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'Minute Book: November 1667', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 2: 1667-1668 (1905), pp. 115-132. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=80289 Date accessed: 16 September 2014.


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November 1667

Nov. 5.
Tuesday.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Mr. Controller, Sir John Duncombe.
Petition read from Dartmouth. Warrant ordered.
The Marquess of Worcester moves about settling lands on the King and his family. The Attorney General to make his report before anything be done.
Lord Byron says he has a tally on the Customs. Moves it may be put early to be paid.
Warrant to Sir Stephen Fox for payment of his interest account. To be paid on the London Excise out of his part thereof.
The Cofferer of the Household to be settled as he desires, except as to 2,000l. per mensem on the Customs. Only 1,000l. assigned thereon, the remaining 1,000l. to be considered when all my Lords are present on Thursday.
Mr. Pepis to be settled for Tangier as he desires.
Sir William Doyly called in. Mr. Dance, Collector for the Aids for Oxford, called in. To pay in 150l. in eight days and be discharged.
Sir Edward Hungerford and Sir Thomas Dolman called in about Sir John pretyman's debt. Sir John's last propositions referred to the Attorney General.
Mr. Jeremy Layton, sub-collector of the Aid for Hinckford Hundred, co. Essex, to be discharged. Mr. Laurence, the Solicitor, to prosecute him by immediate extent.
Warrant for the arrest of William Grismond, late collector of the Aids for co. Hereford.
Write the late Farmers of the Customs to attend on Thursday concerning what they owe of their rent.
As to the list of tallies on the Customs, ordered that the Earl of Anglesey's tallies be put first, amounting to 58,000l. Then 10,000l. for the Ordnance. Then such for which the King pays interest. Then the rest all in course as the tallies to be paid, not as struck. Then the 200,000l. for the Customs Farmers. All these to be on that portion of the money of the Customs which is not to be paid into the Exchequer and on what remains of the late farm of the Customs.
Mr. Montague and the rest of the Queen's Council called in: move for a Serjeant [to arrest] some Receivers of the Queen's. Granted, they sending a list of said Receivers and affidavits of their being in debt to the Queen.
Sir Robert Viner called in: prays his tallies on the Customs may be settled. To bring his tallies to Sir George Downing to make a list of them.
Alderman Bucknell called in: prays a lease of the Excise of such counties as they have agreed for with the country Farmers. Sir John Talbot also called in. My Lords will not meddle as to what they do with the imported spirits but Mr. Forth may set the case in writing. Mr. Finch also called in. Referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General to report whether all strong waters imported from beyond seas into London, &c., be in the grant of the Farmers of the London Excise. A lease to be drawn to Alderman Bucknell for the counties of Kent, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bucks: the money to be paid into the Exchequer and the [Excise] Farmers' loan money to be secured on the last half-year. The rest of the Farmers of Excise to have leases drawn.
Lord Holles's Privy Seal read, and Sir G. Charnock called in about it. My Lords will pay it as soon as may be.
Warrant for the poor of Westminster on their Privy Seal.
Mr. East's Privy Seal to be considered after Xmas.
Warrant for the Duke of Albemarle's [pay] as Keeper of St. James's Park.
John Chadwick's petition read. To be considered after Xmas. The like order severally on the certificate for the five Cambridge scholars, Lodowick Bray's petition, the petition from the Grooms and Pages of the Chamber, Margaret Hooker's petition, Elizabeth Mollet widow's petition, and Mr. Hinton's petition for his wages as attending the Queen.
The Pages of the Bedchamber's docquet to pass if an old [ancient] thing, else not.
The Queen's equerries' petition read. To be considered this day week with the rest of the establishment for the family.
John Pooler's petition read. Warrant for his discharge.
Warrant for what is past for Sir William Swan. The King to be moved that he be re-called or allowed only 20s. per diem for the future.
Sir Thomas Clerges to be paid.
Warrant for Thomas Owen not to be meddled with.
Petition from Anthony West, et al., seamen, referred to the Customs Farmers.
Walter Vaughan's petition referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Amos Isaac's petition read. To insert the value of the thing demanded.
Sir Edward Thurland to have a warrant.
John Vaughan to be asked his opinion of George Hussy's petition.
Col. Progers to be spoken to about Col. Sawyer's petition ere the 1,000l. be distributed.
The King to be moved about the Earl of Rochester's docquet for a pension of 1,000l. per an.
The petition from the joiners at Chatham left to the Treasurer of the Navy.
Martin Foster's petition read. Tallies to be struck for him.
Sir Robert Long and Sir George Downing to certify what the Earl of Sandwich has received proportionably to other ambassadors.
My Lords to move the King about Mr. Townsend.
Sir William Courtney called in. A report to be made to the King of the value of the value of the wood.
The King to be spoken to about Col. Tyringham's desire of a lease of the coal mines and grindstones in the Forest of Dean.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 205–8.]
Nov. 7.
Thursday.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncombe.
Sir Anthony Cope called in with Dr. Wrenne about building the new Custom House [London port], Sir John Wolstenholme being present. The matter in difference to be stated by Sir Robert Long et al. to-morrow.
Lord Holles called in: moves about payment of his Privy Seal on his employment in France. To be taken notice of when the tallies on the Customs are settled.
The Earl of Berkshire and Lady Dryden to attend on Monday about the 8,000l. on Sir Stephen Fox's 68,000l.
The King to be spoken to about Sir William Courtney's desire of the offal wood.
Sir John Wolstenholme desired to hasten the account of the late farm [of the Customs].
