Volume 32: January 2-April 26, 1695

Pages 421-438

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

This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. All rights reserved.

Page 421
Page 422
Page 423
Page 424
Page 425
Page 426
Page 427
Page 428
Page 429
Page 430
Page 431
Page 432
Page 433
Page 434
Page 435
Page 436
Page 437
Page 438

January 2–April 26, 1695

Jan. 2.
1. Memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, as to a debt of 114l. 18s. due to several workmen, who had been employed in making a new prison in the Savoy for the Irish and other prisoners. Dated 2 Jan 1694. 1 page.
Jan. 3. 2. Letter signed Robert Ellis, addressed to Mr. Samuel Story, at the African House, in Leadenhall Street, stating that he was sorry he had paid 11l. 15s. 4d. to the Exchequer, if it were for the rent of Tisoe, for it would have to be paid again; appointing to meet him, &c. Dated 3 Jan. 1694. 1 page.
Jan. 5. 3. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, on the case and condition of Richard Story and a number of others, tenants of part of the estate of the late Lord Preston, in Cumberland, which upon an inquisition had been returned of the value of 659l. 4s. 8d. per ann., and was really worth 1,500l per ann., as to their Majesties' title to the estate, the deplorable condition of the tenants, &c. Dated 5 Jan. 1694–5. 6 pages.
Jan. 5. 4. Representation made by Benj. Overton, Esq., Warden of the Mint, to the Lords of the Treasury, that the officers of the Mint, whose salaries were from 40l. to 10l. per ann., had paid the taxes of 4s. in the pound for five years past, but they were in arrear for the year 1694; urging on their Lordships the same indulgence as had been granted to the clerks of the Custom house, Excise office, and General Post office; viz., that the sums charged should be allowed and placed among the incident charges. Dated 5 Jan. 1694–5. 1 page.
Jan. 8. 5. Report of Sir Edw. Ward to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Gilbert Heathcott, and on the report of the Comrs of Customs, as to the power of their Lordships to give direction for the discharge of the ship “Hopeful,” which was taken by the French retaken by the Spaniards, condemned as prize, and having been, re-bought, was laden with wine, &c. and not having an English crew was seized, &c. Recommending the taking of English duties, but doubting if their Lordships could discharge the seizure, if the informer insisted upon it. In such case an order for nolle prosequi might be given. Dated 8 Jan. 1694.
Minuted:—“Agreed to the report.” The petition and report referred to and an affidavit. 2 pages and 3 parts of pages, much decayed.
Jan. 9. 6. Memorial of Sir Christopher Wren, containing an estimate of the expense of the funeral of Her Majesty, viz., for carpentry, mat-laying, &c., addressed to Sir Stephen Fox, Knt., one of the Comrs of the Treasury, praying the issue of 500l. a week. Dated 9 Jan. 1694–5. 1½ pages.
Jan. 9. 7. “The Comrs for sick & wounded seamen & exa of prisonrs at warr. Estimate of the charge of sick and wounded seamen and rects of money for anno 1694.” Dated 9 Jan. 1694–5. 1 page.
Jan. 11. 8. Letter by direction of the Lords of the Treasury, addressed to Mr. Blathwayt, desiring him to procure a warrant to be signed by the King, authorizing the Earl of Ranelagh, paymaster of the forces, to pay 360l. to Tertullian Lewis and others, for three years and nine months of their allowances of 24l. per ann. each. Dated 11 Jan. 1694.
The report and petition on which the letter was based. 3 pages.
Jan. 14. 9. Report of the Victuallers of the Navy to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mrs. Jane Shea, as to a debt of 8,900l. due to her for beer supplied. Dated 14 Jan. 1694–5.
Also the petition and another memorial relating thereto.
Minuted:—“16 Jan. '94. Whatever money shall bee lent by her shall bee assigned towards the payment of her bills.” 3 pages.
Jan. 19. 10. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Herbert, merchant, as to the ship “Warrington,” bought by him in Norway, to prevent her being carried into Dunkirk, or burnt, as D' Bart intended. The petitioner hoped the ship might be employed in the King's service again, but the Comrs of the Navy had represented that she was unfit for the service; praying for his costs, or for licence to convert her to his own use: offering no objection thereto. Reporting also on another question, viz., whether the ship, after capture and redemption, were subject to the payment of custom upon her importation into this kingdom. Dated 19 Jan. 1694–5.
Minuted:—“Agreed to the report.” And again:—“The ship is free being English built, & no duty will be demanded for ye ship itself upon her importation.”
Also the petition and an affidavit. 3 pages.
Jan. 21. 11. Memorial of Christopher Tanckred, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing, that as master of the King's flight hounds, there was an arrear of 1,750l. due to him at Christmas last, seeking that it might be paid by tallies of pro upon the Excise, and offering to lend or procure 2,250l in ready money at 6 per cent. Dated 21 Jan. 1694. 1 page.
Jan. 21. 12. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Leonard Browne, commander of the ship “Benjamin,” from East India, as to goods landed without entry or payment of customs and so seized; advising that if their Lordships were inclined to favour him by giving order for a “non pros,” they had nothing to object. Dated 21 Jan. 1694–5.
The petition and copies of three affidavits. 5 pages.
Jan. 21. 13. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the removal of the Collector of Customs from Liverpool to Biddeford. Dated 21 Jan. 1694–5.
