Entry Book: December 1682, 16-15

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December 1682

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Dec. 16. The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Arran, Lord Deputy of Ireland. In reply to yours of the 2nd inst. as to what relates to paying debentures on the Civil List we never intended to give any stop to them and desire it may be done in the same manner as usual. Notwithstanding our letter of Aug. 8 last concerning paying pensions you are to give the [Irish Revenue] Farmers leave to pay what is due to Sept. 29 last on Sir Edward Fitzharris's pension of 150l. per an. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 53.
Same to same. By a late petition the mayor, sheriffs etc. of Dublin have [desired a continuation of the full payment of] the 500l. per an. which said city constantly received until Easter and Michaelmas, 1681, "for maintaining the dignity of the sword;" when by an order of the King in Council half the pensions were stopped, whereby the city became 250l. in arrear for that year "and that by a later order the petitioners, amongst others, are stopped 250l. for the half year ended at Michaelmas last." Said petition being recommended by the Duke of Ormonde and the Privy Council of Ireland June 7 last, was referred by the King to the Duke of Ormonde, who reported in favour of paying the arrears thereon "in regard of their former services and the hopes his Grace conceives of their continuing loyal and dutiful to his Majesty's authority." Said report has been referred to us and we have considered same and received the King's pleasure thereon. Notwithstanding any former orders you are to direct the [Irish Revenue] Farmers to pay the arrears due for Lady day and Michaelmas last. Ibid, pp. 53–4.
Dec. 16. Henry Guy to John Birch [Auditor of the Excise] for an account of all moneys received and paid by the present [Excise] Managers for the first three years ended 1680, June 24 [of their farm]. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 76.
Same to same and to the Auditors of Imprests to meet on Monday with Major Huntingdon and partners and Mr. Story, the [Excise] Comptroller's clerk, to examine and report on the truth of the interest book of Sir John James and his partners as presented by you to the Treasury Lords; and on said Huntingdon's reply to your observations thereon. Ibid.
Same to the Solicitor General. The privy seal is passed for purchase of the tenements taken into St. James's Park. Which of the parties selling have executed their conveyances? Ibid, p. 77.
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. 197.
to the Paymaster of the Forces for subsistence 2,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,000
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynn 250
to the Earl of Bath and Lord Hawley for the Duchess of Richmond 500
to the Duke of Monmouth 1,000
Same to same to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, pp. 197–8.
to the 12 Judges 3,000
to the Judges of Chester 175
to the Masters in Chancery 275
to Sir William Scroggs 375
to the Masters of Requests 100
to the Lord Chancellor 1,000
to the Treasurer of the Navy, one week's weekly money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance, one week's weekly money 500
Dec. 16. Money warrant for 80l. to Sir Jno. Heath, kt., for two years to 1680, June 24, on his fee as a King's Counsel at law. Money Book IV, p. 109.
Same for 1,000l. to Heneage, Earl of Nottingham, Lord Chancellor, for last Sept. 29 quarter on his annuity. Ibid.
Same for 125l. to Sir George Jefferies for last Trinity term on his salary as one of the Justices of Chester City. Ibid.
Same for 50l. to Jno. Warren for same as a same. Ibid, p. 110.
Same for 2,282l. to the Earl of Arlington, Postmaster General, as in part of 5,115l. 19s. 6d. which is certified by the Secretaries of State as being [the amount of the Post Office defalcations or the postage on] the letters and packets carried post free for his Majesty's service by said Earl from 1678, June 30, to 1678–9, Jan. 1, according to the respective rates established by Act of Parliament. (Money order dated Dec. 18 hereon.) Ibid, p. 109. Order Book XXXIX, p. 48.
Same for 375l. to Sir William Scroggs for last Michaelmas term on his annuity or pension. Money Book IV, p. 110.
Same for 25l. each to the following for a quarter each as Masters of Requests, viz. Sir Charles Cotterell for 1681, June 24 quarter, Sir William Glascock for ditto, Tho. Povey for ditto and Charles Morley for 1682, Lady day quarter. Ibid.
Dec. 18. Same for 150l. to Jno. Sayers for one year to 1680, Sept. 29, on his fee or salary as the King's Master Cook. Ibid.
