Entry Book: November 1683, 16-30

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November 1683

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Nov. 16. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to instal the First Fruits (total, 944l. 17s. 9d.) of William, Bishop of Worcester: same to be paid by 236l. 4s. 5¼d. at Michaelmas, 1684; 236l. 4s. 5¼d. at Michaelmas, 1685; and the balance at Michaelmas, 1686: on the sureties of said bishop alone and with the usual clause for his liability to cease on death or removal. King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 223–4.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Edward Herbert, esq., Chief Justice of Chester, of the sum of 500l. per an. as an addition to the profits of his place there, "the same, upon the augmentation of the salaries of our judges at Westminster and in North and South Wales having been added to the profits of the place of Chief Justice of Chester" and so continued to Sir Job. Charlton and to Sir Geo. Jefferys, who is since made Chief Justice of England. To date from Oct. 25 last and to be payable termly during pleasure. Ibid, pp. 224–5.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to pardon and discharge the fine of 500l. set upon Thomas Squier (Squire) at the General Gaol Delivery for co. Yorks, held at the Castle of York, 1669–70, Mar. 7, for wounding Thomas Jones, esq.; and to discharge him from prison in view of his inability to pay said fine. Ibid, pp. 225–6.
Royal sign manual for 500l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Oct. 31 last. (Money warrant dated Nov. 20 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 20 hereon.) Ibid, p. 226. Money Book IV, p. 289. Order Book XXXIX, p. 111.
Nov. 17. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Customs money as is this week directed to be paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 279.
to the Treasurer of the Navy [for one week of the Navy's] weekly money, whereof 1,000l. is for the Victuallers 2,500
to Mr. Beverly 400
to Mr. Pearse 100
to [Baptist May for] Healing gold 500
to the Ordnance [for one week on the Ordnance Office's weekly money] 500
Same to same to issue as follows out of Excise money directed to be similarly paid in. Ibid.
to the Paymaster of the Forces 4,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
Nov. 17. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to receive from Anthony Sturt, junr., 2,000l. which he has agreed to lend on the credit of repayment out of the Customs in a twelvemonth. Same is to be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy to be paid over to Sir Richard Haddocke and partners, Commissioners for the Victualling, as for the service of the victualling. Disposition Book II, p. 279.
Nov. 19. Same to Mr. Stephens [Cashier to the Treasurer of the Navy] to send to the Treasury Lords the lowest estimate of what will pay off the Tyger's men. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 238.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. What instructions concerning the measures of cider have you given to Mr. Banson, your officer in Herefordshire. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Harbord [Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall] for a certificate what the coinage duties on tin amounted to for the year for which an account was last made up, and of the charge of the tin officers for same year. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Creed, returning the demand of the Victuallers of Tangier as follows which you sent me June 30 last. The Treasury Lords approve same. Ibid.
Appending: said demand made to the Commissioners for the affairs of Tangier.
l. s. d.
to the latter moiety of provisions issued 1683, April 1, to June 4, for 3,483 men 2,497 19
to the first moiety of provisions shipped in the Unity of London, William Tucker master, viz., 9,000lbs. of butter at 5⅓d. per lb. and 26,882lbs. of cheese at 4d. per lb., 648l. 0s. 8d.; the moiety whereof is 324 0 4
£2,821 19
Same to Sir Richard Mason et al. [late Agents for Taxes] enclosing the return from the Earl of Shrewsbury concerning the arrears of the assessments for the Militia [for co. Stafford]. Ibid, p. 239.
Money warrant for 13,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe with 6 per cent. interest: as in repayment of the like sum by them lent into the Exchequer Sept. 20 last. (Money order dated Sept. 20 hereon; [this money order being fictitiously dated the day of the tally of loan].) Money Book IV, p. 288. Order Book XXXIX, p. 110.
Nov. 20. Same for 500l. to Aubrey, Earl of Oxford, for 1683, June 24 quarter, on his pension: to be satisfied out of First Fruits money in the Exchequer. Money Book IV, p. 289.
Money warrant for 400l. to John, Bishop of Chester, for two years to 1680, Lady day, on the 200l. per an. for the King's four preachers in Lancashire that then were. Likewise for 400l. to same for two years to 1682, Lady day, for the said preachers for that time: being 50l. per an. to each of them. (Money order dated Nov. 21 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 289, Order Book XXXIX, p. 111.
Henry Guy to Visct. Falkland [Treasurer of the Navy]. The Treasury Lords have ordered 2,500l. to pay off the Tyger. You are to give direction that no payment be made upon the accompt of such of the men who appear not in person. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 239.
