Volume 3: December 27, 1688-May 28, 1689

Pages 31-45

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

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December 27, 1688–May 28, 1689

Dec. 27.
1. Memorandum showing that there was 16,000l. due from the farmers of the pre-emption and coinage duty of tin, and though they might deserve some allowances on account of the difficulty of the times, yet they should pay the duty for three coinages. Dated 27 Dec. 1688.
Minuted:—“Mr. Godolphin to certify what the farmers have received on the 3 coynages, & how much of it they have paid.”
1 page (quarto).
Dec. 27. 2. “An accompt of money remaining due to discharge the expence of His Mats household and stables, payable out of the Cofferers office, for the quarter ended at Michaelmas 1688,” &c. Dated 27 Dec. 1688.
1 page.
Dec. 31. 3. Money owing at the Victualling Office for victualling His Majesty's Navy before the 31st December 1688.
5 pages.
1686 and
4. Two fragmentary papers relating to orders made for the management of the receipt of the Exchequer. They are dated 11 Oct. 1686 and 28 Oct. 1688; but they are copies made much later.
6 pages.
[? About
5. Petition of the Lord Mountjoy and Col. George Villiers, addressed to the King, praying that certain payments called off-reckonings might be made to them, they being liable to the just demands of the officers and soldiers lately under their command; and also for the contracts made with the clothiers of their regiments.
Undated.—A Lord Mountjoy went from Ireland to Paris Jan. 1688–9, where he was committed to the Bastile. See Thomas' Historical Notes, p. 827.
1 page.
[? 1688.] 6. Various charges and expenses in passing the accounts of the Comrs of the revenue of Excise, allowed in the account ended Midsummer 1688.
3 pages.
[1688.] 7. Other similar charges.
9 pages.
Jan. 10.
8. “The case of George, Earl of Northampton.”
He seeks to obtain an arrear of 3,300l. due to his father at his death (at Christmas 1681), for his fee and salary as Constable of the Tower. Dated on the dorse 10 Jan. 1688.
It is not addressed, but on the dorse is this memorandum:—
“Referred to Sir Robert Howard to certify what is due.”
1 page (quarto).
Jan. 23. 9. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Peter Davall, concerning the seizure of certain hats alleged to belong to a French Protestant (the petitioner's brother), who was anxious to escape from France, stating that there was nothing but the allegation of the petitioner to show that they did belong to a French Protestant, and that by the manner of their conveyance they did not think there was any ignorance of their importation. Dated 23 Jan. 1688.
Accompanied by the petition, a memorial from the officers who seized the same, and a paper giving some account of the manner in which the said hats arrived here.
Feb. 21. 10. Copy of indenture made between the Duchess of Cleveland and William Young, of St. Andrew's, Holborn, Esq., of the first part, Charles Dartiquenave and John Trussell of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, gentlemen, of the second part, and George, Earl and Duke of Northumberland, natural son of the late King Charles the Second of the third part, witnessing the sale by the said William Young unto the said Charles Dartiquenave and John Trussell, of the office of keeper of the middle or north park, the office of palliator or paler of the same, and of mower of the brakes of the park of Hampton Court, with the fees, &c.; the office of keeper of Bushy Park, or the South Park of Hampton Court, and the fees, &c.; also the mansion of the honour of Hampton Court, together with other edifices; the office of Feodary of the honour of Hampton Court; the office of Ranger, Chief Master, and Governor of the said parks; the office of bailiff and collector of rents, &c., of the manors of Teddington, East Moulsey, and Imber; the office of keeper of the new park of Hampton Court and paler of the same, together with the wages and fees for the same; the office of steward of houses and manors in the chace of Hampton Court, viz., Byfleet, Richmond, Ashtead, and Redriffe; the office of lieutenant and keeper of the chace of Hampton Court; the office of bailiff and collector of rents of the manors of Oatland and Walton Leigh, and of farms, &c., in Waybridge, Walton, Esher, Chertsey, and Chobham; the office of bailiff of houses and manors of Byfleet and Ashtead; the “office of bailiwick” of Surrey called Bagshot bailiwick in the forest of Windsor; the office of steward of the manor of Worplesdon, and the office of steward of the manors of Chertsey, Hardwick, Egham and Thorpe, during the life of the said Duchess. Dated 21 Feb. 1688.