Sir George Carteret called in: the docquet for his [Bishop of] Münster account read, also a warrant for the two naval regiments and forces for Ireland. Referred to Sir George Downing and Sir Robert Long.
Chr. Rodd to be sent for by messenger; on the information of Mr. Bowdler.
The King to be spoken to about Mr. Deering's docquet.
Letter read from the Farmers of the London Excise about Dr. Forth, one of the Commissioners of Appeals [in Excise]. Forth to attend on Monday.
Warrant for 10,000l. on the Customs for the Earl of Anglesey for paying [seamen's] wages [due] before January [last].
Write Alderman Backwell to attend the Duke of Albemarle about the Tangier business.
Warrant for Mr. Avery on his Privy Seal.
Alderman Bucknall called in. My Lords desire him to think of lending money.
Sir Stephen Fox called in about what is due to some officers and soldiers of Guernsey. Says the Lord General's warrant is sufficient to pay that money. Ordered so to be done.
Mr. Bucknall called in again [for the Farmers of the London Excise]: is told that the Controller of the Excise complains that he cannot get a sight of the vouchers for Middlesex and Surrey. He says that they [Bucknall and his partners] have farmed this farm to Forth, and that they are willing that the Controller see them. My Lords order that he see them.
Sir William Bolton called in. His desire to be considered.
The officers of the Works called in: move that they may assign their 10,000l. to such as they owe money to and have 6 per cent. Granted. To bring in a list of those they would assign it to.
Mr. Hempsall called in about Col. Fitch, who is dead. His security to attend on Tuesday.
Sir Thomas Estcourt called in. To attend on Monday about his sister's petition.
The officers of the Works called in. Referred to Sir Robert Long and Sir George Downing to consider of the bargain concerning bricks with Mr. Crispe.
Sir William Doyly complains of one White, a Solicitor [for the Aids] in North Wales. To be removed. Sir George Downing to speak with some North Wales gentlemen about one [to take White's place].
Blank commissions brought in for Receivers of the Eleven Months' tax. To give security before the commissions be delivered in.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 208–9.]
Nov. 12.
Tuesday.
Present: Mr. Controller, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
Write the King's printer to send to Sir William Doyly the Act for the One Month and that for the Eleven Months' tax.
Mr. Trevanyon, of the House [of Commons], and he of Gray's Inn, to attend on Monday.
Sir Robert Long to certify how much money the Customs Farmers have paid since Michaelmas.
Viscount Fanshaw to to give an account on Monday for what counties the rolls of the Poll are come in or are wanting.
The searcher of Lyme to take only the fees [prescribed] by order of Council of 24 James I. till he show what was taken 4 James I.
Viscount Fanshaw to attend on Thursday about settling the fees for taking bonds on [Receivers, &c., of] the new revenues. Not above 5s. to be taken for a bond. The rule as to a bond for each 200l. not to be observed.
Petition read from Nic. Battaille and Hugh Tresse, late Farmers of Excise for co. Notts. Referred to the Excise Commissioners. Process suspended.
Alderman Backwell called in. Write Mr. Ball to know why he pays not 4,000l. to Alderman Backwell, having paid him the 2,000l. standing next before this. Backwell's interest account to be paid on the Chimney money, and the 1,000l. for Sir George Ascue.
Mr. Kilby's petition read. To speak with his friends and consider the utmost he can do.
Alderman Backwell undertakes to pay 3,000l. for Monsieur Montbrun on Sir Stephen Fox's 68,000l.
Sir Robert Long to send the draft for the Privy Seal for the Chimney money: also the like for the Excise.
Write Sir Robert Paston to hasten the new articles.
Write the Earl of Bath for an answer to my Lords' former letter about advancing His Majesty's revenue on tin.
Fitzherbert's place to be during pleasure.
Bret's petition read. To be considered after Xmas.
Amos Izaac's petition read concerning renewing a lease of the tithes of Bruham, Roche, and Frome Selwood, co. Somerset. Referred to Sir Charles Harbord.
Lord G. Berkeley's certificate referred to Sir Charles Harbord and Sir Robert Long to certify how it comes to pass that these charges remain on the King when these houses and lands are in the Queen Mother's jointure.
Mr. Glanvile to attend on Monday next about the tin account. Mr. Lampen's proposal to be considered when the Earl of Bath is heard about improving the tin revenue.
Warrant for 50l. for Widow Burley.
Petition from the sawyers at Chatham. Nothing can be done herein.
Petition from William Castle. My Lords cannot do anything in it. He must apply to the Navy Commissioners.
Petition from Elianor Withers. Warrant to pay her.
Petition from Robert Chaloner, Receiver of Hearth money for Somerset. My Lords can do nothing in it.
Petition from Nathaniel Powell. A warrant for his discharge.
Write the late Farmers of the Customs to pay Sir Job Charlton's tally.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 209–11.]
Nov. 14.
Thursday.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Sir William Coventry, Mr. Controller, Sir John Duncomb.
Write the Customs Farmers to pay the Carlisle tally and the Plymouth tally.
Warrant for a year's pay to Sir Edm. Windham for the under marshals. The like for the arrears of John May's salary as overseer of His Majesty's woods in Dean Forest.
William Byam's petition read. To have till Easter to pay the remainder of his money. Process stopped till then against him and Sir Edward Hungerford and Joseph Garret.
Viscount Fanshaw called in. To bring in on Monday a list of all the Poll rolls which are come in.
Viscount Fanshaw, Sir Robert Long and Sir George Downing to meet on Saturday about the fees for bonds on any Receivers [of the new revenues such] as of Excise, &c.
