Volume 149: June 22-July 19, 1712

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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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June 22–July 19, 1712

June 22.
1. Col. Ro. Hunter to the Lord High Treasurer. Advises his Lp of bills drawn on him for 3,437l. 6s. 2d. in favour of Mr Micajah Perry, for the subsistence of the Palatines. Dated New York, 22 June 1712. 1 page.
June 23. 2. The same to the same. Sends the general accounts for the late expedition against Canada. Must lay before his Lp a true state of the affairs of the Palatines. The work was forwarder than could have been expected. The trees answered expectation, and this fall he had 100,000 ready to be cut down and burnt for tar. The Lords of Trade proposed to employ 3,000 Palatines in the production of naval stores in New York. They were to be subsisted by the public, the adults at 6d. a day and the children at 4d., until they could subsist themselves. This was approved of by Her Majesty in Council. 8,000l. were issued to him for their immediate subsistence. He made the Palatines enter into a contract to follow the work, and he purchased lands for them on the Great River, near to the pine woods, settled them in good houses and plantations, and kept them constantly employed on the tar work, by which they would in a few years quit the debt they owed the Crown. Had gone on laying out all the money he and his friends were masters of for subsisting and employing that people, but had not heard that any of his bills were paid; nor could he for the public good leave off doing so. Had reaped nothing but fatigue, torture, and trouble, and the pleasure of having surmounted opposition and difficulties next to insurmountable. Had acquainted the Lords of Trade how basely Mr Bridger had done what he could to betray the work. His practice with the Queen's woods had been equally vicious. If he escaped punishment, such as served her Majesty with disinterested zeal at that distance, would be discouraged and suffer under such treachery. There was no revenue to support the Government, nor any hopes from the assembly, who were firmly resolved to give only what and when they pleased, by which means all the extraordinary expenses fell to him. The frontiers were exposed. Our Indians being neglected had grown saucy, tho' but a handful, and the “officers of the government all a starving.” If there were not a speedy remedy found the consequences would be dreadful. The pretences for this conduct were former misapplications of funds, by which the province was loaded with debt. There was nothing they would not do for him in particular, if he would give way to their appropriations, as they upon all occasions declared, to which he had as often answered, they might starve him, but never oblige him to complement them with her Majesty's rights, or transgress her instructions. Dated New York, 23 June 1712. 6½ pages, quarto.
June 23. 3. An account of the number of the English prisoners in Spain belonging to and to be turned over to the regiments lately transferred to the Irish establishments, according to the last returns ending 23d June 1712. Also, “Others to be brought to England.” 1½ pages.
June 24. 4. A paper concerning the leather duty in Scotland, showing the produce &c. of the same for a year ending 24 June 1712. 2 pages.
June 24. 5. Memorial of Mr Brydges “for 915l. 13s. 7d. for reformed officers of the Palatines [in Catalonia].” Dated 24 June 1712.
Minuted:—“4 Juy 1712. Ordered on the head of deficiencys.”
Another paper containing the particulars. 2 pages.
June 24. 6. “An acct of what South Sea stock remained in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy the 24th June 1712.” 1 page.
June 24.]
7. Memorandum of the yearly allowance to be made to Benjamin Godin, groom to his late Royal Highness, from Midsummer 1712. Signed “S. Compton.” 6 lines.
June 25. 8. J. Hawler (Admiralty) to the Secretaries of the Treasury. Encloses an extract from a letter from Sir Roger Mostyn, Paymaster General of the marine forces, as to the hardships of the officers on board ship by being so long without pay, &c. Dated Admiralty Office, 25 June 1712.
The extract named. 2 pages and 2 halves, quarto.
—June 26. 9. Weekly certificates of money paid into the Receipt of the Exchequer upon the duties on houses. The first week ends 4 April and the last 26 June 1712. 8 pages (some missing).
[? About
June 27.]
10. Petition of Edward Bathurst, Esq., nominated Receiver General for part of the county of Kent for the year 1712 to the Lord High Treasurer. He and his securities have signed their bond. Prays for the grant of a commission to receive the land tax.
