William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. A post is
just now come in with 3 mails. I enclose a letter from Mr. Cardonnell
dated Sept. 3 new style giving an account that the Treaty of
Repartition is signed and that the Duke of Marlborough has ordered
Mr. Sweet to regulate his payments thereby and enclosing an account
from Mr. Sweet of the application of the money he had received for
the Augmentation Troops. I enclose same [missing] together with
Mr. Stanhope's letter complaining of the bad payments of [to] the
Foreigners. I find that the Duke [of Marlborough] has ordered an
account of their charge to be made up to July 30 new style. When
it comes I will compare it with Mr. Pauncefort's computation and I
hope the sums already remitted together with the 9175l. 6s. 8¾d. in
mine of yesterday will give full satisfaction "unless there have been
any misapplications on the other side."
I enclose a letter [missing] from the Earl of Nottingham for
more money for the transport service.
I have written very earnestly requesting an account of what
money is now in cash of the Queen's share of prizes. I have not
yet been able to speak with Mr. Ward.
I am much solicited by Mr. Penn who said you had promised to
send directions to me concerning the patent for the wreck.
It has pleased God to increase the afflictions of my poor family,
two or three more of my children being very ill.
I have written to the Customs, as you direct, that their officers
take no fees for biscuit [shipped] to Portugal. The having of arms
from the Tower at a price ought to be under the direction of the Privy
Council. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 240-1.
William Lowndes to Mr. Fox. The Lord Treasurer approves of
Mr. Thomas Morrice to go as Paymaster under you of the Forces
designed for Portugal ; with 3l. a day for himself and clerks. Give
him the necessary authority. Out Letters (General)XVII, p. 241.
Same to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I have met with Mr.
Ward and Sir James Bateman who readily offered their assistance
to procure the loan of 50,000l. desired from the Bank upon the
remainder of this year's funds. They have advised me to speak
with Mr. Abraham Houblon, the Governor, which I shall do tomorrow
(this being Fast day). So far as I can collect from them there is no
likelihood of [this] being refused, but this loan must be agreed to
by the Court which doth not meet till Wednesday next. Meantime
I pray your direction to enter the usual minute for repaying (out of
some other fund) this loan with interest or so much thereof as shall
not be satisfied in a limited time.
I enclose an account [missing], just received, of 11,990l. 17s. 8d.
for the Queen's share of prizes remaining in the [Prizes] Receiver's
hands and enclose for your signature an order [missing] for bringing
it into the Exchequer so that it may be ready to answer your [letters
of] direction for the Transport service, Augmentation Troops, Portugal
horses, or such other public uses as you may appoint. Ibid.
Money warrant for 69l. 6s. 8d. to the Earl of Ranelagh for 13 years
to 1701 Sept. 29 on the annuity of 5l. 6s. 8d. which anno 3 James II
was granted to James Grahame with the office of Ranger and Keeper
of Bagshot Park for 31 years, which was afterwards assigned by
Grahame to Sir Edward Seymour bart and since by said Seymour to
said Earl who is now possessed of same. Money Book XVI, p. 422.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners
to employ — Kempe as waiter and searcher at Penzance loco George
Wood, lately dismissed.
Sidney Bligh as collector at Penryn loco Edmund Harry preferred
to be collector of Falmouth.
Edmund Harry preferred as above from Penryn to Falmouth loco
George Spry lately dismissed for detaining the Queen's money and
converting the same to his own use. Out Letters (Customs) XIV,
pp. 288, 289.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath].
Mr. Abraham Houblon, the Governor of the Bank, and Sir
James Bateman have been just now with me and on Wednesday
next your desire for 50,000l. will be proposed to the Bank [Court].
"But we have been thinking that if the proposition to the Bank
should be to lend the whole complement to [complete the] 1,800,000l.
on the Land Tax (which imports 84,399l. 5s. 0d.) and to advance the
like sum of 84,399l. 5s. 0d. on Mr. Fox's tallies on the Coal Act at
the like interest of 5 per cent. it would be more acceptable to the
members of the Bank, many of which complain that only the worst
part of the funds are offered to them." This has occasioned this
letter to you and upon consideration of the necessities of the public
service I cannot be of opinion that this offer should be rejected. For
as on the one hand it doth not appear that all the coal tallies can be
disposed of at 4 per cent. (and if they could, the difference between
that and 5 per cent. upon the said near tallies will be less than 1,000l.)
so on the other side this proposition will make the last shilling of
1,800,000l. on the Land Tax effectual (which can be obtained by no
other means), and together with such registered orders as are reserved
and other moneys coming in will enable your Lordship to carry on
all the public service till the Parliament has sat some time. I
desire your answer on Monday at the furthest.
In February last the Bank advanced 13,315l. 14s. 8d. on the
enclosed minute [see supra p. 16] whereby your Lordship is obliged to
repay the same with interest from the 21 August last. Mr. Tilson will
send to Mr. Taylour the orders [of repayment] with warrants for allowing
of interest from that day at 5 per cent : and I think there is no
doubt but the remainder of the Land Tax and Subsidies of last year
will yet extend to pay this principal and interest, in default whereof
they [the Bank] must apply to your Lordship for some other fund.
