Volume 54
June 21-July 14, 1698


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'Volume 54: June 21-July 14, 1698', Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 2: 1697-1702 (1871), pp. 172-183. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=79529 Date accessed: 25 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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June 21–July 14, 1698

June 21.
1. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mary Smith, widow, praying an order for the payment of the arrears due to her late husband as ensign in Colonel Mordaunt's regiment; finding that there were about 140l. due. Dated 21 June 1698. (One enclosure.)
Minuted:—“Read 28 Jun. '98. To be considered when others of the same nature can be considered.” 2 pages.
June 21. 2. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Bridge, of London, merchant, and other owners of the ship “John and Barbara,” as to the forfeiture of the ship, &c., in consequence of the shipment of certain pitch, which, under an Act of Charles II., was prohibited from importation from Germany or the Netherlands: in favour of the petitioner. Dated 21 June 1698.
Also an enclosure, consisting of copies of several documents.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 4 pages and 3 halves.
June 21. 3. Report of the same to the same, as to a shipment of masts, timber, &c., from Norway to Portsmouth, contrary to the Act of Navigation; recommending their Lordships' favour to be extended to the petitioners, as to the King's part of the forfeiture of the ship. Dated 21 June 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 22 June '98. Agreed.” 6 pages.
June 22. 4. Letter signed Wm. Popple, to William Lowndes, Esq. It had been proposed that an allowance of 100l. per ann. out of the quit rents in Virginia, given for some years past to Mr. Blair, as commissary appointed there by the Bishop of London (which he had received by special warrant from the Lords of the Treasury), might be settled upon him as a yearly salary, and be appointed to be paid to him by the instructions preparing for Col. Nicholson, the Governor of Virginia; asks him to lay the same before the Lords of the Treasury, to learn whether they had any objection. Dated 22 June 1698.
Also the copy of the proposal.
Minuted:—“Read 7 7br '98. To Mr Popple that my Lords have no objection. Eo[dem] die Lr~e writ & signed.” 1 page and 2 halves.
June 22. 5. Representation of the Comrs for Sick and Wounded Seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, reviewing the management of that department since 1689, and showing that the Comrs had so gained credit that “the poor willing people so served the King & preserved his subjects, that they now had credit for above 60,000l.,” making it their suit to their Lordships that Thomas Addison, Anthony Shephard, and Christopher Kirby, might make up and pass the accounts, might see the people justly paid and their own obligations discharged, and be continued to carry on the service. Dated 22 June 1698.
Accompanied by “A proposall humbly offered for the frugall and effectuall carrying on of the service in time of peace.” Also, “The establishment and other charges in the office for Sick & Wounded Seamen,” &c.
Minuted:—“To be consd at a full board.” 3 pages.
June 22. 6. Estimate of the charge of transporting three regiments of foot, consisting of 600 men each, from Highlake to Ireland. Dated 22 June 1698. ½ page.
June 18
and 22.
7. Letter by direction of the Lords of the Admiralty to Mr. Lowndes. They had received a letter from one Giles Aynsworth, complaining on behalf of the masters and owners of ships, that Mr. Savage, of the Custom-house, exacted a guinea for each Mediterranean pass granted by virtue of a certificate from any out-port; they desire the matter might be laid before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 18 June '98.
The copy of the letter and of the rule directing how such passes were to be granted. Also the reply of Richard Savage thereto, addressed to Mr. Lowndes, dated 22 June 1698; and an unsigned letter referring the matter to the Comrs of Customs.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 190, 24 June 1698, is:—“My Lords will hear the complt wch concerns Mr Savage at their first leisure.” 3 pages and 3 halves.
June 23. 8. Order in Council made upon consideration of a report of the Privy Council upon Mr. Baker's proposals for preventing the exportation of wool from Romney Marsh and parts adjacent, and hindering the importation of foreign silks; authorising the quartering of some dragoons in Romney Marsh and parts adjacent, according to the method and regulation settled by Mr. Blathwayt, Secretary of War, and Mr. Baker. Two troops of dragoons were to be quartered in Kent, viz., one at Canterbury, and the other at Ashford: and it was ordered “that for ye encouragemt of ye souldiers and ye landlords of the houses that quarter them, there be an allowance of about two pence per diem to each dragoon of ye troop at Ashford.” Dated 23 June 1698. 1 page.
June 23. 9. Copy of Order of Council for dissolving the Commission for Sick and Wounded Seamen, and instruction for reconstituting the same. Dated 23 June 1698. 1 page.
