Entry Book: May 1683, 17-31

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May 1683

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
May 17. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to secure to George Dashwood (now deceased), Charles Duncombe, Tho. Rowney, Samuell Dashwood, Felix Calverd, Jo. Freind, William Strong and Edw. Buckley, Farmers of Excise, the repayment of the 8,000l. lent to the King Feb. 3 last, which was then paid to the Excise Commissioners to the King's use and was agreed to be repaid out of the Excise with interest on June 24 next. Such repayment with 6 per cent. interest is to be hereby performed and tallies are to be levied at the Receipt to be given to them for their satisfaction in accordance herewith. (Treasury warrant accordingly to the Auditor of the Receipt for the levying and delivery of said tallies.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 164. Money Book IV, p. 206.
Same to the Attorney General for a great seal for a pardon to Oliver Lyme, comptroller of Customs, Chester port, and James Vernon, customer of Chester port and collector of Liverpool port, and Henry Colchester, landwaiter in London port, of all misdemeanours, crimes and offences by them committed against the Customs before date hereof. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 164.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Ann Lisle, widow of Thomas Lisle, late the King's servant, of lands as follow in the manor or farm of Shaw in Old and New Windsor, except the timber and minerals and except six acres of arable land and five acres of meadow anciently enclosed in one of the King's parks, and with a further exception of the land, 13 acres 1 rood 8 perches, parcel of the said manor, now taken in and enclosed within the avenue or New Walk leading from Windsor Castle to Windsor Great Park; and four acres of arable land, part of said manor or farm, taken into the Little Park at Windsor in or about 1672: both which latter excepted parcels are to be assigned and surrendered to the Crown by such persons as have the present interest therein before this new lease pass. The fine for the present lease is to be 160l. and the term to be for 14 years from 1699, Sept. 29, at the old rent of 23l. 7s. 0d. per an. Ibid, pp. 165–9.
Prefixing: (1) particular of the said lands of said manor or farm of Shaw, made out by Auditor Shales, Mar. 13 last, viz.; a meadow close abutting on the Mote Park pale, a pasture close abutting on the park pale, four acres in Spittle Hill Mead, 17 acres in Windsor Mead at Datchet Ferry, one acre of meadow in Wriothsbury late in the tenure of Thomas Goad; the scite of the manor or farm of Shaw, the demesne lands etc. thereof let at 19l. 11s. 8d.; the rent of the free tenants extending to 22s. 6d. per an.: all as demised 1590, May 1, to Richard Bream for 21 years at 19l. 11s. 8d.: excepting courts, advowsons etc. and the abovesaid six acres: and as granted 1637–8, Mar. 6, to Richard Breame, his nephew, for 31 years if no other lease should prove to be in existence: and afterwards demised in reversion for a further seven years to Thomas Lisle and Richard Reeve, 1670, Aug. 17, excepting ut supra. (2) Ratal, dated May 2, by William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of said particular. There are to be excepted out of this lease the abovesaid six acres of arable land and five acres of meadow, being the scite of the manor or farm of Shaw anciently enclosed in one of the King's parks; the courts, royalties and advowsons; the 2 acres 2 roods 1 perch of land, parcel of a ground called Eastys, with a piece of a lane thereto adjoining; 2 acres 16 perches, parcel of a field there more south called the Brickclose; 2 acres 1 rood 29 perches, parcel of a field called Sandys Field more south-east, now or late in the occupation of Edward Grey; and 3 acres 1 rood 7 perches, parcel of another field further south; and 2 acres 3 roods 35 perches, parcel of a further pasture called Barebones: these parcels being, in all, the abovesaid 13 acres 1 rood 8 perches, parcel of said farm, and now taken into said avenue; the lessee being permitted to have convenient ways and passages across the said avenue to or from the other grounds of said Shaw farm: likewise excepting the four acres as above taken into the Little Park in 1672. A proviso to be inserted granting the Crown power to dig for brick earth and to make bricks in any part of the premises. Ibid, pp. 165–9.
May 18. Money warrant for 125l. to Sir William Killigrew for last Lady day quarter on his annuity or pension. Money Book IV, p. 193.
Same for 75l. to Somerset Fox for same on his same. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the Works, Hugh May, Comptroller of same, Philip Packer, Paymaster of same, and to the Auditors of Imprests to enter monthly in the books of the Works and to establish the following officers for the building of the palace at Winchester, viz. a clerk of the works to look after the materials and measuring the work and to make up the books thereof, with 5s. a day allowance as from Jan. 1 last; a clerk to keep the call book of the workmen and to assist the clerk of the works in making up the books, with 2s. 6d. a day allowance as from June 1 next; a clerk to the Paymaster to make up the books and to pay the workmen and labourers and charges of building, with 2s. 6d. a day allowance as from Feb. 1 last. Ibid.
Henry Guy to Charles Duncombe to pay into the Exchequer 336l. to be thence issued to Mr. Poley. Disposition Book II, p. 231.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. Hasten your report on the proposal of Mr. Monck et al. to prevent the exportation of wool. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 146.
May 18. Henry Guy to the Attorney General to report to the Treasury Lords on the following case of Mris. Crofts, an idiot: Out Letters (General) VII, p. 147.
Appending: said case: about eight years since Mr. Goddard procured said Mris. Crofts to seal a deed of his own hand-drawing purporting a gift of all her estate to him, and soon after assigned all this interest to Sir John Cleyton, who, knowing the invalidity of the grant, did never pretend to anything thereby till about six weeks since, and then, upon pretence of said Mr. Goddard's being a debtor to his Majesty and intending thereby to try his title in the King's name, has caused the said grant to be found by inquisition and thereupon a scire facias to be awarded against the administratrix of said Mris. Crofts. The administratrix prays that the Attorney General may confess the plea and that Cleyton be left to try his right not in the King's but in his own name.
