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Warrant Book: August 1710, 1-5

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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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August 1710

Aug. 1. Royal warrant dated Kensington to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 50,000l. to Spencer Compton as imprest for the Queen's annual pensions and bounties. (The privy seal hereon is dated Aug. 5.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, p. 312.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to William Morison of Prestoun Grange, Scotland, of all wrecks, jetsom, flotson and lagan and goods derelict, riches, bullion, plate, gold, silver, coin, merchandise, and other goods and chattels whatsoever which at any time before 24 June 1710 have been cast away, wrecked or lost or at any time before 1717 June 24 shall be cast away, wrecked or lost upon any rocks, shelves or sholes, seas or banks in and between the latitudes of 41 and 54 degrees of north latitude and which shall be taken up and recovered by him or his agents before 1717 June 24: he rendering to the Crown a full eighth part of what shall be so recovered: and with power to the Treasury to appoint a person to inspect the fishing of the said wrecks and to take an account thereof for the better securing the said eighth part to the Crown: this grant not to interfere with any other prior grants within the said limits. Ibid., p. 344.
Money warrant for 135l. for the officers, detailed, of Waltham Forest for half a year to 1709 Sept. 29 on their several fees and allowances. (Money order dated Aug. 12 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Sept. 7 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 337. Order Book VII, p. 462. Disposition Book XX, p. 221.
Aug. 1. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Trustees for Circulating Exchequer Bills (Sir James Bateman, John Heathcott and Henry Fermor) to apply and pay 1,300l. for one year's salary from 27 April 1709 to 27 April 1710 to themselves at 300l. per an. each and for the officers employed under them in that affair viz. Lionell Herne 200l.; Samuel Edwards 150l.; William Parrott 40l.; Mary Parrot 10l.: to be paid out of any money remaining in the hands of the said Trustees upon account of the said circulating. Money Book XX, p. 338.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners to employ Samuell Lyne as waiter and searcher at Boddenick in Fowey port loco Oliver Johns who has for some time been a prisoner at Bodmyn and thereby rendered incapable of performing his duty. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 312.
Same by same to the Queen's Remembrancer for stay of process against Cha. Mason, late Treasurer and Paymaster of the Transport Service, his accounts between 1705–6 Jan. 18 and 1707–8 Jan. 18 being [now] examined and preparing for declaration. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 146.
The like stay for Henry Baker [on his account of moneys received for Crown law charges &c.]. Ibid.
The like stay for William Hewer as executor of Samuel Pepys, late Treasurer for Tangier: on said Pepys's accounts and his own accounts as the succeeding Treasurer of Tangier: a state whereof is ready to be laid before the Lord Treasurer. Ibid.
Royal warrant dated Kensington to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for 3,000l. to be advanced (in accordance with the Address of the House of Commons, Ireland) for purchasing the ground or street and the several buildings thereon leading up Cork Hill to the Castle of Dublin and for enlarging and levelling the said street and making a new way into the Castle: same to be advanced out of Crown Revenues in Ireland, and is promised by said House to be made good to the Crown the next Session. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, pp. 201–2, 203.
Aug. 3. Royal sign manual for 2,000l. to Lieut. Gen. William Seymour as royal bounty in lieu and satisfaction of all pretensions whilst he was the General Officer and Commander in Chief of the Marines without having an allowance for the same on any Establishment. (Money warrant dated Aug. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Aug. 11 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, p. 312. Order Book VII, p. 457.
Royal warrant to Treasurer Godolphin to pay 955l. to James Cresset, late Envoy Extraordinary to the Elector of Hanover and Duke of Brunswick Luneburg; he having had a warrant, supra, p. 369, for said sum for advance of equipage and a quarter's ordinary in advance but having died before the money was paid; whereby the same cannot now be regularly received by virtue of the privy seal of July 12 last, supra, p. 363: but it having been represented that he was at above 1,200l. charges in buying his equipage &c., ut supra. The same is therefore hereby to be paid by virtue of the general privy seal of 13 March 1701–2. (Money warrant dated Aug. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Aug. 12 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, p. 313. Order Book VII, p. 459. Disposition Book XX, p. 208.
Aug. 3. Royal sign manual for 5,000l. to William Roberts, Paymaster of the Works within the Castle of Windsor: as imprest for the use and service of the said Works. (Money warrant dated Aug. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Aug. 12 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, p. 323. Order Book VII, p. 456.
Same for 250l. to Sir Philip Meadows for 1699 Xmas quarter on his salary as a Commissioner for Trade and Plantations "which money we have thought fit to allow unto him in regard he hath been obliged to pay the like sum to us as he was security to one of the collectors of the Customs who died insolvent in the reign of our royal brother." (Money warrant dated Aug. 5 hereon.) (Money order dated Aug. 12 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, p. 324. Order Book VII, p. 491. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Money warrant for 605l. 2s. 8d. to Thomas, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, late President of the Privy Council, 375l. thereof for 1708 Michaelmas quarter on the allowance as such and the remainder for 56 days thereon to 1708 Nov. 25, being the day on which he was succeeded by John, Lord Somers, in the said employment. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 340. Order Book VII, p. 458. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Spencer Compton, Paymaster of the Queen's private bounties to pay to the following as the Queen's free gift and royal bounty: viz.
£
Marquis de Guiscard 200
Thomas Cornwallis Esq. 50
Charlott Rycaut and William Powell, each 20
Rebecca Bruges, alias Pride 10
Mary Speke, Elizabeth Gellot and the wife of Major Christian, each 20
Margaret Strother, Mary Purdon, Judith North, Anne Kershe, widow, Eleanor Conway, each 10
Edith College 20
Margaret, Countess Dowager of Cassilis 200
Mary, Countess Dowager of Dalhousie 100
Ja. Vesian, in consideration of a Crown debt 50
Alexander Carlton [in consideration of] the like 50
Jane Dickenson and Eliz. Storey, each 10
£850
(Letter of direction dated Aug. 4 for 850l. to said Compton on his unsatisfied order for her Majesty's pensions and bounties. Followed by: confirmation dated Aug. 17 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords.) Money Book XX, p. 340. Disposition Book XX, p. 205.
Aug. 3. Money warrant for 1,640l. to Sir Phillip Meadows junr., late Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of Germany, for 205 days on his ordinary of 5l. a day as Envoy and 3l. a day as Plenipotentiary, to wit from 1709 March 25 (to which time he was last paid) to Oct. 16 following, the day on which he returned into her Majesty's presence from those employments. Money Book XX, p. 341. Order Book VII, p. 448. Disposition Book XX, p. 206.
Same for 1,235l. 1s. 0d. to same for bills of extraordinaries as follows in his said service.
Appending: said bills.
£ s. d.
