Minute Book: May 1663

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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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May 1663

May 6. Petition from Vincent Dean complaining of a seizure of wool at Deal, which being made by replevin from Hastings the parties making the seizure were committed by order of the Council Board until the wool was brought back to His Majesty's storehouse, but since liberated without restoring the wool. Ordered: the Attorney General to make a speedy and effectual prosecution against them if they conform not in delivering back the wool. [Ibid. X. p. 198.]
May 6. The memorial of the 28th ult. from the Commissioners for Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to allow 78l. 17s. 0d. to Richard Baker and William Horsley, late Sub-Commissioners of Excise in the town and port of Newcastle, for their extraordinary charges and towards the balance of 301l. 15s. 7 ¼d. due from them on their accounts to 1660, Dec. 25. Ordered: allowed of. [Early Entry Book XII. pp. 1–2.]
Same of same date from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing to allow 40l. to Arthur Roope (Roopes) for his trouble in getting in 204l. 6s. 10d. arrears of Excise which were standing out on the town and port of Dartmouth at 1660, Dec. 25, at the time of the dismissal of the Sub-Commissioners of Excise for said port, of whom said Roopes was one. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. pp. 2–3.]
Same of the 4th inst. from the Commissioners fro Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to discharge William Bawden and Anthony Rouse, sometime Farmers of Excise for co. Cornwall, of the 160l. charged upon them as an augmentation of the Excise on their said farm ending 1658, March 25, conditionally upon their payment of 20l. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. pp. 3–4.]
Petition from John Lloyd and Jo. Morris, two of the Sub-Commissioners of Excise for the six counties of North Wales, for their discharge and the return of their bonds upon their payment of such moneys as are strictly due over and above their disbursements upon their oaths, or otherwise to issue out such instructions unto them in this particular case as may produce the like effect. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "Being certified by some gentlemen that serve in Parliament of the industry of the petitioner John Lloyd and of his probability that his charges were extraordinary, though I thinke not fit to make that a rule that what is sworne unto [is] to be allowed, yet I direct the Commissioners to waigh the circumstances of this particuler case and to propose what they thinke may fittly be allowed and without prejudice to His Majesties revenue by the example." [Ibid. p. 4.]
[?] The memorial of the 28th ult. from the Commissioners for the Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to discharge Thomas Lane and Thomas Seaborne, sometime Farmers of Excise for co. Hereford, of the 200l. charged upon them by way of augmentation of their farm ending 1658, March 25, conditionally upon their paying into the Treasury of the Excise 34s. which they swear was the utmost they ever received within the limits of their farm on aocount of said augmentation. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. p. 5.]
May 13. Sir Henry Bennet's letter to the Receipt, dated Whitehall, the 12th inst., read and entered, for the furnishing of 100l. to Captain Trelawney, who has attended the Portugal business these many months here. Ordered: that the Auditor of the Receipt observe this signification of his Majesty's pleasure, causing the messenger of the Receipt to call on Secretary Bennet and to see the Privy Seal passed. [Ibid. IV. p. 212.]
May 13. Petition from the adventurers and fishermen of Aldeburgh, in Suffolk, representing that having no convenience of their own for brewing their beer for their fishing voyages they were necessitated to take it of the common brewer, for which they are now charged 2s. 6d. a barrel for Excise, and that the Excise officers at Ipswich send and levy duties at that rate, pretending the beer to be strong beer, which will charge petitioners equally with the common inns which retail the same with great profit: and therefore praying if it be the sense of the late Act for Excise that fishing beer should pay the Excise, that it should be paid for as working beer paying 6d. per barrel and not as strong beer: otherwise it will utterly take off the adventurers from their trade, which is most laborious and least gainful. Referred: to the Excise Commissioners. [Early Entry Book XII. p. 7.]
Same from Peirce Mannaton, Samuel Spry and Robert Squibb, [late] Sub-Commissioners of Excise for Cornwall, for an allowance of 273l. 13s. 0d. on their accounts for disbursements, &c., actually made by them, their whole salary not amounting to 46l. per an. per person. Referred: ut supra. [Ibid.]
