Volume 72
January 2-February 28, 1701


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January 2–February 28, 1701

[? 1701.] 1. Memoranda of certain sums due to Lord Fairfax, and the proposed mode of payment, and queries connected therewith.
Undated, but after 24 Dec. 1700. 1 page.
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2. A list of the servants that attended His Majesty into Holland the last year, and are now appointed for this present year 1701, for half a year's wages due in the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office at Midsummer 1700. 1 page.
Jan. 2. 3. Letter of Lord Bellomont to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that he and the Council objected to the 200l. a year salary to Mr. Weaver as collector of the province of New York, the revenue of the province being clogged with anticipations, and the public service in consequence faintly carried on; the debts of the government which could not be discharged were about 5,000l.; the King's house in the fort was ready to fall on his (the Governor's) head; the barracks out of repair, &c. Mr. Weaver arrived after 13 weeks' passage; it was time he recommended him (Mr. Weaver) “formerly” [formally] to their Lordships' favour, but a whole country could not be disobliged. He was entitled to a year and three-quarters salary before he was in his employment, which disgusted the people there, and might lead the province to refuse to settle a revenue which he brought the Assembly to agree to with difficulty last May twelve-month. He had not been able to take any course with Mr. Brookes's accounts of that province. The Comrs of Accounts appointed by Act of Assembly pretended they should be able to charge Col. Fletcher, Mr. Brookes, and others with considerable sums. He hoped they would settle an allowance for the Judge and Attorney-General for that province, pursuant to the Order in Council; public business suffered extremely for want of them; nobody there understood the drawing of an Act of Assembly, and the Courts of Justice were managed at a strange rate. Unless their Lordships quickened the departure of the Judge and Attorney-General from England he must put off the meeting of the General Assembly and adjourn the Superior Court of the province. Dated New York, 2 Jan. 1700–1. 1½ pages.
Jan. 2. 4. Copies of two Minutes of Council held at Fort William Henry on 28 Dec. 1700 and 2 Jan. 1700, the Earl of Bellomont and others being present, in relation to the salary, &c. of Thomas Weaver, collector and receiver-general of the province of [New York]. 2½ pages.
[? About
Jan. 10.]
5. Report of Mr. Wm. Borrett, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the several petitions of James Hunter, Samuel Sambatch, Charles Gubbins, and Isaac Edmonds; certifying that James Hunter was the first person that gave information of Edward Lewis being concerned in breaking open the Exchequer, and that the other persons were engaged in apprehending him: in favour of their sharing the reward of 100l. offered.
Minuted:—“Read 10 Jan. 1700. Hunter to have his hill of about 11l. for charges, and 50li more, to be distributed equally between Hunter, Sambach, Gubbins, & Edmonds, in reward for taking Edw. Lewis, one of the p[er]sons that robd ye Excheqr. Wt signed 10 Janry 1700.”
Accompanied by 14 other papers relating thereto, including two copies of the London Gazette for 26 Aug. 1700. 18 pages.
Jan. 10.]
6. Petition of William Munnings, a landwaiter in the port of London, to the Lords of the Treasury, for the removal from himself of the 50l. per ann. which he had to pay to John Wilcox during his life to the next succeeding landwaiter.
Minuted:—“Read 10 Jan. 1700. Munnings to pay 25li a year, & the youngest landwaiter that now comes in is to pay ye other 25li a year.” 1 page.
Jan. 11. 7. Letter of Wm. Borrett [Solicitor to the Treasury], to William Lowndes, Esquire, on the cause in Chancery between the Attorney-General General and the executors of the Lord Widdrington and others, viz., as to the disposal of a surplus of 220l. Dated Clifford's Inn, 11 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“Signifie ye King's pleasure that the overplus be pd to ye trustees for redemption, of captives.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 179, 15 Jan. 1700–1, is:—“Desire my Lord Ranelagh to be here on Fryday morning at 10 o'clock. Signify the King's pleasure that what shall appear on hearing the cause against the Lord Widdrington's exrs to exceed what hath satisfyed those concerned in the brief, be paid over to the trustees for redemption of captives.” 1 page.
Jan. 15. 8. “The accompt of the Commissioners for Wine Licences of the produce of that revenue in the quarter from the 29th of September 1700 last past, exclusive, to the 25th of December following, inclusive, together with the several payments thereout within the said quarter.” Dated “Wine Lycence Office, 15th January 1700.” 2 pages.
Jan. 15. 9. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon a draft of a warrant for paying over the duty of 5 per cent. to the English Company trading to the East Indies, and touching the receipt proposed to be given by the treasurer of the Company to the Receiver-General of the Customs, for sums of money paid on account. Dated 15 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“Insert ye words to charge the Compa, and the same exception in this warrt for charges of managemt, as is in ye act. Wt signed 20th Janry 1700.”
Accompanied by the draught and receipt, and a report of the Attorney and Solicitor-General approving of them. Also the copy of an authority to the Receiver-General and Cashier of the Customs to pay to the Company the moneys coming to them for the said duty. 6½ pages.
Jan. 15. 10. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, that they had written to Mr. Breton, the collector of Dover, to order Cornelius Smith, commander of the Dover sloop, to observe such directions for one month as he should receive from Mr. Baker for the King's service. They had lately received a letter from Dover, signed T. W., informing them of the smuggling between England and France. It was now 10 weeks since the vessel was under his orders; and they prayed that she might be ordered back to her station, as the Eye sloop, which was some security, was lately lost on the pier at Dover, so that the whole coast was then ungarded. Another vessel was, however, hastening from Hull to Dover. Dated 15 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“20th Jan. 1700. Direct Mr Baker to cause this sloop forthwth to returne to her stac[i]on. L~re signed 20th Janry 1700.” 2 pages.
