|1. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to [Mr. Lowndes], intimating the King's pleasure to the Lords of the Treasury, that the deposit of 300,000 guilders agreed to be made in a third hand, should be lodged in the hands of such persons as Mons. Fariseau and partners, the concontractors, should appoint. Dated Loo, 2/12 Aug. 1697. 1½ pages (quarto).|
||2. Letter from the same to the same. The King's pleasure to the Lords of the Treasury was that no money should be issued to Mr. Graham, the agent of Gen. Ramsay, colonel of the Scots' Guards (who represented that the agent had exhausted and misapplied the off-reckonings of that regiment), until he had stated his account, &c. Dated Loo, 12 Aug. 1697, N.S. 1 page (quarto).|
||3. Letter from the same to the same, returning the following warrants signed by the King, viz.:—|
“For a lease to E. Romney, of Greenwch p[er]k, &c.
“For paying the salry to Lords of Admty.
“For paying 893 [l.] to Lord Lucas & al.
“For discharge [of] Sir Hen. Tichborne.
“For 20,000li to Mr Fox & ał.”
Dated Loo, 12 Aug. 1697, N.S. 1 page (quarto).
||4. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Aaron Deuculle, of the town of Southampton, mariner, touching the freighting a vessel from Amsterdam to Jersey, which ship was taken for the preservation thereof to Dover, and there seized; not objecting to a “noli prosequi” for the King's share in the seizure. Dated 3 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 3 Aug. '97. A noli pros. paying ye dutys.”
Also the petition. 3¼ pages.
||5. Similar report, on the petition of Samuel Shepherd and Samuel Eyres, of London, merchants, concerning a lading of French paper by “him” bought of the Commissioners of Prizes; praying to be admitted to pay the additional duties, according to the real value of the goods, and not according to the value in the book of rates.|
Minuted:—“Read 3 Aug. '97. The Comrs of Customes must insist upon the higher duty.”
The petition and another paper. 3½ pages.
||6. Similar report, on the petition of Samuel Green, touching a parcel of whalebone seized by the officers of Newcastle; advising that he should have the same favourable consideration as others had. Dated 3 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 3 Aug. '97. To be discharged prout [sic]. Wt signed 6 Augt 1697.”
Also the petition and an affidavit. 3 pages.
||7. Similar report, as to certain whalebone belonging to Alderman Trippet, of Hull, and another parcel belonging to Edward Ascoughe, seized by the officers of that port, not objecting to the same favour being bestowed as had been shown to others in the like case. Dated 3 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 3 Aug. '97. To be discharged put others in the like case. Wt signed 10th Augt 1697.”
Also four other documents. 5½ pages.
|8. Petition of Thomas Mathews, gent., to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the injustice done him by the reports of the agents for taxes, he having been appointed Receiver-general of the county of Hereford of the first 4s. aid, &c.; appealing to their Lordships that he may not be a loser by bringing up the taxes, &c.|
Also two bills of the charges of bringing up the taxes.
Minuted:—“4 Aug. '97. My Lords adhere to the agents' reports.” 2½ pages.
||9. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the Earl of Bellomont's memorial, about the clothing of four companies of foot at New Yook, for which he was ready to pay in salt tallies and malt tickets, if their Lordships ordered it. Dated 4 Aug. 1697.|
“Lr~e signed 6th Aug. 1697.” 1 page.
||10. Letter of Mr. Jamss Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury. The Lords Justices were concerned that Sir Willm. Hodges' bills, drawn from Cadiz upon the Victualling Office, were gone back protested, and that his disbursements remained unanswered, as well for what he furnished to the squadron under the command of Rear-Admiral Nevill, as for other victualling service in Spain. Dated 4 Aug. 1697. 1 page (quarto).|
||11. Letter signed “Jos. Blake” to Mr. Lownds, as to a recompense to “poor Mr. Robert Murry,” his fellow citizen, for his activeness, both in the malt and other proposals in Parliament, who had been in custody in a sponging house for a month, in the house of one Armestrong, a bailiff, at the Two Golden Posts, in Boswell Court, behind St. Clement's church. Dated 4 Aug. 1697. 1 page (quarto).|
|12. Petition of Thomas Duppa and Philippa Croke, joint executors to the late Sir Thomas Duppa, their father, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, to be allowed the arrear of 200l. per ann., due to their father as the allowance to him in the office of “Black Rod.”|
Recd 4 Aug. '97. 1 page.
||13. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. John Nanfan, for payment of an arrear of 175l. due to him as Captain in Sir John Jacob's regiment, offering no objection to the payment. The petitioner was appointed Lieut. Governor of New York, and was preparing for his voyage with the Earl of Bellomont. Dated 5 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Out of malt ticqts.”
“Lr~e signed 6 Aug. 1697.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
||14. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. The King had approved of the restoration of Mr. Carleton, who had been put out of the commission for the revenue of Ireland to make room for Sir Thomas Southwell. The King desired a payment to be made to the Duchess of Cleaveland on the arrears of her pension, proportionable to what had been paid to other great persons; further, the King would take into consideration the letter of the 29th past, with the accounts of Mr. Price, late Receiver-General of Ireland.|
The postscript states that he sends a deduction received from Sir Paul Rycaut of what related to the business of Gaillardet. Dated 15 Aug. 1697 [N.S.].
Also memorandum as to measures taken by Rycaut for the discovery of ships engaged in the trade with France, sailing under false colours; in the discovery of which Mr. Peter Gaillardet and Benjamin Sechay, his partner, were concerned.
