|1a. Report of B. Bridges, auditor, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the accounts of the Comrs for Sick and Wounded Seamen, who stood charged with 256,681l. 12s. 2¾d. &c. A year would not suffice to examine the vouchers. Dated 1 Dec. 1698. 1 page.|
||1b. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. De la Merie, a reformed captain in the French regiment, commanded by Count Marton; praying payment of the arrear of subsistence due to him; 153l. 16s. appeared to be due to him; there remained due to the regiment from 1 Jan. to 27 Aug., when they landed in Ireland, 7,434l. 7s. 10d., out of which the petitioner must be satisfied. Dated 2 Dec. 1698.|
His petition in French, and another petition from him, probably sent in soon after the report. Without date.
Minuted:—“12 Jun. '99. The regimt is since disbanded and cleared.” 3 pages.
||2. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. on the petition of Micajah Perry and others, touching a parcel of whale fins imported from Pennsylvania in America, caught by the King's subjects there; praying to be allowed to pay the new duty ad valorem thereon. They did not know how to advise therein. Dated 2 Dec. 1698.|
Accompanied by the petition.
Minuted:—“Provided for by Act of Parlt.” 2 pages.
||3. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to Lord Orford, enclosing an estimate of the charge of building at His Majesty's yard at Plymouth, four houses, to secure boats which are new and serviceable from the weather, pursuant to the order of the Rt. Honble. the Lords of the Admiralty of 21 October last. Dated 3 Dec. '98, 2 pages.|
||4. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Capt. William Hyde, late captain of one of the companies of New York. When the Earl of Bellomont was appointed Governor of that province, the captain exchanged commissions with Capt. Nanfan, then captain of a company in Sir John Jacob's regiment then in Ireland, his Lordship desiring Capt. Nanfan to be his Lieut.-governor; the subsistence of the four companies at New York (of which Capt. Hyde's was one) had been issued no further than to 1 Jan. 1696: 279l. 4s. were due to him after deductions, besides which he alleged he had disbursed 700l.; the Earl of Bellomont had authorised Sir William Ashurst to pay 100l. of the debt, but their Lordships had issued no more than 500l., which was to be applied to the subsistence grown due since 1 Jan. 1697; offers no objection to the payment of the 100l. on account. Dated 3 Dec. 1698.|
Accompanied by the case of the said Capt. Wm. Hyde.
Minuted:—“Read 24 Feb. '98. When any hackney coach mo comes in, my Lords will let him have 100li.” 3½ pages.
||5. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Mr. Lowndes, as to the making prize ships free; sending copy of a letter on that subject, received from Mr. Whittaker, informing them that it would be very chargeable to make the ships free, unless their Lordships gave directions to the Comrs of Customs to dispense with their charges. Dated 7 Dec. 1698.|
Also the said copy. 2 pages.
||6. Memorial of Mr. Henry Baker to the Lords of the Treasury. The owlers took advantage of the long and dark nights, and of “this interval of setting the guards,” and exported and imported at their pleasure from “both the Warrens and East Guildford, as well as from the coast of Sussex,” wool and silk. Dated 7 Dec. 1698.|
Minuted:—“Read 7 Xbr. '98. To the Comrs of Customes to hasten their report.” 1 page.
||7. Report of the Postmasters-General (R. Cotton and Tho. Frankland) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William White, deputy postmaster of Sudbury, admitting that the petitioner was obliged to perform the stage between Sudbury and Braintree, 16 miles, three times a week, for the salary of 26l. per ann.; advising that he should have an increase. He was in a very low condition, and owed to His Majesty 123l. 9s. 10d., and had compounded with his other creditors at 4s. in the pound. Suggesting that he should be allowed 72l., which was after the rate of 34l. per ann., for the time he was employed, upon condition that he paid the remainder [of the debt], and that for the future he should have an addition of 8l. per ann. Further, the salaries of the deputy postmasters were very low, and they were not exempted from quartering soldiers, since the King's accession, as they formerly were, and consequently they were not so diligent in performing their duties. Advising an increase of salary. Dated 7 Dec. 1698.|
Minuted:—“Agreed as to ye postmr of Sudbury; and as to other cases, upon particular representations, my Lords will give directions.”
