Volume 90: April 1-June 15, 1704

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 3, 1702-1707. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1874.

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April 1–June 15, 1704

April 1. 1. Letter signed “Tho. Bateman” to Saml Trevor, Esq., Surveyor Genl of her Majesty's lands, in respect to the Grinton and Fremington lead mines, of which the tenth reserved for her Majesty was computed at 300l. or 400l. per ann., offering 300l. for the same from Mich. 1703 to Mich. 1704, &c. Dated 1 April 1704.
Minuted:—“5 Apr. 1704. Send the paper wth the report to ye survr.” 1 page, quarto.
April 1. 2. Letter of Mr Granville [? to the Ld High Treasurer], asking that his brother Bernard, who was with another brother in the Indies, might be appointed in place of Mr Cox, a Comr of Customs, naval officer, and one of the council in Barbadoes, who was about to be removed. He also hints at his own claims, and says, “If the charm is true that a strong fancy in one man shall bind the resolutions of another, it will happen that one time or other I shall have my turn in your thoughts.” Dated 1 April 1704.
Also a brief document containing the substance of the above.
Minuted:—“Mr Granville. 3 Apr. 1704. Upon a representac[i]on from ye Comrs of Trade & a rept from ye Comrs of Customs it was thought fit to restore Mr Cox.” 3 pages and 7 lines.
April 1. 3. Representation as to prizes taken by Captain Upton [on the Cornish coast], and the advantage of his acting as convoy. His most material service was the preservation of the fishery of pilcherds and herrings. Dated 1 April 1704.
A smaller paper containing some of the same information, with other that is additional. 3 pages.
[? About
April 3.]
4. Petition of Robert Lucy, Esq., receiver of the temporalities of the bishopric of St David's, to the Ld High Treasurer, as to the allowance of the “ipsum” in his account, and as to disputes with Doctor Watson.
Minuted, first, on 3 Apr. 1704, and again:—“Read 24th May 1704. Remit the ipsum on his accot, and appoint another recr.”
Also two other papers. 3 pages.
[? About
April 3.]
5. Memorial of Lieut.-Genl Erle to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for payment of extraordinary charges incurred by his regiment, which had been commanded to the West Indies in Oct. 1702, two companies afterwards returning from Lisbon to England.
Minuted:—“3 Apr. 1704. Ref. to ye Comptrollers & Mr Blathwayt.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
April 3.]
6. Petition of John Jennings, late collector of Excise, to the Ld High Treasurer, to be heard as to his accounts.
Minuted:—“3 Apr. 1704. To have a copy of ye report.” 1 page.
[? About
April 4.]
7. Petition of the clothiers of the forces in Holland and Portugal to the Ld High Treasurer; praying payment for the off-reckonings. With 14 signatures.
Minuted:—“4 Apr. 1704. As soon as ye rolls come these troops will be cleared & the petr will be paid.” 1 page.
[? About
April 4.]
8. Two letters of John, Bishop of Chichester, the first? to Mr Lowndes, dated 22 Oct. 1703, the second to the Lord High Treasurer, dated 29 Feb. 1703, as to respite of payment of his first fruits, as well as his case after mentioned.
Accompanied by the case of John, Bishop of Chichester, as to an estate in Chancery Lane belonging to the see, consisting mostly of ruinous buildings thought capable of considerable improvement, for the present and future benefit of the bishopric. The Bishop had obtained an Act of Parliament and purchased ground and decayed houses to a considerable value, and expended about 2,000l. without any benefit, but much to his prejudice, unless he could bring it to an issue.
Also, “The case of John, Bishop of Chichester, and Sarah his wife.” This relates to a debt due to Francis Jenks (the former husband of the Bishop's wife) from the late Duke of Monmouth, who was indebted to Jenks about 8,000l., to which the Bishop laid claim.
Minuted:—“4 Apr. 1704. My Ld. can do nothing in this matter.” 5½ pages.
April 4. 9. Letter signed “Le C. Maffei” to the Lord [? High Treasurer,] as to payment of bills of exchange drawn on him from Turin. The treaty imported that the subsidies should be paid at Turin at two months advance, &c. Dated 15 Apr. 1704, N.S. [French.]
Translation thereof. 4½ pages, quarto.
[? About
April 5.]
10. Petition of Thomas, Earl of Limerick, to the Queen. He had been bred a soldier and was colonel of an Irish regiment in France, and brigadier, worth 5,000l. a year. At the command of King Charles II. (pursuant to a vote of Parliament) he left those posts, rejected far greater offers, and lost 6,500 livres due to him for recruits, &c., on purpose to enter the service of England; of all which the Earl of Montague, then ambassador in France, was a living witness. In consideration of which 500l. a year for life was settled on him, he was made a general of the army then designed for Flanders, and after the peace of Nimeguin he was appointed deputy-governor of Tangier, and from thence removed to be governor of New York, and continued six years there. He reduced the five nations of warlike Indians (who before used to destroy the English plantations) to become subjects of the crown, and laid out above 10,000l. in a war against the French of Canada, and engaged for 2,500l. more. On the attainder of his brother William, the late Earl, for the last rebellion in Ireland, the estate was granted to the Earl of Athlone, who sold part to others. The petitioner was entitled to the estate after the death of his brother; but the settlement under which he derived his title was mislaid, and could not be found before the time appointed by the act of resumption. He was debarred of two and a half years' rent received by the trustees, amounting to upwards of 6,000l., and of rectories and tithes amounting to 700l. a year, and compelled to pay 5,400l. to the purchasers under the Earl of Athlone. His estate in Ireland was so encumbered that it yielded little more than the interest on the debts. He received no part of his pension since 1688, the arrears were 7,500l. Though he received tallies for 2,500l. for which he stood engaged at New York, by which he lost 20l. per cent., yet he received no part of his disbursements in the war against the French of Canada. Nearly 20,000l. were due to him; prays for part of the money due to him to redeem his estate.
Minuted:—“5 Apr. 1704. To be laid before ye Queen.”
Duplicate having additional minutes, viz.:—“Read 24th May 1704. My Lord is to speak to ye Duke of Ormonde about him.”
Again:—“25th July 1705. Speak to Mr Blathwayt abt this at his next attendance.” 2 pages (brief size).
[? About
April 5.]
11. Memorial on behalf of Robert Cole, H. M. agent and consul at Algiers, to the Lord High Treasurer, asking that his two last years bills for extra disbursements might be paid. He had to pay two per cent. per month for interest. The French consul's annual allowance of 3,000 crowns, and 2,000 for necessary expenses, were punctually remitted to him from Marseilles, in specie. He and other “Christian ministers” at the Turks' two solemn festivals had to make presents of 80l. besides the costs for secret intelligence, as well as gratifications to the Algiers men of war, for humanity to English ships. The continuance of the present good understanding, was of high import to the safety of our navigation. He had successfully preserved peace for near ten years, amidst incessant artifice of the French court to destroy it. He was exposed to frequent hazards in the faithful discharge of his duty, by those ragged untractable soldiers, who in 1683 and 1684 shot off two French consuls into atoms at the mouth of a canon. The last war continued five years and our merchants lost 157 vessels. Our country was deprived of 3,000 seamen carried into captivity, and the late King Charles expended 300,000l. to secure our trade and maintain a squadron “to cruize on them”; and nothing could have been more acceptable to the king than the renewal of peace by the Earl of Torrington, as he declared on the arrival of Admiral Aylmer at Whitehall with the capitulation. The naval strength of that place consisted of three gallies and 25 ships, from sixty guns downwards. Soon after the peace of Ryswick, a squadron of ships ranged the Mediterranean under Admiral Aylmer, who visited that place and continued there 17 days, when the consul plentifully entertained, in his own house, two and some days three hundred officers, gentlemen, and seamen. He transmitted his account of this extraordinary charge to the Secretary of State, who was pleased not to allow but sent it to the Treasury, where it was never taken notice of. He hoped the present happy posture of affairs with Algiers, and the above circumstances, would induce his lordship effectually to favour him to make his circumstances more easy.
