Entry Book: November 1682, 16-30

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 7, 1681-1685. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1916.

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November 1682

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Nov. 16. Henry Guy to Lord Chief Justice North, to report on the allegations and proposals in the enclosed petition [missing] of Charles Middleton and Percivall Brunskell, Commissioners in the Alienation Office. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 56.
Same to Sir Jon. Nicholas for an account how much of the money that was raised by Brief of Redemption of Slaves was applied to the redeeming of his Majesty's subjects that were captives to the Emperor of Morocco or any of his subjects. Ibid, p. 57.
Same to the Coroner of the King's Bench. In Trinity term last William Payne was fined 100l. in the King's Bench for grand misdemeanours. One-third thereof is to be paid to informers. You are to pay the remaining 66l. 13s. 4d. into the Exchequer. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to reserve in the Exchequer the money of the abovesaid fine. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to let Col. Birch [the Excise Auditor] see the books in your custody containing an account of interest due to Sir John James and partners. If any dispute arise thereout Birch is to be present at all the debates. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Kent [Customs Cashier]. Pay the tallies struck upon you for 5,023l. 7s. 2d. for the Sick and Wounded at Rochester, Chatham and Strood by Jan. 31 next with 6 per cent. interest from to-day. Place said interest to your quarterly account of interest for money advanced by you and Mr. Duncombe for his Majesty's service "and let the said principal and interest be paid to Sir Jno. Bankes, who doth advance the same for his Majesty's service." Ibid.
Same to Mr. Gibson to forthwith attend Sir John Bankes to receive from him the abovesaid sum for the Sick and Wounded. You are to distribute said sum among the several persons concerned according to the Treasury directions you formerly received, You are to take Robt. Cooper to your assistance in this service. Ibid, p. 58.
Nov. 16. Henry Guy to Mr. Hewer. Take care for the speedy payment of the enclosed bill of exchange [missing, see infra, p. 640] or attend the Treasury Lords next Monday morning [hereon]. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 59.
Nov. 18. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Customs money directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 190.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the Sweep Stakes and men discharged out of the prizes 3,500
to ditto for [one week of the Navy's] weekly money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week on the Ordnance Office] weekly money 500
to me [Guy] for secret service on two orders for 1,000l. and 500l. 1,500
to the Mint Commissioners 700
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 Mr. Fox for subsistence [money of the Forces] 2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings 2,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to the Cofferer of the Household 3,000
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne 250
Same to Col. Birch [Excise Auditor] enclosing a petition of the Excise Farmers. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 58.
Same to the Lord Chancellor. The business concerning the late Farmers of the Revenue of Ireland cannot be heard on Monday next by reason the Duke of Ormonde is to go that day to Windsor to the instalment of the Duke of Hamilton. Appoint some other day next week. (The like notice of postponement to Major Huntingdon.) Ibid, pp. 58, 59.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh, apprising him of the above postponement. "I have not that copy of the said Farmers' contract which your Lordship wants and it is plain I never had it, for I have one of my own; but there is no account of your proceedings touching defalcations annexed to this [account] in my hands." Ibid, p. 58.
Nov. 20. Same to Mr. Hewer, either to pay the bill of exchange for 1,160l. 2s. 0d. drawn at Tangier Sept. 8 last, by Col. Kirke, the Governor there, on the Treasury Lords and accepted Oct. 14 last, or else to give a bill payable to Mr. Middleton and Mr. Crispe, merchants, in a week's time for said sum. Said sum is the account of 48 Mahomedan slaves bought there of several persons. The Treasury Lords will take care to repay you said sum in a short time. They would also have you solicit the Commissioners for Tangier for their warrant for the application of the money in this case and all other cases of the like nature, for my Lords would "not have the parties to whom any bills are payable to be put to any trouble of that nature." Ibid, p. 59.
Nov. 20. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners enclosing a letter from the Lords of the Council to the Governor of Scilly to assist the Customs officer there. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 60.
