Volume 35: November 5-December 31, 1695

Pages 468-483

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

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November 5–December 31, 1695

Nov. 5.
1. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that the Commons having taken into consideration the debts due from the army to the country, and a debt of 6,000l. to the children of Sir Audley Mervin, formerly Speaker of that House, for his long and faithful services to the Protestant interest in that kingdom, had addressed him, to beseech the King to allow 30,000l. to be paid to persons who had stated their accounts due from the army, which sum, and 6,000l. to the heirs of Sir Audley Mervin, they were desirous should be paid out of the additional duty on tobacco and other commodities: inclosing their address, and also another in favour of Mr. Richard Warburton, clerk's assistant to the House of Commons, for 600l. for his services. Dated 5 Nov. 1695.
Accompanied by the address.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 103, 15 Nov. 1695, mention is made that these addresses were to be laid before the King; and again at p. 114, 27 Nov. 1625, these addresses were read and respited. 3 pages and 2 halves.
Nov. 5. 2. An application of Mr. Aaron Smith to the Lords of the Treasury, for 500l. or 600l., to defray the expenses of prosecutions and defences of suits for the Crown: further laying before them, that for all the business of the last Trinity term he received not one penny, and had to borrow 200l. or 300l., to carry on his duty, &c. Dated 5 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“For the K. —. Done —. Mr. Aaron Smith to accot before Lady Day next or else my Lords to rep[rese]nt to the King again.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 114, 27 Nov. 1695, is the same minute.
Also a list of the prosecutions, &c. for Michaelmas Term 1695. 2½ pages.
Nov. 8. 3. A letter from the Lords of the Council in Ireland, to the Duke of Shrewsbury, stating that encouragement had been given to the French Protestants to plant in that kingdom, and 450l. was to be raised out of fines of leases, and paid to Mr. Moden, to transport them thither, and altogether 1,500l. was to be raised; in expectation of which, many families came, whose necessities were so pressing that they were supplied out of the concordatum to the extent of 400l.; but that being charged with the rebuilding the Four Courts, &c., and the Treasury being so low, they could not supply them further; praying him to move the King to send the intended relief. Dated 8 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“To be laid before ye K.” 1 page.
Nov. 11. 4. Report of Robt. Rochfort, Attorney-General for Ireland, on the petition of Sir Lawrence Parsons, Bart., as to an arrear of Crown rent of 305l. 1s. 9d. out of the rectory of Dunboyne, in the county of Meath: advising that he should have the discharge he prayed for. Dated 11 Nov. 1695.
Accompanied by—
Report of the Comrs of Customs at Dublin to the [Lords Justices], on the petition of Sir Lawrence Parsons, Bart., relating to the rectory of Dunboyne, finding that it was charged with 70l. 16s.d. per ann., and that it was returned in arrears by the collector of the district of Trim, in 1688, 305l. 1s. 9d.
The petitioner for some time after the abdication defended the castle of Birr for their Majesties' service, till he was forced to surrender, and in Feb. 1688 was confined, and soon after condemned to be executed, and was kept 16 months in confinement.
The tithes of that rectory were set for more than 200l., yet they could not conceive that the profits could be applied to the discharge of the arrears, but the petitioner deserved favour. Dated 22 Feb. 1694–5.
On the dorse is:—“The Lords Justices can give no ansr on this petn.” 3 pages.
Nov. 11. 5. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mr. Arthur Baily, a considerable Virginian trader; as to the allowance of 6 per cent. for the time unexpired, of the bonds given by him for impost duty. Dated 11 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“A warrt for Mr. Baily. But as to ye settlemt by law, my Lords desire when they next attend they will come prepared with the form of such a settlement as they desire.”
Also another paper relating thereto. 2½ pages.
Nov. 15. 6. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on a letter from the Earl of Montague, touching some china and Indian pictures, which came from Holland, for his Lordship's use; which were not of 30l. value. Dated 15 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“The Comrs may do it as well as they can.” 1 page.
Nov. 16.]
7. A list of the French refugee ministers in England, with their ages. Also a roll of the Royal Charity, showing the rates which the French ministers had received from the year 1686 to 1695. [French.]
Referred 16 Nov. 1695. 2 large pages.
Nov. 19. 8. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, touching the impost duty on tobacco, suggesting that there should be a regular settlement of the subject by law. Dated 19 Nov. 1695. 2 pages.
