Volume 25: December 1-22, 1693

Pages 333-337

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

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December 1–22, 1693

Dec. 1.]
1. Petitions and other papers (dated between 1687 and 1693) relating to the claim made by one Mrs. Harris, the wife of William Harris, a butcher at Mallow in Ireland, against Elizabeth Countess Dowager of Clancarty. The ground of the claim (as the widow alleged), was, that her husband was barbarously murdered by the Earl of Clancarty, the son of the said Countess, on 27 March 1687, but the Countess, in one of her petitions, gives the following account of the way he lost his life:—“There was a custome (tho' an inhuman pastime) in yt part of Ireland, to toss men in blanketts that ye country people would come freely to offer themselves to be tossed for halfe crown a piece, yt the sd butcher was unfortunately tossed, and for want of care [died] soone after; that the said Earle was noe otherwise accessarie than as a spectator as he was to others tossed the same daye.”
One of the papers is a receipt by Mrs. Harris for 100l., in which she acquits the Earl from all further demands. Dated 30 April 1687.
Also another petition of the Countess to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the Queen had ordered a grant to pass of the estate in Ireland, belonging to the son of the Countess with certain exceptions, for the satisfaction of the debts due to her, but the Lords Justices refused to pass the same; praying for a further order thereon.
Minuted thus:—“Dec. 1st '93. The King will not hinder my Lady Clancartie of her legall right, but is not willing that the grant should passe as it is now desired.” 5 pages and 3 halves.
Dec. 2. 2. Report of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, acknowledging the receipt of their letter, with the petition of Col. John Fitzpatrick, concerning a lease granted to him by King Charles II., of certain quit-rents arising out of the estates of the late Lord Slane and others, which petition they referred to Sir Ric. Levinge, the Solicitor-General, transmitting his report. Dated Dublin Castle, 2 Dec. 1693.
Minuted:—“10th Jany '93. The King will consider the petitioner in something else of equall value.”
The report and petition referred to and two other papers. 7 pages.
Dec. 4.]
3. Petition of Major-General Dorrington to the King, showing that he was made prisoner at the battle of Aghrim, and had remained 2½ years in the Tower, at excessive charges, and deprived of the allowance paid to his fellow prisoners; praying to be dealt favourably with, although by chance he might not seem comprehended in the “cartell.”
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 4 Dec. 1693. 1 page.
Dec. 6. 4. “The Commrs of the Revenue in Ireland, their report that there has not bin any such officer as surveyor, by patent, for many years, and conceive such imploymt to be noe use, but a burthen to the revenue; but upon the whole matter they are humbly of opinion Mr Babe's past services may well deserve a reward.” Dated 6 Dec. 1693. 1 page.
Dec. 6. 5. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, stating the complaints made by the gaolers and agents who relieved the French prisoners and the poor nurses, &c. of the sick seamen, who draw on the Commissioners, they having no effects; 5,000l. must be immediately paid, or their credit is gone, and the sick seamen and prisoners of war must starve; praying for the above supply. Dated 6 Dec. 1693. 1 page.
Dec. 7.]
6. Report of the victuallers of their Majesties' Navy, on the case of Mr. David Phillipps, of Bristol, who was employed by them to buy biscuit, &c. for the Navy, and for the supply of the soldiers, who were to be transported, stating that they believe it to be true that he bought [and paid for] certain wheat, &c. to be brought from Tewkesbury to Bristol, from one William Martin, to furnish the bakers, which wheat was stopped by the rabble, and Martin had then failed; recommending that he should be assisted to recover the debt, &c. Referred 7 Dec. 1693.
Minuted:—“My Lords will allow 200l. of this. When Mr Hendly comes here my Lords will allow ye whole, & speak with the C. of ye victrs of the manner of doing it.
Also “Mr Phillipp's case.” 2 pages.
Dec. 8. 7. “Royall Citadel
of Plymouth. An estimate of the charges for building a gun wharf, powder tower, storehouses, and labourers' houses, near their Majesties' new dock in Hamoze.” Signed by members of the Board of Ordnance. Dated 8 Dec. 1693. 2 pages.
