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February 1680, 1-10

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'Entry Book: February 1680, 1-10', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 6: 1679-1680 (1913), pp. 419-429. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=83528 Date accessed: 22 October 2014.


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February 1680

Date.Nature and Substance of the Entry.Reference.
Feb. 3.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to keep apart and not to issue without special instructions the moneys which Major Brett et al., Commissioners for receiving the rights and dues of Admiralty in the last Dutch war, are directed to pay into the Exchequer. Out Letters (General), p. 372.
Henry Guy to Major Brett et al., ut supra, to forthwith pay into the Exchequer the moneys remaining upon the foot of your accompt as Commissioners as above. Out Letters (General), p. 373.
Same to Mr. Robson for an account how the yearly allowances for the impost of 1,700 tuns of wine is distributed, viz., a list of the persons that are to receive it and of their respective allowances. Ibid, p. 372.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite to give the Treasury Lords what information you can of all sorts of revenues and profits arising or due to the King from or in any of his Majesty's Plantations. Ibid, p. 373.
Same to Auditor Phillips reminding him of the ratal of the Marquess of Winchester's particular of fee farms which is due to be ready by the 5th inst. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to Sir William Scroggs, Lord Chief Justice. The Farmers of the Law duty inform us that the duties due thereon from the attorneys and others belonging to the King's Bench Court are wilfully and negligently omitted to be paid, notwithstanding the penalty; and that they, the Farmers, have in the King's name prosecuted them in the respective courts for the arrears and forfeitures. Said Farmers have prayed us to inform you that in the covenants with them the King reserves to himself the disposition of such arrears and forfeitures which are to be paid into the Exchequer and not to go on account of the Farmers' rent. We recommend this matter to your consideration. Ibid, p. 374.
Henry Guy to the parties concerned. The Treasury Lords have at the request of Samuel Rolls, Esq., put off to the first Tuesday in March the hearing of the matter of the lease to Mris. Howen of certain mills in Cornwall built under high water mark. Ibid, p. 380.
Money warrant for 1,000l. to Prince Rupert for last Christmas quarter on his pension of 4,000l. per an.: to be paid out of the 12,103l. 15s. 0d. paid into the Exchequer Jan. 31 last by Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe by way of loan. Money Book, p. 331.
Same for 1,700l. to Edward Griffin, Esq., now Treasurer of the Chamber, in further part of 50,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber as by the privy seal of 1671, Dec. 18, upon which privy seal several sums have been already issued in part: the present issue is intended to repay money which he has advanced for wages to sundry of the King's servants payable in the Office of the Chamber. Ibid, p. 332.
Money order for 6,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in repayment of so much lent by them into the Exchequer this day: with 6 per cent. interest per an., payable quarterly. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 80.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to report on the following order of the King in Council. Out Letters (Customs), p. 172.
Prefixing: said order dated Whitehall Jan. 28 last referring to the Treasury the petition of Adam Gronen representing the great want and scarcity at present of gum seneca in the nation for the trade of dyers, hatters and the like and that same is the growth of the rivers Senegal of which the Dutch are sole masters and therefore praying leave to import 70 or 80 tons from Holland under conditions as usually granted heretofore.
Feb. 3.Treasury constitution of Henry Robinson, gent., as Clerk to the Commissioners of Appeals in Excise, loco Michael East, gent., resigned: with the salary of 100l. per an. payable quarterly: during pleasure of the Treasury Lords. Warrants not Relating to Money, pp. 145–6.
Treasury subscription for the execution of a warrant of the late Treasurer Danby dated 1678–9, March 8, for allowance to Richard Downes, late a Commissioner for Wine Licences, of his bill, detailed, of 232l. 19s. 0d. for incidents, &c., for passing six years' accompts of the Wine Licence revenue ut supra, Cal. Treasury Books, Vol. V, p. 1258. Ibid, pp. 146–7.
