Volume 215: August 4-November 29, 1718

Pages 398-414

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

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August 4–November 29, 1718

4 Aug. 1. J. Craggs to the Lords of the Treasury. Transmits a letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland, recommending to his Majesty that he would send his order to publish a proclamation in that kingdom, for reducing the current rate of a guinea from one pound three shillings to one pound two shillings and nine pence. Whitehall, 4 Aug. 1718.
The letter referred to. 2 pages.
[? About
6 Aug.]
2. Petition of the Marquis de Montandre, for himself and the officers of his regiment, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for removal of respits upon the muster rolls for the years 1711 and 1712.
Also copy of report on the case by the Controllers of the Army.
Minuted:—“6th August 1718. Qu. if the rest of the officers have had their money, and where the rest is.”
Also three other papers. 6½ pages.
[? About
7 Aug.]
3. Petition of William Hamilton, Captain of Grenadiers, in the late Col. St John's regiment, in Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury. Was reduced to half pay during “the whole war of the late happy Revolution in Ireland,” particularly in the siege of Londonderry, and in 1702 was struck off from half pay. On application to the House of Commons, in Ireland, they recommended his case to the Lord Lieut. (Ormond), who laid it before the late Queen, and he was re-established in his half pay. Prays that the same justice may be done to him as to Lieut. William Gunter, who was restored to his half pay, and to the arrears thereof.
Minuted:—“7th August 1718. My Lords can do nothing in this.” 1 page.
[? About
7 Aug.]
4. Memorial of Gilbert Pepper, Esq., late undertaker for sick and wounded prisoners of war in Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury. The bills drawn by him were returned by the Comrs for Sick and Wounded, alleging that they had not money in hand, and the memorialist had to pay the principal sums and interest at 6 per cent., amounting to 403l. 2s. 9d. Memorialist also sustained a considerable loss by the rise in corn from 10d. to 3s. 4d. a peck. Prays payment.
“To be read when Ld Sunderland is at the Treãry.”
Minuted:—“7th August 1718. Rejected.” 1 page.
[? About
7 Aug.]
5. Petition of William Theresia Douglass to the Lords of the Treasury. Petitioner, being daughter to Lieut.-Col. John Douglass, of General Hamilton's late regiment of foot, King William, in consideration of her father's service, did her the honour to be her godfather in Flanders, and conferred on her his name, at the same time ordering her the pay of a captain, to educate and bring her up, which pay was accordingly allowed by the States of Holland, and a company reserved vacant in the abovesaid regiment in her favour. Petitioner received the pay till the regiment was disbanded in Holland in 1714, at which time she was put on the Establishment of half pay with the rest of the officers, and allowed as such till 24 Dec. 1717. In the last session of Parliament was excluded from her half pay. Lost her father, who was ordered to Scotland upon the late Rebellion. Prays for future subsistence.
Minuted:—“7th Augt 1718. My Lords cannot advise anything agt the rules in the Act of Parliamt.” 1 page.
8 Aug. 6. J. Craggs to the Lords of the Treasury. His Majesty being pleased to allow a bounty of 300l. to Thomas Crawford, Esq., Secretary of the Embassy at Paris (who was sent hither by the Earl of Stair, with the Convention and other despatches relating to the Treaty of Alliance, lately signed here), directs orders to be given for the payment of the same. Whitehall, 8 Aug. 1718.
Minuted:—“Warrt signd 12th Aug.” 1 page.
9 Aug. 7. Report of the Comrs for disbanding the marine regiments, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the field officers and captains of the late marine regiments, touching respites then in litigation. Dated 9 Aug. 1718.
Also divers other papers connected therewith. 33 pages.
13 Aug. 8. Three memorials of Sir Bibye Lake, Bart., to the Lords of the Treasury, in relation to the debt of 13,149l. 10s.d., due from Mr Robert Peters, late Receiver-General of Hertfordshire. Dated respectively May 7, July 9, and Aug. 13, 1718.
The second is minuted:—“10th do. [i.e., July]. Read. When the Master, in pursuance of the decree, has raised as much money as he can upon the assignments chargeable upon the S.S.S. [South Sea Stock], in Sir Roger Mostyn's hands, and paid the same into the Excheqr in part of the Crown's debt, my Lords will consider the rest of the memorial;” and the third thus:—
“14th August 1718. Look out last Minute of 10th July, which, being read, my Lords adhere to it.” 4 pages.
[? About
13 Aug.]
9. Petition of Jeronimy Clifford, merchant, to the Lords of the Treasury. Petitioner presented to his Majesty's own hand four petitions (copies annexed) relating to the damages done to him by the Dutch Governor and Company of Surinam, and was directed to apply to their Lordships for justice and satisfaction. Prays relief.
The petitions referred to, and the printed case.
Minuted:—“13th Aug. 1718. Rejected.” 24½ pages.
[? About
14 Aug.]
10. Petition of Lord Charles Ker, Director of His Majesty's Chancery in Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying payment of 143l. 7s. 9⅓d. yearly for losses sustained in his office since the commencement of the Union, amounting to 1,577l. 5s. 62/3d., conformable to the 20th Article of the Treaty of Union. Refers to a previous petition and report of the Lords Justices thereon.
