Warrant Books: March 1713, 1-15

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 27, 1713. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955.

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March 1713, 1-15

March 2. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to transfer out of the 409,600l. 7s. 6½d. subscribed by him for the public into South Sea Stock, any sum not exceeding 9,600l. to Sir John Lambert for his bills of exchange drawn on Mr. Brydges for the subsistence of the prisoners in Spain. Money Book XXII, p. 166.
Same by same to Mr. Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, to borrow 8,000l. from Sir John Lambert on a deposit of 9,600l. South Sea Stock: to be repaid in three months with 6 per cent. interest. Ibid., p. 128.
Treasury reference to the Postmaster General of the petition of Richard Swift, Solicitor of the Post Office, for recompense for pains in framing, attending and settling the late Act [9 Anne, c. 11] for Establishing the Post Office revenue. Reference Book IX, p. 113.
March 2. Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of John Anstis for extension of term in North Kingbear, North Botturnell and Notter and for a lease of Tremolla and fresh terms in tenements in South Botturnell. Ibid.
March 3. Royal warrant dated St. James's to Spencer Compton to pay Edward, Lord Willoughby of Parham, 400l. “without account as of our free gift and royal bounty.” Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 356.
Same to same to pay 1,200l. to Daniel Arthur in satisfaction of a bill of exchange drawn from Madrid 18 Jan. 1712–13 by Emanuel Manasses Gilligan “pursuant to our direction and for our special service.” Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit Charles Cæsar, Treasurer of the Navy, to transfer (out of the 1,421,274l. 14s. 4d. subscribed by him for the public into the Stock of said Company) any sum not exceeding 23,886l. 17s. 0d. to Thomas Savery, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded Seamen; as imprest and upon account to discharge and pay the debts in the Sick and Wounded Office to 1712 June 30. Money Book XXII, p. 166.
Money warrant for 606l. 5s. 0d. to Francis Nicholson for three months by way of advance from Dec. 25 last on his 2,425l. per an. for all the charges of his Commission for Enquiry in North America. (Money order dated Mar. 4 hereon.) Ibid., p. 174. Order Book VIII, p. 274.
Same for 348l. 15s. 0d. to Henry Neale for three months from Jan. 31 last on the allowance to him for charges &c. as Surveyor of the Island of Minorca and the ports thereto belonging in the Mediterranean: as by the privy seal of Feb. 28 last, supra, p. 129. (Money order dated Mar. 4 hereon.) Money Book XXII, p. 178. Order Book VIII, p. 273.
Endorsement by Treasurer Oxford, by way of warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, for the payment [to the Bank of England] of 6 per cent. interest on six orders of loan for 1,000l. each, Nos. 3850 to 3855 inclusive, on the fourteenth 4s. Aid: the said warrants being drawn without interest [the said orders being now held by the Bank of England]. Order Book VIII, p. 272.
A like endorsement for a further order, No. 3856, for 1,000l. on same: being similarly drawn without interest. (In both these entries the words Bank of England is written in the margin.) Ibid.
T. Harley to the Customs Commissioners. My Lord directs you to give three months’ leave to William Strode, one of the General Inspectors of the Salt Duties under your management, to come to London about private affairs. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 366.
March 3. T. Harley to Secretary Bolingbroke. Mr. Brydges, the Paymaster of the Forces, has moved my Lord Treasurer that her Majesty's Plenipotentiaries at Utrecht may be instructed to make a demand on the States General for 8,194l. 1s. 10¼d. paid for the subsistence of their Troops, for which said Brydges is answerable, the Auditors here not being empowered to allow him any sums on his accounts but such as were paid to or for the Troops in her Majesty's pay. My Lord has directed Mr. Brydges to wait on you with a clear state of this affair, and my Lord desires you to so instruct the Plenipotentiaries. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 367.
March 4. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit Thomas Savery, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded, to transfer the 23,886l. 17s. 0d. of South Sea Stock (directed, ut supra, p. 137, to be transferred to him) to such and so many persons and in such proportions as shall from time to time be specified in lists to be sent to you signed by the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded, “the said sum in stock being intended to discharge and pay the debts in the said Office to the last day of June 1712.” Money Book XXII, p. 167.
William Lowndes to Sir William Wyndham [Secretary at War] enclosing the answer [missing] of the Transports Commissioners to Capt. Nevill's letter concerning an overcrowded transport. Please send same to Nevill the better to enable him to examine how a transport for 598 men came to be overcrowded with only 330. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 367.
Same to the Customs Commissioners enclosing a letter from Secretary Dartmouth concerning John Vie, an inhabitant of St. Malo, who is run from thence with another man's wife and several stolen goods and supposed to be fled to Southampton: with a letter from Monsieur D'Hermainville to the Marquis D'Torci of the 26 Feb. last from St. Malo. Your officers are to secure their persons, as her Majesty will by no means suffer that her dominions should be the sanctuary to persons who are guilty of such enormous crimes.
Appending: said letters from Secretary Dartmouth and from D'Hermainville and also description of the man and description of the woman. John Vie is about 37 or 38 years old, a bold, daring man who commanded last of all in France the ship Luzane of Nantes armed for cruizing, with whom he has committed several barbarities towards the privateers of Jersey and Guernsey. He has taken in his last cruize my Lord Hamilton's brother coming from the English Plantations. Ibid., pp. 368–70.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to same to pass one tun of Spanish wine for the Morocco Ambassador which is on board the Cadiz Merchant, Capt. Granger Commander.
Prefixing: report by the said Commissioners on said Ambassador's memorial. He applied on the 19th ult. for delivery of the wine and was told the same could not be granted for that we did not conceive him to be within the Treasury warrant of 2 July 1707 which gives the allowance of a tun of wine to Ambassadors and two hogsheads of wine to Envoys at their first coming only: whereas this Ambassador as we are told arrived at Falmonth about the month of September 1709. But the said allowance was not made to him at his first arrival. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 13.
