Volume 6: November 15-December 25, 1689

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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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November 15–December 25, 1689

Nov. 15. 1. Letter from William Blathwayt to William Jephson, Esq., stating that a great part of the Danish troops had come to Hull and other parts of England; that the King had ordered such of his horse as were on shore or not in a condition to be sent to Scotland, to march by land to Chester and the foot to be carried by sea to Scotland, and for these purposes it was necessary that money should be furnished or credit given by the Lords of the Treasury to the mayors and other officers in the several ports, that the troops might pay their quarters, &c. Dated 15 Nov. 1689.
1 page.
Nov. 16. 2. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Lovet, late of Dublin, merchant; stating that he had been forced by the troubles out of Ireland, and had brought 38 pieces of tapestry hangings “of their Mats manufacture of Ireland,” which were then in the custom house in London, and not designed for a foreign market; praying to have them delivered customs free: leaving it to their Lordships' consideration. Dated 16 Nov. 1689.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
Accompanied by the petition and a memorandum.
2 pages.
Nov. 18. 3. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Carter, setting forth that the woollen manufacture of this kingdom exported, paid more than three-fourths of the customs, and consequently the same in proportion are the ships and seamen employed, and that it gave life to all trades, and a value to all lands in England, by which means all other branches of the revenue were increased; which being observed by the French King, he had used all arts and means, above this 20 years, to gain the said manufacture, by procuring great quantities of wool from hence, though contrary to law; that the petitioner had been successful in preventing the same, though to his private loss and hazard of his life; praying a present supply to carry “on that affair:” confirming their former report as to the zeal of the petitioner and as to the expense he had been put to. Dated 18 Nov. 1689.
Accompanied by a copy of the said report, the petition, “The case of William Carter,” in which he goes more into particulars, copies of two warrants, two affidavits, the deposition of Randal Gosley of the ancient town of Rye, in the county of Sussex, touching the risks run by the said Carter. Also the report above referred to, inclosing an abstract of Willm Carter's case, setting out his particular services, and an account of his disbursements in preventing the transportation of wool from June 1687 to Nov. 1689.
Minuted:—“R. to Comrs Customs, to examin his pretensions & report their opinion what gratification is fitt to be given him & in what manner.”
15 pages.
Nov. 18. 4. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury:—
(1.) As to delays in the port of Liverpool in the despatch of ships engaged in the King's service, for carrying provisions; sending the answers of the officers of that port.
(2.) Reminding their Lordships of their presentment of 2 Oct. last, concerning the alien duty on native commodities exported, and praying speedy directions.
(3.) Acquainting their Lordships that the charge of boarding and watching prize ships was very great, praying directions whether they should for the future keep tidesmen on board prize ships until their condemnation as the Comrs for Prizes kept officers on board.
Minuted:—“The Comrs of Prizes think the custom officers need not continue this duty & it is order'd accordingly.”
(4.) As to the difficulty of executing a writ of appraisement by John Bolitho, the officer of customs at Scilly, unless the King were moved for a letter to the Governor quietly to permit the execution thereof; the said officer having made seizure of a French ship and goods there, the latter being imported contrary to the Act of Navigation. Dated 18 Nov. 1689.
2 pages.
Nov. 20. 5. Letter, signed O. Wynne (Doctor Wynne on the dorse), without address, begging the favour of the person for whom it was intended to lay the annexed copy of a warrant directed to him, by the late Lords Comrs of the Treasury, before their Lordships, in order that he might receive such clippings, clipping tools, &c., as had been seized at the trials of clippers; stating that such a warrant was the more necessary, as there were ten to be tried at the next sessions in London, and above 40 informed against for clipping and coining in and about York; also enclosing the accounts of receipts for such clippings and the charge of prosecuting offenders; seeking that their Lordships might be moved to pay him such a sum as was thought requisite, to reimburse him and prosecute offenders; some offenders moved their trials by certiorari from Middlesex to the courts at Westminster, and he sought that Mr. Aaron Smith might be directed “once for all,” to prosecute at the trials (particularly of one Munday) for uttering false guineas; also sending copy of another warrant to recover papers relating to the public service, to be laid before their Lordships, that it might be renewed. Dated 20 Nov. 1689.
