Volume 135: July 2-31, 1711

Pages 286-295

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

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July 2–31, 1711

July 2. 1. Comrs of Victualling to Wm Lowndes, Esq., in answer to a letter from Mr Cæsar and Mr Ward, giving the reasons for the dismissal of Mr Overing, late head-brewer at the Hartshorn brewhouse. Dated 2 July 1711.
Minuted:—“A copy to be sent to Mr Cæsar & Mr Ward.” 3 pages.
July 3. 2. Memorial of James Brydges, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for the sums requisite for clearing the off-reckonings of the forces in Flanders, Spain, and Portugal. Dated Pay Office, July 3, 1711. 2 pages.
July 3. 3. Memorial of the same to the same, showing what was wanting to carry up all the services of the war under his care to the 22nd of Dec. 1711, viz., 1,895,890l. 4s. 9d. Same date. 2 pages.
July 3. 4. Mr Clayton's memorial about the prompt payment for annuities, anno 1708, upon the credit of the Act of Parliament made 6 Anne. Dated Exchequer, 3 July 1711.
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. A warrt for 30li 17. 0. & 100li as formerly.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
5. Petition of Robert Beddoe to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for a warrant to grant him an allowance of 3s. 4d. a day, for the place of gate-keeper of the gates leading out of the Privy Garden into Cannon's Row, Westminster, and to the water-side; to which office he had been admitted in 1690, and had only received his allowance to the death of the King.
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. Send to ye housekeeper to provide for him out of her allowance.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
6. Petition of Mary Speke, wife of Hugh Speke, Esq., to the Queen. Had a report from the Treasury [in her favour] for 2,672l. 13s.d., of which she had not received a penny. Her friends had supported her and her daughter for seven years; prays for relief.
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. The Queen will allow him something in Ireland if he will stay there.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
7. Petition of James Vezian, purveyor of oats and beans for his late Majesty's stables at London and Kensington, to the Lord High Treasurer. Was seven years in the place and turned out of it on the King's death, with 1,400l. due to him; prays for relief.
At the foot is an autograph certificate of the truth of the petition, by “F. Comtesse Dowage of Nassau d'Auverquerque.”
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. To be paid 50li in part of his debt.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
8. Memorial of Col. Alexander Grant to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for payment of 932l. to fill up the recruits required in his regiment; 233 having been drafted from his regiment for Major-General Hill's expedition.
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. Ref. to ye Comptrollrs.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
9. Petition of Stephen Gellott to the Lord High Treasurer. Petitioner's wife's mother was own sister to Sir John Packington, of Westwood, and great aunt to the present Sir John. Petitioner was reduced to great straits, and prayed speedy relief.
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. No pretence appears for him.” 1 page.
[? About
July 4.]
10. Memorial of John Campbell, uncle to the Duke of Argyle, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for 200l. due to him in connexion with the appointment of master of the works in Scotland.
Minuted:—“4th July 1711. Show the 100li bounty was paid him. He is upon ye establishmt already wth Mr Urquhart for 400li p[er] an.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
July 4.]
11. Petition of Joseph Chance and four other of her Majesty's messengers in ordinary, to the Lord High Treasurer. Mr Vanbrugh had, out of resentment, complained of their bills of service for 1709, relating to three or four of their most dangerous prisoners, whom they had, by the Secretary of State's direction, kept in the Gate House at the charge of the petitioners. He had also complained of other persons, who had by the Secretary's direction been allowed to be at their own houses, under the petitioners' care, a thing never before disputed: prayed that their bills might be paid.
Minuted:—“4 July 1711. Qr whether they ever p[ai]d any thing to ye gailors for ye prisoners kept in gaole.” 1 page.
July 4. 12. Report of Mr Baron J. Scrope to the Lord High Treasurer. The duties mentioned in the representation from the Comrs of the stamp duties were not like to produce much in Scotland, there being no licences granted for selling wine and ale, and very few cards or dice made there. Those duties would not afford a salary such as Mr Isaacson would expect. Submits whether Mr John Hamilton should not be employed, who had a recommendation from the Parliament of Scotland. Dated 4 July 1711.