The petition and a certificate in his favour, signed by 26 persons; also a letter of 1695, on the same subject, from the postmasters. 4 pages.
||8. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon Captain Baker's survey of the coast of Kent and Sussex. The whole frame and design of the new proposed establishment of officers for the land guard was, without any consideration of the late established guard of the coast, by sloops. The previous establishment had been made in time of war, and when there were frequent hostilities upon the shore; but it was as much to prevent the going and coming of passengers, intelligence and correspondence with France, as the hindrance of the owling and smuggling trade; and at a time when smacks and sloops could not be kept at sea, by reason of privateers. Since the peace the Comrs thought a larger land guard might be necessary on the coast of Sussex, but they could by no means agree to the measures proposed by him. They, however, now laid before their Lordships a scheme containing the present charge,—the charge by Captain Baker's proposal,—and the charge by the Comrs proposal.|
The observations they make are upon the following places:—Sheppey, Milton, Canterbury, Isle of Thanet, Folkston, and coast of Sussex. Dated 8 Dec. 1698.
In the Minute Book, Vol. IX., p. 48, 23 Dec. 1698, is:—“Comrs of Customes. Their papers, & particularly their proposicon on Mr. Baker's survey, are read.”
And again at p. 59, 24 Jan. 1698–, is the following notice:—“Mr Henry Baker to attend next Friday afternoon. Some of ye Comrs of Customes to be here then to settle the business of preventing ye export of wool on ye coasts of Kent & Sussex.” 5 pages (brief size).
||9. Report of Mr. Charles Twitty to the Lords of the Treasury, on the fifth objection of the auditors of the imprests to Sir George Wharton's interest account, together with Sir Ro. Howard's answer; expressing his opinion, for reasons given, that Sir Geo. Wharton ought not to be charged with the sum of 3,897l. 5s. 11d. charged on him by the auditors. Dated 9 Dec. 1698.|
The second minute on the dorse is:—“23 Oct. 1700. Send this to the audrs, and direct them to prepare a P.S., to pass this accot pursuant to this report, & the former minutes.”
Accompanied by the paper containing the “Objection,” &c. 2 pages.
||10. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Lord Orford, applying for a speedy provision for the debt of about 25,000l. for stores bought at Chatham, Portsmouth, and Plymouth. Dated 10 Dec. '98.|
Minuted:—“Read 16 Xbr '98. To be considered.” 1 page.
||11. Another letter from the same to the same. Praying him to move their Lordships for a half year's pay for the yards: viz., 60,031l., they being a year and almost a quarter in arrear. Dated 12 Xber 1698.|
Minuted:—“Read 16 Xbr '98.” 1 page.
||12. Report of Mr. Hen. Baker to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mrs. Johanna Warner, as to certain pictures remaining in her hands for a debt due from Sir John Friend, attainted; expressing an opinion that she had an equitable right in the same. Dated 12 Dec. 1698.|
The petition and two affidavits of Mary Browne, wife of George Browne, surgeon, as to the goods.
There is a further report indorsed that the value of the goods was not above 23l., and that the debt was above 50l. Dated 12 Oct '99. 3 pages and 2 halves.
||13. Letter of Lord Carmarthen, commencing “My Lords,” seeking to be informed whether the House of Lords would obstruct him in prosecuting his right to the office, for which he had a patent; Mr. Christopher Montague having been admitted contrary to the directions of the grant. Dated 12 Dec. 1698. 1½ pages.|
||14a. Letter from the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the artificers who had received no manner of payment since March last; asking to be enabled to pay them quarterly and for payment of arrears, amounting to 67,166l. 13s. 4d. Dated 13 Dec. 1698. (Two enclosures.) 3¼ pages.|
||14b. Letter signed B. Bridges, to W. Lowndes, Esq., stating that he had no objection to the passing of the Earl of Galway's accounts of receipts for the forces who served in Piedmont, nor to the passing the privy seal, the charges usually allowed for the latter were from 20l. to 30l. He hoped their Lordships would not think 50l. to the auditor, his deputy, and clerks, for examining, &c. the accounts, too much. The fees for entering the account in the several offices would be about 25l. Dated 13 Dec. 1698. 1 page.|
||15. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Isaac Teale and other apothecaries; praying pay ment of 5,348l. 13s. 10d. due for drugs and medicines supplied to the army and hospitals in Flanders, in the year 1697; finding that they had provided a magazine of drugs and medicines, and 95 pair of regimental chests for the use of the hospitals and forces in Flanders, to be subject, as to the goodness and price, to the examination of Dr. Hutton, Dr. Lawrence, Sir Thomas Millington, Dr. Harald, Mr. Van Loon, and Mr. Rottermont; and that the claim was made good for 5,321l. 10s. 1d. Dated 14 Dec. 1698.|
Accompanied by three petitions.
