Warrant Book
February 1710, 1-10

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'Warrant Book: February 1710, 1-10', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 24: 1710 (1952), pp. 155-169. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85729 Date accessed: 31 August 2014.


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February 1710

Feb. 1.Establishment under the royal sign manual for half pay for the Officers en second appointed to serve in the Regiments that were fresh raised after the battle of Almanza or that were completed again having been then broke (those excepted which were discontinued as [so as to form] a fund for paying the prisoners): to wit for Officers to serve in the same Regiments in the room of the real Officers who were made prisoners at the said battle: all by reason that most or all of the real Officers have been lately exchanged and posted to the respective Regiments to which they belonged, by whose return the said Second Officers were superseded and have therefore prayed half pay for their support and maintenance until they be otherwise provided for: which the Queen hereby grants as from the respective days they were superseded and to be continued and paid every two months during pleasure: viz.
Earl of Portmore's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains Henry Gunn, Reginald Ryley, Revixit Vannerson, Sir James Bourk, James Fountain, John Mercer, Adam Gordon.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants Thomas Bromly (Capt. Lieutenant), Gwyn Vaughan, Nicholas Bourne, Charles Procter, Ingleby Thorpe, John Bickerstaff, Thomas Johnson, _ Maidman.
1s. 10d. a day each to Ensigns Wright, Shepherd, Herbert, Drury and Gardner.
Brigadier Edward Pierce's Dragoons:
3s. a day each to Lieutenants George Cowper and Cornelius Swann.
2s. 6d. a day to Cornet Thomas Meriden.
Lieut. Gen. Stewart's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains Thomas Hazlewood, Matthew Draper, Robert Sparks, Samuell Witchett, William Edgworth, _ Kemish, Geo. Treby.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants Scare Mathews, Thomas Lesly, William Simms, Adam Kidder, Peter de Marr.
1s. 10d. a day each to Ensigns Robert King, Robert Lindsay.
Brigadier Wightman's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains Francis Billingsly, Johnathan Gay, _ Hill, William McKenzie, Michaell Backham, _ Corbet.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants John Travalion (Capt. Lieut.), _ Folkerjambe, Giles Vandeleur, Charles Bruce, Geo. Reed, _ Shakeford, Samuell Templer, John Bull, Michaell Lister, Richard Holmes.
1s. 10d. a day each to Ensigns _ Tilburgh, Thomas Bowes, Mordant Crachrode, William Ashe, Alex. Alcorn, Thomas Prickstock, _ Stubbs, _ Holly, Thomas Roberts.
Lord Mountjoy's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains Antho. Stoughton, William Ince, Geo. Treby.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants William Cairnes (Capt. Lieut.), Trevor Webb, Isaac Bourdon, Roger Henly, Allan Penny, Thomas Dowling, Francis Fox, William Sharpe, George Gage.
1s. 10d. each to Ensigns George Proby, Bryan Mahony, John Furnishaugh, Samuell Needham, Richard Handmaker, _ Lee, James Sell.
Major Gen. Gorge's Regiment:
8s. 6d. a day to Lieut. Col. Richard Berkley.
5s. a day each to Captains Abel Rotolph Ludevege, John Baker, Francis Newdigate, Thomas Cathcart, Peter Haddock, Mathew Hewitt.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants John Hervey, Hugh Pudsay, Jos. Playford, Theobald Butler, Connoway Mace, William Wogan, Thomas Edwards, Edward Barret.
1s. 10d. each to Ensigns Simon Patrick, Henry Ogilvie, Richard Martin, Peter Bickley, Thomas Poole, Robert Gray.
Lord Mark Kerr's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains Richard Hemming, Michaell Merriott, _ MacDonald, Edward Nicholls, William Pudsay, John Middleton, _ Flemming.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants James Campbell, _ Sweet, _ Smith, Rowland Wybunbury, Moses Boussac, John Duffau, _ Burrows, John Ross.
1s. 10d. a day each to Ensigns Ja. Beauford, Ja. Ereskin, FitzHerbert Tempest, James Lindsay, _ Clark, _ Bradford, _ Jones, Cornelius Donnavon.
Col. Hill's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains Stephen Hutchinson, Thomas Price, Thomas Vachell, Arthur Gore, _ Massy, Talbot Warren.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants _ Hume, Hen. Domergue, Josiah Legouse.
Col. Bowles's Regiment:
5s. a day each to Captains John Carr and _ Stammer.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants Thomas Knight (Captain Lieutenant), Richard Beale, John Blower, William Steel.