The petition and report.
Minuted:—“14th Augt 1718. My Lords cannot advise his Mãty to make good all losses of this kind.” 3 pages.
15 Aug. 11. Report of the Auditor of the Receipt (Halifax) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Daniel Langhorne, Senior Deputy Chamberlain of the Receipt of the Exchequer, as to the right claimed by Mr Dudley Downes to be Senior Deputy Chamberlain. Leaving it to their Lordships to determine. Excheqr, 15 Aug. 1718.
Minuted:—“9th May 1719. To Attor.-Genll.” 2 pages.
[? About
15 Aug.]
12. Petition of Henry Neale, Esq., late Surveyor of the Island of Minorca, to the Lords of the Treasury, for arrears of his salary at 1,395l. per ann.
Also the account of his salary, from which it appears that there is a balance due to him, since his Majesty's accession to the Throne, of 1,047l.
—“15th August 1718. To be considered when the papers relating to Minorca are before my Lords.” 2 pages.
19 Aug. 13. Report of A. Cracherode to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Samuel Kingston on behalf of William, Robert, Charles, and Thomas Stamper, infants under the age of 21 years, who were base born children of Anne Harvey, deceased, the administration of whose property was in contention between the petitioner and Ann Ham, who alleged herself to be cousin-german of the deceased. The judge of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury pronounced against the said Ann Ham, and that Anne Harvey died intestate, leaving behind her no relations or kindred, and in favour of his Majesty's title to the estate. Is of opinion that his Majesty may grant new Letters of Administration of Anne Harvey's personal estate to the petitioner, Kingston, in trust for the four children, who will otherwise be in a very helpless condition. 19 Aug. 1718.
Minuted:—“6th May 1719. Speak to Mr Cracherode abt this.”
Two petitions, the report of the Attorney General, and several other papers. 19 pages or parts of pages.
21 Aug. 14.“An accot of that part of Newfoundland ceded by France to the Crown of Great Brittain by the late Treaty of Peace; Gaspy, and other places in Acadia and Nova Scotia, with some remarks on the French fishery in Nova Francia, humbly offer'd to the Rt Honble the Lords Comrs of his Majty's Treasury, by William Taverner.” He states that “Placentia and Chapeaux Rouge, given us by treaty, &c. between Cape Raze and Cape Roy,” are far better for fishing than our former English settlements, besides affording much salmon, a great deal of very fine timber for lower masts to ships of 300 tons, and other advantages, such as furs, &c. The reason why our ships and inhabitants do not carry on the fishery at Placentia more vigorously, is occasioned by the irregularity of the garrison. From Cape Roy to Cape Hamilton, the north-west part of Newfoundland, we know nothing but what the French inform us, viz., that it is a good fishing place, that several ships from Bayonne, St. Jean de Luz, and Passage, fish yearly on that coast; that there are some inhabitants from Canada at Port a Chova; that some Spaniards from St. Sebastians frequently fish there, and that the “Eskimaux” from Nova Francia bring over their furs and trade with them at Port a Chova from Cape Hamilton as far to the southward as the islands of “Fuogo.” The Malouins and Granvillers yearly fish to the number of 40 or 50 sail. The fishing lately failing on that coast, they do not frequent it as usual. By treaty they are allowed to build stages and huts with board as usual (which they never did yet), for they always built them with spars and bark of trees. If it be thought proper to insist on it, they cannot fish in Petit Nord, without they fetch their timber to build their stages from Nova Francia, which is almost impossible.
About three leagues from the south-east part of Gaspy lies a small island, called Cape Britton, in which is no harbour, but the French on signing the peace called the island of Gaspy, Cape Britton, and afterwards Isle Royale, in which island are several good harbours and abundance of good coals. The inhabitants of Placentia, &c., in Newfoundland, are now settled in that island, and a great many ships from St. Malo and Grandville fish there. That island has been in the hands of the French above 60 years, and the French “Biscayers” have fished there ever since, with varying success. The most that any boat has taken has been 200 quintals, the greatest part being taken in the Gut of Cancer, and upon the main land of Annapolis, opposite to Gaspy, where they are forbidden by treaty. The greatest part of their boats have not caught more than from 50 to 70 quintals per boat. Presumes that Cape Britton will never be advantageous for a fishery. Their fortifying it is of great use to their Canada trade. Should there be a war between the two Crowns they would be able by their privateers to spoil the greatest part of our New England, Annapolis, and Newfoundland fishery. At present they carry on a considerable trade with the Canadians, and they have all the Indian trade of the eastern part of Annapolis, Nova Scotia, and Cape Roy in Newfoundland, so that adding their Canada trade, Indian trade, and fishery together, their settlement is more advantageous to those that fish and trade there than any part of Newfoundland is to the English. Besides, they keep all those Indians in their interest to annoy our new settlements in Nova Scotia when they please.