Minuted:—“Write to Mr Blathwait to prepare a warrt.” 5 pages.
||16. Report of the same to the same, on the petition of Brigadier Hastings. It appeared to the Earl there was an arrear due to him at least of 400l., which, if their Lordships thought fit to order (in regard of his long sickness), it must be issued to Lord Coningsby and Mr. Fox, to be paid to him. Dated 14 Dec. 1698.|
Accompanied by the petition.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye King.” 2 pages.
||17. Letter from Lord Bellomont to the Lords [of the Council of Trade or the Treasury]. He had sent the states of the revenue by Lieut. Hunt about six weeks since, who, failing to go by the “Deptford,” had gone forward to Pescataway, and embarked in a mast ship. Their Lordships would judge by them what an administration there had been there [New York], and by his observations on them; Mr. Brookes, the late collector, would appear to be very corrupt. He (the writer) was about to make some tide-waiters to stay on board the ships till they were unladen, which had not been done, and by depending on the invoices the collector had been cheated of the Customs for a third part of the cargo; this he had from a merchant. He intended also to appoint a riding surveyor on Long Island. The salaries should be as moderate as could be, and if their Lordships did not approve, he could quickly unmake them. By what he could collect, the revenue would be 10,000l. or 11,000l. per ann., were it not for the running of goods, for which nature had contrived and fitted that province, beyond all the places in the world. Dated 15 Dec. '98. 1 page.|
||18. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, moving their Lordships to cause a moiety of 47l. 17s. 6d., which was seized on being exported, to be paid to Thomas Jones, one of the searchers of Bristol. [Minuted:—“Agreed.”] Also moving that the same course might be pursued in two or three other cases. [Minuted:—“Agreed.”] Dated 16 Dec. 1698. 1½ pages.|
||19. Letter from the Agents for Taxes to William Lowndes, Esq., secretary of the Lords of the Treasury, desiring a warrant for the salary of John Hemings, for three quarters ending at Michaelmas; and another for Mr. Child, from Lady-day then last, at 70l. per ann., during pleasure, as surveyors of windows, births, &c. in Cumberland and Westmoreland. Stating that it was unnecessary to continue the former (one surveyor being sufficient). Dated 17 Dec. 1698. 1 page.|
||20. Memoranda respecting the ship “John and William,” en gaged as a victualler to Newfoundland, detained till 24 Aug. 1698 and then arrested for seamen's wages, and ready to be condemned. Praying speedy relief. Dated 19 Dec. 1698. 1 page.|
||21. Presentment of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, referring to a former memorial recommending the appointment of an accountant-general, and now nominating Mr. Dean Montage as a fit person for that office, at a salary of 250l., &c. Dated 20 Dec. 1698.|
Minuted:—“Agreed an order to ye Comrs of Excise to appt Montage accordingly. Wt signed 4 Janry 1698.” 1 page.
||22. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Sir Rice Rudd, praying their Lordships' order for 303li due to him from Robert Davies (viz. 100li out of the first money that should come into the Exchequer for the rent of hackney coaches, and the remainder out of rent due at Michaelmas last), on account of what was due to the said Davies from the Duke of Schonberg's regiment, to which he had been agent; there appeared 345l. 18s. 5d. due to him, &c. Dated 21 Dec. 1698.|
Accompanied by the memorial and a letter of the said Davies.
Minuted:—“100li out of the hackney coach mo.” 3 pages.
||23. Report of Mr. Chetwynd, auditor, on the petition of Wm. Williams. The suggestions therein are notoriously false, for there was no such fee or salary as 50l. per ann. paid to any person, for the constableship of the castle of Carnarvon, or any other of the sums mentioned in the petition, &c. Dated 21 Dec. 1698.|
Also the said petition.
