Volume 68: March 13-May 20, 1700

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 2, 1697-1702. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1871.

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March 13–May 20, 1700

March 13.
1. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Ellis, jun., who had returned great sums of money for collectors of excise and salt in the county of Worcester, but was then a fraudulent debtor for 2,246l. 15s., having deposited forged securities. Dated 13 March 1699.
Also the petition.
There are three minutes on the dorse; the second is:—“19 Apr. 1700. The Comrs left to take ye law agt ye petr.” 3 pages.
March 13.]
2. Petition of Mary Warcop, widow of Lieut.-Col. Edmd. Warcop, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that her husband was in command of the first regiment of foot guards, and was killed at the battle of Steinkirk; praying for the King's bounty, as she was not inserted in the list of widows who received the Royal bounty.
Also two certificates.
There is this note on the outside:—“Brought in by ye King. 13 March '99.” 3 pages.
March 14. 3. Report of the Comrs of Transports to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Meyer, master of the ship “Mary,” certifying that they hired that ship to carry the Earl of Portland's baggage to Rouen in France, and the master was to have 170l. freight; but after the ship proceeded in her voyage they were ordered to take her into monthly service. 542l. were due for the hire. Dated 14 March 1699.
Also the petition and a memorandum.
Minuted:—“Read 19 Apr. 1700. Speak to Comrs of Transports to show by what order this ship was provided.” 3 pages.
March 16. 4. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Newsham, gent., son and executor of John Newsham, late receiver-general for the county of Warwick; praying for an allowance for the deficiency on 257l. for “small money” received by his father. Advising, in this particular instance, that it was not unreasonable to allow him 121l. 12s. 8d. Dated 16 March '99.
Also the petition, two affidavits, a state of the account, and a certificate touching these moneys received in the Exchequer. 7 pages.
March 16. 5. Letter signed Geo. Doddington, addressed to William Lowndes, Esq., praying him to make out an order for an allowance of 120l. to be made by the Comrs of the Navy to the late Treasurer of the Navy, 600l. in bank notes having been discounted at 20 per cent. to pay 500l. to Capt. Geo. Mees for the West India squadron. Dated 16 March 1699–1700. 1 page.
March 19. 6. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Wm. Clayton, who was a debtor to the Crown; stating that hitherto they could not raise much by his estate. Charles Osburne, Esq. was a surety of Andrew Clayton, the petitioner's brother, and they hoped to raise some of the debt from him. Dated 19 March '99.
Minuted:—“13 Ap. 1700. Read. My Lords concurr with the report.”
The petitioner states that he had appeared early in the King's service and had continued very zealous in the same. 2 pages.
March 19.]
7. Petition of Henry Courthalse, of Dort in Holland, skipper, to the King; showing that on returning to his ship, which had arrived in the Thames, he found two Custom-house officers on board, who, contrary to all the laws of the navy, had commanded his men to bring the ship ashore, which they did; that some words passed between them, and finding two dozen of napkins of his wrapt in one of their coats, which he (the petitioner) was taking to put away, one of them threw him overboard, by which he was nearly smothered; but on his return he threw them both over, for which he was bound in 100l. and two sureties in 50l. for his appearance. Praying to be forgiven his crime and the acquittal of the recognizances, he having been in Holland on the day fixed for his appearance.
On the back is an order for it to be referred to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 19 March 1699.
Minuted:—“Write to the Court of Exchequer to compound this at as low a rate as may be, if it be estreated.” 1 page.
March 19. 8. Letter from James Vernon, Esq. to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing the petition of John Smith of Biddeford, merchant, praying for a respite of twelve months for the payment of 1,500l. due on bonds for the impost on tobacco; for their Lordships' report thereon. Dated 19 March 1699.
Minuted:—“Read 19 Mar. 1699, Their Lops canot respit this debt without breach of ye law, whereby the impons are appropriated.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
March 19.]
9. Petition of Thomas Bourne, aged 76, who was a prisoner and claimed a debt of 734l. from the Government, which he states had appointed money for payment of debts due to the servants of King Charles II.
Minuted:—“Read 19 March 1699. My Lords do not think fitt (as Mrs. Bourne hath been often told already) to pay any more money on this pretencion.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 186, 21 Jan. 1700–1, is:—“Thomas Bourn, 20li.” 1 page.
[? About
March 19.]
