Volume 126: November 15-December 7, 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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November 15–December 7, 1710

Nov. 15. 1. John Usher to the Lords of the Treasury. Draws attention to the waste in cutting timber in those parts, and suggests the passing an Act for preserving the same. Dated Newcastle [? America], 15 Nov. 1710. ¾ page.
Nov. 15. 2. Proposal of Sir Henry Furnese as to the remittance of 100,000l. to Lisbon. Dated London, 15 Nov. 1710. 1 page.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XVI., p. 77, is:—“My Lords approve this proposic[i]on, with these explanac[i]ons that this money shall be furnished to Mr Morris within 6 weeks or sooner after ye advice arrives. The bills are to be satisfied by land tax tallys of 1711 in a course not exceeding 1,410,000li, but no interest is to be demanded on ye bills if they should be due before the courses on the tax arrives to that height; and if the bills do not arrive time enough so as to be satisfied in ye said course, then the tallys are to be struck without interest, & to be endorsed ut supra. Order Mr Bridges that he or his deputy do not dispose any of this mony but by my Lords particular direction.”
Nov. 15. 3. “Principal and intt due to the Bank, East India Company, banker's debt annuities and loans.” Dated 15 Nov. 1710. ¼ page.
Nov. 15. 4. Memorial of the Lords of the Admiralty, recommending to her Majesty the case of William Wright, Esq., Comr of her Majesty's navy at Plymouth, who had been seriously hurt in saving H.M. ship “Kent,” which was forced ashore in Firestone Bay when sailing out of Plymouth Sound into Hamoze, and advising the payment of 100l. to him. Dated 15 Nov. 1710. 2 pages.
Nov. 15. 5. Sign Manual for the establishment of general and staff officers for the forces to be employed in the expedition under the command of Richard Lord Viscount Shannon. Dated 15 Nov. 1710. Countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury. 1 page.
Nov. 16. 6. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. The Comrs signed a presentment for the appointment of one James Leland as duly qualified for a landwaitership at Hull, but they received their Lps' warrant for Benjn Colbart to succeed therein. The collector had informed them that Colbart was a boatman there, and very unfit for the office. Ask for further instructions. Dated 16 Nov. 1710.
Minuted:—“Read 21 Nov. 1710. The Comrs are to issue their deputac[i]on according to the warrt, & to order the collr to appo an able officer to be joyned with him at the delivery of ships, till he is perfectly instructed.” 2 pages.
Nov. 17. 7. Warrant of the Lords of the Treasury to the Receiver General of duties on houses for North Britain, for payment of 20l. per ann. to Patrick Dunbar, of Bomeden, as an inspector of those duties. Dated 17 Nov. 1710. 1 page.
Nov. 17. 8. The Comrs of Trade to the Lords of the Treasury. Enclose the incident charges of the office, and pray for payment. Dated 17 Nov. 1710.
The enclosure referred to, and three other papers of a similar nature. 6 pages.
Nov. 17. 9. Various memoranda, in Mr Lowndes's handwriting, concerning subsidy, additional duty, &c. on muslin; also concerning unrated goods. Dated 17 Nov. 1710.
There is a memorandum at the end that this rule will serve for all other unrated East India goods. 6½ pages.
Nov. 18. 10. Copy of Mr Lowndes' report concerning unrated East India goods, containing much of the matter included in the foregoing memoranda. Dated 18 Nov. 1710. 5 pages.
Nov. 18.]
11. Proposal for raising money by a tax on real and personal estates. Signed, “W. Cockcroft.” “R. Nov. 18, 1710.” 2 pages.
Nov. 18. 12. Report of the Comrs of Excise (Scotland) to the Lords of the Treasury respecting the difficulties attending the management of the revenue under their care resulting from the measures of England and Scotland not being equal, and requiring a parliamentary remedy. The Comrs of Excise, London, had reported on the same, and proposed clauses for a bill, both of which they quote. Dated Excise Office, Edinburgh, 18 Nov. 1710. 6½ pages.
