Volume 121: March 3-May 30, 1710

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 4, 1708-1714. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1974.

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March 3–May 30, 1710

March 3. 1. Affidavit of Captain James Abercrombie, of the Right Hon. the Earl of Portmore's Regiment, giving the particulars of an assault, for which he and his bail were estreated in the Exchequer, having forfeited their recognizances. Being unacquainted with the laws of this kingdom, thought that proceeding had always stopped when both parties were agreed. Sworn 3 March 1709. 1 page.
March 6. 2. The Earl of Lauderdale to Lord — Sends a memorial concerning the Mint at Edinburgh. There are some offices in the Mint which do not appear to be so very necessary, viz., the clerk of the bullion at 27l. 15s. a year, and three clerks each at 40l. a year. Dated Edinburgh, 6 Mar. 1710.
The memorial of the officers of the Mint at Edinburgh, signed by the same Earl, to the Earl Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain, for directions to be given for their salaries and for making master puncheons, &c. 2 pages.
March 6. 3. “Lista of all ye Impll regiments, and where they stand. 6 Mar. 1709.” 4 pages.
March 7. 4. Representation of the Comrs of Revenue, Ireland, to the Lord High Treasurer. Enclose and approve a petition and proposal by merchants of Ireland for a bill to prevent the running of tobacco on the northern coasts of Great Britain and Ireland. Dated Dublin, 7 March 1709.
The papers referred to. 4 pages.
March 11. 5. Certificate of Philip Tullie, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe, of the amount of surplusage due and not allowed to Sir William Robinson, Knt., late a commissary general of provisions for the army in Ireland. Dated 11 March 1709. ½ page.
March 16. 6. Report of Mr William Blathwayt to the Lord High Treasurer on two memorials of Col. Spotswood, Lieut.-Governor of Virginia, one praying that 150l. per ann. formerly granted to governors of that colony for house-rent might be continued for two years, the other for the royal bounty and allowance, towards the charge of his equipage and transport to his Government. Approves of the grant of the same. Dated Whitehall, 10 March 1709–10.
The two memorials, and a letter referring the same. 5 pages.
March 17. 7. Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Thomas Goldney of Bristol, merchant, advising, in conformity with the prayer of the petition, that he should be set at liberty from his confinement to look after his distracted affairs, and take care of his wife and nine children. He was imprisoned for a debt of 9,500l. The Lord Chief Baron and the rest of the Barons of the Exchequer had recommended his enlargement. Dated 17 March 1709.
Minuted:—“25 Apr. 1710. A lre sent to Att. to prepare the wt & bond.”
The petition. 3½ pages.
March 20. 8. H. Boyle to the Lord High Treasurer. Had laid before her Majesty the bill of Dr John Robinson, desiring allowance for several sums. One of the articles in the account recommended to be allowed is 267l. 7s. on account of a journey to Holland to confer with the Duke of Marlborough. Her Majesty wished the amount to be paid Dated Whitehall, 20 March 1709–10. 2 pages.
March 21. 9. Representation of officers of the Customs to William Lowndes, Esq. Some gentlemen of the House of Commons had said the fees paid to the officers of Customs amounted to 100,000l. per ann. All the fees in reality for the port of London did not amount to 10,000l. per ann.; and the 5 per cent. allowed to the merchant upon the Customs came to upwards of 40,000l. per ann. Gratuities were the voluntary acts of the merchants, when they thought themselves served with despatch by other officers appointed by the Comrs. Dated London, 21 March 1709. 1 page.
March 22. 10. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the representation of the Comrs of Trade and Plantations, made upon a memorial of the merchants of Whitehaven, who complained of an illegal trade carried on at the Isle of Man, by running great quantities of tobacco and other goods into the northern ports of Great Britain and Ireland; sending certain clauses to be offered to Parliament thereon. The loss of the tobacco trade at Whitehaven in their opinion was in great measure occasioned by the Union. The trade at Glasgow had increased nearly as much as it had decreased at Whitehaven. Dated 22 March 1709.
The clauses referred to. 2 pages and 3 parts of pages.
March 22. 11. Statement of the expenses for public services for the year 1709. Dated 22 March 1709–10. 2 pages.
March 22. 12. Report of the Comrs of Victualling the Navy to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of Mr James Milner of London, merchant, for allowance on certain bills of exchange. Dated 22 Mar. 1709–10.
Accompanied by an account of bills of exchange drawn for the service of the victualling from Leghorn, and Lisbon, and the memorial. 4½ pages.
March 23. 13. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the case of the wine imported into North Britain from St Sebastians and Bilboa, drawn as well from a memorial of Mr Thomas Hardwick, one of the land surveyors in London, lately in those parts upon that occasion, as from two reports of this board of 13 July and 17 Jan. last and other papers. The wines only paid duty as Spanish, but appeared to be of the growth of France, &c. Mr Hardwick complained of the ignorance of the officers as to their duties, &c. Dated 23 Nov. 1709.
