Volume 24: August 19-November 26, 1693

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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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August 19–November 26, 1693

Aug. 19.
1. A letter of Lord Nottingham to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting the bill of extraordinary charges of Mr. Lambert Blackwell, their Majesties' consul at Leghorn, previously laid before Her Majesty, in order that they might pay him 500l. on that account, if they had no objection. Dated 19 Aug. 1693.
Minuted:—“To have 500l. in lieu of his charges. 19 Aug. 1693.”
Also two statements, addressed to Lord Nottingham, of his expenses. Dated 27 Apr. and 3 Aug. 1693. 5½ pages.
Aug. 19. 2. Report of Edw. Ward, Attorney-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the new duty upon coffee, tea, cocoa, and chocolate, stating that it seemed to him most agreeable to the intent of the Parliament to construe these reduced duties to be part of the former larger duties given by the preceding Act, and so in judgment of law not to arise by this last Act, and, in consequence not to be within the fund of credit or appropriation thereby made. Dated 19 Aug. 1693.
Also the paper on which he makes the report. 2 pages.
[? About
Aug. 19.]
3. Report of the Lords of the Treasury to the King, about a lease to be passed to the Marquis of Carmarthen, to take effect after the death of the Queen Dowager, or after the determination of the grant which was made to Osborne and Knight. [The grant consisted chiefly of rents reserved upon leases.]
The report of Sir Edw. Ward, Attorney-General, dated 19 Aug. 1693; and the report of Ed. Northey, counsel for the Marquis, dated 27 June 1693.
Minuted:—“To be done as is stated in the report.” 6½ pages.
Aug. 19. 4. Letter of Israel Fielding to Mr. Secretary Guy, acknowledging the receipt of his letter of the 17th inst., requiring to know what accounts he had then depending, and with whom, in connexion with the Victualling Office; sending the whole account at once, as the readiest way of answering the inquiry, &c. Dated 19 Aug. 1693. 1 page.
Aug. 25. 5. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Sandford, gent., as to a debenture for the drawback on certain tobacco which had been mislaid, and which they did not then object to pass. Dated 25 Aug. 1693.
Also the petition and an affidavit. 2½ pages.
Aug. 25. 6. Copy of Memorial from the Lords of the Admiralty to the “Lords of the Cabinett,” setting forth what they thought fit to be done, in relation to such of the great ships as should be laid up for the winter, as to paying off the men, &c., referring also to a letter of the 21st instant, which they had sent informing them that the fleet had come into Torbay; and that several of the ships would be speedily ordered into harbour, by reason of their defects, &c. and would require to be paid off. Dated 25 Aug. 1693.
Also the letter referred to. 3½ pages.
Aug. 29. 7. Report of the agents for bringing in taxes, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Chas. Brawne, Esq., Receiver-General of the Quarterly Poll for the county of Somerset and city of Bristol, in favour of the transfer of 1,099l. 13s. 5d. (paid in surplusage) to his account of the 4s. aid; as prayed by the petitioner. Dated 29 Aug. 1693.
Also the petition and the Auditor's certificate. 3 pages.
Aug. 30. 8. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the case of William Smith, who had been a considerable merchant, but was reduced to a miserable condition by the capture of his ships by French privateers; and was then in prison, and indebted for customs nearly 500l. Dated 30 Aug. 1693.
There are four minutes on the dorse, the last of which is:—“4 June 1695. To be discharged by supersedeas, giving a new bond” &c.
Also a certificate and memorandum relating thereto. 3 pages.
Aug. 30. 9. Memorial signed James Leece, on behalf of the Board of Ordnance, laying before the Lords of the Treasury an estimate of the requirements of that Board. Dated 30 Aug. 1693. 1 page.
