Volume 95: July 4-October 31, 1705

Pages 360-381

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

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July 4–October 31, 1705

July 4. 1. Report of Mr Wm Blathwayt to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the petition of John Yeamans, Esq., certifying that he was well entitled to his salary of 200l. per ann. as Lieut.-Governor of Antiego, one of the Leeward Islands. Dated 4 July 1705.
Minuted:—“Prepare a S. M. for a P. S. accordingly.”
The petition and copies of certificates in his favour. 4 pages.
July 5. 2. Letter by direction of the Comrs of Trade, &c. to Wm Lowndes, Esq., applying to the Ld High Treasurer for six complete copies of the statutes to be supplied to them, in consequence of two copies being required by Lord Cornbury for New York and New Jersey, and other plantations also needing them. Dated 5 July 1705.
Extract from Lord Cornbury's letter. 2¼ pages.
July 5. 3. Report of Sir Edward Northey to the Lord High Treasurer on the memorial of the Officers of Works touching two bridges on Hounslow Heath over the river which brings water to Hampton Court. Sir Christopher Wren informed him that the Lord Cottington, on behalf of the crown, made the cut on Honslow [Hounslow] Heath whereby the water was brought to Hampton Court; and there being market ways on the heath which were interrupted by the cut, the two bridges were made to continue those market ways, and the bridges had ever since been repaired at the charge of the crown. His opinion was the parishes could not be obliged to repair those bridges, but the same having been made by her Majesty's predecessors her Majesty would be pleased to continue to repair them. Dated 5 July 1705.
The memorial referred to.
Minuted:—“12 July 1705. My Lord is satisfied these bridges must be repaired at the Queen's charge, and orders the 24li to be issued for that purpose.” 2 pages.
July 6. 4. Report of the Controllers of the army on the memorial of Col. John Hill as to the supply of levy money. It was hoped the regiment might be allowed complete, according to the establishment, from the time they were made prisoners in Portugal to the time they were delivered over to the regiment of Stewart, &c.; recommending 1,000l. to be issued to them on account. Dated 6 July 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 25th July 1705. Agreed to this report.” 2 pages.
July 6.]
5. Representation and proposal of Joseph Allanson, gent., to Robert Harley, Esq., one of her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State. He had produced to Sir Cloudesley Shovel imitations of public seals, to show how the public were exposed to the contrivances of ill-disposed persons, and asked for a reward as promised in the Gazette of the 15th and 19th of the last March; suggesting the payment of the same by making over to him a debt due from an officer of the Excise. He proposed in three months to produce a contrivance which should prevent all such imitations, for which he asked 3,000 guineas or 2,000 guineas and a pension.
“R. July 6, 1705.”
Minuted:—“18 July 1705. He must not expect anything till his project be seen and approved.” 1 page.
July 7. 6. Copy of Mr Wells's letter abt his taking up Tho. Wood of Little Harruden (Northampton) for selling tobacco as a pedler, and as to the encouragement he had given hawkers to come in and take licences. Dated July 7, 1705. 2 pages.
July 10. 7. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Captain Edward Tinte, as to allowance of bounty above that given by her Majesty's declaration to captains of marines, which was no more than that of a common sailor, and which for that reason the petitioner would not accept. If granted it should not be made a precedent. Dated 10 July 1705.
The petition. 2 pages.
July 10.]
8. Petition of the Governor and Company of Merchants of London trading into the East Indies to the Queen, praying her Majesty to grant a release and pardon of all breaches of the “two million act” since the charter of union, with such exceptions for securing her Majesty's customs and other duties, payable into the Exchequer, as should seem meet to her Majesty's wisdom and goodness.
Referred to the Lord High Treasurer on 10 July 1705, and again referred by him on 11 July to the Comrs of Customs. 4 pages.
[? About
July 10.]
9. Petition of Anne Hodges, widow of Serjt Geo. Hodges, of the Earl of Donegall's regiment, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to an arrear due to her husband.
A letter on the same subject. Dated 10 July 1705.
Minuted:—“21 Aug. To be paid when ye regimt is payd.”
2 pages.
July 11. 10. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the several letters and papers from New York relating to the Eagle galley and her lading, seized by Mr Byerley, collector there; advising, upon the representation of the owner, Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys, stay of proceedings, and the delivery up to the persons of the bonds taken after the seizure. Dated 11 July 1705.
Seven other papers relating thereto.
Minuted:—“Read 25th July 1705. My Lord agrees to ye rept & ye Comrs to send ordrs to Byerly accordingly.” 37¼ pages.
July 11.]
11. “Dr Woodruff's memorial relating to her Maties scholars, the Greek youths residing in Gloucester Hall in the University of Oxford.” The number of Greek youths appointed was to be ten. The estate on which the fund was settled was Dickenson's forfeited estate in Lancashire. Each to have not less than between 30l. and 40l. per ann. Dr. Woodroffe had been at the charge of them for about six years, and there was an arrear besides what he had received of the royal bounty above 2,000l. He owed 600l. on account of the duty on salt, and requested the debt might be taken out of the arrears.
Minuted:—“Read 11th July 1705. There can be no deducc[i]on out of the salt dutys, but if the Q. has made any promise that any profits arising out of this estate shall be given for this use, my Lord will move her Maty when anything arises therefrom to apply it thereto.” ½ page.
July 12. 12. Application to the Ld High Treasurer through Mr Lowndes by the Board of Trade for 40 copies of an Act to encourage the trade to Newfoundland. Dated 12 July 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 18th July 1705. Orderd, but Mr Popple to be acqted yt my Ld doth not like these p[re]cedts.” 1 page, quarto.
July 12. 13. Certificate that Thomas Savery, Esq., Treasurer for sick and wounded seamen, and his securities had executed their bonds for the performance of his office. Dated 12 July 1705. ½ page.
July 12. 14. Memorial of the Duchess of Cleaveland to the Lord High Treasurer, for a warrant to receive the arrears of her annuity of 4,700l. out of the Post Office. Deductions for taxes were made before she received the same.
Minuted:—“Read 12th July 1705. A wt for a year to be satisfyd by 100li a week from the time that the former wt shall be satisfyd.” 1 page, quarto.
July 14. 15. Report of Lord Halifax to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of William Atwood, Esq., Chief Justice of the province of New York, suspended by Lord Cornbury, as to the salary due to him. Dated 14 July 1705.
The petition and four other papers.
Minuted:—“Read 18th July 1705. My Lord can do nothing in this.” 9 pages.
July 16. 16. Letter of the Comrs of Victualling to Mr Lowndes. They had not been able to do anything in the accounts of Mr Sturt, late cashire of the victualling, as they had been so much engaged on those of Mr Papillon. Dated 16 July 1705.
With a minute to stay process against Mr Sturt, &c. 3 pages.