Also, “an account of wines lately imported into North Britain seized by the officers of the Customs as French,” &c.
Minuted:—“Send a copy to the Barons of Excheqr and another to C. C. in North Britaine to take care, &c.” 3½ pages.
March 23. 14. Charles Carkesse to Wm Lowndes, Esq. In respect to a clause for exporting coals duty free, reminding him of the presentment of the Comrs of Customs of 11 Jan. wherein they observed that the Sunderland and Newcastle chaldrons measured almost twice as much as the chaldron by the Winchester bushel, and coals exported from thence did not pay much above half as much duty as from other parts, to the prejudice of our manufactories and advantage of foreigners. Dated 23 March 1709. 1 page.
March 23. 15. Lionel Norman to William Lowndes, Esq. Details the measures he had taken to find out the clandestine ways of the smuggling traders at Glasgow, Irwin, Air and Port Patrick. Asks that accounts of imports of tobacco, &c. in Ireland from North Britain might be supplied him; would examine from the porter to the head officer in order to amend what was amiss. Dated Burrowstoness, 23 Mar. 1709–10. 1 page.
March 24. 16. Mr J. Taylour to the Comrs of sick and wounded. Encloses a letter in order that the allegations therein may be inquired into. Dated 24 Mar. 1709–10.
The enclosed letter is from John Martyn to the Lord High Treasurer asking his charity to release him from prison in France. Says his Lordship is a small relation of his (Martyn's) mother, who was a daughter of Sir John St Aubin's of Cornwall. 2 pages, quarto.
March 25.]
17. Memorial of David Lindsey, merchant in Edinburgh, and Margaret Cleland, his wife, to the Lord High Treasurer. A ship and freight belonging to them had been taken by the French when transporting recruiting officers, and shortly after two others also were taken, and when his wife came from Scotland they had 10 children, and since that she had brought forth the eleventh, and they had nothing to subsist them. Prays assistance. Dated “1709–10.” 1 page.
March 25. 18. Thomas Handasyd to Lord Godolphin. Had discoursed with Mr Onslow's attorney (Col. Thompson) as to payment of the regiment. The great mortality there was occasioned by a fever with sore throat, which had carried off a great many people, both white and black: he was afraid every fifth or sixth person. The “Laverdecrous” fleet (16 or 17 vessels) sailed from the Havannah on 7 Jan. Hoped our cruizers would meet with them. Our five men-of-war there were in a very miserable condition for want of men. They had been sadly pestered by the enemies privateers, which had taken several vessels in sight of the island. The Assembly were fitting out two cruisers. The galleon was still in Carthagena Harbour, and bad on board a vast quantity of money, and there was another French ship very rich and incapable of going to sea. Mentions other vessels. Two Dutch privateers brought in a French ship laden with negroes to the number of 380, which they took off. They (the privateers) also met with the “Dymon” frigate about 10 leagues off the harbour, and exchanged several broadsides, but the Frenchmen ran away. On board were nearly 500 men. Was apprehensive that these men were intended to man the galleon or take the money. The great misfortune there was the loss of men. Had enclosed an address from the Council, &c. to the Lords of Trade, representing to her Majesty the great misfortunes of the island by death and desertion. Those who had escaped had resolved not to stay except her Majesty ordered redress. The captain of the Elton galley threatened to complain of being detained to bring the address, &c. If he should do so, he (Mr Handasyd) hoped her Majesty and his Lp would consider the necessity of the measure. Trade with the Spaniards was very dead. Hoped the Assembly would finish its sittings in ten days. Five French privateers had been taken. Endeavoured to destroy the privateers, but they swarmed around, &c. Mr Percival had succeeded the Attorney General who had died. The clerk of the Patents and Chancery had refused to act any longer; had appointed Mr Arnold Brown to supply his place till her Majesty's pleasure were known. Dated Spanish Town. 25 March 1710. 3 pages.
March 25. 19. Report of R. Walpole to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Captain Charles Callaghan, who being a captain in the French service in 1703, had, on a proclamation of the Duke Schomberg, quitted that service, and was appointed captain-lieut. of Major-General Count Soromani's troop in the Portuguese service until he was made prisoner at the battle of Almanza and carried into France, where he was allowed 7s. 6d. a day until 24 July last, and now prayed continuance of the same. Mr Walpole was of opinion the engagement with him should be kept as far as possible, but upon account of his religion it was not practicable to give him any post in her Majesty's forces; his subsistence however might be paid, and be placed to the account of subsidy payable to the King of Portugal, as had been lately done in Colonel Daly's case. Dated Whitehall, 25 Mar. 1710. 2½ pages.
