Volume 79: March 8-May 30, 1702

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Calendar of Treasury Papers, Volume 3, 1702-1707. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1874.

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March 8–May 30, 1702

? 1702. 1. “Her Majesty's Printers accompts for the years 1700–1 and 1701–2. Digested.”
Also another set of accounts of His late Majesty's Printers. They appear to have been sent in at the beginning of the reign of Queen Anne. One has two minutes indorsed, the second of which is “18 Augt 1702. To be consider'd when more arrears due before 8 March, come in.”
The larger paper 5 pages, and the smaller 24 pages.
Perhaps 1701
or 1702.
2. An abstract of the constitution and practice of the searchers office in the port of London as established by law. The chief searcher was assisted by five under-searchers, whose duties are set out. The Comrs of Customs also appointed five searchers, called deputed searchers, with a boat and two watermen, and a surveyor with a boat and two watermen, as a check on the five under-searchers. There are six signatures at the foot apparently of the chief and under-searchers. 2 pages.
[? 1702.] 3. An answer to the articles relating to the extra charge of the six marine regiments. 3 pages.
[? 1702.] 4. Memorial of the Comrs for Taxes for Whitehall, praying a stop to be put to the process from the Court of Exchequer, issued against them, for arrears of taxes of his late Majesty's servants. 18 signatures of Comrs. 1 page.
[? 1702.] 5. “Wages and boardwages to His Mats Houshold, officers and servants that are continued in their severall offices and places, to attend the present service.” From the docquet it appears the wages, &c., were payable in the office of the cofferer of the household. 5 large pages.
6. “The charge in ye office of workes for ye repaires of her Majties pallaces in January and February 1701–2.” 1 page.
? 1701–2. 7. “An accot of fees & salarys payable by his late Majty, with the sumes due thereupon at Christmas 1701.”
This list varies somewhat from that printed in the preface to the Syllabus of Rymer's Fædera, p. cxliv. 5 pages.
March 8. 8. Memoranda of sums due in various ways to the Lord Chamberlain up to 8 March 1701–2.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye Qu:” 1 page.
March 8. 9. “The Debt on 8th March 1701–2 to fees & sallarys payable by His late Maty, with the sums due thereupon to X~mas 1701.” Being a list of the persons, their salaries, and the sums due. 5 pages.
March 8. 10. “An accot of what is due to Mrs Heard the butcher, and Mr Walkden and Mr Wybird, the two poulterers, for goods delivered for His late Ma[jes]t[ie]s service to 8th March 1701–2.” 1 page.
March 8. 11. Copy of a valuation of the Civil List funds as they were estimated on 8th March 1701. 1 page.
March 8. 12. “An estimate of the debts owing by his late Majesty King William the Third, on acct of the Civill Governmt upon the 8th of March 1701–2.”
On the dorse is:—“Send for the particular due to every individual person in every office.” 1 large page.
March 10. 13. Report of the Agents for Taxes on the petition of Thomas Austen, Esq., late receiver general for the county of Chester and North Wales, and then receiver general for the county of Southampton; as to an allowance of an overpayment in his former receivership. Dated 10 March 1701.
The petition referred to. 2 pages.
March 12. 14. “A state of the debt due in ye cofferers office, for sallarys, pencons, empcons and extra~rys for one year and half & 67 days, from Mids. 1700 to ye 8th of this instant March 1701–2.” Dated 12 March 1701–2. 1 page.
March 12. 15. Certificate from the jewel office, signed C. Godfrey, as to what was due to Mr. Charles Shales, His Majesty's goldsmith, for plate and jewels delivered into that office. Dated 12 March 1701–2. ½ page.
March 13. 16. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, touching a fraud practiced at Fowey with respect to the salt duties. Dated 13 March 1701–2. 2 pages.
March 13. 17. Letter of C. Denassan, Master of the Robes, directed to Mr. Secretary Lowndes, sending the total of the abstract of the several tradesmen's bills, except a few in Holland, which were for necessaries for the King.
There are two papers enclosed, numbered 4 and 5, which extend from 4 May 1695 to 8 March 1701–2. 3 pages.
March 17. 18. Memorial of Joseph Paice, John Champante, and Robert Hackshaw to the Lords of the Treasury, making a proposal for remittance to New York, for the pay of the forces by their joint bills of exchange, at an advance of 34l. per cent. Dated 17 March 1701. 1 page.
March 17.
19. Petition of half-pay officers to the Lords of the Treasury, for their half-pay since the 18th of August last.
Minuted:—“Read 17 March 1701–2. My Lords have issued the whole 41,000li to the Earl of Ranelagh, for their half-pay given by Parlt. Direct the Earl of Ranelagh to send hither forthwth, a particular accot of the application thereof.” 1 page.
March 18. 20. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Mr. Lowndes, touching stores embezzled at Chatham.
Copies of three letters enclosed on the same subject. 5½ pages.
March 19. 21. Report of Henry Baker to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of John Johnson, who had been convicted of transporting wool. He had goods to the value of the judgment (411l.) The charge of convicting him amounted to near 60l.
Also the petition and another statement, and a petition of John Ford, custom house officer, as to his part of the penalty. 4 pages.
March 21. 22. Letter of Jonathan, Bishop of Exeter, to the Honble Mr. Lowndes, Secretary to the Treasury. He had formerly troubled Mr. Lowndes in favour of Mr. Opie for the customers place at Plymouth; but it was obtained by the Earl of Tankerville's interest “for that rebel Major Bremen.” The place was then void by the King's death, and surely in these times such ill men would not show their faces, much less obtain employment. Mr. Opie was a very honest man, and behaved himself with great honor and regard to his country and church in the late difficult times, as Mayor of Plymouth, “when he gave the first turn to the phanatiqs interest there.” [Holograph.]
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. When ye Comrs of ye Customes are here, to enquire of ye value of this place.” 1 page and 5 lines.
