|Jan. 16.||Treasury warrant to the Duke of Montagu, Master of the Great Wardrobe, to pay 100l. to Edith College in further part of the debt of 747l. owing to her for lace and linen provided and delivered for the use of Wm. III.: whereon she received 100l. about 11 June 1715 from the said Duke. The remaining [547l.] debt is hereby to be taken into the debts of the Great Wardrobe and entered on the books thereof so as satisfaction may be made to her in like proportions as other debts and arrears of the said late King owing in the Great Wardrobe. Money Book XXV, p. 180.|
Money warrant for 300l. to Richard Wollaston (Woollaston) as in lieu and satisfaction (and to be distributed by him accordingly) of the claims for fees and charges in making forth the commissions of peace and the dedimuses thereupon for Scotland, since his Majesty's accession: the said commissions and dedimuses having been issued by the several officers concerned without taking any fees from the respective Justices of the Peace. (Money order dated Jan. 17 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Jan. 19 hereon.) Ibid., p. 181. Order Book IX, p. 354. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 253.
Same for 2,428l. 1s. 7½d. to William, Duke of Devonshire, Lord President of the Privy Council; whereof 1,178l. 1s. 7½d. is for 86 days from 6 July 1716 (the day he was sworn in and took his place as Lord President) to 29 Sept. following, and the remaining 1,250l. for 1716 Xmas quarter on his several allowances of 500l. per an. in lieu of 10 dishes every meal formerly made to the Lord President; 500l. per an. as royal bounty and 3,500l. per an. as allowance for the support of his said office. (Money order dated Jan. 17 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Jan. 17 hereon.) Money Book XXV, p. 181. Order Book IX, p. 354. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 253.
|Jan. 16.||Treasury warrant dormant to the Customs Cashiers to pay the salary of 52l. per an. to Ambrose Moore as a King's waiter, London port. Money Book XXV, p. 182.|
Letter of direction for 225l. to William Clayton on his unsatisfied order for the King's pensions &c.: and is to be paid over to the Lord Almoner for uses as follows: viz.
|for last Xmas quarter “on 800l. per an. for his Majesty's private pensions or bounties”||200|
|for same quarter on 100l. per an. for the two Arabic Professors||25|
|Disposition Book XXIII, p. 251.|
Same for 279l. 15s. 0d. to Charles Bodville, Earl of Radnor, Treasurer of the Chamber: as imprest and upon account: to be paid over as follows: viz.
|to the Lord Almoner for 1716 Xmas quarter for the Daily Alms and Poor at the Gate||179||15||0|
|to the Sub Almoner for same quarter to Lady Frances Keightley on her pension of 400l. per an. pursuant to the sign manual of 1714–15 Feb. 23||100||0||0|
H. Walpole to the Taxes Commissioners. There being an arrear of tax for lands and possessions at Windsor, [to wit assessed upon lands, the taxes on] which have used to be defrayed by the Crown, I am to enclose papers [missing] concerning the same. My Lords desire a true state of the said taxes and the arrears thereon for each year distinctly from the time they were last paid. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 155.
Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of certain lands lying near Gosport in Co. Southants in order to a lease thereof to Joanna Oakes.
Prefixing: report by said Surveyor on the petition of said Oakes, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXX, p. 161, under date 1716 March 26. The lands were purchased from Henry Player, late husband to the said Joanna Oakes, and Thomas Woodman, in pursuance of an Act of 8 Anne [c. 23, for the purchase by the Crown of lands for the fortifying of Portsmouth, Chatham and Harwich]. The parcel purchased from Player contains 12½ acres and cost the Government 565l. 6s. 3d. and the parcel purchased from Woodman contains 20 acres and cost 416l. 12s. 6d. By a survey which I have lately caused to be made they are worth at a rack rent 26l. 10s. 0d. per an. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 71.
