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'Warrants etc.: September 1698, 1-15', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 14: 1698-1699 (1934), pp. 104-117. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=83000 Date accessed: 18 September 2014.


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September 1698, 1-15

Letters Patent, Privy Seals, Royal Sign Manuals and Warrants, Treasury Warrants, Commissions, Orders, Letters, Memorials, Reports and Other Entries: All Not of the Nature of Treasury Minutes.
Sept. 1.Money warrant for 100l. to William, Duke of Devonshire, for one year to 1697 Sept. 29 on his salary as Justice in Eyre, Trent North. Money Book XIV, p. 153.
Treasury warrant dormant to the Customs Cashier to pay 200l. per an. to Elizabeth Tillotson, widow of the late Archbishop of Canterbury as by the great seal of Aug. 18 last supra, Treasury Calendar XIII, p. 406: out of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty. Ibid., p. 155.
J. Taylour (in the absence of Wm. Lowndes) to Sir Stephen Fox. Mr. Blathwaite's letter which came in this morning brought the King's express commands that the business relating to the retrenchment of the Household and other things which he left in charge [to my Lords] at his going to Holland be forthwith despatched. Since you went out of town my Lords have applied themselves to the carrying on the ordinary service here, but they look upon this as a matter of such consequence as to require a full Treasury Board. They therefore desire your assistance as soon as conveniently you can. (A like letter to Mr. Pelham). Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 18.
The Treasury Lords to Mr. Baugh et al Commissioners [for the Quarterly Poll] in the Hundred of Munslow Co. Salop. The duplicates [of the assessments to the said Poll] for your Hundred amount but to 61l. 7s. 8d. although the rates for the same Hundred for a like tax in 1694 amounted to 157l. 10s. 0d. We are informed that the deficiency is occasioned by the assessors omitting to charge several gentlemen for their qualities and others for their coaches which are thereto liable. We earnestly recommend you to revise the assessments and to set such rates on every person as is according to the Act for the Poll and to the trust reposed in you. Ibid., p. 19.
William Lowndes to Mr. Clark to procure a warrant to be signed by the Lords Justices to authorise the Paymasters of the Forces, Ireland to pay 20l. to Lieut. Joshua Bowes in part of his arrears for service in Ireland. Ibid., p. 20.
Treasury fiat for royal letters patent to constitute George Slee gent, as searcher of Lynn Regis port loco Robert Levenz lately deceased. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 452.
Sept. 2.William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 21,392l. 3s. 0d. to the Treasurer of the Navy on the unsatisfied order in his name: to be issued out of loans on the Duties on Coal and Culm: and to be applied as follows:
£s.d.
for wages to the Fleet going to the West Indies15000
towards answering bills of exchange5000
for 14 days subsistence from Aug. 29 last to the Marine Regiments of Seymour, Colt and Mordant89230
for discharging corkers &c. at Chatham50000
£2139230
Disposition Book XIV, p. 245.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to direct the Navy Treasurer to imprest 10,000l. to the Victuallers out of the tallies of anticipation on the Two Millions lately put into his hands for such uses as the Treasury Lords should direct: same to be applied as follows, viz.:
£
to pay the Extra Necessary Money and Necessary Money to the pursers going to the Straits1500
for the [Victualling] course5000
for imprests3500
Ibid., p. 246.
Same to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 6,000l. to Charles Fox and Lord Coningsby on the unsatisfied order in their names as Paymasters of the Forces, Ireland: to be issued out of loans in the Exchequer on the Duties on Coals and Culm: and to be paid over to the Transports Commissioners on account for the Transport Office service. Ibid.
Same to same to issue 480l. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans ut supra: and is intended for six captains and 12 Lieutenants of the Regiments of Seymour, Colt and Mordant going to sea, viz. on account of their arrears. Ibid., p. 247.
Treasury warrant to the Receipt to issue 3,199l. 19s. 0d. to William Williams gent, on the unsatisfied order in his name: to be satisfied by tallies on Henry Tyson gent, on his fee farm purchase money ut supra, Treasury Calendar XIII, p. 413. Ibid., p. 248.
William Lowndes to the Customs Commissioners. My Lords read your memorial of Aug. 31st last touching the ship Providence from Genoa and the discovery that part of her lading was taken in at Marseilles. You are to propose what is fit to be allowed to the informer. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 19.
