Entry Book: March 1685, 21-25

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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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March 1685, 21-25

Mar. 21. Henry Guy to the officers of the Jewel House. By order of Council you are to provide the following particulars for the Coronation. You are to keep in readiness such as you have by you and to provide the rest. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 33.
Appending: "further particulars to be provided by the Master of the Jewel House for his Majesty's Coronation: read in Council the 20th of Mar., 1684–5."
a gilt bowl and cover for the Mayor of Oxford as Under Butler: of about 108 ounces.
another for the Champion: of 30 ounces.
another for the chief Cupbearer: 26 ounces.
two gilt basons, one ewer and an assay cup for the Lord Great Chamberlain: about 342 ounces.
two gilt basons for the Chief Almoner: about 305 ounces.
Mar. 21. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to present John Sheppard for the next vacant place of landwaiter, London port; he being well recommended to the Lord Treasurer. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 33.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. In reply to yours of yesterday you are to take Mr. Taylor's proffered securities for the performance of his contract [for stores] if you think them sufficient. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. Hereafter before any imprest rolls be delivered forth by you they are to be examined and signed by the Clerk of the Pells. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Darcy, Mr. Benyon and Col. Philips enclosing a letter [missing] from the Lord Chamberlain concerning mourning for the porters. You are to provide them with fitting mourning without having regard to what hath been done formerly. Ibid.
Same to same for an account what the liveries of the Chapel will come to: also at what time they had their last liveries. Ibid.
Order by Treasurer Rochester for the execution of a warrant of the late Treasury Lords dated 1684, Aug. 20, for tallies for the bankers' perpetual interest due at (the quarter ended) Midsummer, 1682. Money Book VI, p. 14.
Warrant by same to William Wardour, Clerk of the Pells. "Whereas the imprest rolls of accomptants are now usually made out and signed by the Auditor of the Receipt of Exchqeuer I do think fit and hereby direct and appoint (to prevent all mistakes for the future) that you" examine and sign all such imprest rolls whatsoever that shall be made out at any time by the Auditor of the Receipt before they shall be delivered forth. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 21.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to advance to Edward Griffin, esq. [Treasurer of the Chamber] for the King's immediate service for the King's Maundy 200l. out of the moneys of goods seized and remaining in the Exchequer. Disposition Book IV, p. 13.
Mar. 22. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular or constat of the ground and buildings thereon, near Old Street, called Rotten Row, with a view to a lease thereof for 31 years to Col. Morgan at 10l. per an. rent. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 22–3.
Prefixing: report dated Dec. 6 from said Surveyor General to the late Treasury Lords on said Col. Morgan's petition for same. I have had the houses and ground again surveyed. It is a triangular piece 487 foot long by the little lane side called Rotten Row and 116 broad at the west end next Goswell Street leading from Aldersgate towards Islington over against the Charterhouse garden. It is bounded north by Old Street and runs along Old Street eastward. There have been 30 mean houses formerly erected thereon and sub-divided into nearly 50 dwellings, but most of them now decayed and those that are inhabited are possessed, divers of them, by rag gatherers and such kind of poor people, others by victuallers and petty tradesmen who bestow some little cost upon them to keep them up: most of the poorer sort pay no rent and those that do amount to about 30l. per an. which is collected by one Mr. Man for the use of the city as is pretended. On the whole they are of very small value, as now they are but a nest for thieves and ill persons to shelter in and must be all new built. If petitioner will undertake to assert the King's title and to re-edify them of brick (most of them being now of timber and boards, very dangerous to be set on fire) a grant may be made to him at 10l. per an. rent.
