Volume 86: June 1-July 29, 1703

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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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June 1–July 29, 1703

June 1. 1. Letter of Benjamin Sweet to Mr Lowndes, sending an abstract more at large of his accounts than one which had preceded, viz., of all his receipts and payments to the 24th of December 1702, during Lord Ranelagh's time, to be laid before the Lord High Treasurer. Dated Rotterdam, 12/1 June 1703.
Also the account, and a “List of the Forces already provided towards making up the augmentation of 20,000 men between England and Holland.” 12½ pages.
June 2. 2. Letter of Mr Peter Killigrew to the same. The limits or districts of the port of Falmouth in Cornwall, about 25 years before, were settled by commission out of the Exchequer, as in such cases the law directed. The town of Penrin, adjoining the port, was making interest for reducing those limits to what they of that town called their ancient privileges. If the Lord High Treasurer were apprized of the ill consequences thereof to the revenue, he would infallibly put a stop to it. Asks to be heard before anything was done. Dated Ludlow, 2 June 1703.
Minuted:—“My Lord will speak to ye Comrs of ye Customs tomorrow.” 1½ pages.
[There is a long entry of the hearing of this case on 15 Nov. 1703 in the Minute Book, Vol. XII. pp. 148–151, containing a good deal of information as to Falmouth.]
June 2. 3. Memorial of John Cressett, of the Inner Temple, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer. He had laid a proposal before his Lordship to make a discovery of 5,000l. of the estate of James Smith, of Nibly, in the county of Gloucester, gent., forfeited for a barbarous murder of Jervice Clough, of the same place, gentleman. Memorialist faithfully served King Charles II. and the late King James, and spent above 1,000l. of his own money therein, and received no recompense; praying for Her Majesty's and his Lordship's favour therein. Dated June 2, 1703.
Minuted:—“Read 8 June 1703. Respited.” 1 page.
[? About
June 3.]
4. Letter signed “Hen. Thomas” to the Lord [High Treasurer], asking him to lay his hard case before Her Majesty. He had often hazarded his life for the defence of the church and state. In the year 54 he was made close prisoner by Cromwell for 12 months, when Sir Charles Littleton was also confined. He was concerned in Sr George Boothes' attempt, and in most of the undertakings for His Majesty's restoration. King James had that regard for him, that he was the only officer turned out by the Lord Tirconnell (being the first on his black list) that was restored by His Majesty. At the death of King Charles his circumstances were such, that he did not think fortune could make him so miserable, occasioned by his great losses sustained by the revolution. He expected when his case was referred to Lord Rochester that provision would have been made for him. He was 70 years old, and usually four months in the year confined by gout; prays his Lps protection to an old suffering cavalier. His pension was 4s. a day on Lord Ranelagh's establishment, and was above six years in arrear.
Minuted:—“3 June 1703. To be laid before ye Q. ‘Captain Thomas.’” 1 page.
June 3. 5. Copies of the Attorney and Solicitor Generals' opinions concerning the oath ad valorem (Customs). The last date is June 3, 1703. 4 pages.
June 3. 6. Representation by W. Whitfeild to the Ld High Treasurer as to subsistence of Brigadier Seymour's regiment, six companies of which were going to sea and the other six remained in garrison at Plymouth. Dated 3 June 1703. 1 page.
June 3.]
7. Memorial of Captain William Stevenage to the Lord High Treasurer as to his pay for doing duty as adjutant to the Coldstream regiment of guards.
Minuted:—“Read 3 June 1703.” 1 page.
June 3. 8. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord [High Treasurer], touching some goods under seizure at Falmouth, imported in Mr Dummer's sloop from the West Indies. Dated 3 June 1703.
Minuted:—“3 June 1703. The goods now stopt to be deliver'd upon giving moderate satisfaction to the officers.”
A letter on the same subject from the Post Masters General. 2 pages.
June 3. 9. Report of the Comrs of Customs on the petition of John Dutton Colt, Esqre, late collector of the port of Bristol, asking for an allowance for remitting Exchequer bills. Dated 3 June 1703.
The petition referred to.
Minuted:—“9th June 1703. Read, and to be considered.”
Again:—“100li out of incidts.” 3 pages.
June 3. 10. “An extract of the respective journals of the three sloops, namely, the Bridgman, Mansbridge, and King William, shewing the dispatches of each of their first voyages from England to the islands in the West Indies, their times of stay at each island, and their times being at sea, or sailing from one place to the other, till they returned to England again.” Dated 3 June 1703. 1 page.
June 3.]
11. Petition of Thomas Blackmore, Esq., late sheriff of the county of Hertford, to the Lord High Treasurer for the allowance of 24l. 12s.d. overpaid on his account, he having paid 80l. to Leonard Broadneck and others for apprehending William Jenkyns and Susannah Mills, robbers on the highway.
Certificate of the Deputy Clerk of the Pipe in corroboration thereof. Dated 3 June 1703. 2 pages.
June 4. 12. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr William Blathwayt on the pay due to Col. Ingoldsby, captain of one of the companies in New York. Lord Cornbury, Governor of New York, had reported that the four companies in the province were in want of arms, and that they ought to be made good by the officers. A deduction of about 30l. from his pay should be made if the pay were ordered.
Minuted:—“Orderd.” 2 pages.
June 7. 13. Letter of the Comrs of Prizes to Mr Lowndes, with Mr Morley's account of the East India ship called the Star of the East, as to a survey to be made thereof, being as they hoped of great value. Dated 7 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Write to them to cause a survey to be taken & to move the prince's Counsel to appoint some person or persons to be joyned wth them.” 2½ pages.
June 7. 14. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the draft of a warrant for the 5 per cent. arising by the sale of East India goods to the English Company trading to the East Indies. Dated 7 June 1703.
Also the draft.
Minuted:—“9th June 1703. Approved.” 3½ pages.
June 7. 15. Letter of the Comrs of Prizes to Mr Lowndes, about the first payment of the Vigo booty. Dated 7 June 1703. 1 page, quarto.
June 7. 16. Letter from Mr A. Cardonnel to Mr Lowndes relating to the respites on Colonel Lloyd's dragoons, with copy of a letter sent by him to Mr. Blathwayt on the subject. He concludes:—“We are waiting here to see what Mons. Coehorn will do in Flanders or Braband, but he moves so very slowly and with so little life, that it gives me but a melancholy prospect of the rest of our campagne.” Dated, “Camp att Hameff [?] 18 June 1703.” [? N.S.] 3½ pages.
June 8. 17. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, on the Memorial of William Harvey, Esqre. The lease of the Excise Office was taken at a rent of 500l. some short time after the Fire of London in 1666, when the rents of houses that escaped the fire (among which the house wherein the Excise Office was kept was one) were considerably advanced; but upon expiration of the lease the city being rebuilt, the rents of houses were considerably fallen and an abatement was made to 350l. per ann. For various reasons they advise against laying out 2,000l. on the house with a reduction of 50l. on the rent, as suggested by Mr. Harvey, and as they could not agree to Mr Harvey's terms, they had contracted with Mr Frederick for a lease for 21 years of his house at 260l. per ann., and a small house adjoining for the cashier at 36l. per ann. Dated 8 June 1703.
The memorial referred to. 3½ pages.
June 8. 18. Report of the Officers of Works on Mr Henry Wises's estimate of works to be performed in St James's Park; “as new cutting and makeing ye canall 12 foot wider, to fill up all ye ground worne away, and new wharfeing ye same; repairing ye graits & 66 sluces and new makeing severall bridges, repairing ye great shoare and new makeing of ye great pond next ye wilderness, cleanseing ye mudd out, and useing it to ye improvement of ye park, new gravelling ye coach road, making new seats for ye use of ye parke, & repaireing ye mall.” The Report is dated 8 June 1703.
Minuted:—“8 June 1703. Mr. Wise is to proceed in these works.” 2½ pages.
June 8. 19. Petition of Benjamin Lodington, Esq., Her Majesty's Consul at Tripoli, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying payment of three quarters of a year's salary, and 460l. disbursed.
Minuted:—“8 June 1703. The ordry to be paid in a convenient time, but my Lord thinks the extrys unreasonable to be allowed.” 1 page.
June 8. 20. Copy of Mr Lowndes letter to the Comrs of Hawkers and Pedlers about law charges. Dated 8 June 1703.
