Volume 180: August 1-September 29, 1714

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 5, 1714-1719. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1883.

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August 1–September 29, 1714

Aug. 1.
1. A valuation of the Civil List Funds as they are estimated on 1 Aug. 1714. 1 page.
? Aug. 2. Memorial of Conyers Darcy and George Feilding, Esqres, Comrs for executing the office of Master of the Horse, to the Lord High Treasurer (Oxford). The expense of the mourning for all her Majesty's livery servants, and for coaches, chaises, chairs, &c. amounted to about 3,000l. 2,000l. have already been ordered. Pray for the remaining 1,000l. to be ordered.
Enclose an estimate “to be provided for the mourning, 1714.”
Minuted:—“2,000l. paid.” 3 pages.
Aug. 1.]
3. Petition of Major General Baron de Walef to the King. Implores his Majesty's justice in the payment of his arrears, which have been refused these 27 months. 4,283l. 2s. 9d. are due to him. Parliament in the last sessions approved his debt and ordered the payment, but the Committee has taken away his appointments. It is very hard that after having lost all his employments, the nation wishes to take away the bounty of the Sovereign. Flatters himself that his Majesty will order the whole sum to be paid. When his regiment followed the troops of the Queen, the Duke of Ormond and Lord Strafford promised him that he should be paid what was due, and as he could [not] be employed in England, being a Roman Catholic and stranger, that he should have compensation for the sacrifice which he made of his establishments, and for 32 years' service, &c. It was in this view that the Queen gave him the bounty of 2,000 “pieces,” which they wished him to deduct; and a year since her Majesty gave him a pension of 500l. upon Ireland, which he beseeches may be continued. (French.)
Accompanied by copies of 5 other papers. 7½ pages.
Aug. 2. 4. Sir Isaac Newton, Master and Worker of his Majesty's Mint, to the Lord High Treasurer. The Mint is at a stop for want of new dies and puncheons. Great quantities of gold bullion are in the Mint to be coined, and more daily expected. Annexes copies of a late warrant and a new one suitable for the present occasion to be laid before the Lords Justices in order that the coinage may proceed. Mint Office, 2 Aug. 1714. 1 page.
Aug. 2. 5. Comrs of the Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer. A Commission passed the great seal in the 10th of Queen Anne to put in execution an Act passed in the 8th year of her reign, vesting lands, &c. in Trustees for the better fortifying the harbours and docks at Portsmouth, Chatham, and Harwich, and for adjusting the rights of the proprietors. That Commission not having been put in execution, the House of Commons addressed her Majesty to cause the lands to be purchased. The Comrs were summoned, and at their meeting desired several queries to be laid before the Lord High Treasurer. Inclose a copy. 2 Aug. 1714.
The copy named, and a list of the Commissioners. 3 pages.
Aug. 2. 6. The same to the same. Ask for issue of money to carry on the service. 2 Aug. 1714. 1 page.
Aug. 4. 7. Report of Sir Edward Northey to the Lord High Treasurer. Is of opinion that if the Treasurer of the Ordnance has sufficient to discharge the charges of executing the Commission relating to the fortifications at Chatham, Portsmouth and Harwich, besides what will pay the full purchase money for the lands, these charges may be paid thereout, but the sellers are not to bear any part of the charges. Dated ‘July’ 4th, 1714, query a mistake for August. 1½ pages.
Aug. 4. 8. Memorial of the Officers of the Board of Green Cloth to the Lord High Treasurer. For the victualling of the yachts and other services in the expedition to bring his Majesty over to England there will be immediate occasion for 3,000l. and a letter of credit for 2,000l. more, to be paid upon sight at Rotterdam in case his Majesty make any stay there. Dated Board of Green Cloth, 4 Aug. 1714. 1 page.
Aug. 5. 9. Report of Craven Peyton, Esq., Warden, and Sir Isaac Newton, Master of the Mint, to the Lord High Treasurer upon a petition of the traders in woollen manufactures in and about Taunton, that the moidores of Portugal may be received by the collectors of revenue at 28s. apiece. The lighter pieces are scarcely worth 27s. 6d. each, which is the price at which the collectors are willing to receive them. Mint Office, 5 Aug. 1714.