The petition of Ann, the wife of Edward Scarborough, the collector, against the removal.
The report minuted:—“Mr Scarborough to be continued at Liverpool; but Mr Ustick to be removed from Bideford to some other place, wch ye Commrs of ye Customs shall think most proper.” 2 pages.
Jan. 21. 14. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting 40 pounds of mill'd English coin, found concealed on board a Swedish ship, and forfeited to the King; moving their Lordships to grant a moiety to the discoverers. Dated 21 Jan. 1694–5.
Minuted:—“Granted.” 1 page.
Jan. 21. 15. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of David Smith and others, owners of the ship “William and John,” praying that they might enter certain tobacco at Belfast, paying the English duty, &c. giving it as their opinion that it was a matter of necessity and distress to discharge her lading, by reason of the danger the ship was in of being taken by the French privateers at her arrival on the coast of Ireland, &c. Dated 21 Jan. 1694–5.
Certificates and other papers. 8 pages.
Jan. 23. 16. Report of Mr. Charles Fox [Paymaster of the Forces] on the petition of several officers of the three French regiments of foot, in the King's service in Flanders; praying that the arrears of pay due to them might be cleared. Dated 23 Jan. 1694–5.
Also the petition and a second petition from them. 4 pages.
Jan. 24. 17. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William White, who prayed that he might have a new lease of the honors of Oakehampton and Plimpton (Devon) with the fee of St. Mary Weeke (Cornwall) setting out a survey that was made thereof in 1650 and other particulars of the descent of those lands, which were purchased by Prince Henry in the reign of King James I.: concurring with the petitioner that the rents, which amounted to 55l. 5s.d., were troublesome to collect, as they extended to 27 hundreds in Devon and Cornwall, and he knew not how to put a value on them. Dated 24 Jan. 1694.
Minuted:—“Read. Respited for some time.”
Accompanied by the petition. 4 pages.
Jan. 24. 18. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had under consideration and would report on the petitions of the several ranks and orders of officers of the port of London for some compensation, in lieu of the fees and perquisites of which they were deprived by an oath, which was enjoined by the last grant of tonnage and poundage, but that Mr. Sansom, their secretary's case, was entirely different, and that compensation to him would be very acceptable to the Board, as an encouragement for his long and faithful service. Dated 24 Jan. 1694–5.
The report minuted thus:—“Jan. 29, 1694. My Lords will deferre this untill they shall see whether or no some change may not bee obtained, for ease of the officers; but if it cannot, they will give the petitioner a faire compensation, which shall begin from Christmas last.” Again “29 May 1695. My Lords will, from the time ye perquisites were taken from him, allow him 300l. a year in lieu of the 300l. a year wch issues to Mr. Bertie; but this addl allowance to cease when Mr. Bertie's paymt ceases, or as soon as ye present oath shall be abrogated, wch shall first happen.”
Also the petition of Mr. Sansom and an extract from his patent. 4 pages.
Jan. 25. 19. Letter of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, setting forth the exigencies of the office, the uselessness of the tallies, &c., seeking that weekly payments of 500l. might be made for the gunmakers; stating that 13,600l. were due to Sir Joseph Herne, without whose credit and assistance the train in Flanders would have starved in the winter; that they were despatching their bomb ships to the Straits, for which no small sum would be required. Dated 25 Jan. 1694–5.
Also a complaint of the artificers to the said officers as to the tallies; concluding with the remark that unless they obtained speedy relief they must take their case to the House of Commons. 3 pages.
Jan. 29.]
20. Petition of Edw. Fleatham, of Yarme, in the county of York, merchant, who had been a considerable trader in tobacco, but was reduced by misfortune and in debt to the crown 840l. 7s. 9d. for customs, whose effects were seized for the same; praying that the extent might be taken off and the debt remitted.
Two certificates in his favour; one dated 29 Jan. 1694. 2½ pages.
Jan. 31. 21. Report of Sir Richard Levinge, Solicitor-General for Ireland, to the [Lords Justices] on the petition of Arthur Podmore and Joshua Dawson, who had served in the office of first secretary to the governors of Ireland from 1690, without salary. Certifying that it appeared by inquisition that Walter Gallway and Arthur Gallway, both of Cork, were indicted and outlawed for high treason and rebellion, and that they held certain lands in Clandonnell, Currehine, Kilbrack, Nether Ballycloghy, Ballyfoyne, Knockonfally, Halfe Whitestowne, Glancouse, and Lahardane, in the barony of Upperthird and county of Waterford in Ireland; advising that if His Majesty were disposed to gratify the petitioners he might grant them the lands, and a clause in the grant might be inserted in favour of Sir John Topham the discoverer of the concealment. Dated 31 Jan. 1694–5.
On the back is:—“An abstract of the petition & report & a recommendation of the claims of the petitioners by the Lds Justices.”
Accompanied by the petition. 3 pages.
[Jan.] 22. A paper docquetted:—“Mr. Ireton, Stables Mourning.” Representation by Mr. Ireton to the Lords of the Treasury, that the stable expense for the “ordinary service” upon the occasion of the mourning for the Duchess of Modena, was 2,979l. 0s. 4d., and other things made it amount to 3,500l. There were now eight more sworn livery servants, and the number of coaches and chairs was the same. The expense would be greater on this occasion in regard the present mourning would be excessively greater and more general, and all shop goods at least one-fourth higher than on that occasion, but he offered to contract for the same at 3,500l. The debt of the stables in Holland, Flanders, and England was 22,764l.
