|1. Letter of the Earl of Nottingham addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, informing them that Mr. Butts wrote word from York that no part of the 10,000l. ordered by their Lordships for the Danish forces would be paid there by Mr. Williamson: the King had, at the request of Mr. Butts, granted him 20l. more, besides the 30l. he had received, and would have their Lordships order Mr. Fotherby to pay him the same. Dated Jan. 1, 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“Mr. Blathwaite will write to Mr. Fotherby to pay Mr. Butts 20li.”
1 page (quarto).
|2. Extract of a letter from Mr. Fotherby, to Mr. Blathwayt, dated at York 1 Jan. 1689, saying that he had then received the remainder of the 1,600 pounds from Mr. Williamson, by a bill from Hull; but for the 10,000l. there was no thought of it.|
||3. Presentment from the Comrs for Farthings to the Lords of the Treasury, acquainting them that they had then 400l. ready coined in farthings, and by the 15th they should have the complement of 1,000l.; praying directions how it should be disposed of, and to whom it should be delivered for the service of Ireland, and further suggesting how it should be taxed. Dated 2 Jan. 1689.|
Minuted:—“Mr Harbord is to receive the farthings as they are made and pay for them.”
||4. Letter of Edward Noell addressed to Samuel Langford, Esq., for their Lordships' information, stating that letters had been written to the collectors of the excise, for moneys to be paid to Mr. Fotherby for the use of the Danish troops: in answer to which, 1,800l. had been paid by Mr. Fox, the collector at Hull. Dated 2 Jan. 1689.|
|Jan. 2 or 3.
||5. “Presentmt from Comrs of Excise [addressed to the Lords of the Treasury] touching 25,000li for the Dutch.” Dated 2 Jan. 1689, and on the outside 3 Jan. 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“The Dutch must have it.”
|Jan. 2 & 3.
||6. Letter signed “Jo. Knight,” to Samuel Langford, Esq., at the Treasury Chambers, stating that, on Mr. Sansom's letter, he had searched the Custom House books as to a bill drawn by Col. Fairfax and others, for 200l. Dated 3 Jan. 1689.|
Accompanied by two letters from the said Mr. Sansom, addressed to William Jephson, Esq., and to Anthony Isaacson, Esq., collector of customs at Newcastle, as to the pay of the Danish forces. (To one of these are added copies of three other letters.) The first dated 2 Jan. 1689, and the others in Nov. 1689.
3 pages and two halves.
||7. Letter of John Sansom to Mr. Saml. Longford, at the Treasury Chamber, in answer to a letter desiring to know what answers were received from the collectors of Chester and Liverpool for the furnishing of money to Mr. Henry Greenhill; enclosing the copy of the letter sent to those collectors, and their reply. Dated 3 Jan. 1689.|
1 page and two halves.
||8. Letter of Edward Noell, addressed to Saml. Longford, Esq., stating that he had examined the receipts of the four collectors of excise for Yorkshire. Each of their divisions came near York, and he believed they might furnish the Lords' order with about 4,000l. each round, &c. Mr. Fox, collector for York and Hull, could advance money on his own credit, in the vacancy of a round, &c. Dated 3 Jan. 1689.|
||9. Letter of attorney of Thomas Harries, Esq., Mayor of the town and county of Haverfordwest, appointing Richard Harries, of the city of London, gent., to receive 34l. 15s. 4d. laid out by the said Mayor for the maintenance of certain prisoners in the gaol. Dated 3 Jan. 1689.|
Schedule, showing the names and dates of committal of the said prisoners, who were soldiers late in the service of King James the Second.
On the dorse is:—“13o Junii 1690. Paid.”
||10. Representation by the Comrs of Excise and Hearth Money to the Lords of the Treasury, referring, (1,) to a former complaint received from the collectors of excise, on behalf of the supervisors and gaugers, that they were assessed at 12d. in the pound for their salaries.|
[Minuted in the margin:—“The Lords will allow it, the Comrs takeing due care to be satisfied that the officers do pay it.”]
(2). Sending a list of moneys received from several officers of excise, by various lords and gentlemen in several counties, amounting to 11,376l. 7s. 11¼d., and another list of moneys received from officers of the hearth money, amounting to 2,217l. 3s. 3d. Dated 7 Jan. 1689.
Accompanied by two lists of the said moneys.
||11. Copy of an Order in Council, made 9 Jan. 1689, upon the reading of a report from the principal Secretaries of State and the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the extraordinaries to be allowed for the time to come to His Majesty's ministers employed abroad: giving a schedule of the said quarterly allowances.|
Accompanying is a separate schedule, being a copy of the last.
|Jan. 9 & 16.
||12. A report made to the Lords of the Treasury by certain referees on the petition of John Brice, Receiver-General of the first aid by a six months assessment for the county of Somerset, viz., for his extraordinary charges, for which they thought 120l. a reasonable allowance. Dated 9 Jan. 1689–90, with an addition thereto dated 16 Jan. 1689–90.|
The petition referred to, and an account of the charges expended by the said Receiver-General, including the expense of guarding the money.
4 pages, one very large.
||13. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, advising the appointment of John Dynes for surveyor of Colchester, in preference to Mr. Stephen Furley, who was not, in their opinion, by reason of his age, of sufficient vigour and strength to undergo the labour of that employment. Dated 13 Jan. 1689.|
Minuted:—“Mr Furley is to have it.”
||14. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon the extract of two presentments from the principal Comrs for Prizes; one in relation to a parcel of Newfoundland fish and the other concerning certain Surinam muscovado sugar condemned as prize.|
The former minuted:—“The Lds think this within the Act of prohibition, and do not think fitt to give any direction in it.”
The latter:—“If it be not within the Act of prohibition, the Lds agree it should pay as they propose.”