Same to Mr. Duncombe. The Treasury Lords have under consideration at present the helping of the foreign ministers with money and Sir Henry Goodrick among them; "and being not yet come to a resolution out of what money to pay them their Lordships desire you to let Sir Henry Goodrick have 300l. at present by way of advance till the money which their Lordships design for him come to be paid." Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Lord Mayor of London. In ours of Feb. 15 last, ut supra, p. 716, we represented to the then Lord Mayor the great failure in the city in not clearing the arrears on the several late Assessments. On enquiry what progress has been made therein we understand from Sir Richard Mason et al., Agents for the Assessments (whose duty it is to see matters of that nature duly and speedily prosecuted) that our desires have not had the effect hoped for. We recommend to you and the rest of the [Assessment] Commissioners concerned that no longer delay be given to the speedy raising of those arrears otherwise it will cause a prosecution at law such as the Act directs. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Bridgewater. In yours of July 9 last concerning the arrears of the Militia tax in co. Bucks, you think that the 472l. 10s. 0d. said to be paid to Militia officers was really paid accordingly. As these accounts have lain a long time without prosecution we are engaged to put an issue to them. You are to oblige the party that received that money and paid it to the Militia officers to forthwith produce his particulars and pass the account thereof. Mr. Levet is also to be ready to discharge himself of the 26l. 10s. 0d. by [producing] his acquittance from Sir Jno. Robinson, to whom he says the money was paid. Ibid, p. 240.
Same to the Earl of Carlisle. Yours of July 27 last to hand concerning the 273l. said to be paid to the Militia officers in Cumberland and Westmorland, whereof no particulars were produced and which you think was paid in your absence by order of the Deputy Lieutenants. You are to direct the parties who received and paid the money to forthwith send the particulars thereof to us in order to the passing their account; and you are to inform yourself how the 24l. unaccounted for in Cumberland (which we doubt not was levied) will legally be discharged; as it is incumbent on us to see these accounts stated and all moneys due thereon answered to the King. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Rutland concerning the Militia money accounts for co. Leicester. By yours of July 18 last we perceive that the greatest part of the said moneys unanswered is fixed to be paid to Lord Loughborough, "but what hopes there is of any estate left by him to answer that charge we understand not. As to the 283l. 5s. 0d. of which you can get no information from the Lord Lieutenants you are to make diligent enquiry to whose hands the money came. As to the 19l. charged on Mr. Armstrong, it is not sufficient for him to say he has cleared that account. He is to produce his acquittance. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 240.
Same to the Earl of Derby concerning the Militia money account for cos. Cheshire and Lancashire. From your letter we observe that the gentlemen in Cheshire who are concerned upon account of the respective sheriffs' receiving and paying that assessment depend upon their [the said sheriffs' general annual] quietuses as a guard against this charge. They will find themselves deceived in this unless they [the said sheriffs] specially accompted for that very money in the Exchequer which we have reason to conclude they did not. To save trouble the [assessment] Commissioners may do well forthwith to order some person well understood therein to immediately, by sufficient receipts, discharge the county of the whole sum or else to supply what was left unperfected upon the taking the Militia accounts at Brook House. As to Lancashire it is plain that 1,680l. is charged upon Mr. Girlington and Mr. Preston, against which they make no defence. Admonish them to pay the money speedily to avoid process. As to the 144l. 17s. 8d. remaining unaccounted for you are to enquire into it. Ibid, p. 241.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to discharge the seizure of the ship Anne and Judith of London, and to return the deposit for aliens duties on the wines and brandy imported in her: all on the petition of Jonas Shrimp, master of said ship; he having sailed in April last for Oporto with four men beside himself, three being English and one a foreigner; but one of the English left him on going out of the Thames and his vessel remained so manned for the whole of the voyage. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 240.
Same to same to employ John Harold as boatman in Maldon port loco Jacob Hill, lately dismissed. Ibid, pp. 241–2.
Jno. Morgan as waiter and searcher at Exmouth in Exeter port loco Jonas Gyles, lately dismissed.
William Cheshire as same ibid. loco Samuel Fayler, lately dismissed.
Henry Sandys (an extraordinary tidesman London port) as a tidesman in fee ibid. loco Lawrence Thompson, lately dismissed.
John Eden as waiter and searcher at Bridlington loco Francis Greame, lately dismissed.
Cornelius Fish (a same ibid.) as waiter and searcher at Scarborough loco John Eden, who was intended thither.
Cuthbert Wilson as tidesman at Yarmouth loco Ralph Milton, lately deceased.
Nov. 20. The Treasury Lords to the [Earl of Arran] Lord Deputy of Ireland. The King has directed that that part of the Earl of Dunbarton's Regiment which has been all this while in Tangier should be brought hither and remain here. We desire you to give order that any moneys which are in the hands of any collectors or agents or the Receiver General for the pay of the said part of said Regiment should be sent [from Ireland] to England with all speed and at the lowest rate of exchange that can be had. The exchange must not fall upon the account of the soldiers, but shall be taken care for as soon as we have the king's directions in what manner it is to be done. Out Letters (Ireland) III, pp. 219–20.
We send you herewith an expedient proposed for the accommodation of the suit between the King and Sir William Petty upon the account of the extreme and reduced columns. Take the advise of the King's Counsel [Ireland] therein and then impart it to Sir William Petty.
