Volume 80: June 1-July 15, 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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June 1–July 15, 1702

June 1. 1. Letter of [Sir] William Trumbull to the Lord High Treasurer, enclosing the copy of a petition of his sister's daughter, Mrs. Anne Bynns, and Mr. Richard Bynns a poor clergyman, who were entitled by the will of Col. Bynns to the arrears of his (the Colonel's) pension, pressing his Lordship to allow the same.
The petition referred to.
Minuted:—“Read 5 June 1702. My Lord can do nothing in this.” 2 pages.
June 1. 2. Copy of Queen Anne's declaration for the encouragement of her ships of war and privateers. Dated 1st June 1702. 5½ pages.
June 1. 3. Petition of Thomas Jacob, of Taunton, in the county of Somerset, innholder. Petitioner in November 1688, when the King landed in the west, quartered 100 Dutch troopers, who were suddenly marched back to Exeter, which prevented the petitioner from being cleared. The notes for 137l. to pay petitioner were lost; prays payment. Indorsed “June the 1st.”
Minuted:—“29 July 1702. My Ld cannot pay anything on this pretence.” 1 page.
June 1. 4. Letter unsigned and unaddressed, docquetted “1 June 1702. Mr. Blount's sentimts about ye manner of keeping the public accots.” He says, “The majority of the first commrs consisting of gentlemen that were bred merchants, carried the method of keeping all the 1 accompts in the merchants way of Journal & Leiger, commonly called the Italian way.” The method was good, and in many respects serviceable, but was insufficient in some respects. He mentions what he had proposed in 1693, and offers a method that might fully answer all the ends of the commission. Dated 1 June 1702. 1½ pages.
June 1. 5. Establishment of the six marine regiments, 1702. Dated 1 June 1702. 1 page.
June 2. 6. Report of the Officers of Ordnance to the Earl of Romney, on the petition of the inhabitants of the town and port of Newhaven in the county of Sussex, setting forth their danger from the war, and praying for three or four guns with carriages and ammunition for a fort at Seaford, which commands the whole bay, and would be a security against the insults of the enemy and a refuge for vessels. The officers of ordnance thought the request reasonable, but the petitioners had not ordnance or stores from the government during the last war, and to gratify them would encourage many more to desire the same and bring an extraordinary charge on the office, Dated 2 June 1702.
Also the petition. 2½ pages.
June 2. 7. Presentment by the Postmasters to the Lord High Treasurer, advising an increase of wages as in the late war to the commander and seamen of the packet boats employed in carrying the mails between England and Holland. Advising also the appointment of Muster Master to be allowed 40s. per month. Dated 2 June 1702.
Minuted:—“24 June 1702. Agreed to & a warrt to be p[re]pared accordingly.” 1 page.
June 2. 8. Report of Mr. Henry Baker to the Ld [High Treasurer] upon the petition of Judith Watson, who had prosecuted on behalf of the crown, Mary Saltmarsh, late of the parish of Lingsted in the county of Kent, widow, and Mary Crisp, late of the same, spinster, who had retired to Brussels, and were professed nuns, and so had forfeited their estates. The report is as to the bill for the prosecution. Dated 2 June 1702.
The petition and the case of Mary Saltmarsh and Mary Crisp, and another petition of Judith Wattson on the same subject.
The following subsequent minutes are on the back:—“30 June 1702. My Lord dos not think fit to give her any more mony on this accot
16 May 1705. My Lord adheres to his former minute.” 1 large and 2 smaller pages.
June 3. 9. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of James Mackburny, praying to be appointed Secretary to the Comrs for managing the duties on salt, doubting his qualifications for the office. Dated 3 June 1702.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
June 4. 10. Memorial of the agents for bringing in taxes, to the Lord High Treasurer, showing that they were at great expense in prosecuting receivers, &c., and for other incident charges for which they had been allowed 150l., which was all expended: praying for a further sum. Dated 4 June 1702.
Also the bill of incident charges.
Minuted:—“150l. more for this out of arrears of taxes unappropriated.” 2 pages.
June 5. 11. “Coppy of a precept from the Comrs of Accts to deliver on the 15 July quarterly accts of the mony arising by the duty of hawkers and pedlars.” 1¼ pages.
[? About
June 5.]
12. Petition of Nathan Hickman, attorney-at-law, to the Lord High Treasurer, to be appointed solicitor to the office of wine licence.
Minuted:—“5 June 1702. Ref. to Comrs Excise.” ½ page.
June 5.]
13. Petition of Samuel Rhodes, late of Lincoln's Inn, gent. He had bought his place of clerk of the indorsements in the Alienation Office. A deputation was renewed to him in 1689, and immediately afterwards a deputation was granted to one Mr. Halpenny; the petitioner was put out of the commission of the peace for refusing King James three questions. He was also put out of his place in June 1689: praying to be reinstated.
Minuted:—“5 June 1702. Respited for some short time.” 1 page.
June 5.]
14. Petition of James Isaacson, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer, showing that he had contrived the duties on stamped vellum, parchment, and paper, and had been a commissioner for the same, but in the new commission was left out: praying to be appointed controller thereof.
Minuted:—“Read 5th June 1702. My Ld shall be glad to provide for him when there is any proper occasion.” ½ page.
June 5. 15. Report of the Earl of Rochester, Lord Lieut. of Ireland, on two petitions of the Duke of Ormond to the Queen. He had seen a representation that if the duties of prizage and butlerage of wines, (belonging to the Duke) were collected by the royal officers, it would advance the revenue. He did not doubt that the advantage to the crown by the lease from the Duke of Ormond in seven years was 5864l. He hoped to be excused from giving an opinion on the prayer of the petition as to the overplus above 1,500l. per ann., as he conceived it could only fitly be determined by the Queen whether the petitioner should be gratified. His services were very eminent and his estate suffered very considerably at the Revolution. As for the memorial for the Queen to take a new lease for three years of the prizage at a rent of 2,500l. a year, if there were a prospect of peace and plenty, it might not be an unequal bargain, but as probably the war would not determine during the term of the lease, it might not be advisable. It might be more proper that the Queen should appoint her own officers to collect the duties and that accounts should be kept for the benefit of the Duke. Dated 5 June 1702.
One of the petitions and the account of prizage.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 9th June 1702. As to the overplus of the profits during the last term, if it had made less, the crown must have paid. For the future the Queen's officers are to collect the duty, and his grace is to have the benefit of it according to Lord Leivts Report.” 4 pages and a few lines.
June 5.]
16. Address or letter of John Peters, gent., to the Ld High Treasurer as to four “articles” which had been recommended by the Attorney General to be laid before Her Majesty, apparently as to recovery of certain of his property; asking his Lordship's mediation for the grant of a lease.
Minuted:—“Read 5 June 1702.” 1 page.
June 8. 17. Report of the Comrs of Excise on the petition of John Warters, barrister-at-law, to be appointed secretary to the Comrs for managing the duties on salt, viz., that he might be a fit person.
Dated 8 June 1702.
Also his petition. 2 pages.
June 8.]
18. Petition of the churchwardens and other ancient inhabitants of the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, on behalf of the poor; praying that the cloth laid from Westminster Hall to the west end of the Abbey, and used at the coronation, should be divided between the poor of St Margaret, St Martin, and St Clement's parishes, and that the boards and rails might be given to the poor of St Margaret's parish.
Minuted:—“Read 8th June 1702. My Lord Trea[sure]r consents that ye petrs may have the board[es] and rayles as formerly.” 1 page.
June 9. 19. “A list of papers to be laid before Her Maty.”
The particulars in this paper are all entered in the Minute Book, Vol. II. p. 184, on 9 June 1702, and in addition the minutes of what was done in each case. 1 large page.
June 9.]
20. Petition of Maynhard, Duke of Schonburg and Leinster. Soon after the late King's arrival in England the House of Commons voted 100,000l. for the support of his father and family, and Sir Henry Capell was named trustee to lay it out in England, and to take care that his father had 5,000l. a year. On the death of his father, his brother Charles and himself had a privy seal for payment of the principal, and afterwards had 4 and 5 per cent. out of the Post Office, until the principal could be paid; but as the petitioner could not jointure a wife, nor provide for younger children, he prayed for the acceptance of the surrender of his patent, and a grant in lieu thereof of a patent for himself and his heirs in general terms, for the 5,000l. out of the Post Office, subject to the redemption of the principal.
Minuted:—“Read 9 June 1702. The Queen cannot lawfully make the grant desired.” 1 page.
June 9.]
