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October 1707, 16-31

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'Warrant Books: October 1707, 16-31', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 21: 1706-1707 (1952), pp. 458-476. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=90485 Date accessed: 23 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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October 1707, 16–31

October 17. Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated September 19 to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the provision of blankets etc. for the Queen's service at Newmarket: to an estimate of 41l. 15s. 0d.
The like of a same dated same to same for necessaries for the Ladies of the Bedchamber [at Newmarket]: to an estimate of 115l.
The like of a same dated same to same for umbrellas for the Maids of Honour: to an estimate of 24l. 10s. 0d.
The like of a same dated same to same for velvet cushions for the Queen's closet at St. James's: to an estimate of 39l.
The like of a same dated same to same for new covering the seats in the House of Commons: to an estimate of 84l. 10s. 0d. Ibid., p. 80.
October 18. William Lowndes to Auditor Maynwaring to report on the enclosed account [missing] exhibited to the Lord Treasurer by Col. John Rice pursuant to an Act of Parliament [6 Anne c. 33] in that behalf. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 357.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland concerning 4 ships which came from France with wines and brandy into the Clyde and from thence to Belfast: together with opinions of Counsel whether the said ships are seizable in Ireland or not. Ibid.
Treasury reference to Henry Baker of the petition of John Smith alias Thompson and Abraham White alias Cretall, shewing that at Easter last they were fined 475l. 16s. 3d. on a verdict for shipping wool with intent to export the same; but they can no ways pay same: therefore praying consideration to prevent the ruin of them and their families. Reference Book VIII, p. 281.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Queen's Remembrancer to supersede process against Col. John Rice on his account of the 11,420l. debentures delivered to him pursuant to an Act of Parliament [6 Anne c. 33] in that behalf: the state of the said account having been exhibited and being now before one of the Auditors of Imprests. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, p. 80.
William Lowndes to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. The Lord Treasurer approves of the answer you gave to the memorial of the brewers of Dublin representing their grievances in respect of the ascertaining and collecting the Excise on beer and ale there. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 9.
October 20. Same to Mr. Wilcox, Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, and the Navy Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer approves your report as to the timber which may be spared out of New Forest for the Navy yearly according to your late survey. A privy seal is passing accordingly. But you are to give his Lordship an account what care is taken, pursuant to the Act of Parliament [9 Wm. III c. 33], for raising young timber from time to time within said forest. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 360.
October 20. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Waith Wekett, praying to be admitted deputy to Mr. Crouch, a Queen's waiter London port. Reference Book VIII, p. 281.
Same to same of the petition of John Mill praying the remaining 62l. 15s. 0d. of his expenses of 468l. 14s. 0d. in prosecuting Capt. Nelley for breaking bulk in the ship Anna when homeward bound from India. Ibid., p. 282.
Same to same of the petition of Maurice Birchfeild who was appointed by the said Commissioners at 100l. per an. salary to make up and transmit to them from time to time an account of tobacco, salt and East India goods imported to Ireland from England; shewing that he is taxed for his salary in the Tower Ward London for the years 1706 and 1707 although he executes the said office in Ireland; which he conceives to be contrary to the Act of Parliament [for the Land Tax for those years]. Ibid.
October 21. William Lowndes to Auditor Harley to prepare for declaration William Borret's account enclosed [missing] of moneys for the prosecution of lawsuits and other affairs relating to her Majesty's services from 15 October 1706 to 15 October 1707. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 357.
October 21, 23, 24, 27. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to employ Godfrey Kennet as a weigher in London port, loco William Webster deceased.
Thomas Banyard as a tidewaiter in Yarmouth port, loco Francis Wright deceased.
Robert Mory as a coastwaiter, London port, loco Alexander Daniel deceased.
Charles Jones as Collector of Bideford, loco John Bolitho deceased.
Rich. Score, junr., as Collector of Penzance, loco said Charles Jones.
John Kent as a tidesman in the superior list, London port loco John Cotton deceased.
William Cockaine as a same in the inferior list ibid, loco said John Kent. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 62.
October 21. William Lowndes to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. There are 6 East India ships arrived in Crookhaven port in Ireland. The Lord Treasurer commands me to signify to you that there were very great complaints (and as he thinks not without cause) of some East India ships which on a late occasion touched in Ireland and broke bulk there and disposed of considerable quantities of goods, to the great prejudice of the Customs revenue and trade of England and contrary to their bonds. You are to use all lawful means to obviate such ill consequences. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 9.
Same to same enclosing for their guidance the Attorney General's report on the case of the 4 ships which came from France with wines and brandy and put in to the Clyde and thence sailed to Belfast ut supra p. 430.
Prefixing: (a) The Revenue Commissioners in Ireland dated Dublin September 27 to the Lord Treasurer. In accordance with your Lordship's letter of the 5th September inst. we ordered the seizure of said ships and their cargoes. The Collector of Belfast replied that three of the ships the Eagle, Neptune and May Flower arrived there about the end of July last in ballast from Lamlash in North Britain and landed no wines or brandy at Belfast: of the fourth ship neither he nor any of the other Collectors can give us an account. We advised with Counsel as to whether the three ships (which remain still at Belfast unrigged) are seizable here and they agree in opinion that an information under the Statute 4 Anne c. 12 for prohibiting all trade with France does not lye here [Ireland] but must be brought in Great Britain and that we cannot seize ships for having imported French goods into Great Britain. Some persons from North Britain are refitting the ships with all expedition so that they are not likely to remain long in this kingdom [of Ireland].
(b) Statements of opinion as above by Queen's Counsel, Sir Allan Brodick (26 September 1707) and Sir Ri. Lovinge [Richard Levinge] (22 September 1707) respectively Attorney and Solicitor General of Ireland.
(c) Reference (dated 18 October 1707) from the Lord Treasurer to the Attorney General England of (a) and (b) above.
