Minute Book: January 1661

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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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January 1661

Jan. 2. Petition from Andrew Grace for a lease of More End farm in the manor of Grafton, co. Northampton. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book II. p. 132.]
Jan. 3. Petition from Capt. George Abercrombie for a grant of two houses discovered by him in the city of London belonging to the Crown. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 132.]
Same from Allane Lockhart, a servant to the late King in 1640, for confirmation of a grant of a parcel of fen land in the Isle of Ely, of which he has received no profit, the Adventurers and Commissioners having enjoyed all this time His Majesty's proportion. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 89.]
[?] Petition from Peter Thorowgood and George Hobb, of London, merchants, to be admitted to import wines from Bordeaux, paying custom according to the book of rates. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 150.]
Jan. 5. Petition from Sir Robert Townsend (on reference from the King 1660, August 30) for a grant in fee farm of a tenement called the Park side in Denbighshire, lately purchased by Jo. Jones, a traitor. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands to secure the King's interest till his Majesty dispose the several estates of this nature wherein he has not yet signified fully his pleasure. [Ibid. VI. p. 87.]
Same from Jane Heveningham and her six children, relict of Arthur Heveningham now attainted of high treason, praying a grant of said William's estate. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. pp. 93–4.]
Same from Christopher Wright read and entered (together with the report, entered in full thereon, to the King from the officers of the Mint in the Tower), said petition praying a grant under the Great Seal to authorise him to visit all the copper and lead mines in England and Wales, and from thence to take and convey to the King's assay masters or refiners sufficient samples of metal and ore, for the purpose of assaying, testing and making generally known the value of the various ores which are or may be worked: all with the salary of 100l. per an. payable out of the Excise of lead in the lead mine at Mendip, Somerset: the said report thereon advocating said petition as likely to invite and encourage industrious and knowing men or corporations to adventure, the samples of ore together with the places where found and digged being attested by the next adjoining Justice of Peace or other sworn officer. With: Treasurer Southampton's minute. "I conceive this petition fit to be encouraged; and if Mr. Attorney in respect these mines are royall mines, will minute such a warrant as legally I may sign I will authorise the petitioner accordingly." [Early Entry Book VI. pp. 94–5.]
Petition from Sir Edward Walker, Garter Principal King at Arms, for a lease of the 600 acres in Bolingbroke Fen, co. Lincoln, formerly assigned to the King for His Majesty's part in the draining thereof, and which the late King granted to Sir William Beecher, clerk of the Council, and the time now expired; together with the demesnes or farm of Stratton super Fosse and Englishcombe, co. Somerset, all in lieu of a lease of the manor of Stratton super Fosse, which he formerly petitioned for. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 95.]
Representation of Sir Baynham Throckmorton's case in the matter of Sir John Winter's contract with the King for the Forest of Dean and the iron works there. Referred: to the Chief Baron of the Exchequer, the Attorney General and Surveyor General. [Ibid. II. p. 127.]
Petition from Thomas Skipwith and Jo. Wolfrys for a new lease of the manor of Walton Leigh, co. Surrey. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 134.]
Same from Sir John Wintour, Secretary to Her Majesty, for a lease of the site of the monastery of Burnham, in Burnham, Dorney and Cippenham, co. Bucks. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Jan. 6. Petition from John Sonds and John Broome for a grant of Hildebrand Prusion's (Pruson) proportion of the reclaimed lands in the West and North fens, co. Lincoln, which were secured at the charge and pains of Sir John Heydon, Sir William Killegrew, Sir Abra Dawes, George Kirk, Robert Long, and said Pruson. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 107.]
Jan. 7. Petition from Sir George Sandes concerning the estate of Alderman Freeman, his father-in-law, in the manor of Lee Bankers and Shrofield, Kent and certain lands in Devon, and which is now lost to him by his younger son having murdered the elder son. Prays that this estate, which could not be made out in Cromwell's time to be forfeited, may not be seized by the Crown. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. II. p. 139.]
Same from William Fanshaw for a lease of the farm of Crondall, co. Southampton, which His Majesty holds of the Dean and Chapter of Winchester by lease, which said lease is forfeited to His Majesty by the deliquency of Nich. Love, a regicide. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 140.]
Jan. 8. Petition from Mary Evans, relict of Samuel Evans, Rector of Brown Candover, co. Southampton, for a grant of the stone gatehouse entering into the New Palace Yard, Westminster, after the expiration of a term of about ten years to come of a lease granted to Roger Townsend and conveyed to petitioner. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 104.]
