Minute Book: January 1662

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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 1662

Jan. 2. Presentations from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, of Sir Gilbert Gerrard, Sir William Blackston and Henry Brabant to be Sub-Commissioners of Excise for Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle and Berwick, the four northern counties having been lately divided. Ordered: Approved of. [Early Entry Book XI. p. 90.]
Jan. 4. Petition from Charles Lord Gerard of Brandon (on reference from the King of the 16th ult.) for a grant of the Forest of Delamere in fee farm. Ordered: the Surveyor General of Lands is to make mention of this petition when the business of Delamere [Forest] is fit to be stated. [Ibid. VII. p. 178.]
[?] The petition from William Earl of Salisbury, read (on reference from the King of the 23rd ult.), setting forth that he is possessed of the offices of Ranger and Keeper of Enfield Chase by virtue of patent of 1622, July 29, and was careful in the preservation of the game until the late unhappy times wherein the then powers did destroy the game there and converted the lodges and chase to their own uses. Referred: by Chancellor Clarendon and Treasurer Southampton to the Attorney General to consider how far petitioner is still obliged by the covenants of his grant to preserve and stock the chase and repair the lodges and fences. [Ibid. p. 179.]
Jan. 6. Petition from the owners of the ship the "Golden Tunn" from the Canaries for leave to land their goods on payment of Custom, the said ship being Dutch built, but the owners all Englishmen. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. X. p. 24.]
Jan. 8. Order to Sir William Parkhurst to cause two piles of Scottish weights and one nest of English weights to be forthwith made; one whereof, together with the English nest, is to be delivered to Sir John Falconer, Master of the Mint in the Tower [sic for in Scotland] according to the indenture of that Mint. [Ibid. VII. p. 180.]
Jan. 9. Memorial of the 3rd inst. from the Excise Commissioners proposing to allow to Edward Strange, solicitor of the Excise, the usual 20l. addition to his salary for his extraordinaries. Approved of. [Ibid. XI. pp. 91–2.]
The report of the 5th inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, on the case of Israel Jackson, late a Sub-Commissioner of Excise for co. Lincoln. Jackson to be re-employed if he is found useful. [Ibid. pp. 90–1.]
The Commissioners of Customs and of Excise to attend the Duke of Albemarle with their proposition for bringing up the King's moneys [out of the country], in order to his lordship's affording them some convoy to that end. [Ibid. p. 91.]
The report from the Commissioners of Excise, read and entered, as follows:—It is now nine months since Sub-Commissioners for Excise were established in the several counties of the kingdom. In some cases the duty has been kept up to the full or even improved, but in others find very great remissness, the revenue much sinking under the Sub-Commissioners' management, they observing not their instructions, not bringing one quarter's accompt till the succeeding quarter is expired, and keeping considerable sums in their hands. Give a list, as follows, of the places where these miscarriages occur or where there are more Sub-Commissioners than the salary of 2s. per £ on the receipt will maintain.
Bristol (John Wyat and Samuel Dale, Sub-Commissioners): the revenue doth much sink.
Cheshire and Lancashire (Thomas Ashton, Thomas Egerton, James Smith and John Tatlock, Sub-Commissioners): the revenue falls short, the Sub-Commissioners do not observe instructions, and the counties will bear but three.
Cornwall (Samuel Sprey, Robert Squibb, Pierce Manaton, Sub-Commissioners): will hardly bear two Sub-Commissioners without an increase of salary.
Cumberland, Durham, Northumberland, Newcastle, Westmorland. These counties have been very ill managed, but, being lately divided into two districts and some persons altered, hope there will be a better account given in the future.
Devonshire (Richard Vivian, William Glyde, Peter Hagedot, George Glanvill, Roger Stuckley, Sub-Commissioners): this county will bear but four. Suggest the dismissal of Roger Stuckley, lately suspended for his irregular actings.
Dorset (Edward Napper, William Danvers, Robert Challoner, Sub-Commissioners): revenue fallen one half; Sub-Commissioners observe no instructions, have not brought in Michaelmas account and keepe all the money in their hands; the county will bear but two.
Hampshire (Thomas Palmer, John Rose, Sub-Commissioners): receipt fallen very short and is ill managed.
