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December 1681, 17-31


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'Entry Book: December 1681, 17-31', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 7: 1681-1685 (1916), pp. 333-353. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=83821 Date accessed: 23 November 2014.


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December 1681

Date.Nature and Substance of the Entry.Reference.
Dec. 17.Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners. The Treasury Lords agree that you postpone your opinion on retrenchments till after Christmas. But as they intend within three or four days to adjourn for all the 12 days of Christmas, you are to attend them on Monday next with the presentment[s] or increase of officers and whatever else you have to offer.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 361.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests. The Auditor of Excise and Comptroller of Excise are to send you the certificates you desire relating to the accounts of Sir John James and partners. I enclose Sir Robert Howard's certificate of what is due to them upon the orders for 40,000l. (Same to the Auditor of Excise and Comptroller of Excise to send certificates as above.)Ibid.
Dec 17.The Treasury Lords to Sir Peter Wyche. In reply to yours of the 28th ult., which has been read at our board, if you will draw bills for 1,000l. on Charles Duncombe at double usance they shall be punctually answered by him "which sum we hope will be sufficient to bring you away with the reputation you desire." On your return we will consider what remains due to you.Out Letters (General) VI. p. 362.
Henry Guy to Serjeant Ramsey to repair to Salop to the estates of Mr. Cresset, late Receiver of the Eighteen Months' Assessment, co. Salop, and of Mr. Pope, his security (which have been extended for said Cresset's great arrear and leases thereof are preparing in the Exchequer), and consult with persons there as to the safest and speediest way of answering said debt.Ibid, p. 363.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Henry Flory, surveyor of Lyme port, to be heard for his vindication against the unjust charges against him by informers.Reference Book I, p. 509.
Same to Mr. Hewer of Capt. Thomas Langston's petition for the like allowance as was bestowed on officers wounded at Tangier, he having received at the day of [the] engagement a chargeable and painful hurt, of which he lay long lame, and having a favourable reference from the King. Hereon the referee is to certify what bounty has been given to soldiers wounded in the Tangier service.Ibid.
Same to Richard Graham and Phillip Burton of the petition of Alice Nevill alias Paine, who was subpœned in a cause concerning her nephew, Hen. Nevill, and having discharged her duty to the King therein is ever since by all her relations, being Roman Catholics, totally abandoned and left to perish; prays relief agreeable to her quality.Ibid, p. 510.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Excise money which is directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.:Disposition Book II, p. 110.
to Mr. Johnson for the Forces2,00000
to ditto for off-reckonings2,00000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l.20000
to me [Guy] for same in part of 908l.10000
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne25000
to the Duke of Grafton50000
to the Earl of Northumberland50000
Same to same to issue as follows the 5,562l. 10s. 0d. of Customs money this day paid into the Exchequer, viz.;Ibid.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for three weeks ended this day to the Victuallers3,00000
to ditto for Mr. Peirce for Sick and Wounded40000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 2,059l. 10s. 0d.1,00000
to Lord Arundel of Trerice according to a former letter75000
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance being intended for Mr. Archer25000
to Mr. Burton15000
to Mris. Mather12100
Dec. 17.Money warrant for 200l. to Phillip Burton as imprest for Crown law charges. (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.)Money Book III, p. 184. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 269.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver unopened to Don Pedro de Ronquillo, the Spanish ambassador, at his house in Weld Street, a little black trunk of papers brought from Flanders on board the Providence.Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 39.
Appending: said Ambassador's memorial for same: in French, dated Dec. 15.
Dec. 19.Henry Guy to the Earl of Ranelagh. The Auditors of Imprests will be ready with their computations to-morrow afternoon. Inform the Treasury Lords whether you will have prepared yours by that time, so that notices may be sent to the Lords for their meeting at the Treasury accordingly.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 363.
Same to the Attorney General. Report your opinion on the several papers of Mr. Reading's proposal concerning Hatfeld Level.Ibid, p. 364.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to inform the Treasury Lords of all officers in the Customs that are insufficient as well as dishonest.Ibid, p. 365.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of Francis Slycer, tidesman supernumerary, London port, praying to be made a tidesman extraordinary, ibid. (The like reference of Reynold Rogers' like petition.)Reference Book I, p. 510.
Same to Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, of the petition of Lord Clifford for the [reversion of the] office of Clerk of the Pipe (which he has resigned into the King's hands) to be granted to Hugh Chudleigh, Richard Prowse and Bartholomew Fillingham during petitioner's life.Ibid, p. 511.