Accompanied by the said documents.
The account is minuted:—“Doctor Wynne must pay himselfe the ballance out of the forfeitures, if they will bear it, if not, the Lds will take care to have it pay'd.”
8 pages and 2 half pages.
[? About
Nov. 21.]
6. “A state of the case of Anthony Row, Esqr, and others, the late contractors of the revenue of hearth money for five years, ending at Lady Day 1684; touching a judgment obtained against Sr Patrick Trant.”
Addressed to the Lords of “their Majties Treasury.”
Minuted:—“21th Novr. To be heard this day sennight afternoone.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. I., p. 170, 10 Dec. 1689, is the following minute:—“Order'd that Mr. Rowe & partners do forthwith make up their account of the chimney farme.”
1 page.
Nov. 22. 7. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning a ship called “Francis Padsey,” bound for Bilboa, which upon some suspicion, had been under examination by the name of the “Francis of Padstow;” finding that she was the same ship that had been before under inquiry, and that the merchant had appeared before them and affirmed that the goods in the ship were really bound for Bilboa and were insured at 6 per cent., &c. Dated 22 Nov. 1689.
2 pages.
Nov. 22. 8. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Carell de Lisle, setting forth that the petitioner, not knowing the laws of England, had been persuaded by a merchant to get leave of Mons. Zuyllistien, to send two chests into England in the ship that brought over the goods of the said Mons. Zuyllistien, which chests were seized as contraband; praying for the King's part of the two chests; stating that there appeared no reason why so much money (419l. 12s.) should be forgiven to the petitioner. Dated 22 Nov. 1689.
Minuted:—“27 Novr 1689. His Matie upon hearing this report read, was pleased to order that his parte of the forfeiture should be graunted to the petitioner. Mr. Hosier to have his 12d. per li.
Accompanied by the petition and a certificate.
1 page and 2 half pages.
Nov. 22. 9. Presentment from the Comrs for making farthings and half-pence of tin, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that, being limited to such directions as they should receive from His Majesty, they proposed that the said farthings and half-pence should be coined at twenty pence the pound, with a remedy of two or three farthings on each pound weight; that they should be studded with a core of copper wire in the centre of them; that they should be marked round the edges, with these words: Nummorum Famulus; that they be coined with their Majesties' portraitures, and these words, Gulielmus et Maria, on one side of them, and the figure of a woman sitting on a globe with the word, Britannia, and the year of our Lord on the other side; with this only difference in the reverse of those for Ireland (if their Lordships thought fit) that the Britannia should support a harp with her hand.
[Note.—The above description is nearly a copy of the document.] 22 Nov. 1689.
Minuted:—“Agreed to except as to makeing any difference in the reverse of those farthings that are to go for Ireland.”
¾ page.
Nov. 23. 10. Letter, signed T. Fairfax, without address, but commencing “My Lord,” acknowledging his letter, and stating that he had been much troubled to get money for “these Danish troopes,” but had made the best shift he could by the assistance of the Mayor of Hull and some of his brethren, and by Mr. Williamson, the King's receiver for the aid of 12d. per pound. Dated 23 Nov. 1689.
Minuted:—“Send to Comrs of Customs to know what answer they have to the letters of credit they were orderd to send down for that service.”
1 page (quarto).
Nov. 25. 11. Certificate or presentment from the “Comrs for farthings,” to the effect that tin might be bought in London at 63l. 10s. per ton, so that if their Lordships saw fit, they could proceed in the coinage before the tin arrived from Cornwall (which would probably be a month) if a thousand pounds were imprested to them. Dated 25 Nov [16]89.
Minuted:—“1,000li to be order'd.”
1 page (quarto).
Nov. 26. 12. Letter, signed Jno. Sansom, addressed to Willm. Jephson, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring on the part of the Comrs of Customs that he would lay the enclosed before their Lordships. Dated 26 Nov. 1689.
