Volume 75: July 2-August 8, 1701

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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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July 2–August 8, 1701

July 2.
1. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Charles Fryth, collector of Excise, as to the delivery to the officers of the Mint at Chester of 1,481 ounces of silver hammered money to be recoined; expressing the opinion that he ought to have credit for the same, and if there had been any private dealings between Mr. Fryth and the officers of the Mint, the differences (if any) between them ought to be determined by law or otherwise, and not to interfere with these public payments which relate only to the revenue. Dated 2 July 1701.
Minuted:—“Referr this to ye officers of ye Mint, & desire them to speed their report.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
[? About
July 4.]
2. Memorial of Lord Coningsby, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he had abstracted, out of the many petitions relating to arrears due to the three late French regiments of foot, all such as had personally appeared with their accounts stated and certified, who then remained to be satisfied and were very importunate to be paid; giving the names and amounts due.
Minuted:—“Read 4th July 1701. My Lords direct that such money as shall come into the Exchequer for ayds given for the late warr, wch are now at liberty, shall be reserved towards satisfying the within mencioned sum of 1,109l. 0s. 10d.¼.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
3. Petition of the sworn clerks of the Pipe Office for payment of an ancient fee of 9l. 3s. 4d. every second year out of the Exchequer, viz., from Mich. 1692 to Mich. 1700.
Also certificate, signed “Halifax,” in corroboration of the petition.
Minuted:—“4 July 1701. Ordered.” Parts of 2 pages.
[? About
July 4.]
4. [Docquetted:]—“The petition of Wm Tagg, praying a salary or such other allowance as yor Lops. shall think fit for his keeping ye door leading out of ye privy garden towards ye Cock Pit at Whitehall.”
Minuted:—“4 July 1701. Mr Tailour to pay him 10li.”
Also copy of a certificate, signed William Vanbrugh, in corroboration of the petition.” 2 pages.
[? About
July 4.]
5. Memorial of the Officers of the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Oxford's regiment, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they were promised 15l. a horse towards remounting the soldiers to recruit the forces in Flanders in 1693, but at the next muster the money was not paid, and when the money was ordered, it was in tallies, and the discount made it come to 11l. 4s. a horse, they having cost 15l. 18s. and 20l. a horse in addition to their keep. Praying that the respites might be taken off to relieve them.
Minuted:—“4 July 1701. Respited.” 1 page.
July 5. 6. Docquetted:—“July 5, 1701. Officers of ye works, their report about Mr Wise's estimates for ye privy garden at Hampton Court.”
Minuted:—“L~re writ 18th July 1701, for paying 1,426li 4s & 4d by 75l per week, from the time that 1,443. 6. 3. is satisfyd out of 100li per week formerly ordered for ye extys.”
Also:—“The estimate of sinking, carting of, and new makeing ye privie garden according to a modell that His Majestye last ordered and concluded on ye 16th of June 1701, with ye sinkeing for ye borders and a depth to lay on earth for grass.” 2 pages.
[? About
July 5.]
7. “The case of Margaret Countess Dowager of Marleburough.”
In 1672 the King granted to William Earl of Marlborough and his Lady, for life, a share of the profits of uncustomed and prohibited goods, which generally amounted to 700l. or 800l. a year, as well for the support of their dignity as in consideration of the merits of their family, and in consideration of the surrender of a patent by which they had an interest in the Caribbee Islands. She was “the only relict” of Lee, Earl of Marlborough, who was Lord Treasurer of England, and had deferred applying till the end of the war, but then sought for His Majesty's bounty for food and raiment. She was above 60 years of age and very infirm.
Minuted:—“50li for C. M. Pd 5th July 1701.” 1 page (quarto).
July 7. 8. Report of Mr. Wm. Borrett, [Treasury Solicitor], to the Lords of the Treasury, on the demands made by Mr. Randolph for promoting a bill in parliament for reuniting to the Crown the government of several colonies and plantations in America; observing that as it was a public bill, the officers of the House of Lords ought not to have had any fees, but the sums were actually paid, &c., making 96l. 11s. 6d., of which Mr. Borrett had advanced 30l. Dated 7 July 1701.
Also a schedule of the expenses referred to.
Minuted:—“Mr Borrett to pay the rest of Mr Randolph's bill.” 4 pages.
July 7. 9. “Charges of a privy seal for Recr Genll of iij s. ayd.”
Minuted:—“Pd 7 July 1701.”
Also charges in passing three privy seals, viz., Loans on the Poll, Do. on the coals, and for appointing receivers-general of the Poll. 2 pages.
July 7. 10. Mr. Secretary Vernon's memorandum as to the Lords of the Treasury directing the Commissioners of the Navy to adjust with the Prize Office the number, value, &c. of the prize ships taken into the Navy during the war Dated 7 July 1701. Part of a page (quarto).
July 7. 11. Memorial of the Comrs for licensing Hawkers, Pedlers, &c., to the Lords of the Treasury, offering their opinions as to the cause of the decrease of the duties on hawkers and pedlers:—
(1.) The justices had not levied the penalties.
(2.) They had given certificates to persons that they were makers or agents, which serve as a protection from the penalty for not having a licence.
(3.) No persons were employed to ride about the country to apprehend and prosecute traders without licence.
They offer to their Lordships' consideration whether the judges should be directed to mention in their charges that the justices, &c. should be more diligent in enforcing the Act.
