Volume 148: June 1-20, 1712

Pages 390-397

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

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June 1–20, 1712

June 1. 1. Report to the Lord [High Treasurer] of J. C. Belasyse and two others, appointed to enquire into Mr Chetwynd's accounts. Being obliged to stay there (Genoa) for want of a convoy, had continued their enquiries. Enclose their representation thereon. Had received 1,000 pistoles from Mr Chetwynd and 1,000l more from Mr Henshaw, the English Consul, in part of their allowance, which they hoped his Lp would order Mr Brydges to pay when due. Dated Genoa, 1 June 1712, [? if N.S. 22 May].
State of Mr William Chetwynd's account and a paper showing the rates of exchange from Italy on divers days in all the months from 1708 to May 1712. 14 pages.
June 3. 2. Letter from John Taylour to the Comrs of Revenue in Ireland. By direction of the Lord High Treasurer asked for an account to be returned of profits of forfeited lands remaining unsold, and what was best to be done with the undisposed forfeitures. [Dated 3 June 1712.]
Also draft of the same.
Entered in Irish Book, Vol. VI., p. 281. 2 pages.
June 3. 3. Report of the Attorney General (Northey) to the Lord High Treasurer. Had considered the annexed memorial of the Hon. Spencer Compton, Esq., wherein he desired a proper discharge to be directed to him for delivery of the plate remaining in his hands, that belonged to his late Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark. Her Majesty had acknowledged to have received the same as part of her moiety of the Prince's personal estate, he having died intestate. An inventory of the plate should be made and the administrators should acknowledge the same to be that which was referred to in a privy seal of 13 Dec. 1710, &c. Dated 3 June 1712.
The petition.
Minuted:—“Send to Mr Att. Genll to advise a proper discha for Mr Compton and a method for keepg this plate distinct frō the crown plate. [Added] Mr Compton to peruse this report.” 3 pages.
June 3. 4. Memorial of Walter, Lord Blantyre, to the Lord High Treasurer. King Charles II. granted to Frances, late Duchess Dowager of Richmond and Lennox, an annuity of 1,000l. per ann. out of hereditary excise, in exchange for her estate of Aubigny in France, of the value of 1,500 pistoles, which was paid up to 1691, and was then in arrear to the end of that reign. Her present Majesty had expressed her sorrow that she could not pay those arrears, but had said they should not be increased. On the death of the duchess there were ¾ of a year more due, but on application from her Majesty her grace's dwelling and outhouses in Privy Gardens, Whitehall, were immediately given up, altho' built at her expense. Prays for the arrears and compensation. “R.June 3, 1712.”
Duplicate thereof. 2 pages.
June 3. 5. Report of Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer. Lady Fretchville required 500l. worth of timber for her house at Windsor, or 100l. worth of timber and the rest in money. Dated 3 June 1712.
Minuted:—“Read 4th June 1712. Mr Wilcox to propose how this can be complyd with. His proposal is wthin.”
He proposed 100l. worth of timber to be cut in Windsor Forest and the 400l. to be raised by sale of dotard trees in Whittlewood.
Minuted again:—“To be laid before the Queen. This to be done when Mr Wilcox comes to town.” 1 page.
June 4. 6. Report of the Comrs of Revenue, Ireland, to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Lieut.-Col. George Lee, who had been collector at Loughrea and was a defaulter. The Comrs prosecuted his securities, whose estates were in the remotest parts of Connaught, a wild country, where the sheriffs were opposed and one man killed in executing the Queen's writs. After this the prosecution was respited. Mr Richard Martin, the most responsible of his securities, proposed to build barracks towards satisfaction of the petitioner's debt. What should be done depended on her Majesty's goodness. Dated Custom House, Dublin, 4 June 1712.
Minuted:—“10 July 1712. Send it back to the C. of the revenue to receive his prop. for building baracks & to ascertain the place & charge of building ye same.” 2 pages.
June 5. 7. Report of the Controllers of the Accounts of the Army to the Lord High Treasurer. Enclose copy of a report of 25 Oct 1710 [previously noticed under that date], at the request of Lieut.-Col. de Launay, Major of Lieut.-Genl Gorge's regiment of foot, late the Earl of Donnegall's, he alleging that the report had not been read and was not to be found at the Treasury. It relates to sums charged on the regiment. Dated Controller's Office, Privy Gardens, 5 June 1712.
The copy referred to, and two other papers. 8½ pages.
[? About
June 5.]
8. Petition of Sarles Goatley, Esq., her Majesty's Serjeant-at-Arms attending the Great Seal, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for an allowance for attending a trial of the pix, sending messengers to York and other places, and attending at the trial of Dr Henry Sacheverell.
Minuted:—“5 June 1712. So much as concernes the Mint to be ref. to the officers thereof.” 1 page.
