Warrant Book: June 1705, 1-10

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20, 1705-1706. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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June 1705, 1-10

June 1. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Cashier to pay 120l. 12s. 8d. to Henry Ballow and John Smith, Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer Court, being 2s. per 1000l. for joining tallies for 1,206,349l. 10s. 2½d. Customs money paid into the Exchequer for the year ended 1703 Xmas. Money Book XVII, p. 377.
Money order for 100,000l. to the Bank of England pursuant to the patents of 15 June 1694 and 27 July 1694 : to be issued out of the five sevenths of the 9d. per barrel Excise : and is for one year's annuity to said Bank to 1706 June 1. Order Book VI, p. 350.
Letter of direction for 42,111l. 2s. 6d. to Sir Thomas Littleton, Treasurer of the Navy, for the course of the Victualling and is to complete 142,111l. 2s. 6d. for 3 months payable on the said course from 1703-4 Jan. 31 to 1704 April 30 : to be issued out of funds as follow viz. 6095l. of Contributions for Annuities ; 3512l. 7s. 11d. of loans on the Two Thirds Subsidy ; 22,022l. 12s. 7½d. of loans on Low Wines ; 9300l. of loans on Malt ; 1181l. 1s. 11½d. of loans on the Land Tax. Disposition Book XVII, p. 353.
Letter of direction for 1100l. to John How, Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons, out of loans on Land Tax anno 1705 in part of 98,969l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 additional men anno 1705 : and is to be applied to the subsistence of the Regiments of Colonels Lillingston, Wynn and Lepell. Ibid.
William Lowndes to Mr. Borrett to attend the Attorney General for his opinion on the enclosed memorial [missing] of the officers of the Works relating to the repairing of two bridges over the river on Hounslow Heath which brings water to Hampton Court : viz. as to whether the parishes or villes wherein those bridges lie ought not to repair them at their own charge. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 450.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Katherine Spencer, executrix of William Hunt deceased, praying that one third part of the moiety of the estate of Michael Wicks (which she alleges to have been recovered for her Majesty's use upon the information and discovery of the said Hunt) may be paid, pursuant to a minute of the late Treasury Lords. Ibid., XVIII, p. 77.
Same to Mr. Blathwayte. The Principal Officers of the Ordnance have informed the Lord Treasurer that there are no accounts in their Office of the remain of Ordnance Stores from any of the Plantations "and the reason they conceive why no such accounts have been sent from thence to their Office is because the orders of Council by virtue of which stores are issued for the Plantations do usually direct the delivery of them to the Governors or some particular persons who are not under the direction of that [Ordnance] Office." Please prepare a draft letter to be signed by the Queen requiring the Governors of the Plantations to send to the Board of Ordnance forthwith an account of the stores of Ordnance, small arms and other accoutrements and habiliments of war in their respective Governments "and the like once in every year." Ibid., p. 78.
Same to same to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of John Hayes, master of the ship Valentine of Jamaica, touching an iron chest with 370l. sterling in Spanish money which he and his company took up out of the sea near Jamaica which (he alleges) was taken from them by order of Col. Handasyde, the Governor, and they had but 20l. given them for their pains. Ibid.
Same to same to report on the enclosed letter and other papers from the Principal Commissioners for Prizes relating to the several prizes which have been taken during this present war and carried into the West Indies and other parts abroad, together with a state made out by them of those prizes. My Lord Treasurer desires you to advise on the several matters therein what you conceive will be best for her Majesty's service.
Followed by : letter dated Prize Office 19 Feb. 1704-5 to William Lowndes signed by Edward Brereton, R. Yard, Ant. Duncombe and Geo. Morley, Commissioners for Prizes. We received your letter of Jan. 22 last and Feb. 16 inst. signifying the Lord Treasurer's commands in relation to prizes taken since this war and carried into the West Indies and other places abroad. We thereupon directed that an account of them should be drawn out but the doing of it being very difficult and intricate has taken up some longer time than was expected, which was the reason we did not send it before. However we do now herewith send you a state of those prizes according to the best information we have had of them, by which you will observe that sometimes the captors and sometimes the Courts of Admiralty in those parts have taken upon them to dispose of the prizes as they thought fit, paying the captors their shares (as they pretend) though we have had several verbal complaints to the contrary on behalf of the persons concerned.
Upon this occasion we thought it necessary to begin a prosecution in the Court of Exchequer against Admiral Whetstone, Mr. Collison and Mr. Hutchison etc. who (according to the said Collison's own account) have had the disposal of eight prizes, the said Hutchison and Collison being both employed by Admiral Whetstone : and we are humbly of opinion that the same method or any other that the Lord Treasurer shall approve may be used against the rest.
As to the French prize called Point Chateron mentioned in the extract of Governor Handasyde's letter, which [prize] has been lately carried into Jamaica, we have an account of her from Arnold Brown, our Agent there, who has informed us that he will use all the good husbandry and care that may be in the disposal of her. We shall also give him our particular directions touching the management of that affair for the best advantage.
You have also herewith a list of the Agents [for Prizes] in those parts : and as to Antigua the first Agent that was appointed there did decline serving in that station, and afterwards another was nominated, which occasioned a great deal of delay of time and was the reason of the want of one there so long.