Also some memoranda. 1½ pages.
June 8. 21. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the composition for the St Sebastian wines, and what money remained payable into Her Majesty's Exchequer. Dated 8 June 1703.
Three other papers:—(1) “Composition on the St Sebastian wines.” (2) “An account of the proceed of the four pounds per ton, for composition for the St Sebastian wines, which escaped the officers hands, before that fraudulent trade was discovered,” viz., for the port of London. (3) Similar account for the out ports. 14 pages or parts of pages.
June 8. 22. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the petition of Charles Carkesse, one of the officers of Customs in the port of London. They state that he was a person of good knowledge and experience in the affairs of the Customs, and by the approbation of the board, had applied himself at all spare times to the collection of the laws and rules of the Customs into one entire volume, out of the several Acts of Parliament; some of which, passed of late years, had otherwise no relation to the Customs, and were become difficult to the officers and merchants. He had digested them and the duties then payable on each commodity into an alphabetical method, as contained in the Book of Rates lately printed by him; which was found of great use in managing and collecting the revenue. He affirmed he had spent 40l. on it. They thought he deserved 100l. besides his charges, as it had been a labour of some years. Dated 8 June 1703.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“9th June 1703. Agreed, and to be placed to the head of Incidents.” 2 pages.
June 9. 23. Letter of Mr Robert Gilliver “Messr” [? Messenger] to Christopher Tilson, Esq., at the Treasury Chambers in the Cockpitt in Whitehall, asking him to search in the auditor's office, and in his books in the Treasury, and let him know by return of post, if there was a certain relapse to the crown as alleged by Mr Egerton; in order that he might know as to the collection of certain rent from the tenant of some land in the Forest of Delamere. Unless he assured Mr Egerton and others that came to the Treasury, that their debts were due & must be paid, 'twas vain for him to drudge through the country and spend money. Dated Chester, 9 June 1703. 1 page.
June 9. 24. Report of the Officers of the Works on the estimate of Benjn Jackson, master mason for the works in the gardens at Kensington. Dated 9 June 1703. 1 page.
June 9. 25. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the desirability of employing the ship called “La Fine” for the guard of the coast from the Northforeland to Beachey Head, under the command of Cornelius Smith, who was employed in the former vessel for the guard of the coast. The Lord High Admiral by Act 7 & 8 Will. III. was bound to provide certain ships to cruize on the coast, therefore they could not advise that the vessel should be bought for the purpose. Dated 9 June 1703.
Two letters on the same subject, a proposal and a report by Mr Henry Baker, Surveyor General of the riding officers for the guard of the coast of Kent and Sussex, against the proposal.
Minuted:—“9th June 1703. Read, and to be further considered.” 11 pages and parts of pages.
June 9. 26. Report of the Post Masters General to the Ld High Treasurer, on the exceptions made by Mr Darnelly, Accountant of the Post Office, against Mr Blackhall's accounts ended in the year 1700, delivered to the auditor and sworn to. Mr Blackhall refused to proceed to the examination of his accounts in Mr Darnelly's presence, nor did he produce certain vouchers required, and the Post Masters General refused to sign his account. His accounts could never be passed in regular order, so long as he would observe no orders or directions. Dated 9 June 1703.
Two other papers, entitled:—
(1.) “Errors committed by Mr Blackhall in the penny post office accot.”
(2.) “Some few of the indirect practices for which Mr Ralph Blackhall stands suspended.”
Minuted:—“Order Mr Blackhall to attend the Govrs of ye post office wth his vouchers, wch are to be exd in presence of the Accountant.” 4 pages.
June 9. 27. Letter from the Prize Comrs to Mr Lowndes, as to a parcel of fish which had lain at a warehouse at Plymouth several months; asking for directions for the exportation thereof, free of duty. Captn Clarke had bought it, and if it were not delivered speedily, it would be returned on their hands and an entire loss to the Queen and captor. Dated 9 June 1703.
Copy of a letter on the same matter.
Minuted:—“Ordered.” 2 pages.
June 10. 28. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Francis Wyvill, Recr General of Taxes for York, Durham, and Northumberland, praying for allowances, recommending that he should be allowed 5s. per cent. (670l. 10s.) on what he had returned. Dated 10 June 1703.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“1st July 1703. Agreed.” 4 pages.
June 10. 29. Report of Mr Charles Twitty to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Samuel Edwin, Esq., Usher of the Receipt of the Exchequer, for payment of 458l. 19s.d. for necessaries furnished to the million and malt lottery offices. Dated 10 June 1703.
Minuted:—“To be considered when arreas of ye late King come in.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
June 10. 30. Order in Council for payment of an allowance of 50l. 1s. 8d. out of the rights and perquisites of the Admiralty, to John Hughes, Receiver and Controller of the rights and perquisites of the Admiralty, Dated 10 June 1703. 1½ pages.
June 12. 31. Letter from Mr A. Cardonnel [? to Mr Lowndes] recommending the pretensions of Mr Collins, the messenger appointed by the Ld Chamberlain to attend her Majesty's service “on this side;” the alterations in the Treasury, and my Lord Marlborough's sudden coming away, having prevented the effect of what was promised him. Dated Hague, 23 June 1703, i.e. 12 June.
Minuted:—“100li in p[er]t of wt due on bills & 22 ws for ½ a years salry ending at X~mas 1700.” 1½ pages.
June 12. 32. Report of Mr Charles Twitty and Mr Wm Clayton to the Ld High Treasurer, on Mr Lionel Hernes accounts for cancelling Exchequer Bills. Dated 12 June 1703.
Also the accounts. 7¼ pages.
June 12. 33. Estimate of repairing several French prizes. Dated 12 June 1703. 1 page.
June 14. 34. Report of the Post Masters General to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Benjamin Waterhouse, their secretary, recommending his salary to be advanced from 100l. per ann. to 200l. per annum, in consequence of the arduous nature of his duties. Dated 14 June 1703.
Minuted:—“1 July 1703. Agreed.”
Also the petition. 2¼ pages.
June 14. 35. Report of the same to the same, on the petition of Stephen Lilly, Receiver, and George Searl, Accountant of the General Post Office, for the same cause, recommending an increase to the former of 150l. per annum, making 300l., and to the latter 100l. per ann., making also 300l. per ann. Dated 14 June 1703.
Minuted:—“1 July 1703. Agreed.”
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
June 14. 36. A proposal by the Postmasters General for a new establishment for the officers in the General Post Office, and also for an establishment of a salary for the solicitor. They state that it was formerly the custom of the office to trust to the justices of the peace or minister of a parish, to take the securities of the Deputy Postmasters in the country, who not having made strict inquiry into the ability of such persons as became bound, several losses had happened to the revenue, and so they had appointed Mr Swift to take charge of that duty; they recommend that he should have 200l. per ann. Dated 14 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Agreed. Ult. Nov. 1703. Mr Swift to have 200l. p[er] ann. from Lady day 1702, but to take no fees for his attendance for the future, and he is to produce ticqts from ye counsel according to ye statute.” 2 pages.
June 14. 37. “An accompt of ye Disposition of all ye tallies on ye surplus of ye Malt Duty issued to ye Earle of Ranelagh for the last years service, except ye sume of £18,095 15 0 now remaining in his hands directed for subsidies to ye King of Denmark. June ye 14th 1703.” 2 pages.
June 14. 38. Estimate of several works to be done at Windsor. Signed “Chr. Wren.” Dated 14 June 1703. 1 page.
June 14. 39. Letter of Ed. Berkley to the Ld High Treasurer as to defective arrangements made by the Comrs for the subsidy tax in the county of Somerset, which would lead to a deficiency. If he had received his Lordship's letter, copies should have been transmitted to every quarter of the county. Dated June 14, 1703. 1 page, quarto.
June 15. 40. Letter from Ralph Blackhall to the Lord High Treasurer, making various complaints against the post office authorities, more particularly Mr Castleton, Mr Darnelly, Mr London, and the country messengers; praying the appointment of a short day to be heard by counsel upon articles against Mr Castleton lying before his Lordship. Dated 15 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Read 15 June 1703. If he means his former articles, he has been heard, each article examined, and the charge not made good. Give him a copy of the Postmars reports.” 1 page.