Dated 14 Jan. 1689.
Accompanied by the presentment referred to.
||15. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Thomas Wolstenholme, customer of the port of Bridgewater, approving of the confirmation of his appointment. Dated 15 Jan. 1689.|
Accompanied by the petition and his “reasons for yor Honors to favour him in the collection of Bridgewater.”
||16. Petition of Charles Killigrew, Esq., master of their Majesties' revels, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying payment of his fee two years in arrear at Christmas 1689, viz., 20l.|
Docquetted:—16 Jan. 1689.
Minuted:—“Shall be pay'd only for the year 1689.”
||17. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Joshua Solard, as to the importation of molasses from France, advising that the molasses in question should be admitted to entry and delivered on payment of the duties. Dated 16 Jan. 1689.|
Accompanied by the petition and an affidavit.
||18. Letter of William Blathwayt to William Jephson, Esq., reminding him that there would be at least 10,000l. necessary for the Danish foot, to meet them in their quarters near Chester, where they were to be in less than 10 days. With a postscript as to money or credit to be sent to Mr. Robinson at Chester, and for money to pay for Mr. Bevan's corn in Wales, and a query how the [troops] should be paid in Londonderry. Dated 17 Jan. 1689–90.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. I. p. 196, on 20 Jan. 1689–90, is the following entry:—
“Mr. Blathwaite informs [sic] that it will be requisite that there be provided for the Danes 10,000li, to be pay'd them at Chester & thereabouts, within 10 days, & 7000li more to be pay'd them at & about Londonderry.”
1 page (quarto).
||19. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., desiring him to move their Lordships that Mr. James Herriott might be enabled to pay the remainder of the 10,600l., which he paid to the Danish forces, there being 3,100l. yet unpaid, and praying for an order from their Lordships to pay the quarters of the Danish forces in Yorkshire. Dated 17 Jan. 1689.|
There is the following entry as to the payment of these forces in the Minute Book, Vol. I. p. 207, on 31 Jan. 1689–90:—
“Mr Blathwaite & Mr Williamson call'd in about getting money for the Danes at York. Mr Williamson will pay all he can there, & to enable them to march. Mr Blathwaite says there must be besides what Mr. Williamson can pay, 10 or 12,000li sent in specie to York. Upon further discourse, Mr Blathwait says that if ther be at York on the 17th of February 15,000li it will be sufficient. Mr Williamson undertakes to pay by that day 5000li to Mr Fotherby, & the Lds will take care to send 100,000li in specie.”
1 page (quarto).
||20. Report of Richard Hutchinson, Esq., on an allegation put in by Chr. Fawthrope. His report is, that he was not prosecuted about penal laws and test, nor by Sir Nicholas Butler particularly, but by order of the whole Board, for re-landing certain parcels of tobacco, on which he forfeited 600l., &c. Dated 18 Jan. 1689.|
Accompanied by his petition, praying to be acquitted of the judgment against him.
Minuted:—“To be forgiven a forfeiture of 600l.” Further down:—“The K. will not forgive it.”
||21. Letter of the Secretary of State (Shrewsbury) to Mr. Jephson, Secretary to the Treasury, stating that having examined Captain Read, who was lately stopped in the Hope, as he was carrying men to serve the late King, the writer found that the passengers on board the vessels bound for Flanders were taken in at or before they came to Gravesend, without the notice of the searcher, and that vessels trading to and from Flanders carry their cargos to Dunkirk, &c. Dated 19 Jan. 1689–90.|
1 page (quarto).
||22. Letter of the Earl of Nottingham [Secretary of State], addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, sending a paper received for them from Mons. Rosenheim, the first commissary of the Danish troops in England, in order that the King's directions might be taken. Dated 20 Jan. 1689–90.|
On the dorse:—“For the King.”
Accompanied by a copy of the said letter, and by the application of the said Mons. Rosenheim to their Lordships for the payment of 120,000 crowns, due for the transport of the troops, viz., 16,000l. in money at London, and the rest in good bills of exchange, payable at Hamburgh.
3 half pages.
||23. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Brett and John Waring, patent searchers of the port of Chester, praying to be admitted to take out a new patent; approving of their so doing. Dated 22 Jan. 1689.|
Accompanied by the petition and a certificate.
Minuted:—“Agreed to. Grant renewed.”
||24. Letter written by order of the Comrs of Customs to William Jephson, Esq., secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting an account out of the searcher's office of what ships had cleared out of the port of London for Flanders, for five months past, and the nature of their cargos. Dated 23 Jan. 1689.|
5 pages and two half pages.
||25. Presentment from the “Comrs for Farthings,” addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had paid Mr. Boscawen 1,742l. 11s. 3d., which remained due to him for tin bought in Cornwall, and further acquainting them that they should by the end of the next week have completed the coining of 10 tons of tin which their Lordships had directed them to buy, and this would in tale amount to more than 1,800l. Mr. Harboord was not ready to receive that money, and until they knew what quantity might be issued for Ireland, they could not propound to their Lordships to buy any more tin there; the 50 tons expected from Cornwall being probably more than would be disposed of that year in England. Dated 24 Jan. 1689.|
On the dorse is:—“For the King when Mr. Harbord is by.”
||26. Representation of the Comrs of Excise and Hearth Money to the Lords of the Treasury, that the several bills therein referred to, were drawn upon the late victuallers of the Navy, from whom they could by no means procure the money. Dated 24 Jan. 1689.|
Minuted:—“The Comrs of Excise not to press for this money till further order.”
