Entry Book: December 1688

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 8, 1685-1689. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1923.

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December 1688

Dec. 1. Royal warrant, dated "at our Court at Whitehall," to the Attorney or Solicitor General " for a great seal for a new commission of the Customs: the new Commissioners to be Sir Dudley North, Sir John Werden, Sir Robert Hamilton, Sir Samuel Dashwood and William Culliford; as in place of the existing Commissioners, Sir Nicholas Butler, Henry Browne, Sir Dudley North, Sir John Werden and William Culliford: the said new Commission (like its predecessor) to have control of the new impositions and the Four and a Half per cent Duty as well as the Customs and subsidies of Tunnage and Poundage: all with the like salaries and powers as before as from Sept. 29 last: John Sanson, esq., to be secretary as before (and out of his salary 300l. per an. to be paid to Robert Bertie as before); and Robert Hutchinson to be Agent and Solicitor to said Commissioner with salary etc. as before. King's Warrant Book XIII, p. 147.
[? Dec. 1.] Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a discharge as follows to John Bence of co. Suffolk, executor of John Bence, who was the executor of Sir Alexander Bence, from all liability under the Irish Revenue undertaking as made by the Earl of Ranelagh and partners; of whom said Sir Alexander Bence was one: all exactly on the lines of the discharge to the executors of George Dashwood, supra, pp. 2036–8. The present discharge is in consideration of the sum of 4,500l. of English money paid into the Receipt by said John Bence. King's Warrant Book XIII, pp. 148–56.
Dec. 3. Money order for 252l. 10s. 6d. to John Walker, Usher of the Exchequer Court, for necessaries delivered to the officers of said Court in Michaelmas term last. Order Book II, p. 191.
Henry Guy to the officers of the Jewel House for a certificate what quantities of white plate and gilt plate were delivered to the Earl of Castlemaine when he went as Ambassador Extraordinary to Rome. Out Letters (General) XI, p. 459.
Money warrant for 500l. to Henry Killigrew as reward for considerable services to the King, whereby good improvement is likely to arise in the revenue arising by the licensing of coaches to be driven in the streets of London, Westminster and the parishes comprehended within the weekly bills of mortality. (Money order dated 1688–9, Jan. 22 hereon.) Money Book IX, pp. 102–3. Order Book II, p. 194.
Dec. 4. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of the branches of the revenue directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Disposition Book VII, pp. 32, 33, 34.
Out of the Customs. l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy on account of [the Navy's] weekly money "on 400,000l. per an. from Lady day, 1686" 1,700 0 0
to ditto for Capt. Gifford 100l.; and Mris. Young 15l 115 0 0
Out of the impost on wine and vinegar.
to ditto on account of weekly money as above 3,500 0 0
Out of loans on the Linen Duty Act.
to ditto on the same account 800 0 0
to ditto for the Victualling 2,000 0 0
to the Earl of Ranelagh for the Forces 8,000 0 0
Out of the Excise.
to ditto for the Forces 4,000 0 0
to me [Guy] for secret service 722 16 5
to the Keeper of the Privy Purse 1,000 0 0
to the Paymaster of the Works for the new buildings 300 0 0
to ditto for [ditto at] Richmond 150 0 0
to ditto for the dial in the [Privy] garden 150 0 0
to the Cofferer of the Household for lodgings for the Prince of Wales's servants at Windsor "as shall be certified by my Lord Godolphin" 85 4 6
Out of the Hearthmoney.
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for two weeks on the Ordnance Office] ordinary 2,000 0 0
to the Cofferer, for the [Royal] Household 800 0 0
to ditto for the Prince of Wales 500 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Chamber 1,000 0 0
(Same, dated same, to the Customs Cashier, enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for the present week; said paper including the above two Customs items [payable out of the Exchequer], together with the following item [payable direct out of the Customs Office], viz. 1,669l. 2s. 0d. to clear last Michaelmas quarter's salary bill [London port].)
(Same, dated same, to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney, enclosing the like papers of disposition of the cash of those branches of the revenue; said paper including for the Hearthmoney only the above four Hearthmoney items: and for the Excise the above seven Excise items [payable out of the Exchequer], together with the following item [payable direct out of the Excise Office], viz.: 2,212l. 10s. 0d. to clear [last] Michaelmas quarter for the salaries of the Excise.)
(Same, dated Dec. 6, to the officers of the Works to pay the abovesaid 150l. to William Mar for the new lineating the dyal in the Privy Garden, "he defraying all the charges thereof according to the Surveyor General [of the Works'] report.")
Dec. 4. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue tome [Guy] for secret service the 50l. 15s. 0d. which is or forthwith will be paid into the Exchequer by William Jeanes and Mary Huffam of Lambeth (by the hands of Ralph Baldwin) as the estate of Richard Rumbald heretofore attainted of high treason. Disposition Book VII, p. 32.
Same to Lord Dover. The King has commanded the Treasury Lords to let you know that there is now 1,200l. sent to you to be laid out in buying such provisions as you have received directions for from his Majesty and for contingencies. Ibid.
