Warrant Books: December 1714, 21-31

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 29, 1714-1715. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1957.

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December 1714, 21-31

Dec. 21. Royal warrant dated Dec. 21 for a privy seal to discharge the baronetcy fee of 1,085l. due from Sir James Smith of Isfield, Co. Sussex. (Privy seal dated Dec. 30 hereon.) (Treasury warrant dated 4 Feb. 1714–15 to the Receipt for tallies of discharge accordingly.) King's Warrant Book XXVI, pp. 326, 387. Money Book XXIII, p. 464.
Treasury warrant to the South Sea Company to permit Charles Caesar, late Treasurer of the Navy, to transfer 1,099l. 12s. 6¼d. (out of South Sea Stock standing in his name for the use of the public) to such persons as shall be specified in a list to be signed by him: and is to satisfy bills made forth by the Navy Commissioners on the old Course of the Navy. Money Book XXIII, p. 433.
Dec. 21. Money warrant for 1,000l. to Christopher Rhodes for the incidents of the 1,400,000l. Lottery anno 1714 [13 Anne, c. 18]: to be satisfied out of moneys arising by the Duties granted by the Act for said Lottery. (Money order dated Dec. 29 hereon.) Ibid., p. 434. Order Book IX, p. 26.
Treasury warrant to John How, late Paymaster General of the Guards, Garrisons and other Forces, to pay all the persons as follows (except the Deputy Judge Advocate at Placentia) on their respective allowances to the day of the demise of the late Queen, notwithstanding any want of form in the countersigning of the late Queen's warrants directing the same.
Prefixing: a list of the warrants signed by the late Queen and countersigned by the Secretary at War for payment of the following sums out of Contingencies of Guards and Garrisons: viz.
£ s. d.
for six months’ pay 1713 June 24 to Dec. 24 to Col. Metcalfe Graham as Adjutant General 92 0 0
the like for Fitz Morrice Gifford as Town Major of Berwick 36 16 0
the like for Henry Holmes as Lieut. Governor of the Isle of Wight 55 4 0
for the pay of Thomas Hodges as Deputy Judge Advocate at Placentia from 25 April 1713 to Dec. following. 48 16 0
for the respited pay of Sir Thomas Denham as Capt. Lieut, to the Earl of Hyndford's late Regiment of Dragoons from the 23 Dec. 1711 to the 24 Feb. following 28 7 0
to Capt. Nicholas Masters on an allowance of 3s. 6d. a day for the loss of his leg: to commence the 25 Dec. 1713 63 17 6
to Ensign James Bermingham 1s. 6d. a day in consideration of wounds received in the late war by which he lost the use of his hands: to commence the same time 27 7 6
£352 8 0
Money Book XXIII, p. 468.
Same to the Receipt to innovate a lost annuity order in the name of Bartholomew Burton upon the 14l. per cent, annuities [under the Acts 4–5 Wm. and Mary, c. 3, and 5–6 Wm. and Mary, c. 20], being No. 1563 and dated 1694 Sept. 28 for the life of Diones' Gibbs. Order Book IX, p. 21.
J. Taylour to the Victualling Commissioners to report on Mr. Conduit's letter enclosed [missing] dated from Gibraltar Nov. 18, old style, relating to provisions by him bought for the victualling of the Garrison there, with an account thereof, the warrants he had from the Lieut. Governor for buying same and the rate of exchange at which his bills are drawn.
I am also to send you the enclosed report [missing] of the Secretary of War with the papers annexed [missing] concerning other bills drawn by Mr. Conduit, which you are desired to consider of as above. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 325.
Dec. 21. William Lowndes to Mr. Crookshanks to send to the Treasury Lords an account of the gross and neat produce of the 12 pence per bushel upon home made salt in Scotland (fn. 1) from the time it [the said Duty] commenced and to what uses it is applicable [appropriated]. Ibid., p. 328.
Treasury warrant to the Exchequer officers concerned to take the security of Hen[ry] Liddell, Esq., in 4,000l. as Receiver of Stamp Duties.
Prefixing: report by Jo. Hardinge, Deputy King's Remembrancer, on the sufficiency of said securities. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, p. 372.
Same to the Salt Commissioners to appoint Thomas Holdip as their Secretary at 200l. per an. for himself and 40l. per an. for a clerk, being the post to which he was appointed in July 1712. Ibid.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to insert on the Establishment of French pensioners an allowance of 5s. a day to Capt. Gabriel Crepigny, he having been upwards of 28 years in the Army, 22 thereof as Captain, during which time he has been a very great sufferer by divers wounds received in Flanders, Spain and Portugal, and afterwards as he was raising recruits in Lancashire for Lieut. Gen. Gorge's Regiment of Foot and as he was bringing away the recruits which were delivered over to him by the Mayor of Wigan he was assaulted by the inhabitants of that place, who not only broke one of his ribs but likewise gave him several other wounds to the very great hazard of his life insomuch that he lay a considerable time in the physician's and surgeon's hands for the recovery of his health: upon which he petitioned the late Queen for redress and was referred to the Board of General Officers, who reported that he was a fit object for compassion and might deserve her Majesty's leave to dispose of his commission for discharging of his debts and to merit a pension for the support of himself and his family, but the death of the said Queen soon after prevented the intended benefit. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 602.
Dec.22. Money warrant for 20l. to William Shaw, clerk, as royal bounty towards the charge of his passage to New England, whither he is going a minister. (Money order dated Dec. 23 hereon.) Money Book XXIII, p. 430. Order Book IX, p. 14.
Same for 4,519l. 2s. 5d. to Samuel Smithin, his Majesty's goldsmith, as in satisfaction (together with 10,000l. some time since issued to him by way of advance) of 14,519l 2s. 5d. due to him for drivers quantities of diamonds, Jewels, gold works and gilt and white plate delivered into the Jewel Office between 1 Aug. 1714 and 21 Oct. for the service of his Majesty's Coronation.
Appending: certificate signed by Lord Guernsey [now Earl of Aylesford], Master of the Jewel Office, of said jewels &c. so delivered:
£ s. d.
for setting and adorning with diamonds and jewels the Crown of State, St. Edward's Crown, Circlet, Orb and Scepters and also the Crown for the Prince of Wales 1,450 0 0
for the loan of the said diamonds 7,104 0 0
for a ruby ring for the King 86 0 0
for 229 ounces 12 pennyweights and one grain of gold works for Crowns, chains, medals, badges and cups &c., most part curiously wrought and enamelled, amounting for gold or workmanship to 1,226 6 9
for 1,227 ounces 6 pennyweight of new gilt plate, most part curiously wrought and enchast, at several prices 764 1 7
for new gilding 12,924 ounces 19 pennyweight of gilt store plate. 1,985 10 10
for 2,447 ounces 14 pennyweight of new white plate, part being to make good what was lost at the Coronation; the rest curiously wrought 943 14 7
for repairing, mending and boiling 22,939 ounces of white store plate 294 2 2
for the loan and repairing of 8,244 ounces of white plate 216 11 0
for refreshing 701 ounces of store plate 52 11 6
disbursed to the furrier, capmaker, cutler, casemaker and engraver for ornaments for the Regalia 396 4 0
£14,519 2 5
Money Book XXIII, p. 431.
Treasury warrant dormant to Henry Ferne, Customs Cashier, to pay to Charles, Earl of Manchester, the fee or salary of 276l. 13s. 4d. per an. for his office of Collector Outwards of the Customs and Subsidies of Tonnage and Poundage in London port. Ibid., p. 432.
Same to Sir Thomas Frankland and Sir John Evelyn, Postmasters General, to pay the annuity or yearly sum of 4,000l. to William, Lord Cowper, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, as from Sept. 22 last. Ibid.
Dec. 22. Letter of direction for 35,281l. 16s. 0d. to the Honble. Harry Mordaunt as Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance [and is] “appropriated for land service in the Office of Ordnance.” Disposition Book XXIII, p. 36.
