Volume 31: December 11-31, 1694

Pages 407-421

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

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December 11–31, 1694

Dec. 11.
1. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mr. Thos. Freckleton, agent to Brigadier Lumley's regiment of horse; complaining of an over payment made by Mr. Fox, on the account of Major Palmer, then lieutenant-colonel of the regiment, explaining how it had happened. Dated 11 Dec. 1694. Also the memorial. 3 pages.
Dec. 12. 2. Various reasons offered by Col. Lillingston for the providing caps instead of hats for the detachment he was to command to Jamaica; the last of which is “that the hatts taken the last expedition were two-thirds of them eat up by the ratts on ship boad; and the caps they took not touch'd;” and a further memorandum about the clothing. Dated 12 Dec. 1694. 1 page.
Dec. 13. 3. Report of Sir Edw. Ward, Attorney-General, and S. Travers, to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Esther, Marchioness De Gouvernet; respecting a fee-farm rent of 550l. per annum, issuing out of the manors of Bradbury and Hilton, in the county of Durham, devised by Lord Eland to the Marchioness, who was his wife.
The petition and an affidavit relating thereto. 13 Dec. 1694. 3½ pages.
Dec. 12 and
4. Four papers in a very perishing condition, having the following docquets:—
(1.) “Two of the Lords Justices' letter to the Lords of the Treasury; giving reasons for not obeying Her Matys letter in Mr. Babe's case.” Dated Dublin Castle, 12 Dec. 1694.
(2.) “Lds Justices' report to the King, relating to Mr Carleton and Mr Babe.” Same date.
(3.) “My Lord Justice Capell's letter to the Lords of the Treasury, on behalf of Mr Babe, and that Her Mats comands ought to be put in execution, in making him Surveyor Genll.”
(4.) “Lord Capell's letter about Mr Babe.” Both dated 16 Dec. 1694. The remains of 11 pages.
Dec. 17. 5. Order of the Lords Justices and General Governors of Ireland, to the Comrs for management of the revenue there for them to report on the petition of Lewis Jones and Humphrey Booth to Her Majesty, concerning an arrear due from the former, as late farmer of the hearth money, in the county of Sligo. Dated 17 Dec. 1694.
Also a copy of the letter from the Lords of the Treasury, referring the matter to the Lords Justices, and divers affidavits relating to the same subjects. 7 small pages.
Dec. 17. 6. Order by direction of the Lords of the Treasury to the Comrs for managing the duties on stamped vellum; authorizing the receivers to pay such incidents as the Comrs should appoint; provided such payments be reasonable for their Lordships to allow. Dated 17 Dec. 1694. 1 page.
Dec. 17. 7. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, in respect to the right claimed by the East India Company of having aliens' goods imported under their permission, which was disputed by the Comrs; the latter alleging that the owners of the goods ought not to have the allowance of time or discount; but should pay their customs down as other merchants did. Dated 17 Dec 1694.
Accompanied by copy of the opinion of Sir John Somers, late Attorney-General, on a similar case, and extracts from the charter to the East India Company, dated 3 April 1661, and from letters patent of 28 Sept. 1694. 5 pages and 2 halves.
Dec. 18. 8. Letter of George Plater to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that, by Sir Tho. Lawrence who lately sailed for England, he had sent to Willm. Blaithwaite, Esq., Auditor General of America, “a state of their Majesties' revenue” for the support of the government of the province of Maryland, together with copies of the vouchers for the payments made; the greatest part of the revenue was paid to Governor Copley before the writer's appointment as receiver of the district of Puttuxant came to hand; the Governor died within a fortnight after the arrival of the last fleet from England. After his death his Excellency Sir Edmund Andross, Knt., by virtue of a commission in cases of vacancies, claimed a right to the Government and was admitted Governor, &c. Dated Puttuxant, Maryland, 18 Dec. 1694. 1 page and 3 lines.
Dec. 18. 9. Letter of John Sansom to Henry Guy, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, asking that a report of the Board of Customs, dated 24 July, might be sent, which was made on the petition of David De Barry, concerning a parcel of cossayes or calicoes shipped, together with the papers therewith, in order that debentures might be made out for the quantities of pieces mentioned. Dated 18 Dec. 1694.