Minuted:—“Read 10 Aug. '97, wth the deduction.” 6 pages (quarto).
||15. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Fowler, an officer of the Customs at Bourn, in Sussex, who was taken prisoner by a French privateer and carried to Dieppe, where he remained under very hard treatment for 10 months, having two of his ribs broken, &c.: praying allowance of his expenses out of the King's share of a seizure of French silks, &c. Leaving it to their Lordships to order him payment of 47l. out of the King's share of the seizure, which was 121l. 3s. 4d. Dated 7 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“47l. to be pd out ye Ks p[er]t.”
Also the petition and two other documents. 5 pages.
|16. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard Bere, late collector of the port of Carlisle, praying allowance of 74l. 4s., disbursed for the subsistence of 12 Irish papist soldiers, secured in the castle of Carlisle by order of the Secretary of State; if their Lordships order this payment, the money must be issued to do it with, and there must be another warrant.|
With the following Minutes:—
“9 Augt '97.”
“Ref to Ld Coningsby & Mr Fox, 24th xbr '97.”
“21 7br '98. A warrt to allow this.”
Also the petition, copy of a warrant, and a certificate. 3 pages and 2 halves.
||17. “An acct of the numbers of the malt ticketts remaining in Mr Povey's hands, as receiver for the sick and wounded seamen & prisoners at war, amounting to the sum of 6,700l.” Dated 9 Aug. 1697.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 255, 9 Sept. 1697, is:—“The Comrs for Sick and Wounded are to disct the 5,000li in malt ticqts, at as low a rate of disct as they can.”
[? If portion of the above sum.] 1 large page.
||18. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer. Not having yet an answer from him, as to what fund there was for the “million,” which they were endeavouring to get transferred from the bank to the King, His Majesty had ordered the salt tallies to be offered; and commanded that those tallies for 100,000l., and as much more as remained, not exceeding 20,000l., should be forthwith deposited in the hands of the Dutch ambassadors at London, instead of those tallies to be withdrawn by the bank. The troops on the Rhine were reduced to the last extremity by the protesting of Comte Frise's and Van der Meer's bills. The King directed that the land tax tallies in Lord Ranelagh's hands should be delivered to the Dutch ambassador as a deposit, on which they hoped to get credit in Holland. Mr. Hill was then at the Hague to transact these matters. Dated Loo, 19 Aug. 1697.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 248, 17 Aug. 1697, is:—
“5,000li to be putt into my Lord Ranelagh's hands to discha Count Frize's bill in new Excheqr bills.
“120,000li in salt tallies in my Lord Ranelagh's hands to be putt into the Dutch ambassador's hands, as a credit for raysing mony in Holland for the forces in Flanders, taking a rect from the Dutch ambassador for the same, pursuant to His Mats pleasure, signifyed by Mr. Blathwayte[s] letter of the 19th instant.
“10,000li more on the 3s ayd to be putt into the Dutch ambassador's hands, as a credit for raysing mony for the forces on the Rhine.
“A letter to Ld Ranelagh. That whereas there was 100,000li left in his Lordship's hands in malt ticquetts, designed as a security for a million of gildrs, which His Maty is borrowing of the States, wch security is now given by depositing 120,000li in salt tallies in the Dutch ambassador's hands; his Lordship is to keep the said 100,000li malt ticquetts for the supply of subsistence for the forces in Flanders.”
And again, at p. 251, 1 Sept. 1697:—
“2,500li in Exchr bills to answr small bills of Mr Hill for subsist[ence] in Flandrs.
“5,000li in do to answer the bills of Count de Frize & Monsr Vandermaar, for paymt of His Mats forces on ye Rhine.
“To the Earl of Ranelagh to receive back from the Dutch ambr the 120,000li of salt tallys deposited in his hands, and instead thereof, to deliver to him 100,000li in malt ticqts, without any benefits.” 2 pages (quarto).
||19 and 20. Letter from Mr. Philip Ryley to William Lowndes, Esq., Secretary to the Treasury, enclosing a letter from his deputy in the New Forest (dated 4 Aug.), as to timber from thence for the Navy. Dated 9 Aug. 1697. 2½ pages (quarto).|
||21. A list of lottery tickets remaining in the hands of the Master of the Horse. Dated 9 Aug. 1697. ½ page.|
||22. Accompt of what lottery tickets on the malt have been issued to Charles Fox, Esq., and what remains in his hand the 9th of August 1697. 1 page (quarto).|
||23. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Thomas Hart, praying payment of 162l. 7s., due for his arrears in the royal regiment of fusileers. Dated 9 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“To be paid as the regiment is paid; to have 50l. out of the hackney coach money.” 1 page.
||24. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, acknowledging the receipt of his letter of the 3rd inst., giving an assurance that 30,000l., for the magazine at Gand and elsewhere, would soon he remitted; but the King did not find that directions had been given for the deposit which would be necessary. The King deferred signing the warrant accompanying Mr. Price's account till his arrival in England. Dated Loo, 19 Aug. 1697, N.S. 1 page (quarto).|
||25. Letter from the Navy Board to the Earl of Orford, Treasurer of the Navy, praying him to communicate to the Lords of the Treasury the award made by Mr. Thompson, in the cause between the King and Mr. Fitch, in relation to the new docks at Portsmouth, and to procure the payment of the 1,091l. 6s. 3¼d. so awarded. Dated 10 Aug. '97.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 244, 11 Aug. 1867, is:—“1090li in new Excheqr bills is to be issued to the navy, wch, with 1li 6s 3½d in mo, is to be applyed to satisfie Mr Fitch for his works at ye new dock at Portsmth, pursuant to an award per Mr Thompson.” 1 page.
