Warrant Books: June 1707, 11-20

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June 1707, 11–20

June 11. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to William Waterson of the office or place of Surveyor of Customs and Subsidies in the Outports loco Sir Edmund Turner deceased. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 224.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the incidents bill of the Post Office for last Lady day quarter: total 1561l. 0s. 10d. Money Book XVIII, p. 486.
Warrant by same to the Customs Commissioners to imprest to John Brydges such sum as they think fit for meeting the fees and charges of passing the present Commission of the Customs in North Britain and of the patents, warrants or despatches lately passed or now passing in London for the establishing of officers for the said revenue there.
The like warrant to the Excise Commissioners to similarly imprest money to Whitlock Bulstrode for the like fees etc. in connection with the Excise revenue in North Britain.
In both cases accounts of such payments are to be rendered to the Lord Treasurer in order that he may give warrant to the respective Commissioners for Customs and for Excise in North Britain to repay the amounts so paid. Money Book XIX, p. 8. Out Letters (North Britain) I, p. 58.
June 11. Letter of direction for 62,150l. to Mr. James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad: out of Exchequer Bills authorised last Session by the Act 6 Anne c. 21: and is for services as follows viz.
£ s. d.
on the proper orders for Subsidies to the Allies anno 1707
for the Duke of Savoy for 2 months subsidy to Oct. 3 next and is to answer Sir Theodore Janssen's bills for 106,6662/3 Crowns of 82 sols each at 56½ pence sterling per Crown 25111 2 3
for the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel for 3 months' additional subsidy to June 24 inst. for augmenting his troops and marching into Italy and for defraying the expense of breadwaggons and carriages and hospitals for the sick and wounded: “this on the order for 20,000l. for this service specially” 5000 0 0
more for the said Landgrave for the same 3 months on his subsidy 1488 1 10½
for the King of Denmark for 3 months to June 15 inst. on his subsidy 9375 0 0
for the King of Prussia for 3 months' subsidy for the 8000 men sent to the assistance of the Duke of Savoy 12500 0 0
for the Elector of Treves for 3 months to June 24 inst. on his subsidy 1488 1 10½
for the Elector Palatine for the like 1190 9
in part of 150,000l. for the services of the King of Spain
for so much advanced here to Mr. Zinzerling for the use of his Catholic Majesty 1800 0 0
to complete 23,625l. payable to William Churchill for clothes and accoutrements for the King of Spain's troops 384 14 0
in part of 445,350l. 14s. 2d. for the 20,562 men in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
for pay to the Governor and other officers of the Garrison of Gibraltar from 1706 Dec. 24 to 1707 Sept. 23 1328 14 0
in part of 893,706l. 8s. 6d. for the 40,000 men anno 1707
for the Hessians and is to be esteemed part of the 20,000l. allowed by the Establishment for forage, waggon money and recruits for the foreigners [who form part of said 40,000 men] 2483 16
£62150 0 0
Disposition Book XIX, p. 7.
June 11. J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of several freeholders and landholders having common of pawnage [pannage] pasture and other rights within the forest of Dean and the report of Edward Wilcox, Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, thereon. Do these rights make unlawful her Majesty's warrants for felling and enclosing woods in said forest? Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 322.
Same to same to give warrant to the Clerk of the Petty Bag for a commission to enquire of embezzlements of prizes in the West Indies.
Appending: (1) draft of said Commission: the Commissioners being the respective Governors of Jamaica, Nevis, Antigua, Montserrat, St. Christopher, [Barbados], Bermuda, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia; Alexander Hamilton, Agent for Prizes and 11 others, detailed, citizens of Jamaica; 10 likewise detailed of the isle of Nevis; 12 likewise detailed of Antigua; 12 likewise detailed of Montserrat; 13 likewise detailed of St. Christopher; 11 likewise detailed of Barbados; 11 likewise detailed of Bermudas; 12 likewise detailed of New Hampshire; 10 likewise detailed of New York; 9 likewise detailed of New Jersey; 11 likewise detailed of Maryland; 12 likewise detailed of Virginia.
(2) Rules and instructions to be observed by the said Commissioners. Ibid., pp. 322–326.
June 12. Royal sign manual for 3547l. 10s. 0d. to Peter Hume without account: out of Civil List moneys: 3450l. thereof as in satisfaction of so much by him paid pursuant to the Queen's direction for particular services relating to the present war and 97l. 10s. 0d. for fees and charges in the receipt of the same. (Money order dated June 13 hereon). (Letter of direction dated June 13 hereon). Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 210. Order Book VII, p. 28. Disposition Book XIX, p. 8.