June 16. 41. Letter from Mr Isaac Newton to the Honble Wm Lowndes, Esq., giving the result (upon the statement of accounts with the Comrs for Prizes) concerning the gold and silver taken at Vigo & sent into the mint. Dated Mint Office, 16 June 1703.
Also letter of Comrs for Prizes, and “an account of wrought plate, virgin silver, peices of 8/8, cakes of silver, &c. taken on board ye fleet lately employed in the expedition at Vigo.” 4 pages.
June 16. 42. “Estimate of ye officers of ye workes abt covering ye guns in Whitehall, &c.” Dated 16 June 1703. 1 page.
June 16. 43. “Audr Bridge's answer to Sr Poll. Wharton's peticon,” in relation to the accounts of Sir George Wharton, deceased, late Treasurer & Paymaster of Ordnance. Dated 16 June 1703. 2¼ pages.
June 16.]
44. Petition of Elizabeth Mohun to the Queen, praying all proceedings against her brother, the Lord Mohun, before the Attorney and Solicitor General, might be stayed until his return from Ireland, whither his regiment then was, and for leave for his return, to look after his estate, devised to him by Charles late Earl of Macclesfield. Undated, but see Letter Book, Vol. XI. p. 204.
Minuted:—“Signifie to Mr Attor. & Mr Sollr that it is the Queens pleasure that nothing be done to the prejudice of my Ld Mohun till he hath had an opportunity of being heard by himself or his agent.” 1 page.
June 17. 45. Letter from Mr A. Cardonnel [? to Mr Lowndes], sending the establishment of the troops of augmentation, for which he had been constantly labouring since he came over; he also sent a new establishment for all the Danish forces made by guess, to complete 12,000 men. The postscript states this was intended some days since, but the hurry of a continued march hindered him from getting the papers ready, &c. Dated, Camp en Borckloen, 28 June 1703, i.e. 17 June.
Also copies of two letters, one being from Mons. Ivan Slingelandt on the same subjects, and two other papers containing memoranda “pour Mons. Slingelandt,” touching the payment of foreign troops, their numbers, &c. Dated 21 June 1703 [i.e. 10 June]. 11 pages.
June 17. 46. Report of the Comrs of Works on Mr Wise's bill for work done in St James Park. Dated 17 June 1703.
Also the bill which included the making several drains for the security of the trees, and taking & replanting many large trees.
Minuted:—“30 June 1703. To be paid.” 4 pages.
June 18. 47. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, as to a proposal made by William Harvey, Esq. The abatement of 50l. per annum of the rent of the house wherein the Excise Office was kept was in no respect an equivalent for laying out 2,000l., which would be necessary to be laid out immediately, and Mr Frederick would not release them from the contract made with him for his house. Dated 18 June 1703.
The proposal referred to.
Minuted:—“Read.” 2 pages.
June 19. 48. Letter from the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, sending a view of the gross produce of the revenue of Ireland. Dated 19 June 1703. 2 pages.
June 22. 49. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Ld High Treasurer on the petition of Sir John Cooke, Knt, her Majesty's Advocate General, and others employed on the two late visitations of the Savoy; praying for payment of their disbursements and fees for the witnesses in those visitations; in favour of allowing the same. Dated 22 June 1703.
The memorial, an affidavit, and two papers containing the items of disbursements.
Minuted:—“30 June 1703. Order'd.” 12 pages.
June 22. 50. Report of John Parkhurst, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Robert Culliford, gent., Agent for Prizes in the port of Southampton during the late war; in favour of his claims. Dated 22 June 1703.
The petition and four other papers. 9 pages.
June 22.]
51. Petition of George Holder or [Houlder], spaniel keeper to King Charles II., King James II., and the late Queen Mary. King Charles II. gave him a little spot of ground in St James's Park, and ordered Mr Fitch to build him a house, which he enjoyed till King William's accession; the cost (150l.) was deducted from petitioner's salary of 80l. per ann. by Mr “Chevins.” King William requiring the house, by an order in Council allowed him 20l. per ann for it. He was afterwards allowed a pension of 20l. per ann., which was three years in arrears, and his salary of 20l. six years in arrears; praying relief.
Minuted:—“Read 22 June 1703. The Queen thinks her allowance p[er] Mr Nicholas is sufficient for all his pretencions.” 1 page, torn at the right hand.
5 & 22.
52. Three letters from William Holbech to the Lord High Treasurer; (1) complaining of Mr Clayton's affronts and endeavours to quash his reputation, and as to frauds in the returns of duties on marriages in the county of Devon. Dated 5 [? June].
(2.) Docquetted:—“Mr Holbech's letter, giveing an accot of his service, ye reasons that induced him to comit ye frauds or irregularitys he was complained of for, with an accot of his family & place of birth, and proposeing to be employed in Devonsh. as survr of ye taxes, & to be paid only poundage out of ye money got by ye frauds he should discover.”
(3.) As to discovery made by him in relation to the agent's office, for that part which belongs to Exeter. Asks for a commission for the five western counties and South Wales, for the detection of frauds committed in the reception of taxes. Dated 22 [? June]. 3 pages.
June 22. 53. [Docquetted.] “A presentment of the Postmrs Genl to my Lord High Treasurer, concerning the house where the Genl Post Office is kept, desiring his Lordship's directions whether to make a purchase or take a lease of the same.” Dated 22 June 1703.
They advise that it would be better to take a lease than to purchase, as there were difficulties as to the title. The rent was very considerable, but the situation was convenient, being near the Exchange.
Minuted:—“1 July 1703. “My Ld is of ye same opinion.” 2 pages.
June 22. 54. Letter of the Duke of Somerset to the Ld High Treasurer, asking for 9,000l. upon account of her Majesty's stables, to defray the expenses of the year from 9 July 1702 to 9 July 1703, that being the day he entered the office. Dated 22 June 1703. 1¼ pages.
June 22. 55. Letter of Ralph Blackhall to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the production of his vouchers to the Postmaster General. Mr Francis Bythel, deputy auditor for the vouchers, refused to deliver them to him: prays to be heard by counsel. Dated 22 June 1703. 1 page.
—“Read 22 June 1703. My Lord's last order to stand.”
June 22. 56. Letter from the Lord Lieut, of Ireland to the Ld High Treasurer, about placing George's and Price's regiments on the establishment, from the 23rd of April, and for continuing Mr. Manley in Ireland to take care of the Post Office there. Dated 22 June 1703. 2 pages.
June 23. 57. Answer of Mr William Harvey to two reports given to the Ld High Treasurer from the Comrs of Excise, in respect to the house used as the Excise Office. He says the Excise Office had been kept in his house 33 years and was always thought the most convenient place in the city. Dated 23 June 1703. 1 page.
June 23.]
58. Petition of Jacob Aceré Marmande to the Lord High Treasurer.
He had served his late Majesty as his secretary at “Bruxels,” and prayed for 150l. due to him.
Minuted:—“23 June 1703. To be p[ai]d if allow'd p[er] Secry of State.” 1 page.
Feb. 13 and
June 23.
59. A paper of remarks of Mr Godolphin as to English vessels clearing from Guernsey for Rotterdam with French wine, as to salt and other goods; and further as to privileges of prize ships. 2 pages.
[? About
June 23.]
60. Petition of Captain Morgan Hart, in behalf of himself and the garrison of Inniskilling (Ireland), to the Queen: asking (as a recompense for their “singular service” in the year 1688) for a grant to empower them to coin copper halfpence and farthings, to be current in England and the plantations.
Minuted:—“Read 23 June 1703. The considerac[i]on of this p[re]tended debt hath been before the parliamt and they did not allow it.” 1 page.
[? About
June 23.]
61. Memorial of Jane Hill, widow of Lt John Hill, who was killed at Vigo, to the Ld High Treasurer, praying in consideration of her loss for a share of the prize money.
Minuted:—“23 June 1703. If this were reasonable it is not in my Lds power.” 1 page.
June 23.]
62. Petition of Thomas Townsend, clerk of her Majesty's Great Wardrobe, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying payment of debts due to him in the reigns of Charles II. and William III., or for the bestowment of an office upon him.
Minuted:—“23 June 1703. What grows due to him in the Queen's time shall be paid.” 1 page.
June 23. 63. Report of Mr Henry Baker to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition and bills of Mr John Ford, for prosecuting persons exporting wool and importing silk. Dated 23 June 1703.
