Entry Book
November 1685, 21-30


Institute of Historical Research



William A. Shaw (editor)

Year published




Comment on this article
Double click anywhere on the text to add an annotation in-line

Citation Show another format:

'Entry Book: November 1685, 21-30', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 8: 1685-1689 (1923), pp. 439-453. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=82515 Date accessed: 27 November 2014.


(Min 3 characters)

November 1685, 21-30

Nov. 21.Henry Guy to the Customs Cashier to pay 22l. 8s. 0d. to the four Ushers of the Exchequer Court, pursuant to the Lord Treasurer's warrant in that behalf.Disposition Book IV, p. 100.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue (out of the funds ut supra, p. 434) 60l. to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster for the French ministers in the Savoy.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Hewer to pay to William Horne the money due on his pension of 8l. per an. as royal bounty: it appearing from a certificate of Capt. Potts that Horne is not provided for in any Company.Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend Treasurer Rochester on Monday next, although that is not your usual day of attending him.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 214.
Same to Mr. Burton enclosing a surrender made by Mr. Hext and his wife containing a covenant for them to levy a fine this term. You are to pass the fine and pay the charge of it.Ibid, p. 215.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed presentment [missing] from the Customs Commissioners concerning wrecks.Ibid.
Same to the Duke of Norfolk enclosing (a) infra. You are to communicate it to the verderers etc. of Windsor Forest.Ibid.
Appending: royal warrant dated Nov. 19 inst. forbidding any timber or firewood to be hereafter felled in Windsor Forest, save with the assent of the Lord Treasurer: it having been formerly accustomed for the Constables of Windsor Castle and Forest to grant their own warrants to the regarders, foresters etc. for cutting several loads of firewood for fee wood of the officers of said forest, such warrants being without the privity of the Lord Treasurer, but the King now thinking it very necessary to have the Lord Treasurer's inspection therein, having lately observed great wastes and spoils to have been committed in the timber of said forest for want thereof.
Same to Sir Steph. Fox enclosing (a) infra from the King.Ibid.
Appending: (a) petition of John Snapes, late Yeoman of the Pantry to the late King to attend the Queen shewing that he served in said place faithfully for 23 years, but another is now placed in his room, prays an order to the Board of Greencloth for some subsistence to him in his old age.
Same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney conveying Treasurer Rochester's recommendation of Edw. Perkins for a place as clerk under them.Ibid, p. 216.
Nov. 21.Henry Guy to Lord Dartmouth. The King has to-day signed a warrant for a privy seal to confirm the 40l. per an. to the town of Dartmouth. The officers of the Ordnance are to see that the town perform their covenants herein ut infra, pp. 452–3.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 216.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to appoint William Thomas "as well Receiver as Paymaster to and for the Captain of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners and Gentlemen at Arms, Lieutenant, Standard bearer and Clerk of the Cheque and to and for the Gentlemen Pensioners and Gentlemen at Arms and all other officers of and belonging to our said Band" all loco Sir John Kirke, kt., lately deceased, with like powers etc. as Sir Edward Francis, Sir Henry Mynne, Sir John Hales, Sir Lewis Kirke or Sir John Kirk heretofore had: during pleasure: with power to receive from the Exchequer upon quarterly bills or rolls to be subscribed by the Captain of said Band sums not exceeding 6,000l. per an.; to be paid quarterly from Christmas last as imprest and upon accompt.King's Warrant Book X, pp. 215–6.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the payment of 8,000l. to Richard Bayly and Charles Toll, the surviving executors of William Ashburnham, late Cofferer of the Household, to complete the satisfaction of the board wages and other allowances to the servants of the late King for the last 15 months suspension: tallies having been drawn on the Hearthmoney and on the Farmers of the Law Duties for 61,665l. 14s. 2d. to said Ashburnham in accordance with the privy seal of 1682, Aug. 9, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 559, for the satisfaction of said board wages etc. during said suspension, which tallies were all satisfied except 8,000l. on five tallies for 1,000l. each and one for 3,000l. dated 1677, Dec. 20, drawn on the said Law duties, and notwithstanding the provisions of the said privy seal for payment of said 8,000l. out of the Excise the said tallies or sum do still remain unsatisfied and the tallies for same remain in the hands of said Bayly and Toll. On payment thereof as above said tallies are to be taken in and vacated. Payment hereon is to be made out of the new duty on tobacco and sugar and is to be without imprest or other charge.Ibid, p. 218.
