Volume 34: July 1-October 26, 1695

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

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July 1–October 26, 1695

July 1.
1. Petition of John Farthing, Esq., late of Long Ditton, Surrey, then of Chelsea, Middlesex, stating that he had made proposals in 1689, for the improvement of the excise, and subsequently sent in observations on the mismanagement of that revenue, and in 1691, delivered in an account and discovery of irregular proceedings in the accounting for the same, for which he had remained unrewarded: praying that as there were then proposals for the improvement of the revenue lately made to their Lordships, by some persons late Commissioners of Excise, they would receive his further proposals annexed, for the improvement of that revenue, and if not that they would reward him for his former services, and he would then make known all the defects in the present management. Dated 1 July 1695.
Also the proposals referred to. 2¼ pages.
July 1. 2. Report of the Commissioners for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Col. James Kendall, late Governor of Barbadoes, praying payment of 825l. furnished by him to several captains of ships of war in 1691; in favour of the petitioner. Dated 1 July 1695.
Also “Minute of a Council of Warr holden on board their Majesties' ship ye “Norwich,” riding in Carlisle bay, on the south-west side of the island of Barbadoes. 21 March 1691–2.” [This was held in consequence of a distemper raging on board the ships in the West Indies, to consider what measures could be adopted in relation thereto.]
The report is minuted:—“Read 3 July '95.
2,400 on acct of wages.
1,600 on acct of vict.
4,000 out of loans on 4sh ayd for sick and wounded; out of wch they are to pay this 825li to Collo Kendall, & the money (being abt 300li more) for the same service.” 2½ pages.
July 1. 3. Letter signed Geo. Clarke, addressed to Mr. Smyth, putting him in mind of 77l. 16s. 6d., owing to him these four years, from the French regiments of foot, &c. Dated 1 July 1695.
The following is in the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 59, 10 July 1695: “Mr. George Clark's letter to Mr Smith for 77li 16s 6d due to him from the 3 French regiments of foot to be referred to Mr Fox.” Part of a page (quarto).
July 1. 4. Letter of Mr. Willm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, returning a warrant for the countersignature of the Lords of the Treasury; sending also an extract from a letter, received from the Commissioners of the Bank of England, concerning the excessive price of guineas. Dated Camp before Namur 1/11 July 1695.
The said extract. 2 pages (quarto).
July 2. 5. Letter signed ‘B. Granville,’ addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, informing them that Mote Park was not settled nor was then part of the Duchess of Albemarle's jointure, praying them to give directions for the payment of his rent. Dated 2 July 1695.
Minuted:—“When my Ld Montagu comes he may have his counsell here, or stay away if he pleases.”
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 63, 19 July 1695, is:—“Mr Granville's paymts of his rent for Mote Park to go on as formerly.” 1 page (quarto).
July 3. 6. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the report of Mr. Brodrick, the Solicitor-General of Ireland, on the case of the Lady Jane Dowdall; recommending her to the King's favour. Dated Dublin Castle, 3 July 1695.
Minuted:—“14 April '97. To have the 100li per ann.”
The report which shows that the said Lady Jane had “put her money out” in the name of her son Patrick Dowdale, who was outlawed for treason; and the debt and judgments due to her were thus forfeited.
Also the petition. 6½ pages.
July 3. 7. “Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the case of James Ball, merchant of London, about some goods shipped out within the time [allowed for drawing back the moiety of the subsidy, the add1 duty & new impost] but that ship being taken up for his Mats service, ye goods were put on board another ship, and the cocquet dated a day after ye year elapsed.” Dated 3 July 1695.
Also a statement of the case, signed J. Ball. 2 pages.
July 5. 8. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had thought it necessary to be informed of the state of the forfeitures in that kingdom and had ordered a return thereon from the Commissioners, which he enclosed; the total of their receipts was 7,101l. 3s., of which they had paid into the Treasury only 1,086l. as appeared by the certificate enclosed. The Commissioners' books were in disorder, many of the duties of the Commissioners of Inspection were neglected, and in effect their chief business had been to get in their own salaries. He had consulted the Lord Chancellor, the Barons of the Exchequer and the Deputy Receiver-General, who advised that the Commission should be superseded, and that the Commissioners of the Revenue should have the management thereof, in which for many reasons given he concurred. The Commissioners of the Revenue should manage the forfeited estates, &c. It appeared to the late Lords Justices, from the account of cash given in by the former Comrs of Inspection, that they had received 1,800l. of the King's money, 1,700l. whereof was spent in paying themselves their salaries, &c.; the affair was not mended by the present Commissioners. Desiring to know the King's or Lords Justices' pleasure. Dated Dublin Castle, 5 July 1695.
Accompanied by one of the papers referred to, viz.:—
“Forfeited rents received in the Treasury from the 6th of Feby 1693 to the 10th June 1695.”
Certified the 10 June 1695 by W. Robinson, Deputy Receiver-General. 5 pages.
July 5. 9. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Vernon and Arthur Shallet, of London, merchants; respecting an infringement of the navigation laws, by importation of Turkey goods; recommending the case for favourable consideration. Dated 5 July 1695.
