IX. 49. Letter from Edward Nicholas, by command of the King,
to the Lord Mayor and Court of Aldermen, and the Justices of the
Peace within the precincts of the Bills of Mortality, complaining of
the negligent return made by order of Parliament of the number of
fire-hearths or chimneys within the City and Bills of Mortality, and
directing that three honest persons in each ward should be appointed
to assist the officers of the revenue and the constables in ascertaining
by view the exact number of hearths (fn. 1) in each house within the precincts aforesaid.
13th August, 1662.
IX. 67. Letter from the Lord Treasurer, the Earl of Southampton, (fn. 2) and Lord Ashley, (fn. 3) to the Lord Mayor and the Justices of the
Peace of Southwark and its Liberties, directing public notice to be
given in all churches and chapels to the inhabitants, ordering them
to make a return in writing, within ten days, of all hearths or stoves
in their houses, edifices, lodgings, or chambers; and that upon the
receipt thereof the constable, with two respectable inhabitants, should
view and compare such returns, and certify as to their correctness, in
order that a proper assessment might be made, and the books and
rolls transmitted to the Court of Exchequer. They further complain
that much of the moneys collected on a prior assessment, which ought
to have been paid over to the Exchequer, had been retained in the
hands of the officers, and direct steps to be taken to compel the
officers to pay over the money at once.
7th October, 1663.
IX. 79. Letter from the Earl of Southampton, Lord Treasurer,
and Lord Ashley, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to the Lord Mayor
and Court of Aldermen, complaining of the tardy collection of the
Hearth Tax, and directing some speedy steps to be taken to get the
8th February, 1663.
IX. 102. Letter from the Lord Mayor to Sir Robert Long, (fn. 4) stating
that His Majesty had by Letters Patent assigned the Hearth
money, due from the several counties and cities of the kingdom at
Lady Day next and thenceforward, to be paid into the Chamber of
London until the late sums of money advanced by the City by way
of loan for His Majesty's service should be paid off with interest, and
requesting him to give directions for preventing the Exchequer from
receiving any of the moneys until the said debts had been discharged.