Same to Mr. Ryly to attend my Lords on Tuesday next with your opinion on the enclosed papers [missing] relating to abuses committed in New Forest. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Blathwayt transmitting royal warrants as follow for him to obtain the King's signature thereto viz.: (1) for 1,900l. to Mr. Bookey: you may observe to his Majesty that (pursuant to his commands left with my Lords at his going to Holland) this is to be applied to take up and discharge several bonds to that value long since entered into by Sir Basil Firebrace and Samuel Sheppard merchants, relating to wines imported by them in undersized casks: (2) for granting to Mr. Crook the King's interest in the Phœnix Brewhouse &c. in consideration of 5,500l. Please represent to the King that several persons claim debts owing to them by Sir John Freind and my Lords think same ought to be considered before the said purchase money be disposed of; many of the claims appearing to date before Freind's treason committed: (3) for 500l. as royal bounty to Mr. Prior. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 19.
Sept. 2.William Lowndes to the Earl of Romney to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Thomas White, inventor of "Hott-shot." Ibid., p. 20.
Same to Sir Robert Howard as Auditor of the Receipt. My Lords desire that when any payments are or shall be made to persons for premiums upon the Act of Parliament for discovering or taking clippers, coiners and highwaymen and [also for] surplassages on Sheriffs' accounts you do from time to time make forth and transmit certificates thereof to the Clerk of the Pipe or his Deputy. (The like letter to Henry Pelham as Clerk of the Pells). Ibid., p. 24.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to employ Richard Chichester as collector of the Plantation Duties as by 25 Car. II, [c. 7] at Rappahannock River in Virginia loco Christopher Wormeley deceased.
Hen. Brabant as Comptroller of the said Duties at Currituck in North Carolina loco Thomas Paise deceased.
Richard Foster (waiter and searcher at Harwich) as surveyor of Ipswich port loco Benjamin Dewy who is conceived unfit to be continued there.
Daniel Smith (waiter, at Burnham) as officer to reside at Leigh, Essex, and to have command of a boat for the water guard of that place at 60l. per an.: and Jno. Betts to be the preventive officer to reside at Shoebury at 40l. per an.: all by reason that the office of Surveyor of Leigh was lately divided into two parts but was since united into one and is now vacant by the death of Lambert Pitcher and the Customs Commissioners are of opinion once more to make experience of dividing it as above. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, pp. 454, 455.
Treasury warrant to Sir Nicholas Crisp, Collector Outwards London port, to swear into office Richard Middleton as deputy to Charles Villers, one of the searchers of Gravesend in London port. Ibid., p. 455.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of John Jenkins shewing that he bought 20 ton of blubber from the Prizes Commissioners presuming that there were no other Duties payable for same, but the Customs officers have seized same for foreign [Aliens] Duty. Reference Book VII, p. 291.
Sept. 2.Report to the Lords Justices of England by the Treasury Lords on the proposal made by John Methuen Esq., Lord Chancellor of Ireland, concerning the erecting of a Mint in that kingdom. We have referred same to the [Principal] officers of the [Tower] Mint and beg to submit their report as follows.
Appending: (1) said Methuen's proposal. The want of silver coin and especially the smaller species is a great hindrance to the trade of Ireland and to the revenue and will much obstruct the establishing or carrying on a linen manufacture there. It is therefore proposed that the King order the Government of Ireland to erect a Mint there for coining silver money in all respects the same with that coined in England in weight, fineness and species, impressions and stamps, adding only such marks as the King shall command for distinction from English moneys: that the dies be prepared only by the chief graver here [London] and the Trial of the Pix be made yearly by the Assaymaster of the Mint in the Tower: that neither more nor less be taken for the seignorage and coinage nor greater advantage given to the merchants or other importers of bullion than is given at the Mint in England and that upon any alteration either of the standard or of the price of the coinage in England the same alteration be made in Ireland. No inconvenience can be feared to the Mint in England. By the smaller pieces are meant shillings and sixpences only.