Herefordshire (William Selfe and William Walker, Sub-Commissioners): receipt falls short and the county is ill managed.
Gloucestershire (John Pare, William Parsons, William Warner, Sub-Commissioners): the receipt falls very short.
Leicestershire (Robert Millington, Alexander Ekins, Richard Betts, Sub-Commissioners): this county will bear but two Sub-Commissioners.
Middlesex (James Richant, Gifford Bale, Matthew Coppinger, Sub-Commissioners): this county will bear but two; the present Sub-Commissioners do not observe their instructions and keep money in their hands.
Norfolk (Samuel Boothhouse, Ed. Chamberlain, Henry Potkins, Hugh Kovell, Robert French, Mathew George, Sub-Commissioners): this county will bear but five Sub-Commissioners.
Salop (Richard Screven, John Stanier, Sub-Commissioners): this receipt fallen very short.
Somerset (William Byam, Henry Lester, Hugh Stuckley, Sub-Commissioners): these Sub-Commissioners are new settled since Michaelmas, but Stuckley and Lester are two of the old Sub-Commissioners, and Michaelmas account is not as yet come in; they have not observed instructions; the receipt hitherto has fallen one half.
Sussex (Marke Thomas, James Bullen, John Ward, Sub-Commissioners): this county will bear but two Sub-Commissioners.
North Wales (Richard Prowd, John Lloyd, John Morrice, Sub-Commissioners): the receipts have fallen short, no account yet come in for the half-year ended Michaelmas last.
South Wales (part), Pembroke, &c. (Moses Longman, Richard Gwyn, Walter Vaughan, Sub-Commissioners): the receipts fall very short and are ill-managed.
South Wales (Thomas Stradling, Richard Lewis, Sub-Commissioners): the receipts fall very short.
Followed by Treasurer Southampton's minute. "Now tryall hath been made of the persons herein named I conceive fit that in the first place all arreares bee endeavoured to bee brought in and their security called upon. Next that all persons unfit for the employment bee displaced and fit persons recomended to mee. And where any county is overcharged with Sub-Commissioners there let the most honest and active bee continued and the rest discharged." [Early Entry Book XI. pp. 95–7.]
Three petitions from Mary Jane for an estate in certain coppice woods in the manor of Liskeard, called Cleaverwood, Highwood, Lady Parke Wood, Coningswood, Doubleboyes and Kellywood, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall: and for an estate in two small tenements, detailed, in the manor of Boyton: and for an estate in certain coppice woods in the manor of Rillaton and manor of Moresk. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 183.]
Same from Jonathan Trelawney for reversionary lease of two tenements in the manor of Tinten [co. Cornwall.] Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
[? Jan. 9.] Petition from Major Norton, Esq., for a lease of certain lands called Hinke his land, lying waste in Southchurch, co. Durham. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 181.]
Jan. 18. Petition from Samuell Williams, of Portsmouth, merchant, for an allowance of Custom on defective French wines landed at Portsmouth. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners to consider of this and all other cases of the like nature with great circumspection before they return them. "Allowance upon damnified wines substracts soe much of His Majesties Customes that though I am very willing it be granted where there is just reason according to the Act yet I thinke it very necessary it be carefully examined and seasonably, there having bin lately a pretence made to me for reparacon after the wines were in the merchant's cellar and not knowne but by an affidavit that was offered whether they were the same wines that were imported." [Ibid. X. p. 25.]
Petition from Edward Crispe, of London, merchant, for discharge of the ship "Edward," of London, laden with wines and lately seized in London port. Referred: ut supra. [Early Entry Book X. p. 25.]
Same from Sir Charles Berkeley, Comptroller of the Household (on reference from the King of the 13th inst.), for grant of a tenement in the manor of Stratton, co. Somerset. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 184.]
Same from Richard Francklin for a lease of several messuages, &c., in Bloxie, co. Warwick, formerly in the tenure of Thomas Spencer. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
The Surveyor General's report, read and entered, on Capt. William Coysgarne's petition for a lease of lands left by the sea in co. Kent. Order for a particular of same in order to a lease. [Ibid. pp. 199.]