March 4. Same by same to the Postmasters General to lessen the charge of the pacquet boats by the sale, removal and settlement of the boats in accordance with the memorial as follows from said Postmasters.
Prefixing: said memorial dated Post Office 1712–13 Jan. 16. In our memorial of Aug. 26 last we laid before your Lordship an account of the expenses which might be saved in the pacquet boats in the service of the Post Office during the Cessation [of arms] by sea. We hereby represent the means of further lessening the charge as follows. The pacquet boats at present employed between Falmouth and Lisbon were larger and need more hands than will be necessary in peace. We propose to dispose of them by public sale. During the war the correspondence with Portugal has been carried on weekly by five pacquet boats. In peace three will suffice to carry on that intercourse once every fortnight. The boats at Harwich are likewise larger than will be required in peace time. We propose to remove three to Falmouth for the Lisbon service at an estimate of 630l. per an. This charge would be lessened by the freight of merchandise if the pacquet boats should be allowed to carry goods without being liable to be searched by the Customs officers at Lisbon, “to which should they be subjected the boats might frequently be delayed to the prejudice of the correspondence and the bringing over gold and silver by the pacquet boats (which is of great advantage to the kingdom) might also be thereby hindered; which inconveniency might be prevented and the honour of boats wearing the Queen's colours preserved if her Majesty's Ministers at Lisbon had instructions to treat with the Court of Portugal for permitting all goods carried by the pacquet boats to be first put on board some vessels belonging to the Custom House at Lisbon and thence be admitted to an entry; by which means the Duties on the said goods would be justly paid to his Portuguese Majesty which are now run privately and which it will be impossible to prevent unless by such an agreement with that Court.”
During the late war a direct Correspondence was settled between England and Spain by two pacquet boats between Falmouth and Corunna and the same was continued during the late peace after the Intercourse was opened with France, “it being thought reasonable to have a direct Correspondence with Spain, without being obliged to send all letters for that kingdom through France.”
As to the Correspondence between England and Holland less than four boats will not be able to carry on with the necessary regularity. If only three be employed as before the Revolution it will frequently happen as it did then that all the boats being on one side or the other by contrary winds the [postal charges for] letters of two or three posts will be answered together which may occasion a greater loss to the revenue than the cost of a fourth boat. Several Passage Boats are lately set up between the river [of Thames] and Rotterdam which afford an easy conveyance to all passengers with their goods. It will therefore be necessary that the pacquet boats in the Harwich service be provided with better cabins and accommodations for the convenience of passengers than those which were employed in the peace times before the Revolution; so that passengers whose freight is a great benefit to the Office may be invited by the greater certainty as well as shortness of the passage to go and come by the Pacquet Boats. For this purpose the boats should be built all to the same model. The annual charge of each such vessel will be 350l. This somewhat exceeds what was formerly allowed to a contractor, but we have been credibly informed that the undertaker was a considerable loser by his agreement.
We propose that the Pacquet Boats between Dover and Calais and Dover and Ostend or Newport be likewise built to one and the same model. Five boats will be necessary for those services.
Following by: Estimate of the yearly charge of one of the boats now employed at Harwich when removed to Falmouth:
£ s. d.
wages for 15 men for 13 months (one Commander at 6l. per month; one mate at 2l. 10s. 0d.; 12 able seamen at 1l. 3s. 0d.; the Captain's servant at 18s.) 301 12 0
victuals for 15 men for 365 days at 7½d. per man per day 171 1 10
wear and tear computed at one third of the wages and victualling 157 11 3
£630 5 1
three boats £1,890 15 3
Estimate of the annual charge of one hoy, 60–70 tons, to be employed as a pacquet boat between England and Holland:
£ s. d.
wages for six men for 13 months (one Commander at 4l.; one mate at 2l.; three able seamen at 1l. 3s. 0d.; the Captain's servant at 18s.) 134 11 0
victuals for six men for 365 days at 8d. per man per day 73 0 0
impair [sic] and risk of the vessel (to be found by the contractor: which ’tis presumed may cost 500l. building and fitting to sea) at 12 per cent. per an. 60 0 0
wear and tear &c. 82 9 0
£350 0 0
four hoys £1,400 0 0
Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 57–60.
March 5. Royal warrant dated St. James's to Robert Hunter, Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Province of New York, to allow in the accounts of Thomas Byerley, Collector and Receiver of Customs in the said Province, 160l. for his disbursements in the seizure and prosecution of the ship Eagle galley, seized for illegal trading; the said ship having arrived in those parts laden with several parcels of European goods and divers pipes of Canary wines and not having on board a register or cocquets as the law directs, for which reason said Byerley seized same and prosecuted her in the Court of Admiralty there; upon which Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys, Kt. (since deceased), part owner and freighter, applied to the Customs Commissioners and made appear to them that the said ship was duly registered in the port of London, that the pipes of Canary wine were part of those taken prize by her and condemned in the Admiralty Court here [London] and that all the European goods were shipped in England according to law, but that the register or cocquets were lost or mislaid by the master: and thereupon the Customs Commissioners thought it but just and reasonable to stop Byerley's proceedings as there did not appear any mark or design of fraud; but that Byerley [should] be reimbursed his charges. Queen's Warrant Book XXV, p. 357.
March 5. Royal sign manual for 150l. to George, Lord Lansdown, for half a year to 1712 Xmas for the rent of Mote Park, which was laid into Windsor Great Park. (Money warrant dated March 10 hereon.) (Money order dated March 25 hereon.) Ibid., p. 360. Order Book VIII, p. 283.
