Volume 17: January 4-March 30, 1692

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 1, 1556-1696. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1868.

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January 4–March 30, 1692

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1. Report of William Glanvill to the Lords of the Treasury, to the effect that he had searched into Mr. Jephson's minute books and found the minute at the hearing between Kemp and Martin, on 26 July 1689, concerning the office of searcher of Plymouth. Their Lordships ordered that Kemp should be continued in the possession, and that Mr. Attorney be desired to bring a scire facias against Kemp's patent, upon the matter of corruptly purchasing the patent, alleged by Mr. Martin's counsel.
Also the petition of William Brockett, gent., to the King, praying for the office and for the grant of an order for a scire facias against Kemp's grant. 2 pages.
4 Jan.
2. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Joseph Durden, milliner, praying payment of several debts due to him from Capt. Stanyan, of Col. Byerly's regiment of horse, the captain having absconded after having set the petitioner at defiance. Undated, but referred 4 Jan. 1691.
Minuted:—“9 Feb. 1691–2. To be paid when the arreares are paid.”
Also the petition. 2 pages (1 quarto).
4 Jan.
3. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the expense to which Mr. Williamson, late searcher of customs at Carlisle, was put in keeping deputies in the member-ports, &c., acquainting their Lordships that the business was greatly increased at that time between that part of England and the kingdom of Ireland. Dated 4 Jan. 1691–2. Three enclosures.
Minuted:—“To be allowed 30li & a letter to be sent to Mr Knight to pay it. 12 Jan. '91–2.” 4 pages.
Jan. 6. 4. Report of the Lord Ranelagh and Mr. Chas. Fox to the King, on the petition of Col. William Steuart, for allowance of moneys due to him on several accounts over and above his arrears of pay as colonel and brigadier, viz., for money expended by him in subsisting his regiment and clearing their quarters in Ireland; for keeping together the Royal regiment of Scotch horse 14 days after 1 April 1689, on which day they were ordered to be disbanded; for the purchase of 33 of the best horses belonging to that regiment after they were disbanded, which horses were seized by order of the late Duke of Schomberg, by the Provost Marshal for the artillery in Ireland; and for subsisting five additional companies raised by Col. Steuart for the King's service in the island of Inch, near Londonderry, before they were broken at Dundalk. Dated 6 Jan. 1691–2.
At the foot is a memorandum that the King thought it reasonable that the petitioner should be reimbursed, and transmitted the report and papers to the Lords of the Treasury to give the requisite orders.
Minuted:—“Articles allowed and respited as within.”
Accompanied by five enclosures, one of which is the petition. 7 pages.
Jan. 6. 5. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, seeking for ready money for transporting 1,100 horse and 1,600 foot, and 100 officers' horses, and 200 more foot of the English and Dutch guards, to Holland. Also the 3rd regiment of foot from Leith to Holland; further, as to what remained unpaid, for carrying hence to Moordijck three regiments of horse and one of Dragoons, and for bringing Col. Villers's and Mons. Ruvigny's regiments of horse from Ireland. The charge of carrying foot from Hull to Holland is here omitted, that design being since altered. In addition, stating that they now discharge all the foot ships as they arrive from Ireland to lessen the charges, but they must add to the number of horse ships, more horse being ordered to be brought over than they were at first directed to provide for. Dated 6 Jan. 1691–2. 2½ pages.
Jan. 7. 6. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Sir Joseph Williamson, respecting what was due to him of the fee-farm rent of 113li 9/11 per ann. out of the manor of Nunnington, in the county of York, which was seized into their Majesties' hands by the attainder of the late Viscount Preston for high treason. Dated 7 Jan. 1691.
Minuted:—“To be pd out of such mony as shall come into ye hands of ye auditor of ye county. 9 Apr. '92.”
Also the petition. 1½ pages.
Jan. 11. 7. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. John Lee, of Col. Purcell's regiment of foot, lately come from Ireland, praying payment of 50l. on account of his arrears; advising their Lordships that his pay would very well bear it. Dated 11 Jan. 1691.
On the dorse is:—“Mr Chancellour sayes that Mr Fox will do this. 16 Jan. '91–2.”
Written on the back of the petition. 2 pages.
Jan. 12. 8. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the farm of smalts, potashes, and barillia in the port of London, to which Martha Jackson, widow, relict and executrix of William Jackson, gent., laid claim. Dated 12 Jan. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“A letter to be sent to ye Comrs of ye Customs, that they give directions that ye mony they mencon in their rept received by Mrs. Jackson's agts be forthwith paid in. 19 Jan. '91–2.”
With 11 enclosures. 13 pages.
Jan. 12. 9. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying the report they had obtained from the Attorney-General before their Lordships, touching the duty of sea coal to be exported to the plantations. Dated 12 Jan. 1691–2.
Enclosing copy of their presentment on the same subject, dated 23 Dec. 1691, and the report, signed Geo. Treby, which was in favour of lowering the duty. 3 pages and 2 half pages.
Jan. 13. 10. Presentment by the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the cost of transport of 1,100 horse and 1,800 foot, &c. to Holland, for shipping and necessaries for Col. Erle's regiment of 900 foot and 40 horses from Plymouth to Ostend; and drawing attention to other sums remaining unpaid: praying for ready money to perform these services. Dated 13 Jan. 1691–2. 2½ pages.