Minuted:—“5 Apr. 1704. The Queen will consider him for any extraordinary expence that is necessary during her Mats reign.” 2 pages.
[? About
April 5.]
12. An account of lodgings taken by the Ld Chamberlain's order when the King of Spain was at Windsor.
Minuted:—“5 Apr. 1704. Ref. to Mr Vanburgh.” 1 page.
[? About
April 5.]
13. Petition of John Carter, executor to his father-in-law, Captain Philip Lanyan, work master general of all his then Majesty's fortifications, to the Ld High Treasurer, for a part of the debt due to Capt. Lanyan until the petitioner was provided for.
Minuted:—“Read 5th Apr. 1704. 50li out of secret service mo. in considerac[i]on of his pretensions as exr to his father-in-law, Capt. Lanyan.” 1 page.
April 6. 14. Representation of the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c. to the Lord High Treasurer as to the state of their accounts. Dated? April 6 or 8, 1704. 1 page.
April 8. 15. Letter of the Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes, sending their report on the petition of the master workmen, employed in the Victualling Office at Tower Hill, for works done on the buildings, and the Hartshorn brewery. Dated 8 April 1704.
Also the report. 2 pages.
April 8. 16. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Ld High Treasurer, on the petition and papers of Reginald Hill, who was collector of the land tax for the township of Crakenthorpe, in the co. of Westmoreland, in the room of John Hill, then deceased; as to a distraint made, resulting in an action. Dated 8 April 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 10th May 1704. This petic[i]on is dismisst.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
April 11. 17. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the representations and affidavit relating to the Sidney frigate, under the command of Captain Upton, and the benefit to the merchants, as well as the fishery and coasting trade in Cornwall, in being defended by the said frigate. They had thought it a duty (not having heard of any remarkable services from Captain Upton), to dispose of the vessel by public sale, but had respited the same till his Lordship's pleasure were known. Their opinion was, that if it was thought necessary to have a man-of-war to cruise, she should be appointed by the Admiralty. Dated 11 April 1704.
Also copy of previous report, a petition, and four other papers in connection therewith.
Minuted:—“May 17th 1704. This charge to be continued to Micħas day & noe longer.” 8½ pages.
April 12. 18. Presentment by the Comrs for licencing hawkers and pedlars to the Ld High Treasurer, as to appointment of additional riding surveyors. Dated 12 April 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 30th May 1704. Agreed & a wt to be prepared accordingly.” 2 pages.
April 13. 19. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Ld High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Andrew Huddleston, late collector of the port of Whitehaven, praying for allowance to clear his accounts; they were not of opinion that the case was relievable by his Lordship. Dated 13 Apr. 1704.
The petition and ten affidavits.
Minuted:—“14 Apr. 1704. My Lord agrees with the Comrs in every particular.” 13 pages.
[? About
April 14.]
20. Petition of Anthony Isaacson, “younger son of an ancient family,” to the Lord High Treasurer, for the place of commission officer of the 4½ per cent. custom at Antigua, Mr Thomas Thynn being dead.
Minuted:—“Read 14 Apr. 1704. It canot be granted.” 1 page.
April 15. 21. Letter from Mr Geo. Clark to Mr. Lowndes, desiring to know if his Lordship (the Ld High Treasurer) approves of the salaries proposed by the paymaster and Comrs of the marines, that he might get the establishment for the new regiments signed. Dated Admiralty Office, 15 April 1704. 1 page, quarto.
April 18. 22. Letter signed “J. Hickes” to the Lord High Treasurer. He was quite satisfied as to the “reversion,” and would throw himself entirely upon his Lordship for what he should think most proper for him. He tendered the enclosed for his Lps consideration. By his Lps administration there was such a currency of money, that interest was reduced without a law which parliament laboured in vain to procure. This had in a great measure eased the burden of the taxes. His Lordship's own county would have been reduced to the lowest extremity but for the relief in the tin affair, whereby property was doubled, and the labouring tinner had an advance and was freed from the greatest oppressions, &c. Dated April 18, 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. My Ld will first discourse Mr Travers.”
With this is another paper giving many reasons for the appointment of a surveyor of the Duchy of Cornwall, then vacant for about 20 years. It commences:—“Her Ma[jes]ties revenues, estates, & interest in the Dutchy of Cornwall have been greatly prejudiced, and the tenants of the said duchy have laboured under great inconvenience, as will appear by the particulars herein. But a very considerable interest among the freeholders of the county & in several borough towns [was] entirely lost to the government,” which might (it was presumed) be remedied by reviving that ancient office.
The second part of the paper commences:—“The tenants of the Dutchy of Cornwall lye under greater inconveniences than any other tenants in the said county in these particulars.” One of their grievances was that the records which previous to the war were kept in the county, were then removed to London. 3 pages quarto.
April 18. 23. Letter from the Earl of Nottingham to the Lord High Treasurer, expressing her Majesty's wish that Mr Wm Courtenay should receive 30l. for his expenses, being employed in the service of the allies. Dated Whitehall, 18 April 1704.
Minuted:—“To be paid out of secret service money 30li.” ½ page, quarto.
April 18. 24. Letter from Mr Secretary Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer, enclosing a scheme of instructions for the future management of the transportation of her Majesty's forces by sea, for his consideration. Dated 18 April 1704.
The scheme referred to. 5½ pages.
April 19. 25. Memorial of John Parkhurst, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, laying before his Lordship an account of all moneys paid by Mr Paschal and himself for moneys arising from arrears of prizes, &c. Dated 19 April 1704. 1 page.
April 20. 26. Letter of Ralph Blackhall to William Lowndes, Esq. He would not fail to attend his Lordship on the 10th of May. He would be glad to know whether his Lordship intended a hearing for his witnesses. Dated 20 April 1704.
Minuted:—“25 Aprill 1704. Name his witnesses & my Lord will order summons for 'em.” ½ page.
April 20. 27. Letter from the Earl of Clarendon to William Lowndes, Esq., asking him to solicit the Lord High Treasurer for “the other quarter” of a year of his pension, “under the same obligation still of never troubling him more till the time he had set, which would be above a year and a quarter hence.” He also refers to a seizure made by the collector of Arundel, who offered him 2,500l. for the Queen's thirds, Dated 20 April 1704. 2 pages, quarto.
[? About
April 21.]