Same for 83l. 10s. 3d. to Mary Strode, relict and executrix of Charles Strode in full satisfaction of the surplusages on the account of said Charles Strode of the moneys by him received for defraying the charges in 1676 and 1677 of the Commission issued to Edward Noell et al. to inquire into the spoils in New Forest. (Money order dated Dec. 19 hereon.) Ibid, p. 111. Order Book XXXIX, p. 49.
Henry Guy to Mr. Brisbane. In reply to yours of the 12th inst. desiring a speedy supply for Sir Thomas Beckford [the slopseller] you are to inform the Admiralty Lords that the Treasury Lords can do nothing therein till they know what the Admiralty Lords have done on the order of Council of 1681, June 23. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 76.
By the King's orders the Treasury Lords have spoken with Sir Jno. Berry to know how many men he must have to sail the Henrietta which is appointed for the service of Ireland. He says he can sail her well with 200 men. The Admiralty Lords are therefore to take off the rest.
Same to Mr. Hewer [Treasurer of Tangier Garrison] to pay half a year's pay each immediately in advance to Edmd. Pipe and James Hunter, who are drawn out to go forthwith to Tangier as Fire Master and Master Gunner there. Ibid.
Appending: petition of said Pipe and Hunter and order dated Dec. 14 thereon by the Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier for the above payment.
Dec. 18. Henry Guy to Mr. Blathwayte to solicit the prosecution of Col. Strode and partners jointly and severally for the arrears due from them on the Four and a Half per cent. Duty account. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 76.
Same to Chief Justice Pemberton. Application has been made to the King by Philip Designy for pardon of the fine of 500l. on him for eloigning William Turbet. He is in prison on a writ of Withernam. If the fine be discharged can he be enlarged from prison before the party eloigned be returned? Ibid, p. 78.
Same to Sir Charles Scarborough. Can you prove to the Treasury Lords what you lately informed them concerning Sir James Johnson's fine? Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brisbane. Lay the following papers before the Admiralty Lords. Ibid.
Appending: note of said papers (1) the [Navy] purveyor's proposal for cutting down 1,000 trees for plank in Whittlewood Forest; and (2) report thereon; (3) John Bowyer's letter from Deptford dated Sept. 13 last; (4) the letter of Nov. 10 last from [Sir] Rd. Haddock, [Sir] J. Tippetts, [Sir] Jo. Narbrough, and J. Southerne.
Same to Auditor Shales. Send the Treasury Lords a particular of the rents remaining unsold in your office and what is charged thereupon. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to Serjeant Jno. Ramsey to apprehend Capt. John Man, collector of Customs at Falmouth, who is considerably indebted to the King and absconds about the City of London: so the King's debt is in danger. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 164.
Dec. 19. Henry Guy to Auditor Shales. What is the balance due to the King from Charles Duncombe as Receiver for co. Beds, of the last Six Months' Assessment: he being ordered to clear his account thereof forthwith? Out Letters (General) VII, p. 78.
Same to Mr. Creed. The Treasury Lords have referred to the Auditors of Imprests Mr. Shere's account for the Mole at Tangier. The Auditors want a sight of the original drafts mentioned in the contract of 1675–6, Mar. 18, by which it appears that the Mole was to be built in the same method of chests and of equal breadth with the Mole of Genoa. Send them the said drafts. (Same to said Auditors, informing them hereof. Mr. Shere in his account of the Mole is not to be charged with any other money but what he received of Mr. Pepys and Mr. Hewer as imprest therefor.) Ibid, pp. 78, 79.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite forwarding seven papers of Mr. Randolph, collector of Customs in New England, viz. three letters, reasons of the appeal in the case of the Goodhope pink, Daniel Mathewse's petition to the King, Randolph's letter to the Governor and Randolph's petition and appeal to the King. Report thereon to the Treasury Lords. Ibid, p. 79.
Dec. 19. Henry Guy to the Excise Commissioners. Certify the Treasury Lords a true state of the following. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 79.
Appending: paper concerning the interest on the 8,400l. [part of the Excise Farmers' advance money] which was paid in the six weeks following 1681, June 24. Said interest should not be charged till 1682, Dec. 25, thus reducing the interest account, 1681, Sept. 29, to 1682, Sept. 29, from 2,809l. 12s. 10½d. to 2,317l. 19s. 1d. a difference of 491l. 13s. 9d.