Same to Nicholas Johnson, Paymaster of the Land Forces, of Capt. Charles Barclay's petition (as by a reference thereof dated Whitehall, Sept. 6 last from the King): petitioner shewing that being a Capt. in the Earl of Dunbarton's Regiment he was commanded to Tangier with 200 men, recruits for the said Regiment, and was so long at sea, above four months, the ship being so crowded the men contracted great distempers that he was put to extraordinary charges for their maintenance and relief, besides the sea allowance [viz. to the amount of] above 80l., and petitioner is likewise much indisposed with a lameness which he contracted; therefore prays relief.Ibid.
Dec. 19.Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Henry Perry for a tidewaiter's place [London port], he having used the seas for several years.Reference Book I, p. 512.
Treasury warrant to the Excise Farmers to pay 4,511l. 5s. 10d. to the Excise Commissioners as the balance of the Excise surplus for the year ended June 24 last.Money Book III, p. 185.
Money warrant for 81l. 13s. 4d. to the University of Cambridge for 3½ years to June 24 last on the perpetuity of 10l. per an. and the perpetuity of 13l. 6s. 8d. per an. for a divinity lecture.Ibid.
Treasury allowance of the 1681, Sept. 29 quarter's incidents bill, detailed, of the Excise Office. (Total 338l. 14s. 4d.)Ibid, p. 186.
Money warrant for 150l. to Sir Tho. Windham for 1680, Lady day, on his annuity or pension.Ibid.
Same for 100l. to Dame Anne Windham for 1681, Lady day quarter, on her pension.Ibid.
Same for 25l. each to Eleanor Sampson and Joane Hurford for half a year to 1679, Christmas, on their annuities or pensons. In the margin: Sampson being dead this warrant was cancelled. Fresh money warrant dated Dec. 20 for 25l. to said Hurford for said half year.Ibid, pp. 187, 189.
Same for 100l. to Mris. Catherine Gunter for half a year to 1677, Lady day, on her annuity or pension.Ibid, p. 187.
Same for 25l. to John Rogers and Ann his wife for 1680, Christmas quarter, on their same.Ibid.
Same for 100l. to Francis Reynolds for half a year to 1679, Lady day, on his same. (The like warrant of same date for same sum for [the half year to] 1679, Sept. 29.)Ibid, p. 188.
Same for 12l. 3s. 4d. to Richard Welbeck for one year to 1681, Sept. 29. on his fee as Keeper of his Majesty's Stables at Reading.Ibid.
Same for 100l. to Francis Mansell for half a year to 1680, June 24, on his annuity or pension.Ibid.
Same for 150l. to Charles Gifford for half a year to 1680, Christmas, on his same. (The like warrant of same date for 300l. for one year to June 24 last [sic] on his same.)Ibid, p. 190.
Treasury constitution and appointment of John Smith as interim Receiver of Crown Revenues in cos. Norfolk and Huntingdon, till further order to the contrary, Capt. Robt. Coke, late Receiver thereof being dead.Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 17.
Dec. 20.Henry Guy to Sir James Shaen. Give the Treasury Lords to-morrow the reason why the money assigned to the Ordnance in Ireland is not yet paid.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 363.
Henry Guy to the Attorney General to peruse the grant formerly made to Mr. Heywood of the forfeitures of recognizances in co. Lancs, and to consider whether same extends to the recognizances of Recusants which now are very many and amount very considerably.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 364.
Same to the Auditor of Excise to proceed in the examination of the Excise Farmers' account for the last year.Ibid, p. 365.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Robert Leslie for a landwaiter's place, London port, his father having served the late and present King for 60 years and petitioner having been taken at Preston fight in 1648 and kept prisoner 10 months and since the Restoration he was a Lieutenant in his Majesty's Regiment of Guards in Scotland and was at Pentland Hills against the rebels there and had the command of a Company on board the Edgar for Tangier, but by reason of sickness the ship was not able to perform her poyage. In the margin: a later Treasury recommendation dated 1681–2, Jan. 17, to the said Commissioners to present petitioner.Reference Book I, p. 512.
Same to the Attorney General of a proposal from Col. Tho. Howard and Mr. Hall, proposing to make a discovery of a rent not answered to the King for many years and also an estate in lands possessed by certain persons. The referee is to certify the Treasury Lords what title the King has to the premises.Ibid, p. 513.
