Warrant Book
April 1712, 21-30

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'Warrant Book: April 1712, 21-30', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 26: 1712 (1954), pp. 250-261. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85964 Date accessed: 01 October 2014.


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April 1712, 21–30

April 21.J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Customs Commissioners. My Lord Treasurer is informed that the revenue suffers great prejudice by the allowances for damaged tobacco and drawbacks on re-shipping thereof. He directs you to propose methods for remedying the like abuses for the future. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 174.
Treasury reference to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of James Brydges for stay of prosecution on his accounts which have been stopped for a long time for want of the privy seals "which her Majesty was graciously pleased to grant" for his allowances: and that he hath delivered in his said accounts. Reference Book IX, p. 60.
April 21.Same to the Commissioners for Arrears of Taxes of the petition of the Commissioners for Land Tax, Co. Northampton, shewing that process is issued against them for the arrears of Land Tax for Stoke Dry for the year 1709 on Mr. Cowper's certificate into the Exchequer that 52l. 7s. 6d. was in arrear for that town "when he passed" [his account in the Exchequer], although the collectors have receipts in full from him for that year; therefore praying that this abuse may be mentioned in Parliament for the future safety of Commissioners and that [this] process may be superseded. Ibid.
April 21,
et postea.
Commission by Treasurer Oxford to John Norris to be a Surveyor of House Duties loco Edward Bedford, dismissed. (Dormant warrant by same to the Receiver General for Co. Lincoln to pay 50l. per an. salary to said Norris as from 1712 Lady day.)
The like commission dated April 28 to Geo. Eastman as a same loco John Wilcox, removed. (A like warrant to the Receiver General of Durham dated April 28 to pay the like salary as from April 28.)
The like commission dated same to William Pulleine as a same loco Geo. Eastman, removed [as above]. (A like warrant to the Receiver General of Northumberland dated April 28 to pay 60l. per an. salary to said Pulleine "in the room of George Eastman and John Langley.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 70, 99.
April 22.J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to Mr. Lynn. My Lord Treasurer is informed that Col. Mordaunt's Regiment is ordered to be recalled from Guernsey and Col. Kane's to be sent thither. My Lord directs you to take care that no orders be sent for that purpose till her Majesty's pleasure be known therein "because Kane's being a very young Regiment 'tis thought it may be more for the service to send an old Regiment to that place." Out Letters (General) XX, p. 175.
Same to Mr. Slooper [Sloper] reminding him of the Lord Treasurer's desire that Mr. Drummond's commission be not sent over till you have my Lord's orders therein. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Crawley for an account by next Thursday of what money remains in your hands for salvage or any other droits of Admiralty. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, to give warrant to the Clerk of the Petty Bag to prepare a commission to Sir William Moore, bart., and five others, detailed, to enquire of her Majesty's titles to any of the lands granted in 1637 to John Van Haesdonck in Cos. Norfolk, Suffolk, Flint and Chester, he being an alien since dead without heirs, by reason whereof same were re-vested in the Crown.
Prefixing: report by said Northey on the Earl of Clarendon's petition shewing that he petitioned for a lease of the premises and the Surveyor General reported thereon that three years since a Commission [of Enquiry] had issued out of the Exchequer [Court] and a return had been made thereon of very many parcels which had been thereon leased for 31 years, but that there might be other lands of the said Van Haesdonck not found by the said commission. On the said petition the Surveyor General now reports that he is acquainted by the Earl of Clarendon that the lands found by the [said prior] inquisition are only part of the lands [concerned] in Norfolk. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 398–9.
April 22.William Lowndes to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland. The Lord Treasurer recommends to you Alban Stepney for some employment in the revenue, Ireland. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 277.
April 23.Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy, to subscribe into the capital stock of said Company 1,421,274l. 14s. 4d. and similarly Thomas Micklethwaite, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Transports, to subscribe 3,124l. 18s. 6d. as in further part of 2,371,402l. 7s. 1¾d. declared by the privy seal, ut supra, pp. 185–8, under date 1711–12, March 13, to be public money or stock for the use of the public. Money Book XXI, p. 506.
Letter of direction to the Auditor of the Receipt to satisfy the Earl of Peterborough's order for 1,840l. out of Civil List moneys by 340l. a week, beginning this week. Disposition Book XXI, p. 258.
J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Auditors of Imprests to report on the state of Sir Solomon de Medina's account on which he demands a balance of 139,506 guilders 16 stivers 9 penningen for bread and bread waggons for the 1711 Campaign; with the reports from the Paymaster General and the Comptrollers of Army Accounts thereon. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 176.
