|1. Report of the Comrs of the Navy [apparently addressed to Mr. Lowndes], on the petition of John Taylor, merchant, a contractor for masts, planks, and other stores, who prayed that their Lordships would direct the Navy Board to make out bills to be paid in course, &c.; giving some facts as regards the bills in course, &c., for their Lordships' guidance. Dated 2 May 1701.|
Also the petition and other particulars about the contract, and a note from the petitioner to the Rt. Hon. the Lord Godolphin on the same subject. 4 pages.
||2. Report of the Earl of Ranelegh to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Sarah Hunt and other inhabitants of Stratford-upon-Avon, praying relief from some debts contracted by the officers and soldiers of Capt. Sandy's troop, in the Earl of Oxford's regiment, when quartered there; leaving it to their Lordships as to what was the proper relief to be given. Dated 5 May 1701. 1 page.|
||3. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Rawlin Mallock, son of Roger Mallock, late collector of Excise, as to the claim of the Crown on Rawlin Mallock, who was security for Roger Mallock. Further they report that they had good reason to believe that the King's money, which was alleged to be lost by robbery, was so lost. Dated 6 May 1701.|
Minuted:—“My Lords approve this Report.” Again:—“2 July 1701. Deduct ye robery money from ye 2,306. 1. 8., and lett the petr make up the remainder & then my Lords will allow ye robery mo & discha ye interest.”
Also the petition and two affidavits as to the robbery. 5½ pages.
||4. Report of Lord Ranelagh and Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Col. Luke Lillingston, as to allowance to be made to his company as if complete, they having been weakened by a contagious distemper on their return from the West Indies. Dated 6 May 1701.|
Minuted:—“Read to ye K. 27 June 1701. Respited.” 1 page.
||5. Memorial from the Comrs for Trade to the Lords of the Treasury, relating to the incident charges of their office. Dated 6 May 1701. 1 page.|
||6. Report of Mr. Henry Shales, auditor, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Charles and James Tryon, Esquires, grandchildren of Sir Richard Stydolf, Knt. and Baronet, deceased, who held of the Crown divers lands in the parish of Egham, in the county of Surrey, at a rent of 12l. 7s. 8d., and certain oats and hay to be delivered at Windsor and Hampton Court. In favour of deductions being allowed for the hay and oats from the taxes on the land. Dated 6 May 1701.|
Also the account of the value of the hay and oats and the petition referred to.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. To be allow'd in kind & not in mony.” 3 pages.
||7. A letter from Narcissus, Archbishop of Dublin [to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland]. He knew not whether Lord Galway had acquainted his Excellency with a design of erecting a library at Dublin for public use, which would be of great benefit, seeing the only library in Ireland (which was that of the college in Dublin) was inaccessible to all but the members, and that the booksellers' shops were furnished with none but a few modern English books, so that the clergy of that city and such as came to it about business, and especially the poor curates who had not money to buy, having no place to repair to where they might have the perusal of a collection of good books, he feared spent much of their time worse, than probably they would do, if such a provision were made for them. When he spoke of the College library as the only one in Ireland, he meant that was anything considerable, there being two others very small, one at Kilkenny, given by the late Bishop there, and another at Londonderry, erected by the present Bishop of that place.|
The money for the structure was ready and the ground laid out, being part of the garden belonging to his (the Bishop's) house, and the model of the building was being drawn. Only one encouragement was wanting. There was a very learned gentleman, a refugee, one Mr. Bonhereau, who held great correspondence in foreign parts, every way qualified to be a library keeper. He had moreover a collection of books worth between 500l. and 600l. This gentleman, being ancient, would give his books (which were in a manner all his substance) to this library (when erected) and become library keeper himself, if he might have 200l. a year settled on him for life. Were the treasurership or chancellorship of their cathedral of St. Patrick void, he (the Bishop) would bestow it on him who was well qualified for such a dignity and would endeavour to make it a preferment for a library keeper for ever, there being no duty belonging thereto besides preaching three or four times in a year. But it being uncertain when either of these might become void, the only expedient that could be thought of was, that the King would graciously bestow a salary of 200l. per ann. on Mr. Bonhereau as library keeper, either during life or until otherwise provided for, which might be paid out of the first fruits, and then the work would go on. The library would at first opening be pretty well stocked with those books and such others as he (the Bishop) should then give (the remainder of his library, all but his Oriental manuscripts, being designed for it when he died); but if this could not be obtained, he feared the whole project would languish and come to nought. He was somewhat bold with his Excellency; but his concern was for the public good. Lord Galway was fully apprised of the matter, and the Archbishop of Canterbury had formerly been acquainted with it, and he (the Bishop) had again written to him. Dated 6 May 1701.