The Treasury Lords to Col. Piercy Kirke, Governor of Tangier, Capt. Jno. Gyles, Consul Jno. Erlisman (Earlisman) and Mr. (Alderman) Nicholas Sanford. ("The duplicate of this letter was signed by my Lord Hyde and all the rest of the [Treasury] Lords the 30th of Nov., 1682, but dated the 20th of November.") In a late memorial Mr. Sheres represents that upon the discharge and turning over his Majesty's slaves that were employed at Tangier to the Emperor of Morocco's ambassador several guardians, masons, stone cutters and others to the number of about 20, the major part thereof being foreigners, were by reason of his Majesty's releasing the said slaves and for other considerations become of little use to his Majesty and that it would be for the honor and benefit of his Majesty's service to pay their arrears, and to licence them to return to their respective countries. You are therefore hereby to be present at the paying such arrears and you, Kirke and Giles and the principal officer of the mole residing at Tangier are to jointly draw bills on us, the Treasury Lords, to an amount not exceeding 1,500l. which we hereby promise to accept. Together with said bills you are to send the account of said payments and the payees' receipts. Ibid.
Nov. 22. Entry of an order of the King in Council dated Whitehall this day. The Lords of the Committee of Trade and Plantations having this day represented that the Governor of the Leeward Islands had desired 80 or 100 soldiers to recruit the two Companies at St. Christopher not only to supply mortality but also to complete the places of married men that turn planters, and that the same may be in some part effected with the less charge to his Majesty by the conveyance of 30 men as a supernumerary complement of the Deptford ketch now going on his Majesty's service to St. Christopher: the King approved thereof and referred it to the Treasury Lords to provide money for the raising and clothing the said 30 men which the Lieutenant of the Tower is to raise and put on board said ketch. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 78.
Nov. 23. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners. You have presented Dodson for a waiter's place at Carlisle port, but the Treasury Lords intend to give it to George Graham. Report on his fitness. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 61.
Same to Mr. Fillingham and Mr. Twitty to draw up, together with my [Guy's] clerk, Mr. William Lownds, a state of the case of Mr. Dorrington's order registered on the Twelve Months' Assessment; as also of the principal and interest received by the Treasurer of the Ordnance on Capt. Williams's orders on the last Six Months' tax. Certify what you think regular to be done in relation to these orders. Ibid.
Nov. 23. Henry Guy to Mr. Hooker to forthwith pay 459l. to Mr. Harbord [Surveyor General of Crown Lands] for Widow Dipford's use, for her lands purchased for Plymouth citadel. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 61.
Same to the Solicitor General. The warranty or covenant from Sir William Pulteney is to be against himself and all claimants under him and also against Sir Thomas Grosvenor's pretence of title. Despatch the conveyances speedily. Ibid.
Same to the Lord Chancellor. Yesterday the Exchequer Court laid a fine of 50l. on the Warden of the Fleet for permitting Anthony Robins, a prisoner, to go at large. The Treasury Lords desire you to enter a caveat against the pardoning of the said fine. (The like notice to the Lord Privy Seal and Secretaries Conway and Jenkins: and same to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer not to compound said fine.) Ibid.
Same to Mr. Bridgman to proceed in the providing the [Healing] medals, as the Treasury Lords have ordered Mr. Duncomb to pay 600l. into the Exchequer on Saturday week for Healing gold. Ibid, p. 62.
Same to Mr. Brisban enclosing the petition of George Beardsell et al. The Treasury Lords desire to know from the Admiralty Lords what expense petitioners have been at in their service and what reward or encouragement they deserve. (The like letter dated the 25th to Sir Ri. Lloyd and Mr. Franklyn. Ibid, pp. 62, 62–3.
Appending: (a) copy of said petition to the King from said Beardsell, Jno. Williams and Samll. Kendrick shewing that several commissions are now granted from George Carew, esq., for oppressing the Dutch upon pretence of a letter of marque granted by the King and since recalled by proclamation, notwithstanding which said Carew has since Aug. 1 last granted three commissions to Capt. William Hawley, Capt. Lemman, and Capt. Crosby whereon petitioners have informed the Admiralty Court and upon that Court's warrant have taken said Hawley, whose ship is also in custody. (b) Order of reference from the King dated Whitehall, Nov. 18, of said petition to the Treasury Lords.)
Nov. 25. Same to Mr. Cooper to go down to Chatham and Rochester with Mr. Gibson to state and adjust the debts there yet in arrear for sick and wounded seamen and to assist him in the payment thereof. Ibid, p. 62.
Same to Mr. Hooker. The Treasury Lords very much wonder that you refuse to pay Mrs. Dipford's tally according to your promise. They order you to immediately pay it. Ibid, p. 63.