The extract of the representation referred to, and another paper respecting Mr Hamilton's merits, &c.
Minuted:—“5 July 1711. A wt for Mr Hamilton, wth like salary as Mr Watts hath for ye duty on apprentices.” 3 pages.
July 5. 13. Representation by Mr Philip Ryley to the Lord High Treasurer as to rewards to Mr William Chainey and Mr John Draper, who had succeeded in detecting frauds in the victualling of her Majesty's navy, and who, under Mr. Ryley's direction, had made out all the allegations to the satisfaction of the House [of Commons] as appeared by their resolution. If 250l. were directed to be given to each of them, and some intimation of his Lordship's further favour, he thought it might content them. Dated 5 July 1711.
Minuted:—“20 July 1711. 250lia piece & Mr Ryly 500liby a bill on the course of the vict[ualling].” 2 pages.
July 6. 14. “Mr Brydges his report relating to the demands of the Prussian resident, Mons. Bonet.” The demands were for extraordinaries, agio, bread and forage, and recruiting money for the Prussian troops. Dated Pay Office, 6 July 1711.
Mons. Bonet's letter.
“A state of the advantages in agio, bread and forage, which are due from her Britannick Majty to the corps of 12,000 Prussians, which are in Brabant; pursuant to the resolution of the States General of the 20th April 1711.”
A paper as to subsidies due to the King of Prussia on 23 June 1711, and a letter of Mr St John to the Lord High Treasurer on the same matter. 8 pages.
July 7. 15.“Report of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland [to the Lord High Treasurer] upon the signature to be passed of the lands of Oxnamside [in the county of Roxburgh] in favours of Collo William Ker” [brother to his Grace the Duke of Roxburgh, purchaser thereof from Thomas Young]. Dated Edinburgh, 7 July 1711. 1½ pages.
July 7. 16. Similar report from the same “On a signature of resignac[i]on of the lands of Prentatoun [in the county of Edinburgh] in favours of Hellen Watson, relict of William Leggat, writer, in Edr, in life rent, and Catharine Mckell, her daughter, in fee, purchaser thereof from James Ramsay, of Prentatoun.” Same date. 1 page.
July 8. 17. Comrs for Sick and Wounded to John Tayleur, Esq., Treasury, respecting a bill for 31l. 10s. given by Mr Martyn, a relation of the Lord High Treasurer, a prisoner in France: which bill had been protested. Dated 8 July 1710. 1 page.
July 10. 18. Various accounts of Mr Benjamin Sweet (debtor and creditor) with the Hon. James Brydges, Esq., in connexion with army affairs between 23 Oct. 1710 and 22 June 1711.
The last was delivered into the Treasury on 10 July 1711. 83 pages.
July 10. 19. Mr Carkesse to the secretary of the Lord High Treasurer, desiring his Lp's directions concerning the prosecution of the “persons concerned in the frauds carried on by Daniel Richardson, late one of the clerks in the Controller General's office.” Dated 10 July 1711. 1 page.
July 10. 20. Report of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland to the Lord High Treasurer, upon the signature prepared to be passed of the lands and barony of Gorgie and Gorgie Miln, in the county of Midlothian, “in favours of George Lind, mert, in Edinburgh.” Dated “Edinr,” 10 July 1711, 1 page.
July 10. 21. H. St John to the Lord High Treasurer. Mr Scott, the Queen's envoy to King Augustus, had received her Majesty's repeated orders to hasten his journey to that prince's Court, where his presence was indispensably necessary for the service in this nice conjuncture of the affairs of the North. Asks for the usual advance, so that he might set out immediately to Saxony. Dated Windsor, 10 July 1711. 1 page, quarto.