[? About
March 21.]
23. Petition of John “Braman,” customer of Plymouth, for renewal of his patent.
The second Minute to this is:—“29 July 1702. My Ld will speak wth Mr. Pelham concerning this.”
Also certificate in his favour. Signed, “Dorsett, Romney, & T. Pelham.” 2 pages.
March 21. 24. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury opposing the passing of a bill in the House of Commons to discharge the usuall securities given upon the coast trade of the kingdom; appealing to their Lordships, as none of their board were in the House of Commons. The giving bonds upon the coast trade was by ancient usage and prescription, as well as by later laws, provided as a safeguard to the revenue.
Enclosing a paper of objections of Mr. Breton, customer of Sandwich, and members, “which comprehends the whole county of Kent,” as regards its trade. Dated 21 March 1701–2.
Minuted:—“March 27th 1702. Read.” 3 pages.
March 24. 25. “A list of his late Majty provisions now at Loo & the Hague in Holland. March ye 24th 1702.” [should be 1701–2.]
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen, 9 June 1702.” 1 page.
March 24. 26. Copies of (1) Letter from Officers of the Post Office to Mr. Lowndes, sending a presentation relating to the cross road settled between Bristol and Chester, and an abstract of the charge and profit thereof; dated 24 March 1701. (2) Another communication of similar officers as to the advantages and disadvantages of this road. (3) “An abstract of the acct of the profit arrising by the cross posts established between Bristol and Chester from Michaelmas 1700 to Lady day 1702.” 4 pages.
March 25,
27. Copy of Royal Order, docquetted:—“Order for regulation of Musters.” Divided into 13 paragraphs.
Given at the Court at St James's “this day of 1701–2.” 7 pages.
March 25. 28. Money assessed on the officers of the Post Office on account of the 3s aid, whose salaries did not exceed 60l. per ann. for one year commencing Lady day 1701. The officers names are given. 1 page.
March 25. 29. “Debt in ye office of his Majties workes from December 1699 excl. to February 1701–2 incl.” Signed by Sir Chr Wren and other officers. Dated 25 March 1702. 1 page.
March 25.]
30. Reasons offered to the Lord High Treasurer “by Francis [Frances] D'Auverquer[k] to move his Lop to allow the articles lately disallowed by him in the last accompt, lately rendered by Monsr D'Auverquerk, her husband, Master of the Horse to His late Majty King William.” Allowances are solicited to Lady day 1702. 2½ pages.
March 25. 31. “An abstract of the state of the debt due for the ordinary and extraordinary expens[e]s of His late Ma[jes]t[ie]s houshold and stables, for one year and half, from Michas 1700 to Lady day 1702.”
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen at St James's 16 July 1703. The household has had its share out of arrears.” 1 page.
March 25. 32. “A copy of Her Maties establishmt of the ministers of the French and Dutch chappell at St James's,” from Lady-day 1702.
Edward Nicholas, Esq., was charged with the payment. 1½ pages.
March 27. 33. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Andrew Bourgett as to duties and embezzlements of certain wines imported as Italian, which were French. They decline to recommend any reparation to him for the embezzlement, “for although in the course of managing the customs, there is always a guard upon all goods on board ship, and also upon lighters at the keys during their lyeing there, to prevent their being landed without payment of custome; yet the officers of the customes are never supposed to be in possession of the goods for the proprietor, or to have the custody thereof; but they are alwaies suppos'd to be in the possession of either the master of the ship, the wharfingers or their lightermen, or the proprietors or their agents.” Dated 27 March 1702.
Minuted:—“Read 27 March 1702. My Lords can give him noe relief in this matter.”
Also the petition. 3 pages.
27 March.]
34. Petition of Charles Hore to the Lords of the Treasury, praying for a reward for the discovery of a great fraud in Her Majesty's brewhouse at St Katharines, by taking away the first worts from the beer, to the prejudice of the revenue and the health of the sailors. On which the House of Commons had addressed the Queen.
Minuted:—“March 27th 1702. Read.
In the Minute Book, vol. 12, p. 292, 18 Sept. 1704, is a notice of the consideration of a sum to be allowed the “Hores” for this or a similar discovery, there said to be in the Victualling Office. 1 small page.
28 March. 35. A list of three regiments of horse shipped in the Thames for Holland, between 27 Feb. and 1 March 1701–2.
Dated Transport Office, March 28, 1702, showing the names of the regiments, the numbers, &c. 1 page.
30 March. 36. Report of the officers of ordnance to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Henry Hayward, carpenter, for repair of certain wharfs at Sheerness. Not objecting to the allowance of his bill if their Lordships saw fit. Dated 30 March 1702.
Also the petition and an affidavit.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 4 pages.
31 March.]
37. A paper docquetted:—“Memll for the Marq[uis] D'Arzeliers.” In consideration of his having passed the sea with His Majesty in his expedition of 1688, and because he joined Mr Coxe in Switzerland, the King granted him 100l. per ann. There were due up to the last day of March 1702, 500l. He afterwards went to Genoa, where the 100l. per annum was continued, and 30l. for the carriage of letters; 260l. were due for the same, and 297l. were further due; the whole claim was for 1,057l. 10s. He also begged for a continuation of the 100l. per ann. since the accession. (French.)
Minuted:—“P. seal for 100l. a year from the Queen's coming to ye cr. to continue dur. pleasur and ye charge not exceeding 30l. a year for extrãys.” 1 page.
March or
38. Petition of Captain Thomas Orme, one of the gentlemen pensioners, to the House of Commons, praying the House to recommend him to Her Majesty for a reward or employment in consideration of his services and sufferings to the hazard of his life and fortune.
A recommendation of him to the King, signed by a great number of bishops, members of parliament, &c., setting forth his services and sufferings, from which it would appear that if news had not arrived of the King's coming “to free us from Popery, slavery, and arbitrary power,” he “most certainly would have been executed;” praying for the King's favour and consideration to him.