28. Copy or draft of a royal warrant constituting trustees for the encouragement of linen manufacture in Ireland, and for payment of 200l. per ann. to Lewis Cromelin in connection therewith. On the dorse is:—
“21 Apr. 1704. This łre orderd to be prepared for her Matys signing, D. of Ormond being p[re]sent, vide Minute Book.” [See Vol. XII. p. 242.] 4¼ pages.
April 22. 29. The charge for the Office of Works for the quarter ending in March 1703–4, part of which had been occasioned by the late violent winds. Dated 22 April 1704. 5½ pages.
April 24. 30. Report of the Officers of Works about several works done in her Majesty's several gardens and parks by Henry Wise. Dated 24 April 1704.
Minuted:—“10 May 1704. To be paid except 20li 10s 6d he is assessed for ye tax.” 1 page.
April 24. 31. Respits upon the muster rolls of certain regiments from 25 Feb. 1703 to 24 Apr. following. Signed, J. Howe. 1 page.
April 24. 32. Two letters to [Mr Lowndes] in relation to the affairs of Mr John Jennings and the charge on him as a late collector of Excise. Unless relieved he would be ruined. One is dated 24 Apr. 1704, and the other during the next week. 2 pages.
April 25. 33. “Virginia. State of the accompt of the revenue of two shillings for every hogshead of tobacco exported, port duties, and head money raised for the support of the government from the 25th of October 1703 to the 25th of April 1704.”
“A state of the accompts of the revenue of quit rents in Virginia, as also for several compositions for lands escheated to the crown in the year 1703.”
Both the papers are signed, “Wm Blathwayt.”
Minuted:—“Read 14th. Mr Blathwayt to take care that the former direcc[i]ons be so observed that he may be enabled to prepare these accots for declaration from time to time, as soon as may be, and that he do prepare ye same accordingly.” 2 pages.
April 25. 34. Memorial of Edward, Earl of Orford, to the Lord High Treasurer, sending various particulars for expediting and settling his accounts. Dated 25 April 1704.
Subjoined is “an account of salaries paid by Mr Dodington to various clerks employed on the above accounts.”
Minuted:—“To Navy Board to consider & come prepared to give their opinions on every paragraph in this paper on Frida next in the afternoone.”
23 May 1704. “A warrt to allow this.” 2½ pages.
[? About
25 April.]
35. “Schemes proposed by Mr Dodington for exhibiting the E. of Orford's accots.” Undated, but ? about the same date as the last entry. 1 broad page.
April 25. 36. Memorial of Mr Wm Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer. He was directed to pay 100l. for the charges of two comrs who were gone to Holland to examine witnesses in the cause against the Earl of Portland. He was to prepare to try the cause against Lord Hallifax at the Exchequer bar, and to proceed against Mr Fox, who was committed to Newgate by the House of Lords for high treason, the method of which would be like the prosecution against Mr Boucher, which was so very chargeable. Asking for money to be issued. Dated 25 April 1704.
Minuted:—“12 May 1704. A warrt for 200li.” 1 page.
April 25. 37. Letter from Mr John Paschal [? to Mr Lowndes]. He had been joined with Mr. Parkhurst in getting in the arrears upon superseding the Prize Commission, and relates the circumstances in which he absconded, and asks that they might be laid before the Lord High Treasurer. Dated 25 April 1704.
Minuted:—“10 May 1704. To be considerd when ye audr attends wth ye state of ye accots.” 2 pages.
April 27. 38. Letter from the Comrs of Prizes to Mr Lowndes as to the sale of the ship St Lewis, of Nantz, and as to allowance to be made to Mr Cole, agent for prizes at Cowes. Dated 27 April 1704.
Minuted:—“Prepare a S.M. to pay for the prize ship out of ye Queen's share of prizes, and to direct the Comrs of Prizes to cause her to be đd to Jeronimo Bestoso in full satisfaction for his losse & damage.” “Allow the 24 3 6 to ye agent at Cowes.” “Done.”
Also an extract from a letter from the said agent for prizes at Cowes. 1½ pages.
April 27. 39. Letter from the Comrs of Prizes to Mr Lowndes as to the obstructions the prize officers at Barbadoes met with from the governors, sending copy of a letter from their agent, and three other papers; also copy of the list of prizes brought to the island of Jamaica. Dated 27 April 1704.
The last paper is not now enclosed.
Minuted:—“12 May 1704. Let ym prepare a draught of such instructions as they would have sent to ye governrs.” 5½ pages.
April 27. 40. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Ld High Treasurer on the petition of Edward Holden, employed by the Earl of Rochester to prosecute divers persons for stealing deer out of Richmond Park; recommending an allowance of 29l. Dated 27 April 1704.
The petition and an account of the disbursements.
Minuted:—“Read 12 May 1704. Wt on ye l~res pa[ten]t[es] dt for the wthin menc[i]ond 29li.” 4 pages.
April 28. 41. Representation by the late Comrs for sick and wounded seamen to the Ld High Treasurer, praying for the surplus on their accounts. Dated April 28, 1704. 1 page.
April 30. 42. Letter of Lord Cornbury, Governor of New York, to the Comrs for Trade, giving a detailed account of the seizure of the “Eagle” galley and the cargo by Mr Byerley, collector, the setting her at liberty, the re-seizure, &c. Asks their Lordships not to let any reports or stories make any impression on them to his disadvantage, until he had an opportunity to justify himself. Dated New York, April 30, 1704. 3 pages.
[? About
43. “Receipts and payments of money for the old debt for sick and wounded seamen, &c., between 15 Octo. 1700 and ye 31 December 1703.” The last entry is in April 1704. 13 pages.
May 3. 44. Report of the Officers of Works on the value of a marble inlaid table upon a carved gilded frame, set up in her Majesty's lodgings at Kensington, by John Nost, who petitions for 96l. 15s. They value it at 80l. Dated 3 May 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. To be laid before ye Queen. Read 24th May 1704. To be paid 80li.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
May 3. 45. Report of the Comrs for Prizes relating to the ship St Paul of Rochell, condemned and sold at Maryland. Dated 3 May 1704.
Minuted:—“6 June 1704. Direct them to call on Mr Burchett to desire yt directions be given to Capt. Moor to bring in his account forthwith if he is not yet gon, otherwise at his return from Virginia.” 1 page.
May 6. 46. Report of the Comrs of Revenue for Ireland to the Lords Justices of Ireland, on the question of payment of duty on provisions used on board men-of-war. Dated 6 May 1704. 1 page.
May 9. 47. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Ld High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr John Merring, who had been displaced from his employment on the 4½ per cent. in Barbadoes, on the suggestion that he was a Roman Catholic; giving evidence of his Protestantism and fitness for employment. Dated 9 May 1704.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“May 17th 1704. Read & he stands fair for any prefermt.” 2¼ pages.
May 9. 48. Memorial of the trustees for circulating Exchequer bills, as to setting on foot another contract for circulating Exchequer bills, and for payments to be directed. Dated 9 May 1704.
Also an account of money received and paid. 3 pages.
May 9. 49. Memorial of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Ld High Treasurer, asking him to supersede a process against him (the Earl) in the hands of the under-sheriff of London, until Michaelmas term, when he hoped all his accounts would be nearly passed. Dated 9 May 1704.
Minuted:—“Send to ye Audrs to know in what state his accots are, and whether they are dilligently prosecuted.” 1 page.