(1) from 1709 April 24 to July 24.
postage of letters and pacquets 40 16 0
paid for several expresses and for intelligence, memorials &c. 62 10 0
printed papers, translations &c. 26 11 6
stationery wares 20 2 6
to put his house, himself, servants and equipage in mourning by her Majesty's commands upon occasion of the death of the Prince of Denmark 325 0 0
expended upon occasion of the two weddings of the Queen of Spain and Queen of Portugal which was unavoidable [expense] 170 0 0
£645 0 0
(2) from 1709 July 24 to Oct. 16.
postage of letters and pacquets 46 0 0
intelligence, memorials &c. 38 0 0
printed papers, translations and stationery wares 14 10 0
fees at his audience of leave 30 0 0
given to the Captain of the yacht that brought Sir Phillip over 21 10 0
charges of his journey from Vienna to England over and above the [ordinary] allowance of 8l. a day 226 0 0
£376 0 0
Followed by: Secretary H. Boyle's allowance (undated) of these bills. "The first four articles of the first bill is allowed as likewise the first four articles of the second bill, but the other articles in each bill are submitted to the Lord Treasurer." Money Book XX, p. 341. Order Book VII, p. 448. Disposition Book XX, p. 206.
Same for 50l. to the heirs of Nicholas Yates for half a year to 1710 Lady day on their pension: whereof 10l. is to be issued to Ann Tonks pursuant to a decree in Chancery of 1698 Oct. 24. (In the margin: a confirmation dated Aug. 24 inst by the succeeding Treasury Lords.) Money Book XX, p. 342.
Same for 600l. to Sir Charles Hedges for half a year to 1710 June 24 on his annuity. (In the margin: a like confirmation dated Aug. 21 inst.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Ibid., p. 342. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Aug. 3. William Lowndes to Mr. Bendyshe, Secretary to the Commissioners for Settling the Poor Palatines. In reference to the resolution of your Commissioners of July 12 last the Lord Treasurer has directed payment of the debt of 4,273l. 7s. 7d. to be made by Spencer Compton by 500l. a week. Please move your Commissioners for an exact and particular account what moneys have been paid in to the Chamber of London on the briefs [for parochial and other collections] for the said Palatines and how same have been applied, and also an estimate of what may still be standing out in the hands of the collectors of the said briefs; and that your Commissioners hasten the payment thereof into the Chamber of London towards reimbursing her Majesty the several sums which are now paying out of her own treasure on this account. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 209.
Same to the Agents for Taxes to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Sir John Trevor representing the case of the county of Denbigh relating to a sum collected there for arrears and paid to Thomas Lloyd, late Receiver General of Land Tax, but not answered by him into the Exchequer. Ibid., p. 210.
Same to Mr. Walpole [as Secretary at War] to prepare a royal warrant for paying Major Hubert Jennings 200l. in consideration of his having quitted the French service for that of his Catholic Majesty and to enable him to discharge the debts he has contracted here and to proceed to Spain.
Appending: said Walpole's report dated June 22 last on said Jennings' memorial shewing that he was Capt. Commandant of Lieut. Gen. Mahony's Regiment of Dragoons in the French service in 1704 when her Majesty's Proclamation was issued promising to all her subjects in the French service who would return to their allegiance equal provision in the Forces of the Allies: which Proclamation being sent him by Lord Slane he persuaded 11 Officers [in] that campaign to quit the French service and in using his endeavours to bring over more to her Majesty's service was discovered, his baggage all seized, his pay stopped and himself confined 15 months in a common prison at Madrid in a very needy and indigent condition till he was released by the arrival of her Majesty's Army at that city: after which he was allowed 5s. a day by the Earl of Galway until he was made Major to Brigadier Withers' Regiment, and the said Regiment being broke after the seige of Tortosa he was again reduced to the said allowance of 5s. a day which he received till the end of June last [1709] and no longer. The truth of his statements is attested by the Earl of Galway, the Marquis Das Minas, the Count D'Efferen, Major General in the service of the Elector Palatine, and by several of the Officers who quitted the French service by his persuasion and are now provided for in Portugal and Spain pursuant to the said Proclamation. As he is a Roman Catholic he cannot be provided for in any of her Majesty's Forces; but he may be recommended to the Catholic King and General Stanhope for employment in the foreign Forces now raising for the said Catholic King. Ibid., pp. 211–12.
Treasury reference to the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army of the petition of Dr. Thomas Lower, executor to Lieut. Col. William Lower, of Brigadier Peirse's Regiment, who died in Portugal, shewing that 54l. was due to him for subsistence and 59l. 11s. 0d. for clearings and 10l. 5s. 0d. which [he] had laid out for subsisting Lieut. Col. Parry's Company and 11l. 1s. 3d. for subsisting Major Godbey's Company, but they refuse to pay petitioner though they cannot deny the debt: therefore praying that said last two sums may be stopped out of Parry's and Godbey's pay. Reference Book VIII, p. 413.
Aug. 3. Same to the Navy Commissioners of the petition of Rebecca Sandersone, widow of Francis Sandersone, who was gunner on board her Majesty's ship the Fire Drake bomb, when she and all her crew were lost in the Gulf of Lyons: praying the usual allowance in like cases, she being in great want and necessity and besides her husband she likewise lost her son in the said ship. Ibid., p. 420.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated July 18 last to the Master of the Jewel House for the delivery of four new silver trumpets for the Trumpeters of her Majesty's Troop of Guards: to an estimate of 100l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 29.
The like for a same dated June 29 last to same for the provision of two gold cups for two horse races: to an estimate of 200l. Ibid.
The like for a same dated June 27 last to same for 1,000 ounces of white plate for Lord Dartmouth, one of her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State: to an estimate of 400l. Ibid., p. 148.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Edward Wilcox, Surveyor General of Woods, South Trent, to fell timber in Salcey Forest in Cos. Northampton and Bucks sufficient to raise 118l. for perfecting the repairs of the several lodges in said forest.
Prefixing: report by said Wilcox on the memorial of Geo. Montagu, Chief Ranger of said forest, concerning the repairs necessary to the lodges and mounds.
Followed by: Treasury confirmation dated 1711 April 2 hereof. Ibid., pp. 149–50.
Same by same to the Excise Commissioners in Scotland, for an addition of 70l. per an. to the salary of John Parsons, Comptroller of Excise, Scotland, for an additional clerk, in regard of the considerable increase of business under his care. Out Letters (North Britain) II, pp. 197–8.
Aug. 4. William Lowndes to Capt. Abercrombie. I am to acknowledge yours of the 25th ult. touching your petition for a grant of the estate of one James Douglas, an intestate bastard, and also your two letters to myself on that subject received yesterday. By my Lord Treasurer's order I immediately wrote to the Barons of the Exchequer to hasten their report on your said memorial which was referred to them in March last "and have told them that her Majesty has declared her royal intention of gratifying you in your said request." But their report is absolutely necessary as to the form of doing it and for certifying her Majesty upon the said allegations. As soon as that comes hither [to the Treasury Office] you may be sure of all the despatch that can be given to this affair. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 210.
Aug. 4. William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of several merchants, traders and inhabitants of Jamaica concerning the high Duties laid upon prize goods in that island and the severe collecting of the same there. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 211.
Treasury reference to the Postmasters General of the petition of Thomas Chapman, postmaster of St. Albans, shewing that since he has been made a surveyor of the window lights all his creditors are very severe upon him and being in arrear near 100l. to her Majesty for the postage of letters he prays that said arrear may be deducted by yearly instalments out of his salary "from the General Post Office and he will constantly pay the growing profits of the Post Office [the emoluments of his place as postmaster at St. Albans] for the future." Reference Book VIII, p. 413.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated June 8 last to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the provision for Sir William Oldes, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, of a robe of the same fashion as was delivered to the late Black Rod: to an estimate of 29l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 148.