Please send me direction for entering the minute for the additional
security to the Bank, to wit in general for such money as the Bank
shall lend upon any of this year's funds.
The Commissioners for Sick and Wounded have now distinguished
their demand. I enclose their memorial [missing], according to which
6,599l. l1s. 0d. is due for the year 1702. This may properly be paid
out of Malt surplus but I find the extravagant annual expense of
the Sick and Wounded and prisoners in the last war is completely
doubled in this. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 242.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer
apprehends that the revenue, especially in the outports, may suffer
by officers that want skill, diligence or honesty. You are to cause
a strict examination to be made in all the outports concerning the
present state of the same especially of the officers' qualifications,
beginning with those in the North. Ibid., p. 243.
Royal warrant given "at our Court at Bath" to the Commissioners
for the Royal Hospital at Chelsea to take in the 35 reduced Invalids
and subsist the 173 same as follow "equal to their pay before their
late reducement" and to place them in said Hospital as vacancies
shall happen : there being 19 such reduced men received into the
said Hospital and vacancies for 35 more in the same and in the 4
Established Companies [of Invalids] thereunto belonging, so that
upon their admittance there will remain 2 sergeants, 3 corporals
and 173 private men of the said Invalids yet unprovided for and the
Queen is disposed that provision be made for them in the best
manner that may be. As any vacancies happen in the said Hospital
or Companies the same are to be supplied out of the said reduced
Invalids preferably to all others till the whole number or as many
of them as shall be found duly qualified be provided for ; and from
such time their respective pensions are to cease. Further, due
examination is to be made not only of the said Invalids but of all
others that shall offer themselves to be admitted into the said
Hospital and Companies and none are to be admitted therein who
have not served the Crown for 20 years or been disabled in such
service. And a direction in writing for such admittance is to be
produced from the Captain General of the Forces or the Lord
Treasurer, to whom the Commissioners are from time to time to
present certificates of persons fit to be admitted. Queen's Warrant
Book XXII, pp. 100-101.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Commissioners for Prizes
to order John Brewer, their Receiver General, to pay into the
Exchequer 11,990l. 7s. 8d. out of the Queen's share of prizes.
Money Book XVI, p. 422.
Same by same to the Postmasters General to pay 600l. per an.
salary or allowance to Isaac Manley as Deputy Postmaster of Ireland
in like manner as the 400l. per an. was paid to George Warburton,
late Deputy Postmaster who has absconded himself and become
a bankrupt : the said Manley having been sent over to examine
into the state of said Warburton's circumstances and having behaved
himself not only to the great satisfaction of that kingdom but by
his care and diligence the correspondence between England and
Ireland hath been much more regular than ever was known before.
Ibid., p. 428.
William Lowndes to the Commissioners of Victualling to pay
to the Prizes Commissioners 2290l. 12s. 2¾d. for the value of the
Queen's moiety of the provisions distributed to the fleet out of the
3 prizes taken by the Orford under Capt. Norris. Out Letters (General)
XVII, p. 243.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Postmasters General to
contract with Edward Dummer to build 3 new vessels and boats
to be employed in carrying the mails of letters between Falmouth
and Lisbon in the room of those at present made use of in that
service, and for performing the said service with the number of men
and at the rates therein, he to deduct for the wages and victuals
of men at any time wanting out of the complement and also to
accompt for the freight of all passengers going or coming over in
the said boats and to have the said boats ready to begin the service
at Xmas next ; he to be paid 2,000l. within 3 months after the said
boats shall have entered the service, which sum is to be discompted
out of the first annual sum payable to him hereunder : the Receiver
General of the Post Office being to defray the charge arising by the
said contract for the wages, victuals, wear and tear, guns and gunners'
stores of the same : Dummer to render a true account of the moneys
arising by freight of passengers.
Appending : (a) Report dated Aug. 10 from the Postmasters
General on Dummer's proposal for the above contract. He proposes
boats of 160 tons sailed with 35 hands. Such boats may perform
that service very well but he has been mistaken in calculating the
charge of the boats at present made use of, the same not amounting
to near so much as he computeth, though the said boats being of
greater burthen than those proposed by him do necessarily require
greater number of hands, their complement of men being 200, whereas
the complement of the boats to be built by him is but 105. His
demand of 7s. 6d. per ton for wear and tear per calendar month
including guns and gunners' stores seems reasonable but we cannot
agree to his demand for 8 per cent. interest on the prime cost of the
vessels : but we agree to a payment of 2,000l. on account as above.
The Commanders of the boats are to be under the direction of the
Postmasters General and of their agent at Falmouth.
(b) An enquiry into the present charge of the Post Office in relation
to the postage of letters between Falmouth and Lisbon by sea and
propounding to build 3 new vessels for that service and to save about
4,000l. per an. of the present expense : dated 1703 June 24 and signed
by E. Dummer ; estimated present expense 9705l. 5s.0d. per an. ;
proposed expense 5362l. 1s. 2d. ; estimated saving 4343l. 3s. 0d. Money
Book XVI, pp. 424-6.