Dec. 8. 8. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the goods imported in the ship “Johanna,” alias “Fidelity,” informing them that the goods were condemned and sold. Dated 8 Dec. 1693.
Three other papers relating thereto, one of which is a petition of William Cotton, master of the ship, stating that he was employed by their Majesties' authority to procure intelligence of the motion and preparation of their Majesties' enemies beyond the seas, and for that purpose having brought thence (the better to cover his design) some prohibited goods, they were seized and prosecuted to condemnation; praying to be paid their Majesties' two thirds, in part satisfaction of his loss, in obedience to their Majesties' commands. 4 pages.
[Dec. 12.] 9. Report of the Comrs of the Navy on the petition of some of the clerks of the Navy, whose salaries did not exceed 100l. per ann., and who complained of the tax of 4s. in the pound on their salaries, and prayed for relief; transmitting a former report they had made on the same subject, dated 4 July 1693, in favour of the allowance. Dated 12 Dec. 1693.
Minuted:—“16 June '94. My Lds cannot doe it, ye mony being appropriated by Act of Parlt.” 3 pages.
Dec. 12. 10. Report of the Navy Board to the Lords of the Treasury, in pursuance of their order of 6 December, referring the Order of Council of 30 Nov., made upon the petition of Capt. Christopher Billop, to their consideration; sending the copies of the letter of attorney and bond found in that office against Capt. Billopp as they would best inform their Lordships of the state of the matter. Dated 12 Dec. '93.
Also the papers which relate to the sale of some prize ships, taken in the last Dutch war.
The following memorandum is on the dorse:—“To speak to the Commrs. of Navy. The Commissioners of the Navy say that though Captain Billop contracted for the ships they were never delivered to him, and therefore he desires his bond up.” 6 pages (quarto).
Dec. 13. 11. Report of Lord Coningsby and Mr. Chas. Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Martha Dillon, who sought to recover 150l., the value of goods of which she was plundered at Dublin, by a serjeant and seven or eight men of Capt. St. Pier's troop of dragoons in October 1690. Dated 13 Dec. 1693.
Minuted:—“10 Jan. 93–4. Mr Fox to pay ye petr 50li & ye rest to be stop'd when ye arrears of regimt come to be paid.”
The petition and divers other papers relating thereto. 10 pages.
Dec. 13. 12. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., in nearly the same terms as that of 6 Dec. 1693, stating in addition, that the quarterers had refused to receive any more sick seamen into their houses, and though they had been placed upon them by the magistrates, yet the people peremptorily refused to give them meat or drink. Dated 13 Dec. 1693. 1 page.
[? About
13 Dec.]
13. Letter signed Michael Studholme, addressed to the Lord Godolphin, asking him to order 500l. upon account, for making the road between Kensington and Chelsea, which would cost 870l., as by the estimate given.
Minuted:—“Referred to Sr Christopher Wren,” and, “13 Dec. '93, to be respited.”
Accompanied by the “Estimate.” 2 pages.
Dec. 14. 14. Order in Council for the vessel called the “Margaret,” prize of 160 tons burthen, to be given to Thomas Dongan, Esq., who had disbursed the greatest part of his estate for the defence of New York against the French; and had been defeated of his brother's estate in Ireland (the Earl of Limerick), which had been granted to the Earl of Athlone. He prayed for the said vessel as he was determined to go and live upon a small estate he had in America. Dated 14 Dec. 1693. 1 page.
Dec. 18. 15. Report of Lord Ranelagh and Mr. Charles Fox, on the petition of Captain Henry Killegrew, late captain of the Prince of Hess's regiment of foot, offering no objection to the issuing to the petitioners 82l. 16s.d., and 25l. 5s. for arms delivered by him, if their Lordships thought fit to order the same. Dated 18 Dec. 1693.
Minuted:—“26 Jany 93–4. The petitioner to have this sum when the regiment is cleared.” 1 page.
Dec. 19. 16. Letter of attorney by Wm. Aglionby, Esq., envoy extraordinary to the Duke of Savoy, appointing Richard Powis, gent., to act for him at the receipt of the Exchequer. Dated 19 Dec. 1693. 1 page.
