Volume 14
May 4-July 29, 1691

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'Volume 14: May 4-July 29, 1691', Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 1: 1556-1696 (1868), pp. 172-186. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=79460 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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May 4–July 29, 1691

1691.
May 4.
1. Statement of the case of Mr. Chetwin, Deputy Auditor [in South Wales], showing various particulars of the accounts which he had been called on to consider, and begging to have a day appointed that he might be heard, and might answer the petition of Mr. Humphreys, exhibited against him. Dated 4 May 1691. 3 pages.
May 4. 2. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the seizure of certain wine and sweetmeats, sent as a present to the Queen Dowager, brought from France and seized at Rye. Dated 4 May 1691.
Minuted:—“It must be determin'd by law.” 5 May 1691.
Accompanied by a letter from the [collector] at Rye. 3 pages.
May 5. 3. Letter, signed Cha. Montague, to William Jephson, Esq., Secretary of the Treasury, enclosing a memorial from the Comrs for Transportation, to be laid before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 5 May 1691.
Minuted:—“May 5, '91. Payd 500li.”
The memorial states, that on the 5th of January they had calculated the charge of transporting recruits from England to Ireland, and from Ireland and Scotland to Flanders, &c., at 16,133l. 7s. 2d., of which they had received 13,000l.; they had bought 8,000 bushels of oats at Whitehaven, to be sent to Ballyshannon, the cost of which was 726l. 16s. 8d.; they had provided for the transportation of 500 artillery and 500 waggon horses, and 300 men, at a cost of 509l. 7s. 6d.; they had hired ships and made provision to carry to Holland the 2nd troop of English and the Dutch Guards, being 652 horses and riders, the charge for which was 2,182l. 13s. 9d., whereof there was due 182l. 13s. 9d.; they had orders to take up ships at Highlake, to transport 700 recruit horses and riders, and at Biddeford ships for 300 horses and riders, the charge of which was computed at 2,958l. 15s., but they feared it was insufficient, as they could not find ships in Liverpool and Chester water for above 120 horses; they must take the rest up, if possible, at Whitehaven, and send them to Highlake. They were ordered to direct Mr. Henley to fit up all the ships he could, the cost of which would be about 500l. Mr. Middleton's account of provisions for soldiers and prisoners, bound from Cork to Ostend, was 889l. 16s. 7d.; they had bills running on them for provisions, and all the sums amounted to 8,880l. 16s. 8d., without which the service must stand still. In addition to which there were great quantities of provisions spent at Bristol by the recruits on shipboard, of which they had no account; but Mr. Henley called earnestly for near 1,000l., and the people were growing diffident of dealing with him, except for ready money; the bills coming due daily would be protested for non-acceptance, for they must refuse to accept new bills where so many old ones lay unpaid. 2½ pages.
May 6. 4. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Daniel Lawrence, one of the King's waiters in the port of London, praying to be allowed to resign his office in favour of Mr. William Turner. Dated 6 May 1691.
Minuted:—“Graunted upon the terms proposed by the Comrs, 13 May 1691.”
The petition and certificate. 2½ pages.
May 7. 5. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. John Baber, informing them that he was appointed assistant to Mr. Edward Noell their secretary in the room of Mr. John Sheldrake, deceased, and had faithfully executed that employment; stating that they had nothing to object against his supplying the place of prosecuting and defending informations and causes brought judicially before them, as Mr. Aram formerly did. Dated 7 May 1691.
Minuted:—“Graunted.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
May 8. 6. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Basil Feilding, gentleman, who had been dismissed from being an officer of the customs at the port of Carlisle, and prayed in the event of there being a vacancy, as the result of an enquiry into the conduct of the officers which was then going on, that he might be reinstated. Dated 8 May 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
Also the petition. 1 page and 2 halves.
May 9. 7. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Col. Edward Maine, brigadier of horse, as to 1,171l. 10s. due to him for pay at 30s. a day. Dated 9 May 1691. 1 page.
May 10. 8. Letter signed John Bowles, addressed to William Jephson, Esq., stating that there was enclosed an account of the ship “Mary” of the description called a “cat” and a certificate of her measurement when taken into their Majesties' service, by the officers of the Ordnance, showing that she was false measured 172 17/94 tons, by which a fraud of 1,653l. 6s. 7d. was committed; praying him to move their Lordships to order that none of the transport ships should receive any money without his certificate of remeasurement, there being about 100 sail of vessels in the river, and some vessels had proceeded on their voyages without remeasurement, &c. Dated 10 May 1691. 1 page.
