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'Warrant Books: August 1707, 1-15', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 21: 1706-1707 (1952), pp. 398-411. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=90480 Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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August 1707, 1–15

August 1. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to distribute and apply the sum of 62,636l. 19s.d. to Deficient Funds as follows: said sum representing the income between July 4 last and August 1 inst. from branch of the revenue as follows: viz. 397l. 8s.d. from Salt before 1706 Aug. 1, being a surplus or remain from the first General Mortgage [or Deficiencies Sinking Fund]; 4745l. 0s. 2d. from ditto since that date; 91l. 6s. 7d. from Whale fins since 1706 July 10; 11,039l. 10s. 6d. from New Customs since 1706 July 31; 2685l. 13s. 11½d. from Additional Impositions since that date; 413l. 17s. 0d. from Vellum before that date, being a surplus as above; 4975l. 0s. 1d. from same since that date; 675l. 10s. 8d. from Continued Impositions before that date, being a surplus as above; 22,724l. 2s. 6d. from ditto since that date; 2657l. 7s. 2d. from Marriages, being a surplus as above; 12,230l. 2s. 0d. from Houses: the said distribution and application to be hereby as follows: viz.
The Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament. How they stood upon the Register the 1st day of August, 1707. The distribution and application hereby ordered.
£ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Exchequer Bills 515165 4 427822 9 8 13797 19 10
First 3s. Aid 415199 0 0 423098 18 11117 17 1
Paper for Plate (Paper Duties) 15400 0 0 15400 0 0 412 9
Malt Tickets 479060 0 0 455055 0 0 15509 6 6
Leather 504438 0 0 496438 0 0 13510 13
Third Quarterly Poll 212770 17 0 226770 17 0 5698 15 53/7
Third 3s. Aid 25823 2 9 30271 6 691 12
New East India Company (deficiency at Michaelmas 1701) 65518 0 45887 3 1754 16
General Society, East Indies 5354 10 3750 3 143 8
2338628 15 2124493 17 62636 19
Money Book XIX, pp. 53–4.
August 1. Money warrant for 16,031l. 7s. 6d. to Nehemiah Arnold for the 79th payment due Aug. 1 inst. on Malt Lottery tickets as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
for principal money after abating 40l. for 4 Benefits above 20l. each 9960 0 0
interest of 996 ticquets from Lady day 1700 to 1707 Aug. 1 being 2685 days at a halfpenny a day each 5571 7 6
Benefits 500 0 0
£16031 7 6
(Money order dated Aug. 1 hereon). Money Book XIX, p. 55. Order Book VII, p. 49.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of the Duke of Newcastle for a fresh lease of the manor of Hitchin co. Herts, on surrender of a lease granted by the late Queen Dowager to his late cousin Francis, Lord Holies: and that an allowance of timber may be made for repair of the mill, which has been burned down. Reference Book VIII, p. 277.
Same to the late Commissioners for Transports of the petition of James St. John shewing that in 1691 he obtained from Henry Getting, master of the transport ship Samuel employed in the reduction of Ireland, an assignment of a certificate granted by the [said] Commissioners for 54l. 4s. 0d. in part of a greater sum due to the said ship: but the said Getting not having made up his accounts with the said Commissioners they have hitherto refused petitioner a debenture for said sum: therefore praying that a debenture may be granted “as hath been usual in like cases.” Ibid., p. 278.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Mary Wadham, relict and executrix of Joseph Wadham late of Poole, shewing that 11 years since he became surety in 600l. for George Saville, collector of Excise in the port of Poole; that said Joseph died 4 years since insolvent and petitioner gave notice and desired the Excise Commissioners to take fresh security which they neglected to do and now process is issued by reason the said Saville never accounted: therefore praying discharge of said surety bond in consideration of her mean circumstances. Ibid., p. 286.
Same to Mr. Borret of the petition of Edward Holden shewing that he was employed by the Earl of Rochester to prosecute divers persons for cutting young oak trees and other offenders in Richmond Park “and for discharging 6 supers charged upon the said Park in the Pipe Roll between Lady day 1703 and Lady day 1707” which prosecutions and other proceedings amount to 98l. 2s. 2d.: therefore praying payment. Ibid., p. 275.
