Volume 53
May 10-June 20, 1698


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May 10–June 20, 1698

May 10.
1. Application of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, for arrears, stating that the debt due to the contractors for horses was paid in salt tallies; there was still a foreign debt of 800l. due to the skippers, who were not in a condition to take salt tallies. Dated 10 May 1698. 1 page.
May 10.]
2. Petition of Sir Basil Firebrace and Samuel Shepheard, merchants, to the King, seeking that he would give directions to the Lords of the Treasury, to give up to the petitioners certain bonds given by them for payment of customs on wines, or that according to agreement the excess of customs should be repaid to them.
Minuted:—“10 May '98. Read to my Lords. My Lords are not of opinion to continue any agreemt of this kind, but for the time past their Lops will reprsent the matter to ye K. Putt this in the King's papers.
“25th May 1698. The King thinkes it will be hard to make them pay their bonds, but directs my Lords to inquire further into that matter.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 207, 18 July 1698, is:—
“Firebrace & Sheppard, if there was such a bargain it must be complyd with.” 1 page.
[? About
May 11.]
3. Petition of Lord Mountjoy and Col. George Villers for an order for the payment of money due for clothing their respective regiments, as it was supposed that the off-reckonings were to be used for other regiments.
Minuted:—“11 May 1698. The K. orders this to be referd to ye Lds Justices to state ye fact.”
This minute is also in the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 165, on that day. 1 page.
May 11. 4. Report of Sir Christopher Wren, by order of the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Vice-Admiral John Benbow, as to the great damage which had been done to the house and gardens called Sayes Court, at Deptford, by the Czar of Muscovy and his retinue. The petitioner states that “some time since he tooke the house of Jno Evelyn, Esqr, call'd Sayes Court, at Deptford, and is bound by agreement to keep the same (together with the gardens), &c., in good and sufficient order and repair, and to leave them in the same at the expiration of his terme;” and “that his Czarish Majtie coming to yor petitioner about three months agoe, did request the use of his house dureing the time of his stay in England, as also the furniture in it, as it stood: he freely consented thereto, and immediately removed his family out of it, and gave him possession, supposing it might be a pleasure to his good master the King, and that he (the Czar) would have used his house, goods, and gardens otherwise than he finds he hath, which are in so bad a condition that he can scarcely describe it to your honors, besides much of the furniture broke, lost, and destroyed.” Dated 11 May 1698.
The report contains a summary of the damages done, which were very extensive, amounting in value to 350l. 9s. 6d., of which he supposed 162l. 7s. should be paid to Mr. Evelin, the petitioner's term being nearly expired, 158l. 2s. 6d. to the petitioner, and 30l. to one Russel, a poor man, whose house was ruined by the guards. The report is accompanied by three particular valuations of the damages, viz.:—
(1.) “Account of dammages done to the building and fences, by the Czar of Moscovy and his retinue.”
(2.) “An inventory of Admiral Benbow's goodes that is lost, broake, & damage done to them.”
(3.) “Some observations made upon the gardens and plantations.” Signed by George London, the King's master gardener.
[These show very clearly the disorderly life which was led by his “Czarish Majesty” and retinue whilst at Deptford.]
Minuted:—“The office of works to pay this.” 7½ pages.
May 11. 5. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to the Earl of Orford, concerning the want of 5,000l. for bills of exchange; the want of provision for “the course of the office,” now nearly a year in arrear; the yards, which were also a year in arrear at Lady-day last; soliciting half a year's wages, &c. Dated 11 May 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 13 May '98.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 173, 20 May 1698, is:—“The letter to ye Navy Board for 130,000li to be assigned to wear, tear, & for ye yards, is read & approved.” 2 pages.
May 11. 6. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, seeking that the King's process might go forward for seizing and extending the ship James, of Brest, and her cargo; in order to pay a fine of 100l. due from Philemon Coddan. Dated 11 May 1698.
Minuted:—“22 June '98. Agreed.” 1 page.
May 12. 7. Letter signed Will. Culliford, to the Comrs of the Navy, as to the obtaining through their means the imprest desired in their petition, without which the work must be laid down, which employed above a thousand poor “in this place & at Reading.” [The place is not named. The manufacture was canvas.] Dated 12 May 1698. (Also an enclosure.)
