Warrant Book: February 1710, 11-20

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 24, 1710. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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February 1710

Feb. 11. Money order for 500l. to Mitford Crowe, Capt. General and Governor in Chief of Barbados, for one quarter to Feb. 9 inst. on his allowance. Order Book VII, p. 428.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Richard Mico., gent., for a fresh lease upon surrender of a piece of waste ground called Ermitage Common in Ermitage, Co. Dorset, he being now quieted in possession after several vexatious suits. Reference Book VIII, p. 392.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Thomas Jett, the Auditor of Crown Revenues of the counties of Hereford, Worcester, Salop and Stafford, to take Robert Hewitt's securities, not detailed, as Receiver General of same.
Prefixing: said Jett's report on the sufficiency of said securities. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 38.
Feb. 13. Same by same to the executors of Sir Thomas Littleton, late Treasurer of the Navy, to pay forthwith 13,734l. to Robert Walpole, present Treasurer of the Navy, being money remaining in your [the said executors'] hands and issued to said Littleton for pay of the Yards. Money Book XX, p. 227.
William Lowndes to the Postmaster General enclosing the Customs Commissioners' report on David Martin's petition praying that the pacquet boats may take on board in Holland 12 small bales of Italian thrown silk in order to bring them to Harwich. Please direct them to take same on board. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 160.
Treasury reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of John Hester, merchant, showing that in March last he contracted with said Commissioners for 1,800 tons of hemp, for which he freighted several ships which all (except one now at Drontheim) arrived and delivered their lading; but he sustains an inexpressible hardship by an extraordinary and unforeseen rise in hemp at Russia and without insisting on the extreme difference of the discount on Navy Bills since this contract was made he does really suffer by the said contract [a loss of] the sum of 12,000l., touching nearly at the destruction of himself and family, an unprecedented case and highly to the discouragement of future supplies of this nature: therefore praying an allowance for his losses. Reference Book VIII, p. 392.
Same to the Postmasters General of the petition of Daniel Hall, late Postmaster of Gravesend, praying discharge of his debt in that capacity, he having served in the Dutch and other wars and being now reduced to accept of a gunner's place in Tilbury Fort which is all the support he has for a wife and 10 small children. Ibid., p. 393.
Feb. 14. Letter of direction for 150,000l. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: 100,000l. thereof out of loans to be made by Sir Henry Furnese on credit of the Land Tax 1710 and 50,000l. out of Contributions to the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710: and is to be as in part of 1,126,035l. 16s. 2d. for her Majesty's Forces serving in Spain and Portugal anno 1710: and is intended to be paid over to said Furnese for the value of 648,648 Crowns 487 Reas [Reis] in his bills payable at Lisbon at the rate of 55½ pence per Crown, each Crown consisting of 750 Reas: and is to be sent from Lisbon to Barcelona for the use of her Majesty's Forces in Spain. Disposition Book XX, p. 112.
Feb. 14. William Lowndes to Mr. Mordaunt. The Lord Treasurer orders that you immediately pay into the Receipt the 375l. 8s. 8¼d. balance resting on your account for the year 1702 as Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 160.
Same to Charles Bertie to similarly pay in the balance of 603l. 6s. 11½d. resting on his account for the year 1705 as Treasurer and Paymaster of same. Ibid.
Same to the Postmaster General. The Lord Treasurer has this day received from Secretaries the Earl of Sunderland and Henry Boyle intimation of the Queen's pleasure that a constant and exact account be returned to either of them of all passengers that shall from time to time land in any of the ports of Great Britain, with a description of them as to their names, age, stature, complexion, occupation &c. Please give directions accordingly to the proper officers of the respective pacquet boats punctually and exactly to comply therewith. (A like letter to the Customs Commissioners to obtain the like account from their officers and to send same direct to either of the Secretaries of State.) Ibid., p. 161.
Order by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to observe (a) infra.
Prefixing: (a) Order of the Queen in Council dated Feb. 12 inst. for leave to the three Swedish ships North Starr, Hedvig Sophia and Charles (the third now under quarantine) to come up the river and discharge their ladings of masts, timber and iron, they having sailed from Gothenburg on Dec. 10 last and the crew being in perfect health: all on the representation of Monsieur Leyoncrone, Envoy Extraordinary from the King of Sweden. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 257.
The like for the ship Newcastle Galley and her lading of potashes, flax, sturgeon and iron taken in at Memel, which place was not infected by plague at the time of her sailing. Ibid., p. 258.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Thomas Hewet, Surveyor General of Woods North Trent, to cause the new riding to be cut through Birkland Wood [in Sherwood Forest] and the old riding to be enlarged ("by cutting the wood lying on the west side thereof next Hanging Hill which will be most ornamental to the said riding and of least prejudice to her Majesty's woods"): all in accordance with the patent to the Duke of Newcastle, ut supra, pp. 131–2. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 40–1.
Subscription by same for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant of Feb. 17 inst. [sic ? for Feb. 11] for furniture, not detailed, for the Court for trying Dr. Sacheverell: to an estimate of 320l. Ibid., p. 29.
