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September 1703, 1-15

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'Warrant Book: September 1703, 1-15', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 18: 1703 (1936), pp. 391-406. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84318 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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September 1703, 1-15

Sept. 1. William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. A post is just now come in with 3 mails. I enclose a letter from Mr. Cardonnell dated Sept. 3 new style giving an account that the Treaty of Repartition is signed and that the Duke of Marlborough has ordered Mr. Sweet to regulate his payments thereby and enclosing an account from Mr. Sweet of the application of the money he had received for the Augmentation Troops. I enclose same [missing] together with Mr. Stanhope's letter complaining of the bad payments of [to] the Foreigners. I find that the Duke [of Marlborough] has ordered an account of their charge to be made up to July 30 new style. When it comes I will compare it with Mr. Pauncefort's computation and I hope the sums already remitted together with the 9175l. 6s. 8¾d. in mine of yesterday will give full satisfaction "unless there have been any misapplications on the other side."
I enclose a letter [missing] from the Earl of Nottingham for more money for the transport service.
I have written very earnestly requesting an account of what money is now in cash of the Queen's share of prizes. I have not yet been able to speak with Mr. Ward.
I am much solicited by Mr. Penn who said you had promised to send directions to me concerning the patent for the wreck.
It has pleased God to increase the afflictions of my poor family, two or three more of my children being very ill.
I have written to the Customs, as you direct, that their officers take no fees for biscuit [shipped] to Portugal. The having of arms from the Tower at a price ought to be under the direction of the Privy Council. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 240-1.
Sept. 2. William Lowndes to Mr. Fox. The Lord Treasurer approves of Mr. Thomas Morrice to go as Paymaster under you of the Forces designed for Portugal ; with 3l. a day for himself and clerks. Give him the necessary authority. Out Letters (General)XVII, p. 241.
Same to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I have met with Mr. Ward and Sir James Bateman who readily offered their assistance to procure the loan of 50,000l. desired from the Bank upon the remainder of this year's funds. They have advised me to speak with Mr. Abraham Houblon, the Governor, which I shall do tomorrow (this being Fast day). So far as I can collect from them there is no likelihood of [this] being refused, but this loan must be agreed to by the Court which doth not meet till Wednesday next. Meantime I pray your direction to enter the usual minute for repaying (out of some other fund) this loan with interest or so much thereof as shall not be satisfied in a limited time.
I enclose an account [missing], just received, of 11,990l. 17s. 8d. for the Queen's share of prizes remaining in the [Prizes] Receiver's hands and enclose for your signature an order [missing] for bringing it into the Exchequer so that it may be ready to answer your [letters of] direction for the Transport service, Augmentation Troops, Portugal horses, or such other public uses as you may appoint. Ibid.
Sept. 3. Money warrant for 69l. 6s. 8d. to the Earl of Ranelagh for 13 years to 1701 Sept. 29 on the annuity of 5l. 6s. 8d. which anno 3 James II was granted to James Grahame with the office of Ranger and Keeper of Bagshot Park for 31 years, which was afterwards assigned by Grahame to Sir Edward Seymour bart and since by said Seymour to said Earl who is now possessed of same. Money Book XVI, p. 422.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ — Kempe as waiter and searcher at Penzance loco George Wood, lately dismissed.
Sidney Bligh as collector at Penryn loco Edmund Harry preferred to be collector of Falmouth.
Edmund Harry preferred as above from Penryn to Falmouth loco George Spry lately dismissed for detaining the Queen's money and converting the same to his own use. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 288, 289.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. Mr. Abraham Houblon, the Governor of the Bank, and Sir James Bateman have been just now with me and on Wednesday next your desire for 50,000l. will be proposed to the Bank [Court]. "But we have been thinking that if the proposition to the Bank should be to lend the whole complement to [complete the] 1,800,000l. on the Land Tax (which imports 84,399l. 5s. 0d.) and to advance the like sum of 84,399l. 5s. 0d. on Mr. Fox's tallies on the Coal Act at the like interest of 5 per cent. it would be more acceptable to the members of the Bank, many of which complain that only the worst part of the funds are offered to them." This has occasioned this letter to you and upon consideration of the necessities of the public service I cannot be of opinion that this offer should be rejected. For as on the one hand it doth not appear that all the coal tallies can be disposed of at 4 per cent. (and if they could, the difference between that and 5 per cent. upon the said near tallies will be less than 1,000l.) so on the other side this proposition will make the last shilling of 1,800,000l. on the Land Tax effectual (which can be obtained by no other means), and together with such registered orders as are reserved and other moneys coming in will enable your Lordship to carry on all the public service till the Parliament has sat some time. I desire your answer on Monday at the furthest.
In February last the Bank advanced 13,315l. 14s. 8d. on the enclosed minute [see supra p. 16] whereby your Lordship is obliged to repay the same with interest from the 21 August last. Mr. Tilson will send to Mr. Taylour the orders [of repayment] with warrants for allowing of interest from that day at 5 per cent : and I think there is no doubt but the remainder of the Land Tax and Subsidies of last year will yet extend to pay this principal and interest, in default whereof they [the Bank] must apply to your Lordship for some other fund.