May 11. 9. Report of certain persons dated at the Trinity House, made to the Lords of the Treasury, on a letter of the Comrs of the Navy, touching the salary due to Capt. Humphrey Ayles, employed in the transport of the army in 1689, and of his clerk; in favour of his receiving half a year's salary at 400l. per ann. and for his clerk at 30l. per ann.; leaving it to their Lordships to determine whether they, or the Comrs of the Navy, should pay it, but, if the former, asking for the money to be supplied, as they had not so much as would serve their own occasions by a great deal. Dated 11 May 1691.
Minuted:—“To be pay'd by the Comrs of the Transpo[rts], 18 May 1691.”
Also the letter. 4 pages.
May 11. 10. Letter signed “Arnold” addressed to William Glanvill, Esq., at the Treasury Chamber, praying assistance to his solicitor to get an order from the Lords of the Treasury for 100l.; and for the assignment of 675l., to certain trustees for the county of Monmouth. Dated 11 May 1691. 1 page (quarto).
May 13. 11. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the executors of Sir Edw. Deering, who had bound himself to the tradesmen who clothed his regiment, to pay them in 12 months, which was elapsed, and the creditors came on the estate, which obliged the executors to raise ready money, which could not be done on the tallies granted for off-reckonings. Dated 13 May 1691.
Written on the back of the petition. 2 pages.
May 13. 12. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, recapitulating their former reports from the 5th of January, much to the same purport (with slight alterations) as the memorial returned under date 5 May 1691. Dated 13 May 1691. 3¼ pages.
May 13. 13. Presentment of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the employment of four additional officers by Charles Duncomb, Esq., cashier of the revenue, by reason of the doubling the duty of excise; approving thereof and praying for a warrant for allowance of the same. Dated 13 May 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.” 1 page.
May 14. 14. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a copy of a letter from the principal officers of the Navy, as to an order directing 160,500l. to be applied to the use of victualling the Navy for that year, &c. Dated 14 May 1691.
Minuted:—“Speak with the Comrs of the Navy.”
Accompanied by the said copy. 3 pages.
May 14. 15. Petition of Lady Rookby, wife to Thomas Paston, Esq., stating that she is entitled to certain ground on which the Secretary of Scotland's house was built, praying that the King's Surveyor may have a small tenement built for her out of the old timber and bricks, saved from the ruins in the privy-garden, &c. Dated 14 May 1691.
Minuted:—“ R. to Mr Surveyr of the works. 15 May 1691.” 1 page.
May 14. 16. Report of certain persons connected with the Ordnance Office to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Christopher Howard, master of the ship “Susannah and Elizabeth,” employed to carry stores for the Ordnance Office to Ireland, in favour of his claim. Dated 14 May 1691.
The petition and a copy slightly varied, each having a debenture attached. Dated 14 May 1691. 5 pages.
May 14. 17. Order of the Privy Council, made on reading the petition of William Carter, concerning the exportation of wool for the prevention of which he prayed the continuance of his assistants and for a supply to prosecute offenders, referring the matter to the Lords of the Treasury, which was again referred by them to the Comrs of Customs. Dated 14 May 1691.
Accompanied by—
(1.) The petition.
(2.) Some considerations humbly offered to the King by William Carter, concerning the export and import of prohibited goods, finishing with the expression of a hope for necessary supplies.
(3.) Copy of a report from the Comrs of the Customs to the Comrs of the Treasury of the 18th Nov. 1690 in favour of the petitioner.
(4.) Copy of another report of the said Comrs on the same subject. Dated 18 Dec. 1690. 5 pages.
May 15. 18. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that since their last letter, in relation to the paying the victuallers of the Navy 160,500l. by the orders which stood first in course of payment, &c., they had received another letter, with copies of some merchants' letters touching that matter, which they enclosed. Dated 15 May 1691. 7 pages.
May 15. 19. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon a memorial concerning a suit of tapestry hangings belonging to the Earl of Devonshire, viz., as to the duties to which they were liable. Dated 15 May 1691.
Minuted:—“To pay only the single duty, 15 May 1691.”
