Volume 139: October 22-November 30, 1711

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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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October 22–November 30, 1711

Oct. 22. 1. Report of the Comptrollers of the accounts of the army to the Lord High Treasurer, upon the memorial of Major-General Gorge, touching the taking off the respits on his regiment amounting to 236l. 14s. Advising that the amount should be allowed. Dated 22 Oct. 1711.
Minuted:—“18 7ber 1712. These having been transmitted to the Commrs for stating the debts of the army and returned without any report made thereupon, my Lord will not enter into ye consideracõn thereof.” 1 page.
Oct. 22.
2. Certificate of the quantity of tin remaining unsold on 22d Oct. 1711. Four of the entries are signed by T. Fauquier and one by John Anstis. 1 page.
Oct. 23. 3. Wm Popple to the Secretaries of the Treasury. Sends draught of a bond to be given by Sir Alexr Rigby and Wm Culliford, Esq. for 1,000l. as security for Edward Hyde, Esq., to be governor of North Carolina, in order that the Ld High Treasurer might give directions for the security to be taken at the Exchequer or elsewhere. Dated Whitehall, 23 Oct. 1711. 1 page.
Oct. 23. 4. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer. Their report upon a paper proposing some alterations in the management of the Excise having been returned to them with directions to make a distinct answer to every article therein, and also to give an account of the officers removed within three years and the causes thereof, they now return this report. Conceive that the former report would have been sufficient, because the paper only alleged general objections, which seem to be collected rather from the practice of collectors and supervisors formerly discharged by them (the Comrs) than from any methods now practiced. Dated 23 Oct. 1711.
Copy of the paper referred to. Also an account of the length of service of the different officers, and a list of those who had retired during the previous three years, and the cause of retirement. 14½ pages.
Oct. 26. 5. Report of the Comrs for duties on hides, &c., to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of William Palmer, Esq., and others, securities for John Andrews, Esq., deceased, late Receiver General of the land tax and window tax in the county of Warwick. Had caused capiases to be issued against the petitioners for arrears. Would leave it to his Lordship to defer the payment longer. Dated Oct 26, 1711. 1 page.
Oct. 27. 6. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. Sends copy of a letter of Mr Slaughter, agent for prisoners of war, as to the subsistence of the French prisoners at Plymouth. Dated Whitehall, 27 Oct. 1711.
The enclosure named. The agent said he could not carry on the service any longer without money, having been obliged to sell some of his goods and borrow a little of every body that would lend to him, and what to do to subsist the prisoners a week longer he could not tell, but would use his utmost endeavours if he sold the bed he lay on. Hoped the Government would not think amiss of him, if he set open the prison doors and let the prisoners shift for themselves, when he could subsist them no longer, which he hoped was better than keeping them in prison to starve. 2¼ pages, quarto.
Oct. 27. 7. The same to the same. Enclose copy of a letter from Mr Cole, British Consul at Algiers, relating to the corn he had bought up there for the use of her Majesty's troops. Dated Whitehall, 27 Oct. 1711.
The letter referred to. 4 pages.
Oct. 29. 8. Report of the Comrs of Victualling to Mr Harley on the state of Mr Jeremiah Kelly's transactions, who was the late contracting brewer at Deal. Dated 29 Oct. 1711.
Enclosed is a tabular account of money paid him on bills made out for beer, as appeared by books in the office. 3 pages.
Oct. 30. 9. Memorial of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer, asking that certain tallies might be paid to the artificers “in course of payment for June and September quarters.” Dated 30 Oct. 1711.
Minuted:—“Read 23th Nov. 1711.” 1 page.
Oct. 30. 10. The same to the same. Enclosing a list of such bills of exchange as were drawn on that office, showing the rates at which they were drawn, &c. Remind his Lp that they were not to accept the bills drawn by Sir Hovenden Walker at 40l. per cent. until they had his Lp's order. The bills drawn for more stores bought at Boston for the train have not come to hand. Dated 30 Oct. 1711.
The list named. 2 pages.
Oct. 30. 11. Memorial of Henry Hoare to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for an order for the issue of 10,000l. for the marines. Dated 30 Oct. 1711. 1 page.
Oct. 30. 12. Report of the Council of Trade to the Ld High Treasurer on the petition in behalf of George Lyddell and Robert Clayton of the island of St Christopher, Esqres, praying for a confirmation of a grant made to them for 2½ years by Col. Park, of two plantations in the French part of St Christopher's. Advising that the prayer should be granted. Dated Whitehall, 30 Oct. 1711.