The petition with numerous signatures. 2 pages.
Aug. 5. 10. Representation of the Postmasters General to the Lord High Treasurer that the members of both houses of Parliament and several officers of State mentioned in a list annexed have by sign manual had the privilege of sending and receiving their letters free of postage. Asks for a warrant if the Lord Treasurer judge that the privilege shall be continued.
The list and copies of the two previous warrants on the subject.
Minuted:—“9 Febry 1714–15. They will forme a new representation with respect to the damage the revenue suffers by the abuses in franking.” 4 pages.
Aug 5. 11. Mr J. Addison to the Lord High Treasurer. The Lords Justices desire him to give directions to the Commander-in-Chief of the Forces in Scotland and others, that they forthwith put into the castle of Edinburgh a month's provision for 200 men. The South Sea Company can spare his Majesty's ships “Warwick” and “Anglesea.” The Company's goods in those ships are to be laden on the “Bedford” and “Elizabeth.” St. James', 5 Aug. 1714. 2 pages, quarto.
Aug. 9. 12. Opinion of the Attorney and Solicitor General on the oaths to be taken by officers on the demise of the Queen, viz., that if the officers intended in the queries are such as continue, notwithstanding the demise of the Queen, they are not obliged to take the oaths mentioned. Dated 9 Aug. 1714. 1½ pages.
Aug. 11. 13. Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes. Send an account of Bills of Exchange drawn on them from Cadiz for victualling the ships under Capt. Paddon's command. Have desired the Treasurer of the Navy to solicit for money, but none has ben ordered. Some of the other bills have been paid in South Sea Stock, which has lessened the credit of the office abroad, insomuch that Mr Hatfield, who furnished the greatest part of the money, refused to supply any more, and it was with difficulty they prevailed on Sir Joseph Hodges to enter into a contract to furnish 5,000l. at Cadiz to buy wine and oil for the squadron. As to the credit which Captain Paddon desires at Cadiz for about 2,000 dollars for the release of the captives in Morocco, it is a service foreign to the victualling, but they do not doubt but some of the Spanish merchants will undertake it. 11 Aug. 1714.
The account referred to, an extract from a letter of Capt. Paddon to Lord Bolingbroke, and a letter from the latter to the Ld High Treasurer on the same subjects. 5 pages.
Aug. 11. 14. A state of the debt of the office of his Majesty's Ordnance to 31 July 1714. 11 Aug. 1714. 1 page.
Aug. 11. 15. Report of J. Merrill to the Lord High Treasurer as to the pay of the garrison of Placentia.
Minuted:—“11 Augt 1714. 558l. 15s. 2d. directed. An extract to be made of wt relates to the victualling and ordnance to be sent to the respective offices. 13 Do sent.”
Also extract of a letter from Col. Moody, Lieut.-Governor of Placentia, on the same subject. 4¼ pages.
Aug. 11. 16. Mons. “Dom. Ma Viceti” to “Milord” [Treasurer.] Sets forth that the trustees of certain South Sea Stock hold the same as security for 180,000l. and interest thereon, which capital sum was advanced to the [English] Government by the Marquis de Sauli and others at Genoa. On the expiration of the contract with the Government on 29 Aug. 1713, the Trustees thought proper to repay to the Marquis part of the capital sum advanced out of the surplus of the interest received by the said company. This part repayment the Marquis Sauli finally accepted in consideration of the good faith of the trustees, although he had before directed them not to receive such small sums in part repayment of the 180,000l., but if on demand it should not be repaid in full, to sell the stock held in security according to the contract. The acceptance by the Marquis of this part repayment is however disapproved by those interested at Genoa, and he himself told he will be held responsible for the loss sustained. The Marquis is therefore seeking some method of withdrawing from his position. To enable him to do this he (Mons. Viceti) submits a plan annexed to his letter, by which an immediate benefit will accrue to the Treasury by the payment into it of 14,807l. 1s. 4d. coming from the South Sea Company to the Trustees. He therefore asks his Lordship to order the Trustees to pay these sums into the Exchequer, and to form a new account according to the plan submitted. Dated London, 11 Aug. 1714.