August 2. Money order for 26l. 13s. 4d. to Charles Battely, Second Secondary in the Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office; for one year to Lady day last for transcribing originals out of Chancery. Order Book VII, p. 50.
August 4. Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a warrant from Gilbert, bishop of Sarum, Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, dated June 20 last to the Master of the Jewel House, to provide a badge or jewel, a George and a gold chain for Jonathan, bishop of Winchester, as Prelate of the said Order: to an estimate of 47l. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 234.
Same of a same of the like date from same to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to provide for the said bishop a robe or mantle of purple or violet coloured velvet of 18 yards and 10 yards of white sarcenet for the lining thereof and a scutcheon of St. George's Cross embroidered within a Garter to be placed on the right shoulder with the motto wrought in letters and purls of Damask gold and pearl with cordon and tassels of purple silk and gold: to an estimate of 60l. Ibid.
Money warrant for 355l. to Abraham Stanyan for a bill of extraordinaries 1706 Dec. 25 to 1707 March 25 as Envoy Extraordinary to the Swiss Cantons. Money Book XIX, p. 59. Order Book VII, p. 48. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
Money order for 436l. 9s. 0d. to Sir Michael Heneage, Usher of the Exchequer Court, for necessaries by him delivered to the officers of said Court and 2l. 18s. 4d. for 140 days March 15 last to Aug. 2 inst. [on his allowance of 5d. a day] for diet. Order Book VII, p. 62. Disposition Book XIX, p. 47.
Letters patent by Treasurer Godolphin appointing Charles, Lord Halifax as Auditor of the Receipt (scriptor talliorum etc.) all as amply as Thomas Felton, Robert Peter, Vincent Skinner, John Bingley, Sir Robert Pye, Sir Robert Long, Sir Robert Howard, Christopher Montague or any other his predecessors therein. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, p. 59.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland. I acknowledge the constant receipt of your several weekly letters or accounts and have laid same before the Lord Treasurer. As to the Establishment of officers which you propose his lordship was advising thereon with the Customs Commissioners, England, when your letter of the 19th ult. arrived signifying that you had given them commissions or deputations from Aug. 1. In regard of the necessity of the service he approves same “but 'tis to be observed that there is still a greater irregularity in your appointing of Customers or Collectors and Comptrollers and searchers which have [in England] always been offices granted by letters patent under the great seal.” Concerning these officers and their being obliged to act for their salaries only without receiving any fees from the merchant the Lord Treasurer will consult the Attorney or Solicitor General.
As to providing smacks which you think necessary for the better guarding the coasts you are to propose what number you advise and what the expense thereof. You are to appoint Geo. Dalrymple as assistant to your Solicitor as being well versed in the laws and customs of Scotland ut infra p. 403.
I am likewise to transmit to you the enclosed memorial [missing] from my Lord Mar in behalf of Mr. Erskine and Mr. Robert Allen. I think one of them is already named in your Establishment.
The Lord Treasurer gives leave to Mr. Norman (one of your number) for a month to return to Berwick to adjust some accounts he has with Mr. Wyvill: and likewise to Mr. Crookshank, your Comptroller General, to go to Ireland for a short time to settle private affairs. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 122–3.
August 4. Report to Treasurer Godolphin from William Blathwayt on the petition of Col. Luke Lillingston in behalf of his sister Mrs. Elizabeth Bowden of the island of St. Christopher, widow and relict of Capt. Peter Bowden, praying a confirmation of a grant made to the said Elizabeth (by the said Col. Codrington, late Governor of the Leeward Islands) of a plantation of 60 acres in that part of St. Christopher taken from the French during the present war.
Her Majesty by royal letters dated 25 Sept. 1702, upon the reduction of the French part of that island, restrained the Governor, Col. Codrington, from granting any part thereof for longer than 3 years. And her Majesty has since directed the present Governor Col. Parks not to grant or dispose of any undisposed part thereof and not to extend any term granted by the preceding Governor but to leave the same to her Majesty.
This is the occasion of this petitioner's application. I have no objection to the prolongation of the term, as the grant tends to encourage the improvement of the plantation and the increase of the Customs. An addition of the same number of [2½ years] years may be granted as has been lately done upon the like request.
