Warrant Book: December 1711, 11-20

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

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December 1711

Dec. 11. Letter of direction for 3,000l. to Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions on the 2,000,000l. anno 1711: to be issued forthwith: and afterwards the like sum of 3,000l. weekly till my Lord Treasurer shall signify his further orders therein: all the said issues being intended to be paid over to Sir Roger Mostyn, Paymaster of the Marines, as imprest and upon account towards carrying on subsistence and clearing debts in quarters for such of the said Marines and their recruits as are on shore. Disposition Book XXI, p. 192.
Same for 600l. to Spencer Compton: out of Civil List moneys: being to satisfy a warrant lately signed by her Majesty. Ibid., p. 193.
T. Harley to the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] relating to the Regiments which were taken prisoner in Spain and the demands made for the Officers of those Regiments who are here. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 63.
Same to the Attorney General. My Lord Treasurer is informed that in the grant made by Charles II. to the Royal Africa Company of the coast and gold mines in Africa a reservation of two-thirds of the produce of the said gold mines is made to the King. My Lord desires that when the Earl of Yarmouth shall attend you with a copy of the said grant you do report your opinion whether her Majesty may legally grant away the said two-thirds. Ibid.
William Lowndes to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] enclosing the following list of issues made to you out of the funds anno 1711 for the Forces and Treaty Subsidies under your pay. Please send my Lord Treasurer forthwith an account shewing to what particular uses or services the said moneys, tallies or orders have been applied by you and what part thereof doth still remain in your hands.
Appending: statement of the said issues to the said Paymaster:
£ s. d.
15 Jan. 1710–11, in tallies and orders on the Land Tax anno 1711 136,246 6 10½
26 Jan. 1710–11, the like 53,607 14 11½
3 Feb. 1710–11, in tallies and orders on Malt anno 1711 72,721 16 4
15 Feb. 1710–11, in tallies and orders on the Land Tax anno 1711 10,000 0 0
28 Feb. 1710–11, the like 20,000 0 0
14 March 1710–11, in money of Land Tax and Malt [money out of the Exchequer deriving from the receipts on those branches of revenue] 3,000 0 0
20 April [1711], in Contributions on the Lottery Act 14,896 5 1
20 April 1711, the like 3,525 9 0
10 May 1711, the like 50,000 0 0
10 May 1711, the like 24,500 0 0
12 July 1711, in tallies and orders on the Land Tax anno 1711 24,500 0 0
12 July 1711, in tallies and orders on Malt anno 1711 61,475 0 0
29 August 1711, in tallies and orders on hops anno 1711 76,152 3 3
£553,270 6
Out Letters (General) XX, p. 64.
Dec. 11. Treasury reference to Mr. Granville, Secretary at War, of the petition of Brigadier Grove and Brigadier Freke shewing that they served all the last campaign in Flanders as eldest Colonels and Brigadiers, notwithstanding Brigadier Panton and Brigadier Napper who only served six weeks in that quality are on the list of the eight Brigadiers on the Flanders Establishment and the petitioners are left out: therefore praying to be inserted in the present warrant for paying the General Officers in the said service for the year 1711. Reference Book IX, p. 31.
Dec. 12. Royal warrant dated St. James's to Spencer Compton to pay 600l. to Solomon Blackman as royal bounty. Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 126.
Royal sign manual for 910l. to William Bromley for 182 days June 12 last to Dec. 11 inst. on the usual allowance of 5l. a day as Speaker of the House of Commons. (Money warrant dated Dec. 13 hereon.) (Money order dated Dec. 20 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Dec. 18 hereon.) Ibid., p. 129. Order Book VIII, p. 127. Disposition Book XXI, p. 197.
Royal warrant dated St. James's to John, Visct. FitzHardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber, to pay to the Chamber keeper to the Queen's Chaplains in Waiting an allowance after the rate of 2s. 6d. a day for his travelling charges "on the progress and removes of our Court as hath been formerly allowed and is now paid to others of the same rank": to commence as from 1710 Sept. 26 and to be paid for the days of his attendance in the said station upon such progress and removes: as by warrants to be signed by the Lord Chamberlain. Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 133.
Money warrant for 5,000l. to the Commissioners for Trade (Thomas, Earl of Stamford, Sir Phillip Meadows, Sir Charles Turner, John Pulteney and Robert Monckton) for one year to 1710 Xmas on their salaries of 1,000l. per an. each. (Money order dated Dec. 14 hereon.) Money Book XXI, p. 262. Order Book VIII, p. 128.
Dec. 12. Letter of direction for 14,278l. 5s. 3d. to John Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons: out of Contributions on the 2,000,000l.: and is intended to be applied towards carrying on the subsistence from Oct. 25 last of the Forces under his care of pay. Disposition Book XXI, p. 193.
T. Harley to the Victualling Commissioners. Mr. Jeremiah Kelly, the contracting brewer at Deal, has proposed to my Lord Treasurer to make ample satisfaction to her Majesty for his frauds and abuses in delivering less quantities of beer to her Majesty's ships than he contracted for. He desires that his demands for beer on his contract of 24 Oct. 1710 (for which no bills are yet made out) may be settled and adjusted according to the pursers' receipts produced by him and the said satisfaction (when ascertained) secured thereupon. The Lord Treasurer directs you to make forth bills in the method of your Office to said Kelly for such beer, taking care that he execute an assignment thereof or other legal assurance to yourselves to answer such damage to the Queen when determined. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 65.
Same to the Attorney General enclosing a letter [missing] received by my Lord Treasurer from one Huntley concerning frauds committed in relation to the disposal of some timber and other materials used about the building of St. Paul's Cathedral. Please report what directions you think fit to be given thereon. Ibid., p. 66.