Please send me direction for entering the minute for the additional security to the Bank, to wit in general for such money as the Bank shall lend upon any of this year's funds.
The Commissioners for Sick and Wounded have now distinguished their demand. I enclose their memorial [missing], according to which 6,599l. l1s. 0d. is due for the year 1702. This may properly be paid out of Malt surplus but I find the extravagant annual expense of the Sick and Wounded and prisoners in the last war is completely doubled in this. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 242.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer apprehends that the revenue, especially in the outports, may suffer by officers that want skill, diligence or honesty. You are to cause a strict examination to be made in all the outports concerning the present state of the same especially of the officers' qualifications, beginning with those in the North. Ibid., p. 243.
Sept. 4. Royal warrant given "at our Court at Bath" to the Commissioners for the Royal Hospital at Chelsea to take in the 35 reduced Invalids and subsist the 173 same as follow "equal to their pay before their late reducement" and to place them in said Hospital as vacancies shall happen : there being 19 such reduced men received into the said Hospital and vacancies for 35 more in the same and in the 4 Established Companies [of Invalids] thereunto belonging, so that upon their admittance there will remain 2 sergeants, 3 corporals and 173 private men of the said Invalids yet unprovided for and the Queen is disposed that provision be made for them in the best manner that may be. As any vacancies happen in the said Hospital or Companies the same are to be supplied out of the said reduced Invalids preferably to all others till the whole number or as many of them as shall be found duly qualified be provided for ; and from such time their respective pensions are to cease. Further, due examination is to be made not only of the said Invalids but of all others that shall offer themselves to be admitted into the said Hospital and Companies and none are to be admitted therein who have not served the Crown for 20 years or been disabled in such service. And a direction in writing for such admittance is to be produced from the Captain General of the Forces or the Lord Treasurer, to whom the Commissioners are from time to time to present certificates of persons fit to be admitted. Queen's Warrant Book XXII, pp. 100-101.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Commissioners for Prizes to order John Brewer, their Receiver General, to pay into the Exchequer 11,990l. 7s. 8d. out of the Queen's share of prizes. Money Book XVI, p. 422.
Same by same to the Postmasters General to pay 600l. per an. salary or allowance to Isaac Manley as Deputy Postmaster of Ireland in like manner as the 400l. per an. was paid to George Warburton, late Deputy Postmaster who has absconded himself and become a bankrupt : the said Manley having been sent over to examine into the state of said Warburton's circumstances and having behaved himself not only to the great satisfaction of that kingdom but by his care and diligence the correspondence between England and Ireland hath been much more regular than ever was known before. Ibid., p. 428.
William Lowndes to the Commissioners of Victualling to pay to the Prizes Commissioners 2290l. 12s. 2¾d. for the value of the Queen's moiety of the provisions distributed to the fleet out of the 3 prizes taken by the Orford under Capt. Norris. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 243.
Sept. 6. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Postmasters General to contract with Edward Dummer to build 3 new vessels and boats to be employed in carrying the mails of letters between Falmouth and Lisbon in the room of those at present made use of in that service, and for performing the said service with the number of men and at the rates therein, he to deduct for the wages and victuals of men at any time wanting out of the complement and also to accompt for the freight of all passengers going or coming over in the said boats and to have the said boats ready to begin the service at Xmas next ; he to be paid 2,000l. within 3 months after the said boats shall have entered the service, which sum is to be discompted out of the first annual sum payable to him hereunder : the Receiver General of the Post Office being to defray the charge arising by the said contract for the wages, victuals, wear and tear, guns and gunners' stores of the same : Dummer to render a true account of the moneys arising by freight of passengers.
Appending : (a) Report dated Aug. 10 from the Postmasters General on Dummer's proposal for the above contract. He proposes boats of 160 tons sailed with 35 hands. Such boats may perform that service very well but he has been mistaken in calculating the charge of the boats at present made use of, the same not amounting to near so much as he computeth, though the said boats being of greater burthen than those proposed by him do necessarily require greater number of hands, their complement of men being 200, whereas the complement of the boats to be built by him is but 105. His demand of 7s. 6d. per ton for wear and tear per calendar month including guns and gunners' stores seems reasonable but we cannot agree to his demand for 8 per cent. interest on the prime cost of the vessels : but we agree to a payment of 2,000l. on account as above. The Commanders of the boats are to be under the direction of the Postmasters General and of their agent at Falmouth.
(b) An enquiry into the present charge of the Post Office in relation to the postage of letters between Falmouth and Lisbon by sea and propounding to build 3 new vessels for that service and to save about 4,000l. per an. of the present expense : dated 1703 June 24 and signed by E. Dummer ; estimated present expense 9705l. 5s.0d. per an. ; proposed expense 5362l. 1s. 2d. ; estimated saving 4343l. 3s. 0d. Money Book XVI, pp. 424-6.
Letter of direction for 6,000l. to Mr. Fox, on his order for moneys on account of Alliances : to be issued out of the Queen's share of Prizes : and is intended for Samuell Atkinson and Nicholas Roop on account of the shipping and other necessaries now to be provided here and in Ireland for transporting men, horses &c. to Portugal : towards which 6,000l. hath been already paid. Disposition Book XVI, p. 263.