The following note is added:—“We have not creditt enough to furnish His Majesty wth a mourning coach or mourning for a footman to waite on him.”
He further states that it was not possible to calculate the mourning “upon the extraordinary abroad” till it was known whether the King would go to Flanders this year, &c. Without date; but probably in Jan. 1695, on the death of Queen Mary.
Minuted:—“A pri. sea.,” i.e. a privy seal. 2¼ pages.
[? About
23. Copy of report, signed with initials “B. B.,” to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had perused the several papers sent him, which related to the accounts of Wm. Hubbald, Gent., Paymaster to the late Train of Artillery in Ireland, and then returned a true state of the account.
It was referred to him 14 Jan. 1694–5. 2 large pages.
Feb. 1. 24. Letter of Mr. William Lowndes, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the deputy chamberlains for joining tallies; praying a reward for their extraordinary service about the tallies of loan; advising the payment to them of 367l. 4s. 3d. for the time past, &c. Dated 1 Feb. 1694–5.
The petition of John Adye and Henry Ballowe, the deputy chamberlains. 2 pages.
Feb. 5. 25. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Col. Henry Mordaunt, in favour of the payment to him of the off-reckonings due to the regiment of foot under his command; amounting to 3,930l. 6s.d. Dated 5 Feb. 1694–5.
The petition. 1½ pages.
Feb. 5. 26. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had by presentment of 22 May last, laid their instructions for carrying out the Act for tonnage before their Lordships, together with the allowances to Sir John Shaw, who collected the foreign duty, Sir Nicholas Crisp, who received the coast duty, and Mr. Backwell, who kept a control on both; proposing an allowance of 3s. per ship to be made, in certain proportions, to persons employed on the measurement of ships, and recommending various other allowances to persons engaged about the same. Dated 5 Feb. 1694. 2½ pages.
Feb. 6. 27. “A list of His Maties Royal Navy, with the hired ships now employed therein, tenders excepted.” Dated 6 Feb. 1694–5.
The total was 309. 1 page.
Feb. 12. 28. Objections offered to their Lordships by Sir Henry Bellasis and Cols. Rowe and Coote, against a contract for clothing made by Brigadier Stewart, with Mr. Tracy Pansford and Mr. Paul Darby. Dated 14 Jan. 1693–4. Moving their Lordships to reduce the contract to reasonable prices. Dated 12 Feb. 1694–5.
A list of persons to be summoned before their Lordships in the case.
Minuted:—“Copy of these papers to bee given to Brigadier Stuart.” 2½ pages.
Feb. 13. 29. Letter of Mr. Charles Bertie to the Earl of Romney, as to the complaints of the artificers respecting the worthlessness of the tallies. Dated 13 Feb. 1694–5. 1½ pages.
Feb. 13. 30. Report of Mr. Charles Fox on the memorial of Mons. La Cherois, major to the French regiment of foot commanded by Count Marton, praying to be discharged from 781l. placed to their accounts, for 781 snaphans and matchlock muskets, by the Ordnance Department in Ireland, and alleging that they bought these arms in Holland, viz., as to whether the arms should be given to the regiment: leaving it to their Lordships. Dated 13 Feb. 1694. 2 pages.
Feb. 14. 31. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the allowance of discount to certain Virginia merchants who had given bond for the new impost on tobacco. Dated 14 Feb, 1694–5.
Enclosing an explanation of the Comrs presentment of 18 Sept. 1694 on the subject of the tobacco duties.
In the Minate Book, vol. 6, p. 72, 21 Aug. 1695, is:—
“My Lords tell the Virga merchts they cannot comply wth them, in taking guineys at 30s, but are willing the Comrs of Customes should grant their other desires, to wit, that they paying downe the subsidy & addll duty of tobacco, in ready mo, and giving bond as usuall for the new impo, they may be permitted to discha & take up their impost bonds, and recover all allowances, as if ye same had been paid downe in ready money, provided ye same be discharged before Michaelmas next.” 1 page.
Feb. 19. 32. An accot of mony imprested to the two marine regiments since their clearing to the 18th Feb. 1692–3 to this 19th February 1694–5. 1 page.
Feb. 20. 33. Report of the Victuallers of the Navy to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Seymour Tredenham, Esq., and Dame Margaret Tufton, his wife, as to an agreement made with Mrs. Lewis by the late contractors for a house to convert into a victualling office, which house was held by lease from St. Bartholomew's Hospital, near Rochester. Dated 20 Feb. 1694–5.
Accompanied by the petition, two letters, “an account of taxes, &c., paid for the King's house at Chatham from Lady-day 1690,” copy of lease, and a paper entitled—
“The manner of renewing a forty yeares lease of and from the patron and brethren of the said hospital,” containing much information about fines on renewals of leases.
The following is in the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 4, 16 April 1695:—
“If Mr Tredenham will take 100l. a year for 21ty yeares for rent of the victuall. office near Chatham, my Lords will agree to that, otherwise the Survr of the Navy must be directed to take a view, & make an estimate of yearly value.” 9 pages and 2 halves.
Feb. 22. 34. Lord Coningsby and Mr. Foxe's report on the petition of Doctor Patrick Dun, physician to the hospital in Ireland; certifying that the sum sought for was due. Dated 22 Feb. 1694–5.