Enclosing another report of 6 May, and a paper relating thereto. 3 pages.
May 15. 20. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Richardson of London, merchant, who had entered certain copper from Barbary in his servant's name, who was a stranger, for which he was threatened with prosecution: not objecting to a “non. pros.” being entered. Dated 15 May 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
May 16. 21. Report of Matthew Ingram to the Lords [of the Treasury], informing them, that he had stated the accounts of Thomas Potter, who clothed the regiment of foot, late Col. Cornwall's; the off-reckonings amounted to 6,014l. 4s. 4d., and the clothing to 6,288l. 14s. 1d., &c. Lord Ranelagh was of opinion that neither Col. Cunningham, nor Col. Stewart, had any just pretence to the off-reckonings due before 1 Jan. 1688, &c. Dated 16 May 1691. 1 page.
May 16. 22. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard Teale, of Cheltenham, in the county of Gloucester, miller; setting forth that the petitioner (not knowing the law) planted a small parcel of tobacco, which was all destroyed by their Majesties' officers when it was green; stating that they would not object to the remission of the fine set upon him, of 360l., &c. Dated 16 May 1691.
Minuted:—“29 June '9[1] agreed to, ye petr giving security for the future.”
Also the petition and three other inclosures. 2 pages and 3 halves.
May 19. 23. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that on the 13th inst. they had presented to their Lordships their great want of money; to which presentment they referred their Lordships, except in the article concerning hiring shipping, which they were directed to alter and to hire shipping at Whitehaven by the month, or they would not serve to carry 600 horses and riders from Highlake, the charge whereof for provisions for man and horse for eight days, and of 1,800 tons of shipping at 10s. a ton, per month amounted to 1,179l. 16s. 6d.; further estimating the cost of carrying 300 horses to Cork at 30s. per horse from Whitehaven and Biddeford at 450l., and in addition, stating that there were several bills running upon them, for provisions already made at Bristol, Highlake, Milford, Whitehaven, and Biddeford; and unless they had a speedy supply, they could not carry on the business in hand. Dated 19 May 1691.
Minuted:—“1,000li order'd in part 20 May 1691.” 1½ pages.
May 20. 24. Report of Messrs. Wm. Lowndes and Aaron Smith, on the petition of Robert Cole, citizen and goldsmith of London, which set forth, that he had discovered to the Duke of Bolton that a sum of 2,400l., due to their Majesties, was then in the hands of the Master and Brethren of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond, and concealed from the Crown; and prayed to have the benefit of the discovery: advising their Lordships, that if they thought the affidavit enclosed was a sufficient ground for believing that the Master, &c. of the Trinity House had the moneys, then their Lordships should call them to account, or take proceedings against them by English bill in the Exchequer. Dated 20 May 1691.
Minuted:—“If the Trinity House have & do apply it to the use of the poore pensioners, the Lords do not think fit to make any further in it.”
The petition and affidavit. 3½ pages.
[1691?]
May 23.
25. Letter, signed G. Talbot, to “My most honoured Ld,” stating that since his Lordship had so freely offered his favour in promising to use his utmost interest to Lord Godolphin in his behalf, it would be a kind of rudeness in him not to lay hold on it with thanks. Sir Fras. Lawley had written him word that his (the writer's) petition for the revival of his privy seal, of 400l. per ann., granted by King Charles II., or else 4,000 ounces of old broken plate, lay before the Lords of the Treasury: begging him to employ his utmost interest with Lord Godolphin and the rest of the Commissioners in his behalf, if his Lordship pleased to lay before them the unparalleled hardship of his case, having been commanded to serve the Crown first as Resident, and then as Envoy Extraordinary at Venice, when by reason of the wars His then Majesty could give him no support, and in consequence he spent all his private fortune and contracted a great debt; beseeching his Lordship to press [their Lordships] to rescue him from his necessitous condition. Dated Lacock, May 23.
Minuted:—“To enquire if there is any such case before ye Lds as is menc[i]ond. 22 Sept. 1691. 1 page.