9 pages (brief size).
March 3. 11. An account of what remained due to the Lord Lansdowne, as Envoy in Spain, for services ending 3 March 1688–9; in all 5,725l. 19s. 8d.
1 page.
March 11. 12. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them a letter of John Bolitho, their officer, upon the islands of Scilly, being a complaint against Lieut. Kaworth, the Commander-in-Chief of the said islands, for obstructing him in his duty, and for forbidding the payment of customs in the said island and seizing the money arising by the customs. Dated 11 March 1688–9.
Minuted:—“The Lieut. gone and nothing to be donn.”
Accompanied by the said letter.
1 page and 2 half pages.
March 12. 13. Proposal addressed to the Lords of the Treasury by C. Godolphin, that as the farmers of the pre-emption and coinage duty of tin had departed from their contract, the terms of which were to take all the tin at 3l. 10s. per cwt., they should be called on to pay the 8,000l. for a half-year's rent, as it would be a public dis-service that the fabric of tin coins should be longer discontinued, or the presses and tools remain in their custody. Dated 12 March 1688.
1 page (quarto).
March 19.]
14. Petition of John Barber, embroiderer, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that 476l. 17s. 10d. were due to him for work done by him for the Royal Chapel at Whitehall and elsewhere, bespoken by King James II., and never used but by him and his consort, praying that it might be paid.
Accompanied by a certificate from officers of the Great Wardrobe. Dated March 19, 1688–9.
[See another copy under 11 April 1692, which has a minute on it that “nothing can be done.”]
2 pages.
March 21. 15. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before their Lordships,—
(1.) The petition of Mr. Charles Orchard, customer and collector at the port of Exeter, with copies of affidavits and receipts annexed for moneys paid to persons therein named for His Majesty's use, amounting to 2,091l. 6s.
(2.) A memorial from Capt. Warren, customer and collector of the port of Plymouth, with copy of a receipt for 500l. by him paid to Anthony Row, Esq., for His Majesty's use.
(3.) Copy of a paper from Mr. John Kent, collector of the port of Penryn, touching 201l. 0s. 3d., taken from him by Sir Peter Killigrew, who came with an armed force to his house after 10 o'clock at night, Sir Peter saying that the King was his tenant, and Pendennis Castle wanted repairing, and with the money he would repair it; and further touching the collector's arrest and confinement at the castle.
(4.) Receipt for 15l. paid by Mr. Charles Sherman, collector of the port of Faversham, for the use of His late Majesty.
And praying their Lordships' directions. Dated 21 March 1688.
Minuted:—“Acqt his Matie of these summes & know his pleasure, if the persons shall be required to account.” [Again] “Must all account forthwith.”
8 pages and 4 half-pages.
March 30.
16. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they were daily receiving advice of ships, by art and violence, getting out of port and going to France, without giving security, according to the King's late order not to go to France, and that there was a great number of English shipping then at Bourdeaux, and laying before their Lordships their latest advices. Dated 30 March 1689.
Minuted:—“Sent to Mr. Attorney for his opinion.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. I. p. 22, under 15 May 1689, is, “The Comrs of Customs to send to Mr. Atturney a copy of one of the bonds taken for shipps not to goe for France.”
Accompanied by copies of three letters of advice.
3 half-pages.
April 6. 17. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Earle, praying for a renewal of the grant of the office of registrar of seizures, to which office he had succeeded in place of William Culliford, Esq., certifying that he had executed the office well, and that they had nothing to object against the renewing of his grant. Dated 6 April 1689.