||26. Letter of the Board of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting a true account of the whole number of tickets remaing in their hands, which they had not time to dispose of to the artificers, who were unwilling to receive those they did take, expecting much better payment; seeking a greater proportion of the Exchequer bills. Dated 10 Aug. 1697.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 244, 11 Aug. 1697, is:—“To the Ordnance, out of ye new Excheqr bills, 30,000l for sea service & 20,000li for land service, in all 50,000li; out of wch they are to discha. ye debt for powder bot in Holld, per the E. Inda Compa, & place the charge thereof to acct of land and sea service, in the usuall proportions.” 1 page.
||27. Presentment by the Principal Comrs for Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the grants made by the King [to the Earl of Arran] of the whole third part of the proceed of the St. Peter [a Spanish man-of-war] and cargo taken by the Anglesey, &c. Further, they had with difficulty paid 1,000l. to the Marquis of Monpouillan, who had produced a grant for 4,000l. to be paid out of the King's share of such prizes as should be condemned; adding, that they were unable to comply with this grant. Dated 10 Aug. 1697.|
Accompanied by the warrant in favour of Charles Earl of Arran.
Minuted:—“Read 11th Aug. 1697.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 244, 11 Aug. 1697, is:—“To the Comrs of Prizes (upon reading their report 10th instant), that they must take care to comply with ye payts directed by Act of P'lt; and as to ye execution of ye warrts, mentioned in ye report, my Lords will receive the King's pleasure at his return.” 2 pages.
|28. Petition of Joanna Oxenbridge, widow, to the Lords of the Treasury. Her late husband had impoverished himself in his life in settling the General Post Office. Praying for the settlement of the allowance of 60l. per ann. out of the Post Office, according to the King's intentions. “Recd 11 Augt '97.” 1 page.|
|29. Petition of the Right Hon. the Lady Preston and the Lord Preston, her son. They were informed the Lords of the Treasury had granted a warrant to Dr. Chetwood for some arrears due from the tenants of the Lord Preston's late father's estate, in satisfaction of a debt to the Doctor, &c. Praying their Lordships to stay their orders for levying any arrears, &c.|
Minuted:—“Read 11 Aug. 1697. Rejected.” 1 page.
|30. Petition of Daniel Skinner, gent., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he had served at Tripoli as Consul and Agent-General, and was ordered 180l. for the same; praying an order for the payment of the money so due to him, his substance having been spent on physicians, &c.|
Minuted:—“11 Augt '97. To be paid with the extrarys of the other forreign ministers.” 1 page.
||31. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, acknowledging the receipt of his letter, which stated that for the money borrowed by the bank of the States General, they deposited but the equal sum in tallies; replying that some in Holland affirmed that there was an additional security from the bank. He then hoped malt tickets would be deposited to answer the loan: they might be satisfied with 100,000l. in those tickets, and the money being ready to be paid to Mr. Hill at the Hague, the King commanded that the tickets should be deposited in the hands of the Dutch ambassadors in London, on account of the million to be lent in Holland.|
Nothing could be done, as was desired by their Lordships, to defer the repayment of the loan, which was for one year, as it was entered in the journal of the assembly of the States of Holland, which had separated, and was not to meet for some weeks; but this loan being once settled, and a regular payment made of the interest of 5 per cent. (which is greater than could be got in those countries upon so good a security), there was no fear that the parties concerned would call for their moneys, but would be glad to continue the loan.
In the postscript he states that the King had not considered the reports from Ireland, but an answer might be expected in the next. Dated Loo, 12/22 Aug. 1697.
Minuted:—“Read 24 Aug. '97. Mr Abbot to take care to comply with these directions.” 3 pages.
||32. Order in Council by the Lords Justices referring to the Lords of the Treasury the petition and other papers of Percival Brunskell, gent., touching claims made by him for derelict land at Lancing, against Sir William Goring: and further relating to his dismissal from the Alienation office and the surveyorship of the greenwax fines. The order is dated 12 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 8 7br '97. My Lords have already heard this matter, & ordered the inquisition to be quashed.” 5 pages.
||33. Copy of a letter of the Lords of the Treasury to the Lords Justices, dated 12 Aug. 1697, sending the Report of Mr. Henry Baker to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Mary Mangey, widow, certifying that Arthur Mangey, her husband, was convicted of high treason and executed for coining 18s., upon the single evidence of one Geo. Norcross, shoemaker of Leeds; that the said Mary was also tried, on the information of Norcross, and his evidence being unworthy of credit, she was acquitted; that two of the relations had petitioned for the estate of the said Arthur to be granted to them, for the support of the widow and seven small children; and that certain other persons had presented a counter petition.|
Also copies of the petition, an order in Council, the petition of the relations, and the order of the Lords Justices referring the same to Mr. Henry Baker.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 90, 12 Jan. 1697–8, is the account of the hearing of the counsel in this case. It finishes by stating that—
“Mr Byndloss, one of the Comrs, saies Mangy's personal estate is 9,000li.
“A grant to pass to Mr Lowman of ye whole estate, except 300li of the personal estate, wch is to be reserved in ye King's power, till it be seen whether Mrs Mangy ingenuously discovers the whole estate.
“My Lords think the grant to Lowman should be charged wth a bond for 250li due to Mr Richd Asheton.” 7 pages or parts of pages.
||34. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. It was the King's pleasure that their Lordships should displace Mr. Baber, an officer of the excise, on account of his “insufficiency;” about which their Lordships had written.|
With a postscript mentioning the return of the warrant for the Lady St. George, signed by the King. Dated Dieren, 26 Aug. 1697, N.S.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 272, 6 Oct. 1697, is:—
“Comrs of Excise, Mr Baber's memorial of 15 7br '97 is read. The Comrs of Excise continue in their former opinion, that Mr Baber is not fitt for his imploymt of solicitor, and my Lords upon hearing them, & considering ye said memorial, do resolve that he be dismist.