Nov. 23.Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Auditors of Imprests of the statement of account of moneys received and paid by John Knight, senr., deceased, and John Knight [junr.] for provisions and work [in the Great Wardrobe] and for wages etc. paid from 1684, Sept. 29 to 1685, Sept. 29.Reference Book III, p. 204.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for payment to the Chancellor of the Order of the Garter of the yearly sum of 570l. 5s. 0d. (and of the sum of 427l. 13s. 9d. for three quarters' arrears thereon to Sept. 29 last) [for the support of the dignity of said order]: to be payable quarterly during pleasure: the late King having by patent dated 1661–2, Jan. 23, appointed 1,200l. per an. for said purpose (for "the annual and ordinary fees, pensions and payments to certain persons payable according to the constitutions by the sovereign of the said Order and the Knights of the same in their full Chapter to be ordeyned and with the great seal of the said Order to be [con]firmed and in cases extraordinary by special warrants of the Sovereign of the Order with his hand to be signed," the Chancellor of the Order to render an account thereof yearly at the feast of St. George): it being the opinion of the King's Counsel that the grants of the late King charged upon the Customs are not chargeable upon the Customs granted to the present King without fresh authority from the present King; and it being further found by experience that said 570l. 5s. 0d. per an. is sufficient to defray the said necessary fees, pensions and other payments ordeyned as aforesaid.King's Warrant Book X, pp. 216–7.
Nov. 23.Four separate royal sign manuals for respectively 940l., 250l., 500l., 750l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Nov. 18 inst. (Four money warrants dated Nov. 24 hereon. Four money orders dated Nov. 25 hereon.)King's Warrant Book X, p. 221. Money Book VI, p. 181. Order Book I, p. 67.
Royal warrant to the Attorney General to discharge (by acknowledging satisfaction on record of) the fine of 100l. imposed in the King's Bench in Nov., 1681, on John Bury for which he still remains prisoner in the custody of the Marshal [of the Marshalsea]. He is hereby to be enlarged.King's Warrant Book X, p. 236.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Clerk of the Pipe for the tenement as follows to be passed to Mris. Mary Ross, spinster, with the other tenements etc. mentioned in the warrant of 1682, July 21, and 1682, Aug. 23, from the late Treasury Lords: the lease now to commence from 1685, Lady day, and this tenement to be passed for the same three lives that Chubb's tenement is to be granted for on the surrender of Thomasine French and at a reserve rent of 5s. per an.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 143–154.
Prefixing: (a) particular of said messuage late in the tenure of Tho. Batche standing on a tenement called Batche's tenement, parcel of the manor of Bonyalva and late priory of Launceston and now of the Duchy of Cornwall. (b) Ratal dated Jan. 24 last thereof by John Gryffith, Deputy Auditor of said Duchy.
Appending: (c), (d) copy of the said previous leases of 1682, July 21, and 1682, Aug. 23, in extenso with the particulars and ratals thereto: all hereby confirmed. (e) Copy of the royal warrant of 1682, July 14, to the Treasury Lords for a lease to William Kekewick of said premises. (f) Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands dated 1685, June 20, of the above [present] warrant for lease. (g) Report dated 1685, July 16 thereon from said Surveyor General.
Money warrant for 300l. to Richell and Frances Windham, daughters of Dame Anne Windham, for three quarters to Sept. 29 last on their annuity or pension of 400l.. being the sum grown due since the King's accession.Money Book VI, p. 178.
Same for 450l. to Sir Thomas Windham for same period on his pension of 600l. per an.: being ut supra.Ibid.
Same for 375l. to Thomas Lane for same period on his pension of 500l. per an.: being ut supra.Ibid.
Nov. 23.Money warrant for 750l. to Jane Lane (now Lady Fisher) for same period on her annuity or pension of 1,000l. being ut supra.Money Book VI, p. 178.
Same for 37l. 10s. 0d. to Joane Hurford for same period on her pension of 50l. per an.: being ut supra.Ibid, p. 179.
Same for 225l. to Charles Gifford for same period on his pension of 300l. per an.: being ut supra.Ibid.
Same for 150l. to Francis Reynolds, gent., for same period on his pension of 200l. per an.: being ut supra.Ibid.
Same for 150l. to Thomas Whitgrave for same period on his same: being ut supra.Ibid.
Same for 20l. to Robt. Swan for last Sept. 29 quarter on his annuity or pension of 80l. as by the privy seal of Aug. 7 last. (Money order dated Dec. 8 hereon.)Ibid, p. 179. Order Book I, p. 69.
Same for 62l. 11s. 8d. to Andrew Laurence, Surveyor of the King's highways, being 18l. 5s. 0d. for two quarters to June 24 last on his fee of 2s. a day (on which fee 45l. 12s. 6d. is due to him), 29l. 3s. 4d. for half a year to Lady day last on his fee of 3s. 4d. a day and 15l. 3s. 4d. for 1685, June 24 quarter, on his fee of 3s. 4d. a day (on which fee 30l. 6s. 8d. is due to him): being ut supra.Money Book VI, p. 180.
Prefixing: certificate dated Aug. 3 last by the Earl of Ailesbury, Lord Chamberlain, that said Lawrence has been employed 175 days from 1684, Sept. 29, to 1685, Lady day, in the service of his place for which the said fee of 3s. 4d. a day is accordingly due for [riding] charges etc.
