Minute Book
December 1661

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'Minute Book: December 1661', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 1: 1660-1667 (1904), pp. 174-180. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=80024 Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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December 1661

Dec. 2.Petition from the undersheriffs of the several counties now about to pass their accounts. Set forth "that they having formerly peticoned for allowance of their disbursements upon such necessary occasions as could not bee avoided, and have been alwaies allowed them, my Lord Treasurer referred the stating of their bills to Mr. Baron Atkins and Mr. Baron Turnour who accordingly did performe the reference. That the greatest part of the sheriffs are behind with their accompts for want of some fitting persons to be appointed to state their bills which is to the great hindrance of His Majesty in regard their debts are not paid into the Exchequer." Therefore pray that their bills may be recommended to be stated by the Barons as formerly. Ordered: Baron Atkins or Baron Turnour or either of them be recommended to examine the bills of allowances craved by the several undersheriffs upon the now passing of their accompts, as they shall be presented to them. [Ibid. VII. p. 138.]
Dec. 4.Petition from Robert Dormer, son and heir of Sir Robert Dormer, of Dorton, co. Bucks (on reference from the King of the 20th ult.), for renewal of the patent made to his grandfather of the three [sic] hundreds of Ashendon and Cottesloe, co. Bucks. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 144.]
Dec. 5.Petition from Alice, Mary, Thomasin, Thomas, and William, children of Joseph Jane, deceased, to be admitted to compound, &c., for a reversion in several tenements and a mill held by their grandmother, Jane Kekewich, in the manor of Bonyalva, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VII. p. 145.]
Petition from Alexander Lord Forbes (on reference from the King of the 23rd ult.) for grant of a debt owing to the King from Capt. William Thomas, late commander of the "Warwick" frigate. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "All these debts of the prizes your Majesty hath directed to be disposed, after recovery, to a particular end: besides what your Majesty hath ordered in behalf of the Earl of Crawford and Lindsay. This is an act must flow from your Majestys owne resolucon. Therefore I intermingle noe opinion." [Ibid. p. 147.]
Memorial of the 29th ult. from the Commissioners for the Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing certain allowances, detailed, to the Sub-Commissioners of Excise, detailed, for Surrey and the ports in Dorsetshire, in view of their extraordinary pains, law costs, and disbursements to soldiers. Approved of. [Ibid. XI. p. 77.]
Same of the 27th ult. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing to allow 90l. to George Rawleigh, John Dover, and John Hunt, Sub-Commissioners of Excise for cos. Oxford and Bucks, in view of their extraordinary charge upon the matter of the new settling of the Excise, especially in the county of Bucks, where they met with many refractory persons who did very much disturb the receipt. Approved of. [Ibid. pp. 77–8.]
Dec. 6.The bills of allowances of the following undersheriffs, read and entered in abstract, as allowed by Baron Atkins or Baron Turnor, viz., of co. Herts, Essex, Norfolk, Somerset (sheriff), Surrey, Cambridge and Huntingdon, and Bedford. Order: for all these allowances, severally detailed. [Ibid. VII. pp. 145–6.]
Petition from Sir Richard Ford for a view and estimation, by means of sampling only, of the cargo of sugars, &c., of the ship "Phoenix," at London, lately arrived at Gravesend from Barbados, he being desirous to send same in same ship to Amsterdam. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners, "I not well understanding the nature of his particular desires," but conceiving he deserves well of His Majesty. [Ibid. X. p. 15.]
Dec. 7.Petition from James Hume for a grant of an ancient dwelling house formerly belonging to the late King's farrier, situate at the foot of Prince's Street, and sold to Viscount Monson, who now lies in prison for treason. Recommended by Treasurer Southampton: to the Commissioners of the Duke of York, petitioner having been a loyal and stout soldier. [Ibid. VII. p. 146.]
The Surveyor General's report, read and entered, on the petition of Sir Edward Nicholas, ut supra, p. 158, concerning the custody of the Great Park of Windsor, &c. Order: for a constat of the park with a view to a lease, "and state the particular interests that are already settled and certify me the names of the present tenants and your judgment of the value of the lands and what may be done in order to grant petitioner a lease if His Majesty is of that advice, so as His Majesty may restore the park at his pleasure." [Early Entry Book VII. pp. 148–9.]