The plan referred to is not with the letter. 3 pages.
Aug. 11. 17. Representation of Henry Newton, LL.D., late Envoy Extraordinary to the Great Duke of Tuscany and the Republic of Genoa, to the Lord High Treasurer. Could little have expected after this distance of time, and his long and faithful service to have to apply for his arrears amounting to 2,600l. Was twice commanded to go to Florence by her Majesty's order, and did considerable service to the Crown, her Majesty's allies, and her Majesty's subjects in a residence of 10 months on the first occasion. On which account he is a sufferer above 1,000l., &c. The public faith on which he relies is concerned. He went upon a winter journey through Germany, and through places both there and in Italy infested by the enemy. The public affairs did not suffer in his hands. What is worse is that the debts of ministers employed abroad and his own are provided for by parliament; prays for such allowances as are just. August 11, 1714. 2½ pages.
Aug. 12. 18. Report of Mr Auditor Harley to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of the Hon. Paul Methuen, Esq., for an allowance of his charges in suing out a privy seal for allowing, and a quietus upon passing the account of the Hon. John Methuen, Esq., Ambassador Extraordinary to the King of Portugal, viz.: of the money he received and paid for the public service in Portugal and at Gibraltar. The charges are such as are usually paid by other accountants. Dated 12 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“Direct this sum out of the publiq[ue] mo unappropr. to Mr Bridges & prepare a signe manual to allow it on his accot.”
Two letters of a previous date from Paul Methuen on the same affairs. 6½ pages.
Aug. 12. 19. Report of the same to the same, on the account of Mr Hill of 1,000l. paid to him by Charles Fox, Esq., late Paymaster of the Forces. The account is for charges of assisting the Cevennois in France (who took up arms in 1703 and 1704), for which service the accountant received repeated commands in going Envoy Extraordinary to Savoy in the year 1703, and letters from the Secretaries of State. The expense for money sent to the Cevennois for provisions put on board for 500 men that assisted them amounts to 25,149 livres 16 sols, Piedmont money. The service was done and the money paid before Mr Hill received the 1,000l., &c. 12 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“Read 27 Oct. 1714. To be considered when another P.S. passes for my Ld Carnarvon.” Again:—“Included in Mr Chetwynd's P.S.” 2 pages.
Aug. 12. 20. Report of the same to the same, on the petition of William Morrice, Esq., son and executor of Thomas Morrice, late Deputy Paymaster of her late Majesty's forces in Portugal, for the allowance of 3,547l. 2s.d. for the service and expenses of his father in shipping off money yearly from Lisbon to Catalonia for the use of the forces. Petitioner's father had shipped from the year 1706 to 1711, 707,409l. The shipping of money is prohibited by the laws of Portugal and punishable with death and confiscation of goods, and the Court of Portugal refused to give any permit to ship money for their own troops, then in her late Majesty's pay in Spain; whereby petitioner's father was obliged to use the utmost secrecy in carrying the money to the ships, &c. If this service formed no part of the duty of petitioner's father, it may be reasonable to allow 8s per cent., which would amount to 2,837l. 12s. August 12, 1714.
The petition and a copy of the report of Mr Brydges on the same subject.
Minuted:—“Read 27 Oct. 1714. To be read again when my Lord Carnarvon and Mr Audr Harley are at the Tre[asu]ry. Read again 19 Nov. 1714. My Lord will consider this when Mr Methuen is here.” 6½ pages.
Aug. 12. 21. Lord Bolingbroke to the Lord High Treasurer. Advises that credit be given to Captain Taverner, his Majesty's surveyor of the coasts of Newfoundland, and that instructions be given to him to provide the several things necessary in America. Whitehall, 12 Aug. 1714.
Also a list of necessaries wanted to proceed on the survey. 2 pages.
Aug. 12. 22. Comrs of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer. Enclose a state of the debt of the Office of Ordnance, amounting to 66,795l. 16s.d., with an account of what South Sea Stock and money remain in the Treasurer's hands. 12 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“12 Aug. 1714. 10,000li for land, and
10,000 for sea service”

20,000. 1 page.
Aug. 13.]