|27. Petition of the Lady Margaret Hay, administratrix of William late Earl of Kinnoul, deceased, and guardian to William now Earl of Kinnoul and his two sisters, addressed to the King and Queen, showing that King James I. granted the region called the Barbadoes, or Caribbee Islands, to the Earl of Carlisle in fee, after whom it was vested in William the late Earl of Kinnoul, to whom King Charles II. agreed in 1663 to give 500l. per ann. for seven years, and 1,000l. per ann. for ever, upon his surrender of his interest therein, and in 1672, granted 600l. per ann. for five years, and 1,000l. per ann. for ever, out of the revenue of 4½ per cent., &c.; the said Earl being then dead, there was a considerable sum due to his son William, the then Earl, although the Crown received above 6,000l. per ann. from those islands. Praying payment of the arrears.|
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 28 Jan. 1689–90.
||28. Report of Sir Geo. Treby, Attorney-General, on the petition of the inhabitants of the county of Cornwall, as to the obligation of the Crown, or Sir Hugh Pyper, constable of the castle of Launceston, to repair the gaol, the partitions of which were broken down, “so that the men and women comitted to the said gaole are constrayned to bee and lye together.” Dated 29 Jan. 1689–90.|
The Report is written on the back of the petition.
Minuted:—“A scire facias to be brought by Mr. Aaron Smith.”
||29. Letter from the Earl of Nottingham [Secretary of State] to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that by the treaty with the King of Denmark, the last payment for his troops was to be 120,000 crowns, of which His Majesty appointed 16,000l. to be paid here to Mons. Rosenheim, who would take them at 4s. 10d. for the crown, i.e., 3,883l. 6s. 8d.; Mons. Rosenheim then only desired 12,000 crowns, so that if their Lordships gave an order to Mr. Herne to pay him 2,900l. his Lordship would get an acquittance for 12,000 crowns. Of the remainder that was to be remitted to Hamburgh, Mr. Molesworth had already procured 60,000 crowns, to be imprested to the King of Denmark, and was engaged to see that sum repaid; and the King's pleasure was that their Lordships should give directions to Mr. Herne to send orders to his correspondent at Hamburgh, to pay Mr. Molesworth the said 6,000 crowns and the rest to be deferred. Dated 30 Jan. 1689–90.|
1 page (quarto).
|30. Petition of Sir Richard Reeves, Knt., late Recorder, Sir Francis Brewster, Knt., Luke Lowther, John Rogerson, Wm. Watts, late aldermen, James Cottingham and James Howiston late sheriffs, in behalf of the late Lord Mayor, sheriffs, commons, and citizens of Dublin, showing that the most part of the revenue of that city was spent in preserving the English interest, the Protestant religion, and the said city against the Irish rebels in 1641, in consideration of which King Charles the Second granted 500l. per ann. for “its support”; that since 1660 the city had increased in people, trade, and buildings, the latter of which had been so costly that the city had run into debt; that under the auspices of the Earl of Tyrconnel, a new charter was granted to Papists, for whose sakes the old charters were destroyed, so that the Protestant members of the corporation were displaced; that the said Papists had wasted all the plate, goods, and chattels of the corporation in carrying on the rebellion, and their pretended Parliament had confiscated all the estates and goods and attainted the Protestant members of that corporation. Praying for the grant of all the forfeitures of such as were in rebellion, and held from that city, by lease or otherwise, lands or houses, and the forfeitures of the Papists who so illegally succeeded the petitioners in their several places in the corporation, and were then in rebellion against their Majesties. Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 2 Feb. 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“To be consider'd in due tyme.”
||31. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on their Lordships' reference to them of the petition of Sir Scroop Howe to His Majesty, praying that he might have a commission to view and examine the receipts and payments of all officers employed or concerned in the duty of hearth money, from Lady Day 1685 to Lady Day 1689, at which time that duty determined; and that where it should appear any officer was in arrear to their Majesties for the duty, that he might receive the arrear to his own use, informing their Lordships that King Charles the Second took the revenue of hearth-money into his own hands and managed it from 26 March 1684 by the same Comrs as he appointed to manage the Excise, and so it had continued, and the Comrs caused the officers to give security; they found that hitherto few accounts had been made up by the collectors, and the collectors were most of them returned as in arrear; that one Edmund Stack, clerk of the securities, being a Roman Catholic, took away all the bonds and securities, and many of the collectors, especially those who were Roman Catholics, ran away with great sums, together with the books of collection, so that no exact account could be made until a surcharge could be made after Lady Day 1689; further setting forth their difficulties in obtaining accounts, and giving their opinion that the grant the petitioner desired would be very considerable, though then very uncertain, and that the granting such commission as was desired would be a revocation of their commission, &c. Dated 3 Feb. 1689–90.|
The petition referred to, a copy of this report, and Sir Scroop Howe's answer to the report of the Comrs of Excise by way of exception.
The last is thus minuted:—“The Comrs of Excise to see this, & afterwards Sr Scroop How to be heard, if he pleases, & the Comrs to be here.”
The following is entered in the Minute Book, p. 240, in relation to this:—
“Sir Scroop How, with Mr Ward his counsell, and the Comrs of Excise, upon a petic[i]on of Sr Scroop How, for a grant of such moneys as shal be found in arreare in the hands of collectors of ye hearth-mony, from Lady Day 1685 to Lady Day 1689; it being objected by the Comrs of Excise that it wilbe a large grant, unless the petic[i]on meanes onely surcharges, the Lords desire Sr Scroop wth advice of his counsell, to draw up what it is he intends should be granted to him, as plainly & strictly as may be.”
||32. Report of certain persons at the Excise Office, to whom the petition of John Keble, one of the sureties of John Bigsby, late one of the Receivers General of the hearth money, was referred; made to the Lords of the Treasury; recommending that proceedings should not be stayed against him, until he had satisfied the debt of one Booth. Dated 3 Feb. 1689.|
||33. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Robert Clayton, farmer of their Majesty's revenue of post fines, which had been granted by King Charles II. for 48 years, at an annual rent of 2,276l. The report is in favour of allowing the petitioner the sums claimed, &c. Dated 4 Feb. 1689.|
Minuted:—“Tis a very old arrear, but if it appear just, upon further examination, the Lds will move His Matie to allow it.”
