Treasury Warrants
February 1716, 16-29

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'Treasury Warrants: February 1716, 16-29', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 30: 1716 (1958), pp. 112-126. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85302 Date accessed: 01 September 2014.


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February 1716, 16–29

Feb. 16.Royal warrant dated St. James's to George, Earl of Orkney, Governor of Virginia, and to Alexander Spotswood, Deputy Governor thereof, to apply the sum of 1,022l. 5s. 11½d. (due to the Crown for quit rents) towards discharging the debt of 1,788l. 19s. 11¼d. which has arisen as a deficit in the revenue of said Colony by reason of the increase of the public expense of said Colony and the decrease of the quantity of tobacco exported thence, by reason whereof “the revenue of 2s. per hogshead appropriated to the defraying the ordinary charge of our Government of Virginia has proved so deficient as that by a state of the account of our Deputy Receiver there, for the year ended the 25 April 1715, exhibited to us by the Auditor of our Plantations, it appears that the payments thereupon have exceeded the income [by] the sum of 1,788l. 19s. 11¼d.; which arrear since that time hath been considerably encreased by the assistance which that Government hath sent to our subjects in Carolina to defend them against the Indians” and further it appearing by a like state of the said Deputy Receiver of our Quit Rents there that the sum of 1,022l. 3s. 11½d. appeared to be in his hands on the said 25th April 1715 of the Crown revenue arisen in Virginia as above. King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 291.
Feb. 16.William Lowndes to Sir Isaac Newton. The King has signified his pleasure that an account be forthwith laid before the House of Commons of the clear produce of the Coinage Duty for the three several years past; and also of the charge of coining gold and silver money; and the established charge of the Mint in England and Scotland and the incident charges attending the same for the said three years. The Treasury Lords desire you to cause the said account to be forthwith made up and laid before the said House. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 46.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to report on the enclosed representation [missing] from the Commissioners for Duties on Hides &c. craving allowances in their account for incidents attending the collection of those Duties in the country. Ibid.
Treasury reference to Philip Horneck, gent., Solicitor for the affairs of the Treasury, of the petition of John Turner, clerk, Rector and Vicar of Coverham, Co. Yorks, in the diocese of Chester, praying some allowance to support himself and family, having been long at law with his parishioners in asserting the Crown's right to the same. The said referee is to search after precedents wherein the Crown has given relief in like cases. Reference Book IX, p. 266.
Feb. 17.Treasury warrant dormant to the Customs Cashier to pay the salary of 62l. 7s. 4d. to Henry Hare as Customer of Lynn Regis port. Money Book XXIV, p. 376.
Money order for 40l. to Daniel Langhorne, Esq., and Dudley Downes, gent., Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer, for 1715 Michaelmas and Hilary terms, on their allowance of 40l. per an. each for sorting and ordering the Records. Order Book IX, p. 62.
Letter of direction for 28,184l. 5s.d. to Henry, Earl of Lincoln: out of loans remaining in the Exchequer on the Land Tax anno 1716: and is intended to be applied to the services following: viz.
£s.d.
in part of 57,917l. 19s. 6d. voted for the Forces and Garrison in Minorca anno 1716.
to complete four months' subsistence from 25 Dec. 1715 to April 24 next to the four Regiments of Foot in Minorca: and for Contingencies
15,25427
in part of 37,294l. 12s. 9d. voted for the Forces and Garrison in Gibraltar anno 1716.
to complete the same four months' subsistence to the said Forces and Garrison from 1715 Dec. 25 to 1716 April 24: and for Contingencies
10,1655
in part of 993,015l. 4s. 5d. for Guards, Garrisons and Land Forces in Great Britain anno 1716.
to pay for surtout coats for serjeants and sentinels in Scotland; and to be charged to the offreckonings of the respective Regiments who received the same; according to the particulars specified in a memorial of the 13th inst.
2,764176
£28,1845
Disposition Book XXIII, pp. 131–2.
Feb. 17.Letter of direction for 40,000l. to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance: on his unsatisfied order for the service of the Ordnance: out of loans to be made by himself on credit of the Land Tax anno 1716 “as soon as the loans to be registered thereupon shall have amounted to 1,700,000l.” (fn. 1) Ibid., p. 132.
Same for 70,000l. to the Earl of Lincoln: on his unsatisfied order for the service of the Forces and Contingencies thereof: out of loans to be made by him on credit of the loans on Land Tax anno 1716 “as soon as the loans to be registered thereupon shall have amounted to 1,740,000l.” (fn. 1) Ibid.
