Minute Book: February 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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February 1660

Feb. 2. Petition from Sir John Harrison touching the alum works (on reference from the King of 1660, Sept. 28). Referred: ut supra.[Ibid. p. 124.]
Feb. 4. Petition from William Covell et al; concerning Sir Charles Harbord's order for their receiving money due for timber. Ordered: that such persons as are to make payment for wood removed from Theobalds Park before June 24 last do pay it to the purchasers. Anybody refusing Mr. Covell's demand is to attend the Lord Treasurer. [Ibid. II. p. 192.]
"It appearing in all times that there hath bin a use of farthings and that for accomodation of the smaller part of trade as well as for charity when the publique stamp hath not bin upon coyne tradesmen have made their own farthings, which may show a necessity as well as use of it, and to the end that this business may be best performed for the publique use and the advantage of His Majesty's revenew I pray the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of London to certifie me their opinions of the whole matter that soe His Majesty or the Lords of his honourable Council may declare their further directions therein." [Early Entry Book II. p. 193.]
Petition from Francis Child, a member of the Army, for a lease of a house and garden at Bradninch, within the city of Exeter. Petitioner to be kept in possession, and the Surveyor General of Lands to make out a constat in order to a lease. [Ibid.]
Same read from William Dover, a sub-tenant of the Crown, concerning Richard Graves's pretence to the Princes Meadows, in Lambeth, under which pretence petitioner holds by lease from said Graves: together with an order made the 15th ult. by His Majesty's Commissioners authorised for the execution [sic for examination] of the late sales of Crown and church lands, recommending petitioner to the Lord Treasurer. "I have already settled these tenants at such rates as were certified by Mr. Surveyor General by the presentment of the jury and tennents of the manor... I finde no reason to lessen the revenue in the whole." [Ibid. p. 194.]
Same from Richard Woodford for release, customs free, of a parcel of damaged goods. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 165.]
The report from the Surveyor General of Lands read and entered on the petition from Dr. Collings to be tenant of the manor of Allington Court, co.Kent. Dares not make a warrant for a particular in consequence of the instructions that none of the forfeited lands be granted away without express Treasury warrant upon return of the commissions issued for finding and seizing the same. Ordered: said Surveyor General may intrust petitioner upon accompt with the custody of said manor until the settlement upon the Duke of York be perfected. [Ibid. VI. pp. 132–3.]
Same from same, read and entered, on the petition of Warwick Hele concerning parcels of the manor of Treverbyn Courtney, co. Cornwall. Ordered: the fines approved of and the stewards to grant the copyholders estates accordingly. [Ibid. VI. p. 127.]
Same from same, read and entered, on several petitions and references, detailed, touching the castle and castle ditches at Exeter, viz., from Dorothy Biggleston, widow, for the herbage and lands of said castle, with the moats and ditches thereof, whereof her husband was lessee: item from Andrew Ruddon and David Owen, purchasers under the late pretended Parliament of the inheritance of said ditches: item from Richard and Jo. Arscott for the refusal of a lease in view of their sufferings. Said report approved of, and constats ordered to be made out. [Ibid. II. pp. 215–7.]
Feb. 5. Petition from Sir Thomas Clarges for a grant of an abbey house at Reading. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 209.]
Petition from Henry Hill for lease of a tenement called Over or Upper Treveria in the manor of Bucklawren, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book II. p. 195b.]
Feb. 6. Petition from Thomas Loupe for a lease of a small parcel of land lying in Fordington, co. Dorset. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 196.]
Same from Michaell Moyser, of New Malton, co. York, for a lease of three cottages there. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 197.]
Same from Marthana Wilson, executrix to Dame Mary Crane, widow of Sir Francis Crane, for lease of a house built upon part of the mansion house [in the honor of Grafton]. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 201.]
Same from William Lane and Richard Serivener for leases of lands in the honor of Grafton. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Richard Prideux to compound for a reversion in two tenements in the manor of West Looe ("Portlooe.") parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, held by Jo. Vivian and Tristram Couch. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 128.]
Feb. 7. Petition from Thomas Barrowes, of Potterspury, co. Northants, for renewal of lease of a wood called Frith Copice in the said parish. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. II. p. 202.]