Royal commission to the Agents for Taxes (William Clayton, Richard Shoreditch and Robert Barker) to execute the powers as in the Act 5 Anne [6 Anne c. 33] for obliging John Rice to account for debentures granted to him in the last Session of Parliament [by Private Act 4–5 Anne c. 40]; to wit to examine how and to whom and for what the said Rice has disposed or employed the said debentures or the money and effects into which he hath converted the same. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 212.
[?] Royal sign manual for 260l. to Charles Vernon, lately residing on her Majesty's service in the Court of Denmark, 140l. thereof as in full of his ordinary of 20s. a day from 1706 July 10 to March 18 last (on which day he arrived in London) and the remaining 120l. for a bill of extraordinaries for the said period July 10 to March 18 during which he resided at Copenhagen in the said service.
Appending: bill of said extraordinaries as allowed by Secretary Harley.
£ s. d.
postage of letters 40 0 0
coach hire to follow the Court in summer 10 0 0
stationery ware 10 0 0
newspapers and intelligences 20 0 0
New Year's gifts to the servants of the Chancery 5 0 0
my journey from Copenhagen to London 35 0 0
(Money warrant dated June 13 hereon). (Money order dated June 8 [sic? for 13] hereon]. (Letter of direction dated June 26 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 212, 214. Money Book XIX, p. 14. Order Book VII, p. 32. Disposition Book XIX, p. 15.
June 12. J. Taylour [in the absence of William Lowndes] to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed report [missing] from the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] relating to Mr. Cutting and the Countess Dowager of Winchilsea. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 322.
Same to the Earl of Mar enclosing the Customs Commissioners' report touching the seizure of brandy in the ship Elizabeth of Preston Pans from Rotterdam. There is just cause for the said seizure and therefore the Lord Treasurer cannot give any order to discharge it, it being proper to be decided by the Court of Exchequer only: “but this case having happened so soon after the Union his Lordship makes no objection to the permitting the said ship with the remaining part of her lading to proceed on her voyage to Norway or such other parts as she shall be bound for. As to the linens and other goods of the product or manufacture of Scotland brought from thence [Scotland] since the Union your Lordship sees the [Customs] Commissioners here have in all cases coming before them taken off the stop, though they had no proper despatches for the same.”
Prefixing: (1) petition to the Treasury from William and Robert Wightmans, merchants in Edinburgh, and John Mathie, skipper in Preston Pans, shewing that the said Wightmans designing a voyage for Holland in order to have a return to Scotland of salt and brandy before the 1st May (being the commencement of the Union) did tymeously in February last charter the abovesaid ship and she sailed Feb. 27, reached Tynemouth on March 1 and proceeded with a fleet of colliers to Harwich, where understanding that there was an English convoy at the buoy of the Nore he sailed forward to Margate and arrived at Rotterdam April 6 and laded said salt and brandy which he found there waiting ready but the [wind] falling contrary he was delayed till May and on May 9 was forced into Yarmouth Road and there part of his brandy was seized by Capt. Derby, Commander of the Custom House smack, almost before anchor was dropped. Being without redress to this violence and plain robbery he sailed next day with the Newcastle fleet to the river of Humber and thence to Burntown [Burton] where he was detained till May 21 and two English waiters were there put on board him and they continued in the ship when he arrived in Preston Pans on May 23. Petitioner's ship had not entered any port of England but was only forced into Yarmouth Road: the cargo was designed wholly for Leith and the shipping of the brandy etc. in half hogsheads and half anchors was simply for convenience of re-export in case an entry should be refused in Scotland, which was also done by other merchant adventurers and by the mariners.
(2) Extract of a letter from Scotland dated May 31 [? to the Earl of Mar]. “I presumed some posts ago to write to your Lordship to know whether the importation of wines and other goods from this country to England would be allowed. As yet the officers belonging to the Customs House in Berwick and elsewhere on the border continue to stop goods of all kinds, even linen cloth and other goods manufactured here: for particular instance whereof Mr. Wilkie of Foulden, factor for my Lord Ross, having sold some quantity of oats to the officers of the garrison of Berwick upon their assurance to free him of any trouble, as soon as the oats came within the town the people of the Custom House there seized on them, which obliged the buyers to apply to their Governor, who discharged the seizure as being provision for the garrison. But this will stop all commerce of that kind. Another instance is a Glasgow merchant who going through Berwick with a parcel of linen cloth was stopped by the Custom House officers there and as a favour obtained the liberty to carry forward his cloth upon finding bail for 500l. to pay the Duty in case the same should be found liable. Now my Lord I leave it to your lordship to judge if this is not a hardship upon this poor country while on our part the goods of England as well East India as others, prohibited by our law under the most severe penalties, are suffered without the least challenge or enquiry to pass through the streets of Edinburgh and elsewhere. I assure your Lordship these instances and others of that kind with the stopping of wines and other goods from Scotland to England creates abundance of heat and clamour amongst most part of people.”