Henry Guy to the Attorney General to report on the reassignment by Abraham Shapton to the Auditor of the Receipt and the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of Shapton's lease [of mines ut supra, p. 354].Out Letters (General) IX, p. 216.
Same to the Sheriff of co. Leicester for a certificate of all sums levied on said county on the two fines ut supra, pp. 325, 358. You are to levy no more thereof till further order.Ibid, p. 198.
Same to Mr. Hewer. On Edward Roth's petition the Lord Treasurer will not stop any longer the money due to him [Roth] from the military officers [at Tangier] ut supra, p. 385, "for that the said parties are at law."Ibid.
Same to Mr. Duncombe [Cashier of Excise] to secure for the King's use whatever money of the Excise or Hearthmoney is in the hands of Thomas Price, the goldsmith, or any bills drawn upon him. (The like letter to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney.)Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to deliver, Customs free, to Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, another case of pictures now in the King's warehouse and consigned to him for his own use, besides those warranted the 14th inst. supra, p. 426.Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 74.
Nov. 23.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to permit bullion to be exported [free] as of late it has been until further order: the Attorney General having given his opinion supra, p. 396, that though bullion may be exported by virtue of the Act of Trade yet it ought to pay Custom ad valorem by the revived Act of the Customs; but the said Commissioners being of opinion it would very much alter the course of trade and be prejudicial to the revenue [to exact such duty on export thereof].Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 74.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to advance to Sir Benj. Bathurst the 3,000l. directed the 17th inst. supra, p. 432, to be issued to the Prince and Princess of Denmark out of the Queen Dowager's [Portugal money or] portion.Disposition Book IV, p. 101.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the King's Remembrancer for a commission to settle the ports of South Wales to set down the extents, bounds and limits of every port, haven or creek and the quays, wharves and landing places thereof according to the Act of 1 Eliz.: all by reason that the ports of Cardiff and Milford and the quays and wharves there and in Swansea, Pembroke, Cardigan and Aberdovey (being members and creeks of the said two ports) have through lack of time or through alteration of streams and channels become unsettled and unbounded. The Commissioners to be Alexander Trotter, Collector [of Cardiff port]; Richard Gwyn, customer [ibid.]; Thomas Andrewes, Comptroller [ibid.]; Mansell Stradlin, searcher, ibid.; Walter Middleton, customer and collector [of Milford port]; — Pervell, comptroller [ibid.]; Rich. Evans, searcher, ibid.; David Evans, steward of Swansea, Walter Alday, Charles Williams, Walter Morgan, Rowland Davies, Will. Roberts, Samuell Gastrell, John Hollier, Zacharias Bevan, Francis Smith, Will. Mordant, Rich. Nash, John Morris, John Picton, Griffin Bowen, Rich. Hughes, James Philipps, Hector Jones, Lewis Thomas, John Bevan and the Mayors of Swansea, Cardigan and Pembroke.Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 80–2.
Nov. 24.Same by same to William Hewer to pay 50l. to James Gorman as in full of all his pretences to arrears as Aid Major to the late garrison of Tangier.Money Book VI, p. 181.
Same by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe and Dame Ellen his wife of a piece of ground, enclosed, in St. James's Park 200 feet north to south and 135 feet east to west and now in their tenure: the present lease to be for 31 years at 10s. per an. rent in consideration of Dame Ellen's charge in erecting the several houses and wall thereon and making the gardens: but with proviso of reassumption by the Crown on payment of 2,000l. (Docquet hereof signed? Dec. 1.)Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 142–3, 160.
Prefixing: constat of the premises and ratal thereof by John Fisher dated Nov. 2 inst. in the absence of the Receiver General of Crown Lands.
Treasurer Rochester to Sir William Stapleton, Capt. General and Gov. in Chief of the Leeward Caribbee Islands. The King has received the petition of Barakiah Arnall, master's mate of the pink Hanna and Elizabeth, setting forth that before his departure from Antigua he entered into bonds for 1,000l. for his observation of the Navigation Acts and then sailed the pink direct to Boston where he unladed, but through ignorance omitted to take certificate thereof from the Customs officers there, whereby he has incurred the penalty of said bonds and the forfeiture of said pink; but that he has since obtained the said certificate and therefore prays discharge of said ship and remission of his penalty. The King is satisfied of the truth hereof; and you are to discharge said Arnall from all penalties and to restore said pink to him.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 217.
Nov. 24.Henry Guy to Mr. Pearse. Bring to the Lord Treasurer your answer to the enclosed answer [missing] of the Customs Commissioners to your paper.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 198.
