Volume 101: January 7-April 30, 1707

Pages 482-504

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

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January 7–April 30, 1707

1. Paper entitled “A year's gifts, 1706/7,” apparently sums presented from different departments to the officers at the Treasury. 1 page, quarto.
Jan. 7. 2. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Ld High Treasurer on the representation of the Comrs for Trade and Plantations “concerning the importation of naval stores from the plantations, and how the words ‘good and merchantable,’ in the Act relating thereto,are to be understood,” approving of the preparation and introduction of naval stores from the plantations. The judgment of what stores were good and merchantable might properly belong to the Comrs of the Navy. Enclosing an abstract, received from Dr Davenant's office, of the importations. Dated 7 Jan. 1706.
Also the “representation,” and another paper.
The Comrs of Trade state that the Comrs of the Navy were obliged to purchase the commodities wherever they found them cheapest, and they commonly preferred the pitch and tar of Sweden to that of America. If the premium were not interrupted, naval stores of all sorts would be imported from New England, Carolina, and other plantations in sufficient quantity for the whole navigation of England, and they would equal the best imported from Sweden and Norway. They recommend an increase of salary to Mr Bridger. They understood that since the inhabitants of New England had applied themselves to the produce of naval stores, the woollen manufacture was greatly interrupted, and it would in all probability be wholly left off.
Minuted:—“Read 10 Janry 1706. Comrs Navy to give their opinion whether these stores are fit for the uses of the navy, and how much the prœmium for ye stores already imported have & will amount unto.” 6 pages.
Jan. 8. 3. “An accot of some extraordinary charges of the war not provided for in the last session of Parliament or incurred since.” Dated 8 Jan. 1706/7. 2 pages.
Jan. 9. 4. Report of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lord High Treasurer as to the questions “whether the ground floor of the secretary's office in the Cockpit might be translated to the rooms above,” and whether the rooms below were capacious enough for the Paper Office. The rooms above might well be fitted for the secretary's office, and the “pewes” for clerks below might be set above, and such other “conveniences done” as Lord Sunderland judged necessary. As to the Paper Office, the papers might be disposed in portable presses in the old office in the Tower. He annexed a design of the rooms below, used as the secretary's office, for comparison. The rooms were very capable of the Paper Office. Considering the rooms were situated amongst lodgings, chimneys, and timber buildings, it seemed reasonable that these books should be preserved in portable presses. Dated 9 Jan. 1706/7.
Minuted:—“Read 9th Apr. 1707.”
The design referred to. 2 pages.
Jan. 10. 5. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, advising that a good convoy should constantly be ordered during the war for the protection of shipping ready to sail for Virginia or Maryland by the 1st of September in every year, and of such as should be ready to return by the 1st of April. During the winter Her Majesty's service would less need the seamen. The mariners would better avoid the sickness and the ships the worms usually pernicious to both during the summer in that country. There had been great loss on tobacco for want of convoys, &c. Dated 10 Jan. 1706/7.
Copy of letter from the council of Virginia, being an enclosure to the above.
There is a minute on the back. His Lordship desired a convoy should be appointed, as requested, unless there were objections thereto. 4 pages.
Jan. 10. 6. Letter of Mr Wm Lowndes to Mr Howe, paymaster general of the guards, garrisons, &c., as to the clothing of a detachment of invalids at Upnor Castle. Dated 10 Jan. 1706. 1 page.
Jan. 10. 7. Report of S. Godolphin to the Ld High Treasurer, as to what sum should be allowed to Walter Jeffreys, general receiver of the temporalities of the bishopric of St David's. Dated 10 Jan. 1706.
With a minute on the back that 43l. 9s. 11½d. were allowed him. 2 pages.
Jan. 11. 8. Report of the Comrs of Revenue for Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Thomas Knox, employed as an extraordinary riding officer on the coast, disapproving of allowances claimed by him, and recommending the discontinuance of his salary. Dated 11 Jan. 1706. 2 pages.
Jan. 14. 9. Presentment from the Comrs of Prizes (to the Lord High Treasurer) of Mr Proudfoot to be one of the two Agents for Prizes on board the grand fleet, in the room of Mr Rock, deceased. Dated 14 Jan. 1706/7.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1 page.
Jan. 15. 10. Report of Mr William Blathwayt to the Ld High Treasurer on the petition of Samuel Barwick, Esq., recommending his appointment as receiver of casual revenue in the island of Barbadoes. Dated 15 Jan. 1706/7.
Written on the back of the petition. 3 pages.
Jan. 15. 11. Letter from Mr William Popple, junr, [by command] of the Comrs of Trade and Plantations, to Mr Lowndes, as to the duties proposed to be laid on thread and filletting of Holland. The Comrs desired to have the opinion of the Comrs of Customs thereon, as well as upon a letter sent to Mr Lowndes relating to the linen of Holland and Flanders. Dated 15 Jan. 1706/7.
Three enclosures. 4 pages and 2 parts.
Jan. 16. 12. Letter from Thomas Morice to Mr Lowndes as to various matters of disbursement to officers and soldiers in Portugal. The officers and soldiers who had come over to King Charles had hitherto been expensive by the number of religious men and gentlemen. They could not be so many for the future, as they sent them up to the King as often as ships presented themselves, which was frequently now that the fleet wintered in those parts. “Sir Cloudsley” had carried away most of those paid to the end of the month. Most of those left would be paid in the new regiment, the command of which was given by Lord Rivers' desire to Major Genl John Richards by the plenipotentiary. 300 Spaniards had listed. As they came in they should be clothed and sent up as Lord Galway directed, that they might be useful at the opening campaign. Asks for instructions as to further payments. He sent with the fleet a ship laden with coals for Gibraltar, the garrison being in so great want that they would be reduced to pull down the houses left there for firing. Dated Lisbon, 27 Jan. 1707 N.S. 5 pages, quarto.
Jan. 17. 13. Letter of Capt. Michael Studholm to the Ld High Treasurer, asking him by the request of the Queen to give directions for the repair of a small bridge or two on the north side of Hyde Park. It was a way Her Majesty made frequent use of. Dated 17 Jan. 1706. 1 page.
Jan. 13
and 17.
14. Two certificates from the Justices of the Peace (including the mayors) of Kendal and Appleby, in favour of the release from prison of Alexander Blackston, a pedlar detained in Carlisle gaol, being one of the bail of Mr Richard Eaglesfield, deceased, late Collector of Customs in Carlisle. Dated 13 and 17 Jan. 1706.
Minuted:—“Ref. the petic[i]on to ye Comrs of the Cust.” 2 pages, brief size.
Jan. 18. 15. An extract from the books of the Scotch Exchequer, being an inrollment of a “tack” [i.e. a settlement of the customs and excise] in Scotland. The tack was agreed upon by the Comrs of the Treasury in Scotland, &c. 17 Jan. 1705, but it was presented for enrolment 18 Jan. 1707.
