Entry Book: March 1685, 16-20

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'Entry Book: March 1685, 16-20', in Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 8, 1685-1689, (London, 1923) pp. 50-73. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-treasury-books/vol8/pp50-73 [accessed 29 February 2024]


March 1685, 16-20

Mar. 16. Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 20,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber as imprest for the expense and service of his Office. King's Warrant Book X, p. 42.
Same to same for a same for 20,000l. to Philip Packer, Paymaster of the Works, as imprest for the service of the Works. Ibid, p. 43.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Nicholas Fenn of the office of housekeeper of the Excise Office: to hold by himself or approved deputy: with the fee or salary of 400l. per an. payable quarterly as from Christmas last: he to keep a porter and yard keeper at the said Office: he having held the said place under the late King [only during pleasure whereby his said grant did lapse at the death of Charles II]. Ibid.
Mar. 16. Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to John Baker and Michael Baker, gent. of the office of Marshal of the Marshalsea of the Exchequer, during pleasure: to be executed by themselves or sufficient deputies: with all wages, profits etc. thereto belonging. (Marginal note: the privy seal [for the great seal] is dated Mar. 31.) King's Warrant Book X, p. 44.
Same to same for a privy seal to discharge Sir John Child, President of the East India Company at Surat in the East Indies, (upon whom Charles II conferred the dignity of a baronet) from the baronetcy fee of 1,095l. due thereon. (Treasurer Rochester's warrant dated May 8 to the Receipt accordingly for a tally of discharge.) Ibid, p. 44. Money Book VI, p. 62.
Money warrant for 955l. to Sir Gabriel Sylvius, kt. being 500l. for equipage and 455l. for a quarter's ordinary in advance as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Denmark. (Money order dated Mar. 18 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 10. Order Book I, p. 4.
Warrant by Treasurer Rochester to the Receipt for tallies of assignment to be levied upon the Collectors of the Tenths of the dioceses of Oxford, Worcester, Hereford and St. David's for 106l. 5s. 0d. for James Hamilton for last Christmas quarter on the moiety assigned to him by Elizabeth Hamilton his mother (by indenture dated 1683, Oct. 25) of the annuity of 850l. granted to her by patent of 1673, July 25, for 99 years for her sons James, George and William. Money Book VI, p. 11.
Same to same for tallies as above for 106l. 5s. 0d to abovesaid Elizabeth Hamilton for same quarter on the unassigned moiety of said annuity: and likewise for 125l. to her by like tallies on the dioceses of Chester and Rochester for same quarter on the annuity of 500l. to herself granted 1673, July 20. Ibid, p. 12.
Same from same to Charles Duncomb, Treasurer and Cashier for Hearthmoney, to pay 138l. 9s. 3d. to Mr. Tulidah, clerk to the Comptroller of Hearthmoney, for his disbursements to several persons for transcribing the books of collections [of Hearthmoney] which issued at Michaelmas last: same being certified by the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney. Ibid, p. 11.
Same from same to the Barons of the Exchequer to take the sureties of Anthony Segar and to swear him into office as one of the Collectors of the great Customs and Subsidies in Southampton port, of which office he had a grant 1675, July 20, in reversion after Adam de Cardonell, whose grant being during pleasure has terminated by the death of Charles II; whereby said Segar's patent by law takes place. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 13.
Report from same to the King on the petition of John Williamson and Thomas Williamson of Egremont, co. Cumberland, ut supra, p. 33. The facts are as there stated. They are fit objects of mercy. Ibid, p. 14.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt enclosing the book of the annuities and fees payable out of the Receipt of the Exchequer. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 27.
Mar. 16. Henry Guy to Richard Gibson and Mr. Cooper. You are to attend the Auditors of Imprests concerning your report on the accounts for Sick and Wounded in the last Dutch war and the debts thereupon due to the King from the deputies to the Commissioners [of Sick and Wounded] appointed to take care of such sick men in the several ports assigned for their reception. (Same of same date to said Auditors to examine said report and to ascertain in conjunction with said Graham and Cooper the differences therein mentioned.) Out Letters (General) IX, p. 27.
Same to Sir Richard Lloyd [the King's Advocate General] to take care to seize and prosecute the ship Amity, Gersham Bowne master, which is coming from New England and is supposed to be now in the Downs, and is one of the ships wherein part of the goods from the ship L'Trompeuze are said to be loaden. (Same to Mr. Blathwayte to attend Sir Richard Lloyd in order to this prosecution.) Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to prepare an instrument to be signed by Visct. Grandison and Sir Edward Villiers, the Knight Marshal, and to be enrolled in Chancery, declaring that the 4,700l. per an. granted to them and their heirs out of the Post Office is in trust for the Duchess of Cleveland for her life and afterwards in trust for the Duke of Grafton and the Duke of Northumberland, to be divided equally between them. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Blathwayte to sell the 30 beaver skins paid [sent in kind as payment] from the Colony of New Plymouth in New England: and to pay the proceeds into the Exchequer. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to send an officer to Mr. Skelton's lodgings in Leicester Fields to visit his equipage there which is going for Holland. Ibid, p. 28.
Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners to present no new man in future in any of the ports upon avoidance of any Customs officer above the quality of a tidewaiter, but to present one of the established number of the next lower rank "which you shall choose according to merit," special care being taken as to the capacities and qualifications of new men to be selected to fill the places of such advanced persons, and that in the selection of such new men care be taken that they be free from debt and incumbrances of the world and under such habits and circumstances of life that the salary or pay will be a competent and congruous subsistence to them: this regulation having been proposed by the Customs Commissioners as conducing to a faithful and industrious management of the Customs by letting the officers see that their honesty and diligence will be rewarded with preferment and the contrary punished with neglect and dismission and to prevent the discouragement to them by their seeing their own experienced merits and abilities slighted and superseded by new persons, not so well qualified, stepping in before them. Out Letters (Customs) X, pp. 4–5.
Same from same to same to employ Thomas Knowler as waiter and searcher at Whitstable in Faversham port loco John Millard, lately deceased; with the addition of 10l. per an. to make his salary up to 30l. per an. Ibid, p. 5.
Mar. 16. Roger Elletson to Mr. Blathwayt, dated from St. Andrews, Jamaica. I writ you the 9th inst. and therewith sent you a copy of Capt. Wilson's accompts or indeed rather Sir Thomas Lynch's. I herewith send you a faithful accompt [missing] of what was done at [the Jamaica] Council the 11th inst. for that I cannot get a copy of the minutes, having twice demanded them. I write truth; therefore [you are to] value not Sir Thomas Lynch's way of writing home. I will advise you when I am ordered to attend the Council on this business. I am advised that the King's evidence has been since threatened. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 140–1.
Followed by: copy of said preceding letter of Mar. 9 from same to same dated from St. Andrews, Jamaica. The letters from the [Treasury] Lords and from you were read at a Council [of this island] some few days after their receipt and at the Lieutenant Governor's order I appeared thereat, whereat he shortly repeated the contents of the King's and the Treasury Lords' letters and desired John White, Reginald Wilson and myself to give that Board what information we could of any embezzlements of pirates' goods or goods piratically taken and imported into Jamaica [and there] embezzled and by whom. Mr. White said what he knew was in the Admiralty [Court, Jamaica] and referred himself to Reginald Wilson, who produced in writing an accompt of which I herewith send a copy [missing]. I prayed some time an order from that Board to command the appearance of witnesses; at which the Lieutenant Governor seemed angry and told me I might get the order served upon the witnesses myself if I would. A gentleman of the Council then told the Governor 'twas in his Majesty's service that I acted and in obedience to the [Treasury] Lords' commands and that he saw no reason why I should at my charge send 200 miles for witnesses but thought it more proper that his Majesty's officers should do it: upon which it was agreed unto and ten days proposed for the next Council. I told them I could be ready in ten days if the witnesses could be got hither by that time. Thereupon four days more were given and that is the 11th inst. at which time I hope to make appear a considerable embezzlement; and without dispute much more came to hand than ever came to light. I have writ only you by this conveyance because I could not write anything certain to the [Treasury] Lords till after the 11th inst. from which time I will give them my full knowledge. The knowledge of a faithful discharge of my duty and loyalty to my Sovereign is more grateful to me than all the rewards upon earth. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 140–1.