Feb. 4.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to apply as follows the 4,475l. of Excise money paid into the Exchequer this day, viz.:— Out Letters (General), p. 375.
l. s. . d.
to Mr. Johnson for Guards and Garrisons 2,000 0 0
to the Cofferer 1,000 0 0
to the Duchess of Cleveland's children 600 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service 500 0 0
to Madam Gwynn 250 0 0
to Sir William Killigrew for which you will receive the Treasury Lords' warrant 125 0 0
Feb. 5.Same to Sir Thomas Exton and Sir P. Pett. The Treasury Lords find by what they observe of Mr. Phillip Browne that they cannot depend upon the evidence he has pretended to produce so as to proceed thereon to adjudication in the cause touching the ship claimed by the Genoese. They advise the deferring the hearing of said cause till it may be done with more certainty for the King. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Fillingham to certify the Treasury Lords what arrears are due from the receivers and head collectors of the several hundreds and divisions of co. Cornwall upon the Royal Aid and Additional Aid. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend the Committee for Trade and Plantations in the Council Chamber on Saturday next with Mr. Miller at the hearing of the business against Culpeper for misdemeanours committed at Carolina. Ibid, p. 376.
Same to same for an account what has been paid to the Receiver General of the last Poll money from the several officers of the Customs, and how much remains unpaid and why. Ibid.
Same to same to enquire of non-officials concerning the fitness of several persons for the office of searcher of Ipswich and to report thereon. Ibid.
Same to the Bishop of Lincoln. The Treasury Lords are informed that there are great arrears of Tenths standing out in your diocese by the neglect of former bishops and sub-collectors and the exactions of 19s. by the sub-collector for the arrears of every year of all Tenths which is said generally to amount to almost double the sum due to the King for those arrears. My Lords have perused several matters presented to them for the better collecting of those arrears, and I hereby acquaint you therewith: (1) that sequestration be by you granted of all such benefices where there shall be arrears of Tenths after refusal of payment upon notice left, especially upon all livings and benefices not held by institution: (2) that you order your sub-collector not to receive above the usual fee of one year for all arrears of every benefice except where he be constrained to sequester a benefice for non-payment: (3) in regard many clergymen are in benefices by sequestration and not by institution, whereby much damage is [done] to the King in his Tenths and also great dilapidations, that where the benefice is not above 20l. a year you admit a moiety by way of composition rather than lose all or undo many clergymen; by this it is supposed the payment of that moiety would be expedited and all those Tenths for the future constantly paid whereas they swell every year now more towards an impossibility of payment: (4) that the sequestrations in the case be granted by you and not referred to the archdeacons who by themselves or their officials or registers are said to recommend their relations upon voidance of benefices to hold them by sequestration to serve the cures only and so are likely to be partial. Ibid, pp. 377–8.
The Treasury Lords desire your opinion whether putting the above in execution will conduce to his Majesty's service. "If your lordship will give me leave I would offer to you that Mr. Gilbert, your lordship's secretary, may be as fit a man as any to undertake the collection, whose integrity and ability is very well known to your lordship and hath been so a long time to me."
Feb. 5.Henry Guy to Mr. Slingsby for any objections against the enclosed draft of an order if you find it not agreeable to what was resolved at the last hearing [of this matter of your accounts] before the Treasury Lords and Barons of the Exchequer. You are to forthwith carry your accounts for 1678 and 1679 to the Auditor. Out Letters (General), p. 379.
Same to the Bishop of Hereford to send up to the Treasury Lords by some trusty hand several writings and papers belonging to the estates of Jesuits and other Romish priests, said papers having been seized by Capt. Skidmor, of Kentchurch, one of the Justices of Peace for co. Hereford, and delivered to you. Ibid.
A like letter to the bishop of Peterborough to send up papers similarly seized by Mr. Arnold, a Justice of Peace for co. Monmouth.
Same to Mr. Lawrence. Mr. Trant has promised to pay 1,457l. 10s. 7d. to the officers and widows of the Barbados Regiment on the 20th March next on the account of the old Barbados [Four and a Half per cent. duty] farm, upon the delivery of tallies to him for the same. You are to keep those tallies in your hands till the 20th March, so that they can be delivered up accordingly on payment of the money. Ibid, p. 380.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to constitute and appoint William Taylieur assistant to the Weigher and Teller of the Mint, loco Corney Frowd: to hold during pleasure. (Privy seal hereon dated March 18). King's Warrant Book, pp. 206, 283.