Memorial of the 5th inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing to allow 60l. to Dr. John Windebank and Captain Roger Clarke, Sub-Commissioners of Excise for co. Surrey, and Henry Broadnex, their late partner therein, in view of their extraordinary charges, they having found the county very much unsettled and the people very obstinate. Approved of. [Ibid. XI. p. 79.]
Same of the 6th inst. from same, read and entered, similarly proposing an allowance of 150l. to Robert Butts, Robert Grove, William Stockton, and Valentine Perse, Sub-Commissioners for Excise for co. Suffolk, in view of the like extraordinary pains and charges. Approved of. [Ibid. p. 80.]
Same of the 5th inst. from same, read and entered, similarly proposing to allow 50l. to John Boteler, Samuel Neale, Henry Gosse, and Edmond Hewett, late Sub-Commissioners for Excise for cos. Leicester, Northampton and Rutland, for the like reason. Approved of. [Ibid.]
Same of the 6th inst. from same, read and entered, similarly proposing to allow 50l. to Sir Arthur Caley, Kt., and William Hickman, Sub-Commissioners for Excise for co. Warwick, in view of the insufficiency of the poundage. Approved of. [Ibid. p. 81.]
Same of the 5th inst. from same, read and entered, similarly proposing to allow 50l. to Thomas Atkins, Anthony Gratiano, William Latham, Edward Turnor, and Humfry Meredale, late Sub-Commissioners for Excise for co. Essex, in view of their great loss by the receipts and returns of money and the refractoriness of the people, some of whom they have been obliged to summon before the Lord Treasurer by a Sergeant at Arms. Also for an allowance of 100l. to Col. John Mildmay, Robert Amery, William Latham, and Anthony Gratiano, the present same for said county, in view of their extraordinary charges. Both allowances approved of. [Ibid. pp. 81–2.]
Same of same date from same, read and entered, similarly proposing to allow 40l. to Nicholas Battail and Hugh Tresse, Sub-Commissioners for Excise for co. Notts, in view of the insufficiency of the poundage to recompence their extraordinary charges. Approved of. [Ibid. p. 82.]
Petition from Charles Clare, son of Dr. Andrew Clare, deceased, late Chaplain in Ordinary to the King, for a new lease of the demesnes and manor of Burstall [Garth], co. York, of which he is possessed by assignment from Mathew Alured. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 151.]
Same from Jervase Price (on reference from the King of the 7th ult.) for a lease of a parcel of wood or woody ground called Sherrickwood, containing about 64 acres, parcel of the manor of Tottenham, co. Midd., demised in 1609 by William Lord Knollys ("Knowles") and others, trustees for said manor, to William Cholmeley. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Francis Lord Vaughan for a lease of the manor of Mallaen, Caeo, Mabelview, Mabedryd, Maenordaelo, Kethinock, in the forest of Glyncothy and Pennant, and the manor and lands of the late dissolved monastery of Pennant, co. Carmarthen, now out of lease. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VII. p. 153.]
Petition from Jeffrey Price for discharge of 20 firkins of butter, &c., seized. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. X. p. 19.]
[?]Same from Peter Joy, for same of 165 pair of silk stockings seized. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Nicholas Boroughs, of Bristol, merchant, concerning the office of gauger of that port, granted to petitioner's father-in-law, and enjoyed by petitioner. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Dec. 9.The bill of allowance of the sheriff of Devonshire, read and entered in abstract, as allowed by Baron Turner. Order for same accordingly. [Ibid. VII. p. 146.]
Dec. 16.Memorial of the 6th inst. from the Commissioners for Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to accept 250l. as compensation for the arrear of rent of the farm of the Excise of Cheshire, due from John Birchensha and John Carey, late farmers of same, they not having acted in the said farm since 1659, Sept. 29, and in view also of the fact that the said county and the receipt of the Excise there were much disturbed when Sir George Booth took up arms, 270l. in money being taken from the Sub-Commissioners by the soldiers, besides three horses taken and the Excise books mostly lost, involving the loss of arrears due. Approved of. [Ibid. XI. pp. 83–4.]
Same of the 11th inst. from same, read and entered, proposing to make certain allowances, detailed, to the various late Sub-Commissioners of Excise, detailed, of the counties of Sussex, Northampton, Rutland, and Leicester, whose accounts stood open; all in view of their extraordinary pains, law costs, and disbursements to soldiers. Approved of. [Ibid. pp. 84–5.]
