Entry Book: July 1686, 6-10

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July 1686, 6-10

July 6. Money warrant for 1,000l. to George, Lord Jefferys, for last June 24 quarter on his annuity as Lord Chancellor of England. (Money order dated July 7 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 343. Order Book I, p. 125.
Same for 300l. to Thomas Baker for one year to Christmas last on his entertainment as Agent and Consul General at Tripoli. (Money order dated July 7 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 343. Order Book I, p. 125.
Same for 60l. to Charles Whittacre, esq., for 1½ years to June 24 last on his fee as Foreign Apposer. Money Book VI, p. 349.
July 6. Money order for 45l. 8s. 4d. to William Wardour, Clerk of the Pells, for one year to June 24 last for attendance in vacation and as in lieu of 16l. 13s. 4d. and 8l. 15s. 0d. per an. anciently allowed him by tally of assignment on the Customs. Order Book I, p. 125.
Same for 100l. to same for same time for reward for attending the Lord Treasurer. Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 2,000l. to William Hewer, Treasurer for the affairs of Tangier: to be issued out of the loans on the Linen Duty Act. Disposition Book V, p. 2.
Same to same to issue as follows out of the branches of the revenue directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, pp. 3–4.
Out of the Customs.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for sea officers and bills in course 400
to ditto on account of the 400,000l. for the Navy for the year beginning Lady day last 5,500
to the 12 Judges 3,000
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance 1,000
to the Lord Chancellor 1,000
to the Earl of Ranelagh for the Forces 2,000
Out of the Excise.
to ditto for the Forces 8,000
to the Queen 4,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 2,000
Out of the Hearthmoney.
to the Earl of Ranelagh for the Forces 2,000
Out of the imposition on wine and vinegar.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the year's service, beginning Lady day last 4,000
(Same dated same to the Customs Cashier enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs money for the present week, said paper including only the above six Customs items.) (Same dated same to the Commissioners of Excise and of Hearthmoney enclosing the like paper for the disposition of those revenues, said paper including only the above three Excise and one Hearthmoney items.)
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend Treasurer Rochester this afternoon. The hearing of the case between Mr. Stisted, Mr. Scawen and Mr. Lucas is put off. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 386.
Same to Sir Rich. Dutton. I paid 21l. 10s. 6d. for passing your privy seal in March last out of the King's money in my hands. Before the docquet is delivered out for the Privy Seal [Office] you are to repay same to me for his Majesty's use. Ibid, p. 387.
Same to Mr. Blathwayte [as Secretary to the Forces] to prepare a warrant for 50l. to Michaell Haddon for his damages last summer by the Companies of the Royal Regiment and the Prince's Regiment exercising in his meadows near Windsor and by the encampment of the Foot Guards there. Ibid.
Same to Visct. Falkland [Treasurer of the Navy]. Will it be of use to your Office in Broad Street to take in the "Falcon" alehouse into it? Ibid.
July 6. Henry Guy to Mr. Griffin [Treasurer of the Chamber] to pay to Seignior Verrio the 100l. due to him June 24 last for the King's Garden. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 387.
Same to Mr. Hall enclosing two lists of persons proposed as sureties for the 10,000l. concerning the business of the Pedlars and Petty Chapmen. Report to my Lord on their sufficiency. Ibid.
Appending: said papers. "The persons which will be security to the King if his Majesty and my Lord Treasurer thinks fit to break this patent are" Richard Cock, wholesale linen draper, and Godfrey Cock, his partner, at the sign of the Bell in Aldgate; Mr. Richard Acton and Mr. Kent, his partner, wholesale linen drapers, at the King's Arms in Leadenhall Street. "We whose names are hereunto subscribed are willing to become security (whenever the Lord High Treasurer shall appoint) that Mr. Jno. Erwin shall at all times when required be accomptable for all money that is or shall be received by him or his agents on account of the Office of Pedlers and Petty Chapmen until an absolute security of 10,000l. per an. be given. Jeremy Whichcot and Richard Ellis, merchants on the Exchange, William Stewart, in Bartholomew Close, haberdasher. There is also one Mr. Douce, a linen draper, will be bound, but is now out of town and divers others upon return of Mr. Irwin, who is daily expected."
Same to the Attorney General to report on (a) infra. Ibid, p. 388.
Appending: (a) proposal concerning the patent for licensing pedlars and petty chapmen. "By reason of many defects in the measure taken by Jno. Erwin in the management of the patent for pedlars and petty chapmen and [his] not performing the several agreements he was obliged to, it is proposed that the said patent be forthwith recalled and a new one granted to the former patentees with the same powers to appoint Commissioners or deputies for the management thereof: that the said Commissioners may have power to give some ease to the poor by granting them licences gratis and be confirmed under the great seal in like manner: that three months' time at least be given for the pedlars, etc. to return their names with certificates to be confirmed and take their licences before the commencement of the patent, and by Proclamation in the mean time [they] may be permitted to trade till they have received their licences.
"Upon the vacating the present patent divers of the most substantial citizens of London will immediately give security to be accomptable for all money received, and be at the charge of managing it themselves till they give an absolute security for 10,000l. per an."
Treasurer Rochester to the Lord Chief Justice (and similiter to all the rest of the Judges). I am informed that divers mischiefs and abuses are practised by the Clerks of Assizes in the several circuits not only by the not timely certifying and estreating of fines and forfeitures but also by sparing, discharging and not certifying the same at all to the great loss of the King's revenue. I desire same to be effectually prevented. I recommend you in your respective circuits to require a true copy or duplicate from the respective Clerks of Assizes of all fines, issues, forfeitures, amerciaments and other duties set, imposed or forfeited at the said Assizes before you go away from that place, one part thereof to be signed by the Judge to be kept by the Clerk of the Assize and the other signed by the said Clerk to be kept by the said Judge; and at the end of your circuits true copies thereof are to be sent to me that I may see that a due account thereof be made to the King. Ibid.
July 6. Henry Guy to Mr. Rea. The Lord Treasurer is pressed to make his report in the business between Mr. Church and you. Return your answer to Church's petition and attend the Lord Treasurer thereon. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 389.
Same to Mr. Sansom. Two papers are missing from your copies of the French Ambassador's memorial to the King upon divers particular complaints, viz. the Customs Commissioners' reply to (1) the memorial for what has been exacted at Pwllheli from a French vessel that came from Martinique and which has been made to pay 50d. a ton although it unladed none of its merchandise: (2) the memorial upon the seizure of cacao which has been confiscated by the Customs officers at London although these bags of cacao were of the growth of Martinique, one of the French islands of America, and loaded upon an English ship. Ibid.
Same to Sir Christopher Wren. The Lord Treasurer has laid before the King your report of Jan. 18 last concerning the rebuilding of the Lord Chamberlain's Office. It is the King's pleasure that the old one be so repaired as to serve still without building a new Office. Similarly on your report of June 29 last concerning the enlargement of Mr. Ronchi's lodgings at St. James's the King will not allow it to be done at his charge. If Mr. Ronchi will have it done he must pay for it himself. Ibid.
Same to Sir Philip Lloyd [as Warden of the Mint]. Send an account to-morrow of what moneys you have in your hands arising by clippings and coinings "and value of the remainder." Ibid.
Same to Mr. Blathwayt [as Secretary to the Forces] enclosing a bundle of papers containing a particular account of the number of beds and stable room in the inns, alehouses etc. in the respective counties following, viz. Kent, Norfolk, remainder of Dorset, remainder of Oxford, Lincoln, Westmorland, Cumberland, Yorks, south-west part, Cambridge, Leicester, part of Wilts, Somerset, Durham, Northumberland, Wales, east part, Wales, west part. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt for a list, with all speed, of all [money] warrants and orders signed by the Lord Treasurer now lying before you unsatisfied and for which no money is provided [by letter of direction]. Ibid, p. 390.
Same to Mr. Knapton enclosing part of a report made to Treasurer Rochester by Thomas Agar and John Fisher touching wastes committed by fuellers in New Forest with a proposal to prevent such mischiefs in future. Make an abstract of what you have collected concerning claims for fuel wood and other estovers that have been allowed at Justice Seats and send same to Treasurer Rochester. Ibid.