Aug. 31. 10. Report, signed Geo. Clark, to the [Lords of the Treasury], on the petition of Major David Bourk, Major Donnell O'Donnell, Capt. Jacob Wilson, Capt. John Bourk, Capt. Patrick Hughs, Capt. Miles Bourk, Lieut. Fergus Kelly, Lieut. Clement Fanning, and Ensign Darby Inly, who were appointed to serve in the regiment sent from Ireland into the Emperor's service, but stayed behind by permission of the Lord Iveagh, colonel of that regiment for recovery of their health; viz., as to certain claims of the petitioners, they having recovered and being willing to go into Germany. The report also mentions that Serjeant Timothy Dyer and Martin Cahan, drummer, had also stayed behind, sick; but were then ready to go with Major Bourk and the other officers, Dated 31 Aug. 1693.
Minuted:—“27 Oct. '93. Nothing can be done in [this].” 1½ pages.
Sept. 4. 11. Letter signed Jo. Knight, addressed to the Right Hon. Sir Stephen Fox, excusing himself from attendance on their Lordships, on account of illness; and stating that if his attendance were required, in relation to the 1,100l. lately paid into his hands, for duty on coffee, tea, &c., he craved leave to inform their Lordships that he had spoken with the Patent Officers again, who persisted in their opinion, that that duty could belong to no other branch than Customs; further that all new duties, not particularly directed to be kept apart, by Act of Parliament, were constantly placed under the Act of Subsidy, &c. Dated 4 Sept. 1693. 1½ pages (decayed).
Sept. 6,
12. Petition of Richard Payne to the Lords of the Treasury, to be appointed landwaiter in fee.
Minuted:—“6th Sept. '93. Referred to Comiss. of Customes.” 1 page.
Sept. 7. 13. Petition of Isaac Pereyra, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the petitioner's accounts for the management of the bread waggons and for delivery of bread to the forces in Ireland, was delivered in 16 months before, and referred to the Auditors of imprest, for examination and report; praying an order to oblige Mr. Auditor Done to forthwith present his report.
Also a note, written most likely to the Secretary of the Treasury, transmitting the petition. Dated 7 Sept. 1693. 1½ pages.
Sept. 8. 14. Representation of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the sums they were indebted; stating that at the return of the fleet great numbers of sick seamen would be put on shore at Dover, Deal, Chatham, and Rochester, and that they depended upon the receipt of 7,200l., which they promised to pay to the “Quarterers” till Midsummer 1692, which promise they were unable to perform, as none would advance money on the tallies at any rate. Praying an order for 8,800l., without which the seamen as they were landed must starve in the streets. Dated 8 Sept. 1693. 1 page.
Sept. 8.]
15. Petition of Jane Roper, wife of Richard Roper, to the Comrs of the Treasury Chamber, stating that she was descended of a very honourable family, and was grandchild of Sir Adam Loftus, K.G., but was ruined by the wars in Ireland, &c.; praying that her husband might be made a coast-waiter.
Minuted:—“8 Sept. '93. Referred to the Commissioners of the Customes.”
Also a certificate relating thereto. 1 page and 3 lines.
Sept. 14. 16. Letter signed Ri. Bovett, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, as to certain diamonds which were landed before entry, and seized. They were entered at 500l., though believed to be worth 10,000l. or more. Dated 14 Sept. 1693. 1 page (quarto).
Sept. 15. 17. Report of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lords of the Treasury, in favour of admitting Thomas Taylor as purveyor of the works in the room of Mr. Radcliff, who was old, and willing to resign his grant of that office. Dated 15 Sept. 1693.
Minuted:—“4 Oct. '93. Speak with Sir Ch. Wren.”
Also the memorial or representation on which the report was based. 1½ pages.
Sept. 20. 18. Memorial from the Comrs for Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that their Lordships had signified that they were to receive no more money from the office of Charles Fox, Esq., and asking for a privy seal for the transport money, and that it might be received by a cashier, and proposing Mr. Edward Pansford for that office. Dated 20 Sept. 1693.
Minuted:—“A privy seale to bee prepared for this, and Mr Pauncefort to bee their cashier.” 1 page.
[? About
Sept. 21.]
