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'Entry Book: June 1685, 1-10', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 8: 1685-1689 (1923), pp. 201-219. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=82498 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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June 1685, 1-10

June 1.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester [to the custodian concerned] to release from custody Cha. Garrett, Tho. Teeling, Lazarus Page, Hum. Beckly and Ro. East for employing workmen to fell timber in Braywood: the said Garrett and Teeling being first to give bond in 500l. for their appearance in the Exchequer in Trinity term next.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 73.
Appending: note of their entering into said bond.
Same by same to the King's Remembrancer to supersede process against Henry (now Sir Henry) Brabant and Henry Ball, customers at Newcastle, which has been kept on foot against them for divers years upon pretence of their having some certified bonds not returned into the Exchequer in the years 30, 31, 32 and 33 of Car. II they having sworn that they have returned all the said bonds and that they have likewise delivered into the Exchequer all the port bonds and books for the years 1682 and 1683: the Customs Commissioners being of opinion that they have cleared themselves by said affidavit, wherefore they deserve the same favour as was granted to the Comptroller of said port in the same case.Ibid.
Reference by same to Auditor Aldworth of the account of James Nihill for interest.Reference Book III, p. 102.
Prefixing: abstract of said account.
interest on 16,000l. (part of 20,000l.) viz. on 10,000l. thereof from 1683–4, Mar. 23, and on 6,000l. thereof from 1684, Mar. 30, to May 13 last 805l. 9s. 10d.; the interest of 11,000l. thereof being proportionably abated as the principal was paid off.
Same by same to same of the interest account of Mr. Noell.Ibid.
Prefixing: abstract of said account.
interest for 49,520l. 16s. 0d. (remaining due to him) to May 20 last, 1,717l. 18s. 7d.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Ferrour for the office of Comptroller of King's Lynn port granted him by the late King in reversion of John Anguish [whose grant is terminated by the late King's death].Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Attorney General to report on (a) infra.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 81.
Appending: (a) petition of Thomas Glemham to the Lord Treasurer; shewing that by a lease from the Dean and Chapter of Ely he is entitled to the goods of felo de se within the liberty of St. Etheldred, co. Suffolk, "which the said church, their farmers and tenants of the said liberty have had and enjoyed before the Conquest and ever since and which were confirmed by the grant of King James I.": that one Rivans has lately murthered himself and that several sums of money, some of his specialties and much of his personal estate were within said liberty at the time of his death: therefore prays order herein.
Same to same to peruse the patent granting the office of Professor of Civil Law in Cambridge to Dr. George Oxinden and to inform the Lord Treasurer whether he may thereupon pay his salary.Ibid, p. 82.
June 1.Treasurer Rochester to Lord Herbert of Chirbury. The Hearthmoney Commissioners have appointed their officers in North and South Wales to make a true and particular survey of each house there. The officers complain that they have demanded leave to survey your house in co. Montgomery, but are refused entry and that from a survey from the outside more chimneys appear than ever hitherto have been paid for; and that from this refusal the inhabitants of that county take example and likewise refuse entry to the officers. I desire you to permit such entry and survey.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 82.
Henry Guy to Mr. Darcy et al. [of the Great Wardrobe] to forthwith provide furniture as below.Ibid.
Appending: letter dated May 28 from the Lord Chamberlain to the Lord Treasurer. There is wanting for furnishing the rooms wherein the Grooms of the Bedchamber do dress themselves both at Whitehall and Windsor some painted stuff to hang those rooms in regard the rooms are so shallow and full of windows that they cannot be well furnished with any hangings which are too deep for these rooms: and also curtains of serge for the windows.
Same to the Attorney General to take off the stay of process against John Westbroke and Jacob Well for importing sanders wood and iron wire. The Lord Treasurer wonders how you came to give warrant for such stop of process without warrant from him.Ibid, p. 83.
Same to Mr. Burton. I return your report on John Packer's petition and bill. You are to ascertain [fix] what Packer deserves for his charge and journeys about the suit brought by the late King against the late Corporation of Wells.Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,000l. to me [Guy] out of Excise money now remaining in the Exchequer.Disposition Book IV, p. 35.
Money warrant for 250l. each to the Justices of the King's Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer for the present Easter term on their yearly fee of 1,000l. each: and dormant warrant clause for same in future termly.Money Book VI, p. 69.
Royal warrant to Sir Robt. Sawyer, Attorney General, to non pros the indictment of John Curl (Curll), of Bradford, who was indicted at the General Quarter Sessions at Salisbury, Wilts, Jan. 14 last, for seditious words against the Government, he having submitted himself and prayed pardon.King's Warrant Book X, p. 131.
June 2.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of the merchants of London trading to Flanders; shewing that linen from Flanders pays a far greater duty than any other linen imported into England in proportion to its value and pays double the duty of East India and French linen "though the Flanders trade hath been much more advantage to the nation than the French [trade] it giving all encouragement to the importation there [into Flanders] of [English] woollen and other manufactures by laying easy impositions upon them but the French have done quite the contrary to the almost ruin of the Flanders trade": therefore petitioners pray that such remedies may be applied for their relief as may be agreeable to the interest of the nation.Reference Book III, p. 102.
June 2.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of a draft warrant for compounding the [forfeited] bonds of Tho. Berry et al. for delivery of several bales of calf skins at Dover and other ports in England.Reference Book III, p. 103.
Same by same to same of the petition of Lewis Stuckley, Comptroller of Plymouth port, to be continued in his said office, his tenure thereof being void by the late King's death and Mr. Fall having a reversionary grant thereof threatens to turn petitioner out.Ibid, pp. 103–4.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of John Gilham for continuance in the office of bailiff and collector of the King's manors of Wingham, co. Kent, granted him during pleasure 1676–7, Feb. 9.Ibid, p. 104.
