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Volume G 258: September 1652

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Calendar, Committee For Compounding: Part 1. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1889.

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September 1652

Sept. 1. Order of the Committee for Compounding, on 3 orders of Parliament—two of 3 Aug. 1648, ordering Capt. Wm. Parsons 2,185l. 5s. disbursed by him in the service, ½ to be paid forthwith by the treasurers at Guildhall, and the other ½ from delinquents' estates to be discovered by him, and a third order of 26 Aug. 1652, for enquiry into what has been received on these warrants, and for payment of the remainder; also on certificate, 30 Aug. 1652, of Thos. Barnardiston and Rich. Hill, treasurers for sequestrations at Guildhall, that they have paid him 436l. 10s. in weekly payments of 10l., and one of 6l. 10s., till their treasury was removed to Goldsmiths' Hall,— that the balance of 1,748l. 10s. be paid by the treasurers at Goldsmiths' Hall, at the rate of 10l. a week till discharged. [G 17, p. 178; 111, pp. 53, 61, 63, 65.]
Sept. 1. Petition of Nich. Tripe to the Committee for Compounding. Though he has acted faithfully as a Commissioner for Sequestrations for Devon, was suspended 6 July last. Begs examination of his accounts, as his adversaries, Mr. Searle and Clapp, refuse to allow some sums paid by their order, and other sums are in the hands of Clapp and Williams, which he begs power to receive, and also a copy of the charge against him. Noted that he is to state his account before the auditor. [G 172, p. 654.] Annexing,
i. Account of his receipts and disbursements, acknowledging a balance in hand of 59l. 10s. 5½d. [G 172, pp. 655, 656.]
ii. Certificate by And. Sherwin of the accounts of Nich. Tripe, shewing receipts 2,117l. 4s. 1½d., payments 1,808l. 0s. 2d., leaving a balance in hand of 309l. 3s. 1½d., out of which he receives allowance of 32l. 6s. 4d. for keeping of courts. He denies the receipt of some of the sums charged on him, and craves allowance of other sums, which may be just as between the other commissioners and himself, but an accountant cannot allow them. Sept. 13, 1652. [G 172, p. 652.]
Sept. 2. Order of the Committee for Compounding, that if the articles by John Rayment, exhibited by Thos. French, agent, against Agricola Waylett, are not proved within 14 days after notice given to French, [Wm.] Pickering, or [Hen.] Letchworth, the suspension laid on Waylett will be discharged, and he ordered to act again as a Commissioner for co. Cambridge. [G 17, p. 184.]
Order that the causes remaining unheard to day be heard as they are in course, the first next Thursday. [G 37, p. 40.]
Sept. 2. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Middlesex. Chas. Pym, named in your list [see 2 Jan. 1652. p. 523 supra] denies holding goods of the Earl of Derby; therefore certify what goods they are, that we may see the money paid, if due. [G 30, p. 260.]
Sept. 4.
Exeter.
County Committee for Devon to the Committee for Compounding. We have Exeter been on a knotty point this week, our clerk bringing the former agents' accounts into a method. We hope to discover and bring in the money in their hands, though it will be a work of charge and trouble. We have sent the orders to the several cases. Unless we hear which are to be sequestered, the neglect of prosecution must not reflect on us. In [Hen.] Ashford's case, the money was paid into your treasury before your order came to us, and we beg that it may be repaid by you, without puzzling our accounts. We could say more, but fear our letters are troublesome. Notes of cases. [G 152, p. 87.]
Sept. 6.
Preston.
County Committee for Lancashire to the Committee for Compounding. The discoverers of Walter Fowler's sequestered estate in this county—which we sequestered in 1651, and have received the profits ever since—exceedingly press us for allowance of the 1/5. We request directions in this and like cases; also whether, when the estates of recusants descend to their children or others who are recusants, 2/3 should again be sequestered. [G 159, p. 303.]
Sept. 7. Committee for Compounding to Aug. Garland. We have given the strictest charge about the list you expect from us, but it is so tedious that though our registrar and auditor have spent much time on it, we cannot have it ready before Friday, when we hope to wait upon you. [G 17, p. 192.]
Sept. 8. Order of the Committee for Compounding to write to the Kent Commissioners to give an account of arrears received since their return in 1650, and why these and other arrears are not levied and paid in. [G 37, p. 40.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to the Kent Commissioners. Say what arrears you have received from Sir John Sedley's estate since your return made to us in 1650, and why that and all other arrears are not levied as ordered. [G 17, p. 211.]
