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December 1696

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'Treasury Calendar: December 1696', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 11: 1696-1697 (1933), pp. 324-343. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=82724 Date accessed: 01 September 2014.


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December 1696

Dec. 1.Money warrant for 10,000l. to Lord Edward Russell, Treasurer of the Chamber, in full of the 50,000l. as by the privy seal of Oct. 31 last and as imprest for the service of his office. (Money order dated Dec. 4 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 223. Order Book IV, p. 334.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor [of Imprests concerned] to give allowance in account to the Commissioners of Transportation of 1,411l. 3s. 5d. paid by them for discount of tallies in accordance with the Treasury Lords' verbal order to them of the 26th May last (which was ordered by the said Lords to be minuted, to wit) to dispose of such a quantity of tallies "as was necessary to raise money to discharge the debts of this year that we could not otherwise pay": whereupon they sold 9,199l. 11s. 5d. in tallies at several prices the discount of which, one with another, amounts to about 15⅓ per cent., making a total loss of 1,411l. 3s. 5d. Money Book XIII, p. 223.
The like warrant for allowing in account to Charles Bertie, as Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance 1,680l. similarly lost by him on tallies for 8,000l.
Prefixing: account of what hath been paid for the advance of money and Bank bills upon 8,000l. tallies on the Annuities pursuant to an order of the [Treasury] Board of the 24th Oct., 1696.
l.s.d.
paid for the advance of money on 6,000l. of the said tallies at 24 per cent. and the interest due thereon for discount1,44000
paid for the advance of Bank bills on 2,000l. of the said tallies at 12 per cent. and the interest due thereon for discount24000
1,68000
l.s.d.
received in money4,56000
received in Bank Bills1,76000
paid discount1,68000
8,00000
Ibid.
Dec. 1.Treasury warrant to the Receipt for the renewal of a lost money order No. 503 on the Additional Impositions for 400l. lent by the Earl of Ranelagh [thereon] 1693, April 3, same having been assigned to Richard Harnage by whom it was lost or mislaid. Disposition Book IV, p. 335.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of moneys remaining in the Exchequer for [sheriffs'] proffers and such other disposeable money as shall be soonest paid in there, viz.:
l.s.d.
to Mr. Beverton6000
to Mr. Weket7500
to Mr. Henry Baker5000
to Mr. Humphreys2591210
4441210
Disposition Book XIII, p. 202.
Same to Mr. Pople to lay before the Commissioners for Trade the enclosed presentment from the Customs Commissioners together with a memorial thereto annexed [all missing] from Mr. Randolph concerning the breach of the Acts of Trade and Navigation more especially in the several Colonies and Plantations which are under distinct proprietors. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 171.
Same to the Commissioners of Transports. I have laid before my Lords your memorial of the 2nd ult. concerning the printed certificates which you made by their order of 1690, Oct. 6, for onehalf of the freight due to the ships that were employed in the Irish transportation and also concerning the discharge of the 2 ships that were stopped in France by Mr. Daniell Butts, viz. the Crowne, Elisha Gale master, and the George, John Sinclar master. Before you deliver the debentures for these ships, whose certificates are said to be lost or mislaid, you are to take the affidavit of the owner or agent as to such loss. My Lords also direct that the said ship Crowne be looked upon as discharged from his Majesty's service on 1692–3, Feb. 2 (the day she arrived at Whitehaven, the place she belongs to) and the George on 1692, Oct. 18 (the day she similarly arrived at Plymouth) according to your report of 1694, June 2 concerning the said Butts' account. Ibid., p. 172.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ William Trevethan as Surveyor at Elizabeth River in Virginia at the salary of 45l. per an. as in the Establishment lately approved of officers for the Plantations. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 303.
Same to the Principal Commissioners of Prizes to depute William Bury as Agent for Prizes in the port of Naples: to be rewarded according to his merit without any standing salary. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 209.
Same to Isaac Newton, Esq., Warden of the Mint, to appoint Christopher Ellis as an additional clerk to himself as by the royal sign manual of Nov. 17 last supra p. 310: with the salary of 60l. per an. as therein. Ibid., p. 220.
Dec. 2.Royal warrant under the King's sign manual, dated Kensington, to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 30,000l. to Thomas Hall (who is employed as assistant to the Master and Worker of the Mint): as imprest: to be applied or disposed in payment of recompenses for bringing in plate and clipt money to be coined and for other extraordinary services relating to the Mints. (Money warrant dated Dec. 14 hereon. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated Dec. 14.) (Money order dated Dec. 14 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 141. Money Book XIII, p. 227. Order Book IV, p. 335.
Same to the Receiver of [Crown] Land Revenue for Co. Surrey to pay to Arthur, Earl of Torrington, all moneys in your hands of the rents of Oatlands, Co. Surrey (granted to said Earl by patent of July 20 last) or remaining in the hands of the tenants of the premises due before the said grant took place, which arrears the said Earl has prayed the King to grant him. King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 144.
Royal sign manual for 1,232l. 5s. 0d. to Henry Foubert et al Lottery pensioners, detailed ut supra Treasury Calendar Vol. X, p. 1271, for half-a-year to midsummer last on their pensions. (Money warrant dated Dec. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon. In the margin: note of the signing of a duplicate hereof 1697–8, Feb. 9, the original money order being lost.) Ibid., p. 145. Money Book XIII, p. 226. Order Book IV, p. 336.
Dec. 3.Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Leonard Wessel, merchant, of premises ut supra p. 272, viz., Saddacks Farm at the Wike near Eton for 25 years from 1702, Sept. 29, at the ancient rent of 7l. 10s. 8d. and fine of 300l.
Followed by: undated entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of the doquet of this grant. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 214.
[?]Entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of an in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Christiana Hobbs of several lands and tenements in Co. Hereford being parcel of the lands of Richard Powis, outlaw: at a rent of 5s. per an. and fine of 10s. Ibid.
Dec. 4.Royal sign manual to Edward Nicholas to pay to Monsieur — de St. Helen an annuity of 73l. and to Gregory Gemini an annuity of 30l.: to be payable quarterly from June 24 last until further signification of the King's pleasure: to be paid out of moneys imprested or to be imprested to said Nicholas out of the Exchequer for the King's service. King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 142.