John White, Judge of the Admiralty at Jamaica, to [said Blathwayt], dated from Port Royal in Jamaica. I received yours of 1684, Dec. 1, with copies of the King's and the Treasury Lords' letters to the Governor and Council [of this Island] injoining the strictest enquiry possible into the embezzlements of goods and money piratically taken or belonging to pirates. The duty of my place obliges me to grant process and to proceed judicially against such goods on information given and since I received the above letters I shall heartily obey. What information has been made at home I know not, but I declare now solemnly, as I have already sworn in [the Jamaica] Council, I know not of anything of that nature but what has been condemned in the Admiralty Court here before me as Judge thereof and is already accompted for. Capt. Wilson, Register of the said Court, has been the only seizer and informer of what has been before me in the Admiralty and condemned. I have served the King as one of his Council here and in other places here for near these 15 years and should be infinitely proud should my services merit the King's and Treasury Lords' opinion. By these ships you will receive the minutes of the Council in this matter. Ibid, pp. 141–3, 149–51.
Followed by: (a) undated, unsigned letter to Lord Godolphin [as then a Treasury Lord probably from William Blathwait]. There is at Jamaica one Roger Elletson, who was formerly the King's Attorney General in that island and is now a Counsellor at law. He was removed from his place for opposing Sir Thomas Lynch in some things he thought were only for the Governor's advantage and not for the King's service: your Lordship may be pleased to send orders or a Commission to this Elletson to examine and enquire of all moneys and goods received by the late Governor, Sir Thomas Lynch, during his government, taken from privateers and convoy money received by the King's frigates and all other sums of money received by said Lynch that may in any way belong to the King: with power to him to examine witnesses: and [you may be pleased] to do all this without delay for if this be not done before the arrival of the present Governor he will endeavour to obstruct all such proceedings as prejudicial to his own interests. And besides the money that will be recovered it will be of great service to his Majesty in obliging all future Governors not to defraud his Majesty of his right and to behave themselves more warily. There are ships going next week for Jamaica. If you shall send this order to Elletson and assure him he shall not repent his pains he is best able to give your Lordship a full relation of these discoveries from time to time. The order to this man and a letter from your Lordship to Mr. White will be most convenient, White having been a creature and dependent of Sir Thomas Lynch.
(b) Unsigned undated note or accompt to Lord Godolphin of Spurr's goods. I [probably William Blathwait] gave the first intimation of this seizure to the Treasury Lords from Sir Thomas Lynch: whereupon his Majesty by a letter of Feb. 16 last countersigned by the Treasury Lords, ordered Sir Thomas Lynch to remit the proceeds of the goods and money to Mr. Guy "which his Majesty intends to receive himself in guineas amounting by the annexed accompt [missing] of Sir Thomas Lynch to 962l. 8s. 2d., charges being deducted from the original sum of 1,177l. 19s. 8d."
(c) Undated unsigned memorandum [probably by William Blathwayt] to Lord Montagu upon Sir R. White's paper. Upon this information it may be necessary to send a commission or directions under the King's signet and sign manual to the present Governor and Council of Jamaica to enquire into all such embezzlements [as above] and to remit the proceeds to [England to] the Treasury Lords for his Majesty's use: and that the person that informs and others may have notice thereof and encouragement to give evidence of what is alleged.
(d) Letter dated Jamaica, Mar. 12 inst., from Col. H[en]der Molesworth to the Committee [for Trade and Plantations (sic ? an erratum for the Treasury Lords)] about the [above matter of] pirates' goods. In pursuance of the letters from the King and from your Lordships of Nov. 29 and 30 last directed to myself and the Council here we have twice met to examine and inquire into what embezzlements and concealments of pirates' goods could any way be made appear or any seizures of that kind not hitherto accompted for to the King. In prosecution thereof we have promised all encouragement to such as shall come in and give evidence and particularly unto John White, esq. and Mr. Roger Elletson according to your Lordships' direction: to whom we added Mr. Reginald Wilson, Naval Officer and Register of the Admiralty, as a person that hath been much conversant in these affairs. Our first meeting was on Feb. 25 when, as appears from the minute of Council herewith sent [missing] it appeared by the Register's accompt taken from the records of the Admiralty and examined and confirmed by the Judge Admiral that there had been seized and condemned of such goods and moneys at several times 1,197l. 11s. 1d. whereof your Lordships acknowledge to have received 962l. 8s. 2d. by the hands of Mr. Guy. The balance is less than a 20 per cent. allowance for charges of factorage and exchange of money "whereof your Lordships may be informed by merchants that use this trade if such allowance be reasonable or no." As for Mr. Elletson himself he could say nothing of his own knowledge but depended upon the information of others and therefore desired time and power from the Board to summon evidence which was granted and the 11th [March inst.] was granted for a second hearing. When being met accordingly, without bringing any new matter of importance before us, the chief design of his [Elletson's] evidence seemed to tend to have it suggested that there had not been full credit given in the accompt for the weight of the cochineal and for the money seized, but upon what proof or foundation your Lordships may see by the said minutes of Council. He was also very careful to have it made appear unto your Lordships that the said goods and moneys had been taken to accompt by Sir Thomas Lynch at the rates they were appraised at and sent to his correspondent in London (being the same that paid Mr. Guy the money), though he cannot be ignorant that it was the practice here upon all goods condemned in that [Jamaica Admiralty] Court. It did also appear that a paper of jewels which was seized by Capt. Davys as part of Spurr's goods, and by order of Sir Thomas Lynch put into the hands of the Judge Admiral, was afterwards upon a particular occasion "remainded" and opened by the said Sir Thomas without knowing what after became of it: whereof some that had seen the jewels had given their opinion that the value did not exceed 10l. But Mr. Elletson tells us he shall be able to prove that they were of very considerable value and that he depended chiefly upon the evidence of Capt. Davys, who by reason of the great distance he lived at could not have timely notice to attend. Wherefore the further clearing of that matter is referred to the next meeting of the Council after said Davis's coming. But I have since been informed that the occasion of said Sir Thomas's sending for and opening of the said paper of jewels was upon the importunity of a gentlewoman then going for England who very much pressed him for a token to send by her to his daughter, but finding therein nothing fit to make a present of he put it up again. But whether he forgot to send it back to the Judge Admiral again or how it was nobody can say. But the same paper of Spanish jewels, without any diminution, are now in possession of Lady Lynch and will be produced before your Lordships the first opportunity after the hearing of what Capt. Davis or any other evidence Mr. Elletson shall bring can say herein.
It was likewise made appear to the Board that Mris. Wilson (wife of the naval officer) had received a ring which was brought from La Vera Cruz by a Dutchman, upon pretence of buying it, and had hitherto kept it in her possession, as may be seen by the minutes as abovesaid, and [by] what her husband, then present, could answer thereto.