May 24. 26. Report of Mr. Wm. Lowndes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Ward, of London, merchant, claiming an annuity of 250l. per ann., bought by him of Richard Graham, who held the same during the life of Sir Samuel Morland, who had a grant of 500l. per ann. out of the revenues of the Post Office, in the 13th of Charles II., for 31 years; which grant by divers assignments came to the said Richard Graham, for security of 250l. per ann. The annuity was extinguished by the Act granting the revenues of the Post Office to King James II., but this sum of 250l. was regranted to the said Richard Graham, during the life of Sir Samuel Morland: in favour of the claim of the petitioner. Dated 24 May 1691. 2pages.
[About
May 25.]
27. Petition of Robert Dodsworth, gent., addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he had appeared at the bar of the House of Commons, and discovered several persons who had commissions from the late King James, for raising four regiments of horse and two of dragoons, and also told them of the French invading our western coasts; and by an after order of the House, the Lord Brandon, Col. Kirby, and several other members of the House, were ordered to go to the Lord Chief Justice that he might take the petitioner's depositions,, for which service he was ordered a generous support, and received 100l., and went into Lancashire and took up several of the rebels; on which service he had expended above 250l., and had lost the friendship of most of his relations, so that he could not remain in his own country with any safety; praying to be reimbursed the 250l., and what else their Lordships should think fit. Without date.
Minuted:—“If there be any employment he is qualified for, my Lds will provide for him. 25 May 1691.
“He is a Roman Catholique & so cannot take employment.” 1 page.
May 26. 28. Memorial of the Commissioners for sick and wounded and prisoners of war to the Lords of the Treasury, earnestly entreating their Lordships to order a competent supply, as they were then under the greatest necessity by reason of the “present expedition,” and they were in debt 25,000l., and those who had quartered the sick and wounded seamen were a whole year in arrears. Dated 26 May 1691.
Minuted:—“To be considered when the tallys are distributed for the 700,000l., 27 May 1691.” 1 page.
May 27. 29. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that after the conference they had with them, they sent for the Navy Board, and recommended them to have the tallies disposed of to the Comrs for Victualling, and to persuade the merchants to consent thereto; since which they had received a letter from the Board with a copy of a letter from the merchants, which they now enclosed, together with an extract of a representation from the Comrs for Victualling, of the necessity of having the full remaining proportion out of the million assigned them. Dated 27 May 1691.
Accompanied by the said papers. 8 pages.
June 2. 30. Copy of the report of Lord Ranelagh and Mr. Wm. Blathwayt, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir John Edgworth, concerning the amount due to him for his regiment. Dated 2 June 1691.
Minuted:—“13 March 1692. To bee laid before the King when my Lord Ranelagh & Mr. Blathwayt are present, on Wednesday. Not to be done at present.” 1 page.
June 5. 31. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing an estimate which they had directed the Navy Board to make, of what wages would be due on the 1st of Nov. to their Majesties' ships of the first and second rate, and twenty of the biggest third rates, then abroad; that their Lordships might provide for the payment of the same; and acquainting them that the rest of the ships, &c., would swallow up the remainder of the million appropriated to the Navy. Dated 5 June 1691.
Accompanied by the estimate. 2 pages.
June 6. 32. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the case of Timothy Davison and Nicholas Ridley of Newcastle, who had shipped corn in a foreign vessel and prayed to be discharged from the duty leviable by the Act of tonnage and poundage. Dated 6 June 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to for this case.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
June 6. 33. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, reminding them of their memorial of 17 March 1689, for settling a collection at Harwich, a member of the port of Ipswich; moving their Lordships that the establishment therein proposed might be put in practice, as it would conduce greatly to their Majesties' service, especially at this time of frequent intercourse between England and Holland by the packet-boats. Dated 6 June 1691.
Copy of the memorial and the establishment.
A letter of Mr. Jno. Sansom on the same subject. Dated 30 June 1691. 3 pages and 2 halves.
June 9. 34. Memorial of the Comrs of the Revenue of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, expressing their opinion that it would be for their Majesties' service that the last poll tax and 12 months tax should be allowed to all supervisors and gaugers and all inferior officers in London and the weekly bills of mortality, whose salaries were under 100l. per ann. Dated 9 June 1691.
Minuted:—“12th June 1691. Respited.” 1 page.