(2) Report dated Aug. 18 thereon by Isaac Newton [Warden of the Mint] and Thomas Neale [Master of the Mint]. We believe that such a rival Mint may so far prejudice ours as it may draw bullion and coinage from us and if it shall thereby increase the money of Ireland to the advantage of their trade and manufacture it must have the contrary effect on England: besides the danger of setting Ireland upon a parity with England in so great a prerogative as that of coinage: for the business which they offer us of making their dies and assaying their money (that is of being their graver and assaymaster) gives us no superiority. These are servile offices which (if it be the King's pleasure to erect a Mint in that kingdom) we humbly desire may not be imposed on us. "Ireland is one of the English Plantations and though it has changed the title of Lordship to that of Kingdom yet it still continues annexed to the Crown of England like the other Plantations is, and ought to be inferior to this kingdom and subservient to its interests. And therefore we are unwilling that any opinion of ours should be made use of for promoting any design which may tend to draw thither the money and trade of this nation and to make them of equal dignity and dominion with ourselves and perhaps at length desirous to separate from this Crown upon some fit opportunity of joining in with its enemies." Warrants not Relating to Money XVI, pp. 121–2.
[?]Entry of the Treasury Lords' signature of the docquet of a lease to Michael Holder at the nomination of Sir Henry Seymour bart of 57 acres in Laverton ut supra Tr. Cal. XIII, p. 365 for 99 years terminable on the lives of the said Michaell and of James, the son of John Holder; at the rent of 20s. per an. and fine of 51l. Ibid., p. 122.
Sept. 2.Treasury warrant to the King's Remembrancer to take the securities of Edward Ridley Esq. as Agent to Major-General Leveson to receive the pay of the garrison of Berwick and Holy Island of which Leveson is Governor.
Prefixing: said Ridley's petition proposing his securities detailed. Warrants not Relating to Money XVI, p. 123.
Sept. 2.The Treasury Lords to the Lords Justices of Ireland. Before he went last to Holland the King directed a reference to you of the petition of Elizabeth Aldworth, relict of Boyle Aldworth Esq., praying a discharge of the arrear of Crown rent due from her husband's estate during the time of the late troubles in Ireland. She has now represented to us that the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland threaten forthwith to distrain for same which would drive off the few tenants that remain. Please forbear levying the said arrears until your report on her petition be returned and the King's pleasure be had thereon. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 438.
Sept. 2.
[? 29th or ? Nov. 2].
Money warrant for 461l. 16s. 11d. to the executors of Sir Leonard Robinson, late Chamberlain of the city of London, for 6 per cent. interest on money which he advanced on divers tallies of anticipation on the Post Office revenue. (Money order dated Nov. 2 hereon).
Appending: certificate by Stephen Lilly, Receiver General of the Post Office of the said advances and interest and repayment thereof (total principal money 2,823l. 6s. 9d. and 8,000l.). Money Book XIV, pp. 204–6, Order Book V, p. 14.
Sept. 3.Money order for 40l. to John Lowe and Peter Le Neve, Deputy Chamberlains of the Receipt, for Easter and Trinity terms 1698 on their additional fee of 40l. per an. each for sorting and ordering records, foreign and domestic [in the Receipt]. Order Book IV, p. 496.
Sept. 5.
new style.
Warrant under the royal sign manual dated "at our Court at Loo" to the Attorney General for a privy seal to discharge the barnetcy fee of 1,095l. due from Sir Basil Firebrace of the city of London. (For the Treasury warrant hereon see supra p. 136. Kings' Warrant Book XIX, p. 553.
Sept. 5.
old style.
Treasury letters patent appointing Christopher Montague Esq. to be Auditor of the Receipt of the Exchequer as amply &c. as Thomas Felton, Robert Peter, Ann Vincentius Skynner, John Bingley, Sir Robert Pye Kt., Sir Robert Long bart., or Sir Robert Howard Kt., or any other his predecessor thereon. Warrants not Relating to Money XVI, p. 125.
Sept. 6.Treasury warrant to the Receipt to issue 1,736l. 14s. 0d. to the officers and clerks of the Tally Court on the unsatisfied order of 1698 Sept. 28 in their name: to be satisfied by tallies of anticipation on the Commissioners for the Two Millions. Money Book XIV, p. 159.
