Entry Book: May 1683, 1-15

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May 1683

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
May 1. Royal warrant to the Treasury Lords to give warrant to the Surveyor of Woods, Trent South, and to William Chiffinch, woodward of several woods in Windsor Forest, to fell 50 dotards and 25 timber trees, to contain between 40 and 50 loads, in the wooded places near Cranborne, Okingham and Sunninghill, to be delivered to James Grahme, Ranger and Keeper of Bagshot Park, to be employed only in building and repairing Bagshot Lodge and the paling of said park. The offal to be sold and accounted for before the Receiver General for co. Berks. (Treasury warrant accordingly dated May 3 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 155. Money Book IV, pp. 186–7.
Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to Henry Guy for secret service without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Dec. 13 last. (Money warrant dated May 3 hereon. Money order dated May 4 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 155. Money Book IV, p. 187. Order Book XXXIX, p. 75.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for a grant to Robert Yard of the fines set at a Court holden for the Verge of the King's Household, Feb. 22 last, when John Norden, William Lenthall and Henry Rogers were convicted of a riot and assault on Robert Warcupp, a sentinel of the King's Foot Guards, on duty Jan. 1 last in the Savoy, and were fined 100l. each. King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 156–7.
The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Arran, Lord Deputy of Ireland. By an agreement of 1683, April 3, made between the Revenue Commissioners of Ireland of the one part and George Mathew of Thomastown, co. Tipperary, on behalf of the Duke of Ormonde of the other part, we are to hold and enjoy to our own use the duty of Prizage belonging to the said Duke, viz. for one year from 1682, Dec. 25, for a rent of 2,000l. to be paid by the Receiver General of Revenue, Ireland, by 500l. a quarter. This agreement we approve and you are hereby to issue your orders to the said Receiver General to so pay the said quarterly sums. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 152.
Henry Guy to Edward Griffin, esq., Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay to the executors of Mr. Foillard, late barber to the King, on bills due to him the 100l. which is directed to be issued to you at the Exchequer. Disposition Book II, p. 228.
Same to the Attorney General, enclosing John Finch's petition and the papers annexed [missing]. Prepare the necessary warrants for petitioner's discharge. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 140.
May 2. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particuar of certain tithes in co. Yorks, with a view to a lease thereof to Mr. Hutton for 31 years on surrender of the lease in being and at the old rent of 9l. 6s. 8d. per an. and increased rent of 2l. per an. and on a fine of 30l. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 196
Prefixing: report dated April 16 last from John Fisher in the absence of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands on said Hutton's petition for said lease. In 1661 said tithes were certified to be not worth above 22l. per an. Petitioner's lease has nine years to run, and his father was slain in the late King's service. A fine of 30l. for the new lease is reasonable in regard tithes are troublesome to collect.
May 2. Henry Guy to Mr. Gibson. The Treasury Lords have considered the certificate from you and Robert Cooper concerning the payment of the money in your hands for quarters of sick and wounded at Rochester and parts adjacent. My Lords allow Cooper 50l. for his pains herein, which you are to pay to him out of the 5,023l. 7s. 2d. imprested to you for said quarters. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 141.
Money warrant for 150l. to Augustus L'Hosteyn for half a year to Lady day last on his annuity or pension. (Money order dated Aug. 3 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 185. Order Book XXXIX, p. 76.
Same for 4,000l. to George, Marquess of Halifax, in repayment of the like sum lent by him, April 28 last, and with interest &c. as by the privy seal of April 27 last, supra, p. 775. (Money order dated April 28 hereon.) [This order is fictitiously given the date of the loan.] Money Book IV, p. 185. Order Book XXXIX, p. 75.
Same for 1,000l. to Henry Guy for 1681, Christmas quarter, on his 4,000l. per an. for secret service as by the privy seal of 1681, Nov. 24. (Money order dated May 4 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 187. Order Book XXXIX, p. 75.