Also a certificate and a petition. 2 pages and 2 halves.
July 6. 10. Letter of Sir William Trumball addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, informing them that it had been represented to the Lords Justices that a dangerous correspondence was carried on with France by divers disaffected persons frequently going out and coming into England, by the coasts of Kent, which might be imputed to the negligence or disaffection of the officers of the Customs employed on those coasts; transmitting certain proposals for putting a stop to the same, which had been sent to them in order that their Lordships might forthwith ask the Commissioners of Customs for their opinion thereon. Dated 6 July 1695. 1 page (quarto).
July 8. 11. Letter of Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, stating that he had sent three warrants,—
1st, for 3,000 to the Duke of Shrewsbury;
2nd, 6,876l. 15s. 4d. to the Bank; and
3rd, 220l. 16s. 5d. to Mr. Butts;
but the packet boat in which they were had been taken by the French; applying for duplicates of them to be sent. Dated, Camp before Namur, 8/18 July 1695. 1 page (quarto.)
8 and 9.
12. Two reports of J. Richards on the petition of Richard Sparrow, servant to the groom porter, which stated that he attended the House of Peers, and was allowed 20d. a day, that the allowance was in arrear for the last four sessions, amounting to 58l. 6s., and he was further ordered to wait on the Prince of Baden 48 days, at 5s. a day, which came to 11l. 15s. Dated 8 and 9 July 1695.
The reports confirm the claim, and were probably made in furtherance of the following Minute (on the dorse) “To see whether my Lords have ever made any such paymts to the groom porter's servt. 24 June '95.”
There is a further Minute, “per tally on excise.” 1 page.
July 10. 13. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, showing what was due and what had been ordered, certifying what they had paid on account of the Martinique service, &c. Dated 10 July 1695. 1 page.
July 11 and
Aug. 5.
14. Letter of Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes stating that the King, before leaving England, had signed a warrant and a bill for a grant of the manor of Denbigh to the Earl of Portland which remained undespatched at the Treasury; signifying His Majesty's pleasure that the grant should pass immediately. Dated Camp before Namur, the 11/21 July 1695.
Another letter for the immediate despatch of the same. Dated at the same place 5/15 Aug. 1695.
There are several notices of a grant to the Earl of Portland, in the Minute Book, vol. 6, but nothing very definite as to the above letter. 2 pages (quarto).
July 15. 15. Memorial of Henry Starkey to the Lords of the Treasury [apparently for some office in the Customs]. Dated 15 July 1695.
Minuted:—“Granted a dormt wt.” 1 page (much decayed).
July 16. 16. Mr. Aaron Smith's report about the estate of John Moore, “the tripe man,” lately attainted and executed for high treason.
His property was situate in Moore's Court, Peter Street, Westminster, and at Hessen, in Middlesex. Dated 16 July 1695.
This was no doubt in pursuance of the Minute entered in the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 59, 10 July 1695, viz.: “Mr. Aaron Smith to enquire and take care of the estate of the tripeman.” 1 page.
[? About
July 17.]
17. Petition of Dorcas Lady Ashfeild to the King, stating that she was entrusted by several persons with proposals to raise money, and the King had promised the Earl of Stamford that the proposers should receive 2,000l. for each million raised, and for the glass and coal, which were part of the proposals, the proposers should nominate a Commissioner; further referring to Major Braman's application for a commissionership.
Also the petition of Major Braman for the same, and certificate in his favour by the Earl of Stamford. Dated 17 July 1695. 1½ pages.
July 17. 18. Letter signed “Jno Sansom,” transmitting to the Lords of the Treasury an account from the collector outwards of the port of London, of what silver or bullion had been entered at the customhouse from 1 May to 17 July 1695.
Also the account. 2 half pages.
July 17.]
19. Memorial of Richard Hutchinson, solicitor of His Majesty's Customs, to the Lords of the Treasury, as to an arrear of 300l. due to him, which was agreed to be paid out of seizures and compositions for prohibited goods.
Minuted:—“17 July '95. 300li to be pd. out of ye 1st 600li [that] shalbe paid on acco. of seizures.” 1 page.
July 19. 20. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Wilcocks, Jun., Esq., who was appointed one of the Comrs of Excise in April 1691, touching debts which had accrued to the Excise office, for duties on beer and ale, brewed in a brewhouse in Turnmill Street, let by him to Mr. Tho. Eyer, and afterwards to Mr. Rice Fellowes; recommending the brewing utensils to be sold to pay Mr. Fellowes's debt. Dated 19 July 1695.
Also the petition and observations in answer to the report.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 90 is the following entry:—“The Comrs of Excise to have a coppy of Wilcoxe's answr, and not to levy upon the utensills in his brewhouse till the matters in dispute between them be determined by my Lds.
And again at p. 277:—“My Lords take off the last order which they gave concerning Mr Wilcoxes brewing vessells, and leave the Commrs to proceed according to law.” 7 pages.
[? About
July 19.]