About 45 leagues north-west-by-north from Cape Britton lies a cape land, which makes the south side of the mouth of the river of Canada. The French since the peace have named it Gaspy, where from 30 to 35 sail of their Biscayers have fished yearly since the peace, and got the trade of the Indians of all that part of Nova Scotia. They pretend that that part of Nova Scotia belongs to them, tho' they are excluded from fishing there by the treaty with France, the Biscayers fishing in the north-west part of Newfoundland, at Gaspy, and other French in the Gut of Cancer, upon Acadia, which adds very much to their fishing trade. Not less than 50 ships fish in these places contrary to the Treaty of Peace. These catch 100,000 quintals of fish at least, which are a great detriment to the sale of our English fish. The best fishing the French have is in Nova Francia, against the north part of Newfoundland, at a place called Grand Bay. There is a Governor, who trades very much with the Indian nation of the Eskimaux. Our greatest advantage would be to hinder the French from making those encroachments upon us in the fishery.
Nothing can contribute more to encourage our fishery in North America, settle a trade with the Indians, and bring them into our interest, than speedily to appoint Commrs according to the late Treaty with France, to examine and settle the limits between the French and us in Acadia and Nova Scotia, and for some speedy and effectual method to be taken to prevent the French from fishing in any of the aforesaid places, otherwise they will carry on their encroachments in Newfoundland, where they have five-sixths of the Island. August 21, 1718.
[See the Minute ordering this in the Minute Book, vol. 22, p. 76 —Printed in vol. CCVI. 35.] 3 pages.
23 Aug. 15. J. Craggs to the Lords of the Treasury. Signifies his Majesty's pleasure that their Lps should give directions to pay 50l. to Elias Chalke, one of the messengers who brought the news of the proceedings of Sir George Byng against the Spanish fleet. Hampton Court, 23 Aug. 1718.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt.” 1 page, quarto.
30 Aug.]
16. “Orders for the Board of Works compared (to wit) those sign'd by the late Queen the 12th of October 1705, and those sign'd by the King the 29th of Aprill 1715, or at any time after; which last were all superseded and made void by warrt dated 21st of August 1718, and those of the late Queen are by the same warrt established for the future.”
Also:“Orders, rules, and directions to be observed and followed by the persons composing the Board for carrying on our service in the office of our works.”
Further:—A paper headed, “The Import of the King's orders.”
The last warrant referred to is 30 Aug. 1718. 8½ pages.
6 Sept. 17. Representation from Charles Cockburn, one of the Comrs of Excise, Scotland, and from George Drummond, late Comr of Excise there, asking that the expense of renewing their constitutions may be allowed. Excise Office, Edinburgh, 6 Sept. 1718.
With two schedules of the fees paid. [The fees were 125l. 4s. 11d. and 113l. 9s. 3d., and odd money.] 3 pages.
6 Sept. 18. J. Craggs to the Lords of the Treasury. Sends two anonymous letters, one relating to irregularities at the Navy Pay Office, the other about one Samuel Young, purser of the “Sunderland,” who carries on unlawful trade by running goods; likewise a third paper, containing the petition of John Cole, glazier, of Kingston-upon-Thames, asking for arrears of “2 or 300l.,” due to him for repairs of green-houses at Hampton Court, in the time of King William.
The first of the letters referred to is the following:—
“A. J.” to “Rt Honoble” —, complaining of the Pay Office, and the disappointment experienced by hundreds of people whose husbands are in the service. If his Honour will [give a notice] in the Gazette to those who have given half a year's attendance, and are not paid, there will be enough without the writer, who will pray, while sun and moon endure, for the branches and offspring of the House of Hanover to rule these realms.
P.S.—The 28th of August last, looking into the Flying Post, he saw one Duncan Grant made mention of, being now armourer of his Majesty's ship the “Rose.” He, and he that put him in, both deserve Tyburn, for he, about two years ago, did curse that good man, King George, and said he hoped to have his heart's blood. 4 Sept. 1718.
The second letter is not now forthcoming, but the petition referred to is with the letter. 3 pages and 4 lines.
16 and 28
19. Copies of two letters and a presentment relating to an “immethodicall practice” of not regularly accounting for the money raised to pay the expenses in the New Forest, and to the allowance of a perquisite of top, lop, and bark, to an officer on his assignment for fuel, wood, &c. The letters are dated 16 and 28 Sept. 1718. 3 pages.
[? About
30 Sept.]
20. (1.) The answer of Joseph Hinxman, Esq., Woodward of the New Forest, to the pretended charge against him by Edw. Young, Esq., Surveyor-General of his Majesty's Woods, &c., and his charge against the said Young…. Court held for his … 1718.
(2.) “New Forest. An account of sales raised by Edward Young, Esq., Surveyor-General.”
The answer of the same woodward to the presentment, and extract of Owen Sutherland, purveyor of his Majesty's dock at Portsmouth, relating to the sd wood … and delivered into the Court held for the sd forest…
(3.) Abstract of the amount of all the sales made in the New Forest by the above woodward.
(4.) The presentment of Owen Sutherland above referred to.
(5.) Extract of the several sales made by him from the year 1715. Dated 30 Sept. 1718. 15½ pages, very faded, and parts almost illegible.
30 Sept. 21. Certificate of the Comrs of the Office of Alienations (W. Jessop and W. Ashburnham), to the Lords of the Treasury, that no writs of error or covenant are suffered to pass their office before the “refines” upon them are compounded and paid, and it is impossible there should be any arrears due. The post fines paid upon writs of covenant, after the fines are passed, are collected by the sheriffs of the counties in which the lands lie, and by them paid into the Exchequer. 30 Sept. 1718. 1 page.