Jan. 13. 11. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the case of the sugar refiners, stating that on behalf of the proposal they had heard Sir John Knight and others, and Sir John Fleet and several merchants concerned in the trade of importing and exporting sugars, whose arguments and papers they transmitted to their Lordships; refusing to advise the making of any alteration, except an alteration for the encouragement of the refiners. Dated 13 Jan. 1691.
Also the papers referred to. 4 pages and 2 halves.
Jan. 14. 12. Schedule of clothing delivered to Lord Colchester's regiment of horse, now Lord Berkeley's, by Francis Molyneaux, January 14, 1691–2.
Memorandum that Lord Colchester had contracted with Francis Molineux of London, draper, for certain clothing, and another memorandum relating thereto. 3 pages.
Jan. 18. 13. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to reimbursing the collectors of the outports their imprest and conduct money for impresting seamen. Dated 18 Jan. 1691. 2 pages.
Jan. 18. 14. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of certain merchants, who complained of an allowance made upon a parcel of tea imported from India in the ship “James the Second.” Dated 18 Jan. 1691.
Minuted:—“My Lords agree to this presentment.”
Accompanied by the memorial and two other papers.
The memorial mentions “That the said tea was all of it sound and sweet tea, tho' of diverse sorts and prizes, but the worst thereof of the goodnesse of what is used in coffee houses for the makeing of single tea; and the whole parcell, being sold by the candle, came out at an average of abt twelve shillings per pound.” 5 pages.
Jan. 19. 15. Report of the principal officers of the Mint, on the proposals and reasons offered to their Majesties by Sir William Phipps, &c., for obtaining a grant to the general court, in the province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, of the liberty of coining. They conceived it very probable that most of the moneys which had been coined in New England from 1652 (when they had the privilege of coining) might still remain there; the lightness of the coins discouraging their exportation (being about 22½ per cent less in value than our English silver coins), and encouraging the bringing in of foreign coins from Jamaica, Barbadoes, and other places. It was scarcely credible that buyers should want small moneys for change, since the coined moneys of New England were the shilling, sixpence, threepence, and twopence, besides small Spanish coins current there, as in other English colonies. They might (if their Majesties approved) be supplied with pence, half-pence, and farthings of tin from England, to their Majesties' advantage. The privilege of coinage had not been granted to other English colonies as represented. The instance of the East India Company was very different, the privilege of coinage being restricted to their forts in India, and to the coinage of moneys current in the dominions of those Indian princes only. But if their Majesties grant the privilege of coining moneys to the general court in the province of Massachusetts Bay in New England, they proposed that the moneys might be in weight and fineness according to the standard of the Mint in England. The altering the standard in any one of their Majesties' dominions would be an eminent prejudice to the rest. Dated 19 Jan. 1691.
Minuted:—“To be shown to ye petr. 19 Jan. '91.” 2 pages.
19 Jan.]
16. Petition of Miles Edgar to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that 80l. were due to him as searcher in the port of Chichester, upon his fee of 10l. per ann.; praying for payment, Mr. John Ford having been appointed.
Minuted:—“To be pd., 19 Jan. '91.”
Also certificate corroborating the petition. Dated 29 Dec. 1691. Parts of 2 pages.
Jan. 20. 17. Presentment of the Comrs for Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, on the same subjects as the previous presentments of 6 and 13 Jan., and further estimating the charge of providing forthwith, shipping and necessaries for transporting from this river to Holland 4 regiments of horse and five regiments of foot, with the officers' horses, being in all 1,080 horses and 5,000 men; also concerning an application from the master of a ship, who brought over 64 horses and other things, of the late Lieut.-Gen. Kirke. Dated 20 Jan. 1691–2. 2½ pages.
[? About
21 Jan.]
18. Petition of Charles, Lord Baltemore, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying their order for the Receiver-General to pay to the petitioner 465l. 19s. out of the shilling impost. Without date, but about Jan 21. 1691–2. See Money Book, Vol. II., pp. 241 and 247.
Minuted:—“A warrant ordered for this.” 1 page.
Jan. 22. 19. Report of certain officers of the Navy Office to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William, the son of Sir Richard Lyddall, which showed that he had been a Russian merchant above 20 years, that he had been Governor of Hudson's Bay, and had further served in the Royal Navy for 25 years in several employments; that he was 67 years of age, and wanted only two years to qualify him as a superannuated commission officer, and so could not partake of their Majesties' allowance. Dated 22 Jan. 1691.
Minuted:—“There can be no particular order but by ye King.”
Also a duplicate, and the petition referred to. 3 pages.
Jan. 23. 20. Letter from the Comrs for Transportation to William Blathwayt, Esq., praying directions as to what they should do in respect to the storehouse, and asking if the casks, waggons, &c., should be sold; the transport business at Highlake drawing to an end. Dated 23 Jan. '91–2.
Minuted:—“Ordered to be done.” 1 page.
Feb. 1. 21. Memorial of David Beccelor, on behalf of Mr. Emanuel Junge, late “treasurer and commissary to the Danish forces,” praying their Lordships to order payment of the money due to those forces. Dated 1 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“13 Apr. '92. Referred to ye Comrs of the Revenue, in Ireland.”
Also the memorial of the said Emanuel Junge to Her Majesty, pressing his claims, and a letter to the Lords of the Treasury urging a settlement, as he was ordered to return to Denmark. (Both in French.) 3½ pages.