Same for 70,000l. to John Aislabie, Treasurer of the Navy: on his unsatisfied order for the Navy and Victualling: out of loans to be made by himself on the Land Tax anno 1716 “as soon as the loans to be registered thereupon shall have amounted to 1,810,000l.” (fn. 1) Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to prepare an account to be laid before the House of Commons shewing how much senna was rated or charged before the Act of 3 Anne, (fn. 2) (wherein it is mentioned to be used in dyeing) and how much since and to what use it is usually applied: in accordance with the King's pleasure signified by Secretary Stanhope. But you are first to transmit a copy thereof to the Treasury Lords. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 46.
Feb. 17.Treasury approval of the schedule of rates or prices of stamped vellum, parchment and paper: as proposed by the Stamps Commissioners in their representation of Jan. 21 last.
Appending: said schedule, being of parchment or paper for various legal purposes, detailed, and of varying sizes, detailed: [the prices are to be understood as for the material form itself, not for stamp value to be impressed thereon]. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIII, pp. 349–50.
[?]Entry of the Treasury Lords' subscription of the docquet of an in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Charles Parry of a messuage and close in the parish of St. Peter in Marlborough, Co. Wilts, parcel of the lands of Thomas Crabb, extended for debt. Ibid., p. 351.
Feb. 18.Letter of direction for 5,000l. to the Duke of Somerset: out of Civil List moneys: and is to be applied towards satisfying the debt incurred upon the extraordinary service of the Stables during the time of the said Duke's executing the office of Master of the Horse. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 132.
Same for 2,500l. to William Clayton, Esq.: on the order in his name for the French Protestants, as in further part of 15,000l.: and to be distributed amongst such of them as are most meritorious: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid., p. 133.
William Lowndes to Hugh Cholmley, Esq. [Surveyor General of Crown Lands] to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Thomas Dacres, Esq., relating to a fee farm rent issuing out of the Castle of Winton of 3l. 5s. 2d. per an. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 47.
Same to the Earl of Lincoln to lay before the Treasury Lords an account of the moneys issued to you out of the Aids or Supplies anno 1715 which are to be made good out of the Aids or Supplies anno 1716. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of John Smith and Geo. Leslie, Deputy Chamberlains for Joining Tallies in the Exchequer Court, praying 155l. 5s. 11½d. for their usual allowance of 2s. per 1,000l. on 1,552,990l. 11s. 3d. of Customs money paid into the Exchequer between Xmas 1712 and Xmas 1713 “and tallies for the same carefully examined, joined and entered by the petitioners.” Reference Book IX, p. 266.
Treasury warrant to the Hackney Coaches Commissioners to dispose of the house in York Buildings taken on lease by the late Commissioners [of Hackney Coaches].
Prefixing: report by the said present Commissioners on the petition of Daniel Blake and George Clerk, Esqrs., concerning said house in York Buildings. Soon after our commission was passed in November last it was proposed amongst us whether to remove to York Buildings or to remain in Surrey Street. The majority gave our opinions to remain in Surrey Street, “which we then judged and do still to be the most convenient house as being the old well-known Office where it has been these 20 years, nearer the centre of the town, ready fitted for our purpose, cheaper in its rent and where it is possible the Office may long continue, whereas the house in York Buildings will require charges to fit it up, has no room so large for the Commissioners and all the term remaining in the lease of it will expire at Midsummer next come three years.” Warrants not Relating to Money XXIII, pp. 354–5.
Feb. 20.Money order for 5,000l. in part of 20,000l. to Charles, Duke of Somerset, for the Stables as by the privy seal of 1714 Nov. 11, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXIX, pp. 140–1, under date 1714 Oct. 29. Order Book IX, p. 10.
William Lowndes to the Excise Commissioners to instruct Matthew Davis for some place in the Excise. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 47.
Same to the Lord Chamberlain to swear James Swaine into the place of a messenger for levying his Majesty's land revenue within the counties of Beds, Bucks, Suffolk and Cambridge. Ibid.
R. Powys (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Customs Commissioners. Hasten your report on the letter of Jan. 30 last concerning English goods passing through Brunswick Luneburg &c., ut supra, p. 93. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to same to accept 70l. from John Monteage of London, merchant, as a composition for his debt of 354l. 4s.d. on bonds given in 1691 for his brother, Deane Monteage (since deceased), and Simon Clement for Customs and New Impost on wines.