21. “An abstract of the petition and case of Charlotte Sarsfield, an infant, by William Fanshaw, her father-in-law and guardian.” She was daughter and heir of William Sarsfield, of Lucan in Ireland, who on intermarrying with her mother had agreed (on the death Patrick Sarsfield, his father) to settle 800l. a year on her and her children. The petitioner charges the Earl of Lucan with entering on her property, by whom it was forfeited; praying for restoration of her estate. Undated.
The following is from the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 65, 19 July 1695: “Mr. Fanshaw, wth Sr Thomas Powys his counsell, desire that Ms Sarsfield, daughter & heir of Wm, may be putt into possession of the estate of her father, wch was seized on the attainder of Patric (who gott into possession in ye late times, but had noe right). My Lords will report this to ye K. when he comes.” 1 page.
July 25. 22. Letter of Mr. John Povey to Mr. Lowndes, sending to the Lords of the Treasury the copy of Sir Thomas Lawrence's memorial, which had been received by the Committee of Trade and Plantations; begging their directions to the Comrs of Customs thereon. Dated 25 July 1695. ¾ page.
[? About
July 27.]
23. Petition of Louis Chabrol, a French reformed captain, to the Lords of the Treasury, for payment of his arrears, he having served in the French regiment of foot commanded by Gen. La Melionere, during the war of Ireland, and again in Flanders. He states that he had received no payment of his arrears, though other officers had, and he was in continual danger of arrest and starvation, having neither a place of abode nor a friend to relieve him. Without date, but minuted:—“27 July '95. To have 20li in part of his arrears, to enable him to goe into Ireld.”
Accompanied by six papers arising in the case previously.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 128, 8 Jan. 1695, is:—“100 0 10 Mons. de Chabroll, to be paid to Mr. Fox.” 7 pages or parts of pages.
July 30. 24. Letter of the Earl of Romney to Mr. Lowndes, transmitting the report of the principal officers of the Ordnance, on the petition to the King, of the governor and company for making hollow sword blades in England, which was referred to the Lords of the Treasury by order of the Council, and by them to Lord Romney; approving the report which relates to sword blades imported, the forfeitures of which the petitioners desired might be given them, to encourage the manufacture of sword blades at home. Dated St. James's, 30 July 1695.
The report, a letter of Mr. Lowndes, the Order in Council, and the petition. 2 pages and 3 parts of pages.
25. Report of the Lords of the Treasury to the Lords Justices of England, on papers annexed, concerning a commerce to be settled by the Lustring Company between England and Piedmont, and on their memorial representing the great difficulties they had laboured under in carrying on their trade in England, and that it would be very hard for them to undertake any new trade, unless the Government encouraged them; praying for a remission of the whole duty on their silk, or 2,400l. per ann. to be paid to them, as an equivalent of the duties; expressing the opinion that they well deserved the encouragement desired, either by the remission of the duty or the grant of 2,400l. per ann. The latter seemed most advisable, &c. Undated.
The papers referred to consist of:—
(1.) “Proposalls from the Duke of Shrewsbery to ye Lustring Company, and the anser of ye comity of ye said company.” Dated 6 June and 18 July 1695.
(2.) The Lustring Company's answer to the proposals. Dated 11 June 1695.
(3.) Representation of their case by Lewis Gervaize, their secretary. Dated 18 July 1695. 14½ pages.
Aug. 1. 26. Letter of Mr. Wm. Blathwayt, transmitting several warrants signed by the King for the countersignature of the Lords of the Treasury. Dated, Camp at Watergoos, 11 Aug. 1695, N.S.
The warrants were for:—
6,876l. 15s. 4d. to be paid to the Bank.
200 0 0 bounty to Mr. Baker.
1,000 0 0 to the Earl of Rochford, as Master of the Robes.
300 0 0 to Mr. Hutchinson.
150 0 0 for Mr. Granville.
206 7 6 for Mr. Butts.
Also warrants for taking in loans on the reversions of annuities, for 2s. a day for John Dwyre, for discharge of Mr. Bennet's executors, &c., and for Comrs of accounts in Ireland. Parts of 2 pages.
Aug. 3. 27. Letter of the officers of the Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that the gentlemen of the Bank declined making any proposal for remittance of money abroad on contract for six or 12 months, but would remit at the current exchange of the time at 1½ per cent. Sir Joseph Herne and Sir Stephen Evance would remit at 1 per cent. cheaper than the Bank, and were prepared (as in the annexed paper) to contract for a price certain, but they had not encouraged them until they knew their Lordship's pleasure. Dated 3 Aug. 1695.
Also the paper referred to, dated 30 July 1695. 2 pages.
Aug. 7. 28. Memorial of John Duke of Newcastle, Rebecca Viscountess Falkland, Henry Viscount Longuevile, Doctor John Radcliffe, Richard Gee, Esq., John Taylor, merchant, and Mr. Geo. Dodington, part owners of the ship “Lyon,” as to an amount due for the services of the ship for a voyage to the West Indies, about which there had been a Chancery suit between the above persons and Mr. Thomas Hewetson. Dated 7 Aug. 1695.