Nov. 18. 13. Copies of three letters from R. Bucknall, commissary of musters in Portugal, relating to the deficiency of British troops. In the last he says, “The difficulties we lye under in recruiting is very great, and the charge extraordinary: there's not a man comes from Great Brittain on this account but what costs the officer from 6l to 8l; and considering how many of them dye on their landing, especially when they are sent over by transports. Of 300 men that came ashore here some time since, not a 100 ever got to the regiments.” All dated at Lisbon, the last on 29 Nov. 1710, N.S. [i.e., 18 Nov.]. 2¼ pages.
Nov. 20. 14. Report of the Postmasters General (Frankland and Evelyn) to the Lords of the Treasury as to the desirability of setting up a horse post from Edinburgh to Glasgow, the foot post not allowing time for answers to letters by the same post. The cost would be 20l. per ann. above the 40l. at present allowed to the foot posts. If their Lps approved, the postmasters desired a warrant for the same. Dated 20 Nov. 1710. 1 page.
Nov. 20. 15. G. Granville to [Mr. Lowndes ?]. Transmits several establishments of the forces signed by her Majesty for the counter-signature of the Lords of the Treasury. Dated Whitehall, 20 Nov. 1710. 1 page.
[Nov. 20.] 16. Monsieur William Boissier & Co. to —, about money due on their bills of exchange. This was the fourth letter they had written to his Excellency to discharge the letters drawn upon Mons. Bridges, and nothing was yet advanced. Merchants could not leave 30,000l. inactive without considerable loss. They hoped their Excellencies would make good the loss. Dated Genoa, 1 Dec. 1710 [? N.S, i.e., 20 Nov.]. [French]. 4 pages, quarto.
Nov. 20. 17. “An account of the issues which have been made out of the fonds given by Parliamt for the year 1710, made up and stated to the 20th November 1710.” 2 pages.
Nov. 21. 18. A paper as to the allowance of taxes on the salaries of clerks in the Navy Office. Dated Navy Office, 21 Nov. 1710. 1¼ pages.
Nov. 2–22. 19. State of Mr Brydges' orders for the service of the year 1710 [Army.] Three papers dated 2, 8, and 22 Nov. 1710.
One is signed “Hen. Metcalfe.” 3 pages.
Nov. 22. 20. Copy of three minutes of Council held at Portsmouth, in the province of New Hampshire, relating to the admission and suspension of Mr Richard Waldron as a member of her Majesty's Council of that province. Attested 22 Nov. 1710. 3 pages.
Nov. 23. 21. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, viz., that the estimate for certain new works in the two parks at Hampton Court was very reasonable. Dated 23 Nov. 1710.
The estimate, and plan on the back. 2 pages, and the plan.
Nov. 23. 22. “An abstract of the state of all such debts as remain unsatisfy'd and are still due to the officers and soldiers of the army for service done in the late reign, and what is owing to any persons upon the Civil List to the death of her Mati's late royal brother King William, 8o March 170½.”
At the foot is:—“This was presented 23 Novr 1710.” 1 page.
Nov. 23. 23. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury as to the sufficiency of the security offered for the performance of the office of Receiver General for part of the county of Devon, Samuel Burridge, of Tiverton, Esq., being nominated as the receiver. In favour of the same. Dated 23 Nov. 1710.
The petition. Note endorsed that the security was to be taken. 3 pages.
Nov. 24. 24. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury on an anonymous paper concerning the mitigation of a penalty adjudged against Edward Hall “for setting up four private steeping tubs for keeping sweets for sale.” The penalty was 200l., which was reduced to 3l. Dated 24 Nov. 1710.
The paper referred to. 3 pages.
Nov. 27. 25. Francis Stratford to the Lords of the Treasury. Renews a proposal to supply two quarters' subsidies (5,000 rix dollars) due to the King of Denmark in September last at the rate of 5/3 a rix dollar at 6 per cent., with a deposit of tallies, &c. Dated 27 Nov. 1710. 2 pages.