May 19. Treasury warrant to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces, to pay the following bill for work and materials for the building of Chelsea Hospital: Money Book IV, p. 194.
Prefixing: bill of charges in building part of his Majesty's Royal Hospital, being that range which fronts Chelsea, containing 240 foot in length: to the last day of Feb., 1682–3: as certified by Sir Christopher Wren, 1683, Mar. 26:
l. s. d. l. s. d.
to Thomas Wite, master mason 810 18 3
to Morris Emmett, master bricklayer 1,953 7 2
deduct for old material 100 0 0
1,853 7 2
to Mathew Banks, carpenter 2,045 14
deduct for old material 130 0 0
1,915 14
to Thomas Dobins, plumber 581 11 9
abate for 43cwt. 1qr. 22lb. cuttings of lead returned at 12s. per cwt. 26 1 3
555 10 6
to Charles Atherton, sergeant plumber 13 5
to Robert Streeter, sergeant painter 38 8 7
to Thomas Young and partner 70 11 8
to Roger Davers, joiner 50 0 0
to Thomas Taylor, laid out by Sir Christopher Wren's order 10 0 0
to John Vile, smith 11 11 6
to William Bache, master locksmith 7 10
to John Scarborow, for surveying the land of Chelsea College and making two maps of it 10 0 0
to Leonard Gammon, clerk of the works 20 0 0
£5,354 5 5
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. 231.
to the Paymaster of the Forces for subsistence 2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings 3,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 500
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to Sir William Killigrew 125
to Somerset Fox 75
May 19. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is similarly directed to be paid in, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 232.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for one week [of the Navy weekly] money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week of the Ordnance Office] weekly money 500
to Mr. Packer for Winchester [palace] works 500
to me [Guy] for secret service 118
Treasury warrant to Henry Ayloffe, the King's Remembrancer, to forbear process against Thomas Bennet, executor of John Bennet, late Receiver of Crown Revenues in cos. Somerset and Dorset, on the 771l. 4s. 11 1/48d. due to the King on his account of that receivership. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 198.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the farm at Windsor commonly called Frogmore, with a view to a lease thereof to Eliz. Francklyn for 31 years from Lady day last on surrender of her present lease and without fine. Ibid, pp. 199–200.
Prefixing: report dated April 20 last from Jno. Fisher (in the absence of the said Surveyor General) on Mrs. Francklyn's petition for said lease. The lease in being was granted to her late husband Richard Francklyn, 1672, Sept. 24, on the surrender of a former lease granted 1660–1, Mar. 18, for the use and benefit of the children of Dr. Thomas Howell and which was purchased in by the said Richard Francklyn. About 11 acres of the best arable land of the farm, and lying near the house, were taken into the Little Park at Windsor about 1676, although the full rent has been paid ever since: and petitioner has submitted to the Commissioners' price for four acres more now taken into the new walk or avenue between Windsor Castle and Great Park at a quarter less annual value than any other of the proprietors [of lands taken into said avenue] have demanded, none having demanded less than 40s. per acre per an., but she being willing to accept 30s. per acre per an. The rent of 14l. 15s. 5d. belongs to the maintenance of the Castle and has not been abated to Mr. Aldworth, "where [in which case] a more considerable part of his farm was taken away and for other reasons." Petitioner is also contented to be tied to part with the home close, containing about eight acres, being the only field next adjoining to the dwelling house and yards, or with any part thereof if it be hereafter desired for erecting stables or otherwise for his Majesty's service. Ibid, pp. 199–200.
May 19. Henry Guy to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, enclosing the instructions for Mr. Price, Receiver General of Revenues in Ireland. As soon as you can, send the Treasury Lords particulars of the charge of management of his Majesty's revenue in Ireland. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 154.
The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Arran, Lord Deputy of Ireland. Complaint is lately made to us that several fees as follow due to the officers of the Exchequer in Ireland for Exchequer acquittances on payments of quit rents and Crown rents have not been paid to the said officers of late by reason that those rents have been received by collectors constituted by the [late] Revenue Farmers of Ireland and have not been brought to the Exchequer as formerly. For the better management of the revenue the King has thought fit to continue the gathering of those rents by particular receivers and collectors. As this is an ease to the tenants it ought not to prejudice the said officers. Give such directions therein as are agreeable to said officers' just rights. Ibid, p. 155.
Appending: list of Exchequer fees due from Terr Tenan for Exchequer acquittances as above.
For rents under 20s. For rents under 40s. For rents under 3l. For rents of 3l. and upwards.
to the Treasurer or Cashier 2d. 4d. 8d. 1s. 0d.
to the Clerk of the Pells 2d. 4d. 8d. 1s. 0d.
to the Two Chamberlains 2d. 4d. 8d. 1s. 0d.
to the Auditor General 6d. 6d. 6d. 6d.
to the Clerk of the Pipe 3d. 3d. 3d. 3d.
Same to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. Application has been made to us by Sir William Petty and John Marshall for settling several points relating to their lands in Kerry and praying that the report by the Auditor General of 1682, April 15, might be allowed and that misnomers and double charges might be rectified and that they might have passed to them the lands formerly adjudged to them, but [which had been] waived by reason of acreage. You are to review said report and to rectify said misnomers and double charges and to advise as to said waived land and whether anybody else lays claim to same. Ibid, pp. 155–6.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the seizure of the ship Two Sisters of London, Robert Bishop master, which sailed 1682, April 21, from Gravesend for Norway with the master and 10 Englishmen, was driven by a storm to Montrose in Scotland, lay on the sands there five or six weeks in great danger and lost some of her crew there and was obliged to take in six Scotchmen, thence to Norway and so to London, where she is seized for sailing with the said Scotchmen. In the margin: cancelled 1684, April 6. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 202.
