Volume 99: July 2-October 31, 1706

Pages 446-469

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

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July 2–October 31, 1706

July 2. 1. Report of the Auditors of Imprest to the Lord High Treasurer, as to signing a warrant for issue of money to the Earl of Ranelagh, for half pay of officers disbanded after the war. Dated 2 July 1706. 1 page.
July 2. 2. Memorial of the Duke of Ormonde to the Lord High Treasurer. By the Queen's direction the son of Col. Power, commonly called Lord Power, was delivered into his care to be bred up a Protestant. This was being carried out, and his grace now proposed 100l. a year for his support on the establishment of Ireland, the same as Lord Roche had:
As to Captain Arthur Gore, a member of the House of Commons, who had served in the Earl of Donegal's regiment, and for whom an address was voted by the parliament of Ireland that he might be restored to his half pay, the Duke advises that he should be gratified.
He advises also that Lieut. Geo. Holmes, who went from Ireland in Lord Montjoy's regiment to Portugal, should be put on half pay on account of his age and infirmities.
Minuted:—“Agreed.” Dated Whitehall, 2 July 1706. 2 pages.
July 2. 3. Certificate of [Auditor] E. Harley to Christopher Tilson, Esq., as to the pay of Mr Edward Douglas, late Deputy Commissary of the Musters to the two old marine regiments. Dated 2 July 1706.
Also his memorial. 2 pages.
July 3. 4. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of the Earl of Essex for payment of respits on the regiment of dragoons under his command; he had no objection to the payment, if his Lordship would order the money. Dated 3 July 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 23th July 1706. My Lord will satisfy this out of unappropriated money.”
The memorial, a letter, and copy of a warrant. 4 pages.
July 4. 5. Memorial of her Majesty's Surveyor General to the Lord High Treasurer, for an issue of 500l. to Mr Roberts for carrying on the building of the bridge at Datchet. Dated 4 July 1706.
Minuted:—“4th July 1706. 500li orderd.” ½ page.
July 6. 6. Petition of the Patent Searchers of the port of London to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the better control and security of the revenue. To avoid being misrepresented they ask for the appointment of a day that they might be heard. Dated 6 July 1706.
Minuted:—“31th July 1706. To be heard this day fortnight.
Comrs Customs
Mr Clough to attend then.” 2 pages.
July 6. 7. Letter jointly signed by “Fran. Stratford and Samuel Free,” announcing the arrival of all the tin in safety; asking how the money is to be remitted that is to be advanced thereon. Dated Hamburg, 6 July 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 13th July 1706. My Lord orders that Mr Stratford do remit the mo: he is to advance on ye tyn to Mr Sweet at Amsterdm to be applyd for answering 3 mo subsidy to K. of Prussia for ye 8,000 men in Italy.” 1 page.
July 6. 8. Report of Mr William Blathwayt to the Lord High Treasurer, on the case of Leonard Compere, Esq., Receiver General of her Majesty's revenues in Jamaica, viz., as to the security given by him for the execution of his office. In the year 1692 he lost 11,000l. by the earthquake and by the French invasion of the following year. Mr Blathwayt's opinion was that the same security in Jamaica might be ordered to be extended, not only to his accounting before the governor and council, or the assembly there, but also to her Majesty according to the course of the Exchequer in England. Dated 6 July 1706.
The case referred to and an abstract of the account of her Majesty's revenue in Jamaica.
Minuted:—“Read 23th Aug. 1706. My Lord agrees to this rept.” 6 pages and 4 halves.
[? About
July 9.]
9. Petition of John Smith, of Beaufort Buildings, to the Lord High Treasurer, asking for allowances to be made him in respect to his services as receiver of the land revenues for the city of London, and counties of Middlesex, Essex, Hertford, Norfolk, and Huntingdon.
Minuted:—“Read 9th July 1706. My Lord doth not think it reasonable to encourage officers to keep publick money in their hands in order to ask it as a reward for that wch was the duty of their offices.”
Also a schedule of his “cravings,” and a certificate of Mr Auditor Phelips. 4 pages.
July 9. 10. Letter from Mr Secretary St John to Mr Lowndes, sending a warrant for the counter-signature of the Ld High Treasurer, for an addition to the pay of the general officers for the present expedition. Mr Vincent Chaban was appointed by the Ld Walden to muster the forces going on the expedition. Dated Whitehall, 9 July 1706.
The warrant is not now with it. 1 page, quarto.
9 and 10.
11. Letter from Lord Godolphin to the Ld Lieutt of Ireland, sending a petition of John Outing asking for a pension of 200l. a year for his services; for his Lps opinion thereon. Dated Treasury Chambers, 9 July 1706.
The petition.
Letter of the Ld Lieut. in reply. Dated Whitehall, 10 July 1706. 3 pages.
July 9. 12. “Mr Fox's Memoriall” signed “E. Pauncfort” to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the arrears of three regiments ordered on the descent. Dated 9 July 1706. 1 page.
July 9. 13. Cofferers memorial for 5,063l. 3s.d. to clear Lady-day quarter, 1706. Dated 9 July 1706. 1 page.
July 9. 14. Copy of report of the [Comrs of Revenue] Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the salary of Mr Thomas Knox. Dated Custom House, Dublin, 9th July 1706. 1 page.
July 11. 15. Report of the Officers of Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer, upon a proposal of Mr Gibbon, powder maker, for furnishing the ordnance with 10,000 barrels of powder a year. They had sent the same to the Duke of Marlborough, who had commanded them to lay it before his Lordship. Two reasons had induced them to consider the proposal: 1st the unreasonableness of the powder makers, who knowing the necessities of the office and the pressing occasion for powder, obliged them lately to comply with their unreasonable demands, by allowing them 1l. per cwt. in the refraction of the saltpetre, more than the East India Company would give: 2nd, the great difficulty they met with in persuading the powder makers to make the powder at the usual price of 16s. per barrel, they insisting for a considerable time on 18s. By this plan they would not lie under pressing necessities, which were always made a handle for raising a price. With some variations they concur with the proposal. Dated 11 July 1706.
The proposal referred to.
Minuted:—“Read 3d Aug. 1706. My Lord doth not thinke he is any ways concernd in this matter.” 4 pages.
July 11. 16. Memorial of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Ld High Treasurer, for an issue of money to pay the auditors their fees for auditing his accounts, that they might be forthwith declared. Dated 11 July 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 12th July 1706. Orderd accordingly, and a wt to pay this to the audrs by a wt on ye l~res pat[ent]s dt.”
“Send to ye audrs to distinguish how much of this demand is for ½ pay.” 1 page.
July 12. 17. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Thomas Byerly, collector and receiver of the province of New York, in favour of payment of his claims for seizing the Eagle galley for illegal trading, either by the master of the vessel, or Sir Jeoffrey Jeffrys the owner of the goods. Dated 12 July 1706.
Minuted:—“24th July 1706. My Lord thinkes Sir J. Jeffrys ought to pay these charges.”
The petition and three other papers. 8 pages.