Accompanied by a report of the Comrs of Customs as to instructions having been sent to the collector of Newcastle to pay a sum not exceeding 500l, to the Commander-in-Chief of the Danish force, and to the collectors of Hull and the adjacent ports to pay a sum not exceeding 2,000l. to Thomas Fotherby, Esq. Also the copy of the Secretary's letter thereon.
Nov. 26. 13. Letter, signed Vere Fane and John Farthing, addressed to William Jephson, Esq., stating that, pursuant to their Lordships' order, they expected to have received an order from the Comrs to their subordinate officers, but it was with such restrictions, that it would neither answer their desires nor the design of their Lordships, which was an easy access to everything relating to the accounts and management of the excise; and further desiring their Lordships would order an inquiry into the accounts from 1671, in some such terms as they submitted. Dated 26 Nov. 1689.
Accompanied by copies of orders for the return of the names of brewers and distillers, the names of gaugers and other officers, their salaries, &c.
The following in the Minute Book, Vol. I., relate to this enquiry, viz. (1, p. 132), 28 Oct. 1689:—
“Sr Vere ‘Vane’ & partners desir'd to be heere on Friday next, afternoone, in regard there is not now a full Board; and it is order'd that Mr. Brewer do suffer Sr Vere Vane & partners to inspect & examin the accounts of the excise from the yeare 1680.”
And (2, p. 164), 3 Dec. 1689:—
“The Comrs of Excise called in, with Sir Vere Fane & Mr. Farthing. The Lords told the Comrs that they sent for ym upon a letter from Sr Vere Fane & partners, desiring a more genll order, for an inquiry from 1677 into ye books & papers of ye excise. The Comrs answered, that they thought the orders they gave pursuant to their Lordships first direction were very full; and they are as ready to give any other that the Lds shall command, as Sir Vere &; partners are to desire them, and though the accts from 77 to 83 have been sufficiently examined, audited, & passed, and discharges thereupon given under the broad seale, yet if they would inspect from 77 or 57 they are content; and that it shall be in what method Sir Vere & his partners shall desire; and if there be any difficulty, upon their making it known to ye Comrs they will remove it. Whereupon it was ordered and agreed that they should looke back for what time they please.”
2 pages.
Nov. 26. 14. Letter, signed Edw. Noell, addressed to Willm. Jephson, Esq., stating that by his command he had sent to Mr. Fox, collector of excise in Hull, and directed him to pay to Mr. Thomas Fothersly (sic ? Fotherby) such money as he had in hand or could advance not exceeding 2,000l., and to take Mr. Fotherly's bills drawn on Mr. James Herryott. Dated 26 Nov. 1689.
1 page.
Nov. 27. 15. Report of the Commrs of Custom to the Lords of the Treasury, in answer to their Lordships' commands, requiring them to certify what sum they thought necessary to be paid to Mr. William Carter, in part of his demand to carry on the suits now depending, giving their opinion that 300l. might be a sufficient supply. Dated 27 Nov. 1689.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
The following is in the Minute Book, Vol. I. p. 238, 7 March 1689–90: “Order'd that Mr Carter have 30li. for the prosecution of the wool businesse.”
1 page.
Nov. 28. 16. Copy of a report made to the Lords [of the Treasury], on the petition of John Pye to be solicitor, to take care of coast-bonds, in place of one George Robinson, who had been charged with perjury, vindicating the latter from the same, and recommending him to their Lordships as a very useful and experienced officer, and fit to be continued. Dated 28 Nov. [16]89.
[The initials only of the persons reporting are given.]
Nov. 28. 17. Letter of Mr. Sansom to William Jephson, Esq., transmitting copies of the replies received from the collectors of Hull and Newcastle, to be laid before the Lords of the Treasury, viz., as to the payment of 500l. to two Danish officers at Newcastle, and as to there being but 200l. in cash, in the hands of the collector at Hull, but the Mayor and Aldermen had advanced 800l., and the Receiver-General of the 12d. per pound, had promised to pay the 2,000l. Dated 28 Nov. [16]89.