Letter of direction for 6,000l. to Mr. Fox, on his order for moneys
on account of Alliances : to be issued out of the Queen's share of
Prizes : and is intended for Samuell Atkinson and Nicholas Roop
on account of the shipping and other necessaries now to be provided
here and in Ireland for transporting men, horses &c. to Portugal :
towards which 6,000l. hath been already paid. Disposition Book
XVI, p. 263.
Same for 3,000l. to Sir Benjamin Bathurst, Cofferer of the Household :
out of Civil List moneys : and is intended for making the
necessary provisions for the service of the Archduke of Austria in
his passage to Portugal. Ibid.
Same for 1,406l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh, late Paymaster
of the Forces : out of the Queen's share of Prizes : and is intended
for the Elector of Treves ; to be applied to complete the Queen's part
of the subsidies payable to said Elector in the year ended at Xmas
1702. Ibid., p. 264.
Same for 9,175l. 6s. 8¾d. to Charles Fox : out of loans on Coal
Duties : on his unsatisfied order for the service of the Augmentation
Forces : and is intended to complete the whole sum due for levy
money and to clear the pay of the said Forces "so far as the same
will extend." Ibid.
Same for 6,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy : out of the Malt
surplus anno 1702 next after 12,353l. 6s. 7¾d., lately directed thereout
to the Navy for the Victualling shall be satisfied : and is intended for
paying imprests and bills of exchange : and is to be taken as part
of the proportion allotted to the Navy for Wear and Tear anno 1702.
Ibid., p. 265.
William Lowndes to the Prizes Commissioners to deliver to the
Principal Officers of the Ordnance the 20 brass guns and to adjust
the weight and value of same with them. (Same to the Ordnance
Officers to receive same.) The Treasurer of the Ordnance is to pay
to the Receiver General of Prizes the price so adjusted : and the
sum so paid shall be issued to the Treasurer of the Ordnance out of
prize money remaining in the Exchequer. Out Letters (General)
XVII, pp. 243, 244.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh. The Lord Treasurer is extremely
pressed for the payment of a considerable sum remaining due for
douceurs to some of the Forces which composed the 40,000 men in
Flanders in 1702. He does not know how same may be satisfied
unless there be sufficient money in your hands of the 700,000l.
received by you for that year for those Forces or of the poundage
money arising therefrom. It is necessary that you should pay the
money so owing for douceurs or to take care to pass your account for
the 40,000 men for 1702 and the 10,000 men for 1701 as you were
desired by mine of March 6 last. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 243.
William Lowndes to Mr. Blathwayt to prepare a royal warrant
to authorise Charles Fox to pay 6,000l. [ut supra p. 395] for
transport of men and horses &c. to Portugal ; towards which
6,000l. has been already paid. Ibid., p. 244.
Same to the Agents for Taxes for a certificate of the money paid
into the Exchequer to this time on the fifth 4s. Aid for the year 1702
and also on the Subsidies granted for same year : and what may still
arise therefrom : also how much hath been discharged by certificate
for personal estates. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Wilcox to report on the enclosed bills [missing] of
repairs of several bridges and other works done in Windsor Forest.
Money order for 150l. to Thomas Webb for last Easter and Trinity
terms on his salary as Second Justice of Pembroke, Carmarthen and
Cardigan. Order Book VI, p. 40.
Letter of direction for 6,599l. 11s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Navy :
out of Malt surplus anno 1702 (next after the 6,000l. directed Sept.
6 to said Treasurer shall be satisfied) : and is intended to be paid
over to Richard Povey, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded, for the
charge thereof in the year ended at Xmas 1702 : and to be borne
on the Navy account as part of the proportion allotted to the head
of Wages to seamen in the same year. (William Lowndes dated
Sept. 10 to the Navy Commissioners to so pay same.) Disposition
Book XVI, p. 265.
William Lowndes to Mr. Cardonnell in reply to his of the 3 Sept.
(new style). Since mine of Aug. 31 last the Lord Treasurer has
ordered 1,406l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh to complete the subsidies
to the Elector of Treves for last year, and 9,175l. 6s. 8¾d. to
Charles Fox for the Augmentation Troops, which will clear their
whole levy money and carry on their pay to the 9th inst. I have
also written to the Earl of Ranelagh about the douceurs. Please
hasten the despatch of the account of the Augmentation Troops
to the 30 July. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 245.
Same to the Bank of England. The Lord Treasurer has occasion
to borrow further sums on the funds of this year as well for supporting
the Augmentation Troops in Flanders as for making good the
Alliances with Portugal and other public uses comprehended in the
appropriations for said funds. He hopes that the Bank will be
ready to serve his Majesty and the public for these purposes. He
proposes the making of such a loan at the Exchequer as will complete
the credit on this year's Land Tax to 84,399l. 5s. 0d. at 5 per cent.
and the further like sum of 84,399l. 5s. 0d. at the like interest upon
tallies and orders in the hands of Charles Fox in part of the 200,000l.
registered in said Fox's name on the first part of the Coal Act. "I
can take upon me to say that the furnishing of these sums as they
will be of importance to the common cause so the Bank's complying
therewith at his Lordship's desire will be a very acceptable service,
and although there is little or no room to doubt the goodness of the
said funds, especially considering what a large sum for interest upon
the Land Tax has been saved this year, yet I have in command
from his Lordship to cause to be entered in the Treasury Books such
a minute as the Gentlemen of the Bank have desired upon the like
Same to Mr. Brewer. The Lord Treasurer notices that there is
no less than 80,780l. remaining in your hands of prize money belonging
to captors. You are to make all possible despatch in making up
your accounts and paying what is due from time to time to the said
captors for the encouragement of seamen and to avoid the hazard
of keeping so large a sum in cash and notes. (The like letter to the
Navy Commissioners ; and to the Prizes Commissioners ; and to Mr.