Col. Parks has not yet complied with her Majesty's direction to cause (upon his going there) a survey to be taken of the said French part of St. Christopher with an accompt of the number and quality of acres. I propose that he be required by letter from your Lordship to take same and transmit it with all expedition. (On the 23rd May 1708 Blathwayt makes a note that the said Mrs. Bowden's name was Mary, not Elizabeth: see infra p. 408). Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 350–1, 396.
August 5. Warrant dated Windsor Castle from Treasurer Godolphin to the Navy Commissioners to pay Robert Coney (Cony), chirurgeon to the late Marine Regiment under the Marquis of Carmarthen, the sum of 249l. 3s. 0d. for himself and his 2 mates from 1696–7 Feb. 7 (to which time he was last cleared) to 1698 Oct. 1 (the day the said Regiment was disbanded).
Appending: certificate by Deputy Auditor James Moody of said arrear. Money Book XIX, p. 51.
Money warrant for 27l. 4s. 6d. to John Dove, Surveyor of the Searchers, London port, for a moiety of a seizure of money attempted to be exported: being the reward ordered by Order in Council of 1696 June 25. Ibid., p. 57. Order Book VII, p. 50. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Auditor Mainwaring to state the enclosed account [missing] of Charles Mason as Treasurer for the Transport service from 18 Jan. 1705–6 to 18 Jan. 1706–7. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 339.
August 5. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to pay to the officers of the Exchequer 166l. 13s. 4d. for Exchequer Office fees, detailed, on the passing of General Account of the Customs and the General Account of the New Impositions for 1¼ years to 1698 Xmas. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 57.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Forrest setting forth his services in the discovery against Col. Villiers for which he had a reward of 50l. but his zeal for the public has brought on him the ill will of his friends and relations: therefore praying employment in the Customs to support himself and family. Reference Book VIII, p. 275.
Same to Sir Christopher Wrenn of the petition of John Orlebar and William Powell praying that 200l. may be advanced to them to encourage them to form a large engine to eject liquid composition of very inflammable nature to be used at sea or land offensively and defensively being for her Majesty's service as well for destroying the enemy as in some measure saving the expense of fireships. Ibid., p. 304.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of James Creed shewing that he was at great charge for above 2 years in taking an account of all the brewing and distilling houses within the survey of the Office of Excise in London, and drew maps of the 10 Divisions of the brewery and 6 of the distillery for the Excise Commissioners and gave said Commissioners such proposals as occasioned the augmentation of the Excise: but though he has often petitioned them for a reward he can have no allowance for same without her Majesty's order and has a wife and 2 children and is out of all employment: therefore praying consideration of his case. Ibid.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated July 29 to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery to Capt. Moses of furniture, detailed, for the Henrietta yacht viz.: for the bedchamber, the State Room, the Gun Room etc.: to an estimate of 155l. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, p. 60.
Royal warrant dated Windsor Castle to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to pay 1000l. to Richard Freeman, Chancellor of Ireland, as royal bounty towards his equipage and preparations for the said employment. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 2.
Same to same to pay Lieut. Gen. Francis Langston the allowance of a Lieut. General on the Irish Establishment from the death of Lord Cutts until 1707 June 24: Langston being the eldest Lieut. General there and having served for several years on Major General's pay: and likewise to allow his Aide de Camp as a Lieut. General's Aide de Camp for same time. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a new Commission of Excise for Scotland: the new Commissioners to be Alexander Wedderburne, John Montgomerie, John Whetham, David Ross and Sir William Douglas, of Kellhead (the last named being in place of William Douglas named in the late Commission). Out Letters (North Britain) I, p. 106.
August 5. J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Excise Commissioners in North Britain to appoint Geo. Dalrymple (as a person skilled in the laws and practice of the Courts in Scotland) to be assistant to the Solicitor of the Excise revenue there: such an appointment being represented as a thing necessary and advantageous to the revenue and he being recommended by the Earl of Loudoun. Ibid., p. 121.
August 6. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to repay the Land Tax assessments anno 1707 on deputy officers of the Customs of salaries not exceeding 60l. per an. Money Book XIX, p. 52.