Minuted:—Read 13 May 1698.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 173, 20 May 1698, is:—“500li to be imprested to Mr Culliford & partners for saile cloath, per ye Comrs of ye Navy, out of any mony in ye Treasurer's hands applicable to wear & tear.” 3 pages.
May 13. 8. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to Mr. Lowndes, as to the application of the overplus money and stores, remaining of the 27 new ships, to the service of the navy. The new 80 gun ship at Chatham was intended to be launched on the 31st inst. Dated 13 May '98. 1 page.
May 13. 9. Letter of Mr. James Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury. The King thought fit to allow Mr. Richard Fisher 100l. for services performed by him, and for his subsistence; desires orders might be given for payment thereof. Dated 13 May 1698.
Minuted:—18th May.
To be paid by Mr. H. Baker.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 171, on that day, there is a minute to the same effect. 1 page (quarto).
May 14. 10. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James De Peyrove, in respect to a ship laden with wine, bound for Amsterdam, and cast away on the Goodwin Sands, but afterwards brought into Sandwich Haven, where she has since lain with her cargo, in a spoiling condition. The proprietors offered, as a last expedient, to suffer the goods to be condemned on an information in the Court of Exchequer, and then to be sold by inch of candle; one moiety to be for the King, and the other for the proprietors: which course the Comrs favoured. Dated 14 May 1698.
Accompanied by the petition.
Minuted:—“Agreed. Wt signed 26 May 1698.” 2¼ pages.
May 16. 11. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning a parcel of wines seized in the port of Sandwich, advising for the future that two-thirds of the forfeitures after public sale by inch of candle, should be to the King, he bearing the charge of prosecution; and the other third to the seizer. In this case the Comrs directed their solicitor to move the court to set aside the appraisement, and to issue a writ for a better, &c. Dated 16 May 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 17 May '98. A clause to be prepared, that in case of French goods (not worth ye duty) the K's share of ye forfeiture be 2/3ds. Speak to Mr Attor. & Mr Sollr abt ye latter part of this report.” 2 pages.
May 16. 12. Presentment of the same to the same, asking them to give directions for the reimbursement of the collectors of Customs, by the Commissioners of the Navy, viz., for the sums advanced by them for imprest, conduct, and subsistence money. Dated 16 May 1698.
Minuted:—“A list to be transmitted to my Lords per ye Comrs.” 1 page.
May 17. 13. Application of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, for the supply of 1,075l. 17s. 2d. for the completion of the works at Newfoundland, and three other papers concerning the establishment of gunners, &c., for the preservation of the fort lately built at Newfoundland, which would amount to 401l. 10s. per ann., and the estimate for perfecting the fort and battery, amounting to 1,075l. 17s. 2d. Dated 17 May 1698. 7 pages.
May 18. 14. A narrative, written by one Thomas Webb, of what took place on several interviews between 26 Feb. 1697–8 and 5 May following, in negotiations of the said Webb, with some one under the initial E., who is explained to be Sir Thomas Dyke, a member of the House of Commons, whose interest Webb was using to obtain from “Esquire Pelham” and Mr. Henry Pelham a place in the Exchequer or Treasury. The negotiations were in reference to a prosecution of the Comrs of Excise for non-qualification, &c. He says “E.” told him he would put him in the way to make 2,000l. presently, by informing against several considerable persons in great places, who had not qualified themselves, and to encourage him, told him they had done ill offices to some worthy gentlemen by giving false informations, and that the non-qualified Comrs, he thought, would compound and not stand the prosecution. It would have been brought into the House of Commons, but he prevented it, in order that he (Webb) might bring the information. “E.” told him, if it cost him 5l. or 10l. and it miscarried, he should be repaid. He had the informations prepared and then asked “E.” whether he should carry them to the Attorney General, or first petition the House for Sir Stephen Evans (one of the Comrs) to waive their privilege, and for the House to order Mr. Attorney to further the prosecution, or at least to awe the judges from discouraging it. He then left a petition for that purpose with “E,” who ordered him to come on the 8th of March, for on the 7th he should be