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January 1696, 16-31

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'Entry book: January 1696, 16-31', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 10: 1693-1696 (1935), pp. 1283-1297. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=82191 Date accessed: 30 September 2014.


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January 1696, 16–31

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Jan. 16. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of moneys of the Post Office revenue, viz: l. s. d. Ibid.
to poor pensioners payable out of the Lottery rent 109 3 9
to Lord Culpeper 200 0 0
to Bernard Granville 150 0 0
to Consul Herne 83 3 1
to Lodowick Bray 20 0 0
to Christ's Hospital 370 10 0
to Mr. Gellibrand 140 0 0
to Mr. Rymer 50 0 0
to Mr. Tate 25 0 0
to the Earl of Oxford 200 0 0
to the Clerk of the Pipe 107 4 2
to Richard Welbeck 15 4 2
to Dr. Edisbury for Mr. Aaron Smith 20 0 0
to William Wekett 75 0 0
to Mr. Kein 50 0 0
to the poor of St. Martin's and St. Margaret's and to King Charles I's Hospital [for Children in Westminster] 200 0 0
to me [Lowndes] for secret service 500 0 0
£2,315 5 2
Same to same to issue 2.371l. 4s. 6d. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans to be made by said Earl on credit of the Exchequer in general: and to be applied to uses as follows, viz.: Ibid, p. 84.
for seven days' subsistence to the commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers of Col. Brudenall's Regiment 80 12 1
for the like for Col. Farrington's Regiment 80 12 1
to Col. Brudenall and Col. Farrington, 30l. each more on account of subsisting several private men and the men they are daily raising to fill their Regiments 60 0 0
to the Marquis de Puizar on account of his Regiment's arrears and is to enable him to provide them with swords, bayonets, belts, bandoliers and other small accoutrements at 40s. a man for each sergeant, corporal, drum and private man 1,630 0 0
for 10 guilders a man to be distributed to 478 men of Col. Brudenall's Regiment incorporated into other Regiments in Flanders 478 0 0
for 14 recruits for Col. Belcastle's Regiments in the room of so many killed at Knocque; at 3l. each 42 0 0
£2,371 4 2
Jan. 16. William Lowndes to Mr. Nicholas for an account how the 100l. a week inserted in the list of the late Queen's charities, as for the French Refugees, is distributed. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 51.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite to procure a warrant, to be signed by the King, for authorising the Paymasters of the Forces, Ireland, to pay 2,241l. 10s.d. on account to the Commissioners of Transports. Ibid.
Money warrant for 15l. 4s. 2d. to Richard Welbeck, stable keeper at Reading, for 1¼ years to 1695, Christmas, on his fee of 12l. 13s. 4d. per an. Money Book XIII, p 88
Jan. 17. William Lowndes to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Isaac Teale et al., the apothecaries appointed to provide medicines for the Army and Hospitals; praying payment of 8,570l. 9s. 5d. due to them for drugs and medicines supplied for the said Army and Hospitals in Flanders in 1694 and 1695. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 52.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of William Sanderson for extension of lease granted to his father of a farm called Eastcombe Farm by Greenwich and for discharge of part of the reserve rent of 25 loads of hay and 25 quarters of oats. Reference Book VII, p. 125.
Same to the Postmasters General of the petition of Edward Rishton, John Neale and Edmd. Hornby, sureties for the late deputy postmaster at Preston in Lancashire, praying that in consideration of their paying 250l. in part of 570l. which the said postmaster is run in arrear and unable to pay the residue may be remitted and they discharged of their bonds. Ibid, p. 127.
Jan. 17. Entry of a Treasury caveat in behalf of the Duchess of Grafton that no grant pass at the Treasury to James Zouch, esq., or any others of the reversion of the manors of Woking, Chobham, Bisley and Bagshot and the Hundreds of Woking, and Blackheath and of Wotton, co. Surrey; until she be heard. Caveat Book, p. 41.
Jan. 18. Money warrant for 50l. to Rudolph Kien, esq., for last Christmas quarter on his salary as Closet Keeper to the King. Money Book XIII, p. 62.