Same to Sir Gilbert Talbot for an account of the plate which was delivered to Prince Rupert and is to be restored [returned to the Jewel House]. Ibid, p. 80.
Same to the Earl of Anglesea. In your Navy [Treasurer's] account there are several difficulties which you must explain to the Auditors of Imprests before they can go on with the state of that account. Ibid, p. 81.
Same to the Master of the Wardrobe again desiring the account, ut supra, pp. 635–6. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to assign for payment out of the Navy's weekly money in four weeks [or instalments] the bill dated 1677–8, Jan. 25, for 72l. 2s. 6d. due to Mary Edwards, widow of Capt. Peter Edwards, Commander of his Majesty's ship Well dogger, for his disbursements in impresting 577 seamen. Ibid.
Dec. 20. The Treasury Lords to Sir Thomas Lynch, Governor of Jamaica. By patent dated 1675, May 27, the King has granted to Thomas Martin and Leonard Compeare the office of receiver of duties, impositions, quit rents, fines etc. payable to the King in Jamaica. His Majesty's service requires that they be put into a full execution of their office to the end the King's revenue may be more easily recovered and accounted for. You are to give order for their receiving the revenue within your Government and the arrears thereof: they to give good security. (In the margin: cancelled 7 June, 1683.) Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 164.
Same to the Receivers, Collectors and Auditors of his Majesty's revenue in Virginia. A commission is lately passed to Lord Colepeper containing several powers and directions for the government of Virginia. Before you pay said Lord any salary due to him you are to see that the fees as below on the passing of said commission be fully satisfied by bill of exchange payable to Henry Guy. Ibid, p. 165. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, p. 105.
Appending: bill of said fees due in the various offices, viz. of the Secretaries of State, Signet, Privy Seal, Attorney General, Hanaper and Crown Office. (Total, 61l. 0s. 10d.)
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to grant John Snatt an extraordinary commission to seize uncustomed and prohibited goods for one year. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 177.
Same to same to employ John Hord as a landwaiter London port loco John West, who is to be made a jerquer ibid. Ibid, pp. 178, 179, 180.
Peter Stringer as a riding surveyor for North Wales loco Edward Morgan, lately deceased.
Samuel Gastrell as waiter and searcher at Neath loco Evan Owen, who is infirm and insufficient for so great a trust: the salary of 15l. to be increased to 40l.: and a boatman to be nominated at 20l. per an. to maintain a boat and a man under him.
Powel Williams as waiter and searcher at Chester loco Edwd. Morgan, lately deceased.
John West (one of the landwaiters, London port) as a jerquer [ibid.] loco Mathew Humberston, now usher of the Custom House.
Robert Whitehall as a landcarriageman London port loco Humphry Jones, lately preferred to be tidesurveyor ibid.
Tho. Newberry (one of the coastwaiters London port) as surveyor, Bideford port at 80l. per an. loco Mr. Mathews, who now serves at 50l. per an. but is ancient and unfit and is to be removed to be coastwaiter London port: this change being proposed by reason of the great increase of trade in that port.
John Fawcett as surveyor of Lynn Regis loco Allan Wharton, deceased.
John Collinson to have an extraordinary commission to seize uncustomed and prohibited goods.
Walter Aldey to be waiter at Chepstow at 30l. per an. loco Mathew Stephens, the present waiter, whose salary is 10l. per an. and an able person to be presented as boatman at 10l. per an. to maintain a boat: as proposed by Mr. Culliford and Mr. Browne in their survey of Swansea port.
A fitting officer to be presented to be established at Oxwich Bay near the mouth of Swansea harbour at 10l. per an. and to reside at Porteynon.
Dec. 20. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit Thomas Wilson, of London, merchant, to ship out, Customs free, goods to the equal value, in customs, to the amount of the bales of Western cloth which he shipped in the Siria which in her voyage to Scanderoon was lost on the coast of Barbary: the application to the Treasury in this case being necessitated by the uncertainty as to the transhipment of said goods into the Siria. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 179.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Sir Maurice Eustace. In his report on said petition the Duke of Ormonde certifies your Majesty's debt to said Eustace to be 5,315l. 15s. 8d. We cannot advise that said sum should be charged on the revenue of Ireland at present; but that the matter be reconsidered after a year's management of the revenue of Ireland shall have shewn what that revenue will make. Out Letters (Ireland) III, pp. 31–3.
