Minute Book: August 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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August 1663

Aug. 4. The memorial of the 22nd ult. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing to allow 250l. to William Christian and Thomas Calverd, sometime Sub-Commissioners of Excise for Durham, Northumberland, Westmorland, Cumberland, Newcastle and Berwick, towards their extraordinaries in their account to 1661, March 25. Ordered: Allowed of. [Ibid. XII. p. 40.]
Same [to Sir Philip Warwick] from the Customs Farmers, read and entered, concerning the discovery of frauds and abuses in the Customs at Boston, Lynn, and other ports, and desiring a commission to examine persons on oath with the object of finding much more of the like nature. Ordered: that the Attorney General take care for the issue of such a commission from the Exchequer Court. [Ibid. X. p. 217.]
[After Aug. 6.] The memorial of the 6th inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing to accept 45l. from one John Davies on behalf of Edward Cornewall, late a Sub-Commissioner of Excise for co. Hereford, for the arrears of 168l. standing out on said county on the final account to Sept. 29 last. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. XII. p. 43.]
Aug. 8. Petition from John Birch, Auditor of the Excise. Sets forth that in Feb., 1660–1, he was commanded to audit the accompts of the Excise Commissioners, with their Sub-Commissioners and all other persons excepted by the Act of Oblivion who were accomptable for Excise from 1647, Sept. 29, to the date of petitioner's patent for that employement: that he has proceeded in said service and has duly charged not only the Commissioners and Sub-Commissioners but other persons on account for 9 ½ years: that in this employment he has disbursed for the assistance of clerks 450l., towards which he has received in three years only 400l. Prays some reward for his work. "Auditor Beale who in the late times by way of retrospect did audit two yeares' accompt for the said duty had [got] paid [to] him for each year 300l." Ordered: that an additional 550l. be allowed him, "and because we know not yet where to charge the same the petitioner is further to attend us. And in case hee bee not before Michaelmas next otherwise provided of this summe wee resolve the 190l. hee is to pay for the Bishop of Hereford's First Fruits shalbe allowed as part of it." [Ibid. p. 41.]
Aug. 9. The petition from Henry Vassall, of London, merchant, and Jo. Bottley, of London, mariner, read and entered (on reference from the King of the 22nd ult.) concerning the ship "John," of London, which was freighted at Cadiz (by William Prideaux and Co., English merchants there residing) to proceed to Tangier and Algiers and thence back to Cadiz, but which could not come to anchor at Algiers by reason of the sickness being there, and was ultimately forced to proceed to England, being likewise refused admittance back to Cadiz for the same reason, and is now finally seized in the Thames. Referred: to the Customs Commissioners. [Early Entry Book X. p. 218.]
The petitions of Andrew Mallett and Francis Mansell read and entered (on reference from the King of the 29th ult.) for arrears of pension and salary due. Order to the Exchequer for the 345l. due to be paid when it is paid into the Exchequer by the collector of the Tenths of the diocese of Durham. [Ibid. IV. p. 297.]
[?] The report from the Customs Farmers of June 19 last on the petition from Lancelot Chapman, read and entered, together with an affidavit of said Chapman herein concerning the ship "Desire, " of Tynemouth, which he purchased in Dec., 1661, from Henry Hoyle, of London, being a Dutch bottom, and which he rechristened as the "Providence," of London, and employed in the coal trade between London and Newcastle; and praying that said ship may be entered as an English bottom. With Treasurer Southampton's minute. "If Mr. Attorney can finde any way that this ship be entered into the list though the owner put not in his clayme in tyme I shalbe well content and recomend it to him and the [Exchequer] Court to consider and, if they finde fit, to admit the same." [Ibid. X. p. 219.]
Aug. 15. The report from the Customs Farmers, read and entered, on the petition from John and James Vanbergh, of London, merchants (born in London of an English mother, and trading as merchants in their own name by special licence from the King), concerning a seizure of some linen made by one Blake, an officer. Ordered: that the seizure be discharged on payment of double custom. [Ibid. p. 220.]
[After Aug. 22.] The memorial of the 22nd inst. from the Excise Commissioners, read and entered, proposing to allow 30l. to Mathew Plowman, [late] a Sub-Commissioner of Excise for co. Somerset, for the charge of his officers employed by him beyond Sept 29 last, he having gone on in discharge of his trust and kept all his officers and gaugers on foot, not being superseded until five weeks after the quarter day, for which the farmers of the Excise of the county refuse to pay. Ordered: allowed of. [Ibid. XII. p. 44.]
Aug. 25. The memorial of the 30th ult. from same, read and entered, proposing to accept 250l. from Thomas Stradling and Richard Lewis, late Sub-Commissioners of Excise for Glamorgan, Monmouth, Brecknock and Radnor, for the arrears of 846l. standing out on those counties: further proposing to allow them 300l. Over and above the usual salary of 2s. in the £, towards their extraordinaries of 464l. 15s. 0d., as the nett receipt from these counties within the time concerned was only 1,128l. 19s. 2d. "this charge may seeme to be very great as indeed it is: but wee must truely say that upon examinacon of the bookes in this office wee doe not find that ever soe much money was in those counties collected in the like time by any Sub-Commissioners and that the charge thereof hath never bin less than 6 or 7 shillings per £." Ordered: Allowed of. [Early Entry Book XII. p. 46.]
Aug. 27. Petition from John Robinson, one of the searchers at Gravesend, for leave of absence. Ordered: Granted. [Ibid. X. p. 223.]