Same of the 3rd inst. from the Commissioners of Excise, read and entered, proposing to pay the several sums of 17l. 10s. 3d. and 9l. 0s. 9d. to each of the Commissioners of Appeals, viz., Sir Richard Browne, Kt. and Bt., Sir William Doyley, Kt., Sir Henry Vernon, Bart., William Prynn, Robert Scawen, and William Coward, thereto constituted by letters patent of April 8 last, same being for the two last quarters of Midsummer and Michaelmas, same being the deficiency of their poundage of 1d. per £ of the receipts of the Excise to make up their quarterly allowance of 50l. each: with power to make up the like allowance similarly every quarter. Approved of, and directions ordered accordingly. [Ibid. pp. 85–6.]
The bills of allowances, stated in abstract and as allowed by Baron Turner, of the sheriffs of Hereford, Suffolk, Bucks, Yorks, and Kent are allowed. [Ibid. VII. pp. 151, 152, 154, 157.]
Petition from Christoper Andrew to be admitted to a copyhold tenement called Bodrigan in the manor of Tinten, co. Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 154.]
Same from James Hedges for a new lease of six acres of land called Burges close in the manor of Stratton, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 155.]
Petition from John Jones for a new estate in a copyhold tenement in the manor of Midsomer Norton, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VII. p. 155.]
Same from Joseph Gane for a new estate in a cottage and 14 acres of land in the manor of Farrington Gurney, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Joseph Rutt, of Kew ("Cue"), co. Surrey, for a lease of certain tolls arising out of the wheat, rye, barley, peas, beans, oats, fitches, and all other grain brought into the weekly market and fairs of the town of Newbury, co. Berks, and for same of four several cottages there. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 160.]
[?]Same from Hellen Izod, widow and executrix of Major Thomas Izod (on reference from the King of the 9th inst.), for a lease of certain lands in co. Lincoln, viz.: Cheyley farm, in Spalding; a cottage in Pinchbeck; mills, tolls, and certain lands in Kirton in Lindsey. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Dec. 17.Memorial of the 10th inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered in full, proposing to employ Jeremiah Tolthurst, in place of Thomas Calverd, as one of the Sub-Commissioners of Excise for Westmorland and Cumberland, together with William Christian: same being in consequence of certain articles received against said Calverd. Approved of. [Ibid. XI. p. 87.]
Petition from Mathew Plowman for a place as Sub-Commissioner of Excise in any county, his father having been killed in the late King's service. Referred: to the Excise Commissioners to appoint him on the next vacancy. [Ibid.]
Same from James Smith for a copyhold tenement and mill in the manor of Englishcombe, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 158.]
Same from, severally, John Gibbs, John Gayes, Peter Evans and John Clerk, concrning their several copyhold tenements in same manor. Referred: to same. [Ibid. pp. 158, 159.]
Same from John Biggs for a tenement in the manor of Laverton. [Ibid. p. 159.]
Dec. 18.The Customs Commissioners' reply of the 11th inst., on the reference to them as made Oct. 31 last, of the proposals of Mr. Violett concerning exporting goods and gold, &c., read and entered; the said reference requiring the said Commissioners to be made acquainted with Mr. Violett's warrant for searching after goods and merchandise that pay not, and defraud the King of, his customs, and whether it be fit to make any trial of his proposals for advancing His Majesty's customs thereby. As said Commissioners conceive it necessary, before returning any judgment hereon, to have the opinion of counsel learned in the law, Ordered: that the Attorney General consider of the warrant propounded by Mr. Violett. [Ibid. X. p. 21.]
Petition from Sir Henry Carey read and entered (on reference from the King of Oct. 26 last) praying Privy Seals for the sums of money in arrear and due upon accompt by Richard Best, Esay Risby, Humphrey Beane, Thomas Maurice, William Hickman, and William Turner for duties of Excise [and other sums due from them as] receivers of Crown rents and duties for the late usurper. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "The arreares of Excise are all already granted to severall persons by the two Houses of Parliament and by Privy Seales since in confirmation thereof from His Majesty. So as the petitioner cannot bee relieved from them. But for the other part of it which concernes Crowne rents and other duties for the late usurper let the peticoner acquaint Sir Edmund Sawyer with the particulars hee can make forth charging the persons herein menconed for the same." [Early Entry Book VII. p. 168.]
The Surveyor General's report, read and entered, on the petition of John Lord Berkeley, of Stratton, ut supra p. 166. Order for a commission to issue to persons named to find out the concealed remains of the estates of John Farnham, granted to him by Queen Elizabeth, same lying in divers counties much dispersed being the lands of many small chapelries and religious houses. [Ibid. p. 169.]