Prefixing and appending: (a) said petition. The only prospect of advantage petitioner had from the King's decision in his favour against Mr. Coppinger was the debt owing by the King to the late Lord Chancellor Eustace on account of salary on which petitioner has depended for 18 years past for discharging the debts contracted by said Chancellor during his seven years' imprisonment for loyalty. Therefore prays payment of said debt or of interest on it. (b) Order of reference dated Whitehall, 1682, Aug. 17, thereof to the Duke of Ormonde. (c) Duke of Ormonde's report dated London, Aug. 18. (d) Reference dated Windsor, Aug. 19, thereof from the King to the Treasury Lords. (e and f) Reports from the Duke of Ormonde dated 1677–8, Mar. 19, and from Treasurer Danby dated 1678–9, Mar. 18, on a previous petition of said Eustace: stating the debt to be 3,565l. 15s. 8d. arrears on his entertainment as Lord Chancellor and pension of 1,500l. and 1,750l. remaining unpaid of 2,000l. granted to him by the sign manual of 1661, Mar. 26. The said two sums make together 5,315l. 15s. 8d. It may be satisfied as in the following draft. (g) Draft royal letter [to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] for said Eustace to make discoveries of concealed moneys or lands to be granted him to an amount sufficient to satisfy said debt with interest.
Dec. 20. Royal commission to Edwyn Stede, one of the Council of the island of Barbados, to be receiver of all the King's rents, revenues, prizes, fines, escheats, forfeitures and other profits within the colony of Barbados and all arrears thereof "such duties and impositions only excepted for the receipt whereof we have otherwise provided;" to answer and pay the same to the King's use towards the support of the Government of Barbados and also to account for the same pursuant to directions in that behalf: with power to levy same by distress according to the laws of England or Barbados: all by reason that the King thinks it expedient to appoint such an officer. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 108–9.
Henry Guy to Mr. Harbord [Surveyor General of Crown Lands]. Report on the form of a warrant desired by the Queen's Council for felling stakewood in Whittlewood Forest. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 80.
The Treasury Lords to [? the Lord Chief Justice] to admit Capt. John Jones to an easy composition of his fine of 100 marks for compounding with one Morris for a piece of flannen which he stole from petitioner; Jones being a very great object of charity and his condition so bad by his long imprisonment. Ibid, p. 81.
Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to assign out of the Navy's weekly money by three weeks' instalments the payment of 73l. 11s. 8d. to Capt. John Votier on the balance of his Victualling account. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. Report on the enclosed paper [missing] which the Treasury Lords have received of Mr. Wyat, particularly that the Excise Farmers have made as much of the Excise since the Additional duties went off as they did before. Ibid.
Appending: account signed by John Wyatt of what Geo. Dashwood et al. Managers of Excise, have got from the King in four years ending 1681, June 24, besides all charges borne, losses and arrears standing out.
l. s. d.
For three years to 1680, June 24.
interest on advance money 59,372 13 3
interest on running cash 2,772 10
interest on surplus 10,994 12
poundage of surplus 5,671 9
memorandum: before the King paid them interest of the running cash Sir John James et al. paid them for interest of running cash 9,470 15 9
£88,282 1
For one year ended 1681, June 24. l. s. d.
interest on advance money 41,252 2
interest on running cash 5,183 17
interest on surplus 1,317 5 10¾
poundage of surplus 2,105 12 6
£49,858 17
Total for said four years. l. s. d.