(d) Report (dated 20 October 1707) by Sir Simon Hartcourt, Attorney General, to Treasurer Godolphin. I agree with the opinion as above of the Attorney and Solicitor General of Ireland.
Followed by: letter dated October 21 from William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners in North Britain enclosing copies of the above papers. In regard it doth not appear that the said ships are seizable in Ireland the Lord Treasurer directs you to use all other means for discovering and prosecuting the offenders. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 129–131.
October 21. William Lowndes to the Excise Commissioners in North Britain enclosing the Attorney General of England's report concerning the case of Mr. John Forbes and that concerning the sugar manufactories at Glasgow.
Followed by: a series of papers relating to these 2 cases as follows:
The case of Mr. Forbes.
(a) undated letter from the said Excise Commissioners to the Lords of the Treasury in Scotland. Mr. John Forbes, of Culloden, has produced to us copies of several Acts of Parliament [of Scotland] by virtue of which (as his private right) he pretends to be exempted from the Duty of Excise for his lands in Ferrintosh otherwise than the yearly payment of 400 marks. We desire your direction on the following queries:
(1) whether by the 6th Article of Union (or any other) the said Mr. Forbes be exempted from the payment of any Duty on Exciseable liquors arising from his lands in Ferrintosh otherwise than the said yearly sum of 400 marks.
(2) Whether the Act of 16 July 1695 exempts Culloden from the Excise upon ale as well as aqua vitae within his lands of Ferrintosh.
(3) Upon augmentation of the Duties of Excise, when that Branch of the revenue is in collection and not in tack, what shall be the rule for increasing his proportion for the aforesaid lands supposing his right does subsist since the Union.
(b) Act of Parliament dated Edinburgh 22 July 1690 in favour of the Laird of Culloden. “Considering that the lands of Ferrintosh were an ancient brewery of aqua vitae and were still in use to pay a considerable Excise to the Treasury and of late were laid waste by the king's enemies, for encouragement to the possessors to set up again and prosecute their former trade of brewing therefore the farm of Excise of the said lands is granted to Duncan Forbes and his successors at rent as above to be payable to the Collectors of Inverness and not of Nairne although a pendall to the jurisdiction of Nairne (the remainder of said Act dealing with the cess of said lands).
(c) Act of Parliament anent the Excise of Ferrintosh dated Edinburgh 16 July, 1695. This Act, anent the Excise upon liquor, alters or innovates nothing of the sett formerly made on the abovesaid lands.
(d) Recommendation to Parliament from the Committee for Private Affairs dated Edinburgh 17 July 1695, in favour of Duncan Forbes of Culloden, by way of report on a petition from him setting forth his losses by Highland rebels in arms.
(e) Resolution of Parliament dated Edinburgh 7 September 1703, made upon a petition from John, Master of Tarbet, Roderick Mchenzie of Applecross and Hugh Moore of Jeaninich, for themselves and other heritors of Inverness and Rossshire appealing against the privilege of the said Duncan Forbes on the ground that on 2000 bolls of malt brewed yearly he only pays 3d. per boll whereas at 2 marks per boll as others do pay the Excise would be 4000 marks yearly “so that in a manner he brews Excise-free and thereby undersells and ruins his neighbours as effectually as if he had a monopoly, which all laws condemn,” and similarly arguing against the unfair low cess valuation of his lands. Hereupon the Parliament refuses to rescind the said Act of 1690 but restricts the privilege thereof to the growth of Culloden's own lands of Ferrintosh alleanarly [alone] “so as all other grains to be imported into the said lands to be brewn shall be liable to survey and Excise as in any other lands in that country.”
(f) Undated statement of opinion by Ja. Steuart her Majesty's Advocate on the 3 queries submitted as above. (1) Culloden hath a private and perpetual right as above interpreted and this is not taken away by the Act of Union. (2) The grain out of which the aqua vitae is drawn must first be all brewn into ale and so it is practised but such ale is said not to be drinkable and there is no other ale brewn within the bounds of Ferrintosh. The privilege covers all Excisable liquors that could be made out of the growth of the said lands and therefore comprehends ale as well as aqua vitae. (3) Any increase of Culloden's proportion should be in the proportion as in the Act of 1695 to wit 400 marks to 40,000l. sterling or rather the 32,000l. thereof which is the inland part of the said Excise.
(h) J. Taylour dated September 18th to the Attorney General of England referring to him all the above papers relating to John Forbes and also relating to the Sugar Manufactories at Glasgow.
(i) Statement of opinion dated October 16 by Sir Simon Hartcourt on the above case of John Forbes.
(1) I am of opinion that Mr. Forbes is not exempted by the 6th or any other article of the Treaty of Union from payment of any Duty on Exciseable liquors arising from his said lands; and that the exemption he was entitled to before the Union determined on the Union and consequently that his annual payment then ceased. The 6th article of the Treaty of Union for equalising trade and Customs contains an exception of the Duties, import or export, from which the subjects of either kingdom are liberated and exempted by their private rights “which after the Union are to remain safe and entire to them in all respects as before the Union.” This is the basis of Mr. Forbes' claim. But I apprehend they do not bear such construction as to exempt him from any Duty of Excise. The words relate only to such private rights as were before particularly therein excepted, to wit Duties upon Export and Import. The next article of the Treaty relates to the Duties of Excise and contains no exception or saving of any private right. The 20th and 21st articles of the Treaty (which are entirely framed to preserve private rights) would have been unnecessary if the 6th article had covered all private rights in all cases whatsoever. The Acts of Parliament of Scotland under which Mr. Forbes claims are inconsistent with article 7 of the Treaty and are made void by Article 25 thereof.