Same for 3,000l. to Sir Benjamin Bathurst, Cofferer of the Household : out of Civil List moneys : and is intended for making the necessary provisions for the service of the Archduke of Austria in his passage to Portugal. Ibid.
Same for 1,406l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh, late Paymaster of the Forces : out of the Queen's share of Prizes : and is intended for the Elector of Treves ; to be applied to complete the Queen's part of the subsidies payable to said Elector in the year ended at Xmas 1702. Ibid., p. 264.
Same for 9,175l. 6s. 8¾d. to Charles Fox : out of loans on Coal Duties : on his unsatisfied order for the service of the Augmentation Forces : and is intended to complete the whole sum due for levy money and to clear the pay of the said Forces "so far as the same will extend." Ibid.
Same for 6,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy : out of the Malt surplus anno 1702 next after 12,353l. 6s. 7¾d., lately directed thereout to the Navy for the Victualling shall be satisfied : and is intended for paying imprests and bills of exchange : and is to be taken as part of the proportion allotted to the Navy for Wear and Tear anno 1702. Ibid., p. 265.
William Lowndes to the Prizes Commissioners to deliver to the Principal Officers of the Ordnance the 20 brass guns and to adjust the weight and value of same with them. (Same to the Ordnance Officers to receive same.) The Treasurer of the Ordnance is to pay to the Receiver General of Prizes the price so adjusted : and the sum so paid shall be issued to the Treasurer of the Ordnance out of prize money remaining in the Exchequer. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 243, 244.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh. The Lord Treasurer is extremely pressed for the payment of a considerable sum remaining due for douceurs to some of the Forces which composed the 40,000 men in Flanders in 1702. He does not know how same may be satisfied unless there be sufficient money in your hands of the 700,000l. received by you for that year for those Forces or of the poundage money arising therefrom. It is necessary that you should pay the money so owing for douceurs or to take care to pass your account for the 40,000 men for 1702 and the 10,000 men for 1701 as you were desired by mine of March 6 last. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 243.
William Lowndes to Mr. Blathwayt to prepare a royal warrant to authorise Charles Fox to pay 6,000l. [ut supra p. 395] for transport of men and horses &c. to Portugal ; towards which 6,000l. has been already paid. Ibid., p. 244.
Same to the Agents for Taxes for a certificate of the money paid into the Exchequer to this time on the fifth 4s. Aid for the year 1702 and also on the Subsidies granted for same year : and what may still arise therefrom : also how much hath been discharged by certificate for personal estates. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Wilcox to report on the enclosed bills [missing] of repairs of several bridges and other works done in Windsor Forest. Ibid.
Sept. 7. Money order for 150l. to Thomas Webb for last Easter and Trinity terms on his salary as Second Justice of Pembroke, Carmarthen and Cardigan. Order Book VI, p. 40.
Letter of direction for 6,599l. 11s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Navy : out of Malt surplus anno 1702 (next after the 6,000l. directed Sept. 6 to said Treasurer shall be satisfied) : and is intended to be paid over to Richard Povey, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded, for the charge thereof in the year ended at Xmas 1702 : and to be borne on the Navy account as part of the proportion allotted to the head of Wages to seamen in the same year. (William Lowndes dated Sept. 10 to the Navy Commissioners to so pay same.) Disposition Book XVI, p. 265.
William Lowndes to Mr. Cardonnell in reply to his of the 3 Sept. (new style). Since mine of Aug. 31 last the Lord Treasurer has ordered 1,406l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh to complete the subsidies to the Elector of Treves for last year, and 9,175l. 6s. 8¾d. to Charles Fox for the Augmentation Troops, which will clear their whole levy money and carry on their pay to the 9th inst. I have also written to the Earl of Ranelagh about the douceurs. Please hasten the despatch of the account of the Augmentation Troops to the 30 July. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 245.
Same to the Bank of England. The Lord Treasurer has occasion to borrow further sums on the funds of this year as well for supporting the Augmentation Troops in Flanders as for making good the Alliances with Portugal and other public uses comprehended in the appropriations for said funds. He hopes that the Bank will be ready to serve his Majesty and the public for these purposes. He proposes the making of such a loan at the Exchequer as will complete the credit on this year's Land Tax to 84,399l. 5s. 0d. at 5 per cent. and the further like sum of 84,399l. 5s. 0d. at the like interest upon tallies and orders in the hands of Charles Fox in part of the 200,000l. registered in said Fox's name on the first part of the Coal Act. "I can take upon me to say that the furnishing of these sums as they will be of importance to the common cause so the Bank's complying therewith at his Lordship's desire will be a very acceptable service, and although there is little or no room to doubt the goodness of the said funds, especially considering what a large sum for interest upon the Land Tax has been saved this year, yet I have in command from his Lordship to cause to be entered in the Treasury Books such a minute as the Gentlemen of the Bank have desired upon the like occasions." Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brewer. The Lord Treasurer notices that there is no less than 80,780l. remaining in your hands of prize money belonging to captors. You are to make all possible despatch in making up your accounts and paying what is due from time to time to the said captors for the encouragement of seamen and to avoid the hazard of keeping so large a sum in cash and notes. (The like letter to the Navy Commissioners ; and to the Prizes Commissioners ; and to Mr. Burchett for the Lord Admiral's Council.) Ibid., pp. 245-256.
