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Treasury Warrants: March 1718, 1-10

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 32, 1718. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1962.

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March 1718, 110

March 1. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal to discharge James, Duke of Montrose, from the quantity of 1,010 ounces of white plate (valued at 336l. 13s. 4d. at 6s. 8d. per ounce) delivered out of the Jewel Office 21 Jan. 171415 to him as one of our Principal Secretaries of State: the King being graciously pleased to grant the said plate to him in consideration of many good and acceptable services by him performed unto us. King's Warrant Book XXIX, pp. 3940.
March 1. Royal sign manual for 2,464l. 5s. 0d. to John, Duke of Atholl: without account: not only in consideration of the good and acceptable services by him performed to us in Scotland at the breaking out and in the time of the late rebellion there, but also in satisfaction of all charges, expenses and demands whatsoever made or to be made by the said Duke for or concerning the same. (Money warrant dated March 4 hereon.) (Money order dated March 5 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated March 5 hereon.) Ibid., p. 40. Order Book X, p. 70. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 79.
C. Stanhope to the Customs Commissioners to give order to the Customs officers that the baggage of those foreigners that are to go on board the frigate Deal Castle be searched with all speed and kind usage possible. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 269.
William Lowndes to the Salt Commissioners. My Lords have considered your report of Feb. 17 last relating to the doorkeeper's place in your Office vacant by the death of William Mines; and their Lordships being well satisfied in the abilities of Edward Barkley do insist that their warrant lately directed to you in his behalf be duly complied with. Ibid., p. 274.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests enclosing a report as follows from the Army Debts Commissioners concerning the demand of arrears due to the Danes for services during the late war. My Lords direct you to prepare a royal warrant to authorise the Army Debts Commissioners to allow and certify the several sums as follows according to the said report; and to transmit the said warrant to my Lords with all speed.
Appending: undated report to the King from the Army Debts Commissioners, signed by Grey Neville, John Plumptre, William Gordon and William Yonge. We have examined the state of the demands of arrears due to the Danes for services in the late war.
As to the pay of the Troops from 23 Feb. 171112 to 6 July following, we think they have a right thereto to the same day to which the like has been already allowed to other foreign Forces who were in British pay at the time when the Duke of Ormonde withdrew himself and such Troops as would follow him from the rest of the Confederate Army, viz. to 6 July 1712 and we shall accordingly give them credit for the same in their account.
As to the demand for advice money and march money, we have considered the Treaty upon which they were founded, viz. that of 15 June 1701 between William III. and the States General of the one part and the King of Denmark on the other, which Treaty has been agreed by the respective parties to have continued in force during all the war so far as it relates to the services of the Danish Troops, although the 14th Article thereof does import that the alliance (formed by the same Treaty) shall determine after ten years from the date thereof and the King of Denmark did accordingly furnish the said Troops after the expiration of the ten years agreeable to the terms of the said Treaty. In the 10th Article of this Treaty it is stipulated that three months' notice of dismissal should be given and in the 12th Article that they shall be paid a month's pay for the expenses of their return. This last Article is very explicit and leaves no room to doubt of its meaning and the former Article, though it provides no alternative in case the Troops be dismissed without such notice, yet according to the course of all parallel cases seems to us to admit of no other meaning than that their pay should be continued three months after such sudden dismission. We know it has been said that these Troops were never dismissed by Great Britain, but that they withdrew themselves from her service in breach of the Treaty, but we humbly apprehend the fact to be otherwise. For we cannot find by the said Treaty that the Danish Troops were obliged to obey either Great Britain or the States General singly, and therefore though they refused to obey the orders of the British General to separate from the Allies, yet we do not conceive that by such refusal they infringed the Treaty. And we are of opinion that as Great Britain could have no right to impose upon the Danes new conditions of continuance in pay which they were not obliged to by their Treaty, the Declaration made in the name of the late Queen to all the Allies who had Forces either wholly or in part in her pay that if they obeyed not the orders of the late Duke of Ormonde to separate from the rest of the Army her Majesty would furnish no more pay to the said Troops was and is to be esteemed a positive dismission of the said Danes; which dismission being without the previous notice stipulated we humbly report our opinion that the Danes are in lieu thereof equitably entitled to a credit for three months' pay for advice money, amounting to 451,648 guilders 5 stivers, making in sterling reduced after the rate of 10 guilders 10 stivers to the pound (according to the Establishment for the year 1712) 43,014l. 2s. 4d.
And by the Treaty they are further entitled to one month's march money for the expenses of their return, amounting to 150,549 guilders 8 stivers, making in sterling money at the same rate 14,338l. 0s. 9d. But as there hitherto has been no authority from the Crown for making these allowances we cannot state them in account without your Majesty's warrant for the same.
As to the arrear of subsidy due to the King of Denmark pursuant to the Treaty, we are of opinion that the powers given to us do not extend to demands of that nature. Out Letters (General) XXII, pp. 2756.
March 1. Letter of direction for 106,888l. 5s. 4d. to Henry, Earl of Lincoln, on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster General of the Forces: out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1718: and is to be applied to the services following: viz.
s. d.
in further part of 600,000l. voted for Guards, Garrisons and Land Forces anno 1718.
for two months' subsistence from Feb. 24 last and upon account of pay
100,393 6 8
in further part of 35,766l. 5s. 0d. voted for the Forces in the Plantations anno 1718.
for the same two months' subsistence and upon account of pay to the Regiments and Independent Companies provided for in this sum
6,494 18 8
106,888 5 4
Disposition Book XXIV, p. 77.
March 1. Treasury fiat for royal letters patent to constitute Thomas Kennedy, Esq., a Customer of Chichester port loco John Carr. Out Letters (Customs) XVII, p. 62.
Treasury reference to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts of the petition of Theodosia Maitland shewing that her late husband, Lieut. Gen. Maitland, furnished beds and blankets for the Garrison of Fort William amounting to 126l. 3s. 7d., no part of which has yet been paid: therefore praying to be referred to said Comptrollers of Army Debts. Reference Book IX, p. 378.