Letter to the King from three of the Treasury Lords (Cha. Montagu, J. Smith and Sir Tho. Littleton). Sir Robert Howard, Auditor of the Receipt, died last Friday night. The place is of too great importance to be without an officer for any time though never so short because during the vacancy the whole business of receipts and payments (as well those by many Acts of Parliament as others) must of necessity be at a full stop. We found it impossible to tarry until we could receive your Majesty's pleasure in the disposal of the office and having searched all the precedents for some hundred years past by all which it evidently appears that this office was never enjoyed by any grants but such as were made by the Lord Treasurer or Treasury Lords (Sir Robert Howard, although he had formerly obtained a reversionary grant from the Crown, having been admitted and sworn and all along possessed that place by virtue of a grant under the hand and seal of the [now] Duke of Leeds when Lord Treasurer) we did therefore yesterday make a grant of the said office to Christopher Montague Esq. who is now in the exercise thereof and will in our humble opinion discharge his trust to your Majesty's satisfaction and good liking. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 20.
[Sept. 6.]Same from same to Sir Stephen Fox [one of the Treasury Lords] informing him as above. Your coming to town was so uncertain we could not tarry for your convenience. (The like letter to Mr. Pelham). Ibid., p. 21.
Sept. 6.William Lowndes to Mr. Humes. The Lords Justices [England] have recommended an addition of three half-pieces of fine cloth and two table clocks to the present intended for the Dey of Algiers. Please provide same with such expedition that they may go with Admiral Aylmer's squadron which is now almost ready to sail. Ibid.
Same to the Auditors of Imprests to make up forthwith for declaration the accounts of the late farm of the Hearthmoney depending between the King and Anthony Row and partners; by allowing to the said Farmers all payments vouched by tallies which have been or shall be produced to you. Ibid.
Same to Sir Stephen Fox. In respect to you my Lords have deferred countersigning Lord Coningsby's warrant though they are much pressed thereto by said Lord who delays his going into Ireland by reason thereof. They understand that you have written to the King and therefore desire you to let him know whether you have any signification of the King's pleasure in that matter. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Nich Baker to prosecute those persons who have embezzled the Ordnance stores. The Principal Officers of the Ordnance will send you the informations. Ibid., p. 22.
Same to Auditor Done for a state of Sir Polycarpus Wharton's [Ordnance] account. Ibid.
Sept. 7.Treasury warrant to the Receipt to issue 50,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy on the unsatisfied order in his name: to be by tallies of anticipation on the Commissioners of the Two Millions: and is to be applied towards satisfying a quarter to the Yards due at 1697 Michaelmas. Money Book XIV, p. 159.
Sept. 7.Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to repay the assessments to the 1,484,015l. 1s. 11¾d. tax (as by 9 Wm. III, c. 10) on Customs officers of salaries not exceeding 60l. per an. Money Book XIV, p. 160.
Money warrant for 33l. 6s. 8d. to the University of Oxford for 2½ years to 1698 Lady day on a perpetuity of 13l. 0s. 8d. per an. for a Divinity Lecture founded by the Lady Margaret Countess of Richmond and Derby. Ibid.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 727l. 17s. 9d. to the Navy Treasurer on the unsatisfied order in his name; 636l. 19s. 10d. thereof to be issued out of loans on Coals and Culme Duties and 90l. 17s. 11d. out of loans on the Quarterly Poll: and is intended to be issued to the Victualling Commissioners on account of provisions furnished for the expedition to Newfoundland. Disposition Book XIV, p. 247.
Same to Mr. Popple. I have sent to my Lords yours of the 22 June last containing a proposal referred by the King to the Council for Trade and Plantations touching the settling upon Dr. Blair as a yearly salary the allowance of 100l. per an. out of quit rents in Virginia which for some years past has been given him in respect of his office or employment as Commissary appointed by the Bishop of London; and for inserting the said salary as an article in the Instructions now preparing for Mr. Nicholson the Governor there. Please acquaint the Council of Trade and Plantations that the Treasury Lords have no objection thereto. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 22.
Same to the Attorney General. My Lords desire to speak with you on Friday next concerning the Customs Commissioners' report enclosed, [missing] on the petition of Jeffry Jeffrys. (The like letter to the Solicitor General). Ibid.
J. Taylour (in the absence of William Lowndes) to Mr. Burchett. My Lords are informed that Henry Bayley, one of the boat's crew of the ship Dover under Capt. Cross of Portsmouth, is able to speak to some matters of great moment now before my Lords. Please move the Admiralty Lords to direct his attendance at the Treasury. Ibid., p. 23.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to deliver to Robert Bristow merchant (and the rest of the owners) the ship Success and her lading, William Churchy, commander, from Guinea and Virginia on his paying Duty and satisfying Mr. Robertson the officer who seized same under the Navigation Act; the said Commissioners having reported the case to be one of several of the like nature and the transgression to be occasioned by some unavoidable necessities and accidents of the late war. (Same to Sir Thomas Trevor, Attorney General to enter a noli prosequi to the information in this case). Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 456.