July 17. 17. Duplicate of an indenture between the Surveyor of the Woods, Trent South, and the Purveyor of the Navy at Portsmouth, for windfall timber deliver'd in New Forest by wt dated 6 June 1704. The indenture dated 17 July 1705. 1 large page.
July 18.]
18. Petition of Edward Ashe to the Lord High Treasurer. He had “seven nephews members of the House of Commons, none of whom except the secretary and his brother ever had any employment in the government, tho' all well affected to it.” He was Controller of Customs of Plymouth, which employment was much diminished this war; asks that his condition might be mended.
Minuted:—“Read 18th July 1705. To be laid before ye Q.”
Again:—“27th Augst 1705. The war will not continue alwaies.” ½ page.
July 18.]
19. Petition of William Bawkham, the son of William Bawkham, for himself and the other children of the said William Bawkham, senior; for the continuance of a pension of 10l. a year granted to his father, who was dangerously wounded in a skirmish at Gravesend defending the corporation from attempts of the Irish.
Minuted:—“18th July 1705. My Ld doth not see any reason for continuing this pension.” 1 page.
July 18.]
20. Letter from Wm Killigrewe to William Lowndes, Esq. The Queen gave him 150l. the first year of her reign, since which he had been arrested and much in debt. The Queen commanded him last year that whenever he had a favour to beg, that he should go to the Ld Treasurer in her Majesty's name, for she left him to his Lp and designed to provide for him and his daughter. He despaired of employments or projects to make him easy. His last refuge was in his Lordship obtaining him 300l., that he might retire to the Isle of Man or the furthest end of England and never ask more, but trust to providence for his poor child. He said nothing of merit, but he had a just claim from the crown. He expected a charitable answer from his Lordship for a poor relation.
Minuted:—“Read 18th July 1705. To be laid before ye Q. & propose 100li.” 1 page.
July 20. 21. Memorial of John Newman to the Lord High Treasurer, drawing attention to the frauds in the Excise. He knew the corruption among the officers, and that there were then some equally guilty with those who were turned out, and it was remarkable that there were not officers to succeed those turned out. Complains of the opposition of the comrs to him. Some of them would rather the corruption should continue, than that he should have any hand in advancing “these small branches, as humbly proposed;” asks his Lp to let him know what he had to trust to for his great expenses in this affair. Through him Mr Woodcock was employed and the duty advanced 1,304l. Dated 20 July 1705. 1 page.
July 21. 22. Letter signed “Ro. Harley” to the Lord High Treasurer, enclosing an extract of a letter written by direction of the Lords Justices of Ireland, concerning the pay of the Lord Cutts as Lieut.-General there, in the room of Lieut.-Genl Erle. Dated 21 July 1705.
The extract referred to.
Minuted:—“To be laid wth ye Queen's papers.” 2 pages, quarto.
July 23. 23. Report of the Lord Halifax to the Ld High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Clayton, for services in preparing interest account of what interest money was received at the Exchequer by Edward, Earl of Orford, late treasurer of the navy, and Richard, Earl of Ranelagh, late paymaster of the army. Mr Clayton had been employed two years, and had delivered to the auditors of imprest nine accounts of the Earl of Orford, and 11 accounts of the Earl of Ranelagh; recommending that he should be allowed 200l. Dated 23 July 1705.
The petition.
Minuted:—“25 July 1705. Agreed.” 2 pages.
July 24. 24. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, sending copies of two letters from riding officers on the coast of Kent, chiefly employed to hinder the transport of wool to France, giving an account of a French shallop which landed some men who shot Mr Darrington and other officers, horses, &c. Dated 24 July 1705.
The two letters.
Minuted:—“25th July 1705. Send copys of this to ye the Secr[etarie]s of State.” 3 pages.
July 24. 25. Memorial of Mr Chas Fox to the Lord High Treasurer, as to what was due to the King of Prussia on account of her Majesty's proportion of the pay of the 8,000 men sent to the assistance of the Duke of Savoy. Dated 24 July 1705.
Minuted:—“Order'd 31th July, out of contribuc[i]on money.” 1 page, quarto.
July 25.]
26. Two petitions of Mary Sayer, widow and relict of John Sayer, Esq., deceased, to the Lord High Treasurer: (1.) saying she held under lease the demesne of the manor of Barkhamsted (co. Hertf.), parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, of which there were 21 years to come. Her husband rebuilt the mansion house, which was burnt down not long before it was purchased of the Earl of Portland; prays an extension to 31 years.
Minuted:—“25th July 1705. Ref. to Mr Surveyor.”
(2.) Referring to the last petition. The Surveyor Genl had reported that the additional term might be valued at 500l. fine; petitioner's husband had laid out 2,000l. on rebuilding the mansion, and petitioner had laid out a considerable sum more on the house, and upwards of 300l. in new building two water grist mills; besides charges at law in defending her Majesty's title; asking an abatement of the fine.
Minuted:—“24 7br 1705. To have this lease on paymt of 400li.” 2 pages.
July 25.]
27. Petition of Rachel Bennet, executrix of John Bennet, late quartermaster to her Majesty's first regiment of guards, deceased, to the Lord High Treasurer, praying for payment of 227l. 2s. 11d., due to her husband for repairs at Whitehall, Kennington, Hampton Court, and the Savoy.
Minuted:—“Read 25th July 1705. My Lord ref. himself to his former answer.” 1 page.
July 28. 28. Report of the late Comrs for sick and wounded seamen to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of the president, treasurer, and governors of St Thomas' Hospital. They (the Comrs) had always taken it for granted that the sending of sick and wounded seamen to St Thomas' and St Bartholomew's hospitals was only to ease the government of charge, as the words signified in their (the Comrs) instructions; nor did they ever hear of such allowances demanded, much less ever given, to either of the hospitals, except the physicians and chirurgeons for their extraordinary pains in former wars. By the petitioner's calculation of the number of men and days, each man must have been about three months in their house, to make such a vast number of days as 330,843, for which they reckoned 4d. a day for diet, amounting to 5,514l. 1s.; and for physicians, chirurgeons, apothecaries, medicines, &c., at 8d. a day, 11,028l. 2s., which last sum was but 9,646l. 2s. more than the 1,382l. allowed by them (the Comrs) to the physicians, &c., for their extraordinary pains, of which they (the Comrs) were witnesses. This last sum was the same as allowed the chirurgeons at other ports, viz., 6s. 8d. a head. As soon as they had heard of the difference between the governors of St Thomas and their physicians and chirurgeons, they stopped the last warrant until they should be agreed. They had laid their accounts both of St Bartholomew's and St Thomas's hospitals before the Comrs for accounts, together with their proceedings in this affair. Dated 28 July 1705.
The petition and three other documents. 6½ pages.