10. Memorial of Sir John Stanley, warden of the mint, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for the continuance of Christopher Ellis as an additional clerk, to assist in the discovery and prosecution of coiners, his appointment having determined by the removal of Mr. Newton, the late warden.
Accompanied by the warrant for the appointment of the said Christopher in 1696.
Minuted:—“19 Mar. '99. To be considered at a full board.” 2 pages.
March 20. 11. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of several poor innkeepers at Northampton, praying payment of 40l. 13s. 9d. for quartering soldiers of Capt. Kirk's troop in the Earl of Oxford's regiment, at the end of 1688 and beginning of 1689; in favour of the claim. Dated 20 March 1699.
Also the petition with five signatures.
Minuted:—“Read 5 Ap. 1700. Direct the Earl of Ranelagh to pay this sum to the inhabitants or such as they have appted to receive the same, and to place ye same to the accot of the troop.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 21, 9 Apr. 1700, is:—“Two letters for 40. 13. 9. for the innkeepers of Nortħton are read & approved.” 2 pages.
March 20. 12. A memorial from Lord Carlisle, to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring that the grant to him of the estate of the late Sir John Fenwicke, which was granted to the Earl to pay Sir John's debts, might pass generally, and not be subjected to an account for surplus, when there could be none. Dated 20 March '99.
Accompanied by two schedules of debts amounting to more than 3,000l.pages.
March 20. 13. Report of Sir Thomas Trevor [Attorney-General], to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Worth and others, and on Mr. Surveyor-General's report thereon, relating to the arrears of the perquisites of the Havener's office of the Duchy of Cornwall; giving his opinion that by law these arrears belonged to the King, for being arrears incurred before the date of the lease, they could not pass to the lessee by virtue of the lease, but it seemed reasonable that the arrears should be granted by privy seal. Dated 20 March 1699.
The report and petition referred to.
Minuted:—“A privy seal. To have the profitts paying the rent.” 3 pages.
March 21. 14. An Order in Council, on the petition of Captain Michael Lange, praying a proportionable reward for discovering a fleet of 52 sail coming from France, calling themselves Swedes, which were taken to Plymouth by Sir Geo. Rooke, and the greatest part of their lading, at the petitioner's prosecution, condemned as prize; sending the annexed copy of the petition, recommending the petitioner for further reward. Dated 21 March 1699.
The copy of the petition, in which he says the value of the Customs [on the goods] amounted to near 80,000l. He was thrown into prison, and had to defend himself against litigious suits, &c.
Minuted:—“Read 2 July 1700. Nil.”
There is also a similar minute in the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 92, 2 July 1700.
A brief note from Walter Clavill to William Lowndes, Esq., on the same subject. 3½ pages.
March 22.]
15. Petition of John Pellat, of Arundel, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying to be reimbursed the duty of 6d. per bushel paid on 215½ quarters of malt shipped by him for the King's brewhouse at Plymouth, and lost by stress of weather.
Minuted:—“Read 22 Mar. '99. My Lords cannot grant this, the duty being appropriated.” 1 page.
March 22.]
16. The case of Mrs. Sarah Cobbett, who was executrix of her father, Mr. Robert Cobbett, to whom the Crown was indebted 3,000l.; showing that she had acquainted Col. Venner of several arrears in the hands of the receivers of the hearth money, whereby above 10,000l. were brought to the Treasury: praying payment of her debt.
Minuted:—“Rejected 22 Mar. '99. For the arrears of her mo were in charge before the proper officers, & there was no discovery.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 250, 9 April 1701, is:—“Sara Cobbot. Ref. to see if a discovery.” 1 page.
March 22. 17. Report of Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Captain John Braddyll; in favour of remitting 238l. recovered against him by verdict in the Court of Exchequer upon certain wines and brandy which had not paid the Custom. Dated 22 March 1699.
The petition and nine other papers relating thereto.
Minuted:—“Agree wth the report.” 14 pages.
March 24. 18. An order from the House of Commons for the attendance of Edward Hooton, Anthony Goodreed, &c., bone-lace makers, of the counties of Buckingham, Bedford, [and Northampton], to make good the allegations of their petition, and for the attendance of the Comrs for Licensing Hawkers and Pedlers. Dated 24 March 1699.
The petition referred to, which complained of the arbitrary proceeding and oppression of travelling officers or informers, under colour of authority derived from the Comrs for Transportation, who were empowered to grant licenses to hawkers and pedlers.
