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Minute Book: November 1672

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 3, 1669-1672. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1908.

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November 1672

Nov. 2.
Saturday.
Present: Sir Jo. Duncombe.
Write to the Trustees of Fee Farms that they should send to Lord St. John and his partners [in the late intended farm of the Customs] to appear before them and bring in their contracts that they may have conveyances pass for the finishing of such as are wanting to complete the [total] sum [contracted for].
Send to Mr. Montague to make a state of the office of the Wardrobe up to the Earl of Sandwich's death and that said state be full and clear in all things and to advise with such officers and auditors as may give any light to [enable him to] make a clear and open state of that matter.
[Ibid. p. 352.]
Nov. 4.
Monday.
Present: Lord Clifford, Sir John Duncombe.
[Ordered] that the Queen be weekly put in [the list of Exchequer payments] till 13,000l. be paid [to Her Majesty]: at Mr. Harvey's motion.
The Customs Commissioners deliver a paper concerning an article of the treaty with Sweden, which my Lords margin with a direction to consult with Mr. Secretary Coventry: and also with other marginal directions.
Two papers delivered to my Lords by the Customs Commissioners.
(1) The draft of a warrant about the encouragement of trade and for regulating Plantations.
(2) An article interpreted about the treaty with Sweden. Both these papers to be presented to the [Privy] Council by my Lords.
The Duke [of York] to be acquainted with the letter from Bilboa.
A report delivered [to my Lords] by the [Customs] Commissioners against Arthur Upton, Collector of Falmouth, which offences are at present remitted by my Lords against the said Upton, being reported by the Customs Commissioners for an officer very capable to serve the King in his Customs. The report to be kept in memorial if [in case] he should offend again.
Petition read from John Stoner, merchant. Ordered to be heard this day week.
My Lords will commend to the Commissioners of Prizes Mr. Cole's petition for [reward for] service done in taking a prize.
The officers of the Works are to attend to-morrow morning about their warrant for exchanging orders upon fee farms. (In the margin: Aram to give notice against the time when my Lords sit next.)
Lady Portland to be put into the list [of Exchequer payments to be made] on Saturday for a quarter [on her pension].
Sir Robt. Viner to bring in a list of such bonds as he desires for his satisfaction [being bonds] taken for the wine duty by Sir John Shaw and his partners, and then a warrant to be drawn for the delivery to Sir Robert Viner of such bonds. (In the margin: Aram to speak with Sir Rob. Viner to speak with me [Sir Ro. Howard].)
Mr. Norman to appear before my Lords the day appointed strictly. Write him accordingly.
Warrant for Sir William Godolphin's plate; and the Wardrobe to have money for materials for his state [equipage, &c.] Remind my Lords the next list that's made [of Exchequer payments].
The Earl of Nottingham to have half a year next Saturday in the list [of Exchequer payments].
On Thursday morning Col. Birch, Capt. Kingdome and Mr. Green and others [Wadlow et al.] concerned about the Wine Acts [accounts] and bonds are to appear before my Lords.
A supersedeas ordered to be granted for Edmund Waring: on his petition.
A paper of charges about Mr. Montague's embassy is read by my Lords. Upon which my Lords order Sir Ro. Howard to search [precedents for] all the charges that ambassadors have been at, whether advance, ordinary or extraordinary.
Search [to be made] about the articles of the Irish farm about [any covenant for] defalcations in case of a foreign war. The Attorney General to be attended in it also.
A petition read from the Farmers of Excise of Essex about a replevin brought for goods seized [by them for Excise duty]. Ordered that Thomas Loveing, Timothy Code, Rowland Cooke and Robert Smith be sent for in custody by Serj. Stevens.
Examine the business about the law duty with Sir Robt. Long concerning farming it. And peruse Sir Robt. Atkins' account [along] with it.
[Treasury Minute Book IV. pp. 353–5.]
Nov. 8.
Friday.
Present: Earl of Shaftesbury, Sir J. Duncombe.
On Thursday morning in every week my Lords to sit for the passing of accompts.
Mr. Lewin's (Lewis's) petition as Receiver and Solicitor of the subsidy for co. Dorset is referred to Mr. Sherwin et al.
Two letters to be written to Sir Edmund Sawyer and the Trustees [for sale of Fee Farms] "that a rent of 22l. 9s. 2d. issuing out of the manor of Haddenham, co. Bucks, and lands in Guildford Marsh in Kent and Rye in Sussex . . . . . . ."
