Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 31, 1717. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1960.
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December 1717, 16–31
Money warrant for 250l. to Anthony Cracherode (who is employed in soliciting law suits &c. for his Majesty's service): for half a year 1 June 1717 to 1 Dec. 1717 on his allowance in lieu of termly and other fees. (Money order dated Dec. 18 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Dec. 19 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 158. Order Book X, p. 41. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 54.
Same for 125l. each to the “Commissioners of Accounts” (the Commissioners for taking, stating and determining the Debts due to the Army): for the quarter ended Dec. 10 inst. on their allowances of 500l. each: viz. Grey Neville, John Plumptre, Leonard Smelt, Sir William Gordon, Sir Thomas Palmer, Robert Bristow and William Yonge: being 875l. in all. (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 158. Order Book X, p. 43.
Same for 750l. to James Moody for incidents for the abovesaid Commissioners for the said quarter. (Money order dated Dec. 17 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 159. Order Book X, p. 43.
|Dec. 16.||Money order for 307l. 7s. 7d. to Heneage Walker, Chief Usher of the Exchequer Court: without account: 304l. 15s. 6d. thereof for necessaries by him delivered for his Majesty's service fin the Exchequer Court] within Michaelmas term 1717: and the remaining 2l. 12s. 1d. is for 152 days from 11 Aug. 1717 to 14 Dec. inst. on his allowance of 5d. a day in lieu of diet. Order Book X, p. 41.|
Royal warrant dated St. James's to William Clayton to establish and pay a yearly pension or sum of 1,000l. to Charles Bodvile, Earl of Radnor: during pleasure: “in consideration of many good and acceptable services to us performed”: to be payable as from Xmas 1715 and 2,000l. to be paid thereon at any time after Xmas next as for the two years then due. King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 529.
Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to Spencer Compton, Speaker of the House of Commons: without account: for 200 days May 26 last to Dec. 12 inst. on the usual allowance of 5l. a day to the Speaker of said House. (Money warrant dated Dec. 18 hereon.) (Money order dated Dec. 18 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated Dec. 18 hereon.) Ibid., p. 533. Order Book X, p. 41. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 54.
Royal warrant to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for 100,000l. to Francis, Earl of Godolphin, Cofferer of the Household: as imprest for the ordinary and extraordinary expenses of the Household. (Money warrant dated 1717–18 Feb. 13 hereon. This warrant quotes the privy seal as dated 1717 Dec. 28. (Money order dated 1717–18 Feb. 28 hereon.) In the margin: a later Treasury confirmation dated 4 April 1718 hereof as to the residue remaining unsatisfied thereupon.) King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 535. Money Book XXVI, p. 220. Order Book X, p. 71.
Christopher Tilson (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Auditor of the Receipt. The Treasury Lords desire that the orders lately signed [supra, p. 686] for paying interest on debentures to the sufferers at Nevis and St. Christopher be satisfied out of the public moneys reserved in the Exchequer and appropriated to that service. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 53.
Henry Kelsall (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to Mr. Burchett to lay before the Admiralty Lords, for their report, the enclosed petition [missing] of Elinor Wren, widow of Capt. Ralph Wren, praying to be restored to her pension upon the Navy [Establishment] or to be otherwise provided for. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 253.
R. Powys (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Inspector General of Exports and Imports of the Customs to send to the Treasury Lords an account of the Exports and Imports of the Customs for the year ended at Xmas 1716 “and to use your utmost diligence that the account of the same for the year ending at Xmas 1717 may be prepared and laid before their Lordships before the Parliament rises.” Ibid., p. 254.
Same to the Excise Commissioners for an account of the increase and decrease of the revenue arising by the Duties upon spirits extracted from malt and molasses for five years last past, distinguishing the account of each year. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 254.
Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Walker Weldon, Esq., late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Kent, praying allowance of 451l. 16s. 0d. for his charges in bringing up his moneys &c., the present Commissioners for Taxes having reported proposing far less allowances for him than for his predecessors or successor, without any reason expressed for such their proceedings. Reference Book IX, p. 362.
Royal warrant dated St. James's for letters to pass the privy seal of Scotland for an additional yearly salary or pension of 1,000l. to William, Marquess of Annandale, as an augmentation of his 2,000l. per an. as Keeper of the Privy Seal in Scotland: as from 29 Sept. 1717. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, pp. 211–12.
William Lowndes to Mr. Colby. The Treasury Lords have thought fit to revoke and determine the office of Commissioner for Transport Service which was executed by you. I enclose a copy [missing: see below] of the instrument signed by them for that purpose. Ibid., p. 259b.