June 10. 35. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the bills running on them for provisions and ships hired for transporting the forces; stating that some of the persons concerned had, (upon the assurance of the Comrs of punctual payment), so engaged their credit that they must fly to avoid imprisonment; there were then at Milford 59 horses and riders of Col. Coy's regiment, who were shipped at Biddeford, bound for Cork, but put into Milford by contrary winds, to be revictualled if Mr. Middleton could get credit, he being nearly 1,000l. out of pocket; 13 ships at Bristol laden with recruits, had been detained several days by contrary winds at great expense, which made Mr. Henley call loudly for a present supply, &c. Capt. Atkinson called upon them for 1,000l. for provisions for horses going from Highlake; wherefore they prayed their Lordships to consider their last presentment and to grant them a supply towards defraying the 9,900l. therein sought for. Dated 10 June 1691. 1 page.
June 11. 36. “Commissioners of ye Navy & Victualling, report on ye petition of Mr. Pawlin Fownes & ał, who have supplyd victuals to their Mats Navy.” Dated 11 June 1691.
Minuted:—“29th June '91. Nothing can be don at present.” 2 pages.
June 12. 37. Copy of a report by Chas. Fox, Esq. to the Lords of the Treasury, as to what was due to Lewis Chabrolle and Abraham Courteille, reformed captains of Col. de la Melionere's regiment. Dated 12 June 1691. 1 page (quarto).
June 13. 38. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of several merchants of Hull concerned in the lading of the ship “Golden Flight,” of Stockholm, as to whether they had incurred the liability to the new duty or not, by arriving two days over the time allowed. Dated 13 June 1691.
Minuted:—“Not granted.”
The petition and copies of two other documents. 3½ pages.
June 15. 39. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Col. John Cunningham, as to the amount (143l.) paid on account of subsistence due to his regiment; expressing the opinion that Col. Cornwall, to whom he was successor, ought to satisfy the petitioner out of the balance due to him. Dated 15 June 1691.
The petition and three other enclosures. 1 page and3 half pages.
[About
15 June
1691.]
40. Petition of Mrs. Margaret Barnham, widow, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that her two sons “Francis and Robert” were bred up in the way of soldiery, and served in Ireland in Col. Langston's regiment of horse and died there: praying for payment of the arrears due to them, viz., 72l. 12s.
Minuted:—“To be taken into consideration when the arrears of the army shall be paid.” 15 June '91. 1 page.
June 18. 41. Report signed M. Tucker, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of John Eglesham, as to the charge on beer imported in Ireland. Dated 18 June 1691.
Minuted:—“My Lds agree to ye report.” 1 page (quarto).
June 23. 42. Report of Mr. Chas Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Monsr. la Brune, finding that, by certificate from Col. du Cambon, he had served in that regiment as volunteer for the two last campaigns, and had a pass from Genl. Ginkle to have gone into Savoy; but was then desirous to return into Ireland; he, however, could not, except their Lordships allowed him something. Dated 23 June, 1691.
Minuted:—“29 June '91. The Lds can do nothing in it at present.”
Also his petition (in French). 1½ pages.
June 24. 43. Presentment by the Comrs for Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, referring to similar representations made by them on the 13th and 19th, of the great want of money they were in; briefly recapitulating the services performed, and the sums required, amounting to 8,796l. 18s. 2d. Dated 24 June 1691. 1½ pages.
[June 24.] 44. Charges of passing the accounts of the Comrs of Excise for 1684–5 and 1689; apparently entered in the account for two years ending Midsummer 1691. Parts of 2 pages.
June 25. 45. Report of William Harbord, Esq., their Majesties' Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Henry Fane, as to the value of certain ground “lying on the outside of St. James' Park wall, between Storey's and Webbs:” upon part of which ground the house of Lord Chancellor Jeffryes was built. Dated 25 June 1691.
Also the petition, minuted:—“29 May '91. The Lords agree that Sr Henry Fane may compound, not exceeding 10s. a foot for the improved ground, & 5s. for that which is not improved.”
A further report on the petition of Sir Wm. Turner, Knt., Wm. Carbonell, merchant, and Robt. Scott, bookseller; in behalf of themselves and the rest of the creditors of Adriell Mill, stationer, who had mortgaged the premises inhabited by Lord Chancellor Jeffryes to the petitioners, and become bankrupt; praying that proceedings might be stayed, Sir Henry Fane having brought ejectments for the ground on which the buildings were erected. Dated 25 June 1691. 4 pages and 3 halves.