Same to Sir Richard Dutton for an account upon oath of all such sums of money as have been granted to you by the Assembly of Barbados and particularly of what you have received contrary to the instructions and orders of the late King. (The like letter to Henry Walrond.)Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. Mr. Gwyn and I will meet you at your house to-morrow on the petition of Mr. Woodroffe, late Teller's clerk to Sir George Downing, praying not to be laid aside in his old age, he having spent his youth in that employ; Summon Mr. Chudleigh and Mr. Woodroffe to attend.Ibid, p. 199. Reference Book III, p. 199.
Same to Mr. Darcy [et al.] to provide as follows forthwith, delivering same to Mris. Du Puy (Depuis).Out Letters (General) IX, p. 199.
Appending: a note signed by the Earl of Peterborough of linen [required] for his Majesty's present occasion, viz. three pieces of fine shadow muslin for 18 cravats, two pieces of fine muslin for necks, 12 hunting cravats.
Same to Mr. Stephens [Cashier to the Navy Treasurer] for a particular account how the last 4,000l. that was directed for the yachts has been issued.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Docwray. The Judges have lately met and given their opinions that landlords are chargeable with the duty for firehearths in the houses of their poor tenants not paying to church and poor nor having more than two chimneys. You are to order Mr. Nicholls, the constable of Hitchin, to pay the duty and arrears of Hearthmoney deposited in his hands to Mr. Thody, the collector thereof, and he is to give acquittances for same to the respective landlords for the discharge of them and their tenants to Lady day last.Ibid, p. 200.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 200l. to me [Guy] for secret service, by way of advance out of the loans on the linen duty. The regular warrants for this issue shall be sent as soon as passed.Disposition Book IV, p. 101.
Same to same to issue out of [the item of] estates forfeited in the Exchequer 60l. to Dr. Board's executors; 20l. to Mr. Bertie for Mris. Cock; 100l. to Mris. Bointon.Ibid.
Nov. 24.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the Exchequer, viz..Disposition Book IV, pp. 101–2.
Out of money of the Customs.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the Victuallers2,000
to ditto for sea officers and bills in course400
to ditto for [the Navy's] weekly money1,000
to ditto for fitting to sea the Henrietta and Kitchin yachts238
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance1,000
Out of money of the Excise.
to the Paymaster of the Forces5,000
to the Queen Dowager1,500
to Mr. Rose [Ross, the King's Jeweller]2,000
to the Mint Commissioners by way of advance1,000
Out of Post Office money.
to me [Guy] for secret service by way of advance500
[to ditto for same] more130
to Mr. Roberts for the works at Windsor500
to Sir Hugh Tynt250
Out of the loans on the linen duty.
to Mr. Fox more for the Forces6,000
(Same dated same to the Customs Cashier enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for this week; said paper including the above five Customs items [payable out of the Exchequer] together with the following items [payable direct out of the Customs Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. in further part of the [London Customs salary] bill for last Sept. 29 quarter; 2,700l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in repayment of loan. Total disposition of the Customs, 8,338l.) (Same dated same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney, enclosing the like paper of disposition for these branches; said paper including for the Excise the above four Excise items [payable out of the Exchequer] together with the following item [payable direct out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 2,000l. for the bankers' interest. Total disposition of the Excise, 11,500l.: and for the Hearthmoney, 2,000l. to Mr. Toll in repayment of loan; 2,000l. to Mr. Noell for the like [both payable direct out of the Hearthmoney Office on tallies]. Total disposition of the Hearthmoney, 4,000l.)
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners. Upon your late paper of variations (supra, pp. 395–6) from the Acts of Tunnage and Poundage the Attorney General has given his opinion that the Acts whereby those variations were made are repealed and that the duties must be paid according to the revived Act [of Tunnage and Poundage]. You are hereby to accordingly so collect them save only as to bullion exported as to which you have received a particular direction, supra, p. 443.Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 75–7.
Appending: said paper of variations with said opinion of Sir Robert Sawyer thereon.
Royal sign manual for 5,000l. to William Roberts, Receiver of the rents etc. of the Honor and Castle of Windsor: as imprest for the building, rebuilding etc. of the King's houses and buildings within said Castle. (Money warrant dated Nov. 28 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 1 hereon.)King's Warrant Book X, p. 220. Money Book VI, p. 182. Order Book I, p. 67.