[? Sept. or
22. List of wardrobe warrants at the Treasury to be signed for necessaries provided before Michaelmas 1718. 1 page, quarto.
2 Oct. 23. “An application of the Commrs for building 50 new churches for 25,000li to be imprested to their Trea[su]rer.” 20 Octobr 1718. 1 page.
3 Oct. 24. Representation of the Comrs for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury, concerning the decrease of the duties on houses, with an account of arrears standing out at Michaelmas, 1718.
They attribute the loss principally to the stopping up of windows to avoid the tax, and to the indisposition of the Justices to act, who, they say, excuse whom they think fit. Recommend more stringent measures. Office for Taxes. 3 Oct. 1718.
Also the account referred to. 5 pages.
3 Oct. 25. Report of the Comrs of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Collins, Esq., Govr of Fort William, St. John's, Newfoundland, praying for 104l. due to him, according to his account; are of opinion his pretensions are very just, and think it a hardship that he should be kept out of his money, but have none given them by Parliament on that head. Office of Ordnance. 3 Oct. 1718.
The petition and three other papers.
Minuted:—“9th May 1719. My Lords cannot direct any money, there being none applicable to this debt.” 5 pages.
6 Oct. 26. “Account of money received for carrying on the Treaty of Peace with the Emperor of Morocco, together with an abstract of the several disbursements of it, from time to time, during Vice-Admiral Cornwall's being his Majesty's Plenipotentiary, commanding the Sally Squadron, &c.” [The last date is 6 Oct. 1718.]
Also divers vouchers connected therewith. 26 pages or parts of pages.
8 Oct. 27. “An abstract of the established expence of the Treasurer of ye Chamber's Office for the year commencing from Micħas last 1718, particularizing all additions that have been made to, or reducements from, the said establishment, since the same was first sign'd by his Majty.”
Also “Additions to the establishment by his Majesty's several warrants dormant, countersign'd by the Right Hono[ra]ble the Lords Commissioners of his Mat's Trea[su]ry.” Treasurer of the Chamber's Office, October 8, 1718. 2 pages.
14 Oct. 28. “Charles Harison's report concerning lycences granted by the Court of Excheqr to compound upon penall laws, &c.,” viz., from 25 April 1718 to the 14th of October following. 16 pages or parts of pages.
[? About
14 Oct.]
29. “Copy of Establishment of salarys to clerks, &c. to the agents for taxes out of the Civil List and old duties on houses only, with what is propos'd to be paid out of both duties on houses to the same officers on the new establishment.”
Minuted:—“14th October 1718. My Lords resolve that they shall keep their office at one of the late Lottery Offices, near the Excheqr, & shall have the same establishment for inferior offrs & incidts, as the late agents had. The necessary woman to be paid out of incidts, as John Broadhurst was.” 1 page.
[? About
14 Oct.]
30. Petition of Alexander Carleton, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury. Petitioner's wife was the widow of William Bache, late Master Smith to the Crown, and there remains due to him 1,865l. for brass and ironwork, still remaining in several palaces. Several of King William's creditors and tradesmen have been paid. Petitioner has never had pension or place, but has continued in the Commission of the Peace for Cumberland, his ancestor's family having been in that Commission from the first institution of that office in England, and have also been possessed without interruption of Carleton, in that county, from the time of the Saxons to this day. His predecessor, Mr. Robert Carleton, left but 200l. per ann. about the house, and most of that in mortgage, so that petitioner, who is descended of a younger brother, must be satisfied that the ancient inheritance of his forefathers be sold by a decree in Chancery for the payment of creditors, unless the Board pay his debt. Prays payment of 500l., which will enable him to subsist and prevent the sale of the estate.
Minuted:—“14 Oct. 1718. To be considered next week, when my Lords intend a distribution.”
“29th Octr 1718. 86li 8s 10¼d to Carleton, & 200li to Majr Foubert out of King William's arrears.” 1 page.
15 Oct. [For the description of a letter relating to claims on the estates of the late Lord Widdrington, see Vol. CCIX., No. 2, p. 325, where it is misplaced.]
16 Oct. 31. Francis Negus to the Lords of the Treasury. Lays before their Lps the state of the contingent expense of his Majesty's stables. The presents of hounds and bear dogs and hawks were not formerly charged on the contingencies of the stables. Prays for money immediately. Hampton Court, Oct. 16, 1718.
Also the abstract of the contingent expenses. 3 pages.
16 Oct. 32. Report of the Comrs for Licensing Hawkers and Pedlars to the Lords of the Treasury, including an account of how much of the arrear has been recovered since the 13th of Augt last that was then standing out upon the revenue arising by licences granted to hawkers, &c., which was due and payable at Midsummer 1718. Oct. 16, 1718. 2 pages.