Royal warrant to the Treasury Lords to pay 10,000l. to Thomas Neale, Master and Worker of the Mint: as imprest for the service of the Mint. (Money warrant dated Dec. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Dec. 15 hereon.) Ibid., p. 146. Money Book XIII, p. 226. Order Book IV, p. 335.
Treasury warrant, dormant, to the Receiver of Crown Revenues for Co. Northampton to make forth debentures for paying to Thomas Bennet the allowance of 20l. per an. as Master of the free school of the town of Fotheringhay, Co. Northampton: it being represented by the inhabitants of said town that Jonathan Welby, master of the said school being by great age disabled from teaching the children had surrendered the said employment and same is conferred on said Bennet. Money Book XIII, p. 225.
Dec. 4.Money warrant for 3,000l. to William Smith, Esq., Paymaster of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, as imprest for half-a-year to 1696 Lady day for the wages and board wages of said Band. (Money order dated Dec. 21 hereon.) Ibid., p. 225. Order Book IV, p. 338.
Treasury warrant to Mr. Knight [Customs Cashier] to pay 80l. 12s. 4d. to the officers of the Pipe for one year to June 24 last on their several fees payable out of the Customs: viz., 63l. 2s. 0d. to Robert, Lord Russell, clerk of the Pipe and to the Secondary and sworn clerks in his office; 5l. 15s. 0d. to John Pottenger, Comptroller of the Pipe; 11l. 15s. 4d. to John Ady and Henry Ballow, Deputy-Chamberlains in the Exchequer. Money Book XIII, p. 225.
Money warrant for 66l. 6s. 0d. to Gifford Yerbury, Esq., late highsheriff of Wilts for the year ended 1695, Sept. 29, for an overpayment in his sheriff's account; he having paid 80l. to Edward Dore et al for apprehending Cha. alias William alias Blisse alias Frampton and Cha. Hall, robbers on the highway; whereby his said account is in surplus as above. (For the money order herein see supra under dated 1697, July 13.) Money Book XIII, p. 228.
Same for 21l. 9s. 6d. to Arthur Joscelyne, late high-sheriff for Cos. Cambridge and Huntingdon, for the above year for a like surplusage; he having paid 40l. to Robert Browne and John Shatton for apprehending William Berry a robber on the highway. Ibid., p. 229.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to employ Thomas Roe to be one of the inferior list of tidesmen London port loco John Noble, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 304.
Treasury reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of the officers, clerks and other persons employed in the naval yards and officers whose salaries do not exceed 100l. per an. praying repayment of their assessments to the third and fourth 4s. Aid. Reference Book VII, p. 178.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of the refiners of salt in the city of Bristol, shewing that ever since the first Duty was laid on salt they have traded in rock salt and did refine the same in fountain water and that they were advised they were chargeable with no Duty thereon and therefore kept no account thereof: that since the last Duty laid on salt the Excise officers by way of retrospect charge them for what they sold before the said Act passed: therefore praying to be allowed by way of drawback in proportion to w[ha]t 120 lb. weight of rock salt has ordinarily produced "since the said Duty laid." Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Sandford and John Bubb showing that they sent a parcel of tobacco from Bristol which was shipped off from London soon after, for which debentures were taken out but through the neglect of their correspondent were so long delayed that after some years they were advised that they had been cancelled by the officers: therefore praying redress herein. Reference Book VII, p. 179.
Dec. 4.Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Morin a common brewer who through the difficulty of these times is run 350l. in arrear to the King and his brewing utensils and goods have been seized and sold for 229l. which was not above a third of their value by reason whereof petitioner still owes about 150l. which he is wholly unable to pay: therefore praying a discharge of the same on payment of 2s. 6d. per £. Ibid.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Gilbert Edwards, late exempt in the Duke of Ormonde's Troop of Guards, praying that a debt due to him from Sir Patrick Trant might be satisfied out of Trant's forfeited estate. We have referred same to Aaron Smith and do submit his report [missing] herewith, viz. to the effect that the said Trant together with Robert Purcell of Westminster became bound on the 9 Feb. 1685–6 in 400l. with condition to pay 200l. to Margaret Rutter, widow, on the 10th Sept., 1687, said Rutter being mother to petitioner's wife and her name being used in the said obligation only in trust for petitioner in his absence, the said 200l. and interest thereon being the proper money of petitioner and being still unpaid and Purcell is become insolvent and Trant's estate to the value of 1,200 per an. besides other securities for money are seized into the King's hands. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 226.
Dec. 5.Royal warrant under the King's sign manual to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal directing the melting, assaying, reducing to standard and re-coining into lawful coins of the realm of all such old hammered money as hath been already lent or shall hereafter be advanced or lent upon credit of the Exchequer in general pursuant to the Resolves of the House of Commons and also what is or shall be authorised to be received there upon account of revenues, taxes, supplies or for loans thereupon: such re-coining to be done as fast as the same can be reasonably despatched and the produce thereof (except all necessary charges about the melting, refining and re-coining thereof) to be brought back to the Exchequer under [the denomination of] the proper heads [of taxes, loans, etc.] from which the same was taken and to be thence issued to the uses to which it is or may be appropriated or was before applicable, and to no other use whatsoever. See supra p. 317. King's Warrant Book XIX, pp. 155–6.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt to make forth indented [Exchequer Bills or] Bills of Credit for 4,000l. in manner, etc., ut supra p. 205, 301, 306. Money Book XIII, p. 216.
Money warrant for 250l. to Henry Baker, gent., upon account: to defray the expense of executing a commission of enquiry as to the estate of Sir John Frind (Friend) executed for treason. (Money order dated Dec. 15 hereon.) Ibid., p. 226. Order Book IV, p. 337.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to add 40l. per an. to the salary of Lambert Pitches, surveyor at Leigh, Essex, to make his salary 100l. per an. to enable him to keep a horse and hire a boat upon occasion for the better guard of that coast: the said 40l. per an. being the salary of Francis Maidstone, one of the officers of the Customs at Leigh, lately deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 304.