Same for 404l. 15s. 0d. to Charles Bodville, Earl of Radnor, Treasurer of the Chamber: for the service of his Office: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Wine Licence Commissioners. The Treasury Lords direct you not to remove any of the officers employed under the late Commissioners of Wine Licences “ until you shall first have signified to their Lordships the cause of their removal.” Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 325.
Same to the Secretary at War to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] from Mr. Moor, the late Paymaster General of the Forces, praying sundry allowances to be made for his deputies which he appointed for paying the Forces in Minorca, Gibraltar and the Low Countries. My Lords desire you to consider it as well with respect to the difference between time of war and time of peace as with respect to the allowances which he [Moor] receives for himself and the charge of his Office. Ibid., p. 326.
Treasury letters patent constituting Arnold Sansom as Comptroller of the issues and payments of the Receiver General of the Customs: it having been found necessary that some knowing and skilful person be particularly appointed to supervise and take care that the money and bonds taken and received by the particular collectors and receivers of Customs be weekly or oftener delivered over to the Receiver General of the Customs and that the said Receiver General do duly charge himself in his weekly certificates and accounts with the moneys he receives upon such bonds: and (as often as he thinks fit) to inspect whether the said Receiver [General] have in his custody the due number of bonds: and to examine and try daily and every day (Sundays and holydays excepted) all payments which compose the discharge part of the said Receiver's weekly certificates and accounts with the debentures, certificates, warrants, tallies or other original vouchers which justify the same: all in order to prevent errors and omissions in the said Receiver's accounts or in the said weekly certificates and [that] no undue credits [be] taken therein, and that the Auditors before whom the said accounts are yearly to pass may be the better certified of the truth and validity of the said vouchers: the said Arnold Sansom having been appointed to the said office by constitution dated 1703–4 Jan. 12 under the hand of the late Lord Treasurer Godolphin. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, pp. 185–6.
William Lowndes to the Stamps Commissioners of the petition of Benja[min] Robins praying to be restored to his former post of one of the distributors of stamps for the city and county [of the city] of Exeter, “alleging to have been turned out of that imployment about two years since without any fault laid to his charge”: and one Richard Duke is also prayed to be joined with him in the said place. Reference Book IX, p. 205.
Letters patent by the Treasury Lords constituting Alexander Wedderburne, David Ross, Alexander Forbes, Sir William Bennet and Gilbert Barnet to be Commissioners for the receipt and management of the Duties on leather &c. granted by the Act of 10 Anne, [sic? for 9 Anne, c. 10], and the Duties on Soap &c. [10 Anne, c. 18] and the Additional Duties on leather &c. [10 Anne, c. 19] granted by two other Acts of the same [? following] year as follows: all in place of the present Commissioners, Alexander Wedderburn, John Whetham, David Ross, Alexander Forbes and James Boyle, who were thereto constituted by instrument under the hand of Treasurer Oxford 1711 June 2, at a salary of 100l. per an., and by three other instruments dated 1712 May 22, 1712 June 28 and 1712 July 4 were further constituted Commissioners for the receipt and management of the several Duties imposed by the two Acts of Parliament of 10 Anne, c. 18, for Duties on Soap &c., and 10 Anne, c. 19, for Additional Duties on hides &c. The said present Commissioners are hereby empowered to appoint receivers, collectors, surveyors &c. with such salaries and to pay such incidents &c. as shall be approved by the Treasury Lords. Out Letters (North Britain) III, pp. 277–9.
Dec. 23. Royal letters patent constituting Sir Thomas Parker, Kt., to be Chief Justice of the King's Bench: during good behaviour. King's Warrant Book XXVI, p. 360.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for 2,000l. a year to the abovesaid Sir Thomas Parker as Chief Justice of the King's Bench. (The patent hereon bears date 24 Dec. 1714.) Ibid., pp. 398–9.
Letter of direction for 30,484l. 4s. 10d. to Robert Walpole, Paymaster General of Guards, Garrisons and other his Majesty's Land Forces: out of Contributions on the Lottery anno 1714 [13 Anne, c. 18]: and is intended to be applied to the following services: viz.
in further part of 19,308l. 10s. 0d. for Forces at Jamaica and the Leeward Islands to 25 Dec. 1714 £ s. d.
for subsistence for one month from 25 Nov. 1714 to 24 Dec. following to the two Independent Companies at Jamaica 463 17 1
for subsistence for same time to Col. Alexander's Regiment in the Leeward Islands 577 2 6
in further part of 20,170l. 1s. 6d. granted for Forces at New York, Annapolis, Placentia and Bermudas to 25 Dec. 1714.
for one month's subsistence as above to the four Independent Companies at New York 397 14 3
for same month's subsistence to the four Indepen dent Companies and Garrison at Annapolis 355 15 8
for the same month's subsistence to the Independent Company at Bermudas 54 7 1
in further part of 386,427l. 17s. 10d. granted for Guards and Garrisons to 25 Dec. 1714.
for two months’ subsistence from 25 Oct. last to 24 Dec. inst. to the Commissary General of the Musters and his Deputies and to the Provost Marshal and his men 206 7 8
upon account [for the Guards and Garrisons] 26,292 17 5
in further part of 42,785l. 14s. 4d.for Chelsea Hospital and Outpensioners and for forage to Dragoons in North Britain from Xmas 1713 to Xmas 1714. upon account [for the above] 2,136 3 2
£30,484 4 10
Disposition Book XXIII, pp. 36–7.
Dec. 23. Letter of direction for 33,704l. 19s. 5d. to Thomas Moor as late Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: to be issued out of branches of the revenue as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
out of the 25l. per ton on French wines [4–5 Wm. and Mary, c. 5, and 7–8 Wm. III, c. 20] imported since 1714 June 12 14,404 6 5
out of the 25l. per ton on French prize wines [2–3 Anne, c. 18] since said date 20 0 0
out of Plantation Duty [25 Car. II, c. 7] since said date 773 1 8
out of the Duty on Foreign Sail Cloth [12 Anne, c. 12] since said date 633 11 11
out of the 5s. per ton on French ships [12 Car. II, c. 18] since said date 4 0 0
out of Coal Duties anno 1703 [1 Anne, Stat. 2, c. 4] [collected] since said date of 1714 June 12 126 16 4
out of the third Quarterly Poll [9 Wm. III, c. 38] [arrears collected] since said date 604 0 0
out of the twelfth 4s. Aid [7 Anne, c. 1] [arrears collected] since said date 92 10 0
out of the thirteenth 4s. Aid [8 Anne, c. 1] since said date 2,596 15
out of the fourteenth 4s. Aid [9 Anne, c. 1]; since said date 2,009 15
out of brewers’ forfeitures: [collected] since said date 292 14 11
out of Contributions on the 1714 Lottery [13 Anne, c. 18] 12,147 6 11
£33,704 19 5
The said sum is intended to be applied to the services as follows: viz.
in further part of 123,293l. 19s. 2d. for Half Pay to Officers of the Land Forces and Marines anno 1714. £ s. d.
for Half Pay to the said Officers and is (together with 536l. 8s. 8d. issued Sept. 29 last for Half Pay sent to Portugal) to complete 32, 328l. 9s. 8d. for 97 days from June 25 last to Sept. 29 last 31,792 1 0
in further part of 5,862l. 16s. 2d. for Half Pay to Officers allowed by special warrant anno 1714.
for the same 97 days’ Half Pay to the said Officers 1,912 18 5
£33,704 19 5
Ibid., p. 38.
Dec. 23. Same for 103,003l. 10s. 6¼d. to John Aislabie, Esq., Treasurer of the Navy: out of the money arisen by the sale of South Sea Stock: and is intended to be applied to the services following: viz.
to the head of Wages. £ s. d.
for payment of wages to ships ordered to be laid up 50,000 0 0
to the head of Wear and Tear.
for the new Course of the Navy for the month of Sept. 1714 10,347 9 5
ditto for the month of Oct. 1714 9,974 5 9
towards paying 22,686l. to the labourers of Chatham and Sheerness Yards for Midsummer and Michaelmas quarters anno 1713 7,636 8
to the head of Victualling.
for the new Course of the Victualling for the month of September 1714 10,880 12 2
ditto for the month of October 1714 14,164 15 1
£103,003 10
Ibid.,. p. 39.