Minuted:—“28 Feb. '95. Mr Fox to informe himself from Mr Robinson whether it be reasonable this arrear be paid out of ye fund for the hospll in Ireland.”
Accompanied by the petition and an account of what was due. 3 pages.
Feb. 22. 35. Report of Philip Ryley, Esq., Surveyor-General of his Majesty's woods, on the petition of the inhabitants of the town and borough of Warwick; certifying that in the forest of Whittlewood, there had been such great falls of timber for the navy, the town of Northampton, the Ordnance, and other uses, that the forest would not answer any further extraordinary charges for some years. Dated 22 Feb. 1694–5.
[The petition, which has many signatures, states that in the previous September a dreadful fire had happened, which had consumed the ancient Collegiate Church and the greatest part of the town, to the loss of almost 100,000l., and they prayed for 1,000 tons of timber out of the forest, and 400l. per ann. out of the Excise, or some other sure fund.]
Minuted:—“Read 11 Xbr. '95 to ye K. His Mats revenue is not in a condition at this time to bear the yearly sum. And by this report the timber is not to be had in ye forest.”
The following is in the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 116, 3 Dec. 1695:—
“Upon reading the peton of inhabitants of Warwick for 1,000 tons [of] timber out of Needwood, & 300l. a year out of Excise, my Lords will report as to ye 300 a year, the revenue of Excise is at present so engaged & anticipated, they cannot think it reasonable or proper to advise his Maty to clog that revenue wth any further charge, and as to the forest of Needwood, to enqr whether the officers of ye Dutchy, since ye late alienation to Coll. Vernon, have taken ye same into their care.” 2 pages.
Feb. 22. 36. Memorial of Sir Christopher Wren to the Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Fox, Knt., for the continuance of the issue of 500l. a week. The Lords of the Council having made continual additions to the works at first intended for Her Majesty's funeral, and so exceeded the 4,000l. Dated 22 Feb. 1694. ½ page.
Feb. 27. 37. Letter signed Patrick Lambe, to the Lords [of the Treasury], stating that he had laid before their Lordships the reasons for praying a further allowance of half a stiver a man, per day, for victualling and taking care of the soldiers in the hospitals in the Low Countries, during the next campaign; praying their Lordships' intercession with the King for the augmentation at least to a farthing a day, as he understood the King was not inclined to grant the larger allowance. Dated 27 Feb. 1694–5.
Minuted:—“To have 9 styvers & ¼ of a styver.”
Accompanied by the paper referred to.
Docquetted:—“Mr. Lamb's proposalls for victualling the hospitalls for the yeare 1695.” It states that provisions in Flanders grew dearer every year, and servants refused to serve him at the low rates he could afford, in the last campaign. The nurses cost him full 1,500 sterling. He prayed for an advance of half penny a man per day and for the balance of his account. 2 pages.
Feb. 28. 38. Letter of Mr. Wm. Lowndes, to Mr. Fox, enclosing the memorial of Brigadier Stewart, in behalf of his regiment, viz., concerning the keeping it up to the English establishment, &c. Dated 28 Feb. 1694–5.
Accompanied by the memorial and a short letter signed W. Stewart to the Lord Godolphin. 2 parts of pages.
March 1. 39. Report of Mr. Charles Fox on the memorial of the Lord Mountjoy and Col. Courthope, as to the issue of 400l. to each, in part of levy-money, and other sums in arrear: also as to payments to clothiers. Dated 1 March 1694–5.
Minuted:—“To be paid 250li a piece.”
Accompanied by two petitions. Parts of 3 pages.
March 1. 40. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, touching the exportation of tobacco by certificate to the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. The tobacco exported there from the western ports was computed at 47,000 or 48,000l. per ann., and they submitted to their Lordships whether it should be restricted, as was done with wool from the port of Southampton. Dated 1 March 1694–5. 2 pages.
March 1. 41. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Kirkby, stating that they saw no reason why he should not be restored to his former salary of 150l. per ann., and his daily travelling charges, at 15s. a day. Dated 1 March 1694–5.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
March 6. 42. Report of Sir Edw. Ward, Attorney-General, and Sir Tho. Trevor, Solicitor-General, on the petition of William Lord Montgomery, relating to his Majesty's power of making leases of the manor of Hendon; giving their opinion that the King could not make leases thereof for longer continuance than the life of the Earl of Powis, without the consent of his son the Lord Montgomery. Dated 6 March 1694.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
March 6.]
43. Report of the victuallers of the King's navy to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Jonathan Chase, first groom of His Majesty's removing wardrobe and “providor” of all his feathers; praying to be appointed a commissioner of the victualling office, in the room of Mr. Fielding, suspended, informing their Lordships that they were unacquainted with the petitioner, but conceived he had little experience of victualling affairs.
Also the petition which was referred to the Comrs of Victualling, on 6 March 1694–5.
There is the following entry in relation to Mr. Fielding in the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 33, 27 May 1695:—“A letter to ye victuallers not to pay Mr Fielding's sallary during ye suspencion untill his accot be cleared.” 2 pages.
March 7. 44. Report of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the churchwardens of St. Martin's, praying for a share of the board and black cloth used at the funeral of the Queen; in favour of their being allowed it. He states that they had a share of the blue cloth, on the marriage of King James and that of King William and Queen Mary. Dated 7 March 1694–5.
