Volume 150: July 22-August 8, 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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July 22–August 8, 1712

July 22. 1. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of John Darrell and William Deely, praying an order to export 200 barrels of strong beer for the forces at Dunkirk. The collector refused to admit the entry thereof. Upon the opinion of the Attorney General, the Comrs had directed the officers to admit such entries. Dated 22 July 1712.
Minuted:—“23 July 1712. Notice to be sent accordingly, and also to be inserted in the Gazette.”
The petition and copy of the same, together with the Attorney General's opinion. 4 pages.
July 22. 2. Comrs for Sick and Wounded to Wm Lowndes, Esq. Have received a letter from Sir John Jennings relating to the new hospital he had ordered to be built at Port Mahon for the reception of sick seamen, and the difficulties the service was under, by reason the bills drawn for that service were not accepted, and those for the current service not paid. Enclose copy of the letter to be laid before the Lord Treasurer. Dated Office for Sick and Wounded, 22 July 1712.
The copy of the letter named. 2 pages.
July 22. 3. Report of R. Powys to the Lord High Treasurer on Mrs Howe's application to be paid 1,722l. 12s. due to her late husband, who was envoy at Hanover. The whole arrears, ordinary and extraordinary, so far as they came within the regulation, were paid, so that the demands consisted of extraordinary articles which exceeded the regulation. On a previous order had prepared a state to show what had been allowed to other ministers, and this he annexed. Dated 22 July 1712.
Minuted:—“14 Augt 1712. My Lord cannot consider any exceedings of this kind till those abroad be paid all that is due to them.”
The “state” referred to.
Draft of another report on the same subject, unsigned.
An account of extraordinary expenses of Samuel Scroop Howe, Esq., deceased.
A “state” of what remained due to the executors.
Two letters from the widow, and a copy of two other letters. 9¼ pages.
July 22. 4. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Lieut.-Colonel William Culliford, praying his Lordship to recall the order for stopping 100l. out of his pension, otherwise he must be ruined. Petitioner in 1688 received of the collector of Excise for Norfolk 100l. and drew a bill on his servant, who did not accept it, nor was in a capacity to pay it, &c. Dated Excise Office, London, 22 July 1712.
The petition. 2 pages.
July 22. 5. Gregory King to William Lowndes, Esq. The Comrs for the debts due to the Army, &c. had considered the reports, petitions, and papers transmitted to them from the Treasury, and had commanded their return to him (Mr Lowndes). Dated Essex House, 22 July 1712. [A mere covering letter.] 1 page, quarto.
July 23. 6. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Frances Phipps, whose money, consisting of 228 guineas and two broad pieces (which she said she took for her family's necessary occasions), had been seized by Custom House officers. It was found in the false bottom of a trunk, and the Comrs were of opinion it should be paid into the Exchequer, in order to entitle the officer to receive the moiety thereof. Dated Custom House, London, 23 July 1712.
Minuted:—“23 July 1712. Agree wth the report.”
The petition, a certificate, and affidavit. 2 pages and 2 halves.
July 23. 7. “An accot showing what has been already issued to Mr Brydges out of the supplies for this present year 1712, to what uses, and under which of the heads in the appropriating clause the same are to be placed.”
An entry appears to bring the date down to July 23, 1712. 7 pages.
July 24. 8. “State of the debt of the office for sick and wounded and exchange of prisoners.” Dated 24 July 1712. 1 page.
July 24.]
9. Petition of Walter Kent, Esq., late sheriff of Surrey, to the Lord High Treasurer. Had paid to Joseph Chitty and others 320l. for apprehending burglars and robbers. On adjusting the accounts 276l. 19s. 6d. were due to him (Kent).
Certificate by Francis Neale, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe, to the same effect. Dated 24 July 1712. 2 pages.