(3) The Earl of Mar dated Saturday night June 7th [to the Lord Treasurer] enclosing a representation [No. 1 as above] sent me by my Lord Glasgow last post: and also the said extract No. 2 above “which informs of some things that I am sure your Lordship will not approve of: and if there be not some orders given to the Custom House officers on the borders in relation to things of this kind I am afraid there will be more complaints dayly which may be of bad consequence.”
(4) Extract of the said report from the Customs Commissioners. The seizure at Yarmouth was under the Act of 4 and 5 Anne c. [18] for additional Impositions which forbids the import of brandies in vessels of less than 60 gallons. We approved the seizure and directed the prosecution thereof in the Exchequer. In all cases coming before us we have taken off the stop on the goods of the product or manufacture of Scotland brought from thence since the Union, though they had no proper despatches for the same.
(5) Copy of the full report from the Custons Commissioners dated June 10 from which item No. 4 as above is extracted. Both ship and goods are liable to seizure in Scotland as the importation thither was voluntary and took place after the Union. As to the extract of the letter of May 31 above we did (agreeably to the opinion of Counsel) by our letter of May 6 last direct the officers to seize all tobacco and other certificate goods brought back from Scotland on or since May 1 and also to seize all French and other prohibited goods imported from Scotland since that date and moreover to stop all foreign customable goods imported thence since that date and to secure them for the Duties: and we instructed the officers there to apprise the merchants of Scotland therewith together with the explanation that the term Foreign Goods was not meant to apply to goods of the growth production or manufacture of North Britain nor any goods legally imported into North Britain since May 1 coming with proper despatches.
(6) Letter sent June 10 by 5 Scotch Lords in London to the Earl of Glasgow. “Since we received our letters from the Lords of Treasury [of Scotland] by the flying packet we have represented fully what is contained in them: and we hope not without good effect.” For we find a great disposition in her Majesty and all her servants here to be favourable as far as in their power to the Scots merchant. We sent you on the 6th the form of a coast cocquet ut supra p. 259 as now ordered by the Lord Treasurer together with his Secretary's letter to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland on the subject. We doubt not it will satisfy all concerned. As to what the Customs Commissioners here [in London] wrote in their letter to Scotland they acted beyond their sphere. But there can be no general order given against seizing because by the law here [in England] any person may seize as well as the Customs Collector. It would be of great advantage to our Scots merchants to bring all their proofs and documents that they can that the goods contained in the coast cocquet do truly belong to them and not to foreigners or Englishmen, to wit duly certified depositions of the owners and shipmasters before any proper judge. This will save trouble to the merchants.
The Commission of the Equivalent is now adjusted and past the great seal so that everybody concerned and the whole nation may be easy and contented on that head. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 40–3, 66–69.
June 13. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Stamps Commissioners to pay the Land Tax assessments anno. 1707 on officers of the Stamp Duties of not more than 50l. per an. salary.
Prefixing: memorial from said Commissioners desiring same. The said assessments will reduce many of the officers to great extremities. Money Book XIX, p. 13.
Letter of direction for 160l. to Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber: out of Civil List moneys: to be paid to Theodore Randue for half a year to 1707 Lady day on his salary as Housekeeper and Wardrobekeeper at Windsor. (J. Taylor to said Treasurer to so pay same). Disposition Book XIX, p. 8.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to pay 84l. to Christopher Merret and William Marshall for prosecuting and recovering 168l. from Samuell Newcomen in 1705 for exporting wool: being a moiety of the fines therein.
Prefixing: said Commissioners' report on the case. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 43.
Subscription by same for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant of the 10th inst. to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the provision of furniture, detailed, for the Katherine yacht, Capt. Monk: to an estimate of 155l. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 689.
Warrant dormant by same to the Receiver General of Duties on Houses for co. Yorks to pay the salary of 100l. per an. to John Wilcox as Surveyor General of said Duties. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, p. 150.
June 14. J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Mr. Borret to report on the enclosed report [missing] from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Thomas Hinde. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 326.
