Package and Scavage.
II. 217 Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lords of the Council,
as to the annuity proposed to be granted to Mr. Proby, out of the
V. 116. Petition of the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to Lord
Cranfield, Lord Treasurer, reciting that the City, amongst other
things, held of His Majesty, at the yearly rent of 300l., the office of
Scavage, an ancient duty, payable by Merchant Strangers, for goods
imported or exported into or out of the City, or the Ports thereof;
and also, by ancient grants from the Crown, had the office of Package
for Strangers' goods exported; which offices, with their accustomed
fees, had been enjoyed by the City; the Merchant Strangers had,
however, refused to pay such fees, and passed their goods without
doing so, by which the City would be obliged to proceed by suit in
law to recover every small duty. They therefore prayed him to give
order to the officers of the Customs in London not to permit Merchant
Strangers to pass their goods inwards or outwards until such dues
had been paid.
In margin, delivered in October, 1621.
VI. 14. Letter from the Lord Mayor to the Lord Treasurer,
reciting that the City, by ancient Charters, held, amongst other things,
the office of Package and Scavage of Strangers' goods and merchandise carried by them by land or water out of the City and Liberties
to foreign parts, whereby the customs and duties due to His Majesty
had been more duly paid, and a stricter oversight taken of such commodities so exported; but that latterly the Strangers had passed their
goods by land in unknown names, to be transported in some of the
outports, and when inquirty had been made no such parties could be
found. He requested that orders might be given that no goods of any
Englishman or Stranger should pass out of the City or suburbs or the
borough of Southwark until the owner had himself entered them in
the Custom House, London, either with the King's officers if the
goods belonged to an Englishman, or the City's Packer if they were a
17th June, 1623.
VI. 115. Letter from Sir Lionel Cranfield, Lord Treasurer, to
..........................., stating that the Lord Mayor and Commonalty
of the City of London, had petitioned him for an order for reformation of abuses by Merchant Strangers in passing their goods outwards
and inwards, and directing that orders should be given that no
Merchant Strangers should be permitted to pass any entry of goods
inwards or outwards until the City's dues had been paid; and further,
that as the Merchant Strangers usually entered their goods at night
to defraud the City of their dues, orders should be given not to discharge any entry of such goods until satisfaction had been given to
the City's officers.
Chelsea, 29th November, 1621.
VII. 81. Order in Council, reciting that a Petition had been
presented to the Board from divers Merchants, born in London, the
sons of Strangers, complaining that the Packer of London required
of them as much fees for Package, Balliage, Shewage, &c., as of
Strangers not English born, and praying to be relieved from such
payments; and requiring the attendance of the Petitioners and the
Packer of London before the Board on the ensuing Saturday, when the
Attorney-General, and some of His Majesty's Farmers of the Customs,
were also to be present.
Whitehall, 19th December, 1632.
VII. 82. Order in Council postponing, at the request of the
Lord Mayor, the consideration of the foregoing complaint till the
9th January next.
Whitchall, 22nd December, 1632.
VIII. 106. Order in Council, appointing a Commission to
inquire into the whole business of Package, Balliage, and Scavage
Dues, and also of the colouring of Strangers' goods by Englishmen,
to the prejudice of His Majesty's Customs.
16th January, 1632.
IX. 17. Letter from the Lord Mayor and Aldermen to the Commissioners of Customs, stating that the ancient tolls and duties of
Water-Balliage, upon the goods of Foreigners and Aliens trading to
and from the port of London, had much decayed by the deceitful
colouring of those goods, and recommending that Mr. Robert
Carpenter and Mr. John Carpenter, the collectors of those duties,
should be permitted to have a seat in the Custom House, and by that
means discover such Packers and others as exercised such deceit.
7th January, 1660.