Jan. 15. 11. Report of ye Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mr. Henry Ferne, Receiver-General of the Customs, praying an additional allowance for clerks in consideration of the bonds for the impost on tobacco, committed to his custody; certifying that the work would be voluminous and ought to be performed with great exactness and care, and approving of additional allowance for two clerks. Dated 15 Jan. 1700.
The memorial named.
Minuted:—“Orderd, and 100l p[er] ann. for the two clerks for the impost duty on tobacco. Wt signed 17 Janry 1700.” 2 pages.
Jan. 15. 12. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, laying before them the “bond account” of merchants trading in wines, as a matter of importance deserving immediate consideration, and involving so many persons that the commissioners apprehended they might require their Lordships' authority for the recovery of the money and interest thereon; in order to which they proposed that schedules of the same should be made according to a specimen annexed, &c., and for the more regular charging of interest for the time to come and for preventing such great arrears by bonds outstanding, the Comrs proposed that the bonds brought weekly to the Receiver-General by the collectors should be delivered to him by a schedule to be entered by the Controller-General; they also make some other suggestions as to these bonds. Dated 15 Jan. 1700–1.
Enclosing copy of a previous report of 11 Oct. 1700, on the same subject, including “an acct of what has been paid on bonds the 20, 21, & 22 of Jañry 1700,” and a warrant for order to be taken to sue for bonds and interest.
An account of bonds remaining in the hands of the Receiver-General and Solicitor of the Customs the 25th of December 1700.
Also the specimen schedules referred to.
Minuted:—“Recite ye former order and make a new order according to this report & the former resolutions.” 8 pages.
Jan. 15. 13. Letter of the Comrs of Revenue, Ireland, to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had been preparing an account for their Lordships of some proceedings as to the Act of Navigation when they received a reference from the Lords Justices upon a memorial presented to His Majesty by the envoy of the States General, which memorial was transmitted to them (the Comrs) by Mr. Secretary Hedges, with their (the Lords Justices) commands to report the matter to their Excellencies. They then enclosed a copy of their report and of such letters and informations as they had received from the Comrs of Customs, as the best means of acquainting their Lordships of that transaction; if there is to be any indulgence therein they must have their Lordships' instructions; they also take leave to remind their Lordships as to the quit rents referred to in their letter of 26 Sept. Dated 15 Jan. 1700.
Accompanied by copies of the documents referred to. 4 pages.
Jan. 20. 14. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Edward Johnson and Robert Sturdy, assignees of a commission of bankruptcy against Richard Wilson, praying for 1,690l. 15s., alleged to be due to Wilson for clothing Col. Fred. Hamilton's regiment of foot, entering on various details and giving reasons why he cannot determine the said claim, it being mixed up with others. Dated 20 Jan. 1700–1.
Minuted:—“Read ult. Jany 1700. To be considered when my Ld Ranelagh has made his rept on ye petic[i]on of Richmond & Brown.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
Jan. 21. 15. Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Captain Richard Fitz Patrick, praying to be paid 1,142l. 15s. 4d. from the Exchequer in Ireland, which was paid in there for the quit rents of several lands in the counties of Meath, Louth, and Longford, which the petitioner alleged belonged to him by grant of King Charles II. to the Earl of Longford, in trust for Col. Fitz Patrick, to whom Capt. Fitz Patrick was executor. They send for their Lordships' information (1) a certificate from the office of the Deputy Clerk of the Pells; (2) another from the Deputy Receiver-General, showing the sums paid into the Exchequer in Ireland between 3 Oct. 1692 and 8 Nov. 1699 on account of these quit rents; (3) Captain Richard Fitz Patrick's petition; and (4) the original report of the Auditor-General, dated 22 June last, whereby it appeared that the sum in question remained in the Treasury on account of those quit rents. Advising their Lordships to grant him an order to receive the same. Dated 21 Jan. 1700–1.
Minuted:—“A S. M. to be p[re]pared.”
Again:—“Wt signd.” 7½ pages.
Jan. 21.]
16. Petition of Holcraft Blood, Esq., to the King, showing that he was appointed second engineer of England in Jan. 1695 upon the Office of Ordnance, at 250l. per ann. and 13s. 4d. a day travelling charges, and that he was appointed by commission of 1 Oct. 1696 director and commander-in-chief of the- King's company of Engineers, and had had no pay for the same; seeking to be allowed 13s. 4d. a day from 1 Oct. 1696 to 25 March 1699, when the company “was broke.”
Minuted:—“A warrt to be made.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 186, 21 Jan. 1700–1, is:—“Collo Blood's peticon. Ref. to ye Ordnance, and afterwards to the E. of Ranelagh & Mr Blathwayt.” 1 page.
[? About
Jan. 21.]
17. Petition, apparently of Mr. Travers, to the Lords of the Treasury, seeking that they would give direction to the Exchequer to pay 3,000l. to William Roberts, Esq., for work about the Little Park at Windsor.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye K. Read 21th Janry 1700. My Lords are to speak with Mr Travers and to pay something towards these debts if money cannot be raised from the lands.”
“29 Jan. 1700, 1,500l to be paid to Mr Roberts for ye land bought at Windsor.”
There are minutes in the Minute Book, Vol. X., pp. 196 and 197, to the same effect. ½ page.
Jan. 22. 18. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petitions of (1) Thomas Belamy and (2) Stephen Creagh and Michael Fallet, the former setting forth the clandestine and fraudulent trade carried on by a great number of merchants of London, viz., from Bourdeaux, in France, and St. Sebastian's, in Spain, to the port of London, and that at his own charge he sent over a person to Bourdeaux and St. Sebastian to make a perfect discovery thereof, who had exhibited informations against the offenders and brought to trial one of the informations against Michael Fallet and Stephen Creagh, and recovered for the King 480l., on which trial three notorious frauds came out, (1) that French brandies were entered for Spanish; (2) that Creagh and Fallet entered them in their own names and paid English duties only, whereas they were the goods of an alien; and (3) that they entered them upon oath ad valorem 30l. per ton Spanish brandy, and they were afterwards sold for French brandy for upwards of 100l. per ton. As he apprehended great opposition and personal danger from the merchants (his solicitor being already publicly menaced), he sought protection and compensation for his zeal, and prayed for the King's part of the 480l. The latter petition sets forth the entry and payment of the duty on the said brandy and the recovery of the 480l. on an information, that the duty was inconsiderable and could not induce them to run the hazard of forfeiture, that they had paid upwards of 6,000l. for goods imported, &c.