May 3. Same for 2,000l. to Sir Dennis Gauden, Sir Denny Ashburnham, Anthony Sturt, Abraham Jaggard and Benjamin Gauden, late Victuallers of the Navy, as in part of the 7,749l. 0s. 7d. due to them upon their account for the year ended 1674, Dec. 31, on which account they are in surplus 8,775l. 12s. 11½d., from which being deducted the 1,026l. 12s. 4½d. which the succeeding Victuallers (viz. said Sir Dennis Gauden, Ashburnham, Jaggard, Benjamin Gauden and Jonathan Gauden) are indebted to the King on their account for the year ended 1677, Dec. 31, the said 7,749l. 0s. 7d. remains so due as above. (Money order dated May 3 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 186. Order Book XXXIX, p. 75.
Same for 1,270l. to Isaac Le Gouch, his Majesty's Jeweller, being for a jewel of diamonds with the King's picture set in it of the value of 1,000l., which was presented to the Marquis de Auraunches, Ambassador Extraordinary from Portugal; and for a diamond ring of the value of 120l. given to the Secretary of that Embassy; and for a diamond ring of the value of 150l. given to Monsieur Navitz, Secretary to the Emperor, who remained here ever since the embassy of Count Wallenstein. Money Book IV, p. 188. Order Book XXXIX, p. 77.
Appending: certificate dated 1681, Aug. 27, from the Earl of Arlington, Lord Chamberlain, of his agreeing with Le Gouch for the said jewels. (Money order dated May 4 hereon.)
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance, for the fortifications now making at Portsmouth, the 4,000l. lent into the Exchequer by the [Marquess of Halifax, Lord] Privy Seal, on the credit of wood sales in New Forest. Disposition Book II, p. 229.
[? May 3.] Money order for 35l. for rewards to the clerks and ministers of the Receipt for one year to 1683, Mar. 25, viz. 7l. to John Lowe, 7l. to Mathew Lister, 5l. to Samuel Langford for their attendance in vacation time for levying tallies; 6l. to Francis Simpson, clerk, 6l. to William Wardour, clerk, for continual attendance about the Pells Issues; and 5l. to Philip Packer and John Packer, deorkeepers, for their attendance. Order Book XXXIX, p. 76.
May 3. Henry Guy to Mr. Creed to forthwith deliver to Mr. Hewer the abstracts of the muster rolls of the garrison of Tangier from the time said garrison was last paid to the last muster roll in your hands. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 141.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to assign out of the Navy's weekly money the payment of the 59l. 3s. 9d. due to Capt. Williams upon his bill. See supra, p. 759. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to supersede process against the executors of Richard Mounteney on the debt of 328l. 18s. 9½d. standing at the foot of his account as late Receiver of Prizes: all in regard that the said executors have several demands on that account not yet allowed. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 195.
May 4. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners forwarding Thomas Venn's petition. If Mr. Steer be in town the Treasury Lords will hear this matter next week. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 141.
Appending: said petition showing that he received a patent for Humphrey Steer's place as Comptroller of Bridgwater port upon a representation of frauds committed by said Steer: but said patent has been stopped by the Treasury Lords until a hearing of the whole matter could be had.
Same to Richard Graham to examine the pretences of Dr. Otes, who alleges that he was the first and true discoverer of Sir Tho. Preston's estate now seized into the King's hands. Ibid, p. 142.
Same to the Earl of Carlisle [formerly Governor of Jamaica], forwarding a copy of an order of Council to the Treasury Lords to cause the several Governors of Jamaica that have received the 600l. per an. on the establishment of Jamaica for the repair of forts to account for the same in the Exchequer. You are to take notice thereof and account accordingly. (The like letter to Lord Vaughan.) Ibid.
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. 229.
to the Paymaster of the Forces for subsistence 2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings 3,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to the Cofferer of the Household 500
to the Duke of Grafton, 750l. and 250l. 1,000
Money warrant for 500l. to Robert Squibb, junr., as imprest for the redemption of English captives [in Barbary]: to be paid out of the moneys in the Exchequer arisen by the late collection for said use. (Money order dated May 5 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 189. Order Book XXXIX, p. 74.
