Entry Book: December 1683, 11-20

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December 1683

Date. Nature and Substance of the Entry. Reference.
Dec. 11. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the loans made on the 8th inst. by Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 289.
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 ditto for the Grenadiers 2,000 0 0
to ditto for the [Cinque Port garrison] Castles 1,222 15 0
to Sir Thomas Daniell 146 0 0
to the Captain of Portland Castle 298 1 8
to the Cofferer of the Household 2,000 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 600 0 0
to the Duke of Southampton 50 0 0
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne 250 0 0
to the Master of the Temple 37 6 8
£10,604 3 4
Same to same to receive from Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe the 20,000l. which they have agreed to lend into the Exchequer; and to reserve same for the Treasury Lords' disposal. Ibid.
Dec. 11. Royal warrant to the Treasury Lords to give warrant to the Earl of Gainsborough, Warden of New Forest, Sir Thomas Badd, kt. and bart., Sir Richard Beach, kt., Richard Norton, Thomas Bilson, Thomas Agar, Surveyor of Woods Trent South, Francis Dickens, woodward of New Forest, Isaac Betts, the King's builder in the yard at Portsmouth and the assistant builder there, to fell 300 of the best and largest oaks in New Forest and to deliver same by indenture to the purveyors of the Navy to be applied as directed by the Navy Commissioners in pursuance of warrants from time to time from the Admiralty Lords. The offal to be sold and accounted for before the Auditor for co. Southants. (Treasury warrant dated hereon accordingly. Cancelled and replaced by the like warrant infra under date 1683–4, Feb. 9. The Treasury Lords dated Dec. 10 to the Earl of Chesterfield, giving him notice of the present intended warrant for felling.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 240. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 271. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 250.
Same to same to give warrant to the Earl of Gainsborough et al. as above and to John Scarborough, Clerk of the Works at Winchester, and Matthew Banks, Chief Carpenter there, for the felling in New Forest of timber to the value of 3,000l. plus the cost of felling and the cost of carriage to Winchester of such part of said timber as is to be employed in the King's building there: the trees to be such as are not fit for ship timber and to be felled in the most convenient places of the Forest. The officers of the Works are to select such as they think fit for the King's building at Winchester and the remainder with the offal is to be sold and the proceeds to be paid to Tho. Agar who is to pay thereout the said charges and carriage and then to pay the residue to the Paymaster of the Works upon account for the King's said building at Winchester: said Agar rendering account thereof before the Auditor for co. Southampton before the end of next Michaelmas term. (Treasury warrant dated Dec. 11 hereon accordingly.) King's Warrant Book IX, pp. 241–2. Warrants no Relating to Money IX, pp. 272–3.
Henry Guy to Sir Christopher Wren to survey the Navy Office lately built and the houses thereto belonging, in order to the taking a lease thereof for the King's use. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 252.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. In yours of the 10th you certify that you have nominated Sir Nicholas Butler to go the first circuit [of inspection of the ports]. The King has been pleased to declare that he has present occasion for Sir Nicholas Butler to stay in town about his service. You are to choose some other of your number to go this first circuit immediately. Ibid.
Same to same. Certify the Treasury Lords what you consider moderate, reasonable fees which in your memorial of the 15th ult. you proposed for the officers at Barbados, before my Lords move the King in Council to give order for same. Also send my Lords the opinions of Mr. Ward and the Attorney General concerning the seizure of ships that had returned from the Plantations to Ireland with the enumerated Plantation goods without producing certificate of having given bond. Ibid.
Dec. 11. Henry Guy to Mr. Harbord [Surveyor General of Crown Lands] and Mr. Hugh May, Comptroller of the Works, to report on the following estimate of the profits of Mr. Smith's walk in the Great Park at Windsor (the Paddock Walk granted by patent to said Smith in the Great Park at Windsor with the herbage and pannage). Out Letters (General) VII, p. 253.
Appending: said estimate [unsigned].
l. .s. d.
the house, very large, with a keeper's lodge and outhouses, gardens etc. 10 0 0
the meadow adjoining, 15 acres 15 0 0
30 acres enclosed 15 0 0
14 acres enclosed 7 0 0
the keeping 16 cows 30 0 0
the keeping 20 horses and colts 40 0 0
orchard of five acres 10 0 0
"the cattle taken into juycements from May day till after Michaelmas about 80 grown beasts, 62 yearlings and 60 twelvemonthlings with about 15 or 16 horses valued by Mr. May himself and which I received of him in lieu of the joycement cattle" 100 0 0
£227 0 0
Besides the fees for the deer, about 12 brace of bucks and near as many does.
Same to abovesaid Hugh May to report on (a) infra.
