Volume 78: January-March 8, 1702

Pages 553-570

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

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January 4–March 8, 1702

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1. Petition of Thomas Earl of Sussex to the King, stating that King Charles II. promised him 20,000l. with the Countess of Sussex, who was his natural daughter, as a marriage portion, but as it did not suit His Majesty to pay the money he granted them 2,000l. a year for their support until it was paid, upon which there was a great debt owing; praying payment.
[The contents of this petition are nearly identical with that in Vol. LVIII., No. 48.]
Also “the state of the Earl of Sussex, his case,” as to his wife's portion. Undated, but 1701 or 1702. An epitome of this petition is entered in the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 213, on 8 July 1702, with this order upon it, “Her Maty can take noe consideration of arrears, but is pleased to continue the “1,200li” a year for the future.” 4 pages.
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2. Petition of Isaac Teale and Robert Gower, apothecaries, showing that they had delivered to Brigadier Selwyn a quantity of medicines, drugs, and utensils for the use of the forces in the West Indies, to the value of 155l. 10s., a like quantity also having been supplied by other persons by mistake in Ireland; praying payment, &c.
Also four other papers relating thereto.
Minuted:—“A warrt to pay this in Ireld.” 5 pages.
Jan. 4.
3. Letter from Thomas Archbishop of Canterbury to the Hon. Mr. Hill of the Treasury. The Archbishop of Philippoli was about to return, and hoped for some mark of respect from the King, who had promised one. Asking that His Majesty might be reminded. He had formerly 60 guineas from the bishops, and the writer had about 200 more for him to-morrow, and hoped he would return well pleased. Dated 4 Jan. 1701.
Minuted:—“Pd 6 Feb. 1701. 200li.” 1 page.
Jan. 6. 4. Letter from Mr. Walter Wallinger to the Lords of the Treasury. The account of Sir Henry Furness, being transmitted into the Pipe Office he was directed to give a speedy despatch to the quietus thereon, but it was an account which would require several months, there being 4,100 tallies to be examined and allowed, for which there was a fee of 1s. each tally due to him as was always taken by his predecessors secondaries in the said office, and by himself for 50 years. The other fees upon the account were to the Hon. Robert Lord Russell, Clerk of the Pipe, upon the quietus 5l.; the attorney and his clerks, and for the stamp duty, 10l. Dated 6 Jan. 1701–2.
Letter of Lionel Herne on the same subject.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 113, 21 Jan. 1701, is:—“Mr Wallinger. He insists upon his fee of 12d per tally. Qre whether it be in the inquisicon taken tempore Jac. pr. He saies he will proceed in examining the tallys and submit the fees to my Lords determination. My Lords think fifty pounds will be a reasonable compensation.” 2 pages.
Jan. 6. 5. Letter of Mr. John Sansom to Mr. Lowndes, sending accounts of saltpetre imported and exported for a year. Dated 6 Jan. 1701.
Also the two accounts. 3 pages.
[? About
Jan. 7.]
6. Petition of Thomas Baston to the King, showing that his brother John Baston raised and maintained a company of foot in the late rebellion in Ireland, which so incensed the Irish papists, that they burnt eleven houses and plundered and totally ruined his estate; that hoping to retrieve his fortune he built a small vessel called the “Whitehall Yacht,” which he put in the King's service in the late war, and this was taken by a French privateer, by which he was so reduced that for a small subsistence he served her late Majesty as a clerk, under Mons. D'Allonne, her secretary, when he did several things for Her Majesty's closet in writing and drawing with a pen, which gave Her Majesty great satisfaction, but after her decease he had no care taken of him as her other servants had. That by the King's order, through Major-Gen. Trelawny, he made a draught of the lighthouse on the Eddystone, near Plymouth, which the King then had at Kensington, and afterwards, by his express orders, a second draught of the same, much larger, and according to the new alterations, which were then made in that lighthouse, together with the draughts of several of the King's ships of war, which after much pains and six months labour, he performed to general satisfaction, and delivered to the King at Hampton Court three days before his departure to Holland in the last year; for which he had received no manner of reward or gratification, but was reduced, with his wife and children, to great want and poverty. Praying for the royal bounty and for a provision to be made in consideration of his sufferings.
Minuted:—“To be laid before ye K. Read 7 Janry 1701. To have 30l. in full. Paid 29th Janry 1701.”
This is a beautiful specimen of caligraphy, and no doubt the petitioner's own work. 1 small page (quarto).
Jan. 8. 7. Debts owing by the Victualling Office which were due on the 31st of December 1701.
A copy drawn out for some special purpose, as there is at the foot, “Exd T.R. Janry 8, 1701.” 1 page.
Jan. 8. 8. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Elizabeth Weemes, wife to James Weems, Esq., captain of one of the four Independent Companies at New York, praying that the pay and off-reckonings of her husband's company might be paid to Mr. Champante or be accounted for to the captain; finding that the Governors of New York, as Commanders-in-chief, had appointed persons to receive the pay, &c., and that Lord Cornbury, then the governor, had appointed Mr. Andrews to be agent of the Four Companies, and had given assignments to clothiers for 2,124l. 11s. 4d. out of off-reckonings for clothing already provided or to be provided. The disbursements for clothing were unlikely to be paid except Mr. Champante, agent to the Four Companies, were authorised to receive the pay and off-reckonings. He was further of opinion that the sums made out by the petitioner's husband or other captains as disbursed for clothing should be charged on the off-reckonings. Dated 8 Jan. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“23 Janry 1701–2. My Lords canot give direction to the Earle of Ranelagh how he is to apply ye off-reckonings; but his Lop will take care to pay the same from time to time to whom they are due.”