Same to the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army to examine the account of interest (viz. 2,140l. 11s. 7d.) due to the remitters [of exchange] for interest and discount. (In the margin: interest from Jan. 31 at 6 per cent. on 50,000l. remitted Jan. 18, 50,000l. remitted Jan. 29 and 50,000l. remitted Feb. 1.) Ibid., p. 177.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Customs Commissioners to sink officers' salaries at Carlisle as follows, and to perform the business of said port by the patent officers with an addition of 10l. per an. each.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners dated April 15 inst. on the petition of Maurice Houston, Searcher of Carlisle port, concerning the fees of his office taken away by the late Union [with Scotland]. The fees arising to him three years before the Union amounted to 123l. 4s. 7d.; for the three years after the Union they amounted to 4l. 5s. 4d., being a decrease of 118l. 19s. 3d., the receipt of the said port being much lessened since the Union and the Customs arising chiefly [nowadays] by the land carriage of goods between South and North Britain. Howston is also patent searcher of Whitehaven port, but his fees there are not lessened but are as considerable as before the Union. The establishment of Carlisle port stands at present as follows: viz.
per an.
£
collector, Daniel Brougham60
Surveyor, Richard Jackson40
riding officer to ride the borders of Scotland, Thomas Crubane35
waiter and searcher, John Hicks30
Co. Cumberland and coast of Scotland.
Boulness [Bowness]: waiter and searcher, Allan Nicolson25
John Jackson; dead, no successor to be paid25
Westmarshes: waiter and searcher, Rowland Jackson25
Allison Bank: waiter and searcher, John Little30
Cardonneck [Cardurnock]: riding officer, Peter Head25
£295
In regard to the decrease of business there we think the three patent officers (Customer, Comptroller and Searcher) "who are the officers in law" are sufficient and that the salaries of Brougham, Jackson, Crubane, Hicks and Jackson be sunk: but in regard of the frauds which may be practised on that coast by running of goods from the Isle of Man &c. we advise the continuing of Nicolson, Rowland Jackson, Little and Head.
The officers proposed to be dismissed have served with good ability and reputation and we recommend them to your Lordship's favour. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 410–12.
April 24.A similar warrant, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXV, p. 584, from Treasurer Oxford to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to raise 25,000l. upon a deposit to Mr. Milner of 30,000l. in South Sea Stock redeemable on or before 23 June 1712. Money Book XXI, p. 265.
J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to Mr. Popple to lay before the Commissioners for Trade the enclosed draft [missing] of a Bill for preserving the right of English built ships; to wit for the said Commissioners to report their observations or alterations desired therein. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 176.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to report on the enclosed letter [missing] received by the Lord Treasurer from one John Usher in Charles Town [Charleston] representing several abuses committed in relation to the stores furnished in New England for the late Expedition to Canada. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Nehemiah Arnold et al., Commissioners for the 1711 Lottery, empowering them (in cases where owners of tickets having an extraordinary benefit for 2,000l. or upwards do desire to divide same into several standing orders) to so divide such benefits into several standing orders, provided no such order be for less than 500l.: the orders of such divided benefits to be numbered successively in the same order of payment as the original order. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 400–2.
April 25.Money warrant for 20l. each to James Farquharson and Thomas Eager, clerks, as royal bounty for their passage as chaplains respectively to Pennsylvania and New England. (Money orders dated April 29 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated April 30 hereon.) Money Book XXI, p. 507. Order Book VIII, p. 180. Disposition Book XXI, p. 259.
J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Customs Commissioners to report on the petition of Peter Meyer for discharge of the ship Marg[are]t from quarantine. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 176.
Same to Mr. Burchett. My Lord Treasurer is informed that the Garrison of Gibraltar and Port Mahon do meet with very great difficulties in supplying themselves with provisions. Please represent this to the Admiralty Lords to consider of effectual methods for the constant supplying of those Garrisons with the necessary provisions. 'Tis not intended that the charge thereof shall be borne out of the Navy money. This is an affair that requires some speedy orders. (The like letter to the Victualling Commissioners.) Ibid., p. 177.
Same to Lord Lansdown, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant for paying Col. Feilding and the effective Officers and soldiers of his Regiment of Foot (which was reduced in Portugal) their subsistence from the time to which they were paid in Portugal to Dec. 22 last according to muster rolls made since their arrival in England.