William Lowndes to Mr. Baldwyn. “ Mr. Methuen, one of the Lords of the Treasury, having received an anonymous letter which makes mention of you as to discoveries of abuses in the Army, desires you will for that purpose come some morning to me at this place “ [the Treasury]. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 326.
Same to the Commissioners for Leather Duties to lay before the Treasury Lords a draft of an Establishment of the officers to be employed under you in the management of the Duties on leather and of the Window Tax respectively for my Lords’ perusal and approbation, together with your observations thereon and as to the further charge by contingents, so as to give my Lords the best and clearest light into the whole annual expense of collecting, answering and accompting for the said Duties: and also a draft of Instructions which you shall judge proper for the better management of the said revenues. (A like letter to the Wine Licence Commissioners relating to their Establishments and officers.) (A like letter to the Salt Duty Commissioners.) (A like letter to the Stamps Commissioners.) Ibid., pp. 326, 327.
Treasury confirmation of a warrant dated Aug. 14 last to the Customs Commissioners to permit the South Sea Company to remove their goods on board the ships Bedford and Elizabeth: ut supra, p. 55. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 157.
Dec. 23. Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Christopher Courtevile (Courteville) praying to be restored to his former place of Surveyor of the Duties on Houses in Essex (Surrey), alleging himself to be turned [out] anno 1710 without any fault laid to his charge but only to make room for another. [This petition is entered twice. The first petition incorrectly describes him as Surveyor of Houses in Essex.] Reference Book IX, p. 205.
Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to pay to Edward Pauncefort 396l. 6s. 4d. for his incident disbursements from 1712 June 23 to 1713 June 24 as late Cashier of Excise, being for charges on paying moneys into the Exchequer on account of Excise remitted to London from North Britain (being 21,244l. 3s. 6d.) and on Excise money [England] paid into the Exchequer for said year (being 1,687,414l 18s. 10½d.) and for the passing of his account for said year. Hereof the sum of 205l. 18s. 10½d. is to be placed [debited] to the account of Excise; 4l. 12s. 7¾d. to the account of Sweets; 107l. 17s. 1½d. to the account of Malt; 29l. 18s. 4½d. to the account of Candles; 8l. 15s. 1½d. to the account of Hops; 24l. 4s. 11¾d. to the account of Soap, Paper and Calicoes; 7l. 9s. 6½d. to the account of Wire and Starch and 7l. 9s. 8d. to the account of Excise, North Britain.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on said Pauncefort's petition. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 373–4.
The like warrant for 411l. 4s. 2d. to same for his like incidents for the following year, 1713 June 24 to 1714 June 24: the said incidents to be debited to branches of the Excise as above in respective items, detailed: the total payments of Excise money into the Exchequer in said year from England being 1,798,169l. 11s. 4½d.
Prefixing: report, ut supra. Ibid., pp. 374–5.
Report to the King by the Treasury Lords on the petition and proposal of Sir William Humphreys, Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Fryer, bart., Alderman of London, and William Benson for a grant to them of the sole privilege of making and vending at their own charge and for their proper benefit within the space of 10 years of 800 tons of copper halfpence and farthings for Great Britain and the Plantations and 200 tons more for Ireland of the like goodness and weight, detailed at length, as in the grant made by Wm. and Mary to Sir Joseph Herne et al.: they to employ their own workmen and to have the use of his Majesty's Mint in the Tower called the Irish Mint and the benefit of his Majesty's tools and implements now in the Tower which were formerly made use of by said Herne and his partners: British copper to be used: a pound avoirdupois of copper in halfpence and farthings to be current at 21 pence by tale in Great Britain and the Plantations and 23 pence by tale in Ireland with a remedy of 2 farthings per pound weight.
Hereon we the Treasury Lords think it our duty to lay before your Majesty the following remarks:
(1) That in or about the year 1667 King Charles II. called in the farthings and halfpence of brass, lead or other base metal dispersed by private persons who usually changed them upon demand; and instead thereof [he] caused farthings and halfpence of Swedish copper to be coined, cutting a pound weight into 20 pence, paying 18 pence per pound weight to the Swedes for the blanks and out of the remaining twopence defrayed the coinage and other charges.
(2) That in or about the year 1688 a contract was made by the late King James with Sir Thomas Griffith and others for coining and uttering the farthings and halfpence which (with those of copper coined by Charles II.) were current to those who were willing to take them for some time.
(3) That in the year 1694 the contract referred to in the petition was made with Sir Joseph Herne and others where by they had the sole privilege of making farthings and halfpence of copper for seven years from 24 June 1694 for England and the Plantations not exceeding 700 tons in the whole term, to pass between any persons who would voluntarily pay and receive the same: they covenanting to allow 200l. a year to a Comptroller to be appointed by their Majesties and to deliver to the Master of the Mint the copper for making the said farthings and halfpence, which was to be as good as a standard piece to be lodged in the Mint; and it was agreed that the said copper should by order of the Master of the Mint be melted, rolled and cut into blanks of 21 pence the pound weight with a remedy not exceeding 2 farthings over or under in a pound weight: and they covenanted to pay to the Master of the Mint for melting, rolling and cutting and for coining, 5 pence for every pound weight; or for coining only, 2 pence per pound weight; and at their own cost and charges to give in exchange gratis to their Majesties’ subjects who should bring or tender any of the tin farthings or halfpence a like number by tale of copper farthings or halfpence without difficulty or delay; and their Majesties covenanted that the contractors should have the use of tools in their Mint for the purpose aforesaid.
(4) That before the contractors had coined the said quantity not exceeding 700 tons great complaints were made to the Parliament as well by the Members as by brewers and other traders of great inconveniences by the vast numbers of such farthings and halfpence: whereupon an Act was made 9 Wm. III. [c. 36] prohibiting all persons from 24th June 1698 to 24th June 1699 (although the contract was then in being) to coin or make any farthings or halfpence. And that after the coining the said 700 tons the complaints continued amongst the people for four or five years though no more were coined; and great difficulties and charges happened in the revenues of Excise and Leather Office especially by the receiving and disposing of the large quantities of the said farthings and halfpence that were constantly paid in to the Receivers of those revenues.
(5) That we are well informed the exchanging the tin farthings and halfpence for copper [farthings and halfpence] cost the contractors more than 10,000l.
(6) That during her late Majesty's reign many applications were made from time to time by private persons to have the benefit of a new patent for coining farthings and halfpence; which being referred to the officers of the Mint they represented to the late Lord Treasurers, the Earls of Godolphin and Oxford, severally their opinions in reports to the effect following:
That copper moneys should be coined as near as could be to the intrinsick value of the copper including the charge of coinage: that they should be well made for preventing counterfeiting and that no more should be coined from time to time than were sufficient for the uses of the nation, for the avoiding of new complaints in Parliament.
For which reasons the said proposals of private persons, though they were apparently more advantageous for the public than those now offered, were from time to time rejected by both the said Lord Treasurers.
(7) That we having been informed that there is a present want of such moneys in some parts of this kingdom have several times consulted with the officers of your Majesty's Mint about making a new species of farthings and halfpence so that the goodness of the copper and the charge of making them well might be equal to the value of the money coined, and have adjusted with them the principal matters conducing thereunto, whereby the present want of copper moneys may be sooner supplied than by a patent.
(8) That as to the proposal of the petitioners we cannot but observe to your Majesty:
(a) That if the coining 5 or 600 tons upon the former contract occasioned such complaint as wanted an Act of Parliament to redress them the coining of 1,000 tons (over and above those now extant) may in all likelihood prove more injurious to your Majesty and your subjects and cause much greater complaints before one half of them be coined, especially if the grant should impose a currency [or legal tender].