Also the petition. 3 pages.
Jan. 9. 9. Letter of Mr. Wm. Blathwayt, enclosing an account of the disposal of money in Holland in the last year, in which was an addition relating to levy money and presents to the Danish Court not included in the paper he presented to the King at the Treasury on the previous Wednesday. Dated 9 Jan. 1701–2. A few lines.
Jan. 9. 10. “Estimate of the debts for sick and wounded seamen to be paid out of the second 20,000l. granted by the parliamt in 1701 for the said service.” 9 January 1701–2. 1 page.
Jan. 9. 11. Docquetted:—“Ireland. L. Conningsby's rept upon the petitions of sevll French officers. Janry ye 9th 1701–2.”
The report is as to several officers of the late French regiments of foot who had petitioned for their arrears of pay due to 31 Dec. 1691, the pretensions of some of whom had then been admitted and others disallowed. The present report distinguishes them under the following heads, viz.:—“First, such as do personally appear in their own right with regular accots & certificates. Secondly, such as do claim by letters of attorney from absent officers said to be now living with like accounts and certs, showing what is due to such absent officers. Thirdly, such as do claim as heirs to the deceas'd persons. Fourthly, those who claim as execrs or by łres of administration.” Dated 9 Jan. 1701–2.
In the margins are the minutes on the separate cases in Mr. Lowndes' hand. 3½ brief sized pages.
Jan 10. 12. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the debts of the Office of the Works, up to December 1701. Dated 10 Jan. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“Kensington, Jan. 14th 1701–2. Examine the particulars of the summe expended last year in the works at Whitehall.
“The King ought not to be at the charge of any worke at St James's.
The 50l. a week to the gardens and the money for the mason, plumber, & others at Hampton Court are to be paid weekly, and my Lords are to consider of paying the present debt to the works.
“And my Lords are to have a state of all the worke ordered to be done this year.” 1 page.
Jan. 10. 13. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, upon the case of Mr. Charles Atherton, serjeant plumber. It required more time than ordinary to “retrospect” the books some 23 years back. They had adjusted his debts unpaid, chargeable in their office, amounting to 1,464l. 12s. 3d.; they also gave an account of what was not chargeable in their office. The reason he was not paid in their office might be that about the year 1692 every artificer or tradesman belonging to His Majesty's works that would advance double his debts in money by way of loan into the Exchequer, had in lieu thereof tallies struck for the same and his debts included, which cleared most of the old debts in the office; whatever might be the reason, they found it unpaid in the books and it could not be paid without their Lordships' particular direction. Dated 10 Jan. 1701–2.
Accompanied by the petition and two accounts.
There are two or three minutes on the back, the last of which is:—
“22th July 1702. Read. Officers of works are here. They say its a just debt but very old.” 4 pages.
Jan. 12. 14. Certificate of Mr. Thomas Taylor, Deputy Paymaster of the Board of Works, to the Lords of the Treasury, that 301l. out of 2,115l. 9s. 3d. had been paid to Mr. Henry Wise for works done in the gardens and park at Hampton Court, viz., by weekly payments of 75l. Dated 12 Jan. 1701.
Also a letter from Mr. William Lowndes, directing the above certificate to be returned. 2 pages.
Jan. 12. 15. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Simon Donjoy, a collector of excise in the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, and Sussex, suspended from his employment for arrears in his accounts; finding that the petitioner stood indebted upon the balance of his excise and leather accounts, 1,622l. 17s.d. Dated 12 Jan. 1701.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“Read 20 Jan. 1701–2. Read to my Lord Treasurer Dec. 1st 1702.” 3 pages.
Jan. 13. 16. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. In December 1699 they had an intimation that French wines were imported from St. Sebastians and neighbouring ports of Spain, and they directed the surveyors to taste all wines “officiously” to discover whether they were of French growth or mixed with French, and in that case to seize them in order to a trial. They went on tasting till the 29th of January, when they tasted some from St. Antonio which they believed to be French, on which they were directed to seize in order to have a trial for the French duty. Divers other wines were also seized from Bilboa, St. Sebastians, and other ports, and in Easter term a parcel of wines belonging to Mr. Creagh was brought to trial, before which they discovered that Robert Leslie, who had been at St. Sebastians, could prove that several ships under prosecution took in their loadings at that port out of French barques; notwithstanding which evidence, seconded by Bishop, a mariner, the jury brought a verdict against the King; but a new trial was granted. Soon after one Gamell offered to discover matters of great importance, and it was found that he was privy to the whole transaction of the French trade. The merchants apprehending fresh evidence made proposals to treat, on which it was agreed that they should make up what they had already paid for Spanish duty to two-thirds of the appraised value of their wines. The Comrs recommend that “Lesly” and Gamell should have 500l. each, and that Bishop, being already employed in the Customs, should have 200l., and that the surveyors and other officers should have other rewards, which would amount to about 400l. “for their help in retrieving about 22,000l. in the whole more than the Spanish duty.” Dated 13 Jan. 1701.
Minuted:—“Agreed. A warrt to the Recr Genll to pay this out of ye new subsidy.” 2¼ pages.
