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Warrant Book: September 1711, 11-20

Pages 442-459

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 25, 1711. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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September 1711

Sept. 11. Royal warrant dated Windsor Castle to John Brewer to pay (out of money in his hands as late Receiver General for Prizes) 5,600l. into the Exchequer and to take a tally for same as so much paid in for the shares of prizes belonging to captors that have not claimed or called for the same. Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 86.
Same to John Henley to pay (out of money remaining in your hands as late Receiver General for Prizes) 2,000l. into the Exchequer: and to take a tally for same as so much paid in by you for the unclaimed shares of prizes belonging to captors as above. Ibid., p. 87.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 40,000l. to Spencer Compton as imprest: to be paid away according to Establishments signed by the Queen [for her private bounties and pensions]. (Money warrant dated Oct. 5 for 20,000l. in part hereof. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated Sept. 22. For the money warrant for the remainder see under date 1711 Dec. 24.) (Money order dated Oct. 6 hereon for 20,000l.) Ibid., p. 88. Money Book XXI, p. 197. Order Book VIII, p. 111.
Money warrant for 200l. to Jos. Billiers and 50l. each to John Theedam and James Bamford for their services in detecting false musters and other abuses in the payment of her Majesty's Guards and also abuses committed in relation to Chelsea Hospital and for attending the Committee of the House of Commons about the same. (Money order dated Sept. 12 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Oct. 16 hereon.) Money Book XXI, p. 182. Order Book VIII, p. 106. Disposition Book XXI, p. 170.
Letter of direction for 4,800l. to Sir John Humble as Paymaster of the Lottery Annuities anno 1710 [by 8 Anne, c. 10]: out of loans to be made by him on credit of moneys arising by sale of her Majesty's tin: and is to defray sundry incident expenses which have attended the execution of the said Lottery until the moneys thereof shall be sufficient by their overplus to satisfy same in manner as directed by said Act. (See infra, p. 446.) Disposition Book XXI, p. 155.
Same for 50,000l. to Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions on the Two Millions: and is to be applied as follows: viz.
£
on the head of Wages.
to pay off the Rupert and Essex men of war 43,000
to pay Parliament [seamen's wages] tickets for the months of July and August 1711 7,000
£50,000
William Lowndes to Sir Christopher Wren enclosing a copy [missing] of the report of the Committee of the House of Lords representing the ill state of the records in the Lower Treasury of the Court of Queen's Bench and proposing certain rooms and places therein mentioned to be fitted up for the reception of them. My Lord Treasurer directs you to view the Lower Treasury and the records there and to design the fitting up of the said rooms in the best manner you can for the reception and future keeping of the records; and to lay your draft and estimate before him. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 435.
Sept. 11. T. Harley to Mr. Brydges enclosing the report of the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on William Lilly's memorial for 1,632l. 10s. 0d. for medicines provided by him for the Hospital and Forces in Spain by order of the Duke of Argyll and Mr. Granville, Secretary at War. Please certify the Lord Treasurer whether the chests of medicine therein mentioned are to be charged to the accounts of the Regiments in Spain and if not, whether the said demand may regularly be paid out of the supplies granted by Parliament for Spain anno 1711 and to what head of expense it ought to be placed. Ibid.
William Lowndes to same. The Commissioners appointed to go to Spain and Portugal to inspect and examine into all matters relating to the Forces in those parts have desired copies of the following accounts and papers. My Lord Treasurer desires you to send same to him with all speed with such report or observations thereon as may be necessary for the full information of said Commissioners: viz.
copies of accounts of all moneys transmitted to Mr. Chetwyn at Turin or paid upon bills drawn by him, expressing the rates at which such bills were drawn.
copies of Mr. Mead's accompt.
an account of the clothing sent by or to Mr. Vincent or any other Commissary.
ditto for all corn or other provisions sent to ditto the charge for which has been borne by the public.
an account of what deductions have been made from the Troops for such provisions and clothing.
copies of the Instructions to the Paymaster General and his Deputy.
ditto [of the Instructions] to the Commissary General of Stores and Provisions.
copies of Mr. John [Chetwynd's] and Mr. William Chetwyn's Instructions.
copies of Treaties with the Kings of Spain, Portugal and Duke of Savoy.
an account to what time each Regiment in her Majesty's pay in Spain, Portugal, Italy or Savoy is cleared and to what time subsisted.
Ibid., p. 436.
Same to the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to similarly furnish, for the abovesaid Commissioners, copies of the accounts of your Agents relating to the sick and wounded soldiers belonging to the Armies in those parts. Ibid.
Same to the Victualling Commissioners to similarly furnish copies of the accounts of the Agents of the Victualling at Port Mahon, Gibraltar, Lisbon or elsewhere in Spain, Portugal or the Straits. Ibid., p. 437.
Sept. 11. William Lowndes to the Transports Commissioners to similarly furnish accounts of your Agents relating to the Transport service in those parts. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 437.
Same to the Board of Ordnance to similarly furnish an account of the state of the fortification of Port Mahon, Gibraltar or elsewhere in those parts and of the moneys paid for the same. Ibid.
Same to [Sir Christopher Wren] Surveyor General [of the Works]. The Committee of the House of Lords on Records have advised an enquiry into the titles of persons possessed of the houses or rooms adjoining to Westminster Hall and that an old house adjoining to the said Hall should be bought to increase the accommodations they propose for the keeping of records. I enclose the relative papers and the Lord Treasurer desires you to so treat with the "said" fishmonger [the Queen's Fishmonger or Yeoman of the Salt Stores mentioned therein] for his interest in the said old house and to make enquiries as to said titles or to propose to my Lord the best method of doing same.
Appending: schedule of said papers:
(1) Mr. Jodrell's petition for a place for records.