Appending: (a) proposals by Serj. John Topham for the keeping of the Little Park at Windsor with all manner of reparations (21 gates, 4 stiles, 5 bridges, the pales, ponds, mowing, dunging, destroying vermin etc.) for 50l. per an.
Treasury warrant dormant to the Excise Commissioners to pay to Charles Duncombe, Cashier of Excise (Cashier or Agent for receiving his Majesty's revenue of Excise) 1,150l. per an. for himself and his clerks (as received by his predecessors, Richard Kent and Nicholas Johnson); and 400l. per an. as an additional allowance for extraordinary charge and trouble by reason that upon the alteration of the management of the Excise since the expiration of the farm at June 24 last the said Duncombe as Cashier is to receive all the duty from the London brewers and all the moneys or bills of exchange from the collectors in the country and also from the receivers of the duty on imported liquors which will occasion more work in his office and a greater charge of clerkships. To be paid quarterly from June 24 last. Money Book IV, p. 309
Henry Guy to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. Send a speedy answer to mine of the 10th ult. (supra, p. 949) concerning the proposed change of security of Mr. Hill, who is bound with Sir James Shaen and partners. Out Letters (Ireland) III, p. 226.
Treasury warrant to William Ellis, bailiff of the Dean and Chapter of the collegiate church of Westminster, to inventory and secure the goods lying within your bailiwick, being the goods of Ford, Lord Grey, who is indicted for high treason and fled. In the margin: cancelled 6 April, 1684. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 260.
Dec. 11. Treasury warrant to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, Tho. Agar, Surveyor General of Woods, Tho. Newton, woodward of Whittlewood Forest, and Sam Rolt, gent., to raise 21l. and 11l. by wood sales in said forest for repairs detailed to the lodge of Tho. Kingston, keeper of Hanger Walk in said forest; the abovesaid referees having reported June 15 last on said Kingston's petition for such repairs, and in the said report having advised that in future no keeper be admitted to repair his own house by any allowance of timber, but that the surveyor of woods do it on account first taking security from the keepers to maintain their lodges in repair and that the Surveyor of Woods should periodically view the state of said lodges; all which the Treasury Lords hereby approve and ordain. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 261–2.
Dec. 12. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt out of the following funds, viz. 1l. 3s. 0d. of loans from Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe, 14l. 17s. 6d. of Wine Licence money and 2,432l. 2s. 4d. of Hearthmoney (making a total of 2,469l. 5s. 0d.) to issue as follows viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 291.
l. s. d.
to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for provisions and services done and performed before May 1 last 186 8 0
to ditto more in part of two estimates, one of 376l. 7s. 3d., the other of 2,282l. 17s. 0d. 2,282 17 0
£2,469 5 0
Same to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to issue as follows the abovesaid 186l. 8s. 0d., viz., 20l. 16s. 0d. to Mr. Crisp, 150l. to Mr. Townsend and 15l. 12s. 0d. to Mr. Parrer. Ibid.
Privy seal for 15,600l. per an. to Nathll. Horneby for secret service, without account: to be paid by equal weekly payments of 300l.: the first payment to be accounted from Christmas next: to continue during pleasure. From and after said date of Christmas next all payments to Henry Guy on the privy seal of 1682–3, Jan. 17, for 20,000l. to said Guy for three years for secret service is to cease. (Royal warrant dated Dec. 5 to the Clerk of the Signet for said privy seal.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 233.
Dec. 13. Royal warrant to the Treasury Lords to give warrant to Phillip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, to pay (out of moneys in his hands for building the palace at Winchester) 500l. to Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor of the Works, for his care and pains in and about the building of said palace for one year from Sept. 29 last: to be paid by four quarters, the first quarter at Christmas next. (Treasury warrant dated Dec. 13 to said Packer to pay same accordingly.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 241. Money Book IV, p. 311.
Money warrant for 500l. to the Duke of Grafton for half a year to June 23 last on his annuity or pension of 1,000l. as by the privy seal of 1682, Aug. 9. To be satisfied by tallies on the Receiver of First Fruits. (Money order dated Dec. 13 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 310. Order Book XXXIX, p. 116.
Dec. 13. Henry Guy to Sir Richard Haddock. There will be 500l. paid this week for inferior officers of the Navy. Pay such of them as are most indigent. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 254.
Same to Edward Stroud of Lincolns Inn. Send me copies of the acquittances you shewed me at my house yesterday. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to survey and appraise the utensils and provisions of Major Brett and his partners, Victuallers of the Navy; and to adjust the said Victuallers' account as soon as possible, as the Treasury Lords desire to know with all speed the balance that will be due to them [the Victuallers]. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to receive from Sir Benjamin Bathurst the 5,000l. which he has agreed to lend. It is to be reserved for the Treasury Lords' disposal. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to assign out of the Navy's weekly money by two weekly instalments the 52l. to Mris. Ann Fowler, wife of Capt. Tho. Fowler, commander of the Woolwich. Ibid.