Jan. 20. Petition from the Earl of St. Alban's (on reference from the King of 1660–1, Jan. 24) for a lease of the bailiwick of St. James's in reversion after the Queen-Mother's interest therein under her jointure: all in consideration of moneys lent to the King when abroad. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. pp. 185–6.]
Entry of Treasurer Southampton's resolution upon the petition from Lord Berkeley of Stratton, for a lease of the lands granted by Queen Elizabeth to John Farnham. "I have with the advice of Mr. Surveyor General directed a commission to be issued out of the Exchequer for finding out the lands." [Ibid. pp. 193–4.]
Petition from Col. Charles Trevanion to be admitted to compound for felling about 20 acres of coppice wood in the parks of Heslesbury and Lanteglas in the manor of Helston in Trigg, come to the usual growth and in His Majesty's hands, being excepted out of a grant thereof heretofore made to Sir Richard Buller for the lives of John and Anthony Buller, who are content the petitioner contract for felling the said wood. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 194.]
A memorial, read and entered, relating to the grants made to the Duke of Albemarle. By letters patent of 1660–1, Feb. 14, the park of Beskwood, in Nottinghamshire, was granted him, but subsequently other lands were ordered to be set out to him in lieu thereof: no lands have yet been so set out to him, and there is due to him on the rents of said park to Lady Day next 686l. 13s. 3d.: the grant of the site of the manor of Clewer also will not mature until six months after the 11th of June, 1662, which was the hitherto understood term: therefore praying the above 686l. 13s. 3d. and a half-year on 262l. 2s. 8d., which is the yearly value of the site of said manor of Clewer. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 195.]
Jan. 21. Petition from Charles Lord Gerard of Brandon (on reference from the King of the 8th inst.) for a grant of the ancient office of Constable of the Old Castle in Newcastle upon Tyne, to which office pertained the managing and collecting of the rents of the Crown in those parts. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 191.]
[? Jan. 21.] Memorial of the 20th inst. from the Ambassadors from the United Provinces, signed by Jan Huls, Secretary to said Ambassadors, praying leave to enter, free of custom, certain fodder, beer, butter, books, &c., &c., goods that are come out of Holland, being for their own service in their houses. Order for the Customs Commissioners to grant them a bill of store as has been formerly done upon such occasions. [Early Entry Book X. p. 25.]
Jan. 22. A certificate from the Customs Commissioners (directed to Sir Phillip Warwick), read and entered, concerning the case of George Nicholson, master of the "John," of Preston, laden with salt and other goods from Scotland, said vessel being Holland built and seizable under the Navigation Act, although sailed by Scotch master and mariner and owned by Scotch men. There is a proviso in said Act to make corn and salt free from payment of aliens' duties imported in Scotch built ships. But whatever corn or salt is imported in any foreign ship is clearly forfeited by the Act. There is some thing of equity in the case by reason of the whole property belonging to the Scots besides the said Nicholson's ignorance that the order of Council of August 30 last suspending the execution of the Act of Navigation as touching the Scots was revoked by an order of the 22nd November last. Followed by Treasurer Southampton's minute ordering the seizure to be taken off on payment of His Majesty's duties and reasonable satisfaction for the officers. [Ibid. pp. 29–30.]
Same from same, read and entered, that Thomas Hayes, master of the ship "Henry," of London, though a Scotchman by birth, has lived in England 20 years and is fit to enjoy the privilege of an Englishman and be protected in his employment free from trouble [on the score of the Navigation Act]. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "I thinke it just that the petitioner Thomas Hayes be allowed in his employment as master of the ship; soe as in all other perticulers the Act of Navigation be observed." [Ibid. p. 27.]
Petition from Col. Thomas Walker (on reference from the King of the 10th ult.) for a lease of some lands, part of the soil of the Forest of Roche, in Somerset, and manor of Barrington, formerly belonging to Sir William Ogle. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 219.]
[?] An extract, read and entered, of the proceedings had in Hilary term, 1660–1, Feb. 13 last, between Thomas Newey, informant, and Arthur Betsworth, merchant, who claimed the property of some cinnamon and cochineal of the growth of Africa, Asia, or America, imported into England in the ship "King David," said ship not belonging to Englishmen and the master and three-fourths of the mariners being Englishmen, contrary to the Navigation Act; the said proceedings resulting in a reference of the case to Treasurer Southampton. With minute of said Southampton's decision. "Upon hearing of this business I conceive the seizure to be good and see no cause to abate the seizer's part." [Ibid. X. p. 27.]