Mar. 23. Henry Guy to the Dutch Ambassador. Treasurer Rochester has received from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, a letter dated the 12th inst. in reply to that from the late Treasury Lords containing your memorial, the affidavit of Peter Cransborough and other papers touching the ship the Castle of Purmurent, Claes Schelder skipper. Therein the Revenue Commissioners state that from the Collector of Dungarvan port they had on Mar. 25 the first notice of said ship, though she arrived there some time before loaden with wines and brandy, which were landed and secured in the King's warehouse; of which before they had notice the master had sold seven casks of wine and if the markets had answered his expectation he would doubtless have so disposed the whole cargo: that the said Collector by letter dated Mar. 8 (which the Revenue Commissioners received April 2) informed them of the disability of said ship whose misfortune for what appeared then to them might have happened whilst she was in the harbour and that the day before another ship was arrived from Holland to take in and transport the unsold wines and brandy; and the Collector desired directions concerning the duty to be paid. Whereupon the said Revenue Commissioners April 8 sent him directions upon which he received for duty 179l. 13s. 10d. as for goods landed and afterwards exported which the Revenue Commissioners thought lawful and reasonable in regard the master had sold part of his cargo and had the benefit of the port, the King being at the charge of keeping officers on board the ship before the delivery of the goods. As to the damage of 500l. sworn to by Cransborough, the said Commissioners say there cannot be the least shadow of pretence for it since the ship from Holland arrived Mar. 27 and they had notice thereof only on April 2 and they sent their directions on the 8th following, which they could not sooner despatch, the distance between them and Dungarvan being 100 miles and therefore if any damage be claimed it must be such as happened between the 2nd and 11th of April "which they judge to be an unanswerable pretence." Out Letters (General) IX, p. 34.
Mar. 23. Henry Guy to Sir Robert Viner. As to the three new maces for the sergeants at arms the same warrants must be procured from the Lord Chamberlain for the other two as was delivered to you by the sergeant at arms that attends the Lord Treasurer. Thereupon Treasurer Rochester will give directions for them. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 35.
Same to the Hamburgh Company to report to Treasurer Rochester (in the same method as was desired by my letter of July 25 last supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, pp. 1250–1) upon the petition of Francis Moncke et al. to the late King for a Commission to put in execution the laws prohibiting the exportation of sheep, wool, woolfells, etc.; and [likewise to similarly report on] the other papers relating thereto lying before you. (The like letters severally to the Royal Africa Company, Turkey Company, Russia Company, East India Company, Eastland Company.) Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners for a certificate what bills of imprests are made out (and not yet assigned for payment) to Richard Brett and partners, late Victuallers of the Navy. Also you are to hasten your certificate for the balance of their [Brett and partners'] six years' accounts. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Stephens. Send to-morrow your draft of the letter to be sent by the Lord Treasurer to the Navy Commissioners concerning the [Navy] debts of the second book. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General enclosing (a) infra. In the charter which is now renewing you are to insert such a clause as may be for his Majesty's service in that matter. Ibid.
Appending: memorandum: that a proviso [may be inserted] in the new charter of [the town of] Kingston to exempt them from any jurisdiction or cognizance of any presentments for misdemeanours within the manor of Richmond, co. Surrey, belonging unto his Majesty, but that all presentments for any offences committed within the said manor shall be tried in his Majesty's Court Leet holden at Richmond and not by the Corporation of Kingston. [Signed] Jo. Freeman.
Report to the King from Treasurer Rochester on the petition of George Porter to the late King (as by order of reference of Feb. 17 last): petitioner praying a grant of his own personal estate forfeited by the manslaughter of Sir James Hackett. I am advised by the Attorney General that such grant may be made to petitioner. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 21.
Fiat by same for letters patent to constitute Sutton Oglethorpe, esq., searcher of Customs, Carlisle port, and of the members and creeks of said port in Cumberland and Westmorland: as held by him at the death of Charles II: during pleasure and as amply as Thomas Addison or any other his predecessors therein. Ibid.
Same by same for same to constitute Thomas Mitton, esq., Comptroller of the port of Kingston upon Hull loco Thomas Thornton, deceased: to hold during pleasure. Ibid, p. 22.
Mar. 23. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to order Mr. Lucas, tidesurveyor, to deliver a seizure of gloves to the claimer on payment of 18l. to himself. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 7.