July 13. 18. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor General, on the petition of Edith Stone for extension of the term of a lease of a tenement in Silver Street, parcel of certain chantry lands in Taunton Dean and Milverton. He says these houses were in great decay, and the lessees ought speedily to repair them, and if not, they might be granted to any person who would pay a reasonable fine to make the lease up to 31 years. Dated 13 July 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 17th July 1706. Mr Surveyor Genll is to admonish Mr Prowse to make such repairs as by his lease he ought, wch if he or his assigns neglect to do, then Mr Survr is to find out a new tenant. And his Lordp directs that in making a new lease either to ye present lessee or to any others, care be taken that the lessee do lengthen ye term to this tenant, Edith Stone.”
The petition. 3 pages.
July 15. 19. Auditors of the Imprests General certificate of the state of the accounts. Dated 15 July 1706.
With various minutes in the margins. 8½ pages.
July 16. 20. Letter signed “Jno Newman” to the Ld [High Treasurer] asking him to look over his case, that he might be apprized of it before the writer appeared before his Lordship. Dated 16 July 1706.
In his “case” he claims to be the “sole author of the manner of advance upon low wines and spirits from malted corn.” He claims also to have raised the revenue in various ways, and seeks for compensation. 3 pages.
July 17. 21. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Ld High Treasurer in favour of allowing the claim in the following petition. Dated 17 July 1706.
Petition of Frances Jones and Anne Lloyd, daughters of William Pendrill, to the Lord High Treasurer. Petitioners had received a pension of 100l. per ann. for the services performed by their father to King Charles II. after his escape from Worcester fight, until Michaelmas 1702, but there were three quarters due to Midsummer 1703; they ask payment thereof.
The last minute on the back is:—“5th Sepr 1706. My Lord agrees that [they] shall be p[ai]d when the next mo is orderd to Mr Nicholas.” Wt signed. 1½ pages, quarto.
July 22. 22. Memorial of Henry Cartwright to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the advance of 61 days subsistence to the officers of the three regiments of foot commanded by Lord Mordaunt, Brigadier Farrington, and Brigadier Macartney, to provide themselves with necesaries for their expedition, also as to an advance to a French regiment commanded by Count Nassau. Dated 22 July 1706.
Minuted:—“Ordered.” 1 page.
July 22. 23. 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 1705.
Certified 22 July 1706. 2 large pages.
July 23.]
24. Petition of Edward Heron, gent., one of the Queen's waiters in the port of London, to the Lord High Treasurer, asking to be allowed to resign his office to Mr Arthur Zouch, his near kinsman.
Minuted:—“23 July 1706. If these resignations be admitted there will never be any vacancies.” 1 page.
July 24. 25. Demand made by Sir H. Furnese through Henry Cartwright, Esq., to the Ld High Treasurer for foreign coins provided for Earl Rivers' expedition. Dated 24 July 1706. ½ page.
July 24. 26. Report of the officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer on the petition of Richard Dallow, porter of the Mint. His house, called Martin's Tower, was taken to quarter soldiers in. His loss was valued at 200l. His wife affirmed that he had received but 110l.; they recommend him as an object of compassion. Dated 24 July 1706.
His petition states that he paid 300l. for the place, and that the house had been appropriated to the porter's place for 400 years.
Minuted:—“Read 13th Aug. 1706. My Lord thinkes this would be an ill p[r]cedt.” 2 pages.
July 24.]
27. Petition of William Gurle to the Queen. He was indebted 262l. for the customs of tobacco, which he was unable to pay. There was due to him in right of his father (who was gardener to Kings Charles II. and James II.) upwards of 3,000l., and the petitioner in the late storm lost 70 hogsheads of tobacco, besides what was taken into France, which ruined him; prays respite for the payment of the 262l.
—“Wm Gurle. Ref. to Comrs Customes.”
The date is inferred from the Reference Book, Vol. 7, p. 234. 1 page.
July 28. 28. Letter signed “Cha. Tollet” to Henry Cartwright, Esq., as to bills drawn for payment of the five French regiments of foot. Dated 28 July 1706.
Another letter on the same subject, and copy of a warrant. 3 pages.
July 29. 29. Report of the Postmasters General to the Lord High Treasurer, on Mr Dummer's memorial, complaining that he was a loser by his contract with the Post Office for supplying three packet boats for the Lisbon service. They had not understood that he proposed to gain anything by the wages or victuals of the sailors, but that all his advantage should arise solely for the “ware and tare” of the vessels, as was customary in other contracts. The vessels were to sail once a fortnight, but by the exigencies of state, upon the King of Spain going to Portugal, they were ordered to go every week, &c. If in consideration of Mr Dummer being a loser by the contract her Majesty would give a sign manual to release him, and direct that he be paid by the treasurer of the Post Office the prime valuation of the two packets, her Majesty having them as her property, Mr Dummer could have no cause to complain, and the service would be better carried on. Dated 29 July 1706.
Mr Dummer's memorial. Dated 13 March 1705–6.
Minuted:—“Read 14th Aug. 1706. Orderd accordingly.” 4½ pages.
[? About
July 31.]
30. Petition of William Page, who had served the successive Lord Mayors of London for 25 years, to the Lord High Treasurer, for a coastwaiter's place in London.
Copy of certificate in his favour.
Minuted:—“Ult. Julij 1706. To be consider'd when there is a vacancy.” 2 pages.
July 31. 31. Letter signed “Ro. Harley” to the Lord High Treasurer. The Elector Palatine's minister having made instances for payment of some money he alleged was due to his master, he had written to Holland to know what the States had paid of that demand, and after long delay Mr Stanhope procured an account, a copy of which he enclosed. Dated Whitehall, 31 July 1706.
Copy of account referred to and two certificates [French], also Mons. Steingherst's memorial for 17,000 crowns towards the charge of the Elector Palatine's journey to Vienna [French].
Another letter from him on the same subject [French].
A further paper on the same subject. 6 pages.
[? About
July 31.]
32. Petition of James Dewy, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer. He had for three years endeavoured to advance her Majesty's service with the like application and industry as he had before done in the city and liberties of Westminster, but in the country there was not a third part sufficient business to employ him.
Minuted:—“Read 31 July 1706.” 1 page.
[? About
July 31.]
33. Petition of Eleanor Conway, widow, to the Lord High Treasurer. She was relict of John Conway, lately deceased, who in the service of the government in the late reign lost his eyesight, for which he had an allowance of 2s. 6d. a day; but for eight years and upwards nothing was paid him; praying the royal bounty.
Minuted:—“Ult. Julij. 10li bounty. Paid 15th Aug. 1706.” 1 page.
[? About
July 31.]
34. Memorial of Henry Lord Walden, Commissary General of Musters, to the Lord High Treasurer. He had full power to nominate and appoint all deputy commissaries, but of late his deputy dying in Portugal, the Earl of Galway, Commander-in-Chief, put his steward, Mr Bucknall, into the employment of deputy commissary, desiring the Lord Walden to grant him a deputation; but the Lord Walden had given his deputation to another gentleman. The Lord Galway refused to allow the latter to act. The Lord Walden had sent a deputy commissary into Catalonia, who calling at Gibraltar to muster the garrison, found Lord Galway had appointed one Captain Webb, of Col. Borr's regiment of marines.
Minuted:—“Ult. Julij 1706. If a comissary had dyd here Ld Walden should have put in another, but ye Genll is ye best judg abroad; & my Ld thinks he ought to confirm those whom my Ld Galway has appointed.” 1 page.
[? About
July 31.]
35. “Mr Crosse's proposall for improvemt of her Mats forests, parks, chaces, & wast grounds, &c.”
Read 31th July 1706.