Nov. 19. 9. Letter of Mr. Francis Babe to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the importation of French goods in a ship which sailed from Ireland to Bilboa, in Spain, and returned with a French as well as a Spanish pass; the crew on the outward voyage were all subjects of the King of England, and were discharged at St. Sebastian's, and a new crew of Spaniards taken aboard, which had been the common practice. By this means 200 or 300 of our seamen were forced to beg from door to door, besides those in other parts of Spain and Portugal. He had given notice to the Comrs of Revenue that he had seized the ship, but they gave no directions for putting the goods into the King's store. He gives a further account of the proceedings in relation to the ship, which, without consulting him the Comrs admitted to an entry contrary to the Lord Deputy's order, &c.; the design he had in this seizure was, to detect a constant trade and correspondence with France. A Scotch merchant's letter, who resided in Dublin, was seen and read in France, giving an account of a great number of transport ships for the invasion of France, some little time before the disappointment we met with at St. Malo. [St. Malo bombarded in 1695.] Dated 19 Nov. 1695. 2½ pages.
Nov. 19. 10. Petition of Samuel Shepheard, of London, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he had bought of the Comrs of Prizes the French man-of-war, the “Invincible,” lying in Kinsale, in Ireland, and had fitted her for the King's service as a cruiser; and having occasion to send cables, &c., for the use of the ship (now named the “Scarborough,”) he prayed to be allowed to ship them duty free.
Also a letter from him to William Loundes, Esq., on the same subject. Dated 19 Nov. 1695. 2 pages.
Nov. 21. 11. Order in Council to His Majesty's stationer, to provide and deliver to Henry, Bishop, of London, 20 large folio Bibles, 20 Common Prayer Books, in folio, 20 books of the Canons, 20 copies of the 39 Articles, and 20 tables of marriage, to be sent to Maryland. Dated 21 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“22th Sepr '97. Respited.”
With a memorandum of the delivery thereof. 1½ pages.
Nov. 22. 12. A certificate of Chas. Chetwynd, Deputy Auditor of Wales, that there was due and payable to Sir John Combes, Knight, as Chief Justice of Chester, by ancient usage, 500l. per ann., for his salary, which was to commence on 5 May last. Dated 22 Nov. 1695. ½ page.
Nov. 22.]
13. Petition of Richard Butler to the King, showing that several sums were due to him, that he had been in many ways serviceable to the King; had never received any reward, and had been a great sufferer by the loss of his employment as customer in the port of Boston; praying that his case might be referred to the Lords of the Treasury.
With a note at the foot, that it was so referred on 22 Nov. 1695.
Accompanied by the case of the petitioner as referred to their Lordships. Amongst other things it states that the petitioner proposed to Henry Viscount Sydney, now Earl of Romney, then Secretary of State, the method of raising seamen, which took good effect, and had been observed ever since.
Also six other brief documents touching the case. 8 pages, or parts of pages.
Nov. 23. 14. Report of the Comrs of Customs of Dublin, stating that they had received a command from the Lord Deputy to admit Mr. Reading [in place of Sir Richard Levinge], as counsel to the Comrs of Revenue; and the reason why they had not long since made a report on Mr. Medlycot's petition concerning the employment was, that they were directed by his Excellency to make no report without his further order. Dated 23 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K.”
“Sr Richd Levinge, late Sollr Genll, & councill to ye Commrs of ye Revenue of Irld, being remov'd, my Ld Deputy recomends to 'em Mr Jno Reding, as a person duely qualify'd to serve His Maty as their Councill for his good knowledge in ye law, his perfect honesty and integrity, & his having been very instrumental in bringing over ye party from adhering to ye sole right, & of great use in promoting ye public mony bills, & desires ye Lds of ye Treasury to concur wth him in ye approbation of Mr. Reding for ye said employmt, at ye usual salary of 100li p[er]. an.” ¾ of a page.
Nov. 25. 15. Letter signed William Blathwayt, addressed to Mr. Lowndes, enclosing a copy of the answer of the Assembly of Virginia, with the abstract of their journal relating to a proposal made to them by Sir Edmund Andros, Governor-in-Chief of that colony, in pursuance of Her Majesty's order of 19 July 1692, for making a law to prohibit the exportation of tobacco in bulk; desiring, on the part of the Committee of Trade and Plantation, their Lordships' opinion. Dated 25 Nov. 1695.
Accompanied by the abstract referred to, but the answer of the Assembly is not now with it. 2½ pages.
Nov. 26. 16. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Robert Fitzgerald, Esq., concerning the arrears of salary due to him as comptroller of the musters and cheques of the army in Ireland, since Michaelmas 1688, at 365l. per ann., and 100l. per ann. for his deputy; transmitting the reports of the Muster-Master-General, the Deputy Receiver-General, and the Attorney-General, to whom he had referred the matter; advising that the King might grant the arrears from 1 Jan. 1691. Dated 26 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“Read 30 Mar. '95. The K. will be putt in mind of it when my Lords Ranelagh & Ld Coningsby attend.”
Accompanied by copies of the petition, a report of Stephen Fox, and others, and a letter of Lord Sydney; also a warrant and a report of the Attorney-General. 5 pages and 4 halves.
Nov. 26. 17. Memorial of Sir Joseph Herne and Sir Stephen Evance to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that 8,557l. 10s. 1d. were due to them, for clothing the Earl of Donegall's and Col. Cunningham's regiments in April 1693; praying to be allowed interest, on account of the delay in paying the same. Dated 26 Nov. 1695.