Also the Petition referred to.
||34. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that upon a letter of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Principal Secretary of State, they caused the ship “Hopewell,” of London, laden with lead and copperas to be secured; she being supposed to be designed for France; enclosing the report of the tide surveyor thereon. Dated 4 Feb. 1689.|
Two letters from Lord Shrewsbury, the report referred to, and another paper about the same.
Minuted:—“If the Comrs of the Customs have no objection to it, the Lds will lett the ship go on in her voyage.”
||35. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Heritage Lenthall and other merchants, freighters of the ship “Bonadventure” (30 guns); stating that the ship sailed in 1686 from England, with about 40 men, all English, on a trading voyage to Russia and thence to the Straits; and being at Zant, when the commander heard of the war, 10 of his men being dead, and having little hopes of a convoy, he procured 26 foreign seamen to strengthen his vessel, for fear of the French, and not only ventured himself, but encouraged 10 sail more of English ships to come with him from Zant, to which he became admiral, and conducted them safe to Cadiz, where they met with a Dutch convoy and came safe home; advising that no advantage should be taken to render the goods liable to a greater duty. Dated 5 Feb. 1689.|
Accompanied by the petition.
||36. Letter of Mr. William Blathwayt to Mr. Jephson, stating that he could not find more than 34,000l. or thereabouts had been paid to the Danish forces for their pay or subsistence; so that if the money ordered for them in Yorkshire sufficed to carry them to their Chester quarters, yet there would be wanting at their embarkation (which would not, as he foresaw, be till the end of the month) 25,000l. for their entire pay, of which 3,000l. must be remitted to Mr. Fielding in Scotland, where a battalion of foot had lately arrived. The Duke of Wirtemburg much pressed for it, and for an advance of one month, amounting to about 13,000l. more, for their support, on their arrival in the distant quarters appointed them in Ireland. If there were no likelihood of procuring these sums near Chester he desired their Lordships should be reminded to send it down in specie, since otherwise the want of money might occasion the stop of the shipping. The Duke of Wirtemburg in a memorial represented that 43 horses were wanting to be recruited, and for the foot 15; which, with the loss in Scotland, might amount to 50 horses for the horse, at 15l. a horse, 750l.; and for the foot 20 in all, which at 6l. a horse came to 120l.|
The Duke of Wirtemburg had received letters from the officers that were then kept in a dungeon at Abbeville in France, giving an account of the sad condition they were in, and praying some relief by money, to be remitted to the Ambassador of Denmark, at Paris, to the value of about 200l. Further the writer had received a paper from Mr. van Homrigh, of which he enclosed a copy, for procuring the repayment of 307l. 1s. to Mons. van der Esch on which their Lordships' directions should be taken. Dated 5 Feb. 1689.
Minuted:—“Speak with Mr. Blathwaite.”
On another page is “an abstract of the [above] letter,” and accompanying is the copy referred to.
The following are entered in the Minute Book, Vol. I., in relation to the pay of the Danes:—
(P. 215.) 6 Feb. 1689–90.
“Mr. Blathwaite proposes, that besides the 3,000li lately return'd to York, by Mr. Thompson, for the Danes, there be furnish'd to them 2,000li immediatly, & that if Coll. Fairfax does press for more, Mr Williamson doe furnish him with any further sume not exceeding 2,000li, & that this be donn at once without delay, tho' it cost 2 per cent., and for the 870li demanded for recruits of horses, if it cannot be spar'd out of the abovesaid 4,000li, upon Coll. Fairfaxe's draweing a bill on Mr Harbord for 870li, it shall be comply'd with. Besides this 4000li. there must be any sume not exceeding 5,000li pay'd or credit given to Mr. Israel Fielding at Carlisle, Berwick, or Edinburgh & 1,000li at Chester in 10 or 12 days.”
(P. 219.) 12 Feb. 1689–90.
“The King orders that if money come in within 2 or 3 days that 13,000li more, besides the 13,000li order'd to-day shall be sent to Chester.
(P. 220.) “Mr Harbord to take care to send away the 13,000li order'd yesterday to Chester to-morrow morning without delay. The Comrs of the Excise to give order to their officer at Oxford, so soon as he hears of any of the Danish forces comeing into Oxford, that he do fynd out the officer commanding in chief & immediatly pay him 100li.”
2 pages and 2 halves.
||37. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the copy of an order of the late Lord Treasurer the Earl of Rochester, for certain rebates to the East India Company, for the payment of ready money for duties payable by them: praying for a renewal of the order. Dated 5 Feb. 1689.|
Accompanied by the copy referred to.
1 page and 2 half pages.
||38. A representation by the Auditor of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, of the grievance sustained by the inferior officers of that office, from the payment of the tax of 12d. per pound; praying relief therefrom. Dated 7 Feb. 1689.|
Minuted:—“Feb. 12th, '89–90. The Lds do agree to allow it.”
||39. Abstract of the account for clothing the late Sir Thomas Gower's regiment of foot.|
Signed “by Rod. Mackenzie, agent, 8o die Feb. 1689–90.
|Jan. 29 and
|40. Two reports of the Surveyor-General and Attorney-General to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Richard Newdigate, Baronet; praying for the appointment of a day to hear his title made out to the manor of Astley, in the county of Warwick, for which he had desired a new patent: in favour of the petitioner. Dated 29 Jan. and 8 Feb. 1689.|
Minuted:—“If Sr Richd desires a new graunt, he may have it in the words of the old one: if he would have a graunt of anything that his title is doubtfull to, he may be heard to it.”