Prefixing: said Commissioners' report dated 1715 Nov. 14 on said Monteage's petition. The bonds were long since put in suit, but nothing could be levied. Deane Monteage has been dead four years in very mean circumstances, having been obliged to relinquish his office in the Excise on account of his debt. Stephen Hulse, another bondee, has been gone out of England about 14 years and has not been heard of since. Simon Clement has not been heard of for many years. The petitioner has a place in the Bank of 100l. per an., which is all he has to maintain himself and family. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, pp. 323–5.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland. My Lords have read a memorial of Richard Watkins, late stationer to your Office, offering to serve your Office and that of the Excise at 10 per cent. cheaper than any person yet hath done since the Union. My Lords direct you to send them the reasons why you removed said Watkins “and that you employ him again if he makes good the said proposition and [if] you have no reasonable objection thereto.” (The like letter to the Excise Commissioners in Scotland.) Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 463.
Feb. 21.Same to the Customs Commissioners. My Lords agree to your continuing to William Bowen the pay of an extraordinary land-carriageman, London port, which he hath enjoyed for many years as by your report of Jan. 28 last on his petition; in regard the duty thereof, however neglected before, is now to be carefully attended and executed by him. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 48.
Feb. 21.Same to the Earl of Lincoln, Paymaster of the Forces, to make a demand for 1,000l. advanced by the Excise Commissioners in Scotland to [the] General Whetham [Commanding in Chief in Scotland ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXIX, p. 657] pursuant to my Lords' letter of 1715 July 28: so that money may be directed [to be paid to you] to satisfy same and you may thereby be enabled to pay it to the Excise Commissioners here to be [by them] paid into the Exchequer for the use of his Majesty's Civil List. Ibid., p. 48. Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 129.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to permit the delivery to merchants or inhabitants of Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderney of all goods of the growth or product of the said islands as are or shall be imported into this kingdom before the end of the next Session of Parliament on their giving security to pay the Duties charged thereupon unless they procure the said Duties to be discharged by some Act of Parliament before the end of the said next Sessions, provided that the master of the ship on which such goods shall be imported do (for preventing the importation of foreign goods from thence) deliver a certificate to the officers of the place of importation signed by the respective Governors of the said Islands (and attested by the Register of Certificates) from whence the said goods are brought expressing the several particulars as follows and testifying that the merchant or exporter hath taken oath that the said goods are of the growth, produce or manufacture of the said islands, “and so as such goods do upon importation remain liable to the payment of the Duties of Excise and subject to such Rules, Regulations and directions with regard thereto as the like goods of the growth, produce or manufacture of this kingdom are liable to.”
Prefixing: report by the Customs Commissioners dated 1715 Oct. 26 on the petition of the Deputies of the said Islands concerning the Duties lately demanded on the goods of said Islands imported into Great Britain.
The petition shews that upon a [prior] application to the Treasury concerning Duties on imports from said islands into Great Britain the Treasury granted a warrant [Aug. 22 last supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXIX, p. 693] for delivery (up to the end of the next Session on proviso of security as above) of all goods manufactured in said islands, but that the Customs officers allege that same extends to manufactures only and do refuse to take security for Duties on the goods of the growth and product of the said islands: therefore petitioners pray an order that all goods of the growth or product of said islands imported before the end of the next Sessions of Parliament may be delivered on security as above.
Hereon the Customs Commissioners report that in their report of May 25 last they (on the opinion of the Attorney General) raised no objection to extending said liberty from manufactured goods to goods of the growth and product on condition of the master producing such a certificate as above together with the particular marks, numbers, qualities and contents of every parcel and with proviso of liability to such rules, regulations &c. as above. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, pp. 317–20.
Same to same to permit Robert Wise to return to England and have the liberty of his person without giving security for the remainder of the money for which by a warrant of June 25 [sic for June 22] last he compounded ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXIX, p. 556.
Prefixing: report dated 1715 Aug. 13 from said Commissioners on John Linton's petition in behalf of said Wise. His debt is sufficiently secured by the 500l. already deposited for the specific purpose of enabling him to come over and collect his debts. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, pp. 322–3.
Feb. 21.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to pay the fines on two houses, the Vine Tavern and the Rose and Dolphin Tavern, taken ut supra, p. 92, for the enlargement of the Customs House: paying same out of the united branches of the Customs, to wit:
Customs [and Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage].
Impost on wine and vinegar.
Impost on tobacco.
Impost on poundage goods anno 1690.
Additional Imposition 1693.
Duty on whale fins.
Prefixing: letter dated Feb. 9 inst. from Chas. Carkesse, Customs Secretary [to the Treasury Secretary], praying direction for payment of said fines out of the united branches as above or out of any other moneys. Ibid., p. 326.