|Jan. 17.||Royal warrant dated St. James's, under the sign manual of the Prince of Wales as Guardian of the Kingdom, to Edward Nicholas to pay 600l. to Abel Tassin D'Allonne in part of 750l. for 2½ years' arrears to 1714 June 24 on an annual bounty of 300l. which the late Queen established for him. King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 153.|
|Jan. 17.||Same to the Treasury Lords to pay 50l. to Don Emanuel Mercador (who resides here at present as a Deputy from the inhabitants of the island of Minorca): out of Civil List moneys: to be accounted as two months' payments on an allowance at the rate of 300l. per an. which his Majesty is pleased to make for so long time as his Majesty shall think fit to continue his [said Mercador's] stay here. (Money warrant dated Jan. 18 hereon.) (Money order dated Jan. 22 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Jan. 19 hereon.) Ibid., p. 153. Order Book IX, p. 331. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 253.|
Treasury warrant dormant to the Customs Cashier to pay the salary of 12l. per an. to Charles Villiers as one of the searchers at Gravesend. Money Book XXV, p. 3.
Money order for 1,615l. 1s. 9½d. to Samuel Edwyn, Esq., Usher of the Receipt, in full satisfaction for necessaries delivered to the several new Offices [in the Receipt] as follows [for the description of these Offices see infra, pp. 124–5]: viz.
|[the Office for] 14 per cent. Annuities in the half year ended 1715 Lady day||166||2||10½|
|[ditto for] the 3,700l. per week of the Excise: for same half year||20||5||9|
|[ditto for] Annuities anno 1706: for the same half year||137||14||9½|
|[ditto for] Annuities anno 1707: for same half year||12||2||3|
|[ditto for] 40,000l. Annuities: for same half year||8||9||10|
|[ditto for] 80,000l. Annuities: for same half year||33||4||7|
|[ditto for] 9 per cent. Annuities: for same half year||31||3||11|
|[ditto for] Exchequer Bills: for same half year||47||10||10|
|[ditto for] the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710: for same half year||67||4||4|
|the Transfer Office for said Lottery: from Michaelmas 1712 to Lady day 1713||348||5||3½|
|[Office for] the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1711: for same time||392||12||8|
|Order Book IX, p. 355.|
Same for 1,841l. 13s. 7d. to same: without account: in satisfaction for necessaries delivered to the Old Offices [in the Receipt] for his Majesty's service in Michaelmas and Hilary terms 1714. (Letter of direction dated Feb. 18 hereon.) Ibid., p. 360. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 260.
H. Walpole to Secretary Methuen enclosing the Board of Ordnance's letter [missing] desiring that his Majesty's Minister and Consul at Lisbon may adjust and compare the Portuguese quintal with the English weight in order to settle an account of powder between the Crowns of England and Portugal. The Treasury Lords desire you to send same to said Minister to compare and adjust the said weights. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 154.
|Jan 17.||William Lowndes to Secretary Methuen enclosing a presentment from the Customs Commissioners about the murther of Gerrard Reeves, a Customs officer, [when] on duty. You are to advertise a reward of 200l. as proposed.|
Appending: said presentment dated Custom House, London, 16 Jan. 1716–17. Gerrard Reeves, a riding officer for the wool business, was barbarously murdered on Saturday night last near Langley Point by a gang of owlers, when on duty. We desire an advertisement in the Gazette of 50l. to any person discovering the murderer. Ibid., p. 156.
Same to Auditor Harley to prepare a privy seal for passing Sir Henry Furnese's account of remittances for the Forces in Flanders according to your state thereof and the certificates and other testimonials relating thereto. Ibid., p. 157.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Nathaniel Meystnor praying to become tenant to the Crown for the land at Harwich, part of the several lands which by Act of 8 Anne, c. 23, were vested in the Crown for the fortification of Portsmouth, Harwich &c. Reference Book IX, p. 306.