June 27. 46. A request made [most likely to one of the law officers of the Crown] to draw up a sufficient discharge to the Sheriff of Northampton, for the payment of a fine of 200l. received by him from Sir Charles Neale, for speaking reproachful words against the King; for which fine Robert Cheyne, who had been a great sufferer in serving His Majesty in his expedition to England, had petitioned the Queen, whose claim had been allowed by Lord Godolphin. Dated 27 June 1691. 1 page.
June 28. 47. Report of the Comrs for the Revenue of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the Mayor, commonalty, and citizens of the city of Londonderry, which complained of the disbursements they had been at, and the losses sustained by them in the preservation of that place; that they were brought to a very low and ruinous condition, their suburbs and plantations, &c. about the city, destroyed, their public buildings and many of their houses within the city lying yet all in rubbish, &c.; that they had taken of the Comrs of Revenue in Ireland some lands in the barony of Glenarme, and liberties of Coleraine, being part of the forfeited estate of the Earl of Antrim, (whose regiment was first repulsed before their walls on shutting the gates in December 1688,) and prayed the remission of a year's rent, &c. The report informs their Lordships, that as to that part of the Earl of Antrim's lands taken by the petitioners' agent in their behalf, they were posted among other forfeited lands in that county, and he being the fairest bidder, they were set by them; viz.: the lands for 1.356l., and the arrears for 1,079l.; and as to the sufferings, merits, and ruin of that city, they were very remarkable and great; but as they did not think it fit to prescribe or limit their Majesties' bounty, they chose to be silent on that point; if the petitioners expected a grant of the Earl of Antrim's estate, it was computed at the value of 15,000l. per ann. Dated 28 June 1691.
Also the petition, with a note at the foot that it is referred to the Comrs of the Treasury to consider and report, and another paper, entitled, “Some principall heads, or grounds of the disbursements made, losses sustained, and debts contracted by the petrs, in and towards defence of the city of Londonderry and its interest.” 3 pages.
July 3. 48. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Deborah Dioness, widow, who had imported certain chocolate, on which, after shipment, an Act was passed laying an additional duty of 5s. in the pound, advising that she should be allowed to reship it. Dated 3 July 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to ye exportation, if it be not agt law.”
The petition, and an affidavit. 2½ pages.
July 4. 49. A representation, by the officers of the Mint, of the decayed and ruinous condition of the engraver's house at the Mint, stating that the engravers could not dwell therein, and the puncheons and dies kept there, were not secure from being stolen; desiring that it might be speedily rebuilt. Dated 4 July 1691.
A similar representation by them with regard to the Moniers' Hall, and houseing thereto belonging, estimating the rebuilding the same at 762l. 10s. Dated the same day. 2 half pages.
July 6. 50. Order by the Committee for the Affairs of Ireland for the transmission of an extract from a memorial from the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, in order that they might issue directions necessary for the support of that service their credit at the out-ports being exhausted. Dated 6 July 1691. 2 half pages.
July 8. 51. Letter from the Lords of the Council in Dublin to the Lords of the Treasury, sending a petition of Philip Savage, Esq., in behalf of the children of John Crowe, Esq., deceased; in order that when the military establishment of Ireland was taken into consideration their Lordships might have the case in their thoughts, they being orphans. Dated 8 July 1691.
Minuted:—“A letter to add this to the military establishment.”
The petition referred to, which prayed a favourable representation of their case to the Lords of the Treasury. 2 pages.
July 9. 52. Report of the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Anthony Thorold, late collector of customs at Lyme, as to certain allowances demanded by him on his account. Dated 9 July 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to the report.”
Also 4 enclosures. 5½ pages.
July 10. 53. Memorial of the Comrs for Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, in reply to their Lordships' letter, stating that the list of ships in their Majesties' pay consisted of 68, five being great “catts,” since ordered to be discharged, and another broken and unserviceable, and two hired at Whitehaven to carry oats to Ballyshannon, and when unladen to be discharged, &c.; they had divided the remaining 60 ships into three classes, viz., those which had served 15, 20, and 24 months, and the sum needful to be supplied amounted to 15,528l. 10s., praying their Lordships' favour, for the complaints of the seamen were very grievous for want of supplies, as none of them had received more than two months' pay. Dated 10 July 1691.
In a postscript they state that at Bristol, Highlake, and Whitehaven, the seamen deserted the transport ships for want of pay, and it was feared there would not be hands to sail them. 2 pages.
