Volume 18: April 2-June 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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April 2–June 30, 1692

April 2.
1. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Hercules Browne, concerning the period that the said Capt. Browne acted as provost marshal and his claim for the same. Dated 2 Apr. 1692.
Minuted:—“Nothing to be don at present. 13 Apr. '92.” 3 pages.
April 2. 2. Memorial of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring that they would take care that the 15,000l. wanted for imprests to the yards, outports, and other services, should be presently furnished: also asking for money to continue paying the fleet, all received having been paid away. Dated 2 Apr. 1692. 1 ½ pages.
April 2. 3. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury upon a proposal of the Lord Lanesboro and Onesephorus Albin, for the better collection of the alien duty, and the improvement of trade and customs, stating that a great part thereof is grounded upon a mistaken supposition, that the alien duties are still payable upon the native commodities of this kingdom exported, &c.; further as to what measures had been adopted in relation to aliens' import duties. They feared that frauds were practised by persons of desperate fortunes; yet it was not supposed that men of substance and reputation, by whom the trade of the kingdom was generally carried on, would subject themselves to such severe penalties as prœmunires and other great forfeitures provided, for colouring strangers' goods; and it was very improbable that the frauds could bear any proportion to the value mentioned in the proposal, &c. Respecting the prevention of the running of goods and the encouragement of seamen, the greatest care was used; it was under consideration, during the last session of Parliament, how some impositions might be laid at the Custom House without unhinging the present book of rates, which ought not to be altered without great consideration. The report notices the articles in the proposal seriatim, and concludes by stating that they observe nothing in the paper but what had been already foreseen; and particularly the obsolete practice of taking bonds of merchant strangers, to employ half the value of their merchandise in the commodities of this kingdom, which practice had not been in use from the time of Charles I., the trade being at that time chiefly driven by merchant strangers, but at the time of the report the trade was wholly altered, and was almost entirely in the hands of English merchants and the very nature of the trade was altered; for in those days there was no trade to the East or West Indies, or any plantation; and to lay such a clog on, as was proposed, would prove a great obstruction to trade, and by consequence, instead of an increase, a prejudice to the customs; it being most certain that the freer and more easy trade is in any place the more it flourishes. Dated 2 April 1692.
The proposal referred to, and another paper entitled: “The points we would discours upon before ye Lords of ye Councell, Treasury, & Commissrs of ye Customs.” 9½ pages.
April 5. 4. Report of the officers of the Mint to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the Duchess of Grafton, praying for the grant of letters patent empowering the coining and uttering penny and two-penny pieces, to be composed out of coarse silver, after the manner of stivers current in the United Provinces of the Netherlands; advising,—
(1.) That great inconveniences would follow as those coins would come to the Excise and Post Office, and the Exchequer would be the centre for the greatest part of them; and stating other inconveniences under six other heads.
The sixth and seventh heads are as follows:—
(6.) “If base moneys be in use in other countries, it had its beginning from great necessities, and the Government always had the advantage of it.”
(7.) That Spain long since being sensible of the great inconveniencies of base moneys (as we are credibly informed), decried all theirs, as France lately did, for the same reason. “That base moneys coined in the reign[s] of Henry the 8th and Edward the 6th, were by Queene Eliz. called in, and reduced to its true value, as it hath ever since continued.” Dated 5 Apr. 1692.
[Also a duplicate copy.]
This is accompanied by—
1. The petition referred to.
2. Further motives, to show the usefulness of such penny and twopenny pieces as are mentioned in the petition: and, “Further motives to induce their Majesties to grant their Letters Patents, and other requisites thereunto necessary, unto their petitioner.”
[This is in duplicate.]
3. “Reply to the report from the officers of the Mint, concerning the coynage of pence & 2d pieces.”
[In duplicate.]
Under the last head of these replies, it states that, “since Henry the 8ths time the vallue of money as to things bought therewith, is not now above the 4th part of what it was then, as for example a person could buy as much hay, corne, cheese, &c. in K. Henry 8ths time for 1s, as he can now for 4s; as is apparent from the Statutes of those times; soe then a farthing would goe as far in the market then as a penny will now,” &c.
4. Petition of the said Duchess (signed) urging that, as the officers of the Mint had objected nothing material to her proposal, but only alleged that where such pieces had been in use the Government had always had the benefit, and that 40 per cent. might be gained thereby; so she humbly submitted the profits to His Majesty, and prayed he would grant her such allowance as to his wisdom and clemency should seem meet. Undated. 14½ pages.
April 6.]
5. Representation to the Lords of the Treasury, by Abraham Yarner, Esq., Muster Master General of the forces in Ireland; as to the number of deputy commissaries of the musters, of whom there used to be six, but were then only four, &c.