“A list of the Committee to examine the petition of the Lacemen,” and copies of two legal opinions, dated in 1698, as to whether the persons who bought up lace and sold it at a Lace Chamber in Aldersgate Street, and others who went about to the Exchange and several houses to sell the lace, were hawkers and pedlers. 5 pages.
March 26.]
19. Petition of Peter Beaubuisson to the Lords of the Treasury, for payment of his salary at 380l. per ann., amounting to 475l. at Lady-day 1699; urging that he had to provide dogs meat, and keep several horses and servants for the King.
Another petition from him for his salary ending at Christmas 1699.
Also a paper entitled “An account of mony paid, and of mony in arrear to Mr Beaubuisson, gentleman of the guns, for riding charges, &c., by vertue of my Lord Chamberlain's warrants, since the year 1690.” 26 March 1700.
Minuted:—“Lett Mr Tailer make a state of all his demands from ye beginning.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 19, 3 April 1700, is—“The King will allow nothing for ryding charges to Mr Beaubuison.”
Also another memorandum as to the salary of Mr. Beaubuisson, for which he sought payment, as master of the bows, keeper of the private armoury, and master of the setting dogs. Undated.
In the Money Book is an order, dated 3 May 1700, for payment of 253l. 1s. 3d., to complete his salary of 380l. per ann., to Mid-summer 1699. 4 pages.
March 16
and 27.
20. Report of Sir Thomas Trevor, on a question arising in carrying out the Act 9 & 10 Will. III. for raising a sum not exceeding two millions for payment of annuities, &c.; expressing the opinion that the produce of the funds appropriated to make good the annuities must be computed to 6 January, &c. Dated 27 March 1700.
Docquetted:—“Case about ye deficiency of ye fund.”
Also an opinion signed “Sam. Dodd,” on the same subject. Dated 16 March '99.
Two other papers relating thereto. 3 pages and 4 parts of pages.
March 28. 21. Order in Council on a paper entitled “A specimen of the frauds committed by Richard Poyke and Thomas Smith, late clerks of the cheque, to the messengers in passing their bills;” referring the examination thereof to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 28 March 1700.
The paper referred to.
The prosecution against these persons, as before stated, was ordered to cease on 27 Jan. 1700–1. See Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 191. 4 pages.
April 1. 22. Totals of cash received by the Treasurer for the duties on paper, parchment, and vellum between 1696 and 1 April 1700. 2 pages.
[? About
April 3.]
23. Memorial of James Chase, apothecary in ordinary to the King's person, showing that 638l. 7s. 10d. were due to him on his salary at 115l. per ann., and that Mr. Jones had received all that was due to him as apothecary and perfumer; praying payment of the debt.
Two certificates in support of the same.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K. att a more fitting opportunity. Read 23 June 1701. The King says it must not be.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 19, 3 April 1700, is:—“Mr Chase's memll to be laid before the King at a more convenient time.” 3 pages.
[? About
April 3.]
24. Petition of Capt. James Waller, Lieut.-Governor of Charles' Fort and Kinsale in Ireland, to the King, to grant an order for passing letters patent for a pension of 200l. per ann. payable out of the Irish revenue, until the sum of 2,000l. expended by him in subsisting French prisoners during the rebellion, should be paid. Without date, but Mr. Secretary Vernon is mentioned, whose era was 1697 to 1700.
Minuted:—“Granted dur. pleasure frō ye time of ye reference.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 19, 3 April 1700, is:—“Capt James Waller for 200li a year till 2,000li is paid him. Granted.” 1 page.
April 3. 25. Report of Lord Coningsby to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Euverte Saurency, praying payment of the arrears due to the late Capt. Vileneuf, of Major-General La Mellioneir's regiment of foot: finding that 305l. 4s. 5d. were due to him from 1 Sept. 1689 to 31 Dec. 1691, &c., with certain deductions. Dated 3 April 1700.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 220, 27 Feb. 1700, is:—“Capt. Saurency's memll for (fn. 1) 205. 4. 5. payable p[er] Lord Coningesby pursuant to his Mats warrt. There is no fond at present, as soon as there is, that can be applyed to this arreare, the King orders it to be paid.” 1 page.