Same to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of John Turner, Esq., late Receiver General of the 4s. Aid for the years 1706–12 inclusive and of the 2s. Aid for the years 1713 and 1714 and of the Duties on Houses for 9½ years ending at Lady day 1715 and the Duty on Marriages, Births and Deaths ending in Aug. 1706, praying payment of 782l. for his extraordinary charges in returning to the Exchequer by strong guards the moneys of his receipt, and in making early and punctual payments into the Exchequer. Ibid., p. 307.
Treasury warrant to the Salt Commissioners to place on the Establishment of the Salt Duties the salaries proposed as follows.
Prefixing: memorial from said Commissioners dated Jan. 8. The Supervisor of Salt Duties in Cornwall has signified to us that at present the greatest bulk of the pilchard fishery is at Mevagissy, a member of Fowey port, 14 miles distant from Fowey, and at the coves thereabout, whereof there are a great many within a few miles, and that the greatest part of the salt used in curing those fish is brought coastwise from Fowey by permit; and there being no salt officer between Foy and Falmouth there is great reason to suspect that persons that bring salt from Fowey by permits may make use of those permits a second time and under pretence of bringing salt from Fowey or other places may take in a like quantity of salt from on board a ship at sea and land it by virtue of such permit without paying any Duty for the same; and that others without any permit at all may land salt in some of those creeks or coves (of which there are about eight between Deadman's Head and a place called the Parr) without being asked any questions by any officer whatsoever. The said Supervisor hath proposed that the riding officer of the Customs at Mevagissy might have a salary of 8l. per an. to engage him to take care of the Salt Duties in his district and that an officer for the Salt Duties be established to reside about half way between Mevagissy and Fowey to prevent frauds and to keep an horse and be allowed a salary of 35l. per an.
About three years since there was a salt work erected at Hyling [Hayling] near Portsea in Hampshire and one of the watchmen in Portsea collection (whose salary was 8s. per week) was appointed to attend it. It appears to us that the income of this [salt] work has increased considerably. We therefore propose to establish 25l. per an. for the said watchman, who does the duty likewise of an officer and upon that account deserves a better salary). Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 60.
|Jan. 17.||H. Walpole to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland. The Treasury Lords are inclined to gratify Mr. William Edgar for his labour, pains and expenses in writing, printing and publishing the book entitled ‘Vectigalium Systema’ inasmuch as the same appears (by your certificate) to have been of very great use and service to the officers of the Customs. My Lords desire you to consider his petition enclosed [missing] and to report what may reasonably be allowed him for his performance. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 21.|
|Jan. 18.||Money warrant for 1,990l. to the Commissioners of the Equivalent and their officers as follows for six months from 1716 July 2 (the time to which they were last paid) to Jan. 2 inst.: in accordance with the privy seal founded on the Act of 1 Geo. I., c. 27, for taking and stating the debts due to Scotland by way of Equivalent in the terms of the Union and for the relief of the creditors of the public in Scotland: viz.|
|500l. per an. each to the six Commissioners as by the royal patent of 2 Jan. 1715–16||3,000|
|four clerks, one at 80l., three at 60l.||260|
|a messenger and a doorkeeper and a housekeeper, each||40|
|stationery, fire, coals, candles &c.||200|
|(Money order for 1,990l. to George Fisher hereon: he being nominated [to receive same] in this behalf.) (Letter of direction dated Jan. 24 hereon.) Money Book XXV, p. 184. Order Book IX, p. 355. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 254.|
Treasury warrant to Anthony Cracherode, Solicitor for affairs of the Treasury, to pay to Thomas Crisp, late Sheriff of Co. Lancaster, 21l. 10s. 0d. for his extraordinary service and pains and 760l. 15s. 5d. for his disbursements in the execution of several special commissions for trial of the rebels in Lancashire: viz. as follows:
(1) detailed bill of the accounts and disbursements of Ralph Peters, Undersheriff of Co. Lancs., relating to the trying of the rebels at Liverpool and executing several of them in Lancashire in Jan. and Feb. 1715–16, 144l. 9s. 6d., including payments to Roger Haydock, Thomas Topping, Thomas Ackers, Mr. Dutton for taking a list of the prisoners; coals for the Guards and prisoners, William Bond and others for keeping guard and attending the condemned men; Peter Johnson for attending the prisoners in Rolling's house; John Westley for a cellar made use of for the prisoners; Millet and Johnson, attending the prisoners in the Castle; wine for the Grand Jury, 30½ dozen bottles of red and white at 2s. 6d. and 2s.
