Warrant Books: February 1708, 11-15

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 22, 1708. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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February 1708, 11–15

Feb. 11. Royal sign manual for 500l. to John Chetwind, Envoy Extraordinary to the Duke of Savoy: for his extraordinary charges & expenses in attending the said Duke during the last campaign. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, p. 318. (Money warrant dated Feb. 10 [sic for 12] hereon. Money Book XIX, p. 175.) (Money order dated Feb. 16 hereon. Order Book VIII, p. 108. Letter of disposition dated Feb. 19 hereon. Disposition Book XIX, p. 105).
Money warrant for 7l. to the churchwardens of St Botolphs (? St John Baptist Walbrook) London for one year to 1707 Xmas on the perpetuity for the poor of said parish, see supra p. 108. Money Book XIX, p. 172. Disposition Book XIX, p. 113.
Same for 20l. to Richard Key for the use of Gideon Johnson clerk for said Johnson's passage to Carolina as a chaplain. Money Book XIX, pp. 172–3. Order Book VII, p. 107.
Same for 21l. 4. 8 to the Churchwardens of St Magnus London for one year to Xmas last on the perpetuity for the poor of the parish. Money Book XIX, p. 180. Disposition Book XIX, p. 105.
William Lowndes to Mr. St John, Secretary at War, enclosing a memorial [missing] of Moses de Medina Esq with an account of the money which he demands to be advanced on the contracts signed by him for and on behalf of Sir Solomon de Medina Kt for furnishing bread and bread waggons for the service of her Majesty's Forces in the Low Countries in the year 1708, amounting 24651l 3. 3. The Lord Treasurer desires you to peruse the said account and, if it be rightly stated, that you will forthwith prepare the necessary warrant to be signed by her Majesty to authorise James Brydges, Paymaster to the Forces Abroad, to pay the said sum of 24651l. 3. 3 to Sir Solomon de Medina for bread & bread waggons for her Majesty's Forces in the Low Countries anno 1708. [The royal warrant here ordered appears above, p. 131, under date Feb 10. If these dates are correct then the royal warrant itself must have been deliberately antedated.] Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 393.
Feb. 11, 12 and 16. Treasury reference to the [Principal] Officers of the Works of the petition of David Lance, plaisterer, praying the place of Master Plaisterer vacant by the death of John Groves, petitioner having been for several years employed in that service in her Majesty's works at Windsor & Hampton Court.
The like reference of the petition of Chrysistome Wilkins praying for the said employment.
The like of the petition of Robert Wetherilt for same employment, he having been employed as a plaisterer in Greenwich Hospital & in many other eminent buildings.
The like of the petition of John Combes, plaisterer, for same employment, he having been plaisterer at Berkeley House & St James's whilst her Majesty was Princess but “was amongst others set aside upon her Majesty's accession to the throne by reason of the continuance of other workmen on that Establishment.” Reference Book VIII, pp. 310, 311.
Feb. 12. Money order for 500l. to Mitford Crowe, Capt. General & Govr in Chief of Barbados & several other Islands & Places in America, for 3 months to Feb 9 inst on his allowance of 2000l. per an for his support & in lieu of all presents from the Assemblies of the said Islands. Order Book VII, p. 109.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners. On your report on the London merchants' petition ut supra p. 129 the Lord Treasurer is of opinion that some persons should be appointed to take care of passing certificates and debentures for the merchants. You are to propose such persons & their salaries. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 393.
Treasury reference to the Commissioners for Sick & Wounded of the petition of Sir Martin Westcomb praying payment of 285l. 7. 0 for disbursements in his late Majesty's service as Consul at Cadiz, for which the Commissioners for stating the Accounts of the Sick & Wounded in the late war made him out 3 several bills for 95l. 2. 4 each “but he not being in England at the time nor knowing any such bills were ever made out is now told by the said Commissioners that he hath elapsed his time of payment”: therefore praying consideration in view of his sufferings at Cadiz & present circumstances. Reference Book VIII, p. 292.
Same to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of John Richardson shewing that he had been for 38 years an accomptant in the Hearth-money, at the expiration of which [Duty] he was appointed Accomptant General [of said Duties] at 200l. per an to recover the arrears and complete the accounts thereof, which he perfected in 2¾ years and caused 20000l. of arrears to be brought into the Exchequer which his predecessor in 1690 reported to be no more than 13775l. 3. 5¾: and for this service petitioner was appointed Accomptant General of the Salt Duty at the commencement of that Duty; & that through his great industry he projected a method both for settling the accounts & detecting frauds, to the advance of that revenue by several thousand pounds per an; that he discovered the great fraud of Mr. Slyford to the Excise Commissioners and being rather rejected than encouraged, upon Mr. Slyford's offering him large bribes he discovered it to Mr. Harley, then Speaker [of the House of Commons] and the Commissioners understanding that he had acquainted him therewith have discharged him from his employment & he has been 6 years out & cannot obtain recompence or a hearing in his own defence: therefore prays that his allegations may be examined. Reference Book VIII, p. 310.
Feb. 12 and 21. Samuel McClellan, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, to Treasurer Godolphin. I have, for this city, received from the Customs Commissioners a book relating to the Revenue under their management. I am persuaded that the methods therein directed will be of great use & satisfaction to all fair trading merchants who naturally desire an easy access to the knowledge of the laws by which they are governed. This present is the more grateful as being a proof of your Lordship's favourable regard to the North part of Great Britain and upon the convention of the Boroughs I shall endeavour to perform my duty in declaring our obligations to your extensive goodness. With pleasure I have embraced all opportunities for assisting the Managers of the Queen's revenue & to the utmost of my power shall study to promote concord & tranquility. (Treasurer Godolphin's letter of reply is dated Feb 21 acknowledging the appreciation. I do particularly thank you for the assistance you have given in all to the Managers of the Customs.) Out Letters (North Britain) I, pp. 305, 308.