Minuted:—“To be laid before the K.” 2 pages (quarto). Holograph.
||8. Letter of the Earl of Romney to the Lords of the Treasury, stating that the proposition that all the captains, officers, and gunners of the Cinque Ports, the garrisons of the kingdom, the warders of the Tower and the Isle of Wight, and a storekeeper at Portsmouth should be paid by the Office of Ordnance, had been fully considered by the principal officers. He enclosed their report and the reasons why they could not comply, and he entirely concurred with them. He could not justify any part of the money granted by Parliament being used for any other purpose than that for which it was given. Dated 7 May 1701.|
The report referred to, in which they make this observation in respect to the employment of money contrary to the intent and meaning of Parliament: “How far such a method may subject your Lordship and this office to a just censure of having misapplyed the publick money, and what ill consequences may attend it, will be very apparent to your Lordship, and will consequently lessen the good opinion the Parliament has hitherto had of your Lordship's prudent conduct.” If there were no other objections they were not in a condition to comply with this additional charge.
With this report is:—
“A computation of the charge of the Office of the Ordnance for land service for the year 1701.” 6 pages.
||9. Letter from the Comrs of Trade to the Lords of the Treasury, sending a memorandum they had received from the agent of the soldiers at Newfoundland. Unless the money were paid before the going away of the ships, which were the last, they feared great disorders in the fishery by the unruliness of the soldiers for want of their pay. Dated 7 May 1701.|
Also the memorandum referred to, relating to the non-payment of these soldiers. 2 pages.
|10. Memorial of John Perryman, reeve of the manor of Bray, in the county of Berks, who had seized the freehold house and land of William Legge, of Bray, yeoman, who had been convicted of sheep-stealing and burnt in the cheek for the same; praying directions and for his expenses, it being a question whether the seizure was done rightly, as the land was in mortgage.|
Minuted:—“Bray, 9 May 1701. Send this to Mr Borret to take in the mortgage and have it assigned to the King's use. To see that ye lands & goods be recovered and duely answer'd, and as there shalbe occasion to advise wth Mr. Att.-Genll.” 1 page.
||11. Letter of the Comrs of the Navy to Mr. Lowndes, informing him that the trade with Courland was interrupted by the Swedes, which would materially affect a contract for hemp for the Navy entered into by Messrs. Nathaniel and John Gould. Dated 9 May 1701.|
Copy of letter of Messrs. Nathaniel and John Gould as to the same. 2 pages.
||12. Report of Mr. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of the Dean and Canons of Windsor, finding that the three last parcels in the particular annexed, valued at 303l. 13s., were lately taken in for the enlargement of the Little Park, which, with the value of other lands (assumed formerly by King Charles II. for making an avenue from Windsor Castle to the Great Park), amounting to 523l. 14s., and the arrears of rent for those lands, made in all 894l. 13s. In satisfaction for which lands to be passed to the Crown, the Dean and Canons propose to have conveyed to them the annual rent of 48l. 7s. 9d. payable by them to Mr. Richard Dalton, valued at 1,100l.; the overplus, about 200l., they desired might be allowed for charges in perfecting the exchange by a private Act of Parliament.|
Mr. Dalton proposed, as an equivalent for this rent, to accept of a grant to him and his heirs of a piece of building ground with tenements thereon on the south side of Pall Mall Street, and the reversion of a piece of ground on the east side of St. James's Street; leaving it to their Lordships to declare their approbation in order that the petitioners might proceed to obtain the Act of Parliament. Dated 12 May 1701.
The memorial and particular referred to.
Minuted:—“Letter writ 14 May 1701.” 4 pages and 2 halves.
|13. Petition of Major Thomas Webberley, of the late second Marine regiment commanded by Sir Cloudsley Shovell, to the Lords of the Treasury, for the subsistence due to him at the time the regiment was broken (30 Sept. 1698).|
Minuted:—“12 May 1701. When the accot (now sent for) from the navy is adjusted, my Lords will consider this peticon.” 1 page.
||14. A draft of a minute which Mr. Stanyan, one of the farmers of the revenue of Ireland, proposed should be entered in the Minute Book, giving him the advantage of such discoveries as he could make of the King's title to lands, revenue, &c., which ought to belong to the King, and of which he then had no advantage. At his hearing before the Lords of the Treasury, Mr. Stanyan craved allowance for 20,000l. for loss by the process issued against the farmers, 12,000l. for damage sustained by breaking the late Tangier contract, &c. Dated 12 May 1701.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 26, 23 July 1701, is:—“As to Mr Stanyan, my Lords do not think fitt to make any alteration in, or addition to, their former minutes upon the last hearing concerning his pretentions, but as to a place my Lords intend to recommend him to such place as is proper for him when there is a vacancy.” 1 page.
||15. Memorial of the Trustees for exchanging Exchequer Bills, to the Lords of the Treasury, asking them (1.) to direct the payment of 15,000l. for premiums to the subscribers on the seventh contract, and five per cent. deposited. [Minuted:—The deposit is to be forthwith restored.”] (2.) To direct the payment of 1,969l. for half a year's salary to the Trustees, &c. [Minuted:—“Ordered.”] (3.) For 375[l.] 3s. ½d. due to the usher of the Exchequer for stationery ware, &c., and for discount on bills exchanged for money, in all 1,500l. [Minuted:—“Ordered.”] (4.) In case the eighth contract be made void, they ask that it might be signified in the Gazette, and the subscribers might receive back their five per cent. deposited on 495,400l. (5.) They crave 2,128l. 15s. 4½d. disbursed for incidents, as in the account delivered to Brook Bridges, Esq., one of the auditors of imprests. When the deposit money was returned they could not as hitherto answer the Exchequer with money for their specie bills. Dated 13 May 1701. 1 page.|
||16. Report of S. Travers and Sir Chr. Wren, on the memorial of Major Foubert, who was fitting up a house in the Old Spring Garden. They did not find any convenient place near for such a riding house as the memorialist desired, unless it were a piece of ground near the Old Spring Garden on the north side of St. James' Park, which they describe. Dated 13 May 1701.|
In the memorial (which is very faded) the Major prayed to be allowed the rent of his house as well as the expense of one of the pages of honour.