Money warrant for 69l. to Henry, Earl of Rochester, Keeper of New Park near Richmond, for the underkeepers of said park for one year's salaries to 1712 June 24: viz. 20l. to Theophilus Westwood, an underkeeper; 25l. to Edward Waldrich, a same; 10l. to the bailiff and 14l. to Henry Badger, the moletaker. Money Book XXII, p. 167.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad, to transfer (out of 409,600l. 7s. 6½d. subscribed by him for the public into South Sea Stock) any sum not exceeding 10,000l. to Don Joseph Da Cunha Brochado, the Portuguese Minister, in part of the subsidy due to the King of Portugal. Ibid., p. 168.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners to examine Thomas Clough of Faversham for the place of riding officer at Littlehampton loco Nicholas Eveleigh, lately dismissed. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 367.
Same to the Secretary at War enclosing for his consideration the following petitions [missing]: viz.
Lieut. Col. Staunton on behalf of himself and the Protestant Officers of Daniel Carroll's [O'Carroll's] Regiment of Horse, for certificates to receive half pay.
Col. [Constantine de] Magny, Col. Galy [Paul de Gualy], Col. [Balthazar de] Foissac and Col. [John] Desbordes for themselves and their Officers [of Dragoons], for the like certificates.
the Officers of the Earl of Galway's Spanish Regiment of Foot upon the Portugal Establishment, for the like certificates.
the Invalid Serjeants and others belonging to the Regiments which were broke in England; for subsistence.
Ibid., p. 370.
T. Harley to same. My Lord Treasurer is of opinion that an end should be put to the expense of maintaining the 30 Serjeants that were sent to America in 1710 with Lieutenants’ commissions and on Ensigns’ pay. Please consider of Instructions in this behalf and charge Col. Nicholson (who is now on his departure thither) with the execution thereof. Ibid., p. 371.
March 5 Treasurer Oxford to the Acting [Assessment] Commissioners of the Land Tax for Co. Sussex. There is an arrear of 28,541l. 5s. 6d. on this year's Land Tax within your County. I must earnestly recommend and desire you to give such directions for the speedy payment of the same that the public may not suffer by the delay. I desire you will acquaint me with your proceedings herein.
The like letter severally to the Acting Commissioners of the following Counties for the following arrears:
£ s. d.
Co. Southampton: arrears 4,815 6
” Durham: ” 1,980 0 0
” Worcester: ” 6,140 8 11¾
” Cumberland: ” 725 11
” Northumberland: ” 7,200 0 0
” Westmorland: ” 732 17 10½
” Kent: ” 3,858 18 11½
” Cambridge: ” 3,636 3 0
” Bucks: ” 8,568 7
” Suffolk: ” 2,613 11 7
” Gloucester: ” 3,314 9
” Devon: ” 4,181 6 8
” Northampton: ” 9,192 14 6
” Salop: ” 4,100 3 0
” York: ” 7,442 0 0
” Norfolk: ” 6,843 19
” Wilts: ” 6,374 11
” Herts: ” 9,279 6 4
” Surrey: ” 22,662 15 3
Out Letters (General) XX, p. 372.
T. Harley to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad]. My Lord Treasurer sees no reason for advancing money to any of the wives of the 30 Serjeants (who were sent to North America in 1710 with Lieutenants’ Commissions) under pretence of carrying them to their husbands. But my Lord orders that the 30l. directed some time since to be paid to them be equally distributed among the 10 women who have powers from their husbands to receive here 12d. a day out of their husbands’ pay. Give Col. Nicholson an account thereof so that he may adjust accounts with said Officers. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Customs Commissioners, on an order of Council dated March 1, to discharge from quarantine the ship Young Dick from Bremen, on the petition of William Astell. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 3.
Treasurer Oxford's fiat for royal letters patent to constitute George Hilburne, gent., as Controller of Customs in Bridgwater port loco Robert George. Ibid., p. 14.
William Blathwayt to Mr. Popple, Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade and Plantations. I have yours of the 27th ult. intimating that the said Commissioners are required by their Commission to demand an account of all moneys given for public uses by the Assemblies in the Plantations and how the same are or have been laid out, and therefore desiring from me a particular state of the revenue of each of her Majesty's Governments in America for the last year or for such time as I am able. I shall not fail in preparing such accounts as [far as and when] I am enabled by my deputies in the respective Governments.
By her Majesty's Instructions to the several Governors of the Plantations they are to transmit to the Commissioners for Trade four books of accompts, duly kept and attested on oath, of all revenues arising within their respective Governments, half yearly or oftener, and duplicates thereof by the next conveyance. I should be glad to have a view of such accompts in order to [help me to] render the desired return. The Commissioners for Taking the Public Accounts did by their precepts of 1711 July 9 and 1712 March 31 require of me accompts of all revenues arising and accruing out of the Islands and Plantations of America and I have delivered to them true copies of such accompts as I then had or have since received. I have also presented to my Lord Treasurer what relates to such accompts. Out Letters (Plantations Auditor) III, pp. 87–8.
March 5. Same to William Lowndes [at the Treasury]. I have lately received from my Deputy in New England an account of the Public Revenues arising in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay for the support of her Majesty's Government there for one year ended 30 May 1712. I have, upon occasion of the late Expedition, prepared a short abstract of such accompt and enclose it herewith [missing] to lay before the Lord Treasurer. Ibid., p. 89.
March 6. Money warrant dormant for 650l. to the Auditor of the Receipt for the charges of making and issuing the Exchequer Bills made forth and to be made forth in pursuance of the Act of 7 Anne, c. 30, for Enlarging the Capital Stock of the Bank of England: to be satisfied out of the receipts of the Two Thirds Subsidy. Money Book XXII, p. 168.