||41. Letter of Ralph Williamson, to William Jephson, Esq., stating that he should pay Col. Thomas Fairfax 2,000l. and 2,000l. more, as soon as he had occasion for it, for the Danish forces, in their march for Chester. He had borrowed the money until the other moiety of the 12d. per pound was received. Dated York, 10 Feb. 1689.|
||42. Letter of Ralph Williamson, to William Jephson, Esq., stating that he had paid to Col. Fairfax and Mr. Fotherby, or their order, at Doncaster 778l., and at Skipton 300l., and had already paid all they demanded at York, viz., nearly 2,000l. They would want no more until the Major-Genl., and the guards there, marched, except 1,000l. at Leeds, which he was then providing. He should pay the remainder of the 4,000l. upon demand; he had been at charge to pay the money, which was best for the march of the army, that they should not have the least excuse for want of money, but found they liked Yorkshire so well that they made no great haste out of it, though the Commissary was very diligent to hasten their march. He hoped by the 10th of next month to receive all the money of the last moiety of the 12d. per pound for the counties of York, Durham, and Northumberland, &c. He had moved the Comrs of Customs for leave to withdraw his deputy, Robert Jackson, from Sunderland, to assist him in the receipt of the 12d. per pound, and to appoint William Hymarsh in his place, &c. Dated York, 12 Feb. 1689.|
Also a memorandum that 1,500l. or not less than 1,000l. was to be paid at Newcastle to Col. Donep, or the officer in chief of this regiment, if it could be procured at once, that they might not stop their march; and they were to be told that was all that could be got on this side Scotland.
Four minutes on the dorse, the last of which is:—
“He may accommodate the Dutch there; drawing bills on Ld
Ranelagh.” 1½ pages.
||43. Presentment of the Comrs of the Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the officers engaged in connexion with the customs in the island of Jersey; proposing that William Hely should have 10l. added to his salary, that Joshua Guille should be established at his present allowance, and that Clement Machon might be established as assistant to the other rider, at 30l. per ann. Dated 12 Feb. 1689.|
|44. Petition of Solomon Foubert, Esq., to the King and the Lords of the Privy Council, stating that he had been turned out of his Academy at Paris on account of his religion, and came hither, being pressed by the nobility and gentry, and upon positive assurance from King Charles the Second that an academy should be erected at the public charge, and an establishment made for keeping it up; that in May 1679 he gave to the Board his proposals for an academy, which were approved, and until a fund was provided he was sworn one of His Majesty's equerries; but through the distraction of the times the establishment never took effect, nor did he receive his salary as equerry, but for ten years he had kept an academy without assistance from the public, and had consumed his small estate; praying His Majesty to order something to be done for him. Without date, but received 13 Feb. 1689.|
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury.
||45. Petition of Champion Ashby to the Lords of the Treasury, praying them to give orders to the Comrs of Excise to forbear demanding the money due on certain bills of exchange until he should receive the debt (2,200l.) due from their Majesties, for the supply of butter and cheese for the fleet. Sworn on 15 Feb. 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“The Comrs of Excise not to be too hasty to press these bills till my Lds speak with them.”
||46. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commons of Helston, in Cornwall, for the re-establishment of a collection within the harbour of Helford; stating that from time immemorial a customhouse had been established there for the town of Helston which was “one of the antientest corporations in that county, & the originall coynage towne for the stannary of Penwith and Kerrier;” that the town of Falmouth where they were then constrained to enter their goods, was 10 miles distant from the town of Helston, “and so obliquely scituated that noe one wind will serve for sailing from one port to the other,” recommending “that there should be a limited collection established at Gweek, in the harbour of Helford, for the entry and exportation of their native comodityes of tynn & fish; and that they have power to give coast despatches for all goods both inwards and outwards; to this end, that the present riding surveyor have the character of collector,” &c. Dated 17 Feb. 1689.|
||47. Summary state of the account of the Comrs of Farthings, showing what had been paid to Mr. Boscawen, &c., and the amount of tin done up in bags and chests, and ready to be delivered to Mr. Harboard's order for exportation, &c. Dated 17 Feb. 1689.|
||48. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the masters of three ships which were laden with tobacco in Virginia, for the port of London, where they signed bills of exchange for payment of the duty; but as one of the vessels was lost on Margate Sands, and the other two were taken by French privateers, they prayed they might be discharged from payment of their bills; informing them that theduty referred to, of 2s. a hogshead on tobacco in Virginia, was not under their management, but was employed for the support of that government. Dated 17 Feb. 1689–90.|
|Feb. 17, 19,
|49. Three letters signed by the Lords of the Committee for Irish affairs, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury,—|
(1.) Stating that there was an absolute necessity that the Danes then in Yorkshire should march presently towards Chester, which they could not do unless provided with 3,000l. by Saturday next, desiring their Lordships to furnish Mr. Harbord, paymaster-general of the forces designed for Ireland, with that sum to be sent to them with all possible haste, that so the troops might be forthwith shipped for Ireland, where they were wanted; also with 200l. to despatch such officers for Ireland as were directed to make recruits there; with a P. S. that if it were not complied with, it would cost the King 1,500l. more. Dated 17 Feb. 1689.
Minuted:—“Mr Blathwaite informed the Board that Mr Harbord paying the bill of 2,000l. drawn by Mr Fotherby from York would be sufficient to enable them to march with what is already order'd them there.”
(2.) Desiring their Lordships to furnish Mr. Harbord with 2,000l. to pay bills drawn by Mr. Fotherby, paymaster of the Danes in Yorkshire, that they might march immediately towards Chester. Dated 19 Feb. 1689.
