Entry Book: March 1684, 1-15

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March 1684

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Mar. 1. Henry Guy to Auditor Bridges. The establishments which were in being for Ireland during the Earl of Ranelagh's Vice-Treasurership of Ireland are not entered in my books [here at the Treasury Chambers]. You will have to go to the books of the Privy Council for the Irish Civil and Military Lists for that time. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 294.
Same to Sir George Downing. Send the Treasury Lords an answer to the enclosed petition of Mr. Stisted and other papers of complaint against you. Ibid, p. 296.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt out of the following funds in the Exchequer, viz. 804l. 10s. 2d. of imprest money; 1,754l. 3s. 4d. of loans made Feb. 18 last on the Hearthmoney and 87l. of Customs money (total, 2,645l. 13s. 6d.) to issue as follows, viz. 376l. 8s. 1½d. to 15 serjeants at arms; 61l. 9s. 2½d. to Jeoffery Aldworth et al. musicians; 21l. 10s. 0d. to Farmer and King; 56l. 10s. 10d. to J. Fashion et al. musicians; 67l. 10s. 0d. to Henry Gregory et al. same; 30l. to Mr. Abell; 61l. 12s. 8½d. to Dr. Staggins, 100l. to Eliz. Elliot; 300l. to me [Guy] for secret service; 320l. 18s. 2d. to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for services there performed before 1682, May 1; 1,202l. 19s. 2d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber. Disposition Book II, p. 311.
Same to the Lord Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, to apply the abovesaid 320l. 18s. 0d. as follows, viz. 280l. 18s. 0d. to the Pages of the Bedchamber for one year's liveries to 1681, June 24; 40l. to Mr. Rustat. Ibid, p. 312. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 296.
Same to Mr. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, to apply the abovesaid 1,202l. 19s. 2d. as follows, viz. 300l. to Mr. Chase; 23l. 6s. 0d. to Jno. Twiss, musician; 14l. 13s. 7d. to Jno. Crouch, ditto; 14l. 0s. 8d. to Jno. Singleton, ditto; 11l. 13s. 2d. to Richd. Tomlinson, ditto; 9l. 0s. 8d. to Nath. French, ditto; 11l. 12s. 9d. to Jno. Lenton, ditto; 14l. 0s. 8d. to William Hall, ditto; 27l. 16s. 8d. to Henry Brockwell, ditto; 100l. to Serjeant Price; 96l. to the Gentlemen Ushers Quarter Waiters to the King; 32l. to the herbwoman; 548l. 15s. 0d. for a quarter each to the messengers to the King and Queen. Disposition Book II, p. 312.
Money warrants for 25l. 1s. 10½d. each to the following for one quarter's fee and allowance to the dates specified respectively as serjeants at arms, viz. Sir Roger Harsnett to 1682, Sept. 29,; John Middleton to 1673, Sept. 29; John Topham to 1681, Lady day; Richard Maddox to 1683, Christmas; Richard Shorditch, to 1683, Nov. 16; Thomas Payne to 1677, Christmas, on his fee and 1678, Lady day, on his allowance; George Smith to 1676, June 24; Joseph Harvey to 1680, Lady day; Edmo. Williamson to 1673, Christmas; Roger Charnock to 1681, Sept. 29; William Bishop, esq., to 1678–9, Mar. 10; John Templer to 1679, Sept. 29; Orlando Fitz Symonds to 1671, June 24, on his fee and to 1672, June 24, on his allowance; William Mease to 1680, Lady day. Money book IV, p.341
Mar. 1. Money warrant for 4l. 11s. 3d. to Sir William Bishop for 1681, June 24 quarter, on his fee as serjeant at arms attending the House of Commons; and for 20l. 10s. 7½d. to make his fee for said quarter equal to that of the other serjeants at arms. (Money order dated Mar. 20 for said 20l. 10s. 7½d.) Money Book IV, p. 341. Order Book XXXIX, p. 133.
Same for 61l. 12s. 8½d. to Nicholas Staggins, master of his Majesty's music, for 1682, Lady day quarter, on his fee or salary of 200l. per an. and for a quarter to 1680, Nov. 5, on his fee of 46l. 10s. 10d. per an. Money Book IV, pp. 342–4.
11l. 12s. 8½d. each to Joseph Fashin, Isaac Staggins and Francis Gerrard for respectively a quarter each to 1682, June 24; 1672, Christmas; and 1678, Christmas, as the King's musicians.
21l. 12s. 8½d. to Edmund Flower for 1680, Michaelmas quarter, on his fee of 40l. and 1679, Michaelmas quarter, on his fee of 46l. 10s. 10d. as a same.
30l. to John Abell for 1683, June 24 quarter, on his fee of 40l. and for half a year to 1682, Sept. 29, on his fee of 20l. as a same.
27l. 10s. 0d. to Thomas Farmer and Robert King, being 13l. 15s. 0d. in full of 1680, Christmas quarter, and 13l. 15s. 0d. in part of 1681, Lady day quarter, on their fee or salary of 110l. per an. as a same.
15l. to Henry Gregory for 1670, Lady day quarter, as a same; 30l. to William Turner for half a year to 1676, Sept. 29, as a same; 22l. 10s. 0d. to William Gregory for 1681, Lady day quarter, on two fees of 40l. and 50l. per an. as a same.