Probably an enclosure. 10 pages.
Jan. 21. 16. Letter from Mr Ro. Harley to the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty was inclined to gratify Lord Fairfax by a renewal of his grant of some wrecks in the West Indies. Sends Mr Attorney General's opinion thereon. Dated Whitehall, 21 Jan. 1706–7.
Copy of the opinion. 3 pages.
Jan. 21.]
17. Petition of William Atwood to the Ld High Treasurer for payment of his salary here and at New York.
Minuted:—“21 Janry 1706. My Lord has already paid all that he can of these demands.” 1 page.
Jan. 21. 18. Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Duke of Ormonde. They were of the same opinion as the trustees for the linen manufacture (as set forth in the representation enclosed) that the promotion of the linen manufacture under the present great decay of trade, would in all probability be the only means to recover that poor sinking country from its miserable poverty, and they entreated his grace to lay the matter before Her Majesty, who delighted in doing all the good she could to all her subjects. Dated Dublin Castle, 21 Jan. 1706.
The representation referred to, of the trustees for the management of the linen manufacture of Ireland, to the Lords Justices, &c. of Ireland. They had some time since represented to their Excellencies the necessity of removing Mr Lewis Cromelin from Lisburn in Ulster to Kilkenny, that the linen manufacture might be equally extended through the other three provinces of Leinster, Monster, and Connaught, but had received no answer. They now lay before their Excellencies their reasons for their application, that the Lord Lieutt might bring them before Her Majesty.
The English Parliament conceiving that the woollen manufacture in Ireland (which was entirely managed by the English inhabitants) might become prejudicial to the same manufacture in England, in effect prohibited that manufacture in Ireland; but determined that the linen manufacture would be beneficial to both kingdoms. In obedience to a letter of King William III., and confiding in the promises of both Houses of Parliament of England, the inhabitants of Ireland left off the woollen and betook themselves to the linen manufacture, not in the least suspecting that they should meet with any interruption or discouragement from England in that trade. Mr Cromelin, whom they sent for from Holland, had brought the manufacture to great perfection in the north of Ireland. They thought that the English in the other three provinces, who were the only persons that lost the woollen manufacture (and who were reduced to a miserable condition), should then share in the linen trade, and further that Mr Cromellin with part of his colony of workmen should be removed to Kilkenny, and that six years should be added to his patent as a compensation to him. Dated 15 Jan. 1706. 4 pages.
Jan. 22. 19. Representation by Thomas Rudge, receiver of Her Majesty's land revenue in the counties of Southampton, Wilts, Gloucester, Somerset, and Dorset as to certain fee farm rents in the county of Kent, which he believed had escheated to the crown for want of an heir. With the opinion of the Attorney General at the foot. The latter dated 22 Jan. 1706. 1 page.
Jan. 23. 20. Memorial of the Cofferer of the Household to the Lord High Treasurer, for payment of the expenses of the household. Dated 23 Jan. 1706. 1 page.
Jan. 24. 21. “Mr Attorney and Solicitor's report on ye draught of a privy seal for allowing Mr Fox's accot [as Paymaster of the Forces] for ye year 1703.” Dated 24 Jan. 1706. 2 pages.
Jan. 24. 22. Letter from Mr Geo. Townsend, a Comr of Excise, to the Lord High Treasurer, thanking him for the unexpected acknowledgment of his services, and proposing that the [bounty of 200l. per ann.] might be paid on his behalf to Mr Robert Futter, as if it were known to his fellow comrs it might create some uneasiness. Dated 24 Jan. 1706. 1 page.
Jan. 27. 23. Report of the Attorney General to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Richard Chiswell, citizen and stationer of London, praying that the grant of the custody of his son Royston Chiswell, an idiot (who was entitled to about 300l. in money), might be given to Richard Chiswell of London, merchant, his (the idiot's) eldest brother, and John Watley of London, citizen and haberdasher, stating what the law in the case was, and adding that on the death of his father the idiot would be entitled to a share of his personal estate, but the father by investing it in real estate might prevent his having a share of it. Dated 27 Jan. 1706–7.
The petition referred to. 3 pages.
Jan. 27. 24. Memorial of Peter Hume and Francis Aston to the Ld High Treasurer, praying for the grant of the usual 500l. for the charges of printing the fifth vol. of Rymer's Fœdera. Dated 27 Jan. 1706–7. 1 page.
Jan. 29.]
25. Memorial of George, Bishop of St David's, to the Lord High Treasurer. The grant to him of the arrears had been delayed by reason of several claims of Dr Watson and Mr Jeoffries. The dilapidations at Abergwilly and Brecon required speedy reparation; praying for despatch.
Minuted:—“29th Janry 1706. My Lord agrees to allow Mr Jeffreys the mo in his hands, but no more.” 1 page.
Jan. 31. 26. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer of extraordinary allowances to Geo. Dixon, Esq., receiver general for the county of Somerset and city of Bristol. Dated 31 Jan. 1706.
Also Mr Dixon's petition and a bill of travelling charges. 3 pages.
Jan. 31. 27. Report of Mr Charles Fox to the Ld High Treasurer on the petition of Mr Henry Cornish and Mr John Heylin, and on Lord Halifax's report thereon in respect to an annuity issued to Mr Fox.
The petition and report referred to.
Minuted:—“28th May 1707. Agreed in the manner proposed by Mr Fox.” 3½ pages.
Feb. 1. 28. Report of the [? Controllers of the Army Accounts] to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of William Lyndall, late captain of one of the additional companies of Brigadier Handaside's regiment, as to respites on the muster rolls. Dated Comptroller's Office, 1 Feb. 1706–7. 1 page.
Feb. 5. 29. Letter from Messrs Bennet, Shallet, and George Crowe to the Lord High Treasurer as to payment of certain drafts. Dated Livorno, 5 Feb. 1706. 2 pages, quarto.
Feb. 5. 30. Report of Mr Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer, on the proposal of the Warden of the Forest of Bere as to disafforesting, enclosing, and improving the forest. His opinion is against the proposal. He saw no objection to cutting the 300 trees lately proposed for the use of the navy, “but that this gentleman would have the cutting of them himself and selling them to the navy” Dated 5 Feb. 1706. 3½ pages.
Feb. 7. 31. Letter from Thomas, late Bishop of St David's, to Mr Lowndes, about the arrears of the temporalities of the bishopric and about “Lucy's discharge,” as is gathered from the docquet. The bishop was indisposed and asks Mr Lowndes what had been done on his petition. He hoped that the Dukes of Marlborough and Mountague would speak to the Ld High Treasurer in his behalf Dated 7 Feb. 1706–7. 1 page, quarto.