June 23. 10. Memorial of the Trustees for exchanging Exchequer bills, to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the states of the accounts, asking their Lordships to direct the payment of 40,799l. 12s. 10½d., the remainder of 50,799l. 12s. 10½d., to complete the 10 per cent. allowance on the third contract: they craved of their Lordships that effectual means might be used, to discover and punish the authors of eight counterfeit bills, reported on by Mr. Clayton and Mr. Herne in two reports. Dated 23 June 1698.
Also one of the reports referred to. Dated 8 June 1698. 4 pages.
June 24. 11. Copy of a report of Mr. Chas. Fox on the petition of Major William Culliford, late major of the Royal regiment of dragoons, for allowance of his pay; copied from “the original in Chas Fox, Esqr, his office,” and certified 24 June '98. 1 page.
June 24. 12. “Account of contingencies that have been payd on severall occasions in the giveing out of licences to hawkers & pedlers, for a year, from 24 June 1697 to 24 June 1698.” 1 page.
June 24. 13. “Debt to ye office of ye workes to Midsumer 1698. Remaines due to severall persons in ye office of ye workes att Christmas, 1697,” &c.
More due, from Christmas 1697 to Midsummer 1698. 1 page, brief size.
June 24. 14. Petition of John Gachon to the King, to be remembered in the civil list for his pension of 100l. a year, and to be paid his four years' arrears.
Minuted:—“24 June '98. To be laid before ye King.” 1 page.
June 25. 15. Letter signed “Conningsby, Cha. Fox, & William Blathwayt.” They had considered the several particulars mentioned in the letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, relating to the army debt in Ireland, and then made their report thereon. Dated 25 June 1698.
The report recommends that the King should give directions that the muster rolls should govern the payments, and that the officers should produce them. It was unlikely they were all missing, as there should be three signed at every muster, one for the commissary, and one to remain with each company: that the King should supply the want of a day in the establishment for the leap year by a particular warrant: that the King should direct that in making up the accounts of the four regiments, raised in the year 1694, they should give credit to such as were raised in England, at 8d. a day for each private soldier, to the time of their landing in Ireland: that the days on which the regiments were disbanded be allowed: that the officers of the ordnance in England and Ireland be required to lay before their Lordships the particulars of the charge they have against each regiment, that the King might declare what portion should be borne by the forces: and that the forces be charged with the provisions delivered to them in their passage as usual, viz., 12d. a day for each trooper and his horse, 9d. for each dragoon and his horse, and 4d. for each foot soldier.
Also the letter referred to. 5½ pages.
June 25. 16. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James Whitwood, praying to be restored to his late collection of the port of Deal, or to be removed to Chichester: if their Lordships did not see cause in their memorial of the 17th ult. to discharge him, they did not object to his removal to Chichester. Dated 25 June 1698.
The petition and seven other documents, five of which are in duplicate. One of them is a paper containing an account of a drunken brawl arising out of a seizure, when it was suggested that they should taste the wine, it being the first that had been seized since the peace.
Minuted:—“1 July 1698. My Lords will speak with the Comrs. Agreed.” 17¾ pages.
June 27. 17. Presentment of the same to the same, sending the copy of an information which they had received from their agent in Scotland, concerning several ships of great burthen to be sent from thence, with a great number of soldiers and tradesmen, and all sorts of commodities and provisions, designed, as was supposed, for the north parts of America. It seemed by the sending four governors or counsellors upon the said ships that the Scotch were making some settlements in those parts, which was of great moment with respect to the trade and navigation and the revenue of customs, and therefore the Comrs brought the matter under their Lordships' notice. Dated 27 June 1698.
Accompanied by the “information.”
Minuted:—“Read 28 Jun. 1698. To be layd before ye K. to morr.” 2 pages.
[This was no doubt the Scotch East India Company who formed a settlement at Darien called New Edinburgh in Caledonia.]
June 28. 18. Memorial of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the state of the debt in the office of works. They were fitting up the Banqueting-house at Whitehall for a chapel, and a scaffold was ordered in Westminster Hall for the trial of the persons impeached by Parliament, &c. Dated 28 June '98. 1 page.
[? About
June 28.]
19. Copy of report of Mr. Aaron Smith, to the Lords Justices, on the petition of Mr. Owen Banahan, who had rendered the King service in France, and had received two guineas and afterwards 30s. a week for subsisting himself and family up to April 1696; informing their Excellencies that he had for bread done duty as a common sentinel, notwithstanding he had rendered considerable service to the government, in giving a list of many scores of English, Scots, and Irish, in France, with their respective employments, and was a witness, &c., against persons indicted for high treason, &c., some particulars of which it gives.