19. Petition of Jerom Russell, Esq., late collector of the port of Sligo, in Ireland, showing that he was made a collector of the port of Sligo, immediately after the surrender of that fort, that most of the houses were beaten down, and not habitable when he went there; that he repaired a house for the custom house and excise office; that food was excessively dear; that the people were rude and barbarous, the Rapparees being numerous; that he carried on his duties at great hazard, &c., notwithstanding which he was suspended, and one Mr. Griffiths put in his place. Praying to be restored, and that he might receive the charges he had laid out.
Minuted:—“21 Sept. '93. Referred to the Commis. of the Revenue of Ireland.”
Also an account, referred to in the petition, of money disbursed by him in a journey to Kinsale, and from thence to Galway by sea, and on to Dublin.
And another schedule of sums disbursed. 4 pages.
[? About
Sept. 26.]
20. Petition of Ellen Carlyle, widow, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that she had a pension of 80l. per ann. settled on her for a debt of 1,200l. and upwards, 100l. of which pension was in arrear; further, that she lost her two sons in the wars in Ireland. Praying for at least some part of what was due.
Minuted:—“26 Sept. '93. To bee considered in the next list.” 1 page.
Sept. 27. 21. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had by repeated representations acquainted their Lordships that none would advance money on the tallies allotted to them; that though their Lordships had ordered 1,000l, yet the debt was so great at Rochester and Chatham that the quarterers had refused to receive the sick men, then lately sent from their Majesties' ships, into their houses; alleging that they and their families are like to starve, and they had better let the sick men die without, than hunger them within. Dated 27 Sept. 1693. 1 page.
Sept. 27. 22. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Edwd. Browne and Charles Peers, of London, merchants, as to the shipment at Cadiz of certain cochineal (in consequence of an expected bombardment of the city by the French fleet) in foreign built ships, manned with foreigners, in favour of their being allowed to enter the same and pay the customs. Dated 27 Sept. 1693.
Minuted:—“4 Oct. '93. Agreed to.”
Also the petition and an affidavit. 2 pages and 2 halves.
Sept. 28. 23. Report of Mr. John Richards to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard Champion, one of the keepers of their Majesties' privy galleries at Whitehall; stating that several of the servants were paid by Lord Griffin, in the year 1688, and others left behind. The quarter to Midsummer 1688 was still due to Mr. Champion, although Mr. Pawlett, the other gallery keeper, had been paid. Dated 28 Sept. 1693.
Minuted:—“4 Oct. '93. When money is appointed for ye Treasurer of ye chambers, he shall be made equal wth his fellow. 3 Apr '95. A letter to Mr. Richards to pay this out of ye mo[ney] he has in his hands.”
Accompanied by the petition. 2 pages (quarto).
[Sept. 29.] 24. A schedule of the names of persons and sums. Endorsed: “Particulars of 2 per cent. pd at the Custome House, to Micħas. 1693.” 1 large page.
Sept. 30. 25. Letter from Sir Wm.Beeston [Lieutenant-Governor of Jamaica], to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had acquainted their Lordships that Capt. Groves had lost his ship on the south side of Port Royal, having 100 hhds. of sugar and some ginger aboard, for their Majesties' account. One hhd. was saved and 62 bags of ginger. He had ordered the naval officer to take care of the sick men of the “Faulcon,” and to lay out 60l. coming from a prize, but it cost above 100l. more, which he knew not how to discharge, as the Treasury was much in debt. He meant to send the accounts to the Auditor-General, if he could get them timely enough from the Receiver, who was very dilatory. It would be a manifest kindness and safety to the island if their Lordships would grant the 1,000l. he begged for, towards the fortifications. Dated 30 Sept. 1693. 1 page.
Sept. 30. 26. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that Her Majesty's ketch, the “Talbot,” formerly taken by the enemy, had been re-captured by the “St. Albans,” and the Judge of the Admiralty was of opinion that the only legal course for returning her into their Majesties' service was to buy her of the Comrs for Prizes; desiring their Lordships to order her to be bought. Dated 30 Sept. 1693. 1 page.
