Entry Book: January 1681, 17-29

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January 1681

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Jan. 17. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners. Upon a complaint made by Thomas Foley, esq., against the importation of iron wire, a prohibited commodity, the King issued a proclamation for putting the laws in execution against such importation, and for the destruction of his Majesty's portion of the forfeiture thereof. Said Foley has since represented to the King that if said iron wire were reduced into bars it would not prejudice the English manufacture thereof [of wire], and therefore prayed that the King's part might be wrought into bar iron, and after deduction of the charge thereof that the remaining profit might be disposed to charitable uses. By order in Council of Nov. 19 last this matter has been referred to us, the Treasury Lords, to give such order therein as we should think fit. On a reference to you thereof you reported Dec. 16 last that the loss upon the alteration of the wire into bar or rails, in the manner intended, is almost seven parts in eight, and that the proceed thereof is like to prove very small. You therefore propose another expedient, viz, the transporting thereof to a foreign market, conceiving thereby the proceed will be considerable and better answer both the said charitable uses and the interest of the wire manufacture in England (the seizer's part being now vended here). We have discoursed with Mr. Foley, who concurs herewith. It is therefore hereby ordered that the King's part of all such iron wire already recovered by judgment and now in any of the King's warehouses in London or the outports, and likewise the seizer's part of such wire so recovered (the said Mr. Foley satisfying the seizer for the same according to the appraised values), shall be put into the hands of Samuel Clark, the present surveyor of the King's warehouse, London port, who shall cause the same to be transported according to his best discretion for a foreign market, whereby the vending thereof in England may be prevented. Such exportation shall be Customs free. Out of the effects received for such sales Clark is to have 6 per cent. for his own charge, and Foley is to be satisfied all charges which he has been at in seizing and recovering, and the money paid by him for the seizer's moiety and also 50l. towards the maintenance of a qualified person to be procured by him to officiate as minister and schoolmaster for instruction of the poor people and their children who are the English manufacturers of iron wire at Tintern and Whitebrook in co. Monmouth; and the residue of such produce to such charitable uses as shall be appointed by Treasury warrant in pursuance of his Majesty's pleasure; of all which said Clarke is to render account. You are hereby to see this order put in execution. As to such iron wire as shall hereafter be recovered, after the condemnation thereof and striking tallies in the Exchequer from time to time for the appraised value of the King's part of the seizure, and upon application of said Foley or said Clark, we intend to give direction likewise for the disposing thereof as above or (in case we find cause not to pursue that expedient any further) to give order for destroying such iron wire according to our warrant to you of 1679, June 11 grounded on the order of Council of 1679, June 9. Out Letters (Customs) V, pp. 303–5.
Jan. 17. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Samuel Somaster as landwaiter at Plymouth loco Humphrey Parncoate, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) V, pp. 305, 306.
Robert Pigott as surveyor in Yarmouth port with the salary of 80l. per an. (he not to continue any longer upon the terms for which he now officiates in the said port): the Customs Commissioners having in their memorial of the 10th inst, considered that it will be much to the King's service to have a constant, able surveyor there, and therefore proposed to apply to that post the 80l. per an. salary of Edward Lovell, one of the landwaiters of London port, lately deceased.
Same to same to add 4l. per an. to the 16l. per an. salary of Owen Godfrey, collector of Wells, a member of Lynn Regis port; and 5l. per an. to the 10l. per an. salary of Samuel Ramply, waiter and searcher there: all as proposed by William Dickinson in a late survey of the Northern ports and as proposed by the Customs Commissioners in their memorial of the 10th inst. Ibid, p. 305.
Same to same to discharge Nicholas Saunders of the 30l. remaining still due of his debt to the King as late collector of Truro, he having paid the rest of said debt and the charges of prosecuting; and having prayed to be allowed said 30l. for officiating for two years as collector, waiter and searcher in said port, during which time there was no other waiter there. Ibid, p. 306.
Same to same to direct the collectors of the outports to pay the 1680, Christmas quarter's outport salaries. (Total, 3,449l. 19s. 4d.) Ibid, p. 307.