Letters patent by the Treasury Lords revoking and determining the constitutions of the several officers as follows appointed by several respective constitutions or other authorities for the custody, receipt and management of the Tin affair in the Tower of London and of the moneys arising by sale thereof: to wit:
Sir Richard Sandford, bart., Sir Isaac Newton, kt., Martin Bladen, Esq., with 150l. per an. each as Chief Managers thereof 450
an assistant to the said Chief Managers 100
three clerks for taking the weights of the tin at the waterside and entering it in their books: at several salaries amounting in all to 100
a warehousekeeper or head porter 100
a Treasurer or Receiver of the moneys arising by the sale of tin 500
a clerk in the Treasury at Whitehall who was to correspond with the Agents of [the tinners of] Devon and Cornwall and to enter all papers relating to the Tin affair 100
1,350
The present revocation is as from Xmas 1717 and is to the end that the moneys arising by sale of tin may be disburdened of so great an expense since the contracts made for tin with the tinners of Cornwall and Devon are determined: and the Treasury Lords are of opinion that two officers only with the title of warehousekeeper and underwarehousekeeper will suffice for the custody and sale of the tin remaining unsold and for accounting for the produce thereof.
All the salaries above are to be paid to and for the quarter ended 1717 Xmas and no further. Warrants not Relating to Money XXV, pp. 1617.
Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities of Richard Hughes as Receiver General of House Duties for the counties of Merioneth, Anglesea and Carnarvon. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, p. 207.
March 3. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Commissioners of Army Debts to make allowances as follows amounting to 57,352l. 3s. 2d. to the Danish Forces on their demands for arrears for services performed during the late war: the said Commissioners having reported thereon that in relation to their demands for Advice Money and March Money it was stipulated in the Treaty for the said Troops between Wm. III. and the States General of the United Provinces on the one hand and the King of Denmark on the other, dated 15 June 1701, that three months' notice should be given beforehand when it was thought fit to dismiss the said Troops: and the said Commissioners have futher represented that the Declaration made in the name of the late Queen that her Majesty would furnish no more pay to such of the said Troops as did not separate with the British Troops from the rest of the Army was esteemed to be a positive dismission of the said Danish Forces and that the same being with the stipulated previous notice the said Commissioners are of opinion that the said Forces are justly entitled in lieu of such notice to a credit of three months' pay for Advice Money.
And further the said Commissioners have represented that it was also stipulated in the said Treaty that when the said Troops shall be sent back after the Peace they should be paid a month's pay for the expenses of their return and the Commissioners are of opinion that the said Troops are further entitled to one month's pay for their March Money: but that as there has hitherto been no authority from the Crown for making these allowances a royal warrant is needed for the stating of them, as is provided in the Act of Parliament appointing the said Commissions.
Accordingly the following allowances are hereby authorised: viz.
s. d.
for three months' pay of the said Forces for their Advice Money in lieu of three months' notice, 451,648 guilders 5 stivers 8 penning, making (at 10 guilders 10 stivers to the sterling) 43,014l. 2s. 4d. according to the late Queen's Establishment of the said Forces 43,014 2 4
for one month's pay allowed them as March Money for defraying the expenses of their return, 150,549 guilders 8 stivers 8 penning, making in sterling at the aforesaid rate of exchange 14,338 0 9
57,352 3 2
King's Warrant Book XXIX, pp. 412.
March 3. Money warrant for 250l. to Peter Flournois for 1717 June 24 quarter on an annuity or yearly pension for maintenance of the late Countess of Clancarty's children and for their education in the Protestant religion. (Letter of direction dated March 6 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 232. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 79.
Christopher Tilson (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Board of Works. On your memorial of the 27th Feb. last concerning his Majesty's private roads, the Treasury Lords direct you to lay before them an estimate for the works and services therein proposed. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 273.
Treasury reference to the Attorney General of the case of Lady Russell as follows: By patent dated 6 May 1692 the late King William and Queen Mary granted to said Lady Russell (in consideration of a debt of 10,000l. released by her to the Crown) an annuity of 600l. out of the 1,500l. per an. rent reserved to the Crown in the Countess of Dorchester's grant of quit rents in Ireland of date 16867 March 20. By reason of incumbrances on the said Countess's grant the said Lady Russell never received any part of the said annuity till 26 Nov. 1709 and since that date (Michaelmas 1709) she has received only 8,883l. 17s. 4d., so that by several ways and means she has not received 4 per cent. for the said principal sum of 10,000l. By the Countess of Dorchester's death she is become entitled to the said Countess's 5,000l. per an. [out of said quit rents] for the residue of the term of 99 years to discharge the arrears of her annuity.
Query: what will be equitable and just for Lady Russell to ask of the Crown for satisfaction of the loss of her annuity for 17 years, being only the interest of the said 10,000? Reference Book IX, p. 378.
March 4. C. Stanhope to the Victualling Commissioners. The Navy Treasurer has laid before the Treasury Lords your representation concerning the distinction that has for some time been kept up of the old and new Course in respect to the Victualling; and it appearing to my Lords that no contracts are subsisting upon the Old Course and that no bills remain to be numbered on that Course save only such as may be made out to [ships'] pursers for the balance of their accounts (of which as you represent very few if any remain to be made out) I am to acquaint you that at your desire they do agree to the discontinuing of the said distinction of old and new Course, so as there may be only one Course carried on for the Victualling for the future. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 78.
Same to the Navy Treasurer. The Treasury Lords desire that out of the money remaining in your hands arisen by the sale of 4 per cent. Annuities you apply 39,290l. 19s. 8d. to the services following: viz.
s. d.
to the head of Wear and Tear.
to complete the pay of the Yards for 1716 Xmas and 1717 Lady day quarters in full of 91,356l.