Minuted:—“Refer to the Ordnance to state & give opinion on this demand for so much as concerned Ordnance service, & to speak with the Comrs of the Navy about ye fund for paymt.”
The following in the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 89, 25 Sept. 1695, relates to this:—
“Comrs of Navy to be here on Tuesday next, in the afternoon, about the demand for service of ye ship ‘Lyon’” 2¼ pages.
Aug. 14. 29. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the report and other papers of the Comrs of the Revenue on the petition of Lewis Jones and Humphry Booth, for the remission of 302l. 10s. 10½d., the balance of the hearth-money for the county of Sligo in 1686; in favour of the remission. Dated 14 Aug. 1695.
[The papers are not now with it.] 1 page.
Aug. 14. 30. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, in obedience to directions received from them, to certify what money stood charged on Thomas Tipping, Esq., as received on account of customs at Exeter and elsewhere, in the year 1688, when His Majesty landed in the west. Dated 14 Aug. 1695.
The petition of the said Thomas Tipping, and four certificates, &c. relating thereto. 6 parts of pages.
Aug. 14. 31. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Waller of London, merchant, as to certain Smyrna galls, seized by the City garbler for the City duties; praying for the grant of a “noli prosequi.” Dated 14 Aug. 1695.
Minuted:—“A noli prosequi to be entered for ye K. part.”
Also the petition. 3 pages.
Aug. 16. 32. Letter, by direction of the Lords of the Admiralty, from Mr. Bridgeman to Mr. Lowndes, secretary of the Treasury, for certain papers to be sent relating to the making a register for seamen. Dated 16 Aug. 1695. 1 page.
Aug. 20. 33. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of divers merchants, trading to Virginia, who conceived themselves oppressed by the impost of 3d. per pound laid on tobacco imported from the English plantations, &c. Dated 20 Aug. 1695.
Minuted:—“The Comrs must discourse wth the merchts upon this.”
Also the petition. 3 pages.
Aug. 20. 34. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of Micaiah Perry and two others concerned in the Virginia trade, recommending that they should be favoured in the payment of duties on sweet scented tobacco. Dated 20 Aug. 1695.
Minuted:—“A warrt drawne.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
Aug. 7
and 21.
35. Presentments of the Comrs for Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, as to what money was due to them and the claims made upon them. Dated 7 and 21 Aug. 1695. 2 pages and 2 halves.
Aug. 22. 36. Report of Chas. Dering, Auditor-General, addressed to the Lord Deputy General and General Government of Ireland, as to what was due to the Comrs for stating the accounts of the army and those employed by them for their salaries. Dated 22 Aug. 1695. 1¼ pages.
Aug. 22. 37. Letter signed “Wm. Beeston” [governor of Jamaica] to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that by the fleet, which arrived 23 July, he received the King's letter, and with it the credits of Sir Joseph Herne and Sir Stephen Evance, for the subsistence of Col. Lillingston's regiment, and the King's bounty of 4,000l., towards the relief of the people of that island, who had their estates destroyed by the French; the credits were accepted, the regiment was mustered soon after its arrival, but several had died since, they being generally very weak and sickly; he was obliged to send them into the country for fresh air, which would add to the difficulty of mustering them, but none should be returned who were not alive. Dated Jamaica, 22 Aug. 1695. 1 page (quarto).
Aug. 22. 38. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting the memorial of the Comrs of Accounts and reporting that there was due to them on 31 Jan. last 2,430l.; in favour of paying a moiety of their demand, and the remainder at Michaelmas 1696, &c. Dated 22 Aug. 1695.
Also the memorial. 5 pages.
July 29 and
Aug. 23.
39. Two letters on the same subject, the last docquetted:—“Mr. Povey's letter from the Lords of the committee for the Comrs of Customs, to attend about the next year's trade,” addressed to Mr. Lowndes. Dated 29 July and 23 Aug. 1695. 2 pages.
Aug. 28. 40. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Arthur Shallet, of London, merchant, as to the payment of his bonds for duties at the custom-house, by the debts due to him for transport service. Declining to give their opinion for balancing one debt by another. Dated 28 Aug. 1695.
Minuted:—“27 Sept. 1695. On this a letter for 3,721l. 8s. 8d.
Also two memorials, a letter, and a certificate.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 90, 27 Sept. 1695, is: “3,721li 8s 8d to be issued out of loans on the coal act, to Mr Fox, for ye Comrs of Transports, who are to apply the same to pay so much in part of 15,000li due to Arthur Shallet for ye service of 6 transport ships to enable him to clear his bonds at the custom house.” 5 pages or parts of pages.
Aug. 31. 41. Letter of the officers of the Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that the powder makers had complained that the East India Company had not allowed the accustomed tare, nor delivered the whole quantity of saltpetre (500 tons) according to contract; praying that the governor might attend to meet the powder makers thereon. Dated 31 Aug. 1695.
Also the paper containing the complaint.