Treasury warrant determining Thomas Colby's office as a Commissioner for Transport, to which he was constituted by royal sign manual of 28 Dec. 1715 and in accordance with the authorisation therein to the Treasury Lords to terminate same whenever they should see cause. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 372.
Treasury reference to the Commissioners for Taxes of the petition of Geo. Trenchard and John Henley, sureties for John Bowdidge, late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Somerset, who absconded considerably indebted to his Majesty, petitioners shewing that they procured several writs of extent to be issued against him and inquisitions to be taken thereupon which inter al. found divers merchandizes of his in the hands of Messrs. John and Samuel Pitt, merchants, and partners at Cadiz and other merchants elsewhere; that many of the said goods being abroad and perishable the petitioners assigned same to George Houlme, of London, merchant, for a valuable consideration: therefore praying that (in regard petitioners must make full satisfaction to the Crown) they may have a warrant to entitle Houlme to correspond with the said persons abroad and to receive the produce of the said merchandises when sold. Reference Book IX, p. 363.
Same to Hugh Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Richard Little for an additional building term in several houses in Little Queen Street and Newton Street; they being very much out of repair. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Cracherode [Treasury Solicitor] of the petition of Mr. Preston's account of moneys expended by him for apprehending highwaymen; amounting to 1,120l. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Henry Ericks, merchant, praying to be permitted to export a bell to the Canaries. Ibid.
|Dec. 18.||Same to the Victualling Commissioners of the petition of William Hunt in behalf of Walter Luggar, William Polsue and Thomas Bishop, contractors with the Victualling Office at Plymouth, for provisions which were delivered for the use of the Navy, and that Victualling Bills were made out, to be paid in Course, for the said provisions, which bills being mislaid they could not write their debts into South Sea Stock as was directed by Act of Parliament [9 Anne, c. 15]: therefore praying an order for payment of the said bills or some other relief. Ibid., p. 364.|
|Dec. 19.||Money order for 2,696l. 2s. 3½d. to Samuel Edwyn, Usher of the Receipt: without account: for necessaries furnished to the several Lottery Offices as follows in one year from Lady day 1716 to Lady day 1717 and to discharge tradesmen's bills for work done in the same Offices in several preceding years: viz.|
|[the Office for the] 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1711 [as by 9 Anne, c. 6]||605||18||11|
|[ditto for the] 2,000,000l. Adventure anno 1711 [as by 9 Anne, c. 16]||484||6||10|
|[ditto for the] first 1,800,000l. Lottery anno 1712 [as by 10 Anne, c. 18]||618||7||8¾|
|[ditto for the] second 1,800,000l. Lottery anno 1712 [as by 10 Anne, c. 19]||638||0||6¾|
|[ditto for the] Civil List Lottery anno 1713 [as by 12 Anne, c. 11]||87||8||0½|
|[ditto for the] 1,400,000l. Lottery anno 1714 [as by 13 Anne, c. 18]||262||0||2½|
Order Book X, p. 42.|
Letter of direction for 500l. to Charles Bodvile, Earl of Radnor, Treasurer of the Chamber: out of Civil List moneys: and is for the Huntsman, Yeoman Prickers and Harbourers for half a year to 1717 Sept. 29 on their respective allowances. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 54.
William Lowndes to the Commissioners of Hackney Coaches to report on the enclosed case [missing] of several poor Hackney Coachmen's widows. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 254.
Money warrant for 43l. 17s. 11¼d. to Nicholas Vincent, Paul Burrard, John Williams, Anthony Dawly, Brian Fairfax and Sir Harcourt Master [Masters], Commissioners for Taxes: for incident charges, detailed, relating to the Land Tax to Midsummer 1717. (Money order dated Dec. 23 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 160. Order Book X, p. 44. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor et al. of the Receipt for tallies to discharge the baronetcy fee of 1,095l. due from Sir Abraham Elton as by the privy seal of the 11th inst. Money Book XXVI, p. 171.