The petition is also accompanied by number 2,318 of the London Gazette. 4 pages.
March. 39. Various proposals for remitting money for payment of the forces in Holland, viz., by bills of exchange payable in Holland, Rotterdam, or Amsterdam.
The proposers were Francis de Caseres, Nathaniel French, the Governor and Company of the Bank of England, Nicholas Santini and partners, including Sir Theodore Janssen and Sir Stephen Evance. 7 pages.
[Early in
40. Letter from Mr. Isaac Newton to the Lords of the Treasury, praying orders as to the coronation medals, the time being short. The silver medals might be 22 and the gold 20 in the pound weight troy. If a pound weight were divided into 18 medals they would take the impression better, for the former gold medals were too thin. The coinage duty, in the opinion of the Attorney General, was inapplicable to this service, and other money would be requisite. ½ page.
1 April 1702. 41. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords [of the Treasury] on the petition of Edmund Smith, consul in the Canaries, who was recommended by the King for a place in the customs and for a weekly allowance till a place was vacant, in consideration of his great sufferings and losses by “the inquisition;” praying for the place of collector at Chester; giving the result of their examination of him and their objections to appointing him; recommending that he be appointed as an additional land surveyor. Dated 1 Apr. 1702. 1¼ pages.
2 Apr. 1702. 42. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lds of the Treasury on the petition of the officers of the late Earl of Macclesfield's regiment as to respites. Dated 2 April 1702.
Minuted:—“9 June 1702. My Lord cañot advise the taking off these respits.”
Also the memorial. 2 pages.
2 April. 43. A schedule of sums payable on Maundy Thursday, 2 April 1702, in the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office. 1 page.
3 April. 44. Estimate of the charge of shipping and provisions for 420 horses for 3 months, and accommodation for 400 men; and also what the further charge thereof would be per month. Dated 3 April 1702. 1½ pages.
6 April. 45. “A proportion of provisions for 600 men 6 months.” Showing the amounts and value of each item. Dated 6 April 1702. 1 page.
9 April. 46. Letter signed N. Wright to Mr. Ellis at the Earl of Manchester's office in Whitehall. As the Queen desired he should receive the same salary which he had in the late King's time, he asked that a warrant might be prepared, and paid from Christmas last, and from quarter to quarter, and up to the day he might cease to fill the office of Keeper of Her Majesty's Seal. Dated 9 April 1702. 1 page.
10 April. 47. Letter from Charles Hore to the Lords of the Treasury. Had waited a long time by direction of Mr. Edward Harley, Chairman to the Committee of Parliament appointed to examine into his complaint against the Queen's brewhouse at St Katherine's. His complaint had saved the Government (as it appeared to the House of Commons) between 4,000l. and 5,000l. per ann.; if their Lordships thought that service and 12 months spent in the discovery deserved no reward, he should content himself in having so far served his country. He knew some who had received a sum from their Lordships to the value of what they discovered. He desired to know if their Lordships would reward him or no, that he might pursue other methods and no longer neglect his business in fruitless attendance at the board. Dated April 10, 1702.
Minuted:—“My Lords are informing themselves of his services.” 1 page.
April 14. 48. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Richard Marshall, collector of customs of the port of Whitehaven, giving an account of the method of paying the collector of that port from the year 1672. At the beginning of their commission the trade of the port was about 700l. per ann., and it had increased to 40,000l. per ann. They recommend an increase of 30l. per ann. Dated 14 April 1702.
Also the petition and two other subordinate documents. 3 pages and 2 halves.
April 14. 49. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, touching a clause lately brought into the House of Commons, as to the importation of Hungary wines. Dated 14 April 1702.
Also copy of the clause. 3 pages.
April 14. 50. From the same to the same, touching lists of bonds due and unpaid, the last days of payment whereof were expired. Dated 14 April 1702.
Also an account of all wine and tobacco bonds remaining in the hands of the Receiver General of Customs. 2 pages.
About 14
April 1702.
51. Petition of the captains of the regiment of dragoons stationed in Kent, commanded by Colonel William Lloyd, for arrears of pay. Referred to Comrs of Customs.
Also copy of an order as to the said troops of 23 June 1698. 2 pages.
14 April.]
52. Petition of the Dean and Canons of Her Majesty's Free-Chapel of St. George in the Castle of Windsor to the Queen. Their Lordships had approved of a report made by the Surveyor General agreeing to an exchange of lands between them and Richard Dalton, Gent., and consenting to an Act of Parliament for confirmation, which Act could not be obtained except the Queen signified her consent to the committee of both houses. They prayed that as they had been so long out of possession of their lands, had been at considerable charges to perfect the agreement, which had passed through all the forms of the Treasury, and as the bill had been read twice and the sessions drew to an end, Her Majesty would give directions to the Lords of the Treasury thereon.
Undated, but about 14 April 1702. See Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 150. 1 page.
14 April.]
53. Letter from Richard Dalton, Esq., to William Lowndes, Esq., on the same subject, praying for 1,300l. to be paid him for his fee-farm.
Minuted:—“To be layd before the Queen.”
In the Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 150, 14 April 1702, is the order for the issue of the 1,300l. 1 page.
14 April. 54. Memorial from the Officers of Works to the Lords of the Treasury, submitting that there was ordered to the Exchequer for Seignior Verrio for subsistence of himself and painters 10l. a week for 26 weeks from 25 December 1701 to 25 June 1702, 260l.; and he had received only 50l., 210l. being due. Dated April 14, 1702.
Minuted:—“To be laid before ye King. Read to ye Queen 9th June 1702. To be paid. 1 small page.
