Volume 122: June 3-July 29, 1710

Pages 184-194

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

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June 3–July 29, 1710

June 3.
1. Agents for taxes to Wm Lowndes, Esq. Mr Dee, Recr Genl for part of Sussex, had paid 13,000l. The respite might be taken off, and he might be appointed Recr General if his Lp had no objection. Dated 3 June 1710. 1 page.
June 6. 2. Report of Messrs Baker and Gosselin (Prize Office) to the Lord High Treasurer, with a “State of the prize cash.” Dated 6 June 1710. 4 pages.
June 6. 3. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer praying payment of 1,750l., that they might pay the same into the Exchequer, that amount having been paid by the Comrs of Excise for Scotland, by order of the Treasury, to Mr Archibald Douglas. Dated 6 June 1710.
Mr Douglas' receipt for the same. 2 pages.
June 6. 4. Charles Carkesse, secretary to the Comrs of Customs, to Richard Powys, Esq. Sending, from the books in his office, an account of the former commissions which passed for swearing the governors for the plantations. Dated 6 June 1710.
The extracts referred to. 4 pages.
June 7. 5. The Chancellor of the Exchequer (J. Smith) to the Lord High Treasurer. Mr. Egerton had brought him for signature a transcript to pass the seal of the Exchequer for a grant of the meres and pools in the forest of Delamere, in the co. of Chester; but Sir John Crew had entered a caveat against such a grant. On a hearing of the case Sir John opposed the grant of the mere called Hatchew Mere, because the diversion of the water would injure some mills he had below the mere. His family had also enjoyed the liberty of fishing in the mere, but it wholly depended on her Majesty's favour. Mr Egerton claimed the same since 1592. As they both depended on her Majesty's favour, and Mr Egerton's family had been so long in possession, advised that the present lessee should have the grant. Draws attention to the Minute Book, in which it is said her Majesty would in some way consider sir John Crew. Dated 7 June 1710.
Minuted:—“7th of June 1710. Read to my Ld High Treasurer. My Lord directs that Mr Egerton's lease be sealed.” 3 pages.
June 7. 6. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of George and Joseph Newell, goldsmiths, security for Mr Geo. Dixon, late Receiver General for the county of Somerset, praying the extent as to their bodies to be superseded on giving bail. The Agents could not find that the bail proposed had more than 5,000l., and as the debt was 20,000l. they declined to advise the grant of a warrant to supersede the same. Dated 7 June 1710.
Minuted:—“17 June 1710. My Lord agrees with the report.”
The petition referred to. 2 pages.
June 8. 7. Charles Carkesse to William Lowndes, Esq. “About 14,541li in deposit of prisage duty.” Dated 8 June 1710. ½ page.
June 9. 8. Representation of William Clayton, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer. Had been appointed to pay interest or prompt payment to such persons as paid into the Exchequer for purchase of annuities. Proposes to exchange for money with the Chamberlain of London, or other receiver, after the rate of 2,000l. per week, &c., the Exchequer bills which he should receive for making the payment.
Dated Exchequer, 9 June 1710.
Minuted:—“14 June 1710. My Lord approves his indeavouring to change the 2,000li p[er] week as he proposes.” 1 page.
June 9. 9. Charles Harison to William Lowndes, Esq. Applies for money to carry on the suit “Attorney General v. Burgh, executor to Michael Wickes,” and encloses a bill of what Mr Rutter had laid out. Dated 9 June 1710.
Minuted:—“A warrt for 200l. upon accot.” 2½ pages.
June 9. 10. Report of the Attorney General to the Lord High Treasurer respecting certain wrecked goods seized on the coast of Suffolk, and claimed by order of the Duke of Grafton, as Vice-Admiral in the county of Suffolk and maritime places adjoining. In Feb. 1708–9, quantities of goods were taken up by servants of the lords of manors on the coast of Suffolk, and claimed by the lords as wrecked goods, and in particular Mrs North, as lady of the manor of Beanacre, insisted upon her right to goods cast on ground within her manor. His grace's agents had commenced a suit against that lady to vindicate her Majesty's title thereto. The Attorney General thought such suits should be carried on at her Majesty's charge. Dated 9 June 1710.