11l. 13s. 2d. to Jeoffery Aleworth for 1682, June 24 quarter, as a same; 38l. 3s. 4d. to William Clayton for 1673, Lady day quarter, on his fee of 66l. 2s. 6d. per an. and for 1676, Lady day quarter, on his fee of 40l. per an. and for 1671, Lady day quarter, on his fee of 46l. 10s. 10d. per an. as a same; 11l. 12s. 8½d. to Theophilus Fitz for 1674, June 24 quarter, as a same.
Same for 100l. to Mris. Eliz. Elliott, widow, for half a year to 1682, Lady day, on her fee or salary as Housekeeper of his Majesty's house at Newmarket. Ibid, p. 345.
Mr. Negus on behalf of the Duke of Norfolk desires that nobody may have a warrant for transporting 20 tons of iron wire (now condemned and in the Customs warehouse, London port) till he, Negus, have notice. Caveat Book, p. 25.
Mar. 3. The Treasury Lords to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. Before arrival of our letter directing stay of proceedings concerning Sir Richard Belling's quit rents, judgment was given for payment of 23l. of said rents, so that you could not acquit Belling of that sum in regard the sheriff had totted his account therewith last term. As the King has often declared his favour to Belling in this matter, you are hereby to restore said 23l. to him and to stay further proceedings. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 280.
Money warrant for 2,625l. 7s. 0d. to Sir Stephen Fox, being 525l. 7s. 0d. in full of the half year to 1682, Lady day, and 2,100l. for 1½ years to 1683, Sept. 29, on the 1,400l. per an. for the Earl of Lichfield; the 2,000l. per an. for said Earl as by the privy seal of 1674, July 27, having been reduced to 1,400l. by the payment of 6,000l. to Walter St. John, Sir Richd. How, Sir Ralph Verney and John Carey, trustees for said Earl and Charlotte his wife, as by the money warrant of 1681, June 7, which said payment was made 1681, June 9, but by mistake the annuity of the full 2,000l. per an. was paid to 1681, Sept. 29, so that 174l. 13s. 0d. for one quarter and 15 days on 600l. per an. is to be deducted out of the 1682, Lady day half year's payment, leaving 525l. 7s. 0d. due for said half year as above. (Money order dated Mar. 4 hereon.) Money Book IV, pp 344–5. Order Book XXXIX, p. 131.
Treasury allowance of Samuel Bedford's bill of extraordinary disbursements as Receiver General of Recusants' forfeitures for cos. Oxford, Berks, Bucks, Beds and Herts, "since the entering upon his office which is about four years." Money Book IV, pp. 346–7.
Prefixing: said bill as certified by Ri. Graham and P. Burton: (including disbursements in the first circuit I went by order of the [Treasury] Lords before other Receivers were commissioned; payments to Mr. Fothergill, the Attorney, for the King in the Office of Pleas; to Mr. Saunders as counsel against Mr. Winchcombe and Sir Tho. Longuevile; for commissions of enquiry in cos. Oxford, Bucks and Berks in Nov., 1681, and 1682, April; to the counsel and jury for the trial at Berkshire Assizes against Winchcombe for his wife's Recusancy; for the writ of enquiry against Lady Yates and for copies of Mr. Nevill's leases; for taking Mr. Eyston upon the long writ; for copies of the assessments in cos. Oxford and Berks; to the Attorney General for defending the judgment for the King against Mr. Winchcombe; for two inquisitions against Mr. Hildesly; to the bailiffs of Newport Hundred, co. Bucks, for evidence as to the estates of Sir Robt. Throgmorton and Mr. Minshaw; to the sheriff of Bucks for inquisition and seizing Mris. Webb's jointure; for a second summons etc. against Sir Robt. Throgmorton et al.; for inquisition against Mr. Woolascot, Mr. Perkins and Mr. Eyston; for ditto against Mr. Hunt et al. in co. Beds; for ditto against Mr. Moore et al. in co. Herts; 4l. paid to Willyams and another for several times getting persons convicted in the Old Bailey; to Sir Edmund Saunders for drawing the declarations against Winchcomb and Sir Tho. Longuevile; to Mr. Fothergill for prosecuting several suits; for the writ of inquiry of April, 1682, in co. Oxford; for the Attorney General's fee against Yates; for the inquisition in Oxford against Lady Yates; for writs of inquiry in Nov., 1682, and Nov., 1683, in cos. Oxford, Berks and Bucks).
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 14l. 10s. 0d. to John Langwith for 1683, Christmas quarter, on his allowance as present messenger [of the Chamber] attending the Customs. (Treasury allowance of said Langwith's bill for the like sum for same quarter as messenger attending the Treasury Lords.) Ibid, p. 351.
Henry Guy to [the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue 91l. 18s. 6d. to Phillip Burton out of the 183l. 17s. 0d. lately paid into the Exchequer by the sheriff of London and Middlesex for the rents and profits of lands forfeited for treason. Disposition Book II, p. 311.
Same to the Attorney General, enclosing Capt. Vincent's petition. Report whether it is for the King's service to try the cause in the Exchequer. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 296.