Accompanied by the papers. 6 pages.
Dec. 18. 10. Memorial of Col. Lillingston to the Lords of the Treasury (1), for an order for money to clothe himself and the officers of his regiment: minuted, “Rejected.” (2), for 250l. for Capt. Jarvace Lillingston (who went as major to the detachment) as part of his arrears due as captain in Col. Gustavus Hamilton's regiment: “Rejected.” (3), for three months' subsistence paid short on the Martinico expedition: “Rejected.” (4), for a stock of shoes, stockings, shirts, &c. to be delivered as occasion required: minuted, “Agreed to, so as the necessaries to be bought, be putt into the comissaries hands, and not the colonell's agents.”
On the dorse:—18 Dec. '94. 1 page.
Dec. 18 11. Report of the Comrs of Customs, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Morton, who complained that he had been spoiled of all he had by the French privateers, and afterwards made a second venture, and in Holland bought 20 pieces of Persian silk, which were seized on their arrival: not objecting to the remission of the King's part, the petitioner having transgressed the Navigation Act through ignorance. Dated 18 Dec. 1694.
Accompanied by the petition. 2½ pages.
Dec. 18. 12. Copy of a report of the Comrs of Customs, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Jequez Dirkes, respecting certain wine imported from Portugal and shipped for Holland, stating that the constant practice of the Customs had been, that when the refuse part of any commodity had been separated from the good or sound part thereof, it had been always looked upon as such an alteration of the commodity, that such refuse part was not permitted to draw back any part of the duty; as in case of tobacco stalks separated from the leaf, the dust of pepper from the pepper, and so in the present case, the lees of wine from the wine; and the shipping out such refuse part, after such separation or garbling, had been always understood, as shipping out less in quantity or value, so as to lose the benefit of the debenture; stating that they had nothing to object to the issue of a debenture in this case. Dated 18 Dec. 1694.
Minuted:—“Agreed to the report.” 1¾ pages.
Dec. 13
and 20.
13. County Roscommon and county Gallway, Killyon Barony. Memoranda of the acreage and value of certain estates of Hugh Kelly and Hugh O'Conner, the latter of Ballintobber; as well as memoranda of the terms and persons to whom they were demised by the Comrs of Forfeitures. Dated 13 and 20 Dec. 1694. 1½ pages.
Dec. 20. 14. Memorial of Mr. Francis Babe to the Lords of the Treasury, setting forth that he had obtained Her Majesty's letters, reinstating him in his office of Surveyor General of Ireland, with the addition of 100l. a year on the civil establishment; but the letters proved ineffectual and were returned to Her Majesty, with a representation of him and his case, with all the aggravation that could be devised; laying before their Lordships a detailed account of the dispute between him and the Comrs of Customs in Ireland, and finishing up with the true causes why Her Majesty's and their Lordships' repeated orders had been disobeyed, and he had been so cruelly persecuted, the 1st of which was, that he had accused Mr. Carleton with trading with France, with the view of overthrowing the whole commission; the 2nd, that he had detected the miscarriage in setting of the hearth-money of the province of Ulster; and 3rd his appointment being independent of the Commissioners. Dated Dublin, 20 Dec. 1694.
On the last leaf is an account of the produce of the excise of Ireland from 1682 to 1693. 7 pages.
Dec. 20. 15. Letter from Mr. Wm. Bridgeman to Henry Guy, Esq., enclosing the petition of the shipwrights and other workmen of the yards at Deptford and Woolwich, to the Lords of the Admiralty; complaining that their wages were a twelvemonth in arrear; requesting the Lords of the Treasury to give orders thereon. Dated 20 Dec 1694. 1 page.
Dec. 21. 16. Letter from Mr. Willm. Blathwayt, to Henry Guy, Esq., secretary to the Treasury, stating that the Committee of Trade and Plantations were informed that the transport ships for Jamaica had sailed out of the Downs, on their way to Plymouth, where Col. Lillingston's regiment of foot was to embark; and the committee having finished their despatches relating to that expedition, desired their Lordships to order the money necessary for the regiment. Dated 21 Dec. 1694. 1 page.
