Entry Book: March 1685, 26-31

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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, 26-31

Mar. 26. Henry Guy to Mr. Darcy and partners [in the Great Wardrobe] forwarding (a). Out Letters (General) IX, p. 37.
Appending: (a) order of the King in Council dated Whitehall Mar. 24. "Memorandum that two cushions of cloth of gold, of the same with the pall, be provided for their Majesty's use at their royal coronation."
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor General of the Works, of the petition of Mris. Ford, ut supra, p. 65, together with the report thereon from the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands]. Reference Book III, p. 37.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Bettesworth for delivery of a seizure of 20,000 kidskins which he some time since ordered Mr. Tho. Legendre his correspondent at Roantoby [? Ringkjöbing], to ship to him to London "and for some reasons to consign them in the name of an alien," which he accordingly so shipped on the Mary, John Mervin master, "whereupon petitioner paid Customs on their arrival in London about Nov. 26 last; but Mr. Hern, a Customs officer, understanding that the bill of lading was in an alien's name, did without petitioner's consent and in his absence cause them to be landed and then seized them as being aliens' goods. No alien whatever has any property in those goods. They are entirely petitioner's property and if they had been aliens' goods they could not be forfeited till landed by his own order. Ibid, p. 38.
Same by same to Sir Christopher Wren of the petition of Tho. Lloyd, esq. to be admitted to the place of Paymaster of the Works granted to him by Charles II in reversion of Mr. Packer: petitioner being advised that Packer's grant which was during pleasure is void by the late King's death. Ibid, p. 40.
Same by same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Widow Bland, relict of Jno. Bland: petitioner shewing that she being proprietor of the late Navy Office in Mark Lane, it being left on her hands very ruinous and much out of repair to her great damage, the King ordered the Navy Board to pay her 200l. for her satisfaction; but she cannot as yet get the money: therefore prays payment. Ibid, p. 53.
Money warrant for 125l. to Sir William Killigrew for last Christmas quarter on his annuity or pension. Money Book VI, p. 22.
Mar. 27. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Margaret Heathcote, Quaker, as by a reference from the King dated the 20th inst: petitioner shewing that her husband was sent as a factor with goods to New York, but by damage at sea same became unsaleable and he was forced to exchange great part thereof for provisions and sent it in a small vessel called the Lancaster to Newfoundland to sell it for money, but they missed their expectations and the sloop returned to New York, where unhappily they began to unload before entering in the Custom House, whereon the vessel and goods were seized to the value of 500l. "and unless thy princely mercy be extended" he will lose his employment and his family will be distressed: therefore prays forgiveness for her husband and restoration of the vessel and goods, petitioner being poor and destitute of other assistance. Reference Book III, p. 39.
Mar. 27. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Fall to be admitted Comptroller of Plymouth port by virtue of Charles II's grant to him in reversion of Lewis Stewkly's interest therein. Reference Book III, p. 39.
Same by same to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces, of the petition of four Captains of Horse belonging to Tangier: petitioners shewing that they arrived in England the beginning of April last and at their landing supplied their men with subsistence money as also upon their march to their quarters, where they remained all that month unpaid by reason it was represented "to your Lordship" that they were advanced it [their pay] at Tangier: but the Treasurer of Tangier having shown "your Lordship" that this was a mistake and that they were never accounted with for that month you ordered Mr. Fox to advance to petitioners 100l. a troop till payment should be directed of said month's arrear, "which being as yet undetermined a stop is made upon their ordinary subsistence for that 100l. advanced and they cannot march according to their present orders without leaving the country unpaid." Therefore pray payment of said arrear to be ordered, they having at present orders for a speedy march. Ibid, pp. 39–40.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Mathias Miller for renewal of his patent as Comptroller of Carlisle port, same being determined by the late King's death. Ibid, p. 40.
Warrant by same to same to deliver, Customs free, the goods of Lord Duivenwoorde and Lord Dyckvelt, Ambassadors Extraordinary from the States General of the United Provinces. Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 10–12.
Appending: (a) schedule of said goods shipped on the Gorcum, Capt. Piterson commander, and on the Church, Jeremy Finch master: said schedule being signed Br. de Wassenaer, Dutenvoitde (Duventrode), De Wede (Weede); (b) memorial in French dated London, Mar. 26, signed ut supra, "nous sonsignez Ambassadeurs Extraordinaires," requesting delivery of said goods.