July 11. 22. Report of Mr G. Granville to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of the Rt Hon. the Earl of Kincardine, praying the restoration of his son, Mr Thomas Bruce, to the Commissaryship of the Musters in Scotland. Mr Willm Bennet, who succeeded Mr Bruce, was removed from the office 23 Aug. 1708, and was succeeded by others. 20s. a day was the allowance, which was a moderate encouragement. Dated Whitehall, July 11, 1711.
The memorial.
Minuted:—“11 July 1711. See the reasons for wch Mr Bruce was removed & whether Rutherford has the office in his own right.” 3 pages.
July 11. 23. The same to the Secretaries of the Lord High Treasurer. Sends an extract of a letter received from Mr Cardonnel, concerning the French officers designed for the command of the battalion to be formed in Flanders, for his Lordship's approval and for an advance of money, as the officers were very much wanted. Same date.
The extract mentioned. 2 pages, quarto.
July 11. 24. Report of the Attorney General (Sir Edw. Northey) to the Lord High Treasurer, on an extract from the memorial of the board of Ordnance as to proper notice to be given of the meeting of the Comrs for purchasing the lands for securing and fortifying the harbours and docks at Portsmouth, Chatham, and Harwich. Dated 11 July 1711.
The extract referred to.
Minuted:—“3 Augt 1711. My Lord to be minded on Wednes. next to appt a day for the attorney & the off. of the ordnce to be here about this.” 2½ pages.
July 11. 25. Mr T. Baker to —. Had transmitted a copy of Sir John Jennings' reflections on the Consul of Algier, and his Lordship might rely upon an expeditious defence. As to his (the Consul's) engrossing the corn of the country, it was a commendable and dexterous disappointment of the French, whose design was to have contracted for all the corn exportable out of those dominions, whereby to cut off that important relief for her Majesty's garrisons of Port Mahon and Gibraltar, as also for her forces in Catalonia If the Turks had become so very compassionate of the necessities of Christians for corn, it was a convincing instance of their late improvement in offices of humanity, with which he remained wholly unacquainted during his residence amongst them. When it should be thought fit to recall the Consul (after 17 years' unparalleled services performed in the most perplexing and hazardous station in the world), he would be entirely resigned to the Royal command. Implored his Lp to direct the payment of two warrants for salary and extraordinaries. Dated 12 July 1711. 2½ pages.
July 12. 26. Articles between John Anstis and others for printing the xiiith volume of the Fœdera. Dated 12 July 1711. (Signatures partly torn away.)
Also specimen leaf. 3 pages.
July 12. 27. G. Granville to the Secretaries of the Lord High Treasurer. The Lords of the Committee of Council and general officers recommend it to the Lord High Treasurer, that in case any man die, desert, or be discharged, he shall be allowed to remain upon the rolls for the two following musters, to enable recruits to be raised. Dated Whitehall, 12 July 1711. 1½ pages.
July 12. 28. Board of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer. Concerning irregularities practised at Newfoundland in the carrying on of trade by the commanding officer, although it was forbidden. Also as to other irregularities. Dated 12 July 1711.
The extract referred to. 3 ½ pages.
July 13. 29. Lord Ranelagh to “My Dear Master Lownds.” He says:— “My necessities are soe great and pressing that I must desyre you as my old and true friend, to move my Lord Treasurer, even this morning to order mee a supply for myself and clerks. I wayted upon his Lordsp this very morning, and hee was pleased to give mee what I thought was some assurance of his goodnesse to mee. But you know that fayre words will neither pay clerkes, nor goe to markett, and that whilst the grasse is growing the horse may starve. This is really and truly my case, for I have neither place nor pension, with seaventy yeares and a great many debts upon my back, and nothing to trust too but a small Irish estate, ill payd. Pray therefore, my dear Lownds bee a speedy and earnest sollicitor for
“Your poor old and true servant,
“[P.S.]—It is now full two yeares within few dayes since I had any supply, for it was on the 7th of August 1709, that the late Lord Treasurer ordered me 750li., wch was farr short of what I then wanted, and therefore to speake plainly to you, less than a 1,000li. will not make mee tolerably easy.” Dated 13 July 1711.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XVII., p. 55, 23 Aug., is:—“To Audrs of Imprest to attend on Tuesda and md then to speak to them about the allowance desired by the Earl of Ranelagh for the clerks to make up his final accot.” 1 page, octavo.
