Warrant Books: May 1707, 11-20

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 21, 1706-1707. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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May 1707, 11–20

May 12. William Lowndes to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed extract [missing] of a Council of War held at Carthagena Jan. 30 last relating to the money taken on board a Spanish sloop coming from Porto Vello [Bello] to Carthagena. Is the money to be considered as prize or by what other denomination may it properly be called? Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 306.
Same to same to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Sir Richard Belling relating to the sum of 2000l. and interest thereon which the late Queen Dowager ordered by her sign manual of 1671 Dec. 19 to be paid to him after her death, out of several houses at St. James's. Will Sir Richard be liable to an account of the mesne profits of the premises since her death or only from the time he shall gain possession thereof ? Ibid., p. 309.
Treasury reference to Mr. Howe [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] of the petition of William Needham, Adjutant of the First Troop of Guards, praying to be reimbursed 102l. expended by him in disputing at law her Majesty's right to the clothes, arms etc. of dead troopers of said Troop, “that right being thereby settled to the Crown.” Reference Book VIII, p. 269.
May 12. Treasury reference to Mr. Howe [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] of the petition of the out pensioners of Chelsea Hospital shewing that they have been paid only to Feb. 1705–6 and representing their present great poverty. Ibid., p. 271.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditors of Imprests to proceed in making up and finishing the Earl of Orford's ultimate account as former Treasurer of the Navy without charging him therein with any sums received for interest on tallies and orders of loan other than what he has voluntarily charged himself with: all as by the Act of Parliament 2 and 3 Anne c. 11 for the better charging of accountants with interest money ; it appearing that no part of such interest or consideration or advantage in lieu thereof did come to the use or benefit of said Earl or his agents.
Prefixing : report by said Auditors concerning the sum of 69,350l. 0s. 10d. charged upon said Earl for such interest and on the said Earl's answer thereto, said report shewing that the several tallies and orders mentioned [as bearing interest] were applied for the service of the Navy by assignments directed by the Navy Board or were issued to Mr. Papillon for the service of the Victualling or to Mr. Bertie for the service of the Ordnance who are respectively to reply to all charges of interest thereon and have actually done so : and it has been and now is the practice of the Navy (except where directions have been given to the contrary, in which cases the said Earl has voluntarily charged himself with interest on the front of his ledgers) to allow all the interest from the dates of the tallies and orders to such assignees. The said Earl's affidavits as to such assignations are supported by affidavits of George Dodington, late Paymaster to said Earl and of John Coupland his Agent. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 675–7.
Contract (being the 14th contract) between Treasurer Godolphin of the one part and Sir James Bateman, John Heathcote and Henry Fermor, Trustees in this behalf of the other part, for circulating Exchequer Bills for one year from 1707 June 16 and to a total not exceeding 2,000,000l. on the 1,500,000l. authorised by the Act 8–9 Wm. III c. 6, and the 1,200,000l. authorised by the Act 8–9 Wm. III c. 24 : all on the usual lines ut supra Treasury Calendar Vol. XX, p. 648 and under the contracting powers conferred on the Treasury by clause 66 of the Deficiencies Act of 8–9 Wm. III c. 20 : all in order to the providing of ready money for the satisfying of such holders of tallies or orders on any branches of the revenue as may not desire to accept satisfaction thereof in such Exchequer Bills : all on a premium of one per cent. on the amounts subscribed by the respective contractors hereto and by them advanced to the said Trustees in pursuance hereof. [The names of the Contractors are not here set out]. Ibid. XX, pp. 10–17.
Report to Treasurer Godolphin from the Customs Commissioners in England on the petition of Sir John Wolstenholme praying that his brother Thomas Wolstenholme may be made a Commissioner of Customs, Scotland. The said Thomas was many years employed in the Customs and on 7th May 1705 he surrendered his patent as Customer of Bridgwater and would continue in the collection of Minehead ; whereupon your Lordship enquired if we objected to that collection being carried on by the Customer as before ; whereupon we reported that the voice of the country was that he had sold his patent to the present officer Francis Webber for 700l. : and subsequently he was found indebted to the Crown on the said [Minehead] collection in 1600l. We were obliged to prosecute him and he has withdrawn himself and still absconds. We can have no thought of presenting him for a Commissioner in Scotland while he remains under so considerable an arrear to the Crown.