They also lay before their Lordships a list of the officers allowed by them upon the former Act; and they recommend the appointment of Richard Harrington from the Transport Office as a messenger. [Minuted:—“Agreed.”] Dated 7 July 1701.
Minuted:—“8 July 1701. On Fryday morning next.”
Again:—“Speak wth my Lord Keeper.”
Further:—“Mr Glanville to attend wth it on Tuesda.” 2 pages.
July 8/19. 12. A letter to Mr. Lowndes, docquetted:—“From Mr Blathwayt, 8/19 July 1701, signifying His Mat[ies] pleasure for restoring Lord Dartmouth to his pencion in Cofferer's Office.” It was to be paid him on the Exchequer list. Dated Hague, 8/19 July 1701. 1 page (quarto).
July 9. 13. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Lords of the Treasury, upon the proposal of Mr. Samuel Davis for coining small money in the plantations, expressing the opinion that the plantations in America were in great want of small money, but that the coinage of it should be as near as might be of the intrinsic value which the metal bore in the several plantations, and that the small money should be of coarse copper, such as the half-pence were coined of here, that there might be less temptation to counterfeit them, and that the pieces should have different marks on them to prevent their coming back into England. Dated 9 July 1701.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. Desire the Comrs of Trade to consider the whole.”
Accompanied by the proposal, which contains the following remarks:—“The least piece of money comonly current in the islands and colonys upon the continent of America is seven pence halfe penny, vizt, an 8th part of a piece of eight, which puts ye inhabitants to ye necessity of carrying sugar and tobacco upon their backs to barter for little common necesssarys.
“This inconveniency cannot be remedyed by sending such farthings and half pence as are used in England, because they will be picked up and sent back for returns, especially from the continent, where returns of goods often fall short, and 30li. per cent. will be got by sending back such farthings and half pence, the value of English money being so much more than the value of American money upon the continent.
“The proper remedy is to coin halfe pence and pence of copper, or a mixt metall, and of half the value [of which] the English small money is made, with several mottoes or devices for ye severall colonys, and to order them to pass only in the respective colonys for which they shall be appointed, viz., one sort for all the colonys upon the continent, another sort for the island of Barbadoes, a 3d sort for Jamaica, and a 4th sort for all the Leeward Islands.” 2 pages.
July 10. 14. “Account of the whole expence of Capt. De la Val's negotiation for the redemption of captives, with the charge of the Morocco agents to this 26 Decr 1700 (being exclusive of what must be paid for the said captives' redemption, & the weekly subsistence of 15liper week to the said agents from this time).”
The 15l. per week is added at the foot from 26 Dec. 1700 to 10 July 1701, and altogether the amount was 4,963l. 4s. 5d. 1 page (quarto).
July 11. 15. A docquet of a privy seal, viz., for a grant and licence to William Yarnold and Robert Watson to raise water out of the river Ravensborne, which runs between the manors of East Greenwich and Sayes Court in Kent and Surrey, and to lay pipes to convey water from the river to the houses of the inhabitants of those manors, with a clause for the supply of Greenwich Hospital, &c.
At the foot is a memorandum, signed by the Lords of the Treasury, that they had been made acquainted with it. Dated 11 July 1701.
Indorsed:—“Docqtt for the Rt Honoble the Lord Keeper.” 1 page.
[? About
July 11.]
16. Letter from Mr. James Vernon to the Right Hon. the Lord Godolphin, relating what took place at a committee of the Lords of the Council when Captain Delavall was appointed to undertake a voyage for the redemption of the captives in Morocco. He was to have 500l., viz., 300l. at his going out, and the remainder on his return.
Minuted:—“11th July 1701. A signe manuall for 200li for Capt. De la Val.”
Again:—“Read 8th Apr. 1702. To be laid before ye Queen.” 1 page (quarto).
July 14. 17. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James Philips, deputy customer and collector at Llanelly in the county of Carmarthen, praying, in consideration of age and indisposition, to be allowed to resign his office to John Philips, his nephew; they state that they had given instructions to the customer of Milford to examine him and take the oath of the petitioner, James Philips, that the resignation was for friendship and affection to his nephew, without the expectation of any pecuniary reward, and that he had so examined him, and taken the oath, and spoke entirely in his favour, and they had nothing to object to the arrangement. Dated 14 July 1701.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 2 pages.
July 14. 18. Report of Mr. William Vanbrugh to the Lords of the Treasury, on a presentment of the Comrs of Excise, which requested the detention of the salary of Richard Poyke, a King's messenger in ordinary, who was indebted to the Excise, and who had assigned the same, viz., that there remained 24l. 7s. 2d. to be paid on the assignment, &c. Dated 14 July 1701.
Also the presentment. 2 pages.
July 15. 19. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Ralph Jackson, who was a collector of Excise, viz.: on malt, and leather, who had been very negligent and careless in his accounts, and had endeavoured to deceive, &c.; they found he was indebted to the King 587l. 7s.d., and though he was poor, his securities had sufficient estates. Dated 15 July 1701.
Also the petition, which is Minuted:—“15th July 1701. He must pay the money.” 3 pages.
July 15. 20. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, respecting a report upon the petition of William Paine, relating to brandy seized by some of the officers of the Customs, which was alleged to have been bought from the officers of the Excise, after having been condemned by the laws of Excise. Dated 15 July 1701.
Minuted:—“Read 15 July 1701. To be left to law.”
The report referred to.
Mr. Henry Baker's report.
John Beverton's account of what passed in relation to the seizure of the brandies.
The petition of the said William Paine, of the Isle of Thanet in the county of Kent, merchant.
