Warrant Book: August 1703, 21-31

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 18, 1703. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1936.

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August 1703, 21-31

Aug. 22. Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to clear Brigadier Daniel Harvey's Regiment of Horse (after being completed by drafts) to the day of their embarcation from Ireland, notwithstanding any former order to the contrary. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 289.
Aug. 23. Letter of direction for 15,000l. to Charles Fox for the service of the Forces added to her Majesty's army in the Low Countries anno 1703 : and is intended for the pay of the said Augmentation Forces : to be issued out of funds as follows viz. 10,213l. 4s. 6¼d. of moneys arisen by sale of annuities ; 1935l. of loans on the sixth 4s. Aid ; 839l. 15s. 11¾d. of loans on the Duties on Coals ; 2011l. 19s. 6d. of loans on the Duties on Malt. Disposition Book XVI, p. 259.
Same for 2000l. to be issued to the Earl of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, at any time after Sept. 1 next : out of Civil List moneys : and is to be applied towards the debt in the Great Wardrobe from Xmas 1702 to Midsummer 1703.
Likewise for 198l. 11s. 10d. to same [out of same] to be applied as follows viz.
£ s. d.
to defray the charge of necessaries provided on account of the Queen's Progress to the Bath 111 0 0
to defray the charge of cleaning and mending tapestry hangings for her Majesty's apartments at St. James's 87 11 10
£198 11 10
Disposition Book XVI, p. 259.
Letter of direction for 576l. 5s. 10d. to Visct. Fitz-Hardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber : out of Civil List moneys : and is to be applied as follows : viz.
£ s. d.
to William Churchill, stationer, in part of his debt for necessaries supplied to the Offices of the 2 Secretaries of State since the Queen's accession 500
to Roger Hallet to clear a year's wages to June 24 last as one of the Pages of the Removing Wardrobe 60l. 13s. 4d. and for his riding charges at the Bath last summer 5l. 12s. 6d. 66 5 10
to Mr. Gideon Royer for writing and embellishing a letter from the Queen to the Czar of Muscovy in Aug. last according to a Queen's warrant in that behalf 10
£576 5 10
Ibid., p. 260.
Same for 2926l. 2s. 1½d. to Thomas Lloyd, Paymaster of the Works : out of Civil List funds : to be applied to discharge a debt in the Office of the Works for last June 24 quarter.
And 1334l. 9s. 1d. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works at Windsor : out of same : to be applied in discharge of the debt for works there in the same quarter. Ibid.
William Lowndes to William Blathwayt to procure a royal warrant to authorise Charles Fox to pay 74,578l. 2s. 6d. to the King of Portugal as follows in pursuance of the respective articles in the late Treaty with that Crown : viz.
£ s. d.
for the value of 83,333⅓ pieces of Eight for the Queen's part of 2 months' advance : out of which there is to be paid so much as shall be due for the pay of 13,000 men raised or to be raised in Portugal according to the 6th article of said Treaty (see supra p. 365) 18750 0 0
for the value of 250,000 pieces of Eight for the Queen's part of 500,000 pieces of Eight to be paid to the said King for preparing the Army and other things needful for the operations of the first year according to the 8th article of the said Treaty 55828 2 6
£74578 2 6
Ibid., p. 261.
Letter of direction for 391l. 9s. 11½d. to the Duke of Somerset, Master of the Horse : out of Civil List moneys : for extraordinaries of the Stables and is intended to discharge artificers' bills for works in the Mews. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to dismiss John Massinger, tidesurveyor at Harwich, on account of some misbehaviours. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 231.
Same to Samuell Travers [Surveyor General of Crown Lands]. From your representation concerning encroachments in St. James's Park the Queen notes that the Duke of Buckingham upon rebuilding his house hath gone further into the Park than he had leave from the Queen to do. You are to write him that her Majesty expects him to comply with the leave given him "which as her Majesty has declared was only to take in a ditch and a little beyond a tree before his said house so as there might be a straight line." As to all the other encroachments mentioned in your representation to be upon or within the ancient wall of the Park the Lord Treasurer agrees with you in opinion that the same ought to be demolished and the wall built up as formerly at the charge of the incroachers unless the Queen be pleased to grant leases thereof to ascertain [make certain] and preserve the Crown rights. You are to take care in redressing thereof according to law. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed paper [missing] presented to the Lord Treasurer concerning the practice of merchants in importing wines in larger casks than formerly in order to defraud the Government of the Duty for the overmeasure. Ibid.