The report details what had been done by the board to put a stop to the trade referred to, and that the merchants under prosecution made proposals to pay two-thirds of the appraised value, &c. Further, they saw no reason why the first petitioner, who was already entitled to one moiety of the forfeiture recovered against Creagh and Fallet, should be recompensed with the King's part of the forfeiture, &c. There was no pretence that the petitioners Creagh and Fallet should be gratified with the remission of the King's part of the forfeiture, since it was evident they incurred prœmunire. Dated 22 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“Read 22 Janry 1700. My Lords agree with the report.”
The petitions and two other papers relating thereto, one of which is “A list of informations exhibited in His Majesty's Court of Exchequer” against the persons named for importing wine as above. 8 pages.
Jan. 22. 19. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, certifying that the total quantity of French wine from St. Sebastian and other ports of Spain, hitherto proposed to be compounded for, was 1,959¼ tons and 34 gallons, and of brandy 11,536 gallons, and that the highest appraisements of both together amounted to 92,141l. 14s. 11d., whereof two-thirds admitted for the composition was 61,427l. 16s. 8d., towards which 28,618l. 17s. 3d. had been paid for Custom and Excise, and pressing that the merchants should pay the law charges. Dated 22 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“22 Jan. 1700, admitt the like composic[i]ons to be made for the 9 ships, or such of them as ye owners desire to compound for.”
There is also a postscript about nine other appraisements.
Accompanied by a paper entitled “The totalls of the fourty-seven appraisements in London and the out-ports.” 4 pages.
Jan. 22. 20. Queries for legal opinion as to the appropriation for off-reckonings, &c., of 300,000l., granted by Act of Parliament 11 & 12 Will. III., entitled, an Act for granting an aid to His Majesty by sale of forfeited estates in Ireland.
Also three separate opinions thereon, signed:—“Tho. Trevor, Wm Ettricke, & John Hoblyn.” Dated 22 Jan. 1700. 2 pages.
Jan. 22. 21. Excise Office, London. Presentment about the expiration of the duties on low wines. Dated 22 Jan. 1700–1. ½ page.
Jan. 23. 22. Letter from Mr. Wm. Blathwayt, probably to Mr. Lowndes, desiring that he would remind their Lordships of his just pretensions as to his salary for 1699, for executing the office of Secretary of State. Dated Whitehall, 23 Jan. 1700.
Another letter to the same on the same subject; undated, but earlier, seeking to be heard by their Lordships.
The following entries occur in relation to Mr. Blathwayt's salary in the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 27, 25 July 1701:—“Write to Mr Blathwaite that my Lords having confered wth my Lord Ranelagh (pursuant to the King's comd) to know whether one year upon his allowance of 1,000l. p[er] annum, payable out of ye poundage can now be pd out of that fond, are informed by his Lõp that ye K. allows 12,000l. p[er] ann. to ye hospll, & ye rem. not being sufft to pay his Lops own sallary wth ye Excheqr fees & ye charge of his office, there will be no room to place Mr Bl. on that fond, unless His Maty shalbe pleased to give directions to have ye p[er]ticulars of ye 12,000l p[er] ann. examined & layd before him in order to ye placing of his pencon wthin ye same.”
P. 39, 8 Aug. 1701.—“Prepare a S.M. for 1,000li for Mr Blathwaite for one year due at (sic) last upon his allowance out of the poundage as ‘Secretary at War,’ and give notice of this to my Lord Ranelagh to avoid double paymt.”
P. 50, 14 Oct. 1701.—“Write a letter for Mr Blathwait 1,000li out of civil list mo when the łres at ye Excheqr are all satisfied.” 2 pages.
Jan. 24. 23. An application, signed W. Senior, to William Lowndes, Esq., for a copy of the report on the petition of Mr. Tho. Bellamy (see No. 18, 22 Jan. 1700–1). Dated 24 Jan. 1700–1.
Minuted:—“Ordered.” 1 page.
Jan. 24. 24. Memorial of the Trustees for exchanging Exchequer bills, to the Lords of the Treasury, asking them to provide for the 15,000l. due to the subscribers to the seventh contract of 500,000l. on 28 April then following; giving further their opinion that it would be necessary speedily to set on foot another subscription. Dated 24 Jan. 1700. ½ page.
Jan. 25. 25. “An accott of vessells and goods forfeited, with their master's names, for breach of the Acts of Trade in the severall collonies and provinces of Bahama Islands, Bermuda, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Yorke, New England, together with his Mãties third part ariseing thereupon, and in whose hands.” Signed Ed. Randolph, S. G. Dated 25 Jan. 1700. 1 large page.
Jan. 27. 26. Memorial of the Trustees for circulating Exchequer bills, showing that on the last contract (29 April 1700) a subscription of 500,000l. at 3 per cent. premium was obtained, the subscribers depositing 5 per cent. in the Trustees' hands as security for their subscriptions; that the subscribers were uneasy under their subscriptions; the Trustees conceived that if the sum then to be subscribed were increased to 800,000l., a subscription might be obtained for circulating the bills for a year longer at 3 per cent. premium, and 5 per cent. to be deposited by the subscribers. Dated 27 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“29th Jan. 1700. The K. orders a new contract to be made for subscriptions to circulate Exchequer bills.” 1 page.