Lastly it appeared that Sir T[homas] L[ynch] had received a gratuity from some Frenchmen (whose goods came not under the same circumstances by our [Jamaica] Act as Englishmen's goods do) of 20l. upon a pack of cochineal (for 15 packs) for liberty of exportation, whereof nothing had been accompted for to the King, but seems to be taken by the said Sir Thomas as a perquisite of the government.
Please take notice that this Elletson was a lawyer for the Widow Spurr, for the defending the said piratical goods against the King; wherein he used such irregular methods that Sir Thomas committed him for it and gave it for one of the reasons of his being suspended from his practice (as soon after he was and so continues) wherefore it seems strange unto me that one so well acquainted in the affair should make out no more of what he pretended to discover especially for that he went very heartily about it.
Mar. 17. Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners for a copy of the instructions given to Mr. Horne, your officer at Dublin. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 28.
Same to Mr. Peregrine [Bertie], Charles Bertie and Charles Osborne. You have not yet attended the Attorney General in order to the surrender of the estate granted you in trust for the late Earl of Plymouth. Go to him forthwith and make the surrender. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on an extract [missing, see infra, p. 61] of a letter from Sir William Stapleton, Governor of the Leeward Islands, "together with the bonds given there by Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Nagle and the oath by them taken before the said Governor." Also to report on an order [see infra, p. 60] made by Sir Richard Dutton, Governor of Barbados, for the collection of the Four and a Half per cent. duty upon the expiration of the farm thereof "because your directions were not then come thither." Ibid, p. 29.
Mar. 17. Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners. Treasurer Rochester has laid before the King your contract with Mr. Taylor for materials to be by him supplied for the service of the Navy for the present year. The King approves thereof. You are to perfect the contract with all speed. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 29.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to proceed in Mr. Griffin's accounts as Treasurer of the Chamber in accordance with the directions of the late Treasury Lords. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Pepys to send the estimate of what is due to all the yachts as requested supra, p. 41. Ibid.
Reference from Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of the Mayor and burgesses of Newcastle on Tyne for a grant of the Castle Garth in reversion after the grant thereof for three lives to the Earl of Macclesfield: said petition having been referred from the King to the late Treasury Lords Jan. 31 last. Reference Book III, p. 33.
Warrant from same to the King's Remembrancer to supersede process against John Basire, late Receiver of the last Seventeen Months' Tax, Poll, Eighteen Months' Tax and Six Months' Tax in cos. Westmorland, Cumberland, Durham and Northumberland: he having paid into the Receipt all the moneys due from him thereon except 89l. 9s. 3¼d. remaining due from co. Northumberland, Newcastle and Berwick: as is certified by Thomas Parsons and Robert Hewett, deputy auditors. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 14.
Fiat by same for letters patent to constitute Francis Godfrey, esq. Customer or Collector of Lyme Regis port: to hold during pleasure: he having held said office at the death of Charles II. Ibid, p. 15.
Warrant from same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a new grant under the Exchequer seal to Charles Holloway, of the Inner Temple, junr. of the offices of steward of the manors of Shippon, co. Berks, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, and of East Hendred, Berks, parcel of the possessions of the late Priory of Sheen, co. Surrey, with the respective fees of 1l. 6s. 8d. and 20s. per an.: said office having been granted during pleasure 1660–1, Feb. 7, to said Holloway and to his father, Charles Holloway, esq. sergeant at law, who is long since dead. Ibid.
Same from same to same for a similar new grant to Col. Thomas Strangwaies of the office and offices of steward of the manors of Fordington and Ryme, co. Dorset, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, with the respective fees of 20s. and 20s.: he having had a grant thereof during pleasure dated 1676, June 21. Ibid, p. 16.
Same from same to same for a similar new grant to William Peisley, esq. of the office of steward and keeper of the Courts, Court Leet, liberties, views of francpledge of the manor of Kennington, co. Surrey, and the appurtenances thereof, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall: with the yearly fee of 26s. 8d.: he having had a grant thereof during pleasure dated 1681, June 18. Ibid.
Mar. 17. Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to the Clerk of the Pipe for a similar new grant to Sir Willoughby Hickman, bart. of the office and offices of steward and keeper of the Courts Leet, liberties and views of francpledge of the manor and soke of Kirton in Lindsey, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall: of which office he had a grant during pleasure 1681–2, Mar. 6. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 17.
Henry Guy to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of such Customs money and Hearthmoney as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz.: Disposition Book IV, pp. 11, 12.
l. s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for the yards at Deptford and Woolwich for 1683, Christmas quarter 3,960 15 0
to ditto for [the Navy's] weekly money 1,500 0 0
to ditto towards fitting out several ships to sea according to a list from the Navy Board 500 0 0
to ditto for buying New England masts 300 0 0
to ditto for Mr. Taylor in part of his new contract for furnishing his Majesty's yards with pitch, hemp and tar this present year 1,200 0 0
to ditto for the Victuallers [on their] weekly money 600 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Ordnance [for one week of the Ordnance Office's] weekly money 1,000 0 0
to Philip Packer by way of advance towards Sir Christopher Wren's late estimate for preparing for the Coronation 400 0 0
to Visct. Preston in full of 2,836l. 14s. by way of advance, 971l. 12s. 6d. thereof out of Customs and 1,865l. 1s. 6d. out of Hearthmoney 2,836 14 0
£12,297 9 0
(Same of same date to the Customs Cashier enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Customs cash for the present week: said paper including the first eight of the abovesaid items and the 971l. 12s. 6d. portion of the 9th item [being all payable out of Customs money in the Exchequer], together with the following items [payable directly out of the Customs Office on tallies], viz. 234l. 15s. 0d. to complete the [London port Customs salary] quarterly bill; 2,000l. to Richard Kent and Charles Duncombe in repayment of part of the debt owing to them. Total disposition, 14,781l. 2s. 6d.)
Same to same to issue as follows out of such Excise money as is directed to be this week paid into the Exchequer, viz. Ibid, p. 12.
to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Forces 5,000
to [the Cofferer of] the Household, viz. Visct. Brouncker, by way of advance 1,500
(Same dated same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney enclosing the paper of the disposition of the Excise and Hearthmoney cash for the present week: said paper including (a) (for the Excise) the abovesaid two items [payable out of Excise money in the Exchequer] together with the following items, viz. 2,000l. to the King in part of the arrears [on his annuity on the Excise] as Duke of York; 104l. 17s. 7d. to the Queen Dowager; 1,000l. to Mr. Toll in part of his debt; 500l. to Mr. Hornby in part of his debt; 1,500l. to Mr. Freind and Mr. Calverd in part of their debt; 1,500l. for interest to the bankers: total for the Excise 13,104l. 17s. 7d.: (b) for the Hearthmoney: the item of 1,865l. 1s. 6d. to Visct. Preston ut supra, together with 1,500l. to Mr. Fryer in part of 3,000l. lent by him on the half year's rent [of the Hearthmoney farm] due at Michaelmas last. Total for the Hearthmoney, 3,365l. 1s. 6d.)
Mar. 17. Henry Guy to William Blathwayt enclosing (a) infra. Treasurer Rochester would know from you the opinion of the Lords of the Committee [of Trade and Plantations] concerning Sir John Witham's fine therein referred to. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 29. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) I, pp. 157–8, 166–7.
Appending: (a) letter dated Barbados, 1684, Dec. 26, from Sir Richard Dutton to the (then) Treasury Lords. Having lately made a discovery of a correspondency that James Holloway (some time since executed for treason in England) had in this island, only by way of trade with some merchants, I have surprised their books. I found they had but little moneys in their hands, but above 400l. of outstanding debts in the country due to Holloway and mostly from solvent men. I secured this money as soon as I could by reason of the several accidents that happen in the Plantations by the breaking or going away of many persons, by which means that which was esteemed a good debt to-day to-morrow is nothing. I shall lose no time in getting in what I can of it. What discharges am I to give to the factors and correspondents of said Holloway to secure them against Holloway's creditors, there being some here that make pretensions to it?