The paper consists of 8 propositions or clauses. To carry it out he offered to survey and plot out the several parcels, and suggests that he should be allowed 20s. a day for his trouble. 3 pages (brief size).
[? About
July 31.]
36. Memorial of P. Freeman, Lord Chief Baron in the Court of Exchequer in Ireland, to the Lord High Treasurer, asking for his allowance from the time of the death of his predecessor.
Minuted:—“31 July 1706. 100li to him.” 1 page, quarto.
[? About
July 31.]
37. Petition of Charles Aleyn, Esq., to the Lord High Treasurer. He was grandson of Sir Thomas Aleyn, Bart., who was Lord Mayor of London at King Charles's restoration; asks for the next queen's waiter's place vacant in the port of London.
Minuted:—“Ult. Julij 1706. My Ld doth not grant any reversions.” 1 page.
[? About
July 31.]
38. Petition of Catharine, the widow of Lieut. Edward Atkinson, to the Queen. Prays a pension. Her husband was killed in a general attack, being in Col. Borr's regiment at Gibraltar.
Minuted:—“31 July 1706. The Queen can do nothing at present.” 1 page.
[? About
July 31.]
39. Memorial of Captn James Brodie, who acted as surgeon to Major General Hamilton's regiment in the West Indies, to the Lord High Treasurer; praying to be reimbursed for medicines and instruments supplied for the Guardeloup expedition.
Minuted:—“31 July 1706. Ref. to ye Comptrollrs.”
Certificate of the officers in his favour. 2 pages.
[? July or
40. Memorial of Col. Luke Lillingston to the Ld High Treasurer, asking for what was due to him on his pension, being commanded with his regiment from Ireland upon the present descent [upon France].
Minuted:—“14th Augst 1706. My Lord cannot tell whether there be any mo in my Lord Ranelagh's hands for this, 'till his accots are made up. And doth not thinke fit to make any further issues to his Lp till that be known.” 1 page.
Aug. 1. 41. Memorial of Henry Cartwright to the Ld High Treasurer, as to payment of 61 days' subsistence to the officers of the regiments commanded by Lord Mordaunt, Brigadiers Farrington and Macartney, also to answer certain bills of exchange. Dated 1 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 3d Aug. 1706. Orderd.” 1 page.
Aug. 1. 42. Memorial of the Surveyor General to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the delivery of the records, &c. touching the jointure of her late Majesty Katherine, Queen Dowager, the executors declining to give them up. Dated 1 Aug. 1706. 1 page.
Aug. 1. 43. Report of Sir Chr. Wren to the Ld High Treasurer, as to the repairs of the Earl of Bridgewater's lodgings at St James's. Dated 1 Aug. 1706.
Warrant for the same from the Ld Chamberlain.
Minuted:—“Read 3d Aug. 1706. Orderd, but speak wth Sr Chr. Wren about ye estimate.” 2 pages.
Aug. 2. 44. Letter from J. Brydges to the Lord High Treasurer, apologizing for his mistake of his Lordship's commands in relation to the profit upon the exchange. He should look upon it as the greatest unhappiness that could befall him if any wrong interpretations he should make of his Lps orders, should create the least dissatisfaction imaginable to his Lp or his administration. He had thought it best to make haste back to the army, to prevent any wrong impressions. He would leave a copy of his Lps letter with Mr Cardonnell, and then would hasten to England. Mr Stratford had received instructions to pay 12,000l. to Mr Sweet at Amsterdam, &c. Sir Henry Furneze's bills were made payable at Antwerp in the Brabant current money, and yet the sum was little more than he used to give when they were drawn payable in the “Holl. Currt,” though he had received as much to make this remittance in England as he used to do before, &c. Dated Brussels, Aug. 2–13, 1706. 3 pages.
Aug. 2. 45. Report of Sir Edward Northey to the Ld High Treasurer. He had considered the petition of William Horsley, gent., and Elizabeth his wife. They represented that Bernard Granville, Esq., was in his lifetime indebted to John Sheffeild, clerk, father of the petitioner Elizabeth, in 1,000l., secured by judgment, which judgment was assigned by Sheffeild towards her advancement. Execution was sued out thereon, and a moiety of the manor of Clewer and Moat Park in the county of Berks was extended for satisfying that judgment, and by ejectments brought, the petitioners obtained a verdict and judgment for the moiety extended. It did not appear to him that there was a rent of 150l. payable by her Majesty for Moat Park (which was part of Windsor Park), as represented. The petitioners allege that her Majesty enjoyed the two lodges and 300 acres with them, as tenant by agreement with Bernard Granville. Moat Park was heretofore the inheritance of the Duke of Albemarle, and Bernard Granville after his decease claimed the same. On the whole matter there appeared a title to Mr Sheffeild under his judgment to have the profits of the upper lodge and the 300 acres of land, against the heirs of Bernard Granville, &c. Dated 2 Aug. 1706. 4 pages.
[? About
Aug. 3.]
46. Memorial of the President, Treasurer, and Governors of St Thomas's Hospital in Southwark, to the Lord High Treasurer, asking for a “short day,” [i.e., an early day], for hearing them upon their claims for sick and wounded seamen admitted to the hospital.
Minuted:—“Read 3d Aug. 1706. My Lord at his return will appoint a day.”
Again:—“Read 27th May 1707.” 1 page.
Aug. 3. 47. Letter from Sir Jeffrey Jeffreys to J. Taylor, Esq., as to reimbursing Mr Byerly the charges he was at in relation to the seizure of Sir Jeffrey's ship the Eagle, at New York. Mr Byerly ought not only to bear his own charges, but to be be severely reprehended for his insolence to the Lord Cornbury. Dated Roehampton, 3 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“4th Septr 1706. Mr Culliford & Mr Savage acqt my Lord that he said he would pay ye officers charges, and my Lord thinkes he should not make any difficulty of complying wth his promise.” 3 pages.
Aug. 3. 48. Report of Sir Edward Northey to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of the officers of the Board of Green Cloth, relating to a quantity of French wine imported from Holland and seized. Certifying that her Majesty might take her moiety in kind, &c. Dated 3 Aug. 1706.
The memorial, in which they proposed that her Majesty should take the forfeiture in kind, or they knew not how to provide wine fit for her Majesty's service. 2½ pages.
Aug. 3. 49. Abstract of papers of a similar nature to the entries in the Minute Book. Read 4 Jan. 1705–6 and 3 Aug. 1706. With the minute of each case in the margins. 9 pages.
Aug. 6. 50. Memorial of Mr Henry Cartwright to the Lord High Treasurer, for issue of several sums to colls of regiments, for clothing, levy money, &c. Dated Whitehall, 6 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Orderd.” 1 page.
Aug. 7. 51. Affidavit of W. Bowyer as to the printing of the third volume of Rymer's Fœdera.
Sworn 7 Aug. 1706. ½ page.
Aug. 7. 52. Report of Mr Robert Rochford to the Lords Justices of Ireland on the petition of the Rt Hon. William, Earl of Inchiquin. He had laid out a considerable sum in improving the manor, lands, and tenements of Rostellan, in the county of Cork, and had been at great expense in keeping out the tide from overflowing the land adjoining his house; prays her Majesty to grant him the slabbs or pieces of ground, containing 150 acres or thereabouts, which were twice in 24 hours covered with the tide; also that the manor, castle, and tenements of Rostellan might be created into a corporation, with the liberty of a weekly market and two fairs yearly, and also free warren and park, with liberty to enclose 500 acres or less for a park; recommending the grant to be made. Dated 7 Aug. 1706. 2 pages.