Prefixing: said petition dated 1707 May 9 from Sir John Wolstenholme. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 65–66.
May 13. William Lowndes to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] relating to the lodgings which were formerly assigned to the Joyner of the Royal Hospital at Chelsea. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 306.
Treasurer Godolphin to the Agents for Taxes. Has Sir Robert Harrison, Receiver General for co. Oxford, paid in the arrear for which he was respited March 13 last and what is your opinion concerning him ? Ibid.
William Lowndes to Mr. Harnage. It has been suggested to the Lord Treasurer that there remain in your hands several clothes for the two late Marine Regiments which have been paid for by the Government. Give my Lord an account thereof. Ibid., p. 307.
Same to Mr. St. John, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant for 100l. to Col. Richard Russell as royal bounty in consideration of his exemplary services, courage and losses sustained in her Majesty's service in Spain. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of William Cawthorp, Receiver of Taxes for part of co. Lincoln, shewing that he remitted 3029l. of the said taxes to Mr. Shepheard and partners, goldsmiths, who failed without paying same into the Exchequer “and he was forced to accept of 1500l. for the same,” therefore praying allowance of the lost balance. Reference Book VIII, p. 269.
Same to the Principal Commissioners of Prizes of the petition of James Cotton, of London merchant and Richard Thwaites, citizen and vintner of London concerning several lots of claret wine bought by them at Falmouth from the Agents for Prizes but the Commissioners are not able to deliver their lots : therefore praying relief. Ibid.
Same to the Auditor for Wales of the petition of Dame Elizabeth Manwareing, executrix of Roger Whitley deceased, shewing that said Whitley was surety with others in 6,000l. for Roger Whitley junr., Receiver of Crown Revenues of North Wales and Chester, of which security as executrix she desires to be discharged : therefore praying that said Whitley junr. may pass his accounts and give other security. Ibid., p. 270.
May 13. Treasury reference to Mr. St. John, Secretary at War, of the petition of [Lord Galway on behalf of] Mr. Pitt, Commissary of Musters on the Establishment of Catalonia, representing that those Troops being united with the Troops before under his command the said Pitt hath lost his employment: therefore recommending him for half pay till he be otherwise provided for. Reference Book VIII, p. 270.
Same to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of the Duke of Bolton et at., sureties for Thomas Cobb late Receiver of Taxes for co. Southampton, for repayment of 60l. 8s.d. overpaid on said Cobb's account of the 3s. Aid of 8 Wm. III “petitioner having paid great sums for the said Cobb.” Ibid.
Same to Auditor Arthur Manwareing, [one of the two Auditors of Imprests], of the incidents account of the Trustees for Exchequer Bills, to wit for one year to April 27 last: total 141l. 17s. 1d. Ibid.
Same to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] of the petition of Henry Stephen praying to be continued as Steward of the Honor of Ewelme in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, which office is vacant by the death of the late Queen Dowager. Ibid., p. 271.
May 14. Letter of direction for 83,100l. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad : out of Exchequer Bills authorised by the late Act [6 Anne c. 21] : and is for services as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
in part of 893,706l. 8s. 6d. for the 40,000 men in Flanders anno 1707
to complete 61 days subsistence to the Subject Troops forming part of said body, to wit from June 23 next to Aug. 23 next 27879 18
for full pay for same time to the foreigners, the residue of said body 32048 10
to complete the full pay of the General Officers of this body for same time 1362 5
to complete 2 months' Contingencies of this body ending at the same time 833 6 8
in part of 21l, 762l. 16s. 10d. for the 10,000 additional men in Flanders anno 1707 with the 3000 Palatines
to complete the subsistence of the Subject Troops forming part of said body for said 2 months 3638 7 11
to complete the full pay of the Foreigners forming the residue of said body and for her Majesty's proportion of said 3000 Palatines in Italy for same time 11191 12 1
in part of 37,012l. 7s. 6d. for the 12,000 Prussians, for the agio etc.