Jan. 27. 27. Letter from the Lords Justices of Ireland to the Lords of the Treasury, recommending the compliance with the prayer of the petition of the Lady Jeffreyson, widow and relict of Sir John Jeffreyson, late one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, who sought that her late husband's salary might be continued to her for some time after his death. They also recommend that the salary of the Judge's successor, John Smith, Esq., Serjeant-at-Law, should begin from 1 January instant. Dated 27 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“Not granted to Mrs Jeffreson, but make an order to pay the succeeding judg from the date of his patent.” 2½ pages.
Jan. 28. 28. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Francis Grindal, master of the ship “Love's Increase,” of Whitehaven, for liberty to discharge and dispose of 4,500 weight of bulk tobacco, then under seizure at Poolton, being imported from Maryland, stating that by Act 10 & 11 Will. III., all tobacco was prohibited to be imported from America, otherwise than in cask, chest, or case of 200 weight at least, under pain of forfeiture, and the tobacco in question having arrived three days after the prohibition, was seized; they would have inclined to admit the cargo to entry as the ship was delayed by advice of the Governor of Maryland on account of the seas being infested with pirates; but as the forfeitures were appropriated, and this was the first instance under this Act, they laid it before their Lordships, lest it should be drawn into a precedent. Dated 28 Jan. 1700.
Also the petition and an affidavit.
Minuted:—“Admitt to an entry, giving satisfaction to the officer. Wt signed 7th Febry 1700.” 3 pages.
Jan. 28. 29. Letter signed M. Kirke, addressed to the Right Hon. the Lord Godolphin; the torment of her creditors forced her to make her complaint. She had received nothing for a year and a quarter, though she had a patent for 500l. a year, but since the revolution, had been paid but at the rate of 250l., and 660l. were due to her, this being her whole dependance, and bought for a valuable consideration.
On the dorse is a report on this case, showing what had been paid since 1688 to Mrs. Kirke. The consideration above referred to was supposed to be a patent from King Charles II. for 500l. per ann. to her after her husband's decease out of the honor of Grafton, but the honor was granted away without any saving for that pension. There is a memorandum that the King paid 100l. per ann. for the rent of the house in which Mrs. Kirke lived, to the Lady Mary Kirke. Dated 28 Jan. 1700–1.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 290, 11 June 1701, is a memorandum that letters were read and approved for payments to various persons, amongst whom:—“Lady Kirk, 100l.” 1½ pages.
Jan. 29. 30. Report, signed Jo. Taylor, on the account of Mr. Richard Marshall, of moneys by him received and paid, as well for his journey and voyage to and from Barbary, as for horses by him bought there for the King's use, and the charges relating thereto. The 792l. 9s.d. supplied by Mr. Aylmer by order from Mr. Secretary Vernon agreed with what Mr. Aylmer had charged and had been repaid by the master of the horse to Mr. Aylmer. As to some articles in the account, he thought they should be referred to the master of the horse. Dated 29 Jan. 1700.
Minuted:—“Send these papers to ye mastr of ye horse.” 2 pages.
Jan. 29. 31. Representation of the Comrs for stating, adjusting, and clearing the old debts for sick and wounded seamen, and exchange of prisoners of war, as to the passing their accounts. They state that on receiving their commission in 1689 they were sent for by the Lords of the Admiralty, and told that those who were on their station in the Dutch war had been so unkind to the subject and chargeable to the kingdom that they were not to follow their example, but to see the sick and wounded seamen and prisoners of war well cared for, to keep exact accounts of moneys issued to the receiver, to disburse in the most “husbandly” manner, and in all things to act as their judgments and the necessity of the service should require. Dated 29 Jan. 1700–1. 1 page.
[? About
Jan. 29.]
32. Memorial of Richard Povey, receiver for the sick and wounded seamen, to the Lords of the Treasury, about taking up his imprest bills.
Minuted:—“Speak wth the Comrs of ye Navy concerning this on Wednesday, 29th Jan. 1700” 1 page.
Jan. 31. 33. “Navy Office. An estimate of the debt of His Majesty's Navy on the heads hereafter mentioned, as it stood on the 31st of December 1700.” Dated 31 Jan. 1700.
Signed. 2 pages.
Jan. 31. 34. Memorial of the Trustees for circulating Exchequer bills, to the Lords of the Treasury, submitting a method for taking subscriptions to the eighth contract, being the same which was approved by their Lordships on the last contract. The chief points were that no one should be admitted to have above 5,000l., and that they must pay down 5 per cent. as security. Dated 31 Jan. 1700. ½ page.
Jan. 31. 35. Letter from Col. Christopher Codrington ? to Mr. Lowndes, stating that he had obeyed their Lordships' commands upon his arrival there; the Governor and two of the council in each island mustered the several companies of Col. Foxe's regiment upon oath, and they were all complete to a man; there were a great number of supernumerary men of Col. Holt's regiment to fill up vacancies. He had mustered Col. Norton's independent company, and found about 25 miserable old decrepid fellows in rags, not able to stand under their arms; several had served nearly 30 years. Col. Norton had mustered several of his own servants, and other people who did no duty. He desired that their Lordships would send a copy of his (Col. Norton's) last muster rolls, and then he would give a more particular account of his frauds. He had reason to believe there was a vast difference between the rolls he sent home and the true state of his company. He had been forced to suspend Col. Norton from his government, for the many great crimes he had been guilty of. He had also taken the company from him and had given it to Col. Eldrington until he knew the King's pleasure, because, being commissary, he hoped he would fill it up out of Col. Foxe's regiment, and he had already persuaded several of the disbanded soldiers to list under him. If the company was to be kept up there was a necessity to make speedy provision for it, the poor fellows having been long in a most miserable condition, but most of the men were too old to serve at all. Dated Antigua, Jan. 31.
Minuted:—“To be laid before ye K. Read 7th May 1701. My Lords are to speak with Mr Blathwayte about this.” 2½ pages.
[? About
Jan. 31.]
36. Petition of Thomas Doleman, Esq., to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for the grant of patent for his life instead of that of John Cox, as customer and collector of the port of Newcastle.