“Mr Baber saies the mo has not been accted for, as it should be, & the proceedings have not been regular; mony hath been taken for ye first process, & something is not right as to ye fines: he saies Sr Tho. Clarges asked ye Comrs whether ducks & drakes were made of ye K. mo. Answr was made that the matter of ye fines was layd before ye Lds of ye Tre[asu]ry, & no direction given.
“Sr John Foche complaines agt Mr Parry, ye sollr for law suits, & his depty, Stanlake, for not doing their duty in the case of one Pride. See Min. 29 July '97.
“Mr George Townsend is to be sollicitor for causes before ye Comrs of Excise & Comrs of Appeales, and sollicitor for prosecuting of law suits, with ye salary of 200li p[er] an. for himselfe & his clerk.
“The Comrs wilbe here againe this day senight at 5.
“A revocac[i]on or Mr Baber's patent, and Mr Townsend to be constituted in the same patent.” 1 page (quarto).
|? Aug. 16/26.
||35. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. He had received the reports which the Lords Justices of Ireland had sent to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petitions hereafter named; on which the King signified his pleasure that they should cause warrants to be prepared.|
1. On the petition of the Earl of Portland, for granting in fee the forfeited estate of the Earl of Clancarty.
2. On the memorial, &c. of Mr. Conelly, in behalf of the Earl of Albemarle, for conveying to him forfeited lands to the value of about 1,020l.; to make up a grant to him of 2,000l. per ann.
3. On the petition of John Butcher, gent., for granting him the reversion of divers quit rents in Ireland, to the value of 883l. 9s., leaving a blank for the term of years.
4. On the petition of Mordecai Abbot, for forfeited lands of 300l. per ann.
5. For granting to the Marquis de Puissar forfeited estates in Ireland to the value of 600l. per ann.
6. For granting to the children of Sir Charles Porter, late Lord Chancellor of Ireland, an estate of 400l. per ann. in forfeited lands.
All which warrants for passing the said grants under the great seal of Ireland the King wished should be prepared and transmitted for signature.
7. The King had likewise considered the petition of Maurice Birchfield, for a lease for 21 years, of certain lands amounting to 142l. per ann., and wished further information.
8. The King was pleased to grant an estate of 100l. per ann. in forfeited lands for 99 years, to Sir Edw. Byron, if their Lordships judged that the exception of the Lords Justices of Ireland ought not to stop the same.
9. His Majesty also agreed to allow a fourth part of all discoveries of forfeited lands to the persons making the same.
10. He also approved of an additional allowance of 200l. per ann. to each of the Judges in Ireland.
11. His Majesty approved of the report on the petition of the Comrs for the custody of the great seal of Ireland, and directed that the necessary warrants and orders should be despatched upon the foregoing matters.
12. And further granted the petition of Brigadier Wolseley for such forfeited lands as he held in custodiam in Ireland, which were not already granted.
A postscript adds that the King expected the warrants over as soon as possible. Dated Dieren, 26 Aug. 1697. 3 pages (folio).
|36. Proposal of Edmund Maund to the Lords of the Treasury, to lend 100l. on the Poll Act, provided he might be paid his brother George's debt of 69l. 3s. 3d., as late quartermaster in the Earl of Oxford's regiment.|
Minuted:—“17 Augt '97. Referr'd to my Ld Ranelagh.” Part of a page.
|? Aug. 19/29.
||37. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, conveying His Majesty's wishes that the grant made to Henry Tyson, in trust for Mr. William Williams, of fee farm rents of the value of 200l. per ann., should pass without payment of the purchase money (3,200l.), and His Majesty further wished to know the best way to do it without any charge to Mr. Williams. Dated Dieren, 29 Aug. 1679.|
There are two minutes that Sir John Talbot is to be spoken with. 1 page (quarto).
||38. Letter from the same to the same. His Majesty approved of the report of the Lords Justices of Ireland in behalf of Dr. Leslye, and desired a warrant to be prepared for the grant of certain forfeited lands to the value of 400l. per ann. to the said Dr. Leslye. Dated Dieren, 29 Aug. 1697, N.S. 1 page (quarto).|
|39. “An account of malt tickets in the late Queen's Treasury Office, August the ninth 1697, which are laid by in particular parcels to the names of the several persons hereafter mentioned.”|
Then follows the list of the persons.
Also a further account. Dated 20 Aug. 1697. 5¼ pages.
||40. “Account of the malt ticketts remaining in the Treasurer of the Ordnance his hands,” the 20th Aug. 1697. 1 page.|
||41. An account of the benefit tickets in the malt lottery, out of what was appropriated for the service of the sick and wounded seamen, &c. Signed “Rich. Povey.” Dated 20 Aug. 1697. 1 page.|
||42. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, about discharging some arrears of quit rents, and the additional salary of 200l. per ann. to the judges of Ireland. Dated 21 Aug. 1697. 2 pages.|
||43. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Mason, Esq., receiver-general of the taxes for the university, town, and county of Cambridge and Isle of Ely; recommending that the sum paid by him in excess be repaid to him. Dated 28 Aug. '97.|
Also the petition.
“Wt signed 29 7br 1697.” 2 pages.
||44. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John de Senne, praying the grant of the King's part of the forfeitures on certain French silk and lace, which came to his hands, and which when he left France, on account of the persecution there, he brought to England, being contraband; declining to advise the remission of the King's part of the fine. Dated 31 Aug. 1697.|
Also the said petition, a petition of his wife, report thereon, and other documents relating thereto.