Dec. 28. 17. Certificate of W. Van Neck, clerk of the treasury of Holland, with translation thereof as to the tonnage and rate of pay of certain vessels allowed by the States to the commissaries of provisions Dated 28 Dec. 1694. [Temp. William the Third.] 1 page.
Nov. 19 and
20, and
Dec. 31.
18. Letter signed “Charles Bertie,” by direction of the officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a letter from Col. Gore, at the Hague, which states the debt due to the contractors for horses and waggons in Holland, amounted to about 11,000l.; that bills were also drawn upon the office by Col. Gore for 3,000l. for the service of the train; that 7,600l. were due to Sir Joseph Hern; reminding them further of the 1,420l. due to Mons. Boonhouvre for arms bought at Liege and Maestricht; and of the omission of the 500l. to the gunmakers for the last two weeks. Dated 20 Nov. 1694.
Also the letter referred to from Col. Goor. Dated 19 Nov. 1694.
Another letter from him on the same subjects. Dated 31 Dec. 1694. [Temp. William the Third.] 5 pages.
1694. 19. Abstracts of warrants, grants, &c., made up monthly, viz., for the months of February, March, April, May, July, October, and December, 1694.
Docquetted thus:—“Docquets at the Privy Seal.” 27 pages and 3 halves.
about 1693
or 1694.
20. Petition of Geo. Tuthill, of Exeter, merchant, seeking that the stop put on his pension of 100l. per ann. out of the customs of the port of Exeter for good services at His Majesty's landing in the west, might be removed.
Without date, but addressed to the Comrs of their Majesty's Treasury.
Minuted:—“Respited till after Michaelmas.” 1 page (quarto).
1694. 21. The Comrs for sick and wounded seamen and exchange of prisoners of war. Estimate of the charge and receipts of money, for 1694, for seamen. 1 page.
[? 1694.] 22. Petition of Lieut.-Col. Montargier to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that 1,000l. per ann. was granted to Monsieur Le Motte, the petitioner's brother, for his service as engineer: praying for the arrears of his pay, he having been killed in the expedition against Brest.
With a certificate signed “Macclesfeld” that he was killed at his landing in Camaret Bay, on 8 June 1694.
Also copy of the warrant for allowing him 1,000l. a year. 2¼ pages.
[? About
23. Proposals of Samuel Lubbocke, landwaiter of the customs in the port of Bristol, addressed to the King, for the prevention of frauds in the shipment of tobacco, and a petition of the same for himself or some other experienced officer to be appointed to prevent the growth of tobacco in England, &c. Without date, but it relates occurrences up to Dec. 1693. 4 leaves.
1694. 24. Affidavits as to the state of the debts in connexion with the post office in Ireland, sworn in April, June, and July 1694. One of the papers gives an account of the particular circumstances of each of the post officers indebted. George Warburton makes the affidavit. 5 pages (3 are double).
[? 1693
or 1694.]
25. Petition of William Morris, master apothecary, to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury, showing that he had served in Ireland as a master apothecary and in the last year's campaign in Flanders: praying for payment for his services to enable him to equip himself for the next year's service in Flanders. Without date.
Minuted:—“Referred to my L. Ranelagh & Mr. Blathwayt.” 1 page.
[? 1694.] 26. Petition of Thomas Duppa, Esq., and Phillippa Croke, widow, executors of Sir Thomas Duppa, Knight, deceased, showing that Sir Thomas, being sub-collector of the tenths for the diocese of Exeter in the year 1688, had employed one Francis Blight under him, who, upon His Majesty's landing in the west, went off with 439l. 9s. 2d.: praying for the completion of a warrant for the discharge of that debt.
Accompanied by—
(1.) The case of Sir Thomas Duppa, setting out the same matter more fully, in which it states that “the Prince of Orange's landing about Exeter made the said Blight runn out of his countrey into King James' armie about Sarum, and declare himself a papist, and soe ruined himself.”
(2.) Certificate of what was due in the Treasurer of the Chambers office, to the above Sir Thomas, as gentleman usher, daily-waiter and black-rod. Dated 20 Jan. 1693. 2½ pages.