Burchett for the Lord Admiral's Council.) Ibid., pp. 245-256.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Prizes Commissioners
to depute Cornelius Clifton as landsurveyor of prizes in London
port. Money Book XVI, p. 423. Warrants not Relating to Money
XVIII, p. 81.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I sent
for the Transports Commissioners and as Capt. Atkinson was out
of town Mr. Roope came to me. I demanded of him what further
sum would be necessary at present for the Portugal transports. He
answered about 6,000l. and I have directed this to be issued to
Mr. Fox out of prize money : [to be paid to the said Commissioners
The Comptrollers of the [Accounts of the] Forces desire me to send
you the enclosed memorial [missing] concerning Col. Stanhope's
Regiment and desire a decision thereon from the Queen, the Prince
or yourself "which will be a leading case."
Sir James Bateman and Mr. Conyers have just now come to me
from the General Court of the Bank where it has been resolved to
lend the 84,399l. 5s. 0d. on the Land Tax and the like sum on the
Coal Duty at 5 per cent. interest and I have entered a minute on
the books of the Treasury for the former according to your direction.
It seems to me that by these loans and by the reserved orders [orders
reserved in Paymasters' hands and awaiting the Lord Treasurer's
directions] and some other funds, that your Lordship will be well
provided for [to meet] all the necessary services of the public for the
remainder of this year. I enclose a copy of their [the Bank's]
resolution, in pursuance of which Mr. Pauncefort will to-morrow
deliver them Coal tallies and orders (payable after the first 50,000l.
thereon) for 84,500l. (his orders being in even sums) and the Bank
will at the same time pay Mr. Fox this 84,500l. and send the orders
to me to obtain your Lordship's warrants for the interest at 5 per
cent. to commence from that day.
Your Lordship has been particularly served in this matter by Mr.
Abraham Houblon, Sir James Bateman and Mr. Conyers who tell
me that it would be grateful to the Bank (though they have made
it no part of the agreement) if the 84,500l. of Coal tallies were made
up to 100,000l. and I think if you gratify them therein the difference
[by loss of interest as between 5 per cent. and 4 per cent.] will not
be great. They also complain that the Agents to the Treasurer
of the Navy have deserted them and trust their cash wholly with
Sir Stephen Evance, which they take as a discountenance to the
Bank. I pray your direction in these two particulars.
It seems necessary now to make a new contract for remitting
another 100,000l. to Flanders and it would be better to supply the
40,000 men with 2 months [pay and subsistence] viz. to Nov. 25
next than to let the money lie dead in Mr. Fox's hands. And in
truth I see no objection against furnishing the 40,000 men with pay
for the Foreign Troops and subsistence to the subject Troops till the
24 Dec. next : the rather because in this case your Lordship may now
[as you will be in funds] give the [ready] money for bills [of exchange]
payable at times suitable to the service and thereby gain the better
rate of exchange, to be reckoned against the interest which the Bank
will receive upon these orders. And Mr. Fox will want only the sum
of 21,574l. 8s. 3d. over and above the registered orders still in his
hands to complete the 833,825l. 19s. 2d. which the Parliament voted
for the whole charge of the said 40,000 men this year.
I have not yet seen the exact account from Mr. Sweet of the
Queen's part of the charge of the Augmentation Troops. But I
apprehend more money will be wanted for those Troops and therefore
desired Mr. Pauncefort to make a computation of their pay to
Michaelmas next. I enclose same [missing] and if it be your pleasure
I will order 8,560l. 16s. 8d. to be forthwith issued thereupon.
The Lords of the Privy Council have commanded my attendance
upon them. They seem to be of opinion that the new Establishment
for Portugal should commence as to the Forces from Holland from
Michaelmas day next, as to those from Ireland from the day of
embarcation and as to the General Officers from the date of their
I pray you to be earnest with the Duke of Marlborough to cause
the account of the last 4 months' clearings to be sent here forthwith,
for I have reason to apprehend that the same is delayed for the
causes I formerly mentioned.
By the enclosed minute [see supra p. 19 under date March
2 and p. 69 under date July 19 and July 21] you will perceive that
the Victuallers were to be repaid at the Exchequer out of prize
money for the money they were directed to pay to the Prizes Commissioners
for the Queen's moiety of the victuals distributed to the
fleet out of the 3 prizes taken by the Orford and that same was to
be placed as part of their quota [of Victualling] for the year 1702.
But as by your Lordship's directions they have since received their
full proportion for that year out of the Malt surplus I submit
that the said provisions be paid for as above but to be taken as part
of the [Victualling] quota for the year 1703.