Write as before to Col. Birch, Capt. Kingdon, Mr. Green and others [concerned in Wadlow's Wine Act accounts] to attend my Lords on Tuesday morning next.
Col. Howard for the Guards: to be put in the list [of Exchequer payments] to-morrow.
[Ibid. p. 356.]
Nov. 9.
Saturday.
Present: His Majesty, the Duke of York, Prince Rupert, Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Clifford, Secretary Coventry, Sir Jo. Duncombe, Sir Tho. Osborne.
The Commissioners [et al] of the Navy called in [viz.] Viscount Brouncker, Sir Tho. [Osborne]. The King directs that said Commissioners make the times of payment as easy as they can. [It is then debated] concerning the estimates of stores and the charges of seamen, the first coming to 150,708l. and the other to 960,000l. Some discourse there was about building ships whether the best way [would be] by contracts or no. The argument against building by contract was that let what care would be taken they would not put in as sufficient materials. The King directs that the wayes at Sheerness be immediately [cleared] and the Navy Commissioners when they attend my Lords will bring the estimate of it. [Ordered] that it be enquired presently what the [Customs] rates of planks were before the war; to order it to be so now [so] that the Customs may not rise, it being a commodity only for the King. The Wood Farmers to be sent for to be at the Treasury on Monday.
All petty [customs] Farmers to be spoken to [as to my Lords' intentions to resume or] to take in the petty farms.
The Duke of York moves about paying off men whose ships are paid. Sir Thomas Osborne answers by the [text of the] instruction [to him as Treasurer of the Navy], which if dispensed with they shall be paid. [It is] judged about 6,000l. 'twill be to be paid.
[Ibid. p. 357.]
Nov. 12. Present: Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Clifford.
Sir John Chichley's bill of 1,409l. 8s. 2d. [is] to be offered to my Lords when the Earl of Shaftesbury comes, for an order [for it] to be paid with interest: "which is granted and an order to the Commissioners of the Navy to pay it accordingly."
The hearing about the wood farm is to be put off till Friday morning.
Sir Tho. Orby [is] to have a privy seal according to the King's warrant to discharge him of what he owed the Queen Mother, deceased, for a lease.
Mr. Dunklyn's petition is granted: to be put in the list [of Exchequer payments] next Saturday.
To look on [? out] Lady Dallison's petition and to speak with Mr. Filingham to see them discharged in the Exchequer and to put in to the next list [of Exchequer payments] 150l. or the sum due.
Send to the Customs Commissioners about Mr. Spicer's continuing at Lime End. Put my Lords in mind of it when the Customs Commissioners are here.
The Earl of Sandwich's petition is read. My Lords will give the King an account of said petition and in order to the finishing of it Mr. Sherwin, Mr. Townsend, Auditor Beale, Sir C. Harbord and the officers of the Wardrobe both [the present officers] and those that were in before Mr. Montague are to attend my Lords on Thursday afternoon.
My Lords will sit on Thursday afternoon. The Attorney General to be here [then] about several matters.
Mr. Chyld's (Child's) petition granted: and a warrant ordered as desired.
The Earl of Ranelagh's petition and proposal is to be considered on Thursday next and Sir William Bucknall and the rest of the Irish Farmers are to attend.
Process [is ordered] to be stopped against Mr. Canham on his bonds.
Mrs. Chiffinch's petition is to be heard on Tuesday next. Mr. Ashmole to be then here.
Mr. John Forthe's petition is referred to the Excise Commissioners.
Col. Birch, Capt. Kingdon, Auditor Aldworth and Mr. Greene are to attend on Thursday next concerning bonds and other matters relating to the Wine Act.
Alderman Backwell, Mr. Pollexfen and Holcombe are to attend my Lords on Thursday afternoon next about the petition delivered by Mr. Holcombe.
[Treasury Minute Book IV. pp. 358–9.]
Nov. 16.
Saturday.
Present: Earl of Shaftesbury, Lord Clifford, Sir Jo. Duncombe.
Send to Sir Dennis Gauden and Sir William Killegrew to attend on Monday next concerning Mrs. [? or Mr.] Davies' business. Send word that they speak with Sir Robt. Howard only.