Oct. 3. 27. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Laurence Culliford, comptroller of the customs in the ports of Bridgewater and Minhead, as to the renewal of his “Constitution,” for the office of comptroller, and the payment of arrears of his salary; not objecting to the payment of the arrear, nor the renewal of his constitution. Dated 3 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“His arrear to be paid, his ballance of account to be deducted out of it, a new constitution & a dormant warrant for salary.”
Also the petition and two certificates. 1 page and 3 parts of pages.
Oct 4. 28. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on a report of the Solicitor-General, made upon a petition of John Shuckburgh, Esq., stating that they found the allegations in the report and petition were true, and that the right in law to the lease of the manor of Portlester, for 15 years then to come, was vested in the petitioner; but that he was not thereby entitled to the King's favour, for a new lease in reversion, since Maurice Eustace the first lessee who mortgaged his lease, had reserved one-half year in it, to keep the right of tenancy; and further the King, by letters patent of 1 June last, had granted an estate of inheritance in that manor, among the rest of the private estate of the late King James in that kingdom, to Henry Guy, Robert Rocheford, and Matthew Hutton, Esq.; advising that the trustees be directed to make a further lease to the petitioner of the same, as he was more likely to improve the lands. Dated 4 Oct. 1693.
Accompanied by the petition and report referred to, which states that the manor of Portlester, in the county of Meath, was demised by the late King James, when Duke of York, to Maurice Eustace, of Portlester, Esq., who demised to Michael Tempest the castle and certain parcels of the said manor, which lease was conveyed to Richard Shukburgh, Esq., who was executor to the above petitioner.
The report contains various other particulars about the manor, &c., and concludes by stating that the petitioner was a Protestant, and on His Majesty's arrival in England in 1688, attended him on his march from the west of England to the city of London, and was then in the commission of the peace for the county of Warwick. Dated 23 June 1693. 5 pages.
Oct 4. 29. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had hoped, with the 2,000l. seasonably ordered, and with tallies for 1,500l., they should have satisfied the quarterers at Rochester; but they would not accept the tallies at any rate; that the “Diamond” frigate and fireship, with several Barbadoes men were carried to France, where we had great numbers of prisoners, and the masters of the transports refused to carry the French prisoners and fetch our seamen home, until part of their freight was paid. Praying for a further order for 2,000l. Dated 4 Oct. 1693. 1 page.
Oct. 4. 30. Report of Sir Edw. Ward, Attorney-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, upon the petition of Charles Hedges, Robert Woodward, Doctor of Laws, Thomas Pitt, Esq., and Wingfield Brockwel, gent., praying the grant of one moiety of a dwelling house, and other edifices at Christ Church, a wharf and key, and the beach adjoining, enclosed therewith, to Charles Hedges and his heirs, and the other moiety to the other petitioners; the said buildings having been erected upon soil belonging to the Crown, by Henry Hedges and Thomas Dennett, two of the undertakers for making the River Avon navigable from Christchurch to New Sarum, and a new harbour near Christchurch (if required); and further petitioning to carry the pier some furlongs into the sea, &c. Approving the grant, but recommending that the other works should be “communicated to the whole undertaking,” and be confined to some certainty and limits. Dated 4 Oct. 1693.
Also the petition and two affidavits relating thereto. 4¼ pages.
Oct. 4.]
31. An authorization for Mr. John Jones to go into Wales, on their Majesties' service, to collect evidence in connexion with a suit in the Court of Exchequer; touching their Majesties' title to the estate of the late Marquess of Powis, in the county of Montgomery, seized on his attainder.
Minuted:—“4th Oct. '93. Transcrib'd for ye Lds to sign.” 1 page (quarto).
[? About
Oct. 4.]
32. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Bartholomew Clements, certifying that he delivered to Thos. Clarke, their Lordships' agent at Yarmouth, two ships and their lading, without embezzlement, which were condemned as prizes in the Admiralty Court, and were disposed of for 1,011l. 9s. 1d., besides the charges; and further recommending that the obligation of the captain should be discharged.
Minuted:—“4th Oct. '93. Order'd to be pd 50li & it shall be allow'd on their acct.”