Minuted to the effect that the governor or some of the committee were to attend.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 83, 10 Sept. 1695, is the following: “Officers of Ordnance with powder makers & members of East India Compa, upon a complt of ye powder-makers that part of the 500 tons [of] peter last delivered was Dutch peter, not as good as ye sample, & 2ly the Compa has not allowd the tare as usuall. Sr John Fleet saies of ye 500 tons, the Compa has delivered 42 of their owne impo. That those concerned wth the powder-makers have exchd theirs for Dutch peter, and the Company's invoices falling short, he went & bought Dutch peter at 70li a tonn, for the remainder (their owne being sold at 60li) and if refracted at 7½ p[er] cent. se[es] no cause to complaine. (The K. has it at 45li per ton.) Their invoices fell short, because when the ‘Modena’ was cast away, the goods in the ‘Cha. 2.’ & other ships were extreamly damaged. Mr. Richardson saies 7½ per cent. is onely the allowance in Holl[an]d, but it will not refine the peter. Sr John saies the powder-makers shall have none of ye Dutch peter, but theyl supply it out of the shipp ‘Hawk,’ now come from Inda. As to the tare Sr Jno saies the Compa will deliver 500 tons turn'd out of the baggs, & no more can be expected. It is proposed that if ye cloath of ye bags be ye same as formerly, ye tare be ye same. They are to satisfye yemselves whether the cloath be altered or not.”
Again at p. 97 is another minute, in which “My Lords desire the Compa not to dispose of any peter they have, which they promise.”
Further minutes, at pp. 137 and 144, on the same subject, they state that the complaint of the powder-makers was “thought very frivolous.” 3 pages.
Sept. 3. 42. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Callant of London, sworn broker, as to the payment of 8s. per cwt. above the 25 per cent. levied on French molasses. Dated 3 Sept. 1695.
Minuted:—“Read 10th 7br '95. The dispute is about an appropriated duty and therefore my Lds can give no direction, but it must be decided by law.”
The petition and the opinions of the law officers thereon. 5½ pages.
Sept 3. 43. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Boyle, concerning the seizure of 400l. of the petitioner's money, by the officers of the port of Swansea; the same being entered at the custom house, and shipped coastwise for Bristol, under the denomination of butter. Dated 3 Sept. 1695.
Minuted:—“Comrs of Customs to informe themselves whether this was heavy money or much clipt.”
Also the petition, and divers other papers connected therewith 13 pages or parts of pages.
Sept. 5. 44. The Report of the above Comrs in pursuance of the last minute. Dated 5 Sept. 1695.
Minuted:—“6.7br '95. To the Comr to give direction for ye dilligent prosecution of ye seizure.” 1 page.
Sept. 10. 45. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of George Medcalfe, in favour of his being continued to assist Mr. Bridges, the solicitor of the Customs; he having assisted Mr. Hutchinson, the late soliciter for eight yeurs; recommending an allowance to him of 100l. a year in addition to 50l. to be allowed by Mr. Bridges. Dated 10 Sept. 1695.
Also the petition. 1 page and 2 parts.
Sept. 12. 46. Report signed ‘Jo. Taylor,’ addressed to the Lords [of the Treasury], on the demands made by Sir Leonard Robinson, Knt. Chamberlain of London for charges and allowance for paying in loans on the third 4s. aid, and for the duties on marriages. The sum in question was 1.434l. 9s. 10d. Dated 12 Sept. 1695.
Minuted:—“Per tallys on excise 9th Octr 1695, warrt drawn.”
Also the patition, an affidavit relating thereto and “an accot of charges paid for paying into the Exchequer 311,000l. loans made on ye third four shillings aide and alsoe for paying into ye Excheqr 85,900li loans made on marriages, &c., amounting in all to ye sum of 396,900li.” 3½ pages.
Sept. 12. 47. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to a vessel supposed to have been seized by the officers of Customs at Harwich, on suspicion of her going to France. Dated 12 Sept. 1695.
Minuted:—“Read when Comrs Navy come.”
Also a letter from the custom house officers respecting the same. 2 pages.
Sept. 13. 48. Report of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lords of the Treasury, who had directed him to view a convenient place in the Savoy to make a house for the Martial of the Forces and to estimate the charge; stating that he had several times viewed all parts of the place, with the officer concerned, and with the consent of the Earl of Rumney; and they had “pitched upon the west end of that wing of the hospital which was employed by the guards,” specifying what he proposed should be done, together with the cost. Dated 13 Sept. 1695.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 98, 16 Oct. 1695, is the following entry:—“The money reported for fitting up a Marshalsea in the Savoy, to be paid and placed to account of contingencies.”
The letter directing the making of the above report, a letter signed Geo. Clarke, stating the accommodation requisite and the plan and elevation. 4 pages or parts of images.
Sept. 16. 49. An Abstract of Mr. Warburton's account of the English and inland Irish post office, from Lady Day 1685, that is to say, of the English letters to the 16th of May 1689, and of the inland Irish post office to Christmas 1688.
Concluding with a memorial signed Wm. Aldworth, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the Irish post office produced about 1,500l. in a quarter of a year, &c., submitting that an able person should be deputed at Dublin to compute the receipts and issues of that revenue. Dated 16 Sept. 1695.
