Warrant Book
September 1706

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'Warrant Book: September 1706', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20: 1705-1706 (1952), pp. 753-772. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84861 Date accessed: 16 September 2014.


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September 1706

September 3. Letter of direction for 30,000l. to Sir Thomas Littleton, Treasurer of the Navy : out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706 : and is to be applied to wages of seamen. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 166.
Same for 70,800l. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad : out of Contributions ut supra : and is for services as follow : viz.
l.
in part of 414,166l. 13s. 6d. for Subsidies to the Allies anno 1706
for 3 months' subsidy to the King of Denmark from June 15 last to Sept. 15 inst., being the value of 37,500 Rix Dollars, Bank money of Hamburg, at 5s. each 9375
in part of 222,379l. 5s. 10d. for the 10,210 men in Portugal anno 1706
to Sir Henry Furnese for small clothing for the Forces in Portugal : to be deducted by 6d. per man per week as by the Act of Parliament [3-4 Anne c. 5 clause 22] 1425
in part of 886,223l. 18s. 6d. for the 40,000 men anno 1706
for pay and subsistence thereof from Oct. 23 next : to be issued in three weekly instalments of 16,000l. each 48000
in part of 177,511l. 3s. 6d. for the 10,000 additional men anno 1706
for pay and subsistence thereof from Oct. 23 next : to be issued in 3 weekly instalments of 4000l. each 12000
£70800
Ibid.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Mr. Hewett. I have read to my Lord Treasurer your several representations concerning the claims made by the verderers of Sherwood Forest as to fee trees and of the prejudice likely to come to the timber if they set out what trees they please to satisfy their demands. The Lord Treasurer is not satisfied that they have any right to fee trees. No such demand has ever been allowed to any verderers south of the Trent. You are to examine their claim and report thereon. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 242.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of John Mill alleging that the master of the Anne took out great quantities of pepper out of her and put same on board several of her Majesty's men of war. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Ranelagh. A great many vouchers are wanting to justify the allowances craved in your final account of the Forces to 1702 Dec. 24. You are to give the Auditors all the vouchers you can and to give the Lord Treasurer a list of those which you cannot furnish, with the reasons for the defects. Why are the books relating to your [Chelsea] Hospital account not delivered to the Auditors? Ibid., p. 243.
Same to Mr. Young to give all diligence to the passing your accounts of the Wine Licences from Lady day 1685 to Xmas 1701, which lie unprosecuted before the Auditors.
The like letter to Mr. Hewer as to his own accounts and those of Samuel Pepys as [respectively and successively] Treasurers for Tangier Garrison. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed copy [missing] of an Act passed in Massachusetts Bay for establishing a Naval Office and for ascertaining the fees. Ibid., p. 244.
September 3, 7, 12.
October 5, 8, 26.
Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of John Turner, Receiver General of Land Tax for co. Essex, proposing his securities, detailed, as same for the Duties on Houses and on Marriages for said county. (The Agents' report dated Sept. 5 hereon. Warrant dated Sept. 23 for taking his security. Treasury commission dated Sept. 23 to him accordingly).
Joseph Quash, Receiver General of Land Tax for [part of] co. Devon, proposing his securities, detailed, as Receiver General of the Duties on Houses and on Marriages for said County. (Report and warrant dated Oct. 5 ut supra hereon. Treasury commission dated Oct. 5 hereon).
Thomas Richers, same for co. Cambridge and Ely as same for said Duties for said county. (Report and warrant and commission ut supra).
Thomas Beaven, same for co. Wilts., as same for said Duties for said county. (Report and warrant and commission ut supra).
Richard Whittingham same for part of co. Lincoln as same for said Duties for said part : (reference dated Sept. 12. Report and warrant and commission dated Oct. 14).
William Rogers same for co. Gloucester as same for said Duties for said county : (reference dated Oct. 8. Report and warrant and commission dated Oct. 15).
Samuell Bayley same for co. Stafford and city of Lichfield as same for said Duties for said places (reference dated Oct. 26. Report and warrant and commission dated Nov. 19). Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, pp. 75, 88, 110, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117.
September 4. Letter of direction for 2000l. to the Duchess of Marlborough : out of Civil List moneys : for the service of the Privy Purse, over and above the 500l. per week for the Privy Purse. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 167.
Treasury reference to the Prizes Commissioners of the petition of Math. Butterwick shewing that he had charge of a prize and her lading in Barcelona Bay from Mr. Proudfoot, agent for prizes on board the fleet ; that the cargo was sold for 2200 dollars and 927 doubloons of which Proudfoot has accounted 900l. short and petitioner is detained here by the Prizes Commissioners to witness against Proudfoot, but petitioner has received no consideration for loss of time nor for saving the Queen's money at the hazard of his life when the said prize was cast away near Barcelona. In the margin : a later reference dated 1706-7 Feb. 18 of same to same Commissioners. Reference Book VIII, p. 240.
Same to Mr. Howe of the petition of Mary Adams, wife of Thomas Adams, chirurgeon to the Independent Company in Newfoundland, shewing that her husband was sent in 1702 to the said Independent Company in St. John's Harbour since which time she has received from the Agent part of his pay yearly without any deduction ; but for the year 1705 several men were respited and the Paymaster stops the whole arrears of the Officers to make good the subsistence that has been issued for the men so wanting : but her husband is no way concerned in paying the said Company : therefore praying an order to the Paymaster to pay her husband's arrears. Ibid.
September 5. Royal warrant dated from Newmarket to Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, to acknowledge satisfaction on the record of the judgment penalty of 500l. in Trinity term 1699 against Charles Mans for collusively delaying to prosecute a parcel of alamodes and lustrings which he had seized 12 months before : he having been a messenger in ordinary upwards of 12 years under Wm. III and unable to pay the fine being reduced by his confinement to live on charity. He is first to release to the Crown a debt of 71l. 8s. 2d. due to him in the Office of the Treasurer of the Chamber. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 94.
