Warrant Books: March 1709, 26-31

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 23, 1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1949.

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March 1709, 26–31

March 26. Royal letters patent appointing Christopher Rhodes to be Paymaster of the Forces on the intended Expedition, the Queen intending “that a considerable body of our Land Forces shall be sent this year upon an Expedition against the common enemy” and it being necessary that a particular Paymaster be appointed to attend the same for the good discipline and regular maintenance and pay of the said body and the Officers and all contingent charges thereof.
Followed by: instructions to be observed by said Paymaster. Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, pp. 28–9.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the 1709 Lady day quarter's salary bill, not detailed, of the Excise and Malt Office: total 6,405l. 12s.d. Money Book XIX, p. 462.
Money warrant for 20l. to Walter Ogelvie for the charge of his passage to Jamaica whither he is going chaplain. Ibid., p. 462. Order Book VII, p. 233.
William Lowndes to John How, Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons, to raise 40,033l. 9s.d. by disposing of any of the tallies in your hands on Land Tax or Malt anno 1708 at par: and to apply same to services as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
in part of 419,608l. 18s. 6d. for Guards and Garrisons anno 1708.
for 61 days' clearings from 1708 June 25 to Aug. 24 for Col. Hill's and Brigadier Wightman's Regiment and the several Troops and Regiments in North Britain 9,475 2
for 61 days' clearings from 1708 Aug. 25 to Oct. 24 for the Troops and Regiments in Great Britain 17,695 15
for 84 days' pay for the several General and Staff Officers from 1708 Sept. 30 to Dec. 22 2,820 5 6
for four months' pay from 1708 Aug. 25 to Dec. 22 to the several Garrisons 4,826 16 0
for half a year's allowance from 1708 June 25 to Dec. 22 for fire and candle [for the Guards and Garrisons] 1,261 10 0
for the pay of the Master of the Ordnance, Chief Engineer and Company of Artillery in North Britain for one year to 1708 Dec. 22 1,016 5 3
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for the men for sea service anno 1708.
for 61 days' clearings from 1708 Aug. 25 to Oct. 24 for the Regiments of Lord Mark Kerr, Brigadier Macartney and Col. Bowles 2,085 15 3
in part of 5,000l. for the Invalids [anno 1708].
for four months' clearings from 1708 Aug. 25 to Dec. 22 for the five Companies of Invalids 851 19
Disposition Book XIX, p. 270.
March 26. William Lowndes to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] and the Attorney General to report on the enclosed petition and case [missing] of Eliz., Countess Dowager of Lindsey relating to a fourth part of Havering Park Co. Essex. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 45.
Same to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] to report on the enclosed report [missing] from the General Officers on the petition of Major Gen. Gorges, Colonel of the Regiment late commanded by the Earl of Donegal, touching the 3,685l. charged on the offreckonings of said Regiment for clothing which appears (by the said report) to have been delivered to Don Ambrosio de Salamanca, Lieut. Col. of a Spanish Regiment of Foot, and which the General Officers think should be met out of the money payable to the King of Spain. Ibid., p. 46.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Salt Commissioners to pay 100l. to Henry Rutlidge, one of the tidewaiters in Newcastle port, for his service in May 1706 in discovering frauds in the Salt Duty viz. that several merchants at Newcastle and Hartlepool in 1700 and 1701 had corrupted the officers of the Customs and Salt Duties for the port of Newcastle and prevailed with them to certify that great quantities of fish had been shipped by those merchants for foreign parts more than were really shipped.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners detailing said Rutlidge's services as the first discoverer. “Afterwards Ralph Graham who had acted all along as agent for the searcher of the said port of Newcastle gave us a further account of the said frauds and Christopher Dent one of the merchants concerned in the said frauds laid before us several papers and original accounts relating thereunto; and upon the trials judgment was given against several merchants for very considerable sums of money.” There was an agreement between the merchants and the tidewaiters that they should have 6l. for every 1,000 cod fish so over certified. At the trial against Robert Weemes whereon 1,510l. was recovered Rutlidge gave circumstantial evidence to two loadings that (of the 1,510l.) he had received 900l. for his dividend of 6l. per 1,000 fish. There was recovered against George Lawson 2,100l. and Rutlidge was as positive evidence to three loadings [his dividend on] which amounted to 682l. 15s. 0d. of the 2,100l. Thomas Chambers suffered judgment against himself for 2,483l. 6s. 8d. just as the cause was ready for trial. Rutlidge could have given positive evidence to two or three loadings [his dividend on] which amounted to 800l. or 900l. if the trial had proceeded. Thomas Snowdon suffered judgment without trial for 1,300l. Rutlidge was positive to one loading [his dividend on] which came to 365l. We are of opinion that he deserves reward as above and that no prosecution be made against him to which he may be liable for his consenting to the said frauds. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 152–3.