21. Petition of Nicholas, Bishop of Chester, to the Queen. The late King and Queen in June 1689 demised to Thomas Preston, Esq. the site of the monastry of Furneis, in the county of Lancaster, at 200l. per ann. Their Majestys settled the said rent to be paid to the petitioner for the maintenance of four ministers, called the King's preachers, established by Queen Elizabeth. The privy seal having determined by the death of the King, the petitioner prayed that the rent might be continued to him by another privy seal.
Minuted:—“Read 9th June 1702. Granted.” 1 page.
June 9. 22. Application from C. W. Whitfeild to the Lord [High Treasurer] for 3,000l. to be put on board the fleet for the use of Col. Fox and Lord Shannon's regiment of marines, and five companies of Col. Villiers'. Dated 9 June 1702. 1 page, quarto.
June 12. 23. Memorial from the trustees appointed for exchanging Exchequer Bills. On the 1st of June they opened new rolls for taking subscriptions for 500,000l. for circulating Exchequer bills, and 497,000l. were subscribed, 3,000l. being reserved, viz., 1,500l. for Thomas Nix, Esq., and 1,500l. for Brian Levens, Esq. Upwards of 500 persons, most of them substantial men, attended to subscribe, besides those admitted; and the crowd was so great that the trustees could not keep to any steady method in taking the subscriptions, &c. Dated 12 June 1702. 1 page.
June 12. 24. Letter signed “Ja: Isaacson,” addressed to the Lord High Treasurer, sending copy of a presentment sent to their Lordships in August last by the Comrs for stamps, to which they made no reply. The three last clauses mention how necessary it was to appoint a commissioner to inspect the country. Prays to be appointed riding commissioner. Dated 12 June 1702.
Also the copy referred to.
Minuted:—“To be carryed in on Tuesday 23 June.” 3 pages.
June 12.]
25. “Sir Wm Blacketts case in relac[i]on to the debt due to him from the Crown of Denmark.”
The debt was occasioned by the taking of a cargo of cloth by Fredrick the Third, King of Denmark, he having occasion for the same in the year 1658. The cargo belonged to Sir William Blackett, father of the then Sir William. The various means used to obtain the payment of the debt are specified, all which had failed through the want of means of the Danish Government.
Minuted:—“Read 12 June 1702. When there is room to do Sir Wm Blacket any service my Lord will do as much as is in his power.” 1 page.
June 12. 26. Letter of Mr. Wm. Blathwayt to Mr. Lowndes, returning two warrants signed by the Queen, for paying certain regiments. Dated 12 June 1702. 1 page, quarto.
June 14.]
27. Petition of Lieut.-Col. Edmund Rouse, Governor of Upnor Castle, to the Queen. He had set forth his hardships in having his company disbanded, immediately after he had new clothed them at a cost of 300l., and he had no allowance as governor. Not to be burthensome to the Civil List, as he was informed there were considerable arrears of rent during the vacancy of the Mastership of the Savoy, he prayed that the 300l. might be paid him out of those rents, and for an annual allowance during the vacancy of the mastership.
Minuted:—“14 June 1702. The revenues of ye hospitall must be applyd to ye charitable use intended by ye Founder.” 1 page.
June 15. 28. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord [High Treasurer], on the petition of Samuel Dale, landwaiter in the port of London, praying leave to surrender his place to John Digby, deputy patent waiter in the same port, reserving an allowance of 40l. per ann. out of the salary during life. They had nothing to object to the fitness of the said Digby. In the last instance, which was the surrender of Gauden to Whaples, the present landwaiter, they had reported that although there had been some few instances where deserving officers had been superannuated, having grown infirm, and younger officers of inferior rank had been admitted to execute those employments (reserving a moiety of the salary to the superannuated officers), yet they conceived it was a practice by no means to be encouraged, &c. When their Lps agreed to that petition, they declared it should not be made a precedent. The charges on Whaples' salary of 80l. reduced it to 20l., and it would be the same with Digby. They were of opinion that all surrenders of this kind would be a great damage and very inconvenient. Dated 15 June 1702.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“Read ult. June 1702. My Lord concurrs wth ye opinion of ye Commrs.” 2¼ pages.
June 15. 29. Report of Christopher Tilson to the Lord High Treasurer, concerning the privy seal for recovering the arrears of the land revenue due at Michaelmas 1698. 1½ pages.
June 16. 30. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Charles Coatsworth to be admitted to a composition for a debt of 500l., due upon bonds entered into by himself and sureties for duties on salt.
Minuted:—“23 June 1702. He is not within the clause for composition.”
Also the petition and three other papers. 5 pages.
June 16. 31. Letter of the Earl of Nottingham to the Lord High Treasurer, transmitting the petition of Brigadier Hastings, which had been read before the Committee of Council, and their Lordships opinion was that the petitioner was worthy of Her Majesty's compassion.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. There is no room on ye military establishment, but Her Maty will consider of an opportunity to provide for him wthout burthening the revenue.” 1 page, quarto.
June 17. 32. Memorial of the Comrs for the Alienation Office to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for their “constitutions” to be renewed.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be renewd.” 1 page.
June 17. 33. Letter signed S. P. to the Lord High Treasurer. He was an Enlishman and lover of his country. Sir Thomas Frankland, by his artifices and tricks about two years since, got an ill man, Mr. Castleton, to be controller of the penny Post Office, and now (he could disguise his evil practices no longer), was soliciting for this very infamous man Brocket, another fool of his, to supply his place, which would much diminish the revenues, &c. None would be more willing than he (the writer) to do Her Majesty service. Dated 17 June 1702. 1 page.
June 17.]
34. Petition of Simon Harcourt, Esq., Secondary of the Crown Office, in the Queen's Bench, to the Lord High Treasurer. His office in the reign of King James II., and for the first six years of the reign of King William and Queen Mary, was to prosecute on their Majestys' behalf all causes in the Crown Office of the King's Bench, for which he had a salary of 50l. per ann. After the death of the King the Attorney General had appointed him clerk in the Crown Office of the Queen's Bench; praying for the same salary to be paid him.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. There is no establishmt for this.” 1 page.
June 17.]
35. The case of Wm Dockwra, of London, merchant. In 1680 he had set up the penny post, which proved a most beneficial service to the public. He had no sooner brought it to perfection than the late King James (when Duke of York), at the instigation of some evil men in the ministry, caused 20 actions to be brought at one time, and two of 10,000l. apiece at another, pretending that the setting up the penny post was a breach of the Act for settling the Post Office on him. The law was wrested, and a special verdict was denied, and so he was deprived of the benefit of his invention, the statute law 22 J. I., which gives to every subject who is author of a new invention for the common good the sole benefit and profit thereof for 14 years, not being regarded. Mr. Dockwra and his family of nine children remained sufferers for many years until the revolution, at which time he printed his case. The King at the recommendation of the House of Commons granted him a pension of 500l. per ann. for a term which expired at Midsummer 1700, out of the profits of the penny post. The King had promised him employment. He had received nothing for a year and a quarter, and had no other dependence than the pension, having sunk most of his children's fortunes in the undertaking, and notwithstanding the pension, he was many thousand pounds the worse for setting up the penny post. He (Mr. Dockwra) hoped His Majesty would appoint the payment of the 625l. to Michaelmas last, and continue the pension till he was settled in some good office, and not suffer his wife and children to be forgotten or want. And he hoped that his three sons, qualified for public service, would find a generous preferment, as a mark of reward for the memorable service their father had done for the King and kingdom, which would last for ever.
This case, although drawn up in the autumn of 1701, does not appear to have been then dealt with, but was brought forward again in the following year, for on the back is this Minute:—“17 June 1702. When any imploymt fals yt is proper for him my Ld is willing to move ye Queen in his behalf.” 2 pages.
June 17.]
36. Petition of Dorothy Wynne, widow and relict of Doctor Owen Wynne, deceased, and executrix of his will, praying for a new patent for the profits of the original seal of Anglesey, Carnarvon, and Merioneth, and of the pre-fines of fines and recoveries in those counties for 40 years, at the same rent at which her husband had the grant, viz., 9l. per annum.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. Referred to ye Audr of Wales.” 1 page, quarto.
June 17.]
37. Petition of Alexander de la Martinerie, Esq., first engineer in the army and director of the trenches. He served the late King as engineer from 1 May 1692 to the disbanding the army. He came into the English service at the command of Queen Mary, on the promise that he should receive 10s. a day besides his pay as an engineer (as appears by certificate of the Duke of Schonberg), until he should be made a lieutenant-colonel, but he had not yet any such commission, and had received only 75l. from the 10s. a day. There were 1,184l. due. The petitioner was naturalized, but never received any half pay, and was daily troubled for his debts; praying for relief.