Same to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts to enquire from Mr. James Tayler (who was Paymaster of the moneys for the relief of widows &c. of slain Officers) in what manner he has accounted for the same, how his accounts now stand and what balance of the said moneys remains in his hands. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to pass with all civility the equipage and goods which [Johann August, Marschal von Bieberstein] the Envoy from the King of Prussia is bringing with him hither: as by the enclosed letter [missing] from Mr. Bonnet. Ibid.
Subscription by Treasurer Oxford for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant dated Nov. 30 last for the provision of liveries for the late Prince of Denmark's watermen, to wit Christopher Hill, Master of the Barges to his late Highness, and 15 watermen: being liveries of pink coloured cloth, with caps, linen points and other particulars: to an estimate of 126l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 326.
The like of a same to same dated same for the delivery to Mr. Crofts of liveries for the children of the Chapel for the year 1711: to an estimate of 270l. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Transports Commissioners to make forth and to deliver to the owners of the ships William and Joseph bills for the freight due for said ships notwithstanding nondelivery of the charter-parties, which are alleged to be lost. Ibid., p. 329.
Dec. 12. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Queen's Remembrancer to change one of the securities, detailed, of Thomas Newsham as Receiver General of the Land Tax and House Duties for Co. Warwick. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, p. 72.
Dec. 12
and 13.
Same by same to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, by virtue of the privy seal of Dec. 11 inst. to raise 25,000l. by mortgage of 30,000l., part of 409,600l. 7s. 6½d., of South Sea Stock subscribed by you and to remit and apply the moneys so borrowed to and for the services of the Forces in Portugal and forthwith to assign the said 30,000l. of stock to the lender, who is to enter into an indenture of defeazance that if repayment be made before Jan. 1 next then the stock so mortgaged shall be reassigned to you for the use of the public and if default be made of such repayment he may dispose and sell such mortgaged stock and shall reassign to you any remainder after repayment to himself of the said 25,000l. and charges: and the Lord Treasurer hereby declares on the Queen's behalf that if such sale fail to produce enough to repay said 25,000l. and charges then the balance shall be made good to the lender at the charge of the public. And you, Brydges, are hereby to transmit to the Treasury a copy of the said indenture of defeazance and a certificate of all matters done in pursuance hereof. The marginal entry of this warrant reads: "Mr. Milner security in South Sea Stock for 25,000l." Money Book XXI, pp. 263–5.
Dec. 13. A similar warrant dated Dec. 13 to the said Brydges to raise 15,000l. upon a security of 18,000l. in South Sea Stock to Mr. Milner. Ibid., p. 265.
A similar warrant dated Dec. 13 to same to raise 150,000l. upon a deposit to Sir John Lambert et al. of 180,000l. in South Sea Stock and to remit and apply the moneys so to be borrowed to and for the service of the Forces in Flanders: the said loan to be repaid by Jan. 31 next. Ibid., pp. 265–7.
Royal warrant to Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, to enter a noli prosequi upon the informations in the Exchequer against Thomas Courties and John Lindsay as to the Queen's moiety of the ship Success, 20 tons, and the ship Union, 15 tons, and their lading of wine, spirits, salt, tobacco, seized by the late collector at Padstow as having French wines and brandy on board, though the said goods had paid Duty before in Ireland as from Portugal: they having proposed to pay the Duties and 52l. towards a moiety of the seizure and 100l. in satisfaction of the officer's part and a further 50l. in respect of wine prosecuted by one Swimmer for having been illicitly put on shore by said Courtis out of the Union: and the Customs Commissioners advise accepting said terms rather than risk a trial at law. Queen's Warrant Book XXV, pp. 128–9.
Thomas Harley to the Navy Commissioners. In pursuance of my letter of the 11th inst., supra, p. 581, the Lord Treasurer directs you to make forth bills on the Navy Treasurer for paying to Sir Roger Mostyn the 3,000l. forthwith and the 3,000l. weekly as therein from time to time as you shall be certified of the receipt thereof at the Exchequer: to be by way of imprest and upon account for the Marines ut ibid. You are to take care that the said Paymaster of the Marines be duly charged in the Navy Treasurer's account with the sums so paid him. Disposition Book XXI, pp. 195–6. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 68.
Dec. 13. Same to Monsieur Bonet. As to your memorial of Oct. 25 last, supra, p. 534, to my Lord Treasurer relating to the plate belonging to Monsieur Willers the Customs Commissioners proposed to deliver same to Monsieur Willers on his note of hand that same should be carried back with him at his departure: "and no inquiry having been since made at the Treasury concerning it my Lord thought the plate had been delivered to him." Out Letters (General) XX, p. 67.
Same to the Transports Commissioners to send to my Lord Treasurer an account of the bills drawn on your Office from New England or any other places for the service of the late Expedition and also of the value of the provisions by you furnished to the soldiers employed therein. (The like letter to the Victualling Commissioners: distinguishing therein how much was for the land soldiers and how much for the sea service and the value of the provisions supplied to the land soldiers whilst on board: to the end that such charges may be made upon the Regiments for same as may be thought fit.) Ibid.
Same to Baron Scrope to report on the enclosed letter [missing] received by my Lord Treasurer from Secretary Dartmouth with an extract of one to him [said Secretary] from the Earl of Leven relating to the quarantine. Ibid., p. 68.
Dec. 14. Money warrant for 500l. to Richard, Earl of Rivers, for half a year to 1711 June 24 on his fee or salary as Constable of the Tower of London. Money Book XXI, p. 262.
