English public revenue, 1688-1691

Scope and Content

Manuscript volume containing a statement of the public revenue of England, 1688-1691, including accounts of the receipts, and the expenditure on the Navy, Army, Ordnance, Secret Service, Privy Purse, Wardrobe, Ambassadors, Judges, Pensions, the servants of King William III, and interest of loans. There are entries of many irregularities and unchecked issues. There is a possibility that this manuscript was created by Francis Gwyn as Under-Secretary of State.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Exchequer was responsible for receiving and dispersing the public revenue.


Single item.

Access Information

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Bought by Herbert Somerton Foxwell from Sidney Dobell in 1908 as an addition to the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature.

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Collection level description.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript folio. Bound in half-calf.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

This manuscript originally belonged to Francis Gwyn ([1648]-1734), who was Under Secretary of State in 1681-1683 and 1688-1689. It later formed part of the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet (1792-1872) as MS 12147.

Related Material

Other accounts of the English public revenue for this period may be found at University of London MSS 54, 58, 75, 76.

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