An order of the 26th ult. read from the Commissioners for examination of the late sales of Crown and church lands made upon the petition of the children of James Shirley, deceased, concerning his purchase of the spot of ground called the Osier Ground and City Wharf in the parish of Lambeth. Petitioner is to be guided by the reference already made, upon the concern of this manor, to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 203.]
Petition from Dame Katherin Ingraham, executrix of her late husband Sir Mathew Boynton, Bart., for satisfaction of 208l. out of the estate of Owen Rowe, one of the traitors. Petitioner must attend till the confiscated estates be by His Majesty considered upon the return of the Commission that is issued to find and seize their estates.[Ibid. p. 204.]
Same from James Clarke for a grant of a lease in reversion of the manor of East Moulsey and of the two ferries of Hampton Court and Hampton Town with the fishing, &c., unto which he was formerly tenant under certain assignments, detailed. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid.]
Same from Elizabeth Livesey, wife of Sir Michaell Livesey, praying that she may reap the fruit of her jointure. The Attorney General and Surveyor General of Lands to take such order that she may enjoy the same, the King compassionating her and her children. [Ibid. p. 206.]
An order of the 30th ult. read from the Commissioners for the examination of the late sales of Crown and church lands on the petition of Thomas Plumpin concerning his purchase of Troutbeck Park, the honor of Perith and forest of Inglewood, co. Cumberland. The Surveyor General to certify whether this be any part of the Queen's jointure, and if not what he thinks fit in order to a lease. [Ibid.]
The Surveyor General's report read on the petition of Roger Grosvenor for a grant of lead mines in the hundred of Prestatyn, co. Flint. Order for a constat of the premises. [Early Entry Book II. p. 207.]
The following case referred to the Barons of the Exchequer as much importing His Majesty's revenue, viz.: goods and ships taken at sea in the times of the late troubles and condemned in the Admiralty Court as prize, and subsequently sold, the purchase money for which is still in part in arrear and unpaid, and now sought to be evaded under the late act of "indemnity and oblivion." [Ibid. p. 208.]
The Surveyor General's report read and entered upon the petition from Samuel Kekewich for several tenements, parcel of the manor of Landrine, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Approved and orders to be given to the steward for grants accordingly.[Ibid. pp. 220–1]
Petition from Joane West, widow, concerning her purchase of some part of the King's outhouses belonging to His Majesty's house at Richmond, which was then in a ruined condition and would have fallen had she not bestowed 500l. in reparation. Referred: to the Attorney and Solicitor General, upon view of Mr. Villiers' grant or custody of Richmond House to consider how it may relate to petitioner's claim, and whether the King may grant a lease as is desired. [Ibid. VI. p. 131.]
Same from William Hinton for a lease of certain lands of the late dissolved Guild and Chantry of Mancetter, co. Warwick. Referred: to the Attorney General and Surveyor General. [Ibid. p. 133.]
An order of reference to the Treasurer, read and entered, as made on the 16th ult. by the Commissioners for the examination of the late sales of Crown and church lands, viz. upon the petition of John Warr concerning his purchases, detailed, of Crown lands in the manor of Milton Fauconbridge, co. Somerset, and in the parish of Skenfrith, near Saverna Hill, co. Monmouth, and in the manor of Ryme Intrinsiea, co. Dorset, and manor of Stoke under Hamdon, co. Somerset. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 136.]
Upon [perusal of] the docquet of Capt. Richard Brett, touching a licence to import into England 50 tons of logwood, Ordered: to be referred to the Council of Trade. "The use of logwood in some quantity may be necessary. The abuse hath bin great and occasioned many just complaints. Therefore before I issue any warrant in countenance of any patent I desire the Counsell of Trade to consider well of it and to advise me what course will be fittest for regulating the proportion and restraining any greater quantity and for the orderly use thereof without harme to the publique." [Ibid. VIII. p. 167.]
Petition from Dr. William Quatermaine read. [Entry unfinished, cp. supra pp. 22–3] [Ibid. VI. P. 129.]
Feb. 8. Petition from Henry Smith, girdler, for a release of 18 weatherbells and seven hats seized by the Customs officers. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. p. 170.]