to complete the agio of the pay of said Troops for the months of May, June, July and August 1707 2543 16 2
towards completing the allowance for bread to the same time 3602 2 9
£83100 0 0
Disposition Book XVIII, p. 281.
May 14. Letter of direction for 5500l. to John Tailer, deputy to Samuel Travers, Surveyor General of Crown Lands: out of Civil List moneys: as in part of a third 20,000l. for buildings at Woodstock. Ibid., p. 279.
William Lowndes to Mr. Wharton to pay into the Receipt forthwith the money received by you for the rent of Hackney Coaches. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners [of England] to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Col. Henry Cornwall relating to a Housing which came from Holland and which is seized at the Customs House. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 307.
Same to same to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from William Popple junr., Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade, touching a clause passed in an Act in Virginia relating to the admeasurement of ships. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of the Bank of England concerning the Hollow Sword Blade Company's acting as a bank; together with Sir Edward Northey's opinion [as late Attorney General] thereon. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Lone, merchant, shewing that on March 26 last he entered 220 hogsheads of tobacco for Scotland on board the ship Sarah for consumption there but the said ship arrived not before May 2; therefore proposing that it may be landed and remain in the hands of the officers in Scotland and delivered by them to the several buyers there until the whole shall be certified to be sold for consumption there; and his debentures for the drawback in England to remain in the searcher's hands until such certificates be made “and then to be delivered to the petitioner.” Reference Book VIII, p. 270.
Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for additional allowances to the several French pensioners in Ireland as follows being Officers (with others) lately reduced on the reduction of the three French Regiments of Foot and restored only to the low pensions which they formerly enjoyed notwithstanding they were since preferred to higher posts in the said Regiments.
Appending: list of said Officers and allowances:
Lieut. Louis Fabre 6 pence a day
Lieut. Henry Domergue 6 ” ”
Lieut. Pierre Guillermin 6 ” ”
Lieut. Jean La Boissiere 6 ” ”
Lieut. Thomas Terson 6 ” ”
Lieut. Jean Gout 1 0 ” ”
Lieut. Pierre St. Meard 1 0 ” ”
Lieut. Jacques Chatigne 6 ” ”
Ensign Pierre Barcus 6 ” ”
Ensign Isaac Falquier 6 ” ”
Ensign Jacques Lagarde 6 ” ”
Ensign David Masuel 4 ” ”
Ensign Jacques Grenier 6 ” ”
Ensign Estienne Perin 4 ” ”
Lieut. Joseph De Laval of Col. Font-juliane's Regiment, who was omitted by mistake when the other Officers were restored 1 6 ” ”
9s. 2d.
Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, pp. 453–4.
March 1
[replaced on May 15].
Royal warrant to the Lord Treasurer to pay as royal bounty 1500l. to the Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth for his charge and expense in providing equipage or making any other preparations for his lately intended embassy as Ambassador Extraordinary to Charles III, King of Spain. (Money warrant dated May 26 hereon). (Money order dated May 26 hereon). (Letter of direction dated May 9 hereon). [The first of these two entries dated March 1 is in the ordinary form of a sign manual warrant to the Lord Treasurer to pay. It was doubtless superseded by the present warrant which contains a formal recital of the privy seal of 1706 June 29 for 1500l. as equipage and 100l. per week as ordinary to said Earl of Peterborough as ambassador Extraordinary to Charles III, King of Spain, “but the said Earl having never taken upon him that character or performed the said service nothing became due or payable to him on the said letters of privy seal. But the Queen is satisfied that he expended a considerable sum in providing equipage for the said intended embassy]. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 183, 191. Money Book XVIII, p. 466. Order Book VII, p. 19. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 279.