The opinion of Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General, as to the exhibition of informations before the justices or in the Exchequer, all in relation to the said brandy. 11½ pages.
July 15. 21. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition and affidavit of Bennet Martin, late collector of Excise. They were of opinion that he lost the money as stated. Divers collectors had had allowance for robberies on the highways in the daytime, the case of the petitioner did not materially differ from them, and it was not unreasonable to allow him the sum claimed. Dated 15 July 1701.
Minuted:—“To be allowd.”
Also the petition and affidavit. 3 pages.
July 15. 22. Report of Mr. Travers, Surveyor-General, supplementary to a former report on a petition of the Dean and Canons of Windsor. He had viewed the premises in that report mentioned as proposed by Mr. Dalton as an equivalent for the inheritance of an annual rent of 48l. 7s. 6d. desired by the Dean and Canons to be conveyed to them in satisfaction for parcels of their land, &c., taken into the King's hands. The surveyor then sets out a valuation of the property, which consisted of tenements in Pall Mall Street, a piece of ground near St. James's Street, and the Old Dog Tavern at Westminster. Dated 15 July 1701.
Minuted:—“Agreed. But it cannot be done without an Act of Parl.”
Also a petition from the Dean and Canons to the Lords of the Treasury, to obtain the consent of the King that an Act of Parliament should pass for the confirmation of the agreements between the above persons.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K. wth the new proposal of the survr.” 3 pages.
July 16. 23. Letter from the Navy Office to Mr. Lowndes, about the navy debt, enclosing copy of a letter from one Humphrey Jones, desiring that certain tallies and orders might be paid away; asking directions. Dated 16 July 1701. 2½ pages.
July 17. 24. Report of T. Done, auditor, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the deputy chamberlains for joining tallies in the Court of Exchequer, certifying that there had usually been allowed them for joining and entering the tallies relating to the revenue of Customs, 2s. for every 1,000l., and on 1,381,726l. 13s. 7d. paid in, it would amount to 138l. 3s. 5d. Dated 17 July 1701.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. Ordered.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
July 17. 25. Letter signed Robert Markham, to William Lowndes, Esq., asking him to read the enclosed, and cause them to be read to their Lordships, that he might be employed to get in what would otherwise be lost. Dated 17 July 1701.
There are now enclosed:—
(1.) Report of the Comrs for licensing Hawkers and Pedlers, on the petition of Robert Markham, praying that he might be appointed to inquire into the sufficiency of the securities that should be taken from hawkers and pedlers, showing that there were several poor, ancient, and decrepid people, whose trading stocks varied from 20s. to 5s., who by the Act were obliged to take licences. If they had not had licences on paying the first 40s. and such security as they could procure, they must have perished, and the first payment would have been lost. Mr. Culver well Needler had been appointed their solicitor, and was very diligent in recovering the money due on the bonds, but many remained unpaid, the persons giving false names. If appointed, Mr. Markham might recover some of what was unpaid.
Minuted:—“Read 1 July 1701. Its creating a new office.”
(2.) The petition referred to.
(3.) Another petition, representing more particularly what Mr. Markham proposed to do if appointed.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. The Comrs & Mr Nedler take care of these matters already.”
(4.) A similar but more brief petition from him. 6 pages.
July 17. 26. Letter by order of the Lords Justices, laying a memorial of Lord Lucas before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 17 July 1701.
Also the memorial referred to, showing that at the time of the great coinage, the Mint being much straitened for room, the King commanded some of the barracks to be delivered for that purpose; but then there was no use made of them; praying that they might be returned and fitted up for the soldiers, who, for want of room, were crowded three into a bed.
Minuted:—“29th July 1701. To be carryed in on Fryday when Ld Lucas & officers of ye Mint attend.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 32, 1 Aug. 1701, is:—“Lord Lucas & officers of ye Mint concerning some buildings & ground in ye Mint, wch formerly was in possession of ye Govr. The officers say the sweep of ye great coynage is there, but wilbe cleared in a few months' time, & then my Lord may be accomodated. My Lords direct them to hasten ye making up of ye sweep.” 2 pages (quarto).
July 18. 27. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for the same allowances to be made for collecting the duties on coal and culm as were made by warrant of 19 Sept. 1699, upon the presentment of 21 Aug. 1699, during the continuance of the duty. Dated 18 July 1701.
Minuted:—“Orderd.” 1¼ pages.
July 18. 28. Memorial of the Comrs for licensing Hawkers and Pedlers, concerning the establishment of officers. Dated 18 July 1701. 1 page.
[? About
July 18.]
29. Petition of Col. Rous, to the Lords of the Treasury, to be allowed the money laid out by him for fire and candle supplied to the garrison of Upnor.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. The regulacon for fire & candle is not yet made.” 1 page (quarto).
July 18/29. 30. Letter from Mr. William Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, acknowledging the receipt of two warrants for the payment of 600l. and 138l. 1s. 6d., to Lord Fairfax, on his pension of 600l. a year on the establishment of the forces; the King had not come to a determination on them. He had likewise laid before His Majesty the petition of Mr. George Barret, late town major of Hull, for six years' allowance of 4s. a day due to him, which the King referred to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated Hague, 18/29 July 1701. 1½ pages.
[? About
July 18.]