There are several sums payable to the King to be levied on the estate of Sir John Wytham on the fines set upon him this last week at the grand Sessions of this island for high crimes and misdemeanours he had committed during the time of his being my deputy. In the first indictment he was fined 3,000l. and imprisonment until he paid it. In the second, the same sentence. Upon the third, which was for bribery, he was sentenced to continue in prison during the King's pleasure and fined 5,000l., which I intend this week to estreat into the Exchequer here and will use all lawful means for levying it with speed. This is the first precedent which has happened in this kind in this island, therefore pray send me some methods how to proceed by, he having principally but a personal estate. But I am certainly informed he has considerable sums of money in England in the hands of his correspondents, Mr. Alderman Lucy, Mr. Robert Chaplain, merchant, and Mr. Thomas Duck, merchant. I hope the judgment against him here will reach what he has in England. I have sent Mr. Blathwayt an exemplification of the estreatment in the Exchequer here.
As to my salary please take care that it be forthwith paid me, there being a great deal due to me. I am forced to live here upon credit to feed myself and family, everything being very dear and nothing to be had but with ready money. I hope by this time his Majesty has [seen he] had just cause to restore to me that part of my salary which he was pleased to give to my late deputy who instead of being only fined for his most notorious crimes deserved a halter for his reward. I have sent to the Lords of the Committee for Trade the whole proceedings against him with the indictments, verdicts and judgments and I doubt not but his Majesty will think I have well done my duty in the prosecution of so notorious a criminal.
(b) (The following appears to be a postscript to the above letter.) My Lords: the farm of the Four and a Half per cent. duty expiring Christmas day and [1] having no directions from your Lordships how it should be managed for the future I thought it my duty to take the best course I could to preserve his Majesty's said revenue and therefore caused the enclosed order [missing] to be published in all the churches on Christmas day that every person might take notice to whom the duty was at present to be paid. I hope you will not think I have done amiss till I receive your further commands.
(c) (To the above entry is appended an incomplete entry as follows.) "Mr. Blathwayt having hereupon attended my Lord Treasurer on the 21st of March acquainted his Lordship that the Committee of Plantations had agreed to report unto his Majesty that they considered the prosecution." See infra, p. 62.
(d) Copy of the several fines and forfeitures at the Grand Sessions at Barbados, at a General Sessions of the Peace Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery held for the body of that island 1684, Dec. 16, to 1684–5, Jan. 16, by the Honble. Henry Walrond, senr., esq. Chief Judge, and other his Majesty's Counsel with the rest of the Judges and Justices of the said Island:
Sir John Witham, bart. indicted for several crimes and high misdemeanours: found guilty and fined 3,000l. sterling to the King.
The same indicted for the like and fined as above.
The same indicted for bribery, found guilty and fined 5,000l.
Henry Burch indicted for a libel, found guilty and fined 100l.
Ralph Lane indicted for seditious words against the government confessed the indictment, fined 50l.
John Gouldingham for the like, and fined 50l.
John Johnson indicted for seditious words against his Majesty, found guilty and fined 5l.
Benjamin Dowden indicted for playing with false dice, confessed, fined 3l.
Joseph Dowden indicted for an assault, found guilty, fined 5l.
Joan Johnson indicted for receiving stolen goods, found guilty of larceny, fined 5l.
Matthew Chapman indicted for keeping his people at work on Christmas day, found guilty, fined 10l.
John Glover and George Gray indicted for opening their shops on Christmas day last, confessed and fined 5l. each.
John Brett, Joseph Harbin, Henry Wherley, Mary Mitchell, John Hutton, Edward Hunt, Henry Burch, Robert Hewet, Thomas Smith, Thomas Pilgrim, Joseph Borden, John Beeke and John Plumley indicted for keeping their shops open on Christmas day, found guilty; Burch, Pilgrim and Harbin fined 20l. each and all the rest 10l. each.
Forfeited recognizances.
Robert Graves and Matthew Jennings bound in 10l. each to give evidence against John Turner and Dorothy his wife concerning the death of Mary Clansey: forfeited.
Edward Fagan, bound in 10l. to prosecute Joseph Rand for felony: forfeited.
Mar. 17. Henry Guy to William Blathwayt enclosing (a) infra, with a list of the soldiers lost with Capt. Carlisle. Please report your opinion hereon to Treasurer Rochester. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 29. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor), pp. 159–61.
Appending: (a) extract of a letter dated Nevis, 1684–5, Jan. 26, from Sir William Stapleton to [the late Treasury Lords]. I have received your Lordships' directions concerning the arrears and pay of the two [Foot] Companies; to which I thus answer. When first the 30 recruits arrived I went down to St. Christopher island and made room for them by ejecting so many married men [as were] superannuated and were turned planters: since which time I have put on board the Francis, Capt. Carlisle commander, two English files, nine men whereof are unquestionably lost with him to the sorrow of all that knew him. Three of the 12 stayed behind, viz. two sent on shore as sick and one returning without leave I ordered in irons and returned him to the garrison. Six were out of my particular Company and three out of Col. Hill's. Their names are annexed. The nine men are supposed to be lost on the 7th Oct., 1683, the day the storm began. We could not reasonably blot their names or entertain others sooner than in July last, their loss being then controverted. I then ordered [nine] others to be entertained with two [more] instead of two that died in Dec. last. If your Lordships have any thoughts of defalcation upon their score I have advanced money to buy them necessaries. I have always caused the officers to pay what was received for any [soldier] that had been dead from muster to muster, to the wife or child if any or to the creditors, which last the soldiers seldom want that have neither pay nor subsistence else must beg, steal or starve.
I beseech your Lordships to consider the merit of the petition referred to you and to be persuaded that four frontiers and a main guard in the fort cannot be maintained and relieved once in six days without effective men, there being more necessity of supernumeraries than of a toleration or winking at the absence of one or the mortality of any to be unsupplied. If you please to retrospect into the first six years' pay and musters since I am chiefly concerned it will appear that I have mustered 57 men less than the first establishment and so the pay was lessened from 2,778l. 10s. 8d. to 2,278l. 7s. 0d. by which you may judge my integrity and aversion to false musters. Upon this diminution or waste then of the two Companies, though I begged they might be disbanded or provided for, the Lords Committee [for Trade and Plantations] advised the King to send recruits and so to put them on the first establishment of 80 in each Company, as ever since and now they are and the places filled in lieu of those [nine] others who were in the Francis perished. Though I have his Majesty's commission in my own name for both the Companies, [the] first when Sir Charles Wheeler had one of them and the other when his commission was revoked when the King sent me a commission for that of said Wheeler, yet have I ever since given the pay of one of the Companies to Col. Abell Mathew until he died, since which time I received no pay and did muster Col. Cotter, then Deputy Governor of Montserrat, for a little while and after him the present Deputy-Governor of St. Christopher, as may appear by the muster rolls, though it is my own right. I have commissionated muster masters from time to time who are cheques on the officers and the officers on them. This I hope will give you satisfaction [in proof that] half a year's pay is little or no relief to them, "being so much indebted and do commonly catch the calf in the cow's belly and will be four years in arrear July next." I do most humbly reiterate to your serious consideration their desperate condition.