15 April. 55. Letter from the Earl of Pembroke to the Lords of the Treasury: the Comrs of the Navy had communicated to him their difficulty as to money for the course of the office, amounting to 85,000l.; the Treasury had also been informed thereof. At a time like this when it was necessary to contract for hemp and other commodities, he thought this a matter of very great importance and sent a copy of their letter. Dated 15 April 1702.
The enclosure referred to, dated 13 April 1702. 2 pages.
15 April. 56. Memorial of Mr. Isaac Newton to the “Rt. Hon. Sidney Lord Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer of England.” He had lately laid before His Lordship an account of the charge of medals of gold and silver for the coronation, amounting to 2,485l. 18s.d., for which he had 1,886l. 6s.d. in hand, being the remainder of the balance of Mr. Neale's account. Out of this remainder several sums had been paid on account of the country mints, other sums due exceeded the remainder If these were placed on the coinage duty the remainder would be clear except his Lordship allowed out of it for rebuilding the press house and paying Mr. Weddell a salary of 60l. per ann. Praying his Lordship's warrant to the Auditors of Imprests, and for the residue of this account to be paid out of such fund as his Lordship thought meet. Dated 15 April 1702.
Minuted:—“Speak to ye Audrs when they come.”
Also the account referred to. 1½ pages. [Holograph.]
7 April. 57. Memoranda as to tallies ordered by the Lords of the Treasury out of loans to be made by the Treasurer of the Navy, &c. 1 page.
17 April. 58. “A state of the Earle of Drogheda's demand of an arreare due to his lordship to compleat the off-reckonings of his late regimt to the time of their being disbanded in Ireland.”
Report and certificate of “W. Robinson, Deputy Recr Genl” thereon.
Minuted:—“Read 5 May 1702. The property of this money according to Mr. Robinson's Report seems to be in the officers and soldiers. Prepare a warrt to pay this as an arrear due to his regimt & so that the collonel may be answerable to the demands of ye officers & soldiers if anything be due to them.” 3 pages.
17 April. 59. Letter from Ed. Lloyd to William Lowndes, Esq., as to the payment of the salaries of the Masters in Chancery and the Judges, viz., the judges 250l. and the masters 25l. apiece which is 275l. for the 11 masters, the Master of the Rolls being the 12th master being otherwise provided for. He says:—“They are, you know Sr, imployed in all ‘messuages’ between both houses & are to buy gowns to walk the procession at the coronation.”
Certificate of Lord Halifax on the same subject. 2 half pages.
18 April. 60. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of “his Majts Treasury” (sic) “touching the allowance to Mr. Godolphin's clerks and incydent charges of that office.” Dated 18 April 1702.
Also joiners' and other bills connected with that office. 4½ pages.
20 April. 61. Presentment from Comrs of Excise to the Lords of the Treasury asking for an imprest to their cashier. Dated 20 April 1702.
Minuted:—“Ordered.” 1 page.
23 April. 62. Report of the Victuallers of the Navy to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of Mr. Francis Herne, late of Cadiz, merchant, as to certain bills. Dated 23 April 1702.
Minuted:—“These bills are to be accepted & p[ai]d.”
Enclosed is a copy of another paper relating thereto. 1½ pages.
24 April. 63. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury. They learnt that a charter was being prepared by the Attorney General for the royal signet, to unite the two East India Companies, and that a clause was to be inserted, that the common seal of the company should be taken as a security for the duties of goods imported, instead of the particular securities which had for many years been taken. They moved their Lps that no such clause should pass. If it had not been for the advantage the crown had of late years, by taking particular sureties, the duties payable by the old company would have come very slowly out of their hands. By the charters to the old company, they ought to give good and sufficient bond, with sureties, to the use of the crown, and by the Lord Chief Baron and his brethren this had been construed to intend special and particular security, and they saw no reason why the two companies, when united, should be under less obligation. In 1691 the Comrs had looked into the case, and had insisted upon special and particular security, and had ever since made it the practice both with the old and new companies. They send copy of their report of 2 Jan. last, wherein is stated the case of both the companies in relation to the payment of their customs, with their several discounts, allowances, and securities. Dated 24 April 1702.
Accompanied by the report named, and a report by J. Bridges, solicitor to the Customs, as to the method of proceeding in the Court of Exchequer against a corporation upon Her Majesty's bonds. 4 pages and 3 parts.
25 April. 64. Letter of James Vernon to the Lords of the Treasury as to a thousand tons more shipping being provided for land soldiers to go with the fleet. Dated 25 April 1702.
Minuted:—“An order to Capt. Atkinson & Mr. Roope to provide this.”
28th Apr., a wt signed by the Lords of the Treasury for taking up these transports. 1 page 4to.
27 April. 65. Letter from the same to the same, signifying Her Majesty's pleasure that two of the “biggest” packet boats, lately employed between England and the Groin, and then laid up at Falmouth, should be delivered for the service of the navy. Dated 27 April 1702.
Minuted:—“An order to deliver these by ind~re. between them and the Comrs or Officers of ye Navy, whereof one part to be transmitted …” 1 page, quarto.
28 April. 66. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lords of the Treasury on the representation of Richard Cocks, Esq., Receiver General for the county of Gloucester, highly favourable to the manner in which he had made his payments, they being the most early of any receivers in England. Dated 28 April 1702.
Also his application for continuance in that appointment. 2 pages.
28 April. 67. Letter from the Lord High Admiral to the Lords of the Treasury, with an estimate from the Comrs of the Navy of what would be wanting for wages by Michaelmas then following. Dated 28 Apr. 1702.
Also the estimate. 3 pages.
29 April. 68. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lords of the Treasury, expressing their inability, with their other duties, to undertake the management of the prize ships and goods, with which they found by the bill for encouragement of privateers, it was intended they should be burthened. Dated 29 April 1702. 1 page.