Minuted:—“My Lord orders Mr Wilson to prosecute at the Queen's charge, provided the Queen have the benefit of wt accrues by the suit.”
Five other papers relating thereto. 7 pages, 3 halves.
June 9. 11. Col. Thomas Handasyde, Governor [of Jamaica], to the Lord High Treasurer. A barbarous murder had been committed on the servant of Mr John Sutton, a planter. The latter ordered the same to be done by six of his slaves to prevent the servant giving evidence against his master for perjury. Whether the jury would find him guilty or not he (the governor) could not tell, but there were very few put to death there for murder or felony. In case he were convicted desired his Lp to procure him (the governor) the escheat. Had been in the island eight years and at great expense for intelligence, in pursuing her Majesty's interest about the ambergrease, &c. Dated St. Jago de la Vega in Jamaica, 9 June 1710. 3 pages.
[? About
June 10.]
12. Report of the Auditors of Imprest, &c. (Harley and Maynwaring) to the Lord High Treasurer, of the states of the various accounts taken before them.
On the dorse is:—“Brought to the Trea[su]ry by Mr Audr Harley, June the 10th, 1710.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XV., p. 198, 1 Sept. 1710, is:—“Mr Audr Harley called in. The general certificate of the state of accots is read. Ordered that the officers of the Exchequer do issue process of course every issuable term agt all debtors & accomptants in default.” Then follow several orders as to prosecution of accountants, & 10 pages.
June 12.]
13. Representation of the Comrs for duties on stamped vellum, &c. to the Lord High Treasurer, for an augmentation of their salaries, the duties having much increased.
Minuted:—“Read 12th of June 1710. Respited.” 1 page.
June 12. 14. William Cochrane to the Lord High Treasurer. Respecting the customs and public debts of Scotland. It was resolved to petition Parliament for some other way than the customs, to pay the debts. It was very hard that the customs could not be so managed as to relieve Great Britain of so great a burthen. The writer had been 18 months in London, being summoned by the Earls of Loudoun and Glasgow and some other of the Queen's servants before the House of Lords, to prove the Earl of Dundonald's age. Begged to be despatched. Dated 12 June 1710. 1 page.
June 12.]
15. Memorial of Francis Wyndham, Esq., one of the verderers of the Forest of Dean, in the co. of Gloucester, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying that various fines for offences committed in the forest might be paid to him to distribute among the under keepers.
Minuted:—“12 June 1710. My Lord agrees wn these fines are paid in, they shall be issued accordingly.” 1 page.
June 13. 16. Copy of rules, orders, and instructions issued by the Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Wharton), about the arsenal to be built in the “Phœnix” near Dublin. Dated 13 June 1710. 3 pages.
June 13. 17. Memorial of the Company of Pewterers, London, to the Lord High Treasurer on a report of the officers of the Mint upon the pre-emption of tin, showing some particulars as to the manufacture of pewter, and the privileges of the Pewterers' Company. As the quantity of tin is now more than double, they pray to partake in the royal bounty. Dated 13 June 1710.
The report mentioned. 3½ pages.
June 14. 18. Report of the Postmasters General to the Lord High Treasurer on the proposal of Mr East to farm the penny post. The proposal was in too general terms to form a judgment upon it. The penny post might be made to interfere very much with the general post. Dated 14 June 1710.
The proposal referred to, and “Reasons humbly offered for the letting the penny post to farme for seven years.”
Minuted:—“19 June 1710. My Lord agrees to this report.” 4 pages.
June 15. 19. Representation of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, in respect to the office of Receiver General, to which Edward Pauncefort, Esq., had been appointed in the room of Henry Meriton, Esq., who was superseded, being absent from his office and said to be sick, but who would not suffer the cash and bills to be given up. Dated 15 June 1710. 3½ pages.
