Minute Book: December 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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December 1662

Dec. 2. The [? Exchequer Court] Auditors' exceptions heard to the accounts of Sir Thomas Foote and Sir Thomas Cullum. The [said accomptants] to certify in writing before Saturday night next what moneys have in each year been raised for the duty of Excise within the district of London, and paid into the treasury of the Excise between 1647, Sept. 29, and 1650, Sept. 29, and likewise what moneys appear by the Sub-Commissioners' books to have been raised by the said Sub-Commissioners in the country in each of those years as the annual revenue of that year: what the said Sub-Commissioners have in every of those years paid into the treasury of the Excise, and what sums of money were by reward or otherwise, without warrant, given or allowed to the several officers employed in the affairs of the Excise in London in each of those years: and lastly what moneys were paid or allowed without warrant to the several Sub-Commissioners in the country in each of the said years over and above their ordinary salary of 2s. per £. [Early Entry Book XI. p. 192.]
The memorial of the 26th ult. from the Commissioners for the Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing an allowance to the late Sub-Commissioners, detailed, of Excise for co. Devon, on their accounts to 1660, Dec. 25. Ordered: approved of. [Ibid. p. 193.]
Dec. 3. Memorial read from the Excise Commissioners proposing Thomas Gaywood (at present check to the Brewery Office in London) to be chief clerk next Mr. Howland, the Register for the drawing up of orders, reports, &c., relating to the Excise and for the drawing of bonds. Ordered: Approved of. [Ibid. pp. 192–3.]
Dec. 5. The petition from several merchants trading in linen, read and entered, together with the Customs Farmers' reply thereto by way of report: said petition setting forth that since the late Commissioners of Customs are become the Farmers thereof they not only with rigour take the duties, but also more than is due, endeavouring by any ways, though never heretofore practised, to enrich themselves to the prejudice of the merchants: and that they in particular refuse to make defalcation of five in the hundred on that part of the subsidy called the additional duty which was formerly always allowed and is enjoyned by the 17th article in the Book of Rates, and further refuse to suffer the sworn measurer to measure on the merchants' behalf and countenance the officers in the secret unpacking and repacking of the merchants' goods, though it has always been accustomed that the merchant or his servant should be present to see his goods not changed or abused; and further, when the merchants come to complain, threaten them that they should be worse dealt with. Referred: to the Solicitor General and Sergeant Keeling to consider of. [Ibid. X. pp. 151–3.]
Dec. 6. Petition to Treasurer Southampton from [Timothy Alsopp] His Majesty's brewer, for order to be given to the Excise Commissioners "to make good your Honour's order, to your petitioner, of allowing him in part of his unsupportable arrears of Excise that shalbe due from him, being about 35l. to 40l. a weeke for which the present Commissioners desire your Lordship's order and without which he will be ruined in his creditt, having received very little of His Majesties Cofferer but is put by from receiving any considerable sume as other purveyors have bin and referred to receive satisfaccon by his Exise." With Treasurer Southampton's minute hereon. "The petitioner serving in this beere for His Majesties Household and his case being perticularly recommended to me by Mr. Cofferer I thinke it reasonable that the farmers of the Excise of London allow such summes as shall monethly be due from Mr. Alsop, His Majesties brewer. Soe as the Cofferer from time to time discharge the said sumes so due upon the monethly allowance that is now made him for His Majesties Household." [Ibid. XI. p. 194.]
Dec. 8. The memorial of the 26th ult., read and entered, from the Commissioners for the Arrears of Excise proposing to accept 120l. as composition for the debt of 350l. due from Esa Risbie, Richard Best and Robert Williams, sometime Farmers of Excise for co. Lincoln, on their rent for said farm for the year ended 1657, March 25. Ordered: approved of. [Early Entry Book XI. p. 195.]
The memorial of the 1st inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing an allowance to Michael Marlowe, sole Sub-Commissioner of Excise for co. Buckingham on his account for one quarter to 1661, March 25. Ordered: approved of. [Ibid. pp. 195–6.]
Petition from Sir Sackville Crow, read and entered (on reference from the King of the 2nd inst.), concerning the Custom of 40s. per ton on all iron ordnance transported, to which the Customs Farmers lay claim; which is treble the rate imposed on any other native manufacture, and which if insisted on may damage petitioner's interest, which was renewed to him by the King for the making and transporting of iron ordnance; an interest whereby in the time of the late King he advanced the revenue 10,000l. per an., and which has now in the late times of confusion been totally lost to His Majesty and possessed by the Swede. With Treasurer Southampton's minute hereon. "The transport of these ordnance may be a publick service. And therefore I believe the Farmers of His Majesties Customes will be favourable to the petitioner in the rates. But it being lett unto them I can only remitt him thither." [Ibid. X. pp. 153–4.]
Dec. 12. Petition from Francis Tostock, Samuel Stephens, John Buries and nine others for some allowance for their service, having been employed by order from the Lord Treasurer of Sept. 10 last upon an ocular view of all firehearths and stoves in the several parishes and liberties within the precincts of the bills of mortality, and to make up an account thereof; which they carefully and faithfully performed, and by it made a considerable improvement of His Majesty's revenue. Ordered: the Excise Commissioners to pay petitioners 120l. and 20l. to Mr. Fillingham. [Ibid. XI. p. 199.]
Dec. 15. Petition from John Mayne, Thomas Palmer, and William Hooper, merchants, of Exeter, concerning 16 ballots of lockerames belonging to them and seized at Topsham. Referred: to the Customs Farmers. [Ibid. X. p. 155.]
Dec. 19. The detailed salary bill for the Excise Office, London (amounting to 1,271l. 5s. 0d.) for the quarter ended the 25th inst. entered and allowed. [Ibid. XI. pp. 196–8.]
Dec. 30. The memorial of the 17th inst., read and entered, from the Commissioners for Arrears of Excise concerning the sum charged upon Sir Charles Howard and Jeremy Tolhurst (sometime Farmers of Excise for co. Northumberland) for arrears on the rent of said farm on the account for one year to 1658, March 25: and the further sum charged upon them by way of the augmentation of said rent. Propose to discharge the overcharge and to accept a composition for the arrear. Ordered: approved of. [Ibid. p. 200.]
Same of the 12th inst., read and entered, from same concerning like arrears and augmentation due from Joseph Mitchell and Thomas Gough, sometime Farmers of Excise for co. Dorset: and proposing as above. Ordered: approved of. [Early Entry Book XI. p. 201.]
[?] Memorial of the 11th inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, containing a scheme of such officers as they consider necessary to be employed for carrying on the affairs of the Excise Office from the 25th inst. (total proposed quarterly salaries, 555l.) Ordered: approved of. [Ibid. pp. 202–3.]