1 page, and two half pages.
Dec. 2. 18. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of the governor and fellowship of English merchants called the Muscovy Company, seeking for the renewal of an order for importing seal-oil from Russia, in English built shipping, paying only 6s. 8d. a ton, stating that they had nothing to object thereto. Dated 2 Dec. 1689.
Accompanied by the petition and the copy of the order above referred to.
Dec. 2. 19. A modern copy of the case of Mr. Usher, Receiver-General of New England, drawn out for the Attorney and Solicitor General's opinion, with their separate opinions thereon, signed George Treby, 2 Dec. 1689; and J. Somers. The point in question was, as to the issuing of warrants for the assessing the inhabitants. Dated 2 Dec. 1689.
Also another paper on the assessment of taxes and duties there and in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.
5 pages.
Dec. 3. 20. Letter of Anthony Isaacson to William Jephson, Esq., stating that though he had not the money paid him on account of the aid of 12d. per pound for the town of Newcastle, he would find a way to accommodate the 500l. if the Danish officers required it, but the Brigadier Elnberger thinks it beneath him to receive his money from Baron Juell, &c. Dated 3 Dec. 1689.
¾ page.
Dec. 4. 21. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to William Jephson, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that if their Lordships had sat that morning, he should have acquainted them that it was the King's pleasure that they should provide 1,500l. forthwith to be sent to Mr. Fotherby, at York, to be disposed of according to the Duke of Wirtemburg's order, for the buying of 100 horses to recruit the regiments under his command, and 300l. more for the recruiting of horses lost by officers of foot belonging to those forces, desiring him to acquaint their Lordships therewith, upon attending His Majesty in the afternoon. Dated Council Ch[amber] 4 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“Order is sent to the officers of excise at York to pay it.”
¾ page.
Dec. 4. 22. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., in answer to one ordering him to pay out of such money as he had or should receive upon the Aid Act of 12d. per pound for the county of York, to Mr. Thos. Fotherby upon account of the Danish troops, any sum not exceeding 4,000l., acquainting him that upon the arrival of the Danish forces at Hull, Colonel Thomas Fairfax sent an express for him to come there, and he found the men in an ill condition aboard their ships, and those that were landed could not march for want of money to pay their quarters. He had received no money upon the aid at that time, and there was little or none to be had upon the customs or excise; he had borrowed 800l. on his own credit and given it to Mr. Fotherby, and had since paid him 800l. more. He desired to know if the 1,600l. paid Mr. Fotherby should be inclusive or exclusive of the 4,000l. He further adds that the Prince of Winterburge (Wirtemburg), the Danish general, was expected there that day. Dated York, 4 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“It must be inclusive, but the Lds desire to know how much money and in what tyme he can furnish for this service, in regard that more will be wanting at York.”
1 page.
Dec. 5. 23. Letter of S. Bowles, addressed to Wm. Jephson, Esq., Secretary of the Treasury, stating that he had communicated his letter to the Lords of the Admiralty, desiring a convoy to bring two ships laden with tin from Falmouth to London, and informing him in answer that there was no ship at liberty, but the two ships might come under the protection of the “Charles,” galley, which was coming from the coast of Ireland, and ordered to call in the western ports. Dated 5 Dec. [16]89.
Accompanied by a letter of Mr. Godolphin to Mr. Jephson, on the same subject, and another memorandum.
2 pages and a little piece.
Dec. 6. 24. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the importation of nutmegs, cinnamon, cloves, and mace, stating that the English East India Company could not furnish the nation therewith, and that there was so great a demand for them, that they would be clandestinely imported, unless some provision should be made for the free and open importation thereof, either by Parliament, or the renewal of a previous proclamation. Dated 6 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“Speak with the Comrs Customs.”
2 pages.