(3.) Reminding their Lordships to supply the Danish foot, to be forthwith despatched into Ireland with the second payment, intended to be sent to Chester, the Duke of Wirtemburg being already gone post thither, in expectation of the sum promised him, the want of which might prove of dangerous consequence, “since they rely upon it.” Dated 20 Feb. 1689.
Minuted:—“Mr Blathwaite says this second paymt is meant to be 13,000l., of which 3,000li is already sent by bills, so remains 10,000li.”
||50. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., returning thanks for his having moved their Lordships for leave to withdraw Ro. Jackson, his deputy at Sunderland for this year, and that he might have their Lordships' consent, and that of the Comrs of Customs, to depute William Hymarsh in that place. The next post he expected their Lordships' directions how to dispose of the money which he was then receiving, of the last moiety of 12d. per pound. He believed he might have at York, (besides what he had to pay for money taken up there,) 5,000l. and 1,500l. at Durham, 2,000l. at Newcastle, and at Berwick 150l., which he could pay by the 10th of March, and the greater part sooner if commanded. He had already paid the 4,000l. and 667l. to Col. Fairfax and Mr. Fotherby for the use of the Danish forces, and had drawn bills upon the Right Hon. Will. Harbord, for 4,667l. The 667l. was to buy horses for the Danes, with which he found it necessary to furnish Col. Fairfax and Mr. Fotherby, though without order they could not take it up. He intended to take care of the receipt for Durham and Newcastle on Wednesday next, &c. Dated York, 22 Feb. 1689.|
||51. Presentment by the Principal Comrs for prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, touching the remission of duty on certain Surinam-Muscovado sugars, condemned at Poole for prize. Dated 22 Feb. 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“Refused. The extraordinary duty must be pay'd.”
||52. Letter of Anthony Isaacson to William Jephson, Esq., stating that the regiment of Danish horse, quartered at Newcastle, had received their “root,” [rout] to march forthwith for Scotland, but no order upon any one to supply them with money, either to discharge their quarters, or for their march, which made both officers and soldiers vent their discontents in rude and (some of them) violent ways. In order that the expedition of these forces might not be obstructed, he hazarded paying to this regiment 600l., and requested he might have their Lordships' directions how to be reimbursed. Had he not done this he feared there would have been several outrages. Dated 25 Feb. 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“Approve of what he has donn & order him to draw on Mr. Harbord for the money pay'd.”
||53. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Alexander Alton, executor of the will of Willm. Lyne, late searcher in the port of Southampton; not objecting to the payment of the arrears of his salary for four years and three quarters. Dated 25 Feb. 1689.|
Accompanied by the petition, and two other enclosures.
4 pages, or parts of pages.
||54. Report of Lord Ranelagh, on the petition of Thomas Potter, as to his clothing Col. Cornwall's regiment, &c. Dated 26 Feb. 1689.|
[The petition not now annexed.]
||55. Letter of Mr. Anthony Isaacson to Mr. Jephson, stating that he had supplied the commander-in-chief of the Danes with 600l., with which they intended to march without paying any quarters at Newcastle or elsewhere; but an express coming the same day to Mr. Williamson's deputy, he immediately paid them 900l. to complete the 1,500l. ordered by their Lordships, and so they had cleared their quarters, &c. Dated 28 Feb. 1689–90.|
||56. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Thomas Atkins, Knt.; stating that they had re-considered the petitioner's case and their report, wherein they had fully expressed their opinion in relation to the abolition of the office of customer of the great and petty customs. Dated 1 Mar. 1689.|
Accompanied by the petition and the copy of the report.
Minuted:—“March 6th, 1689–90. To be heard on Tuesday next, afternoone.”
||57. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., stating, that in pursuance of their Lordships' commands, he should send to Berwick near 3,000l. in two or three days, being all the money he had, or could get credit for, at Newcastle, by two of his clerks under a convoy of the Danes, who were about to march for Berwick, and so for Scotland. He had paid 900l. to Col. Shewstad for the use of his regiment in their march for Scotland; and Mr. Isaacson paid 600l., completing the sum of 1,500l. which the writer had orders to pay to Col. Doneb; but as he and his regiment had marched before for Scotland, he paid it, by advice of Col. Fairfax, to Col. Shewstad, of which he had advised Mr. Fielding; and that he should pay him on Thursday next 3,000l. He had acquainted Mr. Fielding that he could pay 2,000l. more at York, and the remainder where their Lordships would direct, when his collection of the 12d. per pound was over, after the Dutch were paid what they had occasion for. He intended to be at York on Tuesday. Major Christian desired to know their Lordships' pleasure, if he was to be continued solicitor for the Acts of 2s. and 12d. per pound, and review of the Poll Act, and if so, he desired his commission. Dated 1 March 1689.|
On the dorse:—“Speak with Mr. Blathwaite.”
||58. Letter of Mr. John Sansom to Wm. Jephson, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, sending copy of the last letter the Comrs of Customs had received from the collector at Shoreham, touching the privateer then equipping in that port, to have it laid before their Lordships; and acquainting them that they had sent an officer on purpose to look into the preparations of that vessel, and to make observation of the disposition and inclination of the persons that go upon her, and the design of the voyage. Dated 4 March 1689.|
Accompanied by the copy of the letter, giving an account of about 80 men in the town or on board, and their pursuits; and stating that the writer had been often in their company, and could not perceive that they were any way disaffected to the Government. They often drink their Majesties' health. The ship was in great forwardness to sail.
||59. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Freeman Howse, controller of the port of Chichester, praying to be confirmed in his office, which was granted him by King Charles the Second; not objecting thereto. Dated 4 March 1689.|
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“July 29, 1691. Granted.”
||60. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the Order of Council made on the petition of John Rawlinson, of London, merchant, touching a more strict examination as to the sorts of goods on board the “Swan” (pink), when captured and carried into France; and as to whether the lading then on board were the same as on her capture; stating that the assurance was the best in their opinion that could be given, under the circumstances. Dated 4 March 1689.|
Minuted:—“Graunted. The Comrs takeing security that nothing be imported but the cargo from the West Indies.”