Followed by: (b) names of the soldiers supposed lost with Capt. Carlisle, belonging to the two Companies in St. Christopher, viz.: James Corneu, Nath. Friend, Tho. Grasier, Jos. Jones, Rich. Marpool, William Symerell, Hen. Thomas, John Doggerell, Edward Antlif.
Followed by: (c) the following notes [which appear to be the continuation of the unfinished note supra, p. 60, of Blathwait's attendance on Treasurer Rochester on 1684–5, Mar. 21].
Mr. Blathwayt represented to his Lordship that by Sir William Stapleton's letter the Companies appeared to be full and had been so since the recruits [landed there] and that there was four years' pay due to them in July next.
It was further represented that as the estate of James Holloway, executed for high treason, did by Sir Richard Dutton's letter amount to about 400l. it was probable Sir Richard Dutton would soon receive it and that he had also in his hands 200l. proceeding from the fine set upon Samuel Hanson.
Whereupon his Lordship directs that a letter be prepared [to be sent] to Sir Richard Dutton permitting him to detain those two sums in his hands in part of the salary due to him; but with this further caution that he do not hereafter for any reason whatsoever receive any part of his Majesty's revenue but that he leave the same to his Majesty's receiver, who is to give an accompt from time to time of such receipts and payments made by him.
[Mr. Blathwayt further represented to the Lord Treasurer] that there is a judgment in the Exchequer of Barbados for 2,000l. against Capt. Young, master of a ship, upon the forfeiture of a bond for bringing away Samuel Hanson, the King's prisoner, without leave.
Whereupon his Lordship orders a letter to be prepared directing the receiver or any other person whom it may concern to remit that sum to the Exchequer here [in London] deducting only such necessary charges of the prosecution as there shall be good vouchers for and the exchange upon bills.
Mar. 17. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of John Wynne of Melay, co. Denbigh, for a fresh patent to himself and his son William Wynne of Lincoln's Inn, gent. of the offices of steward and Recorder of the King's Courts in the lordship of Denbigh and Denbigh lands, petitioner's grant being void by the death of Charles II. Reference Book III, p. 48.
The order of reference states that it is intended that said office be granted to William Wynne during pleasure.
Mar. 18. Privy seal for the payment to Thomas Chudleigh of his ordinary and extraordinaries as Envoy Extraordinary to the States General, what is now in arrear and what shall become due thereon at his return into the royal presence: his former privy seal having become void by the death of Charles II. King's Warrant Book X, p. 50.
Same for 3l. a day as ordinary to Sir George Etheridge whom the King has thought fit to employ in his service in Germany: to be payable quarterly, the first quarter in advance: together with the usual clause for the allowance of his extraordinaries. Ibid, pp. 50–1.
Same for the payment to Bevill Skelton, esq. of the several sums due to him as Envoy Extraordinary to the Princes and Hanse Towns of the Empire, viz. 2,825l. in arrear on his ordinary of 5l. a day and 1,587l. 16s. 0d. for his extraordinaries therein [the present privy seal being rendered necessary by the death of Charles II]. Ibid, p. 74.
Money order for 76l. 19s. 2d. to Amey Laurence, widow of John Laurence, esq. for fitting and accommodating the rooms belonging to the late Star Chamber for the trial of the moneys in the Pyx and the charges of the entertainment of the officers of the Mint and the jury of goldsmiths attending that service on Nov. 7 last: as hath been heretofore accustomed. Order Book I, p. 4.
Treasurer Rochester to Geo. Robinson (who manages that part of the duty upon exported sea coals which was demised to Horatio, Lord Townsend), William Jackson and Mr. Broderick (who manage the duty on smalts, potashes and barilia imported and exported, which was demised to the Earl of Kinnoul), Joseph Dawson, William Waterson, Hen. Loades (who manage the duty upon imported salt which was leased to Sir Roger Strickland and also the duties on imported unwrought wood, glass, stone, earthenware etc. which were demised to the late Visct. Yarmouth), and Richd. Griffin (who manages the duty upon exported lampernes which was demised to Mr. Woodyeare and Mr. Chandler) and to Mr. Waterson (who manages the duty upon coach horses under a lease granted to or for the late King's coachmen). It is the King's express will and pleasure that every one of you forbear to pay any of the moneys in your hands which you have collected for any the said duties since the death of Charles II, or any of the moneys which you shall hereafter so collect to any of the said patentees or farmers or to any other person or persons claiming under them: but that you keep in your hands all such moneys until you receive the King's directions for the payment thereof. Out Letters (Customs) X, p. 6.
Mar. 19. Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Cashier to appoint George Fitz Rowland as waiter and searcher with 20l. per an. salary: the said Commissioners having in their memorial of the 16th inst. proposed to establish such an officer. Out Letters (Customs) X. pp. 6, 7, 8, 9.
Thomas Davis as a noontender, London port loco Samuell Woodbridge, lately deceased.
Benjamin Webster as waiter and searcher at Studland Bay in Poole port loco Robert Corbin, lately dismissed.
Henry Martin as assistant to said Webster loco John Tombes, lately dismissed.
John Wallen as an additional noontender in London port under the Treasury order of Oct. 16 last.
Francis Draycott as surveyor of the port and harbour of Poole and to have command of the waterguard thereof at 150l. per an. for which he is to guard that port and to keep proper vessels constantly manned and in motion in the King's service.
Walter Clarke as a tidesman at Cowes loco John Baxter, removed to Southampton.
Edward Bromfeild to be settled at Beckley as the officer on that [Sussex] coast: and 5l. per an. to be added to the present salary of the waiter and searcher at [East] Bourne.
Edward Hitchcock as waiter and searcher at Padstow with a salary of 30l. per an. which is to be taken from the 50l. per an. salary of John Downe, late riding surveyor there: as is proposed by Gilbert Marshall, collector of Padstow port.
10l. per an. out of the abovesaid 50l. per an. to be added to the salary of said Gilbert Marshall as collector to enable him to keep a horse and to visit the coast from Bude eastward to St. Ives westward.
John Anderson and — Hutton as two boatmen in Sandwich port at 15l. per an. each: the Customs Commissioners having proposed the 16th inst. that the salary of one of the waiters in said port be applied to two boatmen and that Charles Scattergood, one of the said waiters, be removed on a suitable vacancy.
Three persons to be presented as tidesmen to be added to the port of Dover at 20l. per an. each. And William Jenkin, the present waiter and searcher at Folkestone, to be dismissed and one of the tidesmen at Dover to be sent alternately by months to take care of that (Folkestone) port and the salary of 20l. per an. [hitherto paid to said tidesman so hereby dismissed] to be allowed to Capt. Deverux who commands at Sandgate Castle, to take care of that coast: all as proposed ut supra.
Tho. Hammon as tidesman at Southampton loco George Tilley, deceased.
5l. per an. to be added to the salary of the officer at Broadstairs in Sandwich port.
10l. per an. to be added to the salary of the waiter and searcher at Milton to make it up to 40l. per an.: and 10l. per an. to be allowed for a boatman, there being at present no boatman there.
An able boatman to be presented for the better guarding of the coast between Shoreham and Bridgton [Brighton], with a boat and to reside at the mouth of Shoreham harbour.
George Layfield as Comptroller and Surveyor General of the Plantation duties in Maryland loco Nehemiah Blackinston, who is to be collector there.
A fit person to be presented as waiter and searcher to be added to Romney port at 20l. per an. and to reside at Lydd on that [Kent] coast.
Nehemiah Blackinston (present Comptroller and Surveyor General of the Plantation duties in Maryland) as collector of said duties there loco Christopher Rousby, esq. lately deceased.