Samuel Langford, in the absence of Henry Guy, to the Attorney General to report to the Lord Treasurer on the enclosed opinions of the King's Counsel in Ireland, concerning Plantation goods. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 37.
Appending: note of said opinions being two papers both dated Feb. 16 last, one signed by Sir Jno. Osborne; the other signed by Sir William Domvile, Sir Jo. Temple and Sir Jo. Meade.
Mar. 27. William Lowndes [in the absence of Henry Guy] to Col. Werden. The Lord Treasurer has desired Alderman Duncombe to pay you to-morrow morning 3,000l. by way of advance on a privy seal which is ordered to be passed for the Queen. (Same dated same to said Duncomb to pay, out of Hearthmoney remaining in your hands according to the last [weekly Hearthmoney] certificate 3,000l. to said Werden for the Queen. For your regular discharge herein the King has signed a warrant to pass the privy seal for a larger sum to said Col. Werden, "therefore you may take his acquittance to give the Teller when the privy seal is perfected.") Out Letters (General) IX, p. 38. Disposition Book IV, p. 15.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Barons of the Exchequer to swear Sir Philip Lloyd, kt. into the office of Keeper of the Exchange and money within the Tower of London and the custody of the coinage of gold and silver there and elsewhere in England: as by his patent or grant of the 4th inst. during pleasure. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 26.
Mar. 30. Report by same to the King on the petition of the mayor and burgesses of Newcastle as by the reference thereof Feb. 17 last concerning the jurisdiction of the Castlegarth, ut supra, p. 57 and Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 1495. The Attorney General on reference to him from me, thinks it may be fit for the government of the inhabitants who live in the Castlegarth that the place be put within the limit and jurisdiction of the town of Newcastle: which may be done by royal patent with a proviso that the assizes and sessions may be kept there for the county as formerly. Ibid.
Henry Guy to Mr. Hewer to pay Jane Ennis, widow of Lieut. Robt. Ennis, 30l. as reward for the loss of her husband, who was Ayd Major to the Scots Regiment at Tangier, for support of herself and children. Disposition Book IV, p. 16.
Also to pay to Jane Urquhart, widow of Thomas Urquhart, deceased, a late Lieutenant to Capt. Forbes, 8l. as royal bounty for the loss of her husband killed at Tangier: "to enable both the said widows to go to their habitations in Ireland."
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report to Treasurer Rochester (as by the reference of Dec. 11 last, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, pp. 1444–5) on Lord Hatton's request on behalf of the inhabitants of Guernsey desiring liberty to transport to that island from Newcastle and Swansea 400–500 chaldron of coal yearly. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 38.
Same to the Earl of Middleton, one of the Principal Secretaries of State, enclosing from the Lord Treasurer the substance of the letter (ut supra, p. 75) to hand from the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, dated the 12th inst. in reply to the Treasury Lords' letter and to the memorial of the Dutch ambassador and other papers relating to the ship Castle of Purmerent. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed draft of a grant to Mr. Hillyard of several marsh lands in Lincolnshire and several other papers relating to said lands. Ibid, p. 39.
Appending: note only of same being said draft and said papers, a petition of Mr. Hillyard's with the Attorney General's report on it, a report by the Surveyor General of Crown Lands and a letter from the Attorney General to Mr. Guy.
Mar. 30. Henry Guy to Sir Christopher Wren for a certificate what is due to Senr. Verrio upon account of the Works at Windsor or any other way. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 39.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney. Treasurer Rochester apprehends that there are arrears of Hearthmoney standing out as well for half year ended 1684, Lady day, as for the succeeding half year and that part of the growing duty payable at the present Lady day may be collected before those arrears are all paid. You are to keep distinct accounts of said arrears and of said growing duty. Send these accounts to the Lord Treasurer. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to permit the export to Scotland, Customs free, in the Katherine yacht, of goods belonging to the Duke of Queensberry. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 12.
Appending: schedule of said goods signed by John Gibson (plate, clothes, glass &c.).
Money warrant for 2,825l. to Bevill Skelton for arrears due from 1683, Aug. 14, to 1684–5, Mar. 1, on his ordinary of 5l. a day as late Envoy Extraordinary to the Princes and Hanse Towns of the Empire. (Money order dated April 7 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 22. Order Book I, p. 9.