April 3. 26. Petition of Sir Charles Hedges, of Richmond in the county of Surrey, who had a lease of certain land forming part of the old park in Richmond, which did not include certain buildings adjoining: praying, in consideration of the improvements, &c. which he had made, that a lease for 99 years might be granted him of all the premises. Dated 3 April 1700.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X, p. 19, 3 April 1700, is:—“Sr Charles Hedges petn to fill upp his lease to 99 years. The King cannot grant such a terme.” 1 page.
April 3. 27. Memorial of Sir Scroop Howe, controller of accounts of the duties on salt; praying for the 80l. a year promised in 1697, and for an annual salary of 150l. as an encouragement for the increase of business by the additional duty of 20d. per bushel. Dated 3 April 1700.
Minuted:—“16th Aprill 1700. Wt signed for paying the 80li p[er] ann. for the 2 clerkes & the arreares thereof.” 1 page.
April 11. 28. The demands of Robert Lucas, chief governor of His Majesty's Tower of London, for the safe keeping of Sir Richard Leving, [Solicitor-General for Ireland], from 16 Jan. 1699 to 11 April 1700. [He was committed to the Tower as the author of certain groundless and scandalous reports about the Comrs for the Irish Forfeitures. See Oldmixon's History of England, p. 203.] 1 page.
April 16. 29. Report of Mr. Robert Sizer to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Thomas Herbert, the King's clock and watch maker, finding that there was due to him in the Treasurer of the Chamber's office, 202l. 10s. for seven alarum watches “of custom allowed to the seven pages of the King's bedchamber every third year,” and for other services. Dated 16 April 1700.
Minuted:—“3 June 1700. My Lords will insert these bills in the next disposition.” 2 pages.
April 16.]
30. Petition of Wm. Clayton to the Lords of the Treasury, craving a second warrant to the Comrs of Customs to pass his debenture for 1,880 pounds of tobacco exported from the port of Liverpool to Ireland.
Minuted:—“16th Apr. 1700. A warrt to allow the debr for the 1,880li wt, upon his proving that it was destroyed.”
Also copy of the former warrant in relation to 20,902 pounds of tobacco shipped thither. 3½ pages.
April 17. 31a. Letter from Wm. Lowndes, Esq., to William Blathwayt, Esq., expressing their Lordships' desire that he should examine the allegations of Capt. Dahlem and others, (who prayed to be inserted in an additional list of half-pay,) and report specially to their Lordships. Dated 17 April 1700.
Accompanied by two petitions, one from Capt. Dahlem, Capt. De la Bene and Capt. Millon, and the other from Capt. John La Tour, Capt. John Gignon, and Capt. Daniel Campagne. ½ page.
April 17.]
31b. Petition of the King's heralds and pursuivants of arms, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying them to make a favourable report on their case in respect of the coronation fees, &c. due and payable to them according to custom, that the King might order speedy payment thereof. They had not been pressing during the war, and Mr. King, Lancaster Herald, would attend to explain anything.
Accompanied by memoranda in relation to their claim, which appears to have amounted to 717l.
Undated, but in the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 26, 17 April 1700, is:—“Heralds peticon for their coronacon fees to be considered by my Lords, who are to give their opinions to the King.”
Minuted thus:—“10 July 1700. Mr Gregory King to he here on Tuesday.” 2 pages (quarto).
April 19. 32. Report of the Comrs for Glass and Paper Duties to the Lords of the Treasury, laying the accounts of the duties on paper, parchment, and vellum (which had expired) before the Lords of the Treasury; the other duties had also expired, the manufacturers were very much in arrears, many of them still under prosecution, &c., and they had not been able to complete their accounts; they also sought their Lordships' determination of the debentures from Newcastle, &c. Dated 19 April 1700. 1 page.
April 19.]
33. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Clarke, a collector of Excise in the counties of Hereford and Worcester, stating that he was indebted 2,091l. 19s. 10d., and that they had caused him to be sued, and were of opinion that they ought so to have done. Undated.
Also an order in Council and his petition.
Minuted:—“19th Apr. 1700. Agree wth the report.” 5 pages.