Jan. 13. 17. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Roger Beal, distiller, whose stillhouse was burnt, as to his debt for duties on low wines and spirits; recommending proceedings to be stayed if he gave good security for the payment. Dated 13 Jan. 1701.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
Jan 13. 18. An application from Mr. John Gauntlett for an order to the Treasurer of the Chamber to pay the Keeper of the Council Records his usual allowance of 90l. a year, for providing stationery for the council chamber and office, pursuant to a warrant. Dated 13 Jan. 1701–2.
The warrant referred to.
In the Minute Book, Vol XI., p. 117, 27 Jan. 1701, is;—“Mr Gauntlett, 90l.” 2 pages.
Jan. 13. 19. “An account of how much will be necessary to pay halfe a year to the Public Ministers.” Dated 13 Jan. 1701–2.
Giving a list of them. They are the same as those in Vol. LXXVII., No. 36, except two, viz., Mr. Methuen and Mr. Whitworth, who are not in this list. 1 page.
Jan. 16. 20. Copy of Order in Council by the Lords Justices to the principal Officers of Ordnance, for the furnishing 2,000 muskets out of the King's stores, to be sent to Ireland for the supply of the magazines there.
The copy made out for some purpose on 16 Jan, 1701–2.
Another similar order for 700 pikes and 2,000 muskets. 2 pages.
Jan. 17. 21. Certificate, signed Robert Sedgwick, as to plate delivered out of the jewel house to the Rt. Hon. Sir Joseph Williamson, Principal Secretary of State, upon two occasions, viz., on 27 March 1675 and on 17 Apr. 1697. Upon the latter date he went as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the treaty of general peace. Certified 17 Jan. 1701–2. 1 page.
Jan. 20. 22. Letter from Mr. J. Bridges to William Lowndes, Esquire. By their Lordships order he had advised with Mr. Attorney-General on the enclosed presentment of the Comrs of Customs relating to the cause of wrecked goods lately determined against the King in the Court of King's Bench, and he having underwritten his opinion, that it was not advisable to bring it before the House of Lords, the writer desired their Lordships' directions that if they acquiesced in the judgment of Westminster Hall, he might stop the great expense of proceeding further upon the writ of error. Dated 20 Jan. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“20 Jan. 1701–2. Mr Bridges is told that he must lett this matter drop as quietly as he can.”
Accompanied by the presentment, on which is written the Attorney-General's opinion.
And another paper, entitled:—“An accot of the cause relating to wreckt goods lately determined in the Courts of Common Pleas & King's Bench. 3½ pages.
Jan. 21.]
23. Petition of Dr. Christian Harel to the King. On the accession he was sworn physician in ordinary to the King and Queen, with a salary of 219l. per ann., and about the same time apothecary to the Queen, at a salary of 200l. per ann.; and to attend these employments he had put off other business. By some mistake he was struck out of Mr. Nicholas' list as though provided for some other way, though nothing else had been given, but his salary of 219l., payable in the treasurer of the Chamber's Office, was also taken away. Praying for the re-establishment of his salaries.
Minuted:—“Read before the K. 21 Jan 1701. To be continued on Mr Nicholas his list for so much as he had there.” 1 page.
Jan. 23. 24. Petition of Henry Lowman, housekeeper and wardrobe keeper of Kensington, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for payment of 263l. transferred by Simon Brienne, his predecessor, and also for one year's salary (two years being due to him) to make him equal in payment with the rest of His Majesty's family.
Another memorial to the same effect, minuted:—“To be considered in the distribution of the bill mony,” and a memorandum of what was due to him. On the back of the latter is:—“23th Janry 1701. Mr Lowman's memorial.” 2½ pages
Jan. 23. 25. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mary, widow of Ralph Williamson, Esq., as to the state of his accounts as Receiver-General of Taxes in the counties of York, Durham, and Northumberland. She claimed an allowance of 5,150l. 6s. 6d., &c. Dated 23 Jan. 1701.
Accompanied by (1) another report from them of 21 July 1700; (2) the petition of his widow; (3) an account of money paid into the receipt of the Exchequer by him; (4) a duplicate of a report made by the Agents 29 Nov. 1698; (5) another of 14 July 1696; (6) a letter from Mr. Lowndes thereon; (7) another petition from the widow.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt for ye 5150. 6. 6. and a direction for the 2,000l., according to ye former minute, out of ye first arrears.” 8 pages.
Jan. 23. 26. A warrant of the Lords of the Treasury to the Lord Charles, Lord Halifax, auditor of the receipt of the Exchequer, to pass debentures for payment of 10l. 10s. to the churchwardens of St. Botolphs, London. Dated 23 Jan. 1701. 1 page.
[? About
Jan. 27.]
27. Memorial of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the King, asking for some chapel furniture to be allowed to Mr. Cressett, Envoy Extraordinary at the Court of Hanover and Zell, the chaplain then being ready to go to Hanover.
Minuted:—“27 Jany 1701–2. To be laid before ye King. Read 4 Feby 1701. To have 100li to furnish his chappel. Pđ. 6 Feb.” ½ page.
[? About
Jan. 27.]
28. Petition of Charles Colinge, late yeoman of the guns, son to Richard Colinge, Esq., late clerk of the Council and Secretary to the late Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Dorset, addressed to the King. Praying that his salary of 18l. 5s. per ann. should be continued, the late regulation having deprived him of it.