Accompanied by two petitions of the said John Earle.
3 pages.
April 15. 18. Letter of Mr. John Sansom on behalf of the Comrs of Customs, addressed to Mr. Jephson, on the petition of Capt. Hercules Davies, touching 30 hogsheads of claret wine, imported at Chester from Ireland, where the duties had been paid; praying on account of the loss of their estate in Ireland, by the Popish army, that they might be discharged from the duty payable in England, submitting the matter to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 15 April 1689.
Accompanied by two petitions of the said Davies, and a letter of Mr. Dickinson in his favour.
4 pages.
April 20. 19. Letter signed “Benj. Dewy,” addressed to the Comrs of Customs, stating that there had been a strange discovery, for Mr. Chamberlain, the deputy comptroller, had brought with him three of the chief of the Irishmen who were in the Isle of Wight, whom he engaged to convey to France. He had 14 guineas in hand to pay to the man who was to carry them over; the man and his servant were in gaol and Mr. Chamberlaine in custody, and Mr. Crudge, the deputy King's searcher, who (with others of high rank) was privy to it. Dated at Pool, 20 April 1689.
¾ page.
April 23.]
20. Petition of James Marshall, of Wisbech in the isle of Ely, and co. of Cambridge, gent., setting forth that he had always opposed the Popish and arbitrary designs of the kingdom's enemies, and especially by voting for such men to serve in Parliament as were friends to the Protestant religion and the rights and liberties of the people; for which he had been many years harassed from place to place, &c., and that he appeared in arms on the King's arrival. Praying to be appointed as customer or controller for Lynn Regis. Without date, but referred, 23 April 1689, to the Comrs of Customs, with certificate at the foot in his favour.
Minuted:—“Mr. Thorowgood to have it.”
1 page.
April 24. 21. Letter of Mr. John Sansom to William Jephson, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, sending (1) the answer the Comrs of Customs had received concerning a vessel called the “Speedwell” of Brighton, from Flanders and London, bound to Dublin, and then in the port of Weymouth; which answer contains an account of the lading of the vessel, and states that the writer, Joseph Watson, had “strictly rummaged” the cargo.
(2.) Copy of a letter received from some of the principal officers of the Ordnance, concerning some arms to be transported from Harwich to London, which were stopped by an embargo.
(3.) Extract of a letter from one of the officers at Pool, concerning some endeavours used by an officer of that port to contrive an escape of some of the chief of the Irishmen that were in the Isle of Wight.
[The two last are not now with the letter.]
Dated 24 April 1689.
April 27.]
22. Petition of William Fanshawe, addressed to the King, showing that the petitioner having married the late Duke of Monmouth's sister, had right to 1,000l. per ann. in Ireland, and a pension of 800l. a year in England; that the petitioner having prevailed with his wife to quit the Romish religion, lost the said pension, and was turned out of the office of Master of Requests and Comr of the Alienation Office, which he purchased; that some time after King Charles the Second, commiserating his condition, granted him 400l. per ann., which was paid till the said King's death, since which he had not received any; and had lately recovered 300l. a year in Ireland and judgment for 700l., which is at present lost by the revolutions there; the petitioner's wife was then in child-bed, and they and their five children threatened to be turned out of doors for not paying their rent. Praying the King to continue payment of the said 400l. a year, and to order him some money for his present relief. Referred 27 April 1689.
Minuted:—“100 li for Mr. Needham.
50 li for Mr. Fanshaw.”
The following is in the Minute Book, Vol. I. p. 96, under 27 August 1689:—“Mr. Fanshaw to have 50l. out of secrett service.”
1 page.
April 29. 23. A report by the Comrs of the Customs, in favour of John Upton of London, merchant, being allowed to import certain “bays” from Ireland to London, until there was an opportunity to send them to Cadiz, he being a Protestant, and in jeopardy of losing them if left in Ireland. Dated 29 April 1689.