Minuted:—“16 Apr. 1712. Confirmac[i]on agreed.”
The petition, and a report of Mr Willm Blathwayt thereon. 4 pages.
Oct. 31. 13. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. Encloses an extract from a letter from Mr Manning, representing that he could not return, in obedience to her Majesty's commands, until he received some remittances from hence. Dated Whitehall, 31 Oct. 1711.
The extract, dated at Coire. 2 pages, quarto.
Oct. 31. 14. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Nath. Upton, who alleged that he was the first proposer of a duty on candles. Others had pretended to the same thing, but they (the Comrs) had seen a draught of a bill for such a duty long before they pretended to have proposed the same. Dated 31 Oct. 1711.
The petition and proposals. 3 pages.
Oct. 31. 15. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on a memorial of the Muscovite Ambassador. On the arrival of ambassadors and envoys the proper officers had orders to examine their baggage and stores, and to pass them in accordance with the Treasury warrant dated 2 July 1707. One tun of wine was allowed free to an ambassador, and two hogsheads to an envoy. If prohibited by law, as in this case, being French wine from Holland, it was condemned. The envoy had 146 gallons above the quantity allowed. To accommodate him it was condemned and despatched to his house, and the charges amounted to 62l. 18s. 4d. Pray further directions whether they should insist on the payment. Dated Custom House, London, 31 Oct. 1711.
Minuted:—“March 26th 1712. The duty to be demanded of the ambassador.” 1½ pages.
Nov. 5. 16. Report of Mr G. Granville to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of Mr Brydges, who demanded 30,441l. 3s. 3d. under the head of stoppages to be paid in England for officers and recruits, and for other occasions of the several regiments in Spain and Portugal. The major part had been for subsistence of officers for the time they had been in England, and for the subsistence of the officers of the Brihuega regiments who were not prisoners, &c. Dated Whitehall, 5 Nov. 1711.
The memorial referred to, and a list of the demands made by the agents for the regiments specified, and another list connected with the report. 5 pages.
Nov. 5. 17. Memorial of W. Whitfield to the Lord High Treasurer, praying his Lordship's order for part of subsistence, &c. for the marines. Dated 5 Nov. 1711. 2 pages.
Nov. 5. 18. G. Granville to the Secretaries of the Treasury. The Lord High Treasurer to order a state of the funds of Chelsea Hospital to be laid before him, that such further provision might be made for them as was necessary: a representation having been made to her Majesty of the miserable condition of the invalid soldiers discharged and sent home from the armies abroad, for want of subsistence or pension money. Dated Whitehall, 5 Nov. 1711.
The representation mentioned. 4 pages, quarto.
Nov. 7. 19. Report of H. Reneu, drawn up by order of the Royal Lustring Company, to the Lord High Treasurer, in answer to his Lp's commands to lay before him a state of the company's stock, in respect to their looms and the persons they employed, with the increase the proposed to make, if they should obtain the encouragement they asked of her Majesty. On the company's first establishment their stock was 60,000l., and in 1695 they employed not less than 507 English and other weavers, and there were 768 looms, as appeared by the accompanying list. Sets forth their losses and disappointments; the first of which was their being obliged to employ English weavers by the clamours of the people, who threatened their houses for bringing in Frenchmen to eat the bread out of their mouths, whereas in truth it was to bring them a trade. The Company's stock and looms were now reduced to about one-third of what they were, viz., 200 and some odd looms, and a proportionable number of people; but were the Company encouraged, they could employ 14,000 or 15,000 persons, who were in the utmost necessity for want of work. If the Company obtained Her Majesty's part of the forfeitures of alamodes and lutestrings, they could afford greater salaries to officers, &c. to prevent clandestine trade, &c. The Company hoped her Majesty would allow them for the remaining six years 2,400l. per ann., according to agreement formerly made with the Lords Justices. Presumed his Lp would think there was the same national policy in encouraging the silk manufactures as the woollen. Without encouragement in the manufacture of plain black silk, it must fall a sacrifice to the people of Lyons, who had a public stock on purpose to destroy the manufacture in England. If kept up it would be the Company's business to prevent a very destructive trade from Holland, where the Dutch had set up the making of all sorts of plain black silks, as raz de gennes, peau de soys, and plain black mantua, for which the Dutch were famous. They were willing to let others into the Company at the intrinsic value of the stock, without insisting on anything for their 22 years' trouble. Dated London, 7 Nov. 1711.