Minuted:—“27 Jany 1701–2. To be laid before ye King.” 1 page.
Jan. 27.]
29. Petition of the officers of the late regiment of Col. Edw. Fox to the King. They were disbanded in the Leeward Islands in America, and to prevent the soldiers from being mutinous, out of their own money lent them 1,106l. The Lords Justices directed them to be paid, but Lord Ranelagh had no fund: praying further directions might be given.
Minuted:—“27 Jany 1701–2. To be laid before ye King. Ref. to E. Ranelagh.” 1 page.
Jan. 27.]
30. Petition of Elizabeth Grove, relict of the late Bishop of Chichester, praying for continuance of the Royal bounty, her husband having died so soon after he came to the bishopric, leaving her and her children without support.
Minuted:—“27 Jan. 1701–2. To be laid before ye King. Read 11 Feb. 1701. 400li p[ai]d 17th Feb. 1701.” 1 page (quarto).
[? About
Jan. 27.]
31. “State of ye defalcac[i]ons in Sr Ed. Seymour's time, as adjustd wth Mr Clark, Janry 1701–2.”
Minuted:—“Read 27 Janry 1701–2.” 2 pages.
Jan. 29. 32. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on a memorial as to remitting the subsistence of the “company of Sir Henry Belasyses regiment” at the Bermudas. Dated 29 Jan. 1701.
The memorial referred to of Robert Gardner, the agent. 1 page.
Jan. 31. 33. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending similar treatment of the informations exhibited as well by Saml. Mason, and Jephson Towers, as Thomas Bellamy, against merchants who had imported French wines as Spanish, to that recommended on 20 Nov. last, viz., the Attorney-General to non pros. the informations, and assist the merchants in their defence. Dated 31 Jan. 1701.
Two other papers connected therewith.
Minuted:—“Orderd.” 4 pages.
Feb. 3. 34. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. In obedience to their Lordships' commands they had caused a deputation to be despatched to Mr. James Merrick to be waiter at Southampton, instead of Mr. Dickinson, deceased, but reminding their Lordships of a regulation proposed by them to the Lords of the Treasury in Oct. 1696, as a method to introduce properly qualified officers, which seemed then to be approved by their Lordships. It ran thus:—“That none be for the future imployed in the service of the Customes above the degree of tidesman, boatman, & preventive officer who have not been instructed, and that to appeare by certificat from such proper officers to whome it should be referr'd by the Commrs to examine their qualification. And that no such certificat be given to any person who has not attended six months to be instructed.” The Comrs further came to the resolution not to present any person to their Lordps for a collector, surveyor, or landwaiter, whom they should not first personally examine as to his qualification for the place intended, with regard to the port in which he was to serve, because, according to the variety of trade, more knowledge and experience were necessary in one port than another. The Comrs had thought of a proper person for this vacancy, and having personally examined him at the Board, referred him for further examination of the surveyors of this port, who having examined him, gave a certificate of his ability and fitness, and the Comrs presented him to their Lordships for employment, but having received their Lordships' warrant for James Merrick, who at the board acknowledged he had no experience in Custom-house business, they referred him to the surveyor, whose certificate is annexed. The Comrs thought it necessary to lay the whole before their Lordships, before they issued their deputation, which was the cause of the delay. They further say that the port of Southampton is a port of considerable action, that requires an officer of skill and experience. The Comrs had not any objection to the person appointed, but thought he required time and experience to qualify him for the business. Dated 3 Feb. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“Read 3 Feb. 1701–2.”
Accompanied by copy of the report referred to of 8 Oct. 1696. Also the examination papers of the candidates referred to, with the certificates at the foot. 6½ pages.
Feb. 3. 35. Report of the Comrs of Customs on a proposal of the Comrs of Excise to put the duties upon imported liquors under the management of the Comrs and officers of Customs, not objecting thereto, although it would be additional trouble. Dated 3 Feb. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“Prepare a clause for imported liquors.”
Accompanied by the proposal referred to, and a report of the Patent officers [of the port of London], not objecting to the proposed alterations upon suitable allowance being made for their additional charge and trouble. 3 pages.
Feb. 3.]
36. Petition of Sir Salathiel Lovell, knt., one of the King's sergeants-at-law, and Recorder of London, to the King, showing that Joseph Horton being possessed of the lease of a farm in Cotton Abbots, in Cheshire, of about 80l. per ann., and other possessions, was attainted of high treason upon the Act against coiners; that the estates were so much encumbered as to be of little profit to the King, and as the petitioner for the last nine years had had more trouble and fatigue in the discovery and conviction of such offenders and other criminals than any person in the kingdom, he prayed for the King's interest therein, &c.
Accompanied by the particular of the estate, both real and personal, of Joseph Horton, attainted of high treason. Also another paper, containing articles with which the prosecutor in the suit of Rex v. Horton might be accused.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 120, 3 Feb. 1701–2, is:—
“Sr Jon Stanley &
Sr Salath Lovell abt
Horton's forfeited
estate. Sr Sal. saies he has served 10 years in a place of great trouble & little profitt. The K. is sensible he hath been a greater loser by that servis. It has been usuall for p[er]sons in
his place to go into Westmr Hall early. His place is but 80l a year sallary, & small perquisites. The K. ordered him to lodg his peticon here. The warden (saies Sr Sal) knows there are incumbrances above 900l; Sr Sal. hears more. The premises are not improvable, he objects agt the P.S., as to rayse a fond to prosecute men's lives, wch the law disallows: the forfeitures should go to the hands of ye sheriff to acct for the same to the K. There ought to be noe motive to prosecute any man's life, but justice,” &c. [There are some further particulars as to the same property.]