Appending: memorandum delivered to Col. Howard with the above reference, viz.: (a) a copy of Charles I's grant to Sir Edward Villiers 1625, May 28. (b) Mr. Agar's report of May 31 last about lands called Maylscott adjoining Dean Forest in co. Gloucester. (c) Mr. Pleydell's account of Sir Edward Villiers' grant of the beginning of Charles I's reign.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt for a tally to discharge the baronet fee of 1,095l. due from Sir Robert Cordell.Money Book, III, p 189.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 300l. to the Duke of Albemarle for one year to 1681, Lady day, for the rent of Mote Park, lately taken into the Great Park at Windsor, as by the privy seal of 1675, Sept. 22, pending payment of the 7,000l. purchase money for it.Ibid.
Dec. 21.Same to the King's Remembrancer to forbear process against John Basier, Receiver General for Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland, Durham and Newcastle, for the last Disbandment Act.Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 18.
Same to same for like stay of process against Sam Williams, Receiver for co. Southants, of the last Six Months' and Twelve Months' Assessments.Ibid.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for [a privy seal for] determining the grants made to three of the King's waiters of London port, viz.: Richard Ham (constituted 1660, July 10, by the then Treasury Lords and Sir Philip Warwick, their Secretary), John Harper (constituted in 1668) and James Seward (constituted 23 April, 1674, by Treasurer Danby), they having behaved themselves fraudulently in their office.Ibid, p. 19.
Dec. 21.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Samuell Money, landwaiter at Lynn Regis, to be riding surveyor upon the coast of Norfolk loco George Butler.Out Letters (Customs) VIII, pp. 39, 40, 41, 42.
Samuel Wetwang as a landwaiter, Poole port loco Richard Hill, dismissed.
Thomas Gladstone as a tidesman, Hull port loco Jno. Coppledike, preferred to be a landwaiter, ibid.
Rowland Ducker as a tidesman, Yarmouth port loco John Winn, disabled, at 10l. per an. salary and his day pay: the remaining 10l. per an. of said Winn's salary is to be reserved to him during his disability and then to be added to Ducker's salary. In the margin: cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2.
Humphry Harding as boatman at Bristol loco _ Rosser, who declines same.
George Butler as landwaiter Lynn Regis loco Samuel Money, preferred ut supra.
James Phipps to have an extraordinary commission to seize uncustomed and prohibited goods.
William Davies to have the like. (In the margin; cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2.)
Treasury instructions to same in reply to the latter's memorial of the 19th inst. (1) On examining the printed Book of Rates with the record in the custody of the Clerk of the House of Lords you find that, in the printed book, ginger of the English Plantations is rated at 1 pound the cwt. and so to pay only 12d. per cwt., but in the original record ginger from the West Indies is rated at 16d. per pound [and so] to pay somewhat more than three farthings per pound which would destroy that trade, now become very considerable and daily increasing. Upon representation hereon to Treasurer Danby you were directed to collect the duty as formerly on ginger of the English Plantations according to the rate of the printed book of 20s. per cwt. and thereupon the duty was so collected. The said order of Treasurer Danby was not ("as you thought it had been lately") confirmed by the Treasury Lords among the other orders confirmed by them (supra Calendar of Treasury Books, VI, pp. 24–28). It is therefore hereby confirmed.Ibid, pp. 41–2.
(2) As to Nicholas Parke, the patent landwaiter, we shall desire the Attorney General to proceed against him for his office.
(3) We intend to forbear giving any direction in the business of corn imported at Newcastle and other places in the North (as you have desired) till we be fully informed of the case by you.
Treasury warrant to same to employ William Cole as collector of the Plantation duty in the upper part of James River in Virginia loco Thomas Ballard, who declines same.Ibid, pp. 43, 44.
John Coppledicke (one of the tidesmen of Hull port) as landwaiter, ibid. loco George Lumley, lately deceased.
William Elliott as tidesman, Falmouth loco George Gilbert, superannuated.
Thomas Powell as commander of the Severn scout loco Jno. Cocke, who declines same.
William Gerrard as tidesman at Lynn Regis loco William Nuthall, lately deceased.
William Waller as weighing porter, London port, loco Henry Stephens, who has grown aged and infirm in the service and is willing to resign.
Dec. 21.Royal sign manual for 250l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of July 20 last. (Money warrant dated Dec. 23 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 24 hereon.)King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 286. Money Book III, p. 190. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 270.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Recusants' forfeitures now remaining in the Exchequer, viz. 250l. to me [Guy] for secret service, 300l. to Mr. Gifford, 100l. to Mr. Reynolds (in the margin these first three items are marked to be paid [by] Mr. Kent), 100l. to Lady Windham, 150l. to Sir Tho. Windham, 150l. to Mr. Gifford, 100l. to Mr. Reynolds, 100l. to Mris. Gunter, 100l. to Mr. Mansell, 25l. to Mris. Joane Hurford, 25l. to John Rogers, 7l. 10s. 0d. to Mris. Ann Bird. And thereafter out of what shall remain or shall come in of that revenue [of Recusants' forfeitures] to issue 200l. to Mr. Graham and 200l. to Mr. Burton. (Total, 1,807l. 10s. 0d.) With a later note. Mr. Graham's 200l. was by letter dated 1681–2, Jan. 5, directed to be paid to Mr. Burton for him.Disposition Book II, p. III.
