Warrants etc.
June 1697, 1-10

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'Warrants etc.: June 1697, 1-10', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 12: 1697 (1933), pp. 190-205. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=82796 Date accessed: 18 September 2014.


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June 1697, 1-10

June 1.Royal warrant under the King's sign manual dated "at our Camp at Promelles" to Ralph Gray Esq. Capt. General and Governor in Chief of the island of Barbados and to Richard, Earl of Ranelagh Paymaster of the Forces; to determine the Establishment of a Regiment of Foot in the said Island and to establish from Sept. 1 next a Company of 100 men to be formed out of the said Regiment, the Lieutenants thereof to be the eldest Lieutenants of the said Regiment that shall desire to remain there, with preference to such others of them upon any vacancy as desire to stay, for their encouragement; and that in the meantime such others of them as are actually residing upon the place do receive half pay with respect to their former commands notwithstanding this determination of the said Establishment. Such officers as desire to return to England are to have an allowance of full pay until Jan. 1 next. The Paymaster General of the Forces is hereby to pay same, King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 294.
June 1.Establishment under the King's sign manual for the aforesaid Company of Foot to date from Sept. 1 next: to be formed out of the said Regiment under the command of Col. Russell in Barbados: viz.: a Captain 8s. a day; 2 Lieutenants 4s. each; 4 Sergeants 1s. 6d. each; 4 corporals 1s. each; 2 drummers 1s. each; 100 private soldiers 8d. each: total establishment 4l. 14s. 8d. a day or 1,727l. 13s. 4d. per an. Ibid, p. 293.
Money warrant for 100l. to John Lowe and Peter Le Neve, Chamberlains of the Receipt, being 50l. each for their service in attending the telling and weighing the clipped moneys at the Duchy Court which were taken into the Receipt up to 1696 June 24. (Money order dated June 2 hereon). Money Book XIII, p. 300, Order Book IV, p. 369.
Same for 200l. to Richard Colinge gent. for himself and the other under clerks of the [Privy] Council for their great pains and expenses in writing several minutes of letters and orders to the Lords Lieutenants and Custodes Rotulorum and to the officers of the Treasury, Admiralty, Ordnance, Navy, Victualling &c. (Money order dated June 2 hereon). Money Book XIII, p. 300, Order Book IV, p. 383.
Treasury subscription for the execution of a warrant dated May 26 from the Earl of Sunderland, Lord Chamberlain, to the Honble. Heneage Montague, Master of the Jewel House, for the delivery to the Lord Chamberlain of His Majesty's Household of 1,000 ounces of plate to be made after such fashion as he shall direct. Money Book XIII, p. 301.
William Lowndes [to the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue 300l. to Nicholas Baker for the incident charges relating to the subscriptions for enlarging the capital stock of the Bank of England: to be issued out of loans to be made by said Baker on credit of the Malt Duties. Disposition Book XIV, p. 14.
Same to the Earl of Romney [Master General of the Ordnance]. According to an account from Charles Bertie, Treasurer of the Ordnance, there are amongst the tallies and orders in his hands for the service of the Ordnance as follows viz.
£
on Births and Marriages1301
on the fourth 4s. Aid10000
£11301
My Lords desire that these tallies be issued to the creditors of the Ordnance with an allowance of 15 per cent. with the same. Ibid.
Same to same. According to an account as above there are amongst the tallies and orders similarly in the hands of the said Bertie the following viz.:
£
on the Salt Act222000
on the Poll70165
on the three-fourths of the Customs26400
on the first 4s. Aid2300
£320865
My Lords desire that these tallies be issued to the creditors of the Ordnance with an allowance of 15% as above. Please certify my Lords what tallies and orders remain in the said Treasurer's hands besides the above; on what funds; and in what course of payment they stand. Disposition Book XV, p. 14.
June 1.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to direct payment of 1,873l. 12s. 3d. to William Meesters in salt tallies &c. ut supra p. 184. (This letter supersedes the said like letter of May 25). Ibid., p. 15.
Same [to the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue 5,200l. to Peter Hume on the order ut supra p. 188 to be issued out of the new money that shall proceed from the hammered money of loans on the Malt Act notwithstanding any directions to the contrary: the same being intended to repay 5,000l. lent by Mr. Floyer and 200l. [reward] for advancing the same. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to same to issue 25,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued in Exchequer Bills: as imprest: to be applied as follows: viz.
£
in part of Mr. Hill's bills payable to Mr. Clifford for subsistence in Flanders20000
in part of the subsistence due to the Danish Forces there5000
25000
Ibid., p. 16.