May 9. 50. Report signed “H. St John” and “Jo. Tredenham,” to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of Col. Carpenter as to respits in his regiment. Dated 9 May 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 12th May 1704. L~re to Mr St John to prepare a wt for taking off the respits wthin menc[i]ond.” 1 page.
May 10. 51. Letter signed “Jno Samson” to Mr Lowndes, asking for directions as to Captain Upton, who remained at Falmouth expecting further directions to cruize on the coast of Cornwall in the ship Sidney. No vessel could stir east or west for the small privateers. Dated Custom House, 10 May 1704.
Minuted:—“12 May 1704. Bring this in when ye Comrs of ye Customes attend my Ld on Wednesday next.” 1 page.
May 10. 52. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of Richard Fletcher, praying to be a deputy to one of the Queen's waiters in the port of London, in the room of Mr. Edlin, deceased. They had appointed Robert Olton, a keyman (who for 30 years had performed landwaiter's duty, and was esteemed one of the ablest landwaiters, although he had not attained the establishment of a landwaiter), to act for Mr. Herne, who was in Ireland. The latter had since sent over his deputation from Ireland for one Mr. James Benn to be his deputy, who was admitted and sworn, so that there was no room for either Olton or Fletcher. [The landwaiters] took upon themselves to appoint deputies without the approbation of his Lordship. By private bargains and subterfuges, the deputies were left to no other maintenance than the scrambling fees at the waterside, and were under great temptations to betray their trust. The Comrs on the two last occasions had obliged the principals to give instruments to the Receiver General, to pay their deputies the allowance of 20l. per ann. each, and if his Lordship approved they moved that the order should be made general.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” Dated 10 May 1704.
Minuted on the back:—“May 17th 1704. Benn to be dismist & Olton to be restored.” 1½ pages.
[? About
May 10.]
53. Petition (signed) of the eight door-keepers of the House of Peers to the Lord High Treasurer. King Charles II. had granted them 100l. at the end of every session of Parliament as his bounty. During the late and present reigns they had received but 50l. per session; asking for their usual allowance and a reward for their great trouble in attending on the Lords Committee appointed to examine the Scotch conspiracy.
Minuted:—“10 May 1704. Pay ym as last year.” 1 page.
[? About
May 10.]
54. Memorial of the Duchess of Cleaveland to the Ld High Treasurer. At Lady-day last three quarters of a year of her revenue of 4,700l. per ann. were due to her. The letters patent directed the payment quarterly. These arrears forced her to run in debt; asking for a warrant for what was due, and to be paid for the future according to her letters patent.
Minuted:—“10 May 1704. [See wt is due since ye Queen's coming to ye crown.” ½ page, 4to.
[? About
May 10.]
55. Petition and representation of the President, Treasurer, and Governors of the Hospital of St Thomas the Apostle in Southwark, to the Lord High Treasurer. By letters patent of King Edw. VI. for founding the hospital, the mayor, commonalty, and citizens of London were made grantees of the revenues and perpetual governors of the hospital, with power to substitute other governors. The hospital was principally designed for the relief and cure of such sick persons as should be in the city of London or the suburbs thereof, who for many years had so much increased that the ancient revenue was not sufficient. During the late war with France, timely provision could not be made for the sick and wounded at the out-ports, and the Comrs for sick and wounded urged the governors to admit them to the hospital, promising to endeavour to obtain an allowance in respect thereof by the consideration of the Treasury. They thereupon admitted between 10 Feb. 1688 and 25 June 1702,4,992 poor sick and wounded seamen, and from that time to 1 May 1704 about 1,000 more, the far greater number of whom had been cured and sent into the service. The number of days of the 4,992 all added would amount to 330,843. The allowance for each man's diet in the hospital was 4d. per diem, and the charge of doctor, surgeon, apothecary, nurses, medicines, lodging, &c., was computed at least at 8d. per diem more, so that the charge the hospital had been put to was 16,542l. 3s. The Government during the late war allowed for the quarters of each seaman, while under medical care at the out-ports, 12d. a day, and the surgeon 6s. 8d. per head, and paid for all medicines and allowed a salary to the physician; and in cases of amputation allowed the surgeon 20s., all which allowances were computed at 2s. a day per man, at which rate the seamen would have cost 33,084l. It seemed reasonable that those who were wounded in the public service “should be repaired at the public charge;” praying payment for the use of the hospital by the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen.
They also represent that in March and April 1702, Doctor Richard Forlesse, one of the physicians, and Mr Thomas Elton, one of the surgeons, in a clandestine manner, and without the privity of the petitioners, applied to the said late Comrs for a debt of 6s. 8d. per head, pretended to be due to them and the other surgeons, for attendance, &c., on 4,146 sick and wounded seamen, cured in the hospital during the war; upon which application, the Comrs ordered 1,382l. to be paid to Mr Jeremiah Garrard, their secretary, in full of the pretended debt. This being casually discovered, the doctor and surgeon were dismissed. The other physicians, &c., were in no way privy to the application. The hospital had always paid the doctors, &c., and in nowise suffered them to take anything from the patients. They also paid for medicines, and no one could be entitled to that money but the governors of the hospital; praying that the money might be paid to them.
Minuted:—“Read 10th May 1704. To be sent to the late Comrs for sick & wounded, & direct them to consider every paragraph in this representation, and to give my Lord an account of the severall matters of fact, so farr as hath come to their knowledge.” 3 'pages.
[? About
May 10.]
56. Petition of Mary, the widow of Ralph Williamson, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying payment of arrears due to her husband as Receiver General of Taxes for Yorkshire, Durham, and Northumberland.
Minuted:—“Read 10th May 1704. There is no money at present for this.” 1 page.
[? About
May 10.]
57. Petition of Michael Studholm, Esq., keeper of her Majesty's private roads, to the Lord High Treasurer. During the three last reigns there was contained on the establishment of the household an allowance of 270l. per ann. for the repairs of the private roads to Fulham; praying payment of 135l. for the half year ending Midsummer 1702, he having expended that amount.
Minuted:—“Read 10th May 1704. If there be anything due on this allowance in ye late King's time, it will be paid when there is money for arrears of that kind, but the Queen never intended to establish any allowance for these roads” 1 page.
[? About
May 10.]
58. Petition of Philip Ralegh, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer. He was “grand son and sole heir to Sir Walter Ralegh, who did so many considerable services to his country, and first brought hither tobacco, which now yields a prodigious revenue to the crown.” He had bred up four sons in the service of the crown; two were dead, and the other two had served long and got no preferment. He had three other children to provide for, and himself (a merchant) was forced to quit his employment upon the shutting up of the Exchequer in 1672, where there was due to him 3,800l. He had several times troubled his Lordship for employment in the revenue, and, having been brought up to accounts, considered himself capable thereof; prays for employment.
Minuted:—“Read 10th May 1704. My Lord is willing to recomend him for any imploymt he is qualifyd for.” 1 page.
[? About
May 10.]
59. The exceptions and reply of Joseph Bruxby and Edward Ettrick to the report of the Comrs of Excise on the memorial they had laid before the Lord High Treasurer for improving the revenue of Excise.