May 22. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Edward Vernon, deputy to the Duke of Ormonde, Lieutenant of the Forest of Needwood and Chief Ranger and Master of the Game in all the King's forests in cos. Derby and Stafford, parcel of the Duchy of Lancaster (the Forest of High Peak excepted). For the better preservation of the game etc. petitioner prays to be made Receiver of all forest fines within the said premises according to the powers which in 32 Car. II. your Majesty granted to Henry Coventry, Chief Ranger of Enfield Chase, to receive such fines and to dispose of them as he should think fit, and without account, in the preservation of the deer and game. Petitioner's request may be granted during pleasure. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 200–1.
Henry Guy to Mr. Hewer [Treasurer for Tangier] to forthwith pay 4l. to Thomas Crooke, a poor disabled soldier lately come from Tangier: and to pay him quarterly in future such sum as you pay to the other disabled soldiers come from thence. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 147.
Same to the King's Remembrancer. Certify the Treasury Lords what process has been issued for the following supers and how much is thereupon accounted for, paid or discharged. Ibid.
Appending: (a) request to the Treasury Lords [from ? the Agents for Taxes] desiring the Clerk of the Pipe to make out process for the following sums [being supers] upon the accompts of the Treasurers of War in the late times of usurpation for monthly assessments during said times, viz.:
l. s. d.
for Bristol, on Jeremias Holway for 882 19 0
for Dorset, on John Bray for 583 18 11
for Essex, on Robert Smith 1,470 2 0
for Berks, on Thomas Bateman for 4,198 0 0
for London, on John Lane for 2,209 1 9
and on Edwin Winstanley for 439 12 7
(b) Mr. Fillingham's report on these assessments [missing].
Same to Col. Birch. What money is due to the King upon the surety bond or upon the collection of Walter Lister of Ripon, collector of the duty on wine in Yorks, Durham, Cumberland, Westmorland, Northumberland, Hull, Newcastle and Berwick ? he and John Lister having given bond, 1668, June 20, in 4,000l. Ibid, p. 148.
May 23. Dormant privy seal for 10,000l. to be issued in such proportions, to such persons and for such uses as the King shall from time to time appoint under his sign manual. (Royal warrant dated May 17 for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 163.
Henry Guy to Lord Dartmouth. The Treasury Lords have several times desired from you an account or certificate of the debts due in the Ordnance Office. Please see it sent forthwith, as it is necessary for a matter which imports the King's service and is wholly obstructed for want thereof. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 148.
May 24. Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to forbear process until Michaelmas term next against the heirs etc. of Sir Thomas Littleton, deceased, and against Sir Josiah Child, Sir Dennis Gauden, Thomas Papillion and Benjamin Gauden, Victuallers of the Navy, for the years 1672 and 1673: their accounts thereof being at present under consideration. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 200.
May 24. Royal sign manual for 118l. to Henry Guy for secret service: without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of May 23 inst. (Money warrant dated May 24 hereon. Money order dated May 15 [sic for May 25] hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 169. Money Book IV. p. 195. Order Book XXXIX, p. 77.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to deliver to William Hewer, Treasurer of Tangier garrison, the [Custom House] bonds as follows to the amount of 2,276l. 0s. 9d. in satisfaction of the balance of the tallies for 4,997l. 4s. 6d. struck on the Customs 1682, June 24, for the service of Tangier, towards which total said Hewer has already had several bonds delivered to him. Money Book IV, p. 195.
Appending: list of said bonds [Custom House bonds payable at nine months]:
l. s. d.
1682, Nov. 8, Mark Mortimer and John Mortimer 19 15 10
1682–3, Jan. 23, John Lloyd and Josiah Bacon 171 15 10
Ditto 93 16 6
Peter Hacket, Peter Devet 35 12 6
Mar. 9, John Lloyd, Hugh Noden 27 14 2
Mar. 12, John Chandler, sen. and jun. 134 11 8
Mar. 13, John Trott, Nicho. Trott 39 11 8
Richd. Breauchamp, John Meridith 158 6 8
Mar. 14, Hugh Noden, Tho. Yates 356 5 0
Richd. Glover, John Glover 340 8 4
Mar. 15, Thomas Toulson, Edwd. Lea 118 15 0
Mar. 16, Sarah Garfoot, John Petet 501 2 2
William Drope, Richd. Bell 64 10 5
Mar. 17, John Trott, Nicho. Trott 39 11 8
Mar. 21, Samuel Groom, John Taylor 23 15 0
Mar. 23, Richard Glover, John Glover 118 15 0
Mar. 24, Thomas Wyche, Joseph Ashton 31 13 4
£2,276 0 9
Henry Guy to Mr. Duncombe to pay 150l. into the Exchequer on Saturday next: being 100l. for Monsieur Vario and 50l. for the Privy Purse for Healing gold. Disposition Book II, p. 232.
Same to the Bishop of London forwarding the affidavit of William Davies made the 11th inst. before William Mathews, one of the Justices of Peace of co. Hereford. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 148.
Same to Mr. Burton to pay a bill of 8l. 19s. 0d. and 5l. to such person as the Lord Chief Baron shall appoint, being the charge of the witnesses to prosecute several persons in Fisherton gaol for clipping and counterfeiting the coin at the Sessions, New Sarum, 3 Mar., 1682–3: the said witnesses being Fra. Spicer, John Scull, William Mathews, William Clew, William Fry, John Cole and Richard Kemm: and the accused being Robert Avery and Daniell Buckland, his man, both of Brinkworth, blacksmiths, and Keme and Sadler; (said bill including 5s. for the carriage from Marlborough to Sarum of an iron engine taken from Keme and Avery). Kemm, the main discoverer, is to lie till next Assizes in prison and is very poor and has scarce any clothes. Ibid, pp. 148–9.