1 page.
April 29. 24. An estreat from the records in charge of the Remembrancer of First Fruits and Tenths, of the annual value of all ecclesiastical benefices, viz., of the annual value in spiritualities and temporalities in the diocese of Exeter. “Exr xxixo Apr. 1689.”
A piece of parchment.
April 29. 25. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Giles Lytcott, Esq., Comptroller-General of the accounts of customs, &c., praying the King by letters patent to continue him in his employment, signifying to their Lordships that the petitioner was admitted to the said office in the year 1671, when King Charles the Second took the customs into his own hands under the management of Comrs, since which he had performed that service with great skill, industry, and circumspection, and recommending him to be continued therein. Dated 29 April 1689.
Minuted:—“Graunted during pleasure.”
Accompanied by two copies of his petition and two certificates.
5 pages.
April 29. 26. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Sir John Magill, Baronet, and James Hamilton, Esq., on behalf of themselves and others, touching their plate, household goods, and other necessaries which they lately brought with them from Ireland, from whence they were forced to fly for their lives into England, their said goods being detained at Whitehaven; recommending that these and similar goods should be passed custom free. Dated 29 April 1689.
Minuted:—“Order'd in this particular case, but will not give a generall direction in all such cases.”
Accompanied by the petition.
2 pages.
April 30. 27. Letter signed “Dallonne,” addressed to Mr. Jephson, Secretary of the Treasury, praying him to provide Mons. Overquerque with a warrant for his goods, which were hourly expected with his lady and family from Holland. Dated 30 April 1689.
1 page (quarto).
April 30. 28. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Earle, who by letters patent of 1 Oct. 1685, was constituted “Register of Seizures” upon the surrender of William Culliford, Esq., late one of the Comrs of Customs, signifying that they could not find cause to discontinue him, and therefore had nothing to object to the renewing of his grant. Dated 30 April 1689.
[See another report on the same matter, on 6 April 1689.]
Minuted:—“Speak with Comrs Customs on Wednesday. Answer, they examin'd the matter, and found no reason to discontinue him in his employment, being an able and honest man, and has taken the Sacrament and test.”
Lower down:—“Granted.”
1 page.
May 3. 29. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Humphry Fitzherbert, Esq., setting forth that the petitioner being a captain of a foot company, in the garrison of Hull, was very instrumental in securing that garrison, &c., praying to be admitted customer outward for the port of Bristol, for which office he had a patent after the death, forfeiture, surrender, or determination of his father, who occupied the same nearly 30 years, reporting that the office in law, was solely invested in him, as Fownes Fitzherbert, the other patentee, was dead, and that they had nothing to object to his being admitted. Dated 3 May 1689.
Accompanied by a report of the Comrs of Customs in the same terms, dated 4 April 1689, the said petition, the opinion of the law officers on the subject, and a certificate that Fownes Fitzherbert, the son of John Fitzherbert, Esq., of Luckington, in the county of Wilts, being agent for the African Company in Guinea, was barbarously murdered by the blacks in the year of our Lord 1682.
3 pages and 3 half-images.
May 3. 30. “List of goods belonging to the Seigniours de L'Estang and Meloniere, brought from Holland.”
The former is described as “Cap. Lieutenant des Guardes du Corps de S. M. Brittannique,” and the latter as “Colonnel d'Infanteri Francoise.” Dated 3 May 1689.
May 3.]
31. Petition of Thomas Smeaton, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he had been messenger at the Treasury Chambers from the Restoration till Lady Day 1687, but from age and dimness of sight had retired, whereupon he was allowed 20l. per ann., which had been stopped at Michaelmas last, praying for the payment of the two quarters in arrear and for the continuance of the allowance.
Minuted:—“May 3, 1689. 15l. due at Midsumer 1689, for 3 quarters. To be payd out of secrett service. 8o Julij 1689o, pd.”
1 page (quarto).