Same to Anthony Stephens for an account of what is due to Capt. Tho. Hamilton.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 365.
Same to Mr. Harbord for an account of the Duchy of Cornwall for the years not already brought in.Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners for an account in writing concerning Mr. Tassell of Lyme Regis as given verbally at the Treasury on Monday last.Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to assign such bills as are or shall be made out to the Victuallers, upon this year's declaration, [making them] to be paid by 1,000l. per week out of the Navy weekly money as has been customary in former declarations.Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to prosecute Nicholas Park for his office of a patent landwaiter, London port, he having been lately tried for fraud in delivering linen upon a warrant for paper, when the verdict went for the King with 100l. penalty for receiving a bribe in that case.Ibid, p. 366.
Same to same to consider what powers are fit to be given to Andrew Lawrence for collecting the arrears of the Poll, especially those of the Peers.Ibid, p. 367.
Same to Sergt. Ramsey to discharge Mr. Gatacre out of custody, he having promised to pay the money now in his hands of Recusants' estates by the first day of next term.Ibid.
Dec. 22.Same to Edward Habbald [Hubbald] to perfect Sir George Wharton's accounts within 14 days.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Clarke for a certificate what quantity of iron wire has been exported and what profit made thereof, pursuant to the warrant of Jan. 17 last, supra, p. 9.Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to send to the Queen's backstairs a box or ballet when it comes to the Custom House directed to her Majesty.Out Letters (General) VI, pp. 367–8.
Treasury warrant to same to discharge the seizure of the ship Olive Branch of Topsham, William Fippard master, owned and freighted by Thomas Tooke and Herbert Aylwin merchants, said ship being English built and manned with nine English (William Phillips, John Masters, Jno. Plymouth, David Browne, Jno. Wraford, George Yeatman, Jno. Burry and Jno. Wellstead), having sailed in April last for Newfoundland and thence to Lisbon, where the commander of his Majesty's frigate Kingfisher took two of her men (Wraford and Yeatman), so the master of the Olive Branch got two Dutch in their place and proceeded to Villa Nova, where another (Browne) deserted and he had to take in a third alien, so that on her arrival in London said ship was seized.Out Letters (Customs) VIII, pp. 45–6.
Dec. 23.Henry Guy to the Auditors of Imprests, forwarding two books relating to the Office of the Ordnance.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 368.
Same to the Attorney General to advise the Treasury Lords whether if the King should sell the old Artillery Ground (which is his ancient inheritance and has always been a privileged place) and if same should prove to be within the liberties of the city, the King has power to grant a market to them that shall buy it.Ibid.
Same to Sir William Warren. In the proposal for the Artillery Ground none are to bid under 4,000l. without a market and not under 1,200l. more if a market be obtained and settled within two years after the grant is passed: "and for Well Close that 20l. per [an.] rent be reserved to the Crown." (The like letter to Mr. Neale, Mr. Barebone, Sir Christopher Wrenn and Mr. Killegrew.)Ibid.
Same to Visct. Falkland [Treasurer of the Navy] to issue to the Victuallers of the Navy the 3,000l. you received at the Exchequer last Saturday, and the 1,000l. which you are to receive to-morrow.Ibid. p. 369.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt for [a statement of] the gross sum of all the tallies stricken for perpetual interest on the Excise for last Christmas quarter and for last Lady day quarter.Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests, forwarding a copy of Sir John Champante's certificate. See if you can find in the Earl of Ranelagh's account any objection against this certificate.Ibid.
Same to Mr. Roberts. The Auditors of Imprests have received such orders as you desire in your letter to Visct. Hyde and also Champante's certificate as above. You may have a copy of it from them.Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of Stephen Chuseman's petition for a tidesurveyor's place, London port, being well versed in accounts and merchandise.Reference Book I, p. 514.
Money warrant for 200l. to Phillip Burton as imprest for Crown law charges. (Money order dated Dec. 24 hereon.)Money Book III, p. 190. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 270.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 45l. to William Shaw, gent. (constituted with John Berkeley one of the two patent searchers at Gravesend), without account for himself and said Berkeley and for the other patent searcher there as also for the Clerk of the Passes, being for fees upon the passing out of this kingdom of 600 men for Flanders under the command of Col. James Porter.Money Book III, p. 191.