Minuted:—“To Lord Coningsby & Mr. Fox, to state this interest.”
A certificate as to the amounts and times of payment of the said sum. 2 pages.
Nov. 26.]
18. Petition of Edward Lord Bishop of Worcester, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that Philip Bearcroft, receiver of the taxes for Worcester, being robbed of moneys which he was bringing to London in a waggon (including 100l. belonging to the Bishop), had applied for an allowance of the whole money; praying that before it was paid, if it were allowed, the said Bearcroft should pay the 100l.
—“Read 26 9br '95, My Lords do not think it reasonable that ye allowance made ye recr should be applyed to any other debt than that wch he owes ye K. in the Excheqr, and his Lop will have his remedy at law.” 1 page.
[? About
Nov. or
19. Petition of Thos. Medlicut, barrister-at-law, referring to his former petition to be appointed counsel to the Comrs of the Revenue of Ireland, on which their Lordships had referred him favourably to the Comrs, who had then returned a report admitting his fitness for the office; praying to be confirmed in the appointment.
Minuted:—“16 April '97. Rejected.”
Accompanied by the former petition, a certificate in his favour signed Rob. Rochford [Attorney-General for Ireland], a letter from Mr. Lowndes, sending the petition to the Comrs, and their report above referred to, which admitted his fitness, but added that they were commanded by his Excellency the Lord Deputy to admit Mr. Redding to that employment. The report is dated 20 Nov. 1695, and the petition above described would probably be a little later. 5 parts of pages.
Dec. 2. 20. Estimate of the general debt of the Transport Office, as it stood at Michaelmas 1695, (the Irish transport debt excepted,) with an account of what money remained in their hands at that time, and what had been since paid to ships taken up on several occasions, and for provisions and other expenses attending the office. Dated 2 Dec. 1695.
Also a state of the whole transport debt at the same time, including the above. 2 pages.
Dec. 3. 21. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury respecting certain wines brought home by Admiral Russell, which he affirmed to be the remainder of his sea stores, &c., the custom on which would be about 140l.; stating that they had no directions to pass them custom free. Dated 3 Dec. 1695. 1 page.
Dec. 3. 22. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Willm. Williams to the King as to certain goods seized of the value of 1,445l. 16s. 4d., stating that the King was entitled to two-thirds of the value thereof. Dated 3 Dec. 1695.
Minuted:—“The K. reserves this mo. for other uses.”
The petition and a schedule of the goods. 3 pages.
Dec. 4. 23. Memorial signed Lance[lot] Burton, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that the premium of 2l. per cent. might be paid him, and for a minute of 2l. per cent. per ann. more for the 4,000l. lent the 16th Nov. upon the hereditary and temporary excise, for the expenses abroad, in the last campaign, &c. Dated 4 Dec. 1695. 1 page.
Dec. 4. 24. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Botelor, as to certain moneys due to the King, on account of informations which the petitioner sought to obtain, the King having encouraged him to ask for some boon. Advising that the King might dispose of the forfeitures as he saw fit. Dated 4 Dec. 1695.
Minuted:—“The K. reserves this mo[ney] for other uses.”
Accompanied by the petition and a report on the case, signed “G. Medcalfe.” 3½ pages.
Dec. 7. 25. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting two petitions of Sir James Caldwell for a grant of some forfeited lands in Ireland, which petitions had been examined by the Comrs of Forfeitures and the King's Solicitor-General, by whose reports it appeared a great part of the lands desired were given away, and so the petitioner had made application to the Lord Lieutenant in relation to the estate of Dudley Bagnall, which his Excellency referred to the Comrs and the Attorney-General, whose reports he transmitted, and was of opinion that the petitioner deserved the King's favour for his services and losses. Dated 7 Dec. 1695.
On the back are various particulars respecting the above forfeited lands and the services of the petitioner.
Accompanied by a petition from the said Sir James Caldwell and the two reports referred to, and a memorandum of the yearly rent to the Crown of the said lands in Ballynoone, Ballylow, Oldtowne, and other lands.