[1694.] 27. Representation of Col. Luke Lillingston, colonel of a regiment of foot, showing that the regiment was lately employed in the West India expedition, and had orders to recruit and clothe, which was nearly accomplished; but it was found there was a great debt on the off-reckonings, which was mostly contracted, for the West India service: praying directions for satisfying the undertakers, so that new clothing might be forthwith furnished, and that an inquiry might be made into the late clothing. [Not dated, but 1694 by comparison with other papers.]
Accompanied by “The present state and condition of Coll. Lillington's regiment, late Coll. Foulk's, with respect to their off-reckonings.” 2 pages.
[? 1694.] 28. Petition of Laurence Braddon to the Lords of the Treasury showing that he had been illegally prosecuted and fined 2,000l., and imprisoned till His Majesty's arrival; praying them to recommend him to be “register or chief clerk and solicitor to their Majesties' Commrs for licencing and regulating hackney coaches.” Without date, but the Act for hackney coaches took effect in 1694.
Minuted:—“To bee register & sollicitor to hackney coaches.” 1 page.
29. “A breife of the principall matters contained in severall papers delivered by Mr Robert Makeroll to James Vernon, Esq., relating to Mr. Carlton's trade with France.”
There were 15 papers, of which this is the abstract.
Accompanied by what appears to have been a docquet relating to the above, and to some other papers, commencing as follows:—
“Two of these papers contain ye informations of Jno Sinckler, late master of ye George of Belfast, and of John Babe of Dublin, Gent., and ye aforesd Jno Sinckler, sworn before ye Rt Honble Sir Jno Houblon, ye 12th of Apr. 1694,” viz., as to goods consigned by Mr. Daniel Butts to Mr. Chr. Carlton, then a collector of Cork, but afterwards Comr of Revenue in Ireland, without payment of customs. Without date, but from other papers it would appear to belong to 1694. 3½ pages.
1694. 30. An accompt of purchase deeds and acquittances from several tenants, produced to Robert Gilliver, Gent., messenger of Her Majesty's land revenue, who was authorized to receive for Her Majesty's use several arrears of fee-farm and other rents, mentioned in sundry schedules annexed.
The schedules are arranged in column.
Docquetted:—“Com. Ebor. Mr. Gilliver's accot of what rents are good & bad in the sd county, returned to him as due to the Crowne at Micħas 1694.” 11 pages (brief size).
1694. 31. “Establishmt of ye Flanders Trayn, 1694, reduced one-fourth part.”
Showing the pay of the various persons engaged by the day, by the week, and by the month.
Also an abstract of the pay of the Flanders train, 1694. 3 pages, in a bad state of decay.
1694. 32. “Excise Office, London. The amot of the vinegar vouchers for London, from 24 July 1689 to 24 June 1694, according to the rates which have been paid by the vinegar makers and others for the several sorts of vinegar under-mentioned.”
A similar paper, “computing the vinegar, beer, and native vinegar, past or resting on foreign rape, at the rate of foreign vinegar; without any allowce for the duties paid before the said vinegar was put upon the rape” for the same period.
[Rape wine, a sort of small wine, made of rape or stalks of grapes.—Bailey's Dict.] 4 large pages.
[? 1694.] 33. Two petitions, one to the Lords of the Treasury, and the other to His Majesty, from John Carpenter, clerk, who was chaplain to two Dutch regiments in Ireland, and had not received his pay.
At the foot of that to His Majesty (which is a copy) there is an order that the officers should state their account by the clerk of “Vander Ess,” and oblige him to pay what was due. Dated 20 Mar. 1693.
Also an answer to the petition. 3 pages.
34. Petition to Ralph Earl of Montagu, to the King, setting forth that the Lord Preston, who was attainted of high treason, owed him 1,360l., and that he had been promised it should be paid out of the rents of his estates; praying that payment might be made in such manner as was drawn up in a warrant ready for the King's signature.
The copy of the warrant, and a letter of the Earl to the Lord Godolphin, pressing him to get Her Majesty to sign the warrant. Holograph. Dated [Ju]ne 12, '94. 3½ pages.
[? About
35. Petition of Peter Fauconier and partners to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they had clothed several regiments, and, in addition, had advanced a loan, but only received tallies upon the first 4s. aid for the money lent, and none for the debt; praying payment of the tallies in money, &c.