Allowance by Treasurer Oxford of the incidents bill, detailed, of the Post Office for 1712 Lady day quarter: total 963l. 10s. 1d. (including 30l. to William Frankland for half a year's allowance for beer for the clerks in the office; 5l. 4s. 0d. to Thomas Humphreys for half a year for pumping the well; 60l. to Benjamin Waterhouse for three feasts due to the clerks in the Office for 1½ years; 42l. 4s. 0d. to Thomas Horne for his extraordinary duty from 8 Dec. 1710 to 15 May 1711 in casting up the Inland, Scotch and Irish letters, distinguishing the second from the third, and for several computations of the additional tax of letters; 1l. 10s. 0d. to Thomas Stone, engraver, for seals for the office use; 47l. to Ja. Walker, his bill for attending the House of Commons and delivering their letters in 1709 and 1710, being 47 weeks; 39l. 10s. 0d. to the several carriers of the Penny Post Office for carrying the General Post letters to the Post Office four times on post nights from the several receiving houses; 54l. 9s. 0d. to the several Penny Post messengers for their extraordinary duty in collecting the General Post letters on post nights). Ibid., p. 169.
T. Harley to [the Fraternity of] Trinity House [Strond]. Many gentlemen and mariners, inhabitants of Holyhead, have certified my Lord Treasurer that the rock or neck of land called the Head in the Island of Anglesea is better and more commodious for erecting a lighthouse than the rock called the Skerries. Send my Lord your opinion thereon. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 371.
March 6. T. Harley to Mr. Neale enclosing an account which has been presented to my Lord Treasurer of the product of the Island of Minorca.
Appending: said account. The product consists in cattle, corn, wine, cheese, wool, greens, beans and gallavances. The royal revenues are collected thereon on 15 April for cattle, 24 May for corn, beginning of July for greens, beans and gallavances, September for wine and October for wool and cheese. The cattle or corn were rented of the Royal Revenues and managed for the use of the Garrison in 1709 and that year produced 25,000 head of cattle and 40,000 quarters of corn, which is about 80,000 bushels. The Garrison that year consisted of only two Regiments, so the cattle were just sufficient, but when the Garrison was augmented and the prices raised they killed females of all sorts of cattle, which continually decreases more and more the product of every year. But the corn that year was not enough for the Garrison and the country by 25,000 quarters “and the cattle paid to the Revenues out of every fifteen one to be divided between the [Spanish] King, and the clergy when they collected the corn paid 7 per cent. to the King.” The hogs paid only one in ten to St. Antonio and are maked [marked] and live upon the public till those who have care of them think fit to dispose of them: and when any reasonable sum is raised it is sent to Majorca by reason there is no Convent of that religion in the island.
There is an ecclesiastical Imposition under the denomination of the Crusado and the same was allowed to the Kings of Spain by the Popes towards the maintaining of the Garrison there and was by royal order dedicated to the Castle and Garrison of Furnells.
There are several estates in that island that are free from paying anything to the King, under the title of Cavalarias, on condition that those who enjoy them should maintain an horse for the men who guard the sea sides of the island, but most of them all maintain none for that service.
There were also several estates confiscated of those people who left the island when her Majesty's Troops became masters of it and King Charles (who was then so called) gave them to others who had suffered for him, and the latter end of 1711 he suspended those gifts for one year, the rents whereof to be put to his use.
The cattle before mentioned to be divided with the clergy is not to the clergy of the island, but the import [? for impost] of them as well as 5 per cent. upon the corn and other products is sent to the Bishop and Canons of Majorca.
Corn and cattle may be supplied from Majorca, Sardinia and Sicily, where both are plenty and cheap. Out Letters (General) XX, pp. 373–4.
William Lowndes to the South Sea Company. Send my Lord an account or certificate of the sums payable to any of the Treasurers or Paymasters of the Public Offices for the dividend at Xmas last on the stock in their name for the use of the public. Ibid., p. 374.
T. Harley to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts enclosing Mr. Brydges’ report [missing] on the petition of John Sherman et al. for the sum of 8,344l. 15s. 4¼d. due to them on contract for soft bread supplied to the Garrison of Gibraltar. My Lord Treasurer is desirous of having the whole affair in relation to the said soft bread clearly stated. You are to peruse the present contract and all former contracts made with the petitioners and inquire to whom the said bread in gross was delivered and the methods of distributing it by those who received it, to what Regiments and [or] others and whether the inhabitants of the place, not being soldiers, receiving such bread did not pay for the same and if any deductions were made to reimburse [to the Queen] this charge. Ibid., p. 378.
March 6. William Lowndes to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr. John Blunt et al. have petitioned for their pains and the charge of passing their accounts as Commissioners for taking in subscriptions to the South Sea Company. The Lord Treasurer desires you to join with Auditor Harley and myself in considering a reasonable allowance for same. Ibid., p. 383.
Subscription by Treasurer Oxford for the execution of a Lord Chamberlain's warrant to the Master of the Jewel House for the delivery to Lord Lansdown, Comptroller of the Household, of 110 ounces of gilt plate as a gift from the Queen at the christening of his child: to be made into vessels of such fashion as he shall direct: to an estimate of 55l. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, p. 24.
The like of a same to same for the delivery to Mr. Marshall of a gold cup for her Majesty's plate at the next meeting at Newmarket: to an estimate of 107l. 10s. 0d. Ibid.
Warrant by same to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to John Hornabrooke of a messuage called Bradninch in the Castle Close at Exeter now in the tenure of John Rooke of Exeter, merchant.
Prefixing: particular and memorandum of the premises by Jo. Tailer, Deputy Auditor: and ratal thereof by the Surveyor General.
Followed by: undated entry of the Treasury signature of the docquet of this lease. Ibid., pp. 53–6, 106.