Same for 750l. to Henry, Duke of Grafton, for 1684, Christmas quarter, on his annuity or yearly pension out of the Excise. Money Book VI, p. 22.
750l. to George, Duke of Northumberland, for 1684, Sept. 29 quarter, on the like annuity.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester for the execution of a money warrant dated 1684, Dec. 23, for 950l. to said Duke of Northumberland on same, being 200l. to complete 1684, Lady day quarter, and 750l. for 1684, June 24 quarter, thereon. Ibid.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to John, Lord Churchill, in repayment of so much by him lent to the late King Jan. 3 last: to be hereby repaid together with 6 per cent. interest to be reckoned quarterly till the repayment of the principal which is intended to be on the 4th April, 1685, to which said Lord Churchill has agreed and consented. (Money order dated Mar. 31 hereon.) Ibid, p. 23. Order Book I, p. 6.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Receipt to charge upon the present Receiver of First Fruits the tally struck at the Receipt Jan. 8 last (on John Lawrence, then Receiver of First Fruits, but since deceased), for 199l. 1s. 0d. in part of 500l. for 1684, Christmas quarter, on the annuity of 2,000l. granted to Peregrine Bertie, Charles Bertie and Charles Osborne by patent of 1678–9, Mar. 20, for the use of Bridget, Countess of Plymouth. Money Book VI, p. 23.
In the margin: Two later Treasury orders (both struck through) dated 1686–7, Feb. 26, and 1688–9, Jan. 2, for the execution of this present warrant.
Mar. 30. Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Receipt for tallies to be stricken on the Farmers of the Post Fines for 1,336l. being the sum which has been answered [directly] to the King by the several sheriffs of the counties as follows upon the determination of their accounts. Money Book VI, pp. 24–5.
Prefixing: certificate dated 1683, July 29, by Bartholomew Fillingham, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe, of such sums of money of the Post Fines as have been answered to the King directly by the sheriffs as above or otherwise discharged by the late Act of General Pardon: the said Post Fines having been demised by indenture dated 1661, April 29, to Thomas, late Earl of Berks[hire], and Sir Robert Howard, kt. at 2,276l. per an. rent; [under the terms of which farm the said grantees are entitled to an allowance for all sums so answered direct or pardoned], viz.:
money answered to the King by the sheriffs in 1673–4.
l. s. d.
of co. Bucks 64 9 8
" Hunt. 53 18 4
" Southampton 42 9 5
money discharged by judgment of Court upon the late Act of Pardon, in the sheriffs' account (in 1673).
of co. Bucks 3 15 0
moneys answered to the King by the sheriffs (in 1675).
of co. Beds 55 14 2
" Berks 34 10 2
" Bucks 52 18 3
" Cumberland 29 0 0
" Derby 8 14 10
" Devon 31 2 1
" Dorset 50 17 6
" Essex 4 9 9
" Gloucester 53 16 0
" Leicester 14 1 10
" Lincoln 17 0 4
" London [and] Middlesex 213 8 4
" Monmouth 11 14 2
" Northampton 71 9 5
" Nottingham 36 6
" Salop 42 17 1
" Somerset 81 17 1
" Stafford 9 11 8
" Suffolk 164 11 8
" Southampton 40 10 3
" Surrey 111 5 0
" Sussex (in part of 69l. 3s. 2d.) 31 1 11½
" Westmorland 1 6 8
York city 3 0 11
Liberty of Audley 0 2 0
£1,336 0 0
The rent of 2,276l. per an. reserved for the farm of said Post Fines is fully answered up to 1674, Sept. 29, and there is now due 2,276l. thereon for one whole year to 1675, Sept. 29. Towards this rent there has been paid as follows, viz.:
to the executors of Lady Barbara Villers for two successive half years to 1676, Lady day, on her yearly pension 500
to Sir Robert Clayton, kt. and John Morris, esq. for the half years ended 1675, Christmas, and 1676, June 24, on their annuity or yearly sum 200
to Tho. Aram, gent. for the same half years on his like annuity or yearly sum 140
to Edward Bull, gent. for the same half years on his like annuity 100
Thus leaving 1,336l. of rent due [which sum is balanced by the abovesaid tallies of allowance hereby to be made to said Farmers].
Mar. 30. Five several similar warrants, each for tallies for 1,336l. as above; based upon five several like certificates as above [presumably for the respective years ending 1676, 1677, 1678, 1679, 1680.] Money Book VI, p. 25.