(2) his report about the Court of Wards' Buildings.
(3–8) Mr. Jodrell's papers.
(9, 10, 12) Elizabeth Madge and Thomas May breve de executione.
(11) Sir Richard Beach's case.
(13) report concerning the houses or rooms adjoining to Westminster Hall and the Courts of Justice. (fn. 1)
Ibid., pp. 438–9.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the petition of several merchants concerned in the ships as therein [not detailed], lately come from the Baltic, praying leave to unlade, they having performed their full quarantine. Ibid., p. 439.
Sept. 11. Subscription by Treasurer Oxford for the execution of Lord Chamberlain's warrants as follow:
(1) dated Aug. 31 to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the delivery to Grey Maynard of a bed of plain crimson velvet and other things for the Queen's Great Bed-chamber at St. James's: to an estimate of 2,000l.
(2) dated May 22 to same for paper, pens and ink to the Bishop of Bristol as Register of the Order of the Garter: to an estimate of 6l. 10s. 0d.
(3) dated June 8 to same for necessaries for several service s [not detailed] at Kensington: to be delivered to Grey Maynard: to an estimate of 130l.
(4) dated July 20 to same for furniture [not detailed] for several rooms in her Majesty's apartments at St. James's: to be delivered to said Maynard: to an estimate of 950l.
(5) dated July 16 to same for tapestry hangings in the Prince's apartment at St. James's to be cleaned and lined: to an estimate of 180l.
Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 32.
Sept. 12. Money warrant for 20l. to Kenneth Mackenzey, clerk, as royal bounty to defray the charge of his passage to Virginia whither he is going chaplain. (Money order dated Sept. 13 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Sept. 13 hereon.) Money Book XXI, p. 182. Order Book VIII, p. 99. Disposition Book XXI, p. 157.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Spencer Compton to pay 100l. to Thomas Windham as royal bounty. Money Book XXI, p. 182.
Letter of direction for 1,000l. to William Lowndes: for secret service: out of Civil List moneys. Disposition Book XXI, p. 156.
T. Harley to Mr. Brydges to send to the Lord Treasurer an immediate answer to an extract of a letter from the Earl of Portmore dated Lisbon Sept. 5 inst. to the Lord Treasurer as follows.
Appending: said extract. "The 23rd of August being passed Mr. Morrice according to the positive orders he has received from Mr. Brydges refuses to subsist the Army a day further though he has upwards of 20,000l. remaining of the last remittance. And the Troops till of late have always been paid two months in advance. I have been endeavouring to raise 7,000l. to keep them from starving in hopes to have the necessary order by that time." Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 439.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition of the merchants trading to the Canary Islands praying leave to export out of this kingdom a small quantity of corn in each ship for the greater ease and support of their factors in those islands. Ibid., p. 440.
Same to the Stamps Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer directs you to appoint Richard Manley as distributor of stamps for the city and county of Chester loco Mr. Foulks, lately deceased. Ibid.
Sept. 12. T. Harley to Mr. Blathwaite to report on the enclosed representation [missing] from the Commissioners for Trade relating to a grant desired by Berkley Seymour, Esq., son of Col. Seymour, late Governor of Maryland, of one moiety of the Duty of 12d. per hogshead on tobacco exported there from his father's death to the date of the succeeding Governor's commission. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 440.
Same to Mr. Borrett to report on Mr. Bissell's account enclosed [missing] of expenses in prosecuting the pretended Mayor, Aldermen and burgesses of the borough of Portsmouth. Ibid., p. 441.
Sept. 13. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Henry Bendyshe to pay (out of moneys from the Chamber of London for the use of the Palatines) 285l. to Jeremiah Long for the charge of the immediate embarking 540 of the said Palatines which are to be transported from hence to Holland: and further (out of the like money) to pay bills of exchange drawn on him by James D'Ayrolle, her Majesty's Resident at the Hague, to reimburse the sums he shall distribute to the said Palatines on their arrival in Holland, not exceeding 10s. per head.
Prefixing: Order in Council dated Sept. 6 inst. that there being a considerable number of Palatines come over from Ireland which grow very burthensome to the parishes in Southwark and some other parts of the town and put the people there under great apprehensions least some contagious distemper should be bred from them, therefore ordering them forthwith to be transported out of the kingdom of Great Britain in the most proper manner: and that the money provided [by public collections] for them be applied to that service. Money Book XXI, p. 183.
Money warrant for 142,200l. to Sir John Humble, the Officer in the Receipt of the Exchequer who is commissioned to pay the annuities &c. under the Act of 8 Anne, c. 10, for the 1,500,000l. Lottery: to be as imprest and upon account: 135,000l. thereof to pay all the annuities intended by the said Act, to wit for the second year of the 32 years' term therein from Sept. 29 inst. to 29 Sept. 1712; and the remaining 7,200l. to satisfy the rewards to the Managers and Directors of the said Lottery and the officers employed therein for the said year: to be paid out of the receipts of the Duties on Coals in manner as granted by said Act. (In the margin: 4,800l. [for] Managers; 2,400l. [for] officers' salaries.) (Money order dated Sept. 15 hereon.) (For the letter of direction for 4,800l. hereon see supra, p. 442.) Ibid., p. 184. Order Book VIII, p. 100.
William Lowndes to Sir Christopher Wren enclosing the memorial of Henry Portman, Ranger of Hyde Park. The Lord Treasurer directs you to take care that the ponds in the said park where the gravel is now digging be made regular as Mr. Portman desires, provided it may be done with little expense "and to consult with the said Mr. Portman about the rules proper to be made for keeping the said park in good order"; to be laid before the Queen for her approbation. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 441.