I enclose an order [missing] relative to Mr. Morgan Whitley's
account : also the paper [missing] of the cash "intending speedily
to make a new apportionment for the remaining funds and services
of this year." Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 246-8.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditor of the Receipt
to pay 5 per cent. interest on the orders of loan registered 1702-3
Feb. 27 on the Duties on Coals and Culm for 1703 in the name of
Charles Fox for the sum of 84,500l. and by him assigned to the Bank
of England on this day. Order Book VI, p. 41.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners to employ Hugh
Grainger (who for many years well performed the duty of Examiner
Inwards London port under his uncle Thomas Grainger) as such
Examiner loco his said uncle, who by reason of some disease and
infirmity is not able to attend the duty and is willing to surrender
to his kinsman ; the said Hugh having made oath that the said
resignation is purely in consideration of consanguinity and friendship
without any pecuniary consideration. Out Letters (Customs)
XIV, p. 290.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition
of the Queen's waiters in Bristol port for additional allowances
of salary, which does not exceed 40l. per an. each, with which
they are not able to support their families. Reference Book VIII,
Money warrant for 3,550l. to Sir Stephen Evance, her Majesty's
jeweller, for jewels supplied as follows according to a Lord
Chamberlain's certificate dated Aug. 25 last viz.
for presents to Monsieur Leers [Frederick van Reede,
heer van De Lier] and Monsieur [Willem] Van
Haren her Majesty's picture set in diamonds of
the value of 1000l. each
for a present to Monsieur Heswitz [John Henry,
Baron von Nitzschwitz] Envoy Extraordinary
from Poland a ring of [the value of]
for a present to [le Comte de Lescheraine] the Envoy
from [John William] the Elector Palatine a ring of
for a present to the Marquess Rainucei [Marchese di
Rinuccini], Envoy from the Duke of Florence, a
for a present to Monsieur [Christopher Dietrich von]
Bosen, Envoy from Poland a ring of
for a ring for her Majesty
(Money order dated Sept. 13 hereon). (Letter of direction dated
Aug. 23 hereon). Money Book XVI, p. 423. Order Book VI, p. 40.
Disposition Book XVI, p. 259.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditor of the Receipt
to pay to the Bank of England 5 per cent. interest on orders and
tallies on the Land Tax and Subsidies for the year 1702 put into
their hands as security for an advance of 8,900l. (which was all they
advanced of 13,315l. 14s. 8d. desired for the clothiers of the six Marine
Regiments). The said interest is hereby to be paid out of the moneys
of the fifth 4s. Aid and Subsidies (the credit on which the same was
lent) for the period from the 21 Aug. 1703 till the said order [or orders]
shall come in course of repayment. The present warrant is made in
pursuance of the Treasury Minute of 20 Feb. 1702-3 supra p. 16.
Order Book VI, p. 44.
Letter of direction for 1500l. to Thomas Lloyd, Paymaster of the
Works : out of Civil List moneys : and is to be paid over to Henry
Wise as in part of works as follows
for works lately performed in the gardens at
for ditto in St. James's Park
Disposition Book XVI, p. 266.
Jo. Tayler [for the Treasury Secretary] dated from the Bath, to
the Postmasters General to report on the enclosed extract [missing]
from Nevis representing that the stay of the advice boats at that
place is too short. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 252.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I enclose
returns [missing] from the Lord Admiral's Council, Navy Commissioners,
Prizes Commissioners and Mr. Brewer concerning the
moneys belonging to the captors of prizes.
You will see therefrom that there are several impediments in the
application [distribution] of that money but most of them will be
remedied by a new Declaration to explain the Queen's former
Declaration in this behalf. I advise a direction to the Attorney
General to prepare same, otherwise the great sum in bank will be
increased together with the hazard and dissatisfaction of the persons
I enclose warrants [missing] for the allowances to the Comptrollers
of Army [Accounts] and a constitution to Mr. Cartwright as their
Secretary. The warrants are prepared two ways, one for paying
same out of Poundage of the Guards and Garrisons (which fund I
think is overcharged already) the other out of moneys in general
coming to the Paymaster's hands for the Guards and Garrisons.
I enclose a royal warrant for a grant of wrecks to Lord Fairfax
prepared according to Mr. Blathwayt's report.
The Navy Commissioners, by their letter [enclosed, missing]
desire 20,000l. more, to the head of wages. It may be directed out
of the money which the Navy Treasurer receives at the Exchequer
on the 300,000l. Land Tax tallies.
The Earl of Nottingham acquainted me that Mr. Morrice, the
Deputy Paymaster, was also to be Commissary of the Provisions in
Portugal. I find that Mr. Feilding had £3 15s. 0d. a day for himself,
deputy and 3 storekeepers. I suppose Mr. Morrice is to be contented
with an allowance proportionate to the English Forces which will
be 6,000 men. But it will be very incongruous [for him to have this
double function of Paymaster and Commissary] for as Paymaster
he must charge himself for the money as Commissary and he must
buy provisions, issue them, take vouchers from the Officers, account
in kind, and take care that the value be deducted "all which seems
to be work proper for 2 officers as distinct as an auditor and an
accomptant. However his memorial is herewith humbly transmitted."
