|1. “A state of demands made by several foreign Princes, not yet satisfyd by the Crown of Great Brittain, for arreares of subsidies pursuant to Treaties or Conventions made for carrying on the late war against France.”|
Undated, but claims of this kind were in course of settlement (see Vol. CCXXIII. 27.) 1 page.
|2. Memorial of Alexander Bayne, Esq., to — Memorialist has presented a petition to his Majesty, setting forth his case in relation to the estate of Leuchars Forbes, to procure the consent of the King to have his claim tried. The estate being charged with debts “above the value” was sequestered by order of the Lords of Session. Robert Carstairs, deceased, purchased the right of the whole preferable debts, except those belonging to Captain Crichton, deceased. The estate was, in 1719, purchased by memorialist as a further security for the sums due to him by Carstairs. The Act of 5 Geo. [I.] in relation to forfeitures debarred memorialist from having the case tried at common law. Prays relief. 2 pages.|
|3. “Copy of instructions prepared by the auditors of the imprests in May 1714 for regulating the office of the Great Wardrobe and passing the accounts thereof.”|
Some of the instructions were added in 1719.
Docketed:—“Copy of Instructions marked B.” 7 pages.
|4. Report of auditor Harley to the Lords of the Treasury on the state of the account of Col. John Husk of the money received and paid by him, as well for the pay and subsistence of three Dutch and two Swiss battalions belonging to the States General of the United Provinces (which were taken into his Majesty's service in April 1719 on occasion of a sudden invasion, intended to be made from Spain upon his Majesty's dominions, in favour of the Pretender); as for the charges of transporting the said troops from Holland to Great Britain. The accountant had to bring over the troops and to concert with Mr. Whitworth, H.M. Plenipotentiary at the Hague, the proper measures for drawing the troops together and embarking them at Williamstadt, 9 pages (brief size).|
|[? 1720.]||5. Petition of Alexander Bland to the King in Council. Petitioner was sworn at Maidstone and “renewed” when made high constable for Ruxley Hundred, in the parish of Farnborough, where he made good improvement for the space of twelve years in the town. Was informed of the buying up of arms in secret, and of the open Rebellion to overturn the government by mobs, &c. By his Majesty's command, backed by those of the Privy Council, an order was sent to petitioner on 9 Feb. 1718–9, whereby he apprehended several of the chief actors and carried them to Rochester Gaol, together with 200 stands of arms; whereby he became a butt to their malice, and, having broken down his shop, they took 418 guineas and other money and goods to the ruin of his trade, which resulted in his committal to prison: prays to be provided for.|
Also another brief petition from him to Mr. Walpole. 1¼ pages.
|[? 1720.]||6. A portion of a series of accounts “of estates of papists as registered pursuant to an Act made in the first year of his Majesties reign” showing total annual rents, &c. arranged opposite the counties. Some of the names of the Popish recusants are given. Probably drawn out about the year 1720. 8 pages.|
|1719–20.||7. “New years guifts or other annual grat[uities] for the Secr[retar]ys.”|
“New yeares guifts or other annual dues for the Lords,” also “for the Clerks.” 1719–20. 3 pages (quarto).
|18 Jan.||8. Report of N. Lechmere, Attorney General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Pitt, Keeper of Newgate, in which petition he sets forth that soon after the late Rebellion there were 70 rebel prisoners committed to his custody, and 30 more brought from the Tower and the Fleet prison and committed also to his custody, by the order of the then Lords of the Council and Secretaries of State; that the common gaol not being large enough to contain the prisoners, the petitioner was obliged to lodge them in the Press yard and other rooms, which stood him in 200l. p[er] ann., besides the expense of forty new beds, bedding, and other furniture; all which were so much spoiled that they are of little value. Petitioner was at great expense in paying guards and other “attenders” appointed by the Government, and for a guardroom, fire, and candles for the officer and guards for 15 months, and was at great charge in providing coaches and attendance for conducting the petitioners to be tried at Westminster. Has been at great expense in keeping other State prisoners, and prays for satisfaction. By affidavits it appears that 10s. a week has been usually taken by the keepers for lodging and accommodation of all the prisoners lodged in the Press yard; and the commitment fee at their entrance was 3l. 6s. 8d., or three guineas at least; and when the State prisoners have been unable or refused to pay the keeper, the Government has given the keeper satisfaction. [The affidavits specify some overcharges.] Is of opinion that the petitioner paid for the accommodation of the guards 86l. 18s., and for the conducting the prisoners to their trials 103l. 11s. 6d.; but for the beds, furniture, &c., fees, chamber rent, &c. for which the petitioner claims 1,643l. 2s. 2d., the accounts appear to be much too high. Dated 18 Jan. 1719.|
The petition referred to. The accounts of the charges in which the names of the prisoners are given.