Appending: petition from Capt. Shradach Vincent, riding surveyor in co. Cornwall, shewing that he has in a great measure prevented abuses by seizing uncoined tin: that Richard Avery, Constable of Kenyon, co. Cornwall, refused to assist in the pursuit of uncoined tin cast into bars: desires a trial, at the King's charge, of another seizure of same against one Kemp and others: that by the Stannary laws the proprietor who claims this tin is punishable by fine to the King and all others abetting are punishable by the Lord Warden or Vice Warden.
Same to Mr. Noell to attend the Attorney General about the new commission of the Excise and Hearthmoney. Ibid, p. 297.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. As to Taylor's contract for naval goods, as in your letter of the 25th ult., the Treasury Lords have decided (1) that 60 instead of 120 tons of hemp be delivered at Portsmouth; (2) that 120 instead of 60 tons of same be delivered at Woolwich; (3) that the extra 10s. a ton for goods delivered at Portsmouth be disallowed. As to contracting with other merchants my Lords will speak with you next time. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite. Report on the enclosed petition of Sir Edw. Wood as to the management and collection of his Majesty's quit rents in the colony of Virginia. Also certify the Treasury Lords the best way of collecting said quit rents. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to suppress the place of Receiver of the Grand Receipt Inwards, London port, and the salary of 100l. per an. void by the death of John Thorpe, and to put that receipt into the hands of Sir John Shaw, Customer Inwards ibid. without further allowance from the King. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 261.
Mar. 4. Same to same to employ Thomas Jones (a landcarriageman, London port) as a tidesurveyor ibid. loco. Richard Hosier. Ibid, pp. 261, 262.
Joshua Wright (lately tidesurveyor at Yarmouth) as a landcarriageman, London loco. said Jones.
Richard Hosier (a tidesurveyor, London port) as searcher ibid. loco. Thomas Edwards, lately dismissed.
Same to same to return a deposit of 41l. 12s. 0d. taken from Anthony Dugua for the Custom of a parcel of lace, lately seized and compounded for: on the petition of said Dugua on behalf of himself and several persecuted Protestants and in regard of their distressed conditions. Ibid, p. 262.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Sir Mathew Andrews and the owners of the ship Josiah, as by the order of reference thereon from the King of date 1682, Sept. 22. Petitioners laid the keel for a three deck ship of 600 tons before the Act for encouragement of shipping was expired, but the Act expired before its completion by reason of the difficulty of getting workmen in consequence of the building of four Third Rates under the Seventeen Months' Tax. Before the ship voyaged to the Indies your Majesty promised it the benefit of said Act. The bounties granted for seven years by the Act of Frauds (14 Car. II. c. 11, § XXXIV) were re-granted for seven years by the Act of 22 and 23 Car. II. c. 11, § XII. The said ship is mounted with 36 piece of ordnance and has five foot between each deck. The several precedents of similar allowances, viz. the Phœnix, East India Merchant, Scipio and Unity are of vessels built in the interval of the two Acts. In the present case the ship was finished two years after the expiry of the last Act. Therefore cannot advise the allowance of bounty. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 301–3.
Treasury warrant to the Auditors of Imprests to allow 35l. to John Chetwin, late yeoman of his Majesty's Horse, in his account for the 900l. formerly issued to him for buying horses etc. for the King. Same to be for his charges in passing said account. Ibid, p. 303.
Henry Guy to Mr. Farrier. The Hearthmoney Commissioners have complained to the Treasury Lords of several abuses in the illegality and unfairness in the granting of [exemption] certificates in your neighbourhood. I enclose you the information as you are named in it. As your neighbour and friend I know you to be both honest and loyal and therefore advise you to take speedy care herein "as that the officers of the parish and yourself do without loss of time meet in London with the Commissioners of the Hearthmoney and so regulate your certificates as that every person that by law ought not to be certified for may pay the King's duty, and that both yourself and the said officers may so effectually assist in it as that no riots nor menaces of knocking an officer in the head may be countenanced." Out Letters (General) VII, pp. 294–5.
Appending: copy of said complaint. John Paise, collector of Hearthtax in co. Bucks, says that in Wendover he demanded the duty from Francis Wells, who thereupon tendered a certificate containing his name and 140 others as either collectioners or such as by their poverty are not any ways taxed or assessed to the usual contributions towards the church and poor neither have any of them more than two chimneys; the said certificate being signed by Edw. Jolly, vicar; Sam. Vere and William Cooke, churchwardens; Richard Playstow and Henry Davill, overseers, and approved by Sir Richard Anderson and Thomas Farrier, Justices of the Peace. In matter of form the said certificate is not according to law and all the persons certified for are in all their circumstances liable to the duty. When said collector demanded the duty he was menaced and when he distrained on Wells the money was paid by Mr. Stace with a great deal of ill language. Further there is another certificate which contains the names of 170 persons in the parish of Applebury alias Aylesbury, co. Bucks, and which is not signed by any of the proper officers except Justice Farrier, who, having been shewn by the collector his error of signing singly blotted out his name again, but desired the officers not to levy the duty on the said persons. But the collector distrained on Widow Pearce, but Justice Farrier ordered the distress to be delivered back to her, though she inhabits a house of 50l. a year. All or most of the rest in said certificate are in the like circumstances. Further there is another certificate containing the names of 101 persons in the parish of Missenden, co. Bucks, signed by William Squire, vicar; Edwd. Davison and John Honor, churchwardens; and Thomas Ives, Thomas Stephens and Isaac Lane, overseers of the poor, and allowed by Justice Farrier only, who, upon the collector's application blotted out his name again. Most of the persons in this certificate are not qualified for certification.