31. Petition of Capt. Henry Browne to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that when the King came to Torbay he went to raise what men he could, but was betrayed by his ensign, who went away with some of them to be lieutenant in King James's army, then at Salisbury; the petitioner fled for his life, and lost about 200l. After that he was appointed Marshal General, and went to the Downs or to Deal to apprehend Capt. Gibbines, who had killed Capt. Morton of the marines; and one Robinson, an Irishman, who came from King James, taking advantage of his absence, obtained an order to be marshal, when the petitioner had served four years, and spent between 300l. and 400l. for servants and prisoners. He was then in danger of prison and utter ruin: praying to be employed in His Majesty's Customs.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. Not granted.” 1 page (quarto).
[? About
July 18.]
32. Petition of John Peters, gent., to the Lords of the Treasury. Upon search in the public offices he found that the concealments mentioned in his former petition had been already granted away. He was then reduced to the lowest extremity, but was informed that there were several reversions, &c. in the King's gift, as well as large commons and wastes belonging to His Majesty's lordships and manors, which if improved might be of advantage to the King, and not prejudice the persons who claimed right of common: praying directions to be given to the Receiver-General to receive proposals from the petitioner, in order to a grant to be made to him.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. When he has any proposicon to make, he must offer it here, in order to be referr'd.” 1 page.
[? About
July 18.]
33. Petition of Michael Hubert, serjeant porter to His Majesty, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying the payment of six years' arrears due to him on an allowance of 52l. per ann. for giving up to the Lord Almoner several rooms in the palace of Whitehall, adjoining the gate, and which belonged to the petitioner's office.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. The King has forbid my Lds to pay any lodging mony.” 1 page.
[? About
July 18.]
34. Petition of Edward Hodges, butcher, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, praying them to stop the amount of his bill (5l. 7s. 10d.) out of the half pay of Capt. Uriah Bruerton, late in Col. Sanderson's regiment of foot.
Accompanied by the bill.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. My Lds do not think it proper for them to intermeddle.” 3 pages.
[? About
July 18.]
35. Petition of Henry Ayloffe, Esq., His Majesty's remembrancer of the Exchequer, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for a warrant to receive the arrears of an ancient fee of 55l. 17s. 4d., as well as for the time to come, due to him as remembrancer, amounting to 670l., viz., from the King's accession.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. Two yeares to be pd.” 1 page.
July 21. 36. Certificate of the delivery out of the jewel-house of plate to the value of 3,084l. 16s. 10d., by two indentures to the Right Hon. the Earl of Jersey, one as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for a general peace, and the other as ambassador to France. Dated 21 July 1701. 1 page.
July 22. 37. Report of R. Barker, the King's deputy remembrancer, on the petition of the Rt. Hon. the Lady Diana Howard, relict and excutrix of Thomas Howard, Esq., deceased, as to the cancelling of the bonds of Thomas Howard's securities. Dated 22 July 1701.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
July 22. 38. Sick and wounded seamen. An account of payments to be made out of a remaining part of 20,000l. Delivered to the Lords of the Treasury 22 July 1701. 1 page and 3 lines.
July 23. 39. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Kent, touching 89l. 13s. expended by the sheriff of Southampton in prosecution and recovery of 865l. 0s. 6d. from Anthony Burrard, Esq., then a member of Parliament, due from him for duties on salt; in favour of the allowance of the same, or some part thereof. Dated 23 July 1701.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. 89li 13s to be allow'd.” 4 pages.
July 23. 40a. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Wm. Clayton, praying that on payment of 1,000l. certain bonds given by the securities of Andrew Clayton, a collector of Excise, might be given up, and the judgments thereon discharged: recommending that the terms of the petition should be accepted in discharge of Andrew Clayton's debt. Dated 23 July 1701.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 3 pages.
July 24. 40b. Letter of R. Yard to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 24 July 1701, inclosing the following petition, and recommending the petitioner as an object of compassion.
Petition of John Crowne, Esq., to the Lords Justices of England. The petitioner's father, William Crowne, Esq., purchased a large and fertile province in America, called Penobscot, lying between Nova Scotia and New England, and joining to both. He possessed it until the year 1668, when King Charles II. delivered up Nova Scotia and Penobscot to the French, whereupon he was turned out without compensation. His present Majesty has been all his reign in possession of the province. The petitioner had previously sought for redress and was referred to the Comrs for trade and plantations, who admitted his claims. Their report was read before the King in the Privy Council, and Mr. Secretary Vernon ordered to take care of it, which was all that was done, and the petitioner was almost in want of bread; beseeching for something for present support, and for recommendation for further charity and bounty, “neither of which can be displeasing to His Majesty, a just and gracious Prince who, for all regall virtues, is greatly fam'd and belov'd by all.”
Minuted:—“8 Augt 1701. Fifty pounds. Paid out of Sec. Ser. 9th Aug. 1701.” 2 pages.
July 25. 41. Letter signed Lawrence Galdy and Company, without address, proposing the terms upon which they would pay 3,000l. a month at Jamaica for six months, viz., they would receive 3,000l. at London, on 1 Sept., and pay at Jamaica on 1 Nov., 3,450l. of the current money of Jamaica, and if they did not put the price above 15 per cent. it was because the rumour of war made less business, and rendered money more scarce at Jamaica. Dated London, 25 July 1701. [French.] 1 page.
[? About
July 25.]