Minuted:—“12th Septr 1721. Prepare a warrt on łres patents dormt for 500li in full of all expences and demands upon this account.” Again:—“14 Novr 1721 Wt to be for 700li.” 29 pages or parts of pages.
|9. “Charles Harison's report concerning lycences granted by the Court of Exchequer to compound upon penal laws, and from the last day of Trinity term to the last day of Michaelmas term 1719.”|
“Rs 27th Janry 1719–20. 5 double pages.
|28 Jan.||10. Lord Stanhope to the Lords of the Treasury. Encloses, by the King's direction, papers in the behalf of William Fariss, Esq.—Whitehall, 28 Jan. 1719–20.|
The enclosures are (1) a letter from J. Craggs to the Earl of Stanhope referring to the following. (2.) Letter from the Duke of Bolton to Mr Secretary Craggs touching the mills and weirs of Kilmainham, in the county of Dublin (being the forfeiture of one Macwey in the year 1641), the clear rent of which has been 77l. 18s. 2d. Has caused a custodium during the King's pleasure to be issued to William Fariss, Esq., his steward, at that rack rent. The mills are out of repair and must be rebuilt, and the weirs out of repair. If a grant be made to the said Farris for ever, at the same rack rent, he will lay out 1,000l. or more for the rebuilding, &c. Requests that the matter may be laid before his Majesty.
Minuted:—“2d May 1720. The survr of Ireland is to make a particular of the mills, weirs, &c. desired by Mr. Farris and to make a return to my Lords as soon as may be.” 4½ pages.
|29 Jan.||11. Report of the Barons of the Exchequer of Scotland to the Lords of the Treasury as to the grant to John Forrest merchant in Edinburgh, of the lands and barony of Tolqution, lying in the county of Aberdeen. Finds that the grant contains “a taxing of the waird holding” of a part of the said lands, but do not find that there are any non-entry duties or casualties and forfeitures by recognition or escheat affecting the lands, which will be discharged by the signature of his Majesty granting the same. The valued rent of the land is 73l. 14s. 11d. Edinburgh, 29 Jan. 1719–20. 1 page.|
|12. Report of the Comrs of Excise for Scotland to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of Sir Patrick Murray and Mr John Drummond for themselves and the other sureties for James Freebairne, late Collector of Excise of Perthshire. There is a balance of 1,103l. 1s. 2¾d. due from Freebairne, the greatest part of which was money for which he falsely claimed credit in his accounts current without paying the same into the office, soon after which he went into the Rebellion. The case of the Memorialists is truly hard and worthy of consideration.|
Minuted:—“19th Augt 1720. Appropriated mo. May apply to parlt for relief.”
Also the memorial. 3 pages.
|9 Feb.||13. “An accot of the ordinary and extraordinary expence of her late Mats household, Chamber, Chappell, and stables for 7 months, vizt: from the 1st Janry 1713 to the 1st of Augst 1714 excl., being the day of her late Mats demise, as likewise what hath been received and paid since and what remains as yet unsatisfyed.” Board of Green Cloth, 9 Feb. 1719. 1 page.|
|14. Petition of George de Lima, Greek merchant, to the King. Petitioner, residing at Port Mahone, in the Island of Minorca, was robbed of a chest of the value of 1,600 dollars by soldiers under command of Col. James O'Hara. Petitioner spent 500 dollars more in prosecuting them: prays reparation.|
Minuted:—“12th Feb. 1719–20. Mr Gascoign, the Recr of the rents of Minorca, to lay a state of his Accounts before my Lords as soon as he can.” “L~re writ.” 1 page.