Jan. 24. Petition from Charles Earl of Derby (on reference from the King of the 16th inst.) for a grant of all the waste grounds and lands left by the sea in Lancashire, Cheshire and Somerset, from the improvement of which much benefit will arise. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Early Entry Book VII. p. 194.]
Petition from Morogh Earl of Inchiquin (on reference from the King of the 11th inst.) of such concealed lands and tenements as he shall discover belonging to the Crown in the parishes of St. George, St. Olave, St. Thomas, St. Mary Overy within the borough of Southwark, and Lambeth, Newington, St. Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 195.]
Jan. 28. Petition from Christopher Maynard, of Totnes, Devon, for discharge of some fardels of dowlas seized at Dartmouth. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid. X. p. 26.]
The Customs Commissioners' report, read and entered, on the statement of the case of the ship "Golden Sunn," Andrew Anderson master, also entered, which in 1659–60 sailed for the Canaries, thence to Newfoundland, was taken by a Turkish man-of-war, and four days late re-taken by a Biscay man-of-war and taken into Bilbao, repurchased, then freighted for the Canaries and Barbados, and now in the Downs after being away 21 months. "Shee did depart from hence before the Act of Navigacon was made or that Parliament that made it did begin." Ordered: that the merchants concerned in the said ship be permitted to unlade their goods on payment of His Majesty's Customs (the English proprietors English Customs). Followed by: a subsequent note, dated 1661–2, Feb. 7, from the Customs Commissioners concerning the payment of English Custom on the goods belonging to Englishmen in said ship. [Ibid. pp. 29–31.]
Jan. 31. Petition from Charles Trevanion for a reversionary estate in the park of Restormel and Trinity, parcel of the Duchy [of Cornwall]. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. VII. p. 205.]
Same from Simon Glaster for a new lease of several lands, &c., in Sutterfield Maburgh, senior and junior, in the lordship of Holme Cultram, co. Cumberland. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 206.]
Same from John Hardy for a lease of lands, &c., in Thorneton, co. York, parcel of the barony of Kendal, in Westmorland. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid. p. 207.]
Same from George Browne praying that the Master of the Ordnance may take new iron ordnance from petitioner and deliver all the broken and unserviceable iron ordnance rate pro rate to him at such prices as shall be agreed on by a contract to be made with petitioner in the Office of Ordnance. Referred: to Sir William Compton and the rest of the officers of the Ordnance. [Ibid. p. 208.]
Same from Robert Lee to be admitted tenant to certain coppices in the manor of Cookham, called the King's coppices, formerly granted to Mr. Hobbey. Referred: to the Surveyor General of Lands. [Ibid. p. 209.]
Certificate, by way of report, from the Customs Commissioners, read and entered, on the petition of Edward Crispe, of London, merchant, concerning the ship "Edward," John Church master, a foreign built vessel, purchased by petitioner and lately arrived in London laden with Spanish wine. Order for discharge of the seizure. [Early Entry Book X. pp. 31.]
Petition from John Taylor touching the ship "Lambe," Scotch built, laden with Scotch coal and owned by Scotchmen, and under seizure for bringing ten hogsheads of sugar for a merchant in London. Referred: to the Attorney General. [Ibid. p. 33.]
Same from William Legatt for discharge of a seizure of five pieces of Scotch tickens seized in London port. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Ibid.]
The Duke of Albemarle's permit, read and entered, for Viscount Massareene to ship for Ireland five mares and three stone horses. Order to the Customs Commissioners to obey same. [Ibid. p. 35.]
[? Jan. 31] Petition from Henry Jermyn, son of Thomas Jermyn, of Rushbrooke, co. Suffolk, for confirmation of the late King's patent of 1637, June 12, to his father for the erecting an office in the Court of the Exchequer, viz.: of Receiver and Surveyor of certain fines and amerciaments particularly mentioned in said letters patents. Referred: to the Attorney General. [Ibid. VII. p. 207.]