If you are inclined to have another [or separate] person
for Commissary [of the provisions] please remember you desired me
to remind you of Mr. Nutting, clerk to the Earl of Rochester, who in
all respects seems to be more fit for a service of this nature than any
other person that I know of. Ibid., pp. 248-9.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditors of Imprests
to discharge supers set (in Charles Bertie's accounts) on the Principal
Officers of the Ordnance for the salary of the Master of the Ordnance
received by them during the time the said office was vacant, to wit
for 2¾ years 1693 July 31 (the time of the death of the Duke of
Schonberg) to the time when the Earl of Romney was made Master
of the Ordnance. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, pp. 84-6.
Same by same to Sidney Godolphin, Auditor of Crown Revenues
in Wales, Henry Shales, Auditor of same in Co. Chester and the Agents
for Taxes to repair to Morgan Whitley, now a prisoner in Newgate,
and to examine and report on his cravings in his accounts as late
Receiver General for Chester and North Wales : and further to
grant 13 weeks' release from prison to Sir Michael Biddulph, one of
said Whitley's sureties, in order to assist at said enquiry.
Appending : schedule of said cravings. Ibid., pp. 86-7.
William Lowndes to Lord Coningsby. In yours of the 30th ult.
you desire to know what laws have passed in England with a
Retrospection as to the commencement of the Duties granted
thereby. In the case of new Duties I cannot remember they have
ever commenced from any time past but from some day whilst the
bill was depending. As to continued Duties we always endeavoured
to obtain them from the determination of former Acts and the House
concurred therein ; only (for the reason given in your letter) some
times a single day was excepted upon [the grounds of] an opinion
that it would prove the right of the subject. The following are
precedents where continuing Acts have related to a time past viz.
1 Anne [c. 7.] Temporary Excise, 6d. per barrel on vinegar, and
the new Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage from 9 March
1701-2, which was the next day after William III's death :
although the Act for these only received the royal assent on
the 30th March, "and it may be remembered that the
House was informed that the officers of Customs and Excise
did make entries and keep accounts in the meantime and
that after the passing of the said Act they did levy the
Duty upon those previous entries and accounts."
9 & 10 Wm. III [c. 14]. Duties on coffee &c. granted from
1st May 1698 but the same did not pass till the 16th May.
8 Wm. III [8-9 Wm. III c. 7]. Duty on paper from 1 March
1696 did not pass till 8 March.
1 James II [c. 1]. The Act for the Customs and Excise took
place from 6 Feb. preceding which (as I remember) was the
day next after the death of Charles II though the Parliament
did not meet nor the Act pass for a considerable time
afterwards. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 249-50.
Same to the Earl of Nottingham. I received from Mr. Warr
your commands upon Major General Windham's memorial and was
a little surprised to find such a demand of money alleged to be due
to him when I know that the Lord Treasurer has furnished money
to clear all the Forces in Flanders to 1702 Dec. 24 and such sums
for the present year as shall clear the General Officers to the 29th of
Sept. inst. I therefore desired Mr. Pauncefort (who acted for the
successive Paymasters [of the Forces]) to make a state of Maj. Gen.
Windham's pay and I enclose his report [missing] thereon. Ibid.,
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners
to employ Russell Gatliff (a tidesman in the inferior list, London port)
as same in the superior list ibid loco Richard Saunders deceased.
Anthony Fursman (one of the reduced number of 100 extraordinary
tidesmen London port) as a tidesman in the inferior list ibid loco
Russell Gatliff as above. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 289.
Entry of a Treasury caveat in favour of Rowland Wynn against
a lease to John Howse of lands known as Coed Maddock now in lease
to Edmund Glynn. Notice to be sent to William Travers at the
Coffin in Chancery Lane. Caveat Book, p. 57.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receiver General for
cos. Somerset of the Duties on Houses and on Marriages to pay the
salary of 40l. per an. to Cha. Pembruge as Surveyor of said Duties.
(Treasury commission dated Sept. 13 to Pembruge as surveyor).
Money Book XVI, p. 225. Warrants not Relating to Money XVII,
Same by same to William Borret, Solicitor for the affairs of the
Treasury, to pay 143l. 14s. 4d. to Sir John Stanley, Warden of the
Mint, for prosecuting counterfeiters in 1702. Ibid., p. 429.
Letter of direction for 8,560l. 16s. 8d. to Charles Fox for the service
of the Augmentation Forces and to be applied to the pay thereof
so far as it will extend : to be issued out of funds as follows, viz. :
7,306l. 15s. 8½d. of loans on the Duties on Malt ; 500l. of interest
money rebated by Mr. Fox on the sixth 4s. Aid ; 754l. 0s. 11½d. of
loans on the Duties on Coal. Disposition Book XVI, p. 266.
Same for 38l. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works at
Windsor, out of Civil List moneys : and is intended for Mr. Cousen
in full for gilding the pipes and the carved work of the organs of the
Chapel Royal at Windsor Castle. Ibid., p. 283.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin dated at Bath to the Customs
Commissioners to employ John Keir as collector at Ilfracombe in
Barnstaple port loco James Langhorne lately deceased.
Samuel Giles as a riding officer at Winchilsea on the coast of
Sussex loco Thomas Owen deceased.
James Killerby (for some time an extraordinary tidesman Newcastle
port) as a tidesman at Shields, a member of that port, loco
Thomas Thorp deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 292.