June 16. 20. Memorial of Alexander Ross, under clerk to the Court of Justiciary of Scotland, to the Lord High Treasurer. His salary was by mistake only 10l. a year, tho' his predecessor's was 40l. Prays that the mistake might be rectified.
Referred to the Lord Chief Baron and the rest of the Barons of the Exchequer. 16 June 1710.
Also a certificate thereon. 1½ pages.
June 16. 21. Report of the Paymaster Genl (Brydges), and the Secretary-at-War (Walpole), to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of David McKiever [whose services and sufferings have been previously described under 29 May], praying payment of subsistence; recommending certain payments to be made to him. Dated 16 June 1710.
The memorial or petition referred to.
Minuted:—“Read 18th July 1710. He must apply to Mr Brydges & make out where he was the 18 months before the general Excha at Bayonne.” 3 pages.
June 17. 22. Copy of instructions to Col. Joseph Bennett, engineer, to carry out as chief engineer the works on the fortifications of the garrison of Gibraltar according to an account brought to the Board of Ordnance by Lieut.-General Stanhope. Dated 17 June 1710. 2½ pages.
June 20. 23. Affidavit of William Bowyer as to printing the 10th volume of the Conventiones, Literæ, &c., or Rymers Fœdera. Dated 20 June [1710]. 1 page.
June 20. 24. Memorial of Sir Chr. Wren to the Lord High Treasurer, representing the state of decay of the conduits, cisterns, and pipes conveying water to St. James's, Whitehall, &c., through the infirmities, &c. of the late serjeant plumber. Recommends for that place Mr Joseph Roberts as “a very able & honest man,” having a great debt due from the Crown in the last and present reigns, and continuing with great cheerfulness to give credit in the office of H.M. Works, where he had been employed since the decease of the late serjeant plumber. Dated Scotland Yard, 20 June 1710. 1 page.
June 20. 25. Draft of a letter from the officers of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer as to stores to be sent on an intended expedition under the command of Lord Shannon. Asking which way the office was to be reimbursed, and that 75,000l. should be paid to them. Dated 20 June 1710. 1 page and 4 lines.
June 21. 26. Statement made by John Breholt, to which he was ready to make oath, viz., that the wreck intended to be searched for by Mr Morrison's petition was above 1,000 leagues distant from the coast of Great Britain. Dated 21 June 1710. 7 lines.
[? About
23 June.]
27. Petition of Major-General Gustavus Hamilton to the Queen. Relates his defence of Coleraine in Ireland for six weeks against all the Irish army, which twice attempted to storm it, by which means he covered Derry till all the arms, &c. were put into it. In 1691 he waded the Shannon “upon” the head of 800 grenadiers and stormed Athlone with success. For these services had a grant of 500l. per ann. the greatest part of which came from the estate forfeited by George Geohagan. The estate was resumed and vested in the Crown, and he was above 500l. a loser by the grant. Prays that 350l. may be refunded to him.
In pencil on the dorse it is said to be an enclosure in “J. Addison's letter for Dublin, 23 June 1710,” and in ink:—“This will draw on many like applications.” 1 page.
June 23. 28. Copy of a report of the Attorney General (Mountague) to the Queen on the petition of Wm Attwood, Esq., who had been suspended by the late Government of New York from being Chief Justice of the province of New York and Judge of several vice-admiralties. If her Majesty saw fit to reinstate him, the Attorney General apprehended he was well qualified for the offices. Dated 23 June 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 1st August 1710. Its my Lord's opinion that this matter should rema as it is till the Queen receive a reprsentac[i]on from the Govr.” 4 pages.
June 24. 29. Report of John Dodd and John Waters, Esqres (Prize Office) to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Mr Archibald Cumming, for payment for his services as agent for the Admiralty at Newfoundland. Recommending that he should be allowed 5 per cent. on his remittances, besides his disbursement. Dated 24 June 1710.