Feb. 14. The like for the execution of a warrant by the Duchess of Marlborough to the Great Wardrobe of Jan. 18 last for linen, not detailed, for the Queen: to an estimate of 510l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 29.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland to employ Miles Townsend as Comptroller and Surveyor of Preston Pans and Edward Hall as landwaiter and searcher there (upon a presentment dated Dec. 20 last) locis John Hay and Robert Guy, dismissed.
Lewis Hay as riding surveyor in the West Circuit loco Philemon Coddars, deceased. Out Letters (North Britain) II, p. 136.
William Lowndes to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to assign payment of 4,452l. 15s. 0d. to Sir Solomon de Medina out of tallies and orders on Malt anno 1709 now in your hands, making interest to commence on the said orders from the day they shall be so assigned: and is intended to complete 20,452l. 15s. 0d. payable to him for extraordinary charges and losses upon bread and bread waggons in Flanders to the end of the anno 1708 campaign as by the royal warrant of Jan. 18 last: and is to be esteemed as part of 301,748l. 7s. 11¼d. granted by Parliament out of funds anno 1709 for extraordinary charges of the war. On your sending the orders to the Treasury with your assignments thereon the Lord Treasurer will give warrants to the Exchequer for the interest accordingly. Disposition Book XX, p. 111.
Feb. 15. Letter of direction for 55,000l. to Robert Walpole, Treasurer of the Navy: out of loans on Land Tax anno 1710: and is to be placed under the head of Wages and to be applied as follows: viz.
for ships under orders to be paid off 50,000
for [turned over seamen's] tickets payable by authority of Parliament [under the Act 4–5 Anne, c. 6, clauses 10 and 12] 5,000
Please acquaint the Tellers that in case 12,500l. part hereof be issued in specie it will be of great service in the pay of the said ships. Ibid., p. 113.
William Lowndes to Mr. Dod and Mr. Water to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of the widow of Samuel Shapman, late commander of the Neptune privateer, praying a reward for his service in seizing a French prize called the Hope which has been condemned as a perquisite of Admiralty. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 162.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Queen's Remembrancer to forbear process against the inhabitants of several parishes in Co. Herts on arrears of House Duty as follows, until further order.
Prefixing: report from the Agents for Taxes on the petition of 25 parishes in said county complaining that sums of money have been levied on them by order of the Exchequer for such arrears though none were due. We find that Richard Woolaston, Receiver General of the Duties on Houses for said county, set several persons by the name of collectors of said parishes in super for the last half of the year 1696 when in truth no such persons were ever collectors within those parishes, whereupon the Sheriff of Herts returned a nichil upon the collectors so that upon apposal of the sheriff, process was ordered to go against the inhabitants, and issues were ordered in Easter term anno 7 Anne and 8 Anne, and more issues in Michaelmas, 8 Anne, upon which last process the Sheriff returns several sums to be received by him from ten of the parishes amounting to 48l. 16s. 0d. The petitioners have produced a receipt dated 1697 Oct. 30 signed by John Bradshaw for Richard Woolaston importing the receiving of the collector of Brent Pelham, one of the parishes so set in super, of the sum of 4l. 8s. 0d. for the half yearly payment due at Michaelmas then past: but the duplicates returned for that parish show that it is charged 4l. 12s. 0d. for the whole year which deducting the salaries will bring it to 4l. 8s. 0d. the sum mentioned in his half yearly receipt, from whence it plainly appears that the said receipt ought to have been for one year due at Michaelmas 1697 so that the Receiver set the parish in super for the half year although he had received the money due. As to the other parishes we have seen no receipts but they offered to produce them to James Hunter, the Sheriff's officer. They were not set in super until the year 1705, which is nine years after the Taxes ought to have been paid, so that it might prove very difficult to produce receipts after so long a time "and indeed it would be very vexatious to the country to expect process against them so long after the Taxes were due." Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 41–2.
Feb. 16. Money order for 1,084l. 18s. 7d. to Samuel Edwyn, Usher of the Receipt of the Exchequer: as in full for necessaries by him delivered to the officers of the Receipt in Easter and Trinity terms 1708. (In the margin: a later Treasury confirmation dated 1710 Aug. 31 hereof). Order Book VII, pp. 402, 453. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
William Lowndes to the executors of Sir Thomas Littleton, late Treasurer of the Navy, to pay (out of moneys arising by sale of tallies and orders on Reversionary Annuities in the hands of said Littleton at his death in part of the Supplies anno 1705) the sum of 5,000l. towards discharging tickets for seamen's wages which are directed by Act of Parliament [4–5 Anne, c. 6] to be discharged and which at the time of his death were in the Office of the said Littleton to be paid. Disposition Book XX, p. 112.
Same to Auditor Godolphin to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Mr. Burchett, Secretary of the Admiralty, with a letter to him from Mr. Reynolds relating to the taxes paid for the officers employed in the collecting the 6d. per month out of seamen's wages for Greenwich Hospital before he [Reynolds] left that office and praying an allowance for the same in the accounts now lying before you. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 162.
