Treasury Warrants: April 1718, 6-10

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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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April 1718, 6–10

April 8. Money warrant for 20l. to Thomas Allett for [the charges of] his passage to Virginia, whither he is going a minister. (Money order dated April 12 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated April 15 hereon.) Money Book XXVI, p. 159. Order Book X, p. 58. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 91.
Treasury confirmation of a money warrant of 1717 Oct. 31 for 75l. to Henry Lowman and Mary his wife, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXXI, p. 638. Money Book XXVI, p. 98.
Money order for 285l. 2s. 6d. to William [Talbot], Bishop of Sarum, Chancellor of the Order of the Garter, for half a year to 1718 Lady day on the yearly pension of 570l. 5s. 0d. for the support and maintenance of the said Order. Order Book X, p. 6.
Same for 100l. to Hugh Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands: for half a year to Lady day last on his allowance of 200l. per an. for extraordinary service, travelling expenses &c. (The letter of direction hereon is for 200l., apparently by a clerical slip.) Order Book X, p. 89. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 91.
April 8. Money order for 62l. to Francis Jephson, Serjeant at Arms, for pains and disbursements in attending the Speaker of the House of Peers 124 days, viz. on Aug. 12, Sept. 11, Oct. 9 and from 1717 Nov. 21 to 21 March 1717–18. Order Book X, p. 91.
C. Stanhope to the Customs Commissioners enclosing the petition [missing] of John Stapleton, late an officer of the Customs, praying some provision for his support. Let my Lords know for what cause he was dismissed. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 290.
Treasury reference to same of the petition of John Silverside shewing that he bought 120 bottles of citron water, entered it and paid the Duties on it, and afterwards sent it to his house, and some months afterwards Adam Dunkerly and Edward Hill, Customs officers, seized part thereof at his house and condemned same in the Exchequer notwithstanding proof that it was the same he had paid the Duties for. Reference Book IX, p. 385.
Same to Mr. Jett of the petition of Eliz. Smart et al., almswomen in one of his Majesty's almshouses in Lady Alley, Westminster, praying repair thereof, it being in danger of falling. Ibid., p. 386.
Same to the Auditor [of Imprests] of the petition of the late Commissioners for Transports for an allowance of 1,441l. 13s. 4d. for clerkship and other incidents in making up and passing the old accounts of the Transports in King William's reign from Feb. 1689 to November 1699. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Godfrey of the petition of the widows of the late Prince George of Denmark's servants shewing that her late Majesty in compassion to their deplorable circumstances granted them a small pension payable at Mr. Compton's Office, but the said pensions being unpaid for above three years past they are reduced to extreme necessities: therefore praying relief. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of the servants of the said late Prince George of Denmark shewing that after the decease of their royal master they had small pensions only allowed them for their support, which having been behind and unpaid for above three years past they have been reduced to extreme misery and want, being very old and infirm: therefore praying some other settlement. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests of the petition of the Earl of Radnor, Treasurer of the Chamber, praying that several particulars amounting to 1,506l. 5s.d. in his account for the year ended at Xmas 1716 may be allowed. Ibid., p. 387.
Money order for 20l. to Francis Cudworth Masham, Esq., Foreign Apposer in the Exchequer Court, for half a year to 1717 June 24 on his salary. Order Book X, p. 94.
Treasury reference to Hugh Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Richard Carter, Steward of the Courts of the Honor and Manor of Ewelme, which is a place of great trust and import to his Majesty's service inasmuch as he appoints upwards of 300 constables and petty constables besides other officers; shewing that petitioner thinks himself obliged for the most part (though he has a power to make one or more deputies) to exercise such office in person: that the said Honor and manor extends itself into seven several counties and to places so different from one another that the petitioner holds annually 35 Courts Leet and 13 Courts of Pleas or Courts Baron in the performance of which he rides more than 600 miles: that by his patent he receives 2l. 13s. 4d. of the bailiff of the Honour as a fee for his service and 5l. 13s.4d. for travelling charges, which with the little perquisites that arise to him is hardly sufficient to defray his expenses: therefore prays some other allowance out of the revenue of the Honor and Manor. Reference Book IX, p. 392.