June 5. 9. Edward Southwell to the Lord High Treasurer. In the absence of the Ld Lieut. of Ireland, encloses (1), the memorial of George Rodney Brydges, Esq., praying payment of 13,600l., being his arrears of pension of 1,600l. per annum; (2), a certificate of the Auditor General thereon; (3), the reference by the Lords Justices of the petition to the Auditor General; and (4), the Report of the Auditor General (Dering). Dated 5 June 1712. 7 pages.
June 5. 10. Report of the Attorney General (Sir Edward Northey) to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition annexed, of the inhabitants of the hamlet of Kew within the parish of Kingston-upon-Thames (Surrey), who on account of the distance from their parish church are either under the necessity of neglecting the public worship of God, or have to resort to one of the chapels of ease, the nearest of which is Richmond. To redress this they have begun a subscription for erecting another chapel of ease upon Kew Green, which is a common or waste parcel of ground within her Majesty's manor of Richmond, and (as alleged) has been time out of mind granted and grantable by copy of Court Roll. The inhabitants pray her Majesty to grant by copy of Court Roll part of a gravel pit for that purpose. He (the Attorney General) apprehends that the petitioners are mistaken in their allegations that the common can be legally granted by copy of Court Roll, for that it is of the essence of a copyhold estate to have been demised and demisable time out of mind, which the said wastes have not been. And if the wastes were copyhold, the same being in the hands of her Majesty, he apprehends by the Act of the Civil List her Majesty cannot grant the same in fee; but her Majesty may grant a licence for erecting the chapel there, the vicar of Kingston having consented thereto. Dated 5 June 1712.
Minuted:—“14 June 1712. The report agreed to.”
The petition with many signatures. 4 pages.
June 6. 11. J. Brydges to the Lord [High Treasurer]. Encloses a paper from Mr Sweet containing his reasons for not protesting Sir John Lambert's bill of exchange for 312,000 f. current money of Holland. Asks his Lp's directions. Dated Pay Office, Whitehall, 6 June 1712.
The paper named. 3 pages.
June 5 & 7. 12. An account of transport debentures received from Mr Arthur Shallet, merchant, in discharge of his bonds for the duties on wine, pursuant to a warrant of composition from the late Lord High Treasurer. Signed Hen. Ferne, 5 June 1712.
A further account. Dated Custom House, 7 June 1712. 2 pages.
June 10. 13. Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General for Ireland (Rich. Levinge and Francis Bernard) to the Lords Justices concerning a pension of 500l. per ann. granted to the Earl of Granard, which it was contended was sold to Anthony Hammond, Esq., for 1,600l., and was afterwards resold to Mr Brydges, M.P. The Earl contended that he had originally mortgaged and not sold the same. Under certain conditions the stop put on the payment of the pension might be immediately taken off. Dated 10 June 1712.
Minuted:—“Stop removed.” 4 pages.
June 10. 14. Report of Mr Henry Baker to the Lord High Treasurer as to certain wool and iron-bound chests reported to have been shipped from England to France. Dated 10 June 1712.
A letter signed J. G., on which the report was founded. 2½ pages.
June 10. 15. Memorial of the King's Heralds and Pursuivants of arms to the Lord High Treasurer. By the smallness of their salaries and the reduction of their perquisites, they had been obliged to maintain their college at their own expense at an annual charge of 100l. or upwards. With taxes, &c., their salaries were reduced one fourth, and they were considerably in debt for maintaining the college in repair, for which they had formerly an allowance from the Crown. 945l. would be due to them for nine quarters' salary at Midsummer next, and 220l. for largess money upon the creation of 44 noblemen since her Majesty's accession (as by list annexed). There was also an arrear of 41l. per ann. for 27 years “waiting money at Court” for attendance on the Queen and her predecessors to the Chapel Royal on the great annual festivals: viz. from 1684 to 1711, amounting to 1,107l., and 2½ years salary from the late King. Prayed for their salary and largess fees. Dated College of Arms, 10 June 1712.
Minuted:—“28th June 1712. To be paid their salrys as far as the serjts at arms are paid. And see wt precedts there are for ye largesses being paid by the Crown.”
A note is added:—“They were paid 230li for the largesses due upon the creac[i]on of 46 noblemen at 5li each by signe manual dated 3d December 1700.”
The list referred to. 2½ pages.
June 10. 16. Account of Thomas Baker of the “charge of the particulars of her Majesty's present to the Regency of Tunis.” Dated London, 10 June 1712.
Also the bills and receipts for the items. 10 pages or parts of pages.
June 11. 17. Report of Auditor Harley to the Lord High Treasurer, Had inspected the Earl of Ranelagh's accounts and did not find that his Lp had taken credit for any part of 9,375l. payable to the Baron de Goertz, &c. Dated 11 June 1712. 1 page.