May 24. Henry Guy to Sir Cha. Wheeler enclosing a copy of John Strode's petition and of a note of Robert Spencer. Confer with Mr. Blathwaite at the Plantation Office in Scotland Yard about them and send the Treasury Lords what you have to say thereon. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 149.
Same to Mr. Harbord. It was not the Treasury Lords' intentions that the fees justly due to Mr. Thomas Newton as woodward of Whittlewood and Salcey should be taken from him. Consider his claim for fees as follow and propose some way for payment thereof to him with least charge to the King. Ibid.
Appending: [note of] the accustomed fees of said woodward viz. 1s. per £ from those that buy timber; 1s. per £ from the Exchequer of all moneys he pays in there arising by sale of timber; 4d. from the buyer for every tree felled that has been marked with the wood axe.
Same to Mr. Hewer [Treasurer for Tangier] to forthwith pay 40s. to John Stanly, a poor disabled soldier come from Tangier, and to pay him quarterly for the future as the poor disabled soldiers come from thence are paid. Ibid.
May 25. Money warrant for 500l. to Aubrey, Earl of Oxford, for last Lady day quarter on his pension. Money Book IV, p. 196.
Same for 50l. each to the Masters of Requests on their fees, viz., Sir Charles Cotterell for half a year to 1681, Christmas, Sir William Glascock for same, Thomas Povey for same, Charles Morley for same to 1682, Sept. 29. Ibid.
Same for 750l. to Sir William Scroggs for half a year to the end of last Easter term on his annuity or pension. Ibid.
Same for 250l. to Sir George Jefferyes, bart., for half a year to the end of last Hilary term on his salary or allowance as one of the Justices of the city of Chester. Ibid, pp. 196, 197.
100l. to John Warren for same as a same.
Same for 40l. 13s. 4d. to Sir Robert Sawyer, the Attorney General, for half a year to Christmas last on his fee or salary. Ibid, p. 197.
35l. to Heneage Finch, esq., Solicitor General, for same on his same.
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. 232.
l. s. d.
to the Paymaster of the Forces for subsistence 2,000 0 0
to ditto for off-reckonings 2,000 0 0
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,000 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200 0 0
to the Duke of Southampton 398 0 2
to the Duke of Northumberland 375 0 0
to the Earl of Bath and Lord Hawley for the Duke of Richmond 500 0 0
£6,473 0 2
May 25. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the 3,000l. which Mr. Samuell Heron will to-morrow lend into the Exchequer on the credit of the Customs, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 232.
to me [Guy] for secret service, on the privy seal dormant 500
to the Treasurer of the Navy to finish the Soveraigne 500
to Sir Dennie Ashburnham and partners, late Victuallers of the Navy 2,000
Same to Mr. Duncombe to pay 6,300l. 13s. 4d. into the Exchequer to-morrow week, June 2. This must be done without fail, for every particular of this sum is for the King's immediate service, which will suffer very much if the whole sum be not paid in precisely at the day appointed. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 150.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to draft the instructions necessary to be given to the Excise Cashier from June 24 next, when your commission commences. Bring the draft to the Treasury Lords next Thursday afternoon. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General. Report to the Treasury Lords on the enclosed declaration brought by Mr. Sands, commander of the Interloper, against the Customs Commissioners. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Burton to take the most effectual course against Mr. Thomas Warner as in the enclosed order [missing]. Ibid.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords as by the order of reference of April 11 last on the petition of William Morris, lately lieutenant in Virginia, who prays payment of 266l. 2s. 0d. due to him for service in that colony. The officers and soldiers who served in Virginia have been all paid off in some proportion to their arrears, and petitioner has been used in that payment better than any of the rest. His services deserve a place as captain or lieutenant in some company. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 200.
Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Thomas Duffin of the water mill called Okemills in Shippon, co. Berks, and three rods of ground thereto and an arable close of 3½ acres to the west of it and a meadow close of three roods called Garden Mead lying to the south-west and a meadow close containing five roods near the bridge there called Oxbridge abutting on Faringdon Road, and the fishing in the water called Honny Mill alias Henwick Mill water, extending to Oxbridge alias Oxburge: being all portion of the Duchy of Cornwall. The present lease to be for 31 years from Lady day last at the ancient rent of 5l. 6s. 8d. and fine of 60l. and 40l. fine more for buying off the increased rent of 9l. per an. on the existing lease, which was granted 1661, May 14, for 31 years to John Duffin, father of said Thomas Duffin. Ibid, pp. 201–4, 209.
Prefixing and appending: (a) particular by John Griffith, Deputy Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall, of the said premises; (b) ratal by William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of said particular; (c) entry of the Treasury Lords' signature, dated 1683, June 22, of the docquet of this lease.
May 25. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of premises as follow and ut infra under date Aug. 22, with a view to a new lease thereof to William Smith. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 204–5.