The petition.
Minuted:—“12 7br 1711 (sic). My Lord agrees to ye 5 p[er] c. As to the 100li there must be some proof of ye disbursemt so farr as the nature thereof is capable of proof.” 3 pages.
[? About
June 24.]
30. “An abstract of what tallyes may be deposited for the sum of 350,000l. to be remitted for the forces in the Low Countries.” 1 page.
June 24. 31. Account of charges on criminal prosecutions and other incidents laid out in behalf of the Crown from Midsummer 1709 to Midsummer 1710. 1½ pages.
[? About
June 24.]
32. A few memoranda as to sums paid by the Hon. Spencer Compton, Esq., to persons on her Majesty's establishment for a quarter of a year to Midsummer 1710. 1 page.
[? About
June 25.]
33. Application of Culverwell Needler [presumed to have been made to the Lord High Treasurer]. Had served the House of Commons as clerk assistant for 22 years, and had been solicitor to the Commissioners for licensing hawkers and pedlars between 13 and 14 years. Begging on account of ill-health to be allowed to surrender the solicitorship to William Milward, his clerk. [? About 25 June 1710], 14 years after the Act for licensing hawkers.
Minuted:—“25 June. He may surrender, the voluntary oaths yt nothing is given or taken, being first made according to the established Rule.” 10 lines.
June 29. 34. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer on a letter of the Earl of Lauderdale, “General of her Majesty's Mint at Edinburgh,” touching the trial of the pix of that Mint. Were of opinion that her Majesty's Order in Council for trying the same was a sufficient warrant for transporting it to London, and that the persons intrusted with the keeping of the keys should bring them up and be present at the opening of it. Dated 29 June 1710.
The letter referred to. 3 pages.
June 30. 35. “Abstract of Thomas Savery, Esqre's accounts as Treasurer for sick and wounded seamen and exchange of prisoners at war: for five years from the commencemt of his commission in June 1705, to ye 30th of June 1710 as delivered to the respective auditors.” 5 pages.
July 1. 36. A leaf or copy of a leaf of a Minute Book of a Scotch Commission [? for the Equivalent] sitting at Edinburgh, 1 July 1710. 1½ pages.
July 5. 37. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise (Scotland) to Lord High Treasurer for payment to them of 250l. paid out of the hereditary and temporary excise to Mr Archibald Douglass. Dated 5 July 1710.
A copy of the acknowledgment by Mr Douglass. 2 pages.
July 5. 38. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. The officers of Customs are to preserve the fishing boats from damage and embezzlement, as her Majesty intends to restore them and open the freedom of that trade again in case the enemy gives satisfaction for the insults committed. A list of the boats to be prepared. Dated Whitehall, 5 July 1710.
Minuted:—“Directed.” 1 page.
July 6. 39. Mr Burchett to Wm Lowndes, Esq. Asks him to move the Lord High Treasurer to order the Custom House officers to take charge of the French fishing boats captured. Dated Admiralty, 6 July 1710. 1 page.
July 10. 40. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. Transmits a petition of Elhadge Guzman and Rice Mohamed Elwod, messengers and ministers of the Emperor of Morocco, and a paper annexed, which had been laid before the Queen. Her Majesty desired his Lp to afford relief or to report thereon. Dated Whitehall, 10 July 1710.
The papers referred to. They asked for help to pay their debts. They had no allowance from their master, and they and their retinue were reduced to the utmost extremity of misery and want. Their signatures are appended. 3 pages.
July 10. 41. Account of interest received on Exchequer bills by the executrix of Sir Thomas Littleton, Bart., late Treasurer of the Navy, from 1 Jan. 1709 to 30 June 1710. Signed F. Cawes, 10 July 1710. 1 page.
July 12. 42. Account showing the public services, with a state and disposition of the funds granted to answer the same. For the year 1710. 3 pages.