July 11. 54. Letter of W. Leveson Gower, addressed to the Lords of the [Treasury], stating that he should apply himself only to what was properly before their Lordships, and not be as impertinent in answering as Capt. Wood had been in bringing his law cases, or rather chicaneries, before their Lordships. By his niece's petition, and the account of Sir Thos. Gower's agents, there was 1,530l. to be received for the clothing of the late Sir Th. Gower's regiment, which money had been received by the agent; he hoped if their Lordships did not order Mr. Beverley's 500li to be paid out of the same, that they would make the agent give an account what money he had disbursed, &c. In answer to his false and scandalous paper, the writer had long since waived his privilege to Capt. Wood, and left himself open to the law. Dated 11 July 1691.
Minuted:—“That ye mony be repaid to my Ld Ran[elagh] according to ye former order.” 2 pages (quarto).
[About
July 13.]
55. Report of William Tal[l]man, Controller, and Thomas Lloyd, Paymaster of the Works, on the petition of Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor-General of the Works, which showed that he had spent great part of his life in the service of the Crown faithfully and laboriously, and had not served himself, but caused all salaries to himself and officers to be paid in strict course, &c., and so supported the credit of the office to the danger of the ruin of his family; praying to be allowed 2,010l. in payment of arrears due to him. Undated, but the petition was referred to the Controller and Paymaster on 13 July 1691.
Minuted:—“Respited till there is a full Board. 28 Augt '91.”
The petition and two certificates. 3½ pages.
July 15. 56. Letter signed Ad. Cardonnel to Henry Guy, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a letter from an officer of Col. Hales' regiment, who lay at Bristol, for a passage to Ireland with the regiment's clothes; praying the necessary directions to the customers at Bristol. Dated 15 July 1691.
The letter referred to. 2 pages (quarto).
July 17. 57. Report (or copy of report) of Robert Howard to the Lords of the Treasury, on the report of the Auditors of the Imprest, relating to two interest accounts of Sir Polycarpus Wharton, the executor of his father, Sir George Wharton, late Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance. Dated 17 July 1791.
The report is in form of objections, and the remarks on them are seriatim.
Also another paper, headed “Abstract of the draught of a privy seal for passing Sir Polycarpus Wharton's acct as executor to Sir George Wharton, late Treãr of the Ordnance.”
[These are apparently enclosures.] 4 pages.
July 17. 58. Letter of the Comrs for Transportation to Henry Guy, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, acknowledging his letter acquainting them that their Lordships had ordered them 1,000l.; 500l. of which was to be paid to Mr. Walter Middleton, and, in answer to their enquiry how they would dispose of the other 500l.? stating that they intended to pay (1), Major Somervale 110l. 14s.; (2), three ships, which carried horses from Biddeford to Waterford, 124l. 10s.; (3), to Mr. Gregs, who was engaged in this service at Whitehaven, 170l. 4s. 2d. (for without him they had no credit there); and the remaining 94l. for a ship to transport Lieutenant-General Douglas' horses and equipage to Holland, the charge of which would be 192l. They had but 98l. in “bank,” and the masters of ships nor others would deal with them, except for ready money. Dated 17 July 1691. 1½ pages.
July 17. 59. Letter from the Lords Committee for Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that Her Majesty had ordered a quantity of powder and shot to be despatched to Ireland, and the Comrs of Transportation had no money to pay the freight; desiring their Lordships to furnish them with 300l. upon account of that service. Dated 17 July 1691.
Minuted:—“17 July 1691, don.” ½ page.
July 21. 60. Letter of the Comrs of Transportation to William Blathwayt, Esq., Secretary-at-War, respecting Danish recruits lying windbound at Hylake, and concerning 200 others who were come nigh to Chester, and would speedily take off all the provisions; praying him to stop any more forces from marching that way until he was furnished with more money. There were provisions and stables in ships at Bristol for 120 Danish horses, which were marched another way. If other recruits were sent in their stead it would save the charge. Dated 21 July 1691. 1 page.
July 21. 61. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning permission to export 5,000 lb. of crewell to the north part of Guinea, by the Royal African Company. Dated 21 July 1691.
Minuted:—“Referred to Mr. Attorney. Granted.”
Also an Order in Council of an anterior date, on a similar occasion. 2½ pages.