Minuted:—“Read 24 Jan. '98. My Lords are of opinion that so long as the patents are in force, the patentees have a good title to these paymts.” 2 pages.
||24. A docquet signed by the Lords of the Treasury, for a grant of 7½ parts of the Phœnix Brewhouse, and other dwelling-houses in the parish of St. Botolph, without Aldgate, of which Sir John Freind, lately convicted of treason, was possessed, to Japhet Crook, maltster, in consideration of 5,515l. to be paid. Dated 23 Dec. 1698. 2 pages.|
|25. Memorial of Lieut.-Col. Meredith Gwyllym. He had served as Major and Lieut.-Col. of Foot from 1690, through the whole war, and was wounded at Namur; prays to be admitted on half-pay in Ireland, as he was not posted as the rest of the officers were upon half-pay in England.|
Undated, but this appears to have been enclosed on 23 Dec. 1698 to the Earl of Ranelagh to report upon, as appears by the Letter Book, Vol. X., p. 70.
Minuted:—“A Letter for this.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. IX., p. 59, 24 Jan. 1698, is:—“13,700l. to be issued by tallys on ye 2 mons upon this Janry paymt for the Earle of Ranelagh, for a fortnight's subsistence to end the 19th of Febr. next, & 54li on ye same for Leiut-Coll. Gwyllym, on accot of ye arrear of subsistence in Flandrs.” ½ page.
||26. A view of the gross produce of His Majesty's revenue in Ireland, for one year ended at Christmas 1698. 1 page.|
||27. Report of the Comrs or other officers of the Stamp Office, to the Lords of the Treasury, on a paper annexed, drawn up and signed by Mr. John Blundell, entitled:—“An abstract showing the loss sustained in the duty on stampt paper, &c. through want of right management.” The report dated 29 Dec. '98.|
Minuted:—“Read 22 June 1699. Dismissd.” 3¼ pages.
||28. Letter signed Wm. Popple, to William Lowndes, Esq., by command of the Comrs of the Council of Trade, sending copy of a memorial from Mr. Weaver, agent for the province of New York, relating to the state of the forces there, urging the extreme necessity for speedy order to be given for their support. Dated 30 Dec. 1698.|
Accompanied by the said copy, in which he says that without immediate care were taken, it was feared that the credit of the Government with the victuallers there would sink, the soldiers desert, and the officers give up their commissions. The Indians would fall off when they found we had no strength to support them, the rich trade of furs we then had with them would be lost to the French; and for want of their assistance the whole province would be in danger, in case another war should break out. Dated 30 Dec. 1698. 2½ pages.
||29. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to Lord Orford, sending their estimate as to “the charge of removing a bank of sullage, lying in the Middle Channel, against a point called Gutchines, in ye River Medway, wch is hazardous and interrupts very much the going to and fro of the great shipps, from Gillingham to the dock at Chatham; pursuant to the orders of the Rt Honble the Lords of the Admiralty of the 26 November 1698:” applying for money to answer the said service. Dated 30 Dec. '98. 2 pages.|
||30. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, in respect to certain wheat shipped, at Penzance, in Cornwall, for Rotterdam; concerning which the collector of Deal prayed immediate direction, as he was doubtful if it came under the late order of their Excellencies the Lords Justices, to restrain the undue exportation of corn. They had given directions to him to detain the same, but referred it to their Lordships.|
The letter of the collector, and another paper. Dated 31 Dec. 1698.
Minuted:—“Read 3 Jan. '98. My Lords can give noe direction in this till ye Act is passd.” 2½ pages.
||31. Letter from Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, sending three warrants for pensions to Captain Dampierre, Captain Desherbiers, and the widow Du Passy. Dated Whitehall, 31 Dec. 1698. 1 page (quarto).|
||32. Accounts of incidents for the Penny Post Office for the years 1695 to 1698. 6 pages.|
||33. “List of ships that were hired by the Commrs of Transportation at London, the latter end of the year 1697, to transport the army from Holland and Flanders to England, Scotland, & Ireland, and ordnance stores from Flanders to England; with an acct of their burthen, price pr tun, forces they carryed, entry into pay, dayes of discharge, time they were in the service, what freight has been payd upon acct, and what remains due to each ship.”|
Also another list of ships hired in Holland in anno 1697 by our agents there, to bring part of the army hither by the head, to whom the several sums against each ship remained due. 3 large pages.
