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David Quidnunc  •  Link

More Exchequer Employees

Charles Cervington ("Servington")
appears once in the diary -- 30 December 1661

Edward Fauconberg ("Falconbridge")
deputy chamberlain of the receipt in the E.

"Servington" SEE Charles Cervington

Thomas Shadwell
appears once in the diary -- 30 December 1661

John Taylor
appears once in the diary -- 30 December 1661

John Todd
vice-chamberlain of the receipt in the E. (in April '60 succeeded Scipio le Squire, d. '59)

Woodroofe, Edmund (Pepys spells it "Woodruff")
appears twice in the diary -- first on 30 December 1661

Pauline  •  Link

Tally at the Exchequer
From http://www.pepys.info/1665/1665mar.html
[The practice of striking tallies at the Exchequer was a curious survival of an ancient method of keeping accounts. The method adopted is described in Hubert Hall's "Antiquities and Curiosities of the Exchequer," 1891. The following account of the use of tallies, so frequently alluded to in the Diary, was supplied by Lord Braybrooke. Formerly accounts were kept, and large sums of money paid and received, by the King's Exchequer, with little other form than the exchange or delivery of tallies, pieces of wood notched or scored, corresponding blocks being kept by the parties to the account; and from this usage one of the head officers of the Exchequer was called the tallier, or teller. These tallies were often negotiable; Adam Smith, in his "Wealth of Nations," book ii., ch. xi., says that "in 1696 tallies had been at forty, and fifty, and sixty per cent. discount, and bank-notes at twenty per cent." The system of tallies was discontinued in 1824; and the destruction of the old Houses of Parliament, in the night of October 16th, 1834, is thought to have been occasioned by the overheating of the flues, when the furnaces were employed to consume the tallies rendered useless by the alteration in the mode of keeping the Exchequer accounts.]

Simon  •  Link

The Court of the Exchequer was one of the main law courts of Britain, and had since at least the mid 13th century been housed in a building adjoining Westminster Hall, as part of the Old Palace of Westminster. By the time of Pepys diary, the court still occupied the same building which was at right angles to the main north front of the Hall in New Palace Yard. The buildings on the east side of New Palace Yard (along the river side) contained the Receipt of the Exchequer and various other offices of the Exchequer, such as the Tally office.

Pedro  •  Link

Clerk of the Cheque

Also a post in the dockyards. From Gentlemen and Tarpaulins, J.D.Davies…

“Promotion for Pursers could take the form of appointment to a higer rate, to appropriate dockyard posts such as clerk of the cheque (responsible for mustering the men of the yard and the ordinary)

Bill  •  Link

Exchequer, Court of, one of the oldest offices under the Crown, and usually attached to the palace of the Sovereign, was the Court for the receipt of monies due to the Crown, and for issuing all processes relating thereto. The chief officers were the Chancellor (a Cabinet minister), a Chief Baron, and a Comptroller General.

"The Exchequer is a four-cornered board, about ten foot long and five foot broad, fitted in manner of a table for men to sit about; on every side whereof is a standing ledge, or border, four fingers broad. Upon this board is laid a cloth bought in Easter Term, which is of black colour, rowed with strekes, distant about a foot or a span. . . . That this Court then had its name from the Board whereat they sate, there is no doubt to be made; considering that the Cloth which covered it was thus party-coloured; which the French call Chequy." - Dugdale, Origines Jurid., ed. 1680, p. 49.

---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

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