Same for 50l. to the Treasurer of the Hospital founded by Charles I in Westminster for one year's annuity to Christmas last for the keeping and bringing up of poor fatherless children there. Ibid, p. 63. Order Book IV, p. 252.
And 50l. to the churchwardens of St. Margaret's, Westminster, for same year's annuity for relief of the poor of said parish. (Money order dated Feb. 1 hereon.)
Same for 100l. to the churchwardens of St. Martin's in the Fields for same year on the annuity for the poor of said parish. (Money order dated Feb. 1 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 63. Order Book IV, p. 252.
Same for 20l. to Dr. Edysbury (Edysburgh) for the use of — Arrowsmith for the charges of his transportation to Maryland, whither he is going schoolmaster and chaplain. (Money order dated Feb. 25 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 63. Order Book IV, p. 259.
Treasury order for the renewal of a lost money order No. 960 on the Additional Excise for 500l. lent in the name of Edward Russell, esq., 1691, April 30, same being lost, as appears by the affidavit of Thomas Phelp, merchant, to whom the said order was assigned. Order Book IV, p. 250.
Treasury reference to Mr. Blathwayt of the memorial of Col. Lillingston's Regiment, shewing that in Jan., 1693–4, the King ordered the recruiting [of] the said Regiment, which arrived two months before from the West Indies, where they lost two-thirds of their men: that the officers completely filled up their Companies to the 1st of May following: that the King declared they should be allowed as full to the said month of May if they were then completed: but that no warrant being signed by the King they are deprived of the King's gracious intention: therefore praying a royal warrant for allowing the Regiment as complete as aforesaid. Reference Book VII, p. 126.
Treasury order to the Customs Commissioners to report on (a) infra. Ibid.
Prefixing: (a) Order of the King in Council, dated Kensington, Jan. 16 inst., referring to the Customs Commissioners the petition of Thomas Man, master of the ship Edward and Francis, praying that said ship, which is cleared at the Custom House, London port, may proceed on her voyage with the convoy to Carolina.
The like order, on the like Order of Council, prefixed, on the petition of Cris Fowler et al., merchants, of London, owners and freighters of the ship Richard and Michael, John Williams master, cleared as above, for leave for her to proceed with the convoy to Barbados. Ibid.
Jan. 20. Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to allow to the owners, adventurers and fishermen of Great Yarmouth 160l. for one year to 1695, Sept. 29, for the Excise of beer for the North Sea and Herring Fishery on their due payment of the said duty of Excise. Money Book XIII, p. 63.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,126l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh upon the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of the moneys of the rent [licences] of Hackney Coaches: and to be paid to such of the officers of Steenboch's and Recteren's Regiments as are now going out of England: to be on account of their pay. Disposition Book XIII, p. 85.
Same to James Roteires. My Lords notice that the dies for the half crowns and sixpences are not prepared and that it is of great consequence that they be expedited. You are to make all possible haste in the finishing of them. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 52.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners for the establishment of 200 tidesmen for London port, 80 thereof at 40l. per an. and 120 thereof at 35l. per an. as follows. In your presentment of Dec. 20 last you have reminded us of your presentment of 1694, Oct. 27, to the effect that taking into consideration the great increase in the number of tidesmen and keymen [quaymen] as also the great increase of charge arising by the present method of payment [of Customs] and the great addition to the number of extraordinary tidesmen, the employments of those in the superior ranks are become less valuable and are scarcely a maintenance, and those in the extraordinary lists are not of sufficient value to oblige them to fidelity, but only gives them opportunity of fraud, whereby they are become a burden to the revenue and the revenue is the more insecure, wherefore you came to a resolution to reduce the number of all the ranks, orders and lists of tidesmen (which are now above 300) to 200 certain under an established yearly or weekly pay, making those that are already in the list of feemen [tidesmen in fee], being 80, a maintenance of 40l. per an.; and to the residue a maintenance of 35l. per an., which will be a complete maintenance to them: to a total saving of 3,000l. per an. at a medium: and further that out of that number may be spared a sufficient guard for certificate goods outwards, such as tobacco etc., which draw back considerably “and is no less temptation to the foul trader than the Customs inwards,” the want of which guard has been one of the most considerable leaks in the revenue; and this service (the tidesmen being under certain salary or wages) will be performed without further charge to his Majesty, the charge whereof was formerly so considerable that it was the occasion it was laid aside. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, pp. 233–5.