Also to report on Mr. Brydges' memorial for 2,246l. 1s. 1d. for the demands of sundry Officers on half pay and en second to Dec. 22 last. My Lord Treasurer observing that the whole pay is demanded for several of the said Officers, desires to know whether they are here or in actual service abroad, and if here whether they have not been so for the whole time their pay is demanded. Ibid., p. 178.
Subscription by Treasurer Oxford for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to the Master of the Jewel House for the provision of [chapel] plate for Mohawks and Onondawgus for two [missionary] chapels in America: viz. for a silver chalice, patten and small flagon to an estimate of 120l.
The like dated April 29 of a like to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the provision of necessaries [Bibles, altar furniture &c.] for the said chapels: to an estimate of 255l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 17.
April 26.Warrant by same to the South Sea Company to permit and suffer Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy (by and out of the sum of 1,421,274l. 14s. 4d. by him subscribed or to be subscribed into the capital stock of the said Company for the use of the public in pursuance of the Lord Treasurer's warrant of April 23 inst. supra, p. 252, to assign and transfer in the books of the said Company the sum of 442,792l. 1s. 2½d. in manner and form following: viz.
£s.d.
to persons to be named in a list to be signed by said Cæsar for sums to be specified therein: being to satisfy bills made forth by the Navy Commissioners between Michaelmas 1711 and Lady day 1712 on the Old Course of the Navy Office300,00000
to persons to be similarly named in a list and for amounts to be therein specified: being to satisfy and pay bills made forth by the Victualling Commissioners between dates as above on the Old Course of the Victualling54,886210
to Thomas Savery, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded Seamen and Prisoners of War, as imprest to pay the debts in the Sick and Wounded Office to 1711 Sept. 29, and to be assigned and transferred thereto [to the said debts] in such manner as the said Savery shall be directed by the Lord Treasurer to assign and transfer87,90518
£442,7921
Money Book XXI, p. 278.
April 26.Money warrant for 732l. to George Mackenzie, whom her Majesty hath appointed her Secretary to reside with the King of Poland; for one year on his ordinary of 40s. a day, to wit from 1710–11 March 1 (the day on which the said allowance is made to commence by the privy seal of 1711 May 30) to 1711–12 March 1. (Money order dated May 5 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 14 hereon.) Ibid., p. 507. Order Book VIII, p. 183. Disposition Book XXI, p. 264.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Spencer Compton to pay 20l. to Mary Jones, widow: as royal bounty. Money Book XXI, p. 507.
Letter of direction for 1,000l. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of loans in the Exchequer on Land Tax anno 1712: and is to answer a bill of exchange from Spain payable to the Earl of Ilay for money advanced by the Duke of Argyll for the use of her Majesty's Forces there. Disposition Book XXI, p. 258.
Christopher Tilson (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) [to Lord Halifax, Auditor of the Receipt], to give Bernard Hutchins as Paymaster of the 1711 Lottery the rooms or one of the rooms now in the possession of Mr. Herne and Mr. Edwards. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 178.
Treasury reference to the Commissioners of Transports of the petition of Geo. England, Joseph Martin, Richard Ferrier and Sam. Shepherd, owners of ships which were employed in the Expedition to Canada, and were hired by the Transports Commissioners [on the terms that they were] to be discharged within three days after return into the Thames, but [contrary thereto they were] not cleared till a month after, nor their ships cleared of stores: for which extra time they crave a proportionable allowance. Reference Book IX, p. 61.
Subscription by Treasurer Oxford of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the provision of bedding for the Gentlemen Porters at St. James's: to an estimate of 18l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 64.
April 28.Warrant dormant by Treasurer Oxford to the Customs Cashier to pay 34l. per an. salary to William Clutterbuck, a Searcher of Bristol port. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 413.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Nutt, merchant, shewing that by his late father's supplying the Navy with stores in Charles [II.'s] time his family is now reduced to great necessities; therefore praying some place in the Customs, he having applied to the late Lord Treasurer who referred him to the said Commissioners for employment. Reference Book IX, p. 61.
Treasurer Oxford to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of the Lady Dowager Blayney praying to be allowed the full pension of 20s. a day which her late husband enjoyed on the pension of Ireland; the Queen having allowed her a moiety thereof, but same not being sufficient for herself and four children. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 277.