Same to the Agents for Taxes to present Richard Smith to succeed William Elliot, surveyor of the Duties on Houses in Berkshire, whom the Lord Treasurer designs to remove. Ibid., p. 327.
Treasury reference to the Attorney and Solicitor General of the information from Edmund Smith to the Customs Commissioners dated Custom House, Chester, June 9 inst.“that two days since came into the river [Dee] the Vine of Chester, Cha. Salsbury master, laden with wine, shumack and reeds for weavery from Viana but last from Dumfries“under permit and certificate; which goods the said Smith had stopped for the Duty pending instructions from the said Commissioners.
Prefixing: note of said papers. Reference Book VIII, p. 303.
June 16. Money warrant for 500l. to Thomas, Visct. Duplin, assignee of the heir of George, late Earl of Kinnoul, for half a year to Lady day last on the annuity granted by Charles II to said Earl and his heirs. Money Book XIX, p. 14.
Same for 54l. 2s. 7d. to the Agents for Taxes for the incidents of their Office for half a year to March 25 last. (Money order dated June 20 hereon). (Letter of direction dated June 26 hereon). Ibid., p. 15. Order Book VII, p. 38. Disposition Book XIX, p. 15.
Letter of direction for 62,224l. 19s. 6d. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad: out of loans on Malt anno 1707: and is for services as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
in part of 150,000l. for the 13,000 men in Portugal anno 1707
to complete 32,367l. 9s. 0d. for the value of 136,284 pieces of Eight advanced by the Earl of Peterborough to the Marquis Das Minas for the use of the Portuguese Army, at 4s. 9d. per piece of Eight 12367 9 0
in part of 445,350l. 14s. 2d. for 20,562 men in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
towards answering the Earl of Peterborough's bills from Genoa for value put into the hands of Mr. Mead, deputy paymaster, for the subsistence and other uses of her Majesty's Forces in Spain 35152 0 0
in part of 186,296l. 4s. 2d. for the 8833 additional Forces in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
towards answering the like bills drawn from Genoa by said Earl for value put into the hands of the said Mead for the like uses of said Forces 14705 10 6
£62224 19 19
“These tallies are not intended to be levied until there shall be sufficient money lent on the said Duties on Malt to satisfy all former directions out of the same.”
Disposition Book XIX, p. 10.
June 16. Treasury reference to the Salt Commissioners of the petition of Walter Middleton, late collector of Salt Duties at Milford, shewing that in July 1702 there was imported at Milford 289 bushels of foul salt in a prize ship, which salt had been used in preserving fish at Newfoundland, the Duty whereof at 6s. 8d. per bushel amounted to 96l. 6s. 8d.; but as the salt was stinking and unfit for any other use than to make pickle for fish the Prizes Commissioners could not sell it for a considerable time till one John Rickson for Alexander Cairnes, merchant in London, offered to buy it under an abatement for damage and petitioner (presuming he had the like liberty of making a proportionate allowance for damage as he has for other goods by virtue of the laws of the Customs) allowed three fourths of said Duty, doing this by approbation of the Surveyor of said port who was likewise concerned in the [collection of the] salt Duties: but the Salt Commissioners refuse to allow said allowance as being not empowered by law: therefore praying a warrant to said Commissioners to pass said allowance. Reference Book VIII, p. 274.
Treasurer Godolphin dated Windsor Castle to the Earl of Glasgow. Her Majesty's servants of Scotland have delivered to her a memorial representing that although the funds there shall be duly applied yet there will remain no subsistence for the army after July 1 next nor has [there] been anything for the Civil List since the 1st of May last (both which 'tis owned should have been provided for by Scotland to the end of the present year). It is thought necessary before her Majesty gives any direction herein that an estimate should be sent “hither” of what moneys are in hand [in Scotland] arisen from the Customs, Excise and other branches of the revenue there and what may be further expected from them by Xmas next. Please have such account or estimate made and sent to me with your advice and observations thereon. Out Letters (North Britain) I, p. 45.
