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on tlieir letters,) the King expected each member of both Houses
sliould write his name, and give the impression of his seal, such
as he would put upon his letters, in a book to be provided for that
purpose. Dated G March 1692. 1 page.



March 8.

March 10.

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42. Report of the Comra of Customs to the Lords of the Trea-
sury, on the petition of Thomas Starke, merchant, respecting a ship
laden witli tobacco corning from Virginia to England, driven on a
sljoal on the coast of Ireland ; in favour of his landing the cargo
there, in custody of the revenue officers, under certain conditions.
Dated 8 March 1C92-3.

Minuted : — "Agreed."

The petition referred to. 1 page and 2 halves.

43. A similar report on the petition of Josiah Bacon and others,
relative to another ship laden with tobacco also driven ashore there.
Dated 10 March 1692-3.

Minuted: — " Granted."

Also the petition. 2 pages.

March 11. 44. Report of the victuallers of the Navy to the Lords of the
Treasury, on a petition of several merchants of London, who sup-
plied ships for ti'ansportation of soldiers to the West Indies, and
upon an Order of Council, viz., as to the allowance to be
made to them for the detention of their ships beyond the terms of
their agreement. It was intended they should sail at the end of
September, and they did not start till 7 January ; and some of
them sustained great loss, by reason of bad weather, while they
rode in Stokes Bay. Declining to lay down a general rule, for
various reasons, but recommending demurrage to be allowed. Dated
11 March LC92-3.

Minuted : — " 16 June 1693. To be read another tyme.
"18 Aug. '93. To speak w^^ y" Commas of ye Victualling."

The petition and Order in Council. 3 iiages.

March 11.

4.5. Extract of a letter from Lisbon, in relation to the supply of
lead to the French, brought there by English ships, viz., as to the
means of preventing the same. The writer had proposed to the
King of Portugal to prohibit the transportation of any lead, <and
would press it further if their Lordships thought proper ; suggest-
ing that security should be taken from the masters of ships to land
their lead in the Custom-house, for the use of the kingdom only.

Dated March 21 1692-3.
1 1'

] page {quarto).

March 13. 40. Petition of the Earl of "Warrington to the Lords of the Trea-
sury, praying for a withdraAval of the suspension of payment of
his pension, and that Mr. Tayler, the auditor for the duchy of
Cornwall, might speedily pay the same. Dated 13 March 1692-3.

I page.

March 1.^. 47. Report of the Com^s of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury,
on the reasons for the dismission of John Peter, late collector at
Looo. Dated 13 March 1692-3.

Also two other documents relating thereto. 3 pages.

March 13. 48. Report of the Com™ of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury,
on the petition of Robert Bristow and Timothy Boston, of London,



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merchants, who had shipped and sold certain pepper, reserving
half the customs, which are drawn back upon exportation by de-
benture, which debenture was forfeited by the return of the
goods, the ship having sprung a leak ; praying a nolle prosequi.
Dated 13 March 1692-3.

Minuted :~" 11 Apr. '93. Granted."

Also the petition referred to. 2 pages.

March 14. 49. Kepresentation of the Com™ for sick and wounded seamen
and exchange of prisoners at war to the Lords of the Treasury,
referring to their memorial of 3 Feb. last, and showing that the
arrears amounted to 42, 660L Is. l|cL ; giving a description of the
deplorable state the people were in, who had supplied the sick and
wounded, and stating that the fleet was ready for sea, but that the
inhabitants of Portsmouth and places adjacent, to whom there was
due about 12,000^., had sworn to each other that until their de-
mands were satisfied no seaman should have the least relief.
Praying the prevention of what was threatened, and the retrieval
of their credit. Dated 14 March 1692-3. 1 page.

March 14. 50. "A true copy of the entries in the books in tlie Secretary's
office, under the Chief Com's and Governors of their Majesties'
revenue of Ireland, and examined 14 March 1692-3."