30 April. 69. Letter by direction of the Lord High Admiral to William Lowndes, Esq., Secretary to the Treasury. His Lordship had con- the case of Captain Crosse, who had been charged with embezzling goods out of the St Peter prize, and was suspended from his employment. His Lordship was willing to restore him to a command if he gave security to the Exchequer for payment of 200l. if demanded. Dated 30 April 1702.
Minuted:—“Read 1 May 1702. “Lett him pay 200l. into ye excheqr for the proceed of goods taken in the St Peter prize, & upon producing the tallys my Lords will intimate ye same to my Lord high admirall.” 1½ pages.
30 April. 70. Civil List money in the Exchequer which became due before 8 March 1701–2. Dated 30 April 1702.
The money remaining in the Exchequer for this purpose was 37,617l. 3s.d., and the payments to be made, of which the items are given, amounted to 163,095l. 12s. 4d.pages.
30 April. 71. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of Lord Viscount Tiviott, on hehalf of himself and the officers of his regiment, as to the allowances to be made to that regiment. Dated 30 April 1702.
Minuted:—“Ordrd 1st May 1702. 754l. on accot of ye 700,000li.”
Also the memorial. 2½ pages.
30 April. 72. Letter signed Humphrey Jones to William Lowndes, Esq., reminding him of the poor creditors of the navy, who were very sensible of the many instances of his charity and kindness, and still begged the continuance of his favour in giving their affair despatch. Dated 30 Apr. 1702. 1 page.
73. Petition of Captain Peter Delaval to the Lords of the Treasury. He had served long in the late wars and was wounded, for which he received a pension of 3s. 6d. a day. He was obliged to live in the country for the recovery of his health and cure of his wounds, and there remained due to him 244l. 16s. 6d., for three years and ten months of his pension; praying for the arrears.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. No fund for this.” 1 page 4to.
[? April or
74. Petition of Charles Colinge, late yeoman of the bows and guns to his late Majesty, addressed to the “Lords Comrs of the Treasury,” praying to be restored to his place, which had been sunk. Undated, but addressed to the “Lords Comrs” of the Treasury.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Not granted.” 1 page.
April and
75. Various papers containing memoranda of the proceedings of the Committee on Public Accounts. In one of them is a draft of the minutes of their meeting on 16 April 1702, when they appointed the Rev. William Stratford, student of Christ Church, Oxford to read prayers in their office, which was in Spring Gardens. 23 pages and 5 halves.
1 May. 76. “Certificate of 5 colls of marines that they desire Mr. Whitfeild may be made paymr of the marines.” Dated 1 May 1702. 1 page.
2 May. 77. Report of the Comrs of Customs, Dublin, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mr. Robert Sandys, late collector at Athlone, relating to a sum of about 100l. taken from him by thieves: in favour of the petitioner. Dated 2 May 1702.
Minuted:—“Write to the Comrs that my Lord thinks it may make a bad presidt to make all[owance] for pretended robery, but if they think ye petr was really robd and was in no default his Lop is inclind that they should consider him some other way.”
Also the petition and an affidavit. 4 pages.
May 2. 78. Order of Council for continuing the allowance by privy seal of 50l. per ann. for a minister and 30l. per ann. for a school master in Pennsylvania, out of the 1d. per pound on tobacco exported from that province, &c. Dated 2 May 1702.
Minuted:—“5 June 1702. Order'd.” 1¼ pages.
May 3. 79. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh and Lord Coningsby on the memorial of Charles Lord Mohun, executor of the Earl of Macclesfield, relating to a debt of 1,148l. 15s. 1d. for clothing a regiment. Dated 3 May 1702.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt for remitting this mo. to my Lord Macclesfield's exr, with so much as ye exchge comes to at ye time of this remittance.” 1 page.
May 7. 80. Accot of the funds for the year 1702, and how much thereof is already issued in part of the appropriations by Act of Parliament, &c. Dated 7 May 1702. 2 pages.
May 12. 81. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of William Marshall and others “compter” securities to Joshua Lomax, Esq., one of the sureties of Ralph Jackson, late collector of excise; recommending a compromise; the said Jackson and his securities being prosecuted in the Court of Exchequer, and the several sums received being difficult to be proved by the solicitor. Dated 12 May 1702.
Minuted:—“Prepare a warrt according to ye report, but let the appropriated moneys have their whole shares, and the mony to be discharged be placed to ye acct of heredry & tempo excise.” 3½ pages.
May 12. 82. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Ld [High Treasurer] on the petition of several merchants of London, relating to a doubt concerning the payment of debentures upon the further subsidy and transport duty. Dated 12 May 1702.
Also the petition, with many signatures. 2 pages.
May 12.]
83. Petition of Thomas Viscount Duplin, of the kingdom of Scotland, assignee of the Earl of Kinnoul, to the Ld High Treasurer, for payment of a perpetuity of 1,000l. a year granted to the Earl of Kinnoul by King Charles II., and arrear thereof, amounting to 18,500l., out of the duties of 4½ per cent. in Barbadoes and the Caribbee islands.
Minuted:—“2 June 1702. A warrt for one year out of 4½ p.c.”
Also certificate from the Exchequer in corroboration thereof. Dated 12 May 1702. 1½ pages, quarto.
May 13.]
84. Petition of Sir Samuel Barnardiston, Bart., to the Queen, showing that in 35 & 36 Charles II., Chief Justice Jeffereys gave a most arbitrary and illegal judgment against him, whereby he was fined 10,000l. and confined close prisoner until it should be paid. He continued close prisoner for five years, till the accession of King William III. Process had been issued against the petitioner's real and personal estate, and as much as could be discovered was seized, and about 7,000l. were paid into the Exchequer, and by extortion, embezzlement, and tyranny the petitioner was damnified above 20,000l.
