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December 1705

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'Minute Book: December 1705', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20: 1705-1706 (1952), pp. 173-180. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84813 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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December 1705

December. The Agents [for Taxes : my Lord reads their] memorial about the [charges of the Inquiry] Com[missioners] in Devonshire. My Lord doth think it reasonable that the Government should be at this charge. [11 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 48].
Neh[emiah] Arnold [his petition] relating to some counterfeit Malt Tickets : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from] Lord Halifax [the Auditor of the Receipt]. Ordered accordingly.
John Ashbury late Fife [player] to her Majesty's Household [his petition is read]. My Lord can do nothing in this.
John Aynsworth, owner of the Neptune privateer [his petition concerning brandy taken on the White Beare prize as referred to the Excise Commissioners Nov. 30 last. My Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Ex[cise] C[ommissioners] thereon. Let Mr. Ainsworth produce a certificate where this prize was taken. [See under 22 Dec. in Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 167]. Ibid., p. 3.
Tho. Brerewood [my Lord reads his letter as to his being concerned with Pitkin and desiring re-instatement]. He being concerned in a matter that gave public scandal my Lord cannot consent that he be entrusted with the publique money. [4 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 54].
Adam Batty [his petition is read for employment in the Customs]. He must apply to the Commissioners of Customs. [12 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 69].
Guy Ball vide ship Mary infra p. 177.
William Burnaby [Agent for Prizes on board the Fleet in the West Indies praying the recall of the Lord Treasurer's order for his repaying half a year's salary]. My Lord doth not think fit to revoke his former direction. [12 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 65].
Daniel Burgess [Solicitor for Prizes, his petition is read]. Ref[erred to the] Commissioners of Prizes. [Dec. 22 see Reference Book VIII, 202 and Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 55].
John Bury Receiver General for co. Notts : [my Lord reads his] affidavit [and the other papers relating to the super set by him on the county of Notts for the Land Tax anno 1703 : and also the affidavit relating to the collectors of the parish of Bocking co. Essex for the subsidy anno 1702 and the evidence of the said collectors' fraud therein : and orders Mr. Lowndes to write to the] Agents [for Taxes] to enquire into the matter and state the fact with their opinion. [22 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 168].
John Bell [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ommissioners of] Salt Duties con[cerning the] letter [from the Earl of Scarborough and] Mr. Carr in behalf of the said Bell, collector of Salt Duties at South Shields]. My Lord will suspend his former order and [agrees] that he be continued at Newcastle till they [the said Commissioners] receive further directions from his Lordship. [22 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 167].
Sir Francis Blake [my Lord reads his memorial in behalf of or] pro Mr. Howard [Charles Howard his "son" (? in law) for his appointment as Surveyor on the Borders of Scotland to prevent the transport of wool and horses thither]. He hath already been recommended to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners] but they dont think any gentleman of the county proper for this employment. [21 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 93]. Ibid., p. 33.
Fran. Crake [his petition is read]. Enquire where payable.
Ja. Jam. Caldevert et al. [five others, Captains or Lieutenants under Monsieur de Guiscard, Marquis de la Bourlie, for a descent into Languedoc in France but prevented by four French gallies and lost all they had and went into Switzerland and Wurtemberg, seeing the men engaged in the enterprise were taken by the [French] enemy : their petition is read, praying relief] : My Lord can do nothing in this. [4 Jan. 1705-6 Treasury Board Papers XCVII, 14].
Ralph Cook : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Attorney General [on said Cook's petition relating to 776l. per an. in Bankers' assignments late the estate of Thomas Price which petitioner alleges he is entitled to by grant from the late King William and Queen Mary]. Ref[erred to the Auditor of the Receipt] Lord Halifax to examine and certify whether the petitioner has any title to the 776l. per an. [22 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 166].
[The] Collectors [of] Barking co. Essex [sic ?Bocking see supra p. 173 under John Bury] : affidavit against them. Send this to the Agents [for Taxes] to enquire and state the fact and report their opinion.
Sir John Conyers et al. [sureties of John Mason, late Receiver General of Taxes for co. Cambridge ut supra p. 167 : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Agents for Taxes. My Lord agrees to this report. [see Treasury Board Papers XCVI. 63].