Nov. 24.Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Hugh Noden, citizen and merchant tailor of London, of all those five shares of land, with all edifices thereon built situate in the Summer Islands alias Bermuda, in parts beyond the seas, being part of six shares of land late in the possession or enjoyment of Sir George Waterman, deceased, or of claimants from him or his or their undertenants or assigns, the other [one] of the said six shares being in the possession of Mr. Christopher Waterman, son of the said Sir George, or of his assigns; "which said five shares hereby intended to be passed were the lands of Owen Row, Cornelius Holland and Sir John Danvers or some of them and were vested in our late royal brother, of blessed memory," by the late Act [of 13 Car. II, c. 15] for declaring the penalties of notorious offenders excepted in the General Act of Oblivion viz., for treasons committed by the said Row, Holland and Danvers severally. The present grantee is hereby to hold said five shares to him and his heirs for ever as of the manor of East Greenwich in free and common socage and by fealty only.King's Warrant Book X, p. 220.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for settling as follows the affair of the remainder of the Earl of Yarmouth's farm of unwrought wood: viz. the Lord Treasurer to depute officers for collecting the duties upon unwrought wood (masts, timber and unwrought wood of what growth or kind soever and all glass or glassware, earth or earthenware, stone or stoneware and all manufactures of glass, earth or stone and all oranges, lemons, citrons or pomegranads, excepting always the Customs on the goods or merchandises of wood, glass, earth or stone as follows, viz. wood used for dying or for drugs or perfumes, lignum vitae, terra sigillata, precious stones or jewels of all sorts, coral, bezar stone, crystal wrought or unwrought, and all earth or stone used as drugs or for physical use only) imported up to 1688, Sept. 29, into England, Wales or Berwick (the farm of which duties was granted by the late King to Sir Robert Paston, afterwards Earl of Yarmouth as below). All the moneys to be collected up to that date from said duties and all the moneys thereof which since the death of Charles II have been already collected by Rebecca, Countess Dowager of Yarmouth, and William, now Earl of Yarmouth, or their agents (over and above what has been collected thereupon for the hereditary duties which did not determine upon the death of Charles II) are to be paid to the Receiver General of the Customs who is to keep a separate account thereof. And the Lord Treasurer is hereby to give warrant to the said Receiver General to pay all moneys of said duties so received from the death of Charles II to the 29th Sept., 1688 (after deduction of the salaries and incidents of the said collecting officers) as follows viz. in the first place 900l. per an. thereof into the Exchequer for the rents reserved to Charles II by the two indentures of the wood farm of 1666, Apr. 5 and 1667–8, Feb. 4, and the arrears thereof (for which tallies of discharge are to be given to the executors of the said late Earl of Yarmouth); in the second place 2,000l. per an. to William, present Earl of Yarmouth, on the like rent or yearly sum granted 1672–3. Feb. 17, to Sir Robert Clayton and John Morris in trust; in the third place to Edward Progers the yearly rent or sum of 800l. granted 1674, Nov., and all arrears thereof; in the fourth place to William, now Earl of Yarmouth, the annuity or yearly pension of 1,000l. and all arrears thereon granted 1678, Oct. 4. If the said duties on unwrought wood etc. do not suffice to pay said respective yearly sums then the deficit is hereby to be paid out of the Customs generally. All the remainder or balance of the said duties on unwrought wood etc. for said period after meeting the above payments is hereby to be paid by the Receiver General of Customs to Rebecca, Countess of Yarmouth, and William, Earl of Yarmouth, to their only use, without account: all provided that the said Countess and Earl shall from time to time permit such of the said duties (comprehended in the grant to the late Earl of Yarmouth) as are hereditary and did not determine on the death of Charles II, to be, during their interest therein, collected by the abovesaid officers and paid to the Customs Cashier and distributed as above with the other duties abovementioned. The present grant to be revokeable by privy seal or sign manual.Ibid, pp. 221–31.
The preamble of the present grant recites at length the history of this farm of unwrought wood, and that the King is advised as detailed at length as to the legal continuance of the said duties respectively after the death of Charles II.
Nov. 24.Royal warrant to Treasurer Rochester to give order for continuing the freedom [or naturalisations] of ships as follows and for exempting the goods imported in them from payment of aliens' duties under the Navigation Act: the Customs Commissioners having, in two memorials of the 16th and 21st inst. respectively, set forth that a great number of foreign ships were made free by warrant from the late King since the time limited by the Act of Frauds and thereby became exempt from payment of aliens' duty charged by the said Act of Navigation. and that the Attorney General has given it as his opinion that said freedoms are determined by the death of Charles II but that a great interruption of trade is occasioned thereby, more especially in the trade to the Plantations whither many of those ships are now dispatching and divers already gone; wherefore the said Commissioners propose that said ships might continue their freedoms as formerly on proof of their former freedom: which opinion of the said Commissioners is practically repeated in their said second memorial of the 21st inst. in which they state that although they constantly gave their opinion against the making of those ships free yet since they have obtained their freedoms and are engaged in several useful trades which cannot regularly be carried on without them it would be so great an interruption to trade to disfranchise them at once that you do not think it will be for his Majesty's service. (Warrant dated Nov. 24 hereon from Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to continue said freedoms accordingly. "I having laid this matter before his Majesty.")King's Warrant Book X, pp. 235–6. Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 74–5.
Nov. 25.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt and the Clerk of the Pells not to suffer Thomas Price and Bernard Turnor to make any assignments of moneys due to them from any branch of the revenue; and not to enter any such assignments in either of your offices: and further not to issue any money to them without first acquainting the Lord Treasurer therewith.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 199.