1s. 10d. a day each to Ensigns Richard Pollard, James King.
The Regiment late Brigadier Macartney's, now Col. Sutton's:
5s. a day each to Captains _ Ross, James Scott, _ Symonds, William Cason, _ Sutton, Richard Evans, Henry Pease, And[rew] Richier.
2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants Geo. Metcalfe (Captain Lieutenant), Henry Richmond, _ Dalrymple, _ White.
1s. 10d. each to Ensigns Charles Stockman, _ Wilson, _ Watlington, _ Simple.
Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, pp. 248–50.
Feb. 1.Letter of direction for 6,000l. to John Tailer, gentleman, for buildings at Woodstock: out of loans in the Exchequer on tin. Disposition Book XX, p. 106.
William Lowndes to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Richard Topham concerning a right which he is advised he hath to tithes out of Mote Park. How did the said park come originally to be invested in the Crown and was it ever liable to tithes or was any modus decimandi settled for the same ? Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 155.
Feb. 1.Order by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra.
Prefixing: (a) Order of the Queen in Council dated St. James's Jan. 29 not to suffer the landing in any part of England of the feathers and wool from the ship Ashfatt but that same be carried back again, having come immediately from Dantzic which hath been so grievously afflicted with the plague. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 256.
Treasury reference to the Comptroller of the Office of the Treasurer of the Chamber of the petition of Charles Lucas, Closet Keeper to the Queen, praying an allowance for the expense he is at for an assistant whilst he is attending the Queen: to wit the like allowances as were in the late reigns for the same. Reference Book VIII, p. 391.
Feb. 2.Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to Sir William Fazakerley, Chamberlain of the City of London: without account: for the relief and support of the poor in the parishes in and about the city: as the Queen's charity and benevolence: to be distributed by him pursuant to instructions from Henry, Bishop of London. (Money warrant dated Feb. 3 hereon.) (Money order dated Feb. 10 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, p. 219. Order Book VII, p. 397.
Money warrant for 20l. to _ Beys, clerk, for the charge of his passage to New York whither he is going chaplain. Money Book XX, p. 223.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Spencer Compton to pay 258l. 17s. 1d. to Micajah Perry, merchant, for so much expended by him in providing utensils for the Palatines, that are going to New York, for the making of pitch and tar there. Ibid.
Same to Robert Corker, Receiver and Paymaster for buying tin in the Counties of Cornwall and Devon, to pay 7,467l. 2s. 5¼d. to Henry Scobell as imprest and upon account as late Receiver and Paymaster for that [the tin affair] service. Ibid.
Letter of direction for 359l. 10s. 0d. to Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber: out of Civil List moneys: and is to satisfy one quarter due at Xmas last on the established allowance of 719l. per an. for the Daily Alms and poor at the Gate and a further quarter thereon to Lady day next by way of advance as usual. Disposition Book XX, p. 104.
Same for 294,300l. 11s. 5d. to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy: out of loans to be made by him on credit of Malt anno 1710 for which loans the orders are to be drawn without interest: and is to be reserved in his hands to supply the Course of the Navy and Victualling when the said orders can be disposed of at par or assigned without hurting the public credit: and to be for services as follows: viz.:
£s.d.
for the Course of the Navy under the head of Wear and Tear:
for the month of September 170755,72400
for the month of Oct. 170772,16000
for the month of Nov. 170730,84300
for the Course of the Victualling:
for the month of Sept. 170746,68404
for the month of Oct. 170743,539116
for the month of Nov. 170745,349197
£294,300115
Disposition Book XX, p. 107.
Feb. 2.Letter of direction for 5,000l. to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions on the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710: and is to be paid over to Walter Whitfeild, Paymaster of Marines: to enable him to pay into the Exchequer sums which shall be demanded of him by the Receivers General of the Land Taxes, for moneys advanced by them out of the Land Taxes of 1708 and 1709 for raising recruits. Ibid., p. 108.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to order their solicitor to return into the Exchequer Court the papers relating to the Commission for [setting out and] assigning some new places for delivery of goods in the port of Chester. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 156.
Same to Mr. Popple to lay before the Commissioners of Trade (for their report thereon) the enclosed memorial [missing] of John Rayner, her Majesty's Attorney and Advocate General of the Province of New York, praying some consideration for his care and trouble in finding out and preparing the grants of lands to be settled on the Palatines in New York and for other services therein mentioned. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed letters [missing] from Mr. Stephen Thomson relating to the importation of Florence wine in chests and the Duty thereon. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to same to observe (a) infra.