Dec. 6. 25. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Frances Thornton, widow, whose annuity of 40l. per ann. was refused to be paid by Mr. Mytton, the controller of Hull, stating that they saw no way of relief, unless their Lordships should order the Receiver-General here, and the controller's deputy at Hull, to pay such moneys of the said Myttons as had been received or grown due since the determination of the former grant. Dated 6 Dec. 1689.
Accompanied by two petitions and a letter of Frances Thornton, addressed to Mr. Langford at the Treasury, pleading the deplorable condition of the family, and begging for an order for the money. Also an account of what the fees in the controller's office came to.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
6 pages.
Dec. 7. 26. Extract of a letter from Mr. Fotherby, dated at York the 7th of December 1689, to Mr. Blathwayt, in which the former objected to the deduction of 1,600l. from the last 4,000l. which Mr. Williamson was to receive from the excise and customs of Hull.
¾ page.
Dec. 9. 27. Report of William Tailer, in the absence of Mr. Surveyor-General, addressed to the [Lords of the Treasury], on the petition of John Lord Ossulston, who had purchased an estate of the late Earl of Arlington, within Marylebone Park, of which the said Earl had a lease from the Crown for 60 years; the petitioner prayed an addition of 20 years to his lease. The report finds that the lease was so granted by Charles the Second, for 60 years, at 36l. 14s. 6d., which grant was assigned by the said Earl to his brother (the petitioner), on 22 Nov. 1675, for the remainder of the term, viz., 38 years; and advises that if the King and their Lordships grant the petitioner's request, it was reasonably worth a fine of 1,000l., &c. Dated 9 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“Respited till His Maties returne.”
3 pages.
Dec. 9. 28. Presentment from the Comrs of Excise, about 20,000l. due to Mr. Duncomb, stating that there remained unpaid of the loans made by several citizens of London, near the sum of 23,000l., besides 5,000l. demanded by Mr. Nathaniel Horneby, making in all 48,000l. besides interest. Dated 9 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“Mr. Duncomb call'd in & ask'd touching the 20,000l. advanced by him on the excise, & by him now demanded; & it being told him that it was intended as a security for his place as cashier of th' excise, he answered that he does not take it to be so, but was lent to the P. of Orange and that by the late patent to the Comrs of Excise, he is made cashier upon advancing his share of that money. The Lords will see the patent & consider it.”
1 page.
Dec. 10. 29. Presentment of the principal Comrs for Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, as to certain fish lying in a small vessel in Milford Haven, condemned as prize, and as to a cargo of salt, lying in a small vessel of about 40 tons burthen, at Minehead, viz., as to permission to enter the same on payment of duties. Dated 10 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“The goods being within the Act for prohibiting French commodities, the Lords will give no directions in it.”
1 page.
Dec. 11. 30. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., stating that he had paid Mr. Fotherby 4,000l. on account of the Danish forces, and that he might acquaint the Lords of the Treasury, that he could pay next week 2,000l. at York, 1,000l. at Durham, and 2,000l. at Newcastle and Berwick, of which facts he had acquainted the Duke of Winterburge (Wirtemburg), the general then at York; and the money at Durham and Newcastle he would apply for the payment of the horse which were to march to Scotland, asking advice as to the payment of the money to the general. Dated York, 11 Dec. 1689.
¾ page.
Dec. 13. 31. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., stating that the Lords of the Treasury had ordered him to pay Mr. Fotherby 1,600l. “exclusive” of the 4,000l. which in his last was “inclusive;” it put him in a strait to comply with the order, but he had paid 500l. of it, and he had gone to that county [? Durham] to get up the remainder, &c. Dated Darlington, 13 Dec. 1689.
1 page.
Dec. 16. 32. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that the Surveyor-General in the port of Chester reported that there were several small parcels of woollen manufacture in their Majesties' warehouse at Liverpool, belonging to poor Protestants fled from Ireland, who begged that the said goods might be delivered free of duty.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
Also laying the case of Elizabeth Richardson before their Lordships, who prayed that six pieces of serge, sent from Dublin to the port of Chester, might be delivered duty free. Dated 16 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
2 pages.
