Treasury Calendar: July 1696, 11-20

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 11, 1696-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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July 1696, 11-20

July 14. Treasury warrant to Sir Thomas Trevor [Attorney-General] to pass the confession in order to the discharge of the bond entered into by John Wheeler and Henry Stancomb of Bristol relating to tobacco; it appearing from the report of Sir Edward Ward late Attorney-General that they had a design to defraud the revenue in drawing back the duty of a great quantity of tobacco which they shipped at Bristol in a vessel pretended to be bound for Ireland but the tobacco was fraudulently re-landed in Wales and there seized as forfeited under the Act of Frauds of 14 Car. II, c 11 and upon trial was condemned in the Exchequer, viz., 10,164 pounds weight in the case of Wheeler, valued at 264l. 13s. 9d., and 3,831 pounds weight, value 112l. 13s. 4½d. in the case of Stancomb, whereof one moiety was adjudged to the King and the other moiety to the informers; and they, after the seizure was made, in order to colour the fraud and protect themselves gave bond in 300l. to the King, 1692, Nov. 14, for the discharge in Chepstow port of 44,000 pounds weight of tobacco entered that day in the Custom House, Bristol, by Wheeler as laden in the William & George of Caldecutt, William Smith master; which condition was not performed and the bond is returned into the Exchequer to be put in suit: but no execution has yet been taken on the said judgments or on the bond but a confession has been made that the Customs Officer who took the said bond was suspended as being faulty in not seeing the goods shipped as he had certified: but the Attorney-General did not think fit to pass the said confession without direction for though the goods were forfeited yet the fraud of endeavouring to avoid the forfeiture by such bond and pretended shipment was an ill contrivance: on which report the Treasury Lords think that the forfeiture of the goods and the considerable charges to which the said defendents have been put is punishment sufficient. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, pp. 148–9.
Entry of a Treasury caveat in favour of Mr. William Bowtell against the issuing of any inquisition or the making of any grant of Sir William Parkin's estate or paying the creditors of the said Sir William and particularly one Tonstall until said Bowtell have notice. Caveat Book, p. 43.
July 15. Treasury allowance of Jno. Thorowkettle's allowance of 14l. 16s. 8d. for June 24 quarter as Messenger [of the Chamber] attending the Treasury. Money Book XIII, p. 159.
Treasury warrant to John Knight, Customs Cashier, to pay 14l. 16s. 8d. to said Thorowkettle for same quarter's allowance as like messenger attending the Customs. Ibid.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to the Treasury Lords (Sidney, Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Kt., Charles Montague, Esq., Chancellor of the Exchequer; John Smith, Esq., and Sir Thomas Littleton, Bart.) for same quarter's salaries. (Money order dated July 16 hereon.) (William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay same out of any disposable money.) Ibid., p. 159. Order Book IV, p. 304. Disposition Book XIII, p. 158.
July 15. Same for 160l. 17s. 0d. to Henry Vernon, Esq., for so much expended by him and for his service and pains in the prosecution of an Act which passed the last Session for re-vesting the Honor of Tutbury in his Majesty. (Money order dated July 16 hereon.) Money Book XIII, p. 160. Order Book IV, p. 305.
Same for 97l. 6s. 8d. to Michael Studholme, 36l. 10s. 0d. thereof for one year to 1695, Sept. 29, on his patent fee of 2s. a day as Keeper and Guide of his Majesty's Roads, and the remaining 60l. 16s. 8d. thereof for his riding charges within said time at 3s. 4d. a day as certified by the Earl of Dorset, Lord Chamberlain. (Money order dated Aug. 7 hereon for said 60l. 16s. 8d.) Money Book XIII, p. 160. Order Book IV, p. 312.
Treasury allowance of the salary bill, detailed, of the Office of the Hackney Coaches Commissioners for the quarter ended 1696, Lady day: (total, 252l. 10s. 0d.) Ibid., p. 161.
The like of the incidents bill, detailed, of said Office for said quarter; (total, 157l. 19s. 2d.) Ibid.
Money warrant for 100l. to Sir Robert Killegrew for last June 24 quarter on his pension. (Money order dated Aug. 15 hereon.) Ibid., p. 162. Order Book IV, 320.
Same for 50l. to Thomas Rymer for same quarter on his fee or salary as Historiographer Royal. Money Book XIII, p. 164.
Same for 25l. to Nahum Tate for same quarter on his fee as Poet Laureat. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,000l. to me [Lowndes] for secret service: out of any disposeable money in the Exchequer. Disposition Book XIII, p. 156.