Minuted:—“The fine not to be remitted.” 7 pages.
||45. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending that Hugh Redman, merchant of London, should be allowed to compound for his impost debts. Dated 31 Aug. 1697.|
Also the petition, a previous report, and two other documents. 5 pages.
||46. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Thomas Lane and Sir John Moore, Knts., William Penn, and others, who represented on behalf of the proprietors of East and West Jersey in America, that King Charles II. granted them the liberty to constitute maritime and other officers, and to make and elect ports in those provinces; and thereupon they had so constituted the town of Amboy in East Jersey, and the towns of Burlington, Salem, and Cape May in West Jersey, to be ports for lading and unlading merchandise; and notwithstanding the said provinces were no ways dependant, or part of the province of New York, yet the collectors there presumed to make all ships and vessels bound to the Jerseys come to New York to unlade or pay customs there, which they were advised was illegal and discouraged the trade. The Comrs report that the inhabitants of New York had granted a certain revenue to the Crown of England for the defence of that province, arising by an impost or custom on imported and exported goods, on Indian trading, on goods carried up Hudson's river to Albany, and an excise on liquors retailed; the collector of those duties had demanded the same on all goods belonging to East and West Jersies coming within the river of New York called Hudson's river, which being about a mile and a half over, divides the Jersies from New York, being as he alleged agreeable to former practice before his time; referring the matter to the Lords of the Treasury, as those duties did not come under their (the Comrs of Customs) management.|
The Comrs of Customs further acquainted their Lordships, that in the establishment of officers presented from hence for Virginia and other the King's plantations, a collector was appointed at Perth Amboy in East Jersey, and another officer at Bridlington in West Jersey, with instructions to collect as well the duties imposed in 25 Car. II. upon tobacco and other plantation commodities shipped from thence, as to inspect the like commodities laden for this kingdom, and to attend the delivery of European goods brought from hence, which were the chief matters for which the Comrs were concerned, and for these purposes it was necessary that there should be such privileged ports. Dated 31 Aug. 1697.
Also the said petition and a later petition, besides a letter and copy of a warrant.
Minuted:—“Read 7 7br. '97. Send it to C. Trade & Plantations, desire their opinion.
“15 7br '97. My Lords dismiss the petn of ye proprietors of East & W. Jersey upon reading ye report from ye Comrs of Trade.”
[Much information as to this controversy will be found in “Documents relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol. IV.,” published by the American Government in 1854. See the index volume under “Amboy.”] 6 pages.
||47. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Magdalen Cuningham, widow, admitting that there were debts due to the petitioner's husband, who was a captain in a regiment lately commanded by Sir Robt. Douglas. Dated 31 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“20£ to be paid. Pd 8 Oct.”
Also the petition and a letter from the petitioner addressed to Mr. Mountague, urgently demanding assistance in her difficulties.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 272, 6 Oct. 1697, is:—
“20li to be paid to Mrs Cuningham, & to be told it appears by ye report, nothing is due from ye K., & she must expect no more.” 3 pages.
||48. Representation by the Comrs of the Sick and Wounded to the Lords of the Treasury, urgently seeking suitable relief, they being in great straights, to provide for sick men at Rochester and other places where there was above 10,000l. in arrear. Dated 31 Aug. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 1 7br '97.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 251, 1 7br 1696 (mistake for 1697), is:—
“2,000li in Excheqr bills to ye Comrs of Sick and Wounded, vizt., 1,200li on ye head of wages & 800li on th'ead of vict~.” 1 page.
|49. Memorial of the Trustees for exchanging Exchequer bills, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing the state of the accounts, asking them to determine when the rolls for taking subscriptions should be closed; further, that they would direct the payment of 2,269l. 11s. 15/8d. to them, for interest on 107,862l. 10s.; (Minuted:—“Directed”); that they would allow the insertion in the Gazette of a notice therein recited; (Minuted:—“Agreed”); that they would direct the tellers of the Exchequer to exchange certain bills; (Minuted:—“Mr. L. to speak to officers of Excheqr abt this”); and lastly that their Lordships would direct what allowance was to be made to the chamberlain for his trouble and charges in receiving 107,862l. 10s., being the first fourth part of the first subscription.|
Indorsed:—“31 Aug. 1697, Mr. Lowndes to be minded of one ar~le [? article].” 1 page.
|50. Petition of James Roettiers to the Lords of the Treasury, complaining that his puncheons and medal dies and several tools were still detained from him by the Warden of the Mint; proposing that their Lordships should grant an order to Mr. Harris and himself that they might show the difference of their art; that their Lordships might make use of the ablest for the King's service; stating further that he had received 60l. 10s. from Mr. Neale, but denying any agreement for the 500 pair of dyes for the country mints; there was a particular contract between Mr. Neale and himself about halfpence and farthings, which Mr. Neale seemed willing to continue. He was willing to serve the King to the utmost of his art and ability.|
Minuted:—“Mr. Neal saies Roettiers left it to Mr. Neal to do what he pleased for the dyes for ye country mints. That he gave him 50l. & he took it, or he will give him ye 50l. See ye Minute Book.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 253, 7 Sept. 1697, is:—“Roettiers is to have his dyes & puncheons that are usefull onely for medalls & have no relation to the coyning of mony. Mr. Neal will pay him 50l. for the dyes for the countrey mints.” 1 page.
||51. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, acknowledging the receipt of their Lordships' letter, together with one from the Comrs of the Admiralty, and the copy of a letter from Mr. Naish, a purveyor employed by the Comrs of the Navy, touching the obstructions the latter met with in providing timber for the Navy in the forfeited woods; reporting that a great destruction had taken place in those woods, which was imputed to Mr. Naish's mismanagement. Dated 2 Sept. 1697.|
Also two letters from the Comrs of the Revenue of Ireland to the Lords Justices on the same subject. 7 pages.