March 25. 20. A state of the debt in the office of her Majesty works to Lady-day 1710. Signed “Charles Dartiquenave.” ½ page.
[? Before
March 25.]
21. An account of how much will pay two half-years to the public ministers on their ordinary entertainment, to wit, to Michaelmas 1709 and Lady-day 1710.
Of the nature of an estimate, and shows the names of the ministers. 1 page.
March 25. 22. “An account of states and members letters for ye year ending the 25 March 1710.”
Docquetted:—“A computation of an additional tax upon letters.” 1 page.
March 27. 23. Memorial of Mos. Giraudau to the Lord [High Treasurer ?] for a warrant [for the allowance] of various sums in the Lord Chamberlain of the Household's department. Dated 27 Mar. 1710.
The items include the following:—
“To Charles Boit, her Mat's painter in enamell, for her Mat's picture presented to Mrs Coke, 26. 17. 0.”
“To Sir Godfrey Kneller, her Mat's principall painter, for seven pictures of her Maty at whole length, presented, one to the King of Prussia, one to the Prince Royall of Prussia, one for the Duke of Marlborough, one for the Lord Townshend, one for the Earl of Galloway, one to the Swiss … and one for the Vice-Chamberlain, according to the established allowance of 50li a piece, besides fees 397. 15. 0.”
There are also items for the entertainment of the Muscovite princes; and,—
“To Sir Richard Blackmore, Doctor Shadwell, Doctor Sloan, and Doctor Garth (as a present from her Maty), for their attendance on his Royll Highness in his last sickness 100li each, and the fees thereof, 430. 0. 0.”
There is also a memorial to the Ld High Treasurer for a sign manual to be procured, without which the sums could not be allowed. 5½ pages.
March 28. 24. Report of the Barons of the Exchequer for Scotland to the Lord High Treasurer on the address or petition in behalf of the General Assembly. The Church enjoyed before the Union, by Privy Seal of King Charles I., 500l. [per ann. ?] out of the rents and revenues of Scotland, and provision for the salaries of the procurator, clerk, and agent of the Church by Act of Parliament. Since the Revolution it had been usual for the Moderator of the General Assembly to have a warrant for 400l. sterling, to defray the necessary charges for despatch of the affairs of the Church. It appeared to them that what was not satisfied before the Union, was stated as a public debt upon the Equivalent, and since the Union they only observed one warrant for 400l. For the future it appeared to them that 500l. per ann., added to the establishment for civil affairs, might be a suitable allowance for defraying the charges in despatching the affairs of the Church. Dated Edinburgh, March 28, 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 5th May 1710. My Lord agrees to this, and ords a wt to be p[re]pared accordingly.” 6 pages, quarto.
March 28. 25. Report of the same to the same on the memorial of the Earl of Glasgow. They found that the perquisites of the office of Lord Register were much lessened by the taking away of the Parliament, and by the alteration of the Exchequer Court in Scotland, and it might be reasonable to gratify the Earl in what he desired. Dated Edinburgh, 28 March 1710.
The memorial, in which he asks for 400l. to be added to his fee.
Minuted:—“The Queen is very ready to gratify my Lord Glasgow in this particular, but the addns to the expence of ye civil govt in Scotland are so great that her Maty can not thinke of encreasing it during the war.” 2 pages.
March 29. 26. Memorial of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, asking for payment of their incident charges. Dated 29 March 1710.
The bill of the same. 2 pages.
March 30. 27. Articles of agreement for printing the 11th volume of Rymer's Fœdera. Similar to others previously noticed. Dated 30 March 1710.
With specimen leaf. 3 large pages. (Signatures in great part torn away.)
March 31. 28. Memorial of M. de Medina to the Lord High Treasurer. Begs an order for 20,000l. or 30,000l. in part of 50,325l. 15s. advanced by him, that he might carry on his contract for bread and bread waggons. He furnished only 250 waggons last year, and now had to get ready 437, and the price of bread was much higher. 1 page, quarto.
In the Minute Book, Vol. 15, p. 118, 31 March 1710, is:—“My Lord directs 20,000li. to be issued to Mr Brydges, in part of the advance money to be paid for bread and bread waggons for ye ensuing campaign.”
April 3. 29. Comrs of the Navy to Mr Lowndes. Respecting Mr Hester's hemp contract. He was 274 tons in arrear. As to the price having risen the other contractor would pretend the same. If such allegations should have any relief it could not be foreseen what further pretences and applications would follow. As for the advances of the discount of the navy bills since making the contract, there was indeed too much weight in it: but it would be dangerous to consider any one particularly for it. Dated 3 Apr. 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 11th July 1710. His case canot be distinguished from that of the other creditors without making a dangerous precedt in the affairs of the navy.”
The petition and case of Mr Hester of London, merchant. 4 pages.