The various documents copied relate to the affairs of John Ver-
non, of Dublin, merchant, and Hugh Courtny, his surety, who
prayed to be discharged of a debt of 447?.

Minuted: — " April 19* 1693. S"" Robert Rich represented to my
Lords that none was to bee found but old Mr. Vernon, who was
73 yeares old, & not worth anything, but must rot in a jayle, & did
pray a suspention of taking out execution on the judgement, not a
dischai-ge ; for hee will pay the mony, if ever hee prove able.

Prosecution to be stopt till further order." 4 pages.

March 15. 51. Presentment of the Comfs of Customs, laying before the Lords
of the Treasury the case of Mr. Walter Middleton, collector of cus-
toms at Milford, concerning the loss of 250J., part of a bill of 450?.
occasioned by the failure of a drover, by whom he sent up the
miiney; advising that the Controller-General of Customs might be
authorized to discharge the petitioner. Dated 15 March 1692-3.

Minuted : — " Granted."

Also the case. 2 pages.

March 16. 52. Report of William Tailer, addressed to the Lords of the Trea-
sury, on the petition of Benjamin Gyles and others, praying a lease
for 31 years of aU such copper and other mines, except tin, as they
should discover to belong to their Majesties, within the lands
belonging to the duchy of Cornwall. He was unaware that any
such mines had been found, but was of opinion if they should be
found they belonged to their Majesties, and might "be granted
by lease for 31 years, with certain reservations, and a 10 th part



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(not a 20tli as Dvoposed), to be paid to their Majesties Dated
16 March '92.

Minuted : — "11 Apr. '93. E,es2)ited till yo rep* comes back on yo
pefi Govn'' & Compa copper miners."

Accompanied by the petition. 2 ixiges.

March 20. 53. Copy of report of Philip Ryley [Surveyor-General of Woods],
to the Lords of the Treasurj', on the petition of Mr. May, master
keeper of Hasteboroiigh Walk, in the forest of Whittlewood, as to
the repairs necessary for the lodge, &e. Dated 20 March, '92.
Minuted : — " Granted.'' 1 ]-)age.

March 22. 54. Representation by the Coma's of the arrears of the late revenue
of hearth money to the Lords of the Treasury, to the effect that
there was paid out of the hearth money, in the counties of North-
umberland, Durham, Westmorland, and Cumberland, by Samuel
Turner, then Receiver-General of that revenue, to Israel Fielding,
300Z. ; praying tliat he might be directed to account for the same.
Dated 22 March 1C92.

Minuted : — " To speak with Mr. Fielding in this." ] jKige.

IMaich 23. 55. A paper docqueited, " Coppie of the Act of the Lords of
Thcsaurie, discharging the black box, 1G93."

The warrant or " Coppie of the King's letter to the Lords of
Thesaurie, 1693, in Edenbrough,'' stating that he had resolved there
should be no black box made use of for transporting letters and
packets from our secretaries to Scotland, and from thence hither ;
but that each .secretary should have his own packet, for which the
" due " should be marked down at the Post Office here and in
Scotland ; and that the profits of the postage between Berwick and
Edinburgh should be applied for the payment of tlie same, and of
the flj'ing packets. Commanding that the profits of the postage should
be so emijloyed. Unaddressed, but most likely to the Postmaster-
General. Dated 23 March 1692-3.

Minuted : — " A warrant to bee prepared." \\ parjes.

March 24. 56. Report of the Comr^ of Customs to the Lords of the Trca.surj',
on the petition of Giles Merick, merchant, of Bristol, in favour of
a " nolle irrosequi '' being entered, on a prosecution against him for
importing certain tobacco in a Dutch-built ship. Dated 24 March

j\[inuted : — " Speak w*'' Comas' of the Customes, & see ye minute
in y<: book on 27 Mar. '93."

Also the petition and three other documents. 3i puges, and a
'piece of parchm ent.