Same for 1,000l. to Christopher Rhodes, Secretary to the Managers and Directors of the 1,500,000l. Lottery and 2,000,000l. Adventure anno 1711, as towards the incident expenses attending the execution of the Acts for said Lottery and said Adventure. Hereof 428l. 11s. 5¼d. or three sevenths is to be paid out of the moneys of the fund established for said Lottery and 571l. 8s. 6¾d. or four sevenths out of the moneys of the fund established for the Adventure. (Money order dated Dec. 15 hereon.) Ibid., p. 281. Order Book VIII, p. 128.
Confirmation by Treasurer Oxford for the execution of a dormant warrant of 1704 Nov. 14 for the salaries of the underkeepers of Windsor Little Park: ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XIX, p. 412 Money Book XVII, p. 270.
Money order for 97l. 18s. 4d. to William Brydges, being 22l. 18s. 4d. for 1711 June 9 to the end of Trinity term and 75l. for Michaelmas term as Second Justice of Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor. Order Book VIII, p. 133.
Thomas Harley to the Navy Commissioners. The Lord Treasurer orders that the timber delivered by the Surveyor of Woods for the service of the Navy be placed to the account of Wear and Tear of the Navy as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
for the year 1708 part of the quota for Wear and Tear.
out of New Forest 1,496 load one foot of oak valued at 5,229 1 4
out of ditto 262 load 22 foot of beech valued at 524 17 7
out of Rockingham Forest 64 load 7 foot of oak valued at 224 10 0
£5,978 8 11
for the year 1709 part of said quota.
out of New Forest 838 load 8 foot of oak valued at 2,933 11 2
out of ditto 239 load 1 foot of beech valued at 537 15 11
out of Rockingham Forest 182 load 23 foot of oak valued at 638 17 9
£4,110 4 10
for the year 1710 part of said quota.
out of New Forest 906 load 23 foot of oak valued at 3,172 12 0
out of ditto 310 load of beech valued at 697 10 0
out of Rockingham Forest 24 load of oak valued at 84 0 0
£3,954 2 2
for the year 1711 part of said quota.
out of New Forest 1,654 load 33 foot of oak valued at 5,472 5 0
out of ditto 395 load 41 foot of beech valued at 890 9 0
out of Rockingham Forest 207 load 49 foot of oak valued at 624 0 0
£6,986 14 0
amounting in all to 21,029l. 9s. 11d.
Disposition Book XXI, p. 195.
Dec. 14. Letter of direction for 1,500l. to William Lowndes: for secret service: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid., p. 196.
Same for 1,000l. to same: for same: out of same. Ibid., p. 202.
Dec. 14,
20, 24, 29.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Customs Commissioners to employ John Reece as a tidesman and boatman at Nangle in Milford port loco Thomas Parrot, deceased.
John Jermy as a tidesman at Yarmouth loco John Hall, deceased.
Samuel Ketleby as collector of Ipswich loco John Knackston, suspended.
Thomas Cobb as a tidesman in the inferior list, London port, loco William Applebury, deceased.
Richard Stanley as a waterman ibid. loco John Bailey, deceased.
John Watson as a same ibid. loco William Dorrell, deceased.
Robert Bevan as a watchman ibid. loco William Chantry, deceased.
William West as a tidesman, Bristol port, loco John Jones, deceased.
John Asterly as waiter and to act for the patent searcher in the port of St. Ives loco John Hawkins, deceased.
James Brown as boatman at Hull loco Leonard Woodhouse, deceased.
John Tippetts as a tidesman in the port of Wells Burnham loco Anthony Redcliffe, who relinquished same.
Joseph Rickard as an extraordinary boatman at Plymouth loco Henry King, deceased.
Thomas Chamberlain as collector of Poole loco William Chamberlain, who is made collector of Exeter.
William Griffiths as a tidesman in the inferior list, London port, loco John Herne, dismissed.
John Lacheur as a tidesman in Lynn Regis port loco William Jackson, deceased.
Mathew Smith as a boatman at Whitby loco William Coupland, dismissed.
Thomas May as a boatman at Lynn Regis loco William Bailey, deceased.
Walter Frampton as a tidesman in Poole port loco James Turner, deceased.
Alexander Amias as a riding officer at Peeling in Lancaster port loco his father, Paul Amias.
Thomas Gurnett as a waterman at Gravesend loco his father, John Gurnett, who is superannuated.
Charlet Cadmore as superior of the two boatmen at Bricklesea in Colchester port, with 30l. per an. salary, loco John Man, deceased: and Ezekiel Blith to succeed said Cadmore at 25l. per an.: as by the Customs Commissioners' presentment of April 27 last, prefixed.
Peter Lansdon to be established as a boatman with a small boat at the west end of Mersea Island, a place notorious for smuggling: at 25l. per an. salary: as by the like presentment of April 18 last, prefixed.
William Turner as a weighing porter in London port loco John Jefferys, deceased.
John Barnard (an extraordinary tidesman in Bristol port), who was appointed to act at 20l. per an. for Edward Davies as tidesman there, superannuated and unable to undergo the fatigue of that employment: the remaining 10l. per an. salary to be for the support of the said Davies: the said Davies being now dead Barnard is hereby to succeed him: as by the like presentment of June 12 last, prefixed.
Bernard Feilding and James Laurenson to be established with 10l. per an. each as weighers in Chester port, where they have been employed for several years at an allowance of 6l. per an.: as by the like presentment of July 4 last, prefixed.
Robert Webb (mate in the boat at Whitstable) to be established as waiter and searcher at Herne Bay at 25l. per an. and Robert Maidstone as boatman at Whitstable loco said Webb: as recommended by Mr. Baker in a survey which he made four years since as necessary to have a preventive officer at Herne Bay in Faversham port to prevent the running of goods and to attend constantly the loading and unloading of vessels: as by the like presentment of July 17 last, prefixed.