Referred to the Post-Master General to report thereon. 2 large pages.
Sept. 24. 50. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that Brigadier Wolseley brought over with him His Majesty's letters, countersigned by their Lordships, for certain forfeited estates in a schedule, to be granted him, by way of custodiam, for three years, to the extent of 1,000l.; but his Excellency found most of them had been given away or encumbered, and the brigadier had only passed two of the value of 371l. per ann.; two other lists had been submitted and reported on to be of the value of 609l. per ann.; recommending a custodiam of the same and pressing despatch; for he had promised to take care of it, otherwise he could not have withstood the Brigadier's importunity for leave to go to England to solicit it himself, which would have been a disservice to the King, he using great application to put forward all His Majesty's affairs in Parliament, where no man was better heard. Dated Dublin Castle, 24 Sept. 1695.
Accompanied by the report of the Comrs of Forfeitures.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 132, 14 Jan. 1695–6 is:—“Countess of Longford & Mr. Hughs agent for Brigadr Wolseley, Mr. Conyers of counsell for her, he desires the estate of Whitefriars, in Ireland, may be granted to her subject to Collo Wolseley's custodiam, Mr. Dobbins of counsell for Collo Wolseley desires the custodiam may passe; he saies my Lord Longford mortgaged the estate to Arthur & his equity of redemption was foreclosed.” 3¾ pages.
Sept. 5 to 25. 51. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to an establishment for the officers, salaries and other charges necessary in the management of the new duties upon coals and culm, transmitting a presentment of and scheme for the management of the duty thereon.
The presentment, dated 5 Sept. 1695, and the scheme.
Minuted:—“My Lords think ye Compr & Recr in Londo may & ought to serve for this duty.” With various other orders by their Lordships to carry out the scheme.
Also another presentment on the same subject, dated 10 Sept. 1695. And an “Extract of a presentment to the Lords Comrs of the Treasury by the Comrs of the Customes in 1679 for retrenching of officers.”
Minuted:—“My Lords agree to what is here offered,” &c. &c.
Two other presentments, dated 18 and 25 Sept. 1695, as to the establishment of officers with a list of “names of persons sent by the Comrs to be collrs of the coal duty upon the inland rivers,” together with a copy of the one, dated 25 Sept., which has a minute on the back that it was read again 10 May 1698, &c.
In the Minute Book, vol. 6, p. 91, on 27 Sept. 1695, is the following:—“The Comrs of Customs may employ the Recr of ye coal duty for the church of Pauls to receive the King's new duty on coles till there be an establishmt of that office.” 16 pages and parts of pages.
Sept. 10
and 25.
52. Copy of the memorial of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen and exchange of prisoners of war, respecting an estimate of the cost of building a new prison at Plymouth by the King's command for prisoners of war. [The estimate was 656l. 19s. 6d. for a prison to hold 300 prisoners.] Dated 10 Sept. 1695.
Two letters (one dated 25 Sept. 1695) and a balance sheet relating thereto.
Minuted:—“The money to be pd for sick & wounded.” 1 page and two parts.
Sept. 27. 53. Letter by command of the Lords Justices of England to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing an extract of Mr. Blathwayt's letter, whereby His Majesty's approval was signified of their Lordships' report, for the encouragement of the Lustring Company to carry on a trade to Piedmont. Dated 27 Sept. 1695.
Also the said extract.
Minuted:—“Orders to be given pursuant to the report. Some of the Lustring Comp. to be here on Tuesd. afternoon.” parts of 2 pages (quarto).
Sept. 27. 54. Representation of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, praying their Lordships' warrant to discharge one Mr. Wood from 122l. 16s., the residue of 300l. set “in super” in the Exchequer. Dated 27 Sept. 1695.
Minuted:—“A privy seal to discharge this.”
Two other papers relating thereto. 4 pages.
Sept. 28. 55. Letter from Mr. Francis Babe to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he sent the Comrs of the Revenue a letter, dated 25 May, which, if put in execution, would improve the excise 10,000l. per ann., he enclosed a copy of the part relating thereto, with the Comrs answer, dated 1 June, and his reply of 17 June; he also sent another letter, dated 29 June, proposing certain methods for the improved management of the hearth money, a copy of which he also enclosed; he had spent much of his time at Cork and Kinsale, when the Calais fleet was there; and also at Ventry, where the “Henry” of London, an East India ship, was forced ashore and lost, out of which 25,000l. of goods had been saved; he had laid two papers before the Comrs of the Revenue, the first, showing that the additional excise would be of no advantage to the Crown, and that an additional duty on tobacco imported out of England would be a loss, when granted but for a year; the second paper was as to the imposition, by the Act of tonnage and poundage, of a duty of 3d. a pound on tobacco imported to Ireland out of England above the 2½d. then received; he further states that matters had been “indifferent smoothly” carried on between the Comrs of the Revenue and himself, and recommends William Strong, Esq. to act in place of Mr. Sedgwick, deceased. Dated Dublin, 28 Sept. 1695.
This encloses the copies of the three letters above referred to 9 pages and 2 halves.