Same to the Earl of Bradford. The Treasury Lords have read a letter from the Board of Greencloth representing the want there is of 1,000l. forthwith for the entertainment to be made at Windsor on the 24th inst. on the occasion of the installation of the Duke of Gloucester [as of the Garter]. Having no ready money in their disposal my Lords desire you to raise so much as will be necessary for the said service on the tallies lately put into your hands for the Household and they will take care to order, in other tallies, for your office [as Cofferer] so much as will supply the same [amount]. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 130.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ James Grange as one of the surveyors of Newcastle port loco John Eden, deceased.
John Donne as chief boatman and tide-surveyor in Bristol port loco Samuel Wells, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 268.
July 15. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to make up Edward Randolph's salary as Surveyor-General of Customs in America from 200l. to 365l. per an. being the like allowance as his predecessor Mr. Dyer had as also and Mr. Meire, who were the two last SurveyorsGeneral in the Plantations. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 268.
Same to same to employ at Liverpool port 4 additional landwaiters at 40l. per an. each (viz. Joseph Bentley, John Wilson, Jeffrey Roby and William Stoakes—the last named being one of the tidesmen there whose place is to be taken by Thomas Hartley) and 6 additional tidesmen at 30l. per an. each (viz. Robert Seddon, Theophilus Jones, Jasper Eyton, Henry Lomus, David Meredith and John Rowlet) and to pay the remaining tidesmen there 30l. per an. each: all by reason of the great increase of trade in the said port and the insufficiency of officers for managing so great a trade. Ibid., p. 269.
Same to same to charge Richard Vernon (one of the landwaiters of Chester port) with the care of the coast business of Chester port with an allowance of 10l. to him for same; it appearing that according to the present practice there the coast business is managed by the tidesmen who have been paid by incidents for their attendance but by the change as herein the business will be better performed without any further charge to the King than that which already arises by incident payments to the tidesmen. Ibid.
Same to same to pay 30l. a year to Edward Scarborough, collector of Liverpool port, for his addition of labour and pains by reason of the increase of trade in that port; same to be for a clerk added to him: also to pay 10l. a year to the tide-surveyor there and to each of the 2 boatmen as in lieu of all incident payments for watching, lying aboard and going down the river with the sloop belonging to that port. Ibid., p. 270.
Same to same to permit the import, Customs free, of goods, as in a memorial missing, for the Second Battalion of Scotch Guards and Col. Mackay's Regiment; being their equipage and furniture. Ibid.
Same to Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney-General, to enter a noli prosequi to the information against Thomas Blackmore, citizen and mercer of London, on a parcel of silk seized in Bristol port, being 7 pieces of Alamode which he bought of the Royal Lustring Company and several merchants in London and in April, 1695, sent same to Exeter fair where on May 6 same were seized by a Customs officer and were prosecuted in the Exchequer under the Act [7–8 Wm. III, C. 31] granting duties on glass wares etc., wherein it is forbidden to sell, buy or send beyond seas any black Alamodes or Lustrings unless they have the seal or mark which are already used for foreign goods at the Custom House or the seal and mark of the Lustring Company for the goods manufactured by them in England: but as there is no day mentioned in the said clause from which such rule should take place it is construed to commence from the first day of that Session of Parliament which was 1694, Nov. 12, though the said Act did not pass the royal consent until 1695, May 1: so that in the opinion of the Customs Commissioners the petitioner seems to have been under an unavoidable surprise and they think he may deserve favourable relief. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 151–2.
July 15. The Treasury Lords to the Lords Justices, Ireland, to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of John Davis, Esq., setting forth his services whilst secretary to the late Lords Justices, Ireland, during the late war and the loss in his estate to the value of above 5,000l. by the express malice of the enemy on account of that employment, and that same had been already before the King on a report from the late Lord Deputy of Ireland; and therefore praying, in regard the King did not think fit upon the said report to grant anything in diminution of petitioner's quit rents, that he might have a grant of lands as in a schedule thereto and that his arrears of quit rents may be payable in half yearly payments and in the meantime that his tenants may not be distrained: this present petition being referred to the Treasury by the King. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 126.