Nov. 28. 26. Mr H. St John to the Lords of the Treasury. Encloses an extract of his letter to Mons. Vryberge on the claims of the States General for the 13 Dutch regiments. Had also to acquaint Mons. Vryberge that her Majesty would include this demand among the national debts to be laid before Parliament. Dated 28 Nov. 1710.
The extract referred to. 2½ pages.
Nov. 28. 27. “Report of the Comptrollers of the Accots of the Army [to the Lords of the Treasury] touching the clothing of Col. Jones's regimt in the Leeward Islands, late Collo Lillingston's.” Dated 28 Nov. 1710.
Also extract from the minutes of the Board of General Officers for inspecting and regulating the clothing of the army. 3½ pages.
Nov. 29. 28. Report of the Duke of Ormonde on the petition of Captain Hugh Owen, in favour of a pension of 5s. a day on the establishment of Ireland being granted to him. Dated St. James. 29 Nov. 1710.
Minuted:—“To be laid before ye Queen.” “A wt.”
Letter from the Ld Lieut. of Ireland, report of the Court of General Officers, and the petition. 4 pages.
Nov. 29. 29. Mr G. Granville to Mr Lowndes. Sends the estimates of the forces for Spain and Portugal to be laid before the Lords of the Treasury; also an abstract showing the number of regiments serving in Spain and of general officers allowed on that establishment, compared with the number of regiments serving in Portugal and of general officers allowed on the establishment there. Dated Whitehall, 29 Nov. 1710.
The abstract mentioned. 2 pages.
Nov. 29. 30. Report of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lords of the Treasury respecting the great abuses committed in building the arsenal at Dublin. The Lords Justices of Ireland had represented that 1,207l. 17s. 6d. had been misspent out of 2,901l. 17s., and that the work had been stopped by them. The work would, as proposed, cost 31,850l. 5s. 6d., and it was probable would amount to as much more, and most people disapproved of its situation. All that was wanted in Dublin was an arsenal or magazine to hold the arms and stores designed to be in the city, which might more properly be built in the castle, and a place for securing the powder, to be built a little out of the town, and both these at far less expense and in half the time. In order that no time might be lost if her Majesty approved, directions for plans, &c. ought to be given, as well as an order for vacating the large establishment of officers and 25 overseers, which were unnecessary, and for the paymaster to repay to the Treasury the 1,700l. in hand. Further, as to a memorial for the remission of duty on small arms brought from Holland and elm timber imported from Bristol for the use of H.M. train of artillery; advising the same. Dated St. James's, 29 Nov. 1710.
The report of the Lords Justices on the arsenal. 7 pages.
Nov. 29. 31. William Robotham to —. Draws attention to his 11 proposals, which were delivered too late in the last sessions of Parliament, and sends the head of each project, not doubting that after prudent and serious “speculation” of each of them they would be found worthy of consideration. Dated 29 Nov. 1710. 1 page.
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32. Petition of James Heymans, one of the wine tasters of the city of London, to the Lords of the Treasury. Mr Josias Chitty, a wine taster, although not established as a surveyor of wine tasters, was allowed 120l. a year to make his salary equal to a surveyor's. Praying to be appointed a surveyor of wine tasters, having been employed by his late Majesty during his whole reign to buy and keep all sorts of choice wines for his Majesty's service, and having since her Majesty's accession been appointed to choose, buy, and keep all the wine both for her Majesty's own use and the family.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XVI., p. 90, 29 Nov. 1710, is:—“Mr Heyman's petic[i]on to have the addic[i]onall allowance now rep[ai]d by way of incidents by one Chetty, a wine taster, to be establish'd on the petr, is read. The Queen is pleased to take this petic[i]on into her own hands.” 1 page and 5 lines.
Nov. 30. 33. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of William Burslem, Esq., Receiver General of aids and subsidies for the county of Stafford, in favour of certain allowances to be made to him. Dated 30 Nov. 1710.