March 26. Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Col. James Nicholson in behalf of himself and the other Officers of Lieut. Gen. Tidcombe's Regiment of Foot, praying to be relieved from a charge of 8s. a day pension (payable out of their pay) to Lieut. Col. John Grimes, viz. by changing same to a pension on the Establishment of Ireland. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 56.
March 28. Letter of direction for 2,000l. to William Lowndes: for secret service: out of Civil List moneys. Disposition Book XIX, p. 273.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners [England] for an account of the price of corn, the quantities exported “and any other informations you can give relating to that matter” in order to a query which the Earl of Galway has sent to Secretary the Earl of Sunderland. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 46.
March 29. Money warrant for 300l. to Thomas Webb, late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Gloucester, 180l. thereof for his extraordinary charges in his receipt 1702–4 and 120l. for the like anno 1705 and to 1 Aug. 1706 “after he was discharged.” (Money order dated April 1 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 5 hereon.) Money Book XIX, p. 462. Order Book VII, p. 238. Disposition Book XIX, p. 286.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the Salt Office salary bill, not detailed, for 1709 Lady day quarter: total 1,137l. 10s. 0d. Money Book XIX, p. 463.
Warrant by same to the Receipt to apply the sum of 5,798l. 0s.d. being the overplus at March 25 inst. of the two sevenths ninepence Excise [appointed for the payment of divers annuities under the Act 5 Wm. and Mary c. 20] for and towards making good such quarterly payments on the annuities purchased anno 1707 as shall grow due at or before Michaelmas 1710, as by the Act of 5 Anne [6 Anne, c. 2] for establishing a fund for 72,187l. 10s. 0d. for annuities.
Prefixing: certificate by the Auditor of the Receipt of said surplus at said 25 March. Ibid.
The like warrant for application of the sum of 9,812l. 13s.d. being the surplus as at March 25 inst. of the ninepence per barrel appropriated [by 5 Wm. and Mary c. 7] for payment of the Million Lottery tickets viz.: towards making good such quarterly payments &c. as above.
Prefixing: certificate as above. Money Book XIX, p. 464.
March 29. Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the salary bill and incidents bill detailed of the Hackney Coaches Office for 1709 Lady day quarter: totals respectively 207l. 10s. 0d. and 76l. 15s. 6d. Ibid., p. 465.
Money warrant for 18,028l. 6s. 2d. to the Bank of England for so much due on the 25th inst. for three months on their allowance of 4½ per cent, for circulating Exchequer Bills to that date as follows [as by the Act 6 Anne c. 21].
Prefixing: certificate by the Auditor of the Receipt of said Bills so circulated.
£ £ s. d.
Exchequer Bills:
Issued before
25 Dec. 1708 1,587,475 3 months' interest 17,859 1 10½
Issued on
7 Jan. 1708–9 17,825 77 days' interest 169 4
1,605,300 18,028 6 2
(Money order dated March 30 hereon: to be paid out of Exchequer Bills.) Ibid., p. 467. Order Book VII, p. 234.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to innovate a lost order No. 769 in the name of Paul Dufour for repayment of 100l. loan on the Two Thirds Additional Subsidy of Tonnage anno 1705 [granted by 3–4 Anne c. 3], the original having been [accidentally] burned. Order Book VII, p. 236.
William Lowndes to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] and the Surveyor of Works. I have sent to the Lord Treasurer a report [as enclosed, missing] made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer relating to the almsmen of the Hospital of St. Stephens in the City of Westminster. Please view the houses and report to my Lord the merits and qualifications of the said almspeople. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 44.