Sept. 29. 56. “An abstract of the produce of His Maties revenue in Ireland for one quarter ended at Michaelmas 1695.” 1 page.
[? Sept.] 57. A representation by the officers of the Excise who quitted their employment in the year [1695], made to the Lords of the Treasury. They state that on the 23rd of August they attended the Treasury Chambers, not knowing on what account they were sent for, and were asked the reasons why they resigned their employments, but not being fully prepared to answer, they only gave such reasons as readily occurred to them. They now laid before their Lordships their reasons, under 13 divisions. Their principal complaints seem to have been against Mr. Everard, the general surveyor of London, who they said was absolutely unqualified for such a station; further that all vacancies in London were supplied with country officers, and they believed a thorough change was aimed at in the London Brewery, by bringing up country officers aud sending the London officers into the country. They repudiate the charge of combination to lay down their employment. Undated, but see the Minute Book, vol. 6, pp. 72–74, where are entered the examinations of the several officers, and at p. 76 is the following minute, 28 Aug. 1695:—
“To write to the Comrs of Excise that the officers (heard 21st instant) having been heard upon the reasons of their quitting ye service, my Lds think fitt to direct that none of ye sd officers be hereafter imployed in ye Excise wtout particular direction of this Board.” 5 pages (brief size).
Oct. 2. 58. Letter of the Earl of Montague, Master of the Great Wardrobe, to William Lowndes, Esq., respecting a present for Tripoli, consisting of cloth and gold watches. In a postscript he desires Mr. Lowndes to lay before their Lordships a warrant for the new lodgings at Richmond. Dated 2 Oct. 1695.
Also a requisition signed “Dorsett” for a great variety of articles to be supplied for His Majesty's immediate service in his house at Richmond Park. Dated 22 Sept. 1695. 2 pages.
Oct. 2. 59. Representation by the magistrates of Bristol, addressed to Charles Brawne, Esq., at Redlinch, that the collectors of the King's tax, had made complaint to them, that by reason of the badness and scarcity of silver, it was impossible to make good their collections; unless they were permitted to receive and pay guineas, at 30s.; praying to have the matter laid before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 2 Oct. 1695. 1 page (quarto).
Oct. 3. 60. Copy of report of Mr. S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Rayner, Esq., who was farmer of the perquisites of courts, escheat lands, &c., in the lordship and soke of Kirton in Lindsey, Lincoln, and had discovered divers small parcels of land at Missen within that lordship, and desired a lease thereof for 31 years, to be passed with the small parcels in Spalding and Kirton; advising that if their Lordships granted the same, one-sixth of the yearly value should be reserved, &c.
The messuage and lands in Yaddelthorpe were granted to Dr. Willm. Lincoln for 31 years, in 1660, and the lease had expired in 1691, but as the lands were so interspersed no one until the petitioner had offered to accept them; advising that he should have them. Dated 3 Oct. 1695.
Also copy of the petition. 2½ pages.
Oct. 7. 61. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard Peirce, one of the five under-searchers in the port of London; in favour of admitting Mr. Thomas Walker as his deputy. Dated 7 Oct. 1695.
Accompanied by the petition and a certificate. 2½ pages.
Oct. 7. 62. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Jeremiah Holycross, setting forth that he served 12 years in the customs as waiter and searcher at Sydmouth, in the port of Exeter, and was turned out of his employment without any fraud laid to his charge; praying to be admitted a tidesman in fee. The report admits that the terms of the petition are true, but states that he was dismissed for drunkenness and debauchery. Dated 7 Oct. 1695.
Also the petition. 1½ pages.
Oct. 8. 63. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. John Ward, late agent to the Earl of Bath's regiment, in favour of his being paid 800l. in part of the clearings of the regiment, from 1 April 1692 to 1 April 1693, and the remaining 1,000l., when the regiment should be fully cleared. Dated 8 Oct. 1695.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K. when ye E. of Ranelagh is present. To be paid when the clearings are paid. But if it be a particular case on an Order of Counsel my Lords are to examine it and to give him relief according as they find his case.” Again, “The 800l. to be pd.”
Also the petition and a letter relating thereto. 2½ pages.
Oct. 9. 64. Copy of a resolution passed at a meeting of the chief officers of the army in the great chamber of the Horse Guards on 9 Oct. 1695, in relation to a petition of Elizabeth Culliford in behalf of the orphans of Capt. William Webster, late of Lieut.-Gen. Kirk's regiment, who lost his life at Phillipstown in Ireland, viz.: for application to be made to the King for the payment of 122l. 10s. out of the contingencies of the army, which had been respited.
Minuted:—“To Mr Clark to prepare a warrt for taking off the respitts.” 1 page (quarto).
Oct. 9. 65. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Cornelius Dennis, and several other English merchants; in favour of granting a “non pros.” as was desired; they being owners of the ship “Two Friends” which had brought certain currants and other Turkey commodities, which were seized, under pretence that the ship was of foreign build. Dated 9 Oct. 1695.
Also the petition and an affidavit. 4½ pages.