The certificate referred to.
Wafered to the foot of the petition is a subsequent request from the petitioner (who is there called major-general of the armies of the King of Poland), that his debt might be paid to him that he might go about the business of his master. (French.)
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. There is no fund for this debt, but my Ld. will recōmend him when there is occasion.
28 March 1704. Nothing can be done on this.” 2 pages.
June 17.]
38. Petition of Isaac Manley to the Lord High Treasurer, praying a grant of a warrant to the Receiver General of the Post Office, for payment of 50l., the last instalment of 600l. granted by the royal bounty by privy seal, which was void by the death of the King.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be laid before ye Queen. Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. The last 50l. to be p[ai]d him.” 1 page.
[? About
June 17.]
39. Petition of Sir Stephen Fox, knight, to the Queen. King James II. granted, on 31 Nov. 1688, to John Fox, Esq., the custody of the duckoy [decoy] pond in the New Forest in Hampshire, with the house, ground, &c., formerly in custody of John Fox, Esq., his father, “with such rights, priviledges, and fewell wood as belonged to the inhabitants of the forest,” and a fee buck and doe in each season out of the walk wherein it lay.
The names of John Fox the father and John Fox the son were used only as trustees for the petitioner, who was possessed of a purlieu adjoining the forest, in which he had power to kill deer, but being desirous to preserve the deer, he would do so if Her Majesty would grant him two bucks and two does each season.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be laid before ye Queen. Read to ye Queen July 8, 1702. Granted, but not to pass till ye Duke of Bolton's warrt passes.”
Accompanied by:—“An agreemt betwixt the late Duke of Bolton and Sr Stephen Fox before he passed his patent, which afterward his grace did not comply with.” 2 pages, quarto.
[? About
June 17.]
40. Petition of Sr Edward Sherburn to the Lord High Treasurer. In 1688, as a Roman Catholic, he was compelled to leave his habitation in the Tower of London, and suspended from his place of clerk of the ordnance, which he held at a salary of 2s. a day from the 15th year of Charles I., and which was accounted his legal freehold; praying for some part of the arrears of the 700l. due to him, being 87 years of age and debilitated by many infirmities.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be laid before ye Queen. Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. Her Maty will give him something as ye King did.”
Also certificate of the arrears. 2 pages, quarto.
June 17.]
41. Petition of Isaac Marryott, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer. He had been for several years conversant with, and privy to, the land revenue of the crown, and being obstructed in his endeavours to discover the just rights thereof, had lately petitioned the Queen, who had referred him to his Lordship; praying a short day that he might be heard and be allowed assistance.
Accompanied by the previous petition referred to, which relates to concealments discovered by the petitioner. He suggests that several millions might be raised by fines. He had expended above 7,000l. in preventing the violation of the rights of the crown. He had grown old and infirm, and if the concealments were not discovered by him before his death the crown would be a great loser; prays for the appointment of some persons just and faithful to examine the truth of his assertions.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be heard when he will attend.” 2 pages.
[? About
June 17.]
42. Petition of Thomas Rymer to the Queen. He was constituted Historiographer Royal in the 4th year of King William and Queen Mary, and was then also employed “to see transcribed and publish'd the antient leagues, treaty's, and publick acts of state from the originals then in a great measure rotten and defac'd,” which service he had constantly attended, but hitherto had not published any part of the work; praying for the grant of the like patent of historiographer, and that the Lord High Treasurer might allow the same encouragement as heretofore.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To be laid before ye Queen.”
Again:—“5th August 1702. 100l. per annm.” 1 page.
June 17.]
43. Various papers relating to the affairs of William Delarose, who had formerly been collector of excise for Hampshire; showing what his success in that office had been. He had applied for allowance to be made him, and the Comrs of Excise had reported thereon.
The papers are more or less connected with his disputes with the Comrs of Excise, and include an account of the gross produce of seven years when Delarose was collector.
Minuted:—“Read 17 June 1702.”
[The hearing the petitioner was anxious to obtain was granted 20 Oct. 1702, when the Lord High Treasurer thought his petition was groundless. See Minute Book, Vol. II. p. 256.] 16 pages.
[? About
June 18.]
44. Petition of William Hulme, Esq., late sheriff of the county palatine of Lancaster, to the Lord High Treasurer, for a warrant to satisfy the surplusage on his account.
Certificate of the auditor on the same. Dated 18 June 1702. 2 pages.
[? About
June 17.]
45. Petition of Richard Marshall, collector of customs at Whitehaven, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to an increase of his salary with additional duties; praying to be removed into some patent place, or to grant with an additional salary his place of collector to Mr. John Fotherby, who had acted as his deputy for four years.
Minuted:—“17 June 1702. To speake to ye Comrs of ye Customes upon ye allowance, but ye Queen will not consent to any resignation.” 1 page.
June 20. 46. Copy of Instructions issued by his Royal Highness Prince George of Denmark, Lord High Admiral, &c., for the Comrs appointed to take care of sick and wounded seamen, and for exchanging prisoners of war. There are 25 separate clauses Dated 20 June 1702. 20 pages.
June 20. 47. Letter from Mr. William Blathwayt, as auditor general of revenues in America, to the Comrs for Public Accounts, sending them accounts of revenues, &c. out of the islands or plantations in America, as far as he was able, and promising the others as they came to his hands. Dated 20 June 1702. 2 pages.
June 20.]
48. Petition of Josiah Burchet, Esq., secretary to the Lord High Admiral, to the Queen. In 1695, being called from his employment as secretary to the Admiral of the Fleet, and appointed (in conjunction with Mr. Bridgeman) secretary of the Admiralty, he found the fees which were enjoyed by his predecessors were wholly taken away from himself and clerks; praying to be allowed the taxes he and his clerks had paid since his present employment. Referred 20 June 1702.
Also the account of sums paid.
The second minute is: — “Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. Granted.” 3 pages.
June 20.]
49. Petition of Martha Francis, widow, the only surviving child of Sr Andrew Cogan, Knt and Baronet, deceased. Her father's estates were sequestered for his adherence to King Charles I., which, with other disbursements, amounted to 34,677l.; prays for the royal bounty. Referred on 20 June 1702 to the Lord High Treasurer.
A schedule of the losses, &c. referred to, and another paper on the same subject.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. The Queen hath not declared her pleasure concerning charitys of this kind.” 3 pages.
June 22. 50. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor General, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the offer made by Dame Margaret Owen and Edward Ingleton to discover and recover certain rents and arrears of rent alleged to be concealed from the crown. The rents were reserved by King Charles I. out of Bullingbrook Fens in Lincolnshire (part whereof were in the Duchy of Lancaster). Without disturbing the country, the petitioners alleged that several sums might be raised by way of composition for these arrears, from persons who could not make settlements of their estates, because of these encumbrances. Dated 22 June 1702.
Also copies of two other reports, and an affidavit on the same subject, and two extracts of grants taken out of the duchy office as to lands in West, East, and North Fens [parcel of the honour of Bollingbrook].
Minuted:—“Read 15 July 1702. Mr. Surveyr to inform himself wth more certainty yt ye lands are enjoyd under ye grant whereupon these rents are reserved.” [See previous report in Vol. LXXVII., No. 40.] 12 pages and 3 halves.
June 22. 51. Report of Sir Edward Northey to the Queen on the petition of Thomas Morton, Esq., and Elizabeth his wife. He found that by inquisition taken in April last, Margaret James, daughter and heir of Edmund James, late of Bradfield, Wilts, gent., deceased, was declared an idiot, and that the said Edmund was seized of lands, &c. of the yearly value of 160l., which descended to his daughter, and were charged with his debts. Elizabeth Morton was aunt of the said Margaret, and the estate could not descend to her. He was therefore of opinion that the custody of the idiot and her estate might be granted to the petitioners. Dated 22 June 1702.
The petition and an affidavit. 2½ pages.
June 22 and
July 15.]
52. Report of the warden, master worker, and controller of the mint, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Ann Morris, widow and executrix of Richard Morris, deceased, as to claims for services rendered in apprehending and prosecuting clippers, coiners, &c.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. My Ld dos not think it reasonable to put ye Queen to any charge in this matter.”
The petition, a certificate, and Richard Morris's bill. 4½ pages.