April 8. Treasury allowance of the salary bill, detailed, of the salt officers in Scotland for 1718 March 25 quarter: total 660l. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, pp. 284–7.
April 9. Royal warrant dated St. James's to the late and present Paymasters of the [King's private] Annual Pensions and Bounties to determine and make void as from March 25 last past the pension of 1,000l. per an. made payable to Henry, Earl of Berkshire, by the royal sign manual of 1717 July 26. King's Warrant Book XXIX, p. 95.
Royal sign manual for 300l. to Lawrence Echard, Master of Arts and Archdeacon of Stowe in Lincolnshire, as a mark of royal bounty and in testimony of the esteem we have of the History which he hath (with so great labour and judgment) compiled called ‘the History of England’ and dedicated unto us. (Money warrant dated April 10 hereon.) (Money order dated April 12 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated April 15 hereon.) Ibid., p. 118. Order Book X, p. 90. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 91.
Same to the Clerk of the Signet for a privy seal for payment of the salary of 1,000l. per an. each to the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty constituted by great seal of March 19 last, viz. James, Earl of Berkeley; Sir George Byng, Kt. and Bart.; Sir John Jennings, Kt.; John Cockburne, Esq.; William Chetwynd, Esq.; Sir John Norris, Kt., and Sir Charles Wager, Kt.: said salaries to date from the date of said commission. King's Warrant Book XXIX, pp. 111–12.
Treasury confirmation of three money orders of 1717 July 22, 1717 Nov. 7 and 1717–18 Jan. 21 for 25l. to Lord Lindores, ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXXI, pp. 440, 634, and Vol. XXXII, p. 153, under dates 1717 July 18, Oct. 31 and 1717–18 Jan. 15. Order Book IX, p. 441; X, pp. 21, 62.
The like of a money order of 1717 Nov. 8 for 300l. to Walter Hamilton for one quarter due 1717 Nov. 7 on his allowance of 1,200l. per an. as Captain General and Governor in Chief of the Leeward Caribbee Islands: out of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty. Ibid. X, p. 75.
April 9. Treasury warrant dormant to Thomas Jett, Auditor of the Land Revenues of the Crown for Co. Gloucester, to make forth debentures for payment of the pension of 10l. per an. from time to time (and for the arrears thereof) to Jackman Morse, clerk, curate of the parish of Minsterworth: the Treasury Lords being of opinion that the said pension, payable by the pension deed to the Vicar of Minsterworth, should and ought, in regard the said living is supplied with a curate instead of a vicar, to be paid to the said curate.
Prefixing: report by said Jett on the petition of said Morse. By the pension deed the pension is payable to the vicar and not to the curate. I cannot issue a debenture for the curate without a particular warrant from the Treasury.
Appending: Letter dated Jan. 25 last from Richard, Bishop of Gloucester, to “my Lord” [one of the Treasury Lords]. I spoke to you some time since on behalf of said Morse, a poor clergyman in my diocese. There is a pension of 10l. per an. due from the Crown: but because the place is very poor, not worth above 18l. per an. with that pension, there has been no man for above 100 years that would be at the charge to take out the great seal for a presentation and consequently there has been all that time no vicar, but the place has been served by a curate with the Bishop's licence and these curates have been constantly paid the pension from the Crown as the vicars were before till within two years that Mr. Morse came in, and then a difficulty was made [that] he is not a vicar and so has no right to the pension, and unless your Lordships make some order thereon the pension will be lost not only as to this poor man, who has very industriously served the cure these two years and is a good sort of man and zealous for the Government, but it will also be lost as to the parish and they must be without divine service: for it is evident by 100 years' experience no clergyman will take a presentation from the Crown for so poor a benefice, at least not till there are arrears of four or five years of this pension to pay the charges [of the great seal &c.] and then will quickly leave it and then the parish must be unprovided for as many years more.
Mr. Soley at the desire of my Lord Chief Baron, to whom I told the case, has put a memorial into the hands of young Mr. Lowndes about this matter. I beg your Lordship to call for it and to represent the case to the [Treasury] Board. Money Book XXVI, pp. 308–9.
Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to apply and distribute the income of the Aggregate Fund for the quarter ended 1718 Lady day to the several and respective uses thereof pursuant to the several Acts of Parliament in that behalf.
Prefixing: a state of said Fund for said quarter upon the Act 3 Geo. I., c. 8, for the Bank of England and others:
The Fond is Debtor £ s. d.
to the Bank of England on the allowance of 3 per cent. per an. for circulating 2,561,025l. in Exchequer Bills for said quarter 19,207 13 9
to ditto for same quarter on their annuity of 100,000l. per an. in lieu of 2,000,000l. of Exchequer Bills brought in to be cancelled 25,000 0 0
to the Civil List for the same quarter 30,000 0 0
for same quarter to the 5 per cent. Annuities on 1,079,000l. contributed for the public service anno 1715 and on 650l. per an. allowed for management 13,650 0 0
to Mr. Edwyn [Usher of the Receipt of the Exchequer] for necessaries delivered [to several officers of the Receipt] 42 12 2
£87,900 5 11
Per Contra.
by the Surplus of the said Fond remaining in the Exchequer at Xmas 1717 17,815 15
by the income or produce of the said Fond between Xmas 1717 and Lady day following as follows: viz.
in Two Thirds Tonnage and Poundage
25,573 15 9
on Half Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage 19,595 12 8
on Duty on coffee, tea, chocolate &c. 10,024 0 9
on increased duties on ditto 9,954 3 0
on 15 per cent. on wrought silks 529 9
on Duty on hops 441 12
on Duty on foreign sail cloth 411 7 4
on 25l. per ton on French wines imported 6,683 1 11½
on surplus at Lady day 1718 of the Annuity Fond anno 1706 over and above what will satisfy the annuity of 40,000l. per an 35,694 16
on surplus at Lady day 1718 of the Annuity Fond anno 1707 4,053 7 11
on surplus at Lady day 1718 of the Two Sevenths Excise 8,488 11
£139,265 14 6
leaving a balance of 51,365l. 8s. 7d. to be reserved in the Exchequer.
Ibid., pp. 310–11.
April 9. Money order for 100l. to Stephen Poyntz, Esq., for one quarter to 1717 June 24 on his annuity or yearly pension of 400l. Order Book X, p. 82.
Same for 18l. 5s. 0d. to Robert Harmsworth and Edward Salter, Keepers of the Council Chamber, for 1717 June 24 quarter on their allowance for attendance in the despatch of all orders and business relating to Trade and the Plantations. Ibid., p. 85.
Same for 10l. to the under keepers of Cranborne Chase for half a year to 1717 June 24 on the usual allowance of 20l. per an. for hay for the deer in the said Chace. Ibid., p. 87.
Same for 134l. 7s.d. to Richard, Lord Cobham, Constable of Windsor Castle and Warden of Windsor Forest: to be paid over to the Keepers, Gamekeepers and other officers, detailed, of said Forest for 1717 June 24 quarter's several allowances, detailed. Order Book X, p. 92.
April 9. Letter of direction for 3,653l. 19s. 3d. to Chambers Slaughter and William Kennedy, being 1,826l. 19s.d. each for the salaries of inferior officers and for incident charges of the Commissioners of Forfeitures. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 91.
William Lowndes to the Earl of Carnarvon to send my Lords an account of all the allowances that have been made to any of your Deputies that were Paymasters of the Forces in Spain and Portugal, either for their own salary or for clerks, house rent or other charges of their offices. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 289.
Same to same to peruse the enclosed report [missing] of Auditor Godolphin concerning Mr. Whittingham, who was formerly a Receiver of Land Tax for part of Lincoln, concerning the many sums he was in disburse for recruits paid for out of Land Tax moneys. Are the Regiments [concerned] charged with the said sums and are any moneys remaining in your hands to make good the same? Ibid.
Same to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands]. The Board of Ordnance desire to be put into possession of the mill and wharf at Chatham, part of the estates lately purchased by the Crown, and that the income of all those purchased estates may be paid to the Treasurer of the Ordnance towards defraying the charge of the works which they have made or are now making thereupon. Please report to my Lords your opinion thereon and what is the said rent and whether the same is put in charge or not. Ibid.