And at p. 126, 11 Feb. 1701–2, is:—“Sir Salathiel Lovell is to have the forfeited estate of Horton, and to be only at the future charge of recovering the same.” 4½ pages.
Feb. 4. 37. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sir Richard Blackmore, one of the executors of Edward Pilsworth, surveyor-general and receiver of the duties on strong waters, cider, and coffee; praying to be discharged from Pilsworth's debt; showing that Pilsworth was a debtor to the Crown, and the petitioner was possessed of his property and liable for the debt which was unappropriated. Dated 4 Feb. 1701.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K. Read 9th June 1702. Granted.” 4 pages.
Feb. 5. 38. Copy of a memorial of Robert Henley to the King, praying that his son might be employed in transporting His Majesty's forces. Dated 5 Feb. 1701–2. ½ page.
Feb. 10. 39. Letter from the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, sending an account of 3,000 muskets and 1,000 long pikes for the supply of the magazines in Ireland, amounting to 3,316l. 10s.; desiring the King's letters for payment, as they were to be paid for in Ireland. Dated 10 Feb. 1701–2.
Also the account, and copy of order in Council for furnishing the above, dated 18 Dec. 1701. 3 pages.
Feb. 10.]
40. Letter of Mr. T. Done [Auditor of Imprests], to George Dodington, Esq. He had sent him the imprest roll relating to Lord Orford's account for the year 1696 to be perfected. How the charge in 1695 and 1697 should be so great and that of 1696 so little he could not tell, but it seemed strange. The irregularity must be removed before his Lordship's accounts could be perfected.
Minuted:—“10 Feb. 1701. To the two Audrs of Imprests to be here to-morr. senight.”
Also his letter which accompanied the imprests roll. 2 pages.
[? About
Feb. 10.]
41. Petition of Charles Badham, clerk, to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that he was placed in a minor canonry of St. Paul's, Lond on, the income of which was 24l. a year, and the first-fruits 16l.; he had a family to maintain, and no other encouragement, though he had served the King in the late wars five years; and in the West Indies and Flanders; imploring to be allowed to take up his last bond gratis, which amounted to 3l. 12s., besides fees.
Minuted:—“10 Feb. 1701. My Lords canot advise ye King to forgive his xths.” ½ page.
Feb. 11. 42. “An accot of mony due to the publique ministers in His Maty service abroad, and to such of them as are returned home.” Dated 11 Feb. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K.”
Accompanied by a memorial of the Marquis D'Arzeliers, who attended the King into England in 1688, afterwards sent to Switzerland, then to reside at Genoa. His claim was for 1,052l. 10s. The King had granted him a pension of 6s. a day in Ireland, commencing 1 July 1699.
[The ink of this petition has some great peculiarity in it, for although perfectly black it has sunk through the paper, and on the next leaf there is a perfect copy of it. It has also gone quite through the preceding leaf so as to be legible.] 2 pages.
Feb. 11.]
43. Petition of William Fanshaw, showing that he was a servant of King Charles II., and intermarried with the late Duke of Monmouth's sister, then the widow of William Sarsfield, Esq.; the King gave him thereupon a marriage portion of 400l. a year, which was duly paid during the King's life; the pension was taken from him in King James's time because he persuaded his wife to quit the Popish communion and become a Protestant, and when King James went into Ireland, Col. Sarsfield, a younger brother of petitioner's wife's first husband, seized on her jointure and procured the attainder of the petitioner; when Ireland was subdued the officers of William III. seized the jointure as forfeited by Col. Sarsfleld, and raised above 2,000l. on it for the payment of Col. Sarsfield's debts. Their Majesties granted the petitioner a pension of 300l. a year, viz., 200l. out of the Royal Oak lottery, and 40s. a week out of secret service money; the petitioner's wife was dead, and left him three daughters and a son, and no support but this pension, which was several years in arrears: praying for payment thereof.
Minuted:—“Read 11 Feb. 1701. Make a state of what he has had, and in what manner.” 1 page.
Feb. 12. 44. “Payments to Mr Fanshaw since His Majesty's accession to the Crown (exclusive of his penc[i]on of 200l per annum out of the lottery rent).”
From the docquet the date is 12 Feb. 1701.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Q. 9th June 1702.” 1 page.
Feb. 12. 45. Letter from the Navy Board to Mr. Lowndes, docquetted:—“For cancelling small victualling bills & making out gross bills in lieu thereof, & lodging ye cancelled bills with the Comrs of ye victualling.” Dated 12 Feb. 1701. 2 pages.
Feb. 12. 46. A letter from the Navy Board to Mr. Lowndes, docquetted:—“About 13,333l 6s 8d in tallys & orders on ye 2d 2s ayd deficient.” Dated 12 Feb. 1701–2. 1½ pages.
Feb. 12. 47. Letter, signed Char. Potts, to the Hon. Major-General Lumley. At the desire of the Major-General, Col. Whithers, and Col. Wood, he had viewed and now reported on the condition of the invalids in the garrison at Windsor as to their being capacitated “to be received into pension.” There was scarce one who had not been wounded in the service of the Crown, &c. Dated 12 Feb. 1701–2.