Treasury reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Phil. Papillon, late Cashier of the Victualling, praying an allowance of 524l. 11s. 6d. “paid by him pursuant to warrants from the Commissioners of the Navy and Victualling.” Reference Book IX, p. 266.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Joshua Thorsby as landwaiter and searcher at Port Glasgow loco Matthew Clerk, deceased: at 35l. per an. salary. Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 463.
Feb. 22.William Lowndes to the Board of Works. The Lord Chamberlain has signified to my Lords the King's pleasure that a wainscot press containing 30 yards be made for the Prince of Wales at St. James's and a case of Right Wainscot with shelves containing 32 yards for the Princess; a wainscot press of 36 yards for the Nursery; a bottom with drawers to a press of 15 yards; two deal presses for the young Princesses with shelves containing 68 yards; a deal press containing 25 yards for the Footmen at the Backstairs; likewise 39 yards of deal panel for the Grand Marshal's lodgings and a partition of deal square work with a door containing 19 yards to the lodgings under the Council Chamber: also that the cellar under the Clerk of the Kitchen's Office at St. James's appointed for the Prince of Wales's service be enlarged. Please endorse an estimate thereof on the Lord Chamberlain's letter enclosed [missing]. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 49.
Same to Mr. Hill to deliver to the Sheriffs of London for their use the possession of the house where the Transport Office is kept on Tower Hill: until further order. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners enclosing copy [missing] of the Treasury letter to the Earl of Lincoln about 1,000l. paid to Major General Whetham in Scotland out of Excise money there, and which you desire to be repaid, see supra, p. 117. Ibid.
Feb. 22.Same to the Board of Works. Application is made to the Treasury Lords for repairing the Abbey of Glastonbury at the charge of the Crown. You are to enquire as to its condition and how the repairs thereof have used to be defrayed. Ibid., p. 50.
Same to Mr. Moor. Send my Lords with all speed a true state of the sums wanting to clear all debts of the Forces for the time you were Paymaster, distinguishing those incurred before 23 Dec. 1713 from those incurred since; and of the moneys remaining in your hands towards satisfying same. Ibid.
Feb. 23.Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt and the Clerk of the Pells to draw orders for paying to John Burrish and Mary his wife the bankers' annuity as follows.
Prefixing: certificate by the Auditor of the Receipt that on the 16 Nov. 1677 Sir Robert Vyner did in consideration of 550l. assign to Richard Dumaresque an annuity of 33l. (part of the yearly sum of 25,003l. 9s. 4d. granted to said Vyner by Charles II.) out of the Hereditary Excise: which said annual sum of 33l. is since by Act of Parliament [12 and 13 Wm. III., c. 12, clause 15, and 2 and 3 Anne, c. 9] reduced to 16l. 10s. 0d. By a note under the hand of Francis Messervy dated 13 Dec. 1683 the said assignment was transferred by the said Dumaresque to the said Messervy as a security for repayment of the sum of 154l. 10s. 0d. Letters of administration of the goods of said Dumaresque were sued out of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury by Mary Burrish, wife of John Burrish and daughter of said Dumaresque, and like letters of administration of the goods of said Messervy have been granted by the said Court to De la Riviere Messervy, widow of said Francis Messervy. By indenture dated July 6 last between the said De la Riviere Messervy and said John and Mary Burrish the said 33l. per an., or its reduced amount, is to remain to the use of the said Burrish and his wife in consideration of 100l. to be paid by them to the said Messervy. By a decree of the Exchequer Court of Nov. 21 last it appears that the said Burrish and his wife as plaintiffs preferred their English Bill in the said Court against the said De la Riviere Messervy, defendant, praying confirmation of the said agreement of July 6 last to which the defendant consented and thereupon said Court confirmed same and permitted the plaintiffs to apply to the Receipt of the Exchequer for a standing order for payment of said reduced annuity of 16l. 10s. 0d. Money Book XXIV, pp. 377–8.
Treasury allowance of the incidents bill, detailed, of the Commissioners for Taxes for the half year ended at Michaelmas 1715, to wit for the Land Tax (total 109l. 2s.d.): and for the Duties on Hides (total 568l. 10s.d.): and for the Duties on Houses (total 102l. 1s.d.). In the case of the Land Tax and House Duties incidents the approval takes the form of a money warrant for 109l. 2s.d. to the Commissioners for Taxes for Land Tax incidents [as due] to be paid out of the Exchequer: (money order dated Feb. 27 hereon); and of a Treasury warrant to Sir William Fazakerly (Receiver General of the Duties on Houses for Middlesex, London and Westminster) to pay 102l. 1s.d. to said Commissioners for the said House Duties incidents. (Letter of direction dated April 19 hereon). Ibid., pp. 379–80. Order Book IX p. 187. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 152.