Also the petition, having a list of the persons outlawed.
Minuted:—“Read 28 Jun. 1698. Hen. Baker will pay him 25li or 30li.”
[They are probably enclosures to some paper for the year 1698.] 3 pages.
June 28. 20. Report of [Sir] Tho. Trevor, on the case of the South Division of the Lathe of Aylesford, in the county of Kent; recommending a reassessment of the land in that district to raise the assessment of 3s. in the pound. Dated 28 June '98. 1½ pages (quarto), torn.
June 28. 21. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. Horses, arms, ammunition, and other provisions of war, to and from Holland, Scotland, and Ireland, had by warrant of 1689, passed duty-free for the King's service; but the war having now determined, there was still frequent occasion for transporting the same; praying directions. Dated 28 June 1698.
Minuted:—“29 June '98. Dormt wt to be revoked.” 1 page.
[? About
June 28.]
22. Petition of Sybill Carew, widow, to the Lords of the Treasury. Her late husband John Carew served the King as lieutenant 16 years in Holland, came over with him to England, and went thence with him into Ireland, as lieutenant to the Right Hon. the Lord Cutts; and being much wounded before Limerick, died of his wounds in three days; prays for a monthly pension or a sum of money, until the emergencies of the State were over, when she could receive her full due.
Minuted:—“Read 28 Jun. '98. My Lords cannot give a pension, but for what is due to her, will consider her case when others in the same circumstances can be paid.” 1 page.
[? About
June 29.]
23. Memorial of the Earl of Argyle to the King, as to the payment of the troop of Scots guards under his command, viz., for their subsistence due for the year 1697.
Minuted:—“Read to the K. 29 Jun. '98. Care will be taken that it shall be paid when the Parliamt provides for postpond debts.” 1 page.
[? About
June 29.]
24. Petition of John Dobbin, Esq., and Richard Cam, gent. There was due to them as clerks of the fines at Ludlow, as their fee of 20l. per ann., 120l. for six years, to Christmas 1697; they ask for payment.
Minuted:—“29 June '98. Inqr whether this office doth not belong to the Court that is suppressed.—A warrt for 2 yeares.”
Certificate as to the amount due. 1½ pages.
June 30. 25. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Philips Coote, praying, in consideration of his losses and sufferings by the rebellion in Ireland, for an annuity of 100l. a year; stating that he was paid 100l. by warrant of concordatum; but leaving it to the King's wisdom as to a yearly pension. Dated 30 June 1698.
Also the petition. 3 pages.
June 30. 26. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Jarman and others, mariners of Yarmouth, praying discharge of their ships seized for delivery of coals without payment of the new duty; advising that they deserved favourable consideration. Dated 30 June 1698.
Accompanied by the petition.
Minuted:—“Agreed upon reasble satisfaction to ye officer. Warrt signd 18 Augt 1698.” 2 pages.
June 30. 27. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, asking for directions in respect of the Alien duty, commonly called the Petty custom, which in the port of London had amounted to 2,600l.; observing that the keeping a proportionable distinction between English and aliens in the several new duties, would be a further advantage to his Majesty's subjects, and an encouragement to the English navigation. Dated 30 June 1698.
On the dorse are three minutes, the last of which is:—“1o Septr '98. The report of the King's counsell is read: Lords order the deposit to be restored.” 1 page.
[? About
28. Petition of Athanasius Bourne for a tide-waiter's place.
Also two enclosures.
Accompanied by two testimonials dated in June 1698. Parts of 3 pages.
July 5. 29. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, in relation to the prosecution of Captain John Hartnell, commander of the ship “Lewis,” prize, by one George Everet, for certain French wines by him imported as Spanish wines in the said ship; informing their Lordships that the captain had compounded for the duties and the informer had been recompensed, &c. Dated 5 July 1698. 1½ pages.
[? About
July 5.]
30. Petition of William Davey to the Lords of the Treasury, for a Kings-waiter's or land-waiter's place.
Also copy of a certificate in his favour.
Minuted:—“Recd 5 July '98. 12 Augt '98. To be considered when there is a vacancy.” 2 pages.
July 6. 31. Report of [Sir] Thomas Trevor, Attorney General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Otho, Baron of Schwerin, praying a grant of such interest as the King by his prerogative had, in certain lands in Monmouthshire, which the petitioner, who was an alien, desired to sell. Dated 6 July 1698.