Dec. 21. 17. Report of Sir Christopher Wren, Surveyor-General of Works, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Cock, one of the plumbers to the New River Company, praying for the amount of his bill for plumber's work at St. James's Palace, in mending the pipes laid by the Company; in favour of his being paid 22l. 6s. 10d. Dated 21 Dec. 1693. 2 pages.
Dec. 22. 18. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith on the petition of Edward Aneley and John Blackbourne, who had been instrumental in convicting one Thomas Darby an attorney in Yorkshire, for uttering many very seditious and scandalous words against their Majesties and their Government, and who then prayed that the fine of 80l. might be given to them; advising that it would be an act of great justice and compassion to comply with their prayer. Dated 22 Dec. 1693.
Minuted:—“2 Jan. '93. The mony to bee brought into the Exchequer & the King's charges to bee repaid & the petitioners to have the remainder.” 2 pages.
Dec. 19. Papers entitled particulars of hay and oats for the descent in the years 1692 and 1693, also cask and stabling, charges of management, incidents, &c. Several endorsed, “28th of December 1693. Recd & sworn to.” The hay and oats were supplied at London, Harwich, and Portsmouth, the prices, &c. being given.
[The descent was upon France. See Letter Book, Vol. VIII. p. 123.] 6 pages and 4 halves.
[? About
1692 or
20. Various respites prayed to be taken off by Brigadier Leveson, Col. Steinbock, and others. Undated, but the services were in 1690 and 1691. 1½ pages.
[? 1693.] 21. Memorial of John, Earl of Bath, Governor of Plymouth, addressed to the King, praying for payment of the arrears to certain additional officers, &c. of that garrison, and that in future they might be placed on the establishment.
The order and an account relating thereto are not now annexed, as stated in the memorial.
The account referred to was stated to the last of Dec. '92. 1 page.
1693. 22. Petition of Daniel Richardson, of London, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying the payment of a bill of exchange, drawn by Col. Kendall, late Governor of Barbadoes, on the Treasurer of the Navy, and by some accident left out of their Lordships' order, “for the payment of those bills drawn upon the expedition against the French in the West Indies.”
Also the said bill dated 13 Jul. 1693. 2 half pages.
[? 1693.] 23. List of ships (331 in all) taken up by the Comrs of Transportation, by the month, to serve in the intended descent in the year 1693, with the freight yet due to each ship. [The descent on France.] 7 pages.
1693. 24. Massachusetts Bay in
New England, 1693. An Act for coasting vessels within the province, respecting customs, &c Enacted by the Governor, Council and representatives, convened in General Assembly, allowing articles to be carried from port to port in the plantations without entry. 2¼ pages.
1693. 25. Abstracts of grants, warrants, &c. There should be a separate paper for each month of the year 1693; but the months of March, September, November, and December are wanting.
Endorsed:—“Docquets at the Privy Seale.” 37 pages and 3 parts of pages.
1693. 26. “Lancaster,
Cumberland, An abstract of His Majesty's land revenue in the counties of Lancaster, Westmoreland, and Cumberland, not given in charge to Mr. Wm. Heyhurst, the late receiver; ann. 1693.” 1 large page (much decayed).
[1693.] 27. Petition of Captain Owen Ferris and Captain Jeremy Huolahan to the Queen, showing that they were the first who quitted the Irish army, and were established at half pay, that they were in the late action at Terlemont, and lost their clothes and accoutrements. Praying for their half-pay, being 18 months in arrear.
Also three certificates relating thereto, dated Aug. 1693. 4 pages.
28. Petition of John Thompson to the Lords of the Treasury, to be made a commissioner for managing the duty on paper and parchment. Undated; but there was an Act granting duties on vellum, parchment, and paper in the year 1693. ½ page (quarto).
29. County of
Cumberland. A brief state of the account of Mr. Richard Rivington, late receiver, and his executors, of all the receipts and payments issuing out of the Lord Preston's estate in the said county. The estate was found forfeited by an inquisition taken 29 Dec. 1690. Undated, but mention is made of arrears due at Lady Day 1693. 1 page.
[? 1693.] 30. Memorial of Sir Thomas Cooke to the Lords of the Treasury, as to certain pepper imported into the port of London, by the East India Company, and bought by him from that Company, and thereupon shipped for exportation; praying for an alteration to be allowed in the debentures relating thereto.