Same to Secretary Dartmouth. There are now to be sent on board the transports Phœnix and Thomas and Ann lying in the Thames about 500 Palatines to be sent to Holland. The ships' masters will not take them on board unless they have a convoy to take them into Rotterdam. Please signify this matter to the Admiralty as the business of sending away those Palatines is so much pressed by the [Privy] Council. Ibid.
Sept. 13. Same to Mr. Brydges to send to the Lord Treasurer an immediate answer to the enclosed letter [missing] from Brigadier Stanwix, Governor of Gibraltar. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Baker to send to the Lord Treasurer a list of all the officers employed in preventing the exportation of wool, their salaries and stations; and what seizures have been made by the officers under your survey since your employment as General Surveyor, and of the disposal of the proceeds of said seizures &c. Ibid., p. 442.
Treasury reference to Henry Baker of the petition of Joseph Dodd who was bail for one Snip, an owler in Romney, praying his liberty, "having lain five years in Ludgate prison." Reference Book IX, p. 11.
Same to the Salt Commissioners of the petition of Geo. Weatherby, late of Newcastle upon Tyne, merchant, shewing that he has lain four years in the Fleet prison for 800l. debt for Salt Duties and has seven children and no ways able to pay said debt: therefore praying a discharge. Ibid.
Same to John Manley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Sidney Strode, Esq., Mary Grymes, Martha Strode, legatees and surviving children of Sir William Strode, Kt., concerning the piece of land called Lambhay at Plymouth (near the fort there), of which their said father was seized and which the officers of said fort took to the use thereof in the reign of Charles II. and thereupon a jury valued the inheritance at 4,551l. and found "that there remained of the said Lambhay three acres and 65 perches besides what was leased [? to the fort] which was valued at 6,980l. so that the whole estimate amounted to 11,531l. besides two acres not valued by them": but no satisfaction was received during the lifetime of the said Sir William or since his death "although the said lands and houses have been in the possession of the Crown ever since the year 1660." Ibid.
Subscription by Treasurer Oxford for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated Sept. 7 to the Master of the Jewel House for a gift of christening plate at the christening of Earl Poulet's child: to an estimate of 65l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 32.
William Blathwaite [as Auditor General of the Plantations] to the Commissioners of Accounts in reply to their precept of July 9 last, ut supra, p. 380. With regard to the specifying of the warrants under which [Plantation revenue] moneys have been issued I take leave to explain that by the royal commissions and instructions to the respective Governors of Plantations it is directed that such payments be made by warrants from the respective Governors and Councils of such Colonies and Plantations and sometimes the General Assemblies do authorise such payments where so mentioned in the Acts for levying the money and such warrants and authorisations do mention the use and service of each sum as the respective auditors or other proper officers have stated the same; except in some cases in reference to the quit rents of Virginia "being the Queen's more particular revenues, none of which is issued otherwise than by warrant from her Majesty, as hath been especially ordered by a sign manual dated the 25th of July 1684 directing that such sums as shall be received by the officers of the revenue of quit rents be not disposed nor suffered to be issued out until the Governor (unto whom these directions are given) upon certifying the value of what shall remain thereupon do receive her Majesty's orders and dispose thereof to such uses as shall be thought most requisite for her Majesty's service." (In the margin: a specific distinction here made of the disposition of the several revenues of America in which the prerogative revenue clearly [remains] in the Crown's disposition.")
Upon this I presume to take notice that the American Plantations are of two sorts, the one of Proprieties or Charter Governments, the other of Colonies under the immediate government of the Crown. Of the first are Carolina, Bahama Islands, Pennsylvania being Proprieties. The Charter Governments of Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Massachusetts Bay (the former having Governors of their own and the two latter being of a mixed nature) have Governors, Lieut. Governors and some other officers appointed by the Crown pursuant to their charters or proprietorships. There is also the Province of Maryland, a propriety appertaining to the Lord Baltimore, but at present governed by Governors appointed by the Queen. In the Colonies immediately depending on the Crown the Acts or Laws are first to be approved by the Queen's Governors and afterwards by the Queen in Council here, where they are to have a final sanction or otherwise to be repealed, as now in Barbados and the Leeward Islands, Jamaica, Virginia, Maryland at present, Bermuda Islands, New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire.
As to the revenue of the Plantations so far as relates to the Proprieties and Charter Governments they do not hold themselves accomptable to the Queen but to themselves only by their letters patent and privileges granted to them, except as aforesaid.
The revenues of the Plantations under the immediate direction of the Crown are likewise of two sorts viz. the revenue granted to the Queen for the support of the Government there and accomptable to her Majesty and her officers as in the Caribbee Islands the Four and a Half per cent. upon commodities exported from thence, which from the year 1701 and some time before is collected and accompted for by the officers appointed by the Customs Commissioners here and audited by the Auditors of Imprests as being in the nature of an English revenue.
The Settled Revenues in Jamaica arise partly by quit rents but chiefly by Duties laid by the General Assembly, and the whole [is] appropriated to the support of the Government. The last accounts received thence [are those for the year] ending the 25th of March 1709, since which time the accompts have been delivered to Major General Handasyd, the late Governor, whose return home has been delayed till the arrival [there] of Lord Hamilton: as also the accompts commencing the 29th Sept. 1705 and ending 29 Sept. 1706 which were cast away and duplicates [of which are] now expected by the [said] Major General.
The Settled Revenues in Virginia consist of two branches, the one arising from a Duty on tobacco exported in shipping arriving there "and on persons [negroes &c.] imported" is entirely appropriated to the support of the Government. The other branch, being the quit rents reserved to the Crown, is chiefly applied to the same uses, though part of the produce of this branch hath been sometimes remitted into her Majesty's Exchequer here, as will appear from the account: but no part thereof can be or is disposed of without her Majesty's special warrant.