with several “knowing ones,” whom he would consult about it; but on the 8th “E.” told him he could not petition, unless Mr. Attorney refused to sign the informations, and Mr. Clark, one of the Comrs, had told him it was his opinion that the non-qualified Comrs must and ought to be incapacitated and could not avoid it. “E.” told him, on the bill being brought in for giving further time, that there were a great many “noes” to the bill, and they would do what they could to throw it out, and Mr. Clark had told him he would run out of the House when the bill was reading, if it were not for shame. “E.” then told the writer there had been a quarrel between Mr. Clark and Mr. Danvers, the other Comr. The writer speaking with “E.” on the mistrust the Comrs had of Mr. Clark and Mr. Danvers for their promoting the prosecution, he seemed to excuse or extenuate their doing it, by telling him that the Comrs had done them ill-offices, and particularly told him that Mr. Clark and Mr. Danvers coming with Mr. Onslow in a coach through Temple Bar, one of them told Mr. Onslow they must have a care how they behaved, for if a revolution should come, it might be their turns to have their heads stand where Fenwick's did (his then being lately put up over Temple Bar), and that Mr. Onslow misrepresented this to some state officer, and accused Mr. Clark with reflecting on the King and Government, and that Sir John Foche had informed against Mr. Danvers, that he had expressed his gladness at the taking of some place in Flanders by the French. “E.” told him that Mr. Clark had said he would have voted against and opposed the bill, if he were not one of the Comrs, and would be publicly censured. “E.” had brought out his petition for compensation in lieu of the forfeiture, into the lobby of the House, telling him he could not get it presented; he would have presented it himself, but was afraid of discovering some persons who were concerned in the prosecution. On this the writer resolved to drop the prosecution. On the following morning “E.” told him “H.” [Sir Eliab Harvey] had promised to deliver his petition, and if he did so, “E.” would speak to it, and if “H.” did not present it, “E.” would; for rather than not have it presented, they would hazard being discovered: [It was, however, not presented]. “E.” told him he would endeavour to get him a place in the Custom-house, but he could have nothing at the Excise, unless Mr. Onslow were removed. He was offered money to discover Mr. Clark and Mr. Danvers as the authors of the informations, &c. “E.” told him the Lords had brought in a new bill for the Comrs of Excise's indemnity, and he was ordered to tell the writer that he should proceed no further, for he would be baffled in the prosecution; because of an opinion he heard one of the Lords Chief Justices or Lord Chancellor had given in favour of the Comrs. Several members were for a general pardon; there were three or four places in the Excise worth 100l. a year; one of which “E.” believed he would get. The Comrs took their turns in preferring their friends. Dated 18 May 1698. 3½ pages.
May 18. 15. Letter of James Vernon, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting the copy of a letter sent to the French ambassador by a master of a French vessel, cast away near Milford, complaining that the money he was carrying out was for the sale of the wreck of his ship, and was seized by the Custom-house officers; also copy of a letter of the Comrs of Customs on that subject for their Lordships' consideration and relief. Dated 18 May 1698.
Minuted:—“A warrt to discha this seizure, giving satisfaction to ye officer. Wt signed 24 May 1698.” 3 pages and 2 halves.
May 19. 16. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the case of Henry Connett, an officer in the Excise, and on the papers relating to his accusation of Thomas Yapp for disaffection to the government, together with the cause of the discharge of the said Connett. Dated 19 May 1698. (11 enclosures.)
Minuted:—“Read 24 May 1698. My Lords are satisfied that Connet is deservedly dismissd.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 156, 28 April 1698 (relating to Yapp and Connet) is the following passage:—“My Lords direct the Comrs to examine the whole case & to state ye same in a report to their Lops.” 15 pages.
May 19. 17. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to Mr. Secretary Vernon, as to the necessity that the properties of the King's subjects should be settled, many of which remained doubtful, on account of the late rebellion; enclosing a paper of queries and the opinions of several judges. Dated 19 May 1698.
(These are not now with the letter.) 2 pages.
May 20.]