July 24. 10. Report of Robert Raymond to the Queen on the petition of George Campbell, of the city of Edinburgh, merchant, and Alexander Inglis, of the same, merchant, the former of whom had invented an improvement in the manufacture of salt, considerably augmenting its quantity and bettering its quality. Had submitted the invention to the Comrs for salt duty, who had laid before him a report made by them on 15 April 1709 adverse to the grant of the patent, because it would reduce the revenue. Gives the arguments urged by the petitioner Campbell in favour of the patent sought for, but submits to her Majesty whether (the Comr's opinion being adverse) she would think it proper to grant the same. Dated 24 July 1712.
The petition. 4 pages.
July 25. 11. “A state showing the present reduction and disposition ordered to be made of her Majesty's Forces, and what regiments will afterwards remain upon the several establishments in Spain, Flanders, Britain, and Ireland, distinguishing such corps as fall within the rate of reduction but are still continued on foot by reason of the necessity of reducing elder corps abroad.”
“R. from Sr Wm Wyndham, Secretary at War, July 25, 1712.” 2 pages.
July 25. 12. Lord Dartmouth to the Lord Treasurer. Mr Manning had represented that he could not return home in compliance with his letters of revocation for want of money to discharge his debts. Her Majesty desired him (the Lord Treasurer) to be acquainted therewith. Dated Windsor, 25 July 1712. 1 page, quarto.
July 29. 13. Memorial of the Treasurer of the Chamber for payments of warrants “relating to her Majesty's progress to Windsor last year, 1711.” Dated Treasurer of the Chamber's Office, 29 July 1712.
Among the items is:—“To Mr Dahl, for the Queen's picture for the Bishop of Bristoll, by Lord Chamberlain's warrt 50. 0. 0.” 2 pages.
July 29
[or ? July
14. T. Harley to Richard Powys, Esq., “at the Treasury.” Asked him “to be mindful” of the case of Mons. D'Alais, who had been a long time without receiving any money. Had written to the Lord Treasurer on his case. Doubted not that this gentleman, who had suffered long, would be made easy. Dated Hanover, 29 July 1712. [If New Style, 18 July.]
Also some memoranda as to his pay.
[Mons. D'Alais was appointed to carry on the correspondence from the Court of Hanover until the arrival of another minister. See Money Book, Vol. XXI., p. 487.] 2 pages.
July 29. 15. “Charge of the service for sick and wdd, &c. at Lisbon and Port Mahon for the year past.” Dated 29 July 1712. 1 page.
July 29. 16. Present establishment of the Office for sick and wounded Seamen, &c. in the home and foreign ports. [In an opposite column] “Observations thereon, in order to the reducing the charge in time of peace.”
At the end are the observations of the Comrs as to the prisoners of war. Dated Office for Sick and Wounded, &c., 29 July 1712.
Enclosed is:—“Proposal to the Lords of the Adm[iral]ty to reduce ye service for sick and wounded seamen at Port Mahon in time of peace.” 7 pages.
July 30. 17. Establishment of the garrison in Minorca to commence from 7 June 1712. Dated Kensington, 30 July 1712.
On the back is:—“A new one formed, adding 2,000 for conveniency.” 1 large page.
July 30. 18. The establishment, with the 2,000 additional above referred to. Dated 30 July 1712. 1 large page.
July 30. 19. “Copy of the orders & rules to be observed in the settling the establishmt of half pay.” Dated 30 July 1712. 2 pages.
July 31. 20. Comrs for Sick and Wounded, &c. to Mr Taylour. Prayed him to remind the Ld High Treasurer of their memorial for Lady-day quarter. The promises they had given made the people very uneasy, as appeared by the enclosed letter. Dated 31 July 1712.
The letter referred to, from William Woolley. The tradesmen had lost 20 per cent. on the South Sea account, and it was “now going on three quarters of a year.” 2 pages.
July 31. 21. Eight reports of the Lord Chief Baron and the rest of the Barons of the Exchequer of Scotland to the Lord High Treasurer. All dated Edinburgh, 31 July 1712.