Aug. 24. Letter of direction for 6000l. to Charles Fox, 3847l. 2s. 1½d. thereof out of Prize money and 2152l. 17s. 10½d. out of the 25 per cent. on French goods : and is intended to be paid over by the said Fox to Samuell Atkinson and Nicholas Roope on account of 2 months' pay to be advanced by contract to the transport ships taken up here and in Ireland for transporting 6000 men to Portugal. Disposition Book XVI, p. 261.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. This morning 2 proposals were presented for remitting 120,000l. to Holland, one by Sir Henry Furnese the other by Sir Theodore Jansen and partners, in both cases at 10 guilders 10 stivers but in the latter the payments are much better in point of time. Therefore the Chancellor "as well as myself" thought ourselves obliged to accept the latter and have entered the same in the Minute Book.
On Saturday last (for I came to town last week because of the condition of my poor child which lies in extreme misery) I received a letter from Mr. Cardonell of 16 August new style concerning the subsidies due to the Elector of Treves. I find that 1406l. 5s. 0d. was issued for 2 quarters due to 1702 June 24 out of the Queen's donative of last year and was not esteemed part of the 700,000l. not to be exceeded. I think the like sum may be paid out of Civil List moneys or [out of] the Queen's share of prizes for the half year due at Xmas 1702, because the Malt Surplus is comprehended in the appropriations restraining the whole charge of the 40,000 men (of which I take this subsidy to be part) out of the funds therein enumerated to the said 700,000l. As to the Elector's half year due at 1703 June 24 your Lordship furnished the same to Mr. Fox some time since and Mr. Pauncefort assures me it is actually paid by Mr. Sweet. It were well if Mr. Cardonnell did confer more with Mr. Sweet and not write so frequently for sums of money after they have been actually in his hands.
I also received another letter herewith enclosed [missing] from Mr. Cardonnell of the 23 August new style representing the necessities of the Foreign Troops. As to such of these Troops as are part of the 40,000 men your Lordship has furnished their whole pay not only for the last year but also for the present [year] until Sept. 30 next. As to the douceurs of the last year I think they should be paid out of the 700,000l. entirely received by the Earl of Ranelagh and upon looking into that account there seemed to be money sufficient for that purpose. But then as to the Augmentation Troops for this year Mr. Pauncefort has made a computation according to which the whole levy money and pay to Sept. 9 next for the Queen's part amounts to 104,869l. 2s. 3¼d. whereof your Lordship hath furnished 79,963l. 15s. 6½d. thus leaving 24,905l. 6s. 8¾d. thereof still wanting, besides the 15,000l. directed last week which he [Pauncefort] remits by this night's post. It will be difficult to find this 24,905l. 6s. 8¾d. "as may appear to your Lordship by a state of the cash herewith transmitted" but there being therein a sum of 15,730l. reserved for the Victuallers I conceive that so much may be applied to the Victualling out of the Malt Surplus and then this 15,730l. will be at liberty for the Augmentation Troops and the rest of the 24,905l. 6s. 8½d. may be made up out of the public funds in the Exchequer.
In pursuance of your command signified by Mr. Blathwayt I have signed a letter [of direction ut supra p. 379] for issuing 6000l. on Mr. Fox's order for Alliances for 2 months' pay to be advanced by contract to the transport ships to Portugal taken up here and in Ireland for transporting 6000 men.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has been with the Earl of Nottingham who says the money to pay for the horses in Portugal needs not be sent thither till the convoy goes with the Troops, and this gives some time to provide it.
If the Bank or any others would lend 50,000l. upon the Land Tax or some money on the Coal Act for this and other uses, which will be craving, I think it would be a very good service at this time.
Mr. Speaker was with me and we have agreed the form of a warrant for Mr. Gower [for the custody of Ludlow Castle] which I enclose.
Mr. Trevor by a letter to the Speaker has accepted your Lordship's offer for exchange of places.
The [money] order which was for 100,000l. for the Augmentation Troops is so far satisfied [exhausted] that it will not bear the abovesaid 24,905l. 6s. 8¾d. Therefore I have sent [hereinclosed] another [money] warrant for 70,000l. which I think will more than defray the Queen's part of that expense till Dec. 25 next.
Appending : a list of the papers enclosed herewith [being as referred to above] and also a memorial to the Duke of Marlborough relating to the Prussian Troops ; ditto relating to Danish Troops ; a computation of the Queen's proportion of the whole charge for levy money and pay to the Augmentation Troops to 1703 July 29 and from July 30 to Sept. 29 ; a statement of the disposeable money in the Exchequer 24 Aug. 1703. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 232-3.