Same to Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay a salary of 30l. per an. and livery of 10l. per an. to each of the 3 gamekeepers whom the Duke of St. Albans, Master of the Hawks, is directed to appoint for the better preserving the game at Richmond, Hampton Court and places adjacent, to wit two at Richmond and one at Hampton Court. The said salary is to commence as from Sept. 29 last. Ibid., p. 112.
Money warrant for 20l. to William Black for the charge of his passage to one of the Jerseys in America whither he is going chaplain. (Money order dated Sept. 5 hereon).
111l. 5s. 10d. to the Agents for Taxes for incidents of their Office for 6 months to June 24 last. (Money order dated Sept. 5 hereon). Money Book XVIII, p. 285. Order Book VI, p. 508. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 168.
Money warrant for 20,000l. to John Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber, as imprest for his Office in full of the privy seal of 1704 Nov. 15. (Money order dated Sept. 5 hereon). Money Book XVIII, p. 290. Order Book VI, p. 508.
Same for 300l. to Sir Lambert Blackwell, late Envoy Extraordinary to the Grand Duke of Tuscany and the Republic of Genoa : and is according to the Regulation on 2 bills of his extraordinaries therein for 9 months from 1704-5 Jan. 4 to the time of his return into the presence. (Money order dated Sept. 11 hereon).
Appending : said bills. (1) for 6 months to 1705 July 4.
£ s. d.
for postage of letters and pacquets 126 15 0
for intelligence, printed papers &c. 48 0 0
for stationery wares 25 5 0
expenses for my public audience of leave of the Great Duke of Tuscany and during [the] 3 days [when] I was entertained in his Highness' palace, with presents at my coming away 97 0 0
Removing my family, equipage etc. from Florence to Leghorn to take leave of the Great Prince and Princess and expenses during [the] 3 days I was entertained in his Majesty's Palace with presents at my coming away 55 0 0
I removed with my family from Tuscany to Genoa by her Majesty's command, which journey cost me 50 0 0
for the hire of a house with furniture and other extraordinary expenses during [the] 3 months I stayed at Genoa 200 0 0
expenses for my public audience at Genoa and presents at my coming away 85 0 0
It cost me returning from Genoa to Florence (being accompanied to Leghorn by one of the Republic's galleys to secure me from the small French and Neapolitan cruisers which were on the coasts) with presents to the sea and land officers &c. 70 0 0
£757 0 0
Followed by : Sir Charles Hedges' allowance hereof. The first three articles of this bill being within the Regulation [as to Ambassadorial extraordinaries] I allow thereof. And as to the remaining articles, in consideration that the several journeys were performed by her Majesty's demands and that the like articles have been accustomed to be allowed, and Sir Lambert Blackwell having received no present at his taking leave, I think the same reasonable.
(2) from 4 July to the time of returning into her Majesty's presence
£ s. d.
for postage of letters and pacquets with several expresses 76 0 0
Stationery wares, printed papers and Gazettes 24 0 0
Expenses of travelling with my whole family from Florence to Holland which was very chargeable, being forced to go often out of the way to avoid the French and to make use of post horses for my coach and chaise etc. all the way 450 0 0
Expenses at the Brill for 5 weeks that I lay wind bound, over [and above] my allowance from her Majesty 80 0 0
given to the Commander and other officers of the yacht that brought me from Holland to England 35 0 0
the charge of sending home by sea from Leghorn all my household furniture, plate etc. containing 15 ton at 10l. per ton 150 0 0
£815 0 0
Followed by : the like allowance.—Money Book XVIII, pp. 290-1.
Order Book VI, p. 510. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 177.
Same for 250l. to Montague, Earl of Abingdon for 1705 Sept. 29 as late Constable of the Tower. Money Book XVIII, p. 293. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 180.
Money order dormant for 140,000l. per an. to Sir John Humble bart., appointed by the Lord Treasurer's warrant of 1704-5 Feb. 19 to be the officer in the Exchequer for paying the several annuities or benefits under the Act of 5 Wm. and Mary c. 7. Order Book VI, p. 510.
Letter of direction for 3000l. to Sir Thomas Littleton, Treasurer of the Navy : out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706 : and is to be paid to Walter Whitfeild, Paymaster of the Marines, for subsistence to the Regiments under his pay. (J. Taylour to the Navy Commissioners to assign said sum to Whitfeild accordingly). Disposition Book XVIII, pp. 167, 168.
Same for 2396l. 6s. 8d. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad : out of same : to be for services as follows : viz.
£ s. d.
in part of 177,511l. 3s. 6d. for the 10,000 additional men anno 1706
for Brigadier Mordaunt for 198 men drafted out of his Regiment to fill up the Regiments of Mordaunt, Farrington and McCartney 594 0 0
in part of 250,000l. for prosecuting the successes in Spain
for levy money for 108 men to be added to the Earl of Orrery's Regiment of Foot 324 0 0
to answer 5 bills of exchange drawn by the Earl of Peterborough for 4000 pieces of Eight at 56d. pence per piece 933 6 8
for extraordinaries of the War not provided for by Parliament
to answer a bill of exchange drawn by Mr. Hartopp, deputy to Paymaster Brydges, for the use of the Forces going on the present Expedition under the Earl of Rivers 545 0 0
£2396 6 8
Disposition Book XVIII, p. 167.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Mr. Wilcox. Notwithstanding the many great concerns for which you are accomptable you have not passed any accompt since your appointment as Surveyor General of Woods [Trent South]. The Lord Treasurer is very much displeased. You are to lay before him forthwith a state of all your accounts. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 244.