Petition from Henry Storkey and John Bevan (on reference from the King of the 20th ult.) for a grant of the arrears unpaid since 1642, of the 60l. per an., payable to the Crown by Howell Gwyn of Glanbrane, co. Carmarthen, for the lease of the revenues of the churches of Llandingat and Llanfair-ar-y-Bryn, in that county and in the bishopric of St. David. Referred: to the Surveyor of Lands. [Ibid. p. 170.]
Same from the Earl of Ossory, Viscount Muskerry, Lord Belasyse and Sir George Hamilton, farmers to His Majesty of the 10,000 acres of the fens, for some abatement in their rent of same, they having re-demised 1,156 acres to Mr. Underwood and 248½ to Sir George Downing, and in view of the further fact that they are not to be charged with the rent for said farm but from the time they entered into and quietly possessed the same, which was not till the Act of Parliament passed whereby the King's title and possession was vested in him and his lessees. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 161.]
Dec. 19.The report from the Commissioners for Arrears of Excise of the 18th inst., read and entered, proposing the acceptance of 150l. from Samuel Neale, Samuel Hall, and Henry Goss, as sureties for Francis Downeham, deceased, late farmers of Excise for cos. Leicester and Rutland, same being as a composition for 500l. arrear of rent of said farm from 1659, March 25. Approved of. [Ibid. XI. pp. 92–3.]
[?]The report from the Attorney General, read and entered, on the petition from Dorothy, wife of Edward Moore, one of the daughters of Sir William Fenwick, deceased, by Isabella, daughter and sole heir to the Lady Margaret Gray, who was excepted from pardon by the late usurped powers; petitioner's husband being son and heir of John Moore, of Bank Hall, co. Lancaster, who died about ten years since, leaving the said son, an infant about twelve years old, with an estate encumbered with judgments, &c., said petitioner praying for her husband's pardon and restoration from penalties and forfeitures, he being arrested and imprisoned for his father's debts. Ordered: petitioner may enjoy the benefit of His Majesty's warrant and proceed upon it. [Ibid. VII. pp. 165–6]
Dec. 20.Petition from Oswald Rylie, mariner, commander of the smack "Industrie," who has been violently beaten by some Customs officers and kept out of his vessel. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Early Entry Book X. p. 22.]
Dec. 23.Petition from John Lewis, of London, merchant, for discharge of the "Honnour" frigate, stopped at Gravesend by the Customs officers. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 23.]
Dec. 27.Petition from John Carter, of Malpas, co. Chester, for a lease of the hundred of Wirral, co. Chester, parcel of the possessions of the Earl of Chester. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 171.]
Same from Barbara Hildyard, of Burstall Garth, co. York, widow, to be re-admitted tenant to the manor of Burstall Garth, co. York. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 172.]
Same from Anthony Power, of London, merchant, for reduction of Customs on 116 patacons of decayed tobacco. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. X. p. 23.]
Dec. 31.Petition from David Griell, of London, merchant, for discharge of 80lb. of camphor seized. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Christopher Potter, son and executor of Ambrose Potter, deceased, for a new estate in certain Barton lands, parcel of the King's manor of Bradninch, called Goosehill and Rowes Marsh and Rowes Meadow. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 175.]
Same from Henry and John Harcourt, sons of Winifrid Harcourt, deceased, for grant of an estate in Bythawyn, parcel of the manor of Bradninch. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from John Forse for grant to his son, on surrender, of a tenement in said manor. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Henry Hill praying to compound for two lives in reversion of Johan Popleston of a tenement in the manor of West Anthony, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 176.]
Same (on reference from the King of the 21st inst.) from William Dickenson, one of His Majesty's pensioners, for a lease of the brewhouse and all those messuages, tenements, wharfs, &c., in the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, near Charing Cross, late in the occupations of Alice Stockwood et al., parcel of the possessions of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. Referred: ut supra: [Ibid. p. 180.]
[?]Same from John Coryton praying to exchange a life in the park of Carry Bullock, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 176.]
Same from Major Robert Walters for a lease of certain lands, parcel of the manor of Grafton, formerly leased to Sir Robert Osborne, and two closes in Alderton and a small farm in Grafton. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands, to whom the whole business of Grafton has been formerly referred. [Ibid. p. 175.]