[My Lord reads an] Order in C[ouncil] relating to [illegal practices in] ships and vessels carrying [prohibited] goods and merchandise belonging to her Majesty's enemies and also contraband goods [and defrauding her Majesty of her Customs]. Send a copy of this to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners] and direct them to propose to my Lord such rules and methods as they shall think most proper for the effectual preventing the frauds mentioned in this order. [24 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 167].
John Chappell [his petition is read praying leave to settle the copyhold lands in Richmond bequeathed to him by Sir James Butler for 41 years under fine of 41s. as was granted to the said Butler] : referred to the steward of the manor [in question] viz. Richmond co. Surrey. [24 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 202. T 4/16, p. 62.
The proprietors of the Transport [Debentures] and Army Debentures [their petition is read. My Lord promises that they shall be paid] as soon as the fund [granted by Parliament for them] will produce money.
The Dutch Envoy [Monsieur Vryberg : my Lord reads his memorial praying that the yield of the last Additional Impositions on linen cloth, thread and tape from the United Provinces may be examined to see whether the yield of said Duties have not been diminished by said Additional Impositions]. Send this to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners. 3 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 196].
[Sir John] De la Val [Delavall of Seaton Delaval co. Northumberland his petition is read concerning the piers erected there by his father which he has re-erected and for his charge therein praying payment of money promised by Charles II to his said father]. Ref[erred to the] C[ustoms] C[ommissioners] to enquire into the matter of fact and certify how they find it : with their opinion. [3 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 198]. Ibid., p. 80.
John England [his petition is read]. Ref[erred] to the [Queen's] Remembrancer [in the Exchequer Court] to examine the sufficiency of the person newly proposed instead of Mr. England.
[My Lord reads the] mem[orial from the] C[ommissioners of] Excise touching the office of Clerk of the Securities in the Excise Office. Agreed.
Talbot Edwards [his petition is read praying] to be continued Keeper of the Regalia in the Tower. My Lord thinks he [my Lord] has nothing to do in this matter. Ibid., p. 95.
Jos. Fortescue [petitioning] to be Clerk of the Securities in the Excise [Office : my Lord reads the] letter [from] Messrs. Fortescue and Boscawen [in his behalf]. My Lord will gratify them for this man upon another occasion.
Widow Rebecca Fletcher [my Lord reads the] letter [from Secretary] Ro. Harley. My Lord cannot advise the Queen to make any more precedents of this kind.
Widow Martha Fitzhugh [my Lord reads the] letter [from Secretary] Ro. Harley. My Lord cannot advise the Queen to make any more precedents of this kind.
John Fuller [a distiller of many years' standing who had been convicted for practices to the prejudice of the revenue : my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ommissioners of] Excise. My Lord concurs in opinion with the Commissioners and dismisses the petition. [17 December. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 84]. Ibid., p. 113.
The inhabitants of Gosport [their petition is read]. Ref[erred to the] C[ommissioners of] Sick and Wounded.
[Colonel] Gilby Lieutenant Governor of Hull [his petition is read] for a further allowance of fire and candle and a salary to a porter to keep the gates of the town and citadel]. Ref[erred to the Army Accounts] Comptrollers. [13 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 199].
William Goudgion [his petition is read]. He must apply to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners].
William Green [his petition is read. The place is] disposed of.
Robert Greenway [his petition is read : there is] no [money of the late King's Civil List revenue applicable to] arrears at present. Ibid., p. 132.
Rowland Holt [Comptroller of the Accounts of the Customs, his petition is read for a further allowance for clerks etc. in consequence of the increase of Duties]. Ref[erred to the] C[ustoms] C[ommissioners 13 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 79]. Ibid., p. 151.
Mr. Anto [Anthony] Isaacson his petition is read for the place of collector of Liverpool [loco Edward Scarborough, his employment in connection with the logwood Duty in London port having ceased.] He must apply to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners. 12 Dec. 1705. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 68].
[My Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ommissioners of] Transports [on the petition from the] master and men of the ship Joseph, a transport vessel, relating to a bounty to them for defending her so well against the enemy. Agreed : and to be paid out of money to be ordered for the Transport service. Ibid., p. 171.
