The Lord Treasurer directs a privy seal to be drawn for 1,460l. to
Capt. Gorge and Mr. Cranfield in order to their voyage to Surinam :
whereof 1,000l. to be paid presently and the remainder in a convenient
time : to whom [soever] they shall appoint to receive it.
Sir William Temple to have three months' allowance.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, p. 184.]
The Lord Treasurer orders 200l. for Healing medals.
[Write] Mr. Mounteney to bring into the Exchequer 20,000l.
In the margin : Done [meaning : letter written].
The Secretaries of State are to be paid their quarter's salaries due
at Christmas [last : to be paid] upon the Customs.
Mr. Heath to be discharged.
The Duchess of Richmond to have a quarter on her pension.
The Earl of Oxford to have a quarter on his pension.
A letter to be written for 800l. to be paid by Sir Stephen Fox for
Secret Service ; 500l. whereof is for Mr. Cranfield and 300l. for Mr.
Brent, both designed [designing] to go for Surinam.
The Lord Treasurer orders the arrears of the Robes, which is
5,500l., to be placed upon the new farm of the Chimney money : to
be paid one moiety at Michaelmas next and the other moiety at the
Christmas following. In the margin : Ordered 3 Feb., 1674-5, the
later moiety at Lady Day [following, i.e. 1676].
[Warrant for] two weeks for the Robes : 200l.
Mr. Kent to be written to that he would advance a quarter to the
Treasurer of the Chamber upon his tallies already struck.
The Lord Treasurer recommends Mr. Collingwood's concern to
the Master of the Ordnance when any moneys are assigned to that
The Lord Treasurer directs that Lord Widdrington's accompt be
stated as Governor of the town of Berwick.
Friday next appointed for the examination of Mr. Knapton, woodward
of the New Forest.
On Monday next the Master of the Wardrobe to attend.
[Ibid. p. 185.]
Mris. Paston's quarter due at Xmas [is ordered] to be paid. In
the margin : Done [meaning : letter to that effect written to the
Auditor of the Receipt].
A letter [to be written] to Mr. Brent that the King allows him
but 400l. towards his journey to Surinam.
Mr. Elliot's petition is referred to Sir Charles Harbord.
Mr. Newport and Mr. Darcy [are ordered] to have a quarter on
Lady Cleveland's paper concerning the Duchy of Cornwall is to
be referred [in the] first [place] to Sir Charles Harbord ; afterwards
to the Attorney General.
A warrant to stay process against Capt. Edward Cornwall and
Herbert Aubry, Esq. [as jointly] security for — Davis,
Collector of Hearthmoney in Herefordshire.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, p. 185.]
Mr. Doyley and Mr. Slingsby to be heard this day week. The
Attorney and Solicitor General to attend then.
A letter [to be written] to the Lord Lieutenant [of Ireland] that
without any failure care may be taken for the payment of Col.
Francis Willoughby's pension in the first vacancy that shall happen
upon any of the present pensions and without any others intervening
and that this pension be placed upon the new establishment
A warrant to be drawn for the reversion of a Teller's place to the
Honourable Robert Montagu, son of the Earl of Manchester.
A letter to be written to the Attorney General to frame a project
of what he would have granted to Mr. Percivall Brumskell in relation
to the small fines and amerciaments assessed in the several
courts of record at Westminster.
Mr. Cary called in concerning the woods belonging to the manor
of Woodstock, fallen to the King by the death of the Earl of
Clarendon, [said woods being] now fit to be cut : said Cary praying
the Lord Treasurer's directions concerning them. My Lord orders
Carey to attend again on Wednesday next.
The Surveyors of the Forest [North and South Trent] and
Mr. Knapton, woodward of New Forest, are called in concerning
articles of complaint exhibited against said Knapton by said
surveyors. This business is referred to the Attorney General who
is to be instructed therein by Mr. Agar and Mr. Strode. A copy of
the articles are to be delivered to Mr. Knapton.
The Lord Treasurer directs a warrant to be drawn for a pension
of 400l. per an. out of the Exchequer to the Earl of Carbery during
pleasure. A warrant also for 200l. to said Earl as royal bounty :
[to be paid] upon the privy seal dormant.