Likewise by one instalment the 34l. 18s. 3d. to Robert Killigrew, late a volunteer on board the Charles galley and the 11l. 11s. 5d. to Charles Killigrew, late a same on board the Crowne.
Same "your affectionate friend" to Mr. Bowdler to pay 40s. each to the several poor Tangier soldiers contained in the following papers; as "for one quarter as they have been usually paid." Ibid, p. 255.
Enclosing: Jno. Gill's petition; the petition of Mary Coningham, widow; the petition of the poor Tangier soldiers, being but 35 left alive of 140 odd returned from thence; a list of the said soldiers; a copy of an order of Council about the soldiers dated Hampton Court, 1682, June 17; a copy of the order dated 1682, July 22, of the Committee for the affairs of Tangier; a copy of a Treasury warrant for paying 40s. per quarter etc.
Same to Major Dickens. As the trees planted in New Forest by Leonard Manning are of small value and will be of little use to his Majesty, you are to suffer him to dig them up and convey them away to his own use. Ibid.
Same to Sir Richard Temple. The Treasury Lords have laid before the King your excuse for [desiring the not] going the circuit to the Western ports. His Majesty does not allow of that excuse and you are to prepare for your journey with all speed. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Stephens [Cashier to the Treasurer of the Navy] for an exact estimate of the pay of the ship Unity; the money for that purpose being ready. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to receive from Sir Nathaniell Johnson and partners the 4,261l. 15s. 11d. which they have agreed to lend to the King on the credit of the Hearthmoney [farm rent] due Mar. 25 next and payable by the utmost days of grace Sept. 19 next. Said money is to be reserved for the Treasury Lords' disposal. Disposition Book II, p. 293.
Dec. 15. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Customs money directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer viz.: Disposition Book II, p. 292.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for one week [of the Navy's weekly] money, whereof 1,000l. is for the old Victuallers 2,500
to ditto for Deptford and Woolwich yards 5,100
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for one week [of the Ordnance Office's weekly] money 500
to me [Guy] for secret service pursuant to my letter of last week 500
Same to same to issue as follows out of loans made the 8th inst. by Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe viz: Ibid.
to the Treasurer of the Forces 4,000
to ditto for the Grenadiers 2,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 600
to the Master of the Robes 1,000
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne 250
to the Earl of Bath and Lord Hawley 500
to Sir Stephen Fox for the Earl of Sussex 300
to the Earl of Berkshire 300
Same to same to issue to the Treasurer of the Navy, as for the Victualling, the 8,000l. lent into the Exchequer by Antho, Sturt, junr., the 6th and 7th inst. Ibid, p. 293.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to send yearly from Christmas next to Berwick and Carlisle coast books and other books as to other ports. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 249.
Same to same to employ Tho. Davis (at present stationed at Ipswich port) as riding surveyor between Dover and Rochester with 60l. per an. salary. Ibid, pp. 250–1.
Humphrey Davies as tidewaiter, Scarborough port loco William Gerrard, who has relinquished same.
Thomas Christmas as tidesman in fee, London port loco Jno. Guppy, lately deceased.
Adlard Cage as riding surveyor at Salcombe in Dartmouth port loco Henry Shales, who has relinquished same.
William Clarke as a land carriageman, Bristol port loco Robert Allison, who declines same.
William Mungar as tidesman at Bridgwater loco Richard Evans, lately deceased. In the margin: cancelled 1684, Sept. 4.
Henry Guy to Mr. Blathwayte. Send me a copy of the last letter sent to Mr. Fanshaw [concerning the Queen's dowry] together with the following papers; (1) report to the Treasury Lords; instructions to said Fanshaw; three letters from him; two memorials from him with the reply of the [? Treasury] Commissioners; state of the Portuguese [money or Queen's dowry] debt. (2) Report to the Treasury Lords; draft letter from Secretary Jenkins to said Fanshaw. Out Letters (General) VII p. 255.
Dec. 15. Henry Guy to Visct. Falkland [Treasurer of the Navy] to pay to Anthony Sturt, junr., Cashier of the Victualling, the 8,000l. which is to be issued to you at the Exchequer. (Same to the Navy Commissioners to make out a bill of imprest for said 8,000l. to said Stuart as on account for the Victualling.) Out Letters (General) VII, p. 255b.