Same to same to pay 25l. to Timothy Thornbury for half a year to June 24 last on his salary as collector of the duty on leather etc. London port.Ibid.
Same to same to pay 63l. 2s. 0d. to the Clerk of the Pipe for one year to June 24 last on the fee to himself, the Secondary and the sworn clerks of his office; 5l. 15s. 0d. to the Comptroller of the Pipe, and 11l. 15s. 4d. to the Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer.Ibid, p. 192.
Same to the Receipt to pay 20l. to Auditor Anthony Parsons for one year to Sept. 29 last on his yearly fee or salary: to be paid out of moneys to be paid into the Exchequer by Simon Smyth, Receiver of Crown revenues for cos. Southampton, Wilts, Gloucester, Somerset and Dorset.Ibid.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 15l. to John Needler, gent., for half a year to 1681, Lady day, on his fee as Comptroller of the great and petty Customs, London port.Ibid.
Money warrant for 60l. to William Chiffinch and others (Francis Rogers, Lowd Cordell, Theodore Randue, Arundell Bull and Edward Hooton), Pages of the Bedchamber, for two years to 1680, Christmas, for the charges of washing of sheets for his Majesty's service. (Money order dated Dec. 30 hereon.)Ibid, p. 193. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 270.
Same for 300l. to the Countess Dowager Marischal, 200l. thereof in full for two quarters to 1679, Sept. 29, and 100l. for 1679, Christmas quarter, on her annuity.Money Book III, p. 193.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Alexander Cleeve, an extraordinary tidesman, London port, as a tidesman in fee, ibid. loco Francis Knipe, deceased. In the margin: cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2.Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 46.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on a draft letter proposed to be sent to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, as by a reference dated Dec. 2 from the King. Hereon the Treasury Lords report: we have no objection thereto.Out Letters (Ireland) II, pp. 192–4.
Prefixing: said draft. Under the authority of the royal sign manual dated Whitehall, 1676, Mar. 28, the Duke of York has made discovery of the following lands (amongst other lands concealed, to which he made out the King's title and has lately placed deficiencies thereon) viz. the town and lands of Killmaeckeoge [Kilmacud], containing 703 acres of profitable land and 120 acres of unprofitable in the barony of Rathdown, co. Dublin, 90 acres in the town and lands of Staholmog, in the barony of Kells, co. Meath, formerly the several properties of Sir Tho. Nugent, Patrick Hussey and Walter Drake; the town and lands of Ardetraine [Ardagh], containing 70 acres of profitable land and five acres of unprofitable, in the barony of Loughinsholin, co. Londonderry. According to the late stating of the Duke of York's deficiencies the abovesaid lands, containing 863 acres 3 roods 12 perches, do fully answer and balance the quantity due to him in reprisal and will fully satisfy him for all and every deficiencies due to him by the Acts of Settlement and Explanation. It is the King's intention that the said Duke be satisfied in the first place before all others. A patent is therefore hereby to pass the great seal of Ireland to grant the abovesaid lands to said Duke of York.
Dec. 23.Treasury warrant to the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer to forthwith issue writs of certiorari to the Clerks of Assize and Clerks of the Peace in co. Lancs, requiring them to certify and return into the Exchequer all forfeited recognizances of Recusants and others entered into to the King as King of England: the same not having been duly certified as they ought, whereby process of Exchequer might go forth.Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 20.
Dec. 24.Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.:Disposition Book II, p. III.
to Mr. Johnson for the Forces2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings2,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l.200
to the Duke of Monmouth1,000
to the Duke of Richmond500
to the Earl of Lichfield and Sussex600
to the Earl of Berkshire150
Same to same to issue as follows out of Customs money directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.:Ibid, p. 112.
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for the Ordinary of the Ordnance3,00000
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the Victuallers1,00000
to Sir Thomas Dereham75000
to the Cofferer of the Household (out of the surplus of Excise)4,511510
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of Ralph Bell's petition for a rehearing as to his dismissal from his place of landwaiter, London port.Reference Book I, p. 514.
Dec. 26.Same to same of the petition of James Penins for delivery of his coal bond entered into with Robert Wetwang in 1676 for delivery of 126 chaldron of coal out of the St. Jacob of London, upon the coast: same having been delivered at Tangier to Phinees Bowles.Ibid, p. 515.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of John Bligh for a new lease of the capital messuage or scite of the manor of Tinten, co. Cornwall, same being held at present for 99 years, terminable on the lives of John Westlake, Francis Westlake and Nicholas Westlake, all still alive, two of which lives he wishes to change.Ibid.