Mar. 4. Henry Guy to Mr. Bowdler to pay 9l. 2s. 0d. to Eliz. Pipe, wife of Edmund Pipe, who is sent as firemaster to Tangier: for one quarter at 2s. a day out of her husband's pay. Out Letters (General) VII p. 297.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to take a lease of the new Navy Office according to the articles for building same. You are to sign the account of stores to be sent to Lisbon and to specify the names of the ships etc. Inform the Treasury Lords what bills have been drawn on you for the use of Jamaica. Ibid, p. 298.
Same to Henry Davenport, late high sheriff for co. Salop, at his house at Hane, near Bridgnorth. Your undersheriff long since seized and sold the personal estate of Robt. Cressett, Receiver General of the last Eighteen Months' Assessment for said county to the value of 160l., but has not paid same into the Exchequer. You are to pay this sum in before the 25th inst. or will be arrested by a serjeant-at-arms. Ibid.
Same to Sir Richard Mason and partners [late Agents for Taxes] enclosing the Earl of Carlisle's letter [relating to the Militia Tax in co. Cumberland and Westmorland]. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Noell. What have you done with the Attorney General concerning the new Commission for the Excise and Hearthmoney ? Ibid.
Same to the Lieutenant of the Tower. The warders of the Tower have petitioned for payment of their arrears and liveries. There were two orders of Council for reducing those of them that were old and useless to half pay. As the Treasury Lords are disposed to report favourably to the King in their behalf you are to speedily comply with those orders and inform my Lords what is done. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Kent [Customs Cashier]. The following is the disposition of the Customs for this present week, viz. 3,000l. to yourself and Mr. Duncombe in further part of your debt; 2,962l. 8s. 2d. for the [unpaid] remainder of the quarterly [Customs salary] bill. (Total, 5,962l. 8s. 2d.) Disposition Book II, p. 312
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue (out of 7,100l. purchase money to be paid by the Earl of Kingston for woods in Sherwood Forest) 4,000l. to the [Marquess of Halifax] Lord Privy Seal in repayment of so much lent by him 1682–3, Feb. 12, on the credit of sale of woods in said forest. Disposition Book II, p. 313.
Same to same to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid.
to the Paymaster of the Forces 4,000
to Mr. Hornby for secret service 300
to ditto in part of his principal money 500
to Sir Jno. James and partner in part of their debt 500
Same to the Excise Commissioners. The disposition of the Excise for this week is as follows, viz., the abovesaid four items, amounting to 5,300l. [which are to be paid out of Excise money in the Exchequer and the following items which are to be paid direct out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,500l. to Mr. Dashwood, 1,000l. to Mr. Toll, 1,500l. towards the [Excise salary] quarter bill for Michaelmas last. (Total, 9,300l.) Ibid.
Money order for 583l. 13s. 8d. to Temperance Packer, relict of Robert Packer, late Usher of the Receipt; for 1680, Michaelmas and Hilary terms, for paper, parchment, books, bags, ink etc. delivered for the use of the officers of the Receipt and for diet and fees to himself. Order Book XXXIX, p. 141.
Mar. 5. Treasury allowance of the 1683, Sept. 29 quarter's salary bill detailed of the Excise Office: (total, 4,713l. 10s. 0d. of which the sum of 1,558l. 10s. 0d. having been already paid by virtue of the warrant of Nov. 8 last, only the balance of 3,155l. is hereby to be paid). Money Book IV, pp. 348–9.
Money warrant for 40l. to Robert Swan for half a year to Christmas last on his annuity or pension. (Money order dated Mar. 6 hereon.) Ibid, p. 350. Order Book XXXIX, p. 132.
Henry Guy to Mr. Backwell. Carry forthwith to the auditors all your vouchers etc. relating to your Dunkirk [rendition money] account. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 299.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed Act for encouragement of shipping and ascertaining tunnage in Jamaica. Have you any objection to the King's approving same ? Ibid.
Same to Mr. Agar. Send my Lords your answer to the enclosed letter which they received enclosed in one from the Earl of Chesterfield. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General. By patent of 1673–4, Feb. 25th, the King granted to the Earl of Arlington and Lord Colepeper, the escheats and part of the quit rents and other profits of Virginia. Same are now wholly vested in Lord Colepeper, who is willing to surrender on considerations agreed on by the Treasury Lords. By patent of 1676, Oct. 10, the King granted to the inhabitants of Virginia that all land possessed by any subject inhabiting that colony which is escheated or will escheat to the King shall be enjoyed by such inhabitant or possessor, his heirs and assigns for ever, paying 2lb. of tobacco per acre as composition. You are to advise as to the form of Lord Colepeper's surrender so that the said grant to the inhabitants may not take place to the prejudice of the Crown during the term of Colepeper's patent. The King will grant said Lord 600l. per an. for the remaining term in said patent and for all arrears of salary as Governor of Virginia and of all moneys expended by him or due to him from the King and for all other pretensions during his government of Virginia. (Same to William Blathwayte, enclosing a copy of the above letter.) Ibid, pp. 299–300. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 124–5.