Mr. Shale to give the Lord Treasurer an account what has been
done by the Solicitor of the Navy and what money he has received
for that service.
The Navy to have two weeks' allowance : 12,000l.
[Ibid. pp. 186-7.]
Mr. Bernard's petition is referred to the Lord Chief Baron and
the rest of the Barons of the Exchequer.
The Earl of Bristol's tallies to be struck for his pension. In the
margin : Done [meaning : letter written to the Auditor of the Receipt
for said tallies to be struck].
Col. Roscarrock's petition is to be sent to Mr. William Herbert
to give the Lord Treasurer an account thereof.
A report to be drawn upon the Earl of Denbigh's petition.
Col. Stradling's order is, by his Majesty's command, to be directed
[i.e. to have a letter or clause of direction as follows, viz.] by
striking a tally on Sir Lionell Walden, receiver.
[Ordered] that no grant pass of any Welsh rents without notice
to the Auditor [of Wales] or his deputy.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, p. 187.]
Mrs. Hudson's [pension], a quarter [thereon], viz. 12l. 10s. 0d.
[is ordered] to be paid.
The Duke of Buckingham a quarter, 625l. of his pension of 2,500l.
per an. [is ordered].
A King's warrant to be drawn for Mr. Twiford for 10,000 reams
of paper customs free according to his petition and the opinion of
A letter [to be written] to Sir Stephen Fox to pay Mrs. H. G.
[Nell Gwyn] 500l. ; the 500 guineas which she formerly received
being intended for hangings.
Sir Stephen Fox is also to pay Sir Thomas Kniveton 25l. for a
[Ibid. p. 188.]
An order to be sent to the Commissioners for the Eighteen
Months' tax for Westminster to stay proceedings against the officers
of the Mint and others in the Tower of London about their [the
said officers'] taxes assessed by them [the said Commissioners]
until a hearing before the Lord Treasurer. At the same time the
Chimney money for the same place is to be considered whether
[said officers be liable] to pay or no.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Attorney
and Solicitor General.
Sir John King, Counsel for Mr. Slingsby, says that all what
Mr. Doyley pretends to is already comprised in Mr. Slingesby's
grant, excepting only the office of engineer [of the Mint] and 100l.
per an. salary.
Query : Whether the 12d. and 3d. is in the King's power to grant
without infringing Mr. Slingsby's patent. Sir John King says that
this 12d. and 3d. was payable to Blondeau out of what belonged
formerly to the Master of the Mint, and that after the expiration of
his term it ought to return to the Master : that Mr. Slingesby let
Blondeau in by an agreement made betwixt them : Mr. Slingesby
pays Blondeau's executors 12d. and 3d. out of the 7s. and 18d. which
he receives without accompt in consideration of the coinage of the
gold and silver. Sir John King says that at the expiration of
Blondeau's term this 12d. and 3d. will fall to the Master of the
Mint to defray the charges which will necessarily arise.
The matter being heard on both sides remains under the consideration
of the Lord Treasurer.
Sir Robert Howard and the rest of the officers of the Exchequer
are called in concerning the regulation of [Exchequer] fees [on
payments for] for the garrison of Tangier upon a direction from the
Lord Treasurer that no other fees shall be taken for the money
received for that garrison than such as are paid by the Treasurer
of the Navy [for Exchequer fees on Navy moneys]. Sir Robert
Howard says he receives no fee from the [payments in the
Exchequer of moneys to the] Navy, neither directly or indirectly.
Sir George Downing says (for the Tellers) that they have only 31l.
salary per an. and that as Tellers they have only 12s. 6d. for every
100l. for garrisons, but that they have moderated it to 5s. only for
Tangier : which they crave leave to represent to the Lord Treasurer.
A table of the fees of the several officers of the Exchequer [is
ordered] to be sent to the Lord Treasurer.
A warrant to be drawn for Mr. John Cary for the sale of the
coppice wood in the manor of Woodstock.
Mr. Gregory to be put in the Lord Treasurer's memorandum ;
for an additional salary [viz. for my Lord] to move His Majesty in
it : and [so also for] Mr. Shish.
Sir Jo. Baber and Sir Charles Scarborough are to be paid their
salaries as physicians in ordinary to His Majesty.