(b) That if the proposers are to coin the farthings and halfpence by the standard of the former contract we are informed the copper will cost not above 9½ pence or at most but 10 pence the pound weight and the preparing and coining the said copper being computed at 5 pence per pound weight the clear profit upon the said 800 tons to be coined for Great Britain and the Plantations at 2l pence a pound weight will amount to 44,800l. at least and the clear profit of the 200 tons [for Ireland] to about 14,933l. 6s. 8d., making in all 59,733l. 6s. 8d.: which is a gain far exceeding that of the former Contractors, who were obliged to change all the tin farthings and halfpence: and the advantage of the Remedy (which is always taken) will be an addition to the said profit.
(c) That it will be utterly impossible for any Inspector or Comptroller to know the goodness of the copper money after ‘tis coined without breaking it into pieces, or to weigh all the pieces for [at a salary of] 200l a year; and it has been found by experience too unsafe to employ a Comptroller of less authority than the persons he is to cheque. And we do not see how they can be hindered by the above proposal from making greater advantages by the want of finesse in the copper or weight in the money, which as we are informed happened in the execution of the late contract.
(d) That we cannot think it advisable that any persons but your Majesty's officers and those in the Mint should be employed in coining any money or be entrusted with coining tools, least any of them should afterwards turn their skill to the counterfeiting of the gold and silver moneys of this realm.
Upon the whole matter we think this proposal imports so unreasonable an advantage to the undertakers, is so loose and uncontrollable in its nature and tends to the injury of your Majesty and the grievance of your subjects that we should be wanting in our duty to your Majesty if we did not give our humble opinions against the making the said grant. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 378–81.
Dec. 23. Treasury reference to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, of the petition of the Earl of Hyndford shewing that in consideration of the services of his father, John, Earl of Hyndford, the late Queen granted him a pension of 400l. per an. out of the Crown rents of Ross and Ardmannock “and of the Lewes, Fronterness, Northuist and Slate,” [Islands] which [pension] commenced in May 1702 and ended with his death about Michaelmas 1710; that those rents falling short yearly of the full pension there rests a balance [arrear] for 8½ years of 3,400l.: therefore praying to be paid out of the first and readiest of the Crown rents before mentioned. Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 246.
Establishment under the King's sign manual dated St. James's for the [Civil List or] Civil Affairs in Scotland: to commence from Midsummer 1714: viz. as follows: per an.
£ s. d.
the Keeper of our Seal used as our Great Seal of Scotland 2,000 0 0
the Keeper of our Privy Seal there 2,000 0 0
the Lords of Session (the allowances which were payable to them before the Union out of the Customs) 1,666 13 4
the Lords of the Justiciary (paid to them before the Union out of the Customs) 500 0 0
the Lord President of our Session 800l. per an. and to each of the other 14 Lords 300l. per an.: as an augmentation to what was formerly allowed out of the Customs and their Fond of Interest 5,000 0 0
the Lords of Justiciary and their officers for the charge of the yearly circuit, to be paid to such as go the said circuit, viz. the Justice General, 200l. per an.; the Justice Clerk and five other Lords of the Justiciary, each 100l. per an.; the three Macers, 10l. per an. each; the six Trumpets, each 10l.; the three Deputy Advocates, each 50l.; the three Clerks of the Circuit, each 30l 1,130 0 0
the Lord Justice General 1,000 0 0
the Lord Justice Clerk 400 0 0
the Lord Register 444 16 8
the Lord Lyon King at Arms 300 0 0
John Smith, Esq., Lord Chief Baron of our Court of Exchequer in Scotland (who was and is continued one of the Barons of our Court of Exchequer in England) 1,000 0 0
the person deputed by him to keep the Exchequer Seal 100 0 0
John Scrope, Esq., one of the Barons of our Court of Exchequer there, 500l. per an. and an addition of 1,000l. per an. allowed to him by our late royal sister Queen Anne in consideration of his having left his practice at the Bar in England, which our will and pleasure is still to be paid to him during his continuance in that office 1,500 0 0
the three other Barons, 500l. per an. each 1,500 0 0
John Tarver and William Stewart, who are appointed to execute the office of our Remembrancer, each 100l. per an.: but in regard the said Tarver left his practice in England we think fit to allow him a further sum of 100l. per an., he having had the same allowance formerly in that consideration: nevertheless when the said office shall happen to be vested in one person we will that the said additional 100l. per an. shall cease 300 0 0
John Tyas and Colin Mackenzie, who are appointed to execute the office of Clerk of the Pipe, each 100l. per an., but in regard the said John Tyas left his practice in England we think fit to allow him a further sum of 100l. per an., he having had the same allowance formerly on that consideration; nevertheless when the said office shall happen to be vested in one person we will that the said additional 100l. per an. shall cease 300 0 0
the Treasurer's Remembrancer 200 0 0
the Deputy Usher of the Exchequer, 70l. per an. in recompense for his loss of perquisites by the Union and 130l. per an. for salary and for providing and furnishing pens, ink, paper, parchment, coals, candles and other necessary for the Court of Exchequer and the offices thereunto belonging 200 0 0
the two Attorneys thereof, each 50l. per an 100 0 0
the Solicitor appointed to attend our Court of Exchequer and to take care of the prosecutions for bringing in the debts owing to the Crown 80 0 0
and to be paid to his hands for defraying the charge of the said prosecutions and such petty expenses as the Barons of our Exchequer shall think necessary to direct for our service and for which he is to pass an account yearly before them, a sum not exceeding 250 0 0
the Marshal of our Court of Exchequer 80 0 0
the Messengers of the Exchequer 6 13 4
the Doorkeepers of the Exchequer 30 0 0
John Philps and Robert Arbuthnot, Auditors of all our Revenues in Scotland except our revenue of Excise (for which a particular Auditor is appointed), 150l. per an. for salary; and in lieu of all fees and allowances whatsoever from us or [from] the [individual] accomptants; and we do hereby declare that upon the death or removal of either of them the said office shall remain to be exercised and executed by one person at a salary of 200l. per an. to be reckoned from the day of such death or removal 300 0 0
the Examiner of the Court of Exchequer 50 0 0
the Clerk of the Port Bonds 40 0 0
the Heraulds and Pursuivants 250 0 0
to six Trumpets 100 0 0
the Presenter of Signatures 52 15 6
the Director of the Chancellary 25 0 0
the Lord Advocate 600 0 0
the two Solicitors, for salary and in lieu of all fees and allowances from us, 200l. each 400 0 0
the four Macers of Session, each 10l. per an 40 0 0
the Clerk of the Justice Court 100 0 0
the three Macers of the Justice Court, each 10l. per an. 30 0 0
the Housekeeper thereof 8 6 8
the Dempster thereof 5 0 0
the Clerk of our Process before the Session 40 0 0
the Writer of Hornings 50 0 0
the Keeper of the Register of Hornings 20 0 0
the Hereditary Usher of the Exchequer 11 10 0
the Hereditary Usher of the Court of Session 250 0 0
the three Macers of Exchequer, each 50l. per an 150 0 0
the Knights Marshal 400 0 0
the Clerk of the Borough Roll 28 0 0
the Enroller of the Property Roll 35 0 0
the Under Clerk of the Process 10 0 0
the Extractor of the Process 10 0 0
the Receiver General of our Land Rents and Casualties and Paymaster of all such salaries and allowances to our officers, servants and others in Scotland as are herein contained and may hereafter be established by us: [yearly] for himself and clerks 650 0 0
our Almoner for salary and the alms on our birthday 150 0 0
Mr. David Blair, one of our Chaplains 50 0 0
our Limner 100 0 0
the Master of our Wardrobe 55 11 4
the Clerk thereof 30 0 0
the Under Keeper thereof 40 0 0
the Second Under Keeper thereof 20 0 0
the Duchess of Hamilton, Heretable Housekeeper of Holyrood House, in lieu and satisfaction of all allowances formerly made to the said Housekeeper both in money and victuals 46 0 0
the Under Keeper of the Palace of Holyrood House 50 0 0
the Porter thereof 37 15 6
the Countess of Sutherland, as the interest of 1,000l. due to her from the Crown for some tenements in Holyrood House 60 0 0
our First Physician 100 0 0
our other Physician 50 0 0
one Apothecary 40 0 0
the Under Falconer 50 0 0
the two Masters of our Works, each 200l. per an. 400 0 0
the Clerk of the Stores under the Masters of our Works 30 0 0
the Keeper of the Physick Garden 50 0 0
our Charities and Bounties to such indigent and necessitous persons as shall be approved of by the Barons of our Exchequer and to be distributed amongst them quarterly in such proportions as our said Barons shall think fit; lists of which distributions are to be from time to time transmitted to the Commissioners of our Treasury or High Treasurer for the time being in order to be laid before us 2,000 0 0
the Procurator for the Church for defraying the charge of the Church Affairs in Scotland and the salaries of their officers 500 0 0
the Conservator of the Privileges of Scotland in the Netherlands 100 0 0
William Carmichael, late Solicitor General, a pension of 300 0 0
Margaret Sharp, relict of Sir William Sharp, a pension of 300 0 0
Alexander, late Bishop of Edinburgh 100 0 0
Margaret Clellan, widow of David Lindsay, deceased 50 0 0
four Universities, 210l. each for their Professors, viz. University of Edinburgh, ditto of Glasgow, ditto of St. Andrews, ditto of Aberdeen 840 0 0
£29,293 2 4
And our further pleasure is and we do hereby also establish an allowance to be made to the four Messengers of the Receipt of our Exchequer [in London] at the rate of 18l. for each Proclamation and Order in Council directed to be distributed through Scotland.