May 5. Money warrant for 750l. to the Duke of Grafton for 1682, Sept. 29 quarter, on his pension. Money Book IV, p. 189.
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, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 229.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [for one week of the Navy's] weekly money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500
to ditto for the chest at Chatham 5,000
to Mr. Le Gouch, jeweller 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service on [my] 4,000l. per an. 1,000
to Capt. Le Hosteine 150
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week of the Ordnance Office] weekly money 500
Same to Charles Porter to send forthwith to Auditor Bridges the acquittances of the Receiver of First Fruits as also the several pleas and judgments now in your custody. Out Letters (General) VII. p. 142.
Same to Auditor Bridges to certify the Treasury Lords a state of Mr. Prettyman's account [of First Fruits] for the year ended Christmas last. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney and Solicitor General. Report to my Lords on the enclosed paper [missing. See infra, p. 783, under date May 8]. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to Sir Tho. Lynch, Governor of Jamaica. Yours of Sept. 16 last to hand. We are very well satisfied with the care you have expressed for the better settlement and collection of the revenue in Jamaica. We notice the great defaults there have been in the payment of his Majesty's quit rents, occasioned in a great measure by the want of a rental whereby each person may be duly charged for the land held of the Crown. We understand that upon consideration hereof the Council in Jamaica thought the service could be best carried on by the appointment of particular receivers in every province, whose duty it might be to make a rental in their several districts and to collect the quit rents, which by them might be returned into the public treasury. We have hereupon called before us Mr. Campeer, agent for Thomas Martin, and Leonard Campeeir, to whom the King granted the office of Receivers of his revenue in Jamaica. After hearing them by counsel, we have thought it necessary (and the said agent has acquiesced therein) that several collectors be nominated or approved by you with the advice of the Council, who may be empowered by the said Martin to enquire within the respective provinces of the island of the several parcels of land granted by the King, with the rent reserved thereupon; whereby they may be enabled to return an exact rental or ledger book of his Majesty's dues and to take care that same be collected and brought into the public Treasury. For the better effecting hereof you are to give such additional power and authority as may be necessary and to forthwith assign them an allowance of 5 per cent. [of their receipts] arising out of the said collections, [said allowance being] out of the fee of 10 per cent. formerly allowed to his Majesty's Receiver General in Jamaica. If the said allowance of 5 per cent. shall not suffice for their encouragement you may represent same to us for our further directions therein. Ibid, pp. 143–4. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 111–18.
Upon view of the accounts of the island it appears to us that several forfeitures and duties have accrued to the King which have not been answered to his Majesty's Receiver. It is requisite that the holders of that office be put into a full execution of same so that the revenue may be recovered and accounted for. You are therefore to give order that said Thos. Martin or Leonard Compear, or either of them, may receive not only all impositions, fines, escheats and forfeitures due to his Majesty, but all other duties and payments of what nature soever, they giving good security for their accounting etc. We have been made acquainted with the particular accounts of Sir Henry Morgan and with the affidavits concerning the South Sea privateers condemned in Jamaica. Said Morgan has discharged himself of 320l. 16s. 5d. for his third of the nett proceed accruing to the King from the ship Viner [being 962l. 9s. 2½d.), as warranted by the King's instructions to the Earl of Carlisle. We have directed the Auditor to disallow this sum because by order in Council of 1680, Nov. 3, the King declared his pleasure that the grant made to the Earl of Carlisle by the said instructions should from that time cease. And the said ship Viner was not condemned in Jamaica before the 5th of Jan. following as appears by the proceedings of the Admiralty Court in that case.