July 25. 62. Letter of [the Comrs of Revenue] of Dublin to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that Mr. Peter Rondeau, a French Protestant merchant in that city, having applied to them by the inclosed petition, which fully stated his case, they laid it before their Lordships, together with the letters and bill of lading, and a letter they received from the collector of Waterford, by which they would see the great injury Capt. Price, commander of the “Smyrna,” frigate, had groundlessly done to the merchants concerned in the cargo of the “Paul,” of Penzance, and to their Majesties' revenue, by forcing the ship out of the harbour of Waterford, after she was boarded by an officer of the customs, whom the Captain sent away with the ship to Bristol. Further, that they could not see any pretence for making her prize, and hoped their Lordships would give order for her restoration to the master. Dated 25 July 1691.
Minuted:—“To be moved at the Privy Counsell.”
Also the petition and the other papers. 7 pages.
[About
July 27.]
63. Petition of Robert Banks, clerk, vicar of Hull, showing that Nicholas Anderson, clerk, late vicar of Hull, the petitioner's predecessor, was tenant to the Crown of the rectory of Kingston-upon-Hull, for a term of which a portion was unexpired, and the petitioner was then tenant; praying for renewal of the lease to make up his term to 21 years.
Minuted:—“Referred to the Surveyor-General.” Lower down:—“27 July 1691.” ½ page.
[About
July 27.]
64. Letter to the Lords of the Treasury, signed C. Trelawny, as to his pay, and that of his servants, he being in command of a regiment of foot.
Minuted:—“Referred to Mr. Fox, 27th July 1691.” ½ page.
[About
July 27.]
65. Petition of James Pearse, surgeon, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he served King Charles the Second from the Restoration to the time of his death, and that a great part of his salary remained due; he afterwards served King James as his serjeant-surgeon, being obliged constantly to attend him in all progresses and removals, and that he had a great family and a sick wife: praying payment of a quarter of a year's salary due to him at Christmas 1688, viz., 99l. 8s. 4d.
Minuted:—“Referred to the Comptroller of the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office, to know if that office hath not had money to pay the quarter within desired. 27 July 1691.” 1 page (quarto).
July 28. 66. Letter of Samuel Atkinson, appointed to victual the forces in their transportation from Highlake to Ireland, stating that he had done his best in that service, but the provisions being taken up of divers tradesmen, and several of his bills drawn on the Comrs of Transport at London lying long unpaid, he was daily expecting to be sued; praying speedy payment for the gaining his lost reputation. His engagements (with salary) amounted to nigh 2,000l. The provisions were all expended and the recruits would be forced to stay, unless there was a supply of money, his credit being stretched to the utmost. 28 July 1691. 1 page.
[About
July 28.]
67. Petition of Arthur Shallott, John Trevers, Francis Eyles, and Anthony Wilkes, on behalf of themselves and others whom they represented, concerned in the transport service, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they had been engaged in the transport of army stores to Ireland, and that their Lordships by letter of 6 Oct. 1690, had directed the Comrs of Transportation to give them certificates for a moiety of the moneys due, in order (as was hoped) to pay the same; that they had received no part thereof, though eight months had elapsed, nor were they secured on any fund; that the King had assured them he would take care of them, and they had the opinion of learned counsel that they were part of the army, and entitled to a share of the money given by Parliament for the reduction of Ireland; that those employed were very many, in every seaport, from Whitehaven round to Berwick-upon-Tweed, so that the cries occasioned by the necessities of the poorer sort were very great; several masters of ships being under arrests and imprisonment, for debts contracted in this service, others of them (yet out of gaols) were so disabled, that they could not refit their ships to go to sea, &c.; praying their Lordships to order their certified sums, in ready money or tallies; and that all ships discharged and re-measured by Mr. Bowles might have their accounts stated to the time of their discharges, &c.
Minuted:—“July 28th, 1691. To the Commissioners of the Transports, that they make up the accounts of all ships measured by Mr Bowles to the time of their discharge.” 1 page.
July 29. 68. Report of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, certifying the state of Mr. Henry Rowes' case, whose ship, the “Deborah,” was hired at 13s. per ton, per mensem, and there was due to him 720l. 3s. 3d., and stating that they believed the case was very deplorable, as well as the other masters generally were. Dated 29 July '91.
Minuted:—“Hee shall have his share now, as the other transport ships in the service shall have.” 2 pages.