Prefixing: (a) Order of the Queen in Council dated St. James's Jan. 26 last about importing corn from Ireland, made upon reading a report from the Customs Commissioners to the Lord Treasurer on a proposal made for importing corn from Ireland into Great Britain, how far it may be practicable and for the benefit of the subjects of both kingdoms and how effectually to prevent abuses if in practice. In their said report the Customs Commissioners find (1) no law prohibiting such importation excepting malt only during the continuance of the Excise on Malt: (2) the policy of the laws of this kingdom provide that on the one hand for the encouragement of tillage here the importation of foreign corn be not admitted but on paying a very high Duty when corn is at a low price in our market: and on the other hand when corn is scarce here it may be imported on paying a very low Duty for the supply of people with this necessary provision. For example when wheat does not exceed 53s. 4d. the quarter the Duty by 22 Car. II, c. 13 (the Act for Improvement of Tillage), is 16s. a quarter: when between 53s. 4d. and 4l. the Duty is 8s. and above 4l. per quarter the Duty is only 4d. the quarter: these are since trebled by Additional Subsidies. As to the question whether the importation from Ireland may be beneficial to both kingdoms, we know no better measure for judging than from the plenty there and scarcity here not doubting but it will be much better for Britain to be supplied from Ireland than from foreigners. To prevent abuses we advise that bond be given by the importer here in England and thereon the Customs officers give a certificate which shall be a warrant to any Customs Collector in Ireland to grant a cocquet for shipping the quantity of corn mentioned in the bond, any shortage in the shipment to be endorsed on the cocquet: the said cocquet and endorsement to be a foundation for the officer at the port of import to make out a certificate to discharge the bond: an account of all bonds to be entered in a General Register in London and to be compared with a similar account from Ireland. To secure the corn shipped in Ireland from enemy capture or collusive capture no ship laden with corn from Ireland for Great Britain should sail without convoy. The Act of 1 James II, c. 19, requires the Justices of Peace &c. to ascertain in Oct. and April yearly in the several (maritime) Counties of England the common market prices of middling English corn and grain of the several sorts and certify same to the Customs officers who thereby collect the Duty on imported grain: "and though we have seen a certificate from the Quarter Sessions held at Hicks Hall the 19th Oct. last for the County of Middlesex settling the prices of several sorts of grain pursuant to the said Act yet we are very doubtful whether the same has been practised for many years past in London or in many other counties if at all, the price not being so very high till very lately as to admit the importation of foreign corn: and her Majesty's Attorney General seems to be of opinion that this settlement of the prices by the Justices is absolutely necessary for collecting the Duties on the importation of foreign corn since the making of the said Act." This may give rise to great difficulties. Further if the price of grains so certified be very low the Duties will then be so high as to amount in a manner to a prohibition.
On consideration of the said report the Privy Council hereby orders that letters be sent from the Council Board to the Custodes Rotulorum of the several maritime Counties requiring the Justices of Peace at their next Quarter Sessions to proceed according to the said Act to settle the price of corn and to certify the same to the Collectors of the outports in order to the ascertaining the Duty upon importation: and that the said Custodes make a return hereof to this Board. Further the Lord Treasurer and the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland are to give the necessary directions relating to what is proposed in the said report and the Admiralty Commissioners are to consider of proper convoys for bringing corn from Ireland to this kingdom, so as to prevent collusive captures by the enemy. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 252–5.
Feb. 2, 10,
20, 25.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to appoint John Manley as Plantation and Western clerk loco Charles Carkess.
Samuell Champante as landwaiter, London port, loco said Manley.
Thomas Barington as landwaiter, Bristol port, loco said Champante.
Richard Fancourt as tidesurveyor in Cowes port loco William Townley deceased.
John Meek as tidesman ibid. loco said Fancourt.
John Elliot as a tidesman at Poole loco John Jones.
John Jones as waiter and searcher at Corfe Castle loco said Elliot.
John Symonds as tidesman at Yarmouth loco Thomas Banyard.
Thomas Banyard as tidesman and weigher ibid. loco said Symonds.
John Trusman as a mariner on board the Greenhill yacht in the service of the Customs at Cowes loco Robert Florey deceased.
Samuell Blanchard as waiter and searcher at Fareham in Portsmouth port loco Benj. Merrick deceased.
William Pemberthy as a tidesman at Topsham in Exeter port loco William Mead deceased.
