Minute Book: June 1660

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 1, 1660-1667. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1904.

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June 1660

At a meeting of the Treasury Lords in the Council Chamber, Whitehall.
June 22. Mr. John Loving and Leonard Pinkney to attend the Attorney General concerning their reversionary grants of the place of Tellers of the Exchequer. The Attorney General to peruse Mr. Lawrence Squibb's patent of a Teller of the same. [Early Entry Book I. p. 1.]
Mr. Attorney General is desired to peruse Mr. Henry Seymour's (Seymor's) patent of Comptroller of the Customs, London port, granted by the late King. [Ibid. VIII. p. 1; I. p. 1.]
June 25. Sir Robert Pye, Auditor of the Receipt, restored to his said office, and to all the records, books, papers, and other things belonging to the same, he employing able and loyal persons under him in respect of his age and infirmities. Sir William Roberts, who lately had the execution of that office, is to bring in all those certificates which orderly he ought to have brought in weekly since May 29 last. In order to his making up these certificates Pye to permit Roberts or his clerks the use of all records, and in those certificates Roberts is to mention as well the warrants by virtue of which he issued any money as the issues themselves. [Ibid. I. pp. 2–3.]
June 26. The chief officers of the Customs in London port appearing this day pray to be reinvested in their several offices according to their letters patents. Their Lordships thought it just to them to restore them to the execution of their places, yet to avoid disturbance in the new settlement and management of the Customs they thought fit to limit the execution in some particulars, and do therefore order that they be forthwith restored to their several offices and places according to their legal rights, authorising them to take notice of all things that pass according to their duties, and take and keep accounts of the same according to their oaths, issuing out their warrants and cocquets for all subsidies and Customs as they are now stated and directed. But that at present they intermeddle not with any receipts of money, nor any directions to inferior officers until further order: "all which the Lords Commissioners understand is that which was ever done by the king's officers in time of farme or other Commissions for the management of the Customs."
Followed by:—A list of seven officers of Customs so restored, with the description of their respective offices, and by a later note of Sir Philip Warwick, dated 1660, June 30, as to the accidental omission of Mr. Metcalfe's name from the said list, and of its insertion by order of the Treasury Lords. [Early Entry Book VIII. pp. 1–2.]
June 30. William Wardour bringing a royal warrant for restoration to his office of Clerk of the Pells in the Exchequer, belonging to him by virtue of a grant from the late Lord Treasurer Cottington, their Lordships find it unusual for that palce to pass by any other grant than that of the Lord Treasurer, which they conceive to be still in force. Therefore ordered that Mr. Wardour be sworn as Clerk of the Pells and perform his office. [Ibid. I. p. 5.]
Sir William Roberts to attend the Treasury on Tuesday next in the Council Chamber at Whitehall. [Ibid.]
Sir Robert Pye and Mr. Wardour to certify their Lordships what dormant warrants or other directions lie before them in their offices for payment of money, to the end their Lordships may give fresh directions, so that anything relating to the public concern may have suitable dispatch. In all other business no moneys to be issued without particular orders from the Treasury Board. [Ibid.]
An order of the Exchequer Court read concerning the account of William Gibbs and Francis Ash, Treasurers for moneys raised by sale of Bishops' lands. Ordered that the account with the vouchers be audited by Edmond Sawyer, Phillips, Gwynn, and Kinsman, Auditors [of the Exchequer Court]. [Ibid. p. 6.]
Oliver St. John, Esq., to forthwith bring to their Lordships the Trial Pieces for gold and silver, lately in the custody of Dr. John St. John, deceased, who executed the office of Warden of the Mint, together with the usual seal of said Mint, and what else he hath belonging to same. Dr. Aron Gurdon, who executed the office of Master Worker of the Mint, to similarly bring the Trial Pieces of Cro[wn] gold and silver in his custody, and what else, &c. The Master and Wardens of the Company of Goldsmiths, London, to similarly bring the like Trial Pieces in their custody, and what else, &c. The like order to the officers of the Treasury of the Exchequer. [Ibid.]
Mr. Elston, who attended His Majesty at Oxford, restored to his place as tally cutter. [Ibid.]
Edward Brewer, William Thornbury, and Thomas Radliff, restored to their places, detailed, as officers of His Majesty's ancient customs, and to guide themselves by the rule of the order of the 26th inst., supra p. 1; Jo. Dawes, Collector of the tonnage and poundage, London port, to be sworn to the execution of that office and his securities, detailed, to be taken. The like for Henry Seymor, as Comptroller of London port. [Ibid. VIII. pp. 3–4.]