Send to Mr. Oakes to attend my Lords on Tuesday next.
Col. Stroud's business about the account of the farm of the four and a half per cent. duty and likewise the order of my Lords charged upon Sir Charles Wheeler and Col. Stroud for the payment of 490l. 1s. 9d. for transporting soldiers are referred to Sir R. Long, Sir Ro. Howard, Auditor Aldworth and Mr. Sherwin.
Alderman Backwell, Mr. Holcombe, and Mr. Pollexfen are to attend my Lords on Tuesday next.
Sir Bernard de Goom's pension is to be settled on the Duchy of Cornwall.
Sir William Bucknall and Viscount Ranelagh are to attend my Lords on Monday afternoon.
Petition read from Edw. Challoner. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
[Treasury Minute Book IV. p. 360.]
Nov. 19
[sic for 18.]
Monday.
[Ordered] that the Commissioners of Accounts be sent to to return back to the Exchequer all accounts that they have received from thence.
Mr. Sherwin, Mr. Webb and Mr. Fillingham are to take care for bringing in the arrears of the monthly taxes.
Send to Mr. White to attend at the Treasury on Wednesday morning to speak with Sir Ro. Howard.
Sir John Bennet to have 500l. per week till his last bill of 500l. [be paid] and his arrears of the last [week] to be put into the first week. Send to Mr. George Dashwood to pay the 400l. to Sir John Bennett or to appear before my Lords to shew cause why he does not.
"The Duke of York's business [is ordered] to be finished according to the report that particular way that relates to the Act of Parliament and most easy for the Duke."
Write to the Customs Commissioners how fit it is to transport six geldings into Ireland as is desired by Sir Edmd. Massy.
The Customs Commissioners called in: deliver a paper.
My Lords [to] sit to-morrow afternoon at three o'clock. Mr. Montague's business to be then heard. Also the alum business.
A noli prosequi to be entered against Gospritt. Referred to the Customs Commissioners [for him] to agree [with] the officer in the business.
The salaries of the King's officers of the Customs are to be presented to my Lords to be signed about a week hence.
The business concerning the Wine Licences is to be considered to-morrow afternoon at three o'clock.
The King's Majesty present. Viscount Ranelagh's proposals are read. The last proposition [is] proceeded [debated] on, which is concerning 12 payments: in which the Farmers are not concerned. Granted accordingly. Against Viscount Ranelagh's proposition Lord Clifford says that Viscount Ranelagh's covenants are certain and must not depend [on such a proposition as that] if the Farmers do not pay he shall not be called upon.
Viscount Ranelagh confesses it true what Lord Clifford says but urges His Hajesty's service and desires that the Farmers may pay at their prevised day and he will pay. The Irish Farmers [are called in]. Sir William Bucknall (erased). The Lord Chancellor opens [the debate as to the subject of] the day of pay [of their rent], which is at such a day and the rest of the days is but for grace [so] that the King should not enter [seize or re-enter upon the farm]. Sir William Bucknall urges that they [said Farmers themselves] receive but every half year. The King tells the Farmers they have a good bargain and therefore they advance money, but if they only pay the King when they receive what thanks is it?
The Lord Chancellor explains the days of grace as before. Viscount Ranelagh says every year commences at the 25 of December and at the half year day after there is a year paid of Hearthmoney, &c., and this before they (struck through). They may receive 60,000l. before they pay the King a farthing.
Sir William Bucknall says at their entrance it was above a year before they received Chimney money. Viscount Ranelagh answers that the King then forbore them.
The Lord Chancellor says he would not have the extremity but would have them pay within 40 days, not stay 90 days; for then the King must use some remedy.
Sir William Bucknall says 'tis long in bringing it up to Dublin but would have interest [allowed] if paid as proposed. [This is] disliked by Lord Clifford.
Viscount Ranelagh says that he will accept bills where 'tis due in the country.
The King says that the Farmers should not shift and says then they must stand to their covenant:
Which Sir William Bucknall says they will do.
Mr. Breeden urges the condition of covenants and that they had formerly supplied Viscount Ranelagh beforehand.
Viscount Ranelagh moves [to agree on] 30 days after the quarter [as fit grace] and to take it [the money] into the country without bringing it to Dublin. He urges that the Chimney money is paid 50 days before the rent days and the Excise weekly and monthly.
Lord Clifford says the allowance of 30 days is a grace.