42. Petition of Andrew Hamilton and Robert West to the Lords of the Treasury. The petitioners were assignees of the post in North America, and had petitioned the King to purchase their interest, or grant them a further term to enlarge and support the undertaking; their Lordships were then of opinion that the King should not purchase but grant a further number of years. The petitioners represent that the establishment of posts in all the plantations would be a great advantage to trade, and of equal security to those parts in cases of invasion or insurrection, but could not be settled without an Act of Parliament. They pray that [in the event of] an Act being obtained their Lordships would recommend them for a grant of 21 years to be added to their interest in the North American post, and for a grant of 1,000l. out of money proposed to be raised to settle the post through Maryland and Virginia.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. My Lords adhere to their former resolution by wch ye petrs are left to make ye best of their patent.” 1 page.
[? About
July 25.]
43. Petition of Thomas Adams, Esq., barrister-at-law, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the King and Queen, by the advice of their Lordships, had granted the stewardship of the courts within the dissolved monastery of St. Mary's, near the walls of the city of York, to Benjamin Norcliff, sen., in trust, who, by age and decay of memory, was incapable of discharging his trust, and had also ill-demeaned himself, as by a petition of the freeholders, &c. appeared; praying for a warrant appointing him to the office.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. Ref. to ye Surveyr Genll.” 1 page.
[? About
July 25.]
44. Petition of Martin Perse, gent., to the King, showing that he went to Ireland in 1683, and was appointed surveyor of the Customs at Kinsale, and removed thence to Limerick, and was then preferred to Dungarvan, where he detected and prevented the conveyance of combed wool to France, that he continued there till the arrival of King James in Dublin, but was soon after dismissed for being a Protestant, and merely on that score was a great sufferer (amongst many others), as well by long imprisonment as losing his horses and most of his goods by the Irish; that he came to England to solicit for a Navy debt of 764l. 9s. 11d., owing from the Crown to him, as heir and executor of John Chudleigh, who was purser of His Majesty's ships “Bonadventure” and “Reserve;” that in 1686–7 he came to London, and stayed there a year, about the same, and got five Navy bills for that debt. In 1690 he petitioned, and the Lords of the Admiralty reported that the debt was justly due; the petitioner was recalled to Dublin and appointed collector of the port, &c. of Tralee. The petitioner had a fit of sickness and a considerable loss out of the cash he had received, and was a debtor thereupon for 200l. 13s. 3d., which he was unable to pay, and proposed to the Comrs at Dublin to respit his payment until he had endeavoured to obtain his Navy debt, but the Comrs appointed another collector. In May 1695 he came to London to obtain the Navy debt, and had waited about London for six years without any employment. Also there was an order to the Comrs of the Navy, dated 6 Dec. 1700, to assign all such Navy bills to be paid out of certain tallies on a deficient fund, yet that order was not executed, nor did the Comrs of the Navy give any encouragement as to when it would be performed; praying that further directions might be given that he might be discharged of the balance one way or other, and that he might be resettled in employment.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. Speak to ye Comrs of ye Navy abt this next time.”
Also copies of four documents corroborating his petition. 2 pages.
[? About
July 29.]
45. Petition of William Lowin, keeper of New Lodge, in Windsor Forest, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying that the lodge might be repaired, as it had suffered by the severity of the last winter's snow and tempestuous weather.
Minuted:—“29 July 1701. Ref. to Mr Ryley.” 1 page.
[? About
July 29.]
46. Petition of Anne Bowtell, widow of William Bowtell, late of London, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that her husband was formerly employed in the redemption of English captives, and there remained 204l. due to the petitioner; praying an order for the payment thereof.
Minuted:—“29 July 1701. 50li to be paid her.” 1 page.
[? About
July 29.]
47. Petition of David Batigné, agent to the Marquis de Miremont's regiment of dragoons, praying payment of 121l. 2s. 6d. for the pay of surgeon's mate to the regiment when they were first established in Flanders, from 1 Jan. 1695–6 to 27 Aug. 1698, the time they embarked for Ireland, which sum the petitioner had advanced.
Indorsed:—David Batigné, 29 July 1701.
Minuted:—“There is no fond for this.” 1 page.
[? About
July 29.]
48. Petition of Richard Long, late commander of His Majesty's ship “Rupert,” Prize, showing that he had already laid before their Lordships his account of disbursements about that ship, wherein he was creditor about 78l., and although he had not brought a present treasure into the nation, yet if there should happen a war with Spain it would be proved that he had done the nation a great service, and some material things which were never known in England before were then lying before His Majesty which would not be convenient to be publicly known.
In this service the petitioner did not spare pains or “fear his life” in venturing among the several sorts of Indians. About 18 years before, when Dampier went with the privateers to the South Seas, the Darien Indians piloted them over, but soon after war broke out with the English, and many were killed since; but the petitioner had been the first to make peace with them, and with others in those parts of Darien. Their Lordships would consider what great service these Indians do His Majesty, in case of war, in piloting into the country and up rivers, all which are plainly “cald” out in the petitioner's journals, presented to their Lordships; praying the payment of the balance of 50l. due to him out of 200l.
—“29 July 1701. My Lds cannot put ye King to any further charge in this matter.” 1 page.
July 29. 49. Letter from Mr. William Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. He had read to His Majesty the letter relating to his salary as Secretary at War out of the poundage of the army, and His Majesty commanded him to signify his pleasure that such part of the poundage as was in the hands of the Earl of Ranelagh applicable to his salary should be paid for the last year's salary of 1,000l., and what was wanting should be paid out of the civil list, or the whole out of the civil list, for this payment only. After which His Majesty thought fit to have the poundage examined into in order to place his salary or pension on it for the future. Dated Dieren, 29 July 1701, S. V.