Mar. 6. The Treasury Lords to Sir Nathaniell Johnson, Sir Cornwall Bradshaw, Robt. Nott, Tho. Ducke and all others concerned as partners with Antho. Rowe and John Hind in the present farm of the Hearthmoney. On Feb. 21 last the Exchequer Court heard the cause of the Attorney General v. said Rowe and Hind, when it was proved that 3,678l. 7s. 0d. was advanced by Charles Bertie to Col. William Stapleton by order of Treasurer Danby and that tallies on the Hearthmoney were struck for Bertie's repayment: which tallies came subsequently to Thomas Kirwood and the money thereon due was paid to Kirwood, except 150l. allowed to the Hearth Farmers and was by said Kirwood paid or accounted for to said Rowe and no part thereof has been paid or satisfied to the King's use or to said Bertie as it ought. Thereupon the Court decreed said Rowe and Hind, administrators of said Kirkwood, to be charged with 3,528l. 7s. 0d. (being said 3,678l. 7s. 0d. less said 150l.) with 6 per cent. interest from 1679, July 18, the date when Kirwood received said money. We are informed that a dividend will shortly be made among you, the present Farmers of the Hearthmoney, in which dividend said Rowe will be concerned as a Farmer and said Hind as administrator of said Kirwood. You are hereby to detain from such dividends to Rowe and Hind so much as will make good to the King said 3,528l. 7s. 0d. and interest. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 303–4.
Treasury warrant to William Lownds, serjeant at arms, to arrest Thomas Williams, a servant to the melter in the Mint, for imbasing the coin by putting copper in the gold scissel. Ibid, p. 305.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to restore Alexander Say as a landwaiter, London port. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 263.
The Treasury Lords to the Attorney General. The Mint Commissioners have informed us of a design of Thomas Williams, the Mint melter's servant, to debase the coin by putting copper into gold scizel. Advise as to prosecuting him or his master who is bound to answer for him. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 300.
Henry Guy to Tho. Godsalve. In reply to yours of the 4th inst. you are to acquaint the Governors of the [Navy] Chest at Chatham that they may advertise in the Gazette that the poor people will be paid on May 14 next. Ibid.
Henry Guy to Mr. Stysted. The Treasury Lords will hear Sir George Downing and yourself this day fortnight, when you may produce witnesses for your allegations. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 301.
Same to Mr. Taylor to transmit the following letters to the sheriffs concerned by this night's post. Ibid.
Appending: The Treasury Lords to the sheriff of Beds, dated Mar. 6. Process of fieri fac, capias and extent commonly called the long writ is issued in the schedule of the Pipe out of the Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office against several Recusants as well Protestant Dissenters as others in your county. You are to forbear all execution of the said process by the long writ till further order. (The like of same date to the sheriffs of Southampton, Oxford, Berks, Warwick, Sussex and Bucks: and the like dated Mar. 20 to the sheriff of Bristol.)
Money warrant for 20l. to Lodowick Bray for half a year to Christmas last on his annuity or pension. Money Book IV, p. 351.
Mar. 7. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to attend the Board to Trade and Plantations next Tuesday with your opinion on (a) infra. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 302.
Appending: (a) order of the Privy Council dated Whitehall, Mar. 1 inst. Upon reading the annexed proposals [missing] from the Admiralty Lords for granting passes to ships belonging to Jersey and Guernsey in pursuance of the treaties with Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli, same is referred to the Committee for Trade and the Customs Commissioners are to give said Committee their opinion thereon next Tuesday.
Same to Sir John Lowther, enclosing copy of a petition to the King signed by 36 of the most considerable gentlemen of his Majesty's tenants within the barony of Kendal. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Bowdler to pay 40s. to Hannah Keys, late of Tangier, widow: deducting same out of the soldiers' pay that are indebted to her. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 40l. to Mr. Swan and 20l. to Mr. Bray out of the following funds, viz. 41l. 5s. 6½d. of loans on the Hearthmoney; 5l. 16s. 6d. of loan by [Mr.] Nihill; 8l. 6s. 8d. of loan by Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe; 4l. 6s. 8d. of compositions in the Exchequer not reserved; 8d. of the duty on unwrought wood and 3s. 11½d. of the fee for the custody of Idiots. Disposition Book II, p. 314
Money warrant for 76l. 6s. 1d. to Richard, Lord Lumley, late Master of the Horse to the Queen, in full satisfaction of the surplusage upon his account as such declared 1683, April 4. (Money order dated Mar. 8 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 351. Order Book XXXIX, p. 132.
Mar. 10. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Gervas Scroope as a landwaiter London port loco Martin Horsham, who is certified by Thomas Thynne and George Talbot, two of the surveyors of the landwaiters ibid. as indisposed. Scroope is to allow Horsham half his salary. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 263.
Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the tithes [of Wilcote and Nesscliff, part of the rectory of Baschurch, co. Salop] with a view to a lease thereof to Daniel Wicherley, for 25 years from 1689, Dec. 10, at the present rent of 50l. per an. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 305–6.
Prefixing and appending: (a) report dated Mar. 6 by John Fisher in the absence of said Surveyor General on said Wicherley's petition for same. I reported in Aug. last on Visct. Newport's petition for same and a particular was rated Feb. 1 last, but said Lord has, I presume, waived his pretension. Petitioner Wicherley produced an old lease thereof 25 Aug., 39 Eliz. to John Wicherley for the lives of said John, and of William and Roger Wicherley; likewise a grant dated 16 July, 42 Eliz., for 31 years in reversion of same to Henry Everseed (a Gentleman of the Chapel) and Robt. Holland for the wife and children of Robt. Tallentire, a Gentleman of the Chapel. Neither lease is enrolled before the Auditor, but petitioner appears entitled to both. The survivor, William Wicherley, of Wilcot, was buried 10 Dec., 1658. (b) Copy of the previous particular and ratal dated Feb. 1 last thereof.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] presented to the King by the French Ambassador, concerning the French tunnage demanded at Portsmouth for the ship Union of Dunkirk. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 303.
Same to the Hamburg Company to report on the enclosed proposals [missing] offered to the Treasury Lords by Francis Monck et al. for encouragement of the woollen manufacture of England and their answer to your report concerning that matter. Report whether the method proposed for managing the Commission be sufficient. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed draft [missing] of a privy seal for revoking all authorities for Post [Office] defalcations or post letters to go free, except such as are sent by the Secretary of State. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Justices of Peace of co. Bedford (and similarly of all the other counties of England and Wales). Several moneys have been levied or collected under the Conventicle Act, whereof one-third belongs to the King. But by reason the constables or other persons levying same have not paid same to the Justices or Chief Magistrates, or that these latter have not paid the King's part thereof into Quarter Sessions, or that the Court has not paid same over to the sheriff for the King's use and certified same into the Exchequer the said moneys have not been answered to the King as they ought. You are to take special care herein that the said King's part be forthwith from time to time delivered over to the sheriff and the said certificates be transmitted duly signed to the Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office to the end the sheriff may be duly charged therewith. (These letters, 52 in number, were sent to Mr. Burton the 12th inst. to be transmitted to the respective undersheriffs.) Ibid, p. 306.
Treasury warrant to Brooke Bridges, Auditor of Imprests, to allow in account 40l. to Edward Seymour, Deputy Clerk of the Hanaper, for the year 1683 for the charging of passing those [his] accounts through the Exchequer. Money Book IV, p. 352.
Mar. 11. Henry Guy to Sir Richard Mason and partners [late Agents for Taxes] to report on several papers which Capt. Hind will deliver to you relating to the arrears of the Seventeen Months', Eighteen Months' and Six Months' Taxes in London and Middlesex. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 304.
Same to Mr. Devenish. There is a decree lately pronounced in the cause in Chancery between Capt. Buller, plaintiff, and James, Earl of Arran et al. defendants, whereby a great sum of money (to which the King has some title) is directed to be paid out of Court. It is the Treasury Lords' pleasure that you do not pass that decretal order till the Lord Chancellor has been attended therein on the King's behalf. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. The King has erected a palace at Winchester near where the old castle stood. Several of the lands to be contracted for, for the accommodation of said palace and of the adjacent park, are held from you and many of the tenants thereof are very excessive and unreasonable in their demands although they have been proffered very full satisfaction. In order that his Majesty may not be extraordinarily imposed upon he desires that you grant no further estates in any such lands as follows until his pleasure be further known what of the said lands may be necessary for his service. Ibid, pp. 304–5.
Appending: schedule of said lands (viz. John Badger's two pieces near the castle and in St. Faiths Field; Alice Newbolt's house called the Sign of the Ball, without Southgate; Mris. Ford's tenement called the Nag's Head and several pieces of her land; Farmer Robt. Forder's pieces of land in St. Faiths Field.)
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Henry Guy ut infra. It is the opinion of Sir Robert Sawyer, Attorney General, England, that Sir Theophilus Jones has passed lands in Ireland of a far greater value than were intended him by your Majesty; and that if these grants be thereby void, a new grant may be made [to petitioner] without first repealing the former grant. Sir John Temple, the Solicitor General, Ireland, thinks that said Jones's patent must first be avoided for all that he has above the 800l. per an. intended him. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, pp. 1–5.