July 6. Henry Guy to Mr. Pocock concerning same. You are to state an account thereof as you are able [for the time] since you have been employed as understeward of said forest. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 390.
Same to Mr. Blathwayte. It is the King's pleasure that Sir Edward Cartrett shall have a pension of 8s. a day paid by the Paymaster of the Forces from June 24 last and in consideration of his ancient services. You are to prepare the necessary warrant. Ibid, p. 391.
Same to Mr. Hall to report on the sufficiency of the security proposed by Mr. Tooker for the bailiwick and collection of [the manors of] Midsomer Norton etc. which office he held by grant under the Exchequer seal during the late King's pleasure [and which is to be renewed to him]. Ibid, p. 392.
Appending: note of said security. Jno. Tooker of Norton Hall, co. Somerset, gent., Jno. Tooker, his eldest son, of the Middle Temple, gent.: the whole receipt is about 230l. per an.: the said Jno. Tooker's estate is more than 300l. per an.: Jno. Tooker the son hath above 50l. per an. The said John Tooker the elder hath been deputy and receiver of the county of Somerset and city of Bristol of all land taxes granted by Act of Parliament ever since the happy return of King Charles II and hath always passed and cleared his accounts without returning any arrears and hath his quietus to produce: only a small arrear remains of the last Six Months' [Assessment] which shall be speedily discharged also.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Treasurer's Remembrancer and the Clerk of the Pipe etc. for records of surplusage to be made upon the debit of 31l. 19s. 4½d. owing upon the account of Robert Hart, sheriff of co. Bucks, for the year ended 1685, Sept. 29, on the item of Recusants' money: said debit being thereby to be employed to satisfy the surplus of 9l. 5s. 7¼d. upon the account of John Culling[ton], sheriff of said county for the year ended 1683, Sept. 29, and the surplusage of 22l. 13s. 9¼d. on the account of said Hart [is to be similarly discharged] on his sheriff's account as sheriff of same for the abovesaid year ended 1685, Sept. 29. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 313.
Prefixing: extracts from the Great Roll of the Pipe of said two surplusages and said debit [the last named being incorrectly styled a surplusage].
Same by same to the sheriff of co. Yorks and to the Clerk of the Pipe to restore to Tho. English 66l. 13s. 4d., being [the King's] two third parts of 100l. which said sheriff has or will receive of said English on an execution against him at the suit of Robt. Tatam, said English being a Recusant for whom certificate has been produced to the Lord Treasurer as to the sufferings and loyalty of him or his parents or nearest relations. Ibid, p. 317.
Same by same to the King's Remembrancer, the Treasurer's Remembrancer, the Clerk of the Pipe and their respective deputies and to Edward Ange to supersede, till the King's further pleasure, all process against Sir Thomas Tempest, Bart., and against his goods and chattels and the lessees of the two third part of his estate; and to restore all moneys levied [on him] and not answered to the King. Ibid.
July 6. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Auditor concerned to allow 100l. to John Every in his account as Receiver General of Popish Recusants' Forfeitures in Cheshire and North Wales, viz. for his extraordinary charges therein, the poundage money to the sheriff [as below] being already directed by the Lord Treasurer's general warrant of 1685, July 24. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 318.
Prefixing: (a) said Every's petition for allowance of 332l. 7s. 4d. for said extraordinary charges of management. (b) Report thereon by Richard Graham and Philip Burton. The allowance craved is excessive. We advise the allowance of 86l. 1s. 0d. for poundage paid the respective sheriffs and 100l. for his extraordinary charges in sitting the inquisitions and attendances and other disbursements.
Reference by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Radcliff, esq. for the place of a King's waiter [London port] loco Mr. Philipps, deceased. Reference Book III, p. 351.
Same by same to Rich. Graham and Philip Burton of the petition of William Wynd (Wind) shewing that James Carrier of Ilminster, co. Somerset, did receive a letter without a name concerning the landing of the late Duke of Monmouth in the West some time before he did land there; that said Carrier was bound in 500l. with Tho. Carter and John Walden to answer at the next Assizes; that said Carrier was actually in the late rebellion and is fled and his recognisances are forfeit; that there was a neglect of the return of this forfeiture and that upon the encouragement which the King was pleased to give to petitioner, who begged the said forfeiture of the King, petitioner sent into the country and procured same to be returned and it is now filed in the Exchequer and the constat is herewith before the Lord Treasurer; therefore prays the Lord Treasurer to direct the proceedings of the said forfeitures to pass to the benefit of petitioner. Ibid, p. 353.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Hendrick Clausen Hacke and other merchants of Amsterdam, owners of the Young Mary of Amsterdam, John Cruse master; petitioners shewing that they sent said ship to Bordeaux in France for wine, brandies, scum and vinegar for Amsterdam; that instead of returning said master ran away with said ship and goods "as has been laid before your Lordship by the Ambassador of the States of Holland and the said ship and goods being stopped by his Majesty's officers in the port of Falmouth the said Ambassador petitioned the King to have them restored"; that said ship having been appraised and condemned petitioners moved to have same at the appraisement, which petition was referred to the Customs Commissioners "who think it for the King's service that the said goods be transported [rather] than delivered at the appraisement": therefore pray delivery thereof on giving security to so transport same and for liberty to enter and pay customs on so much thereof as will pay the charges petitioners have already been at. Ibid, p. 355.
July 6. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Miller of Plymouth for the office of waiter and searcher of Teighmouth, a creek of Exeter port, loco Mr. Barry, deceased. Reference Book III, p. 355.
Same by same to Auditors John Phelips and William Aldworth of the petition of John Backwell, senr., and Richard Mountney; petitioners shewing that being trustees of the estate of the late Alderman Backwell they find same encumbered with a debt of 61,871l. 6s. 6d., set as a super on said Backwell in the accounts of Sir George Cartret [as former Treasurer of the Navy] whereby petitioners are obstructed in selling said estate towards payment of said Alderman's debts; that being strangers to all things relating to said super they have endeavoured all the ways they can to make up an account thereof and are now lately informed that said account and all other accounts between the King and said Alderman were sometime before Backwell's death referred to [Auditor] Richard Aldworth, since deceased, and Auditor John Phelips, and probably all books and papers relating thereto may be found with them: therefore pray direction to said Phelips to examine and state all the accounts and demands whatsoever between the King and said Alderman. Ibid, pp. 356–7.
Memorandum: together with said petition were two other papers, viz. a state of Alderman Backwell's supers in Sir George Carteret's accounts and an abstract of Alderman Backwell's account of principal and interest with said Carteret.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Holmes, mariner, for a surveyor's or landwaiter's place in the Custom House [London port], he having served both against the French and Dutch and having been serviceable to the present Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in making discoveries of encroachments upon the River Thames. Ibid, p. 357.
Same by same to Sir Christo. Wren of the petition of Ellen Colson praying satisfaction for a small parcel of land taken into his Majesty's park at Winchester, which was valued at 30l. Ibid, p. 360.
Warrant by same to Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, and the Customs Commissioners to non pros the information of seizure of 56 dozen sword blades imported by John Turner and to deliver said goods to him: all by reason that said Turner exported 62 dozen of sword blades 1683, May, for Scotland and on May 5 last imported 56 dozen thereof in the Sophia from Scotland and John Teshmaker has sworn that they are the same which were formerly exported and that said Turner has also paid custom de novo. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 147.