(2) As to the second query (as to the exemption extending to ale as well as aqua vitae) this doubt of the Commissioners seems to arise for the preamble of the Act of 1690. On consideration of the whole Act and the Act in 1695 I think the exemption can't be restrained to aqua vitae only. The enacting part is general and the Excise of all the lands in Ferrintosh is thereby farmed to Mr. Forbes and his successors; and by such Excise I understand the Excise on all exciseable liquors made from malt which was the produce of that land.
(3) As to the third query (concerning any augmentation of the Excise) I am of opinion that when the Excise is in collection and not in tack (or farm) the rule for increasing the annual payment of 400 marks for the Excise of Ferrintosh must be taken from and proportionate to the increase of the revenue of Excise above what it was in 1695 at the time of the Act of that year. [The remainder of this statement of opinion by the Attorney General of England concerns the Sugar manufactures of Glasgow as below]. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 132–144.
The case of the Sugar Manufactories at Glasgow.
(j) Undated representation from the Excise Commissioners in North Britain to the Lords of the Treasury there. The proprietors of the sugar manufactories at Glasgow have produced to us the text of several Acts of Parliament of Scotland by virtue of which as their private right they pretend to be exempt from the Duties chargeable on Low Wines and Spirits.
(k) a series of queries [based thereon by the said Commissioners].
(1) Whether by the 6th article of the Treaty of Union the owners of the Sugarees at Glasgow be exempted from the Duties of Excise upon Low Wines and Spirits.
(2) Whether or not the retailers of such spirits as were distilled by the sugar manufactories were free from the Duties of Excise before the Union: because by the laws of Excise in England (which take place now in this [northern] part of Great Britain) the distillers (and not the retailers) are liable to the Duties of Excise: and if these Sugarees shall be made to answer the Duties that were paid formerly by the retailers of the spirits made by them they cannot allege their privileges are impaired.
(3) Whether these spirits being the produce of the Sugarees at Glasgow be liable to the English Duty for spirits when carried into England.
(1) Text of the Act of Parliament of Scotland No. 40 anno 1661, “for erecting of Manufactories,” granting privileges to all persons setting up any manufactories, to wit all privileges of natives with exemption from Custom and Excise for their exports for 19 years after 1662 January and exemption from all imposition for their stock and materials.
(m) Text of the Act of Parliament of Scotland of 17 September 1681 (made on the petition of Frederick Hamilton and partners and John Corse [Cross] and partners, masters of 2 sugar works at Glasgow representing that under the encouragement of the above act of 1661 they have set up their said two works which are now brought to that perfection that they are able to sell the sugar at a third cheaper than the same can be imported from abroad: therefore praying continuance of all the privileges of said Act and exemption from all dues for any of the materials necessary and imported for the said manufactories for a further 19 years). In accordance with said petition this Act declares such exemption for the said further period of 19 years.
(n) Text of the Act of the Lords of the Treasury and Exchequer of Scotland of 1 April 1687 (made on the petition of the Easter Sugar Work of Glasgow praying that all the materials made use of in the said manufactory may be so exempt as above, thus abolishing the designation or qualification of “imported material,” thus freeing them from the necessity of importing such materials which they have not stocks to trade in or import nor a sufficiency of skill and correspondence abroad, the petitioners giving their oath that they have coloured nothing with this privilege but what they have truly made use of in the manufactory: and further praying that the 28 tuns of brandy to which they are restricted may be declared free of all Excise, with liberty to dispose same anywhere etc.). Hereon the Act declares that all vessels belonging to Scotsmen importing sugar and other materials useful for the said manufactory, though without commission from the masters thereof [the aforesaid Sugar masters], or what shall happen to be imported by strangers in foreign bottoms for the use foresaid by virtue of commission from the said [Sugar] Masters ought to be free of Duty etc.
(o) Text of the Act of Parliament of Scotland of 19 October 1696 (in view of the advantage of the manufactory of sugar commonly called the Sugarie) incorporating Hugh Montgomerie and James Montgomerie, merchants in Glasgow, in a free and lawful Company for a sugar manufactory to be called the New Sugar Manufactory, Glasgow, with all the privileges of the Act of 1661 and 1681 for 19 years from date hereof.
(p) Text of the Act of the Privy Council of Scotland of 25 February 1701 (made on the petition of William Cross, merchant, in Glasgow and the partners of the Easter Sugarie there for importing unrefined sugar and refining same; shewing that of the 2 firms named in (m) supra Frederick Hamilton and partners have given over following the said sugar works and the same is now carried on by others who by a late Act have all privileges etc. and some of said John Cross's partners are dead and he and his other partners have resigned their interest to petitioner William Cross). The Act erects the said William Cross and his partners and their work into a manufactory with all privileges etc. as above.
(q) Undated statement of opinion by Ja. Steuart her Majesty's Advocate of Scotland on the 3 queries as in (k) supra of the Excise Commissioners in North Britain.
(1) I am of opinion that all imported materials used and all commodities made and exported by the said Sugaries at Glasgow “such as the said spirits called rum” should be free of Customs and Excise for the 19 years as therein, and further that the manufactories of the Montgomeries and William Cross have all the rights of the said exemption as private rights not taken away by the Treaty of Union.
(2) that if the retailers should be burthened with any Excise it must recur upon the distillers since it could not but low [lower] the price of the said spirits to their prejudice: and it is informed that it hath been so hitherto.
(3) It may be doubted if the 28 tuns of brandy which are to be vended within the kingdom [Scotland] may be imported into England free of Duty: but it does not appear to me why the purchasers thereof in Scotland may not so import them into England Duty free after the Union, “But what may be demanded upon the said import into England by the English Officers is left to be determined by the Lords of the Treasury and Exchequer.”
(r) Statement of opinion by Sir Simon Hartcourt, the Attorney General of England, on the abovesaid 3 queries of the Excise Commissioners of Scotland, this statement being a continuation of that of the 16 October inst. as in (i) supra pp. 461–2.