Prefixing: (a) note of said Henry Guy's petition of the Lord Deputy's report dated Feb. 16 last thereon. (b) Report dated Feb. 14 last from Sir Jo. Temple to the Lord Deputy on said petition as by the reference thereof to him 1683, July 7. By patent of 1674, Dec. 6, the King granted to said Jones 800l. per an. clear in lands. Jones made several discoveries of lands and several Commissions issued thereon for finding the King's title thereto. Thereupon five separate patents of lands were passed to him. By report dated 1680, May 22, from the Lord Lieutenant to the King, it appears that said lands so passed came to 1,434l. 4s. 4d. per an. besides 9,127 acres not yet valued, not being yet found in the surveys on record, [on the other hand] according to the valuations returned by the inquisitors all said lands amount to only 570l. 15s. 5d. so that Jones is still deficient 230l. per an. of said 800l. per an. Jones objects to the valuations made by the Lord Lieutenant and Council being made the rule for the grant; that some are coarse, retrenched, or encumbered lands or such as he is not yet in possession of, and finally that as the consideration for his said grant he, Jones, given up to Mr. Sarsfield the lands and estate in and about Lucan worth above 1,000l. per an. which by certificate of the late Court of Claims were confirmed to said Jones during the life of Patrick Sarsfield, who is still living. Is therefore of the opinion ut supra. (c) Reference dated Whitehall, 1683–4, Feb. 27, from the King to the Treasury Lords of said petition and report. (d) Report dated 1683–4, Mar. 7, from Sir Robert Sawyer to the Treasury Lords on a reference from them dated Feb. 28. Is of the opinion ut supra.
Mar. 11. Henry Guy to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. Yours of the 23rd and 26th ult. to hand. You are to pass your accounts of the [Irish] revenue to Christmas, 1683, at the Exchequer audit as soon as possible; and the Receiver General's account is to be passed there likewise as usual. Out Letters (Ireland) IV, p. 5.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the 7,100l. paid by the Earl of Kingston for the purchase money of woods in Sherwood Forest, viz. 84l. 3s. 3d. to the [Marquess of Halifax] Lord Privy Seal, for the interest of 4,000l. from 1683, Oct. 29, to 1683–4, Mar. 5; 170l. 5s. 11d. to same for interest to 1683–4, Feb. 29, on 4,000l. lent 1683, April 28; 163l. 15s. 4d. to Anthony Segar; 500l. to me [Guy] for secret service. Disposition Book II, p. 314.
Treasury warrant for the execution of a warrant by Treasurer Danby dated 1676–7, Mar. 22, for a lease to William Browne of the messuage etc. in Tretherappe, co. Cornwall ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. V. pp. 576–7. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 307–10.
Prefixing: particular and ratal of the premises and said Danby's warrant.
Same for same of a warrant of Treasurer Danby dated 1678, May 24, for a lease to William Scawen of the office of bailiff and collector of fines etc. within the Duchy of Cornwall ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. V, pp. 1004–5. Ibid, pp. 313–17.
Prefixing: particular, memorandum and ratal of the premises and copy of said Danby's warrant.
Mar. 11.
to Mar. 2).
Henry Guy to Sir Richard Stace. Yours of the 25th ult. came seasonably as a complaint was lodged at the same time of abuses in granting illegal certificates [of exemption from Hearthmoney] in co. Bucks and particularly in Wendover. This complaint is ut supra, p. 1064. The Hearth-money Commissioners desired that the Justices and other persons complained of might be sent for to answer at the [Privy] Council for these abuses or that they might be prosecuted at law. But in kindness to my neighbours I desired that I might first acquaint them with the complaint as I was acquainted with some of them and knew them to be loyal. The Treasury Lords assented to this, and I have written to Justice Ferrier by this post. It is very plain that the single person for whom you appeared was unfairly certified for and ought to pay the duty. This is made clear by your paying the duty for him when he was distrained upon and by the fact that the house he lives in is his own freehold and worth 40l. If the collector misbehaved himself he will be made to answer it, but if he was browbeaten by persons that ought legally to pay he will be justified. As to the gentleman of the town who joins with the collector in the complaint I hear a good character of him and he does the King service and will be encouraged, and those that oppose him will be looked upon as persons that don't do their duty. As your neighbour and friend I advise you to give all assistance to the King's officers. Out Letters (General) VII, pp. 308–10.
Mar. 12. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer and out of loans made by Sir Benjamin Bathurst, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 315.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy to complete the two quarters for the yards at Portsmouth (5,700l. thereof out of the Customs) 11,417 0 0
to ditto for Henry Horton and Tho. Legg on two Navy bills for their victuals as volunteers at sea 58 11 6
to Mr. Smith for a quarter as Serjeant at Arms 25 1 10½
£11,500 13
Same to Richard Kent, the Customs Cashier. The disposition of the Customs for this week is as follows, viz. 5,700l. for Portsmouth yard and 58l. 11s. 6d. for Horton and Leg and 25l. 1s. 10½d. for Serjt. Smith [ut supra; being payable out of Customs money in the Exchequer] and 3,400l. to yourself and Mr. Duncombe in part of your principal money [being payable direct out of the Customs Office on tallies]. (Total, 9,183l. 13s. 4½d.) Ibid, p. 316.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, p. 315.
to the Paymaster of the Forces 4,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,000
to Mr. Hornby for this week, for secret service 300
to ditto in part of his principal money 500
Same to the Excise Commissioners. The disposition of the Excise for this week is as follows, viz, the abovesaid 4 items [payable out of Excise money in the Exchequer and the following items payable direct out of the Excise Office on tallies] viz. 1,000l. to Mr. Toll, 1,500l. to Mr. Dashwood, 1,655l. for the [Excise Office] quarterly bill. (Total, 9,955l.) Ibid, pp. 315, 316.