18. Representation of Sir Henry Ashhurst, Bart., to the Lords of the Treasury, in respect to 3,000l. in Exchequer bills delivered to him to answer the demands of Col. Gibson upon the government of New England. He (Sir Henry) had to discount them at 6l. 15s. per cent. &c. The last advices he had from the Earl of Bellomont were, that above 1,600l. were paid, and that there was more to ship this spring. He hoped he should be considered when he made up accounts with their Lordships. Signed.
Minuted:—“Read 20 May '98. He will be here next Tuesday.”
Also a balance sheet. 1 page and a few lines.
May 21. 19. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending employment of a small vessel for the guard of the coast near Falmouth, the charge of which was estimated at 200l. per ann. Dated 21 May 1698.
Minuted:—“Approved.” 1 page.
May 24. 20a. Report on the petition of James Amyden, merchant, for the grant of the King's third part of the forfeiture of some Indian goods, called pelongs and paunchees, wrongly entered. Not objecting to the said third part and to the grant of a noli prosequi. Dated 24 May 1698. (Three enclosures.)
Minuted:—“Granted.” 5 pages.
[? About
May 25.]
20b. Petition of Mary Piggot, widow, to the Lords of the Treasury. Her husband was a captain of a troop of horse dragoons in the garrison of Londonderry during the siege, and lived in a plentiful condition; but on a sudden was deprived of goods and cattle, to the value of above 700l. Prays for relief. Signed.
Copy of a certificate in support of the same. Dated 10 March 1697–8.
Minuted:—“Read 25 May 1698. My Lords cannot grant this.” 2 pages.
May 25. 21. Report of the Comrs of the Navy to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Dame Katherine Harman, Joseph Lawrence, John Pelham, and Nicholas Belbin, &c., praying for the payment of their debts out of either the salt or new imposition tallies, which were in the treasurer of the navy's custody Dated 25 May 1698.
The last is minuted:—“Read 5 7br '99. The Comrs of Navy think this debt should be paid, but it must be done in course to all, & not to any particular[ly], as soon as any money shalbe provided for this purpose.”
Also the petition and other papers relating to the same debts, one or two of which are in duplicate. 12 pages and 3 parts of pages.
May 25. 22. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Hardy, of Ripon in the county of York, innholder, from whose keeping a wallet, containing 46l. in silver, had been stolen, which had been left in charge of the petitioner's wife by Mr. John Fletcher, one of the general surveyors; stating “that all innkeepers by the law are bound safely to keep the goods of their guests,” &c. Dated 25 May 1698. (Four enclosures, including the petition.)
Minuted:—“19 Aug. 1698. The officer must pay ye mo[ney] & take his remedy agt ye innholder.” 5 pages.
May 25. 23. Letter from the Lord Bellomont, Governor of the province of New York, to the Lords [of the Treasury]. He entered upon the government of New York on 2 April last, and had made a most strict inquiry into the revenue from customs, and found the officers had been most corrupt and negligent, and the greatest abuses had been committed in relation to trade; the trade at that port having doubled in ten years, and the city had grown vastly rich and populous, with double the number of houses, but the customs were decreased. There had been a most licentious trade with pirates “Scotland and Curacao”; and he found the collector, Mr. Chidley Brooke, was most extremely backward in the discharge of his duty; he should forthwith suspend him for some of his actions, as soon as they were made evident, and put another more faithful in his place.
The late government had connived at the breach of the acts of trade, and the merchants were so accustomed thereto, that on his arrival, when he ordered a small seizure of East India goods imported in an unfree bottom, the whole city seemed to be in an uproar. He should take care the acts of trade were observed, and if possible find trusty officers.
There was no naval officer distinct from the collector, nor any “register” appointed by the late Governor, whereby the ships of that port, which took no certificates, would be seized. By consent of Mr. Randolph, surveyor-general of the customs and the collector there, he had admitted the ships to give security, &c. that no fraud should be done to the King. He had appointed Mr. Thos. Palmer, of good reputation, naval officer and “register” of the province.
He had refused to permit proclamations to be printed in the city, by the Governor of the Jerseys, publishing that Perth Amboy, and Burlington are free ports, because he found that the laws of this province raised a considerable revenue for the support of the government from customs on goods, which the ports of the Jerseys would be free from; and the port of Amboy being but 20 miles from it, the merchants would transport themselves thither, and carry away all the trade, to the destruction of this government. He had thought this affair of so great consequence that he had given an account of it to the Lords of the Council of Trade, that he might have their directions.
