Volume 183: December 20-31, 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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December 20–31, 1714

Dec. 20. 1. A parcel of certificates of money arising by sale of tin for a year ending 20 Dec. 1714. 51 documents.
Dec. 21. 2. Petition of Joseph Martin and divers others, in behalf of themselves and other sufferers and agents for sufferers by the late invasion of the French, in the Islands of Nevis and St Christopher, to the Lords of the Treasury. The Islands are almost ruined by the French. 103,003l. 11s. 4d. were voted by the House of Commons for the sufferers. The Board of Trade has to make out debentures at 6l. per cent. By the Lottery Act of the 12th of the reign of Anne, 18,540l. 12s.d. are appropriated to pay the interest to Christmas 1714: praying payment to be directed. 25 signatures.
Minuted:—“21 Decr 1714. Send to the Comrs of Trade for an authentique list of these debrs.” 1 page.
Dec. 23. 3. Memorial of Henry Wise, for works done at St. James's Park, and at Windsor. 21 Dec, 1714. 1 page.
Dec. 23. 4. Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes as to arrangements for taking the present which his Majesty is sending to the Emperor of Morocco. Dated 23 Dec. 1714.
Minuted:—“Ordered accordingly.”
Also copies of two letters and two receipts connected with the same. 5 pages.
Dec. 23. 5. “An Establishment or List containing payments to be made for Civill affairs in that part of our Kingdom of Great Britain called Scotland, which our pleasure is shall commence and be paid from Midsummer 1714.” For Mr Lowndes. Dated at the Palace of St. James's the 23d day of December 1714. 6½ pages.
Also copy of the above. 5 pages.
Dec. 23. 6. Representation of the Chief Baron of Scotland (J. Smith) to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the arrangement that is made for the support of the Scotch Troops upon the English Establishment after the Union; asking how they are to be provided for. Dated 23 Dec. 1714.
Minuted:—“13th September 1715. Read. My Lds do not think proper to intermeddle in this, it being before the Union.” 2 pages.
Dec. 23. 7. Presentment from the Postmasters General to the Lords of the Treasury. Lord Townsend has acquainted them that the King thinks fit that packet boats shall be appointed for the conveyance of letters from Great Britain directly for Spain, by way of the Groin, that it may not be necessary to carry that correspondence through France. Propose that a mail shall be dispatched from London to the Groin once in fourteen days. The posts in Spain are very dilatory. An agreement should be made between the Post Office of Great Britain and Spain, whereby the Postmaster General of Spain shall oblige himself upon the arrival of English letters at the Groin, to forward them without delay to Madrid; as also such letters as shall be sent by this conveyance for Portugal, to be forwarded the nearest way to Viana, or some other town in Portugal, whereby the Portugal merchants may write once a week by the boats going directly for Lisbon, and the other week by these boats that shall go directly for Corunna. It will be necessary to employ two packet boats of about 100 or 110 tons burthen, with twelve hands each, the yearly expense of which, besides the first cost, will be about 1,500l. 23 Dec. 1714.
Minuted:—“Wt signd.” 2½ pages.
Dec. 24. 8. An abstract of the sums due to clear the Royal Hospital at Chelsea and the out-pensioners from the 24th of December 1712 to the 24th of December 1714, with the funds applicable to the same, and what will be wanting to complete this service according to the present estimate. 2 pages.
Dec. 24. 9. Henry Neal to the Lords of the Treasury. Sending duplicates of two letters as to the revenues of the Island of Minorca. Mahon, 24 Dec. 1714. 3 pages.
Dec. 24. 10. The state of the public tobacco accounts of the colony of Virginia from the tenth day of December 1713 to the twenty-fourth day of December 1714. 2 pages.
Dec. 25. 11. An estimate of the net produce of the Civil List funds by a medium of three years ended at Christmas 1714, being over and above salaries, incidents, drawbacks, and other allowances and charges attending the management of those funds respectively. [Probably an enclosure.] 1 page.
Dec. 27. 12. Lord Townshend to the Lords of the Treasury. His Majesty thinks fit that Mr Æmilius Wernigk, who was employed as secretary at Berlin upon the removal of the Earl of Strafford to the Hague, shall be allowed 20s. a day from the day the Earl left Berlin, 25 March 1711, to the day the ordinary entertainment of Mr Breton commenced, which was 25 Dec. following. Asks that the necessary directions shall be given. Whitehall, 27 Dec. 1714.