The accompts of these revenues have been some time past laid before the Treasury and orders given for a privy seal for the final passing of them according to the method of the Plantations [sic ? for Exchequer].
As to the revenue of Maryland, the quit rents wholly belonging to the Lord Proprietary are received by him as also one moiety of the two shillings per hogshead. The other moiety [is received] by her Majesty's Governor for the support of the Government: of which therefore no account is rendered to her Majesty. The Fines and Forfeitures are of little value and remain in the hands of the collectors for their salary, which is 100l. each to two of them.
The Ordinary Revenue of New York, of which accompts are now [as below] presented, has been discontinued by the Assembly for the two years last past and was before employed for the support of the Government.
Connecticut as a Charter Government returns no accompt of their revenue and is only subject to the Duties appointed by the Acts of Parliament under the sole direction and management of the Commissioners of the Customs in England "as all the British Colonies and Plantations whatsoever."
The like for Rhode Island and Providence Plantation.
The Massachusetts Colony have returned their accompts by my Deputy very regularly, which accompts are allowed by the General Assembly, their revenue being employed by them for the use of the public as appears by their accompts.
New Hampshire has a very small revenue appropriated to the support of the Queen's Government there.
The revenues accruing to her Majesty in the Bermuda Islands consists of 60 shares of land of 25 acres each valued at 5l. per share per an.; whereof 12 shares are applied towards the Governor's salary and the rest are divided amongst the Sheriff. Secretary and other public officers according to an ancient Establishment in those islands. The profits arising from licences for fishing of whales, valued at 100l. per an., is further applied towards the Governor's salary, and 240l. per an. more [is] payable to him out of the Exchequer to make up the whole [of his salary into] 400l. per an.
New Jersey has granted to the Queen a very small revenue for the support of the Government. They have lately surrendered their power of Government to the Crown and have sent as yet no accompts over; which are now expected [awaited] from my Deputy.
In answer to the 4th Article requiring me to exhibit an accompt of my own salary, fees and perquisites, there is payable to me by my patent as Surveyor and Auditor General of the Plantations 150l. per an. from Barbados, 100l. per an. from the Leeward Islands, 150l. per an. from Jamaica; 100l. per an. from Virginia and 5 per cent. from New York by order of the Governor and Council since that Province has reverted to the Crown. The whole amounts to 600l. per an. if duly received, but there is 2,300l. now in arrear thereon, viz. 1,300l. from Barbados, 800l. from the Leeward Islands and 200l. or thereabouts from Virginia with little expectation of due payment.
As to the allowances of my Deputies and clerks, which are the persons employed under me, nothing [is paid them by the said respective Plantations] since I took upon myself the satisfying and paying of them out of my own salary: nor is there any other fee or perquisite either for myself or them except that in Virginia there being [there is] an ancient office of Auditor of that particular Colony with an allowance of 5 per cent. by reason of the particular duty and pains of that officer by travelling far and inspecting that difficult revenue, which [allowance] is paid as a recompense to the [my] Deputy Auditor and clerks and [to meet their] all other charges: the [said] allowance of 5 per cent. to the Deputy Auditor amounting to about 200l. per an.
I submit accounts as below and a list of the Governors.
There are also divers Temporary Revenues to last for one year or a shorter space of time for which the Assemblies do not admit the [obligation of] giving any account to the Crown, but appoint the disposal thereof themselves and the auditing and examining the accounts thereof by Committees of their own nomination.
Appending: (1) List of the Governors, Lieutenant Governors, Treasurers and Receivers of her Majesty's Revenues and Deputy Auditors of the several Colonies and Plantations under her Majesty's immediate government in America:
Barbados:
Robert Lowther, Governor: by letters patent: with salary of 2,000l. per an. payable out of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty.
Samuel Barwick, by royal appointment Receiver of the Casual Revenue: [with salary of] 6 per cent. on his receipts.
Conrade Adams, Deputy Auditor, by appointment of the Auditor General: with no allowance from the Government.
Leeward Islands.
Walter Douglas, Governor by royal commission: with salary of 1,200l. per an. payable out of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty.
... Receiver of the Casual Revenue, with 6 per cent. on his receipts. This office is at present vacant.
Jamaica:
Lord Archibald Hamilton, Governor: by royal commission: with a salary of 2,500l. per an. Jamaica money.
Leonard Compere, Receiver General: by royal appointment, and Charles Chaplin his Deputy: with 5 per cent. on their receipts, making yearly about 200l. Jamaica money.
Peter Heywood, Deputy Auditor: no allowance from the Government.
Bermudas:
[Benjamin] Bennett, [Lieutenant] Governor: by royal commission: with an allowance of 12 shares of land of 25 acres each of the yearly value of 5l. each sharing, making 60l. per an.; also the profits of granting licences for fishing of whales computed at 100l. per an.: also 240l. out of the [British] Exchequer: making in all 400l. per an.
Virginia:
George, Earl of Orkney, Lieutenant and Governor General: by letters patent: with the salary of 2,000l. per an.
Alexander Spotswood, Lieutenant Governor: by royal commission: with an allowance of half the Governor's salary in the latter's absence.
William Byrd, Receiver General: by royal appointment: with the allowance of 5 per cent. on his receipts, making about 200l. per an.
Philip Ludwell, Deputy Auditor: with the allowance of 5 per cent. on his audits [which allowance the Deputy Auditor enjoys] by constant practice from the first settlement of the Colony: making about 200l. per an.
New York:
Robert Hunter, Governor: by royal commission: with the salary of 1,200l. per an. "sterling or New York money."
Thomas Byerly, Receiver General: by royal appointment: with the salary of 200l. sterling or New York money.