The accounts ordered should be transmitted.
He enclosed 1st, an account of the produce of the revenue of New York for 1687, and another account of the same for the years 1692 to 1697; and their Lordships would see that the decrease of the revenue must be either by connivance of the government, or corruption, or neglect of the officers, or all together. Dated New York, 25 May 1698.
[Printed in Documents relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York, Vol. IV., p. 317.]
Also the two accounts mentioned (copies). 5 pages.
May 26. 24. Memorial of the Comrs for putting in execution in the city of London the acts for the aid, the land tax, tonnage and poundage, &c.; representing that the principal officers, Comrs and others belonging to the navy, &c. were assessed in the ward of Tower, London, but living in remote places no distress could be found in the city; whereupon the Comrs applied to the under treasurer of the navy to stop, out of their salaries and pensions, the sums assessed, who positively declared he would not detain their assessments. Praying their Lordships' directions. Dated 26 May 1698. 1 page.
May 26.]
25. Petition of Thomas Burnevill of London, vintner, for the acceptance of 104l. as his composition, to avoid further expense, in consequence of a seizure of money shipped coastwise, without sufferance or warrant, and seized by the officer at Swansey. Received 26 May '98.
Minuted:—“Read 21 7br 1698, & rejected.” 1 page.
May 27. 26. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. They had received information that the officers of the port of Weymouth had met with five waggons and men ready to carry the goods to be landed from the ship called the “Rotterdam Merchant,” and having prevented that design, they surprised the ship and brought her to port, with 61 packets of Morlaix linen, the duties on which amounted to 342l. 15s.d. They recommend that the officers should be rewarded with 40l. for preferring the King's interests to their own. Dated 27 May 1698.
Minuted:—“Approved.” 2 pages.
May 30. 27. Letter from Mr. Wm. Popple to William Lowndes, Esq., desiring him to put the Lords of the Treasury in mind of the money necessary for the discharge of the supernumerary soldiers at Newfoundland, and for the maintenance of such as were left, for which 1,000l. was judged sufficient, the convoys thither being ready to depart. Dated 30 May 1698. 1 page (quarto).
May 31. 28. Recommendation by the principal Comrs for Prizes, to the Lords of the Treasury, of George Heathcote, Esq., and Mr. Josiah Heathcote, to be appointed agents for prizes in the island of Jamaica, and of John George, Esq., and Mr. Robert Maxwell, in the same capacity for the Island of Providence. Dated 31 May 1698.
Minuted:—“Warrts.” 1 page.
May 31. 29. Warrant for the restoration of a French pinnace, with five half “anchors” of brandy, seized by the King's sloop the “Brilliant,” and brought into the port of Dover. Dated 31 May 1698. ½ page.
May. 30. “Copy of the Attorney General's opinion concerning the Commrs, &c. taking ye oaths for acting in the business of hawkers & pedlars.”
Indorsed:—“May 1698.” 2 pages.
May or
31. Memorial of Col. Nathaniel Blakiston, late Lieut.-Governor of the Island of Mountserratt in America, and captain of a company of foot in the regiment now commanded by Col. Holt, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury. About two years before, he had presented a memorial, praying payment of his arrears, which had been reported on. Major Garth when sent to Barbadoes was cleared the entire pay, and Capt. Norton, lately appointed Lieut.-Governor of St. Christophers, had received 200l. in part of his arrears, and the petitioner was a captain before either of them, and had not since the “reducement” been provided with any other post; prays for payment of the subsistence part of the arrear.
The copy of the petition referred to.
[Without date, but must be 1698, being two years after Earl Ranelagh's report, dated 13 May 1696.] 2 pages.
June 1. 32. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of several surgeons of disbanded regiments, for half pay or for their arrears; certifying that they amounted to 2,017l. 19s.d., besides the arrears of which he had no account. Dated 1 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 21 7br 1698. My Lords have already given order in this.” 3 pages.