Dec. 5.Same to same to add 30l. per an. to the salary of John Weaver, Customer of Southampton port, making his salary of 50l. per an. into 60l. per an. for himself and 20l. per an. for his clerks as an encouragement for him and them. Ibid.
Treasury fiat for royal letters patent to constitute Charles Howard, Esq., to be Customer of Berwick port on the surrender of James Howard, Esq.: to hold during pleasure. Ibid., p. 305.
[?]Same to same to deliver to the order of the Earls of Dorset and Romney on payment of Duty 4 dozen of wine now in the warehouse, London port, "which was found by an officer of the Customs in Robert Westfeild's hoy at Battle Bridge and do belong" to the said Earls. Ibid.
Dec. 5.Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Mr. Thomas Clark of the city of Hereford for [the office of] the collection of the Salt Duty at Droitwich, Co. Worcester, "for the third part of a debt due from William Martin of Evesham in the said county." Reference Book VII, p. 178.
Dec. 7.Money warrant, dormant, for the fee or salary of 1,000l. per an. to John Blencow constituted one of the Barons of the Exchequer by a great seal of Sept. 17 last. Money Book XIII, p. 226.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,753l. 15s. 9½d. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: same to be issued "out of the new money paid into the Exchequer by Mr. Hall for the proceed of certain loans made in clipt money by warrant upon credit of the Exchequer in general whereof a moiety is to be repaid." This sum is intended to be paid over to Mr. Eyles to answer bills drawn on him by Mr. Hill for the subsistence of the Army in Flanders. Disposition Book XIII, p. 203.
Same to same to issue 4,000l. to same on the like unsatisfied order: to be issued out of loans made or to be made by Sir Francis Windham or by his procurement upon credit of the late Resolves in the House of Commons. This sum is intended to be reserved in the Earl of Ranelagh's hands for such uses of the war as the Treasury Lords shall appoint.
In the margin: 2,000l. paid Dec. 7; 1,300l. Dec. 17; 700l. Dec. 19. Ibid.
Dec. 8.Same to same to issue 400l. to George Stepney ut supra p. 316 out of loans made by Mr. Bartholomew Burton on credit of the 6,000l. per week of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise. Disposition Book XIII, p. 204.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit Nathaniell Maxy to export 2 bells for the Canaries on board the ships now going thither. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 305.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of [Crown Revenues] Co. Kent to certify whether the [Crown Land] Revenues of said County are sufficient to bear an allowance of 50l. per an. which Sir Basill Dixwell (Dixell) prays as Lieutenant of Dover Castle which he says was formerly allowed for the support of the incumbent charges of that post; which request the King is disposed to grant if the said revenue will bear it. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 177.
Dec. 8.Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Thomas Cuddon, Esq., Chamberlain of the city of London, proposing his securities, detailed, on his appointment as Receiver-General for London, Westminster and Middlesex of the Duties on Marriages, etc., and the Duties on Houses. Reference Book VII, p. 178.
Dec. 9.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 10,191l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans on the credit of the Exchequer in General pursuant to the Resolve of the House of Commons for borrowing any sums thereon not exceeding 600,000l. ut supra p. 317. The present sum is to be applied toward the subsistence of the Forces in Flanders. Disposition Book XIII, p. 204.
Dec. 10.Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue the surplus of the new [coined] money paid into the Exchequer on the [arrears of the] second 4s. Aid, to Thomas Hall, Esq., to pay the recompenses [of sixpence per ounce on plate] in the Country Mints.
In the margin: 720[£]. Disposition Book XIII, p. 203.
Dec. 11.Treasury warrant to John Knight [Customs Cashier] to pay (out of any unappropriated money in your hands) 285l. 2s. 6d. to Gilbert, Bishop of Sarum, Chancellor of the Garter, for half-a-year to Sept. 29 last on the annuity for the support of the honour of the Order of the Garter. Money Book XIII, p. 227.
Same to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities ut supra of Thomas Cuddon, Chamberlain of London, for his office of Receiver-General of the Duties on Marriages and of the Duties on Houses for London, Westminster and Middlesex. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 217. Treasury constitution of said Cuddon to his said office in place of Sir Leonard Robinson lately deceased. Ibid.
Dec. 12.Treasury reference to Mr. Hall, First Secondary in the Treasury Remembrancer's Office, of the memorial of Mr. Howard praying that the bond for 500l. by which Mr. Duncombe stands bound to the King as security for petitioner may be delivered up and Sir William Seawen's bond be accepted in lieu thereof. Reference Book VII, p. 178.
Same to the Postmasters-General of the petition of Edward Bellamy, merchant, shewing that Nath. Castleton, Comptroller of the Penny Post Office, is charged with disaffection to the King and Government and with divers abuses in the execution of his said office and in particular that of above 4,000l. for which he was to account, he paid but 800l. in clear money for the year 1694 making large discounts for bad debts and keeping back a balance of above 400l. as stock: therefore petitioner prays the Treasury Lords to let the said office in farm or otherwise, he being willing to give several hundred pounds per an. for it more than the said Castleton hath ever paid on an average; or if they shall think fit to dismiss Castleton from his place, that petitioner may be accepted of for the management thereof he being certified by several gentlemen of the House of Commons as well affected to the present Government. Ibid., p. 183.
Dec. 14.Money warrant for 450l. to Parry Walton, gent., without account; 400l. thereof in reward for his services and pains in mending and repairing his Majesty's pictures and for providing colours and other necessary materials for 2 years from 1694, Sept. 29 to 1696, Sept. 29, and the remaining 50l. for money by him disbursed to several persons for carrying and removing his Majesty's pictures to and from Whitehall, Hampton Court, Windsor and Kensington. (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 228. Order Book IV, p. 337.