Sir E. Reeves called in: prays a forfeiture on the murder committed by one Munnford on one Mr. Ferrer, of Clifford's Inn. To enter a caveat at the Signet about it till it be heard.
Warrant to Dr. Gliston, Mary Goade and John Clerke as to what is now due.
Alderman Backwell called in. To pay Montbrun's 3,000l. on Sir Stephen Fox's 68,000l, and 6,000l. for Tangier on the credit of the Chimney money: and in case he wants to pay his Customs rent my Lords will supply it to him. A Privy Seal for his interest account to be drawn on the Chimney money.
The Chimney money men to attend on Monday.
Warrant for 100l. on Sir Allen Apsley's Privy Seal.
A warrant in pursuance of an order of Council of Oct. 23 last for Sir Denis Gawden to transport what victuals of beef and pork he has remaining unused, not exceeding what is laid down in the said order of Council, viz. 600,000 four pound pieces of pork.
My Lords to carry to the King the Privy Seal for Mr. Meynell's interest account, to be signed.
"Mr. Pepys called in; his desire [? is desired] to take care to delay paying tickets as much as may be; also [is informed] that 6,000l. [is] ordered to Tangier to pay soldiers' wages there."
The Attorney General, Sir Edw. Hungerford and Sir Tho. Dolman called in about Sir John Pretyman. The Attorney General to report on the deeds. As to Pretyman's liberty the Attorney General says that one in prison on execution cannot be set at liberty by virtue of privilege of Parliament.
The King's Counsel to be all at the Exchequer next Thursday about the case of one Jones upon a debt to the King.
The Cofferer of the Household called in: prays the second 1,000l. per mensem on the Customs for the Royal Family. Ordered that 1,500l. per mensem be paid to the Cofferer from Michaelmas to Xmas out of the Customs.
Mr. Forth to pay on Saturday the 2,000l. and the 650l. which he has given [a promise] to pay into the Exchequer on the Excise, on the seamen's orders.
Write Sir John Talbot to hasten the rest of the advance money.
Warrant to the Bishop of Exeter to pay his First Fruits and Tenths at four yearly payments.
William Grismond, late Solicitor of Aids in Kingland Parish, co. Hereford, to be set at liberty on security to Sir George Downing to pay the money in two months. Bartram summoned to be here.
A couch and chairs to be spoken for this [my Lords'] room. Mr. Packer to attend on Monday.
Warrant to discharge the goods belonging to Anthony West and Mr. Weyman.
The Speaker of the Commons' bill to be carried to Lord Arlington for the King's signature.
Mr. Whaddon's letter to be sent to Sir William Doyly.
The paper concerning Col. Fitchet to be put into Mr. Laurence's hand to prosecute upon it.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 211–3.]
Nov. 18.
Monday.
Present: all my Lords.
Sir William Doyly called in. Process to be issued against all that are assessed for their offices to the Aids and Poll and have not paid. Doyly gives an account about Whaddon, a Commissioner for the Aids, &c., in Cornwall. Orders made thereupon. Doyly to get oath that there is money in the hands of Walter Good, high collector of Cornwall.
The Earl of Bath called in about the tin business.
Sir Gilbert Gerard called in: prays that Alderman Bucknall be admitted tenant [of the farm of the Excise] of Newcastle, Durham and Northumberland. Gerard to bring a certificate from Sir John Talbott and others that they have agreed with him to have this farm.
Capt. Tyringham to have a lease of the coals and grindstones in the Forest of Dean.
Sir John Talbott moves that care be taken that the quarter's advance be paid in. Write him and his partners that my Lords expect the advance money by 10,000l. per week as agreed so as to be all paid by Xmas, and that they send on Thursday next a list what is paid in and by whom and what is behind.
Mr. Finch moves that one Mr. Gwynne, of Wales, wont break open doors for failure [i.e. in case of non-admittance for the purpose of gauging for the Excise]. Ordered that the Attorney General attend my Lord Keeper and tell him what the best to do in this case.
Another letter to be written such as Col. Whitley shall desire. Mr. Finch informs my Lords that several suits are commenced against the Commissioners of Excise. The Attorney and Solicitor General to inform my Lords what answer they shall make.
The Commissioners [of Excise] to sue Mr. Forth, of Kent.
The report on the Wiltshire defalcations for Excise to be considered to-morrow. Sir Herbert Lunsford owes about 3,000l. of the Excise for Sussex. The Excise Commissioners to state the case of the arrears on this county, which now amount to 4,100l. Mr. Finch moves about the imported strong water, and that the Attorney General refuses to make report in writing in regard the Solicitor General is not of his mind.
Process stopped against Sir Richard Otley and Mr. Richard Scriven as late Receivers of Hearth money for co. Salop: they going on immediately with their account with Auditor Chislett.
Sir Paul Neile called in about Chelsea College. The Attorney General to report before my Lords make up their mind.
Alderman Backwell to pay 6,000l. in Tangier to such persons as Mr. Pepys, Treasurer for Tangier, shall appoint: the money to be accounted as part of this year's allowance for Tangier.
Both the Trevanions of Cornwall called in with Sir William Doyly and counsel for Col. Trevanyon, the Receiver. Ordered that the other produce his account to Sir William Doyly for all except the fees.
Sir Richard Pigott and the rest of the Chimney Farmers called in: they have paid in about 10,000l. since they were last here, so [have paid] in all about 55,000l. of Lady Day, 1666.
Sir Thomas Player to be written to to certify on Thursday next what has been paid to him of Lady Day, 1666.