Same by same to William Blathwayte of the order of the King in Council as follows:Ibid, pp. 104–5.
Prefixing: said order dated Whitehall, May 15 last, made upon reading the petition of Tho. Rivers, Symon Musgrave and William Bragg, esqrs. and Robert Compear, gent. executors of Tho. Martyn, lately deceased, petitioners shewing that said Martyn was Receiver General of his Majesty's quit rents, duties and impositions of wines, brandy etc. in Jamaica and that he paid at several times to the order of Sir Thomas Linch several sums of money amounting to 1,800l. or 2,000l. in expectation of having same allowed in his account current for the Government; that petitioners being sued for 35,000l. as his executors were found in arrear to the King in 1,100l. odd which they are ready to discharge with all possible speed: therefore pray a reasonable time to pay same and stay of process meanwhile.
Same by same to same of the order of the King in Council as follows.Ibid, pp. 105–6.
Prefixing: said order dated Whitehall, May 15 last, made on reading the petition of Leonard Compear, shewing that he was joint Receiver General as above with said Martin, but petitioner's name therein was only used in trust for said Martin and that pursuant to his trust petitioner as the survivor in said office deputed Major Thomas Ryves of Jamaica to execute same, but through favour of the late and present Government [of Jamaica] another person is admitted thereto and refuses to resign.
Warrant by same to the Customs Commissioners to employ John Shepheard as a landwaiter, London port loco John Stracey, presented to be a land surveyor.Out Letters (Customs) IX, pp. 29, 30.
Charles Cogan as waiter and searcher in Poole port loco Thomas Paris, who is to be removed to Sarum loco said Cogan: their salaries being alike.
Andrew O'Neale as waiter and searcher at Broadstairs in Sandwich port loco Edward Reed, dismissed; with the addition of 5l. to make his salary 25l.
John Stracey (a landwaiter, London port) as a landsurveyor ibid. loco Tho. Thynn, lately deceased.
Peter Philips, Jno. Jenkins, Hy. Tregeare and William James to be established as boatmen in the island of Scilly.
Rob. Thetford as boatman and tidesman at Lynn Regis loco Thomas Brough, lately dismissed.
John Brewer as a noontender, London port loco Oliver Hannett, lately deceased.
June 2.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the King's Remembrancer to supersede process against John Basire as Receiver for Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland and Durham of the Seventeen Months', Eighteen Months' and Six Months' Assessments and the last Poll: he having already paid in all his moneys.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 72.
Same by same to same to wholly supersede (until the King's further pleasure) all process whatsoever against the persons [Recusants] mentioned in the schedules annexed [missing] and against their estates and also against all lessees of the two-thirds parts of the said estates; and to restore all moneys levied or to be levied and not answered to the King [thereon].Ibid.
Same by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Francis Gwynn of 37 several parcels of land in the parish of Redriff and 37 other parcels in the parish of St. Magdalene, Bermondsey, co. Surrey, being encroachments on the river Thames: as by a particular thereof made May 25 last by Thomas Eden, Deputy King's Remembrancer, by warrant of the late Treasury Lords dated Jan. 19 last "which particular is grounded upon two inquisitions taken by virtue of a commission under the Exchequer seal and therein is particularly set down the abuttals and boundaries of all the said parcels of lands, the names of the persons in possession and the clear yearly value of each parcel." The present lease is to be for 31 years at a total rent of 19l. 12s. 9d. per an.Ibid, p. 74.
Prefixing: abstract only of said particular (yielding no further information than as above).
Money order for 5l. to William Parks, porter at the gate of the Receipt of the Exchequer, for last Lady day quarter's attendance thereon.Order Book I, p. 27.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to Philip Burton to pay 250l. to Richard Graham for disbursements for his Majesty's service.Money Book VI, p. 69.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such money of the Customs, Excise and Hearthmoney as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.:Disposition Book IV, p. 35.
On the Customs.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [on the Navy's] weekly money1,50000
to ditto towards paying off sea officers and bills in course40000
to ditto for the Victuallers1,20000
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance2,00000
to Mr. Dunstar, on his pension25000
On the Excise.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces5,00000
to Visct. Brouncker, for the Household1,00000
to the Treasurer of the Navy for Mr. Taylor in full of his contract for stores [being] for the month of May2,321100
On the Hearthmoney.
to me [Guy] for secret service as advance and in part of 1,000l.50000
(Same dated same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney enclosing the paper of the disposition of the money of the Excise and Hearthmoney for the present week; said paper including the above five items [payable out of the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable direct out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to Mr. Toll; 500l. to Mr. Hornby; 2,000l. to the bankers. Total disposition, 12,321l. 10s. 0d.)
(Same dated same to the Customs Cashier, enclosing the like paper of disposition of the Customs money; said paper including only the above five Customs items.)
June 2.Henry Guy to Mr. Kingdon, Mr. Trant and Mr. Bridges. The Lord Treasurer is informed by Mr. [Auditor] Aldworth that for the five years of your management he has examined the books and abstracts of the Hearth duty for Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Yorks, Middlesex, London, Westminster, Surrey and Southwark up to Lady day, 1684, and that your officers do not think themselves obliged to swear to the truth of the said books and extracts unless required by the Lord Treasurer. You are to order them to so swear same.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 83.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed paper [missing] containing "proposals about linen cloths per Mr. Jno. Hide."Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue (out of the money of the Post Office now in the Exchequer) 200l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for Capt. Greenvill Collins as in part of his pay and travelling charges.Ibid.
Same to the officers of the Board of Greencloth. It is the King's pleasure that Mr. Arnold, the present brewer [to the Household] pay 50l. per an. to Thomas Forth as was paid in the late King's time by Major Arnold on your contract made with him.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Darcy et al. to forthwith provide the following.Ibid, p. 84.