|34. Petition of Richard Richmond, on behalf of himself and Marmaduke Browne, as to the sum of 800l. which was part of an assignment made by Col. Frederick Hamilton, for clothing his regiment of foot; for which they prayed that reversionary annuities might be delivered to them. Without date, but there is mention of an assignment dated 21 Feb. 1697. 1 page.|
|35. A schedule of sums of money expended by Mr. Edward Holden, about the witnesses in certain suits; the first at the Lent Assizes at Kingston, 1697, in the cause Rex v. Kemp et al., and Rex v. Hedges, and other prosecutions in A.D. 1697 and 1698. 1 page.|
||36. “An abstract of the accompts of the money and bills received and issued by the Trustees appointed and chosen for exchanging of Exchequer bills upon the first subscription 1697,” and upon the three following subscriptions. ? in 1698. 43 pages.|
|37. “Memorandum touching ye advantage to the proposers for the Excize Farme.”|
Without date, but mention of duties on low wines, and the peace which must have been that concluded 1697. 1 page.
||38. “Com. Palat. Cestr. An abstract of acquittances collected by Mr Gilliver, “Missr,” ? of several persons in the said county, who notwithstanding, had paid the receivr herein menconed, yet were returned in super upon the accompts made up & declared to Micħas 1698.”|
Also a duplicate. 2 very large pages (one decayed).
||39. Balance sheet of the Right Hon. Ralph, Earl of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, extending from 1689 to 1698. 1 large page.|
||40. Debtor and creditor account of fees received by Mr. Lowndes and other Treasury officers, made out monthly from January to December 1698.|
Various memoranda connected therewith. 75 pages and parts of pages.
||41. “An accompt of the charge of mowing, making, and cocking the hay cutt in St James Parke, in the year 1698.” Part of a page (writing nearly obliterated).|
||42. “An accompt of His Maties Customes from the 26 of Febr[uar]y 1697 exclusive to the 5 of March follg.”|
“An accot of His Maties new & addic[i]onall imposi[i]ons granted by several Acts of Parliament, from the 3 of September 1698 exclusive to the 10th of ye same month inclusive.”
“An accompt of his Maties Customes from the 8th of Octobr 1698 exclusive to the 15 of the same mo. inclusive.”
Similar account, 22 to 29 Oct.
Similar account, 19 to 26 Nov.
[These are only totals.] 10 pages (decayed).
||43. A small paper relating to the usual fees paid at the Exchequer for such sums as were at any time ordered to the Comrs of Transports.|
On the dorse:—“1698.” 1 small page.
||44. The part of the Navy Board's representation to the Lords of the Admiralty, which relates to the assistant and clerks of the Controller of the Victualling, showing that there was an increase of two clerks at 30l. per ann. each since 1691.|
Undated, but the present year 1698 mentioned. 1 page.
||45. “An accompt of fees and sallaries payable to diverse persons at the Exchr, and of arrears due thereupon to Lady Day 1698.” 5½ pages.|
||46. Copy of the King's warrant for payment to Eleanor Carlisle of 20l., and such an allowance out of money destined to charitable uses as the Lords of the Treasury thought she deserved, together with the copy of her petition, in which she states she had lost her two brothers in the King's service, and that her grandfather and father had been master huntsmen to King James I. and King Charles I., and her uncle Ludovic Carlisle, one of the equerries to the Queen Mother, in which service he acquired 1,500l. which he put in the English Exchequer, to which she had a right. The docquet is dated 1698. 1 page.|
||47 and 48. Petition of Thomas, Earl of Sussex, to the King. King Charles II. promised him 20,000l. in marriage with the Countess of Sussex, his natural daughter for a marriage portion; upon that promise the marriage took place, but the King's affairs not allowing the money to be paid, 2,000l. a year were assigned them until the payment of the portion; there would be due at Midsummer 1698 on the portion and pension 43,400l.; the fund upon which the 20,000l. portion was once placed being afterwards applied to the satisfaction of a debt due to the King: prays payment thereof or the passing Letters Patent for the 2,000l. a year until the portion should be paid.|
Also another paper containing the state of the case. 3 pages.