March 28. 57. "An extract of the Ordnance memorial to the R* Hono^e t,he
Lords Comif' of their Mat'f's Treasury, the S'^ March 1692-3," being
of the nature of an estimate laid befiu-e the Lords of the Treasuiy
for their consideration. Dated 28 March 1693.

Minuted: — " To be lay'd before y<= K. to-morrow." 2 pages.


1G93. ^«^- ^^^•

Mavcli 29. 58. Report of Lord Ranelagh to tlie Lords of tlie Treasurj', ou
the petition of Francis Mollincux, William Woollett, and William
Turner, in favour of paying their claim for 788?. IS.s. due to them
from the regiment of commanded by the Lord Berkeley, and
for the ofT-reclvOnings. Dated 29 Marcli 1C93.

Also the petition and two memorandn. 4 ^Mrts of pages.

Mai'ch 31. 59. Report of the Coma's of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury,
on the petition of C'apt. Griffith Bowen, late collector of customs in
the jiort of Padstow, dismissed from his employment for acting con-
ti-ai-y to his duty, having distributed some French wine
some Parliament men and gentry, for which they report that tliey
could do no other than dismiss him. Dated 31 March 1G93.
Minuted : — ■" Agreed to the report."
Also two petitions of Capt. Bowen. 3 pages.

April 1 . 00. Presentment by the Com'''' of Customs to the Lords of the
Treasury, that they had written to the otiicer of their Majesties'
revenue of 4i per cent, in Barbadoes and the Leeward Islands, to
pay to the Commander-in-Chief of these islands, for the Duke of
Bolton's regiment of foot, laying before their Lordships the acquit-
tances for the payments and for payments to Col, Kendall, Governor
of Barbadoes, and praying their Lord.shi[)s' directions for applying
the same to the credit of the officers' account in Barbadoes. Dated
1 April 1693.

Minuted: — '■' 18 Aug. '93. To speak wt'^ ye Comi-s of ye Cus-
tomes about revenue of 4 & i p. cent, in Barbadoes being paid to
Coll. Kendall, &ca."

Minuted : — "Agreed."

Also a duplicate, the signatures, and indorsement differing. 1 fage.

April 3. Gl. Report of Mr. Benjamin Overton to tlie Lords of the Treasury,

stating that the Bailiff of Westminster had lately pcssessed himself
of several goods belonging to a clipper, and challenged 40/. worth of
clippings, besides money, fcc, (the Bailift' alleging that he would
try his title thereto,) as would appear by the account annexed ;
farther annexing tlie copy of a circular letter, written by the Lord
Treasurer to the justices of the peace in the severnl counties : sub-
mitting tliat the letter might be signed by their Lordships. Dated
3 April 1693.

Enclosing (1st), Letter of Mr. Geo. Macy, giving an account of the
apprehension of one Hugh Middleton at Palace Yard, Westminster,
and the claim set up by Mr. Knipe, Bailiff of Westminster, by virtue
of his grant from the Dean and Chapter, to his goods. Adding
further, " I directed him and Ids officers in the further search, and
told them the use of several things whicli lay in the room, as clipping
thumbs, fingers, and gloves, fob.s of leather, bulses, bags, &c., on
which filings were to be seen, as also other things which thej^ knew
iiot what to make of" And

(2.) The copy of the circular letter. 3 picLges.


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April 3. 62. Report of Lord Ranelagli on the proposal of Francis Mollineux

and Benjamin Tomlinson, woollen drapers, concerning the clothing
of the regiment of horse commanded by Col. Lumly, viz., as to the
ofF-reckonings. Dated 3 April 1693. 1 page.

April 4. 63. Report of Viscount Sydney to the Lords of the Treasury, as
to the allowance to Mr. Philip Savage of 40s. for each person out-
lawed or attainted for high treason, which allowance he (Viscount
Sydney) had thought proper to stop, there being above 4,000 per-
sons outlawed ; recommending that he have a recompence out of
some part of the forfeited estates. Dated 4 April 1693.