Nov. 25.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to advance 500l. to me [Guy] for secret service out of the loans on the linen duty. The regular warrants for issue thereof shall be sent as soon as passed.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 200.
Same to same to advance to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the money of the Queen Dowager's [Portugal] portion 4,053l. 7s. 4d., which is intended to be paid as follows, viz. 2,053l. 7s. 4d. to Mr. Gore for hemp lately bought of him and delivered into the stores at Portsmouth and Woolwich; 2,000l. in further part of the 29,745l. for the extraordinary and ordinary repairs of the Navy.Disposition Book IV, p. 103.
The present sum is to be made good again to the Teller [who advances it] by [automatically] paying to him the money of the imposition on wine and vinegar as it comes into the Exchequer.
Same to same to issue to me for secret service (out of money lent by Mr. Kingdon, Mr. Trant and Mr. Bridges) 8,000l. in full of 18,000l.Ibid.
Nov. 26.Same to the Customs Commissioners to send to the Countess of Rochester's lodgings at Whitehall a box arrived in the Carpenter's Adventure, Henry Laurence master, and directed to Henry Savilo, Vice-Chamberlain of the Household.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 200.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to Mr. Hewer of the petition of Thomas Harriott for half a year's pay due to him for service at Tangier: he being in great want.Reference Book III, p. 206.
Nov. 28.Warrant by same to the Customs Commissioners to deliver, Customs free, to John Galais, the vinegar ut supra, p. 404, the same being in a perishing condition and reduced by leakage to two tuns.Out Letters (Customs) IX, p. 79.
Same by same to same to employ Tho. Shaw (a waiter at Wyrewater in Poulton port) as a same at Poulton loco James Nickinson, lately deceased.Ibid, p. 78.
Robert Cox as a boatman at Milton in Faversham port at 10l. per an. he having been a boatman extraordinary.
Same by same to same approving the establishment (not detailed) for Swansea port, to a total of 467l. per an.Ibid, p. 79.
Reference by same to Rich. Graham and Phi. Burton of the petition to the King from Sir William Goslin and Sir Peter Vandeput, sheriffs of London for the year ended Sept. 29 last, praying for a grant of the fines and amerciaments set upon offenders at the Guildhall and Old Bailey, the like grant having been made to their immediate predecessors: which said fines etc. were formerly as a perquisite of their office granted to the sheriffs by royal bounty, but by a proviso in the [present] sheriffs' commissions have been reserved for the King's own use.Reference Book III, p. 206.
Nov. 28.Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to John Holman of a messuage and tenement in the parish of Boyton, co. Cornwall, now in the tenure of John Roll as demised 1682–3, Feb. 25, to Sam Lang. The present lease is to be for 99 years, terminable on the lives of said Holman, Mary his wife and Mary Lang, his said wife's daughter by the said Sam Lang at the ancient rent of 13s. 9d. per an. and fine of 20l.Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 156–8, 180.
Prefixing and appending: (a) particular of the premises. (b) Ratal dated Nov. 14 thereof by John Fisher in the absence of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands. (c) Entry of the signature dated 1685, Dec. 21, by the Lord Treasurer and Chancellor of the Exchequer of the docquet of this lease.
Money warrant for 50l. to Thomas Doyly for half a year to Sept. 29 last on his annuity of 100l.Money Book VI, p. 181.
Same for 1,500l. to Katherine, Queen Dowager, for last Sept. 29 quarter on her annuity or pension of 6,000l.Ibid, p. 182.
Same dormant for the fee or salary of 1,000l. per an. to Sir Edward Herbert, kt., Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench, as from the first day of this Michaelmas term.Ibid, pp. 182, 183.
The like for the salary of 1,000l. per an. to Sir Robert Wright, late one of the Barons of the Exchequer and now one of the Justices of the King's Bench.
The like for same to Sir Edwd. Nevill, one of the Barons of the Exchequer.
The like for 500l. per an. to Sir Edwd. Lutwich as Chief Justice of Chester.
Money warrant for 860l. 18s. 8d. to William Hewer for 6 per cent. interest to Oct. 1 last on several sums by him advanced for his Majesty's service; as by an account thereof made up by Auditor Aldworth and allowed by Treasurer Rochester the 4th inst. (Money order dated Dec. 2 hereon.)Ibid, p. 183. Order Book I, p. 67.
Same for 75l. to Richard Le Bas for three quarters to Sept. 29 last on his fee as Marshal of the Ceremonies: being what is due thereon since his Majesty's accession.Money Book VI, p. 183.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to William Hewer to pay 400l. to the Earl of Peterborough for half a year to 1684, Mar. 25, on his pension [on the Tangier establishment].Ibid.