Treasury commission to John Winiat to be a Surveyor of Houses loco Tho. Jenner, dismissed. (Warrant to the Receiver General of said Duties for Co. Wilts to pay him 60l. per an. salary as from date hereof.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 102, 103.
March 7. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit James Milner to assign over any part of the 60,000l. South Sea Stock which was transferred to him (mortgaged to him by James Brydges) by virtue of the Treasury warrant of Jan. 17 last, supra, p. 83, so as such part to be assigned hereby do not exceed in the whole the sum of 50,000l. Money Book XXII, p. 170.
William Lowndes to Mr. Brydges [as Paymaster of Land Forces]. Send your account of the savings by twelve o'clock so that it may be carried to St. James's. Also send this evening an account of your transfers of South Sea Stock out of the stock in your name for the use of the public, distinguishing the transfers which are absolute from those which are redeemable: likewise an account of the sums raised on your mortgaged stock and of the particular uses to which same have been applied.
(Like letters severally as to South Sea Stock to the Navy Treasurer, Mr. How [as Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] and to the Treasurer of the Ordnance.) Out Letters (General) XX, pp. 374–5.
Phillip Herbert and Dr. Richard Adams, Commissioners for stating and adjusting the accounts of Sick and Wounded, to the Secretaries of the Treasury, dated from the Office for Sick and Hurt Seamen. Her Majesty has thought fit to order a reduction of the charge of this Office and to appoint us two to settle the accounts thereof and to carry on the current service that may happen. We think it proper to send you copies of the Commissions we have received from the Admiralty Lords. As a further reduction of the expense it has been decided to dismiss Mr. Savery, our Treasurer, and that future supplies [of money] be entrusted to Mr. Francis Lyn, our Secretary, whose Commission from the Admiralty we also enclose. The Admiralty Lords have directed him to give security to the Queen's Remembrancer.
Appending. (1) Commission to said Herbert and Adams; (2) Commission to said Lynn. Out Letters (General) XX, pp. 375–6.
March 9. Letter of direction for 22,704l. 15s. 10¼d. to John How, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons: out of Contributions on the Class Lottery anno 1712: and is in further part of 243,020l. 17s. 6d. for extraordinary charges of the war. Disposition Book XXII, p. 97.
T. Harley to the Navy Treasurer to apply as follows 4,000l. out of the 200,000l. loan which (by Treasurer Oxford's warrant of Jan. 26 last, supra, p. 92) you were directed to procure on a deposit of 300,000l. of South Sea Stock, viz. to pay said 4,000l. to Sir Roger Mostyn, Paymaster of Marine Regiments, upon account to answer two thirds of the pay due to Marines upon sea lists returned into his Office, “which according to his memorial dated the 8th January last was computed to amount to the sum of 14,184l. 4s. 11d.: and [this payment] makes 6,000l. issued in part thereof.” (William Lowndes dated same day to the Navy Commissioners to make out a Navy bill accordingly for said 4,000l.) Ibid., p. 98.
Same to Lord Masham [Cofferer of the Household] to pay (pursuant to the Queen's pleasure) 500l. to Tregonnell Frampton, Keeper of her Majesty's Running Horses at Newmarket: for half a year to 1713 Lady day on his allowance. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to instruct Anthony Turney in the business of the Customs.
Please report on the enclosed letter [missing] from Madam Wingfeild, a gentlewoman who came in Duke D'Aumont's retinue, praying remission of the Queen's share of a piece of silver stuff seized and condemned, which she brought over for her own wearing on the Queen's birthday.
Please report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of John Barker as to his services in discovering frauds and abuses in the Customs. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 377.
Same to the Secretary at War enclosing for his consideration the following petitions [all missing], viz. (1) from Anthony Stouton [Stoughton] for half pay as Major, he having a Major's brevet. (2) From the officers of the late British Hospital in Portugal for half pay; (3) from the Subaltern Officers of Carroll's [Sir Daniel O'Carroll's] Regiment for some provision to be made for them. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Howe [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] from Sir William Wyndham [Secretary at War] as to several matters concerning the Garrison of Annapolis Royal. Ibid.
March 9. Same to Col. Lee enclosing Sir Roger Mostyn's report [missing] on your petition on behalf of the citizens of Canterbury praying payment of 3,500l. which they have credited Wills's Marines on account [security] of their two thirds sea pay. “You'll please to observe that the Paymaster [of Marines] certifies there remains due to that Regiment on the head of two-thirds [pay] by the lists in his hands no more than 991l. 11s. 1d.” Ibid., p. 378.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Alexander Arbuthnot and John Farrington for release of several ships, not named, from quarantine. Ibid., p. 379.
Treasury reference to Auditor Edward Harley of the petition of the merchants concerned in the bills drawn by the Governor of New England for furnishing the Train of Artillery and for the Canada Expedition; praying payment of two thirds thereof without further delay in like manner as other bills have been paid. Reference Book IX, p. 113.
Same to the Master and the Comptroller of the Mint of the petition of Craven Peyton. Warden of the Mint, for directions to pay 467l. 15s. 2d. to Mrs. Martha Weddell, widow of Robert Weddell, his [Peyton's] deputed clerk, for his allowances in prosecuting counterfeiters from 1 June 1710 to Xmas 1711. Ibid.
Entry of a Treasury caveat in favour of Sir John Pakington that before Mr. Albert, late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Worcester, be allowed to be turned over to the Fleet [prison] his securities may be heard what they have to say to that matter. Notice to be given to Sir John Pakington. Caveat Book, p. 64.