(1.) On the memorials “for Heriot's hospital and Mrs Fisher.” Were of opinion that the gift [of “ultimus hæres”] would be most properly bestowed on Mrs Fisher, relict of Thomas Fisher, who was late treasurer of the hospital. It did not exceed 2,000 marks, Scots, or 111l. 2s. 2d. sterling, and there were debts almost to the value, but it would entitle her to the surplus.
The two memorials referred to. 3 pages.
(2.) The value of the Ward estate was 951l. 9s. 10d., including all public burthens and the free estate 202l. 8s.d., and the debts affecting the whole estate amounted to 10,982l. 11s. 8d., and the other personal debts 2,286l. 9s. 0⅓d. Transmit “a new draught of a signature” settled according to the directions they had received. 1 page.
(3.) On the petition of Mr John Spotswood, advocate. The lands appearing to be conveyed by Sir Robert Spotswood [to the Bishop of Edinburgh] were the lands and barony of New Abbey. Submitted under the circumstances of the petitioner's family, that her Majesty should grant him the right that remained in her, which accrued by the abolition of prelacy.
Minuted:—“1 Oct. 1712. To be layd before ye Queen, and if her Maty be inclined to grant this, it is to be considered how far it is in her Mat's power.” 2 pages.
(4.) On the memorial of Archibald Earl of Roseberry, who was appointed Chamberlain of Fife and Strathern on 29 Jan. 1702–3, and subsequently on 26 July 1709 reappointed to Fife only, but continued to take the rents of Strathern. He enjoyed a pension in addition to his salary, and the barons did not know if her Majesty intended it to continue or not. It also relates to his accounts.
The memorial referred to, minuted:—“1 Oct. 1712. To be layd before the Qu. 27 Mar. 1714. My Lord will receive the Queen's pł” 3 pages.
(5.) On the petition of Adam Murray and others, employed as waiters, &c. in the Customs of Scotland. It was reasonable that they should be paid until discharged by the Comrs settled there after the Union.
The petition. Minuted:—“Agreed.” 2 pages.
(6.) On the petition of William Bayne. There was a considerable debt due to his brother. Advised that her Majesty should make him a small annual allowance.
The petition. The debt was incurred in the reign of Charles II. in finishing the palace of Holyrood House, and about the castles of Edinburgh, Stirling, and “the Bass.”
Minuted:—“1 Oct. 1710. 20li p[er] ann. till room on the Charity Roll. Wt signed 20th Oct. 1712.” 2 pages.
(7.) On the allegations of a representation annexed (1) they could not make out half the expense of 30,000l. laid out upon New Port, Glasgow; (2) as to Sir John Shaw, they believed it might be true [that he removed the books and Custom House office to the town of Greenock, two miles distant from New Port, Glasgow, but the Lords of Treasury and Exchequer in Scotland ordered the same to be brought back]; (3) the distance between New Port, Glasgow and Greenock might be as alleged, but they knew of no law that settled the distance that ought to be between a port and a member; (4) it did not appear that there would be inconveniences alleged by making Greenock a member of Port Glasgow, &c. 2 pages.
(8.) On the memorial of the Duchess of Hamilton. Her Grace was heritable keeper of the palace of Holyrood House. Also on her claims for money and victuals in connexion with that office. (Copy.) 1 page.
July 31. 22. Report of the Auditor of Imprests (Harley) to the Lord High Treasurer on the claims of Mr Robert Corker, receiver and paymaster of the tin contract for the year 1710. The expenses were of a nature foreign to the incidents hitherto allowed, and could not be allowed without his Lp's warrant. Dated 31 July 1712.
Minuted:—“20 Augt 1712. He must be content with the allowce of sallary that is made him.”
The particulars of his claim. 2 pages.
[? About
July 31.]
23. Report of the Attorney General on the Comrs of Stamp Duties' powers to appoint inferior officers. Includes copy of a clause in the Act 5 & 6 Will. & Mary.