Feb. 13. Royal letters patent appointing Henry Boyle to be one of the Principal Secretaries of State loco Robert Harley. Queen's Warrant Book XXIII, pp. 328–9.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to take in 640000l. in contributions for purchase of annuities not exceeding 40000l. per an as from 1708 March 25 at the rate of 16 years' purchase (being 160l. for every 10l. annuity): all in accordance with the Act now passed 6 Anne c. 39 for sale of Annuities: of which total the sum of 540000l. is to be for supply & 100000l. is to be reserved for discharging the quarterly payments to grow due on said annuities to 1710 Sept 30: the said contributions to be payable in 4 instalments on March 26 May 26 July 26 & Sept 25 next. Money Book XIX, pp. 174–5.
Money warrant for 16354l. 1. 6½ to Nehemiah Arnold, Paymaster of the Malt Lottery Tickets, for the principal and interest due on the eighty fifth payment thereof due this day: viz:
£ s. d.
principal money after abating 30l. for 3 benefits above 20l. each 9970
interest of 997 tickets from 1700 Lady day to 1707 Feb 13 being 2881 days at ½ penny a day each 5984 1
Benefits 400
£16354 1
Ibid., p. 176. Order Book VII, p. 109.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to distribute & apply the sum of 53165l. 13. 9 to Deficient Funds as follows, said sum representing the income between 16 Jan last & Feb 13 inst from branches of the revenue as follows viz 160l. 3. 11½ from whale fins, being a surplus from the first [Sinking Fund or Deficiencies Fund or] General Mortgage; 11065l. 4. 6½ from New Customs; 1137l. 14. 7 from Additional Impositions; 2669l. 10. 5½ from Stamps; 749l. 6. 0½ from Continued Impositions before 1 Aug 1706, being a surplus as above; 13071l. 16. 8 from ditto since that date; 3428l. 1. 9 from Salt since that date; 18790l. 16. 5 from Windows; 2092l. 19. 4 from Marriages: the said distribution & application to be hereby as follows viz
Deficiencies as computed by Act of Parliament How they stood on the Register 13 Feb 1707–8 The distribution & application hereby ordered
£ s. d. £ s. d. £ s. d.
Exchequer Bills 515165 4 350717 9 8 11711 12 3
First 3s. Aid 415099 423098 18 9436 14 9
Paper for Plate 15400 15400 350 2 0
Malt Tickets 579060 392810 13164 3
Leather 504438 431438 11467 14 10½
Third Quarterly Poll 212770 17 0 213324 2 6 4837 1
Third 3s. Aid 25823 2 9 26271 6 587 1 1
New East India Co. 65518 0 23601 14 1489 9 4
General Society [East India] 5354 10 2746 2 7 121 14
£2338628 15 £889407 13 £53165 13 9
Money Book XIX, p. 178.
Feb. 13. Letter of direction for 25124l. 15. 1¾ to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, out of loans on Land Tax or Malt anno 1708, to be as in part of 586671l. 12. 6 for the Established Forces in Spain & Portugal anno 1708, & is intended to be applied to the pay of the said Forces and contingencies thereof. Disposition Book XIX, p. 102.
Same for 82097l. 7. 6½ to same: out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1708: & is for services as follow
£ s. d.
in part of 894272l. 3. 6 for 40000 men anno 1708
for a month's subsistence to March 23 next of the Subject Troops forming part of said body 26965 16
for the full pay of the foreign Troops of said body for same time 30997 15 4
for a month's full pay to the General Officers to same time 991 0 10¼
for a month's contingencies to same time 416 13 4
in part of 177511l. 3. 6 for the 10000 additional Troops anno 1708
for same month's subsistence to the Subject Troops & full pay to the foreign Troops composing said body, deducting 1261l. 9. 6 for the 2600 Palatines in Catalonia 15664 12 3
in part of 34251l. 13. 4 for the 3000 Palatines anno 1708
for two thirds (being her Majesty's share) of the pay of the said Palatines for the above-said month 2811 17
in part of 43251l. 12. 6 for the 4639 Saxons anno 1708
for a moiety (being her Majesty's proportion) of the said month's pay for the said Troops 3496 8 10¼
in part of 9269l. 16. 6 for Bothmar's Regiment of Dragoons anno 1708
for her Majesty's share of a month's pay for the said Regiment 753 3 3
£82097 7
Disposition Book XIX, p. 103.
Feb. 14. Money order for 40l. to John Lowe & Peter Le Neve, Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer, for Michaelmas & Hilary terms 1707 for sorting & ordering records in the Treasury [of the Receipt] at Westminster. Order Book VII, p. 129. Disposition Book XIX, p. 105.
William Lowndes to the Agents for Taxes to report on the enclosed representation [missing] from several gentlemen of Co Stafford relating to the Receiver General of Taxes for said County. Out Letters (General) XVIII, p. 393.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Sir Henry Parkur bart for a fresh lease of Tiddington Farm Co Warwick, demised by the late Queen Dowager to Samuel Heming in 1679 in trust for Edward Cherrington. Reference Book VIII, p. 292.