Feb. 3. 22. Petition of William Legge, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that when the first payment of the 6,000l. was made to King Charles the Second's servants he was under confinement at Carlisle, and so he only received the second payment; praying that he might be placed on the books for two payments “this time.”
Minuted:—“3 Feby 1691–2. To bee according to the rule already ordered.” 1 page.
Feb. 3. 23. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that 7,698l. had been spent for half a month's pay for 10,000 tons of shipping, in beginning to bring over the forces from Ireland, and that the same sum was required for the remaining half month's freight, and for provisions. Dated 3 Feb. 1691–2. 1 page.
Feb. 3.]
24. Petition of Margaret Marshall, the relict of William Marshall, carpenter, deceased; showing that there was due to her for work done by her husband in King Charles the Second's time, at Sheerness Fort 113l. 17s.; that she had been imprisoned by her husband's creditors and was again threatened with imprisonment; praying that she might be paid. Received 3 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“9th June '92. The Lds can do nothing in it. 21 Feb. '92. To speak wth ye officers of ye Ordnance.”
Also a copy of the account, dated 20 June 1675, and an order for payment. 2 pages.
Feb. 5. 25. Report of the Comrs of Transportation, on the petition of Francis Marshall, master of the ship “Jeremiah and Elizabeth,” of London, whose ship was pressed at Waterford to bring over Col. Erle; stating, that if they had hired his ship to transport men from Ireland, she would have carried 110 men, which, at 6s. a head (the usual freight from the west of Ireland to Bristol), amounted to 33l. Dated 5 Feb. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“To the Comrs of the Transports to pay this.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
Feb. 5. 26. Report of the agents for bringing in of the taxes, in favour of the securities offered by John Mason, of St. Ives, in the county of Huntingdon, gent., nominated receiver-general in the county, University, and town of Cambridge, of the aid of 1,651,702l. 18s., for carrying on a vigorous war against France. Dated 5 Feb. 1691.
A schedule of the names of the proposed sureties. 2½ pages.
Feb. 10 27. Report of Lord Ranelagh on the petition of John Gore, clothier, and others, viz., [Thomas Hawgood, sword cutler; William Hudson, haberdasher; Robert Lord, shoemaker; John Hill, sword cutler, and Richard Dorrell, hosier]; in favour of their being paid 511l. 2s. 8d. out of the first off-reckonings. Dated 10 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to, 11 April, 1692.”
The bills of the petitioners. 8 pages, or parts of pages (quarto).
Feb. 12. 28. A petition of George Dashwood and others to the Lords of the Treasury, that they might receive the usual allowance, viz., 1s. 3d. of what they could prove due to the Crown, in the account rendered by the Earl of Westmoreland and others, whom they charged with having defrauded the Crown of a large sum in the time of their management of the excise. Dated 12 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“Granted.” 1¼ pages (small quarto).
12 Feb.]
29. Petition of Sir John Houblon, Knt., surviving sheriff, Sir Christopher Lethieullier, Knt., deceased, and Sir Edward Clark, Knt., and Sir Francis Child, Knt., late sheriffs of the city of London and county of Middlesex, for the year ending at Michaelmas 1690; to be allowed 93l. 9s. 4d., surplusage on their account.
On the back is:—“Mr Chancr has enquired into this matter, and finds noe objection against the petrs request, which differs noe otherwise from the common case than that the petrs pray an allowance of their surplusage out of arrears of the late poll in their hands which is usually allowed out of some other sheriffes Debet, the charge whereof the petrs would avoy'd Feb. 12, 1691. Robert Humfreys.”
Minuted:—“7 March 1691–2. My Lords are of opinion that this should be paid out of some other sheriff's debet.”
Accompanied by the copy of the constat. 2 pages (one parchment).
Feb. 15. 30. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Christian Ermst Balzarn, one of the aid-de-camps to the Duke of Wirtemburg, Lieut.-Gen. of the Danish forces; certifying that there was due to him 181l. 1s. 6d. Dated 15 Feb. 1691.
Written on the back of his petition. 2 pages.
[? About
15 Feb.]
31. Petition of Stephen Appleby to the Lords of the Treasury, that he may peruse Mr. Boutell's petition and accounts of a ship seized at Algiers, referred to their Lordships; in which ship the petitioner was partner. Undated, but Minuted:—“15 Feb. 1691–2. Mr. Bowtell has taken away his petn when he brings it again ye petr may see it.” 1 page.
Feb. 16. 32. Memorial of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating the reception of a letter from Mr. Cole, collector of Cowes. pressing the payment of his arrears of imprest and conduct money to seamen, &c.; reminding their Lordships of their presentment of the 18th of Jan. on the same subject. Dated 16 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“A letter to the Commissioners of the Navy to take care of this & of the inconveniences that will arise for want of the payment of this, & to others in the like condition.
Accompanied by a copy of the presentment. 2½ pages.
Feb. 17. 33. Copy of the order of the King in Council to the Lords of the Treasury, to cause a commission for general enquiry into abuses in the New Forest. Dated 17 Feb. 1691. 1 page (quarto).
Feb. 17. 34. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Francis Hamilton, certifying that there was due to him, on his half-pay, as late captain of horse, 170l. 9s. Dated 17 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“Respited till laid before ye King. 12 Apr. '92.”
Written on the back of his petition. 2 pages.
