Entry Book: October 1685

Pages 511-512

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

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October 1685

Oct. 15. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the proposal as follows from B. D. and E. traders in English bone lace and needlework. Reference Book III, p. 203.
Prefixing: said proposal: shewing that notwithstanding the several statutes in the reigns of Ric. III Edw. IV, Hen. VII, Elizabeth and Charles II, against the importation of bone lace and needlework great quantities are daily imported to the diminution of the Customs and the ruin of many thousand families: which evil is like to continue unless particular persons be appointed to see said laws put in execution: therefore propose to give to the King for seven years 50 per cent. increase of the Customs of fine thread commonly called Nuns' or Sisters' thread, than same have amounted to by a medium of seven years past; and the like advancement on the King's share of penalties: they will pay quarterly and advance half a year's rent as security without altering the methods or intermedling with the management of the Customs, otherwise than by receiving the duty that appears due after inspection of the books [of the Custom House]; they to have power by commission or proclamation to see the laws relating thereto duly executed and power to prosecute transgressors herein.
Oct. 26. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Sir Robert Howard et al. of their report dated May 30 last, on the petition supra, p. 91, of Mr. Jodrell, Clerk of the House of Commons; and said Jodrell's answer thereto. Reference Book III, p. 222.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Geo. Ribton, master and owner of the ship Freeman of Whitehaven, shewing that he compounded for the seizure of his ship for 95l.; prays remission of the King's share of the fine, being a poor man with a great family. Ibid, p. 228.
Oct. 28. Same by same to same of the petition of Edward Chafin for two years' arrears of salary as deputy to the Earl of Clarendon, William Chiffinch and Martin Folkes as one of the two searchers at Gravesend in trust for Thomas Chiffinch, a minor, who is now come to act for himself. Ibid, p. 230.