William Lowndes to Mr. Neale. My Lords have been made acquainted with a letter sent to you from Mr. Alexander How, an officer of the Mint at Bristol, complaining that several of the King's Receivers do not come for their moneys from the Mint upon notice given that the same is ready for them, which creates extraordinary trouble to the officers. You are forthwith to write to him for an account of the names of such Receivers and to lay his answer before my Lords. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 274.
Same to Mr. Clarke to prepare a warrant for signature by the Lords Justices of England to authorise the Earl of Ranelagh to pay 450l. 0s. 10d. to Brigadier Selwyn, for the arrears from 1689–90 Jan. 15 the date of his appointment as Governor of Tilbury and Gravesend to March 25 last; out of Army Contingencies.
Also to prepare an Establishment to be signed by them for paying the allowances of 2d. a day, 20l. a year and 4l. a day (amounting in all to 62l. a year) from March 25 last to him as Governor thereof: all ut supra p. 180. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh. Sir Henry Ashurst has agreed with the Treasury Lords to furnish Col. Gibson as Commander of the Forces sent to Newfoundland with a credit of 4,000l. for the service of that expedition when the said Commander shall arrive at New England; and to allow 25 per cent. for the difference in money between that place and this "which reduces the sum to be paid him here to 3,000l." He, Ashurst, accordingly desires 3,000l. in Exchequer Bills to be immediately delivered to him here on his giving bond for repaying to the King so much of the said credit as shall not be called for by the said Commander. You are to take his bond and thereupon to deliver him 3,000l. out of the Exchequer Bills deposited in your hands for this service. Ibid, p. 275.
June 1.Same to Mr. Blathwaite. I have laid before my Lords your letters of the 27th and 30th ult. and the 3rd and 6th [new style] inst. In reply they desire you to represent to his Majesty that 5,000l. is ordered to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh in Exchequer Bills in part of the subsistence for the Danish Forces in Flanders: to be immediately paid to Monsieur Smetteau:
that the money to be paid to the Brandenburg Troops which came lately from Piedmont pursuant to the King's warrant shall be answered out of the tallies in said Earl's hands on the 3s. Aid at the rate of 9 guilders per £ sterling:
that the commands which my Lords received to provide for the sending over the 8 Battalions and other extraordinary services directed by the King have occasioned the not remitting the last 50,000l. to complete the 200,000l., for subsistence there, so soon as was intended: however my Lords by the last post did send away 10,000l. in part thereof and will proceed in the rest as far as the Exchequer Bills will extend with regard to the other services signified by you from the King to be provided for:
that my Lords are endeavouring to make use of the credit on the Malt Act for a further provision for the subsistence in Flanders; which at present they find great difficulties in, because the tickets on that Act cannot be issued till after June 24 inst. and in the mean time few or no contributions are made for the same:
that 150l. is paid by me [Lowndes] to Mr. Baber; which my Lords think will be sufficient at present to carry on the prosecutions committed to his care:
that 20,000l. in Exchequer Bills is directed to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh in part of Mr. Hill's bills payable to Mr. Clifford for subsistence in Flanders: and as to the bills drawn by the Count de Frise for 5,000l. payable June 30 inst. my Lords will take the best care they can to answer them when due and they are now in treaty with Mr. Boyle and other merchants as to the 4,000l. to be remitted to Lindau and hope to be able to give the King a good account thereof in a little time:
As to your [Blathwayte's] own particular my Lords have ordered the 1,000l. for your equipage to be satisfied in Exchequer Bills; which is the most they can appoint out of that fund. As for your allowances as [temporary] Secretary [in attendance on the King] they intend to satisfy same as soon as they can make a distribution of the credit on the Malt Act. Ibid., pp. 275–6.
Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of John Baber gent shewing that he hath been Solicitor for prosecution and defence of causes before the Commissioners of Excise and Commissioners of Appeals in Excise since Lady day 1691 at the salary of 200l. per an., there being no other salary or perquisite whatsoever in the said office: that since "this revolution" his business is very much increased and he is thereby obliged to keep a clerk to assist him at 40l. per an. besides 36l. per an. [? taxes deducted] out of his said salary: therefore praying allowance of the said 40l. per an. and such further allowance as my Lords shall think fit. Reference Book VII, p. 216.
June 1.Treasury reference to the [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes of the petition of James Moody, Commander of his Majesty's ship Yarmouth shewing that Capt.Rigby Commander of the Dragon man-of-war took a French vessel called the Nosterdam de Grace near the isle of Candia and another vessel called the St. Francis Zair and sold them to one Charles Gibson; that Gibson has since repaired the said ships and brought them into the Thames; that the Prizes Commissioners have put their servant on board them both in order to enquire into the sale thereof whereupon Gibson has arrested petitioner in an action of 6,000l. on account of the said ships, the same being sold for petitioner's use, he being then Commander in Chief of the Fleet in the Mediterranean by order from Sir George Rook: therefore praying to be admitted to give security to the Prize Office to make good the parts of the said vessels to the said Office. Reference Book VII, p. 217.
Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of premises as follows in order to a lease thereof to Jasper English, Under Housekeeper of Hampton Court, for 41 years concurrent with his term in being at the rent of 20l. per an. for the meadow payable to the Keeper of the House Park at Hampton Court and 20l. per an. for the Toy and stable, payable to the housekeeper of Hampton Court.
Prefixing: said Surveyor General's report on said English's petition for same. On a view of the premises I find that 21 July 1688 William Yong Esq. as Keeper of the House Park granted to petitioner the King's meadows under the said park containing 90 acres with liberty of towing barges, for 99 years terminable on Mr. Yong's life at 90l. per an. rent in money and 40 loads of hay; which grant was confirmed by the Duke of Northumberland and the Duchess of Cleveland ("to whom Mr. Young was but a trustee as I am informed") and was further granted 1696–7 Feb. 10 last by the said Duke and Duchess for their lives at the same rent. On the 18th July 1694 the said Duke and Duchess and their trustees granted the office of under housekeeper to the said English also for their lives by virtue whereof he enjoys the house called the Toy and the stable.
The petitioner desires a lease for 31 years from expiry of his grant in being for the lives of the said Duke and Duchess of the little meadow next Kingston Bridge containing about 13 acres and of the privilege of permitting horses to go over a small part of the bank of the great meadow to tow barges as 'tis now used and of the said old house called the Toy and stable. The said little meadow is subject to be overflowed and the bank against the Thames very much worn of late which will be a very considerable charge to him to repair and the said house and stable are so ruinous as they must be re-edified. I think rents of 20l. and 20l. as above may be sufficient. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, pp. 310–11.
Same to the Hackney Coaches Commissioners to employ Phillip Markendale as housekeeper in their office loco his father Anthony Markendale deceased. Ibid., p. 311.
June 2.Money warrant for 1,500l. to Nicholas Baker Esq.: on account: for Crown Law expenses. (Money order dated June 3 hereon). Money Book XIII, p. 300. Order Book IV, p. 370.
June 2.Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows out of Exchequer Bills (each of the value of 5l. and no more) viz. 100,000l. to Edward, Earl of Orford on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: as imprest: to be applied for wages and seamen.
(In the margin: 30,000l.; 10,000l. July 8; 10,000l. July 12; 20,800l. July 16; 23,500l. July 21 and 5,700l. July 29).
And 1,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be paid over to William Blathwayte Esq. upon a contingent warrant for equipage for himself and his Office in attending the King in the Low Countries. Disposition Book XIV, p. 16.
[?]William Lowndes to same to issue 1,500l. to Nicho Baker out of loans made by Mr. Bartholomew Burton on credit of the 6,000l. a week of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise. Ibid., p. 17.
June 2.Same to the Navy Commissioners. The Admiralty Lords have desired that the wages due to the seamen of the 5 ships Deptford, Chatham, Norwich, Foresight and Sheerness which are bound to the West Indies may be paid. Send my Lords an account what is due to the said seamen. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 276.
Same to the Farmers of the Lotteries. You are forthwith to pay into the Exchequer the arrears of your rent of the Lotteries up to Lady day last. Ibid., p. 277.
Same to Auditor Bridges enclosing a state of the accompts of John Price Esq. late Receiver General of the Revenue, Ireland with other papers relating thereto. You are to make a brief state thereof and to report truly the nature of those cravings which are not determined or concerning which there are any observations made in those papers. Ibid., p. 279.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Thomas Bramley as a tidesman London port in the inferior list of 35l. per an. loco John Tuck who is removed to the superior list of tidesmen ibid.
John Tuck (one of the inferior list of tidesmen ibid) as a tidesman in the superior list of 40l. per an. loco William Waterer deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 348.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Alexander Cleve and other merchants shewing that expecting some tin they bought in Cornwall [they] entered the same on several ships bound to Holland and the Straits and paid 577l. Customs thereon but for want of convoy to bring it from Cornwall they have not been able to send it out and the Duty is since lessened: therefore praying liberty to ship other goods to the same [Customs] value or that they may have satisfaction for what they have paid above the present Duty. Reference Book VII, p. 216.
June 3.William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners enclosing the account [missing] of William Meesters Esq. of the machines provided by him for his Majesty's service in 1692–5. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 311.
June 3. old style,Royal warrant under the King's sign manual "given at our Camp at Genap" to the Treasury Lords to pay to Francis Eyles et al, Trustees for managing Exchequer Bills, 43,435l., out of such Bills authorised by the Act for the 3s. Aid and the Act for Deficiencies of certain Funds, to satisfy one year's interest at the rate of 10 per cent to the several persons who have contracted with the Treasury Lords to advance and furnish sums amounting in all to 434,350l. for the exchanging and circulating the said Bills on the said two Acts. (Money warrant dated June 8 hereon.) (Money order dated June 21 hereon). King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 287, Money Book XIII, p. 302, Order Book IV, p. 372.