Eliza, widow of William Love, late Receiver General of Taxes for co. Huntingdon [her petition is read. My Lord orders her] to be paid if the accounts [of her late husband's receipts] are all cleared. [See the warrant under dated 15 Jan. Money Book XVIII, p. 145].
William Lowen [his petition is read, my Lord orders] a warrant to Mr. Wilcox to pay this and to be allowed it upon his account. [See the warrant under date 10 Dec. in Money Book XVIII, p. 86].
William Lazenby [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ommissioners of] Excise [on his case]. Agreed.
The bishop of London [my Lord reads his] letter rel[ating] to Dickenson's forfeited estate. Direct Mr. Borrett to bring this to a speedy conclusion at the charge of the parties but not at the Queen's charge. [10 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 163].
Lieut. Gen. Lumley [his petition is read]. Ref[erred to the] M[aster] of the Great Wardrobe.
Mr. Lowman [Housekeeper of Kensington Palace his letter is read concerning the expected arrival on board the yacht commanded by Capt. Sanderson of] Spaw water for the Queen and Prince. Send this to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners. 12 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 164].
Lead mines in Yorkshire in lease to Mr. Marriott. Send to the Auditor [of Crown Lands for co. Yorks.] to know whether this Tenth is duly charged and accounted for.
Robert Livingstone [his petition is read for payment of his salary as Secretary of the Indian Affairs in the Province of New York]. Ref[erred to] Mr. Blathwayt. [19 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 201].
John Lawton [one of the securities of Thomas Spendelow late Receiver General of Taxes for co. Stafford : My Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Agents for Taxes [on his petition]. Ordered accordingly. [22 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 88]. T 4/16, p. 190.
Mr. Methuen [Ambassador in Portugal : my Lord reads an] extract of a letter [from him] sent [to my Lord Treasurer] by [Secretary] Sir Charles Hedges [requesting] that goods exported from England by [order of] the King of Portugal for the use of the war there may go Customs free. [Send this to] the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners] to certify what the Duties on these particulars are and what they may amount to. [12 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 164].
John Mackley [distiller of malted corn, his petition is read concerning an information exhibited against him]. Ref[erred to the] C[ommissioners of] Excise. [4 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 199].
John Mascall and Ja. Chesley (Cheesly) [merchants of London : my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ustoms] C[ommissioners on their petition] concerning mean prize wines. Agreed to the first report : [as to] the latter my Lord will speak with the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners] at their next attendance. [5 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 4].
Major General Maine [my Lord reads his representation recommending] that Lionell Norman may be Collector at Liverpool [port in place of Edward Scarborough suspended]. Ref[erred to the] C[ustoms] C[ommissioners]. [15 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 165].
John Mason [late Receiver for co. Cambridge : my Lord reads the report from the Agents for Taxes]. My Lord adheres to the former report and will not sign any warrant for a composition with him till the Agents have reported upon the petition of Sir John Coniers et al. [12 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 63].
Sheldon Mervin [my Lord reads his petition praying to be tenant to the Crown of the manor and lordship of Curry Mallett co. Somerset which has been out of lease for 10 years past]. Ref[erred to the] Surveyor General [of Crown Lands. 17 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 200].
[My Lord reads the petition from the] owners of the ship Mary a transport. Ref[erred to the] C[ommissioners of] Transports.
Harcourt Masters [his petition is read]. To be considered when the Commissioners' presentment is read.
Bartholomew Midley [his petition is read concerning his recognizance for Alexander Valliere]. Ref[erred to] Mr. Borrett. [17 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 200].
Fran[cis] Maidstone [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Agents [for] Taxes [on his petition for the place of Receiver General of Taxes for co. Essex if Sir Hugh Everard, the present Receiver General, whose sole agent he is, and whose life is now despaired of, should die. My Lord orders him] to be continued [as interim Receiver General] to the end of the year if Sir Hugh Everard dies : see Reference Book VIII, 198 under date 10 Dec.].