Minuted:—“31 July 1712. A wt for a New Comon to be prepared and insert such a clause concerng the appointmt of inferior officers as Mr Attorney has wthin advised may be done.” 1 page and 4 lines.
July. 24. Account of receipts and disbursements connected with the army in June and July 1712. 12 pages or parts of pages.
Aug. 2. 25. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer on the advantages likely to accrue to the Queen by the prosecution of Morgan Whitley by Mr Ormston and others. Could not find that any great benefit would come to her Majesty thereby. Dated 2 Aug. 1712.
Minuted:—“13 Augt 1712. The sureties of Whitley to have notice of this application and know their objections, if any, agst the same.”
An affidavit relating thereto. 2 pages.
Aug. 4. 26. Robert Taylor [late officer of the Customs in North Britain] to the Lord High Treasurer. Encloses a petition from himself, “by which he proposes to discover how ye customs have been mismanaged, & desires somebody may be appointed to receive his intelligence: he also desires a place.” Dated Westminster, 4 Aug. 1712.
The petition and copy of a report in his favour.
Minuted:—“Q. to put in writing wt he has to propose.” 3 pages.
Aug. 4.]
27. Petition of Captain James Long to her Majesty. By command of the Earl of Barrymore came express from Genoa with a packet from his Lp to Lord Lansdowne. Prays to be considered.
Referred on Aug. 4, 1712, to the Lord High Treasurer to report thereon.
The written order of Lord Barrymore for the going express. Indorsed thereon is a receipt for the packet. 2 pages.
Aug. 1 & 5. 28. Copy of letter of Mons. Broekhuysen to the Earl of Strafford. Apologised for not answering his Lp on the subject of the battalion of Mons. le Col. Leutrum. Wished to conform to her Majesty's pleasure as to the “capitulation” which in justice bound them. Asked his Lp to explain himself, and say how he would regulate the payments. Dated Hague, 12 Aug. 1712 [i.e. 1 Aug.]. 6 pages.
Also letter from the Earl of Strafford to the Lord High Treasurer. Nothing but his (the Lord Treasurer's) leisure at Windsor could make him believe he would read his (Earl Strafford's) long letter. Asked his Lordship to consider and send immediately his commands about the battalion of troops of the Prince of Ottingen. The Col. would be actually ruined unless his Lp ordered something immediately. The fund appointed by Parliament was more than sufficient this year. It was necessary for the Queen's honour that something should be done out of hand. The sooner the battalion was discharged the better; for the States desired nothing more than to get rid of it. Sent copy of the last treaty made about it, as likewise copy of Mons. Latmar's letter, who was president of the Committee for Foreign Affairs. In the next matter her Majesty's honour and interest were concerned, since it related to that half of the Holstein troops which were the only troops that stayed with the Duke of Ormonde and marched off with him. General “Barner” [?] who gave him these papers, was he whom the Dutch deputies broke, because he did not keep all the Holstein troops with them. His aide-de-camp also suffered on that account. The letter then proceeds:—“His pretension not to have the 2 & ½ per cent. stopped is that they only suffered it to my Lord Marlborough, who was to take care for it of their prompt payment and as he made it, it was a bribe from them to his Grace to be well paid, and he pretends that when they were not well paid he used to tell the Duke of Marlborough that he would not pay the 2 & ½ per cent., &c.” Desired his Lordship would order these papers to be examined and send his commands about them. There was a battalion of Treves at Maestricht which was in the Queen's pay. They pleaded that they had not disobeyed, and so ought not to have their pay stopped, on which he got the Duke of Ormonde to send an order to the Colonel for a cessation in Maestricht, or else his pay would be stopped. The Colonel had cunningly written to the Duke that he declared a cessation; but it was not done openly. Had told the Envoy it must be done openly at the head of the battalion in Maestricht, or else they must lose their pay, which they would not submit to, for fear of disobliging the Emperor, of which he would advertise the Duke of Ormonde, and hoped it would have his Lp's [the Lord Treasurer's] approbation. The same course must be taken with the 4,000 Palatines likewise at Maestricht. Dated Hague, 16 Aug. [1712]. 6 pages.