Sept. 9. Order of the Committee for Compounding, that all sums of money paid by the treasurers of Goldsmiths' Hall before 30 June last from delinquents' compositions, for the 1/5 granted by Parliament to the discoverers thereof, and other payments ordered by this committee as a Committee for Advance of Money, be allowed; but that thenceforth all payments be kept distinct, as on 30 June the Goldsmiths' Hall treasurers were ordered to be treasurers for Advance of Money in Mr. Dawson's stead. [G 13, p. 23.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Devon. We confirm the contracts sent in yours of 14 Aug., if made according to the Act and our instructions. [G 30, p. 40.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to the Committee of co. Hereford. We confirm your contracts for Lucton and Hampton Court so far as made according to instructions. For the augmentation to Mr. Toldervey, you must apply to the Committee for Plundered Ministers. As the season proceeds, you may cut such wood of Gage's as can be spared. We are satisfied about Dr. [Edw.] Alderne's discharge, but he should have produced it to us. [G 30, pp. 177, 475.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Durham. The County Committee for York will give you the names of some inhabitants of your county who are security for Major Jenkins' payment of the rent of Aysgarth Rectory, Yorkshire; he being in arrear and not to be found, you must levy the rent on the securities, and certify us. [G 30, p. 66.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for York. As to your queries of 14 Aug.:—
1. As to Aysgarth Rectory, farmed by Major Jenkins, we have sent a letter to the County Committee for Durham to levy the arrears on his sureties, whose names they will get from you; but take care in future to accept no security out of your own country.
2. Your instructions direct you to use the power of the county or soldiery, who will not refuse to assist you on sight of the Act of 25 Jan. 1650.
4. You are the cause of the sheriff's levy on Lord Dunbar's lands, since you are ordered not to suffer such levies, and if you interposed seasonably, you would prevent such miscarriages.
5. We confirm the first contract, if according to instructions; we must be constant to rule, or there will be no end.
6. We answer by a copy of an order in Mich. Wharton's case, that ascertains the time.
8.The light money you have received will pass if paid into Scotland, and we will tell the treasurers-at-war when you have any large sum, but we cannot make allowance for it.
9. Pursue the letter you had in the case of Aid. Beale.
10. In allowances for assessments, the bills must be produced before our auditor. No account without its vouchers.
The two last queries we will answer shortly. [G 30, p. 489.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to Sir Edw. Rodes, high sheriff of co. York. You have lately on an Exchequer process made a levy on Lord Dunbar's lands in possession of the State. Consult the Act of 25 Jan. 1650, which requires all such charges to be presented to us for allowance, and you will find you have done what is not justifiable, and must make restitution. If you refuse, we must take the course authorized by the Act, which we had much rather you would prevent by compliance. [G 30, p. 489.]
Sept. 9. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Brecon. As to the estate of Bodenham Gunter, the tenant to whom it was first let according to the Act is to enjoy it, as it is just that he who sows should likewise reap. [G 30, p. 423.]
Sept. 10. Petition of the Committee for Compounding to Parliament, for leave to present personally the annexed particulars, as the chief of those on which they have often desired direction, but not obtained it, whereby the public service committed to their care has been much retarded. [G 17, p. 417.] Annexing,
i. Objections to the Act of Pardon. That it inflicts treble damages, and costs of suit, and fine of 10l. against officers who disquiet any included in the Act.
That the Act came not forth till 4 March 1652, yet they are questionable for anything done after 20 Feb. 1652.
That many things have been done on conscience of duty and for advantage of the State, that may be disputed by the Act, and bring trouble to those who have acted faithfully.
Request that the clause as to the acting of officers be explained, or that suits for grievances only be allowed for a short time after. [G 17, p. 417.]
ii. Proposals of the Committee for Compounding, requesting directions in the following cases:—
1. Purchasers of Papists' estates who compound and pay fines for their 2/3, and have obtained suspensions, but not had their cases reported to Parliament, and now ask discharge, whether they shall have it ?
2. Whether letters of grace or composition with the late King's commissioners shall not be considered a conviction of recusancy, and what conformity should discharge such a conviction ?