Minuted:—“Read ult. Janrii 1700. Receive the King's pleasure upon this.” Again:—“Granted.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 219, 27 Feb. 1700–1, is:—“Thos Doleman's petn to have his owne life in the patent for customer of New Castle, instead of the life of John Cocks, wch is in trust for him. Granted.” 1 page.
Feb. 1. 37. “A list of foreited bonds of 1,000li which Mr Markham, ye Govr of the province of Pensilvania, refused to deliver me that I might prosecute them.”
Humbly presented by Ed. Randolph, S. G. Dated 1 Feb. 1700. 1 page.
Feb. 3. 38. “The names of several Governors who have wittingly and willingly broak the acts of trade, and have thereby forfeited to His Majst 1,000l., as by evidence ‘vivo vote’ and attested vouchers I can make appear.”
Humbly submitted by Ed. Randolphs, S.G.
Dated 3 Feb. 1700.
The Governors referred to are of Bermuda, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Minuted:—“7 Feby 1700. To be read when ye Commrs of ye Customes attend their Lopps.” 1 page.
Feb. 3. 39. “An accot of money due to His May for the 1/3 of seisures and forfeited vessells and goods detained by them, as by sufficient attested vouchers I am ready to make appeare.”
Humbly submitted by Ed. Randolph, S.G.
Dated 3 Feb. 1700.
Viz., in South Carolina and Pennsylvania. 1¼ pages.
Feb. 3. 40. Report of the Comrs for Victualling His Majesty's Navy and the Comrs for Transports, on the petition of Abraham Elton and others, merchants of Bristol, owners of the ship “George,” as to the payment for the hire of the said vessel which was hired by the Comrs of Transportation at 107l. 14s. per month, and assigned over to the Comrs of Victualling. Dated 3 Feb. 1700.
Minuted:—“My Lords are of opinion that the victrs ought to pay freight only for ye time their provisions were aboard, and that ye Comrs of Transport should settle the accot accordingly.”
Also the petition, a charter-party, and an affidavit. 5 pages.
Feb. 6. 41. Memorial of the Subaltern Officers of the late second Marine Regiment to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that they had received no pay or subsistence since 16 Feb. 1696–7, and their creditors were out of patience with them, threatening them with imprisonment: praying that their subsistence amounting to 2,739l. might be ordered.
Also a copy of a letter from Sir Cloudesley Shovell corroborating the memorial, and in addition stating that their case was still the harder, as they had received nearly 40l. a man less than the lieutenants of the other Marine regiment commanded by the Marquis of Carmarthen. Dated 6 Feb. 1700–1.
Minuted:—“Write to Mr Dodington to attend on Wednesday next wth the accts of the Marine Regts.
“8 Aug. 1701. My Lords will consider this as soon as the acct comes. Write to the Navy Board forthwth to send ye accot.” 2 pages.
Feb. 6. 42. The original letter of Sir Cloudesley Shovell, of which the one described in the last entry is a copy. Dated 6 Feb. 1700–1.
Minuted:—“21 Feb. 1700. To be read when ye Comrs of ye Navy are here.” And again, “Read 7 Mar. 1700.” 1 page.
Feb. 13. 43. Report of Mr. Henry Baker to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Godden; certifying that the petitioner was concerned in the exportation of wool, that he was prosecuted and convicted, and that there was a judgment against him for 225l., but that he was very young and drawn in by a gang of old expert owlers, then in confederacy in the Marsh, but since dispersed; and that he was utterly unable to pay the judgment: recommending him to their Lordships' clemency. Dated 13 Feb. 1700.
Also the petition.
At the back is an epitome of the above, ending with “the petr is dead.” 2 pages.
Feb. 14. 44. The opinion of the Attorney and Solicitor-General (Tho. Trevor and Jo. Hawles) for the guidance of the Lords of the Treasury, on a demand made by Mr. Williamson at the Tally Court, through Mr. Le Neve, one of the Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer, for an annuity of 60l. and 30l. in addition, viz., as to the taking the same out of the hereditary excise. Dated 14 Feb. 1700.
The reply Mr. Le Neve should make to Mr. Williamson, on the same subject.
Also extract from the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 181, 17 Jan. 1700, as to these demands, and the order referring the matter to the Attorney and Solicitor-General. 5½ pages.
Feb. 17. 45. A letter signed Steph. Elliott, to the principal officers and Comrs of the Navy, stating that His Majesty in the year 1694 had ordered him 500l. as a reward, of which 250l. had been ordered by the Lords of the Treasury: asking if any order had been sent to the Navy Board to pay the remainder. Dated 17 Feb. 1700–1.
It was referred to Mr. Johnson to examine what had been done, and he certified that he had searched the Controller's books from 1694, and there was no bill numbered or made out to Capt. Stephen Ellyott for this service. 1 page.
Feb. 18. 46. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Captain John Bickly, praying that a stop upon his half pay on account of respits might be taken off; stating that the respits charged on the captain exceeded the arrears due to him, &c.; the petitioner alleged that the respits were occasioned by great desertions which he could not prevent, particularly of 30 men at a time in 1696; he had no other dependence than his half pay and had lost his leg at Steinkirk. Dated 18 Feb. 1700.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“30 July 1701. He is not within the rules prescribed by the K. for taking off ye respits.” 2 pages.
Feb. 19. 47. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, as to certain bonds and entries of Mr. George Luke Burrish and others of merchandize for India, which their Lordships had received in a letter from Sir Charles Hedges, Knt., principal Secretary of State, intimating that they had scrupled to pass the same by reason of 440 pieces of iron ordnance therein mentioned: certifying that they saw nothing to object in relation to the rest of the cargo of the ship; that security had been taken that she should not sail beyond the Downs without further order, and that she might proceed on her voyage when the King's pleasure was known. Dated 19 Feb. 1700.
Also a memorandum as to the said ordnance.
