|1. Letter of Mr. Burchett to Mr. Lowndes, Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that Sir Cloudesley Shovell had represented by letter the hardships of the brewers at Portsmouth, occasioned by the officers of excise; insomuch that they could not brew any more beer for the fleet. Dated 21 Oct. '96.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 28, 27 Oct. 1696, is:—“Comrs of Excise say a letter was sent on Thursday last to Portsmth to wth draw the informations agt the brewers there. Victuallers come in & say that the brewers are not contented with that.”
Enclosed is the extract of the letter. 2 pages.
||2. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, in accordance with the report of the Comrs of Customs at Dublin, made to the same Lords Justices, on the petition of Willm. Griffith, collector of the port and district of Sligo, who had been robbed of 894l. 13s. 7¼d., recommending him as a fit object for favour. Dated 21 Oct. 1696.|
Accompanied by the report.
Minuted:—“Read 9 Nov. '98. A sign manll to allow the sum, 894l. 13s. 7¼d.”
Also two petitions of the collector and several affidavits and a certificate with numerous signatures in his favour. 7 pages.
|3. Petition of Mr. Philip Savage to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he was to have had an allowance of 40s. a-piece on all persons outlawed, which amounted to 8,000l., but the Lords of the Treasury had determined to grant him a custodiam of certain lands until he should receive 4,000l.; and in pursuance thereof the Lord Justices granted a custodiam of the lands in the name of James Tisdall, Esq., at the rent of 615l. 2s. 7d., the quit rent included; praying to be discharged from the rent, the quit rent excepted.|
Three other papers relating thereto, the last minuted:—“Read 21 Oct. '96. The rent on the present lease to be discharged as usually, and my Lords will review the reports to see what further there is fitt to be granted.” 6 pages or parts of pages.
|4. Representation of the contractors for making and coining copper halfpence and farthings, and exchanging the tin farthings for copper farthings, complaining that they were deprived of the room and seven presses, which had been allowed them in the Tower for the coinage, by reason of the coinage of shillings and sixpences.|
Minuted:—“Read 21 Oct. '96. Ref. to the chief offrs of ye Mint.” 1 page.
||5. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Olof Hill, praying a grant of the King's moiety of several fines or seizures mentioned in a schedule annexed. The report states that the King's part amounted to about 3,480l. Dated 22 Oct. 1696.|
Also the schedule. 5 pages.
||6. A memorial from Mr. Neale to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that unless an advance of some money were made, and sent to each mint for the melting and coining, they must cease. Not less than 400l. or 500l. was absolutely needful to be sent to each mint. Dated 23 Oct. 1696. ¾ page.|
||7. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, in favour of allowing Lambert Pitches a salary of 100l. per annum, as a tide surveyor at Leigh. Dated 24 Oct. 1696.|
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1¼ pages.
||8. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the accounts and papers which contained Sir Willm. Gore's demands, relating to the remittances made by him for His Majesty's service at Hamborough. Dated 26 Oct. 1696.|
Also five other papers connected therewith. 9 pages or parts of pages.
||9. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Mr. Lowndes, returning the letter about the moneys for the officers of the marine regiments. Their Lordships, in 1694, directed 6,851l. 5s., to be paid to the Marquis of Carmarthen, colonel of the first marine regiment, for payment of Richard Acton and partners, for clothes and beds by them supplied to the regiment, and that it should be charged as an imprest on the pay of the whole regiment. They must stop it out of the wages for 1695, unless ordered to the contrary. Dated 26 Oct. 1696. 1 page.|
||10. Representation by the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen and prisoners-at-war to the Lords of the Treasury, that they had not a shilling to pay the daily expense of the prisoners, to send the recovered seamen to their ships, nor to defray the daily disbursements, and that they were threatened at the ports that the prisoners must be set at liberty, and the seamen starved. Dated 27 Oct. 1696. 1 page.|
||11. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lords of the Treasury, in relation to the payment of Mr. Dodington in bank bills, in satisfaction of the account between the Treasurer of the Navy and the Prize Office, the bank bills having been refused by Mr. Dodington. Dated 27 Oct. 1696.|
The following is in the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 40, 24 Nov. 1696:—
“A letter to the Comrs of Prizes to direct their treasurer to pay forthwith to ye Trer of ye Navy the whole share of the cash due to ye Navy from his office. Mr Lowndes to tell Mr Dodington that he may take this mo. in bank bills, & yt ye Comrs of sick & wounded will take from him their part in like manner.” 1½ pages.
||12. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Richard Levinge, Knt., for a grant to him and his heirs of the forfeited estate of Walter Tinte, of the county of Westmeath, which he then held in custodiam. Dated 29 Oct. 1696.|
The report of the Comrs of Revenue thereon, and that of the Auditor-General.