Same from John Hemsdell for a new grant of the tithes of wool and lamb in the manor of Shippon, co. Berks. Referred (together with Mr. Major's petition for same): to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 105.]
Petition from Phillip Martin for extension of lease of lands in the manor of Kirton, co. Lincoln, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred (together with Mr. Major's petition for same): to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book II. p. 140.]
Same from Walter Leach, of Stokeclimsland, co. Cornwall, to be continued tenant of Stert and Frogmire, parcel of the manor of Climsland Prior in the said parish. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 141.]
Same from Nicholas Butler, executor of Frances Butler, for a lease of certain woods in Blisworth, parcel of the manor of Grafton. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 143.]
Same (on reference from the King of the 19th ult.) from Tho. Byrd, LL.D. and Master in Chancery, and from Edw. Nicholas, Esq., for a lease of lands in and about Glasinbury discovered by them to belong to the Crown. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Jan. 9. Petition from John Gosling for restoration of 30 firkins of butter seized. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 157.]
The report from the Surveyor General of Lands on the petition from Major Thomas Nicholson concerning a tenement in the manor of Looe West ("Portlow") read and entered in full. Ordered: The steward of said manor is to grant this estate upon the terms set down in said report. [Ibid. VI. p. 104.]
Same from same read and entered, on the petition of William Smith, gent., concerning a tenement in the manor of West Anthony. Ordered: as above. [Ibid. p. 105.]
Jan. 10. Petition from the Poor Knights of Windsor for an allowance of 12d. per day since Lady Day last. Order to Sir Robert Pye to make forth debentures for payment of same. [Ibid. II. p. 138.]
Same from Nicholas Rookwood concerning a destruction of timber made by one Mr. Weynard on Crown lands at Brundish, co. Suffolk, and praying a lease of said lands. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 140.]
Order to the Clerk of the Signet (in accordance with His Majesty's pleasure) for a warrant for 1,200l. to be paid to the Viscount of Falkland. [Ibid. p. 141.]
Petition from Symon Glaster for a new lease of lands, &c., in the towns of Sutterfield, Mabury Temer and Junior in the lordship of Holme Cultram, co. Cumberland. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 141.]
[?] Memorial read and entered from the Customs Commissioners. "Wee are here bould to represent unto your Lod a business which wee humbly conceive doth much concerne His Maty customes and the safety of many merchants' goods for the paymt of which they now lye in His Maties warehouses in the Custom House. When wee first entered on this imployment wee found abundance of severall men's goods in the warehouses and since by the multitude of seizures and bills at sight and severall goods of greate vallue by generall warrant brought in to prevent the usuall frauds attempted by the merchants, the said warehouses are soe filled with goods of greate bulke and vallue that their very beames above begin to start with the weight, and the confusion likely to be soe greate in cleareing by the advantage the merchants take to let them lye untill they can get a markett" besides the fear of fire. Therefore desire orders to be published by the Treasurer or by proclamation by the King in Council ordering the merchants within two months to clear the said warehouses of all these goods, and so to pay the customs, and that the books be therewith charged, and in case of refusal that extents be granted out of the Exchequer for levying the customs and subsidies due on such goods, by the sale thereof. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "I cannot say whether the way of remedy in this paper be warrantable but that who ever cleeres not his goods within 2 moneths have them removed from the King's warehouse and be at some extraordinary charge I thinke very reasonable, to the end that such merchandize as custom wilbe paid for may not be excluded by such as are burthensome." Refers it to the Barons of the Exchequer and Attorney and Solicitor General to consider of the method of levying customs on the goods so to be turned out. [Early Entry Book VIII. pp. 153–4, 155.]
Jan. 12. The Surveyor General of Lands is to treat with William Thompson, a member of Parliament, for an indifferent compensation for his interest in Scarborough Castle, which is now used for a garrison by the King. Prefixing: Order of reference dated 1660, Sept. 5, on said Thompson's petition: and report by the Attorney General thereupon. [Ibid. II. p. 156.]
Jan. 15. Ordered that the Commissioners of Excise certify the state of the pretence of the distressed family of Sir William Dick, and whether the arrears of Excise be by the late act chargeable therewith; and if they be so chargeable then to make payment in accordance with the order of the House of Commons of the 29th ult. Prefixing: said order as in C.J. VIII. p. 235. [Ibid. p. 145.]
Jan. 18. Petition from John Ramsey, of London, merchant, for leave to transport 31 pieces of coarse Irish cloth to Flushing. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 156.]