|15. Memorial of the Duchess of “Buccleuch” to the Lords of the Treasury. King Charles II. by letters patent of 21 Sept. 26th year granted to James, late Duke of Monmouth, the manors of Spalding, Holbech, Whaplode, and Moulton, &c., in the co. of Lincoln, for 99 years from the death of Catherine, the Queen Consort. Afterwards the duke was outlawed, and the King by other letters patent of the 36th year granted the same in trust to Sir Stephen Fox, Knt., and Nich. Fen, Esq., together with other lands for a similar term to memorialist: hopes if there is any defect in her (the memorialist's) title that it may be made good, as it was the intention of his late Majesty to grant everything to her which the Duke forfeited.|
Minuted:—“Feb. 1719–20. Agreed to.” 2pages.
|16. Papers connected with the claims of Robert Hewitt for compensation for his own and clerk's labour in making states of Account for the Treasury, &c., and for expenses as Auditor General to the late Queen dowager, &c. Also for satisfaction to be made to him as a discoverer of rents and arrears concealed from the Crown, for which it has been usual to allow three fourths to the discoverer. The papers (which are copies) include the report thereon of the Auditors (S. Godolphin and Tho. Jett). [The last minute on the report is:—“9th May 1719. My Lords cannot advise making any graunt to him out of ye growing rents; but as to the demand of 200li and the discovery proposed, my Lords will move the King for a recompence, If he makes a discovery to the Auditors”]: the letter from Mr Lownrds by command of the Lords of the Treasury directing the Auditors to receive from him the discovery, and after examination to report their opinion; Robert Hewitt's letter stating what he conceives there is due for the last fourteen years from the manor of Whoplode, in the co. of Lincoln, and the manor of “Moulton Dno~r cum Bewsolus,” in all 1,811l. 10s. 10d.; letter from the same to Mr Robert Lloyd, deputy to Mr Auditor Godolphin, in which he says he was refused permission to see the Accounts of Mr Rose, the Receiver of Lincolnshire, and hopes he will not deny him what he thinks to be the right of every subject being ready to pay the usual fees. Dated 13 Feb. 1719–20; the reply:—Mr Godolphin ordered him (Mr Lloyd) to return this answer, viz.: “That tho' every subject has a right to search for any records in his office, paying the usuall fees, &c.; yet those that come as discoverers for their owne advantage he does not think himselfe obliged to give such any insight or assistance therein.” There is also a copy of the memorial of the Duchess of Buccleuch described in the last entry. 7 pages.|
|24 Feb.||17. A. Cracherode to Charles Stanhope, Esq.: prays him to get his enclosed memorial read to-day to their Lordships, for the Sessions and Assizes approach, and he has an order to pay 56l. 14s. to the Judge's Clerks for their attendances at the late trials of the rebels, and another from Mr Secretary Craggs to pay 66li 13s. 11d. to one Mr King, an attorney, of Yorkshire, for prosecuting rioters at Ealand, in Yorkshire. Has already disbursed as much as can be spared. 24 Feb. 1719.|
The memorial referred to, which prays payment for 800l. balance, and an order for 1,000l. on account, and another order for 250l. for his salary and allowance to clerks.
Minuted:—“24 Feb. 1719. To be considerd on Wednesda next.” 2 pages.
|2 March.||18. Letter from the “distillers at Bristoll abt running French brandy,” to the Lords of the Treasury, enclosing a paper setting forth their real thoughts of the matter that the growing evil may be prevented. Bristol, 2 March 1719. Signed.|
The paper referred to, which states that “we have no settled commerce with France, and probably never may.” 5 pages.
|5 March.||19. Petition of the Lady Catherine Jones, Administratrix of Richard, late Earl of Ranelagh, deceased, to the King. King William the Third, in consideration of the long and faithful services, and the great losses her father suffered during the war in Ireland, granted him a pension of 300l. per ann. upon the Establishment of that Kingdom for 21 years from 25 March 1699. The pension has been paid in Irish money with very great deductions for exchange, taxes, and other charges; prays for the extension of the pension for a further term. 5 Mar. 1719. 1 page.|
|7 March.||20. Two letters signed Will. Yonge, to the Secretary-at-War, as to the sums alleged to be due to the troops of his Majesty as Elector of Brunswick Lunebourg from the States General, no vouchers for which have been produced. Dorset Court, Mar. 7, 1719.|
Minuted:—“7th March 1719. Audrs of Imprest to prepare a sign manual to stop the sum of [ ] due to the Scots regimts and the sum of [ ] to the King as Elector of Hannover upon accot of pay to his troops in the State's service and to the Crown of England for naval stores furnished since the commencement of the last war out of the money certifyd by the com[m]on to be due to them from G. Britain.” 3½ pages, quarto.