Subscription by same for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's
warrant dated this day to the Master of the Great Wardrobe
"to give orders for making the tapestry hangings in the
Bedchamber at Kensington deeper so as to fit the wainscot."
Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 88.
Warrant by same to the Receipt to distribute and apply the
sum of 73,900l. 0s. 4½d. to Deficient Funds as follows : the said
sum representing the receipts between Aug. 17 last and Sept.
14 inst from branches of the revenue as follows viz. 10,302l. 13s. 11d.
from Window Duties ; 2,157l. 8s. 2d. from Additional Impositions ;
2,347l. 2s. 2d. from the New Duty on paper continued ; 19,591l. 6s. 5d.
from New Customs ; 3,820l. 17s. 10d. from Marriages ; 35,680l.
11s. 10½d. from Continued Impositions : the said distribution and
application to be hereby as follows :
computed by Act
How they stood
upon the Register
the 14th Sept. ;
First 4s. Aid
Third 4s. Aid
Fourth 4s. Aid
Second Quarterly Poll
Three Fourths Customs
Two Thirds Additional Excise
Vellum and Parchment
Money Book XVI, p. 430.
Order by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to pay interest at
the rate of 5 per cent. from date hereof on 31 orders for 500l. each
on the Duties on coals and culme anno 1703 in the name of Charles
Fox, dated Feb. 27 last, and assigned to the Bank of England without
The like for the like interest from Sept. 9 on 5 like orders for
1,000l. each in the name of said Fox and assigned to George Wright :
and for 2 more like orders for 500l. similarly assigned to said Wright
from Sept. 24.
The like for 8 like orders of 1,000l. each assigned to Lancelot Burton
as from Sept. 10.
The like for 2 like orders of 500l. each assigned to Lancelot Keate
as from Oct. 9.
The like for 1 like order for 500l. assigned to Thomas Cooke as
from Sept. 9.
The like for 1 like order for 500l. assigned to John Isham as from
The like for 20 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Sir Thomas
Pelham as from Nov. 9.
The like for 10 like orders for 500l. each assigned to George Wright
as from Nov. 10.
The like for 3 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Richard Powys
as from Nov. 10.
The like for 3 like orders for 500l. each assigned to William Blathwaite
as from Nov. 10.
The like for 1 like order for 500l. assigned to Richard Dalton
as from Nov. 10.
The like for 12 orders, 2 for 5,000l. each and 10 for 1,000l. each
on the Subsidies anno 1703 in the name of John Howe, dated 1702-3
Feb. 27, and assigned to James Taylor as from 1703 Nov. 23.
The like for 2 orders on the Continued Duties on coal assigned
to Richard Whitworth by Charles Fox as from Nov. 12.
The like for 5 orders on same dated Feb. 27 last and assigned by
said Fox to Sir Samuel Moyer as from Nov. 12.
The like for 10 orders for 500l. each on coals, culme and cinders
dated 1703 Dec. 3 in the name of Charles Fox and assigned by him
to William Ball as from Dec. 7.
The like for 8 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Thomas Wootton
as from Dec. 4.
The like for one like order assigned to John Willis as from same
The like for one like order assigned to John Kent as from same date.
The like for 4 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Henry Cornish
as from Dec. 6.
Order Book VI, pp. 52, 61, 64, 68.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. The sum
[required] for the Augmentation Troops to Sept. 29 inst. is issued viz.
8560l. 16s. 0d. A further 139,472l. 10s. 8d. (making together 148,033l.
7s. 4d.) is required to supply to Xmas next the 40,000 men viz. the
Foreigners with full pay and the Subject Troops with subsistence.
I take it that this sum together with such further sums as shall be
necessary for the rest of the Augmentation Troops (not sent to
Portugal) and for the clearings, must be furnished in Holland within
the remainder of the year. Towards all this Mr. Fox sends 20,000l.
on the last contract [for exchange remittances] and he hath 152,183l.
8s. 2¼d. more in money and tallies in his hands and there remains
21,574l. 8s. 3d. to be furnished at the Exchequer to complete the
sum of 833,825l. 19s. 2d. besides what must be further supplied for
the Augmentation Troops and Subsidies. These 3 sums make up
193,757l. 16s. 5¼d.
What is saved on the head of the 40,000 men by the [five] Regiments
going to Portugal will help towards the loss by exchange and
if some further allowance be made in that respect there appears a
near prospect of having the Forces in Flanders cleared for this year
with the money which the Parliament intended for them.
I have consulted with Mr. Pauncefort about further remittances
and we think that proposals should forthwith be received for the
sums and at the times following viz. 30,000l. at sight for pressing
occasions ; 30,000l. at 20 days to answer to 28 Oct. ; 30,000l. at 40
days ; 30,000l. at 50 days ; 40,000l. at 60 days ; making 160,000l. in all.
As the matter will soon be pressing please send me your direction
by this messenger. The Bank hath made the loan in the Exchequer
on the Land Tax pursuant to their Resolution. Out Letters (General)
XVII, pp. 250-1.