Out Letters (North Britain) III, pp. 256–9.
Dec. 23. Royal warrant dated St. James's for letters to be made and passed under the privy seal of Scotland for paying the [Civil List] Establishment &c. in Scotland, to wit to authorise the Barons of the Exchequer there to make out a list or certificate of all moneys due on the Civil List Establishment of Scotland [ut supra, pp. 231–234] for the quarter ended at Michaelmas last and so from thenceforth quarterly, which lists are to be approved by the Treasury Lords and by them to be returned to the said Barons with signification of approval; and thereupon the said Barons are to issue their warrants to the Customs Cashier of Scotland and the Excise Commissioners, Scotland, to pay to Archibald Douglas of Cavers, who is appointed Paymaster of the said Establishment, or to his successor in the said post, the moneys due for the fees, salaries and charges of the Courts of Session, Justiciary and Exchequer in Scotland: and the said Douglas is to pay out of his receipts from the Crown Rents and Casualties in Scotland all other fees and salaries or other charges in the abovesaid Establishment which have no relation to the Courts of Session, Justiciary and Exchequer in Scotland, paying same on precepts from the said Barons: and further hereby the said Barons are to direct the payment to said Douglas out of the Excise of moneys for the Circuits in Scotland and said Douglas is to pay same by precept as above: and further the said Barons are to allow all moneys directed by royal sign manual duly countersigned by the Treasury Lords to be paid to any person whatsoever for any use whatsoever out of any the King's revenues in Scotland applicable to the uses of the Civil Government there and in the King's dispose: “and whereas the Lords of Session and Justiciary do claim from the Receiver General of our Customs in Scotland certain annual allowances charged on the Customs by Acts of Parliament passed in Scotland before the Union amounting to 26,000l. Scots per an., to obviate any doubts whether the Customs as now settled are chargeable therewith we do hereby direct, authorise and command that you and every of you whom it may concern do make and give full and plenary allowance of all such sum and sums of money as have been paid and shall from time to time hereafter be paid on account of the said allowances by our said Receiver General of our Customs now and for the time being in his accompts upon his producing proper vouchers and acquittances for what he shall have paid thereupon.” Ibid., pp. 263–6.
Same for a privy seal, Scotland, to authorise the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to make compositions of signatures and to grant leases of teinds and to discharge Non Entry Duties and to exchange holdings and to administer stipends &c. in Scotland, all as by the privy seal of 1708 Aug. 7 [sic for Aug. 18; Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXII, p. 363] and the privy seal of 1709–10 Jan. 10, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol XXIII, p. 480, and the privy seal of May 21 1711 [Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXV, p. 281] and the sign manual of 1709 Dec. 29, Vol. XXIII, p. 480: to wit to observe as a standing rule in all cases where Compositions are due to the Crown at passing signatures in favour of purchasers called singular successors that one sixth part of the valued rent be taken from all sorts of people without any manner of distinction or alteration whatsoever and be duly answered to the Crown: and to make leases not exceeding 19 years in the usual form of all tythes or teinds in the hands or disposition of the Crown and at a fine or composition of three years’ value: and further to allow and discharge all such Non Entry Duties, charged by any retours as due to the Crown from any tenants of the Crown holding feu within the Lordships of Erection on payment of one year's [rent of or] value of their Feu Duties for the Relief due to the Crown upon the admission of such tenant before any discharge be granted of bonds taken by the Sheriff for payment of the Retour Duties of such tenant: and further to direct the said Barons not to pass any signature containing a change of holding or a de novo damus unless the same are first signed by the King and countersigned by the Treasury Lords: and further that in changing of simple Ward Holdings to Taxtward, and in taxing the Marriage the said Barons do tax for the rents of the lands during the Ward and Non Entry one fifth part of the valued rent of the lands yearly and the Avail of the Marriage proportionably: and further that before any signature be presented to the King for signature containing a de novo damus the same be laid before the said Barons, who are to enquire the rents or casualties incurred to the Crown out of any lands or tenements therein contained and to send to the Treasury Lords a true state thereof to be laid before the King so that the King may be truly informed of what he is to grant or discharge by such signature: “and to the end the money arising by the Stipends of such parishes as belong to the Crown during the time of any vacancy may be applied to charitable uses and the Bursaries filled from time to time with proper and fitting persons as the vacancies happen” the said Barons are to cause the said Stipend moneys to be duly collected during such vacancies and to apply and dispose thereof for such charitable and pious uses and in such manner as they shall think fit and are from time to time to fill up the vacancies of the Bursaries aforesaid with such scholars as they shall judge most deserving thereof according to the directions of the Mortifications by which such Bursaries are established: and the said Barons are to transmit to the Treasury Lords from time to time accounts of what “shall be by you done in pursuance of the directions hereby given unto you, to the intent that we may be truly informed of the state of our Revenues there to which the premises have any relation.” Out Letters (North Britain) III, pp. 267–9.
Dec 24. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney and Solicitor General for a great seal to grant to Thomas Hall the office and place of our Chief Clerk of our Mint in the Tower or elsewhere in England and also the office and place of Clerk of the Papers belonging to the Mint [being the offices at present held by him]: the former patents granting same to him are to be hereby revoked. King's Warrant Book XXVI, p. 339.
Same to same for a same to constitute and appoint Alexander Pendarvis as Surveyor General of Works: during pleasure: with 200l. per an.: being the office at present held by him: the present patent is to revoke the grant by Queen Anne of said office to him. Ibid., p. 340.
Same to same for a same to grant to Thomas Yarborough, Esq., the office and employment of Register to the Excise Commissioners: during pleasure at the fee of 350l. per an.: being the office at present held by him &c. as above. Ibid., p. 341.
Same [to same] for a same to constitute and appoint John Ellis, Esq., to be Solicitor of Excise as well for the prosecution and defence of all causes coming before the Excise Commissioners as before the Commissioners for Appeals and Regulating the Duties of Excise and also Solicitor for the several branches and revenues of Excise: during pleasure: with the salary of 200l. per an.: being the office at present held by him &c. as above. Ibid., p. 342.
Dec. 24. Treasury letters patent re-constituting Joseph Boughton to the office of Secretary to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland: with the fee or salary of 200l. per an. and 100l. per an. for his clerks. Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 292.