Feb. 7. 32. Report of the Post Masters General to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Robert West and Agnes Hamilton, relict and executrix of Andrew Hamilton. Their late Majesties in 1692 granted to Mr Neal full power to erect posts in North America for 21 years. On the nomination of Mr Neal they appointed Mr Andrew Hamilton, who settled the posts through the provinces of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the colonies of Long Island, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Plymouth, and Massachusets, through New Hampshire, King's County, Piscataway, 70 miles beyond Boston in New England, in all about 500 miles. Mr Neal assigned his interest in his patent to Mr Hamilton and Mr West to secure the payment of their debt for establishing the post. The post masters advise that the petitioners should surrender their remaining term of seven years on payment to them of 1,664l. which was due to them in the year 1700, and which they were willing to accept for their full claim of 3,000l. Dated 7 Feb. 1706.
The petition referred to, and a paper entitled “Balances” in the years 1699 to 1705. 2½ pages.
Feb. 11. 33. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Mr Lowndes, pressing for the Lord Treasurer's warrant for felling 300 trees in the Forest of Bere, and 500 in the New Forest. Dated 11 Feb. 1706, inclosing:
Copy of a letter from Captn Townsend, Commissr of Her Majesty's yard at Portsmouth, dated the 10th Febry 1706, pressing for the felling of the trees, as the spring came on apace, so that if they had not the benefit of them before the sap rose, although their use might serve a turn, yet they would never answer the end of the service; it being a general observation that all timber to be converted for shipping, cut when the sap is in the tree, not only decayed itself, but that which was next to it. 2 pages.
Feb. 11. 34. Accounts relating to the four companies at New York, enclosed in “a true copy of the accot annexed to the report made by the comptrs of the accots of the army to the Ld High Trear. 11 Febr 1706–7.” 30 pages.
Feb. 11. 35. Memorial of the Officers of Works to the Ld High Treasurer for three quarters of a year's salary to them and the artificers, &c. Dated 11 Feb. 1706–7. 1 page.
Feb. 13. 36. Mr Langhorne's letter of advice about bill drawn for the service of Catalonia. Dated “Genoua,” 13 Feb. 1706. 1 page quarto.
Feb. 18. 37. Report of Mr Henry Shere to the [Lord High Treasurer], enclosing an estimate of the charges necessary for the repair of the several breaches and damages done to Dover Haven by the late great storms, which were such as seldom happen in the memory of man. The works having been long in a state of decay demanded a thorough and effective repair, in order to the preservation of that important haven, become much more valuable than it ever was, by having been rendered much more useful to the public by the late new works, whereby ships could lie in a basin “water borne,” whereas it was before, a dry port; and by means also of the said works the backwater was made so to scour and cleanse the haven and mouth thereof, that whereas often the packet boats had not water to come in, ships now of 500 tons had, since the works were perfected, been received and kept afloat. 100 sail of ships and vessels had already taken sanctuary, and had been preserved from storms and the enemy, which ships would not have found a port between that and the Isle of Wight. The new works had cost above 9,000l. Dated 18 Feb. 1706.
The estimate referred to. The amount was 3,370l.
Also a plan of the haven. 3 pages, besides the plan.
Feb. 20.]
38. Petition of Robert Blake to Her Majesty. Petitioner was a gentleman born in Ireland, but of English and Protestant family. In the late rebellion they lost 7,000l. Petitioner had two brothers killed, and he had lately lost another in Lord Donegal's regiment. He had sold his effects and embarked to England with 400l., and designed to purchase a captain's commission, but was captured by a French privateer and stript of all he had. Asks for command of a company.
Certificate in his favour. Dated 20 Feb. 1706–7. Referred to the Secretary at War. 2 pages.
Feb. 20. 39. Letter of the Comrs of Victualling to Sir Thomas Littleton, as to the payment of bills of exchange. Dated 20 Feb. 1706.
Accompanied by “an account of money wanting for payment of bills of exchange necessary and extraordinary, necessary money, &c., in preference of other services of the victualling.” 2 pages.
Feb. 20. 40. Report of the Comrs of Revenue for Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer, upon an application of the Duke of Ormonde to have the term of his contract for the butlerage of Ireland made up to 14 years, giving estimates of the income from the same. They believed Her Majesty would not be a loser by granting the request. Dated 20 Feb. 1706. 2 pages.
Feb. 21.]
41. Petition of William Clayton and Thomas Johnson, of Liverpool, Esq., on behalf of the mayor, bailiffs, and burgesses of Liverpool. Her Majesty had granted a lease for 50 years of certain old buildings formerly called Liverpool Castle. The persons in possession refused to conform to the lease, so that they would have to be ejected by action at law; praying that Mr Fricker might deliver copies of two warrants granted by King Charles II. for demolishing the castle.
Minuted:—“21 Feb. 1706–7. A copy ordered.” 1 page.
Feb. 26. 42. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of Michael Studholme, Esq., approving of his bills, &c. Dated 26 Feb. 1706–7.
The memorial and the bills referred to.
Minuted:—“9 Apr. 1707. Agreed.”
[Studholme was keeper of the roads.] 6 pages or parts of pages.
Feb. 26. 43. Presentment of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, recommending Dr Thomas Lane to succeed Dr Waller, deceased, as one of Her Majesty's advocates. Dated 26 Feb. 1706–7.
Minuted:—“8 Ap. 1707. Dor Lloyd to be advocate, with a salla of 200l. a year only.” 1 page.
Feb. 28. 44. Memorial of the Comrs of Salt to the Lord High Treasurer, giving various particulars in relation to their accounts; praying a warrant for stay of process. Dated 28 Feb. 1706.
Minuted:—“3d March 1706–7. Wt for stay of proces till end of next Trinity term.” 3 pages.
March 2. 45. Copy of Instructions to the Agent Victualler at Gibraltar, signed by Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet. Dated 21 Jan. 1706–7. Also copy of additional instructions. Dated 2 Mar. 1706–7. 3 pages.
March 4. 46. Mr Auditor Harnage's certificate as to what was due to Sir Thomas Knatchbull, late Commissary of the Musters, to the two old marine regiments, and also to his deputies Dated 4 March 1706. 1 page.
March 5.]
47. Petition of Edward Dunning to the Lord High Treasurer for a grant of the ferry between Portsmouth and Gosport to pass to the petitioner. He states that in 12 James I. there was a grant to Edward Driffeild and others, of the ferry, and the grantees were cripples and decayed seamen, but since that time no grant had been made. The men of war and merchantmen in the harbour took the opportunity of the privilege of conveying people, of running goods and stores on shore, and sinking hogsheads and casks in the harbour till opportunity offered of weighing them up.
Referred to the Comrs of Customs, 5 March 1706–7. 1 page.
March 6. 48. Letter of Mr H. St John to Mr Lowndes sending a memorial on behalf of the officers of the three French regiments lately reduced at Torbay, as to their pensions, with a scale of the established allowances. Dated 6 March 1706/7. 1 page.