A like warrant for tallies for 1,164l. 7s. 5d. based upon the like certificate [presumably for the year ended 1681.] Ibid.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Auditor of the Receipt, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, Surveyor General of Works and the Clerk of the Pells of the petition of Paul Jodrell, Clerk to the House of Commons, as by a reference from the King dated Whitehall, Mar. 27 inst., "the King being graciously disposed to gratify petitioner." Petitioner sets forth that he lately came to his said office and has endeavoured his utmost for the preservation of the books and other things belonging thereto, for future service, he finding same in a very disordered manner: that he apprehends such disorders have happened by reason there hath not been for many years any place of habitation appointed for the Clerk of the Commons (as the Clerk of the House of Lords has had, which is annexed to his office) for the more convenient execution of his said office: that he has discovered that the King has a title to an old ruinous house and a little garden plot and some decayed rooms and appurtenances near the place where his said office is executed and is willing [at his own charge] to assert the King's right thereto: therefore prays a grant thereof for the better preservation and more convenient execution of his said office. Reference Book III, pp. 40–1.
The house and premises mentioned are in the possession of one Widow Madge or of Sir—Becher under her and are situate in Westminster next adjoining to the Court of Wards at the west end of Westminster Hall between the Old Palace Yard and the Fishyard, and were formerly enjoyed by the usher of the Court of Wards.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Gyles Lytcot, Comptroller General of the accompts of the Customs, showing that he having lately petitioned for a renewal of his patent of said office (void by the late King's death) the Customs Commissioners had reported thereon that he had performed his duty with great skill and industry and further advised that he might have a new patent with [additional] clauses to make him Comptroller of the Four and a Half per cent. duty in the Barbados: that he was presented to his said office when the late Lord Shaftesbury was in the Commission of the Treasury and said Lord for some displeasure refused him publicly, but the rest of the Treasury Lords and the Customs Commissioners insisted upon having petitioner into the said employment whereupon he was admitted, but Lord Shaftesbury took off part of his salary: further that the accounts of the Plantation duties under the Act of 25 Car. II, c. 7, will require more pains in stating by the new methods now pursued by the Customs Commissioners besides the stating the accounts of the Four and a Half per cent. duty: therefore praying some additional salary. Ibid, p. 42.
Mar. 30. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Auditor Aldworth of the statement of account of interest due from the King to Charles Toll to 1685, April 1. Reference Book III, p. 42.
Prefixing: said statement.
l. s. d.
on 34,441l. remainder of 39,441l. due to Toll 566 8 3
on 20,000l. due to Anthony Sturt, senr. and junr. 1,018 4 6
on 36,000l. due to Edward Noell 964 11 10
on 4,000l. due to James Nihill 246 15 9
Total interest 2,796 0 4
Total principal 94,441 0 0
Same by same to Richard Graham, Phillip Burton and William Shaw of the following proposal. Ibid, p. 43.
Prefixing: proposal of Lady Grace Pierpoint and John Savile, esq., touching the estate of Ford, Lord Grey, and touching the sum of 10,000l. due to them upon a mortgage of part of said estate. The said proposers will advance 16,000l. to be repaid them with interest together with said 10,000l. and interest thereon out of the growing profits of said estate, provided that if said estate do not reimburse them the said 16,000l. and interest the King will otherwise repay them the same or so much thereof as shall not be paid them out of said estate.
Same by same to Auditor Aldworth of the statement of account of interest due to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe up to 1685, Mar. 25, on money lent for his Majesty's service. Ibid, pp. 44–5.
Prefixing: said account.
l. s. d.
on 235,000l. due to them 1684, Dec. 25, on an account made up to that date, viz. 100,000l. on the Customs, 72,000l. on the Hearthmoney and 63,000l. on the Excise 3,476 12 7
on 20,000l. advanced 1684–5, Mar. 5, on a tally of loan 65 15 0
3,542 7 7
Deduction of 1 per cent. on 50,000l. from Dec. 25 last 123 5 8
3,419 1 11
Total principal money 255,000 0 0
[repayments of principal and deductions for interim interest thereon.]