Further, 1,905l. 18s. 10d. of the petitioner's own money, which was paid into the Exchequer on the 5 of Nov. 1688, was paid to the Earl of Ranelagh for the forces. On the petitioner's appeal to the House of Lords, the judgment was reversed and declared null, as being illegal and arbitrary, and afterwards confirmed by Act of Parliament; but he had received no satisfaction for his great sufferings, nor for the last-mentioned sum, beyond the bare principal, and that after 12 years petitioning; out of which sum was also taken 100l. by the Exchequer officers for pretended fees; praying for the interest on the 1,905l. 18s. 10d., and for the 100l.
Referred to the Lord High Treasurer, 13 May 1702.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 9 June 1702. The Queen is not pleased to grant ye interest.” 1 page.
May 13. 85. Letter from Sir Charles Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer signifying the Queen's pleasure that he should give orders to the officers of customs to assist the officers of the fleet in procuring seamen to man the fleet, and in putting them on board, especially at Bristol, Plymouth, Newcastle, Yarmouth, Hull, Chichester, “Bredhemston,” Hastings, Feversham, Foulkeston, Shoreham, Rye, Colchester, or any other places where it was likely seamen might be had. Dated Whitehall, 13 May 1702. 1 page, quarto.
May 14. 86. Letter of Caspar Frederick Henning, keeper of the late King's privy purse, probably intended for Mr. Lowndes; sending a memorial to the Lord High Treasurer and “a state of the debt owing on account of the privy purse of his late Majestic, as it stood on the 8th of March last.” Dated 14 May 1702. 3 pages.
May 15. 87. Letter from Sir Charles Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer. A memorial of Mr. Toger Wegersloff, the King of Denmark's commissary in England, having been laid before the Queen, Her Majesty desired orders to be given to clear the 10 Danish ships therein named from the embargo, that they might proceed on their voyage, provided they carried no seamen of the Queen's subjects. Dated 15 May 1702.
Minuted:—“Wt signd 18 May 1702.” 1 page, quarto.
May 15. 88. “Port of London. Accot of coal duty for a year, vizt from 15 May 1701, exclusive, to 15 May 1702, inclusive.”
Apparently one of a series numbered 4. 1 page.
May 16. 89. Petition of the keepers of the forest of Dean to the Ld High Treasurer for the payment of their salaries out of the wood sales. Dated 16 May 1702.
Minuted:—“1 July 1702. Two years to be pd in the usual manner.” 1 page.
May 18. 90. “An accot of mony due to the Rt Hon. the Earle of Manchester, vizt:—
As ambassador in France.
As Secretary of State.
As captain of the yeomen of the guard.”
Minuted:—“18th May 1702. To be laid before the Queen, in ye meantime to inquire into the comencemt of the subseqt Secrys of State's pa[tent]s.
“The patents for appointing the Earl of Nottingham and Sir Cha. Hedges principall secrys of state, comence from Lady day 1702. These patents contain only a fee of 100li p[er] ann. apeice, but the privy seals for their respective allowances of 1,850li p[er] ann. apeice, or for their secret services, are not yet passed, and will be made to comence from such days or times as Her Majesty shall direct.” 1 page.
May 18. 91. Letter of Sir Charles Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer transmitting the copy of a petition as to certain Danish ships and one Swede which had been presented to the Queen. Her Majesty's pleasure was that the ships mentioned should be cleared from the embargo, &c. Dated 18 May 1702.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
May 19. 92. Letter from the Earl of Nottingham to the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty's pleasure was that the 60l. for furnishing horses, &c., and the 35l. for providing shackles, &c. for the horses, should be provided in accordance with the Duke of Ormond's memorial. Dated 19 May.
Minuted:—“Orderd.” 1 page, quarto.
May 19. 93. Report of Lord Coningsby to the [Lord High Treasurer] on the memorial of Captain Robert Gardner on behalf of Brigadier Selwin's regiment in Jamaica, as to payment of that regiment. Dated 19 May 1702.
The report written on the back of the memorial.
Minuted:—“29 May 1702. To be brought in when my Ld Coningsby & Mr. Heathcott are here on Tuesday next.” 2½ pages.
May 20.]
94. Petition of Sir James Hayes, Bart., to the Lord High Treasurer. He had lost 500l. per ann. by the crown in the reign of King Charles II., had received many wounds and sustained great losses in the wars of Hungary, Germany, and Flanders, and had served the government in three late kings' reigns, and having continued a prisoner in Wood St. Counter for debt, was then a prisoner at large in the Fleet, till he could pay for chamber rent and fees: praying for a pension or present supply, having received no assistance these eight years out of the Treasury.
Minuted:—“Read 20 May 1702. My Lord cannot advise ye Queen to grant any new pension.” 1 page.
May 20. 95. Report of the officers of works to the Lord High Treasurer sending the charges of his late Majesty's funeral and her Majesty's coronation, asking for payment. Dated 20 May 1702.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. The list has no date & not signd by ye present comptroller. My Lord will speak wth ye officers of ye works, who are to attend this day sennight in ye morning.
“Directed 21 July 1702.” 2 pages.
May 20. 96. Letter of Sir Charles Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer as to the clearing of nine Danish ships from the embargo, &c. Dated 20 May 1702.
Also the memorial of the Danish commissary thereon. 2 pages.
May 20.]
97. Papers as to certain claims for clearings, &c. made by Mr. William Fownes, agent to Col. Rosse's dragoons, on which W. Robinson, deputy receiver general, had reported.
The report is minuted:—“May 20th 1702. Her Maty signed a warrant for paying Coll. Ross 500li as of her Matys bounty, & wch was promised him by the late King, and is designed to be in full satisfaction of all his pretencions contained in these papers.” 2½ pages.
May 21. 98. Letter from the Board of Green Cloth to William Lowndes, Esq., sending an account of the expense of the entertainment of several ambassadors from the year 1685 to the late King's decease.
The account referred to. After the last entry, which was 710l. 9s.d. for the Savoy ambassador at Ossulston House, in 1699, is:—“This last entertainmt was complained of as very mean.” 2 pages.