March 7. 49. Copy of a letter from the Ld High Treasurer to the Governors of the Plantations in America for credit to Admiral Wager's squadron. Dated 7 March 1706–7. 1 page.
March 11. 50. Letter from Mr Burchett to Mr Lowndes enquiring in respect to the tin which Her Majesty's ships had conveyed to Lisbon, to whom it was to be consigned in Italy. Dated Admiralty Office, 11 March 1706/7.
Also extract from a letter of Sir Geo. Byng on the same subject. 2 pages.
March 12. 51. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, laying before him the frauds discovered with some of their officers in the counties of Cambridge and Essex in combination with the maltsters. They made use of an ink which, when gauges and charges had been fairly inserted in the books, could be wiped out with cotton and fair water, &c. It was also contrived to enlarge this mischief into the Exchequer, &c. They detail the measures they had taken thereon. They also observe that in parts of the counties of Essex, Cambridge, and Hertford, where the maltsters were not under such combination, they yet by the method of working defrauded the Queen of above 1/3 of the duty, &c. They describe the method and press that a clause may be obtained to prevent these frauds. Dated 12 March 1706.
Also two affidavits as to the use of the fraudulent ink referred to.
Minuted:—“Read 12th Mar. 1706. My Lord thinkes 'tis too late to apply to the parliamt for a clause to prevent the mischiefs complained of, as committed by the malsters; but if there be an occasion, his Lordship thinkes they ought to appoint new officers.” 4 pages.
March 13. 52. Report of the Comrs for Duties on stamped vellum, parchment, and paper, on the petition of Joseph Watts for the transfer of his place to Edward Benskins, his relation. Dated 13 March 1706.
With a memorandum at the foot that the Lord High Treasurer had no objection.
The petition referred to. 2 pages.
March 13. 53. Auditor's report to the Lord High Treasurer relating to Lord Ranelagh's accounts. Dated 13 March 1706.
With a minute on the back that “my Lord” would speak to the auditors. 1½ pages.
March 13. 54. Report of Mr Auditor Harley to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the sums due to Sir Thomas Knatchbull and Mr George Gillard his deputy, late Commissary of the Musters to the two late marine regiments. Dated 13 Mar. 1706/7. 1½ pages.
March 14. 55. Letter of Mr Thomas Wooley, secretary to the East India Company, asking when they were to be paid for the saltpetre which they had delivered to the Board of Ordnance, expressing their willingness to deliver more when that was paid for. Dated East India House, 14th March 1706. 1 page.
March 16. 56. Report of J. Howe to the Lord [High Treasurer] upon the complaint of Col. Handaside, governor of Jamaica, about the remittance of the subsistence of his regiment to Jamaica. Dated 16 March 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 13th Apr. 1706 [sic, but mistake for 1707]. My Lord agrees that the remittances be made by Sr Gilbert Heathcote.”
The letter from Col. Handasyde and another from Sir Gilbert Heathcote. The latter says:—“We had such terrible disasters the last yeare by our fleets goeing & comeing at such improper time (15 of our ships being foundered and 3 taken out of 38), and the very same in all probability must happen to us this (unless miracles interpose), that you see I am willing to accept of anything to save something.”
List of the ships named. 5 pages.
March 17. 57. Memorial of the Solicitor of the Admiralty to the Lord High Treasurer for the imprest of 300l. for several prosecutions to support the jurisdiction of the Admiralty. Dated 17 March 1706/7. 1 page.
March 17. 58. Report of S. Godolphin, Auditor of Wales, to the Lord High Treasurer, giving reasons why the North Wales revenues did not hold out to answer the payment of Lord Auverquerque's annuity of 1,200l. per ann. charged thereupon; making various suggestions relative to the revenues of North and South Wales. Dated 17 March 1706.
Also states of the accounts of the receivers of North and South Wales, and a previous memorial of the above auditor.
Minuted:—“9 April 1707. A łre to the Audr to comply with my Lord's warrt in deliverg schedules to Mr Tilson of arrears & ipsums to Miclmas? 1698.” 5 pages.
March 19. 59. Account of Sir James Collett, Knt., sworn 19 March 1706/7, together with the petition of the same and Robert Knight, grocer, executors of Sir Leonard Robinson, Knt., late chamberlain of London, deceased, to the Lord High Treasurer, for allowance for their trouble about repayments of loans on various funds. 4 pages.
March 20. 60. Report of Mr William Blathwayt to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Susan Thomas, daughter of Charles Thomas, treasurer of Barbadoes, who had advanced 5 or 6,000l. for the public occasions there, and whose executor could not get it repaid Mr Blathwayt saw no reason why his Lordship should not recommend to the governor the payment of the balance. Dated 20 March 1706.
The petition. 3 pages.
March 20. 61. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor General, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of George Montague, Esq., as to the payment of his salary for the office of warden, &c. of Sawsey Forest, in Northamptonshire, out of the Exchequer. Dated 20 March 1706/7.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 2¼ pages.
March 20. 62. Account of the imports and exports made in the Naval Office of Nevis from 20 Aug. 1706 to 20 March following. 2 wide pages.
March 21.]
63. Money assessed by an Act for granting an aid of 4s. in the pound for the land tax for the year 1706 on the clerks of the Post Office whose salaries did not exceed 60l. per ann.
Showing the names and salaries.
Also a list of the names of the officers of the Penny Post assessed to the same tax, together with their salaries.
Minuted:—“Read 21 March 1706/7. A wt to be prepared as usuall.” 2 pages.
March 21. 64. Copy of address about the losses in the islands of Nevis and St Christopher's, with the Queen's answer. The latter dated 21 March 1706. 1 page.
March 22. 65. Report of Lord Halifax to the Lord High Treasurer as to the standards of weights and measures to be sent to the several burghs in Scotland from the standards kept in the receipt of the Exchequer in England. It was necessary that what was contained in a proposal annexed of the deputy chamberlains of the Exchequer should be put in execution with all imaginable expedition. Dated 22 March 1706/7.
The proposal referred to. After describing what the standard weights and measures were, it says:—“The method which hath been used for ages past, when any city or borough hath had occasion for any standards, hath been as follows; first, they have made application to the deputy chamberlains of the said Exchequer, who have recommended them a founder, of whom they have bespoke the several standards wanted, sized as nigh to the standard, before they are brought to the Exchequer, as they can conveniently be, and then they are to be tryed &; sized by the said deputy chamberlains, or one of them; they having been most usually two days in despatching one set of standards, after they were adjudged true, either in measure or weight, to a nicety, the said deputy chamberlains give an indenture on stampt vellum made between them, the said deputy chamberlains, on behalf of your Lordship and the chamberlains of the Exchequer of the one part, & the mayor, aldermen, & bailiffs, &c. or other chief magistrate of the said city & burgh, &c. for the time being, witnessing that the said mayor, &c. hath such a day and year had and received of your Lordship, &c. such and such standard weights or measures, to which they sett the seal of the said court of the receipt, for which a very ancient fee hath been constantly paid,” &c., viz., 1l. 11s. 4d. divided amongst seven persons, &c.
