Treasury Warrants: February 1717, 21-28

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 31, 1717. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1960.

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February 1717, 21–28

Feb. 21. William Lowndes to Sir Robert Constable. In reply to your request for leave to come to England for recovery of your health along with Sir Henry Horton and Mr. Grantham, the only Commissioners of Enquiry that now remain in Scotland, my Lords grant same on condition you leave a clerk in Scotland to take care of what may happen in your absence. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 167.
Feb. 22. Money warrant for 29l. 12s.d. to Sir John Fortescue Aland, for 7 Feb. (the date of his patent) to 12 Feb. inst. (being the last six days of Hilary term last) on his salary of 1,500l. per an. as a Baron of the Exchequer: with dormant clause for said salary in future. (For the money order hereon see infra under date 7 May 1717.) Money Book XXV, p. 211.
Treasury reference to Edward Young, Surveyor General of Woods, of the petition of Richard Marshall, Stud Master, praying that the repairs and new stables and other necessaries in Hampton Court House Park may be finished and the paling of the park thoroughly repaired to prevent the destruction of his Majesty's deer which daily runs into the country and are killed for want of a good fence to keep them within. Reference Book IX, p. 315.
Same to same of the petition of the Marquis of Winchester for repair of the lodge at Burleigh in New Forest and the dog kennel, stables, coachhouses, outhouses, &c. Ibid.
Feb. 23. Royal sign manual for 500l. to Roger Thorp, gent., as royal bounty: without account. (Money warrant dated 25 Feb. hereon.) (Money order dated Feb. 27 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated March 7 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 194. Order Book IX, p. 367. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 266.
Treasury warrant to Charles Cæsar, late Treasurer of the Navy, to sell to the best advantage the South Sea Stock remaining in your hands as late Treasurer of the Navy, “being part of what you received for the service of the Victualling”; charging yourself with the produce thereof and with the dividends thereon and to pay same to the present Treasurer of the Navy so as the said money may be applied towards satisfying [Victualling] bills of exchange, some of which have been due near 12 months.
The South Sea Company is hereby to permit you to transfer said stock to the persons buying same. An entry is first to be made hereof before the Auditors of Imprests so as you may be charged [and discharged] and the present Treasurer may be surcharged with said sum. Money Book XXV, p. 210.
H. Walpole to the Attorney General. My Lords desire you to hasten your report on the memorial of the Duchess of Northumberland relating to her jointure, which was referred to you Nov. 15 last [supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXX, p. 546. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 167.
Feb. 23. Treasury warrant to Sir William Ashburnham, one of the Commissioners of Alienations, to appoint Guy Vane as his deputy in the Office of Alienations, to officiate in his absence as a Commissioner in the said Office. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 95.
H. Walpole to the Barons [of the Exchequer] of Scotland to report on the enclosed petitions [missing] of Elizabeth Sutherland, widow and executrix of the late Charles Graydon, Receiver General of Customs in Scotland, the one [petition] to be repaid her expenses in passing the public accounts of her dead husband; the other to be considered for his services with relation to a privy seal about fines and forfeitures in Scotland. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 32.
Feb. 24. Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to direct the Collector of Excise for Co. Norfolk to pay 160l. to the Owners, Adventurers and Fishermen of Great Yarmouth for one year to 1716 Sept. 29 for the Excise on strong beer provided by them for their North Sea and Herring Fishery: all on condition of due payment of said Excise by said owners, &c. Money Book XXV, p. 209.
[ = 1716–7] (fn. 1)
Feb. 25.
Royal letters patent constituting Lord Alexander Hay to be a Commissioner in place of Charles Cockburn, Esq., under the Commission of 23 Dec. 1714, to wit for Recommending Clergy to vacant churches in the patronage of the Crown; preparing accounts of Papists and oaths of Recusants; the state of the Highlands; employment of the poor; care of public roads and rivers; the better promotion of the naval Forces of Scotland; the coinage; the improvement of the woollen trade. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 206.
Feb. 26. William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to send my Lords an account what bonds or other debts for Customs during in the reign of Wm. III and applicable to his Civil List are still standing out: what part thereof you think recoverable and what part desperate. (The like letter to the Excise Commissioners.) Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 167.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take the security of [Richard] Houlditch as Receiver General of Stamp Duties.
Prefixing: report by J. Hardinge, Deputy King's Remembrancer, on the sufficiency of said security. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 95.