Same to same to restore to the respective proprietors the money deposited (over and above the additional Duty of 12d. in the £) in the beginning of the collection of the further Subsidy of Tonnage and Poundage granted by 8–9 Wm. III, c. 24, wherein a doubt arose concerning the Alien Duty commonly called the Petty Custom viz. whether the same was payable or not and it being [now declared as] the opinion of the Attorney and Solicitor General that merchant strangers are by the said Act to pay only an additional Duty of 12d. in the £. Ibid.
Sept. 7.Treasury warrant to the Receipt for tallies to be struck for the Farmers of the Post Fines (viz., Thomas late Earl of Berks, and Sir Robert Howard, Kt., by grant dated 1661, April 29 under the yearly rent of 2,276l.) for the sum of 3,321l. 10s. 0d. of moneys of Post Fines which have been answered direct to the Crown by the sheriffs, viz. 76l. 0s. 11d. in 4 Wm. and Mary; 390l. 6s. 6¾d. in 5 Wm. and Mary and 2,536l. 19s. 11d. in 6 Wm. and Mary.
Prefixing: certificate by Peter Frowde, Deputy Clerk of the Pipe, of the sums so answered direct. Warrants not Relating to Money XVI, pp. 126–7.
Same to same for like tallies for the said Farmers for the sum of 100l. 15s. 4d. which has been pardoned by the Act of General Pardon of 2 Wm. and Mary.
Prefixing: certificate by J. Hastings, Clerk of the Extracts, of the sums so pardoned, taken from the Rolls of Extracts of Post Fines as delivered unto the Exchequer Court. Ibid., pp. 127–8.
Sept. 9.Money warrant for 20l. to Thomas Todd: without account: for the charges of his exportation to Jamaica whither he is gone Chaplain (Money order dated Sept. 14 hereon). Money Book XIV, p. 154. Order Book IV, p. 490.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 40l. to Charles Fox and Lord Coningsby on the unsatisfied order in their names as Paymasters of the Forces, Ireland: to be issued out of loans on the Coal Duties: and is to be paid over to Hester Walker in part of what remains due to her for provisions furnished to several Regiments lately employed in Ireland. Disposition Book XIV, p. 247. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 23.
Same to same to issue 4,500l. to the Earl of Ranelagh on the unsatisfied order in his name as Paymaster of the Forces: to be issued out of loans on the present 3s. Aid: and is to be applied towards the paying off and disbanding of Forces. Disposition Book XIV, p. 248.
Same to Mr. Ireton to attend my Lords on Thursday morning next at the Treasury. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 22.
Same to Mr. Blathwayt to procure the King's signature to three royal warrants enclosed, viz. (1) for 1,020l. to the Count de Frize for his service to Sept. 1 inst. as an Envoy: (2) for 15,000l. as royal bounty to the French refugees: (3) for 300l. to Lord Lucas and 100l. to Mr. Leighton. Ibid., p. 23.
Sept. 9.William Lowndes to Samuell Winslow to attend my Lords on Friday next. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 24.
Same to Mr. Burchett to move the Admiralty Lords for leave to —. Bayley, carpenter of the ship Trident, to continue in town till after the 23rd inst. about a matter depending in the Treasury. Ibid.
Same to Mr. Clarke to prepare a warrant to be signed by the Lords Justices [of England] to authorise Charles Fox and Lord Coningsby to pay 40l. to Hester Walker ut supra p. 111. Ibid.
The Treasury Lords to the Commissioners of the Quarterly Poll in Co. Hereford. The assessors within your county are generally very guilty of very great neglects in omitting to charge persons for their qualities according to the Act for said Poll, particularly that very few Justices of the Peace or Commissioners [of Assessments] are rated as gentlemen: further not above one or two in a family are charged: further the whole produce, in prospect, of this tax in your county will not be much above a fourth part of the Quarterly Poll formerly granted. We earnestly desire you to inspect the said assessments and to set such rates upon all persons as are according to the Act. Ibid., p. 25.