June 22. 53. Report of Sir Edward Ward, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, to the Lord High Treasurer, upon the pretensions of Michael Baker the elder, and Michael Baker the younger, to the renewal of the grant of the office of Marshal of the Marshalsea of the Exchequer, against which Mr. John Walker had lodged a caveat. Dated 22 June 1702.
Also the petition of Michael Baker the elder and younger.
Minuted:—“24 June 1702. Mr Baker's patent to be renew'd as it was before.” 2 pages.
June 22.]
54. Petition of William, Bishop of Landaff, to the Queen, praying for the grant of the tenths of the diocese and the arrears thereof, it being the smallest in point of revenue in England and Wales.
Referred on 22 June 1702 to the Ld Treasurer to report on.
Minuted:—“1 July 1702. It is not advisable to grant or discharge ye tenths.” 1 page.
June 22.]
55. Petition of William Dockwra, of London, merchant, to the Queen, setting out the same facts as are found in his case, previously described under date 17 June (No. 35). In addition he says that, at Lady-day 1697, he was appointed controller of the penny post at 200l. per ann. and improved the income from it 200l. per ann., but was put out of the office at Midsummer 1700, and his eldest son also, who had been with him all the three years and a quarter; praying for present help and for a settled benefit for the future.
Referred to the Lord High Treasurer, 22 June 1702, to report on, who on 11th Aug. 1702 referred it to the postmasters general.
There is also a copy of the votes of the House of Commons of 16 May 1690, which recommended him to His Majesty.
The following is the last clause in the body of the petition:—“Your petic[i]oner therefore prostrates himself at yor Majties feet, the throne being the refuge of the oppressed subjects & unhappy sufferers; never believing that yor Majesties incomparable goodness & intirely English heart, can let a faithfull English subject be forgot, & his family languish into ruine, meerly for doing good to his country; but that yor peticoner shall finde speedy redress from so admirable a Queen, whose piety & justice so conspicuous when in a private state, must, by advancing goodnes, as well as greatness, establish the throne and render it more illustrious.” 3 pages.
June 23. 56. Printed form of licence granted to hawkers and pedlers, dated 23 June 1702. 1 page.
June 23. 57. Memorial from the Comrs of Excise to the Ld High Treasurer for remission of the taxes charged on their officers salaries, viz., those having less than 100l. per ann. Dated 23 June 1702.
Minuted:—“Orderd as usual.” 1 page.
June 23. 58. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Henry Ireton, late collector of excise, as to the cause of his dismissal. Dated 23 June 1702.
Minuted:—“Read 23 Jan. 1702. My Lord canot think the imploying him againe is advisable.”
Also the petition. 3 pages.
23 June. 59. Report of the Postmasters General (Cotton and Frankland). They had appointed George Main, who some time before had farmed the post office of Scotland from the Treasury, and had granted their deputation to him for three years only, as their deputy at Edinburgh, with a salary of 100l. per ann. The term being nearly expired, they recommend the renewal of the warrant. Dated 23 June 1702.
Minuted:—“Agreed wth a proviso that this deputation shall not last longer than 3 years.” 1¼ pages.
June 23. 60. Report of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Bastwick Johnson to be admitted to a composition for a debt. They did not conceive he was within the clause for making such compositions. Dated 23 June 1702.
Minuted:—“23 June 1702. He is not within the clause for compositions.”
Also the petition. 2 pages.
[June 24.] 61. Necessaries de termino sc~i Hill 1701, de termino Paschæ anno R Annæ. 1mo ano dom. 1702.
Also for Trinity Term in the same year.
They are expenses of stationery, &c. in connection with the Law Courts.
There is further an acct of what was due to John Walker, Esq., usher of the Court of Exchequer. 2 large pages and 2 halves.
June 24. 62. “8 March 1701–2. An accot of fees & sallaries payable by his late Maty with the sumes due thereupon at Christmas 1701.”
This contains the same information as a paper under date of 8 March, but also shows the sums paid between Christmas and Midsummer 1702. 6 pages.
June 24. 63. Letter of Mr John Tutchin to the Lord High Treasurer “at his house near the stable yard at St James's Pallace, Westminster.” He had attended the Postmaster General to be heard on the articles against Mr Castleton. Their honors insisted on the necessity of having Mr Swift present at the hearing as the Queen's solicitor, but he esteemed himself the Queen's solicitor in the cause. It further relates to the method of conducting the hearing a case, of which more will be seen under 25 June. Dated 24 June 1702. 1 page.
June 24. 64. Petition of John Waring, searcher of Chester, to the Lord High Treasurer, for renewing his patent with the addition of his son during pleasure.
Minuted:—“24 June 1702. To be renew'd for ye father only.” 1 page, quarto.
June 24. 65. Letter of Mr. William Rider to the Lord [High Treasurer]. The timber in the forest of Whittlewood, by the Queen Dowager's grant, being reserved to the crown, the King had covenanted to repair her several houses, edifices, &c.: asking that a warrant might be forthwith put in execution, or the houses would be uninhabitable. Dated 24 June 1702.
Minuted:—“Ref. to Serjt Ryley.” 1 page, quarto.
June 24.]
66. Petition of John Whittett, clerk, to the Lord High Treasurer. Being chaplain to the society of English merchants at Dort, the petitioner quitted his salary of 100l. per ann. to come in the King's expedition to England. He read and dispersed the King's declaration from Tor Bay all the west along to London, served him in all the wars in Ireland, and was dangerously wounded in both legs. He had a pension of 10s. a week, which determined at the death of the King; praying for the renewal thereof.
Certificate relating thereto.
Minuted:—“24 June 1702. My Ld will move ye Queen to continue his 10s. per week.”
Again:—“Read to ye Queen, 8 July 1702. His 10s. a week to be continu'd.” 2 pages.
June 24. 67. “Proportions of payments to be made out of 20,000l. at several ports for sick & wounded seamen.”
Also:—“An account of moneys due for sick quarters, &c., from Michaelmas 1701 to Midsummer 1702.” 2 pages.
June 25. 68. Letter of the Postmasters General to the Lord [High Treasurer] as to examination of the articles exhibited against Mr. Castleton, Controller of the penny post office. Having summoned the witnesses, &c., and as was usual, some of the principal officers belonging to their office being present, Mr. Tutchin, the party complaining, refused to proceed, unless all persons, except the secretary himself and the parties accused, withdrew. They demurred to this, except their solicitor were present, to which Mr. Tutchin positively refused to agree. Dated 25 June 1702.
Minuted:—“Write to the Postmaster, that my Lord having considered their L~re and another from Mr Tutchin, concerning this matter, is of opinion, that truth should not be afraid of ye light, and that a hearing of this nature ought not to be in a clandestine manner.” 2 pages.
June 25. 69. Copy of royal warrant appointing Ralph Cook, gent., deputy treasurer and under-paymaster of the Royal Hospital near Chelsea. Dated 25 June 1702. 1 page.
[? Before
June 26.]
70. “An accot of ye intended disposition by ye officers of Her Mats works of ye remainder of ye weekly allowance to that office, intended by ye late lords of ye Treãry, commencing from Christmas last and to determine 26th June 1702.”
It consists of a list of persons with sums against them. 3 pages.
June 27. 71. Certificate of Peter Frowde, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe, to the Ld High Treasurer, that John Shorter, Esq., late sheriff of Surrey, paid 280l. to John Connell and others, for apprehending Richard Lowton alias Country Dick, and six other highway robbers, and so had overpaid his account. Dated 27 June 1702. 1 page.
June 27. 72. Letter from Mr Secretary Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer. Her Majesty had commanded him to transmit part of a letter containing a proposal from Mr. Cresset, envoy at Hanover, to gratify the persons concerned in disarming the Duke of Wolfenbutell. Her Majesty would have 2,000l. put into Mr. Cressett's hands to be employed according to the proposal. Dated 27 June 1702.
Also the extract referred to, which states as Baron Schutz had named 2,000l. it was his [Mr. Cresset's] opinion that to gratify the Duke of Ploen 1,000l. should be presented from the Queen to buy a jewel for the Duchess of Ploen, and the other 1,000l. should be divided between Cantensac and Graaf, who were the chief instruments in bringing over the Duke Rodolph August, and were most likely to keep him where he was for the future.
Minuted:—“Issue this money out of Civil List mo since 8 March to the Earle of Ranelagh, as a contingt charge relating to ye war, being intended to be remitted to Mr Cresset for ye purposes wthin menconed. 2,300li to be remitted to Mr Cresset at Hanover.” 2 pages.
