 26.
Mar. 14. Same to Lord Dartmouth to send the Lord Treasurer an account what 50 new Partizans or Halberds, such as the Yeomen of the Guards use, will cost. Ibid, p. 25.
Same to Henry Slingsby to give in to the Auditor accounts and vouchers relating to the following sums imprested to you viz.: Ibid, p. 26.
l. s. d.
as secretary to and as one of the Council of Trade and Plantations 1,750 0 0
owing by you upon the account of the Dunkirk money 1,239 5 9
received at the Exchequer for making presses, tools and engines for coining 1,600 0 0
received of Sir William Parkhurst, late Warden of the Mint, for the like service 1,934 0 0
received of Sir Tho. Littleton, late Treasurer of the Navy, for providing gold chains and medals 200 0 0
had from the Africa Company in crown gold for making Healing medals 2,974 5 0
£12,697 10 9
Mar. 14. Henry Guy to the officers of the Wardrobe to forthwith make up the accounts of Lord Montague as Master of the Great Wardrobe from 1681, Michaelmas, to 1683, May 1, in the method and form directed by the late King's instructions dated 1667, Dec. 6, to that office. For this purpose you are to adjust your accounts with all artificers, tradesmen et al. payable by you and annex a schedule of all the debts in arrear from 1671, Michaelmas, to 1683, May 1, with the names and services in manner as directed by the great seal of 1683, April 27. From 1683, May 1, you are to carry on the account of that office to Mich., 1684 (the time that usually the annual accounts of that Office determine) and therein and in all future accounts you are to follow the method directed in said great seal. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 26.
Same to Mr. Kingdon and partners to attend the Attorney General for perfecting your surrender of the grant to you of the Hearthmoney surplus. Ibid, p. 27.
Same to Mr. Blathwait. It is the King's pleasure that Sir Ralph Freeman should receive the arrears of his allowance of 40s. a week from the death of the late King and that same be continued him for the future. You are to prepare a [royal] warrant for this. Ibid, p. 28.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer approves your proposal in your memorials of the 3th ult. and 11th inst. viz. that the patent officers make up such competent maintenance as the said Commissioners shall approve to their deputies in the members and creeks where they are to keep deputies. Otherwise the said Commissioners to appoint such deputies and salaries out of the profits of such member or creek, which profits said patent officers are in such case to relinquish. The patent of Francis Godfrey as Customer at Lynn Regis is ordered to be renewed during pleasure. You are to take and enter in your books the said Godfrey's submission and agreement to the abovesaid terms. Ibid.