Sept. 8. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Prizes Commissioners to depute Cornelius Clifton as landsurveyor of prizes in London port. Money Book XVI, p. 423. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 81.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I sent for the Transports Commissioners and as Capt. Atkinson was out of town Mr. Roope came to me. I demanded of him what further sum would be necessary at present for the Portugal transports. He answered about 6,000l. and I have directed this to be issued to Mr. Fox out of prize money : [to be paid to the said Commissioners by Fox].
The Comptrollers of the [Accounts of the] Forces desire me to send you the enclosed memorial [missing] concerning Col. Stanhope's Regiment and desire a decision thereon from the Queen, the Prince or yourself "which will be a leading case."
Sir James Bateman and Mr. Conyers have just now come to me from the General Court of the Bank where it has been resolved to lend the 84,399l. 5s. 0d. on the Land Tax and the like sum on the Coal Duty at 5 per cent. interest and I have entered a minute on the books of the Treasury for the former according to your direction. It seems to me that by these loans and by the reserved orders [orders reserved in Paymasters' hands and awaiting the Lord Treasurer's directions] and some other funds, that your Lordship will be well provided for [to meet] all the necessary services of the public for the remainder of this year. I enclose a copy of their [the Bank's] resolution, in pursuance of which Mr. Pauncefort will to-morrow deliver them Coal tallies and orders (payable after the first 50,000l. thereon) for 84,500l. (his orders being in even sums) and the Bank will at the same time pay Mr. Fox this 84,500l. and send the orders to me to obtain your Lordship's warrants for the interest at 5 per cent. to commence from that day.
Your Lordship has been particularly served in this matter by Mr. Abraham Houblon, Sir James Bateman and Mr. Conyers who tell me that it would be grateful to the Bank (though they have made it no part of the agreement) if the 84,500l. of Coal tallies were made up to 100,000l. and I think if you gratify them therein the difference [by loss of interest as between 5 per cent. and 4 per cent.] will not be great. They also complain that the Agents to the Treasurer of the Navy have deserted them and trust their cash wholly with Sir Stephen Evance, which they take as a discountenance to the Bank. I pray your direction in these two particulars.
It seems necessary now to make a new contract for remitting another 100,000l. to Flanders and it would be better to supply the 40,000 men with 2 months [pay and subsistence] viz. to Nov. 25 next than to let the money lie dead in Mr. Fox's hands. And in truth I see no objection against furnishing the 40,000 men with pay for the Foreign Troops and subsistence to the subject Troops till the 24 Dec. next : the rather because in this case your Lordship may now [as you will be in funds] give the [ready] money for bills [of exchange] payable at times suitable to the service and thereby gain the better rate of exchange, to be reckoned against the interest which the Bank will receive upon these orders. And Mr. Fox will want only the sum of 21,574l. 8s. 3d. over and above the registered orders still in his hands to complete the 833,825l. 19s. 2d. which the Parliament voted for the whole charge of the said 40,000 men this year.
I have not yet seen the exact account from Mr. Sweet of the Queen's part of the charge of the Augmentation Troops. But I apprehend more money will be wanted for those Troops and therefore desired Mr. Pauncefort to make a computation of their pay to Michaelmas next. I enclose same [missing] and if it be your pleasure I will order 8,560l. 16s. 8d. to be forthwith issued thereupon.
The Lords of the Privy Council have commanded my attendance upon them. They seem to be of opinion that the new Establishment for Portugal should commence as to the Forces from Holland from Michaelmas day next, as to those from Ireland from the day of embarcation and as to the General Officers from the date of their commissions.
I pray you to be earnest with the Duke of Marlborough to cause the account of the last 4 months' clearings to be sent here forthwith, for I have reason to apprehend that the same is delayed for the causes I formerly mentioned.
By the enclosed minute [see supra p. 19 under date March 2 and p. 69 under date July 19 and July 21] you will perceive that the Victuallers were to be repaid at the Exchequer out of prize money for the money they were directed to pay to the Prizes Commissioners for the Queen's moiety of the victuals distributed to the fleet out of the 3 prizes taken by the Orford and that same was to be placed as part of their quota [of Victualling] for the year 1702. But as by your Lordship's directions they have since received their full proportion for that year out of the Malt surplus I submit that the said provisions be paid for as above but to be taken as part of the [Victualling] quota for the year 1703.
I enclose an order [missing] relative to Mr. Morgan Whitley's account : also the paper [missing] of the cash "intending speedily to make a new apportionment for the remaining funds and services of this year." Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 246-8.
Sept. 9. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay 5 per cent. interest on the orders of loan registered 1702-3 Feb. 27 on the Duties on Coals and Culm for 1703 in the name of Charles Fox for the sum of 84,500l. and by him assigned to the Bank of England on this day. Order Book VI, p. 41.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners to employ Hugh Grainger (who for many years well performed the duty of Examiner Inwards London port under his uncle Thomas Grainger) as such Examiner loco his said uncle, who by reason of some disease and infirmity is not able to attend the duty and is willing to surrender to his kinsman ; the said Hugh having made oath that the said resignation is purely in consideration of consanguinity and friendship without any pecuniary consideration. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 290.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of the Queen's waiters in Bristol port for additional allowances of salary, which does not exceed 40l. per an. each, with which they are not able to support their families. Reference Book VIII, p. 70.