Without date. [The 4s. in the pound granted 4 & 5 Will. & Mar.] 1 page.
1694 or
36. Petition of John Cressett, of the Inner Temple, London, councillor at law, addressed to the King, praying to be appointed a Commissioner for the regulation of hackney coachmen, the House of Commons having addressed the King to remove three of the Comrs from their places.
Accompanied by the petition of the hackney coachmen, licensed by virtue of a late Act of Parliament to drive for hire within the Bills of Mortality, urging the appointment of the said John Cressett. Numerously signed, and the signatures are remarkably fine.
Undated. [The Act referred to was in 5 & 6 Will. & Mar.] 2 pages.
[? About
37. Memorial of Col. Hugh Windham to the Lords of the Treasury, moving their Lordships, as he had become responsible for 1,500l. for clothing, to order him that amount upon account of the off-reckonings of his regiment of horse for the year 1694, many of the private men having fallen at the battle of Landen, and their clothes, &c. being lost. Without date. 1 page.
[? 1694.] 38. A proposal for the rectifying a mistake in the late Act for laying an imposition upon East India goods; the laying a further duty on French goods, the encouragement of seizers and takers of prize goods, and for raising more money upon merchandise for their Majesties' supply. Without date; but it was after 4 & 5 Will & Mar., when the Act for the French goods was passed, and before the death of Queen Mary. 2 pages.
1694 or 5,
or later.]
39. Petition of Ann Jephson to the King, showing that Samuel Hastwell, her late husband, had sustained great loss by the devastation of his woods, and burning of his houses near the city of Limerick, and during the late siege there; and afterwards by the demolition of his mansion or castle, called Castle Connell, by His Majesty's express orders; and that he had preferred a petition for recompence of his loss, amounting to 2,000l. He was afterwards killed at the lattle of Landen, leaving five children. She prays that her then husband, William Jephson, who was tenant of the late forfeited lands in Muskerry, in the county of Cork, might continue tenant, and detain the rents in trust for the petitioner and her children. Without date, but after 1693, from the battle of Landen. 1 page.
[? 1694 or
40. Establishment of the Commission of hackney coaches, showing the names of the various officers and their salaries.
Accompanied by another similar paper. Both are signed by the [Commissioners]. Without date, but the Hackney Coach Act passed in 1694. 2 pages.
[? About
41. Another similar paper, headed:—“The establishment of the under officers thought fit to be ímployed in the Hackney Coach Office, as 'twas delivered in to the Lords Comrs of His Maties Treasury, commenced at Christmas last, by the Comrs appointed for lycensing & regulating hackney coaches & stage coaches.”
Undated. 1 page.
or 1695.]
42. Report, signed Chas Montague and J. Smith, to [His] Majesty, on two petitions relating to a pension of 300l. per ann. granted to Lieut.-Col. Vaughan out of the Royal Oak Lottery, viz., as to whether the same was assigned to his creditors; finding that 300l. per ann. had been granted in payment of 3,050l. due to him, &c., but expressing uncertainty as to its assignment. Without date. [Chas. Montague and J. Smith were first conjoined as Lords of the Treasury in 1694; it may be later]. 1 page.
[? 1694 or
43. Petition of John Phelips, Esq., one of the seven auditors of the Revenue, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, complaining that he had received no part of his salary of 200l. a year for 15 years and a half, and a fee of 20l. per ann. was in arrear for 16 years and three quarters at Lady Day 1694, praying for payment.
Accompanied by copy of letters patent granting the salaries of the auditors of the revenues, another petition, and certificate relating thereto. 10 pages.
[? 1694 or
44. A memorandum relating to the transport debt, towards satisfying which, certain duties were granted in the sessions held in November 1694, proposing that the duties might be paid to Wm. Bloome, one of the clerks of the transport office. 1 page.
[1694.] 45. Petition of Margaret Maurice, relict of Dr. Maurice, late Dean of Londonderry, to the Queen, showing that on the death of her husband she was wholly ruined by His Majesty giving the whole year's profits of that deanery to another; her husband had maintained 50 men at his own charge, in defence of the Protestants, and conveyed all his parishioners, with their provisions, to the stores at Londonderry; that his two sons and several relations and servants were starved in one room, in the siege; that 500l. were awarded by the Archbishop of Canterbury to the petitioner; but she had not been able to obtain relief; her estate was encumbered with debt and her children growing up without education, and she herself confined for debts contracted in the King's service. She had thus struggled for the last four years; praying an order to the Comrs of the copper mint to pay her the 500l.