April 3. 30. H. Boyle to the Ld High Treasurer. Had employed Mr Brand, her Majesty's embelisher, on an exemplification of the act concerning ambassadors, &c., to be sent to the Czar of Muscovy. It was done with great care and pains. Recommends him for consideration. Dated Whitehall, 3 April 1710. 1 page, quarto.
April 4. 31. The Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Wharton) to the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty in Council had ordered an arsenal to be built, at a cost of 31,850l. 5s. 6d., near the city of Dublin. Asks his Lp to direct the payment of that sum from the revenue of Ireland to Alexander Denton, who would be directed to account for the same. Dated 4 Apr. 1710.
The estimate of the building. 4 pages.
[In the Minute Book, Vol. 15, p. 119, is a minute for a warrant for letters patent to be passed in Ireland for the issue of a blank sum for this purpose.]
April 4. 32. H. Boyle to the Lord High Treasurer. Had laid before her Majesty the enclosed bill of Captain James Jefferyes, who was employed to attend the King of Sweden in his army. Showing his losses and expenses on being made prisoner after the battle near Pultawa, &c. Asks his Lp to give directions thereon. Dated 4 April 1710.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt.”
The bill referred to. 2 pages.
April 5. 33. John Anstis to the Lord [High Treasurer]. The 10th vol. of Leagues and Treaties being finished, If his Lp desired another volume to be proceeded with, would he order money to perform the contract? Dated 5 April 1710.
Also, memorial from Thomas Rymer and A. J. Churchill for an allowance for certain sheets printed more than the contract, in the 6th to the 10th volumes. 2 pages.
April 7. 34. Report of the Postmasters General (Frankland and Evelyn) to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Mr Manley, deputy Postmaster of Ireland, who was involved in debt to about 1,200l. His salary of 600l. they thought sufficient. Recommend a pension to him of 200l. per ann. for his good services, to make some provision for his family. Dated 7 Apr. 1710.
The petition. 3 pages.
April 9. 35. Mr Douglas to —. Had received 2,000l. from the Comrs of Excise for Scotland, and had paid the same to the Lords Justiciary. Dated 9 Apr. 1709. 1 page.
April 10. 36. Lord Godolphin (Lord High Treasurer) to the Lord Lieut. of Ireland. Sends the address of the House of Commons on the petition of Benjamin Parry, Esq., registrar of public deeds, conveyances, and wills in Ireland, for 500l. per ann. to be annexed to that office for 11 years, together with other papers which had been laid before the Queen: for his (the Lord Lieut.'s) opinion thereon. Dated 10 Apr. 1710.
The papers referred to. 9 pages.
—“My Lord will propose this to the Qu. The wt signd.”
April 10. 37. Alexander Abercromby to [? Mr Lowndes]. States his claims to the estate of one Douglas, a bastard in Aberdeen, who had died without “aires.” The Queen or King is always “air,” and generally they who apply first to the Crown either get “the hail” or a part for the discovery. The Lord Treasurer had assured him of it to the value of at least 300l. States also the claims made by others, and further proceedings thereon. Dated Harwich, 10 April 1710.
Minuted:—“Mr Baron Scroop says Mr Abercromby brought a signature to the Barons of the Excheqr in Scotland for this estate, which not being in the regular forme was laid before my Lord Tr[easur]er, who referred this, as well as severall other pretenc[i]ons to the Barons of the Excheqr in Scotland, and a report will be made the next time they meet. That the Barons have only appointed one to take care of the estate for the Queen till determined.”
Again:—“10 May 1710. The Q. is willing to give it him, but the Barons' report must be first had.” 2 pages, quarto.
April 14. 38. The Earl of Sunderland to the Lord High Treasurer. The merit and services of Col. St Ippolite, and the very strong and hearty recommendations he had from the Duke of Savoy and others, had inclined the Queen to give him half-pay as colonel upon the Irish establishment, and her Majesty desired that the necessary directions might be given. Dated 14 April 1710. 1 page, quarto.
April 14. 39. C. Godolphin to Mr Lowndes. Reminds him of a postscript to one of his (Mr Godolphin's) reports. The blank in the warrant referred to was intended to be filled up with 50l. per ann. Suggests that the 40l. a year allowed to Mr Roughton at Edinburgh for corresponding with him (Godolphin) should be distributed to the clerks of the collectors, as by coming through Mr Roughton's hands it was only a hindrance. Dated 14 April 1710.
Also, copies of four other papers containing a good deal of information as to the trade in North Britain. 8 pages.
April 19.]