June 28. 73. Memorial of Edward, Earl of Orford, Treasurer of the Navy, as to the passing his final account. Mr Sturt the cashier of victualling and Mr Papillon had been the means of obstructing the same. Dated 28 June 1702.
Minuted:—“To be carryed in next Tuesday morning 7 July.” 3 pages.
June 29. 74. “Abstract of Mr Weaver's accompt of the revenues of Her Matys province of New York, from the 6th of January 1700, when he entered upon his office of Receiver General, to the 29th of June 1702 when he was suspended by Lord Cornburye.”
Probably an inclosure. 1 page.
June 30. 75. Mr W. Whitfield's memorial for subsistence to the marine regiments, viz., the regiments of Col. Mordaunt, Col. Holt, Col. Saunderson, and the seven companies of Col. Villiers. Dated 30 June 1702.
On the dorse is a minute that the 1500l. asked for should be paid. 1 page.
June 30. 76. Petition of the out-gentlemen pensioners of the Royal College of Chelsea to the Queen. They had originally received eighteen pence a day, but for ten years had been reduced to twelve pence, and for four years and eight months had received nothing; praying relief.
Referred to the Lord High Treasurer on 30 June 1702, who again referred it to Lord Ranelagh. 1 page.
June 30. 77. “An account of tallys, &c., remaining in the Treasurer of the Ordnance hands as by account of cash dated the 30th of June 1702, and likewise on what fund and after what sums payable, when struck and how many of each, and the respective numbers.” 1 page.
June 30.]
78. Petition of John Jennings to the Lord High Treasurer. The petitioner was for several years collector of duties of excise of malt and leather in the county of Worcester, during which he returned large sums by one Thomas Ellis, a grazier; the sums were all duly answered by him at the Excise office till about three years ago, when the petitioner paid him about 2,000l., for which except 200l. he took bonds; to his great surprise the bonds were not paid, and Ellis had been arrested and imprisoned by the directions of the Comrs of Excise and the sureties at the instigation of Ellis had disposed of their goods and gone off, &c.; praying his Lordship to order the Comrs of Excise to allow him what remained on his account unsatisfied by Ellis, &c. Undated, but see Reference Book Vol. VII. p. 2. 1 page.
[? About
June 30.]
79. Report of Robert Gilliver to the Lord High Treasurer, touching the fee-farm rent called “smoke farthing” in the county of Oxford, which was payable out of 207 parishes in that county. It had been paid time out of mind by the churchwardens of each parish, but the receiver in 1698 returned the rent in super for four years, when he (Gilliver) went to demand the rent. He found the deputy of the receiver had taken extravagant fees, but he took no more than 4d. as riding charges, as ordered by the Treasury. The country were very ready to pay what they had not before paid to the deputy, but Sir Thomas Wheale and Thomas Crisp, Esq., two justices of the peace, not only advised them not to pay, but threatened to send him to the county gaol; and instead of assisting to keep the peace, said, if he came to their towns, they would raise the mob and declared they would obey no warrants from the Treasury. He hoped his Lordship would take such measures as would convince these gentlemen that the fee-farm rent was a just due of the crown.
Minuted:—“Ult. June 1702. Respite ye collection of ye rent till further order & an extract of this report to be sent to Sr Robert Jenkinson.”
Accompanied by a letter from Sir Robert Jenkinson complaining that Gilliver still troubled the country with collecting the duty of smoke farthing, &c. Dated June 13, 1702. 3 pages.
June 30. 80. Sums remaining unsatisfied on the scheme of distributions sent to the Exchequer in January last which were intended to have been paid by Midsummer 1702. Dated 30 June 1702.
Also, “A list of such warrants as were actually signed for part of the sums menc[i]oned on the other side before his late Majesties demise wch are not yet satisfyed.” 2 pages.
June 30. 81. Letter of the Earl of Nottingham to the Lord High Treasurer. The Queen's pleasure was, that a fitting allowance be made out of the estate of Margaret James, an idiot, to Thomas Morton, gent., and his wife, to provide for her maintenance. Dated 30 June 1702. 1 page.
June. 82. Copy of Lord Coningsby's report, distinguishing the several qualifications and pretensions of the officers of the French regiments delivered into the Treasury. June 1702. 1 large page.
[June.] 83. Petition of Captain Francis Hamon to the Queen, for payment of arrears of his pension and additional allowance as Lieutenant Governor of Languard Fort.
The last minute on the back is:—“Windsor, 24 Augt 1702. Not granted.” 1 page.
June. 84. Memorandum as to the restitution of the temporalities of the Bishopric of Carlisle to William Nicholson, Bishop of that see. Signed “Godolphin.” Dated June 1702.
Also a duplicate; one is called “Docqut for the Rt Hoble the Lord Keeper,” the other “Docqt for the Most Honoble the Lord Privy Seale.” Each ¼ page.
July 1. 85. Rules and instructions for the better government of our marine regiments. Dated 1 July 1702. 5 pages.
[? About
July 1.]
86. “Com. Oxon et
Berks. An accompt of rents received by Mr William Roberts which he returned in super upon his accompt pro anno 1698.”
Minuted:—“1 July 1702. Send this to Mr Borrett to enquire & report ye fact, wth his opinion.” ½ page.
July 1.
[? 1702 or
87. Letter from Jonathan, Bishop of Exeter [? to Mr. Lowndes] with a petition to the Lord High Treasurer of Thomas Whitford, curate of Lostwithiell in Cornwall, praying that his annuity of 30l. might be continued to him without the charge of a new patent. Dated “July 1st” [? 1702.]
Minuted:—“Write to the Bp that the paymt cannot be made, but by a great seal or pr. seal & ye Qu. is restreyned from granting beyond her owne time. But in compassion to ye poor minr my Lord has orderd a P.S. (wch for this purpose will serve as well as a broad seal) to justify ye paymts made since Ch. 2, decease, and to continue ye same for ye future dur. her Mats pl. and that the minister shall be at no charge in passing this P.S.” 3 pages.
July 1.]
88. Petition to the Queen, of Ellen de Courcy only daughter of the late Lord Kinsale, “whose ancestors for hundreds of years successively have the great honr of being the only grandees [? grantees] to yor majties Royal predecessors.” The family of the petitioner since the loss of their estates for the Queen's predecessors, had depended on the crown for support. Kings Charles and James allowed them 300l. per ann. pension, until 1690. The arrears were due ever since. King James before he left England, granted a lease for 31 years of the ferries and passages of Ireland. The revolution stopped all proceedings and destroyed the petitioner's fortune. Tho' King William had also ordered the grant, the petitioner was wholly deprived of it. She was at 1,000l. expense in prosecuting the matter; praying in consideration of her distress and danger of imprisonment during life, to be admitted to the royal bounty.
Minuted:—“1st July 1702. There can be nothing don in it.” 1 page.
July 2. 89. Letter of the Earl of Rochester to the Lord High Treasurer. The Judges in Ireland had proposed an allowance to be made to the Marshall of the Four Courts in Dublin. The office was formerly of considerable profit till the fees were reduced by the late Act. It still continued a place of great trust wherein the administration of justice and the security and property of the subject were greatly concerned. The Earl found by experience when he was there, that the then officer being removed by him, upon frequent complaints of the judges of his often and heinous misbehaviour, that the place could not be supplied with a sufficient man for want of a suitable reward for the pains and hazard of it. The judges upon consultation agreed that the charge of the Marshal amounted to 159l. per ann., and the fees since they were reduced had not exceeded 120l., which, if made up to 400l. per ann., might be a reasonable encouragement to that officer in regard of the very great hazard he ran in the execution of his employment. Recommending the payment of such a salary as Her Majesty thought fit from the establishments of the Civil List. Dated 2 July 1702. 2¼ pages.
July 2. 90. Two certificates from Lord Halifax as to the amount due to Edward Southwell, Christopher Musgrave, and James Vernon, Esquires, as Commissioners for keeping the Privy Seal. The last dated 2 July 1702. 2 pages.
July 2. 91. Certificate of R. Barker, Deputy Queen's Remembrancer, that Walter Whitfeild, Esq., Paymaster of Marine Regiments, and his three sureties had given bonds for the due performance of the office. Dated 2 July 1702. ½ page.
July 3. 92. Memorial of the Comrs of Excise to the Lord High Treasurer in favour of a gratuity to John Vero, who had been removed from Worcester to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and had advanced the excise upon liquors there about 4,000l. in a year. Dated July 3, 1702.
Minuted:—“50li. to be p[ai]d him as a reward.” 1 page.