Same by same to the Excise Commissioners, Excise Auditor, Excise Comptroller, the King's Remembrancer et al. to discharge the sum of 598l., being the arrear of rent resting upon Sir Samuel Starling, kt., Francis Meinell, John Man, Hugh Hovell and Morice Hunt, as Farmers of Excise of Norfolk and Norwich for 2¾ years ended 1668, June 24: it being certified by the late Sir George Downing and by John Lawrence that in 1671 said Farmers were indebted 2,098l. to the King for arrears of rent and being sued for same did apply to the then Treasury Lords for an abatement of rent by reason of the plague etc. and that upon full hearing and debate of the matter the Treasury Lords decided, on their payment of 1,500l., to allow them the residue of their said rent: and that said Starling did afterwards pay said 1,500l., but owing to Starling's death the order for the discharge of the balance of 598l. was omitted to be taken out; wherefore the said Farmers have now petitioned for such discharge. Money Book VI, p. 20.
Dormant warrant by same to the Receipt for tallies of assignment to be levied from time to time for the Countess of Plymouth for moneys due upon the annuity of 1,000l. granted by patent of 1678–9, Mar. 20, to Peregrine Bertie, Charles Bertie and Charles Osborne out of Alienations ("out of the money which should arise to his Majesty, over and above the present reserved rent, for fines upon writs of covenant and writs of entry sur disseisin en le post or otherwise out of the Alienation Office") as in trust in accordance with the indentures of 1678, Aug. 30, and 1679–80, Mar. 20, relating to the marriage between the late Earl of Plymouth and Bridget, daughter of the Earl of Danby, and with remainder clauses as therein set out. The said Countess has desired that said annuity may be paid her by tallies of assignment and it is certified that it has been paid up to 1684, Christmas. Ibid, pp. 15–16.
(This warrant is annotated in the margin with notes of three subsequent confirmations or fresh warrants for its execution, viz. 1686–7, Feb. 26, by the Treasury Lords; 1688–9, Jan. 2, by G. H. Prince D'Orange; 1689–90, Mar. 20, by the Treasury Lords.)
Same by same to same for like tallies of assignment for said Countess from time to time for her annuity of 2,000l. out of First Fruits, or in case of failure thereof, out of Tenths, being her life interest in the annuity granted by the patents ut supra, and to trustees ut supra. The said Countess has desired that payment be made to her by assignment and it is certified that same has been paid up to 1684, Christmas. (Annotated in the margin with the same three later orders of confirmation as above.) Ibid, p. 16.
Same by same to the Auditors of [Imprests as the Auditors of] First Fruits and Tenths to allow from time to time in the accounts of Robert Squibb as Receiver of First Fruits and Tenths Enstalled the yearly fees of 100l. for himself and 20l. for a clerk to be taken by him quarterly in accordance with the terms of the great seal of his appointment dated Mar. 5 inst. Ibid, p. 17.
Mar. 23. Dormant warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Receipt for tallies of assignment to be levied from time to time for all moneys paid out of the Excise by the Commissioners or Farmers thereof on the annuity of 10,972l. 19s. 31/24 granted to the present Queen Dowager by the patent of 1672, Dec. 20: all upon the production to the officers of the Receipt of the acquittances for such payments. Money Book VI, p. 17.
Same by same to same for the like tallies of assignment from time to time for all payments of the annuity of 1,236l. 16s. 1½d. granted out of the Excise to the said Queen Dowager by the patent of 1674, Oct. 9: all on the production of acquittances as above. Ibid, p. 18.
Same by same to the Customs Cashier to pay from time to time the 1,850l. per an. each to Robert, Earl of Sunderland, and Charles, Earl of Middleton, the two Principal Secretaries of State: as by privy seal of the 18th inst. Ibid, p. 19.