William Lowndes to Mr. Blathwayt to prepare a royal warrant to authorise Charles Fox to pay 6000l. to Samuell Atkinson and Nicholas Roope for 2 months pay to be advanced by contract to the transport ships for transporting 6000 men to Portugal Ibid., p. 233.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to state the account of the prizes condemned since the commencement of the present war to June 24 last and the payments out of the produce thereof between 1702 June 20 and 1703 June 24 as by the enclosed 2 books of accounts [missing]. Ibid., p. 234.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of George Murray, late a Collector of Excise, now in the Compter for a debt due to the late King, which he and one Garrard had a Treasury warrant for compounding but the whole matter now lies upon petitioner, Garrard, having died in the Compter : prays to have his liberty on paying his dividend of the composition money "and he will make what discovery he can of the effects of the said Garrard and one Goodeve, another of his securities." Reference Book VIII, p. 69.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Charles Middleton of a piece of land in St. Albans co. Herts. late in the possession of Richard Goodman near the road leading from the Gaol to the Abbey Mill there &c. ut supra p. 352.
Prefixing : constat and ratal of the premises by the Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
Followed by : undated entry of the Treasury signature of the docquet of this lease. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, pp. 78-9, 88.
Aug. 25. Order by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt for the payment of interest at 4 per cent. from date hereof on 30 orders (20 of 500l. each and 10 of 1000l. each) on the Subsidies anno 1703 in the name of John Howe dated Feb. 27 last and assigned to James Taylor. Order Book VI, p. 50.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I have received a letter of the 23rd inst. from Mr. Blathwayt with your direction that if the poundage (concerning which Mr. Cardonell writes) be not sent over to Mr. Sweet order may be given to Mr. Fox to do it. As Mr. Fox is indisposed I have spoken with Mr. Pauncefort and beg to inform you that the clearings for the first 4 months was not issued without the poundage (as Mr. Cardonell apprehended) but it was contained therein. Nevertheless I find that Mr. Fox did not remit the said poundage to Flanders because (as Mr. Pauncefort says) the greatest part of it was employed to discharge the Exchequer fees [on Exchequer issues] not only for the pay of the said 4 months but also for all the tallies that have been levied for the rest of the year, and another part of it has been applied for the charge of his Office. Mr. Pauncefort has promised to make me an account of the poundage contained in the said 4 months' clearings. I hope that the remainder together with the poundage of the 4 months' clearings now due (which will not be encumbered with Exchequer fees) may answer Mr. Cardonell's expectation and if you so order I will signify your pleasure to remit the same.
As to the pay of the Foreign Troops and the enabling Mr. Sweet to pay always one month in advance to the Army I take it your Lordship hath already made provision for the 40,000 men to Oct. 30 next : and the 24,905l. 6s. 8¾d. as in mine of yesterday will clear the Augmentation Troops to Sept. 9 next (including all their levy money which amounts to a very great sum) and also the subsidy to the Elector Palatine to the same time. "I perceive that the long time in the former bills of exchange has occasioned some complaint, but I hope the agreement made yesterday will remedy that inconvenience."
Mr. Pauncefort also informs me that out of the said 24,905l. 6s. 8¾d. Col. Stanhope will receive all that is due to him from April 25 last, the time he left Ireland, to Sept. 9 next. Please say if a further sum should be advanced to him beyond that date.
There are in Mr. Fox's hands tallies for 180,000l. on the Coal Act and 7000l. in money received out of that Duty, for the 40,000 men. If you approve it will be very easy to take up money on the said tallies for another month's subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Troops to Oct. 28 next. I have desired Mr. Pauncefort to make a memorial for same as also for another long month's pay to the Augmentation Troops, foreseeing that the same will be speedily wanted.
I met yesterday with Sir Thomas Frankland who is of opinion that 2500l. more may reasonably be imprested to Mr. Dummer for his boats.
I enclose a letter from the Ordnance Office desiring the delivery to them of the 20 prize guns to the end they may ascertain the value. I think it was your intention that they should be paid for [by the Ordnance to the Prizes Commissioners] and the money refunded to the Ordnance out of the Exchequer. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 234-5.
William Lowndes to Lord Halifax [the Auditor of the Receipt] to cause to be made out an imprest certificate of the money issued to his Lordship [the Lord Treasurer at the Exchequer] upon account as Master of the Robes to Charles II. Ibid., p. 236.
Same to Mr. Reeves. The Lord Treasurer gives you leave from your office to go to the Bath for the benefit of your health. The Prizes Commissioners are to be acquainted therewith. Ibid., p. 241.