|8 March.||21. “Navy Office, March the 8th, 1719. An account of the value of the stores supplyd and workmanship performed to the ships of the States General, as also of pylotage paid for them the last two wars and which are still owing for, to his Majestie's navy.” 8 March 1719. 9 pages.|
|8 March.||22. Memorial of Francis Nicholson to the Lords of the Treasury. Had a Commission to make sundry enquiries in North America. On his return attended the Board of Ordnance to make out what he had transmitted thither in relation to Col. Vetches' accounts. Draws attention to these accounts as well as to Mr John Bordland's connexion with the same. Dated 8 March 1719–20.|
Also copies of her Majesty's Commission, caveat against. Col. Vetch, and Col. Vetch's account. 9 pages.
|23. Petition of Margaret Flamstead to the Lords of the Treasury. His Majesty in the year 1715 bestowed on petitioner's husband, Mr John Flamstead, his Majesty's Astronomer, 300 copies of the astronomical observations made by him, and comprised in a book entitled Historia Cœlestis, which was printed at the expense of the late Prince George of Denmark, and were designed by his Royal Highness for the benefit of the author. Mr Flamstead has since that time been at a very great expense in printing 340 copies of another part, to perfect the afore-mentioned book, without which the petitioner is of opinion it ought not to go abroad as a performance of her deceased husband: prays that the remaining thirty-nine copies now in the Treasury may be delivered to her.|
Minuted:—“9th March 1719–20. Mrs Flamstead to send to the Treasury 39 copys of Historia Cœlestis corrected by her late husband, and then my Lords will re-deliver her the 39 copys which she terms uncorrect.”
Accompanied by a list of persons who received copies of the above work. There is also a memorandum showing the number of “Rymers Fœdera” remaining at the Treasury, &c. 3 pages.
|15 March.||24. Memorial of the Commrs of Customs and Salt duties in North Britain to the Lords of the Treasury; respecting illegal practices carried on by several merchants in running and re-landing salt and fish shipped for exportation. Had advertised the Comrs of Excise to stop payment of all debentures until further enquiry, and had appointed Mr Legrand, one of the Inspectors General, to enquire and report on the ports of Kirkaldy and Anstruther. Enclose his report and accounts, from which it appears the revenue has been defrauded of 59,393l. 17s. 11d. Have laid before the Deputy Advocate, for his opinion, a state of the frauds, of which they enclose a copy, together with his answer. Will refuse to make out or pay debentures for salt re-delivered to [? by] their officers to such merchants as appear to have been guilty of any of these frauds. The Advocate doubts if by law they can justify such a step. Pray their Lordships' directions. Dated 15 March 1719–20.|
Accompanied by all the papers referred to. 26 pages.
|18 March.||25. Report of A. Cracherode to the Lords of the Treasury on (1) the petition of William Rhett, junior, showing that Col. Wm Rhett was appointed by Robert Johnson, Esq., Governor of South Carolina, as commander of two sloops fitted out to take certain pirates who infested the coast, and that the said Col. captured the ship Revenge, alias the Royal James, and brought her into Charlestown harbour, the crew amounting to 35, whereof eight were officers; (2) on the certificate of the Lieut.-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the colony of Virginia, which states that two sloops were furnished and manned at his expense to destroy Edward Thach, a notorious pirate, with his crew; (3) on the certificate of Woodes Rogers, Esq., Governor of the Bahama Islands, who states that 13 persons were taken in piracy and brought into the port of New Providence, whereby the captors were entitled to 380l. reward; (4) on an instrument under the hands of two inhabitants of Harbour Island in New Providence, claiming 200l. for having delivered to the Governor of the Bahama Islands five pirates: giving his opinion upon these claims. Dated 18 March 1719.|
Minuted:—“Wt prepared for 750li out of pyrates' effects in Lascells' hands.” 8 pages.