A fit person to be presented as an additional boatman in Faversham port at 20l. per an. salary.
10l. per an. to be added to the salary of each of the landwaiters in the port of Southampton to make their salaries 40l. per an. each (and so equal to the salaries of the landwaiters in Poole port).
Mar. 19. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the report made by Mr. Graham and Mr. Burton upon the petition of Sir Jno. Knightley, which was referred from the late King Dec. 15 last to the Treasury Lords and by them to said Burton and Graham: petitioner praying a grant of the King's interest in that part of the manor of Preston in co. Northants which is seized into the King's hands for Mr. Hampden's fine. The Surveyor General is to report a reasonable rent if petitioner become the King's tenant for the lands. Reference Book III, p. 33.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Mr. Orchard shewing that he is Customer of the ports of Exeter and Barnstaple and the members thereof: that not long since said offices were divided, the Customer of Exeter was John Roop and of Barnstaple Henry Prideaux, both during pleasure. On Prideaux's death the King gave his place to petitioner and that he should succeed Roop also. The grant to said Roop is determined by the death of Charles II. Therefore prays to succeed Roop in Exeter port. Ibid.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Ducibella Ford, widow, praying payment of the purchase money for a house and garden in Winchester which Charles II purchased for 800l. for the conveniency of his palace, the King's workmen having pulled down the walls and fences whereby same is uninhabitable: also shewing that she had eight acres of land in the park which she let Mr. Herbert [Harbord] at the same rate as he gives for land of the same holding but has not received any rent for same. Her husband left her in debt and she has 12 children to maintain. Ibid.
Same by same to Marmaduke Darcy, George Benyon and Robt. Phillips of the petition of Robert Simpson praying that the 20l. owing to him by Francis Pointz as appears by bill entered in the [Great] Wardrobe may be paid out of the 1,000l. which is ordered to be paid to said Poyntz: petitioner being a poor man and much in debt. Ibid, p. 35.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Daniel McKwen (McKnewn) for a noontender's place, London port; he having served the late King at Worcester, Dunbar, in the late wars and been a great sufferer, as is certified by the Earl of Middleton. Ibid.
Mar. 19. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Farewell, a tidesman extraordinary, London port: praying to be made a tidesman in fee. Reference Book III, p. 35.
Same by same to same of the petition of Alexander Cleeve, a deputy King's waiter, London port; praying for a tidewaiter's place ibid., until a landwaiter's place be void. Ibid, p. 36.
Same by same to same of the petition of Edward Carne for renewal of his patent of searcher of Bridgwater port [which patent is determined by the death of Charles II]. Ibid.
Same by same to Marmaduke Darcy, Benyon and Phillips of the petition of Tho. Townshend shewing that there is due to him out of the office of the Great Wardrobe as executor to his uncle, George Townshend, 1,434l. 0s. 4d. for mourning cloth for the Queen Mother of Portugal, 300l. for service, 500l. and interest on a tally of loan on the fee farm rents, 100l. on an order on the Law [duty] bill [Act], 9,000l. for goods taken up by himself and his father for the late King's service (for 1,500l. of which he pays interest) and 761l. 9s. 6d. due to him for salary as clerk. Prays payment of said moneys, petitioner being run into debt for want of it. Ibid.
Same by same to the Earl of Ranelagh of the petition of Mr. Roberts shewing that in the late King's time he received divers moneys of the said Earl by verbal order for works at Windsor with which the Auditor will not charge him upon his account: therefore praying that said Earl may certify what he so received and that the Auditor be directed to charge him therewith. Ibid.
Same by same to Anthony Stephens of the petition of Luke Noone, late one of the slopsellers of the Navy, shewing that there remains 748l. 6s. 0d. due to him for slops besides 200l. lately imprested, which has been defalced from the seamen and allowed on the paybooks, but which he cannot obtain on pretence that Sir Thomas Beckford and others had slops on board several of those ships: further the length of voyage of most of the ships petitioner was concerned in was three or four years, which has forced him to quit his trade for want of stock and his losses were beyond his profits by reason of defective clothes returned from ships: whereby he is reduced to lowest indigence and is now cast into Newgate for a debt of 200l. Prays an order to the Treasurer of the Navy for his debt. Ibid, p. 37.
Warrant by same to Edward Ange, Solicitor for the King in the matters relating to Recusants. I am informed that several of the writs against Recusants are sent to the sheriffs of the several counties. You are hereby to write to them to forbear executing any of the said writs till after Palm Sunday next. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, p. 17.
Same by same to the Commissioners of Excise and Hearthmoney to take care that in the transcribing of the present books of Collection of the Hearthmoney the arrears due at Michaelmas last and the growing duty only be inserted: and that the arrears due before Michaelmas last be collected by officers to be nominated by the late [Farmers or] Managers but by commissions from you and with direction to them to communicate to you from time to time their proceedings. The said officers are to take care to collect the same with as little clamour of the people and [as little] obstruction to the growing duty as may be. All by reason that upon the paper presented to the Lord Treasurer by Patrick Trant and William Bridges "I [Treasurer Rochester] received from you a report signed only by Mr. Parry" dated the 17th inst. to the effect that it will be inconvenient to the present collectors of the Hearthmoney to insert the arrears due before Michaelmas last into the present books of Collection, which are to be sent out at the coming Lady day; but rather that Mr. Trant and Mr. Bridges may collect their arrears by such collectors as they think fit, thereby to avoid perplexing the two accounts and the growing duty may be collected by the [King's] officers with more ease and less clamour. Ibid, p. 18.
Mar. 19. Report by Treasurer Rochester to the King on the petition of Henry Hordsnell, as by the order of reference of Feb. 17 last. It is certified to me by William Hewer that petitioner was Recorder of Tangier with a salary of 300l. per an. payable out of the revenue arising there and that if his salary be continued to the time of the arrival of Lord Dartmouth (as was done by the late Treasury Lords to others in the like cases) there will be an arrear of 150l. due to him; that his present condition is particularly low, Mr. Hewer having lent him several sums since his arrival in England to relieve himself and family and that he is one of the three that are (in the reports made by the Commissioners for Proprietyes to Lord Dartmouth) particularly recommended for compensation for extraordinary charges in building the house he lived in over and above the sum settled by the [said] Commissioners for said house: that it will be a matter of justice to pay him said salary and to recommend him for some employment suitable to his profession: further Hewer reported the 11th inst. that 50l. has been paid him since Jan. 22 last on account of salary, thus leaving 100l. I think it will be an act of compassion to pay him said 100l., his family being in a very distressed condition. Warrants not Relating to Money XI, pp. 18–19.
Warrant by same to Tho. Agar, Surveyor [of Woods, Trent South], to fell so many old coarse trees in such parts of Wychwood Forest, co. Oxford, as will raise 100l., 40l. thereof to reimburse the expense of John Legg, Ranger of said Forest, in the repair of the main lodge and stables there and 60l. for further repairs of the house, stables and garden wall; all as by the report from said Agar on said Legg's petition referred Oct. 28 last. Ibid, p. 20.
Henry Guy to the Customs Commissioners to send an officer to Monsieur de Overkirke's lodgings at the Golden Head in Leicester Fields to visit his goods that are going to Holland. Out Letters (General) IX, p. 24.
Same to the Mint Commissioners. There are only medals left for one healing more. You are to provide with all speed some more medals for his Majesty's [use in] healing. Take care that the King's name be engraven thereon. Ibid, p. 30.
Mar. 19. Henry Guy to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed papers [missing] relating to the ship Castle of Purmerent. Has the master's selling part of the cargo altered the case from what it was when you were writ to before concerning it? Out Letters (General) IX, p. 30.