William Lowndes to the Attorney General. The Commissioners for the Equivalent have stated their case upon the foot of the Act of Parliament [1 Geo. I, St. 2, c. 27] with respect to the salaries and allowances that were directed to be paid them. I enclose same [missing] with their petition. My Lords desire you to consider and report whether any of the public money of the year 1716 (if such there were) may be issued to satisfy the said Commissioners' demand. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 256.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests. The Treasury Lords have read the examination which the Commissioners for Army Debts have passed upon the accompts and demands of Sir Solomon de Medina for furnishing the Forces in Flanders with bread and bread waggons in 1711. My Lords are of opinion that the accompts and demands so stated are reasonable to be allowed after abating out of the same the five articles amounting in sterling money to 3,323l. 2s. 8½d. which the said Commissioners have represented are not supported by sufficient vouchers. I enclose you the said Commissioners' report and examinations [missing]. My Lords desire you to prepare a warrant for his Majesty's signature for authorising the said Commissioners to allow and certify the sums due to Sir Solomon according to the said stated account exclusive of the said five articles which are to be disallowed him thereupon. Send the said warrant to my Lords as soon as you can. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of the Marquess of Winchester and Brigadier Bowles shewing that by the King's permission they sent for swords for the use of their Regiments and same are now lying at the Custom House: therefore praying a delivery order. Reference Book IX, p. 363.
Same to the Commissioners for making out orders in lieu of Lottery Tickets of the petition of Thomas Madockes, Joshua Odams, William Stubbs and Conrade de Gols, Receivers of the 1,400,000l. Lottery anno 1714 [13 Anne, c. 18], praying payment of 98l. 4s. 6d. expended by them in passing their account and taking out their quietus. Ibid., p. 364.
Same to Anthony Cracherode [Treasury Solicitor] of the petition of Edward Shaftoe shewing that his son was engaged in the late horrid and unnatural Rebellion, upon whom his sole maintenance depended; that with inexpressible grief he used his best endeavours to dissuade his son from such an enterprise but to no purpose, though he followed him through all the towns the Rebels marched [through] with hopes to persuade him to return to his Majesty's service yet could not, which brought him to an untimely death at Preston with the other half pay Officers: having had opportunities of seeing the Rebels he [petitioner] became a material evidence against several of them at their trials in Lancaster and London which hath so exposed him to the malice of the Tory faction in the north that his son in law, who entertained him, was threatened to be turned from his farm, if he harboured him, which obliges petitioner to seek shelter under the Government: therefore praying the King's bounty in consideration of his age and great necessity. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Crain Liddell, one of the Rebel prisoners who became an evidence for his Majesty both at Lancaster and London against several of the chief Rebels; shewing that being lately discharged from Liverpool upon his Majesty's Act of Grace [3 Geo. I., c. 19] petitioner returned to Hexham, the place of his former abode, thinking to follow his employment but the people being generally disaffected gave him such affronts and used him with such abuses that he was obliged to come hither [London] being destitute: therefore praying a little money to set up his trade or some employment in the Customs. Ibid., p. 365.
Same to same of the petition of Aeneus Cameron, one of the Rebel prisoners who became a witness against several that were tried at Liverpool and afterwards was sent to London where he was witness against most of the prisoners that were tried at Westminster and Southwark, in which he faithfully and honestly discharged himself; some of which witnesses have been allowed 50l. per an. and others 30l. per an. and a sum advanced to pay their debts: therefore praying a pension or sum in regard he hath given as faithful an evidence against the said prisoners as any of the witnesses for his Majesty hath or could do. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners to make out bills to authorise the Navy Treasurer to repay the taxes charged on the officers of the Navy Office, including the said Commissioners, for the years 1716 and 1717: taking care that same be satisfied out of the proceeds of the sale of decayed naval stores. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 58.
Treasury allowance of the incidents bill, detailed, of the Office for the Duties on Hides for the quarter ended June 24 last: total 278l. 5s. 6d. Money Book XXVI, p. 161.
Treasury warrant to Sir William Fazakerly, Receiver General of the Duties on Houses for Middlesex, to pay 48l. 1s. 2¼d. to the Commissioners for Taxes for the incidents bill, detailed, of the Duties on Houses for said quarter: total 48l. 1s. 2¼d. Ibid., p. 162.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells, the Tellers and all other officers of the Receipt concerned herein to take into the Receipt from the Bank of England on or before the 25th inst. such sum or sums in Exchequer Bills now uncancelled and undischarged as shall amount to 2,000,000l. in principal money, as so much contributed by the said Bank on the Act of the last Session [3 Geo. I, c. 8] for five per cent. annuities:
and [thereupon] to cause the [said Exchequer] Bills so received to be forthwith discharged, cancelled and made void and to be allowed to the Tellers on their accompts accordingly.
And further by virtue of the said Act to draw orders from time to time for paying to the Bank of England one annuity or yearly sum of 100,000l., being after the rate of 5 per cent. on the said principal sum of 2,000,000l. so to be delivered up: the same to be payable to said Bank from and after Xmas 1717 quarterly without deduction, defalcation or abatement whatsoever until the repayment by Parliament of the said principal sum of 2,000,000l. The said orders are to be satisfied from time to time out of the several Duties, revenues and incomes established by the said Act. Ibid., pp. 163–4.