The like of a same dated June 3 last to the Master of the Jewel House for the provision for said Oldes of a rod adorned with gold, with a chain and badge of gold: to an estimate of 60l. Ibid.
[?] Entry of the Treasury signature of the docquet of an in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Peter Davis and John West of several closes of pasture in Whereton Montagu, Co. Somerset, parcel of the lands of John Allen, extended for debt. Ibid.
Aug. 5. Royal warrant dated St. James's to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to pay additional pay as follows to the General Officers serving in Flanders in the year 1708, "being to make up their pay according to their positions and posts in which they served in the said year": viz.
£ s. d.
Lieut. Gen. Hen. Withers to make up his pay from that of Major Gen. to Lieut. Gen. from 19 Aug. to 22 Dec. 1708, being 127 days at 40s. a day 254 0 0
to same more for the pay of a second Aide de Camp at 10s. a day for same time 63 10 0
Lieut. Gen. Cornelius Wood for the like increase from 24 Dec. 1707 to 23 Dec. 1708 at 40s. a day 732 0 0
to same more for his second Aide de Camp at 10s. a day 183 0 0
Lieut. Gen. Cha. Ross for the like increase for same time at 40s. a day 732 0 0
to same more for his second Aide de Camp at 10s. a day 183 0 0
Lieut. Gen. Tho. Meredith to make up his pay from that of Brigadier to Major General from 24 Dec. 1707 to 28 April 1708, being 127 days at 10s. a day 63 10 0
to same more for an Aide de Camp at 10s. a day 63 10 0
Lieut. Gen. William Cadogan for the like increase from Brigadier to Major General from 24 Dec. 1707 to 23 Dec. 1708 at 10s. a day 183 0 0
to same more for an Aide de Camp at 10s. a day 183 0 0
George Kellum Esq. for his pay as Brigadier for 366 days from 24 Dec. 1707 to 23 Dec. 1708 at 30s. a day 549 0 0
Cha. Sybourg Esq. for the like pay for same time 549 0 0
John Looker, his Major of Brigade, for the same time at 10s. a day 183 0 0
William Evans Esq. for the like pay as Brigadier for same time 549 0 0
Edward Wolfe, his Major of Brigade, for same time at 10s. a day 183 0 0
Thomas Crowther for the like pay as Brigadier for same time 549 0 0
Cha. Lancaster, his Major of Brigade, for same time at 10s. a day 183 0 0
Gilbert Primrose for his pay of Brigadier from 29 Aug. to 23 Dec. 1708, being 117 days at 30s. a day 175 0 0
Major Ligoniere, his Major of Brigade, for 366 days from 24 Dec. 1707 to 23 Dec. 1708 at 10s. a day 183 0 0
£5,743 10 0
Queen's Warrant Book XXIV, pp. 327–8.
Aug. 5. Money warrant for 635l. 10s. 4d. to Charles, Duke of Bolton, Governor of the Isle of Wight and Receiver General of her Majesty's Revenue in said Island, being the surplusage on his account of his receipts and payments in said Island for the year ended 1709 Sept. 29. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 344. Order Book VII, p. 467. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Same for 1,825l. to John, Duke of Newcastle, Keeper of the Privy Seal, for one year to 1708 June 24 on his 4l. a day in lieu of diet and fee of 20s. a day. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 20 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 344. Order Book VII, p. 460. Disposition Book XXI, p. 11.
Same for 1710 June 24 quarter to the Bedchamber as follows: viz.
500l. to Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, as Groom of the Stole and First Lady of the Bedchamber.
250l. each to Rachell, Duchess of Devonshire; Mary, Duchess of Ormonde; Henrietta, Viscountess Rialton; Anne Charlotte, Lady Frechville; Lady Jane Hyde; Anne, Countess of Sunderland; Juliana, Countess Dowager of Burlington; Frances, Countess of Scarborough; Elizabeth, Duchess of Somerset, as Ladies of the Bedchamber.
125l. each to Mris. Agnata Cooper, Margaret Feilding, Abigail Masham, Beata Danvers, Isabella Danvers, Alice Hill, as Women of the Bedchamber.
75l. each to Henrietta Maria Scarburgh, Jane Kingdon, Anne Wyvill, Mary Forrester, Jane Warburton, Susannah Yelverton, as Maids of Honour.
Money Book XX, p. 345. Order Book VII, p. 457. Disposition Book XX, p. 208.
Aug. 5. Money warrant for 150l. to the Agents for Taxes (William Clayton, Robert Barker, Richard Shoreditche) for 1710 June 24 quarter's salaries. Money Book XX, p. 346. Order Book VII, p. 456.
Same for 65l. 2s. 0d. to same for 1710 Lady day quarter's incidents of their Office. (In the margin: a confirmation dated Aug. 18 inst. hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords.) (Money order dated Nov. 3 hereon: in the margin a later Treasury confirmation dated 1711 Nov. 21 hereof.) Money Book XX, p. 346. Order Book VII, p. 490.
Confirmation by Treasurer Godolphin of a money order dated 1695 June 24 for 100l. to David Williams, late Receiver General of Cos. Denbigh, Flint, Montgomery and Carmarthen, for his extraordinary charges [in his receipt, the said order] remaining unsatisfied. "Let this order be satisfied by virtue of her Majesty's general letters patent dormant dated 1707 Aug. 13." Money Book XX, p. 346.
Aug. 25
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Aug. 5].
Money warrant for 39l. 4s. 4d. to Sir James Montague, 35l. thereof for half a year to 1708 Sept. 29 as late Solicitor General and the remaining 4l. 4s. 4d. for 22 days to 1709 Oct. 21 thereon, on which day he was by letters patent appointed Attorney General.
122l. to same for 1½ years from 1708 Oct. 21 to 1710 April 21 on his fee or salary of 81l. 6s. 8d. as Attorney General. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Ibid., p. 347. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Aug. 5. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Spencer Compton to pay 4,273l. 7s. 7d. to the tradesmen who furnished the goods and tools for the use of the poor Palatines lately sent to New York; in accordance with an agreement made in Dec. last between the said tradesmen and the Commissioners for Settling the said Palatines: it appearing from a resolution of the said Commissioners communicated to Treasurer Godolphin by Henry Bendyshe, their Secretary, that there is no money [available herefor] in the Chamber of London and that there is no probability that even a quarter of said amount will ever come in on the royal briefs for collections on account of said poor Palatines. This present warrant is to be satisfied by 500l. a week from date hereof and payment is to be made out of such money as shall be imprested to you, the said Spencer Compton, at the Exchequer for this purpose. (In the margin: a confirmation dated Aug. 18 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords.) (See infra, p. 491, under date Oct. 31.) Money Book XX, p. 348.
Money warrant for 59l. 0s. 2½d. to Thomas Cooke, clerk, and Charles Trubshaw, gent., executors of Sir John Cooke, for 1¼ years to 1710 Lady day on his fee of 47l. 4s. 2d. per an. as late Clerk of the Pipe.