Report by William Blathwayte to Treasurer Rochester on the petition of Lord Colepeper as by the order of reference of April 24 last, ut supra, pp. 709–10. Upon the first particular I find that after the disbanding of the two Companies in Virginia and upon the occasion of the tobacco plant cutting and for a guard to his Majesty's stores Sir Henry Chicheley, late Lieutenant Governor of that colony, took into pay one serjeant and eight soldiers, and Lord Colepeper upon his arrival in Virginia did afterwards, 1682–3, Jan. 1, at the instance of the Council, add to them 10 soldiers and a corporal. By a paper dated 1683, Sept. 20, said Lord declares he paid them to 1683, July 1, and that he left moneys and orders with Col. Bacon for their further payment to 1683–4, Jan. 1: and that on his return from Virginia said Lord demanded of the late Treasury Lords repayment of the sums thus disbursed; "to which their Lordships not agreeing and upon a settlement of all things between his Majesty and his Lordship a letter was despatched under his Majesty's signature directing Col. Bacon to pay unto the Lord Colepeper out of the revenue arising in Virginia 700l. sterling due to his Lordship for salary as Governor of Virginia until Midsummer, 1681, with directions nevertheless to deduct out of the said sum what should appear to have been paid in pursuance of his Lordship's order out of his salary or otherwise to the soldiers in Virginia since that time: whereupon Col. Bacon in his last account has charged to his Majesty the sum of 233l. 13s. 4d. as paid to the soldiers and therefore to be deducted out of the said 700l. But it not appearing by any information that I have received from Virginia that his Lordship's orders aforementioned for payment of the soldiers did reach further than to the 1st of Jan., 1683–4, and in case there be further allowed the sum of 2l. 10s. 0d. for building a shed at the Guard House, with the sum of 2l. 17s. 0d. paid by the present Governor's order at the raising the Flag and disbanding the soldiers" there will only remain 121l. 6s. 6d. instead of 233l. 13s. 4d. to be deducted out of said 700l. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 194–5.
As to the second particular it appears by his Lordship's relation or paper aforesaid that such a sloop was hired by him on the 18th Jan., 1682–3, and discharged about Dec. 7 following. For the expense thereof he demanded of the late Treasury Lords 724l. 18s. 6d. and was paid same, which answers the whole cost of said sloop. So that if any difficulty remains with his lordship concerning the 322l. 3s. 6d. paid by Col. Bacon for the expense of said sloop it is a matter of private account between his lordship and said Bacon wherein the King is not concerned, the whole expense of said sloop having been fully paid to his lordship according to his own demand, besides the consideration of his subsequent release to the King of all pretensions whatsoever during his government of Virginia.
As to the matter of the deer skins it appears that a third of the forfeiture amounting to 36l. 6s. 8d. has been already answered to the King and I see no reason on the part of the King why said skins should not be delivered to the buyers or that they may have leave to sue the security.
As to the arrears of quit rents, escheats, profits and other debts owing to the King from several persons I advise that the King's order be signified in Virginia that the Governor's assistance be not wanting for recovery thereof.
Fifthly: it appears by authentic papers from Virginia that 98,000lb. of tobacco and cask was advanced by said Lord's order in 1683 to the soldiers raised against the Indians, for the repayment whereof the Assembly called by Lord Howard passed an Act in April, 1684. But as to the agrievance complained of as occasioned by the late imposition [on tobacco in England by the Act of 1 James II, c. 4] and whether the same tobacco does now bear the former price over and above the late tax or what proportion is a matter best referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Lastly, as to the perquisites due to his Lordship it may help him in the recovery thereof if the present Governor be ordered to take care that said Lord receive all just satisfaction therein.
Memorandum: the Lord Treasurer agreed with this report in every particular thereof.
July 7. Money warrant for 100l. 7s. 6d. to Phillip Ryley, esq. for one year to June 24 last as serjeant at arms attending the Lord Treasurer, "the quarter which ended at Midsummer, 1685, having by his Majesty's direction been satisfied some other way"; of which fact memoranda are to be made in the books of the Auditor of the Receipt. Money Book VI, p. 344.
Same for 4,000l. to Treasurer Rochester for half a year's salary to June 24 last. (Money order dated July 8 hereon.) Ibid, p. 344. Order Book I, p. 126.
Same for 364l. to Robert, Visct. of Teviot, Robt. Phillips and John Evelyn for last June 24 quarter's allowance in lieu of diet as Commissioners of the Privy Seal. (Money order dated July 8 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 344. Order Book I, p. 126.
Same for 225l. to John Dryden, Poet Laureat and Historiographer Royal, for three quarters to June 24 last on his several allowances of 200l. and 100l. per an. Money Book VI, p. 345.
Same for 53l. 6s. 8d. to John Pottinger, Comptroller of the Pipe, for one year to June 24 last on his allowance for writing the farms and debts of Recusants and summons of Pipe in Pipe hand twice every year. (Money order dated July 8 hereon.) Ibid, p. 345. Order Book I, p. 126.
Same for 300l. to Henry, Earl of Peterborough, for last June 24 quarter as Groom of the Stole and in that respect First Gentleman of the Bedchamber. (Money order dated July 10 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 345. Order Book I, p. 127.
Same for 150l. each to the following for same quarter as Gentlemen of the Bedchamber, viz.: Charles, Duke of Somerset; Henry, Duke of Beaufort; James, Earl of Ossory; James, Earl of Arran; Thomas, Earl of Ailesbury; Henry Edward, Earl of Lichfield; Lewis, Earl of Feversham; John, Lord Churchill: the dates of their privy seals being stated in each case. (Money orders hereon dated June 10 for the Earl of Ossory; July 17 for the Duke of Somerset, Earl of Arran, Earl of Feversham, and Lord Churchill; July 22 for the Earl of Lichfield; Aug. 19 for the Duke of Beaufort; Aug. 13 for the Earl of Ailesbury.) Money Book VI, p. 346. Order Book I, pp. 127, 130, 132, 135.
Same for 100l. each to the following for same quarter as Grooms of the Bedchamber, viz.: Heneage Finch, Francis Russell, Richard Leueson, Oliver Nicholas, Henry Slingsby, James Griffin, James Fortrey, David Lloyd: all their privy seals being dated 1685, June 30. (Money orders hereon dated July 12 for Oliver Nicholas and Heneage Finch; July 14 for James Griffin; July 17 for Henry Slingsby, Richard Leueson and Francis Russell; July 29 for James Fortrey; Aug. 19 for David Lloyd.) Money Book VI, p. 346. Order Book I, pp. 127, 128, 130, 134, 135.
July 7. Money warrant for 375l. to Robert, Earl of Sunderland, President of the Privy Council, for last June 24 quarter on his allowance of 1,000l. per an. in lieu of diet formerly allowed and 500l. per an. as of royal grace and bounty. (Money order dated July 8 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 347. Order Book I, p. 126.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Receipt for tallies of assignment on the Tenths of the dioceses of Oxford etc. for 106l. 5s. 0d. to Elizabeth Hamilton for same quarter on the unassigned moiety of the annuity of 850l. for her children; and on the dioceses of Chester etc. on the annuity of 500l. for herself. Money Book VI, pp 347–8.
Same by same to same for same on same for 106l. 5s. 0d. to James Hamilton, son of the above Elizabeth Hamilton, for same quarter on the unassigned moiety of abovesaid annuity. Ibid, p. 348.
Money warrant for 9,332l. 3s. 4¾d. to the Queen's Trustees for same quarter on the several sums granted her by the King by the patent of 1685, Aug. 28. Ibid, p. 349.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Auditors of Imprests to allow to William Hewer in his accounts as Treasurer of the late Garrison and city of Tangier 150l. paid by him April 7 last, by the Lord Treasurer's direction, to William Smyth, late Major of said city, 100l. thereof as his Majesty's allowance to him for holding said office of Major for the year 1683 and 50l. remaining due to him on an account of provisions for the Hospital there; both which sums were ordered by the King in consideration of said Smyth's good services and his going out of England. Ibid, p. 350.
Same by same to said Hewer to pay 149l. 15s. 7d. to Richard Senhouse, Pratic [pratique] Master [at Tangier], in full satisfaction of what is due on accompt of the Pratick Boat, being for contingencies from 1682, May 1, to 1683–4, Jan. 1, according to the report made to the late Treasury Lords by Lord Dartmouth on his return home from his late expedition for demolishing the city, mole and Garrison of Tangier. Ibid.
Same by same to adjust (pursuant to the warrant of Aug. 10 last, supra, p. 300) the half year's pay ending 1682, Oct. 1, of the several Tangier officers as follow who have not hitherto apppeared to settle their accounts and to apply said money towards satisfying the debts due from them to the late inhabitants of Tangier, and to be accomptable to them for same: all by reason that the said officers have taken no care to come and adjust their said accounts either by reason of Hewer having advanced them money on account of such pay or else by their having outrun their pay by the said debts contracted by them to the said late inhabitants of which debts Hewer has by the King's direction taken care to discharge a proportionable part and the King being engaged to see the remainder paid; and it being of importance to the service to close the accounts for the said half year with all speed. The Auditors of Imprests are hereby to allow your payments in accordance herewith as if the said officers had come themselves; and are to give you discharge for same. Ibid, pp. 351–2.