Minuted:—“July 1703. To be paid out of seizures.”
Three other documents, one of which consists of the bills referred to. 21 pages.
June 23.]
64. Memorial of Thomas Perry, one of the grooms of the Privy Chamber to her late Majesty. By the approbation of the Queen and the consent of the Duke of Bolton, her then Majesty's Ld Chamberlain, he purchased that employ for 600l. about two years before her death, and was allowed (during the late King's reign) a salary of 60l. per ann., praying to be put on the establishment of the late Queen's servants.
Minuted:—“23 June 1703. The Queen has determin'd her pleasure concerning yt list.” 1 page.
June 23. 65. Report from the Comrs of Prizes to the Ld [High Treasurer] concerning the condition and cargo of the East Starr prize. Dated 23 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Read.” 2 pages.
June 24. 66. Order in Council referring to the Lord High Treasurer the petition of the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of the Company of Pewterers of the city of London. The Queen was about to take the pre-emption of tin into her own hands in order to a farm, by which they would be deprived of an open market, and it would destroy the exportation of pewter; praying to be heard before any agreement for the pre-emption was concluded. Dated 24 June 1703.
Minuted:—“14 Dec. 1703. This is no farm & till they know wt price ye Queen will sett on ye tin, they have no occasion to complain”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
June 24. 67. Certificate from the Deputy Clerk of the Pipe to the Ld High Treasurer that Thomas Charnells, Esq., late sheriff of Leicester, had paid to Anthony St Leger and others 80l. for apprehending John Ovitt alias Ovidd and John Rawson, highway robbers, and so had overpaid his account. Dated 24 June 1703. 1 page.
[? After
June 24.]
68. Petition of Frances Jones and Ann Lloyd, daughters of William Pendrill, as to arrears of their pension of 50l. per ann. each.
A certificate of the Earl of Ranelagh as to the time he had paid the pensions.
Minuted:—“Frances Jones & Ann Lloyd. My Lord will direct this out of ye 1st mo yt is ordrd to Mr Nicholas' office.”
There is this further memorandum:—“Her Maties addll list to Edwd Nicholas, Esqre to pay Frances Jones & Anne Lloyd 50li p[er] ann., each did commence from the 24th of June 1703. Edw. Godfrey.” 1 page.
June 25. 69. Letter of the Comrs of Prizes to Mr Lowndes as to a debt of 2,290l. 12s.d., due to them from the Comrs of Victualling. Dated 25 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Direct the Comrs of Prizes to demand this mo from the Vict., and if they refuse paymt to require from them an answer in writing.” 1¼ pages.
June 26. 70. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Ld High Treasurer on the petition of Ann Evans, widow, as to the paymt to her of certain money arising from the outlawry of George Knype, of Semley, in the co. of Wilts, gentn. Dated 26 June 1703.
The petition and four other papers.
Minuted:—“3 July 1703. Mr Powis to prepare a privy seal.” 9 pages.
June 26. 71. Letter of the Duke of Ormond, Lord Lieutt of Ireland, to the Ld High Treasurer, recommending that Gilbert Dolben, Esq., one of the justices of the Court of Common Pleas, should be allowed 111l. 17s. during the time of renewing his patent, and 100l. lost by his not going the summer circuit, in consequence of his attendance as a member of Parliament in the English House of Commons. Dated 26 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Warrt signed 23 July 1703.
Also the petition. 3 pages.
June 29. 72. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Ld High Treasurer, on the petition of Major Nathaniel Hill, recommending him as a fit object of her Majesty's compassion and bounty: viz., by putting him upon the new list of pensions according to his petition. He had served as Major under command of Marshal Schomburg in the late succours of Portugal, and by his wounds and loss of blood was totally deprived of sight. He enjoyed a pension for 28 years, granted him by K. Charles II. Dated 29 June 1703.
The pettion and a certificate of the Duke of Schomburg and Leinster in his favour.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen at St James's, 16 July 1703. No pencon, but to be releived some other way.” 3 pages.
June 29. 73. Presentment of John Parkhurst, Esq., to the Ld Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer, about the non-payment of certain prize money due from Sir David Mitchell, Knt. Dated 29 June 1703.
Minuted:—“30 June 1703. In case Sr David Mitchell doth not pay this mony (according to a former direction), wthin a month, Mr Parkhurst is to proceed agt him; a deficient tally not being to be accounted paymt.” 2 pages.
[? About
June 29.]
74. Petition of Frances Jones and Anne Lloyd, daughters of William Pendrill, deceased, and of William Jones and William Lloyd, their sons, for the establishment of their pension for services rendered to King Charles II. in his escape.
Minuted:—“Read 29 June 1703. The Queens affaires will not admitt any new establishmt of penc[i]ons.” 1 page.
June 29. 75. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor General, to the Lord High Treasurer, showing what interest the several possessors of the Old Spring Garden then had in the same, as found by search at the Rolls, Signet, Pipe, and Audit Offices. Dated 29 June 1703.
Minuted:—“Read 3d Apr. 1704. Read 7th Dec. 1704. The Q. will not dispose off any part of the ground wthin the wilderness.” 4 pages.
June 30.]
76. Memorial of Robert Balle, of London, merchant, to the Lord High Treasurer. A little before the King's death Sr John Stanley, by his Majesty's order, contracted with him for seven marble statues and one marble head for 600l., being the price they cost him in Italy, which were not paid for, on account of the King's death.
The following is the list, and they were intended for Hampton Court:—
Autumn, with two satyrs at his feet, to the life 120
Ceres or Venus, to the life - - - 120
Apollo, bigger than the life - - - 90
Vulcan, to the life - - - - 80
A satyr, to the life - - - - 60
A double statue of Pan and Orpheus, to the life 40
An old Philosopher, to the life - - 30
The “Femall” head - - - - 15
Freight and other charges - - - 45
Minuted:—“30 June 1703. He may have the statues again. “6 July 1711. To be laid before ye Queen.” 1 page.
[? About
June 30.]
77. Petition of Richard Meredith, gent., customer of the port of Chester, to the Lord High Treasurer, for payment of his salary up to 9 Dec., when William Gratwick, Esq., was appointed.
Also a certificate.
Minuted:—“30 June 1703. To be paid.” 1 page and 3 lines.
[? About
June 30.]
78. Petition of Matthew Roberts, plumber, to the Lord High Treasurer for payment of his claims for plumbers work done for his late Majesty at Hampton Court, Kensington, and Windsor, to the amount of 3971l. 5s. 2d. He says, “that had it not been for his care in maintaining of servants at his own charge, who resided constantly at Windsor, the painted ceilings as well in St George's Hall as of several other places had been quite ruined, the lead which covered the same being decayed, & the gutters soe very much sunk” (till mended by the petitioner), “that upon every hasty shower it required a constant looking after.”
Minuted:—“Read 30 June 1703.” 1 page.
June 30. 79. “Great Wardrobe
June 30th 1703. An estimate of the charge of provisions furnished and several disbursmts made since X~mas 1702 to Midsomr 1703: also liverys, vestures, &c., payable in money to Her Maties servts and salarys, wages, &c., to the officers and servts of Her Maties Gt Wardrobe due wthin the said tyme.” 5 pages.
June 30. 80. Petition of Lord Dursley to the Lord High Treasurer, for the reward of 200l. offered by proclamation for the seizure of Captain Coshart. Petitioner whilst commanding H. M. ship Litchfield met Captn Coshart commanding a French man-of-war of 36 guns, and tho' he had 60 men more than the petitioner, yet after a fight of about four hours he took the captain and delivered him up a prisoner at Portsmouth.
Minuted:—“30 June 1703. He was not taken before he went out of Engld.” 1 page, quarto.
July 1. 81. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lord High Treasurer. He had considered the annexed petition of five poor gentlemen, late of the second troop of guards. He thought them fit objects of her Majesty's bounty. Dated 1 July 1703.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen at St James's, 16 July 1703. Their pencons to be continud in Mr Nicholas's list.” 2 pages.