Minuted:—“Speak to Lord Ranelagh.” See also Vol. LXXII., No. 22. 2 pages.
July 29. 50. Letter from Mr. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, directing 200l. to be repaid to Mr. Reeves, a merchant of Rotterdam, who had advanced the same to the Marquis of Carmarthen. The money to be paid out of secret service money as bounty to the Marquis. Dated Loo, 29 July 1701, S. V.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 35, 5 Aug. 1701, is:—“200l. out of sec. service money is to be p[ai]d to Mr Reeves or his order, Mr Povey.” 1 page.
July 29. 51. Letter from the same to the same, stating that Mr. King, the “deputy garter,” had written him a letter, enclosed, but he had not mentioned it to His Majesty because he had heard nothing of the business from the Treasury where it ought to arise. He had notified this to Mr. King, and that he would be wanted at Hanover, Lord Macclesfield being on his journey. Dated Loo, 9 Aug. 1701, S. N.
From the docquet it appears he was appointed to go with the garter to the Elector of Hanover. 1 page (quarto).
July 30. 52. Memorial of the Comrs for stating, adjusting, and clearing the debts for sick and wounded seamen and prisoners of war; giving a brief account of the nature of their labours, and asking the allowance of 1,833l. 6s. 8d. for their salaries, which item was postponed in the last distribution. Dated 30 July 1701.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 34, 5 Aug. 1701, is:—“Mr Addison. The memll for 3 years sallarys is read. My Lords tell him they canot consider their past services till such time as the accots are passd, except 1,100li, which is the third part of the sum for them layd before ye parliamt.” 1 page.
July 30. 53. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Col. Edward Fox and the officers of the regiment under his command. There was wanting at present to clear the officers pretensions for pay, passage, or bounty money, &c., 8,817l. 8s. 11d. [12l. was paid for each officer's passage from the West Indies, and 5l. for each non-commissioned officer's and soldier's passage.] Dated 30 July 1701.
Also the memorial.
Minuted:—“1st Augt 1701. To speake to Lord Ranelagh next time he attends.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 41, 20 Aug. 1701, is:—“Mr Clark acquaints my Lords of a complaint of Coll. Fox against my Lord Ranelagh, relating to money due to his regt for subsistence & otherwise. Mr Paunceford called in, tells the Lords that some part of the Collo's demands will be satisfyd out of the tallys now striking in Lord Ranelagh's name on low wines, &c., and as to the rest it will have its proporcon out of the 40,000l. given for the exceeding of last year.” 3 pages.
July 30. 54. Memorial of the Officers of the Works to the Lords of the Treasury, setting out how the weekly payments, appropriated by several orders, were disposed of; viz.:
300l. a week to clear the debt to Christmas 1699, and carry on the works at the Tower of London, Whitehall, Cockpit, St. James's, Westminster, Greenwich, Winchester, Newmarket, and Audley End.
10l. a week to Mr. Verrio, for paintings at Windsor.
200l. a week for new works at the House at Hampton Court, and to pay a debt of 11,000l.
200l. a week for the gardens (including clearing the river).
The 200l. a week, which was allowed upon several works in the gardens, was taken off at Christmas last, and left a debt of 4,315l. 8s. 1d. This stops the works in the gardens which should be done in His Majesty's absence. Dated 30 July 1701.
Minuted:—“To be considered.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 38, 8 Aug. 1701, is:—“The 100l. a week in ye scheme beginning 3 7br next is to be issued to ye works & applyed to pay 4,315l. 8s.d. due to plumbers” [and other workmen] “for works in ye gardens done under ye inspection of Mr Tallman.” 1 page.
July 30. 55. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Thomas Cook, who had, in October 1692, bought 98,752 lbs. weight of pepper of the Old East India Company, which had been imported by them in October 1691. The petitioner sought to recover 1,440l. 2s. 2d. for drawbacks on the re-shipment. The Comrs did not object to the payment of the value of the debenture if their Lordships (to prevent further litigation) would order payment of the money by special warrant upon cancelling the debenture. Dated 30 July 1701.
Also the report of J. Bridges, the solicitor to the Comrs of Customs, on the same. 8 pages.
July 31. 56. Proposal of Sir Bartholomew Gracedieu, Knight, for the exchange of money from London to Jamaica, for the service of His Majesty's forces there, viz., for every 100l. sterling paid him in London he would give bills payable in Jamaica at 30 days sight for 120l. current money of Jamaica. Dated 31 July 1701. 1 page.
July. 57. Memorial by the Comrs for adjusting, stating, and clearing the debt for the sick and wounded seamen and prisoners at war, asking their Lordships to “direct” 6,232l. 8s. 10¾d. due to complete 20,000l. granted by parliament; and it should be forthwith distributed by them “with the same general satisfaction and without the least trouble” to their Lordships. Dated July 1701.
Also an account. 3 pages.
Aug. 1. 58. Report of Mr. Henry Baker to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Edward Anderson and Edward Edwards. The report states that their Lordships had ordered them 50l. towards the trial of persons on the borders of Scotland who had carried wool into Scotland, two of whom were convicted in a penalty of 876l. Certifying in favour of allowing them their bill of charges, amounting to 52l. 16s. 4d., in addition to what they had received. Dated 1 Aug. 1701.
Also two petitions of the above persons, and two copies of the bill of charges.
One of the petitions is minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. My Lds order 50li to be pd by Mr Baker to ye petrs.” 6 pages.
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Aug. 1.]