July 16. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for issuing 40,000l. Bills of Credit at the Exchequer in accordance with the late Act [7–8 Wm. III, C. 31 granting Duties on salt, glass, etc.]. You are hereby to prepare indented Bills of Credit [Exchequer Bills] to be signed by yourself and sealed with a public seal to the above amount and in such sums and in such manner as are mentioned in the said Act and according to the convenience of the lender: with an allowance of interest after the rate of 3d. a day per 100l.: and to deliver to the respective Tellers of the Receipt the Bills (10,000l. each) so made forth, taking their receipts for the same and charging them with the value thereof: the counterpart of the said Bills, in a book which you are to provide for this purpose, are to remain for trying the truth of the original Bills whenever there shall be occasion: and the Tellers are, upon the advancing any money to their hands by any person or persons upon the credit of such Bills, to deliver to same the amount thereof in such Bills. You shall keep a true account, in the nature of a comptroll, of all the Bills so made and delivered by you and the Tellers shall keep true accounts as well of the Bills which they receive and issue as of the money which they shall actually receive and pay in relation thereto. Further you are hereby weekly on every Friday to examine the said accounts of the said Tellers and to make a distinct certificate of their receipts, payments, delivery or other doing in the premises, separately from the accounts of their other receipts and payments in the Exchequer. Money Book XIII, pp. 162–3.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Robert Pauling for employment in the Customs, he having served skilfully and faithfully in the coal and culme Duties. Reference Book VII, p. 162.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities, detailed, of Capt. William Bisset as Agent to Col. William Seymour's Regiment, ut supra, p. 135. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 130.
Warrant by the Lords Justices, England, to the Lords Justices, Ireland, (Sir Charles Porter, Lord Chancellor; Charles, Earl of Montrath and Henry, Earl of Drogheda). We hereby authorise you to pay to yourselves 1,000l. each out of the revenue of Ireland as royal bounty towards your equipages and preparations for your employment as Lords Justices, to which [office] the King has constituted you. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 123.
July 16. Warrant by the Lords Justices, England, to the Lords Justices, Ireland, to pay themselves out of the like revenue 6,953l. 6s. 8d. per an. being the usual allowance or entertainment formerly given to the Chief Governor or Governors of Ireland; to be payable "quarterly and to commence from the day on which the Sword of State shall be received by you": and further to pay themselves so much as the fees of the licences for exporting wool shall fall short of the annual income which the same produced according to a medium of the last 7 years of Charles II's reign. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 124.
Same to same to pay to the said Sir Charles Porter (lately constituted a Lord Justice of Ireland) so much of the abovesaid allowances of 6,953l. 6s. 8d. per an. and the wool licences shortage as is due by the day from the time he received the Sword of State until the day on which the abovesaid Earls of Mountrath and Drogheda shall enter upon the joint execution of that government. Ibid., p. 125.
July 17. William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 1,000l. to the Earl of Bradford on the unsatisfied order in his name [as Cofferer of the Household]: to be issued out of the loans made by Mr. Bartho Burton on credit of the 6,000l. a week appropriated out of the Hereditary and Temporary Excise: same being intended for the expense of the entertainment at Windsor the 24th inst., ut supra, p. 203. Disposition Book XIII, p. 156.
Same to same to issue 1,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh upon the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of the money to be advanced on credit of Exchequer Bills: and to be paid over to Sir William Gore in further part of the value of 40,000 R[eichs] D[ollars] by him furnished to the Duke of Brandenburg; "and makes in all 3,000l. paid on that account." Ibid.
Same to same to issue (out of the first disposeable money in the Receipt) 340l. to Charles Shales his Majesty's Goldsmith, ut supra, p. 152. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 10,000l. to Edward Russell, Esq., on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: to be issued out of loans on the present Land Tax [fourth 4s. Aid]: and to be applied to the head of [seamen's] wages. Ibid., p. 157.
Same to same to issue as follows out of any disposeable money in the Receipt, viz. 455l. to Paul Foley, Speaker of the House of Commons;
1,000l. to Mr. Tollet, Secretary to the Commissioners of Accounts in part of 2,000l. for their incidents;
150l. to Mr. Popple, Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The Admiralty Lords have received an order from the Lords Justices, England, for dismissing from their employments the officers of his Majesty's yachts William & Mary, Mary and Katherine in whose custody any of the prohibited goods were lately found which were brought from Holland. The Customs officers who seized same are to attend them [the Admiralty Lords] to enable them the better to comply with the said order. Out Letters (General) XV, p. 130.