July 1. 82. Report of Mr. Wm Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Dame Susanna Meredith, widow, Henry Meredith, and Roger Meredith, her two younger sons. Sir Richard Meredith, Bart., mentioned in the petition, had been found an idiot by inquisition, and there was a clause to be accountable to the administrator, which he conceived to be against law, and to the prejudice of the crown; to whom the rents and profits of an idiot's estate properly belonged, only finding fit maintenance for the idiot, and rendering the estate after the death of the idiot to the right heir. He thought the prayer of the petitioner might be granted as to the custody of the person and management of the estate of the idiot. Dated 1 July 1703.
Minuted:—“7 July 1703. My Ld cannot advise ye Queen to grant ye custody of ye ideot to any of ye brothers because they may come to inherit ye estate.”
Again:—“14 Dec. 1703. Granted.”
Also the petition referred to, and another petition of Dame Susanna Meredith, and a third very nearly identical, but it has this minute on it: “Windsor, 17 Augt 1703. Read to ye Queen. To be granted to whom ye inter. cannot go.” 4 pages.
July 1. 83. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Ld [High Treasurer] on the petition of Henry Hooke, Esq., Lieut.-Governor of Plymouth, for paymt of money for conveyance of troops from Plymouth to Nicholas Island. Dated 1 July 1703.
Minuted:—“Read 11 Nov. 1703. My Lord can do nothing in this.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
July 1. 84. Letter from Thomas, Bishop of St David's to William Lowndes, Esq., enclosing another for the Ld High Treasurer about the repair of his house at Abergwilly. Dated 1 July 1703.
Minuted:—“7 July 1703. 50li for this purpose to be put in such hands as ye Audr shall think fit to take care of these repairs & to give an account how ye mony is expended.” 2 pages.
July 1. 85. Report of the Comrs of Customs on the representation of Mr Edmund Dummer, concerning the West India Packet Boats carrying goods: they would give their licence for the same. Dated 1 July 1703.
The representation named.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 2½ pages.
July 1. 86. Report of Mr W. Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Magdalen Nezereau: viz., as to the personal estate of Judith Nezereau who had died in London intestate. Dated 1 July 1703.
United is the petition.
Minuted:—“July 1703. Write to Mr Att. to issue his warrt for a comission of enquiry.”
There is also another copy of the petition, and a report thereon of Mr Borrett. Dated same day. 3 pages.
July 2. 87. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, laying before his Lordship an information as to the private stowing away of about 50 tons of goods in H. M. ship Sterling Castle, at Plymouth, to be run or disposed of in other ships, without payment of duties; “which so encumbered the ship, that if she had engaged an enemy it would have endangered her loss: praying that the information might be laid before the Lord High Admiral.” Dated 2 July.
The information referred to.
Minuted:—“Send copys to Mr Burchet desiring him to acqt the prince's counsell wth it in order to obteyne his R. H. directions thereupon.” 2 pages.
July 3. 88. A state of the loans upon every branch of the public revenue as they stood at Micħas 1696, and at each successive Michaelmas to 1702.
At the foot is:—“This in pursuance of yor precept dated the 1st June 1703 is presented by Chris. Tilson 3 July 1703. 1 very large page.
July 3. 89. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Thomas Browne, one of the weighing porters of the port of London, praying for the transference of his office to his nephew, John Chamberlaine; they do not object. Dated 3 July 1703.
Minuted: “Granted.”
The petition, two affidavits, and a certificate. 4 pages.
July 5. 90. Letter of Mr A. Cardonnel [? to Mr Lowndes] about alterations to be made in the establishments of additional troops. Dated, “Camp at Vorseloer,” 16 July 1703 [i.e. 5 July]. 2 pages.
July 6. 91. “The second proposal of Abel Slany, citizen and woolen draper of London, for himself and partners,” as to the coinage of 700 tons of copper halfpence and farthings; the contractors paying her Majesty 12,000l. The copper to be melted, rolled, cut, and stamped at the Mint. Dated 6 July 1703.
Minuted:—“My Lord expects the returne from ye Mint.” 3 pages.
July 6. 92. Letter unaddressed of Richard Norton, J.P., as to a concealment by Mr Audly of malt at Barton in Suffolk, the levying the fines for the same, and detailing various proceedings thereon. Dated Ixworth Abbey, near Bury in Suffolk, 6 July 1703.
There is also the copy of a letter from the Excise Comrs on the same subject. 5 pages.
July 6. 93. Petition of John Lansdowne, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, showing that the Queen (as part of her duchy of Cornwall) had in the co. of Somerset the manors of Curry Mallett, Shepton Mallett, Milton, Falconbridge, Stoake-under-Hampden, Stratton-super-Fosse, Midsomer Norton, Farrington Gurney, West Hartry, Widcombe, English Combe, and Laverton, and the manor of Rime Intrinsica in the co. of Dorset; praying to be appointed bailiff, the duties having lately been discharged by the steward.
Referred to the Surveyor General 6 July 1703.
Minuted:—“3rd April 1704. He may have a grant if he will be at the charge.” 1 page.
July 6. 94. Letter of the Comrs of Prizes to Mr Lowndes, enclosing a letter from one of their officers at Portsmouth, as to the ill state of health of Mr. Gosselin. Dated 6 July 1703. 2 pages.
July 6. 95. Proposal of Francis Stratford to remit to Hamburgh 75,000 rix dollars at 5s. per rix dollar. Dated 6 July 1703.
Minuted:—“Agreed. The mo. is to be pd to Mr Stratford by tallys on the malt dutys within a month wthout interest.” ¼ page.
July 7. 96. Petition of John Tisue Smith to the Ld High Treasurer. There was due from the late King to him 1,889l. 1s.d. for the iron work at Hampton Court; prays payment.
Encloses the account.
Minuted:—“7 July 1703. There is no mony of arrear.” 2 pages.
[? About
July 7.]
97. Petition of William Atwood, Chief Justice of New York, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to arrears of his salary in the late King's reign.
Minuted:—“7 July. Not order'd. But he may (if he thinks fit) petition ye Councill for an order there.” 1 page.
[? About
July 7.]
98. Memorial of Brigadier Wm Lloyd to the Ld High Treasurer, for a warrant for payment of 111l. 12s. stopped out of his pay; the regiment of dragoons in which he was, being charged with that sum.
Copy of a warrant referred to.
Minuted:—“7 July 1703. My Lord can do nothing in this.” 2 pages.
July 7. 99. Certificate signed “Lanc. Burton” as to the reduced invalids at Tinmouth, whereof Captain Thomas Loyd is captain. Dated 7 July 1703.
Another paper, showing of what the company consisted. 2 pages.
July 7. 100. Petition of Benjamin Lodington, Esq., H.M. Consul at Tripoli, to the Queen. His allowance was formerly paid quarterly out of the Customs until the appropriation of that revenue, when it was transferred to the Exchequer; praying for payment of what was due to him.
Minuted:—“7 July 1703. There is no reason or authority to allow this.” 1 page.
[? About
July 7.]
101. Petition of Geronimo Bestoso to the Ld High Treasurer, praying for order for 50l. to enable him to pay his debts and go to Ireland to seek a testimonal from the Duke of Ormond.
Minuted:—“7 July 1703. If ye Duke of Ormond make use of his vessell he ought to have paid for it out of contingencys.” 1 page.
July 8. 102. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer, upon the proposal of Mr Abel Slaney for himself and partners, for a new coinage of 700 tons of halfpence and farthings. They had enquired into all the coinages of that sort since the year 1672, and they found that in the reigns of King Charles II., King James II., and in the beginning of the reign of the late King and Queen, the coinage of halfpence and farthings was performed by one or more commissioners, who had money imprested from the Exchequer, to buy copper and tin at 20d. per pound “haverdupois,” and accounted upon oath to the Government for the produce thereof.
Upon calling in the tin farthings and halfpence (by reason of the complaints made against them) there was a patent granted to the proposer and others, who contracted to change the tin farthings and halfpence, and to enable them to bear that charge they were allowed to coin 700 tons at 21 pence per pound weight, without being accountable to the Government, which reason now ceasing, they were of opinion that the former method by commission was most advantageous to the Government; especially if the same method were used for coining copper that was observed for gold and silver, viz., that money might be imprested from time to time to a fit officer to buy copper. The coinage should be carried on under the care and direction of the principal officers of the Mint, and the whole profit should be accounted for to her Majesty.