The latter is minuted:—“Read 23 Apr. 1701. He is to entertain a page, and the King will pay the rent of his house, but His Maty will be at no charge of repaires.” 3 pages.
||17. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Clayton; approving a composition proposed by the petitioner for the debt of Andrew Clayton, his brother, for whom he was bound, but the Attorney-General's opinion was that it could not be compounded, being appropriated money. Dated 13 May 1701.|
Also the petition. 3 pages.
|18. Petition of the Yeomen of the Guard to the King, praying relief in respect to their travelling charges whilst attending His Majesty. They were six years in arrear, and their small salary also much in arrear.|
Minuted:—“Read 14th May 1701. Speak wth Lord Chamberlain.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 213, 8 July 1702, is:—“Her Maty will restore them to their old salary, and allow noe ryding charges.” 1 page.
||19 and 20. Letter of Mr. Wm. Popple, to Wm. Lowndes, Esq., enclosing an account of disbursements for incidental charges of the Commission for Trade and Plantations. Dated 14 May 1701.|
Also the account, signed by the Comrs. 4 pages.
|21. Petition of Lucius Henry Cary, Viscount Falkland, to the King; the petitioner had a decree from the Lord Chancellor and two Chief Justices; but on appeal of Lord Abington, the House of Lords had reversed the decree, and he had nothing for his support or education; praying an order for something for his education till the “life falls” or an agreement were made.|
Minuted:—“Read 14 May 1701. No more at present.”
There are the following entries in the Minute Book in relation to Lord Falkland, viz.:—
Vol. XI., p. 115, 21 Jan. 1701–2. “The King will not make a settlement on him, but gives him 100li.”
P. 187, 9 June 1702. “There has been paid between 8th March 1698 and 28 Janry last at several times 1,000l. The Queen will continue the same.”
P. 196, 23 June 1702. “Lord Falkland, 100l out of sec. service.”
P. 247, 24 Aug. 1702. “The Queen will allow him 200li a year.” 1 page (quarto).
|22. Memorial of Thomas Lord Fairfax and William Russell, Esq., referring to their memorial, praying to be empowered to coin copper coin for Ireland, the plantations, and the colonies, to commence after the termination of the grants then in being. It was conceived that no further progress could be made with the coinage of Ireland until the Earl of Rochester arrived; but as the grants to the patentees in England, the plantations, and the colonies were expired or expiring, they prayed that their grant for the plantations, &c. might pass.|
Minuted:—“Read 14 May 1701. Not granted.”
Also a similar minute in the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 279, 28 May 1701. 1 page.
||23. Letter signed J[ohn] Peters, to William Lowndes, Esq., stating that the King seemed inclined to grant a compensation to Mr. Palmes (if anything could be found), for his loss by the Act for regulating the ill state of the coin of the kingdom, upon which encouragement the writer had diligently applied himself and hoped he had met with something serviceable to Mr. Palmes and himself; but he had been arrested, and expected hourly to be so again by his creditors. If he could obtain the King's grant of the concealments he had discovered, his creditors would be somewhat pacified; praying Mr. Lowndes to lay his deplorable condition before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 14 May 1701.|
Minuted:—“Read 16 May 1701. He must lay before this Board the particulars of his discovery.” 1½ pages.
||24. Report of the principal Officers of the Mint (Sir J. Stanley and Is. Newton) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the tellers of the Bank, praying a reward “for telling all the new moneys proceeding from the twelve general remains, at the request of the officers of the Exchequer.” The tellers of the Exchequer were at first sent to the Mint to tell the new moneys; but when the coinage increased they were assisted by the tellers of the Bank. The tellers had received no reward for their service. Dated 21 May 1701.|
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. My Lds do not think the King should bear this charge.”
Accompanied by two affidavits, a petition, and
“An account of severall tellers of the Bank which have been imployed att the Tower in telling money for ye Exchequer on the King's account, from ye 5th of June to the 22d of January 169..” 5 pages.
||25. “Navy Office, 21 May 1701. An account of the bills of imprest issued by the Navy Board by orders from the Rt Honble the Lords of the Treasury, to the collonells, &c., of the four late marine regiments, for the service thereof, expressing the dates of the orders, date and sumes of the bills, & out of what funds or money assigned on the Treasurer of the Navy for payment. Prepared by the directions of the Rt Hon. the Lords of the Treasury, signified by Mr Lowndes his letter of the 8th instant.”|
Minuted:—“Send this to Mr Dodington, & desire him to make such addic[i]ons as he has to make to this acct.” 5 pages.