Minuted:—“Those 2 yt are here to be sent back & for the encrease of 'em ye Lds must know His Mats pleasure. 6th Apr. '92.” 1 page.
April 6. 6. Order by the Lords of the Committee of Trade and Plantations, that the Lords of the Treasury be desired to give all the despatch that might be to the matters relating to Col. Fletcher, who was appointed to the government of the province of New York, in respect of the money ordered to be paid him upon account of the two companies of foot at New York, and for buying presents for the Indians there, and the transportation of himself and family. Dated 6 April 1692. 1 page.
April 7. 7. An Order in Council transmitting to the Lords of the Treasury a proposal by Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of Virginia, to the effect that he should have instructions upon any exigency of the Government (caused by an attempt of the French or otherwise) to dispose of quit rents of that colony to the value of 1,000l. for the defence of the country. Dated 7 April 1692.
Accompanied by the proposal which was received by the Council from the Committee for Trade and Plantations. 2 pages.
April 9. 8. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Morgan Ryan, as to what was due to him as a reformed captain in the King's royal regiment of horse. Dated 9 April 1692.
Written on the back of the petition: there is also an enclosure.
Minuted:—“To bee pd when ye regimt is cleer'd. 11 Apr. '92.” 3 pages.
April 9.]
9. Representation to the Lords of the Treasury by Abraham Yarner, Esq., Muster Master General of their Majesties' forces in Ireland, respecting his expenses in perfecting the rolls of musters taken in Ireland, in order to adjust the arrear due to the army. He claimed 360l., and desired that the deputy commissary might remain in England until the work was finished.
Minuted:—“9th Apr. '92. To bring vouchers, or make oath of ye particulars. The affidavit is annexed, 13 Apr. '92. My Lds will consider of it before he goes away.” 1 page.
April 10. 10. Certificate of Willm. Tailer, deputy auditor of the duchy of Cornwall, to the effect that Captain Upcot, one of the supervisors of the tin blowing houses in Cornwall, had his salary of 80l. per ann. paid him up to Midsummer 1690, and dying before Michaelmas, there was no authority to pay him for that quarter; but as the duties had been discharged by his deputy (as by the annexed certificate appeared), advising that his widow should be paid. Dated 10 April 1692.
Minuted:—“A letter to the auditor & receiver of Cornwall to pay this.”
Accompanied by the certificate referred to, and the petition of the widow. 3 pages.
[? About
April 11.]
11. Petition of John Travers to the Lords of the Treasury, praying them to consider the deplorable condition of the several masters and owners of vessels employed in the first expedition to Londonderry in May 1689, and to order payment of the warrant annexed.
Minuted:“The Lds can doe nothing in it, 11 Apr. '92.” 2 pages and 2 parts.
April 11.]
12. Petition of John Barber, embroiderer, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that 476l. 17s. 10d. was due to him for work done for the Royal Chapel at Whitehall, and elsewhere; bespoke by the late King, James II., and used by King William and Queen Mary, as appeared by the certificate annexed; praying for payment.
Minuted:—“Nothing can be don, 11 Apr. '92.”
Also the certificate referred to. 2 pages.
[? About
April 12.]
13. Petition of Edward Philpot, citizen and press maker, of London, for payment of 25l. 6s., due to him for making engines for pressing hay, to be transported to Ireland; praying that the amount might be stopped out of any money due to Mr. Allen, one of their Majesties' messengers, who employed him.
Minuted:—“12 Apr. '92. To be consider'd when Mr. Allen is paid.”
Also the account. 1½ pages.
April 13. 14. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to an assault made upon the riding officers employed on the coast of Kent, by persons therein named, who were employed by Julius Deeds, Esq., the Mayor of Hythe, and who beat and wounded the officers to the hazard of their lives, and rescued 16 bags of wool, which they had seized in Scotney barn, belonging to the said Mayor; praying for exemplary punishment of the offenders. Dated 13 April 1692.
Minuted:—“A report to be prepared for the Council.”
Accompanied by:—
Depositions of various persons as to assaults committed on them and others by one John Ellesdon, of Lydd, gent., who, with other persons, was engaged in having the wools removed in waggons. Dated 25 and 26 March 1692. 6 pages.
April 18. 15. Letter, written by direction of Sir Robert Southwell, from Philip Madoxe, of the Council Office, to Henry Guy, Esq., to request that Mr. Gibbins might be recommended to the Comrs in Ireland by a letter from the Lords of the Treasury, to such employment as upon examination he should be thought capable of, &c. Dated 18 April 1692.
Minuted:—“Recommended for such place as he is qualified for.” 1 page.
April 19. 16. Letter of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen and exchange of prisoners to Henry Guy, Esq., stating that they had so constantly attended their Lordships with memorial after memorial for a supply for this service, and for arrears of subsistence of Irish prisoners in the Savoy, then transported to France, to which they had had no answer, that they hoped he would pardon their importunity; assuring him of the importance of a speedy supply. Dated 19 April 1692. 1 page.