July 28. 29. Report of the Comrs sick and wounded seamen, &c., on the petition of Edward St Leger, a surgeon at Deal, showing the reasons he had not been paid his salary. Dated 28 July 1705.
The petition, a report on the same of 11 July, and a letter of Mr Lowndes. 4 pages, quarto.
July 31. 30. Petition of Nathaniel Booth, Esq., Surveyor of her Majesty's Green Wax, to the Lord High Treasurer, applying to have a controller of all fines, issues, and amercements appointed, with power to constitute fit persons to be present in all Courts of Record to take accounts of fines imposed. As it was formerly incident to his office, he asked for the appointment, and that the consideration thereof might be referred to the Barons of the Exchequer as to the necessity of the office and the salary.
Minuted:—“31th July 1705. A year out of the Civill List to be now pd., but he must never expect any more out of Civil List money.” 1 page.
July 31. 31. Memorial of the Comrs for Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, with an extract of a letter from Ellis Terrill, Esq., agent for prizes at Lisbon, concerning guns, ball, and shot, to the value of 11,146 mills, 256 rees, delivered for the use of the King of Portugal out of a Spanish galleon prize, called the Lady of Porta Cœli, which sums he could not recover. The Comrs pray that they might be deducted from the monthly payments made to his Majesty, or paid some other way. “31 July 1705, recd.”
Minuted:—“8 Aug. 1705. To Mr Bridges to deduct this out of ye subsidy, and to write to Mr Morris to give notice of it in Portugal.” 2 pages.
July 31.]
32. A very brief petition, this being the whole of it:—“My Lord, pray remember me, Philip Howard.”
Minuted:—“100li bounty out of sec. ser. 31 July 1705.” Pd 2d Augst 1705. 2 lines.
[? About
July 31.]
33. Petition of Henry Cartwright to the Lord High Treasurer. He had officiated as deputy to the Paymaster General, and the Hon. Mr Bridges had offered that appointment to him, but he could not accept it without his Lordship's permission, being secretary to the Controller of the accounts of the army. If he might take the appointment, he offered a person to succeed in the secretaryship, who would resign when he required the office again.
Minuted:—“31 July 1705. My Lord has nothing to object against Mr Brydges imploying Mr Cartwright, but he cannot properly execute both imployments, and therefore some other person must be appointed secry to ye comptrs.” 1 page.
[? About
July 31.]
34. Petition of the officers of the three regiments lately gone to Portugal or elsewhere, to the Lords Justices of Ireland, asking for months pay due to them.
Referred to Henry St John, Esq., Secretary at War. 1 page.
July. 35. Memorial of Mr Wm Hewer, treasurer for the late garrison of Tangier, and executor to the late Samuel Pepys, Esq., his predecessor, for a warrant to stay process issuing against him, &c., in connection with the accounts of his treasurership. Dated July 1705.
Certificate relating thereto. 2 pages.
Aug. 1. 36. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petitions of Elizabeth Muratt, alias Cambolive (one to her Majesty and the other to his Lordship), on the petition of Mark Bartholomew presented to her Majesty, on the memorial of Peter Wentworth, Esq., presented to his Lp, and on other papers. He found that the petitioner Muratt was the only sister of Stephen Cambolive, deceased, who died intestate, possessed of several Exchequer orders upon annuities, &c., worth about 600l. Anthony Bieisse, a creditor, obtained letters of administration and received 105l. Since the arrival of the said Elizabeth that administration had been repealed, and administration had been decreed to her as sister of the deceased. Bartholomew opposed and litigated the same with the view of getting it granted to himself. The report confirms the claim of the petitioner Elizabeth Murat to this property of her brother, against the other claimants, and advises that she should be set at liberty, being then in prison. She was born of Protestant parents, and her profession of the Roman Catholic religion was the effect of force, and since her coming from France she had acknowledged her fault and made a new profession of the Protestant religion; and if that were not so, and she were still a papist, yet being now a subject, she would be entitled to her brother's personal estate, which happened to consist of such interests as by the Acts of Parliament aliens as well as natives were encouraged and allowed to purchase. Dated 1 Aug. 1705.
The petitions mentioned, and several other documents, one of which is a certificate of the ministers, elders, and members of several French Protestant churches in London.
Minuted:—“27th Augst 1705. Stephen Cambolive's estate to go to his sister according to Mr. Borret's report.” 18 pages or parts of pages.
Aug. 3. 37. “Remittances of Sir Hen. Furnese to Clifford & Compa.” 1¼ pages.
Aug. 4. 38. Representation of the Duke of Somerset to the Lord High Treasurer, of the injury about to arise to his garden, called Northumberland House garden, by the officers of works constructing buildings in Scotland Yard of a greater height than they had hitherto been. His trees were already much damnified, and would be much injured if not entirely destroyed. Dated 4 Aug. 1705. Signed “Somerset.”
Minuted:—“Read 8th Aug. 1705. Send this to ye offrs of the works & a direc[i]on to them not to proceed in the buildgs till their rept is returnd.” 1 page.
Aug. 4. 39. Letter from Sir Tho. Frankland, with a copy of her Majesty's warrant for allowing Sir W. Russell his pay as captain of a troop in Ld Arran's regt upon his surrender of that commission. Dated 4 Aug. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 8th Aug. 1705. My Lord thinkes this should stay till my Ld D. of Marlbos return.” 2 pages.
Aug. 4. 40. Report of Mr Wm Borrett to the Ld High Treasurer. He had contracted for the sale of the equity of redemption of the bankers' annuities belonging to Mr Richard Taylor, late paymaster of the million lottery tickets; asking for directions to be given for a privy seal to convey the same. Dated 4 Aug. 1705.
Minuted:—“9th Aug. 1705. A pr. seal accordingly. Done.” ¾ page.
Aug. 9. 41. Memorial of her Majesty's Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, advising the grant of a warrant for a privy seal to convey to Richard Nelthorpe, Esq., part of the estate of Mr Briggs, in Lincolnshire; the consideration money having been paid into the Exchequer, in discharge of Briggs' debt as Receiver of Norfolk. Dated 9 Aug. 1705. 1 page.
Aug. 9. 42. Memorial of John Clifton to the Ld High Treasurer. He had studied the advancement of the Stamp Office to the value of 5 or 6,000l. per ann. without oppression to any person; asks for an interview.
Minuted:—“Lett him putt his methods for advancing the stamp dutys into writing signed by himself; that they may be considerid before my Lord wilbe engaged by any promise. 9 Aug. 1705.” 1 page.
Aug. 9.]
43. Memorial of the Clothiers of her Majesty's forces in Portugal and Holland; renewing their application for payment of the off-reckonings of the forces in Portugal and Holland.
Minuted:—“9 Aug. 1705. To be pd as soon as the muster rolls are returnd.” 1 page.