40. C. Power to [? the same]. Acknowledges his kindness, more particularly in having trustees named to receive the pension for his use. Also acknowledges her Majesty's charity to his son in allowing a pension for his education. When he came to England upon the Queen's declaration, he left his family beyond seas, and after being two years here, was accused to her Majesty for leaving them abroad. Sent for his family. The Queen told him if he gave his son to her (he then being designed to be sent abroad in the Duke of Savoy's service) to be educated a Protestant, she would order him a pension. For the support of an ancient loyal family, her Majesty ordered a pension of 250l. per ann., and a year after appointed a governor for him (the son), with an additional 100l. per ann. Hearing of an objection to be made thereto, desires a continuance of his (? Mr Lowndes') friendship in the tedious business.
Minuted:—“19 Apr. 1710. The Queen to be moved to grant him a penc[i]on in trustees names.” “A wt wth a blank.” 2 pages, quarto.
April 20. 41. Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer. Asks for 300l. to be given to Mr William Burgh, accountant general in Ireland, for stating and balancing the public accounts there, by direction of the House of Commons. Dated 20 Apr. 1710. 1½ pages, quarto.
April 20. 42. G. Dolben to [? Mr Lowndes]. Was prevented going the circuit in Ireland by a rheumatic seizure, and would lose the benefit of the circuit money unless the Lord Treasurer would allow it to him. Dated Finedon, 20 April 1710.
Minuted:—“3 May 1710. A wt to be prepared.” 1 page.
April 20. 43. Order in Council referring to the Lord High Treasurer the petition of Abraham Schuyler, inhabitant of Albany, in the province of New York, setting forth his services since 1688 for the safety of the province. He had mastered the language of the Indians, and was always employed as interpreter by the Comrs for Indian affairs in the city of Albany, and had received no compensation. Had come over as interpreter to the four Sachems of the Five Nations. Dated 20 April 1710.
The petition.
Minuted:—“100li for his pains & charges as interpreter to ye 4 Indan Sachems, &c., p[ai]d.” 2½ pages.
April 21.]
44. Petition of Wm Barnes, of Norwich, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying to be allowed a hearing before a deputation should be granted to one Goddard, a bookseller at Norwich, who had petitioned for the same, which would be an injury to the petitioner (Barnes), who was sole distributor of stamped vellum, parchment, &c. in the county of Norfolk and city of Norwich.
Minuted:—“Read 21 Apr. 1710, vi. Minute book.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. 15, p. 123, is:—“A paper of Wm Barnes is read. They say Barnes lives at a distance from Norwch, where many apprntices are bound, and therefore think it convenient to have Godard there, unlesse Barnes will reside at Norwch, wth wch reason my Ld concurs. Their scheme for managing ye dutys on apprentices, &c. is read & approved.” 1 page.
April 24.]
45. Memorial to the Lord High Treasurer in favour of Mary Countess of Dalhousie, and her son, Lord Bellonden, praying that the salary of the latter, as usher to the Exchequer in Scotland, might be settled.
Referred on 24 April 1710 to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland. 1 page.
April 24.]
46. Memorial to the Lord High Treasurer of Lieut.-General Ecklyn, and the rest of the commanding officers of the English dragoons quartered in North Britain, complaining of the forage supplied by the undertakers, and asking that the troops might provide the same.
Referred to the Secretary-at-War (Walpole), 24 Apr. 1710. 1 page.
April 25.]
47. Proposal of Sir Theodore Janssen to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the remitting of bills for Turin by taking in payment Exchequer Bills or tallies to be struck upon the new fund on candles and prentices.
Minuted:—“25th Apr. 1710. Agreed for the tallys in course. He will give his bills to go by this night's post.” 1 page.
April 27. 48. Lord Godolphin to the Lord Lieut. of Ireland. Transmits, for his opinion thereon, the petition of Joseph Mitchell, praying (in regard of his father, Sir Michael Mitchell's services at the Revolution) for the office of corrector of the press in Ireland for life, with a salary of 200l. per ann., or, on conveyance by him of a house, to be appointed barrackmaster at Ballinglogh, in the county of Roscommon. Dated 27 April 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 1 May 1710. If it be necessary to have either of the two within menc[i]oned erected, my Lord has no objection to the person.” 2 pages.
April 27. 49. Report of the Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer on the foregoing, approving of either of the requests. Dated London, 27 Apr. 1710. 1 page.
April 28. 50. Mrs R. Howe to the Lord [High Treasurer]. Encloses a short state of the demands of her late husband for his extraordinary disbursements as envoy at Hanover. Asks payment thereof. Dated 28 Apr. 1710.
The paper referred to. 2½ pages.
April 28. 51. Mr Secretary Walpole's report to the Queen on the memorial of Don Francisco Portella. Finds that he raised a company of 50 men against the Duke of Anjou, and appeared on the coast of Catalonia, favouring the landing of the troops of the High Allies. Was present at the taking of the castle of Monjuyque, where he signalised himself and was wounded, and afterwards did particular service under the Earl of Galway, &c. The Earl of Galway gave him a troop, but afterwards superseded him, for what reason it did not appear, unless for his religion. He proposes to go into Flanders to serve in the confederate army under the Prince of Savoy. Advises the making him some consideration for his services. Dated 28 Apr. 1710.