Wt signed 19 Febry 1700–1. 1 page and 2 halves.
Feb. 20. 48. Order in Council to refer the petition of Mary Norridge to the Lords of the Treasury, to consider it as they should “see cause for her relief and support.” Dated 20 Feb. 1700–1.
The petition referred to, which states that the petitioner was the daughter of Thomas Duncan, who was Lieut.-Col. of Horse to King Charles I., and exhausted an estate to the value of above 10,000l. in raising and furnishing a troop of horse, never receiving any pay during the whole war, and was also a great sufferer by wounds and imprisonment, that he was employed by the King in several dangerous messages of great consequence, whilst the King lay at York, to the frequent hazard of his life, especially in a desperate message when he ventured into Hull and scattered 24 declarations after Sir John Hotham had shut the gates against the King, and His Majesty, having a particular kindness for the petitioner's father, was loth to let him run such a desperate hazard of his life, but he being zealous to serve the King, disguised himself in the form and habit of an old blind decrepid woman, and was led by another person and so escaped suspicion. When he came back from his desperate undertaking, he met the King in the garden at York, and His Majesty embraced him with joy and gave a particular charge to the late Earl of Lindsey, that if he (the King) should die, he should see that her father was provided for, and if he lived he would see him rewarded himself; all which is certified by William, late Marquis of Newcastle, the late Earls of Lindsey and Mansfield, the then Richard, Lord Byron, Sir Philip Monckton, Sir Edward Turner, Sir John Goodrick, Sir Henry Kynes, Sir George Gore, and Sir Jordan Crossland. King Charles the Second had promised her father anything in his gift, as appeared by the King's grant and other certificates annexed; but he died unrequited, and she had reaped no benefit from the King's good intention, not having received a penny of bounty, her father having been dead near 20 years.
The petitioner was descended from the Duncans of Scotland by her father, and by her mother from “the Lord Viscount Loftis of Ely's family,” who was Lord Chancellor of Ireland, High Justice of the kingdom and one of the Council. Their dwelling in England was formerly Middleham Castle in Yorkshire, but the petitioner by these losses was exposed in the world to get her livelihood. The Lord “Lisbon,” who was killed in the King's service in Ireland (being the petitioner's relation), spoke to the Duke of Bolton to move the King for a yearly pension for her life on His Majesty's accession, but was advised to defer it until the wars were ended. The petitioner had a sister to be provided for out of what should be settled on her: praying the use of the 10,000l. above mentioned for the lives of herself and sister, and for bounty to discharge several debts that lay hard on her, and for their support until a pension should be settled.
Minuted:—“Read 7th March 1700. My Lords cānot advise the doing any thing upon this peticon.”
Accompanied by the certificates of the Marquis of Newcastle and the other persons named above. That by the Earl of Lindsey states, that Lieut.-Col. Thomas Duncan was farmer of the ferry boats of Barton-upon-Humber in 1642, and that he (the Earl) with many others under his command were in Barton when his (the Lieut.-Col.'s) boats and men, with many other passengers going over to Hessell, were carried prisoners to Hull, and that Col. Duncan was employed by the King's special command in several messages and services of great consequence and trust whilst His Majesty was at York, all which he faithfully performed at Hull, Boston, and elsewhere; he also gave His Majesty two men and horses for Edge Hill, which were delivered to Capt. Francis Bartue, and were in his troop at Nottingham, &c.
There is also the copy of a report on his services, dated 23 Dec. 1662, which, in addition to corroborating what is above stated, says, that presently after the death of Col. Geo. Heron, he raised and mustered 72 horsemen and arms under the command of Col. Francis Steward in the first war, and that he gave intelligence to Pomfret Castle, in Governor Morice's time, by the name of John Jones, and that he raised several men and horse at the second rising or war, and was there shot, wounded, imprisoned, and sold as a banished man. In the first war he rose to be Major at Bowden Hill fight in the North, and to be Lieut.-Colonel of horse to Col. Francis Vaughan after Col. Steward was dead; that he charged at York fight as Lieut.-Colonel, and afterwards engaged at Mawpas in Lancashire, where he was shot in the head, and for want of time to recruit as other colonels had, he was denied of his honour, purchased at so dear a rate, which he craved he might enjoy as confirmed to him by the Marquis of Newcastle; they also state that he had lost a considerable estate, &c.
There is further the copy of the minute of 28 Feb. 1664, viz., “that if the petr can find out any thing in His Mates guift fit for the petr and not already disposed, His Matie will therein remember the petr for his services & sufferings.” 11 pages.
Feb. 21.]
49. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that they had discoursed with Mr. Josiah Crosse, who had been recommended by their Lordships as a collector of Excise in the county of Nottingham, and they found that he had never been concerned in any branch of the revenue, and had no knowledge of the Excise laws, and their opinion was that it would prejudice the King's service to employ persons so unqualified.
Also a letter to Mr. Lowndes, transmitting the above.
Minuted:—“21 Feb. 1700. Write to ye Comrs of Excise that my Lds, upon considerac[i]on of this meml, do not insist upon their Lo[rdshi]ps former recomendac[i]on of Mr Cross.” 2 pages.
[? About
Feb. 21.]
50. Papers relating to the affairs of Susannah, widow of the late Sir William Parkins; consisting of an account of Sir William's estate; the case of the Lady Parkins in reference to Mr. Arundell's petition, drawn up by her son, 16 Dec. 1700; the petition of Francis Arundell, Esq.; two reports of Mr. Henry Baker; (fn. 1) and a duplicate account of the estate. Another report, signed by several persons, recommending the said Lady to their Lordships' charitable compassion; and her memorial, referring to a former petition, wherein she sought for the remainder of her late husband's estate, for the payment of his debts, and support of herself and children. In this memorial she seeks for the continuance of their bounty.
The lands were at Bushy in Hertfordshire, in Bulkinton and Woolvey in Warwickshire, and a reversion of some lands in Warwickshire, Leicestershire, and Coventry, and they were encumbered.