They did not hear that there was any demand for farthings and halfpence at present, if so it was from unequal distribution. They were overstocked at the General Post Office, about Newcastle, and at Leicester. The coinage of halfpence and farthings should be to the intrinsic value. Whenever a new coinage should be thought convenient it should be done in such small quantities as her Majesty should appoint to supply the decrease and loss of those already coined, without danger of new complaints of overstocking the nation. Dated 8 July 1703.
The proposal referred to.
Also, “Notes of the House of Commons” on the same subject.
“Read 13 July 1703. My Lords concur with this report.” 4½ pages.
July 8. 103. Letter from Mr A. Cardonnel to Mr Lowndes, as to a warrant about which he had two months before written in favour of Captain Porter and his men, repeating the Duke of Marlborough's desire that the warrant might be despatched, for besides this aid they would want upwards of 5,000l. to complete the pay of the general officers and others in actual service on that side. He had written several letters of late about our foreign troops and upon other occasions by the Duke's directions, but knew not whether they had come to hand, and begged Mr Taylor might own the receipt of them. Dated, Camp at Vorseloer, 19 July 1703, i.e. 8 July.
P.S.—He had enclosed the Duke's warrant for 222l. 3s. 4d. to Brigadier Lloyd.
Copy of the case of Captn Porter and the letter first referred to. 5 pages.
July 9. 104. Letter from Mr Burchett (Admiralty) to William Lowndes, Esqre. The Comrs for sick and wounded had acquainted his Royal Highness that there were 1840 sick seamen in 200 houses at Portsmouth, and in 70 houses at Gosport, and that their officers, by reason of the quarters being so long unpaid, find great difficulties in satisfying the people, some of whom being promised payment for the sick from Vigo, will give no further credit; asking that money might be furnished to the Comrs. The charge of the sick and wounded very much exceeded that of the last war, but that addition chiefly, if not wholly, arose from the want of a cartel for exchange of prisoners.
The complaints against some captains in the fleet for embezzlements were received; examination could not be made 'till the return of the ships. Dated 9 July 1703.
Minuted:—“13 July 1703. To be brought in to-morrow afternoon when Comrs Navy are here.” 1½ pages.
July 10. 105. Report of the Attorney and Solicitor General to the Ld High Treasurer, on the petition of the Duke of St Albans, and on the reports of Comrs of Customs; giving their opinion that the duty on logwood alias blockwood was an inheritance in the crown by the Act 14 Car. II. cap. 11, and was not appropriated by the Acts appropriating the customs to particular uses. And the Queen might grant the same to the petitioner. Dated 10 July 1703.
Two reports and the petition referred to; also, “accompt of the customs of logwood in London and the out ports for six years.”
Minuted:—“The Queen will give the D. 1,000l. a year out of this dur~ p~l.” 7 pages.
July 10.]
106. A letter from Mr H. Hosier “to ye honord John Evelyn, Esqr, at Wotton neer Darking in Surrey,” desiring to be an addl victuallr for examg the victualling accts.” Dated 10 July 1703.
Minuted:—“17 Augt 1703. My Ld doth not make Comrs of Vict.”
Accompanied by a holograph letter of John Evelyn, inclosing the above, to the Lord High Treasurer. He speaks of Mr Hosier as a worthy neighbour of his, whilst he lived at Deptford. As an accurate accountant there were few (if any) his superior. 2 pages.
July 1 & 11. 107. Letter from H., Bishop of London, to the Ld [High Treasurer], respecting the circumstances of the Archbishop of Armagh. He says, “I cannot tell how far my Lord Primate has layed open his case to you, but you may be assured it is deplorable. I know wt I say is to a person of honour, & therefore you shall have it without disguise. The poor gentleman is an excellent scholar & worthy good man, but little versed in ye affairs of this world. His charitable & generous temper has left him very bare at this time, & to add to his affliction there are severall that insult over his low condition, & one in particular threatens him with a vexatious law suit; so as he is cast down to such a degree that he can think of nothing but retiring, & setting up a private schole for his livelyhood. By this you may guess how much he is distracted wth his misfortunes, & the rather because he is ye first instance of any such usage in a case of this nature. I beseech you therefore to extend yor compassion to him for his own sake and that of his order.” Dated “11 July.”
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen at St James's, 16 July 1703. Referrd to ye Duke of Ormond.”
With this is a letter of Narcissus, Archbishop of Armagh, to the Ld High Treasurer, dated Dublin, July 1, 1703. He says:—“Before this comes to yr L[ordshi]p's hands I hope my petition to my Lord Lieutenant, concerning ye quarter's rent due from ye see of Ardmagh Febr. 2d, will be laid before you, wch I presume her Majestie did not design I should lose, because her letter for my translation was dated in January. I understand yt 200li of ye said quarter's rent is given away already. I do therefore humbly supplicate for ye remaining part of it. My Lord, nothing but extreame necessity puts me upon this method. Whilst I was Archb[isho]p of Dublin ye great number of poor scholars, poor curates, & poor scholemasters throwout ye whole diocese, to wm I gave pensions as they deserv'd, besides many other poor people, kept me low. Neverthelesse whilst I was three times one of ye Lđs Justices here, I supported ye charges of ye government out of mine own pocket, & laid by all yt ye King allow'd as governmt mony (wch was about 1,500li) for building a library for publick use in this kingdome where is none. The library is now very near finisht, & will cost me about 1,800li ye very structure, besides books, wch hath brought me to ye last extremitie for ye publicke good.
“And being upon this juncture by her Majestie's special favour, translated to ye see of Armagh, wch hath brought a very great charge upon me, I must of necessity sink under it (& retire to some private place to live in), unless her Majestie will be pleas'd to bestow on me ye remaining part of ye said quarter's rent, for wch I have two reasons.
“1. The first is, yt it hath never yet been known in this kingdome yt any part of ye revenues of a B[isho]pricke hath been given away from ye succeeding B[isho]p to any other uses: & t'will be a great affliction to me (to say no more) yf I am made ye first example of it; wch I hope yr Lp will not do; especially seeing my successor & his, are restor'd to ye entire & full possession of their B[isho]pricks with all their profits & emoluments.
“2. The second reason is, because beyond this quarter's rent not a penny can be expected from all ye tenants of ye see for above half a year, perhaps a twelv month yet to come. My own steward (who is appointed by ye Comrs of ye Revenue to gather yt quarter's rent) assur'd me but yesterday yt he rode two hundred miles to gather in yt quarter's rent for ym due Febr. 2, & could not get one single sixpence of it, such an extreame want of mony here is in this kingdome.
“My Lord, I can say no more, but yt I hope yr Lp will take compassion on my circumstances, & not think it reasonable yt I, who have nothing, should be debarr'd of ye profits of my see during ye time of passing my patents, whilst others have alwaies enjoy'd ye full profits of theirs.”
Also, letter from the Ld Treasurer, transmitting the above by command of her Majesty to the Ld Lieutt for his opinion. 4 pages.
July 12. 108. Certificate of Robert Butler, Deputy Rem[embrancer?], to the Lord High Treasurer, that the rectory of Magdalen Laver, Essex, was in arrear for tenths fourteen years, viz. 23l. 4s. 11d. Dated 12 July 1703.
Apparently separated from a petition. ½ page.
July 12. 109. Report of the Post Masters General to the Lord High Treasurer, recapitulating a previous report made by them (see 9 March 1702–3) on John Macky's case as to the packet boats; advising that he might deserve their Lordships favour. Dated 12 July 1703.
Minuted:—“To be layd before ye Qu. He is to have halfe his salary continued.”
Also his petition. 2 pages.
July 13. 110. Memorial of the Treasurer of the Chamber, for wages, alms, hire of lodgings, riding charges, &c. Dated 13 July 1703. 1 page.
July 13. 111. Report of the Comrs of Prizes [? to the Lord High Treasurer] on the petition of Richard Hudson, Master of the Dixwell tender, laden with prize goods from Vigo, suspected by Sir Cloudesley Shovel of a design to act clandestinely, and by order of his Royal Highness [Prince George of Denmark] committed to the Marshalsea, and upon examination by the Admiralty discharged: recommending the petitioner for consideration. Dated 13 July 1703.
The petition and an account of the petitioner's disbursements. 3 pages.
July 13. 112. Copy of a letter from Mr Polycarpus Wharton to the [Ld High Treasurer] concerning the passing his father Sir George Wharton's accounts, as Treasurer of the Ordnance. No man was willing to deal with a person that had an account with the Government of so long standing. Dated 13 July 1703. 1 page.