Same dated same, old style, to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for payment of the interest of the Transport debt as follows. The Act [6 and 7 Wm. III. c. 7] granting Additional Duties on coffee, tea and chocolate provided for payment of 5 per cent. interest for one year on the principal sum of 330,769l. 10s. 7d. due to owners of ships hired for transporting men, munitions and stores for the reducing of Ireland; the moneys arising by the said Act being to be kept in a distinct account in a Register in the Receipt of the Exchequer for that purpose and all the debentures to be made by the Transport Commissioners for sums due for such hire, to be produced and shown in the Office of the Auditor of the Receipt and a note or memorandum thereof entered in a book to be there likewise kept for that purpose and the said moneys to be applied to the payment of interest of the said debentures for the space of 3 years by 2 equal payments, the first thereof to be made 1695 Dec. 25.
It is hereby directed that notification of all the said debentures be made in the Office of the Auditor of the Receipt as the same shall be there produced and shewn and that all the moneys arising by the said Act be applied to the payment of such 5 per cent. interest on the said debentures.
And by a later Act [8–9 Wm. III c. 25] for Licensing Hawkers a further provision is made for payment of such interest as above with like provisions as above as to keeping the moneys distinct in the Exchequer. The officers of the Receipt are hereby similarly to apply the moneys arising thereby to the payment of interest as above. (Treasury warrant dated June 18 herein accordingly to the Auditor of the Receipt and Clerk of the Pells to proceed accordingly. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated June 17). King's Warrant Book XIX, pp. 288–9, Money Book XIII, p. 306.
Same dated same, old style, to same for a same for an establishment for the Commissioners of Trade ("Commissioners for promoting the Trade of this kingdom and for inspecting and improving our Plantations in America") appointed by a commission under the great seal dated 1696 May 8. The said Commissioners (John, Earl of Bridgwater; Ford, Earl of Tankerville; Sir Phillip Meadows; William Blathwayt, Jno. Pollexfen, Jno. Lock, Abraham Hill and Geo. Stepney) are hereby to have to have a salary or allowance of 1,000l. per an. each; 400l. per an. to the 4 clerks of the Privy Council for attendance thereon; 500l. per an. to William Popple as Secretary; 100l. per an. to William Popple junior as deputy secretary or chief clerk; 80l. per an. each to 3 clerks; 60l. per an. to one clerk more; 40l. per an. each to 2 chamberkeepers and 2 messengers; 30l. per an. to a necessary woman and her maid: amounting in the whole to 9,490l. per an.: to commence from Lady day 1696. King's Warrant Book XIX, pp. 289–90.
June 3.
old style.
Same dated same, old style, to the Treasury Lords for the issue of 15,000l. to Edward Nicholas Esq.: as by the Malt Duty Act 8–9 Wm. III. c. 22: as imprest: 3,000l. thereof for the relief and support of such poor distressed French ministers as are now residing in England and 12,000l. for the like to other poor French Protestants: to be paid and applied by the said Nicholas according to directions from time to time from Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury and 5 others detailed. (Money warrant dated June 9 hereon.) (Money order dated June 16 hereon.) Ibid., p. 292, Money Book XIII, pp. 304, 373.
Royal sign manual dated same, old style, for 300l. to Jno. Harrington gent. as royal bounty. (Money warrant dated June 9 hereon). (Money order dated June 15 hereon). King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 292, Money Book XIII, p. 303, Order Book IV, p. 381.
Same dated same, old style, for 3,000l. to William, Earl of Rochford as imprest towards satisfying the arrears in the Office of the Robes during the time he was Master of the Robes. (Money warrant dated June 9 hereon). (Money order dated June 15 hereon). King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 293, Money Book XIII, p. 303, Order Book IV, p. 372.
June 3.Establishment under the hands of the Lords Justices of England for the Governor of Tilbury and Gravesend as Captain and Keeper of the Blockhouses of West Tilbury and Gravesend: to commence from March 25 last: viz. 2s. a day as Keeper of West Tilbury Blockhouse; 26l. 1s. 8d. per an. as Captain and Keeper of the Blockhouse near Gravesend: total establishment 62l. 11s. 8d. King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 404.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 100l. in Exchequer Bills to the Earl of Ranelagh on any unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: as imprest for the service of the Forces in general. Disposition Book XIV, p. 17.
William Lowndes to same to issue as follows out of loans to be made by the payees themselves on credit of the Malt Duties: viz.