Also the petition and an affidavit. 3 pages.
Oct. 4.]
33. Petition of Capt. Stephen Godfrey, showing that he raised a company at his own charge, which he commanded in Londonderry during the siege, and that his estate was ruined by the enemy; praying for the allowance of 40l. here and 40li in Ireland, being the same as was allowed to the other captains, or the whole in Ireland.
Minuted:—“4th Oct. '93. The Lds can make no more allowances of this nature.”
Copies of two certificates as to his services. 3 pages.
Oct. 4.]
34. Petition of Henry Price to the Queen, for the remission of the fine of 20 marks imposed on William Purchase, “his son,” a journeyman bricklayer, for an assault on William Challoner, gent., and for his release from imprisonment.
Minuted:—“4th Oct. '93. Referred to Mr. Aaron Smith.” 1 page.
[Oct. 5.] 35. Report of Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Q[uarte]r-master Abel Thomas, who served under the Duke of Schomberg in Ireland, which was addressed to the Queen, for payment of arrears, amounting to 162l. 18s. He was in great want, through sickness and extraordinary losses since by raparees, who burnt his house and destroyed his substance; leaving it to their Lordships to say how long the allowance should be continued. Dated 5 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“11 Oct. '93. The King hath ordered that no more halfe pay bee paid in England to officers of this nature.” 1½ pages.
Oct. 5. 36. Presentment by their Majesties' Principal Comrs of Prizes, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending Charles Bishop, surveyor of customs at Harwich, for the appointment of agent for prizes at Harwich, in the place of Joseph Sanders, late surveyor and agent there. Dated 5 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“10th Oct. '93. Granted.” ¾ page.
Oct. 9. 37. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard Warner for a waitership in the port of London, which Mr. Andrew Haynes held by patent for life; approving the transfer. Dated 9 Oct. 1693.
Also the petition. 1½ pages.
Oct. 10. 38. Virginia,
1693. Abstract of proceedings of the Assembly in relation to the Act for Ports, the Act for advancement of the manufactures of the country, and an Act against the exporting tobacco in bulk.
The Assembly was held on 10 Oct. 1693. 2 pages.
Oct. 10. 39. Letter of Isr[ael] Fielding to Mr. Guy, at the Treasury Chambers, as to attendance at the Treasury Chambers with his (Mr. Fielding's) vouchers to his account. Dated 10 Oct. 1693. 1 page (quarto).
Oct. 10.]
40. Petition of John Diserote and Walter Hurst, who had discovered an invention for taking up wrecks, addressed to the Queen, praying for liberty to get up such wrecks as they should discover, which were not already granted to other persons, and for such wrecks as were granted to other persons, after the expiration of their grants, upon payment of one-tenth of all bullion, gold, silver, and other goods recovered, and half the value of guns taken out of the royal ships.
Also a schedule entitled:—“Grants already pass'd to sundry persons for wrecks upon the coasts of England and Ireland.”
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury to report thereon. Dated 10 Oct. 1693. 2 pages.
Oct. 12. 41. Letter of the Lords of the Admiralty to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting a copy of a letter from the Navy Board, which the latter had received from several East Country merchants, who served their Majesties with naval stores, complaining of the remote tallies assigned them; declaring their inability to deal any longer if better funds were not provided, and their future bills paid in money. Dated 12 Oct. 1693. 1 page.
Oct. 13. 42. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of divers non-commissioned officers and private horsemen men of Col. Theodorus Russell's late regiment; praying payment of the arrears due to them at the time the regiment was broken, viz., as to the payment of the same. Dated 13 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“20 Oct. '93. To stay till ye King's return.”
Also the petition and an account. 6 pages.
Oct. 17. 43. Memorial of the Commissioners for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, praying an order for 4,000l. to carry on their service; viz., to clear the “quarterers” at Rochester, “till Midsummer gone twelvemonths,” and to pay Mr. George Dickinson, late agent at Plymouth, then removed to Hull. Dated 17 Oct. 1693. 1 page.