Minuted:—“To the survr to make a state of the premisses to be granted.”
Accompanied by a petition and a letter. 5 pages.
July 6. 32. Letter of the Earl of Galway to the Lords of the Treasury, sending his petition for the King's consideration, together with the best account that could be given of the value of what he desired of the King. The petition prays for a grant of the King's right to the lands, mortgages, and debts [of Sir Patrick Trant] mentioned in an annexed list, or to so much thereof as would amount to 2,500l. per ann. Dated 6 July 1698.
An order referring the petition to the Comrs of Revenue for Ireland; their report thereon; and the list of the lands. 13 pages and 2 halves.
July 7. 33. Report of the Lords Justices of Ireland, enclosing the report of the Comrs of Revenue for Ireland, on the petition of the Marquis Puissar; touching the value of the lands desired by the petitioner, others granted to him being deficient and not amounting to 607l. 13s.d. yearly, more particularly the lands of Castle-Ishin. Dated 7 July 1698.
Also a previous report of the Lords Justices, and another of the Comrs of Revenue, and two petitions of the Marquis.
One of the latter minuted:—“The list to be passd accord. to ye report.” In addition to which is a paper entitled “Value of the particulars in the Marquis of Puissar's reprisalls.” 9 pages and 5 halves.
July 7. 34. “Memoriall from the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, for a warrant for allowing the taxes assessed on ye inferiour officers.” Dated 7 July 1698.
Minuted:—“Allowed. Wt signed 23 Augt 1698.” 1 page.
July 7. 35. An abstract of the accounts of Edward, late Lord Griffin, late Treasurer of the Chamber, from Michaelmas 1683, to which time his accounts are declared and passed, to the 30th of May 1689, when Sir Rowland Gwynn succeeded him in that office. Dated 7 July 1698. [? The time when they were audited.]
Minuted:—“Read 13 July '93 (sic). The estate to be prosecuted for this debt, and the money to be recoverd to be reserved in the Excheqr for the King's owne disposale, but his Maty will have consideration of Coll. Leigh and the just fees due to the audrs for these accots are to be satisfied before this mo. be disposed.” 1½ pages.
July 7. 36. Memorial of the Trustees for Exchequer bills to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the states of the accounts; asking payment of 41,299l. 12s.d. due to complete the 10 per cent. allowance on the 3rd subscription; further alluding to the reports of Mr. Clayton and Mr. Herne, on counterfeited Exchequer bills, and praying means might be used for discovery of the authors. Dated 7 July 1698. 1 page.
July 8. 37. Accompt of debts owing by the Victualling Office, to the last of June 1698. Dated 8 July 1698. 2 pages.
July 8. 38. Account of moneys received from the Treasurer of the Navy, for the service of the victualling thereof, between the 12 May 1697 and 8 July 1698. 2 pages.
July 8. 39. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mary Beaulieu, widow of Isaac Beaulieu, late land-waiter in the port of London; praying that the place might be conferred on Daniel Moreau, her kinsman, to relieve Beaulieu's family; stating that they did not object to his fitness, but their Lordships' compassionate intentions might be answered, if an experienced keyman were appointed, and 30l. or 40l. per ann. were taken out of his salary for a term of years; but they were not insensible to the inconvenience of such pensions out of salaries, with which that establishment was already too much burdened. They conceived the case deserved compassion, for Mr. Beaulieu and his family fled from persecution in France, and he distinguished himself in King James's reign by not complying with the questions put upon the officers of the customs, &c. Dated 8 July 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 16 Aug. 1698. Danll Moreau to have this place.”
The petition and another petition unaddressed. 3 pages.
July 8.]
40. “Schedule (marked A.) containing the draft of the charter for the general society mentioned in the commission, to which this schedule is annexed, and whereunto the same hath reference.”
The object of the charter was to incorporate a society or company to receive subscriptions in sums not less than 100l. towards raising and paying into the Exchequer two millions of pounds, on which 8l. per cent. interest was to be allowed.
Referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General on 8 July 1698. It has a brief report on the dorse approving it. Signed Tho. Trevor and Jo. Hawks.
[The commission above referred to is not now annexed.] 34 pages (brief size).
[? About
July 8.]
41. Petition of Gilbert Edwards, late exempt in the 2d troop of Guards, commanded by his Grace the Duke of Ormond, showing that there was a debt of 400l. and upwards due from Sir Patrick Trant, whose estate was given to the Earl of Galway, about five years before, on whom the King had given an order for the payment of the same; but the petitioner could not obtain payment thereof; praying for a pension or for half-pay.