Certificate of the execution of the bond. Dated 27 June 1712.
Minuted:—“This is granted to Weldon, who is appointed for the whole county.” 2 pages.
June 28.]
11. Memorial of William Cochran, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer. Proposes to forage the troops in Scotland at 7½d. a night for dry forage, and 3d. during the time of grass, from the expiration of the present contract.
Minuted:—“28 June, 1712. To be sent to Mr Howe.” 1 page.
June 28.]
12. Petition of Col. Henry Hawley, Lieut.-Governor of Kinsale in Ireland, to the Queen. Had served the Crown 40 years. Prayed for 10s. a day on the establishment of Ireland for the support of the government.
Minuted:—“28 June 1712. Ref to Ld Lt of Ireld.” 1 page.
June 28. 13. Lord Lansdowne (? Secretray-at-War) to the Lord High Treasurer. Was of opinion that such of the officers of the reduced regiments as should remain in Portugal by order of the general, and should be actually upon service there, should receive the like subsistence as the officers “en second” did, who were also employed in that service. Dated Whitehall, 28 June 1712.
Minuted:—“3 July 1712. Read.” 1 page.
June 28. 14. Report of Edward Southwell to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Col. Ignatius Nugent. The Duke of Ormonde had long known the petitioner and had often declared his good opinion of his merit and services, and recommended that he should be placed on the military list of pensions as colonel of foot, “which on the establishment of Ireland is eight shillings p[er] diem and one hundred forty-six pounds p[er] annum.” Dated London, 28 June 1712.
The report of the Secretary-at-War in England and the Lords Justices in Ireland thereon.
Minuted:—“Read 17th July 1712. To be laid before ye Q. and propose that ye penc[i]on of 146li p[er] ann. (if her Mty thinks fit to grant it) may be allowed as bounty not as ye pay of a collonel of foot, & yt it should be p[ai]d in Ireland.” 4 pages.
June 28. 15. Petition of Benjamin Coode of the borough of Saltash in Cornwall, Gent., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying to be appointed a clerk of the securities of the port of London in the room of Mr Raynon, a prisoner in the Fleet.
Referred to the Comrs of Customs.
On the back is:—“Recommende[d] June 28, 1712 by Lord Lansdowne.” 1 page.
June 30. 16. Comrs of the Navy to Mr Lowndes. By the Lord Treasurer's directions they had agreed to discharge about 400 workmen from Deptford and Woolwich. They would require about 12,000l. to pay them off. Should proceed to reduce the workmen of the other yards as fast as they could. Prayed also a half-year's wages for Chatham, Sheerness, Portsmouth, and Plymouth (the workmen being in a very miserable condition, and a year and three quarters in arrear), likewise 1,400l. for a year's wages to the workmen at Port Mahon. 4,800l. would be required to pay off H.M. ships “Hare” and “Shoreham” prize, and 7,000l. to pay off the “Guarland.” Drew attention to the contracts for naval stores. Dated Navy Office, 30 June 1712. 2 pages.
June 30. 17. A paper containing various memoranda relating to tallies. Dated 30 June 1712. 8 pages.
June … 18. “Mr Brydges' memorial with an extract of the Earl of Barrymore's letter to Mr Hammond [Deputy Paymaster of H.M. forces in Catalonia] concerning the 50,000l. remitted to Barcelona the 1st March 1712.” Dated “Pay Office, Whitehall, June the … 1712.”
The extract referred to and a reply thereto. 3 pages.
June … 19. “Mr Brydges's memorial relating to Mr Cantillon's letter concerning the profit arising upon the recoinage of the 800,000 pieces of eight borrowed by her Majesty out of the two Genoese ships.” Dated as above.
Extract from Mr Cantillon's letter dated at Barcelona. 2½ pages, quarto.
July 1. 20. Memorial of Mr John Anstis to tho Lord High Treasurer. Had paid all the money for the last coinage, amounting to 28,000l. and had advanced money for the present one, which would require the like sum, but had received only 12,000l. and 6,100l. 2s. 10½d. from Mr Corker, the late receiver. Had been obliged to pay some of the money received by sales of tin to discharge bills drawn on him out of Cornwall. If orders were not given in relation to the same, the credit of the tallies on tin would be greatly prejudiced. Dated 1 July 1712.