Appending: note of said expedient to prevent judgment being given on Marshall's plea (wherein the main question is whether the reduced or extreme column be the legal measure by which the lands in the plea mentioned should be charged with quit rents): viz.: that said Petty, in trust for whom said Marshall's name is supposed to be used, shall pass letters patent for Marshall's lands under the quit rents reserved thereout by the Earl of Essex's certificates and likewise of the three Regiments' land and the Scrapes at the yearly quit rent intended to be reserved by the Earl of Essex or according to those rules which were taken on the Earl of Essex's reducement: that Petty shall pay the King his quit rents from Christmas last and for the time past the King shall not interpose between said Petty and any of the [late Irish Revenue] Farmers or undertakers to stop the proceedings at law.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to Anthony Sturt, junr., in repayment of the like sum by him lent this day to the King into the Exchequer on credit of repayment out of the Customs within one year herefrom: with 6 per cent. per an. payable half yearly; the repayment being intended to be on 1684, Nov. 21, to which said Sturt has agreed and consented. (Money order dated Nov. 20 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 305. Order Book XXXIX, p. 173.
Nov. 21. Royal sign manual for 200l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Oct. 31 last. (Money warrant dated Nov. 22 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 23 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 226. Money Book IV, p. 290. Order Book XXXIX, p. 111.
Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to appoint Sir Rich. Haddock, Antho. Sturt, Jno. Parsons and Nicho. Fenn to be Commissioners for Victualling the Navy: the King considering that it will be more conducible to his service (as well in lessening the charge of the victualling as in furnishing the same at all times with good and wholesome provisions) to have the affair of the victualling managed by Commissioners to act wholly on the King's behalf and for the benefit of the King and of the seamen, soldiers and others concerned than by contractors at constant limited rates and prices as hath been usually done. To be during pleasure: with power to contract for, buy and provide provisions, cask, hoop, bags etc. necessary and to cause same to be paid for by the Cashier or Treasurer to be appointed for the Victualling affair. The Victualling offices, houses, brewhouses, bakehouses, mills, granaries, cooperages and storehouses as well at the Tower Hill in London (where the King wills that the principal Victualling Office shall be kept and where the said Commissioners shall from time to time attend) as also at Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester, Kinsale or elsewhere, to be put into said Commissioners' hands from Jan. 1 next for the service of the Victualling. Power to nominate their clerks, agents, purveyors and inferior officers on salaries to be first settled and approved by the Treasury Lords. Power to pay incidents which are to be approved quarterly by the Treasury Lords. To obey the directions of the Treasury Lords, or of the Admiralty Lords. To begin the direction of necessary matters from date hereof, but the office and powers as herein are to begin from Jan. 1 next. Salary of 400l. per an. each: to be payable quarterly from Michaelmas last. Power to sell decayed, defective or useless victuals or utensils paying the proceed thereof to the Treasurer of the Navy upon account for the Victualling, giving notice thereof to the Navy Commissioners so that the said Treasurer may be duly charged therewith. Power in times of extraordinary action to impress labourers, coopers, artificers, horses, boats etc. paying the current rates of hire etc. for same. Exemption during office from serving on juries or bearing civil or military office. The present Commission not to interfere with said Sir Richard Haddock's employment as Comptroller of the Navy. King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 227–30.
Nov. 21. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Treasury Lords to issue 6,000l. to William Roberts, Receiver of the rents etc. of the Honor and Castle of Windsor, as imprest for the building, rebuilding and repairing the King's houses and buildings within said castle. To be paid out of any unappropriated money in the Exchequer. (Money warrant dated Nov. 26 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 27 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 230. Money Book IV, p. 292. Order Book XXXIX, p. 112.
Nov. 22. Money warrant for 5,000l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: for last Michaelmas quarter on the 20,000l. per an. for three years for secret service. (Money order dated Nov. 23 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 290. Order Book XXXIX, p. 111.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to reserve for the Treasury Lords' disposition all money that shall be paid into the Exchequer upon recognizances forfeited by Mr. Buckeridge. Disposition Book II, p. 280. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 241.
Same to Mr. Hastings, late undersheriff of Middlesex, and Mr. Cooper, under sheriff of Berks, to forthwith pay into the Exchequer the money lately levied on the above said Buckridge's recognizance. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 241.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to forthwith admit John Rucke as a tidesman extraordinary, London port, he being certified as always loyal. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 242.
Same to Mr. Brisban. The Treasury Lords are informed that the St. David and Swallow are come home. They wish to know what the Admiralty Lords intend to do with them, whether to pay them off or to continue them in the King's service "because their Lordships would provide to pay them off if there be no further use of those ships. Likewise they desire to be informed from time to time from the Commissioners of the Admiralty, as often as any of the Lord Dartmouth's fleet comes in, which of them they would have paid off, that timely provision may be made accordingly." Ibid.