And we likewise trouble you with a copy of the said Collison's account by which you will likewise observe that though 'tis owned the proceed of prizes mentioned in that account amounts to 1976l. 1s. 0d. yet the charges, salaries and other sums which they have taken upon them to pay comes to 1986l. 8s. 3d. which brings the Queen in debt 10l. 7s. 3d.
We take leave likewise to observe to you the extravagant charges of the Court of Admiralty at Barbados, which for the consideration of two prizes only they charge 370l.
Upon the whole we cannot but repeat, what is mentioned in the enclosed account, that of all the prizes taken in the West Indies except the Ponchartrin, St. Matthew and Jolly, there has been no money paid or accounted for to this Office.
[None of the accounts referred to in the above letter are appended to it]. Ibid., p. 78. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 250-3.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands. Please inform yourself whether Mr. John Jefferys at Sheen hath not cut off the water from the Queen's house at Richmond and what authority or pretence he alleges for so doing. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 79.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ Rouse Rickthorne as a tidesman in Bristol port loco William Head deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 375.
Treasury reference to Mr. Vincent and Mr. Cartwright of the petition of Mary Cooke, widow of Andrew Cooke late Serjeant in Major Patton's Company in the Earl of Donegal's Regiment. Reference Book VIII, p. 164.
Same to Capt. Cartwright of the petition of John Dryburgh gent, administrator of John Ferrie late a Lieutenant in the abovesaid Regiment, who died in the West Indies : praying payment of said Ferrie's arrears. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Travers, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Ann Rosse widow shewing that several encroachments are made by Whitechapel and Stepney parishes on a piece of ground called Well Close in or near Radcliffe Highway which belongs to the Crown and whereon by Prince George's favour a church is erected and that petitioner [her husband] has opposed such encroachments to his great cost. Ibid., p. 165.
Same to same of the petition of Lieut. Gen. Cholmondley for a reversionary lease of the forfeited estate of Sir Roger Strickland, (now in grant to Alexander Johnstown) : the late King having promised on petitioner's marriage to give him 10,000l. or the value thereof in some grant. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Capt. John Davison, Robert Rolt and James Bengough for a lease of derelict lands lying in several places between Wells and Walton in Norfolk and between Barton and St. Mary's in Lincolnshire. Ibid., p. 166.
Same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Richard Butler sometime Naval Officer at Jamaica, praying payment of 50l. for his care in saving and securing the materials and stores saved out of the Success lost on the coast of Cuba "for which he has a [Navy imprest] bill signed by the then Commissioners of the Navy." Ibid., p. 171.
June 2. Money order for 125l. to Sir Joseph Jekyll for Easter term 1705 on his salary as Chief Justice of Chester.
50l. to Sir Salathiel Lovell for same term as Second Justice of Chester.
50l. to said Lovell for same term as Second Justice of Denbigh, Flint and Montgomery.
75l. to Philip Neve for same term as Chief Justice of Pembroke, Carmarthen and Cardigan.
75l. to Thomas Webb for same term as Second Justice of same.
75l. to William Peisley for same term as Chief Justice of Merioneth, Carnarvon and Anglesea.
75l. to Marmaduke Gwynn for same term as Second Justice of same.
75l. to William Banastre for same term as Chief Justice of Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor.
75l. to Charles Cox for same term as Second Justice of same. Order Book VI, p. 348.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall for an account of the office of Receiver General of said Duchy, by reason that William Hooker and Robert Corker have applied for a grant thereof. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 80.
Same to the Prizes Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer approves the prosecution you have taken in the Exchequer against Admiral Whetstone et al. upon informations that the captors are not satisfied with their shares. Please pursue the same against others in the like case chargeable. Ibid.
June 4. Money warrant for 500l. to the Duchess of Marlborough for 1705 Lady day as Groom of the Stole and First Lady of the Bedchamber.
Same for 250l. each to the following for same quarter as Ladies of the Bedchamber ; viz. Mary, Duchess of Ormonde ; Rachel, Marchioness of Hartington ; Ann Charlotte, Lady Frecheville ; Ann, Countess of Sunderland ; Frances, Countess of Scarborough ; Henrietta, Lady Godolphin ; Lady Jane Hyde ; Juliana, Countess of Burlington ; Ann, Countess of Abingdon ; Elizabeth, Duchess of Somerset.
Same for 125l. each to the following for same quarter as Women of the Bedchamber : viz. Beata Danvers, Margaret Feilding, Agneta Cooper, Abigail Hill.
Same for 75l. each to the following for same quarter as Maids of Honour, viz. : Letitia Frowde, Jane Kingdon, Mary Stanhope, Elizabeth Collier, Mary Forrester, Ann Duncomb. (Money orders dated June 5 hereon). Money Book XVII, p. 377. Order Book VI, p. 344. Disposition Book XVII, p. 354.
Treasurer Godolphin to Edward Nott, the Lieutenant and Governor General and to the Council of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia. I have received information from Francis Nicholson, late Lieut. and Governor General of Virginia, that William Byrd, Receiver and Cashier of her Majesty's Revenues there, is lately deceased and that an account current of his collections and receipts to Oct. 25 last had been laid before the said Governor and her Majesty's Council [there] by the trustees of said Byrd, whereby a balance of 7698l. 9s. 10d. appeared due to her Majesty besides what may be further owing by him from the time of making up the said account. Please call before you William Byrd, son and executor of the said William Byrd, to produce his father's accounts from the time of his taking upon him the said collection to the time of his death. You are to carefully examine the said accounts with the vouchers and to certify and transmit same to me with your observations thereupon in such manner as may be most conducive to the full and perfect recovery of all moneys owing to her Majesty from said Byrd. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 79. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 245-6.