Same for 200l. to John Thompson: as reward for services as solicitor for the due assessing the taxes within the cities of London, Westminster and Middlesex. (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 228. Order Book IV, p. 337.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to me [Lowndes] 146l. 7s. 2¼d. on the unsatisfied order in my name for secret service: to be out of funds as follows, viz., 13l. 3s. 4d. of fee farm rents; 1l. 9s. 6d. of Tenths of the Clergy; 47l. 15s. 10d. of seizures; 16s. 8d. of rent of lands; 6l. 13s. 4d. of rents on grants; 15l. 13s. 4d. of compositions in the Exchequer; 58l. 1s. 10½d. out of loans on the Window Act [Duties on Houses] to supply the deficiency of loans on Low Wines and Sweets; 12s. 6½d. out of the like to supply the deficiency of Tenths; 1l. 3s. 3¾d. out of the like to supply the deficiency of Cornwall Duchy revenue; 14s. 11½d. out of the like to supply the deficiency of seizures; 1s. 9¾d. out of the like to supply the deficiency of land revenue; 8¼d. out of the like to supply the deficiency of arrears of the Double Excise. Disposition Book XIII, p. 205.
The Treasury Lords to the Attorney-General to obtain a supersedeas upon the commission lately issued under the great seal to John Cheale et al to enquire concerning certain derelict lands in Co. Sussex, under colour whereof divers lands being the ancient propriety of several gentlemen and others in said county are seized into the King's hands; which commission the Treasury Lords are well informed is likely to prove more of trouble and vexation to his Majesty's subjects than of any real benefit or advantage to the Crown. If any inquisitions have been thereupon already returned and filed you are to use all lawful ways and means to quash or vacate the same. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 171.
William Lowndes to Mr. Papillion. You may depend upon 10,000l. to be issued for the service of the Victualling by this day week and 10,000l. more by the end of next week out of the moneys that are sending to the Tower to be re-coined. My Lords desire you to take such care that the [Victualling] service may not suffer in the mean time for want thereof. Ibid., p. 173.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on that part of the enclosed petition [missing] of Jno. Dackin (Dacken) relating to his 22 years' service in the Horse Guards in which service he was disabled and praying a pension of 2s. a day (as granted to others in the like circumstances) until he be admitted to the place of a landwaiter, London port: said petition being referred to the Treasury from the King. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 173.
Dec. 14.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Francis Plummer (an extraordinary tidesman, Bristol port) as an established tidesman ibid. loco Alexander Newman, dismissed.
John Sarson (lately a tidesman London port, now left out of the settlement) as an established tidesman in the inferior list ibid. at 35l. per an. loco Andr. Weston, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 306.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of divers merchants, owners of the King Wm. galley from Scanderoon praying discharge of the One per Cent. [or Mediterranean] Duty which the Customs Commissioners demand on her lading by reason she wants a small part of her upper deck [which in her building was sacrificed] for the conveniency of using her oars. Reference Book VII, p. 179.
Same to the Surveyor-General of Crown Lands of the petition of Nicholas Morrice for the addition of 2 lives in an estate in the Duchy of Cornwall. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Daniell Lyons praying delivery of a parcel of silk which (upon suspicion of fraud) is seized at the Custom House. Ibid., p. 180.
Same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Capt. Jno. Johnson, Commander of his Majesty's ship Bredah, praying his pay from 1693, Oct. 1 to 1695, June 10, which he did not receive when the ship was paid off from want of a certificate from the Navy Board of his having observed instructions, which [certificate] he hath since obtained. Ibid.
Same to the Postmasters-General of the petition of Judith Paschall shewing that her husband was Commander of the Barbarella pacquet boat but coming from Holland to England was taken by the French and carried to Dunkirk where he contracted a sickness which (after he was released) proved mortal; that for his maintenance there [Dunkirk] and after his return she has contracted such debts that she is like to perish with some small children: therefore prays some money out of the Post Office for charges and expenses, as other officers of pacquet boats have had the like encouragement. Ibid.
Dec. 15.Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Alexander Walker for remission of the balance of his debt of 59l. 4s. 2d. owing to the Crown by bond towards which he has paid 22l. and keeps good payment for the growing duty; but he being in a poor condition and having [formerly] paid the Crown great sums [in Excise]. Reference Book VII, p. 198.
William Lowndes to Mr. William Knight to forthwith attend the Auditors upon your accounts of money received and paid for or upon the Annuities or other benefits payable to the Contributors to the Million Adventure; in order to the preparation of said accounts. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 173.
Dec. 15.Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe for a reversionary lease to Thomas Moore, gent., of the premises ut supra pp. 271–2, being the parcel of land called Potters Park near Chertsey in Windsor Forest, viz. for 18½ years from 1709 Lady day at the ancient yearly rent of 36l. and fine of 6l. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 216.
Dec. 16.Royal sign manual for 455l. to Paul Foley for 91 days, Sept. 22 last to Dec. 22 inst. on the usual allowance of 5l. a day as Speaker of the House of Commons. (Money warrant dated Dec. 16 hereon.) (Money order dated Dec. 21 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 146. Money Book XIII, p. 229. Order Book IV, p. 338.
Royal warrant, dated Kensington, to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal addressed to the Treasury Lords and the Managers and Directors of the Million Adventure as by the Act 5 Wm. and Mary c. 7, authorising them to make forth fresh pay tickets in case of the burning or losing of the original tickets: it appearing from a representation of Thomas Neale, Esq., present Commissioner of the Transfer Office appointed in connection therewith, that about 250 original numbered tickets have been burned or lost by the owners. Affidavit of such burning or losing is first to be made. King's Warrant Book XIX, pp. 147–8.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,100l. to me [Lowndes] on the unsatisfied order in my name for secret service: to be issued out of the new money proceeding from the clipt moneys on the Tenths of the Clergy and the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall [and] this day paid into the Exchequer. Disposition Book XIII, p. 205.
Same to same to issue 1,500l. to Sir William Trumbull on the unsatisfied order in his name for secret service: to be issued out of loans made by Mr. Bartholomew Burton on credit of the 6,000l. a week of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise. The direction of Oct. 22 last supra p. 293 for the issue of 500l. to same for same out of seizures is hereby cancelled (the same not being as yet satisfied) and no issue is to be made thereon. Ibid., p. 206.