George Clarke, Deputy Auditor: hath his reward from Mr. Blathwayt, Surveyor and Auditor General, who had for himself, deputy and clerks 5 per cent. on the audits during the continuance of the late revenues: [such allowance] amounting to 200l. per an.
Memorandum: the revenues of this Colony out of which the forementioned salaries were payable expired on the 18th of May 1709 and no provision hath since been made for the paying of the said salaries nor the other contingent charges of the government.
New Jersey:
Robert Hunter, Governor: by royal commission.
Maryland:
John Corbett, Esq., appointed Governor by her Majesty in the room of the late Col. Seymour, deceased, to whom the Assembly had given for his life three-fourths of the two shillings per hogshead on tobacco exported and the whole Additional Duty of threepence per hogshead on tobacco exported and threepence per hogshead on tobacco exported and threepence per ton on all ships and vessels trading thither and not belonging to the Province: which all together anounted yearly to about 1,600l.
William Plater, Receiver of Patuxent District: by royal appointment: with 100l. per an. salary.
George Muschamp, Receiver of Potomac District: by royal appointment: with 100l. per an. salary.
William Bladen, Deputy Auditor: with no allowance from the Government.
New England.
Joseph Dudley, Esq., Governor: by royal commission: salary 600l.
James Taylor, gent., Treasurer of the Province of Massachusetts Bay: by appointment of the General Assembly: salary 200l.
Samuell Penhallow, gent., Treasurer of the Province of New Hampshire: by appointment of the General Assembly: with the allowance of 2s. in the £ on his receipts and 6d. in the £ on his payments, making yearly about 100l.
Isaac Addington, Esq., Deputy Auditor of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and of the Province of New Hampshire: no allowance from the Government.
(2) List of accompts laid before the Commissioners for taking, examining and stating the Public Accompts of the Kingdom, by William Blathwayt, Auditor and Surveyor General of her Majesty's Revenues arising in America:
Jamaica:
Her Majesty's account current from the 29th Sept. 1701 to the 25th March 1702.
account of Impost: account of Fines, Forfeitures and Escheats: account of Fortifications for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from the 25th March 1702 to the 29th Sept. following.
account of Impost: account of Quit Rents and of Fines &c.: account of Wine Licences: account of Additional Duty for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from the 29th Sept. 1702 to the 29th Sept. 1703.
account of Impost: account of Additional Impost: account of Wine Licences, Fines &c.: account of Quit Rents for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from 29 Sept. 1703 to the 29th Sept. 1704.
account of Additional Impost: account of Quit Rents: account of Fines and Forfeitures: account of Wine Licences: account of Fortifications for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from 29th Sept. 1704 to 29th Sept. 1705.
account of Additional Duty and Impost: account of Quit Rents: account of Fines and Forfeitures: account of Fortifications for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from 29 Sept. 1706 to 29 Sept. 1707.
account of Quit Rents: account of Wine Licences: account of Fines and Forfeitures: account of Impost: account of Fortifications for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from the 29th Sept. 1707 to the 29th Sept. 1708.
account of Quit Rents: account of Fortifications: account of Impost: account of Fines and Forfeitures for the same time.
her Majesty's account current from the 29th Sept. 1708 to 25th March 1709.
account of Fortifications: account of Quit Rents: account of Wine Licences: account of Impost: account of Fines and Forfeitures for the same time.
Virginia:
nine accompts of the Quit Rents commencing the 25th of April 1701 and ending the 25th of April 1710.
twelve accompts of the two shillings per hogshead commencing the 10th of June 1701 and ending the 25th of October 1710.
New York:
thirty-three accompts commencing the 29th Sept. 1701 and ending the 18th of May 1709.
New England.
eight accompts of the Revenue of Massachusetts Bay commencing the 28th May 1701 and ending the 31 May 1710.
nine accompts of the Revenue of New Hampshire commencing the year 1701 and ending in the year 1710.
Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) III, pp. 46–58.
Sept. 14. William Lowndes to Mr. Whitfield to pay to the Treasurer of the Navy all moneys in your hands of the deductions from the Marine soldiers: all by reason that the deductions from the said soldiers "who are admitted to the benefit of the Chest at Chatham" are in arrear to the said Chest from Midsummer 1708. For the future you are to take care to pay quarterly to the Navy Treasurer all the deductions you shall make for the Chest in such quarter. Disposition Book XXI, p. 157.
T. Harley to Mr. Walpole to raise 21,000l. any time before the 30th of October next (when the publication is to begin for paying a year's pension to the cripples depending on the Chatham Chest Charity) from the Bank of England or any other persons willing to advance the same: to wit on the 31,800l. tallies and orders remaining in your hands on the Land Tax anno 1711, otherwise called the fourteenth 4s. Aid, now that the said tallies and orders are in such good repute that money may be raised on them at per. Having raised the said sum you are to pay it over to the Governors of the said Chest on bills of imprest to be made forth by the Navy Commissioners and assigned on you for payment out of the said money. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the [Board or Principal] Officers of the Ordnance. On reading your report touching sundry allowances craved by Charles Bertie, late Treasurer of the Ordnance, the Lord Treasurer is of opinion that upon the death or removal of any Treasurer of the Ordnance the Queen should be at no charge for clerks or otherwise to make up such Treasurer's accounts beyond six months after such death or removal. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 442.
Same to Mr. Bertie enclosing the abovesaid report on your father's final account as Treasurer of the Ordnance. It is the Lord Treasurer's pleasure that the balance of 835l. 2s. 5d. owing on the foot of that account be immediately paid into the Exchequer. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Granville [Secretary at War]. I have read to the Lord Treasurer your memorial touching an allowance to be made for fire and candle for the barracks at Plymouth and St. Nicholas Island. No provision is made by Parliament towards that expense, but the Lord Treasurer has no objection to your inserting what you think necessary to defray that charge in the Estimates which shall be laid before the House of Commons for the future.