July 3. 93. Estimate of several works directed by Her Majestie at St James's, amounting to 3,775l. 16s. 6d. Signed by the Officers of Works. Dated 3 July, 1702.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. Her Maty has put a stop to ye works she intended.” 3 pages.
July 3. 94. Letter of H. Bishop of London to the Lord High Treasurer. Mr Patrick Gordon, Mr John Barrow, and Mr Samuel Thomas having to depart as chaplains, the first to New York, the second to Connecticut, and the third to Carolina, before they could solicit the Queen's bounty of 20l. each, he had procured the bearer to lay down the money and asked his Lordship to reimburse him. Dated 3 July 1702.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Orderd.” 1 page.
[? About
July 3.]
95. Memoranda as to arrears of salary due to the Earl of Montagu as master of the Great Wardrobe, including also other amounts due on account of that office.
Minuted:—“Read 3 July, 1702. The Salla wch became due in his Mats time is to be pd. as other arrears to Her Mats servts are ][ai]d.” 1 page.
July 3.]
96. Petition of Mr. Medlycott to the Lord High Treasurer. After he had been sworn first clerk to Mr Palmes he was put out of that employment by Sr Christopher Musgrave. He lent Mr. Palmes 1,000l. towards paying the Queen's debt upon the credit of his being Teller, and was to be repaid out of the profits of the office, and had no security for his money, &c.; praying to be put into some employment.
In the Minute Book, Vol. II. p. 203, 3 July 1702, is;—“Mr Palmes penc[i]on to be charged on ye Post Office, but before Mr Palmes' grant passes he must secure the 1,000l. lent by Mr Medlicot & agree in wt proporc[i]ons he shal be pd out of it.” 1 page quarto.
July 4. 97. Copy of a letter signed “Jo. Sansom, junr,” without address, giving an explanation of the state of his accounts in connection with the Custom House of Bristol. Dated 4 July 1702. 3 pages.
July 4. 98. “List of accompts from the plantations presented to the Honble the Comrs of accompts the 4th day of July 1702.”
They all relate to the province of Massachusets Bay except the last, which is as to the produce of the 4½ per cent. in the Caribbee Islands. 1½ pages.
July 4. 99. “Certificate from the Jewel Office of plate delivered to the pages of ye Bedchr & backstaires to his late Maty.” Dated 4 July 1702.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. Prepare a sign manual.” 8 lines.
July 6. 100. Letter of Sir Stephen Fox, Knt, Sir Benjamin Bathurst, Knt, and Hugh Chudleigh, Esq., Comrs for executing the office of Master of the Horse, to William Lowndes, Esq., announcing Her Majesty's pleasure that the meads at Hampton Court from the bargeway should be fenced, to preserve the Royal stud. Dated 6 July 1702.
Also the Report of Philip Ryley as to the estimated cost (686l. 8s.), and two other letters on the subject.
Minuted:—“5th August 1702. The Queen would have the fence made, but thinks it ought not to cost half that sum.” 4 pages
July 6. 101. Report of the Lord Ranelagh [to the Lord High Treasurer] on the petition of Major William Villiers desiring a further credit for his pay as major. It was reasonable it should be made up 20s. a day. Dated 6 July 1702.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“18 Aug. 1702. My Lord can do nothing in this.” 2 pages.
July 6. 102. Auditors of Imprest. General certificate of accounts addressed to the Lord High Treasurer, showing what accounts were declared. Dated 6 July 1702. 15½ pages.
July 7. 103. Petition of Maynhard Duke of Schonburg and Leinster to the Queen. The House of Commons by the late King's influence, soon after his arrival, voted 100,000l. for the support of petitioner's father and family. After the death of petitioner's father, the King granted to his late brother Charles and himself, a privy seal for payment of the principal, and afterwards under the Great Seal allowed his brother 4 per cent. which was increased to the petitioner 5 per cent. payable out of the Post Office; praying to have a patent for the 1 per cent., as he had only a warrant subject to redemption upon payment of the 100,000l.
—“7 July 1702. Respited.” 1 page.
July 7. 104. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of John Champante, in relation to bills of exchange drawn by the Lieutt Governor of New York upon him for the subsistence of the four companies there. Dated 7 July 1702.
Also the petition.
Minuted:—“21 July 1702. Write to my Lord Ranelagh to certifie the sum that will carry on ye subsistence to 24 xber next & noe further.” 4 pages.
July 7. 105. Report of the principal officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer on the value of foreign coins of gold in proportion to silver in several nations, and on the way of preserving the coin. They found that gold was higher in England than in France 9d or 10d in the guinea, in Holland by 11d or 12d in the guinea, in Germany and Italy by 12d in the guinea or above; in Spain and Portugal gold was higher than in England by about 11d in the guinea. The great quantity of silver coming from the West Indies had brought down the price of silver in all Europe in proportion to gold, and principally in Spain, where the bullion first arrived. The low price mended the market, and thereby carried silver from Spain into all Europe, and from all Europe to the East Indies and China, the merchant bidding more for it than it went for among the natives. In Spain the merchants advanced about 6 per cent. or above, for silver; at which rate a guinea was worth about 21s 33/8d and sometimes less. In England they advanced 3d or 4d per ounce, and at the rate of 3d per ounce advance a guinea was worth but 20s 61/6d.
Gold was therefore at too high a rate in England by about 10d. or 12d in the guinea. And this tended to the decrease of the silver coin. The way of preserving this coin was to lower the price of gold. “Suppose by taking 6d 9d or 12d from the price of the guinea,” so that gold might be of the same value in England as in the neighbouring parts of Europe. France had set an example, for in the last war when the louis dor was raised to 14 livres, the ecu was raised only to 72 sols; but it was now raised to 76 sols, tho the louis dor was raised only to 14 livres as before, so that gold in respect of silver was then lower in France than in the last war, in the proportion of 76 to 72, i.e. by above 13½d. in the guinea.
The liberty of melting foreign moneys into ingots in private shops and houses, for exportation, gave opportunity for melting down the money of England for the same purpose. A law to restrain the same might be useful, as well as against importing any ingots of silver melted down in England, except in a public office for the purpose.
The law by barring the exportation of foreign silver after it was coined, prevented the coinage and importation thereof, as the merchant could make no use of it as bullion. The bringing of silver to the market of England and turning it into money should be encouraged, silver being more apt to stay with us in the useful form of money, than in the useless form of bullion. If the merchant might export what he coined, some part would be apt to be laid out here, and this might be done as described in the schedule annexed.
The licencing the exportation of bullion, whilst the exportation of money was prohibited, made silver worth more uncoined, stopped the coinage, and caused money to be melted down in private for exportation. It might be better to prohibit the exportation of bullion and licence that of money, and whenever the money was in danger, to licence the exportation of so much money only as should be coined out of foreign bullion.
The safety and increase of the coin depended principally on the balance of trade. If the balance of trade were against us, the money would be melted and exported, to pay debts abroad and carry on trade, in spite of laws to the contrary; and if the balance of trade were for us, such laws were needless, and even hurtful to trade. If trade were so ordered as not to be detrimental to the nation, the money would be safe. For which end luxury in foreign commodities should be checked, and the exportation of our own commodities encouraged. If a law were made and well executed against trading with more gold and silver by any merchant or company of merchants, than in certain proportions to the value of the goods exported, such an addition to the Act of navigation might put merchants upon searching out sufficient ways of vending our commodities abroad, and would be more effectual for preserving the coin, than the absolute prohibition of the exportation thereof.
As for the alteration of the standard, their opinion was, that if the value of the several species to be coined were diminished, without changing the denomination, it would occasion the melting and recoining the species already coined for the sake of the profit. And if the value were increased, the merchants and people would value their goods by the old money in which they were to be paid, and the new money of greater value (if any were coined) would be picked out for exportation, and the importer who coined it would lose the overvalue, to the discouragement of the coinage, and in payments made by tale to foreigners, the nation would also lose the overvalue. But if it were proposed to retain the value of the several species or quantity of fine silver therein, and only to alter the “allay” they were of opinion, that if small money, (which wears away fast, and is apt to be lost,) were coined, of course “allay” as was done abroad (provided it were well coined to prevent counterfeiting), such money would wear longer and be less apt to be lost than the small money then in use. By small money they understood groats, threepences, twopences, and pence, unless the penny by reason of its smallness should be made of copper. Dated 7 July 1702.
Accompanied by the three other carefully prepared papers above referred to, containing a great deal of information on this subject entitled:—
(1.) The values of several forreign coynes.