Same to Mr. Cardonnell. Notwithstanding the Lord Treasurer's
endeavours to have the clearings of the Army on that side [in the
Netherlands] regularly paid he finds it a matter of great difficulty
to come to an account thereof in order to pay the same. The public
service may be endangered by this delay (especially if it proceeds as
he thinks it does from the Paymasters issuing more money into
the Chief Officers' hands upon account than is due to their whole
Regiments) for in this case the Officers making [having made] use
of the money are not only unwilling to be brought to account but
forbear the receiving of such clearings as lie ready for them, because
the remainder is not sufficient to satisfy the subalterns or the men,
who do in the meantime clamour for want of their pay. I am commanded
to write to you very earnestly in this matter and to desire
you to hasten those accounts, particularly the account of the last
4 months' clearings and that you'll please to caution Mr. Sweet
against making such overpayments as much as possibly he can,
which will contribute greatly to remedy this mischief.
Since mine of the 7th [to you] his Lordship has ordered 8,560l.
16s. 8d. to Mr. Fox for the Augmentation Troops which by computation
would carry on their pay to the 29th inst. The exact
account which the Duke of Marlborough ordered of the charge of
the Augmentation Troops is not yet to hand. Ibid., p. 251.
Order, dated at Bath, from Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs
Commissioners to observe (a) infra.
Prefixing : (a) Order of the Queen in Council, issued at our Court
at Bath but undated, to the Customs Commissioners to permit the
Customs free landing by Thomas Frampton et al of London merchants
of some prize fish, being [Newfoundland] Bank fish, being the lading
of the ship Eagle and Crown, Noel l'homme late master bought by
them from John Dod, Commissioner for the Rights and Perquisites
of the Admiralty, the said ship having been taken by the Lark frigate
(whereof Frampton et al then were and now are owners) from the
French during this war : the said fish now stinking intolerably and
daily perishing through Dod's delay in delivery : the Customs Commissioners
being unwilling without royal permission to admit same
to entry without payment of the extraordinary Duties [in spite of]
the Queen having been pleased to publish her royal Declaration
that all goods of the growth of Foreign Plantations taken
and condemned as prize should at entry pay such Duties only
as were payable for goods of the same kind of the product of the
English Plantations and imported in English shipping : the said
Commissioners having reported that in the said Declaration there is
no provision for abating the Duties on prize fish, which being of foreign
taking is chargeable with several Duties amounting to 1l. 6s. 6¼d.
for every hundred, being more than the common value of the commodity
and laid in the nature of a prohibition on foreign fishing to
encourage our own fishery, whereas fish taken and imported by
English in English shipping is free of all Duties.
Care is hereby to be taken that part of the tail of each fish be first
cut off by an officer of the Salt Duty to prevent any [claim for rebate
debenture] allowance on exportation. Out Letters (Customs) XIV,
Money warrant for 910l. to James Vernon for 6 months ordinary
Feb. 11 last to Aug. 11 last as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of
910l. to George Stepney for same Feb. 26 last to Aug. 27 last as
Envoy Extraordinary to the Emperor of Germany.
910l. to William Aglionby for same Feb. 19 last to Aug. 20 last
as Envoy Extraordinary to the Swiss Cantons.
819l. to John Wych for 9 months Dec. 18 last to Sept. 17 inst. on
his ordinary as Resident with the Hanse Towns.
455l. to James Cressett for 3 months June 3 last to Sept. 6 inst.
as Envoy Extraordinary to the Princes of Brunswick and Luneburg.
546l. to Charles Whitworth for 6 months Jan. 31 last to Aug. 1
last as Employed in her Majesty's service at Ratisbon in Germany.
910l. to John Robinson Doctor in Divinity for 9 months Dec. 11
last to Sept. 10 inst. as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of
500l. to Sir Lambert Blackwell for half a year Jan. 23 last to July
23 last on his 1000l. per an. as Envoy Extraordinary to the Great
Duke of Tuscany.
3,600l. to the Duke of Marlborough for 36 weeks Dec. 25 last to
Sept. 3 inst. on his ordinary as Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary to the States General.
910l. to Paul Methuen for 6 months March 7 last to Sept. 5 inst
as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal.
1456l. to Alexander Stanhope, 910l. thereof for 6 months ordinary
of 5l. a day March 7 last to Sept. 5 inst. as Envoy Extraordinary
to the States General and 546l. for same time on his allowance of
3l. a day as Plenipotentiary.
190l. to Benjamin Lodington for half a year to June 29 last on
his salary or allowance as Agent and Consul General at Tripoly.
300l. to Robert Cole for half a year to Aug. 10 last on his same as
Agent and Consul at Algiers.
455l. to Thomas, Lord Raby which with the like sum formerly
paid him by way of advance is for 6 months from March 5 last (the
day he departed out of the presence) to Sept. 3 inst on his ordinary
of 5l. a day as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Prussia.
364l. to Henry Davenant for 6 months which with 182l. paid him
by way of advance completes 9 months from 1702 Dec. 12 (the day
of his departure out of the presence) to Sept. 11 inst. on his ordinary
of 40s. a day as appointed to reside as her Majesty's Secretary at
(Money orders dated Sept. 10 and Oct. 5 hereon). (Letter of
direction dated Sept. 23 hereon). Money Book XVI, pp. 429,
431, 433. Order Book VI, pp. 41, 42, 47. Disposition Book XVI,