April 29.William Lowndes to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands. The Navy Commissioners are of opinion that it will be for the service of the Crown to purchase the inheritance of a piece of ground belonging to Sir William Morrice at Plymouth containing 40 acres contiguous to her Majesty's Yard there, which he proposes to lease and whereon many buildings belonging to the said Yard have been erected. Please inform yourself of the true value and treat with Sir Nicholas about the purchase thereof and report to my Lord. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 179.
J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to Sir James Bateman enclosing Mr. William Clayton's letter of recommendation in behalf of Capt. Jonathan Spann.
Appending: said letter dated Liverpool March 24 last to the Lord Treasurer. Being informed that there is a squadron of men of war to be sent out to the South Sea to settle a trade there (which I wish all the imaginable success, having subscribed above 2,000l. to it), I make bold to recommend to your Lordship Capt. Jonathan Spann, who has been lately "Commander in Chief to Jamaica," where he behaved himself with prudence and courage, and not only there but in all his undertakings in several other Expeditions that he hath been sent upon. Ibid.
Same to the Bank of England. Mr. Brydges has laid before my Lord Treasurer a letter from Mr. Sweet, his deputy at Amsterdam, dated May 3, new style, relating to the great loss the public suffers by the present discount there on bills given by the Bank for remittances, and the method which he proposes to be taken for remedying that mischief for the future. Please give my Lord Treasurer your answer thereto with all convenient speed. Ibid., p. 180.
Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for a pension of 3s. a day to Jane Cathcart, widow of Capt. Lodowick Cathcart, who had the like pension in consideration that he raised a Company in the wars of Ireland and maintained them a year at his own charge and lost a leg in the service and had his Company taken from him without any consideration, and has left petitioner with 14 children (whereof the eldest is but seven years old) in very deplorable circumstances, "and her case is so compassionate that it deserves our [royal] consideration." Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 275.
April 30.Same dated St. James's to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 300,000l. to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance: as imprest for land and sea service of the Ordnance. (Money warrant dated May 9 hereon. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated May 6.) (Money order dated May 12 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXV. p. 191. Money Book XXI, p. 515. Order Book VIII, p. 183.
Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to Matthew Decker, Esq., to reimburse so much which he hath supplied to Thomas Harley at Rotterdam by letters of credit pursuant to her Majesty's direction "and for our special service": together with 38l. for the [Exchequer &c.] fees on the issue thereof. (Money warrant dated May 1 hereon.) (Money order dated May 5 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 12 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 192. Order Book VIII, p. 182. Disposition Book XXI, p. 263.
Same for 300l. to Brigadier General Sutton for his service, pains and expenses in coming express from John, Duke of Marlborough, late Captain General of the Forces, with an account of passing the enemy's lines near the plains of Lens. (Money warrant dated May 1 hereon.) (Money order dated May 5 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 192. Order Book VIII, p. 181.
Same for 200l. to Lieut. Col. Adolphus Oughton for coming express from Joost, Earl of Albemarle, with an account of the burning of the magazines at Arras. (Money warrant dated May 1 hereon.) (Money order dated May 5 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 193. Order Book VIII, p. 181.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad (on the lines of the warrant of March 22 last, supra, pp. 202–3), to assign respectively 2,599l. 18s. 4¾d. and 560l. 3s. 3½d. [out of South Sea public Stock] to Thomas Rogers and William Mead, clothiers of the Subject Troops, as in further part of 83,934l. 16s. 3d. due for offreckonings of the Forces to 22 Dec. 1711. Two thirds of the said sum to be assigned forthwith and the remaining third on June 23 next.
Prefixing: certificate by said Brydges dated Pay Office, Whitehall, of the sums to which said clothiers are entitled, "as the same appears by assignments entered in this Office," whereof one third part was by your Lordship's warrant of Dec. 28 last [supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXV, pp. 606–7] to be transferred Dec. 28 last, one third Feb. 28 last and one third June 23 next, "according to which direction two thirds should be now transferred." Money Book XXI, p. 498.
Same by same to Spencer Compton to pay 80l. to Col. Charles Douglas: as royal bounty.
20l. to Joseph Denham: as same. Ibid., p. 499.
April 30.Money warrant for 25l. to George Holmes, gent., for 1712 Lady day quarter's salary as Chief Clerk for digesting the records in the Tower. Money Book XXI, p. 518.
Letter of direction for 12,000l. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of loans in the Exchequer on Land Tax anno 1712: and is to answer Sir John Lambert's demands on bills of exchange drawn from Spain for the subsistence of [British] prisoners there. Disposition Book XXI, p. 259.
