Declared Accounts, 1708
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'Declared Accounts, 1708: Post Office', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 22: 1708 (1952), pp. DXCV-DC. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=90571 Date accessed: 23 August 2014.


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DECLARED ACCOUNTS: POST OFFICE (GENERAL LETTER OFFICE AND PENNY POST OFFICE).
PIPE OFFICE: ROLL 2780.
Stephen Lilly, Receiver General of the Post Office.
25 March 1707 to 25 March 1708.
Charge. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Arrears: remaining upon his last Accompt nil.
depending upon several persons for the balances of their Accompts ended at Ladyday 1685. 2,125 6 0
depending upon divers Postmasters and others belonging to the General Letter Office for balance of their Accompts ended at Ladyday 1707 59,551 8 1
depending upon several persons belonging to the Penny Post Office at the same time 1,551 17
and upon several other persons in arrear at the same time 671 14 1
63,900 5
Charge. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Revenue and profits of the General Post Office from 25 March 1707 to 25 March 1708:
in the Foreign Office [of the Post Office]: for letters brought in by mails, detailed by dates 19,942 2 11
for letters to and from Lisbon for a year to Ladyday 1708 6,355 6 2
received of Mr. Edisbury for the freight of passengers in the packet boats between Brill in Holland and Harwich from Ladyday 1707 to Michaelmas following 590 0 6
received of Mr. Macky for the freight of passengers in the packet boats between Dover and Ostend from Christmas 1706 to Christmas 1707 66 0 0
received of Mr. Zachary Rogers of Falmouth for the freight of goods and passengers between Lisbon and Falmouth and for letters to and from Lisbon and for old sails sold (subject to abatements for sick men's victuals) 675 11 8
received of Mr. Wigbolt Muilman of Amsterdam by his Contract with the Lords Burgomasters there of 14 June 1677 for freight of goods and passengers between England and Amsterdam at 1,200l. per annum for a year to Ladyday 1708 1,200 0 0
total in the Foreign Office 28,829 1 3
in the Inland Office:
money received from letters taken in at the windows 2,497 13 2
money received of the Letter Receivers 837 18 11
the Letter Carriers' charge, being unpaid letters sent up from the Country 50,973 9 9
the Postmasters' charge, being letters sent into the Country 54,903 2 2
money due upon contracts with several farmers:
Edward Hall of Rye, co. Sussex [as in previous year p. cccxcvi] 150 0 0
John Smith and Matthew Stoughton of Wellingborough [as in previous year ib.] 1,500 0 0
William Rawson and Sarah Wainwright, [as in previous year ib.] 1,400 0 0
Thomas Atwood of St. Neot's [as in previous year ib.] 240 0 0
Anne Howlett of Thetford [as for John Howlett in previous year ib.] 350 0 0
John Brett of Tonbridge [as in previous year ib.] 330 0 0
John Barnes of Chichester [as in previous year ib.] 1,550 0 0
Richard Bigg of Buckingham [as in previous year, ib.] 1,100 0 0
Anne Warren of Whitechapel [as for Henry Warren in the previous year ib.] 400 0 0
Joseph Quash of Exeter, farmer of letters and packets between London and the several towns in cos. Somerset, Gloucester, Worcester, Oxford, Hereford, Devon, Shropshire and South Wales 600 0 0
(total upon contracts with the farmers of letters 7,620l.).