1684–5, Jan. 5, 2,000l. [repaid] in part of 100,000l. 25 19 5
1684–5, Jan. 13, 2,000l. in part of ditto 23 6 10
1684–5, Jan. 27, 4,000l. in part of ditto 37 9 7
1684–5, Feb. 10, 2,000l. in part of ditto 14 2 8
1684–5, Feb. 11, 13,300l. in part of ditto 91 16 4
1684–5, Mar. 18, 1,700l. and 300l. in part of ditto 2 6 0
1685, Mar. 25, 2,000l. in part of ditto
£195 0 10
Total repayment of interest 27,300l., leaving a balance of principal due, at the foot of this account, of 227,700l.
l. s. d.
Total net interest due, after deduction of said 195l. 0s. 10d. 3,224 1 1
The balance of principal is charged as follows:
on the Customs 72,700
" Hearthmoney 72,000
" Excise 63,000
" Exchequer loans 20,000
Mar. 30. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Christian for renewal of his patent as Cutomer of Carlisle port. Reference Book III, p. 46.
[?] Same by same to same of the petition of John Anguish for renewal of his patent as Comptroller of Lynn Regis port. Ibid.
Mar. 30 (31). Treasurer Rochester to Sir Richard Dutton [Governor of Barbados]. From your letter of Dec. 26 last it appears that you have made a discovery of an estate of above 400l. formerly belonging to James Holloway executed here [in England] for high treason. It is the King's pleasure that you apply same to the satisfaction of so much of your salary as shall be due at that time, giving discharges under your hand to the factors and correspondents of said Holloway. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 161–2. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 41.
Since your arrival at Barbados Samuel Hanson has been fined 200l. to the King, 150l. whereof you had before received. You are likewise to apply said 200l. to your salary. You are forthwith to transmit [to me] accounts of these sums.
It is the King's pleasure (and this is likewise to be a rule to all others in chief command) that upon discovery or adjudication of any moneys accruing to the King you do not take upon you to charge yourself with any such money or parts of the King's revenue but that you gave notice thereof with all the encouragement and assistance you can to the King's receiver and other officers employed in the care of the revenue so that same may be received and accompted for by them to the King.
I shall not need to say anything at present as to the fines of Sir John Witham, as the King has admitted his appeal and given other directions in the whole matter. The King is well satisfied with your care in providing for the management and receipt of the Four and a Half per cent. duty until the arrival of orders from England.
Mar. 31. Privy seal for 20,000l. to Robert Werden for the use and service of the Queen Consort, without account: the King intending "to make a suitable addition to the jointure of our dearest Consort the Queen, for the support of her royal estate and dignity and it being also our pleasure that in the meantime such sums of money shall be furnished at the Receipt of our Exchequer as shall be necessary for the use and service of our said dearest Consort until the settlement of the said addition to her jointure can be made and perfected." King's Warrant Book X, p. 49.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a demise to Robert Saunders, gent. of "all that our ancient duty arising within our county of Cornwall, commonly called or known by the name of the Post Groats, being 4d. payable by the tinners there for every hundredweight of tin coined between Michaelmas and Midsummer yearly". to hold same during pleasure, paying a rental of 10l. per an., payable half yearly either into the Receipt of the Exchequer or to the Receiver of the Duchy of Cornwall. Ibid, p. 67.
Royal sign manual for the issue of the following sums on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Feb. 27 last, viz.: Ibid, p. 69. Money Book VI, pp. 28, 29. Order Book I, pp. 7, 8.
320l. 5s. 0d. to Sir Henry Goodrick as Envoy Extraordinary from Charles II to Spain: as in part of 360l. 6s. 0d. for his extraordinaries therein 1679, June 12, to Nov. 8, his bill for said sum being allowed the 27 inst. by the Earl of Sunderland with the exception of one article therein for 37l. for glazing his house.
606l. to John Robinson for 606 days 1682–3, Feb. 1, to 1684, Sept. 29, residing at Sweden by order of Charles II till the King's Envoy to that Coutr should arrive there.
100l. to Philip Rycaut, Agent and Consul General, for Charles II, at Algiers in Barbary for half a year 1684, April 25, to Oct. 25, on his 200l. per an. for his support and maintenance in that employment.
