The Hartlib Papers

Title:Printed Sheet On The Office Of Public Advice, Printed By Thomas Newcombe
Dating:14 May 1657
Ref:57/3/2A-B: 2B BLANK
Notes:Italics original except within square brackets.

                         The OFFICE of
                       PUBLICK    ADVICE
            Newly set up in several places in and about
                    London and Westminster,
                         BY AVTHORITY.
BEcause the life of all Intercourse is quickness of Return, and the same can hardly be had, except the things about which the said Intercourse is practised, come to the knowledge of Men concerned therein, which hitherto hath been, in a manner, altogether wanting, the several occasions of private Men, being for the most part unknown to others. Therefore the Undertakers of the Offices of Publick Advice have found out a new way, which every one that shall make a tryal of, not being byassed, or in any way interessed to the contrary, will soon judge to be very advantagious to the Commonwealth, and to have fully attained the true means of quickening the said Intercourse. The design therefore of the said Undertakers, and the way how they intend to manage the same, is as followeth.
     The said Undertakers have erected several Offices or Places, to any of which all persons whatsoever may repair, there to Enter into the Register Books of the said Places respectively, the Occasions they have to dispose of any of the Things hereafter mentioned; which being thus Entred, the Undertakers will weekly put forth and publish a Book of intelligence in Print, wherein all the particular Occasions by them so Entred, as aforesaid, shall be methodically set down, and so made known to all the Nation; which Book shall be publickly sold every Tuesday morning at every Stationers Shop; and by such other hands, and at such rates, as other Books of Intelligence are ordinarily sold: And by this way great advantage will accrew to the Publick, and cheifly to the Parties so Entring their occasions; it being more likely that the Things they are to dispose of, being by this means generally made known to all, more Chapmen will be found for the same, than if they should onely take such blinde ways of Addresses heretofore made use of. Besides, in this new way, Fees are onely taken of one of the two Parties concurring to a Bargain and both are as well served, as can be desired of such an Office: Whereas in the ways formerly used by others, both Parties are to pay Fees, and few if any, come to be effectually served in what they aimed at. The Undertakers will binde themselves, after the Entring of such Occasions, to print each Advice so Entred for Four weeks together in the said Book, unless the Parties shall desire a longer publishing; which, upon renewing of their Entring and Fees, shall be continued as long as they please.
The several Occasions, about which the
Vndertakers intend to give Intelligence     {Fees for entring
in the said Book, and the Fees which they   {per Moneth.
take for the same are cheifly these,   
To give notice
{Of all such Ships and Vessels as are to go    }
{ out, either from the Port of London, or any } For ships above
{ other Port in England, Scotland, or Ireland,} 100 Tuns, a penny
{ with the time of their going forth, the     } per Tun; for
{ place they lye at, the Port they are bound } ships under 100
{ to, their Names, Burden, and Strength, the } Tuns, six
{ Names of the Masters, &c. As also of all   } shillings.
{ such Ships and Vessels as are to be Sold or }
{ Lett to Fraight   ---------      ---------- }
{Of all such Tacklings, Riggings, and Ship Furnitures whatsoever,
{ as are to be sold. If under the value of thirty pounds, Five
{ shillings; if above the value of Thirty pounds, the same Fee
{ of Five shillings, and one penny per pound for the overplus.
{Of all such Masters or Captains, Pilots, Masters- }
{ mates, Pursers, Boat-Swains, Gunners Carpenters,}
{ Shipwrights, Surgeons, &c: that want    }
{ Imployments --------           ---------       }six shillings
{Of any other Seamen, of what rank soever, that   }
{ desire to be employed ---------     --------   }three shillings
{Of all Stage Coaches, Waggons, Carriers, or      }
{ Horses, to be furnished at certain places at   }
{ constant times, to go into any part of the     }
{ Commonwealth: The days of their going; the     }
{ place they lye at; the rates they take, &c --- }Eight shillings
{Of all Hackney-Coaches, Waggons, Carriers, or    }
{ Horses to be Lett upon any Journeys into any   }
{ part of the Commonwealth; the places they lye }
{ at, and the rates they take, &c.    -------    }Six shillings
{Of Lands, Houses, Annuities, in City or Country }A penny per
{ to be sold, Mortgaged or Purchased. ------ }pound of the
                                                  } value
{Of Houses to be Let by Lease or Yearly Rent in   }
{ the City, or Houses and Lands in any other     }
{ part of the Commonwealth, which shall be       }
{ under the yearly Rent of Thirty pounds,        }Five shillings
   If above the Rent of Thirty pounds, the same Fee of Five
   shillings, adding a penny per pound for the overplus of
   the said Rent.
{Of all Lodgings to be Lett in the City, either }
{ furnished or unfurnished; Persons to be       }
{ Boarded, or not, by the Year, Moneth or Week; }
{ Warehouses, Cellars, &c. to be Lett -------   }Five shillings
{Of Money to be put or taken at Interest. Of Money to be lent or
{ Borrowed upon Plate, Jewels, or other sufficient Pawn. Of any
{ Household-stuff, Clothes, or other moveable Goods, to be sold
{ or bought at the second hand. Of Coaches, or any Furniture
{ belonging to the same, Horses or Cattle of all sorts to be
{ sold. If under the value of Thirty pounds, Five shillings;
{ if above the value of Thirty pounds, the same fee of Five
{ shillings and one penny per pound for the overplus
{Of any Wares, Merchandises, or other Commodities whatsoever, to
{ be sold or bought, either by Whole-Sale or in Retail. If
{ under the value of Thirty pounds, Five shillings; if above
{ the value of Thirty pounds, the same Fee of Five shillings,
{ and one penny per pound for the overplus.