John Mackley, the distiller [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ommissioners of] Ex[cise on his petition ; the said report shewing that the Commissioners had filed a bill in equity against him to discover arrears of Duty owing by him and that he ought to put in his answer] : my Lord concurs in opinion with the Com[missioners. 17 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 82].
John Manley [his petition is read praying] to be [appointed a] land surveyor. Recommend him to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners].
Sir Winwood Mowat [his petition is read]. He must be content with the pension he has already. Ibid., pp. 210-11.
Ed. Nash [his petition is read praying] to be Collector of the Customs at Pembroke. If there be no presentment for this [place] recommend him to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners]. [8 December. Reference Book VIII, 198].
Lionel Norman vide Maine supra p. 176. Ibid., p. 229.
John Percival, late Governor of the Hospital in Ireland [his petition is read concerning his accounts of money received in 1691 for said Hospital]. The Auditor to certify a state of this account with his observations thereupon. [3 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 197].
Ed. Progers : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from Mr. Wilcox [on his petition]. Ordered according to the report.
William Palmes [his petition is read concerning Exchequer Bills deposited in the hands of the Auditor of the Receipt to answer William Allen's demand on petitioner's son, late a Teller of the Receipt]. Ref[erred] to Lord Halifax [the Auditor of the Receipt 3 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 160].
Prizes C[ommissioners : my Lord reads their] presentment of Cha. Powell to be their Agent at Barcelona. Agreed.
[My Lord reads the memorial from the] Portugal Envoy [? Mr. Methuen, Envoy Extraordinary Portugal ut supra p. 176]. To be sent to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners].
John Pentire [of Boyton co. Cornwall : his case is read]. Ref[erred] to Mr. Surveyor [General of Crown Lands] to examine and send to Mr. Tregeare, if he sees cause, to enable him to make a report. [14 Dec. Reference Book VIII, 200].
The Queen's printers [their petition is read : my Lord orders a payment to them for] the first year of the Queen's time [or reign]. But direct them to attend the Agents [for Taxes] and follow their order about printing the Land Tax this year [the Act of Parliament now passing for the Land Tax. 14 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, 165].
Simeon Le Page : the like [minute] as [in the case of] Changuion [supra p. 167].
John Powell [his petition is read for employment as a landwaiter in London port]. He must apply to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners. 12 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 70].
William Palmes [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the Auditor of the Receipt] Lord Halifax [and orders that upon] Mr. Palmes first satisfying Mr. Godolphin's demand a warrant [is] to be prepared.
Col. Primrose [his petition] about repairing the Horse Guards : [My Lord reads the] rep[ort from the Army Accounts] Comptrollers. Agreed.
John Pitt [his deputation is read] to be Muster Master in Catalonia. My Lord has nothing to do with the appointment of the person. But my Lord will consider in a proper time the Establishment [salary] for him.
[My Lord reads a] letter [from the] C[ommissioners of] Prizes relating to an allowance of one fifth for the discovery of concealed Prize goods in Barbados. Agreed to, provided it relates to prizes formerly taken and concealed till this time. T 4/16, p. 269.
Richmond and Tarleton [Silvester Richmond and John Tarleton their petition is read praying to compound their surety debt for Raymond Roodey late of Lancaster merchant for a small sum by virtue of an Act of Parliament : the said Roodey being indebted to the Crown 768l. for the Duties on wine ; and they being poor tradesmen and unable to pay the debt]. Ref[erred to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners. 7 Jan 1705-6. Reference Book VIII, p. 205].
The E[arl of] Ranelagh [his petition is read]. Ref[erred to the] Auditor [of Imprests] to certify how [the preparation and declaration of] these accounts are followed.
Arthur Reynell [gent his petition is read concerning the stop put on the allowance granted him by the Queen]. Ref[erred] to Mr. Nicholas. [3 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 201.]
Lady Radnor [her petition is read]. Ref[erred to the] Auditor.
Brigadier Rogers [Capt. Rogers who succeeded Mr. Myvod late Brigadier in the] Second Troop of Horse Guards [his petition is read concerning the respite on his pay for the time before the procuring his commission]. Ref[erred to the Army Accounts] Comptrollers. [14 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 200].