way letters, taken in at one stage and delivered out at another, farmed to divers Postmasters [as for previous year page cccxcvii except for the following: James Roberts of Berwick (for Robert Rodham) Robert Pattison of Beverley (for Jane Hardwick) John Holmes of Bedale half year to Mich. 1707 (new 3l.) and John Ward of Boston (10l. for 20l.)] 767 0 0
money received for the Scotch Secretary's letters and packets between London and Berwick, Ladyday 1707 to 11 Nov. following 317 15 0
money due from Isaac Manley, Manager of the Letter Office in Dublin, for letters sent him from Chester within the time of this Accompt 461 18 5
more due from him for letters sent him from Holyhead in the same time 17 0 6
money received of Godbolt Muilman of Amsterdam for the port of letters directed to Holland 25 17 8
money received of several persons for the port of expresses 80 19 3
and of several Letter Carriers for letters short taxed this year 1 5 4
money received for letters and packets to and from North Britain, 11 Nov. 1707 to 25 March 1708 as by the Account of George Main of Edinburgh 994 13 6
and [received] of Edmund Dummer for passengers to and from the West Indies 757 2 6
total in the Inland Office 120,255 16 2
in the Irish Office:
money arising by the profits of the Irish Office in the half year ended 29 Sept. 1707 5,961 4 8
ditto in the half year ended 25 March 1708 5,591 0 10
total in the Irish Office 11,552 5 6
the full produce of the General Letter Office 160,637l. 2s. 11d.
Revenue and profits of the Penny Post Office from 25 March 1707 to 25 March 1708:
for 995,363 letters at 1d. a letter taken in by the Officers of the Penny Post 4,147 6 11
and for the profits of the second 1d. for 134,827 letters taken in by the Letter Receivers in London, directed to and delivered in the Country 561 15 7
total for the Penny Post Office 4,709 2 6
Charge. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Overpayments: money due and payable to several Postmasters and others being the balances of their respective accompts:
Charles Blight of Launceston 9 8 5
Joseph Goodman of Oakhampton 29 11 0
Joseph Warkman of Ashburton 11 4 8
Jamey Pridieux of Camelford 11 1 0
John Smith of Bodmin 18 10 9
Blythe Haycroft of 2 12 6
Edward Downes of Hartford Bridge 44 6 4
John Beauchamp of 'Stanes' 32 7 7
Grace Carr of Belford 7 9 5
John Turner of Thirsk 4 13 3
Samuel Smith of Bawtry 1 15 2
William Wimberley of Post Witham 1 6 1
Richard Dixon of Bournem 19 0 8
Richard Harrison of Caxton 9 10 7
John Smith of Royston 1 3 5
Edward Lock of Hounslow 6 19 1
Richard Wellington of the Hay 3 2 10
Margaret Griffith of 'Llanimdiffrey' 1 18 1
Samuel Johnson of 'Pickadilly' 46 7 0
Maurice Owen of Holyhead 9 0 0
Margaret Bulkley of Beaumaris 7 0 6
John Draper of Conway 3 4 3
Francis Roberts of Barnet 6 16 3
John Messer of Old Street 15 0 0
Thomas Giles of Ingatestone 11 8 1
Sarah Joakim of Sittingbourne 10 13 9
Edward Hall of Rye 10 0 4
Mary Gardiner of Southwark 23 8 0
Anne Warren of Whitchapel 18 8 8
Edmund Dummer on accompt of the West India Packet boats 2,000 0 0
Monsieur Richards of Paris 2,633 18 9
5,011 6 5
total charge and receipts £234,257 17
Discharge.
Abatements out of the General Charge:
the country letters brought from foreign parts and from the Deputy Postmasters in England, being first charged at the General Post Office in London and sent as directed to several persons in the Country, whereby the growing Duty in those parts is increased and likewise charged on the Deputy Postmasters 10,886 9 2
letters herein charged on several Postmasters and Letter Carriers which were brought back to the Post as the addressees could not be found 1,660 7 4
letters and packetts of her Majesty and Members of Parliament delivered free 11,776 11 9
foreign letters and packetts wherein were enclosed bills of exchange, merchants' accompts, bills of lading, etc., exempted by Act of Parliament and for errors and abatements allowed Postmasters 544 1 1
Discharge. £ s. d. £ s. d.