Same to same to satisfy the debentures for half subsidy or drawback on certain spices as proposed by said Commissioners in their memorial of the 10th inst. as follows. During the time that Sir Nicholas Crisp collected two third parts of the duties of spice as for satisfaction of 20,000l. due to him from the King, several merchants paid two thirds of the said duties on several quantities of spice to said Crisp, which spices being afterwards exported, they ought to receive back the moiety by exportation. They have accordingly applied for same, in all amounting to 14l. 5s. 1½d. Said Crisp refuses to pay same, alleging that he has received no more than the said [20,000l.] sum allowed him, and that there is no surplusage in his hands. You, the Customs Commissioners, are hereby to pay the said sum for drawback or half subsidy. If said Crisp has received more than the said 20,000l., the same will appear upon the auditing and declaring his account. Ibid, pp. 307–8.
Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to certify the quantities and species of the victuals and stores for which you did on the 13th inst. desire a Treasury warrant for transporting, viz. of victuals to Jamaica and of stores to Barbados. Out Letters (General) VI. p. 155.
In the margin. [sent by] Mr. Tyre.
Henry Guy to William Blathwayte. Yours of the 13th sent to me by order of the Committee for Trade has been laid before the Treasury Lords, who hereby return answer that by the Act of Tunnage and Poundage of 12 Car. II if any goods of any merchant born denizen after 24 June, 1660 should be taken by any enemies or pirates upon the sea or perish in any ship that be taken or perished, on proof of payment of the duties on such goods, then such merchant may ship, Customs free, in the port where he customed the said goods so much other merchandise as would come to the like sum in the Customs thereof. The benefit of this provision is restrained to merchants born denizens. Please acquaint the Committee of Trade herewith. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 156.
Same to Mr. Creed. Communicate the enclosed estimates to the Lords Commissioners for the Affairs of Tangier in pursuance of their Lordships' order of the 11th inst. Ibid, p. 157.
In the margin: [sent by] Mr. Smyton.
Appending: an estimate of the cost of 200 guns (Barbary barrels ready breached and filed at 5s. each and Barbary locks at 4s. 6d. each) and 120 barrels of gunpowder, corn powder at 3l. 2s. 6d. a barrel (total 475l.), and of 100 pieces of cloth of colours detailed (including Du Roys and Pompingies), to be yearly allowed to the Emperor of Morocco, 25 at 32l. per cloth, being under 2s. per yard (800l.) and 75 at about 6s. a yard, "which are the usual cloths the merchants send into those countries" (897l. 10s. 0d. and 100l. for packing with double filleting and silver fringes about. Full total, 2,272l. 10s. 0d.)
Same to the Auditors of Imprests, forwarding a copy of the Earl of Ranelagh's and his partners' contract [for the pay of the Forces, etc., in Ireland] in order to the preparation of their account for the Treasury Lords. Ibid, p. 158.
Same to the Auditors of the Crown Revenue to certify the Treasury Lords who are the several receivers of the land revenue, what counties each of them has in his charge, and to what time they have passed their accounts respectively. Ibid.
In the margin: [sent by] Mr. Smyton.
Same to Mr. Buckworth to peruse the enclosed paper [missing]. Give my Lords your opinion on it, but communicate it to no one [else]. Ibid.
Same to Henry Dering to send the Treasury Lords an account what fee farm rents remain unsold and reserved for payment of the four [King's preachers or] ministers in co. Lancs. Ibid.
In the margin [sent by] Mr. Smyton.
Money warrants for 250l. each to the following judges for last Michaelmas term on their salaries of 1,000l. per an. each, viz. Sir William Scroggs, kt., Chief Justice of the King's Bench; Sir Thomas Raymond, kt., Sir Thomas Jones, kt., and Sir William Dolben, kt., Justices of the King's Bench; Sir Francis North, kt., Chief Justice of the Common Pleas; Sir Job Charlton, kt., Sir Hugh Windham, kt., and the executors of Sir William Ellis, kt., Justices of Common Pleas; William Montague, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer; and Sir Edward Atkins, kt., Sir Richard Weston, kt., and Sir William Gregory, kt., Barons of the Exchequer. Money Book, p. 324.
Jan. 17. Treasury allowance of John Langwith's bill for last Christmas quarter's attendance on the Treasury Lords as a messenger of the Chamber; at 3s. 4d. a day. (Struck through, with a marginal note cancelled, see supra under date Oct. 21 last: Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VI, p. 715.) Money Book, p. 324.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay the abovesaid Langwith 14l. 6s. 8d. for last Christmas quarter as messenger appointed to attend the affairs of the Customs. Ibid, p. 325.