July 17. Same to Mr. Baker. My Lords have signed a warrant for stay of process ad computandum against Edward, Lord Griffin, as Treasurer of the Chamber to James II, but you are to prosecute with effect next term if the accounts be not finished in the meantime. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite. I have read to my Lords the part of your letter of the 6th inst. which relates to the warrant for 1,000l. for the Duke of Savoy. My Lords are of opinion that it is more proper, as matters now stand, that a warrant be signed for allowing 100,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh for the tallies and orders he has delivered to the President de la Tour than for the payment of any sum to the said Duke for the time that looks forward. Lord Godolphin says he has lately wrote you about this matter. I therefore enclose a warrant for the King's signature for such allowance to the Earl of Ranelagh. Ibid., p. 131.
Same to same. Mr. Lambert Blackwell, his Majesty's Consul at Leghorn, has represented to my Lords that he is in disburse 600l. on account of a vessel which he bought by order of Secretary the Duke of Shrewsbury, for an advice boat to the Fleet in those parts and prays to be repaid out of two French prizes, ut supra, p. 198. My Lords think it a very reasonable and easy way to settle the debt and have directed the Prizes Commissioners accordingly. But my Lords are informed that the King has disposed otherwise of the Crown's shares of the said prizes by a warrant of April 26 last which was not countersigned by them and of which they had no cognizance. They therefore desire you to lay this matter before the King for his pleasure whether they shall pay the said 600l. out of those prizes notwithstanding the said warrant. Ibid.
Same to the Excise Commissioners enclosing a copy [missing] of an order of the Lords Justices, England, for dismissing forthwith James Page from his employment in the Excise. You are to dismiss him accordingly. Ibid., p. 132.
Same to Mr. Blathwaite. Major Walter Delamar has petitioned the King shewing that 719l. is owing to him in an account stated and allowed by the Commissioners of Accounts on Ireland which by a warrant of 4 Wm. III was directed to be forthwith paid him out of the revenue of Ireland but by reason of the necessities of the Government [there] he hath not hitherto had any effect thereof: therefore praying a lease for 31 years of so much as remains in his tenure out of lands of which he has a 3 years' custodiam [to wit] amounting to 443l. per an. improved rents including quit and crown rents (whereof 80l. per an. hath since been released to him towards his support and maintenance and 90l. per an. of said lands have been granted to Mr. Roach and his heirs). The petition was referred to the late Lord Deputy and by him to the Attorney-General, Ireland, whose report advises that what rent is now due from petitioner on his custodiam may be allowed him in part of his debt and that remainder of the debt may be accepted by way of fine for such lease. The Lord Deputy transmitted this report in a letter of March 17 last to my Lords who agreed therewith. Please lay this matter before the King for his pleasure therein. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Henry Walter shewing that he has served faithfully as a landcarriageman and that Edmond Allen, a landwaiter London port, is unable any more to attend to duty; therefore praying a landwaiter's place at half salary during said Allen's life [Allen to receive the other half as superannuation pension], see supra, p. 199. Reference Book VII, p. 162.
[? July 17.] Entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of the docquet of a lease to Ralph Sherwood, junior, of a tenement in the manor of Shippon, co. Berks, for the life of his son Ralph: at a rent of 63s. 4d. per an. and fine of 44l. Warrants not Relating to Money XV, p. 151.
July 17. Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to supersede process ad computandum against Lord Griffin, ut supra, p. 207. Ibid.
July 18. Money warrant for 343l. 2s. 6d. to Thomas Felton and the executors of William Chiffinch for last June 24 quarter on their fees and allowances as Master of the Hawks. Money Book XIII, p. 163.
July 20,
old style.
Royal warrant dated "at our Camp at Attry" for 15,000l. to Edward Nicholas, Esq., as imprest for relief of poor French Protestants in accordance with the grant made by Parliament in the Act of 7–8 Wm. III, C. 30: to be by the said Nicholas applied as follows: viz. 3,000l. to be paid to La Salle de Monginot and — Hermitage, gent, — Uchard and – Blanc, clerks, to be distributed by them according to their best discretions for the relief of such poor, distressed French ministers as are now residing in England; and 12,000l. to be applied towards the relief of poor French Protestants in such manner and according to such rules and directions as he shall from time to time receive from Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, Sir John Somers, Keeper of the Great Seal, Henry, Bishop of London, Sir John Houblon, Mayor of London, Sir John Holt, Kt., Chief Justice of the King's Bench and Sir George Treby, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. (Money warrant dated July 27 hereon.) (Money order dated July 31 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XIX, p. 97. Money Book XIII, p. 169. Order Book IV, p. 308.