Royal warrant to the Lords Justices, Ireland, for a grant under the great seal, Ireland, to Sir James Caldwell, his heirs, etc., of so much of the rent of 964l. 16s. 0d. per an. reserved on his custodiam lease (directed by the royal sign manual of May 1 last ut supra pp. 128–30, and granted Sept. 26 under the Exchequer seal [Ireland] to him) as exceeds the quit rents or Crown rents reserved thereon together with the allowance of 400l. per an. to Ann Bagnall and the allowance of 100l. per an. to Sir Gervase Clifton as granted by the royal sign manual of 1693, March 29: all for and during the 3 years' term of the said custodiam. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, pp. 149–50.
Same to same for a grant under the great seal of Ireland to Henry Petty, Esq., and William Fownes, junr., gent., of the office and place of Ranger, Gamekeeper or Master of the King's game of hunting, hawking, fishing and fowling and Chief Ranger of all the King's Parks, Chases and Woods in Ireland; and also the office and place of Ranger of Phenix Park near Dublin and Keeper of the Walk in said park commonly called the Newtown Walk; together with the fee or salary of 50l. per an. payable as formerly out of the Receipt of the Exchequer, Ireland; and all lodges, houses, profits, advantages etc.: all as granted to William Rider and Edward Richbell, 1677, Sept. 13, whereof the said Rider being surviving patentee, he has agreed to surrender: to hold for their natural lives: to be exercised by themselves or by deputy approved by the Chief Governor of Ireland.
(The margin of this entry contains the name of Lord Coningsby: probably indicating that the grant was in trust for him. See also infra under date 1698, April 26.) Out Letters (Ireland) VII, pp. 151–2.
Dec. 17.The like Treasury warrant ut supra p. 234 [to the Auditor of the Receipt] to pay 20,000l. to the Excise Commissioners [out of the new minted moneys] proceeding from the clipt moneys of the particular branches of [the revenue as follows, viz.] "the Hereditary Excise and that part granted for his Majesty's life which are applicable to the payment of tallies of pro or assignment or other tallies in course." Order Book IV, p. 315.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 3,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for the Victualling, to buy oxen and hogs: to be issued out of the loans in new money or guineas upon credit of the Exchequer in General in part of the credit not exceeding 600,000l. lately voted. (Treasury warrant to the Victualling Commissioners to make forth a warrant upon Philip Papillon, Cashier of the Victualling, for paying and allowing 300l. for 10 per cent. discount on the said 3,000l.) Disposition Book XIII, p. 206. Money Book XIII, p. 237.
Entry of a Treasury caveat in behalf of Henry Vincent, Esq., Member of Parliament, against any grant of copper mines within the Duchy and county of Cornwall [without his being first heard theron]. Notice to be given to Mr. Gilbert Eare at his chamber in New Inn. Caveat Book, p. 44.
Dec. 18.Money warrant (in accordance with an order in Council of the 10th inst.) for 500l. to Francis Best: without account: in reward of his service in the apprehending of — Blackborne mentioned in the royal Proclamation of March 31 last.
In the margin: "Memorandum: a sign manual upon the above warrant." (Money order dated Dec. 21 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 230. Order Book IV, p. 342.
Same for 500l. to Robert Harley, Paul Foley, Hen. Boyle and Francis Gwyn, Esqrs., being 125l. each as 4 of the 7 Commissioners of Accounts for the quarter's allowance due at Oct. 25 last. (Money order dated Dec. 21 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 290. Order Book IV, p. 338.
Same for 100l. to George Smith, Esq., without account: in satisfaction of moneys expended in prosecuting divers clippers and coiners. (Money order dated Jan. 5 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 290. Order Book IV, p. 340.
Treasury warrant to the Victualling Commissioners to make forth a warrant to Francis Papillon, Cashier for the Victualling, to pay or allow 1,300l. for discount at 10 per cent. on 13,000l. this day directed as below. Money Book XIII, p. 291.
Dec. 18.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue the above 13,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for the service of the Victualling: to be issued out of the new money or guineas lent upon credit of the Exchequer in general in part of 600,000l. lately voted. Disposition Book XIII, p. 207.
Same to same to issue out of the first disposeable money in the Exchequer 500l. to the Commissioners of Accounts as above, on the unsatisfied order in their name.
And 250l. to Henry Baker ut supra p. 328 out of loans made by Mr. Bartholomew Burton upon credit of the 6,000l. per week of Excise. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 5,463l. 4s. 2d. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: 4,363l. 4s. 2d. thereof out of loans made in Bank Bills upon credit of the Exchequer in general in part of 600,000l. lately voted: this sum to be to answer Monsieur Schuylenburgh's bills payable to Mr. Eyles for subsistence of the Forces in Flanders: and 1,220l. out of the new money or guineas lent upon the said vote: this sum to be upon account of subsistence for the Troops in England; being to pay for the charge of marching several Troops upon the late remove of their quarters. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. My Lords are informed of a misdemeanour committed by Mr. John Cowley, late a collector of Excise at Durham and now in Shropshire. You are to dismiss him. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 174.
Dec. 19.Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 300l. to me [Lowndes] on the unsatisfied order in my name for secret service: to be issued out of Tenths of the Clergy and out of [moneys paid in by] ReceiversGeneral [of Crown Lands]. Disposition Book XIII, p. 207.
Same to same to issue to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces the 6,350l. part of the new moneys proceeding from 13,500l. of clipt money "which was paid back into the Exchequer by said Earl [in order to its being re-coined] and is contained in the 12th account of remains of clipt money which were in the Exchequer on the 24th day of June last under the head of Imprest Money Repaid." The said 6,350l. is intended to be applied in discharge of so much [due] upon the tallies which were levied for the said 13,500l. which bear date June 23 last on which the said whole sum was advanced to said Earl. Ibid., p. 208.
Same to the Agents for Taxes to write forthwith to the ReceiversGeneral of the House Duty not only to hasten [the gathering up of] their receipts for that Duty but also to pay into the Exchequer or the Mints respectively the several moneys of that Duty by them received, according to the directions of the several Acts of Parliament. Out Letters (General) XIII, p. 174.
Dec. 19.Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Upton, merchant, praying to have the benefit of his debentures for goods shipped (grogram yarn, etc.) he being informed, after shipment, that his consignee is dead, and he now intending to ship them on board some other ship ready to sail. Reference Book VII, p. 180.