Same to same for a same to constitute Corney Frowde as chief clerk of the Mint, loco James Hoare, junr., deceased: to hold during pleasure. Ibid, p. 206.
Royal sign manual for 309l. to Henry Guy for secret service without account. (Money warrant dated Feb. 7 hereon. Money order dated Feb. 9 hereon.) Ibid, p. 207. Money Book, p. 336. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 71.
Same for 200l. to James, Lord Douglas, as royal bounty without account. (Money warrant dated Feb. 7 hereon. Money order dated Feb. 8 hereon.) King's Warrant Book, p. 207. Money Book, p. 338. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 71.
Money warrant for 2,092l. 3s. 0d. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe by virtue of the privy seal of Aug. 14 last for six per cent. interest and four per cent. reward to them: it appearing by an account stated to Dec. 25 last by Auditor Aldworth and allowed by the Treasury Lords Jan. 31 last that there is due to them 1,255l. 5s. 10d. for [6 per cent.] interest and 836l. 17s. 2d. for [4 per cent.] reward. "But in regard some part of the said sum and reward is or may be already authorized to be paid in the orders of repayment which were drawn for several of the principal sums comprehended in the said account," the risk of double payment is to be obviated by making memoranda on the margent of the said orders drawn for said principal sums or by omitting in the orders hereby directed to be drawn the interest which is borne upon orders already drawn: the present sums to be satisfied by tallies on the Customs. Money Book, pp. 332–3.
Same for 125l. to Sir William Killigrew for last Christmas quarter on his pension. Ibid, p. 334.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 5,000l. to Edward Seymour on any unsatisfied, unappropriated orders in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: being for 2 weeks on the weekly 2,500l.: to be satisfied out of the 6,000l. which Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe lent into the Exchequer this day. Ibid.
Money warrant for 4,000l. to the Duke of Monmouth for half a year to Sept. 29 last on the 8,000l. per an. for furnishing and providing the Stables as by the privy seal of 1676, Mar. 31. (Money order dated Feb. 14 hereon.) Ibid, pp. 334–5. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 72.
Same for 37l. 6s. 8d. to Dr. Richard Ball for one year to 1679, Sept. 29, on his annuity as Master of the New Temple, London. Money Book, p. 335.
Treasury warrant to Jon. Canham and James Roffey, Farmers of the Law duty, to pay 300l. to Fabian Phillips for 1½ years' salary to Nov. 1 last as assistant and deputy comptroller of said duties under Sir Robert Atkins, junr., Comptroller thereof. Ibid, p. 336.
Letter of direction on 300l. for principal and 117l. 16s. 0d. for interest on an order No. 150 dated 1670, July 6, for 300l. to William Ballinger, gent., in repayment of so much lent to his Majesty that day: on which order 18l. was paid 1671, July 21, for 12 months' interest to 1671, July 7: the said order having been assigned to Charles Hearle, of London, 25 July, 1670. The present direction is for the above sums to be satisfied by tallies on John Du Bois, of London, merchant, for 417l. 16s. 0d. payable by him on a contract with the Trustees for Fee Farms for certain rents in co. Carmarthen to be conveyed to him. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 69.
[? Feb. 5.]Letter of direction on 305l. 6s. 0d. in part of an order of 1678, Sept. 4, for 4,000l. to Phillip Packer for one year's extraordinary of the Works: the present sum to be to pay for paving in the streets and to be satisfied by tallies on the wood Farmers. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 70.
Appending: (1) a previous letter of direction for 1,396l. 15s. 7¼d. to be by tallies on Anthony Rowe et al., Hearthmoney contractors: (2) a later letter of direction dated 1680, April 14, for a further 50l. to be paid upon this order.
Feb. 6.The Treasury Lords to the Duke of Ormonde. In ours of Nov. 15 last to you we intimated that 6,076l. for stores sent into Ireland in 1669 was still unpaid, see supra, p. 260. The Commissioners for the Office of Master of the Ordnance are very pressing in their occasions herein, and are under great necessities in their office, which we are very sensible of. We have received nothing from you since we acquainted you with the King's pleasure herein. We desire you to take immediate course for payment of the money. Out Letters (General), p. 381.