The proposal as above is hereby approved and the said tidesmen are to be established accordingly.
Appending: (a) and (b) detailed lists of the names of the said 80 and 120 tidesmen respectively.
Jan. 20. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ John English as tidesman in Bristol port loco Morgan Philips, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 236.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of William Malthus, merchant, praying leave to enter some masts taken on board his ship at Riga for Lisbon, “which by many accidents are arrived here and the ship not navigated with the complement of English seamen [and are] therefore liable to disputes.” Reference Book VII, p. 127.
Same to the Warden etc. of the Mint of the proposal of Peter Floyer and Charles Shales for melting down the money and to defray all expenses relating thereto at 1¼d. the pound Troy, or one farthing for every 20s. brought to be so molten; or for the [Treasury] Lords to defray all charges of buildings, utensils etc., and the proposers will do the melting part at 1d. per pound Troy. Ibid.
Same to Samuell Travers, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of the Earl of Portland for a lease for 42 years of several lodgings or rooms in Whitehall of which he is in possession, part whereof were lately enjoyed by the Earl of Mulgrave, “who was paid 2,000l. for relinquishing the same, and the rest by James Grahme.” Ibid, pp. 127, 128.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Joseph Shepher (Shepherd), praying to be allowed 16½ weigh of salt out of the next foreign imported salt which he shall enter, same being melted and lost after paying the Excise. Ibid, p. 131.
Jan. 21. William Lowndes to the Agents for Taxes to send to the Treasury Lords a list of the names of the Receivers General of the several counties of England and Wales for the third 4s. Aid; with observations as to which of them are fit to be continued or not for the new 4s. Aid now passing. “The enclosed [unstated and missing] are sent to you by my Lords' directions concerning Receivers for Lancaster and Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire.” Out Letters (General) XV, p. 52.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue the 1,000l. to Mr. Johnson, ut supra, p. 1266, out of the Duties on Low Wines. Disposition Book XIII, p. 85.
Jan. 22. Royal sign manual for 500l. to John Trevor, gent.: as royal bounty, without account. (Money warrant dated Jan. 24 hereon.) (Money order dated Jan. 28 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XVIII, p. 312. Order Book IV, p. 252.
Royal warrant, under the King's sign manual, to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to authorise the Treasury Lords to direct the officers of the Receipt to take in moneys from any persons qualified and willing to advance on reversionary annuities as by the Act [7–8 Wm. III, c. 2] for enlarging the time for purchase of annuities: and in accordance therewith to levy tallies and draw orders in the method and form and to keep such books and registers as prescribed in the said Act. (Treasury warrant dated Feb. 3 hereon accordingly to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells etc. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated Jan. 29.) King's Warrant Book XVIII, p. 314. Money Book XIII, p. 67.
Jan. 22. Treasury order for renewing a lost order of loan No. 520 for 200l. on the Quarterly Poll, afterwards transferred to the first 4s. Aid [being drawn in favour of Edward Russell, but assigned to Whitfield Hayter and] the loss thereof being sworn to by said Hayter. Order Book IV, p. 251.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 155l. 16s. 8d. out of Low Wines to Baron Bradbury; 133l. 6s. 8d. thereof for one year to Christmas last on his salary of 200 marks and the remaining 22l. 10s. 0d. for Easter, Trinity and Michaelmas terms last on his fee of 7l. 10s. 0d. per term. Disposition Book XIII, p. 86.
Jan. 24. Treasury warrant to Edward Nicholas to pay (out of moneys imprested to him at the Receipt for the King's service) 241l. in full of the accustomary allowances to persons as follows as in lieu of fees to 1695, Christmas, viz.: l. Money Book XIII, p. 64.
to Sir Robert Howard [Auditor of the Receipt] and his clerks 101
to William Wardour [Clerk of the Pells] and his clerks 50
to William Lowndes 50
to William Aldworth for himself and others 40
£241
Same to the Excise Commissioners to direct the respective Excise collectors in the counties to pay money to the Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum as by a list annexed [missing] for imprested seamen and watermen delivered from sheriff to sheriff towards the sea coast, there to be delivered to the Vice Admirals in order to be sent to his Majesty's Fleet, after the rate of 12d. per man for imprest [press gang] money and 6d. per man per day to maintain them till a sufficient number be gotten together, and afterwards 8d. a day when they are marching to the place of embarcation: all in accordance with the King's directions to the said Lords Lieutenants and with the Order in Council of the 9th inst. Ibid, pp. 64–5.