Dec. 5. Same to the Victualling Commissioners. You owe the Excise revenue 4,624l. 3s. 0d. for money you or your agents have received in several ports for victualling the Navy. You are forthwith to pay said sum to the Treasurer of Excise. Ibid, p. 34.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners or Excise Commissioners of the petition of Mathew Smith for some employment in the Customs or Excise. He is to be presented for the first vacancy for which he is qualified. Reference Book V, p. 323.
Dec. 6. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to send an officer to the Duchess of Richmond's lodgings in Whitehall to view her goods in order to their transportation to France. Out Letters (General) XI, p. 459.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of Rose Peterman, praying a grant to him of the office of a King's waiter, London port, on the surrender of John and Francis Radcliff,who are patentees thereof by the surrender of Ellis Lloyd and are themselves willing to surrender to petitioner. Reference Book V, p. 323.
Dec. 10. Henry Guy to same to send an officer to Lady Sophia Bulkly's lodgings in Whitehall to view her goods in order to their transport to France. Out Letters (General) XI, p. 459.
Dec. 17. Treasury allowance of Richard Kent's bill of incidents for the year ended Sept. 29 last; as Cashier of the Customs: being for loss of money and portage of money received upon bills of exchange in said year: total bill, 724l. 4s. 8d. Money Book IX, pp. 92–3.
Prefixing: said bill; Kent's affidavit as to same; and report thereon by the Auditor of Imprests.
William Lowndes (in the absence of Henry Guy) to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,500l. to the Cofferer of the Household; upon any unsatisfied order in his name for the Household. Disposition Book VII, p. 34.
Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to direct Charles Duncombe, Cashier of Excise, to immediately pay into the Exchequer all the Excise moneys remaining in his hands; for his Majesty's use. Warrants not Relating to Money XII, p. 377.
Dec. 18. Royal warrant, "given at our Court at Whitehall," to the Lord Deputy of Ireland. The sum of 21,000l. was granted to Robert, Earl of Sunderland, out of certain quit rents in Ireland. The said Earl, for valuable consideration, assigned same to Richard Kent in trust for Sir Stephen Fox, to whom part of said sum still remains due. You are hereby to give order to the Receiver General of Revenues, Ireland, to cause said remainder to be satisfied out of said quit rents to said Kent for said Fox. King's Warrant Book XIII, pp. 156–7.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to void the grant to John Nash of the office of Receiver General of Crown Revenues in cos. Pembroke, Carmarthen, Cardigan, Brecon, Radnor, Glamorgan and Monmouth and Haverford West; and to restore and confirm Bevis Lloyd and William Jones in said office for life, in confirmation of the patent of 1662, July 10, of grant thereof to them. Ibid, p. 157.
Treasury warrant to Robert Humfreys to give notice to all the sheriffs, receivers and bailiffs of Crown revenues in South Wales that the Treasury Lords have taken off the suspension of the abovesaid Bevis Lloyd from his office of Receiver of said revenue there; the said suspension having been ordered 1687, May 17, but the said Lloyd having since answered a considerable part of the moneys he then owed and the Treasury Lords being " satisfied that he is endeavouring to raise the residue, having for that purpose made known his estate and made the same liable thereunto." Warrants not Relating to Money XII, p. 377.
Dec. 24. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue (out of Tho. Hall's loan now in the Exchequer on the credit of the Hearthmoney) 15,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh for the subsistence of the Forces. Disposition Book VII, p. 34.
Same to Mr. Kent, the Customs Cashier, to pay into the Exchequer without fail next Wednesday morning (altho' it be a holy day) all the Customs money in your hands. Send your [usual weekly cash] certificate to me on that morning and attend the Treasury Lords here in the afternoon of same day. (The like letter to Mr. Hall for the Hearthmoney and to Mr. Duncomb for the Excise.) Ibid.
Same to Mr. Frowd to direct Mr. Lilly, Receiver General of the Post Office, to pay in the Post Office moneys as above and to bring as above all the [weekly] certificates of the Post Office receipts which are behind and not yet brought in. Ibid, p. 35.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to direct all officers of the Exchequer to attend at their respective offices every day this week (except to-morrow), notwithstanding the Holy days. Out Letters (General) XI, p. 459.
Same to Mr. Dering to send on Wednesday next, as above, a certificate of the Hearthmoney. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners for an account what is now due to the Fleet; and for a particular account as near as you can "what sum of money will be sufficient to be paid to the said Fleet, so that they may be laid up and put out of pay." Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. The Treasury Lords are informed that you are paying tallies struck on the Excise. You are to send me an account by this bearer how that matter stands and do nothing further therein till you attend my Lords here on Wednesday afternoon next. Ibid.
Dec. 26. Same to Mr. Duncombe. You have not sent me your Excise [weekly cash] certificate, ut supra. Send to-morrow without fail such of the said certificates as are behind. Ibid, p. 460.