Feb. 7.Henry Guy to Mr. Gibson for an account what moneys you have paid for the Sick and Wounded at Portsmouth. Ibid, p. 380.
Same to Sir John James and George Dashwood to deliver to the Auditors of Imprests your contract, tallies and constats relating to your accompt of the French tunnage duty, and to sign your said accompt. Ibid.
Same to Auditor Aldworth to hasten the dispatch of Robert Rynefs [Ryves's] account. Ibid, p. 381.
Treasury allowance of the 1679 Christmas quarter's salary bill of the Excise, detailed. (Total 2,232l. 10s. 0d.) Money Book, p. 337.
Treasury warrant for the execution of a warrant of Treasurer Danby (then Visct. Latimer) dated 1673, Oct. 3, for 50l. to the churchwardens of St. Margarets, Westminster, for one year's bounty for the poor thereof (as by the privy seal of 1672–3, Jan. 31) and for the like from time to time for the future. (Money order dated Feb. 21 for 50l. hereon for one year last past.) Ibid, p. 340. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 79.
Same for the execution of a like warrant dormant dated 1673, Aug. 29, for 50l. per an. to the Treasurer of the Hospital called King Charles his Hospital in Westminster as royal bounty to the poor in said Hospital: as by the privy seal of 1669–70, Feb. 20. (Money order dated Feb. 21 hereon for 50l. for one year to Christmas last hereon.) Money Book, p. 34. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 79.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Capt. Martin Sandys as by the order of reference of May 9 last, petitioner praying to have his debt of 1,756l. 14s. 5d. to the King remitted. By certificate of the Deputy Auditor for co. Worcester there is remaining in the petitioner's hands upon the determination of his account as Receiver of Hearthmoney for said county for 3½ years to 1674, Lady day, 871l. 3s. 1d., and on his account as Receiver of the 1673 Eighteen Months' Tax 885l. 11s. 4d. In 1670 when he first came to be Receiver of said Hearthmoney he improved that revenue 294l. 12s. 0d. [per an.] and continued it much about the same rate while he continued Receiver. He alleges that 83l., part of the said Hearthmoney debt, is in the hands of Samuel Caldwell, a sub-collector, and 736l. 9s. 5d. in the hands of Francis Hanbury, a deputy collector, which debts he offers to assign to the King. The Attorney General advises us that the condition of Hanbury's bond is not clear. Your Majesty may gratify petitioner in consideration of his services and loyalty and of his sickness which compelled him in his receivership to employ deputies. Warrants not Relating to Money, pp. 148–9.
[?][Entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of a] docquet of a demise to Owen Hughes, Esq., of lands arable and waste in the commote of Tal y Bolion for 29 years from 1681, Sept. 29, at the rent of 14s. 5½d. per an. and of the passage of Southcrook on the Menai for 31 years from same date at 4l. 10s. 0d. per an. rent. Ibid, p. 149.
Feb. 7.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Peter Taylor as a watchman, London port, loco George Thwyn, deceased. Out Letters (Customs), p. 172.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to give full power to the Justices of the King's Bench (Sir William Scroggs, Chief Justice, Sir Thomas Jones, Sir William Dolben and Sir Francis Pemberton, Justices, and the Attorney General and the Coroner and Attorney of said court and to the said Justices now and for the time being) power and authority for assisting the prosecution of Papists' and Recusants' estates, that whenever any money shall become due and payable unto the King by any person by prosecution upon the penal laws, and it shall appear by certificate of the Attorney General or Attorney of the King's Bench Court that any person has bestowed any charges or travail on the King's behalf in the prosecution thereof, you may give warrant and allowance to such person of such money in recompence thereof as you shall think fit, same to be paid out of such money as shall be paid into your court for the King's use upon such prosecution: such allowances to be entered upon the rolls of said Court: all by reason that the King has been informed that the laws against Papists have not been so effectually put in execution as they ought to have been; and the King having by his proclamation of Dec. 21 last (reciting the statutes of 23 Eliz., c. 2, 3 Jac., c. 4, 3 Car. I, c. 2) commanded his subjects that if they knew any person guilty of the offences against the laws to depress propery they should immediately reveal the same to some magistrate; the King likewise therein promising a privy seal to the Judges of the several courts at Westminster to reward all prosecutors upon the said laws. (The like warrant for a like privy seal for the Exchequer Court and the Court of Common Pleas.) King's Warrant Book, pp. 209–11.