Same from the Clerks of the Custom House, London, for the continuance of their ancient and accustomed reward by bills of store. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "I do not conceive bills of store have bin allowed as a perquisitt of a place but as an act of grace. And in the times the customes were farmed, the farmers probably because the officers were usefull to them and because the Customes were of great advantage to them might grante bills of store. But whether his Maty gave defalcacions for any such or how formerly it hath past I pray the present Commissioners of the Customs to certify." [Ibid. p. 157.]
Jan. 19. Report from the Surveyor General of Lands on the petition of Thomas Chiffinch, James Bollen and Christopher Bodley for the arrears of rents of certain concealed lands in the manors of Aldingbourn ("Oldbury") and Seabeach and other places, detailed, in co. Sussex. The Attorney General to prepare a grant of said arrears if they are not pardoned by the Act of Oblivion. [Ibid. II. p. 159.]
Jan. 20. Petition from Wingfield Moulseworth for a lease of part of More Park, late in the possession of one Canon, being near Windsor Park. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VI. p. 110.]
Jan. 21. Baron Atkins and Baron Turnor to be requested to consider the bills of allowances offered in several accompts of sheriffs for former years, the said bills being not rated by the judges of those they appointed in that nature that ride the circuits. [Ibid. II. p. 162.]
Petition from Thomas Darling, of Kingston upon Hull, merchant, for discharge of a seizure of civitt oil at Hull. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 162.]
Jan. 22. The report of the 10th inst. from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of the Dover merchants read and entered, viz., that they have had consultation with some merchants of known experience, such as Sir Richard Ford, Alderman Mico, Mr. Vandeput, Mr. Tynell, Mr. Boone and others, "who after some debates unanimously agreed with us that the trade to Dover at half subsidy or some other easy rate, being for foreigne goods brought thither and from thence to be shipped in English shipping to be transported to other foreigne ports, would be beneficiall" to the revenue, the port of Dover and English shipping. There appears some infringement of the literal sense of the Navigation Act by bringing these goods to Dover in foreign shipping, but if this point is dispensed with the shipping out again in English bottoms will make more than sufficient requital to the navigation of the kingdom. The duties to be paid by way of composition, and the order to be observed in managing that service could be laid down in articles to be drawn advisedly, and to be annexed to the Privy Seal. With Treasurer Southampton's Minute. "His Majesty having erected a Commission of Trade before whom I understand this consideration is in debate, though by my owne judgmt and the opinnon of His Mateis Commissioners [of Customs] with those merchants they have conferred with I am inclined to give way to this desire; yet I direct the petitioners to attend those honble persons of that Committee [of Trade] whose opinions therein I likewise crave before I report to His Majesty." [Ibid. pp. 158–9.]
Same from the Surveyor General of Lands read and entered on the petition of Thomas Kingston for a lease of all coal works and mines of coal belonging to His Majesty in co. Somerset. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "There being a lease already granted of the coal works in Farrington Gurney to Mr. Tynt I pray you make a constat of the manor of Stratton upon Fosse in order for a lease thereof to be granted to this petitioner." [Ibid. VI. p. 108.]
Petition from Eliz. Bindlos, widow, for a grant of four prebends founded within the collegiate church of Auckland, co. Durham. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. II. p. 163.]
Jan. 23. Petition from George Murray, one of the King's coachmen, for a lease of certain lands of Oliver Cromwell of about 50 or 60 acres in Emneth and Wells, co. Norfolk, and discovered by petitioner. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Roger Whitley for a grant of the confraternity of Iveley, parcel of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, in England. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Petition from Frances Long, widow, and William and George Long, for renewal of lease of part of the demesnes of the manor of Stratton upon Fosse. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book II. p. 163.]
Same from Jane Kekewich for extension of lease of four small tenements in the manor of Bonyalva, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 164.]
Same from Edward Bull for a lease of a tenement called Holygrove, parcel of the manor of Eastway, and a tenement called South Purscott, and a moiety of a tenement called Comb. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
The Attorney General's certificate upon the petition of the sugar farmers read and entered, viz., that the King is liable to make compensation to petitioners, and referring them for relief to a suit in the Exchequer Chamber upon the Statute of 33 Henry VIII. With Treasurer Southampton's minute hereupon. "His Majesty having referred this business to me and the petitioners pressing for a report my opinion to Mr. Attorney General and his reply to me contains all I can determine upon it; submitting the whole to His Majesty's great wisdome and good pleasure." [Ibid. VI. p. 109.]