Also “a list of the names of the weavers and others workmen that are imployed by ye Royll Lustring Company.” In all 507, some being employed at Ipswich. At the foot is:—“These are the names of the weavers that are now imployed by the Lustring Compa who have most of them wives, children & servants, besides a great number of winders and other persons that are imployed in making of looms, reeds, harnasses, quils, mills, risses, bobins, chittles, alsoe dyers, dressers, glozers, & other trades relating thereunto, soe that there is between 3 & 4,000 souls that gett their living by this manufactury, which is brought to great perfection. And the sd Lustring Compa have, according to their patent, from time to time delivered to the Lords of the Treasury an acct of their workmen, and the quantity of allamodes wrought by them.” This was sworn to on 20 April 1695. It is marked A on the back. 7½ pages.
Nov. 8. 20. Report of the Comrs for licensing hawkers and pedlars to the Lord High Treasurer, as to their attendance at their office. Dated 8 Nov. 1711. 1 page.
Nov. 9. 21. Similar report from the Excise Commissioners. Dated 9 Nov. 1711. 1page.
Nov. 10. 22. An account showing the sums issued to James Brydges, Esqre, either in money or tallies, out of funds for the year 1711, and the uses to which the same have been applied from the 4th of June 1711 to the 29th of September following; and from Michaelmas 1711 to 10 November following. 6½ pages.
Nov. 12. 23. Report of the Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Captain Shadwell, praying for a pension on the establishment there; advising a pension of 80l. per ann. on the military list. Dated Dublin Castle, 12 Nov. 1711.
Minuted:—“April 7th 1712. To be laid before the Queen.”
The petition. 2 pages.
Nov. 12. 24. Gurdon Sattonstall to the Lord High Treasurer. The miscarriage of the fleet under the command of Admiral Walker in the river of St Lawrence had obliged Lieut.-General Nicholson to return from his expedition against Canada. This had put the colonies bordering on Canada in the worst circumstances, and hazarded the going off of the nations in her Majesty's obedience to the French, and exposed our frontiers to the insults of the scalping party of the enemy. It had further induced these governments to address her Majesty to renew the expedition. One of the pilots engaged in the expedition belonged to Connecticut. He had been examined by the Assembly. His affidavit General Nicholson would bring over. This pilot and another would also be sent over, that her Majesty might have the manner of that misfortune truly stated, and in order that there might be pilots ready in case her Majesty should renew the expedition, by sending a fleet directly to Quebec, without touching at Boston as the last did. His Lordship would see the great advantage the reduction of the French Settlements in North America would be to the Crown. Dated Boston, Nov. 12, 1711. 3 pages.
Nov. 13. 25. Memorial from the Great Wardrobe as to what was due in that office to Michaelmas 1711. Dated 13 Nov. 1711. The amount due was upwards of 39,000l.
At the foot is:—“The tradesmen of the office are (as they say) under such difficultys for want of money, that they cannot proceed in their business until the Lord Trea[sure]r is pleased to order their money so to doe; some of them haveing absolutely refused to give further creditt, p[er]ticularly ye laceman, whose business is greater in ye service now order'd, wch if not forthwith begun, 'twill be impossible to gett ye yeomen of the guards cloths ready agst her Ma[jes]tie's birthday. Tho. Dummer.” 1 page.
Nov. 13. 26. “An account to what time the sevll regimts troops and compies under the care of the Rt Honble John Howe, Esqr, were last subsisted.” Dated Pay Office, 13 Nov. 1711. 2 pages.
Nov. 13. 27. Henry Ferne to Christopher Tilson, Esq., respecting leave of absence given by the Lord High Treasurer to Mr Graydon, who was in bad health. He had come from Edinburgh, having left his cash in charge of his three clerks. Dated Custom House, 13 Nov. 1711. 1 page, quarto.
Nov. 13. 28. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. Sends a copy of a letter from the envoy of Portugal, desiring that 16 small parcels [for persons of quality at Lisbon] might be put on board the Lisbon packet boat. Dated Hampton Court, Nov. 13, 1711.
The letter (French). 2 pages.
Nov. 15. 29. North Britain. An account of tobacco imported and exported from the 1st day of May 1707 to the 20th of September 1711. Dated Custom House, Edinburgh, 15 November 1711. Signed, “Jon Crookshanks, Comptroller-Genl.” 1 page.