59. Petition of Robert Cony to the Lords of the Treasury. His father, John Cony, who died in Aug. 1699, was surgeon to the marine regiment commanded by the Marquis of Carmarthen, and for want of his name and his mates name being given in, their payment was not ordered with the rest, and there remained due to them 263l. 13s. Praying for payment.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. To be consider'd when ye accot is made up.” 1 page.
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Aug. 1.]
60. Petition of Daniel Gates, of Millford near Lymington, in the county of Southampton, sailmaker, to the Lords of the Treasury. He had the misfortune to live under the collection of Mr. Thomas Parish, collector for salt duties, who had forged several bonds on the petitioner and returned them into the Excise office to his utter ruin. Praying their Lordships to give directions.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. Ref. to Comrs Excise.” 1 page.
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Aug. 1.]
61. Petition of Henry Powell, purveyor of Hampton Court, to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the building and repair of certain barns there.
Also an estimate.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. No rept yet made. Refer to officers of ye works.” 2 pages (quarto).
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Aug. 1.]
62. Petition of Nathaniel Bowles, assay master, Francis Cooke, weigher and teller, John Loyd, surveyor of the meltings and clerk of the irons, and John Low, polisher of the dies, late officers employed in the Mint at Bristol, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that the Act which appointed the Mint at Bristol expired on 24 June 1699, but they continued their duties till September; praying for their pay till Michaelmas 1699, as had been allowed to other officers.
Minuted:—“1 Aug. 1701. Not granted.” 1 page.
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Aug. 1.]
63. Petition of William Soley, gent., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that certain coal mines in Alfreton, in the county of Derby, were leased by King Charles II. for 31 years, which term had expired: praying for another lease for 31 years.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. Ref. to Mr Surveyr genll.” 1 page.
Aug. 1. 64. Memorial of the Trustees for exchanging Exchequer bills. The specie Exchequer bills in the teller's office amounted to 300,000l., and more would be brought in. When the specie money in the Exchequer should be issued there would be a necessity of a further call of money from the subscribers: praying that new Exchequer bills might be made out instead of the old ones, which would be more valuable to the subscribers, &c. There was about 100,000l. in the Exchequer which had been lent on the third of the fourth 3s. aid, and applicable to cancel Exchequer bills, &c. Dated 1 Aug. 1701. 1 page.
Aug. 1. 65. Letter from Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, returning the several papers signed by the King, viz.:—
A warrant for a privy seal to discharge the Earl of Jersey of the plate delivered to him out of the Jewel office.
A like warrant for the Earl of Pembroke.
A warrant to acknowledge satisfaction of a fine of 500 marks set on Reginald Chevery, for a riot in Drury Lane.
Warrant for remitting 219l, 12s. to William Pope.
The King had the particulars relating to the Duke of Bolton and Mr. Progers under consideration. Dated Dieren, 1/12 Aug. 1701. 1 page.
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Aug. 1.]
66. Petition of Maximillian Stephens to the Lords of the Treasury. 200l. had been ordered for his journey into Cheshire, Shropshire, and North Wales, to procure and bring up about 500 duplicates in order to charge the receivers. His expenses were greatly increased by accident and other charges, including guides over the mountains, then covered with snow, and amounted to 250l. He was out “above six months in the midst of winter.” Praying to be considered, and that his salary might be made up equal to the rest of his brethren, &c.
Also certificate in his favour.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. He shall upon ye first vacancy be recomended to ye King to come into full salary, and 50li more to be given him.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 51, 21 Oct. 1701, is:—“250l. to Max. Stephens.” 2 pages (quarto).
Aug. 4. 67. Report of Sir John Stanley, Bart. (Lord Chamberlain's office), to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mrs. Ann Whynyard, housekeeper of the Palace of Westminster, finding that by her patent she was allowed but 6d. a day at the Exchequer, and that an allowance of 6s. 8d. a day from the Lord Chamberlain had been discontinued till the King's pleasure were known: leaving the settlement to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 4 Aug. 1701.
Minuted:—“8 Augt 1701. To be considered before ye establ. is finished.” 2 payes.
Aug. 5. 68. Presentment of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending that the salaries of certain additional clerks should cease, as there was no further occasion for their services. Dated 5 Aug. 1701.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1 page.
Aug. 5. 69. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Capt. Thomas Bryan, confined in the Fleet Prison for a debt of 720l. on several bonds for duties on salt. Praying for his liberty, and for a command at sea. They report that his bonds were in suit, that they knew nothing of his losses, &c. Dated 5 Aug. 1701.
Minuted:—“Read 5th Aug. 1701. My Lords do not think fitt to do any thing in this.” 2 pages.
Aug. 5. 70. Report of the Agents [for getting in taxes] to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mr. Killigrew, touching neglects in the collection of duties on windows within the liberties of the King's palaces of Whitehall and St. James's; denying the correctness of the petition. Dated 5 Aug. 1701.
Minuted:—“8 Augt 1701. Mr Killigrew mistaken.”
The petition and two other documents relating thereto. 4 pages.
Aug. 6. 71. Memorial of the Comrs for licensing Hawkers, Pedlers, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury, recapitulating their memorial of 7 July (No. 11), and recommending four riding officers for England and Wales, at 100l. a year, and one for the city of London and bills of mortality at 50l. Dated 6 Aug. 1701. 2 pages.