[Write] Mr. Mounteney to send into the Exchequer 20,000l.
In the margin : Done [meaning : letter written].
A warrant to be drawn for Mr. Philip Hyldyard and Mr. Cha. Cole
to be Chamberlains of the Exchequer as Sir Nicolas Steward's
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, pp. 188-90.]
Present : Lord Treasurer.
The business of the merchants that have given bond for payment
of the 4l. per tun at the Custom House to complete the 310,000l.
[Wine] Act is to be [heard and all parties to be] here on Friday
morning next. Auditor Birch to attend and the merchants to
The late Farmers of the London Excise are likewise to attend
then about the money due from them[selves] and in the meantime
the Lord Treasurer to know the King's final resolution about
Auditor Birch to bring in at the same time such Excise accounts
as he has ready for declaration.
The late Treasurers of Excise are to deliver in an account to
Mr. Kent of all such money as they have received upon account of
the farm of Excise from June 24 last ; and [are to] give him all
such vouchers as they have for that money and such of that cash as
remains in their hands : the Lord Treasurer intending that
Mr. Kent shall be the accomptant from June 24 last.
The Master of the Wardrobe is to send to the Lord Treasurer an
accompt of extraordinaries [in the office of Great Wardrobe] from
1673, Midsummer : with the amount of them and how far they are
The Lord Treasurer orders 2,350l. more to the Wardrobe to make
up 22,000l., the present project for one year.
To put the Lord Treasurer in mind of perusing his Lordship's
[the Master of the Wardrobe's] note for retrenchments in the
ordinary of the Wardrobe.
Write to the Master of the Wardrobe for a particular of what is
fit to be done for satisfying the Yeomen of the Guard, Trumpets and
Drummers in his Lordship's time.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, p. 190.]
Present : Lord Treasurer.
The Lord Treasurer directs the payment of 1,000l. to Mr. Le
Gouche, His Majesty's Jeweller, on any late orders assigned by "my
Lord Treasurer" [Clifford or Danby].
Sir William Smith to be sent for on Saturday morning early to
speak with the Lord Treasurer concerning the tin [affair].
The Customs Commissioners to attend on Friday afternoon next.
Mr. Lindsay to pay into the Exchequer all such moneys as are
due from him upon the subsidy tax : and Sir Robert Howard to pay
it out upon such orders as are in course. In the margin : Done
[meaning : letters written to this effect to Lindsay and Howard].
Sir Phillip Lloyd and Sir Peter Ball to be ready with the Queen
Mother's accompts on Friday morning next.
Write Mr. Backwell to give an account of the whole money that
he hath now received of the Queen Consort's portion.
The Lord Treasurer directs 100l., on the privy seal dormant, to
Mr. Hugh May for the plantations of Hampton Court, Greenwich
and St. James's Park.
The Master of the Ordnance and Sir John Banckes are called in
concerning a contract for 600 ton of salt petre offered to be supplied
by the East India Company at the same rates as others buy. Sir
John Banckes says they sell at 58s. per hundred [weight]. The
officers of the Ordnance [are ordered] to examine the goodness of
the petre and to report to the Lord Treasurer how they find it [in
point of fitness] for His Majesty's service.
On Wednesday next the Marquess of Worcester and Mr. Okeden
are to be heard concerning the manor of Wondy [Undy].
The Lord Treasurer to speak with Mr. Stevens about the proportion
to be paid to the Victualler. A letter to be written to the
Navy Board to make constant payment thereof.
Sir Peter Ball called in about the arrear of the Queen Mother's
jointure. Sir Peter says there is paid in 11,115l. to Sir Philip
Lloyd. The King has discharged 2,740l. Mr. Spite to come to
account by the 20th March next out of custody notwithstanding any
former order from the Lord Treasurer. Mr. Wade to attend
Sir Peter Ball and to pay what Sir Peter shall find reasonable.
Sir Peter Ball to attend the King's Counsel in Mr. Hansby's case,
and to have their opinion whether the lease made to him by Bodville
and Singleton be good in law. A letter to be written to Mr. John
Eddesbury to pay in his 455l. or else to appear before the Lord
Treasurer within 14 days to shew cause. Time given to Sir Peter
Ball, &c., till Easter term to prosecute the Queen Mother's debts
that stand out in arrear. Sir Peter to send the Lord Treasurer a
state of the Queen Mother's arrears.