Without date, but after Oct. 1693. 1 page.
[? 1693
or 1694.]
31. Petition of Charles King, of the city of Dublin, formerly a captain in the Enniskillen regiment, some time commanded by Col. Lloyd, and after by the Earl of Orkney, addressed to the Queen; setting forth his various services in the Protestant cause in Ireland; he states that he left Dublin in disguise in May 1689, and with great danger and difficulty joined the Protestants at Enniskillen, entered as a volunteer, was afterwards ensign, and then lieutenant, and was personally engaged in most of the skirmishes and battles in that kingdom; that in the year 1689, when the Lord Mountcashell was wounded and taken prisoner, Col. Woolseley, then commander of the Enniskillen forces, commanded him to go to Dublin for physicians and surgeons for the said Lord, and to procure what intelligence he could of the designs of the Papists at Dublin, and on his return he gave such an account of the posture of the enemy's affairs, and forces, and conditions at Dublin, as was very satisfactory to Col. Woolseley, and useful to Duke Schomberg, to whom he communicated the same; also that the regiment in which he bought a company, was “broke.” Praying that he might have an allowance of half pay.
Without date, but after 1692. 1 page.
1693 or
32. Petition of John Kynvin, gent., addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that he might be nominated for managing the duty on parchment, paper, &c. on account of his knowledge of the method of collecting the same in Spain, and his having assisted Mr. James Isaackson, who drew up the proposals for the same which were laid before Parliament.
Another paper relating thereto.
Undated. A duty on paper was granted in the year 1693.
On the dorse is:—“Mr. Kynvin to be Secretary or Register [Registrar] in ye paper duty.” 2 pages.
1693 or
33. Petition of the soldiers belonging to Col. Russell's regiment of horse in Ireland, praying their Lordships to order their pay, as they had been forced out of the regiments whither they had been dispersed, for want of their horses, which had been lost in their Majesties' service in Ireland and Flanders.
Undated, but see another paper, dated 13 Oct. 1693 (Vol. XXIV. No. 42).
Minuted:—“To give my Lords the names of the generall officers who turned them out of their regiments into which they were put after they were broke.” 1 page.
[? 1693.] 34. Petition of John Earl of Clare, Henry Viscount Longeirle, Anthony Viscount Falkland, Doctor John Radcliffe, Richard Gee, George Dodington, Esqrs., and other partners of the ship “Lyon.” addressed to the King, setting forth that they, at the instance of Mr. Thomas Hewetson, in 1688, raised 32,000l., and a further sum of 4,800l., and bought four ships; viz., the “Albemarle,” “Palermatan,” “Lyon,” and “Hunter,” fitted out the same for three years and freighted them at a cost of 9,445l. for a trading voyage to the south seas, in search of a wreck in those parts; all which ships, with 5,100l. to defray expenses, were put under the management of Hewetson, who proceeded on the voyage in Sept. 1688; but by his ill conduct, &c. the design was overthrown. The “Hunter” was blown up in the road of Barbadoes. The ship “Albemarle” left Hewetson on the coast of Brazil, and went to Montserrat, and from thence to England, with sugar, &c. and was there sold to pay the officers and men, The “Palermatan,” re-fitted at Barbadoes, was employed in their Majesties' service, and the money allowed for her was paid to Hewetson's agents; and when she came to England the money made by her sale was paid to the officers and men employed in three of the ships. The petitioners sent out another ship to the south seas, with stores, at the request of Hewetson, at the cost of 6,070l.; but not meeting him, she took in sugars at Barbadoes, and in her passage to England took a prize, which yielded about 2,500l., which was all paid to the officers and men, whereby they lost 5,220l. Hewetson instead of going to the places appointed remained in the West Indies and employed the ship in several profitable voyages, between Jamaica and the Spanish Indies, and never gave any account of the profits. The ship “Lion” freighted with sugar from Jamaica, was needlessly taken to New York and Lisbon, and in May 1692 she arrived at Falmouth, where the petitioners seized her, &c. but many of the goods had been embezzled by Hewetson. The petitioners finding Hewetson endeavoured to get the money due for the freight into his hand, preferred a bill in Chancery against him and all the merchants concerned; and the freight was directed to be paid into Court. The petitioners had paid nearly 700l. to seamen turned over from the royal ships in the West Indies into the “Lion;” yet actions on account of wages had been brought in the Court of Admiralty against the ship, for above 10,000l., whereby she was condemned, &c. The petitioners and partners had raised 42,020l., of which Hewetson had in cargo and money 14,545l., and had given no account of his other transactions, and they had lost by him 42,020l. besides the 700l. paid to the seamen, and yet more was demanded of them. The petitioners were informed that Hewetson was endeavouring to obtain the money to be allowed by the King, for seven months' service of the said ship “Lion.” They prayed that the money might be divided amongst them.