Appending: letter dated May 11 from Seth, Bishop of Sarum, Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, to the Lord Treasurer to provide for Henry, Duke of Norfolk, lately elected a Knight of the Garter, a great mantle of blue velvet of 18 yards, and 10 yards of white taffeta to line same; an escutcheon of St. George's Cross embroidered and encompassed with a garter placed on the left shoulder with large strings, buttons and tassels of silk and gold; and a surcoat of crimson velvet and hood of the same lined with white taffeta: all which is as usual.
June 2.Henry Guy to the Auditors of Imprests, enclosing the certificate of the payments by the Earl of Ranelagh (when he was Vice Treasurer of Ireland) made at various times to William Roberts, Receiver of Windsor Castle, amounting to 30,846l. You are to charge said Roberts therewith.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 84.
Appending: said certificate dated April 8 last. I paid the above sum to Roberts and no more. Besides that sum I gave him an order on Patrick Trant for 154l. thereby to make it up to 31,000l. computing that Trant had so much in his hands of some bills of exchange I had given him upon the Treasury of Ireland: but upon making up accounts with Trant he claimed that sum for additional exchange, interest and charges of bills not accepted nor paid by the then Farmers [of the revenue of Ireland] as they ought to have been: so that Roberts never got that 154l.
June 3.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Mr. Froud of the petition of Tho. Meares for 20l. per an. addition to his salary for conveying letters from Harborough, Uppingham and Oakham.Reference Book III, p. 103.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for a grant to George Simpson of Shipley, co. Durham, to be keeper of the forest of Teesdale, void by the death of Charles, late Earl of Carlisle: as amply etc. as Arthur Bambridge or any other heretofore.King's Warrant Book X, p. 127.
Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of May 6 last. (Money warrant dated June 4 hereon. Money order dated June 5 hereon.)Ibid, p. 128. Money Book VI, p. 71. Order Book I, p. 28.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Charles Osborne of the office of Surveyor General of Customs with the salary of 1,000l. marks per an., said office having been granted 1674–5, Mar. 24, to said Osborne and Giles Dunstar since deceased, but said grant being void by the late King's death.King's Warrant Book X, p. 128.
June 4.Same to same for a same for a grant to Katherine, Queen Dowager of England, of an annuity or pension of 6,000l. for life: to be paid quarterly at the Exchequer: the first payment to be at June 24 next.Ibid, p. 129.
Same to same for a same for a grant to Philip Packer of the office of Paymaster of the Works: to wit, the office he held at the death of Charles II: the King confiding in his ability, skill and integrity.Ibid.
Same to Philip Froude, Governor of the Post Office. It is informed that the King has suffered great prejudice in the Post Office revenue by the free carriage of a great number of letters and pacquets from time to time which ought to have been paid for according to Acts of Parliament. It is necessary to put a restraint to this practice. You are therefore hereby to permit no person whatsoever to send or receive free any letters or pacquets which ought to be paid for, except the two Principal Secretaries of State in England and the Secretary for Scotland for such letters or pacquets only as they shall send or receive on account of the King's service: and they are not to suffer any person at any time to send any private letters under cover to them but what they shall immediately send to the General Post Office in London to be taxed and delivered; and that they shall not cover any man's letters whatsoever but their own and that they give strict instructions to the secretaries and clerks under them to this purpose.Ibid, p. 130.
June 4.Money warrant for 10,000l. to Henry, Visct. Brouncker, as imprest for the Household of the late King and the present King: to complete the 20,000l. as by the privy seal of April 29 last. (Money order dated June 4 hereon.)Money Book VI, p. 70. Order Book I, p. 28.
Same for 10,000l. to Philip Packer as imprest for the Works as in full of 20,000l. for the Works as by the privy seal of Mar. 31 last. (Money order dated June 5 hereon.)Money Book VI, p. 70. Order Book I, p. 28.
Same for 250l. to George Dunstar for 1683, June 24 quarter, on his pension.Money Book VI, p. 71.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the Treasurer of the Navy the 100l. which was directed May 25 last to be advanced by the Customs Cashier to the said Treasurer to fit out to sea the Mary and Charlott yachts.Disposition Book IV, p. 36.
Same to the Customs Commissioners for a certificate how much money has actually been received yearly by a medium of seven years last past on the following heads, viz.:Out Letters (General) IX, p. 85.
on aliens' duties payable by charta mercatoria and how much thereof for [or has gone to the petty Customs] Farmers.
on the like payable by the Act of Navigation and how much thereof for Farmers.
on salted and dried fish by the clause in the Act of Trade.
on whale oil and fins of foreign fishing by the Greenland Act.
on corn imported by the Act of Tillage.
Same to George Robinson to pay into the Exchequer the rent reserved on the lease of sea coals to Visct. Townshend, notwithstanding the letter of Mar. 18 last supra, p. 63.Ibid.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Attorney General of the petition of Mr. Anguish and Sir Richd. Deerham with the several papers annexed [missing] and particularly the Customs Commissioners' report of May 18 last, about the Comptroller's place in Lynn Regis port.Reference Book III, p. 106.
Appending: note of a later reference dated 1685, July 20, from Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners, to see that said Deerham subscribe the instrument formerly approved by said Lord Treasurer for the better maintenance of deputies of patent officers.
June 4.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Sir Tho. Strickland, shewing that the late King granted him a patent of the farm of Scotch and foreign salt for 21 years at 1,000l. per an. rent which rent was so great that petitioner had little or no advantage by it; and the said rent being granted to the Duke of Lauderdale, petitioner bought him off with borrowed money and had a new lease for six years at 40s. per an. rent; that petitioner has not yet repaid said borrowed money and now the King has put a stop to the grant "though the duty upon Scotch salt is [an] inheritance to the Crown and is demised by that grant to your petitioner and his late Majesty in the said lease did covenant for his heirs and successors to make good the said lease." Further that the Scotch salt is capable of no other way of management than by a farm and is not worth 1s. to the King if collected by the general receipt [of the Customs]: therefore prays to enjoy his said lease or for compensation.Reference Book III, p. 107.