Feb. 17. 35. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. “Willm.” Bridges, concerning the seizure of the ship “Sturgeon,” as prize, and her value; certifying that she had neither guns nor gun-decks, by reason of which the petitioner and his company had no share in the lading, which would otherwise have belonged to them in right of seizure; so that all that was due to them was 10s. per ton, viz., 90l. Dated 17 Feb. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“Agreed to ye report 9 Apr. '92.”
The petition referred to and another petition further pressing his claims. The latter minuted:—“Respited till ye King come, 19 April '92.” 3½ pages.
Feb. 17.]
36. Petition of Isaac Teale, apothecary general, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that his commission was given him at the recommendation of the late Dr. Lower, and that he had performed his duties for the two last campaigns in Ireland, &c.; praying that he might according to the duties of his place be employed in preparing such medicine, as should be thought necessary for the army.
Minuted:—“When the apothecarys of the army come to be settled, this to bee considered. 17 Feby. 1691–2.” 1 page.
Feb. 18. 37. Letter, signed Jno. Sansom, to Henry Guy, Esq., secretary of the Lords of the Treasury, asking him to return the report of the Comrs of Customs, of 22 Jan. last; as they found cause to doubt, if not to alter their opinion respecting the transport of sheep and cattle into Ireland custom free.” Dated 18 Feb. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“The report desired delivered to Mr. Hutchinson 19th Feb. '91–2.” ½ page.
Feb. 18. 38. Letter, signed “Fran. Blight,” to Sir Thomas Duppa, Knt., at his lodgings in Whitehall, stating that Sir Thomas' letter had not reached until the day before, by the deepness of the snow. He had sent Mr. Hoblyn, ten days since, two ample certificates, according to the contents of the letter, signed by Parliament men, justices of peace, and the vice-warden of the county. The writings he had in reference to these debts were in his custody and should be delivered to Mr. Hoblyn, when he came to the assizes. Dated at Bodmin, 18 Feb. 1691. ¾ page.
Feb. 22. 39. Report of Wm. Lowndes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of the Lord Wm. Paulett, certifying that the fines, penalties, and sums of money arising upon judgments, quod capiatur and capias pro fine, and the revenues and profits arising upon the Greenwax, at the Exchequer, and all arrears (with divers exceptions) were (by Pat., 27 May, 2 Will. & Mary) granted to the said Lord William for 31 years, at a rent of 500l. per ann., and under certain other conditions. His Lordship desired that the salary of the Surveyor of Greenwax might be allowed him out of the rent. Mr. Lowndes certifies that the office of Surveyor was (by letters patent of 5 Sept., 1 Will & Mar.) granted to Nathaniel Booth, Esq., with a salary of 250l.; but he did not find any clause that his Lordship should pay the salary out of his pocket. Their Lordships had ordered the salary to be paid out of the debets of any accounting sheriff. His opinion was, that the 246l. 9s. 8d., certified by the deputy clerk of the Pipe, was all the money which Lord Paulett had received, and that the salary paid to the Surveyor should be allowed his Lordship, in part of the arrear of rent of 500l. per ann. He conceived that it might not be proper for their Lordships to make an order that Lord Paulett's deputies might search the records of the King's Bench, Common Pleas, and Exchequer, gratis, as was sought; but that the judges of those Courts should be applied to. The quarter's rent which was sought for would be 125l. There were several branches of the Greenwax excepted; viz., the fines, penalties, and forfeitures upon penal statutes or convictions of Popish recusants, conventicles, and other recusants, &c., but what his Lordship proposed [viz., that the Surveyor's salary should be paid out of these exceptions] must wholly depend on His Majesty, in case a salary could be legally granted out of such forfeitures, &c. Dated 22 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“Agreed to all but ye 3d article, wch relates to 125l., and that article to be layd before ye King.”
Accompanied by the memorial, an affidavit, and a certificate of the moneys for Greenwax, paid to Lord William Pawlett. 8 pages.
Feb. 22.]
40. Memorial of William Colmore. Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that the 28l. which Col. John Foulkes owed him might be stopped out of the arrears of his pay.
Minuted:—“22th Feby 1691–2. Referred to Mr Fox.” ½ page.
Feb. 22.]
41. Petition of Capt. Henry Thomas to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that for his loyalty he was kept close prisoner in the Gatehouse by Cromwell a whole year; his brother being at the time a prisoner in the Tower, was afterwards banished to the Barbadoes by the same “usurper,” as Sir Charles Littleton, who was also a prisoner with him, and others of note, could testify; that he since served in Ireland more than 20 years, where his company (which cost him 900l.) was taken from him, and he was turned out of employ by Lord Tyrconnel, for being a Protestant; that he was afterwards restored. He relates other grievances, and states that the “reducement” of Ireland, which benefitted others, gave him no relief. Praying for his arrears and for confirmation of his half pay.
Minuted:—“22 Feb. 1691–2. Mr Fox to put this on his memoriall.” 1 page.
[Feb. 23.] 42. Petition of the Lady Margaret Hay, guardian to the Earl of Kinnowl, to the King, referring to a former petition which she had presented, setting forth the moneys due to the Earl, and seeking that they might be paid out of the potash farm and the Caribb Islands; the prayer of which petition their Lordships would not grant, as the Earl was then in France. In the present petition she states that the Earl was then in Italy, in order to return to England, and prays that their Lordships would grant him a competent allowance to discharge his debts and enable him to return.
Docquetted:—23 Feb. 1691 [&c.]
Endorsed:—“For the King.” 1 page.
Feb. 23.]