Richard Wharton, the landcarriage officer at Newcastle, to have 10l. per an. added to his salary to enable him to keep a horse to observe the carriage of wool in the neighbouring parts.
Jonathan Smith as a watchman, London port, loco John Bassendin.
John Mears junr. as a mariner and to act as a mate to the Commander of [the] Calshot sloop belonging to Southampton port.
Edmund Hill as waiter and searcher at Wisbeech in Lynn Regis port loco Stephen Edwards deceased.
John Holland (one of the land surveyors in London port) to be surveyor of the warehouse there loco John Davies deceased.
Henry Walter (one of the landsurveyors there) to be assistant to said Holland in the East India warehouse.
Charles Tyrrell (one of the Queen's waiters, London port) to be a surveyor of the landwaiters loco said Holland. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 251, 255.
Feb. 2.Treasury reference to the Auditor of the Counties of Worcester, Salop, Stafford and Hereford of the petition of Robert Hewitt proposing his sureties, detailed, on his appointment as Receiver General of Crown Land Revenues for said counties. Reference Book VIII, p. 392.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant of Nov. 30 last [to the Board of Works] for repairs in the Gazetter's Office in the Cockpit: to an estimate of 46l.
the like for a same of same date for repairs in the Vice Chamberlain's lodgings at Kensington: to an estimate of 74l. 19s. 10d.
the like for a warrant of the Board of Greencloth dated Nov. 21 last for repairs at the Serjeant Porter's lodgings in Whitehall: to an estimate of 113l. 3s. 11d. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 19.
The like for a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to the Great Wardrobe dated Oct. 21 last for grey cloth liveries for six pensionary watermen: to an estimate of 18l.
and for a like dated Nov. 4 last for two badges for Thomas Lampkin, waterman: to an estimate of 26l. Ibid., p. 29.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Robert Walpole [as Secretary at War] to prepare a royal warrant for Capt. Moody's pay of 10s. a day as Aide de Camp on the Establishment of the late intended Expedition viz. from 1709 May 23 (the day that Establishment determined) to Dec. 22 following, he having received said pay for 84 days from 1708–9 March 1 which was the commencement of the said Establishment and having been ordered by her Majesty in the following May to go to Newfoundland and New England upon a particular service, which he performed according to his instructions and did not return from those parts till December following.
Prefixing: said Walpole's report on said Moody's petition for same. Ibid., pp. 34–5.
Feb. 2.Same by same to same to prepare a same for paying to the Earl of Portmore's Regiment the sums of 132l. 16s. 8d. charged on it between 1703 Oct. 24 and Dec. 24 for their transportation from England to Holland and 300l. 18s. 8d. respited on it between 1703 Dec. 25 and 1704 Dec. 25.
Appending: report dated 23 Nov. 1709, by said Walpole and James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, on the memorial of the Captains of said Regiment. They were sent from Holland to Portugal in 1703 and thence to Spain and were obliged to dispose of their equipage at any rate and provide themselves with others for those countries without any consideration. Most of them were made prisoners at the battle of Almanza and have been at great charges to support themselves in their confinements. The charge on them for arms, transport, recruits and respits will sink all the arrears of pay due to them. By warrant dated 22 Oct. 1702 it was directed to the Transports Commissioners that 8d. a day should be deducted out of the pay of each trooper [? whilst on shipboard] and 5d. per Dragoon and 4d. per foot soldier towards the expense of transportation from England to Holland. But by order of the Duke of Schomberg (under whose command the Regiment was at that time) the private men of the several Companies were paid their full subsistence so that this charge will fall wholly on the Officers. As to the respits we consider the same may be taken off considering that the Regiment was then in actual service and that it is usual to muster all Regiments in service complete in order to raise a fund for levy money; and within the same time 1,328l. 5s. 0 1/2d. is charged to the Regiment for men turned over to them from other Regiments. As to the charge on them of 473l. 6s. 8d. by the Office of Ordnance for arms delivered in the room of others lost in the seiges of Badagos, Alcantara, Valentia and battle of Almanza there are several other Regiments in the like case and it will deserve a particular consideration, there being no fund out of which the Regiment can satisfy such demand. Ibid., pp. 37–8.
Same by same to the Queen's Remembrancer for stay of process against the executors of the late Lady Falkland on the late Visct. Falkland's accounts as Treasurer of the Navy, his account for 1684 being ready and his subsequent accounts to 1688 are delivered in. Ibid., p. 38.
Letters patent by same appointing Robert Hewitt as Receiver General of Crown Revenues for Cos. Worcester, Salop, Stafford and Hereford loco John Digby lately deceased. Ibid., p. 39.