Sept. 10. Money warrant for 3,550l. to Sir Stephen Evance, her Majesty's jeweller, for jewels supplied as follows according to a Lord Chamberlain's certificate dated Aug. 25 last viz.
£
for presents to Monsieur Leers [Frederick van Reede, heer van De Lier] and Monsieur [Willem] Van Haren her Majesty's picture set in diamonds of the value of 1000l. each 2000
for a present to Monsieur Heswitz [John Henry, Baron von Nitzschwitz] Envoy Extraordinary from Poland a ring of [the value of] 300
for a present to [le Comte de Lescheraine] the Envoy from [John William] the Elector Palatine a ring of 300
for a present to the Marquess Rainucei [Marchese di Rinuccini], Envoy from the Duke of Florence, a ring of 300
for a present to Monsieur [Christopher Dietrich von] Bosen, Envoy from Poland a ring of 300
for a ring for her Majesty 350
£3550
(Money order dated Sept. 13 hereon). (Letter of direction dated Aug. 23 hereon). Money Book XVI, p. 423. Order Book VI, p. 40. Disposition Book XVI, p. 259.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay to the Bank of England 5 per cent. interest on orders and tallies on the Land Tax and Subsidies for the year 1702 put into their hands as security for an advance of 8,900l. (which was all they advanced of 13,315l. 14s. 8d. desired for the clothiers of the six Marine Regiments). The said interest is hereby to be paid out of the moneys of the fifth 4s. Aid and Subsidies (the credit on which the same was lent) for the period from the 21 Aug. 1703 till the said order [or orders] shall come in course of repayment. The present warrant is made in pursuance of the Treasury Minute of 20 Feb. 1702-3 supra p. 16. Order Book VI, p. 44.
Letter of direction for 1500l. to Thomas Lloyd, Paymaster of the Works : out of Civil List moneys : and is to be paid over to Henry Wise as in part of works as follows
£ s. d.
for works lately performed in the gardens at Kensington 976 2 7
for ditto in St. James's Park 1703 10 1
£2670 12 8
Disposition Book XVI, p. 266.
Jo. Tayler [for the Treasury Secretary] dated from the Bath, to the Postmasters General to report on the enclosed extract [missing] from Nevis representing that the stay of the advice boats at that place is too short. Out Letters (General) XVII, p. 252.
William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. I enclose returns [missing] from the Lord Admiral's Council, Navy Commissioners, Prizes Commissioners and Mr. Brewer concerning the moneys belonging to the captors of prizes.
You will see therefrom that there are several impediments in the application [distribution] of that money but most of them will be remedied by a new Declaration to explain the Queen's former Declaration in this behalf. I advise a direction to the Attorney General to prepare same, otherwise the great sum in bank will be increased together with the hazard and dissatisfaction of the persons interested therein.
I enclose warrants [missing] for the allowances to the Comptrollers of Army [Accounts] and a constitution to Mr. Cartwright as their Secretary. The warrants are prepared two ways, one for paying same out of Poundage of the Guards and Garrisons (which fund I think is overcharged already) the other out of moneys in general coming to the Paymaster's hands for the Guards and Garrisons.
I enclose a royal warrant for a grant of wrecks to Lord Fairfax prepared according to Mr. Blathwayt's report.
The Navy Commissioners, by their letter [enclosed, missing] desire 20,000l. more, to the head of wages. It may be directed out of the money which the Navy Treasurer receives at the Exchequer on the 300,000l. Land Tax tallies.
The Earl of Nottingham acquainted me that Mr. Morrice, the Deputy Paymaster, was also to be Commissary of the Provisions in Portugal. I find that Mr. Feilding had £3 15s. 0d. a day for himself, deputy and 3 storekeepers. I suppose Mr. Morrice is to be contented with an allowance proportionate to the English Forces which will be 6,000 men. But it will be very incongruous [for him to have this double function of Paymaster and Commissary] for as Paymaster he must charge himself for the money as Commissary and he must buy provisions, issue them, take vouchers from the Officers, account in kind, and take care that the value be deducted "all which seems to be work proper for 2 officers as distinct as an auditor and an accomptant. However his memorial is herewith humbly transmitted." If you are inclined to have another [or separate] person for Commissary [of the provisions] please remember you desired me to remind you of Mr. Nutting, clerk to the Earl of Rochester, who in all respects seems to be more fit for a service of this nature than any other person that I know of. Ibid., pp. 248-9.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Auditors of Imprests to discharge supers set (in Charles Bertie's accounts) on the Principal Officers of the Ordnance for the salary of the Master of the Ordnance received by them during the time the said office was vacant, to wit for 2¾ years 1693 July 31 (the time of the death of the Duke of Schonberg) to the time when the Earl of Romney was made Master of the Ordnance. Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, pp. 84-6.