(2.) The value of gold in proportion to silver in several parts of Europe.
(3.) Proposals for preserving & encreasing the silver coin of this kingdom.
The report, and the 1st and 2nd enclosure, are in Newton's own hand, and there can be little doubt were prepared by him. 9 pages and 2 halves.
July 7. 106. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Captain Upton, which had been sent by the Lord High Treasurer to Richard Hill, Esq., one of the council of the Lord High Admiral, whose notes the Comrs had received thereon. They had received from Captain Upton an estimate of the charge of fitting out a vessel for the guard of the coast of Cornwall, amounting to 982l. for the price of the vessel and fitting out for sea, and 1,800l. per ann. for maintaining her at sea. Captain Upton, when in a smack on that coast, did considerable service to the revenue, and they believed, if put into such a vessel as was proposed, would continue to do good service. Dated 7 July 1702.
Minuted:—“Read 15 July 1702. My Lord agrees to the report, provided the ship be employed onely for the service of ye customes, and that at ye end of ye first 3 months ye Comrs do certifie what benefit ye revenue shall rece by this expense and how farr they shall then think it advisable to continue ye same.”
Also the petition, the “notes,” and the estimate referred to. 4 pages.
July 7. 107. “A general accompt of expenses and incidental charges in the service of the Commission for Trade and Plantations.” Also petty expenses for the same commission, both submitted to the Lord High Treasurer for his allowance. 7 July 1702. 4 pages.
July 7. 108. Memorial of the officers of works to the Lord High Treasurer, praying commisseration of the many poor families, who had received little since Christmas; also for the remainder of the stated debt of the coronation (2,310l. 2s. 4d.), and for his Lordship's consideration of the estimate for the works at St. James's. Dated 7 July 1702.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. The particular of ye bills for ye coronac[i]on are to be certifyd p[er] ye officers of ye works.”
There is a minute on the 8th inst. that Her Majesty had put a stop to the works she intended at St. James's. See Minute Book, Vol. II., p. 214. 1 page.
July 7.]
109. Petition of Elizabeth Slingsby, daughter to Col. Walter Slingsby, to the Lord High Treasurer. Her father had served Kings Charles I. and II., for which a pension of 20l. per ann. was granted her out of the Royal Oak lottery; praying for payment since the death of the late King.
On the back is—“Brought 7th July 1702.”
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. To be p[ai]d. by sign manual on privy seal dormt.” 1 page.
July 7.]
110. Petition of Dame Anne Sylvius, widow and relict of Sir Gabriel de Sylvius, Knight, deceased. Sir Gabriel was employed for several years as envoy to the crown of Denmark and elsewhere beyond the seas. There was due to him on his death (Jan. 1696–7) 2,400l.; praying payment.
Minuted:—“7 July 1702. To be laid before ye Queen. Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. For ye present her Maty cannot take consideracon of such arrears.” 1 page.
July 8. 111. Letter from the Post Masters General to the Lord High Treasurer, as to an official examination of Mr Castleton, controller of the penny post office, in his defence, to which examination Mr Tutchin, who had been examined, took exception. Dated 8 July 1702. 3 pages.
July 8. 112. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor General, on the petition of Thomas Johnson. He found the warrants therein mentioned were truly recited, and the rents and profits of the manor of Liskeard, in Cornwall, which had been allowed to petitioner's father, Major Johnson, to his mother, and the petitioner, from 1660 to Mich. last, amounted (communibus annis) to 71l., which might be continued by like warrant as was granted by the Ld Treasurer in 1685, &c. Dated 8 July 1702.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. My Ld cannot give such a warrt as is desired.”
Also the petition and copy of a warrant. 4 pages.
July 8. 113. An account of what charges Dr Woodroffe hath been at for the Greek youths settled at Gloucester Hall in Oxford. 1,105l. were due to him, which sum he sought might be reimbursed to him, or that a prosecution for a debt might be staid, he being proprietor of a rock salt pit in Cheshire.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. My Ld. will speake wth ye Bishop of London.” 1 page.
July 8. 114. Letter signed “Edward Proger” to Philip Ryly, Esq., asking him to make his report. He had added to this account moneys paid to the poor of the wick, to whom for many years he gave charity out of his own purse; but the poor increasing by the King's buildings at Hampton Court to so excessive a degree, the overseers for the poor would set a rate on the hare warren and Paddock Course being part of it. He refused to pay it, whereupon the justices of the peace gave it against him, upon the production of the poor's books, which proved that Cromwell paid to the poor, having enclosed that land into the park, which was lammas ground before. Dated “8” [?] July 1702. 1 page.
July 8.]
115. Petition of Dame Margaret Lunsford, widow, relict of Sr Herbert Lunsford, Knt Banneret, deceased. Her husband faithfully served the Queen's grandfather as colonel in his own regiment during the then unhappy wars, and spent an estate of 1,500l. per ann. in his service, and immediately after Edgehill fight was knighted in the field under His Majesty's banner. He was made governor of Jersey in the service of King Charles II., and died there about 22 years before. King James, having a very particular kindness for her husband, provided bountifully for the petitioner, who was afterwards reduced to a small pension of 40l. per ann., of which about 100l. was in arrear, and at nearly fourscore years of age she was in danger of a prison; praying for the arrears.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. Her penc[i]on is to be continued.” 1 page.
July 8.]
116. Petition of Lieut. Col. Ambrose Norton to the Queen. In 1664 he purchased his place of surveyor of the mews to King Charles II. When King William came to the throne, it was disposed of to Mr. Francis Negus. 2,736l. 16s. 3d., besides interest, were due to him from the crown. Part of that money being due to persons employed in King Charles' service by petitioner's order, they sued, arrested, and forced him to pay part of the crown debts; praying to be restored to his employment or for other compensation.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. Her Maty doth not think to remove Mr Negus, but will provide something for ye petr on ye establishmt of ye stables.” 1 page, quarto.
July 8.]
117. A bill of the cost of 36 copies of the Bible, common prayer book, homilies, articles, and canons of the Church of England, and tables of marriages, delivered by Mr Samuel Carr, the Queen's stationer, to the Bishop of London, to be sent by two orders of Council to Maryland and New York.
The two papers referred to.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. 258. 10 for bibles, &c. if delivered they must be p[ai]d for.” 3 pages.
July 8.]
118. Petition of Ann Charlotte, Lady Frechville, executrix of her late husband, John Lord Frechvile, deceased. The manor of Eckington was granted to petitioner's husband by King Charles II., at a rent of 152l. 13s. 2d., to be paid to the Queen Dowager, and by the same patent he had a grant of 152l. per ann., on which there was an arrear of 1,938l.; praying payment.
Accompanied by a certificate.
Minuted:—“Read to ye Queen 8 July 1702. When any occasion is offerd to gratifie her request without taking from ye revenue, or when it can be don wth less inconvenience, my Ld is to consider her pretenc[i]on.” 2 pages.
July 9. 119. Letter of Mr John Tutchin to the Ld Treasurer at St James's Palace. He had yesterday entered his appeal to his Lordship in the postmaster's books. It would be much for the public advantage if his Lordship could determine things of that nature by hearing them with his own ears. His opinion on the penny post was that there had been many mismanagements. Every one had done what was right in his own eyes, without control. He could not tell what Mr Castleton's business was in the office, but he was a person of weak parts, easily imposed on, and incapable of judging what was good for the Queen's interest. If such persons deserved anything from a government, a pension would be a more fit reward than an office. Dated 9 July 1702.
Minuted:—“Write to the Postmrs that my Lord is inclined to appt a day of hearing. Know when they can attend wthout inconvenience.”
Also a letter from Mr John Tutchin to William Lowndes, Esq., sending the copy of some “articles of mismanagement agt Mr Nath. Castleton, controller of ye Generall Penny Post Office.” 2 pages and 2 halves.
July 10. 120. Memorial of the trustees for exchanging Exchequer bills to the Lord High Treasurer for an allowance to be made to them for incidents, &c. Also account of money disbursed by the trustees for circulating Exchequer bills, for contingencies of their office, from the 28th of April 1699 to the 29th of April 1701. Dated 10 July 1702.
Minuted:—29 July 1702. When ye auditors are here to consider this distinctly. 2 pages.
July 10. 121. Two warrants to the Master of the Great Wardrobe to provide and deliver to Sir Bevill Granville, Governor of Barbadoes, a Bible, prayer books, and furniture, together with communion plate for the chapel at Barbadoes. Dated 10 July 1702. 2 pages.