Prefixing: (a) memorandum [by William Blathwayte] that on the _ day of _, 1683, the agent of Mr. Thomas Martin was heard by counsel before the Treasury Lords concerning the appointment of particular Receivers for the collection of quit rents [in Jamaica], when a letter from Sir Thomas Lynch to the said Lords was read. (b) Said letter of said Lynch, dated Jamaica 1682, Sept. 16, to the Treasury Lords: Since I left England I have been so unfortunate and so ill as to have no humour to write. As to the revenue of Jamaica, the principal branch of it is an impost on strong liquors, some custom on tobacco, sugar, cocoa etc. to hinder their importation, licences on alehouses and the King's quit rents. These are raised and appropriated by an Act now before you. The other part of his Majesty's revenue is escheats, forfeitures, fines, etc. by the common law or the statutes of this island, and confiscations, seizures etc. in the Admiralty. Mr. Blathwayt can tell you it is impossible to say what all these may amount yearly to because the impost is contingent and the quit rents not ascertained, nor have we yet been able to bring the receipts, since Lord Vaughan's time, into any method, though the Auditor General's deputy has an order from you, several orders from the Council and several from me to command the collector to show him all accounts: but he [the collector] has still objected that the Earl of Carlisle Sir Henry Morgan and the Council having seen them [said accounts] and approved them, there ought to be no more retrospect, and that some of the accounts were before the date of [William Blathwait's] Auditor General's Commission. This has made me often tell him, and something angrily, that being the King's and your Lordship's officer he was accomptable to you without respect to the date of the auditor's commission, that the Council and the Governor's allowing his accompts would make them pass if they were not surprised [or trapped into passing same], that all accomptants in England gave their accompts to an auditor and that it was a conveniency he had one here to control his accounts.
By command of your Lordships and of the Privy Council we are to send a rental or accompt what the quit rents may yearly amount to. It is more than ordinarily needful that it should be known because it's what the Government is only sure of, the rest having been hitherto at the caprice of Assemblies that have added or retrenched as the Governors humoured or displeased them. But the Collector Martyn and his patent (which is for the life of him and Compere) will be an eternal obstacle. The last Council it was resolved that the Receiver General Martin had not nor never could make a rental, but the particular receivers in the several provinces might. So we sent for him and told him what was our opinion and the necessity of having a rental and that he should appoint Receivers and we would furnish them with necessary powers. He refusing to do this, we told him we would appoint some with a salvo to his patent and that the money was to be brought to the public account and he should have a 2 or 3 per cent., which was fair for doing nothing but entering an article in an accompt. And we desired him to consider his office was to serve the King, that your Lordships would not regard a patent that choqued the King's interest, that he saw he could not get in the rents and that he in five years, and all that have been before him, could never make a rental nor guess what the rents are, that we could find out particular men in the several provinces who should do it, for Martin had other affairs, and it was impossible to oblige all people to come to Port Royal and St. Jago to pay, besides many were poor and lived 100 or 150 miles distant; a collector in the provinces would by the vestry's surveys, neighbours and records find out every parcel of land and its owner and rent which no one man can ever do. For answer he told us he must take care of his patent and consult his lawyer and would answer positively next Council. So nothing will be done till your Lordships give direction, for he is the most impracticable fellow I ever met with and so confounded now he is pressed to give an account that he knows not what he does. I wish he does not become insolvent as he was when he got this office. To remedy this relating to the quit rents if you will send blank commissions for Receivers I will see they give security and do their duty.