letters sent up to the General Post Office by the several persons who farmed the same at the yearly rents charged in this Accompt, they being doubly charged 5,329 6 9
30,196 16 1
money due to Postmasters and others, not detailed, for the balances of their Accompts to Ladyday 1707 5,135 16 3
salaries, detailed, including Sir Robert Cotton and Sir Thomas Frankland, kts., Postmasters General, 1,500l.; Arthur Maynwaring, Auditor 260l.; George Searle, Accomptant, 300l.; Stephen Lilly, Receiver General, 300l.; the Inland Office [2,210l.]; the Foreign Office[3,277l. 2s. 8d.]; several Postmasters in England and Wales detailed, for their salaries, 8,218l. 18s. 1d. 16,006 0 9
payments for salaries, pensions, charges of expresses, packet boats, etc..
H.R.H. Prince George of Denmark for his pension 25,000 0 0
the Duke of Marlborough, ditto 5,000 0 0
the Duke of Leeds, ditto 3,500 0 0
the Duke of Schomberg, ditto 5,000 0 0
the Duchess of Cleveland, ditto 5,475 0 0
the Earl of Rochester, ditto 4,000 0 0
the Duke of Queensberry, ditto 2,250 0 0
the Earl of Rochford, ditto 1,000 0 0
Lord Cowper, Lord Chancellor, ditto 4,000 0 0
Guy Palmes, esq., ditto 1,000 0 0
Charles Osbourne, ditto 200 0 0
William Brockett 400 0 0
Maud Johnson 300 0 0
Rebecca Chadwicke, late widow of Dr. Titus Oates 300 0 0
57,425 0 0
Court Post: Henry Andrews for carrying royal letters between the Court and the first post stage 365 0 0
several Postmasters, for charges of expresses by them sent for her Majesty's service 1,605 16 0
charges of the packett boats:
Kendrick Edisbury and Richard Gray for sundry charges, detailed 4,941 13 5
Edmund Dummer for the hire of the West India packett-boats, etc. 15,430 0 0
paid for the ransom of several Irish packett-boats 674 13 0
Zachariah Rogers for the Lisbon packett-boats 8,142 13 5
for rebuilding the Alliance packett-boat 2,262 10 0
for the ransom of the Prince packett boat taken by a privateer 430 0 0
John Macky, agent at Dover, for the Flanders packett-boats 3,346 3 10
for rebuilding the Swallow packett-boat 727 8 0
for powder, shot and other expenses 35 10 0
to Mr. Shoemall for losses in his boat when taken 18 1 0
Discharge. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Capt. Haslewood on accompt of the Ostend boats 92 10 4
expenses for the Sunderland packettboat 31 18 0
36,133 1 0
incident charges, detailed 2,399 1 1
allowances of various natures, detailed 4,587 17 6
charges of the Irish Office, detailed, including 3,174l. 11s. 10d. for salaries, and 3,983l. 16s. 3d. for letters of State and of Members of Parliament 10,989 5 11
charges of the Inland Office of North Britain from 11 Nov. 1707 to 25 March 1708 as by an accompt of George Main of Edinburgh 597 6 8
money paid into the Exchequer (one tally) (total for salaries, pensions and other charges as above 130,178l. 18s. 2d.) 70 9 3
Expenses of the Penny Post Office:
salaries and wages 2,174 15 10
rent of the Penny Post Office 117 10 0
sundry disbursements (including 414l. 14s. 8d. for the tenths allowed several Letter Receivers on 995,363 letters: 5l. 16s. 8d. for 1,400 returned letters at 1d. each: 110l. for taxes) 876 1 2
3,168 7 0
total payments and allowances £168,679 17 6
and so remains 65,577 19
whereof depending in super, detailed:
arrears due at Ladyday 1685 2,125 6 0
arrears due from Ladyday 1685 to Ladyday 1708 60,988 6 11
arrears due on accompt of the 1d. post at Ladyday 1708 1,792 12
arrears due from several other persons 671 14 1
£65,577 19
and so this Accompt is Even and Quit.
Declared 29 June 1710.