Petition from Roger Grosvenor for a grant to get lead and coal in the hundred of Prestatyn, co. Flint, and in all other His Majesty's lordships in the counties of Denbigh and Flint not heretofore in grant to others. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 117.]
Same from Peter Caulier and Jacob Gosslin, of London, merchants, for leave to bring back five bales of Turkey silk shipped for France, on paying custom inwards, the market being bad there. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners to certify how the goods may be identified as those that were shipped out, and further how the [Navigation] Act may be dispensed with. [Ibid. VIII. p. 161.]
Jan. 24. Petition from Major Hugh Pennant for a lease of several enclosures of the commons in the lordship of Flint and several other parts in North Wales. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. II. p. 164.]
Same from William Beheatland for a lease of the Christopher Inn at Eton. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 167.]
The report from the Surveyor General on the petition of John Mogg, read and entered, concerning a copyhold tenement. The Surveyor to pursue his report and give order to the steward [of the manor in question, for grant of the admission] accordingly. [Ibid. p. 174.]
Same from same on the petition of Lord Hawley concerning a copyhold tenement in the manor of Milton Fauconberge. Order: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 175.]
Petition from His Majesty's coachmen praying a confirmation of the King's grant to them to bring over Dutch horses. Referred: to the Attorney General, with instructions to limit the grant for, say, seven years in place of a life grant, the intended grant being no more than his late Majesty granted to those who served in the place of coachmen. [Ibid. p. 192.]
Petition from Elizaeus Horrle to be admitted to compound for a little tenement called Uphill in the manor of Treworgy and a cottage in the manor of Stratton Sanctuary, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VI. p. 114.]
Same from Radigan Hooper, widow, for same for a tenement called Trelabe, in the manor of Climsland Prior, parcel of said Duchy. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 115.]
Same from Peter Prideaux for same for tenements called Parke, Haw, Dowell, Collomb, Burton and Giles Marsh in the manor of Bradninch, parcel of said Duchy. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Francis Buller for same for a messuage called Penny Lands in the borough of Saltash, parcel of said Duchy. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from John Hoskins, Richard Langston and William Knights for same for tenements called Bucklawren and Nether Treveria. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Robert Legg, Deputy Governor of Portsmouth, for a lease of a parcel of waste ground called usually "The Point," lying betwixt the town and harbour of Portsmouth, and of several houses and tenements thereon. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 117.]
[?] The report from the Surveyor General on the petition of John Mogg, gent., read and entered, concerning a parcel of the manor of Farrington Gurney, co. Somerset. The proposed rates of fine, &c., approved of and the steward to proceed accordingly. [Ibid. II. p. 174.]
Jan. 25. Petition from Robert Wright, gent., for a lease of the 36 leads walling with the appurtenances in Namptwich, co. Chester. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 114.]
Same from William Chislett, gent., for same of the coal mine in the manor of Casterton, co. Westmorland, and the coal mine in Alfreton, co. Derby. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from John Hilliard, Elizabeth Horton, widow, Thomas Browne, Samuell Brookes, and William Foster, alias Ward, tenants of the honor of Grafton, praying to be admitted to renew their respective leases, viz.: Hilliard for the toll of Old Stratford, and the other petitioners for several small cottages. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from George Walsh and Ann his wife, relict and executrix of Robert Vallence for a confirmation of the lease of the manor of the Priory of Eye, co. Suffolk, granted to said Vallence, 1641, Dec. 6. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 116.]
The report of the Surveyor General read upon the petition of Jo. Heydon, concerning a copyhold tenement in the manor of Widcombe. The Surveyor to pursue his said report and give order to the steward accordingly. [Ibid. II. p. 173.]
Petition from Hugh Anderton, gent., for a grant of a fee farm of 70 acres in the forest of Selwood, alias Frome Selwood, co. Somerset, which was by agreement set out to His Majesty on the disafforestation of said forest. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 178.]
Same from Urian Oakes concerning the King's indebtness in 1628 in near 20,000l. contracted by Sir Allen Apsley, victualler of the Navy, for the expedition to Calais and Rochelle, said Oakes being one of the chief creditors of the same, for the discharge of which the late King conveyed in trust to said Apsley and others several manors, parks, &c., now worth 100,000l., part of which said lands were subsequently sold or mortgaged by said Apsley and his fellow trustees for a sixth part of what they were worth, conveying the rest to their friends in order to defraud the creditors: and although said creditors preferred a petition to the Privy Council in 1637 and sundry orders were made thereupon, yet by reason of the distracted times said trustees have continued in the enjoyment of said lands. Petitioner has been a prisoner since January, 1656–7, for refusing to produce in court the documents relating to said matter. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book II. pp. 189–90.]