Minuted:—“8th July 1698. To be laid before the King:”
In the Minute Book, Vol. IX., p. 213, 10 Nov. 1699, is:—“Gilbert Edwards. The K. orders that my Lords remind my Lord Galway of his promise to discha the pet's debt in case Sr P. Trant's estate should be granted to his Lop.” 1 page.
[? About
42. Another petition from him, thanking the King for the 30l. in money, and that he was to have the benefit of Chelsea Hospital, but the allowance there was only 12d. a day, which he conceived was less than the King intended. He was willing to serve in the Guards as a private gentleman, or accept half-pay without duty, or a small pension of 2s. 6d. a day, or acquiesce under whatever the King thought meet for his support. Without date, but supposed to be about July 1698 by the previous petition.
Minuted:—“Ordered that Mr. Crawford give notice when there is a vacancy, & that Capt. Edwards be put into it.” ½ page.
July 9.]
43. Petition of Sir Matthew Bridges, Knt., to the King, showing that he and Mr. Robert Bridges were bound to Mr. Patrick Dowdall for 700l., of which 300l. had been paid. Mr. Dowdall was concerned in the rebellion in Ireland and forfeited; praying for a grant of the remainder of the bond on account of his losses by the rebellion.
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 9 July 1698. 1 page.
July 9.]
44. Petition of Patrick French, Esq., of Cloghballimore in the county of Galway in Ireland, to the King; setting forth his services, and praying a grant of the lands forfeited by his brother Christopher French, who died in rebellion, and of whose lands the petitioner was likely to be deprived by the act for confirming outlawries.
Without date, but referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 9 July 1698.
Also copies of two certificates by Lieut.-General Ginckell on behalf of the petitioner. 3 pages.
July 10. 45. Letter of Lord Bellomont to the Lords [of the Treasury]. He had written an account at large, by the agent for this province (who went to England by way of Boston) of his proceedings in relation to the trade there, and of his motives for suspending Mr. Brooke the collector. He desired their Lordships to suspend the hearing of Mr. Brooke's affair till the agent's arrival, who could not be long after Mr. Brooke's. He heard Mr. Brooke took certificates from the merchants of his good behaviour; if so they would rather incline their Lordships in their opinion, that the late Governor and he were in confederacy with the merchants, who would make a last effort to have the best of him, that they might be without control, as in the last government. In order to baffle the King's authority there, Mr. Randolph was arrested in this town a little while since, upon a sham action of one Symes, whom Col. Fletcher gave leave to be master of a ship, and to be absent from his post of Lieutenant of one of the companies in the King's pay, for four years together, in a time of war, &c. Mr. Randolph and the writer having a “jealousie” that Symes was put on arresting him by Brooke and Nichols (both of whom were suspended from the council), Symes was questioned, but would not admit it, &c. If the King's authority were not supported, he (the Governor) must desire to be recalled, and he believed Mr. Randolph would make the same request, for he was very uneasy at the affront put on him. The merchants were exasperated against the writer, because he would not do as the late Governor did, and because he discouraged the pirates, having prevented eight pirate ships from coming to the town in three months; and it was part of their common discourse, that he had ruined the town, by hindering privateers (as they called pirates) from bringing in 100,000l. since his arrival. Dated N. York, 10 July '98.
Minuted:—“Read 13 Oct. '98.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. IX., p. 23, 16 Nov. 1698, is:—“All my Lord Bellomts papers to be sent to C. of Customes to peruse & make observac[i]ons & report to my Lords.”
And again at p. 50, 28 Dec. 1698:—“A lr~e to my Ld Bellomt that my Lds have recd his sevll pacquets & are extreemly pleased wth his proceedings, and that my Lords will putt ye matters under exa[minat]ion & give all the assistance & incouragemt that is in their power.” 2½ pages (quarto).