Minuted:—“1 July 1712. A preference till the money borrowd from the produce of the tynn be replaced.” 1 page.
July 1. 21. Lord Lansdowne to Mr Lowndes. Sends copy of a letter from the Earl of Portmore relating to the pressing necessities of the hospitals in Portugal, to be laid before the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty had signified her intention to grant her royal bounty to Sir John Gibson. Dated Whitehall, 1 July 1712.
Minuted:—“To Mr Brydges.”
The letter named. 3 pages, quarto.
July 2. 22. “An accot of the sums directed to be issued to James Brydges, Esq., for the service of the war in Spain & Portugal to the 2d day of July 1712, out of the fonds granted in the last session of Parliament.” A thin book.
July 2. 23. Wm Blackett and Wm Wrightson to the Lord High Treasurer in favour of Mr Emanuel Walker, who was petitioning for a landwaiter's place at Newcastle. Dated London, 2 July 1712.
The petition. 2 pages.
[? About
July 3.]
24. Mr John Loggan, consul at Ostend, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the reimbursement of his expenses in procuring intelligence, &c. for her Majesty's services. Hoped his Lp had been mindful of what his Excellency the Earl of Strafford had said in his favour. Undated.
Copies of three letters on the same subject, two being from the Lord Privy Seal (John Bishop of Bristol).
Minuted:—“3 July 1712. Mr Loggan is to distinguish his charges, so as wt falls under the cognizance of the Admty may be cons[ider]ed.” 3 pages.
[? About
July 7.]
25. Petition to the Lord High Treasurer from Simon Price, freeman of Hereford city and freeholder of the county (recommended by Lord Scudamore and the members for the county and city), praying for a tidesman's place.
“R. July 7, 1712.” 1 page.
July 7. 26. Col. J. Dudley, Governor of [New England], to the Lord High Treasurer. Had exceeded by 162 musketeers and 60 officers the 1,000 men whom he was ordered to equip for the Canada expedition, the cost of which had been discharged by those provinces. Had prepared stores of war, vessels, and flat-bottomed boats under General Hill's directions which were sent with the fleet under the command of the General and Sir Hovenden Walker, the accounts for which, and the bills drawn for the payment of the same, were then before his Lp. Two vessels were returned by the General, together with the stores, which might have paid the debt, but arrived after the audit of the accounts. These were sold, and the Colonel asked for directions as to the proceeds. Other utensils and stores, at the departure of the fleet from Spanish River ordered to be delivered at Annapolis Royal, were brought hither by adverse winds. After so many years of faithful service to her Majesty, prayed that he might not be an object of contempt to the people by lack of payment, having persuaded them into such expense by her Majesty's command.
P.S.—Begged pardon for the gout in his hand, which prevented him writing his own letters. Dated Boston, 7 July 1712.
Duplicate of the same; both have suffered from damp. 3 pages each.
July 7. 27. Memorial of the Secretary-at-War (Wyndham) to the Lord High Treasurer, relating to the forces in Spain and the garrison of Port Mahon. It being her Majesty's pleasure that all the foot regiments in Catalonia be transported to the island of Minorca, to join the others there, to complete battalions to serve as a garrison at Port Mahon, prays his Lp's direction as to carrying the same out, viz., as to disposal of horses of Brigadier Lepell's regiment, and for a fit person to be appointed as commissary general. Dated 7 July 1712.
Minuted:—“8 July 1712. To be read again to-morrow.” 2 pages.
July 8. 28. Report of the Auditor of Imprests (Harley) to the Lord High Treasurer on a memorial of the Duke of Leeds, executor to James Herbert, Esq., late Receiver General of Prizes in the late war, as to an allowance of incidents. Dated 8 July 1712. 2 pages.