|[? 1698 or
|49. Another representation by the Earl of his case, which may be of about the same period or perhaps earlier. At Christmas 1684, 4,500l. were due for his fee or salary as a gentleman of the bedchamber, a third part of which, viz., 1,500l. was the proportion the rest of the gentlemen received, but the Earl could not obtain more than 375l., so that to be equal with the rest, 1,175l. were due to him. The debt of 20,000l. for his wife's portion obstructed the Earl's relief. 1 page (quarto).|
||50. “An account of the produce of the duties upon salt,” for the years 1695 to 1698, consisting of the totals only. 1 page.|
|51. Petition of Capt. Richard Long, late commander of the King's ship the “Rupert” prize, for a balance of 77l. 16s. 7d. due to him for expenses at Jamaica and the Gulf of Darien whilst exploring for metals.|
Also the account of his receipts and expenses which contain curious particulars.
Minuted:—“My Lords can allow noe discount for malt ticqts, but see what he was to have and what he receđ.” 2 pages.
||52. A comparison of the produce of the revenue in Ireland, viz., of the Lady Day and Midsummer quarters of 1697, with the same quarters 1698.|
“Exd W. Burgh Accompt Genll.” 2 pages.
|53. The form of an agreement to be made between the Lords of the Treasury and such persons as were willing to advance money for exchanging or satisfying tallies of anticipation, which might be levied by virtue of an Act of Parliament for raising a sum not exceeding two millions. Undated, but the grant of two millions received the royal assent 5 July 1698. (fn. 1) 4 large pages.|
|54. Petition of Captain Samuel Pitman, Governor of Hurst Castle, to the Lords Justices of England. He had received as a prisoner Matthew Atkinson, a priest, committed according to Act of Parliament, and had received nothing for keeping him, by which means the punishment of the priest was like to become a punishment to the petitioner, as the prisoner had very few friends, being very poor and infirm, with the dead palsy all over one side of his body.|
Without date, but mention is made of James Vernon, Esq., principal Secretary of State, who was appointed 5 Dec. 1697. 1 page.
|55. A paper docquetted:—“Extra provisions for the civil list, annis 1697 & 1698.” No 44.|
[Only three items and apparently an enclosure.] Part of a page.
|[? 1698 or
|56. A paper headed:—Additions humbly proposed to be made to the duties on vellum, parchment, and paper. The additions were estimated to raise 4,640l. per ann.|
Docquetted:—“Mr Montague's paper.”
Undated. An Act for a duty on vellum, &c. passed 8 & 9 Will. III. and another in 9 & 10 Will. III., and it was probably whilst Mr. Montague was Chancellor of the Exchequer. 2 pages.
|[? 1698 or
|57. Memorial of the reformed captains of the three French regiments of foot, praying payment of their forage account, pursuant to His Majesty's warrants annexed. [French.]|
Minuted:—“To be pd when ye other forrage accts are pd.”
Accompanied by the warrants referred to, the last of which is dated 20 Nov. 1698. 4 pages.
|58. The case of Sir Polycarpus Wharton, Bart., in respect to the powder works at Chilworth, near Guildford, Surrey; giving an account of his losses amounting to 24,000l. and the hardships he had incurred from the beginning of the lease of the same in 1677 to the end in 1698. Expressing the hope that the House of Commons would order him such compensation and relief as they thought fit. Undated, but perhaps about 1698 or 1699. 1 large printed page.|
|59. Petition of Elizabeth Atkinson, relict and widow of Nicholas Atkinson, late of Lancaster, deceased, sometime deputy-postmaster there: showing that her husband died in 1688 and she carried on the office; but after King James left the kingdom, she was put to extraordinary expense in sending out horses and servants with several expresses for public service for which she was not paid, and so was unable to pay the arrears; she was obliged to work as a hired servant “since she was outed of the office:” praying for the remission of the arrears. Undated.|
At the foot is a numerously signed certificate of the truth of the petition headed by the mayor, sheriff, clergy, &c. The sheriff's name was W. West, and he was sheriff in 1698.
[There is no reference to this in the Minute Books, Letter Books, or Money Books.] 1 large page.