Prefixing: report dated April 20 last from John Fisher (in the absence of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands) on said Smith's petition for said new lease. The existing lease of the first part of the premises to petitioner [being lands in Datchet Mead etc.] was dated 1674, Dec. 8, on the expiry of a 41 years granted by Charles I. to Thomas Carey: the rent to be the old rent of 1l. 18s. 4d. and fine of 30l., the improved value not appearing to be above 4l. 15s. 0d. per an. By the same lease petitioner also took the (extension of his own) reversion of the scite of the manor of Old Windsor called Kingsbury and several parcels of land there at the old rent of 3l. 4s. 2d. per an. for 13 years from 1692, Sept. 29. Petitioner's allegation is true that there was a concealed grant of all the first mentioned premises (either not enrolled or not found by the Auditor) passed 11 June, 11 Car. I. to William Gwyn and William Loving in trust for Sir Edward Sydenham in reversion of Mr. Cary's grant, so that petitioner's grant was of no effect as to this portion, and he was forced in 1676, June 29 to purchase from the executors of Sir Edwd. Sydenham the remainder of their term. Petitioner is content to part with half an acre of the premises, being an orchard called Almes Knights Close, lying next Pound Street in New Windsor, for 50l. and with another piece of ground containing 1 acre 0 rood 34 perches, taken cross out of a meadow of six acres in New Windsor, lying at a place called Glasiers Corner, for 39l., which pieces are already taken into his Majesty's new walk or avenue from Windsor Castle to Windsor Great Park, and was further civil to his Majesty in forbearing to build upon his orchard next Pound Street (which others did and thereby very much enhanced his Majesty's charge) upon the first report of his Majesty having any thoughts to make a walk there, into which this piece lay at the very first entrance: and was also very active in his Majesty's service as a commissioner in inducing the rest of the proprietors to part with the lands needed for said avenue.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to return to Henry Rowlandson, master of the hoy Unity of London, the 15l. deposited by him for Strangers' Customs for the wine on board said ship on her late arrival from Holland; she arriving with the master, two English and two strangers: it appearing that said hoy sailed in June last for Rotterdam with the master, three English and one stranger; at Rotterdam, his whole company left him, and he ran the ship to Dort by the help of two men, and there could only have two English to bring her to England: and also that one of the strangers lives at Wapping with a wife and two children and pays scott and lott to the parish. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 203.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the Duke of Ormonde's report on the petition of Sir Richard Bellings. We are of opinion that the granting away or the discharging of the quit rent charged on petitioner's lands by the Act of Settlement will be of ill consequence by making a precedent. Petitioner's services deserve your Majesty's favour some other way. Out Letters (Ireland) III, pp. 156–8.
Prefixing: (a) said petition of Sir Richard Bellings, kt.: shewing that his father, Richard Bellings, esq., was seized, 1641, Oct. 22, of Great Park Town and of the other Park Town in co. Wicklow. In pursuance of the Act of Explanation the then Commissioners by their certificate restored petitioner to the lands of Sir Henry Bellings, his grandfather, and of said Richard Bellings, his father, and petitioner accordingly passed a patent of the said lands (inter alia) by the names of Parksleuslogh alias Great Park, containing 120 acres of profitable land and 223 acres of unprofitable land; Parkdonnogh alias Middle Park, containing 102 acres profitable and 130 acres unprofitable land; Parkroe alias Park Town, containing 156 acres profitable and 208 acres of unprofitable lands: all at the yearly rent of 79l. 2s. 0d. But in truth the number of acres being mistaken, there was a less number of acres by 1,000l. in the patent than ought to have been and less rent reserved to the Crown than ought to have been by 12l. or 13l. per an.: that afterwards, petitioner applying for an exoneration of said rent, the King granted a patent for exoneration as well of the said rent reserved in the patent of restoration as of all other rents reserved by Act of Parliament or otherwise, excepting only the old quit rent reserved to the Crown. Petitioner is informed that said patent of exoneration is void in law, by reason whereof judgment has been given against him in the Exchequer Court, Ireland, to the effect that he should be charged with part of the said rent whereof the King intended to discharge him by said patent of exoneration. Therefore prays a new patent of exoneration from all the said rents whatsoever other than the said ancient quit rent: with a discharge from all arrears thereof, whether charged upon petitioner or his tenants by judgment or otherwise. (b) Reference dated Whitehall, 1682, Dec. 7, from the King to the Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, of said petition. (c) Report dated St. James's Square, 1682–3, Feb. 21, from said Lord Lieutenant to the King thereupon. I conceive your Majesty's intention was to exonerate petitioner's lands from quit rents and to accept of such old Crown rents as the lands did pay in 1640, and that by reason of the mistake of the true number of acres the patent of exoneration was judged void by the Exchequer Court. If the arrears be discharged as prayed the late Irish Revenue Farmers will demand defalcations therefor up to Christmas last. But now that the revenue is out of farm petitioner may be gratified by a new grant. (d) Reference dated Whitehall, 1683, April 16, from the King to the Treasury Lords of said Lord Lieutenant's report.
May 25. Copy of a letter dated from Barbados, Mar. 25, from Edwyn Stede to the Committee [for Trade and Plantations]. A short time before Sir Richard Dutton, Governor of Barbados, left for England I received my commission as Receiver of his Majesty's revenues in this island. A short time after the Governor commanded notification of my commission to be sent to the Judges and all officers concerned, that they might render such accounts and dues to me. But as yet nothing has been received by me, his Majesty not having any certain yearly rents or revenues that can come under my collection by virtue of that commission, the Four and a Half per cent. duty and the [Plantation] duty settled by Act of Parliament, 25 Car. II. being all the certain revenues his Majesty hath here and [the receivership of] those two branches are otherwise provided [and so are excepted out of my commission] as all public levies, Excise or other taxes raised in this island for the sole use thereof are also, the Act by which they are so raised appointing a Treasurer for collecting those levies or taxes: so that the rest to be accounted for to his Majesty are casual, as prizes, fines, escheats, forfeitures etc. But the several laws made in this island by which any penalty is imposed upon any offenders appoint same to be paid to the Treasurer (by which is here understood the Treasurer appointed for receiving the several levies etc. raised in this island), those penalties being also appointed in general for the public use of this island. And by another Act of this island sundry fines imposed in several courts for contempts and misdemeanours are thereby directed to be paid to other persons and uses than by my commission is directed. And by an address of the late Assembly to Sir Richard Dutton it is prayed that the penalties and forfeitures by those laws appointed might be paid into the Treasurer's hands, that is, the Treasurer here appointed by the authority of this place (his Majesty not having then or at any time appointed one). And by an Act here made subsequent to that address it is enacted that all fines and forfeitures which by any law now here in force are appropriated to the public uses of this island and made payable to the public Treasurer be paid forthwith to the said Treasurer, giving a power to the Committee of Public Accounts to collect and levy those fines and forfeitures as fully as by any law of this island they are empowered to collect and levy any other public debt or duty whatsoever. And after this the Assembly, in an answer to sundry proposals made to them by Sir Richard Dutton, and before his going for England, "do propound that the fines and forfeitures in this island, which will, as they believe, amount to a considerable sum (the care of getting which in had been left to the Committee of Accounts, who, they say, had wholly neglected it), and therefore they pray his Excellency to lay his command on that Committee to proceed therein with all speed and vigour, to the end the same might be applied to the use of the fortifications; further expecting the fines, issues and amerciaments at the Grand Sessions or General Assizes to be holden for this island, which the law appoints to be twice in the year (though it has never been holden oftener than once a year and sometimes not once in two or three years), should be disposed of for defraying the charges of the Judges, Justices and other officers and other expenses in holding the Sessions, as the law seems to direct: though I do not find those things were ever so employed." I send your Lordships transcripts of several clauses of these Acts. I conceive I shall in a short time receive some fines imposed on offenders at the last General Assizes. Though not great, they are in process in the Exchequer, as many forfeited recognisances are, which will not amount to much, "the persons whose recognizances were thus forfeited shewing such cause before the Barons as they permit them to compound" upon easy terms. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) 1. pp. 121–2.