Money warrant for 290l. 15s. 0d. to William Popple, senr., late Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade; for 1706 Sept. 29 for himself, clerks and officers under said Commissioners. Ibid., p. 56. Order Book VII, p. 50. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
Same for 100l. 7s. 6d. to Philip Ryley for one year to 1707 June 24 as a Serjeant at Arms.
25l. to the heirs of Nicholas Yates for 1706 Sept. 29 quarter's pension. Money Book XIX, p. 59. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
Letter of direction for 5000l. to John Tailer, deputy to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands: out of Civil List moneys: for buildings at Woodstock: and will make 9500l. issued in part of his order [for the third 20,000l. for said works]. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Customs Commissioners to have James Curtis instructed in the affairs of the Customs in order to his employment. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 335.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Mathysz Dirkiz, a poor seaman, shewing that he received 45l. pay for his service on 2 transport ships and being disabled by a hurt in the said service he put himself on board a merchant ship called the Church of Gouda with the said money in order to go to Holland to his wife and 5 children, but the money is seized by John Dove, an officer of the Customs: therefore prays delivery of his money, he being a stranger to the laws. Reference Book VIII, p. 275.
Same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of the officers of her Majesty's Yards at Deptford and Woolwich, setting forth the smallness of their salaries and their constant daily duty: and praying repayment of the taxes assessed on them. Ibid., p. 304.
Letters patent by Treasurer Godolphin appointing Robert Gilliver gentleman to collect the arrears due at or before Michaelmas 1698 of land revenue standing out upon the accounts of the several Receivers of Land Revenues in 43 counties and places, detailed: the privy seal of 1702 June 24 having directed the levying of all like arrears in the same manner as was directed by the privy seal of Wm. III which expired with his decease. Gilliver is to deliver his receipts (after deducting the allowances of poundage) to Christopher Tilson whom her Majesty hath appointed by a privy seal to be Receiver General thereof. The said Gilliver is hereby authorised to levy by distress and upon sale of such distress to detain and keep his reasonable charges in and about the same. But to avoid trouble and charge and to induce persons the more readily to pay their arrears the Lord Treasurer thinks fit to allow a certain [i.e. fixed] allowance of poundage out of his collections rather than that he should exact and demand from the persons paying such arrears the fees and allowance which messengers employed upon these occasions usually take for their pains, travel and charge. The allowances are to be 2s. 6d. in the £ on collections upwards of 10 years in arrear before Michaelmas 1698 and 1s. 6d. in the £ on collections of 10 years' standing or less at that date. [The schedules of the said arrears referred to in this patent are not appended]. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, pp. 68–9.
August 6. Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant, dated July 29, to the Master of the Great Wardrobe, for the provision of tables, stands and glasses for her Majesty's service at Somerset House: to an estimate of 365l. Ibid., p. 70.
The like of a same dated May 27 to same for the provision of Indian trunks, glasses, stands etc., for her Majesty's service at Windsor and Newmarket: to an estimate of 25l. Ibid., p. 73.
The like of a same, dated July 11, to same for the delivery to Major Churchill of necessaries for Col. Parks's Chapel as Governor of the Leeward Islands: to an estimate of 128l. Ibid., p. 77.
August 7. Letter of direction for 39l. 4s. 9d. to Walter Clark and Jo[h]n Mellish for a moiety of a seizure of money: and for 17l. 18s.d. to said Clark for a moiety of another like seizure ut infra Treasury Calendar XXII under date 1708 June 8 and July 6. [In these two cases the money warrants and money orders on which this letter of direction should have been based were apparently by accident omitted to be drawn and were only drawn nearly a year later]. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Navy Treasurer to procure 20,000l. [to be lent or advanced] on the tallies and orders on the Land Tax anno 1707 at an interest [or discount] of 5 per cent.: and to apply same for payment of wages to seamen. Ibid., p. 34.
August 8. Money warrant for 100l. to Nathaniell Estwick, Secretary to the Commissioners for St. Christopher losses, as advance in part of 250l. as by the privy seal of July 31 last supra p. 397.
100l. to Christopher Rhodes for the like advance as Secretary to the Commissioners for Nevis Island losses. Money Book XIX, p. 58. Order Book VIII, p. 51. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
Same for 82l. 13s. 8d. to Sir Thomas Powys for 2 years to June 24 last on his 41l. 6s. 10d. per an. as her Majesty's First Serjeant at Law. Money Book XIX, p. 58. Disposition Book XIX, p. 32.