Dec. 16. 33. Copy of a letter signed “William Blathwayt,” addressed to William Jephson, Esq., desiring him to acquaint the Lords of the Treasury that the King had ordered Mr. Herriot, the commissary of the Danish forces, 500l., for the use of the Duke of Wirtemburg, for his equipage, &c. Dated 16 Dec. 1689.
½ page.
Dec. 18. 34. Letter of Ralph Williamson to William Jephson, Esq., asking him to acquaint their Lordships that he would comply with their commands and pay the 5,000l. then directed, but could not pay at Berwick above 300l., that being the full receipt there, but would pay at York or at Newcastle what fell due at Berwick in the march of the Danish horse; this 5,000l., and the 4,000l. formerly paid to Mr. Fotherby, and what he had remitted by other hands, would be near the moneys in his hand. He would order one of his head collectors to pay the 3,000l. at Durham, Newcastle, and Berwick to the Danish forces in their march for Scotland, and when that was done would hasten to London to render an account to their Lordships of his management of his first receipt under the Act of 12d. per pound. Dated York, 18 Dec. 1689.
Dec. 19. 35. Letter of William Blathwayt, Esq., to William Jephson, Esq., stating that a warrant had lain for some days past in the hands of Mr. Herriot for 500l. to the Duke of Wirtemburg, to be paid to his order at London; but Mr. Herriot answered nothing of that kind till the particular sum was appointed him by the Treasury, which occasioned this letter, in order that the Duke might not think himself neglected. Dated 19 Dec. 1689.
Accompanied by the copy of a letter of Mr. Fairfax to the Earl of Nottingham, stating that he was commanded by the King to attend the Duke, and advise him in marching the Danish troops from this place (York) to Chester; but before they could quit their quarters there must be money to put the officers and soldiers out of debt; the officers had been spending their money for two months and had received none, at which they were much surprised, and for this there must be at least 10,000l. The officers stuck not to say, that the love they had for the Duke kept them from desiring leave to go home, since the terms of the “capitulations” were not complied with. Dated 16 Dec. 1689.
Also a computation of the pay of the said Danish troops.
3 pages.
Dec. 19. 36. “Memoriall from the Comrs of Farthings, touching 1,742li 11s. 3d., due to Mr. Boscawen for tin bought in Cornwall for His Matie.” Dated 19 Dec. 1689.
There is this note on the dorse:—“Mr. Boscowen will lend the money (when payd him) on the 12d. bill.”
1 page.
Dec. 20. 37. A paper headed:—“Memorand, for the workes, 20 Dec. 89,” addressed to Lord Godolphin, stating that their Lordships, at three several times, had directed 1,500l. for the ordinary service of their Majesties' works; seeking to know whether it should be paid out, in “course,” as formerly, and as was then and had been practised in most of their Majesties' offices; or upon the account that had accrued since their Majesties' accession to the throne; praying that the former plan might be adopted, and setting forth the inconvenience of the latter. Praying further that they would direct the payment of 1,000l. for the new buildings at Hampton Court; 500l. for Kensington buildings; 200l. for the road in the park done by Francklain; and that they would give directions for the advance of 10,000l. for the ordinary service of the works (1,000l. being already paid by the Exchequer).
In relation to the works at Hampton Court, there are the following entries in the Minute Book, Vol. I.:—
(P. 174.) “18 Dec. 1689. Sir Chr. Wren to attend then [i. e. to-morrow morning] about the wall which is falln at Hampton Court. The King orders that businesse to be examined.”
(P. 177.) “19 Dec. 1689. Sir Christopher Wrenn call'd in about the wall that is fallen at H. Court, & told that the King commands that matter should be examined into by the office of the works, and that he do report it to their Lops in writeing.”