(Three money warrants dated April 3 hereon for the above three sums respectively. Three money orders dated April 4 hereon for said sums respectively. The money warrant for said Goodrick contains the statement of said bill of extraordinaries as follows:
Madrid, Nov. 8, 1679. Sir Henry Goodrick, Envoy Extraordinary to the Catholic King, craves allowance of the following extraordinaries, 1679, June 12, to Nov. 8.
l. s. d.
for passing privy seals, warrants, Exchequer fees and two passes to leave the kingdom 48 0 0
the charges of my journey to Brussels to receive his Royal Highness's [the Duke of York's] commands 46 0 0
to the ship that transported my family from London to St. Andero 67 0 0
for boats to land them and the goods 6 0 0
for the carriage of my family, being 16 persons with their diet from St. Andero to Madrid at 12s. apiece 18 days more than allowance 82 16 0
for carriage of furniture and goods in six carts to Madrid 55 0 0
fees at several Custom houses 33 0 0
for the King's arms 5 0 0
to the officers of the Currios 17 10 0
for glazing my house 37 0 0
£397 6 0
Followed by allowance dated Whitehall, Mar. 27 inst., by Secretary Sunderland of the above bill, "except the last article."
Mar. 31. Royal sign manual for the issue out of the abovesaid dormant privy seal of 471l. to Edward Randolph (who has ever since 1675 been employed here [in England] and in New England in reducing that Province [of New England] to the obedience of our laws and government, which is now accomplished): all as in full satisfaction of his charges and disbursements in eight several voyages to and from there and in prosecuting the Quo Warranto brought against the Charter granted to the Colony of Massachusetts Bay, and also of the great losses he sustained in his goods by storms at sea [the accounts for] which have been examined by William Blathwayte and sworn to by said Randolph. (Money warrant dated April 3 hereon. Money order dated April 4 hereon.) King's Warrant Book X, pp. 69–70. Money Book VI, p. 27. Order Book I, p. 7.
Money warrant for 200l. to Anthony Stephens for one year to 1682, Sept. 29, on his salary as one of the [Exchequer Court] auditors of the revenue. Money Book VI, p. 23.
Same for 40l. to William Norrington, Receiver General for co. Essex, of the late Seventeen Months' Tax, Poll, Eighteen Months' Tax and Six Months' Tax, as a reward for his charges in bringing up the moneys of the said taxes from time to time: the [late] Agents for Arrears of Taxes (viz. Sir Richard Mason, since deceased, and Bartholomew Fillingham) having reported that above 60,000l. passed through petitioner's hands and that he was always looked upon to be a very good and diligent receiver and as they believed brought up the greatest part of those assessments to London at his own charge in specie and that all his accounts are clear to about 65l. Before the present warrant be satisfied Norrington is to pay in the said 65l. remaining in his hands. (Money order dated April 7 hereon.) Ibid, p. 32. Order Book I, p. 9.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the felling of timber in Whittlewood Forest (viz. in the coppices called Chambersaile, Hawkspath, Buckingham-Thicks, Little Cattshill and other coppices there) up to the value of 12,000l. in all: the proceeds whereof are hereby to be paid into the Receipt for the Earl of Arlington: the present privy seal being in effect merely a renewal of the privy seal of 1684, April 30, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, pp. 1112–3, "by virtue of which privy seal and of a warrant dated 1684, May 6, in pursuance thereof there have been felled so many trees there as have produced 2,000l. or thereabouts, which is paid or intended to be paid into the Receipt. It is hereby directed that warrant be given for felling such timber ut supra, ibid. to a total value ut supra, ibid. and under such regulations and directions etc. ut supra, ibid.: and that all the receipts for such timber be kept apart in the Exchequer and issued to said Earl from time to time as it shall be paid in: all as royal bounty without account. (Treasurer Rochester's warrant accordingly dated May 2 to Sir William Farmer, bart., William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown lands, Tho. Agar, Surveyor General of Woods [Trent South], Tho. Newton, woodward of said forest, Henry Farmer, esq., and Sam. Rolt, gent. for the marking and felling such timber, etc.) King's Warrant Book X, pp. 70–2. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 45–7.
Mar. 31. Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to employ Charles Orchard (Customer of Exeter and Barnstaple ports with their members) as Collector of Exeter port for his patent salary [as Customer] only: he to reside in the head port of Exeter. Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 12, 13.
The salary of 50l. per an. allowed to the present waiter and searcher at Margate for keeping a horse, is to be applied to the maintenance of a boat and two men with the addition of 5l. per an.; one of the boatmen to have the command of the boat at 30l. per an., the other at 25l. per an.: John Kneebone to have the command of the boat: as proposed by the Customs Commissioners the 16 and 23 inst.