27,933 0 0
for paying imprests and bills of exchange 977 10 9
to the head of Victualling.
for half a year's pay to Lady day 1717 to the officers and labourers employed at the several ports
5,000 0 0
for Short Allowance Money 5,000 0 0
for discharging the debts due on the Old Course of the Victualling 380 8 11
39,290 19 8
Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners returning the letters found on board the Gardner frigate which you sent to Lord Sunderland and which his Lordship sent to the Treasury Lords, supra, p. 209. My Lords are of opinion that as a clandestine trade seems by these letters to have been intended to be carried on to Sweden contrary to the prohibition this offence should be prosecuted according to law. My Lords direct you to give the necessary orders to your Solicitor thereupon.
Appending: list of said letters: including letters directed to Capt. Richard Murray at Gravesend; Hans Coopman in Gottenburg; Paul Jurgens, merchant in Gottenburg; Jacob Weddinghawsen, merchant in Gottenburg; Gustav Bellman in Stockholm; Wilhelm Grubb in Stockholm; and invoice of Mr. Norman's cargo. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 278.
March 4,
8,10,11,
18, 27, 29.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ William Gates as a waterman in London port loco John Bembrick, deceased (March 4).
fiat for royal letters patent to appoint Charles Smithson as a King's waiter, London port, loco Thomas Pennington, deceased (March 4).
constitution to John Graves as a tidesman in the Inferior List, London port, loco Samuel Bugbard, preferred to be deputy to Benjamin Hudson, a King's waiter (March 8).
John Troward as waiter and searcher at Margate loco Abraham Hough (March 10).
Thomas Wainwright as a tidesman at Bridlington loco Thomas Osbie, superannuated (March 10).
Oliver Williams as a tidesman at Appledore in Bideford port loco William Limbry, deceased (March 10). (In the margin: Mr. Wall.)
Andrew Baily as a tidesman in the Superior List, London port, loco Thomas Stoddard, deceased. (In the margin: Mr. Meek.)
Jonathan Scurlock as a coastwaiter in London port loco Erasmus Philips, resigned (March 10). Prefixing: report by the Customs Commissioners that there has been no pecuniary contract between Philips and Scurlock.
Robert Birkett to be established as Deputy Comptroller of Customs at Barnstable with a suitable addition of 20l. per an. from the King besides the 12l. per an. from the head Comptroller (March 11). Joseph Scates as mate of the Lynn yatch [the Customs yacht at Lynn] loco John Appleyard, deceased (March 11).
fiat for royal letters patent to appoint William Gwynn and Richard Gwynn, his son, as Customer or Collector of Cardiff port locis William Gwynn and Richard Gwynn, his brother (March 18).
George Hutchinson as surveyor, waiter and searcher in the Isle of Man on the Establishment of Liverpool port loco William Harrison, deceased (March 27).
Charles Doe as messenger and doorkeeper to the Customs Commissioners loco William Alexander, dismissed (March 28). Prefixing: undated report from the Customs Commissioners concerning their messenger and doorkeeper. Charles Doe has constantly behaved himself with diligence and integrity and is well affected to the present Government and is particularly well known to one of your Lordships. We cannot doubt it reasonable we should have the choice of him as is allowed in other Offices.
John Etheridge as a tidesurveyor in London port loco Mathew Tretane, dismissed (March 29).
Thomas Tily (Tilley) as a tidesman in the Superior List, London port, loco John Purnel, promoted to be a tidesurveyor at Margate (March 11).
William Wilmer as a boatman at Cockbush in Chichester port loco Samuel Bayly, superannuated (March 19). Out Letters (Customs) XVII, pp. 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 68, 73, 74, 75, 78, 84, 88. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 282.
March 4. Treasury reference to Auditor Jett of the petition of Robert Apreece shewing that James I. granted to Sir Robert Cotton, Thomas his son and John Cotton, his nephew, for 99 years terminable on their lives, the Hundred of Norman Cross, co. Huntingdon, and the office of bailiff there except the fines and amerciaments arising within said Hundred, under the yearly rent of 2l. 13s. 4d.: that the said grant is determined 40 years since: therefore prays a grant thereof. Reference Book IX, p. 379.
March 4. Same to the Salt Duty Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Williams and William Richardson shewing that they shipped from Yarmouth 830 barrels of red herrings for Civita Vecchia in Italy, but in a violent tempest the ship and herrings were totally lost: that they have since applied for debentures for the drawbacks due for [salt used in keeping] the said herrings, but find no relief: therefore praying directions for making out the said debentures. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of the Agents of the tin in Cornwall praying an allowance for their attendance and assisting their predecessors after they were discharged: their predecessors having had an allowance for the like service. Ibid.
Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Fetherston Nicholson, Collector of Customs and Salt Duties for the port of Beaumaris; praying to be removed to London. Ibid., p. 380.
Same to the Salt Duty Commissioners of the petition of Ralph Hender of Portisick [Port Isaac], Co. Cornwall, cooper, shewing that an information is exhibited against him for treble the value of 67 bushels of foreign salt imported, the Duty not having been paid for the same; that he swears he is altogether innocent in this affair and is reduced to extreme poverty: therefore praying stay of proceedings. Ibid., p. 383.
Same to the Salt Commissioners in Scotland of the petition of David, Earl of Wemys, shewing that his agents shipped off for parts beyond sea 6,962 bushels of salt made at pans belonging to him and entered same and gave bond for the Duty and therefore reckoned he was entitled to the drawback upon exportation; which the Commissioners refuse to give him debentures for and threaten his agents with prosecution on their bonds: therefore praying to be relieved therein.
In the margin. entry of a later reference dated 1718 April 4 of same petition to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 256.
March 5. Letter of direction for 500l. to William Clayton on the unsatisfied order in his name [as Paymaster of the King's Pensions and Bounties]: and is intended to be paid over to Richard Marshall, Esq., upon account towards defraying the charge of keeping his Majesty's Stud at Hampton Court and other his Majesty's horses which according to contract were to be kept by him. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 80.