Oct. 17. 44. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting a report made by the Comrs of Revenue upon a letter from their Lordships, and the petition of the Lord Lanesborough to His Majesty, for a grant of quit rents out of his Lordship's estate in Ireland, in consideration of his losses; objecting to the granting away any of the settled revenue of the Crown, “especially at this time, when it falls so much short of the necessary expense for the support of the Government.” Dated 17 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“The King agrees to the Lds Justices' opinion.”
Accompanied by the report and petition. 3 pages.
Oct. 17. 45. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the annexed memorials of Col. Richard Coote and Col. Robt. Ecclynn, praying that the accounts of their regiments might be stated, and debentures made out for the arrears of pay due to them, before 1 Jan. 1691; when they, with several other regiments, were placed on the new establishment of Ireland; in favour of the memorialists. Dated 17 Oct. 1693. 3 pages.
Oct. 17. 46. Order of the Earl of Nottingham, upon the petition of the Spanish Ambassador, for the shipment, (without molestation from the custom authorities,) of two bells bought in London, and intended to be made use of at Cadiz in Spain. Dated 17 Oct. 1693. 1 page.
Oct. 18. 47. Memorial of the Board of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that there is an arrear of 157,000l., that they had been so long without the “ordinary” of the office, from which source all the fortifications of the kingdom were formerly supported, that they had fallen into decay. Upon a survey taken, the forts on the River Medway were found extremely ruinous; they had ordered the estimates of repairs annexed, and hoped their Lordships would order the necessary moneys, the Parliament having rejected their demands for such services. Dated 18 Oct. 1693.
United are the estimates. 4 pages.
Oct. 20. 48. Petition of Thos. Neale, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that he might have an allowance for himself and three or four others concerned with him, for his third part of the seizures made by the East India Company, and not accounted for to the Crown. The moiety of the seizures being due to the Crown. Dated on the back 20 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“Nothing can be done.” 1 page.
Oct. 20. 49. Memorial signed Fr. Negus, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for the order of 100l. towards the charge of repairing the mews, in connexion with the water supply. Dated 20 Oct. '93. 1 page (quarto).
Oct. 20. 50. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Hollond, collector of customs at Hull, recommending his transfer to London, as a surveyor of the landwaiters, &c.; also Mr. Pye to be sent to Newcastle, and Mr. Nash to be clerk or registrar of the coast bonds. Dated 20 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 3 pages.
Oct. 21. 51. Copy of a letter of Lord Nottingham to the Comrs for the sick and wounded, for care to be taken of certain “landmen” who came from the West Indies, on board Sir Francis Wheeler's squadron, by providing lodging, nurses, &c. for them at Portsmouth. Dated 21 Oct. 1693. 1 page.
Oct. 23. 52. “Memorial for the workes” to their Lordships, praying a tally for 800l. to pay Capt. Studholme, Mr. Negus, Mr. Clarke, &c. Dated 23 Oct. '93. 1 page.
Oct. 23. 53. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the law and practice with regard to the exportation of foreign coin, or bullion of gold or silver, certain chests of bullion having lately been seized by captains Baron and Nash, on board several men-of-war and yachts. Dated 23 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“Agreed to the report, & that the bullion bee carried to the Mint to bee coyned.”
Also a letter of the Earl of Nottingham, and other papers relating thereto. 9 pages or parts of pages.
Oct. 23. 54. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning regulations made with respect to the tidesmen in the port of London. Dated 23 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“To be done according to this report.” 1 page.
Oct. 23. 55. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on a letter of the Earl of Nottingham to their Lordships relating to Genoese ships, which were supposed to bring goods from Toulon and Marseilles to England, and carry to those ports such goods as were laden hence for Genoa. Dated 23 Oct. 1693.
Also some schedules, showing the cargoes certain ships were laden with. 5 pages.