Christopher Merret [present waiter and searcher of Margate] to be removed to be waiter and searcher in Boston port loco Adam Howes, deceased.
Robert Walbanke (Walbank) and Tho. Howard to be inserted in the establishment as tidesmen in fee, Bristol port, to complete the establishment of that port "and to make their number twenty."
Timothy Bearcliffe as a tidesman, Berwick port loco Tho. James, lately deceased.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to advance to the Earl of Arlington what money has been paid into the Receipt and now remains there, arising by the sale of timber in Whittlewood Forest and not exceeding 12,000l.; as the King has confirmed the grant thereof to the said Earl and a privy seal is now passing, which with the other warrants [to authorise such advance as herein] will be sent you as soon as may be. Disposition Book IV, p. 16.
Same to same to issue to Auditor Stephens the 200l. paid into the Exchequer by Visct. Falkland, Treasurer of the Navy, [as repayment of money] formerly imprested to him [Falkland, for the Navy]. Ibid.
Same to same to issue as follows out of such money of the Customs, Hearthmoney and Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer viz.: Ibid, pp. 17, 18.
Out of Customs.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy in part of 7,743l. 5s. 0d. for one quarter more to the yards at Chatham and Sheerness 2,336 18 0
to ditto to finish the demands for fitting out several ships to sea 310 0 0
to ditto for Mr. Taylor according to his new contract, to perfect the sum for the month of March 2,282 0 0
to ditto towards paying off the sea officers and [Navy] bills etc. in course according to directions lately sent to the Navy Commissioners 400 0 0
to ditto for the Victuallers' weekly money 600 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week on the Ordnance Office's] weekly money 1,000 0 0
to Philip Packer, in further part of Sir Christopher Wren's estimate for preparing for the Coronation: [to be paid] by way of advance 400 0 0
Out of Hearthmoney.
to the Treasurer of the Navy in full of 7,743l. 5s. 0d. for one quarter more to the yards at Chatham and Sheerness 5,406 7 0
Out of Excise.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 5,000 0 0
to the trustees of the Duke of St. Albans by way of advance 750 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service 375 0 0
to Sir Robt. Vyner towards the charge of the Coronation: by way of advance 500 0 0
to Sir John James and partners in full of all 500 0 0
to Sir William Killigrew 125 0 0
£19,985 5 0
(Same dated Mar. [sic. for Apr.] 2 to the Customs Cashier, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for the present week, the said paper including the first seven of the abovesaid items [payable out of Customs money in the Exchequer] together with the following item [payable direct out of the Customs Office on tallies] viz. 2,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in [further] repayment of loan. Total disposition, 9,328l. 18s. 0d.)
(Same dated April 2 to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the cash of Excise and Hearthmoney for the present week; said paper including the last seven items of the abovesaid sums [payable out of the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable directly out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to Mr. Toll in part of his debt; 500l. to Mr. Hornby in part of his debt; 1,500l. to Mr. Freind and Calvert in part of their debt: total disposition, 15,656l. 7s. 0d., 10,250l. thereof out of Excise and 5,406l. 7s. 0d. thereof out of Hearthmoney.)
Mar. 31. Treasurer Rochester to Edwyn Stede, Receiver [General of Revenues], Barbados. By order in Council of Jan. 21 last the King has ordered that the bond given at Barbados by Capt. Richd. Young, commander of the ship Malaga Merchant, be prosecuted for the escape of Samuel Hanson, the King's prisoner; and Sir Richard Dutton is to levy the 2,000l. [penalty] of said bond and put it into your hands. You are to remit this sum by bills of exchange to Henry Guy with the first opportunity, after deduction of the damage that any private person shall appear to have sustained by the said forfeiture according to law as also the necessary charges of prosecution and remittal. Send vouchers of these deductions. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, p. 162. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 40.
You are without delay to send a stated accompt of all moneys received by you or outstanding debts belonging to the King since your being Receiver "that orders may be given therein."
Mar. 31. Henry Guy to Mr. Portman. As you are the person employed by Sir Tho. Littleton to pass his accounts you are to forthwith attend the Auditors of Imprests therewith as the auditors are to prepare same for declaration with all dispatch. If you fail herein process ad computandum will issue against him. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 39.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. On your report on the petition of William Bird and others, bonelacemakers ut infra, you are to give them or their nominee a testimonial recommending them to the Customs officers in all the ports of England to assist them in searching for and seizing foreign bone lace imported contrary to law: "and likewise to give Treasurer Rochester an account from time to time of what proceedings are made thereupon." Ibid.