Aug. 26. Royal warrant "given at our Court at Bath" to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 70,000l. to Charles Fox, Paymaster of the Army in the Low Countries : as imprest for the charge of such Forces as shall be added to the said Army within or for one year from 1702 Dec. 24 and the Contingencies thereof. (Money warrant dated Sept. 20 hereon. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated Sept. 15). (Money order dated Sept. 16 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXII, p. 97. Money Book XVI, p. 432. Order Book VI, p. 44.
Same to the Lord Treasurer for 1000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh, his late Paymaster of the Forces, for services between 1702 Dec. 24 and 1703 June 24 in receiving and paying the moneys remaining at Dec. 1702 to complete the appropriations for the service of the Land Forces in the year ended 1702 Dec. 24. (Money warrant dated Aug. 27 hereon.) (Money order dated Aug. 30 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Aug. 31 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXII, p. 97. Order Book VI, p. 39. Disposition Book XVI, p. 263.
Same to William Gower to take into his custody the castle of Ludlow with all the buildings, courts, gardens, Bowling Green and appurtenances thereto and all the goods, furniture, household stuff and implements within same and to enquire after all embezzlements of such goods &c. and to make a survey and inventory of the said buildings &c. goods &c. : it being notorious that much waste, spoil and destruction have been committed or suffered there and great embezzlements of the furniture, goods &c., for want of appointing a due care of same. Queen's Warrant Book XXII, p. 98.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin dated from Bath, to the Postmasters General to pay 2500l. to Edmund Dummer as a further imprest under his Contract for the West India pacquet boats ; on which 5500l. has been already paid him. Money Book XVI, p. 417.
Money order for 133,040l. to the New East India Company for one year to 1704 Sept. 29 on their yearly proportional part of the sum of 160,000l. of interest as under the Two Millions Act. Order Book VI, p. 43.
Same for 26,960l. to the General Society trading to the East Indies for same time on their proportional part of the said 160,000l. Ibid.
Letter of direction for 815l. 1s. 4d. to Sir Benjamin Bathurst, Cofferer of the Household : out of Civil List moneys : and is intended for the quarter 1702 April 1 to July 1 to the officers of her Majesty's Chapels, Closets and Vestries on their wages and board wages : the same being made to commence from that date by the present Establishment of the Household "though the commencement of all payments contained therein except the said officers of the Chapels &c. was to be from the 1st of July 1702 and they with the rest of the said Establishment have been paid from that date accordingly." Disposition Book XVI, p. 262.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin dated at Bath to the Customs Commissioners to depute John Manley (who for some years has been employed on the quay, London port and oftentimes performed landwaiters' duty) as a landwaiter there loco Henry Walter as below ; on the petition of his father Isaac Manley.
Henry Walter (a landwaiter ibid.) as a land surveyor ibid. loco Isaac Manley, who is appointed to manage the Post Office in Ireland.
Thomas Turner as a tidesman in the inferior list London port loco John Hodgson lately deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 281, 282.
Letters patent by Treasurer Godolphin appointing Richard Trevor to be examiner of the vouchers of the Customs Cashier ut supra p. 285 : it being thought for the Queen's service that some skilful person should supervise and take care that the collectors and receivers sitting in the Long Room at the Customs House do duly charge themselves with the moneys they daily receive and the bonds taken by them and that said moneys and bonds be delivered weekly or oftener to the Customs Cashier so that no indirect practices may be used by keeping the said money as bonds in their hands or not bringing same to account and to take care that the said Cashier do duly charge himself therewith in his weekly certificates and accounts [to wit, with said moneys and] with his receipts on the said bonds or upon remittances by bills of exchange from the outports, and to inspect such bonds and bills as often as he think fit, and to examine and try daily and every day all payments (composing the discharge part of the said Cashier's weekly certificates and accounts) with the tallies, debentures, certificates, warrants or other original vouchers. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 282-3.
Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Edward Denneston, late collector of Excise in Kent, shewing that he is indebted 1000l. to the Queen which is occasioned by losses upon returns and bills unpaid : and praying stay of proceedings as his sureties are very able persons and bound in 9000l. Reference Book VIII, p. 70.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated August 24 to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery to Peter Hume, Clerk of the Removing Wardrobe, of particulars, detailed, for the Queen's ship or yacht Royal Catherine man-of-war appointed for the transportation of the Archduke of Austria ; to wit the cabin where he is to lodge to be hung with crimson velvet hangings lined with serge &c. &c. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 77.
Aug. 27. Warrant by same dated from Bath to the Stamps Commissioners to refund taxes on the salaries of their officers whose salaries do not exceed 50l. per an. and to their one only officer whose salary does not exceed 60l. per an. Money Book XVI, p. 419.
Money warrant for 20l. as royal bounty to John Giffard for his transportation to the Leeward Islands whither he is going Chaplain.