23. Memorial of Samuel, Lord Masham, Cofferer of the Household, to the Lord High Treasurer The officers of the Board of Green Cloth represent that 2,500l. will be immediately wanted, 500l. of which is to be imprested to the servants who are to attend his Majesty in Holland, the remaining 2,000l. to be a credit in Rotterdam for provisions for the yachts appointed to receive his Majesty and his retinue. Prays an order for the same.
Minuted:—“2,500li ordered 13th Aug. 1714.” 1 page.
Aug. 14. 24. The Lords Justices of Ireland to the Duke of Shrewsbury. Enclose petition of Col. Butler, who commands the company of Battle-axe guards, and of the officers attending his Majesty's state here. Request that if the yeomen of the guards, and the State officers attending his Majesty be put in mourning, that the same respect may be paid to her late Majesty in Ireland. Dublin Castle, 14 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“A warrt to be p[re]pared. Signd.”
The two petitions. 3 pages.
Aug. 17. 25. A list of names submitted by the Attorney-General to the Lord High Treasurer to execute the powers in an Act of Parliament for appointing commissioners to treat for lands for the fortification of Portsmouth, Chatham, and Harwich. Dated 17 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“A warrt to be p[re]pared for a new comon, and to be transmitted to Mr Att. to fill up the names and return it in order to be signd.” 1 page.
Aug. 17. 26. Brigadier Bisset and others to the Lord High Treasurer. Pray payment of 2,216l. 13s. 6d. (which sum was made use of by the Earl of Gallway for his own private use), and that Mr Brydges may be ordered to pay it to them for their regiments. Aug. 17, 1714.
Another letter from them on the same subject. 2 pages.
Aug. 20. 27. Representation of the Comrs for affairs of Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, praying that Mr Weddall may be directed to produce certain bills for 9,000l., as he had taken no notice of their letters. Office of Hides, &c., 20 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“20th Aug. 1714. Mr Weddall to attend the Comrs for Taxes.” 1 page.
Aug. 20. 28. G. Paddon to the Lord High Treasurer. In order to get from Barbary 69 of her Majesty's subjects who have been in slavery, has drawn on his Lordship for 500l. Was plenipotentiary to make a peace with the Emperor of Morocco, and has concluded the same, which has been nearly 20 years desired. Prays good payment of his bills. Cadiz, 20 Aug. 1714. [? If N. S., 9 Aug.]
Minuted:—“Read 27 7br. To be shewne to the Comrs intended.” 1 page.
Aug. 20. 29. Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes. As to the provisions to be sent to Placentia for the use of the garrison. The troops carried out in transports were forced into Lisbon and wintered there, whereby a great part of the provisions were consumed. Victualling Office, 20 Aug. 1714.
Also an estimate. 4 pages.
Aug. 23. 30. Memorial to the Lord High Treasurer of James Campbell of London, merchant, and agent for Newfoundland, in behalf of Captain William Taverner, his Majesty's surveyor there. Encloses copies of five papers in support of Captain Taverner's claims in connexion with the survey of such part of the coast of Newfoundland and the islands adjacent as the French have usually fished upon. Urges the necessity of the survey for the advancement of that valuable fishery. Prays the establishment of the captain's salary at 20s. a day from 21 July 1713 to 23 Aug., to be applied for the use of the captain, wife and family, &c.
The papers referred to, numbered 1 to 5. 16½ pages.
Aug. 24. 31. “Account of the 180,000li loan by the Genoese merchants & al.” Dated 24th Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“The Trustees to come to Mr Lowndes.” 2 pages, quarto.
[See also a paper dated 11 Aug. on the same business.]
Aug. 26. 32. Mr Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer. The neighbouring people of Saulcey Forest have appeared in such great strength in the forest that the keepers are unable to oppose their cutting down many trees there, and 40 of the best trees in Whittlewood have likewise been cut down; asks that a stop may be put to the same. 26 Aug. 1714.
P.S. If a messenger be sent by the Lord Chief Justice in Eyre to take into custody some of the most substantial, as was done on the return of King Charles the Second, it may prevent further destruction. 1 page.