Widow Rogers alias Pendrill [her petition is read : my Lord] ordered a year [to be paid on her pension]. Ibid., p. 284.
The Verderers of Sherwood Forest [their petition is read concerning their fee trees or allowance in lieu thereof for views and valuations in said forest]. Ref[erred] to Mr. Hewett [Surveyor General of Woods. 22 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 168].
Robert Stephens, Messenger of the Press : [his petition is read] my Lord will speak to the Secretary of State.
[My Lord reads the] Salt Commissioners' presentment relating to the memorial of John Bill (Bell) their collector at Newcastle [giving their reasons for removing him to Liverpool]. My Lord thinks there is at least ground enough to remove him to Liverpool : and direct the Commissioners when he has been there some time to certify his behaviour there to my Lord. [3 Dec. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 159].
The Governor and Company of Hollow Sword Blades : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Att[orney] Gen[eral on their petition as under Oct. 19 infra July p. 147.] Send to the late Commissioners of Accounts a copy of so much of this report as concerns them.
Cha. Scarborough [his petition is read]. Half the fine to be remitted.
Cha. Scarborough [his petition is read]. Tis reduced to half. [12 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 66].
Widow De la Salle [her petition is read]. This cannot be done.
John Skinner [his petition is read]. He must apply to the C[ustoms] C[ommissioners]. Ibid., p. 301.
De la Val vide D. supra p. 174.
Peter Vetable [Vatable of Dublin merchant his petition is read concerning the seizure of money sent by him from England to Ireland to pay Duty on tobacco]. Ref[erred to the] C[ustoms] C[ommissioners. See Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 33].
S[ieur] Vriberg, Envoy from Holland : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] C[ommissioners of Transports]. The officers of the Transports know nothing of this demand and if it be due the vouchers ought to have been produced. Ibid., p. 329.
Widow Mary Winter [executrix of Daniel Winter, First Lieutenant of the Regiment of Marines lately commanded by Col. Villars, who perished in the ship Restoration in the great storm : my Lord reads her petition]. Ref[erred] to Mr. Whitfeild [the Paymaster of Marines. 5 Dec. Reference Book VIII, p. 198].
Hen. Wise [his petition about his building on a waste piece of ground near Hampton Court granted him by copy of court roll of the honor and manor of Hampton Court : as to which it is questioned whether such grant of licence to build was legal with respect to the Civil List Act 1 Anne c. 1. My Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Att[orney] Gen[eral]. My Lord is satisfied that the copy of Court roll doth not give him a good title : but he having built his house upon a mistaken title my Lord will not oblige him to pull it down again but will not indulge anybody else to build [the minute endorsed on the paper itself adds the words for the future. 4 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCV, 120].
Cavendish Weeden [his petition is read] for a place in the Wine Licence Office or Stamp Office. Not granted.
John Wall, Commander of the Norton galley [his petition is read praying a gratuity for bringing an express from the Earl of Peterborough and Sir Cloudesly Shovell] from Gibraltar [his said petition being] ref[erred to the Lord Treasurer by the Queen as by the letter from Secretary Sir] C. Hedges. My Lord doth not see any reason to move the Queen on this petition.
Tho. Whitley : [my Lord reads the] rep[ort from the] Agents for Taxes. My Lord adheres to this report made by the Agents.
Mr. Warters : [my Lord reads his memorial] for 400l. to be imprested to him for law charges relating to the Perquisites of the Admiralty. [My Lord orders] a warrant.
Tho. Whitgave [his petition is read. My Lord orders him to be paid] a year [on his pension].
Mr. Wentworth : [my Lord reads his petition]. The place is already disposed.
Tho. Whitley [his petition is read]. To be heard this day three weeks. All parties to attend.
[My Lord reads the petition for payment of salary to the] Waltham Forest Keepers [and orders] half a year's wages to be paid.
Geo. Warburton [his petition praying to be appointed Agent to the Commissioners of Transport at Lisbon on the decease of Mr. Richard Darby is] read. [21 Dec. Treasury Board Papers XCVI, 94].
Geo. White [his petition is read and] ref[erred] to Mr. Wilcox. T 4/16, p. 346.