Warrant or commission to Andrew Newport as Controller, and to Bullen Reymes as Surveyor of the Great Wardrobe. All officers in the Wardrobe to observe their directions. Write to Townsend not to act but by their directions. Also instructions to them to repair to the Wardrobe and see in what state matters are, and to inform my Lords thereof: and to take care that liveries forthwith be made for the King, &c.
Warrant for process against the present Farmers of the Chimney money for Lady Day, 1666, who have neglected to pass their accounts for same.
A Privy Seal to authorise the paying the tallies on the Customs Farmers by the new Farmers. The said Farmers to attend tomorrow about the money in their hands or that may come to their hands of the late farm that they may pay the Earl of Anglesey's tallies or how much of them.
Warrant to strike tallies for the remainder due to Mr. Montbrun, being nearly 5,000l.: to rank in course after certain sums, detailed.
The Privy Council to be moved for leave again for giving 10 per cent. [on loans: viz. 6 per cent. interest and 4 per cent. allowance] because can't get money cheaper.
The King to be moved that proceedings on Sir John Winter's grant be stopped at present on the desire of the House of Commons.
Sir George Downing with Viscount Fanshaw is to make a list of what counties and rolls of the Poll are not returned.
Warrant for 100l. to Sir Edw. Griffith [Griffin]: to be repaid by him to William Cotton.
Capt. Brett called in about the logwood patent.
Capt. Robert Chaloner, late Receiver of Hearth money for Somerset, to pay all he is in arrear thereon, viz. 300l.
The Earl of Rochester's docquet to pass.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 214–6.]
Nov. 19.
Tuesday.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Mr. Controller, Sir John Duncomb.
Mr. Glanvill to attend on Thursday or my Lords will further proceed against him. Alderman Backwell to give an account of the tin sent to Amsterdam.
Write all the Receivers of the Poll to account presently. Process of scire facias ordered against such of them as have not given notice of their having paid the whole of that money.
On Thursday my Lords to be put in mind what the Earl of Sandwich has had both here and at Cadiz.
The Earl of Anglesey called in: says that the money for the seamen spends apace. The Customs Farmers to attend on Thursday about the Earl of Anglesey's tallies.
The King to have Sir Stephen Fox's Privy Seal tendered to him to sign.
Warrant as formerly for the Secretary of State's [defalcations] on the Post Office.
The Governor and some others of the East India Company to attend on Thursday about Bombay. Warrant on the Company's Privy Seal for Bombay account.
Sir George Carteret's warrant to be directed as Sir Robert Long certifies.
The draft of new articles for Sir Robert Paston referred to the Attorney General.
Sir Robert Long's report of the Post Fines is put into Lord Ashley's hands with all the papers concerning it. He to report on Thursday.
Sir William Boreman called in about the charge of Greenwich Gardens. His allowance to be paid and the stop taken off.
Summons to Chr. Rodd to pay the money or shew cause this day three weeks.
The Attorney General to take written information from Sir John Pretyman, Sir Thomas Dolman, and Sir Edw. Hungerford.
Mr. Wood and others called in about their petition for their Navy money. So soon as the seamen are a little paid off my Lords will take care of them. They pray that if paid by the Treasurer of the Navy they may receive proportionally with others so as all have a third or half and then begin again.
Sir Deny Ashburnham called in: the Excise Commissioners to attend on Thursday.
Robert Edwards' petition as Collector of the Poll money for co. Montgomery read and [to be] shown to the Members of Parliament for that shire.
Mr. Barcroft's Auditor to attend my Lords with his Poll money account stated.
Lord Ashley to look over the draft of the Great Seal for paying in course on the Excise: which he did, and desired it to pass: so [resolved] that it be tendered to the King by my Lords.
Sir Henry Herbert's petition read. He and Harris to attend on Thursday.
Capt. Brett called in: is desired to have a little patience.
John Warwick's petition read: the Auditors to attend my Lords on Monday with his Chimney account.
Sir George Downing to prepare Mr. Darcy's agreement for horses, so that it may be offered to my Lords.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 217–8.]
Nov. 21.
Thursday
afternoon.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
The Governor and others of the East India Company called in about Bombay. To attend again on Monday.
The Customs Farmers called in: are told that they promised to lend the King 100,000l. They say they only promised to advance of their rent 100,000l. before Xmas and will bring in more money on their rent. My Lords tell them they expect the whole 32,000l. to be paid in at present. Mr. Beale and Mr. Wood [Auditors of Imprests] to attend on Monday with the accounts of the late Farmers of the Customs.
Sir George Downing to wait on the Lord Keeper to-morrow to pray him to put into a way the business of the Customers' new covenants that so they may have their tallies.
Alderman Backwell and Mr. Glanvill called in about the tin account at Amsterdam and Ostend.
Lord Holles called in: moves for his money on his French embassy on his late Privy Seal for 2,200l. My Lords desire ten days' time to speak with the King as to that part thereof which concerns his extraordinaries; for as to his ordinary allowance they question not the payment of it. Mr. Williamson to certify when Lord Holles took his leave of the King; Sir Robert Long to certify what he has been paid and Sir Gilbert Talbott to certify what plate he had.
Another letter to the old Farmers of the Customs to pay Sir Job Charlton.
Write the Attorney General "that since the Royal Society are in possession [of Chelsea College], why the King may not give them a lease."
The Excise Commissioners' report read concerning the abatements on [the farm of Excise in] Wilts. Mr. Warcup and the rest of the Farmers of Wilts Excise called in. Ordered to pay in presently 500l., and have 751l. remitted for the plague.
Warrant for a new grant to the Farmers of the London Excise. They pray to have in their grant the imported liquors to save charges of a particular grant for it.