August 8. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Henry St. John, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant to take off the respit of 113l. 13s. 4d. on Major Gerard Russell's Company in Col. Watkins' Regiment for the period 1705 August 25 to 1706 April 24.
Prefixing: report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on the petition of said Gerard Russell. The Company was quartered in garrison in Portsmouth during the said period and suffered very much from the common distemper then in the garrison and by desertion. Great mortality does frequently happen at Portsmouth and in apprehension thereof many soldiers do desert, which falls very heavy on the Officers' personal pay. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, pp. 61–62.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Writtle, late Commander of the St. George Customs sloop, setting forth the services of said sloop in preventing the exportation of wool and otherwise: therefore praying the command of the boat now employed at Poole with 50l. per an. salary; he being recommended by Lord Somers and having unfortunately lost a ship of which he was master, freighted with 400 hogsheads of tobacco. Reference Book VIII, p. 275.
August 9. J. Taylour (in the absence of Mr. Lowndes) to Mr. St. John to prepare a royal warrant for payment of 300l. to David Flotard for expenses and particular services relating to the war in Italy.
Likewise for 400l. to the Marquis de Miremont in full of all claims for expenses and services relating to his intended expedition for the assistance of the Duke of Savoy in 1705. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 335.
August 12. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Principal Commissioners for Prizes to distribute 1465l. 15s. 0d. as a moiety of 2931l. 10s. 0d. among the crew, detailed, of the ship Worcester for their respective demands for damages, detailed, in consequence of the seizure of the said ship in Scotland: including 600l. compensation for the life of Capt. Thomas Greene, 300l. for that of John Madder, chief mate, 150l. for the life of James Simpson, gunner, all of whom were executed.
Appending: schedule of the petitioners and particulars of their several demands is referred by the Lord Treasurer to Thomas Baker, William Gosselin, John Dodd and John Warters on the petition of John Green et al. in behalf of themselves and all the late crew of the said ship seized and condemned in Scotland: the said referees being required to inform themselves in the best manner they could what were the real damages and losses sustained by the petitioners: and to report what they think fit to be allowed in respect thereof.
reported as reasonable.
£ s. d.
Capt. Thomas Greene, executed. For clothes, instruments and other necessaries according to an inventory thereof: 200l. demanded 192 7 0
ditto, for law charges and other expenses during imprisonment as per account of money remitted and bills drawn by him including 50l. [which] the [ship] owners charge for his proportion of expenses at law: 150l. demanded 150 0 0
“As for the loss of his life, we having informed ourselves of the circumstances of the man are of opinion the demand of 600l. may be a reasonable compensation for the loss sustained by his family” 600 0 0
his brother John Greene: charges for 2½ years endeavouring to save his brother's life and absence from his own business: 220l. demanded 185 0 0
Capt. John Madder, chief mate, executed
for clothes etc. according to an inventory and appraisement 100l. demanded 100 0 0
law charges and expenses 60l. demanded 60 0 0
for his death: valued at 300l. We find upon enquiry he has left a family destitute of subsistence and therefore are of opinion the said demand may be a reasonable recompence for their suffering 300 0 0
James Simpson, gunner, executed
for clothes etc., 10l. demanded 10 0 0
law charges, 30l. demanded 30 0 0
the loss of whole life, being valued at 150l.: we are of opinion as in the former articles of the like nature 150 0 0
John Reynolds, mate
clothes, as per inventory and valuation, 60l. demanded 50 13 0
expenses as per affidavit, 80l. demanded 80 0 0
loss of wages 14 months during imprisonment at 4l. per month as per the ship's books 56 0 0
law charges 30 0 0
for his brother Samuel Reynolds' charges for soliciting for him 30 0 0
Henry Keagle, carpenter
for clothes etc. 10 0 0
law charges and expenses 30 0 0
loss of wages for 14 months' imprisonment at 4l. a month 56 0 0
