Warrants etc: August 1700

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 15, 1699-1700. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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August 1700

August 2/13. Royal warrant dated "at our Court at Loo" to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to grant to Charles, Earl of Macclesfield the quantity of 6517 ounces of white plate and 468 ounces of gilt plate which was delivered out of the Jewel House to Charles, late Earl of Macclesfield 1689 July 6 as President of Wales, representing 2469l. 12s. 10d. value at 6s. 10d. per ounce for white plate and 10s. an ounce for gilt plate: the present Earl first releasing and discharging the King of the like sum as part of the arrears due on the annuity of 1000l. granted by Charles II 1676 Dec. 23 which annuity has been paid to Michaelmas 1678 and no further. King's Warrant Book XX, pp. 359–60.
Same to same for a privy seal for 700l. per an. to Christopher Codrington as Capt. Gen. and Govr. in Chief of the Leeward Islands, for his support in that Government as from 1699 May 13: to be payable out of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty in the said Islands, by the Receiver thereof, out of the goods thereof taken at the price current upon the place from time to time. Ibid., p. 408.
August 6. William Lowndes to Mr. Clarke to prepare a King's warrant for signature by the Lords Justices for paying 220l. 19s. 7½d. to the Earl of Ranelagh out of the overplus of the tallies and malt tickets deposited with the Dutch Ambassador as security for 900,000 guilders: said sum to be paid over to the inhabitants of Chester city to complete 733l. 11s. 5d. for quarters. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 263.
August 8. Same to Mr. Blathwayt enclosing for the King's signature a royal warrant [missing] for 5000l. to William Roberts for the service of the Works at Windsor. Ibid., p. 261.
August 14. Same to the Receipt to issue 133l. 15s. 0d. to Lord Coningsby on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces in Ireland; to be issued out of the moneys of the second 4s. Aid now in the Exchequer; and to be paid to Capt. George Byng in full of 183l. 13s. 0d. for a respit as by a warrant of the Lords Justices of England dated 1699 July 4. "Be pleased first to see that the Register for the said Aid is cleared." Disposition Book XV, p. 201.
Same to the Receiver [of Crown Revenues] of North Wales. You have sent no accounts or certificates in pursuance of my letter of Feb. 23 last supra p. 279. You are forthwith to send my Lords an account of the land revenue of North Wales for the half year ended June 24 last and the same quarterly punctually in future. (The like letter to the Receiver for South Wales and to the Receiver of the Duchy of Cornwall.) Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 261.
Same to the Auditor of Wales for an account of the Crown revenue of Wales by a medium of the last seven years and of the charges thereon. (The like letter to the Deputy Remembrancer of First Fruits for the revenue of First Fruits and Tenths: and to Mr. Humphreys for the Alienation Fines.) Ibid.
August 14. William Lowndes to Auditor Shales for an account of the [Crown] land revenue within your audit and the charge thereon. (The like letter to Auditor Parsons and Auditor Aldworth.) Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 262.
Same to the Receiver of First Fruits for an account of the revenue of First Fruits and Tenths for the half year to June 24 last. Ibid.
August 16/27.
August 27 new style.
Royal sign manual given at our Court at Loo for 5000l. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works, Windsor Castle, as imprest for the said Works. (Money warrant dated Sept. 17 hereon.) (Money order dated Oct. 10 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XX, p. 399. Money Book XV, p. 179. Order Book V, p. 218.
August 17/28. Same dated same to the Lords Justices of Ireland to transfer the pensions of 2s. 6d. a day and 1s. 6d. a day from Jaques de Gassaud and Sieur Pierre Armand Quartier to Antoine de Gassand brother of said Jaques and Abraham Bruniquel respectively: as from Aug. 1 inst. Out Letters (Ireland) VIII, p. 96.
[? Aug. 20.] Establishment under the sign manuals of the Lords Justices of England, for a chaplain to the Garrison of the Isle of Jersey: to commence from April 24 last (viz. 2s. a day or 36l. 10s. 0d. per an.).
Together with: an undated similar sign manual for additions to this establishment viz. 4s. a day or 73l. per an. to John Pratt as Town Major of Berwick from April 25 last as by warrant dated June 10 last:
10s. a day each or 547l. 10s. 0d. per an. in all to the physician, chirurgeon, apothecary from same time; by warrant of 1700 May 25.
Memorandum. The allowance upon the balance of the Establishment to make up 300,000l. is for Contingencies including the charge of fire and candle for the Guards and Garrisons. King's Warrant Book XX, pp. 378, 400.
