Minute Book
May 1661

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'Minute Book: May 1661', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 1: 1660-1667 (1904), pp. 138-142. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=80017 Date accessed: 22 July 2014.


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May 1661

May 1.Petition from Geo. Hamilton (on reference from the King of March 20 last) for a grant of a discovery of a small manor called Huddington, with some other lands, co. Worcester, forfeited by the conviction of _ Winter, who suffered for treason. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 222.]
May 3.Petition from John Couch and Margery Purdowne for a lease of a tenement in the manor of Boyton, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, formerly held by Henry Purdowne. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 205.]
Petition from Prudence Veale for a small tenement in said manor of Boyton, it being the custom of said manor for the old tenant to have the refusal. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VI. p. 205.]
Same from the Earl of Dover (on reference from the King of Feb. 25 last) concerning the barony of Hunsdon, which is like to descend to his only grandchild and heir. Mrs. Heveningham, wife of an attainted person. Prays his grandchild may be admitted to purchase her husband's estate on moderate terms. Referred: ut supra for a valuation. [Ibid. p. 209.]
May 4.Petition from William Penn for the office of steward to keep the Court Leets within the manor of Penn, co. Bucks. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 206.]
Same from the Earl of Cleveland (on reference from the King of the 1st inst.) for a grant of the manor of Stepney, without excepting the wastes from same, such exception having formerly led to long lawsuits between him and the Earl of Carlisle. Referred: to the Attorney General. [Ibid. p. 205.]
May 9.Report from the Surveyor General of Lands, read and entered, on the petition of John Lang, concerning a tenement in the manor of Boyton, part of the Duchy of Cornwall. Order for a constat in order to a lease. [Ibid. p. 210.]
Treasurer Southampton's flat (in Latin) for a commission to John Mompesson and 16 others, named, for an inquisition in co. Wilts concerning lands concealed, subtracted, or unjustly detained from the Crown.
Prefixing: Report from the Surveyor General of Lands on the petition of Lieut. Col. Thomas Hunt. "I cannot advise any lease of concealments or things undiscovered before they bee found and valued, that your Lordship may know what you graunt. But I have advised this petitioner to take a commission to enquire and find out these things." [Ibid.]
May 13.A memorial of the 1st inst. to Treasurer Southampton from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered in full, praying power from time to time to make disbursements to Counsel and officers in the Exchequer, and also for postage and contingencies in connexion with the business of Excise, and that such issues, if under the hand of three Commissioners, should be a sufficient warrant to the Auditor and Comptroller of the Excise from time to time to allow same. "I allow that the Commissioners disburse such monies as shalbe necessarily expended for the uses aforesaid, giving mee an accompt thereof every quarter of a yeare, that upon view of the particulars I may consider how fit it is to continue the same." [Ibid. XI. p. 39.]
Petition from Nicholas Aris (on reference from the King of Feb. 19 last) for a lease of three tenements in West Ham and Stratford Longton, co. Essex. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 211.]
Same from Edward Acton (on reference from the King of the 13th ult.) for a lease of the demesne lands of the manor of Leven ("Lewen"), co. York. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
May 14.Petition from John Carcade for discharge of a bezoar stone seized by Richard Ward, an officer of the Custom House. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Early Entry Book VIII. p. 249.]
Same from Patein Ward, merchant, for discharge of a seizure of gold and silver lace, and black silk lace. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 250.]
May 15.Petition from William Goodwyn for a reversionary lease of a copyhold tenement called Milton Court, in the manor of Milton Falconbridge, co. Somerset, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 211.]
Same from William Levet (on reference from the King of the 7th inst.) for some lands to the value of 200l. per an., equivalent to the place he formerly served the late King in; and according to His Majesty's promise. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 212.]
Same from Sir Thomas Whitstones (on reference from the King of the 6th inst.), "praying to be conferred on him the making, writing and registering of all such bills of store, as well outwards as inwards bound, in His Majesties ports and Custom howses in England and Wales for 31 years, with the fee of 12d. for writing and registring the same; and that no bill be allowed but what is signed by petitioner, his deputies or assignes." Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 251.]
Same from James Thompson for discharge of a parcel of thread bone lace seized. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 252.]
May 18.Petition from Thomas Blyth and Gratian Linch to be tenant to a certain wood called St. John's Wood, co. Midd., at present destitute of a tenant and undisposed of, and still in the hands of one who made a pretended purchase thereof and committed much destruction there. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 216.]
Same from Francis Cresset (on reference from the King of March 29 last) for a commission to call to account the treasurers and receivers (appointed by several pretended ordinances for sequestrations and for advance of money) who by the books of accompts or any other way should appear to have moneys yet unaccompted for, and which they endeavour to conceal: and for himself to be appointed treasurer for the money to be received in discharge thereof. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "I have referred the prosecution of arrears of accounts unto His Maty's auditors and more particularly to Auditors Sawyer and Phelipps. If the petitioner will discover any particulars to them that in a legall way in the Exchequer such accountants may bee called in question I will relate the service to His Matie and give the petitioner all fitting reward." [Ibid.]