Treasury reference to William Borret of the petition of Peter Wentworth praying for an inquisition and grant of the estate of Etienne Cambovile, an alien who died intestate leaving 500l. personal estate. Reference Book VIII, p. 165.
June 5. Royal sign manual for 5000l. to Charles Hodges gent as imprest for the service of the Robes : to be applied in accordance with the directions of the Duchess of Marlborough, Mistress of the Robes. (Money warrant dated June 6 hereon). (Money order dated June 6 hereon). Queen's Warrant Book XXII, p. 411. Order Book VI, p. 368.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Sir John Humble, Paymaster of the Million Lottery Tickets, to pay and discharge such of the said tickets as were lost burned or destroyed being due before 6 Feb. 1704-5 : as by the Act of last session for the relief of Fulke Emmes et al : the proprietors concerned being first to give indemnity. Money Book XVII, p. 378.
Same by same to the Receipt for tallies of assignment on the First Fruits and Tenths for 500l. to the executors of Lord Waldegrave for half a year to 1693 Lady day on the pension of 1000l. granted to Louisa, Duchess of Portsmouth, and purchased by him from her. (The like warrant dated June 14 for the succeeding half year to 1693 Michaelmas). Ibid., pp. 379, 382.
Money warrant for 4645l. 13s. 10¾d. to Baldwin Malet, late Receiver General of Taxes for co. Somerset, in repayment of overpayments by him as follows : viz. 2945l. 14s. 1½d. on his account of the fifth 4s. Aid anno 1702 ; 699l. 19s. 9½d. on his account of the Subsidy anno 1702 and 1000l. paid in by mistake of his correspondent on account of the seventh 4s. Aid anno 1704, for which tax he was not Receiver : the total sum to be immediately paid back into the Exchequer on said Malet's account of the sixth 4s. Aid anno 1703. (Money order dated June 22 hereon). Ibid., p. 380. Order Book VI, p. 358.
Allowance by same of the incidents bill, detailed, of the Wine Licence Office for one year to Xmas 1703 : total 807l. 3s. 3d. Money Book XVII, p. 389.
William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners to make out Navy bills for paying 200l. to Nathaniel Gould and Urban Hall being 150l. for themselves and 50l. for their Agents at Stockholm for their trouble in obtaining (pursuant to their contract with you) pitch and tar for the service of the Navy in 1703 as also for their service in preventing the extravagant prices which the agents for the Tar Company were endeavouring to lay on that commodity to the prejudice of her Majesty's service. Disposition Book XVII, p. 356.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Mr. St. John [Secretary at War] relating to the clothing of Col. Handasyde's Regiment lately arrived at Bristol from Ireland. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 79.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh [late Paymaster General of the Forces] to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Mary Davenport and others whose husbands have died in Chelsea Hospital. Ibid., p. 80.
Same to Mr. Borrett to forbear suing Mr. Peter Gery as a surety of Richard Taylor, late Paymaster of the Million Lottery Tickets, until the first day of next Michaelmas term. Ibid., p. 83.
Treasury reference to Auditor Harley of the petition of the Earl of Albemarle for allowances for Exchequer fees on his accounts of the late King's Robes for the time he and Count Cornelius de Nassau were Masters of the Robes. Reference Book VIII, p. 165.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Edward Audley for a lease of a messuage called Moorhall with 260 acres of marsh land in Upwell and Outwell near the Ouse in co. Norfolk demised in 1668 to John Sharpe and John Lawrence and now out of lease. Ibid., p. 166.
Same to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Sir Robert Harrison, Receiver General of Taxes for co. [Oxford], praying allowance of 416l. 15s. 0d. for his extraordinary charges relating to those taxes. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Queen's Remembrancer to forbear process against the Division of Ongar co. Essex on the Land Tax deficiencies : several of the [Assessment] Commissioners for that Division having assured the Lord Treasurer that in 4 Wm. and Mary there were several estates in land there which were then in the possession of known Papists but are now and have long since been in the possession of Protestants and so not liable to any double charge : but that the whole deficiency arising therefrom shall within the space of one month be paid to the Receiver General. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 8.
Subscription by same of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated May 12 last to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery of a suit of clothes &c. to John Robinson ; a child of the Chapel whose voice is changed. Ibid., p. 10.
Warrant by same to the Excise Commissioners to pay to the collectors of Bread Street Ward the taxes assessed on all the officers of Excise that execute their offices in London notwithstanding the argument that the assessors of said Ward should assess only such as executed their office in Bread Street : all in regard that "all offices executed in London are within the jurisdiction of the [Assessment] Commissioners and may be assessed on a reassessment, her Majesty's Attorney General thinks it will be fit the assessment made in that Ward which is submitted to by the city should be made good to the city for the offices executed in it but not the assessment on the offices executed out of the city." Ibid., p. 11.