Aug. 27. 33. Proposal of Sir Theodore Janssen to the Lord High Treasurer to give bills at sight, viz., for Genoa, at the rate of 55d. for each dollar or piece of eight, and for Lisbon at 5s. 6d. per milrea. Has not hitherto been directly concerned in any payments for the garrisons of Port Mahon or Gibraltar. 27 Aug. 1 page, quarto.
Aug. 27. 34. Another proposal from John Lambert as to remittance of 10,000l. for Port Mahon and Gibraltar. 27 Aug. 1 page.
Aug, 28. 35. Memorial of the Comrs of Chelsea Hospital to the Lord High Treasurer. The officers of the hospital have received no salary for upwards of two years and a half, although Parliament has made provision for the same. The establishment they prepared was not signed by her late Majesty. Ask that the same may be laid before his Majesty for signature. The out-pensioners suffer great hardships for want of their pay or pension money, and their landlords refuse to give them any more credit, or they are obliged to pay as a premium one moiety of their pay to obtain it, whereby many are begging in the streets. The number of out-pensioners is very great, but they are under re-examination touching their pretensions to pensions, in order to dismiss those whose wounds are cured. Whitehall, 28 Aug. 1714.
Minuted:—“30 Aug. 1714. To be consider'd after his Majesty is arrived.” 2 pages.
Aug. 28. 36. Account of South Sea Stock which remained in the names of the several treasurers and paymasters for the use of the public. 28 Aug. 1714. Also a method for disposing of all the stock in the South Sea Company which belongs to the public. 2 pages.
Aug. 31. 37. Mr Moore's memorial for half-pay from 25th of December 1713 to 24th June following, with an abstract of the establishment for that time. Pay Office, 31 August 1714.
Minuted:—“31 Augt 1714. Ordered upon accot.” 7pages.
Aug. ? 38. Petition of George French and Richard Oglethorp, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer. Were forced away from their families at Antego to attend in London as witnesses against the murderers of the late chief governor of Antego; obtained an order of 10s a week, which they would not accept, it being insufficient. Mr Borrett and the Attorney-General think they deserve 20s a week. Pray for such an order as shall be equitable.
Minuted:—“The late Ld Treãr by warrt dat. 10 July 1713, directed Mr Borret to pay ye pet[itione]rs 25li a piece, and by warrt dat. 5 Jan. foll. directed Mr Borret to pay them so much more, as with what they had already rec[eiv]ed shd make up 10s p[er] week each, from the time they had made their depositions before any of the judges here, to the last day of Easter Term foll., which they refused to accept; but his Lord[shi]p did not think it reasonable to allow any more. But upon the expiration of the last warrt his Lord[shi]p did, the 18 Jun. last, direct the 10s p[er] week to be continued, but the petrs having not complyed wth the former warrt, and insisting upon a further allowance, there was no warrt made out for the continuance of ye 10s p[er] week.”
Also certificate from Walter Douglas, the governor referred to. 2 pages.
? Aug. 39. “Preamble to the subscription for the South Sea Stock belongg to the publick.”
The regulations for taking the above subscription are in ten numbered clauses. A draft with various erasures and additions apparently in Mr Lowndes' hand. The payment was to be made before 30 Sept. 1714. 3 pages.
Sept. 2. 40. Memorial of Col. Graham, Adjutant-General, to —, as to the countersigning of the warrant for his pay and that of the Lieut.-Governor of the Isle of Wight. 2 Sept. 1714.
Copy of the warrant referred to.
Minuted:—“The warrt must be signd by the K. before my Lord can give any directions therein.” 2 pages.
Sept. 2. 41. Report of Mr Francis Gwyn to Mr Taylor, upon a memorial of the colonels of the regiments who lately came from Flanders, as to allowance of their extraordinary charge. Submits to his Grace [the Lord Treasurer] whether any further allowance shall be made upon this extraordinary occasion, or whether the men shall bear the charge of their provisions out of their own subsistence. As to a month's pay in consideration of their long march, it has been usual to pay subsistence for a month or six weeks in advance, in proportion to the length of march. Whitehall, 2 Sept. 1714.
The memorial referred to. 3¼ pages.
Sept. 2. 42. Letter of the same to Wm Lowndes, Esq. Sends the Establishment of the General and Staff Officers [appointed] to serve with the forces in Flanders, signed by the Lords Justices, for the countersignature of the Lord Treasurer. Whitehall, 2 Sept. 1714. 1 page, quarto.
