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,
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
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 :
Works in Ordinary
at the Tower of London
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
at St. James's including the Earl of Bath's
lodgings and Mr. D'Lone's [Dollon]
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)
Works in Extraordinary
at Audley End
at Hampton Court
at Hounslow (fitting up the King's Bedchamber,
and the Earl of Portland's and
Earl of Albemarle's)
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
Salaries and travelling charges of the officers of
Exchequer fees (being 10s. per 100l. &c.)
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
to William Roberts, Paymaster of Windsor
Works by warrant of 18 May 1697
to Visct. FitzHardinge for repairing the Mall
in St. James's Park : by warrant of 13 Aug.
to George London for repairs at the Privy
Garden in Whitehall
leaving Remains :
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 :
money received from the Treasurer of the
Navy within the time of this account
overpayments appearing on the examination
of the Muster Rolls of said Regiments
pay of Col. Holt's Regiment for the whole year
ditto of Lord Shannon's Regiment
ditto of Col. Saunderson's Regiment
ditto of Col. Fox's Regiment
ditto of Col. Mordaunt's Regiment from 25
Dec. 1702 to 1703 April 24
ditto of Col. Lutterell's Regiment from 24
April 1703 to 25 Dec. 1703
ditto of Col. Villiers' Regiment from 25 Dec.
1702 to 24 April 1703
ditto of Major General Seymour's Regiment
from 24 April 1703 to 24 Dec. 1703
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
"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
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
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.
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.
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
for the Yards under the head of ordinary and in part
of 47,215l. for 1704 June 24 quarter
for same under the head of Wear and Tear as in full
of the abovesaid 47,215l.
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
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,
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.
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.
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,
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
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
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 :
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.
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.