Money warrant for 125l. to the executors of Philip Warwick for 1¼ years to 1682, Christmas, on his annuity of 100l.Ibid, p. 184.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Cashier to pay half a year to 1685, June, to the officers of the Pipe on their fees payable out of the Customs, viz. 31l. 11s. 0d. to the Clerk of the Pipe for himself, the Secondary and other sworn Clerks of the Pipe Office; 2l. 17s. 6d. to the Comptroller of the Pipe; 5l. 17s. 8d. to John Ady and John Cole, Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer: being for the first half year since the King's accession.Ibid.
Same by same to Brooke Bridges and Thomas Done, Auditors of Imprests, to allow 301l. 2s. 6d. to William Roberts in his accounts 1670–1, Jan. 1, to 1680, Oct. 1, as paymaster of the works and buildings at Windsor for Exchequer and other fees and incidents etc.Ibid, pp 184–5.
Nov. 28.[Henry Guy] to the Auditor of Receipt to advance to me [Guy] for secret service 300l. out of the 317l. Excise money now in the Exchequer. The regular warrants for this issue shall be sent to you as soon as passed.Disposition Book IV, p. 103.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to have brought up to London a case in the Custom House, Dover, directed to John Beriend, merchant in London.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 217.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed draft [missing] of a warrant to empower Mr. Ange to receive all Recusants' fines whatsoever.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Blathwayte enclosing (a) infra.Ibid, p. 200. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 176–7.
Appending: (a) letter from Sir Richard Dutton [? to Henry Guy] containing an account of what money was given by the Assembly of Barbados to his Majesty for my use, "and my general account lyeth before Mr. Blathwayte in which this is likewise expressed, which I am ready to make oath of."
By an Act of the Assembly dated 1684, Oct. 3, at Barbados 2,000l. was given to his Majesty for my use; of which sum there still remains 1,000l. in the [Barbados] Treasurer's hands payable to me or my order by note of his hand.
By an Act of the Assembly 500l. was deposited in my hands for soliciting the commutation of the Four and a Half per cent. duty.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to report on the enclosed paper [missing] which came to Treasurer Rochester from the Gentlemen of Carmarthenshire. Take the Attorney General's opinion on it.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 201.
Same to Visct. Brouncker, one of the trustees of the Duchess of Cleveland and her sons for Nonsuch Park. The late King once signed a warrant for disparking Nonsuch, but this was afterwards countermanded by Lord Godolphin's signification of the King's pleasure to the contrary. Is the park disparking or no and what has been done therein since the said countermand? (The like letter dated Dec. 1 to Visct. Grandison the other trustee thereof.)Ibid.
Same to Mr. Burton to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Giles Dowle, attorney-at-law, who has done the King good service by destroying tobacco planted in England and who has therefore been arrested and molested by several feigned actions. You are to consider the best way to protect him in doing his duty.Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to deliver to Lady Elland, Customs free, two little parcels of trussels in the Custom house at Dover, being directed to her.Ibid.
Nov. 29.Same to Mr. Darcy et al. to deliver items as follow and to cover the stage so soon to-morrow as that it may be ready for the play which is to be acted to-morrow night.Ibid, p. 217.
Appending: letter dated Nov. 28 inst. from the Earl of Mulgrave, Lord Chamberlain, to the Lord Treasurer. The King has commanded that plays should be acted at Court every week. The following are wanting for the comedians' use, viz. the stage to be covered with strong coarse green cloth to be done by Monday night next; two close stools; six chamber pots; six brass candlesticks; four pairs of snuffers.
Nov. 30.Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to permit the transport of the following goods.Out Letters (General) IX, p. 218.
Appending: memorial to the Lord Treasurer from the Portugal Envoy desiring order to the Customs officers at Plymouth to permit William Martin of Plymouth to transport, Customs free, all the arms and powder which he received from the citadel at Plymouth under a letter of attorney from Jeronimo Munez da Costa, agent for the King of Portugal in Holland, which were unladen [at Plymouth] out of a ship bound for the Guinea Coast upon suspicion of belonging to the late Duke of Monmouth, but which were since cleared.
Same to Mr. Eden for an account what is become of the two little trunks of writings which (with a little gold box containing an episcopal ring, a silver hilted sword, some books, some mathematical instruments made of gold or silver) were taken out of Mr. Thomas Jolley's house in Drury Lane 1678–9, Feb. 18, by Justice Warcup and which were lodged in the King's Remembrancer's Office.Ibid.
Same to Sir Gilbert Talbot for a certificate what quantity of plate is usually allowed by the King to Ambassadors Extraordinary and what quantity the last such ambassador had.Ibid, p. 203.
Money warrant for 7l. 10s. 0d. to the University of Cambridge for three quarters to Sept. 29 on their perpetuity: being what is due thereon since the King's accession.Money Book VI, p. 184.
Two royal sign manuals for respectively 630l. and 300l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of the 18th inst. (Two money warrants dated Dec. 1 hereon. Two money orders dated Dec. 1 hereon.)King's Warrant Book X, p. 233. Money Book VI, p. 185. Order Book I, p. 67.