Monsieur Monbrun called in: prays for his whole money, interest and principal: the interest being 15 per cent.
Mr. Spry prays some consideration as to the business of the arrears of the Tenths of Exeter [viz.], for 162l. in arrear on Mr. Luggar to be remitted.
Warrant to stop all further proceedings on the commission for Dean Forest.
Write the Attorney General to appear at the King's Bench Bar to oppose the giving a habeas corpus to Sir John Pretyman to remove him to the King's Bench prison out of the Fleet.
[Ibid. pp. 218–20.]
Nov. 22.
Friday
morning.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Mr. Controller, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
Mr. Spry called in. Has paid 1,350l., and there remains 160l. Ordered to be sued at law for that; my Lords can't forgive the money.
Sir William Doyly and Mr. Stamp, Collector of Oxfordshire, called in. Stamp to pay in the 400l. in his hands, and to make oath as to the money in the hands of two men at Oxford.
Write the new Farmers of the Customs that the Lord Keeper is ready to give directions to the Attorney General to draw their articles.
Sir William Doyly directed to send out the Acts for the One Month and the Eleven Months' tax. A letter from my Lords to accompany same.
Sir William Doyly complains of Capt. Story of his ill language given the clerks at St. Hellens about a bill of exchange. Story to attend on Monday afternoon.
Sir William Doyly to give the Receivers General notice in writing that whoever clears not his account of what is in his hands at Xmas cannot be Receiver for the next year.
Write the Commissioners of the Aids for Salop to re-assess the money in arrear on Newport.
The distresses in Kent to be brought away by sea because the inhabitants wont buy them.
Mr. Gwyn to give his scruple in writing on Monday about breaking open houses for Excise: and this to be sent to the King's Counsel.
The Commissioners [for the Aids] for Staffordshire are to assess elsewhere what is failing for some lands exempted from payment.
Thomas Collyer summoned.
Write Sir John Robinson to bring in what arrears [stand out] for the Tower.
Sir Lancelot Lake, Sir Philip Warwick and Sir Thomas Clerges to attend on Monday about the dispute between Middlesex and Westminster concerning the Additional Aids.
Col. Whitley called in about the arrears in North Wales. Sir William Doyly says that the way of returns of money out of those parts is most mischievous, for that they do it by droviers who pay it not, commonly, in less than six months.
The returns of what rolls of the Poll are come in from the counties to the King's Remembrancer's Office are to be sent to Sir William Doyly, who is to certify what are wanting.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 220–1.]
Nov. 25.
Monday
morning.
Present: all my Lords.
Warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take a noble for each quarterly bond of each Excise Farmer: the bonds to be delivered quarterly, one gratis: and a quietus at the end for their farm.
James Darcy called in. Sir Robert Long to certify whether he has performed his bargain hitherto.
Warrant ordered on the Earl of Bath's Privy Seal.
Sir Robert Long to certify all the anticipations on the revenue at this day.
List [ordered] of the Commissioners of the London Excise and of Appeals.
Accompt [ordered] from the Auditors [of the Exchequer Court] of the value of the receipt of each Receiver of the revenue.
The King to be spoken to about Sir William Courtney having some offal wood in Whittlewood Forest.
The men from Haverford West to be here after dinner.
Sir Robert Long and Mr. Wardour to give the weekly certificates to Sir George Downing every Saturday morning.
Secretary Morice to send a copy of the articles for Bombay with Portugal.
Mr. Forth, [Farmer with his kinsman] of the Kentish Excise, called in and his petition read. Content that the Controller have 14 days' time to view their books at their house. Process to be stayed meantime. The Forths to make out if possible what was made the year before their farm.
A verbal addition made to Fitzherbert's warrant.
Alderman Bucknell called in: told that the King has in Council resolved that they shall have the present farm of the London Excise at the present rent in hopes of their advancing money on this farm to pay the fleet. They move for a warrant for their farm, which is granted, but moved to leave out the covenant of the King's accepting the Commissioners they shall nominate. Ordered; the warrant for their lease to be as for the former one. Also a warrant for imported liquors to be put into the lease they are to have for Essex.
Sir Robert Long to certify this afternoon what has been paid in on the Earl of Anglesey's assignments to this day inclusive.
Warrant for the arrest of the deputies of Mr. Edward Keene, Receiver of the Hearth money for Suffolk.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 221–2.]
Nov. 25.
Monday
afternoon.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Sir Tho. Clifford, Sir William Coventry, Sir J. Duncomb.
Write the Navy Commissioners to charge no more certificates on the Eleven Months' tax.
The Cofferer of the Household called in about his accounts. His Auditor prays a day for declaring them in open Court in the Exchequer. Lord Ashley to be consulted with about it.
Auditor Phillips moves for process of immediate extent against Robert Hill, late Receiver of Hearth money in co. Cambridge. Ordered.
Warrant against all Col. Fitch's securities [sic for deputies] as Receiver of Hearth money for Essex that have not accompted.
Wednesday morning next appointed for declaring accounts.
Sir William Doyly and the Mayor of Haverford West called in. Sir William says they quarrel and that three-quarters of a year of the Aids is uncollected. The others to be summoned here Thursday morning.
Mr. Gwynn called in. His paper referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General. Sir William Doyly moves before him about short assessment every quarter for the county of Denbigh.
Mr. Levet, the Receiver of Wilts, to be displaced.
Mr. Herbert called in about Mr. Kilby's petition.
Warrant for another month to the Cofferer of the Household for 1,500l. on the Customs.