Same to Thomas Lloyd, Paymaster of the Works, to pay 417l. 10s. 0d. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works at Windsor Castle, upon account in part of 835l. to defray the expense of the present necessary works and repairs to be done at Windsor Castle as follows, viz.: l. Ibid, p. 65.
for covering the Terrace with new gravel, mending the grates there and the parapet wall 180
for mending all stone steps and pavings 285
for mending and new casting lead and pipes 200
for carpenters, labourers, glaziers, smiths, bricklayers and other artificers' works about the lodgings 120
for repairing the engine and well under the house 50
£835
Jan. 24. William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of loans to be made by Evert Jollyvet, esq., on credit of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise, viz.: l. Disposition Book XIII, p. 85.
to the Master of the Horse in part of the order in his name for 2,500l. for buying of horses [for the King's Stables] for the year commencing at Sept. 29 last 1,000
to ditto more on the unsatisfied order in his name for the extraordinary expense of the Stables, to wit 1,000l. in part of what is owing to Hackney coachmen who attended his Majesty's arrival from Holland upon Harwich and Margate Roads and those who waited upon him in his late Progress; and 9,300l. in part of what is owing for extraordinaries abroad [of the Stables] for the years 1693, 1694 and 1695 10,300
£11,300
William Glanvile (in the absence of Mr. Lowndes) to the Earl of Romney [Master General of the Ordnance] to signify to the Principal Officers of the Ordnance that my Lords desire to speak with them at the Treasury on Monday next about the allowance of tare on the saltpetre bought of the East India Company. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 53.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 236.
Prefixing: (a) Order of the King in Council, dated Kensington, Jan. 23 inst., made upon a report from the Admiralty Lords of the 22nd inst. on the petition of several merchants trading to Newfoundland for permission for their ships to proceed thither.
It is hereby ordered that 28 ships with 272 seamen and 321 landmen, as in the following list, be so permitted to proceed, notwithstanding the embargo.
Followed by: said list of ships: Tons. Seamen. Landmen.
Lambert 120 16 16
James 120 10 30
Terra Nova 80 8 16
Fidelia 80 10 8
Orange galley 50 5 3
Rotterdam Merchant 70 7 7
Agnes 80 8 10
Restoration 50 5 3
Greyhound 150 12 16
Swift 100 9 8
Elizabeth 60 6 6
Thomas and Jonathan 60 6 12
John and William 200 20 30
Speedwell 50 4 4
Tobias 70 8 12
Providence 200 16 20
Boston 100 10 12
Carbmore Merchant 50 6 6
Globe 20 3 3
Providence 150 12 12
Olive Branch 150 12 12
John 100 10 8
Thomas 100 10 8
Mary, Sam Nolbrough master 150 12 14
Success 100 10 10
Elizabeth 70 7 3
Elizabeth 100 10 12
Charles and John 200 20 20
272 321
Jan. 24. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, pp. 237–40
Prefixing: (a) Order of the King in Council, dated Kensington, Jan. 9 inst., for the Treasury Lords to direct the Customs Collectors of ports next adjoining the respective Vice Admirals or their deputies as follows to pay sums as follows to them by way of advance as imprest at the rate of 10s. per an. for the 8,100 seafaring men who by the King's order of this day to the Admiralty Lords are to be raised for the manning of the Fleet, viz. for the costs and charges of [raising] their respective quotas as follows, viz.: l.