Dec. 26.Treasury reference to Nicholas Johnson, Paymaster of the Land Forces, of Capt. Sarsfeild's petition for payment of the 58l. balance of 180l. [sic for 108l.] being debt due to him [from the King] as paid [by Sarsfield] to a Company of Foot then under his command; petitioner having received 50l. thereon and being now under his Majesty's command bound for the Straits desires the balance to furnish him with necessaries for his voyage.Reference Book I. p. 516.
Same to same of Capt. Owen Macartie's petition shewing that he quitted his employment in France in obedience to his Majesty's commands and since his arrival provision was made for him till some months since he was (amongst others) put on the establishment of half pay: therefore prays a confirmation of the vacancy of Capt. Talbot, being in France, and the speedy payment of 8 months' arrears (from 1 Nov., 1679, to 1 July, 1680) equally with the rest of the Duke of Monmouth's officers: petitioner having lost a plentiful estate by the usurped powers.Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Tho. Kelly for a tidewaiter's place, London port.Ibid.
Same to Anthony Stephens of the petition of Hannals [Hannah] Woodland, wife of Joshua Woodland, for speedy payment of the imprest balance of 291l. 6s. 4d. due to her husband for freight of the ship Black Post Horse taken up by the Navy Board for the transport of horses to Tangier: all in order to enable her to ransome her husband from Turkish cruelty, he being afterwards taken by the Turks and carried into Algier, where he now remains a slave.Ibid, p. 517.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of Symon Smith for discharge of the process against him for the account of the 2,000l. for impaling the Great Park at Windsor, he having accounted for it by privy seal (ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. V, pp. 192–5).Ibid.
Same to Anthony Stephens of the petition of Rice Freeman, purser of his Majesty's ship Hampshire, for payment of three small bills amounting to 33l. 10s. 7½d. for wood, candles etc. provided for said ship in 1672–4, same having been provided for in a list of Navy bills directed by Treasurer Danby in 1678–9, to be paid by the Treasurer of the Navy; petitioner having been unable to obtain his money for want of an assignment upon the fund (money of the Customs) indicated by Treasurer Danby.Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Capt. Henry Carveth, late commander of his Majesty's vessel The Young Spragg, for payment of three small bills, amounting to 36l. 5s. 6d. for victualling and furnishing volunteer vessels in 1675 and 1676: petitioner being now to go a voyage in one of the King's ships.Ibid, p. 518.
Same to Phillip Burton of John Sommers' petition for a grant of the fine of 500l. set upon James Taswell for forgery, petitioner having sued Taswell 10 years since for an account of an estate, which prosecution has cost petitioner 700l. and ruined him.Ibid.
Dec. 26.Treasury reference to Nich. Johnson of the petition of James Hamilton, late Lieutenant in the Duke of Monmouth's Regiment, praying to be put on the establishment of half pay from 1680, July, he having quitted his employment in France on his Majesty's command, but soon after was disbanded with the rest of the [new raised] Forces.Reference Book I, p. 518.
Same to the Customs Commissioners (by letter from Henry Guy, the Secretary to the Treasury) of the petitions (1) of William Stout (Stowt) commander of the Cicilian lately returned from Gallipoli and Messina, praying discharge from seizure, ut infra, p. 353. (2) of Caleb Grantham, commander of the ship Industry from Zante, which sailed in Feb. last to the Mediterranean with 16 guns and two men to each gun, but three died abroad and on his return with 31 men the merchants' entries are stopped and the delivery of the ship hindered [by reason of the demand of the one per cent. Mediterranean duty for want of the full complement of men].Ibid, p. 519.
Same to Anthony Stephens of the petition of John Holmes, master of the ship St. Jacob, for payment of the 210l. due to him and the owners of said ship for carrying stores and provisions of war to Tangier in 1680. In the margin. [reference] cancelled and [the petition] sent to the Master of the Ordnance 3 Mar., 1681–2.Ibid, p. 521.
Same to Sir Richard Mason, Bartholomew Fillingham and Serj. Ramsey [Agents for Taxes] of the petition of John Greathead, praying a moiety of a discovery of 469l. 18s. 0d. which he can make, being Hearthmoney resting in the hands of some of the collectors thereof.Ibid.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Jno. Ruddle, clerk, for a new lease for another life in reversion of three tenements called Tregoiffe in the manor of Climsland Prior and Duchy of Cornwall, of which he is possessed by assignment from Jno. Congdon, tenant to the same in reversion of one Lawrence Treham, for whose life they are held by patent dated 1626, May 23, but same having been since granted 1662, Dec. 23, to Edward Kneebone for the life of said Congdon in reversion.Ibid, p. 522.