There is also a list of nine names of soldiers sick at London, &c. 1¼ pages.
Feb. 19. 48. Letter, signed Richard Hindmarsh, to the Right Hon. Major-General Lumley, reporting on the condition of the company of invalids at Tynemouth Castle, that they were truly qualified and no other than invalids, for many of them were aged, several had been in the service 30, 25, and 20 years, most of them were disabled by wounds and bodily infirmities, so that there were not above four or five fit to serve the King abroad. Dated 19 Feb. 1701–2. ½ page.
Feb. 20. 49. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Richard and Anne Bynns, son and granddaughter of Col. Richard Bynns, deceased, praying payment of arrears due to the Colonel. He found that the Colonel had a pension of 23s. a day for being discharged out of the first troop of guards, and for his good service (particularly in having prevented the breaking of that troop at the Revolution), which had been cleared to Dec. 1698. There remained due to him on 29 Dec. 1701 (the day of his death) 1,226l. 14s., which he was informed was the only provision for the petitioners. Dated 20 Feb. 1701.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K.”
Also the petition. 1½ pages.
Feb. 23. 50. Copy of a letter of Richard Dalton to Wm. Lowndes, Esq., secretary to the Treasury, respecting the exchange of lands with the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The fee farm that he parted with to the Church was one entire rent of 48l. 7s. 9d., and he had set it to the Dean, &c. for 1,100l., “but betwixt man & man is sold at 1,200l and 200l more is to be payd into the Exchequer,” &c. If their Lordships did not think fit to proceed upon the reversion proposed he was content to take it in money and the bill might be altered accordingly. Dated 23 Feb. 1701–2.
There is also another paper with this, showing that His present Majesty and King Charles II. had taken into the Great and Little Parks of Windsor several parcels of land belonging to the Dean and Canons of Windsor, who desired as a recompense and for their charges in passing an Act, that the rent of 48l. 7s. 9d. payable to Mr. Dalton might be extinguished, which Mr. Dalton would agree to if the King conveyed certain reversions of possessions in St. James Street, Pall Mall, and Palace Yard. These had been surveyed and agreed to by the Lords of the Treasury, and the surplus to be paid into the Exchequer, but it required the King's consent to obtain an Act of Parliament.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K.”
See also Vol. LXXV., No. 22.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 146, 1 April 1702, is:—“My Lords will cause 1,300l to be p[ai]d to Mr Richd Dalton for his fecfarm rent, upon the passing of ye Act pursuant to ye Queen's pleasure signified by Her Maty.”
There is also a Minute, on 14 April 1702, at p. 150, to issue that amount. 1½ pages.
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Feb. 24.]
51. Presentment of the Comrs for adjusting, stating, and clearing the debt for sick and wounded seamen and prisoners-at-war, as to what had been directed out of 40,000l. granted by Parliament. 5,614l. 1s. 2d. remained to be directed on 24 Feb. 1701–2. 2 pages and two halves (quarto).
Feb. 25. 52. Letter of Major Tho. Hand to Major-General Lumley and the rest of the general officers at Whitehall, as to the state of health and fitness for superannuation of the Company of Invalids at Chester under the command of Captain Twiddal. Dated 25 Feb. 1701.
Also “A list of Captn Twiddal's invalid soldiers resideing at London.” 2 pages.
Feb. 25. 53. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon the petitions of Michael Burmingham and Francis Hawkins, two of the sureties of Peter Lynch, late of London, merchant; they had enquired into the state of Lynch's debt and his sureties. Their solicitor's report was that Mr. Lynch being out of England they could not come at him or his effects; that George Thornburgh, one of the sureties (for 740l. 1s. 5d.) was a poor fellow and a prisoner in the King's Bench; that Michael Burmingham, another of the securities, was a poor barber in Finch Lane, he had seized all his goods amounting to 44l. 1s. 10d.; that Francis Hawkins another of the securities was a journeyman cooper and a very poor fellow and absconded; that he had seized the effects of Joseph Moore, another of the sureties, and his friends had raised the amount he was bound for, &c. Dated 25 Feb. 1701–2.
Minuted:—“Read 2 Mar. 1701. Nothing can be done because the mony is appropriated.”
Accompanied by the two petitions and five other papers relating thereto. 10 pages and parts of pages.
Feb. 26. 54. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Gilbert Spencer, gent., late receiver-general of taxes in the county of Kent; recommending that he should be allowed 95l. at the receipt of the Exchequer as he had paid in a hundred pounds Exchequer bill in mistake for 5l. Dated 20 Feb. 1701–2.
Also the petition and an affidavit. 3 pages.
Feb. 26. 55. Reports of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury: they had carefully examined the account annexed of moneys which the receivers' deputies in Devonshire had received for the duties on marriages, births, &c.; and they found that more had been received than was brought to account in the receiver-general's books, and that the fact was as set forth in the affidavit of Mr. Walter Wyatt, surveyor. Dated 26 Feb. 1701.
Also the account and affidavit. 3 pages.
Feb. 27. 56. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Captain David De Loches of Sir John Jacob's regiment. He found the respits on the petitioner's company for the months of November and December 1694 amounted to 75l. 4s. 8d., and were occasioned by the company being taken prisoners in the expedition to Camarett Bay, &c. If their Lordships thought fit to relieve him it might be by a warrant. About October 1694, 50l. were paid to the petitioner, then a prisoner in France, which sum was charged on the accounts of the regiment, but the petitioner considered it as His Majesty's bounty, similar to what was granted to a captain in the same action. He had lost all his arms, and was at the charge of providing new arms for his company. If their Lordships complied with his request His Majesty's warrant must be procured. Dated 27 Feb. 1701.