(1) As to the first query I am of opinion that the Sugarees of Glasgow are not exempted from the Duties on Low Wines and Spirits either by the 6th Article or any other Article of the Treaty of Union.
This case being in effect the same with the exemption claimed by Mr. Forbes the same reasons apply.
(2) As to the second query I apprehend that before the Union the Duty on such spirits was payable in Scotland by the retailer: and that the Duty since the Union being payable by the distiller makes no alteration as to this case.
(3) As to the third question supposing the spirits which are the produce of the Sugaree at Glasgow are exempted in Scotland from payment of the Duty of Excise the bringing them into England cannot subject them to the payment of that Duty. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 132–152.
October 22. Money warrant for 462l. 10s. 0d. each to Robert Harley and the Earl of Sunderland for last September 29 quarter's salaries as Secretaries of State.
150l. to the Agents for Taxes (William Clayton, Robert Barker, Richard Shoreditch) for same quarter's salaries. Money Book XIX, p. 100. Order Book VII, pp. 38, 39. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Same for 37l. 10s. to Richard Topham for same quarter as Supervisor of the digesting the records in Cæsar's Chapel in the Tower.
25l. to Geo. Holmes for same quarter as chief clerk for same. Money Book XIX, p. 34. Order Book VII, p. 40.
October 22. Same for 150l. to Thomas Coke for same quarter as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household. Money Book XIX, p. 101. Order Book VII, p. 70. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the incidents bill, detailed, of the Agents for Taxes for said quarter: total 89l. 13s. 11d. Money Book XIX, p. 100.
Letter of direction for 34,204l. 14s. 6d. to John Howe, Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons: out of funds as follows viz. 4888l. 11s.d. of loans on Land Tax anno 1707; 301l. 12s. 10d. of loans on Malt anno 1707; 29,014l. 10s.d. of Contributions for annuities: and is to be applied to services as follows:
£ s. d.
in part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons anno 1707.
for 28 days' subsistence to November 21 next for the Troops and Regiments here 8230 12 0
for 61 days' clearings June 25 last to August 24 last for the said Troops 8575 8 6
the like for the Garrisons 2596 0 8
pay of the Capt. General and General Staff Officers for 97 days from June 25 last to September 29 last 1983 4 3
for account of Contingencies to September 29 last 1303 1 2
for account of pay to the Battalion of Guards in Spain since 1706 December 24, to be applied for levy money to complete the said Battalion, the charge whereof is intended to be borne out of the savings by respits 1800 0 0
for 6 months' clearings for the Company at Bermudas from 1706 December 24 to 1707 June 24 162 4 10
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for the 5000 men in sea service anno 1707
for 28 days' subsistence to November 21 next for the Regiments of Mordaunt, Erle, Paston, Townshend and Livesay 3597 3 8
for 61 days' clearings from June 25 last to August 24 last for Erle's, Paston's, Townshend's and Livesay's Regiments 2986 9 4
for 122 days' clearings for Major General Mordaunt's Regiment from 25 April last to August 24 last 1638 7 2
for 61 days' clearings from August 25 last to October 24 inst. for Lord Paston's Regiment 662 3 3
in part of5000l. for Invalids anno 1707
for 61 days' clearings fro June 24 last to August 24 last for the 4 Companies of Invalids 669 19 8
£34204 14 6
Disposition Book XIX, p. 55.
October 22. Letter of direction for 37,782l. 13s.d. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1707: and is for services of the Forces abroad as follows viz.
£ s. d.
in part of 893,706l. 8s. 6d. for the 40,000 men anno 1707
in further part of 59,928l. 9s.d. for a month's subsistence from October 24 inst. to the subject Troops and full pay to the foreign Troops composing the said body 20000 0 0
for one [two] months' full pay to the General Officers of this body from October 24 inst. to December 23 next 3975 0
to complete 174,490l. 13s. 0d. being her Majesty's share of 104,694 Crowns, 20 sols, agreed by a late Treaty with the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel to be paid for the expense of bread waggons and hospitals for the Hessian Troops in Italy for the year 1707: the charge whereof is meant to be borne in part out of the savings by the pay of a Regiment transferred from this Establishment to the Establishment of Spain 4136 4 7
towards completing 95,129 guilders, 12 stivers for her Majesty's share (being two thirds) of 57,077 Crowns, 38 sols, agreed by the said Treaty to be paid to the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel as a subsidy for the augmentation of 2 Regiments of Horse in Italy from May 20 last to September 30 last: which is to be borne out of the like savings and is in part of 4529l. 19s. 8d. demanded for this service 312 12 9
in part of 445,350l. 14s. 2d. for the 20,562 men in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
to be paid over to Charles Fox towards making good some overpayments to several Regiments lately borne upon the Establishment of Portugal: to be made good out of clearings 786 10 0
in part of 20,000l. for the additional Subsidy to the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel
in further part of the 4529l. 19s. 8d. as above 1333 15 9
in part of 186,296l. 4s. 2d. for 8833 [additional] men in Spain or Portugal anno 1707
to answer bills of exchange drawn by Major General Shrimpton and others for the subsistence of the prisoners taken at the battle of Almanza 4354 18 6
in full of 4529l. 19s. 8d. as above: so much of which charge as is placed on this head is meant to be borne out of savings on the Establishment of the said 8833 men 2883 11 2
£37782 13
Disposition Book XIX, p. 56.
October 22. William Lowndes to the Excise Commissioners in North Britain to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of John Parsons, Comptroller of Excise in North Britain, concerning an allowance of salary for 2 clerks to be employed in his office. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 361.