Thomas Elrington and Thomas Thorpe (the officers at Nelton [Neston] in Chester port, who also do duty at Park Gate) to have 5l. a year additional for attending the shipping and landing of goods at Burton Head [Birkenhead] in the port of Chester as occasion offered: the late commission for revising the quays and wharves of said port having appointed the said place as a further place for the shipping and landing of goods, which business necessarily demands the attendance of officers: and they having been ordered to so attend until the trade of that place shall be increased and able to bear the charge of separate officers: all as proposed by a like presentment of Aug. 10 last, prefixed.
John James as a tidesman at Deal loco William Mills, deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 373, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381.
Dec. 14. Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Robert Chester et al. for leave to reduce to proof and to make post entries of some brandies imported by them from Spain and Portugal and some rum from the West Indies. Reference Book IX, p. 35.
[?] Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Warren, a prisoner in the Marshalsea, shewing that he is concerned in the American pacquet boats with some of the owners of the Worcester and became bound for one of them particularly, viz. Thomas Hammond, for tobacco Duties, who becoming insolvent petitioner's goods were seized by extent and he imprisoned: the prison being very unhealthy he begs his enlargement. Ibid.
Dec. 15. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Excise Commissioners to pay 160l. to the owners, adventurers and fishermen of Great Yarmouth for one year to 1711 Sept. 29 in consideration of their payment of the Excise on strong beer for the North Sea and Herring Fishery. Money Book XXI, p. 281.
Letter of direction for 13,000l. to Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy: out of Contributions on the 2,000,000l. anno 1711: and is intended to be applied as follows: viz.
to the head of Wages.
towards paying [seamen's] tickets pursuant to Act of Parliament [4–5 Anne, c. 6, clauses 10 and 12]: for the month of November 1711 4,000
towards carrying on Recalls and to pay the Marquess of Carmarthen his flag pay to Michaelmas 1711, amounting to 242l. 10s. 0d. 9,000
Disposition Book XXI, p. 196.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Nich. Coutelle concerning his silk, muslin and other goods seized by William Alford, tidesurveyor, which cost 75l. in Holland, which by petitioner's ignorance in not making his claim in time were condemned, and in spite of the Lord Treasurer's warrant permitting their re-export he cannot get them, as Alford pretends he has sold the silk and muslins for 54l. 6s. 6d. "so that they [the Customs Commissioners] are not able to comply with your Lordship's warrant," but have ordered Mr. Medcalfe to pay him 27l. 6s. 6d., being her Majesty's part of the said seizure, and Mr. Alford refuses to make petitioner any satisfaction for his part, making frivolous excuses: therefore praying that Alford be ordered to pay back his full part. Reference Book IX, p. 32.
Dec. 15. Same to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Kenyon, executor of Luke Floyd [Lloyd], shewing that he was formerly surety for Morgan Whitley, now prisoner in Newgate, formerly Receiver for North Wales &c. who failed, "so that your petitioner had an extent served upon the tenants of the lands of the said testator which were seized to the use of the Crown, but her Majesty out of her royal bounty to support a numerous issue of infant grandchildren of the said testator's was pleased to remit the rigour of the law and grant an Act of Parliament [private Act of Parliament 3–4 Anne, cap. LVIII] to permit your petitioner to compound with the Lord Treasurer for the said debt to the Crown: and that although the said Morgan Whitley took no manner of care in the said affair nor contributed anything towards the charge of obtaining the said Act" yet to vex and ruin petitioner or his testator [he, Whitley] has endeavoured to prosecute him at the expense of the Crown on pretence of debts: therefore praying a stop to all prosecutions at the suit of the Crown and "if the said Morgan has any demands upon him, to let him stand upon his own bottom." Ibid., p. 33.
Dec. 17. Money warrant for 50l. to the heirs of Nicholas Yates for half a year to 1711 Sept. 29 on a pension of 100l. per an.: but care is to be taken that 10l. thereof be issued to Ann Tonks pursuant to a Chancery decree dated 1698 Oct. 24. (Letter of direction dated Dec. 18 hereon.) Money Book XXI, p. 382. Disposition Book XXI, p. 197.
Allowance by Treasurer Oxford of the salary bill, detailed, of the General Post Office [for a year ended ? Sept. 29 last]: total 5,907l. 2s. 8d.: in abstract as follows, viz.
£ s. d.
George Searle, Accomptant General 300 0 0
William Frankland, Comptroller of the Inland Office 200 0 0
Ben. Waterhouse, Secretary to the Postmaster General 200 0 0
Richard Swift, Solicitor to the Post Office 200 0 0
Charles Jackson, clerk of the Chester Road 100 0 0
Alexander Say, his assistant 60 0 0
Geor. Colley, clerk of the North Road 60 0 0
Abra. Brooksbank, his assistant 60 0 0
Thomas Sawtell, clerk of the West Road 60 0 0
Philip Musgrave, his assistant 60 0 0
William Green, clerk of the Bristol Road 60 0 0
Evan Lewis, his assistant 60 0 0
Robert Colecroft, clerk of the Yarmouth Road 60 0 0
Robert Giddings, his assistant 50 0 0
Martis Buckle, clerk of the Kent Road 60 0 0
Richard Turbut, his assistant 50 0 0
Edmund Warren, clerk of the Kent Road, on by nights 60 0 0
Step. Geere, windowman and alphabet keeper in the Inland Office 60 0 0
James Walker, windowman for the by days 50 0 0
ten sorters, detailed, at 50l. and 40l. 480 0 0
nine Foreign [Post Office] officers, viz. Mr. Ashburnham Frowd, Comptroller of the Foreign Office, James Lawrence, alphabet keeper, and seven clerks, detailed 700 0 0
Jacob Vanderpoel, manager of the pacquet boats at Helvoetsluis 120 0 0
thirteen letter receivers, detailed 168 6 8
three letter bringers: John Logie, who brings letters from Westminster; Henry Griffin, for the like from Pall Mall; John Willis, for the like from Grays Inn 37 0 0
seven Foreign [Post Office] letter carriers and one who takes care of the unknown and uncertain letters 241 16 0
sixty-six inland letter carriers at 11s. a week each and one who takes care of unknown and uncertain letters 1,929 4 0
a mailmaker, a housekeeper, four porters and the doorkeeper, and the three clerks to the Postmaster General, the Receiver General and the Accomptant General 370 16 0
Money Book XXI, pp. 382–3.
