Warrant Books: April 1715, 21-30

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 29, 1714-1715. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1957.

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April 1715, 21-30

April 21 William Lowndes to the Lord Chamberlain. Application has been made to my Lords in behalf of Madam Schulemberg that a parketed floor may be put into her bedchamber at St. James's. My Lords desire you to receive the King's pleasure therein and to signify the same to them. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 368.
Treasury warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe for a lease to Sir Robert Eden of the four prebends of Auckland in the bishopric of Durham as follows: as in trust for George Moreland, Nicholas Kennet and Robert Adamson as joint sharers with himself in the profits thereof: at the respective ancient rents of 9l.; 7l. 16s. 0d.; 9l. 6s. 8d. and 9l. 13s. 4d. payable to the bailiff or receiver of the premises.
Prefixing: particular and memorandum of the premises, dated 7 July 1714 made out by Auditor Jett; viz. the four late prebends founded in the collegiate church of Auckland in which John Greathead, John Philipson, Richard Robson and Leonard Melmorby were incumbents and prebendaries, and which came to the hands of Edward VI. by the dissolution of Colleges and Chantries and which were demised 2 May 1670 by Charles II. to Thomas Wyndham, Esq., for 31 years in reversion of a term of 21 years from 1662 Sept. 29 granted 1661 April 20 to Elizabeth Bindlosse.
Followed by: ratal by Alexander Pendarves, [late] Surveyor General of Crown Land. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIII, pp. 7–10.
April 22. Money warrant for 300l. to John Gauntlet to be distributed among the underclerks of the Privy Council as follows, viz. 200l. for writing letters to Lords Lieutenants, Custodes Rotulorum, Justices of the Peace, Sheriffs and the Public Offices for one year to 25 Dec. last as annually allowed for such services: and the remaining 100l. for writing letters and orders throughout England, Scotland, Ireland and the Plantations and to the several Offices and Great Officers of State at the time of the late Queen's illness and funeral and on account of his Majesty's public entry and Coronation: each said sum to be as a reward for their extraordinary pains and expenses in writing the said letters &c. (Money order dated April 27 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 12 hereon.) Money Book XXIII, p. 547. Order Book IX, p. 61. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 65.
April 25. Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Eliz., Lady Clarges, for a new lease of certain lands called the Ort in Reading, Co. Berks, with piscaries &c. held by Sir Walter Clarges, her late husband, by lease dated 1704 from the Trustees of the late Queen Dowager. Reference Book IX, p. 227.
April 26. Royal sign manual dated St. James's for 1,370l. to Christopher Tilson: without account: whereof 1,300l. is for Henry, Earl of Uxbridge, for the purchase of all those his lordship's mills called Longford Mills within the Honor of Harmsworth, Co. Midd., with its appurtenances and the full, whole and sole command of the river on which they are situate (excepting the right of fishing, which belongs to the customary tenants of the said manor) upwards from a point of land above the said mills which divides the main water with two streams and downwards with the stream running to these mills so far as the manor extends: and the remaining 70l. to defray the [Exchequer &c.] fees thereon. (Money warrant dated April 27 hereon.) (Money order dated April 29 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 2 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXVI, p. 459. Order Book IX, p. 54. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 61.
Money warrant for 728l. to John, Earl of Stair, Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Most Christian King, which (with the like sum paid him by way of advance) is for six months on his ordinary of 5l. a day as Envoy and 3l. a day as Plenipotentiary from 1714 Oct. 15 (when he departed out of the presence in order to that employment) to April 15 inst. (Money order dated April 30 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 31 hereon.) Money Book XXIII, p. 554. Order Book IX, pp. 61, 72. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 70.
Money order for 40l. to Daniel Langhorne and Dudley Downes, gent., Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer: for Michaelmas and Hilary terms 1714 on their allowance of 40l. per an. each for sorting and ordering records. Order Book IX, p. 54.