The Solicitor-General's report sets forth the following particulars of the services and suffering of the petitioner, viz.:
That about the beginning of February ('88) he raised and maintained several horse and foot at Belleeke, in the county of Fermanagh, for the defence of His Majesty's interest, which forces enabled him to keep a considerable pass there, and the several fords of the River Erne which served to hinder communication between the enemy in Connaught, under the command of Sarsfield, and those that lay before Derry; that Sir James by the assistance of his daughter, Elizabeth Caldwell, conveyed several quantities of gunpowder to the garrison at Belleek, Enniskillen, and other places near it, which was of great service to them, there not being two barrels of powder in Enniskillen at that time; that Sir James's house and town of Belleek were besieged by the enemy in May 1689, who endeavoured to make their passage that way, sometimes by threats, sometimes by advantageous proposals to Sir James; that he maintained that pass, and sending to Enniskillen for assistance, joined his forces, fell upon the enemy, killed and took a considerable number prisoners, with two pieces of cannon; that he posted his son Capt. Hugh Caldwell, at Donegall, who being attacked by above 2,000 dragoons, under command of the Duke of Berwick, defended the castle of Donegall; also hearing that Major General Kirk was landed at the Lough of Derry, Sir James went in an open boat many leagues on a dangerous coast, to inform General Kirk of the forces that were in that country, and also of the army that lay before Derry, at which time Major-General Kirk gave him a commission for a regiment of foot, and an independent troop of horse, and sent him back with Col. Wolsley, Col. Winn, and other officers, who, soon after they landed, engaged and routed Col. McCarty; that Sir James's house was made a garrison during the war, till Sligo was reduced, which occasioned great ruin and destruction to his house, town, and improvements, his iron works being pulled down, with several mills and other houses by the soldiers, who had mostly free quarters; his stud of horses and stock of cattle of great value made use of by the army, which was quartered upon him, by all which the petitioner's sufferings and losses were computed at 5,000l. or 6,000l., &c. This report advises the granting of the estate of Dudley Bagnall, Esq., the rents of which were set for seven years at 964l. 16s.
—“Read 8 Ap. '96. Custodium to be granted.” 6 pages and 3 halves.
Dec. 10. 26. Presentment of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, relating to Sir Scroop Howe and the making up the yearly accounts of excise. Dated 10 Dec. 1695.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 135, 20 Jan. 1695, is the following:—
“An order to be sent to Sir Scroop How requiring him to keep the same number of clerks and allow them ye same sallarys as Mr Ashmole did, and to despatch the accts of excise according to ye Comrs report of 10 Xbr '95.”
There is also a further minute at p. 279, 21 Apr. 1696, on the same subject:—
“Comrs of Excise, Sr Scroop How, & Mr Story.—The Comrs desire Sr Scroop may keep ye same number of clerks as Mr Ashmole did, wch would carry on ye accots of excise for ye time to come; but a greater number wilbe requisite to bring up ye accots that are in arreare. Sr Scroop saies he has within one as many clerks as there were, and enough to carry on ye work there; but twilbe hard for him to find clerks to do ye work, wch should have been done per his predecessor. Mr Story saies if the accts were even, he has assistance enough to carry them on, or Sr Scroop would allow more. Being asked why these accts run in arrear in Ashmole's time, he answers these are properly the Comrs accots, and they should make them up themselves. Mr Ashmole had 9 clerks, Sr Scroop has 8. Sr Scroop must keep 9 able clerks, wth good sallarys. Sr Scroop saies they want in the whole upon their sallarys 40li a year. Ashmole allow'd 720li per ann.; none had less than 60li a year. The Comrs say Sr Scroop allows but 460li a year, besides one clerk, whose sallary is not knowne to them. My Lords expect he keeps ye same number of clerks and allow as good sallarys as Ashmole did; but as to the extra charge to bring up ye accts in arrear, it is not reasonable Sr Scroop should be at ye charge. That extra charge to be paid him by way of incidents. Mr Story is to propose in writing wt instrumts he would have & in wt time to make up these accots.” 2 pages.
Dec. 10. 27. Letter of Mr. Francis Babe to William Lowndes, Esq., stating that he had written thrice to the Lords of the Treasury, and had received no answer, which made him fear their Lordships' offence; as he had found he (Mr. Lowndes) had been his particular friend he hoped he would continue so. He then says that Capt. Sam. Hobson, a surveyor of customs, who had made several seizures of French goods, had pressed him five or six times to bring the business of the French trade before the Irish House of Commons, but he had declined; upon which Hobson dispersed amongst the members a paper entitled “Severall usefull Queries;” on which a select committee was appointed to examine it, and Mr. Babe was summoned to give information thereon, and although he was not the author, yet he stated he could prove the truth of some articles therein. A trade was carried on by Scotch merchants living in Ireland with France, and through them the enemy were supplied with provisions in the year 1693, when the commonalty of France were perishing for want of bread, and intelligence by letters was sent from Dublin of our naval preparations for a descent on France, and a short time after we were unsuccessful in our attempt on St Malo. These merchants manned their ships outward-bound with Englishmen, and left them in foreign parts to beg, so that some hundreds were begging at St. Sebastians and Bilboa, in Spain.
Upon hearing the matter it appeared Mr. Carleton was considerably concerned in the French trade. Mr. Carleton, out of spite, procured two surveyors to prove certain words uttered by him (Mr. Babe). The House voted that he had committed a high breach of privilege, on which he was confined eight days and received a reprimand on his knees in the house; begging Mr. Lowndes' mediation in case the Comrs of Revenue had endeavoured to incense their Lordships against him. Dated 10 Dec. 1695.