June 17. Letter of direction for 85,200l. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad: out of Exchequer Bills authorised the last Session by the Act 6 Anne c. 21: and is for services as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
in part of 893,706l. 8s. 6d. for 40,000 men anno 1707
for one month's subsistence to Sept. 23 next to the foreign troops forming part of said 40,000 men 59928 9
for same month's full pay of the General Officers 1362 5 4
for same month's Contingencies 833 6 8
in part of 211,762l. 16s. 10d. for 10,000 additional Forces anno 1707
for same month's subsistence of the Subject Troops and full pay of the foreign Troops forming said body: in part of 14,830l. 14828 18 11¾
in part of 150,000l. for the 13,000 men in Portugal anno 1707
to answer 2 bills of exchange drawn by the Earl of Galway in favour of the Marquis das Minas and payable out of the subsidy for the King of Portugal 7500 0 0
in part of 445,380l. 14s. 2d. for the 20,562 men in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
to answer the Earl of Galway's bill of exchange payable to Josh. Cortisos or order for 2000 dollars for the use of the Forces in Spain 450 0 0
in part of 186,296l. 4s. 2d. for the 8833 additional Forces in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
to Major General Harry Mordaunt for clothes of 198 men of his Regiment delivered to the Regiments of Farrington, Mordaunt and McCartney upon their embarcation on the late Expedition under Earl Rivers: and is to be charged to the accounts of those Regiments pursuant to the royal warrant of May 17 last 297 0 0
£85200 0 0
Disposition Book XIX, p. 9.
June 17. Letter of direction for 25l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber on his order for the arrears of the late King's servants: out of Civil List moneys: and is to be paid to Mathew Fairlis, Groom of the Vestry to the Chapel Royal, for 2½ years to 1702 Lady day for mops, brooms etc. for cleaning said Chapel. Ibid., p. 11.
Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] from Lieut. Gen. Francis Langston praying a Lieut. General's pay on the Establishment of Ireland with the allowance of an aide de camp from Jan. 26 last, the day of the death of Lord Cutts. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 445.
June 18. Money warrant for 35l. 8s.d. and 45l. to William, Visct. Cheyne, late Clerk of the Pipe, for three quarters of 1706 Xmas on his fee of 47l. 4s. 2d. per an. and on his allowance of 60l. per an. for drawing down Recusants' convictions. (The money order dated June 18 hereon is only for the allowance of 45l.). (Letter of direction dated June 24 hereon for the full sum). Money Book XIX, p. 14. Order Book VII, p. 32. Disposition Book XIX, p. 12.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to John Evelyn Esq., Receiver General of Stamp Duties, to pay 25l. to the Auditor of Imprests concerned in making up the General Account of said Duties for the year ended 1706 Aug. 1.
Prefixing: memorial from Robert Pawling, Comptroller and Accountant General of the Stamp Office, praying allowance of said Auditor's fee. Money Book XIX, p. 16.
Letters of direction for 750l. each to Robert Harley and Charles, Earl of Sunderland, Secretaries of State: out of Civil List moneys: for secret service. Disposition Book XIX, p. 9.
June 18. Same for 18,450l. to John How: out of Exchequer Bills authorised by the Act 6 Anne c. 21 of last Session: and is for services as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
in part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons anno 1707
for 28 days' subsistence to July 22 next for the Troops and Regiments in England 8056 17 8
for the pay of Brigadier Carpenter's and the Earl of Essex's detachments in Spain from Dec. 24 last to Feb. 24 last 3041 17 0
for the pay of said detachments from Feb. 25 last to April 24 last 2788 4 10
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men in sea service anno 1707
for 28 days' subsistence as above to the Regiments of Erle, Mordaunt, Paston and Townsend 2951 13 4
the like for Livesay's Regiment 645 10 4
in part of 5000l. for the Invalids anno 1707
on account of subsistence for the Companies [of Invalids] and reduced men from April 25 last 965 16 10
£18450 0 0
Ibid., p. 11.
Same for 100l. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works at Windsor: out of Civil List moneys: and is to be paid to Grinling Gibbons for one year to 1706 Xmas on his salary for looking after the carvings at Windsor Castle. Ibid., p. 12.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed answer [missing] of the Navy Commissioners to your report of Jan. 10 last touching the importation of Naval stores from the Plantations. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 327.
Same to Auditor Maynwaring to prepare a state of the enclosed account [missing] of John How for one year to 1706 Dec. 31 as Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons. Ibid., p. 328.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Samuel Clarke for extension of lease of 3 tenements in Jermyn Street and 2 in Market Street which his father-in-law John Coombes, citizen and plasterer of London, obtained by mesne assignments from the Earl of St. Alban's trustees. Reference Book VIII, p. 303.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Queen's Remembrancer to take Charles Graydon's securities, detailed, in 5000l. for his office of Receiver General of Customs for North Britain.
Prefixing: report by the Customs Commissioners of England on the sufficiency of said securities. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 690–1.