C. Stanhope to the Earl of Carnarvon to prepare an account, to be laid before the House of Commons, of the several arrears of pay and subsidy claimed for foreign Princes and States, incurred before his Majesty's accession to the Crown, “pursuant to his Majesty's intentions signified in his most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament” the 21st November [Commons Journals XVIII, p. 627] Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 254.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. The Treasury Lords order you to give directions to the Receivers General and Cashiers of Customs and to the respective collectors in London port and the outports to take care that from henceforth no more guineas be received for the revenues under your care and charge but at the rate of 21 shillings a guinea: and that you inform yourselves by the best means you can, and send the Treasury Lords a particular account, what number of guineas they [the said Receivers and Collectors] have in their respective hands of such moneys as were by them received for his Majesty's use at the time that this reduction is made.
The like letter respectively to
the Commissioners for Stamp Duties.
the Commissioners for Alienation Revenue.
the Commissioners for Wine Licences.
the Commissioners for Customs in Scotland.
the Commissioners for Hides.
the Commissioners for Excise in England.
the Commissioners for Excise in Scotland.
the Commissioners for Salt.
the Postmasters General.
the Commissioners of Hackney Coaches.
the Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars.
the Auditor of the Receipt.
the Receiver of Land Revenues in Scotland. Ibid., p. 255.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt et al. to pay the annuity due on a lost annuity order dated 4 April 1693, No. 2932, for a 14 per cent. annuity during the life of Eliz. Hill. Order Book X, p. 51.
|Dec. 23.||Henry Kelsall [in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries] to the Earl of Lincoln, Paymaster General of the Forces, to apply the sum of 9,964l. 4s. 4½d. (out of 4 per cent. annuities anno 1717 [as by 3 Geo. I., c. 7, clause 21 and 22] remaining in your hands) to the following services: and to be taken as part of 577,014l. 16s. 1¼d. granted by Parliament [Commons Journals XVIII, p. 556] to make good the publique supplies of the year 1716: viz.|
for the neat clearings and offreckonings of the Regiments and Companies whose muster rolls are returned and adjusted to 24 Dec. 1716, viz.
First Troop of Horse Guards
|Second Troop of Guards||600||0||0|
|Third Troop of Guards||2,174||7||0|
|Fourth Troop of Guards||600||0||0|
|First Troop of Grenadier Guards||200||0||0|
|Second Troop of Grenadier Guards||200||0||0|
|Royal Horse Guards||600||0||0|
|General Lumley's Regiment of Horse||600||0||0|
|Col. Windsor's Regiment [of Horse]||1,297||7||5|
|Coll. Pitt's Regiment [of Horse]||1,032||13||4½|
|Earl of Portmore's Dragoons||200||0||0|
|General Carpenter's Dragoons||200||0||0|
|Earl of Stair's Dragoons||200||0||0|
|General Pepper's Dragoons||1,459||13||7|
|Disposition Book XXIV, p. 65.|
Royal sign manual for 750,000l. to Henry, Earl of Lincoln, Receiver and Paymaster General of the Guards, Garrisons and Forces: as imprest for the Guards, Garrisons and Forces: by virtue of the general privy seal dormant of 1714 Sept. 29. (Money warrant dated Dec. 26 hereon.) (Money order dated Dec. 26 hereon. In the margin: a later Treasury confirmation dated 1718 May 16 hereof as to the residue remaining unsatisfied thereupon.) King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 536. Order Book X, p. 47.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells and the rest of the officers of the Receipt concerned herein, to take in at the Exchequer loans on credit of the Duties on malt, mum, cyder and perry continued by the Act of last Session [3 Geo. I., c. 4], to wit not exceeding 100,000l. at 4 per cent. interest payable quarterly. Money Book XXVI, p. 164.
Same to same similarly to take in loans up to 400,000l. on the Land Tax anno 1718. Ibid., p. 165.