Also the petition; and united is an extract from a patent granted by King James I., in his fourth year, to the inhabitants of the parish of St. Martins in the Fields, in which he granted one acre of ground near adjoining to the church, to make a new churchyard. It contains the following recital of reasons for the grant; viz.: “that in the time of King Henry the Eight, the said inhabitants had no parish church, but did resort to the parish church of St. Margaret's, in Westmr, and thereby were forced to carry their dead bodies by the court gate of Whitehall; which the said King Henry then misliking, caused the church in the parish of St. Martins in the Fields, to be erected, and made a parish there, which now is so greatly inhabited, as the church is not of sufficient bigness to receive the parishioners, and the churchyard so little, as there is no room to bury their dead. And forasmuch as we have two houses of access, scituate within the same parish, and for that so small a place of buryall, may be cause of breeding and continuing the infection of the plague, and for that also, that the said parish is the chiefest place of residence for us and our councell, in times of terms and parliaments, and therefore carefully to be preserved from the least cause of contagion,” &c. 3 pages.
March 8. 45. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Henry Willett, who was a defaulter in his accounts 1,202l., and confessed he made use of 771l. for an engagement he had entered into, and supposed some inadvertency had occurred with the remainder at the late Revolution, giving their opinion that he was a fit object of compassion. Dated 8 March 1694–5.
The petition and an affidavit. 4 pages.
March 10. 46. Letter signed Geo. Townsend, to William Lowndes, Esq., begging him to put the Lords in mind of a bill due to him, on account of determining the Old East India Company. Dated 10 March 1694–5.
Accompanied by the account entitled:—“An acct of money laid out by George Townesend on acct of the subscriptions of two millions, since the former bill delivered.”
Docquetted:—“Mr. Townesend's bill on account of the East India subscriptions 114li 10s 0d out of the sec. ser. mo. paid 25 March 1698.” 1¼ pages.
March 14. 47. Order of Council on the petition of Manus O'Bryen, who “with the utmost hazard of his life brought intelligence of Sarsfeild's design upon the cannon then coming to the siege of Limerick,” praying a custodiam at a moderate rent of the lands of Kilmurry in the county of Cork, in Ireland; referring the same to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 14 March 1694.
His petition to the King and another to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for the custodiam of certain land, forfeited by Jasper Grant, junr., called Kilmurry, in the barony of Condons and Clongibbons in the county of Cork, of about 500 acres valued at 60l. per ann.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 15, 27 April 1695:—“Manas Obrien to have a small custodiam.” 5 pages or parts of pages.
March 15. 48. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Henry Dixon, in favour of his being allowed 41l. for his zeal and fidelity, in collecting their Majesties' rents, &c. in Cumberland. Dated 15 March 1694.
Minuted:—“The 41l. to be paid per Mr Marryot.” 4 pages.
March 16. 49. Letter signed Ben. Bathurst, without address, but perhaps to the Duke of Shrewsbury, commencing, “May it please your Grace,” announcing that he had laid before him in April last the state of the Prince of Denmark's account of what was due from His Majesty to his Royal Highness, for the debt owing by the Duke of Holstein and the mortgages for the same, now resigned, upon His Majesty's promise to pay the principal and the interest (the claim then amounting to 104,516l.), begging him to move the King to order that this account might be stated in the Treasury, as a debt due from the Crown; not doubting that when His Majesty's affairs would better permit the payment of it, he would direct it should be satisfied. Dated 16 March 1694–5.
Also copy of the account of what was owing, and a previous letter on the same subject. Dated 19 April 1694. 2 pages.
March 16. 50. A paper docquetted:—“16 Mar. '94–5. Sr J. Herne & Sr Ste. Evans' proposall for returnes to Savoy.” [Also for Cadiz.] It is addressed to the Lords of the Treasury. They offer to furnish the moneys for Savoy payable there or in Leghorn and Genoa, at 63¾d. per piece of eight, taking tallies on the Customs, the first of the third year. They further offer to furnish 80,000l. at Cadiz at 58d. per piece of eight, taking payment in tallies on the second year of the Customs after one thousand pounds. 1 page.
March 18. 51. Report of John Digby, clerk to the trustees for the sale of fee farm rents, on the petition of James Walsingham, Esq., finding that the manor of West Derham, in the county of Norfolk, was granted in fee farm to Sir Thomas Walsingham, Knt., at 20l. rent, which had not been paid since the Restoration; advising that it might be no dis-service to the Crown if a grant of the rent were made to the petitioner, &c., Gabriel Armiger, Esq., having petitioned for it as a concealment of which he was the discoverer. Dated 18 March 1694–5.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 5, 17 April 1695. “James Walsingham's peticoñ granted.” 2 pages.
March 18. 52. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Paul Docminicque, as to 500l. charged on his account in connection with the third troop of Guards, for recruit horses, and 619l. 13s. 10d. returned by the Comrs of Transports, for the charge of transporting a troop to and from Ireland; advising that if they thought fit to grant the petitioner's request, the King's warrant should be issued. Dated 18 March 1694–5.
Also the petition.
There are two minutes on the back, the second of which is, “16 Ap. '97. Rejected.” 2 pages.
March 18. 53. Letter of the officers or Comrs of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the disposal of the 44,000l. lately given to the office, upon the head of land service, proposing to list 40,964l. 14s.d. to the artificers, &c. Dated 18 March 1694–5.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1½ pages.