Aug. 10. 44. Report of Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, to the Lord High Treasurer on the following documents, viz., the petition of John Lamb, Nicholas Onely, Doctors in Divinity, and Lionel Cole, clerk, three of the perpetual chaplains of the late dissolved hospital of the Savoy; the petition of the ministers, chapel wardens and porter of the Savoy; the account therein contained, which is allowed by Mr Burton, Recr of the revenues of that hospital, by his report enclosed; the memorial of Mr Needham, “Register” of the hospital, and his account therein; the report of Mr Burton thereon made to his Lordship, and Mr Needham's answer to that report. He was of opinion Mr Needham was not chargeable with more than he charged himself in his account. The moneys claimed by the ministers, &c. for annual allowances were only claimed to July 1702, when the hospital was dissolved. It would be a great justice to pay these arrears. Dated 10 Aug. 1705.
The documents referred to, and one or two others.
Minuted:—“21 Augt 1705. Warrt to Mr Burton to pay this arrear till ye dissolution.” 2 pages.
Aug. 11. 45. A letter from Mr Francis Brydges for leave of absence, and a reply from Mr Lowndes, by direction of the Ld Treasurer, granting the same for two months. Dated 11 Aug. 1705. 2 pages.
Aug. 14. 46. Report of the Controllers of the army to the Ld [High Treasurer], on the memorial of the Lord Paston, as to taking off the respits of that regiment. The case of Lord Paston's regiment was the case of most of the regiments that had done duty at Portsmouth, where great mortality frequently happened, and in apprehension thereof, many of the soldiers deserted. So that the charge of supplying such deaths and desertions, together with the amercements of 2d. a day until new men were mustered, lay very heavy on the officers, and much diminished their personal pay. Dated Aug. 14, 1705.
There are three minutes on the back. The last is on 21 Apr. 1706, putting off the consideration of the report. 1 page and 4 lines.
Aug. 14. 47. Letter from the Comrs for Prizes, desiring that a letter received from the Agent for Prizes at Newfoundland might be laid before the Lord High Treasurer, for if the Agent for Prizes were debarred from the liberty to trade, they could not procure a person of reputation to go there at the present allowance to foreign agents. Dated 14 Aug. 1705.
The letter referred to. 2 pages.
Aug. 14. 48. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Sir Robert Harrison, Knt, Recr General for the county of Oxford of aids and other taxes; advising the allowance to him of various charges for conveying the money by barge, and for paying it into the Exchequer. Dated 14 Aug. 1705.
The petition, “the case,” and an account of the disbursements. 5 pages.
Aug. 15. 49. Letter of Jo. Methuen to Mr Lowndes. The necessity of the service forced him to act without orders in matters of the greatest importance, especially in relation to money. The nature of many of the articles in his account did not admit of vouchers. For the most considerable sums he had vouchers which would satisfy the Lord High Treasurer, but not regular enough for the Exchequer. For expedition in putting the place in some condition, and with less expense than it could be done from England, Lord Galway had engaged him to pay for all materials there, and to send money in specie for the works to Gibraltar. Dated Lisbon, Aug. 26, N.S., 1705, i.e. 15 Aug. 1¼ pages, quarto.
Aug. 16. 50. Letter from the Officers of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the disposal of tallies in that office. Dated 16 Aug. 1705.
Minuted:—“23th Aug. 1705. My Lord agrees the tallys may be disposed of at par.” 1 page.
Aug. 17. 51. Petition from John Newman to the Ld High Treasurer, for a suitable reward for his services in connection with Excise affairs. The Excise Office made it a mere banter. The officers knew the Comrs minds. They reported that the conference at Mr Lowndes' in August last, the examination before the Comrs in November last, and the hearing before his Lordship in June last, would blow over, and they should weather these points. Some of them said they would venture to cut their throats whenever the petitioner was concerned in the Excise. Dated 17 Aug. 1705.
Minuted:—“27 Augst 1705. To Commrs Excise to consider what he may deserve for the discovery he pretends to, and to report.” 1 page.
Aug. 17. 52. Certificate from Anthony Anderson, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe, to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the arrear of salary due to Nathaniel Boothe, Esq., surveyor of the green wax in the Court of Exchequer. Dated Pipe Office, 17 Aug. 1705. ½ page.
Aug. 20. 53. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, as to certain flax seized on board a French prize taken by the Zealanders. They saw no reason why the proprietor of the goods should not by licence of the Court of Exchequer compound for the same. Dated 20 Aug. 1705.
Four other documents connected therewith. By the minute his Lordship agrees to the composition. 7 pages.
Aug. 20. 54. The Earl of Ranelagh's state of the reversionary annuities which remained in his hands, and of the debentures returned to him. Dated 20 Aug. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 22th Aug. 1705. The E. of Ranelagh to satisfy the money due to the dead penc[i]oners of Chelsea Hospitall (computed by him to amount to about 1,400li), out of the remaines in his hands, as by this rept; but first write to his Lordp for an accot of the applicac[i]on of abot 22,000li in debrs, given by parłt for discharging arrs to the penc[i]oners of the said hospl, and also of the persons' names & sums to whom the said sum of about 1,400li is intended to be now paid.”
With this is also:—“An accompt of the debentures payable out of the forfeited estates in Ireland, received by the Earl of Ranelagh from the Commissrs of the army accompts, for the amount of one day's pay in a year, deducted by the said Commissrs, for the use of the Royal Hospitall near Chelsea, from the several regiments, &c.” 5 pages.
Aug. 21. 55. Report of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the settling an agent at Newfoundland at a certain allowance, and not to be permitted to trade; advising that he should have 100l. per ann. and three per cent. instead of five (the former allowance), upon the whole produce to be allowed by the captors. Dated 21 Aug. 1705.
Minuted:—“The Comrs are to present an agent forthwth.” 1 page.
[? About
Aug. 21.]
56. Petition of Charles Aldworth, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, praying that no further proceedings should take place against the heirs and executors of his late father, who was Auditor of the Post Office, for the recovery of 250l. upon suggestion that his father had not done his duty. [This is a second petition in the same terms as No. 101 of Vol. XCIV.]
Copy of warrant and a letter relating thereto.
Referred to the Post Master Genl 21 Aug. 1705. Parts of 3 pages.
[? About
Aug. 21.]
57. Memorial from Mr William Palmes to the Ld High Treasurer. He had adjusted the matter with Mr Stephens and hoped his Lp would grant a warrant to the Surveyor General to make out a particular of Cookham and Bray, &c., in order to a lease.
Minuted:—“21th Aug. 1705. To be laid before ye Queen.”
Again:—“27th Augt 1705. The Queen doth not think his petn proper, but if he can discover any thing else that is proper the Queen will be willing to gratifye him.” ½ page.
Aug. 24. 58. Abstract of respits upon the musters from 25 June to 24 Aug. 1705. Signed “J. Howe.” 1 page.