August 20. Establishment of half pay under the like sign manuals for the chaplains and other officers as follow: viz. 3s. 4d. a day each to John Petter, Chaplain of Major Gen. Lumley's Regiment; George Child, chaplain of Col. Wood's Regiment; Walter Wells, chaplain of Brigadier Wyndham's Regiment; Dean Scarsdale, chaplain of the Duke of Schonberg's Regiment; James Johnson, chaplain of the Royal Regiment of Dragoons; Joh[n] Hilton, chaplain of Col. Lloyd's Regiment; Josias Alsop, chaplain of Brigadier Selwyn's Regiment; John Harris, chaplain of Maj. Gen. Churchill's Regiment; Nicholas Grills, chaplain of Brigadier Trelawney's Regiment: all the above to date from April 24 last:
4s. 8d. a day each to Captains Francis Rainsford, Phillip Honywood, John Bickerstaff: 2s. 4d. a day each to Lieutenants James Wibeaulf, Jervais Parker, Gregory Odiam: 3s. 4d. a day to Samuel Harwar, chaplain: all of the Royal Regiment of Fuziliers and to date from July 15 last. Ibid., p. 401.
August 20. Treasury warrant to the Receipt to distribute and apply as follows the sum of 80,933l. 12s. 8½d. to the payment of principal and interest on Deficient Funds as follows: the said sum representing the receipts between July 23 last and Aug. 20 inst. from the following branches of the revenue viz. 6190l. 12s. 0d. received on the Window Duty; 4960l. 4s. 5d. received on "the Additional Impositions [imposed] since 1st March 1696–7"; 504l. 10s. 11d. received on the New Duty on salt; 3947l. 3s. 5d. received on the Continued Duty on paper; 65,331l. 1s. 11½d. received on the New Customs: the distribution and application hereof to be as follows viz.
Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament. How they stood upon the Register the 20th August inst. The distribution and application hereby ordered.
First 4s. Aid 55622 10 5 60935 6 1 897 3 1
Third 4s. Aid 407372 0 3 402577 0 3 6570 12 9
Fourth 4s. Aid 917101 13 878944 16 7 14792 4
Second Quarterly Poll 89275 13 4 89165 13 4 1439 19
Three Fourths Customs 213447 15 9 197447 13 9 3442 15
Salt and Glass etc. 1711500 0 0 1510746 16 6 27605 6 11
Two Thirds Additional Excise 160000 0 0 125054 11 11 2580 13 10¼
Additional Impositions 445177 7 4 440000 0 0 7180 8
Vellum and Parchment 224114 7 235601 17 3614 16
Marriages 648000 0 0 624350 0 0 10451 16 1
Wines and Vinegar 146181 19 146181 19 2357 16 4
5017793 7 4711005 17 7 80933 12
Money Book XV, p. 171.
Aug. 24.
James Town, Virginia.
Col. Fr. Nicholson, Lieutenant and Governor General of Virginia, to the Treasury Lords. I wrote to you June 10 last by Capt. John Aldred, Commander of Her Majesty's ship Essex prize, who convoyed our Fleet which I hope in God is safe arrived in England long before this. With my letter I sent copies of accounts. By one of my instructions, (a) below, I am ordered to report to you concerning the place of Receiver and Accomptant being in the [hands of the] same person with that of Auditor. I find that William Byrd had a commission from James II to be Auditor of Virginia &c. I enclose copies from the Council Book of his commission &c. In the Council Office there is a duplicate of the grant to William Blathwayt of the office of Surveyor and Auditor General of all the revenues arising in America but with an exception to an Auditor General of Virginia (which I think was given to one Mr. Aldworth). I enclose a copy thereof, annexed to which is a copy of a letter of Charles II to Lord Colepeper as also another of the Treasury Lords to his lordship concerning said grant.