Oct. 9. 66. Agent's report concerning the arrear due from Mr. Bearcroft, late receiver of the taxes for the county of Worcester. Dated 9 Oct. 1695.
[In December 1691, the receiver having sent up 6,500l., of the King's money, the waggon, at a place near Gerard's Cross, in the county of Bucks, was robbed of 2,343l. or thereabouts.]
Minuted:—“9 Oct. 1695. My Lords will allow Mr Bearcroft 2,500l. for his loss and charges by the robbery, by tally on ye Excise; but he & his suretys must first pay in his whole arreare as recr, & clear his accot.” 1 page.
Oct. 11. 67. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had been obliged on occasion of the King's arrival, to leave a discretionary liberty with the land-surveyor, on the coming up of the King's goods, &c. or of persons of quality attending His Majesty, to go with the goods to their respective houses, for their immediate accommodation, &c.: praying their Lordships' approbation thereof. Dated 11 Oct. 1695.
Minuted:—“My Lords cannot give a genll liberty.” 1 page.
Oct. 12. 68. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mr. John Baber, solicitor, for prosecuting and defending causes before the Comrs of Excise and Appeals in London and the weekly bills of mortality; respecting the nature and manner of discharging his duties, the method of hearing complaints, &c. by the Commissioners, their jurisdiction, &c.; containing detailed historical particulars of this office. Dated 12 Oct. 1695.
Also the petition. 11 pages.
Oct. 14. 69. “A state of the case relating to the gallon made use of in Ireland for measuring liquids containing 217 6 cubick inches.”
A paper so entitled, containing a good deal of information relating to the gallon measure, the laws regulating it, &c.
On the other side is—
A copy of the opinion of Sir John Mead, one of His Majesty's counsel at law, on the case submitted to him relating to the gallon measure, expressing the opinion that the duty on wines, &c. ought to be received according to the 217 cubic inches. Dated 14 Oct. 1695. 2 pages.
Oct. 15. 70. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for directions as to the payment of guineas at 30s. each by the brewers for their duties in consequence of the scarcity of silver money. Dated 15 Oct. 1695.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 98, 16 Oct. 1695, is the following entry:—“My Lord Godolphin informs the King of the hindrance in the collection of the taxes, by the bad moneys, and their forbearing to give any direction concerning guineas current at 30sh wch prejudices the Exchange. The King saies they must hold it out as long as they can, without coming to any direction.” 1 page.
Oct. 15. 71. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them an examination before a notary at Falmouth, of Timothy Evans and others, mariners, lately belonging to the “Isaac,” brigantine of London; which in coming from Barbadoes was taken by a French privateer, retaken by Capt. Hutchins, commander of one of His Majesty's Groin packet boats, and was stolen out of the harbour of the Groin by a shallop, with 25 men; which shallop, upon sight of a vessel coming out of the Groin, quitted the brigantine again to the possession of the English, and the brigantine was afterwards seized by a Dutch privateer, named the “Mount Etna,” &c. Moving their Lordships that the Dutch Ambassador might be applied to, in order that further proceedings might be prevented, the ship and cargo being about to be condemned as prize. Dated 15 Oct. 1695.
Also the examination. 2½ pages (one brief size).
Oct. 16. 72. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Wm. Blathwayt, Esq., His Majesty's Secretary at War, as to certain Indian goods imported by him from Holland, and by the Act of Navigation forfeited. Recommended for favourable consideration. Dated 16 Oct. 1695.
The memorial and list of the goods. 3 pages.
Oct. 18. 73. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Dr. Robert Gorge, praying payment of his salary as secretary to the late Duke of Schomberg, and for 6s. a day granted to him by King Charles II. on the establishment of the kingdom; stating that he had referred it to the Attorney-General, whose report he transmitted, adding that the case seemed to deserve compassion. Dated 18 Oct. 1695.
[The report not now with it.]
Minuted:—“14 Ap. '97 rejected.” 1 page.
Oct. 21. 74. Letter by command of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Attorney and Solicitor General, sending the petitions and other papers concerning Robert McCarroll, merchant, desiring them to certify wherein the report of the Comrs of the Revenue in Ireland, and McCarroll's answer differ; and what were the particulars which remained in controversy concerning the ships and goods claimed by McCarroll. Dated 21 Oct. 1695. 1 page.
Oct. 26.]
75. An address of the knights, citizens, and burgesses in Parliament assembled, to his Excellency Henry Lord Capell, Baron of Tewkesbury, Lord Deputy-General, and General Governor of Ireland, praying that he would order 600l. to be paid to Mr. Warburton, clerk assistant to the late House of Commons out of the funds given or promised to His Majesty; as they found that the former order of 28 July 1666, for the payment of that sum, had not been carried out, and by their resolves of 26 Oct 1695, they had agreed that it was still due; assuring his Excellency that if the funds fell short of paying the sums intended for the present supply of 163,325l. and 30,000l. for the debts of the army, and 6,000l. to the sons of Sir Audley Mervin, and this 600l., they would make it good in the next sessions.
Accompanied by a copy of an order in his favour. Dated 28 July 1666. 1¾ pages.