April 19. 34. Presentment by the same to the same, stating that several surveyors and officers in the London Brewery, who had formerly quitted the service, had promised, if employed again, to make discoveries of negligence, frauds, &c., in the revenue, whereupon they had been so employed with great advantage, for in 26 weeks, the London Brewery increased 39,988¼ barrels of strong beer and 6,066 barrels of ale, being 9,568l. 2s. 11d. more than in the corresponding weeks of the previous year, since that time it had slackened; the fifth division had increased the most; they had appointed Mr. John Teeton to be surveyor of that division, whose remarkable service had produced 4,226l. and upwards from Christmas 1698–1699 more than the preceding year; they had removed him to the ninth division in hopes his management would advance that division, which was the largest; advising the encouragement of such meritorious officers by some gratuity, and recommending him specially. Dated 19 April 1700.
Minuted:—“19th Apr. 1700. A reward of 50£ for his extry service & (as an encouragement to him for the future) to be pd by Comrs Excise & placed to accot of incidents.”
Wt signed, 1½ pages.
April 22. 35. Letter from Mr. Burchett to William Lowndes, Esq., making an appointment with him for the morrow, as the Lords of the Admiralty intended to consider what should be done with Capt. Kidd's effects; the Attorney and Solicitor-General and Sir Charles Hedges were also to meet them. Dated 22 April 1700.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 27, 19 April, is:—Sr Charles Hedges calld in; Mr Chancellr acqts him that they desired to speak wth him to know how ye merchandize brought home wth Capt. Kid ought to be taken care of. Sr Cha. says, that the Marshall of the Admty should take them in arrest, and give notice on the Exchange for persons to make their claims. And that some person be appointed by ye Tre[asur]y to attend the prosecuc[i]on of the matter, and that the Sollr of the Tre[asur]y may be proper to take care of it. That Mr Crawley, ye Register of the Admty may be proper to take care of any of the goods that are not bulky. Mr Crawley, Regr of ye Admty, called in and acquainted that Sr Cha. Hedges has informd their Lordps that he is the proper officer to take the charge of ye money & jewells brought home wth Kid, & of the money of the bulkey goods when sold, wch in the meantime are thought fit to be lodged in his Mats Custome-house warehouse, which Mr Crawley promises to do. Capt. Hunt, who brought home Capt. Kid's cargo, comes in: askt if any goods were in the ship wch did not belong to Kid and his associates. Answers no, not that he knows of. Mr Cheke cald in, told that he is to take care of arresting the goods, &c. as Marshall of ye Admty, and to give the proper notice, which he promises to do.” 1 page.
April 24. 36. A schedule of debts owing by the Victualling office, for which warrants are made out to be paid in course. Dated 24 April 1700. 1 page.
April 24. 37. Report of Lord Coningesby to the Lords of the Treasury, on the pretensions of several officers in the annexed petition, who belonged to the French regiment of foot, under the command of the Earl of Lifford, who were not paid their arrears in Ireland; certifying their names and the amounts due. Dated 24 April 1700.
Also the petition of the officers. 2 pages.
April 24. 38. Extract of a memorial to the King from the Lords Comrs for Trade and Plantations. They state that they had received from the Earl of Bellomont, the Governor of New England and New York, a letter dated 28 Feb., giving an account of an alarm of a general insurrection and rebellion of all the Indians during that month, which had mightily frightened the English, especially those in the frontier towns. For preventing the mischief by the defection of the five nations of Indians in combination with others, his Lordship proposed, in place of the 180 private men of the four companies of foot, they should be made up to 400, for security of the new fort to be built in the country of the Onondages, and of Albany and Schenectady, which were much out of repair; the usual sum of 800l. should be laid out in presents for the natives. The Comrs agreed in the necessity of the augmentation, and that the pay due from the time they were to be satisfied by debentures upon Ireland, might be duly paid, they being in debt to the victuallers 10,000l. Agreeing also to the presents, which should be sent out in H.M. ship the “Advice,” then bound thither. Dated 24 April 1700.
Minuted:—“Write to Mr Popple to send an acct of all the particulars wch will come within the 800li mentioned in this memll.”
[The complete document is printed in Documents relating to Colonial History of New York, Vol. IV., p. 639. It appears, however, to differ in some particulars from the above.] 3 pages.
April 25. 39. Order in Council, on the petition of Andrew Bourgett and others, born in the principality of Orange, for leave to import 200 tons of wine “on single customs,” so as the wines be of the growth of Orange, and sent down the river Rhone to Leghorn, without touching any French land; referring the petition to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 25 April 1700.