Same to the Attorney and Solicitor General to report on the enclosed letter [missing] from the Commissioners for Forfeitures desiring that the moneys of the Butlerage and Prizeages [of wines in Ireland] belonging to the late Duke of Ormonde which are now in the hands of the Vice Treasurer of Ireland may be paid into the Exchequer of England: likewise on a former report [missing] thereon by the late Attorney and Solicitor General. Ibid., p. 290.
Same to the Customs Commissioners. My Lords approve of your offering a reward for discovery of the persons who opposed, beat and wounded the Customs officers in two smuggling boats as in the enclosed letter [missing] from Mr. Philip Taylour, Collector of Weymouth. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests enclosing a report [missing] from the Commissioners of Army Debts concerning the demands of several Regiments for forage due to them for their service in the Low Countries during the late war. You are to prepare and send to my Lords a royal warrant to authorise the said Commissioners to allow and certify the several sums so due. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Postmasters General of the petition of Henry Weston praying continuance of his salary of 200l. per an. as Secretary to the Post Office, which has been paid to Xmas 1715. Reference Book IX, p. 384.
April 9. Same to Thomas Colby of the petition of John Goddard and Lancelot Stepney, who were appointed Agents for Transportation at Lisbon, praying to be allowed 1,322l. 2s.d. for Office rent and other charges in the execution of that trust. Ibid., p. 386.
Same to Anthony Cracherode [Treasury Solicitor] of the petition of John Jones shewing that he has been a great sufferer by prosecuting disaffected persons, particularly one Joseph Nunrey, who was convicted and whipped from St. Margaret's Church to Charing Cross: therefore prays consideration for his loss. Ibid., p. 387.
Same to Hugh Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of Jane Beeston, widow, for an Exchequer lease of some lands and tenements adjoining certain mills at Portsmouth, “which the petitioner hath obtained a lease of from the Crown.” Ibid., p. 388.
Treasury allowance of the salary bill, detailed, of the Excise in Scotland for 1718 Lady day quarter: total 1,465l. 18s.d. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, pp. 288–9.
Royal warrant dated St. James's for letters patent to pass the great seal in Scotland to appoint Walter Mitchell of Alderstone as Warden of the Mint in Scotland. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 318.
Money order for 100l. to Stephen Poyntz for 1717 Michaelmas quarter on his annuity or yearly pension. Order Book X, p. 82.
April 10. Royal sign manual for 1,000l. to William Lowndes: for Secret Service without account: out of Civil List moneys. (Money warrant dated April 15 hereon.) (Money order dated April 15 hereon.) (Letter of direction dated April 15 hereon.) King's Warrant Book XXIX, p. 45. Order Book X, p. 87. Disposition Book XXIV, p. 91.
Treasury warrant to John Aislabie, late Treasurer of the Navy, to assign and pay over to Richard Hampden, present Treasurer of the Navy, 84,688l. 10s.d. resting in the said Aislabie's hands in tallies and orders on the Land Tax of 1716 and 1718 for services of the Navy and Victualling.
£ s. d.
In the margin:
Land Tax, 1716
188 10
Land Tax, 1718 84,500 0 0
£84,688 10
Money Book XXVI, p. 313.
C. Stanhope to Mr. Aislabie, late Treasurer of the Navy, to apply towards defalcations on ships' books the 7,653l. 4s.d. which appears to be remaining in your hands on fonds as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
money arisen by profit on the sale of 4 per cent. Annuities payable by the Bank 15 0 0
money raised on Land Tax tallies anno 1718 178 12
money received at the Exchequer for interest on Land Tax tallies annis 1715 and 1716 1,936 9
money arisen by sale of reversionary Annuities 5,523 1 10
£7,653 4
Disposition Book XXIV, p. 90.
April 10. C. Stanhope to Richard Hampden, Treasurer of the Navy, to apply as follows 18,730l. out of the 20,000l. to be raised by you by selling tallies and orders on the Land Tax anno 1718 with 3½ per cent. interest: viz.
to the head of Wages.
for impresting to William Bell, Secretary to Sir John Norris, for defraying the contingent services of the Squadron designed for the Baltic
for Flag pay to Vice Admiral Cornwall 230
to the head of Ordinary.
for the salaries of the Admiralty Lords and officers of the Navy Office
to the head of Victualling.
for Necessary Money to the pursers of his Majesty's ships now fitting out, to enable them to provide necessaries for their respective ships suitable to the voyages they are going
Ibid., p. 91.