July 11. 46. Report of Sir Chr. Wren, Surveyor of Works, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the churchwardens of St. Margaret's, Westminster; praying a warrant to have the clock-house and bell sold for the use of their poor. Houses or little tenements had risen by connivance, from booths, and were so built about the tower, that it could neither be repaired nor pulled down, without a strong scaffold; the present tenants, though forewarned very often of the danger, willingly ran the risk of their lives, because for that reason they paid little or no rent. About 18 years before, a design had been given to King Charles, and seconded by the Lord Chief Justices and other eminent lawyers, to new-case it with ashler, and to put a lantern upon it, to raise the bell higher, and to make a new clock, the estimate being about 1,500l. He questioned whether the materials of the tower would pay for the scaffold and damages that might happen to the houses, &c. He estimated the bell (called in the petition Great Tomm of Westminster) to be worth 149l. 6s. 8d.; viz., two tons weight, at 8d. a pound; it was a large but thin bell, of excellent tone, and if it should amount to three tons, it would amount at most to 224li. Their Lordships are the best judges how the petitioners might be relieved. He finishes with this remark, “yet pardon your surveyor if out of duty, he modestly aske, whither it be better to pull downe a public building, upon so small a consideration, or to repare it with advantage to the beauty of the towne; which would most certainly be done in any of our neighbour countries, who are more sensible than wee, that to adorne their towns is a lasting benefit to the poor.” Dated 11 July 1698.
Minuted:—“11 July 1698. The K. will give this to the poor of Westmr.”
Also the petition and note referring it to Sir Chr. Wren.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 26, 17 April 1700, is:—“The ground of the late clock-house to be leased for 31 years at a moderate rent, to the inh[abitan]ts of St. Margarett's, on their petic[i]on.” 2 pages and 2 halves.
July 12. 47. Report presented to the Lords of the Treasury, by Lionel Herne and Nicholas Baker, who were appointed to go down to Bedford gaol, and examine three persons in custody there, for disposing of counterfeit Exchequer bills, and upon suspicion of counterfeiting the same. Dated 12 July 1698.
Containing their interrogatories to the prisoners and others, and their replies.
The following is in the Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 203, for this date:—
“Nic. Baker, Mr Hern, Mr Clayton, & Mr Everard. They present a report of the discovery of those that counterfeited Excheqr bills. Johnson & Wiseman to be sent for up by h[ab]eas corpus.” 3 pages.
July 12.]
48. Report of Mr. Henry Baker, on the petition of Mary Bishop, certifying that the petitioner was wife of one of the lately executed pirates; recommending that certain plush for which she asked should be given to her.
Also the petition.
“Recd. 12 July '98. Read 21 7br '98. Ordered. Wt signed 7th Octo. 1698.” 2 pages.
July 12. 49. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, proposing to establish more officers, and to make some small additions to the salaries of others, within various of the western ports, members, and creeks; in consequence of the increase of trade since the peace, and the high duties on most sorts of commodities. Dated 12 July 1698. 2 pages.
July 12. 50. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Armoux de Bourbon, Marquis of Miremont, praying their Lordships to order prosecution to be stopped, and the delivery of two hogsheads of wine seized. They would not object to a writ of delivery by the Court of Exchequer, upon payment of the customs and satisfaction of the officer. Dated 12 July 1698. 2 pages.
July 12. 51. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Roger Laming, of Margate, in the Isle of Thanet, hoyman, for satisfaction to be entered upon a judgment obtained against him in the Court of Exchequer for a parcel of prohibited goods; stating the facts as they came out at the trial, and leaving it to their Lordships. Dated 12 July 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 16 Aug. '98. The petition is rejected.”
Accompanied by the petition and four other papers. 6 pages.
July 13. 52. Petition of Hugh Speke to the King. He had advanced to the King 5,000l. and had received but two 50l. Begs a grant of 2,000l. to pay his debts. Dated 13 July 1698.
In the Minute Book, Vol. IX., p. 44, 14 Dec. 1698, is:—“Mr Hugh Speke to have 50l. bounty, & another 50li 2 or 3 mohs hence.” 1 page.
July 13. 53. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Elizabeth Loyd, widow, who had been deprived of a custodiam of lands of Alexander Eustace, of Ballycolane; recommending that her prayer be granted, viz., to be allowed 254l., being the remainder of her debt of 400l., out of forfeited lands undisposed of. Dated 13 July 1698.
Minuted:—“2 Nov. '98. To be layd before ye K.” 2½ pages.
July 13. 54. Letter, signed “John Digby,” addressed to James Walsingham, as to a fee-farm rent of 20l. per ann. out of West Dereham, in the co. of Norfolk. Dated 13 July 1698. 10 lines.
July 14. 55. Letter, signed William Ashurst, to William “Lownes,” Esq., secretary of the Treasury, enclosing a list of forfeited lands of Col. Charles Geoghean's forfeited estate in King's County and others, amounting to about 400l. per ann.; begging him, when he saw a convenient opportunity, to move their Lordships to consider his petition, and that he would in the interim prevent the estates from being given away, &c. Dated 14 July 1698. 4½ pages.