Sir William Bucknall says they cannot pay when they have it not.
The Lord Chancellor says if Viscount Ranelagh had not made his bargain yet the army must have been paid.
Sir William Bucknall says Viscount Ranelagh has 40 days after their 90 days.
Lord Arlington proposes that the Farmers may have 30 days and he [Ranelagh] but 10 days after it, which Viscount Ranelagh consents to.
Bucknall says they cannot pay better. Viscount Ranelagh says 'tis because they apply their money in trade. Bucknall says that because of interest which they pay here [in London] they bought some commodities to the value of 15,000l. He says they cannot propose because they know not . . . . . . . .
The petition [is] read for the Farmers about taking out their 70,000l. Sir William Bucknall desires to take up the money and give other security.
The Earl of Ranelagh urges 'twas given for security and ought to lie where the rent is.
Bucknall says the Earl of Ranelagh may carry on his business and they will pay the money here [in England].
The Lord Chancellor says 'tis only to prejudice the Earl of Ranelagh. The Earl of Ranelagh says that they cannot go on if the money be drawn away. Lord Clifford says suppose the King
will take their securities of personal [and real] estate he [Bucknall] may then have the money. The Earl of Ranelagh asks where the King shall repay the 50,000l. Lord Clifford says the King will pay it here. The Lord Chancellor asks that Sir William Bucknall would make out how the Earl of Ranelagh may proceed if this may be withdrawn.
Alderman Breeden says the Earl of Ranelagh knew of this covenant. Lord Clifford arers [that] the Earl of Ranelagh (struck through).
Sir William Bucknall proceeds to make it appear that the Earl of Ranelagh may go on [in his payments]. Alderman Breeden says that Mr. Alderman Dashwood said he would repay the advance money at the end of four years.
The Earl of Ranelagh says 'twas their partner.
Sir William Bucknall says if he was he would pay his share of such a promise. Breeden says the reason of the covenant was that they foresaw they should use the money by reason of the moneys borrowed here.
The Earl of Ranelagh offers to pay it in three years.
The King asks whether he has security from the Earl of Ranelagh: its answered no, but only on [i.e. security from] the Farmers.
Lord Clifford moves a quarter's rent to be detained and [that] the Earl of Ranelagh pay the rent and no stop to be made by the Farmers till the four years' rent be paid. This is ordered.
The [said Farmers'] last petition is read, which prays a letter from His Majesty to the Lord Lieutenant in Ireland to stop proceedings [against said Farmers] till the business was determined about [their] defalcations which is not by the lease [to be allowed] for any foreign wars. Ordered that there is no defalcation to be allowed for a war unless an invasion was, as expressed in their covenants. Sir William Bucknall urges to be heard by Counsel.
The King dislikes that and would have nothing heard but matter of fact, which needs no Counsel.
The Lord Chancellor moves that the Farmers pay their rent and then consult [as to] the business and should be heard to it.
The King says if they will pay in to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 10,000l. they should be heard by Counsel.
Determined [by my Lords that there be allowed] one detainer [stay of proceedings] and no more; and [the Farmers' Counsel] to be heard on [the point of] defalcations. No petition to be received till the rent is paid. And of the 10,000l. to be paid, the Earl of Ranelagh to receive half at Dublin and half in the country.
Sir William Bucknall's petition read about 2,800l. paid to Mr. Chiffinch. He is to have his desire.
A privy seal [to be passed] to raise the allowance of Sir William Swan to 3l. a day to make it equal with Sir John Paule's.
The Commissioners of the Navy to have notice that the King thinks it not fit to have the timber cut in Wall Wood for that its young and not fit for use at present.
[Treasury Minute Book IV. pp. 361–6.]
Nov. 19.
Tuesday.
Present: The Lord Chancellor, Sir John Duncombe.
The Earl of Sandwich and all the other officers [of the Wardrobe are] called in [concerning the late Earl of Sandwich's accounts as Master of the Great Wardrobe]. The Earl of Shaftesbury says that it is fit Mr. Townsend should account. Mr. Townsend says he accompted to the Earl of Sandwich and that the said Earl has accompted from Midsummer, 1660, to Mich., 1667. Auditor Beale says the accompts are before him but not passed. The Lord Chancellor says Mr. Townsend must accompt, for the [present] Earl of Sandwich cannot be discharged without [such] accompting. The accompt to be received by the officers of the Wardrobe, Mr. Thornton, the Clerk of the Stables [and] Mr. Newport. The accounts already delivered in are to be stated, which is [up] to Michaelmas, 1667.