C. Stanhope to the Stamps Commissioners to suffer Mr. Moor, late Paymaster General of the Forces, to stamp his [Army arrears] debentures in their Office by making use of one of their instruments with leave to fix his seal thereto, in order to facilitate the service of making out his said debentures: see infra, p. 236. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 277.
William Lowndes to the Surveyor [General] of Woods to report on the enclosed petition [see supra, p. 208] of Charles Medlycott praying that some lands which he has lying within the Verge of Rockingham Forest may be made a Free Hay or Purlieu: together with the Attorney General's opinion [missing] thereon. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 277.
March 5. William Lowndes to the Attorney General to report on the petition [missing] of Ann Ham, who alleges that she is cousin german and next of kin to Ann Harvey, widow, who died intestate in January 171617; the said Ham praying that no part of said widow's estate may be granted to Samuel Kingston, whose petition you lately made a report upon to their Lordships. Ibid.
C. Stanhope to the Customs Commissioners. My Lords direct you to present Thomas Gill as a tidesman in the Inferior List, London port, on the first vacancy. Ibid., p. 278.
Same to the Board of Works to estimate for repairs, detailed, at the Office of the Board of Greencloth at Hampton Court. Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I, p. 64.
Treasury reference to Hugh Chomley, Esq., Surveyor General of Crown Lands of the petition of Sir Charles Hotham and Sir Michael Warton, burgesses for Beverley, with the Mayor, Aldermen and parishioners of the formerly Collegiate and ancient church of St. John's or the Minster of Beverley, shewing that the north Isle and several other parts of the said minster are become very ruinous and out of repair: therefore praying liberty to take useless stones out of the late dissolved Monastery of St. Mary's within the Manor Yard at York. Reference Book IX, p. 379.
March 6. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Commissioners of Army Debts to give credit as follows to the Officers of General Mordaunt's Regiment and others on their accounts as in and by the Act of Parliament 3 Geo. I., c. 17, appointing the said Commissioners: they having reported 1717 Dec. 6 that they have examined the accounts and demands of the said persons for services relating to the Army and find them entitled to articles as follows, but that the King's authority is reauired for stating and allowing same. The said allowances are hereby to be made as follows: viz.
s. d.
to the Officers of Lieut. Gen. Mordaunt's late Regiment of Foot for the pay of their several Companies from the 24 June 1713 (till which time they have been cleared by the Paymaster General of the Forces) to the several days on which they were disbanded on or before 31 July following, in regard it appears they could not be disbanded sooner by reason they were quartered in Jersey or Guernsey and that the orders for disbanding them did not arrive time enough to be sooner put in execution 864 18 8
to Dr. John Le Caan for his salary as Director of the British Hospitals in Spain from the 23 December 1709 to the 30th June 1710, which we are pleased to allow notwithstanding Mr. Vincent Chabanes was nominated to succeed him in the said office and hath received the pay thereof by warrant of the Commander in Chief for the same time, in regard that the said Br. Le Caan actually did the duty of Director of the Hospitals during the said time 237 10 0
to Mr. Vincent Chabanes, late Director of the Hospitals in Spain, for the value of provisions and necessaries furnished by him for the sick soldiers and for the charges of sick and well Invalids, women and children entertained in the Hospitals between the 1st January 171011 and the 30th June 1711 1,514 5 10
more to same for salaries of extraordinary officers between the 24th December 1710 and the 30 June 1711 152 0 3
more to same for the value of medicines furnished to the Hospitals in the year 1710 and omitted in his account for that year 79 0 10
more to same for performing the office of Director for 30 days whilst he was not on the Establishment 37 10 0
to Dr. Peter Laponge, Director of the Hospitals in Spain, from 1 July 1711 to Dec. 31 following, to complete the allowance made to him by the Commander in Chief of the British Forces of 15 pence per diem for each man entertained in the Hospitals for the months of November and December 1711 125 0 0
more to same for the pay of the additional officers of the Hospitals employed in 1711 867 9 6
more to same for the extraordinary and contingent charges of the said Hospitals during the last six months of the year 1711 790 0 0
to Dr. Peter Laponge, assignee of Francis Arbovin, Director of the British Hospitals in Spain in 1712, for the contingent expenses of the said Hospitals from 1 Jan. 171112 to 7 November following, including 11l. 0s. 2d. paid to Mr. Martiny for transportation of Hospital stores 287 17 11
more to same for salaries or wages of additional officers at Terragona for the year 1712 34 15 0
to Paul Margarett, Esq., late Surgeon General of the Hospitals in Spain and afterwards Physitian to the said Hospitals between the 1st of May 1710 and the 24th March 1711: for the value of several medicines, drugs &c. furnished to several Regiments 201 14 0
more to Dr. John Le Caan for medicines 19 10 0
more [to same] for the value of medicines delivered to the Apothecary and mate of the Hospital 55 11 7
more for the said Mr. Margarett's pay as Physician to the British Hospital from 16 Sept. 1710 to 24 March 171112 554 0 0
more [to same] for his allowance for maintenance of mules to attend him during his service 36 0 0
and [to the said Mr. Margarett] for the price of 10 sheep bought of Mr. Mosely Flower for the use of the Hospitals 11 8 9
to Robert Napiere for his pay as surgeon's mate in the said Hospitals for three months ended 24 March 1711, during which time it appears by your report that he actually did the duty in Spain 23 0 0
and for his allowance for mule money for 15 months ended the same time 15 0 0
to Mr. Thomas Freame, the husband of Eliz[abeth] Fisher, widow and executrix of Capt. Geo. Fisher, for value received of the said Captain at Gibraltar by the late Prince of Hesse for the use of the Garrison there, as appears to you by the said Prince's bill of exchange on Mr. Methuen dated the 6th of June 1705, which remains unpaid 380 0 0
to Gilbert Nelson, assignee of Thomas Martin, for value received of the said Thomas Martin by the said Prince of Hesse for the use of the Garrison at Gibraltar, as appears to you by the said Prince of Hesse's bill of exchange dated the 30th of June 1705, which remains unpaid 230 2 9
King's Warrant Book XXIX, pp. 424.