April 19. 17. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of David D'Barry, merchant, advising that he should have liberty to re-ship (custom free) certain pigs of lead previously shipped for Leghorn. Dated 19 April 1692.
Also the petition and an affidavit. 4½ pages.
April 19.]
18. Schedule of sums due from the officers of the marine soldiers quartered at Canterbury, by several bills signed by the Lord Danby, &c.
Minuted:—“19 Apr. '92. To be put wth ye rest of ye like nature.” 1½ pages.
April 20.]
19. Petition of Robert Gargrave to the Queen, showing that he had petitioned the King respecting a house he had built in the Mews, to which petition he had obtained no reply, though the King promised he should not want, and should be relieved, he being a great sufferer in the loss of his places, “and his sons in this service;” one died in the King's service, and “two were blown up in the ‘Breda’ last year;” praying to be allowed the moneys laid out on the house.
“Apr. 20, 1692.—Referred to Sir Christopher Wren, surveyor general of works, to examine what had been laid out.
Minuted:—“31 May, 1692. There can be nothing don in it wthout ye King's order.”
Also the petition referred to, and copy of a certificate signed “Fr. Negus, survr.” 3 pages.
April 20. 20. Letter of the Earl of Nottingham, Secretary of State, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the “Sieur Josias Caillon,” a French Protestant and merchant of the town of Savinien, upon the river Charente, who came into Dartmouth with his ship and goods from France, transmitting the Queen's instructions for the Lords of the Treasury to give order to the officers of the customs at Dartmouth to permit him to sail to a neutral port pursuant to Mr. Attorney's report. Dated 20 April 1692.
Also the report. 3 pages (quarto).
April 20. 21. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Margaret Thomas, widow, praying payment of 268l. 15s. due to her husband, late captain in the regiment lately under the command of Lieut.-Gen. Kirk, and then commanded by Col. Wm. Selwyn, stating that he could not give an exact account of the arrears due, but it would be a great act of charity if some part were paid her, as she was very necessitous. Dated 20 April 1692.
It is written on the back of the petition. 2 pages.
April 21. 22. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Henry Furnace, concerning 360 pieces of muslin, being the goods of India, imported from Holland contrary to the Navigation Act, seized and in the Custom House; praying the grant of Her Majesty's moiety of the goods. The report states: “That it seems to us that the whole carriage of this buisnes (as well the importation from Holland, as the conveyance up the river), was by some one of the ships of warr, and the boats that attended her, for that the greatest part of the goods were found on board a hired ketch belonging to the ship “Northumberland,” and were brought on board the said ketch by the said ship's pinnace, which gives us occasion againe to reflect (as frequently we have been constrained to doe), upon the unwarrantable proceedings of the men-of-war, and their ungovernable carriage in relation to the customs.” Dated 21 April 1692.
Minuted:—“Referred to the Comrs of the Customs to know what those goods are valued at.”
Accompanied by the petition. 2½ pages.
April 22. 23. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Joseph Helby, of Chelsea, brewer, as to a debt of 129l. 4s. 10d. for the excise of beer and ale brewed; advising that “he ought not to be forborne his excise upon account of his brewing for their Majesties, especially for that such forbearance would encourage others to petition for the like favour.” Dated 22 April 1692.
Minuted:—“26 Apr. '92. Agreed to ye report.”
Accompanied by the petition. 2 pages.
April 25. 24. Letter signed “Benj. Overton” to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he was informed that Robert Lacy refused to “discover” as he depended upon a reprieve, having paid 100 guineas down, and would pay as much more at least when a general reprieve was brought. A clipper of note, as Lacy was, could command money from his confederates, and they would readily pay rather than be discovered, and goldsmiths and cash keepers undoubtedly furnished clippers with broad money. In May 1688, five persons, viz., Emet, Lambourne, Collet, Palmer, and Cogswell, were condemned on the evidence of Thomas Baily for clipping, &c., praying that as the petitions of such criminals had usually been referred to the Mint, and as Lacy was reprieved without confessing, their Lordships would order that part (at least) of the money he had paid and promised for his reprieve might be applied to the use of the Mint. Dated 25 April 1692. 1 page.
April 26. 25. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had so repeatedly urged the necessity for a supply that they were almost resolved to be silent, but the poor people's cries for their arrears and His Majesty's concern in the approaching expedition, constrained them to fresh importunity, and to beg for speedy relief. Dated 26 April 1692. 1 page.
April 26. 26. Letter of Mr. Aaron Smith to Henry Guy, Esq., stating that he was attending at the Exchequer Office in the Temple, about striking the jury for the trial between their Majesties and the Duke of Beaufort and others, for the late Marquis of Powis's Northamptonshire estate; earnestly entreating him to lay the enclosed memorial for money before their Lordships; solemnly protesting his great want of it. Dated 26 April 1692.