[Ordered that] the accompts of the Great Wardrobe be stated by Mr. Townesend and [the Wardrobe] officers and Mr. Thornton, Sir Robt. Long, Sir C. Harbord, Sir Rob. Howard, Auditor Beale and Mr. Thorneton, whereby they may report the state of it fully, but if the whole accounts may take up too long time whereby the [late] Earl of Sandwich's heirs and executors may be hindered from desiring His Majesty's favour that then it should be reported first what the late Earl of Sandwich did use or dispose out of the moneys in the [Wardrobe] Office by His [Majesty's] particular directions.
Mr. Anthony Louther to attend my Lords. The letter to be sent to Sir Hugh Cholmley.
Mr. Oakes called in. [Ordered] to appear with his security on Monday afternoon to propose about the debt owing by Oates.
On Friday morning the business of Southwark about quartering soldiers is to be heard.
[My Lords appoint] Monday afternoon for the Wine Licence [business]. The Customs Commissioners to be here about that and about their other business.
Col. Norton's petition to be presented at the next sitting.
Remember to move my Lords for some money for Mr. Montague till the extraordinaries be settled, the same being under consideration at present.
Referred to Sir R. Long, Sir C. Harbord and Sir Rob. Howard to consider and report the state of the case upon the petition of Jeremiah [? Joshua] Marshall, free mason.
Mr. Lewin's (Lewis's) petition, as Receiver of the subsidy in Dorset, [is read. Ordered] to be allowed 62l. for [his charges in] bringing in the tax: according to the certificate of the Agents [for Taxes].
The [like] allowance [ordered] of 42l. 10s. 0d. to Mr. Adderley, Receiver of the subsidy in Derbyshire on the like certificate. The method of allowance to those Receivers [is] proposed [discussed].
Col. Birch et al. are to attend my Lords on Tuesday afternoon about the Wine Act bonds.
My Lords to be remembered on Friday about the business of Dean Forest.
A proposal, bearing date 1672, Sep. 30, by the Agents for bringing in the subsidy [for them] to have 450l. to themselves, 120l. to their two clerks and 30l. to their messenger, was agreed to be allowed.
Mr. Throckmorton to have a privy seal passed for allowing a sum of money upon a contract for fee farm rents which was paid into the Exchequer upon a former contract for rents before purchased by Sir Jno. Cloberry and [for Throckmorton] to have interest for his money from the time it was paid [into the Exchequer]. The privy seal to pass at the King's charge.
Write to the Barons of the Exchequer concerning Mr. Roberts that my Lords think it not fit that he pay any money to Mr. Taylor.
The Farmers of the wood farm are to attend my Lords on Monday afternoon next and the Commissioners of the Navy are to be present about the same if they think fit.
[Treasury Minute Book IV. pp. 367–9.]
Nov. 22. Present: the Lord Chancellor, Lord Clifford, Sir Jo. Duncombe.
No list [of Exchequer payments] to be made nor proposed till after Xmas. This [notice] to be set up at the door.
My Lords to desire the King that they may appoint a day to treat [with proposing contractors] about letting [to farm the revenue of] the law bill. Sir Rob. Howard to put my Lords in mind of this.
Mr. Packer to have a warrant concerning fee farm rents as by his memorial he desires.
On Sir Charles Cotterell's petition my Lords direct that in February next it shall be paid as desired.
Every Friday morning [the declaring and passing of] accounts to be heard by my Lords. Wolseley to give general notice [to all the auditors and accomptants].
Send to Sir Robt. Viner and his partners to certify what they can say concerning the petition of Mr. Morrice and to come to [the passing of] their accounts, and then my Lords will take further order in the case of Mr. Morris.
Refer Mr. Millard's petition to the Commissioners of the Retrospect [of the Wine Act] for them to speak with petitioner and see what discovery he can make of forfeitures and if they know not [anything] thereof then Mr. Millard to be gratified.
Mr. Thornbury to be referred to the Cofferer for him to certify what is done in the like case.
Mr. Laeon's petition referred to Sir C. Harbord.
The persons complained of by the Farmers of the Derbyshire Excise are to be summoned to attend my Lords on Tuesday fortnight.