The petition of Sir Richard Levinge, who mentions that he had been Solicitor-General and Speaker of the Irish House of Commons.
A certificate from W. Palmer, deputy clerk of the Privy Council, and an affidavit of the said Sir Richard.
Minuted:—“14 Apr. '97. Rejected.” 8 pages.
||13. Report of the Comrs of Revenue of Ireland to the Lords Justices, on the petition of Dr. Patrick Dun, physician to the King's hospitals in Ireland, viz., as to the yearly value of the lands in a list annexed, of which he desired to obtain a grant. Dated 31 Oct. 1696.|
Minuted:—“14 Ap. '97. Rejected.”
Also two petitions from him and two lists of lands. 7 pages.
||14. An acct of His Maties new impositions, &c., granted by several Acts of Parliamt from 28 Septemr '96 excl. to the 31th October following. 2 large pages.|
|15. Petition of John Munday to the King, showing that he caused the apprehension of several persons who forwarded the escape of Sir James Montgomery, and was chief evidence against Alex. Waugh, who was convicted and fined 500l.; that he assisted in apprehending the governor of the island of Scilly, and brought him to Plymouth, where he surrendered to the Earl of Bath, and he had served in the army in Ireland and Flanders till disabled by wounds; praying to be made riding-surveyor for the circuits of Romney in Kent.|
Minuted:—“Upon discoursing Mr N. Baker, my Lords cannot advise the disposal of this office to ye petr.’
Referred 2 Nov. 1696. 1 page.
||16. Order in Council made on the petition of Sir Thomas Lane and Sir Thomas Cook, aldermen and late sheriffs of London and Middlesex, concerning clippings and counterfeit money seized by them in the time of their shrievalty, the value being about 130l. Dated 5 Nov. 1696. [The important part of the order is torn away.]|
The petition states that the sheriffs, by the city charter or otherwise (as they were informed), had always taken to their own use the clippings and counterfeit money brought and given in evidence at the Old Bailey.
Accompanied by a paper containing the state of their account and another paper of memoranda. 4 pages.
||17. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to the Secretary of the Treasury, stating that the dealers in oak timber had refused to make any more tenders to the Commissioner at Portsmouth, so that if some assistance from the New Forest could not be had the works would be at a stand; praying him to inform the Lords of the Treasury thereof. Dated 6 Nov. '96. 1 page.|
||18. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had considered the petition of Elizabeth, Countess Dowager of Anglesey, relating to an agreement made by Arthur, late Earl of Anglesey, with Charles Cavenagh, a forfeiting person, for certain woods in the counties of Wexford and Catherlogh, and a bond for 1,300l. given to the Earl; stating further what had been done about the petition; there remained 326l. 2s. 8½d. unpaid to the Lord Anglesey of the bond and 160l. for rent, &c.; offering no objection to the bond being delivered up to be cancelled, &c. Dated 6 Nov. 1696.|
Also two reports and the petition, and “a state of the case.” 8 pages and 3 parts of pages.
||19. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Vernon as to his debt in the port of Beaumaris, for the new impost of tobacco, and his losses during the war with France; in favour of his being relieved. Dated 9 Nov. 1696.|
Minuted:—“To be discharged on the paymt of 100li.”
Also the petition and two other documents. 5 pages.
||20. Letter of the Lord Justices of Ireland, addressed to Mr. Secretary Trumbull, stating that they had referred to the Attorney General and the Comrs of the Revenue and Forfeitures in Ireland the petition of the Lady Dorothy Bourke, praying a grant of the forfeitures made by her uncles, the Lords Galway and Bophin, and her aunt, the Duchess of Barwick; forwarding their reports thereon. The letter is in favour of a grant of such part of the forfeited estate of William, late Earl of Clanricard, as His Majesty should please. Dated 10 Nov. 1696.|
The reports, which contain many details touching these families, and the petition referred to.
Minuted:—“To refer it to ye Comrs to send a state how these estates are, wt ye King's title is & wt vallue.” 10 pages.
||21. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Alex. Saunderson, praying payment of 118l. 1s. 8d., being the arrears due to one of his late sons, as captain in the Royal regiment of foot, who was killed at the siege of Namur; certifying that it was due to him. Dated 10 Nov. 1696.|
Minuted:—“Read 2 Mar. '96. To be pd out of hackney coaches.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
|22. “Memorandum of clip'd money and plate brought into the country mints to be coyn'd,” on 7 and 11 Nov. 1696. 10 lines.|
||23. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the payment to Thomas Ward of His Majesty's share of a parcel of prunellos seized; expressing their doubt, whether it was intended that the King's share of the forfeiture should be paid him with or without his payment of the customs. Dated 12 Nov. 1696.|
Minuted:—“Read 22 Xbr '96. The petr to have his election for one or tother, but not both.”