Feb. 23.Treasury allowance of the salary bill, detailed, of the Hawkers and Pedlars Office for the half year ended 1713 Xmas (total 565l.) and the succeeding half year (total 674l. 3s. 6d.): the Commissioners being Samuel Atkinson and Thomas Earsby, and the solicitor being Culverwell Needler. Money Book XXIV, p. 381.
Same of the incidents bill, detailed, of the said Hawkers and Pedlars Office for the year ended 1714 June 24: total 635l. 1s.d. (including 15l. to William Thornburgh for a year's rent of the Office: 37l. 10s. 0d. to Francis Jones and John Rice, city surveyors [of licences], for their extraordinary expenses in surveying 10 other counties and detecting persons trading without licences “in the room of Thomas Wells, displaced: in which time they disposed of 52 licences”). Ibid., p. 382.
Treasury warrant to the Commissioners for the Duties on Hides to allow in the account of Thomas Symonds, collector of the said Duties in Co. Cornwall, the sums of 355l. 15s.d. paid by him in 1713 for salaries of his officers on account of the Old Duties on Hides and 174l. 4s.d. for the like on account of the Additional Duties on Hides.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on said items; the said Symonds having been seized with a dead palsie about 1½ years since. Ibid., p. 383.
Same to the Customs Cashier to pay 437l. 8s. 10d. to Simon, Visct. Fanshaw, King's Remembrancer, for parchment and other necessaries for the blank books for the Customers, Comptrollers and searchers of the outports of England and Wales for the year ended 1716 Xmas: and 54l. 2s. 4d. for the like blank books for the Surveyor General of Customs in London port for said year. Ibid., p. 385.
Same to same to pay 45l. 12s. 0d. to the said King's Remembrancer for fees due to him and his clerks heretofore usually paid to him by the Customers of the Outports and is for passing their accounts for the year ended Xmas 1715. Ibid.
Money order for 20l. to John Barry, clerk, towards the charge of his passage to Jamaica, whither he is going minister. Order Book IX, p. 186.
William Lowndes to the Earl of Carnarvon. The House of Commons by an Address to the King have directed that all papers, proceedings and other matters whatsoever relating to the Expedition to Canada may be laid before them. My Lords desire you to lay before the said House such copies and states so far as any proceedings concerning the said Expedition were passed or done in your Office as then Paymaster General of the Forces.
The like letter respectively to Mr. Howe [as former Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons].
The Navy [Treasurer].
the Victualling [Commissioners].
the Ordnance [Board].
the Transports [Commissioners].
the Auditors of Imprests.
Mr. Nicholson [as commissioned to inspect the affairs relating to said Expedition].
the Comptrollers of Army Accounts. (fn. 3) Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 51.
Feb. 23.Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of James Brain, for many years a very eminent trader in tobacco and not at all indebted to the Crown on his own account, praying to have his liberty, he having become bound for Peregrine Browne, who died insolvent, whereupon petitioner was prosecuted for Browne's debt and extents taken out against his estate and his person imprisoned, but by losses in trade he is unable to discharge the debts he stands security for. Reference Book IX, p. 266.
Same to the Board of Works of the petition of James Herauld shewing that in 1706 he was made Purveyor to Prince George of Denmark and had a garret over the Coach houses and, a year after, a Coach house; that he disbursed 168l. 16s. 0d. to make the same fit for lodgings and is now ordered out: therefore praying to be allowed his said charges in fitting up the said lodgings. Ibid., p. 267.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to Charles, Duke of Grafton, and Henry, Earl of Galway [Lords Justices of Ireland], to pay an allowance of 2s. 6d. a day to Lieut. John Portall, who served under the Duke of Schomberg all the war during the reign of Wm. III. and also all the late war as Captain in Baron Walef's Regiment of Dragoons, which was disbanded upon the conclusion of peace, “and because the greatest part of the Officers of the said Regiment were Papists and thereby incapable of receiving half pay they were therefore never placed upon that [Half Pay] Establishment; by reason whereof the said Lieut. John Portall, although a Protestant and naturalized, has been excluded from that benefit which he is by his services entitled to.” Out Letters (Ireland) X, p. 31.