Money warrant for 125l. to John Rogers and Anne his wife for 1¼ years to Christmas last on their pension. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to Auditor Done to allow in account to Edward Seymour, Deputy Clerk of the Hanaper in Chancery, 40l. for the expence of passing his account for the year ended 1684, Sept. 29. Ibid.
Prefixing: said Auditor's certificate that said account has been delivered in.
Reference by same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney of the petition of Charles Frith, shewing that upon a previous application for a collector's place in the Excise he had a reference and was sent into Staffordshire to learn the duty and is now qualified. Reference Book III, p. 37.
Same by same to William Hewer of the petition of Ja. Bush and Paul Harris; shewing that they petitioned the late Treasury Lords for 861l. 2s. 0d. for wine furnished [by them] to the soldiers working on the fortifications of Tangier by order of Col. Kirke, the then Governor, and the Treasury Lords ordered they should have satisfaction when the arrears to the soldiers should be paid; that they could never afterwards [have access to] acquaint their lordships "with the hard and different circumstances we lye under upon the account of this our service"; that the greater part of the money is due to merchants who are out of patience for their money: therefore praying consideration or they must perish. Ibid, p. 41.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a privy seal to appoint Bartholomew Fillingham, Thomas Hall and William Lownds to be Agents for holding intelligence and correspondency with the Receivers General of Assessments in England and Wales, to take care and see that they duely and speedily pay into the Exchequer all their receipts upon former Acts or any future Acts of Parliament to be hereafter passed and to inspect, manage and look after the bringing in of such arrears as are standing out and unpaid on any former assessments, aids, subsidies, Hearthmoney, benevolence or poll bills and to inspect and take care that the accomptants to the King be duely and timely brought to pass and finish their accounts, that all ipsums, supers, or other debts to the King upon any accounts be duely prosecuted and recovered to the King's use and that all rents or other beneficial matters reserved to the King upon any grants not yet put in charge may (as they can be discovered) be duly brought and put in charge. The said Agents to be under the direction of the Lord Treasurer or Treasury Lords: with a yearly salary of 200l. each and with such allowance for a clerk, messenger, office rent and incidents as the Treasury Lords shall allow from time to time: all by reason that it has been found necessary for the more easy and speedy bringing in of aids etc. to appoint such Agents to correspond with the Receivers General, to take from them accounts, to take notice of their payments and returns, and to quicken the payments thereof into the Exchequer by returns of bills or otherwise as may best suit with the condition of the subject in their trade and commerce. [The effect of this privy seal is merely to renew the existence of the Agents for Taxes, the latest form towards the end of Charles II's reign of the Office of Exchanges.] King's Warrant Book X, pp. 57–9.
Mar. 23. Royal warrant to the Attorney General to acknowledge satisfaction upon record of the fines of 100l. and 50l. set upon John Williamson and Thomas Williamson respectively at a late assizes at Carlisle for barratry: the King being pleased to pardon said fines. King's Warrant Book X, p. 59.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 50,000l. to William Hower, Treasurer for the affairs of the late city and garrison of Tangier, as imprest for the expense and charge of the said late garrison: "and forasmuch as the necessities of the said garrison have required and may for the future require the advance of money which cannot be otherwise supplied than by borrowing the same on tallies struck on some branch of our revenue for the use and service of the said garrison "6 per cent. interest is hereby to be allowed [to said Hewer or through him to his lenders] for all such moneys as have been or for the future shall be borrowed, advanced or lent for the said service. At the end of every six months the Lord Treasurer is to give warrant to enable said Hewer to pay and discharge such interest accordingly, which [payments of interest] are hereby to be allowed in said Hewer's accounts by the Auditors of Imprests. Ibid, p. 60.
Same to same for a same dormant for the payment to Sir Robert Viner, kt. and bart. [the King's goldsmith], of all such moneys (not exceeding [in the whole] 10,000l.) as are and from time to time shall be due to him for gold works, gilt and white plate and other things by him delivered or to be delivered into the Jewel House as by certificate thereof under the hand of the Master of the Jewel House. The said payments to be received by Viner without account, imprest or other charge. Ibid.