Treasury reference to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of John and William Welby for a new lease of premises held by them by lease from the Master and Chaplains of the late dissolved Hospital of the Savoy, viz. seven oxgangs of land in Denton, co. Lincoln; a cottage late in the tenure of Jo[h]n Wilson in Denton; a cottage and croft late in the tenure of Richard Ayscough; a ditto in that of Richard Roberts; the fee farm rent of 13s. 4d. per an. and 1s. per an. issuing out of one close late in the possession of Richard Charles in Gonerby; a croft of land lying in Muston, Co. Leicester; all that free rent of 1s. 5½d. called Castleward Rent and the service thereof out of certain lands in Allington, Co. Lincoln; all that the Seignury or Lordship of Angey Fee in the parish of Spalding, Co. Lincoln, parcel of the monastery of Sion, Co. Middlesex; two messuages and tenements in Southerie in the parish of Bardney, Co. Lincoln: at the yearly rent of 8l. 9s. 6d.: two lives having fallen in the premises. Reference Book IX, p. 227.
Same to same of the petition of Sir Robert Eden for renewal of a lease of four prebends belonging to the late Collegiate Church of Auckland in the bishopric of Durham, shewing that the whole matter hath been examined into both by Mr. Manley and Mr. Pendarvis, the late Surveyor General of Crown Lands, and a true state and value of the premises reported by them, as attested by the ministers of that and the next adjacent parishes and the several Justices of Peace of the said county, and that the Attorney General has also reported that her late Majesty might make a lease of the premises to the petitioner as desired; whereupon a particular was made out pursuant to a warrant of the Duke of Shrewsbury, then Lord Treasurer, in order to a lease. Ibid., p. 228.
Same to same of the petition of Martin Killigrew shewing that his father did in 1693 lease to the Treasury Lords for the use of the Crown about 70 acres of land (on part of which Pendennis Castle was erected) in Co. Cornwall, the inheritance of petitioner's ancestors, to wit for 21 years from 1693 Lady day at 200l. per an. rent payable out of the revenue of the Duchy of Cornwall: that the said lease expired at Lady day 1714: therefore offering to make a new lease at an increase of the said 200l. per an. rent. Ibid., p. 229.
April 27. Confirmation of the warrant of 1707–8 Jan. 28 for the fee of 466l. 13s. 4d. per an. to Sir John Shaw and Charles Shaw as Collectors inwards, London port [ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXII, p. 99]. Money Book XIX, p. 166.
Treasury warrant for the innovation of a lost money order [loan order] in the name of Harry Mordaunt [as Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance], being No. 785 for 500l. on the Candles and Apprentices’ Duties. Order Book IX, p. 53.
The like for a like order similarly lost, being No. 517 for 100l. on Several Subsidies &c. [1 Anne, St. 2, c. 17, which order is] made in the name of John How, Esq. [as late Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons]. Ibid.
Confirmation of the money orders of 1714 May 13 for the salaries of the Welsh Judges for 1714 Easter term, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVIII, p. 261. Ibid. VIII, p. 435.
Same of a money order of 1714 June 18, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVIII, p. 313, for 75l. to John Meyrick. Ibid., p. 450.
Treasury confirmation of a dormant warrant dated 1702 Dec. 24 for payment of the salary of 12l. per an. to Thomas Chiffinch as one of the two searchers at Gravesend, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XVIII, p. 431. Money Book XVI, p. 266.
Treasury reference to Mr. Baker, Surveyor General of [the Customs officers on the coast of] Kent and Sussex of the petition of William Beverton of Canterbury shewing that an information was exhibited against him in the Exchequer for treble the value of brandy coming to his hands and [he was] convicted last Hilary term in the penal sum of 160l.: that the evidences against him were scandalous and have since declared that they swore unjustly against the petitioner; that he is of a fair character and never reputed a clandestine trader and has eight or nine in family depending on his industry, which must go to the parish if [he be] not relieved in the premises: therefore praying stay of process. Reference Book IX, p. 228.
April 28. William Lowndes to Lord Carnarvon to send to my Lords for their perusal the papers you exhibited to the Committee of Estimates last year and which were returned to you. Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 368.
Treasury commission to Tho. Sanderson to be a General Surveyor of the Duties on Houses loco William Self, dismissed. (Treasury warrant to the Receiver General for Co. Kent to pay him 100l. per an. salary as from April 28.)
John Meredith as a same loco William Philips. (The like warrant to the Receiver General for South Wales to pay him 100l. per an. salary as from same date.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, p. 163.