Mr Walpole adds a note that the memorialist would he satisfied with 175l., which seemed not unreasonable.
Minuted:—“14 June 1710. A l~re for 175li signed.”
The memorial and a letter enclosing it to the Secretary-at-War. 4 pages.
April 29. 52. “Invoice of sundry merchandizes bought by order & for account of the Indian Chiefs, whereof som sent by land carriage addressed to Mr John Mellish, merchant at Portsmouth, and the rest sent to their own lodging at the Crown and Cusheon in King-street, Covent Garden, April 1710.” Dated “London, 29 April 1710,” and signed “James Douglas.” 2 pages.
April 29. 53. Copy of report of the Controllers of the army accounts to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of the captains and officers of the guards lately in Spain, who were deprived of their pay for lack of muster rolls. Dated 29 April 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 18th Decr 1710. My Lords agree to this report, and direct a warrt to be prepared, if there be any authority by any act of parlt already past; otherwise there must be a clause offerd to the House.” 2 pages.
May 3. 54. Payments out of the funds for the year 1710, and apportionments of the remainder of the funds for the same year. Dated 3 May 1710. 2 large pages.
May 3. 55. Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General on a paragraph in a memorial from Mons. Vriberge, the envoy of the States General, concerning wines seized at Portsmouth, being imported contrary to law, and claimed by Gasper Mendez, of Rotterdam, by which paragraph it was proposed to export such goods as remained unsold, and to pay the duties of what had been sold. There had been a trial, in which a verdict was found against the Crown, but it was subsequently set aside by the whole court. Thought the duties could not be charged, unless the wines were first condemned, &c. Dated 3 May 1710.
Minuted:—“Show this to Monsr Vrybergh.”
The memorial and two letters. 6 pages, 2 halves.
May 4. 56. Report of Mr Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Edward Dalton, who was convicted for riot, assaults, &c., and imprisoned in default of the payment of the fines; advising that he was an object for mercy. Dated 4 May 1710.
The petition and an estreat of the fines and amercements. 3 pages.
May 5. 57. “A state of such of the services granted by Parliament for the year 1709, as fall under Mr Brydges' care, with the sums which have been directed to be applyed and what remaines to compleat ye same.” Dated 5 May 1710.
May 5. 58. Comrs of Victualling to Wm Lowndes, Esq., respecting a large quantity of salt at various places within the Firth of Edinburgh. If it were French it would be serviceable for the victualling; but if Spanish or Portuguese, it would not be fit for their office. Dated 5 May 1710.
A computation of the value of the same, and two other papers.
Minuted:—“13 May 1710. The Comrs have written to the Comrs in Scotl. and expect an answer. When it comes they will make a new rep[re]sentac[i]on to his Lop.” 6 pages and 2 halves.
May 5. 59. William Cochrane to the Lord High Treasurer. Draws his Lp's attention to a memorial which he presented to the Queen twelve months back, and prays despatch. Dated 5 May 1710.
The memorial, in which he claims 9,000l. as arrears of pension to his wife, who was the eldest sister of the last Earl of Kincardine. In the year 1705 when the last Earl died, her Majesty acquainted his wife that she would continue to her the pension of 500l. a year which her brother had. Hoped the services he (Cochrane) did at the last elections for Scotland had been represented to his Lp, &c. 2 pages.
May 9. 60. Presentment by the Comrs of Transports to the Lord High Treasurer as to their method of accounting and conducting their business. If they had not rightly concluded on the method of conducting it, asking for a commission to be granted to them, a Minute of the Treasury being the only authority on which they had acted: also for the appointment of a controller, and recommending Mr Thomas Bedell. Dated 9 May 1710. 2 pages.
—“Audrs to prepare a P. S.”
May 9. 61. Certificate of Lieut.-Col. George Wincame that David McKiver was a sentinel at the battle of Almanza and was taken prisoner there, and after cure of his wounds, was detained prisoner at Bayonne, in France, until the late general release. Dated 9 May 1710. ½ page.
[? About
May 10.]
62. Petition of William Morrison, Esq. to the Queen, praying for the grant of letters patent for seven years empowering him to search for and recover the treasure from a ship wrecked between 37 and 50 degrees of north latitude.
Minuted:—“10 May 1710. Exa whether this will not interfere with grants already made.” 1 page.
[? About
May 10.]
63. Petition of John Hamilton, town clerk of Irvin, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying to be appointed head collector or receiver-general of duties on stamped vellum, parchment, &c., in North Britain, in recompense for his services when the penal statutes against Papists were designed to be abolished in Scotland in 1686.