||26. Letter from the [Comrs of the Navy] to Sir Thos. Littleton, Bart., Treasurer of the Navy, sending the estimate, as confirmed by the Lords of the Admiralty, of the charge of erecting a jetty wharf on the north side of His Majesty's yard at Portsmouth. Dated 24 May 1701.|
Also the estimate. 2 pages.
|27. Petition of the executors of Mr. Hutchinson, late Receiver-General of the Customs, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying to be allowed deficiency in hammered money, viz., 3l. 2s., and for 62l. 5s. 7d., for counterfeit Exchequer bills, also divers other losses sustained by Mr. Hutchinson, amounting to 1,432l. 5s. 7d.|
Undated, but ? about 27 May 1701. See Money Book, Vol. XV., p. 422. 1 page.
||28. An estimate of the charge of building a new storehouse on the north side of His Majesty's yard at Plymouth, prepared by order of the Lords of the Admiralty. Dated Navy Office, 30 May 1701. 1 page.|
||29. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Hodgson, viz., as to a debt for customs; stating that it was affirmed that he could not pay more than what was owing to him for transport service, viz., 739l. 19s.; but the persons who were joined with him were sufficiently responsible for any proportion which their Lordships would not remit. Dated 30 May 1701.|
A schedule of “the losses of the said John Hodgson, of Lancaster, merchant, p[er] sea during the late warr with France.”
And a certificate of his inability to pay more than he offered.
Minuted:—“20th June 1701. The security being sufficient, my Lords are of opinion they cannot discharge the same.” 3 pages.
||30. Report of Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Mr. Wm. Green, late receiver-general of Stafford, praying the lease of the estate of one Woodward extended for a debt of 2,841l. 5s. 3d., with which money Woodward went off, advising that if there were a power to make void the lease, a new one might be granted. Dated 30 May 1701.|
Accompanied by “the case of William Greene.”
Also two notices as to a caveat against the grant proposed.
Minuted:—“18 July 1701. Respited.” 2 pages and 2 halves.
||31. Letter of the Earl of Macclesfield [to Mr. Lowndes], as to taking off the respites on the officers of his regiment, their case then being before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 30 May 1701.|
A memorial and a letter about the same.
Minuted:—“Read to ye K. 23 June 1701. It is not wthin ye rules.” 3 small quarto pages.
||32. Letter from the Officers of Ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury. They saw no objection to gratify the inhabitants of the town of Weymouth by the grant of the old walls and stones of Sandford Castle. Dated 3 June 1701.|
Accompanied by: (1) Report of S. Travers, surveyor-general of the King's lands, and Sir Chr. Wren, surveyor-general of works, on the petition of the inhabitants of the town of Weymouth, finding that the repair of the bridge there would require a considerable sum, and that the petitioners were at great expense in preserving the harbour, and their trade was sensibly lessened of late years by decay of the bridge; in favour of their being allowed the walls and stones of an old block-house near the town, called Sandford Castle, of no value, except the Officers of Ordnance thought it ought to be rebuilt for defence of the nation; dated 14 May 1701; and (2), the petition (48 signatures).
Minuted:—“Send this to Offrs Ordn. for their opinion.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 291, 11 June 1701:—[Petition] “Read and granted.” 3 pages.
||33. A report of Mr. J. Taylour, in relation to claims of Charles Atherton, serjeant plumber to His Majesty, the arrears of whose account extended over the reigns of Charles II. and James II. Dated 4 June 1701.|
Also his petition, minuted:—“16 July 1700. To be brought in when ye officers of ye works are here.” And memoranda of what was due to the petitioner, amounting to 1,641l. 4 pages.
|34. Petition of Lewis D'Allemagne, late cornet in the Duke of Schomberg's regiment of horse, showing that he was in the wars of Ireland, and after the battle of the Boyne the regiment was ordered to England and afterwards back to Ireland; praying to be allowed four months' pay, for which he was respited.|
There is a memorandum on it, that it was “Brought in by ye King, 4 June 1701.”
Also a certificate that the petitioner was actually with the Duke of Schomberg from June till October 1690.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 291, is:—“Lewis D'Allemagne. Ref. to Lord Coningsby.” 1 page and a few lines.
||35. Report of the Officers of Works, approving the accompanying “estimate for building 2 new lodges, 2 new pair of gates, & 2 new horse gates at ye ends of ye great avenue in Jockey Park, a new brick bridge in ye same park, and an additionall building to ye studd stable in ye house park at Hampton Court.” Dated 4 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“To be done, but speak with Mr. Ryly.” 2 pages.
||36. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on a memorial presented by Mons. Hoffman, resident from the Emperor of Germany, touching some wines imported from Hamburgh, on board the ship “Windmill;” informing their Lordships that the wines had been seized by the officers of Customs upon a clause in an Act of 14 Charles II., the officers maintaining that the wines were Rhenish, and the importer alleging that he bought them in the Emperor's dominions in Hungary, and brought them overland to Hamburgh; expressing their opinion that the case should be determined in the Court of Exchequer, the more so as it would encourage a trade supposed to be for the advantage of England, or if the wines were French this collusion might be crushed. Dated 4 June 1701.|
Also the memorial. 2½ pages.