20l. to Alexander Adams, going as a same to Maryland. (Money orders dated Aug. 6 hereon). (Letter of direction dated Aug. 17 hereon). Ibid., p. 422. Order Book VI, p. 36. Disposition Book XVI, p. 256.
Same for 20l. to Charles Williams for royal bounty for his transportation as a chaplain to Maryland. (Money order dated Aug. 25 hereon). (Letter of direction dated Aug. 31 hereon). Money Book XVI, p. 432. Order Book VI, p. 45. Disposition Book XVI, p. 263.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I enclose a report [missing] from the Comptrollers of the Affairs [sic for Accounts] of the Army shewing that 19 of the reduced Invalids are received into the Hospital and that there are vacancies in same and in the 4 Companies for 35 more which will leave remaining 2 Serjeants, 3 Corporals and 173 private men [still unprovided for] out of those which were reduced. I remember you said at Windsor that they must be provided for. I therefore propose that Mr. Blathwayt prepare a royal warrant for taking the 35 men into the Hospital and Companies and for paying the remaining 178 (out of the Invalids fund) pensions equal to their pay before the reducement &c. ut infra p. 393, but with special direction that as any vacancies happen in this Hospital or the said 4 Companies some of this number be entertained with preference to all others till the whole number be provided for : and as any are so provided for, their pensions to cease : and that the Governors of the Hospital do every 3 months certify to your Lordship their doings herein.
I enclose a paper containing the demands of the said Comptrollers for the charge of their office, secretary, clerks and incidents, their work being delayed for want of the settlement thereof. I told them they might be looking out for a convenient office, but not to conclude without your directions. Mr. Cook of Derbyshire, who is a friend of their Secretary, desires that their Secretary may have his authority and salary from you, which may not be improper, but the clerical salaries and incidents should be allowed by your lordship in gross because it will be unfit that the clerks should be independent on the Comptrollers. Their service will be very considerable, especially now that the payment of the Forces will be under different administrations.
The Customs Commissioners have, of their own motion, presented Robert Lowndes (who is related to me and has proved himself a good officer by divers years' experience in a mean office) as tidesurveyor at Harwich. I enclose the said presentment for your pleasure therein. I also enclose another letter from Mr. Cardonnell upon which I have nothing now to offer, not knowing that it requires any directions. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 235-6.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Prizes Commissioners to observe (a) infra.
Prefixing : (a) Order of the Queen in Council dated Hampton Court August 12 that Captains' clerks of the Queen's ships of war who are paid as midshipmen may be considered as midshipmen in the division of prizes notwithstanding that no mention be made of them in the Queen's Declaration. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 82.
Aug. 28. Same by same dated from Bath to the Postmasters General to pay to John Macky an allowance of 75l. per an. as from the time of the ceasing of his allowance of 150l. per an. as Manager of the Pacquet Boats at Dover and to continue payment of said 75l. per an. during the present war : the Postmasters General having reported July 12 last that under said Macky's contract the said boats were 5 in number and that he did not enjoy the benefit thereof above 20 months before they were discharged by reason of the present war and that besides the advantage to be expected by his contract he had a salary of 150l. per an. as Agent to the said boats which salary is also ceased and that if the said boats be now disposed of he will probably lose 400l., the same being improper for other uses than the carrying of mails. Money Book XVI, p. 421.
Letter of direction for 1406l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh, late Paymaster of the Forces : out of Prize money : and is to be applied towards satisfying what remains due to the Elector of Treves for the Queen's part of the Subsidies payable to him in the year 1702 pursuant to the Treaty in that behalf. Disposition Book XVI, p. 262.
Same for 15,730l. to Charles Fox : out of loans on the Subsidies : to be applied towards completing the levy money and pay to the Troops of the Augmentation from the several times of their entering into service to Sept. 9 next. Ibid.
Same for 12,353l. 6s. 7¾d. to the Treasurer of the Navy : out of the surplus of the Malt Duties anno 1702 : and is intended for the Victualling Commissioners : and is to complete the sum of 488,988l. 2s. 1½d. allotted for the service of the Victualling out of the 2,080,000l. appropriated for the Navy and Ordnance anno 1702. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ Robert Lowndes (a tidesman in the superior list London port) as tidesurveyor at Harwich loco John Massinger lately dismissed. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 288.