June 1. 33. Report of the same to the same, on the memorial of Brigadier Wyndham, praying payment of the stoppages made in England on account of his regiment of horse, to enable him and his officers to clear the notes they had drawn, &c. Admitting that the case was deplorable, and recommending it to their Lordships' consideration. Dated 1 June 1698. (One enclosure.)
Minuted:—“My Lord Ranelagh will make an acco of all in the same case.” 2 pages.
June 1. 34. Report of the same to the same, as to the case of the citizens of Chester, there being a debt due to them for 733l. 11s. 5d., for subsisting Capt. Tweddall's company of invalids. Dated 1 June 1698. (One enclosure.)
Also copy of the same report, with the following Minutes on the back:
“To be layd before ye King, with my Lords' opinion that the King in justice ought to pay this money & recover it from the officer & agent.”
“23 May '99. My Lords think this money must be supplyed of common justice.”
“Read 26 May 1699.”
“Some unappropriated money to be applyed to pay the citizens, but the sum must be stopt out of the officers' pay, as soon as it can be done.” 3 pages.
June 2. 35. Memorial of the Trustees for exchanging Exchequer bills to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the states of the accounts. Dated 2 June 1698. ½ page.
June 4. 36. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Mazzin, a poor distressed Frenchman, who had lost his ship, the materials of which he sold for about 100l., which money was seized by the surveyor of Plymouth, being shipped contrary to law; not objecting to their Lordships' compassion to him, so as the officer did not lie under discouragement for his good service. Dated 4 June 1698. (Two enclosures.) 4 pages.
June 7. 37. Letter of the Lord Justices of Ireland to Mr. Fox. He would see by the enclosed petition of the agent of the late Brigadier Wolsley's regiment of horse, and the report of Mr. Robinson thereon, that the officers and troopers of the said late regiment had been accounted with in money and debentures for the full of the off-reckonings and clearings due to them on the present establishment; and without the King's favour it would be deducted out of the Brigadier's personal pay: they ask him to represent the same for relief. Dated 7 June 1698.
Also the copy of the petition and report referred to.
The report is minuted:—“Wt sent to ye K.” 3 pages and 2 halves.
June 7. 38. Letter of the same to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending to their consideration the petition of Mr. Robinson, the deputy Receiver-General of Ireland, who had advanced 8,488l. 13s. 8d. to Mr. Edw. Hoar of Cork, for the use of the navy: further desiring their Lordships to move the King for the allowance of 1,000l. paid to the Marquis of Winchester. Dated 7 June 1698. (Two enclosures.) 4 pages and 2 halves.
June 7. 39. Letter signed W. Popple, to William Lowndes, Esq., communicating the opinion of the Board of Trade to the Lords of the Treasury, that the money ordered to be sent to Newfoundland should be put into the hands of Capt. Norris, commander of the squadron proceeding thither; also that Master-gunner Hux ord should be made commissary or store-keeper of provisions. Dated 7 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Carry this to Kensington.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 184, 8 June 1698, is:—
“The Earle of Ranelagh is to appoint Mr Huxford to take care of disposing the provisions as comissary to Newfoundland, as in the memll of this day. His Lorđp is to pay 1,000li to Capt. Norris, commander of the squadron mentioned in the same memoriall.” 1½ pages.
June 8.]
40. Petition of Mary Duchess of Buckingham, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for an order that she might receive 900l. out of the revenue of the Post Office, being the residue of 1,100l. granted to her under the King's warrant. Recd 8 June '98. [i.e. this paper.]
Minuted:—“Read 29 Jun. '98. 200li more out of the fond for ye civil list.” 1 page.
June 9. 41. Report of the Lords Justices of Ireland, on the petition of Patrick Magawly, Esq., to the King, praying to be put into possession of several lands therein mentioned, pursuant to the articles on the surrender of Limerick. Dated 9 June 1698.
The petition and three other enclosures. 7 pages.
June 9. 42. Order in Council on the petition of Peter Carey, Esq., one of the jurates of the Royal Court in Guernsey, employed by the Estates of that island, to present to His Majesty the difficulties they lie under by subsisting and lodging the garrison there; praying payment of about 1,344l. due for subsisting six companies of Col. Mordant's regiment, and that for the future the island might be exempted from such charges: referring the same to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 9 June 1698.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“Read 11 8br '98. The qurs [i.e. quarterers] are now p[ai]d.” 2½ pages.