75l. for same time on the allowance of 60l. per an. to same for drawing down Recusants' convictions. (In the margin: a later confirmation as above dated Aug. 31.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Ibid., p. 349. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Aug. 5. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Henry Ferne, Customs Cashier, to pay 137l. 2s. 4d. to Henry Ballow and John Smith, Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer Court, for their allowance of 2s. per 1,000l. for joining and entering of 1,371,179l. 9s. 7d. of tallies for money paid into the Exchequer for the year ended 1708 Dec. 25 on account of the several branches of the Customs. Money Book XX, p. 349.
Money warrant for 1,083l. 1s. 6d. to Samuel Smithin, her Majesty's Goldsmith, for plate delivered into the Jewel House in 1709 Michaelmas quarter. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 30 hereon.) Ibid., p. 350. Order Book VII, p. 458. Disposition Book XXI, p. 15.
Same for 287l. 10s. 0d. to William Popple, Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade, for 1710 June 24 quarter's salary for himself and clerks &c. employed under the said Commissioners. (In the margin: a later confirmation dated 1710 Nov. 9 by the succeeding Treasury Lords hereof, see infra, p. 553.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 350. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Same for 97l. 2s. 4d. to same for same quarter's incidents for the Commissioners of Trade. (In the margin: a like confirmation.) (Letter of direction, ut supra.) Money Book XX, p. 351. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Same for 72l. 10s. 0d. to Sarles Goatley, Sergeant at Arms attending the House of Peers, for 145 days 1709 May 19 to 1710 April 5 at 10s. a day for his pains and disbursements in attending the Speaker of said House: as certified by Mathew Johnson, Clerk of the Parliament, see infra, p. 543. Money Book XX, p. 351.
Same for 100l. to John Walker, Clerk Assistant to the House of Peers, for his pains and charges in making a collection and transcribing all the Statutes now in force relating to high treason and misprision of high treason from the original records in the Parliament Office and also in attending the Judges several times with the said collection and transcript and delivering the same to her Majesty's printers in order to their being printed and published. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Ibid., p. 352. Order Book VII, p. 463. Disposition Book XXI, p. 6.
Allowance by Treasurer Godolphin of the incidents bill (not detailed) of the Salt Office for 1710 June 24 quarter: total 403l. 4s. 5¼d. Money Book XX, p. 298.
Money warrant for 207l. 13s. 4d. to John Campbell, goldsmith; 166l. 18s. 10d. for one gold collar enamelled of the Order of the Thistle and one St. Andrew of gold enamelled and a velvet case delivered into the Jewel House; 11l. 0s. 6d. for fees thereon at the Exchequer; and 30l. 14s. 3d. to satisfy the fees demanded by the officers of the Jewel House for all the collars and St. Andrews (being eleven of each) which have been delivered by the said Campbell. Money Book XX, p. 352. Order Book VII, p. 459. Disposition Book XX, p. 208.
Aug. 5. Money warrant for 100l. to Henry Boyle for one year to 1709 Xmas on his patent fee as a Principal Secretary of State.
462l. to same for 1709 Xmas quarter on his allowance or salary of 1,850l. per an. as a same. Money Book XX, p. 353.
Same for 75l. to the Mayor of Macclesfield for 1½ years to 1709 Xmas on the allowance or stipend for a preacher to instruct the people of said town in the service of God by the appointment of the Bishop of Chester. (In the margin: a later confirmation dated 1710 Nov. 1 by the succeeding Treasury Lords hereof.) (Money order dated Dec. 2 hereon.) Ibid., p. 353. Order Book VII, p. 506.
Same for 49l. 1s. 4d. to Michael Studholme for half a year to 1709 Xmas, being 18l. 8s. 0d. on his patent fee of 2s. a day and 30l. 13s. 4d. on his allowance of 3s. 4d. a day for riding charges as allowed by certificate of the late Lord Chamberlain of the Household. (In the margin: a like confirmation dated 1710 Nov. 9.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 354. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to Spencer Compton to pay 12l. 10s. 0d. to Anne Markland as royal bounty for the funeral charges of her daughter Sarah Carlisle lately deceased. Money Book XX, p. 354.
Money warrant for 200l. to Hen. Stevens, Deputy Remembrancer of the Exchequer Court, for his charge in keeping a clerk to enter and examine the several duplicates of the Land and Window Taxes which have been transmitted to the Remembrancer's Office within 2½ years to 1710 Lady day: and in consideration of his own particular pains and diligence in that Office in said time. (In the margin: a confirmation dated Aug. 18 by the succeeding Treasury Lords hereof.) (Money order dated Dec. 4 hereon.) Ibid., p. 355. Order Book VII, p. 507.
Same for 150l. to Henry Lowman and Mary his wife for half a year to 1709 Sept. 29 on their fee or salary as Housekeeper and Wardrobe Keeper of Kensington Palace. (In the margin: a like confirmation as above.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 30 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 355. Disposition Book XXI, p. 15.
Same for 150l. to William Blencowe for three quarters to 1709 Xmas on his annuity or yearly salary for his pains and good service in the art of deciphering. (In the margin: a like confirmation as above.) (Money order dated Dec. 4 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 355. Order Book VIII, p. 1.
Same for 67l. 16s. 6d. to William Grymes for making abstracts of letters patent from the 14th to the 18th year of James I., "being 145 sheets of royal imperial paper writ on all sides at 6s. per sheet" and for making the alphabet and for search of 155 rolls. (Money order dated Aug. 5 hereon: with a confirmation dated Aug. 31 by the succeeding Treasury Lords.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 30 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 357. Order Book VII, p. 455. Disposition Book XXI, p. 15.
Aug. 5. Same for 1,000l. to John, Duke of Newcastle, for one year to 1709 Sept. 29 on his allowance relating to the park which he has power to make in Sherwood Forest. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 20 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 358. Disposition Book XXI, p. 11.
Same for 182l. to Horatio Walpole, Secretary to the Ambassadors for the Treaty of a General Peace; to complete (with 182l. paid him by way of advance) 364l. for six months from 1709 May 2 to Oct. 31 on his ordinary of 40s. a day. (In the margin: a confirmation dated Aug. 21 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords.) (Money order dated Nov. 14 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 358. Order Book VII, p. 505. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Same for 60l. to Thomas Ayloffe, Dr. of Laws, for 1½ years to 1709 Sept. 29 on his fee or salary as Reader of Law in the University of Cambridge. (In the margin: a later confirmation dated 1710 Dec. 1 by the succeeding Treasury Lords hereof.) (Letter of direction dated Nov. 30 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 359. Disposition Book XXI, p. 15.
Same for 40l. to Dr. Green for one year to 1709 Sept. 29 as Professor of Physic in said University.
16l. 13s. 4d. to the Master and Fellows of Emanuel College for same year on their perpetuity. (Letter of direction dated Aug. 18 hereon for Emanuel College and Nov. 30 for the Physic Professor). Money Book XX, p. 359. Disposition Book XX, p. 209; XXI, p. 15.
Same for 42l. 12s. 7d. to Joseph Roberts, Keeper of her Majesty's Water Engine at Windsor; 40l. thereof for one year on his allowance from 1708 Dec. 1 as same and 2l. 12s. 7d. thereof for 24 days on said allowance to 1709 Dec. 25: out of which sum the said Roberts is to pay to the executors of Joseph Taylor deceased, late Keeper of said Engine, so much as said allowance comes to from 1708 Dec. 1 to the day of said Taylor's death.