Same to same of the petition of Richard Houghton of Liverpool, merchant, for a non pros to the information against his ship Brigetta of Dounton [? Trondhjem] in Norway and her lading of deals, the Customs officers pretending that she was not Danish built although he hath wrote to Norway and received answer that she is Danish built and belonged to that place above 30 years. Ibid.
Dec. 21.Money warrant for 50l. to Mr. Kien for 1696 Xmas quarter [on his salary as Closet Keeper to the King.] Money Book XIII, p. 243.
Same for 47l. 4s. 2d. to Lord Robert Russell for one year to Sept. 29 last on his fee as Clerk of the Pipe; and for 60l. for same year on the allowance to the said officer for drawing down and charging the several convictions, rents and seizures of Recusants. (Money order dated 1696–7, Jan. 5 for said 60l. hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 231. Order Book IV, p. 340.
Money order for 2,700l. to the Receiver of the General Letter Office out of the new money proceeding from clipt money of the General Letter Office applicable to payment of tallies of pro or assignment or other tallies in course: all in pursuance of the Act for encouraging the bringing in of plate to the Mint. Order Book IV, p. 339.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 10,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for the service of the Victualling, out of new money proceeding from the loans in hammered silver money lent upon credit of the Exchequer in general in part of 600,000l. lately voted by the House of Commons. Disposition Book XIII, p. 208.
Same to same to issue 200l. to John Thompson and 450l. to Mr. Parry Walton out of loans made by Mr. Bartholomew Burton upon credit of the 6,000l. a week of the Excise. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed account [missing] of Patrick Lambe, Esq., relating to the Hospitals in the Low Countries during the last campaign. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 174.
Same to Mr. H. Baker to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Phillip Middleton transmitted to the Treasury Lords by Sir William Trumbull, a Principal Secretary of State; praying a grant of 100l. of the goods and money which petitioner and his mother discovered to belong to the pirates concerned with Every and now in the hands of Justice Pevon [? Loon] and Justice Baldwyn. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 176.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ William Spencer as a tidesman at Southampton loco John Baxter, deceased.
Dec. 21.Henry Oak (one of the boatmen at Faversham) as boatman at Littlehampton in Chichester port loco Richard Smith, dismissed.
John Goodwin as boatman at Faversham loco the abovesaid Oak. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, pp. 306, 315.
Treasury reference to the Warden and the Master Worker of the Mint of the petition of the Provost and Fellows of the Corporation of Moneyers in the Tower shewing that they have with all diligence and faithfulness applied themselves to the laborious re-coining of the old clipt money and not only sent men to the country Mints at their own charge but have also advanced great sums of money for the service thereof, in which [services] they have spent upwards of 8,000l.: therefore praying payment of the said sum or else Treasury orders to Mr. Thomas Neale, Master of the Worker of the Mint, to allow it to them in their account of the waste [and scissel]. Reference Book VII, p. 181.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of John Upton of Champion Ashby, cheesemonger, shewing that on Sept. last he had a reference from the Treasury Lords to the Victualling Commissioners who reported that there was upwards of 7,000l. due to him for cheese and butter, since which he has increased his debt by 1,000l. by further deliveries and cannot get a supply from the Commissioners to carry on his trade: but more particularly he stands indebted to the Excise Commissioners in 400l. by bills accepted for which their attorney threatens to sue him: therefore praying directions to the said Commissioners to forbear pressing payment, his whole estate and credit being in the hands of the Government. Ibid.
Same to Nicho. Baker, Esq., of the petition of John Gibbons praying payment of a bill of 276l. 2s. 0d. which he expended in maintaining Mrs. Porter and Mrs. Prendergast with their families since March 1 last. Ibid., p. 182.
Same to Samuell Travers, Surveyor-General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Loveday Lower shewing that Charles II. granted to John Ward, gent., on his discovery thereof, the scite of the Castle of Tintagel with some small parcels of land thereto adjoining, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, for 31 years which term was afterwards assigned to Dr. Lower petitioner's father: therefore praying a new lease of the premises to herself. Ibid.
Same to Sir Christopher Wren of Alexander Fort's bill for work done at the Office of the Secretary of the Commissioners of Trade, amounting to 58l. 11s. 1¾d. Reference Book VII, p. 188.
Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to pay to Francis Hewitt and John Preistly of the city of York, merchants, the moneys paid or to be paid by them (being estimated at 122l. 7s. 0d. in all) for the Duties of 18 tuns of low wines and spirits to be distilled by them from a small parcel of wines now spoiled and damnified which were extended amongst the goods of Arthur Robinson of York, merchant, which were assigned to petitioners and on which they are like to be great losers having paid 1,800l. upon an extent brought against them by Ralph Williamson as security, together with the said Robinson, for Isaac Sugden of the city of York who was said Williamson's deputy. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, pp. 218–9.
Dec. 21.Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to pass 23,340l. 18s. 8½d. of hammered money to the accounts of the respective [Excise] collectors who collected same, according to the tale and on their making affidavit that the said money was actually received by them on account of the Excise by tale and not by weight and that the money is the very same which they so received and that they made no profit thereby: and thereupon the said Commissioners to carry the said money to the Mint to be recoined. Thereafter, upon a certificate from the Warden and the Master of the Mint as to the paying in of the said sum and as to the proceeds therefrom when re-coined over and above the charges in melting and re-coining, the difference and deficiency by tale between the said hammered money and the new money proceeding therefrom the Auditor and Comptroller General of Excise is to allow the said deficiency in the Excise Commissioners' [yearly Excise] accounts: it appearing to be impossible to procure affidavits in accordance with the provisions of the Act of 8–9 Wm. III. c. 2 for Remedying the Coin by reason that several sums of money received by several collectors and others, pursuant to directions given of not being over scrupulous in their receipts, have been lodged in the Excise Office for account of several collectors, part thereof received before Nov. 18 last [the date fixed by said Act] and part after that day and the two sets of such moneys are so intermixed that the collectors cannot distinguish same in their affidavits and the said Act not passing the royal assent until Dec. 3 inst. "and the same not permitted until the 5th Dec. inst." the Excise Commissioners could not by any possibility procure the several collectors to come to London to make affidavits as the Act directs. Ibid., pp. 220–2.