Aug. 24. 59. Questions and replies as to revenue from sea coals, lottery tickets, &c. Dated 24 Aug. 1705. 1 page.
Aug. 24. 60. Letter signed “Martin Lluellyn to the Lord High Treasurer, accompanying an account of horses delivered to the Honble Major Genl Harvy's regiment, and to the Rt Hon. Ld Raby's regiment, by the Commissary General of the King of Portugal. Dated Lisbon, Aug. 24, 1705. 2 pages.
[? About
Aug. 27.]
61. Petition of William Mann, gent., to the Lord High Treasurer, for an order for payment of a debt due to his father from Wm Hunt, late of Sharrington in the co. of Norfolk, Esq., deceased, the said Hunt having some claim on the estate of Michael Wicks, late receiver of plantation duties, out of which it might be paid.
Schedule of the debts paid by the father.
Minuted:—“27th Augst 1705. My Lord doth not know that any thing would come to Hunt if he were living.” 2 pages.
Aug. 27. 62. Letter from Mr Dummer to the Lord High Treasurer, asking him to consider his case and give it his support. Dated Windsor, 27 Aug. 1705.
Enclosing “an abstract of the course of the West India packets, with the time each of them spent in their respective voyages, and which of them hath been taken by the enemy.” Another letter from him, and copy of an order in Council accompanying it in relation to his salary for providing packet boats for the West Indies. The last is minuted:—“27 Augst 1705. My Lord will speak with the Commrs of the Navy.” 4 pages.
Aug. 28. 63. “An account of prizes taken by her Majesty's ships since the 29th June last to the 2d of August 1705, with the proceedings thereon.”
Signed “H Burnaby, Prize Office, Augt 28th 1705.” 1 large page.
Sept. 1. 64. A general abstract of the accounts of her Majesty's revenue in Ireland, stated in the Accountant General's office, for the year ended at Christmas 1704, certified 1 Sept. 1705, and signed “W. Burgh, Accompt Genl.” 2 large pages.
Sept. 6. 65. Letter from William Thomas to William Lounds, Esq., in favour of Mr Merrick, who was seeking the place of “customer” of Southampton, reminding him of his promise to Lord Bergavenny to do something for him. Dated Sept. 6, [1705.]
Minuted:—“12 7br 1705. My Lord saies he promised him the next riding survrs place, & intends to be as good as his word.”
Letter of Mr Merrick thereon. 2 pages.
Sept. 6. 66. Letter from the Comrs for Trade with complaints against Mr Corbet, Collr of Bridge Town, in Barbadoes. Dated 6 Sept. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 12th Sepr 1705. Corbet is removed already.”
Also extracts from minutes of Council at Barbadoes thereon. 7 pages.
Sept. 8. 67. Letter from Mr E. Pauncefort to John Taylour, Esq., at the Treasury Office, as to remittances to Mr Sweet. He begins, “I rec[eive]d the favour of yours on Thursday, but you know there's no opportunity of reply from this place till Satterdays.” Dated Bath, Sept. 8, 1705. 1¼ pages.
[? Sept. 11.] 68. Letter from Mr A. Cardonnel to Mr Taylour. “His grace” had directed that Mr Sweet should not make a demand of 2½ per cent. out of money payable to the King of Prussia, for his 8,000 men in Italy, and the money had been paid without deduction. Dated “Camp at Arschot,” 22 Sept. 1705. [? N.S.]
Extract from another letter relating thereto. 3 pages.
[? About
Sept. 13.]
69. Petition of John Merring of Barbadoes to the Ld High Treasurer. He had been cleared from the false accusations by which he had lost his place, and represented as qualified for employment on the duty of 4½ per cent. at Barbadoes; prays to be appointed receiver of that duty, the office being vacant by the suspension of Mr Corlet. Read 13 7br 1705.
Three minutes on the back, the last is, “This to be consider'd when C. Cust. attend.” 1 page.
Sept. 13. 70. Report of the Controllers of the army to the Lord [High Treasurer], on the memorial of Captain Loyd as to his demands for disbursements for provisions furnished to the gunners at Newfoundland. Dated 13 Sept. 1705. 1 page.
[? About
Sept. 13.]
71. Petition of Sir Charles Hobby, Knt, to the Queen. A ship had been fitted out by him which was sent by the Governor of [New England] in August 1703 to clear the coast of French privateers. Soon after the vessel sailed from Boston (the captain, Daniel Plowman, dying), one Quelch, the lieut., and the vessel's crew ran away with her, and turned pirates, committed divers robberies on Portuguese ships, and in May following came again to Boston, where one Mr Coleman, agent for his Royal Highness, discovering, by several marks upon the goods “the said Quelch and crew had bin a pyrating,” acquainted the Governor therewith; upon which the vessel and effects, consisting of gold dust and other gold, amounting to about 2,000l., were seized, and Quelch and several of the crew tried, condemned, and executed; praying to have the gold dust &c., bestowed on him.
Minuted:—“13 7br 1705. These effects are already orderd to be sent to England, and to be applyed to the publique use as they ought to be.” 1¼ pages.
Sept. 18. 72. Copy of a letter from Mr Jo. Taylour to Sir Lambert Blackwell, asking him to give his assistance to the Lord High Treasurer, by writing to the merchants at Leghorn or Genoa to ask them to furnish to the Earl of Peterborough, or the commander-in-chief of the forces for the time being, or to Mr Henry Vincent (deputy to John Howe, Esq., paymaster), the money necessary for the forces in the expedition to Spain. Dated Whitehall Treasury Chambers, 18 Sept. 1705.
Copy of a letter written in consequence thereof to Messrs Western, Lambert, & Co., authorising them to advance up to 20,000 dollars. 3½ pages.
Sept. 18. 73. Letter of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer. When last in Ireland he looked into the state of the ordnance, and found the marching train much out of order. There were but few guns mounted, and even the carriages of these were decayed. He gave directions for the new mounting of part of the train in Dublin, and sent for several brass ordnance that lay unmounted in remoter garrisons. These and other works amounted to 2,061l. 3s.d.; proposes methods of payment. Dated Whitehall. 18 Sept. 1705.
Detailed accounts of the cost of the same.
Minuted:—“Read 29th Sepr 1705. Prepare wt accordingly.” 6 pages.
Sept. 18. 74. Letter of the Agents for Taxes to William Lowndes, Esqre, in favour of the appointment of Mr Thomas Wood as Surveyor of duties on houses and marriages, &c., in the county of Bedford, on the decease of Mr William Durham. Dated 18 Sept. 1705.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” 1 page.
Sept. 22. 75. Letter of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the charge of holding the last session of parliament in Ireland. It was much increased by the particular addresses of the Houses of Lords and Commons in behalf of their clerks and servants. Dated Whitehall, 22 Sept. 1705.