Treasury fiat for royal letters patent to re-grant to George Slee his office of Searcher of Lynn Regis port. (Entry struck through, see under date 1714–5 Jan. 3.) Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 183.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to re-grant to Edmund Dummer of the Middle Temple, Esq., the office of Clerk of the Great Wardrobe. King's Warrant Book XXVI, p. 395.
Same dated same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to discharge Elizabeth, Duchess of Somerset, Groom of the Stole to the late Queen Anne, of and from the quantity of 1,005 ounces of white plate delivered to her out of the Jewel Office 18 June 1711. Ibid., p. 390.
Royal sign manual for 3,000l. to Elizabeth, Duchess of Somerset: without account: in consideration of her relinquishing her pretensions to certain goods, plate and other things of the late Queen Anne which are claimed by the said Duchess to belong to her as Groom of the Stole to the said late Queen. (For the money warrant hereon see infra, under date 1714–15 Feb. 7.) Ibid., p. 400.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Auditors of Imprests to allow in the accounts of John, Lord de La Warr, as late Treasurer of the Chamber from 22 Sept. 1713 (the date of his patent as Treasurer of the Chamber) to 4 Nov. 1714 (the date he was made a Teller of the Exchequer) the sums as follow amounting to 2,962l. 8s. 2d. upon the respective Lord Chamberlain's warrants; which warrants being for extraordinaries not within the rules of the Establishment of the Office of Treasurer of the Chamber cannot be regularly allowed without the King's special authority and direction: and further to allow on the said accounts 75l. craved by John Holbeach for his service and attendance as clerk in the said Office for 1½ years from 1712 Xmas to 1714 June 24, being at the rate of 50l. per an., as hath been accustomed to be allowed him in former warrants of this nature.
Appending: list of said extraordinary payments:
£ s. d.
to Mr. Benjamin Bedford for rent and necessaries to 30 Oct. 1713 290 11 0
the executors of Josiah Kay, late [her Majesty's] Locksmith, for work done to 30 Dec. 1710 672 14 1
Thomas Churchill, [the said Queen's] Locksmith, for work done to 24th June 1713 1,187 18 4
John Loffthus, shipwright, et al., for a new 12 oar Barge of State 549 10 6
William Jones, Apothecary, for providing physic for her late Majesty's service 39 5 9
Adam Lisney et al., Grooms of the Chamber, for looking after the house hired for the Muscovy Ambassador 11 10 0
Capt. Thompson, one of the Poor Knights of Windsor, for lodging the “Colls” of the Guards &c 35 3 6
John Vandenand for a pair of kettledrums 14 0 0
Mr. Zeman [Isaac Seeman the elder] for drawing her late Majesty's picture at whole length for the Lord President 50 0 0
Sir Godfrey Kneller for fees for several pictures 36 15 0
John Holbech, clerk in the Office of Treasurer of the Chamber, as above 75 0 0
£2,962 8 2
King's Warrant Book XXVI, pp. 343–4.
Dec. 24. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to grant to Sir Roger Mostyn, bart., the office of one of the four Tellers of the Receipt loco George Hay, Esq., commonly called Visct. Duplin, son and heir of Thomas, Earl of Kinnoul, whose grant from the late Queen is hereby to be revoked. Ibid., p. 345.
Same to same for a same to grant to Archibald Douglas of the Office of Receiver General of all the King's Land Rents and Casualties in the Kingdom of Scotland and Paymaster of salaries, pensions and allowances directed to be paid in Scotland by any Establishments signed by the King: during pleasure: with the salary of 650l. per an.: being the office at present held by him: the grant dated 1702 July 25 from the late Queen Anne being hereby to be revoked. Ibid., pp. 345–6.
Same to same for a same for a grant to John, Duke of Montagu, of all the matters and things and fees and emoluments as follows granted to Edward, Lord Montagu, by patent of Charles I. dated Canbury 10 July 1628 for the lives of Edward, William and Christopher, three sons of the said Edward, Lord Montagu: to wit the office of Master Forester and Warden of Rockingham Bailiwick within the Forest of Rockingham, Co. Northants, and of all the woods within the said Bailiwick and the several Walks and offices therein expressly described; and of Geddington Woods within the Bailiwick of Brigstock within said Forest; and of all the lands and things within the walks of Gedington and Rockingham: and the office of Surveyor of all the vert and venison of all the woods within Rockingham Bailiwick and Gedington Woods: and the office of Receiver of all the fines, issues and amerciaments within Rockingham Bailiwick, Gedington Woods, and the towns of Gedington and Stanyerne [Stanion]: all in reversion of William, Earl of Exeter, and with the wages and fee of 6l. 13s. 4d. out of the profits of the Forest and Castle of Rockingham and [out of] the demesne lands of said Castle and [out] of the Castle ward rents [and to be payable] by the hands of the Master Forester and Warden of Cliffe Bailiwick and Farming Woods: and with power to the said Lord Edward Montagu to appoint a ranger within the premises and a clerk or steward of the Swanimote Court of said Forest and with a grant of all deer, fallen woods, vermin, trees and coppice hedges within the premises: said Edward, Lord Montagu, and his three sons being all since deceased.
In the margin: this cancelled.
Followed by: an almost identical grant dated 1714–15 Feb. 4 to same of the same premises. Ibid., pp. 351–4.
Dec. 24. Royal sign manual for 297l. 11s. 3d. to Charles Bodvile, Earl of Radnor: as imprest: to be paid over to William Churchill for stationery wares by him delivered into the Offices of the Principal Secretaries of State in the reign of Wm. III.: to be paid out of Civil List moneys due before 8 March 1701–2. (Money warrant dated 31 Dec. 1714 hereon.) Ibid., p. 372.
Confirmation by the Treasury Lords of the dormant warrant of 1711 Nov. 21, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXV, p. 550, for the Countess of Plymouth's annuity of 1,000l. out of the Alienation Office. Money Book XXI, p. 230.
The like of a like warrant, ut ibid., relating to the 2,000l. annuity out of First Fruits and Tenths payable to the said Countess for part of her jointure. Ibid., p. 231.
William Lowndes to the Secretary at War to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Col. [John] Pocock and Col. [James] Jones praying an allowance for their services and expenses at Portsmouth, whither they were sent by order of the Lords Justices to command the two Invalid Regiments there during the absence of his Majesty. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 327.
Same to same to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Major Ottway on behalf of himself and the Officers of the two Companies who went with the first detachment from Chelsea Hospital to do duty near his Majesty's magazine at Greenwich, praying to be considered for the time they did duty there. Ibid.
J. Taylour to the Attorney and Solicitor General enclosing a draft [missing] of a commission to be passed in Scotland per saltum to the Marquess of Tweeddale et al. for the purposes therein mentioned with a signification of his Majesty's pleasure for paying them certain salaries. It plainly appears to the Treasury Lords by the charges already established for the Civil Government in Scotland that the revenues there applicable to the said expenses can no ways bear the said salaries. It is desired, in case his Majesty should direct the payment thereof [of said salaries] at the Exchequer here [in London], that the warrant to authorise same should refer to the commission and recite so much of it as is necessary and then appoint the payments to the Commissioners as a salary and recompense of the services to be performed by virtue of said commission, together with 600l. per an. for contingencies. Please report your opinion whether the Treasury Lords can be justified in procuring from his Majesty a privy seal to authorise the payment of salaries out of the Exchequer in England upon such a commission with such recitals and clauses. Ibid., p. 332.
Dec. 24. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Goldham, junr., praying to succeed Samuel Broughton, a landwaiter, London port, who is incapacitated by age and indisposition, [on condition of] petitioner “allowing him a sufficient maintenance out of the salary belonging to the said office.” Reference Book IX, p. 205.