Same to the Salt Commissioners. By the act of 8 and 9 Wm. III c. 20 several Salt Duties are appropriated till 1 Aug. 1706 for repayment of loans and deficiencies. The Attorney General is of opinion that by act of 1 Anne c. 7 the overplus, after such appropriations, arising up to that date is appropriated towards certain other deficiencies specified in the said act of 1 Anne c. 7. You are therefore to keep the accounts of the moneys of said Duties before 1 Aug. last distinct from those after that date and to pay same into the Exchequer separately. Ibid., p. 245.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to propose a proper method for the comptrol of the accounts of the outports Collectors in the present method of making up the General Accompts of the Customs, as to which you were of the opinion yesterday at your attendance on the Lord Treasurer that the present comptrol is not sufficient. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed report [missing] of the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Thomas Sandwell "who has been 2 years a prisoner in France for the ransom of the ship Swallow taken by the enemy when he was master." The Lord Treasurer is inclined to grant Sandwell the proposed relief. Ibid., p. 248.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the salary bill, detailed, of the Customs' officers in the Plantations for half a year to June 24 last : total 1160l. the details being ut supra pp. 660-1 save that at Cape Charles in Virginia John Washburne surveyor is replaced by Robert Snead as surveyor to survey all the eastern shore of Virginia and Maryland to the seaboard : at North Potomack in Maryland John Dansey collector is replaced by Thomas Seymour collector to keep a boat : at Potomack David Kennedy is replaced by Edward Price, collector, to keep a boat ; at Williamstad, Thomas Collier appears as surveyor ; and Delaware Bay appears as a new port establishment with William Dyre as surveyor ; in West Jersey the surveyor of Bridlington port is to reside at Cohenzey ; at Boston in New England, Jahleel Brenton collector is replaced by Ralph Harrison, comptroller. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, p. 443.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Benjamin Nicholl, Geo. Paulet et al. sureties of said Nicholl for 3995l. 6s. 8d. wine bonds, the greatest part whereof remains unpaid by reason of his failure : praying stay of process in regard of their poor circumstances till they have the liberty of applying to Parliament. Reference Book VIII, p. 240.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Transports Commissioners to pay to Mr. Addison et al., owners of transport ships hired in Ireland, [their hire money for] 2 months more (over and above the 2 months' advance allowed by their contract payable on signing the charter party) at the end of 6 months from the date of their contract "and likewise 2 months more at the end of every 4 months whilst such ships are in her Majesty's service ; and the remainder on passing their accounts, which appears by your report to be the practice and method of paying the transport ships hired in England."
Prefixing : report by said Commissioners on the petition of Thomas Addison et al. ut supra p. 705. The masters and owners of ships hired at London have been settled with as above. But the owners and masters of ships hired in Ireland by their contracts were to have only 2 months freight advance and the remainder on passing their accounts. None of these ships hired in Ireland have yet passed their accounts. As these were English ships we are of opinion it would be equitable they should be on the same foot with the ships hired in England in manner of payment. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 546.
Same by same to same to add to the Establishment of the Transport Office 60l. per an. for a first clerk and 40l. per an. for a second clerk employed under Charles Mason their Receiver and Paymaster. Ibid., p. 547.
Same by same to same to pay 2093l. 18s. 8d. to William Tirrey et al., owners of the Prince of Orange which was hired into the Queen's service 1702 April 22 to attend the Fleet to Cadiz whence she and 10 other ships were detached with Forces for the West Indies and continued in the transport service till 1703 Dec. 27 ; the said debt having been placed last on the register because she had not cleared at the Victualling Office at Xmas last when the register of transport debts was established.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' report on said owners' petition ut supra p. 742. Ibid., p. 548.
Same by same to the executors of Katherine, late Queen Dowager of England, to permit the Auditors of Crown Revenue to view, schedule and copy the records of the said late Queen's jointure lands ; the said records having been ordered into the custody of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands by warrant of Jan. 29 last supra p. 551 but you, the executors, having been advised by counsel that tis not proper to part with same till the executorship be discharged. Ibid., p. 547.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to John Slater of the close of land called Cock close in Eton co. Bucks containing an acre, lately in the tenure of widow Foster ; and an acre of land in Southfield in Eton ; all parcel of the manor of Eton and Honor of Windsor.
Prefixing : particular of the premises and memorandum by Auditor Thomas Jett and ratal by the Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
Followed by : undated entry of the Treasury signature of the docquet of this lease. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, pp. 549-551, 588.
Same by same to the Queen's Remembrancer for stay of process against William Hewer as executor to Samuell Pepys, late Treasurer for Tangier, on the said Pepys's account thereof for 3 years ended 1677 Dec. 31 (in which he claims a very considerable sum as due to him for advance of money) and on said Hewer's own account as succeeding Treasurer, to wit from 1681 June 30 to 1684 Lady day : the said accounts being ready for declaration and only delayed by the examination of said interest account. Ibid., p. 566.
September 6. Money warrant for 75l. to the executors of Letitia Frowde deceased for last June 24 quarter as late a Maid of Honour. (Money order dated Sept. 9 hereon). Money Book XVIII, p. 289. Order Book VI, p. 510. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 168.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Mr. Coupland. Unless Viscount Falkland's accounts as Navy Treasurer be effectually prosecuted process will issue against his executors. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 245.
Same to Mr. Sweet. The Lord Treasurer has read yours of the 31st ult. and 3rd inst. and is pleased with your care about Lord Galway's bills and with what you propose as to saving in future the charge of commission on such bills as the said Lord shall draw from Spain. You are to accept and pay same accordingly and to save the public the charge of commission in all cases where you possibly can. He would also have you acquaint Sir Solomon de Medina, Baron Suaso and the rest of the merchants that have had any of Lord Galway's bills drawn on them that the Lord Treasurer takes very kindly their readiness to accept the same and that they may assure their correspondents in Spain that if upon any future emergency Lord Galway draws more bills on them they shall be duly and punctually paid. I wish I could now give you an account that my Lord had ordered a warrant for your cravings as in the memorial which the Duke of Marlborough delivered into the Treasury on your behalf. I have mentioned it to my Lord Treasurer more than once, and hope shortly to have a favourable minute to do it. Ibid., p. 246.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Windsor Sandys, mercer, concerning a seizure of some remnants of wrought silks mixed with gold and silver which were shipped in ignorance by a servant of his amongst a quantity of plain or wrought silks and which should pay greater Duty than plain silks, the entry being made without intention to defraud. Reference Book VIII, p. 239.