April 29. Orders under the King's sign manual to be observed in the Office of Works as from 1715 Lady day for his Majesty's better service:
(1) No officer to take more on him than is incident to his proper charge. All services to be ordered at a Board consisting of the Surveyor, Comptroller and Paymaster of the Works, the Secretaries of the Treasury, the Surveyor General of Crown Lands and the Surveyor General of Woods. The Surveyor of the Works or the Comptroller of the Works to preside at the Board.
(2) The Board to meet once a week at Whitehall or other the King's Houses of Access, where any extraordinary building is carrying on, or oftener if the said Surveyor finds it necessary.
(3) A general meeting of the Board the second Tuesday in every month at Whitehall or other House of Access: the Clerk [of Works] of Whitehall “and the other Clerks [of Works] of each House in charge” to attend: and all the clerks shall then bring to the Board the accounts of the several Houses they belong to for the preceding month, as well of days’ men as of taskwork and materials: to be entered in a book to be signed by four of the Board, the prices to be filled in by the Board according to the contracts.
(4) All contracts for taskwork to be made at the Board. Contracts, estimates and warrants &c. to be entered and the originals filed and to be delivered to the Auditor from time to time.
(5) When the King verbally commands works for immediate service the Surveyor to call a Board and submit an estimate to the Treasury: and the Clerk Engrosser or Paymaster shall solicit the Treasury warrant thereupon. All warrants to any officers of the Works to be considered and directed for execution by the Board. No alterations to be made at any the Houses of Access by the Clerk of the Works [thereof] without signed directions of the Board save for necessary causes as mending of gutters, cisterns, pipes, tiling, glazing, plastering and such like. For this purpose the Clerks of the King's Houses shall at every meeting [of the Board] bring books wherein to enter minutes of the works which the Board shall direct to be done.
(6) Accounts to be certified by the officers at the Board with the respective Clerk [of Works] at each House or the Clerk appointed to attend the King in any process.
(7) All accompts, bills and demands to be examined and allowed at the Board.
(8) The King reserves to himself the nomination of the several Clerks of the Works as are now to be continued or appointed: but for future vacancies the Surveyor General of the Works shall (according to former usage) nominate and appoint the Clerk except the Clerk Engrosser. But the Board is first to approve the nominee's qualifications: and when once a Clerk is admitted and sworn he shall not be displaced except by the Treasury Lords, who have hereby power when they see cause to displace any of the said Clerks. But every such Clerk is to be subject to the orders of the Board, who may send them on occasion to any the King's Houses: on the allowance of 2s. 3d. a day and 21 pence for a horse during such foreign service only.
(9) The Board shall take care to make provision of stores beforehand rather than be provided at dear rates when necessary: and the Clerk [of Works] of each House shall have the keeping of the stores brought in by the purveyor by warrant and shall keep books of such stores and of the deliveries thereof and be answerable therefor; and shall give in such account to the Board at the monthly office days.
(10) No materials taken down shall be esteemed or taken as vails or perquisites but reserved in store for the use of the Crown and shall be sold once a year by the Purveyor with consent of the Board. The proceeds to be delivered to the Paymaster of the Works and set in charge upon him.
(11) The deputy of the Surveyor to be approved by the Treasury. The deputies of the Comptroller, Master Mason, and Master Carpenter to have their qualifications duly certified and then to have the Treasury Lords’ warrant for their acting. The like for the deputy of a patent artisan.
(12) When necessary to provide a greater number of days' men the Purveyor shall provide same by warrant of the Board: so for carriages: and no officer or Clerk or any of their servants to keep teams for the Works.
(13) No officer of the Board to be an undertaker of any work himself or to have any advantage directly or indirectly by it: on pain of being incapable of serving the King for the future.
(14) Each Clerk of the Works may take a labourer of trust to hasten work and look after stores: such labourer to be approved by the Board and to have his lodgings and a dog in the storeyard with an allowance not exceeding 6 pence a day more than other labourers. No other person to be permitted to lodge in the storeyard. The Clerks [of Works] to be responsible for such labourers.
(15) The Paymaster to apply for money by direction of the Board and to give an account to the Board of payments to him at the Exchequer: the Board forthwith to direct the distribution thereof: the Paymaster to notify by a writing hung on the outside of his Office door to what [serial] number of the bills in course his payments of the said money will extend (“to notify what bills are in course of payment”).
(16) Bills not paid within six months shall carry 5 per cent. interest, to be paid at the same time as the principal.