6 May.]
32. Petition of Thomas Marshall to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he was a Protestant, and opposed the Popish interest, and was imprisoned and almost ruined, notwithstanding which he was employed in Holland by persons of great quality for the King's service, and came over in the fleet with him, and marched up to London in his army, under the command of the “now Marquis of Winchester;” praying for a King's waitership in the custom-house of London, “His Maty having been graciously pleas'd to grant the same at the request of the said Marquis.”
With a brief certificate of the truth of the petition signed “Winchester.”
Without date, but referred, 6 May 1689, to the Comrs of Customs.
1 page.
7 May.]
33. Petition of William Culliford, Esq., late one of the Comrs of Customs, showing that he and all his family were always Protestants, that he had been employed 25 years in the Customs and took the oaths and test; that in 1684 King Charles the Second appointed him a Comr for managing the revenue in Ireland, whither, being about to go, he was shot by one George Cruffe, a turned-out officer of Customs, whom the petitioner had refused to take into Ireland, and the bullets remained in his body; that after he had recovered from his wounds he went to Ireland and discharged his duties with unwearied diligence; and notwithstanding the Lord Tyrconnel's private directions to some of the Comrs in favour of Papists he openly opposed the removal of the Protestant officers; that about 15 months before, whether by the means of the Lord Tyrconnel, or to make way for a Papist, he was removed from Ireland into the commission in England, but was then left out of that commission; praying to be made Surveyor-General of the Customs, and if that office be not revived, then to be established one of the surveyors of the port of London, with an additional salary of 500l. per ann., until a vacancy should happen in the commission of the Customs, when he hoped to be reinstated.
Referred to the Comrs of Customs, 7 May 1689.
Minuted:—“If the office of Surveyer Genrll be reviv'd to have it, if not to be putt into the first thing in the Cus, that the Board shall think him fitt for.”
1 page.
7 May. 34. Letter signed John Sansom, addressed to William Jephson, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring he would lay the enclosed oath received from the collector of the port of Penzance, touching the sailing of the French fleet from Brest, before their Lordships; and further desiring to know, if the Comrs of Customs should transmit the proclamation, prohibiting the importation of all sorts of manufactures and commodities of the growth, &c., of France, to the officers of the several ports; and asking him to signify “by a line,” at what time His Majesty would be at the Treasury chambers. Dated 7 May 1689.
The affidavit was made by Mark Wheeler, master of the ship “Happy Return,” of Southampton, and was to the effect that he came out of Camerit, in France, the 28th of April last, where he, with all the English that were there and at Brest, were detained seven days, until the French fleet, consisting of 20 sail of capital ships, seven fire ships, and seven victuallers and tenders should be ready to sail, as all these reported and pretended for Ireland; and, further, that he was at Brest and saw the said fleet, and believes they carried off about 1,000 Irish soldiers, and that on Friday the 27th of April he saw the said fleet put to sea, the wind being then at east, and supposed they sailed for Ireland.
8 May. 35. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of John Key, praying to be relieved against the forfeiture of a parcel of iron wire, stating that they were inclined to believe, that as steel wire paid the most advantageous duty to the King, the land waiters passed other wire under that denomination, which gave encouragement to the merchants to import iron wire and pass it under the denomination of steel wire, leaving it to their Lordships to give relief, but advising that the practice should be reformed. Dated 8 May 1689.
Accompanied by the petition.
2 pages.
May 8. 36. Petition of Jonathan, Lord Bishop of Exeter, to the King, stating that he had been lately translated from Bristol to that see, and found that bishopric taxed at 450l. which, with 50l. for tenths, made within 40l. the whole revenue of that see, and that there were also other charges; praying for a privy seal to discharge him, as in like cases had often been done. Dated on the dorse, 8 May 1689.
½ page.