July 14. 30. Report of the Attorney General (Northey) to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Simon Harcourt, Esq., her Majesty's Clerk of the Crown in the Court of Queen's Bench. The Comrs of the Stamp Duty had preferred an information against him for signing judgments on rolls not stamped. The petitioner had since paid the duty. Advises a nolle prosequi. Dated July 14, 1711.
Minuted:—“A warrt to be prepared accordingly.”
The petition. 3 pages.
July 17. 31. Report by the Comrs for transporting her Majesty's forces, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the information of Alexander Smyth, ship-carpenter, against Thomas Masters, commander of the “Vere” frigate, lately employed in the transport service, charging him with various malversations, amongst which was throwing water on the corn to increase the bulk. Dated 17 July 1711.
The information referred to, and nine other papers.
Minuted:—“29 Augt 1711. To Mr Attorney to peruse & give his opinion whether he sees any cause for prosecuc[i]on.” 17 pages or parts of pages.
July 18. 32. Representation of the Officers of Works to the Lord High Treasurer, of the totals of expense of all the works, year by year, from 1702 to 1710, besides which there were then some considerable works in hand at Hampton Court, Kensington, and St James's by her Majesty's particular direction. Dated 18 July 1711.
Also a previous representation of 6 June 1711.
Minuted:—“29 Augt 1711. Officers of Works to attend on Thursday sennight, and to let my Lord know whether the instructions for regulating the expence of the works be strictly complyed with.”
Again:—“Thursday, 6 7br 1711. To bring this debt to Midsmr, & that, with the course of their tallys, to be layd [before] my Lord together. Let the debt be stated in one acct for … to Midsr 1711, each qur distinct. Let it be taken out of the Excheqr wt sum chargeable before each parcell of their … come in course, menc[i]oning the date of each parcell and bring these to Mr Tilson.” 2 pages.
July 19. 33. Memorial of the Surveyor General (Manley) to the Lord High Treasurer. Since his memorial of the 5th inst. had endeavoured to come at a better knowledge of the manor of Westminster and bailiwick of St James's, but found it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to be certain of the boundaries without an order for taking an actual survey, by virtue whereof he should procure a sight of the court rolls, books, and papers which lay in the hands of the lessees or farmers. Dated 19 July 1711.
Minuted:—“26th July 1711. The survr to frame a body of instructions for Commrs, and then my Lord will consider abt issuing a comn under the Excheqr seal.” 1 page.
July 20. 34. Report of the Comrs of Customs (Dublin) to the Lord High Treasurer “on the petition and cases” of Sir William Fownes, Knt, and William Palmer, gent., in relation to a debt due from them to the Queen as security for Mr Philip Vincent, late collector at Dundalk. Enclose a paper containing their observations on each article. Dated 20 July 1711. 11 pages.
March 11
to July 23.
35. “Monthly returns of Lord Slane's regiments from the eleventh of March to the twenty-third of July” 1711. 1 page.
July 24. 36. A case drawn up by Sir Isaac Newton for an opinion as to the payment by the Master and Worker of the Mint to the importers of plate, whose receipts were dated since 14 May 1711, after the rate of 5s. per ounce, with the opinion of the Attorney General thereon that her Majesty might by privy seal direct the money to be applied towards the discharge of the notes as proposed. Dated 24 July 1711.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XVII., p. 41, 27 July, is:—“Officers of the Mint called in. Sir Isaac Newton delivers an opinion of Mr Attorney Genll in relac[i]on to the plate brought into the Mint since 14th May last, wch is considered & the minutes taken thereupon.”