Accompanied by a copy of the “Several useful Queries;” referred to. 4 pages.
? Dec. 10
or 20.
28. “Comrs [of] Excise answer to a letter from ye Comrs of Appeales concerning ye times of their passing judgments agst sevll appellants,” addressed to the Comrs for Appeals. Dated 10 Dec. 1695, but 20 Dec. on the docquet. 1 page.
Dec. 12. 29. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the petition of Mrs. Jane Eyre, for recompence of the loss sustained by the taking into the fortifications of Galway several plots of ground belonging to her, on which the Solicitor-General had reported, and subsequently Mr. Robinson, chief engineer and surveyor general of the fortifications and works in Ireland, sending the same report and papers and agreeing that the petitioner's request was reasonable, and that the case was “commiserable,” but he found the granting thereof might be an ill precedent to encourage many others under the same circumstances to make the like applications. Dated 12 Dec. 1695.
The last report referred to is not now with it: but the Solicitor-General's report is annexed and the docquet to her petition, with this Minute:—“Read 30 Mar. '96. My Lord Deputy to propose some other way that may be easier for His Maty to gratifie ye petr.” 3 pages and 2 halves.
Dec. 12
& 13.
30. Copy of an order by the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, for the Earl of Mount Alexander and others to wait on the Lord Deputy of Ireland, to request him to recommend to His Majesty Thomas Carter, serjeant-at-arms to the House, for an increase of his salary, from 50l. to 100l. a year as formerly. Dated 12 Dec. 1695.
Also a memorandum that the Lord Chancellor had waited upon the Lord Deputy, and his Excellency had promised to forward it all he could. Dated 13 Dec. 1695. 1½ pages.
Dec. 17. 31. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas South, one of the land waiters in the port of London, praying leave to resign his employment to Mr. John Gilbert, reserving to himself a moiety of the established salary, and on the petition of the said Gilbert to be admitted thereto; announcing that they had appointed Mr. Samuel Dassell. Dated 17 Dec. 1695.
Minuted:—“20 Dec. 1695. Read & agreed to, & Mr. Gilbert to be next provided for.”
The said petitions and two others from Thomas Cullum and George Barber. That of Thomas Cullum is accompanied by a certificate. 7 pages or parts of pages.
[? About
Dec. 18.]
32. Petition of the Hon. the Lady Russell to the King, drawing attention to a promise made by the King to the Archbishop of Canterbury to bestow the office of searcher in the port of Plymouth on the petitioner, then enjoyed by one William Kemp, by an illegal grant; praying for a grant of some of the things in the annexed paper.
Minuted:—“Read 18 Dec. '95. The K. is inclined to do something for ye petr, but not by the particulars proposed.” 1 large page and a quarter.
Dec. 18. 33. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Jones, principal creditor and administrator to Major Jenkin Morgan, late of the regiment of horse, sometime commanded by the Lord Hewitt, afterwards by Col. Byerly, and then under command of Col. Hugh Windham; praying payment of what was due for his service in Ireland, and that an order for payment of any part thereof to Mr. Sizer might not take place till the petitioner had been heard; submitting it to their Lordships. Dated 18 Dec. 1695.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
Dec. 19. 34. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Samuel Clarke, praying for the arrears of pay due to him as ensign in Col. Holt's regiment, in the Leeward Islands. Dated 19 Dec. 1695.
On the dorse are minutes that it was read divers times, and on 11 Aug. '97 is: “To be considered when the arrears of the reg[iment] are paid.” 1½ pages.
Dec. 20. 35. Presentment of the Comrs of Transportation to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the freight of ships from Holland; including particulars of provisions, &c. for 2,400 men and 100 horses, for 10 days. Dated 20 Dec. 1695. 2 pages.
Dec. 20. 36. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Charles Brawne, who had been security for Mr. John Allen, a collector of excise in Bristol and parts adjacent, who was indebted to the Crown on making up his account. Dated 20 Dec. 1695.
The petition. 3 pages.
Dec. 20. 37. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them a list of 200 tidesmen to be established in the port of London; moving that they be established by warrant. Dated 20 Dec. 1695.
The list divided into two, and a list of others left out; also a copy of a presentment of 27 Oct. 1694 on the same subject. 4 pages and 2 halves.
Dec. 23. 38. Memorial of the Comrs of Revenue (Ireland) to the Lords of the Treasury, giving their account of Mr. Babes' proceedings and his punishment. (See 10 Dec.) The “scurvy” treatment they had received from him did not make them forget the respect due to their Lordships' letter, and so they had treated him not according to his demerits, but as one recommended by their Lordships. The new character and scandal which he had drawn on himself in the eyes of the whole kingdom unfitted him to be employed in the management of any part of the revenue; they had found him to be a man void of all sincerity and only bent upon mischief; they hoped that as the Parliament had done them right, their Lordships would not protect a man who on all occasions villified and abused the King's commission; entreating their Lordships' consent to discharge him altogether. Dated 23 Dec. 1695. 2 pages.