Same to Richard Graham and Phillip Burton of the petition of Thomas Hughes and William Smyth, shewing that since Nov. 1678, they have made it their sole business to discover estates of Jesuits and Romish priests and were encouraged by the Treasury Lords' order of 1679, June 14, and the King's proclamation of 1679, Nov. 15. Inter al. they have brought a case against the Jesuits for 2,550l. lent to Henry Nevill, which the Jesuits attempt to delay by a cross bill. Therefore pray a sum of money to assist the prosecution, the Barons of the Exchequer having decreed the first year's interest to be brought into Court immediately.Ibid, pp. 523–4.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to deliver customs free at Mris. Ferrers' house in Pall Mall goods lately come from Holland in the Cleveland yacht now lying at Greenwich, said goods being for the Earl of Arran and said Mris. Ferrers.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 370.
Appending: schedule of said goods (including a case with a half length picture in it, a copy).
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to make forth copies of Capt. Samuell Williams's orders registered on the last Disbandment Act, together with the several assignments at large thereupon.Ibid, p. 371.
Dec. 27.Treasury reference to Auditor Stephens of Mr. Kent's and Duncombe's interest account made up to 1681, Dec. 25, for money lent by them for his Majesty's service, as follows:Reference Book I, p. 520.
balance of last account as made up to 1681, Sept. 29, 175,000l. advanced on tallies on the Customs and 30,000l. advanced to the Prince of Orange205,000002,931151
interest due on said account6,42812691185
1681, Oct. 5. Advanced to Mr. Anthony Stephens on a tally on the Customs dated that day19,99600266410
4 per cent. reward on 201,424l. 12s. 6d. and 2 per cent. reward on 30,000l.2,05053
[Payments of interest and repayments of capital in part of the above.]
1681, Nov. 4. Interest6,42812653179
Dec. 3, in part of 30,000l.10,000003633
4 per cent. reward on 6,428l. 12s. 6d. and 2 per cent. reward on 10,000l.47197
Leaving a balance of principal owing of 214,966l. and a balance of interest owing of 5,340l. 3s. 7d.
Dec. 30.Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to contain an indenture as follows between the King of the one part and the Farmers of Excise (George Dashwood, Thomas Rowney, Samuel Dashwood, Felix Calverd, John Freind, William Strong and Edward Buckley) of the other part relating to the surplus of the Excise for the year ended 1681, June 24: viz. as follows and on the lines generally of the similar indenture for the preceding year's surplus (see supra, pp. 55–6). In accordance with the covenants in their lease of 1678–9, Mar. 13, the said Farmers have delivered to the Treasury Lords an account of their management of the Excise for the year ended June 24 last, being the first year of their said lease. Said account as stated by the Auditor shews a full produce of the Excise of 559,786l. 3s. 0¼d., and 61l. 12s. 8¼d. for over entries by brewers and 168l. 11s. 2d. for compositions omitted to be charged in former accounts, or in all 560,016l. 6s. 10½d.: out of which they are allowed 446,000l. for one year's rent, 56,000l. for charges of management, 5,000l. for bad debts, 10,000l. for reward and hazard, 747l. 3s. 9½d. for beer exported within the time of said account, 56l. 1s. 10¼d. for allowances to brewers by order of the Excise Commissioners, and 100l. 9s. 4½d. for money paid to John Wilcox, brewer, by order of the Treasury Lords, making in all 517,903l. 15s. 0¼d., thus leaving a surplus of 42,112l. 11s. 10¼d. Towards this surplus the said Farmers are allowed 34,143l. 17s. 2½d. for money paid to the Excise Commissioners on account of such surplus, 1,317l. 5s. 10¾d. for interest thereof from the times of payment to 1681, Dec. 25, and 34l. 10s. 5d. for 35 days' interest of 6,000l. paid to one Bernard Turner upon his Majesty's account and 2,150l. 12s. 6d. for the said Farmers' allowance of 12d. per £ on the said surplus. These allowances make a total of 37,601l. 6s. 0¼d. thus leaving a balance of 4,511l. 5s. 10d. of said surplus still to be paid by said Farmers. This balance the said Farmers have now paid. By the present indenture therefore the King releases and discharges said Farmers of all claims and accounts touching said surplus and the Treasury Lords are hereby, if so desired by said Farmers, to cause tallies to be stricken and other acts done for such their absolute discharge as above, and on their part the said Farmers covenant that they will pay the surplus for the last two years of their farm according to the covenants of their lease, as if the present great seal had not been made.King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 288–94.