Appending: abstract of the money due to said officers for said half year's pay "the proportion of debts payable by the said officers out of this six months' pay amounting to more than their said six months' pay will come to," viz.:
l. s. d.
William Webster as Lieutenant to Capt. St. John 36 12 0
Patrick Farrell as Ensign to Capt. Mathews 27 9 0
Jno. Wilson as Lieutenant to Capt. Tate 36 12 0
Jno. Pinkney as Lieutenant to Capt. Guy 36 12 0
Vernon Parker as Ensign to Capt. Guy 27 9 0
Tho. Atkinson as Lieutenant to Capt. Collier 36 12 0
Florence Mekarty [Mckarty] as Lieutenant to Capt. Coy 91 10 0
Henry Masters, gunner 9 3 0
Tho. Williams, ditto 9 3 0
Miles Maxfield, ditto 9 3 0
Simon Milton, ditto 9 3 0
Gilbert Christopher, ditto 9 3 0
Job Atkins, junr., ditto 9 3 0
Edward Weedon, ditto 9 3 0
Jno. Clements, ditto 9 3 0
William Weedon, ditto 9 3 0
£375 3 0
July 7. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to William Hewer to make good 476l. 15s. 2d. to Sidney Wortley in full of what is due to him for his several houses demolished at Tangier; same being reserved in Hewer's hands in accordance with the warrant of 1685, Aug. 10, supra, p. 303; but said Hewer having acquainted the Lord Treasurer that there will be a remain of money sufficient to discharge same. Money Book VI, p. 352.
Same by same to same to pay 274l. 19s. 0d. (being 1,222 pieces of Eight at 4s. 6d. each) to Sir Martin Westcombe in full of what is due for postage of letters from England to Cadiz and so [thence] to Tangier and from Tangier back to England and other disbursements for the service of the King between 1681, April 16, and 1683–4, Mar. 1, as by an account thereof stated by John Erlisman, [late] Comptroller of the late King's revenue arising at Tangier. Ibid, p. 353.
Same by same to same to pay 40l. 6s. 0d. to Capt. Thomas St. John in full satisfaction for timber by him for the use of the fortifications of Tangier. Ibid.
Same by same to same to pay 556l. 2s. 11d. to Robert Collins, blacksmith, late an inhabitant at Tangier, in full satisfaction for what is due to him for iron work supplied for the abovesaid fortifications between 1681, April 1, and 1683, Sept. 10. Ibid, p 354.
July 7. Money warrant for 15l. to Mris. Ursula Elliott for last June 24 quarter on her pension. Money Book VI, p. 354.
Same for 150l. to Augustus L' Hosteyn for half a year to June 24 last on his same. (Money order dated July 14 hereon.) Ibid, p. 354. Order Book I, p. 129.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to William Hewer to pay William Wood the pay due to Job Atkins, junr., as a gunner at Tangier. Money Book VI, p. 355.
Prefixing: (a) note of said Wood's petition. (b) Reference dated 1685, Nov. 9, from Treasurer Rochester to said Hewer of said petition. (c) Report from said Hewer thereon. In regard Job Atkins, senr., master gunner, was very aged and infirm. Col. Kirke did by warrant dated 1681, May 20, enter his son as a gunner and directed that his pay should be allowed to William Wood, who was appointed as assistant to said Master Gunner and the King's allowance of victuals [was also thereby] to be given to said son; and this was complied with during the time that said Job Atkins was borne on the musters. It is therefore fair to allow said pay to Wood, especially since the King has granted a pension of 20l. per an. to said Master Gunner.
Henry Guy to Mr. Duncomb to forthwith pay 750l to Mr. Bourke to be by him returned into France to Mr. Arthur for the use of Mr. Fitz James. Mr. Bourke is to give advice of it to-morrow night. Disposition Book V, p. 2.
Also you are to "charge so much Excise money in the Exchequer as [is] paid in for me [Guy] for his Majesty's secret serivce and to bring the same into your next [Excise cash weekly] certificate [so] you may have a tally for the same."
Same to same to issue as follows out of the branches of the revenue directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, p. 4.
Out of the Excise. l.
to Visct. Fitzharding for the Duke of Southampton 375
Out of Hearthmoney.
to Visct. Preston for the Wardrobe 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of an order for 360l. 300
Out of Post Office money.
to me [Guy] for secret service by way of advance 1,000
(Same dated same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney enclosing the paper of the disposition of the cash of those revenues for the present week, said paper including only the above two Hearthmoney and one Excise items.)
Same to same to issue to me [Guy] by way of advance the 750l. of Excise money which is directed to be paid into the Exchequer. The warrants for the regular issue thereof shall be sent you as soon as passed. Ibid.
Same to same to issue (out of the moneys of goods seized in the Exchequer) 200l. to me [Guy] for secret service in full of 1,450l. Ibid, p. 5
July 7. Henry Guy to Mr. Duncomb to issue to the Messengers of the Exchequer on their bills the 320l. [which is] paid into the Exchequer for an arrear of a rent of a lighthouse. Disposition Book V, p. 5.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney for a copy of the presentment of complaint concerning Sweet, one of your officers. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 391.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the matter in difference between Bernard Turnor and Thomas Price. Ibid.
Same to the Board of Greencloth. Mary Hope and Elizabeth Lucke, widow, daughters of Robert Hope, late Clerk of the Spicery, have petitioned the King for a pension. The Lord Treasurer has made thereon a report grounded on your report and thereon the King has ordered an annuity of 30l. per an. to Mary Hope and 50l. per an. to Elizabeth Luke for life, to be paid in such way as the Lord Treasurer should decide. His Lordship thinks same should be paid on the establishment of the Household by the Cofferer as the most proper place. You are to see to the preparation of the necessary warrants. Ibid.
Same to Sir Peter Rich to deliver to bearer, William Middleton, for the Lord Treasurer the accompt of moneys collected for the redemption of captives. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed two reports from the Customs Commissioners of May 21 last and July 6 inst. concerning the Jews with several papers relating thereto. Ibid, p. 392.
Same to Mr. Duncomb. Have you received 3,000l. from Mr. Williams? If so you are to pay it forthwith into the Exchequer. Ibid.
Same to the Hearthmoney Commissioners for a certificate of the particulars of the money which Mr. Merriman, late Collector of Hearthmoney, received from the country more than was warranted by law "and to take care for recovering the same from him or his sureties that it may be refunded to those from whom it was collected." Ibid.
Treasurer Rochester to the Justices [of Peace] in Lancashire. I find from yours of May 7 last that you were well satisfied in all the points resolved by the Judges and communicated to you in mine of Feb. 24 last concerning Hearthmoney except the 3rd and 4th items [thereof] relating to ovens and cottages. I immediately directed the Hearthmoney Commissioners to consider same and their answer thereto is as follows: to the third point that my former letter to you is so plain that where innkeepers, victuallers etc. make any profit by their ovens they ought to pay the duty and where they make no profit by their ovens they ought not to pay the duty, which in truth is so plain that you can have no reason to doubt how to proceed. Ibid, p. 393.
To the fourth: that the Attorney General is of opinion that if a landlord lets out a house or cottage in which are no more than two chimneys, at a rent or for any profit, to a poor man exempt by the Acts from payment the landlord is and will be liable to the duty; but if such house or cottage be let to such poor person without rent in nature of a parish house the landlord will not be liable, but the house will be of like nature as hospitals.
As to Mr. Merriman, he was in no fault about the delivery of my former letter to you, which was carried about by Capt. Parker till it was in the condition you mention. But as I am satisfied that Merriman received several sums from several persons not warranted by law I have dismissed him and ordered ut supra, p. 816, as to recovering and refunding said moneys. Having taken this care to do you right I hope I need not repeat my desires to you to give all encouragement to the collection of this revenue concerning which I hope no scruples will now rest with you.