Also some other memoranda relating thereto. 1 page and 2 parts.
||24. Copy of a letter from the Lords of the Treasury to the Lords Justices of Ireland, sending a petition they had received from William Ballard, of Cork, merchant, which set forth that 445l. 12s. 4½d. were due to Col. Hastings' regiment, and some others of the army in Ireland, in order that they might consider thereof and send their opinion what should be done. Dated 13 Nov. 1696. 1 page.|
||25. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Lewen and Moses Francia, on behalf of themselves and other merchants of London, as to certain wines which were bought by the petitioners, out of the cargo of a prize ship at Guernsey; recommending a nolle prosequi to be entered on the information exhibited against them. Dated 15 Nov. 1696.|
The petition, a report of the officers for prizes, and an affidavit. 5 pages.
||26. “An account of all the silver money coyn'd in the mint in the Tower, from the First of January 1695 to the 16th of November 1696.” 7 lines.|
||27. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Daniel Ivie and Henry Arthur, of Exeter, merchants, who had paid into the Custom House, 4,669l. in clipt money, in part discharge of 7,000l. for duties on goods by them imported; which clipt money they prayed might be taken in discharge of their debt. Dated 18 Nov. 1696.|
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“The collr must give the petr credit for this money & in case he has any ground of belief he must apply to this board.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 68, 29 Jan. 1696–7, is:—
“The peticon of Daniel Ivie & Henry Arthur, of Exon, merchts, agt Charles Orchard, customer, is read, both sides being present. My Lords will referr this matter to ye Comrs of the Customes, to examine the accots, and particularly whether the petrs p[ai]d the whole sum of 4,669li menconed in their petition, and whether on the 2d of May last the money was due to ye K., that the petrs then tendered, and pretend to have paid. Mr. Arthur saies that Mr Score treated with him for 10li for himselfe, & 25li for Mr Orchard, for the profitt he would have made by returnes, in case he would take in 2,000li not then due, besides all that is p[ai]d; he complaines also of Mr. Orchard's refusing to give him a cert. of 110 hhds. tobacco re-landed at Plymth.”
“Mr. Orchard to have a copy of ye peticon.” 3½ pages.
||28. Certificate of the victuallers of His Majesty's Navy to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Nelson with respect to two bills amounting to 1,006l. 5s. not paid for want of money in the office, as also several others from New England, Virginia, and the West Indies; further as to the services rendered by Mr. Nelson to the Crown, his being taken prisoner, &c.; certifying that he was deserving of their Lordships' favour. Dated 19 Nov. 1696.|
Also the petition. 2 pages.
||29. “Certificate of His Mats new & addl impns from 14 November 1696 to the 21st of same month.”|
(Totals only.) Parts of 2 large pages.
||30. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to the Treasurer of the Navy, sending a copy of a letter received from the Comrs of Victualling, stating that the credit of the office was quite lost; begging him to solicit the Lords of the Treasury for the necessary supply of money. Dated 23 Nov. '96. 2 pages.|
||31. Letter from the same to the same, as to the distressed state of Portsmouth yard, for want of timber, with propositions for relief from the New Forest, &c. Dated 23 Nov. '96.|
Also copy of a letter from Comr Greenhill respecting the same, and a letter from J. Batt to Mr. Lounds. 3 pages and 2 halves.
||32. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James Quilter, praying to be relieved from the forfeiture of a parcel of stuffs short entered in the port of London; recommending the remission of the King's part (about 50l.) of the duty. Dated 25 Nov. 1696.|
“Wt [warrant] drawne & signed.”
Also the petition and an affidavit. 2 pages and 2 halves.
||33. Letter from Mr. James Vernon to Mr. Lowndes, enclosing the copy of a representation from the Comrs of the Revenue in Ireland concerning the new leasing of the forfeited lands there, with the opinion of the Lords Justices thereon. Dated 27 Nov. 1696.|
Also the same representation and copy of the letter which enclosed it. 4 pages.
||34. Letter of Mr. Burchett to the same, sending an extract from a letter received by the Lords of the Admiralty from the Comrs for victualling the Navy, stating that without a suitable supply of money they could not provide victuals for the ships. Dated 28 Nov. '96.|
Also the extract. 1 page and 2 halves.
||35. Letter from the same to the same, sending a copy of a letter from the pursers of the fleet, received by the Lords of the Admiralty, complaining of the want of money to furnish necessaries for the ships. Dated 28 Nov. '96.|
Minuted:—“Read 1 Dec. 1696.”