Same to Mr. St. John, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant for 200l. as royal bounty to Capt. Pitt who went as Deputy Commissary of the Musters of the Forces sent with the Earl of Peterborough to Spain and was reduced on the incorporating the Establishments of Spain and Portugal; all in regard of the expense he was at to put himself in an equipage for that Expedition. Ibid.
Same to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to report on the enclosed petition and case [missing] of Sir Talbot Clarke and others relating to the coinage of copper farthings and half pence which are alleged to be wanting upon the occasion of the Union [with Scotland], I enclose a sample of the copper for making the said farthings and halfpence. Ibid., pp. 361, 364.
Treasurer Godolphin to the Master General of the Ordnance to repay [Land] tax assessments anno 1706 on the officers of the Ordnance [Office]. Ibid., p. 362.
Treasury reference to Mr. Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad, of the petition of the clothiers of the Army shewing that they have received the offreckonings since December 24 but that the offreckonings before that time are unpaid although the muster rolls are returned. Reference Book VIII, p. 282.
Letters patent by Treasurer Godolphin appointing Thomas Jones as Surveyor of the Duties on Houses loco Robert Shales deceased. (Dormant warrant by same to the Receiver General of Taxes for co. York to pay said Jones 50l. per an. salary). Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) I, pp. 118, 120.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Commissioners of Excise in North Britain to pay 427l. 1s.d. to the Commissioners of Excise in England in satisfaction of disbursements as below.
Prefixing: (a) Report to Treasurer Godolphin from the Excise Commissioners, dated London October 13th inst., containing an account of the money disbursed by them in passing the Commission of Excise in North Britain and in the despatch and establishing of officers there etc.
(b) bill of said disbursements: total 427l. 1s.d. Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 154–6.
October 23. Same by same to the Customs Cashier to pay 37l. 10s. 0d. to Christopher Tilson for last September 29 quarter for making a particular account of the Customs, Money Book XIX, p. 98.
October 23. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Cashier to pay 16l. 3s. 4d. to John Thorowkettle for same quarter as Messenger of the Chamber attending the Customs.
Allowance by same of said Thorowkettle's bill for the like amount for same quarter as Messenger of the Chamber attending the Lord Treasurer. Money Book XIX, p. 98. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Allowance by same of the same quarter's salary bill of the Prize Office: total 2067l. 10s. 0d. Money Book XVIII, p. 385.
Money warrant for 75l. to William Wekett for same quarter for attendance and disbursements for the Treasury Office.
5l. to John Farra for same quarter for carrying letters. Ibid. XIX, p. 19. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Same for 565l. 16s. 0d. to the officers and clerks of the Tally Court for an allowance in lieu of fees for 5658 tallies struck between Easter and Michaelmas 1707 on which they have taken no fees: being 4320 tallies for purchase of Annuities anno 1707 and 1338 tallies of loan on the several funds, the fees on which amount respectively to 432l. and 133l. 16s. 0d. Money Book XIX, p. 39. Order Book VII, p. 69. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Same for 70l. 14s. 6d. to Henry Ballow and John Smith for sorting and joining without fees 5658 tallies or counterparts between Easter 1707 and Michaelmas, being 1338 tallies of loan and 4320 tallies on the purchase of Annuities anno 1707. Money Book XIX, p. 101. Order Book VII, p. 69. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the salary bill of the Transport Office for last September 29 quarter: total 672l. 12s. 9d. Money Book XIX, p. 32.
Warrant by same to the Salt Commissioners to repay Land Tax Assessments anno 1707 on officers of the Salt Duty of not more than 100l. per ann. salary.
Prefixing: presentment from said Commissioners. Ibid., p. 102.
A like certificate ut supra p. 127 of amended or new payees of bankers' annuities in consequence of sales or assignations thereof or other change of ownership by inheritance or otherwise. [The schedule of names etc. of the new payees or assignees is not appended]. Ibid. XVIII, p. 356.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to pay the outports officers' salaries for last September 29 quarter: total 9437l. 18s. 9d. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 63.
Same by same to same to insert 80l. per an. on the Customs Establishment for Joseph Chitty, one of the wine tasters, London port, who has done good service but whose employment has hitherto been precarious, being paid only by incidents.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on said Chitty's good services. Being recently sworn to reappraise a cargo of wines, brandies and other French goods which had been appraised at 8535l. 3s. 6d. he brought the appraisal up to 10,287l. 10s. 11d. and on sale by candle they fetched very near that price notwithstanding the prejudice to the sale of them by a glut of wines from Scotland. Ibid.
October 23. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to take in loans not exceeding 12,335l. 14l. 5l. at 6 per cent on the Act for continuing several Subsidies [6 Anne c. 27] and the Act for making good Deficiencies [1 Anne c. 7]; and to apply said sum to make good the payment of 3 months' interest for the sum of 822,381l. 15s. 6d. authorised to be borrowed by the first named Act. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, pp. 82–3.
[? October 23]. Entry of the Treasury subscription of the docquet of an in eustodiam lease under the Exchequer Seal to Samuell Sheppard of several lands and tenement in Seagry co. Wilts, parcel of the estate of William Adye gent, outlaw. Ibid., p. 83.
October 24. Money warrant for 16,057l. 4s 3d. to Nehemiah Arnold, Paymaster of Malt Lottery Tickets, for the 82d. payment of the said tickets, which is the next payment in course.
Appending: certificate of the principal and interest due on said 82d. payment.
£ s. d.
principal money [of 998 tickets] after abating 20l. for 2 benefits above 20l. each 9980 0 0
interest of 998 tickets from Lady day 1700 to 24 October 1707 being 2769 days at a halfpenny a day each ticket 5757 4 3
Benefits 320 0 0
£16057 4 3
Money Book XIX, p. 99. Order Book VII, p. 67.