Same to the Commissary of Marines for an account of the method of mustering the Marines &c. ut supra, p. 109. Ibid., p. 47.
Same to Mr. Walpole [Secretary at War] to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of the Justices of Peace assembled at the General Quarter Sessions held at Chelmsford for Co. Essex touching the great charge upon such Hundreds and parts of said county which lie distant from Harwich in relieving and conveying to London disabled soldiers put on shore at Harwich; in which service 'tis alleged the Constables are now in disburse 1,000l.; and praying that some provision may be made for the future relief of such poor soldiers. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad]. Count Gallas has very much pressed the Lord Treasurer for 200l. to be paid to the Count de Gosseau (fn. 1) towards relieving him under his present necessities. The Lord Treasurer agrees thereto as part of the sum allowed by Parliament for the service of the King of Spain and his Troops. Please insert this item in your next memorial for money. Ibid.
March 29. Same to same to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Monsieur Vincent touching the agency and accounts of one of the Regiments in Portugal now commanded by Col. Magny and formerly by the Count de Nassau. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners enclosing a letter from Mr. Burchet, Secretary of the Admiralty, desiring orders to the port officers not to clear any merchant ship or vessel bound into the Mediterranean or elsewhere in the way of the Algerine cruisers until it shall appear that their masters are furnished with passes from the Admiralty, for which they will be at no expense from that Office; as also that an advertisement thereof [of this regulation] be inserted in two or three of the next Gazettes. You are to give such directions and to insert such advertisements.
Appending: copy of said Burchet's letter, dated Admiralty Office March 28. Notwithstanding the great care that has been taken to furnish the ships and vessels of her Majesty's subjects with passes to secure them from the cruising ships of Algiers I have received a letter from Mr. Cole, her Majesty's Consul there, informing that some vessels have been lately met with without such passes and carried into Algiers. The Lord Admiral desires such orders to be given as above. Ibid., p. 48.
Same to Mr. Travers [Surveyor General of Crown Lands] to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Sidney Strode et al. praying to be paid for a parcel of land called the Lambhay lying near the fort of Plymouth and belonging to them, which they allege to have been taken in for the use of the said fort ever since the reign of Charles II. Ibid., p. 53.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to observe the Queen's pleasure as in (a) infra viz. that for the encouragement of the woollen manufactures of this kingdom every ship having her Majesty's pass for Spain shall take two parts in three of the burthen of her cargo in woollen manufactures and that to prevent the carrying of corn to France under colour of such passes security be given at the Custom House by the exporter that it shall be landed at the port for which he shall take out his clearings; such security to be discharged upon the return of his certificate under the seal of the chief magistrate of the said port of delivery or under the hands and seals of two known merchants. Care is to be taken that the conditions of such bonds be duly complied with and persons offending are to be effectually prosecuted.
Appending: (a) letter dated March 22 inst. from Secretary the Earl of Sunderland to Treasurer Godolphin intimating the Queen's pleasure as above.
(b) representation from the Council of Trade [to the Queen in Council] dated March 4 inst. touching the exportation of corn. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 155–6.
March 29. Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated Feb. 25 last to the Master of the Jewel House for the delivery to the Duke of Queensberry, one of her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, of the usual allowance of 1,000 ounces of white plate: to an estimate of 400l. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, p. 327.
Warrant by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Jane Johnson, widow, of the disparked park called Liskeard Park and woods and woodlands called Highwood, Lady Park Wood, Doubleboys Wood, Coningwood, Cleaverwood and Knilly Wood; for 99 years terminable on the lives of Thomas Johnson and Thomas and William Johnson his grandchildren.
Prefixing: particular of the premises and Auditor's memorandum made out by Jo. Tailer, Deputy Auditor; and Surveyor General's ratal thereof. Ibid., pp. 328–32.