The memorial referred to, in which he sought for an advance of 500l. or 600l. 2 pages.
April 26. 27. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Robert Crompton, gent., to be added to the land surveyors in the port of London; stating that they did not doubt that he might, upon reasonable experience, make a good officer of the customs; “but to the office of surveyr, who is not only to be a judge for the King in matters of the nicest nature, but also to be guide and instructor of inferior officers, it is soe absolutely necessary to be beforehand expert and knowing in the rules of the customes and the distinction of comoditys (which is by noe meanes to be obteyned but by time) that we cannot presume to present him to your Lordpps for that imployment.” Dated 26 April 1692.
Minuted:—“9 June 92. Agreed to the Comrs rept.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
April 26. 28. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of several wharfingers of the established keys in the port of London, setting forth that they were much inconvenienced by the impresting their men out of their lighters, to the hazard of the merchants' goods; recommending that the number of men for each wharf, as contained in an enclosed paper, should have protection. Dated 26 April 1692.
Accompanied by the petition and the “List of the lightermen's names for the 18 wharfs about the Custome House.” 3½ pages.
April 26.]
29. Petition of Mary Bingham, widow, to the Lords of the Treasury, for the clearing of the arrears due to her husband, Capt. Charles Bingham, late of the regiment of Col. Thomas Erle, which captain was killed in the battle of Aghrim, leaving three children in great distress.
Minuted:—“26 Apr. '92. Mr Fox to put it on his meml.”
With a schedule showing what was due to him. 3 pages.
April 27. 30. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Captains Newcomen and Blashford, on behalf of themselves and the rest of the officers of the disbanded troops of Col. Woolesley's regiment of horse; certifying that there was due to them 5,539l. 0s. 11¼d. Dated 27 April 1692.
Minuted:—“10 May '92. Respited.”
The petition and an Order in Council. 4 pages.
April 28. 31. Order in Council on the report of the Attorney-General respecting the petition of Tallbott Edwards, Esq., which prayed for letters patent or a lease of royal and other mines, which he conceived might be found in the islands of Nevis, Montserat, and St. Christopher's; referring the same to the Lords of the Treasury, to examine and report. Dated 28 April 1692.
Minuted:—“20 June '92. Granted, if not comprehended in any other grant.”
The petition and the report referred to. 2½ pages.
April 29. 32. Report of Jo. Knight to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Hugh Pyne, stating that upon searching the arrears of tenths he found the tenths of the rectory of Rayleigh, in the county of Essex, amounting to 1l. 15s. 9d. per ann., returned in arrear, from the year ending Christmas 1688, and presumed they were unpaid for the subsequent years; but the Bishop having made no return for 1691, he could not be positive. The petitioner compounded for his first fruits on 8 Sept. 1690, so that there were three years arrear due from John Duff, the late incumbent (5l. 7s. 3d.), the loss of which must be sustained by the present incumbent, unless recovered from Duff's executors, or from their Majesties' bounty, out of secret service, by the recommendation of the Bishop of London. The easiest and cheapest way would be for the petitioner to pay the arrear into the Exchequer, and strike a tally for the same. Dated 29 April 1692.
Minuted:—“3 June '92. To do according to ye report.”
Also the petition, having on it a brief testimonial by the Bishop of London. 2 pages (quarto).
April 30. 33. Letter of the Duke of Bolton to the [Lords of the Treasury], praying for payment of 1,900l., according to a note enclosed, as he had notice to command his officers to buy tents, &c., which they could not do without paying their old debts, &c. Dated at Hackwood, 30 April 1692.
Minuted:—“10 May 1692. It cannot be don yet.” 1 page and 3 lines (quarto).
[? About
May 2.]
34. Petition of James de Cardonnel, secretary to the Duke of Schomberg, “and at present secretary to the Duke of Leinster,” stating that by particular direction from the Duke of Schomberg he had disbursed several sums for intelligence in Ireland, and for other services relating to the army, amounting to 265l. 19s. 9d. according to the account annexed; praying for payment, together with his salary of 214l. 10s.
Minuted:—“2d May 1692. It being upon no establishment it cannot yet bee paid.”
Also a copy, excepting that the prayer is a little altered, and the clause about his salary left out, and with it is a schedule of the disbursements. 5 pages.
May 3. 35. Letter signed Jo. Banks, addressed to the Comrs of Customs, stating that pursuant to order of 19 Mar. he had paid 150l. to the Vice-Admiral of Essex. The money ordered for the Vice-Admiral of Suffolk had lain ready from the 26th of March. Sir Thos. Allen had complained to their Lordships that the writer had refused to pay 250l. to him, at which he was surprised, as no one had demanded the same. It might be conceived that it was to cover his own neglect, &c. Dated 3 May 1692.