I think it is for his Majesty's interest that the Receiver be a distinct person from the Auditor so that one may receive and pay all his Majesty's revenues and the other audit his accounts in general and others in particular; and that each of them have a room in the public building where all their accounts and papers may be lodged and that they be obliged to live where the public seal of Government is and that they attend certain times of the year at their offices: for at present Mr. Auditor Byrd keeps all the original accounts and papers at his own house where I think they are in more danger than they will be in the public building where all the chief records of the country are (God willing) to be kept. The last account to hand of him was that he was ill of a fever. In case of his death it would be a disservice for his papers to fall into private hands especially "when he hath, as now, in his hands a considerable sum of his Majesty's revenues. The inhabitants though they may be well to pass yet have little money in specie by them (at present it being not of much use here): what estates they have of that kind are in the hands of their merchants and factors in England but most in London. So that if the said merchants or the heirs of the inhabitants etc. should secure their English estates (which 'tis probable they will endeavour to do) then perhaps their Virginia estates which consist of negroes and some white servants, stocks of cattle and household goods (and often appraised not for much above the half) will not answer the bond [given by Byrd] to his Majesty, he having given bond only in Virginia. And if they do it, it may be a twelvemonth before they can be compelled by law to do it and in that time his Majesty's affairs may very much suffer for want of his revenue in other people's possession. His Majesty's revenue of 2s. per hogshead and of the quit rents is received by Auditor Byrd and they are commonly paid him in bills of exchange: and he pays the annual salaries, contingent charges &c. by his own bills of exchange. He hath 7½ per cent. for his salary but first the Captains and Commanders of ships and vessels have 10 per cent. of what they pay of the 2s. per hogshead and then the Receiver of the Virginia Duties hath 10 per cent. more. So that there is 27½ per cent. taken out of his Majesty's revenue of the 2s. per hogshead.
According to my duty I have endeavoured what in me lies to improve his Majesty's revenues and Auditor Byrd hath had several orders from myself as also from his Majesty's Honourable Council [of Virginia] and myself as likewise Bartholomew Fowler Esq. his Majesty's Attorney General, for to draw up a scheme concerning his Majesty's revenues of all kinds, to be communicated to the Committee for revising the Laws in order to be laid before our Assembly, which (God willing) is to sit the 23rd of Oct. next.
For the better improvement of his Majesty's revenue of quit rents I proposed to Auditor Byrd to have an exact rent roll taken of all the rents held of his Majesty here. I found that for several years past there had been a great cheat practised by peoples taking up land for the importation of negroes; but in our General Court I made an order against it for the future; of which I enclose a copy. For it was contrary to King Charles II's charter to this colony and dominion and I enclose a copy of my Instructions which was petitioned and recorded in our General Court by order of the Council and myself. And another cheat was by the clerk selling "rights" as they called 'em i.e. 50 acres for every person [servant] imported according to the said charter: the importer being obliged to enter and swear at the General County Courts, to the names and numbers of the persons by them so imported. But the clerks for half a crown a "Right" would give them certificates for what number they wanted. But I made orders of Council concerning this affair as by copy herewith [missing] as also concerning Auditor Byrd's giving necessary directions about waifs, strays &c.
I intend by this ship to send to the Customs Commissioners lists of ships &c. with a particular account concerning the ship Mary Ann of London Capt. George Hands Commander. The latter end of June it began to rain and so continued less or more for nigh a month which hath done a great deal of damage to the tobacco so that there is like to be no very great crops. I have an account that there is very few hogsheads of old tobacco left in the country which I am very glad of because it is for his Majesty's interest "as it will be also that there come ships and vessels enough to carry away this year's crop of tobacco."
Prefixing: (a) copy of the Lords Justices' Instructions to said Nicholson " Forasmuch as it seems incongruous that the place of Receiver or Accomptant should be (as it hath been of late years) in the same person with that of Auditor, which is in the nature of and ought to be a check or controal thereunto" you are to report thereon: and in the meanwhile to take care that his Majesty's quit rents be not only duly gathered but (in order to the improvement thereof) that they be sold every year openly by inch of candle to the highest bidder in the respective County Courts; and that due notice be given of the time and place of any such intended sale in such manner as may make it most publicly known to all people a competent time before hand.
(b) Copy of one of the Instructions given to said Nicholson, Lieut. and Governor General of Virginia, dated 13 Sept. 1698. His Majesty's will and pleasure is that all servants that shall come to be transported to his Colony of Virginia shall serve their respective masters for the term prescribed by the laws of that Colony: and the said servants shall at the end of the said term have 50 acres of land set out and assigned to every of them respectively, to have and to hold to them and every of them, their heirs and assigns for ever under the rents and duties usually paid and reserved. Out Letters Plantations Auditor II, pp. 34–37.
August 27. William Lowndes to the Receipt to issue on Sept. 18 inst. 2696l. 12s. 1d. to Lord Edward Russell, on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Chamber: to be issued out of Civil List moneys: to be paid over to Robert Greenway, his Majesty's locksmith, to clear his bills to 1698 Xmas. Disposition Book XV, p. 203.