{Of any Goods, Horses, or any Beasts, or Cattle    }
{ stoln or strayed   ---------------   -------    }Six shillings
{Of any that would be employed as agents or        }
{ Messengers about businesses, to any part of     }
{ the Commonwealth, or beyond Seas; or as         }
{ overseers and Surveyors of any Lands or Estates }
{ in Ireland, or other parts of the Commonwealth; }
{ or as Interpreters or Agents for Strangers,     }
{ that are ignorant of the Language or Affairs of }
{ this Nation ------- ------- ------- ---------- }Five shillings
{Of Professors of Sciences, Teachers of Hebrew,     }
{ Greek Latin, English, French, Italian, Dutch, }
{ or any other Languages. Of Tutors or Governors }
{ for Noblemen or Gentlemens Children: Of School- }
{ Masters, or School Mistresses of the better sort:}
{ Of Writing Masters, Dancing masters, Singing-    }
{ Masters, Lute or Guittare Masters, &c. Of       }
{ Stewards, Bailiffs of Manors, Secretaries,       }
{ Gentlemen ushers, &c: Of Book-keepers, Cash-    }
{ keepers to Merchants, or others. Of Clerks of   }
{ Counsellors, Justices of Peace, Attorneys,       }
{ Solicitors, Scriveners, Brewers, Woodmongers, &c.}Ten Shillings
{Of Petti-School-Masters and School Mistresses. Of}
{ Serving men or Serving-women of all sorts and   }
{ degrees; Journeymen, Workmen, &c. Of all       }
{ Professions whatsoever     -------- --------    }Four shillings
{Of Nurse-keepers and Nurses, dry and wet, in Home }
{ or abroad, in City or Country ------ -----      }Four shillings
{Of Apprentices to be bound of any Profession or   }
{ Calling.   -------   -------    -------         }Six shillings
{Of Servants or Apprentices run from their        }
{ Masters    ------    -------    -------        }Eight Shillings
{Of Physitians and others, that have any rare     }
{ and approved Receipt or Medicine for any Pain }
{ or Disease: Of such as having such Pains,      }
{ look for any one to help them: Of such as     }
{ will make known any good and lawful Claim to   }
{ any Real or Personal Estate ----- -----      }Ten Shillings
{Of Books Printed or intended to be Printed ---- }Five shillings
{Of Wood and Timber to be Sold.    If under the value of Thirty
{ pounds, Five shillings; if above value of Thirty pounds, the
{ same Fee of Five shillings, and one penny per pound for the
{ overplus.
{And generally of all sorts of other Occasions: For which the
{ Fees shall be proportionable, either to the abovesaid Fees,
{ or to the nature of the thing itself; which considering the
{ great Charges and Trouble the Undertakers are to be at in
{ Publishing Four Weeks together each Advice, ought not to be
{ thought too high.
   For the better Ease and Accommodation of the People, the Undertakers have been willing to be at the charge of Erecting and Maintaining several Offices, Eight in number, in all Parts and quarters of the city and Suburbs, that so no persons may be put to any trouble for the serving of their respective occasions, if they do but observe the times set down for each Office to be open.
The places are these following.
In East-Smithfield near St Katherines, by the Waterside, at one Mr. Greens a Chirurgion, at the sign of the Hamburgh-Arms, over against the sign of the Red Lions.
In Sherburn-Lane's end, next to Lumbard-Street, at one Mr. Gasse's, over against the White Hart.
In Barbican, at one Mr Peryam's, over against the sign of the George, next door to the sign of the Pomegranate.
In Fuller's Rents in Holborn, at one Mr. Tho. Slaynets, at the three arrows
In White-Friers, at the Entry, next to the Green Dragon Tavern, at one Mr Gee's, over against the sign of the Black Bull-head.
In the Strand, at one Mistress Salisburies, at the sign of the White Swan with two Necks, over against the sign of the Cross Keys, by York House.
In Westminster, in Kings Street, at on Mr Hudsons, at the sign of the Half-Moon, between the Rose and Crown, and the Black Bell.
In Southwark, at Mr Newtons, at the sign of the Queen's-Head Inn, on St Margarets Hill.
Such as shall have Occasion, may repair to any of the said places next to their own Habitations upon the days following, viz.
To the Offices of East-Smithfield and Holborn, every Wednesday and Friday in the Morning, from Eight to Eleven a Clock.
To the Offices of Sherburn-Lane and White Friers, upon the same days, viz. From Twelve at Noon to Four in the Afternoon in Sherburn-Lane: and from Two to Five in the Afternoon in White-Friers.
To the Offices of Southwark and the Strand, upon every Thursday and Saturday in the Morning from Eight to Eleven a Clock.
To the Offices of Barbican and Westminster, upon the same days in the Afternoon, from Two to Five a Clock.
    The Undertakers intend, God willing, to begin to put forth the said Printed weekly Books upon Tuesday, the 26 day of May, 1657. And in the mean while such as will, may from this 14 day of May, and so forward, bring their Notes to the Offices to be Entred.
    The Parties that shall repair to the said Offices for any purpose, are desired, for better order sake, to bring their desires in writing, if possible, and their Notes being Entred, they shall be subscribed and returned to them by the Clerk of the Office, for the greater Security of those that bring the said Notes. And withal they are desired That in case the Commodities they have to dispose of shall be disposed of afore the end of Four weeks, they would be pleased to give or send notice of it to the said Office, where their Notes have been Entred. And so avoiding any abuse therein, they are desired to send back the Notes so subscribed, as a token to the Clerk of the said Office. They are further desired to specifie in their several Notes, the price and value of their several Occasions, with the other Particulars concerning them, according to the Premises.
London, Printed by Tho. Newcomb, dwelling in Thames-street
over against Bainards Castle.    1657. **