Same to same in pursuance of the Act newly passed [3 Geo. 1, c. 7] to take in at the Receipt such sums as shall amount to 66,956l. 3s. 4¼d. “or thereabouts” for purchasing 4 per cent. annuities payable out of the General Fond of 724,849l. 6s. 101/5d. by the said Act established: and to deliver to the payers of the said advance money tallies of sol to entitle them to the said annuity or annuities: and to issue and apply the moneys so to be advanced (to the said total of 66,956l. 3s. 4¼d.) for and towards paying off the principal and interest remaining unsatisfied upon the Register of loans founded [funded] on the Low Wines Act which expired on or about the 24th June 1714: (fn. 1) and as the said money or any part thereof shall be advanced [you are hereby warranted] to cause publique notice thereof to be given by writing to be openly set up at the Exchequer and advertised in the London Gazette so that the interest may cease according to the directions of the said Act:
all by reason that it is certified by the Auditor of the Receipt that the sum of 61,707l. 3s. 2d. of principal money remains unsatisfied upon the abovesaid Register of Loans on the Low Wines Act and that the 6 per cent. interest remaining due thereupon “computed to this day” amounts to 5,249l. 0s. 2¼d., making together the abovesaid sum of 66,956l. 3s. 4¼d. or thereabouts: all in order to put an end to the high rate of interest for the said principal sum. Ibid., pp. 165–6.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells and the rest of the officers of the Receipt concerned herein, to take in loans to the amount of 346,340l. 13s. 8d. or thereabouts on 4 per cent. annuities on the General Fond [of 3 Geo. I., c. 7]; and to issue and apply the moneys so to be advanced up to the said total for and towards paying off the principal and interest resting unpaid on the Register of Loans on the Duties on Candles founded [funded] on the Act [8 Anne, c. 5] for the said Duties which expired on or about the 1st of May 1715: it being certified by the Auditor of the Receipt that the sum of 314,219l. 11s. 2¼d. of principal money remains unsatisfied on the said Register, and that the 6 per cent. interest remaining due thereon (except several orders which were issued [to Departmental Treasurers] without interest) computed to this day doth amount to 32,121l. 2s. 5¾d. or thereabouts, making together the abovesaid sum of 346,340l. 13s. 8d.: all in order to put an end to the high rate of interest on the said principal sum. Money Book XXVI, p. 166.
Same to the Accomptant General of the Bank of England to give credit to John Aislabie [Treasurer of the Navy] in your Books of the Four per cent. Annuities for the sum of 400,000l. which he has contributed at the Exchequer as in part of the 413,296l. 17s. 0¼d. authorised by our warrant [warrants] of this day to be taken in at the Receipt [ut supra, viz. respectively for 346,340l. 13s. 0¼d. and 66,956l. 3s. 4¼d., making together 413,296l. 17s. 0¼d.]: for which 400,000l. tallies of sol have been delivered to him to entitle him to the annuity according to the Act for same. Ibid., p. 167.
Money warrant for 135,000l. to Sir John Humble, bart., the officer in the Receipt of the Exchequer appointed for payment of the annuities, benefits and other payments directed by the Act [8 Anne, c. 10] for continuing the Duties on coals, culm and cynders and for granting new Duties on houses having 20 windows or more to raise the 1,500,000l. by the Lottery anno 1711: the said sum of 135,000l. to be as imprest and upon account to pay all the said annuities for the seventh year of the term of 32 years, to wit from 1716 Sept. 29 to 1717 Sept. 29: and is to be satisfied out of the said rates and Duties. Ibid., p. 168.
Same for 203l. 13s. 0d. to the executors of Thomas Wibergh, late Serjeant at Arms attending the House of Commons, in satisfaction of his bill of disbursements for the service of said House in and for the Session begun 20 Feb. 1716–17 and ended 15 July 1717.
Appending: said bill:
|March 5, paid for old coal and sea coal||33||6||6|
|May 20, paid for old coal and sea coal||36||10||0|
|July 14, paid for old coal and sea coal||11||4||0|
|mops, brooms, rubbers and sweets||7||9||0|
|paid the Messengers for serving public orders||22||6||0|
|(Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Ibid., pp. 168–9. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.|
Same for 266l. 1s. 4d. to William Popple, Secretary to the Commissioners for Trade, for the bill of incidents for the said Commission between Lady day 1717 and Michaelmas following.
Appending: bill of said incidents. (Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 169. Order Book X, p. 49. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Letter of direction for 400,000l. to John Aislabie on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Navy: out of loans made or to be made on the Land Tax anno 1718. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 55.
Same for 7,500l. to William Clayton, to complete the order in his name dated 1717 April 16 for 15,000l. for the French Protestants: out of Civil List moneys. Ibid.
Same for 70,000l. to Henry, Earl of Lincoln, on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: and is to be taken as in part of 959,943l. 1s. 10½d. voted for Guards, Garrisons and Land Forces for the year 1717. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt [sic an erratum for the Navy Treasurer]. The Treasury Lords direct that out of money remaining in your hands arisen by sale of Reversionary Annuities you apply 4,838l. 4s. 8d. to the services following: viz.
to the head of Wear and Tear.
for paying bills of exchange and imprests [in the margin: “ends Xmas quarter 1717”]
to the head of Victualling.
for paying bills of exchange due to John Gore, Esq., for victualling his Majesty's ships in the Baltic
Same to Lord Halifax [Auditor of the Receipt]. The Treasury Lords desire you to direct the officers and clerks of the Exchequer to attend in their respective Offices this day and to-morrow for the despatch of public business. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 255.