Same by same to the Attorney General of a draft warrant for granting to Charles, Duke of Richmond and Lennox, the manors, lordships, lands etc. of Ford, late Lord Grey, as in a schedule annexed [missing].Ibid.
Same by same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney of the petition of Edward Denham for a collectorship of Excise, he being certified as fit by Mr. Feast on a previous reference from the late Treasury Lords.Ibid, p. 108.
Same by same to Richard Graham and Philip Burton of the petition of Col. John Legg for a grant of the sole use and benefit of the Mercury Office in London and Middlesex and elsewhere within the bills of mortality and also the Registry of all persons going to serve in any of the King's foreign Plantations: with a paper shewing the reasonableness of such grant and the general use that it may be of and containing some proposals about it.Ibid.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Robt. Doughty shewing that for several years he was collector of Yarmouth port and employed much of his time in suppressing the faction there by which he insensibly ran in arrear to the King and is now in prison for 3,000l. remainder of said arrear, while he himself is not worth 20l.: therefore prays enlargement that by his industry he may make some satisfaction of said debt.Ibid, pp. 108–9.
Same by same to same of the petition of William Hill, a tidewaiter, London port, praying a tidesman's place in the 70 list Ibid.Ibid, p. 109.
Same by same to same of the petition of Randall Willmer for renewal of his patent as collector of petty customs, London port, rendered vacant by the late King's death.Ibid.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Eliz. and Tho. Johnson for the rents and profits of the manor of Liskeard to be continued to them as formerly: their warrant for same being now determined [by the death of Charles II].Ibid.
June 4.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of George Browne and Thomas Bryan, overseers of the poor in the precinct of St. Katherine's near the Tower, shewing that they seized the ship called Katherine in the Boat alias Hugboate, Jacob Hugboate master, for importing Westphalia bacon contrary to the law and exhibited an information in the Exchequer with a view that a moiety of the seizure might be disposed to the poor of St. Katherine's; that Hugboat has petitioned for discharge of his ship on which the Customs Commissioners intend to report favourably, refusing to take notice how strict the law is in petitioners favour: therefore pray to be heard by counsel.Reference Book III, pp. 109–10.
Same by same to same of the petition of Samuel Travell, senr., shewing that the late King granted to petitioner and Obediah Clayton the office of Clerk of the Passes to register the names etc. of all persons licensed to pass over sea: therefore prays a commission under the great seal of the port of London to make his grant effectual as is usual.Ibid, p. 111.
Same by same to Richard Graham and Philip Burton of the petition of Francis Minshull (as by a reference from the King dated May 8 last) for restoration of his small estate forfeited by manslaughter.Ibid.
Fiat by same for royal letters patent to constitute James Peirce, junr., a King's waiter, London port: to wit, the office he held at the death of Charles II.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 74.
Same by same for same to constitute John Brett and John Waring, searchers in the ports of Chester, Beaumaris and Liverpool: to wit ut supra.Ibid, p. 75.
Warrant by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Sir Richard Edgcombe, Kt. of the Bath, of the weir of Calstock alias Calistock, co. Devon and Cornwall, and of all that water of Tamar alias Tamyr in the said counties and all that fishing in the said weir and water from the weir, late belonging to the monastery of Tavistock, called Boliworthy Hatch alias Colworth in the upper part of the said water to the rock called Toplingtor alias Tocklingtor in the lower part thereof: with rights to fish and set nets etc. in said weir and water and to repair said weir on the soil of the manor of Calstock whenever necessary: likewise for a lease of the disused weir called Pennyyocke in the manor of Landulph, co. Cornwall, as demised to Percy Edgecombe, esq., 1661, May 31, by letters patent for 99 years terminable on the lives of said Percy, Sir Richard Edgcombe, the son and Winifred the daughter of the said Percy and now wife of Thomas Coventry, esq. The present lease is for 99 years terminable on the lives of said Sir Richard and Pears and Richard his sons, on surrender of the present lease, and at the old rents of 10l., 26s. 8d. and 4s. ut supra, p. 99.Ibid, pp. 76–8, 117.
Prefixing and appending: (a) particular and memorandum of the premises made out by John Griffith, deputy auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall. The rent of 26s. 8d. accruing for rent suits of the King's tenants of the manor of Calstock to Sir Rich. Edgcombe's mills called Morden mills, has been constantly paid by the lessees to the Receiver General of the Duchy of Cornwall. (b) Ratal dated May 14 last by the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of said particular. (c) Signature by Treasurer Rochester and Sir John Ernle, Chancellor of the Exchequer, dated 1685, Sept. 19, of the docquet of this demise.
June 4.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Henry Manaton esq., of the woods, underwoods etc. called Northhele wood, Southhele wood, Grimscombe wood and Castlewood in the manor of Calstock, with the waste, soil, pasture and herbage thereof except the saplings and staddalls according to the statute relating thereto: all as formerly demised 1628, June 13, to John Connock, junr., gent., for 99 years terminable on the lives of said John, Alice his wife (now wife of Edmund Fowell of Harewood, co. Cornwall) and Nicholas son of John Connock, senr., and as now demised to said Edmund Fowell 1661, July 3, for the lives of said Alice, John Fowell and Henry son of said Edmund Fowell. The present lease is to be for 99 years terminable on the lives of Henry Manaton, Percy Mannaton and Richard Dyer at 8l. 10s. per an. rent and fine of 30l. and 102l. to buy off the increased rent of 12l. per an.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 82–4.