May 26. 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. 233.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for one week [of the Navy's weekly] money, whereof 2,000l. is for the Victuallers 3,500 0 0
to ditto for transporting Spanish horse to Tangier 1,081 7 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for one [week of the Ordnance Office] weekly money 500 0 0
to Mr. Griffith for the Stables 1,000 0 0
to Sir Henry Goodrick for his ordinary and extraordinary 2,280 0 0
to the Mint Commissioners 1,000 0 0
to Mr. Poley 336 0 0
to Mr. Roberts for Windsor works, and being intended for Monsieur Vario 100 0 0
to the Privy Purse for Healing gold 50 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service, "according to a warrant you shall receive for that purpose upon the dormant privy seal" 618 5
to Mr. Packer for Winchester [Palace] works 500 0 0
£10,965 12
May 31. Same to same to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid.
to the Paymaster of the Forces for subsistence 2,000
to ditto for off-reckonings 2,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
to Mris. Elianor Gwynn 250
Same to same to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is similarly directed to be paid in, viz.: Ibid, p. 234.
l. s. d.
to the 12 Judges 3,000 0 0
to the Masters in Chancery 550 0 0
to the Welsh Judges 225 0 0
to the Masters of Requests 200 0 0
to Sir William Scroggs 750 0 0
to the Attorney General 40 13 4
to the Solicitor General 35 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 500 0 0
to ditto on the general dormant privy seal 1,000 0 0
£6,300 13 4
May 31. Money warrant for 750l. to Henry, Duke of Southampton for 1681, Sept. 29 quarter, on his pension of 3,000l. Money Book IV, p. 197.
Three royal sign manuals for respectively 500l., 140l. and 618l. 6s. 5½d. to Henry Guy: for secret service: without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of May 23 inst. (Three separate money warrants dated June 1 hereon. Three separate money orders dated June 2 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 169. Money Book IV, p. 198. Order Book XXXIX, p. 78.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to authorise the payment to Sir John James and Robert Huntington, or to them and their partners, of such moneys as shall appear due to them upon accounts thereof to be stated by the Auditors of Imprests for interest and reward for moneys lent for the service of the Guards, garrisons and land Forces and for the Household; taking in and vacating at the same time the tallies in their hands for same: all by reason that the privy seal of 1678–9, Mar. 19, authorised payment of 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. reward to them (to be made principal every six months), as by accounts thereof to be stated by the Auditors of Crown Revenues; but the Treasury Lords have thought fit that the two Auditors of Imprests should also examine and make up the accounts of the said interest and reward, wherefore the present amendment of the said privy seal becomes necessary. King's Warrant Book IX, p. 170.
Same to the Treasury Lords to issue money warrants for 18l. 5s. 0d. [each] to the Grooms of the Great Chamber in Ordinary to the Queen for half a year on their 2s. a day each [being those of the said Grooms who are payable in the Exchequer], viz. John Robinson to 1675, Christmas; John Hall to 1677, June 24; James Dixon to 1679–80, Feb. 1; Robert Wilmot to 1681, June 24; Thomas Thackham to 1681, Lady day; Richard Change to 1681, Christmas; Philip Williams to 1681, Nov. 3; Edward Cane to 1682, Christmas; the administratrix of John Kernon to 1681, Lady day: [total hereof, 164l. 5s. 0d.]: Ibid, pp. 171–2. Money Book IV, pp. 199–201. Order Book XXXIX, pp. 79–80, 85.
And similarly for 328l. 10s. 0d. to Edward Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, to be by him issued to the 14 Grooms of the Great Chamber to the King and to the four Grooms of the Great Chamber to the Queen, whose salaries or wages are payable in his Office, and as by the privy seal of 1673, July 30, being for half a year each thereon. The total of the abovesaid two payments, being 492l. 15s. 0d., is to be registered on the register of the last Twelve Months' [part of the last Eighteen Months' or First Disbandment] tax and to be paid out of the first money that shall be in the Exchequer arising from said tax, "all the former orders upon that register being already paid off and satisfied."
Likewise for 389l. 14s. 0d. to John Basire, Receiver for Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland, Durham and Newcastle, of the Seventeen Months' tax, Poll, Eighteen Months' tax and Sixteen [sic for Six] Months' tax, viz. 169l. 14s. 0d., as an addition to his allowance of 2d. per £ to make it up to 30s. per 100l. for receiving the said taxes in the said remote couties, and 200l. in consideration of his losing so much in the return of the King's money by the failure of one John Ireland, and 20l. for his extraordinary charge in bringing 4,000l. to the Exchequer in specie from the said counties: the said 389l. 14s. 0d. to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Dec. 13 last, and to be registered on the abovesaid Twelve Months' tax next after the abovesaid orders for the Grooms.