Sept. 3. 43. Memorial of William Munday, Deputy Auditor of the Duchy of Cornwall, to the Lord High Treasurer. Encloses a paper containing a statement of the difficulties in the execution of his office, also a state of the Receivers-General's accounts. Asks directions. 3 Sept. 1714.
The papers named.
The first paper contains four queries which he requires to have answered in consequence of the Prince having become Duke of Cornwall. 5 pages.
Sept. 3. 44. An account of South Sea Stock remaining in Mr Moore's name for the use of the public. Pay Office, 3 Sept. 1714. 1 page.
Sept. 3. 45. Another account of South Sea Stock and dividends in the hands of Charles Eversfield, Esq., Treasurer and Paymaster of his Majesty's ordnance. 3 Sept. 1714. ½ page.
Sept. 3. 46. Francis Gwyn to Mr Lowndes. On a paper of Mr Jennings', and as to what should be done in relation to him and the rest of the Irish Roman Catholic officers, so as to put an end to the trouble of their solicitations at the Treasury. The only way to get rid of his and the rest of those Irish gentlemen's solicitations will be to order immediate payments of the warrants.
Minuted:—“6 Sept. 1714, when the K. comes.”
Encloses two papers. 4 pages.
Sept. 3. 47. Copy of petition of divers merchants who have traded to, or are concerned in, the Fishery of Newfoundland; addressed to the Lords Justices of Great Britain, expressing their satisfaction in the employment of Captain William Taverner, appointed to survey those parts, and praying that their Excellencies will order what is wanting for that service.
Delivered by Mr Solomon Merrett, 3d Sepr 1714. 1 page.
Sept. 4. 48. Samuel Lynn to Mr Lowndes. Sets forth his difficulties and the obstructions he has encountered in obtaining copies of the Muster Rolls of the marine regiments.
Encloses copy of a letter on the same subject. 4 Sept. 1714.
Minuted:—“13 Sepr 1714. The Comrs of ye Navy to forward this service as much as possible. If Mr Lyn will send any hands to ye Navy office to make the copies necry the Comrs of ye Navy say they shall have all ye ease and despatch that can be given.” 3 pages.
Sept. 9. 49. Trustees for South Sea Stock to Wm Lowndes, Esq. Have made it generally known that the books will be open to-morrow morning to take in subscriptions. Eight signatures. 1 page.
Sept. 10. 50. The same to the same. All the stock is transferred except Sir Roger Mostyn's and Mr Howe's, who have not come to the transfer books. Mr Merril came but refused to transfer, because Mr Cæsar could not then transfer his, but promised to come to-night and did not; asks that directions might be given thereon, it being impossible to delay the subscription longer. Mercers' Hall, 10 Sept. 1714. 1 page.
Sept. 10. 51. Robert Knight to the same. The Trustees having given public notice that the subscription will be opened to-morrow morning at Mercers' Hall, desire directions to be given to the several officers to transfer their stock by 5 o'clock this evening. Mr Moore and Mr Eversfield have already done so. South Sea House, 10 Sept. 1714. ½ page.
Sept. 11. 52. A list of the names of the subscribers for purchasing 885,703l. 14s. 7d., South Sea Stock belonging to the public, with the sums respectively by them subscribed. 11th September 1714. Signed,—“Rob. Knight, Receiver.” A book of 23 pages.
Sept. 11. 53. Warrant by the Lords Justices of England to Thomas Moore, Esq., paymaster general of his Majesty's forces abroad, to pay whole instead of half pay, to the respective officers of the late regiments of dragoons under the command of the Rt Hon. the Earl of Hyndford, who had been ordered to repair to North Britain, from the time of their arrival there. St James's. 11 Sept. 1714. 1½ pages.
Sept. 11. 54. Francis Gwyn to Mr Lowndes, sending a similar warrant in favour of regiments commanded by Col. Kerr, Brigadier Grant, Col. Pocock, the late Col. Leigh, and the Lord Mark Kerr for the Lord High Treasurer's countersignature. Whitehall, 11 Sept. 1714.