£
to the Earl of Portland for a quarter on the Establishment for the Gardens1200
to the two Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer for their service in the Duchy Court100
Ibid., p. 18.
Treasury warrant to same to issue 6,500l. in Exchequer Bills to Edward, Earl of Orford on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: to be applied as follows: viz.
for wear and tear, being to be imprested to John Taylor upon his contract for hemp6000
for wages, being in part of 3,000l. to be paid to Sir George Rook, Admiral of the Fleet, for the contingent charges thereof500
£6500
Ibid.
June 3.William Lowndes to Mr. Packer [Usher of the Receipt]. My Lords take notice of the dilatory proceedings of the printers entrusted by Sir Robert Howard [Auditor of the Receipt] in printing off the Exchequer Bills. You are to hasten them in the performance of that service. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 276.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of James Hodges praying payment of the debt due from the King to his brother Col. Robert Hodges deceased and of the debt due to same from divers Officers of the army. Ibid., p. 277.
Same to the Excise Commissioners. By reason that the Excise money or Exchequer Bills for the same are not brought to the Exchequer every Wednesday till about one o'clock the Bills cannot be tried nor the money and Bills charged there in such due manner as they ought to be. My Lords are informed that the money from your Office formerly used to be brought by 9 of the clock and charged by 10 in the forenoon. They conceive it more necessary than ever (because of trying and examining of the said Bills and locking up the Bills and the money) that the said former practice should at this time be revived. They therefore direct that you make your weekly distribution of the Excise money or the Exchequer Bills for the same every Tuesday evening and that your cashier do make his payments [into the Exchequer] every Wednesday morning so timely that tallies may be levied for the same by 10 or 11 of the clock. (A like letter to Mr. Knight, Customs Cashier concerning the Customs moneys). Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to write to Mr. Greenhill, Commissioner at Portsmouth, that he deliver to such person as the Master of the Great Wardrobe shall appoint the presents intended for the Deys of Algiers and Tripoly, which presents were put into his custody some time since. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Seymour, Clerk of the Hanaper or his Deputy to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of John Barker et al setting forth the great necessities they are reduced to by reason of your non-payment of the tallies which were struck about two years since on the Hanaper Office. You are to certify my Lords how your accompts now stand, what the revenue of Hanaper now amounts to and how same is disposed of. Ibid., p. 278.
[?]Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed petition of Peter Ceely praying payment of the arrears due to him as Fort Major of Plymouth, "or some present subsistence and to be inserted on the establishment for the future." Ibid.
June 3.Same to the Navy Commissioners enclosing two accounts missing of the Marine Regiments made up "by Mr. Auditor Bridges and myself" [Lowndes]. You are to make out perfect [Navy] bills upon those accounts to discharge their imprests. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Luke Lillingston praying [repayment of] the money he advanced to his Regiment for their subsistence on their voyage to the West Indies. Ibid., p. 279.
June 3.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners. You have represented to us that you have observed great disorder and inconvenience to the officers of the Customs by certain loose and ill disposed persons pressing themselves into the Custom House pretending themselves to be clerks and to make bills and pass entry; as also by watermen, crimps, wharfingers, servants, brokers, stock jobbers and others pretending to negotiate merchants' business who daily crowd themselves at the seats of the officers to the disturbance of the merchants and their known servants; whereby divers times errors have happened to the inconvenience and prejudice of the Customs and of ignorant persons who have trusted such pretended clerks to pass entry for them and have been deceived of their money, mistaken entries have passed and some times no entries at all: and also divers other private and sinister designs are there negotiated and transacted by them. You are hereby to require the Usher of the Custom House [to clear the Custom House] of all such pretended clerks, brokers and stockjobbers or others pretending to negotiate merchants' business; and the officers of the Customs are not to suffer any such persons to sit or write in the Custom House nor to admit of or pass any bills or entries of their writing or tendering nor to receive any bills from watermen, crimp, wharfingers, servants, brokers, stockjobbers, nor from any other person whatsoever but from the merchants themselves or their known servants certified under the merchants' hands. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 349.
Same to same to discharge the seizure of whalebone imported by several merchants of Hull ut supra p. 187 on whose petition the said Commissioners have reported that after May 1 last the import of cut whale bone other than fins is forbidden by the Act of 8–9 Wm. III c. 6, granting a further Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage but that in this case they are satisfied that the said merchants were under an unavoidable surprise. Ibid., p. 350.
Treasury reference to Sir Christopher Wren of the petition of Michaell Studholme, Keeper of the King's Private Roads, praying payment of 88l. 15s. 6d. for money expended in the repair of his Majesty's roads in Hyde Park and otherways in 1695 and 1696. Reference Book VII, p. 217.
June 3.
old style.
