Part-printed form, folio, completed in manuscript, signed at the foot by William Brouncker, John Mennes and William Batten, with their wax seals; on a bifolium with a manuscript docket label; creased where folded, edges thumbed outer faces worn and dusty, old tape repairs to verso.
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To our worthy friends [Sr Edward Fuss Knt, John Smith, John Stevens, Silvanus Wood and William Selwin Esqrs] Justices of the Peace in the County of [Gloucester] or any two of them …
Unrecorded(?) part-printed warrant; pursuant to the Act for providing carriage by land and by water for the use of his Majesties Navy and Ordnance, the parties names above are requested to provide fourteen carriages to Daniel Furzer for the transport of two hundred loads of timber from ‘in and about the parishes of Barckley [Berkeley] and Uly [Uley]’ unto Berkeley Pill and Frampton Pill on the Severn. The request came in the closing months of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, when the financial position of the Navy was increasingly desperate.
The mathematician William Brouncker, a friend of Pepys, had been asst. comptroller to the Treasurer of the Admiralty since December 1666. Mennes and Batten were thorns in Pepys’s side.
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