Dec. 23. 39. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Samuel Hartwell, Esq., and on a report thereon, from the late Lord Lieutenant, wherein the petitioner's loss by the demolition of his castle of Castle Connell, (which was blown-up by His Majesty's express command after the rendition of Limerick,) and the destruction of the improvements he had made there, appeared to amount to 2,000l.; sending the reports of the late and present Solicitor-General, and expressing the opinion that as Mr. Hartwell had been since slain at the battle of Landen, his relict was a proper object of compassion, and should have the compensation that was intended for him, viz., 500l. and a grant from the forfeitures to make it up to 2,000l. Dated 23 Dec. 1695.
Accompanied by two reports thereon from the late and present Solicitor-General; and eight other papers. 12 pages or parts of pages.
Dec. 24. 40. Report of the Commissioners of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Canning, brewer, as to the seizure of his brewing utensils and goods. Dated 24 Dec. 1695.
Also the petition. 3 pages (decayed).
Dec. 27. 41. Memorial of two of the principal officers of the Mint to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they were making all possible preparations for new coining the silver money, suggesting alterations which should be made in and about the building and about the management of the work. It throws light on the planning of the building and finishes thus, “That for erecting of stables for the monyers' horses which turn the mills and for enlarging the melting-house, they must unavoidably take away some conveniences from the comptroller, essay master, weigher, and teller and surveyor of the melting, for wch, without your Lordphs directions, they can have no recompence.” Dated 27 Dec. '95.
Minuted:—“Officers of Ordnance and Mint to attend Munda afternoon at 5.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 127, 7 Jan. 1695, is the following:—“To speak to Mr Neal about ye room desired for ye office of the Mint.” 1 page.
Dec. 31. 42. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the Earl of Inchiquin; praying that for the future his entertainment of 20s. a day, as Governor of Kinsale, might be applied to discharge his Crown and quit rents; sending the Attorney-General's report of the case, and concurring with it that it might be granted during his continuance in the Government of Kinsale. Dated 31 Dec. 1695.
The petition, the report and a certificate of the grant of the office of Governor of the fort and town of Kinsale to the Earl.
Minuted:—“R. 1 May '96. The K. cannot doe this, but he'l recom[men]d it to my Lord Depty to pa[y] his arrear as Govr of Kinsale.” 2 pages and 3 parts.
Dec. 31. 43. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Nehemiah Donnellan, Esq., one of the Barons of the Exchequer, for a longer lease of the lands of Longwood and Derinlig, of which he was then in possession; sending the Attorney's report to whom he had referred it, and approving the granting of a lease for 61 years of Longwood and Derinlig, and for 15 years of the lands of Clonguffin. Dated 31 Dec. 1695.
Accompanied by the petition, an affidavit of Gilbert Donnellan, of the city of Dublin, gent., in relation to these lands, a certificate signed, “James Bonnell, Regr, to the effect that he found in the books of the office that the lands of Longwood and Clonguffin forfeited by Sir Edw. Tyrrell, containing 895 acres, were exposed to ‘public cant,’ and set to Nehemiah Donnellan, Esq., and the report of the Attorney-General.
Minuted:—“A letter to be prepared.” 8 pages and 2 halves.
Dec. 31. 44. Letter of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the case of Mr. McCarrell, sending the Attorney-General's report thereon, to whom he had referred it, expressing the opinion that it was a case for commiseration. In the petition he states that his ships had been seized and confiscated, and he prayed that bonds for 1,491l. 8s. 1d. might be cancelled, and 2,295l. 16s. 1d. converted to the King's use, might be allowed him. Dated 31 Dec. 1695. 2½ pages.
April to
45. Monthly accounts of fees received by officers of the Treasury from the month of April to that of December; the months of August and November being wanting.
In addition for the months of June and July are two accounts of fees at the Treasury for secret service moneys paid. 12½ pages.
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46. Petition of Margaret Abernathie, widow, to the King, showing that her husband, William Abernathie, served King Charles II. many years, was with him in his exile, and had ever since served the Crown, till he became aged and had a pension of 3s. a day allowed him in the Earl of Ranelagh's office; also that he had laid out 200l. in that service which was never repaid. Praying for the continuation of the pension to support herself and miserable children.
With a note that it was referred to the Lords of the Treasury. 1 Jan. 1695–6 for their opinion. 1 page.
1695. 47. Docquets at the Privy Seal, being abstracts of warrant and grants made up in monthly fasciculi, viz., for the months of March, April, August, September, October, November, and December 1695. 19 pages and 3 halves.
1693 to
48. Accounts of money paid by collectors of customs to the Vice-Admirals or their deputies for raising seafaring men; one for each of the years 1693–4–5. 3 pages and 3 halves.
