Warrants etc: September 1699

Pages 240-243

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 15, 1699-1700. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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September 1699

Sept. 26. Report to the Treasury Lords from John Povey (in the absence of William Blathwayt) on the memorial of Mr. Brooks. As Receiver General of the public revenue in New York he has yearly transmitted four quarterly accounts of the public revenues arising there by the Customs, Excise, the King's Beam, Quit Rents and such Aids as have been sent thither from the adjacent Colonies for the security of the frontiers of that Province, to wit from 31 Jan. 1690–1 (when he first entered upon that Office) to 7 June 1698 when he was suspended by the Earl of Bellomont. These quarterly accounts are all certified by the Deputy Auditor to be truly stated and Col. Fletcher has certified to most of the said accompts during his Government that he believes them to be true charges and discharges of the revenue for the respective quarters. The accomptant has also produced a receipt from Mr. Cortland (one of the present Commissioners for the receipt of said revenue) for the balance [remaining on the foot] of said accompts. The accomptant has further, since his coming into England, delivered in an accompt of the Additional Duty raised by several Acts of Assembly in New York in 1692 and since [that year], for payment of the debts of the Government and other uses expressed in the said Acts and an accompt of the taxes raised by public rates by Acts of Assembly in New York for the security of the frontiers during the war; which accompts I have examined with the vouchers produced by him. I have made several objections thereto as below. In reply the accomptant's agents allege that they are ready to answer provided they may have time to send to New York for the vouchers that are wanting. Whereupon your Lordships being attended with a short abstract of the said accompts you ordered copies of same to be sent to the Earl of Bellomont for examination with [by] the accomptant's vouchers in New York. Those accompts are now ready to be sent to said Earl. To save him trouble and expense his vouchers may be examined here rather than sent to New York. In this case he may be allowed time to send to New York to complete his said vouchers.
Followed by: objections to Mr. Brooks' accompts of the revenue [of New York].
£ s. d. £ s. d.
Charge 32094 15
for Col. Slaughter's salary 516 6 11
for Col. Fletcher's salary 365 12 10½
for the Earl of Bellomont's salary 95 12
for his [Brooks'] salary 455 16 8
for sterling money 10 0 0
1442 8 11
for payments upon orders not expressing for what service 1032 0
for Pennsylvania Expedition upon the credit of that Province 401 13
2876 2 11¾
The accomptant produces regular orders and receipts for these [abovesaid] payments justifying himself thereby for having paid the same according to his Instructions except for his own salary, &c.
Payments upon defective vouchers.
to Major Schuyler in 1691 19 18 0
to ditto in 1691 11 9 11
to Robert Stone in 1693 17 4
to Robert Aliston in 1693 11 5 0
to John Clap in 1694 31 2 9
to Hellick Cornelish in 1695 5 0 0
to Stephen Cortland in 1695 36 3
to John Trevot in 1695 9 0 0
to John Messo in 1695 5 1 11¾
to Augustin Grahme in 1696 12 0 0
to Isaac Deschamp in 1696 10 6
to Hendrick Renslaer in 1696 9 9 0
to Hellick Cornelish in 1697 2 3 4
to Francis le Comte in 1697 11 0 0
to George Lockart in 1694 18 7
to Daniel Honan in 1694 105 0 0
to Depeyster in 1694 37 0 0
to bills of incidents in the accomptant's office for the last 10 quarters without orders 84 18 1
to himself for agency in England in 1698 without order 179 9 0
616 6 9
The accomptant has omitted to charge himself with
the bills received from Maryland about [the year] 1693 390 0 0
money advanced to the public about 1692 for fitting out Major Schuyler's Dragoons 329 18 4
money advanced to the public about 1692 for Col. Slaughter's funeral 209 9 0
929 7 4
Memorandum: there is a further deficiency in the voucher produced for 60l. per an. allowed to the Minister of Albany which appears to be received by Mr. Clerkson the Secretary as his [the minister's] Attorney: but the letter of attorney is not produced as a voucher.
To the accompt of the Additional Duty, the whole charge whereof amounts to about 9294l. 7s. 9½d. The payments made in discharge of this accompt appears to be chiefly to Col. Bayard and Mr. Cortland, without expressing for what service, except 1882l. 13s. 4¾d. transmitted [transferred] to the accompts of the Ordinary Revenue and there accompted for. "But no order appears to warrant this transfer and [the transfer of] 1l. 7s. 8d. paid as the balance of this accompt to the present Receiver [successor to said Brooks].
For the general vouchers of this accompt the accomptant produces a copy of the Journal of the Assembly of the 20th June 1698, attested by the Secretary of the Commissioners of Trade to have been received by him of the Earl of Bellomont's Agent here; whereby it appears that besides the said 1882l. 13s. 4¾d. the sum of 4443l. 15s. 8½d. had been issued out of the said Duty pursuant to the Acts of Assembly: which [sums] being in all 6326l. 9s, 1¼d. there remains 2967l. 18s. 8¼d. to be accompted for by the accomptant; for which he is ready to produce the receipts of Mr. Bayard and Mr. Cortland for his discharge.
To the accompt of Taxes: amounting to 27079l. 11s. 11¼d.
For the voucher of this whole accompt [there] is produced the copy of the Journal of the Assembly 20 June 1698, attested by the Secretary of the Commissioners of Trade to have been received by him from the Earl of Bellomont's Agent here; whereby the accomptant is allowed to have paid by warrants from the Governor and Council out of the taxes 24527 18 3
Of the remainder [being 2551l. 13s. 8¼d] he discharges himself by an account of debts standing out £1589 6
the balance paid to Mr. Cortland by order 658 7
the residue by several articles craved by the accomptant amounts to 303 19
[sic ? for 303 19 6½]
£27079 11 11¼
Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 26–27, 28–30.