Aug. 8. 53. Opinion of Sir Edward Northey, Attorney General, as to the powers of the Comrs of Customs to give allowance out of the duty of 15l. per tun on wines. Dated 8 Aug. 1706. 1 page.
Aug. 9. 54. A paper as to debts of the Victualling Office. Dated 9 Aug. 1706. 1 page.
Aug. 9. 55. Report of Sir Christopher Wren to the Lord High Treasurer. An address to the Queen from the House of Peers represented the ill state of the Paper Office at Whitehall, and prayed her Majesty would direct suitable repairs and alterations; also that there was a want of room, so that the papers could not be conveniently deposited. He had, with Mr Tucker, the keeper of the office, viewed the place, and found it full and crowded, and it could not be enlarged but by addition of the rooms under the tower and contiguous to it, in the occupation of Mons. Van Huls, or the gallery leading to the park might be fitted up for that purpose, which would prove very convenient; or the office might be removed over the Treasury chambers in the Cockpit, lately fitted for the Comrs of the Union, and would be convenient, being near the secretary's office, which in a manner was necessary, the Paper Office being a place to which the Secretaries of State had frequent occasions for recourse. When his Lordship determined upon either of these three ways he would give an estimate. Dated 9 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 23th Aug. 1706. Send to Sr Chr. to rept to my Lord wch would be the easiest & cheapest of ye 2 first ways offerd in this rept, & to estimate wt 'twould amt to.”
[Cunningham (p. 469, “State Paper Office,”) says, quoting from Strype, B. VI. p. 5, the papers were originally kept in the uppermost rooms of the Gate House at Whitehall.] 1 page.
[? About
Aug. 12.]
56. Petition of Rebecca Fletcher, widow, relict of Captain Robert Fletcher, deceased. Petitioner's husband served in the war in Ireland, and last of all in the Hon. Brigadier Brudenell's regiment, which was sent to Portugal. He was preferred to be an engineer, and on the 2nd of April last was killed by the enemies' cannon in the trenches in Valenze, or Valenza; prays for the royal bounty.
Three certificates of the truth of these statements, the last in point of date being 12 Aug. 1706. 4 pages or parts of pages.
[? About
Aug. 13.]
57. Report of the Postmasters General to the Ld High Treasurer, on a memorial of the merchants and traders of Falmouth and other towns in Cornwall, complaining that tho' the packet boats between England and the plantation islands in America, by Mr Dummer's contract, were obliged to receive the mails and goods at Plymouth for the West Indies, and, on their return to land, the mails and goods at Falmouth, yet they proceeded to Plymouth. Their (the Postmasters') instructions were, that if the commanders could not make the port of Falmouth, then to land the mails at the first port or place that could be made. The Postmasters transmit Mr Dummer's reply to the several articles of complaint.
The memorial and the answer, and 12 other documents.
Minuted:—“Read 13th Augst 1706. Mr Vernon to have copys of ye rept of the postmars Genll & of Mr Dummer's answer.” 19 pages or parts of pages.
Aug. 13. 58. Letter of the officers of the Ordnance to the Lord High Treasurer, as to their difficulty of disposing of tallies. The Bank of England and the East India Coy declined to receive them. Their artificers were above a year in arrear. They ask his Lordship what method they could take to satisfy the East India Company for the 500 tons of salt petre already delivered, and for the 500 tons ready to be delivered. They send an acct of what they conceived necessary for the office. They also apply for money for the stores at Nevis and at St Christopher's. Dated 13 Aug. 1706.
The three papers referred to.
There are two minutes on the back. The second is:—“Read 4th Septr 1706. My Lord says since they cannot get off ye tallys, wch other offices very easily do, he can thinke of no other way to accomodate ym than by ordering those tallys into hands yt can get ym off & supply them wth money as soon as he can.” 7 pages.
Aug. 14. 59. Memorial of the Lord Lieut. of Ireland to the Ld High Treasurer, for placing on the establishment of Ireland the regiments of Col. Stanwix, Ld Tunbridge, and Sir R. Bradshagh, to replace the regiments embarked for Spain. Dated Whitehall, 14 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 23th Aug. 1706. My Lord thinks it would be better in this case to have a warrt prepared for paying this addl levy money out of the revenues of Ireland at large upon a proper certificate or rept of wt the same amts to, than to allow ye pay of the regts to comence before there are any.” 1½ pages.
Aug. 14. 60. Presentment of the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, recommending Mr Mark Proudfoot to be reappointed as agent for prizes, he having been displaced. They were inclined to concur that the representations against him were malicious. Dated 14 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 3 Septr 1706. My Lord is pleased to consent, if the Comrs are satisfyd he had hardship done him, that they should imploy him again when there is an opportunity.” 1 page.
Aug. 14. 61. Presentment of the same Comrs about prize money in Jamaica. Dated 14 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 3 Septr 1706. The Comrs of Prizes will give directions to their agents for paying the prize mo to the uses of ye navy and victuallg in those parts.” 1 page.
Aug. 15. 62. Memorial of Mr Henry Cartwright to the Ld High Treasurer, for subsistence of 40,000 and 10,000 troops. Dated 15 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 14th Aug. 1706. Orderd.” 1 page.
Aug. 16. 63. Mr Attorney General's report about the discounts claimed by the New East India Company. Dated 16 Aug. 1706. 5½ pages.
Aug. 17. 64. Report of the Attorney General to the Ld High Treasurer, on the restoration of the personal estate of William Whitchurch, forfeited by his conviction for manslaughter. Dated 17 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 5th Septr 1706. My Lord agrees to this rept, and ordrs a wt to be p[re]pared.”
Also the petition of William Whitchurch. 2 pages.
Aug. 17. 65. Copy of letter from Dover relating to the repair of the harbour, taking exception to the way the work was done. They were sensible that if the south head were not repaired, which was almost lost by the storm, it would be a ruin to the town. Dated 17 Aug. 1706. 2½ pages.
Aug. 19. 66. The Attorney General's report, relating to the salt duties. Dated 19 Aug. 1706. 3 pages.
Aug. 21. 67. Letter from Mr R. Holt [unaddressed, but ? to Mr Lowndes], as to the accounts of Customs in the auditors' hands, and as to other Custom accounts which he was engaged in adjusting. Dated Custom House, 21 Aug. 1706.
Minuted:—“22 Aug. 1706. Mr Holt to attend next Wednesday sennit in ye afternoon when ye Comrs of ye Cust. attend.” 2 pages and 2 lines.
Aug. 21. 68. Report of the Ld Lieutenant of Ireland to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Col. Samuel Boisrond, advising that he should be paid 200l.; there was a debt due to him of 173l. 18s. 1d. for his pay, and he had contracted sickness in the service. Dated 21 Aug. 1706.
His petition and two other papers.
Minuted:—“Read 16th Sepr 1706. To be laid before ye Queen. Prepare a warrt.” 4 pages.
Aug. 21.]
69. Mr Doddington's memorial about losses in the receipt of money for the service of the navy. Delivered 21 Aug. 1706. Mr Doddington was paymaster to the Earl of Orford, late Treasurer of the Navy.