Treasury warrant to the South Sea Company to pay to Sir Roger Mostyn, bart. [formerly Paymaster of the Marine Regiments] the sum of 331l. 4s. 4d. which remains unreceived by him of the dividends at Midsummer and Xmas 1716 upon the sum of 5,520l. 6s. 11d. for stock then [standing] in his name in the Books of the said Company for the use of the public [to wit in his capacity] “as he was Paymaster of the Marines”: this payment to be received by him for the use of the public. Money Book XXVI, p. 194.
Treasury reference to the Stamps Commissioners of the petition of Adam Cardonnel shewing that he became surety in 1,400l. for the distributor of stamps for Hampshire, who has failed, and petitioner and the other security have paid more than 900l. “of the said sum”: therefore praying that the remainder may be remitted. Reference Book IX, p. 363.
Treasury approval of John Grymes to be Deputy Surveyor and Auditor in Virginia as Deputy to Horace Walpole, Surveyor and Auditor General of the Plantations.
Prefixing: presentation by said Walpole of said Grymes to the Treasury Lords for approval. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 358.
The like for Dean Poyntz as similarly Deputy Auditor in Jamaica. Ibid.
The like for Joshua Jones as similarly Deputy Auditor in the Leeward Caribbee Islands. Ibid., p. 359.
The like for George Clarke as similarly Deputy Auditor in the Province of New York. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of Cha. Wilkinson to be appointed Receiver General of Taxes for Cos. York, Durham and Northumberland in place of [Francis] Wyvill, deceased; to wit for the last half of the present year's Land Tax and the arrears of the first half year thereof: and proposing his securities, detailed. (Treasury warrant dated 1717–18 Jan. 2 to the King's Remembrancer to take said securities in 44,000l.) (Commission dated 1717–18 Jan. 2.) Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 248, 250, 254.
Treasury subscription for the execution of a warrant dated 17 Dec. 1717 from the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Chamberlain, to the Honble. James Brudnall, Master of the Jewel Office, for the delivery to Joseph Carpenter of 70 ounces of gilt plate as a gift from the King at the christening of his child: to an estimate of 35l. Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I, p. 60.
|[? Dec. 24.]||
[The like for the execution of works as follows.]
Prefixing: (1) letter dated 11 Dec. 1717 from the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Chamberlain, to the Treasury Lords. It is the King's pleasure that you give orders for fitting an engine at the Canal Head in St. James's Park and a cistern to receive the water in St. James's.
(2) Reference dated 17 Dec. thereof to the Board of Works.
[The estimate from the Board of Works with the Treasury subscription for the execution thereof is omitted, apparently by accident.] Ibid.
|Dec. 25.||Royal letters patent dated St. James's to determine and make void the office of Receiver and Paymaster for Transport Service (“of all moneys imprested for the hire of transport ships and vessels for the carrying of all Forces sent from Great Britain, Holland or elsewhere for the service of us or our Allies or to any of our Plantations and for bringing back the same”): to which office John Hill was constituted by royal warrant of 10 July 1715 with the salary of 400l. per an.: the King thinking it for our service that the said office should cease from date hereof. King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 537.|
Treasury warrant to the Accomptant General of the Bank of England to give credit to Henry, Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster of the Forces], in your Books of the Four per cent. Annuities, for the sum of 13,605l. 17s. 0d. which he has contributed at the Exchequer for such 4 per cent. Annuities payable out of the General Fond of 724,849l. 6s. 101/5d. per an. and for which he has received tallies ofsol, to entitle him to such annuity according to the directions of the Act [3 Geo. I., c. 7] for same. Money Book XXVI, p. 167.