Dec. 17. Warrant dormant by Treasurer Oxford to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay the yearly sum of 200l. to John Ward, Second Justice of Chester, as an addition to the profits of his place: to date from 1711 June 10 as by the privy seal of Dec. 11 inst. Ibid., p. 386.
T. Harley to Sir Christopher Wren. Mr. Anstis, who (with the good liking of my Lord Treasurer) is employed in inspecting sundry books and papers heretofore belonging to the Court of Wards and Court of Requests which are removed or to be removed to a room over the Prince's Chamber, has desired two chimneys to be run up for the drying and airing the books and papers and proper places and conveniences "to be prepared for writing at the end of the room [which you are] to make upstairs and to repair some garrets near adjoining to the said room, where a great number of books, parchments and papers lie in a miserable condition." The Lord Treasurer directs you to consider same with said Anstis and to report an estimate of the charge. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 69.
Same to the Taxes Commissioners to report on the enclosed letter [missing] relating to some ill practices of which the Collector or Surveyor for the Duty on Houses for Dolphin and Rood precincts in Tower Ward are supposed to be guilty. Ibid.
Dec. 17. Same to Secretary the Earl of Dartmouth enclosing a letter [missing] received by my Lord Treasurer from Mr. Baker, late Consul at Algier, relating to an unlucky accident that happened between an English privateer and a small Algiereen in or near the Straits mouth; for your Lordship to lay same before her Majesty. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to seal the goods of [John Robinson] the Bishop of Bristol at his lodgings in Somerset House: he being about to proceed on his voyage to Holland as Ambassador for the Treaty of Peace. Ibid., p. 70.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests enclosing the Attorney General's opinion [missing] of the 4th inst. touching the vouchers which Mr. Brydges produces for payments to the Troops inthe Low Countries for extraordinaries. You are to advise with the Attorney General whether a warrant under the Queen's sign manual may not be a sufficient authority for allowing the said vouchers. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the Admiralty Lords' letter to my Lord Treasurer representing the very great inconveniences which the Commanders of her Majesty's ships lie under by the seizures now daily made of their wines on board, which they purchase for sea store, and offering an adjustment of the quantities which in their opinion may reasonably be allowed to such Commanders for such stores for the future. Ibid.
Same to the Postmasters General to report on the desire of Sir James Stuart, Lord Advocate of Scotland, that his letters may pass free of postage, being a privilege which (he alleges) his predecessors always had. Ibid., p. 71.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. Sir James Wishart has prayed my Lord Treasurer that the taxes on his half pay which he received as a Flag Officer to the day of his being appointed a Lord of the Admiralty may be repaid him. The Lord Treasurer desires to know if there are any precedents for repaying taxes in cases of this nature. Ibid.
Same to the Taxes Commissioners enclosing the answer [missing] of Mr. Sparry, Receiver General of Co. Worcester, to the letter of Dec. 6, inst., supra, p. 579. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Burchett. My Lord Treasurer has received a letter from Thomas Huntley on board the Raven galley in the Downs alleging that he is confined on board to be carried God knows where for offering to do the nation a piece of service. Please lay said letter before the Admiralty Lords to consider whether it will not be proper that he be sent for up and his allegation inquired into to prevent clamour. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to observe an order in Council of the 13th Dec. for the discharge of the following ships from quarantine: viz.
Prophet Daniel, Henry Peters master, with flax and potash from Konigsberg: on the petition of John Thornton.
Black Cat, Corn[elius] Hendrick master, with piece goods, potash, pipe staves: on the petition of Richard Tomlinson.
Geo[rge] of Montrose, with iron and flax from Konigsberg; Dorothy from Darwindea [? Waremünde], with hemp, flax, deals and clapboard: on the petition of Thomas Couts.
James of Dumfries, Robert Allain master: on the petition of John Crosby.
Baltic, Sam Coggrave master; Love's Encrease, John Leaman master; Rotterdam, Ralph Southern master; George, Geo. Brook master: all from Konigsberg with flax, hemp, potashes, iron, linen, yarn: on the petition of Richard Tomlinson.
Young Tobias, Peter Zacheus master; Woman of Samaria, Eleas Bower master; Careful Woman, Pieche Hammep master; Thoams and Robert, Benj. Bentley master; Love, Folke Acnes master; Fro from Overspell [? Ventspil], Albe Romikes master; Wisdom of Solomon, Jan Jesses master, loaden with planks and lamblack [lampblack]; Virgin Catherine, Jacob Bacher master, with planks and pipe staves; Young Tobias, Henry Worms master, with pipe staves.
George and Elizabeth, John Hewbank master; Robert, Nath[aniel] Smallwell master; Mary, Edward Read master; Britannia, John Hughes master; these four ships from Stockholm: and the Good Success, William Shimings master, from Gothenberg: on the petition of Henry Norris et al.
Providence, Geo. Hardcastle master; Lawrence, Thomas Dorc master; Hope and Clare, William Wrangham master, with iron and deals from Stockholm; Langly, Richard Horner master; Mary, James Reynolds master; Judith, John Hellen master; Mary, William Richardson master; Hester, Henry Newton master; Wine Fat, Erasmus Andrews master; Iron Weigh, Henry Bandon master; William, Joseph Smith master.