July 7. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to deliver to Mr. Skinner, on payment of Customs, a box of combs now at the Custom House and directed to the Queen, being for her own use. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 394.
Same to Sir Henry Titchborne of Tichborne Place near Alresford, co. Hants. The Lord Treasurer has laid before the King Sir Christopher Wren's report of June 28 concerning Thurmond's farm. The King has thereupon declared his pleasure that he will keep that farm. Ibid.
Same to Richard Topham. The Duke of Grafton promised to pay the 20l. 16s. 0d. for Custom for the 31 tents that came over in May last if the King did not remit it. The Lord Treasurer expects this sum to be paid [by his Grace]. Ibid.
Same (countersigned by Treasurer Rochester) to Sir Rich. Dutton. In mine of April 19 last I sent you the petition of Ann Langford, widow, and Mr. Blathwayt's report thereon with his Lordship's order to you to pay her what is due. She has again petitioned. You are either to satisfy her or to send your reasons to the contrary without delay. Ibid, p. 395.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to employ John Lodge as surveyor of the [Customs] Warehouse [London port] at 200l. per an. loco Mr. Clarke, removed to be a Customs Commissioner, Lodge to be obliged to breed up a young person under him in that service. Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 146, 147, 148.
Benj. Clarke (who has been for some time bred under said Mr. Clarke) to be assistant to said Lloyd at 80l. per an., which is equal with the landwaiters and will save the King 110l. per an.
Anthony Howard as waiter and searcher at Minehead loco Anthony Bramley, lately deceased.
George Davis as weighing porter in London port loco Richard Peake, who is superannuated and resigns.
Jno. Dagg as waiter and searcher at Menegirry [? Mevagissey], a member of Fowey port loco James Cottle, lately dismissed.
Thomas Meeres as boatman in Sandwich port loco Jno. Hutton, lately dismissed.
Richard Weaver as same ibid. loco John Anderson, lately dismissed.
William Rudd, gent., as deputy to Sutton Oglethorp, searcher of Carlisle port.
July 7. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Ward, coastwaiter, for a King's waiter's place [London port], vacant by the determination of Mr. Shaw's patent. Reference Book III, p. 353.
Same by same to Richard Graham and Phi. Burton of the petition of John Langley for allowance of 97l. 3s. 0d. in his account as Receiver of Popish Recusants' forfeitures in cos. Worcester, Gloucester and Monmouth; being for disbursements in said service by direction of the late Treasury Lords. Ibid.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Walter Devereux, Lieutenant of Sandgate Castle, co. Kent, shewing that for the better encouragement of the officers in hindering the transportation of wool the King allowed the seizers the moiety of the King's share; that petitioner has seized wool and other prohibited goods to the amount of 136[l.] and there is not a place more used for running and smuggling all sorts of goods than that part of Kent under his district "so that the petitioner has been offered by the persons practising 60l. per an. provided he would not molest them": therefore prays a moiety of the wool now under condemnation. With this petition is also referred Mr. Carter's letter annexed [missing]. Ibid, p. 354.
Same by same to same of the petition of Tho. Weston, late tidesman, for re-employment, he having been dismissed by the information of one Cheeseman out of malice. Ibid.
Same by same to Richard Graham and Philip Burton of the petition of Edmund Clerk shewing that he and his father were appointed Receiver of Recusants' Forfeitures in cos. Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge and Hunts, but were not able to go through same without the assistance of many other persons to all whom they paid salaries and had also constant travels about the counties, expenses on bailiffs etc. attending motions and other extraordinary expenses whereby he disbursed some hundreds more than his salary and poundage: therefore prays some allowance for same. Ibid, pp. 355–6.
Memorandum: "the total of the account [? of receipts] annexed amounts unto 1,319l. 1s. 2d."
Same by same to Richard, Earl of Ranelagh [as Paymaster of the Forces], of the petition of Lord Cheyne, shewing that he accommodated the late King with a piece of land fitly situated for the enlarging of the [Chelsea] Hospital and that same was sold at a reasonable rate and was only parted with knowing it would be pleasing to the late King "and about the time that purchase was made there was a discourse that seven acres of land in the possession of one Green might be had, which being enquired into would not be sold for less than 1,000l., whereupon it was neglected until the said Green died and then it was purchased for 550l.," at which time said Cheyne desired that if it were bought he might be accommodated with one acre 30 poles thereof lying conveniently to his estate; and the parting with it will be no inconvenience to said hospital. Ibid, p. 356.
July 7. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Treasurer's Remembrancer, the Clerk of the Pipe, Comptroller of the Pipe etc. for records of surplusage to be made for the satisfaction of the 114l. 3s. 8¾d. surplusage resting on the account of William Chaffin as sheriff of co. Wilts for the year ended 1685, Sept. 29, out of the debits of any other sheriffs for said year. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 314.
Prefixing: extracts from the Great Roll of the Pipe of said surplusage and also, from the Receipt Roll, of said sheriff's debit of 29l. 2s. 6½d. on said year's account.
Same to same for same of the surplusage of 424l. 10s. 8¾d. resting on the account of Edward Hobbs, as sheriff of Somerset for said year. Ibid, p. 315.
Prefixing: extract ut supra from the Pipe Roll.
Same by same to the Wine Licences Revenue to bring informations against all persons who shall sell or utter by retail any wine by virtue of authorities from any cities or Corporations, excepting such persons as shall be authorised by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the borough of St. Albans and such as are free vintners of the city of London: the Lord Treasurer being informed that divers cities and other Corporations in England do pretend to some authority and power of granting wine licences within such Corporations and that divers persons have of late years retailed great quantities of wine under such pretended authorisation, same being in the opinion of the King's Counsel against the statute of this kingdom. The costs of such informations shall be allowed in said Commissioners' accounts. Ibid, pp. 314–5.
Same by same to the Treasurer's Remembrancer etc. to forbear process against Sir Robt. Yeomans of Redland, co. Gloucester, on his baronetcy fee of 1,095l. Ibid, pp. 315, 316.
The like in the case of the like fee due from Sir Basill Dixwell of Brome House, co. Kent.
The like in the case of the like fee due from the heirs etc. of Sir William Backhouse, grandchild to Rowland Backhouse, late Alderman of London, for said Sir William's baronetcy.
The like in the case of the like fee due from Sir George Chout (Choute).
July 8. Henry Guy to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney to advance Mr. Sweet to a better place in the Excise, Treasurer Rochester having a very good character of him from several gentlemen. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 394.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. When will the following Navy bills come in course to be paid, viz., No. 72, dated 1684, May 14, for 14l. 2s. 8d. to George Mees for victuals as a volunteer on the Henrietta; No. 44, dated 1679, Aug. 27, for 317l. 0s. 1¼d. to Christian Stephens, widow of John Stephens, formerly commander of the Chesnut pink, for the balance of his victualling account? Make memorials in your books that notice be sent accordingly. Ibid, p. 395.
Same to the Attorney General. The Lord Treasurer is informed from Barbados of a seizure lately made there of a parcel of goods on a ship belonging to the Royal Africa Company. There is some scruple whether a moiety thereof does of right belong to the King. Report thereon after consideration of the following papers [missing]. Ibid, p. 396.
Appending: note only of said papers, viz. (1) clauses of the Africa Company's charter touching interlopers. (2) [List of] goods seized on board a ship of the said Company at Barbados. (3) Extract from Col. Steed's letter touching [the said] seizure.
July 10. Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to George, Lord Jeffreys, Baron of Wemm, of the office of steward of the lordship and manor of Brecknock with the fee of 13l. 6s. 8d. per an. and of the office of Chamberlain of Brecknock and of the counties of Brecon, Radnor and Glamorgan; all in as ample manner as Richard, Earl of Carbery, lately deceased, or any other predecessor therein. King's Warrant Book XI, pp. 49–50.
Same to the Attorney General for a privy seal to discharge the baronetcy fee of 1,095l. due from Sir Robt. Yeomans of Redland, co. Gloucester, for the baronetcy conferred on him by Charles II. (Treasurer Rochester's warrant dated July 21, to the Receipt accordingly hereon.) Ibid, p. 50. Money Book VI, p. 362.