Minuted:—“1 Decr 1710. Agreed, 275l. 13. 5¼.”
Two petitions and another report on the same subject. 6½ pages.
Nov. 30. 34. Report of Sir Edw. Northey, Attorney General, to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Sir Wm Hodges and Mr Leonard Henchman, touching the seizure of a ship laden with Canary wines from the Canary Islands, in Africa, and on the report of the Comrs of Customs thereon. Had no objection to the grant of a warrant for a nolle prosequi. Dated 30 Nov. 1710.
The report and petition mentioned.
Minuted:—“30th Nov. 1710. A warrt to be prepared for the Queen to signe.” 3 pages.
Dec. 1. 35. Account of interest received on Exchequer bills, by the Hon. Harry Mordaunt, treasurer and paymaster of the Office of Ordnance, between 10 Nov. and 1 Dec. 1710. A few lines
Dec. 1. 36. Lord Dartmouth to the Lords of the Treasury. Sends an extract of some letters from the Earl of Portmore relating to the undertakers for providing the army in Portugal with corn, &c. Dated Whitehall, 1 Dec. 1710.
The extract named, and a petition on the same subject.
Minuted:—“1st Dec. 1710. Offrs Ordnance to be here on Monday next.” 4 pages.
Dec. 2. 37. An account of her Majesty's seizures and compositions in North Britain, from 1 May 1707 to the 2nd of December 1710 inclusive. 1 page.
Dec. 3. 38. H. St John to the Lords of the Treasury. By her Majesty's commands sends the resolutions of the House of Commons as to moneys paid into the receipt of the Exchequer, and how far the imprest accountants had passed their accounts. Dated Whitehall, 3 Dec. 1710. 1 page.
Dec. 5. 39. The Officers of Ordnance to Lord Dartmouth as to ordnance stores sent to New England, and as to the continuance of officers employed there. Dated 5 Dec. 1710. 1 page.
Dec. 5. 40. Estimates of the number and charge of her Majesty's forces to serve in Spain, Portugal, or elsewhere.
“Read 5 Dec, 1710.” 8 pages.
Dec. 5/16. 41. D. Luis da Cunha, Portuguese Ambassador, to —, as to the number of troops for whom the King of Portugal received the subsidies from England and Holland, also as to the numbers raised by him. Charges England and Holland with not having a fourth part of their quotas in Portugal, and so with not fulfilling the stipulations of the treaty. Leaves it to her Majesty to consider whether 666,000 crowns, which is what she yearly pays to Portugal, can maintain 13,000 men (of which 2,000 must be horse), and newly raise them as often as they are lost, and furnish all the expenses of the campaign; to all which her Majesty and the States General are obliged by the Treaty of Alliance. Desires these particulars may be laid before her Majesty. Dated London, 5/16 of 10br 1710. 3 pages.
Dec. 6. 42. Two memorials of J. Brydges to the [Lords of the Treasury] (1), for paying interest and charges to the Bank, and (2), for the disposition of money borrowed of the Bank. Dated Pay Office, 6 Dec. 1710. 2 pages.
Dec. 6. 43. Certificate, signed R. Coleman, to the Lords of the Admiralty, that Mr Dalby Thomas served as first lieutenant in her Majesty's ship “Falkland,” under his command, from 20 June to 6 Dec. 1710, and behaved as a good officer, and was well qualified to command H.M.'s ships of the 4th or 5th rates. Dated 6 Dec. 1710. 1 page.
Dec. 7. 44. Instructions for Mr John Baxter, appointed to go as commissary of the ordnance stores at Lisbon. Dated 7 Dec. 1710. 2 pages.
Dec. 7. 45. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Lords of the Treasury on the petitions of Edward Orrill, Thomas Wagstaff, and others, claiming rewards for being instrumental in apprehending one Purchase and others engaged in riots on the trial of Doctor Sacheverell. Dated 7 Dec. 1710.
Also the three petitions. 4 pages.