Same from the Governor, Deputy Assistants, and fellowship of Merchants Adventurers of England, setting forth the renewal of their ancient charter by the King, and praying letters of assistance from the Treasury to the Customs officers of London and the outports as formerly afforded them, especially in view of the necessity of remedies to restore the due order of trade after so long disorder in it. Hereupon twenty copies of the following order are sent out to the officers of the said ports:—"It hath lately pleased the King's Majesty to renew and confirme to the fellowship of the Merchants Adventurers of England their antient charters and priviledges under the Great Seal of England. These are to require you to take notice thereof and accordingly henceforth that you permitt such officer as the said fellowship shall assigne and depute to sitt and have a place in the Custom House of your porte among the clerks there: to which officer the merchants and others whether freemen of the said fellowship or not free thereof that shall enter any clothes or other woollen commodities shall present and exhibite a bill of entry for the same, over and above the number of the bills formerly used: without which bill soe to be presented noe entry of any such goods as aforesaid shalbe allowed or passe. And you shall not suffer any cockquett, certificate or other warrant for any cloth, kersies, bays, perpetuanes, stocking or other English woollen commodities neither for Germany or the Low Countries nor for any other place or parte whatsoever to passe as sufficient for the shipping of such goods unlesse the same be signed by such officer so appointed by the said Company of Merchants Adventurers as aforesaid. And if the same officer shall either by the nature of the goods entered or otherwise suspect any indirect dealing and conveyance then he shall take bond, under good penalty to His Maties use, of the merchant or master of the ship that is to transport such goods that the same shalbe indeed discharged and landed at the porte or place in the cocquett designed: and that there shalbe sufficient certificates thereof, under the hands and seals of the Customers of the place where such goods shalbe landed, returned from thence and delivered to the Governor or Deputy Governor of the said fellowship of Merchants Adventurers within 6 moneths after the arrival of the shipp at the place destyned and intended by the entry. Which said forme to the cockquitts as also the said bond shall be made and taken by the said officer of the Company without any charge to the merchant or the parties entering or bound. Furthermore you and every of you in your severall places shalbe ayding and assisting if need be, to make stay of, unlade and take up all such clothes and other woollen commodities as by any the officers of the said Company of Merchants Adventurers be suspected to be sent indirectly and disorderly either by the brethren of the said Company or others. Neither shall you or any of your clerkes permitt any of the Company to enter any clothes or woollen commodities upon their promise or pawne that they will bring the Companies seale for the same; neither shall allow of the bill sealed with the Companies seale if the same be either razed or interlyned. And you shall not take any entry or passe any cockett, certificate or other warrant for any clothes whatsoever unlesse the same clothes be duely distinguished and expressly entered according to their quality as shorte or long, white or dyed." [Early Entry Book VIII. pp. 253–4.]
May 20.Petition from John Wiggott for discharge of a parcel of Norwich stuffs seized. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. p. 256.]
Petition from Henry Masters for discharge of a parcel of lead seized. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Early Entry Book VIII. p. 256.]
Same from Ambrose Hempson for same of cambrics seized. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from James Johnson for same of a ship and parcel of goods seized. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Peter Fuidge for a reversionary lease of a messuage called Hay in the parish of Cardinham, parcel of the manor of Grediow and Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 212.]
May 22.Petition from Simon Heale for lease of a tenement in the manor of Landulph, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 215.]
Same from Susanna Cleake for same of a tenement called Weyland in the manor of Looe West ("Portloe"). Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Samuel Hext for same of a tenement in the manor of Treverbyn Courtney. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
May 30.The charge against Richard Armitage, of Hull, who was brought up in custody of a messenger by command of Treasurer Southampton, read and entered, said charge concerning a forcible rescue of forfeited goods seized by the officers. The Customs Commissioners to examine the affair. [Ibid. IX. p. 3.]
Several depositions read for proof of the information of William Linstead, a Customs officer in Hull port, concerning an abuse which he received about seizing a parcel of logwood there, taken at Kingston upon Hull the 22nd inst. The depositions to be carried to the Attorney General to take order therein for the punishment of the offenders. [Ibid. p. 6.]
Petition from John Buckland, of West Harptree, for extension of lease of the manors of West Harptree and Widcombe, and the capital messuage of Milton Falconbridge, co. Somerset, enjoyed by his ancestors for many descents, but taken from his father, Francis Buckland, upon the reassumpton of Duchy lands in King James's time, and subsequently granted back on lease. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 217.]
Same from Miles Mathewes, a Gentleman Pensioner, for a grant of the forfeited goods and chattels of Edward Pawley, of St. Tudy, co. Cornwall, a felon, valued at 300l. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
May 31.Petition from John Cooper for a release of 300 ells of Holland linen seized by Capt. Bouchier in London port. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. IX. p. 4.]