Same to Mr. Brisbane to acquaint the Admiralty Lords that the Treasury Lords are informed there are no bills made out for payment of the Unity but as soon as the bills are made out they will provide money to pay her forthwith. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. Sir Richard Temple's excuse is not admitted and he is to prepare for his journey. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General enclosing papers ut infra, concerning the ground at Newmarket which is to be conveyed to the King by Lord Alington for 348l. 9s. 8d. Draft the conveyance. Ibid.
Appending: list of said papers; viz. the Surveyor General's report; a draft of the stables etc. Mr. Guy's letter of Oct. 30 to Sir Christopher Wren; reports from the Attorney General and Surveyor General; draft and admeasurement of the ground where the "Sword and Hand" stood.
Money warrant for 200l. to Anthony Stephens for one year to 1681, Sept. 29, on his fee or salary as one of the Auditors of the revenue. Money Book IV, p. 311.
Same for 250l. to William Aldworth, one of the Auditors of the Revenue, for his services in examining the accounts of the present Managers [or Farmers] of the Hearthmoney; "from whom we have received certificates of the produce of that revenue for five half years ended at Michaelmas, 1681." (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.) Ibid, p. 311. Order Book XXXIX, p. 117.
Same for 1,250l. to Mris. Eleanor Gwynn for 1683, June 24 quarter, on her pension or annuity of 5,000l. for support of herself and Charles, Earl of Burford. (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 311. Order Book XXXIX, p. 117.
Same for 20,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in repayment of so much by them lent into the Exchequer Dec. 8 inst.: with 6 per cent. interest: to be satisfied by tallies on the Excise. (Money order dated Dec. 8 hereon. [This order is fictitiously given the date of the tally of loan]). Money Book IV, p. 312. Order Book XXXIX, p. 117.
Same for 500l. to Philip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, as imprest for one year ended 1683, April 1, for putting and keeping his Majesty's house called Audley End, co. Essex, in repair and for other services relating thereto. Likewise to issue 400l. to same upon any unsatisfied orders in his name for the extraordinaries of the Works; same being intended for his Majesty's paving in extraordinary for one year. Both sums to be satisfied out of the farm of unwrought wood. (Money order dated Dec. 19 for said 500l. hereon.) Money Book IV, p. 312. Order Book XXXIX, p. 118.
Dec. 17. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt, out of 64l. 16s. 6 ¼d. of Hearthmoney and 25l. 3s. 5 ¾d. of compositions in the Exchequer (making together 90l.) to issue 90l. to the three Pages of Honour. (Entry struck through.) Disposition Book II, p. 293.
Same to same, out of the moneys of the Four and a Half per cent. duty now in the Exchequer, to issue 100l. to Sir Mathew Jenison as reward for returning the moneys he and his father were receivers of in co. Notts. Ibid.
Money warrant for 30l. each to Robert Killigrew, Tho. Pultney and Adulphus Sayers for 1682, Christmas quarter, each on their annuity as Pages of Honour to the King. Money Book IV, p. 312.
Same for 1,500l. to Henry Sidney, Gentleman and Master of the Robes, 1,250l. thereof as in for 1681, June 24 quarter, and 250l. thereof as in part of 1681, Sept. 29 quarter, on the 5,000l. per an. for the Robes. Hereof 150l. is for said Sidney's own use without account and 1,350l. as imprest for the Office of the Robes. (Money order dated Dec. 18 hereon.) Ibid, p. 313. Order Book XXXIX, p. 118.
Same for 500l. to John, Earl of Bath, and Francis, Lord Hawley, for half a year to June 24 last on the annuity or pension of 1,000l. to them [for the Duchess of Richmond]. Money Book IV. p. 313.
Same for 300l. to Thomas, Earl of Berkshire, for one year to 1682, Christmas, on the annuity or pension granted to him by the name of Thomas Howard, esq. Ibid.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of Francis Hyde, esq., of co. Berks, as by the order of reference of Aug. 20 last. Petitioner sets forth the services and sufferings of his family and himself in the late times; that with 12 men and horse, set out at his own charge, he served from the fight at Edgehill till wounded and made prisoner at the taking of Basing House where he was an officer under the late Marquess of Winchester and remained prisoner 1 ½ years; that three years since his goods and two-thirds of his lands were seized (and remain so still) on the 20l. a month Recusancy fine; that in Dec., 1682, he was seized for non-payment of 480l. arrears of said fine and was carried prisoner to the county gaol; has five children, is near 70 years of age and apoplectic; prays clemency being altogether unable to answer the debt. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 259.
We have referred herein to Richard Graham, who is employed in the prosecution against Popish Recusants. He reported that he has acquainted the Attorney General with the state of petitioner's case, who moved the Barons of the Exchequer therein and they ordered a writ of liberas a prisona. The Attorney General is of opinion the fine may be remitted.
Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the tithes of Nesscliff and Wilcot with a view to a lease thereof to Francis, Visct. Newport for 31 years, at 50l. per an. rent and without fine. Ibid, pp. 262–3.
Prefixing: (a) note of said Viscount's petition and reference thereon from the Treasury Lords to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands and from him to Auditor Raban Feb. 28 last. (b) Said Raban's report thereon dated Mar. 6 last. The said tithes have always stood in charge since they came to the Crown as a farm demised at the will of the lord at 50s. rent. But there is no lease thereof enrolled before me. (c) The said Surveyor General's report dated Aug. 29. From Raban's report I presume that the tithes are either in hand or claimed under some very old lease which may be near expiring. The full improved value is not above 10l. per an. They have been in several men's possessions of late years and now are held by one Wood. I advise a lease without fine as the lessee must enter into a suit for the recovery of the premises.
Dec. 17. Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the petition of William Ridley, of Freshford, co. Somerset, clothier. We concur with the Attorney General and the Wardens of the Mint in their opinion that he may be pardoned. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, pp. 263–6.
Appending: (a) said petition shewing that George Elleot of Southwark, blacksmith, was committed to the Marshalsea six months since for counterfeiting and clipping and indited at Salisbury the last assizes and did thereupon turn evidence and impeach petitioner (whom he calls Rudliffe) and several others, alleging that petitioner about eight years since clipped a half crown at the house of his brother Henry Eleot of Calne, Wilts. For this petitioner is in prison and must wait six months for trial, but being a considerable trader in the making of fine mixed cloths, and doth generally employ 300 poor people under him, they and their families must be utterly ruined. Petitioner has always been loyal and of good repute and credit. Therefore prays a free pardon. (b) Reference dated Sept. 25 last from the King to the Attorney General of said petition. (c) Report dated Oct. 23 from Sir R. Sawyer [Attorney General] on said petition. The pardon may be granted. (d) Certificate dated Sept. 1 last by Robt. Bedingfield, William Dobson, Richd. Machin, Tho. Mannock, Michael Foster, Tho. Darwin, B. Soames, Ezek. Hutchinson, Jon. White, Nico. Charlton, William Ashhurst, Richd. Master, Ja. Cooke, Ed. Bedker, Jno. Cook, Jno. Knapp, Adam Buncher, merchant, drapers and factors etc. in London, that said Ridley has been an ingenious and industrious person in the making and improving the manufacture of fine mixed cloths which hath been very beneficial to the kingdom and for transportation, and has always been loyal, of good repute, credit and sober. (e) A like certificate dated at the General Quarter Sessions held for co. Somerset at Bath Oct. 3 last, and signed by Tho. Bruges, E. Phelepps, John Hunt, Ri. Lansdowne, George Clarke, Ed. Gorges, Jno. Pigott, Jno. Smyth, Tho. Windham, George Horner, Jos. Langton, Jno. Prowse. (f) Certificate by Abjohn Stokes in favour of said William Ridley (Bradley). (g) Reference dated Dec. 3 inst. from the Treasury Lords to Sir Thomas Wharton, kt. and Phillip Wharton, esq., Warden of the Mint, of said petition and certificate. (h) Report from the said Whartons thereon.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to take off the stop of the salary of John Moore, a patent waiter, Bristol port, he having agreed to undertake the care of the coast business which is at present performed by two of the deputed landwaiters. In the margin: cancelled 1684, Sept. 4. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 251.
Dec. 17. Henry Guy to the Mint Commissioners to report on (a) infra. Send the Treasury Lords your proposals in this matter as formerly promised. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 256.
Appending: (a) petition to the Treasury Lords from Henry Griffith and John Pye, gent., shewing that by reason of the great scarcity of halfpence and farthings the retailing subjects of the kingdom are much prejudiced in their trades; and therefore praying a grant for seven years of the sole coining of halfpence and farthings of copper of like value of those now current at a rent of 1,000l. per an. to the King and advance of 3,000l. for the first year.
Same to Mr. Hardy to forthwith pay to Mr. Kent all the fees that you have received in the office of Customer outwards of cloth and petty customs, London port, from the time of Mr. Warwick's death to the time of Mr. Dryden's entering upon said office. (The like letter to Mr. Hilton.) Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed papers, together with such affidavits etc. as will be given to you by Mr. Stoakes, Mr. Webb, Mr. Nash et al. Ibid.
Appending: note of said papers viz. the petition and case of Col. Stokes for a warrant to apprehend a fugitive clipper and to make the most of his grass for the King's use; a bond dated 1682, Nov. 9, to Richard Bollwell of Poulshot, co. Wilts; Nicholas Webb's information against Stroud and Randal and his letter of Nov. 19 last to Mr. Guy.