Capt. Story called in about what he said about the office of exchanges. Ordered to pass his account for the three last quarters with Sir William Doyly, and quarterly account with him. Sir William moves about sending down the Acts of Parliament for the First and Eleven Months' tax. The messengers called in and told that my Lords will send them down by the post by Sir William Doyly. Capt Story called in and ordered to make his acknowledgment [apology] here and at the office [Doyly's Office of Exchanges] in the presence of the officers there and of Gardner.
Warrant against Col. Trevanyon, of Gray's Inn, Deputy Receiver of Cornwall, for keeping the King's money.
The Governor of the East India Company called in about Bombay.
Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Bucknell and Mr. Ball to attend to-morrow to tell my Lords how the assignments to Tangier and the Cofferer of the Household stand on the Excise.
Sir Denis Gauden called in: offers a paper from the principal officers of the Navy. To be considered on Wednesday.
The old Farmers of the Customs called in: say they have no money of their late farm in their hands.
Sir Robert Long to certify every week what comes in that week on the Earl of Anglesey's assignments.
A commission out of the Exchequer to examine all the Customs officers as to what money came in before Michaelmas.
The Farmers of the Chimney money to give an account what has been received of the 1,050,000l. [sic for 105,000l.] tallies which were delivered to them by Sir George Carteret.
Ordered that the other 16,000l. per mensem [from the Customs] from Dec. 1 next be also actually paid into the Exchequer.
Alderman Backwell shall have set down how much per mensem he shall be paid of his 33,000l. tallies.
The King to be spoken with about the Marquess of Worcester's business. Said Marquess and Sir Baynham Throckmorton to attend on Thursday about improving Dean Forest.
Lady Frazier, dresser to the Queen, called in. Nothing to be done till after Xmas.
Sir William Courtney called in about offal wood. The King to be spoken to about it.
Mr. Finch moves about the grant for his son of the imported liquor. Mr. Finch called in about it.
The complaint against the Hearth money officers for co. Brecon to be sent to the Chimney Farmers.
Warrant for Alderman Bucknell's farm of the Excise of Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle and Berwick, at 5,170l. per an. rent for three years.
The King to be moved about 5,000l. to Sir Stephen Fox for Secret Service.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 222–5.]
Nov. 26.
Tuesday
morning.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Sir Tho. Clifford, Sir William Coventry, Sir J. Duncomb.
Sir Stephen Fox called in: moves for his moneys in arrear on tallies on the Poll money, Customs, &c. To be paid his 6,000l. tallies on the Customs out of such moneys as come in on the second 16,600l. [16,000l.] per mensem [from the Customs].
Lord Gerard and Sir Stephen Fox called in: Gerard moves that his troop may be paid up equally with the other troops of the Guards. Sir Stephen Fox ordered to do this and upon the same terms as formerly. Fox's Privy Seal for the Guards taken by my Lords to the King to be signed.
Warrant on the 16,000l. per mensem paid into the Exchequer out of the Customs.
Warrant for the Auditor to state the account of Nathaniel Booth, the Receiver of the Aids and Poll money for Cheshire.
[Treasury Minute Book I. p. 225.]
Afternoon. Present: ut supra.
Andrew Newport and Col. Reymes called in [for the Wardrobe]. Sir Stephen Fox to assign them 4,000l. of the 68,000l. in his name on the Eleven Months' tax and Alderman Backwell to be prevailed with to lend 4,000l. on them. They to attend the Lord General to know whether liveries or stables shall be first provided.
Sir Robert Long to certify what inconvenience it would be if the Wardrobe accounts were in English as well as the accounts of the Navy and Ordnance and if so then how it must be done.
The King to be spoken to about Mr. Chichley's docquet.
Sir Robert Long to be quickened about a return concerning what has been paid to Lord Holles.
Viscount Hinchinbrooke called in: moves for more money for the Earl of Sandwich as Ambassador in Spain. Sir Robert Long to send a copy of the first Privy Seal for 6,000l. to the Earl as Ambassador to Spain.
Sir Stephen Fox called in: asked if he's willing to go on in paying the forces as formerly. Alderman Bucknall and Mr. Ball called in about the same business. Mr. Ball produces a list of tallies on the country Excise. Are desired to meet with Sir Stephen Fox about it, and to call to them the Cofferer and report on Thursday. Alderman Bucknall proposes to give 1,000l. to enter presently on the collection of the brandies. This to be moved on Thursday.
Mr. Newport spoken to to prefer such as want to furnish the Wardrobe; provided they furnish as cheap as others.
Auditor Phillips's deputy called in. To be sworn, or my Lords will take no accounts from him.
Process stayed against Thomas Terry (deputy to John Perne, Receiver of Hearth money for Hunts), Edmond Baker, and Sir John Cotton; they having paid their money.
Lady Stukeley's petition read. My Lords can only report that they found an old arrear of Excise, and therefore could do no other than order the seizure.
A list to be made of all persons to whom time has been given to pay money.
Amos Isaak's petition read. To be further considered.
Sir Jordan Crosland's petition read. Warrant for his pay.
Petition read from the King's and Queen's footmen. A small sum of money to be paid to the Duke of Albemarle for them.
John Brayn's petition read concerning a copyhold tenement. Sir Charles Herbert to certify whether the King can let those leases without a new Act of Parliament.
A bill about letting the King's lands of the Duchy of Cornwall to be sent to the Attorney General for his opinion, and particularly as to a clause about the reserved rent, whether too much or not.
Coppinger's name to be inserted in the warrant for delivering up Rawley's [Raleigh's] bond; provided the whole of the money be paid.
The Order of Council read about the Consul of Tripoli. Some merchants to attend on Thursday.