Minuted:—“10 May 1710. Send this to Commrs Stamp Office.” 1 page.
May 11. 64. “The answer of the Comrs of Customs in North Britain to ye presentment of ye Commrs of Customs at London, made ye 23d March 1709/1710 to the most Honble ye Ld High Treasurers,” relating to wines imported from St Sebastians & Bilboa into North Britain, about which there had been trials & compositions. They complain of the difficulty of getting conscientious appraisements, as the merchants “all hang on a chain.” In answer to the charge of the incompetency of their officers, Mr Hardwick gave a very good character of them to the Comrs and they were all examined before they were presented. Dated 11 May 1710. 5½ pages.
May 17. 65. “A state of such of the services granted by Parliament for the year 1709 as fall under Mr Brydges's care, with the sums which have been directed to be applyed and what remaines to compleat the same.” 17 May 1710. 1 page.
[? About
May 17.]
66. Memorial of Robert Bannatyne and David Grahame, macers of her Majesty's Court of Exchequer in North Britain, to the Lord High Treasurer. They had purchased their offices for life, the salary being 50l. a year, and the emoluments 100l. each, of which they had been deprived by the abolition of the Privy Council there: pray for the reparation of their loss.
Referred to the Ld Chief Baron and the rest of the Barons for Scotland. 17 May 1710. 1¼ pages.
May 18. 67. Copy of a petition of Sir Hugh Dalrymple, President of the College of Justice, Adam Cockburn of Ormistoun, Justice Clerk, and Sir James Steuart, Advocate-general in North Britain, to the Queen: praying a warrant for payment of what was due to them before the Union. Dated 18 May 1710. 1 page.
May 19. 68. Report of Thomas Baker and Wm Gosselin, Comrs of Prizes, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of the ships' companies, &c. of the “Falkland” and “Nonsuch” men-of-war, concerning the gunnage and tonnage of the prizes “Duke of Orleans” and “Palme:” the whole produce had been paid to the captors, and they were incapable of satisfying these demands. Dated 19 May 1710.
The petition. 2 pages.
May 19. 69. Report of the same to the same on the petition of Mr John Parker, agent for prizes, in conjunction with Nicholas Davey, at the port of Falmouth. They (the Comrs) had received 2 per cent. of the produce of the prizes under their management. There were 216l. due from him, &c., for which his security was sued. The balance ought to be paid. Dated 19 May 1710.
The petition, and copy of a report of the Comrs of Prizes, and a certificate as to the frauds and abuses committed by the petitioner.
In his petition he says, “That in the beginning of ye year 1705, Hugh Boscowen, Esq., was pleased to come on board the ‘Europe’ prize, that was laiden with wines, &c., & told yor petr that it was the time of electing members of parliamt, & that the Bishop of Exeter, nor himself, nor several other gentn had one drop of good wines to give their friends, & desir'd that I would lett them have some hhds. out of that prize ship, & and that they would pay the customes, (which they did) & the utmost price the rest of the wines of that sort was sold for by the candle, which yor petr readily agreed to, to serve those worthy gentn at the time, when so much service was to be done to the nation.”
Minuted:—“Read 21 June 1710. My Lord agrees wth this report.” 4¼ pages.
May 19. 70. Report of the same to the same as to what appeared to be due to the mariners of the ship “Worcester.” They found that 781l. 2s. 8d. wages were due to them, out of which 91l. 17s. 6d. must be deducted for law charges, and 59l. 9s. were due to seven others. The whole sum due from the freighters and owners was 748l. 14s. 2d. Dated 19 May 1710.
Minuted:—“Orderd, but Mr Gosslin & Baker are to take care that this fund be duely applyed, and the owners are to give them notice of the day of the distribuc[i]on. 5 Janry l713/14. To Mr Baker, &c., to state as it stands at p[rese]nt & wt remaines of money applicable to this service.”
A report of the owners and freighters, and three accounts. 4 pages.
May 19. 71. Report of the Comrs of the Admiralty to the Earl of Sunderland on a report and other papers relating to the building of a dock in some part of the Firth of Forth. Leith and Queensferry were the most proper; the latter lay the furthest up, and had the deepest water. It was the opinion of the gentlemen who surveyed the Firth of Forth that if the harbour of Leith were improved, it would not require any great sum, and that it might be proper to erect a fort on the rock where the beacon stood to command the road and secure the ships. Dated 19 May 1710.
Also “Reasons showing how far it may be usefull for her Majesties service to have a wett and dry dock at Leith, the port of Edinburgh.” 5 pages.
[These papers might perhaps belong to the Home Office collection.]
May 20. 72. Report of Messrs Dod and Warters to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Richard Fancourt on behalf of himself and other custom house officers at Cowes, in the Isle of Wight, who rescued a ship seized by a French privateer, and also seized the privateer. The matter was transacted within the limits of the port, and so it became a perquisite of the Admiralty: advising that the petitioners should be recompensed. Dated 20 May 1710.