June 9. 43. Petition of Thomas Kent, receiver-general of the last year's aids of 3s. and 1s. and of subsidies for the county of Lincoln and city and county of the city of Lincoln, praying that the Mint at York might be directed to pay 600l., the balance due to him of 15,636l. 6s. 4d. from old hammered money delivered in to be coined in June 1697. Dated 9 June '98. 1 page.
June 9. 44. Copy of an address of the House of Lords to the King, deprecating the growing manufacture of cloth in Ireland, and seeking the encouragement of the linen manufacture there. Dated 9 June 1698. 1 large page.
June 10. 45. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Thomas, Lord Wharton, controller of the King's household. Mr. Hugh Watson, a merchant of Stockton, who was employed by his Lordship to manage his lead works in the North, had sent a considerable parcel of lead to Holland, and afterwards withdrew there himself, being very greatly indebted to his Lordship and having converted the goods into merchandise, had sent the same to Newcastle, whereupon his Lordship possessed himself of the same and was anxious to obtain the ship also; not objecting to what was desired. Dated 10 June 1698.
Accompanied by a petition.
Minuted:—“Read 24 June '98. My Lords will not intermeddle with the property of any persons in this ship, but (upon consideration of this report) will grant a noli prosequi for the King's part. 2 pages.
June 11. 46. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Sawle, chaplain to Col. Stanley's regiment, praying payment of 30l. or 40l. in part of his arrears, to enable him to pay the charges of passing the seals, &c., for a living lately conferred upon him; stating that upwards of 140l. was due to him. Dated 11 June 1698. (One enclosure.)
Minuted:—“11 Augt '98. There is no provision yet made for these arrears.” 2 pages.
June 11. 47. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Robert Davers, Bart., for a new lease for 60 years of premises between Somerset House stable yards and Duchy Lane in order to build handsome houses; approving of the grant for a fine of 100l., reserving the old rent of 10s. Dated 11 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 2 pages.
June 13. 48. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending the grant of the impropriate tithes which came to the King by the late rebellion or otherwise, for the use of such rural clergy as were not provided with a competent maintenance; in accordance with an application made to them by the bishops: sending the draft of a letter to give effect to the same, for the King's consideration. Dated 13 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 26 May 1699. To be examined.” There is also an entry in the Minute Book, Vol. IX., p. 129, to the same effect. 6 pages.
June 14.]
49. Petition of Elizabeth Boson to the King. She was the distressed widow of Mr. Joseph Boson, who lived happily and plentifully at Exeter, and was wharfinger or key-master there at the King's arrival at Torbay, and took care of and gave despatch to the landing of the baggage, guns, and vast stores, which he sent to the King's quarters, esteemed at that juncture an extraordinary service, as was certified by the Duke of Shrewsbury and the Earl of Monmouth; for which service the King's enemies ruined her husband, who went to Barbadoes with a heart half broken, and there died a few days after his arrival; praying for a pension or present royal bounty.
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 14 June 1698.
Minuted:—“18 Jun. '98. Give her new husbd some little place abt Torbay.” 1 page.
June 16. 50. Report of [Sir] Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the Right Hon. Charles, Earl of Carlisle, praying a power by grant from the King, to sue for the personal estate of Sir John Fenwick, forfeited for high treason, to satisfy a debt due from Sir John to himself, &c.: in favour of the petitioner. Dated 16 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Granted, except the arreares of the rent-charge granted to the King's coachman.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
June 16. 51. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Robert Ayleway, praying for continuance of the respite of so much of the arrears of rent due from the petitioner to the King, as was not granted to Thomas Keighley, Esq., or any other; and that it might be certified to their Lordships how much would remain due to the petitioner of his debt of 672l. 12s. 5d. Dated 16 June 1698. (Five enclosures.) 9 pages and 3 halves.