Petition from Peter Beaunoir concerning loans which his father-in-law, Richard Legg, was forced to make, and for which he received public faith bills, and on which petitioner was obliged to double to save some part of his wife's portion. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands to consider "what could force Mr. Legg to lend money who was desirous to be accompted loyall and what necessity lay upon the petitioner to double it." [Early Entry Book VI. p. 134.]
Same from Henry Webb for a new lease of a tenement, part of the manor of Farrington Gurney, co. Somerset. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. II. p. 205.]
Same from John Nicoll for same of a tenement called Trigerrick, in the parish of St. Tudy, parcel of the manor of Tinten, Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 214.]
Feb. 9. Petition from Edward Proger for a grant for 31 years of all cottages built upon His Majesty's waste read, together with the Attorney General's report dated Oct. 25 last, made to the King on said petition and on the letters patent whereby the Earl of Morton was appointed receiver of the penalties of new erection of cottages contrary to the Act of 31 Eliz. Referred: to the Surveyor General to limit the proposed grant to some counties in view of the inconvenience of so large a grant as is petitioned for, and in view of the counties already granted to the Countess Dowager of Peterborough and Viscountess Valentia. [Ibid. p. 205.]
Same from Sir John Fredericke praying to be admitted to transport logwood. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 168.]
Feb. 11. Petition from Sir William Throgmorton, His Majesty's Knight Marshal, to be admitted tenant for Havering Park (on reference from the King of Dec. 1 last). Referred: to the Surveyer General of Lands. [Ibid. VI. p. 139.]
Feb. 15. Petition from Francis Stacey, of London, and Mary his wife, relict and executrix of Anthony Whalley, of Southwark, for a new lease of several parcels of land in Grafton, co. Northants, sometime in the holding of John Whalley, deceased. Referred: to the Surveyor General, to whom the whole business of [the honor of] Grafton is already referred. [Ibid.]
A letter read, and entered, from [Lord] F. Seymour, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, desiring the delivery into the hands of proper officers of the Duchy of the surveys of the lands and revenues of the said Duchy, taken by order of the late Trustees at Worcester House, and now resting in the custody of Sir Robert Croke, Clerk of the Pipe, or Mr. William Burnett, one of the attorneys in that office. Ordered: accordingly. [Ibid. pp. 145–6.]
Petition from Richard Browne, of Grafton Regis, Northants, blacksmith, for lease of a tenement there. Refered: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 165.]
Same from the inhabitants of Alderton ("Aldrington") setting forth that King James having demised to them the lands and tenements within the manor of Alderton, parcel of the honor of Grafton, did for enlarging the park empale several lands belonging to petitioners, to the extent of 300 acres, and in recompense conferred on them one close called the King's close, of which they have been dispossessed by the late usurping powers. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VI. p. 165.]
Petition from John Harrison, a poor soldier, for grant of a halfacre of land in the waste of Farnborough, co. Kent. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. II. p. 220.]
Same from James Powell for a grant of a small concealment in the county of Denbigh in the lordship of Bromefield and Yale, belonging to Holt Castle. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 221.]
Same to the King from Sir Orlando Bridgman, Lord Chief Justice, &c., for confirmation of the grant of Bowood park as granted 1644, April 11, in consideration of a debt due to him from the late King of 3,330l. The Surveyor General to proportion a term of years for a lease. [Ibid.]
Feb. 16. Petition from John Urlin, gent., for a new lease of a messuage or farm in Grafton, co.Northampton. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 222.]
Same from Edward Heath, John Heath and George Bray, one of the Grooms of the Privy Chamber, concerning the escheated estate of Marcellus Vanduren, an alien lately dead, seised of divers lead mines in Derbyshire. Referred: to the Attorney General to consider of the best method of prosecuting His Majesty's title. [Ibid. p. 248.]
Same from Julian Evans, widow, and James Smith, two tenants of Englishcombe, Somerset, part of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 236.]
Same from Edmond Long concerning his lease of a tenement, parcel of the manor of Stratton upon Fosse, and Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Col. William Legg, Lieutenant of the Ordnance, who claims an interest in a house lately erected upon the artillery ground belonging to the Office of Ordnance, there being a grant lately made thereof to one Knollis, a disaffected person. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from George Harrison for a lease of waste ground in or near Reading, co. Berks, on which he has built some small cottages. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 139.]