Same to the King's Remembrancer to deliver up to John Collins, of Chute Lodge, co. Wilts, his bond dated 1670, July 14, as surety for Sir William Doyly, senr., of Shottesham, co. Norfolk (then William Doyly, esq.), as collector of Hearth-money for Surrey and Southwark; said Doyly being found upon his decease to be 871l. indebted to the King, which deficit it was thought reasonable should be answered by Doyly's securities in certain proportions: and the said Collins paid his proportion of 250l. Dec. 23 last. Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, pp. 288–9.
Jan. 18. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue out of Mr. Duck's loan now remaining in the Exchequer 1,796l. 5s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Navy and 375l. to the Lord President of the Privy Council. Disposition Book II, p. 43.
Same to the Treasurer of the Navy to apply as follows the abovesaid 1,796l. 5s. 0d., viz. 1,000l. towards pay of those of the Dartmouth's company that have served the least time and the remaining 796l. 5s. 0d. towards paying several shipwrights intended to be discharged from Chatham Yard. Ibid.
Same to the Board of Greencloth to certify the Treasury Lords what quantity of beer has been served into the King's butteries by Mr. Parsons and his partners at the rate of 6s. 9d. per barrel, so that my Lords may adjust what is due to them for Excise paid by them for same over and above 9d. a barrel. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 159.
Same to Sir Phillip Lloyd. My Lords are informed that there are in your hands orders for 35,000l. registered on the subsidy in the names of Sir Thomas Osborne (now Earl of Danby) and Sir Thomas Littleton [as former Treasurers of the Navy] and an order of loan in the name of Richard Stratford for 3,500l. registered on the Customs: which orders were formerly delivered to Lord Clifford, Lord Treasurer, for the King's use, and are by a patent of 1676 directed to be delivered over for his Majesty's use or to be cancelled (ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. V, p. 180). You are forthwith to bring them to the Treasury Lords that they may give such direction therein as may be fit. Ibid.
Jan. 20. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of Mr. Shirson's petition for the place of collector of Lancaster port loco Francis Medcalfe, deceased. Reference Book I, p. 193.
Same to same of William Cramblington's petition for a landwaiter's or tidesman's place in London, Newcastle or elsewhere. The Treasury Lords recommend him for presentation on a vacancy. Ibid, p. 194.
Same to same of John Hunt's petition for some place in the Customs. Together with: a later recommendation dated 1680–1, March 14 from the Treasury Lords to same to present him for any fit place. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to same to employ John Taunton as a watchman, London port loco William Norris, resigned. Out Letters (Customs) V, pp. 308, 309.
Randolph Birkenhead as a tidesman, Southampton port loco William Andrewes, lately deceased.
Henry Tate as collector of the Plantation duty in Albemarle County in Carolina and the creeks or rivulets thereto belonging or adjacent loco Thomas Miller, resigned.
Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to certify the Treasury Lords at what prices you can buy hemp for ready money, at what prices [if same be to be paid for by orders or tallies registered] to be paid in course, and at what prices [if to be paid] for [in] half ready money, with the remainder in two or three months. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 160.
Same to Capt. Phillip Lanyon. The Navy Commissioners, in a list of debts upon account of the French War which they sent to my Lords, have inserted a bill in your name, No. 307, for 328l. 9s. 2d., and have since informed my Lords that the same is satisfied. Give my Lords an account of this matter. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed petition of Col. Lane's daughters. In the margin; received [by] Mr. Aldw[orth]. Ibid, p. 161.
Jan. 22. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 715l. 6s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of such money as shall be lent into the Exchequer by Mr. Ducke. (Entry struck through.) Disposition Book II, p. 44.
Treasury reference to Richard Graham of the petition of William Fanshaw: petitioner setting forth that by an order in Council of Oct. 27 last he was referred to the Treasury Lords to have commissions of inquiry and grants passed [of certain concealments] upon his discovery [thereof], notwithstanding Mr. Titus Oates's caveat entered at the Treasury; and inasmuch as Mr. Graham has now the original bonds and bills delivered him and other papers, and most of the persons concerned are ready to pay the sums due upon delivery of their bonds and bills, and also divers tenants to houses and lands in and about London being willing to attorne tenants and pay their rents; in order that such moneys on bonds and bills and such attornments of tenants and their rents may be received, and that commissions of inquiry may issue to find the King's title, therefore prays a privy seal to such persons in trust as may receive such moneys and take such attornments and that commissions of inquiry may issue, and that petitioner may receive his proportion as the King in Council hath directed. Reference Book I, p. 193.