||52. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. He had received the two warrants relating to Ireland; the Receiver-General of the States made grievous complaint of the want of interest due on the tallies on the land tax delivered to the Dutch ambassador. These little things destroy our credit abroad. His Majesty directs attention to the troops upon the Rhine, who, without additional care of their subsistence, would be in miserable condition. Dated Soestdykc, 2/12 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 7 7br. '97.” 1 page (quarto).
||53. Letter from the same to the same, conveying His Majesty's order, that if the business before the Lords of the Treasury, in respect to the “aulnage” in which Lord Villiers was concerned were settled in his favour, the warrant should be transmitted; also that the arrears of pension due to Lady Orkney should be forthwith paid. Dated Soestdyke, 12 Sept. 1697, N.S. 1 page (quarto).|
||54. Letter signed John Glover, to Wm. Lowndes, Esq., Secretary to the Treasury. He had received a letter from Mr. William Williams, “Lord Albemarle's gentleman,” and begged Mr. Lowndes to get the 200l. per ann. quit rents despatched, which the King had given to Mr. Williams, and which he had signed a warrant for, in the name of Mr. Henry Tyson, before he left for Flanders. His Majesty's intention was “that it should pass (without payment of the purchase money, being 3,200l.) by the privy purse, as the quit rents of my Lord Portland's did, to save him the fees in the Exchequer, which are very high,” &c. Dated 3 Sept. 1697. See also Vol. XLVII., 37 and 66. 1 page.|
||55. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Col. Robert Quarry, as to certain sugars bought by him, on their condemnation by the Court of Admiralty, in the province of Maryland, shipped for Bristol, and there seized as French sugars; praying to be compensated for the value of the sugars; advising a favourable consideration of the case. Dated 7 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“58. 9. 4. to be repd & placed to acco of incidents.”
Also the petition and four other documents. 7 pages.
||56. Representation of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the difficulties the collectors of excise were put to by the receipt of old hammered money, part of which had been received by tale and part by weight at 5s. 8d. and 5s. 2d. per ounce, amounting as by list annexed to 1,746l. 4s. 10d.; praying their Lordships to order the same to be melted down and recoined, and that the deficiency be brought to each of the collector's accounts, by way of incident. Dated 7 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 11 7br. 1697. This mo is to be melted in presence of Sir Stephen Evance, & the Comrs to certifie my Lords the value of ye silver & ye losse.”
Also the said list. 5 pages.
||57. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Dawes, bridle cutler and leather dresser, praying for the place of general surveyor in the duty on leather; adverse to him. Dated 7 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 7 7br. '97. The petition is rejected.”
Also the petition. 2 parts of pages.
|58. Petition of Jahleel Brenton, Esq. to the Lords of the Treasury, showing the trouble he had taken about prize vessels brought into New England, and that he was appointed agent of prizes; but the Governor and Commander-in-chief in New England pretended that by the statute the receipt and disposal of the prizes belonged to them; further that he had waited a long time for the advantage of the convoy of the Earl of Bellomont, who had been appointed [on 18 June] Governor of Massachusets Bay, &c. in New England, but was advised that the Comrs of Prizes had appointed for an agent in New England one Mr. George; praying to be reimbursed the money he had laid out and to be reinstated in his office. Received 8 Sept. 1697. 1 page (quarto).|
|59. Petition of Robert Alcock to the Lords of the Treasury referring to his former petition read to their Lordships four months previously, which prayed for a reward for his services, and stated that Mr. Baker would do nothing in it; praying their Lordships to order his attendance on the petitioner's affair.|
Minuted:—“8 7br. '97. Nicho. Baker to be here this day senight.” 1 page.
|60. Report of Mr. Henry Baker to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the petition of Henry Killigrew, Esq., as to a tenement of the value of 80l. a year desired by him; stating that the estate belonged to Mr. John Stafford, and was at Hawley in Kent, and of the value of about 70l. per ann.|
Also the petition. Received 8 Sept. '97.
Minuted:—“29 Sepr '97. The estate is not found to belong to the King, but 20l. to be paid him by Mr Taylour.” 2 pages (quarto).
||61. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Major Edw. Nott, praying the payment of the arrears of pay and subsistence due to him, as major of the regiment in the West Indies; stating that 539l. 18s. 9d. were due to him for arrears, and 120l. for subsistence; the latter of which he was prepared to pay, with their Lordships' sanction. Dated 15 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 20 8br '97.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
||62. Letter of Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, sending several warrants signed by the King, with remarks on them, that the blank in Mr. Butcher's for the term of years should be filled up with “Thirty one,” and in that for the discoverers to make their claims might be three or six months. Those for Brigadier Wolseley and Dr. Lesley would be transmitted by another conveyance. Dated Loo, 15/25 Sept. 1697.|
The warrants related to,—
The Earl of Albemarle.
Sir Chas. Porter's children.
The late Comrs of the Great Seal.
The ¼ of discoveries to be allowed.
Judges of Ireland, additional salaries.
Sir Laurence Parsons.