July 13. 43. Charles Carkesse to Mr Taylour. About passengers in the Rotterdam convoy from Holland; asking that examination of the ships be made by the Governors of the forts at Gravesend. Dated 13 July 1710. 1 page.
July 13. 44. Memorial of Captain Charles Callaghan to the Lord High Treasurer. The captain's case was the same as that of Col. Daly, who had a gratuity of 200l. and three months' advance towards his charges to proceed to Portugal. Prays payment of his subsistence and three months' advance. Dated 13 July 1710.
Also a duplicate thereof. 2 pages.
July 14. 45. Copy of report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer concerning the proposal of Mr Edward Stracey and Mr Joseph Denham in respect to the new duties on candles, and other papers relating thereto. Dated 14 July 1710.
Minuted:—“2 April 1711. My Lord does not think fit to direct anything thereupon.” 13¼ pages.
July 14. 46. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. Writes by the Queen's command that directions may be given as to payment to be made to Captain Sterling, who came express with several letters from General Stanhope in Spain, relating to the situation of affairs there.
Minuted:—“200li.” 1 page.
July 15. 47. Account of coal and candle furnished to her Majesty's guards in the Abbey and Canno[n]gate by John Smith and John Patersone from 1 Jan. 1708 to 1 July 1710. Dated Edinburgh, 15 July 1710. 1 page.
July 15. 48. Mr Burchett to Walter Whitfield, Esq., asking him to apply diligently to the Lord High Treasurer to issue money for subsistence for marine regiments, Mr Charles Churchill having complained of the difficulty he had to subsist his regiment at Exeter. Dated 15 July 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 18 July 1710. 6,000li was ordered 3 or 4 days ago wch he will receive from Mr Walpole.” 1 page.
July 17. 49. Report of the Surveyor General (Travers) to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Charles Killigrew, Esq., as to a garden and mansion house thereon near Charing Cross, valued at 150l. per ann. by (him) the surveyor. An additional term to make it up to 31 years would be worth a fine of 400l. Dated 17 July 1710. 2 pages.
July 18. 50. Memorial of Joseph Nuttall to the Lord High Treasurer, praying that 1,078l. 11s. 3d. might be allowed on the Vice-Treasurer of Ireland's account, of which sum the Treasury in Ireland was robbed on 8 Feb. 1705–6.
Minuted:—“Read 18 July 1710. My Lord thinks what is desired is very reasonable & will move the Queen.” 1 page.
July 18. 51. Report of E. Harley, Auditor of Imprests, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of the Deputy Chamberlains for joining Tallies in the Exchequer, certifying the amount that was due to them, 137l. 2s. 4d. Dated 18 July 1710.
The petition. 2 pages.
July 18. 52. Report of the Commissioners of Customs [or Revenue], Ireland, to the Lord High Treasurer, relating to an annuity of 600l. per ann. of the Lady Letitia Russell for 30 years out of the reserve rent of 1,500l. per ann. on the quit rents, granted to the Countess of Dorchester. Dated 18 July 1710.
Two accounts relating thereto.
Minuted:—“See what warrants have been signed already & see what is further necessary.” 5 pages.
July 18. 53. The Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Lord [High Treasurer]. Had sent over an address of the Irish House of Commons asking that her Majesty would direct 300l. to be paid for buying in certain houses on Cork Hill to enlarge the way into Dublin Castle. Dated Dublin, 18 July 1710.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt to be layd with these papers before ye Queen.” 1 page.
July 10. 54. Officers of Ordnance to the same, pressing the claims of the artificers who were two years in arrear. Dated 10 July 1710.
Also two other papers as to stores and tallies. 3 parts of pages.
July 19. 55. Affidavit of John Breholt, of London, merchant, that the wreck now particularly intended to be gone upon by virtue of Mr Morison's petition was 1,000 leagues distant from Great Britain. Dated 19 July 1710. 7 lines.