Minuted:—10 May 1704. My Ld agrees wth ye rept of ye Commrs of Excise & his Lop dismisseth these exceptions.” 3 pages.
May 11. 60. Letter of Mr Secretary Hedges to the Ld High Treasurer. Her Majesty's pleasure was that he should find some way of settling the pay of a brigadier on Lord Mountjoy, who had been made a brigadier of the forces, and was upon no establishment. Dated 11 May 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. There is no altering ye establishmt but if ye Duke of Schomberg will pay him out of ye contingencys he may.
Another memorial of the Lord Viscount Mountjoy on the same subject.
Minuted:—“12 May 1704. My Lord has no direcc[i]on from ye Queen in this matter.” 2 pages, quarto.
[? About
May 12.]
61. Petition of the clothiers of her Majesty's forces in Portugal to the Lord High Treasurer. After the strictest enquiry and examination of Acts of Parliament they were well informed that his Lordship was under no restriction, but might order the payment of arrears of off-reckonings; praying for the order.
Minuted:—“Read 12th May 1704. My Lord Trea[sure]r desires to know who informed the petrs of wt they alledge.”
There is a further communication to his Lordship on the back, saying the persons who informed the petrs were not willing their names should be made use of, &c. 1¼ pages.
May 12. 62. Copy of a warrant of his Royal Highness Prince George as to the deduction of 12d. a month from the pay of the non-commissioned officers and private soldiers of the marine regiments serving abroad. Dated 12 May 1704. 1¼ pages.
May 12. 63. Copy of the last establishment of the marine forces. Dated the 12th May 1704. The marine regiments were under the direction of Prince George of Denmark. 3 pages.
May 12. 64. Royal warrant to William Lowndes, John Anstis, William Petit, Peter Le Neve, and William Grymes, Esquires. The Lord High Treasurer, in pursuance of an order of the House of Peers, had laid a report before the Queen of 30 March 1704, as to the records at the Tower of London [before described under that date], appointing the above persons, three or more of them, to inspect the place called Cæsar's chapel, and examine in what manner the records might be preserved from further damage or perishing, as also the place where the office was kept, to ascertain what works were necessary for receiving the records lying in the chapel, and making calendars thereof as they should be cleaned and reduced to order; to consider of the most proper method for cleaning and reducing the records into order, and of the number of clerks or other persons fit and necessary to be employed in that service, and in making calendars or abstracts yet wanting to be made of the said rolls, from the first year of John to the end of Edward IV.; to make an estimate of the charge, and propose the salaries, &c., and to present a report to the Lord High Treasurer. Dated 12 May 1704. 2 pages.
[? About
May 12.]
65. Petition of John Dackin, late of her Majesty's first troop of guards, to the Lord High Treasurer. He had served the crown between 30 and 40 years, and King William by warrant allowed him 2s. a day, yet he had not received one penny. He was reduced to great want, and prayed for the royal bounty.
Minuted:—“12 May 1704. There is no fond for this.” 1 page.
May 12. 66. Memorial of Col. Godfrey to the Lord High Treasurer. In obedience to a warrant, and according to his duty, he had sent letters to the Earls of Nottingham and Jersey and Sir Edward Seymour, who were charged with several quantities of plate to be returned to the Jewel Office; but they had returned no part of the same, nor answered his letters. Asking her Majesty's further pleasure. Dated 12 May 1704.
Minuted:—“To be laid before the Queen.” 1 page.
[? About
May 12.]
67. Petition of William Atwood, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, as to arrears of salary in the late reign, imploring her Majesty's bounty.
Minuted:—“Read 12 May 1704.” 1 page.
May 13. 68. Representation of Sir Edward Dering, Knt, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to long standing debts due to him, upon which the Comrs of the Navy had reported as far back as 1680. He desired that an auditor might report on the same. Dated 13 May 1704. 1½ pages.
May 13. 69. Certificate of B. Bridges and E. Harley, auditors, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the state of the Earl of Ranelagh's accounts. They hoped to lay the same before his Lordship in a very short time. Dated 13 May 1704.
Minuted:—“Stay process till 1st day of next Trinity term, and write to the audrs to give my Lord an accot what progress his Lop shall have made in his accts by yt time.” 1 page.
May 15. 70. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lord High Treasurer as to what was due to the out-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital, and as to the tallies and orders remaining in his hands. He also sends a certificate of Mr George Deane to justify the calculations. Dated 15 May 1704.
The certificate named.
Minuted:—“Prepare an order.” 2 pages.
May 15. 71. Opinion of the Attorney General as to the Queen's power to redeem a mortgage of an estate in Tanfeild, in the bishopric of Durham, and as to the acceptance by the crown of 200l. from the purchaser for the Queen's title. Dated 15 May 1704.
Minuted:—“200li to be accepted & a pr. seal to be passed according to ye rept.” May 22, 1704. 2 pages.
May 16. 72. Warrant of the Earl of Nottingham, Principal Secretary of State, to Francis Clarke, one of her Majesty's messengers in ordinary, requiring him to proceed to Lidd in Kent, and receive into his custody George Patterson, alias Patton, a Scotchman, for coming out of France contrary to the late Act of Parliament, and to bring him and his papers before the Earl for examination, &c. Dated 8 April 1704. He was in custody to the 16th of May, when he was bailed. 1 page.
[? About
May 16.]
73. Copy of warrant, certificate, &c. as to the payment of 430l. to Mr Lewis Cromelin and others, who had erected looms for weaving fine linen in Ireland. The certificate is dated 16 May 1704. 3 pages.
[? About
May 16.]
74. Petition of the Four Tellers of the Court of Exchequer to the Lord High Treasurer, for a warrant to the Cashire General of the Customs to pay five years fees due to them out of the Customs.
Certificate of the debt. Dated 16 May 1704. 2 pages.
[May 16.] 75. Letter from Mr Edward Southwell to Mr Lowndes. Yesterday that poor old harmless, good-natured petitioner of the Lord Treasurer's, Sir William Gallway, died; there was not a farthing to bury him or pay the poor nurse who attended his tedious illness. He asks Mr Lowndes for God's sake to move the Lord Treasurer that morning “for some charity to put him decently into the ground.” Dated “Tuesday morning” [i.e. 16 May].
Minuted:—“30 out of sec. service. Paid 19th May 1704.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
May 17.]
76. Petition of Thomas Hughs, master gunner of Portsmouth, to the Lord High Treasurer. Upon the death of Roger Seager, late master gunner of Portsmouth, he, by order of Lord Granville, Lieut.-General of the Ordnance, acted as master gunner, upon the coming there of the King of Spain, as well as afterwards; praying to be paid for his service as he was likely to receive no benefit, the muster rolls being closed to the 25th of April last.
Minuted:—“Read 17 May 1704. My Lord will not interpose in this matter, if he did, his Lops opinion is, there should be no innovac[i]on made, but the payments of ye gunners should be according to ye muster rolls.” 1 page, quarto.
May 17. 77. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Elizabeth Clifford, relict of Charles Clifford, deceased, late brewer in Southwark, who was indebted to the Excise, and who applied to have certain leases deposited as security given up to her. Dated May 17, 1704.
The petition and three affidavits.
Minuted:—“May 17th 1704. The petn is dismist.” 8 pages.