The warrant named.
Minuted:—“Read 13th Sepr 1714. To be considered when Mr Gwyn attends next at the Tr[easur]y.” 2½ pages.
Sept. 13. 55. Particular of the certain rents and other revenues of the Duchy of Cornwall in charge before the auditor.
“A copy from the original, signed ut infra.”
“Exr p[er] Wm Munday, 13 Sepr 1714.” 3 large pages.
Sept. 13. 56. Memorial of Mr. Thomas Micklethwait to the [Lord High Treasurer]. 30,000l. in South Sea Stock has been repaid by him into the Exchequer, and from thence re-issued to the Treasurer of the Navy. Prays that the latter maybe directed to assign that sum out of deficient tallies and orders on malt, 1713.
Minuted:—“13th Sept. 1714. My Lord will speak wth the Trearer. of the Navy about this. Done.” 1 page.
Encloses copy of a letter from the Comrs for Transports on the same subject. 2 pages.
Sept. 14. 57. Certificate of the Trustees appointed to dispose by subscription of 885,703l. 14s. 7d. South Sea Stock belonging to the public, announcing that they had taken subscriptions for the whole sum, &c. London, 14 Sept. 1714. 1 large page.
Sept. 16. 58. James Murray and Joseph Martin to the Lord High Treasurer. Present their memorial, and hope for a favourable representation of it to his Majesty. Frederick Herne, Esq., deceased, served with them in the commission till 15 March. Crown Court, 16 Sept. 1714.
The memorial of Charles Whitworth and James Murray, Esqres, and Sir Joseph Martin, Knt., to the Lord High Treasurer (Shrewsbury). Were appointed commissaries and plenipotentiaries to treat with those of France in order to settle the commerce between the two kingdoms. For this they have hitherto received nothing, nor has there been any allowance to Joseph Martin, Esq., their secretary. Pray to have the matter laid before his Majesty.
Minuted:—“27 7br 1714. To be layd before ye Comrs when appointed.” 2 pages.
Sept. 17. 59. Report of the Comrs of the Navy to Mr Lowndes as to some over or double payments made in the time when Lord Falkland was Treasurer of the Navy. The payments appear by the books to have been made, but the board have always given it as their opinion that it would be dangerous to admit such payments, and it is the duty of the Treasurer to see that no such payments shall be made. Navy Office, 17 Sept. 1714.
Minuted:—“27th 7br 1714. Read and approved.”
List of the over and double payments referred to. 8 pages.
Sept. 17. 60. Report of Mr J. Howe to the Lord High Treasurer (Shrewsbury), on the petition of Sir Wm Hope, late Deputy Governor of the castle of Edinburgh, for his allowance, which since the Union has been paid out of contingencies. Makes a suggestion as to the payment of the same out of the Exchequer.
The account of three years' allowance to several officers in Scotland.
Minuted:—“9 March 1714. To be read when Mr Walpole & ye S[e]c[reta]ry-at-War are here.” 3 pages.
Sept. 17. 61. Mr Wm Blathwayt to William Lowndes, Esq. Is threatened with process for 53l. 3s. 4d. for a pretended debt due to the Crown for an assessment on his place as Clerk of the Council. Asks that his petition thereon may be delivered to the Lord High Chancellor.
P.S.—This debt is founded on a pretended arrear of a tax in the reign of the late King William, from whom there remained due to him 2,000l. for salary.
Minuted:—“22 7br. 1714. My Lord thinks he cañot protect any person legally agt paym[en]t[s] of any sum assessed on him: if he is illegally assessed, he may plead it in the Excheqr. His Lop is unwilling to make a precedent wch might be very prejudicial.”
The petition referred to. 4 pages.
Sept. 19. 62. Capt. Paddon to the Duke of Shrewsbury. Has drawn on his Lordship for 500l. to complete the peace and to bring away 69 of her Majesty's subjects, and to defray some expenses which he was obliged to pay in Barbary. Asks for speedy payment. “Cadiz 7er ye 19/30 1714.”
Minuted:—“Read 18th October 1714.” 1 page.