Minuted:—“A wt signed for this money.” 1 page, quarto.
Dec. 28. 13. Lord Radnor to “My good lord.” Has undertaken this long journey from London for his Majesty's service. Is sure his Lordship will let him have favour and protection for Mr Hoblyn, the town clerk of Bodmin, whose case he encloses. Mr Thomas Hoblyn, as an executor of his brother, is under prosecution by William Wickett for a debt due to the Government. Mr Hoblyn has 1,000l. ready to pay in at London next term, which he (Lord Radnor) will see performed. The remainder of the debt is about 1,000l., which will be raised before Easter term out of estates liable thereto. The prosecution is carried on furiously, because Mr Hoblyn is zealous for his (Lord Radnor's) interest in Bodmin, against Mr Trevannion, and is zealous for Mr Boscowen in the county; for a rogue of an attorney (Mr Trevannion's agent) tells Mr Hoblyn if he will be for Mr Trevannion he will stop all proceedings. If his Lordship will allow time for the payment, he (Lord Radnor) will take it as a great obligation.
P.S.—They are sure of thirty honest members at least for this county at the next “elections,” he hopes more. Concludes thus:—“The Corporation of Bodmin dines with me next Fryday. I expect about 400 persons that day. I had that number last time, and there did not goe home five sober of the whole number. The Bishop of Winchester and the gentlemen near him are to dine with me next Monday; the next day the Corporation of Lostwithiell dine with me. I doe my best to be a good Inn Keeper whilst 1 stay here, and I hope 'twill turn to good account for our own advantage. This William Wickett is your Ldships doore keeper at the Treasury, and once my grandfather's footman.” Dated Lanhydrock, near Bodmin, Dec. 28, 1714. 3 pages.
Dec. 29. 14. Establishment for the garrison of Upnor Castle, commencing 23 Dec. 1710. Dated 26 Jan. 1711–12. Confirmed and ratified by the King. 29 Dec. 1714. 1¼ pages.
Dec. 31. 15. Report of the Comrs for duties on hides to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Francis Manaton, Esq., Receiver General of Taxes for the county of Cornwall, concerning extents taken out against Mr Joseph Quash, Receiver General of Taxes for the county of Devon, and Postmaster of Exeter, to whom Manaton had paid the proceeds of taxes, and who was a defaulter. Recommend stay of process. Office for Hides, 31 Dec. 1714.
Two other papers on the same subject. 9 pages.
Dec. 31. 16. Report of the Comrs for duties on hides, &c. to the Lords of the Treasury. As to a draft of an establishment of officers to be employed under them in the management of the duties on leather, and of the window tax. Make various suggestions as to the management of their office. The three general surveyors of the window tax should be dismissed and three others appointed, &c. Mr Anthony Radcliffe, their storekeeper, should be dismissed, having neither honesty nor capacity enough to recommend his continuance. They recommend Mr Robert Manaton for his successor. 31 Dec. 1714.
Annexed is:—“State of the gross & net produce of the duties on hides, &c. from 24 June 1711 to 24 June 1714.” 4½ pages.
Aug. 2–Dec. 31. 17. Divers memorials, &c. from the office of the Paymasters General of the Forces at home and abroad to the Lord High Treasurer and the Lords of the Treasury, asking for moneys to be supplied to make various payments. Pay Office and Whitehall, 2 Aug. to 31 Dec. 1714. 29 pages.
18. Various papers connected with lottery affairs for the year 1714. 20 pages.
19. A paper containing resolutions, probably to be proposed to the House of Commons, relating to various kinds of duties, with cancellations and some notes in the margin. 1714. 21 pages.