Another paper containing the items.
There is a minute for the preparation of a warrant. 2½ pages.
Sept. 24. 76. Report of Mr S. Travers, Surveyor General, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Henry Chubb as to an allowance to him out of a fine for passing the lease of tenements in the manor of Bucklawren, parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall, &c. Dated 24 Sepr 1705.
The petition and copy of another report on the same subject.
Minuted:—“27 Nov. 1705. Agreed.” 5 pages.
Sept. 26. 77. Letter of the Comrs of Victualling to Sir Thomas Littleton, applying for issue of money. Dated 26 Sept. 1705.
Minuted:—“10 Oct. 1705. Ordd 11,000 for bills Excha. &c.” 1 page.
Sept. 28. 78. Memorial of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lord High Treasurer, giving his account of the building in Scotland Yard, in answer to the Duke of Somerset's complaint against it. [See Vol. XCV., No. 38, 4 Aug. 1705.] Asks that some indifferent person might view and report on the premises. Dated 28 Sept. 1705. 2 pages.
[? About
Sept. 29.]
79. Petition of Henry Whitbread, late Receiver Genl of Taxes for the county of Bedford, to the Lord High Treasurer, for allowance of his extraordinary charges in bringing up the taxes to the Exchequer 1 page.
[? About
Sept. 29.]
80. An account of the charge of sick and well prisoners at war in Midsummer and Michaelmas quarters, 1705. Showing also where they were confined.
Note:—There were above 3,000 prisoners in these two quarters.” 1 page.
Sept. 29. 81. “Mr Petyt's report of what is done relating to ye sorting and digesting the records in Cæsar's chappel.” Mr Holmes and the three other clerks had collected, cleansed, reduced into alphabet, and calendared great numbers of depositions, &c. in Chancery, which before lay dispersed in confused heaps within the chapel in the White Tower, and also affixed parchment labels to each bundle for the more ready recourse thereto. Dated 29 Sept. 1705. 1 page, quarto
[? About
Sept. 29.]
82. William Wenman's account to his grace John, Duke of Newcastle, Lord Warden of the forest of Sherwood, of the moneys received by him of Thomas Hewet, Esq., Surveyor General of her Majesty's woods, Trent North, to be distributed to and amongst the keepers and their deputies, and for hay and pasture ground for the Queen's deer in the forest of Sherwood for two years ending at Michaelmas, 1705.
Also his account of disbursements by order of his grace the Duke of Newcastle, Lord Warden, during the same time.
Further, an account of stags killed in the forest in July, August, and September in the year 1705. 6 pages.
[? About
Sept. 29.]
83. Extract from an account relating to the “neat money” arising for the Queen's civil list, between Michaelmas 1704 and Michaelmas 1705. 3 pages.
Sept. 30. 84. Debt of the Office of her Majesty's Ordnance for stores delivered and services performed to the 30th of September 1705. 1 page.
Sept. 30. 85. An account of money paid by the Office of Ordnance for stores delivered and services performed between 30 June 1704 and 30 June 1705, and between 30 June 1705 and 30 Sept. following. ½ page.
Oct. 2. 86. Letter from the Agents for Taxes to Mr Lowndes, asking him to move the Ld High Treasurer for a warrant for an additional salary of 10l. per ann. to Mr Charles Pembrudge [? surveyor] for Bristol. Dated 2 Oct. 1705. 1 page.
Oct. 3. 87. Account of the issues which had been made to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the public funds for the years 1702, 1703, 1704, and 1705, and other revenues in aid of the said funds, made up and stated to Michaelmas 1705. Dated 3 Oct. 1705. 1 large page.
Oct. 5. 88. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Ld High Treasurer on a proposal of Mr John Williams for disposing of her Majesty's tin speedily and profitably. The East India merchants were all of opinion, contrary to what was alleged in the proposal, that great quantity of tin might be had in the East Indies fit for use, and if the price of it were raised considerably here, it might be an encouragement to the Dutch to import more. They (the officers) were of opinion that it would lessen the consumption of pewter at home, and might alter the course of trade. Dated 5 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“31th Oct. 1705. My Lord agrees wth the report & dismisses the proposal.” 1 page.
Oct. 5. 89. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Ld High Treasurer on an information as to shipments of tobacco to Dieppe. Tho' the exportation in law entitled the merchants to their debentures, yet how far a trading with France in time of war might be construed (as far as any Englishman was concerned in it) a correspondence with her Majesty's enemies (and thereby incurring the penalty of the law), was humbly submitted as a matter of state to be prosecuted elsewhere. Dated 5 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 31th Oct. 1705. Ref. to Mr Atturny Genll.” 1 page.
Oct. 5. 90. Report of the Controllers of the army to the Lord High Treasurer, on a petition of Captain Wildman, one of Major General Stewart's regiment, for 700li arrears for himself, company, &c. Dated 5 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“14th Novr 1705. My Lord can give no direcc[i]ons in this.” 1 page.
Oct. 6. 91. Letter from Mr John Taylor to [? ] in reply to a letter from Mr Baker signifying that the Ld High Treasurer would order him to be prosecuted if he did not forthwith make up Lord Faulkland's accounts when Treasurer of the Navy; showing the unreasonableness of his being called on to do so. Mr Coupland had succeeded him. Dated Bifrons, 6 Oct. 1705.
Also a copy of a letter to Lady Falkland on the same matter.
Minuted:—“12 Oct. 1705. Send to Mr Coupland to come here on Tuesday morning.” 3 pages, quarto.
Oct. [? 11
or 12.]
92. Letter from Lord Ranelagh [? to Mr Lowndes], relating as well to the application he had made of the debentures issued to him for one day's pay, due to the Royal Hospital, as to a list of the persons, names and sums to whom about 1,400l. was to be paid in satisfaction of the money due to the dead pensioners of Chelsea Hospital. Dated “11” Oct. 1705.
Also “a list of the reversionary orders and returned debentures.” 2 pages (1 quarto.)
Oct. 12. 93. Copy of “Rules for the Office of the Works.” Given by her Majesty's command. 12 Oct. 1705.
Also some alterations and additions proposed to be made to the same. 12 pages.
Oct. 12. 94. Letter by direction of the Prize Office to Mr Lowndes, sending the Comrs' presentment of Christopher Crow, Esq., as agent for prizes at Leghorn, to be laid before the Ld High Treasurer. Dated 12 Oct. 1705.
The presentment referred to. 2 pages, (1 quarto.)
Oct. 12.]
95. A state of the arrears of the money allowed by parliament to the office of her Majty's Ordnance for sea and land service for the years 1702, 1703, 1704, and 1705. Read 12th Oct. 1705. 1 page.