Same to Mr. Blathwayte [as Auditor General of the Plantations] to report on the enclosed letter [missing] received by the Lord Treasurer from the Bishop of London desiring a renewal of the Queen's bounty of 500l. towards repairing the College in Virginia. Please report the condition of the revenues in Virginia. Ibid.
Feb. 16. William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition and case [missing] of George Lisle, patent searcher of Poole, Lyme Regis and Weymouth, praying an augmentation in his present salary. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 163.
Treasury reference to Mr. Borret of the petition of Ann Strong, wife of Robert Strong, shewing that he was master of the James brigantine and in 1706 by Secretary Harley's order was taken into custody to give evidence against Ja. Hannan, owner and freighter of the said ship, and one Degrave, supercargo, and has ever since been detained to his great prejudice. Therefore praying an allowance to be made him for such his attendance and loss of time. Reference Book VIII, p. 393.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of James Everard, clerk, and Rebecca his wife, shewing that in the reign of Charles II. the owners of ships &c. in Kings Lynn and Boston petitioned for leave to erect lights on Hunstanton Cliff to be kept every night to prevent dangers on that coast, every English ship paying 8d. for every 20 tons of merchandise or coals and every foreign ship 1d. per ton on all foreign goods trading to and from Lynn and Boston southward only and hereon John Knight (the said Rebecca's uncle) erected two light houses which by experience of 44 years have been found of great benefit: being now decayed and wanting repairs petitioners pray a 61 years' confirmation of their title. Ibid., p. 394.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Jane Bromley, widow of Edward Bromley, praying extension of the lease of the office of gauger of all hogsheads, pipes and vessels of wine, honey, oil and all other gaugeable liquors in the port of Bristol which by patent of 1694 July 18 was granted for 21 years [? to her said husband]. Ibid., p. 395.
Feb. 17. Same to same of the petition of Samuell Shephard of London, merchant, shewing that his ship the Pilgrim galley whilst cruising upon the enemy at Newfoundland surprised a ship called the Four Brothers of Granville with fish and train oil and sent her to London, but she was separated from her convoy and drove into Bristol and condemned as prize: therefore praying leave to land the train oil at Bristol on payment of Duty and to export the fish to Oporto, the market for it being better abroad than in Bristol. Ibid., p. 394.
Feb. 18. William Lowndes to same enclosing a letter and memorial [missing] received by the Lord Treasurer from the Portuguese Envoy desiring liberty for shipping off some trunks in the pacquet boat at Falmouth. Please give orders for same to be done. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 163.
Treasury reference to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Sir Godfrey Webster et al., owners of the Yarmouth frigate, shewing that on Aug. 15 last she was freighted by said Commissioners to transport naval stores to Kinsale in Ireland at 2l. 10s. 0d. per ton [payable] in Navy Bills without interest; but the lading of the stores at Deptford was delayed [by said Commissioners] near two months after the convoy, by reason whereof said ship is yet in England with her lading, to the prejudice of petitioner and contrary to said contract. Reference Book VIII, p. 394.
Feb. 20. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to take in loans not exceeding 10,936l. 0s. 2d. on the Act for Continuing the Half Subsidies and other Impositions and Duties (6 Anne, c. 48, § 21) and to apply same for payment of the interest at the rate of 6 per cent. already due for loans on the said Act as follows.
Prefixing: certificate by the Auditor of the Receipt that said sum is due for three months' interest to 1709 Sept. 9 to the several persons who advanced the sum of 729,067l. 15s. 6¾d. by way of loan on credit of the said Act. Money Book XX, p. 261.
Money warrant for 100l. to the Mayor &c. of Lyme Regis for one year to 1709 Xmas on the annuity for repairing the Cobb pier there. Ibid., p. 227. Order Book VII, p. 395. Disposition Book XX, p. 139.
Money order for 40l. to Peter Le Neve and Simeon Stuart, Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer Court, for 1709 Michaelmas and Hilary terms for sorting and ordering records. Order Book VII, p. 392.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners for an account how much tobacco has been exported from the several ports of England to the Isle of Man within the space of one year past and for two years back "if it may be easily done": and likewise how much has been exported for the same time for the islands of Jersey and Guernsey. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 163. Out Letters (North Britain) II, p. 136.
Same to Mr. Burton to present to the Lord Treasurer with all convenient speed a state of your account as Receiver of the Revenues of the late Hospital of the Savoy. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 163.
Same to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from the Customs Commissioners of Scotland concerning a trial that has been had there about wines seized on the John of Leith. May not a writ of error or an appeal or some other proceeding still be had in the matter ? Ibid., p. 164.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to John Bridger, Surveyor General of all her Majesty's Woods in all her Majesty's Plantations on the Continent of America, approving Robert Armstrong to be Deputy to the said Bridger to take care of the woods about New Hampshire, he being Collector and Surveyor of Customs for the Province of New Hampshire and very well versed in that [woods] business; as is represented by William Blathwayte, Auditor General of the Plantations. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 43.