Same by same to the late Commissioners for the Transport Service to make forth a debenture for 279l. 7s. 2d. to Mathew Anderson, sole owner of the ship David, pink, of Belfast for hire of the said ship in the transport service in the reduction of Ireland.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' report dated Nov. 24 on said Anderson's petition for same. This matter was referred to us by the Treasury Lords 1695-6 March 16 and we reported thereon 1696 Oct. 17. The petitioner formerly petitioned the Lords Justices of Ireland who referred it 1691 Aug. 31 to the Commissioners of the Ordnance there who reported on Sept. 19 following that the ship was imprest for transport service 1690 July 15 to 1690-1 Jan. 10, being 99¼ tons measurement at 12s. per ton per month, making in all 349l. 7s. 2d. but the master delivered short of his lading of stores to the value of 20l. "which account could not then be adjusted because the officers that were concerned in the loading and unloading were then in the camp." Petitioner has been paid 50l. on account by order of the Lords Justices of 1691 Sept. 24.
We submit whether his case comes within the letter of the Act of Parliament made in behalf of the ships that served in the Irish Transportation, the owner not having given in any account to us before we gave in the general account to the Commissioners for Examining the Public Accounts of the Kingdom. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 12.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Transport Commissioners to similarly make out a debenture for 72l. to Christopher Browning, master of the ship Fortune, for the hire of said ship from 1691 Nov. 23 to 1691-2 Feb. 22 in carrying Forces from Ireland to France on the Capitulation of Limerick (by a charter party between said master and Edward May, collector of Customs at Waterford) and in carrying bread and meal and other provisions (after her return to Ireland) from Cork to Kinsale for supply of the Danish Forces.
Prefixing : report dated Nov. 23 from the late Commissioners of Transportation on said Browning's petition. By the charter party between him and Edward May, Collector of Customs at Waterford, the said ship of 60 tons was hired by the month by order of the Lords Justices of Ireland and she was employed in carrying Forces from Ireland to France on the Capitulation of Limerick and on her return to bring bread, meal and other provisions from Cork to Kinsale for supply of the Danish Forces. She was employed from 23 Nov. 1691 when she entered into pay to 23 Feb. following when she was discharged. The freight at 12d. per ton per month comes to 108l. He received 36l. thereof from said May, thus leaving 72l. due to the said master and owners. Application has been made to us for a debenture [for said 72l.] but as the ship was not taken up by order of the Transport Board and no account was given in to us before we gave in our general account of the Transport debt we have refused to give a debenture without your Lordship's directions. But as the charge of the Transport debt given in to Parliament was estimated at 330,769l. 10s. 7d. but upon stating the ships' accounts up to the present it amounts to only 299,547l. 10s. 3½d. we think debentures ought to be made out for the abovesaid 72l. Ibid., pp. 13-14.
Same by same to [Auditor] Edward Harley to prepare for declaration the account from 1697 April 1 to 1698 March 31 of Thomas Lloyd, Paymaster of the Works.
Prefixing : said account as stated by Auditor Harley : total charge 37,775l. 0s. 3¾d. : total discharge 19,934l. 16s. 5¼d. "Within the time of this account as also in the other accounts of the Works now depending in my office great sums are brought to account for new buildings but no warrants are produced" pursuant to the Instructions for managing the Office of the Works dated 1662-3 Jan. 1 which are the last Instructions extant. According to these Instructions no alterations or repairs in the [King's] houses of Whitehall, Hampton Court or Greenwich shall be made which shall exceed 40l. or for the houses of access which shall exceed 20l. in any year for any one house without special warrant from the Lord Treasurer. The items of Discharge are as follows :
£ s. d.
Works in Ordinary
at the Tower of London 643 17
at the Palace of Whitehall (the King's lodgings, the Lord Chamberlain's, the Earl of Portland's, Earl of Albemarle's, Council Chamber, Treasury, Jewel Office, the Office for the Commissioners of Trade and other places and including 188l. 14s. 6d. for engines and workmen in extinguishing the fire) 8356 15 11½
at St. James's including the Earl of Bath's lodgings and Mr. D'Lone's [Dollon] 172 3 10½
at the Old Palace at Westminster (the two Houses of Parliament and the rooms adjoining and at Mr. Taylor's lodgings and building a new closet for Mr. Johnson) 448 12
at Greenwich 374 0 0
at Winchester 108 19 10
at Newmarket 146 11 7
Works in Extraordinary
at Audley End 199 6 1
at Hampton Court 2004 17
at Kensington 2268 10
at Hounslow (fitting up the King's Bedchamber, and the Earl of Portland's and Earl of Albemarle's) 154 11
public paving in several courts and yards in Whitehall and St. James's, the Old Palace Yard, Fish Yard and under the gates going to Westminster and by the Park wall against Bartlet House 450 2
Salaries and travelling charges of the officers of the Works 1638 14 0
Exchequer fees (being 10s. per 100l. &c.) 42 7 4
Payments by Treasury Warrant
for fitting up part of the Star Chamber for the Trustees for Circulating Exchequer Bills by warrant of 11 Jan. 1697-8 425 6
to William Roberts, Paymaster of Windsor Works by warrant of 18 May 1697 2000 0 0
to Visct. FitzHardinge for repairing the Mall in St. James's Park : by warrant of 13 Aug. 1697 100 0 0
to George London for repairs at the Privy Garden in Whitehall 400 0 0
19934 16
leaving Remains : 17840 3 10½
Ibid., pp. 33-36.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to [Auditor] Edward Harley to prepare for declaration the account for one year to 1703 Dec. 24 of Walter Whitfeild as Paymaster of the six Marine Regiments.