James Bourne, boatswain
for clothes etc. 10 0 0
law charges and expenses 30 0 0
loss of wages 10 months at 3l. 10s. 0d. per month 35 0 0
Geo. Kitchin, Samuell Wilcox, Geo. Glenn, Alex Taylor and John Bannantine
for clothes: 5l. each 25 0 0
law charges (15l.) and expenses (10l.) being 25l. each 125 0 0
loss of time, 10 months at 1l. 15s. 0d. per month each 87 10 0
Andrew Robinson
for clothes etc. 5 0 0
law charges 15l.; expenses 10l. 25 0 0
loss of time 14 months at 1l. 15s. 0d. per month 24 10 0
Samuel Urling, Daniel Stringman and Henry Barnes
for clothes etc. at 5l. each 15 0 0
law charges 10l. each and expenses 5l. each 45 0 0
3 months' loss of time to the said Urling at 3l. per month as carpenter's mate 9 0 0
3 months' loss of time at 1l. 15s. 0d. per month for said Stringman and Barnes 10 10 0
Robert Callant, supra cargo
for clothes, necessaries etc., as per inventory and by affidavit of Keagle the carpenter, exclusive of what goods went into the sale of the cargo (160l. demanded) 125 0 0
John Loveday, purser
for clothes, necessaries etc., as per inventory and Keagle's affidavit (150l. demanded) 95 0 0
John Ockley, brother [in law] to Capt. Green
for clothes, instruments and other necessaries (80l. demanded) 60 0 0
Alexander Hammond, midshipman
for clothes, instruments and other necessaries (150l. demanded) 70 0 0
Thomas Whitehead, seaman
for clothes etc. 10 10 0
Kennet Cavan, boy
for clothes etc. 5 0 0
£2931 10 0
Money Book XIX, pp. 60–62.
August 12. Dormant money warrant for 200l. per an. to John Pocklington as Second Justice of Chester and 200l. per an. as Second Justice of Denbigh, Flint and Montgomery: and money warrant hereon for 27l. 3s. 8d. for 28 days from 1707 April 28 to May 26 (the last day of Easter term) and 100l. for Trinity term on said allowances. (Money orders dated Aug. 20 hereon for 27l. 3l. 0d., 50l. and 50l.). Ibid., p. 63. Order Book VII, p. 56. Disposition Book XIX, p. 39.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Spencer Compton to pay 6l. 15s. 0d. for the tithes and poor rate on land laid into Kensington Gardens (being the kitchen garden and land lately made into a Wilderness) for 2 years from 1704.
Prefixing: report from Henry Wise detailing the said charges.
In the margin: note of two subsequent confirmations of this warrant, viz. dates of 1710 Nov. 24 and 1711 July 24. Money Book XIX, pp. 64–65.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Edmund Bestly Esq. for a lease of divers parcels of land formerly sold out of the Crown and held as of the manor of East Greenwich but now intestate and unfenced: petitioner being willing to find an office of entitling her Majesty at his own charge agreeable to the Act in force for increasing and preserving the [Crown] Land Revenue. Reference Book VIII, p. 276.
August 12. Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Major General Tidcombe, desiring to be placed on the Irish Establishment as a Major General from the time Lieut. General Langston was placed thereon as a Lieutenant General. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 4.
August 13. Letter of direction for 6000l. to the Master of the Great Wardrobe: out of Civil List moneys: to be applied towards satisfying the debts incurred in the Great Wardrobe since her Majesty's accession. Disposition Book XIX, p. 34.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Jane Johnson, widow, for a fresh term in Liskeard Park, co. Cornwall, her husband, William Johnson, being dead. Reference Book VIII, p. 276.
Same to John Howe (Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons) and Henry St. John (Secretary at War) of the petition of Brigadier Handasyde, shewing that on a previous petition on behalf of the Captains of his Regiment praying the removal of a charge of 2d. per man (being the offreckoning of those respited) which was placed on the said Captains' personal pay, who had no opportunity to recruit in Jamaica, some relief was granted to 24 June 1706 by making a deduction of only 50 men's offreckonings from each Company in lieu of 70: but they have mustered short of the 50 continued on them and he has provided clothing for a full complement and his Officers are now employed in recruiting his Regiment and he being under a necessity of clothing them a great part of the said clothing was lost in a storm near Portsmouth without his having any consideration for same: therefore prays a stay of all respits on his Regiment from 1706 June 24. Ibid.