Same from several undersheriffs of several counties, showing that by the late Act of Oblivion all post fines not levied by sheriffs or other officers are by particular name pardoned and the sheriffs prohibited to levy them. Notwithstanding many sheriffs have offered to be opposed upon process returnable in Easter and Michaelmas term, 1660, and may not be permitted to nichil the post fines and other debts pardoned, whereby they are delayed in their accompts passing. And many seizures and other debts written in the foreign accompts of 1659 and 1660 are pardoned by that Act, and sheriffs oppressed in discharging themselves of the same by payments of great sums to several officers in the Exchequer, and no advantage by totting the post fines and pardoned debts or writing the seizures. Therefore pray they may not be compelled to tott or stand charged with more post fines or other pardoned debts than they have levied, and that [the unlevied fines, &c.] may be expunged out of their foreign accounts. Referred: to the Barons of the Exchequer and the Attorney General. [Early Entry Book VI. p. 140.]
Petition (on reference from the King of the 12th inst.) from Walter St. John, B. Arthur, Tho. Alleyn, Jo. Arthur, adventurers and participants with William Earl of Bedford in draining the Great Level of the fens, praying, there being no difference either in law or equity between the petitioners' title to their proportion in the 95,000 acres and that of the said Earl and other participants, that they may be heard upon the particulars, and that in the meantime no conveyance be made of the said lands to any particular person. Referred: to the Attorney General and Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid.]
Same from Edw. Bull, gent., to be admitted to buy certain timber and underwoods in the parks of Lanteglos and Helstone ("Helsbury"), parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 141.]
Same from Samuell Treswell for a lease of the lodge called Potters Lodge in Enville Chase, with certain land and priviledges thereunto. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
[?] A letter from the Duke of Albemarle read and entered complaining of the exaction of fees to the tellers and clerks at the Exchequer on the week's pay granted as a gratuity to the non-commission officers and soldiers of the army, and pointing out the impossibility of making deduction of such fees, most of the regiments being paid by bill of exchange charged in London on Sir William Clarke, who received the same. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "This was a bounty of His Majesties to the comon soldiery and to have abated them out of their very little [all, by the amount of even only] small fees would have diminished much of His Majesties grace. And therefore what my Lord Duke recomends unto me I thinke very fitt to be done." [Ibid. p. 142.]
[?] Petition from Thomas Elwood for the benefit of some recognizances in the Crown Office in the King's Bench, forfeited by Higginson. Referred: to Sir Thomas Fanshaw, Clerk of the Crown of the King's Bench. [Ibid.]
Feb. 16. Petition from Henry Hinton, merchant, for discharge of a vessel and goods seized by Philip Mansell, searcher of Swansea port. Referred: to the Customs Commisioners. [Ibid. VIII. p. 175.]
Feb. 18. Petition from Henry Lord Loughborough praying to be farmer for some certain years of [the duty on]what beef, sheep, or swine shall be brought into England out of Ireland, landing at Liverpool, Chester, &c. Referred: ut supra.[Ibid. p. 176.]
[?] A certificate read from the Customs Commissioners of the customs due on certain particulars for the Portugal Ambassador. Order for said Commissioners to give a bill of store for these particulars. [Ibid.]
Feb. 20. Petition from the Dean and Chapter of His Majesty's free chapel in Windsor to be restored to a certain parcel of land and woods called Killridge Woods, co. Oxford. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands for a valuation, and to take care that no grant of these woods pass to any other. [Early Entry Book VI. p. 155.]
[Feb. 20 ?] Same from Richard Wicholls, one of the Queen's Gentlemen Ushers, for a lease of several parcels of escheated lands near Spalding, co. Lincoln. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. II. p. 250.]
Feb. 21. Petition from Nicholas Kemp, of Gerrans, co. Cornwall, concerning his lease of a tenement in the manor of Treleggan, Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 240.]
Same from the Mayor and burgesses of Kings Lynn, Norfolk, for a lease of a fourth part of the tolls of said borough and port to be made to Robert Steward, Recorder of said borough, at the rent of 5l. per an., as formerly enjoyed by them. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 242.]