Same to Mr. Foulke to send to the Attorney General the deeds in your custody concerning the estate granted to Peregrine Bertie, Charles Bertie and Mr. Osborne in trust for the Earl of Plymouth. Ibid, p. 31.
Same to Sir Tho. Player. In reply to yours of the 13th inst. you are with all speed to make up your accounts [of moneys imprested to you for disbanding the New Raised Forces]. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Kingdon to send to the Lord Treasurer Mr. Davis, the collector of Carrickfergus. Ibid.
Same to Col. Werden, Sir Nich. Butler and Mr. Graham for an account what lands the King had when Duke [of York], what in his own name and what in the names of trustees and who are the trustees. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to rectify the sixth article in your memorial of the 16th inst. proposing 55l. for two boatmen. You are to employ James Croston as a quayman, London port. Ibid.
[?] [Same] to the officers of the Jewel House. By order of Council the following items are to be provided by you against the Coronation. You are to keep in readiness such of the particulars as you have already by you and to take care to provide the remainder. Ibid, pp. 30–1.
Appending: list of provisions for the Coronation of King James II and Queen Mary at Westminster 23 April, 1685.
The Master of the Jewel House is to provide For the King.
Two Imperiall Crownes set with precious stones, the one to be called St. Edward's Crown, wherewith the King is to be crowned, and the other to put on after his Coronation before his return to Westminster Hall.
Also an orbe of gold with a cross, set with precious stones.
a sceptre with a cross with precious stones, called St. Edward's.
a sceptre with a dove set with precious stones.
a long sceptre or staff of gold with a cross upon the top and a pike at the foot, of steel, called St. Edward's staff.
a ring with a ruby.
a pair of gold spurs.
a chalice and patten of gold, if there be a communion.
an ampull for the oyl and a spoon.
two ingots of gold, the one a pound, the other a mark, for the King's two offerings.
For the Queen.
a circle or coronet of gold adorned with precious stones, which the Queen is to wear from Westminster Hall to the Abbey Church and till the time of her annointing.
a rich Crown wherewith her Majesty is to be crowned.
a lesser Crown which her Majesty is to wear in her return from the abbey.
a sceptre of gold with a cross.
an ivory rod with a dove.
a rich ring.
Mar. 19. Henry Guy to Lady Peterborough. By order of Council you are to provide the following items for the Queen against the Coronation: Out Letters (General) IX, p. 32.
a surcoate or kirtle of purple velvet, the sleeves turned up, furred and powdered with ermines.
a robe or mantle of purple velvet with a long train, the cape and lining powdered with ermine: to be worne over the surcoate.
Same to Mr. Herbert, Master of the Robes. You are ut supra to provide the following against the Coronation: Ibid.
For the King.
a kirtle of crimson velvet.
a large mantle and hood furred with ermines and bordered with rich gold lace. The mantle is also of crimson velvet.
a cap of state turned up with ermine: also of crimson velvet.
These are called Parliament Robes and are to be put on in the Prince's lodgings the day of his Majesty's Coronation before he comes down into the [Westminster] Hall.
Also the Robes of Estate of purple velvet of the same fashion as the former [the Parliament Robes and] which with the Imperial Crowne are the day before the Coronation to be delivered to the Lord High Chamberlain and layd upon St. Edward's altar at the foot of his shrine.
Also two caps of purple velvet for the two Crowns [the said caps to be] turned up with ermines.
Same to Mr. Darcy, Mr. Benyon and Col. Philipps [of the Great Wardrobe]. You are ut supra to provide the following against the Coronation. Such of these items as you have already by you you are to keep in readiness: the rest you are to provide. Ibid.
The Master of the Great Wardrobe is to provide the Ornaments called St. Edward's wherein the King is to be crowned, together with the other particulars following, viz.:
the Colobium Sindonis of fine linen or sarcenet; in fashion of a surplice without sleeves.
the Supertunica; a close coat of cloth of gold reaching to the heels lined with crimson taffeta and girt with a broad girdle of cloth of gold to be put over the Colobium.
the Armilla; in fashion of a stole made of cloth of gold, to be put about the King's neck and fastened above and beneath the elbows with silk ribbons.
a Pall of cloth of gold in fashion of a cape.
a pair of hose or buskins of cloth of gold.
a pair of sandals of cloth of gold.
all these [above] to be laid ready upon the altar in the Quire.
also a shirt of fine linen to be opened in the places for the annoynting.
another shirt of red sarcenet over it.
over that a surcoat of crimson satin made with a collar for a band: both opened for the annointing and closed with ribbons.
a pair of under Trowses and Breeches over them with Stockins fastened to the Trowses: all of crimson silk.
a pair of linen gloves.
a linen coife.
a silk towell to be held before the King at the Communion by two bishops.
three swords, viz. Curtana and two others with scabbards of cloth of gold.
a sword of state with a rich embroidered scabbard. two mantles of crimson velvet, furred with ermines.
two capps with cloth of gold lined with ermine for two persons representing the Dukes of Normandy and Acquitaine.
a Canopy of cloth of gold to be borne over the King by eight of the sixteen Barons of the Cinque Ports, two to a staff; with a silver bell gilt at each corner of the said canopy, viz. four in all.
a Pall of cloth of gold for the King to offer.
another pall to be held over the King, during his annoynting, by four Knights of the Garter.
cloth of gold to cover the Throne.
a rich Chair with cushions, and footstool set thereon, upon the Throne.
another [rich Chair] below on the east side of the Throne opposite to the altar in which the King first sits.
a rich Chair and Traverse for the King with footstool and cushions whereon the King sits on the south side below the altar during the sermon.
another Chaire placed for the King before the altar when he is annointed and then clothed.
St. Edward's Chair richly furnished, placed in the midst against the altar towards the Throne, wherein he is crowned.
a Chair of purple velvet for the Archbishop to sit in on the north side the altar opposite the King.
a Chair and Traverse for the King within St. Edward's Chapel.
red Say to cover all the Throne in Westminster Hall and in the church.
blue cloth spread in the way from the steps in the Hall to the Quire in the church.
fine cloth or cotton wool, to dry the places annointed, for both their Majesties.
For the Queen.
a rich Pall of cloth of bodkin to offer at the altar.
a Canopy of cloth of gold like that of the King's; to be borne over the Queen by eight Barons of the Cinque Ports with four silver bells gilt hanging at the corners.
a Coif to be put on after the annointing.
a silk Towel to be held before the Queen at the Communion.
cloth of gold to cover the Queen's Throne.
a Chair of State to be set towards the east side of the stage or theatre just below her Majesty's Throne.
a Chair and feild stool on the north side the altar.
a Chair and Traverse on the south side the altar on the left hand [of] the King's.
a rich Chair with cushions and footstool on the Queen's Throne.
a Chair and Traverse in St. Edward's Chapel.
Mar. 19. Henry Guy to the Navy Commissioners to assign payment out of the [Navy's] weekly money of 437l. 12s. 3d. to Sir John Wyburne on his bills of disbursements and for wages. Disposition Book IV, p. 13.
Money warrant for 2,255l. to Thomas Chudleigh for one year and 86 days to the 9th inst. on his ordinary as Envoy Extraordinary to the States General. (Money order dated Mar. 23 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 13. Order Book I, p. 5.
Same for 10,000l. to Edward Griffin, esq., Treasurer of the Chamber, as imprest for the service of his Office. (Money order dated Mar. 20 hereon.) Money Book VI, p. 13. Order Book I, p. 5.