Prefixing : said account :
£ s. d.
money received from the Treasurer of the Navy within the time of this account 136957 15
overpayments appearing on the examination of the Muster Rolls of said Regiments 14 6 0
total charge 136972 1
pay of Col. Holt's Regiment for the whole year 13340 14 4
ditto of Lord Shannon's Regiment 13209 2 0
ditto of Col. Saunderson's Regiment 13420 6 4
ditto of Col. Fox's Regiment 13285 3 6
ditto of Col. Mordaunt's Regiment from 25 Dec. 1702 to 1703 April 24 4793 2 4
ditto of Col. Lutterell's Regiment from 24 April 1703 to 25 Dec. 1703 8752 4 6
ditto of Col. Villiers' Regiment from 25 Dec. 1702 to 24 April 1703 4782 15 8
ditto of Major General Seymour's Regiment from 24 April 1703 to 24 Dec. 1703 9511 18 0
all the above payments being by warrants of the Prince under whose care those Regiments were placed
money paid to the Colonels of the said Regiments out of deductions for respits, to enable their Officers to raise recruits to fill up their several Companies : as by two royal warrants 1461 1 8
auditor's fee 36 0 0
total discharge 82542 8 4
Remains : 54429 13
"The accountant has produced to me the acquittances of the Agents of those Regiments for other sums. He alleges he was directed to pay them out of the money abated for respits within the time of this account to enable the Officers to raise recruits but has not delivered any [royal] warrant for allowing the same : which amount to 4999l. 5s. 10d."
Memorandum. The accountant alleges he has, since the determination of this account, paid the remaining part of the aforegoing balance to the said Regiments for their subsistence and levy money for the service of the year 1704.
Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 46-7.
Same by same to Arthur Mainwaring one of the Auditors of Imprests to prepare for declaration the account for one year ended 1704 Oct. 15 of William Borrett as Solicitor for the affairs of the Treasury.
Prefixing : said account : total charge 2030l. 2s. 9d. ; total discharge 2572l. 5s. 4d. including inter al. the charges of prosecuting David Fitzgerald for a libell ; of administering to Mathias Fassan an alien intestate ; of extent against Edward Whitacre ; of informations against Dr. Watson ; of the case touching the curacy of Aldgate ; of the proceedings against the executors of the late Duchess of Mazarin ; of the consultation relating to her Majesty's jewels in Holland ; of the charges in the Exchequer against Lord Portland ; of defending the Queen's title to the late Earl of Macclesfield's estate ; of prosecuting William Joseph Newth et al. for riot ; of prosecuting Dyer and Lloyd for libel ; of charges against Charles Mildmay for fraudulently obtaining a pass ; of prosecuting William Stanley for a riot at Chester ; of prosecuting Prince Souchaico a French spy ; of prosecuting Read and Jackson for corresponding with her Majesty's enemies ; of the report on the indictment of Capt. Sterry for a riot ; of charges against James Chovell for corresponding with her Majesty's enemies ; of the report in the case of the Mayor of Deal ; of charges against Dr. Drake for a libel ; of prosecuting Major Bouchier ; of prosecuting David Lindsay ; of the bill in Parliament for registering deeds in the West Riding of, co. York ; of the information against Robert Ferguson for seditious practices ; of the opinion touching the Act for recruiting Land Forces ; of the opinion touching the 'Observator' ; of the charges against Richard Barker, Mary Busbie, George Panton and George Buchan for coming from France without leave ; of opposing the discharge of Moses Morton listed as a recruit ; of Lord Halifax's trial and of a new information against him ; of the Commission for the Mohegan Indians ; of the bill in Chancery against the bishop of Winchester to prevent waste ; of prosecuting Tutchin, the 'Observator,' for a seditious libel ; for all the Attorney and Solicitor General's business relating to the Plantations at 100 guineas each for the year ; for opinion on the petition of Joseph Bradley et al. relating to bye laws of watermen and lightermen ; of the opinion on the Act for issuing debentures to non-commission officers ; of the report about Squibb and other Exchequer clerks ; of prosecuting Mr. Fox for coming from France without a licence ; of charges against Charles Bucks and Thomas Hales collectors of Taxes for Bromley in Kent, Nat Ryley and John Hare same for East Greenwich, and James Lawson and Timothy Steele same for Christchurch in Surrey ; of prosecuting James Rawlins printer and publisher of the libel entitled 'Legion's Address to the Lords' ; the like against Nathaniel Salmon publisher of the libel entitled 'The Address' ; the Attorney General's report about housebreakers and highwaymen ; the Attorney General's attendance in the Queen's Bench the last days of each term ; Mr. Atterbury for enquiring after evidences ; Robert Stephens messenger of the press for attendance &c. ; Robert Weddall for prosecuting counterfeiters. Ibid., pp. 52-57.
Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of George Howells for a change in his sureties as Receiver General of Land Tax anno 1705 for cos. Cardigan, Carmarthen, Glamorgan, Pembroke and Haverford West. (Warrant dated June 14 by Treasurer Godolphin to said Agents to make said change). Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, p. 70.