Dec. 22.Money warrant for 3,300l. remaining due and unpaid at Michaelmas last on the perpetuity of 600l. per an. granted by Charles II. to Sir Francis Windham, bart., in consideration of his service in the preservation of his said Majesty in his escape after the battle of Worcester. Hereof 750l. is to be paid to Dame Eliz. Windham relict of Sir Thomas Windham for 1¼ years thereon to 1692, June 24 and 2,550l. to Sir Francis Windham for 4½ years thereon to Sept. 29 last; the said perpetuity being now vested in him. (William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue same out of loans made by Bartholomew Burton on the 6,000l. a week of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise.) Money Book XIII, p. 232. Disposition Book XIII, p. 210.
William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners to pay 6,851l. 5s. 0d. to John, Lord Berkley, Col. of the Second Marine Regiment; to be by him paid over to the clothiers of the said Regiment for clothes and beds by them furnished for said Regiment for the service of the year 1694: the said Commissioners to make out a bill of imprest on the Treasurer of the Navy for same and to assign it for payment out of tallies remaining in the said Treasurer's hands on the Duties on coals, etc. The said sum is to be charged as an imprest on the pay of the whole Regiment and will make the same equal [in its payments] to the Marine Regiment commanded by the Marquess of Carmarthen to whom the like sum hath been long since imprested for the said year's clothing. Disposition Book XIII, p. 209.
Dec. 22.Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 3,000l. to Mr. William Smith for the Band of Pensioners: to be issued out of loans made by Mr. Bartholomew Burton on credit of the 6,000l. a week of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise. Ibid., p. 210.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to exchange Sir William Scawen, Kt., for Charles Duncombe as one of the securities for Thomas Howard, one of the four Tellers of the Receipt. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 218.
Dec. 23.William Lowndes to the Chamberlain of London to pay forthwith into the Exchequer all the new money or guineas received by you for the House Duty [for London, Westminster and Middlesex] and to carry to the Mint to be re-coined all the hammered money received by you for the same Duties at the equivalence of 5s. 8d. an ounce. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 174.
Dec. 24.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 2,308l. 13s. 4d. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans upon the credit of the Exchequer in General in part of 600,000l. lately voted in the House of Commons. This sum is intended to complete a bill of 16,441l. of Monsieur Schulenberg for subsistence of the Forces in Flanders. Disposition Book XIII, p. 209.
J. Taylour, in the absence of William Lowndes, to same to issue 400l. to said Earl out of the like loans: to be on account of subsistence of the Forces in Flanders. Ibid., p. 210.
William Lowndes to the Excise Commissioners to pay forthwith into the Exchequer 1,000l. of the moneys levied on brewers and distillers for Excise penalties and forfeitures. Ibid., p. 209.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Stevenson shewing that by himself and sureties he is indebted 1,742l. 14s. 8d. to the King for Customs and praying leave to compound for same in consideration of the great sums he has paid for Customs and of his great losses at sea. Reference Book VII, pp. 181, 183.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Jacob Broad one of the bailiffs to the sheriff of Middlesex shewing that he seized the goods of Thomas Milksop to the value of 94l. "due to Francis Rowse" and that the same day the Excise officers got in and seized to the value of 243l.; afterwards the said Rowse (alleging the return to be a false return) brought his action against the sheriff ("for whom the petitioner is bound to save harmless") for 97l. debt and damage by reason the goods were sold by the said officers of Excise for his Majesty's use: therefore petitioner prays that the Excise Commissioners may reimburse him his charges in defending his Majesty's right to the said goods, he having spent above 35l. besides condemnation. Ibid., p. 182.
Dec. 27.Royal sign manual for 98l. 6s. 8d. to Mr. Andrew Stace as royal bounty: without account. (Money warrant dated 1696–7, Jan. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Jan. 6 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 152. Money Book XIII, p. 235. Order Book IV, p. 341.
Dec. 28.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to pay all sums not exceeding 300l. expended or to be expended in keeping a more than ordinary watch upon the coasts of Kent and Sussex to prevent the communication and passage of intelligence and passengers to and from France; upon which occasion, by the King's express command, Mr. Isaac Manley and others have been employed at an extraordinary charge: by which guard is intended not only such prevention as above but also the conveyance of uncustomed and prohibited goods: all in accordance with the Customs Commissioners' memorial of the 11th inst. Money Book XIII, p. 237.
Dec. 29.Royal warrant under the King's sign manual, dated Kensington, to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 10,000l. to Charles Shales, the King's goldsmith, for gold works, gilt and white plate and other things delivered or to be delivered into the Jewel House. King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 149.
Same to the Attorney-or Solicitor-General for a great seal to constitute and appoint Thomas Molineux and Charles Mason to the office of Comptroller of the Mint and Mints in the Tower of London or elsewhere in the kingdom of England loco James Hoar, Esq., deceased: during pleasure. King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 150.
Treasury allowance of the 1696 Xmas quarter's salary bill (not detailed) of the Excise Office: total, 5,557l. 10s. 0d. Money Book XIII, p. 233.
Money warrant for 50l. to Thomas Rymer for 1696 Xmas quarter on his fee or salary as Historiographer Royal.
25l. to Mr. Tate for same quarter [on same as Poet Laureat]. Money Book XIII, p. 243.
Same for 132l. 5s. 0d. to Samuell Powell, Serjeant at Arms attending the House of Commons, for his disbursements in coals, candles, sweets, mops, brooms and other necessaries provided for the use of said House from 1695, Nov. 22 to 1696, April 27, and also in reward to messengers for serving of orders according to the direction of said House in said time. (Money order dated 1697, Sept. 19 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 362. Order Book IV, p. 434.