Feb. 27. Money order for 53l. 6s. 8d. to Charles Battely, Esq., Second Secondary in the Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office: and is for two years to 1716 mid-summer on his fee and reward for pains and charges in the execution (for his Majesty's better service) of all the originals transcribed out of the [Chancery] Court into the Exchequer. Order Book IX, p. 300.
Same for 1,633l. 5s.d. to Samuel Edwyn, Esq., Usher of the Receipt of the Exchequer, as in full for necessaries by him delivered to the old Offices of the Receipt for his Majesty's service in Michaelmas and Hilary terms 1715.
In the margin: a, later Treasury confirmation dated 1717 April 26 hereof. Ibid., p. 381.
Feb. 27. Same for 1,528l. 4s.d. to same for necessaries delivered to the several new Offices of the Receipt in the half year ended 1716 Lady day for his Majesty's service as follows: [for the description of the following Offices see supra, pp. 124–5].
£ s. d.
Office for 14 per cent. Annuities 96 2 3
Office for Annuities on 3,700l. per week Excise 23 15 7
Office for Annuities anno 1706 86 4
Office for Annuities anno 1707 16 2
Office for 40,000l. Annuities 16 14 8
Office for 80,000l. Annuities 59 1
Office for 9 per cent. Annuities 37 4 4
Office for Exchequer Bills 248 4 10½
Office for 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710 27 14 11¾
Office for Two Million Lottery anno 1711 (from Michaelmas 1713 to Lady day 1714) 122 14
Office for 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1711 276 15
Office for first 1,800,000l. Lottery anno 1712 236 1
Office for second 1,800,000l. Lottery anno 1712 281 7 10½
£1,528 4
Treasury warrant dormant to the Customs Cashier to pay the salary of 5l. per an. to Henry Waterland for his office of Customer of the Cloth and Petty Customs Outwards in London port loco Richard Miller.
The like for the salary of 10l. per an. to Rosendale Lloyd as Searcher of Milford port.
The like for the salary of 5l. 6s. 8d. per an. to James Melliar as Comptroller of Bridgwater port.
The like for the salary of 28l. per an. to John Allen as Customer of Bridgwater port. Money Book XXV, p. 200.
William Lowndes to the Victualling Commissioners. It has been made to appear to the Treasury Lords that besides the money which has been paid by you to Capt. Edward Hopson for provisions supplied to his Majesty's ships when under his command in the Baltic in 1715 a further charge did accrue on the money taken up by him for that service to the amount of 152l. 11s. 0d.; for the payment whereof application has been made to my Lords. They are of opinion same should be made good to the persons concerned and have ordered an issue accordingly to the Navy Treasurer for that purpose. You are to make out a bill for that sum to said Capt. Edward Hopson for satisfying said debt. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 262.
Treasury order to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra taking care that the twopence a day per Dragoon be paid only for such men as are attending the service mentioned and for such time only as they shall actually serve.
Prefixing: (a) Order by the Prince of Wales in Council dated 1716 Dec. 17 made upon reading a presentment from the Customs Commissioners dated Nov. 22 last representing that Mr. Saxby, Surveyor General of the riding officers on the coasts of Kent and Sussex, has lately made a survey of the said coasts and has acquainted the Commissioners that owlers and smugglers in those parts are now grown so very numerous and insolent, particularly a gang at Mayfield, that they often appear in a body of no less than 20 or 30 men well armed and, in open defiance of the officers and civil magistrates, do convey great quantities of wool to the seaside to be put on board French vessels which for that purpose lie hovering on the coast and in return bring back brandy, silks and other prohibited and uncustomed goods which they lodge in their own public warehouses at Mayfield: that some of the riding officers have been overpowered by numbers and dangerously wounded: that these gangs live at free quarters wherever they please and were made use of during the late Rebellion to disperse the Pretender's Declarations and other treacherous and seditious papers.
Thereupon the Customs Commissioners represent that by Order in Council 23 June 1698 three Troops of Dragoons were quartered at Canterbury, Ashford and other places according to a disposition made by the then Secretary at War in concert with the Surveyor General of the said coasts and from those headquarters Detachments were made with orders to be assisting to the civil magistrates when desired by the said Surveyor General or his deputies for the executing legal processes and other matters relating to the exportation of wool and illegal importation of French silks; and for the encouragement of the soldiers and of the landlords of houses where they were quartered there was an allowance of about 2d. per diem to each Dragoon and in proportion [thereto] to the Officers, the whole not to exceed 200l. per an.