Same to the Postmasters General of the petition of Richard Dixon and Josias Jarvis, sureties of Thomas Santer late Postmaster of Preston co. Lancs, who died indebted to the Queen in 114l. 8s. 6d. ; petitioners shewing that said Dixon has sold his cattle and paid 50l. towards said debt and cannot raise more and Jarvis is in very bad circumstances. Ibid., p. 240.
September 7. Same to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts of the petition of Katherine Forrest widow shewing that her late husband John Forrest was sent to Jamaica by the Earl of Rochester in September 1701 with an Ensign's commission and was put on the West India Establishment of half pay and died 1705 May 2 and never received but 4 months' subsistence for his whole service ; "that she has applied to the Duke of Ormonde but not being mustered in Jamaica the said half pay could not be paid without" the Lord Treasurer's particular direction. Ibid., p. 242.
Same to Mr. Travers, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Sir John Talbot, the sole surviving Trustee for the sale of Fee Farms, shewing that his person and estate stand obliged to the respective purchasers for all reprisals etc. therefore praying that all things relating thereto may be removed out of the custody of Mr. Digby and put into some Court of Record in Westminster for the justification and indemnity of petitioner and the other Trustees. Ibid., p. 246.
Same to same of the petition of Mary Duffin, widow of Thomas Duffin, praying a new lease of 2 water corn mills called Oake Mills situate on the Oak [Ock] river in Shippon co. Berks part of the Duchy of Cornwall, part of the premises having been blown down in the late high wind and petitioner being very poor with 6 children and taxes great and the price of corn small. Ibid.
September 9. Royal letters patent appointing Thomas, Lord Wharton to be Chief Justice in Eyre Trent South. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 219-220.
September 11. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Navy Commissioners in all future payments to be made on the Course of the Navy to take care that the interest on bills be computed and paid at the same time as the principal of the said bills : the Lord Treasurer having given the like order for the Victualling bills and thinking that the like good effects (of being an ease to traders and avoiding the necessity of a separate register for interest on bills) will follow in relation to bills on the Course of the Navy as on the Victualling. Money Book XVIII, p. 293.
Money orders for 200l. and 300l. to Sir Bevill Granville for one quarter due July 25 last on his allowance as Captain General of Barbados. Order Book VI, p. 518.
Letter of direction for 3000l. to John Tayler, Deputy to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands : out of Civil List moneys : as in part of a third 20,000l. for building at Woodstock [for the Duke of Marlborough]. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 168.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Auditors of Imprests to report on the enclosed report [missing] of Sir Stephen Fox and Sir Christopher Wrenn concerning certain of the Earl of Ranelagh's cravings in his account for Chelsea Hospital. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 246.
Same to same to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Richard Crawley, Receiver of Salvage money and other Droits and Perquisites of Admiralty, setting forth that the effects of John Quelch and other pirates executed at Boston in New England which are sent over here and paid into the Exchequer are charged in his account : therefore praying a discharge of same. Ibid., p. 247.
September 12. Same to the Agents for Taxes to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Sir Henry Dutton Colt et al. relating to the accounts of Mr. Weston, Receiver General of Taxes co. Surrey. Ibid.
Same to same to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of the inhabitants of Poplar and Blackwall setting forth that one of the collectors of the 4s. Aid anno 1697 ran away with his moneys and process is issued against petitioners. Ibid.
Same to Earl Rivers. It is represented to the Lord Treasurer by Monsieur Vryberghen, the Dutch Envoy, that tis probable the Dutch Forces now with you at Torbay may be in want of provisions in regard of their long continuance there and [he] has therefore prayed that you should supply their Paymaster with money. The Lord Treasurer desires you to do so, giving an account thereof to the Treasury to enable repayment to be demanded from said Envoy. Ibid., p. 248.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Hen. Smith of London merchant shewing that he has been in custody 6 weeks for 267l. for tobacco Duties ; that by reason of great losses when the French plundered the Isle of Nevis where he had considerable effects he is now with his family in most miserable circumstances and altogether unable to pay : therefore praying time, if the debt may not be forgiven him. Reference Book VIII, p. 248.
September 13. Sign manual for 20,000l. to the Duchess of Marlborough : for the Privy Purse : out of Civil List moneys. (Money warrant dated Sept. 17 hereon). (Money order dated Sept. 18 hereon). (Letter of direction dated? Oct. 8 for same to be paid by 500l. a week commencing from the time of the completion of the preceding order). Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 93. Order Book VI, p. 512. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 177.
Money warrant for 750l. to Isabella, Duchess Dowager of Grafton (250l.) and Charles, Duke of Grafton (500l.) for 1706 Lady day quarter on their annuities. Money Book XVIII, p. 287. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 170.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to William Borrett to pay 44l. 5s. 9d. to Elizabeth Glover for prosecuting in Sept. 1704 Mary Cresset for treasonable words.
Prefixing : said Borret's report on the said Glover's petition. Money Book XVIII, p. 294.
Money warrant for 750l. to Charles, Duke of Southampton, for last Lady day quarter on his annuity. Ibid., p. 294. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 170.
Same for 493l. 16s. 7½d. to John Roos, Chief Engraver of her Majesty's Signets and Seals, for seals made and delivered as follows. (Money order dated Sept. 14 hereon).