Out Letters (Customs) XV, p. 346.
Dec. 17. Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Isaac Dawson, Robert Summers et al., captors of the ship Excellent, de Sable D'oloon [Sables D'Olonne], shewing that they fitted out their respective ships to Newfoundland, where they took the said prize laden with Bank fish; that notwithstanding the lading is condemned as prize they cannot land it in Great Britain without my Lord Treasurer's warrant for Duty free landing, there being so high a Duty on it: therefore praying such a warrant. Reference Book IX, p. 34.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular and ratal of premises, ut supra, p. 347, being the extra parochial tythes in Bedford Level, Bullingbrook Level, Mr. Thomas's Level and Sir John Mounson's Level, lying in Norfolk and other counties, in order to a fresh lease thereof to Thomas Vernon at a third part of the clear annual profits thereof.
Prefixing: said Surveyor's report on said Vernon's petition for same. The premises were granted in 1661 to Sir Charles Berkeley et al. for 31 years at a rent of a quarter of the annual value, but the said lessees never came to account or answered anything to the Exchequer; and from 1692 to 1703 they lay out of lease and yielded nothing to the Crown but were in great danger of being for ever lost: but this petitioner (in the name of Samuell Hastings, his trustee) took a new lease 1703 Dec. 9 for 31 years. He has passed his accounts duly to 1709 Sept. 29 and her Majesty's thirds have produced 163l. 11s. 9d. in those six years (13l. in 1704; 15l. 14s. 10d. in 1705; 30l. 2s. 0d. in 1706; 33l. 11s. 6d. in 1707; 45l. 19s. 0d. in 1708; 37l. 13s. 3d. in 1709). The rent appears to have increased as the petitioner made further discoveries and got possession thereof. In regard he has brought the premises to some effect for the Crown already and may probably do more upon such encouragement there is no objection to extension of his lease. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, pp. 331–2.
Dec. 18. Privy seal for 2,000l. as equipage and 100l. a week as ordinary to Thomas, Earl of Stafford, as one of the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaries for the Treaty of a General Peace. Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 132.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Spencer Compton to pay 200l. to Thomas Rous "which her Majesty is pleased to advance towards defraying the incident charges of the Commissioners appointed" for building 50 new churches in London, Westminster and the suburbs. Money Book XXI, p. 267.
Same by same to same to pay 100l. to George, Earl of Dumbarton. as royal bounty. Ibid.
Money warrant for 1,342l. 5s. 8d. to Thomas Strickland, Commissioner for the Transfer Office, for such part of the charge attending the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1710 as is appointed by the Act for said Lottery [8 Anne, c. 10] to be under the care and direction of the said Commissioner: to be paid out of the Duties granted by said Act. (Money order dated Dec. 19 hereon. with a later confirmation dated 1712 Sept. 20 thereof by Treasurer Oxford.) Ibid., p. 384. Order Book VIII, p. 132.
Same for 18l. 5s. 0d. to Richard Grigson and the executors of John Cocks for 1711 Lady day's salary as Keepers of the Council Chamber. (Money order dated 1711–12 Jan. 1 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Dec. 21 hereon.) Money Book XXI, p. 383. Order Book VIII, pp. 137, 201.
Warrant dormant by Treasurer Oxford to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay the salary of 300l. per an. to Charles Cox as Chief Justice of Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor as by his patent of appointment dated 1703 Nov. 15.
The like for 300l. a year to William Brydges as Second Justice of Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor as by his patent of appointment of 1711 June 9. Money Book XXI, pp. 385, 385b.
Money warrant for 231l. 16s. 6 ½d. to Thomas Barrington, Charles Pembruge and Alexander Anett, officers of the Customs in Bristol port, for a moiety of a seizure of money out of the ship Hannah bound for Cork in Ireland: in accordance with the order in Council of 1709 May 19 decreeing such moiety as a reward. (Money order dated Dec. 20 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Dec. 21 hereon.) Ibid., p. 385b. Order Book VIII, p. 131. Disposition Book XXI, p. 201.
Dec. 18. Thomas Harley to the Navy Commissioners. According to your desire this is to acquaint you that the funds granted by Parliament for the year 1711 fell short of answering the several services voted to be supplied out of the same in [by] the sum of 597,211l. 16s. 7 ½d. or thereabouts and that in consequence thereof the sum of 186,974l. 1s. 2d. (being a proportionable part of that deficiency) should or ought to fall on the Navy, viz. on the heads of the Ordinary, the Wages, the Victualling and the Wear and Tear thereof: which if computed according to the respective quotas for those heads will be as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
on the Ordinary 10,704 12 5
on the head of Wages 69,580 1 0
on the head of Victualling 44,067 7 1
on the head of Wear and Tear 62,622 0 8
£186,974 1 2
Disposition Book XXI, p. 197.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to report on the petition enclosed [missing] of Henry Norris and William Hendrick Cornelison, merchants, for release of their ships from quarantine. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 72.
T. Harley to same to report on a like petition of George Vaughan, David Watson et al. for the like release for their several ships. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to same to permit Thomas Cary and George Hatley of London, merchants, to tranship tobacco in order to obtain the benefit of the drawback; they having loaden same on board the Danish ship Constance, Christean Fred Mohrsen master, for France by commission for foreign merchants in amity with her Majesty and within the time allowed by law for re-export: but the master ran away to Norway and the ship is stopped in the Thames by Admiralty Court order 1711 Nov. 29 for seamen's wages and other debts "and the petitioner could not prevail with that Court to put in a new master or suffer the ship to proceed on her voyage to France."