Mar. 12. Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to assign payment of the abovesaid bills due to Henry Horton and Tho. Legg, ut supra, p. 1072. Disposition Book II. p. 316.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the transport, Customs free, to Lisbon, of stores as follow laden on the ship Anne and Jane, Capt. Richd. Ratford master, being laden on said ship at Deptford between Feb. 20 last and the 1st inst.: same to be delivered to his Majesty's storekeeper at the port of Lisbon for the use of his Majesty's ships the Tyger prize, James galley, Saphire, Pearle, Drake and Greyhound. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, pp. 263–9. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 307.
Appending: copy of bill of lading of said stores: as certified the 11th inst. by the Navy Commissioners. (Henry Guy, dated Mar. 13, to the Navy Commissioners, enclosing the above warrant.)
Mar. 13. Henry Guy to same to report to the Committee for Trade and Plantations whether you have any objections to the King's approving the enclosed Act [missing] lately passed by Sir Thomas Lynch in the Assembly at Jamaica against engrossing and forestalling there. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 307.
Same to the Attorney General to give order to the Clerk of the Petty Bag to prepare a Commission to inquire of such lands, encroachments and wastes in the lordship or manor of Denbigh, Lleweny Green and Rithland Marsh, co. Denbigh, as are concealed or detained from the King. The Commissioners to be Sir John Salisbury, Sir Evan Lloyd, Sir Roger Mostyn, barts., Sir John Trevor, kt., John Wynne, _ Carter, Edwd. Brereton and Hugh Meredith. Ibid.
Mar. 15. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the 2,181l. 15s. 6d. remaining in the Exchequer of the 7,100l. paid by the Earl of Kingston for the purchase of woods in Sherwood Forest, viz.: Disposition Book II. p. 317.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance 1,500 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Chamber 369 6 4
to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for provisions before 1682, May 1 113 16 6
to Tho. Lane in part of 250l. 125 0 0
£2,108 2 10
Same to Lord Dartmouth and the other officers of the Ordnance to apply the abovesaid 1,500l. as follows, viz. 1,000l. for the ordinary of the Ordnance Office, 500l. for Sir Thomas Fitch and John Fitch for works at Portsmouth the last summer. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Griffin [Treasurer of the Chamber] to apply as follows the abovesaid 369l. 6s. 4d., viz.: Ibid, p. 316. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 308.
l. s. d.
for the Maundy 200 9 8
for sweepers at Whitehall 100 0 0
for Mr. Dove, clerk to said Griffin 41 6 8
for Widow Greeting 20 0 0
to Dr. Blow for Widow Cutler 7 10 0
£369 6 4
Mar. 15. Henry Guy to Lord Montague, Master of the Great Wardrobe, to apply the abovesaid 113l. 16s. 6d. to the Arras workers and tailors for one quarter of their wages. Disposition Book II, p. 317.
Royal warrant dated Newmarket, to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Sir Christopher Wrenn, kt., of the office of Comptroller of the Works of Windsor Castle and of all the manors, lodges etc. in Windsor Forest: loco Hugh May, lately deceased: with the fee of 6d. a day out of the revenues of the Castle of Windsor. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 275.
Same to same for a same for a grant to Hugh Noden, citizen and merchant tailor of London, of all those five shares of land with all edifices thereon built situate in the Somer Islands alias Bermuda, being part of six shares of land late in the possession or enjoyment of Sir George Waterman, deceased, or of claimants from or under him, the other of the said six shares being in the possession of Sir Christopher Waterman, son of said Sir George: which said five shares here intended to be passed were the lands of Owen Rowe, Cornelius Holland and Sir John Danvers or some of them and were vested in the Crown by the late Act of Parliament for declaring the pains, penalties and forfeitures of notorious offenders excepted in the General Act of Oblivion or forfeited to the Crown by the treason of said Rowe, Holland and Danvers. The premises to be held by said Noden, his heirs and assigns to their own use for ever as of the manor of East Greenwich in free and common socage and by fealty only. Ibid, pp. 275–6.
Same to same for a same to constitute Sir Denny Ashburnham, bart., Francis Parry, Robert Huntington, Charles Davenant, LL.D., Jno. Freind, Felix Calverd, Nathll. Hornby, Patrick Trant and William Bridges to be Commissioners for Hearth-money: with all powers for levying, surveying and inspecting etc. the same as in the several Acts for said Hearthmoney and subject to the direction of the Treasury Lords: with power to appoint sub-collectors, deputies or agents for managing and collecting same in all places of England, Wales and Berwick. Ibid, pp. 278–82.
Further the said Patrick Trant and William Bridges are to be hereby added to the Commission of Excise as appointed by the patent of 1683, May 19, which constituted said Ashburnham, Parry, Huntington, Davenant, Friend, Calverd and Hornby, Commissioners of Excise from 1683, June 24. Said Trant and Bridges to have 1,000l. per an. salary as from the 25th inst. equally with the other said Commissioners.
The present Commissioners are not to receive any of the arrears of Excise grown due before date hereof. The said Commissioners to be exempt from juries etc. during continuance hereof. [The effect of this patent is to establish one and the same body of Commissioners for Excise and Hearthmoney.]