June 6. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to apply the sum of 14,194l. 13s. 7½d. (being the surplus of the additional 9d. per barrel Excise granted in the 5th year of Wm. and Mary for answering the 100,000l. per an. to the Bank of England) towards discharging the unsatisfied orders of loan standing registered on the Subsidy anno 1703 : it appearing by certificate of the Auditor of the Receipt that at the 1st June inst. after satisfying the said 100,000l. for the year ended on that day there remained a surplus of 8580l. 18s. 7d. on the five sevenths of the said 9d. per barrel and a further surplus of 5613l. 15s. 0½d. on the two sevenths part of the said Duty making 14,194l. 13s. 7½d. in all ; and further that the principal sum of 101,289l. 9s. 7d. remains unsatisfied in loans made on the credit of said Subsidy, towards which there may yet come in from the Receivers of the said Subsidy a sum of about 13,049l. 4s. 4½d. Money Book XVII, pp. 378-9.
Letter of direction for 67,215l. to Sir Thomas Littleton, the Navy Treasurer, out of loans on Land Tax anno 1705 : and is to be applied as follows : viz.
for wages to seamen 20000
for the Yards under the head of ordinary and in part of 47,215l. for 1704 June 24 quarter 19000
for same under the head of Wear and Tear as in full of the abovesaid 47,215l. 28215
Disposition Book XVII, p. 353.
Same for 2000l. to William Lowndes for secret service : out of Civil List moneys. Ibid., p. 354.
Same for 2000l. to Francis Godolphin, Cofferer of the Household, for advances to several persons that are to attend the Queen at Windsor : to be issued out of Civil List money :
and for 2806l. 15s. 0d. to John Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber, viz. 1500l. upon account for the same service and 1289l. 15s. 0d. for 3 years' travelling charges to the Gentlemen and others of the Chapel Royal upon several warrants by the Lord Chamberlain ; and 117l. to Charles Lucas, Closet Keeper, for the like travelling charges : out of same. Ibid., p. 355.
William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners to imprest (out of money for wages) 500l. to George Churchill, admiral of the Blue Squadron, for the contingent charges of that part of the Fleet which is to be employed under his command in the Channel. Ibid., p. 356.
Same to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. The Lord Treasurer has no objection to William Bowen, one of the messengers of the Revenue in Ireland, supplying his place by a deputy during the time that he is in her Majesty's service here. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 81.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ Sidney Strode (riding surveyor between Exeter and Dartmouth) as surveyor at Bideford loco John Ash deceased.
John Fortescue as riding surveyor between Exeter and Dartmouth loco said Strode.
Benjamin Bucknall as tidesurveyor in London port loco his brother Jonathan Bucknall who hath been guilty of great neglect and is under such circumstances that he cannot attend his duty as he ought.
John Richards (an extraordinary tidesman and boatman at the Mount in Penzance port) as an established boatman at Newlyn in said port loco Henry Thomas lately deceased.
John Sansom collector of Bristol port to have 100l. per an. additional allowance in view of the difficulty and hazard of his employment, he having had also to take the receipt of the logwood Duty with the other branches of the Customs : he having been very faithful and having discovered and prevented abuses by the importation of French goods and the merchants entering them from different countries, and also instrumental in convicting offenders who re-landed tobacco after it had been shipped for export : further his allowance for the collection of logwood under the Farmers was not less than 100l. per an. which has ceased since Michaelmas last when the farm expired and that Duty came under the general management of the Customs "though the trouble to him is still the same by keeping a separate account." Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 376, 377.
Treasury reference to the Chief Officers of the Works of the petition of Matthew Banks, her Majesty's Master Carpenter, shewing that being very much indisposed he is advised to retire into the country, therefore praying approval of John Churchill as his deputy, he being empowered by his patent to act by deputy. Reference Book VIII, p. 165.
Same to the Prizes Commissioners of the petition of James Mellefont, storekeeper for prizes, London port, for some allowance for his services for extraordinary business "occasioned by the Vigo booty and Port St. Mary in the depth of winter to the great prejudice of his health" he having negotiated at the Custom House all matters relating to the prizes without any allowance. Ibid.
Subscription [by Treasurer Godolphin] of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated April 6 last to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery to William Hester, ratkiller to her Majesty, of a livery for the year 1704 : to an estimate of 13l. 3s. 6d. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 9.
June 7. Money warrant for 525l. 3s. 0d. to Henry Davenant for 7 bills of extraordinaries 1703 June 12 to 1704-5 March 12 as her Majesty's Secretary at Frankfort. (Money order dated June 12 hereon). Money Book XVII, p. 381. Order Book VI, p. 345. Disposition Book XVII, p. 360.
Letter of direction for 1000l. to the Paymaster of the Works : out of Civil List moneys : to be paid over to Henry Wise in part of 3323l. 1s. 0d. resting due to him on bills for work performed last winter in the several royal gardens and parks. Disposition Book XVII, p. 357.
William Lowndes to the Prizes Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Capt. Richard Biron, late Commander of her Majesty's yacht the Fubbs, setting forth his many services in the late Expedition with Sir George Rooke to Cadiz and praying a grant of such proportion of the Vigo prize money as the Captain of the Isabella yacht had. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 81.
June 8. Money warrant for 82l. 16s. 0d. to John Rolfe in full (with 20l. paid him by Mr. Borrett) of his charges in the sudden summoning of a grand jury for finding 2 bills of indictment against James Boucher for high treason and in summoning and countermanding the pettit jury : including 15s. to the bailiff of East Grinstead for making up the Court and attending the Grand Jury. The Disposition Book entry incorrectly describes Mr. Rolfe as a sher[iff].