Treasury warrant to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to transmit an account of the produce of the quit rents in Ireland amounting to 5,000l. per an., which were charged by James II. with a yearly pension of 3,500l. to the Countess of Dorchester and by the late King William with 600l. per an. to the Lady Letitia Russell: it having been represented to the King that there ought to be a yearly income to the Crown out of the said quit rents after satisfying the said two yearly pensions, yet by the neglect of calling the collectors thereof to account not only has the said surplus been unanswered to the Crown but an arrear is still owing on the said 600l. per an. to Lady Russell. All diligence is to be used for the recovery of the great arrear owing to the Crown and the same is to be applied in the first place to pay the arrears on the said 600l. per an. to Lady Russell and the residue is to be paid to his Majesty's use. And in all time coming effectual care is to be taken that the said quit rents be duly collected. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, pp. 603–4.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to authorise the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to compound Fines and Forfeitures in Scotland all as follows: By the laws of the United Kingdom shipmasters lading coastwise must take out a [coast] cocquet and give bond to the Crown in the value of the goods to land and discharge same at the declared port and within six months of such cocquet return a certificate of such landing and discharge: but it may happen that vessels so laden in Scotch ports may by storm be driven to foreign parts and unavoidably unlade there and so their bonds may be prosecuted to the undoing of the King's subjects and their commerce; which the King of his royal grace and clemency desires to prevent: the said Barons on proof of such unavoidable accidents and of the payment of the Duties outwards are empowered to cause such proof and certificate to be annexed to the bond and thereupon summarily to direct a Vacate to be entered upon the said bond without putting the party to the expense and trouble of the forms of the ordinary proceedings in equity for relief against the penalty.
And further where goods shipped coastwise are fraudulently landed abroad but without the privity or consent of the sureties of the bonds, who may be utterly ruined by the prosecution of the bonds, the said Barons are hereby empowered to compound with such sureties upon a just and due regard had to the circumstances of the respective cases after production of a certificate of due payment of the Customs outwards at the port stated in the bond.
And further where forfeitures are made by reason of negligence or mistakes of servants and factors or for want of true intelligence of letters, invoices, weights and measures the said Barons and the Advocate General in Scotland may give licence to the seizers of such goods to make such composition as the said Barons think equitable, one half of the fine thereof to be for the King: and to prevent unjust seizures the seizer is to lodge the seizure in some known and convenient warehouse and to certify the Customs Commissioners, Scotland: and no information in order to a Recovery or Condemnation of such seizure shall be filed in the Exchequer Court, Scotland, without the consent of the said Barons and no Writ of Appraisement is to be proclaimed without due notice to the Inspector of Seizures: and no Writ of Delivery is to be made out for any seizer or bidder till the King's share of the value of the goods be paid to the Receiver General of Customs.
Further the said Barons are empowered to give relief in forfeitures and penalties where in equity and good conscience according to the truth of the respective occasions such relief ought to be given, to wit by discharging, easing, mitigating or compounding the same: which compositions &c. the King's Remembrancer of the Exchequer Court shall enter in a book to be kept for that purpose. [Compare the preceding warrant granted by Queen Anne consequent upon the Union, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXII, pp. 263, 325–6.] Out Letters (North Britain) III, pp. 270–4.
Dec. 27. Same dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a bill to pass the Great Seal of Great Britain for a grant to James, Earl of Findlater and Seafield, of an annuity, yearly rent or pension of 1,000l. per an. in consideration of good and faithful services and as a mark of royal grace and favour: as from Xmas 1714 during pleasure. (The patent hereon is dated 1714–15 Feb. 3.) Ibid., p. 260.
Same to same for a same for a grant to Hugh, Earl of Loudoun, of an annuity, yearly rent or pension of 2,000l. per an. for the like consideration: as from Xmas 1714 during pleasure. (The patent hereon is dated 1714–15 Feb. 3.) Ibid., p. 261.
Dec. 28. Same dated St. James's to Sir Thomas Frankland and John Evelyn, Postmasters General, to employ two pacquet boats to carry on a correspondence between Great Britain and Spain by way of Corunna: to be of 100 or 110 tons each with 12 men: at an estimated expense of about 1,500l. per an. King's Warrant Book XXVI, p. 346.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt to innovate a lost order [of loan] on tin, being No. 1844, for 200l. in the name of Sir John Humble and assigned to Robert Hogg, gent. Order Book IX, p. 14.
William Lowndes to the Commissioners for Trade. The persons possessed of debentures towards repairing the losses which they sustained by a French invasion in the islands of Nevis and St. Christopher [see 9 Anne, c. 16, cl. 94, and 10 Anne, c. 41] have petitioned my Lords praying payment of the sum of 18,540l. 12s. 9¾d. granted by Parliament [see Commons Journals XVII, p. 670, 5 June 1714] for three years’ interests on the said debentures from Xmas 1711 to Xmas 1714. My Lords desire you to make forth and send to them an authentic list of the said debentures. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 328.
Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of George Howell, late Receiver General for Taxes for South Wales, praying payment of 3,143l. 8s. 7d. for his extraordinary disbursements [in his receipt]. Reference Book IX, p. 200.
Dec. 28. Treasury warrant to Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, to enter a noli prosequi to the information against Sir John Lambert for a loading of oil, soap, brandy and bariglia taken in at Alicante for France by Capt. Ezekiel Cozentine, Commander of the ship Rose, with which he proceeded to Havre de Grace, but was not permitted to land same there (there being an edict published to prohibit the importation of goods of the growth of Spain in English or any other foreign ships), whereupon he proceeded to Fowey in Cornwall, where his owners lived, whereupon the said Lambert (for himself and others concerned in the said cargo) ordered John Goodall at Fowey to enter same as foreigners’ goods and to pay Aliens’ Duty, but by mistake same were entered as for British account and being afterwards shipped coastwise on the Granadier, H. Harrison master, they were seized by Mr. Baynes, Mr. Grice and Mr. Moor, surveyors of London port, for non-payment of Aliens’ Duty.
Prefixing: (1) Lambert's petition; (2) Lambert's letter to John Goodall dated London 17 July 1714; (3) appraisal by Mr. Moore of the cargo:
£ s. d.
52 seames of barilla containing 225 hundredweight 3 quarters 2l 1b. at 15s. per hundredweight 175 2 0
51 casks containing 27 tons 53 gallons Sp[anish olive] oil at 47l. per ton 1,279 11 9
44 seames containing 170 hundredweight 2 quarters hard soap at two bags 4l. 5s. 0d. per hundredweight 724 12 6
42 barrels 28 baskets containing 92 hundredweight and 14 1b. Deca Denia raisens at 15s. per hundredweight 69 1 10½
3 seames containing 7 hundredweight 3 quarters 14 1b. almonds at 3l. per hundredweight 23 12 6
3 bales containing 11 hundredweight and 21 pounds anniseeds at 3l. per hundredweight 33 11 3
10 cask containing 1,267 gallons Spa[nish] brandy at 6s. per gallon 380 2 0
£2,685 13 10½
(4) Report by the Customs Commissioners on the case. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 375–8.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to Charles, Earl of Sunderland, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, for a patent under the great seal of Ireland to re-grant to Arthur, Earl of Anglesey, and Henry, Earl of Rochester, the office or offices of Vice Treasurer and Receiver General and Paymaster General of the Revenues, Profits and Casualties in Ireland: with the usual fee of 65l. 13s. 4d. per an.: being the office they now hold by grant from Queen Anne, which grant is hereby revoked. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, pp. 604–5.
The Treasury Lords to same to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of John Walker, gent., son of Dr. George Walker, late Governor of Londonderry, praying an augmentation of his pension of 200l. per an. until such time as he shall be paid a sum of 2,000l. due to him; in one entire payment. Ibid., p. 606.
Dec. 29. Money order for 5l. to Edward Milward, porter attending at the Exchequer Gate, for 1714 Xmas quarter on his allowance for the better securing his Majesty's treasure. Order Book IX, p. 27.
Same for 12l. 10s. 0d. to Joseph Fox, gent., for same quarter for keeping the Registers of all the public loans in the Office of the Auditor of the Receipt. Ibid.
Same for 10l. to Daniel Langhorne, Senior Deputy Chamberlain of the Exchequer, for same quarter on his allowance for locking up his Majesty's treasure.Ibid.