[Warrant for] Lord Lockhart's three months' [ambassadorial
ordinary] entertainment. [The like for] Mr. Perwich, Mr. Wyndham
and Lady Saunderson.
[Warrant for] the Navy [for] 12,000l. for two weeks' [allowance.
To be paid] out of any money in the Exchequer.
The Lord Treasurer having paid Mr. Edward Cranfield 500l. and
Mr. Marcus Brent 300l. in order to their voyage to Surinam directs
that 230l. more shall be provided for Mr. Cranfield and 100l. more
to Mr. Brent at Lady Day next to complete 730l. for Cranfield and
400l. to Brent.
The Commissioners of the Wine Licence office are appointed to
attend the Lord Treasurer with an account of the value of the said
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, pp. 191-3.]
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Cary will expect the surplusage of 132l. 12s. 0d. (due to him
on his accounts of Woodstock) from Lord Lovelace ; and is content
to discharge the King thereof.
On Monday afternoon the tin business [is to be heard]. The
Lord Warden [of the Stannaries] and Lord Arundell of Trerice
are to be present at the debate.
The merchants called in about the 4l. per tun to be raised on
wines on the 310,000l. [Wine] Act. Their petition is read and
Attorney [General] North's opinion thereon [viz.] that they ought
to pay their money upon their bonds entered into to His Majesty.
The Lord Treasurer concludes that the money ought to be paid
into the Exchequer and he will recommend their case afterwards
to Mrs. Colville, who is to receive money [due to her late husband]
on orders upon this Act for 310,000l.
The London [Excise] Farmers [Mr. Breedon and the two
Foorths] come in about their arrears on the Additional Duty. The
Lord Treasurer asks them whether there be any debt they pretend
to defalk out of this money [which] they are to pay in to His Majesty.
Alderman Breedon answers yes, that they humbly hope His
Majesty's favour for payment of an order for 4,000l. on the
Customs. The Lord Treasurer and the Chancellor of the Exchequer
propose to them the allowance of their order of 4,000l. on the
Customs out of the 13,500l. which remains by them to be paid to
His Majesty besides the 10,000l. which they have already paid to
Sir Stephen Fox according to his desires of Nov. 23 last. They
withdraw to consult this proposal [and then come in again]. The
Lord Treasurer proposes a further abatement of the odd 500l. out
out of the 13,500l. The Farmers accept the proposal, desiring time
till Wednesday morning to peruse their accounts to see if they have
any other reasonable demands to make. The Farmers are given 14
days from Wednesday next, Feb. 3, to pay Sir Stephen Fox his 9,000l.
The two Aldermen Foorths are called in about their Irish [revenue
farm] defalcations. The Lord Treasurer proposes to them an
allowance of 20,000l. upon their last quarter in lieu of defalcation
of all interest and other accompts, witht any interest for the same
until the time of payment. The Farmers accept of it. (On p. 198
this minute is redrawn as follows : "entered by the command of
Mr. Secretary." My Lord Treasurer proposes to the two Foorths
an allowance of 20,000l. upon the last quarter of their farm of the
revenue of Ireland in lieu of all defalcations upon account of the
late war with the Dutch without any interest for the same until the
time of payment. My Lord also consents that the rest of the [Irish
Revenue] Farmers be released but the covenants of the Farm to
remain in force [upon said two Foorths].
Major Beckford and Mr. Jones are to attend the Lord Treasurer.
[In the margin. Quere : when]. Mr. Jones with his charge and the
Major with his defence.
A letter to be written to Mr. Mountney to pay in [to the
Exchequer] 20,000l. [of the Customs money].
A warrant to be drawn for Mrs. Cooper.
Write Sir Robert Howard for an account of what orders are next
in course to be paid upon the four respective quarters of the late
subsidy [Eighteen Months' tax]. In the margin. Query : [ask of]
Sir Ph[ilip] L[loyd] which four quarters.
[British Museum Additional MS. 28,077, pp. 193-5, 198.]