||37. Letter from Mr. Wm. Borrett (solicitor to the Treasury), to Wm. Lowndes, Esq. He understood he would be allowed no more than 400l. a year, by which he would be a loser, for he had left all other business; the Attorney-General knew this to be truth, and thought his case “something hard,” and had promised to speak to their Lordships. The honest profits of the place were double the value of the salary; his predecessor had a salary of 200l. per ann., and all fees and allowances. He had saved the King 500l. since he had acted, and had ended a cause in two months, which had been pending eight years. He hoped they did not suspect he should encourage frivolous suits, as he had practised hitherto with reputation in a private capacity, and should not now act otherwise when the eyes of all the town were on him; asking him to countenance his memorial that he might have the half-year's salary due in April last, and that he might have some money to put an end to those expensive causes that had long depended, and were to be tried and heard the next term. Dated 5 June 1701.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 269, 14 May 1701, is:—“My Lords agree on His Mats behalfe with Mr Borret that he in lieu of all termly & other fees, and all allowances whatsoever, except such as he shall bonâ fide have paid out of his pocket to counsell or others, shall be allowed 400li a year, from the time he entred into his office; and declare that coach hire or such like expences are not to be reckon'd amongst the monys wch he paies out of pocket.” 1 page.
||38. Another letter from him on the same subjects. He adds that a great part of the last 400l. ordered him was paid to persons by their Lordships' particular directions. Dated 6 June 1701.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., are various entries of issues of moneys to Mr. Borrett. 1 page (quarto).
||39. “Loans on the votes of the House of Commons, 1700–1, between 14 Feb. 1700–1 and 6 June following;” a paper so docquetted, being a balance sheet. 2 pages.|
||40 and 41. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor-General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of the mayor, bailiffs, and burgesses of New Windsor; finding that 10½ acres of meadow ground, held by Elizabeth Coombs, were taken to enlarge the Little Park, near Windsor Castle, and that he could not get any abatement of their demand (127l. 6s. 8d.); they likewise insisted on 62l. 10s. for 2½ acres of meadow near the mill; they demanded 200l. for a parcel of waste, the soil whereof belonged to them as lords of the manor of Windsor “Underore,” and he could by no means allow thereof, satisfaction having already been given to the inhabitants of Windsor for their right of pasture, and liberty of digging gravel there; yet in regard the inheritance of the soil was properly the petitioners, who had the advantage of all profits by “drift of cattle” on the waste, he thought they should be allowed 30l. He recommended the allowance to them also of 11l. for arrears of rent for Mrs. Coombs' farm and for a rent of 12d. per ann., formerly paid by James Pereman for a piece of waste land.|
There was also a demand of 30l. per ann. for rent for three years and a half, due from His Majesty for Windsor mill and the engine which raised the water to the Castle. Dated 10 June 1701.
The petition referred to, signed by the mayor, and four others, and a schedule of their demands. 2 pages.
||42. Two proposals of Sir H. Furnese, and others, as to the terms for remittance of money to Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Dated 10 June 1701. 2 pages (quarto).|
||43. Another proposal on the same subject, by Francis de Caseres. Dated 11 June 1701. 8 lines.|
||44. Another similar proposal, from “Sal & Moses de Medina.” ½ page.|
||45. A similar proposal, addressed to Wm. Lowndes, Esq., by Samuel Guiguer. Dated 11 June 1701. 1 page (quarto).|
||46. Similar proposal of Sir John and Francis Eyles to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 11 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“Read to ye K. 11 June 1701. Accepted, provided they agree to this for 12 months.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 291, 11 June 1701, is:—“Proposall of Sir John & Francis Eyles to give letters of credit for the forces designed for Holland, payable in Amsterdam or Rotterdam at sight, at the rate of eleaven gilders currant money for every pound sterling to be paid here on delivery of the letters of credit, is read and accepted, provided they agree to this for 12 months.” 1 page (quarto).
|47. Petition of Castilliana, Countess of Cavan, stating that on the Wednesday last she had presented a petition to the King, praying the royal bounty, and to bear her charges into Ireland; asking them to call for her petition, and lay her deplorable condition before His Majesty.|
Minuted:—“To be lay'd before the King.” Again:—“Read 11th June 1701. The K. will give her 50l. more on condicon she goes for Ireland, and she must never expect more. Pđ 20 June 1701.” 1 page.
|48. Petition of Peter Guenon D' Beaubuisson to the Lords of the Treasury, for his salary as master of the setting dogs and private armoury, that he might be ready to attend His Majesty to Holland.|
Minuted:—“Read 11th June 1701. To be paid as farr as the Master of the Buckhounds.”
“Md the Master of ye Buckhounds is paid to Xmas. 1700.”