Three royal sign manuals for respectively 1,000l., 750l., and 400l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 20,000l. privy seal dormant of June 16 last. (Three money warrants dated 13 July hereon. Three money orders dated July 14 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XI, p. 50. Money Book VI, p. 356. Order Book I, p. 129.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for payment of 7,456l. 6s. 8d. to Sir Dennis Gauden, kt., Sir Denny Ashburnham, bart., and their partners, former Victuallers of the Navy, as in full of all demands from them concerning said Victualling: their accounts being already declared but they having before the death of Charles II craved allowance of several particulars not considered in the said declared accounts, to wit, for money paid or deposited for Customs of wheat for the Navy; for the ransom of Benjamin Gauden, one of their partners who was taken captive by the Algerines; for loss of money and provisions in two ships taken by those pirates; and for interest of money by them advanced for the service of said Victualling, they not having been paid their moneys on the days specified by their contract: the abovesaid demands having been heard by the late Treasury Lords who were of opinion that the late King was not obliged to make good any of them save that for interest; and Treasurer Rochester having lately directed the Auditors of Imprests to compute said interest at 5 per cent. (making the interest into principal at the end of every 12 months) and they have thereon reported June 9 ult. that said interest to 1682, Sept. 30, comes to 7,456l. 6s. 8d. King's Warrant Book XI, pp. 51–2.
Same to the Attorney General for a same to discharge the baronetcy fee of 1,095l. due from the executors of Sir William Backhouse, deceased, grandchild of Rowland Backhouse, late Alderman of London, for the baronetcy conferred on said Sir William by Charles II. (Warrant by the Treasury Lords to the Receipt dated 1686–7, Jan. 13, hereon accordingly.) Ibid, p. 52. Money Book VIII, p. 3.
July 10. Royal warrant to the Attorney General for a privy seal to discharge the like fee due from Sir Basill Dixwell of Brome House, co. Kent, for the baronetcy conferred on his father by Charles II. (Treasurer Rochester's warrant to the Receipt dated Dec. 23 hereon accordingly.) King's Warrant Book XI, p. 53. Money Book VI, p. 457.
Same to same for a same to discharge the like fee due from Sir Charles Tirrell for the baronetcy conferred by Charles II on his father, Sir Jno. Tirrell, late of Springfield, co. Essex. (Treasurer Rochester's warrant to the Receipt dated Nov. 25 hereon accordingly.) King's Warrant Book XI, p. 53. Money Book VI, p. 439.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Nicholas Yates, infant son of Francis Yates, late of Long Lawne, and of Margaret his wife, of an annuity or yearly pension of 100l.; to be payable quarterly from Lady day last to said Nicholas and the heirs of his body: the last June 24 quarter thereon to be paid immediately: all by reason that the said Francis and Margaret were particularly instrumental in the preservation of Charles II after the battle of Worcester, but never received any marks of royal favour and said Francis died soon after the death of Charles II. King's Warrant Book XI, p. 54.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 1,200l. as royal bounty to Sir Edmund Andros, who is appointed Governor of the Colony of New England: same being intended to defray the expense of his journey to that government. (Money warrant dated July 24 hereon. Money order dated July 26 hereon.) Ibid, p. 55. Money Book VI, p. 369. Order Book I, p. 133.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a fresh Mint Indenture as follows, between the King and Thomas Neale, who by grant dated 1678, Aug. 7, was given the office of Master and Worker of the Mint for life in reversion of Henry Slingsby with covenant to execute a new indenture within two months of his succeeding to the possession of said office; and the said Slingsby having surrendered said office by deed dated April 20 last. King's Warrant Book XI, pp. 55–74.
The present indenture therefore ratifies said office to said Neale with the fee of 500l. per an. payable quarterly out of the moneys of the Coinage Duty Act or failing that then out of the Seigniorage or other profits of the Mint and further with the possession of all edifices etc., belonging to his said office, all as fully as enjoyed by Sir Robt. Harley and Sir Edwd. Villiers, and said Slingsby or any other [his predecessors therein].
Further he is hereby empowered to receive all issues of Coinage Duty money out of the Exchequer on imprest, same to be kept in the Receipt of the Mint under the keys of the Warden, Master and Worker and Comptroller and all payments thereout by said Master and Worker for the coinage are to be allowed him in his yearly accounts.
On his side Neale hereby covenants to make the King's moneys in manner following that is to say four sorts of money of Crown gold, viz., the 10s. piece to be 99 in the lb. Troy, the 20s. piece to be 44½ in the lb. Troy, the 40s. piece to be 22¼ in the lb. Troy, and the 5l. piece to be 8 9/10 in the lb. Troy and every lb. weight Troy of all the moneys of gold shall hold in number and be in value 44l. 10s. 0d. and shall be in fineness 22 carats (careets) of fine gold and two carats of allay which standard is hereby to be the right standard of the moneys of Crown gold: and Neale shall hereby have 6s. 6d. for the coinage of every lb. weight of gold moneys, to be detained by him for defraying all waste, provisions, necessaries, and charges about the coining of said moneys by the mill and press: out of which 6s. 6d. per lb. said Neale shall allow 3s. per lb. to the Moneyers for their labour, waste and charges therein according to their undertaking with him: and the King allows the sixth part of a carat per lb. weight either way for remedy or variation from the said right standard; any money which exceeds said remedy is to be challenged and remolten at said master's cost.
Further, Neale covenants to make eight manner of moneys of silver: to wit.: the Crown piece running for 5s. sterling, to be 122/5 to the lb. Troy; the Half Crown running for 2s. 6d., to be 244/5 to the lb. Troy; the shilling running for 12d. sterling, to be 62 to the lb. Troy; the half shilling running for 6d. sterling, to be 124 to the lb. Troy; the groat running for 4d. sterling, to be 186 to the lb. Troy; the half sixpence running for 3d. sterling, to be 248 to the lb. Troy; the half groat running for 2d. sterling, to be 372 to the lb. Troy; and the penny running for 1d. sterling and to be 744 to the lb. Troy: the lb. Troy of silver to be in value 3l. 2s. sterling and to be in fineness 11 oz. 2 dwt. of fine silver and 18 dwt. of allay which is the old Right Standard of the moneys of silver of England.
All the abovesaid moneys of Crown gold and Standard silver are to be agreeable to the respective indented trial pieces made by order of the Privy Council 1660, Oct. 19, which do now remain in six places, viz. one of gold and one of silver in the Treasury of [the Receipt at Westminster] England; the like with the Warden of the Mint in the Tower (to try both the coinage and the bullion brought thither if any difference happen between the Master of the Mint and the importer of such bullion); the like with the Master and Worker; the like with the Wardens of the Goldsmiths' Company of London in Goldsmiths' Hall for the trial of their plate and works of gold and silver; the like in the Treasury of the Kingdom of Scotland ("to charge the officers of his Majesty's moneys for the time being within the said kingdom thereby for the true making of his Majesty's moneys there); the like with the general and other officers of the Mint in Scotland.
Neale to have 1s. 4½d. for the coinage of every lb. Troy of silver for the charge of all manner of waste, provisions, necessaries and charges; and thereout he is to pay to the Moneyers 8d. per lb. Troy for the making of said silver moneys by the mill and press according to their undertaking with him.
Further, the said Neale, out of the moneys to be paid to him [at the Exchequer] as above, is hereby to pay 1,425l. per an. to the Warden of the Mint by quarterly payments for the wages of the respective officers of the Mint payable by said Warden as by the schedule hereto.
The King allows a remedy in the silver moneys of 2 dwt. in the lb. Troy of silver after the old computation of 20 dwt. in the ounce.