As to your memorial relating to the reducing the present number of gunners of St. Mawes Castle to the former Establishment, the Lord Treasurer has no objection to your making [drafting] the Establishment accordingly. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 443.
Sept. 14. William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners [Scotland] enclosing a report [missing] from the Customs Commissioners [England] on the petition of John Mackpherds. Have you any objection to the repaying the Spanish Duty in the manner proposed? Out Letters (North Britain) II, p. 267.
Sept. 15. Letter of direction for 2,000l. to William Lowndes for secret service: out of Civil List moneys. Disposition Book XXI, p. 158.
Thomas Harley to Mr. Granville [Secretary at War]. The Lord Treasurer has considered Mr. How's report stating the case of the detachment of the First and Coldstream Regiments of Guards in Spain in respect of their pay. His Lordship thinks reasonable that as to the stop of their two months' pay from 1707 Aug. 25 to Oct. 24, the same should be removed and the pay thereof computed according to the preceding muster. Please procure a royal warrant for this. He is also of opinion that the charge on the said detachment for the pay of double Officers is not reasonable to be borne by them. Please report in what other manner the same may be made good. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 443.
April 17
[sic for
Sept. 17].
William Lowndes to Mr. Popple to lay before the Commissioners of Trade for their report thereon the petition of Edward, Earl of Clarendon, setting forth the many hardships he lay under when Governor of New York. Ibid., p. 445.
Sept. 17. Royal warrant dated Windsor Castle to James Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] to pay to George Murray, Secretary to the Commissioners for Inspecting and Examining into the affairs of the armies in Spain and Portugal, 2,000l. for the necessary charges and expenses of the said Commissioners (Edward Stawell, Esq., Sir Henry Belasyse and Andrew Archer, Esq.). Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 91.
Royal letter under the Queen's sign manual, countersigned by Treasurer Oxford, to Alexander Spotswood, Lieutenant and Governor General of the Colony of Virginia. Our service here requires an immediate supply out of our revenue arising by quit rents in that our Colony whereof William Byrd is Treasurer and Cashier. Immediately upon receipt hereof you are to order said Byrd to remit 3,000l. sterling to his correspondent here by good bills, to wit such moneys of the said quit rents as remain in his hands and such further sums that shall then after arise on the said quit rents as shall make up the full sum of 3,000l. And the said William Byrd is by your said orders to be required to take care that his correspondent here on receipt of the money that shall be returned to him by bills as aforesaid do immediately pay same into the Receipt as money received by said Byrd of the said quit rents. Ibid., p. 89. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) III, p. 59.
Sept. 18. Royal warrant dated Windsor Castle to Treasurer Oxford to issue 20,000l. to Samuel Masham, Cofferer of the Household: out of loans to be made by the said Cofferer himself on credit of the sale of her Majesty's tin upon the register [of such loans] in course; the orders for which loans are hereby to be drawn without interest. The said sum is hereby to be applied towards discharging what remains unassessed or uncollected for the Land Tax quotas on the Palaces of Whitehall and St. James's for the years 1705–10 inclusive. (Money warrant dated Sept. 20 hereon.) (Money order dated Sept. 25 hereon.) Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 90. Order Book VIII, p. 99.
Thomas Harley to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Richard Green and Henry Norris on behalf of themselves and the other merchants concerned in the ships therein named, for leave to them to discharge their ladings, they having performed full quarantine. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 444.
Same to Auditor Jett to report on the enclosed two memorials [missing] of Earl Ranelagh, one praying payment of his several allowances amounting to 18l. 3s. 4d. per an. as Keeper, Steward and Bailiff of Cranborne: the other for payment of 150l. to complete the order for 300l. to William Ryder out of money arising by the late Lord Griffin's estate, the said Earl being assignee of the said Ryder. Ibid.
Treasury reference to Mr. Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, of the petition of Richard Martyn praying payment of the offreckonings of Col. Jones's Regiment in the Leeward Islands to satisfy the clothings: a stop having been put thereto by reason of the absence of muster rolls. Reference Book IX, p. 12.
Same to the Salt Commissioners of the petition of Cornelius Denn of London, merchant, shewing that on his surety bond for Salt Duties he had been imprisoned and released on surety and an extent is since lodged against him by the Customs Commissioners as a surety for John Goodwin's debt of 16,000l., "the said John Goodwin being gone aside": that petitioner's confinement is not only prejudicial to himself and family but prevents him making satisfaction for the Queen's debt: that "having petitioned the Commissioners of the Salt Duty for his enlargement they have refused it without an order": therefore praying an order to them for his enlargement. Ibid.
Royal warrant to the Director of her Majesty's Chancellery or his Deputy and to the Keeper of the Great Seal, Scotland, for a letter to be passed per saltum under the seal appointed to be used in place of the Great Seal of Scotland (without passing any other seal or register) to constitute Sir James Stuart to be her Majesty's sole and only Advocate of Scotland in all actions and causes civil and criminal. Out Letters (North Britain) II, p. 269.
Sept. 19. Order by Treasurer Oxford to the Customs Commissioners to observe an order in Council dated Sept. 17 inst. to release from quarantine the ships Francis, Prince Char[les]; Rob. and William; Happy Return; Unity; Elizabeth and Sarah, Sweet Apple; Thomas and Eliza[beth]; Neptune; and John Good Will, from Gothenburg and Stockholm, laden with iron, pitch, tar and wooden wares. Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 340.
Sept. 19. Confirmation by Treasurer Oxford of a money order of 1709 Sept. 17 for 20,000l. to the Duke of Somerset for the extraordinaries of the Stables, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXIII, p. 289. Order Book VII, p. 313.