William Lowndes to Mr. Sloper to send to my Lords this morning a copy of your memorial for 3,000l. upon account towards paying the four Troops of Brunswick Wolfenbuttel, and the computation of the difference between Luneburg money and sterling. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 287.
C. Stanhope to Mr. Cracherode [Treasury Solicitor]. My Lords are of opinion that the prosecution against James Duke Crisp and others in relation to the abuses upon Chelsea Hospital should be brought to a trial next term. You are to give proper notices in this behalf. Out Letters (General) XXII, p. 291.
Same to same enclosing the account [missing] from the Auditors of Imprests of the great sums set in super on Sir William Scawen and others as received by them for clothing the Army in Ireland in 1690, a difficulty arising [having arisen] with respect to their discharge by reason the distribution of some part of the clothing after its being delivered is not accounted for. Please obtain the opinion of King's Counsel as to the proper method to be taken in point of law for the relief of the said Scawen et al. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Timothy Motteux shewing that his representative in Ireland sent him a small parcel of Annatto [anatta], not knowing it to be prohibited: therefore praying to be relieved in the forfeit thereof. Reference Book IX, p. 386.
April 10. Same to same of the petition of William Harley, tidesman at Leith, shewing that he suffered very much by the mobs about three years ago, which impaired his health, and he has an aged mother: therefore praying leave to exchange with Thomas Watts, a preferable weigher [in London port]. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of Richard Dawson for reward for having been instrumental in taking 30 notorious owlers, four of whom were accomplices in the murder of Capt. Ball's servant on the coast of Kent: petitioner having been several times shot at and conceives he is entitled to a reward of 40l. each for taking Arthur Gates, James Combar, Robert Blackman and William Dann. Ibid., p. 387.
Same to same of the petition of Thomas Hartley, brother and heir of John Hartley, deceased, who was bound with one John Small wood for Edward Scarborough, Customer of Liverpool port, in 2,000l., of which they have paid 1,000l., but are informed that a warrant is sent to the Customs Commissioners to sell their estate. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of William Tate shewing that he is in custody [by reason] of an extent for a debt to the Crown for tobacco Duties [as surety] for John Ribton and John Sheppard, who are both set at liberty on their own security only and petitioner's circumstances are so low and mean that he cannot induce any person to become bound for him: therefore praying for his own bond to be accepted. Ibid.
Same to same of the petition of several late tidesmen shewing that several of the tidesurveyors daily commit indirect practices, having frequently received divers presents, rewards and gratifications from masters of ships and others; therefore desiring an examination to prove the same. Ibid.
Same to Hugh Cholmley, Surveyor General of Crown Lands, of the petition of John Richardson praying to fill up to a building term of 50 years his lease of three houses in Pall Mall Field, alias St. James's Field. Ibid., p. 388.
Same to the Commissioners of Taxes of the petition of Eliz. Wroth, widow of John Wroth, late Receiver General of [Taxes for Co.] Essex, praying a commission to collect the arrears thereof: and proposing her securities.
Followed by: (a) said Commissioners' report dated April 19 on her securities; (b) securities warrant in 33,000l. dated April 24; (c) Treasury commission dated April 24 to said widow Wroth to receive said arrears. Out Letters (Affairs of Taxes) II, pp. 250, 255–6.
Same to the Customs Commissioners in Scotland of the petition of Robert Wightman et al. for themselves and others concerned in the exportation of fish from Scotland, praying directions to the said Commissioners to allow debentures to be made out for herrings exported in barrels containing 8 gallons 2 pints Scots measure or 233/7 gallons English wine measure, and to pass debentures already [similarly] made out. Out Letters (North Britain) IV, p. 289.
April 10. Treasury allowance of the incidents bill, detailed, of the Excise in Scotland for 1718 Lady day quarter: total 239l. 15s. 10¾d. Ibid., p. 290.