Minuted : — " The Queen's pleasure to be knowne how much shee
will allow p head for the number outlawed ; and the lands not to
be disposed till Her Ma**! pleasure is declared."

The petition of Mr. Savage, and two other papers. 5 pages and
2 halves.

April 6. 64. Report of Mr. Charles Fox to the Lords of the Treasury, on

the petition of Christophilus Jenny, clerk, one of the persons
returned in the list of the Londonderry officers who had lately
received his proportion of the Royal bounty, but who claimed to be
paid in a double capacity, as captain and chaplain ; adverse to his
being so paid, except their Lordships think his merits and sufferings
entitle him. Dated 6 April 1693.
Also the petition. 2 pages (quarto).

April 10. 65. Letter of the Comi^*! for sick and wounded seamen, &c., to

the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had attended daily
with the enclosed representation, but had not been called in. En-
closing an extract from a letter they had received from Go&port,
setting forth the difficulties experienced by their agent in subsisting
the .seamen, as the tradesmen could no longer give trust, &c. Dated
10 April 1G93.

Also the extract. 2 pages.

April 10. 66. " Office of Ordnance. The method by which we have

computed our demand of ready money for the Descent Trayne
now fitting out." [An estimate.] Dated 10 April 1693.
[Tlie descent was upon France.] li pages.

April 10. 67. Report of the officers of the Mint to the Lords of the

Treasury, on tlie question how far farthings, consisting of a mixtui'e
of copper and tin, might be made with profit to the Crown, without
being liable to be counterfeited ; stating that farthings and half-
pence might be made, after the pattern sent, at 20 per cent, profit
to the Crown, at least ; but unless all profit were waived by the
Crown, the same would be counterfeited still, there being no way
to prevent the counterfeiting but by making farthings of so near the
intrinsic value that no artists might be tempted to do it ; if made
at all, they should be either purely of copper, or purely of tin refined.
Dated 10 April 1693. 1^ j^o-i/es.




April 10.]

[? About
April 10.]

[? About
April 1].]

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68. Petition of Captain Holcroft Blood to tlie Lords of tlie.
Treasury, for arrears of his pay as an engineer in Ireland during
the war, " being obliged to go in tliis expedition to the West Indies."
With an account annexed, dated Aug. 12, 1692, on which is a certi-
ficate by tlie Com^s of Ordnance of its truth [pursuant to the
minute on the dorse, dated 10 April 1693],

Minuted: — " IQtii Apr. '93. To be referrd to ye officers of y"
Ordnance, who are to state w* is due to y° pet^." ^ 'pages.

G9. Petition of Captain Francis Hamon, Lieut.-Governor of Lan-
guard Fort, ])raying for payment of salary for above five j"ears, and
for a settlement for the futui-e, as he was assured by Col. Eyton,
who was the Governor, that he should be allowed 10s. a day, it
having been proposed that a Lieut.-Governor should reside there, to
prevent abuses.

Minuted: — "10 Apr. '93. To be respited till the King's returne."
1 i^age.

70. Memorial of the Duke of Norfolk to the Lords of the Treasury,
stating that 6,7-50^. was due to him for his pension of 3,000?. per
ann., aud that it was proposed to lend their Majesties 13,000L on
credit of the 4s. in the pound, provided their Lordships would pay
the debt by tally upon some branch of the revenue.

Minuted:—" 11 Apr. '93. To have 3,000li at 100^ p week, &
to lend 6,000ii upon ye excise."

Another memorial to the King, much the same in effect, but the
memorialist only ofiers a loan of 10,000?.

The last is mimtted : — " To speak w'''' y^ D. of Norfolk's agent."
1 and I |jagre (quarto).