Oct. 25. 56. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on a petition of the merchants of London trading to Greenland, concerning a parcel of whale oil or blubber, and whale fins, “of French fishing, taken prize by the petitioners' ships in the seas of Greenland or Iceland, and imported into this kingdom;” praying to be admitted to enter the goods at no higher duty than if they had been taken by and imported in the petitioners' ships; recommending the payment of the custom according to the value. Dated 25 Oct. 1693.
Minuted:—“To pay ad valorem.
Also the petition referred to. 3 pages.
Oct. 57. “An account of what moneys were received by Col. Lillingston's regiment, from the first of February 1692–3 to the first of October foll., the time they were aboard on the Martinico expedition.” ½ page.
Nov. 1. 58. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, setting forth their debts and stating that, unless a suitable supply were forthwith granted to defray the charge of the sick seamen at Plymouth, Rochester, and elsewhere, they must want bread; and if the French prisoners of war were neglected here, the English prisoners in France could expect no better usage, &c.; and further, that they could not dispose of the tallies without an allowance of 20l. per cent.; praying a supply. Dated 1 Nov. 1693. 1 page.
Nov. 2. 59. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sarah Butler, widow, which showed that she had been a great sufferer, having lost her husband and three sons at the fight of “Agrum and Arklone;” that the French and Irish kept garrison in her house nine months, and burnt it when they could keep it no longer; and that they took her daughter, about 14 years of age, cut off her hair, and afterwards killed her; and, the petitioner coming to the child's rescue, they cut her in three places, and took her prisoner to Limerick, where they kept her 15 months. There were considerable arrears of pay due to her husband and sons. The report says that it is impossible to ascertain what arrears were due, as the petitioner had lost all the papers and certificates, but recommends her as an object for some small bounty till the accounts can be further looked into. Dated 2 Nov. 1693.
Minuted:—“14 Nov. '93. Mr. Fox to pay her 5l.
Also, the petition, and copies of three certificates. 5 pages, or parts of pages.
Nov. 3,
1693, and
60. Report of Brook Bridges [Esq.] to the Lords of the Treasury, presenting the state of Mr. Fielding's accounts to their Lordships. The account and report relate to army supplies. Dated 3 Nov. 1693.
“Abstract of Mr. Fielding's second account, as commissary-genll to the Duke of Leinster in Flanders.” With observations on the same, signed B. Bridges, 3 Nov. 1693.
Also a petition of Mr. Fielding, dated Apr. 1694; a petition of John Murrey, deputy commissary of provisions, and a copy of a bill of exchange signed by Mr. Fielding. 7 pages, and 3 half pages.
Nov. 3. 61. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir John Morden, as to the importation of cochineal from Amsterdam, which, as a product of America, was prohibited from being imported from the former place; in favour of the importation as a useful commodity. Dated 3 Nov. 1693.
Minuted:—“My Lords cannot do it, because it is prohibited, and the seiser, if seized, will have his part.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
Nov. 6. 62. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the issue of a commission and writ of assistance to one Mr. Dowding, for hindering all commerce and correspondence with France.
[The Commissioners observe that such commissions and writs give a very great authority to the persons that are possessed thereof to break open and search houses, and ought to be used with great prudence and discretion.] Dated 6 Nov. 1693. 1 page.
Nov. 7. 63. Copy or reiteration of the memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded, dated 1 Nov. 1693, signed by one additional Commissioner. Dated 7 Nov. 1693. 1 page.
Nov. 8. 64. Extract of a report from the Navy Board to the Lords of the Treasury, dated the 8th Nov. '93, upon the desire of the Treasurer of the Navy that the receipts given by the cashier of the victualling might be turned into imprests. 8 pages.
Nov. 10. 65. Report of Mr. Abbott to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Robert Gordon against Mr. William Hamilton, agent to Sir David Collier's regiment of foot. The complaint was, that Hamilton, after the decease of Capt. John Gordon, late captain of the regiment, had possessed himself of his personal effects, and refused to account. Dated 10 Nov. 1693.
Also the petition, and an account of the pay of Captain Gordon. 4 pages and 3 halves.