to George Courtney, esq.: to raise 1,300 men in Devon 650
to Henry Trelawney, esq., for 250 in South Cornwall 125
to Sir John Molesworth, bart., for 100 men in North Cornwall 50
to for 200 in co. Gloucester 100
to the Earl of Carbery for 300 in South Wales 150
to Sir William Williams, bart., for 200 men in North Wales 100
to the Marquess of Winchester for 500 men in Hampshire and Isle of Wight 250
to the Earl of Scarborough for 800 men in Northumberland, Durham bishopric and Newcastle 400
to Sir John Lowther, bart., of Whitehaven, for 200 men in cos. Cumberland and Westmorland 100
to Sir Edwd. Philips, bart., for 200 men in co. Somerset 100
to the Earl of Shaftesbury for 500 men in co. Dorset 250
to Sir Jo[h]n Pelham, bart., for 300 men in co. Sussex 150
to Sir Isaac Rebow for 300 men in co. Essex 150
to the Earl of Romney for 200 men in co. Kent 100
to the Lord Warden for 300 men in the Cinque Ports 150
to Sir Robert Rich, bart., for 500 men in co. Suffolk 250
to Sir Henry Hobart, bart., for 500 men in co. Norfolk and Norwich 250
to Visct. Castleton for 150 men in co. Lincoln 75
to Visct. Erwin [Irvine] for 500 men in the three Ridings of Yorkshire 250
to the Earl of Macclesfield for 300 men in cos. Lancs and Cheshire 150
to Sir Edward Philips for 500 men in Bristol 250
£4,050
Further sums are to be similarly directed to be paid upon representation to the Treasury from the Admiralty Lords. The said Vice Admirals to be accountable to the Navy Board for such imprests.
Further, it is hereby ordered (in accordance with the directions to the Excise to pay the Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum of the inland counties, ut supra, p. 1288, for the charge of impresting men and forwarding them to the coast), the Treasury Lords are hereby to direct the Excise Commissioners to pay the sums as therein to the said Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum as follows.
Further, directions are to be issued to the Customs officers in the outports to make exact lists of all seamen and seafaring men belonging to the said ports and to return said lists to the Admiralty Lords: and further to inspect imprested seamen whether they are of healthy and able bodies and fit to be put on board the Fleet, and further to take care that there be no abuse or collusion in discharging [out of the number of pressed men] the persons who are fit to go to sea; and in case of such abuse to give timely notice thereof to the Admiralty Lords.
Followed by: said list of the Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum of the inland counties:
Cos. Bedford, Cambridge and Middlesex: William, Duke of Bedford, Lord Lieutenant; Paulet, Earl of Bolingbroke, Edward Russell and the said Duke of Bedford respectively, Custodes Rotulorum.
Co. Bucks: John, Earl of Bridgewater, Lord Lieutenant; Thomas Wharton, esq., Custos Rotulorum.
Cos. Berks and Surrey: Henry, Duke of Norfolk, Lord Lieutenant; the said Duke of Norfolk and George, Earl of Berkeley respectively, Custodes Rotulorum. Co. Derby: William, Duke of Devonshire, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum.
Co. Hereford: Charles, Duke of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant; no Custos [but] Justices.
Co. Notts: John, Duke of Newcastle, Lord Lieutenant; no Custos [but] Justices.
Co. Monmouth: Thomas, Earl of Pembroke; no Custos [but] Justices.
Co. Herts: Algernon, Earl of Essex, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Huntingdon: Charles, Earl of Manchester, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Leicester: John, Earl of Rutland, Lord Lieutenant; Thomas, Earl of Stamford, Custos Rotulorum.
Co. Northants: Charles, Earl of Monmouth, Lord Lieutenant; Christopher, Visct. Hatton, Custos Rotulorum.
Co. Oxford: John, Earl of Abingdon, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Rutland: Bennet, Lord Sherard, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Salop: Francis, Earl of Bradford, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Stafford: William, Lord Paget, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Warwick: George, Earl of Northampton, Lord Lieutenant and Custos.
Co. Wilts: Thomas, Earl of Pembroke, Lord Lieutenant; Thomas, Visct. Weymouth, Custos Rotulorum.
Co. Worcester: Charles, Duke of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant; Thomas, Lord Coventry, Custos Rotulorum.
Co. Brecon: Thomas, Earl of Pembroke, Lord Lieutenant; Custos dead; Justices.
Co. Radnor: Thomas, Earl of Pembroke; Sir Rowland Gwyn, kt., Custos Rotulorum.