May 9. 37. Report of Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor-General of their Majesties works, on the petition (addressed to their Majesties) of Henry Buckley, Esq., Master of the Household to their late Majesties King Charles and King James, for compensation for the money spent in repairing the lodgings belonging to that office, he having expended (as he states) 600l. and received but 166l., and being no longer continued in that employment; in favour of 320l. 12s. being allowed. Dated 9 May 1689.
3 pages.
May 10. 38. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Gourny, late of Dublin, merchant, praying that certain wines and tobacco might be discharged from the duty, he having been forced to make his flight from Ireland, where he left the greatest part of his substance, advising that the case deserved the same favourable consideration as that of Capt. Hercules Davies, in which their Lordships gave relief, by an order of 19 April last. Dated 10 May 1689.
Accompanied by the petition, a certificate, and a draft of a warrant for the discharge of the duties.
11 May.]
39. Report of Sir Geo. Treby, Attorney-General, being his opinion as to whether the grant of an annuity to the Countess of Bristol was a good grant then, or had determined; finding that the grant was for the term of her life, and that it continued if it had not been surrendered. Referred for consideration on 11 May 1689.
1 page.
11 May.]
40. Petition of Robert Austen, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury showing that he had opposed the designs of Popery and arbitrary power, and had done what he could to promote the design of His present Majesty, &c.; praying to be made Surveyor General of the out ports. Referred to Comrs of Customs 11 May 1689.
Also, reasons for revival of that office.
3 pages.
May 13. 41. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of the East India Company, touching the ship “Herbert,” on which there was an embargo, from which they prayed relief, as well as protection for the men, stating that they did not object to relief being granted, the ship and 130 men having laid at Gravesend for six weeks at great expense. Dated 13 May 1689.
May 15.]
42. Petition of the Hon. Sir Vere Fane, K.B., Thos. Mun, and John Farthing, Esqres., addressed to the King, showing that by the accounts given in to the House of Commons, by the Auditors of Excise, the sum for collecting the excise for the year ending 24 June 1688, amounted to 89,930l. 3s.d., (as by an extract appeared), which sum was more than was necessary by 33,930l. 3s.d., had the Comrs rightly understood the management, &c.; offering to defray the charge of the management for 56,000l., and praying that before passing the new commission for Comrs of Excise their proposal might be heard, and when heard and approved that they might be appointed Comrs and managers.
Accompanied by the extract mentioned.
Referred to the Comrs of Excise May 15, 1689.
Also a duplicate of the above.
2 pages.
May 17. 43. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the case of William Mountslemery, master of the “Olive Branch,” who, in his escape from Ireland, brought 15 casks of butter to London; also the case of Richd. Crockshank, master of the ship “Recovery,” who had on board 60 barrels of butter from Ireland consigned to France, but having been detained at Plymouth could not proceed thither, nor return to Ireland; moving their Lordships to admit the entry of the said butter and deliver it up on payment of the duties. Dated, 17 May 1689.
1 page.
May 17. 44. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Tho. Langley, late searcher of the port of Ipswich, praying an order for the payment of his salary from 1683 to 1686; stating that they had nothing to object. Dated 17 May 1689.
Minuted:—“The Recr of the Customs to pay it.”
Accompanied by the petition.
2 pages.
[? About
May 21.]
45. Petition of John Chichester, brother to the Earl of Donegal, addressed to the King, showing that he had been a captain of foot in Ireland many years, and had other considerable employments and an estate there, of all of which he was deprived, being an Englishman and a Protestant. He had continued with the regiment which he had raised and maintained at his own charge until the coming down of the Irish army, when he retired to Coleraine and Londonderry; with much difficulty he sent away his wife, who was a “person of quality, and six children,” resolving himself to continue to the last, which he did until the Governor of London derry refused to give him quarters, when he left, and being without money for his passage was obliged to give the officer of the frigate his watch and pistols; praying that in the army His Majesty designed for the reduction of Ireland he might be placed in such a post as the King thought fitting his station and qualities, and in the meantime for subsistence for himself and numerous family. Without date, but referred to the Lords of the Treasury, May 21, 1689.