March 18. 54. Letter by direction of the Lords of the Admiralty to Henry Guy, Esq., transmitting extracts of two letters lately received from the Navy Board, “as to the provision for the course of the navy.” Also acquainting them with the orders given for the payment of 20s. for every able bodied seaman, bargeman, &c. between 18 and 50, delivered within 20 miles of a port, &c., desiring that notice might be given to the officers of the Customs to give their assistance in procuring men for the fleet, &c. Dated 18 March 1694.
Also the two extracts. 2½ pages.
Jan 7 to
March 20,
55. Estimates of mourning and provisions for the mourning of Her late Majesty, in connection with the office of the Great Wardrobe [amounting to about 34,000l.]. Dated 7 Jan. 1694–5.
8 Feb. 1694–5. An estimate of further provisions for the same, amounting to 11,046l. 15s.
Among the items is:—
“For the topp of the room where her late Maty lyes in state, & to apparell the mausoleum in the abbey, & the two ‘states more’ ordered by the Earle Marshall will take about 500 yardes of black velvett [more] then was formerly estimated att 25s. per yard, 625l.
The chariot richly carved and gilded estimated at 1,000l.
Another paper showing the amount due for liveries to Her late Majesty's servants. 20 March 1694–5, viz., 2,344l. 10s.
And a memorandum that the Yeomen of the Guard, Warders of the Tower, trumpeters, and drummers having rich liveries due to them, the mourning liveries would save 5,000l. 5 pages and 3 parts.
March 21. 56. Report of Mr. Benjn Overton to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Geo. Macy, praying to be allowed the money disbursed about clippers, certifying that there remained due to him 431l. 14s. 6d., which might be paid him out of the coinage duty money. Dated 21 March 1694–5. ½ page.
March 29.
57. Letter of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for their order to receive 500 tons of saltpetre from the East India Company, which they had to furnish by their charter. Dated 29 March 1695.
The following, amongst other entries, occurs in the Minute Book, as to saltpetre to be furnished by the East India Company, vol. 6, p. 97:—
“East Inda members & officers of ye Ordnance about the 500 tons salt peter wch were to be đd this year. The compa have had such losses they cannot furnish this quantity till their shipps arrive, wch they expect in a little time. My Lords desire the compa not to dispose of any peter they have, wch they promise.” 1 page (quarto).
[? About
58. Petition of Brigadier Selwyn and the rest of the officers in his regiment, stating that they received tallies on three fourths of the customs, in payment of their services in Ireland, which they were forced to sell at 20 and 22 per cent. loss, with the assurance that the remainder (1,196l. 1s. 5d.) should be paid in ready money; praying for payment.
Minuted:—“Read, 1 Ap.'95. The K. saies these shalbe paid when the rest of ye Irish arrears are p[ai]d.” 1 page.
59. Memorial of Robert Billing, Gent., on behalf of his brother Lieut.-Col. Richard Billing, of Brigadier Selwin's regiment of foot, praying for payment of the arrears due for service in Ireland, in order that he might pay his debts, &c.
A certificate showing that the Colonel acted as major of brigade Dated 9 March 1694.
Also copy of an account of what had been paid to him. Dated 15 March 1694–5. 3 parts of pages (quarto).
April 3. 60. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the discovery of certain tobacco, entered by Henry Dennis, in his own name, which paid only English custom, the goods being those of an alien, on which the discoverers were allowed 20 guineas, as a reward, for receiving which they were prosecuted, under the Act of frauds, for corruptly receiving a bribe; moving their Lordships to order a nolle prosequi to be entered. Dated 3 April 1695.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.” 1½ pages.
April 8. 61. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir William Gore as to a mistake in the entry of certain beaver skins, &c., recommending the alteration to be made. Dated 8 April 1695.
Minuted:—“Agreed giving reasonable satisfaction to the officer.”
Also the petition. 1½ pages.
April 9. 62. Report of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Michael Mitchell for a grant of certain particulars in a schedule annexed; stating that the mills and weres of Kilmainham had been ever since the forfeiture reserved for the use of the Government, being within the Phœnix Park till it was lessened, and the house used as a laundry to the castle, &c.; offering various reasons against giving away the forfeitures. Dated 9 April 1695.
Minuted:—“Read 28 May '95. Report to ye K.” 2 pages.
April 10. 63. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Lieut. Demarais, late of the regiment of horse, formerly commanded by Brigadier Villiers and then by Brigadier Leveson; praying payment of what was due to him for his service in that regiment, &c. Dated 10 April 1695.
Minuted:—“To be p[ai]d.” 1 page.
April 10. 64. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of Mr. Acton, agent to Sir Richard Atkin's regiment of foot, then lately raised and sent to Ireland; praying payment of 500l. due to complete their levy money; also respecting the clothing money. Dated 10 April 1695.
Minuted:—“See the former ordr about this.”
Accompanied by the memorial. 2 pages.
April 11. 65. Report of the Comrs for Victualling to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Robert Dorrell to the King in Council, and an order of Council thereupon, referring the same to their Lordships; in favour of his claim for 1,015l. 6s. 3d. for two bills drawn from Barbadoes; various other bills were drawn, before the above, and they had endeavoured to observe the King's directions and pay in course. Dated 11 April 1695.