Same to same to report on (a) infra which is given in [to the Treasury Lords] by Mr. Stroud. Ibid, p. 257.
Appending: (a) the practice and transactions of Abjohn Stoakes. (1) By colour of his office as Justice of the Peace by pretended authority from the Treasury Lords he has seized several persons' estates and goods and converted same to his own use to the value of 900l. and upwards without rendering account thereof to the King. (2) By like pretended authority he has cried in a market town that he had blank pardons in his pocket and was ready to put in any man's name that would come in and accuse such persons as he should nominate, and by means thereof he has received sums to the value of 600l. from criminals and suffers them to lie at large without prosecution. (3) He has offered great sums and estates to great persons to swear away the lives of innocent gentlemen and has disposed of several convicted traitors' estates to his own and company's uses.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The holidays being very near and the necessity of Sir Richard Temple's going immediately upon his circuit being very urgent you are to bring to the Treasury Lords to-morrow the instructions etc. for him therein. Ibid.
Dec. 18. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the loans made into the Exchequer the 17th inst. by Sir Nath. Johnson and partners on the credit of the Hearthmoney: viz. 200l. to Auditor Stephens, 250l. to Auditor Aldworth, 300l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber, 50l. to me [Guy] for secret service. Disposition Book II, pp. 293, 294.
Dec. 18. Henry Guy to Mr. Griffin [Treasurer of the Chamber] to pay the abovesaid 300l. to Mr. Atterbury, the messenger in part of what is due to him. Disposition Book II, p. 293.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Capt. James Howard as waiter and searcher at Whitehaven loco Thomas Harryson, lately deceased. Out Letters (Customs) VIII, p. 251.
Same to the King's Remembrancer to supersede process against Mansell Stradling, now a prisoner in Newgate for his debt to the King as Receiver of late assessments in South Wales and so release him from prison; a proposal having been made on his behalf for the payment of said debt. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 267.
Same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to John Edisbury, Dr. of Laws., of the mines of lead and coal in the demesne or hundred of Prestatyn, co. Flint: all as demised to Roger Grosvenor, esq., 1661, May 14, for 31 years: the present lease to be for 31 years from date hereof at 40s. per an. rent and a tenth of the profits and on surrender of the lease in being. Ibid, pp. 267–9, 289.
Prefixing: (1) particular and memorandum of the premises by Deputy Auditor Tho. Tuder: (2) ratal by William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of said particular.
Followed by: entry dated 1683–4, Feb. 5, of the Treasury Lords' signature of the docquet of this lease.
Report to the King from the Treasury Lords on the reference, as in the Order of Council of Nov. 28 last, as to the method at present used for the distribution of the pay that becomes due to the respective Troops and Companies of the Forces and what regulation [thereof] or [what] other method may be most fit to be used to prevent the abuses that have happened in such distribution of pay to the Forces by several particular persons who undertook to satisfy them in their respective Troops and Companies. We have conferred with several of the chief officers of the Forces and Governors of garrisons who have proposed to us that the King may be secured against such abuses for the future by the colonels being answerable to see the subsistence duly paid as received and by their being obliged once a year (most conveniently upon the clearing of the March muster when the soldiers are usually clothed) to deliver a general discharge for each Regiment, whereby every Colonel will stand engaged to secure your Majesty, for the Regiment under his command, against all further demands and pretences on that year's account. They likewise propose that each Captain be directed to deliver to his Col. a general acquit every year signed by all the officers and soldiers of his Troop or Company. They further conceive that the moneys which will always remain in the Paymaster's hands according to the establishment will be a further security if he does not [if he be directed not to] advance any money to the Captains before the due time without direction of the Colonels, who are also to take good security from the Receivers of their respective Regiments. As to the Independent Companies they think that the Governors of all garrisons should take the same care of them that the Colonels do of their Regiments. Ibid, p. 270.
Upon consideration hereof we think this method and regulation may be the most effectual means to prevent such abuses for the future.
Dec. 18. Money warrant for 40l. to John Pottenger for one year to Sept. 29 last on his fee as Comptroller of the Great Roll of the Pipe. Money Book IV, p. 311.
Henry Guy to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed case [missing] of the coal farm. Mr. Hilliard will attend you with papers relating thereto. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 258.
Same to Mr. Blathwayt. Hasten your report on the Governor of Barbados' title to the disposal of the Naval office there. Ibid.