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20. State of Mr Molesworth's case. Was appointed Queen's Envoy to Florence and Genoa, and could not obtain his quarter's salary and equipage money necessary to begin his preparations for that employment, and a change of ministry happening immediately after, has reason to doubt his being continued in the post, which he has been recommended to by Earl Godolphin. Attended Lord Dartmouth constantly, to know the Queen's pleasure, and as soon as he was informed the Queen had not altered her resolutions, he got ready for his journey, and for transporting his family and goods. The difficulties in which both public and private credit were at that time involved, much retarded his departure; but upon his representation of them to Mr Harley (then Commissioner of the Treasury) he promised those delays should in no wise prejudice him. Notwithstanding which promise, finds that his salary is made up to commence on the day of his departure from London, on pretence that he did not begin his journey for some time after kissing the Queen's hand, and that he had detained his predecessor's letters of revocation. Of which objections he hopes the first is already answered, and to the second he also replies. Further says that it has been the constant custom to pay ministers from the time of their departing out of the Sovereign's presence. Also refers to the hardships he has undergone, viz., his resignation of his place in the Stamp Office and his having his credentials for Genoa superseded, which besides the discredit, is a loss of 1,500 crowns per ann. By the failure of money from the Treasury for near four years, he was obliged to take up money at great interest; he also relieved some hundreds of destitute mariners in several ports of Italy at a loss of some hundreds of crowns. [There is no prayer to it, nor is it addressed to any one.] Undated. 3½ pages.
21. Another state of Mr Molesworth's case, and the case of James Stanhope, Esq. The latter was to receive 5l. a day as Envoy Extraordinary to the late King of Spain, and 3l. a day as Plenipotentiary, to continue till his return into her Majesty's presence or until dismissed. Was taken prisoner in Spain on 28 Nov. 1710, and returned not till 17 Aug. 1712. If thought reasonable to pay him till that time the sum due will be 5,016l. Undated. 1½ pages.
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22. An estimate of the charge of the 6,000 men taken into his Majesty's service from the States General of the United Provinces. 1 page.
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23. Representation by the Comrs of the Treasury to his Majesty of the present state and condition of the affairs committed to them by his Majesty's commission of 13 Oct. last [1714]. 10 pages. (brief size).
or later.]
24. Petition of Hannah Penn, wife of William Penn, Esq., and of Henry Gouldney, Joshua Gee, Silvanus Grove, John Woods, Thomas Oade, and John Field, creditors of the said William Penn, to the King. King Charles II., in the 33rd year of his reign, by letters patent, granted to the said William Penn, his heirs and assigns, the tract of land now called Pennsylvania, with ample powers for the civil and military government thereof. By his own personal interest, indefatigable industry and vast charge, and through many difficulties, he (Penn) settled a considerable colony there, and improved a savage wilderness into a civilized and flourishing country, from whence great benefits have, and more will accrue to this kingdom, by an improvement of navigation, a consumption of British manufactures exported thither, and an increase of customs for goods imported from thence, but his own paternal estate has been much impaired and almost exhausted thereby. The Duke of York granted to the said William Penn, his heirs and assigns, for ever, the town of Newcastle, otherwise Delaware, and the fort thereunto belonging, situate between Mary Land and New Jersey, and several tracts of land lying upon the River of Delaware, now known by the names of the two lower counties, together with that river and the soil thereof, and all powers of government, both civil and military, therein, as the same had been granted to the Duke by King Charles II. All which provinces and powers of government the said William Penn has mortgaged to the petitioners, his creditors for 6,600l., which sum and some interest remain due to them. Queen Anne having been advised to get all proprietary governments into her hands, and under the more immediate administration and protection of the Crown, the said William Penn offered, with the consent of his creditors, to surrender all powers of government within both those provinces for a reasonable consideration. The Board of Trade after a nice inquiry into the facts, made their report as to the benefits to the nation, &c., from those colonies. Her Majesty being satisfied with that report referred it to the Lords of the Treasury for their consideration and opinion, and soon after an agreement was made with the said William Penn for an allowance of 12,000l. upon a surrender of the government of these provinces, part to be paid him in hand, and the rest at several stated times. The Attorney-General thereupon prepared a draught of surrender and an instrument for her Majesty's acceptance thereof, and 1,000l. in part of 12,000l. was paid to the said William Penn, but before the surrender was executed, or any more money paid, he was seized with a distemper in his head, which disabled him to perfect the agreement; whereupon her Majesty in Council ordered to have the same passed into an Act of Parliament. The said William Penn still continues under the same incapacity. Petitioners pray for confirmation and execution of the agreement. 2½ pages.
[For the letter which enclosed the above see p. 179, No. 24.]