Treasury allowance of the salary bill of the Customs in Scotland for 1715 Xmas quarter: total 3,621l. 15s. 0d. “But in regard it is not yet known to you [the Customs Commissioners in Scotland] whether all the officers named herein have behaved themselves well and faithfully by reason several of the ports are and have been in the rebels' hands, these are to require you to take especial care that none of the officers in such ports as have been in the rebels' hands be paid their salaries inserted herein until you have certificates to your satisfaction of the behaviour of such officers with zeal and affection to his Majesty's person and Government.”
Prefixing. list of the Customs officers in Scotland. Out Letters (North Britain) III, pp. 464–74.
Feb. 24.Treasury warrant to the Auditors of Imprests to allow in the account of Sir James Bateman et al., Trustees for the sale of South Sea Stock, all sums paid by them for interest and discount either to the buyers of said stock or for money advanced by the said Trustees at any time before Jan. 14 last; and likewise the sum of 4,227l. 12s.d. for their service and for all their disbursements, expenses and charges in the execution of their trust. Money Book XXIV, p. 384.
William Lowndes to Mr. Carkess. Mr. Walpole desires you to attend him at his house to-morrow between nine and ten o'clock and not to attend the Treasury on Monday as directed by a letter of this date. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 50.
Feb. 25.Letter of direction for 74,451l. 16s. 11½d. to Henry, Earl of Lincoln, Paymaster of the Forces: out of loans remaining in the Exchequer on the Land Tax anno 1716: and is intended to be applied to the services following: viz.
£s.d.
in further part of 993,015l. 4s. 5d. voted for Guards and Garrisons anno 1716.
for a month's subsistence 24 Feb. to 24 March 1715–16 to the several Regiments, Troops and Companies in Great Britain
62,06389
in part of 34,837l. 17s. 10½d. voted for Forces in America anno 1716.
for the same month's subsistence for the said Forces
2,17773
in part of 126,033l. 4s. 9d. voted for the pay of 6,000 men taken into his Majesty's service from, the States General.
for the same month's pay of the Forces with their General and Staff Officers
10,211011½
£74,4511611½
Disposition Book XXIII, p. 133.
William Lowndes to the Attorney and Solicitor General to report on the enclosed draft [missing] of a Bill to enable the King to grant the land revenues therein mentioned to the Prince of Wales and to empower the Prince to make leases thereof and of the [Cornwall] Duchy possessions. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 50.
Feb. 27.Same to Sir Isaac Newton. It is the Treasury Lords' pleasure that you give them an account of the number of Mr. Flamsteed's ‘Historia Cœlestis’ that have been printed, by whose directions and at whose charge: likewise what method of distribution was intended or agreed upon, how many have been disposed of in presents to any persons at any time and how many remain [This and the following letter betoken Walpole's participation in the bitter quarrel between Flamsteed and Sir Isaac Newton]. Ibid., p. 51.
Feb. 27.Same to Mr. Churchill. On reading your letter of the 22nd inst. my Lords have ordered the Referees for printing Mr. Flamsteed's ‘Historia Cœlestis’ to give them their opinion how the remaining volumes now in your hands ought to be deposited or distributed.
As to the 58 volumes of manuscripts in your hands also which were bought of Mr. Rymer's executrix my Lords direct you to send them a schedule thereof and to let them know whether the said volumes or any of them have indexes, for my Lords are of opinion that they should be deposited in the King's Library and will give order to you for so doing on receipt of the said schedule if they are complete by having their indexes. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Lords Justices of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Capt. Thomas Johnson praying payment of his half pay from the time he was suspended until he was re-placed on the Establishment of Ireland. Out Letters (Ireland) X, p. 32.
Feb. 28.Royal sign manual for 500l. to Major James Steuart as royal bounty in reward for his service and expense in coming express from John, Duke of Argyll, with an account of the rebels having abandoned Perth. (Money warrant dated Feb. 29 hereon.) (Money order dated Mar. 2 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Mar. 7 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 299. Order Book IX, p. 188. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 139.
Royal letters patent constituting and appointing Sir Roger Mostyn to receive and pay all moneys issued for clearing or paying any debts or arrears due to the late Marine Regiments; observing therein the same orders, rules and instructions as were in force at or before the time the said Regiments were disbanded, which orders, rules and instructions are hereby confirmed so far forth as concerns this service: all by reason that the King is given to understand that great sums of money are yet due to be paid for clearing the several Marine Regiments that were some time since disbanded and that unless the moneys so due do come to the hands of the said Mostyn, late Paymaster thereof, the accounts for the said Regiments (which do still lie open for want of the said clearings) will be intricate and irregular and not to be passed according to the usual course of the Exchequer. King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 125.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 98,496l. 18s.d. to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance: as imprest for land and sea service of the Ordnance. (Money warrant dated Mar. 9 hereon. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated Mar. 6.) (Money order dated Mar. 10 hereon.) Ibid., p. 299. Money Book XXIV, p. 388. Order Book IX, p. 203.