The petition.
Minuted, first:—“Read 18 July 1710. My Lord orders this 16li. 4s. 6d. to be p[ai]d out of secret ser. mo in regard his Lordp thinkes it too small a sum to trouble ye Q. wth for her wt to pay out of p[er]quisites of ye Admlty.” Second:—“25 Septr 1710. Examine what has been the usuall way of disposing & applying the mo arising by droits of Admlty when the office of the Admlty is in com[m]ission & report the same to their Lordps.” 3 pages.
May 20. 73. “Copy of Mr Musgrave's instructions as storekeeper & paymar at Gibraltar 20 May 1710.” 4 pages.
May 23. 74. “A state of such of the services granted by Parliament for the year 1709 as fall under Mr Brydges's care, with the sums which have been directed to be applyed and what remaines to compleat the same.” Dated 23 May 1710. 1 page.
[? About
May 24.]
75. Petition of Edward Orrill, citizen of London, to the Earl of Sunderland, Principal Secretary of State, praying for a reward for information as to the leaders of a riotous mob. Between March and June 1710.
Minuted:—“The reward must be p[ai]d to such p[er]son or persons as shall appear entituled thereto by a cert. frō ye court. Send to Mr Att. Genl to certify whether Capt. Orrill is entituled to the reward promised by Her Maty's proclamation.”
Also a certificate. 1½ pages.
May 24. 76. Certificate, signed C. Parker, as to the satisfactory evidence given by Captain Edward Orrill against Daniel Damare, upon his trial for high treason. Dated 24 May 1710. 7 lines.
May 24.]
77. Petition of Charles Killigrew, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for a new lease (to fill up his term to 31 years) of a small piece of ground within the precincts of Whitehall, which was by King Charles II. granted to Sir Philip Warwick, Knt, and by him assigned to petitioner's father, Thomas Killigrew, Esq.
Referred 24 May 1710 to the Surveyor to report on. 1 page.
May 25. 78. G. Dodington to the Lord High Treasurer. Lays before his Lp the account of his disbursements to clerks, &c., when employed under the Comrs appointed to treat for the Union. Dated 25 May 1710.
The account referred to. 2 pages.
May 27. 79. Report of the Comrs of Excise (Scotland) to the Lord High Treasurer on the management of the new duties, and the new duties on candles. The number of tallow chandlers in Edinburgh and precincts was about 21, and about 400 in other parts of Scotland. The difficulty would be with private families. Dated 27 May 1710. 3 pages.
May 29. 80. R. Walpole to Wm Lowndes. Asks for directions to the Queen's printer to forward to his office 200 of the last acts of Parliament against mutiny, desertion, &c., and the same number of articles of war. Dated 29 May 1710. 1 page, quarto.
May 29. 81. Memorial of David McCover, late of Captain Campbell's company in Lord Mark Cure's regiment. Was wounded at the battle of Almanza in Spain, and was left for dead, was carried to the Castle of Villainy, remained there five months, was then at Bayonne for 18 months, was carried to Gravelin, and thence to Catalonia, thence to Lisbon, and thence to Carrickfergus, in Ireland, where his wounds broke out afresh. Being supposed to be dead he was left out of the list of prisoners. Prays for payment of his subsistence.
Minuted:—“Lt Adams nam'd was paymaster of the prisoners at Bayonne, and ought to certifye how he came to suffer the petitioner to remain there 18 mos (as he alledges he did) without paying him any subsistence or taking any care of him.”
At the foot is a certificate of his having been in the regiment referred to. Dated 29 May 1710. 1 page.
May 30. 82. Report of Messrs Baker and Gosselin to the Lord High Treasurer on a claim of Mary Jacquin, widow of John Jacquin, merchant, deceased, to the sixteenth part of the ship “Worcester” [assigned to Mr Ferne]. Dated 30 May 1710.
The petition of the said Mary Jacquin, and a letter from Mr Bridges, a further petition, and an account connected therewith. 4 pages.
83. Petition of Charles Callagan to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for his pay to be ordered. Had been a prisoner in Spain where he suffered very much.
See Reference Book, Vol. VII., p. 387. 1 page.
[? About May
or June.]
84. Memorial of Sir Alexander Brand, Knt, to the Lord High Treasurer in reference to a contract entered into with the Government of Scotland in 1693, for which his partner, Sir George Hamilton (then Receiver General of H.M. Revenue in Scotland) never allowed him more than a third of the profits of 5,000l., and charged 6,000l. sterling, the Government being imposed upon in 1,000l. Prays a report to be made.
Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to report. Date lost, but compare the reference of this memorial, in the North Britain Book, Vol. II., p. 166, on 24 May 1710. 1 page.