“Mr Beaubuisson is paid on his all. of 380l. p[er] ann. to Xmas. 1699. One year to Xmas. 1700 is 380li.” 1 page (quarto).
||49 and 50. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Wm. Lowndes, Esq., Secretary to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a copy of the letter of the Governors of the Chest at Chatham, by which it appeared that 27,942l. 2s. 4½d. were due to them, which would enable them to clear the pensions due to near 2,000 cripples, who were upwards of two years in arrear; as also “smart money” to such as should receive hurts; praying him to communicate the same to their Lordships. Dated 17 June 1701.|
Also the copy of the letter. 2½ pages.
||51. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Peter Saunders, of the city of Bristol, Esq., praying the discharge of a parcel of gold under seizure at Bristol, acquainting their Lordships that the coin (being 115 guineas, besides 85 pistoles, and Lewis d'ors), was found in the ship “William and Sarah,” for Cork, and that the petitioner blamed his servant for the shipment of the specie as he had given instructions to him to change the guineas at Bristol for pistoles; expressing the opinion that the petitioner deserved favour. Dated 17 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“Orderd according to ye report.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
||52. A letter from Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, enclosing another memorial relating to his office as Secretary at War, to be laid before the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 18 June 1701.|
The memorial mentioned, which shows that in 1692 he was directed to attend the King in the Low Countries as Secretary of State, with an allowance of 2,300l. and 1,000l. additional for equipage, &c., which allowances were continued until the return of the army to England in 1697–8. In the next year, when attending the King into Holland, his salary was lessened to 1,000l., which hardly defrayed his expenses. His attendance being required again under like circumstances, he prayed to be restored to his former allowances.
In the Minute Book, Vol. X., p. 291, 11 June 1701, is:—“Mr Blathwayt's memll for his former allowance, &c. The King will allow him the 1,000li for last year, 1700. “The King says he ought not to make such an equipage as in time of warr, and there is no room now out of contingencys. At p[rese]nt the King doth not see occasion for Mr Blathwayt to encrease his equipage, or for the King to encrease his allowance, but if there be a warr, the King will consider what occasion it will give for either.” 2 pages (quarto).
||53. Another memorial from him, showing that he had acquiesced in the King's settlement of the matter of his allowance, from the consideration that he could support his office, family, &c. out of his salary as Secretary at War, of which there were 18 months due, payable out of the poundage, besides 365l. upon the establishment, which last was entirely employed in payment of his clerks, &c. On application to the Earl of Ranelagh, his answer was that the poundage fell so short that there was nothing left of it, so that he was obliged to apply to His Majesty and their Lordships, “humbly conceiving that the execution of so painful an office as that of Secretary at Warr, may deserve so favourable a consideration that he may not want the payment of his said salary, whereof eighteen months are due.” Dated on the back 18 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“Read 23 June 1701. Speak wth Lord Ranelagh about the poundage. But Mr Blathwayt must be paid some where.” 1 page.
||54. Letter of Sir Charles Hedges to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the cloth intended to be sent by the King to the King of Sweden, of which Monsieur Leyencrona, the King of Sweden's minister, required to know the price, and farther, as to 4,000 barrels of gunpowder, also desired by the resident, to be sent. Dated 18 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“Desire Mr Stratford to send an accot of the cloathing provided, and lay this paper before the K.
“Read 23 June 1701. My Lords to speak wth the Board of Ordnance.” 1 page.
||55. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, upon two petitions annexed, one of the merchants in general importing wines, and the other, the petition of John Prevost; the former praying a stop of all proceedings at law against them for these importations of wine from Spain, before the several ladings compounded for, were seized; and the latter praying a respite of execution of judgment upon a verdict obtained against him in the last term for 1,693l. 16s. 5d., for a like importation; advising that an easy composition would be for the public service if the petitioners would give security to abide by their Lordships' determination. Dated 19 June 1701.|
Also the two petitions, one having a great number of signatures, and a bond. 5 pages.
|56. Petition of John Coxall, an alderman of the city of Lincoln, to the Lords of the Treasury, praying to be employed as receiver-general of the land tax in the parts of Kesteven and Holland.|
Minuted:—“In case the agents be of opinion that Kent is not able to serve, my Lords will hearken to ye recommendacion of Sr T. Meers for ye petr, & and will speak wth them again on Monday morn. 20 Jun. 1701.” 1 page.
|57. Petition of David Harris, (fn. 1) one of the pages of the King's bedchamber in ordinary, praying payment of his liveries, &c., amounting to 117l. 0s. 10d., he being commanded to attend the King into Holland.|
Minuted:—“20th June 1701. Mr Bland to state this. Read 23 June 1701. Nothing orderd.” 1 page.
||58. Memorial of the Trustees appointed for exchanging Exchequer Bills, to the Lords of the Treasury: the subscriptions were opened on the 16th inst. and 500,000l. had been subscribed, and they desired their Lordships to sign the counterpart of the roll; they ask that an advertisement for calling in one-fifth part on the 25th of June or 14 days after, be inserted in the Gazette. [Minuted:—“Orderd 1/10th part.] Also they crave a warrant to pay 375l. 3s. due to the Usher of the Exchequer for stationery ware, &c. [Minuted:—“Orderd.”] Dated 20 June 1701. 1 page.|
||59. A warrant of the Earl of Jersey to the Earl of Montague, Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the delivery to Sir Robt. Sutton, Knt., the King's ambassador to the Emperor of the Turks, of a large bible of imperial paper without “sculpts,” richly bound in two volumes, two common prayer books in folio, six in lesser folio, one altar-cloth of tissue and velvet pan'd, 20 ells of fine diaper for cloth for the altar and communion table, 10 ells of fine diaper for towels, two large surplices of fine holland, one cloth of state of crimson damask with His Majesty's arms embroidered thereupon, a great chair, two high stools, a footstool and two cushions suitable, all trimmed with gold and silver fringes and made up with cases of bays and a foot carpet of Turkey work. Dated 21 June, 13 Will. III.|
With an order for the warrant to be executed. Dated 17 Feb. 1701–2. Signed by the Lords of the Treasury; and a memorandum that these articles had not been furnished out of the office of the Great Wardrobe. Dated 11 Feb. 1703. 1 page.