March 6. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal for a grant to Thomas Hill, gent., of the office of Chief Clerk of the Mint in the Tower loco Thomas Hall, deceased. Ibid., p. 45.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for the seizing of arms &c. imported. By the Act of 1 James II. [c. 8] it is illegal to import gunpowder, arms, ammunition or utensils of war without licence from the King, which licences were to be only for the furnishing the public stores. The present privy seal directs the Customs Commissioners to be vigilant and careful in looking after and seizing all such gunpowder &c. and for same to be proceeded against in the Exchequer Court by Information in the name of the Attorney General and, on condemnation, to deliver same to the King's stores in the Tower: and the Master General of the Ordnance is hereby to cause payment to be made by the Paymaster of the Ordnance of a reward to the seizer who shall condemn and recover any of the said goods, to an amount not exceeding a moiety. (The privy seal hereon is dated March 19.) Ibid., pp. 467.
Same to same for a privy seal for a pension of 1,000l. per an. to Henry, Viscount Lonsdale, in consideration of service performed and to be performed to us as one of the Gentlemen of our Bedchamber: to commence as from 19 July 1717 during his continuance in our service unless we shall sooner signify our pleasure to determine the same. (The privy seal hereon is dated March 19.) Ibid., p. 48.
Same to the Attorney or Solicitor General for a great seal to contain a separate and distinct grant to Francis Hall, son of Thomas Hall, of the office of Comptroller of the Salt Duties loco his said father, deceased: with the yearly salary or allowance of 350l. for himself and clerks: to commence from the date of the patent hereby intended: his said father, having been thereto appointed by the patent which constituted Benjamin Mildmay, Thomas Woodcock, James Cardonel, Charles Dent and Arthur Ingram to be Commissioners for the said Duty on Salt. Ibid., p. 49.
March 6. Same to Edward Harley and Thomas Foley, Auditors of Imprests, to give allowance to Henry, Earl of Lincoln, in his accounts as Paymaster of the Forces, of the several sums as follows amounting to 10,983l. 3s. 7d. paid by him to the Bank of England for interest of moneys borrowed by him for the service of the Forces.
Appending: said account, certified by Thomas Madockes:
Principal. Interest.
s. d. s. d.
31 Oct. 1715: lent at 5 per cent. for two months 50,000 0 0
interest to 23 Dec. 363 0 3
Dec. 23: lent more as above 120,000 0 0
170,000 0 0
interest to 2 Aug. 1716 on 170,000l. 5,181 10 1
2 Aug. 1716: repaid in part of principal by 1,000l. tally on Malt with 41l. 8s. 5d. [accrued] interest thereon 1,041 8 5
rests 168,958 11 7
8 Aug. 1716: six days' interest on said rest 138 17 4
repaid in part of principal, 34 tallies on Malt of 1,000l. each with 1,430l. 13s. 10d. [accrued] interest thereon 35,430 13 10
rests 133,527 17 9
15 August 1716: seven days' interest on said rest 128 0 9
15 August: repaid in part of principal, 28 tallies on Malt 18,500l., with 792l. 12s. 2d. [accrued] interest thereon 19,292 12 2
rests 114,235 5 7
22 August: seven days' interest on said rest 109 10 9
22 August: repaid in part of principal, 10,500l. by 21 tallies on Malt with 457l. 17s. 9d. [accrued] interest thereon 10,957 17 9
rests 103,277 7 10
29 August: seven days' interest on said rest 99 0 7
29 August: repaid in part of principal, 9,000l. in 18 tallies on Malt with 399l. 9s. 0d. [accrued] interest thereon 9,399 9 0
rests 93,877 18 10
5 Sept.: seven days' interest on said rest 90 0 4
5 Sept.: repaid in part of principal, 10,500l.; 21 tallies on Malt with 474l. 1s. 6d. for [accrued] interest thereon 10,974 1 6
rests 82,903 17 4
12 Sept.: seven days' interest on said rest 79 9 11
12 Sept.: repaid in part of principal, 11,500l. in 23 tallies on Malt with 528l. 0s. 10d. [accrued] interest thereon 12,028 0 10
rests 70,875 16 6
15 July 1717: nine months' and 33 days' interest on said rest 2,978 4 9
11 Dec.: three months and 57 days' interest on said rest 1,439 7 2
11 Dec.: repaid in part of principal, 2,000l. in four tallies on Malt with 170l. 19s. 0d. [accrued] interest thereon 2,170 19 0
rests 68,704 17 6
18 Dec.: seven days' interest on said rest 65 17 7
18 Dec.: repaid in part of principal, 2,000l. in four tallies on Malt with 172l. 9s. 8d. [accrued] interest thereon 2,172 9 8
rests 66,532 7 10
30 Dec.: 12 days' interest on said rest 109 7 4
repaid in part of principal, 2,500l. in five tallies on Malt with 218l. 17s. 11d. [accrued] interest thereon 2,718 17 11
rests 63,813 9 11
15 Jan. 171718: 16 days' interest on said rest 139 17 3
15 Jan.: repaid in part of principal, 7,000l. in 14 tallies on Malt with 625l. 3s. 2d. [accrued] interest thereon 7,625 3 2
rests 56,188 6 9
22 Jan.: seven days' interest on said rest 53 17 7
repaid in part of principal, 4,000l. in eight tallies on Malt with 360l. [accrued] interest thereon 4,360 0 0
51,828 6 9
23 Jan.: one day's interest on said rest 7 1 11
23 Jan.: repaid in part of principal 51,828 6 9
total interest 10,983 3 7
King's Warrant Book XXIX, pp. 501.