May 19. Petition from John Shaw, surveyor and master mason of Chester Castle, for 338l. 15s. 11 ½d. expended in the repair of the said castle and for his fees, of which he has received nothing. The said repairs being determined by certificate of the Justices of Assize and Justices of Peace of the said county, the Grand Jury of the same at the General Assize, and by virtue of a commission out of the Exchequer, Ordered: The [Exchequer Court] Auditor to allow upon the account of the Receiver [of Crown rents for co. Chester] the fees to petitioner according to his patents of 1660, Aug. 29. For the disbursement of 338l. petitioner is to address himself to the King with the certificate of the gentry as to the necessity of the repair. Followed by: Note as to the certificate of the said fees. [Ibid. IV. pp. 214–5.]
Petition from Richard Scriven and John Stanier, late Sub-Commissioners of Excise for co. Salop, for some further allowance towards their extraordinary charges in their accounts for said Excise for 18 months to Sept. 29 last: their disbursements being 483l. 4s. 2d., towards which only 225l. has been allowed. Referred: to the Excise Commissioners. [Ibid. XII. p. 8.]
May 20. Petition from Capt. William Mathews (on reference from the King of the 9th Jan. last) praying authority to collect some arrears of Excise due from desperate and insolvent persons between the period of the Restoration and the letting of the Excise to farm, viz.: in the six western counties of Hants, Wilts, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and the city of Exeter. Referred: to the Excise Commissioners. [Ibid.]
May 21. Petition from Capt. Henry Lester, a Sub-Commissioner of Excise for co. Somerset, along with John Elsworth and Hugh Stookely. Sets forth that there is due to him on his account for his said service for 1661 the sum of 229l. 7s. 1d., which he cannot get, nor also the return of his surety bonds, because his fellow Sub-Commissioners, by their ill actings, have not yet perfected their accompts. Referred: to the Excise Commissioners. [Early Entry Book XII. p. 9.]
The memorial of the 8th inst. from the Commissioners for the Arrears of Excise, read and entered, proposing to discharge Richard Best and Bartholomew Holby, sometime Farmers of Excise of co. Devon, of the 1,000l. charged upon them as an augmentation of their farm, they having made oath that they never received anything on account of said augmentation. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid.]
[? May 21.] The memorial of the 12th inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, recommending the case of John Monck, an officer employed under Gerrard Fowke and Thomas Fisher, late Sub-Commissioners of Excise in co. Derby, who is found guilty of manslaughter, but reprieved [sic] by the Judges, for the accidental death of the wife of one Thomas Alexander, of Ashborne, co. Derby, whilst effecting a seizure: and praying the Lord Treasurer's letters to the Justices of Assize for the said county of Derby that they would be instrumental to procure the said John Monck to be inserted amongst others in His Majesty's gracious pardon without paying fees. With minute by Treasurer Southampton and Lord Ashley. "Wee desire this person, John Monck, may be inserted in the Generall Pardon without fees, the occasion of his trouble having befallen him in the execucon of his place, and being a very poore man." [Ibid. p. 10.]
[?] Petition from Thomas Thory, Collector of Customs in Boston port, for allowance of a sum of 270l. 8s. 0d. expended by him by consent of the Customs Farmers in the purchase of a house adjoining the chief quay there and very proper for a Custom House. Referred: to the said Farmers. [Ibid. X. p. 203.]
May 22. Petition from George Cabery, concerning the 150l. owning to his late father, Richard Cabery, by the late King for clothes furnished for his service at Newcastle; for which one James Hill has unjustly obtained a Privy Seal on which he has received 75l. Referred: to the Auditor of the Receipt, who is to suspend further payment to said Hill until further order. [Ibid. IV. p. 218.]
May 26. The memorial from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing a further allowance of 80l. to John Rose and Thomas Palmer, late Sub-Commissioners of Excise for co. Hants, towards their extraordinaries in their accounts for that business for one year ending 1662, March 25. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. XII. p. 11.]
Petition from William Christian, Customer of Carlisle port, concerning the fee of a half-penny per beast [of cattle imported] belonging to him by right of his place, but alleged by Sir Philip Musgrave to be due to him upon the account of the tolls which he now has in farm. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "I understanding that the petitioner as customer receives a fee upon every drove of cattell and that the halfe penny a beast is in respect of the toll in all former times (there being then noe custome) doe thinke fit to suspend the leavying the same by the Customer, who if he have any right thereunto he may evidence [it] either by a commission or a suit at law: but in the meane time, that the country be not doubly charged, the petitioner is not to demand it. And Sir Philip Musgrave is to give security that if the suit be determined on the petitioner's side that he [petitioner] be answered the same." [Early Entry Book X. p. 204.]