Oct. 12. 96. Report of the Controllers of the army to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of John Cardy, clothier, as to the off-reckonings of Lord Jedborough's regiment. They considered the price charged for clothing the regiment was very extravagant, &c. Dated Oct. 12, 1705.
Minuted:—“14th Novr 1705. My Lord is of the same opinion wth the Comptrs in this report.” 1¼ pages.
Oct. 12. 97. Report of the same to the same, on the petitions of Walter and William Sydenham, brothers and administrators of Lieut. George Sydenham and other officers in the four West India regiments, whose accounts were lately stated in Ireland. Dated 12 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“14th Novr 1705. Respited till the Comptrs Genll Report about the 4 West Inda Regts is brought in.” 2 pages.
Oct. 15. 98. Letter left without signature and unaddressed as to the state of the revenue of New York whilst Mr Bierly was Receiver General, and as to the prize money found in the hands of the Provost Marshal, who was ordered by Sir Bevill Granvile to be prosecuted for the same. There was enclosed a report to the Lord High Treasurer, relating to the office of receiver general of her Majesty's revenues in Virginia.
A postscript states that Mr Lillingston, late one of the council of Barbadoes, having been there fined 2,000l. for raising sedition, had paid the same, but appealed. Dated 15 Oct. 1705. 2 pages.
[? About
Oct. 15.]
99. Petition of John Wall, commander of the Norton galley from Gibraltar. H.M. ship “Swift,” galley, came from Altea Bay with an express from the Earl of Peterborough and Sir Cloudesly Shovell, and had orders to sail directly for England, but was forced into Gibraltar; and Brigadier Shrimpton the governor, having another express to send to the fleet, and there being no other ship but the man-of-war to take it, at the earnest request of the governor the petitioner brought this express to England; prays a gratuity.
Referred to the Ld High Treasurer, 15 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 4th Janry 1705–6. Give him 10li out of secret service.” 1 page.
Oct. 16. 100. Memorial of John Chamberlayne to the Lord High Treasurer, asking for payment of the incidental expenses attending the meetings of the Governors of the Queen's Bounty, to whom he was appointed secretary, as well as for his salary.
Minuted:—“16th Oct. 1705. My Lord will speak wth Mr Attorny abt this at his next attendance. 17th Do. My Lord will issue to the Treãr 500li for the incidl charges of the corporac[i]on.” 2 pages, 4to.
Oct. 17. 101. “An account of what Leidgers are compleated by the Navy Board for the treasurership of the Rt Honble Anthony, late Ld Viscount Falkland.”
“Read 17 Oct. 1705.” 1 page.
Oct. 18. 102. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, advising that any reward to Mr Holbech for his “discoveries in Devonshire” should be suspended till after “the hearing.” Dated Oct. 18, 1705. 1 page.
[? About
Oct. 19.]
103. Petition of Jeronimo Bestoso to the Ld High Treasurer. At the time of the expedition to Vigo, as he came from Genoa, to go to Lisbon, he was taken by the English fleet and detained with his ship on the Spanish coast, and the ship was used for a bridge of boats for the descent of the English forces under the Duke of Ormonde. The petitioner served as a pilot to his grace into Port St Maries. He lost the ship and 1,000 pieces of eight, being the value of the goods on board. A prize ship was bestowed on him, but he knew not how to make use of it for want of rigging, &c. He was imprisoned for debt and assigned the ship; asks to be considered.
Minuted:—“19 Oct. 1705. The ship given him was worth more than he could justly pretend to.” 1 page.
Oct. 19. 104. Report of William Blathwaite, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Anthony Hodges, Esq., Lieutenant-Governor of Montserrat, one of the Leeward Islands, in favour of his receiving his salary of 200l. per ann., as was allowed to the other lieutenant-governors of those islands, out of the duty of 4½ per cent. Dated 19 Oct. 1705.
The petition. 2 pages.
Oct. 19. 105. Report of A. Maynwaring and Edward Harley, Esqres, auditors of imprests, to the Ld High Treasurer, on the memorial of Henry Coltman, clerk to the paymaster of the million lottery tickets, as to claims for fees paid by Mr Richard Taylor, late paymaster of the million lottery tickets, before he failed, and for passing his accounts. Dated 19 Oct. 1705.
The memorial.
Minuted:—“Upon this. A wt to ye audr to allow the fees paid by Mr Taylor. A wt to ye Comptre to pay over Taylor's cash secured by him to ye present paymr. A wt to ye paymar to pay Coltman the fees to be paid him.”
Also a schedule of the fees. 4 pages.
[? About
Oct. 19.]
106. Memorial of Lieut.-Col. Tho. King to the Ld High Treasurer. His commission of Lieut.-Coll bore date December 30, 1688. By his Lordship's favour he was introduced to the Duke of Marlborough in the Treasury chamber, and vindicated himself as to the “tack;” asks that this memorial might be transmitted to his grace to remind him of his promise of a brevet of equal date with Col. Primrose.
“Read 19 Oct. 1705.” 1 page, quarto.
Oct. 20. 107. A communication, unaddressed, of the Ambassador Extraordinary of the King of Prussia. He was well pleased to learn that, with the view of paying the arrears due to the King for the last war, the Queen designed in her speech, at the opening of the new parliament, to recommend the same, and to confirm the obligation of the treaty made with the Duke of Marlborough, touching the subsidy for a year of the 8,000 men in Italy; and further with the declaration of the King to agree to the demand made by the Queen, for the prolongation of the stay of the troops in Italy for the next year, in place of their recall, which the King had resolved on, &c. Dated London, 20 Oct. 1705. (French.)
Memorandum of the subsidies of the past war, due by the Crown of England to the King of Prussia, &c. (French.)
State of the subsidies due to the allies on acct of the last war.
Another brief letter from the same ambassador in relation to the same arrears. Dated 22 Oct. 1705. (French.) 5½ pages, (1 quarto.)
Oct. 22. 108. An estimate of the debt of her Majesty's navy on the heads hereafter mentioned as it stood on the 30 September 1705. Dated 22 Oct. 1705. 2 pages.
Jan. 3 and
Oct. 24.
109. Two accounts of sales of guns, gold, silver, &c. imported by Captain John Quelch and company, who were convicted of felony and piracy, which goods came to the hands of the Comrs appointed by the Governor of New England. Dated 3 Jan. 1704 and 24 Oct. 1705.
Also a receipt given by the captain and lieut. of her Majesty's ship Guernsey to the Comrs on the delivery of a box of gold seized from the said Quelch. 3 pages.
Oct. 24. 110. Cofferers' memorial to the Ld High Treasurer for 10,000l. by way of imprest. Dated 24 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“4,000li orderd 31 Oct. 1705.
6,000 8 Nov.” ½ page.