[May 22.] 99. “An accot shewing the sums directed by a scheme to be paid at the Exchequer between the 25th December 1701 and 25th June following; with what has been issued in part thereof to 22th May 1702, and how much remains to compleat the same.” 1 page.
May 22. 100. An estimate made by the Earl of Montague of the charge of the late King's funeral and Her Majesty's coronation, “both to be performed in less than a month.” The estimate for the funeral when designed “from the Princesses chamber, next the House of Lords, was 3,500l.,” but upon other orders given by the Committee of Council for the funeral, viz., the great withdrawing-room at Kensington to be hung with black cloth, the great bedchamber with purple cloth, a “state and canopy of the same,” a pall and canopy of purple velvet, a chariot that cost 300l., eight horsecloths of purple cloth down to the ground, the great withdrawing [room] at St James's to be hung with the finest purple cloth, the yeomen of the guard mourning liveries with “cawles” and black fringes for their partizans, crape bonnet-bands, black swords, gloves, &c., with other things not thought of; the estimate amounted to 6,268l. 7s.d.
The coronation estimate was about 10,000l., but there being several tradesmen in the office put in by Lord Preston, who had great sums due to them, and had put down the prices higher, they were discontinued and it then amounted to 7,439l. 8s.d. Dated 22 May 1702. 1 page.
May 22. 101. “An accompt of what has been paid by the Rt honble Richd Earle of Ranelagh to the 13 new raised regimts hoth for levy money and subsistence.” Dated 22 May 1702. 1 page, quarto.
May 22. 102. Letter from John Key to the Ld High Treasurer. Mr. Lowndes had told him that his Lordship spoke very kindly of him when his petition was read. He was still unprovided for. His Lordship was now in such a station that his countenance might be like rain upon the mown grass to him and his family; praying his Lordship to bestow on him what he thought fit.
Minuted:—“R. to C. Customs.” 2 small pages.
May 23. 103. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer about adjusting the clause in the charter which concerned the security to be given by the East India Company, showing the several duties on importations, &c. Dated 23 May 1702.
Enclosed is copy of their report of 2 Jan. 1701, and an extract from the draft of the charter for uniting the two East India Companies. 6 pages.
May 24. 104. Letter of Capt. G. Delavale to William Lowndes, Esq. He was suffering violently from the scurvy. Would Mr. Lowndes inform his Lordship that at the Committee of Council there was no mention of his maintaining the Moors, but the 500l. was ordered for the support of himself and family. It seemed to him that he should have been entitled to the 500l. whether he had succeeded in redeeming the captives or no. The bill of charges was not barely for their maintenance in their passage, but during the time of the treaty, which was spent chiefly on board for five months. His Majesty allowed for their coming over and maintained them here, and it was probable would have sent them back at his own charge. He ran the hazard of being made a slave himself to make his countrymen free. They were most of them in Her Majesty's ships, and he believed Her Majesty since the fitting of the grand fleet, had not got so many seamen at so small a charge as those he had delivered in.
On the back are memoranda of his claims and there are three minutes, the last of which is:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. 500l. to be allow'd instead of 671l. 3/ 10.” 1½ pages.
[See also Cal. of Treasury Papers, Vol. LXXIII. 29.]
May 24. 105. Letter from the Earl of Oxford to the Lord [High Treasurer?] begging him to represent to the Queen that he lay under a weight of 6,000l. debt, for which his creditors (now privilege ceases) would give him no quarter. His two daughters were on his hands without any provision. His appointments were small and loaded with taxes. Dated May 24.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be put among ye Queens papers. Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. Her Maty doth not find herself in circumstances this year to increase his allowances by any bounty, tho' she shall always have a considerac[i]on of him & his condic[i]on.” 1 page, quarto.
May 26.]
106. Petition of Marmaduke Dean and William Nicholas to the Lord High Treasurer for renewing their patent as controller of customs in the port of Chester.
Minuted:—“Granted 26 May 1702.” 1 page, quarto.
May 26.]
107. Petition of Edward Hildeyard, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying to be reappointed steward of the courts of the manor of Richmond in Surrey, he having been superseded by Mr. Latton.
Minuted:—“26 May 1702. Granted.” 1 page.
May 26.]
108. Report of Sir Edw. Northey, Attorney General, to the Lords of the Treasury, giving his opinion on the points raised in an extract from the surveyor general's report made upon the petition of John Peters, gent., touching the [grant of the] manor or lordship of Epworth, in the county of Lincoln, the manors or lordships of Wyberton and Langton, near Horncastle, in the same county, and the manor of Stapleford-Abbots alias Stapleford-Regis, in the county of Essex, mortgaged to Sir George de Carteret, knt. and bart., Lieut.-Governor of the Island of Jersey. Also as to a lease of certain lead mines in Yorkshire, excepted out of a grant made to Lofthouse and Beck by King Philip and Queen Mary; again as to a place called Hand Alley, in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, with the houses thereon; and the ground adjoining to Still Alley in Houndsditch; and further the estate of Thomas White alias Whitebread, convicted of high treason in the reign of Charles II., viz., the site of the dissolved monastery of Newnham alias Newenham in the county of Bedford. These last premises were found in 1689 to have been held by the Lord Petre for the use of an English nunnery in Normandy.
The report gives some account of the history of these properties and touches upon the Queen's title to them.
Minuted:—“26 May 1702. To be laid before ye Queen. Read to ye Queen 9th June 1702. The Queen thinks ye grant desired will be vexatious.”
There are other minutes also in the margin of the Attorney General's report. 6 pages and 2 quarters.
May 28. 109. Representation made by George Dodington as to the difficulties in stating and preparing the accounts of the Earl of Orford, late Treasurer of the Navy. Dated 28 May 1702.
[These accounts extended over the whole time the Treasurer held the office, viz., 13 years, and contained receipts and payment of above seventeen million pounds.] 2½ pages.