Further for 689l. 9s. 1d. to Sir Richard Mason, Bartholomew Fillingham and John Ramsey, Agents for bringing in the arrears of the Taxes, being the sum overpaid by John Langley, Receiver for co. Gloucester, of the Six Months' and Twelve Months' [the last Eighteen Months' or First Disbandment] Act, same being overpaid on the first twelve months of said tax and there being a greater arrear in Langley's name on the last six months thereof. The said Agents for Taxes are immediately to repay said money into the Exchequer on said Langley's account of the said last six months. The present order to be registered ut supra after those to the Grooms and to said Basire.
Further for 2,696l. 1s. 0d. to the said Agents for Taxes, being 458l. 7s. 9d. upon an order dated 1679–80, Jan. 14, for salary, and 1,800l. more due to them on the privy seal of 1679, Dec. 24, on their salaries of 200l. per an. each, being for three years to 1682, Christmas, and 257l. 13s. 3d. for incidents for 5½ years to 1682, Christmas, and 180l. to John Lynn, gent., their clerk, for three years' salary to 1682, Christmas: the said total of 2,696l. 1s. 0d. to be registered on the register ut supra next after the abovesaid orders for the Grooms, Basire and Langley. (Four separate money warrants accordingly dated June 8 hereon, for respectively 492l. 15s. 0d. to the Grooms ut supra; 389l. 14s. 0d. to Basire ut supra; 689l. 9s. 1d. to the Agents for Taxes for Langley's account ut supra, 2,696l. 1s. 0d. to said Agents for wages and incidents ut supra. Separate money orders dated June 9 hereon for 389l. 14s. 0d. to Basire; 328l. 10s. 0d. to Griffin for the Grooms payable in his Office ut supra; 18l. 5s. 0d. each to said Cane, Wilmot, Robinson, Change, Hall, Dixon, Williams, Thackham, Kernan; and for said 689l. 9s. 1d. to said Agents for Taxes: and money order dated July 7 for 2,057l. 13s. 3d. to said Agents for Taxes as in part of said 2,696l. 1s. 0d., being the abovesaid items of 1,800l. for salary and 257l. 13s. 3d. for incidents; and money order dated July 7 for 180l. to said John Lynn for salary ut supra.)
May 31. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for regulating as follows Charles Bertie's account of moneys by him had from William Chiffinch (being part of Chiffinch's receipts of the French King's money) and other moneys as follow. In the said Chiffinch's account of the said French money, as declared 1681, July 19, said Bertie is charged with several sums, amounting in all to 95,559l., as received for the King's own use. Further several other sums, amounting to 15,050l., are in the said Chiffinch's account charged upon Anthony Stephens as received for the King's use, wherein the said Stephens was agent to said Bertie, who is willing to charge himself with said sum. Further the said Bertie received from the Earl of Ranelagh, Vice Treasurer of Ireland, out of the King's money in said Ranelagh's hands 46,701l. [sic for 4,670l.] by the hands of said Stephens and 9,128l. by his own [Bertie's] hands, making together 13,798l. Further the said Bertie received 411l. 7s. 4d. from Sir John James and partners as interest for part of the money so as above received from William Chiffinch, which by direction of the Earl of Danby was lent to them and afterwards repaid. All the abovesaid sums amount to 124,818l. 7s. 4d. Per contra Bertie craves allowance of the following payments made by him pursuant to the King's orders and directions from time to time, although such orders and directions were not signified under the great seal or privy seal in accordance with the strict rules of the Exchequer, viz.. (1) 17,129l. 17s. 0d. to Antho. Stephens as Cashier to Edw. Seymour, then Treasurer of the Navy, for the late expedition to Virginia and several other uses and services of the Navy (of which sum 9,238l. is accounted for by said Seymour in his Navy Treasurer's account ended 1677, Dec. 31, and the residue, being 7,891l. 17s. 0d., is hereby to be duly charged on his ensuing account, if not already therein): (2) 11,000l. to William Roberts, gent., Receiver of Windsor Castle, and 2,000l. to Hugh May, Comptroller of the Works at Windsor Castle, being 13,000l in all, for the use of said Works and duly charged in the account of the said Works: (3) several sums, making in all 4,638l. 4s. 0d., to the Earl of Plymouth, the King's natural son, since deceased: (4) several sums, making in all 3,385l. 14s. 4d., to Edward Masters for the use of the Duke of Lauderdale, since deceased, which sum, together with 1,114l. 5s. 8d. also received by said Masters at the Excise Office, makes in the whole 4,500l., as to which the King's intention was and still is that same should and shall go in discharge and satisfaction of so much of the money due upon the pension of 3,000l. per an. to said Duke, and as the said pension was payable out of the Customs the Commissioners of Customs are to take notice of the said payment of 4,500l. by memoranda in their books to the effect that same is for 1½ year's arrears of said pension: (5) several sums, amounting to 1,500l., to John Harris and Charles Snow for the use of the Earl of Nottingham, late Lord Chancellor of England, which sum was afterwards repaid to the King out of said Earl's pension of 4,000l. per an. "and was applied by our own direction for our secret service": (6) several sums, amounting to 1,200l., to Lord Frescheville: (7) 281l. 7s. 4d. to James Vernon for contingencies of the Forces raised for the service of Virginia: (8) several sums, amounting in the whole to 8,514l. 5s. 2d., to several other persons upon divers occasions, viz. 500l. to Col. Herbert Jefferys for the new levies sent to Virginia; 500l. to Jane Middleton, wife of Capt. Middleton, in consideration of his voyage to Virginia; 206l. to Col. Francis Morison, one of the Commissioners lately sent to Virginia, for his allowance of 8s. a day from 1676, Aug. 10, to 1677–8, Jan. 3, being paid him by the hands of Edward Backwell; 125l. to Sir Humphery Winch for 1674, Christmas quarter's allowance upon the Commission for Trade and Plantations; 750l. to Sir Courtney Poole as royal bounty; 200l. to Gerard