March 6. Royal sign manual to the Attorney or Solicitor General to prepare a bill for the royal signature to pass the great seal containing a Mint Indenture to be made between the King of the one part and Sir Isaac Newton, Master and Worker of the Mint, of the other part, according to the annexed draft thereof perused and approved by you.
Appending: draft of said Mint Indenture as approved by Sir Edward Northey:
the said master by these presents agrees and undertakes to make five sorts of Crown gold:
one piece which shall be called the quarter guinea or 5s. 3d. piece running for 5s. 3d. sterling: and there shall be 178 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one other piece which shall be called the half guinea or 10s. 6d. running for 10s. 6d. sterling: and there shall be 89 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one other piece which shall be called the guinea or 21s. piece running for 21s. sterling: and there shall be 44 of these and one 10s. 6d. piece or the weight of one 10s. 6d. in the pound weight Troy.
one other piece which shall be called the double guinea or 42s. piece running for 42s. sterling: and there shall be 22 of these and one 10s. 6d. piece or the weight of 10s. 6d. in the pound weight Troy.
one other piece which shall be called the five guinea or 5l. 5s. 0d. piece running for 5l. 5s. 0d. sterling: and there shall be 9 of these wanting one 10s. 6d. piece or the weight of one 10s. 6d. piece in the pound weight Troy.
and every pound weight Troy of all the moneys of gold aforesaid shall be in value 46l. 14s. 6d. and shall be in fineness at the Trial of the same 22 carats of fine gold and 2 carats of alloy in every pound weight Troy: the which standard aforesaid of 22 carats of fine gold and 2 carats of alloy in every pound weight Troy our Sovereign Lord the King doth will, ordain and establish by these presents to be the right standard of his Majesty's moneys of Crown gold.
And the said Sir Isaac Newton shall have and receive the sum of 6s. 6d. for the coinage of every pound weight Troy of gold moneys, to be by him detained and kept for paying and sustaining all manner of wastes, provisions, necessaries and charges in and about the coining of the said gold moneys by the mill and press. And out of the said 6s. 6d. he shall pay 3s. to the Moneyers for their labour, wastes and charges in coining every pound weight Troy of gold moneys according to agreements with him.
The sixth part of a carat in the pound weight Troy of gold shall be allowed as a Remedy whether too strong or too feeble in standard and such money shall be delivered for good if not over the said remedy; otherwise it shall be challenged and adjudged less than good and to be new molten and recoined at the cost of the said Master excepting only the quarter guineas for which half a grain for every four quarter guineas in the said pound weight Troy shall be added to the Remedy.
and his Majesty shall direct by sign manual into what pieces the gold brought into the Mint shall be coined.
and the said Master agrees and undertakes by these presents to make eight manner of moneys of silver:
one piece which shall be called the crown, running for 5s. sterling: and there shall be 12 of these and 2s. in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the half crown, running for 2s. 6d. sterling: and there shall be 24 of these and 2s. in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the shilling, running for 12d. sterling: and there shall be 62 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the half shilling, running for 6d. sterling and there shall be 124 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the groat, running for 4d. sterling: and there shall be 186 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the half sixpence, running for 3d. sterling: and there shall be 248 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the half groat, running for 2d. sterling: and there shall be 372 of these in the pound weight Troy.
one piece which shall be called the penny, running for 1d. sterling: and there shall be 744 of these in the pound weight Troy.
Every pound weight of the moneys of silver shall be in value 3l. 2s. 0d. sterling and shall be in fineness at the trial thereof 11 ounces 2 pennyweight of fine silver and 18 pennyweight of alloy, which is the old right standard of the moneys of silver of England.
And the said Master shall be bound to make all the moneys of Crown gold and standard silver agreeable in fineness to the respective Indented Trial pieces made by the direction of the late King James II. in the 4th year of his reign and which do now remain in six several places within the kingdom of England viz. one with the Treasury of the Kingdom of England; one with the Warden of the Mint; one with the Master and Worker of the Mint; one with the Warden of the Company of Goldsmiths of London; one in his Majesty's Treasury of the Kingdom of Scotland; one with the General and other officers of the Mint within the Kingdom of Scotland.
And the said Master shall receive 1s. 4d. for the coinage of every pound weight Troy of silver for all charges and waste therein and shall thereout pay to the Moniers 8d. per pound Troy of silver moneys made by the mill and press.
And the Remedy for the silver moneys shall be two pennyweights in the pound weight Troy.
And the said Master shall receive as well the King's bullion of gold and silver as the bullion of any other person whatsoever to be coined into the moneys aforementioned
and all manner of persons bringing gold and silver to the Tower shall have free ingress and egress.
And when required he shall make two piles of English weights, one for the Mint in the Tower; the other for the Mint in Scotland.
King's Warrant Book XXIX, pp. 5977.
March 6. Royal sign manual to the Treasury Lords to pay 500l. to Thomas Lowther: without account: out of Civil List moneys: and is intended to be by him applied and paid to such uses as we shall direct. (Money warrant dated March 13 hereon.) (Money order dated March 14 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated March 8 hereon.) Ibid., p. 79. Order Book X, p. 72. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 79.
Henry Kelsall (in the absence of the Treasury Secretaries) to the Salt Commissioners. My Lords have by warrant removed John Foulkes, your doorkeeper, but they did not mean to put him out of the place of [your] messenger, which he enjoyed before he was admitted to that of doorkeeper. You are to reinstate him as messenger and to admit Edward Barkley as your doorkeeper. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 279.
Treasury warrant to Edward Young, Surveyor General of Woods, to cause works and repairs, detailed, to be performed in New Forest: to totals respectively of 186l. 19s. 8d. for Bembly South Coppice, Bembly North Coppice, Pug Pitts, Long Beech Hill, Burly Sand Ditch, Woodfidley Enclosure, Salisbury Trench Enclosure and Priors Acre: 125l. 13s. 0d. for Denny Lodge: and 69l. 11s. 8d. for Whitly Ridge Lodge. Warrants not Relating to Money XXV, pp. 1921.