Same ("your affectionate friend") to Mr. Bowdler, enclosing papers which Mr. Pearce brought this afternoon from his deputy at Gravesend to guide you in the distribution of the money that you received this morning: (the said papers being a list of the persons in the Unity lately come from Tangier, and Richard Bishopp's letter from Gravesend to Mr. Pearce dated the 21st inst., enclosing said list). Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners, enclosing the Treasury warrant for permitting the import, Customs free, of the goods belonging to the soldiers and inhabitants of Tangier. Ibid, p. 243. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 242.
Appending: said warrant (the bedding, clothes and other goods, old goods and goods proved to have been exported from England).
The Treasury Lords to the [Earl of Arran] Lord Deputy of Ireland. The King has referred to us the petition of John Brown, esq., for a grant to him and his heirs of all the fishings in the Province of Connaught, part of which was formerly granted to Sir George Preston and his heirs, as also the reports from you and the Solicitor General [Ireland] on said petition. We think it necessary that such of the said fishings as were not granted to said Preston should be rated by proper officers. Have them valued accordingly and certify us. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 222.
Nov. 24. Royal sign manual for 75l. 4s. 9d. to John Warner, Master of the King's Barges, for one year's interest at 6 per cent. to Sept. 29 last on the 1,254l. due to him on an order No. 781, registered on the Hearthmoney for the price of two houses at Greenwich, purchased from him by the King. To be issued out of the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of May 23 last. (Money warrant dated Nov. 27 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 30 hereon.) King's Warrant Book, IX, p. 231. Money Book IV, p. 296. Order Book XXXIX, p. 113.
Same for 430l. to Henry Guy for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. dormant privy seal of Oct. 31 last. (Money warrant dated Nov. 27 hereon. Money order dated Nov. 28 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 231. Money Book IV, p. 296. Order Book XXXIX, p. 113.
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. 280.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy one week's money, whereof 1,000l. is for the old Victuallers 2,500 0 0
to ditto for the Tyger's men 2,500 0 0
to ditto in further part of 30,000l. for stores 4,000 0 0
to ditto for Mr. James Pearce 100 0 0
to ditto for the towing engine 360 0 0
to ditto for bills of exchange for Mr. Hublon 1,490 9 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for one week [of the Ordnance Office's] weekly money 500 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service; on a warrant 200 0 0
to the Mint Commissioners 600 0 0
to the Treasurer of Tangier for bills of exchange, viz. 500l. for Mr. Price and 250l. for Mr. Carew 750 0 0
to Mr. Packer for the works at Windsor 1,000 0 0
£14,000 9 0
Nov. 24. 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. 281.
to the Paymaster of the Forces 4,000
to the Cofferer of the Household 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 200
Nov. 26. Same to Mr. Stephens [Cashier to the Treasurer of the Navy]. Send the Treasury Lords an estimate of the pay due to the following ships from the respective times of going out to the middle of Dec. next, viz.: the Grafton, Henrietta, Dragon, Foresight, Swallow, Woolwich, Bonadventure, Happy Returne, Dover, Faulcon, Dartmouth, Larke, Ann yacht, Bonetto sloop, Gloucester hulk, 50 men of the Mary Rose, 35 men of the Constant Warwick. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 243.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to open at the Duchess of Portsmouth's lodgings in Whitehall some trunks etc. on board the Mary yacht, Capt. Gunman commander [now] at Deptford, and directed to her. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Cooper to forthwith pay in the money levied on Mr. Buckeridge ut supra, p. 957. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Sunderland, Secretary of State. Mr. Thomas Windham has represented to the Treasury Lords that in a great seal of 1669, demising to him four late prebends of Aukland, one rent due to the King is omitted, the previous grant thereof to Elizabeth Bynlos, reserving rents as follows, viz., 9l. for Greathead, 7l. 16s. 0d. for Philipson's prebend, 9l. 6s. 8d. for Robson's prebend and 9l. 13s. 4d. for Melmorby's prebend. In Mr. Windham's [said present] patent the third of these rents is accidentally omitted. My Lords have no objection to the amendment of this mistake "to be done in the King's presence." Ibid, p. 244.
Nov. 26. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners, approving John Jones to act as deputy to his father, Robert Jones, who has acted as Collector of Lyme (ever since the suspension of Mr. Pley) for his patent salary and 20l. for a clerk whereby 60l. per an. has been saved to the King. Otherwise said John Jones is to be presented for the next suitable vacancy in Poole port or other neighbouring port. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 243.