Appending : list of said seals (a great double seal of the Order of the Garter ; a signet in steel for same ; 2 seals in stone for her Majesty's own particular use, the one on a sardonyx, the other on a fine beryl ; a large oval single seal for the Ecclesiastical Affairs and for the affairs of the Court of Admiralty ; a large double judicial seal for the counties of Glamorgan, Brecknock and Radnor ; a like for counties Carnarvon, Merioneth and Anglesea ; a like for counties Denbigh, Montgomery and Flint ; a like for counties Carmarthen, Cardigan and Pembroke. Money Book XVIII, p. 299. Order Book VI, p. 512. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 177.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ John Mitchell as a waterman attending the surveyor of the searchers in London port loco Henry Trot deceased.
James Strangways to be continued in his office of riding surveyor of the counties of Lancaster, Westmorland and Cumberland and not to be removed to an inferior station, he having enjoyed that post many years.
Robert Foxwell as a tidesman Exeter port loco John Webber deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 444, 445, 446.
Same by same to same to distribute as follows the 1501l. 10s. 0d. representing the produce of the wines taken on the ship Uhlostad viz. : 558l. 16s. 6¾d. for the Duties of 15l. per ton appropriated on Prize wines and the remaining 942l. 13s. 5¼d. to the captors.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' report in the case. Ibid., p. 444.
Same by same to same to distribute as follows the Prize wines taken in the St. Francis, condemned in the Admiralty, viz. 301l. 3s. 4d. for the Duty of 15l. per ton appropriated on prize wines and the remaining 255l. 11s. 8d. to the captors.
Prefixing : report by said Commissioners as to the sale of said prize wines under the Treasury warrant of May 11 last [sic for 1705 May 11] supra p. 251. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 553.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of the herbage and pannage of certain parcels of woodland in the manor of Chopwell in the bishopric of Durham in order to a lease thereof to George Vane.
Prefixing : said Surveyor General's report on said Vane's petition for same. The premises were anciently the estate of John Swinborne attainted of high treason [temp. Elizabeth]. Petitioner obtained possession thereof in 1686 against Thomas Swinborne of Grays Inn. Ibid., pp. 554-5.
Same by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a grant to John, Earl of Leicester of the offices of high steward, bailiff and woodward of the Honor of Otford and also of understeward and keeper of the Courts Leet etc. of said Honor.
Prefixing : report by said Surveyor General on said Earl's memorial. The said offices were granted by Wm. III to David Polhill 1699-1700 Feb. 21, which grant determined by said king's death. The Trustees for sale of Fee Farm Rents disposed of the rents of said Honor out of which the steward's fees used to be paid. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 555.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Stamps Commissioners to pay 20l. per an. additional salary to John White, warehousekeeper of stamped goods.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' report on said White's petition. Ibid., p. 556.
Same by same to the Principal Commissioners for Prizes to pay (out of the Queen's share of prizes) 336l. 18s. 3¼d. to Capt. William Credo, Commander of a Dutch privateer who is certified by Dr. Brampston, surrogate of the Admiralty Court and by Sir George Rooke, to have been very serviceable in giving information and assisting at the seizing of 2 considerable Spanish ships called the Lady of Coro St. Nicholas and St. Felix and the Lady of Porta Coeli taken by 5 of her Majesty's men of war under command of said Rooke, Admiral Dilkes and Admiral Wishart and carried into Lisbon and since condemned.
Prefixing : report by said Commissioners setting out the produce of said prizes and the shares due to the captors. The ships produced 13,476l. 11s. 4d. The captors are entitled to a moiety thereof in the following proportions viz. : 842l. 5s. 8½d. to the 3 Admirals ; 336l. 18s. 3¼d. to each Captain ; 46l. 15s. 10½d. to each Lieutenant and Mar. ; 20l. 1s. 1d. to each warrant officer ; 4l. 19s. 1d. to each midshipman ; 1l. 0s. 1½d. to each foremast man. Ibid., p. 557.
Same by same to the Auditor [of Crown Revenues] for co. Surrey to pay out of the estate late belonging to Edward Whitacre an annuity of 10l. to the Embroiderers' Company of London.
Prefixing : report by Auditor Henry Shales on the petition of Jan. 9 last supra p. 535. The rents of said estate amount to 167l. 10s. 0d. per an. They are in charge before the Receiver for said County and there is payable thereout 30l. per an. to the Free School of Chudleigh co. Devon by decree of Chancery and 10l. per an. to the said Company by will. This latter is in arrear 5 years at Michaelmas last. It is by will to be distributed to charitable uses as follows viz. 3l. per an. to the schoolmaster of the Free School of Market Harborough co. Leicester for ever ; 2l. to 6 almswomen of St. Bennets, Paul's Wharf and 1l. to the poor of said parish ; 1l. to the poor of the parish of Chipstead co. Surrey and 3l. to the said Company. The said Company has not paid several of the said Charities for some years past as is directed by the said will. Ibid., pp. 558-9.
Same by same [to the Auditors of Imprests] to allow in account 31l. 3s. 0d. to Samuel Atkinson and Nicholas Roope, Commissioners for Transport service, for their disbursements in shipping Forces in 1702 viz. for coach hire, boat hire etc., on their making oath that same has been bona fide expended. Ibid., p. 560.
September 14. Same by same to the Queen's Remembrancer for stay of process against William Young as late a Commissioner for Wine Licences Revenue, it being represented by Thomas Goodall son-in-law to said Young, that the several years' accounts during the said Young's being in that Commission were many years since made up and sworn to by him before the Barons of the Exchequer but for near 2 years he has by reason of gout in the head been rendered incapable of prosecuting same any further. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 556.
September 16. J. Taylor to Mr. Borrett enclosing the Attorney General's report [missing] on the petition of William Stocker and John Barker, merchants of London, proposing to discover considerable goods and effects of Kyd and other pirates which have been concealed ; and praying a third part thereof. You are to learn from them to what value they think they can discover and what is the character of the said persons. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 248.
September 17. Royal warrant, dated Windsor Castle, to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for an annuity or yearly pension of 300l. per an. to Mistress Christian Temple as a Maid of Honour. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 88.