Prefixing: (a) particular of the premises made out by William Harbord, auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall. The said Alice Connock died in Jan., 1663–4. (b) Ratal by John Fisher (in the absence of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands) of said particular. (c) Undated entry of [the signature by the Lord Treasurer of] the docquet of this dimise.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the seizure of the ship Mary, of London, John Keegle master, seized under the Navigation Act for not having three-fourths English mariners ut supra, p. 107 he leaving London in Oct. last manned with 11 men and himself, two thereof strangers, of whom four English left the ship when at Norway on pretence the ship was old and leaky and by the law of that country they could not be compelled against their wills, so he was obliged to hire four Norwegians.Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 30–1.
June 5.Henry Guy to Mr. Burton to defend Capt. Perry at the King's charge in the action brought against him by Fra. Scott, bailiff of the manor of Finsbury, concerning some money and clippings of Eleanor Bonnett, who was convicted for clipping.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 85.
Same to Sir Christopher Wren to alter and fit up Mris. Walgrave's lodgings according to the Queen's command.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Duncombe. The Lord Treasurer will not be at the Treasury Chambers on Tuesday next to receive your [weekly] certificates of the Excise and Hearthmoney. You are to bring them the week after: and so likewise for the arrears. (The like letter to Mr. Kent for the Customs and to Mr. Lilly for the Post Office.)Ibid.
June 5.Money warrant for 60l. to Dr. Robert Brady for 1½ years to 1684, Sept. 29, on his fee or salary as his Majesty's Reader or Professor of Phisick in the University of Cambridge.Money Book VI, p. 70.
Same for 60l. to the executors of Dr. John Board for same to same date as same of Laws in said university.Ibid, p. 71.
Same for 200l. to Francis Rainolds, gent. for one year to 1682, June 24, on his pension.Ibid.
Royal warrant to Philip Froude, Governor of the Post Office, to carry free all single inland letters of the members of both Houses of Parliament during this and all subsequent sessions of Parliament, and for 40 days before and after; the King being informed that they have had the like usage by order of the late King. To prevent abuses formerly practised by divers persons, not members, who presumed to endorse the names of members of Parliament on their letters, each member of both Houses is to write his name and give the impression of his seal such as he will put upon his letters in a book to be provided by the Governor of the Post Office. This order to last during pleasure.King's Warrant Book X, p. 130.
Report to the King from Treasurer Rochester on the petition of Phillip Rycaut, esq., late Consul at Algier, shewing that by command of Charles II he paid to the Government of Algier 2,716 dollars four ryalls for the ransom of several English captives and has rendered many other services redounding to the King's honour and the benefit of the subject during his short continuance in that station where he has left a firm and settled peace, having been beneficial to every person therein concerned unless to himself and family which has been greatly prejudiced by being so speedily removed from that place after he had disposed all his domestic affairs at home for his longer residence abroad: therefore praying repayment of abovesaid sum at the rate of 5s. a dollar by reason that at the time the money was paid there was 30 per cent. difference between the Plate [silver] and the current Dollar and that he has been out of said money for six months; and further desiring consideration, having been greatly prejudiced by this speedy removal from his employment.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 79–80.
Hereon Treasurer Rochester reports that he has seen the Earl of Sunderland's letter dated 1684, Aug. 21, to Rycaut to pay the ransom money for the slaves that made their escape; and also the acquittance dated 1684, Sept. 3, under the hand and seal of the Dei of Algier for the abovesaid sum in full satisfaction for six slaves that made their escape from Algier on board one of the King's men of war in May, 1684, as also for two slaves taken from Tangier and the negro that died there in the time of Mr. Sheeres. Petitioner has made affidavit that the manner of paying the ransom for captives at Algier is in one moiety dollars of the country and the other moiety in pieces of Eight Seville and Mexico, which said money is always repaid upon the Christian shore in pieces of Eight Seville and Mexico. I am informed by merchants that a piece of Eight there is generally reckoned at 5s. In consideration that he was obliged to make payment of the dollars of the country upon the Christian shore in pieces of Eight Seville and Mexico and that he has been so long out of his money he might reasonably be allowed 4s. 6d. for each dollar of the country, which makes the abovesaid sum 645l. 3s. 0d. sterling. I advise he be reimbursed 615l. 3s. 0d. of this sum for the ransom of the English captives and then there remains only 30l. to be made good to him for the ransom of the negro "which the petitioner informs upon the oath cost so much." Petitioner's allowance of 200l. per an. as consul is paid to Oct. 25 last and according to the custom of that place [Algiers] he paid in advance 250 dollars in pieces of Eight, Seville and Mexico, for a year's rent of his house before his letters of revocation arrived. He may be allowed his ordinary till Mar. 25 last, being the day of his return into the royal presence, being 83l. 6s. 8d. and likewise 62l. 10s. 0d. for said 250 dollars at 5s. the dollar. Petitioner's whole pretences amount to 790l. 19s. 8d. whereof 615l. 3s. 0d. may be paid out of money collected for the redemption of English captives and the remainder 175l. 16s. 8d. as your Majesty shall direct.
June 5.Report to the King from Treasurer Rochester on the petition of William Geddes ut supra, p. 106. The Customs Commissioners have reported thereon to me April 27 last that by the Act of Navigation ships of Scotland are equally with all foreign shipping prohibited to carry any goods to his Majesty's Plantations under pain of forfeiture of ship and goods. By petitioner's own shewing his ship is Scotch and carried household stuff to Delaware river. By their books of entry the Customs Commissioners find that about the time in question said vessel cleared from Southampton. The case was then before them by the name of the ship Mary of Southampton, Antho. Pryor master, bound with passengers and goods for Pennsylvania and petitioner confesses it is the same ship as the Alexander of Inverness, there being then some dispute about her qualification to trade to the said Plantations "and that they did then give warning by letter to the collector of Southampton that if she did trade contrary to law she must do it at her own peril though they knew of no law to detain her here." They therefore think that petitioner's pretence of ignorance ought not to exempt him from forfeiture in the Plantation where the breach of law was committed.Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 81.