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on the petition of said Cary and Hatley. Out Letters (Customs) XV, pp. 374–5.
Treasury reference to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, of the petition of Robert Taylor, minister of the Gospel at Currie, shewing that there is payable to the Archbishop of Glasgow out of petitioner's parish four chalders of horse corn with 44 pounds Scots and some very few poultry: therefore praying a lease or tack of the said rent for relief and support of his indigent family. Reference Book IX, p. 37.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Sheriff of Co. Middlesex to subscribe into South Sea Stock the two Victualling bills in your hands by virtue of the extent taken out by John Westen, late Receiver General of Co. Surrey, against Richard Rowntree of Ockham, Co. Surrey, mealman and miller, the one No. 1600 dated 26 May 1710 for 120l. and the other No. 1743 dated 8 June 1710 for 117l.: and thereupon (with the assistance of the Taxes Commissioners) to sell the said stock at the best market price that can be gotten for the same and to pay the proceeds into the Exchequer as so much levied upon the said extent, to be applied towards discharging the debt due to the Queen from John Weston.
Prefixing: report by the Taxes Commissioners on the memorial of the said Weston, ut supra, p. 573. Warrants not Relating to Money XXI, p. 330.
Dec. 19. Fresh reference to the Commissioners for Taxes of the petition of George and Joseph Newell, goldsmiths, ut supra, p. 201. Reference Book VIII, p. 449.
Money warrant for 3,300l. to Thomas, Earl of Strafford, 2,000l. for equipage and 1,300l. for one quarter in advance on his ordinary of 100l. a week as one of the Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiaries for the Treaty of a General Peace. (Money order dated Dec. 20 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1711–2 Jan. 22 hereon for payment of same by 500l. a week from "this" week.) Money Book XXI, p. 386. Order Book VIII, p. 134. Disposition Book XXI, p. 216.
Money order for 150l. to William Bannister, being 52l. 1s. 8d. for 25 days 1711 May 14 to June 9 as late Justice of Glamorgan, Brecon and Radnor and 22l. 18s. 4d. to complete Trinity term 1711 and 75l. for Michaelmas term as Chief Justice of Pembroke, Carmarthen and Cardigan. Order Book VIII, p. 132.
Letter of direction for 300l. to Spencer Compton: out of Civil List money: and is to satisfy two warrants lately signed by the Lord Treasurer, see supra, p. 593. Disposition Book XXI, p. 197.
Same for 1,386l. 1s. 10d. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions on the 2,000,000l. anno 1711: and is intended to be applied as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
towards satisfying half pay to Officers in second, and to be esteemed as part of the 292,369l. 2s. 4d. for extraordinaries of the war anno 1711 930 2 6
as part of the 1,500,000l. for the service of [the Forces in] Spain and Portugal anno 1711, for Mr. Conduit for his pay as Secretary to the General in Portugal and Judge Advocate there, and for the pay to Dec. 22 inst. of the Provost Marshal and his four men serving there 345 7 0
to Major Martin Purcell and Cornet Andrew Purcell for their subsistence to Dec. 22 inst. according to a royal warrant in that behalf to enable them to return to their posts in Portugal 110 12 4
£1,386 1 10
Ibid., p. 200.
Dec. 19. T. Harley to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded. The Lord Treasurer sent you Mr. Slaughter's papers as sent to him from the Admiralty but with no intent on his part to alter or introduce any new method of making allowances to any of your officers. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 72.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt. The House of Commons have by their Address to the Queen of the 11th inst. desired an account what moneys have been paid into the Exchequer on the funds granted the last year. Please give directions for making the said account and laying the same before the House accordingly. Ibid., p. 73.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests in accordance with the same Address of the House of Commons to prepare and submit a certificate how far the imprest accountants have passed their accounts. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of the Quakers representing that notwithstanding they have duly paid the Queen's Duties and have proper discharges for the same yet they have large fines set upon them for not complying with the directions of the law in verifying their entries by an oath; and praying in regard of their tender consciences in swearing, they may have the privilege of affirmation. Reference Book IX, p. 34.
Same to Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, of the petition of Thomas Goldney, Christopher Shuter et al., owners of the Duke and Duchess and the Manila prize: shewing that he [Goldney] was drawn in to receive Custom House money at Bristol of Mr. Sansom, late collector there, and to remit it to Mr. Vanbrugh, merchant in London, [by bills of exchange]; that 8,000l. of the said bills returned protested; that Mr. Sansom assigned to petitioner some offreckonings in the Pay Office to the amount of 6,800l. and afterwards failed: that there are several suits depending in the Exchequer Court between the Attorney General and one Dymond (who claims an interest in the said offreckonings) and the said Sansom and petitioner touching the right to the said offreckonings and the application thereof towards [satisfying] the said protested bills: that Sansom has taken out another extent against petitioner [Goldney] and has prevailed with the Customs Commissioners to refuse permission to petitioners to dispose of any part of their effects till the said extent against Goldney be discharged: that they [petitioners] have proposed to give security for payment of the said debt out of Goldney's estate: therefore pray that the extent may be stayed and leave be given them to dispose of their ships and goods. Ibid., pp. 34–5.
Same to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts of the petition of Brigadier Windsor shewing that his Regiment was reduced in Spain in 1709 and ordered to be raised the 18th January following and was completed by 24 April 1710, but no fund was allowed to his Captains to raise the same except 3l. per man [levy money] for 468 men incorporated [out of it] into other Regiments, although Sir Charles Hotham's Captains were allowed 4l. per man for their men reduced at the same time: that the respits on the Regiment rolls from 18 Jan. 1709–10 to 24 April 1710 amounted to 734l. 1s. 2d., soon after which the Regiment was ordered to Portsmouth and served there above eight months. during which time being twice drafted 'twas respited on the rolls 623l. 9s. 4d.: making a total respite of 1,357l. 10s. 6d.: therefore praying removal of said two respits. Ibid., p. 35.