Warrant from Treasurer Rochester to William Rooke, esq., sheriff of Kent, to pay to Thomas, Bishop of Rochester, the fine of 500 marks set at the assizes at Maidstone July 21 last upon William Burman of Wilmington for seditious words, which fine the bishop claims as belonging to him in right of his church of Rochester, as the said Burman then lived within a liberty where the said bishop has the right to all such fines by virtue of the King's grant (by Henry VIII, confirmed by Queen Elizabeth) anciently and now allowed in the Exchequer: which claim the Attorney General has reported on as true and sound and that the fines have been set over to former Bishops [of Rochester]. Money Book VI, pp. 13–14.
Money warrant for 273l. to Sir George Etheridge, kt. for a quarter's advance of ordinary, he being employed in the King's service in Germany. (Money order dated Mar. 23 hereon.) Ibid, p. 14. Order Book I, p. 5.
Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of Sir Josiah Child, Dennis Gauden, Benj. Gauden and partners, contractors for Victualling the Navy in 1672 and 1673. Reference Book III, pp. 43–4.
Prefixing: (a) said petition shewing that their accounts cannot be closed until direction be given for the allowance and settlement of several orders on fee farm rents, Customs bonds and Navy bills which remain in their hands ready to be delivered up so soon as the Auditors shall be ordered to give allowance for them in account. Further that they some time since laid before Charles II several demands for interest of money, charge of agents in the fleet, disbursements for purchase of ground, buildings and reparations of the King's storehouses etc. and obtained a reference thereon to the Treasury Lords, who referred same to the Navy Board. Therefore pray a final determination thereof.
(b) note of the papers [missing] annexed to said petition, viz. their accounts of interest for 1672 and for 1673, and two reports dated 1680–1, Feb. 7, and 1681, Sept. 12, made by the Navy Commissioners about this business.
Mar. 20. Dormant warrant by same to the Receipt for tallies to be levied from time to time on the Tenths of the dioceses of York, Exeter, Winchester, Lincoln and Sarum for the two several annuities of 1,000l. per an. to Ann, Countess Dowager of Bristol, for ten years from 1677, Lady day (granted by patent of 1670, May 31), and 1,000l. (granted by patent of 1670, Sept. 9) to William, Earl of Bedford, and John Russell, esq. for the life of said Countess: both which annuities are paid up to Christmas last. Money Book VI, p. 15.
Mar. 20. Royal warrant to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a new Commission of Appeals in Excise, the new Commissioners to be Robert Spencer, esq., Charles Fanshaw, esq., Sir Paul Neale, kt., George Dodington, esq. and Edward Seymour, esq.: with salaries of 200l. per an. each, payable quarterly as from Christmas last. [The effect hereof is to renew the commission existing at the time of the death of Charles II.] King's Warrant Book X, p. 52.
Same to same for a privy seal to discharge James Tazwell, son of James Tazwell of Limington, co. Somerset, from the recognisance of 500l. forfeited by his father ut supra, p. 31. Ibid, p. 53.
Same to same for a great seal for a fresh Commission of the Customs to contain Sir Dudley North, the new Commissioners to be Lord Cheyne, Sir Dudley North, kt., Sir John Werden, Sir Nich. Butler, Sir John Buckworth, William Dickinson and Thomas Chudleigh: they to be also Commissioners for the Four and a Half per cent. duty in Barbados and the Leeward Islands: with salary of 1,200l. per an. each payable quarterly as from Christmas last: John Sansom to be their secretary and John Lloyd to be Agent and Solicitor in like manner as in the present Commission, but with proviso for payment to Robert Bertie of 300l. per an. out of the salary of said Sansom. Ibid, p. 54.
Royal sign manual for 500l. to Henry Guy, for secret service, without account: to be issued on the 10,000l. privy seal dormant of Feb. 27 last. (Money warrant dated Mar. 23 hereon. Money order dated Mar. 24 hereon.) Ibid, p. 55. Money Book VI, p. 17. Order Book I, p. 5.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to constitute Henry Coventry (Chief Ranger of the Chace of Enfield, co. Midd.) to be receiver of all fines and forfeitures to the King for killing or stealing any of his deer or for carrying of guns there contrary to law: he to dispose of such moneys in such manner as he think best for the preservation of the deer and game there. King's Warrant Book X, p. 55.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a same for a grant to Benercot Cornwallis and Slingsby Bethel in trust for Thomas Beverley, junr. and Mary his wife of the goods and chattels of Thomas Beverley, now or late of Gaynes Park, co. Huntingdon, who was outlawed on Monday before the feast of St. Mark the Evangelist (April 25), 1684, in London at the suit of said Cornwallis and Bethel in a plea of debt whereupon by a writ of special capias utlagum of May 12 following and an inquisition thereupon taken at Buntingford, co. Herts, May 21, goods of his to the value of 79l. were found which the sheriff then seized; and likewise on like writ dated May 12 and an inquisition at St. Ives, Huntingdon, May 20th, cattle and goods to the value of 487l. were seized; and on another like writ of date June 18 following and on an inquisition taken at Hitchin Aug. 6 [goods and chattels to the value of — were found and] seized by the sheriff. Ibid, pp. 56–7.
Mar. 20. Reference by Treasurer Rochester to the Customs Commissioners of the order of reference from the King in Council dated Whitehall the 6th inst. of the petition of the East India Company praying liberty to ship out by a free cocquet 1,000 cwt. of brass guns and 500 cwt. of iron guns of various sizes, great and small, not only for fortifying their garrison of Fort St. George and the Island of Bombay, but likewise for the small vessels, boats and sloops which they constantly employ to and from several places in India. Reference Book III, p. 34.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for interest to Mr. Noell and Mr. Nihill as follows. An order dated Jan. 21 last (ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. VII, p. 1508) was drawn in the Exchequer and signed by the late Treasury Lords for 1,803l. 18s. 2d. to said Noell for interest of 79,000l. lent the late King. Likewise another order of same date ut ibid., p. 1417, for 1,116l. 17s. 10d. By reason of the death of Charles II the said orders being still unsatisfied cannot now be executed without further direction from his present Majesty. The said orders are hereby to be paid either by making issues upon them or by new orders to be drawn, signed and satisfied for the same. King's Warrant Book X, pp. 63–4.
Further it is directed, or intended to be directed by another privy seal that payment of 6 per cent. interest be made to Charles Toll from Oct. 20 last for 36,000l. part of the abovesaid 79,000l., lent by Noell, in regard said Noell has by writing declared that his name as to said 36,000l. was used in trust for said Toll, who has the tallies for the same. It is therefore hereby ordered that payment be made to said Noell of 6 per cent. interest on the balance of 43,000l. from said date of Oct. 20 last until the respective dates of the actual repayment and satisfaction of the principal.
Similarly James Nihill, esq. lent to the late King 10,000l. paid into the Exchequer 1683, Sept. 22, [and did likewise lend] 10,000l. more, which was payable to him by patent dated 1683, Oct. 11, as the assignee of Isaac Legouch for jewels and other things and tallies of pro were accordingly struck on the Excise for 20,000l. [as security for said loans] and interest has been paid to said Nihill thereon viz. to 1683–4, Mar. 23, on the one 10,000l. and to 1684, Mar. 30, on the other 10,000l. But of the said [20,000l.] tallies on the Excise Charles Toll is entitled to 4,000l. the interest for which from 1684, Mar. 30, the King is providing for by another privy seal. It is therefore hereby directed that for the balance of 16,000l. due to said Nihill interest [as above] be paid him, viz. for 10,000l. from 1683–4, Mar. 23, and for 6,000l. from 1684, Mar. 30, until repayment of the principal.