Feb. 9.Henry Guy to Sir Peter Pett to take the evidence of Phillip Browne and Thomas Fisher concerning the Genova ship seized in Ireland. (The like letter to Sir Tho. Exton.) Out Letters (General), p. 382.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to present Symon Young, of London, merchant, upon the first vacancy. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. In your certificate of the 6th inst. of receipts and payments in the Exchequer there is 1,558l. 6s. 11d. of First Fruits and Tenths remaining in the Exchequer. You are not to issue any of that money without particular directions. Ibid.
Same to the Barons of the Exchequer to advise with the Judges of the other courts and prepare a method for the better convicting of Popish Recusants and the bringing in of two-thirds of their estates into the Exchequer. Send the same to the Treasury Lords the 19th inst. Ibid.
Same to the Lord Chief Baron. The Treasury Lords notice that there are no returns of Recusants' estates from the city of London and counties of Middlesex, Leicester, Norfolk, Northampton, Oxford and Sussex. Send to the respective sheriffs to know the reason thereof. Ibid, p. 383.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. My Lords have appointed Thursday week for hearing the matter concerning the fines in the hands of Mr. Astree as Coroner of the King's Bench. (The like letter to Mr. Astree.) Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 411l. to Ralph Montague, Esq., upon any unsatisfied orders in his name as Master of the Great Wardrobe: to be issued as imprest; 315l. thereof being intended to pay for the furniture of the Henrietta yacht and the remainder for other uses in the office of the Wardrobe and in part of 3,000l. which the Treasury Lords promised to supply to said Office: to be issued out of Hearth tax moneys in the Exchequer. Money Book, p. 338.
Money warrant for 26l. 13s. 4d. to John Pottinger for half a year to Christmas last on his allowance as Comptroller of the Pipe; for writing the farms and debts of Recusants in Pipe hand twice every, year; to be paid out of any issues of Recusants' estates in the Exchequer. Ibid, p. 338. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 72.
Same for 455l. to Henry Sidney for a [second] quarter's ordinary to Jan. 13 last as Envoy Extraordinary to the States General, he having received a first quarter's ordinary in advance; it appearing by certificate of the Earl of Sunderland of the 7th inst. that said Sidney kissed hands and took leave July 15 last. (Money order dated Feb. 11 hereon.) Money Book, p. 339. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 71.
Treasury warrant to Auditor Shales to make allowance of 374l. in Lewis Harding's account as late Receiver of the One and the Eleven Months' Assessments in co. Beds: his surety Paul Cobb having petitioned the Treasury representing that on a former petition from said Harding for an allowance on the 34,776l. 3s. 9d. collected by him a Treasury warrant was made for allowing him 175l. for charges and 150l. for salary as solicitor [for said assessments in said county] from July, 1666, to Christmas, 1668, and 50l. for passing his accounts: but by reason there was an arrear of 1,822l. 12s. 0¼d. on said Receiver, the former Treasury Lords respited the passing the said warrant till said arrear was cleared: that the said Cobb and the executrix of Lewis Paradine (another of said Harding's sureties) have since paid 1,370l. of said arrear and Cobb is ready to pay 78l. 11s. 10½d. to complete same if said 374l. be allowed as above. Said allowance is hereby warranted on the payment of said 78l. 11s. 10½d. Warrants not Relating to Money, pp. 149–50.
Same to Auditor Anthony Parsons to prepare a rate [ratal] upon the particular of fee farm and other rents which shall be delivered to you by the Marquess of Winchester in order to the passing a grant thereof to him as reprizals and in satisfaction of defective rents purchased by him. Ibid, p. 151.
Treasury constitution and appointment of Peter Whitley, of Chester, to be Receiver General for co. Chester of the last three months of the Eighteen Months' tax loco Ralph Hollingshead, who has not duly performed his trust, but detains a great part of his receipts in his hands. Ibid, pp. 151–2.