Warrant by same to the Auditors of Imprests to allow 51l. 17s. 4d. and 23l. 11s. 6d. in the account of John Howe for the year 1708 as Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, for the fees and charges of passing the accounts respectively for Guards and Garrisons and for the Royal Hospital of Chelsea.
Appending: details of said fees and charges. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 48–9.
Feb. 3.Letter of direction for 81,770l. to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions for the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710: and is to be applied as follows:
£
for wages; being to pay ships at Plymouth70,000
for Flag Officers upon their pay to Xmas last11,770
£81,700
"Your Lordship [the Auditor of the Receipt] is also desired to acquaint the Tellers that in case 17,500l. part of the aforegoing sum be issued in specie it will be of great service in the pay of the seamen at Plymouth." Disposition Book XX, p. 108.
Same for 50l. to the executors of Francis, late Earl of Bradford, late Cofferer of the Household: out of Civil List moneys: and is for arrears due to the servants of the late King Wm. III.: and is to be paid over to James Vezian in part of what remains due to him as one of the Purveyors of the Stables of the said late King. Ibid., p. 109.
Same for 3,349l. 0s. 2d. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions as above: and is for services following: viz.
in part of 1,126,035l. 16s. 2d.for the Forces in Spain and Portugal anno 1710.£s.d.
for Sir William Hodges in satisfaction of a bill of exchange drawn by Arthur and Crean of Madrid for value advanced by them there by direction of the Earl of Galway to the Officers of the Regiment taken in Portugal in consideration of the loss of part of their baggage: and chargeable to the head of Contingencies59700
for a month's subsistence to the Foot Regiments of Ila [Ilay] and Britton from Jan. 23 last to Feb. 23 inst.1,705146
in part of 234,974l. 10s. 10 1/2d. for extraordinary charge of war.
to be paid to Sir William Hodges to answer a bill of exchange drawn by Col. Labastie from Oviedo in Spain Dec. 7 last for sub-sistence of several Officers and soldiers of her Majesty's Forces, prisoners there39100
for same to answer a bill drawn Dec. 5 last by Col. St. Leger de Bacalan from Burgos in Spain for value taken up by him there for the like subsistence of Officers and soldiers of her Majesty's Forces in Portugal who are prisoners in Spain65558
£3,34902
Ibid.
Feb. 3.William Lowndes to Mr. Travers [Surveyor General of Crown Lands] enclosing the order of the House of Peers directing an enquiry to be made into the titles of persons possessed of houses or rooms adjoining to Westminster Hall and the Offices of the Court of Requests. Please make said enquiry with Mr. Topham. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 156.
Treasury reference to Mr. Walpole [as Secretary at War] of the petition of Lieut. Gen. Withers praying consideration for the Officers of the 10 Battalions that were sent from Flanders to the North of England when Scotland was threatened with an invasion [to wit] for the damage done to their arms and accountrements at sea [and loss] by their disposing of horses, and fitting themselves for that Expedition and refitting again for the campaign upon their return to Flanders. Reference Book VIII, p. 390.
Same to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Joseph Pake, one of the sureties of Samuel Pacey, late Receiver General for Co. Suffolk, shewing that he is charged with a greater share of Pacey's debt than is just "and having laid his said case before the House of Commons and having a clause granted him by them in a Bill to enable the Lord Treasurer to make such other composition with him as should seem fit, which said Bill being rejected by the House of Lords upon a second reading" therefore prays relief by a lower composition. Ibid.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to Visct. FitzHarding, Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay 26l. 17s. 6d. to Charles Boit, painter in enamel to her Majesty, for her Majesty's picture set in gold presented to Mr. Coke. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 36.
Warrant by same to the Queen's Remembrancer for stay of process against John Parran, late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Oxford: at the request of George Townsend who has lately purchased an estate belonging to said Parran. Ibid.
Feb. 4:Letter of direction for 44,345l. 19s. 0d. to Thomas Micklethwaite, Treasurer for the Transports: out of loans to be made by him on Malt anno 1710; the orders for which loans are to be drawn without interest and are to be reserved in his hands to supply the Office of the Transports for three months more on their Course, when the said orders can be disposed of at par or can be assigned without hurting the public credit.
In the margin: this letter cancelled because more would be issued thereby than the Parliament have voted for Transports out of the fonds of this year. Therefore instead hereof another letter of the same date and for the same [total sum was despatched to the Auditor of the Receipt] for same to be issued as followeth [i.e. charging the issue to the following departmental or voted heads: viz.]