Money order for 200l. to Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt, for one year ended 1696 Xmas on his accustomed allowance for extraordinary service performed in his office of Auditor of the Receipt. Order Book IV, p. 340.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 10,000l. to Edward Russell upon the unsatisfied order in his name as Navy Treasurer: to be issued out of the new money coming from the Mint for the proceed of the loans in hammered silver money upon credit of the late vote. This sum is intended for the Victualling. Disposition Book XIII, p. 210.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Mr. Thomas Hawley, late Gentleman Porter and Major of the Tower of London, for taking off the respites on his pay from July 1 to Nov. 1 last, the time of his being suspended; concerning which as he alleges his Majesty has already signified his pleasure to said Blathwaite. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 175.
Dec. 29.Same to same to report on the enclosed memorial and account [all missing] of Mr. Paul Bauwen (Beawen) for the value of 10,367 guilders 13 stivers by him alleged to have been expended in getting and sending intelligence from Dunkirk and other parts of France and also a report [missing] made by Sir Cl. Shovell and Capt. Hill, Commissioners of the Navy, relating thereto. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners forthwith to make a distribution [a distinct statement] of the [Excise] moneys received [in hammered coin] by weight at 5s. 8d. an ounce pursuant to the late Act of Parliament [8–9 Wm. III. c. 2], distinguishing same from the other moneys received on account of Excise; and to pay same into the Mint to be re-coined. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brewer enclosing a memorial [missing] of Charles Duncomb praying several allowances for expenses and disbursements relating to his office of Cashier of Excise. Please compare same with previous allowances and make a state thereof. Ibid., p. 176.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to pay back the King's two-thirds and to discharge process and deliver up the bonds in the case of the seizure of the ship St. Francis of St. Sebastian and her lading of wines imported by Thomas Ridge, merchant, ut supra pp. 323–4 for which he paid customs in Portsmouth port and landed and sold great part there but ordered about 17 tuns [thereof] for London and there entered them and paid the London duty, which parcel is there seized by Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Ward as French wine and a verdict obtained thereon on trial, and two informations are there entered by one Hunt an officer one for 1,350l. for French wines coming to said Ridge's hands the other for 500l. penalty for receiving them: on which matter Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General, has reported that about July last William Cooke arrived at St. Sebastians from England to enquire if goods shipped at St. Sebastians were of the growth of Spain and not French goods and that the shipper there did make it appear that the above parcel of red and white wines were of the growth of the Spanish Navarre and from the oath of the cooper who made the casks for the said wine it appears that same was of the growth of Abilitas in the kingdom of the Spanish Navarre: and further that Ridge at the above trial applied too late for a commission for taking evidence abroad and the Court thinking it was only delay refused to grant same whereupon Ridge made no defence at the trial: wherefore the Attorney-General thinks the case may deserve consideration as to the King's share of the forfeiture. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, pp. 307–8.
Same to same to discharge the seizure of a parcel of jollop consigned to John Franks of London, merchant, from Cales [Cadiz] in the Nostra Seigniora Dela Vigonia, etc. ut supra p. 296 petitioner advancing that such importation of the product of Spanish territories in a Spanish built ship manned by Spaniards was not contrary to law, having not been understood a forfeiture till within a few years past and is still a doubtful case never judicially determined: on which the Customs Commissioners have reported that the point of law is the same with that mentioned in their report of 1695, May 6, on the petition of Isaac Portello upon which a discharge was ordered. Franks is first to satisfy Luke Singleton the officer who made the seizure. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 309.
Dec. 30.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to restore to Simon Battersby, Richard Tatham and Edward Yates the 248l. 10s. 0d. taken from them ut supra p. 229 the Treasury Lords being satisfied that they have been great sufferers by the contrivance of Andrew Huddleston, collector of Whitehaven port. Ibid., pp. 309–10.
Same to same to restore to Elias Dirckson de Rover, master of the ship Freindship the wines from Vigo ut supra pp. 255–6 landed at Tenby by permission of the Customs Commissioner by letter dated Mar. 11 last and thence shipped coastwise for Bristol in a ship which was seized as foreign built whereas she is an English prize taken from the French by the King's pacquet boat [plying to or] for the Groin and there condemned: upon which matter the said Commissioners have reported that the officers at Milford port took an unwarrantable liberty in admitting entry of part of the wines without particular directions from the said Commissioners, but same was done merely to enable the master to sell enough to pay his wages and supply his wants in his distress; and that the remainder of the lading is already exported to Holland except some part which remains in the warehouse at Milford till opportunity presents itself for re-shipping same: wherefore they think that the part under seizure at Bristol ought to be restored, the rather because the Duties which have been charged for the same to the King's account at Milford are more than in probability the King can receive by the Crown's moiety on an appraisement and condemnation. Ibid., pp. 310–11.
Same to Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General to enter a noli prosequi to the informations against Thomas Ridge ut supra. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 219.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of Sir Thomas Cook shewing that on 5th Oct., 1692, he entered [on board] a ship [a parcel] of 300 bags of pepper for the Straits which ship did not proceed on her voyage according to her first agreement and he transferred said pepper into another ship then ready to depart since which he has endeavoured to obtain debentures for the drawback on such exportation, but same is refused by the officers: therefore praying that he may obtain his debentures and not suffer by omitting any little matter. Reference Book VII, p. 183.
Entry of a Treasury caveat in behalf of William Rowe and Jno. Blagg of the borough of Macclesfield, Co. Chester, on behalf of the poor inhabitants of said borough against the passing of a lease for 31 years to the Earl of Macclesfield of some lands now in lease to the said borough for the use of said poor within the town. Caveat Book, p. 44.
Dec. 30.William Lowndes to Mr. Newdigate to give to Mr. Newsham, Receiver-General of Taxes for Co. Warwick, copies of such affidavits in your custody as concern the complaint lately made against him, provided he deliver to you copies of what affidavits he hath got touching the said complaints. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 176.
Dec. 31.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: out of loans made on credit of the late Vote of the House of Commons for 600,000l., viz.:
l.s.d.
for Mr. Medina in part of what remains due to him for credits given at Amsterdam for the service of the Forces in Flanders (in the margin: Bank Bills]3,00000
towards discharging bills drawn by Mr. Holt for subsistence of the said Forces amounting to 26,421l. 9s. 1¼d. (in the margin: current money)4,261410
7,261410
Disposition Book XIII, p. 205.