Co. Montgomery: Charles, Duke of Shrewsbury, Lord Lieutenant; Andr. Newport, esq., Custos Rotulorum.
Tower Hamlets: Robert, Lord Lucas, Lord Lieutenant.
Jan. 24. Treasury order to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 240.
Prefixing: Order of the King in Council, dated Kensington, Jan. 23 inst., granting permission to the ship Edward and Francis, Thomas Man master, with 26 men, to proceed on her voyage to Carolina, notwithstanding the embargo.
Treasury reference to Samuel Travers, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition to the King from Henry, Lord Capell, praying a grant for 31 years of the manor of Richmond (of which he is steward), except such part thereof as is in lease to Mr. Lattin: all to encourage said Capell to rebuild several tenements very much decayed that adjoin the mansion house there. Reference Book VII, p. 127.
Jan. 27. William Lowndes to Bartholomew Burton to pay (out of moneys in his hands for discount, reward and other charges about loans) 191l. 9s.d. to Thomas Browne for 2 per cent. reward on 12,000l. lent by said Browne 1694–5, Feb. 15, on credit of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise. Disposition Book XIII, p. 64.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to me [Lowndes] 750l. for secret service out of loans on the Hereditary and Temporary Excise instead of out of seizures of uncustomed and prohibited goods, as directed by the letter of Dec. 31 last, supra, p. 1268, which said letter is forthwith to be cancelled. Ibid, p. 86.
Same to same to issue to me [Lowndes] 250l. for secret service out of loans as above: on the unsatisfied order in my name. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to prepare a state, against Wednesday next, to be laid before the King, of the debt owing to Col. Holt's Regiment in the West Indies. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 53.
Jan. 27. Treasury reference to William Aldworth of the petition of George Sayer, shewing that he has a reversionary grant from the Queen Dowager of inter al. Fangrove Coppice and Knowlegrove Coppice in co. Surrey, by which lease he is obliged to make good to her Majesty all the rents issuing out of the said coppices, although he hath yet had no profit of the said coppices, “for that the same have been kept in the Crown's possession for the better preservation of deer that useth to harbour therein,” and he is accordingly set in super for the said rent and arrears thereof, being 24l. 6s. 0d.: therefore praying that payment thereof may be ordered and of the growing rent of 40s. 6d. per an. for 3½ years to come; at which time petitioner's reversionary lease will commence. Reference Book VII, p. 128.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Massey, praying to be appointed an officer for the management of his Majesty's revenues in Maryland or Virginia; he having served as a deputy King's waiter, London port, about nine years. Ibid.
Jan. 28. William Lowndes to the Navy Victuallers, enclosing a memorial concerning sundry abuses alleged to be committed in the Victualling Office. Please send my Lords your answer thereto. Out Letters (General) XV, pp. 54–5.
Appending: said memorial, entitled “The state of the Victualling Office, together with several abuses therein committed. After the complaint made in Parliament against Sir John Parsons and partners, Commissioners for Victualling the Navy, concerning the putting of guts in the beer and gauls in the beef and pork, which being proved in Parliament the then Commissioners were displaced and succeeded by Thomas Papillion, Symon Mayne, Humphry Ayles, Jno. Agar and James How, esqrs., Mr. Papillion was put in at the King's request, and in consideration of his great experience and knowledge in that affair had 500l. allowed him out of the pr[ivy] purse besides the accustomed salary [as a Commissioner]; Humphrey Ayles and John Agar (persons never known to be in the interest of this Government, and by reason of their illmanagement in the office suspected otherwise by honest men) were preferred by the Earl of Torrington: these persons as soon as they came to act in the office continued in place the same men that occasioned the complaint in Parliament against the former Commissioners and have countenanced them in divers abuses and cheats by them committed in that office, particularly one Francis Platt, clerk of the Cutting House, who by some honest men in the Office was lately detected of several cheats, and being examined at the Board concerning the same, to the first article he confessed he had taken to his own use and profit considerable quantities of the King's beef and sewett: upon his confession to this one article he was examined no further, but yet continued in his office. The business of the Office of the Cutting House is great and requires attendance night and day. The said Platt does not work six days in a year, but lives at his country house and looks into the Office when he pleases. Out of his love and affection to King James he and some others in the Office have distinguished themselves by calling one another continually by the name of James. He is one of mean extract and bred upon charity and nothing worth when he came into the Office and now in five or six years' time has got an estate of 10,000l. out of a salary of 80l. per an. Several belonging to this Office are not known to be in the interest of the Government and some can drink King James's health openly.