In a second report of May 26 last the said Commissioners certify me that the said ship Mary of Southampton, being a Scotch vessel, was seized and condemned in 1683 by the Governor and Council of Pennsylvania for importing household goods into the Plantation contrary to the Navigation Act. The said ship, now called the Recovery of Southampton was sold to George Jackman, Edw. Pritchard, Joseph Jones, and John Swift and did in 1684 import to London a parcel of sugar and Molasses from Barbados and is now in Southampton port laden with deals from Norway; for which cause the Customs Commissioners ordered her seizure. But the owners petitioned them, pleading ignorance, they presuming that by [her official sale consequent upon] the forfeiture and condemnation she had been as free to trade as an English ship. The Customs Commissioners incline to believe this and therefore advise discharge of the seizure on payment of strangers' duties on the goods imported by her in both voyages, but not to allow her the privilege of a free ship for the future.
June 5.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Company of Merchant Adventurers of England, of the petition of Susanna Holman, Grace Tattam, Augnis Cowse, and Eliz. White, shewing that they have respectively 300l., 1,100l., 2,800l., and 700l. in the hands of the said Merchant Adventurers and have received neither principal nor interest and are ancient and in great want.Reference Book III, p. 108.
June 6.Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Sir Evan Lloyd, bart., of the office of Constable of the Castle of Harlech ("Harleigh"), co. Merioneth, with the Castleyard and Castlegreen there and the annual fee of 50l. payable quarterly by the Receiver [of Crown revenues] of North Wales and the profits of the market in the town of Harlech and of the fair there held on the feast of St. Andrew yearly for three days with the tolls, piccage and stillage [stallage] of the said market and fair and all fines and amerciaments of the Court of Pypowders belonging to same: all as granted 1670–1, Mar. 21, to Cornelius Manley during pleasure, the said grant being void by the late King's death.King's Warrant Book X, p. 131.
Same to same for a same for a grant and demise to the mayor and burgesses of Newcastle upon Tyne of the Castfields, the Frith and all other things as in the particular below and all houses and buildings thereon except the castleward rents, the Moot Hall, the gaol and except all other things excepted in the grant of 1664, Aug. 13, to Charles, Lord Gerard of Brandon, now Earl of Macclesfield, of the said premises for 99 years terminable on the lives of said Earl and Charles and Fitton his sons: the present lease to be for 31 years from the termination of said Earl's grant. The said Mayor and burgesses are therein to covenant to deliver yearly 100 cauldrons of coal ut supra, pp. 169–70, for the remainder of said Earl's term and for the said 31 years' term under a penalty of 10l. per month for default of delivery of said coals.Ibid, pp. 132–5.
Appending: (a) particular and memorandum of the premises dated May 30 last made out by Robert Hewitt, deputy auditor. The premises comprise the farm of said old castle and the scite and herbage thereof whether within or without the walls thereof and whether in the county of Northumberland or in the county of the said town of Newcastle and all appurtenances, buildings, rights, jurisdictions etc. thereon or thereto belonging: excepting the castleward rents appertaining to the said castle, amounting in the whole to 32l. per an. and except the great hall called the Moot Hall within the wall of the said castle where the Justices have hitherto used to hold the assizes, sessions and gaol delivery for the county of Northumberland; and excepting also all the lower parts and places in said castle now used for a common prison and gaol for the county of Northumberland: all as granted ut supra ibid (under a repairing covenant and at 40l. per an. rent) to said Lord Gerard of Brandon in reversion of the grant thereof by James I to Alexander Stephenson. (b) Ratal dated June 2 inst. by John Fisher in the absence of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of said particular. The covenants for repair are to be continued in the new lease.
June 6.Royal sign manual for 36l. 0s. 6d. to Septimius Bott and John Waldron as royal bounty, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of May 6 last; and to be satisfied out of the moneys they shall pay into the Exchequer for the King's part of fines levied on Dissenters in Coventry when they were sheriffs there. (Money warrant dated June 12 hereon. Money order dated June 13 hereon.)King's Warrant Book X, p. 136. Money Book VI, p. 72. Order Book I, p. 28.
Same for 200l. to Thomas Newton, woodward of the forests of Whittlewood and Salcey, without account: as in lieu of poundage pretended to by him for the timber felled there under the warrants of 1682, May 20, and 1684, May 6, ut supra, p. 194. (Money warrant dated June 12 hereon. Money order dated June 13 hereon.)King's Warrant Book X, p. 136. Money Book VI, p. 72. Order Book I, p. 28.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a privy seal for a grant to Mary Preston and Anne Preston, daughters of Sir Thomas Preston of the 1,097l. 0s. 10¼d., being arrears ut supra, pp. 173–4.King's Warrant Book X, pp. 136–7.
Same to Sir Robt. Sawyer, the Attorney General, for a great seal for a pardon to John Curll, of Bradford, co. Wilts, of the felony of speaking seditious words against the Government, he being indicted at the Sessions at Salisbury 1683–4, Jan. 14, therefor and having pleaded to same but being not yet tried.Ibid, p. 137.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for a continuance of the fees and allowances of the officers in Waltham Forest as follows, viz., 6d. a day to the Ranger, 8d. a day to the keeper of Walthamstow Walk, 4d. a day to the keeper of Leighton Walk, 3d. a day to the keeper of Walwood Woods and Hamfrith Woods, 8d. a day to the keeper of Woodford Walk, 8d. a day to the keeper of Loughton Walk and all arrears thereon from 1684, Lady day, to which time they are paid. The same to be paid through Robert, Earl of Lindsey, Warden of said forest.Ibid, pp. 137–8.