It does not appear to us [the Customs Commissioners] for what reasons those Dragoons were called off from that service. But we are informed that during their being continued in those parts (which was for several years) they were on many occasions very useful to the officers of the Customs, particularly in Romney Marsh, as appears by a report of the then Surveyor General to Treasurer Godolphin dated 15 July 1707. And if through any misunderstanding between those soldiers and the Customs officers or for want of a sufficient number or proper disposition of the Dragoons they did not fully answer the service, yet we hope with a sufficient number posted at proper places our officers will be able to suppress those insolent gangs.
We therefore propose that such a number of Dragoons be posted at such places as shall be judged proper by the Secretary at War in concert with the Surveyor General, with orders to assist the civil magistrates, &c., and that the innkeepers be allowed three half pence per night for each Dragoon horse; that the Dragoon Officers and soldiers who shall personally assist be allowed one half of the King's part and one-third of the Customs officers' part [of fines] arising thereby, to be divided among them in proportion according to the respective pay of Officers and soldiers; and that upon the loss of a horse in such service another be provided according to the allowance made by his Majesty for Dragoon horses. But as it appears to us that the military Officers and soldiers formerly employed therein were under great discouragements from the irregular payment of the intended allowances we propose that same be paid out of [Customs] incidents, as we find was done by Treasury warrant dated 12 April 1708 [see supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXII, pp. 199–200].
We further advise that the Justices of the Peace and all other civil magistrates and officers in those parts be required to put the laws in execution against sturdy beggars, rogues and vagabonds, as such pernicious practices are very often carried on by the assistance of such loose and disorderly persons who resort thither from divers parts of the kingdom and lie skulking along the coasts of Kent and Sussex. Further that the Lords Lieutenants of the said counties and the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports be ordered by his Majesty to disarm all owlers and reputed owlers as was done by the said Order in Council of 23 June 1698. We also advise the settling a correspondence beyond seas in order to the discovery of the owling and smuggling trade as proposed by the Privy Council in their report dated 1698 June 21.
Upon taking the above report into consideration the Prince of Wales, as Guardian of the Kingdom, was pleased to approve thereof save that the proposed allowance of three halfpence for each Dragoon horse should be augmented to two pence and that three Troops of Dragoons should be employed in this service. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, pp. 427–31.
Feb. 27. Treasury commission to Laurence Wright as Surveyor of the Duties on Houses loco Richard Diggs, dismissed. (Treasury warrant dormant to the Receiver General of said Duties for Co. Worcester to pay 50l. per an. salary to said Wright as from date hereof.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 215, 218.
Feb. 28. Money warrant for 95l. 12s.d. to William Bromley for 349 days from 17 Aug. 1713 to 1 Aug. 1714 on his patent fee or salary of 100l. per an. as one of her late Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State. (Letter of direction dated March 12 hereon.) Money Book XXV, p. 211. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 268.
Treasury reference to Edward Young, Surveyor General of Woods, of the petition of James, Earl of Berkeley, Lord Warden of the Forest of Dean, for repairs of five of the lodges there with the stables and pounds, they being out of repair and almost uninhabitable. Reference Book IX, p. 315.
Same to Sir Philip Meadows, Kt., and James Bruce, Esq., Comptrollers of Army Accounts, of the petition of Charles Bellengier in behalf of Jacobus de Coninck of Antwerp, merchant, setting forth that the said Coninck in 1713 advanced 6,044l. 1s. 0d. to Henry Cartwright, Esq., then Deputy Paymaster of the Forces in the Low Countries, for which he took the said Cartwright's bills of exchange on James Brydges (now Earl of Carnarvon) [then Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] payable at two usances, which bills were assigned [by de Coninck] to this petitioner who could not obtain payment of the principal until 10 May 1716 and then received the same in Bank Annuities, which were at a considerable discount: [which discount] with the interest and charges upon the bills from the time they became due to the time of payment of the principal amounted to 1,465l. 1s. 9d.: therefore praying payment thereof. Ibid.
H. Walpole to the Excise Commissioners in Scotland. My Lords gave leave to David Ross, Esq., one of your number, to come to England for some time upon his own private affair. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 28.
Feb. —. Treasury reference to Edward Young, Esq., Surveyor General of Woods, of the memorial of Charles, Duke of Grafton, Ranger of Whittlewood Forest in Cos. Northampton and Bucks, representing the necessity of repairing the lodges and roads in said Forest. Reference Book IX, p. 320.


  • 1. The dating is in accordance with the Scottish style 1717 for 1716–17 Feb. anno 3, Geo. I.