|24 March.||26. Draft of articles of agreement docketed:—“Contract with the Bank for circulating Exchr Bills.” Dated 24 March 1719. 4 pages (brief size).|
|25 March.||27. Copy of resolutions of the House of Commons as to notice to be given to the Bank of England of the redemption of annuities of 88,751l. 7s. 10½d. and 100,000l. 25 March 1720. ½ page.|
|26 March.||28. Translation of the Swedish Envoy's letter (signed “Sparre”) to Mr. Secretary Craggs. Touching the subsidies stipulated by the treaty of defensive alliance concluded with the King of Great Britain, deprecating the abatement of the value of the subsidies in the manner hitherto done by reckoning no more than 3s. 8d. of English money for a crown. London, 26 March 1720.|
Also copy of the letter in French. 5 pages and 2 halves.
|28 March.||29. “Auditors of the Imprests certificate [E. Harley and T. Foley] how far accotants have passed their accots.” 28 March 1720. 16 pages.|
|30. Memorial of James Bogdani to the Lords of the Treasury enclosing the full state of his case touching the mills and manor of Hitchin in the co. of Hertford, which he found out by accident had been leased to one George Draper. Apprising their Lps that Draper was his intimate acquaintance and was ordered by him (Brogdani) to solicit their Lordships for a renewal of the lease of the premises. To his surprise found that Draper had obtained a warrant for a lease to himself. Prays that the Surveyor General's report and consent of the Duke of Newcastle in his (Brogdani's) favour may be called for, that Draper's wicked practices may be discountenanced, and that a renewal of the lease for 31 years may be granted to memorialist.|
The “case” above referred to. [The pickage, stallage, tolls, and mills of Hitchin were demised by Catherine, the late Queen dowager, to Samuel Hemming, Gent., deceased, and by marriage settlement Bogdani was entitled through his wife (who was Hemming's daughter) to the premises]. April 9, 1720.
Testimonial of the Duke of St Albans in his favour. George Draper's answer; in which he says that Shottling Mill was burnt down in the year 1694, when Mr Hemming had 26 years to come therein, and that the same has not been rebuilt. These mills were then in the possession of Mr Hemming and not of the Duke of Newcastle. Portmill was suffered to run to decay by Mr Hemming and Mr Bugdani, and not by the Duke of Newcastle, who had no other interest therein than a yearly rent of 13l. 2s. 6d. Denies that he undertook to solicit for Mr Bugdani.
Two affidavits and two other papers.
Besides the above there are two other petitions and a previous report, and on the back of one is this minute:—“12 Augst 1720, Bogdani to have this lease; but my Lords will give Mr Farrer's man leave to resign his place of Landwaiter as desired.” 17 pages or parts of pages.
|12 April.||31. Report of Sir Isaac Newton to the Lords of the Treasury “on the value of Imperial dollars both intrinsically and by way of Exchange with Sweden.” The difficulty is to know whether by the Imperial dollar be meant the common dollar, or the Rix dollar. If any payments have been made to Sweden since the Treaty of 6/16 January 1700, the precedent is to be followed as the best interpreter of the treaty. If none; is told that the Imperial dollar is sometimes taken for the common dollar, but more usually for the Rix dollar, and that the word reichs or rycks thalere signifies Imperial dollar; but is not skilled in the German language. Mint Office, 12 April 1720.|
Also extract from the Treaty between Great Britain and Sweden. 2 pages.