interest and poundage, ut supra 138,140 19
management at 10,000l. per an. 40,000 0 0
what they saved out of 5,000l. per an. for losses and arrears, as Mr. Strong told me about 3,000l. per an. 12,000 0 0
what they saved out of the 56,000l. per an. allowed for officers' salaries and charges as Mr. Isaac Daffarne, their accomptant, told me above 5,000l. per an. 20,000 0 0
total of what they got to themselves in four years besides all losses, charges and arrears 210,140 19
Dec. 20. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt. There are the following funds now in the Exchequer, viz. 28l. 9s. 11d. of compositions in the Exchequer, 29l. 11s. 6d. of Cornwall Duchy [revenues], 1,655l. 19s. 4d. of Recusants' [forfeitures], 19l. 15s. 5¼d. of King's Bench Fines, 1l. 17s. 3d. of Wine Licences [money], 3l. 12s. 8d. of fines of leases and 12l. 12s. 4¾d. of [sheriffs'] proffers; making a total of 1,751l. 18s. 6¼d. This money you are to issue as follows, viz. 500l. to Lady Fisher, 300l. to Sir Tho. Windham, 200l. to Lady Windham's daughters, 200l. to Mris. Gunter, 150l. to Mr. Gifford, 100l. to Mr. Reynolds, 100l. to Mr. Whitgrave, 100l. to Mr. Mansell, 50l. to Jno. Rogers, 25l. to Joane Hurford. (Total, 1,725l.) Disposition Book II, p. 198.
Same to same to issue 48l. 6s. 8d. to Mr. Whitfield out of Recusants' moneys in the Exchequer. Entry struck through. Ibid, p. 199.
Money warrant for 200l. to Humphry Morice, esq., for one year to 1677, Sept. 29, on his salary as an auditor of the revenue. (Same for same to Sir Joseph Seymour for one year to 1678, Sept. 29; John Phelipps for one year to 1678, Lady day; Anthony Parsons for one year to 1677, Lady day, he being paid the preceding year's salary by John Bennett, the receiver of Somerset and Dorset, Sir William Godolphin, bart., receiver of Devon and Cornwall, and Simon Smith, receiver of Southampton, Wilts and Gloucester.) Money Book IV, pp. 111, 112.
Same for 100l. to Francis Reynolds for half a year to 1680, June 24, on his annuity or pension. Ibid, p. 112.
Same for 100l. to Thomas Whitgrave for half a year to 1680, Christmas, on his same. Ibid.
Dec. 20. Treasury warrant to the Receipt cancelling and revoking the dormant warrant of 1678–9, Feb. 20, for 200l. a year to Auditor John Shales. Money Book IV, p. 113.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to pay William Culliford 200l. for his present encouragement for several discoveries of frauds and other good services. Ibid.
Money warrant for 300l. to Sir Tho. Windham for half a year to 1680, Christmas, on his annuity or pension. Ibid.
Same for 200l. to Rachel and Frances Windham, daughters to Dame Ann Windham, for half a year to June 24 last on their pension. Ibid, p. 114.
Same for 25l. to Joane Hurford for half a year to 1680, Sept. 29, on her annuity or pension. Ibid.
Same for 100l. to Francis Mansell, gent., for half a year to 1681, Lady day, on his same. Ibid.
Same for 150l. to Charles Gifford for half a year to 1681, Sept. 29, on his same. Ibid, p. 115.
Same for 50l. to John Rogers and Ann his wife (the daughter of Rich. Pendrill) for same half year on same. Ibid.
Same for 480l. to Robert Squibb as imprest for the redemption of English captives: to be paid out of the moneys of the late collections for that use as by the privy seal of this day infra. (Money order dated Dec. 20 hereon.) Ibid, p. 115. Order Book XXXIX, p. 49.
Treasury warrant to Sir Richard Dutton [Governor of Barbados] to receive for his own use in part of salary due to him the fine of 579l. 10s. 0d. due to the King from Col. Christopher Codrington on the judgment passed in the Exchequer of Barbados. Money Book IV, p. 115.
Money warrant for 500l. to Dame Jane Fisher for half a year to 1676, Sept. 29, on her annuity or pension. Ibid, p. 116.
Same for 200l. to Catharine Gunter for one year to 1678, Christmas, on her same. Ibid.