Sept. 22. 63. J. Moody to the Lord High Treasurer. The soldiers, having nothing to drink but water, have mutinied. To appease them has been forced to purchase molasses and brew beer for them to the value of 251l. 12s. 6d., “without which the severity of the cruel frozen winter, and their drinking only water thaughed from ice would infallibly have killed most of the garrison.” Has drawn bills on his Lordship for that amount. Placentia, Sept. 22, 1714, O. S.
Minuted:—“Read 12 Novr 1714.” 1 page, quarto.
Sept. 25.]
64. Memorial of the subaltern and staff officers of the four disbanded marine regiments to the Lord High Treasurer. Ask that they may be paid, their accounts being fully settled with their agents.
Minuted:—“25th Sept. 1714. My Lord resolves that notice be given in the Gazette that their credrs in their quarters, by themselves or their attorneys duely authorised, may appear before the Comrs & (with these officers) adjust their demands, and then my Lord has no objection agt paying what is justly due to them & their credirs. Send this to the Comrs to proceed accordingly.” 1 page.
Sept. 27. 65. Memorial of the Officers of the Board of Green Cloth to the Lord High Treasurer. For the victualling the yachts employed in bringing H.R.H. the Princess of Wales over to England and other services, there will be an immediate occasion of 500l. and a letter of credit for 2,000l. more to be paid on sight in Holland. Board of Green Cloth, 27 Sept. 1714.
Minuted:—“Orderd 28th Sepr 1714.” 1 page.
Sept. 29. 66. Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General to the Lord High Treasurer (Shrewsbury) on four queries in relation to the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall. 1st. Are of opinion that the Duchy of Cornwall was held by the King in capite, and that while that tenure continued it was necessary that livery should thereof be made to every Duke of Cornwall; but since the Stat. of 12 Car. II. for taking away the Court of Wards and Liveries there is no occasion for Livery to the Prince, and the King's title determining by limitation on there being a Duke of Cornwall, the revenue and estates belonging to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales as Duke of Cornwall vested immediately in him, without livery, at the King's Accession. The officers of the Duchy must be constituted by the Prince, and are not continued by the Act for continuing officers for six months, &c. 2nd. All the rents grown or that shall grow due since the decease of his late Majesty belong to the Prince as Duke of Cornwall; but all rents payable at Midsummer last during the life of the Queen are to be answered to his Majesty. 3rd. Fees and salaries due at Midsummer may be paid by the Receiver-General, but the fees to grow due at Michaelmas must attend the Prince's pleasure. 4th. The warrants from the Chancellor of the Exchequer for granting copyhold estates parcel of the Duchy became void by the death of her late Majesty, and no admission can be made thereon, but new warrants must be obtained under the authority of the Prince to whom fines belong. 29 Sept. 1714.
The queries referred to. There is a copy of these previously noticed under 3 Sept. 1714. 4½ pages.
Sept. 29. 67. Report of the Comrs for Sick and Hurt to the Lord High Treasurer on the claims of Sir John Jennings for building the new hospital at Port Mahon, &c. Are of opinion that the 468l. 3s. 6d. claimed ought to be reimbursed to him.—Office for Sick and Hurt Seamen. 29 Sept. 1714.
His memorial.
Minuted:—“To be read wn Treãr Navy is here. 29 Novr 1714 Respited.” 2 pages.
Sept. 29. 68. Copy of Mr Blathwayt's report upon the petition of Col. Whetham in behalf of Mary Johnson, widow of Major Johnson, late Governor of Nevis, and for some time Commander-in-Chief of all the Leeward Islands. The claim was for 1,790l. 9s.d. for his salary. Dated 25th Mar. 1707.
A certified copy made 29 Sept. 1714.
[See the abstract of this report in Vol. CI., No. 73.] 3½ pages.
69. Petition of Charlwood Stuckey, gentleman, to the Duke of Shrewsbury, Lord High Treasurer. Petitioner's father was many years linendraper to King Charles II., at whose decease 5,500l. were due to him, besides 210l. 14s. lent to the King, to be repaid with interest, which sums with interest amounted to 20,074l. 14s. 3d. By accidents from fire the family are greatly reduced; prays for employment.
Also copies of two certificates in corroboration of the petition. 3 pages.