July 9. 29. Memorial of Lieut.-Col. Robert Kerr to the Lord High Treasurer. Had served in the royal regiment of foot commanded by the Earl of Orkney 40 years, and suffered many hardships by being under the command of several younger officers whom he had formerly commanded. Prayed that a government or a pension might be bestowed on him.
“R. July 9, 1712.”
Minuted:—“This belongs to the Secretary-at-War, & should be directed to the Queen.” 1 page.
July 9.]
30. Memorial as to the French Committee. The committee was the work of the Earl of Sunderland and Lord Galloway. Some gentlemen from Paris desiring to become masters of the asylum (maistres de refuge), [for French Protestants] employed in their interests M. Flournois, preceptor of Lord Sunderland, and caused pressing letters to come from Lord Galloway to the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Sunderland. This was successful. Certain of the committee were withdrawn; Lord Sunderland put in others, including the preceptor, and Lord Galloway put in many of his creatures. To render the refugees wise and circumspect the most assured means was to make changes in the committee. It was time they should be made. The misery of the refugees was extreme; a great number were without bread or credit. (French.)
“R. July 9, 1712.”
A list of persons proposed to be put on the committee.
Copy of a letter of the Archbp of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, and the Lord Mayor and Bishop of London, who were appointed to direct Spencer Compton, Esq., to pay to the poor French Protestants 15,000l., nominating certain persons to superintend the payment. 6 pages.
July 9.]
31. Petition of Sir Harry Rollo to the Queen. Was many years governor of the castle of Blackness in Scotland, and captain of a company there in garrison, and had been employed in the customs and excise since 1684, but was removed without complaint against him and succeeded by the Earl of Buchan; praying for employment civil or military.
“R. Jul. 9, 1712.” 1 page.
[? About
July 9.]
32. “Virginia. The accompt of pork bought for the use of her Majesty's forces at Canada.”
Minuted:—“9 July 1712. To be ref. to ye Auditors of Imprests & Comptrs of the Army Accots.” 2 pages.
July 9. 33. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Mary and Elizabeth Aldersey. In a former report to the late Lord Treasurer they had represented that they had examined the stores at Hampton Court and found the engines, &c. for which the allowances amounting to 79l. 17s. were craved, to be there in her Majesty's possession. They were informed Mr Aldersey was obliged to pay the artificers employed for the same. Her Majesty enjoyed the use of the engines, &c., and they saw nothing to object to the payment for them. Dated Office of Works, 9 July 1712.
The petition, which states that the petitioners' father, by the command of King William III., so far rectified the river from Longford to Hampton Court as to bring a sufficient quantity of water for the supply of the Palace to the satisfaction of his Majesty. He also made sundry fountains in the gardens there, and a new engine for quenching the fire, and repaired another that was decayed. The charge for the artificers alone was 79l. 17s. For this he was sued by them, and was obliged to pay, tho' neither he, nor any one for him, had ever had any part thereof. 2 pages.
July 9. 34. Report of the same to the same on the estimate of Michael Studholm, Esq., of the charge of repairing the Queen's private road leading to Fulham. The road was 9,032¼ yards long. It was proposed to repair it with gravel and bavins. Dated as above.
Minuted:—“17 July 1712. My Lord dos not approve the filling up with bavin. To propose a more substantial way; then the estimate to be considered: and also the cost of laying Kensington Road, wch has been plow'd up by the great number of hackney coaches, in good order.” Again:—“3 June 1713. Ordered.” 2 pages.
July 9. 35. — to the Lord High Treasurer. The precedent which the newly appointed Comrs of Revenue for Ireland had found for making eight Comrs was foreign to the case, and could not be of any force against two prior Acts of Parliament, for reasons he had enclosed. Dated 9 July 1712.
Minuted:—“1,200l a year to Edw. Conway, of Soughton, in coun. Flint, Esq.”
Another letter from the same person containing the reasons referred to, with this postscript:—“I had almost forgotten to acquaint yor lords[hi]p that the whiggs are stark mad at Mr Ogle being continued in the commission, but I can say on my own experience, as well as what many others say, that Mr Ogle is an honest man, and no person better acquainted with the management of the revenue, & I can also say that he justifies the queen's prerogative and yr Lordship's power and a friend to yor friends.”