Again, on p. 46:—“The Lord High Treasurer agreed to repay any amounts paid by the officers of the Mint to the importers out of the Civil List moneys.” 1¾ pages.
July 24. 37. Copies of Treasury minutes, letters, &c. sent to Mr Mead, deputy paymaster in Spain, chiefly signed J.B. [? James Brydges], relating to the conduct of affairs in Spain and Portugal. The last is dated 24 July 1711. 8 pages.
July 25. 38. An affidavit of William Bowyer as to the printing of the 12th vol. of Rymer's Fœdera. Sworn 25 July 1711. 1 page.
[? About
July 25.]
39. Memorial of Mrs Shrimpton to the Lord High Treasurer praying for payment of 365l. due to her husband as Major-General, Governor of Gibraltar, &c., together with any other sums that might be due to him.
Minuted:—“25 July 1711. No fond for it, but to be laid before the Queene with Mr Brydges' list of wts of the like nature.” 1 page.
July 25. 40. Comrs of Victualling to Wm Lowndes, Esq., drawing attention to the necessity for contracts being entered into forthwith for various articles of consumption. Dated 25 July 1711.
Minuted:—“27 July 1711. To be as sparing in their contracts as may be. The victuallrs say the acct of their debt to La. day will be abt 6 weeks before finished.” 2 pages.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XVII., p. 41:—“His Lordp orders that for what there is an absolute necessity they should contract at the lowest rates they possibly can, and for no more, till credit is better, wch his Lordp hopes will be in a little time.”
July 25. 41. Mr Secretary St John to the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty had given him orders to satisfy the persons who attended on the Sieur de Guiscard during his confinement in Newgate. Encloses a particular of their several demands, for directions to be given thereon. Dated 25 July 1711.
Enclosed is a paper docquetted:—“Demands of the keeper of Newgate and of the chyrurgeons, doctor, & coroner for looking after Mons. de Guiscard.”
The body after death seems to have been pickled, for one of the items is, “To repair the damages done to the floors & ceilings of 2 rooms by the salt water that ran out of his cofin 5. 0. 0.”
In the Money Book, Vol. XXI., p. 422, is a warrant for the payment of 152l. 18s.d. in satisfaction of these services. 2 pages and 2 halves.
July 25.]
42. Memorial of Alexander Carleton to the Lord High Treasurer. Had petitioned for a debt of upwards of 2,000l. due to his wife's father, William Bache, several years master-smith to the Crown. Conceived that all debts due upon the Civil List of King William were just debts, and that the persons whose goods were actually in her Majesty's use and possession had a preference for payment, which persons were nine or ten in number, and all in her Majesty's service, except the petitioner and Mr Bealing, who had an estate of above 1,000l. per ann., and was her Majesty's upholsterer several years after her accession. Her Majesty had the sole benefit of the goods for which his debt of 2,000l. was due, 1,100l. and odd being upon the Civil List of King William, the rest on the Civil List from 1680 to 1688; prayed payment.
Minuted:—“25 July 1711… Much has been paid him in part ….” [the rest torn away]. 1 page.
July 25.]
43. Petition of Charles Earl of Arran to the Queen. Had served in all the campaigns in Flanders until the peace of Ryswick, and afterwards purchased the command of a troop of guards, for which he was still in debt, and there was an arrear of 1,250l. due to him as gentleman of the late King's bedchamber; prayed for the arrear.
Minuted:—“25 July 1711. When there is any money of those arrears, this to be laid before ye Queen.” 1 page.
[? About
July 25.]
44. Petition of Richard Goodrick, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer (Oxford) for a 50 years' lease of an old tenement at Richmond.
Minuted:—“25 July 1711. My Lord will confirm the former wt in case the petr thinks fit to accept ye lease upon those termes.” 1 page.