July 19. 56. Representation of William Strode to the Lord High Treasurer, on behalf of himself and other officers of customs of North Britain, submitting to his Lordship their claim for their share of 285 tuns of French wine seized by them, which had been appraised at 9,312l. 0s. 1d. Dated Edinburgh, 19 July 1710. 1 page.
July 20. 57. Report of Mr William Vanbrugh to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Mr Charles Lucas, closet-keeper of her Majesty's chapel, praying an allowance for an assistant in his office, and for his disbursements. Presumed the allowance of 18d. a day for his assistant, and 10l. a year in lieu of all bills, was a very modest request. Dated 20 July 1710.
The petition and two certificates.
Minuted:—“Ordrd accordingly. Wt signd.” 4 pages.
July 20. 58. Seven papers of estimates, &c., made up to the 20th of July 1710, viz.:—
(1.) A list of fees and salaries payable at the Exchequer out of the civil list revenue.
(2.) An estimate of the yearly charge of Her Majesty's civil government so far as relates to England.
(3.) An estimate of the yearly produce of the revenues for defraying the charge of the civil government so far as relates to England.
(4.) An estimate of the debts owing under the several heads of her Majesty's expense for the civil government of England.
(5.) Remarks on the last three papers.
(6.) An account of the sums contributed by her Majesty out of the civil list funds to public services since her accession to the crown.
(7.) An accot of what sums have arisen since the demise of the late King William on the revenues granted to him for the use of his civil list, and have been applied towards discharging debts and arrears owing thereupon at the time of his demise. 10½ pages.
[? About
July 21.]
59. Representation of the Governor and Company of merchants trading into the Levant Seas to the Lord High Treasurer. Complaining of the prejudice done them by the export of tin, free of freight, to Turkey in the men-of-war. Her Majesty was also supplied with tin at 5s. a cwt. cheaper than by former contracts. Desires that the abatement might extend to their company.
Minuted:—“Read 21 July 1710.” 1 page.
July 25. 60. Memorial of J. Howe (Pay Office) for a warrant for an allowance of interest for money borrowed for the use of the forces. Dated 25 July 1710. 1 page.
July 25. 61. Report of the same on an Order in Council made on the petition of Charles Crosley, surgeon to the Bonadventure transport, as to payment of the petitioner for medicines and care of 19 wounded recruits. Dated 25 July 1710.
Minuted:—“12 7br 1711. The agent of the regimt to certifie whether he has any objection agt charging this sum on the regimt.” 1 page.
July 25. 62. Report of R. Walpole to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of Captain Francis Peizaube. Was of opinion that the memorialist should be placed on the pension of Ireland as a captain, as prayed for by him. Dated 25 July 1710.
The memorial. 2½ pages.
July 25. 63. Certificate “from the Exchequer” that certain sums for coal and candle for the use of the guard houses at the palace of Holyroodhouse and Cannongate, and also on account of bonfires, were usual allowances as appeared in the Treasury Books. Dated Edinburgh, 25 July 1710. 1 page.
July 25. 64. H. Boyle to the Ld High Treasurer. Mr Whitworth, whom her Majesty had appointed her ambassador extraordinary to the Czar of Muscovy, on occasion of the affront offered to the late Muscovite ambassador here, had performed that commission to the satisfaction of her Majesty, who was pleased to allow the account which included his extraordinary disbursements for his public entry and audience. Her Majesty desired that the 1,210l. claimed should be paid. Dated Whitehall, 25 July 1710.
Minuted:—“Ordered.” Again:—“Warrt to be prepared.”
The account mentioned. 3 pages.
July 25. 65. Captain Alexander Abercromby to the Lord High Treasurer. Was informed that the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland had not had the least thought of his pretensions to “Douglas' bastardy,” because his Lp had only sent down to them “the gift” in his favour, which he (the Captain) had presented to his Lordship, without saying anything about it. The repeated assurances given to him (the Captain) and to Lord Seafield he thought would have procured greater despatch. Begs the gift might be recalled in his favour, or that one from the Duke of Queensberry's office might be procured. Dated “Villert Brulent” [Villars-Brulin], July 25, old style, 1710. 1 page, quarto.