Privy seal for the issue of sums up to a total of 16,461l. 3s. 9d. to Robert Squib, junr., gent., as imprest and upon account for the redemption of English captives who are in slavery at Algiers and other places, and for the incident charges thereof, to be paid by him according to warrants from the Treasury Lords, which warrants the said Lords are to make forth as they shall be directed by orders in Council or by warrant of the Committee of the Privy Council for the Redemption of Captives. The present issue is to be made out of the sums of money which have been collected and are already paid into the Exchequer "and more expected, arising from the pious and charitable contributions of our good subjects" for such redemption work; it being the King's intention that said moneys shall be applied in the most speedy and regular manner that may be. (Royal warrant dated Dec. 12 for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 89.
Dec. 21. Money warrant for 1,000l. to Visct. Grandison and Edward Villiers: 500l. thereof to complete 1679, Christmas quarter, and 500l. as in part of 1680, Lady day quarter, on the annuity or yearly rent of 6,000l. to them for the life of Barbara, Duchess of Cleveland. Money Book IV, p. 116.
Henry Guy to Sir Gilbert Talbot for an account what plate now stands delivered out undischarged [in or unreturned to the Jewel House] and also what plate delivered out is discharged and to whom since May, 1660. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 83.
Same to Col. Birch [Auditor of Excise] forwarding the Excise Commissioners' answer to your paper. Discourse with them and report to the Treasury Lords thereon. Ibid.
Appending: said answer. (1) In the ledgers of the county collectors the several liquors are put in several columns with the gauge and the produce of it in money and the arrears for every particular person and the compositions are put apart by themselves. This is the constant method. (2) The collectors sign both their vouchers and ledger books and the account is thence transferred to the Managers' [Excise Farmers'] books and signed by the collector but not by the Managers. It is more convenient that it should continue so, so that the auditor can compare the collectors' vouchers and ledger books apart and the Managers' books apart. (3) There wants nothing but the places of abode of the brewers in the books now kept very distinctly for fairs. This may be inserted or let alone. (4) The charge of retailers is set down in the collectors' ledgers, though the occasion of every one's going off is not expressed. It is of no concern to the revenue. (5) As to the Penny Price Book we see no advantage like to accrue to the revenue from it, but many inconveniences that will necessarily attend it.
Dec. 22. Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to revoke Edward Aleyn's patent of the office of one of the waiters of Bristol port, and to grant same to Charles Seagar, gent., during pleasure. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 95.
Dec. 23. Treasury warrant to Robert Squibb, junr., to pay 40l. to William Bowtell, of London, merchant, in full for the redemption of John Turner, a captive at Algier. Money Book IV, p. 117.
Prefixing: warrant from six Lords of the Privy Council dated Dec. 13 for said payment, said Bowtell having on 1681, July 19, undertaken to redeem said Turner, who appeared before said Lords Aug. 15 last in person.
Same to same to pay said Bowtell 360l. for the redemption of Nicholas Johnson, Richard Lester, Tho. Hatch, Richard Lovell, Jno. Watts, Peter Heart, Robert Cleft, Joseph Long and Robt. Barret, captives at Algiers: it appearing by good certificates that they have been redeemed accordingly. Ibid.
Prefixing: ut supra.
Same to same to pay 80l. to said Bowtell for the redemption of Jno. Russell, a captive at Algier, that sum being ordered for same by the King in Council of Feb. 10 last. Ibid.
Prefixing: ut supra.
Dec. 23. Treasury warrant to Robert Squibb, jun., to pay 40l. to James Twiford of Bristol for the redemption of James Phelps, a captive at Algiers. Money Book IV, p. 118.
Prefixing: ut supra.
Same for 40l. to Tho. Oneby, of London, for the redemption of George Morris, a captive at Sallee. Ibid.
Prefixing: ut supra.
[?] Henry Guy 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. 199.