May 18. 78. Report of Sir Chr. Wren to the Ld High Treasurer, on the memorial of Sr John Stanley, desiring a little additional building to his lodgings in the park. He believed it necessary to make the lodgings habitable. Dated 18 May 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. To be laid before ye Queen. Read 24th May 1704. My Lord to speak wth Sir Christopher Wrenn.”
Also the memorial. 2 pages.
May 18. 79. An Order in Council in relation to the settlement of the value of the coins in the plantations of America. Dated 18 May 1704.
Marked“Duplicate.” 1¼ pages.
May 19. 80. Letter of Robert Lundie to the Lord [High Treasurer], pressing that he might be despatched to Portugal with the first packet according to her Majesty's orders, which could not be without his Lordship's assistance. Dated 19 May 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 19th May 1704. My Lord will move the Queen to grant what is desired, & the Collo to be told it shall be paid when orderd, to such person as he shall leave his att., but he must be going to-morrow.” 1 page, quarto,
May 19. 81. Report of Mr Wm Clayton to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of Theodore Eccleston, as to payment of an Exchequer bill that was lost. Mr Attorney General's opinion was had, as to lost bills, against which caveats were lodged, and he said that the bills were payable to the bearer, and that we at the Exchequer had no right to stop any, and that if the party who lost the bill had a right he must bring his action against the man that paid in the bill, and the bill remaining in the Exchequer might be brought in evidence though cancelled, and allowed to the bearer thereof; so that if Mr Eccleston pleased, according to this opinion, he might bring his action against the Comrs of Excise, and they against John Hassell (to whom it was paid), and so trace the bill to the person who first found it. Dated Exchequer, 19 May 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. Shew this to Mr Eccleston.”
The memorial referred to. 2 images.
May 19. 82. Report of Mr Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of the inhabitants of the town of Coleford for assistance, certifying that there was no money in his hands by the sale of underwood in Dean Forest, the salaries of the officers of Windsor Forest having been paid out of the same, but between Michaelmas and Christmas there might be some. Dated 19 May 1704.
The petition referred to.
Minuted:—“6 June 1704. Respited.” Again:—“Granted.” 2 pages.
May 19. 83. Letter from the Comrs for Trade to the Ld High Treasurer, sending an Act prepared for laying certain duties on merchandize to be imported into Jamaica, before submitting it to her Majesty for her assent. Dated 19 May 1704. 1 page.
May 19. 84. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, on the supers of the accounts contained in the great roll of supers from the Office of the Pipe. They would take effectual care that all Receivers General were duly prosecuted who had not passed or should not pass their accounts, and would use their utmost diligence for the speedy recovery of the supers. Dated 19 May 1704.
Also “An account of the receivers that have not cleared their accounts of land taxes, poll bills, and subsidies, to Lady day 1703; as also an account of what proceedings have been taken to compell them to finish the same.” 2 pages.
May 20. 85. Surveyor of the Woods (Edw. Wilcox's) report about windfalls fit for the use of the navy in Bushy and Middle Park, near Hampton Court, which were claimed as their fees by the Duke of Grafton and Mr Projers, being rangers of the parks. The trees were blown down “by the great storm,” and the Attorney General's opinion (herewith sent) had been taken as to their right. Dated 20th May 1704.
The Attorney General's opinion is not now with it. 1 page.
May 22. 86. Letter of Mr Geo. Dodington to W. Lowndes, Esqre, for allowance of 67l. 10s. to the Earl of Orford, late Treasurer of the Navy, for brokerage for disposing of tallies on the new duty on coals. Dated May 22, 1704.
Minuted:—“Orderd if any precedts.” 1 page.
May 22. 87. Memorial of Mr Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer. The 200l. ordered at the beginning of the term fell short to answer the charge of the trial of David Lindsay, and for the expense of the two Comrs sent to Holland to examine witnesses on behalf of her Majesty in the cause against the Earl of Portland. He had received orders to pass a Commission for the “Mohegan Indians,” and to pay the Attorney and Solicitor General 200 guineas for their opinions on queries from the Comrs of Trade, which with prosecutions depending would amount to about 600l.; praying the issue of money. Dated 22 May 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. A warrt for 500li.” 1 page.
May 23. 88. “An accompt of all moneys which have been issued at the receipt of the Exchequer unto the respective paymasters of her Majesty's army.” Dated 23 May 1704. Signed, “Halifax.” 1 page.
May 23. 89. Letter from the Agents for Taxes to Mr Lowndes, for respite to be taken off Mr Malet, the Receiver General for Somerset, if the Lord Treasurer had no objection. Dated 23 May 1704.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. Take of [f] ye respitt,” 1 page.
May 24. 90. Petition of John Jennings, late Collector of Excise, to the Lord High Treasurer, to be heard by counsel on his affairs.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. My Ld thinks it will be very inconvenient to reheare this matter here.” 1 page.
May 24. 91. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Charles Goring, Esq., who claimed a share of the value of 29 packets of lustring, 15 bales of raw silk, &c., seized and delivered into the custom house at Shoreham by Mr Wade, for giving the latter notice of the smugglers: adverse to petitioners claim and to his taking part of the Queen's share. Dated 24 May 1704.
The petition and a letter signed “Amb. Wade.”
Minuted:—“Read 30th May 1704. Agreed to the report.” 3½ pages.
[? About
May 24.]
92. Petition of Charles, Earl of Manchester, to the Queen, for a grant of the office of collector of Customs, &c., in the port of London, to him and his heirs for three other lives then in being; showing also who had the same from King Charles the Second.
Minuted:—“24th May 1704. My Lord Treãr will speak with my Lord Halifax upon this petition on Fryday morning next, 30 May 1704. To be layd before the Queene.” 1 page.
May 24.]
93. Petition of John Worley and other tradesmen and creditors of Henry late Lord Waldgrave to the Ld High Treasurer. The House of Commons, finding Lady Waldgrave (his executrix) had an interest in the first fruits and tenths sufficient to pay his creditors, refused to insert a clause in a bill making the real estate subject to the debts; praying payment out of the arrears due to Lady Waldgrave. (Signed by several of the creditors.)
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. My Ld will not enter into ye considerac[i]on of ye debts, but ye arrear wherewth ye 1st fts & xths are incumbred shall be discharged by degrees, as is convenient, & prepare a warrt now for one year.” 1 page.
[? About
May 24.]
94. Report signed “Jos. Tredenham” to the Lord High Treasurer, on Dr Gaylard's memorial, who went as physician general to the West Indies and claimed 20s. a day for his services; but if he had gone with the Earl of Peterborough (as was intended) the draft of the establishment only allowed him 10s. a day. Dated “Comptroll Office, Whitehall, May the …th 1704.”
Minuted:—“Read 24th May 1704. A sign manual for 10s. p[er] diem out of ye sum not exceeding 87,125 10 0 for the Marine Regts, anno 1703.” 2 pages.
May 24. 95. Report of the Comrs of the Navy to Mr Lowndes, on the petition of Robert Driver, shipwright, applying for reward for discoveries made by him of timber belonging to the crown, &c., declining to give an opinion on the value of his services. They would appoint him, if the Lord Treasurer thought it necessary to send a person to Rockingham Forest. The purveyorship of the navy was at the disposal of the Lord High Admiral. Dated 24 May 1704. (Written on the back of the petition.) 2 pages.