May 28. 110. New England. State of the account of the revenue in the province of Massachusets Bay, from 27 May 1701 to 28 May 1702. 1 page.
[? May 28.] 111. Debtor and creditor account of the farm of the Royal Oak [Lottery?] 1½ pages.
May 29. 112. Memorial of Lord Halifax, auditor of the receipt, to the Ld High Treasurer of England for allowances to his clerks in managing the matters relating to the Exchequer bills. Dated 29 May 1702.
Minuted:—“A warrt for another year as the last was.” ½ page.
May 29. 113. Petition of Thomas Atterbury to the Lord High Treasurer. He had spent his youth and was desirous of spending his whole life in the service of the crown, but was driven out by the fury of some particular persons in power during the late reign, praying for some employment for the remainder of his life.
Minuted:—“29 May 1702. My Lord will consider him when there is a vacancy.” ¾ of a page.
May 29.]
114. Petition of Milburne Madox, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer, showing that he had served Kings Charles the First and Second by land and sea, and the Duke of York, under the command of the Earl of Falmouth, and particularly when the Earl was killed at sea, for which he and his fellow soldiers received a pension of 2s. a day to the time of King William's reign, when not expecting that King William would have continued his pension, he went into Wales to live on the charity of his friends and relations, where he had continued. He found, however, that his brother pensioners had received their pay until within four or five years past; but he, being 100 miles from London, and never having any notice thereof, had not received one penny, and now came to London to petition Her Majesty for his arrears.
Minuted:—“29 May 1702. There is no provision made for these arrears.” 1 page.
[? About
May 29.]
115. Petition of Richard Backwell, one of the three younger sons of Edward Backwell, Esq., deceased, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying that on any alteration taking place in the management of the duties of excise, he might be appointed a commissioner.
Minuted:—“Read 29 May 1702. The petrs request cannot be gratified.” 1 page.
May 29.]
116. Petition of John Latton to the Lord High Treasurer for the renewing of his patent as searcher of the customs at Plymouth.
Minuted:—“29 May 1702. Orderd.” 1 page 4to.
[? About
May 29.]
117. Report unsigned, on the memorial of Sir Thomas Knatchbull, Bart., as to his pay as Commissary General of the two late marine regiments.
Also the memorial which was read 29 May 1702. 2 pages.
[? About
May 29.]
118. Memorial of Peregrine, Lord Marquis of Carmarthen, to the Lord High Treasurer, showing that Sir Robert Howard, Knt, deceased, had a grant of the office of writer of the Tallies, &c., at the receipt of the Exchequer, and a house in the precincts of St. Stephen, Westminster, and an annual fee of 316l. 13s. 4d., Sir Robert Long, Knt and Bart., deceased, being his predecessor. Sir Robert Howard was afterwards admitted auditor of the receipt of the Exchequer. King Charles II. in the 26th year of his reign granted to the Marquis of Carmarthen the same offices and the annual fee of 316l. 13s. 4d., the aforesaid house, &c. On the death of Sir Robert Howard three of the Lords of the Treasury admitted Christopher Mountague, Esq., in trust for Lord Hallifax, and soon after the then Lords of the Treasury admitted Lord Hallifax to those offices without any right so to do: praying to be admitted to those offices.
Minuted:—“29 May 1702. To be laid before ye Queen with a copy of ye minute, when Mr Att & Sollr Genll did attend last abt this matter. The minutes are wth in.” 1½ pages.
May 30. 119. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Henry Pike, late purser of the ship Dover, concerning a verdict obtained against him in the Court of Exchequer, to the value of 200l., for a parcel of linen cloth, the duties of which were not paid, recommending that he should answer for the duties, &c. Dated 30 May 1702.
Minuted:—“5 June 1702. Agreed to ye report.” 4 pages and 2 halves.
May. 120. Petition of Arthur Shallett, of London, merchant, to the Lord High Treasurer. The petitioner was indebted 26,605l. 4s. 2d. for customs and excise which he had failed to pay, and for which his goods were sold, and he was imprisoned in the Marshalsea, praying process to cease, &c.
Minuted:—“A copy of this petition to be referred to ye Comrs of Customes so far as relates to yem. Another copy to be referred to ye Comrs Excise ut supra.”
Also copy of an earlier memorial from him, and a letter as to bonds owing by him. 3 pages.
May. 121. Memorial of the officers of the marine regiments. The marine regiments were in a deplorable condition during the last war for want of a particular paymaster, multitudes of them having starved through the neglect of those under whose government they were at that time. Being apprehensive they should fall under the like misfortune, they had petitioned for and obtained Walter Whitfeild, Esq., as their paymaster, and had subscribed out of their own pay for an allowance to him. They desire his Lps directions that he might enter on his business speedily. They were no part of the 40,000 men granted by Parliament for the land service, but a separate body under the Ld High Admiral, and paid out of the money appropriated to the navy, wherefore they conceived that the paymaster general of the land forces had no manner of right nor pretence to pay them, and they requested that they might have no concern with him.
Whitfield's appointmt is 16 May, 1 Anne. See Audit Office Enrolments, Vol. XV. p. 479, and this is about that date. 1 page, much decayed.
May. 122. A list of all the patent offices granted during pleasure, which are to be renewed by warrants countersigned by the Lord High Treasurer or by his Lordships fiant. Dated May 1702. 5½ pages.
Also offices in the Duchy of Cornwall and in Wales, and other offices relating to Her Mats land revenues. 2 pages.
[? May.] 123. “Acct of money pd by Her Majesty's order for service of the household,” more particularly in connection with the office of Master of the Horse.
Amongst the entries is—
[To] “Saml Aubery for a state coach made to carry the embassadors, and for the chaire which Her Majty was carried in at her coronation, 250l. 0s. 0d.” 2 pages.