Minuted:—“21 Feby 1700. A report to be made.”
Some of these papers had been considered in May and June 1697, but one or two are as late as Feb. 1700–1. [See also Vol. LXVIII., No. 60.] 10 pages.
Feb. 22. 51. Report, signed J. Taylour, addressed to the Lords of the Treasury, on the bill of Captain Munden, transmitted to Mr. Secretary Vernon, that their Lordships might give directions for payment thereof; the bill amounted to 75l., for money alleged to have been given to persons when he, Capt. Munden, was commanded to Tetuan with the King's advice and desire to the Emperor of Morocco to raise the siege of Ceuta; and when ordered there again to lengthen the truce; as also when commanded to Algiers to treat with the Dey about lengthening the time limited for giving passes. Acquittances were not produced, and it was not reasonable to expect them for expenses of that nature; but the Captain might be required to make oath, &c. He offered it to their Lordships whether bills of that kind for small expenses of State by the King's particular direction, signified by one of the principal secretaries, ought not to be defrayed by the secretaries out of secret service moneys, or, at least, that they should examine the bills and sign and allow them by the King's order. Dated 22 Feb. 1700.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 219, 27 Feb 1700–1, is:—“Capt. Munden's bill of disbursemts for His Mats service in the Streights read, and ordered to be paid.”
Again at p. 260, 29 April 1701. “836. 16. 7. to Capt. Munden el ał (prout ye letter) to be issued.” 1 page.
Feb. 23
and 24.
52. Report of T. Done, Auditor of Imprests, to the Lords of the Treasury, as to what progress the Treasurers at War and the Navy had made in their accounts before him since the date of his last certificate of 24 Sept. last. Dated 23 Feb. 1700.
Another report of Francis Bythell, the deputy of Brook Bridges, Esq., Auditor [of Imprests], on the same subject. Dated 24 Feb. 1700.
The accounts to which they related were those of the Earl of Orford, late Treasurer of the Navy, the Earl of Ranelagh, Charles Fox, Esq., and Thomas Coningsby, paymaster of the Irish forces.
Accompanying these are also:—
(1.) An Order of the House of Commons for an account of the proceedings of the Treasury in relation to these accounts, to be laid before them.
(2.) A letter of Mr. Lowndes to the Auditors of Imprests to send by the next Monday morning the state of the treasurer's accounts.
(3.) “Orders and directions given by the Lords Commissioners of His Majesties Treasury, with relation to the accounts of the Treasurer of the War and Treasurer of the Navy, and what proceedings have been thereupon.” 12 pages.
Feb. 25. 53. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on a memorial of the Comrs of Customs, sent to them by their Lordships, complaining that they (the Comrs of Excise) had not rewarded certain officers according to the nature of their services. The report relates more particularly to a case of “running” salt near Fowey, and they advise that if the Comrs of Customs had been mistaken in their proceedings they ought to pay the damages. Further, in the case of brandy, several quantities had been seized upon the coast of Kent and Sussex by the officers of the Customs, and condemned in the Exchequer, and the brandy sold without any duty of Excise. The Comrs of Customs might as reasonably apply for a reward upon seizures of brandy wherein their officers were not successful, as in the case of the salt. As to the case of Matthew Paine, mentioned in the memorial, whenever any of their officers employed persons on board ships to prevent frauds, &c., they charged it in the bills of incidents, and when sworn to, the charge was allowed. They had received no account from their officers that Paine was put on board by them, and he was besides employed to take care of tobacco, &c.; and they thought they ought to bear no share of the charge.
In the case of William Denne, mentioned in the memorial, they say that he transcribed an account of salt exported, and if they had thought the Comrs of Customs expected it, they would have given him a gratuity; but they had presumed he was “an officer in salary.” Their Lordships would judge what occasion there was for a representation in that particular. Mr. Denne could not merit more than 40s. from their board. Dated 25 Feb. 1700. 2 pages.
Feb. 25. 54. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, as to Mr. Ireton, collector of Excise, dismissed for irregularities in the discharge of his duties. Dated 25 Feb. 1700.
Minuted:—“25 Feb. 1700. My Lords approve what ye Comrs have done.” 1 page.
Feb. 25. 55. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the officers and clerks of the Tally Court, finding that the petitioners had tried and marked 823 quart pots and 823 pint pots, and had filled up 823 pairs of indentures for those measures, and that the fees would have amounted to 1,248l. 11s. 4d.: and the deputy chamberlain and his servant had been at considerable trouble about the same, and deserved some recompense; but that by the Act of the last sessions the chamberlains of the Exchequer were directed to seal and certify these measures without fee or reward. Dated 25 Feb. 1700.
Minuted:—“To be allowd 40li.”
Also the petition, and four other papers in relation thereto. 6 pages.
Feb. 26. 56. An Order in Council, to the Lords of the Treasury, for payment, by way of imprest, to 8,000 seafaring men for manning the fleet, to the effect that the collectors of Customs should pay to the Vice-admirals the sums amounting to 4,050l. (as appears in a schedule), with powers to the Comrs of the Admiralty to renew their order for further sums if necessary. The King had also given directions to the Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum of the inland counties to cause all seamen and watermen to be impressed and sent from sheriff to sheriff towards the sea coast, to be delivered to the vice-admirals for the fleet, and to allow 12d. to each man for imprest money, and 6d. a man a day to maintain him till a sufficient number were collected, and afterwards 8d. a day when marching for embarkation. The Lords of the Treasury were to give directions to the officers of the Excise to supply the Lords Lieutenant and Custodes Rotulorum with the requisite money. The Lords of the Treasury should also signify to the Comrs of Customs to direct the officers of Customs to make exact lists of all seamen and seafaring men belonging to the ports, &c., and transmit them to the Lords of the Admiralty. Dated 26 Feb. 1700.
Also the list of the Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum. 4 pages.