Same from Sir Joseph Aish for a reversionary lease of Richmond Ferry. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from William Barker for same of the hundred of Bosmere, Claydon and Samford, co. Suffolk. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from Ellis Hughes, gent., for renewal of lease of lands called Sychnant, co. Merioneth, heretofore part of the possessions of one Jenyn ap Howell ap Rees.Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
Same from John Buller conerning the lease of the parks of Helstone and Lanteglos, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 249.]
Same on reference from the King of 1661 [sic for 1660], Sept. 28, from Capt. Symon Cottell, a captain under Lord Hopton, concerning 6,000l. disbursements for His Majesty, for which he is now sued, and praying payment either by grant of Felson, Tintagel, &c., detailed, disparked parks of Felson, Boyton, and Barton, or by leaseholds, &c., &c., set out in full. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 143.]
[?] The report of the 7th inst. from the Surveyor General of Lands read and entered, on the petition of John Roberts concerning a copyhold in the manor of Fordington, co. Dorset. The ratal approved of and the steward of the manor to grant the estate accordingly. [Ibid. II. p. 239.]
[?] Petition from Walter Evans of St. Martin, co. Cornwall, for a grant of a tenement called Treloy, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid.]
[?] Same from the Mayor, &c., of the borough of Clifton, Dartmouth, Hardness, co. Devon, concerning their lease of the office of water bailiff or water bailwick of the town, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, and of the ports and liberties thereof, under the rent of 13l. 13s, 4d. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. VI. p. 143.]
Feb. 22. Petition from Elizabeth Cooke, late wife of Edward Barrones, of Potterspury, co. Northampton, and from Thomas Barrones, his son, concerning a copyhold messuage in Potterspury. Also another petition of said Thomas Barron concerning tenements and lands there, parcel of the honor of Grafton,which have been concealed. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book II. p. 249.]
Feb. 23. Petition from James Earl of Newburgh (on reference from the King of the 6th inst.), setting forth that the King having granted him the custom of the Scotch side of the border of Scotland, under a reserve Yearly rent, he will be disenabled to pay said rent to the King in regard the several passages adjoining to Cumberland are fordable in the summer time, through which the Scotch and Irish hitherto in the night time have used and still use to bring their cattle into England: and therefore praying a grant of the Customs of Cumberland and Westmorland for 31 years under the ancient rent payable into the Exchequer, said Customs being in the King's gift. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners to consider whether said grant (the said Customs being chiefly a border duty on cattle) would enable petitioner, who has the Custom on the other side of the border, to prevent said stealth. [Ibid. VI. p. 147.]
Same from Chirstopher Havergill for extension of lease of a messuage called King Henry the Eighth, in New Windsor. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 154.]
Same from Captain Christopher Billott and Samuel Enys, grantees of the coinage duty on tin, concerning the tinners' reasons of objections to carry their tin to the coinage towns to be weighed, assayed and coined; and concerning the arrangements made in consequence with the tinners to rate and secure the duty at the blowing houses: in opposition to which arrangements Mr. Robyns, the assay master, has seized on some tinners' tin after duty paid under pretence of his losing his salary. Minuted by Treasurer Southampton. "I have written by my secretary already to Mr. Robyns and untill the [assaying, &c.] halls bee fitted for a season I conceive it reasonable the tynners dispose their tyn as they doe. But I expect they submitt to all such waies as Mr. Robyns reasonably shall propose to prevent any frauds." [Ibid. II. p. 251.]
Same from Arthur Ingram, merchant, for an abatement of customs on a parcel of Canary wines very much damaged. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid VIII. p. 180.]
Feb.25. Petition from Frances Norman, widow of Alexander Norman, late cooper in the Tower for 30 years, for 387l. 13s. 6d.for casks and hoops delivered in. Referred: to the Master and officers of the Ordnance. [Ibid. VI. p. 146.]
Same from George Kirke, one of the Grooms of the late King's Bedchamber, for 2,000 acres of fen land in Swinehead or Holland, co. Lincoln, formerly granted him by the late King, but of which by reason of the wars he received no benefit. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 158.]
Feb. 28. Petition from Christopher Breary, of Middlethorpe, in co. and city of York, merchant, to the admitted tenant of a frontstead in Dringhouses and lands there and at Middlethorpe. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]