Jan. 22. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of—Williamson, gent., for the place of riding surveyor between Rochester and Deal until a vacancy shall happen of a landwaiter in London port. Reference Book I, p. 194.
Henry Guy to John Lawrence, esq., to certify the Treasury Lords whether William Prettyman, Remembrancer of First Fruits and Tenths, has received any of the King's money since Christmas, 1679, and what is his debt to the King at Christmas, 1680. Ibid, p. 194. Out Letters General) VI, p. 161.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of John Barrett's petition for a noontender's place, London port. Reference Book I, p. 194.
Same to same of Stephen Gregman's petition for a tidesman's place, ibid. Ibid, p. 196.
Same to the Agents for Taxes of Hugh Holland's petition for an allowance of 65l. in his account as receiver of several branches of the King's revenue, the said sum remaining on the foot of his last account being money which was got into the hands of Bernard Turner, goldsmith, who refused to pay it upon the stop of the Exchequer, so that petitioner was obliged to take an assignment from him upon the Exchequer for said 65l. in part of an order of 500l. due to Turner [from the King]. Ibid, p. 195.
Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to assign for payment out of the Navy's 1,000l. a week for victualling the two bills of your board dated 1680, Oct. 27 and Nov. 18 for 6,899l. 13s. 11d. and 1,726l. 0s. 5¼d. to Richard Brett and partners, Victuallers of the Navy. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 160.
Same to Sir Robert Viner to attend the Treasury Lords Feb. 5 next for the hearing of the business concerning the unsatisfied orders in your and Mr. Stratford's names. If you cannot attend send your counsel, as my Lords will then come to a determination in the matter. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to inquire into the accusations against Henry Carew, present surveyor of the Pill at Bristol, as there are several petitions for his place. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Ducke, merchant, to pay only 1,015l. 11s. 0d. of your money to the Treasurer of the Navy or to Mr. Stephens, his agent, and to pay the remainder into the Exchequer. Ibid, p. 161.
Same to the Navy Treasurer to apply the abovesaid 1,015l. 11s. 0d. as follows, viz., 515l. 0s. 11d. [sic for 515l. 11s. 0d.] to complete the payment of several shipwrights intended to be discharged from Chatham Yard and 500l. to Sir Tho. Beckford for slops. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the export, Customs free, of victuals as follow, viz. those shipped by the Victuallers of the Navy on the ships Loyal Merchant and Dragon for the service of his Majesty's ship Norwich at Jamaica; victuals as by bill thereof signed by Jon. Parsons for himself and the rest of the said Victuallers on the Advance, of London, bound for Leghorn for the service of his Majesty's ships in the Mediterranean, and the naval stores or provisions put by the Navy Commissioners on board the ship Honor to be transported to his Majesty's ship Richmond at Barbardos. Out Letters (Customs) V, p. 309.
Jan. 24. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to send to the Treasury Lords a list of persons recommended for Customs places and not yet provided for. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 162.
Same to the Ordnance Commissioners to certify my Lords whether there be any account brought before you of the repairs of Berwick Bridge, built by King James, or whether you take any cognizance of the same. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Hewer to pay 20s. to Tho. Hankin, one of the soldiers lately discharged from Tangier, "being his Majesty's relief to him in like manner as you have certified you have paid to 31 poor soldiers discharged from Tangier." If you have not money in your hands for this purpose the Treasury Lords will order the same. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to prepare and present to my Lords a state of all the accomptants who ought but have not at present made up their accounts. (The like letter to Mr. Hall [First Secondary in the King's Remembrancer's Office].) Ibid.
Money warrant for 250l. to Thomas Lloyd, gent., as reward for soliciting the affairs of the Treasury for 1¼ years to June 24 last. (Money order dated Jan. 25 hereon.) Money Book, p. 325. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 197.
Treasury allowance of the 1680, Christmas quarter's salary bill of the Customs [London port]: (total, 5,325l. 7s. 11d.). Money Book, p. 326.
Same of the 1680, Sept. 29 quarter's salary bill of the Excise. (Total 2,107l. 10s. 0d.) Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 25l. to Edward Bertie for half a year to Christmas last on his salary as collector of the duty on wool, tin, etc., London port. Ibid.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue out of such Excise money as is or shall this week be paid into the Exchequer 3,000l. to Mr. Johnson for offreckonings [of the Forces]. Disposition Book II, p. 44.