March 30. William Lowndes to Mr. How [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons]. The Earl of Peterborough desires that all matters relating to the accounts of the Spanish Expedition be examined so that if he remain accountable for any moneys he may give the proper satisfaction. Please inspect your accounts and frame from same an exact account of all sums chargeable on said Earl. (The like letter to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad]; and to the late Commissioners for Prizes; and to Mr. Whitfeild [Paymaster of Marines] and to the Victualling Commissioners.) Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 49.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated Jan. 10 last to John Charlton Esq. [Master of the Jewel Office] for the delivery of four silver trumpets to Thomas Ware, John Harris, Daniell Hopkins and Henry Davant trumpeters in her Majesty's Fourth Troop of Horse Guards under the command of the Duke of Argyll: to an estimate of 80l. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, p. 331.
Warrant by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the pools or waters called Hatcher Meer and the fish pool lying in the forest of Mara and Mondrein or Delamere, Co. Chester; in order to a fresh term therein to John Egerton, the present lessee.
Appending: (a) said Surveyor General's report on said Egerton's petition for same. The premises were leased to John Brock 20 Feb. 1606–7 for 40 years, the interest whereof came to Sir Rowland Egerton who obtained a new lease thereof from Charles I. 1639 May 29 for 21 years which expired in 1660; and a new lease passed 1678 April 30 to Sir Philip Egerton. Since Sir John Crew petitioned for the premises the petitioner John Egerton has produced nine affidavits to prove that the premises have been usually reputed to belong to the Egertons as Crown lessees and that the water of the fish pool has by letting out at the sluice been in very dry seasons useful to certain mills of the said Egertons called Oulton Mills, saving that after the dam of the said pool was cut down in the time of the Civil Wars it lay dry some time and that when the dam was so cut Oulton Mill pool was immediately forced to be cut in five several places to prevent forcing down the mills, which they say the flood from the said pool would have done: and further that the premises are of no benefit except for the use of the said mills and the diversion of fishing: and that they know another meer in the said forest called Oak Meer which is reputed to belong to the Cholmondeleys of Vale Royal and is fished by them. And these things the petitioner offers against the Master Forester's right to all the fishing in the said forest as Sir John Crew alleges and to show that a grant to another person would be prejudicial to his said mills, it being in the power of any person that possesses the said pools in any wet season to destroy the said mills by drawing the sluice of the said fishpool. In opposition to these proofs Sir John Crew produces affidavits of three persons that they knew one Ralph Hornby a keeper in said forest who kept nets in the said pools called Hatcher Mere for the Crews' benefit until his death 50 years since and afterwards his son became keeper and fished there and that they never knew the Egertons to lay claim in those days to the said fishings and one Smethurst a steward or agent of Sir John Crew's deposes that he never knew the fish pool discharge any waste water to supply Olton Mills and last September though 'twas then a wet season he measured the pool and found it wanted eight yards of rising to the place for waste water to run off and he believes no water ever did or could issue out of the said pool but by drawing the sluice or cutting the dam, and that Oulton Mills are supplied by several springs as well as by all the water that runs from some corn mills of Sir John Crew's at Utkinton and that the deponent never heard the said mills ever wanted water when the fish pool lay dry in and after the Civil Wars which was near 30 years together.
(b) the said Surveyor General's report on Sir John Crew's petition as to same. Ibid., pp. 333–37.
March 31. Money warrant for 2,000l. to Ann, Duchess of Buccleuch for half a year to 1707 Xmas on her annuity. Money Book XIX, p. 465. Disposition Book XIX, p. 280.
Letter of direction for 803l. 3s.d. to the Paymaster of the Works: out of Civil List moneys: for the service of the Works: and is to be paid over to Henry Wise, 700l. thereof for 1709 Lady day quarter for keeping the royal gardens and 103l. 3s.d. for same quarter for St. James's Park keepers, deer, fish, fowl &c. Disposition Book XIX, p. 271.
William Lowndes to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to assign 9,674l. 16s. 0d. to Henry Cornish out of the tallies in your hands issued to you on the 23rd inst. to wit such thereof as are first in course of payment on the Land Tax anno 1709: same to be as in full of his contract for clothing the Duke of Savoy's Troops; and is to be paid as in deduction from the subsidy due to said Duke the 23rd inst. Interest is to be made to commence on the said orders from the date of such assignment.
Appending: application to the Lord Treasurer dated March 29 from [the Comte de] Briancon [the Duke of Savoy's Envoy]. I have contracted with said Cornish for said clothing to said amount and beg payment to him according as in deduction of said subsidy. Disposition Book XIX, p. 272.