William Lowndes to Mr. [John] Hill. The King has thought fit to revoke and determine the office of Receiver and Paymaster for Transport Service which was executed by you. I enclose a copy of the instrument signed by his Majesty for same. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 260.
|Dec. 27.||Same to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland. It is represented to the Treasury Lords that the Collectors of the Customs in the several ports in North Britain have been very remiss of late in sending to the Offices in Edinburgh the accounts of the shipping and trade in Scotland in order to their being sent to Charles Godolphin, who keeps the General Register of all trading ships in Great Britain at the Customs House in London. My Lords direct you to write to the several Collectors to send as above the missing accounts of all ships that have traded over sea or coastwise to or from their respective ports and to send the like accounts monthly in future: and to direct the said officer at Edinburgh to send same from time to time to said Godolphin. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 212.|
Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to William Lowndes: for secret service: out of Civil List moneys: without account. (Money warrant dated Dec. 31 hereon.) Money order dated 1717–18 Jan. 3 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 496. Order Book X, p. 49. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Same for 6,000l. to Henry Bendysh, Esq., for his own proper use: out of Civil List moneys: without account, imprest or other charge,
“the same being in consideration of his good and faithful services performed to us.” (Money warrant dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Money order dated 1717–18 Jan. 3 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 10 hereon. This direction is appended as a subscription to the money order. “Let this order be executed by levying three tallies of 2,000l. each upon the Postmaster General or the Receiver of the Revenues of the General Letter Office for such part of the said Revenue as is applicable to the Civil List.”) King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 496. Order Book X, p. 50.
Money warrant for 2,000l. to the Treasury Lords (James, Visct. Stanhope; Thomas, Earl of Torrington; John Wallop; George Baillie and Thomas Micklethwaite) for 1717 Xmas quarter's salaries. (Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 77. Order Book X, p. 27. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Money warrant for 400l. to James, Visct. Stanhope, Chancellor of the Exchequer, for 1717 Xmas quarter on his allowance in lieu of perquisites formerly enjoyed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. (Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 8 Jan. 1717–18 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 120. Order Book X, p. 43. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Same for 100l. to Charles King, Keeper of the Treasury Office, for 1717 Xmas quarter for attendance and disbursements for said Office.
5l. to John Farra for same quarter for extraordinary pains in carrying letters on sundry occasions for his Majesty's service.
5l. to William Empson for attendance and service in the Treasury Office.
5l. to Richard Chetwynd for the like. (Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 171. Order Book X, p. 46. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Same for 150l. to the underclerks of the Treasury as follows for same quarter in reward for services on their several quarterly salaries or allowances: viz.
|William Lowndes, junr., on 100l. per an.||25||0||0|
|Edward Webster, on ditto||25||0||0|
|Mark Frecker, on ditto||25||0||0|
|Thomas Bowen, on 50l. per an||12||10||0|
|Thomas Lowndes, on ditto||12||10||0|
|Robert Burnbury, on ditto||12||10||0|
|Samuel King, on ditto||12||10||0|
|Charles Chevallier, on ditto||12||10||0|
|William Wyatt, on ditto||12||10||0|
(Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 172. Order Book X, p. 45. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.|
Same for 25l. to Richard Powys for 1717 Xmas quarter on his allowance for extraordinary service performed in the Treasury. (Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 136. Order Book X, p. 44. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 65l. to Mark Frecker, gent., for 1717 Xmas quarter for the service and pains of himself and several clerks in making up books containing the accounts of the income and issues of the Customs and other the public revenue and taxes. Money Book XXVI, p. 141.
Money warrant for 50l. to Anthony Corbiere, gent., for same quarter on his allowance of 200l. per an. for his extraordinary service performed in the Treasury. (Money order dated Dec. 31 hereon). (Letter of direction dated 1717–18 Jan. 8 hereon.) Ibid., p. 142. Order Book X, p. 45. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 63.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashier to pay 14l. 10s. 0d. to John Thorowkettle for same quarter as Messenger [of the Chamber] attending the Customs. Money Book XXVI, p. 143.
Treasury allowance of said Thorowkettle's bill of 14l. 10s. 0d. for same quarter as Messenger of the Chamber attending the Treasury Lords. Ibid.
Money order for 150l. to the Commissioners for Taxes (Nicholas Vincent, Paul Burrard, John Williams, Antho. Dawley, Brian Fairfax and Sir Harcourt Masters): being 25l. each for 1717 Xmas quarter on their respective allowances of 100l. per an. each. Order Book X, p. 44.
Same for 195l. 8s. 4d. to Henry Pelham, Clerk of the Pells, for one year to Xmas 1717 on his allowances of 50l. per an. for locking up his Majesty's treasure, 100l. per an. for attending the Treasury Lords for despatch of his Majesty's affairs, and 45l. 8s. 8d. per an. for attendance in vacation as in lieu of 20l., 16l. 13s. 4d. and 8l. 15s. 0d. per an. anciently allowed him by tally of assignment from the Customs. Ibid., p. 47.
Same for 12l. 10s. 0d. to Joseph Fox for 1717 Xmas quarter for making and keeping the Registers of all the public loans in the Office of the Auditor of the Receipt. Ibid.
Same for 5l. to Edward Milward for same quarter on his allowance as Porter attending at the Exchequer Gate. Ibid., p. 48.