Letter of Mr Lowndes to Lord Halifax, and an order in council in relation thereto. Dated 13 March 1706. 5 pages.
March 22. 66. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the management (after the union) of the customs in that part of Great Britain now called Scotland. Advising that a commission be appointed for levying such duties as were payable in England according to the tenor of the articles in the Treaty of Union; that they have their office at Edinburgh or Leith, and that the duties be collected by the same laws and rules as in England. Advising also several minor arrangements, and that if the excise should be put under the same commission (as was done in Ireland), the charge would be lessened. Dated 22 March 1706/7. 1½ pages.
March 23. 67. Petition of Captain George Beavour to the Queen, asking for Her Majesty's bounty, having been present with the marines under Major General Seymour at the taking of several prizes mentioned.
Referred to the Ld High Treasurer, 23 Mar. 1706/7.
In the reference it is stated that the captors' share being already distributed, the petitioner could have no benefit of it. 1 page.
March 24. 68. Report of the Officers of the Mint in England to the Lord High Treasurer as to what was necessary for the continuance of the mint in Scotland, recommending that whereas by the Act of Parliament the coin was to be of the same standard and value throughout the United Kingdom, and by the indenture of Her Majesty's mint in England, the warden, with the consent of the “general of Her Majesty's mint in Scotland,” was commanded to cause to be made two piles of English weights, one for each mint, to be examined and marked in the presence of the officers of Her Majesty's mint in the Tower (which clause they conceived to have been inserted upon an ancient treaty between the two nations), they were of opinion that two new piles of troy weights should be made with the utmost exactness, and examined and marked, and one of them delivered for the use of the mint in Scotland, according to the directions of the indenture.
And whereas by the same indenture there were to be six indented trial pieces of gold and six of silver, viz., four for England and two for Scotland, they were of opinion that new “indented” trial pieces should be made and delivered for the uses specified in the indenture, and that one trial piece of each metal should be delivered to the proper officer, who should covenant with Her Majesty to make the moneys in Scotland, and one of each should be kept either in the treasury of Scotland, according to the indenture, or by an officer of that mint, who should be appointed to examine, check, and prove the making of the moneys there, in weight and fineness, before delivery, as was practised in the mint in England.
They were farther of opinion that the money coined in both mints should be of the same sizes and stamp, with some letter or other mark set upon the Scotch money, to distinguish it from the money coined in England, as was lately practised in the country mints. So much of the indenture as contained the rules for coinage should be sent to the mint in Scotland. The officers of the mint in Scotland might send “any of their mint” to learn the practice of the mint in the Tower, and if they desired it, an officer of the English mint might be sent into Scotland to see the rules fully put into execution, and if they should want any engines or other things necessary for coinage they might be provided from the Tower. Dated 24 March 1706–7. 1½ pages.
March 24. 69. Report of Mr Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer on a letter of the Earl of Ranelagh, representing the irreparable loss which was falling on Cranbourne, that the mischief was already begun, 20 of the old but beautiful trees being cut down, and the persons concerned resolved to despatch the rest without loss of time; that it was true the trees were old, but still growing and making a noble show and shade every summer, their number great, and no young trees could pretend to match them in 50 years; that they would yield a very inconsiderable sum, and that a hundred times that sum could not supply the want of them in that age; that Cranbourne would look like Bagshot Heath, and the neighbours were sensibly afflicted with the loss of their greatest delight, and praying his lordship's pity for old trees [“and for his devoted servant old Ranelagh”]. Mr Wilcox was of opinion that the words in which the grievance was represented seemed to deserve some pity, but if the noble lord had himself taken a view of the several places where the trees were set out, the grievance would not have been great, or the complaint made. Cranbourne would still look like itself, there being not one tree marked within near a mile of it. Mr Wilcox, before setting out the trees, had gone to Cranbourne Lodge to acquaint his lordship, but had not the honor to speak with him (tho' at home) and by the assistance of the keeper of the walks and another of his lordship's keepers, and others, who pitched upon such trees as might very well be spared, he marked them. If the money designed for the poor inhabitants of Porchester were not raised in Cranbourne, he knew not where it could be raised by wood sales. Dated 24 Mar. 1706.
The holograph letter of Lord Ranelagh referred to.
Minuted:—“Read 24th Mar. 1706. A copy sent to his Lordp by my Lord himself.” 2 pages.
March 25. 70. Report of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Judges of the Court of Queen's Bench and Common Pleas, Barons of the Exchequer, and other law officers in Ireland, wherein they set forth that they did not suppose they were intended to be within Her Majesty's letter for keeping back the payments six months, and that being obliged to reside in Dublin and live suitably to their stations, they were subject to constant expense, and that others had been exempted from the restriction. The Duke would be glad if the revenue would allow the taking off entirely the restriction. The army was 15 months in arrear and the civil list nine months. There might be sufficient in the treasury to discharge immediately a quarter to each. Leaving it to Her Majesty to gratify the petitioners. Dated, Whitehall, 25 March 1707.
Minuted:—“My Lord thinks his grace the best judge of this. Respited.”
The petition and a copy of Her Majesty's letter. 5 pages.
March 25. 71. Letter from the same to the same, respecting the barracks building in the city of Dublin, and the payment for the same, also as to a barrack master and assistant to be appointed. Dated Whitehall, 25 Mar. 1707.
Minuted:—“26th Mar. 1707. My Lord will advise the 6,000l. & a warrt to be prepared accordingly.” 2½ pages.
March 25. 72. Letter from the same to the same. His grace had received another representation relating to the linen manufacture of Ireland which contained very moving instances for encouraging the same, and for continuing Mr. Crumelin's patent by an addition of six years, whereby he would be enabled to remove to the south of Ireland to instruct them in that manufacture. It was what the people on that side were very intent upon. The [English] Comrs of Customs appeared only to have consulted the merchants concerned in the Hamborough trade, and to be against all manner of encouragement of the linen manufacture in Ireland, but he hoped it would have no effect to oppose a national interest and concern, wherein both Houses of Parliament on this side had so heartily concurred, and which had been made an equivalent for the very great loss that kingdom had sustained by taking away the woollen manufacture. Dated Whitehall, 25 March 1707.
Minuted:—“Read 26th Mar. 1707. A wt to be prepared, but to express therein that 'tis consented to in consideration of the loss that k[ingdom] susteyns by the prohibic[i]on of the exportac[i]on of ye woollen manufactures from thence, & ye encouragemt that was intended by ye English parłt at that time to be given to the linen manufacture in Irełd.” 1½ pages.