Aug. 29. Royal warrant to the Lord Treasurer to issue warrants from time to time to the Receiver General of the Rights and Perquisites of Admiralty to pay all fees and disbursements to the Judge of Admiralty and officers of the said Court and to the Register of the Court of Appeals for Prizes and to the officers of said Court for business done for the service of the Admiralty Court and Court of Appeals for Prizes : same to be paid out of the Perquisites of Admiralty. Queen's Warrant Book XXII, p. 99.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to John Dod, Receiver General of the Rights and Perquisites of Admiralty, to pay 862l. 6s. 9d. to the Judge of the Admiralty ; Sir Orlando Gee, the Register thereof ; Sir Richard Crawley, Examiner and Translator and also Register to the Lords of Appeals ; John Cheeke, Marshal of the Admiralty ; Thomas Booker, the crier ; Jeffery Glasier, the Lord High Admiral's Proctor in the Admiralty and Thomas Beake the messenger : being for business done in said Courts relating to prizes between 1702 May 20 and 1703 June 20 according to their respective bills as examined by George Bramston, Doctor of Laws and Surrogate to the Judge of the Admiralty. Money Book XVI, p. 420.
Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to pay Capt. William Despiers (Despieres) an additional allowance of 1s. 6d. a day, making his allowance 3s. a day equal with other Captains on the list of pensions to French Reformed Officers. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 289.
Aug. 30. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ Pusey Brook as a riding officer at Hythe in Dover port loco David Russen who is not able to go through the hardship of that duty.
William Veel as supervisor of the riding officers on the coast of Kent loco Robert Paterson dismissed.
Charles Pye as tidesman and boatman at Whitby loco Francis Clarke lately dismissed.
Daniel Harris (one of the reduced number of 100 extraordinary tidesmen, London port) as a tidesman in the inferior list London loco Ralph Best deceased.
William Hitheridge (one of the same reduced number) as a same ibid loco Thomas Edwards preferred to the superior list of tidesmen ibid.
Thomas Edwards (tidesman in the inferior list ibid) preferred ut supra loco Robert Lowndes preferred to be a tidesurveyor at Harwich.
Richard Gelman as a tidesman at Shields in Newcastle port loco Edward Topham dismissed.
Robert Clarke (a deputy patent waiter at Liverpool) as riding surveyor there loco Richard Nash preferred to be riding surveyor at Cromer on the coast of Norfolk.
Nicholas Baxter as a riding officer at Lydd loco Joseph French lately dismissed.
Robert Underwood as waiter and searcher at Bourne and Pevensey and to act for the Customer for his fees and to be a riding officer for the wool business loco Thomas Fowler lately deceased : Underwood having been lately a Customs officer but having left the service upon some private considerations of his own but being willing to return.
Robert Lettice Hooper as searcher at St. Austins Hole within the Island of Barbados loco Daniel Hooper who is about to betake himself to some other business.
John Brown, an able seaman, as a boatman at Calshot in Southampton port loco Nicholas Matterface lately removed to Dartmouth.
John Warburton as a landwaiter in Boston port loco Stephen Bridge deceased.
Bryant Wade as waiter at Burnham in Colchester port loco Theophilus Boosey dismissed.
Richard Nash (riding surveyor of Liverpool) as riding officer at Cromer for the better guard of the coast of Norfolk : at 50l. per an.
Robert Allston as a watchman in the Custom House London port loco John Wakefield deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 284, 285, 286, 287, 288.
Royal sign manual to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery to Meinhardt, Duke of Schonberg and Leinster, of his Garter Robes, viz., mantle of blue velvet lined with white taffety with an escutcheon of St. George's Cross embroidered and encompassed with a garter on the left shoulder with large strings and tassels of silk and gold ; a surcoat of crimson velvet and a hood of the same, both lined with white taffety as usual : to an estimate of about 74l. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 79.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the cut of the underwood in 4 coppices in West Henault Walk in Waltham Forest in order to a lease thereof to George Finch, Master Keeper of said Walk.
Prefixing : said Surveyor's report on said George Finch's memorial for same. The premises were petitioned for by Thomas Goldstone, an innkeeper of Ilford, on whose petition I reported June 4 last. The coppices contain at the outside 28 acres, most of the sides abutting on high ways where the ditches are wide and the same fencing itself almost every way. I judge 10s. an acre to be a reasonable value when converted to arable or pasture (being liable to Forest law) being for 27 acres 13l. 10s. 0d. "a third part whereof being 4l. 10s. 0d. to be reserved to the Crown in rent according to the direction of a late Act of Parliament." Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, pp. 80-1.
Aug. 31. Letter of direction for 79l. 5s. 0d. to Lord Edward Russell, Treasurer of the Chamber to the late King : out of Civil List moneys arising before 1701-2 March 8 : and is to be paid over to Thomas Herbert, his late Majesty's clockmaker and watchmaker, in full for mending and keeping in order the said King's clocks from Michaelmas 1701 to 1701-2 March 8 : pursuant to a Lord Chamberlain's warrant. Disposition Book XVI, p. 263.