Aug. 6. 72. Letter of Thomas, Bishop of Rochester, assuring the Lords of the Treasury that the fees have been paid for all the children of the Royal family who have been buried at Westminster. Mr. Needham who gave in the bill for the Duke of Gloucester, was on a progress for the church, but he had no doubt his bill was true, he being a very honest man, and having been their officer almost ever since the Restoration. Dated Bromley, Aug. 6.
On the dorse is:—“Paid to Dr Birch one of the prebendarys of the abby, 9th Aug. 1701.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 39, 8 Aug. 1701, is:—“68l. 6s. 8d. for ye fees of ye church on ye D. of Gloucester's intermt is to be p[ai]d out of ye secret service.” 1 page (quarto).
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Aug. 7.]
73. Petition of the Messengers of His Majesty's great chamber to the Lords of the Treasury. The proposed reduction of their number to 30, and the pensioning nine of them, would prove their utter ruin. They had already suffered a loss of 5l. per ann. for nine years past, by the late Lord Chamberlain filling up the vacant places contrary to the establishment. During the late war they were obliged to pawn their goods, &c. to perform His Majesty's service, and when they received any payments they lost from 11l. to upwards of 30l. per cent. on tallies and malt tickets: praying to have the honour to die in His Majesty's service, and that they might be established on the same footing with the grooms of the great chamber.
Minuted:—“7 Aug. 1701. The nine are to continue on the establ. as messengers in extrary, to receive their sallarys under that capacity without any other allowance.” 1 page.
Aug. 7. 74. Proposal of Joseph Martyn, of London, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury, to supply their Lordships with money in the Leeward Islands, viz., for every 100l. paid him in London to pay at Nevis 125l. current money of that island by bills of exchange 30 days after sight. Dated 7 Aug. 1701. ½ page.
Aug. 8. 75. Letter of Mr. William Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes. He had prepared an additional establishment for several pensions in Ireland, to which the King had added Antoine de Laussac, at 3s. a day. The King had signed it, and it was sent for the counter-signature of their Lordships. Dated Loo, 8/19 Aug. 1701. 1 page (quarto).
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Aug. 8.]
76. Petition of Jasper English, under housekeeper of Hampton Court, to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing the report of the officers of works, who had considered his bill of charges and conceived the works could not amount to less than 70l. He had expended 40l. in re-passing an Exchequer lease purely for His Majesty's service. 45l. were due to Mr. Yonge for rent of meadows, &c.; praying payment.
The report and the account of money expended.
Minuted:—“8 Aug. 1701. The 70li allowd; 40li disallowed. The rent to Mr Young ought to cease from ye time his annuity cōmences.” 3 pages.
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Aug. 8.]
77. Petition of Thomas Mathews, gent., to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he had been receiver general of taxes for the counties of Hereford, Brecon, and Radnor, and had received instructions to bring up the moneys collected with a strong guard; that he had paid 1,929 guineas into the receipt of the Exchequer, and Mr. Bartholomew Burton had accepted them, and encouraged him to hope that they might be passed at 30s. each; but two months afterwards sent him word that the guineas would not be taken except at 22s. a piece, and being sued and his security threatened, he was obliged to let the same be taken at 22s., when they had cost him 30s., whereby he lost 771l. 12s., which with the allowance for guards and the loss of three times more than ever he got by being receiver general, forced him to decline the receipt. He was harrassed with process out of the Exchequer, and his security threatened, but had obtained his quietus. The agents for taxes reported that 395l. 2s. 3d. were due to him, but he was advised that the report was not valid without their Lordships' warrant: praying for the same.
Minuted:—“8 Augt 1701. Prepare ye warrt, but there is no fond at present for paymt.”
Accompanied by the report referred to, two previous petitions, and two accounts of his extraordinary charges. 6 pages.
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Aug. 8.]
78. Petition of John Bynlos to the Lords of the Treasury. King Charles II. had granted him the reversion of the stewardship of the dissolved monastery of St. Austin's at Canterbury, after the death or avoidance of Sir Anthony Archer, for two lives; the petitioner living in Hampshire, did not hear of the death of Sir Anthony Archer till Jeffrey Boyse had surreptitiously obtained a grant by warrant from Lord Nottingham's office; upon reference to the Attorney-General, their Lordships had directed that the petitioner should surrender his grant for lives, and that Boyse's grant should be “vacuated;” praying that a new grant might be made for one life.
Minuted:—“8 Augt 1701. My Lords can grant only dur. pleasure.” 1 page.
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Aug. 8.]
79. Petition of Samuel Powell, Esq., serjeant-at-arms attending the House of Commons, praying to be reimbursed the sums expended, as shown in an account annexed.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 39, 8 Aug. 1701, is:—“Serjt Powell. The serjt of ye House of Comons' bill to be p[ai]d.” 6 pages.
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Aug. 8.]
80. Petition of Charles and George Villiers, sons and executors of George Viscount Grandison, deceased. The petitioners' father had lent Henry Earl of Suffolk about 4,000l., which debt they had by all fair means endeavoured to obtain from the Earl. His answer had always been that when His Majesty reconveyed Audley End house and park to him, in satisfaction of a debt of 20,000l., he would satisfy the petitioners. They were informed the King had signed a warrant for the re-conveyance, but the Earl had now changed his mind; praying that before the grant was passed the Earl might show cause why he should not satisfy the petitioners.
Minuted:—“8 Augt 1701. Earle of Suffolk & executors of Ld Grandisson to be heard on ye first Tuesday after Micħs. & in ye mean time ye gt to stop. L~re writ.”
Also a memorandum that the executors desire a caveat against passing the grant. 1¼ pages.