Same to same to issue 14,400l. to the Earl of Bradford on the unsatisfied order in his name as Cofferer of the Household: to be issued by 800l. per week as from Aug. 28 inst: and to be to carry on the emptions for the service of the Household.
Likewise 17,166l. 7s. 8½d. to same by 17 weekly payments from Sept. 1 next: to be to clear wages and board wages to the [Household] servants payable in his Office. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 3206l. 4s. 5d. to the King's printers, 2000l. thereof on Dec. 18 next and the residue on Dec. 25 next. (The money order covering this letter of direction is dated 1700 Nov. 6.) Ibid.
Same to same to issue 6359l. 11s. 8d. to Lord Edward Russell, on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Chamber: to be paid by instalments between Sept. 4 next and Oct. 9 next: and to be to pay Messengers' bills and such other services as the Treasury Lords shall direct. Ibid., p. 204.
Same to same to issue 3060l. to Thomas Lloyd on the unsatisfied order in his name [as Paymaster of the Works and is] for Hampton Court Gardens: to be paid by 170l. per week from Aug. 28 inst: 20l. per week thereof to be paid to Mr. Stacey and Mr. Groves in further part of 831l. 7s. 11d. for work done in the Gardens at Hampton Court; and 150l. per week to Mr. Wise for work done there and at Bushey Park. Disposition Book XV, p. 204.
August 27. William Lowndes to the Receipt to issue 600l. to Francis Negus Esq. on the unsatisfied order in his name: as in part of his demand of 1587l. 3s. 9¾d. for repairs in the Mews to Michaelmas 1699. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 6250l. to the Earl of Montagu on Nov. 27 next on the unsatisfied order in his name for the service of the Great Wardrobe: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid., p. 205.
Same to same to issue 10,800l. to Casper Frederick Henning on the unsatisfied order in his name for the service of the Privy Purse: to be in further part of 40,000l. for the year ending Xmas next: to be issued by 600l. a week for 18 weeks from the 28th inst: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 7200l. to Thomas Lloyd on the unsatisfied order in his name for the Works: as in further part of 21,800l. to clear the debt of the Office of Works to 1698 June 24: to be paid by 18 weekly payments from the 28th inst.: out of Civil List moneys.
3600l. to same by like instalments of 200l. in further part of 11,156l. 3s. 10d. to clear the like debt to 1698 Xmas.
3780l. to same by like instalments of 210l. a week, 10l. a week thereof for Mr. Verrio on account of his painting at Windsor Castle and 200l. a week towards the buildings at Hampton Court. Ibid., p. 206.
Same to same to issue 900l. to Richard Brayne gent on his unsatisfied order for 2000l. for paying the Earl of Oxford's creditors: to be satisfied by instalments of 50l. a week from the 28th inst.: see supra p. 322. Ibid., p. 207.
Same to same to issue 4698l. 14s. 6d. to Charles Shales his Majesty's goldsmith on Sept. 4 next in part of 8698l. 14s. 6d. ut infra p. 435. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 3000l. to the Earl of Albemarle, on his unsatisfied order as Master of the Robes: to be satisfied in three monthly instalments, the first thereof forthwith. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 7100l. by two instalments for the following viz. 1500l. to the Duke and Duchess of Grafton, 1500l. each to the Dukes of Northumberland and Southampton, 2000l. to the Duchess of Buccleuch, 600l. to the Duchess of Buckingham. Ibid., p. 208.
Same to same to issue 3000l. to William Smith on his unsatisfied order as Paymaster of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners: for half a year to 1699 June 24: to be satisfied by two instalments on the 28th inst. and Nov. 6 next. (The money warrent for this issue is dated Sept. 13, and the money order thereon Sept. 18.) Ibid., p. 209. Money Book XV, p. 173. Order Book V, p. 209.
Same to same to issue 2400l. to the Earl of Portland for half a year to same date on the Establishment for the Gardens. Ibid.
August 27. Same to same to issue to the Earl of Jersey and James Vernon, Principal Secretaries of State, 462l. 10s. 0d. each for 1700 June 24 quarter's salary and 750l. and 500l. respectively for secret service. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 10,145l. 4s. 5d. to Edward Russell on his unsatisfied order as Treasurer of the Chamber: to be satisfied by 10 weekly instalments from Oct. 23 next: to be applied to clear the wages due in that office to midsummer 1699. Ibid., p. 217.