Same to Treasurer Godolphin for 300l. to Sir Lambert Blackwell in full of all claims for extraordinary disbursements, above the regulation [limit of ambassadorial extraordinaries] of 400l. per an. as late Envoy Extraordinary to the Great Duke of Tuscany and Republic of Genoa. (Money warrant dated Sept. 30 hereon). (Money order dated Sept. [sic for Oct.] 11 hereon). Ibid., p. 90. Order Book VI, p. 515. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 175.
Royal sign manual for 150l. to Sir Bevill Granville for half a year to June 24 last for the rent of Mote Park. (Money warrant dated Sept. 30 hereon). (Money order dated Oct. 5 hereon). Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 90. Order Book VI, p. 518.
Money warrant for 955l. to Paul Methuen as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal ; 500l. thereof for equipage and 455l. for a quarter's ordinary in advance from Aug. 1 last. (Money order dated Sept. 18 hereon). Money Book XVIII, p. 300. Order Book VI, p. 512. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 170.
Letter of direction for 4200l. to Sir Thomas Littleton, the Navy Treasurer : out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706 : and is to be paid over to Thomas Savery, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded for subsisting the prisoners of war for July, August and September inst. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 169.
September 17. ("Entered Oct. 10.") J. Taylour to Mr. Morrice. I am commanded by the Lord Treasurer to tell you that the wind which has been contrary for a considerable time seems now to be coming about and tis hoped that her Majesty's fleet and the land Forces on board will be able to sail very speedily. Least they should stand in need of subsistence beyond what they carry with them, if they should come to the coast of Spain you are to use your best endeavours to procure credits for them in such places as Col. Richards shall name, who comes to you in the first packet boat from hence ; "which money so furnished is to be paid out to these Forces at the same rates as the payments are made to her Majesty's Forces on the Portugal Establishment."
I have read to the Lord Treasurer your letters of the 2nd and 7th inst., new style. As to what relates to Gibraltar I sent you his directions on the 23rd ult. He would have you signify to the Governor that there must be a very distinct account made of the whole charge relating to Gibraltar. As to the warrant concerning the payment of pieces of Eight the Lord Treasurer agrees with your opinion that it had been much better to use the word "current" than the word "weighty." Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 252.
Treasurer Godolphin to Thomas Handasyde Esq., Governor of Jamaica, to take care that Leonard Compere, Receiver General of her Majesty's revenue in said island, give good and sufficient security in 5000l. for his said office to be recorded in the Secretary's Office in Jamaica. This is to be as [in lieu of] an additional bond for his accompting to her Majesty here in England. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 579. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 321-2.
September 18. J. Taylour to the Customs Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer has not been in town since I received your memorial concerning the accounts of the Customs. I laid same before him at Windsor. He will not be in town this week and cannot fix any day for your attendance till his return. I shall go back to Windsor to-morrow afternoon and can take any report or certificate which you may wish to send him. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 249.
September 19. Letter of direction for 2152l. to Charles Fox, late Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad, out of the remains of the seventh 4s. Aid anno 1704 : for services as follows viz. :
l.
in part of the order for the Forces in Portugal anno 1704
for the pay of the late Earl of Donegal's Regiment of Foot from 1704 Sept. 18 to Oct. 24, being 36 days at 42l. 10s. 0d. a day 1530
in part of the order for 10,000 additional men anno 1704
for Col. McCartney ; to complete the levy money for the Regiment of Foot raised by him in Scotland in 1704 622
£2152
Disposition Book XVIII, p. 169.
Same for 4137l. 14s. 4d. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad : out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706 : and is for account of pay of the Forces under the Earl of Rivers ; and is to repay the like sum taken up by Peter Hartopp viz. 2115l. 4s. 4d. from John Powell, Collector of Excise at Plymouth and 2022l. 10s. 0d. from Richard Score, Collector of Customs at Exeter. Ibid., p. 170.
J. Taylour to Sir Christopher Wrenn. The Lord Treasurer desires you to hasten your report concerning Somerset House and that the persons inhabiting an house in Somerset House Yard under pretence of being Sir Robert Davers' tenants be not disturbed till the said Davers' title be enquired into. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 249.
Same to Mr. St. John, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant allowing fire and candle for the Garrison of Hull viz. 174l. per an. more than the present allowance of 63l. per an. Ibid.
Treasury reference to Auditor Maynwaring of the petition of Henry Ballowe and John Smith, Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer, praying payment of 113l. 18s. 6d. for joining tallies on 1,139,277l. 14s. 1d. of Customs payments [into the Exchequer] anno 1705. Reference Book VIII, p. 241.
September 20. Letter of direction for 2004l. 10s. 0d. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad : out of the 3000l. remaining in the Exchequer from Virginia quit rents : and is in part of extraordinaries of the war not provided for by Parliament : and to be applied to satisfy a demand of 17,000 crowns remainder of 20,000 crowns to the Elector Palatine, as the Queen's moiety of the charge of a journey made by his Highness to Vienna in 1703 at the instance of her Majesty and the Allies for the good of the common cause : the States General having paid the like sum of 17,000 crowns over and above 3000 crowns formerly paid. The present sum is for a moiety thereof to wit 8500 crowns or 21,250 guilders at the rate of 10 guilders 12 stivers to the pound sterling. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 171.
J. Taylour to Sir Charles Hedges. I am instructed to pay to any one named by you the 230 dollars demanded by Consul Kirke at Genoa for 2 months' hire of a felucca for the speedy conveyance of letters to and from Catalonia. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 250.
Treasury reference to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts of the petition of Albrecht Delandes, Agent to the Earl of Lifford's late Regiment of Foot, shewing that said Earl's commission was dated April 2 last ; therefore desiring to receive said Earl's pay from that date to the day the Regiment was given to Col. Vimar. Reference Book VIII, p. 241.
September 21. Letter of direction for 5000l. to Sir Thomas Littleton, the Navy Treasurer : out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706 : and is for payment of bills of exchange under the head of Wear and Tear. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 170.
Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland regulating the pay of Col. Nicholas Price's Regiment of Foot (of 11 Companies of 50 privates each) which is ordered to be forthwith raised in Ireland for service there : to wit that when the respective Captains shall have raised each 25 men they be carried before the Commissary General of Musters (if raised in Dublin) or before the next Justice of the Peace (if raised in the country) who is to certify their enlisting ; and their pay and subsistence is thereupon to commence. Further, to the end the several Captains may be enabled to raise their Companies with the greater expedition they are to be allowed 40s. a man as levy money for 45 men each, clear of all fees, deductions and charges whatsoever. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, pp. 415, 418.
September 22. Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland fixing August 1 last as the date of the commencement of the pay of the Officers of the 3 Regiments of Foot now raising under Col. Thomas Stanwix, Lord Tunbridge and Sir Roger Bradshaw, and which are ordered to be transported to Ireland from time to time as they shall be raised, by which means no musters can be taken of them in England nor pay issued until their mustering in Ireland : all by reason that the Officers' commissions are dated April 12 last which they only received in July following whereby they are become greatly indebted, having been at expense in attending in town a long time for their said commissions : further to compute the pay of the soldiers from such time certified as the time of their listing : and further to make the same allowances in every respect to Lord Lovelace's Regiment which we have thought fit to remove into Ireland before it could be fully completed. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, pp. 414-5.
September 23. Same to Edward Wilcox, Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, to deliver to Henry Portman alias Seymour such of the pales, posts and rails which lately encompassed our park called Hide Park as are not already made use of for boxing of trees or otherwise for our service in the said park. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 89.
Royal sign manual for 1056l. to Sir Charles Cotterell, Master of the Ceremonies, 1000l. thereof as a present to Baron Spanheim, Ambassador Extraordinary from the King of Prussia and 56l. for fees on the receipt thereof. (Money warrant dated Sept. 30 hereon). (Money order dated Sept. 30 hereon). Ibid., p. 92. Order Book VI, p. 508. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 175.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Edward Nicholas to pay 550l. to Thomas Lowther as royal bounty. Money Book XVIII, p. 295.
Same to same to pay 75l. to Francis Jones and Ann Lloyd for three quarters of a year to 1703 June 24 on their pension of 50l. per an. each, their pensions having been paid by the Earl of Ranelagh only to 1702 Sept. 29 and her Majesty having since directed the said pensions to be paid by said Nicholas from 1703 June 24. Ibid.
Money warrant for 750l. to Thomas, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery for half a year to June 24 last as President of the Privy Council ; this warrant superseding a cancelled warrant of same date for 375l. for last Lady day quarter. (Money order dated Sept. 28 for 750l. hereon). Ibid., pp. 295, 301. Order Book VI, p. 513. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 175.
J. Taylour to Sir Christopher Wrenn to estimate for the repair of the old white house (adjoining the Agents' [for Taxes] Office in Stephens Court) belonging to Visct. FitzHardinge as one of the 4 Tellers of the Exchequer, the same being very ruinous and in danger of damaging part of the house inhabited by the Lord Halifax, Auditor of the Receipt. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 250.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to remit the interest on 6 tobacco Duty bonds for in all 3273l. 15s. 0d. given by William Wragg, John Danson and James Ayrey partners, in Aug. 1704, all the said bonds becoming due between Feb. 10 last and June 1 last whereby they are excluded from the benefit of the late Act of Parliament, the Act of 4-5 Anne c. 18 (for continuing an Additional Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage) having enacted that payments incurred on bonds after 1705 to Feb. 6 are to be paid with 6 per cent. interest unless remitted by warrant of the Lord Treasurer. Out Letters (Customs) XIV, pp. 449-50.
Same by same to the Stamps Commissioners to appoint Abraham Thacker as a stamper loco Charles Rawson, who is willing to resign.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' presentment of said Thacker. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 561.
Same by same to the Queen's Remembrancer for stay of process until Hilary term next against the inhabitants of Poplar and Blackwall for the debt of one of the collectors of the 3s. Aid and 12d. Capitation anno 1697 [8-9 Wm. III, c. 6] who ran away with a considerable sum collected by him thereof. Ibid., p. 562.
Royal warrant dated Windsor Castle to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to discharge the head of Military Contingencies in the Irish Establishment from the sum of 1410l. 15s. 6d. by placing the same to the account of payments out of the Irish revenue at large : being the value of a sea clothing for 900 men detached out of the Regiments of Wynn, Lillingston and Lepell and sent from Ireland for service in Catalonia ; being at the rate of 1l. 10s. 0d. per man : and 60l. 15s. 6d. for the poundage, hospital and fees of the Pells thereupon. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 413.
September 24. Letter of direction for 2000l. to William Lowndes : out of Civil List moneys : for Secret Service. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 171.
Same for 3000l. to the Cofferer of the Household : out of same : and is for a quarter's salary to June 24 last for such servants of the Household as are to attend the Queen in her progress to Newmarket and other uses of the Household. Ibid.
Same for 2142l. 9s. 3¼d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber : out of same : for same quarter's salary to the Yeomen of the Guard et al., detailed, who are appointed to attend the Queen as above. Ibid., p. 172.
September 25. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Exchequer to distribute and apply to Deficient Funds as follows the sum of 47,022l. 18s. 2½d., the said sum representing the receipts between Aug. 28 last to Sept. 25 inst. from branches of the revenue as follows : viz. 15,170l. from Windows ; 1451l. 18s. 6½d. from Additional Impositions ; 316l. from New Duty on Paper Continued ; 4685l. from Marriages ; 18,901l. 11s. 8d. from Continued Impositions ; 6498l. 8s. 0d. from Salt and Whale Fins : the said distribution and application to be hereby as follows viz. :
The Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament. How they stood upon the Register the 25th day of Sept., 1706. The distribution and application hereby ordered.
£ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
First 4s. Aid 55622 10 5 6099 19 11 3212 8
Second Quarterly Poll 89275 13 4 14500 0 0 5156 0 11¼
Additional Impositions 445177 7 4 21374 19 10½ 25710 17 6
Vellum and Parchment 224114 7 21233 10 5 12943 11
814189 18 63208 10 47022 18
Money Book XVIII, p. 297.
Letter of direction for 625l. to Edward Nicholas : out of Civil List moneys : for such pensions and bounties as are to be paid by his hands. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 172.
Same for 20,901l. 19s. 9¼d., 8632l. 15s. 8d. and 682l. 8s. 4d. making in all 30,217l. 3s. 9¼d. to Mr. Howe for Guards and Garrisons, men in sea service and Invalids ut supra p. 100. Ibid., p. 173.
J. Taylour to the Customs Commissioners to instruct Waith Wekett, son of Mr. Wekett, in the business of the Customs. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 251.
September 27. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Exchequer to distribute and apply the sum of 8419l. 15s. 7½d. to Deficient Funds as follows : [in accordance with the Second Deficiencies Act of 1 Anne c. 7] : said sum representing the receipts between Aug. 30 last and Sept. 27 inst. from branches of the revenues as follows : viz. 50l. from Whale fins from July 10 last ; 2027l. 8s. 5½d. from New Customs since July 31 last ; 1502l. 1s. 5d. from Vellum Continued ; 1164l. from Additional Impositions ; 3676l. 5s. 9d. from Continued Impositions : the said distribution and application to be hereby as follows : viz.
The Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament. How they stood upon the Register the 27th of Sept., 1706. The distribution and application hereby ordered.
£ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Exchequer Bills 515165 4 529457 9 8 1854 15 0
First 3s. Aid 415099 0 0 423098 18 1494 9 8
Paper for Plate 15400 0 0 15400 0 0 55 8 11
Malt Tickets 579060 0 0 579060 0 0 2084 15 10½
Leather 504438 0 0 504438 0 0 1816 2
Third Quarterly Poll 212770 17 0 226770 17 0 766 0 10
Third 3s. Aid 25823 2 9 31271 6 92 19 8
New East India Co. 65518 0 65518 0 235 17
General Society [East India Trade] 5354 10 5354 10 19 5
2338628 15 2380369 2 8419 15
Money Book XVIII, pp. 303-4.
Letter of direction for 373l. 15s. 0d. to John Howe, Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons : out of loans in the Exchequer on the eighth 4s. Aid anno 1705 : for services as follow viz. :
£ s. d.
in further part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons anno 1705
for respits on Lieut. Henley of the Company at Bermudas from 25 Dec. 1704 to 24 June 1705 ; as by the royal warrant of July 10 last 44 16 0
in further part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men in sea service anno 1705
for respits on Capt. Lyndall's and Capt. Wentworth's Companies of Brigadier Handasyde's Regiment between 1705 Sept. 5 and Dec. 23 : by the royal warrant of July 6 last 106 1 0
for respits on Lord Paston's Regiment between 1705 Oct. 25 and Dec. 23 ; as by the royal warrant of Sept. 4 last 222 18 0
£373 15 0
Disposition Book XVIII, p. 189.
J. Taylour to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Mr. Fowler, Assistant Secretary of the Admiralty, together with a letter from Mr. Warters, the Lord Admiral's solicitor, relating to making free 4 prize ships lately taken with provisions on the coast of Ireland by Capt. Comocke, Commander of her Majesty's ship Speedwell and sent to the Leeward Islands. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 250.
Same to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. The Lord Treasurer is informed that Francis Palmer, sheriff of co. Mayo, on July 15 last shot Major John O'Donnell in the back who died of his wound soon after and it being found by the Coroner's inquest wilful murder the said Palmer is fled. The Lord Treasurer is surprised to have this notice from anybody sooner than yourselves.
You are to certify anything likely to come to the Crown by the said murder. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 416.
September 30. Privy seal for 1500l. for equipage and 10l. a day as ordinary to Charles, Earl of Manchester, as Ambassador Extraordinary to the Republic of Venice. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 138.
Money warrant for 328l. 5s. 4d. to William Popple senr., Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade, for the incidents bill of said Commissioners for three quarters to June 24 last. (Money order dated Oct. 2 hereon). Money Book XVIII, p. 296. Order Book VI, p. 511. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 177.
J. Taylour to Mr. Savage to desire the Customs Commissioners to send an officer to the lodgings of Baron Spanheim, Ambassador from Prussia, to seal his goods ; he being upon his return. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 251.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Stamps Commissioners to pay 150l. as reward to John Montagu their solicitor, he having been very serviceable in discovering many great abuses committed in the Stamps revenue by attorneys, solicitors and other practicers in the law ; and further to issue to him their warrant directing him to continue his solicitation and prosecution of the said abuses.
Prefixing : said Commissioners' report. Many offences committed by attorneys, solicitors and others belonging to the Courts at Westminster (whose practices have been to make their clients pay the Duties though they dont duly enter and file their proceedings charged therewith) are not within the clause of indemnity in the last Low Wine Act [4-5 Anne c. 23, cl. 8]. It is now more particularly necessary to put the laws in a stricter execution against such after the notice we have given them as well by our inspectors and distributors as by the Gazette, and we doubt not but our employing the said inspectors will be a considerable service to the revenue and in some measure supply the present decay of [? revenue from] law business from whence this Duty does chiefly arise. We conceive it convenient to begin with these abuses and the rather because the prosecution thereof may give less offence to boroughs and corporations and their members and yet may have such influence on the officers of inferior courts and corporations as to deter them from the like offences for the future. But it is necessary that our Solicitor have particular order to prosecute same in the Courts of Westminster because of the great discouragements, oppositions and clamours that any attorney or solicitor may expect who is employed in prosecuting for this revenue and especially against those of his own profession and belonging to the Courts wherein he practices. Warrants not Relating to Money XIX, p. 563.