Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
from L&M Companionkt 1660, bt 1665 (c. 1615-80). Merchant and financier. He lived in London Wall in a large house (taxed on 22 hearths) next door to James Houblon, sen. He had provided money for the King when he was in exile and was a confidant of Clarendon, to whom he acted (with Sir. G. Carteret) as business adviser. Among the many offices he held were those of Commissioner of the Customs 1660-2, farmer of the customs 1662-71, collector of customs in London from 1669, and Treasurer of the Dunkirk garrison 1660-2. He served on the Council for Trade 1660-8 and that for Foreign Plantations 1661-70; amd was M.P. for Lyme Regis 1661-Jan. 79.
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