Accompanied by another paper entitled:—“Mrs Maurice's Case,” which is there stated at greater length. In addition to the above facts she says that her husband was put to great charges in defending the Castle of Dungannon, &c.
Undated, but see another petition from her of 26 June 1694, Vol. XXVIII. No. 57, also her husband died in 1690, and four years had elapsed. 3 pages.
[? 1694.] 46. Petition of John Baskett to the Lords of “their Majties” Treasury, showing that he was the first to serve, the King with parchment cartridges for the fleet; praying to be appointed as a commissioner, comptroller, or receiver of the duty on paper, &c.
Undated, but the Act for duties on vellum paper, &c. was 5 & 6 Will. & Mar. c. 21. (1694). 1 page.
[1694.] 47. Petition of William Story to the Lords of “their Maties” Treasury, showing that he and his deceased brother had been keepers and feeders of the birds and beasts in St. James's Park ever since the Restoration, at 20l. per ann., having the charge of provisions, and that he had received nothing for the keeping and feeding of them since their Majesties' accession; 511l. 0s. 11d. being due; praying an order for payment.
Undated, but addressed to their Majesties.
[In the Letter Book, vol. 9, p. 7, mention is made of 200l. ordered by the Lords of the Treasury to be paid by the paymaster of the works in full satisfaction of all his demands for keeping the same birds and beasts from 31 March 1687 to 30 Sept. 1694. The letter is dated 7 June 1695.] 1 page.
[? About
1694 or
48. Copy of the “habendum” clause of a deed granting a parcel of ground to Sir John Somers, Thomas Duke of Leeds, and divers other persons of distinction, to the intent that the premises should be converted and employed for the use and service of an hospital; and further showing that as soon as the buildings were finished the King would establish a corporation for the government of the hospital, which from the indorsement, appears to be Greenwich.
? About 1694. The hospital then instituted. 1 page.
[? About
49. Proposals of Abel Slaney and Daniel Barton for making halfpence and farthings of English fine copper for seven years.
Undated; but mention of their Majesties and Abel Slaney occurs in the Letter Book of that year. 1 page.
[? About
50. Petition of Charles Chetwynd, Gent., to the Lords of “their Maties” Treasury, showing that by taking away the court held before the President of Wales, he lost in offices held for life 200l. per ann.; that Col. Herbert made him deputy auditor of Wales, but the profits were very little except at the Michaelmas audit, he had been at great expense to fit an office for the records and to engross the seizure rolls; when the collector went for Ireland he advanced a considerable sum, to be repaid on his account; but he was unfortunately killed in their Majesties' service in Ireland; praying to be continued in the office till after the audit.
Minuted:—“It is probable ye King will be pleased to appt an auditor very suddainly.”
Also Mr. Chetwind's answer to Mr. Brereton's paper, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, as to his (Mr. Chetwind's) threat to stop the quietus of Mr. Robinson, the sheriff, and as to his meddling in the sale of certain horses by officers of the militia.
Both undated; but Chetwynd was deputy auditor in 1694. See Letter Book, vol. 8, p. 225, and was removed from that place on 18 May 1694. See ib., p. 237. 2 pages.
1689 and
51. A paper indorsed thus,— “Concerning the difference between the Comrs in Staffordshire.” It seems to be the reply of some one of the Comrs, perhaps for the collection of a subsidy, to a charge made against them of creating a “disturbance” in carrying out their commission.
Without date, but in the reign of “their Majesties.” 2 pages.
1689 and
52. Petition of the Chapter of the Collegiate Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Southwell, in the county of Nottingham, setting forth their desire to establish a lecture or afternoon service, for the benefit of the large parish of Southwell; praying that some trees, not of use for naval stores, in the neighbouring forest of Sherwood, to the value of 500l. might be given them, with the view of providing a fund for the same lecture. Without date, but addressed to the King and Queen.