Langerman for the use of Augustus L'Hosteyne as royal bounty; 600l to Col. Edward Villers for the use of the Countess of Sussex; 500l. to Robert Nott upon a bill of exchange drawn by Ralph Mountague, esq., in satisfaction of the money he paid the said Countess in Paris; 100l. to the minister and churchwardens of the parish of St. Saviour in Southwark to be distributed to the poor watermen and others whose livelihood depended on the Thames, as by the order in Council; 500l. to Henry Brouncker, paid 1677, Sept. 30, as in full of the arrears of salary due to him as one of the Council of Trade and Foreign Plantations, of which last sum (as also of the above 150l. to Sir Humphry Winch) the Exchequer is to take special notice to prevent double payment of such salary; 536l. 14s. 0d. to Samuel Mearne for plate, bibles, prayer books and other furniture for the Princess of Orange's chapel; 575l. 2s. 6d. to Sir Thomas Armstrong for five horses presented to the French King; 2,000l. to Edward Seymour, Speaker of the House of Commons, by [the hands of] Anthony Stephens, as in part of 4,125l., being the remainder of 6,000l. for two years to 1677, Sept. 29, on his allowance [as Speaker]; 1,000l. to Sir Robert Sawyer, one of the King's Counsel, as royal bounty; 65l. to Geo. Russell for one year on his fee as Serjeant of the Hawks; 56l. 8s. 8d. to Sir John Knight in satisfaction of a Navy bill for his disbursements for the Pearle frigate hired at Bristol (which sum the Navy Commissioners are hereby to take notice of, so that the King may be discharged thereof in the books of the Navy and not be liable to a double payment thereof): (9) 2,438l. paid by said Bertie to several persons on Exchequer orders, viz., 325l. to Richard Lane on an order No. 645 dated 1671, Oct., in his name, registered on the Country Excise, being 250l. principal money lent and 75l. for five years' interest; 250l. each to Sir Adam Browne and John Billingsley on an order No. 193 registered on the late Wine duty in the name of Sir Dennis Gawden, but by mesne assignments vested in said Billingsley and similarly of an order No. 192 registered on same in the name of said Gawden and afterwards assigned in trust for said Browne; 340l. to John Plummer, assignee of John Ashburnham, deceased, on an order No. 78 registered on the Customs, commencing at Michaelmas, 1671; 1,273l. to the use of Henry, Lord O'Brien on an Order No. 162 on the sale of fee farms, which last said order is certified by the Auditor of the Receipt to have been delivered up and cancelled pursuant to a decree in the Exchequer; and the said Bertie is hereby to deliver up the other orders as above to the Auditor of the Receipt, who is to cancel same and make memoranda in the margin of the entries thereof in the said registers to the effect that same are satisfied and paid: (10) 120l. by said Bertie paid to Richard Brett for a year's interest of 2,000l. due on an order registered on the Hearthmoney in the name of Sir James Thynne: (11) 500l. paid to Thomas Yates as purchase money for four houses in St. Jago de la Vega in Jamaica, which the King bought of him for the accommodation of the Governor there: (12) 175l. paid to Col. Jefferys for his expedition to Virginia (touching the payment of which last two sums the King is well satisfied, although no vouchers be produced for same): (13) 100l. paid to Sir Richard Wiseman in part of money due upon orders in the name of one Lingfield: (14) 1,711l. 2s. 4d. paid to Anthony Harrup on a bill of exchange drawn on said Bertie by Ralph Mountague for value received in Paris: (15) several other sums as follows, amounting in all to 2,500l., paid by said Bertie to several persons [as imprest and upon account], who are [therefore] to render their respective accounts for the same, viz. 500l. to Jean Poictevin, paid 1677, Oct. 25, upon account for furnishing and building the Earl of Plymouth's lodgings; 1,500l. to Robert Nott, deputy to Ralph Mountague, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the immediate furnishing several rooms at Windsor by the King's special command; 500l. to Sir Robert Holmes in repayment of a greater sum by him alleged to be laid out in the repair of the fortifications in the Isle of Wight and by him promised to be repaid out of the moneys that should be due to him upon that account. King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 172–5.
The abovesaid sums, of which Bertie thus craves allowance, amount to 57,193l. 10s. 3d. It is hereby ordered that allowance thereof be accordingly made to him as fully as if the payment thereof by him had been warranted by great seal or privy seal.
Further Bertie craves the allowance of several other sums, amounting in all to 64,371l. 11s. 2d. (part of the moneys received by him as above), which he paid to several persons by the King's special directions, without any account to be rendered for the same, being for several secret services. The King being well satisfied concerning the expense of that sum, having received the account thereof himself, hereby directs that said 64,371l. 1s. 2d. be allowed to said Bertie in account in one entire sum as so much by him paid for secret service without account, though same were not paid by him by virtue of any formal warrants and although the vouchers to manifest the particular payments or application thereof by him be not produced.
Furthermore allowance is hereby to be made to Bertie of 1d. per £ on the whole sum by him received and paid as above for his pains and charge and for the trouble of passing his account, he not having had any consideration therefor. And he is not to be charged with any interest or damages for having or detaining any part of the said moneys at any time in his hands. Finally in regard that said Bertie is willing to charge himself with the abovesaid 15,050l. paid by William Chiffinch to Anthony Stephens (although in Chiffinch's account and in the vouchers it is not expressed that Stephens received it only as Bertie's agent), the said Stephens is hereby, immediately on the declaring of said Bertie's present account, to be acquitted and discharged of said sum.