Jan. 28. The case of (Sir) Henry Oxenden concerning a small piece of ground in St. Martin's [in the Fields] parish, near the Mews, read and entered. To be shewn to the Surveyor General of Lands for a certificate thereupon. [Ibid. p. 168.]
Jan. 29. Petition from William Hobson, the surviving treasurer for the moneys arising upon sale of part of the Church lands, praying to be assigned one of the Auditors of Imprests for stating his accounts, and that the said Auditor and petitioner may have such books of account, tallies and warrants for perfecting the same, [as are] now remaining in the custody of Mr. Mallett and Mr. Ayloff. Order to Mr. Auditor Kinsmill and Auditor Wood to take this accompt and state it. Mr. Mallett and Mr. Ayloff to give them at least such a use of all tallies and papers in their hands as may concern the account. [Ibid. p. 190.]
[?] Same from the burgesses, &c., of Christchurch, co. Southampton, setting forth their loyalty, and that the government of their borough by the fortune of the war is placed in the hands of such as from time to time for many years past have shared and divided amongst them all the fines, rents, and revenues belonging to the said borough, and for the most part are disaffected: and praying a commission to examine same and to regulate the abuses in said borough. Referred: to the Attorney General. [Ibid. p. 192.]
Jan. 31. Report from the Surveyor General of Lands read and entered on the petition from George Abercrombie discovering two houses in London as Crown property. Order for a particular of the premises. [Ibid. pp. 190–1.]
An order of the 5th inst. read from the Commissioners for the examination of the late sale of Crown and church lands, being made upon the petition of William Raifes, of Milton next Gravesend, co. Kent, mariner, concerning the pasture ground called Blockhouse field, purchased by him in said parish of Milton; same being claimed by Captain William Leonard. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 195.]
The Surveyor General's report read and entered on the petition of John Gay and six others concerning John Masters' estate in a tenement, part of the manor of Englishcombe. Order to be given to the steward of said manor in accordance with said report. [Ibid. p. 214.]
Petition from James Abrathat, of London, merchant, for leave to export to Lisbon 100 iron guns, he giving security as in like cases has been usual. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Early Entry Book VIII. p. 165.]
Same from John Duffin, of Abingdon, co. Berks, miller, for a new lease of two water corn mills under one roof called Ock Mills, with appurtenances, detailed, near Abingdon,of which he and his ancestors have been ancient tenants. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 121.]
Same from Richard Irons and Abra. Honor, of London, woodmongers, concerning their title to the woods fallen within Wallwood, in Essex, which by a judgment in the Exchequer Court has been discharged to be any part of His Majesty's forest of Waltham. Pray a withdrawal of the royal warrant for stay of said wood. Ordered: The Earl of Lindsey and Sir William Hicks are to send in their objections, if any, to this petition. [Ibid.]
The report of Sir C. Harbord read and entered in full, on the petition of Henry Earl of Monmouth, concerning the manor of Rudfen, and on two other petitions relating to same, viz. from Thomas Hulse for a lease of the park of Rudfen, and from Mr. Cressy and his wife for all the premises together with Clewer Farm, co. Berks. Ordered: His Majesty's commands to be obeyed herein, note being taken of one honest, loyal person, Jo. Fowler, for serving Viscount [now Earl of] Newburgh when his life was in danger, said Fowler desiring a grant of a farm [in said manor] in the possession of one Samuell Ires. [Ibid. pp. 123–4.]
Petition from John Viscount Mordaunt for a grant of the fourth part reserved to the King of the relict lands from the sea, with all encroachments of wastes and buildings thereon in five counties granted to Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Peterborough, Elizabeth Viscountess Valentia and George Howard, Esq. With Treasurer Southampton's minute as follows: "The motives that lead your Majesty to refer this petition induces me to give way to your Majesties grace and bounty to the petitioner. That which gave me most reluctance was that by reason of this grant there wilbe nothing reserved to the Crowne during this lease." [Ibid. p. 124.]
An order of reference to the Treasurer, of the 5th inst.,read, made by the Commissioners for [? examination concerning the sale of Crown and church lands] on the petition of George Glynn concerning his interest in two tenements called Tamerton town, parcel of the manor of Boyton, co. Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 128.]