Appending : bill of said charges. (Money order dated June 9 hereon). (Letter of direction dated June 26 hereon). Money Book XVII, p. 380. Order Book VI, p. 349. Disposition Book XVII, p. 364.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Excise Commissioners to repay the assessments of the eighth 4s. Aid anno 1705 set on officers of the Excise if of not more than 100l. per an. salary. Money Book XVII, p. 381.
Letter of direction for 121l. 10s. 0d. to the Paymaster of the Works : out of Civil List moneys : to be paid to Anthony Vernatty for setting up, repairing and maintaining lamps in Westminster Hall and other places from 1704 Oct. 24 to 1704-5 March 14 by order of the House of Commons for the accommodation of both Houses of Parliament. Disposition Book XVII, p. 357.
William Lowndes to the Victualling Commissioners to report on the enclosed paper [missing] signed A. B. containing some complaints of mismanagement in the Victualling Office. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 81.
Same to Mr. St. John to prepare a royal warrant to authorise Charles Fox, late Paymaster of the Forces with the Allies, to pay 56l. 10s. 0d. to Lieut. Col. Etheridge, Major of Brigade to Brigadier Shrimpton in her Majesty's service at Gibraltar, whose pay of 10s. a day has been paid to him only from 24 Oct. 1704 whereas Brigadier Shrimpton's pay commenced from the 3rd July preceding, the Queen having signified her pleasure for same to be paid to him from said July 3. Ibid.
Fiat by Treasurer Godolphin for royal letters patent to constitute Francis Webber as Customer of Bridgwater port loco Thomas Wolstenholme surrendered. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 376.
Treasury reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Mary Stephens, widow of Anthony Stephens deceased, Cashier to the Earl of Orford late Navy Treasurer till 1695 May 2 the day of his death, shewing that by Treasury direction she issued all the tallies and effects then remaining in his hands amounting to 700,000l. for which purpose she was obliged to keep 2 clerks till Lady day 1702 one at 100l. per an. the other at 60l. per an. amounting for the time aforesaid to 1080l. : therefore praying allowance thereof in the Earl of Orford's accounts. Reference Book VIII, p. 166.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Susan Millward widow for a lease of 2 small parcels of land in Hedge Lane on which stand two ruinated conduits and no use made of the ground for many years, petitioner and her daughter having lost their husbands in the late war. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Richard, Earl of Ranelagh, to make forth duplicates of debentures for Army arrears which have not been applied to the purchasing of any of the forfeited estates in Ireland or otherwise discharged and which have been burnt, lost or destroyed, as by a clause in the Act of last session for the relief of Fulk Emes and others : the respective owners to first give you indemnity and proper affidavits of the destruction, to be made before the Barons of the Exchequer.
(A like warrant to the late Commissioners for Transports to similarly make out duplicates of lost or destroyed debentures for Transport services). Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 15, 17.
Same by same to the Excise Commissioners to sell Spanish brandy above proof, paying Duty only as single brandy, the proceeds to be applied to the Duties thereon, to the charges of the Prize officers and to the captors.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' report on the Prizes Commissioners' memorial desiring such sale. Ibid., p. 18.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a constat of a tenement at Richmond in order to a new lease thereof to Ann Hopper on surrender.
Prefixing : said Surveyor's report on said Hopper's petition. Ibid., p. 19.
William Blathwayt, dated from Whitehall to Col. Edward Nott [Lieutenant and] Governor of Virginia. Before your departure from the coast of England I received yours of the 17th May wherein you promise to take all imaginable care to remit the 3000l. of quit rents and to secure the arrearages and to take such further care of the revenue as is required. I have acquainted the Lord Treasurer therewith. Upon consideration of the whole matter he has ordered security to be taken here for Mr. Byrd, the son, his true accompting for such part of her Majesty's revenue as shall appear to be in his father's hands at the time of his death. Messrs. Perry have given this security, for the reputation of Mr. Byrd, by a bond of 10,000l. to the Queen.
The Lord Treasurer has further signed the enclosed letter [missing] directing you and the Council of Virginia to take and transmit the account as therein. "You will also take care that the revenue be duly managed by such persons as you shall appoint, pursuant to your Instructions in relation to patent places until my Lord Treasurer shall send other directions from England, which perhaps will not be until you shall let me know, for his Lordship's information, in what condition you find the revenue and in what manner and by whom the same may best be managed. My Lord Treasurer has finally resolved that all Receivers of the Public revenue in other Plantations appointed by her Majesty shall give security in England for the due execution of their office as by the enclosed letter (a) infra.
"This goes by a ship from Liverpool which it's hoped may escape the enemy and arrive almost as soon as the Fleet." You will please to communicate this letter to Mr. Byrd immediately upon receipt hereof.
Prefixing : (a) Circular letter from William Blathwayt dated Whitehall June 6 to the respective Receivers General of her Majesty's Plantations in America : in the form of a letter from said Blathwayt dated from Whitehall to Mr. Compear, Receiver General of Jamaica. I am commanded by the Lord Treasurer to signify his directions to you that you give security here in England in the sum of 10,000l. for the due execution of your office and your true accompting in the Exchequer here for all the receipts and payments by you or your deputies of her Majesty's revenue in Jamaica. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, 247-9.