Same to Mr. Duncombe [Excise Cashier] for an account how far the tallies for perpetual interest [to the bankers and others] are paid and to whom in particular. In future you are to certify the Treasury Lords what payments are made on those tallies and to whom. Ibid.
Nov. 25. Henry Guy to Mr. Agar to take care that no more trees be felled nor any more spoil or waste committed in Bagshot Park. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 63.
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. Disposition Book II, p. 191.
to Mr. Fox, Paymaster of the Forces, for subsistence of the Forces 2,000
ditto for off-reckonings 2,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to the Cofferer of the Household 2,000
And further to issue as follows out of Customs money [which is so to be paid in as above], viz.:
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [for one week's] weekly money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500 0 0
to ditto for Deptford and Woolwich yards 5,825 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week on the Ordnance Office] weekly money 500 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service 1,545 18 6
£11,370 18 6
Nov. 26. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the issue as imprest for the fortification at Hull of the sum of 4,000l. which Henry Geneu has agreed to advance and lend to the King forthwith: Geneu to be repaid out of the like sum which is hereby to be raised by felling timber in Sherwood Forest: together with 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. reward. In the margin: cancelled 1682–3, Jan. 22. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 85.
Nov. 27. Money warrant for 4.000l. to Baptist May as imprest for provision of [medals of] gold for his Majesty's use in healing. (Money order dated Nov. 28 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 97. Order Book XXXIX, p. 43.
Same for 1,250l. to Mris. Eleanor Gwynn for 1682, June 24 quarter, on her pension or annuity for the support of hereself and Charles, Earl of Burford, (Money order dated Dec. 1 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 97. Order Book XXXIX, p. 44.
Same for 500l. to Phillip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, as imprest for one year to 1682, April 1, for putting and keeping in repair his Majesty's house called Audley End and other uses relating thereto as by the privy seal of 1674, July 31: likewise for 400l. to same on the extraordinaries of the Works, same being intended for his Majesty's paving in extraordinary for one year. The present sums to be issued out of the farm of unwrought wood. (Money order dated Nov. 29 for said 500l. hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 97. Order Book XXXIX, p. 46.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to me [Guy] 5,952l. 5s, 6d. in further part of 11,000l. for secret service: issuing same out of Wine Licence money advanced, now remaining in the Exchequer. Disposition Book II, p. 191.
Nov. 27. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the issue to William Roberts of money up to 4,000l. to be issued by direction of the Treasury Lords either for the purchase of lands or tenements to be laid into the avenue at Windsor, or for the making, paling or beautifying same or for wages etc. therein: the King having resolved to have an avenue made in a direct line between Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park. (Money warrant hereon dated 1682–3, Jan. 15. This money warrant quotes the privy seal as dated Nov. 30. Money order dated Jan. 16 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 79. Money Book IV, p. 123. Order Book XXXIX, p. 54.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a demise or grant to Joseph ward, his executors and assigns, of the ground of the Navy Office and the buildings thereon or to be built thereon, all for 61 years from Sept. 29 last at a peppercorn rent and for a consideration, ut supra, pp. 631–2, "which said toft, piece and parcel of ground and premises lie in a long square of uneven sides with several breaks and are in front towards Seething Lane from north to south 123 foot or thereabouts and in the greatest breadth about the middle of the ground 173 foot or thereabouts and in depth from east to west on the north side towards Crutched Fryers 262 foot or thereabouts and in breadth at the east end thereof 146 foot or thereabouts with a little piece of ground annexed to the south side containing 45 foot deep and 24 foot broad." King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 80–2.
Royal sign manual for 500l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without accompt: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Aug. 2 last. (Money warrant dated Dec. 2 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 2 hereon.) Ibid, p. 85. Money Book IV, p. 98. Order Book XXXIX, p. 44.
Same for 605l. 11s. 6d. to same for same: to be issued on same privy seal dormant. (Money warrant dated Dec. 2 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 2 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 85. Money Book IV, p. 98. Order Book XXXIX, p. 44.
Same for 732l. to same for same: to be issued on same privy seal dormant. (Money warrant dated Dec. 2 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 2 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 85. Money Book IV, p. 98. Order Book XXXIX, p. 44.
Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to assign for payment out of the Navy's weekly money the 128l. 14s. 4¾d. to Robert Griffith, purser of the ship Swallow, upon a bill for extra necessary money dated 1681, Oct. 24. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 63.