[? About
Aug. 5.]
29. Petition of six poor distressed widows of Londonderry to the Queen, complaining that at the siege of Londonderry their husbands were killed, their children starved, their houses burnt, their goods destroyed, and themselves constrained to eat rats and mice. They were the remainder of ten widows who came over to get some arrears due to their husbands, &c. Pray for assistance.
Minuted:—“5 Augt 1712. See whether these persons have not already had the Queen's bounty to carry them home.
“8 Augt 1712. 3 of them rec[eive]d 5l a ps to carry them back.
“5 May 1713. My Lord looks upon them as common beggars, and will have no further considerac[i]on wt them.” 1 page.
Aug. 6. 30. Memorial of Mr John Anstis to the Lord High Treasurer “about printing the xvth vol. of Leagues.” Dated 6 Augt 1712.
Minuted:—“Wt prepared for 832li 5s 0d, vizt:
522l 10s 0d for transcribing and printing 259 vol. of ye 15th tom. of R. F. [Rymer's Fœdera].
52 5 0 for binding at 5s each.
92 10 0 for transcribing & printing 37 overplus sheets beyond the contracts in ye 11, 12, 13, & 14th volumes.
67 10 0 for 27 overplus books above ye 250 contracted for in the 12, 13, & 14 volumes, being for ye universityes & other librarys purst to Act of Parlt.
70 0 0 for two setts of the fourteen volumes in quires provided & đđ for our service.
27 10 0 for ye fees & charges.
832 5 0”
Also Mr Churchill's demands for sheets printed beyond the contract. 2 pages.
Aug. 6. 31. Report of the Auditor [Harley] to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of several merchants, proprietors of bills of exchange drawn by Col. Hunter, Governor of New York, on her Majesty's account, praying to be paid 2/3rds of their bills until a further adjustment. The accounts sent over were for the expedition against Canada, amounting to 24,530l. 3s.d. The items were general, and without vouchers, and a great part was for provisions. It is not expressed how these were disposed of, or what became of the great quantities bought after the service was over. Proposed that Col. Hunter should be written to for a full and general account. It might be reasonable to put these gentlemen, whose bills amounted to 24,530l. 3s. 6d., upon the same foot with the proprietors of the New England bills, by paying them two-thirds thereof, &c. [Minuted:—“Ordered to the Victuallg, & to be charged in super to Col. Hunter, but the Commrs to exa wch bills were for provisions & wch for money advanced; a report hereof before issued, as also of the rates at wch the bills were drawne. A l~re writ.”] The auditors would consider the petition touching bills drawn by Col. Vetch on account of the garrison of Annapolis, and Mr How's report thereon. Dated 6 Aug. 1712.
Minuted:—“L~re to Collo Vetch to take care the Q. be reimbursed the provisions out of the pay of the garrison.”
There is a further minute on the dorse:—“22 Augt 1712. A copy sent Collo Hunter.” 4 pages.
[? About
Aug. 8.]
32. Memorial of the executors of the late Auditor Done to the Lord High Treasurer, praying that the annexed petition and draft of report of the Rt Hon. Lord Bingley, Chancellor of the Exchequer, might be referred to such person as his Lp thought fit, the above Chancellor having vacated his office, not seeing fit to sign the report drawn up by him.
The petition and draft and various other papers relating thereto. The report referred to advises that 25l. for every 100,000l. accounted for, should be allowed to the executors of the late Auditor Done and Mr Moody, his chief clerk. 18 pages.
[? About
Aug. 8.]
33. “An abstract of the musters of the British troops as they were taken by the Commrs the 3d & 8th of Augt 1712.” Marked No. 1. 1 page.
Another copy. “Attested by G. Murray.” 2 pages.