Same to same, not to pass the pardons for Spencer, Doleman, Bloxham, Fox and Beale, clippers and counterfeiters, till the Treasury Lords have spoken with you. Attend them hereon on Thursday next. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Duke of Albemarle, Lord Lieutenant of co. Devon. Several accounts taken some years since by the Commissioners [for the accounts of the Dutch war] at Brooke House have been laid before us. We observe that great arrears are standing out upon several counties upon the 210,000l. Militia Act, 14 Car. II. Some months since we wrote you giving you particulars of the said arrears charged upon co. Devon. You have not yet answered thereto. We desire you to give us in some short time such information thereon as may enable us to determine what to do. The like letters to the Earl of Arundel for cos. Berks, Norfolk and Surrey; Earl of Dorset for co. Sussex; Earl of Bristol for co. Dorset; Earl of Ailesbury for co. Hunts, Duke of Beaufort for cos. Gloucester, Hereford, Monmouth and North and South Wales; Earl of Craven for co. Middlesex, Earl of Abingdon for co. Oxford, Lord Mayor of London for the city of London; Earl of Bath for co. Cornwall; Visct. Newport for co. Salop; the Duke of Somerset and the Earl of Burlington for the East and West Riding of Yorkshire; Duke of Albemarle and Earl of Oxford for co. Essex. The like letter dated 1683–4, Jan. 28, to the Earl of Plymouth for co. Worcester. The like letter dated 1683, Dec. 18, altered to 1683–4, Jan. 28, to the Earl of Sunderland for co. Warwick, the previous letter having been addressed to the late Earl of Conway, then Lord Lieutenant for said county: together with the like statement of said account for co. Warwick, ut supra, p. 824. Ibid, pp. 259–60.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to the three Pages of Honour the 64l. 16s. 6 ¼d. ut supra, p. 989, save that the item of 25l. 3s. 4¾d. is here specified as Recusants' money. Disposition Book II, p. 294.
Dec. 19. Royal sign manual for 1,500l. to Sir John James and Robert Huntington in part of the debt owing to them and their partners from the King, the King being indebted to them a considerable sum of money for which an account is now depending before the Auditors of Imprests, and being pleased that the present sum be forthwith paid them on account. (Money warrant dated Dec. 20 hereon. Money order dated Dec. 22 hereon.) King's Warrant Book IX, p. 242. Money Book IV, p. 315. Order Book XXXIX, p. 118.
Dec. 19. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue (out of Composition money now in the Exchequer) 110l. 13s. 11½d. to me [Guy] in part of 692l. 19s. 6d. for secret service. Disposition Book II, p. 294.
Dec. 20. Same to same to take in on loan from Anthony Sturt, junr., the 10,000l. which he has agreed to lend into the Exchequer. Same is to be reserved for the Treasury Lords' disposal. Ibid.
Same to same to issue (out of the loans made by Sir Benjamin Bathurst) 943l. to the Treasurer of the Navy to complete the pay of the Swallow. Ibid.
Same to same to issue as follows out of loans made by Mr. Kent and Mr. Duncombe and out of Excise money now in the Exchequer, viz.: Ibid, p. 295.
to the Paymaster of the Forces 3,000
to ditto for the Grenadiers 1,000
to me [Guy] for secret service in part of 5,000l. 600
to the Master of the Robes 500
to Mris. Eleanor Gwynne 250
to Sir Stephen Fox for the Earl of Lichfield 300
to the executors of Lady Henrietta Maria Howard 200
Treasury warrant to John Baron, late circuiter or bailiff of Battles Walk in Windsor Forest, to deliver possession of said Walk and all houses, lodges etc. belonging to his office, to John Cary, Master of his Majesty's Buckhounds, to take possession of same for his Majesty's service. Warrants not Relating to Money IX, p. 269.
Henry Guy to Mr. Trant, enclosing Capt. Todd's answer to Grascombe which the Earl of Craven brought to the Treasury Lords. Ibid.
Same to Sir Christopher Wren to survey the Navy Office, etc. ut supra, p. 983. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to William Harbord, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, Hugh May, Comptroller of the Works, Jno. Powney and William Smith. You have lately contracted with Serjeant Topham for several small tenements and a barn lying on the South side of Pound Street in Windsor, parcel of the leases to him from the Dean and Chapter of Windsor called Stratton's leases. The materials thereof are to be employed towards building a small house for a gate-keeper to be erected near the [Windsor] Great Park gate by the [newly made] avenue. You are hereby to give the tenants notice to quit by Feb. 2 next and to remit their Christmas quarter's rent and to employ the materials as above. Further, upon the late planting of the walks in Windsor Little Park several elm trees were cut down and taken away by said Topham. He is to be admonished not to do so in future without warrant and to produce an account of the moneys by him received and expended in the repairs of said Little Park. Further there are two small tenements on the north side of Pound Street, part of the said Stratton's leases, in the tenure of Robt. Michoner and Ann Webb, widow, at 4l. per an. rent. You are to order William Roberts, Receiver of the revenue of the Castle of Windsor, to receive said rents, accounting for same. Further you are hereby to treat and conclude with any persons for all such pieces of land as are or have been bought in for his Majesty's service for making the avenue and are now left out thereof as in your report of the 5th inst. except such as the King has directed to be reserved for nurseries. And you are to let such parts of the lands belonging to Mr. Darnell's church lease as are left out of the avenue which cannot be conveniently sold. The grass growing on the avenue is to be preserved and not fed but made into hay for the winter feed of the deer in Windsor Great Park. Ibid, pp. 277–8.