||60. Letter of Mr. James Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury, transmitting an account of disbursements made by Nathaniel Lodington for the King's service. Dated 21 June 1701.|
Also the account, which is for showing the Tripoli envoy His Majesty's naval stores at Deptford, Woolwich, &c.
Minuted:—“29 July 1701. My Lds will lay this before ye King after His Mat[ies] return.”
Again:—“Read 12th Novr 1701. The K. does not think it reasonable for him to pay any part of his bill of 110li.” 2 pages.
|61. Memorial of the Lord Viscount Dupplin to the King, showing that there was due to him on a perpetuity of 1,000l. per ann., granted to the Earl of Kinnoul, 18,000l. and upwards: praying payment.|
Minuted:—“To be laid before the King. Read 23 June 1701. Halfe a year to be paid to him.” 1 page (quarto).
|62. A memorandum for the Lord Godolphine, signed by Gilbert Bishop of Salisbury, Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, on a petition praying redress for 85l. 10s. detained out of the last half-year's payment of the revenue of the order. Signed by the Bishop [Burnet].|
Minuted:—“Read 23th June 1701. The King will pay the taxes. Pđ out sec. ser. 1st July 1701.” 1 page.
|63. Petition of Sir Bevill Granville to the King, for the arrears of his father's annuity of 500l. a year (amounting to more than 8,000l.) besides bounty of 300l. a year, on account of his great sufferings for the Crown: praying the King, in consideration of his family and his early and faithful services, to grant him the same marks of his bounty as were intended for his father, and for a present supply.|
Minuted:—“Read 23 June 1701. My Lords will speak wth him and give the King an accot next time.”
A reiteration of the petition. Minuted:—“Read 27 June 1701. 100li bounty. Pd.”
The same minutes are in the Minute Book. 2 pages.
||64. A certificate which is thus described in the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 2, 23 June 1701:—|
“Sr H. Bellasyse, a certificate of Mr Robinson of money imprested by him to Sr Henry's regt, to wit, by imprest warrt to Mr Van Homrigh
“More paid to Lt Collo Thomas Handasyd to make 1,000li English value, the present exchange 23 per cent.
“This if repaid presently in England 1,000li Irish at 23 p. c. disct in London
“1,230 Irish at 23 p. cent. disct
813 0 2
1,813 0 2
“A warrt to allow the two payments.” 10 lines.
||65. Letter of Mr. James Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury, sending by the King's command five papers which had been transmitted by the Council of New York, giving an account of the condition of the forces there, in relation to their subsistence and the great necessity they were likely to be reduced to, if speedy care were not taken: asking their Lordships' consideration and opinion. Dated 24 June 1701.|
The papers were—
(1.) A detail of what took place at the Council on 5 March 1700–1, on the death of the Earl of Bellomont, and the orders made by the Council.
(2.) A proclamation on that occasion, confirming all officers in their employments.
(3.) Minutes of a Council held at Fort William Henry, 6 March 1700; as to the soldiers' subsistence at Albany, there being no public moneys in the Receiver-General's hands, Mr. Hendrick Hansen and Mr. Peter Van Brugh were to be asked to advance moneys or provisions.
(4.) Copy of the letter written to the two last persons. The Excise of Albany and Ulster counties was to be made over to them, and the Council desired their concurrence, as they would do a service to the province in the exigency, which would be thankfully acknowledged.
(5.) Copy of letter to the neighbouring Governors, announcing the death of Lord Bellomont. Dated 5 March 1700. 9 pages.
||66. “A view of the gross produce of His Majesty's revenue in Ireland in the two quarters ended at Midsommer.” 1700 and 1701. 1 page.|
||67. A paper docquetted:—“The Excise distributed into branches for ye year end[g] at Midsr 1701.”|
Another account containing:—“The gross and net produce of the revenue of Excise in the year end[ing] Mids. 1701 compared with the yeare end[ing] Mids. 1700.” 2 pages.
||68. “An accot of ye receipts and payments on the new subsidy (wch commenced from ye 1st Febry. '99) from Midsomer 1700 to Midsomer foll.”|
(Totals.) 6 lines.
||69. The opinion of the Attorney and Solicitor-General on the case of several merchants who were prosecuted for the duty on wine from St. Sebastian, imported as Spanish wine, but supposed to be French, viz., as to what the Lords of the Treasury could do by way of composition. It was that they might make such a composition as they thought proper in regard it was uncertain whether the King were entitled to the French duty, or whether he would ever recover the same. Dated in the docquet, 24 June 1701. 2 pages.|
||70. Certificate of Mr. Willm. Vanbrugh to the Lords of the Treasury, as to the service performed by Mr. John Cocks, servant to the Council Chamber, admitting the truth that there was more than two years of arrears of pay due to him. Dated 25 June 1701.|
Also his petition.