Minuted:—“10 Apr. 1702. My Lords cannot relieve the petr.”
Also the petition. 2¼ pages.
Feb. 28. 57. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of the Provost and Fellows of Eton College, seeking for payment of a debt of 465l. 5s. due to them out of the Exchequer or the extension of the term of a lease of the Christopher Inn at Eton (parcel of the possessions of the honor and castle of Windsor), their object being the repair and beautifying the college chapel. By inspection of the college books the surveyor found that King Henry VI. gave to the Provost and Fellows three tuns of Gascon wine yearly, custom free, which used to be paid in kind by the chief butler till the end of the reign of Henry VIII., when it was changed into money at 5l. per tun, which was paid to Mich. 1674 and 4l. 4s. for import duty for the year 1672, since which these allowances were discontinued, amounting to 526l. 16s. If their term were extended to 51 years at 4l. 5s. rent it could not be worth 300l., and if made up to 99 years, in respect of the great expense they were at in re-edifying and repairing their college for the encouragement of piety and learning, it would fall short of their demand. Dated “ult.” Feb. 1701.
Also the petition and an extract from the College books, and a warrant added to the report by the Lords of the Treasury for the extension of the term to 51 years. Dated 17 April 1702.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 213, 8 July 1702, is:—“Provost & Fellows of Eaton Colledge pray that a fine of 300li by Mr Surveyor Genll for adding 26 years to their present lease of the [Christo]pher Inn may be remitted in consideration of their having expended 5,000l. in repairing their chappel, colledge, &c., and of 526. 16. due to them for a composicon for Gascoign wine by a grant from H. 6. Granted without fine.” 5 pages.
Feb. 28. 58. An account of the arrears of wine licences from 24 June 1670 to the 24th Dec. 1701, returned to the Lords of the Treasury by officers from the Wine Licence office. Dated 28 Feb. 1701. 1 page.
Feb. 28. 59. “An acct of disburstments for the imbarking the Morroccoe agents & providing for them whilst on board of His Majts shipp Tilbury.”
With an acknowledgment of receipt of the sum claimed from Capt. Geo. Delavall, signed Jno. Cassell. Dated 28 Feb. 1701–2. 1 page.
March 3. 60. Presentment made to the Lords of the Treasury by Samuel Atkinson and Nicholas Roope, appointed to transport the King's forces. The charge of transporting 3,600 horses and riders from the Thames to Holland would be 11,192l. 7s. 4d., of which their Lordships had allowed 4,000l.; they ask for a further part.
On the next page are the particulars of the cost.
Minuted:—“3d Mar. 2,000l.” 2 pages.
March 3. 61. Report of the Comrs for the Revenue by Wine Licenses, on the petition of Edmund Themelthorpe, gent., who signed contracts for payment of rents by retailers of wine in Norwich, Norfolk, and Suffolk, according to the usage of the office. He was a debtor for 318l. 15s., for which sum he was sued in the Exchequer. The petitioner had sometimes been employed as an attorney in that office. Dated 3 March 1701.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
March 3. 62. Memorial of Mr. Philip Ryley to the Lords of the Treasury. At the instance of the Duke of Bolton he laid before their Lordships a particular of repairs and new buildings desired by his Grace to be made at Burghley Lodge in the New Forest, which would require 57l. 15s. in money and 31 loads of timber. Several enclosures made by Act of Parliament had been broken down by disorderly persons; 40l. in money and 40 loads of timber would be required to make good the defects. Some repairs were also needed for the King's castle of St. Briavells in the forest of Deane, to render it convenient for the gentlemen who were constables thereof to hold the Courts there, for which 17l. 16s. would be required. Dated 3 March 1701.
Also the two estimates.
Minuted:—“Orderd.” 3 pages.
March 6. 63. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Marmaduke Bealing, Esq., one of His Majesty's gentlemen ushers' quarterly waiters, in favour of his being appointed registrar of the Customs on the surrender of Mr. Ford. Dated 6 March 1701–2.
Minuted:—“Upon a surr. of the patent for life the office to be granted to the petr dur. pleasure. 3 July 1702. Orderd, he first making oath that no money is given or taken for this resignation.”
The petition and a letter from Mr. Blathwayt thereon. 3 pages.
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March 6.]
64. Petition of John Evelyn, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury. He had lately exhibited to their Lordships an account of the charges incident to his employment as one of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen and prisoners of war, from which two sums for travelling charges and salary were deducted, without an opportunity for him to justify them: praying to lay before their Lordships what he should have said vivâ voce if he had been called before their Lordships.
The paper referred to is docquetted “John Evelyn, Esqr., his case.”