June 12. 18. Report of the Comrs for Stamps to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Joseph Rous, who applied for the return of certain stamps used to detect Mr Dyott in a fraud. The Attorney General had advised that the stamps made by the Comrs' order and received by them were lawful stamps, and one of the Comrs having stamped with them and disposed of the paper so stamped to persons ignorant of his fraud, they had a right to have their paper returned. The Comrs still thought differently, as they apprehended the directing an engraver to make a die did not establish it a lawful stamp, until approved by the Comrs, and until by them ordered to be used in the office for stamping, which was never done with these dies. They were of opinion that these stamps should be cancelled before the paper and parchment were returned, and that other stamps approved by the office should be delivered to the owners gratis. Dated Stamp Office, Lincoln's Inn, 12 June 1712.
The petition. 2½ pages.
June 12. 19. Mr William Vanbrugh, Treasurer of the Chamber, to William Lowndes, Esq. The enclosed memorial was in answer to his Lp's commands, besides which he was in attendance to be heard. Dated 12 June 1712.
The memorial to the Lord Treasurer mentioned. The reports he had to make could not be always agreeable to the desires of the parties concerned, and he was obliged to act as a “cheque.” The value and support of his employ was sunk so low that it would not support him or the credit of the office, and he must depend on the goodwill he sometimes had to “cheque.” Asks his Lp to intercede with her Majesty for a settled provision, and for 250l. for two and a half years before Midsummer 1702, when her Majesty's establishment began.
Minuted:—“12 June 1712. Office that is comptrolled ought to bear the charge of the comptroll, and not the servts, and my Lord does not see by Van's const. [? constitution] his instructions, or any thing before him, that he can or ought to take any fee from the servts whatsoever, or has any right to presume.” 1½ pages.
June 12. 20. Case of John Sansom, an accountant and debtor to the Crown. The profits of Richard Breton from an office in the Custom House were sequestered, he being greatly indebted to Sansom, who desired that the office should not be surrendered or alienated before he was informed thereof. “R. from Lord Mansel, June 12, 1712.”
Also another statement of the case. 2 pages.
June 13. 21. “A particular of his late Royal Highness' plate for her Maties use. Examined and certified by J. Smith and C. Hedges.” 13 June 1712.
Another paper as to the plate in the hands of the Hon. Spencer Compton, containing the same particulars, with the last six entries left out. 2 pages.
[? About
June 13.]
22. Petition of Captain John Mohun to the Lord High Treasurer for the same allowance for coming express from Barcelona as was given to Captain Earle and Captain Long, lately despatched from England on the like occasion.
Minuted:—“13 June 1712. 50li is ordered to the hands of Mr Brydges.” 1 page.
June 14. 23. Report of Lord Chief Baron Ward to the Lord High Treasurer on the draft of a constitution for appointing Richard Holmes to examine and inspect the port books of the Officers of the Customs. The ancient course and method of the Exchequer as established by Queen Elizabeth, was that the patent officers in every port of England and Wales (i.e., the Customers, Controllers, and Searchers), ought before entering their offices (and till of late they had done so) to take an oath and give security for the execution of their places, whereby they became obliged to make true entries of goods exported and imported, and to return the same into the Exchequer upon oath. Of late in some instances this had been omitted to the detriment of the Crown. Submitted whether it could be practicable for any one person to compare, inspect, and examine the patent officers' books in all the custom houses in England, Wales, and Berwick-upon-Tweed, within a year; but at seasonable times he might view the method of keeping the accounts, and report to his Lp what was defective. Dated 14 June 1712.
Minuted:—“21 June 1712. My Lord will make an experimt for one year. Mr Holmes was accordingly appointed by an instrument dated 24 June 1712.”
The draft mentioned. 3½ pages.
14 & 16.
24. Payments out of the Funds for the service of the year 1712. 14 June 1712.
Another paper with the same title. 16 June 1712.
A state of the payments and remains as to the public services for the year 1712. 16 June 1712. 3 large pages.
June 16. 25. J. Hawler, for the Lords of the Admiralty, to Mr Lowndes. Respecting the clothing of the six marine regiments. 55,717l. 4s.d. were claimed by the clothiers for 2½ years of off-reckonings. Dated Admiralty Office, 16 June 1712.
A letter and memorial on the same subject. 4 pages.
June 16. 26. Copy of a letter of the Comrs of Victualling as to certain coals carried from the Hartshorne brewhouse. It did not appear to them that there was any design of embezzlement. Dated 16 June 1712.
Copy of another letter on the same subject 2½ pages.
June 16.]
27. W. Brockett to the Lord [? High Treasurer]. Desires his Lp's direction for renewing the privy seal for his annual salary of 400l. out of the Post Office, “for though ye said privy seal for ye better disguiseing of ye secrecy of the service mentions it as a pension or annuity, yet the same is really a sallary for the said service.”