Nov. 15. 30. Report of the Postmasters General (Frankland and Evelyn) to the Lord High Treasurer. Send a state of the charges upon the Post Office at several periods, and an abstract of the gross produce of the revenue in those years. As the letters increased there was a necessity of increase of officers. The packet boats, which in time of peace were but a small charge, by the war had become a great burthen, and added to their trouble. Their salaries were but 1,000l. each, whereas Mr Frowd, when Governor of the Post Office, had 1,500l. per ann.; and at the same time 1,000l. per ann. was paid to the Postmaster General. Sir John Wildman, when Postmaster General, had 1,500l. per ann. Dated General Post Office, 15 Nov. 1711.
The enclosures are not with it. 1 page.
Nov. 15. 31. G. Granville to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of Mr Brydges as to the state of distress in which the garrison of Gibraltar was, from want of necessaries, all pay at Lisbon on this account being stopped, and no regulation or establishment made for the same. Had consulted Major General Elliot, the late Governor, whose opinion he gives in one column and his own remarks in another. Dated 15 Nov. 1711. 4 pages.
Nov. 17. 32. An account of tallies remaining in the hands of James Brydges, Esq., in August 1710, for the service of the said year, as adjusted upon the alteration of the Treasury. Dated 17 Nov. 1711. 6 pages.
Nov. 7 or 18. 33. Extract of a letter from Mr Stanyan to the Earl of Dartmouth, as to his allowance as plenipotentiary, commencing from his arrival at Milan, and also as to his extraordinaries. Dated Berne, 18 Nov. 1711. 2 pages, quarto.
Nov. 19. 34. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord High Treasurer. Encloses an extract of a letter from Mr Stanian of 14 Nov., relating to the arrears of his allowance, the consideration whereof her Majesty referred to the Lord Treasurer. Dated Hampton Court, 19 Nov. 1711.
The extract referred to. Says it was impossible for him to obey the Queen's commands by setting out for Milan till a sufficient sum was appointed to pay his debts, and that less than 2,000l. would not suffice. 3 pages, quarto.
Nov. 19. 35. Report of Mr J. Brydges to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of Col. Edmund Fielding for subsistence of his men at Exeter and Greenwich. Their subsistence amounted to 979l. 11s. 6d. to 23 Oct. last, and would amount to 870l. 15s. 6d. more to the 22 Dec. Dated Pay Office, 19 Nov. 1711.
The memorial.
Minuted:—“Mr Brydges to set forth the reasons why the offrs & private men were kept on foot after ye regt was broke.” 2¼ pages.
Nov. 19. 36. Draught of an establishment for the garrison and castle of St Philip of Mahon. Signed G. Granville. Dated Whitehall, 19 Nov. 1711. 2 pages.
Nov. 19. 37. Similar draught for Gibraltar. Same date. 2½ pages.
Nov. 20. 38. Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes. Send, for the Ld High Treasurer's information, an account of what bills had been made out for beer to Mr Ridge in each year, from 1707 to 1711, as well as for casks. Dated Victualling Office, 20 Nov. 1711.
The two accounts. 5 pages.
Nov. 21. 39. “The present state of the Palatines in Ireland this 21 of Novr 1711.” There were 312 families, consisting of 1,218 persons. Of the 24,000l. granted by her Majesty, 4,878l. 7s. 6d. remained undisposed of, and it was computed it would last for a year and a quarter. Dated 21 Nov. 1711. 1 page.
Nov. 21. 40. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lord High Treasurer. Had examined the account of Michael Studholme, Esq., for mending the road in Hyde Park; the prices were reasonable. Also his bills of some other disbursements for mending her Majesty's ways to the parks, and keeping in repair her Majesty's private road between Hockerell and Stanstead in the way to Newmarket, &c. Dated 21 9ber 1711.
Minuted:—“2 June 1712. The arle abt Pigot to be further explained. My Lord agrees to the rest.” 1 page.
Nov. 22. 41. Similar report on Mr Vernattye's bills for repairing, lighting, &c. the lamps at Westminster for the accommodation of both Houses of Parliament; approving the same. Dated 22 9ber 1711.
Minuted:—“Read 14th Apr. 1712. See how much of this demand ought to be born by the inhabitants of Cannon Row,” &c. 1 page.
Nov. 22. 42. Report of the Comrs of Customs (Scotland) on the petition of Mr Walter Stewart as to the discharge of a ship without airing, on the allegation that she came from no infectious place; advising the unloading the same. Dated Edinburgh, 22 Nov. 1711.
The petition referred to. 2½ pages.