Thomas Harley to the Postmaster General. The Lord Treasurer desires you to give directions to the officers of the packet boats for Holland that in case Monsieur Boys or any other Minister from the States General or their equipage should desire a passage hither in the said boats they should be used with all respect and civility imaginable. (A like letter to the Customs Commissioners to shew all possible respect as to their baggage and equipage.) Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 444.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Ward of Hackney shewing that Cornelius Denn, merchant in London, has by losses been disabled from paying several bonds for tobacco Duties and his estate of 430l. per an. is under extent, but there is a prior mortgage interest of 3,000l. on it: that petitioner will pay off the mortgage and advance yearly the full rent of the estate till the [estate's full] value is paid if he may have a title from the Crown. Reference Book IX, p. 11.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of the Earl of Clarendon praying a grant of lead mines in the forest of Teesdale and several lands in the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Flint and Chester. Ibid., p. 12.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Edward Harley [one of the Auditors of Imprests] to allow in account to Sir James Bateman, John Heathcott and Henry Fermor, late Trustees for Circulating Exchequer Bills, 170l. 3s. 1d. for incidents in their final account for the year ended 1710 June 24.
Prefixing: said Harley's report on the bill of said incidents. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 269–70.
Same by same to George Granvill, Secretary at War, to prepare a royal warrant for paying 536l. 8s. 5d. to James Taylor, Esq., for the salaries of additional clerks and other contingent disbursements for the Office of Mr. Walpole when Secretary at War for the quarter to 1710 Sept. 29.
Prefixing: report by the Comptrollers of Army Accounts on said account.
Appending: account of said contingent disbursements (including 24l. 13s. 0d. for prints and other papers for the use of the Office; 40l. 15s. 0d. for letters and pacquets to Spain which were sent under Mr. Chetwynd's cover for the years 1709 and 1710: 1l. 17s. 4d. for porters in removing papers from the War Office; 6l. 15s. 0d. for 27 weeks hire of a room for Mr. Gordon and 3l. 15s. 0d. for 15 weeks watering the broadway before Whitehall Gate). Ibid., pp. 271–3.
Treasurer Oxford to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Richard, Earl of Ranelagh, shewing that Charles II. granted him the Castle, manor and town of Athlone under the rent of 100l. and Wm. III. (in consideration that the said town was entirely laid waste by the late war) remitted the said rent for 21 years, which term will end the 25th of March 1713, therefore praying a further remittance for 21 years of said rent in regard it has not compensated his great losses by the ruin of the said castle and town. Out Letters (Ireland) IX, p. 252.
Sept. 20. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Spencer Compton to pay 10l. to Mary Jourden as royal bounty. Money Book XXI, p. 186.
Letter of direction for 2,600l. to Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions on the 2,000,000l.: and is for the pay of several shipwrights and labourers discharged out of Plymouth Yard: and is to be charged to the head of Wear and Tear. Disposition Book XXI, p. 158.
T. Harley to the Navy Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer observes that the seamen are paid their wages on board their ships for the most part and just before the said ships do sail on foreign voyages and that thereby the money so paid or the greatest part thereof may reasonably be supposed to be carried away by the said seamen in specie. He desires your thoughts upon this subject and if true, what method may be taken to prevent the same. I am further to inform you of the 21,000l. to be raised by Mr. Walpole, ut supra, p. 453, for the payment to the Cripples which is to begin on the 30th of next month. Ibid.
Letter of direction for 2,045l. 18s. 8d. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions for the 2,000,000l.: and is for account of subsistence to the several Regiments in Spain and Portugal, being to be paid over to Mr. Samuel Lynn to pay pensions to the widows of Officers who have lost their lives in the service, to wit for four months from April 23 last to Aug. 22 last. Ibid., p. 159.
Same for 285l. to Spencer Compton: out of Civil List moneys: and is to [enable him to] pay 100l. to Mr. Windham, 100l. to Mr. Brocket, 75l. to Mr. Grabe and 10l. to Mr. Jordan. Ibid.
T. Harley to the Agents for Affairs of Taxes enclosing the reply [missing] from the Land Tax Commissioners for Appletree Hundred. Co. Derby, to a letter from the Lord Treasurer. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 12.
Same to the Postmaster General. My Lord Treasurer is moved by Mr. Brydges for moneys to several Officers and private men who are as alleged prisoners in France, being taken in the beginning of the year in their passage from hence (on board the packet boat as supposed) to Lisbon. Please inform him what boat it was and when taken and the numbers and names of the Officers and soldiers on board. Ibid. XIX, p. 445.
Same to Mr. Granville [Secretary at War] enclosing for his consideration an extract [missing] sent by Mr. Brydges to the Lord Treasurer of a letter from the Governor of Gibraltar setting forth the distress of the Garrison there, on which extract Mr. Brydges has represented to my Lord that there is no Regulation or Establishment for that Garrison. Out Letters (General) XIX, p. 445.
Sept. 20. T. Harley to Mr. Granville [Secretary at War] similarly enclosing several extracts [missing] sent to my Lord by Mr. Brydges of Mr. Morrice's letters from Lisbon dated Aug. 26 and Sept. 4 last. Please consider the matter with Mr. Brydges and report thereon to my Lord. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Dartmouth. The King of Prussia by his minister here presses to be paid the 93,333 Crowns alleged to be due for the recruits for the Prussian Troops in Italy in 1710 and 1711. The Lord Treasurer desires you to inform him whether Mr. Chetwynd has reviewed those Troops and if so what account he gives concerning them. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to report in what state Mr. Brydges's accounts are and as to the fitness of staying process for hastening same. Ibid., p. 446.