May 24. 96. Memorial of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, concerning prize ships brought to Lisbon. Dated 24 May 1704.
Minuted:—“An order to sell them there after adjudication.”
Also two other papers. One entitled, “A list of prize ships brought to Lisbon.” The second, “Extracts of letters from Ellis Terrill, Esq., Agent for Prizes at Lisbon, in the kingdom of Portugal, since Sir George Rooke has been there.” 6¼ pages.
May 24. 97. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, on an account received from Col. Handasyd, Governor of Jamaica, of prizes taken and condemned in that island, and on a letter from Mr Perrie, “Register” of the Court of Admiralty at Antigoa, to Col. Codrington, containing an account of prizes taken and condemned there since the war. Complaining of the imperfect accounts they receive from their agents in the West Indies. Dated 24 May 1704.
Docquetted:—“The state of the prizes taken by her Mats ships and brought to Jamaica & Antegoa.”
The abstract of the account of prizes referred to. 4 pages.
[? About
May 24.]
98. Petition of Margaret Thrale, widow of John Thrale, gent, late agent of her Majesty's four Independent Companies of the Province of New York, to the Lord High Treasurer; asking for an assignment of the off-reckonings.
Minuted:—“24 May 1704. My Lord will clear these companies as soon as ye muster rolls come.” 1 page.
May 24. 99. Report of Mr J. Taylour to the Lord High Treasurer, on the demand of Mr Lancelot Burton for interest of 50,000l. which he procured to be advanced to the Rt Hon. Mr Howe for the service of the Guards and garrisons. Dated 24 May 1704.
The petition referred to.
Minuted:—“Read 30 May 1704. A wt to be prepared accordingly.” 2 pages.
May 24. 100. Memorial of Francis Godolphin, Esq., cofferer of her Majesty's household, to the Ld High Treasurer, praying that money might be issued for a note drawn by Edward Griffith, Esq., one of her Majesty's officers of the Board of Green Cloth, who waited on his Majesty Charles III., King of Spain, in his expedition to Portugal, and had brought from thence several quantities of wine for the household; also asking for 1,000l. more on account of her Majesty's removal to Windsor. 1 page.
May 26. 101. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Mary Gardiner for the custody of Margaret James, an idiot, then in the custody of Mr Moreton and his wife, but who had been kept in a mean condition, not being allowed fitting necessaries; advising compliance with the prayer of the petition. Dated 26 May 1704.
Also an affidavit as to the dilapidation and waste of the property left by the idiot's father.
Minuted:—“Read 30th May 1704. A wt to be prepared according to the report.” 2 pages.
May 26. 102. Letter signed “Saml Wh[ite]” to William Lowndes, Esq., in answer to Mr Newton's report as to counterfeiting paper marks and stamps for parchment It consists of seven closely written paragraphs, and he says that Mr Newton, notwithstanding his reputation in some particulars, was unfit to judge of things of this sort Dated 26 May 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 30th May 1704.” 1 large closely written page.
May 27. 103. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the memorial of Mr Burnaby, their secretary, Mr Tooke's petition, Mr Burnaby's reply thereto, and all other papers referred to them. The business was in great confusion, and Mr Burnaby had not application equal to the employment, and they themselves were by turns obliged weekly to draw and dictate papers and letters. Mr Tooke in consequence was established an additional clerk, and by order of the board entered all minutes, answered letters, &c., until Mr Burnaby disturbed him, &c. They would be glad Mr Tooke should be repossessed of the books, &c. as formerly, and it was their opinion that they should have power to appoint and direct the clerks, and that an end should be put to fees. Dated 27 May 1704.
Copy of their minutes and a table of fees.
Minuted:—“6 June 1704. My Ld will, when he comes next to town, appoint a day to hear ye Comrs for Prizes & Mr Burnaby. Memdm to move my Ld to sett a day.” 6 pages.
May 27. 104. Report of the Board of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer, sending a list of the officers and others lately belonging to this office who perished in the late storm, with their qualifications and other particulars, asking a fair proportion of her Majesty's bounty for [their representatives]. Dated 27 May 1704.
The list referred to.
Minuted:—“See in what proporc[i]on her Mats bounty is distributed according to ye method of ye navy.” 4¼ pages.
[? About
May 30.]
105. Letter of Mr J. Bridger to the Lord [High Treasurer] as to his accounts. He had been almost three years passing them, and if his Lordship did not put an end to it it would be his ruin.
Minuted:—“Read 30 May 1704. The C. of the Navy are the proper judges in this matter, & my Lord will not interpose.” 1 page.
May 30. 106. Letter from the Earl of Scarborough to William Lowndes, Esq., asking him to thank the Lord High Treasurer for sending Mr Norton's representation, which should be answered to his Lordship's satisfaction. He would attend his Lordship at the end of next month. Dated Lumley, May 30, 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 6 June 1704.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
May 30.]
107. Memorial of Lord Henry Scott and Captain Humphry Gore to the Lord High Treasurer, desiring her Majesty's warrant for allowing them on the muster rolls of the second troop of guards, till it appears what time they are to enter into pay in their regiments in Ireland.
Minuted:—“Read 30th May 1704. My Lord cannot advise the paymt of 2 officers for ye same time & service.” 1 page.
[? About
May 30.]
108. Petition of the Comrs and Receivers General of the Alienation Office to the Lord High Treasurer for certain sums to be paid for the repair of the office.
Minuted:—“Read 30th May 1704. To be done according to Mr surveyor's report.” 1 page.
[? About
May 30.]
109. Representation to the Ld High Treasurer of the merchants trading to Virginia, Maryland, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and parts adjacent, for themselves and others, as to the desirability of establishing packet boats from London to New York, under the direction of the Post Office, for carriage only of letters, in order to the preservation of shipping and merchandise to and from those ports, which upon timely advice might be met by cruisers and saved from capture. Eighteen of the last Virginia fleet were taken when coming home, about two months later than they were expected. It has a large number of signatures.
Minuted:—“Read 30 May 1704. Qu. whether the merchants intend to be at the charge.” 1¼ page.
May 31. 110. A similar letter to others that have preceded from Mr Henry Killigrew to Wm Lowndes, Esq., for his quarterly allowance. He says, “If I fail of it, God knows what will become [of] me and mine.” Dated 31 May 1704.
Minuted:—“50li out of s. ser. mo paid 1st June 1704.” ½ page, quarto.
May 31. 111. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh on the petition of the Earl of Gallway for payment to him of 204l. 2s. 6d. for the pay of a surgeon's mate. Dated 31 May 1704.
Also the petition and copy of a warrant.
Minuted:—“26th July 1704. The overplus of these annuitys & debrs are to be applyd to discharge ye debt due for ye cloathing of Collingwood's regimt. Anno 1698.”
Copy of the report, with a minute on it of 10 July 1704. 4 pages.
[? About
112. Petition of Onesiphorus Dagnia, of the town of Newcastle, glass maker, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying to be relieved from paying certain costs incurred by the Comrs for the glass duty in going to Newcastle, &c., he having already paid 200l. for a verdict obtained against him.