16 Oct. 33. Two letters and a report in relation to making a suitable reward to Mr Macky, Director of the Packet Boats at Dublin, for his services and zeal to the Government. In the same way Mr Manley, the Postmaster of Ireland, has been considered. The report is of the Postmasters (Cornwallis and Craggs), and they recommend him for some employment in Ireland, rather than for any sum out of the Post Office, which would not only load the same, but bring a clamour from the former contractor and his friends in Ireland, who were very solicitous to have him restored at his former allowance of 600l. a year. General Post Office, 16 Oct. 1718.
Minuted:—“29 July 1719. Rejected.” 3 pages and two halves.
20 Oct. 34. “An abstract or heads of funds for raising by Act of Parliament the sum of one, two, or three hundred thousand pounds pr annum for one or more years, and which may be perpetuated as occasion may require, till such time as the public debts are cancelled and paid off, &c.” October 20, 1718. Signed: T. Cornwallis.
There are 10 proposals. The first is that 2½ per cent. shall be paid by every heir, executor, &c. on lands, &c. for the first year in which he shall be possessed thereof. This may be called the first fruits of the laity to the Crown. 3 pages.
21 Oct. 35. Copy of letter from Mr Secretary Craggs to the Lords of the Admiralty for necessary directions to be given for transporting divers regiments to Ireland from divers places in England. Hampton Court, 21 Oct. 1718. 2 pages, quarto.
22 Oct. 36. The case of Ann Pack, widow. Her grandfather, father, and others of her family were faithful servants of the Crown, and her late husband, Joel Pack, being foster brother to the late Duke of Gloucester, was brought up and educated by the bounty and direction of Queen Ann and Prince George of Denmark, and was made a clerk of the Admiralty, till her Majesty should have some other preferment for him, which was prevented by his death, when he left a widow and two children. The late Queen allowed her 40 guineas yearly. His present Majesty also gave it with his own hand to the Earl of Carlisle, when he was head of the Treasury. The Lords of the Treasury settled on her a pension of 30l. per ann. Prays consideration of her case, it being at present upon the list of such as are suspended.
Her affidavit to the truth of the above is at the foot. There is also another affidavit by Dr Pratt on the same subject of an earlier date. 2 pages.
23 Oct. 37. A particular of the causes now under prosecution, with states thereof. Signed: A. Cracherode, 23 Oct. 1718.
Minuted:—“5th Janry 1718. Mr Cracherode and Mr Stanwix, the Solr for Chelsea Hospll, will attend with states of the causes under their management before the next term. Mr Stanwix to attend to-morr.” 8 pages and 4 lines.
[? About
28 Oct.]
38. Representation of the Comrs for visiting the colleges and schools of Aberdeen, to the King. An abstract of the revenue and charge of the University and King's College of Old Aberdeen, and a representation of the condition thereof, have been laid before them, showing that the new edifice in that College, undertaken and considerably advanced in the reign of King William, by contributions of private persons, is in great danger of ruin for want of money to finish it. Likewise that the old fabric is so decayed, that in the judgment of skilful workmen it cannot subsist without speedy repair. Also that the College revenue has been of late so much impaired by new erections and augmentations of ministers' stipends ejected by law, that the funds are sunk considerably below what is requisite for defraying their charges. The revenue of the College has been burthened with about 900l. of debts. The College was erected nearly 300 years since by the King's predecessors, and of late has been provided by his Majesty with well qualified masters. The Comrs recommend the College to the Royal favour. Signed: “Buchan P.”
Referred to the Lords of the Treasury, 28 Oct. 1718.
Minuted:—“17th July 1719. Read it when Mr Baily is here.” 1 large page.
29 Oct. 39. Lord Power to [the Secretary of the Treasury.] In respect to his pension. He says:—“As you are very sensible, this pension was settled upon me in the time of the late Lord Godolphin, in consideration of my having quitted employments abroad worth five thousand pounds p[er] ann., to return to my native allegiance, on the publick faith given by proclamation. And as I have no other subsistence for myself and two daughters, and am greatly in debt, insomuch that I live in constant danger of being thrown into a goal, I beg leave to repeat my request, that youle lay these, my unhappy circumstances, before their Lordships. Furthermore, that the six hundred and fifty pounds a year allow'd me, never amounted to above five hundred, and that it is much less at present, there being a deduction of five shillings per pound.” 29 Oct. 1718.
Minuted:—“Read 29th Octr 1718.” 2½ pages, quarto.
30 Oct. 40. Order in Council, on the petition of Thomas Povey, son of John Povey, Esq., late Clerk of the Privy Council, praying, in consideration of his father's long services, for an arrear of his father's salary, and for an appointment to some post. Recommending the petitioner to the Lords of the Treasury. 30 Oct. 1718.
Minuted:—“9th May 1719. Rejected.”
Also the petition referred to. 2 pages.
4 Nov. 41. Report of Ro. Pringle, upon the memorial of the Earl of Lincoln; also representation with regard to the subsistence of three regiments on board the Fleet in the Mediterranean, from the 13th of July last, when they came upon the Establishment of Ireland, till they shall arrive in that kingdom. The Lord Lieut. has already given directions. On examination of the books, finds that it has been a constant practice upon transferring regiments from the British establishment to that of Ireland, to allow them the difference between the Irish and British pay. As the regiments are on actual service, they should receive the same favours as other regiments have done, and they should be paid upon the same footing as Brigadier Stanwix's regiment, now with them on board the fleet. 4 Nov. 1718.