Privy seal granting to Cornwall Bradshaw, Comptroller of great and small Customs in Bristol port, power to appoint a deputy, he having succeeded to said office on the death of Thomas Jennings. King's Warrant Book, pp. 211–2.
Treasury warrant to the Barons of the Exchequer to swear Andrew Kirby into office as deputy to said Cornwall Bradshaw as Comptroller of Bristol port. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 152.
Same to the Attorney General to exhibit an information in the Exchequer against Thomas Newton for frauds and abuses in the exercise of his office of wood-ward of Whittlewood and Salcey Forests, as reported by the Commission for enquiry into spoils and abuses in said forests. Ibid, p. 154.
[?][Entry of the Treasury Lords' subscription of a] docquet of a demise to Sir William Boreman of a parcel of land called the Pike Garden in Southwark, ut supra, p. 311. Ibid.
Feb. 10.Henry Guy to the Navy Board to make up the Victuallers' accounts of the last two years to 1679–80, Jan. 1, with 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. gratuity. Out Letters (General), p. 384.
Same to Mr. Slingsby. Return the Auditors of Imprests' warrant and your objections, if any, thereto. Send in forthwith to the Auditors your accounts for the years 1678 and 1679. Ibid, p. 384.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Excise money in the Exchequer:— Out Letters (General), p. 386.
l. s. d.
to the Cofferer 1,000 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 500 0 0
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne 250 0 0
to the Duchess of Cleveland 500 0 0
and 900l. to the Treasury Lords for salary, out of moneys of First Fruits and Tenths; and 200l. to me [Guy] for secret service, out of such money as shall be paid into the Exchequer of Mr. Prettyman's debt.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,000l. to Edward Seymour upon any unsatisfied, unappropriated orders in his name as Treasurer of the Navy; to be for 2 weeks ending Jan. 31 last on the 500l. per week: to be by him paid over to the Victuallers: to be issued out of the 6,000l. which Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe lent into the Exchequer the 3rd inst. Money Book, p. 341.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 40l. to the Mayor, bailiffs and burgesses of Clifton Dartmouth Hardness for one year to 1678, Sept. 29, on their perpetuity for building and maintaining a fortification there: to be paid out of the Customs of Exeter and Dartmouth. Ibid.
Money warrant for 46l. to the churchwardens of St. John Baptist, Walbrook, for six years to Christmas last on their perpetuity of 7l. 13s. 4d. per an. for the poor of said parish. Ibid, p. 342.
Treasury order to the Customs Commissioners to observe an order of the King in Council dated Whitehall, Feb. 9, for the immediate shipping out of 100 chaldron of coal, Customs free, by Sir Denis Gauden and his partners, Victuallers of the Garrison of Tangier. Out Letters (Customs), p. 173.
Treasury warrant to Sir Creswell Levins to enter a noli prosequi upon the bill in the Exchequer filed against Sir John James and partners upon an account between the King and them; the Treasury Lords being now come to an agreement with them. Warrants not Relating to Money, p. 153.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Joseph Crispe as by the order of reference of Nov. 25 last. Petitioner, prays a grant of the place of Escheator of the Leeward Isles. On enquiry as to the nature and use of said office we are informed that the escheator there takes recognizances of and collects the escheats due to the King [such] as all fines and forfeitures arising by penal laws (except in some cases) and has always been esteemed altogether necessary for your Majesty's service in those parts. We are also certified that petitioner has been instructed by the Governor and inhabitants of these islands in negotiating in America a treaty of neutrality between them and the French and by their orders has for a long time solicited the ratification thereof here in Europe and has very well deserved of your Majesty and of said inhabitants by his diligence besides his great expence therein. Advise that he be granted said post for which he is qualified, the grant to be with such powers and instructions as the Attorney General shall advise. Ibid.
Royal sign manual for 75l. 4s. 9d. to John Warner, Master of the King's Barges, for 6 per cent. interest for one year to Sept. 29 last on 1,254l. due to him on an order No. 781 registered on the Hearthmoney for 2 houses at Greenwich purchased of him by the King. (Money warrant dated Feb. 14 hereon. Money order dated Feb. 17 hereon.) King's Warrant Book, p. 212. Money Book, p. 344. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 114.