Dec. 30.Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for discharging William Tyndal of his surety bond as follows. James Collins, of York city, was appointed collector of Hearthmoney for the city of York and West Riding of co. Yorks from Lady day, 1671, and of the arrears thereof from 1669, Lady day. His securities were Thomas Heber of Stainton, co. Yorks, William Tyndal of St. Mary Magdalen parish in Castle Baynard Ward, London citizen and merchant taylor, John Lodge of the parish of St. Katherine Creechurch in Aldgate Ward, London, merchant, and Christopher Watkins of the parish of St. [Se]pulchre in the Ward of Farringdon Without, London, citizen and haberdasher, and their joint bond dated 1671, May 4, was for 7,000l. By the privy seal of 1675–6, Jan. 19, Tho. Heber, one of said sureties was discharged from said bond, the said Collins being indebted to the King above 2,000l. and of the said debt the King did by said privy seal grant 1,000l. to Sir Roger Bradshaigh, kt., to his own use, which sum the said William Tyndall has paid to said Bradshaigh as appears by said Bradshaigh's acquittance, dated 1677, Sept. 8. In consideration thereof the King hereby discharges said Tyndall from said surety bond.King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 295–9.
Dec. 30.Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to discharge William Ellesdon from his bond as a surety of George Pley, collector of Weymouth port, said bond in 1,200l. having been entered into 1673, Dec. 24, by said William Ellesdon of Charmouth and by said Pley. The consideration for the present release is that said Ellesdon has paid on Nov. 23 last to the Customs Cashier 49l. 11s. 1½d. on account of coinage duty due to the King from said Pley, and to be as a further instance of the King's favour to said Ellesdon "in regard he was instrumental to our escape after the fatal battle of Worcester."King's Warrant Book VIII, pp. 299–301.
Dec. 31.Money warrant for 18,252l. 4s. 0d. to William Hewer, Treasurer for Tangier, as imprest for and in part of the privy seal of 1680, Nov. 17, for 50,000l. for the extraordinary expense of the expedition designed thither: to be satisfied by tallies on the Customs and to be applied for the particular uses and services mentioned in a paper agreed on by the Treasury Lords. (Money order dated 1681–2, Jan. 5, hereon.)Money Book III, p. 194. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 271.
Appending: a paper dated Dec. 19 of Tangier payments provided for by the Treasury Lords, viz.:
the Victuallers12,60173
bills of exchange, Sir John Mathews1,80000
Ditto Mr. Rookeby22934
Ditto ditto1,14730
11 notes from Mr. Shere2131311
Mr. Chetwind359140
Mr. Coleby and Gore261150
Lady Fairborne25000
Col. Oglethorpe50000
Col. Sackville to make up the pay of the five Companies10676
Mris. Gow and Best28300
Mr. Coleby and Gore70000
for bread, oats and beans to be sent [to] Mr. Shere65000
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be paid into the Receipt this week, viz.:Disposition Book II, p. 112.
to Mr. Johnson for the Forces2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings2,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l.200
Same to same to issue to the Treasurer of the Navy as follows out of Customs money directed to be paid into the Exchequer this week, viz.: 6,040l. for Deptford and Woolwich yards and 1,000l. for the Victuallers.Ibid.
Dec. 31.Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners, forwarding the affidavit against Mr. Flory and other papers (Mr. Flory's petition, the certificate of the Mayor etc. of Weymouth, Mr. Squibb's certificate, Mr. Cooper's certificate, Mr. Pley's certificate, Mr. Eldon's potition, Mr. Eldon's certificate, the Mayor and Corporation of Lyme's certificate, Mr. Flory's letter and Mr. Sanson's letter). Report hereon to my Lords and attend them on Monday after Twelfth day with [Customs officers'] presentments etc.Out Letters (General) VI, p. 372.
Same to Lord Alington. The Treasury Lords have received your letter about the [old] Artillery Ground. Attend them on Tuesday next or send some one if you are too sick.Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the 1 per cent. duty demanded on the lading of the ship Cicilian, William Stout commander, same having arrived from the Mediterranean with 30 men, being two less than her complement as by the Act of Frauds, said ship having sailed for Leghorn from London in May, 1681, with 32 men and 18 great guns, and one of her men having deserted to the King's frigate Falcon, Capt. Churchill, and another died at Messina.Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 47.