The memorial and representation.
Minuted:—“6th Novr 1718. My Lords cannot direct them any addll pay.” 4 pages.
[? About
4 Nov.]
42. Petition of Samuel Radcliffe, of Shaston, in the county of Dorset, gent., to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for a lease for 31 years of a parcel of about 150 acres of waste ground, called Common moor, supposed to have been formerly covered with sea. It has never been possessed by anyone, but fed by cattle that stray in there. It lies between, and is almost environed by the parishes of Langport, Hewish, and Aller, in the co. of Somerset, and is bounded on the east by a vill or hamlet, called Combe, in the parish of Hewish; on the west by the river which runs from Langport to Bridgewater (the north-west corner runs down against an island or withy bed, called Pond ware); on the north by two grounds of meadow or pasture called Monkey Leazes, and the way called Head Wall; on the south by certain meadows called Pull meads, and a moor called Langport higher moor, in the co. of Somerset.
Minuted:—“4th Novr 1718. No lease or grant of this can be made, the King having no title or record.” 1 page.
4 Nov. 43. Report of the Comrs of Customs in North Britain, to the Lords of the Treasury. By their memorial of the 28th ult. they laid before their Lps an account received from their officers at the port of Inverness, that a party of Col. Clayton's regiment had been attacked by armed men to rescue a parcel of uncustomed goods seized by the Custom House officers, a corporal having been killed, and a private soldier wounded. Since that, have received information from another officer in Glasgow, who was making a seizure with a party of soldiers, that they were attacked by a numerous mob, and one of the rabble was killed. Custom House, Edinburgh, 4 Nov. 1718.
The memorial above referred to, and four other papers on the same subject.
One is minuted:—“4th Novr 1718. Read. To be layd before the King in Council.” 8 pages or parts of pages.
6 Nov. 44. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury. Have already set forth their difficulties in the management of the Excise, and their opinion that they required a parliamentary remedy. One of these was the difference in the Scotch and English gallon. The justices determined that 36 English gallons should be allowed to the brewers, chargeable with a duty of 2s. By the 7th Article of the Union, however, 34 gallons was considered the barrel, and the Comrs still charge the barrel at 34 gallons. The brewers detain 1/17 part of the duty, which requires a separate column in the accounts to keep these arrears in, causing great perplexity. It would be of great service to have this settled by Parliament. The arrears amounted to 24,000l., the greatest part of which will be lost. Are of opinion that for the advantage of the revenue they should be empowered to let to farm the duties of excise, and duties on candles, hides, and skins, arising in the isles and remote parts. Excise Office, Edinburgh, 6 Nov. 1718. 1½ pages.
7 Nov. 45. Copy of report of A. Cracherode to the Lords of the Treasury, previously described under 19 Aug., as to the estate of Anne Harvey, deceased, with a note that it is a copy of the above report. Signed:—A. Cracherode, 7 Nov. 1718.
Also divers other papers connected with the same business. 18 pages or parts of pages.
12 Nov. 46. Board of Green Cloth to the Lords of the Treasury. Transmit an estimate of the expense of his Majesty's household for Michaelmas quarter, &c. Nov. 12 1718.
Also:—“Reductions & additions to his Mats Establishmt.” pages.
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47. Petition of the University of Edinburgh to the King, for the appointment of a salary to the Professorship of Anatomy in that University, Adam Drummond having been appointed to the honorary professorship. For want of it, it is not only a loss to the Society, but to the nation in general, there being great numbers of gentlemen who apply themselves to the study, and are obliged to spend their money abroad, whereas if he were thus encouraged, they might study at home. Since the encouragement of the “Profession” of the Civil Law, few or none go abroad for it.
Minuted:—“Referred to the Lords of the Treasury.” [Nov. 12 1718.] 2 pages.
13 Nov. 48. Report of Walter Chetwynd to the Lords of the Treasury, on the state of the case of Alice King, widow. In consideration of the debt of 4,000l., due from the crown to Thomas King, her late husband, upon account of the Royal fishery, or herring trade, a pension of 300l. per ann. was granted to Alice King and children, but was some time afterward reduced to 100l. per ann. As Alice King is seventy years of age thinks her pension might be continued, but that it should be in discharge of all debts or demands. 13 Nov. 1718.
Minuted:—“Warrt signd 2d July 1719.” 1 page.
13 Nov. 49. Petition of John Burgoyne, and others, clerks in the office of the Register General of all Trading Ships, to the Lords of the Treasury. The Lords of Trade and Plantations desired an account of the number of ships clearing from any port of England to any foreign parts, together with the tonnage, for 3 years. Request that they may not be excluded from an allowance for such extraordinary work, as they have hitherto been. Custom House, London, 13 Nov. 1718.
Minuted:—“9th May 1719. My Lords will discourse the Comrs of Customes about this when they attend this Board.” 1 page.
14 Nov. 50. Lord Stanhope to the Lords of the Treasury. Upon laying before the King the petition of Sir John Lambert, and others, praying for payment of 7,224l. 15s. for provisions in their factor's hands, which were seized for the use of the garrison of Alicant, when that place was in possession of the present Emperor, his Majesty directed their Lordships to give directions for their relief. 14 Nov. 1718.