There is a minute at the end as to these allowances to be made to him. 2 pages and 4 lines.
Aug. 22.]
70. Three letters at different periods signed “Philip Howard,” begging assistance. The last is addressed to the Ld High Treasurer and is dated 22 Aug. [1706.]
Minuted:—“Read 22th Aug. 1706. 100l out of sec. ser. mo. Paid 24th Aug. 1706.” 3 pages.
[? About
Aug. 22.]
71. Memorial of Francis Aston and Peter Hume to the Ld High Treasurer. Mr Rymer and Mr Churchill complained that they were hardly dealt with in the allowance made them for surplusage of sheets printed beyond the contract; they show what was due, and also ask for 500l. for the next volume.
Printed in the preface to Hardy's Syllabus to Rymer's Fœdera, Vol. I. p. cxxvij.
There is a sign manual for this, dated 22 Aug. 1706. See King's Warrant Books, Vol. XVI., p. 87. 1 page.
[? About
Aug. 22.]
72. Petition of George Punshon, Ralph Douglas, and Ralph Graham to the Lord High Treasurer, as to discoveries made and to be made by them of frauds in the salt duties to the extent of upwards of 10,000l., in which they with others had been concerned. They were utterly ruined without his Lordship's protection.
Minuted:—“22 Aug. 1706. Comrs of Customs & Salt to attend about this on Wednesday sennit in ye afternoon. Copys of this to be sent to each board in the mean time.”
“Read 4th Septr 1706. Upon consideration of wt is alledged by ye Comrs of Customs & salt duty, my Lord doth not think fit to intermeddle in this matter; but leaves it to those 2 boards to do herein as they shall see cause.” 2 pages.
Aug. 24. 73. Certificate of weekly pensions paid by Captain Baker. Dated 24 Aug. 1706. 1 page.
Aug. 29. 74. “Copy of the report of the Presidt & Councill of Virginia, upon the accot of the late Col. Byrd.” Dated 29 Aug. 1706. 5 pages.
Aug. 29. 75. Memorial of the Duke of Ormonde (Lord Lieut. of Ireland), for a further allowance of 40s. per man to the regiments of Col. Stanwix, Lord Tunbridge, and Sir Roger Bradshaigh. Dated Whitehall, 29 Aug. 1706. 1 page.
Aug. 31. 76. Report of S. Travers, Surveyor General, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the memorial of the Lady Diana Howard. The grant to Mr Chiffinch for 99 years was truly recited. Her Ladyship had lately purchased her dwelling house in Duke Street, Westminster, under Chiffinch's grant, for the remainder of the term (53 years). He had heard that King Charles II. had given some grant or licence to his spaniel keeper, George Holder, to erect a house on or near the ground (of which this lady desired a grant) according to the plan at the back of the memorial. On enquiry he (the surveyor) found that King Charles gave a verbal direction to Mr Fitch, the builder, to erect a house on a spot of ground agreed on by his Majesty, for the use of Holder and his family and the keeping of spaniels. This house was enjoycd by him till the Revolution, when it and the dog keeper's place were given to one Beaubissons, &c. The timber house and dog kennel were not only very offensive to this lady's dwelling, but by the filth and nastiness about them as then kept, were not fit to be seen in the park. The premises might be granted for a term not exceeding 50 years, &c. Dated 31 Aug. 1706.
The memorial. There are three minutes on the back, the last of which is:—“May 1st [1708]. As soon as the Queen can goe abroad she wil view this piece of ground herself.”
There is also, “The case of the Hon. Wm Feilding, Esqr., & the Lady Diana his wife,” in relation to the same; tho' undated, it is later. 4 pages and the plan.
[? About
77. Report of auditors Maynwaring and Harley to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Wm Hubbald for allowance on his account as late paymaster of the train fitted out for reducing Ireland, in the year 1689. Undated, but the petition was referred to them 2 August 1706.
The petition, and a state of the account as it appeared before the auditor.
Minuted:—“20 Apr. 1710. This accot is to be p[re]pared for declaration.” 6½ pages.
78. Representation to the Lord High Treasurer about the officers of the three French regiments reduced in August 1706, at Torbay. 1½ pages.
Sept. 1. 79. Letter of Col. Robert Quary, governor of Maryland, commencing Rigbt Honble, giving an account of the prizes taken. Nearly 300 ships with tobacco were going home in the fleet, a far greater number than ever went from these provinces in one year before. There was a prospect of it yielding a good price. But one fleet in a year ought to be sent, that being the only thing that could retrieve trade and enable the poor planter to live. Dated Maryland, 1 Sept. 1706. 2½ pages.
Sept. 2. 80. “An abstract of Windsor Castle” for six months, ending June 1706, showing the various apartments, &c., on which repairs had been carried out. Signed by “Chr. Wren” and “John Ball.” Dated Sept. 2, 1706. 3 pages.
Sept. 2. 81. Letter from Mr Secretary Hedges to the Lord High Treasurer, about Col. Broughton's demands as Consul at Venice. Dated Whitehall, 2 Sept. 1706.
Minuted:—500li in full of all demds for disbursmts & services now & in ye late Ks [time ?].” 1 page.
Sept. 2. 82. Copy of the Treasury Minute of 2 Sept. 1706 relating to the repair of Dover Harbour. Mr Breton was called in and represented that if the south head of the harbour were not speedily repaired, the harbour would be destroyed. 1,500l. was wanted on loan without interest, to be repaid after a loan of 3,000l. made by Lord Weymouth, and a further sum of 1,500l. due to workmen.
Minuted:—“9th Apr. 1707. Send this and ye act of parlt. to Mr Attorny Genll to prepare the prop[er] security to be given for the repaymt of this 1,500l. without int.”
With the above are:—
(1.) Letter of Sir Henry Shore.
(2.) Memorial of Matthew Aylmer, Esq., representing the danger of the harbour being entirely lost. There were several officers established with good salaries who had begun a wall of timber across the harbour, which was never likely to be finished, and would never answer its purpose; submitting the reasonableness of committing the care of the harbour to the Comrs of the Navy.
(3.) “A short account of the state of Dover Harbour,” by Mr Breton. Certified by the Mayor of Dover and others.
Minuted:—“Read 3d Sept. 1706.”
(4.) Works propounded to be done this summer for repair of the damages of the pier heads and harbour at Dover, with estimates and instructions. Dated 1 June 1706.
(5.) Letter from Mr E. Dummer to the Ld High Treasurer on the same subject. He says a stone wall was proposed to be built for 7,000l. The work as carried out was abortive. Dated 10 May 1706.
(6.) “A draught of the South Piere head at Dover.” 1 June 1706. 12½ pages. [Nos. 3, 4, and 6, are duplicates of papers described under date 1 June 1706, Vol. XCVIII. No. 75.]
Sept 4. 83. Report of the Ld Lieut. of Ireland on the petition of Mary Murray, widow of Col. Adam Murray, deceased, recommending her for a bounty of 5s. a day in consideration of her husband's services in the defence of Londonderry. Dated Whitehall, 4 Sept. 1706.
The signature and lower part of the paper torn away.
The petition with four certificates indorsed.
A certificate of the mayor and commonalty of Londonderry, and two letters relating to the same. 6 pages.
Sept. 4. 84. Report of the auditors to the Ld High Treasurer on the cravings of the widow of Robert Crompton, Esq., deceased, paymaster of the malt lottery tickets. Dated 4 Sept 1706.
