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That a Partent for Eftablishing Commiflioners, came the 3d of March, and then Sir John Worden took his Place.

Thar Sir Dudley North's first Appearance at the Custom House, as a Commillioner, was the 3d of As pril. That the other Commiilioners continued the whole time, and constantly appear’d, except now and then a Diy's Intermilion.

That the 6th of Fibruary 1684, a Proclamation for continuance of Officers, notwithstanding the Death of Kig Charles the Second was publish'd.

That th'. Proclamation was, by the Commislio. ners of th - Customs, sent the 7th of February to the several Ports, and the Officers requir'd to receive the Duties for all Goods imported before his Ma. jesty's Leath.

That Sir Richard Temple Sign’d these Letters with the rest of the Commissioners the 9th of February, but by the Books ir doth not appear that he came at any time after.

That the roth of February Letters were sent, Signed by Sir Nicholas Buttler, Sir John Buckworth, and Mr. Dickenson, to the Officers of the several Ports with Proclamations for continuing the Levying of the Customs and Subsidies.

That the said Proclamation is Dated the gth Day of February.

That in these Books there doth not appear what Contests were made with any Merchants touching the Payment of the Duties, nor what Presentments and Reports were made to, or what Directions re. ceiv'd from the Lord Treasurer, only the 7th of A. pril, there is a Mention in the Minute Book of Three Parcels of Crape, and the 8th of April abour Calve-skins at Hyths; and the 13th of April Orders given to Prosecute the Master of the Charity of Margate, for putting Goods on Shoar the 29th and zoth of March; also in the Book of Abstract of Letters, it appears that the 12th of Mirch 1684. Letters were tent to feveral Ports with Deputations to the Excise Officers to Seize Goods. These Letters were Sign’d by the Lord Cheyne, Sir Nicholas Buttler, and Sir John Buckworth.


That the 24th of February 1684. Letters Signed by the Led ch-ne, Sir Nicholas Buttler, and William Dickenson, were sent to the Officers of the Customs in several Places, with Directions for the Choice of Parliament Men, fome of which Lerters had a Postscript to Order the Oficers to take Directions from the Duke of Albemarle, and the Earl of Bath, another Letter recommended Sir Robert Southwell for Penryn, and the rest were in general Terms.

That the 14th of March 1684. Letters Sign'd by Sir Nicholas Buttler, Sir John Worden, and Sir John Buckworth, were sent to the Officers in Kent, to affist at the Choice of Sir William Twifden, and Major Knatchbull.

That Mr. Francis Miller inform'd the Committee, that in less than Fourteen Days after the Death of King Charles the Second, he went down to the Custom-House to discourse the Commiilioners, he told them he was not free to pay the Customs, and had his Fear what might come hereafter. And Sir Nicholas Buttler told him, It was Fears brought on the former Rebellion. That there was about Four of the Commissioners present. He does not weil remember their Names, but said, they told him he could not have his Goods, but must pay his Customs.

That Mr. Nicholas Buttler affirm’d, that he remembred Mr. Miller's Application to the Commisfioners, and that Sir Nicholas Buttler said, Fears and Jealousies were the first steps to the last Rebellion.

That Mr. William Cockram faid, That there was a Discourse amongst the Merchants concerning the Customs, and that they appointed fome to meet at the Custom-House, and that he with Mr. Miller and others did meet, and went to the Commillioners. He remembred Sir John Buckworth, Sir Nicholas Burtler, and Mr. Willam Dickenson were present. That the Commillioners ask'd the Merchants, what Lawyers they had adviled with? To which the Merchants reply'd, they had not advis’d with any Lawyers. Sir Nicholas Buttler reply'd, Ile know what you are, and luid, if they would dispute ir, They were ready to dispure it ; and Sir John Bucks worth said to them, Do nor Dispute it, it must be paid. And relating to the Excise they find,

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A Printed Proclamation dated the 16th of Febraary, in the First Year of King James the Second setting forth, That whereas the Coinmillioners of the Treasury, viz. Lord Godolphin, Sir Fobn Ernly. Sir Stephen Fox,Sir Dudley North, and Frederick Tyynn, Esq; had for the better Improvement of the Revenue of Excise, on the 5th Day of February, contracted with Sir Peter Apsey, Sir Benjamin Bathurst, and James Graham, for the whole Duty of the Excise for Three Years from that Day, at the Rent of 55oooo Pounds to be paid by Quarterly Payments. As allo that His Majesty had been certified by the O. pinion of the Judges, that the said Contract was valid in Law, and had continuance during the said Three Years, as well for that part granted to King Charles the Second for Life, as others granted to him, his Heirs and Succeffors, notwithstanding the Death of the said King. Therefore the said Proclamation requires all Commillioners, and Subcommillioners of Excise, and all Oficers, to be aid. ing and ailisting in the Collecting and Levying the faid Duties for the Terms of Three Years.