Same to the Commissioners of the 3s. Aid and 1s. Aid for the West Division of the Hundred of Powder and Hundred of Kerrier Co. Cornwall. There are arrears amounting to 237l. 11s. 5d. on the said Division and of 29l. 10s. 9d. on the Hundred of Kerrier for the said taxes. We desire you to cause the same to be forthwith paid so that the Receiver General [for your County] may pass his accounts. Ibid.
Same to the Commissioners of the 3s. Aid and the Quarterly Poll for the Easterly Division of Oswaldslow Hundred, Co. Worcester. Contrary to the Act of Parliament you have deferred the first Quarterly payment for the Poll until the 8th Nov. next. Further the first quarterly payment of the Land Tax [3s. Aid] is not complete and almost half of the second [quarter] is unpaid. We desire you to give the necessary orders therein. Ibid.
Treasury reference to the Excise Commissioners of the petition of Sir George Meggott and partners shewing that they lost 70 barrels of strong beer in a fire, after paying Duty; therefore praying an order to the said Commissioners to receive [accept] an entry of the same [equivalent quantity Duty free]. Reference Book VII, p. 293.
William Lowndes to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland to report on the enclosed petition [missing] of Capt. Nicholson concerning the balance due from him to the King on his account as late Collector of the Revenue in Co. Cavan, which he prays may be discharged out of a larger sum owing to him for serving the army in Ireland in 1690 with horses and carriages for bread. Out Letters (Ireland) VII, p. 446.
Sept. 10.Money order for 1,087l. 16s. 1½d. to Phillip Packer, son of John Packer late Usher of the Receipt, for necessaries delivered to the officers of the Receipt in Easter and Trinity terms 1695–6 Feb. 13 to 1696 July 1. Order Book IV, p. 492.
Same for 1602l. 17s. 5½d. to same for necessaries delivered in Michaelmas and Hilary terms 1696 July 2 to 1696–7 Feb. 12. Ibid.
Same for 3,773l. 1s. 5d. to same for necessaries delivered to the several offices as follows: viz.
£s.d.
to the Office for Making and Issuing Exchequer Bills to 1697 Dec. 16313611
to the Malt Lottery Office to 1697 Dec. 152167
to the Trustees for Circulating Exchequer Bills 1697 May 31 to Dec. 415257
to the Annuity Offices 1697 Sept. 29 to Dec. 155891
to the Million Lottery Office to 1697 Dec. 142098
£377315
Ibid.
Same for 1,256l. 13s. 8¾d. to same for necessaries delivered by him to the officers of the Receipt in Easter and Trinity terms 1696–7 Feb. 12 to 1697 June 23. Ibid., p. 493.
Same for 1,293l. 11s. 0½d. to same for necessaries delivered to the same officers in Michaelmas and Hilary term viz. from 1697 June 23 to Dec. 16. Ibid.
William Lowndes to Sir Humphrey Edwind. My Lords take notice of a new building began by you near the Pell Office in New Palace Yard Westminster and conceive the same will be very dangerous as well as inconvenient to the Exchequer [buildings]. They desire to discourse with you before this building be further proceeded in. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 24.
Sept. 13.Same to Mr. Harris to despatch [finish] forthwith, in order to be sent over to Ireland, the great seal which you have had a long time in hand and which is designed for that kingdom. Ibid, p. 25.
Treasury reference to Mr. Vander Esche of the petition of Cornelia Vlack praying payment of 2,857l. owing to her for moneys lent by her first husband Capt. Van Zulen, to Col. Widdrington for the use of the Regiment of Foot in the service of the States General then under him and afterwards under Lord Cutts and at present under Col. Seymour: she being a helpless foreigner and having lost two husbands in the King's service and being without any provision save the said debt. Reference Book VII, p. 292.
Sept. 14.William Lowndes to Mr. Clarke to prepare a warrant to be signed by the Lords Justices [of England] to authorise the Paymasters of the Forces, Ireland to pay 6,000l. to the Commissioners of the Transports; on account. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 16.