Mar. 24. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for payment to Christopher Rosse, the King's jeweller, of all such sums as the Lord Chamberlain or Vice-Chamberlain of the Household shall signify to the Treasury to be the price of such jewels as he hath furnished or from time to time shall furnish for the King's service (with 6 per cent. interest, if by agreement interest be to be paid): [all to a total] not exceeding 20,000l.: same to be received [by Rosse] without account, imprest or other charge. King's Warrant Book X, p. 61.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to John Warren, one of the Justices of Chester, of the sum of 200l. per an. as an addition to the profits of his place there: the same having been added to the said profits upon the augmentation of the salary of all the Judges at Westminster and in North and South Wales: said addition to be paid him quarterly upon the last day of each term, the payment for last Hilary term to be made presently. In case of his vacating said office this addition is to be reckoned only up to the actual date of such vacating. Ibid.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 1,500l. to William Hewer for hangings as follows. The privy seal of 1681, Sept. 30 (ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 251), directed 3,000l. to said Hewer for so much advanced by him for redeeming and purchasing divers curious pieces of tapestry hangings which were delivered by him into the Great Wardrobe. In part of said privy seal 1,500l. was paid to said Hewer and an order was drawn 1683, April 18, and signed by the then Treasury Lords for the remaining 1,500l., but said order remains still unsatisfied and by reason of the death of Charles II is become void. It is hereby ordered that 1,500l. be paid to John Knight [for the Great Wardrobe] to be by him (under warrant to be received from Marmaduke Darcy, George Benyon and Robt. Philipps) paid over to said Hewer to complete said 3,000l. Care is to be taken that the 1,500l. remaining unpaid at Charles II's death to Ralph Montague [then Master of the Great Wardrobe] for the same purpose be not now paid. "And whereas there was made over to the said William Hewer by the aforesaid privy seal seven pieces of painting called Raphaell's Designs, for better securing payment of the said 3,000l. and interest to him according to the tenor of the said privy seal; these are further to command and require you that upon payment of the said 1,500l. in full of the said 3,000l. together with the interest due thereon to the said William Hewer you take care that the aforesaid seven pieces of painting called Raphael's Designs now in the custody of Thomas Povey, esq. be delivered back by the said William Hewer for our use into the custody of the said Marmaduke Darcy, George Benyon and Robt. Philipps, who are intrusted by us in affairs relating to our Great Wardrobe, and their receipt for the same shall be a sufficient discharge to the said William Hewer, his executors" etc. Ibid, pp. 62–3.
Mar. 24. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester for the execution of a dormant warrant of the Treasury Lords dated 1681, April 12, for tallies of assignment quarterly on the First Fruits or, failing that, on the Tenths, for the annuity of 1,000l. to Louisa, Duchess of Portsmouth, granted by the patent of 1680–1, Mar. 4. Money Book VI, p. 21.
Same by same to the Receipt to cause the three tallies of assignment struck upon John Lawrence, late Receiver of First Fruits, viz. of 1684, Oct. 31, for 290l. and 210l. and of 1684–5. Jan. 22, for 500l. (all for the Earl of Oxford for respectively 1684, Michaelmas and Christmas quarters, on his pension of 2,000l. granted by patent of 1673, June 19) to be charged upon the present Receiver of First Fruits by reason they remained unpaid at the death of said Lawrence for want of money to pay them. Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt. I have paid Mris. Anne Roper, late one of the Maids of Honour to the Queen Dowager, 400l. out of moneys put into my hands for the late King's secret service. You are to make memorials thereof in your books to prevent double payment. Disposition Book IV, p. 13.