The former petition, a report (much torn), and an affidavit. 4 pages.
June 1. 113. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr Wm Blathwayt to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the petition of Robert Livingston, Esqre, praying payment for disbursements, &c. in New York, showing what he claimed for the military and what for the civil part. Dated 1 June 1704.
The petition and the case of the petitioner.
Minuted:—“Read 17th July 1704. Ref. the last article to the governor of New York. Send this back to my Lord Ranelagh & Mr Blathwayt.” 15pages or parts of pages.
June 3. 114. An accompt of the cost and charges of the victualling her Majties land forces sent in transport ships, &c., to the West Indies and Portugal in the years 1702, 1703, and 1704, as also provisions sent for soldiers at Newfoundland in the year 1704. Dated 3 June 1704. 1 page.
June 5. 115. Memorial of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lord High Treasurer, relating to the tallies and orders for reversions of annuities to out-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital, remaining in his hands as late paymaster of the forces. Dated 5 June 1704. 2 pages.
Feb. 4 and
June 6.
116. “Copy from a manuscript delivered to the Attorney General by the Receiver General,” being an act of settlement of estates, tenures, fines, rents, &c., of tenants of the Rt Hon. James, Earl of Derby, in the Isle of Man, passed at a “Tinwald Court,” holden at St John's chapel in that isle, on 4 Feb. 1703.
There are also other similar matters at a “Tinwald Court” on 6 June 1704.
[This is a copy marked “Appendix A.,” and is probably connected with proceedings at a considerably later date.] 17 pages.
[? About
June 6.]
117. Memorial of Thomas Rymer to the Lord High Treasurer. There was due to him on his usual allowance of 210l. per ann. for clerks (without whom he could never print), and other charges relating to his collections, two years, from Midsummer 1701 to the time he began to print his first volume, which arrear had run him into so great debt that he could not disengage himself unless his Lp ordered payment.
Minuted:—“200li in full of all services of himself & his clerks till Lady day 1703, from wch time has allowance for printing his books. 6 June 1704.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
June 6.]
118. Memorial of the officers of the Coldstream Guards to the Lord High Treasurer, as to subsistence and off-reckonings, several men having been lost at Vigo.
Minuted:—“6 June 1704. Ref. to Mr St John & ye comptroller.” 1 page.
[? About
June 6.]
119. Representation and memorial of Nathaniel Boothe, Esqre, Surveyor General of her Majesty's revenue of greenwax, which consists of fines, issues, amercements, and recognizances estreated from the several courts of Westminster Hall, and from the assizes, sessions of the peace, commission of sewers, &c., into the Exchequer.
This revenue was under the inspection of the petitioner. The revenue was divided into (1) post fines (lately in farm to the Earl of Berks and then to Lord Raby) and the other fines, amercements, &c. The surveyor could not be paid his salary out of this revenue, computed at 4,000l. besides the duchy fines. (2.) Casual revenue.
Petitioner then describes the nature of his duties.
Order of Court of Exchequer as to certification of estreats, and another order as to good recognizances being taken.
Minuted:—“Read 6 June 1704. My lords think the judges are the proper persons to take care in this matter, by admonishing the justices, &c. (in their charges at assizes), to take as good security as they can. [This minute seems more particularly to refer to the last papers.] 4½ pages.
June 10. 120. Memorial for allowances paid by Henry Wise to the keepers, &c. of St James's Park for wages, board wages, and liveries. Dated June 10, 1704. 1 page.
June 10. 121. Report of Mr J. Howe to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the memorial of Sir Jeffery Jefferys, in respect to the subsistence of the four companies of foot soldiers at New York, and as to warrant for the same. Dated 10 June 1704.
Also the memorial. 2 pages.
June 10. 122. Report of the Comrs for Revenue of Ireland to the same, upon the petition of the Duke of Ormond, as to the prisage and butlerage (Ireland). Dated 10 June 1704.
The petition and an account of the totals of the prisage from 1695–1701.
Minuted:—“Read 19th June 1704. To be laid before ye Queen.” Again:—“The Queen consents to a lease for 7 years at 3,500l. p[er] anñ.” 3 pages.
June 10. 123. Report of the Agents for Taxes on the petition of Mr Farrar, for compounding his debt as security for a receiver general for the county of Cambridge and Isle of Ely. Dated 10 June 1704.
The petition, an affidavit, and a warrant. 7 pages.
[? About
June 12.]
124. Memorial of Sir Henry Ashurst, Bart., to the Lord High Treasurer. In the year 1696 a proposal was made to the King in Council for the transport from New England of several species of naval stores, and four persons were sent thither to enquire about the same, viz., two by his Majesty and two by the petitioner. The petitioner had spent much time and money thereon. 500l. were advanced to carry out the service, and additional allowances were to be made when the service was performed. The petitioner's agents had sent a journal of their proceedings and their expenses would appear by the account annexed; praying that what was additional to the 500l. of the expenses should be allowed, and leaving the recompense to himself with his lordship.
Also copy of a report by Wm Partridge and Benjamin Jackson to the Comrs for Trade and Plantations, enclosing report of the state of the provinces of Massachusets bay and New Hampshire, with relation to the production of naval stores. Dated Sept 25, 1699.
Minuted:—“Read 12 June 1704. My Lord will speak wth the Comrs of ye Navy at their attendance.”
Again:—“Read 25 July 1704. Direct the Comrs of the Navy to discharge the imprest of 500li. to Partridge.”
The “account” above referred to is united, but not the journal. 28 pages.
June 13. 125. Letter from the Prize Comrs to Mr Lowndes, as to payment of charges of a prize ship bought by the Lord High Treasurer's directions for Jeronimo Prestoso. Dated 13 June 1704.
Minuted:—“This to be pd out of the Queen's part of prizes.” 1 page.
June 14. 126. Report of the officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of the provost and corporation of moneyers. By the indenture and constitution of the Mint, there was no provision for the moneyers, but only an allowance per pound weight for what they coined; and there being then no coinage they could not subsist without some provision. The allowance in the time of the late Queen Mary of 30l. per ann. to each moneyer out of the coinage duty was irregular, &c. Dated 14 June 1704.
Minuted:—“Read 3d July 1704. My lord cannot create a new charge on her Mats revenues for her civil government.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
June 15. 127. Copy of report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, on the account of Charles Brawne, Esq., late Receiver General of the county of Somerset. Dated 15 June 1704.
Minuted:—“30 Oct. 1704. The allowance to be pd and the accts to be cleared.” 1 page.
June 15. 128. Order in Council referring to the Lord High Treasurer the petition of the officers and attendants of the train of artillery that served under the Duke of Ormond in the expedition at Cadiz and Vigo, for his report as to the reward they should have. Dated 15 June 1704.
The petition and a letter.
Minuted:—“Read 10th July 1704. These not being comprehended in the Queen's declaration, my lord can give them no share.” 4 pages.
June 15. 129. “Mr Att. Genlls opinion about imprest repaid by Mr Povey.” Dated 15 June 1704.
Minuted:—“A l~re for issuing the wthin menc[i]oned money to ye Tre[asure]r of ye Navy, for ye service of ye sick & wounded, taking care to reserve so much as will satisfy all demands due on accot of sick and wounded in ye late war.” 2 pages.