Same to the Lord Chancellor. If agreeable to you the Treasury Lords will hear the business of Alderman Breedon and partners, late Farmers [of the Revenue] of Ireland this day week. (Same to same, same date, fixing said hearing as above. The like notice to the Duke of Ormonde, the Earl of Ranelagh and Major Huntington.) Ibid. pp. 63, 64, 65.
Same to the Excise Farmers. When you were at the Treasury my Lords desired from you an account of the expenditure of the 56,000l. annually allowed for the collection of Excise. Send it forthwith. Ibid, p. 64.
Same to Mr. Harbord to report on the enclosed letters concerning the felling of timber in Whittlewood Forest for the use of the Navy, viz. as to whether what is therein proposed can be done. Ibid.
Appending: note of Mr. Boyer's report to the Navy Commissioners dated Sept. 13 last and the said Commissioners' report thereon to the Admiralty dated Nov. 10; with Mr. Brisbane's letter to [Treasury] Secretary Guy dated Nov. 14.
Nov. 27. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners enclosing the order of Council of the 10th inst. requiring the payment of your arrears of several assessments. You are to pay same presently or the Treasury Lords will take the most expeditious way of raising it. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 64.
Same to Math. Johnson to take care, together with John Fisher, that the lands purchased for the avenue at Windsor be legally conveyed to the King. Ibid.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of William Okes, late Receiver of Hearthmoney for co. Kent and Canterbury, and of John Ashburne, one of his securities, both prisoners in the Fleet where they have been for many years for the debt owing by said receiver on his account for the 1½ years ended 1670, Sept. 29. Said Okes's securities were Sir William Roberts, kt., Edmund Waring and said Ashburne, an inn-holder. Said Roberts was discharged his suretyship on payment of 1,000l. by privy seal, with power to sue Okes for the whole money and Waring for 500l. thereof: and said Waring was likewise to have the benefit of said privy seal if he paid the 500l. in time, which he has not done. Said Ashburne had all his estate and goods seized above eight years since and his body thrown in prison, where he has lain so long that it is believed he has now spent the charity of all his friends and is ready to perish for want of relief. A debt owing to said Ashburne by one Hugh Pyers has been seized into the King's hands and, on prosecution in the Exchequer Court, Pyers was forced 1675, June 9, to pay 150l. into the Receipt of the Exchequer as in behalf of Ashburne and in part of Okes's debt. Ashburne's household effects realised 60l. 17s. 5d. which the sheriff answered to the King. Okes's debt still remaining is 1,438l. 15s. 5d. Okes and Ashburne are fit objects of compassion. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 151–2.
Same to same from same on the petition of Thomas Elliot, petitioner setting forth that by lease of 1676, Aug. 1, his father was granted a parcel of ground to build on at Newmarket on condition that the King might resume, on payment of the cost of the building, "and that the house cost in building the sum of 900l., which sum he humbly prays your Majesty to sign and allow in relation to the condition aforesaid." Your Majesty may reasonably allow said sum if disposed to reassume. Ibid, p. 152.
Same to same from same on the petition of Sir Thomas Grosvenor, bart., petitioner setting forth that being seized in the right of his wife of the scite and demesnes of the manor of Ebury, co. Midd., and of the waste thereof he did in Oct., 1681, convey some closes, parcel thereof, to the Earl of Arlington, Lord Chamberlain of the Household, which closes the King has since purchased of the said Earl with the intention to enclose same within St. James's Park and the workmen employed for enclosing same are now at work thereon and have begun the wall, so as not only to enclose the said closes but also some waste ground lying on the north side of said closes and the houses built on part of said waste grounds, which said waste grounds are part of the waste of the manor of Ebury: therefore prays satisfaction for same. Hereon the Treasury Lords report that they have agreed with Sir William Pulteney and others claiming under him for the said houses and waste and Pulteney is to be engaged in 600l. to indemnify the King against all claimants for three years. Said Pulteney informs us that the houses and waste referred to by petitioner have time out of mind belonged to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and were never accounted any part of Ebury farm and that the said Dean and Chapter and himself and the tenants of said houses and waste are willing to go to trial by consent with petitioner, but Pulteney thinks there is no colour for petitioner's pretence. Ibid, p. 153.