March 25. 73. Report of Mr William Blathwayt to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Col. Thomas Whetham in behalf of Mary Johnson, widow and relict of Major John Johnson, late governor of Nevis, and for some time commander-in-chief of all the Leeward Islands, praying payment of his salary. The report shows what was due to him as lieut.-governor of Nevis, as well as for the chief governorship of the Leeward Islands, the latter being from 4 Dec. 1704, being the day of the death of Sir William Matthew, to the 14th of July 1706, the day of the arrival of Col. Parks the succeeding governor. If Her Majesty did not think fit to allow him the salary in his double capacity, there would be an abatement of 321l. 1s. 11d.; but this was the first case of this nature that had happened since the appointment of salaries to the lieutenant-governors. As a motive to obtain those allowances in so favourable a manner, the petitioner alleged the barbarous murder of Major Johnson in the execution of his duty, while those islands were invaded by the French. By his unfortunate death his affairs were left in the utmost distraction. Dated 25 March 1707.
Minuted:—“To be p[ai]d, but in one capacity out of ye 4 & ½ p[er] cent.” 3 pages.
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March 25.]
74. Memorandum as to making a motion on 25 March 1707, by the Lord Marquis of Montrose, Lord President of the Privy Council, viz., that seeing the salaries of the President and “remanent” Lords of Session were long since settled, and the great alterations in the value of money and prices of all things, whereby these salaries were become disproportioned to the dignity, pains, and expense of the trust, &c., it might be recommended to Her Majesty by the House to make further provision for the Lord President, &c. To which motion the House agreed. 1 page.
March 25. 75. Mr Petyt's certificate about sorting the Records in the Tower, addressed to the Lord High Treasurer. (A quarterly report.) Dated 25 March 1707. 1 page.
March 25. 76. Report of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of Col. Kellum, for reimbursement of expenses in carrying over 70 horses to Ireland to recruit three troops of the Earl of Arran's regiment, then Brigadier Cadogan's; recommending the payment. Dated Whitehall, 25 March 1707.
Minuted:—“Agreed. Prepare a S. M.”
The memorial and a letter from the Ld High Treasurer on the same subject. 4 pages.
March 26. 77. Letter from Lord Cornbury to the Lord High Treasurer. In obedience to his Lordship's letter he had restored Mr Byerley. Relates other proceedings upon his restoration. In suspending Mr Byerley he (Ld Cornbury) had not the least thought of encroaching upon his Lordship's authority, or of doing anything to displease him. He thought he was only acting in accordance with the 34th clause of Her Majesty's instructions. He should for the future observe the method prescribed by the Lord High Treasurer, only he begged for directions as to what method he should take with the collector, if he would not pay the warrants directed to him by his Lordship (Lord Cornbury) in council; and this favour he begged because when the collector was there before, he would pay nobody but whom he pleased. Dated New York, 26 March 1707.
Copies of three other papers connected therewith. 4¼ pages.
March 27. 78. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, on the management of the revenue of the excise in Scotland. As that revenue had hitherto been let to farm, and collected throughout that kingdom by composition, without guaging to ascertain the quantities of excisable liquors, it would be too great a work to put the whole kingdom under the same management as that of England; and if they sent the requisite number of officers from England (if they could be found) it might create some uneasiness. They thought at first it might be advisable to put the city of Edinburgh, and some other of the most populous and trading towns in Scotland, under the methods practised in England, and that they might collect the remainder by composition. This method was practised in England where victuallers lived too remote from any officers, and the expense would exceed the duty. When matters were more settled the method of surveying and gauging might be enlarged. They proposed that a commission should be established in Scotland to constitute officers for the duties of excise, also certain officers should be sent from England to instruct persons of the Scotch nation, and that books of the laws of excise and instructions should be sent. The salaries in Scotland might be less than those in England, as provisions were cheaper, the same being the case in Ireland. The judicial part of the revenue would be in the justices of the peace, and, not knowing whether there were any justices of the peace in Scotland, they were of opinion that justices of the peace ought to be appointed throughout that kingdom, if not already appointed. Dated 27 March 1707.
Letter from Mr Lowndes to the Comrs of Excise, sending copy of an order in council thereon. 3¼ pages.
March 28. 79. Report of Mr Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer on the letters of Mr Norton, warden of “Bier” Forest, &c., as to the right of the Earl of Scarborough to three brace of bucks yearly out of the forest. The grant “does in some measure eclipse the power and command of the warden, which seems to be grievous to him.” Also as to felling 300 trees for the navy. They would be worth at least 2,500l. Dated 28 March 1707.
Two letters of Mr Richard Norton, and a memorial which answers Mr Wilcox's report of 5 Feb. 1706–7, clause by clause, as to the de-afforesting the Forest of Bere. It contains a good deal of information about the forest, as well as some particulars about Porchester Castle, and refers also to a grant to the Earl of Westmoreland of some woods in Rockingham Forest. 12 pages.
March 29. 80. Letter of the Comrs of Victualling to the Treasurer of the Navy, enclosing an account of what was due on the “course” of the office for six months from 30 June 1705, asking for 25,000l. to be ordered. Dated 29 March 1707.
The account referred to. 2½ pages.
March 29. 81. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of John Child, Esq., Receiver General for the county of Wilts, of divers aids, viz., for his extraordinary charges; in favour of certain allowances to him. Dated 29 March 1707.
His petition, and other accounts and papers relating thereto. 8 pages.
March 31. 82. Memorial of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty's pleasure was that they should supply the loss of the store-ship taken on her way to St. Christopher's. That would make in all 6,232l. 13s. 5d., for which no money was allowed by Parliament. Dated 31 March 1707.
Minuted:—“1 Apr. 1706. The 4,356l. 8s. 9d. shalbe p[ai]d out of 4½ per cent. as mo of that branch comes in.
“The 1,876l. 4s. 8d. to be p[ai]d pursuant to ye address, when the appropriating clause is settled.” 1 page.
March 31. 83. Report of Mr James Mountague to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of the directors of Greenwich Hospital, touching a demand of 12d. per ton by the islanders of Portland, and 6d. per ton by the Comrs for building St Paul's church, for all stone shipped from thence for the use of the hospital; also upon Sir Christopher Wren's memorial touching a liberty taken by the quarrymen of Portland to open new quarries and dig and carry off stone at pleasure, which he represents to be to the prejudice of the quarries, and in opposition to the rights of the crown. The whole island, he (Mr Mountague) was informed, was one entire manor, belonging to the Queen in right of the crown.