Same for issues as follows: out of Civil List moneys:
£
to the poor of London1,000
to the Lord Privy Seal420
Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer to report on the enclosed draft [missing] of a constitution for appointing Richard Holmes to examine and inspect the port books of the Customs. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 180.
J. Taylour (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Customs Commissioners to present Henry Cotigno for some place in the Customs, he being recommended by the Bishop of London. Ibid.
Same to the Victualling Commissioners. The Admiralty Lords have represented to my Lord Treasurer that from the last accounts received from Vice Admiral Baker the Garrison of Gibraltar were in so great want of provisions that if some speedy and effectual care be not taken for a supply it may be attended with ill consequences. You are to attend my Lord here on Friday next with an account of the species and quantities of provisions necessary to be sent, the manner of the most speedy conveyance and what money will be due to be paid for same. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad]. My Lord Treasurer is much importuned to order money for several Officers who set up a pretence to same as having quitted the enemy's service upon Proclamations issued by the Generals abroad. I enclose a list of the names of the said Officers (in the margin: Capt. Goetano Mathony, Capt. John Fitz Gerald, Capt. Math. Cowdall, Major Hubert Jennings, Sir Timothy Daly, Capt. Ferdinando O'Chalaghan, Col. Thomas Macarty). Send my Lord Treasurer an account of the sums that have been paid to them, for what uses and by what authority, and whether many of them who now apply have not already had moneys paid to enable them to provide for themselves. Ibid., p. 181.
William Lowndes to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Lieut. Col. George Lee, heretofore a Collector of Excise in Ireland, praying a noli prosequi to the prosecution now depending against him for his debt on account of the said collection. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 273.
April 30.Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to pay 304l. 14s. 3½d. to Stafford Lightburne and Lewis Moore for so much overpaid by them into the Exchequer on the 1,450l. surety bonds which were given in 1686 by Stafford Lightburne (petitioner's grandfather) and Charles Moore as sureties for Mr. McEvery, Farmer of the Hearthmoney for Co. Dublin: on which bonds 1,000l. 0s. 10½d. was paid before Midsummer 1688 and afterwards the remaining 149l. 19s. 1½d. in three payments for which three acquittances were given, but the same being lost the petitioners' estates were extended and 307l. was paid, but the matter was heard in the Exchequer [Court, Ireland], and it was adjudged that they had overpaid 304l. 14s. 3½d. Ibid., pp. 274–5.
Docquet by Treasurer Oxford addressed to the Queen of a signature of grant by charter under the great seal, Scotland, to Sir Francis Grant of Cullen, bart., one of the Senators of the College of Justice, of all the lands of Down with the seatoun fishings which sometime belonged to Charles Karie of Gogar, and also the lands of George Leslie of Burdsbank, all lying within the parachine of Gamray and sheriffdom of Banff, with the personage lands thereof and in special warrandine of that part of the foresaid lands of Down which formerly belonged to George Leslie; [and] the town and lands of Ord Newtown and old town thereof, Chaneltown, Killragowan, Boghead, Breadbog of Ord, Alehouseburn and Miln of Ord within the parochine of Banff; as also in special warrandine foresaid the town and lands of Muirhill, Heriodhill neithe Deuchines; within the parochine of Alva and sheriffdom of Banff; and also granting all the lands of Mains of Eden and lands of Snob with the salmon fishing upon the water of Diveran within the parochine of Kingedward [King Edward] and sheriffdom of Aberdeen; and also that salmond fishing upon the water of Diveran called the fishing of Inverichtine with the lands of Fauchfold, Broadlies and Milntoun of fisherie as far as the samen lie upon the west part of the Backburn of fisherie, with the town and lands of Easter and Wester Blackhouses, Couck and Crowd and liberty of moss tollerance: all within the said parachine of Kingedward. Out Letters (North Britain) II, pp. 323–4.