The petition referred to.
Minuted:—“5th Decr 1718. There is no money applicable to this service.” 2 pages, quarto.
14 Nov. 51. Memorial of the East India Co. to the Lords of the Treasury. The Board of Ordnance acquaint them that they have only malt tallies for 1717 to pay for the saltpetre demanded for the Government, which amounts to 13,500l. There is a discount of 2 per cent. on these tallies, and that Board can make no other payment. Pray for allowance of interest on those tallies to make them equal to specie, in which they should be paid. The saltpetre stands them in more than they receive, besides interest and insurance. 14 Nov. 1718.
Signed:—“Tho. Wooley, Secry.”
Minuted:—“My Lords will direct no other paymt. 9 May 1719.” ½ page.
15 Nov. 52. Memorial of the Cofferer of his Majesty's household to the Lords of the Treasury, asking for the issue of 20,457l. Cofferer's Office, 15 Nov. 1718.
Minuted:—“17 Xber 1718. Ordered.” 1 page.
20 Nov. 53. Alienations for the year ended Micħas 1718.
The expenses of the Alienation office from the last day of Michaelmas Term 1717 to Michaelmas Day 1718.
Certified by the Comrs for Alienations, W. Ashburnham and W. Jessop. Nov. 20, 1718. 2 pages.
20 Nov. 54. Two other papers of the same officers, as to the produce of the writs of entry and covenant, the amount of officers' salaries, &c. Dated 20 Nov. 1718.
Docqueted:—“Alienac[i]ons, one years accot, to Mich. 1718.” 3 pages.
21 Nov. 55. Memorial (signed) of Elizabeth Slingsby, the only child, unprovided for, of Col. Walter Slingsby, deceased, to the Lords of the Treasury. Her father raised, armed, and clothed a regiment for King Charles I., which cost him 6,000l., and he ran all the hardships and hazards imaginable. His Majesty gave him an instrument under the sign manual for the same. Lord Chancellor Hyde got him 300l. in part of the interest thereon. His Majesty also ordered that he should receive 100l. per ann. out of the Royal Oak Lottery for life, and afterwards to his children; and this continued to be paid after her father's death, memorialist receiving 20l. per ann. Memorialist is now in Ireland. Prays that it may be paid as formerly to her. Kinsale, 21 Nov. 1718.
Certificate of the truth of the memorial, with numerous signatures at the foot. 2 pages.
22 Nov. 56. Representation of the Court of Directors of the United East India Co to the Lords of the Treasury, on the mischief which his Majesty's subjects, trading from Ostend and other places to the East Indies, under colour of foreign commissions, occasion to the general trade of this kingdom, to his Majesty's revenue and to the Company. “Are extremely apprehensive that if a petition should be delivered in the Company's name it would meet with obstacles and the remedy they earnestly wish for would not find so easy a passage through the House, as if the motion were made by their Lordships' directions for leave to bring in a Bill to prevent the prejudice which must inevitably happen to his Majesty's Revenue if the project be not effectually defeated.” East India House, 22 Nov. 1718. 1 page.
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24 Nov.]
57. Memorial of Magdalena Ross, daughter of George Ross, Esq., deceased, who served the Princess of Orange, mother to King William III., for 21 years, as first Gentleman Usher, for which service great arrears were due to him at her Highness' death, and were never paid. After her death, King Charles II. promised to take care of him, and soon after granted him a pension of 200l. per ann. for life (as appears by the annexed patent), but her father died soon after, and she is the only one surviving of three daughters. At the coming of King William, they had fallen into great poverty. The King said he remembered their father very well, and verily believed that he was not paid, and granted to each a pension of 30l.; but that not sufficing they petitioned his Majesty a second time, and obtained an order to have the pension amended, but the King dying soon after, that order was not executed; but she enjoyed the 30l. per ann. during the King's and Queen Anne's lives, and till the present time, when she is to receive it no longer. Prays for its continuance.
Her affidavit as to the truth of the above. Dated 24 Nov. 1718.
Copy of the patent referred to. 2 pages.
25 Nov. 58. Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury. The Lords Justices and Privy Council of Ireland have represented the necessity of reducing three pence of the present value of the guinea, to make it bear proportion to the silver current in the kingdom. Hears that the matter has been referred to their Lordships, and asks what progress has been made. Dover Street, 25 Nov. 1718.
Copy of letter on the same subject. 2 pages.
25 Nov. 59. The same to the same, respecting the memorial of Col. Henry Monro to be placed on the establishment of half-pay in Ireland. Sends the report thereon from the Lords Justices. Recommends memorialist for his good services during the wars of Ireland, and for the character he bears. Same date.
The memorial referred to.
Minuted:—“13th January 1718. Prepare a warrant pursuant to the report of the Lords Justices to Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.”
Copy of the same, with another on the same subject; copy of warrant to place him on half-pay, and two other letters all on the same subject. 8 pages.
26 Nov. 60. Thomas Colby (Transport Office) to the Secretaries of the Treasury. Encloses an estimate of transporting three regiments of foot and two of dragoons from Britain to Ireland, amounting to 1,496l. 8s., in order that their Lps may direct the issue of the money to the Treasurer of the Navy. Transport Office, 26 Nov. 1718.