Followed by: a confirmation dated 1710 Sept. 13 by the succeeding Treasury Lords hereof. (Money order dated Nov. 9 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 377. Order Book VII, p. 496. Disposition Book XX, p. 221.
Same for 60l. to Ro. Weddell, gent., the officer employed in the prosecutions of counterfeiters and diminishers of the coin; to be for one year's salary or allowance to 1710 June for that service: and 300l. 5s. 0½d. for several bills of his charges and disbursements therein between 1709 June 1 and 1710 June 1 as allowed by the Warden of the Mint.
Followed by: confirmation dated Sept. 13 by the succeeding Treasury Lords hereof.) (Money order dated Sept. 16 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 378. Order Book VII, p. 470.
Same for 15l. to the schoolmaster of Southwell, Co. Notts, for 1½ years to 1709 Xmas on a perpetuity.
Followed by: confirmation as above dated Aug. 31. Money Book XX, p. 388. Disposition Book XX, p. 209.
Aug. 5. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Salt Commissioners to repay the Land Tax assessments anno 1710 on the salaries of their officers whose salaries do not exceed 100l. per an.
Prefixing: memorial from said Commissioners praying same. Money Book XX, p. 404.
Money warrant for 1,000l. to the executors of Algernoon, Earl of Essex, for one year to 1709 June 24 on his fee or allowance as Constable of the Tower.
Followed by: confirmation dated Aug. 21 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Ibid., p. 423. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Same for 63l. 3s. 4d. to the officers of Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office as follows:
£ s. d.
John Taylour, First Secondary thereof, for one year to 1710 Lady day on his fee 5 0 0
Charles Batteley, Second Secondary thereof, for the like 4 0 0
Same for the like on his fee for the execution of all Originals transcribed out of Chancery into the Exchequer 26 13 4
Thomas Marriot, Clerk of the Pleas in the Exchequer Court, for same year on his fee 5 0 0
the clerks in the Treasurer's Remembrancer's Office for 1708 Easter to 1710 Easter on a fee payable to them in Easter term of every second year 22 10 0
£63 3 4
Followed by: confirmation dated Aug. 19 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords. (Letter of direction dated Nov. 11 hereon.) Money Book XX, p. 425. Disposition Book XXI, p. 7.
Same for 21l. 4s. 8d. to the churchwardens of the parish of St. James's, London (in the margin St. Magnus, London), for one year to 1709 Xmas for support of their poor. (The letter of direction dated Aug. 18 makes the payment to the churchwardens of St. Magnus [see infra, p. 472].)
Followed by: confirmation date Sept. 30 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords. Money Book XX, p. 428. Disposition Book XX, p. 209.
Same for 7l. 13s. 4d. to the churchwardens of St. John Baptist, Walbrook, London, for one year to Xmas 1709 on the perpetuity for the poor of said parish.
In the margin: confirmation, ut supra, dated Sept. 26 hereof. Money Book XX, p. 382.
Same for 9l. 2s. 6d. to John Bromfeild for one year to 1708 Xmas on his fee of 6d. a day as ranger, alias riding forester, of New Forest. With a later confirmation dated 1710 Dec. 1 by the Treasury Lords hereof. Ibid. XXI, p. 35.
Aug. 5. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Receipt to innovate a lost banker's annuity order for 5l. 19s. 4d. per an. in favour of John Hancocke. Order Book VII, p. 452.
Letter of direction for 7,000l. to John Tailer gent.: for buildings at Woodstock: out of loans in the Exchequer on her Majesty's tin. Disposition Book XX, p. 206.
Same for 10,165l. 11s. 4d. to John, Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber: out of loans in the Exchequer on her Majesty's tin: and is (with 6,000l. already issued) to complete the half year to 1709 Sept. 29 for wages and board wages payable in his Office and also for riding charges and other allowances [to Messengers of the Chamber and others] [as] in bills and warrants allowed by the Chamberlain of the Household.
In the margin: a confirmation dated Aug. 17 hereof by the succeeding Treasury Lords. Ibid.
Same for 4,894l. 15s. 5d. to Francis, Visct. Ryalton, Cofferer of the Household: out of same: and is to complete the sum of 72,894l. 15s. 5d. for wages, board wages and emptions due in his Office for the quarter ended 1709 Sept. 29.
In the margin: the like confirmation as above. Ibid.
Same for 500l. to William Lowndes: for secret service: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid., p. 207.
William Lowndes to Mr. Walpole to prepare a royal warrant to authorise James Brydges to pay 1,000l. to Lieut. Gen. John Webb without deduction of poundage "which her Majesty is pleased to allow him towards the charge he has been at for the cure of his wounds." Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 211.
Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Customs Commissioners to propose to the Lord Treasurer every quarter what alterations they think necessary for her Majesty's service in the stations of the riding officers in Kent and Sussex: and further to deduct from the salary of the said officers 6d. in the pound to be employed in paying 20l. per an. for the maintenance of [each of] the superannuated riding officers: the said Commissioners having proposed same and the said officers having consented in consideration of the hardship and fatigue of the service. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 314.
Same by same for the following removes and appointments of riding officers: viz. William Gibson (one of the riding officers at Lydd) to be established in the Isle of Sheppey at 90l. per an. for [himself and] a servant and two horses.
Nicholas Ruffin and Stephen Colledge (riding officers at Hythe and Deal) removed to Folkestone at 90l. per an. each for themselves, servants and horses.
John Hilditch and Edward Burchell (riding officers at Dimchurch and the Isle of Sheppey) removed to Lydd at 90l. per an. [each] as above.
Thomas Sloane and John Tabrett (riding officers at Brighton and East Guilford) to be removed to Dimchurch at 90l. per an. [each] as above.
John Corker (riding officer at East Guilford) to be removed to New Romney at 90l. per an. as above.
James Ball and Thomas Hatton (riding officers at Deal and Folkstone) to be removed to Hythe at 90l. per an. as above.
Thomas Elphyck (riding officer at Dimchurch) to be removed to Newhaven at the established salary.
Joseph Feild (riding officer at Lewes) to be supervisor of the riding officers in the Western Division of Sussex and Supervisor of Chichester and to reside there at 130l. per an. for himself, a servant and two horses.
Thomas Forster (riding officer at Romney) to be removed to Winchelsea at the established salary for himself, a servant and two horses.
James Haford (riding officer in the Isle of Sheppey) to be removed to Deal at 60l. per an.
William Willard (riding officer at Lyd) to be removed to Bexhill at the established salary.
_ Reeves to be riding officer at Werden Point loco his father William Reeves, at the established salary.
_ Knight to be riding officer at Lydd loco his father Richard Knight at the established salary.
_ Sedwick to be riding officer at Itchenor loco his father John Sedwick at the established salary. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 313–14.
Aug. 5. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Isaac Harney, Mayor of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis et al. shewing that the piers of their bridge and harbour are very ruinous and will cost several thousand pounds to repair which they cannot perform without assistance; and that Charles II. allowed them 100l. per an. for ten years for that purpose, but their charge is much more. Reference Book VIII, p. 414.