March 10. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Spencer Compton to pay 109l. 14s. 0d. to Edward Godfrey, 74l. 6s. 8d. thereof for fees paid by him to Thomas Jett, an Auditor of Crown Revenues, for passing the account of John Smith and Sir Charles Hedges as administrators of the personal estate of Prince George of Denmark; and the remaining 35l. for fees on a privy seal authorising said Compton to deliver up the plate in his hands to Charles Scarburgh for her Majesty's use. Money Book XXII, p. 170.
T. Harley to Auditor Harley. Mr. Blathwait, Auditor of the Plantations, has laid before my Lord Treasurer an account of the public revenues arising in the Province of Massachusetts Bay for the support of her Majesty's Government there. I am to enclose same [missing]. And inasmuch as many large sums appear to have been paid out of the said revenues not only for the maintenance of the Forces sent upon the late Expedition to Canada, but also for the hire of transports and the cost of gunpowder, my Lord apprehends that the bills which have been drawn from thence, or the greatest part of them, on the Government here, have been to reimburse the sums paid by the Government there for the said purposes (notwithstanding the revenues [there] that were sufficient to defray the same), and that it is possible the gunpowder received and paid for by the Government there might be had [possibly had been received] from her Majesty's stores and that bills were drawn on the Government here for the value thereof. Please therefore consider said account in all its items and if you cannot come to a true knowledge of the facts you are to fully instruct Col. Nicholson, who is now going, so as he may be able upon his arrival there to [obtain the requisite information so as to be able to] explain all matters to you which you shall desire to be informed of in relation to the said account. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 379.
March 10. William Lowndes to the Stamps Commissioners to attend the Lord Treasurer on Friday next with your answers to the enclosed complaint [missing] made to my Lord by Mr. Owen Lloyd. Ibid., p. 380.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to [the Queen's Remembrancer] for stay of process against the executors of Samuel Pepys, and against William Hewer on their accounts as successively Treasurer of Tangier.
Prefixing: certificate by Edward Harley, one of the Auditors of Imprests, of the state of preparedness of their said accounts. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, p. 61.
March 11. Same by same to Spencer Compton to pay 500l. to Richard Marshall, Master of her Majesty's Stud, being (together with 600l. already paid to him) to be reckoned as well for and towards defraying the salaries of himself and others employed under him about her Majesty's Stud from 1711–12 Feb. 1 as for the charge of hay, oats, and all other provisions for the same from that time. Money Book XXII, p. 171.
Same by same to the South Sea Company to pay to the respective [departmental] Treasurers and Paymasters as follows the sums as follows, amounting in all to 37,526l. 12s. 0d., for the 3 per cent. dividend as at 1712 Xmas on the [South Sea] stock remaining in their names respectively, subscribed by them into the said stock for the use of the public [and is to be] “for or towards such of the public uses undermentioned for which a supply hath been or shall be granted in Parliament”: viz.
£ s. d.
to Charles Cæesar, Treasurer of the Navy: for the several services of the Navy and Victualling 25,012 7 4
to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces [Abroad], for the pay of said Forces and of the Subsidies to the Allies and contingent charges belonging to the said Forces 7,851 7 6
to John How, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, for pay of same and the contingent charges thereof 2,471 0 9
to Charles Eversfield, Treasurer of the Ordnance, for the service of the Ordnance (over and above the said 3 per cent. on 21,327l. 15s. 10d. from John Lansdell, Esq.) 2,050 1 3
to Thomas Micklethwaite, Treasurer of the Transport Office, for the service thereof 137 2 11
to Thomas Savery, gent., late Treasurer of the Office of Sick and Wounded, for the service thereof 4 12 3
£37,526 12 0
and similarly
to Henry Ferne, Receiver General of Customs 168 0 2
to Stephen Lilly, Receiver General of the Post Office 21 16 5
£189 16 7
being the like dividend on moneys by them subscribed into the said Stock for the use of the public.
The Auditor of the Receipt and Clerk of the Pells are to charge said sums on said Treasurers by way of memorandum in the Imprest Rolls or Certificates which are to be made forth for the said Treasurers.
Prefixing: certificate by J. Grigsby, accomptant of the South Sea Company, of the Stock standing as at Xmas last in the names of the several Treasurers abovesaid for the use of the public with the 3 per cent. dividend thereon: viz.
Principal. Dividend.
£ s. d. £ s. d.
Charles Cæsar 833,745 12 1 25,012 7 4
James Brydges 261,712 10 7 2,851 7 6
John How 82,367 18 11 2,471 0 9
Charles Eversfield (in whose sum is included the 21,327l. 15s. 10d. from John Lansdell) 89,663 4 10 2,689 17 11
Thomas Micklethwaite 4,571 12 7 137 2 11
Thomas Savery 153 16 0 4 12 3
£1,272,214 15 0 £38,166 8 8
Henry Ferne 5,600 7 5 168 0 2
Stephen Lilly 727 7 3 21 16 5
£6,327 14 8 £189 16 7
Ibid., pp. 171–3.
March 11. Money warrant for 20l. to Joseph Holt, clerk, for the charges of his passage to Barbados, whither he goes chaplain. (Money order dated Mar. 16 hereon.) Ibid., p. 174. Order Book VIII, p. 272.
William Lowndes to Secretary Dartmouth. I cannot find by any Acts now remaining in the Treasury that any person of the name of Adams was instrumental in the preservation of Charles II. after the battle of Worcester. But I spoke yesterday with the son of Richard Pendrill, one of the four brothers who (though they are all dead) deserve well to be remembered for that faithful and eminent service performed by them and others. And this son of Pendrill says he hath no knowledge of the petitioner now under sentence of death, but has often heard his mother, Pendrill, in her life time say that the Adams's who lived near Hubald Grange and Boscobell were of the King's party and were assisting in the services performed by his father and uncles and by the late Col. Gifford. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 380.