The estimate. 2 pages.
27 Nov. 61. Memorial of Jane Guenon de Beaubuisson, for herself and two daughters, to the Hon. Walter Chetwynd, Esq., Paymaster. Her husband, Mr Peter Guenon, was Gentleman of the Bow, and Private Armoury Keeper to King William, 1,300l. being due at the King's demise. In consideration whereof Queen Anne granted a pension of 100l. per ann. to memorialists, which was continued by the present King. Prays for its continuance.
Also her affidavit of the truth of the above. Dated 27 Nov. 1718. 1 page.
28 Nov. 62. Report of R. Powys to the Lords of the Treasury, as to what was due to the Hon. Edward Wortley, Esq., late H.M. Ambassador to the Grand Seignior. His ordinary allowance of 10l. a day commenced when he took leave of his Majesty, viz., 30 May 1716, and was paid to 7 April 1717, on which day he had audience of the Grand Seignior at Adrianople, where it was presumed he would have stayed that summer. Upon his audience, his allowance was to commence from the Turkey Company; and it was mentioned in the last warrant that the 10l. a day was to determine from 7 April 1717. There would be due to him on his ordinary entertainment of 10l. a day, for 545 days, from 7 April 1717 to 4 Oct. 1718, when he returned into his Majesty's presence, 5,450l., and for extraordinary disbursements at 1,200l. per ann., from 30 May 1716 to 4 Oct. 1718, 2,815l. 1s. 4d. As to his second article, the privy seal does not allow of extraordinaries. Mr Wortley hopes his Majesty will allow thereof. My Lord Paget had great sums allowed him upon the Treaty of Carlowitz, and Sir Robert Sutton and Mr Stanyan are, by their privy seals, to be allowed extraordinaries. The Turkey Company paid him their allowance to 13 June 1718, and if continued to 4 Oct. it would have come to 620l. 10s. 11½d. These sums amount to 8,885l. 12s.d. Further observes that in Dec. 1717 there was paid to Sir Charles Cook, Treasurer of the Levant Company, 4,000l. without account, as of his Majesty's royal bounty, intended to reimburse the company for settling Abraham Stanyan, Esq., appointed ambassador at Constantinople, in consideration of the expense the company was put to in so lately settling another person who was sent ambassador there. 28 Nov. 1718.
Edward Wortley's memorial and four other papers. 5 pages and 3 halves.
28 Nov. 63. Proposal of John Shorey and Son to the Lords of the Treasury. Refer to their former proposal of 13 June last, to dispose of the tin in the Tower. Now offer to buy 50 tons more, and pay for it on 13 March next, at 3l. 6s. 6d. per 100. London, Nov. 28, 1718.
Minuted:—“3d Decr 1718. Dr Fauquiere to attend to-morrow morning.”
In the Minute Book, vol. 22, p. 135, 16 Jan. 1718, is:—“My Lords direct him to deliver out of the East India Company's order 100 tons of tyn, at 3l. 6s. 6d. p[er] 100 wt.” 2 pages.
29 Nov. 64. Report of the Surveyor-General (Cholmley) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Charles Long, Esq., for a grant for 31 years of a fee farm rent of 65l. per ann., issuing out of the borough of Dunwich (Suffolk), at 5l. per ann. rent. King Edw. I. granted the borough to the burgesses and men of Dunwich, under the fee farm rent of 65l. per ann., but in King Charles the Second's time it was, owing to the decay of trade and frequent inundations of the sea, reduced to 5l. per ann. The King may remit all arrears before Michaelmas 1715. But if he granted the fee farm rent of 65l. per ann. for 31 years at 5l. per ann., such grant would be contrary to an Act of 1 Geo. I., and he therefore cannot advise it. 29 Nov. 1718.
Minuted:—“10th Novr 1720. My Lords adhere to the Survrs' report.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
Nov. 65. “Testificate” of the Justices of the Peace, Ministers of the Gospel, and others in the county of Aberdeen, that on 10 April or upon one or other of the days of that month, 1690, about the number of 500 men, disaffected to the Government, came down from the Highlands upon the lands of John Leith, of Whitehaugh, and took from the tenants 180 black cattle or more, 36 horses and mares or more, 700 sheep or more, and about 300l. sterling or more, with household stuff and furniture, which depredation was occasioned by the said John Leith being firm for the Government and Protestant religion, “as he continues to this day.” “Given at Whitehaugh, 30 Oct., jm. vij. C., and eighteen [1718], and at Aberdeen, the — day of November, jm. vij. C. and eighteen.” 1 page (brief size).
Nov. 66. Memorial of “Charlotte Rycaut, daughter of Sir Gilbert Goviard, Bart., and widow of Capt. Rycaut of the late Earl of Donnegall's regiment, who was killed at the attack of Fort Montjuich in Spain, to the Hon. Walter Chetwynd, Esq. On the Accession had a grant of a pension of 40l. per ann. for the loss of her husband, and for a son, drowned with Sir Cloudesley Shovell,” &c. Prays for continuance of the pension.
Her affidavit of the truth of the above. Dated. Nov. 1718. 1 page.