A debtor and creditor account. 4 pages or parts.
Sept. 4. 85. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, on a representation of the Duke of Ormonde, and on two letters from the Comrs of Trade, touching the encouragement proposed for Mr Crummelin to remove into the south of Ireland, for the improvement of the linen manufacture in those parts, and as to their opinion whether, if Ireland should fall into the making fine linen, as suggested in the representation, it would affect the trade of England; and if so, what restrictions might be necessary in any new grant for encouraging the linen manufacture in Ireiand. Trade and navigation seemed to be concerned in this manufacture of Irish linen. The merchants considered the improvement of the linen manufacture in Ireland would prejudice the trade of England. On the whole they (the Comrs) concurred therein. Irish linen was exempted from duties on importation here, and on exportation to the plantations. It would in a great measure prevent the importation of broad Germany linens, damask, diaper, &c., from Hamburg, and of low priced linen from Flanders and Holland, to the diminution of the customs, and the exportation of woollen manufactures of this kingdom, which were taken abroad in exchange for these sorts of linens. And (not to say anything of diverting the course of trade, by sending linens directly from Germany to Portugal, and taking returns from thence in sugar, which were heretofore supplied through this kingdom) they were of opinion that any further encouragement or improvement of the manufacture of Irish linen would bear no proportion of advantage there, either to the loss of the customs or decay of the woollen manufacture of this kingdom. Dated 4 Sept. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 4th Sept. 1706. Show this to ye D. of Ormonde.”
The letter of the Duke of Ormonde. Dated Whitehall, — March 1706. It refers to the letter described in this Calendar under date 1 Feb. 1706, Vol. XCVII., No. 51, and recommends 12 years to be added to Mr Crummelin's patent.
The memorial of the merchants of London on the same subject. 4 pages, one very large.
[? About
Sept. 4.
86. Payments to Mr G. King, who was sent wth the Order of the Garter to three Foreign Princes in the late reign, viz., the Electors of Brandenburgh, Saxony, and Brunswick-Lunenburg.
Minuted:—“Mr Vanbrugh, 4th Sepr 1706. My Lord will speak wth Lord Halifax.”
Another paper, with three other memoranda on the same subject. 1½ pages.
Sept. 7.
87. Four warrants, the first three in favour of the Earl of Peterborough, Ambassador to Spain, and the last of the Earl of Manchester, Ambassador Extraordinary to Venice, for the issue of money, plate, &c., to them. The last is dated 7 Sept., 5th year of Anne. 4 pages.
[? About
Sept. 7.]
88. Petition of Mark Bingham and Broughton Wright to the Lord High Treasurer. They had been employed as agents and storekeepers for the rights and perquisites of the Admiralty at the ports of London and Rochester. They had undergone great trouble in regard to the Vigo booty; pray for reward for their services.
Referred on 7 Sept. 1706, to John Dodd and John Warters, Esq., to report. 1 page.
Sept. 11. 89. Report of the Comrs for Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, on the petition of Mr Matthew Butterwick, a midshipman on board the ship Expedition, in the Mediterranean, who prayed consideration for saving the Queen's money, when put on board the St. George, prize, at Barcelona, by Mr Mark Proudfoot, agent for prizes in the fleet commanded by Sir Cloudesley Shovel; they conceived he ought not to have any other reward being already paid. Dated 11 Sept. 1706.
The petition. 2 pages.
Sept. 11. 90. Report of the same to the same, on the petition of Captain Richard Biron, late commander of the yacht, the Fubbs, as to the payment of his share of the Vigo booty as lieutenant and not as captain; if a reward were given him, it might be ordered as a gratuity for his extraordinary service, and not as captain in post. Dated 11 Sept. 1706.
The petition, and copies of five other documents relating thereto.
The second minute on the back is:—“18 Oct. 1706. My Lord says he doth not thinke fit to give any direcc[i]ons on this rept.” 5 pages, 2 halves.
[? About
Sept. 12.]
91. Petition of George Dixon, Recr Genl of the co. of Somerset and city of Bristol, for the land tax, &c., to the Lord High Treasurer, for allowance of his expenses as in the bill of particulars annexed.
Minuted:—“Read 12th Septr 1706. My Lord says he has it not in his power to make any greater allowances out of ye publick money to recrs, than what is made to ym by ye severall acts of Parliamt.”
The bill of charges referred to. 2 pages.
Sept. 15. 92. Letter of Col. Thomas Handasyd to the Lord Godolphin, as to the remittance of a fine of 1,000l. of Mr Francis Johnson, &c. The fleet under Admiral Whetstone would sail at the end of the month with at least 200,000l. in “boulion.” The apprehensions of the enemy attempting them were at an end for the present. The island was in so good a posture, that if the French had come they would have got nothing but broken bones. Jamaica would not have been lost while he lived. Dated Jamaica, 15 Sept. 1706.
Another letter from him containing nearly the same information. Also another letter and two brief accounts. 6 pages, or part of pages.
Sept. 19. 93. Presentment of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, laying accounts of debts of the collectors, &c. before him. Dated 19 Sept. 1706.
The accounts referred to. 5 pages.
Sept. 20. 94. Letter from the Comrs of Prizes to the Lord High Treasurer, sending two extracts of letters from Mr Christopher Crow, her Majesty's agent for prizes at Livorne, relating to Captn Vincent Cutter, commander of H. M. ship the Newcastle. Also another extract. Dated 20 Sep[er]t. 1706.
The extracts referred to. In the first he says if their honours “do not get stricter orders given to men-of-war, the prizes they take in these seas will render nothing to the Queen, especially when the capts turn prize-masters themselves, and give an accot of it to nobody if not discovered.”
On the dorse is a minute on 18 Oct. 1706, for Mr Burchet to move his Royal Highness to give such orders as he thought proper. 2¼ pages.
Sept. 20. 95. Memorial of Sir Stephen Fox to the Ld High Treasurer, for the restoration of a bakehouse lent by him to two servants of the bakehouse for the service of the court. Dated Whitehall, 20 Sept. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 9 Apr. 1707. My Lord is willing this bakehouse should be restored to Sir Ste. Fox if the Board of Greencloth have no objection.” 1 page.
Sept. 22. 96. A particular of a quarter's wages ending at Midsummer last for the servants above-stairs, who are to attend her Mats service at Newmarket this season, 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 22th Septr. 1706. Orderd accordingly & 3,000l more to ye cofferer upon accot for ye servts to attend ye Q. at New Market. L~re writ 25th do.” 1 page.
Sept 23. 97. Report of the Officers of the Mint to the Lord High Treasurer, on the proposals of Mr Holt and Mr Williams to raise the price of tin. They had reported on the former proposals made by the same gentlemen, having conferred with some of the principal merchants who traded to the East Indies, and whose opinion was against raising the price, as it would encourage the importation from thence. Since the second reference to them of Mr Holt's proposal, a Dutch merchant from Siam (where the tin mines were) had assured them that these mines could not yield more than 50 or 60 tons per ann., that the Indians had occasion for more tin than the mines supplied, and the price there was 60 guilders per cwt., which was dearer than here, and was not imported by the Dutch except as ballast; and it was scarce used in Europe for anything but for glazing earthenware, being bought up chiefly by the workmen of Liege for that purpose. They enquired of Mr Drummond in Holland upon these matters, and found the Dutch merchant was not to be relied on. They were advised by Mr Drummond that the best East India tin was finer than the English, and would beat into a finer leaf without cracking, and draw into threads like silver and gold. The mines in India were larger than ours, and if the English tin were raised above 45 guilders per cwt. (which used for many years to be under 38), the Dutch would soon supply themselves and other places from India. They imported 80 tons last year, and had imported formerly above 300 tons in one year, and a high price would encourage the Germans to work their mines faster. This account agreed with the opinion of the merchants here, and the opinion of the officers of the Mint was, that the price of tin could not be raised with advantage. Dated Mint Office, 23 Sept. 1706.