Without date; but by comparison with other papers, under date 23 Sept. 1696, concluded to be 1693. 3 pages.
[? 1693
or 1694.]
35. Memorial of John Thompson, solicitor for the taxes within the city of London, county of Middlesex, and city and liberties of Westminster, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had not troubled their Lordships for his salary during the Session of Parliament, nor since, whilst they were busy settling the new revenues, &c., and had not made application for any salary since Midsummer 1693; begging they would order what they thought convenient. 1 page (quarto).
[? 1993
or 1694.]
36. A paper endorsed “Reasons for ye cofferer to have fees allowed for the expenses abroad.” Signed “Bradford.” The fees claimed were whilst the King's household was in Flanders, “during the last campaign.” 1 page.
[? 1692
or 1693.]
37. Petition of Robert Wolseley, Esq., the King's late envoy extraordinary at the Court of Brussels, praying the King to give directions to the Government of Ireland to examine into the accompanying list of forfeited estates there; and set out so much as would amount to 600l. per ann., and grant them to him (the petitioner).
Accompanied by the list.
Undated, but the petitioner occurs in the Letter Book, Vol. II., p. 272, as envoy extraordinary to the Elector of Bavaria, Governor of Flanders in 1691. 4 pages.
[? About
or 1694.]
38. Petition of Walter Butler, showing that he was importuned by divers Irish officers, who came off at the capitulation of Limerick (3 Oct. 1691), to solicit their Majesties in their behalf, for a competency to keep them from starving; and, in consideration thereof, promised him under their hand 2s. 6d. in the pound of what should be allowed by their Majesties, further showing that one Mr. Courtney had given information against several of the officers, to make room for himself and his adherents; praying their Lordships to order the number of 20 officers, (whether they be those who contracted with the petitioner, or those who informed against them,) to pay him 2s. 6d. in the pound out of their Majesties' bounty, in consideration of his pains in obtaining the same.
Without date, but after the capitulation of Limerick, and their Majesties mentioned. 1 page.
[? 1693 or
39. Petition of John Crewys, Esq., receiver of the county of Devon, to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury, stating that he was receiver of the Poll Act, and praying to be receiver of “this next pounde tax.”
Minuted:—“Recommended by Mr. Foot, a member of Parlt.” 6 lines.
[? 1693 or
40. “A list of the persons [57 in number], that stand outlawed for high treason, with the countyes & places where severall of them have effects in England.”
Minuted:—“Mr. Smith must proceed in the process, agst all those whom (fn. 1) is informed to have any estates.”
Undated; but probably 1693 or 1694, for Mr. Aaron Smith had to render account of the persons outlawed and convicted. See Letter Book, Vol. VIII. p. 275, 20 July 1694. 1½ pages.
[? About
1693 or
41. A representation by the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury, praying a warrant to allow the tax of 12d. in the pound, to the inferior officers having less than 100l. per ann. Undated, but most of the Comrs names agree with those in the list in “Chamberlayne's Present State of England,” for 1694. 1 page.
[? 1693 or
42. Copy of a power of attorney given by Bernard Granville, of St. Martins-in-the-Fields, in the county of Middlesex, Esq., to Sir John Chardin, of Leicester Fields, in the same county, Knt., to receive the annual rent of 300l. due for Mote Park, adjoining the great park at Windsor, and to detain for his own use 100l. per ann. out of the same. Entered in the office of the Clerk of the Pells, 23 Feb. 1692. 1 large page.