Peter Barr's petition referred to the Customs Farmers.
Petition read from the seamen of "Maculor" or "Black Post-horse." Referred to the officers of the Works to state and report.
Lady Wentworth's petition read. To be considered after Xmas.
Sir Robert Southwell's desire of further pay read. He'll be speedily here.
Petition read from John Lord Lucas: Sir Robert Long to certify what remains due to the Countess of Derby.
The order of Council concerning Blackman read. To be considered after Xmas. Sir Robert Long to certify whether the ancient form of orders of Council were to make the Lord Treasurer to pay money.
The Jersey petition read. Resolved that they have their privileges but make entry as in the report from Sir Robert Long and the Customs Farmers.
Sir William Wild to be paid after Xmas.
The Queen's jointure to be speedily considered.
Mr. Coppinger's petition about arrears of Excise in Somerset referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Alderman Sterling's petition read and he called in. Referred to the Excise Commissioners. Further my Lords spoke to him about arrears of Chimney money due at Michaelmas, 1665, in Kent. Says they [he and his partners] have paid 1,400l. to Sir Thomas Player and have 600l. more ready to pay; represent that the Cinque Ports refuse to pay. Sir William Coventry to be spoken to about it. Sir William Coventry to be spoken to about it. Sam. Lamb, Sterling's secretary, to presently pay in the 600l. in his hands and Sterling to pass his accounts of the Chimney money with Sir Edm. Sawyer.
Edwin Scrimshaw's petition read: referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Walter Robins' petition read. To have his lease.
Porter, of Berks, to be sent for in custody.
Warrant for payment of Dr. Hewitt's son.
George Kirk's petition read. To be considered after Xmas. The like order for Edward Trussell's and John Barwell's petition.
Mr. Mead to have the place of Clerk of the Impost bills.
Warrant to the old Farmers of the Customs to pay Mr. Battailhe's arrears.
Miles Pemberton's petition referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Thomas White's petition referred to the principal officers of the Navy after Sir William Coventry has been spoken to.
Alderman Backwell called in: "reports what the price of tin at Amsterdam and provision money also viz. 50l. for the hundred." Auditor Chislett to state Mr. Glanvill's account. Glanvill to write to Amsterdam about the price of tin.
Mr. Bridgeman called in. Moves for an assignment for them [the Judges]. Warrant for 500l. on the Customs.
Sir Gilb. Gerard to certify under his hand that Alderman Bucknall is to have all the farm of [the Excise of] Northumberland, &c., and then the warrant for the lease to be to him [Bucknall] alone.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 225–8.]
Nov. 27.
Wednesday
morning.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Mr. Controller, Sir William Coventry.
Sir Robert Long called in: says the accounts of the Wardrobe and so of the Cofferer may legally pass in English as well as in Latin if my Lords please to give a warrant for it.
Sir Robert Long reports that the Privy Council did not use the words "direct" or "order" in any order to the Lord Treasurer for money unless when the Treasurer applied to them; as when he would have a bargain confirmed, &c., by the Council: otherwise the Council only used the words "pray" or "desire." Sir John Nicholas to be acquainted herewith by Sir George Downing. Sir Robert Long says that he used to write "procured by the Lord Treasurer" and that this was the course as to papers to which he procured the King's hand. My Lords will speak with Lord Arlington about it.
Lady Stukeley called in: is told that she hath scandalised the Controller of the Household as if he had a design to get all the logwood into his hands; whereas he had long ago at his own desire caused a warrant to be sent hence to the Solicitor General to draw a release of his share in it. Mr. Izackson and Lady Stukeley to attend on Thursday.
Warrant to the Lord Chief Baron to swear the Deputy Auditors.
Lord Ashley and Sir Robert Long to be acquainted with the complaint of Alderman Sterling that he cannot get in the arrears of the Chimney money from the Cinque Ports: for them to advise whether my Lords are to send any orders direct or to apply to the Duke of York for his order.
The draft of a Privy Seal for the discharge of the East India Company for the two prizes is delivered to Mr. Blany at Lord Ashley's desire.
Sir Denis Gauden is called in about his account and the report from the Commissioners of the Navy. Write the officers of the Navy that my Lords expect in pursuance of the Order of Council that they report to my Lords what alterations they think fit to be made in the Victualler's contract for the next year. The first head [of his demands considered viz.] (of Toulonne): ordered that the Victualler be considered as far as he was prejudiced by his hindrance of pratique or impositions taken from him by the officers of French King. The second head: that he be allowed for ships to attend the fleet with victuals, sailing and off the coast; but for vessels employed for victualling on the coast and near any victualling places, that he be not allowed. The third head: my Lords believe fish days were cheaper to the Victualler, so that it's reasonable he be allowed where they were by order laid aside: but yet to be considered how dear fish was of late years. The fourth head (for borrowed money): it's to be considered that though the letter of his contract seem to favour him to have money advanced to enable him to go through with the action, yet in regard it's most certain the Victualler neither did nor could provide the whole victuals immediately on the declaration, but provided perpetually bread and beer all the year, and considering the greatness of the action and cheapness of provisions, yet my Lords think not fit this charge should be thrown of the King, yet not fully enabled to give an opinion therein, because they know not what time he, the Victualler, had his moneys paid him by the Treasurer [of the Navy] nor the loss be sustained thereby.
Capt. Cock to attend on Thursday next about Mr. Blackburn's business.
Lord Windsor called in and his petition read. His Privy Seal to be paid out of such discoveries as he shall make.
Capt. Digby's docquet to be carried to the King.