Report by Treasurer Rochester to the King on the petition of Thomas Fisher of London, gent. ut supra, p. 120. On reference from me Richard Grahme and Philip Burton find that Seagood and Lockwood entered into the recognizances ut ibid. for the performance of a decree made by the court of aldermen for the sole benefit of petitioner and that the King's name was only used therein in trust for petitioner. He may be granted leave to prosecute the recognizances in the King's name but at his own charge.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 78.
Warrant by same to the King's Remembrancer to give time until the seal day of next term to those several sheriffs who (being obliged by the usual course of the Exchequer to be cast out this next general seal day, and being otherwise ready to finish their accounts and be dismissed the court, failing which readiness they would be liable both to the serjeantat-arms and to the process of the Exchequer Court) have in their hands moneys arising by forfeitures of Recusants as to which the King has signified his pleasure that restitution should be made to such persons [Recusants] as have certificates of their constant loyalty and fidelity: all to the end that such writs of restitution as shall in the meantime be directed to them may be allowed them upon their accounts.Ibid, p. 84.
June 6.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a constat or particular of the parcel of ground in the Innermost Scotland Yard and the little parcel in the northwest corner of the same with a view to a lease thereof to Francis Gwynne ut supra, p. 183.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 84–5.
Prefixing: report dated June 4 inst. by Sir Christopher Wren on said Gwynne's petition for same. The two plots measure 47 feet 8 inches north, 54 feet 7 inches west, 32 feet 3 inches east and 33 feet 7 inches south, "bounded east with building belonging to the Earl of Newport and another to Mr. Howard in possession of my Lady Pye, on the other three sides with the open yard near the Lord Chamberlain's office." The inconvenience that may arise to the King by providing hereafter for the Usher of the Privy Chamber (which seems to me an objection however Sir Paul Neal the present officer may have been satisfied) is not in this case to be considered by reason the Lord Chamberlain's warrant for the petitioner's building mentions that it is with his lordship's consent and without any prejudice to the Gentlemen Ushers of the Privy Chamber, there being other provision made for them.
Report by same to the King on the petition of William Morris ut supra, p. 151. I am certified that at the assizes in co. Salop 1684, July 21, William Leeke of Wellington was fined 400 marks for scandalous words against the then King and Government and is now a prisoner in Shrewsbury gaol and is likely to remain there for life as he cannot pay said fine. The prosecutor [petitioner] managed the suit at his own charge and has received no satisfaction. Some relatives of Leeke may give him a consideration for procuring a discharge. Petitioner is a fit object of favour.Ibid, p. 86.
Henry Guy to the Clerks of the Treasury. It is the Lord Treasurer's pleasure that all warrants for payment of money to any imprest accomptant not chargeable at the Exchequer do have a clause in them that the said warrant before it be complied with do appear to have been entered with the Auditors of the Imprests. This instruction is to be carefully observed for the time to come.Ibid.
Treasurer Rochester to the Auditor of the Receipt. I am resolved as much as in me lies to prevent all delays in accompting, which appear to me highly prejudicial to the King's service. I have therefore required inter al. that every annual accomptant do deliver in his accompt and vouchers to the proper auditor by a certain day. I am sensible this can not be complied with unless those officers who vouch the accompts are also limited to a certain time. You are therefore to take effectual care that all accomptants may have their imprest rolls signed and ready for them within one month at furthest from the time same shall be desired of you.Ibid, p. 87.
June 6.Treasurer Rochester to the Clerk of the Pells, for the above ends to examine, sign and return all such imprest rolls as shall be brought to you within 20 days of the time you receive them.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 87.
Same to the King's Remembrancer. Several accountants are much behind with their accompts partly for want of process going out against them in due time. To prevent this the Auditors of Imprests are to certify you, as often as there be occasion, the names of the accomptants who do not bring in their accompts in due time and you are thereupon to issue out process and not to stay same save by warrant from me or the Chancellor of the Exchequer.Ibid.
Same to the Remembrancer of First Fruits. The time I allow you for bringing in your accounts as above is from Christ tide to Lady day, at which time the auditors are directed to complete the accounts without taking notice of any acquittance, plea or other discharge not then before them. And as the bishops do half yearly send up to you certificates of all institutions within their several dioceses you are within 14 days of receipt thereof to transmit same to the Auditors of [Imprests as Auditors of] First Fruits who are to enter same in their offices; and before you make composition with any new incumbent you are to receive from the said auditors [a note of] the value of the living to be compounded for; to the end he may charge the same.Ibid, p. 88.
Same to the Receiver of First Fruits. The Remembrancer of First Fruits is given time as above for his account wherein your accompt is comprehended. In order thereto you are to deliver in your books of acquittances and tallies to the auditor by Mar. 1 at farthest.Ibid.
Same to the Customs Cashier. The time allowed for bringing in your accounts ut supra is from Michaelmas to Candlemas: that account requiring a considerable time to prepare it. (The like notification to the Accomptant General of the Customs.)Ibid.
Same to the Warden of the Mint. The time I have allowed you for bringing in your account ut supra is three months after the end of every year. (The like notice to the Master Worker of the Mint.)Ibid, p. 89.
Same to the Paymaster of the Forces. As your accounts are large I allow you four months after the end of every year for bringing in your accounts ut supra.Ibid.
Same to the Treasurer of the Chamber. I allow you three months after the end of every year for bringing in your accounts ut supra.Ibid, p. 90.
Same to the Treasurer of the Navy. You have delivered in no account since your being Treasurer of the Navy. As your accounts are very large I allow you four months after the end of every year for preparing your accounts for the Navy Board and two months more to the said Board to examine and sign same and they are to enter the day of the month when every ledger is brought to them and also when same was returned back to the accomptant, to the end it may appear where the neglect is if any.Ibid.
June 6.Treasurer Rochester to the Navy Commissioners to the above effect.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 90.