Same by same to Sidney Godolphin, Auditor of Crown Revenues in Wales, Henry Shales, Auditor of same in Co. Chester and the Agents for Taxes to repair to Morgan Whitley, now a prisoner in Newgate, and to examine and report on his cravings in his accounts as late Receiver General for Chester and North Wales : and further to grant 13 weeks' release from prison to Sir Michael Biddulph, one of said Whitley's sureties, in order to assist at said enquiry.
Appending : schedule of said cravings. Ibid., pp. 86-7.
Sept. 11. William Lowndes to Lord Coningsby. In yours of the 30th ult. you desire to know what laws have passed in England with a Retrospection as to the commencement of the Duties granted thereby. In the case of new Duties I cannot remember they have ever commenced from any time past but from some day whilst the bill was depending. As to continued Duties we always endeavoured to obtain them from the determination of former Acts and the House concurred therein ; only (for the reason given in your letter) some times a single day was excepted upon [the grounds of] an opinion that it would prove the right of the subject. The following are precedents where continuing Acts have related to a time past viz.
1 Anne [c. 7.] Temporary Excise, 6d. per barrel on vinegar, and the new Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage from 9 March 1701-2, which was the next day after William III's death : although the Act for these only received the royal assent on the 30th March, "and it may be remembered that the House was informed that the officers of Customs and Excise did make entries and keep accounts in the meantime and that after the passing of the said Act they did levy the Duty upon those previous entries and accounts."
9 & 10 Wm. III [c. 14]. Duties on coffee &c. granted from 1st May 1698 but the same did not pass till the 16th May.
8 Wm. III [8-9 Wm. III c. 7]. Duty on paper from 1 March 1696 did not pass till 8 March.
1 James II [c. 1]. The Act for the Customs and Excise took place from 6 Feb. preceding which (as I remember) was the day next after the death of Charles II though the Parliament did not meet nor the Act pass for a considerable time afterwards. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 249-50.
Same to the Earl of Nottingham. I received from Mr. Warr your commands upon Major General Windham's memorial and was a little surprised to find such a demand of money alleged to be due to him when I know that the Lord Treasurer has furnished money to clear all the Forces in Flanders to 1702 Dec. 24 and such sums for the present year as shall clear the General Officers to the 29th of Sept. inst. I therefore desired Mr. Pauncefort (who acted for the successive Paymasters [of the Forces]) to make a state of Maj. Gen. Windham's pay and I enclose his report [missing] thereon. Ibid., p. 250.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ Russell Gatliff (a tidesman in the inferior list, London port) as same in the superior list ibid loco Richard Saunders deceased.
Anthony Fursman (one of the reduced number of 100 extraordinary tidesmen London port) as a tidesman in the inferior list ibid loco Russell Gatliff as above. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 289.
Entry of a Treasury caveat in favour of Rowland Wynn against a lease to John Howse of lands known as Coed Maddock now in lease to Edmund Glynn. Notice to be sent to William Travers at the Coffin in Chancery Lane. Caveat Book, p. 57.
Sept. 13. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receiver General for cos. Somerset of the Duties on Houses and on Marriages to pay the salary of 40l. per an. to Cha. Pembruge as Surveyor of said Duties. (Treasury commission dated Sept. 13 to Pembruge as surveyor). Money Book XVI, p. 225. Warrants not Relating to Money XVII, p. 466.
Same by same to William Borret, Solicitor for the affairs of the Treasury, to pay 143l. 14s. 4d. to Sir John Stanley, Warden of the Mint, for prosecuting counterfeiters in 1702. Ibid., p. 429.
Letter of direction for 8,560l. 16s. 8d. to Charles Fox for the service of the Augmentation Forces and to be applied to the pay thereof so far as it will extend : to be issued out of funds as follows, viz. : 7,306l. 15s. 8½d. of loans on the Duties on Malt ; 500l. of interest money rebated by Mr. Fox on the sixth 4s. Aid ; 754l. 0s. 11½d. of loans on the Duties on Coal. Disposition Book XVI, p. 266.
Same for 38l. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works at Windsor, out of Civil List moneys : and is intended for Mr. Cousen in full for gilding the pipes and the carved work of the organs of the Chapel Royal at Windsor Castle. Ibid., p. 283.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin dated at Bath to the Customs Commissioners to employ John Keir as collector at Ilfracombe in Barnstaple port loco James Langhorne lately deceased.
Samuel Giles as a riding officer at Winchilsea on the coast of Sussex loco Thomas Owen deceased.
James Killerby (for some time an extraordinary tidesman Newcastle port) as a tidesman at Shields, a member of that port, loco Thomas Thorp deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 292.
Subscription by same for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated this day to the Master of the Great Wardrobe "to give orders for making the tapestry hangings in the Bedchamber at Kensington deeper so as to fit the wainscot." Warrants not Relating to Money XVIII, p. 88.
Sept. 14. Warrant by same to the Receipt to distribute and apply the sum of 73,900l. 0s. 4½d. to Deficient Funds as follows : the said sum representing the receipts between Aug. 17 last and Sept. 14 inst from branches of the revenue as follows viz. 10,302l. 13s. 11d. from Window Duties ; 2,157l. 8s. 2d. from Additional Impositions ; 2,347l. 2s. 2d. from the New Duty on paper continued ; 19,591l. 6s. 5d. from New Customs ; 3,820l. 17s. 10d. from Marriages ; 35,680l. 11s. 10½d. from Continued Impositions : the said distribution and application to be hereby as follows :
Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament. How they stood upon the Register the 14th Sept. ; 1703. The distribution and application hereby ordered.