Auditors of the Imprests to allow in the Earl of
Ranelagh's accounts, the discount of tallies, &c. 2½ pages.
||63. Letter from the same to the same, enclosing the two warrants in favour of Dr. Lesley and Brigadier Wolseley: with a postscript that the King had left out of the list of lands granted to Brigadier Wolseley, what belonged to Sir Patrick Trant, as intended for Lord Gallway. Dated Loo, 27 Sept. 1697. 1 page.|
||64. Letter of the Board of Ordnance to Mr. Lowndes, stating that they had made the same discount to Sir John Fleete upon the 1,000l. land tallies as was allowed to the East India Company, and further desiring to know the quantity of saltpetre contracted for with the East India Company. Dated 20 Sept. 1697. 1 page (quarto).|
||65. Copy of a petition of Mr. John Walker, son of Dr. George Walker, governor of the city of Londonderry, during the late siege; also the resolutions of the House of Commons thereon, in which they determined to raise 2,000l. for the family of the Doctor. Dated 20 Sept. 1697. 2 pages.|
||66. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. His Majesty acquiesced in the proposal made in relation to Mr. Williams' fee farms, and that such an allowance should be made to him as would enable him to pay the Exchequer fees and other incidents. Dated Loo, 20/30 Sept. 1697. 1 page (quarto).|
||67. Petition of Lady Elizabeth Hamilton to the Lords of the Treasury, for a further allowance to relieve her and her family's necessities, beyond the 40l. per ann. granted her by the late Queen to pay her debts, adding:—“Mr Tailor will inform your Lordps with what your petrs necessities forced her to on Saturday last in the morning.” Received 22 Sept. '97.|
Minuted:—“My Lords never had any order concerning her from the King.”
The following notice in the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 37, 5 Nov. 1697, probably relates to her:—“Mrs Hamilton, 10li.” 1 page (quarto).
||68. Representation by the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the state of the debt due from the Victualling department, advising that some person should be appointed as a trustee for the King, to accept an assignment from the Comrs of Victualling of the 8,000l. tallies and orders on the 4s. aid, and other tallies for the remaining 26,345l. 18s. 4¼d. Dated 22 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“Read 28 7br. '97. An order to C. of Cust. to reserve these tallys for this use, and that as any mony comes in, either for pr. or int., they do apply that mo to ye Excise debt, & duly surcha. themselves with the inter., and that they present to my Lords a list of ye tallys they so reserve. Lr~e signed 29th 8o.”
Enclosing a previous representation and a certificate of the officers of the Victualling department, on the same subject; also a list of bills of exchange. 4½ pages.
||69. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Ralph Williamson, Esq., receiver-general of the 4s. 4d. aid for the counties of Durham and Northumberland, Newcastle, and town of Berwick-upon-Tweed; recommending that an excess paid in on one account rendered by him, be transferred to the deficit in another. Dated 23 Sept. '97.|
Also the petition and two brief states of the account.
“Wt signed 29 7br. 1697.” 4 pages.
||70. Letter of Mr. James Vernon to Mr. Lowndes, sending copies of some informations for the Lords of the Treasury, which the Lords Justices had received, relative to the designs of counterfeiters of Exchequer bills. Dated 24 Sept. '97.|
Also the informations. 11 pages.
||71. Report of Charles Twitty, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Henry Ferne as to a loss by payment of new money in connection with a sum of 1,600l.; recommending the payment to the petitioner of 220l. out of the produce of the hammered money; and as to 593l. 0s. 11d. paid in new money for the service of the Navy, for which he was doubly charged; recommending that the treasurer of the Navy should pay it. Dated 24 Sept. 1697.|
Accompanied by the petition and another paper.
Minuted:—“29 Sepr '97. Agreed to. Lr~es & Wts drawne & signed.” 3½ pages.
||72. Letter of Mr. James Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury, acquainting them that the Lords Justices had sent directions to the Comrs for Transportations (in pursuance of the King's pleasure), for the shipment of 1,000 horses with the troopers from Willemstadt into England, and further that the King required all possible despatch to be used. Dated 26 Sept. '97. 1 page (quarto).|
||73. Letter [of Henry, Earl of] Gallway, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that the King had granted to Mr. Cottin a commission of Major of the Ordnance of Ireland, with 200l. a year; praying that they would sign his warrant, and give him a quick despatch.|
Dated Dublin Castle, 27 Sept. 1697.
Docquetted:—“Wt signed by King in Treary, 1st Xbr 1697.” 1 page (quarto).
||74. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, enclosing a letter from Mons d'Ellemeet, Receiver-General of the States, complaining of want of punctuality in the payment of interest on the tallies; adding that it hindered the getting further loans “on this side.” Dated Loo, 7 Oct. 1697.|
It is accompanied by the letter referred to, and a second letter stating that he, Mons. D'Ellemeet, had hoped that his agents (commissionaires) would have received all his interests due on his tallies; the secretary of the Ambassador, de Cleverskerche, was his agent, or the ambassador himself, to whom he had sent a copy of his [Mr. Blathwayt's ?] letter, which had almost embroiled him with the ambassador, who wrote on the 24/14th that there was still nothing but promises of payment of the interest. A postscript states that Monsieur Hill would have informed him that he (the writer) had almost achieved the loan of a million for His Majesty, but to find a second would in his opinion be very difficult. (French.)