Two other letters on the same subject. 3 pages.
May 3. 36. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they are almost ashamed in less than eight days to disturb their Lordships again, but begging to be allowed to pray for a present supply; not knowing what occasions they might have in this exigency to despatch “Chyrurgeons,” to provide materials, and especially to encourage the people to entertain the seamen sent on shore. Dated 3 May 1692. 1 page.
May 6. 37. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Robert Jones, late farrier to the trains of provisions and artillery in Ireland, praying for the sum of 92l. 18s. due to him; in favour of the petitioner's claim. Dated 6 May 1692.
Minuted:—“Recd 10th May 1692. It cannot be don yet. 9th June '92. To be read when Mr Fox is here.”
Written on the back of the petition.
Accompanied by three enclosures. 3 pages and 2 halves.
May 7. 38. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, acquainting them that 1,370l. 9s. 6d. had been paid to the officers of the customs in London, whose salaries did not exceed 60l. per ann., that sum having been assessed on their salaries for 12 months. Dated 7 May 1692.
Minuted:—“10 May 92. My Lds do agree to the rept.”
Also a presentment relating thereto. Dated 27 April 1692.
Minuted:—“My Lords would know what sum was paid by the King on the other land tax for these officers; a letter of this.” 2 pages.
May 9. 39. Report of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Anthony Fewster and other owners of a ship, that brought from Holland the forces and equipage of the late Lieut.-Gen. Kirk, advising that 30s. a horse or 100l. be allowed for that service, as the ship was coming home from a voyage in the transport service. Dated 9 May 1692.
The petition and a letter relating thereto. 3½ pages.
May 9. 40. Letter signed by Jeff. Haford and Wm. Bradshaw to the Comrs of Customs, acknowledging the receipt of orders for a general embargo upon all ships and vessels, pursuant to which they had sent a copy to Folkstone, Hithe, Romney, Dimchurch, and Lidd. Dated 9 May 1692. ½ page.
May 10. 41. Letter signed Watt. Devereux and Robert Underwood, without address, as to a boat on shore at Dimchurch, from which the writers' supposed goods had been landed; and as to the seizure of two persons on suspicion. Dated at Folkstone 10 May 1692. 1 page.
May 10. 42. Memorial from the Comrs of sick and wounded seamen, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they were daily called upon for above 30,000l. due to necessitous clamorous people, and were required to be on the coast whilst the fleet was at sea to take care of sick and wounded seamen sent on shore; and unless a fund were settled for the payment of their debt and a present supply, they could not discharge their trust, and the seamen would not be quartered, nor could they carry on the hospital at Plymouth. Dated 10 May 1692. 1 page.
May 12. 43. Letter of Jno. Sansom to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the non-observance of an order of embargo by the collector of Dover, several vessels having sailed from Folkston for France; enclosing copy of a letter from Mr. Devereux and Mr. Underwood, riding officers of the customs upon that coast; announcing that they had secured two suspicious persons, who were endeavouring a passage from that part of the country. Dated 12 May 1692. 1 page.
May 12. 44. Order in Council referring to the Lords of the Treasury the petition of John Smith Heppendorp, Consul General over the coast of Barbary for the States General of the United Provinces; setting forth that he was directed by His Majesty to use his endeavour with the Emperor of Fez and Morocco for the redemption of about 350 English captives there; and that accordingly he repaired to Maquenez, but could not prevail to get them redeemed by reason of the exorbitant demands of the Emperor; praying to be allowed his disbursements and a recompense for his pains. Dated 12 May 1692.
Minuted:—“31 May 1692. To bee laid before the King at his returne.”
A copy of his petition and a detailed account of his expenses.
Also a copy of the letter of instructions from King William to the petitioner. 7 leaves.
May 13. 45. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on a petition of Nicholas Barret, who had broken the Navigation Laws by engaging foreigners to navigate a ship from Shoreham, to London, not objecting to a nolle prosequi. Dated 13 May 1692.
Also the petition and a certificate. 2½ pages.
May 20. 46. Letter from the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen to the Lords of the Treasury, sending an abbreviation of an account formerly delivered, showing the arrears and the growing charge. Dated 20 May 1692.
Accompanied by the abbreviate. 2 pages.
May 20. 47. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, signifying the appointment of Sir Richd. Rich, as Vice-Admiral of the county of Suffolk, in the room of Sir Tho. Allen, in order that the money appointed by the Lords of the Council might be paid him, for the “impresting” seamen in that county. Dated 20 May 1692. 1 page.
May 20. 48. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Christian, Esq., customer of Carlisle and late collector of Whitehaven, as to allowance for his losses, &c. Dated 20 May 1692.
Minuted:—“To allow the petitioner 200li.”