Minuted:—“To be pd.”
Also a letter, the Order in Council, and the petition. 4 parts of pages.
April 11. 66. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of John Dackin, who had served in the horse guards, and prayed to be put on the list of pensions, at 2s. a day. Dated 11 April 1695.
Minuted:—“Not granted.”
Also the petition and certificate, together with a letter of Mr. Lowndes to Mr. Blathwayt, desiring him to procure a warrant for the allowance. 3 parts of pages.
April 15. 67. Report of J. Richards to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Shillingford alias Izard, who had been turned out of his place of yeoman-pricker to the privy harriers, in the reign of the late King James, to make room for a Roman Catholic; on the day his case was to be heard, the King withdrew himself; suggesting that he should have 100l. for his present relief, and if his majesty should be moved to restore him, he would discharge the Exchequer of all arrears. He begged that the King might be moved in it before he went to Flanders lest he should starve before the King returned. Dated 15 April 1695. 2¼ pages.
April 15. 68. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Arnold Thomas, late an ensign in Col. Sankey's broken regiment, and then in the same post in that commanded by Sir Henry Bellassis, praying allowance of half-pay from the time of his being posted in the regiment, as a reformed officer, till he was provided for by having a commission given him.
This is written on the back of the petition.
Also copy of another petition from him to the Lords Justices of Ireland, and report on the same; together with two certificates.
The last petition minuted:—“To Mr Fox to putt it on his meml 36l. 4s. 6d. due to him, for arrears in Ireland, to be pd.” 5 pages and 2 pieces.
April 17. 69. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, about the petition of Sir Richard Pyne, Knt., Lord Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, praying a grant, release, and confirmation of the lands of Ballyneglasse, Glanagurteen and Ballydergan, Balylakan and Killeinlagh; and that some of the lands might be created into a manor; stating that the matter had been referred to the Solicitor-General, whose report was, that the gratification of the petitioner would not be to the detriment of the Crown, in which they concurred. Dated Dublin Castle, 17 April 1695.
Accompanied by the petition and report.
Minuted:—“For ye K. 16 Apr 1697. Granted.” “Wt signed.” 4 pages and 3 halves.
April 20. 70. Report of the Comrs of Customs, on the petition of Joan Harrison, praying for various reasons, that her son John Harrison, late a landwaiter in the port of Exeter, might be restored, or have some equivalent employment: stating that they had had very bad accounts of him, both as to his disaffection to the Government, and to the board, &c., for which he was dismissed. Dated 20 April 1695.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
April 22. 71. Report of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the King, on the petition of Barnaby, Lord Baron of Upper Ossory, for a reversal of his outlawry and a pardon, stating that it appeared he was Lord Lieutenant of the Queen's county, during the rebellion and captain of foot in the Irish army, at the siege of Derry; the Comrs of Inspection of Forfeitures had set his estate of 752 acres for two years to Mr. Robert Warnford at 25l. per annum; and further, they saw no reason that the King should extend his mercy to the petitioner. Dated 22 April 1695.
Accompanied by 10 other documents, including the report of the Solicitor General, affidavits, &c.
Minuted:—“Read [the last time] 26 May '97. It must tarry till the King's return.” 13 pages.
April 23. 72. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, as to what prosecutions had been made on the King's behalf, in relation to the estate lately belonging to Mr. Wyke Parker, who had been executed at Exeter for murder. Dated 23 April 1695.
Also a petition of George Parker, of Boringdon, in the county of Devon, Esquire, to the King, to be protected from vexatious suits, and for a speedy end to be put to all differences relating to the said forfeited estate.
Minuted:—“27 Ap. '95. To send to Mr Attor[ney] & Mr Smith to be at ye Treasury on next Tuesd. morn.”
The following is also in the Minute Book, in relation to this case; Vol. 6 p. 20, 7 May 1695.
“Mr Attorney, Mr Smith and Mr Berry, about the estate of Wyke Parker, executed for murther. The cases are read. Mr Berry desires that Mr George Parker may be defended per Mr Attorney agt severall other pretenders to the personall estate of the said Wyke Parker.” 5 pages.
April 24. 73. A letter by direction of the Board of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the necessity of the second two months' advance, for service in Flanders; and four months' pay for the officers of the train. Dated 24 April 1695. 1 page (quarto).
April 24. 74. Report of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mrs. Anne Cary, relict and administratrix of Edw. Cary, Esq., deceased, touching the right to certain clippings and money brought in evidence against some persons tried at the Old Bailey, the right to which was in dispute between the city of London and the Government, which matter had been referred to the Attorney General, who had reported that the City had no right to such forfeitures; and as to the claim of the bailiff of Westminster to the goods and chattels of traitors, expressing his opinion that there was no such right. Dated 24 April 1695. 2 pages.
April 24. 75. Report of the Comrs of Customs in favour of a nolle prosequi for William Malthus of London, merchant. Dated 24 April 1695.
Also the petition. 3 petition.
April 25. 76. Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, acknowledging the receipt of their letter and the warrant for the granting of lands therein-mentioned to the Earl of Rumney, in reprisal for lands formerly granted him and restored by due course of law, stating they had referred it to the Solicitor General, whose report they transmitted. Dated Dublin Castle, 25 April 1695.
The report is not now with it. 1 page.
April 25.]