As soon as possible you shall have the accounts from the Deputy Auditor and his remarks on them. According to Mr. Blathwayt's direction he has demanded several accounts of Sir Henry Morgan, of which Blathwayt is particularly advised. Nothing surprised me like Sir Harry's denying the pirate's money and telling the Auditor he might go look [for] it in the King's Bench. The case is thus. Four of the South Sea pirates came hither, one of them discovering the rest. Sir Henry himself went and seized them in the night and their money. One had about 200l., another 300l. and the third 52l., which abundance of people saw in his [Sir Henry's] hands and house some time after they were tried and convicted. He that [had] 200l. was hanged, the others were pardoned life and estate. But before the pardon was delivered they gave full discharges, which I suppose Sir H. thinks will bar any action of the King's and therefore bid the Auditor look it in the King's Bench, or because the jury there returned (as is usual) that they found no goods. I thought it not best to sue least the discharges might get a verdict here and so bar the King's right elsewhere. Besides, the Assembly drawing near I was not willing to enter into disputes or broils. I have ordered the Deputy Auditor to send the affidavits and particular state of this foul case to Auditor General [Blathwayte], from whom you will have it and everything else at large. (c) Order of Council made at St. Jago de la Vega, Jamaica, 1682, Sept. 11. Question being put whether his Majesty's Receiver General could make a true rental of his Majesty's quit rents it was the opinion of the Council that since in five years last past he had not done it, though thereunto frequently required, he could not effect the same; and that it was most properly to be done by collectors in every province. (Copy signed by Rowland Powel, clerk of the said Council.)
May 7. Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a great seal for a grant to Mathew Bancks of the office of chief carpenter of the Works within England loco Richard Rider, lately deceased, during pleasure and with a fee of 12d. a day. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 157.
Same to same for a same for a new Commission of the Excise: the new Commissioners to be Sir Denny Ashburnham, bart., Francis Parry, Robt. Huntington, Charles Davenant, Dr. of Laws, John Freind, Felix Calverd and Nathaniell Hornby: as from June 24 next and during pleasure: with powers to appoint sub-commissioners and officers, to pay salaries and incidents, to enter ships in order to search for brandy, etc.: with the salary of 1,000l. per an. each, payable quarterly: power to proceed in all businesses left unfinished by their predecessors: to be exempt (with their officers and servants) from juries or from bearing public office during their continuance in this commission. Ibid, pp. 160–3.
May 8. Money warrant for 50l. to Philip Rycaut for a quarter's ordinary in advance from April 25 last, the day on which he took leave of his Majesty, as Agent and Consul General at Algiers in Barbary: from which date the Treasury Lords think fit that his ordinary should begin and not from the date of his commission. Money Book IV, p. 189. Order Book XXXIX, p. 76.
Appending: certificate by Secretary Sir L. Jenkins of Rycaut's taking leave on April 25. (Money order dated May 9 hereon.)
Same for 1,000l. to Philip Burton as imprest for the charges of Crown law suits. (Money order dated May 9 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 190. Order Book XXXIX, p. 76.
Same for 50,000l. to Henry Bruncker, Cofferer of the Household, as imprest and in full of 100,000l. for the extraordinaries for the Household, 1680 and 1681, and for the ordinary and extraordinary of same for the years 1682 and 1683, as by the privy seal of Sept. 2 last, supra, p. 594. (Money order dated May 9 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 190. Order Book XXXIX, p. 76.
May 8. Money warrant for 3,000l. to Sir John Kirke, Receiver and Paymaster of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, for half a year to 1682, June 24, for the wages and boardwages of the Captain, Lieutenant, Standard Bearer, Clerk of the Cheque, Harbingers and Gentlemen Pensioners, consisting of 40 persons. To be paid out of First Fruits and Tenths moneys now or hereafter in the Exchequer. (Money order dated May 10 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 190. Order Book XXXIX, p. 76.
Same for 4,000l. to Philip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, as imprest for the extraordinary of the Works for the year ended 1682, April 1: to be employed for such works only as the Treasury Lords shall particularly direct. (Money order dated May 15 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 190. Order Book XXXIX, p. 77.
Same for 900l. to Thomas Neale, Groom Porter, for 1½ years to Christmas last on the 600l. per an. to him in lieu of all bills for furnishing divers household stuffs to the royal palace of Westminster and other his Majesty's houses. Money Book IV, p. 191.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 300l. to Phillip Burton for Crown Law charges: issuing same out of moneys of Recusants' forfeitures now in the Exchequer. Disposition Book II, p. 230.