The first part of Mr. Calvert's petition is to be sent to Mr. Ayliffe with a letter that my Lords are unwilling to put him to trouble, to complain to the King, &c., but that he make an answer. The second part to be sent to Sir Robt. Holmes to answer.
Sir Thomas Williamson's petition read. Sir Rob. Howard to give my Lords a particular state of the case. Then my Lords will speak to the King to do something mero motu.
[Write to] the Commissioners of the Navy for Sir Tho. Osborne to be directed to pay Col. Norton's bill and to express it [in their warrant] as dated since the stop [of the Exchequer].
The Earl of Manchester's petition is referred to Sir C. Harbord to report the value and state of the lands therein desired and his opinion in the whole.
The bills of Southwark are referred to Sir Robt. Howard to examine what the soldiers owe upon the sixpence per diem and what is due for their tendance in sickness and for any other extraordinary occasions upon which they had credit on their debentures or otherwise and to report this on Friday next.
Mr. Baugh's petition is to be tendered on Monday afternoon [to my Lords] when the Customs Commissioners are here. And then [I, Sir Robert Howard, am] to put my Lords in mind of ships from the Plantations that have paid Custom in Ireland and there discharged without the knowledge of my Lords.
[Treasury Minute BookIV. pp. 370–1.]
Nov. 25. present: the Lord Chancellor, Lord Clifford, Sir Jo. Duncombe.
On Friday morning Mr. George Dashwood is to attend to answer Sir John Bennet as to the particular of a debt claimed by the said Sir Jno. Bennet. This to be heard without any reflection of any order made by my Lords before, relating to the money that was deposited in the hands of the Excise Commissioners.
A report to be drawn for the Earl of Sandwich according to the report of Sir Ro. Long, Sir Ro. Howard, Sir C. Harbord and Auditor Beale for my Lords to present to the King.
The Customs Commissioners called in: deliver a paper of officers [? proposed to be appointed or of names and salaries].
Send to Sir Edmund Turner to attend my Lords on Thursday next to give an accompt of the wines [in the outports] when in collection by him and his partners.
Process to be stopped against Kempe Harwood of the Collectors of —: the money being in another [man's] hand. Mr. Fillingham to give instructions [accordingly to the King's Remembrancer's office.]
Nicholas Denham's petition is referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The petitions from Mr. Jacobson and Mr. Turfrey and Mr. Wills for [repayment of] aliens' duty on coal [are] to be sent [back to them or to the Customs Commissioners] with an order to put their business in such a method as that they may have their aliens' duty repaid them: it being His Majesty's pleasure that they should all pay no aliens' duty.
Order to the King's Remembrancer to issue an immediate extent against the estate of Roger Vaughan, Esq., deceased, late Receiver of Hearthmoney for co. Hereford, for money in arrear on his accounts, now like to be lost.
The wood Farmers are called in. Lord Clifford speaks to Mr. Dickenson about the wood farm: that the merchants trading are at uncertainty about the Eastland planks: [and that it would be advantageous to the trade] that the Customs might be certain according as they were a year before the war began.
The merchants desire to pay according as they do for Irish plank, which is better.
The merchants for wood are directed to draw up their complaints against Mr. Dickenson. One merchant says he has paid after the rate of Irish plank.
Mr. Dickenson offers that the rate of timber shall be reputed as it was two years ago.
One of the merchants says they sold the plank then for 2l. 10s. 0d. and 3l. 10s. 0d. a load. 'Tis agreed to pay after the rate of 3l. a load and they are to take 2s. Customs per load for plank.
Remind Lord Clifford of the Earl of Dover.
Mr. Wardour to be directed to proceed on Sir Robt. Viner's privy seal, which is lost.
Petition read from Henry St. Johns, Esq., setting forth that Henry St. Johns, of London, merchant, remains in super in account in the year 1651, for redeeming captives in Sallee whereupon several distringas went out from the Exchequer to bring him to account: and that petitioner being of that name and having lands in Kent, though [being entirely] another person, the sheriff levies on the petitioner. Affidavit hereof was made and presented to my Lords. My Lords therefore order stop of all process till the business be heard and that the sheriff stop the money levied from being paid in. This matter to be heard on Thursday afternoon.
[Treasury Minute Book IV. pp. 372–4.]