Instructions from same to same in reply to the latter's memorial of the 15th inst. (1) The matter relating to the King's money from Barbados by bills of exchange, the uncertified bonds and other matters there, is laid before the King in Council; "and a letter being thereupon signed at that board and directed to the Government of that island we desire to know whether there be not the same reasons for sending the like directions to the Governors of the other Plantations." (2) You are to present to us four fit persons to be boatmen at the Islands of Scilly at 15l. per an. each. (3) The farm of the Four and a Half per cent. duty at Barbados and the Leeward Islands doth not expire till 1684, Christmas, before which there will be time enough to consider whether it may be for his Majesty's service to manage that duty by officers of the Customs. (4) The late grant of the Customs on logwood expired Sept. 29 last. During our late recess you gave orders to the port collectors to collect the duty on logwood from that date and to keep distinct accounts thereof. We hereby approve thereof. (5) You are to report to us as soon as possible on all references on petitions for places above those of tidesmen. (6) You find it for the King's service to allow 6d. a day to each of the watchmen during the four winter months, Nov. 1 to Mar. 1, in regard of the coldness of the nights and the hardship of the duty and have made the said allowance for the last winter. We approve hereof for last winter and of the continuance thereof till further order. Ibid, pp. 243–4.
Money order for 50l. each to the following for half a year to 1683, Sept. 29, on their allowance or salary as Masters of Chancery, viz. Sir Edward Lowe, Sir Adam Otley, Sir Lacon William Child, Sir John Hoskins, Sir John Coell, Sir William Beversham, Sir Samuel Clarke, Sir Miles Cooke, Sir John Francklyn, Sir Robert Legard, and Sir James Astry. Order Book XXXIX, p. 114.
Money warrant for 150l. to Augustus Le'Hosteyn (L'Hosteyn) for half a year to Sept. 29 last on his annuity or pension. (Money order dated Nov. 27 hereon.) Money Book IV. p. 291. Order Book XXXIX, p. 112.
Same for 20l. to Lodowick Bray for half a year to June 24 last on his pension. Money Book IV, p. 291.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay the patent officers of the outports half a year on their patent fees or salaries. Ibid, p. 292.
Same to the Excise Commissioners to allow in account to the late Farmers of Excise 120l. for three quarters of a year to June 24 last for so much allowed by them to the owners, adventurers and fishermen of Great Yarmouth on the Excise of beer for the North Sea and Herring fisheries: and a further 40l. to same for the like allowance to Sept. 29 last. Ibid.
Nov. 26. Money warrant for 58l. 6s. 8d. to Andrew Lawrence, Surveyor of his Majesty's Ways etc.: being for 175 days between 1681, Michaelmas, and 1682, Lady day, and 175 days between 1682, Michaelmas, and 1683, Lady day, on his 3s. 4d. a day [for riding on] his employment ut supra. Money Book IV, p. 293.
Appending: certificates by Henry, Earl of Arlington, Lord Chamberlain of the Household, of Lawrence's employment for said period.
Same for 300l. to James Grahme, Ranger and Keeper of Bagshott Park, as in part of 1,200l. to be by him expended in and about the building and repairing of the house called Bagshott Lodge and the impaling of said park. (Money order dated Nov. 27 hereon.) Ibid, p. 293. Order Book XXXIX, p. 112.
Same for 250l. to William Ryder, Master of his Majesty's Harriers, for half a year to Lady day last on his 500l. per an. Money Book IV, p. 294.
Same for 92l. 19s. 6d. to Philip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, as imprest to be paid to William Wayte, Keeper of the Privy Garden at Whitehall, for 1681, Sept. 29 quarter, for keeping said Garden and the Fountain Garden and cleansing the long Stone Gallery within Whitehall Palace. (Money order dated Nov. 27 hereon.) Ibid, p. 294. Order Book XXXIX, p. 112.
Same for 100l. to same, as imprest to be paid to Leonard Gurle, his Majesty's gardener, as in part of 120l. for half a year to 1681, Christmas, on his salary for keeping his Majesty's garden in St. James's Park. (Money order dated Nov. 30 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 294. Order Book XXXIX, p. 113.
Same for 23l. 5s. 5d. to Charles Evans for half a year to 1672, Christmas, on his fee as one of the King's musicians. Money Book IV, p. 294.
Same for 121l. 3s. 11½d. to Edward Progers, without account, for so much by him disbursed for hay for the deer, for pales, posts, rails, repairing the great lodge, barn and outhouses and the underkeepers' lodges in the King's Middle Park of the Honor of Hampton Court in 1680, 1681, and to 1682–3, Jan. 18, and for assessments in Hampton and Puddington: as by bill thereof, detailed, certified by Auditor J. Phelips. (Money order dated Nov. 28 hereon.) Ibid, p. 295. Order Book XXXIX, p. 113.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of loans made by Sir Nathaniel Johnson et al. on the Hearthmoney, viz.: 3,484l. 13s. 1d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber; 121l. 5s. 11½d. to Edward Progers for disbursements; 430l. to me [Guy] for secret service; 371l. for Christ Church Hospital for a year [for the King's Mathematical boys]; 250l. to Mr. Rider, Master of the Harriers; 92l. 19s. 6d. to Mr. Packer for Mr. Waite; 200l. to ditto for Capt. Gurle; 150l. to Mr. Augustus L'Hosteyne for half a year; 400l. to the Bishop of Chester for the [King's] Lancashire preachers for two years' allowance to 1682, Lady day; 500l. to me [Guy] for secret service; 150l. to Andrew Lawrence, being 91l. 13s. 4d. for bills and 58l. 6s. 8d. for wages; 60l. to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster for the ministers of the French Church in the Savoy; 300l. to Mr. Graham; 23l. 5s. 5d. to Charles Evans, his Majesty's harper; 20l. to Lodowick Bray; 37l. 12s. 4d. to Mr. Warner for interest; 625l. to John Baron; 125l. to Phillip Packer for the daysmen [day labourers of the Works] at Scotland Yard to complete two months [pay]. Disposition Book II, p. 281.