Also the copy. 2 pages.
||36. Letter of Mr. Bridgeman to the same, stating that the Lords of the Admiralty had received an account from the Navy Board that the ships ordered to be loaded in Ireland with timber for England were likely to be delayed, from the pretensions made to the timber by Lord Bellamont. Sending copies of the letters they had received thereon. Dated 30 Nov. '96.|
Minuted:—“Send for Mr. Standley of the Paper Office about this.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. VII., p. 43, 5 Dec. 1696, is:—“My Lords cannot interpose in the business of ye timber cutt downe on my Lord Kilmare's estate in Ireland, & wch is distreyned p[re] ye Lord Bellomt.”
Also copies of the letters thereon. 5 pages.
||37. Letter of the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, sending the report on the petition of the Countess of Dorchester, showing that 1,259l. 5s. 2¾d. of the quit-rents granted to the petitioner had been paid to the King's use; offering no objection to the repayment to her. Dated 30 Nov. 1696.|
The report and petition, and a schedule containing “A state of the quit-rents granted to the Lady Dorchester, from anno 1688 to 29 Septemr 1695, and another schedule adjusted to Michaelmas 1695.” 6 pages.
||38. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James Howard, Esq., customer of the port of Berwick, for the appointment of his son on his surrender of the office. Dated 1 Dec. 1696.|
Also the petition. 1½ pages.
|39. Petition of Michael East to the Lords of the Treasury, for a patent place in the Customs.”|
Minuted:—“Read 1 Decr '96. My Lords cannot engage themselves in a promise till they know what the place is, and who is in possession.” 1 page.
||40. Three letters of Sir Richard Newdigate, Bart., addressed to William Glanville, Esq., at the Treasury Chamber, in relation to the proceedings of John Newsham, Esq., Receiver-General for the county of Warwick, dated 9 and 13 Nov. and 4 Dec. '96; together with articles exhibited to the Lords of the Treasury against him (being ten in number), charging him with corruption, cheating, and other conduct unbecoming his office.|
Accompanied by (1) a petition from the receiver, praying their Lordships to respite his attendance for three weeks from 13 [November], in which time he would have finished his receipts, and that the said Sir Richard might give in his complaints in writing; and (2) a letter from him to John Smith, Esq., for the further postponement of his attendance to 22 Dec., as he was 70 miles from home and [had only then received] the complaint in writing. Dated 24 Nov. '96. This is minuted thus:—“Ordered.”
In Vol. VII., p. 49, of the Minute Books, on 22 Dec. 1696, counsel appeared on the informations transmitted by Sir Richard Newdigate against Mr. Newsham, and their Lordships ordered the affidavits relative to the case to be left at the Treasury, and a hearing was ordered for 22 Jan. At p. 64, on 23 Jan., counsel for and against Mr. Newsham were heard, and various affidavits were read and witnesses examined, but no decision is mentioned as having been arrived at. The proceedings occupy two closely written pages.
Although no dismissal of Mr. Newsham is recorded in the Minute Book, yet it is clear he had been superseded, because in the subsequent Minute Book, 19 April 1698, Vol. VIII., p. 147, he had made a series of charges against John Andrews, receiver of taxes in Warwickshire, who had then succeeded to the office. The hearing of the case by counsel is there recorded. Their Lordships thought that the accusations were not made out, and they continued Andrews as receiver. 6 pages and 2 parts of pages.
||41. Letter from [Brigadier] Wm. Wolseley, unaddressed, inclosing a letter for the Duke of Shrewsbury, about his treasury business. Mr. Vernon would at all times introduce the receiver of the letter to the Duke. With this postscript added:—“If the King give a grant or leas, pray put in a repriseing clause, so as not to be referr'd back for it to ye Treasury.” Dated 5 Dec. '96. 1 page (quarto).|
||42. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy [to the Lords of the Treasury], sending a copy of what they wrote on the 4th of Nov. 1694, “having nothing to add.” Dated 7 Dec. 1696.|
The report is in favour of relaxing the taxes to the officers of the yards and clerks of the office, and to themselves likewise.
Minuted:—“To be don for ye clerks as in preceding years.”