|12 April.||32. Report of the Surveyor General (Cholmley) to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of the Rt Hon. the Lord Aylmer, setting forth that Robert Osbolston, Esq., by his will gave to the Royal Hospital at Greenwich two light houses standing on the North and South Forelands, in the county of Kent, which he held by grants from the Crown at a rent of 20l. per annum. Has perused the letters patent of Queen Anne of 1 June in her 3rd year, reciting letters patent of 13 Feb., 12 Car. I., whereby the King granted to Sir John Meldrum two light houses erected on the North and South Forelands, and ordained 1d per ton to be paid of all laden ships and vessels of subjects or strangers passing from port to port, or “cross the seas by the Goodwin Sands”; half by the master of the ship and half by the merchant or owner of the goods; and 2d per ton by all strangers not trading in our ports, but coming in of necessity; to support the Light Houses: and granted to the said Sir John the power to erect and continue the light houses, and receive the dues for fifty years, at 20l. a year rent: reciting also that King Charles II. by similar letters of 21 July, in his 23rd year, granted a power to maintain, continue, and alter the Light Houses and the duties of 1d and 2d per ton to John Smith, Esq.; for 30 years from the surrender, forfeiture, or other determination of the term of 50 years, reserving a like rent; and by the letters patent of Queen Anne the light houses are granted to the said Robert Osbolston, Esq., with the same powers and clauses for the term of 17 years, ending 13 Feb. 1734. The clear profits may be estimated at 1,000l. per annum, and as this estate is a branch of the Civil list, and the surplus thereof is appropriated, cannot advise the granting of any term in reversion in trust for the Hospital, except a full consideration be paid to his Majesty for the additional term to be granted. April 12, 1720.|
Also the application for the reversion to be made over to the Hospital, and the reference thereon to the Surveyor General. 3½ pages.
|12 April.||33. “Report of the Right Honble the Earl of Lincoln and Mr Treby upon demands of Col. John Moody [late Lieut.-Governor of Placentia] for reimbursement of his expences for support of ye Garrison of Placentia.” Dated 12 April 1720.|
Minuted:—“5th March 172–2. My Lords agree to the report … order the ballance to be [p]aid out of the savings of the respective years upon … pay of the garrison.” “See in whose hands these savings are.”
Col. Moody's demands are placed in one column and the “observations” opposite, and the report is signed. 10 pages.
|14 April.||34. “State of the case concerning the Auditor General of the plantations right to audit the account of the four and half p[er] cent. ariseing in the Leeward Charibbee Islands.” April 14, 1720. Signed “J. Walpole,” who is described as “the present Auditor General of the American Revenues.”|
There is also “Copy of Mr Secretary Guy's letter to Mr Auditor Blathwayt, dated the 16th of June 1680,” as to the auditing previous similar accounts. 2 pages and 2 halves.
|30 April.||35. Lord Lieut. of Ireland (Bolton) to the Lords of the Treasury. Encloses the address of the House of Lords of Ireland in behalf of the officers and servants attending their house, that they may receive the allowances therein mentioned, for their services during the Session. If his Majesty approve the augmentations, has to observe that the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod may as reasonably have his allowance doubled. Dated, Dover St, 30 April 1720.|
The address referred to: besides which there is a list of allowances to them for the Session of 1717. 3 pages.
|30 April.||36. The same to the same. Transmits lists of payments made by Concordatum in the years 1718 and 1719, for the necessary services of the Government of Ireland, together with the Lords Justices representation thereon. Asks for the usual warrant to ease the Concordatum of the said payments, by placing them on the revenue at large. 30 April 1720. Also the papers referred to. 5 pages.|
|30 April.||37. The same to the same. Encloses a letter from the Lords Justices, relating to the allowances to the Clerk of the Privy Council, and the Clerk of the Hanaper, and to several officers in Great Britain for services during the last Sessions; together with a list of the particular sums to be paid: asks for a warrant for payment.|
Also the papers referred to. 3 pages.
|30 April.||38. The same to same. Has received a letter, &c. from the Lords Justices relating to a debt to the clothiers of certain regiments, for which a provision has been made by the Parliament of Ireland. These he encloses. The Rebellion of 1715 having occasioned the raising of eight regiments of foot and five of dragoons in Ireland, those regiments were placed on that establishment on 16 Feb. 1715 and clothed there, upon credit of their off-reckonings for two years forward, as was the practice at that time; but the regiments having been all disbanded in June 1717, the off-reckonings fell short of answering the whole charge of their clothing, whereupon the clothiers appealed to the House of Commons to be relieved; who voted 8,983l. 4s. 11½d. to pay the balance. Further represents that six regiments of foot and two of dragoons having been disbanded in the year 1718, to make room for the like number of regiments transferred thither from the English establishment, and not having subsisted long enough for their off-reckonings to satisfy the full demand for the last clothing, the House of Commons provided 4,450l. 2s. 7½d. in satisfaction of the debt. Asks for his Majesty's warrant to direct the payment of these sums. Dover Street, 30 Apr. 1720. 2½ pages.|