Report to Treasurer Godolphin from William Blathwayt, as Auditor of the Plantations, on the several matters relating to prizes as in the reference of June 1 inst. supra p. 274. The matters complained of consist chiefly in the particulars following.
(1) that the captors and sometimes the Courts of Admiralty in the West Indies have taken upon them to dispose of the prizes as they thought fit.
(2) that the Principal Commissioners for Prizes meet with great difficulty in finding proper Agents who will undertake their business in the Plantations.
(3) that the charges, salaries and other sums which their agents have taken upon them to pay are excessive and sometimes bring the Queen in debt beyond the whole proceed of the prizes.
(4) that the charges of the Courts of Admiralty in the Plantations are likewise extravagant.
Whereupon I humbly report
that as to the captors disposing of the prizes as they think fit, the same relating only to her Majesty's ships of war (the Privateers being accomptable for nothing more than the [Lord High] Admiral's Dues) and the Commanders of such men of war not being under the direction of the [respective Colonial] Governor there (otherwise than for their cruizing) as they often declare, and wherein very warm disputes do frequently happen, the only remedy I see against this mischief is that his Royal Highness [the Prince as Lord High Admiral] be pleased in his Instructions to the Commanders of the ships of war bound to America, to give them especial charge not to dispose at their own will of the prizes they shall take but submit themselves to the Courts of Admiralty there and to the Agents of the Commissioners of Prizes ; and in cases of dispute or of wrong supposed to be done them, to apply themselves to her Majesty's Governors, from whom in default of redress they may appeal to her Majesty here. (In the margin, against the above paragraph the following words are written, representing a minute, undoubtedly a minute of Treasurer Godolphin's instructions to his Secretary William Lowndes. "Write to Mr. Burchet [the Admiralty Secretary] to move his Royal Highness to give instructions accordingly.")
And as to the Courts of Admiralty there who do likewise take upon them to dispose unduly of the prizes, the Judges and chief officers thereof depending also on the Lord High Admiral, his Royal Highness may give the like strict directions unto them that they demean themselves herein as they ought to do and may displace them upon just complaints from the respective Agents. (In the margin : "The like" [instruction to Lowndes as in the marginal minute above].)
And further upon this article I take leave to add that prosecutions in the Exchequer here in England against the Commanders of ships misbehaving themselves in relation to prizes, as already ordered in particular cases, will tend very much to the putting a stop to these abuses. (In the margin : "Intimate this to the Commissioners of Prizes." "Send them a copy of the whole.")
Upon the second Article I humbly offer that the difficulty of finding proper Agents in the West Indies cannot easily be removed, for that substantial planters and inhabitants having good estates in the Plantations or dealings with merchants in England are not willing to accept of these agencies upon their being obliged to give such security as may render them liable to be sued in the Exchequer here, where they are unable to attend or answer the event of such prosecutions. Nor will it quit costs to send Agents well qualified from here. (In the margin : "the Commissioners of Prizes must do their best.")
As to the third Article, relating to the excessive charges, salaries and other sums which the Agents take upon them to pay I humbly offer that upon directions to be given by your Lordship, and consulting the proper officers of the Court of Admiralty here, a table of fees and other charges incident to an Admiralty process and otherwise relating to captures, be made here and established in the Plantations, according to which the Agents abroad may regulate themselves ; and that her Majesty's pleasure be signified to the several Attorneys [General] and Advocate General and other the Queen's Counsel at Law in each Plantation that they do conform themselves to such Regulation in the discharge of their duty, as they tender her Majesty's favour and their continuance in their respective places. (In the margin : "Approved.")
And as to salaries, the Principal Commissioners for Prizes are not obliged to allow of any others than they shall themselves appoint or agree to.
Which Regulation and Establishment of proper [court and legal] fees may be extended to the Courts of Admiralty likewise in the Plantations and may fully answer the fourth Article of complaint made by the Commissioners of Prizes. (In the margin : "Approved.")
Lastly, this whole matter as I humbly conceive may be put into a better form and meet with a more regular execution in case her Majesty shall be pleased by circular letter to her several Governors, (in the margin : "Mr. Blathwayt to prepare these") to give them in strict charge that they do all that in them lies to remedy these abuses and that upon the bringing in of prizes they do take care that there be a due and regular prosecution and that everything else be performed in conformity to her Majesty's Declarations relating to captures at sea and the laws of those Plantations : and that such Governors be obliged to give an account to her Majesty of all proceedings relating thereunto within their Governments : which method will be the more effectual when the Commanders of her Majesty's ships of war shall, upon the orders to be given them from hence, shew a greater deference to her Majesty's Governors in pursuance of such orders than hitherto they have usually done. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 253-8.
June 9. William Lowndes to Mr. St. John to prepare a royal warrant to authorise John How to pay 81l. 12s. 6d. to the executors of Hezekiah Marshall, late Commissary General of Provisions for the Forces sent to the West Indies, to complete his allowance of 400l. per an. from 1702 Oct. 19, the commencement thereof, to 1703 July 2 the day he died. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 82.
Letters patent by Treasurer Godolphin (at the request of the Duke of Marlborough) constituting John Vanbrugh Esq. as surveyor of all the works and buildings intended to be erected at Woodstock, where the said Duke has resolved to erect a large fabric for a mansion house. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 16.