March 31. William Lowndes to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to dispose of the 39,793l. 7s.d. directed to you Dec. 2 last supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXII, p. 452, by assigning the orders of loan on the Half Subsidies at 6 per cent. interest [discount] to wit for 15,000l. thereof with interest commencing from Jan. 12 last and for the remainder with interest commencing from March 17 inst.: and to apply same for the services as in your memorial of the 17th inst. which services you allege are very pressing. On your sending the orders to the Treasury they will be endorsed for interest accordingly. Ibid.
Letter of direction for 1,132l. 0s.d. to John Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons: out of so much remaining in the Exchequer from the eighth 4s. Aid: and to be applied to services as follows:
£ s. d.
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for the 5,000 men in sea service anno 1705.
to the Regiment late Col. John Caulfeild's now Col. Bowles's: as in part of 4,512l. 18s.d. for clearings from 1705 June 24 to Dec. 23 1,132 0
Ibid., p. 273.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners for their observations on the enclosed copy [missing] of the Bill (now in the House of Commons) for enlarging the capital stock of the Bank of England. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 49.
Treasurer Godolphin to the Earl of Peterborough. According to the desire expressed in your letter to me I have given orders to the several officers concerned to send me the accounts of all the public moneys with which you stand charged by them on account of your late Expedition to Spain. As soon as I receive them they shall be sent to you.
As to Major General Gorge I know of no application of his in the Treasury except what relates to some clothing, of which I send your Lordship a copy “but don't in the least perceive that your Lordship is any way concerned therein.” Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded. The Lord Treasurer is inclined to direct money sufficient to clear the debts of the sick and wounded seamen in quarters for one whole year to all the great ports of the kingdom and for two years for the lesser ports. Please make up a particular account of such debts accordingly. Ibid., p. 50.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed representation [missing] from the Customs Commissioners concerning the directions to them from [Secretary] the Earl of Sunderland for the encouragement of the woollen manufactures and to prevent the carrying of corn to France “under colour of such passes to give security that it shall be landed at the port for which the ship's clearing shall be taken out.” Ibid.
March 31. Same to the Queen's printers to send to the office of Robert Walpole, Secretary at War, 500 copies of the Act [7 Anne, c. 4] against Mutiny and for the better payment of the Army and Quarters. Ibid.
Same to the Salt Commissioners to report on the enclosed report [missing] by the Attorney General on the petition of Nathaniel Terry et al. relating to salt debentures. The Lord Treasurer is inclined to relieve the petitioner in the manner proposed by the Attorney General. Ibid., p. 51.
Same to Robert Walpole, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant for payment of 264l. to Major General Robert Echlin in full for the clothes and accoutrements of 36 men drafted out of his Regiment to complete Major General Harvey's Regiment of Horse: being at the rate of 7l. 6s. 8d. per man.
Appending: report from the General Officers of Ireland (Ingoldsby, Langston, Rooke, Tho. Burgh) touching the said claim. Ibid., pp. 51–2.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of William Lingen, Gent. of her Majesty's Pantry, setting forth that his son is made heir of Dr. Sowray's estate lately deceased and that the said Sowray had a small lease at Beverley which he would have renewed had not the fine been set by a rental much too high (several rents having been demanded and paid out of it since to Sir Samuell Barnardiston and others): therefore praying a moderation of the fine. Reference Book VIII, p. 354.


  • 1. Comte de Gosseau. In the Marlborough Despatches IV, 714, there is a letter from Marlborough dated from the Hague 9 April 1710 to the King of Spain recommending to him the person and the merit of the Comte de Gosseau “who (in response to invitations published in your Majesty's name) quitted a profitable station in France to devote himself to your Majesty as his legitimate Sovereign. He has since distinguished himself on several occasions and given such proofs of his military skill as has earned the recognition of the King of Prussia and the Elector Palatine.” In the Marlborough correspondence at Blenheim there are letters from him and Marlborough of the years 1709 and 1711. He is not to be confounded with Don Miguel de Guasco who surrendered Alcantara in April 1706 nor with John Peter Comte de Goes, the Imperial minister at the Hague.