William Lowndes to Mr. Fox to remit immediately (out of the moneys received by you at the Exchequer on the tallies put into your hands registered first in course on the Duties on Coals for the service of this year) 6,000l. to Flanders on account of the poundage to be deducted from the clearings of the 40,000 men there : the same being intended to be applied to defray the charge of the Hospitals or such other services to which the said poundage is applicable as the General [the Duke of Marlborough] shall direct.
It is also the Lord Treasurer's pleasure that out of the like moneys (together with such further sum as will make up 54747l. 6s. 8d. which you shall procure to be advanced upon the said tallies on the Coal Duties by any persons who are willing to lend same at 4 per cent interest) you pay one month's subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Forces comprising the 40,000 men viz. as from Oct. 1 next to Oct. 28 next. [This item is again provided for in the letter of Sept. 21 infra p. 408]. Ibid., p. 264.
Same to Mr. Cardonnell. I have sent your letters of the 16th and 23rd and [this] instant to the Lord Treasurer at the Bath. By his command I am to acquaint you (1) that 1406l. 5s. 0d. is now ordered to the Earl of Ranelagh towards satisfying to the Elector of Treves the Queen's part of the subsidies payable to him in the year 1702 : (2) that 30730l. is directed to Mr. Fox towards completing the levy money and pay to the Troops of Augmentation from the several times of their entering into the service to Sept. 9 next. But as to the subsidies due to the Elector of Treves for the half year ended at June 24 last the same was furnished by my Lord Treasurer to Mr. Fox some time since and my Lord is of opinion you should always adjust your demands with Mr. Sweet before you send them hither, because it appears to his Lordship that Mr. Sweet hath oftentimes money in his hands for the very uses for which your demands are made.
His Lordship has also ordered Mr. Fox immediately to remit 6,000l. to Flanders on account of the poundage to be deducted from the clearings of the 40,000 men there, to defray the charge of the Hospitals or such other services as the General shall direct. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 237.
Same to the Lord Treasurer. I have your letters of the 26, 27, and 29 and have signed a letter [of direction] for 1406l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh out of the Queen's share of prizes. But I find that Mr. Pauncefort was mistaken in saying that this sum would discharge 2 quarters subsidies to 1702 Xmas. It now appears that so much is due for 1702 Sept. 29 quarter [alone] and therefore the issue is made as in part of the said 2 quarters.
I have written Mr. Cardonnell as above (see p. 388).
The 700,000l. appropriated for 1702 and which by the Act was not to be exceeded, out of the funds then granted, is entirely issued and the douceurs (being contingencies) ought to be paid out of same or out of any part of the poundage money which arose therefrom. By your order I some time since inspected the Earl of Ranelagh's accounts for that year and did thereupon collect that there was in his hands 14,797l. 4s. 10d. besides the poundage and respits of the whole year ; whereupon you directed said Earl to pass his accounts for that year distinctly. And I am sure the accounts or that year must be separate, having no dependence upon the accounts during the former war or any other accounts except it be that of the 10,000 men which acted in conjunction with the Forces of the Allies in the preceding year [1701]. I cannot tell what progress has been made in the said accounts but I enclose a copy [missing] of the notes which I took on my examination.
The 15,730l. for levy money and pay to the Augmentation Troops to Sept. 9 next is remitted this night. I have signified [to the Exchequer] your pleasure for issuing to the Navy 12,353l. 6s. 7¾d. for the Victuallers out of the Malt surplus (which comes fast into the Exchequer as will appear by the enclosed state [missing] of the Exchequer cash). This completes the whole proportion to the Victualling for the year 1702 and so no more can regularly be paid to them out of that [Malt Surplus] fund.
My reasons why the 24,905l. 6s. 8¾d. should be presently issued are as follows : (1) because any other payment clears the Augmentation Troops to no certain time but leaves Mr. Sweet to make payments upon account in which there may be great partiality and importunities : (2) because it's evident to me that the payments he hath made upon account hath put more money into the hands of the chief Officers than was due to their whole Regiments, which being made use of by them your Lordship cannot without difficulty get an account of the clearings "or them to take the same when the clearings be ready for them" because the remainder is not sufficient to satisfy the subalterns or the men who clamour for want of their money ; and by this means the public service is endangered : (3) because the 9th of Sept. being now at hand it is high time to furnish this money to obviate any just complaint upon the Treaty : (4) because there is no possibility of being irregular in this payment to the 9th Sept., [whereas after that date] the same Troops continuing in service may as well go off the Establishment of the Augmentation Forces to the Establishment for the Alliances (both which are separately pointed at in the appropriating clause) at a day certain [such] as the times of their embarcation, which must be reduced to certainty by certificates, whereon there may be mistakes and whereby I doubt the public [of England] has been too often wronged.