Same for 20l. to Henry Browne as royal bounty for the charge of his passage to Barbados, whither he is going as schoolmaster. Money Book XIX, p. 101. Order Book VII, p. 67.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to distribute and apply the sum of 59,625l. 3s.d. to Deficient Funds as follows, the said sum representing the income between September 26 last and October 24 next from branches of the revenue as follows: viz. 189l. 1s. 10½d. from Salt Duties before 1 August 1706 being a surplus from the first General Mortgage [or Deficiencies scheme]; 7786l. 0s. 9d. from ditto since that date; 13l. 7s. 6d. from Whale fins before 10 July 1706, being a surplus as above; 449l. 18s. 8d. from ditto since that date; 20,163l. 18s. 2d. from New Customs since 31 July 1706; 1615l. 13s. 4d. from Additional Impositions since that date; 195l. 6s 8d. from Vellum before 1 August 1706 being a surplus as above; 1101l. 0s. 8d. from ditto since that date; 581l. 13s. 7d. from Continued Impositions before that date being a surplus as above; 19,577l. 13s. 8d. from ditto since that date; 1391l. 12s. 7d. from Marriages being a surplus as above; 6559l. 15s. 8d. from Houses: the said distribution and application to be hereby as follows:
The Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament. How they stood upon the Register the 24th day of Oct., 1707. The distribution and application hereby ordered.
£ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Exchequer Bills 515165 4 394922 9 8 13134 10
First 3s. Aid 415099 0 0 423098 18 10583 5 5
Paper for Plate 15400 0 0 15400 0 0 392 12
Malt Ticquets 579060 0 0 124025 0 0 14763 11
Leather 504438 0 0 471438 0 0 12861 0
Third Quarterly Poll 212770 17 0 226770 17 0 5424 15
Third 3s. Aid 25823 2 9 28271 6 658 7
New East India Company 65518 0 40507 14 10¾ 1670 8 8
General Society [East Indies] 5354 10 3310 10 136 10
2338628 15 2027744 16 59625 3
Money Book XIX pp. 103–4.
October 24. Money warrants for 500l. to the Duchess of Marlborough, 250l. each to 9 Ladies of the Bedchamber; 125l. each to 4 Women of the Bedchamber; and 75l. each to 6 Maids of Honour for 1707 Michaelmas quarter: all ut supra p. 332. Ibid., p. 105. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Money order for 89l. 13s. 11d. to the Agents for Taxes for incidents of their Office for half a year ended September 29 last. Order Book VII, p. 67. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Letter of direction for 125l. to William Petyt, as Keeper of the Records in the Tower: out of Civil List moneys. Disposition Book XIX, p. 57.
Same for 4343l. 5s.d. to Sir Thomas Littleton, Navy Treasurer: out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1707: and is intended for the Victualling, towards paying bills of exchange, Short Allowance Money and other contingencies. Ibid.
Same for 5446l. 2s. 11d. to Spencer Compton: out of Civil List moneys: and is to be applied to satisfy the [Queen's private] pensions and annual bounties payable by his hands, to wit to September 29 last. Ibid., p. 58.
Same for 670l. 1s.d. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works at Windsor: out of same: and is for discharging the debt for works in and about Windsor Castle in October, November and December 1706. Ibid.
Same for 5000l. to Visct. Rialton, Cofferer of the Household: out of same: and is in part of last June 24 quarter for wages, board wages and other expenses of her Majesty's servants payable in his Office. Ibid.
William Lowndes to Mr. How [Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] to report on Mr. Brydges' representation that part of the money which was issued to him for the Forces in Spain out of the funds anno 1706 has been applied in Spain to the service of the Forces there in the year 1705 for which year they were under your pay [in England]; for which reason he desires the issue to him of the unpaid residue of the 87,125l. 10s. 0d. voted for the maintenance of those Forces in 1705. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 362.
October 24. Same to the Agents for Taxes to report on the enclosed account [missing] of several sums set in super on several parishes and collectors in Surrey which appear to have been paid to one John Lucas. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster General of the Forces abroad]. In January last the Lord Treasurer personally directed you to transmit to him constantly fortnightly certificates of all your receipts and payments for the service of the Forces and in my letter of January 10 last I set forth the method his Lordship desired same to be made. He has since then frequently called for the said certificates of which few or none I understand have been sent to the [Treasury] Office. Seeing his orders are not complied with I am commanded to repeat that he expects the said certificates forthwith and every fortnight punctually for the future. He also desires a particular account of the moneys which you have any ways received for the service of the Forces in Spain or Portugal since you became Paymaster and of the application of same. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Chetwynd. On June 13 last Sir Theodore Janssen sent you letters of credit for 100,000 Crowns for the Duke of Savoy, which letters were to run till the last day of November next. The Lord Treasurer is informed that you have not as yet taken up any part of the said money. I am therefore to inform you that by this night's post Sir Theodore is writing [to you] to enlarge the currency [period] of the said letters of credit to such further time beyond November 30 next as may be necessary for your taking up the money. Please pay it over to the Duke of Savoy as soon as may be, on account of the extraordinary service and charges of his Troops in the late Expedition to Toulon and send the receipt to Sir Theodore in order to his reimbursement. Ibid., p. 363.
Same to Sir Stephen Evance enclosing a petition [missing] of Mr. Nutin, late Paymaster of the Transports, shewing that for several months past he has complied with the Lord Treasurer's order but that for non payment of your quota he is still denied the benefit of the said order. The Lord Treasurer is very sensible that Nutin has been much wronged by your injustice. If you do not immediately pay in the money according to the said order his Lordship will direct you to be prosecuted. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to pay to Hugh Granger, Examiner Inwards of Customs London port, an addition of 35l. per an. to his present allowance of 25l. and 60l. per an.: to date as from 1703 September 9, the date of his appointment.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on said Granger's petition. He has to keep books and render accounts of each particular branch of the Inward Duties which is become very charge- able to him by the great increase of Duties “not being able to perform it without assistance.” His predecessor had an additional 60l. per an. in consideration of such increase of business. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 64.