July 10. 122. Report of Mr. Henry Baker [to the Lord High Treasurer] on the petition of John Dufty, who was tried and convicted for exporting wool. Dated 10 July 1702.
Minuted:—“July 1702. My Lord sees no cause to move ye Queen for a mitigation of ye fine.” Also the petition. 2 pages.
July 10. 123. Letter of Thomas, Bishop of St David's, to Willm Lowndes, Esq.; in consideration of the excessive cravings of Mr Lucy he had offered for appointment John Phillips of Carmarthen and two others, as receivers of rent; he likewise had asked for payment of 40 or 50l. to Griffith Loyd, Esq., and two others, for repair of the palace, which had suffered from the last winter's storms. He had several objections to the auditor's report, &c. Dated 10 July 1702.
Also another letter of a previous date of the Bishop as to the repairs of the palace. 2 pages.
July 10. 124. “Mr Attorney General's opinion upon the case of salt exported and afterwards relanded in England, &c.” Dated 10 July 1702. 2¼ pages.
July 10. 125. Report of Mr. Henry Baker to the Lord [High Treasurer] upon the petition of Richard Webb as to remission of a fine for exporting wool. Dated 10 July 1702.
Also the petition. 2 pages.
July 10. 126. Report of the Earl of Rochester on the petition of Mary Huntingdon, widow and relict of Dr Robert Huntingdon, late Bishop of Raphoe in Ireland, recommending some allowance to be made to her out of the “mean profits” of the see, and a further allowance to the present bishop. Dated 10 July 1702.
Also copy of the same having an additional minute on it. viz., “11 Nov. 1702. To be layd before ye Q. again for both p[er]ts.” 4 pages.
July 12. 127. Report of Lord Ranelagh to the Queen on the petition of Sarah Bladen, relict of Doctor Bladen and daughter of the Lord Blaney of Castle-Blayney in Ireland. She had had a pension of 50l. a year, for which there was no longer a fund. Recommending her Majesty's bounty. Dated 12 July 1702.
Minuted:—“3 Apr. 1704. There is no fond for these pencons.” 2 pages.
July 13. 128. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Philip Shales as to the appointment to the office of Inspector General of exports and imports, on the removal of Mr Culliford to a better station. Dated 13 July 1702.
Also the petition and copy of previous presentment of the Comrs of Customs. 4 pages.
[? About
July 14.]
129. Petition of Robert Sisterton to the Lords of the Treasury. He was surgeon to the invalids at Tynemouth Castle, and there was due for medicines delivered to the invalids 110l. 6s. 2d., as appeared by the bills signed by the Hon. Col. Villiers, Governor of Tynemouth Castle, which with four years attendance of himself and servant at 20l. a year amounted to 170l. 6s. 3d.; praying payment.
Also a detailed account of the medicines supplied and their prices.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Ref. to E. Ranelagh.” 10 pages.
July 14. 130. Report of Mr William Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Robert Barker, Esq., Deputy Remembrancer of the Court of Exchequer, as to an allowance for a clerk from the year 1697. Dated 14 July 1702.
Minuted: “My Ld dos not think fit to make any addiconal allowance to ye petr for his own service, it being ye duty of his office. But ye 260li expended by him to be paid out of ye arrears of taxes. Wt done.” Also the petition. 2 pages.
July 14. 131. Letter from Sir John Morden to Mr Lowndes, on behalf of John Richards, who had laid down his Commission as an officer of excise at Knaighton [? Knighton] in Radnorshire, asking for a gauger's place.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Ref. to Comrs Excise.’ 1 page.
July 14. 132. Representation of the Governor & Compy of the Bank of England to the Lord High Treasurer, with a certificate of the examination of the same by Mr Christopher Tilson. Dated 14 July 1702. There is also another certificate connected therewith. 3 pages.
[July 14.] 133. Memorial of Richard Povey, treasurer for sick and wounded seamen and prisoners at war, applying for 5,000l.
In the Minute Book, Vol. II. p. 217, 14 July 1702, is an order for 3000l. to be issued to the Treasurer of the navy for this service. 1 page.
[? About
July 14.]
134. “A state of the farm of the Royal Oak Lottery.” Also a list of sums charged thereon, and the names of the persons, with some suggestions about the same.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Order'd as propos'd in ye state.”
Also another paper containing similar information. 3 pages.
[? About
July 14.]
135. Copy of an affidavit made by Isaac Marryott, of the parish of St Sepulchre, London, gentleman, a messenger of the land revenue of the Crown in the time of King Charles the Second, and afterwards clerk assistant in the auditors' office; as to supers in the receivers' accounts of revenue, which in time became concealments, &c. Dated 3 May 1699.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. He is referr'd to Mr Att.”
[? About
July 14.]
136. Petition of Thomas Staples, Esqre to the Lord High Treasurer. He held the office of Steward of the Lordships of the Castle and Honor of Windsor, also of all the Courts of Record, &c., praying for the arrears of his fee of 9l. 2/6 from Mich. 1697.
Also a certificate in his favour.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. To be pd at ye Excheqr ½ a year wth ye other arrears.” 2 pages.
[? About
July 14.]
137. Petition of John Vanbrook to the Lord High Treasurer for his personal and servants' pay, he having had a company in the Second Marine Regiment, commanded by the Rt Hon. Lord Berkeley.
Also “the state thereof.”
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. He must apply to ye Collonel.” 3 pages.
[? About
July 14.]
138. Petition of William Tagg, keeper of the privy garden gate, leading to the Cockpit, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for a settlement of his salary, having served eight years in the place without salary. By the fire at Whitehall and the absence of the Court his perquisites were very small and inconsiderable.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. To be considerd upon making the establishmt.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
July 14.]
139. Petition of Charles Gifford, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer. His annuity of 300l. granted him for being the “chiefest instrument” in the preservation of King Charles II. after the battle of Worcester, was nine years in arrear. He was of great age and bedridden, and prayed for part of his arrears.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Half a year will be paid amongst arrears on certificate he's alive.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
July 14.]
140. Petition of Samuel Day, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer praying to be paid a year of his salary (240l.) as Lieut.-Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Bermudas or Summer Islands in America.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. To be pd ½ a year amongst ye arrears.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
July 14.]
141. Petition of Lieut.-Col. John Caulfeild in behalf of himself and the officers of the regiment of foot, late under the command of Col. Robert White, for a warrant to Lord Coningsby to empower him to give credit for 934l. 13s.d. to the above officers.
Also the particulars of the charges made on the regiment.
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. This matter is before ye Comrs of Accots & my Ld. cannot do any thing in it.” 2 pages.
[? About
July 14.]
142. Memorial of Herbert Randolph, Esq., for the salary of 100l. per ann. (as granted to Dr Oxenden his predecessor), to be granted to him as Judge of the Admiralty of the Cinque Ports out of the prizes during the war and afterwards out of the Exchequer.
At the foot is:—“The Earle of Winchilsea has mentioned this business to my Lord Treasurer.”
Minuted:—“14 July 1702. Privy seale to be renew'd & to be [con]fin'd [to pr]izes.” 1 page.
[? About
July 15.]
143. “Account of moneys due to Her Majesty at New Providence,” for forfeitures, bonds, &c.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. To be read when Mr Blathwayt is here.” 4 pages.
[? About
July 15.]
144. Memorial by the Commissioners for adjusting the accots of the prizes in the late war with France, touching a parcel of barilla sold to Mr John James David, merchant.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. They must propose wt they think reasonable to be allow'd.” 1 page.
[? About
July 15.]
145. Petition of Peter Beaubuisson, keeper of the late King's private armory and master of his setting dogs, for arrears of salary.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. To be pd ½ a year when others are.” 1 page.
[? About
July 15.]
146. Petition of Sir Henry Furnese and Sir Robert Beachcroft, late Sheriffs of London and Middlesex, praying for disbursements to be made good to them for apprehending and convicting highwaymen and counterfeiters of coin.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. Let Mr Powys examine whether ye particulars of this 597. 4. 2 be unappropriated, if so to be applyd in part.”
Two certificates of moneys received from them into the Exchequer. 4 pages.
[? About
July 15.]
147. Petition of the Clerks of the Mint, viz., the warden's two clerks, the master's three clerks, the controller's clerk, the clerk to the Queen's chief clerk, the surveyor of the meltings' clerk, and the assay master's clerk, for an increase to their salaries, they being but 40 pounds per ann. & without fees.
Minuted:—“15 July 1702. Not granted.” 1 page.