“Answerd 4 Aug. 1710.”
July 26
and 28.
66. Comrs of Customs (Scotland) to the Hon. Wm Lowndes, Esq., advising that 4l. a tun should be allowed their officers on certain seizures of wines on which compositions had been made. Dated Edinburgh, 26 July 1710.
Letter of the Barons of the Exchequer (Scotland) approving of the same. Dated 28 July 1710. 3 pages.
July 27. 67. Officers of Ordnance to the same. The debt of their office was 121,542l. 5s.d. to the 30th of June last. Dated 27 July 1710. 1 page.
July 27. 68. An account of the debt remaining unsatisfied from the forfeited estates in Ireland upon army and transport debentures. Dated 27 July 1710. 1 page.
July 28. 69. Report of the Barons of the Exchequer (Scotland) to the Lord High Treasurer. It appeared to them that Sir Robert Forbes and Mr Graham were entitled to the office of Judge of the High Court of Admiralty for their lives, and that there was 100l. per annum appointed to the judges of that court out of the duty of tonnage. It was the right and privilege of the High Admiral of Scotland and his deputes to grant passes and safe-conducts to all ships for which the fees were settled as therein stated. The number of Scots' ships at the time of the Union was above 300; the greatest part were above 50 and some above 100 tons burthen. It was reasonable that the judges should have a salary equal to what their salary and profits amounted to at the time of the Union. The case of the Earl of Weems must be left to his Lordship. Sir William Anstruther, of Anstruthers, one of the Lords of Sessions and Justiciary, was entitled to the “Office of Master of Household and Carver,” but no salary was granted with the office. He had a pension of 100l. per ann. They knew nothing of the affairs in Mr Andrew Kinneir's petition. The general pardons would prevent the Crown having any fruit from the discovery of frauds by Mr Bruce, but they recommended his deputy-Mustermaster for the royal bounty. Half a year's salary (20l.) was due to Ann Crawford, widow. It seemed probable that the allegations of Sir Patrick Maxwell for relief were not so well founded as was insisted. Mr James Smith had been appointed surveyor of works in North Britain, and received 100l. for his salary for the year 1707, and previously. Advised the same payment for 1708 and 1709, and for the future. The allegations in the memorial of Mr William Drummond, Warden of the Mint, were true. Recommended 30l. per ann. increase of salary. As to the case of the “gift of bastardy” of James Douglas, of Aberdeen, the Lords of Treasury had been used to “gift” such casualties falling into the Crown, where the Sovereign had not directed otherwise. They had given it to Mr William Bowles, an officer of the Court, as a trustee for the Crown, till he should receive her Majesty's commands. The magistrates of Aberdeen had applied for it for their hospitals, and they had an equitable ground to ask it, for the bastard was put out in the world by their charity; and what he had gained had been within their city. If her Majesty had promised it to Mr Abercromby they had nothing to say against it. Dated Edinburgh, July 28th, 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 18th Septr 1710. The Minutes are taken upon the respective petic[i]ons to wch this report relates.”
The petition in relation to the Douglas bastardy and a letter of Alex. Abercrombie. 6½ pages.
July 28. 70. A duplicate of the above, unsigned, with the following Minute upon one item in the above report:—
“Send their complt to my Lord Weems and there being an allowance made to him my Lord thinks the petrs should have a compensac[i]on out of the same.” 2½ pages.
July 29. 71. Report of the Comrs of Customs (Scotland) to the Hon. Wm Lowndes, Esq., respecting the disposal of the foreign salt imported before the Union. The question is asked whether Ireland will be esteemed a foreign part to carry the salt into. Dated Edinburgh, 29 July 1710. 2 pages.
July 29. 72. Copy of Mr Mead's abstract of the state of the money for Catalonia, anno 1710. Dated Barcelona July 29 [? if N.S., 18 July], 1710. 2 pages.