Nov. 27. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the One per cent. Duty on the ships Leopard and Venetian, owned and laded by James [Houblon] and Jno. Houblon et al. the Leopard having arrived in the Thames with only 14 guns mounted, being only two less than in the Act of Frauds [of 15 Car. II. c. 7] whereupon the Collector Inwards demanded said one per cent. but the master and mate thereof having made affidavit that said ship is 300 tons burthen and mounted with 24 guns and so went out and returned from Scanderoon and was then laden in the Thames and had always on board 35 men. but, making the Channel in a storm, 10 of the guns were dismounted for safety and laid down on the gun deck: similarly affidavit being made for the Venetian that in her late voyage to Venice and homeward she was mounted with 22 guns and carried 32 men and is 240 tons burden and in her voyage falling in fight with three Turks men-of-war the Capt., Robert Rump, was killed, notwithstanding the ship returned home with 32 men [so that she was only the Captain short of the full complement]. Out Letters (Customs) VIII pp. 169–70.
Henry Guy to the Duke of Ormonde to pursue the draft of a letter [see the following entry] for payment of certain arrears of pensions [on the Irish Establishment]. Return it this afternoon before the Treasury Lords rise, as they intend to despatch it to Ireland by to-morrow's post, if you have no objection thereunto. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 48.
The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Arran, Lord Deputy of Ireland. In ours of Aug. 8 last we desired you to take care to provide for the [payment of the] civil and military lists and to give order that no payments be made on account of pensions due at Lady day last till the King's pleasure be further known. We are informed that Samuel Heron, merchant, upon encouragement from, and at the desire of Sir James Shaen, has paid and engaged to pay divers sums of money in England to the Earl of Castlehaven upon account of the yearly sum of 500l. which is or shall be due to him, not exceeding 800l. in all besides interest and exchange, and unto Madame Gwynne and her sister Mris. Foster and Mris. Willoughby, not exceeding what is due to them to Michaelmas last for their respective pensions on the [Irish] Establishment, and several sums not exceeding 300l. for money imprested to Col. Hales and other officers of the Royal Regiment upon account of their pay. You are to give order to the [Irish Revenue] Farmers to cause such bills as upon advice from said Shaen shall be drawn by said Heron on the said Farmers or any of their collectors, and not exceeding the abovesaid sums, to be duly answered and complied with. The receipts of the said persons are to be a sufficient discharge to the Farmers, who are thereupon to be allowed these payments in their accounts. Ibid, pp. 50–1.
Nov. 27. Royal letter to the Duke of Ormonde as Lord Lieutenant and to the Earl of Arran, Lord Deputy of Ireland. to pass letters patent under the great seal of Ireland to erect an office of Comptroller General and Accomptant General to comptrol, examine and audit all acconts whatsoever relating to any the King's revenues in Ireland: and to grant same to Robt. Wood, Doctor of Laws, and James Bonnell with 200l. per an. to themselves and 200l. per an. for their clerks from Christmas next: all on the surrender of the patent dated 1665, June 9, which erected an office of Accomptant General to examine and audit all accounts relating to the Customs, Excise or New Impost in Ireland; and which granted said office to said Wood and Bonnell. Out Letters (Ireland) III, pp. 48–50.
Nov. 30. Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to forbear or supersede process against William Cooke, late sheriff of Gloucester and Receiver of Hearthmoney there in 1664, for any money due to the King upon that account. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 154.
Henry Guy to Mr. Duncombe to attend the Treasury Lords to-morrow and to pay forthwith into the Exchequer 1,880l. for the purchase money of the houses bought in at St. James's Park, "his Majesty having commanded this business to be despatched with all expedition." Out Letters (General) VII, p. 65.
Same to the Hearthmoney Farmers to pay forthwith into the Exchequer 87l. 17s. 5d. to complete your [farm rent] due Mar. 25 last and payable by the latest day of grace Sept. 19 last. Ibid.
Privy seal for an annuity or yearly pension of 300l. to Capt. Augustus L'Hosteyn, esq., in consideration of his good services: to be payable quarterly: the first payment at Christmas next. (Royal warrant dated Nov. 26 to the Clerk of the Signet for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 82.
Royal sign manual for 1,545l. 18s. 6d. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Aug. 2 last. (Money warrant dated Dec. 5 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 5 hereon.) Ibid, p. 86. Money Book IV, p. 105. Order Book XXXIX, p. 44.
Allowance by the Treasury Lords of the 1682, Michaelmas quarter's salary bill of the Customs London port. (Total, 5,357l. 1s. 2d.) Money Book IV, p. 98.