Same to James, Earl of Carnarvon, late Paymaster of the Forces, to pay 900l. to Sir Lambert Blackwell out of the moneys ordered by the royal sign manual of Dec. 23 last [sic for Nov. 23 last ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXIX, p. 839] to be paid to said Earl by the Trustees for sale of South Sea Stock which was mortgaged to repay loans negotiated in 1711 with the Marquis Sauli and the Marquis Balbi: the said Blackwell have employed his offices (being ordered so to do) in negotiating the said loan of 180,000l. (which was very advantageous for the public) on credit of public securities then in the hands of the said Paymaster of the Forces: the present payment is in consideration of said Blackwell's said service and of his charge and expense therein. King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 300.
Feb. 28.Royal letters patent appointing Thomas Ripley to be Clerk of the Works and Storekeeper of the several Mews at Charing Cross: the Board of Works having reported that since his Majesty has directed the stabling, coach houses and other houses and buildings belonging to his several Mews at Charing Cross to be under their care and inspection they find it highly necessary that a duly qualified clerk be appointed to look after the same at the usual allowance of 2s. 3d. a day with an assistant labourer in [a position of] trust at 2s. 2d. a day. Ibid., p. 301.
Royal sign manual for 200l. to Lewis Morton, gent., as royal bounty in reward for his service and expense in coming express from Lieut. Gen. Cadogan with an account of the rebels having abandoned Perth. (Money warrant dated Mar. 2 hereon.) (Money order dated Mar. 3 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Mar. 5 hereon.) Ibid., p. 301. Order Book IX, p. 187. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 138.
William Lowndes to Sir Roger Mostyn. Send my Lords a state of the offreckonings of the Marine Regiments with the demands made thereon for clothing same. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 52.
Same to the Attorney and Solicitor General. The Treasury Lords direct you to proceed by Information in the King's Bench against the Auditors of Imprests for extortion of fees and other abuses in their Offices. Mr. Cracherode is to take care of the prosecution in the King's behalf. Ibid.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands. It is represented to my Lords that the Almshouses belonging to the parish of St. Benedict, Glaston, Co. Somerset, are very ruinous and much in decay and that they have been usually repaired at the charge of the Crown. Please (with the Auditor for that county) report hereon to my Lords. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Richers, Esq., late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Cambridge for the years 1708–1712, praying payment of 480l. for his extraordinary expenses in his receipt. Reference Book IX, p. 267.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to Charles, Duke of Grafton, and Henry, Earl of Galway [Lords Justices of Ireland], to place on the Establishment of Half Pay of Ireland Col. Henry Monro, who did very good services during the siege of Londonderry and in all the other part of the late war in Ireland, “upon which account there remains an arrear of pay due to him,” in regard whereof and of his steady loyalty ever since, he is proposed as a proper object of royal favour; as appears by the report of the late Lords Justices and the Muster Master General of Ireland on said Monro's petition. Out Letters (Ireland) X, p. 33.
[? Feb. 28.]Unfinished entry of a like warrant for [similarly placing on the Half Pay Establishment] Capt. George Cowper, Capt. of a Troop in Col. Morrice's late Regiment of Dragoons in Ireland, he having petitioned shewing that when the said Regiment was disbanded he was placed on the Establishment of Half Pay there … Ibid., p. 34.
Feb. 29.Royal sign manual for 34l. to George Dumaresque, Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Jersey: without account: in satisfaction of so much expended by him for our service and pursuant to our directions. (Money warrant dated March 8 hereon.) (Money order dated March 9 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated March 7 hereon and again on March 28.) King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 308. Order Book IX, p. 201. Disposition Book XXIII, pp. 139, 146.
Same for 500l. to Thomas Lowther, gent.: without account: “to be by him applied and paid to such uses as we have directed.” (Money warrant dated March 8 hereon.) (Money order dated March 9 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated March 7 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 309. Order Book IX, p. 190. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 139.
Same for 30,000l. to Casper Frederick Henning for the use of the Privy Purse: without account, imprest or other charge. (Money warrant dated April 6 hereon.) (Money order dated April 9 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXVII, p. 321. Order Book IX, p. 205.