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66. “A state of the yearly supplys of money intended for the Navy, for the years hereafter mentioned, compared with what was issued for that service, and what was deficient, as also of the debt oweing to the Navy on the 5th day of November 1688,” viz., the years 1689 to 1692.
The paper appears, from memoranda at the end, to have been made up to the 10th of November 1693. 2 large pages.
Nov. 11. 67. A letter from the Navy Board, addressed to Henry Guy, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, with four other papers, showing how the following regiments were disposed of on board the fleet, in the summer of 1693, viz., Col. Venner's, Col. Edw. Loyd's, Col. Hamilton's, and Col. Ingoldby's. Dated 11 November '93. 5 pages.
Nov. 15. 68. Reiteration of the memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded, which was dated 1 November 1693. Dated 15 November 1693. 1 page.
Nov. 17. 69. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords [of the Treasury], on the petition of John Toby, showing that King Charles the Second granted the demesnes of the manor of Portland (Co. Dorset), to Henry Seymour, Esq., one of the grooms of the bedchamber, for 25 years, which was conveyed to Willm. Loveing, Esq., and transferred to John Strong, who consented that petitioner should renew the lease; expressing his opinion that a new lease for 31 years might be set at a fine of 300l., reserving the rents of 20l. and 10l., but if reduced to the old rent of 10l. only, it might deserve a fine of 500l. Dated 27 Nov. 1693.
Also the petition, an affidavit, and a certificate of inhabitants of the island of Portland, that the lands were not worth more than 50l. per ann. 4 pages.
Nov. 17. 70. An estimate of the particulars for fitting out a bomb vessel, with two mortars and 16 guns.
Signed by members of the Board of Ordnance.
A similar estimate of the charge of providing ordnance, &c. for a new fourth-rate ship of 48 guns, intended to be built by Act of Parliament. Dated 17 Nov. 1693. 4 pages.
Nov. 17. 71. Representation of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that, by Act 4 & 5 Will. & Mary, a third of the prizes taken by ships of war was to be paid to the Treasurer of the Navy for the relief of sick and wounded seamen, and to widows, &c. of persons slain at sea; and 1,761l. 2s. 6d. had been so paid to the Treasurer. Praying their Lordships' order thereon. Dated 17 Nov. 1693.
Minuted:—“A letter to Mr. Norrington to pay this money to the sick and wounded.”
Also a duplicate, the only difference being that it is signed by another Commissioner. 2 pages.
Nov. 22. 72. Letter of Richard Hutchinson to Henry Guy, Esq., as to his not being able to get his pay out of the East India money; seeking to have it out of the fines and forfeitures arising from the custom laws. Dated 22 Nov. 1693.
Also a note from the same to the same, concerning his attendance, to clear a mistake with respect to the East India money. 2 pages.
Nov. 22. 73. A reiteration of the memorial of 1 Nov. 1693 (No. 58), from the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. 1 page.
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74. Proposal of Sir Francis Child to lend 5,000l. on the vote of the House of Commons, if the Lords of the Treasury would order the payment of “this 2,500l. by a tally on the Excise.”
Minuted:—“25 Nov. '93. My Lords cannot just at this time strike more upon the Excise.” ¼ page.
Nov. 26. 75. Letter from Mr. Benjamin Overton to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had chosen Jeremiah Slingsby to succeed James Ellis, his second clerk in the Mint, and asking for a warrant for him. Edmund Hornsby, clerk of the Crown for Lancashire, took clipt moneys to the value of about 10l., and the writer desired he might be ordered to pay the same to him. Mr. Knipe, the Bailiff of Westminster, refused to deliver up the clippings, &c. seized on Humphrey Middleton, executed for clipping, and desired a hearing before their Lordships, asking to have a notice to attend at the same time. Dated 26 Nov. '93.
Minuted:—“The Lords will consider of this; a warrant to put in the clerke.”
Enclosed in this is an “Estreat of forfeitures at ye Old Baly, 6th Aprill, 4o Rs. & Rñe.” The forfeitures consisted of clippings and money, but there is nothing to show that it was originally enclosed in the letter. 1½ pages.