Minute Book: May 1667

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 2, 1667-1668. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1905.

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May 1667

May 24. Royal letters patent, dated Westminster, appointing George Duke of Albemarle (General of the Forces), Lord Ashley (Chancellor and Under Treasurer of the Exchequer), Sir Thomas Clifford (Comptroller of the Household), Sir William Coventry and Sir John Duncomb to be Lords Commissioners of the Treasury; the office of Treasurer of the Exchequer being void by the death of Thomas Earl of Southampton.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 1–3.]
May. 25. Present: The Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Sir Thomas Clifford, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
Their Lordships' commission, as above, was read in the Chamber of the late Lord Treasurer in Whitehall.
[Ibid. p. 4.]
May. 27. Present: ut supra.
Ordered that Sir George Downing, the secretary attending this Commission, should keep a book singly for registering the brief notes he should take for framing any orders upon or pursuing other their Lordships' directions; which notes at their next meeting, and before they entered upon any new business, he should acquaint them with and what was done thereupon, and so from time to time what progress was made upon any directions then unperfected: that he should enter the names of the Commissioners present at every meeting and constantly observe this method.
Order for an extract of the Privy Seal for registering on the 11 months' tax and for an extract of all that is actually registered under the several heads of loans, certificates for goods, or orders and warrants from the King.
The Vice-Chamberlain of the Household is to enquire what money he can have on orders already signed, so that warrants may be signed for him forthwith on the order of the Privy Council of the 10th inst. Meanwhile a warrant for 100,000l. to be signed for him.
Write the Auditor of the Receipt to know how far all the branches of the revenue or the extraordinaries given by Parliament are anticipated. Also to the Receivers of all the great receipts, as Excise, Customs and [Farmers of] Chimney money, for an account of tallies paid by them and of tallies charged on them and not yet paid.
Write to the several great offices, viz. Cofferer of the Household, Navy, Household, Treasurer of the Chamber, Wardrobe, Works, Ordnance and Tangier, to know their expense from the beginning [the Restoration] to the 25th inst. and to compute what the debt is which remains unpaid of that expense.
Write the Auditors of the Imprests for an account what accomptants have passed their accounts and how far and what moneys remain in their hands unaccounted for. The like to the Auditors of the revenue and of First Fruits and Tenths.
To know for how long the several branches of the revenue are farmed, the rent paid and to whom.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 4–5.]
May 29.
Present: The Duke of Albemarle, Lord Ashley, Sir Thomas Clifford, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
The Usher of the Receipt to furnish all necessaries for the Treasury Office.
Sir George Carteret to attend here to-morrow at 8 a.m.
My Lords to speak with the King before the two orders be passed for Alderman Backwell, viz. for 26,000l. and for the jewel.
To-morrow to offer [for consideration] the form of the certificate from the Navy to my Lords, that in these certificates for the future the quantity, quality and price of the goods be expressed.
Mr. Hugh May [Paymaster of Works] to attend the Treasury to-morrow at 8 a.m.
[Ibid. pp. 5–6.]
May 30.
Present: ut supra.
Sir George Carteret to consider whether past debts of the Navy for the war may not be paid out of moneys received by him on the Eleven Months' tax, except the 380,000l. for seamen's wages.
My Lords to speak to the King about the particulars in the Privy Seal for repayment of the 200,000l. borrowed on the Customs for the Navy out of the eleven Months' tax. (Done. And the Earl of Berkshire's 8,000l. to be in Sir Stephen Fox's name.)
Sir Robert Viner called in and assured of all punctuality as to what was borrowed of him before my Lords' time, and of what shall be borrowed of him and his partners. Alderman Backwell came afterwards and had the like said to him.
The Navy Treasurer to be acquainted that the victualler complains he wants 62,000l. assigned to him, and that he give the reason thereof.
Sir George Downing to speak with the Farmers of the Hearth Money to pay Mr. May 20,000l.
Mr. George Carteret, Alderman Backwell, Mr. Sherwyn and Mr. Beale to attend the Treasury concerning the accompt of the tin business in Flanders. (They came.)