Also a memorandum. 1 page and a half and a few lines.
1689 and
53. Petition of John Granger, a tide-waiter upon the “70 list,” at their Majesties' Custom house in the port of London; praying to be put into the place of tidewaiter in fee at the Custom house. Without date, but “their Majesties” mentioned.
Minuted:—“To bee preferred in course, according to the rule.” 1 page (quarto).
1689 and
54. Petition by John Claypoole, son-in-law to Mr. John Heard, purveyor of butchers' meat to their Majesties, praying for a landing-waiter's place. Without date. ½ page (quarto).
[? Before
55. Petition of John Clarke, son-in-law to Major Richard Irwin, who was sewer to the late King Charles the Second, addressed to the Lords of “their Majties” Treasury, showing that he was employed in the Custom house as a tidewaiter in the port of London, and by the interest of his friends, was to be moved to a deputy waitership, but rather than comply with the Test laws withdrew to Holland; praying then to be appointed.
Undated. 1 page.
56. A paper docquetted:—“Abstract of the laws relating to the Plantation Trade.” It relates to laws passed between the 12th and 23rd of Charles II. It was probably drawn out towards the year 1695, as it refers to the 4th and 5th years of their present Majesties' reign. 1½ pages.
57. Petition of the artificers and others belonging to the office of Ordnance to the lords of “their Maties” Treasury, (with numerous signatures) showing that they had readily supplied stores for two or three years at cheaper rates than were ever known, in hopes of being well and duly paid, but instead were obliged to accept tallies on two-thirds of the Excise after 900,000l., and upon three-fourths of the Customs, for which as yet there was no fund, and on the land-tax after 1,877,374l., which it was presumed it would not reach; so that the tallies were of no use to them; they had petitioned the House of Commons to have their debts secured upon two-thirds of the Excise, but as the application should have come from their lordships, they prayed them to move the House that their debts might be secured on the two-thirds of Excise and three-fourths of the Customs.
Undated. 1 page.
58. Petition of James Barston, William Knight, and Thomas Harper, in behalf of themselves and other the manufacturers of painted earthenwares, addressed to the lords of “their Maties” Treasury, referring to a statute of 3 Edw. IV., relating to those wares, a complaint of the potters in 1676, and a proclamation thereon, and to an order in council of 12 Feb. 1685, for the seizure of those wares imported; on which divers seizures were made; showing that although the manufacturers had made sufficient to serve the market, and as good as could be imported, yet Samuel Eyre and John Bowles, had procured a letter to import certain delph red wares, or counterfeit china wares, and gally tiles, and three others had combined with them to monopolize an unlawful trade to the ruin of the pot makers and prejudice of the pot sellers; praying their lordships to give order to the Commissioners of Customs to carry out the law, &c., as a considerable parcel of such wares was then seized.
This is a draft in Mr. Lowndes' handwriting.
[There is apparently nothing about it in the Minute or Letter Books.]
Undated. 1 page.
59. Petition of Edward Proger, Esq., Keeper of their Majesties' Middle Park at Hampton Court, for payment of 365l. 16s.d., expended for their Majesties' service there.
Minuted:—“To be paid out of three-fourths Customs.”
Without date, but the service rendered for their Majesties. 1 page (quarto).
60. Petition of Wm. Herbert of Market St. in the county of Bedford, shoemaker, to the lords of their Majesties' Treasury; showing that he had apprehended one Thomas Knowles, a notorious highwayman, in pursuance of a proclamation of the 13th Sept. previous, praying payment of 40l. for that service, as the profits of the county were not sufficient to pay the sheriff's ordinary accounts.
Without date, but addressed to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury. The act encouraging the apprehension of highwaymen was passed in 1692, 4 Will, and Mar. c. 8.
Minuted:—“A warrt to be prepar'd.” 1 page.
61. Petition of Benjamin Mathew, Receiver of the Land Tax for the county of Northampton, addressed to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury, showing that he had been receiver of the first six months' tax, the 3s. tax, and of the present 12 months' tax; praying that he might not for the future be discouraged by such an impediment as a partner.
Minuted:—“Mr Mathewe's to be alone Receiver of Northamptonshire.” 1 page.