June 18. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphm to Henry St. John to prepare a royal warrant for payment of 202l. 12s. 1d. to the Company [of Foot] in Newfoundland to clear them to 1705 Dec. 23 notwithstanding regular musters have not been returned to that time; and 991l. for their clearings from 1705 Dec. 23 to 1706 Dec. 23 according to muster rolls lately returned from thence; and 961l. 12s. 6d. by way of advance for their full pay (according to the Establishment, exclusive of provisions) from 1706 Dec. 23 to 1707 Dec. 23: and with a clause for the respits (if any) on the next muster rolls of that Company to be deducted out of their pay growing due from 1707 Dec. 23: and with a further clause empowering the Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons to satisfy the allowance on the Establishment to the Solicitor or Agent of the Company although he stands respited on the muster rolls.
Prefixing: report by J. Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons. The subsistence of the said Company is sent every year in provisions by the Victualling Commissioners, and there is a remainder [of said subsistence] for the Officers' clearings with 2d. a day to the private men besides their offreckonings for clothing amounting yearly to 961l. 12s. 6d. to complement their full pay which has been fully cleared to 23 Dec. 1704; and for the succeeding year to 23 Dec. 1705 there has been paid only 759l. 0s. 5d. in part of clearings by reason that (after the warrant was signed for the said year's clearings in advance) several respits appeared on a muster roll from 23 Sept. 1704 to 31 Oct. 1705 “though the said roll for want of a Commissary or one who understood to write is so very obscure and defective that no certain computation of the pay can be made by it. Since that time there is one muster roll from the 1st to the 30th Nov. 1705 inclusive complete except the Solicitor who is in England, and since his application for the full pay of the Company to the 23rd Dec. next he has produced another [muster] roll commencing the 1st of Dec. 1705 and ending the 4th Oct. 1706 during which time there is respits to the same of 10l. 12s. 6d. besides his own pay, who not being present upon the place is omitted in the roll taken there, and the roll itself not being so regular as it ought” a royal warrant as above will be necessary for the issue of the pay to Dec. 23 last and for advance of a year's pay to Dec. 23 next. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 691–2.
Same by same to the Excise Commissioners to permit John Jaquin, John Lordell, Benj. Lordell, Jos[ep]h Alford and Robert Chester merchants to make a post entry of so much single brandy as the brandy above proof imported by them will require water to reduce it to just proof.
Prefixing: (1) report by said Commissioners on the case and (2) statement by Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General. “I do not think the Commissioners of Excise have authority to permit such alteration of liquors imported, for that the Duty is due from them to her Majesty according to the condition they were in at the time of importation. But on the particular circumstances as stated in the case I am of opinion the Lord Treasurer may allow [them] so to do by his order.” Ibid., pp. 692–3.
Same by same to Henry St. John to prepare a royal warrant for allowing the muster rolls of Col. Handasyde's and Col. Livesay's Regiments transmitted from Jamaica before 1 July 1703 and those made up before the 1st of Nov. following, as also those made up between the 1st Nov. and 1st May 1703 though not signed by some of the Council [of said Island] as the Establishment directed: and likewise to prepare a warrant for governing musters by the preceding muster in cases where muster rolls are wanting by reason of their miscarriage at sea.
Prefixing: report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on the memorial of Capt. Robert Gardner shewing that he applied to the Government and Treasury of Ireland for stating the accounts of the said Regiments during the time they were put on that [Irish] Establishment, which could not be done by reason that the muster rolls are not conform to that Establishment. Hereon the said Comptrollers report that in April 1701 the Regiments (late Sir Henry Bellasis's now Col. Handaside's) went off the Irish Establishment and arrived in Jamaica in August following but meeting with no directions for mustering, the Governor required an account from the Lieut. Col. and Captains by which he paid them and remitted the account instead of muster rolls: that when Brigadier Selwyn arrived there he directed muster rolls to be made and signed by 2 Commission Officers: that Col. Brewer's Regiment (now Col. Livesay's) did the same and sent over their rolls by the men of war or merchant ships, whereby several rolls have miscarried and are not now to be retrieved: that there was a new Regulation for those Regiments dated 1702 July 1 which arrived there in October following directing that future rolls and duplicates thereof should be signed by the Governor and Council or any 3 of them and by the Officers of the Regiments but the Council did not fall into any method till April 1703. In the case of Col. Livesay's Regiment 2 musters are wanting while they were at sea coming from Jamaica between August 1705 and January 1705–6 and by royal warrant of Oct. 20 last these were directed to be governed by the preceding muster. Ibid., pp. 693–4.