August 14. Great seal dated Windsor Castle confirming and continuing for 2½ years to Elizabeth Bowden in the island of St. Christopher, a grant of the plantation called Madam Brushwaa's plantation abutting southward on the upper path running to the mountain, eastward upon Bunman's Plantation and westward to the frontier river and containing 60 acres in all: which grant was made to her in 1704 by Christopher Codrington, late Governor of the Leeward Islands.
In the margin: (1) note of the signing of a duplicate hereof 1708 May 3.
(2) Note that the said Mrs. Bowden's name was Mary, not Elizabeth and that in consequence another great seal was drawn 31 May 1708. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 235. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) II, pp. 382–4.
Royal warrant to Sir Simon Harcourt, Attorney General, for a privy seal for discharging the baronetcy fee of 1095l. on Sir Henry Furnese's baronetage. (Privy seal dated Aug. 26 hereon).
The like for Sir Nicholas Williams's baronetcy. (Privy seal dated Aug. 26 hereon).
(Treasurer Godolphin's warrant dated Sept. 16 to the Receipt hereon for discharges accordingly. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 236, 250–1. Money Book XIX, p. 84.
August 14. Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for passing Visct. Falkland's accounts, as former Treasurer of the Navy, notwithstanding any preceding accounts of any former Treasurer of the Navy are not yet passed and declared; and for charging therein only such supers and imprest bills as have been cleared within the time of his being Treasurer: the like licence having been granted by Charles II, both to the Earl of Danby and to Sir Edward Seymour, former Treasurers of the Navy. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 237–8.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a new Commission for licensing Hackney Coaches and Stage Coaches, the new Commissioners to be Daniel Blake, Charnock Heron, Abraham Magny, Evert Jollyvet and George Clark: with the salary of 100l. per an. each: and as in place of said Blake, Edmund Clark and said Heron, Magny and Jollyvert, whose commission is hereby determined. Ibid., p. 243.
Letter of direction for 700l. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad, in part of extraordinaries of the war not provided for by Parliament: to be issued out of Civil List moneys: 300l. thereof for David Flotard and 400l. for the Marquis de Miremont, in full of their demands for expenses and particular services relating to the war (see supra p. 405). Disposition Book XIX, p. 34.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Mr. King to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Mr. Churchill, praying payment of 6727l. for his clothing of a double Regiment of French Dragoons. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 336.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Sir Robert Cotton and Sir Thomas Frankland, the Postmasters General, to make a contract with John Macky, their agent at Dover, for carrying on the Flanders correspondence with greater regularity and despatch as follows. But at the end of the first 6 months thereof an account is to be laid before the Lord Treasurer “of what effect the said contract has had with respect to the more constant and regular carrying and bringing of letters and despatches, and also what the Duties or Postage of the said letters hath amounted to.”
Prefixing: report by the said Postmasters General. On a representation we lately made of the state of the Flanders correspondence and of proposals made to us by Mr. Macky, our agent at Dover, for carrying on that service with greater regularity and despatch and at a certain [or fixed] charge to her Majesty, the Earl of Sunderland signified the Queen's pleasure that we should treat with Mr. Macky accordingly but before concluding should lay same before you, the Lord Treasurer. The said correspondence has hitherto been very irregular and uncertain by [reason of] many privateers of Dunkirk and Nieuport which have infested those seas and interrupted the intercourse of the packet boats, several of which have been taken, though esteemed as good sailors as could be provided for that station. To reduce the charge and to bring same to a certainty Mr. Macky has proposed to provide at his own charge 4 vessels of between 20 and 30 tons each to be employed in this intercourse, to be manned with 10 hands and to carry oars; whereas the vessels at present made use of are of 50 tons and carry 16 men. These vessels draw no more than 4 feet of water whereby they may pass over all banks of sand and get in and out of harbour at all times of tide and having oars may row in calm water or when the wind shall not favour their sailing. [He further proposes] to run all hazards of sea or enemy so as in case of the loss of any vessel by capture or otherwise he is to provide another forthwith in her room. In consideration he demands 2000l. a year payable quarterly as long as this service be continued.