43. Petition of Thomas Addison, one of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen and exchanging prisoners at war, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the Jesuits at great expense had put the late college and chapel of the Savoy in good repair, and that as soon as they had absconded, the lead &c. was stolen, so that it cost their Majesties 300l. before the Irish prisoners could be secured therein; that it is fitted with beds, &c. for a prison or hospital; praying for the post of housekeeper. Signed.
Minuted:—“23 Feby 1691–2. The petr to propose wt he will have to keep it yearly in repair.” Other minutes follow, in which it was referred to Sir Christopher Wren. 1 sheet.
Feb. 23.]
44. Petition of Thomas Robson, Esq., in behalf of Col. Edwin Steed, showing that the colonel, who was receiver of the revenue in the island of Barbadoes, had returned 1,000l., and that it had cost him 150l. to obtain the returns; praying a warrant for that sum.
Minuted:—“23th Feb. 7, 1691–2. Referr'd to Mr Blathwait.” 1 page.
Feb. 23.]
45. Petition of Richard, Earl of Burlington and Cork, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the officers of the Danish troops in Ireland had received moneys from the inhabitants of the towns of Youghall, Tallow, Lismore, Bandon, and Cappoquin; praying that out of the money due to those officers and soldiers deductions might be made, and the payments made of what was due.
Minuted:—“23 Feby 1691–2. Referr'd to Mr. Fox.” 1 page.
Feb. 23.]
46. Petition of Frances, Duchess Dowager of Richmond and Lennox, showing that King Charles the Second, in consideration of the lordship and dominion of Aubigney in France, granted to her for life 1,000l. per ann., out of the hereditary excise arising in the counties of Middlesex, Essex, Kent, and Surrey; praying that the arrears (3,000l.) might be paid.
Minuted:—“23th Feby 1691–2. For the King.” 1 page.
Feb. 25.]
47. Representation on the part of Mons. Beaubuisson, master of the King's setter dogs, as to what had been allowed to his predecessors in that office.
On the dorse is a minute for Mr. Squib to set forth what he already has for his several offices, dated 23 Feb. 1691–2, which is there accordingly set forth; after which there is a further minute, “To be considered at ye King's return. 11 Apr. [16]92.”
Accompanying is a certificate that he is allowed 50l. a year as keeper of the King's private armoury in ordinary. 1 page and part of 1 small quarto page.
Feb. 25. 48. Report of Charles Fox, Esq., one of the paymasters-general of the forces in Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury, in favour of the payment of 53l., the sum claimed for his pay by Dean Scardevile, who was chaplain to his Grace the late Duke of Schomberg, from his going into Ireland to the day of his death. Dated 25 Feb. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“To be consider'd when ye arrears of ye army in Ireland are pd. 6 Apr. '92.”
Also the petition for the same. 2 pages.
Feb. 26. 49. Report of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had examined the allegations in the petition of Mary Stopford, widow of James Stopford, touching the lands of Cabragh, Tarah, Brich, and Trivett, and they found that part of the lands were the inheritance of Matthew Penteney and another, part were the possession of Richard Cusack; stating various other particulars about the lands, and giving their opinion that Mr. Stopford was unjustly deprived of the estate, and advising that the petitioner should have a grant of the premises. Dated 26 Feb. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“Respited 'till ye King comes. 9th Apr. '92.” 2½ pages.
Feb. 26. 50. Memorial of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, reminding their Lordships of their presentment of the 16th instant, as to imprest and conduct money. Dated 26 Feb. 1691. 1 page.
Feb. 27. 51. Report of Sir J. Somers, Solicitor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Nash and on the matters of fact therein alleged, concerning the office of Receiver-General of South Wales, held by the petitioner but previously granted to Bevis Lloyd, Esq., and William Jones, gent. Dated 27 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“26 Apr. '92. Mr. Lloyd is not to be remov'd.”
Accompanied by the petition. 2 pages.
Feb. 27. 52. Report of Philip Riley, Esq., Surveyor-General of Forests south of Trent, on the petition and particular of bridges, passages, and causeways necessary to be repaired in the New Forest; presented by James Airy, repairer of bridges there. Dated 27 Feb. 1691–92.
Minuted:—“Agreed to. 9 Apr. '92.”
The petition and particular.
Also two other papers, containing “Articles of instructions for a commission to be executed in New Forest, com. Southampton;’ and another set of “Articles of instruction to be enquired of and executed” there, by virtue of a commission not now annexed.
Endorsed, “Instructions and Comrs names for New Forest, presented by Mr. Ryley, Feb. 27, 1691.” 9 pages.
Feb. 27. 53. Report of William Aldworth, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Baptist May, keeper of the great park at Windsor, respecting the taxes on that park. Dated 27 Feb. 1691.
On the dorse is:—“To be paid by me.” 1 page.
Feb. 29. 54. Copy of a certificate by William Robinson, as to the pay received by Mr. Robert Barker, as waggon-master-general. Dated 29 Feb. 1691–2.
Minuted:—“Referred to Mr. Fox, 13 April '92.” 1 page (decayed).
Feb. 29. 55. The report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James de Cardonnel, stating that the secretary to the general (in which capacity he was employed) had an allowance of 15s. a day for himself and clerks, which was paid by the late paymaster of Ireland to 17 Sept. 1689, since which time he had been employed by the late Duke Schomberg. Mr. Fox expresses his opinion that the right was with the petitioner, notwithstanding the pretensions of Dr. George; 214l. was due to the petitioner from 17 Sept. to 1 July, the day the late Duke Schomberg was killed, and the petitioner was obliged to return forthwith to the present Duke Schomberg, whom he had attended as secretary since the death of his father, to Piedmont. Dated 29 Feb. 1691–2.