1 page.
May 21. 46. Certificate of the sums payable to the Chief Justice of Chester and Flint, made at the request of John Trenchard, Esq., one of their Majesty's serjeants at the law, and then Chief Justice of the several courts there. Dated 21 May 1689.
May 22. 47. Petition of Bridget Darcy, addressed to the King, praying him to take care of her younger children, and to extend his bounty to them, as he had promised in consideration of her late husband's services. Dated on the dorse 22 May [16]89.
Minuted:—“Jephson to speak with Ld Lexington & know what children there are.”
“May 28th. 200li graunted for their present subsistence.”
1 page.
May 22. 48. Letter from Lady Portland to the King, stating that her indisposition hindered her from personally waiting on His Majesty, to acquaint him with her miserable low state and condition; imploring him to give directions to the Lords of the Treasury, to pay at least the three quarters rent due at Lady Day last. Dated 22 May 1689.
1 page.
May 22.]
49. Petition of John Dwyre addressed to the King, stating that King Charles the Second had considered his predecessors' loyalty, with the loss of both their lives and fortune, and had ordered the Lords of the Treasury to allow him 8s. a day, and 200l. to pay his debts; their Lordships, however, perceiving the King wanted money, bid him take 2s. a day, which had been paid him till 3 Dec. 1688; and further that he was then ready to perish; begging the King to order his petition to the Treasury to be read, and to grant him relief.
On the dorse, “Brought by ye King 22th May 1689.”
½ page (quarto).
May 22. 50. Report signed “Robt. Atkyns, Ed. Nevill & [B.] Lechmere,” stating the belief that Nathaniel Booth, the after-named petitioner, was fit enough for the office of Surveyor of the Green Wax, as it required not much learning, ability, or experience. Dated 22 May [16]89.
Indorsed on the petition of the said Nathaniel Boothe, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he had been at great expense in raising men, horses, and arms for the King's service, under the command of the Right Hon. the Lord Delamer, to redeem the nation from Popery and arbitrary government, for which he had some hopes of being made a Comr of Excise, but that commission was full; praying to be received into the office of Surveyor of Green Wax, void by the flight of Adam Colclough, Esq., a Papist, then in arms with the King in Ireland.
Accompanied by three certificates as to his fitness for the office.
One of the certificates is minuted:—“Mr. Booth is to have the office of Surveyr of the Green Wax.”
1 page and 3 half pages.
May 23. 51. Report, signed ‘R. Atkins, Ed. Nevill, B. Lechmere, and Jo. Turton,’ that the petitioner after-named was qualified for the office mentioned in his petition. Dated 23 May [16]89.
It is written on the petition of Charles Chetwynd, to the Lords of the Treasury, for the office of Surveyor of the Green Wax.
There is also a memorandum that it was referred to the Lord Chief Baron and the rest of the Barons of the Exchequer, 4 May 1689.
The following entry is in the Minute Book, Vol. I. p. 14, under 3 May 1689:—“The petitioners, after the Surveyor of the Green Wax, to be referred to Ld C. Baron & Barons of th' Excheqr.”
1 page.
May 24.]
52. Petition to the King, of Renier Berkelbach, military agent at the Hague, showing that he lent Capt. Saxby, formerly in the service of the States General, 4,094 guilders and 12d. Dutch money, for the use of his company, as appears by a copy of the bond annexed, and for which the Marquis of Albyville became bound, praying he might be paid out of the money due to the said Marquis here.
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 24 May 1689.
Also the copy of the bond referred to.
3 pages.