June 18. Same by same to the Queen's Remembrancer to deliver up for cancellation the bonds which John Acton gave in 1697 for his faithful accompting as Agent to the [Lord Cutts for the] Coldstream Regiment of Guards and Col. Seymour's Regiment.
Prefixing: (1) report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on said Acton's petition. He accounted to 31 March 1699 and on the 8th July 1700 was removed from that agency but from 24 Dec. 1701 he was again Agent for same Regiment under Col. William Mathew and so continues at this day. (2) Statement of opinion on the case by the Attorney General. Ibid., pp. 694–5.
Same by same to Henry St. John to prepare a royal warrant to authorise the Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons to compute and reserve the offreckonings of Col. Handasyde's Regiment to 25 July 1706 as follows, for the satisfaction of the 3843l. 4s. 0d. debt for clothing.
Prefixing: report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on the memorial in behalf of the Regiments of said Handasyde and Col. Livesay: shewing that said Regiments were augmented from 10 Companies of 38 men each to 12 Companies of 59 men each and they ordered clothing accordingly but the Paymaster has stopped the offreckonings on finding that they never mustered above 26 men in a Company one with another and all the private men of Livesay's Regiment were delivered over to Col. Handasyde by royal order of 1705 June 24 to complete his men to 70 men in a Company: and that all the offreckonings of the non effectives fall on the personal pay of the Officers which cannot bear the same after subsistence paid: and therefore praying that the large respits on the Regiment may bear the surcharge of offreckonings.
Hereon the Comptrollers report proposing a manner of computing the offreckonings so as to give some relief to the Officers without carrying such offreckonings too far before the clothing be discharged. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 695–6.
June 18. Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated June 11 inst. to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery to Dr. Heskard, Register of the Order of the Garter, of pen, ink and paper etc. to the estimate of 6l. 10s. 0d. Ibid., p. 697.
Warrant by same to Henry St. John to prepare a royal warrant for allowing 613l. 15s. 0d. to the Queen's Regiment of Dragoons under Lord Raby for the unmounted men respited on the muster rolls from 30 Sept. to 25 Oct. 1703, and 144l. for levy money of 48 additional men.
Prefixing: report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on the memorial of Major Geo. Benson of said Regiment shewing that the Regiment was mustered complete in Holland from 1703 Aug. 25 to Oct. 24 and the greatest part of their horses not ordered from them till the latter end of October though they find themselves put upon the Portugal Establishment the 30th Sept. preceding and are respited as unmounted the said 613l. 15s. 0d.; further that upon receiving the Regiment's subsistence from 30 Sept. 1703 to Feb. 18 following 7d. a day was deducted by a [new] Regulation from each Corporal, drummer, hautboy and dragoon as unmounted and similarly 12d. a day on receiving their clearings; further that on being put on the Portugal Establishment the Regiment had 48 additional men, 6 to each Troop.
Hereon the Comptrollers report that the Regiment did not embark in Holland [for Portugal] till the end of October [1703] but they are put on the Portugal Establishment as from Sept. 30 preceding and are to be allowed as only unmounted from that time till they should be remounted in Portugal. Ibid., pp. 697–9.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the park and demesnes of the manor of Curry Mallet, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, in co. Somerset and the lodge and gatehouse there: in order to a lease thereof to Charles, Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth.
Prefixing: report by said Surveyor on the memorial of the Countess of Peterborough. The premises were granted to Visct. Mordaunt and Eliz. his wife 1660 Sept. 7 in reversion of John, Lord Pawlet and Francis Pawlet his brother. The said Eliz. devised same by will to Harry, Earl of Peterborough with remainder to her eldest son Charles then Visct. Mordaunt, now Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth. In the Parliamentary survey the premises are valued at 121l. 3s. 4d. per an. Ibid. XX, pp. 1–2.
June 18, 19, 25. Constitution and appointment by Treasurer Godolphin of Robert Shales as Surveyor of Houses loco John Wilcox lately preferred to be a General Surveyor of said Duties.
John Lilly the like loco William Elliot whose commission is hereby superseded.
David John as the like loco Cha. James similarly superseded. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, p. 151.
June 18. Warrant dormant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receiver General for co. Yorks of the Duties on Houses to pay 50l. per an. salary to the abovesaid Shales as Surveyor of said Duties: as from Midsummer 1707. Ibid., p. 154.
Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Sir Lambert Blackwell concerning reprisals for forfeited lands in Ireland which were taken from his father. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 452.