The report written on the back of the petition.
Minuted:—“To be considered with the arrears of the army in Ireland. 6 Apr. '92.” 2 pages.
Feb. 29. 56. Report signed “Cha. Chetwynd pro auditor of Wales,” addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Charles May, Esq., certifying that King Charles II., in his 13th year, for services done, granted to Hartgill Baron, Esq., 200l. per ann., for 31 years, out of the revenues of South Wales, which would expire at Mich. 1692; so that His Majesty might grant the same if he pleased. Dated 29 Feb. 1691.
Minuted:—“It cannot be done, 2 March 1691” 2 pages (quarto).
57. Petition of Thomas Shirley, one of the serjeants-at-arms in ordinary, showing that he, by order of the House of Lords, rode post to Westmoreland, at his own expense and hazard of his life, to attach the body of Geo. Wilson, the younger, for a breach of privilege; praying that his case might be considered.
A schedule of fees due to him, and an order of the House of Lords. This is dated 22 Feb. 1691. One whole page and parts of 3 others.
March 1. 58. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, certifying that 73l. 12s.; mentioned in the within petition of Sir Edward Carteret Knt., was due. Dated 1 March 1691.
Written on the back of the petition, which prays for a warrant for payment of his pension, and states, that in the year 1649 the “petitioner was in Jersey, sworn servant to King Charles the Second, to wait upon his brother the Duke of York, with whom he so continued in France, Holland, Flanders, Germany, and at home, in all manner of conditions, and had several commissions, both in England and the island of Jersey (the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Bath and the petitioner being the ancientest servants living that belonged to the Royal Family)” for which services he had a pension of 8s. a day, which was then in arrear, as above.
Minuted:—“23 March 1691–2. Nothing can be don at present.” 1 page.
March 2. 59. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Lecaan, late physician to the “hospital” in Ireland, as to the payment of 106l. due to him, which, if their Lordships thought fit, should be paid to him for his pay. Dated 2 March 1691.
Minuted:—“To be paid in Ireland, 9 Apr. 1692.”
Written on the back of the petition. There is also another petition from him on the same subject, a little later, in which he states their Majesties' affairs required his speedy attendance in Flanders. 1 page and 2 halves.
March 2.]
60. Petition of Samuel Travers and Charles Nicholas Eyre, Esquires, to the King, showing that the post office of Ireland had yielded little or nothing for the last three years; praying His Majesty to accept the annexed proposal and grant the petitioners a lease of the office.
In the proposal they offered to give 1,000l. per ann. for the lease.
Minuted:—“Not to bee done at this time. 2d March 1691–2.” 2 pages (quarto).
March 3. 61. Report of William Blaythwayt, Esq., on the papers submitted to him, in relation to Mr. Lucas Santen, collector and receiver of the revenue of New York, who was suspended by the Governor and Council there, for negligence and disobedience, finding that Col. Slaughter, the Governor of New York, had reported that the revenue in 1687, during the petitioner's management, had improved, and that 120l. was due to him for salary; it would be an encouragement to him to allow it. Dated 3 March 1691–2.
Minuted:—“Agreed to, 11 Apr. '92.” 4 pages.
March 1 & 4. 62. Petition of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, for an order for 300l., towards the prosecutions at the Lent Assizes. Dated 1 March 1691.
A schedule entitled, “An account of prosecutions on their Majties behalfe, in the Lent Assizes, 1691–2.”
A letter from him to Henry Guy, Esq., on the same subject.
A further petition pressing the same subject. Dated 4 March 1691–2.
Minuted:—“To be provided next Wednesday.” 3 pages.
March 7. 63. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that on the 2nd inst., they had presented that the masters of ships at Bristol or Biddeford absolutely refused to treat with them on any terms concerning the going to Kinsale in Ireland, and transporting from thence 2,000 foot to Hamburgh, unless they were paid for the late transportations from Ireland; and since that, they were ordered to take up shipping for 3,500 foot and 380 horse in those ports, which it would not be possible to do, unless the arrears were paid; they had supplied 4,500 Danes, who were put in at Plymouth in great want of provisions, at the charge of 2,000l. Col. Trelawny's regiment about to be transported from Portsmouth to Ostend, in the room of Col. Tiffins, would require 584l. 10s.; an advance was required of 100l. for the agent for the transports at Rotterdam, for his own expenses, and a credit of 200l. each to him and the agent at Ostend. They had orders to ship from the Thames, for Holland or Flanders, the regiment of 600 men and horse under the Earl of Portland, the regiment of Dragoons under Col. Eppinger consisting of 1,000 men and horses, the regiment of foot under Col. Selwin with the officers and horses, in all 1,640 horses and 2,420 men. Dated 7 March 1691–2.
Also another memorandum. 3½ pages.
March 8. 64. Report of the officers of excise upon the salary bill for the hearth officers, informing their Lordships that by a presentment of the Comrs in Feb. 1690 the officers mentioned in that bill were thought necessary to be continued under the salaries therein mentioned, till the arrears could so far be got in that the persons remaining in debt might be returned “Insuper in the Exchequer.” The difficulties had caused those officers to be longer employed; further making remarks as to their allowances and the putting a final end to the charges of getting in the arrears of the said revenue. Dated 8 March 1691. 2 pages.