(2) the like of the said Ralph Peters' charges about the rebel prisoners and the executions, 163l. 2s. 9s., including payments for the five men to be executed at Preston, for Siddoll and four more to be executed at Manchester, Mr. Chorley and six more at Preston: and Blundell and four more at Wigan: and Burnet, Collingwood and three more at Liverpool; payments to Peter Dean, one of the executioners, and Rowell, the other executioner; and to Math. Turner, a bailiff, who attended all the executions.
(3) 264l. 18s. 11d. for charges of attendance of bailiffs, gaolers, and of Mr. James Naylor; rent for Mr. Rolling's house used for keeping prisoners, rent of rooms in the Castle &c.
(4) 138l. 14s. 10½d. for the disbursements of William Eden, steward to Thomas Crisp, High Sheriff, on account of the Assizes at Liverpool.
(5) 34l. 9s. 11d. for James Naylor's disbursements on account of above, including charge of gallows and hurdle at Garstang, and of George Rishton attending a bailiff at the executions at Garstang, Lancaster and Liverpool.
Followed by: Anthony Cracherode's report dated 3 Dec. 1716 on the petition of said Thomas Crisp for reimbursing of said charges. The same is supported by vouchers and by affidavits of Ralph Peters, late undersheriff to said Crisp, and of William Eden, steward to said Crisp, and of William Braddock and Thomas Pusey. I was an eye witness with what care, pains and fidelity the petitioner executed his office in respect of this service. In regard the ordinary business of his sheriffalty was greatly interrupted by the said trials and the profits of his office thereby lessened I am of opinion he may deserve some further consideration. Money Book XXV, pp. 185–92.
|Jan. 18.||Letter of direction for 100l. to John, Duke of Montague, on his unsatisfied order as Master of the Great Wardrobe: to be issued out of Wm. III.'s Civil List revenue arrears. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 252.|
William Lowndes to the Earl of Halifax [Auditor of the Receipt] to send to the Treasury Lords a certificate what sums of money are now in the Receipt of the Exchequer, arising by fines, forfeitures and amerciaments commonly called Green wax moneys. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 155.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to present Gervas Sulley, waiter and searcher at Brixham, Dartmouth port, for some better employment.
Appending: (1) note of said Sulley's petition signed by Mr. Yard and Mr. Upton.
(2) Certificate of Mr. Travanion, Captain of the Strafford, that said Sully was very vigilant at the time of the alarm of the Pretender and serviceable to him [Travanion] when he cruised off Dartmouth at that time.
(3) A like certificate by Mr. Swanton. Ibid., p. 157.