(P. 182.) “30 Dec. 1689. Sir Christopher Wrenn and Mr Tallman for an account of the condic[i]on of the building of Hampton Court. Sir Christopher saies they are preparing to give an accot in writing; he is told the doing this is a thing so nice that it must be required of them without delay, that warning was given them a week agoe, tho' it may be necessary to use caution in the making this state; yet it requires some hast, for the King is of opinion ye building is in a bad condition, & therefore they should make hast & dispatch their report, under the hands of all ye office. Sr Christopher thinks that may not be so well, & that he will goe & examine upon oath, and that their Lordps shall have the affidavits of able men, not interested, bricklayers, carpenters, & masons that have left off their aprons, & are without suspition of being influenced by him. He is told ye King is in hast to see the condic[i]on of it as it stands now, and answers that he believes it will stand very well, and promises to bring in his report on this day sennight, wch wil be Munday 6th January.”
(P. 188.) “10 Jan. 1689–90. The reports of Sir Christopher Wren and Mr Talman concerning the workes at Hampton Court, as also Mr. Emmett's petic[i]on were read.
“Sir Christopher Wren was called in, and His Majtie was pleased upon hearing him to order that the Lords should send for Mr Talman, and that unlesse, upon hearing him, they find materiall cause to the contrary, the workes at Hampton Court are to proceed.”
(P. 189.) “13 Jan. 1689–90. The Surveyor-Genll & controller of the works call'd in, & their reports were read.
“The surveyour objects agt Mr Latham (in the comptrs certificate) for a madman, and sayes the work has stood a new tryal in a hurrycane.
“Mr. Tallman sayes my Lord Chamberlaine's lodgings kept the wind absolutely from this building, & that Latham is not madd.
“Mr. Banks saies there are 24 peers next the garden, and but four stones crackt; and ye cracks no bigger than an haires breadth, that the building, every day it stands, is stronger, and grows lighter.
“Mr. Tallman saies every pier is crackt, that one may putt his finger in.
“Mr Oliver saies none of ye masons Mr Tallman brought understood so good work as this is.
“Mr. Talman sayes that Pierce, Thompson, & another (in his certificates) are three masons that Sr Christopher imploys, that the peers are all hollow, and crampt wth iron to keep them together.
“Sr C. Wrenn: ‘What was done for greater caution ought not to be malitiously interpreted.’
“Tallman: ‘Pray let 6 be chosen by mee, and 6 by you to judg in this matter.’
“‘The Lords think they'l never agree, one part will say one thing th'other another.’
“Wren: ‘I'le putt it on this, a man cannot putt his finger in ye cracks.’
“Mr. Tallman says they are stopt.
“The Lords say this is a matter of fact, that they'l appoint indifferent persons to view ye same; and (after the officers of ye works withdrew) agreed upon Serjt Ryly, Sr Samuel Morland, and Mr. Fitch, who are to have an extract of the reports, to examine ye cracks, &c., in ye building, & to give their opinion by Wednesday morn., whether they think it will stand or no.”
1 page.
Dec. 24. 38. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James Howard, Esq., praying a grant to him of the office of customer of the port of Berwick, instead of to James Waring; stating that they had nothing to object. Dated 24 Dec. 1689.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.”
Accompanied by the petition, copy of a letter of the Duke of Norfolk, recommending his cousin the petitioner, an affidavit, and a certificate.
5 pages, or parts of pages.
Dec. 24.]
39. Petition of Thomas Chetwynd, gent., addressed to the King, showing that he had been for upwards of 16 years in the 1st troop of Guards, and was a lieutenant in the regiment of Sir Henry Ingoldsby in Ireland, but had lost the use of his limbs; praying for a subsistence of half-pay, or what other provision the King thought fitting.
Without date, but accompanied by three certificates dated 21 and 24 Dec. [16]89.
3 pages (quarto).
Dec. 25. 40. Letter, signed Ralph Williamson, addressed to William Jephson, Esq. [Secretary of the Treasury], acknowledging the letter directing him to pay 1,600l., exclusive of the 4,000l. and 5,000l., but as he had remitted all the money to London, he could not retrieve those bills; yet he had found credit for 1,000l., which he had paid to Mr. Fotherby for the use of the Danish forces. He could not procure more money in any reasonable time, so had sent an express to Durham and Newcastle, and would himself go the next morning to Hull, and if he could procure any considerable sum, would send it to Mr. Fotherby; he had ordered his agent to advise Mr. Fotherby from Durham and Newcastle what money could be had there, and had written to Mr. Isaacson to be assistant; but trade being then very little in those northern counties, made money very scarce, &c. Dated York, 25 Dec. 1689.