March 8. 65. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Nathaniel Dowrish, of Plymouth, merchant, owner and lader of the ship “Agnes,” who had contravened the Navigation laws in manning the ship with French Protestants, who inhabited about Plymouth, at a place called Stonehouse, thinking that they should be accounted freemen and duly qualified to sail a ship to the West India plantations; but on the ship's arrival at Barbadoes she was seized, &c.; advising that the petitioner should be relieved and a nolle prosequi entered. Dated 8 March 1691–2.
Accompanied by the petition. 3 pages.
March 9. 66. Memorial of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring them to furnish the money to the officers of the two marine regiments ordered to march from their quarters to be embarked on board the fleet. Dated 9 March 1691–2. 1 page.
March 14. 67. Report, signed “C. Godolphin,” to the Lords of the Treasury, on Mr. Snagg's proposals for a grant to coin and vend tin farthings and halfpence for four years; in consideration whereof he was to advance to their Majesties 10,000l., being the equivalent of 3,000l. a year at 8l. per cent. Stating that there had been coined by the Royal authority since Lady Day 1684 (when the first commission for tin farthings and halfpence was granted) near 59,000l., whereof only 8,500l. had been sent to Ireland.
About 21,000l. had been the net profit which had accrued to the Crown from the said coinage; 3,000l. a year was a greater profit than had been answered to the Crown from the coinage of farthings. It might deserve further consideration how far it might be fit to farm out the coinage of any species of money. He was of opinion that the revenue would be greatly improved by a more extensive distribution of these coins through all parts of England (instead of such discounts as are made for taking them off here), whereby counterfeits would be in a good measure prevented, the poor more duly supplied, and exchange in trade better accommodated. He presumed there might, with care, be 10,000l. a year profit realized; 64l. per ton was pretty near the market price of tin, but that which was coined (instead of 80l., which was proposed) was worth 180l. per ton above the ordinary charge of issuing. Dated 14 March 1691. 1 page.
March 15. 68. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury in respect to certain laws passed in the Assembly of Virginia, viz., an Act for Ports, &c., and an Act for the advancement of the manufactures of the growth of that country; advising that the latter law ought not to be revived, as it seemed unreasonable to compel the merchants to receive debts in commodities, which might be of no use to them, &c.; as to the other Act, which provided (1), that all commodities should be imported and exported at the ports set out in the Act; and (2), that a duty should be laid on furs and hides, &c., advising that the building of towns, setting out ports and places for the shipping and landing goods, to bring the people of the country to “a more regular settlement and cohabitation” was very desirable to be encouraged; but it was unreasonable to compel the inhabitants to bring their goods before there were places convenient for their reception; the buying and selling should be restrained to the places to be set out. They referred their Lordships to a former report, which seemed to be made with great deliberation, and their opinion was, that part of the law ought not to pass, but that the Governor should, with proper assistance, take [care] that wharfs and quays should be built. The proposed duty on furs and hides was about 25 per cent. on the value, and would be a total prohibition of the trade, and hinder the exportation of coarse woollen manufactures. Amongst other purposes the duty was proposed towards the maintenance of a pious and learned ministry, and they conceived if 7½ per cent. were laid on those commodities (being the same as was laid on them in the colony of New York), the trade would bear it, the experiment should be tried, and the proceeds be wholly applied to that purpose, &c., Dated 15 March 1691–2.
Accompanied by two schedules, 1st, of commodities proposed for the payment of debts in Virginia, with the rates and prices thereof; and, 2nd, the rates and duties imposed upon the exportation of furs and hides, by an Act made in the Assembly of Virginia in April 1691. 6 pages.
March 15. 69. Petition of the Mayor and aldermen of the city of Canterbury, showing that the innkeepers and victuallers there, by want of trade, and the soldiers being quartered on them, had become very poor; praying payment of the quarters and subsistence, there being 1,400l. and upwards due to them on 10 March 1691.
Signed by the Mayor and eight aldermen.
On the dorse:—“March 15th, 1691–2.” 1 page.
March 16. 70. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had acquainted their Lordships that they were ordered to take up shipping at Bristol and Biddeford, to carry 2,000 Irish to Hamburg; as also shipping to bring 3,500 foot and 400 horse from Ireland, but the masters refused to deal except they had their arrears, and for provisions of the same the money must be advanced, as also for the Danes at Plymouth: the masters required their freight before they sailed from Portsmouth to Ostend with Col. Trelawney's regiment; the charge of transporting 1,080 horses and 5,000 men from the Thames to Holland remained unpaid. Dated 16 March 1691–2. 2 pages.
March 21. 71. Copy of a presentment by the Comrs for Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before their Lordships a memorial signed by most of the considerable merchants, masters of ships, and traders to Virginia and Maryland, in and about London, to prohibit bulk tobacco from being exported from Virginia and Maryland to England, or other parts; advising that their Majesties should be moved to recommend the prohibition to the Governors and Assemblies there. Dated 21 March 1691. 1 page.
March 21. 72. “An account of what money David Robinson, keeper of Audley End Parke, hath laid out for hay for their Mats deere, since July the 14th, 1691.”
With the following note:—“March 21st, 1691–2, I do allow of this account. J. Lovelace. A true copy.” 1 page (quarto).
March 21.]