Also five enclosures, including the petition. 6 pages.
May 23. 49. Estimate of the arrears due for the service of the sick and wounded seamen, and exchange of prisoners at war; viz., arrears, 25,422l. 2s. 10d., and the year's charge, 40,000l., if not much more. Dated 23 May 1692. 1 page.
May 23. 50. Order in Council, that the depositions and papers concerning the complaint made against Julius Deedes, Esq., (of having ordered several persons to rescue from the officers of customs in Kent 16 bags of wool, which were seized in Scotney barn near Hythe,) should be sent to the Lords of the Treasury, that they might hear and examine the parties concerned, and report thereon. Dated 23 May 1692.
Minuted:—“To bee heard this day fortnight, Friday, & all parties to have notice.” ½ page.
May 24. 51. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Theodore Drury, their Majesties' first engineer in Scotland; praying for his pay as captain reformed in Lieut.-General Mackay's regiment. Dated 24 May 1692.
Minuted:—“9th June '92. To be read when my L. Ranelagh is here.”
The petition and two other enclosures. 2 pages and two halves.
May 25. 52. Letter of the Duke of Leinster to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing an account of what necessaries had been delivered to his secretary for the use of his office, for the payment of which he desired Lord Ranelagh might have directions; also putting their Lordships in mind of his disbursements in Ireland when secretary to his father. Dated 25 May 1692.
The account referred to, entitled:—
“Stationers ware, delivered to James Cardonnell, Esq., secretary to his Grace the Duke of Leinster, General of their Majesties' forces for the use of his office, 1692.” 2½ pages.
May 27. 53. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the estimate of the 23rd inst., previously forwarded, and stating that they had received advice from one of the Board at Portsmouth, that the people were so vehemently pressing for arrears that he could not prevail for quarters until he gave the people assurance that their Lordships had already ordered money for that end. Dated 27 May 1692. 1 page.
May 31. 54. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Green, Jacob Cozon, and Thomas Smith, concerning the shipment of certain unwrought copper, prohibited from exportation by an old Statute of 2 & 3 Edw. VI.; not objecting to the grant of a nolle prosequi. Dated 31 May 1692.
Minuted:—“A nolli prosequi is granted.”
Also the petition and a certificate. 1 page and 3 halves.
May 31. 55. Memorial of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, begging they would be pleased to order him 600l. or 700l. to meet the expense of various trials. Dated 31 May 1692. 1 page.
May 31. 56. Certificate of Sir Robert Howard, that there was due to Bridget Darcey, administratrix of John Darcey, Esq., one of the executors of the Lady Mary Howard, upon an annuity of 200l. per ann. granted to the said Lady Mary for 19 years and three quarters, 150l. Dated 31 May 1692. 1 page.
June 3. 57. Memorial from the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that their Lordships had ordered 2,000l. a month for 10 months for that department, and begging to know whether it began from 1 Jan. or 1 March last. Dated 3 June 1692.
Minuted:—“3 June '92. To beginn from ye 1st of April, & my Lds have directed letters to ye Commrs of ye Navy & Victualling to pay it.” 1 page.
June 3. 58. An account of inquisitions taken and returned into the Exchequer. Dated 3 June 1692.
Signed: “Aaron Smith.”
The persons' names on whom the inquisitions were taken are—
The Marquis of Powis.
Sir Patrick Trant.
Earl of Dover.
Sir Roger Strickland.
Mr. Robert Fielding.
Lord Preston.
Lord Thomas Howard.
Sir Henry Bond.
Sir Edw. Herbert.
Earl of Melfort. 3 pages.
[? June 3.] 59. Report of J. Richards, Controller of the office of the Treasurer of the Chamber, on the petition of Sir William Forester, who had supplied Sir Rowland Gwynne with money, amounting to 500l., for his necessities in Holland. The report prays that the Lords of the Treasury would move the Queen to grant a warrant for the appointment of a person to pay their Majesties' servants, &c. Dated 3 May 1692, but most likely a mistake for June as it was referred to him to report on “on 27 May last.”
The petition referred to. 2 pages.
June 6. 60. Report of Charles Fox [Paymaster of the Forces] on the petition of Philip Coleby, Richard Alcock, Tho. Hawgood, and Robert Lord, tradesmen, who had furnished the regiments of Oxford, Selwin, Trelawny, and Tiffin with clothing and other accoutrements; informing their Lordships of the arrangements that had been made for the payment of clothiers, that the said tradesmen proposed taking tallies, &c. Dated 6 June 1692.
Minuted:—“9 June '92. To be read when Mr Fox is here.” 1 page.
June 6. 61. Report of the same paymaster to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Lieut. John Levingston, praying payment of 52l. 3s. 4d. due to him for his services in the Danish forces; shewing that by “the account stated,” that amount was due, and he had been paid only 10l. 17s. 6d. by the Commissary, who had no more money in hand; and the petitioner was kept from serving the King by the want of money to carry him to Flanders. Dated 6 June 1692.