April 12. 7L Report of Sir Edw. Ward, Attorney-General, addressed to the
Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Charles Trevanion, Esq.,
and on the report made by Mr. Willm. Taylor thereupon, in
the former the petitioner desired three thiugs to be leased to
him : — 1st. A tenement in Resuggo, in the manor of Treverbin,
formerly leased with a fulling mill to William Cock : — 2nd. Another
tenement in the same place formerly granted by copy of Court Roll
to the petitioner and his brother Hugh Trevanion, for their lives,
after the death of JoanEland lately deceased ; and 3rd. Certain build-
ings being encroachments on the wastes of their M.ajesties manors of
Treverbin, Courtney, Austell Prior and Tuington, in the duchy and
county of Cornwall. Advising their Lordships on the 1st, that the
validity of Cock's lease should be determined ; on the 2nd that they
had no objection ; and on the 3rd, that a commission should issue, to
inquire into the truth, in regard to the premises, without which
it would not be proper to grant those encroachments. &c. Dated 12
April ] 093.

Minuted: — " Agreed to ye Rep*, but the commission to be exe-
cuted at ye petrs charge, & ye incroachments mencond in ye s<i
pefi to be noted in ye inquisition."

The petition and report referred to and a schedule of tlie encroach-
ments. 7i pages.


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April 12. 72. A short note of Lord NottingLam to tlie Lords of tlie Trea-
sury, enclosing an extract from a letter from Mr, Metliweii, tlieir
Majesties envoy extraordinary in Portugal, that they might report
to the Queen what tluy tliought fit to be done. i)ated 12 April

Minuted: — " My L<^'^ will repoi't that yc method proposed by
M^ Methwen is not practicable."

The letter is not now with it. i P'-^il'^ (quarto).

April 12. 73. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords, of the Treasury,
on the petition of John Phillipps late collector of excise for the
county of Middlesex, showing that he was robbed on the highvva}',
between Enlield and London, of 198?. 2s.7id. of excise money;
that the same was vigorously defended, and one of the robbers shot,
wlio was afterwards taken and died of his wound, by which means
the luindi-ed was discharged [of its liability], &c. Reconnnending that
the ]jetitioner be discharged on his account of that sum. Dated 12
April 1G93.

Minuted: — "Granted. But ye particular reasons to be sett

Also the petition and an affidavit relating thereto. ^ pages.

April 12. 74. Presentment of the Coma's of Customs to the Lords of the
Treasury, as to the abolition of the office of receiver of customs
outv/ard, in the port of London, on the death of Mr. Simon Morse,
the late receiver advising the application of tlie salary of the office
to more useful purposes. Dated 12 April 1093.
Minuted, : — " Agreed." 1 \ parjes.

April 15. 75. Reptirt of the Coni''-'! of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury,
on the petition of Thomas Carpenter, for leave to surrender his
grant of one of the patent waiters in tlie port of London to Tutchen
Martin ; in fixvour of his so doing, " the rather liecause it is a consider-
able advantage to the Crown to take in a grant for life, and only
give out a grant for pleasure." Dated 15 April 1G93.
Minuted: — "To execute it in person.''
Also the petition referred to. 2 pages.

April 20. 7G. Report of the Navy Board on the case contained in the
petition of John Perry, Esq., and other merchants, owners of the ship
" Richard and Sarah,'' finding that the ship was taken up as a
guard ship, and 24 seamen employed on board her, by order of
the Council of the island of Jamaica, for the safety of that island ;
after the destruction of the fortifications of Port Royal, and in
the absence of the " Guernsey " frigate, when sent after tlie French
at tlieir landing on the north side of the island, viz., as to the
amount for tlie hire of the ship. Dated 20 April '93.

Minuted ;— " IG Aug. '93, to be p'^ in y° island of Jamaica, 18 Sept.
'93." U pages.


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[? About 77. Memorial of the Right Hon. the Lord Cutts to tlie Lords
20 April of the Treasiuy, as to the advance of certain moneys to his regi-
1693.] ment.

Minuted :—" 20 Apr. '93."

" When the other regiments under these circumstances are con-
sidered." 1 page (quarto).

April 21. 78. Eeport of the Com^s of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury,
recommending various regulations as to ships to be engaged in the
transport service. Dated 21 April 1G93.