May 24. 53. Presentment by the Comrs of the Customs, to the Lords of the Treasury, setting forth that the Lords of the Treasury, by order of 26 April last, in pursuance of an Order in Council of the 25th of the same month, had directed the Comrs of Customs to secure vessels, mariners, or goods of the French King's subjects, and by another Order of the 29th of the same month, in pursuance of an order of the Privy Council, of the 26th of the same month, had directed the said Comrs to appoint officers in the several ports, to take charge of prizes and prize goods, acquainting their Lordships that some prizes had come to their hands, but others had been refused to be delivered into their charge, the seamen and officers being generally very unwilling to part with them, and plundered out of them all they could; and a number of Frenchmen were detained under the care of the officers, at a charge of 6d. a day each man, besides sick and wounded; pressing their Lordships to move His Majesty to appoint officers to that special service, that so the accounts of the customs might not be encumbered therewith. Dated 24 May 1689.
Minuted:—“His Matie will appoint Comrs sodainly.”
May 25. 54. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Robert Williamson, praying that he and his son might have the patent office, of one of the five undersearchers in the port of London, assigned to them, then held by Richard Pearse and William Clough, who were willing to surrender their estates in the said office; stating that they had nothing to object thereto, as it was “but the altering of one name for another.” Dated 25 May 1689. Accompanied by the petition.
On the dorse:—“For his Matie.”
2 pages.
May 25. 55. Letter of Phineas Bowles, by command of the Admiralty, addressed to Mr. Jephson, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a letter of Capt. Andrew Cotton, commander of the “Charlotte” yacht, attending on the island of Guernsey, to be laid before the said Lords of the Treasury. Dated 25 May 1689.
The letter enclosed principally relates to custom-house matters; but it also states:—“The news that I hear is that the French fleet that was at Irland, got into Brest on ye 8th or 9th instt, but very much batter'd; and they say all ye shipps in France is fitting out, & they will have 40 saile out of ye Mediterranean; it is likewise said that the French has taken 5 Dutch West Indiamen, that came from Cuiresoe, also a very rich Spaniard, that came from Portabello. Likewise there is between 40 or 50 sail fitting out of St. Maloes, from 10 guns to 40 guns, all to cruice ye channell; but if there was 10 saile of good friggetts, 3 fire ships, and 2 boom vessells, I would not question but to destroy there ships & burn there town.” Dated Guernsey, 15 May 1689.
2 pages.
May 27. 56. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Walter Middleton, Esq., customer of the port of Milford, setting forth that he had charge of the collection of the said port for eight years past, without any allowance, except for a clerk; praying the reimbursement of 6d. in the pound, and an order for the continuance thereof, and for the arrears of his patent salary for 7½ years, amounting to 114l. 7s. 6d.; stating that they thought it reasonable he should be paid the same. Dated 27 May 1689.
Accompanied by the petition and three other subordinate papers.
2 pages and 3 half pages.
May 27. 57. Petition of Samuel Clarke, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, for payment of 75l., being the arrears due to him on a privy seal for 300l. per ann., obtained by him from the late King, for services in the revenue of customs; and further praying for restoration to the King's bounty.
Minuted:—“A privy seal to be graunted.”
Accompanied by a copy of his last receipt, which is certified on 27 May 1689.
May 28. 58. Report of the Comrs of Excise, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Thomas Aram, certifying that he had been solicitor for the prosecution and defence of causes before the judicature for the excise, and advising that he should be continued therein. Dated 28 May 1689.
Acompanied by the petition.
2 pages.
May 28. 59. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Philip Elston and William Blackaller, praying to be appointed solicitors for excise; stating that the office of solicitor of excise being vacant by the desertion of Henry Guy, Mr. George Parry was constituted solicitor, and that they, conceiving that he was well qualified, had recommended him for continuance; and as to the other part of the petition, which desired to have the granting deputations to the inferior officers of excise, the said Comrs were authorized by their commission and the laws of excise to grant commissions to the inferior officers, and such commissions had always been prepared by their secretary. Dated 28 May 1689.
Minuted:—“The place is graunted to Mr. Parry.”
Accompanied by the petition and a certificate of divers members of Parliament in favour of the petitioners.
2 pages and 2 half pages.