£s.d.
to Transports17,13982
to Ordnance27,2061010
£44,345190
Disposition Book XX, p. 110.
Feb. 4.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt. By their Address to her Majesty the House of Commons have desired an account of all such public debts as are not provided for by Parliament. Please cause such an account to be forthwith made so far as relates to your Office.
The like letter severally to the Principal Officers of the Ordnance; James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad; the Navy Commissioners; the Transports Commissioners; John Howe, Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons; Thomas Jett Esq. [one of the Auditors of Imprests]. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 158.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Capt. John Lowin, Commander of her Majesty's ship Ruby, shewing that he was convoy to the outward bound Hamburg fleet and in his passage about May or June last he met the St. Mary which pretended to be Danish with fish and deals laden at Norway for France, but upon search 113 barrels of tar were found which he seized and which the Customs Commissioners say must be condemned and sold as prize, But as the [Ruby] ship's company is at sea he wants affidavits to make [out] the same as a prize and the cause is depending in the Admiralty and the Customs officers have entered a claim and proceed against the same in the Exchequer "which has occasioned great expense." Reference Book VIII, p. 393.
Feb. 6.William Lowndes to the Agents for Taxes to report on the enclosed representation [missing] from some of the Commissioners for the Window Tax in Co. Bucks complaining against William Osborne, one of the surveyors there, for neglect of duty and proposing Richard Tuffin to succeed him. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 157.
Same to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy, to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Samuell Shepherd et al., merchants, touching the great losses they sustained at Alicante by an embargo that was laid there by a Council of War upon all ships laden with provisions. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Burchett, Secretary of the Admiralty, to lay before the Admiralty Lords the enclosed presentment [missing] made to the Lord Treasurer by the Customs Commissioners concerning the Commanders of some of her Majesty's men of war refusing to permit the Customs officers to carry into her Majesty's warehouse the goods found on board such ships in order to secure the Customs thereof. The Lord Treasurer desires the Admiralty Lords to give such orders that the Customs officers may come on board her Majesty's men of war and do their duty according to law, that they may not have reason to make such complaint for the future. Ibid.
Feb. 6.Treasury reference to Robert Walpole [as Secretary at War] of the petition of the Captains of Col. Carr's and Lord Carmichael's Regiment of Dragoons praying that three pence a horse [a day] may be allowed to the non-commission Officers and privates of the said Regiments from 1708–9 March 1 to 1709 May 14, forage being then scarce in Scotland "yet was provided for at that time by the Officers," and the said allowance for the said time having been made to the Regiments of Carpenter, Ecklin and Essex. Reference Book VIII, p. 391.
Same to John Howe [Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] and to Robert Walpole [as Secretary at War] of the petition of Lieut. Gen. Maitland, Governor of her Majesty's Garrison of Fort William in Scotland, praying to be allowed 128l. 15s. 1d. out of the Contingencies of Guards and Garrisons, "being the ransom paid for the provisions taken [by the enemy] in the ship Happy Return bound from Glasgow for that garrison." Ibid.
Feb.7.Money warrant for 500l. to Francis Sorrell and Robert George, Secretaries to the Managers and Directors of the Lottery as by the Act of 8 Anne, c. 10, as towards the incident expenses attending the execution of the said Act: without imprest or account. (Money order dated Feb. 11 herein: with a later marginal renewal thereof by Treasurer Oxford dated 20 Sept. 1710.) Money Book XX, pp. 223–4. Order Book VII, p. 408.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Spencer Compton to pay 300l. to the abovesaid Sorrell and George by way of advance and upon credit of being repaid the same out of the [abovesaid] 500l. payable to them and charged on the said Act. Money Book XX, p. 224.
Letter of direction for [the said] 300l. to said Compton: out of Civil List moneys. Disposition Book XX, p. 110.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of David Martin praying liberty to import from Holland 12 small bales of Italian thrown silk in her Majesty's pacquet boats; there being now a want of that silk in town to supply the weavers and it will be May next before the same can [come] over with a convoy. Reference Book VIII, p. 391.
Feb. 8.Letter of direction for 50,000l. to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions on the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710: to be under the head of Wages and is intended for ships under orders to be paid off. Please acquaint the Tellers that if 12,500l. thereof can be issued in specie it will be of great service in the pay of the said ships. Disposition Book XX, p. 110.
Feb. 8.Letter of direction for 18,411l. 16s. 9d. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions as above: and is for services as follow: viz.