March 6. Treasury letters patent determining and making void as from Lady day next the constitutions of the Paymasters and Comptrollers of the orders on the several Lotteries lately subscribed for 5 per cent. Annuities: all to the end that the publique may be eased of the expense attending the said several respective offices, as also of the expense attending the Commission for taking in Lottery Tickets and delivering out standing orders in lieu thereof. Warrants not Relating to Money XXV, pp. 212.
Same to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular of all that grainge called Fewsons Grainge, parcel of the demesne lands of the late Monastery of Melsa, alias Meux, Co. Yorks, and the houses, lands and tenements thereto belonging in order to an extension of lease thereof to Jane Duncombe and Anne Hampden, widows: as leased by the late Queen Dowager 10 April 1700 to Anthony Duncombe and Jane, his wife, and Anne Hampden.
Prefixing: report dated 24 April 1717 by H. Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, on the petition of the said James [sic for Jane] Duncombe and Anne Hampden, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXXI, p. 126. Ibid., pp. 223.
Treasury reference to the Earl of Halifax, Auditor of the Receipt, of the petition of Samuel Edwards, George Jerman and John Stockwell, Paymasters of the Exchequer Bill Interest, praying that when the Paymaster's Office of the 10l. Lottery anno 1711 [becomes available] they may have that place for their Office. Reference Book IX, p. 379.
Same to the Board of Works to view and estimate the charge of the works as in (a) infra.
Prefixing:
(a) Letter to the Treasury Lords from Ja. Brudenell dated Feb. 5 last. The Jewel House in the Tower where his Majesty's Crowns and Regalia are kept, being much out of repair and the staircase with some rooms adjoining ready to fall down, I pray your Lordships will give orders for doing what is necessary to the same. Ibid., p. 380.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt of the petition of Daniel Langhorne shewing that Sir William Ashburnham, one of the Chamberlains of the Exchequer, constituted petitioner as his deputy in 1711; that Sir Simeon Stuart was made Chamberlain in 1713 and constituted William Downes his deputy, who acted as Junior Deputy under him [petitioner] without dispute until the demise of her late Majesty, upon which Sir William Ashburnham (whose patent was only during pleasure) renewed his [patent] according to the Act [6 Anne, c. 7]: that Sir Simeon Stuart did not renew his patent, it being for life: upon which the said Downes, Sir Simeon's deputy, laid claim to be Senior Deputy, alleging that Sir Simeon became Senior Chamberlain by Sir William Ashburnham's renewal and he, the said Downes, by virtue of Sir Simeon's pretended seniority, ought to commence Senior Deputy and [did] put in a caveat to stop the payment of Daniel Langhorne's salary. Ibid., p. 381.
Royal warrant dated St. James's for a letter under the privy seal of Scotland to grant to John Blair, merchant in Edinburgh, his executors &c., a Few Duty issuing and payable yearly to his Majesty's
Exchequer in Edinburgh out of the lands of Sir George Warrender at Lochend, consisting of 77 bolls and one firlot of wheat and barley, 32 bolls and one peck of oats and 5l. 2s. 6d. in money, amounting in all, communibus annis, to 60l. per an. sterling: to hold same for 21 years from 1 August last during the life of her Majesty: on his paying into the Exchequer of Scotland or to the Receiver of the premises the yearly rent or sum of 10l. per an. of money of Great Britain, making the first payment thereof for the year ending 1 August 1718. (This grant takes the place of that to John Warrender of 1717 July 16, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXXI, p. 431.) Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 257.
March 6. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands for a particular and ratal of three messuages in Charles Street and Duke Street in St. James's Bailiwick, in order to a lease thereof to John Anthony Aufrere for 26 years from 1740 Michaelmas on a fine of 62l. 10s. 0d. and rent of 12l. 10s. 0d. per an. or one eighth of the clear yearly value of 100l. per an.
Prefixing: said Surveyor General's report on the petition of said Aufrere. The one house contains 23 foot 4 inches in front to Charles Street and in depth or length including the yard or garden 138 foot 6 inches and is worth at a rack rent 45l. per an. and is assigned to Israel Anthony Aufrere. The other two houses lie on the west side of Duke Street and contain together 40 foot in front north to south and 70 foot in depth or length including the yards or gardens and are worth at a rack rent 55l. per an. and are assigned to John Remy de Montigny. The premises are much out of repair and will require new building before the present time expires. Warrants not Relating to Money XXIV, pp. 4367.
March 7. Same to George Murray, Esq., Paymaster of the 1,400,000l. Lottery anno 1714, to pay to Thomas Cornwallis, Christopher Tilson, Nehemiah Arnold and Christopher Rhodes (whose commissions as Paymasters and Comptrollers of the Lottery orders lately subscribed for 5 per cent. Annuities were revoked and determined by the Treasury Instrument of March 6 inst.) so much as the respective allowances due to them will amount to at the rate of 400l. per an. for 268 days from June 30 last (to which time they were last paid) to March 25 inst. Money Book XXVI, p. 238.
Money order for 7,986l. 6s. 0d. to the Bank of England for 55 days, computed by the day, from 31 Oct. 1717 to Dec. 25 following on the 45,000l. per an. and 8,000l. per an. granted to said Bank by the Acts of 7 Anne, c. 30, [9 Anne, c. 7] and 12 Anne, c. 11, in consideration of their exchanging all Exchequer Bills from time to time for ready money upon demand: which said allowances do cease and determine from and after Dec. 25 last. Order Book X, p. 71.
William Lowndes to the [Principal] Officers of the Works to report on the enclosed bills [missing] for works and repairs in Bushey Park. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 279.
C. Stanhope to the Excise Commissioners. The Treasury Lords have received the King's pleasure that John Charlton and Edward Pauncefort should be constituted jointly and severally Receivers General of Excise Revenue. You are to take sufficient fidelity security from them. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 279.