Minuted:—“Read 20th May 1700. My Lords cannot advise the granting the petrs request, and the dutys being appropriated they cannot be lessened.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
April 29. 40. Presentment of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring their Lordships to move the King to direct one of the Secretaries of State to write to his Ambassador in Holland to request of the States General of the United Provinces to send George Murrey, late collector of Excise, who was apprehended and imprisoned at Rotterdam, for withdrawing from England with 3,414l. 7s.d. They were obliged to maintain him in custody at the rate of 18 stivers a day, and they thought if confined in England he might be induced to make satisfaction. Dated 29 April 1700.
Minuted:—“To be read to His Maty. Send to Secry Vernon that he may write to Mr Stanhop for this.”
A minute for Mr. Stanhop to send over George Murray is in the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 36, 30 April 1700. 1 page.
May 2. 41. Letter of Col. Gibson to the Lords of the Treasury, in respect to three bills drawn by him in Newfoundland, praying them to give speedy directions for paying them, as there was already an action commenced against him. Dated 2 May 1700.
Minuted:—“See how farr the hackney coach money is now charged, and aske my Lord Ranelagh whether he has any remnant of mony applicable to this use.”
Accompanied by the notice of action. 2 pages.
May 3. 42. Letter signed John Thornhugh, addressed to his “honoured friend William Lowndes, Esq.,” applying for the place of woodward of the forest of Shirewood in the county of Nottingham, for his son, Andrew Thornhugh, as his worthy friend and neighbour, Thomas Hewett, Esq., was given over by his physicians. There were some hundreds of trees gone, and he applied in order to preserve the King's timber. He hoped he did not think he designed the private advantage to his son, as he hoped to leave him 2,000l. per ann.
His son was careful to preserve the King's deer, though they destroyed abundance of his (the father's) corn. He had never partaken of His Majesty's favour by having a warrant for a stag, not knowing where properly to apply. Dated 3 May 1700.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K. to-morrow.” 1 page (quarto).
May 3. 43. “Neat produce of the dutys on salt from 28th 7ber 1699, to the 3d May 1700.” 1 page.
May 4. 44. Copy of a builder's survey of the press house wherein the money was coined, the provost of the moneyer's house, and the controller's house [at the Mint]. Dated 4 May 1700.
Probably an enclosure. See Vol. LXX., No. 9, 23 July, and No. 42, 8 Oct. 1700. ½ page.
May 4. 45. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of George Philips, commander, and the owners of the ship “Eaton,” being a further report on the case previously described under 2 Jan. 1699–1700 (Vol. LXVII., No. 1). Dated 4 May 1700.
Two petitions, a copy of the former report, and a short letter relating thereto.
One of the petitions is minuted:—“Read 29 May 1700. My Lords cannot stay the proceedings.” 6 pages.
May 6. 46. Letter of Mr. Stanyan to William Lowndes, Esq., further urging the necessities of his case; every one of the Lords referred him to him (Mr. Lowndes) to move them on his behalf, but last year he (Mr. Lowndes) had told the writer he must go to their several houses and solicit them, which he had done, and their answer was Mr. Lowndes was the only man apprised of his concern. He begged Mr. Lowndes to move their Lordships, unless he thought he had not suffered enough, but he knew he (Mr. Lowndes) was a man of better morals and more justice than to leave his services, done to the revenue, in oblivion. The claim he made was his all, and many families depended on it He hoped he would move his business on the morrow at Hampton Court, where he (Mr. Stanyan) would attend. He enclosed his memorial for perusal. Dated 6 May 1700.
Accompanied by the memorial, in which he mentions that their Lordships had made full minutes on his case in Oct. 1697.
The Minute on 27 Oct. 1697, throws a good deal of light on the matter. It states that the former reports and matters concerning the farm of Sir James Shaen and others were considered and the report of Mr. Lowndes read; and “as to their demand of 12,000l. for loss by the Tangier contract being broken, Mr Lowndes is to attend the Earl of Rochester when he comes to town, to know if his Lop remembers the promise of K. Cha. 2d for ye said 12,000l., or what further light his Lop can give in that matter,” &c. Mr. Lowndes was directed to examine Mr. Stanyan's demand for 1,124l. 3s. 35/8d., and if it was well grounded their Lordships thought he ought to be repaid in Ireland. See Minute Book, Vol. VIII., p. 26.