Same to the Surveyor and other officers of the Board of Works. I allow the Paymaster of the Works three months to prepare his accounts and you one month more to examine and sign same. And you are to enter therein the date when the accounts are brought to the Board and returned again to the accomptants.Ibid, p. 91.
Same to the officers of the Great Wardrobe. I allow two months for preparing the Wardrobe account, one month more for you to examine and sign it and one month more for the Clerk of the Wardrobe to prepare warrants for the King's signature. You are to enter date of receipt etc. ut supra.Ibid.
Same to the [Master and] Gentlemen of his Majesty's Robes. I allow you three months after the end of each year for bringing in your accompts ut supra. (The like letter to Mr. Sidney, late Master of the Robes.)Ibid, pp. 91, 93.
Same to the Victuallers of the Navy. No accounts for the Victualling have been delivered in to the auditors since 1677, Dec. You are to deliver in your [annual] accounts within six months of the end of every year; four thereof for you to prepare the accounts and two thereof for the Navy Board to examine and sign same and they are to enter thereon the date when the account is brought to them and returned by them "according to the method of the said Office." (The like letter to Mr. Brett and partners late Victuallers of the Navy. Immediately on the return of the accounts to you you are to deliver them to the proper auditor.)Ibid, pp. 92, 93.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests. I approve your paper of rules to prevent delays in accompting. You are to see same duly observed. Every Lent vacation you are to attend me with a general certificate of the state of all accompts before you. And you are to certify to the King's Remembrancer as often as there be occasion what accomptants have not complied with the above rules to the end process may go against them.Ibid, p. 91.
Nomination and appointment by same of Edward Ange to be Manager of the revenue arising by forfeitures of Popish Recusants in England, Wales and the counties Palatine of Lancaster, Durham and Chester; to which office he was appointed by the late Treasury Lords 1684, July 16, which power is become void by the termination of the commission of the said Treasury Lords. You are hereby to see to the due issue of process for levying said revenue and returns thereof made to the sheriffs and the due payment into the Receipt of the moneys levied and to take care to call to account the late Receivers of that revenue and that they pay into the Exchequer the moneys in their hands "which I am informed are considerable," or else to issue process against them next Trinity term.Ibid, p. 92.
June 6.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Clerk of the Pipe to deliver to the abovesaid Ange a certificate of what money was taken in charge by the several sheriffs of England at their apposals for the year ended 1684, Sept. 29, against the two-thirds of Recusants' estates and the 20l. per month, specifying the persons and place; the better to enable him to see that the moneys levied be duly paid into the Exchequer.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 92.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the money of the [Post] Letter Office now remaining in the Exchequer, viz.:Disposition Book IV, p 36
to Francis Mansell100
to William Norrington40
Same to Mr. Burton to pay John Packer 127l.; 97l. thereof for his charges in the late King's suit against the Corporation of Wells and 30l. for three journeys therein.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Darcy et al. to order Mr. Knight to pay 200l. to Mary Bocock, relict of Thomas Bocock, late tailor of the Robes: same being intended to be paid her by the late Treasury Lords.Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners on payment of the composition of 100l. to the King and 100l. to the officers concerned in the discovery in this case, to confess the pleas put in by Tho. Berry, mariner, et al. who became bound to the late King 1682, Sept. 5, in 100l. for the landing at Dover of 27 bales containing 132 dozen of calf skins entered at London by John Lane in the ship Mary; and likewise the pleas by Peter Cobb, mariner, et al. similarly bound 1682–3, Feb. 23, in 300l. for the landing at Portsmouth of 32 bales containing 142 dozen of calf skins entered at London port by Bernard Hopkins in the ship Peter; and likewise the pleas by John Partridge, mariner, et al. similarly bound 1683, Nov. 16, in 400l. for the landing at Portsmouth of 39 bales containing 158 dozen of calf skins entered in London port by William Smith in the ship John of Rochester: which several bonds are forfeit by the transportation [over sea] of the said skins.Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 32.
Reference by same to same of the petition of Visct. Townshend; shewing that the late King granted him the custom and duty of 4s. per chalder on exported coals for 21 years from 1667 at the rent of 1,000l. per an. which petitioner farmed out at 2,200l. per an. to himself over and above said 1,000l. per an. to the King: that by the Lord Treasurer's order of Mar. 18 last on the death of Charles II a stop is put upon petitioner's receipt of said duty: therefore prays compensation for the remaining 3½ years of his term.Reference Book III, p. 110.
Henry Guy to Mr. Brett and Mr. Duncomb. You are to forthwith give in your objections to the report on Mr. Sturt's account ut supra, p. 193.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 86.
June 6.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt enclosing a book of orders established for the King's Household. This is to be kept in the Exchequer "according to his Majesty's pleasure therein signified."Out Letters (General) IX, p. 86
Same to Lord Dartmouth. The Lord Treasurer has allowed 240l. per an. to the Auditors of Imprests upon the accounts of Mr. Bertie, the present Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance, for their great charge in auditing his accounts and in consideration that they undertake to pass the annual accounts of the storekeeper of the Ordnance without further fee or allowance. You are to direct payment thereof for the three years' accounts ending 1684, June 30, which are already declared; and so for the future on subsequent accounts.Ibid.
June 9.Robert Squibb (in the absence of Henry Guy) to Alderman Duncomb to pay into the Exchequer to-morrow 5,000l. of Excise money, which is intended to be issued for the Forces. (Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue said sum to Charles Fox for the Forces.)Disposition Book IV, p. 36.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to William Blathwayte of the petition of Capt. Fetherstonhalgh, shewing that he served Charles I and II in the rebellion and after the Restoration served in several troops and lastly as Lieut. to Sir Henry Morgan in Jamaica whence he was disbanded on half pay for the last year: that the late King ordered him a pension of 2s. a day on the next vacancy: therefore prays payment thereof, being above 60 years old and having nothing to maintain his family.Reference Book III, p. 112.