Same to same to pay to Mr. Neale, Groom Porter, 900l. out of such Tenths of the dioceses of St. Asaph, Bangor, Carlisle, Chichester and Gloucester as shall be brought into the Exchequer by his means and procurement. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney and Solicitor General. Send to the Treasury Lords to-morrow your report on the paper sent to you last Saturday concerning the Excise Farmers accounting on oath. Out Letters (General) VII. p. 144.
Same to Mr. Hewer to pay to Benjamin Price the 100l. which Mr. Nicholson took up at Cadiz by order of Col. Kirke. The Treasury Lords will take care for your repayment. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Hooker to pay this week 1,000l. into the Exchequer upon [the account of] your receipt of the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall. Ibid, p. 145.
May 9. Thomas Aslaby desires that no grant may pass to any person of the office of searcher of Hull port till he have notice next door to the Black Lyon over against Bromley Street end in Holborne or to Mr. Aron Pengry at his house in Chancery Lane. Caveat Book, p. 21.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners for a list of the names of all the tidesmen extraordinary at present employed in London port. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 145.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 33l. 15s. 0d. to Mr. Cheeke, Lieutenant of the Tower, for the charge of sending men to St. Christopher: to be issued out of such money as shall be paid into the Exchequer on account of the Four and a Half per cent. duty in the Barbados. Disposition Book II, p. 230.
May 9. Treasury allowance of John Langwith's bill of 15l. for attendance upon the Treasury Lords for last Lady day quarter. Money Book IV, p. 191.
Followed by: Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay said Langwith 15l. for same quarter as messenger attending the affairs of the Customs.
May 10. Royal warrant, dated from Hampton Court, granting leave to Charles Fox, Receiver and Paymaster of the Guards, Garrisons and Forces, to appoint Nicholas Fenn as his deputy in his absence, the said Fox having obtained the King's leave to go beyond sea for some time. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 163.
May 11. The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Arran, Lord Deputy of Ireland. We desire you to order the growing revenue of Ireland, as it comes in, to be applied in the first place to three more months' pay to the Army, as was the last three months' pay, viz. by way of imprest and without specifying for what three months, and the balance thereafter to be applied to the Civil List according to the establishment. On receipt of yours of the 2nd inst. we sent for Sir James Shaen and represented to him the necessity for his speedy going over [into Ireland]. He has answered that he will be there before the beginning of next term, which is now very near. We recommended him not to fail. We are to ask your pardon for sending you those royal letters (relating to the [Revenue] Commissioners' further powers, and to the patents of the Receiver General and Accomptant General) without having had them first entered at the Signet Office. It was an oversight that we have mended by this post, and we send them all back again to you so entered, excepting the instructions under the King's hand to the Receiver General, which are to be obtained anew from the King by reason of an omission in them as to orders etc. which he should receive from time to time from you or the Lord Lieutenant, "which indeed was a great error too, but not so wholly to be imputed to us because the copy of those instructions by which they were drawn for the King's hand was first sent to us out of Ireland, which made us the less watchful." Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 153.
Money warrant for 1,825l. to Sir Henry Goodrick for one year to 1682, Sept. 8, on his ordinary as late Envoy Extraordinary to Spain. Likewise for 455l. to same for one quarter to 1682, Dec. 8, on same. (Separate money orders dated May 15 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 192. Order Book XXXIX, p. 77.
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. 230.
to Mr. Fox, Paymaster of the Forces, for subsistence 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
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynn 250
to the Duke of Monmouth 1,000
May 11. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners, recommending for some Customs place Mr. Gillmore, the present collector of Excise in Staffordshire. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 145.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to assign out of the Navy's weekly money the payment by way of imprest of 60l. to James French by three [weekly] instalments: as in part of three bills for in all 102l. 11s. 11d. for necessary money and victuals. Ibid.
Likewise to assign out of same by two instalments 46l. to Isaac White as imprest in part of what is due to him.