Oct. 25. 111. Memorial of the Agents for Taxes to the Ld High Treasurer, asking for the issue of 200l. to defray the charge of an enquiry into supposed frauds and abuses in Devonshire. Dated 25 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“31 Oct. 1705. L~res pat. dt for charges of this prosecution wthout account.” 1 page.
Oct. 26. 112. Letter of the Comrs for Trade to the Ld High Treasurer for payment of their incidental charges. Dated Whitehall, 26 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 4th Janry 1705. Prepare a wt if it doe not exceed what is usuall.” 1 page.
Oct. 26. 113. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer on Mr William Tyndal's proposals for advancing the revenue in relation to tin; they had discoursed with him and suggested difficulties, which he admitted. Dated Oct. 26, 1705.
Minuted:—“31th Oct 1705. My Ld agrees wth the report and dismisses ye proposal.”
The proposal. 2 pages.
Oct. 26. 114. Mr Fox's memorial to the Ld High Treasurer, relating to the clothiers. Oct. 26, 1705.
An abstract of all money that has been issued for the service of Portugal since the 24th of Dec. 1703, showing how the same is applied, pursuant to the directions by Mr Lowndes's letters.” 2 pages.
Oct. 26. 115. A representation of the Comptrollers of the accounts of the army to the Ld High Treasurer, showing how they had proceeded on the several instructions given them by her Majesty, and what they conceived necessary to be further taken into consideration, for making this commission more useful to the public. Dated 26 Oct. 1705. 5 large pages.
Oct. 26. 116. Letter by direction of the Comrs of Trade and Plantations to Mr Lowndes, announcing that they had transmitted the circular letters to the governors of the Leeward Islands, Barbadoes, and Jamaica, through Mr Secretary Hedges, for her Majesty's signature. Dated Whitehall, 26 Oct. 1705. 1 page.
Oct. 27. 117. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Ld High Treasurer, as to the export of arms and ammunition to the King of Portugal duty free. Dated 27 Oct. 1705.
Extract of a letter from the “Lord Ambr Methuen.” 2 pages.
Oct. 27. 118. Copy of report of the Agents for Taxes on a petition of Caleb Powell, Recr General of divers taxes in the counties of Brecon, Radnor, Anglesea, Carnarvon, Merioneth, and Montgomery. They were of opinion that he should be allowed as formerly, viz., 3d. in the pound for carriage and return of the money. Dated 27 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“A wt signed on this for 321li 6s 9d.” 1 page.
Oct. 29. 119. Memorial of Sir John Stanley and George Granville, Esqre, on behalf of Sir Bevill Granville, to the Ld High Treasurer, for repayment of the fees of the Exchequer for the rent of Mote Park, viz., 44l. 18s. Dated 29 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“Read 4th Jany 1704–5. Orderd as usual.” 1 page, quarto.
Oct. 30. 120. Report of the Attorney General to the Ld High Treasurer on the report of the Surveyor General made on the petition of Mr Henry Wise to her Majesty, for her royal license to build on a waste piece of ground lying near Hampton Court, lately granted to the petitioner and his heirs, by her Majesty's steward of the honor and manor of Hampton Court, by copy of court roll. The question submitted was whether such a grant was legal with respect to the Act of the Civil List. He (the Attorney Genl) certifies that by that Act her Majesty was not restrained to grant any copyholds by copy of court roll, in fee, or for other estate. However, he was not satisfied that the grant made by the steward by copy of court roll of the wastes of the manor was available to the grantee, for nothing could be granted now by copy of court roll but what was immemorially so granted and grantable, and waste land which was never before so granted could not now be made copyhold, by which Mr Wise's title would be defeasable, unless he could show the waste grounds had been usually devised by copy, which if he should be able to do, he would want a warrant to the steward for making the grant, a steward not having power by virtue of his office to make such voluntary grants. However, since the petitioner was content to build on that title, if her Majesty would permit him, he (the Attorney Genl) saw no objection to her Majesty giving him a warrant for that purpose, that warrant giving him no right to the land. Signed “Edward Northey.” Dated 30 Oct. 1705.
Minuted:—“4 X~ber. 1705. My Lord is satisfyed yt ye copy of court roll doth not give him a good title, but he hath built his house upon a mistaken lisence. His Lordp will not oblige him to pull it downe again, but will not indulge any body else to build for the future.”
The surveyor's report and the petition. This last report contains this clause, “I have not found this making of new copyholds out of the wasts any where justifyed by the laws of copyholders, but it seems most of the ground where the houses & cottages stand by the way side, near the premises, have been thus granted by copy of court roll, and the homage in the name of the tenants which have a right in the said wasts, do give their consent and apportion the rent for their ease, & the benefit of the poor; and the steward doth admit thereupon in behalfe of the Queen.” 5 pages.
Oct. 30. 121. “Surveyor of the woods abstract of Mr Wilcox accts from ye 4th June 1703 to the 30th Octobr 1705.” 3 pages.
Oct. 30. 122. Report of Mr Edward Wilcox to the Ld High Treasurer upon an estimate of Wm Lowen for works to be done by order of Prince George of Denmark in Windsor Forest. Dated 30 Oct. 1705.
The estimate referred to.
Minuted:—“27 Nov. 1705. A wt to Mr Wilcox to pay this and to be allowed it upon his acct.” 2 pages.
Oct. 30. 123. Certificate of Mr Henry Shales, auditor, of the payment of the fee of John Ball, gent., surveyor of the works at the Castle of Windsor. With a note of its entry in the office of the auditor of the receipt of the Exchequer, on 30 Oct. 1705. ½ page.
Oct. 30. 124. Report of Lord Halifax to the Lord [High Treasurer] on the memorial of Sir Thomas Littleton, as to the stoppage of payment of an annuity. Dated 30 Oct. 1705.
Minute thereon. Also the memorial. 2 pages.
Oct. 31. 125. Memorial of the general officers of the horse and dragoons of her Majesty's forces in the Low Countries, to the Ld High Treasurer. 275 horses of the light horse and 79 of the dragoons had been lost and not inserted in the former account, and had died since the acct ending 31 Oct. last, the levy money of which would amount to 5,073l. [Minuted:—Ordered.] They would not be in a position to take the field in the next campaign unless this last sum were paid. In the provision by parliament many had not and could not share. If his Lp thought they ought to be relieved, the expense would be 2,500l.
[Minuted:—2,500l. orderd.] Signed “H. St John.” Dated 31 Oct. 1705. 2 pages.
Oct. 31. 126. Memorial of William Palmes to the Lord High Treasurer. Being encouraged to look out for some other things in lieu of Cookham and Bray, he had been informed of some fee-farm rents in reversion after the life of the Queen Dowager. If his Lordship gave him hopes he would proceed further in the enquiry.
Minuted:—“31 Oct. 1705. My Lord cannot judge of this proposal unless he saw a list of ye rents desired by the petr.” 1 page.