October 25. William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to make out with all speed the accounts required by the Commissioners for Trade as in the enclosed letter and paper [missing] in order to enable them to treat about several matters relating to trade with the Spanish Netherlands. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 363.
Same to Mr. Holt for his answer to the enclosed memorial [missing] touching the General Accounts of the Customs. Please observe the method proposed in the scheme annexed to the said memorial, if you have no objection thereto “and if you have any you are forth- with to lay the same before the Lord Treasurer in writing.”Ibid., p. 364.
Same to the Excise Commissioners, England, to report on the enclosed memorial from the Commissioners of Excise in North Britain relating to the measures of England and Scotland.
Appending: said memorial undated. By direction of the Lord Advocate we have (in the presence of the Lord Provost and other magistrates) been trying the English measures with those of this country and do find the 12 gallons present Scots standard measures do make 35½ gallons English by the English ale gallon. This is the least difference when measured by the English quart. But when measured by the English gallon so much short is that of the 4 English quarts that the said 12 gallons Scotch make 37 gallon (3613/14) English by the English ale quart. We have tried these measures dry and wett and by weight. By weight of water contents the Scotch pint (8 to the gallon) weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces Troy: the English ale gallon weighed 8 pound 15 ounces; the English ale quart weighed 2 pounds 5 ounces, 6 drops. These weights are in the like proportion to the measures.
This difference in the measure makes the brewers very obstinate in all matters relating to the Excise.
The Justices of the Peace have adjourned from Thursday the 9th to Tuesday the 28th. This prevents our answering yours [the Lord Treasurer's letter] of September 30 as we would have their [the said Justices'] determination first; till which time we fear the brewers will make but slender payments notwithstanding we use our utmost endeavours to make them pay. Out Letters (North Britain) I, p. 153.
Same to the Customs Commissioners in North Britain to report on the enclosed abstract and several other papers [all missing] relating to the revenue of Customs in the port of Leith. Ibid., p. 154.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to same to employ Charles Langrish as riding officer of Stranraer in the West Circuit loco Patrick Dundas who has relinquished same.
James Boyle as principal officer of the Customs in the islands of Yla (Isla), Arran, Bute, Cowall and Cumbraes.
Philemon Coddan as a riding officer at Inverness loco Richard Murray who has refused to take out his commission for that employment.
Edward Bruce as tidesurveyor of Borrowstounness loco Michael Bruce who refuses the same. Ibid., p. 156.
October 25. William Lowndes to same to present Isaac Bourgois for suitable employment in the Customs Scotland.
Prefixing: letter from the Earl of Faversham [to said Lowndes dated Somerset House, October 22, recommending said Bourgois “an Englishman born in London, son to my steward who has served me above 40 years”. Ibid., p. 157.
Money order for 20l. to Roger Millart for last September 29 quarter as clerk to the Agents for Taxes, being 15l. for himself and 5l. for a messenger. Order Book VII, p. 74.
October 27. Money warrant for 20l. to Francis Milne, clerk, for the charge of his passage to Maryland, whither he is going chaplain. Money Book XIX, p. 102. Order Book VII, p. 70. Disposition Book XIX, p. 59.
Letter of direction for 300l. to the Earl of Bradford, [Cofferer of the Household to Wm. III]: out of Civil List money arrears due before 1701–2 March 8: and is for payment of arrears of the late King's Household as her Majesty has directed: to wit to be paid to Sir James Forbes in part of his arrear as late one of the clerks of the Board of Greencloth to Wm. III. Disposition Book XIX, p. 58.
Same for 166l. 15s. 0d. to John Howe on his unsatisfied order for the Guards and Garrisons anno1703: out of arrears of the Subsidies anno 1703: and is to be paid to the widow of Mr. Harlackenden in full of his allowance for half pay to 1703 October 22 as one of the Reduced Commissaries. Ibid., p. 136.
William Lowndes to Sir John Crewe. The Lord Treasurer has put off the hearing between you and Mr. Egerton which was fixed for November 5 next, the said Egerton being engaged in Cheshire upon extraordinary business for some time. (The same notice to said Egerton). Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 364.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to observe and enforce (a) infra in accordance with your memorial of the 22nd inst.
Appending: (a) instructions to be observed by the head searcher and the five patent searchers of London port for the better preventing the re-loading of Certificate Goods. (1) Masters of vessels are not to be trusted to carry their own file of cocquets to Gravesend as the master might withdraw any Certificate Cocquet and prevent the searcher at Gravesend rumaging for the goods and so the re-landing would not be subject to his observation. (2) After passing the first oath no goods are to be taken on board without passing a new Content or adding to the old one and swearing de novo to the same. (3) The oath given to masters of vessels at the Custom House is to be as below, the present oath being short of answering the purpose of the law. (4) Certificates are to be signed by the particular searcher who attended the shipping and not by another; the present practice being for two of the searchers (who are employed only above stairs) to certify many times debentures only on the presumption of actual knowledge “which is conceived will be of ill consequence if one officer should be allowed to certify implicitly on the supposed act of another”.
(b) said form of shipmaster's oath. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 65.
October 27. Treasury reference to the Attorney General of the petition of Robert Sutton and William Cottsworth, merchants of Newcastle, praying stay of judgment on the verdict of 241l. found against them for wines and brandy coming to their hands in 1698, they having sworn that same never came to their hands and the several masters that imported the same being dead or beyond sea. Reference Book VIII, p. 282.