First 4s. Aid 55622 10 5 41344 2 843 15 4
Third 4s. Aid 407372 0 3 244198 9 3 6179 12
Fourth 4s. Aid 917101 13 529199 10 0 13911 19 11
Second Quarterly Poll 89275 13 4 70565 13 4 1354 5
Three Fourths Customs 213447 15 9 118447 15 9 3237 18 0
Salt 1711500 0 0 693129 5 25962 12 9
Two Thirds Additional Excise 160000 0 0 59215 0 2427 2
Additional Impositions 445177 7 4 302000 0 0 6753 2 7
Vellum and Parchment 224114 7 161206 17 3399 14 2
Marriages 648000 0 0 361283 11 9 9829 17 0
4871611 8 0 258590 5 10 73900 0
Money Book XVI, p. 430.
Sept. 14. et postea. Order by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to pay interest at the rate of 5 per cent. from date hereof on 31 orders for 500l. each on the Duties on coals and culme anno 1703 in the name of Charles Fox, dated Feb. 27 last, and assigned to the Bank of England without interest.
The like for the like interest from Sept. 9 on 5 like orders for 1,000l. each in the name of said Fox and assigned to George Wright : and for 2 more like orders for 500l. similarly assigned to said Wright from Sept. 24.
The like for 8 like orders of 1,000l. each assigned to Lancelot Burton as from Sept. 10.
The like for 2 like orders of 500l. each assigned to Lancelot Keate as from Oct. 9.
The like for 1 like order for 500l. assigned to Thomas Cooke as from Sept. 9.
The like for 1 like order for 500l. assigned to John Isham as from Sept. 13.
The like for 20 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Sir Thomas Pelham as from Nov. 9.
The like for 10 like orders for 500l. each assigned to George Wright as from Nov. 10.
The like for 3 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Richard Powys as from Nov. 10.
The like for 3 like orders for 500l. each assigned to William Blathwaite as from Nov. 10.
The like for 1 like order for 500l. assigned to Richard Dalton as from Nov. 10.
The like for 12 orders, 2 for 5,000l. each and 10 for 1,000l. each on the Subsidies anno 1703 in the name of John Howe, dated 1702-3 Feb. 27, and assigned to James Taylor as from 1703 Nov. 23.
The like for 2 orders on the Continued Duties on coal assigned to Richard Whitworth by Charles Fox as from Nov. 12.
The like for 5 orders on same dated Feb. 27 last and assigned by said Fox to Sir Samuel Moyer as from Nov. 12.
The like for 10 orders for 500l. each on coals, culme and cinders dated 1703 Dec. 3 in the name of Charles Fox and assigned by him to William Ball as from Dec. 7.
The like for 8 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Thomas Wootton as from Dec. 4.
The like for one like order assigned to John Willis as from same date.
The like for one like order assigned to John Kent as from same date.
The like for 4 like orders for 500l. each assigned to Henry Cornish as from Dec. 6.
Order Book VI, pp. 52, 61, 64, 68.
Sept. 14. William Lowndes to the Lord Treasurer [at the Bath]. The sum [required] for the Augmentation Troops to Sept. 29 inst. is issued viz. 8560l. 16s. 0d. A further 139,472l. 10s. 8d. (making together 148,033l. 7s. 4d.) is required to supply to Xmas next the 40,000 men viz. the Foreigners with full pay and the Subject Troops with subsistence. I take it that this sum together with such further sums as shall be necessary for the rest of the Augmentation Troops (not sent to Portugal) and for the clearings, must be furnished in Holland within the remainder of the year. Towards all this Mr. Fox sends 20,000l. on the last contract [for exchange remittances] and he hath 152,183l. 8s. 2¼d. more in money and tallies in his hands and there remains 21,574l. 8s. 3d. to be furnished at the Exchequer to complete the sum of 833,825l. 19s. 2d. besides what must be further supplied for the Augmentation Troops and Subsidies. These 3 sums make up 193,757l. 16s. 5¼d.
What is saved on the head of the 40,000 men by the [five] Regiments going to Portugal will help towards the loss by exchange and if some further allowance be made in that respect there appears a near prospect of having the Forces in Flanders cleared for this year with the money which the Parliament intended for them.
I have consulted with Mr. Pauncefort about further remittances and we think that proposals should forthwith be received for the sums and at the times following viz. 30,000l. at sight for pressing occasions ; 30,000l. at 20 days to answer to 28 Oct. ; 30,000l. at 40 days ; 30,000l. at 50 days ; 40,000l. at 60 days ; making 160,000l. in all. As the matter will soon be pressing please send me your direction by this messenger. The Bank hath made the loan in the Exchequer on the Land Tax pursuant to their Resolution. Out Letters (General) XVII, pp. 250-1.