73. Petition of Richard Goodwin, labourer, addressed to their Majesties, showing that he had been employed to look after the timber yard at Hampton Court by the Office of Works for 31 years and upwards, had had a habitation in some of the out offices, and was then lodged in a shed, which was ordered to be pulled down, he had a wife and six children and no place to live in; praying leave to build a small tenement on part of the Royal waste next the Thames, at Hampton Town's End.
“21 March 1691–2. Referred to Mr. Harbord, whose deputy is desired to report with speed.”
Minuted:—“It is Her Mats pleasure that the petr be gratifyd in his request.” 1 page.
March 22. 74. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before their Lordships the case of John Buckworth, Esq., and Mr. Robert Bristow, of London, merchants, touching a parcel of pepper entered inwards and reshipped for Leghorn, but the ship being disabled, the pepper was re-landed at Plymouth, and by that means the time for drawing back the half subsidy was elapsed; submitting the case to the favourable consideration of their Lordships, and advising the repayment. Dated 22 March 1691.
Accompanied by the case. 2½ pages.
March 23. 75. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Archibald Row, major to Col. Robert Hodge's regiment, stating that he had nothing to object against the payment of the 200l. claimed. Dated 23 March 1691.
The report is written on the dorse of the memorial. 2 half pages (quarto).
March 23. 76. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had received orders to transport forthwith to Holland or Flanders their Majesties' regiments of horse, under the command of Col. Langston and Col. Windham, with several horses of the Duke of Savoy, the Earl of Argyle, Col. Erle, and several foot regiments, amounting to 984 men and 937 horses, the cost of which would be 3,259l. 4s. 6d.; the officers of the Ordnance demanded freight for 3,700 tons of shipping to carry stores at 14s. per ton per month; the fleet of transports that sailed under the convoy that attended His Majesty putting into Harwich were furnished with oats, &c.; the Earl of Athlone demanded, for carrying his horses, &c., 100l.; their Lordships had promised 2,000l. a week till 7,698l., due to the masters at Biddeford, Bristol, &c., were paid, and expected the remainder before entering upon fresh agreements; their Lordships also promised 500l. per week to pay 4,719l. 19s. to the masters of ships that lately transported men from the River Thames to Holland, only 500l. of which was ordered. Dated 23 March 1691–2. 2½ pages.
March 23. 77. Letter of Henry Guy [Secretary of the Treasury], to the Right Hon. the Earl of Nottingham, stating that he was commanded to return certain papers for his Lordship's opinion, as to whether they relate to bringing in French goods only or contain some matters of state. Dated 23 March 1691–2. 1 page.
[March 25.]
78. Receipts in the port of London from Christmas 1691 to Lady Day following. 1 page.
March 26. 79. Report of William Tailer, Deputy Surveyor, to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had considered the annexed petition of Mr. John Whiteing, and perused a copy of a patent of 13 Car. 1., whereby the King granted to Thomas Talbot, Esq., and Richard Allen, gent., the waste and muddy ground, commonly called Jarrow-slike, in the parish of Jarrow, in the county Palatine of Durham, within the high-water mark of the River Tyne, containing about 300 acres, in consideration of a fine of 40l., and under the yearly reserved rent of 5l., and a further reservation of 4d. per acre, of so much as should exceed 300 acres, but without any clause of re-entry and avoiding the grant for non-payment, so that it seemed still in force. The 5l. per ann. had been paid from 1642, but was in arrear from the Restoration. By the grantees having made no benefit of their patent it seemed the recovery of the land was difficult and chargeable, and they would most likely be contented to relinquish their interest if their Lordships discharged the arrear (157l. 10s.), or granted the same arrear to the petitioners, who might procure a surrender, &c., advising that the petitioner might reasonably deserve a new grant, &c. Dated 26 March 1692.
Also the petition. 3 pages.
[? About
March 30.]
80. Petition of Lieut. Martin Laycock, in the late Lieut.-General Douglas' regiment, showing that his wounds had cost above eight score pounds to cure, and that he was then commanded to his post in Ireland; praying the bestowal on him of 100 marks fine, which was laid on John Davis, vicar of Fenn, in the county of Buckingham, without which he could not pay his debts or go to his command. Undated, but referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 30 March 1692.
Minuted:—“Granted.” 1 page.
March 30. 81. Memorial of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the estate of Mr. Thos. Price, in Newport, seeking for some one to be appointed to receive certain arrears of ground rent.
Further stating that an experiment was to be made at Woolwich on some “oar” taken out of Sir Carberry Price's mine, in Wales, the operators being seven in number, and the Lord Newport and Sir Henry Capell insisted that the petitioner should pay them for their pains, the amount being about 40l.; seeking their Lordships' directions. Dated 30 March 1692.
Minuted:—“A letter to Mr. Smith to demand the ground rents & to be prosecuted if not paid.” 1½ pages.
[? March.] 82. Petition of Abraham Yarner, Esq., Muster-Master General of the forces in Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that his salary and profits for the last three years had not been half so much as formerly, though his trouble and charge had been a great deal more. He was sent for in September last by the Comrs of Parliament in England to give them copies of the musters, and was detained three months. After his return he was sent for again, by warrant of 30 January, to state the arrear due to the army in Ireland, and had to bring over all the muster rolls (which were a horse load), and a commissary and clerk, who, besides his servants, had been maintained and employed by him ever since their coming; praying for some allowance.
Minuted:—“To set forth his extraordinary charges, how & wt they have been. 6 Apr. '92.” 1 page.