Accompanied by the Order in Council, the former report, the petition, and three other documents relating thereto.
||61. Letter from Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., informing him that he had advised him from Newcastle, that the 1,500l. which the Lords directed to be paid to Col. Doneb, was paid to Col. “Seustadt”; viz., 900li by himself and 600l. by Mr. Isaacson, otherwise the Colonel could not have marched his regiment (then in Scotland) from Newcastle; he found the Lords of the Treasury had directed him to pay to Israel Fielding, Esq., 5,000li at Berwick and Carlisle, and that they would allow one per cent.; he had advanced 3,000l. and sent it to Berwick by two of his head collectors of Durham and Northumberland, under a convoy of the last of the Danish forces, on their march for Scotland; the 3,000l. would be at Berwick that night, ready to be paid to Mr. Fielding, who was advised of it, and that he would send him 2,000l. to Carlisle, to make up the 5,000l.; conceiving it better for him to have the 2,000l. at Carlisle than at Berwick, being nearer the west of Scotland, where the troops must embark for Ireland; he hoped the Lords would allow him one per cent. for the advance of the money, and likewise for the carriage and convoy to Berwick and Carlisle, being near 100 miles, &c. The agents had written some time since, to know whether he desired to be Receiver-General for the additional poll and “review” within his present receipt; he answered them, that the receipt would be but small, and the country large, that he could not get head collectors to receive the money and bring it to him to the country towns, for the allowance by the Act, &c. It would not be possible to collect and return the money for 2d. in the pound. Dated 5 March 1689–90.|
||62. Letter of Israel Fielding to William Jephson, Esq., stating that Mr. Williamson, the receiver of Yorkshire and Northumberland, had given him notice he would send 3,000l. to Berwick, by which his credit revived at Edinburgh. It contains also various other statements of moneys provided or to be provided for the King's service; that he could not well judge what his charge would be before the Danish troops were embarked, but thought beyond the 5,000l. If he had more than was needful it would be employed at Derry to the same end; on the morrow he should go back for Scotland and would use all means “that their march be not retarded.” Dated Berwick, March 9, 1689–90.|
Accompanied by a memorandum of moneys paid by Mr. Williamson on account of the Danes. Also another memorandum.
2 pages and 3 small pieces of pages.
||63. Report of Thomas Neale, Master of the Mint, to the Lords of the Treasury, representing to them that Mr. Bowers, engraver to the Mint, was dead, and that it was needful the place should be supplied. If the King and their Lordships thought fit the Roettiers (who knew best how to do it) should be employed: they might be employed by the master worker himself without making any new officer in the place. Dated March 11, 1689.|
[The Roettiers were engravers employed for many years in the Mint. See another paper dated 2 July 1689.]
Copy of certain clauses from the indenture of the Mint, which seemed to countenance the appointment.
||64. Petition of Nicholas Treweeke to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had exhibited articles with his petition against the officers of their Majesties' customs at Newcastle, begging their Lordships to accept his affidavit and dismiss him from further attendance, or supply him with the necessary charges, as he was 200 miles from home. Dated 11 March 1689.|
Minuted:—“The Comrs will send to the port and examine the complaint.”
||65. An Order of Council, enclosing a precedent of 4 May 1678, exempting from assessment the officers of dockyards, referring the matter to the Lords of the Treasury for their determination as to whether or not the present officers should have the same favour granted to them. Dated 13 March 1689.|
Accompanied by the paper referred to.
||66. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the case of Mr. Henry Davis, who by the troubles in Ireland was forced to leave that kingdom, and imported in the port of Chester six barrels of meal from Belfast, on which he was charged but 3s. a barrel; but subsequently the collector was surcharged with 7l. 16s., which sum, the petitioner prayed, might be discharged from the surcharge: desiring their Lordships' directions. Dated 14 March 1689–90.|
||67. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the petition of Holland Goddart, a distressed Irish Protestant, who had brought certain shop goods to Bristol; recommending the case for relief, by passing the goods custom free. Dated 14 March 1689.|
|68. Letter signed Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., stating that he had received his [letter] of the 8th inst., and had paid Mr. Israel Fielding at Berwick 3,400l. By a letter from him he found the officers of excise had appointed him to pay 2,000l. at Carlisle; he had advised Mr. Fielding not to expect any money from him at Carlisle; but if there were any occasion at Newcastle about the 29th inst. he could pay him 3,000l., most of the money on the 12d. per pound would then have come in, but the greater part of the money he sent to Berwick he was necessitated to advance, as he did the 4,667l. to the Danish forces before they marched from this country, and most of it cost one per cent., which he hoped their Lordships would allow; he had sent bills upon Lord Ranelagh, the Hon. William Harbord, and others, to the value of 12,442l., most of the money being paid to the Danes or Dutch, &c. Dated York, 14 March 1689.|
With this postscript:
“Hull, the 15 March 1689. I am now at this place where John Ramsden, Esq., and Charles Osborne, Esq., the Marquess of Carmarthen's brother, are chosen burgesses.”
|69. Petition of Henry Harris to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the office of chief graver of the stamps and irons and of the King's Mint formerly belonged to the chief graver of the King's seals, and was performed by himself or able men who assisted him; that he had been educated in the art, and was then chief graver of their Majesties' seals; praying to be appointed in place of George Bowers, then lately deceased.|
Minuted:—“Mr. Harris to have the place and employ the Rotiers under him.”