Minuted:—“Read 16 June [171]2. 1 page.
June 17. 28. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, respecting frauds committed by Charles Whiting, son of Mr Bedford Whiting one of the jerquers, who attended as clerk to the latter, and by Charles Houghton, clerk to Mr William Cook another of the jerquers. Copy of the order to prevent such things for the future was “put up in the Long Room, and the Jerquers' Office.” Dated Custom House, 17 June 1712.
Three other papers relating thereto.
Minuted:—“Read 25 June 1712.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XVII., p. 223, 25 June 1712, is:—“My Lord directs the Commrs to continue the suspension of the Jerquer wch they have made till next week, and in the meantime to consider of what they shall thinke proper to be directed for carrying on the service of yt office.” 6 pages.
June 17. 29. J. Hawler to the Lord High Treasurer. Sends copy of a letter from the Victualling Department as to embezzlements of coals from the Hartshorne brewhouse. Dated Admiralty Office, 17 June 1712. 1¼ pages, quarto.
June 17. 30. Comrs for Sick and Wounded to Wm Lowndes, Esq., on the debt of their office, which they had hoped would have been paid in money, according to the Lord Treasurer's promise. Dated 17 June 1712. 1 page.
June 18. 31. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord [High Treasurer] on a paper entitled, “A remark on the importation of sugar into the port of London from Barbadoes.” Suggest a new duty on middling sorts. Dated 18 June 1712.
The paper referred to and two others. 7 pages.
June 18. 32. Report of Comrs for Duties on Hides, &c. to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of William Palmer, Esqre and others, securities for John Andrews, Esq., deceased, late Receiver General of the county of Warwick. Two years and a half had expired, and not half the receiver's debt was paid, wherefore they left it to his lordship's determination if any further time should be given. Dated Office for Hides, 18 June 1712.
The petition referred to.
On the back is:—“Since this report another petn has been referred.” 2½ pages.
June 18. 33. Report of Lord Lansdowne to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Sarah, widow of Terrence MacMahon, late Deputy Provost Marshal, certifying the truth of the claims made for disbursements on the Savoy Marshalsea for repairs rendered necessary by riots and mutinies there. Dated Whitehall, 18 June 1712.
Copy of the same. 4 pages.
[? About
June 19.]
34. Petition of Jonathan Broughill and Ruth his wife on behalf of themselves and other inhabitants of Burton in Wirrall in the county palatine of Chester, to the Lord High Treasurer. Had held several estates of Crown land under the Bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, doing homage, swearing fealty to the King and the lord of the manor, &c. The bishop had leased the Crown lands in Burton to William Massey of Pottington, Esq., with power to eject tenants, &c., and the latter had thereupon turned out the petitioners, seized their crops, &c. Prayed that the Surveyor General of Crown lands might survey and report thereon.
Minuted:—“19 June 1712. It dos not appear that the crowne is any ways concerned herein.” 1 page.
June 19. 35. Report of the Controllers of the Army Accounts (P. Meadows and Ja. Bruce) to the Lord High Treasurer, on a report made by the Paymaster General of the Forces abroad and the Secretary at War, upon the petition of Peter Hartop and Henry Hatley, “administrators to his son Henry Hatley, deceased, who, together with the said Peter Hartop were deputy paymasters of the forces that went on the expedition under the Earl of Rivers” in 1706.—5s. 6d. a day was quite inadequate remuneration for the disbursement of 110,000l. in eight months, &c. Dated 19 June 1712.
Minuted:—“9 July 1712. Let the ballance be paid into the Excheqr, and then if the petrs have any demands of extrary charges for executing their office, my Lord will have due regard thereto wn layd before him; but he cannot advise any increase to the established allowance wch they accepted.” 3 pages.
June 20. 36. Memorial of J. Brydges to the Lord [High Treasurer] “for directions how Col. Nevill is [to] govern himself in regard to the foreign troops upon the excha of the subject troops, prisoners in Spain.” Dated Whitehall, Pay Office, 20 June 1712.
Minuted:—“20 June 1712. To be layd before the Q. in Councill.” 1 page.
June 20. 37. Report of the Attorney General to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of Mr Gibbon, a receiver of the last year's lottery. He is an accountant to her Majesty until he has his quietus. “By the course of the Exchequer he has a right to have an extent in aid to get in his debts, and in regard the extent in aid is founded on an extent against himself, the bond ought to be in the Remembrancer's hand.” Dated 20 June.
The memorial and the receipt for the bond.
The memorial minuted:—“Transmit this to Mr Att Genll for his opinion whether this bond ought to be đd to the Qs Remr as is desired.” 3 pages.