This report is in Sir Isaac Newton's hand, whose signature and that of two others are appended.
The proposals referred to, and copy of a proposed advertisement in relation thereto. 3 pages and 2 halves.
Sept. 26. 98. Report of Sir Edwd Northey, Attorney General, to the Lord High Treasurer, on the grounds there were for a prosecution to obtain the estate forfeited by Sir John Gifford for high treason, as desired by the Bishop of London. In the 13th year of Will. III. Sir John Gifford, late of the parish of St Martin's in the fields, in the co. of Middlesex, Bart., was outlawed, for holding correspondence with King James and remitting money to him. By the annexed affidavit it appeared very probable that Sir John was seized of an estate of the value of 500l. per ann. in the parishes of Burstall, Frisby, and Hoby, in the county of Leicester, which was forfeited; advises that a commission should issue to enquire thereof. Dated 26 Sept. 1706.
Letter of the Bishop of London and the affidavit.
Minuted:—“Read 26th Oct. 1706. A warrt for a comon according to this report.” 3 pages.
Sept. 28. 99. Report of the auditors (Harley and Maynwaring) to the Ld High Treasurer, on the report of Sir Stephen Fox and Sir Christopher Wren concerning the allowance of several sums demanded by the Earl of Ranelagh, upon his account of Chelsea Hospital for 4¼ years, ended the last of March 1692; also on the draft of a warrant as to the same; advising the allowance. Dated 28 Sept. 1706.
Minuted:—“13 Novr 1706. The wt approved, but to pass undr the privy seal.”
Memorial of the Earl of Ranelagh, the report, and the draft of warrant referred to, with some alterations proposed. 9 pages.
Sept. 28. 100. “Mr Howe's report on the memorial of the executrix of the late Quar Master Bennett for 227li 2 11 for repaires at Whitehall, Kensington, Somerset house, and the Savoy.” Dated 28 Sept. 1706.
The petition and a warrant.
Minuted:—“Read 28th May 1707. If any money comes in of the fonds of the year 1702, my Lord will direct this warrt to be satisfyd.” 4 pages.
Sept. 30. 101. “An account of money granted in the session of parliament begin[n]ing the 27th of October 1705, for the service of the navy, according to the votes of the Honble House of Commons of the 15th November follo for maintaining 40,000 men at sea at the rate of iiijli p[er] man a month for the year, and of the 17th ditto for the ordinary of the navy.” Dated 30 Sept. 1706. 1 page.
Sept. 30. 102. “Debt of the Office of Ordnance for stores deliver'd & services perform'd to the 30th of September 1706.” 1 page.
Sept. 30. 103. Letter from Thomas Martin to John Tucker, Esq., at the Treasury, as to a bill drawn by him on Col. Richard, from whom he had received a letter dated Barcelona, 9 May. Also another bill drawn by Mr Ellys Terrell on Sir Henry Furnese. Mr Morice and the Consul were entirely satisfied with the method and clearness of the accounts carried on with the late Ambassador for his Catholic Majesty's service. The writer was engaged in the same service. Lord Galway and the Ambassador seemed at first very desirous to bring even the prisoners of Alcantara to the party of King Charles III., but afterwards they were not so forward; reckoning them not of much use, since the work went on so well without them. They might be necessary, and it would not be difficult to pick up 1,500 or 2,000 of them. He had sent Mr Waite orders for accoutrements for 1,000 soldiers, which he afterwards suspended. He had in his hands about 8,000 [pieces of eight?] of the Prince of Hesse's bills drawn from Gibraltar, on the Ambassador. Dated “Lixa,”? 30 Sept. 1706. 2 pages, quarto.
Sept. 30. 104. Two quarterly reports of Mr W. Petyt, Keeper of the Records at the Tower of London, of the progress made in the calendars, &c., of the records there. The last dated 30 Sept. 1706. 2 pages.
Sept. 105. Allowances to ye officers of her Majties workes, and other incident charges for the month of Septembr 1706. 2 pages.
Oct. 9. 106. Representation of the Prize Comrs to the Lord High Treasurer, as to some fish in a prize ship, required to be exported without landing or paying the duty. They were of opinion it would be for her Majesty's service that a former order of the Comrs allowing the same should be made general. Dated 9 Oct. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 16th Oct. 1706. My Lord agrees to this p[er]ticular case, but will give no generall order.”
Copies of 4 other documents relating thereto. The last is the reply of the Comrs of Customs allowing the export. Dated 12 Oct. 1706. 4 pages and 2 halves.
Oct. 15. 107. “Lord Halifax memoriall for an allowance for the annuitys granted ann. 1704 & 1705. Dated 15 Oct. 1706. Also the memlls of ye Clerk of of ye Pells & ye 4 tellers.” 3 pages.
Oct. 15. 108. Warrant of the Lord High Treasurer to the Comrs of the sick and wounded seamen, for payment to his executors of the disbursements made by George Dickenson, employed as their agent at Plymouth. Dated 15 Oct. 1706. 1¼ pages.
Oct. 17. 109. Report of the Comrs of Customs to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the better security of the revenue, with reference to drawbacks on goods shipped to be exported, and as to the regulation of the searchers. Dated 17 Oct. 1706.
Copies of two other reports from them of a previous date on the same subjects.
Minuted:—“Read 18th Oct. 1706. My Lord thinkes in regard the most materiall parts of the remedy proposed by this report cannot be come at wthout ye help of an act of parlt.” it will be best to have the whole authorized by parlt.” 8 pages.
Oct. 18.]
110. Petition of Thomas Jacob of Taunton, innholder, to the Lord High Treasurer. Complains that he had quartered about 100 of the Dutch troopers for 14 days on the landing of the late King in the west, and had not received any payment for the same. The late Col. Fowkes and Col. Mathews gave him notes for 137l. which were delivered to Sir John Trenchard; prays for a part thereof to keep him and his poor wife from starving.
Minuted:—“18th Oct. 1706. Too late now to come wth any demands of this kind.” 1 page.
Oct. 18. 111. “A list of several prizes taken in the West Indies, &c., for which the captors nor agents have not accounted to the Prize Office.” Dated 18 Oct. 1706.
Also a computation of their value. 5 pages.
Oct. 19. 112. Report of the Earl of Ranelagh to the Lord [High Treasurer], on the memorial of Edward Gibbon for payments for the clothing of the regiment sent to the West Indies in 1698 under command of Col. Collingwood. Dated 19 Oct. 1706.
The memorial referred to. 2 pages.