Letter from the same to William Jephson, Esq., stating that according to their Lordships' directions he had discoursed with the two Mr. Rotiers at the Tower about their assistance in graving irons and dies, who were inclinable to it; they desired the whole salary between the two (325l. per ann.); their father had besides, by patent, for life 450l. a year as graver of medals and “agats,” and it was then feared he would not be able to work anymore by reason of a lameness in his right hand. Dated March 19, 89–90.
Also an agreement made the 22nd March 1689, between Henry Harris, gent., and James and Norbertus Roteires.
Minuted:—“Agreed to by the Board and Mr. Harris' Warrant order'd.”
||70. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that it had been thought fit, in consideration of the mixture of syrups and other materials used in making tobacco into roll, to deduct 10 per cent. upon exportation, over and above the usual allowance of tare for the package, which was further reduced to 5 per cent. The merchants of London and Bristol complained that the manufacture of spinning and rolling tobacco (which employed many hundreds of poor people, men, women, and children,) was in great danger of being lost, and driven into other countries, and also that foreign manufacture stopped the consumption of Virginia tobacco. The Comrs upon the considerations in their former memorial, had distinguished roll tobacco into two sorts, viz., a brighter and a darker sort, and suggested that 5 per cent. should only be deducted from the darker sort, and that the brighter sort should be free, which was agreed to by their Lordships, but that not proving sufficient to keep up the manufacture of that commodity, they now advised that rolled tobacco should be exported without any other deduction than the tare for the package. Dated 20 March 1689–90.|
|71. Petition of Thomas Potter, who had clothed the regiment of foot under command of Col. Henry Cornwall from 1685 to 1688, stating that there remained 875l. 15s. 6d. due to him; praying that the paymaster might have orders to pay him.|
Minuted:—“Recd ye 20th March 1689–90 from Mr. Bissell; speak wth my Ld Ranelagh & Capt. Henry Villers: Petn, & Ld Ran.: Rept. thereon to be consider'd at the same time.”
1 page (much torn).
||72. Presentment of the Comrs of Excise and Hearth Money to the Lords of the Treasury as to the impressment of workmen and servants of brewers and distillers into their Majesties' service for seamen; praying their directions for redressing the same. Dated 22 March 1689.|
||73. Report of the “Commissioners of the Farthings” to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had represented that they had coined out of the tin, which they were directed to buy, as many farthings and half-pence as amounted to 1,968l. 2s. 7¾d.; and having since received part of the tin bought by Mr. Boscawen in Cornwall, they had made up the sum to 2,500l., which was put up in bags and chests ready to be delivered for the service of Ireland. There remained due upon the order of imprest 2,057l. 8s. 9d. A quantity of farthings, called the Prince of Wales' farthings, apparently lately coined, were dispersed about the town. Dated 24 March 1689.|
Minuted:—“The 2,500l. in farthings Mr. Harbord is to buy of them. For the latter part an extract to be made for the Councill.”
||74. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury in favour of exempting the officers of customs whose salaries were under 60l. per annum from the payment of the taxes, and of reimbursing them the money already paid by virtue of the Poll Act, and other taxes on their salaries. Dated 24 March 1689–90.|
Minuted:—“Graunted, but care must be taken that more be not allowed than has been really payd by the officers.”
|75. Copy of a letter from Mr. John Sansom to Mr. Jephson concerning inquiries made at the port of Chester about a yacht, of which Capt. Bridges was formerly owner, to which inquiries the replies had been received, and were sent to be laid before their Lordships. Dated 27 March 1690.|
||76. Representation of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for a warrant to exempt their inferior officers from payment of the 3s. in the pound tax, as they were formerly allowed on the 12d. tax. Dated 28 March 1690.|
Minuted:—“Graunted, 28th March 1690.”
||77. Letter from the chief persons at the Ordnance Office addressed to Wm. Jephson, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that there was convenient stowage on board the “Bourdeaux Merchant” for 15 tons of farthings, to be shipped to Ireland. Dated 29 March 1690.|
|78. Report of Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor General of His Majesty's works, on the petitions and propositions of Mr. William Killigrew for building in Scotland Yard, stating that though the houses there were then unusually empty, yet that they had often been too little for service, particularly when the late building was erected next the Privy Garden, not only Scotland Yard but the Pebble Court was filled with timber. The yard was for stores, not only of Whitehall but St. James', Westminster and the Tower, and for all sudden occasions, and for the stone that mends 30,000 yards of public pavings: advising that the proposition would be to the damage of their Majesties 1,000l. per ann.|
Also, five petitions and two plans, one “of Scotland Yard as it now lies,” and the other “of Scotland Yard as it would be if built.” Without date.
The last petition states,—“That Sr Cristopher Wrenn, in contempt off His Maty and ye severall orders of this Honble Bord, does not returne neather ye report nor papers and drafts of Scotland Yard, to ye damage and ruine of your petr, wch disobedience is no smale contempt of this Honble Bord, who are now bound in honner as well as your petr by interest not to suffer such insolence, your petitioner therefore humbly prays that your Lordps will order Sr Cristopher Wrenn to attend this Honble Bord on Wednesday next, and there to give your Lordps his reasons before His Majty why hee thus dispises your Lordps' orders.”
Referred 31 March 1690.
Minuted:—“My Lds agree with Sir Christopher Wren's report.”
6 pages, and the plans on two larger ones.
|79. Petition of James and “Nolbertus” Rotiers, engravers addressed to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury, stating that they had been engravers to the Mint for the two last reigns, and made for their Majesties the coronation medals, and puncheons for the guineas and half-crowns, and supplied dies to the Mint to coin with until the place was given to Mr. George Bowers, who was then dead; praying their Lordships to intercede with the King that they might be appointed to the office, or that some persons might hold it in trust for them. Undated.|