1 page.
[? 1689.] 41. Petition of “Geremia” Crey, Esq., Sheriff of Wiltshire for the year ended at Michaelmas 1688, addressed to the Lords “of their Majesties Treasury,” praying that the surplusage of 88l. 17s. 10d. due to him might be paid. Without date.
1 page.
1682–1689. 42. Excise Commission.
Mr. Noells bill of [law] charges allowed in ye accot ended Midsomr 1686.”
Also in 1682, 1683, 1687, and 1689.
19 pages, some half-folio.
[1689.] 43. A paper commencing:—“Mr. Papillon reports from the comee to whom it was referred to consider what sum may be necessary to allow by the yeare for the charge of a summer & winter guard at sea, and guards and guarrisons at land, and the office of ordnance in time of peace, out of 1,200,000li per ann. to be settled upon their Maties, for the constant necessary charge of supporting the crowne in time of peace; that the comee having taken the same into their consideration, had agreed upon sevll resolves wch he read in his place, & afterwards delivered the said resolves in at the clerkes table,” &c.
With the resolutions is also the following account:—
“An account of the number of shipps of warr & other vessells necessary for a summer and winter guard at sea in a time of peace, wth their sevll stations, quality of ships, & number of men.”
Without date, but the 1,200,000l. granted in 1689.
5 pages.
1689. 44. Necessaries “de termino Sancti Michaelis, anno regni Gulielmi & Mariæ Rs et Regine, primo, anno Domini 1689.”
They chiefly relate to stationery stores.
Long page.
45. Petition of William Vanbrugh, for a tally for 328l. 11s. 3d. upon the Act for 2s. in the 1l. The said money was due on account of the regiment late under the command of the Lord Lovelace.
Minuted:—“He must have it out of the officers pay.”
Without date. [The Act for 2s. in the pound is most likely the Act passed in 1689.]
¾ page (quarto).
[? About
46. Petition to the Lords of their Majesties' Treasury of John Rogers, and Anne, his wife, the latter of whom had been instrumental in the preservation of the life of King Charles the Second after the battle of Worcester, and had received 100l. a year pension; praying for the payment of the arrears.
Without date. [Their Majesties mentioned.]
Minuted:—“To be put upon Mr Squibs list.”
1 page.
[About 1689
or 1690.]
47. Memorial to the King, of Senior Gachon, to whose guardianship King Charles entrusted the Duke of St. Albans, and who was displaced for a Papist governor by King James, as he wished to induce the Duke to change his religion; praying for a continuation of his pension of 100l. a year.
Minuted:—“To have 100l. a yeare.” [French.]
Without date, but the pension was paid up to the coronation of [Will. III.]
1 page.
[? About
1689 or
48. “Sir Henry Gough's answer to Mr Wyrley's letter.” A paper so indorsed, being his strictures on the conduct and fitness of certain persons, proposed to be appointed as justices of the peace in the hundred of Offlow, in the co. of Stafford.
Without date. [The Baron Turton mentioned: he is most likely Sir John Turton, who was made a Baron of the Exchequer in the year 1689, and “their Majesties” also mentioned.]
3 pages (quarto).
1689 or
49. Petition of Ralph Williamson to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting the carrying out of the Poll Act in the counties of Durham and Northumberland and town of Berwick-upon-Tweed; also respecting the patent for the controller's office of Newcastle, for which there was a warrant directed to pass, and on which there was a dispute as to the charge of a pension of 50l. a year.
Without date; but the Act for raising money by a poll was passed in 1689.
Another petition on the passing of the said patent.
1689. 50. Wages and gratuities due to keepers and rangers at Lady Day 1689, the whole amount being 283l. 16s., which was paid 11 May [16]89.
Apparently a copy of a later date.