Royal warrant "given at our Camp at Genap" to the Lords Justices of Ireland for a Commission under the great seal of Ireland to appoint Francis Roberts, Thomas Keightly, John Lowther, John Evelyn, Bartholomew Van Homrigh as Commissioners of Excise Ireland and them and John South and Sir Thomas Southwell bart. as Chief Commissioners and Governors of the Revenue, Ireland [the said Southwell taking the place which Christopher Carleton had in the preceding Commission hereby superseded]: with 800l. per an. each: to commence from Lady day last: but Carleton to be paid up to the date of this new commission and Southwell's salary to commence from that same date. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, pp. 231–2.
Same to same dated same [old style] for a grant under the great seal of Ireland to Sir Richard Payne of lands ut supra p. 124 with the sole alteration of the addition of the lands of Ballylaken and Killeenleagh. Ibid., p. 204.
June 4.
old style.
Royal warrant "given at our camp at Genap" to the Lords Justices of Ireland to direct the payment of 200l. to Charles Balfour Esq. in part of the debt of 700l. due to him for iron and lead furnished for the King's service to the garrison of Inniskillen: the Master General of the Ordnance Ireland having reported that the Protestants that took up arms at Inniskillen for the King's service did take from said Balfour's house 820 bars of iron amounting to 20½ tons which might then be worth 26l. a ton and 9 sheets of lead weighing 1 ton 12 hundredweight worth 24l. per ton which were expended in the King's service. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, pp. 232–3.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue as follows in Exchequer Bills: viz.
£
to the Earl of Ranelagh [on any unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces]: for the subsistence of the Forces in Flanders10000
to the Earl of Orford [on any unsatisfied order in name as Treasurer of the Navy] 5,000l. for the current service of the Victualling and 5,000l. for short allowance money10000
Disposition Book XIII, p. 19.
Letter of direction to same to issue as follows out of any disposeable money in the Exchequer [available for Civil List needs] viz.
£
to Thomas Rymer Esq.50
to Nahum Tate Esq.25
Ibid.
William Lowndes to Mr. Blathwaite. It has been lately observed that several persons having demands upon John Peters (clerk to Guy Palmes Esq. one of the four Tellers of the Receipt) could not readily obtain their money from him, although some of them appeared to have orders in course in that Office. My Lords had reason to believe that the public cash in the Exchequer was well secured not only by the weekly accounts taken and certified by the Auditor of the Receipt but also by the daily locking up of the cash by the Clerk of the Pells and Deputy Chamberlains pursuant to the late Act of Parliament and the strict directions given by them [since the order of Treasurer Rochester ut supra Tr. Cal. Vol. VIII. p. 968–9] in that behalf. They nevertheless thought it necessary on this occasion to have a fresh enquiry and examination strictly made in the Offices of the four Tellers and particularly in that of Mr. Palmes and upon this examination matters have plainly appeared as follows viz. that in the Offices of the three other Tellers the cash is actually remaining which is chargeable there and the payments are duly vouched excepting some few payments amounting to inconsiderable sums for which the moneys are ready but not called for precisely at the time of their direction, which is always a case in being at the Exchequer: and they find no reason to complain of those three officers. But as to the other Office which is executed by Mr. Peters the case appears to be different for although the officers do take care to lock up the cash daily (wherewith the Auditor of the Receipt charges the Tellers every Friday) and this cash is actually secured and found in the chests pursuant to law and to the course of the Exchequer, it is obvious to my Lords that the said accounts taken by the Auditor and by him certified weekly to the Treasury do frequently contain payments for which he gives the Teller credit although such payments are not actually made but only directed [to be made] and in such cases the King has no discharge [acquittance] in his Exchequer by the voucher or receipt of the [payee] party for the money; and that this hath happened because the vouchers have not been examined for a long time as they ought to have been as well by the orders of the Exchequer as by the directions of the said Act. My Lords did indeed by an authority bearing date the 2d of March last [supra Tr. Cal. XI, p. 417] appoint Mr. Peter Humes (a very skilful and trusty person) to examine the said vouchers; but it being properly the duty of the Auditor [of the Receipt], and he insisting upon it, Mr. Humes was not permitted to perform that service which would easily have obviated the inconvenience since accrued.
But fresh complaints being made my Lords entrusted myself [Lowndes] and Charles Twitty, who is clerk to Sir Robert Howard [Auditor of the Receipt] to examine the said vouchers for divers weeks past and we have found that Mr. Palmes and Mr. Peters his clerk are wanting in their vouchers about 25,000l. and that the persons who complain for want of their money are those interested in the payments for which these vouchers are wanting.