His memorial is minuted:—“Read 21 May 1700. His Maty will have him in his thoughts to imploy him when there is a vacancy;” and in the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 57, is the same minute. 2 pages.
May 7. 47. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, sending, in pursuance of their Lordships' commands, estimates of several works done and doing by the King's command and the Lord Chamberlain's warrant, amounting to 3,550l. 18s. 8d.; besides these, other works had lately been directed for the accommodation of the King's servants and the officers of the household, which should speedily be represented. Dated 7 May 1700. 6pages.
May 8. 48. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon the letter of Mr. William Middleton, relating to the coal meters of the city of London. They had brought the meters to be satisfied with ½d. per “chalder,” which is but half what they had on the former duty, out of that the under-meters were to have half. For the year ending 15 May 1699 it amounted to 627l. 4s. 4d., which they would pay if their Lordships approved. Dated 8 May 1700.
Minuted:—“Agreed & ordered.”
The letter and the reply of the 15 coal-meters. 3 pages.
May 8. 49. Report of the same to the same, on the petition of Bartholomew Conly, merchant, who having sustained losses in the late war beyond 16,000l., had compounded with his creditors, but was prosecuted for a debt to the Crown. Stating they saw no reason why he should be relieved, for what the King remitted must be paid to the prosecutor. Dated 8 May 1700.
Also the petition and two other papers.
Minuted:—“Read 29 May 1700. My Lords can give no relief in this case.” 4 pages.
May 8 50. Copy of presentment of the same to the same, as to the repayment to merchants of Poole, Dartmouth, &c., of certain customs on train oil from Newfoundland. Dated 8 May 1700.
Minuted:—“Look out Mr Attorney's opinion.” 1½ pages.
May 9. 51. Order in Council, on the petition of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading to the East Indies, [the old East India Company], relating to the seizing, by the officers of Customs, of jewels of very great value brought from the East Indies in the ship “Neptune.” Referring the matter to the Lords of the Treasury to report upon against that day se'nnight. Dated 9 May 1700.
Minuted:—“Report made, dated 24 May 1700.”
Also the petition, which states that they had given security in 30,000l. for the payment of the Customs on the said goods, and another bond for 15,000l. for the further duty of 15 per cent. They took out a sufferance for bringing the diamonds, musk, pearl, and jewelry into one of their warehouses, in order to be valued for the duty, which sufferance was delivered to one Raynton, an officer of Customs, who instead of performing his duty, in conjunction with two other officers, seized the jewels, &c. for themselves and the new East India Company. The Comrs so far countenanced the seizure as to order the jewels to be carried to the King's warehouse, where they are entered three-fourths to the use of the new Company, and the other fourth to their own use. Praying that the Comrs and other officers of Customs might not intermeddle in what was properly a dispute only between the petitioners, their agents, factors, and servants, and the new Company.
Judging from the arguments in this case, which are fully entered in the Minute Book, Vol. X., pp. 48–55, on 15 and 17 May, and occupy about seven pages, this must have been a most important case. The conclusion their Lordships came to was:—“Upon consulting wth ye King's counsell, my Lords see no reason for laying the restraint upon ye Comrs or officers of ye Customes as is desired.” 3 pages.
May 9. 52. Copy of an Order in Council promising a pardon and 100l. to any one of the offenders who was engaged in transporting wool from Canterbury to the sea side, when one John Harding of Canterbury was shot at Tunford Bridge. The terms were, that he should discover and apprehend three or more of the persons concerned in that murder. The officers of Customs endeavoured to seize the wool and Harding was shot by his own party. Dated 9 May 1700.
Report of Henry Baker, giving an account of the murder and what he had done. He observes that the mayor and town [of Canterbury] were very cool in the matter, and suggests that the reward should be offered. Dated 30 April 1700. 3 pages.
May. 11 53. Letter from the Comrs of Revenue in Ireland to Mr. Secretary Lowndes, asking him to lay before the Lords of the Treasury the enclosed papers relating to a French ship seized by one Captain Richard Brown, commander of the “Swift” shallop, which he kept under seizure, and would not proceed against the master under the Act prohibiting the exportation of wool, &c. from Ireland; insisting that they (the Comrs) should do it. Begging their Lordships' directions. Dated 11 May 1700.
Accompanied by the case of Capt. Richard Browne and an affidavit as to the ship's crew being stripped of their clothes, &c., they being of woollen manufacture, &c.