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 1,000
Dec. 23. Same to same to issue 2,282l. to the Earl of Arlington for postage of letters: issuing same out of such Customs money as is to be paid into the Exchequer for that purpose. Ibid.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Jno. Mathews, his executors or assigns for 31 years from Lady day last and at rents as below of the fines and profits of the Original Seal and also the Post Fines as follows, viz. (1) the issues and profits of the Original Seal in cos. Denbigh and Montgomery and all fines, issues and profits of fines or recognizances before the Justices of the Great Sessions in said counties and all fines and moneys due to the King for original writs within said counties and all other profits by reason of the said seal or the custody thereof or the sealing of the said writs and also all such fines, profits etc. which formerly used to be paid to the keeper of the said seal or the sealer of the writs to the use of the King: all as granted by patent of 1635, Sept. 6, to Lionel Playters for 31 years at the rent of 11l. 12s. 0d. per an. and by patent of 1660–1. Jan. 17, to Jno. Pugh, esq., for 31 years at the like rent. (2) The issues and sums of money commonly called the Post Fines of all lands and tenements in the said two counties to be acknowledged before the Justices of the Great Session or before any other persons thereto lawfully authorised, and all fines, issues and profits of fines pro licentia concordandi with any persons of lands or tenements in said counties yearly to be charged and answered in the sheriffs' accounts: all as granted to said Pugh by abovesaid grant at 18l. per an. rent. By mesne assignment the said Pugh's interest in both the above sets of premises are come to Sir Francis Manley in trust for Jno. Mathews, esq., and by a deed poll said Manley has lately surrendered same to the King with the consent of said Mathews. King's Warrant Book IX pp. 95–8.
Appending: (1) note of said Mathews' petition. (2) Particulars and memorandum of the premises by Deputy Auditor Tho. Tudor, The Post Fines in said counties realised in 1676, 46l. 11s. 8d.; in 1677, 50l. 12s. 5d.; in 1678, 39l. 11s. 0d.; in 1679, 48l. 17s. 8d.; in 1680, 13l. 11s. 0d.; in 1681, 69l. 12s. 0d.; in 1682, 47l. 13s. 6d.; giving a medium of 45l. 2s. 7¼d. per an. The medium of the Prae Fines for same period is 30l. 1s. 8¾d. (3) Ratal by Jno. Fisher in the absence of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of said particulars.
Dec. 23. Henry Guy to Sir James Shaen. When last here you promised to bring the Treasury Lords some proposals in writing for the better accommodation of the King's service and for the security of yourself and partners. Bring these to my Lords as soon as you can. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 55.
Same to the [Revenue] Commissioners, Ireland, forwarding copy of the [following] letter sent by this post from the Treasury Lords to the Lord Deputy. Dr. Wood is parted hence some time since and should be safely arrived with you by this. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to [the Earl of Arran] Lord Deputy of Ireland. The King has declared his pleasure that on the 25th inst. the grant to the Earl of Ranelagh of the places or offices of Vice-Treasurer, Receiver General and Treasurer at Warr in Ireland shall cease and that the offices of Receiver and Paymaster General shall be executed by Jno. Price. As the time is too short to perfect Price's Commission by the 25th inst. you are to appoint William Robinson (whom Price has recommended, and for whose fidelity he will give security here) as Receiver and Paymaster of all the King's moneys from Dec. 25th inst. The growing revenue from that date is to be kept distinct from the revenue before that date. Therefore all sums yet due to the King from the [Irish Revenue] Farmers are to pass through the hands of the Earl of Ranelagh or his deputy, as they have done hitherto, but from that date all is to be paid to the hands of Mr. Robinson. This step is until we can with a little more leisure send you the King's warrant for Price's commission. Send us your draft of such a warrant "which your Excellency will understand is designed by the King to be instituted without the office of Vice-Treasurer [and] purely for the receiving and paying all rents and sums of money according to an establishment that shall be sent over, for which he is to receive a certain salary out of the usual fees and to be accountable for the rest." Ibid, pp. 55–6.
Dec. 24. Constitution and appointment, under the royal sign manual, of Edwin Steed (one of the Council in the island of Barbados) to receive all the rents, prizes, fines, escheats, forfeitures and other profits and duties within said colony and the arrears thereof and to answer and pay same to the King's use towards the support of the Government of Barbados and also to account for same: with power to levy by distress according to the laws of England: all by reason that the King thinks it necessary and expedient to have some fit person for such receipt. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 101.
Dec. 30. Henry Guy to Auditor Shales, again asking for the certificate of Charles Duncombe's balance, ut supra, p. 665. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 84.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to have sent up to London three parcels directed to the Duchess of Monmouth, which will speedily arrive at Dover from Calais. Ibid.
Dec. 31. Privy seal for the discharge of the baronetcy fee of 1,095l. due to the King from Timo. Thornhill, of Barbados. King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 183–4.