The [garrisons of the] Tower, Plymouth, Scilly, Carlisle and Chester desire not to be paid by Sir Steven Fox. Fox to bring a certificate under the hands of such as are willing to be paid by him of their willingness thereunto.
Mr. Bowman's petition to be considered to-morrow.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 228–30.]
Nov. 28.
Thursday
morning.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
Memorandum: the King to be moved about 150l. for the Commissioners for the Musters.
Write the new Farmers of the Customs to send a copy of the warrant for suspending the 45l. 7s. 11½d. on the Navigation duty.
Warrant on the King's Chief Butler for the Judges' wines; and warrant for their salary for this term.
Col. Thomas Howard called in. To have a warrant for—per an. in lieu of the 600l. out of the farm of wood.
Sir William Doyly and the Haverford West people called in concerning the assessments on the school lands, &c.
Warrant for altering a tally struck for George Pyke on William Gibbs, Receiver of Suffolk.
Lavington and Davis, the head collectors in the Forest of Dean, to be sent for in custody.
Alderman Bucknell called in: says they will pay 4,000l. on Sir Stephen Fox's 68,000l.: this to be employed for the Wardrobe: that they'll give 1,000l. for this half-year for the brandies if they may now enter on that farm for the counties. Resolved that they may have it for 1,250l. from this day to Midsummer. Warrant ordered.
The Privy Seal for the Customs tallies to be passed with the list as now it is.
Sir Rich. Barrow, of Kent, called in: presents a petition of Henry Hickford and William Chambers. Referred to the Commissioners of the Navy.
Warrant for the Dutch Ambassador's wines as usual.
Warrant to the Serjeant to take Heinsius into custody. Mr. Laurence to prosecute his bond.
Mr. Trevanyon, of Cornwall, called in. Deputy Trevanyon owns that he has about 1,100l. of the King's money in his hands, which has been there since Xmas last. Promises to pay in 500l. in two or three days, and the rest in two months. The Receiver must pay the remaining 474l. Process not to stay against the deputy till the money is paid.
Mr. Laurence and the Solicitor for the tin to attend this afternoon. Write the Earl of Bath for his reply to my Lords concerning improving His Majesty's tin revenue.
The officers of Works called in. My Lords tell them they can only afford 8,000l. per an. for their office. They move my Lords to move Lord Ashley about the money for Greenwich. To attend Lord Ashley about it. The officers ordered to stop up all private doors leading to the King's leads in Whitehall, and to keep a book of the ordinary expenses of the Works by itself, and another for extraordinaries by itself. To have a settlement for their ordinary for next year. Process against Hugh May suspended, he being now upon his account.
Warrant for 120l. to Sir Godfrey Lloyd on his petition.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 230–2.]
Nov. 29.
Friday
morning.Present: Duke of Albemarle, Mr. Controller, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncombe.
Direction to Sir Robert Long to insert the garrisons in the list under Sir Stephen Fox's Privy Seal.
Sir B. Throckmorton and the Marquess of Worcester spoken to about improving the Forest of Dean. The Marquess says my Lords may improve the business of timber and yet satisfy the country as to their right of common, for by Sir John Winter's grant the King is to have but 10,000 acres, Winter 8,000, and the commoners 4,000, and the forest law at an end as to 18,000 acres. As to this, the country would be willing the forest law were set up again in the forest, and would consent to what further is necessary for the common good. As to the great occasion of the destruction of wood (viz. the right of the commoners to estboot [estover] or cutting wood for their own use, and of [quit of] pannage or the swines' going to eat acorns) these two the country are willing to part with, provided always one-third of the forest shall lie in enclosure, and as any of the wood opens then liberty to the King to enclose as much more. He believes the enclosure of a third of the forest may be done for 1,000l., but the Commoners desire the forest lands may be taken off their own lands. He believes that the King may have presently 2,000l. per an. out of the underwoods and 4,000l. per an. out of them after six years.
The King declares Mr. Chichely's docquet shall pass. Mr. Doyly's docquet to pass. The Marquess of Worcester's business to pass. Sir William Courtny's business not to pass for the offal wood but the King's officers to have it.
Mr. Newport called in. Warrant for 4,000l. to the Wardrobe out of the Exchequer. The King to be moved about the fee of the Clerk of the Wardrobe and a salary settled instead of it. Write Mr. Townsend to dispose of none of this money but by direction of Mr. Newport and Col. Reymes.
Lord Windsor's discovery on his Privy Seal is now on the Act of Excise on the clause of obliging the Commissioners to take an oath. He desires an order to the Auditor of Excise for an account who have taken such oath. A letter ordered to the Auditor.
The warrant for the Judges' salaries to be to Sir Robert Long; but no other fees to be paid thereon than at the Customs. Quere: where is their Privy Seal or patent payable?
Warrant for 200l. to Mr. Bowman out of money in the Exchequer in general.
A computation brought in of a quarter's pay of the King's and Queen's footmen. To be paid something out of the money to be paid by Mr. Bucknall on imported liquors.
Mr. Napper and Mr. Ward called in. The Attorney General to return his opinion on the whole state of the tin business to be represented to him by Mr. Laurence.
The draft of Lord Townshend's Privy Seal on exported coals to be brought to my Lords.
Sir Stephen Fox to employ 5,000l. for secret service in part of the 68,000l. in his name.
Sir Courtny Poole and Mr. Prideaux called in about some Navy bills and seamen's wages.
A report to be drawn for the Privy Council on the Jersey petition.
Warrant for an order for Sir Stephen Fox for the Guards. Fox to pay 160l. to Sir Godfrey Lloyd to pay his company in pursuance of the King's order.
Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 232–4.]