Same to same to issue 12l. 10s. 0d. to Mris. Eleanor Mather upon her warrant for a quarter on her pension. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of John Bright's petition for a landwaiter's place. Bristol port loco Robert Messenger, lately deceased. Reference Book I, p. 195.
Same to same of Edward Staines' petition for a tidewaiter's place, London port. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Purveis, a servant to Edward Randolph, the collector of Customs in New England, petitioner shewing that in the King's service he has suffered much under the abuses of the people of Boston, has been beaten and put under the restraint of the guard cage and prisons on purpose to hinder him in doing his duty insomuch that he has often gone in danger of his life: that he was lately sent over by Mr. Randolph as an evidence of that people's disloyalty and unjust practices and was unfortuntately cast away in the James near Deal Castle, where he lost all except what he had on his back. Therefore prays a tidesman's place in the Custom House. Reference Book I, p. 196.
Treasury warrant to same to permit the export for Constantinople, Customs free, of the goods and clothes of James, Lord Chandos, Ambassador to the Grand Signior. Out Letters (Customs) V, pp. 310–11.
Appending: schedule of said goods and clothes of said lord and his servants.
Same to John Shales, one of the seven Auditors of the Exchequer, to prepare the account of John Perry and Edward Buckley, late Farmers of the Hearthmoney, with Abraham Anselme, deceased, making them therein such allowances as are authorised by the privy seal of Dec. 31 last (supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VI, pp. 785–6). Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, pp. 289–90.
Treasury reference to Auditor Shales of the petition of Charles Osborne and John Knight: petitioners shewing that by patent of 1662, June 13, George Manley, gent., was appointed bailiff and collector of Crown rents in the manor of East Farleigh and Peckham, co. Kent, amounting to 60l. 18s. 2½d. per an.: that Manley never gave security: that by indenture of 1679, March 28, the King granted said manor and rents to petitioners: that said Manley has received said 60l. 18s. 2½d. per an. ever since the grant and is become insolvent so that petitioners are in danger to lose all that he has received: therefore pray that said patent may be revoked and petitioners thereby enabled to receive said rents themselves. Reference Book I, p. 198.
Hereon Shales, the referee, is to report as to Manley's title to said office, and as to petitioners' pretensions.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of—Cory for a noon tender's place, London Port, in consideration of his and his father's services: he having a reference from the King Dec. 10 last. Ibid, p. 199.
Same to same of the petition of John Streater for the place of riding surveyor about Faversham, which is still unsupplied, or for the next vacancy in the Customs, he understanding well the species and qualities of most sorts of merchandise and being long versed in the methods of accounts, and knowing well the several roads and landing places about Faversham. In the margin: Cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2. Ibid, pp. 199–200.
The Treasury Lords recommend petitioner for presentation to any [Customs] place in Kent.
Treasury reference to Richard Grahame, esq., of the petition of Dorothy Fane for a moiety of a discovery of a sum of 700l. put out at interest, being the proper money of William Harcourt, a Popish priest lately executed for high treason: all as by the proclamation of 1679, Nov. 12, offering a moiety to the discoverer of any estate real or personal belonging to any Jesuit or other Popish priest. Reference Book I, p. 201.
Jan. 25. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to suppress the office of tidesurveyor of Bristol from which George Bourchier has been dismissed, and to apply the salary thereof to Richard Fisher (at present landwaiter at Bristol), who is to be appointed waiter and searcher at Beachley, and further to employ said Bourchier as landwaiter at Bristol loco said Fisher: all as proposed by the said Commissioners in their memorial of the 10th inst. Out Letters (Customs) V, p. 312.
Same to the Auditor and the Receiver of the Duchy of Cornwall to pay and allow to Elizabeth, the widow, and Thomas, the son of Major Thomas Johnson, the growing rents, fines and profits of the manor of Liskeard as same grow due half-yearly in future as same has been formerly done to them: together with the arrears thereof to Michaelmas last: and that they be permitted to enjoy same quietly until his Majesty's pleasure therein be further known to the contrary: they being entitled in the manner set out in their petition (supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VI, pp. 762–3.) Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, pp. 290–1.