Same for 50l. to Francis, Earl of Godolphin, for half a year to 1717 Xmas on his allowance of 100l. per an. for hay for the deer in his Majesty's House Park at Windsor. Ibid.
Same for 200l. to George, Earl of Halifax, for one year to Xmas last on his allowance for extraordinary business performed in his Office. Ibid.
Privy seal for 4l. a day to Evelyn, Duke of Kingston, Lord Privy Seal, as in lieu of the ancient diet of 16 dishes of meat heretofore settled and allowed to the Keeper of the Privy Seal “and for which we have now thought fit rather to grant the said daily sum than that the said diet should be taken in kind”: to commence from the date of his grant of said office. King's Warrant Book XXVIII, p. 503.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells and the rest of the officers of the Receipt herein concerned to take in loans at the Receipt not exceeding 100,000l. on the Land Tax anno 1718 [as by the Act 4 Geo. I., c. i]: the loans to be at 3½ per cent. interest payable quarterly. Money Book XXVI, p. 170.
Money order for 25l. to William Ireland for 1717 Xmas quarter for extraordinary service in the Office of Auditor of the Receipt and as formerly paid to William Clayton. Order Book X, p. 46.
Letter of direction for 14,000l. to Harry Mordaunt, Esq., on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance: out of loans remaining in the Exchequer on credit of Malt Duties anno 1717: and is intended to be applied to land services [of the Ordnance]. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 56.
William Lowndes to the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance. In reply to your memorial the Treasury Lords direct you to make out bills or debentures according to the method of your Office for repaying to yourselves and the inferior officers of the Ordnance the [Land] Taxes charged upon your salaries for the year 1716 for Land Tax. Ibid.
Same to the Treasurer of the Navy to assign and transfer (out of the Four per cent. Annuities remaining in your hands) 26,000l. to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance: the same being intended to be applied to the sea service [of the Ordnance].
(William Lowndes to the Navy Commissioners to make forth a [Navy] bill in the method of your [Navy] Office on John Aislabie, Treasurer of the Navy, for paying the abovesaid 26,000l. to said Mordaunt: taking care that the said Mordaunt be duly charged therewith in the Navy Treasurer's accounts.) Ibid., pp. 56, 57.
Same to the Earl of Carnarvon to prepare and lay before the Treasury Lords a state of the Emperor's demands [for arrears of subsidy]. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 256.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Cashiers to pay the 1717 Xmas quarter's salary bill for London port: total 7,384l. 18s. 9d.
likewise the same quarter's salary bill of the Customs officers in the Plantations: total 1,700l. Out Letters (Customs) XVII, p. 47.
Same to the Customs Commissioners to direct the Collectors of the outports to pay the same quarter's salary bill of the outports: total 11,239l. 0s. 7d. Ibid.
Same to same to administer an oath as follows to the Collectors or Receivers of Customs. By the Royal Proclamation of Dec. 22 inst. the King has prohibited the uttering or receiving guineas at any greater or higher rate or value than 21 shillings for each guinea and so proportionably for half guineas, double guineas and five pound pieces; and the other pieces of ancient gold of the kingdom for any rates other than those in the said Proclamation particularly mentioned. You are hereby “to take care that a proper oath before a Master in Chancery or other authorised person be administered to the respective officers concerned in collecting or receiving any of the revenues under your management [? and that they forthwith give you an account] as to what guineas or other pieces of gold mentioned in the said Proclamation were actually in their hands [on the said 22nd Dec., having been] received by them for his Majesty or the public use before the said 22nd of December: and [you are to] transmit to us a certificate how much an allowance of 6 pence upon each of the said guineas and proportionally upon the said other pieces will amount unto.”
The like warrant respectively to the Commissioners of Excise; Commissioners of Taxes, Hides &c.; Commissioners of Stamps; Commissioners of Wine Licences; Commissioners of Salt; Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars; Commissioners of Hackney Coaches; Postmaster General; Commissioners of Customs in Scotland; Commissioners of Excise in Scotland; Archibald Douglas, Receiver of Land Rents and Casualties in Scotland. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, p. 361.
|Dec. —.||Warrant under the royal sign manual to William Clayton to pay to William Powell an additional pension of 20l. per an. from Michaelmas 1717: during pleasure. King's Warrant Book XXV, p. 89.|
|Money order for 1,000l. to William Lowndes for secret service. (This order quotes the authorising royal sign manual as dated 1717 Dec. 30, but neither the said royal sign manual nor the money warrant issued under authority of it are entered in the Treasury Books.) Order Book X, p. 49.|