77. Petition of Jeremiah Houghton to the King, showing that he was keeper of the private armoury at Whitehall to King Charles II., and was admitted to that place in 1689, and had been employed in cleaning the arms, &c.; praying the King to order his salary of 20l. per ann. out of the Exchequer.
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury 25 April 1695, and minuted. “My Lords cannot do this now.”
Also copy of the grant to him in 1670–71, and the certificate of his admission in 1689. 1 page, and parts of 2 others.
April 26. 78. Certificate of the examination by Mordecai Abbot, of the Earl of Ranelagh's, Lord Coningsby's, and Charles Foxe's books; certifying that there were no more moneys paid to Brigadier Edw. Villiers than those in the annexed certificate of 2 Feb. 1692–3, by William Robinson. Dated 26 April 1695. 1¼ pages.
April 26. 79. Report of Mr. Samuel Travers to the Lords of the Treasury, on the values of the lordships of Denbigh and Bromfield and Yale, in the county of Denbigh in North Wales, for the purpose of making a grant of the same.
He concludes his report thus:—“I lately ruled a constat in order to a grant to Sir Robert Cotton of mines in these lordships of Denbigh, Bromfeild, & Yale.” Dated 20 April 1695.
The following entry is in the Minute Book, Vol. 6, p. 24, 10 May 1695:—
“Diverse gentlemen came to oppose the grant to the Earl of Portland, of the mannors of Denbigh, Bromfleet [Bromfield], & Yale.
“Sir Wm Williams (who has an estate in the manors) saies these mannors are very large, of great value, about 2,000li a year, and a great number of genten are interested in ym.
“That since ye creation they have had no Lord, but the Lord of Heaven & the King, & proceeded thus:—
“We never were concerned in a rebellion, but sometimes when we joyned wth or neighbours ye English.
“That 'tis difficult in point of law whether these mannors are grauntable or not, or be an inseperable part of ye inheritance of ye Pr. of Wales, & when a Prince of Wales is borne they are his, & ye crowne has nothing to do.
“Denbigh is annexed to ye principality by Act of Parlt, & I think it cannot be separated but by Act: 'twas in Queen Eliza time.
“The Pr. of Wales alwaies had his revenue, court, & officers, & on ye creation of prince, this Lop paies a great mise; 'tis about 437l.
“However, I am sure 'tis most safe to go by Parlt & not by patent.
“For Bromf. & Yale wch consists, I think, of 23 mannors, 'twas a custumary estate, & in Cha. 1st time 'tis annexd to ye principality; 'twas a customary estate renewable & in 13 Cha. 1st 'tis turn'd to an inheritance, & also annexed & this Lop paies a mise of 400li.
“If there be a mesne lord he'el carry all ye royaltys, and questions will arise.
“The Acts of Plt confirme or priviledges. Here is the Ks. patentee & here may be a prince. Must the Lord or the Prince have it?
“These places are full of mines. A new Lord will have eagle's eyes, & there will be perpetuall suits. This is that wch touches every man in ye county in his vitalls.
“22 Cha. 2 is to sell the fee farmes & dutchy rents of Cornwall, but there is an express saving for ye fee-farm rents of Wales; and when the Parlt would not lett them be sold, shall they be given now? The Parlt did interest the Lord Trer. & Comrs of ye Treasury to pursue the instructions of that Act.
“He saies that they have had but small time to make objections, & have not instructions from ye rest of their countrymen.
“Mr. Brierton saies that there may be an inconvenience to the judges sallarys by this grant.
“Mr Price saies these lops conteyne about 5 parts in 6 of ye county. We owe a double allegiance as tenants & subjects. Wee would not have our allegiance weakened in any part, He saies he dos not understand that one having an estate for life can make a grant in fee.
“That acts of reassumption have been grounded alwaies on paying of great taxes. We shall have a poor Crown and weak-hearted people to serve the Crowne, if these grants goe on.
“Sir Robert Cotton saies in Queen Eliza. time, there was a grant to Earl Leicester of lands in Wales, wch occasioned fraies, murthers, & many indictmts, & made him surrender to ye Crowne in his life time.
The lordp of Denbigh was then granted to ye sd earle. My Lords will represent the matter to ye K.
“Sr Ri. Midleton, Sr John Wynn, Sr Walter Bagot, Sr Tho. Grosvenor, Sir Roger Mostyn, & others are in the countrey that (as Sr Wm Williams saies) would appear in this matter.” 3 pages.
[? About
80. Petition of Richard, Earl of Scarborough to the King, praying for a grant of the reversion of the office of surveyor of the lesser customs and subsidies of tonnage and poundage in the port of London, after the life of Sir John Stapeley.
Accompanied by—(1), an “abstract of the patents for the office of surveyor of the petty customs port [of] London.” [Minuted:—“Granted”]; (2), a letter signed Geo. Bradbury, stating that the Earl would send the names of three persons to whom he desired the grant might be made during the lives of Richard and William Lumley, his sons. Dated 19 April '95; and (3), a slip of paper on which three names are written, which are probably the names in question. Parts of 4 pages.
[? About
81. Petition of Thomas Lane, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that his father had a pension of 500l. per ann. for “being so instrumental in the preservation of King Charles the 2d after the battle of Worcester,” and at Lady-day last the sum of 5,125l. was due to the petitioner for arrears of the same; praying for an order for payment.
Accompanied by a certificate as to the arrears. Dated 30 April 1695. 2 pages.