£s.d.
in part of 1,126,035l. 16s. 2d. for the Forces in Spain and Portugal anno 1710.
to answer several bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Mead from Barcelona for value taken up by him there for the use of her Majesty's Forces in Catalonia; which [bills] fall due about the beginning of Feb. inst.8,411169
to answer several bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Chetwynd from Genoa for value taken up by him there for the same service and payable at the same time10,00000
£18,411169
Disposition Book XX, p. 111.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Thomas Stiles, merchant, owner of the ship Sussex, laden only with iron from Stockholm; praying that she may be discharged from performing further quarantine. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 158.
[?]J. Taylour [in the absence of William Lowndes] to the Salt Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer learns that George Longstaffe, surveyor of the Salt Office at Berwick, is newly dead. Although his Lordship doth not usually name any officers to you yet he recommends Edward Nealson for the post if you have no objection to him. Ibid.
Feb. 8.Treasury reference to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Thomas Croom, gent., executor of Thomas Beaven, praying to be appointed Receiver General of the arrears of the first three quarters of the Land Tax anno 1709 and for the last quarter of said Tax [anno 1709] and for the whole of 1710 [for Co. Wilts loco said Beaven]. (Report dated Feb. 16 by said Agents on the sufficiency of his sureties, detailed.
Followed by. (1) warrant dated Feb. 25 by Treasurer Godolphin to the Queen's Remembrancer to take said securities.) (2) Commission to said Croom to collect the said arrears due before and up to 25 March 1710. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, p. 203, 204, 206.
Feb. 9.William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of William Rayner praying that his contract with you may be enlarged in regard to the kindness he has shewn to the poor Palatines. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 159.
Same to the [Principal] Officers of the Works to report on Henry Wise's account for works performed by the Palatines and others at Windsor between 26 Sept. 1709 and Jan. 17 following and in planting trees in Hampton Court and Bushey Park: and likewise for some disbursements [his own work] relating to St. James's Park for some years past: the whole amounting to 1,061l. 5s. 9d. Ibid.
Feb. 9.Treasury reference to the Transports Commissioners of the petition of Isaac Teal, Apothecary [General] to the Army, praying payment of 487l. 12s. 6d. for bedding, copper ware, flour, oatmeal &c. which by order of the Secretary at War he provided for a Hospital for the late intended Expedition, "that Expedition being laid aside the same were by my Lord [Treasurer's] directions delivered at Portsmouth to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded." Reference Book VIII, p. 391.
Same to Mr. Walpole [as Secretary at War] of the petition of Brigadier Wightman praying the pay of a Brigadier for the time he acted as such in Scotland in 1709, over and above his pay as a Colonel "for which there is no allowance upon the Establishment"; he having been at great expense whilst in Scotland. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Lieut. Gen. Webb praying the usual allowance of 80l. per an. for Trophy money to put the Drummers of his Regiment (called the Queen's Own Regiment) into her Majesty's livery and [to paint] the colours with her Majesty's arms "which for three years ending 24 March 1710–11 amounts to 240l." Ibid., p. 393.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Crossfield of St. Albans praying a year's time for payment of his Malt Duty debt of 12l. 10s. 2d. Ibid., p. 391.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Bowen, an established tidesman London port, praying an increase of his reward of 40l. for discovering frauds in the Norway trade "which [reward] he received under his late misfortune of being condemned for murder," but he hopes the said reward will not be thought sufficient for so great a piece of service. Ibid., p. 392.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant of the 7th inst. to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for liveries for two trumpeters to attend the Duke of Marlborough: to an estimate of 166l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 29.
William Lowndes to the Attorney and Solicitor General [of England] to give the Lord Treasurer their opinion on the following scruples which have arisen relating to the application of the revenues of Customs and Excise in Scotland.
(1) By the 15th article of the Treaty of Union the subjects of Scotland, for preserving an equality of trade throughout the United Kingdom, will be liable to several Customs and Excises then payable in England which will be applicable towards payment of the debts of England contracted before the Union.
And the Scotch shall have an Equivalent for such charge on them.
By the computation made at the time of the Treaty it was presumed that the Customs would produce 30,000l. per an. and the Excise 33,500l. per an. and that thereout 23,761l. from the Customs and 20,936l. from the Excise would be applicable towards the debts of England.
And according to that computation there being allowed for the greatest part of what was supposed would be so applicable 15¼ years' purchase the Equivalent was 398,085l. to be granted by the Parliament of England and applied as in the said Article.