[1694 or
49. Petition of John Haughton to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that the salary of 40l. per ann., attached to the office of Keeper of the Wardrobe in Ludlow Castle, might be settled upon him from Midsummer 1694. The Earl of Dorset, Lord Chamberlain of the Household, had directed the petitioner to take charge of His Majesty's goods, against which the Earl of Macclesfield had entered a caveat, but had then withdrawn it.
Minuted:—“The petr to send an inventory and appraisemt of all ye goods.”
“Read 14. Send this to my Ld Chambrln & that my Lds do not think it reasonable to allow any salary for ye keeping these goods.” Undated, but the Earl of Dorset Lord Chamberlain of the household had a successor in 1695. 1 page.
[1694 or
50. A true and exact inventory of such of His Majesty's goods that were delivered to Mr. John Haughton by John Chetwynd, gent., deputy wardrobe keeper of the castle of Ludlow. Without date. But see the above petition of Haughton, to which it is the sequel. 3 pages.
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51. The case of Charles Atherton, serjeant plumbert o the King who desired to recover 401l. 12s. 8d., which Atherton had paid at the request of John Packer, to make up his father's accounts, which sum Packer would not repay.
Also a schedule of Packer's debts.
Without date; but Sir Chr. Wrenn apparently reported on the case 12 April 1695. 1½ pages.
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52. “Reasons humbly offer'd by Wm Hutchinson for making mettle for halfe pence and farthings;” being six reasons why he should be allowed to furnish a metal to be coined, the secret preparation of which he possessed.
Minuted:—“With office of Mint, send for them.”
Also a printed letter relating to the copper coinage.
Without date; but the coinage under consideration in 1695. 2 pages.
53. Petition of the officers and officers' widows of the two late marine regiments, commanded by the Right Hon. the Marquis of Carmarthen and Sir Cloudesley Shovel; praying for the payment of the money stopped from their pay, viz., 1s. in the pound from 1690 to 1693–4.
Minuted:—“State this agt next Tre[asu]ry day.” 1 page.
1695. 54. “The accompt of Bartho Burton of moneys imprest'd to him by the Rt Honble the Lords Comrs of their Majts Treasury, to be disposed of as their Lordsps should direct.” 1695.
Payments made upon Mr. Guy's letters.
Discounts allowed upon loans on the hereditary and temporary “exiss” commencing March 1694, per direction of the Lords of the Treasury at 2 per cent.
Also some other particulars about loans.
Minuted:—“To be p[ai]d out of the tallys on ye Post Office.” 4 pages.
[1695.] 55. Memorial of the agents for bringing in taxes for a half-year's salary, due at Christmas 1694, and for incident charges expended in the office from 1 Jan. 1693–4 to 1 Jan. 1694–5. 4 pages.
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56. Petition of Ann Aldham, widow and executrix of William Aldham, pensioner to His Majesty, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, for 20l. due for her husband's pension at Christmas 1694. 1 page.
or later.]
57. Fees and charges payable for the commission for administration of the Government which passed in May 1695.
Fees payable for the Commission for promoting trade which passed in Dec. 1695.
Also the bill of fees due at the several offices for passing the last Commission for the administration of the Government and the Commission for Trade.
Minuted:—“To be exd & to be pd when there is mo.” 2 pages.
1695 or
58. A paper, docquetted:—“A proposal for advancing the revenue of excise.” It relates to duties on beer and ale.” 3 pages.
[? 1695.] 59. An estimate of the extraordinary charge of the army remaining unpaid and payable in the year 1694 and 1695. 1 page.
[? About
60. A paper, docquetted:—“A list of pensioners,” in tabular form under columns, “widdows' names, husbands' commission & regiment, where killed, and the sum due or paid.” Without date, but mention of a death at St. Malos. There was fighting there in 1695. 2 pages.
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61. Petition of Col. Daniel Harvey to the King, praying for the grant of a letter to the Lords Justices of Ireland, for issuing commissions of inquiry into concealed lands forfeited by the late rebellion, and for grant of letters patent to him and his heirs, for so much as he should discover of the concealed estates. Without date. 1 page (quarto).
1695. 62. Petition of Alexander Forbes, of Edinburgh, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, for payment of 465l. 12s. 4d. due to him for clothing for Col. Geo. Hamilton's regiment of Scots foot, &c.
On the dorse is:—“1695.” 1 page.
[? 1695.] 63. Petition of Richard Frith to the Lords of His Majesty's Treasury, showing that about six years before, he thought of raising money on burials, marriages, and christenings, and imparted it to the Duke of Shrewsbury, who acquainted the King, and in this sessions it was accepted by the House of Commons; praying their bounty for his charges and pains.
[The Act on burials, &c. passed 6 & 7 Will. III.]
Minuted:—“To be considered if there be any places to be disposed on this fond.”
With a certificate in his favour by Tho. Trevor. 1 page (quarto).