3. Whether two or more counties should not now be joined, the revenues being smaller than before ?
4. That all receivers of money may pass their accounts before the Worcester House Committee, for sequestered revenues received before 25 Jan. 1650, to be surcharged by the county committees, and the total of every account sent to the Committee for Compounding, that arrears may be paid.
5. Whether they may renew leases for years and lives on the old rents, from which much profit arises ?
6. What should be done in such cases as Scroope's, now in the Speaker's hands, when a delinquent who is tenant for life dies before part of his fine is paid, and the tenant in remainder desires discharge of sequestration ?
7. Power to give allowances for disbursements and incident charges, which are generally asked for by the county committees.
8. Whether Parliament will give any encouragement to discoverers of delinquency committed since 30 Jan. 1649 ? [G 17, p. 418.]
Sept. 10.
Haberdashers' Hall.
Heads of the charge against Nich. Tripe, Sequestration Commissioner for co. Devon, by John Searle and Rich. Clapp, the other commissioners. That his being added to the commissioners lessens their salary, and endangers their receipts if his accounts are not fair. That he carries himself unworthily, pays fifths when he ought not, and neglects to sign the work made ready, [G 17, p. 210.]
Sept. 10. Order in the Committee for Compounding on [Nich.] Tripe's request that he have a copy of the charge against him. [G 17, p. 210.]
Sept. 14. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Berks. We confirm your contracts sent 3 Aug. for the estate of John Gifford, delinquent, and 2/3 of that of Sir John Yate, recusant, if let according to instructions. [G 30, p. 15.]
Sept. 14. Committee for Compounding to the Earl of Denbigh. In a list returned by the Middlesex Commissioners of debtors to the State for delinquents' goods, you are reported to owe 104l. 10s. 4d. for goods of the Duke of Buckingham sold to you. In discharge of our public duty, we request you to order payment, or to show cause. [G 17, p. 241.]
Sept. 14. Like letters to [Ant.] Nicholls, — Masterson, Lord Wenman, and Hen. Darley, M.P., for sums due by them respectively for delinquents' goods. [See p. 581 supra; G 17, pp. 241, 242.]
Sept. 14. Committee for Compounding to the Commissioners for Middlesex and London. The surveyors appointed to survey forfeited estates having applied to us for directions as to finding them, we desire you to order your clerk and agent to give them the best information by showing them the books, rentals, &c., of persons both in the first and last Act. [G 17, p. 221.]
Sept. 15.
Haberdashers' Hall.
Committee for Compounding to the county committees of England and Wales. We send you an alphabetical list of recusants committed in your county. You are to summon all in your jurisdiction, and all others whom you know to be convicted of recusancy whose estates are not sequestered, and all whom you suspect to be Popishly affected, tender them the oath of abjuration, and on refusal, sequester 2/3 of their estates, and certify their names to us. [G 31, p. 759.]
Sept. 15. Committee for Compounding to Sir Hen. Croke [Clerk of the Pipe]. Please to order for us a transcript of the names of all Papists convicted and seized since 1 James, with the county and time of conviction and seizure. The want of this has much prejudiced the State. We will pay the clerk for his pains. Let us know in a week when we may expect it. [G 17, p. 232.]
Sept. 15. Answer of Nich. Tripe to the charge of John Searle and Rich. Clapp of 13 Feb. and 30 June last.
They say that he is uselessly added, lessens their salary, and endangers them if he receives money, if his accounts should not prove fair. Answer that he was appointed without requesting it, and the first part of the objection only shows their covetous spirit. Denies unfaithfulness in his trust, or paying fifths unduly, having only paid 6l. for fifths all the time he was treasurer. Denies being rather a solicitor against than a commissioner for the State, and retorts the accusations upon the complainants. Begs restoration to office till he has perfected his accounts, or till the complainants make good their charge. [G 172, pp. 647, 648.]
Sept. 16. Order in the Committee for Compounding on the petition of Nich. Tripe, Commissioner for co. Devon, on perusal of his accounts and his defence to the charges against him, that he pay in forthwith 60l. as part of what is due of his account, and give security to pay the remainder, on which he is to go down and act as commissioner, the suspension being removed; his fellow commissioner, Mr. Clapp, is to appear before the Committee for Compounding in 28 days, to make good the charge against Tripe. [G 17, p. 240.]
Sept. 16.
Haberdashers' Hall.