Nov. 23. 43. Memorial of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer. Lay before his Lp some reasons for a prosecution in the Court of Exchequer against George Granville, Esq., executor to Sir Bevil Granville, some time since Governor of Barbadoes, on account of prizes; and also what proceedings have been in the said court thereupon. Now ask his Lp's further directions. Dated Prize Office, 23 Nov. 1711. 1 page.
Nov. 24. 44. A. Swift to William Lowndes, Esq. Begs his interest with the Lord High Treasurer for the marine regiments, who were reduced to great extremities and their credit lost. Some of them had 200 miles to march after long voyages to head quarters without money or credit. Dated 24 Nov. 1711. 1 page, quarto.
Nov. 26. 45. Report of [Comrs for duties] on hides, &c. to the Lord High Treasurer. Had been instructed to reconsider in their report what related to the receipt of the remainder of that year's land tax and duties on houses in the co. of Kent, and all arrears thereof, &c. Now represented that they had before fully considered that matter, and had observed that the executors of Mr Fauset and the sureties had in their hands at least 13,000l., part of the money due from Mr Fauset &c. Saw no objection to Mr Weldon and Mr Bathurst receiving those arrears. Dated Office of Hides, &c., Nov. 26,1711.
Six other papers relating to the same matters. 7 pages.
Nov. 26. 46. “An account to what day each regiment, troop, and company under the care of the Rt Honoble John Howe, Esqre, is cleared, how far their subsistence has been ordered, and to what time they have been actually paid.” Dated Pay Office, 26 Nov. 1711. 2 pages.
Nov. 26. 47. Certificate of the Earl of Halifax of the sums issued at the receipt of the Exchequer to the Hon. James Brydges, Esq., Paymaster of the forces acting with the allies, out of the supplies granted by Parliament for the year 1711. Dated 26 Nov. 1711. 2 large pages.
Nov. 27. 48. Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes. Enclose a list of foreign bills of exchange accepted by them and remaining unpaid, amounting to 67,538l. 16s. 11d., and others not accepted, amounting to 25,164l. 16s. 10½d.; pray for money to be ordered: also for 3,000l, to be ordered for inland bills. Dated Victualling Office, 27 Nov. 1711.
The list referred to. 8 pages.
Nov. 27. 49. The same to the same on the petition of Mr Jeremiah Kelley, brewer at Deal, relating to beer supplied to her Majesty's ships in the Downs. The same date. 1½ pages.
Nov. 27. 50. Representation of the Postmasters General to the Lord High Treasurer, viz., that a warrant would be necessary for passing free, the letters of several public officers and members of Parliament. Many indirect practices had been committed by booksellers, &c., indorsing letters and newspapers with the names of members of Parliament, &c., to the prejudice of the revenue. Annexed a draft of a warrant for his Lp's approval. Dated General Post Office, 27 Nov. 1711.
The draft mentioned. 2½ pages.
Nov. 28. 51. Memorial of James Brydges to the Lord High Treasurer, asking to be enabled to give directions to Mr Morice for payment for the provisions furnished to the troops to embark from Lisbon to Gibraltar. Dated Pay Office, Whitehall, 28 Nov. 1711. 1 page.
Nov. 28. 52. Report of the [Auditors of Imprests] (Harley and Maynwaring) to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Addison and Mr Elder, two of the late Comrs for Sick and Wounded. Recommend certain allowances to them for services after the expiration of their commission; also for their secretary Mr Garrard. Dated 28 Nov. 1711.
Minuted:—“Agreed according to the report.” 3½ pages.
Nov. 29. 53. G. Granville to the Rt Hon. John Howe, Esq. Asks him to apply to the Ld High Treasurer to pay the subsistence money to the regiments, as they were suffering very much from the desertion of the men, especially at Hull. Dated Whitehall, 29 Nov. 1711.
Copy of letter from Lt Col. Norcliffe from Hull on the same subject. 2 pages, quarto.
Nov. 29. 54. Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Lord Ormonde) to the Lord High Treasurer. Proposes the payment of 100l. per ann. as salary for the fourth engineer to that kingdom. Dated Dublin, 29 Nov. 1711.
Minuted:—“To be considered when a new establishmt is made.” 1 page.
Nov. 30. 55. Debt of the Office of Ordnance to the 30th November 1711. 1 page.
Nov. 30. 56. “Abstract of the indenture for vesting her Mat's tyn in trustees to secure the repayment of the loans thereon.” Dated on or about 30 Nov. 1711. 2½ pages.