The King hereby agrees that the said Master shall receive as well the King's own bullion of gold and silver as the bullion of any other person whatsoever repairing to the Mint with the same, to be coined into the aforesaid moneys, he to give them bills testifying the weight and fineness thereof, delivering same to them again within a convenient time by the same weight and in such form [or coins] as is limited and appointed by the present indenture. All such importations of gold to the Mint are to be recorded in ledger books by the Warden, Comptroller, King's Clerk and Clerk of the Papers, which entries shall record the weight and fineness, the parties' names and the assays thereof and said bullion is thereupon to be put in a chest or room locked with three keys, which are to remain respectively with the Warden, Master and Comptroller: and when same is delivered to the making, the Warden, Comptroller and the King's Clerk shall keep separate books of the meltings, declaring the quantity and fineness and allay with the report of every assay called the pott assay; the said books being to remain in their several custodies to charge the Master withal and shall monthly be subscribed by the Warden, Master and Comptroller. And the King's Assaymaster shall keep one book of all bullion brought in, expressing the quantity and fineness and the report of every pott assay "which pott assay shall be made of some ingot of the said bullion to be taken by the said Warden or Wardens, Comptroller and Assaymaster or any two of them after the pott is cast out."
"And if any person or persons happen to bring into the Mint any manner of gold or silver nigh to the standard aforesaid then the Master shall receive it for the value accordingly, so as the charges to make it agreeable in fineness to the several standards aforesaid be borne and sustained out of the revenue arising to his Majesty by virtue of the Coinage Acts."
The King hereby gives the said Master power to put privy marks on the coin and from time to time to alter same in order to the discovery of false coiners. The Warden and Comptroller shall at all times and places oversee the assaying, melting, sizeing and making of the said moneys: and the Surveyor of the meltings is to keep a book of the weight and assays of bullion molten. When the said moneys be coined and complete the Warden, Master and Comptroller is to put them into a chest or room locked with three keys in their several custodies, until the trial of the said moneys be had and payment be made accordingly to the importers of such bullion: the said proof to be had before any deliverance of said moneys, and shall be made by the Assaymaster in the presence of the Warden, Master and Comptroller: and after such trial, and before any deliverance be made of the whole sum a portion thereof is to be taken and put in a box by the Warden in the presence of the Master and Comptroller, the assay whereof [by the Trial of the Pix] shall be as accustomed, viz., for every 15 lb. Tourney weight of gold two pieces, one thereof for the Pix and the other for the assay and for every 60 lb. Tourney weight of silver two pieces, one for the Pix and one for the assay: the Pix to be sealed with three seals and locked with three keys of the Warden, Master and Comptroller respectively: and upon trial of the said Pix if the said moneys prove good the said Master shall be quit, excused and discharged against the King and all his people unto that day and then the Master, at his will, shall have letters patent under the Great Seal for his acquittance and without fee for same, the said patent to specify the said assays. If the moneys in the Pix prove otherwise the excess or defect (if within the remedy) is to be taken accompt of to be answered to the King "without any profit or commodity to grow unto any person or persons for the same": but if the excess or defect be greater than the remedy then the said Master shall make fine and ransom to the King.
The Warden, Master and Comptroller to take such gravers, smiths and labourers for the Mint as they think fit and the civil power is to assist them therein.
The Master is bound to receive all bullion brought to the Tower after the very value [of it] by the assay and if dispute arise between him and the merchant importer as to the value, same shall be settled by the Assaymaster who, in the presence of the Warden, Master and Comptroller, shall try same. All officers of the Mint and importers of bullion to have free ingress and egress to and from the Tower at all times without arrest or disturbance. The Warden, Master and Comptroller to attend every Saturday at the Mint, and on other days agreed by them, for receiving bullion and delivering coin. The Master to pay 52l. per an. towards the diet of 104l. per an. heretofore allowed by the King to the officers of the Mint and so long as his Majesty shall pay the other 52l. per an. of said diet.
The Warden to account yearly for their receipts and payments for wages, diets, necessaries etc. The Mint officers to enjoy all houses and grounds within the Mint as heretofore and all charters and franchises and notwithstanding the statute of 27 Hy. VIII, c. 24. The Moneyers and workmen are to be ready to do their work at all times without denial upon pain of losing their franchises and bodies to prison.
All the gold and silver that the Master shall deliver to the Moneyers to be coined as aforesaid shall be in clean plates and delivered by weight and the Moneyers are to coin and re-deliver same in clean pieces proportionable by weight paying and contenting to the Master at every deliverance any shortage therein, and so done, the Master to pay them their wages.
The said Master covenants to bring into the Mint from time to time convenient and sufficient supplies of gold and silver and to make full payment and deliverance of all moneys with all speed: and further to bear all manner of wastes, provisions, necessaries and charges in and about the coining of the King's moneys by the mill and press. The Master is to be bound to bring into the Mint for coining, all the bullion he shall receive by colour of his office for help and increase of the money for the King's profit and ease of his people without sale, aliening or putting it to any other use excepting Healing medals, seals and medals of gold and silver made by the King's command.
The Warden is hereby, with the consent of the General of the Mint in Scotland, to make two piles of English weight "whereof 12 ounces English shall over poise 12 ounces Scottish [by] 4 penny-weight 9 grains English"; and the greater and small weights of said two piles shall be proportionable; the said two piles shall then be brought into the Tower and examined and printed with a rose crowned and a thistle crowned and then one to be delivered to the General of the Mint in Scotland to remain in said Mint, the other to remain in the Tower and in a similar manner two piles of weights shall be made for Scotland bearing the above proportion to English weights and to be similarly examined, printed and deposited to the end that all other weights of Troy within Scotland may be made conformable thereto.
The said Master to account yearly before the Auditor and thereupon, if clear, to have his acquittance without fee. The Master to pay to the Warden such sums as are payable by the Warden to the Mint officers for fees, salaries and for repairs and expences. The Master to detain in his hands, out of Coinage Money, 1,175l. per an. for the fees and salaries due to himself and for the fees and salaries of the Mint officers as in the schedule hereto payable by him. The Warden, Master and Comptroller to take oath not to reveal the new invention of rounding the money and marking the edges of them with letters or grainings and so also all workmen employed on the same.
Neither the Provost nor any of the Moneyers of the Mint are at any time to vend or distribute any piece of coined money until the same be delivered by them according to the course of the Mint and duly pixed etc. No one to inhabit within the Mint without the knowledge of the Warden, Master and Comptroller except such officers as have right thereto.
The Comptroller of the Mint to give to the Auditor once every year a roll called the Controlment Roll containing an account of all the gold and silver bullion and allay molten and of all gold and silver moneys coined monthly in the Mint.
"And the said Master or his deputy shall pay unto such officers or workmen that shall be employed in the making of several gold and silver pieces round before they are sized and for the marking the edges of them with letters or grainings and for keeping in repair all the rollers, instruments to cut, flatten, make round and size the pieces and to mark the edges of the moneys with letters and grainings and all other tools, engines and instruments such allowance from time to time as shall be directed" by the Lord Treasurer or Treasury Lords not exceeding 6d. per lb. Troy of gold moneys and 1½d. per lb. Troy of silver moneys for their labour and expences therein. "And furthermore because the Propost and Company of Moneyers and Workers of the Moneys may be encouraged to do their duties well in the making, sizeing, blanching and coining of the gold and silver moneys, as also for the making upon every hundred lb. weight of silver moneys hereafter to be coined one pound weight and a half or 18 ounces in the quantities and species following viz., in pence half an ounce, in twopences three ounces, in threepences six ounces and in groats 8½ ounces," the King hereby gives power to the said Master (so long as he and the Warden and Comptroller shall perceive the said moneys to be well made, sized, blanched and coined) to pay to the said Provost and Company of Moneyers 1d. by tale of every lb. weight of all the silver moneys coined under this indenture over and above the ordinary price of 8d. allowed them and this payment shall be allowed on said Master's accounts: "provided also that the Moneyers having the gold and silver delivered to them in clean ingots fit to be wrought shall make and deliver seven twelfth parts of the same in money so as there be but five parts in 12 scissell."
The Clerk of the Irons is hereby to keep a true account of all the blank dies for coining which shall from time to time be delivered to the chief graver or gravers, who is monthly to return to said clerk all dies grown faulty or worn by using etc., to be defaced in the presence of the Warden, Master and Comptroller. And the said clerk is to give to them an account whenever required of all blank dies delivered and faulty dies returned and of what remain in his hands.
The gravers shall not work or grave any puncheons, matrices, dies or stamps for making moneys, but only in such house or place in the Mint as shall be thereto assigned by the Warden, Master and Comptroller.