May 15. Same dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a Commission of Excise for Scotland: the Commissioners to be William Douglas, Alexander Wedderburn, John Montgomery, John Whetham and David Ross: with such directions, quorums and other clauses mutatis mutandis as are contained in the present Commission of Excise for England: with a fee or salary of 300l. per an. each. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 188.
Same to Sir Robert Cotton and Sir Thomas Frankland, Postmasters General, to pay 1664l. to Robert West and Agnes Hamilton (relict and executrix of Andrew Hamilton) in full of all demands for salary and for the charges of erecting and settling the Posts in North America and all other disbursements whatsoever relating thereto: they being first to surrender all their interest in the remaining term of 7 years in the grant made by Wm. Ill to Thomas Neal for the erecting of said Posts supra Treasury Calendar Vol. IX, pp. 1426–8: in pursuance of which patent the Postmasters General deputed said Andrew Hamilton to inspect the whole management at 200l. per an. salary payable by said Neale, whereupon the said Hamilton settled a regular post through the several Provinces of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Colonies of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Plymouth and Massachusetts, through New Hampshire, King's County, Piscataway, 70 miles beyond Boston in New England, in all above 500 miles in length: whereon in 1699 there was due to the said Hamilton 1100l. for the charge of erecting and settling the said posts and for salary and 200l. to the said West for so much advanced by him to the said Neale on credit of his patent and 69l. 10s. 0d. for interest thereon: and by deed dated 21 Aug. 1699 the said Neal assigned his said patent for securing to them the said debts but Neale died before any part thereof was paid: and in 1700 when West and Hamilton petitioned for a further term in the said patent the debt owing to them amounted to 1664l. for principal and interest: and the Postmasters General reported thereon 1700 Dec. 20 recommending paying said debt and thereupon to “take it into the hands of the King” [resume said patent] and to enjoin the Governors of the several Plantations to give all due encouragement to the management thereof whereby under such management it might flourish and in time become a revenue to the Crown: and you the said Postmasters General have now again reported in the like sense informing that the said Hamilton had spared no pains or expense in settling the said posts, the same being so established as to be of great use and benefit to the people and trade of those Plantations, and that the postage of the letters do now defray all the charge except the salary of the Chief Deputy being 200l. per an., the quarter part of which is also answered at present out of the neat product of the several years from 1699 to 1705 above the charges of carrying on the same and it will in time produce a considerable clear profit “when being in our hands and thereby under the influence and encouragement of the Governors of the Plantations it shall be brought to perfection, which the present proprietors will scarce be ever able at their own expense to bring it to”: that the debt owing to them is now upwards of 3000l. but they are willing to accept 1664l. and to surrender as above. Ibid., p. 189.
May 15. Same to Treasurer Godolphin to discharge John Evelyn Esq. from the 244l. 4s. 7d. remaining on his grandfather John Evelyn's account of money imprested to him by Sir Henry Osburne and John Osburne, Treasurers for Sick and Wounded Seamen in the late Dutch War, between 1670–2 March 20 and 1673 June 28: there being a greater sum due to the said grandfather as executor to Sir Richard Brown, his father in law, upon account of the ordinary and extraordinaries of the said Brown as Resident from Charles I and II with the French King. (Money warrant dated May 21 for said sum to the said grandson on his paying into the Exchequer the like sum in discharge of said debt). (Money order dated May 26 hereon). Ibid., p. 190. Money Book XVIII, p. 465. Order Book VII, p. 23.
