4 Annotations

First Reading

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Per L&M Companion:-

Probably Sir Edward Griffin, Treasurer of the Chamber (d. 1710). He was a Lieut. Colonel in the Duke of York's Regiment of foot; later (1688) created Baron Griffin of Braybrooke, and an active Jacobite. But possibly Col. John Griffin his younger brother.

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Warrington: "Edward Griffin of Baybrooke in Northamptonshire, at this time lieutenant-colonel in the Duke of York's regiment of footguards, now called the Coldstream: he was raised to the peerage in 1688, by the title of Lord Griffin, and followed the fortunes of his royal master after the revolution, and was outlawed. Being taken prisoner in the attempted invasion of Scotland in 1708, he was committed to the Tower, and died there in confinement in November 1710. He married Lady Essex Howard, eldest daughter and one of the two co-heirs of James Howard, third Earl of Suffolk. Their grandson, Edward, third Lord Griffin, dying s.p. in 1742, the barony became extinct."

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

ASSUMING this Col. Griffin was the Private Treasurer to Charles II in 1669, the revenue he got to spend came from the following sources, according to Cosmo, the future Grand Duke of Turin.

I've standardized the spelling of names, corrected scanning errors I could figure out, and increased the number of paragraphs. I apologize if they are wrong:


To support the expenses necessary for maintaining the royal dignity, and for the preservation of the kingdom, the king of England has several sources of revenue, some ordinary and others extraordinary.

The first of these arise from the royal patrimony, called domains, of which he disposes for a given time, to certain specified persons, and in failure of these, the whole reverts to the crown.

This patrimony was greatly augmented by the estates of the suppressed abbeys, monasteries, and convents, which were appropriated to it all the time of Henry VIII's apostacy; so that the income of the royal domain is valued at 150,000/.s sterling.


These are augmented by monies paid on account of guardianships, by the relations of minors, ijft.jgrdj^r ,;(to get rid of the property, which, during the period of their minority, is annexed to the crown; by the proceeds of remainders, a kind of fine or duty paid to the king for the investiture of feuds; by what is levied under the head of poundage, a burden laid upon the merchandize which is brought into, or sent out of the kingdom; by the duties laid upon woolen drapery, to make amends for the injury done to the customs by the introduction of the wool-manufactures; and on other things; always excepting such as are imported for the purpose of being reexported, and of such as are used in ship-building, and for the purposes of war.

They are further encreased by the profits derived from vacancy of bishoprics from the election of bishops, and from the confiscation of goods in cases of felony.

The other sources of revenue, which are the extraordinary ones, arise, first, from the temporary subsidies that in case of war are voted by Parliament, which the king calls together for that purpose, they being distributed among the lay subjects and ecclesiastics of the kingdom, in proportion either to the estates which they possess, or to the commerce which they carry on, or to the benefices which they enjoy; and, next, from the taxes which the Parliament grants, for a time, on the cities, towns, and villages of the different provinces, in the proportion of the 15th or the 10th part of their actual property.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link


All that the king can derive from these channels does not exceed 6,000,000 of crowns, which he employs in keeping up his court, in maintaining garrisons and ships of war for the protection of the state, the defence of the ports, and the navigation of the sea.



His highness, Cosmo, must be considered only as a traveler. Under his direction, the narrator of the records was Count Lorenzo Magalotti, afterwards Secretary to the Academy del Cimento, and one of the most learned and eminent characters of the court of Ferdinand II.

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