This proposal will considerably reduce the charge to her Majesty in this intercourse, both in the risk of capture hitherto borne by the Queen and in the smaller ships' burden. “We must observe to your Lordship that the letters passing this way are so few that they do in no proportion answer the expense.” Warrants not Relating to Money XX. p. 63.
August 14. Royal warrant to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to transfer the sums of 2536l. 0s.d. and 1196l. 5s.d. overpaid respectively on the heads of Concordatums and Military Contingencies to Midsummer last and to place same to the account of the revenue at large as if paid thereout: and thereby to clear to Midsummer last the said two heads of Concordatums and Military Contingencies. Out Letters ( Ireland) IX, p. 3.
J. Taylor to the Commissioners of the Equivalent, Edinburgh. I have acquainted the Lord Treasurer with your opinion that it would be of great use if public notice were given in Scotland that Exchequer Bills should be taken in all public revenues there. The Lord Treasurer has thereupon consulted the Attorney General whether the Act for the Currency of the said Bills did not extend as well to North Britain as to South Britain. He is of opinion that all Receivers and Collectors of any revenues of her Majesty in Scotland are equally obliged to take such Bills as the Receivers and Collectors in England. The Lord Treasurer says that the Act itself is taken to be a sufficient publication here: yet if you conceive it useful to have a further notification thereof he desires you will apply to the Lord Chancellor and the rest of the Ministry of Scotland for such publications to be made in this behalf as they think proper.
Prefixing: extract from a letter from Sir John Cope to the Bank [of England] dated Edinburgh, 2 August inst. (to the effect that nothing would better introduce the credit of the said Bills than a publication or declaration of the Council in Scotland that they should be taken by all Receivers of the Revenue there. “We mentioned it to my Lord Chancellor yesterday, who approved of it, but told us it could not be done without my Lord Treasurer's directions. Therefore we earnestly desire you would be pleased to acquaint my Lord with it.”)
Together with: the opinion of Sir Simon Harcourt, Attorney General, thereon as above. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 107.
August 15. Same (in the absence of William Lowndes) to the Agents for Taxes, to report on the enclosed memorial presented to her Majesty by the Portugal Envoy relating to a pretension of Monsieur Oliveira to be excused from taxes by virtue of an article of the Treaty between England and Portugal.
Appending: (a) the Earl of Sunderland to the Lord Treasurer, dated Aug. 1 inst., enclosing the above “This being a particular case, and her Majesty being desirous that the Treaty be effectively and strictly complied with she desires to have your Lordship's opinion whether this pretention be well founded.”
(b) Copy of the mémoire, dated London, July 27, last from D. Luis Da Cunha, the Envoy Extraordinary from Portugal. By virtue of the Treaty of Peace concluded anno 5 “du dernier siecle” between the King of Portugal and the Republic of England and afterwards confirmed by Article 15 of the Alliance between your Majesty, the late King of Portugal and the States General the subjects of the two Crowns resident the one in the state of the other for purpose of commerce are exempt from personal tax or impost. In all England and her dependencies there are not more than two Portuguese who can enjoy this liberty whereas there are more than 2000 English in Portugal or its dependencies who can claim the like. Out Letters (General) XVIII, pp. 336–7.
August 15. Same to the Board of Ordnance to report on (a) infra.
Appending: the Earl of Sunderland to the Lord Treasurer, dated Aug. 1 inst., enclosing papers received from the abovesaid Portugal Envoy relating to 14 chests of arms belonging to the King of Portugal which were made use of by the Earl of Peterborough and which he desires may be paid for or others returned in the room of them. Ibid., p. 338.
Treasury reference to Samuell [Travers, Surveyor General of Crown Lands], of the petition of Thomas Beake for a further term in some small messuages about Swallow Street, purchased after the death of Sir William Poultney, who held [same] as part of the bailiwick of St. James's. Reference Book VIII, p. 275.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Lord Halifax, Auditor of the Receipt. The Commissioners for the Equivalent have desired 50,000l. to be sent to them in gold for the greater accommodation of that service. At the instance of the Bank of England the Lord Treasurer desires you to signify his directions to the Tellers [of the Receipt of the Exchequer] to immediately supply the Bank with that sum in guineas [in exchange] for value in silver “if there be so much gold in the Exchequer”: and if not that they make it up as fast as may be. Out Letters (North Britain) I, p. 108.