July 26. 45. Memorial of the Comrs of Sick and Wounded to the Lord High Treasurer, laying before his Lp divers letters and papers received from Sir John Jennings, who commanded the fleet at Port Mahon. As the convent used as an hospital was very inconvenient, he had caused contracts to be made for building another hospital on the Great Island, of which he sent the plan and estimate, amounting to about 3,000l. The Comrs ask directions as to accepting bills drawn on them in connexion therewith. Dated 26 July 1711.
Five enclosures, one of which is a copy of the memorial with an additional signature.
Minuted:—“26 June 1711. Send these to ye Lords of the Admiralty.” 8 pages.
July 26. 46. The Governors of Chelsea Hospital to the Lord High Treasurer. Had directed a list to be prepared of out-pensioners, &c. with the greatest despatch, and a copy of the establishment to be transcribed. Dated 26 July 1711. 1 page.
July 27. 47. H. St John to the Lord High Treasurer. Transmits a letter received from the mayor of Plymouth, for directions to be given thereon. Dated Whitehall, 27 July 1711.
The letter asks for a speedy supply to be given to Mr Wm Slaughter, marshal for prisoners at war, of whom there were twelve hundred, and for whom 10,000l. were due. The town could give no further credit. 2 pages.
July 27. 48. Memorial of Michael Studholm to the Lord High Treasurer. There was an allowance of 270l. per ann. out of the Cofferer's Office for keeping Fulham Road in the reigns of King Charles, King James, and King William, but he could not find that the farmer's carts could be kept off, their habitations being all along in most parts of the road. Their produce had always been carried in heavy carts, through some parts, at least, of the road to London market. As for the brewer's drays and brick carts, which had always done the greatest damage, there was no preventing it, unless her Majesty bought the several houses that joined to each gate, or made an allowance annually to the persons that lived in them. Perhaps for 5l. a-piece the gatekeepers would be encouraged to keep out those heavy drays, &c. Dated 27 July 1711.
Minuted:—“27 July 1711. To be read on Tuesday next.” 1 page.
July 28. 49. J. Burchett to Thomas Harley, Esq., secretary to the Lord Treasurer. Sends extract of so much of the instructions to Sir John Jennings as relate to the hospital at Port Mahon. Their Lps could not imagine that he would have ordered the new work to be proceeded with without particular orders: also sends other papers. Dated Admiralty Office, 28 July 1711.
The extract above named, an order for the construction by Sir John Jennings, a computation of the expense, copy of contract, and two other extracts. 15 pages and 4 halves.
July 30. 50. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Thomas Robinson, smith, desiring to succeed Josiah Kaye as her Majesty's blacksmith, in the office of works; recommending him for the place. One of the reasons for recommending him was that he was very capable of giving credit as the course of the office might require. Dated 30 July 1711.
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1711. A wt to be prepared.” 2 pages.
July 30. 51. Order in Council referring the petition of Margaret Collingwood, widow of Major Robert Collingwood, for payment of 175l. 13s. 1d. due to her husband, nephew, and son, who all lost their lives in the service of the Crown. Dated 30 July 1711.
Minuted:—“3 Xbr 1711. There is no mony out of wch demands of this nature can be paid.”
The petition and copy of a report of Earl Ranelagh on the case. 3½ pages.
July 30. 52. Similar Order in Council referring to the Lord High Treasurer the petition of Anthony Webster, merchant, and other owners of a privateer, for the reward of 1,000l. proposed in the Admiralty Court for intelligence of a French fleet taken by Admiral Dilks. Same date.
Copy of the petition. 5 pages.
July 31. 53. “Treasurer of the Chambers' memorial for the remainder of Michaelmas quarter's wages 1710, and for what remains due on bills to that time. Ulto July 1711.” 2 pages.
July 31. 54. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on an extract of a letter from Mr Pultney, her Majesty's envoy in Denmark, concerning certificates of British ships passing the Sound, and also on a copy of a report of the Lords of Trade thereon. Had already given directions thereon, and were of opinion the directions should extend to North Britain. Dated 31 July 1711.
The extract and report, and a letter. 6 pages, 2 halves.