Henry Guy to the Attorney General forwarding a draft warrant [missing] relating to the estate of Sir Jon. Arundell, same having been approved by Lord Chief Justice North except as to some particulars wherein he made scruples. Speak with Justice North about it and alter it to make it most safe for his Majesty's signature. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 163.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant and restitution to Philip Doughty, his heirs, etc., of all his goods, lands, hereditaments, etc., forfeited to the King by reason of the murder of Richard Capps. King's Warrant Book VIII, p. 84.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal as follows to empower the discharging or compounding of coast bonds. By the Act of Frauds of 14 Car. II. a shipmaster lading goods coastwise must take out a cocquet and give a bond of the value of said goods for their delivery at the intended port or some other port in England or Wales and to return the certificate [of such unlading] within six months of the date of the cocquet. Divers ships so lading have been (and may in the future be) driven oversea by bad weather and there unladen contrary to the minds of the owners or shipmaster, and thereon their bonds have been prosecuted in the Exchequer to the utter undoing of divers subjects and trading strangers. It is the King's will, of his clemency, hereby that in such cases, when proven by oath and with certificate that the duties on such goods are paid, no process issue on such bonds without the special direction or order of the Exchequer Court: and the King hereby pardons all persons now or hereby so bound where the ship is driven beyond sea as abovesaid, if such certificate of payment of duty be made: and the Exchequer Court is hereby to surcease all prosecution on such bonds in such cases and the bonds are to be delivered up. In case ships laden for coast shipment as above be carried overseas by covetous persons for private lucre, the Exchequer Court is hereby to call before them the persons who gave bond for such shipment and to compound the offence according to the nature and circumstance of the trespass, the King, of his clemency, not desiring the impoverishing for ever of many persons so bound, their wives and children, but so as their evil practices for the future may be discouraged. On such composition process is to be avoided, and the bonds to be delivered: but all on the condition precedent that certificate be made of payment of Customs due on the goods [so] carried into outward or foreign parts. Ibid, pp. 85–9.
Jan. 25. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 48l. to Sir Thomas Slingsby for three years on his fee as Constable of Scarborough Castle. Disposition Book II, p. 44
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Antrobus for a commission to seize uncustomed and prohibited goods of which great quantities are daily imported through the counties of Yorkshire, Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire. Reference Book I, p. 196
Same to same of the petition of Nevill Norton for a place in the Customs. Ibid, p. 197.
Same to same of the petition of Ralph Williamson, for many years searcher of London port and now Comptroller of Newcastle port: petitioner setting forth that at his great charge he has placed distinct deputies in several members and creeks of Newcastle port, viz., Sunderland, Hartlepool, Stockton, Whitby, Cullercoates, Seaton Sluice, Blythenook, besides several creeks in the same district, which was never done by his predecessors though they had power by their patents to make deputies: his patent salary is only 20l. per an.: there is no storehousekeeper by patent or deputation at Newcastle or its members, and great frauds have been committed: therefore prays a patent with power to appoint deputies in the several member ports, with an increase of salary, the better to enable him to pay his distinct and several deputies, and with a clause for a storehousekeeper at some fit salary. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords, knowing his great care and fidelity, and being willing to gratify him in any reasonable request, recommend this petition.
Same to Simon Smyth, Receiver of Crown Revenues for co. Dorset, of the petition of Wadham Strang-wayse. Governor of Portland Castle, co. Dorset: petitioner shewing that by his patent the 11 soldiers under his command were by the establishment to be paid by the Receiver of said county, but neither petitioner nor his soldiers have received any pay, and the said castle is very near ruinous, and colours and other necessaries are wanting: therefore prays payment of the arrears and that the castle may be repaired. Ibid, p. 199.
Hereon the said referee is to certify whether the rents out of which the petitioner and soldiers used to be satisfied are sold, or otherwise why his dues are not yearly paid him.
Jan. 25. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Peter Fox for some public employ because of his indigent, necessitous condition. Reference Book I, p. 199.
Same to same of the petition of George Day, who was a tidesurveyor until the Customs were managed by Commissioners, but by reason of his trouble from losses by a great fire in London did not make present application for any employ, but has since had a promise of the first vacancy. Ibid, p. 200.
Same to Richard Kent [Customs Cashier], of the petition of Elizabeth Robinson for her son's salary of 8l. per an. which is in arrear ever since Michaelmas, 1674: the Customs Cashier refusing to pay same without order from the Treasury Lords. In the margin: cancelled 12 Feb., 1681–2. Ibid, p. 201.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of James Dyer's petition for a noontender's place London port, he having been formerly warden of the "said" Company and in a good condition till the late dismal fire which burned his house and all he had, and is now reduced to a very mean condition. Ibid, p. 202.