By my Lords' commands I desired and advised Mr. Peters to make known his effects towards answering these moneys; wherewith he complied and I found him willing to put them into my hands to raise money for that purpose. By the best judgment can be made of them they will raise 15,000l. and the Teller [Palmes for whom Peters acts as Deputy] is with his sureties liable for the rest: but upon his examination there appears some reason or equity to make an allowance to Mr. Peters for loss in hammered money which the late Coinage Act subjected him to without his own fault.
In the mean time my Lords have taken care that no further sums be paid into that Office till the whole debt be cleared and Mr. Palmes has given them assurance that he will make good all his clear cash that is deficient in a very few days "which being done my Lords hope that by the care that has been taken in this matter the credit of the Exchequer will rather be strengthened than impaired."
"The original cause of such disorders as have lately appeared in the Exchequer was an evil practice (introduced within the last 20 years) of the Tellers or their clerks dealing as bankers in the borrowing and lending of money on their private accounts, which practice being now quite abrogated not only by the recoining of the money but also by the provisions of the late Act and [the] re-establishing the former course of the Exchequer their Lordships may reasonably hope that this failure in Mr. Palmes's Office will be the last of those bad effects which have arisen from the evil practice aforementioned."
My Lords took care to acquaint the Lords Justices of England herewith and by their direction have at present furnished 5,000l. towards answering the said demands "which seemed necessary to their Excellencies and their Lordships to prevent any further damage to the public credit." They are now proceeding to raise more money on Mr. Peters' said securities towards clearing his debt.
My Lords desire you to represent this matter to the King "as it is here truly stated." Out Letters (General) XV, pp. 280–2.
June 5.Treasury reference to the Earl of Ranelagh of the petition of James and Ste. Pegou shewing that they furnished the Earl of Oxford's Regiment with clothes and accoutrements to the value of 6,000l. and "this Lord" entered into obligation for the payment thereof out of the offreckonings of the Regiment but Mr. Wallice claims 5,000l. out of the said offreckonings although there is nothing due to him out of the said moneys: therefore praying directions to the Earl of Ranelagh to regularly apply the said moneys to the petitioners. Reference Book VII, p. 217.
June 5.Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities detailed of John Acton Esq. as Agent to [the Regiment of] Col. William Seymour: ut supra Tr. Cal X. pp. 1159–60. Warrants not Relating to Money XIV, p. 487.
June 6.Royal warrant under the King's sign manual dated "at our Camp at Promelles" to the Earl of Ranelagh to pay Elizabeth de Vebron (daughter of the Sieur de Vebron, a Reformed Captain of Foot) 20l. from the time that the pension of 3s. 6d. a day to the Sieur de L'Isle shall be determined and cease; the said pension formerly granted to the said Sieur de Vebron having been by royal warrant of 1694 July 1 granted to the Sieur de L'Isle who has thereupon obliged himself to pay 20l. a year thereof to the said Elizabeth for her subsistence as long as he shall enjoy the same: and the King being inclined at the request of the Earl of Galway to continue the said 20l. per an. to the said Elizabeth even if the said 3s. 6d. a day pension should determine by the said L'Isle's death or otherwise. King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 286.
June 8.Money warrant for 30,000l. to Edward Nicholas in part of the privy seal of April 19 last supra p. 86: as imprest towards the payment of such allowances as the King has established or shall establish for the servants of the late Queen and for other necessary or contingent charges or allowances. (Money order dated June 11 hereon). Money Book XIII, p. 302, Order Book IV, p. 371.
William Glanvill (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Navy Commissioners to make forth [Navy] bills for 500l. to Thomas Hewetson Esq. late Commander of the Lyon in reward for his service in the West Indies when in command of said ship: to be payable out of tallies and orders in the Navy Treasurer's hands on the Additional Impositions. (Same to the Navy Treasurer to pay same accordingly). Disposition Book XIV, p. 19.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to make forth [Navy] bills for 4,000l. to the owners of the above ship Lyon for her pay during the time she was employed for his Majesty's service in the defence of the Leeward Islands: to be assigned for payment out of tallies and orders ut supra. Ibid., p. 20.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 300l. to Lionel Herne ut supra p. 168 out of loans to be made by said Herne on credit of the Malt Duties. Ibid., p. 20.
Same to same to issue 150l. to the persons concerned in apprehending Capt. Wintour and Anthony his man: pursuant to the King's Proclamation: to be issued out of loans to be made by the said persons themselves on credit of the malt Duties. Ibid., p. 22.
June 8.Same to the Tellers of the Exchequer to send to the Trustees for Exchequer Bills an account of what of the said Bills have been received or issued in your [respective] Offices to this day: and also to continue the same weekly on every Thursday for the time to come. (The like letter to Mr. Clayton "about what issued and what cancelled to this day"). Out Letters (General) XV, p. 282.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities detailed of John Wilson who is empowered by Sir Mathew Bridges to act as his Agent for the Regiment of Foot under his command to receive the subsistence and pay thereof, ut supra Tr. Cal. Vol. X, pp. 1159–60.