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Director of her Majesty's Chancellary for an indenture of the Mint, Scotland, to pass the Scotch great seal: the said indenture being between the Queen of the one part and John Montgomery of Giffan of the other, appointed by patent under the said seal 22 June 1710 to be Master and Worker of the said Mint with the fee of 200l. per an. The said Montgomerie covenants by the said present indenture to make four sorts of money of Crown gold, a 10s. piece running for 10 shillings sterling 89 to the pound weigh Troy; a 20s. piece running for 20s. sterling 44 1/10; to the pound Troy; a 40s. piece running for 40s. sterling 22 1/10; to the pound Troy; a 5l. piece running for 5l. sterling 9 1/10; to the pound Troy: and every pound Troy of all the moneys of gold aforesaid shall hold in number and be in value 44l. 10s. 0d. and shall be in fineness 22 carats of fine gold and 2 carats of alloy in every pound weight Troy, "the which standard aforesaid of 22 carats of fine gold and 2 carats of alloy in every pound weight Troy our Sovereign Lady the Queen doth ordain and establish by these presents to be the right standard of her Majesty's money of Crown gold." The said Montgomerie to receive 6s. 6d. for the coinage of every pound weight of fine gold: a Remedy of 1/6 of a carat to be allowed in the pound weight. Further Montgomerie covenants to make eight manner of moneys of silver: (1) a Crown running for 5s., 12 of these and 2 shillings to the pound Troy; (2) a half Crown, running for 2s. 6d. sterling, 24 of these and 2s. to the pound sterling; (3) a shilling, running for 12 pence sterling, 62 of these to the pound Troy; (4) a half shilling, running for 6 pence sterling and 124 to the pound Troy; (5) a groat, running for 4d. sterling and 186 to the pound Troy; (6) a half sixpence, running for 3d. sterling and 248 to the pound Troy; (7) the half groat, running for 2d. sterling and 372 to the pound weight; (8) a penny, running for a penny sterling and 744 to the pound Troy: and every pound Troy of silver shall be in value 3l. 2s. 0d. sterling and shall be in fineness 11 ounces 2 pennyweight of fine silver and 18 pennyweight of alloy, which standard is the right standard of moneys of silver of Great Britain. He further covenants to make all the moneys of Crown gold and standard silver agreeable to the indented trial pieces made in the sixth year of her Majesty's reign and remaining respectively in six places, viz. in the Treasury, the Tower Mint Warden, the Tower Mint Master and Worker, the Goldsmiths' Company, London, the Exchequer, Scotland, and the Warden of the Mint, Edinburgh. He to receive 16½ pence for the coinage of every pound weight Troy of silver: and out of his fees as above he shall pay the fees and salaries of the officers of the said Mint as follows, being further allowed 980l. per an. towards the same: and he to have a remedy of two pennyweight in the pound weight Troy of silver coined. And he shall receive as well her Majesty's bullion of gold and silver as the bullion of any other persons whatsoever repairing to her said Mint to be coined into the moneys beforementioned, the procedure of receiving, booking, delivering and pot assaying for same being hereby set down: with power to him to put such private mark upon the edges or flat sides of the said moneys as he think fit, to discover which were made by him and which not: and the Queen doth command him to put the letter E on the flat side of every piece of money under her effigies for distinguishing the moneys coined in the said Mint from those coined in South Britain. And whereas two piles of standard English weights lately made and printed with a rose crowned and a thistle crowned, whereof 12 ounces English do equal 12 ounces 4 pennyweight and 9 grains Scottish do remain, the one of them with the General of the said Mint and the other with the Warden of the Tower Mint, the said General shall produce the pile in his custody to the Master, Warden, Counter Warden or Comptroller [of the Scotch Mint] at all times as required. And in pursuance of an Act of Parliament of 1686 [Scotch Act, 1686, c. 38] for defraying the expense of a free coinage there shall be two piles of like English weights, the one to be kept in the Exchequer of North Britain, the other by the Dean of Guild of Edinburgh, and likewise a standard or printed table shall be kept in the Mint House of the value of money or bullion according to the denomination of weights used in the Mint of carats, grains, primes and seconds and the ordinary denomination of pounds, ounces, pennyweights and grains, by which merchants and others may know what they were to give in or get out when their bullion doth arise above or fall below the standard. A pix to be kept in manner here laid down and to be tried at Westminster as the Queen shall appoint. The officers' duties, oaths and the securities of the subordinate officers are here set down.
Appending: a schedule of the fees and salaries of the officers of the said Mint at Edinburgh:
per an.
£
the General300
the Master200
the Principal Warden150
the Counter Warden or Comptroller60
the Assay Master100
the Clerk of the Bullion as Assistant to the Weigher, Teller and Surveyor of the Millings50
the Sinker or Graver50
the Queen's Clerk and Clerk of the Papers and Irons40
the Master Smith30
£980
Out Letters (North Britain) II, pp. 324–42.
April 30.Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for an annuity or yearly pension of 300l. to Sarah Slingsby as a Maid of Honour: to date as from 1711 Xmas. (Privy seal dated May 17 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 253.