Mr. Agar has put abundance of labourers into the Office who do no work and are under no command or subjection to their officers. One John Feilder he has made a salter in the Cutting House and at the same time a labourer in the Bakers' Yard: he does no work in either place and receives pay in both. He [Agar] has created a new useless office to bring in one Warren, a tailor and brother-in-law of his. He [Agar] has generally 30 fees of oxen in one week, which his servants sell at extraordinary rates to the great damage of the poor: and all the servants he [Agar] has are paid by the King as labourers.
Mr. Ayles follows the same practices and has relations that receive pay as labourers that never appear in the Office but on pay days. Several other abuses can be proved and as many more detected if encouragement were given to such honest men as have knowledge of them.
Jan. 28. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of the land surveyors of London port, shewing that they are obliged to daily attendance upon the quays morning and afternoon; that their business is to take care that all goods are legally delivered and Customs paid according to their distinct denominations; that they allow damages and adjust tares not ascertained in the Book of Rates; that their salary is but 150l., out of which is deducted for taxes 30l., and their other advantages not 10l. per an.: that the salary of a land surveyor in the last farm [of the Customs] was 200l. per an. and their business not a quarter of what it is now: therefore praying to be eased in the Land Tax and for such additional salary as may enable them to support the credit of their employments. Reference Book VII, p. 128.
Same to same of the petition of Stephen Lauze for restoration of three pieces of Alamodes seized by the Customs officers at Bristol. Ibid, p. 129.
Jan. 29. Royal sign manual for 668l. to Robert Levingston of the Province of New York in lieu of 8 per cent. interest on 2,872l. [2,172l.] which he advanced for the service of the King's Forces in New York in 1688, to wit from the day he advanced same until 1693, April, the time he was repaid 1,670l. for the value of the said principal sum of 2,172l. New York money. (Money warrant dated Jan. 31 hereon.) (Money order dated Jan. 31 hereon.) (William Lowndes, dated Jan. 31, to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay same out of such money as shall be paid into the Exchequer on account of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty.) King's Warrant Book XVIII, p. 315. Money Book XIII, p. 67. Order Book IV, p. 251. Disposition Book XIII, p 89.
Jan. 29. Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant, Ireland, to revoke the Commission for inspecting into Forfeitures, Ireland (issued to Sir Richard Cox, Edward Corker, Charles Dering, Edward May and Joseph Stepney), and in place thereof to authorise the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to manage and inspect all forfeitures to the Crown in Ireland; keeping the accounts thereof and of the proceeds thereof distinct and apart from all other the said revenue: James Bonnell to be Register of the said forfeitures and to take care of all papers, rolls and records relating thereto. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, pp. 58–9.
Jan. 30. Royal sign manual for 2,000l. to Joost Keppel, esq., Master of the Robes, as imprest for the Office of the Robes. King's Warrant Book XVIII, p. 315.
Royal warrant, dated Kensington, to Benjamin Fletcher, Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New York, to cause an account to be stated of the interest due to Robert Levingston after the rate of 8 per cent. on principal moneys as follows and thereupon for direction to be given to the Collector or Receiver General of the King's revenues in said Province to pay out of the said revenues what shall so appear due: all by reason that by Order in Council of Nov. 21 last the said Governor is commanded to take care that said Levingston be so satisfied what shall so appear due to him and said Levingston has since represented that said order will only extend to the payment of the principal sums therein mentioned and has therefore prayed a further warrant for 634l. 14s. 0d. for interest, ut supra, pp. 1273–4, 1294. Ibid, p. 316.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 24,531l. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans to be made by said Earl on credit of the Exchequer in general: and to be applied as follows, viz.: l. Disposition Book XIII, p. 87.