Same to Sir Richard Mason et al. [late Agents for Taxes] to report on the enclosed draft of a warrant for Sir Richard Derham's sureties. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Harbord and Mr. Agar to report what allowances have been made for the repairs of the rails and posts in Salcey Forest since the Restoration and what is required for same at the present. Ibid.
Entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of an in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Peter Broughton as the assignee of. Thomas Buckle of divers lands and tenements in co. Stafford, being of the estate of Ralph [Adderley] and Richard Adderley and extended for debt: at the rent of 14s. 2d. per an. and fine of 28s. 4d. Warrants not Relating to Money IX. p. 196.
Sir Nicho. Slanning prays that a caveat may be entered that no grant pass of the office of Governor of Pendennis Castle upon any surrender to be made by Lord Arundel of Trerice or otherwise without notice to him [Slanning], who has a grant of said office in reversion of said Lord: but that notice be given to Mr. Edward Haberfield at his chamber in Elme Court in the Middle Temple. Caveat Book, p. 22.
May 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, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 231.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [for one week of the Navy's] weekly money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500
to ditto to complete 8,000l. for the chest at Chatham 3,000
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week of the Ordnance Office] weekly money 500
to Mr. Griffith for the Stables 500
to Baptist May for Healing gold 500
May 14. Same to the Auditors of Imprests enclosing the report of the [Revenue] Commissioners, Ireland, on the Earl of Anglesea's accounts. Inform the Treasury Lords whether said Earl is anywhere discharged of the 20,000l. mentioned by Mr. Hall. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 146.
Same to the Earl of Anglesea forwarding copies of two papers received by the Treasury Lords from Ireland, viz.: (1) extract from the Irish Revenue Commissioners' letter of April 29 last; (2) explanation and justification of said Earl's demands by Capt. Corker and said Commissioners' remarks thereon.
May 14. Henry Guy to the Duke of Beaufort. Complaints are now made to the Treasury Lords against the Justices of Peace in co. Monmouth, concerning whom you wrote to the Earl of Rochester, viz. Sir James Herbert, William Herbert, William Jones, William Wooseley, Robert Gunter, Henry Morgan and John Gwyn. Send as many of these gentlemen as are in town to the Treasury Lords to-morrow. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 146.
May 15. Same to the Navy Commissioners to permit Mr. Gibson to detain 50l. (in his account of the arrears of quarters for sick and wounded near Rochester in the late Dutch war) as in part of what he is to have for auditing the accounts of the sick and wounded for the Kentish district. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Duncombe to pay Mr. Bowtell 118l. for his disbursements for the presents sent to Algiers by Mr. Rycaut, Consul there. Regular warrants shall be prepared for issuing this to me as for secret service. The Treasury Lords desire you to take Mr. Bowtell's blank acquittance for same. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed letter dated Rotterdam, April 29, signed by James Hodgson, and sent to Sir Leoline Jenkins. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay out of the moneys of the last Disbanding Act 434l. to Mr. Bertie as for five quarters' interest to April 4 last on the order No. 981, registered on said Act in the name of Capt. Saml. Williams: which order is assigned to said Bertie. Disposition Book II, p. 231.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Thomas Hughes and William Smith, gent., as by the order of reference of Jan. 12 last from the King. Said petition relates to the discovery of 2,550l. of principal money in the hands of Henry Nevill, of Holt, co. Leicester. We had a hearing April 24 last as to the true and first discoverer; at which time Mr. Otes and his brother appeared to contest with the petitioners who brought Mr. Jenner for their counsel. Petitioners produced several attestations, viz.: (1) One from the Bishop of London that Thomas Hughs in Nov., 1678, presented his Lordship with an information that the Jesuits had lent Mr. Nevill 2,500l. as mortgage on his lands in the name of Visct. Carrington and others. (2) A certificate of the Earl of Danby that said Hughs presented him an information of the said money on or about 1678, Dec. 18, and that his Lordship forthwith transmitted