Application to be made to His Majesty that before any warrant be signed by His Majesty for issuing money or charging the revenue or making any grant of any part thereof my Lords be acquainted with the address made to His Majesty concerning it, and make their report of their opinion to him as to the matter of fact and as to the condition and present state of the revenue. (Granted, and order given to the Secretaries to observe it.)
The King to be moved on behalf of Sir Edward Pooley for one of the first places that may fall vacant in the Exchequer. (Granted.)
A minute to be drawn and laid daily before my Lords of any thing in which they are to move the King.
Order for a money warrant for what was due to the Guards to the 11th inst.; on Sir Stephen Fox's paper.
His Majesty to be moved whether the Mace shall be used by my Lords in the Chamber. (Granted.)
The Auditor of the Receipt to send a list of all Privy Seals since the King's return which are unpaid in part or in whole.
The ordinary times for my Lords' meeting to be Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 a.m.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 6–7.]
May 31.
Present: Duke of Albemarle, Sir Thomas Clifford, Sir William Coventry, Sir John Duncomb.
The officers of the Exchequer to attend here on Monday at 3 p.m.
The Farmers of the Customs to send to my Lords next Monday and every Monday an account of their receipts and payments for London and the like quarterly for the outports; and that for the future they pay no money on any tally but by order of my Lords: and that they attend here Monday next at 3 p.m. When Lord Ashley is present it is to be considered as to their carrying in all their tallies into the Exchequer.
Mr. Wood to be here on Monday with what papers relate to the tin at Ostend. Write to Sir William Temple to give my Lords an account of the whole state of the tin affair in Flanders, how disposed and what remains. Also to Mr. Glanvile to the like effect that he deliver to Alderman Backwell's order what tin is not disposed by Sir William Temple's order, except the 2,000lb. for the Swedish Ambassador. This to be communicated to said Backwell.
Sir George Carteret, Alderman Backwell and Mr. Sherwyn appearing gave an account by word of mouth of the tin in Flanders and [of] a second bargain of 300 tons of the King's tin which was sold to Alderman Lewys and Alderman Dashwood at 4l. per ton.
Sir George Carteret and Mr. Gawden appeared about the 62,000l. assignment demanded by the Victualler of the Navy. To be speedily considered.
Sir George Carteret to give in to my Lords an accompt of all assignments in his hands.
Mr. Pepys to be speedily considered for 30,000l. for Tangiers.
Sir George Carteret reports that he can have from the Bankers about 60,000l. presently if they like their security. He is to treat with them to lend it on the remotest orders of the Eleven Months' tax, not on those [orders thereon] for seamen's wages.
The receivers and agents for the Royal Aid in co. Hereford are to attend the Privy Council this afternoon concerning their arrears. Lord Ashley to be moved to know how the matter stands as to the money in Mr. Price's hands for said county. Mr. Tim. Coles' permitted to give an account to my Lords of money in the hands of William Grisman, a constable in said county.
Sir William Doily's paper to be presented to the Privy Council concerning a suit commenced in co. Northampton against a collector.
Lord Ashley to be spoken with by the Serjeant at Arms concerning keeping in custody Mr. Price, receiver of co. Hereford. Price, Veale, White and Sir William Doily to attend here to-morrow.
Sir William Doily to give an accompt how the Receivers' accompts stand, and also of the charge of their [Doyle's] office and waggons. The auditors of the revenue are to call to accompt all the Receivers of the Poll money. Sir William Doyly to write to the Receivers of the said Poll money and of the taxes to hasten hither their accompts and moneys, and to the Commissioners of all [the counties, &c., of] England to send up the duplicates of the Poll money.
The Excise Commissioners to be spoken to concerning the papers of the Farmers of the London Excise, Mr. Ashburnham and Sir Stephen Fox of this day's date.
A time to be appointed to consider how to make returns by exchange out of the counties; and to consider Sir William Doily's papers of the 29th inst. for 7,000l. for waggons.
A copy to be sent to Lord Arlington of what is written to Sir William Temple and Mr. Glanvile about the tin at Ostend.
Sir Robert Southwell's Privy Seal read. Lord Arlington and Lord Ashley to be consulted about it.
Consideration to be taken of the allowances ordinary and extra-ordinary to public ministers; and to represent something to the King about it.
The Privy Seal for repayment to the King, out of the 11 Months' tax, of the 200,000l. borrowed by him on the Customs, and paid to Sir George Carteret and the Ordnance for the Navy and stores, agreed to, and sent to Lord Arlington for the King's signature.
My Lords' ordinary time of meeting to be Monday, 3 p.m., instead of Tuesday, 8 a.m.
[Treasury Minute Book I. pp. 7–9.]