June 16. 52. Letter of the same to the same, respecting the effect of a late Act (entitled an Act for making the collectors receipts for quit rent, crown, and other rents due to the Crown, full and legal discharges) on some patentee officers in the Exchequer, whose ancient fees might be prejudiced thereby. Dated 16 June 1698.
Also the address of the House of Commons thereon. 2 pages.
June 16. 53. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting Mr. Andrew Huddleston, collector of Whitehaven, as to his suspension: their opinion was that he should be dismissed for irregularities and ill practices, and they propose William Penson in his place. Dated 16 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1¼ pages.
June 16. 54. Report of the same to the same, respecting the value of the King's moiety of the wines saved from the ship “Paradise,” cast away on the Goodwin sands; referring also to the report of the 14th ult., on the petition of James de Peyrove. Dated 16 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Carry to Kensington. Read 22 Jun. '98. The 1,400li to be pd into ye Excheqr issued for secr. serv. & brot to ye K. to Kensington.”
Also the copy of the report referred to. 3½ pages.
June 16. 55. Report of the same to the same, on the petition of John Blake of London, merchant, respecting the ship “St. George” of Ipswich, driven by storm to the coast of Holland, and then taken into the Weser, near Bremen, which ship subsequently brought over certain wool without a sufficient complement of English in her crew; recommending the relaxation of the duty. Dated 16 June 1698. (Two enclosures.)
Minuted:—“Agreed. Warrt signed 18 August 1698.” 3½ pages.
June 17. 56. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition and papers relating to Captain Thomas Warren, commander of the King's ship “Windsor,” and as to the value of the prize referred to in those papers, which prize was called the “St. George,” and was sold at Cadiz. Dated 17 June 1698. (Seven enclosures).
Minuted:—“Read 22 Jun. '98. Comrs of Sick and Wounded to attend abt. this to morr. morn.”
In his petition he says, that in sailing as commander-in-chief of a squadron for the service of the East India Company for St. Helena, his men fell sick, so that he had but 19 out of 280 who could come on deck, and the rest of the ships in as bad a condition: whereupon he was forced to bear away to Brazil, where they continued six weeks, and put 500 men on shore sick.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 190, 24 June 1698, is:—“Comrs of Sick & Wounded. Capt. Warren of ye Windsor is to pay the 6,300 dollars in his hands to ye Comrs of Prizes, who are to distribute it according to ye Act. And out of that part wch wilbe rece[ive]d per ye Comrs of Sick & Wounded, he is to be allow'd the 360l for charges on sick men at “Rejonercah” [? Rio de Janeiro] according to ye Comrs report.” 8 pages and 3 parts of pages.
June 17. 57. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the proprietor of a parcel of lace and cambrick, seized by Mr. Ford; praying for delivery of the goods on payment of 336l., &c.; leaving it to their Lordships' consideration. Dated 17 June 1698.
Accompanied by the petition.
Minuted:—“1 July 1698. Disagreed.” 2 pages.
June 18. 58. An order signed by the Lords of the Admiralty, addressed “to the Comrs for Sick and Wounded Seamen, and taking care of Prisoners at War,” commanding them to transmit a perfect account of all the ports made up for the care and cure of sick and wounded seamen, and of officers employed at each port; together with all books and papers relating to that office; and to give notice to the officers at the ports to correspond with the Comrs for Registering Seamen at their office on Tower Hill. Dated 18 June '98. 1 page.
June 20. 59. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, relating to the deficiency of 1,746l. 4s. 10d. received by several collectors in base money; praying that they might have allowance of the same on their accounts. Dated 20 June 1698.
Two other papers relating thereto.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 5 pages.
June 20. 60. “The cert & meml of the (wthin written) Comrs for putting in execution an act for raisg 1,484,015l. 1s. 11¾d. for disbanding forces, paying seamen, &c.,” as to the assessment of the inhabitants of Aldworth and Chilton in the division of Newbury, in the county of Berks, which were unequally assessed. Dated 20 June 1698 1 membrane.
June 20. 61. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury enclosing account of seizures, the King's part of which was not paid into the Exchequer. Dated 20 June 1698.
Accompanied by the account.
Minuted:—“22 Jun. '98. 2,500£ to be brot to Kensington as fast as it comes in.” 5½ pages.