[? About
Feb. 27.]
57. Memorial of Dr. Wallis to His Majesty, showing that more than two years before, Lord Somers signified the King's pleasure that Dr. Wallis should instruct his grandson in the art of deciphering, and that he would allow 100l. per ann. to the teacher and learner. The young man had made such good progress that he had deciphered one of the best English ciphers and a very good French one; but upon search there was no minute for the payment.
Minuted:—“See from wt time Dr Hide's payment was settled, for this is to commence from that time.”
“The allowances to Dr. Hyde for instructing youths in the Arabick and Turkish languages do commence from 25th March 1699.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 220, 27 Feb. 1700, is an entry to the same effect. ¾ page.
Feb. 27. 58. Memorial of the Victuallers of the Navy to the Lords of the Treasury. They daily expected an order to provide for 10,000 men for 13 months; beef and pork could not be procured but with ready money, and great quantities would be required; they were almost 17 months in arrear, &c. Lady Day was near, and Sir Tho. Draper would expect the Hartshorn Brewhouse to be delivered up to him if not agreed for before, and to be without it now there was likely to be a considerable action coming on, might be greatly prejudicial. Dated 27 Feb. 1700.
In regard to the Hartshorn Brewhouse, there is the following in the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 30, 29 July 1701:—“Lett the conveiances of the Hartshorne Brewhouse be executed, & ye 5,000l be paid to Mr Hallet, ye goldsmith, & the inter. since Xmas last in lieu of the rent.” 1 page, much injured.
Feb. 27. 59. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Joan Hollingshead, as to the omission of the lease of a bakehouse in Macclesfield. He found that soon after the Restoration the Lord Treasurer Southampton, by advice of the barons and other officers of the Exchequer, reserved on every lease a moiety of the improved value of the thing demised; which increase of rent was charged that the land revenue might bring in somewhat more yearly than the small old reserved rents to the Crown, his Lordship apprehending that at that time, there would be so many suitors to His then Majesty (that had suffered with him) that the fines would be generally begged and given away. Afterwards (a moiety being found very burthensome) they were reduced to a third part, after that to a fourth; and in May 1669 an Order of Council was obtained on the petition of the tenants of the Duchy of Cornwall for discharging them quite, and accordingly most of them were bought off and extinguished, by the determination of the leases whereon they were reserved. The rent of 40s. reserved by way of increase on this bakehouse in 1661 was discharged on a new lease in 1672, and if their Lordships raised the like new rent again, he conceived their Lordships intended it as a general rule for setting increased rents on leases for the future.
The greatest number of leases were in the Duchy of Cornwall, the tenants whereof, by the former Acts of Parliament for enabling the Crown to make leases there, had “leave to purchase off such increased rents,” and it might be presumed the bill then ordered to be brought into Parliament would be in the same words. Dated 27 Feb. 1700.
Also the petition, which is minuted:—“29 Ap. 1701. My Lords do not think fitt to reduce the increased rent.” 2 pages.
[? About
Feb. 28.]
60. Petition of Francis Hollinshead to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that his father had faithfully served Kings Charles I. and Charles II. in the civil wars and those of the Low Country, that he was collector of hearth tax for Lancashire and receiver-general of 18 months' assessment in Staffordshire, and caused the petitioner to be named receiver-general of the same tax for Cheshire (he then being a minor and a student at Oxford, and his father managing the receipt), and by the sudden death of his father was defrauded by his deputies, so that there was due to the King near 4,000l., which sum by sale of his lands was paid into the Exchequer. He was afterwards drawn in by his guardian, Edw. Hollinshead, to be surety for Ralph Hollinshead, receiver of an assessment in Cheshire, who was in arrear and in the Fleet for 2,000l. Edward Hollinshead, chiefly to get the petitioner discharged, offered to give 500l. for the discharge of the arrear, which offer was accepted; but their Lordships would not make the order absolute. He was informed that the arrear was entered on the Exchequer books as lost; but one Mr. Heath, a servant to Edw. Hollinshead, having a prejudice against the petitioner, had then begged the arrear. Praying stay of process during petitioner's life.
Minuted:—“28th Feb. 1701. Mr. Taylour to lay before my Lords a state of this matter.”
Then follows what appears to be Mr. Taylor's account of it, and lower down the following minute:—“Read 26 Mar. 1700–1. My Lords do not find ye debt was discharged, it is given to pious uses, and my Lords can do nothing upon this petition.” 1 page.
Feb. 28. 61. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of James Boddington and partners, praying that what was due to them for clothing the first regiment of foot guards in 1698 and 1699 might be paid out of the off-reckonings for 1700, and on the petition of Robert Graham, praying that the off-reckonings might be paid to him; setting forth what the demands of the parties were. Dated 28 Feb. 1700–1.
Minuted:—“11 March 1700. My Lords will hear this matter by counsel this day senight in the morning at 9 of ye clock, provided the partys will first agree to acquiesce in their Lops determinacon. If they do agree, give notice to the E. of Ranelagh, Mr Attor., & Mr Sollr to attend.”
Accompanied by (1) the copy of this minute, transmitted to Mr. Boddington and Mr. Graham, with a memorandum from them that they were willing to submit to their Lordships' determination; (2) the petition of James Boddington and partners; (3) certain clauses in Acts of Parliament submitted for legal opinion, with the opinions thereon; (4) the petition of Robert “Grahame;” (5) other legal opinions on the same off-reckonings.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 241, 28 March 1701, is:—“Mr Attorney comes in & Mr Sollr. My Lords do determine that the off-reckonings of the year 1700 be applyed according to the course of ye pay office for paymt of ye cloathing first served, and that this rule do determine ye case betweene Mr Bodington & Mr Grahme, wch they submitted to their Lops.” 8 pages.


1 One of these is minuted thus:—“Read 5 May '97. The Comon of Enquiry to be issued & executed, and then the widd. & children to be relieved.”