(17) No work to be ordered by the Board at the lodgings of any officers or other persons in the King's palaces or houses but such as are necessary for keeping out the weather and to preserve the building, save by the King's special command to be signified by the Lord Chamberlain to the Treasury and on estimate first made “and if any doubt shall arise thereupon in respect of the charge thereof the Treasury Lords are to represent the same to us for our approbation.”
(18) No new work or building to be begun before the King's pleasure be signified by the Lord Chamberlain to the Treasury, the Treasury to lay a draft thereof before the King, and the King's approval to be signified thereon in these words, “we approve hereof”: tenders to be then called for and to be reported to the Treasury and approved there before contracts be made thereon by the Board.
(19) Officers’ riding charges to be ascertained [settled] at the Board.
(20) The Clerks of the Works at our several Houses to be these: one for Whitehall, St. James's and Westminster with a better allowance than the rest: he being also (as Secretary) to attend the Board at every meeting and take the minutes, draw up reports, estimates, memorials, fill up the blanks for prices in the Books and cause fair entries to be made by the respective writing clerks of all proceedings at the Board.
one for the Tower and Somerset House.
one for Hampton Court.
one for Windsor.
one for Kensington.
one for Newmarket.
one for Winchester.
The writing clerks attending the Office to be these, viz.:
one to make the pay-books from the bills.
one to write the book which is to be delivered to the Auditor and to bind together all the books of the several Houses as vouchers to remain in the Office: also keep the ledger books and to prepare a list (to be put at the end of each book delivered to the Auditor) of the debts remaining due in the Office: and to make monthly and quarterly abstracts of the accounts and deliver same to the Treasury. This Clerk, on the next vacancy, to be nominated by the Treasury Lords by the title of Clerk Engrosser.
(21) All measurements of works to be made by two of the said Clerks and chequed by the Comptroller. The Clerks to take the weight of lead, iron &c. When the bills are made up the Books of Dimensions to be delivered to the Board and kept in the Office.
(22) The Comptroller to keep entries of the numbers, date, names and sums of the bills made out and signed by the Board and the payments thereof and to compute the interest: and to send to the Treasury monthly states of the Office with respect to buildings, repairs and alterations in hand and jointly with the Paymaster to sign all memorials to the Treasury for money.
(23) The Paymaster not to be allowed for any payments for buildings or works unless directed, estimated and approved as above.
(24) “Whereas the Officers of our Works are servants in constant attendance and therefore have lodgings in Scotland Yard our order is that no Officer shall let or lend his lodgings to any person or for any term without the concurrence of the Board, and in that case care is to be taken that our service be not prejudiced.”
(25) The allowance to officers, clerks and artisans shall be continued as formerly till order to the contrary.
(26) The Treasury is empowered to alter or add to these directions according to necessity.
(27) The accompts of the Paymaster of the Works up to date hereof are to be forthwith made up and passed in the Exchequer in the usual method. For all future accompts the present Orders and Instructions are to be followed.
King's Warrant Book XXVII, pp. 5–12a.
April 29. Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Francis Manaton for stay of process, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVIII, pp. 208–9, under date 1714 April 7. Reference Book IX, p. 163.
J. Taylour to the Attorney General. Send my Lords a state of the proceedings that have been made in relation to Sir William Robinson's last will and testament and how that matter now stands.Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 369.
Same to the Commissioners of Transports. Send my Lords a state of the enclosed case [missing] relating to the owners of the transport ships who carried soldiers to Placentia. Ibid.
April 30. Royal letters patent appointing Edward Southwell, Sir Christopher Musgrave and Andrew Charlton to be Commissioners for the keeping of the Privy Seal (for executing the office of Keeper of the Privy Seal). King's Warrant Book XXVI, p. 443.
April 30. Privy seal for 5l. a day as ordinary and 500l. for equipage to Archibald, Earl of Forfar, as Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Prussia. Ibid., p. 444.
Same for the like ordinary and equipage to Sir Richard Vernon, bart., as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Poland. Ibid., p. 445.
Same for 3l. a day as ordinary to James Jeffereys, Esq., “whom we have directed to reside for our service with our good brother the King of Sweden”: to commence as from 1 August 1714 and to be payable out of the present King's Civil List moneys: and such sums are hereby to be paid as are due to him as Resident from the late Queen at the Court aforesaid [to be payable out of the late Queen's Civil List moneys]. Ibid. XXVII, pp. 3–4.