Minuted:—“Mr Tailor to examine this at ye Excheqr & report. The interest on all the orders mentioned in the inclosed, was directed on the 4 & 10th of Sepr last; according to a signification thereof, given to Mr Blathwayt, by their Lops ordr 9 Sepr last.” 6½ pages (quarto).
||75. Letter of Mr. James Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury. The Lords Justices were informed that the Earl of Bellomont was delayed from going to his Government in America by the refusal of the masters of the transports to sail until the Navy Board performed their contract; directing their Lordships to enquire into it, and remove the obstacle. Dated 27 Sept. 1697.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 267, 28 Sept. 1697, is:—“1,200li in Excheqr bills for the service of ye transports, and hereafter my Lords intend to furnish them with 300li a week, to defray the charges of ye transportacions from Holld.” 1 page (quarto).
|76. Petition of the Keymen in the port of London, showing that ever since 1672 or '73 they had been a select class of officers, and in 1680 the Comrs of Customs judged it requisite to augment their number, and to appoint them with the King's waiters and landwaiters, and whilst on duty to let them share the perquisites with the waiters, being chiefly a gift from the merchants; praying that until they could be heard thereon, for the sake of their families, they might be employed in the delivery of ships as formerly.|
Minuted:—“Read 28 7br. '97. Rejected.” 1 page.
||77. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, as to how far their office might be reduced from Michaelmas next; seeking a speedy reply. It shows the names and salaries of the whole establishment. Dated 28 Sept. 1697.|
The proposed reduction amounted to 3,330l.
Minuted:—“19 Jan. 1697. The King orders my Lords to signify to the Comrs that the King will continue noe part of the charg of the Prize Office after Lady-day next; & that they cause all accots to be made upp in the mean time.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 130, 15 March 1697–8, is:—“His Maty having signified his pl. that ye Con of Prizes be continued no further then Lady-day next, ye Comrs are forthwth to putt an end to ye charge, and dismiss all their officers; but there being accots to make up, & arrears to be brought in, they promise to continue ye exercise of their power without any sallary.” 2 large pages.
||78. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Delleff Christian Hopp, native of Hamborough, residing in London, who had imported certain tin plates and chests of linen in another name, praying to be admitted to make a post entry thereof; informing them that this is the same fraud which they had represented as practised by one De Kesar, a sworn broker. Dated 28 Sept. 1697.|
Minuted:—“The petition is rejected.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
||79. Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, asking their favourable assistance for the preparation of a warrant for the King's signature, to carry out the King's intention to bestow on the city of Dublin a collar of SS., and His Majesty's effigies on a medal to be worn by the Lord Mayors. Dated 28 Sept. 1697. 1 page.|
|80. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Lieut.-Col. Bristow, praying payment of 150l. 15s. 6d. due for the balance of his account for the year 1692, in consideration of his loss when prisoner at Stienkirk. Admitting that the amount was due. Dated 31 Aug. 1697.|
Also the petition, another memorial from him dated 29 Sept. 1697, a letter in his favour, and “a list of some officers of the first regiment of Guards that are cleered for the year 1692.”
Minuted:—“To be paid 75l. out of hackney coa. rent. Lr~e signed 3 8ber 1697.” 5 pages.
|81. Report of Mr. John Powell to the Lords of the Treasury, giving the reasons why the leather duties ought to be under a particular management, rather than under the officers of Excise.|
Recd 29th Sept. '97.
“Read 29 7br. '97. My Lords will make no alteration in the managemt till the Parliamt meets.” 1½ pages.
||82. “State of the charge of sick and wounded seamen & prisonrs at warr, wth the rects of money, from 11 July 1689 to 29 Sept. 1697.” 1 page.|
|83. Report of Sir Thomas Trevor, Knt., Attorney-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on a claim set up by Mr. Charles Bertie (as lessee of the manor of Deeping, under the Queen Dowager) to the goods and chattels and real estate forfeited in that manor by persons attainted of high treason for clipping and coining; in favour of the claim, as far as the goods and chattels were concerned; but not as regarded real estate. Not dated.|
Accompanied by the letter from Mr. Lowndes to him, asking for his opinion on the claim. Dated Ult. Sept. '97.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 28, 29 Oct. 1697, is:—“Mr Charles Bertie. The Queen's patent to be entred in this office, & a direction to be given thereupon to the Warden of ye Mint, to take off his hands from the goods & chattells, in ye mannor of East and West Deeping, forfeited by ye treason of Wm Hawkins & — Harrison.” 2 pages.
||84. “An account of tallies and malt tickets remaining in the Treasurer of the Navy's hands undirected.” Dated 30 Sept. 1697. 1 page.|
||85. Report of Mr. Henry Shales, auditor, to the Lords of the Treasury, docquetted:—“Mr. Shales' accot of His Maties land revenue, in the countys of Yorke, Durham, Northumberland, and archdeaconry of Richmond.” 29th Sept. '97.|
A copy of this to be sent to Mr. Aldworth, and he to give his answer.
Minuted:—“5 9br. '97. The partys are heard, and this paper, wth the minutes thereupon, to be re-referd to Mr Audr Shales.” 2 pages.
||86. Petition of Bethel Peppett, agent for the company of invalids at Tynmouth Castle, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he paid Capt. Phillip Bickerstaff, M.P. for North Shields, 626l. 10s. 11d. for subsistence for that company, which sum still remained in his hands, whereby a great disturbance was likely to happen.|
Also two letters of the said Bickerstaffe, dated 27 Sept. and 1 Oct. 1697, and one other signed Henry Villiers, 3 Sept. 1697. 4 pages.
|87. Petition of Joan Bourne, widow of Morgan Bourne, deceased, showing that her husband was convicted and executed on the malicious evidence of two notorious offenders in the clipping trade, who swore against her husband to save their lives; praying for His Majesty's title to her husband's debts, she being left with six children.|
Also a certificate of the churchwardens that the widow and children were likely to become a burthen on the parish. Dated Sept. 1697.
Minuted:—“23 June '99. My Lds cannot make ye grant desired.” 2 pages (quarto).
|88. Petition of Abraham Freeman, of the parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, watchman, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying to have the 10l. reward paid to him on the apprehension of Thomas Boone alias Booth, a housebreaker.|
Minuted:—“Wt signed 29th 7ris 1697.”
Also a certificate in his favour by the Recorder of London and others. 1 page and one membrane.