Commissioners of the King's Revenue

Scope and Content

Journal book containing the 'proceedings of his Majesty's Commissioners for the lessening of his Majesty's charge and increase of his revenue', 11 Jul 1626-24 Nov 1627. These volumes deal with the efforts made to reduce the debts incurred by the King's Household. Particulars are given of the households both of King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria. The entries relating to the Queen's household are of especial interest in view of the critical situation caused at this time by the dismissal of her French attendants and staff. Includes minutes of the 'Commissioners for selling and granting his Majesty's lands in fee farm' for 20-21 Sep and 5 Oct 1626. Volume II is inscribed 'Mr Whitaker's booke', referring to Lawrence Whitaker, Clerk of the Privy Council, 1624-1640.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Commission was set up under the Great Seal (Privy Council) on 1 Jul 1626, to try and reduce debts incurred by the Royal Household.


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Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript folio. Bound in original vellum, rebacked.

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 is inscribed by Lawrence Whitaker, MP, Clerk of the Council, 1624-1640. It was later part of the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st Baronet (1792-1872) as MS 15713.


Calendar of state papers, domestic series , 1627-1628.