Written on the back of the petition. 2 pages.
June 7. 62. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that on 9 March they had presented an account of the charge of the Irish prisoners in the Savoy, who had been sent to France, and there was due to several people 620l. 14s. 4d. for the subsistence of the prisoners, &c.; heartily and humbly beseeching their Lordships to give order for relief. Dated 7 June 1692.
Enclosing a debtor and creditor account concerning the prisoners. 3 pages.
June 8. 63. Letter signed “Nottingham,” sending, by the Queen's command, to the Lords of the Treasury, a memorial from Col. Robert Echlin, concerning money for the recruits and accoutrements of his regiment, that they might give orders thereon. Dated 8 June 1692.
Part of a page (quarto).
June 9. 64. Order in Council, on the petition of William Scawen, of London, merchant, and other owners of the “King William,” yacht, which came from Jamaica express, when the Earl of “Insiquin” died, with a packet for their Majesties' service; praying liberty for the vessel, with nine seamen and three landsmen, to return and bring home their effects; referring the matter to the Comrs of Customs. Dated 9 June 1692.
The petition. 2 pages.
June 9.]
65. Petition of Capt. Joseph Bennett, of the Hon. Sir John Morgan's regiment of foot, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that considerable arrears of pay were due to him for services in Ireland in the late Col. Charles Herbert's regiment of foot, on which petition Mr. Fox had favourably reported; praying that 50l. might be paid on account.
Minuted:—“9th June '92. To be read when Mr. Fox is here.” 1 page.
June 10. 66. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Peter Daval, agent to the regiment of foot under the command of Brigadier la Malonier, advising the reimbursing the agent for the sums paid by him. Dated 10 June 1692.
Minuted:—“5th July, 92. Mr. Fox to put it on his memorial.” 2 pages.
June 11. 67. Extract of a letter from the officer at Whitby, giving an account of the chasing an English pink into Robin Hood Bay, by five French privateers. The ship, when taken, was ransomed by the master going on board one of the privateers until 200l. came to him from Scarborough. They reported that they had 25 masters of ships on board on the same account, and that they were on the coast to receive their ransoms. It was suspected that they had great encouragement from the Jacobites, who would gladly go on board them to France. Dated June the 11th, 1692. ½ page.
June 13. 68. Certificate, signed Gr. Bowen, testifying that their Majesties' ketch, called the “Hart,” of 10 guns, was taken by a privateer of 28 guns, 10 leagues from Padstow, being laden with imprest men, bound to the fleet. She likewise took the “Blessing,” of Broadhamson, in which the privateer sent 106 men ashore. The privateers had done great mischief on that coast, and took the best vessel of the port of Padstow, called the “Hopewell.” The [said] privateer took, about 10 days before, five barques in sight of that port. The masters prayed for some small frigates to clear the coast, there being 14 privateers between that port and Ireland. Dated 13 June 1692. 1 page.
June 14. 69. Report of William Tailer, deputy surveyor, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Edisbury, finding that there were two leases granted to him and his brother Dr. John Edisbury; the one in 1683 of lead and coal mines in the hundred of Prestallyn, co. Flint; and the other, very lately, of copper or other metal, found there. 40s. rent was reserved on the former, and 6s. 8d. on the latter. A tenth of the clear profit was payable to the Crown, and the prayer of the petition was, that their Lordships would admit of a composition for their Majesties' tenth part (or tenth dish as the petition calls it). It seemed so uncertain and chargeable an undertaking, that it was impossible to inform their Lordships what the yearly value would amount to, and therefore he could not say what was a reasonable composition for the tenth. The petitioner offered 50l. as a fine; but the surveyor left it to their Lordships' judgment as to accepting it. Dated 14 June 1692.
Accompanied by the petition. 2 pages.
June 15. 70. “Necessaires de termino Pasche anno regni Gulielmi & Mariæ, Rs & Regine quarto anno Domini 1692.”
Also for Trinity Term following.
The articles supplied are chiefly of the nature of stationery.
Trinity Term ended 15 June. 1 very long page.
[June 15.] 71. A bill of law charges for their Majesties' Comrs and Governors of the revenue of hearth-money, beginning Hilary Term, 1691, to the end of Trinity Term, 1692. 7 pages (half folio).
June 17. 72. Memorial of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the repair of the barns belonging to Benefield Farm, in Northamptonshire. Dated 17 June 1692.
Minuted:—“20th June '92. The barns to be repair'd.” 1 page.
June 17. 73. Memorial of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, praying their Lordships' directions touching the defending their Majesties' tenants at Oatlands, late Sir Edw. Herbert's, against a demand of tithes in kind, there being a composition or rate tithe only due. Dated 17 June 1692.