|Jan. 18.||Treasury reference to Hugh Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of James Bogdani for a new lease of the piccage, stallage, toles [tolls] and mills of Hitchin, Co. Herts, to which he is entitled by settlement on his wife, who is daughter to Samuel Hemming, deceased, to whom the premises were demised for 12 years by the late Queen Dowager, and for which petitioner had a warrant from the said Queen Dowager and her Trustees to fill up the term to 31 years, but the said Queen died before the same was completed; that the late Duke of Newcastle and [his] tenants before the said term commenced were possessed of the whole farm, one of the mills and mill house was burned down and the other so decayed that it has been of no use to petitioner for want of a supply [? of timber for repairs] from the said Duke on an allowance from the Crown to make [good] the said mills: that on a former petition to the Treasury for a new lease a survey was made by the Surveyor [of Crown Lands] of repairs necessary to supply the deficiency of the said mills; but there being an arrear of some years' rent due from the said Duke a stop was made by the Auditor to the Surveyor's report: that the said mills being still deficient the petitioner receives no benefit thereby and therefore is incapable of paying the rent to the Crown: therefore prays a new lease with an allowance of timber either in rent or otherwise for rebuilding and repairs of the said mills. Reference Book IX, p. 305.|
Same to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Jervais Bradgate, late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Leicester, shewing that he returned his moneys anno 1714 to his correspondent in town, Mr. Thomas Allen, with intent that same might speedily be paid into the Exchequer, but the said Allen diverted the payment thereof and applied the money to his own use, so that petitioner was obliged to take out extents against him for 3,400l. and hath secured effects of the said Allen to answer in a short time that sum: that he [petitioner] is 1,722l. 5s. 5¼d. in arrear on the Land Tax and House Duties anno 1715, occasioned by losses, and is willing to clear the same by sale of part of his own estate, but the persons advancing the money thereon are advised that they can't have a good title thereto so long as any of the [petitioner's] bonds to his Majesty are standing out, which by reason of the extents against Allen he cannot immediately discharge: therefore praying a warrant to the King's Remembrancer to deliver up and cancel the existing bonds upon his entering into new bonds with his former securities for such sums as shall be due thereon by the Auditor's certificate. Ibid., p. 307.
Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of several parcels of land within the manor of Rosedale, Co. Yorks, for a fresh lease to John Hill, Esq., in behalf of himself and Thomas Robinson, Esq., William Ness, James Hebden, Robert Harrison, Thomas Peirson, Robert Watson, Robert Peirson, junr., Robert Peirson, Robert Peirson, John Redman, George Pierson, William Rayley, John Faro and William Dowson, ancient tenants of the Crown, who hold for the remainder of a term of years granted by the late Katherine, Queen Dowager.
Prefixing: said Surveyor's report on the petition of said Hill, ut supra, p. 96. The premises are valued by the surveys at 116l. 10s. 9d. above the reserved rent of 50l. 0s. 1d. per an. I rate a fine of 71l. 19s. 2d. for a 12 years' lease. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 69.
|Jan. 18.||Treasury warrant to Edward Harley, one of the Auditors of Imprests, to allow to the Salt Commissioners in their accounts the salaries, incidents and other allowances as follows.|
Prefixing: said Harley's statement of said account from Lady day 1709 to Lady day 1714. The salaries are made at the rates as in precedent years, but no Establishment has been made of them nor any warrant produced for payment of them and I cannot allow them without Treasury warrant. So likewise for the allowance of poundage to the officers and the incidents. Ibid., pp. 72–3.
C. Tilson (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Customs Commissioners, Scotland. My Lords have granted to Mr. Crookshanks, the Comptroller of the Customs, leave to repair hither as they have occasion for his attendance upon them upon the business of the Customs accounts. Out Letters (North Britain) III, p. 21.
|Jan. 19.||H. Walpole to the Customs Commissioners to use all civility and despatch in passing the goods of Monsieur Berensdorff [Andreas Gottlieb baron von Bernstorff, Hanoverian First minister], Monsieur Schutz [Ludwig Justus Sinhold von Schutz, Hanoverian Envoy to Great Britain] and Monsieur Robethon [Jean de Robethon, Hanoverian Secretary of Embassies], who are come over with his Majesty from Hanover. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 155.|
Treasury reference to same of the petition of Sir John Williams et al., owners of the Jane frigate [freighted] for Scanderoon in Turkey and thence to London praying [allowance] of the one per cent. [Mediterranean] Duty which had been stopt [disallowed] by the Customs officers because the ship wanted one man of the number stipulated by the Act of Parliament [of 13–14 Car. II., c. 11, clause 35]. Reference Book IX, p. 307.