Sept. 14.William Lowndes to Mr. Blathwayt. Before the King's departure for Holland he signed a warrant for Lord Coningsby for the sole enjoyment of the office of Receiver General, Vice Treasurer, and Treasurer of War in Ireland. The same was presented to the Treasury Lords for counter-signature but they delayed to countersign same as they had no previous notice thereof as a Board and as Sir Stephen Fox one of their number (having his son [Charles Fox] concerned in point of interest) had made some application to the King and was in expectation to obtain his Majesty's further direction thereon. Sir Stephen has been in the country but returned this day to the Treasury "and not finding that his Majesty has thought fit to give any directions other than those he left in favour of my Lord Coningsby" the said warrant is now countersigned by the rest of their Lordships. Nevertheless they were at the same time attended by Mr. Fox with the following petition which they desire you to lay before the King. Please signify his pleasure hereon as soon as may be, the rather as Lord Coningsby who is now at Chester, is very pressing and desirous to carry the said warrant with him into Ireland, and order is given to me not to deliver it out till I receive your letter.
Appending: said petition of Charles Fox to the Treasury Lords. I have been joint Receiver and Paymaster of Ireland with Lord Coningsby since 1690 and have all along given my single discharge for all money issued at the Exchequer for the service of that [Irish] Office, whereby I am in a manner become solely accountable for the same and am now upon that great work of putting my accounts in order. In 1692 when the Earl of Romney went Lord Lieutenant to Ireland there was a loan of 30,000l. made on the quit rents of Ireland and besides all other securities given to the lenders thereof one of them was put into the execution of the Paymaster's Office [with covenants] not to be removed thence till the whole debt was repaid and with allowances of 800l. and 600l. per an., "which alterations in the methods of that Office made the whole army and all that had anything to do with the revenue extremely uneasy, as my Lord Galway and others did fully represent to his Majesty and your Lordships "but no redress could be made in it without the repayment of the whole debt and interest thereof: upon which I did, without any assistance from Lord Coningsby, procure the sum of 33,050l. and took up the security given for it; whereby the said Office was restored to its ancient rules and methods to the great satisfaction of all concerned, and the sum of 1,400l. per an. was entirely saved to the King. I am now informed that the King has been pleased wholly to remove me from being further concerned in that Office without giving me any notice or time to make up and pass those great accounts which I am chargeable with and before the repayment of that debt I stand engaged for, or any consideration for the great loss that has happened upon it by the raising of the coin in Ireland which if his Majesty had been rightly apprised of, it is humbly persumed he would not have done." Out Letters (General) XVI, pp. 26–7. Reference Book VII, p. 292.
Treasury reference to Mr. Twitty of the petition of the Countess Dowager of Marlborough shewing that Charles II granted her husband, William, late Earl of Marlborough, and herself a share of the profits of uncustomed goods and money, "which amounted to 700l.—800l. per an.": therefore praying that some money may be given for her subsistence. Reference Book VII, p. 292.
Sept. 14.Same to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of Thomas Walsh merchant shewing that he has been a trader above 28 years and has paid upwards of 80,000l. in Customs but by misfortunes in the late war is incapable of paying his debts and his effects are seized by the said commissioners for a Customs debt; that he delivered a list of his debts to the said Commissioners who not being satisfied reported to the Treasury accordingly and the latter desisted from giving any further order in the matter: therefore praying compassion to his miserable condition. Ibid.
Sept.
15–25.
Royal sign manual dated "at our Court at Loo" for 1,020l. to the Compte de Frize: without account: in consideration of services performed in the quality of an Envoy Extraordinary upon several occasions between Feb. 8 last and Sept. 1 inst. (Money warrant dated Sept. 21 hereon). (Money order dated Sept. 28 hereon). King's Warrant Book XX, p. 19. Money Book XIV, p. 168. Order Book V, p. 16.
Same for 500l. to Matthew Pryor Esq. as royal bounty: without account. (Money warrant dated Sept. 21 hereon). (Money order dated Sept. 28 hereon). King's Warrant Book XX, p. 19. Money Book XIV, p. 169. Order Book V, p. 10.
Same for 300l. to Robert, Lord Lucas for so much expended by him for the King's service.
and 100l. to Baldwin Leighton Esq. as royal bounty. (Money warrant dated Sept. 21 hereon). King's Warrant Book XX, p. 19. Money Book XIV, p. 169.