March 7. Treasury reference to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of Thomas Jett, Paymaster of the 10l. Lotteries [annis 1711 and 1712], praying to be allowed 193l. 0s. 2d. for incident charges on his account between 24 June 1714 and 24 June 1716. Reference Book IX, p. 380.
Same to same of the petition of George Murray, Esq., praying to be allowed 86l. 2s. 0d. for incident charges in his account [as Paymaster of the 1,400,000l. Lottery anno 1714: to wit in his account for the year ended at Michaelmas 1716]. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Henry Harcourt praying to be allowed 72l. 7s. 6d. for incident charges in his account [as Comptroller of the 2,000,000l. Lottery anno 1711]. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of William Lechmere praying to be allowed 26l. 17s. 3d. for incidents in his account as Paymaster [of the 10l. Lottery anno 1712]. Ibid., p. 380.
Same to same of the petition of John Dutton Colt praying to be allowed 59l. in his account for one year to Michaelmas 1716 [as Paymaster of the Two Million Adventure anno 1711]. Ibid.
Treasury warrant [to the Customs Commissioners of Scotland] to appoint Robert Montgomerie as Comptroller of Customs at Irwin at 30l. per an. loco Hugh Montgomerie, resigned.
Joseph Fenwick as landwaiter and searcher ibid. at 25l. per an. loco Gilbert Hall, deceased. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 258.
March 8. Treasury reference to the Hackney Coaches Commissioners of the petition of Ralph Greathead for the first [coach licence] figure that falls [vacant]. Reference Book IX, p. 380.
Same to the Attorney General of the petition of Robert Aston, of London, merchant, shewing that the ship Gardner frigate, lately seized at Gravesend on suspicion that she was bound for Sweden, was really intended for Copenhagen: therefore praying restoration of the ship and cargo. Ibid., p. 381.
Treasury warrant to the Hackney Coaches and Chairs Commissioners to admit Seymour Stillingfleet as a streetkeeper in the room and place of Edward Dickinson, whom you are to discharge. Warrants not Relating to Money XXV, p. 23.
Same to the Stamps Commissioners to employ Edmund Raynham as a stamp distributor (distributor of stamped vellom, paper and parchment) in the East Division of Essex. Ibid. XXIV, p. 438.
March 10. Money warrant for 20l. to John Kelly for [the charges of] his passage to Jamaica, whither he is going a minister. (Money order dated March 11 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 172. Order Book X, p. 58.
Same dormant for the salary of 40l. per an. to Spencer Compton, Esq., as one of his Majesty's Counsel Learned in the Law as by his patent of 5 Jan. 171415. Money Book XXVI, p. 236.
March 10. Letter of direction for 5,000l. to Casper Frederick Henning upon the unsatisfied order in his name [as Keeper of the Privy Purse]: without account: and is for the use of the Privy Purse. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 80.
C. Stanhope to the Customs Commissioners to inform my Lords whether Mr. Dale, a landwaiter in London port, is incapacitated by age. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 279.
William Lowndes to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] to report a value on the enclosed petition [missing] of Philip Bertie et al. for a lease of lands in Lincolnshire; on which my Lords have had the Solicitor General's report. Ibid., p. 280.
[?] Same to the Customs Commissioners to report on the enclosed table [missing] of fees agreed on between the Convention of Royal Burroughs in North Britain and the Customs Commissioners there; with the Attorney General's report thereon. Ibid.
March 10. Treasury warrant to same to establish John Purnell as tidesurveyor at Margate in Sandwich port at 50l. per an.
Prefixing: report by said Commissioners dated Feb. 28 last on the petition of John Etheridge praying to be appointed tidesurveyor at Margate loco John Purnell, who has been acting there without a surveyor's deputation above seven months. Hereon the said Commissioners report that the practice has been for many years for the tidesurveyor at Deal to go on board all ships and vessels coming into the Downs and there put on board tidesmen who continue on such ships for security of the revenue till they are discharged by the proper officers. Being informed that several ships frequently pass through the Downs in the night or in fresh gales of wind without a possibility of being boarded in the Downs and that those ships used to cast anchor in Margate Road, where (being without any tidesmen) great opportunities were given for running their goods on shore, and being likewise informed that several ships came into Margate from Holland and other parts without being inspected by any officer, we thought it proper for security of the revenue about August last to appoint a person to act as tidesurveyor with a boat and boatman at Margate with directions to put tidesmen on such ships as should come in there unboarded. But before we represented the same to your Lordships as absolutely necessary to be established we thought it for the service to make trial thereof for some time and chose Mr. Purnell (at present one of the tidesmen in the Superior List in this [London] port) who had well behaved himself in that station and several times acted as tidesurveyor. He has with much trouble and pains done very good service [at Margate] in putting the business there in a proper method with respect to the regular boarding of ships and has prevented and detected many frauds and seized goods appraised at 190l. 17s. 4d. We therefore present him to be established tidesurveyor there as above. Out Letters (Customs) XVII, pp. 634.
Treasury reference to the Taxes Commissioners of the petition of John Conway, Esq., proposing his securities, detailed, for the office of Receiver General of the Duties on Houses for Cos. Denbigh and Flint. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, p. 206.
March 10. Royal warrant dated St. James's to Charles, Duke of Bolton, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, to place on the present and all future Establishments of the Civil Expense of Ireland a pension of 50l. per an. to Courcy Ireland, the grandson of Edmond Blanchevill, late of Blanchevill's Town, Co. Kilkenny, by Margaret Blanchevill, his daughter, as an object of pity and compassion by reason of the deplorable condition and circumstances of the said family. Out Letters (Ireland) X, p. 163.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for an annuity, yearly pension or sum of 600l. to William, Earl of Denbigh: for good causes and considerations as hereunto moving: without account: as from Michaelmas last: during pleasure. (The privy seal hereon is dated March 19.) King's Warrant Book XXIX, p. 52.