This sum was accordingly raised and applied to the said uses, but no particular Act of Parliament hath been made for applying any part of the Customs and Excise of Scotland to the payment of the debts of England, except what is contained in the said 15th Article.
Query "whether her Majesty may apply all or what part of the Customs and Excise of Scotland towards the charges of the Civil Government there."
(2) By the Act of last Session, 7 Anne, c. 11, for Ascertaining the Allowance for fish exported from Scotland, the said allowances are directed to be paid out of the Customs and Excise of Scotland with preference to all other payments out of the same except charges of management of those revenues and the fees and salaries and charges allowed by her Majesty for keeping up the Courts of Session, Justiciary and Exchequer; but nothing in said Act is to lessen the growing Equivalent.
There being no other law for laying the salaries and charges of keeping up the Courts upon the Customs and Excise except only for the payment of 26,000l. Scotch, being 2,166l. 13s. 4d. sterling, out of the Customs to the Lords of the Session, which is not a sixth part of the whole expense:
Query whether the Exception in the said Act of the last Session will charge the Customs and Excise with the whole fees, salaries and other charges allowed or to be allowed for keeping up the Courts of Session, Justiciary and Exchequer: and if so out of what part of the Customs and Excise will it be payable. Out Letters (North Britain) II, pp. 135–6.
Feb. 10.Money warrant for 20l. to John Jamesone, clerk, for the charge of his passage to Virginia whither he is going chaplain. Money Book XX, p. 224. Order Book VII, p. 389.
Same for 18,648l. 14s. 3d. to Nehemiah Arnold, Paymaster of the Malt Lottery tickets, for the 110th payment of principal and interest &c. thereon, which is the next payment in Course.
Appending: certificate by said Arnold and by John Duncombe, Comptroller of the said tickets, of the principal &c. due on the said payment:
£s.d.
principal money after abating 20l. for two benefits above 20l. each9,98000
interest of 998 tickets from 1700 Lady day to 1709–10 Feb. 10, being 3,609 days at a halfpenny per day each7,503143
benefits1,16500
£18,648143
Money Book XX, p. 225. Order Book VII, p. 389.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners enclosing the reply [missing] from Secretary Burchett [Secretary of the Admiralty] to the letter of the 6th inst., supra, pp. 164–5, concerning the Commanders of her Majesty's ships refusing to permit the Customs officers to warehouse goods found on board them. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 159.
Feb. 10.Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from the Envoy of the States General concerning the wines of Mr. Mendez which were seized at Portsmouth. In the said letter it is proposed to export such of the said goods as remain unsold and to pay the Duties for what have been sold. Ibid.
Same to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy, enclosing a copy [missing] of the Address of the House of Commons to the Queen praying an account of the numbers of men raised by virtue of the last Recruiting Act and of what money has been paid out of the Land Tax for the same. Please have such an account prepared as soon as may be "and send it hither for the Lord Treasurer's perusal before you deliver it in to the House of Commons." (The like letter dated Feb. 27 to Auditor Godolphin [for Wales].) Ibid., pp. 160, 165.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Principal Officers of the Works for the building of a Court of Judicature in Westminster Hall for the trial of Dr. Sacheverell: to an estimate of 600l.: being the Office estimate of 988l. less 388.: the charge of seats for ladies and other spectators amounting to 388l. being excepted, the Lord Treasurer seeing no reason for doing the same at the Queen's charge. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 19.
Commission by Treasurer Godolphin to Edward Conway as Receiver General of the Duties on Houses in Cos. Chester, Denbigh and Flint and the city and county of the city of Chester: as from 1709 March 25. (Warrant by same to the Queen's Remembrancer to take the said Conway's securities for his said office.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, pp. 117, 203.
Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Lieut. Col. Thomas Newcomen praying a pension in consideration of his services and the loss of his right hand.
The like reference for the petition of Thomassin Langston, daughter of Brigadier Thomas Langston, praying a competent subsistence in consideration of her father's services. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 146.
The like reference for the petition of three Pursuivants attending the State in Ireland shewing that their salaries were 45l. per an. each till the time of the late Earl of Tyrconnel's being made Chief Governor there, who had them reduced to 30l. a year; therefore praying restoration of their former salaries. Ibid., p. 201.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland to employ Thomas Libbit, Thomas Minchew, John Gench, John Park and Thomas Fishwick as tidewaiters at Leith loco Thomas Maxwell, William Richard, William Whitchurch, Charles Roberson and William Ferguson dismissed, Out Letters (North Britain) II, p. 136.