Same to same to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, pp. 13, 14.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy, intended for one quarter to the Yards at Chatham and Sheerness 7,761 15 0
to ditto to pay off the Mary yacht 1,338 16 6
to ditto towards fitting out several ships 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 towards paying off the sea officers whose ships have been put out of pay and [are] to be paid in course 200 0 0
to ditto for the Victuallers on their weekly money 600 0 0
to ditto for Mr. Gore for hemp bought and delivered over and above 1,450l. lately ordered on this account 1,108 0 0
to Philip Packer, esq. as advance in further part of Sir Christopher Wren's estimate for preparing for the Coronation 400 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service 500 0 0
£12,708 11 6
(Same of same date to the Customs Cashier enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for the present week, said paper including the above nine items [payable out of Customs money in the Exchequer] together with the following item [payable directly out of the Customs Office on tallies] viz. 2,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in [repayment of] part of their debt. Total disposition 14,708l. 11s. 6d.)
Mar. 24 Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Disposition Book IV, pp. 14, 15.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 5,000
to [the Cofferer of the] Household 1,500
to the Duke of Grafton 750
to the Duke of Northumberland 1,225
to Sir Robert Vyner towards the charge of the Coronation in the Jewel House, by way of advance till his privy seal passes 500
(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 present week: said paper including the above five items [payable out of Excise money in the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable directly out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to Charles Toll in part of his debt; 500l. to Mr. Hornby in part of his debt; 1,500l. to Mr. Freind and Mr. Calverd in part of their debt: and similarly [payable directly out of the Hearthmoney by tallies thereon] 2,000l. to Mr. Fryer in full of 3,000l. lent by him on the half year's Hearthmoney rent at Michaelmas last, there being only 1,000l. paid him last week. Total disposition, 13,975l.)
Same to Sir James Hayes and partners. If you do not forthwith proceed to the clearing your accounts the King will order process to issue against you. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 36.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer intends suddenly to make an addition of 400l. a week to the weekly money of the Navy which is to be continued [to be applied] to the uses formerly appointed. This additional 400l. per week is to be applied as follows, viz. 200l. a week towards the satisfaction of the commission and warrant officers who have served in the ships at sea [to be taken] in the respective courses of their several discharges and payment of the ships to which they belonged: 200l. a week for the payment of [Navy] bills of the second book as they are there entered and numbered in their respective courses and precedency in the several years since the postpone in 1671. This money is to be restrained to the discharge of those bills only which come under the heads of disbursements, rents and travelling charges, pilotage and chirurgery, free gifts, bounties, freight and transportation, victuals, extraordinary necessary money and volunteers' diet. The Lord Treasurer's meaning nevertheless is that such further provision may be made by you out of the other usual weekly money of the Navy (as the same will admit thereof) for the satisfaction of the bills under any of those heads which you shall find most pressing and judge [the payment thereof] to be best for his Majesty's service. Ibid.
Fiat by Treasurer Rochester for letters patent to constitute Christopher Warren, esq. and Robert Warren, esq. his son to the office of Customer and Collector of Plymouth port as amply etc., as the said Christopher Warren or any other previously. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 23.
Mar. 24. Fiat by Treasurer Rochester for letters patent to constitute John Harrison, gent., Comptroller of Ipswich port, co. Suff. loco William Haggarth, deceased. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 24.