March 11. William Lowndes to Auditor Harley to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Lady Katherine Jones, executrix of the late Earl of Ranelagh, desiring to know what shall be done with several debentures remaining in her hands unissued of those made out by said Earl for arrears in the late war. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Treasurer. My Lord Treasurer directs you not to dispose of any moneys of South Sea Dividends in your name for the public without his particular directions. (The like letters severally to Mr. Brydges [as Paymaster of the Forces Abroad], Mr. Howe [as Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons], Mr. Eversfeild [as Treasurer of the Ordnance], Mr. Micklethwaite [as Treasurer of the Transport Office], Mr. Savery [as late Treasurer for Sick and Wounded]. Ibid.
Same to the Navy Commissioners. My Lord Treasurer is informed that since Col. Nicholson's appointment to enquire inter al. concerning the accounts of naval stores bought by the Captains of her Majesty's ships in North America, and since the Admiralty Lords have appointed Capt. Wade of the Adventure to assist Nicholson therein, you take yourselves to be excused from examining any of the Captains’ accounts for the said stores until those enquiries are made. I am to inform you that if the power to Nicholson should be interpreted to debar you from stating and adjusting and allowing accounts with such Captains as have been employed in those parts until the said enquiries be made, it must of necessity subject the Commanders to very great inconveniences, in regard they are liable to be prosecuted by the merchants who furnished the stores for her Majesty's service if their bills are not accepted, and the delaying of accounts is known very much to hurt but never to help the public service. “His Lordship is therefore pleased to direct you (notwithstanding those enquiries) carefully to proceed in the stating and adjusting of the said accounts according to the regular course of your Office.” Ibid., p. 381.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. I have read to my Lord your representation concerning wines, brandies &c. lately drove ashore near Pembroke. My Lord cannot but conceive great frauds, mischiefs and inconveniencies must arise to the revenue and to fair traders unless such commodities pay Duty. He therefore directs you to consider well this affair and to prepare such a clause to be offered to Parliament as may be an effectual remedy in that case. Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to same, on an order in Council dated March 8, to release from quarantine the ship Anne, Alexander Reid master, with iron from Dantzic, on the petition of William Bowden. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 3.
Treasury reference to Mr. Brydges of the petition of John Le Caan
for payment of his salary as Physician General and Director General of all the Forces and Hospitals in Spain. Reference Book IX, p. 114.
March 11. Same to Auditor Harley of the petition of Robert Chaplin for re-delivery of his bonds entered into in 1686 as surety for Thomas Neal, deceased, late Master and Worker of the Mint. Ibid.
March 12. William Lowndes to James Brydges [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] to apply as follows the sum of 207,596l. 16s. 1d. which you received in tallies and orders on the funds anno 1712 (104,979l. 11s. 6½d. on Land Tax and 102,617l. 4s. 6½d. on Malt) to the following heads: viz.
£ s. d.
in further part of 1,324,728l. 18s. 7d. for Forces in Flanders 30,955 12
in full of 475,385l. 7s. 8¼d. for Forces in Spain anno 1712 56,749 4
in further part of 328,956l. 16s. 7d. for Subsidies [to Allies] anno 1712 49,527 3 0
in full of 370,221l. 18s. 9½d. for Deficiencies of 1711 45,851 0
in further part of 149,621l. 8s. 10d. for Extraordinaries anno 1712 24,513 15 11¼
£207,596 16 1
Disposition Book XXII, p. 98.
March 13. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to Spencer Compton to pay 20l. to Rebecca Brudges, alias Pride, as royal bounty. Money Book XXII, p. 175.
Money warrant for 244l. 18s. 7½d. to Sir Clement Cotterell for one year and 82 days on his fee or salary of 200l. per an. from 1709 July 9, the commencement thereof, as by his patent of 1710 Aug. 10.
And 113l. 13s. 11½d. for one year and 50 days from the abovesaid 10 Aug. 1710 on his annuity or yearly sum of 100l. in lieu and recompense of all allowances by bills or otherwise. (Money order dated Mar. 19 hereon.) Ibid., p. 176. Order Book VIII, p. 275.
Same for 65l. 13s. 4d. to same for 1710 Aug. 10 to 1710 Xmas on his patent fee of 6s. 8d. a day as late assistant to the Master of the Ceremonies. Money Book XXII, p. 177.
Same for 175l. to John Inglis for 1¾ years to 1711 Michaelmas as Marshal of the Ceremonies.
137l. for one year and 46 days from 1710 Aug. 14 on his patent fee of 6s. 8d. a day as assistant to the Master of the Ceremonies. Ibid.
Money order for 106,501l. 13s. 5d. to the Bank of England for one year from 1712 Sept. 29 on the annuity on the sum of 1,775,027l. 17s. 10½d. owing to them for the purposes as in the Act 7 Anne, c. 30, for Enlarging the Capital Stock of said Bank. Order Book VIII, p. 184.
William Lowndes to Mr. Howe [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons]. My Lord Treasurer agrees to your proposal to borrow from the Bank at 6 per cent. the sum of 8,378l. 17s. 5¾d. on Malt tallies in your hands anno 1712 and directs you to apply same (together with 22,704l. 15s. 10¼d. of moneys remaining in your hands for the service of your Office) to the following particulars: viz.
£ s. d.
on account of subsistence for the Troops and Regiments in Great Britain 29,256 9 7
on account of subsistence for the Company at Bermudas 330 14 2
on account of subsistence for the Garrisons in North Britain 454 7 1
for allowance of forage for the Regiments of Dragoons in North Britain 641 12 6
for the service of the year 1712.
on account of the clearings of the four Companies at New York: to be paid over to Mr. Netmaker to enable him to go over with Col. Nicholson 200 0 0
on account of Contingencies for one year's pension to Capt. Borrett from 23 Dec. 1711 to 22 Dec. 1712 200 0 0
£31,083 3 4
Likewise my Lord Treasurer directs that out of the 2,476l. 0s. 8d. which you are to receive for the dividend at last Xmas on South Sea Stock in your name you apply 1,759l. 8s. 4d. to pay off the Officers of the four Companies of Invalids which were designed to do duty at Portsmouth, [to wit] to the 12th March inst., so that the said Companies may be discontinued and the public eased of the expense of maintaining the said Officers: viz.