Same for 200l. to George Montagu, Esq., Auditor of the Receipt, for one year to 1714 Xmas on his allowance for extraordinary business of his Office. Ibid.
J. Taylour to the Referees of Army Debts to report on Auditor Harley's state [missing] of Sir Solomon de Medina's account of bread and bread waggons for the year 1711. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 328.
Same to Lord Carnarvon [late Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] to send to the Treasury Lords a state of the King of Portugal's subsidies showing all the payments made thereon and what is in arrear. Ibid., p. 329.
Same to the Office [Board] of Ordnance. My Lords desire to know if any stores or other things have been furnished out of the Office of Ordnance which ought to be charged to the King of Portugal's subsidies. (A like letter severally to the Navy Commissioners, the Victualling Commissioners and the Transports Commissioners.) Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Furner, a farmer at Bexhill, Co. Sussex, shewing that he is wrongfully accused of exporting wool and importing brandy, for which he was tried at the Exchequer Bar last Trinity term and was condemned on the evidence of Samuel Wratten of Nenfeild, a person of very scandalous reputation, of importing 80 gallons of brandy the forfeiture of which amounts to 96l., one moiety to the King and the other to the prosecutor: having a great family and being obliged to pay the prosecutor a moiety, therefore prays remission of the King's moiety. (In the margin: a later reference dated 1715 Nov. 25 to Henry Baker.) Reference Book IX, p. 205.
Dec. 30. Same to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Floyd, late Receiver General of Taxes for North Wales, praying stay of process [against himself] till Michaelmas term next. Ibid., p. 206.
Same to Henry Baker of the petition of Joseph Beverton shewing that he was a riding officer of the Customs in Kent near 20 years and was dismissed by the Earl of Oxford: and praying to be restored. Ibid., p. 208.
Dec. 30. Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe for a grant by patent under the Exchequer seal to William Wright, Esq., during pleasure, of the office of steward of the manor of East Hendred, Co. Berks, parcel of the possessions of the late Priory of Sheen, Co. Surrey: together with the yearly fee of 20s.: he having been granted by the late Queen the offices of steward of the manor of Shippon, Co. Berks, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, and steward of the manor of East Hendred: which grant is hereby to be revoked. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, p. 382.
Dec. 31. Treasury allowance of the 1714 Xmas quarter's salary bill, detailed, of the Apprentice Duties Office: total 53l. 5s. 0d. Money Book XXIII, p. 434.
Same of the Stamp Office salary bill, detailed, for same quarter: total 1,406l. 6s. 10d. Ibid., pp. 435–6.
Money warrant for 1,050l. 0s. 3d. to Charles Hodges and Rachell Thomas for the surplusage on their account of money received and paid by them for the service of her late Majesty's Robes between 30 March 1708 and 30 March 1711: to be satisfied out of the arrears of the said late Queen's Civil List. (Money order dated Feb. 12 hereon.) Ibid., p. 437. Order Book IX, p. 44.
William Lowndes to the Salt Duty Commissioners. My Lords approve that Charles Brumpsted be continued Cashier of the Duties under your management. You are to renew his deputation or constitution accordingly. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 329.
J. Taylour to the Taxes Commissioners. My Lords have been moved to restore Alexander Calcott, late Surveyor of the Duties on Houses for Southwark, from which he was removed on the admission of John Veck about two years since. You are to examine his pretensions and if he is duly qualified you are to present him to my Lords for the said employment. Ibid., p. 330.
Treasury confirmation of a dormant warrant dated 28 Feb. 1710–11, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXV, p. 190, for 1,000l. per an. to the Duke of St. Albans out of First Fruits. Money BookXXI, p. 106.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Henry Nash, Commander of the Gravesend Customs House smack, shewing that he has served in that employment upwards of 40 years and is now old and past his labour; therefore praying that same may be given to his son, Nicholas Nash. Reference Book IX, p. 206.
Treasury letters patent appointing Edward Tucker to have the care of his Majesty's piers, cranes, ways &c. in the Isle of Portland being made upon the Common belonging to the Crown there for the more commodious raising and bringing stone from the quarries for the rebuilding the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's, London: all which during such rebuilding as also the quarries were or ought to have been under the care of some person appointed by the Dean and Chapter of the said Cathedral Church and for the better enabling them to keep same in good condition, a duty or allowance not exceeding 4d. a ton was authorised to be taken by the patent of Charles II. dated Feb. 21 anno 8 [sic probably a clerical slip for anno 28, 1675–6: seesupra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. V, pp. 118–19] from all persons using same except on stone for the service of his Majesty's Works or for the said rebuilding of St. Paul's: and now that the said Cathedral Church is finished it is incumbent on the Crown (and is so declared by the Act of 9 Anne, c. 17, for building 50 new churches), to appoint some person on behalf of the Crown to take care of the said piers, cranes and ways. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 421–2
Dec. 31. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney and Solicitor General for a bill to pass the Great Seal of Great Britain to constitute Mungo Graham of Gorthie, Esq., to be Receiver General and Cashier of Customs in Scotland: with a salary of 300l. per an. for himself and 230l. per an. for clerks to be employed under him: to commence from 1714 Xmas: with a clause to constitute him Receiver General and Cashier of Salt Duties in Scotland with such salary on Salt as the Treasury Lords or Lord High Treasurer for the time being shall think fit. Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 262.
Same dated same for a patent under the seal of Scotland to re-constitute John Montgomerie of Giffen, Esq., as Master and Worker of the Mint in Scotland to which he was constituted by letters patent of Queen Anne which patent is hereby to be revoked. Ibid., pp. 287–8.
The like to re-constitute James Penman as Essay Master of the Mint at Edinburgh to which he was constituted by letters patent of Queen Anne which patent is hereby to be revoked. Ibid., pp. 288–9.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, to pay the 1714 Xmas quarter's salary bill of the Customs in Scotland. Ibid., p. 280.
Same to same to issue forth new deputations to such of the officers on the present Establishment of the Customs in Scotland and of the Salt Duties there who have not been appointed since his Majesty's accession: by reason that the authority of officers who hold by deputation from the Customs Commissioners “will shortly determine on account of the decease of her late Majesty” [to wit 6 months thereafter] in accordance with several Acts from 7–8 Win. and Mary, c. 15 and 6 Anne, c. 7]. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners, Scotland, to appoint Richard Dowdeswell as your Secretary and to officiate as Solicitor, Clerk of Securities and Correspondent: at an allowance of 300l. per an. for himself and clerks: being his present office. Ibid., p. 282.
Same to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland, to appoint Walter Spooner to be Inspector of the Seizures of prohibited and uncustomed goods, with and under the allowance of 12d. in the pound to be paid to him for all moneys answered and paid for the same: being his present office. Ibid.
Dec. 31. Royal warrant dated St. James's for a commission to be passed “under our seal appointed to be kept in place of the Great Seal of Scotland” to grant to George Tilson the office of Auditor of Excise and New Imposts in Scotland: during pleasure: with the fee or salary of 260l. per an.: being the office granted to him by patent of Queen Anne, which patent is hereby revoked. Out Letters (North Britain) III, pp. 274–6.


  • 1. There is no specific Act of the Scottish Legislature which imposes a Duty of 12d. per bushel on home made salt. The Excise system of Scotland as formulated by Cromwell 22 May 1655, “by order and declaration of his Highness and his Council,” imposed a tax of ½ penny per gallon (English) or quart (Scots) on home made salt and a tax of 1½ pence per gallon (English) or quart (Scots) on imported or foreign salt. (Acts of Parliament of Scotland, Vol. VI, I, p. 535; Vol. VI, II, p. 828.) The 12d. per bushel Duty referred to in the text above was imposed by the Act 5–6 Wm. and Mary, c. 7, and was made perpetual by 7–8 Wm. III, c. 31. It was appropriated to Deficiencies by 8–9 Wm. III, c. 20, and its overplus thereafter was further appropriated by 1 Anne, c. 7 and by 8 Anne, c. 14. Under the Act of Union Scotland was exampled from this Duty for seven years.