July 13.]
113. Petition of Elizabeth Rice to the Lord High Treasurer. She was bitten and torn and in most deplorable condition, by the great dog (which ran mad), belonging to her Majesty's receipt of the Exchequer. She was incapable of getting her living (having been under the surgeons hands ever since), and of giving suck to her youngest child, which occasioned its death. In addition to which it was doubtful if her husband would not lose his senses for the loss of the child: praying compensation.
Minuted:—Read 13 July 1703. “Order'd 20li out of secret service. Pd. 14 July 1703.”
Also certificate relating thereto. 2 pages.
July 14. 114. Memorandum relating to the Establishment of the Danish Troops. Dated 14 July 1703. 1 page.
July 14. 115. Letter from the Comrs of the Navy to Mr Lowndes, touching the memorial of the Comrs of sick and wounded presented to the Lord High Treasurer “concerning the management of the affair relating to sick and wounded and prisoners at war.” They mention that the number of prisoners taken (by common report) was much superior to what were taken in the same time in the last war, and the exchange of prisoners was not then settled. They had essayed to make a calculation of the charge of that office for the last war, and they believed there was imprested to it from the Navy above 316,296l., or about 35,000l. per ann. for the time of the war. There had been imprested for the said service this war 31,016l., which added to 41,034 (the debt of that office) made 72,050l. for the past year. Bills of exchange should be carefully answered by every office to keep up their credit. That the people who entertained the sick seamen would not stay three months for their payments seemed very extraordinary, as it was found when the affairs were managed by some of the members of that board, they were not only content to stay half a year, but thought themselves well paid if their charges were defrayed in the year. Between 60 and 70,000l. was the debt at the end of the war, which had been paid off by degrees. The debts of the sick and wounded should not exceed six months. The exchange of prisoners should have been negotiated by the Comrs of Prizes. Dated 14 July 1703. 3½ pages.
July 15. 116. Letter from Mr Ad. Cardonnel to Mr Lowndes. He had informed Mons. Slingelandt, Secretary to the Council of State, (with the Lord High Treasurer's approbation,) of a repartition of the troops for the conveniency of the several provinces. Some small additions were desired to be made to the Danes. The duke desired him to remind Mr Lowndes as to remitting part of the poundage for the use of the hospitals. Dated “Camp at Calmpthout, the 26 July 1703,” N.S. 2 pages.
July 16.]
117. Letter of the Lord High Treasurer to the Ld Lieut. of Ireland. He had laid the enclosed petition of Thomas Keightley, Esq., praying for 3,000l. at once, in lieu of 200l. per ann. granted by Queen Mary to Catherine his daughter, who was since married to Sir Donat O'Brien, the petitioner alleging that his whole fortune was liable to answer for his daughter's marriage portion.
The petition has three minutes on it, one of which is, “Read to ye Queen at St James's, 16 July 1703.” 2 pages.
July 16.]
118. Memorial of the “unfortunate Richard, Earl of Ranelagh,” to the Lord High Treasurer: tho' he had had the misfortune to loose all his employments after many years services, yet he still continued under a great weight of troublesome business; amongst which he had “to make up and place before the two auditors several accounts, amounting to many millions of money, more, he might safely say, than ever yet went through any man's hands in England.” These works could not be despatched without the assistance of many and able hands, who with great reason expected to be well and duely paid, &c.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen at St James's, 16 July 1703. My Ld Treasurer is to give him a reasonable allowance.” 1 page.
July 16. 119. Petition of Thomas Browne to the Lord High Treasurer. He was one of the huntsmen to King Charles II. upon the restoration until sent into Holland with 20 couples of hounds and six horses as a present to his late Majesty, who kept him in his service till about two years before his death, and being then about 70 he had a pension of 50l. per ann. out of the privy purse; praying for a continuation of his pension which had been stopped.
Minuted:—“To be putt amongst the Queen's papers. Read to ye Queen at St James's, 16 July 1703. Enquire of Mr Hening to wt time he was paid.”
With a certificate that he had received his pension to 8 March 1701. 2 pages.
July 16. 120. Letter from the Comrs of Prizes, docquetted: “16th July 1703 From ye Comrs of Prizes, with a copy of ye victrs answer to their demand of Her Mts moiety for prize provisions taken from ye service of ye Fleet, and their reply.” 5 pages.
16 July.]
121. Petition of Elizabeth Mc Craken, widow of Capt. James Mc Craken, late of the Royal Regiment of Foot, now commanded by the Earl of Orkney, addressed to the Queen. Petitioner's husband had served 20 years, was wounded at Tangier, and at the battle of Steinkirk, in July 1692, he signalised himself by the management of the cannon, which did great execution against the enemy, but he was unfortunately killed; she had a pension of 40l. but it was two years in arrear at the King's death, and she was then left out of the list of pensioners: prays for a continuance of the pension or other relief.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen at St James's 16 July 1703. Her Majty will not grant her request for a penc[i]on, but a bounty some other way.” 1 page.
19 July. 122. A list of names of persons with sums against them for pensions, entitled, “To be inserted in a warrant from Midsumer 1702.” Dated July 19, 1703.
Also another list of the same nature. 4 pages.
19 July. 123. Memorial of the Comrs for Salt Duties to the Lord High Treasurer. In consequence of decay of their house, they had received directions and had looked out another house in York Buildings. Mr Mathias Cupper had proposed to let his house for 21 years at 130l. per ann.; a lease was drawn for their Lordships' approbation; they prayed for the rent, &c. to be allowed. Dated 19 July 1703. 1 page.
19 July. 124. Letter signed Jans Jones commencing “My Lord,” asking for his charitable consideration of his poor old father, Cornet Lewis Jones, who had served the crown all his life, and lost all his fortune in the late service of Ireland, and whose pension had been stopped. His case had been recommended by the “Bishop” of Canterbury. Dated “Palace of Lambeth, July 19, 1703.”
Minuted:—“3 Apr. 1704. There is no fond for these penc[i]ons.”
With this are two petitions of Cornet Lewis, and other papers. 7 pages.
July 20. 125. Specification of what accrued to the Danish troops, who were sent in the pay of the crown of England, for forage which was owing to them, for the time that they had been in winter garrison at places where the state had stores; also for cases of medicines. Dated 31 July 1703, i.e. 20 July. [French.]
Certificate of Mons. Van Slingelandt, secretary of the Council of State of the United Provinces. Dated 21 July 1703, i.e. 10 July. [French.]
Also a letter of Charles Roudolf, Duke of Wurtemberg, on the same subject. [French.] 6 pages.
July 20.]
126. “The declaration of ye accompt of the Rt Honoble Sydney, Lord Godolphin, Lord High Treasurer of England, late Gentlemn & Master of the Robes to his late Matie King Charles the Second,” granted to him by patent of 16 Nov., 13 Charles II.; with an allowance of 5,000l. per ann.
Accompanied by, “A short state of the accompt of the said master for a year ended at Lady-day 1679.”
Indorsed:—“Rd 20th July 1703. Audrs state of Lord Godolphin's accot as Mar of the Robes ended at Lady-day 1679.” 2½ pages.
July 20. 127. Report of Mr Wm Blathwayt to the Lord High Treasurer. He had examined the drafts of establishments transmitted from Holland, viz., for 12,000 Danes, and for the troops of augmentation, and by comparison with the treaty there were some things doubtful in them, &c. Dated 20 July 1703. 2½ pages.
July 20. 128. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Simon Donjoy, late a collector of Excise, to be allowed to compound his debt; recommending his debt to be discharged. Dated July 20, 1703.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“7th Dec. 1703. Agreed with the Report.” 2½ pages.
July 20. 129. Great Wardrobe
Office. An estimate of the charge of the furniture in the warrant annexed. Dated 20 July 1703.
Also the warrant referred to. 2 pages.
July 21.]
130. Petition of Robert Streeter to the Lord High Treasurer, for payment of a debt due to his father as Serjeant Painter.
Minuted:—“Read 21 July 1703.” 1 page.