May 16. Letter of direction for 76,500l. to Sir Thomas Littleton, the Navy Treasurer: out of Exchequer Bills authorised by the late Act [6 Anne c. 21], and is for services as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
for wages to seamen 50000 0 0
for Walter Whitfeild, Paymaster of Marines, for subsistence, offreckonings and clearings of 3 Companies of Major General Seymour's Regiment from 25 June 1705 to 24 June 1706 3289 16
the like for 5 Companies of Col. Wills's Regiment for same time 6504 0 7
the like for 9 Companies of Lord Shannon's Regiment for same time 9402 19 11
the like for 2 Companies of Col. Borr's Regiment for same time 2350 14 5
for account of subsistence to the Marines on shore 4952 8
£76500 0 0
(William Lowndes dated same to the Navy Commissioners to pay the above items amounting in all to 26,500l. to said Whitfeild). Disposition Book XVIII, p. 282.
May 16. William Lowndes to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. Several noblemen of Scotland are to wait on the Lord Chancellor of Scotland at his house in Pall Mall on Monday next about the constitution of the Exchequer for Scotland. The Lord Treasurer desires you and the rest of the Barons of the Exchequer to attend then to discourse with their Lordships in that affair. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 308.
Same to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to wait on the Lord Chancellor of Scotland at his house in the Pall Mall to-morrow morning about the settling the Mint in Scotland. Several noblemen of Scotland will be present in relation thereto. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. You have made no return to my letters of January 18 and March 28 last about presenting John Jekyll as Collector of Massachusetts Bay. You are forthwith to present him, as it is the Lord Treasurer's intention to grant him the said employment. Ibid.
May 17. Same to the Customs Commissioners [England] to report on the enclosed letter from the Earl of Seafield with two memorials therein [all missing]. Ibid.
Same to the Agents for Taxes to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of William Holbech relating to frauds in collecting several taxes in Devonshire. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners enclosing a representation [missing] from [Mr. Wilcox] the Surveyor General of Woods Trent South as to the trees you desire for Portsmouth Yard. [see infra pp. 329–30]. Ibid., p. 309.
May 18. Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Barbara Chantrell, widow of Lieut. Col. Chantrell, praying a pension on the Irish Establishment. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 448.
May 19. Royal sign manual for 20,000l.. to John Tailer, Deputy to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands: as imprest for the building at Woodstock: out of Civil List money. (Money warrant dated May 21 hereon). (Money order dated May 26 hereon). Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 196. Order Book VII, p. 20.
May 19. William Lowndes to the Attorney and Solicitor General to report on the enclosed case [missing] of Jacob Vander Esch, Paymaster of the Dutch Forces in the late war, relating to the making up and declaring his accounts. Can they be made up and declared according to the course of the Exchequer notwithstanding the clause in the Act of Parliament concerning the said Mr. Vander Esch? Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 309.
Same to Mr. How, Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons: to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of the Earl of Orford for a lease of some lodgings and a garden which he formerly possessed at Chelsea College [Hospital]. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Daniel Wickham for the stewardship of the manors of Barton, Barrow and Gouxhill co. Lincoln, late parcel of the Queen Dowager's jointure and enjoyed by Fra. Thornborough. Reference Book VIII, p. 270.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Abraham VandeTbrook, Lieutenant of the Neptune privateer, setting forth the taking the Bourbon prize and carrying her into the Isle of Wight; that the sum of 156l. 12s. 9d. taken therein belonging to some owners of the Neptune in Zealand the petitioners intended to turn the same into bills to be remitted thither but the same is now under seizure at East Cowes: therefore praying relief therein “being only trustees for the major part of the owners.” Ibid., p. 272.
May 20. William Lowndes to Mr. Bridges, Solicitor to the Customs, to attend the Attorney General for his opinion on the enclosed report [missing] from the Customs Commissioners [England] touching the granting of transires from Scotland to England for all such goods as were not prohibited to be imported into Scotland before the Union. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 309.
Same to Mr. Dodd and Mr. Warters to proceed in the sale of the goods sent to you from the Plantations as the produce of the Perquisites of the Admiralty and to lay an account thereof before the Lord Treasurer so that he may see whether this way of realising is more advantageous than remitting [from the Plantations] by bills of exchange. Ibid., p. 310.