The whole island was looked upon as one continued quarry of stone which could not be wrought out in many ages. Time out of mind a duty of 12d. per ton had been paid for stone dug and exported out of the commons in the said isle; one moiety had usually been paid to the King or Queen, as lord of the manor; the other to the profit of the inhabitants. He did not find any alteration of this ancient usage until 1665, when King Charles II. granted to the inhabitants of the island for every ton dug within the common of the island (except such as should be taken for the use of the crown) 12d. per ton, 3d. of which should go to the crown and 9d. to the inhabitants. This grant was registered on the Court Rolls, and though he could not say it was binding in law, yet the directions therein had been constantly complied with ever since. And though Sir Christopher Wren, the Surveyor of Works, had sent directions for digging great quantities of stone within the commons, for building the cathedral of St. Paul's, Chelsey College, and several churches in London, yet in regard it was not expressed that the stone was ordered to be dug for the immediate service of the crown, the inhabitants had all along received the 9d. per ton to their own benefit, and answered the other 3d. to the receiver of Dorsetshire for the use of the crown. And in his (Mr Mountague's) opinion there was reason for Her Majesty to continue the like payment for the stone which should be dug out of the common, for the inhabitants had an ancient usage to countenance their presensions to a moiety of the 12d., which had time out of mind been paid for every ton of stone that had been dug there, and the other 3d. was said to have been granted to them in consideration of the great damage done to the herbage on the common, where the inhabitants had a right to feed their cattle, and that damage, in all probability, would continue as long as stone was suffered to be dug on those commons. He did not conceive Sir Chr. Wren could order the stone that was used in buildings not appertaining to the crown to be dug and exported duty free. The 6d. per ton required by the Comrs of St Paul's was not demanded, unless the exporters made use of the piers and cranes which belonged to the Comrs. The inhabitants were willing to pay this. If the stone were dug in a manner prejudicial to the inheritance of the crown, it must be determined by a trial, but if the representation of the inhabitants were correct, it might be more for Her Majesty's service to permit them to dig the stone as usual and receive the 9d. a ton. Dated 31 March 1707. 3 pages.
April 1. 84. Letter from the Secretary at War (St John) to Mr Lowndes, for several Acts of Parliament and books of the Articles of War, to be sent from the Queen's printer for the use of his office. Dated 1 April 1707. 1 page.
April 1. 85. Petition of William Brockett, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer. When His late Majesty, on the death of Sir Samuel Moreland. directed him to prepare all things necessary for the usual secret service of the Secretaries of State, he directed also that petitioner should receive his disbursements for that service; praying that in lieu thereof he might have two years payment of his pension of 400l. per ann. out of the Post Office.
The account of his disbursements sworn to on April 1, 1707. 2¼ pages.
April 2. 86. Report of the Prize Comrs to the Lord High Treasurer, as to allowance to Mr Matthew Butterwick out of the prize ship St George. Dated 2 April 1707.
Minuted:—“Read 8 Apr. 1707. The petic[i]on is dismissed.”
Also an affidavit. 3½ pages.
April 3. 87. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, complaining that the justices of the peace had frequently acquitted persons against full proof for retailing ale and beer contrary to the Act. The judges in their charges, at the Comrs suggestion, had recommended the due observance of the Act. The justices in Warwickshire, and particularly John Shuckburg, Esq., had acquitted divers victuallers, &c. Dated 3 Apr. 1707.
Also letter of the collector and a supervisor of excise for Warwickshire thereon. 3 pages.
April 6. 88. Copy of an Admiralty order to the Comrs for sick and wounded seamen, &c., requiring them to accept and pay certain bills for 1,500l. drawn on them by Samuel Cox, Esq., for the sick seamen at Barbadoes under command of Captain Hovinden Walker. Dated 6 Apr. 1707. 1 page.
April 7. 89. Copy of an affidavit of Elizabeth Carter, of St James's, Westminster (Midd.), spinster, as to the concealment of certain prize goods. Dated 7 Apr. 1707. 2 pages.
April 9. 90. Report of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer, upon a letter of the archbishops and bishops of Ireland, enclosing a memorial to Her Majesty, wherein they desired that the first fruits, which, according to the report of the Comrs of the Revenue, did not exceed 450l. per ann., might be applied to the purchase of impropriations and glebes for the augmentation of small livings. They further desired that the tax of the twentieth part, amounting to 563l. per ann., might be wholly remitted to the clergy. The crown received out of ecclesiastical livings by crown rents, quit rents, and port-corn, near 2,000l. per ann. more than was desired to be remitted. The matter had been first moved upon occasion of exempting flax land from tithes in an Act passed the last session in the Irish parliament. He was of opinion the favour would be well bestowed. If Her Majesty should give direction therein, they proposed that an Act should be prepared appointing Comrs, &c. for the distribution of the favor. Dated Whitehall, 9 April 1707.
The letter signed by the archbishops and bishops. Dated 3 April 1707, and the memorial referred to.
Also a humble representation to Her Majesty on behalf of the clergy of Ireland.
And the draft of a warrant to the Lord Lieutt “for a grant to vest the 1 Fr. & 20th parts on ye A. Bps to be disposed of for ye benefit of ye Church, accordg to Her Matys warrant in that behalf.” 7½ pages.
April 12. 91. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Ld High Treasurer, upon the inventory of tools for ye mint in Scotland. They had considered the inventory of tools and other necessaries proposed to be provided in London, for the use of the mint in Scotland, and had set down the prices of such as seemed necessary.
They make a number of observations at the end; the first is—“Cast rollers are not to be bought. The man who makes them keeps his secret to himself, and only lends the rollers to the moneyers at 10s. a day.” Dated Mint Office, Apr. 12, 1707.
It is all in Sir Isaac Newton's hand.
The inventory referred to.
In the Minute Book, Vol. 14, p. 64, 12 April 1707, is—
“Officers of the Mint called. Upon reading their report concerning severall things desired by the officers of Scotland for the service of the mint there, my Lord directs that the Officers of the Mint here do forthwth provide such of them as are absolutely necessary, and that the same shalbe paid for out of the Equivalent.
“As to the expressions in the Scotch inventar [sic] wch the mint officers do not well understand, speak to Sir David Nairn to explain them, and also to consider of the speediest way of sending the said things for the mint to Scotland as soon as the same are provided.” 3 pages.
April 13. 92. Petition of Francis Melling, of the Middle Temple, gent., to the Queen, as to an annuity of 80l. which the late Bishop of Winchester was bound to pay him; praying for an equivalent for the same as he would be deprived of it by a dormant bond given by the Bishop which was then about to be put in execution by the crown.
Referred to the Ld High Treasurer, 13 Apr. 1707. 1 page.
April 13. 93. Petition to the Lord High Treasurer, and certificate concerning tallies for which the officers of the Talley Court had received no fees from Michaelmas day 1706 to Easter day [13 Apr.] 1707. 1 page.
April 15. 94. Report of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer, upon the petition of the Viscountess Dowager of Dungannon, praying a pension in consideration of her husband's services and death in Spain; advising that an allowance should be given her suitable to her quality, in consideration of her loss and the constant loyalty of his Lordship's family. Dated Whitehall, 15 Apr. 1707.