Same to the Victualling Commissioners of the petition of Isaac Holford shewing that he has made several contracts with the said Commissioners for oxen and hogs and duly performed same and that his said contracts have been so reasonable that several thousand pounds have been saved to the Government; that the said Commissioners have stopped warrants in their hands for 1,050l. on pretence that he had not performed his contract, and he has been sued by the persons from whom he bought the oxen and hogs and he has been put to great expense and his credit ruined thereby: further that in a like case the Commissioners have delivered to one Elderton his full warrant for hogs, [to wit] for what he did deliver although he had not performed his contract: therefore praying that his warrant may be delivered, without which he will be ruined. Ibid.
Same to the Agents for Taxes of the petition of Henry Badnage for a place as collector of the Duties on Houses. Ibid.
Subscription by Treasurer Godolphin for the execution of warrants as follows from the Lord Chamberlain to the Master of the Great Wardrobe [the details of the furniture &c. are not given]: viz.
of Sept. 27 last for furniture for Kensington: to an estimate of 48l.
of Dec. 12 last for hanging the Queen's closet at St. James's with white cloth: to an estimate of 120l.
of May 9 last for a couch, bedstead and other necessaries for her Majesty's service at Kensington: to an estimate of 180l.
of May 10 last for trunks &c. for Mris. Atkinson, laundress to her Majesty, for her Majesty's use: to an estimate of 65l.
of May 31 last for the mending of chairs, stools &c. at Kensington: to an estimate of 90l.
of April 13 last for umbrellas for the lodgings of the Maids of Honour at St. James's: to an estimate of 36l.
of March 2 last for necessaries for Dr. Sacheverell's trial: to an estimate of 211l.
of March 18 last for mourning at Windsor to be altered: to an estimate of 40l.
of Sept. 27 last for furniture at St. James's: to an estimate of 135l.
of Sept. 27 last for necessaries for the Queen at Kensington to an estimate of 169l.
of Nov. 23 last for a suit of clothes for Thomas Mountiers, one of the children of the Chapel: to an estimate of 9l.
and for the like for Jos. Forster, late a same: to a like estimate.
of Oct. 21 last for paper, pens &c. for the Dean of Windsor: to an estimate of 6l. 10s. 0d.
of Oct. 21 last for a mourning livery for Jux, Herbstrewer [to the Queen]: to an estimate of 1l. 6s. 0d.
of 1709–10 March 17 to the Master of the Jewel House for the provision of two badges for John Hill [as one of the Queen's] watermen: to an estimate of 26l.
Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 29, 30.
Aug. 5. Warrant by same to the Stamps Commissioners for stay of process against Mathew Wesley and Richard Fownes, two of the sureties of Timothy Wesley, late distributor of stamps for Co. Berks, they being utterly without means. Ibid., p. 150b.
Same by same to same to employ Charles Howland as warehousekeeper of unstamped parchment and paper in the Stamp Office loco Charles Pratt.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on said Pratt's petition. Ibid.
Same by same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a constat of several parcels of ground, the first two whereof are situate in the ground called the Round Rundles, the Dog Yard and Swallowfield and two other parcels thereof are in Pall Mall Field: all in order to a new lease thereof to Nathaniel Beehoe.
Prefixing: said Surveyor General's report on said Beehoe's petition for same. The Round Rundles, Dog Field and Swallow Field were granted by the late Queen Mother's trustees 17 July 1672 to Mr. Harvey et al. in trust for the Earl of St. Albans for 23 years from 1691 under the several rents of 7l. 16s. 10d. and 5l. Charles II. on the 10th Sept. 1674 added 20 years which made 24 years to come at 1710 Lady day. Petitioner claims under an assignment dated 1692 April 23 from Henry, Lord Dover, et al. for 40 years from 1692 Lady day, "which wants two years only of the whole term out of the Crown and those I am informed he is upon buying also." The second parcel was assigned 1692 April 23 by said Lord Dover et al. to Arthur Eastman and Alice his wife for the remainder of said Earl of St. Albans' term and they assigned to petitioner 1692 July 7. Pall Mall Field was granted by Charles II. 1662 Sept. 23 to the said trustees for said Earl of St. Albans for 29 years from 1691 Sept. 29 and a further 20 years were added on the 10th Sept. 1674. Two parcels therein were assigned to petitioner by said Lord Dover et al. 1706 May 25 viz. for 33 years from 26 June 1707 which wants a quarter [of a year] only of the term granted out of the Crown. The first parcel in the petition is situate on the west side of Ayr Street and fronts north to Marybone Street and contains five mean tenements let upon rack for something more than 60l. a year but may very well be reduced to 42l. per an. value. They must all be rebuilt and I rate the desired term only at a fine of 40l. The second piece fronts south towards Piccadilly, west to Great Swallow Street and north to Little Swallow Street. There were nine small tenements on it, but two of these are now laid into one. At rack they yielded 100l. per an. "which I think may be esteemed of about 70l. per an. value." I rate a fine of 60l. as the houses are very old and will soon want rebuilding. The six tenements on part of Pall Mall Field front towards St. Albans Street, Charles Street and Market Lane and the two tenements on another part of said Field front towards St. Albans Street. On rack these eight houses let for near 150l. a year which may be accounted 100l. per an. in value. I rate a fine of 80l. for this. The small [last] piece of ground in the petition has long been held by the tenant of the adjacent house in Cleveland Court as belonging to that house, but the present possessor having lately purchased the same is dubious of the title and willing to submit to a 50 years' lease from the Crown. It is 30½ feet by 18½ and has only a small shed for conveniency on it. He desires petitioner [Beehoe] to take a lease in trust for him as it is not worth a lease in itself. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 151–3.
Aug. 5. Warrant by Treasurer Godolphin to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands to make forth a constat of ground and buildings at Eton and to rate same in order to a lease thereof to Mary Goldsmith, widow, in compassion of her loss by the burning of her stables at Windsor where his late Royal Highness the Prince of Denmark's horses used to stand.
Appending: report by said Surveyor General to Treasurer Godolphin on said Goldsmith's petition. The ground desired is called King's Stable Yard and on 1702–3 March 16 I received your commands by Mr. Lowndes's letter to find a tenant for it and I agreed with James Peerman for 90l. fine and 4l. a year rent for a 50 years' lease. But upon Mr. Row's application (who had then the possession) your Lordship consented he should have the lease at the same rate but he died soon after and no further proceedings were made in it; and by your directions I again treated for a tenant. But Peerman finding the buildings much ruinated and pillaged would not come up near to his former bargain. But one Mr. Thomas Moor seeing the ground fit to make a woodyard by embanking and wharfing the same agreed to pay 90l. fine and 4l. a year rent for a 50 years' lease and thereon had your warrant for a constat. But he died and his executors refused to execute the lease. I have done my utmost to find some other tenant but meet with none that offers near what either of the former were to have given, the materials being every day lessened in value by the neighbourhood and [by] a poor family who on petitioning her Majesty under pretence of building a boat have been suffered to live on the premises without title. The buildings consist of a small dwelling house lately let by Mr. Row at 6l. a year and some stables and other buildings of very long standing and much decayed and worth for materials only 30l. I think they might help to forward the leasing of the ground if they should not be taken down and carried off as this petitioner desires "and she may as well be gratified to the said value of the materials by [paying to her so much out of such] a fine [as] the best bidder will give for such a lease; I being persuaded the rent and benefit of the ground will be lost to the Crown upon the removal of the material off the spot. So that I treated with the petitioner's son-in-law one Ryan a butcher, a man in good circumstances about his taking such lease and being allowed 30l. or thereabouts in the fine for the petitioner's satisfaction, but he is not willing to meddle in it." I can have a tenant that will pay 40l. fine and 3l. a year rent for a 50 years term. Ibid., pp. 153–4.