Minuted:—“Agreed to.” 2 pages.
||71. Letter from the Comrs of Trade to the Lords of the Treasury, relating to the difficulty there was in subsisting the forces at New York, there being no provision but what they were obliged to advance weekly by private credit, and upon the omission of one week's subsistence the forces would all desert the garrisons and disperse. Recommending the continuance of Mr. Champante, the Earl of Bellomont's attorney, for the pay of the forces. Laying before their Lordships an account of the arrears due to the four companies at New York. Dated 25 June 1701.|
The account mentioned.
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 16, 11 July 1701, is:—“The subs. of 4 comps at New York to be paid to Mr Champante upon security to be given by him for ye due applicacon thereof till further order.” 3 pages.
||72. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Jennings, as to claims which ought to be allowed him on the settlement of his account. Dated 26 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“Agreed to the report.”
The petition and two affidavits. 5 pages.
||73. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, showing that Thomas Gribble was employed by Henry Baker, Esq., several times to go to Calais, Dieppe, and other parts of France, and did considerable service to discover the owling trade; and to make a show of some trade, he brought over some parcels of wine and brandy, without payment of customs, on which a suit in the Exchequer was had, and a verdict for 500l. obtained. The King discharged the fine; 405l. 9s. 3d. were deposited for the customs and other duties payable for the said goods. The Commissioners sought directions to deduct the charges. Dated 29 April 1701.|
Also letter signed Richard Savage, addressed to “Richard Louns, Esq.,” at the Treasury Chambers, authorizing the said charges, amounting to 238l. 10s. 6d. to be deducted from the said 405l. 9s. 3d. Dated 27 June 1701. 3 pages.
||74. Order in Council on the petition of several agents and others (deputed by the Comrs authorized by Act of Parliament for preventing the exportation of wool), who had not obtained any reward for discoveries and seizures of wool which they had made, but had sustained the whole charges thereof, whereby they were ruined or imprisoned for debt: referring the matter to the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 28 June 1701.|
The petition, which shows that there were many manufactures set up in France, and others lately set up in Scotland on the borders, which would ruin the woollen trade and lessen the revenue, being the only support of many thousands of poor families.
Minuted:—“25 July 1701. The affair being now manag'd p[er] ye Commrs of ye Customes & their officers at a considerable charge to ye King, my Lds cannot at p[re]sent advise ye increasing of yt expense as is desired.” 3 pages.
||75. List of pensions and annuities, and what was wanting to complete a year thereupon, within the year from Christmas 1700 to Christmas 1701. Dated 28 June 1701. 2½ pages.|
||76. Representation by the Agents for bringing in Taxes, to the Lords of the Treasury; they had already set forth the many frauds and abuses to which the duties of houses and marriages were subject, as well as the remedies. They thought that it might tend very much to advance those duties if four officers were appointed as riding surveyors at 125l. per annum each, to control the other surveyors. Dated 28 June 1701.|
Minuted:—“1 Augt 1701. Agreed.” 1 page.
|77. Petition of Culverwell Needler, the clerk assistant, and John Hookes, George Coles, James Courthope, and Hickes Burrough, the four clerks “attending the Commissioners,” addressed to the House of Commons, showing that they had been brought up to the law, and had faithfully performed their duties, that they had been obliged to lay aside their business, and the profits by private business to each of the four under clerks of this session were under 30l.; the House had recommended competent salaries to be provided: praying for further consideration.|
Minuted:—“4 July 1701. To be read when Mr Lowndes is present.”
An order of the House of Commons that the preceding petition should be presented to His Majesty by the Lords of the Treasury. Dated 24 June 1701. Signed “Paul Jodrell, cl. Dom. Com.”
A letter of Culverwell Needler, who had been solicitor to the Commission for licensing Hawkers and Pedlers, to William Lowndes, Esq., drawing his attention to the fact that the hawkers and pedlers were then subject to penalties for trading without license. Dated 30 June 1701.
At the foot is a schedule of “allowances to officers of ye 2 Houses of Parliamt.” 3 pages.
|78. Petition of Robert Earl of Roscomon to the King, showing that Wentworth, Earl of Roscommon, had made away with the petitioner's grandfather's estate of about 5,000l. per ann., and as his father's income (Cary, the late Earl) ceased at his death, he was left in circumstances too cruel to be mentioned; praying for a pension for the support of an ancient family, and the petitioner's lady and children.|
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 8, 2 July 1701, is:—“Robert Earl of Roscomon to have 100l a year out of ye revenue of Ireld. (pursuant to the King's pleasure signified to ye E. of Rochester), from Midsomer last till some other provision is made for him, prepare a s[ign] m[anual].”
And at p. 15:—11 July 1701. A warrant for 100l a year was read, approved, and ordered to be sent to the King. 1 page (quarto).