"And for the more exact sizeing gold and silver coins to be made by the mill and press and the reducing them to a greater exactness and equality in weight," it is hereby ordered that the counterpoise of the several and respective gold and silver [pieces] herein mentioned be made lighter than their just weights according to these proportions following, to wit, that two grains be taken from the counterpoise of the Crown, one grain from the half Crown, half grain from the shilling, quarter grain from the 6d. of silver; two grains from the counterpoise of the 5l. piece, one grain from the 40s. piece, half grain from the 20s., quarter grain from the 10s.
The Provost and Moneyers to attend both morning and afternoon with their apprentices for his Majesty's service in the present way of coining and to work in such tasks and so many hours therein as the Master shall appoint. In case of their neglect or refusal the Warden, Master and Comptroller may dismiss or otherwise punish them according to the ancient powers and authorities of right belonging unto them. The present indenture to be only during pleasure.
Appending: schedule of fees and salaries of the officers of the Mint.
Payable by the Warden. l.
to the Warden 400
to ditto for a clerk 40
to the Comptroller 300
to ditto for a clerk 40
to the King's Assaymaster 200
to ditto for a clerk 20
to the Surveyor of the Meltings and Clerk of the Irons 110
to ditto for a clerk 10
to the Weigher and Teller 90
to ditto for a clerk 10
to the assistant to the Weigher and Teller 40
to the Auditor [of Imprests as Auditor] of the Mint 40
to the King's Chief Clerk and Clerk of the Papers 100
to the Porter of the Mint 20
to the minister 4
to the sexton 1
Payable by the Master and Worker.
to the Master and Worker 500
to ditto for three clerks 120
to ditto for an assayer 60
to ditto for a purveyor 20
to the engineer 100
to the three Roettiers, chief gravers 325
to the smith, assistant to the gravers 50
Total establishment, 2,600l.
July 10. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to continue the privy seal of 1678, Sept. 30, by which Charles II granted the yearly sum or pension of 30l. to the Bishop of Exeter to be paid to an able minister for his encouragement to take care of the souls of the inhabitants of the borough of Lostwithiel, co. Cornwall, where they were destitute for want of the allowance they formerly received from the Farmers of the Pre-emption of tin; the Mayor and burgesses of said borough having prayed a continuance thereof which became void by the death of Charles II; and his present Majesty being piously disposed to promote and encourage so good a work. Same is hereby to be paid out of the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall by tallies on the Receiver thereof: to be paid quarterly from 1684, Christmas, during pleasure. King's Warrant Book XI, pp. 75–6.
Same to same for a same for the annuity or yearly sum of 100l. to Sir Charles Cotterel, kt., Master of the Ceremonies, as in lieu and recompence of all allowances by bills or otherwise which the Master of the Ceremonies did usually receive out of the Office of the Treasurer of the Chamber and [as in lieu] of all arrearages of the same: same to commence from June 24 last and to be paid quarterly during pleasure without imprest. Further he is hereby to be paid forthwith what is due thereon from 1684, Christmas, to June 24 last. Ibid, p. 76.
Same to same for a same for settling as follows the accounts of Sir Dennis Gawden, kt., Sir Denny Ashburnham, bart., Abraham Jaggard, Benj. Gawden and Jonathan Gawden, as late Victuallers of Tangier. The said Victuallers did furnish said late garrison from 1677, Oct. 1, to 1678, Sept. 30, with victuals and provisions in accordance with the terms of a contract dated 1664, Aug. 30, between the Duke of York et al. of the one part and Thomas Yeabsly, Tho. Andrews and John Lanyon, merchants of the other part. Their account for same was presented to the Committee for the affairs of Tangier some time before the death of Charles II and was examined by Auditor Tho. Done and by John Creed, secretary for the affairs of said late garrison. Therein they are charged with 11,087l. 6s. 3d. received from Saml. Pepys, then Treasurer for said garrison, and they further voluntarily charge themselves with 9,384l. received from Sir Dennis Gauden, who to the time of the commencement of said account was sole contractor for victualling said garrison. The total charge is 20,471l. 6s. 3d. and against this they are allowed 11,387l. 3s. 3¼d. for provisions issued to the garrison between 1677, Oct. 1, and 1678, Sept. 30 (at the rate of 3s. 2¼d. per man per week for the men in garrison); 7l 1s 4d. for victuals issued for public uses, and 2,485l. 16s. 2½d. for provisions shipped from London 1677, Sept. 4, in the Phœnix, John Spurrell master, which ship and provisions was taken at sea 1677, Sept. 18, as appears by the affidavit of said Spurrell and John Clase, boatswain thereof, sworn at Algiers 1677, Nov. 10, before Samuel Martin, agent for Charles II and Consul for the English nation there; 7,325l. 9s. 0¼d. for money by them paid and provisions made good to Anthony Sturt and partners, the succeeding contractors for Victualling said garrison, being towards making good the standing magazine [of victuals] there: 1,323l. 17s. 1d. for interest for money due under their contract, but not duly paid at the times prefixed. The said allowances come to 22,529l. 6s. 11d., thus leaving them in surplus, 2,058l. 0s. 8d. The said account has been examined by the Navy Commissioners with the aid of Samuel Pepys, Tho. Done and William Hewer, and by them allowed as just. It is therefore hereby ordered that said allowances amounting to 22,529l. 6s. 11d. be passed and that said surplus be paid them immediately after the declaration of the said account. Ibid, pp. 77–9.
July 10. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for allowing as follows the accounts of Richard Graham and Philipp Burton for Crown Law costs for the period 1681, Hilary, to 1684, Trinity, as certified to the late Treasury Lords 1684, Dec. 3, by Auditor Tho. Done. Said accountants therein charge themselves with 600l. directed 1683, June 12, and 1684, July 15, to be paid by Burton to Graham for charges of prosecution of several misdemeanours and suits etc., Against this they crave allowance of 4,478l. 5s. 3d. for disbursements therein, thus leaving a surplusage of 3,878l. 5s. 3d. Further they have lately presented their joint account for Crown Law expenses for the year Mich., 1684, to Mich., 1685, and same has been certified Dec. 1 last to Treasurer Rochester by said Auditor. Therein they charge themselves with 1,650l. money received and crave allowance of 8,696l. 3s. 11d. thus leaving a surplusage of 7,046l. 3s. 11d. The King being satisfied that said moneys were faithfully expended in and about the prosecutions therein mentioned, including the counsel's fees and other things therein for which formal vouchers could not be obtained, hereby orders said accounts to be passed and allowed and that the surplusage at the foot thereof be satisfied to them by allowing the same in some other their account or in such other way as the Lord Treasurer may think meet. Further the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer are hereby empowered to, by their warrant, allow in other accounts of the said Graham and Burton such payments made by them of which [for want of vouchers as above] allowance cannot be made to them by the strict rules of the Exchequer without authority from the King [under the privy seal]. King's Warrant Book XI, pp. 80–2.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to pay Thomas Raymond 26l. for half a year to June 24 last as a King's waiter, London port: with dormant clause for said salary in future. (Henry Guy dated same to same to the like effect.) Money Book VI, p. 355. Disposition Book V, p. 5.
July 10. Henry Guy, dated Windsor Castle, to the Customs Commissioners to report as to the two derelict ships brought into Portsmouth and secured for the Lord Admiral by Sir Robert Holmes as Vice-Admiral of Hampshire, "and as he was bringing them from thence he was interrupted by Mr. Weaver, an officer of the Customs at Portsmouth." Out Letters (General) IX, p. 395.
Same to same to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Mr. Blathwayte dated the 6th inst. concerning the taking of bonds of the masters of ships that are to be employed in the Bermuda Islands. Ibid.
Same to the Warden of the Mint and the Mint Commissioners to report on the enclosed papers [missing] relating to the Mint in New England. You are to think upon some other inscriptions which will be more agreeable to the King's prerogative to be stamped upon the coin. Ibid.
Appending: note only of said papers, viz. (1) extract of the laws of New England touching a Mint at Boston. (2) A letter of Mr. Blathwayt's to Guy enclosing said extract.