Jan. 27. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Edmund Warcup as by the order of reference thereof of Dec. 31 last from the King: petitioner setting forth that he was expressly commanded by the King at the first discovery of the late horrid plot to remain in town for the further detection thereof, and to use all possible rigour therein, and that he has continued near 2½ years 55 miles from his family and spent 1,200l. in said service and contingencies and is damaged 300l. in his long absence from his estate, and therefore prays to be enabled to receive the said moneys out of the moneys due to Jesuits or priests from Henry Nevill, esq., and out of the first moneys that shall be raised out of the goods and rents of Jesuit priests or Papists or settled to Popish and superstitious uses from time to time. Hereon the Treasury Lords report that several informers or discoverers have pretensions on the estates of Jesuits and other Popish priests, and as to the other moneys arising from forfeitures of Popish Recusants very little as yet is brought into the Exchequer, and we cannot advise your Majesty to dispose of same before it be actually lodged in the Receipt. Warrants not Relating to Money VIII, pp. 291–2.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Buckle, gent., for a landwaiter's place, he being reported as fit on a previous reference. The Commissioners are hereby to present him on the first vacancy. Reference Book I, p. 200.
Money warrant for 400l. to Sir Jonathan Atkins for half a year to Christmas last on his 800l. per an. as Governor of Barbados: to be satisfied by tallies on the Four and a Half per cent. duty in Barbados. (Money order dated Jan. 28 hereon.) Money Book, p. 326. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 197.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 50l. to Juliana (Coningsby, now the wife of Amias) Hoxt, for 1680, June 24 quarter on her pension for faithful services in the King's escape after the battle of Worcester. Money Book, p. 327.
Jan. 27. Henry Guy to the Lord Chamberlain. There is a privy [seal] intending to pass importing that several pieces of tapestry made by Frances Pointz, the King's arras maker, lie in the hands of William Hewer for 3,000l. and that upon delivery thereof into the Great Wardrobe debentures be made forth for said 3,000l. to be paid [to said Hewer] by four payments in the space of one year, with 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. gratuity: and that his Majesty be pleased for Mr. Hewer's better security to make over to him seven pieces of painting called Raphael's Designs upon condition of redemption by payment of the said 3,000l. with interest [as above] at the times limited: and with direction to your Lordship, and to Mr. Chiffinch and all other concerned, to deliver the said pieces of painting to Mr. Hewer for his security as aforesaid. The Treasury Lords have commanded me to signify this to you as a matter that will fall within your Lordship's province. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 164.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. The Treasury Lords find that by the Order in Council for the bankers' perpetual interest the bankers were obliged to satisfy thereout the moneys they owed to [any] the receivers of the revenues indebted to the King. Thomas Browne, esq., Receiver of Hearthmoney for co. Oxford and Berks, is indebted 1,521l. 12s. 3d. thereon and Edward Backwell is indebted to Brown as appears by a bond of 1673, Sept. 14, of the penalty of 2,880l. My Lords think it reasonable that Backwell should satisfy to said Browne said 1,521l. 12s. 3d. with interest as part of the money which he owes him upon the said bond, and that same should be paid out of the money payable to Backwell for perpetual interest, to the end Brown may forthwith pay same, with interest, into the Exchequer. You are hereby to detain in your hands 1,521l. 12s. 3d. with interest out of said Backwell's perpetual interest tallies "till the payment of the said sum be accorded." Ibid, pp. 164–5.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to attend the Treasury Lords with a report for the Lords of Trade on the Order of Council as below relating to the duties payable on foreign oils. Ibid, p. 165.
Appending: (a) letter dated Jan. 22 from William Blathwayt [to said Guy], conveying the desires of the Lords of the Committee for Trade for the Customs Commissioners to report on said Order as above. (b) Said Order of the King in Council dated Whitehall, 1680–1, Jan. 21, made upon reading the petition of Sir Thomas Allen, kt, and bart., Richard Booth, esq., Samuell Story, Thomas Harwood, Ralph Harwood, John Brown, Thomas Sandes, Samuel Beake, Abraham Beake, John Lemskill and John Cranenburgh of London, merchants. Said petition sets forth that by the Act for the Greenland trade [25 Car. II, c. 7] fish or sea animal oil is to pay 9l. a tun, but notwithstanding this great quantities of seal oil and other Russian oil have been imported, by licence, at 6s. a tun duty, which licences are now endeavoured to be renewed, the renewal whereof will inevitably destroy the Greenland trade which at great charges and cost petitioners have set up and endeavoured to promote, but have been greatly discouraged therein by such importations as above. They therefore pray that no such licences be granted for the future. Hereon it is hereby ordered that said petition be referred to the Committee for Trade and Foreign Plantations.