Oct. 21. 113. Report of Mr Edward Wilcox to the Lord High Treasurer, on an application from the Comr of the Navy at Portsmouth, for a warrant to fell 65 trees in the New Forest, in lieu of so many of the last 500 felled there for the use of the navy as proved defective. He was of opinion they might be taken out of copices directed to be sold by warrant of 1 Feb. 1704, and advises that the copices should be fenced. Dated 21 Oct. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 28th Oct. 1706. Approved as to the trees only that are now desired by ye Comrs [of the] Navy.”
The letter applying for the same. 2 pages.
Oct. 21. 114. Report of the Agents for Taxes to the Lord High Treasurer, being a reply to a memorial of Sir Henry Dutton Colt and others, relating to the accounts of Mr Weston, Receiver General of the county of Surrey. Dated 21 Oct. 1706.
The memorial referred to, Mr Weston's account, and four other papers relating thereto. 13 pages or parts of pages.
[? About
Oct. 22.]
115. Memorial of Mr William Palmes to the Lord High Treasurer. Upon examination into the estate of Dickenson, forfeited for high treason, he found it “attended with more difficulties than his present circumstances would admit of;” but he was informed the estates of Sir John Gifford and Thomas Ecleston, Esq., were under the like forfeiture. Prays a warrant for a commission to enquire into them, and a grant of what he discovered to be forfeited.
Minuted:—“Read 22th Oct. 1706. My Lord thinkes this will be only chargeable & troublesome to him and of no advantage.” 1 page.
Oct. 23. 116. Warrant of the Lord High Treasurer to the Auditors of her Majesty's Imprests, issued upon consideration of the report made by the latter and the Controllers of the Army, relating to the state of the accounts of Charles Fox, Esq., as paymaster of the forces, viz., directing the payment to him of 32,043l. 6s.d., and such further sums as are specified in the minutes in the margin of the report. Dated 23 Oct. 1706.
Attached to the report referred to. 5 pages.
Oct. 23. 117. Report of the Attorney General to the Ld High Treasurer on the petitions of Stephen Bouxin, a French Protestant refugee, and on the petition and case of Mrs Pigou and her children, viz., as to the right to a legacy of 5,000 French livres and the fourth part of the distributory estate of James Pigou, deceased. Judith Pigou, a Frenchwoman, deceased, had in 1678 left by will the 5,000 French livres to James Baron her grandson, and had also left her sons, James and Stephen Pigou, her executors, who fled to England for their religion. As the latter had not paid the legacy to Baron, who was an alien enemy to the Queen, it was forfeited. Dated 23 Oct. 1706.
Two petitions of Stephen Bouxin, two affidavits of Magdalen Bouxin, one of Stephen Bouxin, and the case of Mrs Pigou and her children.
Minuted:—“Read 11th Novr 1706. Let this be granted to Mr Borret in trust as to one third for Mrs Pigou, the other 2/3ds to the petr.” 11 pages.
Oct 24. 118. Report of Mr Chr. Tilson on the victuallers' accounts. Dated 24 Oct. 1706.
Also report of the Comrs of Victualling. 3 pages.
Oct. 24. 119. Letter signed “J. Bridger,” commencing “My Lords.” Encloses a list of the exports from Boston in New England; prays their Lps order to the Custom House officers on the continent to send him a quarterly account of each species of naval stores exported. The state of the woods was very bad. This necessitated his making a survey, which was difficult to make. The Indians had been twice seen that week, which obliged him to be at the charge of a guard. It was absolutely necessary to appoint at least two deputies on that river (there being not less than 70 odd saw mills), and he had appointed them. Dated Piscataqua, Oct. 24, 1706. 3 pages.
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Oct. 26.]
120. Memorial of Charles, Duke of Grafton, to the Lord High Treasurer. The Honor of Grafton, &c., late in jointure to her late Majesty, Catherine, Queen Dowager, having come to the Duke on her death, and the counterparts of leases, &c. being in the hands of her trustees, the Duke had obtained an order for their delivery to Mr Travers, her Majesty's Surveyor General, but the trustees had not yet delivered them; asks his Lp's assistance to obtain them.
Minuted:—“Read 26th October 1706. My Lord is doing all he can to get the books and counterparts of leases, &c. from Q. Dowager's execrs; but upon his Lops speaking wth Mr Att. Genll about the Duke's case, Mr Att. is of opinion the best, speediest, & most effectuall way will be to exhibit a bill agt ye said trustees.” 2 pages.
[? About
Oct. 26.]
121. Warrant of the Lord High Treasurer to James Brydges, Esq., paymaster of the forces acting with the allies, for the payment to John How, Esq., paymaster of the guards, garrisons, &c. of 1,130l. 5s.d.
About 26 Oct. 1706. See Disposition Book, Vol. II. p. 185. 1 page.
Oct. 26. 122. Report of Sir Chr. Wren to the Lord High Treasurer, together with an estimate of the cost of additional accommodation for the Annuity Office at the Exchequer. Dated 26 Oct. 1706. 1 page.
Oct. 28. 123. “Paymar of ye workes allowance in ye office,” with this note at the end:—“These fees & allowances were established in ye reigne of his late Majt King Charles ye 2d.” Dated 28 Oct. 1706. A few lines.
Oct. 30. 124. Letter signed William Dummer, informing his “Lordship” of the arrival of the West India mail. The captain reported that Sir Wm Whetstone intended to sail with the Jamaica fleet under his convoy for England the latter end of September. The privateers of that island had brought in two ships bound for France worth 15,000l. On the 8th of Oct. he saw the Virginia fleet. They were 200 sail, under convoy of four men of war, and they judged themselves to be about 200 leagues to the eastward of Virginia. Dated London, 30 Oct. 1706. 2 pages.
Oct. 30. 125. An estimate of the debt of her Majesty's navy as itstood on 30 Sept. 1706. Dated Navy Office, 30 Oct. 1706. 2 pages.
Oct. 31. 126. Letter of Mr J. Brydges, commencing “My Lord.” He had made choice of Captn Cartwright to reside at Antwerp, to manage the remittances made directly thither, Mr Sweet having no one with him fit for that charge, and in his room Mr Sloper (then under Mr How, a very able and diligent officer) was desirous to be employed. Dated 31 Oct. 1706. 2 pages, quarto.
Oct. 31. 127. Report of the Officers of Works to the Lord High Treasurer, as to the proper persons to perform the work at the annuity office of the Exchequer. They knew no other than the office of works and the artizans, who by their patents had a right to perform all works relating to the Crown by the direction of the surveyor of the works; nor did they know any other artizans proper to the Exchequer business, unless it were their own smith to make and mend their locks, as in her Majesty's palaces the locks of the Privy lodgings were in the hands of the Ld Chamberlain's smith. In the Earl of Danby's time when his Lp required a schedule of all buildings of the crown in their charge, the Exchequer was included. Dated 31 Oct. 1706.
Minuted:—“Read 1mo Nov. 1706.
“My Lord agrees to this report & directs Sir Chr. Wren to cause [here it breaks off]. 1 page.
Oct. 31. 128. Report of the Attorney General to the Lord High Treasurer on the case of the Earl of Feversham, in relation to the office of Master Warden and Ranger of Whittlewood Forest. His opinion was that the late Queen Dowager could not grant the office for a longer term than her life, and that the Earl stood in need of her Majesty's royal favour for continuing him in that office. Dated 31 Oct. 1706.
The opinions of Mr Serjeant Brodricke and Mr Webb on the same subject. 5 pages.