Minuted:—“20th June '92. If pursu'd it must be defended.” 1 page.
June 18. 74. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, acquainting them that they had forwarded such advertisements to the Comrs of the Admiralty, as they had received from any of the ports of the appearance of any French privateers on the coast, and that they had given direction to the officers of customs in the out-ports to give advice directly to the Comrs of the appearance of all sorts of ships and vessels before their ports, but having received fresh complaints of continual depredations by the French privateers near the shores and harbours of this kingdom, and also of Ireland, they laid the same before their Lordships, praying some remedy. Dated 18 June 1692. 1½ pages.
June 18. 75. Report of the Comrs of Customs in Ireland on the petition of Elizabeth and James M'Cartney as to the balance due on the last account of M'Cartney, and other matters of account; and, further, as to a seizure made of his property by Mr. Peter Knowles, his successor in the collectorship of Belfast, after he was forced out of the kingdom by the outrages of the Irish, under pretence that he had run away in the late King's debt; in favour of assisting them in the recovery of what was due. Dated 18 June 1692.
Minuted:—“My Lords agree with the Comrs report, 14 Oct. 1692.”
There are two other minutes, the last of which was “30 Oct. '94. The debt likewise to be discharged.”
Also the petition. 1 page and 2 half pages.
June 18. 76. Report of the Comrs of Customs in Ireland on a petition of Mr. Jemmett, collector of Londonderry, for extra allowance for managing both the ports of Londonderry and Coleraine, for which he had only received his usual salary as collector of Londonderry. Dated 18 June 1692. 2 pages.
June 20. 77. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Henry Brabant, one of the King's waiters in the port of London; praying leave to surrender his office in favour of Mr. Samuel Enos, testifying to his fitness for the office, &c. Dated 20 June 1692.
Also three enclosures. 3½ pages.
June 21. 78. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the gentlemen, freeholders, and inhabitants of the counties of Carmarthen, Pembroke, and Cardigan, praying for the encouragement and support to be afforded them, as intended by the Act for encouraging the exportation of corn, &c. The customs of the port of Milford not being sufficient they prayed that the deficiency might be made up from other ports; advising that there was “no rule, either in law or practice, to transport money from one port to another to supply this occasion.” Dated 21 June 1692.
Minuted:—“27 June '92. My Lds agree wth this report.”
Accompanied by the petition. 2 pages.
June 23. 79. Report of Abraham Yarner to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them a statement of what was done in relation to the account of the Danish forces, and all other accounts relating to the army. Dated 23 June 1692.
Minuted:—“27 June '92. Copys of these to be sent forthwith to Mr Blathwait.”
Another report on the same subject and of the same date. 4 pages.
June 27. 80. Two reports, both dated on the same day, of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard Alcock and others, (1st) concerning the clothing of Col. Erle's regiment of foot, and (2nd), concerning the clothing of Col. Beveridge's regiment of foot, viz., as to the amount of off-reckonings due. Both dated 27 June 1692.
Accompanied by three petitions. 5 pages.
June 27. 81. Report of the Lords of the Treasury to the Queen, on the petition of Gilbert Heathcoat and Arthur Shallett, of London, merchants, and upon the petition of John Lloyd, merchant, of London, the former praying leave to redeem two ships laden with Spanish wine and soap, and the latter, to redeem the ship “Adventure,” and her lading of Portugal wine and oil; all taken by the French. Advising that permission be granted. Dated 27 June 1692.
Also seven enclosures.
Minuted:—“To be don.” 8 pages.
June 27. 82. Report of E. Pauncfort on the petition of Robert Johnson and others, which states that in their former petition 533l. 5s. remained due to them, for equipage furnished by them, for the regiment of horse under command of Col. Villiers: he thought it reasonable that they should be satisfied. Dated 27 June 1692.
Also copy of the report alluded to.
Minuted:—“To be put on Mr Fox's memorial.” 2 pages.
June 30. 83. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the copy of an extract of a letter from Col. Nicholson, Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia, to the Earl of Nottingham, touching the levy of 1d. a pound on tobacco carried from one plantation to another; and the oaths to be taken by the officers. Dated 30 June 1692
Also the said extract. 2 half pages.
June 31. 84. “Captn Phillips his case.”
A paper so headed addressed to the Earl of Nottingham, Principal Secretary of State; showing that he was second engineer of the company of miners and dismissed by Duke Schomberg's order; and the loss of 590l. per ann. and near 650l. arrears had reduced him extremely; showing further that whilst he was suspended, he went down to Portsmouth to put that place in a posture of defence, the French being on the coast, and was sent thence to Cork and Kinsale, &c., desiring he might have his arrears or his salary.
Minuted:—“31 June 1692. Referred to the officers of the Ordnance.” 1½ pages.