Aug. 5. Approval by same of table of rates for stamped paper and vellum for one year.
Prefixing: said table as proposed by the Stamps Commissioners, Stamp Office, Lincoln's Inn. "We find the retail rates of parchment and paper this year to agree with our last year's table of prices and that the stationers supplying the Office at the said rates will allow her Majesty a discount of 25 per cent. on parchment and paper and 50 per cent. on prints [printed forms] which discount or profit proceeds from a due regard to the retail stationers whom we are obliged not to undersell." Ibid., p. 156.
Warrant by same to Sidney Godolphin, one of the Auditors of Imprests, to make up and prepare for declaration the account of William Draper as Treasurer and Receiver General of her Majesty's Royal Hospital of Greenwich from 1701 Dec. 31 to 1707 Dec. 31: total charge 76,961l. 15s. 8d., total discharge 78,953l. 5s. 1¼d., leaving a surplusage of 1,991l. 9s. 5½d.
And likewise the account of Thomas Reynolds Esq., late Receiver of the Sixpence per month out of merchant seamen's wages for the service of said Hospital, to wit between 30 Dec. 1697 and 30 June 1706: total charge 40,066l. 0s. 2¾d.: total discharge 39,836l. 1s. 8d. and 390l. 13s. 0d. for taxes allowed to the [Hospital] officers; leaving a surplusage of 160l. 14s. 5¼d.
Prefixing: Auditor's abstract of said accounts. Ibid., p. 157.
Same by same to Sir John Talbot, the surviving Trustee for Sale of Fee Farm Rents of the Crown, to contract and agree with Thomas, Duke of Leeds, for the fee farm rents, detailed, issuing out of the three Hundreds of Newport, Co. Bucks, to the value of 23l. 19s. 5d. per an. as reprisals for the rent of 20l. per an. out of improvements in Somersham, co. Huntingdon, and 3l. 6s. 8d. per an. out of coal mines in Softly, Co. Durham, which were conveyed to him as fee farm rents but proved to be leasehold.
Prefixing: particular of said fee farms of the Newport Hundred certified by Phil. Tullie, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe.
Followed by: confirmation dated 1710 Sept. 21 by the Treasury Lords hereof. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 164–5.
Aug. 5. Treasurer Godolphin to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Lieut. Col. Dalbenas shewing that being on the Establishment of Ireland for half pay he was prevailed with in 1704 to go into the service of the Duke of Savoy upon assurances given him that his pension [his half pay in Ireland] should be continued, notwithstanding which the same was taken off: therefore praying payment of the arrears. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 202.
The like for the petition of Henrietta Constance Boyle of Dublin, widow, setting forth the services of her father Lewis Delafaye, who died in Feb. last leaving her and one child in a most deplorable condition, destitute of the maintenance they received from him and without any support, the smallness of his income not permitting him to make any provision for them: therefore praying a small pension. Ibid., p. 203.
Approval by Treasurer Godolphin of a new Establishment for the Customs in Scotland, the better to secure the collection thereof and to prevent embezzlement; and which though it contains an addition of upwards of 90 officers yet the charge of the whole will not by 3,000l. per an. be so much as now it is, including the expenses of the sloops and other extraordinary offices.
Prefixing: proposal from said Commissioners containing said new Establishment:
Per an.
£
Five Commissioners, Secretary, Comptroller General, Receiver General, Solicitor, Examiner of Outport Accounts, Inspector of Securities, housekeeper, doorkeeper, messenger 3,515
Edinburgh:
Surveyor of the Landcarriage and 10 landcarriagemen at 15l. each 190
Leith:
Collector, Clerk, Comptroller, two Surveyors, three landwaiters and searchers and to assist the coastwaiter and one to have the particular charge of the shipping of debenture goods and viewing and marking fish; a coastwaiter, a cooper, 16 tidesmen; four boatmen; two weighing porters 862
Dunbar and Eyemouth:
a Collector, a Comptroller and Surveyor, a landwaiter and searcher; six tidesmen and to manage the small boat that is there and two of them to keep horses 190
North Berwick and Dunbar:
a tidesurveyor with one of the boats that guards the Firth; five boatmen 130
Prestonpans:
a Collector, a Comptroller and Surveyor, a landwaiter and searcher, seven tidesmen, of whom two to keep horses, two boatmen for the boat that's there 255
Borrowstounness:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller, a Surveyor to reside there, another Surveyor to reside at Inverkeithing, two landwaiters and searchers, 14 tidesmen, four boatmen for a small boat at Inverkeithing, three of the tidesmen to keep horses 515
Kirkcaldy:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller, two Surveyors to act in turns as landsurveyors and tidesurveyors, four landwaiters and searchers, 14 tidesmen (three of them to keep horses), two boatmen for a small boat 540
Isle of May:
a tidesurveyor with the other boat for guarding the Firth, five boatmen 130
Dundee:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller and Surveyor, a landwaiter and searcher, six tidesmen and those to manage the boat there and four of them with the boat to reside at the Ferry; and two of the tidesmen to keep horses 215
Perth:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, two tidesmen, one of them to keep a horse 85
Montrose:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller and Surveyor, a landwaiter and searcher, six tidesmen and those to manage the small boat that's there and two of the tidesmen to keep horses 215
Aberdeen:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller and Surveyor, a tidesurveyor, two landwaiters and searchers, nine tidesmen and those to manage the boat that's there and three of the tidesmen to keep horses 325
Inverness:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller and Surveyor, another Surveyor to reside in and about Banff, a landwaiter and searcher, 14 tidesmen and those to manage a small boat and three of the tidesmen to keep horses 360
Cromarty Firth:
a tidesurveyor with a boat there, three boatmen to guard Cromarty Firth 65
Caithness:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, four tidesmen and one of the tidesmen to keep a horse 115
Pentland Firth:
a tidesurveyor with a stout boat there, five boatmen 105
Orkney.
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, four tidesmen and those to manage a boat at Kerston 110
Shetland:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, four tidesmen and those to have a small boat 110
Lewes and other adjacent islands.