Committee for Compounding to the Commissioners of co. Bucks. We wrote you on 19 March for alphabetical lists of sequestered persons in your county, which we much need, but which you have not returned. This we hope is through miscarriage of our letter, not your remissness, and therefore we repeat the contents, and request the list with speed. With note to like letters to cos. Cornwall, Hereford, Northampton, York, Cardigan, Glamorgan, Pembroke, Kent, Notts, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Surrey. [G 31, p. 760.]
Sept. 17. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Cumberland. We hear of 500l. at Carlisle, the payment of which in those parts, on the army account, would be a great ease to the country, and much security in point of payment. Send us your resolutions thereon. [G 30, p. 128.]
Sept. 20.
Maidstone.
Country Committee for Kent to the Committee for Compounding. James Golding, one of Aid. Bunce's tenants at 60l. a year for a farm now sold, owing arrears of rent and refusing to pay, we sent our agents to take a distress, but he so threatened and opposed them that they forbore till further directions from you, which we request.
With note of reply, 22 Sept., ordering a distraint on the corn in the barn, assistance from the soldiery in case of opposition, and Golding to be sent for, if needful, by the serjeant-at-arms. [G 158, p. 153, damaged.]
Sept. 20. County Committee for Cambridge to the Committee for Compounding. You order us, if the articles against Agric. Waylett are not proved in 14 days, to take off the suspension, and allow him to act again as a Commissioner for Sequestrations, but we have no copy of the articles; many of the witnesses live remote in this county, and cannot travel at their own charge to London, therefore we beg that their charges may be borne, or they examined here; also that longer time may be given. With note for the witnesses to be examined in the next county in 3 weeks' time. [G 147, p. 283.]
Sept. 22. Order thereon of the Committee for Compounding—that 3 weeks from date be granted them for examination of witnesses, who are to be examined in co. Hunts, before the county committee there, and Waylett to have timely notice that he may cross-examine. [G 17, p. 263.]
Sept. 22. Order of the said committee that—order having been given 7 April last for discharges to be made out of course on orders of the trustees for sale at Drury House; and scruple being made by the county commissioners because the expression is not the same as ordered in our letter of 13 April, as to the purchasers receiving rents growing due between payment of the first moiety and our said order—the registrar date our order on the same day with the order of the trustees, it being deposed to by their secretary, and then draw a discharge to the county committee, thenceforth to forbear intermeddling with any rents or profits of the purchased premises, and to permit the purchaser to enjoy those grown due since the payment of his first moiety, provided the latter moiety be paid within 6 months after the first, and the premises are sequestered as the estate of the person for whose treason they are sold; the order to be first entered with the auditor. [G 13, p. 47.]
Order that—as, by an order of 11 June 1651, any 2 commissioners were allowed to grant a discharge of fee-farm rents sold, on an order from the trustees for sale thereof, and a constat from the auditor that such fee-farm issues out of the estate of the late King, and the registrar was long since ordered to give out discharges in course thereon, but complaint is made that the purchaser is put to trouble and charge in procuring the auditor's constant— the registrar draw his discharge on the order of contract only, without the constat, expressing it that the county commissioners are to discharge such of the said fee-farm rents as they find to be under sequestration, and permit the purchaser to enjoy them, with arrears according to contract, deducting the due proportion of taxes.
If the party on whose estate the fee-farm issues is a recusant, the State pays 2/3 of the taxes and the recusant ⅓. If a delinquent, the State pays 4/5 and the delinquent 1/5. [G 13, p. 48.]
Sept. 22. Committee for Compounding to the Commissioners for Middlesex. We hear that courts are kept in Hackney Manor, and not in the name of the State, though we hope it is sequestered for the Earl of Cleveland's delinquency, and doubt not your care to preserve the State's interest. Let us know about it, and if it be not already sequestered let it be so forthwith, and courts kept in the name of the State. [G 17, p. 258.]
Sept. 23. Order of the Committee for Compounding, that when any case is referred to further proof, the reporter shall, upon the return thereof, subjoin the same of course to his first report. [G 13, p. 43.]
Order that the auditor send a copy of Mr. Tripe's account to the Committee of co. Devon, to surcharge it if they can. [G 37, p. 44.]
Sept. 23. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Carmarthen. As to yours of 17 July, we can give no other allowance than the Act of 25 Jan. directs; therefore you must take some course for returning up the money forthwith. [G 30, p. 423.]