1695. 64. An estimate of a two-horse mill to be built in the Mint in the Tower of London. Signed John Hawkes, millwright. 9 lines.
[? 1695.] 65. “An abstract of the bills relateing to the hearth-money wch are unpaid, & an account of what money is received towards discharge of these bills.”
The last entry is in August 1695. 2¼ pages.
[Close of
66. Petition of Henry de Nassau, Seignior de Auverquerc, to the King, praying for payment of 1,000l. out of the revenue of the duchy of Cornwall, being one half year of an annuity granted him, 4 May [1695], which was due at Michaelmas last. Without date, but see the Warrant Book for 1695.
The following is in the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 108, 20 Nov. 1695:—
“The King would have the grants to Lord ‘Auverquer’ et al. to be passed.” 1 page.
1695 or
67. Petition to the Lords of the Treasury, of Mr. Claud Johnson, merchant of London, who was a creditor to the Earl of Buchan, for 2,000l. He held an assignment of the rents and profits of his Lordship's estate as security, which was in danger of being defeated by William Hog, a merchant in Edinburgh, who was another creditor; praying them to stop the grant of the “single and life-rent escheat” sought for, till both parties could be heard. Without date. The Earl of Buchan died 1695. 1¼ pages.
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1695 or
68. Petition of Benjamin Overton, addressed to the King, showing that he had taken part in the expedition to England, and that he had served on several commissions and was then a Commissioner of Customs; praying that his son Robert might be appointed to the office of chief searcher in the port of London. Without date, but an Act mentioned which was passed in the sixth year.
Minuted:—“A day is appointed for hearing.” 1 page.
[? 1695.] 69. Petition of Sir William Scawen, Knt., and Henry Cornish, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they had contracted with the late Gen. Tallmash and Col. Godfrey for clothing several regiments in Ireland, and in 1689 and 1690 had supplied clothing to the amount of 28,499l. 1s. 3d.; praying discharge from the process issued against them as they had received no more money than they had delivered clothing for.
Undated. The petitioners were seeking for payments of large sums for clothing regiments in 1694. See Letter Book, Vol. VIII., p. 238. 1 page.
[? 1695.] 70. Petition of Thomas Baker, the King's late agent and consul at Algiers, in behalf of Robert Cole, his successor, showing that his extraordinaries and salary were paid out of the custom house, without which he could not have held that untractable people to the strict observance of our treaty with them “amidst the mighty incessant offers the French King and his ministers laid before the Dey to break it;” that it was absolutely necessary for Mr. Cole to maintain the King's honour by the same encouragement, more especially since Mr. Lodington at Tripoli (which was an inferior station and of far less consequence to our commerce) received his quarterly payments out of the custom house: praying that those payments might be settled on some unappropriated fund of the customs.
Minuted:—“The salary to be settled on ye customes; my Lords to be informed how ye extraordinarys were pd. My Lds would not have a dormt warrt but for ye salary, but would [direct?] by a particular warrt to Mr Kt yt it may not be drawn to [a] precedent,” and in another place:—“10th Feb. 600li per ann.
Undated; but Tho. Baker received his appointment 10 Aug. 1694, see Money Book, Vol. XIII., p. 16, and the warrant for 600l. per ann. for salary to the said Cole is dated 12 April, 6th of the reign, see King's Warrant Book, Vol. XI., p. 259.
In the Minute Book, Vol. VI., p. 267, 24 March 1696, is:—“Mr Coles sallary to be paid out of the customes,” &c. 1 page.
[1695.] 71. Petition of the distillers of London to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they had been at great charge in erecting still-houses for the consumption of corn, and had trusted their customers with a considerable part of their estates; the customers, since the calling in of the clip't money, had cleared their accounts with them, whereby they had several sums of clipped money in their hands; praying to be allowed to pay it into the Excise Office before the 4th of May in part payment of their ensuing duties of excise. With 18 signatures.
Undated; but 1695, compare Act 7& 8 Will. 3. c. 1. clause 5. 1 page.
[1695.] 72. “Account of the tale and weight of the clipt moneys melted upon the xij genll accounts of remaines,” showing the various sources from whence the moneys were derived. The account is undated, but was rendered in pursuance of the Act 7 & 8 Will. III. (1695).
Docquetted:—“Accot of the money told and weighed before the Rt Honoble the Lords Commrs of His Mats Treasury, in the Dutchy Court, in order to be molten and recoyned pursuant to the Act.”
A copy with two additional columns under the divisions:— “Seperated mo. melted & weight of ye seperated money.”
Another similar paper. 3 pages.
[? 1694 or
73. A schedule of the amounts derived from various sources of revenue, from 24 June 1692 to 24 June 1693, as compared with the amounts for the same period in the following year.
Undated, but Comrs for stating the public accounts of the nation are mentioned, who are also mentioned in Vol. XXXI., No. 69. There were also similar Comrs in 1702. ½ page.