£ s. d.
for the pay of the said Commissioned Officers from 10 May 1711 to 21 Dec. 1712 1,547 13 2
for the pay of the same Officers from 22 Dec. 1712 to 12 March following 211 15 2
£1,759 8 4
Disposition Book XXII, p. 99.
March 13. William Lowndes to the Treasurer of the Ordnance. Send my Lord an account what tallies or other effects remain in your hands for the service of the Ordnance: and meanwhile do not dispose of any of them without his particular signification. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 381.
Treasury reference to Mr. Brydges of the petition of Zeger Goris and Peter Pangaert, contractors for forage in the Low Countries, shewing that in 1710 and 1711 they delivered several quantities of forage to the British General Officers and others by order of the Duke of Marlborough, expecting to be paid for same by the Queen; but instead thereof two warrants were signed by said Duke directing the forage to be paid for by stoppages from said Officers and others who received said forage “and the said Officers making objection to the said stoppages, the petitioners pray to be relieved therein.” Reference Book IX, p. 114.
March 13. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to [J. Manley] the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of three tenements on the south side of Marybone Street on part of the ground called the Round Rundles in order to a new lease thereof to Robert Georges.
Prefixing: report dated 1710 Sept. 1 by J. Travers, late Surveyor General of Crown Lands, on said George's petition. Petitioner is entitled to one messuage, William Ryman, clerk, to another and Nathaniel Hill to the third.
Followed by: (1) a later warrant dated 17 May 1714 to Alexander Pendarves, then Surveyor General of Crown Lands, to execute same.
(2) A later warrant dated 1715 May 15 similarly directed to Hugh Cholmley, then Surveyor General of Crown Lands. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 62–3.
March 14. Money warrant for 150l. to Sir David Nairn for half a year from 1712 Aug. 1 to 1712–13 Feb. 1 on his allowance as Secretary to the Order of the Thistle. Money Book XXII, p. 175.
Same for 200l. to the heirs of Nicholas Yates for two years to 1697 Lady day on their pension granted by Charles II.: whereof one fifth part is to be issued to Ann Tonks pursuant to a decree in Chancery dated 1699 Oct. 24. Ibid., p. 176.
T. Harley to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed memorial [missing] of Cornelius Denn, with an account annexed of the many tobacco plantations in Holland and Germany and what may be computed to be the amount of the produce thereof.
Also report on the enclosed letter [missing] relating to the wines and brandies driven on shore at Pembroke, wherein Mr. Goodacre, the collector of Milford, is accused of neglect. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 382.
Same to the Commissioners [? Comptrollers] of Army Accounts [or? the Commissioners for stating the debts of the Army] enclosing for their perusal the petition of the subalterns of Lepell's Regiment praying that the pay of some of their superior Officers may be stopped to make reparation for moneys unjustly detained from petitioners. Ibid.
Same to Secretary Dartmouth enclosing papers [missing] from the Customs Commissioners in relation to John Vie, a person sought after by your Lordship. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Burchett. In answer to yours of the 10th I enclose so much of a great seal as relates to 571,402l. 7s. 1¾d. in South Sea Stock: by which the Admiralty Lords and the Navy Commissioners will find that the said sum is to be subscribed into South Sea Stock by Charles Cæsar towards paying the residue of the debts of the Navy, Victualling, Ordnance and Transports or other public use as my Lord Treasurer shall direct [see supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVI, p. 187]. When my Lord shall make any distribution thereof the same will be transmitted to you. Ibid.
March 14. T. Harley to the Attorney General and Solicitor General to report on the enclosed several proceedings [missing] before my Lord Treasurer in the matter in difference between Guy Palmes and Edward Pauncefort as to Palmes's assignment to him of a yearly sum out of [his] Palmes's pension payable out of the Post Office. Out Letters (General) XX, p. 383.
William Lowndes to the Attorney General to report on the enclosed report [missing] from the Customs Commissioners on the petition of Thomas Hamond, merchant, praying enlargement. Will his enlargement discharge and acquit his sureties? Ibid.
Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the Salt Commissioners to enlarge George Lawson from the Fleet prison.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on the case.
Appending: report by the Attorney General on the petition of said Lawson, condemned for over certifying cod fish to the amount of 2,060l. for which he obtained debentures. He has been a prisoner for five years. Warrants not Relating to Money XXII, pp. 64–66.
[?] Entry of the Treasury signature of the docquet of an in custodiam lease under the Exchequer seal to Francis Foljambe of lands and tenements in Co. Yorks., parcel of the estate of Sir Thomas Gascoigne, bart., outlaw. Ibid., p. 66.
March 15. Warrant by Treasurer Oxford to the South Sea Company to permit James Brydges to transfer (out of the 409,600l. 7s. 6½d. subscribed by him [as Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] for the public into South Sea Stock) any sum not exceeding 17,760l. 12s. 11d. to Sir Solomon de Medina for so much appearing to be due to him for bread and bread waggons provided for the service of her Majesty's Forces in the Low Countries, pursuant to the royal warrant of Feb. 24 last. Money Book XXII, p. 175.
Same by same to the Customs Commissioners, on an order in Council dated March 15, to discharge from quarantine the ship Lisbon galley, Joseph Clarke master, with potashes and antimony from Dantzic, on the petition of Alexander Arbuthnot. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 3.