Dec. 20. Letter of direction for 18,000l. to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad: out of Contributions on the 2,000,000l. anno 1711: and is intended to be applied towards answering stoppages out of the subsistence of the Regiments in Spain and Portugal; to pay Officers and recruits here belonging to the said Regiments; and for subsisting the wives and families of others: and to be esteemed as part of the 1,500,000l. voted for the service of [the Forces in] Spain and Portugal anno 1711. Disposition Book XXI, p. 198.
Same for 16,000l. to Visct. Ryalton, late Cofferer of the Household: to be issued by 2,000l. a week as from this week: out of Civil List moneys: and is to be by him paid and applied towards discharging what is due for wages, board wages and purveyances in the Office of the Cofferer of the Household between Michaelmas 1710 and 1 April 1711. Ibid.
Same for 750l. per week to Visct. Fitz Hardinge, Treasurer of the Chamber: out of same: as from this week till further order: and is to be by him paid and applied to the discharging not only what is already due since 1710 June 24 to the servants [of the Household] payable in his Office, but also what shall hereafter grow due to such servants. Ibid., p. 199.
Thomas Harley to the said Visct. Fitz Hardinge to pay (out of the abovesaid 750l. per week) 241l. 6s. 11d. to Benjamin Bedford, upholsterer, on warrants signed by the Lord Chamberlain, for rent of a house hired for the Ambassador from the Czar of Muscovy and for new furniture bought for the same: [being] due Oct. 31 last. Ibid.
Letter of direction for 1,500l. a week to Spencer Compton as from this week: to be by him paid and applied from time to time towards satisfying what is due since Xmas 1710 and shall hereafter grow due on her Majesty's annual bounties and charities payable by him. Ibid., p. 200.
T. Harley to the Navy Commissioners. It is absolutely necessary that a state be made of all debts due to her Majesty from any of the Allies which it may be proper for her Ministers at the Congress to make a demand of. The Lord Treasurer directs you to send him with all convenient speed an account of all such debts "as far as you have any cognizance thereof as Commissioners of the Navy."
(The like letter to the Victualling Commissioners; the Transports Commissioners; the Board of Ordnance; the Auditors of Imprests; Mr. Cardonell [as Agent or Deputy of Mr. Brydges in Flanders]; Mr. Brydges [as Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad].) Out Letters (General) XX, p. 73.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests. Mr. Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, has represented a case to my Lord Treasurer wherein he conceives that the article of her Majesty's Instructions to the Paymaster for [the British Forces in] Spain and Portugal which requires security to be taken for due accounting should be dispensed with. Please report your opinion hereon to the Lord Treasurer. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 74.
Dec. 20. T. Harley to Mr. Granville, Secretary at War, to procure a royal warrant to authorise the payment of 100l. to Capt. Thomas Smith, who had the care of carrying the money from Port Mahon to Barcelona for the service of the war in Spain, which money he hath safely delivered.
And likewise the payment which his [Brydges'] Deputy Paymaster in Spain has made pursuant to warrant from the Duke of Argyle of 10,000 pistoles for the service of the Artillery in Spain over and above the 17,000l. allowed by her Majesty's Instructions for the Extraordinaries of the war in Spain this year: "it having been represented by the General Officers as absolutely impossible to maintain the Army in the field without the said supply for the Train." Ibid.
Same to the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army. "The Expedition to Canada having been attended with a great expense as well in the Office of the Navy, Transports and Ordnance as by the hands of Col. Arnot, who went Paymaster of the Forces that were sent thereupon; and my Lord Treasurer observing from a state of the said Colonel's accounts which has been laid before him that the subsistence of the said Forces is claimed for full numbers and for a much longer time than to the day of their return, when [whereas] it is known that they were very defective, that a great loss arises to her Majesty by the exchange, [and further] that no deductions have been made for provisions and that many great sums have been paid as imprests or for stores and necessaries of various kinds, particularly 28,036l. 5s. 0d. by the hands of Mr. Brydges and no account given what is become of the same: his Lordship has commanded me to transmit to you the said account hereinclosed [missing] and is pleased to desire you to take under your examination not only the said account but also all accounts in any the public Offices that are or have been concerned in paying or defraying any part of the charge of the said Expedition, that so his Lordship may have the whole expense laid before him; with your observations and opinion thereupon. Therefore as [or whenever] in the progress of your examinations you will have occasion for accounts and informations from several Offices and Officers concerned in the said Expedition you may please to apply to his Lordship for whatever you shall think necessary; and his Lordship will give directions for such Officers to attend or for the accounts which you shall require to be laid before you in such manner as you shall desire the same. You have also [herein] enclosed some states and memorials [missing] of Mr. Brydges relating to this Expedition; [also] a list of bills of exchange drawn from New England on account thereof and a state of the several Regiments, wherein mention is made of many particular losses sustained by them; as also the Transport account of the whole charge in their Office." Ibid., pp. 75–6.
Treasury reference to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded of the petition of John Pearce, undertaker for the transporting of prisoners at war, shewing that the undertakers for that service formerly were allowed 10s. per head, which petitioner undertook at first at 2s. 6d. but was afterwards by agreement with the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded to have 5s. per head: yet the said Commissioners refuse to pay same on pretence that he omitted to sail on a voyage when he might: petitioner alleges that since he has engaged in this service the public have saved above 6,500l.: therefore praying that he may be allowed 2s. 6d. per head for 16,348 men and 5s. per head for 3,749 men, "especially since he must be paid in South Sea Stock, when [whereas] he was to have had money." Reference Book IX, p. 36.