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, 10 tidesmen and those to manage the boat 200
Town of Glasgow:
a Collector, a Comptroller, a landwaiter, three landcarriagemen, a small boat with two boatmen 150
Newport, Glasgow:
a Collector, a clerk, a Comptroller, a Surveyor to act by land and water, another Surveyor at Greenock to act after the same manner, four landwaiters and searchers and these likewise to take care of the coast business, one of which is to reside at Greenock, one of the landwaiters and searchers to have particular charge of the shipping of debenture goods and viewing and marking fishes; 16 tidesmen (three of them to keep horses), six boatmen whereof four to reside at Greenock and two at Port Glasgow; a boatman at Dumbarton to assist the tidesmen there in keeping a small boat at Douglass, two porters to assist tidesmen and boatmen in weighing and marking 995
Irvine:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller and searcher, a surveyor and landwaiter, eight tidesmen (of whom two are to keep horses) 245
Islands of Arran:
a tidesurveyor at Lamlash, four boatmen with a boat 90
Ayr:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, a landwaiter and searcher, five tidesmen (two of whom are to keep horses) 180
Port Patrick and Strathnaver:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, a Surveyor and landwaiter, eight tidesmen (of whom two are to keep horses) 235
Wigtown:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, five tidesmen (one thereof to keep a horse) 130
Campbelltown and Islay:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, ten tidesmen (two thereof to keep horses) 210
Fort William:
a Collector, a Comptroller and searcher, four tidesmen 110
Dumfries:
a Collector and [his] clerk, a Comptroller and Surveyor, a landwaiter and searcher, eight tidesmen (three thereof to keep horses), four boatmen 310
Item. Mr. Edgar now computer at Leith to be employed from time to time to visit the outports and see that the officers regularly discharge their business; and at the end of each month to report his diligence and observations 80
Item: said Mr. Edgar for keeping a horse and other extraordinary charges 20
Item. Three Surveyors to take care of the Salt Duty Debentures and of curing the fish: to be posted at such places from time to time where fish are packed and cured 240
total Establishment £11,227
Followed by: the Customs Commissioners' "Reasons for such of the foregoing articles as vary from the former Establishment."
As the collection of Excise on foreign salt occasions considerable part of the trouble and expense of the present [old] Establishment we think that revenue ought to bear a considerable part of the charges. If this be considered reasonable we think the management and collection [the Central Office and the Collectors] of the Customs and Excise on Salt, drawbacks and fish debentures deserve an augmentation on the salaries proposed above.
We have added to the number of the tidewaiters and increased their salaries (to 15l. each) because they are as it were the keys of the ports and can without the knowledge of any other officer let in goods, suffer frauds &c. which they will be tempted to do rather than starve while their salaries continue, as they now are, not sufficient to maintain them and their families. Neither was their number sufficient to guard the wide bounds and many landing places, as has been often represented by the Collectors of the ports, and which has necessitated the employ of extraordinary waiters by the Collectors.
The tidewaiters with horses are to ride the bounds of their respective districts frequently by night and day and to keep journals of their proceedings and return the same weekly [to us at Edinburgh]. We have added Comptrollers, searchers and surveyors to several ports because without [these] proper officers the cocquets and debentures &c. cannot regularly be made out according to Act of Parliament. In several ports we have diminished the salaries of the Collectors and Comptrollers because there is little or no importation there and the collections so small that they are seldom sufficient to defray the expense of salaries and are rather ports of prevention than collection.
We think it is necessary that the ancient practice be restored requiring transires of all foreign goods that come into Edinburgh from Leith or any other place. For Edinburgh is the great place of consumption where one third of all the foreign goods are used and although it does not lie on the sea yet it is nigh to a great many places where goods may be run and if they are run they may be brought into Edinburgh on the bare assertion of the carrier that he brought them from Leith. All sort of goods may then [thus] be brought to Edinburgh and there lodged and from thence dispersed over the nation. And altho' (as the Commissioners of the Customs at London on this subject observe) no transire is required with goods from London to Highgate yet we think when foreign goods come into London from any of the outports by land a Custom House Despatch is required; and unless this practice of bringing transires with goods to Edinburgh be restored we are for dismissing the officers and waiters for the ports of the city and thereby save 190l. per an.
We have left out the six constant General Surveyors for we do not find that they have answered the end of their appointment. It will be to better purpose if (pursuant to your [Godolphin's] instructions of 1707 Feb. 20) one of the Commissioners frequently visits and enquires. For we are convinced there have been great neglects and, we fear, frauds which must be amended by other methods than have been hitherto used by the said General Surveyors. For the same reasons we are laying aside the 12 Riding Officers and are trying riding waiters instead. Within the respective ports they can give more constant attendance than one riding officer that commonly not once in a month rides over the precincts of seven or eight ports, members and creeks.
We have found by experience that the sloops have been very expensive and of little or no use. They are not at all fit for the deep coast, islands, firths and tides of Scotland. We advise they be disposed of and replaced by four or five good boats with a further addition of boatmen. This will save the 1,400l. per an. which the sloops cost the Queen even since the loss of the Orkney sloop. They cost 1,000l. and are now valued at 339l. 8s. 6d. and we believe may be sold at that rate. The additional boats we propose will cost 200l. They may well perform the duty that all the three sloops on their first establishment were designed for. "We have been the more particular on this article, thereby to answer your Lordship's commands signified to us by Mr. Lowndes the 13th Dec. last."
Considering the smallness of our income we think the Comptroller, Receiver General and Examiner of the Outports' Accounts may be sufficient for keeping the [Edinburgh, Head Office] accounts and that the Collectors and Comptrollers of Leith and Port Glasgow may keep the accounts of those ports and save the expense of computes there, "and the rather because we would have the Collectors' clerks to be sworn and approved by [us] the Board." This will save 400l. per an.
We think the damages to wines and tobacco may according to the Rules in the Book of Rates be adjusted by the proper officers at the ports and that in extraordinary cases instead of sending the Inspector from Edinburgh, a knowing officer from Port Glasgow, Leith or other adjacent port may repair to the place and assist in the adjusting such damage; and if they cannot agree with the merchants then, pursuant to the law, [we propose] to choose merchants to decide the difference; and thereby save the expense of a constant officer for that purpose.
We think after the Board is made acquainted with any seizure they may order the Secretary or Solicitor [of the Customs] to enter it in their books and then to send it up to the Receiver General to be registered by him and afterwards to be transmitted to the Remembrancer's Office in the Exchequer pursuant to her Majesty's privy seal and the directions of the Chief Baron of the Exchequer: and thereby save the 70l. per an. [hitherto paid] to a Register of Seizures.
We think the housekeeper may be also doorkeeper and thereby save 10l. per an.: and that the Receiver General's clerk should lie near that Office and the sentry which the magistrates of Edinburgh are willing to allow us to stand at the Custom House should be accepted of and the cash will thereby be sufficiently guarded without the annual expense of two watchmen. This will save 40l. per an.
We propose that particular instructions be given to the Commanders of her Majesty's Forces in North Britain both by sea and land to assist the officers of the Customs.
At a meeting we lately had with the Excise Commissioners we agreed to give deputations to such of their officers as they should think proper especially in and about the sea coast that so they may join their endeavours with our officers to prevent embezzlements in the Customs, as some of ours will be employed by them to prevent the like in the Excise.
By virtue of your Lordship's warrant the Inspector of Seizures of uncustomed and prohibited goods is paid out of incidents (and not out of the forfeitures themselves) 12d. per £ on all fines and recoveries. This considerably augments our incidents, by reason of the many seizures, fines and condemnations. Out Letters (North Britain) II, pp. 200–9.