Minuted : — " 4 May '93 for the Counsell." 2 pages.

April 26. 79. Report of the Comi's for Transports to the Lords of the Trea-
sury, on the petition of James Hull of Plymouth, merchant, as to the
balance of his claim for hire of his ship, from 1(3 April 1690 to 11
March 1691-2, at 13s. per ton per month, viz., 1,658?. l7s. 6d., and
recommending the allowance of 400/. for the loss of the ship,
■which -was cast away on the said 1 Itli of March. Dated 26 April

Minuted : — '' 23 May '93. If there be a remainder of ye tallys
. lately putt into yo hands of y'' Commas for last year's transport
service, the Lords order the 400/. to be jjaid out of those tallys.

The petition referred to, and Mr. Hull's objections to the Comra
report ; being 300?. to his prejudice. 4^ pages.

April 26. 80. Report of the Corals for Transports to the Lords of the Trea-
sury, on the petition of John Stapleton, master of the ship " Con-
quest," showing that his ship carried part of the Irish army for
France, landed them at Morlaix, on 26 Nov. 1691, and returned
to Kinsale, and was then impressed to carry the Danish forces to
Ostend, where they were landed, 15 March 1691-2 ; confirming his
claim for freight at 12.5. a ton per month, from 16 Oct. 1691 to
15 March, amounting to 389/. 12.s. Dated 26 April 1693.

The petition referred to, and a memorandum of the owner relating
thereto. 2 paqes and 3 halves.

April 28. 81. Memorial of ofiicers of the Ordnance Department, setting
forth the importunate demands of the artificers, who had supplied
stores on the credit of the 210,000/. given for the land service ; the
lamentable state the gunsmitlis were in, the debt to them being
30,000/. and asking for 15,000/. for their present supply ; the wants
of the artificers, fee, employed on the descent train ; the want of
5,000/. for the Flanders' train, on the opening of the campaign ; and
that 1,500/. was due for arrears of contracts, for artillery horses and
wagsrons, and the remainder of four months' advance on the year's
contract, to enable the train to take the field. Forbearing to mention
other particulars contained in Mr. Bertie's weekly list, all absolutely
necessary, but further stating that the office is so far in debt that it
is impossible to proceed without assistance, and that the tallies they
had received, amounting to 59,282/. 4,9. 6c/. for sea service, were so
remote as to be of no service, their quarterly payments being two




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years iu arrear, and tlieir prices being more to their Majesties'
advantage, by at least two or three shillings in the pound, than they
were in tlie late King James' time, when the Crowa pay was much
better than it was then ; they were informed by their artificers that
no one would take the tallies, and the disgust of those they dealt
with at such unreasonable payments was so great tliat they feared
the total destruction of the credit of the office. Dated 28 April 1693.
1 "i pagen.

VOL. XXII. 1693. Mat and June.


May 3. 1. Report of the Coma's of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury,

on a memorial annexed, of Doctor Alix, praying liberty to import
(custom free) paper, for printing a new edition of " Ecclesiastical
Councils," referring it to their Lordships' consideration. The
amount for which remission was prayed was 592^. I7s. Qcl. upon
6,000 reams of demy paper. Dated 3 May 1693.

Minuted : — " The petitioner to have 2001'."

Also the memorial referred to, in which he says the same favour
was granted for " the Polyglott Bible, the volumes of the Critik com-
mentators, Mr. Pool's Synopsis, and other such burdensome public
works." 3 pages and 2 lines.

May 4. 2. Petition of William Howell, messenger in ordinary to King

Charles the Second, addressed to the King, for the grant of one
moiety of the estate of 8M. x>er ann. belonging to Robert and Richard
Petre, both Romish priests at Stanyod [Stanford] Rivers, Essex,
he having been at great expense in outlawing them, and obtainino-
a decree.

Minuted ;— (1st) " Rec-l 4 May 1693. Read ye same day in Coun-

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