for three weeks' subsistence to the Forces in England, Jan. 7–27 inst 22,800
for the widow of Capt. John Goubet for the arrears of her late husband's pay as an Engineer from 1694, Jan. 1, to the time of his being killed before Namur 110
for the Marquis D'Argilliers for special service relating to the Forces 75
for levy money for 105 men of the First Regiment of Foot Guards killed at Namur at 3l. a man, and for 179 wounded at the same time at 20s. a man 494
for levy money for 53 men of the Second Regiment of Guards killed and 112 men wounded at the same time at the like rates 271
for levy money to Col. Brudnell and Col. Farrington's Regiments, each 200l. upon account 400
for subsistence to the Marquis de Mirmont's Regiment 381
£24,531
Jan. 30. William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the Earl of Ranelagh on the like order 1,449l. 12s. 1d.: to be issued out of loans to be made by said Earl on credit of the Duties on Glass, Coals etc. to be applied as follows, viz.: l. s. d. Disposition Book XIII, p. 88.
to Admiral Russell in satisfaction of so much by him paid (during his commanding the Fleet in the Mediterranean) to the Consul of Barcelona for subsisting 675 men that deserted the enemy's service and were shipped on board the Fleet at two several times 552 4 0
to same similarly paid to 728 persons that deserted the enemy in Catalonia at a pistole each man 800 16 0
to be reserved in the Earl of Ranelagh's hands for such uses as the Treasury Lords shall appoint 96 12 1
£1,449 12 1
Same to the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to pay 218l. 16s. 0d. to Admiral Russell for so much paid by him during his commanding the Fleet in the Mediterranean to the Consul of Cagliari for subsisting 165 of his Majesty's subjects for 99 days [between] 1691–2, Jan. 18, and 1695, June 28, being put on shore on that island by the enemy at several times: as also for an express sent to Porto Torre. Ibid, p. 87.
Same to Mr. Noel. Bring my Lords an accompt what money is in your hands for fines or forfeitures on account of Excise and from what time same has arisen. Out Letters (General) XV, pp. 52, 56.
Same to Mr. Fox, enclosing the petition [missing] of Brigadier Stuart. You and Lord Coningsby are to state the arrears due to said Stuart and also to the rest of the Regiments now in Flanders that have arrears due to them for service in Ireland. Ibid, p. 56.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Samuel Winter as a tidesman, Hull port, loco John Dewick, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 240.
Treasury reference to the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt of the memorial of Sir Math. Bridges, praying that the late clothier, Mr. Ashley, may be paid out of the offreckonings for 1695 according to his agreement with Col. Courthop, and that he may have 500l. advanced him on account of the offreckonings for 1696, and he will continue to clothe the Regiment for this ensuing year; that the creditors of Mr. Butler, the former clothier, may have the remainder of the offreckonings for 1695 towards payment of his debt and that the 500l. advanced to the Regiment six years ago may be remitted. Reference Book VII, p. 129.
Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant to direct payment (out of the revenue of Ireland) of 500l. to Robert Rochford, Attorney General, Ireland; for his great service and charges as Speaker of the House of Commons, Ireland, and as a mark of royal grace and favour. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 65.
Jan. 30. Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant to similarly direct payment of 500l. to Sir Charles Porter, kt., Chancellor of Ireland, for the like services etc. as Speaker of the House of Peers, Ireland, and as royal bounty. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 65.
Jan. 31. William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 245,561l. 17s. 9d. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans to be made by said Earl on credit of the Exchequer in general: and to be applied to such uses and services as the Treasury Lords shall hereafter appoint for the Forces. Disposition Book XIII, p. 89.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Thomas Butler, clothier, praying payment of 2,286l. 9s. 4d. due to him for clothing the Regiment of Col. Sir George St. George in 1693. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 53.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite to lay before the King the enclosed petition [missing] of Capt. Walter Harlackerdine (Harlackendine). Ibid, p. 56.
The Treasury Lords to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to permit the import, duty free, at Kinsale of the household goods of Capt. Bartho. Clements, “master of attendants” of his Majesty's yard at Kinsale (Master Attendant for the Navy at Kinsale), same being on board the ship Purveyour, now loading in Deptford with naval stores for Kinsale. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, pp. 64–5.
Appending: schedule of said goods.