Jan. 28. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows the 5,000l. which Mr. Thomas Ducke, merchant, will speedily lend into the Exchequer, viz.:— Disposition Book II, p. 45.
to the Treasurer of the Navy 1,015
to ditto for Mr. Peirce, the chirurgeon for the Sick and Wounded 435
to the 12 Judges 3,000
to the Masters of Chancery 275
to the Welsh Judges 175
to the four Masters of Requests 100
Same to the Navy Commissioners to apply the abovesaid 435l. to the payment of Mr. Peirce, chirurgeon for the Sick and Wounded. The 1,015l. has been already paid you by Mr. Ducke, and you have my Lords' directions for the application thereof. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue, out of such Excise money as shall this week be paid into the Exchequer, 4,000l. to Mr. Johnson for off-reckonings of the Forces, and 150l. to the Earl of Berkshire for half a year on his pension. Ibid.
[?] Same to same to pay 250l. to Thomas Lloyd: paying same out of such money as shall be paid by Hugh Holland, late Receiver of Hearthmoney for London and Westminster, on his account for the half year ended 1673, Sept. 29. Ibid, p. 46.
[?] Same to same to issue, out of Customs money, 9,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for the three weeks to Jan. 15 on the Navy weekly money. Ibid.
Jan. 28. Money warrant for 25l. each to the following eleven Masters in Chancery for 1680, Michaelmas quarter, on their respective salaries or allowances of 100l. per an.: viz., Sir Edward Lowe, Sir Andrew Hackett, Sir Timothy Baldwyn, Sir Lacon William Child, Sir John Hoskins, Sir Samuel Clarke, Sir Miles Cooke, Sir John Franklin, Sir Thomas Estcourt, Sir John Coell, and Sir William Beversham. (Money order dated Feb. 1 hereon.) Money Book, p. 327. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 198.
Same for 50l. to Geo. Johnson for 1680, Michaelmas term, on his salary or allowance of 200l. per an. as one of the Justices for the City of Chester. Money Book, p. 327.
Same for 125l. to Sir Geo. Jefferys for same term on his same of 500l. per an. as one of the Justices for the City of Chester. Ibid, p. 328.
Same for 25l. each to Sir Charles Cotterell, kt., Sir William Glascock, kt., and Mr. Povey, for 1679, Sept. 29 quarter, and to Mr. Fanshaw for 1680, June 24 quarter, on their fee or salary of 100l. per an. each as Masters of Requests. Ibid.
Jan. 29. Money warrant for 150l. to Thomas, Earl of Berkshire, for half a year to 1679, Christmas, on the annuity or pension of 300l. for life granted to him by the name of Thomas Howard, esq. Money Book, p. 329.
Same for 310l. 2s. 3½d. to Sir Leoline Jenkins, Judge of the High Court of Admiralty, Orlando Gee, Register [of said court], Thomas Bedford, Deputy Register, and William Joynes, Marshal of the said Court, for their disbursements for six years past (over and above what they have received for perquisites of the Admiralty) in defence of the jurisdiction of that Court and upon other public occasions, as also for their pains in prosecution of criminal causes and other businesses in the Admiralty, on behalf of his Majesty, in the said six years for which they could not receive their due fees in regard the King pardoned most of the fines out of which same used to be satisfied: the present sum to be satisfied out of such moneys as said Thomas Bedford shall pay into the Exchequer for the moiety of the price or value of ships and goods recovered or condemned in the Admiralty as forfeited under the Act for regulating the Plantation trade. (Money order dated Feb. 7 hereon.) Ibid, p. 329. Order Book XXXVIII, p. 199.
Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to pay out of the Navy weekly money 5l. to Mris. Fowler, which, with the 20l. already ordered, will clear her pension to 1679, Christmas; and 40l. to Henry Venge in two weeks by 20l. a week in part of the enclosed bill [missing] for 63l. 1s. 1¾d. Out Letters (General) VI, p. 167.
Same to same. When next you come to the Treasury Lords bring the person with whom you contracted for the last 100 tons of hemp. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Burton [Deputy Solicitor to the Treasury], to go to the late Farmers of the Law duty and to demand of them to pay the tallies struck on them for the Household. If they refuse present payment thereof you are to cause process to be immediately issued against them. Ibid.