June 19. Royal warrant to Visct. FitzHarding, Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay 30l. to Thomas Brand for fairly writing, flourishing and embellishing on vellum in the usual manner a letter to the Dey of Algiers on his accession to that Government dated the 22 Dec. last; a letter to the Emperor of Fez and Morocco being George Delaval's credentials dated April 26 last as Envoy Extraordinary to the said said Emperor; and a letter of the same date being re-credentials for that Emperor's Ambassador. (Letter of direction dated June 23 hereon). Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 213. Disposition Book XIX, p. 12.
Royal sign manual for 15,000l. to Spencer Compton as imprest and as royal bounty for French Protestants, viz. 3000l. thereof for refugee French ministers residing in England and 12,000l. for other poor French Protestants: to be distributed according to directions from the archbishop of Canterbury et al. (Money warrant dated June 25 hereon). (Money order dated June 26 hereon). (Letters of direction hereon for 7500l. dated June 26 and 7500l. dated Sept. 17.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 214–5. Order Book VII, p. 35. Disposition Book XIX, pp 17, 47.
Royal warrant to Spencer Compton to pay Alexander Stanhope a yearly sum or pension of 800l. as from 1706 Xmas during pleasure. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 215.
Money order for 100,000l. to the Bank of England for one year to 1708 June 1 on their yearly fund as by the royal patents of 1694 June 15 and July 27. Order Book VII, p. 34.
Royal letters patent constituting Thomas de Critz as a Serjeant at Arms loco Benj. Gregge deceased. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 281.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin for a survey of the timber in New Forest in order to decide what quantity and sort thereof may be conveniently spared thence yearly for the use of the Navy.
Prefixing: (1) report dated June 18 inst. by Edward Wilcox [Surveyor General of Woods Trent South] concerning the Navy Commissioners' answer of the 11th inst. to his report on their memorial of the 9th May last (see supra p. 284.)
Appending: (2) The Navy Commissioners' memorial in the form of a letter dated May 9 to William Lowndes. The service at Portsmouth is in very great distress for want of timber. The Commissioner there acquaints us they have no orders as yet for the knees several times demanded out of New Forest and that 500 of the trees directed by her Majesty's warrant of 26 Jan. 1705–6 to be felled there are not yet cut down, the said warrant being for 1000 [trees] and there being but 500 received. It is of the utmost importance to her Majesty's service to have the said Yard supplied with timber; the counties adjacent not affording what is wanting at present without the help of the forests. (3) Report of May 15 by said Wilcox on the said Commissioners' memorial of May 9 representing as above the service [of the dockyards] at Portsmouth as being in very great distress for want of timber. There has been delivered in New Forest to the use of the Navy since Midsummer 1704 near 4000 trees and 455 limbs of windfalls besides treenails and rainstaves. (4) The said Navy Commissioners' answer of June 11 inst. Occasions were never so pressing and the Yard was never so bare of useful timber. It cannot be imagined that any time can be suffered to be lost in getting in what is to come either from the New Forest or the Forest of Bere. What Mr. Wilcox mentions to be behind in the new Forest is already fetched in and 78 out of the 300 trees out of the Forest of Bere are likewise got in and the rest squared and daily coming in. As to the trees in Bemley and in another coppice mentioned in Mr. Wilcox's letter they will produce only small timber fit for Fifth Rates and downwards. Great timber at present is most wanted.
In our letter of November 27 last we acquainted you of the great number of decayed trees in the New Forest, whose large limbs it was thought might produce knees and standards which are very useful sorts of timber and very difficult to be had. It was feared that felling so many as 500 for knees and standards would produce a glut of offal wood and lower the price of what was there on the ground. In our letter of February 11 last we therefore proposed to begin only with such a number as Mr. Wilcox should approve of, so as to use the limbs while they were good and not suffered to decline with their bodies until only fit for fuel. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, pp. 3–5.
June 20. Treasury reference to Edward Wilcox of the petition of William Emmeson and John Playell praying payment of 99l. 12s. 0d. for watering the road way in Hyde Park for 83 days from the corner of the road above the pond to her Majesty's lower gate leading up to the [royal] house at Kensington. Reference Book VIII, p. 273.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Customs Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer has read your report of yesterday on an examination taken before a Committee of Parliament appointed to enquire of frauds committed in drawbacks on goods and merchandise exported and fully agrees with what you propose as to the prosecution of the discovery; and accordingly directs you to prosecute without delay the several persons therein mentioned as liable. As to the method of preventing the like fraudulent practices for the future his lordship intends to speak with you here some day next week. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 327.