Henry Guy to Mr. Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber, to apply as follows the abovesaid 3,484l. 13s. 1d.: viz.: 1,000l. to yourself [Griffin] in part of your own debt; 1,387l. 10s. 0d. to the Yeomen of the Guard for a quarter; 220l. to the footmen as per a list; 300l. to Mr. Chace; 274l. to the watermen for a quarter; 15l. to the Serjeant of the Vestry; 50l. to Pheasant, the messenger on his bills; 22l. 10s. 0d. to Widow Best on the old account of arrears due to Michaelmas next, as Yeoman of the Old Guard; 185l. 11s. 0d. to the falconers; 10l. 2s. 1d. to the moletaker; 20l. to Mr. Sewell, the messenger, to be repaid to me [Guy] for so much I advanced to him by the Treasury Lords' order. (Total, 3,484l. 13s. 1d.) Disposition Book II, p. 282.
Treasury warrant to Henry Ayloff, the King's Remembrancer, for a Commission under the Exchequer seal to Henry, Earl of Worcester, Sir Jno. Earnle, Sir Duncomb Colchester, William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, William Cooke, Henry Hall, Tho. Agar, Surveyor General of Woods, Trent South, Tracey Catchmay, William Wolseley, Herbert Westfaling, John Kirke and William Wintour of Dymock, to view and perambulate Dean Forest, co. Gloucester, to observe the present condition thereof and particularly of the enclosures there lately repaired and which thereof are still continued enclosed and how preserved etc. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 237–40.
Prefixing: (a) instruction for said Commission as drafted by said Harbord and Agar upon the proposition of Sir Jno. Ernle, junr., his Majesty's preservator of woods and timber in said forest. (1) to perambulate etc. as above; (2) to observe how many cords of withered wood, birch, orle, holly, hazle, hawthorne and crooked and dying beech may be cut there yearly for 21 years in accordance with the rules in the late Act of Parliament. (3) Inquire what parts may be most fitly enclosed for a perpetual nursery of timber. (4) Consider of the proposals (infra) and advise whether it be expedient to cause a large furnace and two forges to be rebuilt in order to the spending such wood as is only fit for ironworks at the said furnace and forges or whether it be more for his Majesty's service and benefit to sell the same by the cord to others. (5) Sell so many decayed oaks and beeches, not fit for the Navy, out of the wood called Lea Baly, to defray the expenses of this Commission, accounting for said timber on the return hereof. (6) Inquire of wastes and spoils in seven years last past. (7) Certify anything relating to the better government of the forest and the increase of timber there.
(b) Proposals presented to the Treasury Lords for raising a constant revenue out of Dean Forest, (1) The King to rebuild one furnace and two forges there with ponds and water courses and houses for the workmen for making iron. To cost in all 1,000l. (2) Yearly 8,000 cords of underwood (birch, orle, hollies, sallies, hawthornes) and beech unfit for [ship] timber to be cut [for said furnace etc.], this underwood being in many places so thick and high as to hinder the growth of young oaks. The value of said 8,000 cords after deducting cost of cutting etc. will be 3,200l. Of these, 5,400 cords being [char]coaled will maintain the furnace which will make near 1,200 tons of raw iron yearly at the quantity of 24 [tons] a week; "which will stand his Majesty in 4l. 10s. 0d. a ton as may appear by this calculation."
l. s. d.
4½ cord of wood will make a ton of iron and will cost 1 16 0
cutting and cording thereof 0 12 0
[char]coaling thereof 0 6 8
carriage to the works 0 8 0
ore, cinders etc. 0 18 8
workmanship per ton 0 2 6
salary of a clerk for the wood, a clerk for the iron and a stocktaker 0 2 0
repairs and sacks to carry the coals etc. 0 4 0
£4 9 10
The value of said iron at the works is 5l. 10s. 10d. so that the clear profit to the King will be 1,200l. per an. and [of] the said wood will be 2,160l. or in all 3,360l. per an., whereas at present the King gets nothing. Out of this the officers of the forest may be paid their salaries of 180l. per an. which are at present paid out of the Exchequer. If the raw iron be wrought into bar iron and not sold in specie its charge [per ton] will be as follows:
l. s. d.