same to the King in Council. (3) A certificate of the Earl of Essex that said Hughs several times attended him with the information of said money whilst his Lordship was a Treasury Commissioner. (4) An order of the Treasury Lords, dated 1679, June 12, taking notice that said Hughs and Smith had for several months inquired after the estates of Jesuits and priests and that considerable progress had been made therein and authorising them to proceed in their discoveries. (5) An information entered 1680, May 3, by said Hughs in the books of the Treasury Secretary of several things, amongst which is mention made of said 2,500l. [2,550l.] as formerly discovered by him. (6) A certificate of Mr. Grahme, who was appointed to solicit on the King's behalf in all matters of this nature, that it appeared to him that Hughs and Smith were the first discoverers of said 2,550l. and that they claimed a moiety of same under the proclamation of 1679, Nov. 12. Mr. Titus Otes, admitting the certificates, affirmed in his own behalf that the rule was that those who made out the discovery should be deemed discoverers; that he appeared at the inquisition in London and justified the money in Nevill's hands and at the Exchequer Court upon the trial proved the money to be in his hands, and the thing could not have been made out but by his evidence. Mr. Burton attested that Otes gave evidence at the trial, but there were other more material witnesses in his opinion, viz. one Mris. Nevill, who gave positive evidence that the money was Jesuits' money. On the other side Hughs and Smith replied by their counsel Mr. Jenner that this matter never was before the Commissioners of Inquiry, and that at the trial Mr. Otes's evidence was objected against because he pretended a right to the money, which he then disclaimed, whereupon his evidence was admitted: that Hughs's testimony was likewise objected against as a person concerned, whereupon he declared to the Court he left himself wholly to the King's bounty. Hughs and Smith say they followed the prosecution hereof from first to last, whilst Otes only came once to Westminster about it. Smith owns that Hughs was the first discoverer. Mris. Nevill attested that Hughs produced her as evidence at the trial. Mr. Glover, another witness at the hearing, attested that Hughs and Smith were the only prosecutors and that Otes brought no other testimony but his own. We think Hughs was the first discoverer and that he and Smith were the only prosecutors and did produce at the trial several material witnesses, whereby the same [said money] has been brought into the Exchequer. But in the proclamation of 12 Nov., 1679, offering reward of a moiety of such discoveries, this particular sum of 2,550l. was expressly excepted inter al. as being then discovered and under examination. They are therefore not entitled to the moiety. We advise that Hughs and Smith be allowed 500l. as royal bounty as a reasonable reward. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 197–8.
May 15. Treasury order to the Customs Commissioners to observe an order in Council as follows: Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 202.
Prefixing: said order of the King in Council, dated Hampton Court, May 10 inst. Application being this day made to the Privy Council for leave to export four iron turned guns, for which Lord Dartmouth, Master General of the Ordnance, has already given his warrant the 8th inst., the King ordered the transportation thereof accordingly.
Money warrant for 1,000l. to the Duke of Monmouth in part of 1682, Lady day quarter, on his annuity or pension of 6,000l. per an. Money Book IV, p. 191.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 1,200l. to Thomas Duck for half a year's interest to Dec. 13 last at 6 per cent. on the 40,000l. which he lent to the King: as by the privy seal of 1680–1, Mar. 7. Ibid.
Same to same to pay 109l. 19s. 0d. to John Ady and John Cole, the two Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer, for two years to 1680, Sept. 29, on their fee of 2s. per 1,000l. for joining and entering all Customs tallies. Ibid.
May 15. Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 100l. to William Dugdale for one year to 1681, Christmas, on his salary as Garter Principal King at Arms. Money Book IV, p. 193.
Money warrant for 20l. to Anthony Parsons for one year to Sept. 29 last on his yearly fee or salary as an auditor of the revenue under the survey of the Exchequer: to be satisfied out of such moneys as shall be paid into the Receipt by Simon Smith, Receiver of Crown Revenues for Southampton, Wilts, Gloucester, Somerset and Dorset in part of the issues of his office due at said Michaelmas last. Ibid.