Same to Mr. Brydges. On your memorial about the 5,323l. allowed by the Duke of Savoy to be paid here for clothing for his troops by Mr. Brooksbank out of his subsidy, the Lord Treasurer agrees to your paying same to said Brooksbank out of tallies and orders in your hands on the Land Tax anno 1710 as you propose. You are to charge yourself with all the interest accrued thereon to Aug. 15 last, the date when the said sum was agreed by Count Maffei, the Duke of Savoy's Minister here to be paid to him [Brooksbank]. Ibid.
Same to the Earl of Dartmouth. The Customs Commissioners have reported on a petition of the Canary merchants for liberty to export a small quantity of corn in each ship for the greater ease and support of their factors in those islands. Please lay the said report before the Privy Council, the Lord Treasurer having no objections against the merchants having such permission. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Brydges enclosing a copy [missing] of several minutes or orders entered "in the Treasury Book" on reading your memorial the 19th inst., yourself being then present. Please pursue the several rules and directions made [and endorsed] thereupon. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Granville enclosing (a) infra. The Lord Treasurer approves thereof. Please prepare and send to the General concerned the proper significations and orders.
Appending: (a) "Proposal for paying the arrears of subsistence to the private men and widows of the First and Coldstream Regiments of Guards whose husbands served in Spain in 1705 and 1706." Several of the Colonels (in whose Companies the said men served) being dead and others removed out of the Regiments who have been fully cleared for the said time, it will be very difficult for the poor pensioners to recover from the said Colonels or their executors the arrears of subsistence due to them; which [it] seems reasonable should therefore be made a Regimental debt until it can be recovered from the proper persons; and Major Gen. [William] Tatton and Major Gen. [Edward] Braddock, the present Commanders of the Regiments, [should be] directed to cause the accounts of the petitioners to be immediately stated and paid in the presence of one or two Officers of the Regiments: and the money so paid [should be] placed to the accounts of the respective Companies in such manner as shall be agreed by a Regimental Court Martial to be held for that purpose. Ibid., p. 447.
Sept. 20. Treasury reference to Thomas Baker and William Gosselyn of the petition of Alexander Hamilton, late Agent for Prizes in the West Indies, praying some further allowances in his accounts now before the Commissioners for Prizes [to wit] for [charges and exchange losses on] return of money from Jamaica to London: "with certificates annexed from eminent merchants of the course of exchange" and also of 20s. per diem riding charges. Reference Book IX, p. 12.
Same to the Excise Commissioners, Scotland, of the petition of Lieut. Gen. Maitland, Governor of Fort William in Inverlochie, shewing that the said Garrison has been exempted from all taxes on malt and exciseable liquors, and if the said exemption should not remain to them the poor soldiers would be great sufferers, not being able to come up to the price of beer: therefore praying a stop to the proceedings commenced against them by the Excise Commissioners on account of the arrears of Excise since the Union and that their said exemption may be continued. Ibid.
Same to the Postmasters General of the petition of John Loddington of London, merchant, praying payment of two assignments for 500l. each on the Post Office issued out by Edmond Dummer, payable to Nich. Goodwin and by the said Goodwin set over to petitioner. Ibid., p. 13.
Commission by Treasurer Oxford to Giles Redman as a Surveyor of the Duties on Houses: and warrant to the Receiver General of said Duties for Co. Cambridge to pay him a salary of 50l. per an. as from 1711 Sept. 29.
The like commission to Thomas Lamb to be a same loco J. How: and the like warrant to the Receiver General for Co. Cumberland to pay him 30l. per an. salary as from 1711 Sept. 29. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 68, 69, 105.
Report [to Treasurer Oxford] by William Blathwayt as Auditor General of the Plantations on the petition of Humphry South of London, merchant, in behalf of Geo. Liddell of St. Christopher and of Robert Clayton, son and heir of Richard Clayton, late of St. Christopher, deceased, praying confirmation of a grant made to them by Col. Parks, late Governor of the Leeward Isles, of two plantations in the French Quarter of St. Christopher, ut supra, p. 418. By royal letters patent dated 1705 Nov. 30 the Queen permitted the said Governor to make grants not exceeding 2½ years of any part of said island which had been taken from the French during the present war and which should be found undisposed of at the time of his arrival there. He made such a grant accordingly [to these petitioners] dated 3 Dec. 1708. The same may be confirmed with an additional term of two years ending 1713 Oct., "which will enable the grantees the better to proceed in the improvement they have begun of the said plantation." Out Letters (Plantation Auditor) III, p. 60.

Footnotes

  • 1. During the first nine years of Anne's reign the House of Lords appointed no less than six several successive Committees to investigate the condition and custody of the public Records. Each of the Committees presented a brief report and these are entered in the Journals of the House as follows. The last two of these reports dealt with gross abuses and neglects in the custody of the Records of the Court of Wards and Liveries and of the Records of the Queen's Bench. Reports: 30 March 1704 (the Records in the Tower). Lords' Journals XVII, p. 555. 31 Jan. 1704–5 (the Records in Cæsar's Chapel). Ibid., p. 637. 14 Mar. 1705–6 (the Records in the State Paper Office). Ibid. XVIII, p. 135. 8 Apr. 1707 (the Records in the Tower). Ibid., p. 318. 20 Apr. 1709 (the Records of the Court of Wards and Liveries). Ibid., p. 715. 31 May 1711 (the Records of the Queen's Bench). Ibid. XIX, p. 314. The last two of these reports deal with the abuses and encroachments of the Queen's Fishmonger, who had usurped a room adjoining to Westminster Hall and formerly belonging to the Court of Wards and there handled the Records without control, trod them underfoot or removed them as he pleased, see supra, p. 335 and infra, p. 460.