Same to Mr. Cardonnell. Notwithstanding the Lord Treasurer's endeavours to have the clearings of the Army on that side [in the Netherlands] regularly paid he finds it a matter of great difficulty to come to an account thereof in order to pay the same. The public service may be endangered by this delay (especially if it proceeds as he thinks it does from the Paymasters issuing more money into the Chief Officers' hands upon account than is due to their whole Regiments) for in this case the Officers making [having made] use of the money are not only unwilling to be brought to account but forbear the receiving of such clearings as lie ready for them, because the remainder is not sufficient to satisfy the subalterns or the men, who do in the meantime clamour for want of their pay. I am commanded to write to you very earnestly in this matter and to desire you to hasten those accounts, particularly the account of the last 4 months' clearings and that you'll please to caution Mr. Sweet against making such overpayments as much as possibly he can, which will contribute greatly to remedy this mischief.
Since mine of the 7th [to you] his Lordship has ordered 8,560l. 16s. 8d. to Mr. Fox for the Augmentation Troops which by computation would carry on their pay to the 29th inst. The exact account which the Duke of Marlborough ordered of the charge of the Augmentation Troops is not yet to hand. Ibid., p. 251.
Order, dated at Bath, from Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra.
Prefixing : (a) Order of the Queen in Council, issued at our Court at Bath but undated, to the Customs Commissioners to permit the Customs free landing by Thomas Frampton et al of London merchants of some prize fish, being [Newfoundland] Bank fish, being the lading of the ship Eagle and Crown, Noel l'homme late master bought by them from John Dod, Commissioner for the Rights and Perquisites of the Admiralty, the said ship having been taken by the Lark frigate (whereof Frampton et al then were and now are owners) from the French during this war : the said fish now stinking intolerably and daily perishing through Dod's delay in delivery : the Customs Commissioners being unwilling without royal permission to admit same to entry without payment of the extraordinary Duties [in spite of] the Queen having been pleased to publish her royal Declaration that all goods of the growth of Foreign Plantations taken and condemned as prize should at entry pay such Duties only as were payable for goods of the same kind of the product of the English Plantations and imported in English shipping : the said Commissioners having reported that in the said Declaration there is no provision for abating the Duties on prize fish, which being of foreign taking is chargeable with several Duties amounting to 1l. 6s. 6¼d. for every hundred, being more than the common value of the commodity and laid in the nature of a prohibition on foreign fishing to encourage our own fishery, whereas fish taken and imported by English in English shipping is free of all Duties.
Care is hereby to be taken that part of the tail of each fish be first cut off by an officer of the Salt Duty to prevent any [claim for rebate debenture] allowance on exportation. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 290-1.
Sept. 15. Money warrant for 910l. to James Vernon for 6 months ordinary Feb. 11 last to Aug. 11 last as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Denmark.
910l. to George Stepney for same Feb. 26 last to Aug. 27 last as Envoy Extraordinary to the Emperor of Germany.
910l. to William Aglionby for same Feb. 19 last to Aug. 20 last as Envoy Extraordinary to the Swiss Cantons.
819l. to John Wych for 9 months Dec. 18 last to Sept. 17 inst. on his ordinary as Resident with the Hanse Towns.
455l. to James Cressett for 3 months June 3 last to Sept. 6 inst. as Envoy Extraordinary to the Princes of Brunswick and Luneburg.
546l. to Charles Whitworth for 6 months Jan. 31 last to Aug. 1 last as Employed in her Majesty's service at Ratisbon in Germany.
910l. to John Robinson Doctor in Divinity for 9 months Dec. 11 last to Sept. 10 inst. as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Sweden.
500l. to Sir Lambert Blackwell for half a year Jan. 23 last to July 23 last on his 1000l. per an. as Envoy Extraordinary to the Great Duke of Tuscany.
3,600l. to the Duke of Marlborough for 36 weeks Dec. 25 last to Sept. 3 inst. on his ordinary as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the States General.
910l. to Paul Methuen for 6 months March 7 last to Sept. 5 inst as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal.
1456l. to Alexander Stanhope, 910l. thereof for 6 months ordinary of 5l. a day March 7 last to Sept. 5 inst. as Envoy Extraordinary to the States General and 546l. for same time on his allowance of 3l. a day as Plenipotentiary.
190l. to Benjamin Lodington for half a year to June 29 last on his salary or allowance as Agent and Consul General at Tripoly.
300l. to Robert Cole for half a year to Aug. 10 last on his same as Agent and Consul at Algiers.
455l. to Thomas, Lord Raby which with the like sum formerly paid him by way of advance is for 6 months from March 5 last (the day he departed out of the presence) to Sept. 3 inst on his ordinary of 5l. a day as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Prussia.
364l. to Henry Davenant for 6 months which with 182l. paid him by way of advance completes 9 months from 1702 Dec. 12 (the day of his departure out of the presence) to Sept. 11 inst. on his ordinary of 40s. a day as appointed to reside as her Majesty's Secretary at Frankfort.
(Money orders dated Sept. 10 and Oct. 5 hereon). (Letter of direction dated Sept. 23 hereon). Money Book XVI, pp. 429, 431, 433. Order Book VI, pp. 41, 42, 47. Disposition Book XVI, p. 268.