Money warrant for 20l. to Alexander Denton for half a year to 1715 July 5 on the yearly fee or salary of 40l. as one of his Majesty's Counsellors at Law to which he was appointed by patent dated 1714–15 Jan. 5. (Letter of direction dated March 5 hereon.) Money Book XXIV, p. 386. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 138.
Same for 2,000l. to Anthony Cracherode as imprest for Crown Law charges. (Money order dated March 3 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated March 6 hereon.) Ibid., p. 386. Order Book IX, p. 187. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 138.
Letter of direction for 40,000l. to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance: whereof 10,000l. is to be issued out of Contributions in the Exchequer for Annuities anno 1715 and 30,000l. out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1716: the said total is intended to be applied to services of the Ordnance as follows: viz.
£
for sea services of the Ordnance10,000
for land services of ditto30,000
Disposition Book XXIII, p. 134.
Same for 36,900l. to Henry, Earl of Lincoln, Paymaster of the Forces: out of loans remaining in the Exchequer on credit of the Land Tax anno 1716: and is intended to be applied to the services following: viz.
£
in further part of 993,015l. 4s. 5d. for Guards and Garrisons &c. in Great Britain anno 1716.
for seven Regiments of Dragoons and ten Regiments of Foot, his Majesty's Subject Troops, 1,000l. each upon account of two months' subsistence of their effectives in Scotland from 25 March 1716
20,400
in further part of 126,033l. 4s. 9d. for the pay of 6,000 men taken into the service of his Majesty from the States General.
for pay upon account for 11 Battalions, viz. 1,500l. each to subsist their effectives in Scotland for two months as above
16,500
£36,900
Disposition Book XXIII, p. 134.
Feb. 29.William Lowndes to Sir Isaac Newton et al. Hasten your report concerning Mr. Flamsteed's ‘Historia Cœlestis.’ Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 52.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. Send my Lords an account what the Duty of unrated East India goods came to for 11 years past and what they would have amounted to according to the Rule settled by the Exchequer Court, with the differences in each year. Ibid.
Same to the Postmasters General. My Lords direct you to give orders that no persons be brought in any of the pacquet boats from France unless they have a pass from my Lord Stair. Ibid., p. 53.
Treasury warrant to Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, to enter a noli prosequi to the information against John Lane, late Commander of the ship Hern, from the East Indies, now under prosecution for running several quantities of East India goods and shipping bullion without entry in Dec. 1713.
Prefixing: report by the Customs Commissioners on said Lane's petition. The prosecution was begun on the information of John Clarke, quartermaster of said vessel, who subsequently withdrew from the charge, and the said Commander's affidavit in his own defence was supported by James Griffith and Edward Travell, coopers. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIII, pp. 355–6.
Treasury commission to Gerard Croker to be Receiver General of the Duties on Houses for Co. Oxford and the City and University of Oxford. (Warrant dated same day for taking his securities in 2,800l.)
Edward Conway as same for Cos. Chester, Denbigh and Flint. (Like warrant for taking his securities in 3,800l.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 145, 143.

Footnotes

1 These figures represent the sequence or progressive growth of the sum of loans on the 1716 Land Tax, that is to say the order or position of each item of loan on the Register of loans. The respective items ranked for repayment in accordance with their position on the Register, and that position was fixed by the statement of the total figure ranking before them for repayment.
2 The Act for Continuing Low Wines (3–4 Anne, c. 18, cl. 8) exempted senna as a dyestuff from payment of Duty. This exemption was abolished by the Act of 1 Geo. I., st. 2, c. 43, cl. 3.
3 Commons Journals XVIII, p. 379, 17 Feb. 1716–16:
Resolved: that an humble Address be presented to his Majesty that he will be graciously pleased to direct the proper officers to lay before this House a copy of his late Majesty's Instructions to the Governors of New England, her General and Admiral and other officers concerned in the Expedition to Canada, together with all letters, orders, Instructions and Directions given by her said late Majesty or any of her Ministers relating to the said Expedition and all other papers concerning the same.
Resolved: that an humble Address be presented to his Majesty that he will be graciously pleased to direct the proper officer to lay before this House all orders, Instructions and Directions given to the late Paymaster of the Army, and all letters and other papers relating to the said Expedition to Canada, together with all the original bills of exchange drawn on account of the said Expedition and warrants for their acceptance, with a copy of all the proceedings and other matters relating thereto.
The papers called for were presented to the House by the offices and officers concerned between the 1st and 20th March 1715–16 (see Commons Journals XVIII, pp. 386, 388, 389, 391, 406) and were ordered to be bound up with the other papers of the Session.