Same to the Treasurer of the Chamber to send, with what speed you can, an account of what will be due to the King's servants [payable] in your Office on Jan. 1 next. (The like letter to Visct. Preston [for the Great Wardrobe]; the Cofferer of the Household; Sir Gilbert Talbot [for the Jewel Office]; Mr. Bertie, Treasurer of the Ordnance, and Mr. Lloyd, Paymaster of the Works.) Ibid.
Treasury warrant to Richard Kent [as Customs Cashier] and to Brook Bridges and Thomas Done, Auditors of Imprests, authorising the allowance of the sum of 43l. 10s. 0d. in said Kent's account of the Customs, being money paid by said Kent to the Mayor of Faversham for his Majesty's particular use and service by order of Sir Stephen Fox, one of the Treasury Lords. Warrants not Relating to Money XII, p. 378.
The like allowance of the sum of 42l. paid by said Kent, viz. 20l. to William Lisle and William Berkenhead for bringing expresses from Dover; 10l. to Edward Mable for the like from Lyme; and 12l. to Joseph Smith for the like from Exeter: said payments being made in pursuance of Treasuryletters of Nov. 6, 14 [sic for 13] and 19 last.
[?Dec. 26.] Entry of [the Treasury Lords' signature of] the docquet of an in custodiam lease to William Hawes of divers lands and tenements in Llanelwedd and Colva, co. Radnor, being parcel of the lands of Rowland Gwynn, outlaw: at the rent of 18s. per an. and fine of 36s. Warrants not Relating to Money XII, p. 378.
[?] Same of a same to George Bryan, gent., of messuages, lands and tenements in co. Radnor of Thomas Turner, merchant, outlawed on a plea of debt by said Bryan: at the rent of 4s. 10d. per an. and fine of 9s. 8d. Ibid.
Dec. 28. Money warrant for 1,000l. in part of 1,365l. to Nicholas, Earl of Carlingford, for nine months, Mar. 20 last to the 18th inst., on his ordinary of 5l. per day as Envoy Extraordinary to the Emperor of Germany; the first three months of his ordinary to Mar. 21 (20) last having been satisfied him by way of advance. The present warrant is to be satisfied by tallies on the Customs. (Money order dated 1688–9, Jan. 7 hereon.) Money Book IX, pp. 93–4. Order Book II, p. 191.
Appending: certificate, dated 1687, Dec. 21, by Secretary the Earl of Middleton that the Earl of Carlingford kissed hands and took leave of his Majesty Wednesday, 1687, Dec. 21, in order to his departure [on the said embassy].
Dec. 29. Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt. On Aug. 29 last Richard Kent, Customs Cashier, by order paid 1,000l. of Customs money to Thomas Robson, agent of the Earl of Carlingford, Envoy to Germany. It is necessary that said sum be discharged in the Exchequer out of said Earl's ordinary of 5l. a day. The Treasury Lords have signed a money warrant for this amount to be satisfied by levying a tally on the Customs [as above]. They desire that said warrant be executed. Further, on the 5th inst. the said Kent, by order, paid 250l. of Customs money to Mr. John Fitch for the fortifications at Hull: and on the 17th inst. he did by order pay 5,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh for the use of the Forces. In order that Kent may have sufficient discharges for these sums and that they may be regularly charged to account by proper imprest certificates the Treasury Lords desire that issues be made of these items, viz. of 250l. out of the Customs on any unsatisfied order in the name of Charles Bertie as for the Office of Ordnance and of 5,000l. out of the new imposition on wine and vinegar on any unsatisfied order in the name of the Earl of Ranelagh for the Forces: and the said Bertie and Ranelagh are to give their acquittance to the Tellers for those sums: and Kent is to have tallies for the said sums to discharge him in his account as Receiver General and Cashier of Customs. Disposition Book VII, p. 35.
Same to Charles Godolphin. The Treasury Lords have read your memorial of the 27th inst. concerning the Farmers of the Pre-emption and Coinage Duty of tin. You are to certify my Lords what the said Farmers have received upon the three [quarterly] coinages and how much of it they have paid. Out Letters (General) XI, p. 460.
Dec. 31. Henry Guy to Mr. Duncombe [Cashier of Excise]. Do not fail to send me to-morrow morning your certificates [of the Excise weekly cash]. Out Letters (General) XI, p. 460.
The like letter to respectively Mr. Kent for the Customs; Mr. Hall for the Hearthmoney; Mr. Lilly for the Post Office.
Same to Mr. Frowde. The Treasury Lords have this day declared the account of the General Letter Office and the Penny Post Office for the year ended 1688, Mar. 25. They desire you to order the Receiver of the Post Office to pay 300l. to Auditor Aldworth for his pains in auditing said account and the [like] accounts for the two preceding years; according to the Treasury warrant of Nov. 12 last: "as likewise from Lady day [1688] aforesaid [to pay him] his full allowance according to that warrant." Disposition Book VII, p. 37.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. The Treasury Lords desire you, out of any unappropriated money in the Exchequer, to issue 20,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh for the Forces. Countersigned by W. H. Prince of Orange: "Let this be paid." Ibid, p. 36.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to pay over the abovesaid 20,000l. to Monsieur Vanderech for payment of the Dutch Forces. Countersigned: ut supra. Ibid.