July 21. 131. Letter signed W. Fanshawe, commencing “My Lord,” relating the particulars of his severe sickness. His father's estate was ruined by his long and constant service to the Crown, for which they received nothing. 'Twas true King Charles his dead master was pleased to give his wife a pension of 400l. a year as her portion and promised to settle it on her, on him and his children for a term of years. King James took it away, because he had made his wife a Protestant, and Col. Sarsfeild (since Lord Lucan) unjustly seised an estate of 1,200l. a year in Ireland, which the King had purchased for his wife and children by her first husband, and afterwards got him (the writer) attainted in Parliament there, as a rebel to King James, which he never was. When King William had conquered Ireland this estate was seised as Lord Lucan's, and it cost him three years attendance and a great deal of money, nor could he get possession till two noble Earls of this kingdom and some other pretenders had received 2,000l. out of it, on pretence of debts which the Lord Lucan owed them; by which time his wife was dead, and his daughter-in-law, Mrs Sarsfeild, carried away the advantage. On his petition to her Majesty for the continuance of the pension, he had received 200l. out of the lotteries. Praying his Lordship to induce her Majesty to continue the pension to his poor children.
Minuted:—“Read 21 July 1703. Make a state of the cases of all those who had penc[i]ons out of ye lotterys.” 1½ pagess.
[See also petition from him, Vol. LXXVIII. No. 43.]
July 22. 132. Letter from Lord Herbert, unaddressed, applying for a debt of 1,300 and odd pounds. Dated Leicester Fields, July the 22nd 1703.
Minuted:—“11th Augt 1703. No fond for this.” 2 pages, quarto.
July 23. 133. Certificate signed “P. Frowde, Dep. Cler. Pipæ” that Christopher Willoughby, Esq., late Sheriff of Wilts, had paid to Anthony St Leger, gent., and others 40l., for apprehending John Barloe, a highwayman, and that he had no money in hand, being otherwise in surplusage. Dated 23 July 1703. 1 page.
July 24. 134. Certificate of the Mayor, Recorder, and others of the Corporation of Waterford, that “Francis Bauldwin Des Prizes” of the city of Waterford, and formerly Colonel of horse and dragoons in the town of St Martin in the Isle of Rhea, under Lewis the 14th, King of France, being a Protestant fled to England for his religion, having left a considerable estate there; and for his upright dealing as a merchant was received as one of the common council of Waterford, which was a mark of favour seldom or never granted to strangers. They further certify that they believed the report of his great losses in ships and goods. Dated 24 July 1703. Part of a skin of vellum with seal of the Corporation.
July 26. 135. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Charles Fryth. They were willing to reappoint him as a collector if his Lordship approved, he having been suspended. Dated 26 July 1703.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“Read 14th Sepr 1703. My Lord is not satisfyd but yt there was fraud intended by Fryth, and cannot signify his approbation to have him restored.” 2 pages.
July 26. 136. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of William Turner, praying to be appointed yard keeper. It goes fully into the question as to who had the right of appointment. Dated July 26, 1703.
The petition and a certificate.
Minuted:—“Read 7 Decr 1703. My Lord leaves this to the Comrs of Excise.” 4 pages.
July 26. 137. Warrant by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland for the raising by Col. Sibourg of a regiment of dragoons, consisting of French Protestants, to be commanded by the Duke of Schomburg. Dated 26 July 1703. 1 page.
July 26. 138. Letter signed Ad. Cardonnel [? to Mr Lowndes] as to the clearings for the troops. Dated, Camp at Houtalen, 6 Aug. 1703.
There is the following postscript:—
“We are daily expecting the Treaty of repertition for the troops of augmentation from the Hague, and the Deputys will have powers sent them at the same time, to sign it with my Lord Duke; this treaty will be conformable to the establishment for the 20,000 men, and his Grace desires to know whether, for saving of time, my Lord Treasurer will give him leave to sign it without sending over the project for his Lops approbation.” 3 pages.
July 27. 139. Memorial of Mr Fox as to sums required for various troops. Dated 27 July 1703. 2 pages.
July 27. 140. Salt Commissioners' Report upon the petition of Geo. Lawson, &c., as to securities for Mich. Taylor, late collector at North Shields. Dated 27 July 1703.
Minuted:—“27 Oct. 1703. Ordered accordingly.” 6½ pages.
July 27. 141. Petition of Sir Samuel Morland to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for payment of an annuity of 200l. out of the revenue of excise granted him by King Charles II. for the services done to him by petitioner's father during his (the King's) exile.
Minuted:—“Read 27 July 1703.” 1 page.
July 27. 142. Representation by the Comrs for duties on stamped vellum, &c., viz., that in 1697 the Comrs and officers were (by an Act granting an aid as well by a land tax as by several subsidies, &c.), assessed for their salaries by the Comrs and assessors for Lincoln's Inn, to whose collectors the moneys so assessed were paid. They were assessed in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, and there was a dispute whether their office was taxable in that parish. The Comrs were assessed one third more, and the under officers two thirds more than at Lincoln's Inn. Processes were issuing for the whole sums assessed in St Margaret's, Westminster: praying for direction. They had been obliged to pay one quarter's tax to both parishes to avoid being committed to prison. An injunction had been obtained to stay distresses, but there were warrants from the Comrs of St Clement Danes out against them before the injunction was obtained, by which the Controller was committed to the gatehouse, &c. Dated 27 July 1703. 1 page.
July 27. 143. Presentment by the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer touching the valuation of unrated goods imported by the East India companies. Dated 27 July 1703.
Minuted:—“Read 22 Oct. 1703. Read again 7 Dec. 1703. Send the 2 companys copys of this report, and desire them to come prepared to speak with my Lord on this subject on this day senight, in the afternoon. Desire the Comrs of Customs & Mr Attor. to be here then.”
Three other documents relating thereto. 5 pages.
July 27. 144. Auditor E. Harley's statement of the pay of Sir Thomas Knatchbull, Bart., Commissary to the two marine regiments, and of George Gillard, his deputy, separate from the accounts of the said regiment, &c. Dated 27 July 1703.
Also a certificate.
Minuted:—“3 Apr. 1704. To be considered when ye accounts of ye Regimts are made up.” 3 pages.
July 27. 145. “An accot of expences paid by Benjamin Jackson, one of the two persons nominated by Sir Henry Ashurst, Bart., to goe to New England, pursuant to an Order of Councill dated in October 1696, to inspect and send from thence the severall species of navall stores, and to make report what stores that countrey can produce for the use of her Maties Royal Navy of England, from the year 1697 to the year 1701, according to instructions given by the said Sr Henry Ashurst.” Dated 26 July 1703.
Certificate of the truth of the account. Sworn 27 July 1703.
Memorial of Sir Henry Ashurst, Bart., applying for such recompense as he might deserve for negotiating these affairs.
The Order in Council above referred to, and
The copy of a report of W. Partridge and Benjn Jackson, enclosing another report of the state of his Majesty's provinces of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire, with relation to the production of naval stores, whereby it would appear that England might be supplied from thence with those stores without depending upon other nations for them. They were prepared to supply the navy with masts, timber, and plank, cheaper than had hitherto been proposed. If the King would order the settlement of Main, sufficient rosin, pitch, tar, and hemp might be produced. Dated 25 Sept. 1699. The enclosed report referred to, contains many topographical and other interesting particulars, amongst the latter, the process of tar making is detailed. 45 pages.
July 27. 146. “The method for the paymt of the forces to be observed as directions hath bin already sent to the Lord Cornbury of the 30th March last.”
Docquetted:—“Memd concerning the forces of New York.”
Minuted:—“Read 27 July 1703.” 1 page.
July 28. 147. “The account of the debt due in the office of her Mats works, from the last of March 1703, to the last of June following.” Dated 28 July 1703. 1 page.
July 29. 148. Letter from the Duke of Ormond to the Lord High Treasurer; as to Captain Despieres, he had enquired into the truth of the allegations, and found that other French pensioners of the degree of captain had a pension of three shillings a day each, and that the petitioner was placed therein only at 1s. 6d. a day. Dated Dublin Castle, 29 July 1703.
The petition referred to. 2 pages.
July 29. 149. “An abstract of all money payable by her Majty and the States General, pursuant to ye sevll Treaties for ye troopes of augmentation for levy-money & pay of the said troopes from ye sevll periods of time from which they entred into the service to ye 29th of July 1703, to which time they are to be paid in moyeties, according to the establishmt now signed for the said forces.” 2 pages.