In it he says, that for travelling charges a decent coach with four horses out of town was charged 20s. a day, to which their Lordships had reduced the whole charge, without allowance for lodging and diet for himself and servant and often a clerk, besides other expenses on the coming of officers from ships, hospitals, and prisons who had continual business with him, and without consideration of his having been some hundreds of times to London to visit the several hospitals, prisons, &c., besides the perpetual danger he was exposed to in passing through the whole city during the two first wars, being necessitated to wait on the old Duke of Albemarle at the Cockpit constantly once, and sometimes twice, a week, to receive orders and procure moneys of the receiver, and to carry down slops, bundles of linen, &c. when ten thousand died weekly of the contagion, and all his brother Comrs “shifted for themselves” and left him alone to take charge of the service in which they were alike concerned with himself, for they had all their peculiar districts equally assigned them. London and its infected skirts was every one's province, which, had he deserted or not personally supplied, multitudes of poor, sick, and wounded seamen of our own, and prisoners of the Dutch, must inevitably have perished. Two of his marshals employed at Leeds castle and Chelsea prison, who had frequent recourse to him, died of the plague, and one came to him with the tokens upon him; for all which dangers and services and “incessant motions,” using his own coach and horses only, he never put one penny to account, but left it to their Lordships' consideration. To his astonishment he found half his real charges at once cut off, which, had he vouched by particular bills and reckonings of innkeepers and private houses where he was often forced to lodge during and since the contagion, would considerably have surmounted the full 40s. a day to which the Comrs confined their expenses, though he hoped some favour might be had to the persons then employed (of whom the petitioner was the meanest and most exposed), viz., Sir Thomas Clifford (afterwards Lord High Treasurer), Sir William D'Oyby, Sir Geo. Downing, baronets, and others, who hardly could have travelled for 20s. a day allowance. He hoped their Lordships would have regard to his many hazards and fatigues, and not make him a precedent to those gentlemen who might “possibly hereafter be better husbands wth less danger.”
Their Lordships had abated three-fourths of his last year's salary. Though the war was ended, neither his journeys nor trouble was ended (whilst accounts and arrears were to be adjusted) until Wm. Gibson was commissioned by the Lord Treasurer to discharge what was owing at the ports. He hoped this might have been cast in as some recompense for his former services and expenses, for which he had charged nothing to the public during either war. [He hoped] their Lordships would allow his full and just account, and so represent to the King that the fine of 150l., for making up the present term of his lease for certain lands near Deptford from the Crown might be installed and defalked out of the debt remaining due to the petitioner's wife's father, Sir Richard Browne, to whom the inheritance of that estate was solemnly promised by King Charles II. for his 19 years service abroad, in which he spent his patrimonial estate, as was known to Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, and the rest of the late Comrs; and the remaining debt to be truly stated, audited, and allowed. Sir Richard's tedious sickness and death had hindered his application. There was still owing to the petitioner 6,685l. 10s. with interest.
Minuted:—“6 Mar. 1701. My Lords will allow him 30sh a day for travell. charges, but no salary after his comon determind.” 3 pages.
March 8. 65. “An estimate of the nett produce of ye arrears of ye new subsidy wch determined the 8th March 1701.” 1 page.
March 8. 66. “A list of ye debt in the office of ye Works from Decembr 1699 to the 8th of March 1701–2.”
These are arranged in columns under Tower, Whitehall, St. James', Westminster, Greenwich, Winchester, Newmarket, Audley End, Powis House, Hampton Court, Kensington, Lord Oswalston's, and Court of Judicature.
The names of the persons having claims are arranged alphabetically. 1 very large page.
March 8. 67. “An accot of money due to ye public ministers in Her Mats service abroad, & to such of them as are returned home, &c.” Dated 8 March 1701–2.
The names of the ministers are given. 1 page.
March 8. 68. “A particular of wages due in the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office from Midsomer 1700 to the 8th of this instant, March 1701–2, and likewise what is due on Lord Chamberlain's warrants, stationary wares, and messengers' bills.” ½ page.
March 8. 69. “An account of what has been paid on the scheme for the Civill List from ye 1st of January 1701 to ye 8th of March following.” 1 large page.
March 8. 70. “Debt of the Office of Ordnance, the 8th of March 1701–2.” 1 page.
[? 1701–2.] 71. A paper which appears to have been an enclosure, showing that Sir Stephen Fox had furnished money by his credit, and paid off a loan of 33,050l. in Ireland, and an engagement for 8,000l. for clothing there, saving the King 1,400l. a year, and 600l. more since saved, so that above 16,000l. already, and 2,000l. a year had been less charged to the Government than in Mr. Lum's time, notwithstanding which he was displaced, and left to account for three millions, and was still labouring under that great account before the Comrs of Accounts, without any help from Lord Coningsby, &c.
Undated, but query the Comrs referred to are the Comrs appointed by Act 1701–2. See Thomas's Historical Notes, Vol. XI., p. 781. It appears to be in Will. III.'s reign. 1 page.
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72. Petition of John Devon, butcher, to the Lords of His Majesty's Treasury, for payment of his bill for meat supplied to the late Morocco ambassador, who had died three years since. Mr. Linch, an apothecary in Queen Street, Westminster, had been paid his bill, and there was about 500l. lying dormant to pay bills contracted by the ambassador. 1 page.
73. “Mony assessed on the officers of the post-office on account of the 3s aid granted to His Majesty for 1,484,015li 1/11¾., whose salaries did not exceed 60l. per ann.
Undated, but most of these officers are in a list of officers of the Royal Post House in Lombard Street, printed in Chamberlayne's State of England, 1702, p. 609. 1 page.
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74. The case of Mr. Richard Fifeild, parchment maker, whose tender to supply the Stamp Office with parchment for one year the Comrs had proposed to accept, and afterwards only proposed to accept one third part thereof. 1 page.