Two other papers containing extracts from the Acts of Parliament on the same subject. 4 pages. [The signatures to both letters are torn away.]
July 10. 36. Warrant of the Lord High Treasurer to Charles Lord Halifax, Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer, to make and pass debentures for 150l. each to Edward Harley and Arthur Maynwaring, Esq., for their salary as auditors of imprests, &c. Dated 10 July 1712. 1 page.
July 10. 37. Two papers relating to the furnishing of waggons, forage, &c. for the service of the allies. They were taken from Courtray, Oudenarde, &c. Dated between 28 April and 10 July 1712. (French.)
Also three brief extracts from treaties. 3½ pages.
July 12. 38. (On the dorse of the paper.) Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General They did not object to the enlargement [of Morgan Whitley, formerly Receiver General for Chester and North Wales, eleven years a prisoner in Newgate, in order to get in various debts, arrears, &c.]. Dated 12 July 1712.
His petition, and a report of the Comrs for Taxes thereon, recommending his being set at liberty.
Minuted:—“21 July 1712. Write to Mr Borrett to know wt benefit has accru'd or is like to accrue to ye Crown from ye prosecution of Whitley by Ormston t~ ał.” 3 pages.
July 12. 39. Report of the Postmasters General (Frankland and Evelyn) to the Lord High Treasurer on a proposal of Mr Hunter to provide two or more packet boats to be employed in correspondence between Donaghadee in the North of Ireland and Port Patrick in Scotland. Mr Manley, their Chief Deputy of Ireland, had represented the great difficulty there would be in putting the proposal in execution, the privilege of exporting black cattle being contrary to several laws. The sole privilege of carrying all passengers would encroach on the liberty of the subject, in transporting themselves in what ships or boats they chose. A person at Donaghadee had offered to provide two vessels of about 20 tons each, with hands, to go twice a week for 50l. per ann., with the freight of passengers; whereas the privilege of exporting 1,000 head of cattle was worth near 1,000l. The establishment of this correspondence might be of great benefit, and the postage might in time more than defray the charges. Dated General Post Office, 12 July 1712.
Minuted:—“7 Aug. 1712. My Lord agrees to settg up the 2 pacqt boats as proposed by Mr Manley, but the postmrs are to take care yt ye charge do not exceed ye 50l p[er] ann. as contained in ye rept t~ to prepare proper instrucc[i]ons. L~re sent.”
Mr Hunter's proposal. 3 pages.
June 30
July 15.
40. Memorial of the Treasurer of the Chamber to the Lord High Treasurer, stating the debts due to Her Majesty's servants. Dated 15 July 1712.
Minuted:—“16th July 1712. 7,000li ordered in p[er]t by particular łre.”
Also another memorial of 30 June 1712, with an enclosure. 7 pages.
July 15. 41. “Representation” of the Comrs of Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, proposing Mr Martin Temple as a surveyor of houses for the city of London. Dated Office of Hides, &c., 15 July 1712. 1 page.
July 15. 42. Representation of the Comrs of Stamp Duties to the Lord High Treasurer. The increase of business to their office by the duties on newspapers, pamphlets, &c., had rendered it imperative to have increased accommodation. Advise the taking of Mr Serjeant Byrch's chambers in New Square, Lincoln's Inn. Dated Stamp Office, Lincoln's Inn, 15 July 1712.
Minuted:—“To the Survr Genl to veiw wt they have already, & how employed, & wt further room is absolutely nec[cessa]ry.” 1¼ pages.
July 15. 43. Edward Southwell to the Lord High Treasurer. Had received the enclosed letter by a flying packet from Mr Dawson, the Deputy Clerk of the Council [? of Ireland], by which his Lp would see the difficulty that occurred in passing the patent of the Comrs of the Revenue. Dated London, 15 July 1712.
The difficulty as stated by the letter was that her Majesty had ordered eight Comrs of Revenue to be appointed and the Act only allowed seven.