Same for 15,000l. to Edward Nicholas as imprest: to be applied as follows viz. 3,000l. as royal bounty for the relief and support of poor distressed French ministers now residing in England; and 12,000l. as same for the relief and support of other poor French Protestants: the whole to be paid by him according to directions from the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Chancellor, the bishop of London, Mayor of London, Chief Justice of the King's Bench and Chief Justice of Common Pleas. (Money warrant dated Sept. 21 hereon). (Money order dated Oct. 10 hereon). King's Warrant Book XX, p. 20. Money Book XIV, p. 169. Order Book V, p. 5.
Same for 1900l. to Jonathan Bookey gent as royal bounty. (Money warrant dated Sept. 21 hereon). (Money order dated Sept. 28 hereon). King's Warrant Book XX, p. 20. Money Book XIV, p. 169. Order Book V, p. 30.
Sept. 15.Treasury warrant to the Receipt to issue 12,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy on the unsatisfied order in his name: to be by tallies of anticipation on the Commissioners for the Two Millions: and is intended to complete the sum of 62,000l. for two quarters to the Yards due at 1697 Sept. 29. Money Book XIV, p. 161.
Sept. 15.Money warrant for 120l. to Jno. Appletree in full of an overpayment in his account as sheriff of Worcester for the year ended 1697 Sept. 29, arising by payments for apprehending three counterfeiters. (Money order dated Sept. 28 hereon). Money Book XIV. p. 161. Order Book V, p. 11.
Same for 79l. 5s. 7d. to Robert, Lord Lucas, Governor of the Tower of London, for safe keeping of prisoners for one year to 1698 June 24 according to four quarterly bills thereof signed by the Lords of the Privy Council. (Money order dated Sept. 27 hereon). Money Book XIV, p. 167. Order Book V, p. 11.
William Lowndes to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue 150l. to Viscount Cornbury out of any disposeable money in the Exchequer; as in part of 260l. being after the rate of 10l. a week from June 1 last to Sept. 13 inst. The remainder of said Viscount's order is hereby to be satisfied by 10l. a week. Disposition Book XIV, p. 248.
Same to the Navy Commissioners to make forth a Navy bill to authorise the Navy Treasurer to pay 990l. to the Marquess of Carmarthen late Colonel of the First Marine Regiment: and is intended to be paid over to John Hawgood and John Woodcraft, swordcutlers, for swords by them furnished to the said Regiment in 1694. The payment hereof is to be assigned out of deficient tallies on the Duties on Marriages &c. remaining in the Navy Treasurer's hands for the payment of wages. (Same to the Navy Treasurer to pay said 990l. accordingly). Ibid., p. 249.
The Treasury Lords to Sir John Sparrow, George Gent Esq. and — Clapton Esq., Justices of the Peace in the Hundred of Hinckford, Essex. We are informed that upon appeals made lately at Gosfeild on the Window Duties several persons were there discharged without oath, others were abated upon [ground of] being tenants or friends to some neighbouring gent[lemen] and others for reasons not allowed by the Act of Parliament and contrary to the practice of all Commissioners here [in London] and contrary to the opinion of the King's learned Counsel in several particulars. We hold ourselves obliged to take notice of your proceedings herein and desire you to revise your assessments and to set such rates on all persons concerned as are according to the Act and to the trust reposed in you. Out Letters (General) XVI, p. 26.
Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners to pay to the officers concerned a moiety of the 264l. 3s. 4d. seized by Mr. Stranways and Mr. Colquitt and other officers in Liverpool port being shipped to be exported and which is condemned in the Exchequer "which recovery accrues entirely to the King" but the Lords Justices in Council having by order dated 1696 June 25 directed that such seizers of exported corn shall receive a moiety thereof. Out Letters (Customs) XIII, p. 459.
Treasury reference to the Customs Commissioners of the petition of William Pennington shewing that in May last he hired the Mary hoy of Bristol to bring passengers to England and put in her seven casks of wine for private use but on arrival the ship and wine is seized by Mr. Radford: therefore praying her discharge. Reference Book VII, p. 287.
Sept. 15.Treasury warrant to Mr. Thomas Barnes of Richmond. The rents payable by the several leasehold tenants of the manor of Richmond in Surrey are in arrear for some years past. You are hereby to demand and receive same and to pay thereout to John Drew of Richmond, carpenter, 53l. for his bill for repairing and amending the rails and gates that enclose the Green at Richmond. You are to lay before us an account hereof with what speed you can. Warrants not Relating to Money XVI, p. 123.