Prefixing: certificate by Mordecai Abbot proposing that the security to be given be fixed at 1,500l.
The like for Robert Seton as same for Col. George Hamilton's Regiment: in 1,500l.
The like for John Wilson as same for Brigadier Richard Ingoldesby's Regiment: in 1,500l. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 312.
June 9.Money warrant for 40l. 13s. 4d. to Sir Thomas Trevor for half a year to 1696 Lady day on his fee as Attorney General. Money Book XIII, p. 303.
Same for 35l. to Sir John Hawkes Kt. for same on same as Solicitor General. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt for the renewing of a lost money order No. 1164 dated 1694 July 23 on the annuities for life in the name of Joseph Douglas. Order Book IV, p. 370.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 3,500l. in Exchequer Bills to Edward, Earl of Orford on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: as imprest: to be applied as follows viz.
and 1,000l. in the like Bills to Charles Fox and Lord Coningsby on the unsatisfied order in their names as Paymasters of the Forces, Ireland; to be paid over to the Commissioners of Transports on account of the service in that Office. Disposition Book XIV, p. 21.
£
for wear and tear, being to be imprested to Mr. John Taylour upon his credit for hemp3000
for wages, being part of 3,000l. to be paid to Sir George Rook, Admiral of the Fleet, for the contingent charges thereof500
£3500
Disposition Book XIV, p. 20.
Same to same to issue 2,208l. in Exchequer Bills to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces for uses as follows viz.
£
for one week's subsistence to the 7 Battalions marching to their encampment1434
upon account of the arrears due to Col. Norcutt's and Col. Farringdon's Regiments400
for the Regiments of Sir Hen. Bellasyse, Col. Brudenell and Col. Coote to defray the charge of carriages in their march towards the Camp; on account of subsistence150
for a month's subsistence to 4 Companies of Sir John Jacob's Regiment at Berwick224
£2208
June 9.Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Thomas Newsham Esq. son and executor of John Newsham Esq. late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Warwick shewing that the sum of 257l. 7s. 0d. taken [by the said John for taxes] by tale before Dec. 18 last was adjudged too narrow and laid by in the Exchequer and 358 ounces [of hammered money] was adjudged at the Tower [Mint to be] not sterling and so remains unmelted: that the Agents have reported 130l. as reasonable to be allowed [to said John] for his extraordinary charges as Receiver of the second 4s. Aid and that no allowance has been made for his extraordinary charges on the third and fourth 4s. Aids: therefore praying an allowance for losses and extraordinary charges as above. Reference Book VII, p. 217.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of the King's waiters and landwaiters in London port shewing that the 50 established King's waiters and landwaiters have always been found sufficient to discharge all ships delivering in said port and since they are still able to undertake same they pray the enforcement of the Treasury order of 21 April 1690 for employing the petitioners only.
The Commissioners are to consider how far the quaymen are necessary and whether they are not a burthen to the revenue. Ibid., p. 218.
June 10.The Treasury Lords to Mr. Whitley, Receiver for North Wales. It is certified to us that you have received out of the Mint at Chester 13,000l. 3s. 7d. and that no part of the same has been paid into the Exchequer but is detained in your hands or misapplied contrary to the duty of your office and trust. We require you immediately on sight hereof to make payment of the said money or forthwith to repair hither and answer your default. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 283.
Same to the Mayor and Corporation of Berwick. The case of the people of Berwick concerning the quarters of the Garrison there has been considered by us at the instance and representation of their great necessities by Mr. Samuell Ogle, and his endeavours for them joined with the zeal and good service of the Corporation in general as well as yourself in particular in comforting and encouraging the people to be cheerful in this service hath influenced us to a more than ordinary consideration of the condition of your town. We have at present ordered a month's subsistence to be forthwith paid to the Garrison and the Exchequer Bills already returned towards clearing their quarters to be exchanged for lesser sums and that an account of the whole arrear due to the Garrison shall be stated to the 1st of June inst. The month's subsistence which we have ordered was (with regard to other his Majesty's occasions) the most we could at present furnish towards their supply and we have no reason to doubt but with that sum and your and the said Corporation's prudent management and perseverance in their good affection to his Majesty and the Government the people will be encouraged to proceed in their good services: and we shall not be wanting in enabling them with a further supply as soon as the said stated account of the arrear of the Garrison shall be laid before us. Ibid.
June 10.William Glanvill (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Earl of Ranelagh, to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Archibald Hutchinson Esq. agent to Col. Henry Holt's Regiment of Foot in the West Indies praying to be paid here the subsistence of several of the Officers of the said Regiment and that the same may not be returned [forwarded by bill of exchange] to the West Indies. Ibid., p. 284.