Report to the King from Treasurer Rochester on the petition of the East India Company as by the reference from the King of the 6th inst. supra, p. 73. The Ordnance Officers desire a particular account of the numbers and natures of all the guns and that they be proved with the usual proof by the proofmaster for the subject and likewise that security be given by the Company that said guns shall be employed only for fitting their garrisons and forts belonging to their factories in India and for their small vessels employed there. The Customs Commissioners have also reported that by the statute of 33 Hy. VIII, c. 7, all sorts of metal whereof brass guns may be made are prohibited to be exported but the law is not clear as to guns themselves, yet in construction and practice brass guns have been all along understood to be restrained by that law and the searchers have not passed them without a warrant from the Treasury. As the meaning of this prohibition is to prevent the neighbouring countries from being furnished with artillery and this [our own] kingdom be in want thereof, it does not in strictest consideration apply in the present case. Therefore a warrant for export may be granted. The Customs thereon would come to 250l. for the brass guns (after the rate of 12d. per £ upon a supposed value of 100l. per ton) and 6l. 5s. 0d. on the iron guns. There have been some precedents for permitting such shipments to pass Customs free. Ibid, pp. 24–5.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Barons of the Exchequer to take the securities of Charles Orchard as Customer of Exeter and Dartmouth and to swear him in: the said office having been granted 1660, Sept. 12, to John Roope, gent. and the place of Customer of Barnstaple and Bideford to Humphrey Prideaux by patent of 1660, Oct. 1, and the place of Customer of Exeter, Dartmouth and Barnstaple to John Morrice by patent of 1663, Oct. 17, in reversion of said Roope and Prideaux and the said Prideaux having afterwards surrendered his said grant to the late King, who thereupon by grant dated 1675, Nov. 20, granted to Charles Orchard to be Customer of Exeter, Dartmouth, Barnstaple and Bideford for life for Barnstaple and Bideford in possession and for Exeter and Dartmouth in reversion of said Roope; and the said Roope's patent is now determined by the late King's death. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 10.
Henry Guy to Lord Dartmouth to forthwith repair the 50 partizans which the Ordnance Office has in store and to alter the letter "C" into the letter "J." Out Letters (General) IX, p. 36.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to deliver tomorrow (notwithstanding it is a holy day) the 30 coach horses arrived from Rotterdam for the ambassadors that are coming from Holland. Mr. Laurence Dorville will give you the name of the ship. Ibid.
Mar. 24. Henry Guy to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney. Treasurer Rochester is informed that one Broughton who is employed in receiving the Hearthmoney in the North is disaffected to the Government and that his father drew up the indictment against Charles I. Inquire into the truth of this. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 37.
Same to Mr. Blathwayt [as Secretary of War]. It is the King's pleasure that Capt. Edmd. Barry, Lieut. Terence O'Brien and Lieut. James Barret shall receive half pay as do other officers in their circumstances, as from Lady day coming. You are to prepare the warrants for this. Ibid.
Same to Charles Fox. The officers of the Scotch Regiment have applied to Treasurer Rochester that 27 sick soldiers first quartered at Dartford upon their arrival from Tangier might receive their clearing to the time of their first muster. Report hereon to my Lord. Ibid, p. 39.
1685. Mar. 25. Privy seal dormant for repayment of loans with 6 per cent. interest as follows. Divers of our subjects have lent to us or to our brother Charles II several sums at the Receipt which remain un[re]paid. And divers subjects may hereafter by argeement lend other sums into the Receipt at interest not exceeding 6 per cent. As the privy seal issued by Charles II to warrant the repayment of such loans with 6 per cent. interest is determined by his death it is hereby directed that all moneys so lent and due as above or so to be lent in future be repaid to the lenders with 6 per cent. per an. interest "or the same rate [of interest] to be made principal at the end of every half year or quarter of a year as the case [of each particular agreement with the Lord Treasurer] may require." (Royal warrant dated Mar. 16 to the Clerk of the Signet for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 45.
Same for the payment of interest as follows to Charles Toll. By an account made up to Jan. 1 last and allowed by the late Treasury Lords Jan. 12 last it appeared that Charles II owed said Toll 39,441l. for principal money lent. It is hereby ordered that 6 per cent. thereon be paid him quarterly as from Jan. 1 last (or to be made principal at the end of every quarter), the interest to be abated or deducted proportionably as the principal is paid off. Ibid, pp. 46–9.