I therefore advise that 9175l. 6s. 8¾d. be issued out of public funds in the Exchequer [together with 15,730l. out of loans on the Subsidies ut supra p. 386] to clear all to Sept. 9 next. The Chancellor of the Exchequer who met here this morning is of the same opinion.
I have attended Lord Nottingham about the 15,000l. for the Portugal horses. He called me before the [Privy] Council where I informed them of all the moneys that had been furnished for the Portugal service ; wherewith they seemed to be pleased [as previously] not knowing that more than the 60,000 pieces of Eight had been remitted and it [now] appearing to them that the 250,000 Crowns for the preparations and a full 2 months' advance for the 13,000 men and 6,000l. for transports had been supplied besides the payments to the Augmentation Troops out of which [some] part of our [Portugal quota of] 6,000 men are to be furnished. "They did not see a present occasion for this 15,000l. but the Earl of Nottingham will speak with the Portugal Ambassador to know of him how much of it he would have here to furnish the arms he desires to buy in England ; and [will] speak with me again thereupon."
I was much surprised just now to meet Mr. Atkinson (who had 18,570l. at your Lordship's last meeting at Windsor and 6,000l. since) come very importunately with another memorial for 23,831l. 2s. 3d. more [for transports]. I enclose same [missing] for your direction. I could not forbear telling my Lords [at the Privy Council] that it was a pity that these troops were not taken on board the men of war that go in such numbers to Portugal.
I have desired to speak with Mr. Ward (who has been out of town for some days) about borrowing more money on the Land Tax or the Coal Act, that he may work the matter with the Bank before the demands is made in form. I hope to see him to-night and to succeed, because I find that Sir Henry Furnese has disposed of all his tallies for 21,500l. on the Land Tax with great advantage to himself, in some cases 12s. and in others 20s. per cent. : and in case the Bank refuses I will try all other means to pursue your Lordships' directions in that matter.
I have directed Mr. Fox to remit the poundage to Flanders but as the account of the last clearings is not come I am forced to go by estimate, which amounts to 6,000l.
I pray you to observe that the money which is issued to the Augmentation Troops pursuant to one clause in the Appropriation cannot regularly be put to the account of the Establishment [which is] to be grounded on another clause of the Act for Alliances.
I have signified to Mr. Fox your pleasure for taking up money at 4 per cent. on the tallies in his hands for another month to Oct. 28 next for subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreigners of the 40,000 men.
As to the 20 brass guns the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance cannot value them till you direct them to be put into their hands.
The Land Tax tallies in Sir Thomas Littleton's hands are issued for [Navy] wages, which your Lordship thinks will need a great sum and considering that the overplus of the Malt is applicable only for the service of the year 1702 and that the head of Wear and Tear of that year is still very deficient the Chancellor and myself think it will be more for your Lordship's service to supply the 6,000l. for bills of exchange and imprests out of that surplus and to reserve the money of this year for uses that cannot be supplied out of that surplus.
I have a letter from Sir William Trumbull signifying that you would have the enclosed bills [missing] concerning Windsor Forest transmitted [to you from me]. They have not yet been examined and may properly be referred to Mr. Willcox.
I transmit a proposal of Mr. Harnage to take care of the clothing the army : also a warrant for the Earl of Ranelagh upon his memorial presented to you at Windsor.
I perceive by Mr. Povey that a good sum will be wanting for the Sick and Wounded and, though that expense is exorbitant and needs your interposition to lessen it, yet it will be necessary to furnish a good sum to obviate complaints that are very apt to come into the House [of Commons] on behalf of the [local authorities, innkeepers, &c. who furnish] quarters [to the sick and wounded]. I have desired him to bring a memorial from the Commissioners [for sick and wounded] of what is due to Xmas last [on that head], to which the Malt surplus is applicable.
Capt. Atkinson says the ships cannot sail if more money be not furnished. It seems they come from Ireland to go afterwards to Portugal. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 237-40.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to John Dodd, Receiver of the Droits &c. of the Admiralty, and to John Waters, Solicitor for the affairs of the Admiralty, to apply to the High Court of Admiralty for a commission for the sale of the goods fished up at Vigo by several transport ships : and for the division of the proceeds thereof as the most equal way of dividing same, rather than dividing the goods : viz. as to one moiety to the masters of said ships. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 82.