Royal warrant to Treasurer Rochester to give warrant to Edward, Earl of Gainsborough, Warden of New Forest, Sir Richard Beach, kt., Thomas Bilson, Tho. Agar, Surveyor of Woods Trent South, Francis Dickins, Woodward of New Forest, Edward Lee, Isaac Betts, the King's builder in Portsmouth Yard, and to the assistant builder there to fell 300 oaks and 50 beach trees in time this winter for carriage to the waterside, (viz. Portsmouth Yard) early in the spring, to be used (for the service of the Navy at Portsmouth and) for ways and other uses on the new double dock designed to be built at Portsmouth: it appearing that there are above 3,700 oak trees now standing in the several bailiwicks of said forest which may produce above 5,000 loads of timber for the Navy and that 1,000 thereof may be felled for the purposes of the Navy at Portsmouth this ensuing year. (Treasurer Rochester's warrant hereon accordingly dated Nov. 30.) (Treasurer Rochester dated Nov. 28 to the Earl of Chesterfield, giving him notice of this warrant.)King's Warrant Book X, pp. 233–4. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 155. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 201.
Nov. 30.Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a privy seal for a grant to Sir Jno. Holland, kt. and bart. (in trust for John Rix, an infant) of all the personal estate of 131l. 5s. 0d. of his father John Rix, of Old Buckenham, co. Norfolk, executed for murdering his wife.King's Warrant Book X, p. 237.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a same to settle as follows the affair of the remainder of Visct. Townshend's farm of 4s. per chalder on coals exported beyond seas: viz. the Lord Treasurer to constitute officers to collect the said duty up to 1688, Sept. 29: all the proceeds thereof (together with the sums collected since the death of Charles II by Abraham Barrington, Geo. Robinson, the executors of Sir William Blackett and of George Blake) to be paid to the Customs Cashier upon a separate accompt and to be issued as follows, viz. in the first place to pay the salaries and incidents of said officers; in the second place to pay 1,000l. per an. into the Exchequer for the King's use as Horatio, Visct. Townshend's rent for the farm of said duty; and in the third place to pay to said Viscount Townshend his heirs etc. without account the sums due to him under the indenture of 1668, Oct. 26, viz. 2,101l. for the two half years ended Sept. 29 last (being the remainder of the rent of 2,200l. covenanted to be paid to him after defalcation of 99l.) and 2,101l. yearly for the two years to 1687, Sept. 29, and 525l. 5s. 0d. for the quarter to 1687, Christmas, and a peppercorn, if demanded, for the remaining three quarters to 1688, Sept. 29: being the rents covenanted to be paid to said Visct. by said Blake, Barrington, Robinson and Blackett; and in the fourth place to pay all the remainder in four equal parts to said Barrington, Robinson, Blackett's executors and Blake's executors. The present privy seal to be revocable by privy seal or sign manual.Ibid, pp. 238–46.
The said duty was granted by indenture dated 1666–7, Mar. 21, to said Lord Townshend for 21 years from 1667, Michaelmas, at 1,000l. per an. rent and by indenture dated 1668, Oct. 26, was by said Lord subfarmed to said Blake et al. ut supra, for 1,650l. advance and 1,000l. per an. to be paid into the Exchequer for the King's rent and 2,200l. per an. rent to said Lord with defalcation of 99l. per an. thereout. The said Blake and partners by an indenture of 1668, Nov. 28, agreed to divide the profits of said farm in four equal parts among themselves. The King being advised that the said grant of said duty is determined by the late King's death (as the Parliamentary grant of the Customs was for his Majesty's life only) is pleased that said duties be collected in future by the Customs officers but that said grantees shall have the benefit thereof ut supra for the remainder of their original term.
Privy seal for the payment out of the Customs of Exeter and Dartmouth ports of the annuity or yearly sum of 40l. to the mayor, bailiffs and burgesses of the borough of Clifton, Dartmouth, Hardness and of all arrears thereon for purposes as follow: King Henry VII having by indenture dated 1485–6, Jan. 16, granted said sum to said borough, they covenanting therein to finish and garnish with guns, artillery and other ordnance defensive and sufficient, a certain tower and bulwark then in building for the safeguard of said town and parts adjacent and from thenceforward for ever to ordain and find a chain sufficient in length and strength to stretch over-thwart the mouth of the haven of Dartmouth from one tower to another tower and all times thereafter to fortify and repair and keep garnished with guns the said towers and bulwarks. This present re-grant is necessitated by the new grant of the Customs to the present King. (Royal warrant dated Nov. 21 for said privy seal.)Ibid, pp. 219–20.
Nov. 30.Privy seal for 1,500l. as equipage and 100l. per week as ordinary to Roger, Earl of Castlemaine, as Ambassador Extraordinary to Rome: together with the usual clause for allowance of his extraordinaries.King's Warrant Book X, p. 259.