Sept. 23. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Cornwall. In yours of 24 July, you complain of Lieut. Clarke, who is in arrears for some estates let to him. You are to levy them on his real estate, if he has any in the county, and if you can tell us where he has any personal estate, we will order the county committee to seize that also for his debt, when we know what he owes. [G 30, p. 114.]
Sept. 23. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Gloucester. About the Earl of Newcastle's estate at Tormarton we have spoken with Col. Whalley, who is willing to make good the estate you have renewed, if he may receive the fine, which is but just, and you are to receive the debt due to the Commonwealth, which you have secured. [G 30, p. 155.]
Sept. 23. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Lancaster. Directions in cases. You ask whether, on the death of a Papist, 2/3 of the ⅓ descending to the heir, also a Papist, is to be sequestered. You cannot seize more than 2/3 of the whole, the other ⅓ is to be enjoyed by the heir.
If Mr. Harrison should on summons refuse to give evidence, imprison him without bail till he submits. [G 30, p. 429.]
Sept. 23. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Kent. Directions in a case. You must distrain on Jas. Golding's corn or stock for the arrears of the rent of Aid. Bunce's estate, and in case of opposition, call in the military power of the county. In case of further miscarriage, we will send for him by a serjeant-at-arms to answer his contempt. [John] Finch should have dealt more fairly considering the favour we showed him at his last address; if he do not pay his rent within 14 days after notice, without deducting for repairs (for we well remember how he pleaded that he had a right to the whole building as his mansion house), you are to distrain him, and let the estate to another tenant. [G 30, p. 192.]
Sept. 24. Committee for Compounding to the County Committee for Somerset. We hear that [Rob.] Parrandine, late one of your committee, holds Red Deer Park, and part of Witham Park, in Witham Friary, worth 360l., forfeited for treason of Sir Ralph Hopton, and has given no account of the profits; you are to call him to an account and send it to us. [G 17, p. 269.]
Sept. 28. Order of the Committee for Compounding that all persons comprised in the articles of surrender of Elizabeth Castle, Jersey, who have lodged their petitions within the time thereby prescribed, shall not suffer by the fines not being set within the 9 months prescribed by those articles. [G 13, p. 47.]
Order that the names of compounders on Jersey articles, who are of Cornwall, be sent to the commissioners there, to certify what they are, as it is conceived they have more estates than they desire to compound for. [G 37, p. 46.]
Sept. 28. Committee for Compounding to [Chas.] Pym. We desire you to pay in 54l. 10s., which the Middlesex Committee report you as owing for goods of the Earl of Derby sold to you. We told you of it before, and you said you knew nothing of it, there fore we send you particulars. [G 17, p. 285.]
Sept. 28. Thos. Bayley to Wm. Seddon, officer of the Custom House. I am ordered to ask you to fix a speedy time when you can come here and state your knowledge of the sequestration accounts in Lancashire, having informed the commissioners of your readiness to serve therein. [G 17, p. 274.]
Sept. 28. 75. Alphabetical list by the Committee of co. Backs on a late order [see Sept. 16]. a former one having never been received, of 33 persons sequestered since 1643, and not orderly discharged. [1½ pages.]
Sept. 29. Petition of Rob. Buckenham, linen draper, Selby, co. York, to the Committee for Compounding. The county committee farmed to him the sequestered estate of Sir And. Young of Bourne, part of which is ⅓ of Brayton tithes, for which Sir Andrew paid 14l. out-rent to the late prebend of Wislow and Cawood, which has always been paid by the farmers of the estate to the receivers for sale of Dean and Chapter lands, and allowed to the farmers, but the county committee now refuse to allow it without order. Begs an order accordingly, that his cattle may not be distrained by the receiver. [G 71, p. 724.]
Sept. 29. Order thereon that he is to prove the out-rent on oath before the county committee, on here, and Reading is to report. [G 17, p. 291.]
Sept. 30.
Loughton Hall, Essex.
Sir Henry Croke to the Committee for a Compounding. You ask the names of all Papists convicted and seized since 1 James, with date and place. It is a work requiring such care that many hands could not do it in 12 months, though as to the seizures, that is but the least part of the labour; but when my clerks return from their vacation, I will require them to do what they can to satisfy you. Meantime I will readily give you certificates of particular persons. [G 78, p. 37.]