Treasurer Rochester to the Justices [of Peace] of co. Devon. I have received your certificate on the petition of William Bird et al. on behalf of themselves and the rest of the bone lace makers in the towns of Honiton, Ottery and other places in co. Devon. You thereby certify me of the great decay of trading and of the manufacture itself among those petitioners caused by the importation of foreign lace and you have desired me to make such provision among the Customs officers as might prevent such importation for the future. On reference thereof to the Customs Commissioners they report that all imaginable care and industry has been already used by them to prevent such importation and that great quantities of that commodity have been and are daily seized by the Customs officers who will be always ready on any reasonable notice from petitioners to assist in searching for and seizing same. I have directed them to reserve a moiety of the value of such seizures to the informer and to give the petitioners or their agents a testimonial ut supra: which is the most effectual means to prevent the said importation of foreign lace for the future. I will require an account hereof from time to time from the Customs Commissioners "that your desires herein may be the better answered." Ibid, p. 43.
Henry Guy to Mr. Frowd. I am to send you the enclosed [missing] which is only a form to guide the Receiver of the Post Office in making his weekly certificates to the Lord Treasurer. The first certificate is to be for only five days ended yesterday: the subsequent certificates for every week successively are to end on Monday inclusively and to be presented to the Lord Treasurer every Tuesday afternoon. Ibid, p. 40.
No further payments are to be made on the Duchess of Cleveland's pension out of the said [Post Office] revenue till a warrant for same be issued by the Lord Treasurer.
Mar. 31. Report by Treasurer Rochester to the King on the petition of the inhabitants of Guernsey as by the reference of Feb. 17 last praying the like benefit they formerly had, and as enjoyed by the inhabitants of Jersey, of importing coals from Newcastle, Swansea and other ports [enjoyed] till their licences were obstructed by the Customs Commissioners. Hereon the said Commissioners have reported to me that the collector (charter) of Guernsea limits the transport of coals and other goods from England to Guernsey to the ports of London, Southampton, Weymouth, Poole, Lyme and Plymouth and that thereupon they refused to permit the export of coals from Newcastle and Swansea; but that there does not occur to them any reason why the inhabitants of Guernsey should not enjoy the like privileges as those of Jersey provided the coals be restricted to a quantity not exceeding 300 Newcastle chaldrons yearly. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 27.
Warrant by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular and ratal of the fishing of the river of Tamar called Calstock Weir with a view to a lease thereof to Sir Richard Edgcomb for 99 years terminable on three lives at the yearly rents of 10l., 26s. 8d., and 4s. and fine of 40l. Ibid, p. 28.
Prefixing: (a) note of said Edgcomb's petition as referred Feb. 5 last supra Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 1526. (b) Report dated Mar. 16 from the said Surveyor General thereon. The said fishing being in decay at the Restoration was thought by Sir Richd. Prideaux to be of little or no value, but if [the weir were] put in repair he conceived it might be worth 50l. per an. (including the rents): "which was done by this petitioner's father at the taking the lease in 1661." It requires so great and constant a care and cost to keep [up the weir] that no undertenant will undertake it and so lies wholly upon the lessee and hath been much damnified by the floods and ice these two last winters, and is only a royalty which he lets with others of his own in the same river that are of better value. The rents of 10l. and 26s. 8d. I think so high that a fine of 40s. may suffice for adding two lives therein upon exchange of his sister's: and 4s. [as rent per an. will suffice] for the other decayed fishing in Landulph which is nothing worth.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the seizure of the ship Adventure of Whitehaven of 80 tons burden, William Woodall master and principal owner: the case thereof being as stated supra Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 1525, as appears by the report from the Customs Commissioners of Mar. 11 inst. Ibid, pp. 29–30.
Privy seal for the payment to Sir Henry Goodrick as Envoy Extraordinary for the late King to the King of Spain of such sums as are due to him as such "which respective sums cannot be paid unto him without our letters of privy seal directing the same, by reason that his former letters of privy seal for payment thereof are determined by the said late King's death," King's Warrant Book X, p. 117.