Copy of the clauses. 3½ pages.
July 15. 44. Report of John Manley, Esq., her Majesty's Surveyor General, to the Rt Hon. Robert Benson, Esq., Chancellor and Under-Treasurer of the Exchequer, on the petition of Nicholas Courtney, Esq., relating to the duty of post coinages of tin within the duchy of Cornwall. Gives a careful history of this duty, but advises against the grant of a further term to the petitioner, although he believes that he (the petitioner) was assistant in restoring the collection of these duties. Dated 15 July 1712.
The petition. 5 pages.
July 16. 45. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Mr James Clerk and Mr Joseph Cave, conjoint engravers of the Mint in Scotland, craving an allowance for making puncheons for the use of that Mint. They were only allowed a salary of 50l. between them for sinking and finishing dies, and had no allowance for puncheons. Advise that certain allowances should be made to them similar to those of the gravers of the Mint at the Tower. Dated Mint Office, 16 July 1712.
The petition. 2 pages.
July 17. 46. Lord Mansel to Wm Lowndes, Esq. Sends the report of the Agents for Taxes, relating to Mr James Philips, Receiver of South Wales, who had fully answered the last year's charge, tho' the country was still in arrear 1,300l., which he had advanced from his own money that was at interest. For setting so good an example to other receivers he ought to be encouraged by having a warrant signed for the money. Dated 17 July 1712.
The report referred to and Mr Philip's petition. 3 pages.
July 17. 47. Report of Lord Halifax to the Lord High Treasurer on a representation of William Fytche, Esq., controller of the two million adventure for the year 1711, applying for payment of 455l. 9s. for wages of the clerks, &c.: had no objection to the issue of a warrant for the same. Dated Exchequer, 17 July 1712.
The representation referred to.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt for this, but care must be taken that this charge be not continued.” “Read 21 July 1712.” 2 pages.
July 18. 48. Report of Mr Baron Scrope to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Charles Hay, riding officer in North Britain, who had met with hardships in Scotland, and had been instructed for the duties in [England], but had not yet been employed, and was in starving condition, having four children. Suggests that he should have the salary which he had in Scotland until provided for. Dated 18 July 1712. 2 pages.
July 18. 49. Comrs of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer. Enclose their memorial of 16 Oct. last, relating to the charge of Barbadoes on which they had not received his Lp's commands. Might not that charge be taken off from the office, or the island find the money if they continued the engineer, &c. ? Dated Office of Ordnance, 18 July 1712.
Minuted:—“To the Councill of Trade.”
Copy of the memorial. 2 pages.
July 19. 50. Report of the Surveyor General (John Manley, Esq.) to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Charles Hyet, gent., as to the grant of the office of constable and keeper of the castle of Gloucester, which had been granted for three lives, two of which had expired, the third being Sir John Guise. Conceived that the constableship of a castle was not assignable to a third person, it being in his opinion repugnant to the nature of such an office that the same should be assigned, which if allowable, the Crown might have very unfit persons imposed to have the command of places of great consequence. On a legal surrender made to her Majesty of Sir John Guise's patent, her Majesty might gratify the petitioner. Had sent a person to survey the castle and lands, who reported that they were set at 80l. per ann., but that the buildings were in great decay. There was a meadow called Castle Meadow containing about 60 acres, which he thought belonged to her Majesty, though the constable received but 12l. 13s. 4d. a year for it. The patentee should be obliged to assert her Majesty's title, &c. Dated 19 July 1712.
Minuted:—“Warrt signed.”
A previous report of the same surveyor, and two petitions. 7½ pages.
July 19.]
51. Petition of the Comrs for licensing hackney coaches and chairs to the Lord High Treasurer. In 1695 the salary of each of them was reduced from 200l. to 100l. per ann., additional trouble attended their late authority for regulating 600 chairmen, not less insolent and disorderly than the 700 coachmen. Men's abilities were now rated by the proportion of their salaries, so that it was difficult to preserve themselves from the contempt even of those they governed. Pray his Lp's equitable regard.
Minuted:—“19 July 1712. Read.” 1 page.