26 cwt. of raw iron will go to a ton of bar iron 7 3 0
carriage from the furnace to the forge 0 2 0
[char]coals 3 12 6
carriage of the coals 8 8 0
workmanship 1 0 0
carriage of the iron to the river to be transported 0 4 6
salaries of clerks and stocktakers 0 2 6
repairs and utensils 0 2 6
£12 15 0
The bar iron is worth 15l. 10s. 0d. per ton, so that the clear profit is 2l. 15s. 0d. per ton. The two forges will make 360 tons a year, which will yield a clear profit of 990l. per an.; the [char]coals will take almost 3,000 cord of wood, which at 8s. per cord [will yield to the King] 1,200l. [per an.] or together 2,190l. per an. [profit on the forges]. By this means his Majesty will be furnished with all sorts of bar iron of his own for the use of the Navy which new he pays ready money for; and [it will be] commonly better iron, for the forest [of Dean] is esteemed the best that is made in England, and these works as is believed are more convenient for that purpose than any in England because of their nearness to the two navigable rivers, Severn and Wye, because all necessary materials are so near adjoining. At the furnace may be made and cast all sorts of shot and iron guns for the Navy as formerly hath been done in the late ill times. The clear profit to the King will be [annually]:
the King's wood yearly cut, 8,000 cords 3,200
profit of the furnace 1,200
profit of the forges 990
Nov. 26. Treasury warrant to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, Tho. Agar, Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, and Samuel Rolt, gent., to prepare a warrant for the King's signature to declare what quantity of browswood each officer in Whittlewood and Salcey Forests ought to be allowed yearly for the private use of his lodge and how same may be best set out and by whom and only out of ash, maple, crab trees and such decaying oaks as have been already browsed with an absolute prohibition of browsing maiden oaks hereafter; and that hereafter no officer browse any tree whatever till same be marked by an officer appointed thereto and no tree felled without a particular warrant from the Treasury Lords and no browse to be sold on any pretence whatever; and where the keepers' pretensions shall be retrenched then to consider of some reasonable allowance in money: all in accordance with the report made Sept. 12 last by said Harbord, Agar and Rolt concerning the irregular and destructive browsing of timber trees in said forest. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 241.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular and ratal of the lead and coal mines within the lordship or hundred of Prestatyn, co. Flint, in order to a new lease thereof to John Edisbury, LL.D.: without fine, in view of petitioner's charges in opening and working the mines. Ibid, p. 242.
Prefixing: report dated Nov. 6 from William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, on the reference dated June 7 last of said Edisbury's petition for said new lease. The premises were granted to Roger Grosvenor 1661, May 14, under the Exchequer seal for 31 years under a rent of 40s. and a tenth of the profits. There have been no mines digged by the lessee or his assigns and consequently no profits answered. The estate is vested in petitioner and it will be good service to grant him a fresh term to encourage him to open and work the mines. The existing lease contains sufficient provision for payment of rents and giving satisfaction to the proprietors in whose lands any pits may be digged.
The Treasury Lords to the Duke of Ormonde. We reported to the King July 7 last ut supra, p. 831, on the case of Margaret Thicknesse. We are still followed by her with complaints that she cannot obtain the 300l. We desire you effectually to recommend to Lord Kingston the payment of said money within three months. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 220.
Nov. 27. Henry Guy to the Commissioners of the Victualling. Over and above the declaration of the Admiralty Lords for 3,000 men you are to make provision for 1,000 men for three months for the ships formerly appointed for the Irish Guard. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 244.
Nov. 27. Henry Guy to Mr. Brisbane. Send to the Treasury Lords the Admiralty Lords' opinion upon the proposal ut supra, p. 950, concerning the importation of hemp; as soon as may be "because the time of the year spends." Out Letters (General) VII, p. 245.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 538l. 9s. 11¾d. to the King's falconers out of Customs money [in the Exchequer]. Disposition Book II, p. 282.
Nov. 28. Privy seal for 3,000l. to Henry Griffith to pay, without account, for clothes, harness, chairs, saddles, liveries and all other necessaries relating to the service of the Stables for the mourning of the King and Queen upon occasion of the death of the King of Portugal; and for all contingent charges thereto belonging. The money to be by him issued and applied according to such directions as he shall receive from the Commissioners for executing the office of Master of the Horse. (Money warrant dated Dec. 5 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 10 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 232. Money Book IV, p. 304. Order Book XXXIX, p. 115.
Nov. 29. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed paper concerning Customs officers in the West. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 245.
Same to same enclosing (a) infra that came yesterday from Holland. Report what you think fit to be done. Ibid.
Appending: extract [unsigned] from a letter dated Terveer, 2 Dec., 1683, new style. Here is arrived a small vessel belonging to Kinsale in Ireland, George Clarke master, and I am informed by some of his crew that he came lately from Virginia to Hamburgh loaded with tobacco without touching at any port in England or Ireland and consequently had defrauded his Majesty of his customs. I have therefore arrested the vessel by permission of the magistrates of this place. Sends me orders herein.