Same to same of the like petition of William Cottesworth, of Newcastle merchant, concerning a like verdict of 248l. 11s. 8d. against him for brandy, Spanish juice and whalebone. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of the Managers of the United Trade to the East Indies, shewing that the ship Herbart galley freighted for Mocha was stayed at Gravesend on account of the bond to be given at the Custom House that she shall return to England without breaking bulk; therefore praying that she may proceed on her voyage, they having formerly represented the difficulties relating to such bond as proposed by the Customs Commissioners. Ibid.
October 28. Letter of direction for 5000l. to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1707: to be as in part of 893,706l. 8s. 6d. for the 40,000 men and is on account of the clearings of the subject Troops of that body from June 23 last and to be applied towards answering the charge of the Hospitals in Flanders to December 23 next. Disposition Book XIX, p. 59.
William Lowndes to the Attorney and Solicitor General to report on the enclosed report [missing] from the Stamps Commissioners touching the prosecutions against the number of sworn attorneys supra p. 440 in the petition annexed thereto. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 365.
October 29. Royal warrant dated at st. James's to the Clerk of the signet, for a privy seal for 2000l. per an. to Mitford Crowe, Captain General and Governor in Chief of Barbados and several other islands and places in America: for his support and maintenance therein and in lieu of all presents or gifts from the Assemblies of the said Islands, to commence as from 1706 October 30; but only a moiety thereof to be paid from that date to the date of his landing there, which by certificate of the notary public there appears to have been May 9 last: the other moiety to be reserved for the Lieut. Governor during the said interim period. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 261–2.
Royal sign manual warrant to Treasurer Godolphin to make such allowances as he should think fit to the officers of the Malt Tickets in accordance with the Act of 1 Anne c. 7 and 8–9 Wm. III c. 22. Money Book XIX, p. 291.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to issue 132l. on the orders for annuities [not specified ], the contributions under the Act [2–3 Anne c. 3] for sale of annuities having become deficient by 3 several persons dying before the last payments were due, leaving 132l. wanting to clear the “said” annuities to Xmas 1705; for which the persons [purchasers] concerned are very pressing: it being provided by the said Act of Annuities anno1703 that the annuities purchased thereunder should be satisfied and paid from 1704 March 25 to 1705 Xmas out of the Contributions reserved in the Exchequer and appropriated by the Act for that service, [and the said fund being deficient as above], it is hereby directed that the present issue be made out of the rent of Hackney Coaches.
Prefixing: certificate by the Auditor of the Receipt as to said deficiency. Ibid., p. 104.
October 29. Letter of direction for 2400l. to Charles Mason, Paymaster of the Transports: out of money in the Exchequer recovered from the security of Mr. Nutin, late Paymaster of same: and is to be applied in part of debts which were to have been paid by said Nutin. Disposition Book XIX, p. 59.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Arthur Maynwaring, one of the Auditors of Imprests, to allow 120l. for Auditor's fees etc. on the final account of Sir Edward Seymour to 1681 June 24 as formerly Treasurer of the Navy.
Prefixing: representation from the Auditors of Imprests desiring said allowance. Warrants not Relating to Money XX, p. 84.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for a great seal for a grant to George Rodney Bridges of the annuity or yearly pension of 1600l. for life: to commence from the last payment of the like annuity which was granted by Charles II to Lawrence Hyde Esq. (now Earl of Rochester) in trust for said Bridges “as appears by a deed under the hand and seal of said Earl” and the said Earl having at the request of said Bridges surrendered the said grant and all arrears thereof except such as incurred between 1688 June 24 and 1697 March 25: the present grant being only a re-grant in the said beneficiary's own name. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, pp. 10–11.
October 30 Money warrants for issues to the Ambassadors etc. as follows for last Lady day (quarter except where otherwise specified) on their respective ordinaries.
1300l. to John Duke of Marlborough as Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the States General: for 13 weeks to March 28 last.
450l. to Abraham Stanyan as Envoy Extraordinary to the Swiss Cantons.
450l. to John Chetwind as same to the Duke of Savoy.
450l. to Emanuell Scroop Howe as same to the Princes of Brunswick and Luneburg.
450l. to Dr. Henry Newton as same to the Great Duke of Tuscany.
450l. to Charles Whitworth as same to the Czar of Muscovy.
450l. to Daniell Pultney as same to the King of Denmark.
180l. to Henry Davenant as her Majesty's Secretary at Frankfort.
190l. to James Dayrolle (D'Ayrolle, whom her Majesty has thought fit to employ in her service at the Hague) which with 182l. already paid him by way of advance is for 186 days' ordinary of 40s. a day from 1706 September 20 to March 25 last.
900l. to Thomas, Lord Raby as Ambassador Extraordinary to the King of Prussia.
270l. to John Wych as her Majesty's Resident at Hamburg.
1535l. to John Robinson, Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Sweden for.307 days on his ordinary of 5l. a day viz. from 1706 December 25 to 1707 October 28.
450l. to James Stanhope as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Spain: and 270l. as Plenipotentiary to same.
95l. to Benjamin Lodington as Agent and Consul General at Tripoli.
150l. to Robert Cole as Agent and Consul at Algiers, for a quarter due February 10 last.
32l. 10s. 0d. to Gasper Perrinet Darziliers as her Majesty's Resident at Geneva. Money Book XIX, pp. 109–110. Order Book VII, pp. 71–72, 75. Disposition Book XIX, pp. 63, 69.
October 30 Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners in North Britain to employ Thomas Walker and Anthony Wallace as boatmen at Borrowstounness.
James Thin as tidesman at Montrose.
Alexander McLoad as tidesman at Lewes.
Thomas Andrews as tidesman at Irvine. Out Letters (North Britain) I, p. 325.
October [?]. Money order for 250l. to the Duke of St. Albans for 1707 September 29 quarter on his annuity or yearly pension.
85l. to Benjamin Bennett for 1707 Lady day quarter on his several allowances as Lieut. Governor and Commander in Chief of the Bermudas. Order Book VII, pp. 81, 84.