Dec. 20. Money warrant for the sums due to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe for 2 per cent. gratuity or reward (over and above the 6 per cent. interest) on the moneys by them lent into the Exchequer between June 16 last and the date hereof; they having agreed to the said rate of reward. Said reward to be computed from the date of the several loans to Christmas, 1683, being made principal at the end of every three months. (Money order dated 1683–4, Jan. 8, hereon for 936l. 15s. 8d. to them, whereof 924l. 2s. 7d. is for each 2 per cent. reward and 12l. 13s. 1d. is for 6 per cent. interest and 2 per cent. reward arising by making the interest and reward into principal at the end of every three months: the said loans being as follows, viz. 20,000l. lent 1683, June 16, 9,400l. lent June 23, 5,500l. lent June 30, 4,100l. lent July 7, 8,000l. lent July 7, 8,000l. lent July 12, 5,800l. lent July 13, 20,000l. lent July 21, 2,700l. lent July 21, 3,000l. lent July 28, 2,500l. lent Aug. 4, 13,000l. lent Sept. 20, 20,000l. lent Dec. 8, or in all 122,000l. Money Book IV, p. 314. Order Book XXXIX, p. 120.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver, Customs free, to Claude Bordier his goods as follows which are come from Tangier in the Diamond, Capt. Jones commander, except any of the manufacture, etc. of France prohibited under the Poll Act. (In the margin: cancelled 1684, July 4.) Out Letters (Customs) VIII, pp. 251–2.
Appending: list of said goods (including seven or eight dozen hats).
Same dormant to same to permit the Navy Victualling Commissioners to ship from time to time by free cocquet, victuals for foreign parts for the King's service. Ibid, p. 252.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to report to the Treasury Lords on (a) infra. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 258.
Appending: (a) the case of Mr. Packer, Paymaster of the Works.
Mr. Packer upon several money orders for the Works charged on the fee farms did give discharges in the Exchequer by levying tallies thereon by virtue of a privy seal and obtained conveyance of rents for all except one tally remaining in his hands for 776l. 18s. 11 ½d., having received only tallies instead of money. Nevertheless he stands charged from [sic for] the whole sum on the said tallies for the year 1677. He therefore prays either to have [fee farm] rents appointed to satisfy the said tallies or to be discharged in the account for said year upon the delivering up said tallies.
Likewise upon an order dated 1677, Aug. 27 for the Works there was 400l. directed to be paid by Sir William Doyley, who paid 200l. thereon 1677, Sept. 25, and never any more; nevertheless in his [Doyley's Teller's] certificate of that week he charged the 400l. as paid to Mr. Packer so that Packer is overcharged 200l. in the imprest roll for the year 1677. Prays to be discharged thereof and for said 200l. to be charge don said Doyley.
Dec. 20. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners not to remove Robert Whitehall from his station n Southwark as one of the landcarriagemen, London port, he being old and having his habitation there and having been loyal and done the King good service. Out Letters (General) VII, p. 261.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to forthwith make up Slingsby's account to the time that the present Commissioners of the Mint entered upon the execution of the office of Master and Worker of the Mint. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed copy [missing] of an order of Council on the petition of Elias Andrews, master of the ship Fountaine of London, bound to Barbados and Tobago. Ibid.
Same to same to appoint one of the landwaiters (altered on the 22nd to landsurveyors) and a clerk to attend Sir Richard Temple in his circuit to the Western parts. Ibid, pp. 261, 262.
Same to Mr. Stephens [Cashier to the Treasurer of the Navy]. Sir Richard Haddock has informed the Treasury Lords that 943l. is wanting to complete the pay of the Swallow. They have ordered that sum and you can send [to the Exchequer] for it. Ibid, p. 261.
Same to Sir Thomas Clarges and Mr. Dewy. The Treasury Lords do agree that a grant shall pass to the Earl of St. Albans and Dr. Tennison as is desired. Attend the Attorney General for the draft. Ibid, p. 262.