[?] Same to same to send to Mr. Chiffinch's lodgings in Whitehall, there to be opened, two cases of pictures shipped on the Anne and Jane at Leghorn for his Majesty and directed to be left in the store house at the Custom House. Ibid.
Nov. 29. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of the Earl of Kingston as by the order of reference of May 10 last. Petitioner desires to purchase 391 acres 2 roods 17 perches part of your Majesty's haye called Billhagh alias Billow in Sherwood Forest and the wood standing on same and also the place in said Forest called the White Lodge, with 50 acres 2 roods and 20 perches of land (and the wood thereon) lying contiguous to petitioner's manor of Palethorpe and town of Thoresby (in the latter of which stands his mansion house): with permission to enclose and empark same and for same to be exempted from the forest laws. On reference from us the Duke of Newcastle, Chief Justice in Eyre, Trent North, certified us May 28 last that the grant will be no dis-service "since your Majesty was resolved to sell your wood." We referred to the Attorney General how far your Majesty might by law dismember such a proportion, with respect to the rights of the commoners and the rest of the forest. He reported June 7 last that your Majesty may alien part of the forest from the rest and give leave to enclose and discharge it from the forest laws but that such grant would not affect the commoners or highways and in order to be discharged of these the Earl must agree with the commoners and turn the ways in a legal course by ad quod damnum. On a reference to Thomas Corbin, Surveyor General of Woods, Trent North, he reported Aug. 11 last that there are 7,769 oaks in Billaigh mostly old and decayed and generally red wood and valued at 7,000l.; and that as to the land, if absolutely in your Majesty's power it would not be worth above 12d. an acre [? per an.] but in respect of the rights of common and of a grant of herbage and pannage of Birkland and Billaigh with 35 acres of forest land made by Charles I. to John Goslin and his heirs which must be agreed for by the Earl before he enclose, the only benefit the grant will be to the Earl will be by excluding the King's deer after his emparking it. We also referred herein to W. Harbord, the Surveyor General of Crown Lands, who wrote to the sheriff and gentlemen of the county and received reply from them that the said land is of little value to your Majesty in view of the said grant of herbage and pannage and in view of the right of common which Edwinstowe, Thoresby, Palethorpe and Walesby have therein; "that they are very confident all the commoners would be agreed with very much to their advantage and consequently to their satisfaction; that the diverting the highways will not be at all to the prejudice or disadvantage of the county, but rather to their advantage," that the timber is worth 7,000l. and not above 58 trees fit for ship timber worth about 100l. upon the place distant 14 miles from any navigable river, "and that the granting the Lord of Kingston's request would be so far from creating any clamour that nothing would be more satisfactory to the whole country." Hereupon the said Surveyor General thinks 400l. over and above the value of the timber will be a fair value for the White Lodge (being in decay), for your Majesty's interest in 442 acres of forestland and for disafforesting them together with the petitioner's own lands in Palethorpe and Thoresby, being 828 acres, whereof a full third is common and making in the whole 1,270 acres. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 243–5.
Nov. 29. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Andrew Robinson as tidewaiter in Bridlington port loco William Dunn, lately deceased. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 244.
Robert Legg to be restored as landwaiter at Wivenhoe.
Same to same to return the deposit of aliens duties on the cargo of currants imported from Zante in the Owners Love, Richard Martin commander, he having sailed in April, 1682, out of the Thames with 22 mariners all English subjects bound for Cadiz only, but after waiting there 11 weeks expecting the galleon (' galloone') which came not, he went in ballast to Malaga to find freight, but finding none he went to Alicante and there embraced a freight to the coast of Barbary to fetch corn for Spain and there laded salt for Venice and at last took in a freight of currants at Zante for London, and 12 of his Englishmen deserted in the Straits and he was obliged to hire nine foreigners besides some English, and he arrived with 24 English and nine foreigners "so that he had not one Englishman too few but one foreigner more than the law allows"; for which reason aliens' duties are demanded on said cargo. Ibid, pp. 244–5.
Nov. 29. Henry Guy to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. The Treasury Lords are informed that Robert Potter, a collector of the Customs in Ireland, is run away with a considerable sum of the King's money and was seized in Yorkshire by Sir David Foulis, who has received 80 guineas of him in part of the King's debt as appears by the enclosed letter [missing] from said Foulis. Inform my Lords how the money may be best applied to the discharge of so much of Potter's debt. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 221.
Nov. 30. Treasury warrant to Thomas Agar, Surveyor General of Woods, Trent South, to fell decayed oaks and beeches in Dean Forest sufficient to raise 420l. for the salaries for two years to Lady day last to the verderers, regarders and other officers of said forest. The money to be paid to Henry, Duke of Beaufort, Lord Warden of said forest, for said purpose, and an account of the whole to be passed before the Auditor for co. Gloucester. (The Treasury Lords to the Earl of Chesterfield, dated Nov. 29, giving him notice of the intention to issue the above warrant.) Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 243. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 245.