Further Anthony Sturt, junr. lent 1683, Nov. 20, the late King 2,000l. on the Customs and 5,000l. on Dec. 6 and 3,000l. on Dec. 7 or 10,000l. in all and 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. reward has been paid thereon to said Sturt to 1684, June 30. And Anthony Sturt, senr. also lent 1683, Oct. 22, to the late King the several sums of 4,250l. 19s. 5d., 2,500l., 2,500l., 500l., 249l. 0s. 7d or 10,000l. in all on credit of the Customs and had an order of repayment for same dated 1683, Dec. 22, and interest and reward thereon has been paid ut supra. The tallies for the said sums of 10,000l. and 10,000l. are now in the hands of Charles Toll and the said Sturt, senr. and junr. have by deed dated the 12th inst. declared that said 20,000l. may be repaid to said Toll. But it is supposed that the orders for repayment cannot now be executed by reason of the death of Charles II. It is hereby ordered that said 20,000l. be so repaid him, said Toll, and also 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. reward from 1684, June 30, to Sept. 30, and thereafter 6 per cent. interest only.
Further there are in the hands of said Toll several unsatisfied tallies of assignment amounting in all to 36,000l., levied at the Receipt for Edward Noell on the Hearthmoney for satisfaction of divers loans made by said Noell, viz. four tallies dated 1684, May 27, for 5,000l. each on the 1684, Sept. 29 half year's Hearthmoney and 5 tallies on the succeeding half year, viz. for 3,000l. and 2,333l. 6s. 8d. and 666l. 13s. 4d. dated 1684, June 25, and for 5,000l. and 5,000l. dated Oct. 3. By instruments dated 1684, July 7, and 1684–5, Jan. 26, Noell has declared that his name was used therein in trust for Toll to whom he delivered said tallies for his own use. It is hereby ordered that 6 per cent. interest be paid to Toll (or made into principal at the end of every quarter) from Oct. 20 last (to which time interest and reward is agreed to be paid to said Noell).
Further there are in said Toll's hands four tallies for 1,000l. each dated 1683, Nov. 9, struck in the name of James Nihill on the Excise for which interest has been paid to 1684, Mar. 30. It is hereby directed that 6 per cent. interest be paid thereon to said Toll from 1684, Mar. 30, or to be made into principal ut supra.
Further George, Marquess of Halifax, lent 1683, April 28, to the late King 4,000l. on the security of dotard trees in New Forest. There has been thereon paid to said Marquess and to Charles Toll 3,200l. of the principal and part of the interest. It is hereby ordered that out of the proceeds of such dotard trees the remaining 800l. be paid to said Toll and all the interest remaining payable upon said order of loan, the said Marquess having by indorsement made. 1683–4, Feb. 29, upon the said order assigned [to Toll] the [principal] money then remaining due and all the interest due thereon. (Royal warrant dated Mar. 16 to the Clerk of the Signet for said privy seal.)
Mar. 25. Privy seal for the payment to Sir Richard Bulstrode of all his ordinary and extraordinaries up to the death of Charles II as Resident with the Governor of the Spanish Low Countries as by the privy seal of 1675–6, Jan. 5. Further his said ordinary (of 50s. a day) is to be hereby continued to him quarterly henceforward and similar allowances of extraordinaries to be made him, the King having appointed him Resident in that Court. King's Warrant Book X, p. 66.
The like privy seal in the case of Richard, Visct. Preston, as Envoy Extraordinary to France, viz. for the arrears of his ordinary and extraordinary up to the death of Charles II as by the privy seal of 1681–2, Jan. 18, and for the continuance thereof from the [death of Charles II, being] the date of the determination of said privy seal: the King having appointed him his Minister in that Court, in the same quality of Envoy Extraordinary. Ibid, p. 73.
The like warrant in the case of Charles, Viscount Lansdowne, as Envoy Extraordinary to Spain. The 500l. equipage and the 5l. per day ordinary as by the privy seal of Dec. 10 last are hereby to be paid him: the King having resolved to send him to Spain in the same quality and he having had a quarter's advance of ordinary thereon. Ibid, p. 75.
Mar. 25. Privy seal for the payment to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe of interest at the rate of 6 per cent. (made principal at the end of every 3 months) on such sums as they have advanced or shall advance to the late or present King, and as are yet unrepaid to them. (Royal warrant dated Feb. 24 to the Clerk of the Signet for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 25.