Same for the like ordinary to Robert Jackson as Resident at the Court of the King of Sweden: payable as from Aug. 1 last. Ibid., p. 24.
Money warrant for 1,000l. to William Borret as imprest for Crown Law suits. (Money order dated May 2 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated May 4 hereon.) Money Book XXIII, p. 555. Order Book IX, p. 55. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 61.
Same for 20l. to Henry Harris, clerk, as royal bounty towards the charges of his passage to Boston and New England, where he has been several years minister and is now upon his return thither, having been some time ago deputed hither by the Churches of New England to solicit some new Establishment for the ministers in that country. (Money order dated May 2 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 4 May hereon.) Money Book XXIII, p. 555. Order Book IX, p. 55. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 61.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt for a certificate of all the moneys which were lent on the Malt Act for the year ended 24 June 1714 [13 Anne, c. 2], “and therein to compute the Deficiency of principal and interest.” Out Letters (General) XXI, p. 369.
J. Taylour to the Navy Treasurer. My Lords conceive that the Land Tax will be passed in the next week. They desire to make the earliest provision that may be out of the loans that shall be made thereon for the most pressing services of the Navy and Victualling. My Lords entreat you to lay before them as soon as you can an account of what is judged most necessary to be in the first place supplied on the several heads of the Navy and Victualling expense, for their perusal. Ibid.
A like letter to Mr. Walpole concerning the services of the Guards, Garrisons and Land Forces. Ibid.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to accept a deposit for the contested part of the Duty of unrated East India goods till the present dispute concerning the same can be adjusted: the Treasury Lords having considered the said Commissioners’ report on the East India Company's memorial which desired “in regard the decretal order on hearing the cause betwixt the Crown and the said Company in the Court of Exchequer relating to the computing the Duties upon unrated East India goods is not yet drawn up, that the security already given may be deemed to be sufficient to answer the contested part of the said Duties on the said goods which shall be sold at their present sale; and that the same [the said goods] may then be delivered to the buyer as usual.” In your said report the said Commissioners are of opinion that there is no just reason for granting such indulgence to the Company. But the said Company have since laid before the Treasury Lords a memorial whereby they propose a deposit for the said surplus Duties till the present dispute can be determined.
Prefixing: said memorial from the said Company dated East India House 1715 April 26 and signed by Thomas Woolley, Secretary. By a late memorial the Company requested leave to deliver the tea and other unrated goods lately sold, in regard the Company had given bond to secure the surplus Duty demanded. Failing this favour they entreat an order to the Customs Commissioners to accept a deposit for the said surplus Duty till the present dispute can be determined. Out Letters (Customs) XVI, p. 221.
April 30. Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Jervais Bradgate, Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Leicester, praying payment of 1,020l. for his extraordinary charges in his receipt.Reference Book IX, p. 226.
Treasury warrant to the Excise Commissioners to permit the following importers of brandy and rum to reduce same to proof or to make a post entry.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners on the petition of William Parrott, Henry Chester, John Richardson, Charles Townley, Richard Mandrell, Charles Matthews, William Culliford, Samuel Stanfeild, Robert Chester, Edward Saunderson, Anthony Maclure, Disney Stanyworth, Kent Thompson, Edmund Rudd, Henry Erricks, and Stephen Le Beaux, merchants, praying liberty as above. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIII, pp. 14–15.
Same to Thomas Foley, an Auditor of Imprests, to state and prepare for declaration the account for the Robes as follows.
Prefixing: said Auditor's report dated April 11 inst. on the memorial of Nathaniel Bridgwater, who received and paid the charge and expense of her late Majesty's Robes under the direction of the Duchess of Somerset. He therein craves 44l. 12s. 0d. for [the charge of] passing the three years’ accounts of the Robes to Lady day 1714. This is proportional to previous allowances for the like. The sum of 10l. 15s. 0d. will be the least charge of passing this account to 6 Oct. 1714 which is now preparing for declaration. The 16l. for four imprest rolls and 39l. 12s. 0d. for Treasury and Exchequer fees on receiving money are in proportion to previous allowances. Ibid., p. 25.