Also the petition of the persons employed in the naval yards. Dated 19 Nov. 1694. 3 pages.
||43. Letter from Willm. Trumbull by direction of the King to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing the petition of the city of Coventry to the King for their opinion and report. Dated 7 Dec. 1696.|
The petition sets forth that by calculation, the city returned weekly in goods manufactured 10,000l., and by the difficulties of the coin most of the poor were without work, and prays for the establishment of a mint there. Numerous signatures. 1½ pages. (the petition very large).
||44. Letter of Mr. Willm. Trumbull to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing for their consideration and report a memorial of the Lords of the Admiralty, proposing that the King's part of all the fines and forfeitures of uncustomed and prohibited goods seized within the jurisdiction of the Cinque Ports, might go towards the repair of Dover Harbour. Dated 7 Dec. 1696.|
Also the memorial. 2¼ pages.
||45. “A certificate of the new money coin'd from the clipt money to ye 7th December 1696.” 7 lines.|
||46. A paper showing the state of the deficiencies by means of clipt moneys received for various kinds of duties and other revenues. Dated 7 Dec. 1696. 1 large page (torn in pieces, and decayed).|
||47. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Joseph Sparrow, advising that the office of bailiff of the hundreds of Freshwell and Uttlesford in Essex, which the petitioner sought for, was not valuable, but might be of some credit and advantage to a practiser of the law, as the last bailiff was and the petitioner is, and if their Lordships granted his request, the office might pass under the Exchequer seal for life or pleasure. Dated 8 Dec. 1696.|
Minuted:—“To be granted dur[ing] pl[easure].”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
||48. Report signed Is. Newton and Tho. Neale to the Lords of the Treasury, on a memorial of Jonathan Ambrose, melter to His Majesty's mint in the Tower, who claimed 1½d. per pound on 13,349 pounds melted by him, and 150l. sterling for refining; stating that the master and worker of the mint had always melted the gold and silver down, and employed such persons as he thought fit, and praying that he might continue to do so, naming the terms upon which he hoped to be so allowed. Advising further that in the next warrant to be signed by the King for coining the clipt money or plate, the extra penny to the moneyers should be made conditional; they being only allowed 8d. per pound by the indenture of the mint for their service, and the additional penny when the moneys were well sized, blanched, and coined and a due proportion of small moneys made, which had then not been the case. Dated 10 Dec. 1696.|
Also the memorial and a schedule entitled:—“The accot of ye tooles delivered to ye Tower.” 3½ pages.
|49. Order in Council made on the petition of Robert Shelmerdine, which set forth the hazard he had incurred in coming from Germany to reveal a “horrid conspiracy and hellish designe of assasinating” the King, and sought for a further reward, he having only received a gratuity of 50l.; referring the matter to the Lords of the Treasury on 10 Dec. 1696.|
This is written on the other side of the petition. It is accompanied by the copy of a certificate of the Earl of Romney corroborating the petitioner's case.
Minuted:—“Read 19 March '96. 50l. more to be pd him in full.” Parts of three pages.
||50. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for an allowance not exceeding 300l., &c. to Mr. Manley and others, employed on the coasts of Kent and Sussex to prevent communication and passage of intelligence to and from France. Dated 11 Dec. 1696.|
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1 page.
||51. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Peter Renew and others, respecting certain oil and fish taken and condemned as prize, but which were afterwards charged as if subject to foreign duties. Dated 14 Dec. 1696.|
Minuted:—“No custome or duty to be pd.”
The petition and four other documents. 13 pages or parts of pages.
||52. Letter of Mr. Bridgeman to Mr. Lowndes, secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, sending a copy of a letter received by the Lords of the Admiralty from the Navy Board, representing that the victuallers were absolutely at a stand for want of money, &c. Dated 14 Dec. '96.|
Also copy of the letter. 2 pages.
||53. Letter signed David Williams to Mr. Glanvill respecting his two petitions, which were either lost or mislaid at the Treasury. He mentions that Esquire Lowndes also took the petition of Mr. Charles Nevell. He doubted not it would be found. He concludes:—“I pray, good sirs, endeavour to find these two petitions, for we shall be undone if they are lost; else lett Esqr Lowndes make me keeper of his petitions, and I will be bound in ten thousand pounds not one shall be lost while I live; now I have waited above 3 quarters of a year, & now my petition is mislaid.” Dated 10br 15o '96. 1 page.|
||54. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Isaac des Graves as to certain wines on which he had paid the duty which were afterwards seized as French wines. Dated 16 Dec. 1696.|
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“The K. will have his share in kind.” 2½ pages.
||55. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Nicholas Wanly, formerly one of the landwaiters of the port of London, dismissed for not taking the test, although it appeared he had taken the sacrament oaths and test. Dated 16 Dec. 1696.|
Accompanied by “The case of Nicholas Wanley,” and the memorial. 3 pages.