A Copy of a Commiflion of King James the Se. cond, dated the nth of March, in the first Year of his Reign, to Sir Deuny Ashburnbam, Baronet, Francis Parry, Esqs; Charles Davenant, Dr. of Law, Jobin Friend, Felix Calvert, Nathaniel Hornby, and Richard Graham, Eras; reciting the leveral Acts of Parliainent for Granting the Excise, and the Contract made by the Lords Commillioners of Treasury with Sir Peter Apfley, Knight, Sir Benjamin Barburst, and James Graham, for Three Years as before expressid, doth Nominate and Appoint the said Sir Deuny Ashburnham, &c. to be Chief Commissioners and Governours for the Receipt of the Excise to Execute all Powers made, touching Collecting the laid Duties, and to Commiflionate Officers in such manner as the Lord Treasurer, &c. by, and with the Approbation of the said Sir Peter Apsey, &c. should direct, and also to Levy all Fines and Forfeitures. The faid Commillion doth allo Im

power the said Persons to Collect the Duty on Fire. Hearths, &c.

A Copy of an Indenture made the 30th of March 1685, between Sir Peter Apsey, Sir Benjamin Bathurst, and James Graham, on the one part, and Sir Deuny Af-burnham, Mr. Francis Parry, Charles Davenant, John Friend, Fælix Calvert, Nathaniel Hornby, and Richard Graham, on the other Part, reciting the leveral Acts of Excise, and the Contracts abovemention’d. And the said Sir Peter Apoy, &c. Constitute Sir Deuny Ashburnham, &c. their true and lawful Attorney's, and do Depute them in their Names to Collect, Levy, and Receive, and Cause to be Collected, Levied, and Receiv’d, all Impositions, &c. and to apply the Money, first to the Payment of 550000 Pounds to the King, then to the Payment of the Sallaries, and the residue to them the faid Sir Peter Apfley, &c. and Sir Deuny Ashburnham, &c. Covenant to apply the Money accordingly.

Allo a Copy of the King's Commillion, dated the 2d of April, in the first Year of his Reign, constituting Robert Spencer, Esq; Charles Fanshaw, Esq; Sir Paul Neal Knight, George Doddington, Esq; and Edward Seymour, Elq; to be Commillioners of Appeals.

That all the aforemention'd Commissioners af the Excise, but Fælix Calvert, Subscrib'd a List of the Sallaries for the Quarter, beginning the 25th of December 1684. and ending at 25th of March 1685. And another List of Sallaries from the 25th of March 1685, to the 24th of June following, was Sign'd by Francis Parry, Charles Davenant, Fobx Friend, and Nathaniel Hornby, both which Lists were presented to the Lord Treasurer for his Allowance, as appears by the Copies of the faid Lists Registred in the Excise Books presented to the House.

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Report touching the Miscarriages of Ireland Die Lynx 12. Augusti, 1689.

1 SIR Thomas Littleton made the Report from the

Committee, who examind the Matters touching the Miscarriages relating to Ireland and Londonderry.

That the Committee had Examin'd several Witnesses, but came to no Resolutions thereupon, but had directed him to Report the Matter, especially to the House, how they find the fame, (viz) That the Lord Kiraston for many Months had Maintained the Town of Sligo, and the Country thercabouts for the Proteftant Interest, till April 13th, Colonel Lundee the Governour of Londonderry, writto him to advance from thence with what Forces he could to join the rest of the Protestants, and oppose the laté King James's Army from pailing the Tinn. IVater.

That hereupon the Lord Kingston came with a Hundred Horse and Foot, as far as Bally Shannon, where he stay'd for further Orders, but could get 11one till the Enemy gor between that place and Londonderry, whereby all Communication was intercepted.

That by this Means the Lord Kingston's Forces were dispers’d, and the best Regiment of Horse, the Protestants had, broken, besides the Town of slige, and all that Country Pofiefied by the Enemy,

Lieutenant Colonel Swan inform'd the Committee, That he and Mr. Walker and others, perswa. ded Captain Williams and others to keep the Fort at Dungannon, where they raised a Company of Foot and two Troops of Horse.

That Mr. Walker went from thence to London, derry, to Consult Colonel Lundce, who promis'd to fend Forces and Guns thither to make the Town their Frontier Garrison against the Enemy, who held Charlement within Five Miles,


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