The Lord Treasurer's letter referring it to the Duke, and the petition.
Minuted:—“Read 14th May 1707. The Queen cannot provide for ye widdows of those that are actually slaine in ye service & therefore much less for ye widdows of those yt die of sickness.” 3 pages.
April 18. 95. Letter from the Comrs of Trade to the Lord High Treasurer, asking for various charges to be allowed them. Dated 18 April 1707.
Account of petty expenses and a stationery bill. 4 pages.
April 19. 96. Letter signed Pierre Duval to Monsieur Poultney in favour of a poor widow [Mrs Boitout]. She had received a letter from Lord Galway in which he judged her worthy of the pension which was sought. Asking Mons. Poultney to press Mr Taylor to continue his good offices [? with the Lord High Treasurer]. Dated 19 April 1707. [French.] 1 page, quarto.
April 22. 97. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the regulations for the collection of customs in Scotland after the Union. They had held a meeting at the Duke of Queensberry's lodgings with the Lord Seafield and others, to consult on the proper method for collecting the customs. Besides what they represented in their report of 22 March (copy of which was enclosed), they proposed that the present officers should be continued until further order, and those of the best capacity and experience be in the first place appointed for the more considerable ports, viz., Leith, “Glasco,” Aberdeen, “Dumfreez,” and Invernesse. Other regulations are also mentioned. Dated 22 April 1707.
Minuted:—“Read 23th April 1707.”
The copy referred to; the original is described under 22 March 1706–7. 2½ pages.
April 22. 98. Report of the Attorney General (Northey) and the Surveyor General (Travers) to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Higgons, his wife and children, relating to three acres of ground claimed by them within the dock at Chatham, and also upon two reports relating to the petitioners' title to the same. They had considered the reports and perused the deeds produced by the petitioners, and had discoursed with the petitioners, and after several meetings had brought them to take for their pretensions 4,000l., viz., 1,200l. to Mr Higgons and his wife, and 700l. apiece to the four daughters, which they thought reasonable to quiet Her Majesty's title and possession, and to prevent the consequences of a trial of the right to the three acres, the buildings on the same (if the three acres should be found to be within the dock) being of very great value, and the lands a very useful part of the docks. The petitioners to convey the same to Her Majesty. Dated 22 April 1707.
Minuted:—“21 May 1707. My Lord agrees to this.”
Also “an abstract of the reports of Ld Ch. Justice Trevor, Mr Surveyor Genl Travers, Mr Attorney Genl Sr Ed. Northey,” on the same matter.
The petition is not now with the report. 3½ pages.
April 22. 99. The report of Sir Edw. Northey, Attorney Genl, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of Sir John Trevor, constable of the castle of Flint, and as such mayor of the town and borough of Flint. The matters of fact were as stated in the memorial, and it would be for Her Majesty's service, and for the preservation of Her Majesty's rights and the peace of the town of Flint, that the prosecutions therein mentioned should be taken care of by “Her Majesty's solicitor of law prosecutions.” Dated 22 Apr. 1707.
Minuted:—“Orderd according to the report.”
The memorial is not now with it. 1 page.
April 23. 100. Report of the same to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Alexander Butterworth, Esq., urging his claims against those of the children of Arthur Barnardiston, Esq., to some estates in Lancashire. The report is in favour of the Barnardistons. Dated 23 Apr. 1707.
Two petitions. 6½ pages.
April 24. 101. An account of respits on several regiments, from 25 Feb. to 24 April 1707. ½ page.
April 26. 102. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, enclosing a draft of their commission, with notes of such clauses as they thought might be left out in the commission for Scotland after the Union. Dated 26 April 1707.
The enclosure is not now with it. 1 page.
April 26. 103. Presentment of the same Comrs to the same, as to the terms upon which the trade should be carried on by Scotland. The Comrs were under great difficulties what directions to give to their officers on the borders, or on the coast, concerning any foreign goods brought from Scotland after the union should take place. They prayed his Lordship that all the Queen's “councill learned” might be summoned to a consultation upon the subject. Dated 26 April 1707.
Minuted:—“28th April 1707. Comrs Customs to attend tomorrow at 6 of ye clock in the afternoon about this rep[re]sentation, and to come prepared to be more particular in their questions relating thereto.” 1¼ pages.
April 28. 104. Copy of the Queen's warrant for Archibald Douglas of Cavers to be Her Majesty's Receiver General. Dated 28 April 1707. 1 page.
April 28. 105. Letter from the Earl of Sunderland to the Lord High Treasurer, enclosing petitions and other papers which had been laid before the Queen, relating to the sufferings of the owners, &c., concerned in the ship “Worcester”; for his Lordship's orders. Dated Whitehall, 28 April 1707.
The papers are not now with it. 1 page, quarto.
April 28. 106. Memorial of the Exchequer officers touching their fees on passing the accounts of the Customs.
With a schedule of the fees.
Referred by the Ld High Treasurer to the Comrs of Customs, 28 April 1707. 2 pages.
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April 28.]
107. Petition of Henry Ballowe and John Smith, Deputy Chamberlains for joining tallies of loan, &c., in Her Majesty's Court of Exchequer, to the Ld High Treasurer, asking a warrant in payment for their services.
Minuted:—“A warrant as usuall.”
Certificate connected therewith. Dated 28 April 1707. 2 pages.
April 29. 108. Mr Moore's report from the Comptroller's office, for a second provision of clothes and accoutrements for the service of the King of Spain. Dated 29 April 1707.
Minuted:—“2d May 1707. My Lord will apply the 35,000l. remayning of 150,000l. given in ye last session; but can give noe direction or incouragemt for any expense or contract for which money is to be given in ye next session of parlt.” 1 page.
April 29. 109. Letter from Mr Edward Southwell to Mr Lowndes by direction of the Duke of Ormonde, laying a letter before him received from the Lords Justices of Ireland in relation to a small mistake in the Queen's letter in favour of the Countess of Dorchester, asking that the letter might be laid before the Lord High Treasurer. Dated 29 April 1707.
The letter referred to. 3 pages.
April 30. 110. Petition of James Gourdon, senr, and James Majoribank, merchants in Edinburgh, to the Lord High Treasurer for a nolle prosequi on an information for certain wines brought from Spain in an English ship sailed by Spaniards.
Referred 30 April 1707 to the Comrs of Customs. 1 page.
April 30. 111. Letter of Mr H. St John to Mr Lowndes, sending the establishments, with two duplicates signed by Her Majesty, of the forces in Spain, the additional palatins and general officers for Flanders, and the four regiments going from Ireland to Portugal, for the counter signature of the Lord High Treasurer. Dated Whitehall, 30 April 1707. 1 page.