62. Petition of Robert Mackarrell, merchant, to the Lords of “their Mats” Treasury, showing that he had already, by several petitions set forth his deplorable circumstances in having in his escape with his family and effects from France, his ships seized in Ireland as French, which were restored on account of 2,000l. due to him for transport service; that he had been a witness upon complaints against Mr. Carleton, one of the Comrs of Revenue; but the Comrs would not admit the production of proper proofs; praying that he might have a copy of their report in order to set himself right with their Lordships. 1 page.
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63. Petition of Sir William Rooke, Knt., to the Lords of “their Maties Treasury,” showing that he was appointed by King James II., High Sheriff of Kent, and Mr. Tho. Dauling, late of Westerham, was his under-sheriff; who had received the moneys of that office and absconded; whereby the sheriff had to pay to their present Majesties 278l. 14s. 5d., besides fees, &c.; praying a lease of the said under-sheriff's lands, which had been extended, until he was reimbursed.
Minuted:—“R. to Mr. Lowndes, to enquire into the truth of the allegac[i]ons and state the case.” 1 page.
64. Petition of Simon Morse, receiver of the outward Customs in the port of London, to the Comrs of “their Maties” Treasury, complaining that he was not put into the next best employment, that fell vacant, according to promise; and that he had been forced (to avoid delay) to employ two assistants at 20 or 25l. per ann. and many times to stay till 5 or 6 o'clock in the afternoon, to examine the warrants; that with losses by bad money and the taxes he had scarce 40l. per ann., his salary being but 80l., and that he had spent 7 or 800l. more than he had received; praying to be appointed as Customer of the Cloth Customs. Undated. 1 page.
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65. Petition of Edmund Prideaux, Henry Ustick and Matthew Remington, Esqrs., to the Lords of “their Majestyes'” Treasury, praying them to give an order to them to proceed for the recovery of money formerly levied upon dissenters, &c., according to Her Majesty's order in Council. ½ page.
66. Petition of John Jasper Stein, Secretary of the Prince of Wirtemberg, and of Peter Greve and Peter Fauconier, of London, merchants, to the Lords of “their Maties” Treasury; showing that the two latter had made agreements for the clothing of the Danish forces, by which Stein was to advance one moiety of 13,239l., and the other moiety on delivery of the same; praying that they might have tallies struck upon such funds as the New Land Tax or Excise, or such other sure bottom that the tallies might be made use of as ready money. (Signed.) Undated. 1 page.
67. Petition of Robert Russell, Esq., to the Lords of “their Majesties'” Treasury, praying for the place of King's waiter at the Custom house, London. 1 page.
68. Petition of Edeth Lutwych, to the Lords of “their Maties” Treasury, showing that there was an estate in England worth 80 or 100,000l. per ann. forfeited or forfeitable to the Crown (“Popish Estates”); that the witnesses and managers had tyrannized over and abused her husband, who had done great services, &c., praying that the “managers” might be obliged to do them justice, that her husband might have his share which was but about the 200th part of the whole, and that Capt. Henry Baker, who was a sharer in this and the “Dissenters” business, might be obliged to pay them the 30l. owing by bond to which the petitioner could not compel him, because he sheltered “himself in the Temple.” [See also Vol. XXVII., No. 60.] 1 page.
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69. The answer of the Comrs of their Mats Treasury to the reply of the “Comrs for stating the publique accounts.” Touching the money that had been given for the fleet during the war. The first-named Comrs adhered to their objections and to the abstract of receipts and payments in the whole and every part thereof. Undated, but before 1695, from mention of their Majesties' Treasury. 1 page.
70. Copy of a grant made by King William and Queen Mary of the Stewardship and Keepership of the Courts Leet, Liberties and View of Frank Pledge, of the domain, manor, and lands of Denbigh, alias Denbigh lands, in North Wales; and of all hundreds, leets, manors, &c, in the domain of Denbigh; and of the office of Recorder there to Robert Cotton, of Cumbermore, in the co. of Chester, Knt., and Baronet.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt agt the Queen comes to towne for Sir Richd Midleton,” [of Chirk Castle, com. Denbigh, Bart.]
Undated; although docquetted in a modern hand 1695, the grant must have been earlier from mention of the Queen. 2 pages.