A list of the said wearing apparel.
A copy of the opinion of the Attorney and Solicitor-General and of Mr. Foster upon clauses of the Act relating to woollen manufacture. 3 pages and 3 half pages.
May 13. 54. Answers from the Comrs of Excise, to the Lords of the Treasury, in reference to statements made by the Proposers for farming the Excise; viz., as to the charges of management, &c. Dated 13 May 1700.
Enclosing a paper showing the gross and neat produce on the duty on salt. 3½ pages.
May 13. 55. A certified copy, signed Wm. Dockwra, controller, of “a list of the officers belonging to the Penny Post Office, charged in this present aide tax, for granting His Majestie ye summ of 1,484,015£ 1/11¼.” Certified 13 May 1700.
Another list of moneys assessed upon officers to that aid, whose salaries did not exceed 60l. per ann. No date. 2 pages.
May 15. 56. Report of the Comrs of Excise, on the petition of Allen Garrard, who was bound with one John Goodeve in a bond with a penalty of 3,000l. as surety for George Murrey, one of the collectors of Excise; finding that there were great dealings between Murrey and the petitioner on account of returns, and they had great reason to believe that there was a design formed between the petitioner and Murrey to go off with a considerable sum of the King's money; for the petitioner was accustomed to accept bills drawn on him in fictitious names, when there were no such persons as the pretended drawers. They were informed that the petitioner went great part of the last round when Murrey collected, and actually received great part of the moneys collected, and concealed him in London at his own house, and complained to the Board that Murrey had withdrawn himself. They had arrested the petitioner, seized his goods and an estate in Essex valued at 30l. per ann. They advised that the petitioner deserved no favour, as he had assisted Murrey's escape and had given advice to the other surety to abscond. Dated 15 May 1700.
Minuted:—“12 June 1700. My Lords concur in opinion with the Comrs of Excise.”
Also the petition. 3 pages.
May 15. 57. “The state of the charge of sick and wounded seamen and exchange of prisoners at war from the 11th of July 1689 to the 30th of September 1699.” Dated 15 May 1700.
With this attestation at the foot:—“1700, May 15. This is coppy of the originall account delivered into Parliament upon the 14 December 1699. By us hereunder written:—
“Tho. Addison.
Antho. Shephard.” 1 large page.
[? About
May 17.]
58. Memorial of His Highness the Duke of Wurtemburg, who commanded the Danish troops during the war with France, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying speedy payment of his annexed account for forage money, amounting to 1,000l.
Also the account, with the objections of Mr. Hill in another column, and the replies thereto in a third (the latter in French).
Minuted:—“Read 17 May 1700. My Lords are satisfied that there is no forrage money due to ye D. of Wertimberg.” 4 pages.
May 20. 59. Report, signed Paul Boyer, to the Lords of the Treasury, as to what profit was made by Mr. Acourt and his partners of any lotteries (other than the Royal Oak Lottery) for two or three years before the passing the late Act for suppressing the same. The sub-farms were let together, and it was impossible to say what their loss was, but they were considerable losers, chiefly in the farms of the counties of England and at Bartholomew and Southwark Fairs. Dated 20 May 1700. 1 page.
[? About
May 20.]
60. Memorial of the Lady Parkyns, widow of the late Sir William Parkyns, and her five children, referring to a former petition in which she prayed for the remainder of her late husband's estate, upon which Mr. Henry Baker had issued a commission of inquiry in Hertfordshire, and an estate of 74l. per ann. had been found. Praying that he might have directions to do the like in Warwickshire, where her small jointure lay.
Minuted:—“20 May 1700. Mr Baker is to dispatch this matter as soon as he can.”
The following undated paper also relates to the affairs of the Lady Parkyns:—
A paper docquetted:—“State of the Lady Parkins' case.” Consisting of a number of particulars relative to the manor of Bushey, in Hertfordshire, the manor house, goods, &c. there; the manors of Marston Jalett and Grange Lees, and lands in Bulkington and Woolvey in Warwickshire; lands purchased of Mr. Matthew Smith in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, and city of Coventry, and an estate at Northampton, which was Mrs. Fuller's, the Lady's mother's: with all which Sir William Parkins appears to have been connected. The claims on the properties are also set out.
Undated. A deed of trust is mentioned of 1693–4.
[This does not appear to be referred to in the Minute or Letter Books.] 3 pages.