RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
Alt Ref NoMS 928d
Extent186 ff.
DescriptionLetter and memoranda book of the farmers of the king's customs, 27 January 1634/5 to 25 October 1636.
The volume mainly contains copies of out-letters from the concessionaries of the customs farming syndicate, principally Sir Paul Pindar (1566-1650), Sir John Wolstenholme (1572-1639), Sir John Jacob (1597-1666) and Sir Abraham Dawes. The letters are mainly addressed to agents and officials in the ports of England and Wales.
The customs played a principal role in financing the personal rule of Charles I. See Kevin Sharpe, 'The personal rule of Charles I' (New Haven and London, 1992), pp. 126-130.
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2012
PhysicalDescriptionVellum binding with fold-over flap, 362 x 246 mm., rebacked. Original spine preserved within front cover. 'Custom house' inscribed on the cover.
Paper leaves. Written in a single hand.
First part of the volume has original pagination 1327-1479, suggesting it continues from earlier volumes in the series.
CustodialHistoryOwned by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury. In the catalogue of his personal library of c.1715-16 it is recorded as 'Letters from ye Commissioners of the Custom House 1636-7-8 [sic] folio' The provenance is given as William Griffith (LR/F/16, f. 69v). William Griffith (fl. 1652-1702), born at Stratford Longton, Essex, was admitted a sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge, in 1652, graduated B.A. 1655/6, M.A. 1659 (Venn, 'Alumni Cantabrigienses'). He became a notary public in 1664. His manuscripts show him as secretary to Henry Coventry, Envoy to Sweden, 1664-66 (MS. 1091); secretary to Henry Coventry, Plenipotentiary at the Peace of Breda 1667 (MS. 783); and as assistant to Sir William Glascock, Master of Requests, 1674-79 (MSS. 937and 942). A number of his manuscripts were purchased by Thomas Tenison, Archbishop of Canterbury.
Recorded by Andrew Coltee Ducarel in a list of uncatalogued manuscripts at Lambeth in 1759 (MS. 1998, f. 8r).
Recorded in A.C. Ducarel's catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts dated 1763 (LR/F/42).
RelatedMaterialThe National Archives E 351/639-640. Customs: accounts of farmers, commissioners and collectors (Sir P. Pindar and others) Dec. 1634-Dec. 1636.

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GB/109/19881Pindar; Sir; Paul (c.1565-1650); merchant and diplomatc.1565-1650
NA2179Charles I (1600-1649); King of England, Scotland and Ireland1600-1649
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