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citiæ nostræ, quâ vos et rempublicam vestram studiosè complectimur, contestationem, quam nostro nomine facturus est, plenâ fide accipiatis, persuasumque habeatis nos idoneam quamlibet occasionem haud prætermissuros, quâ animi nostri in utilitates vestras admodum propensi uberiora exhibeamus indicia. De ero, vobis et civitati vestræ fausta omnia apprecamur.

Dabantur in Palatio nostro apud Hampton Court, die nono mensis Septembris, anno Domini, 1717, regnique nostri quarto. Vester bonus amicus,

Georgius R.


ADDISON TO MONS. L'ENVOYE DE DANEMARC. MONSIEUR, à Whitehall, ce 9me Sepbre, 1717.

Votre Memoire touchant les pretensions de Sa Majesté Danoise sur l'isle de St. Thomas et autres petites isles adjacentes ayant été remis aux Seigneurs Commissionnaires du Commerce pour l'examiner, je vous envoie par ordre du Roi, la Rapport qu'ils ont fait là dessus à Sa Majesté, et suis,

avec beaucoup de respect, Monsieur, votre trés humble et trés

obeissant Serviteur,



Hampton Court, Sept. 2nd,' 1717. I am.commanded by bis Majesty to acquaint your Excellency, that it is his pleasure you should insinuate to the Regent his desire that H. R. H. would look on the late Lord Bolingbroke as under his Majesty's protection, to prevent any insults that may be offered him on account of the inclination he has shown to serve his Majesty and reconcile himself to his royal favour. H. M. likewise desires your Excellency to make no difficulty in granting a pass to Mr. Brinsden, in case he should apply for one, in order to come for England, &c.

J. ADDISON. 1 The MS. of this letter is dated Sept. 2nd, but Miss Aikin refers to a minute of it, as dated Sept. 12th. The difference between 0. S. and N. S. would make it 13th. ? Mr. Brinsden was in Lord Bolingbroke's service.

ADDISON TO THE LORDS OF THE TREASURY. MY LORDS, Whitehall, September 16th, 1717,

Mr. James Auchmuty, chaplain to the Commander-inChief of the island of Minorca, having been sent express hither from the said island, with letters relating to his Majesty's service, and having given me the enclosed account of the charge of his journey hither, and back again to Minorca, amounting to seventy-eight pounds, ten shillings, and fourpence; it is his Majesty's pleasure, that your Lordships should give the necessary orders for paying to the said Mr. James Auchmuty the said sum of seventy-eight pounds, ten shillings, and four-pence.

I am, my Lords, your Lordships'
Most obedient and most humble servant,



OF HIS MAJESTY'S PRINCIPAL SECRETARIES OF STATE. The Memorial of James Auchmuty, chaplain to the Governor and

Commander-in-Chief of the island of Minorca, humbly showeth, That your Memorialist, being appointed by the Lord Forbess (who commands in Minorca) to bring thence his Lordship’s expresses to this court, and in the way, having the charge of others from his Excellency the Lord Stair, (both which, because of your Honour's late indisposition, he delivered in to my Lord Sunderland,) begs leave to set forth the expenses of his journey by the following particulars :

That having no affairs of his own that called him to England, and consequently desirous of returning immediately, your Memorialist further represents the reasonableness of having his charges back again allowed him also; and therefore has presumed to add them to the account. From Ciudad (where the Packet landed me) to Marseilles

15 10 0 From Marseilles to Calais, 133 posts at 3 livres per post in chaise

399 0 0 To crossing of rivers

7 10 0 To the hire of a post-chaise

60 0 0


482 0 0=32 1 2 To 19 days on board the Packet between Mahon and Ciudad, at 5 per diem

4 15 0

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Carried forward 36 16 2

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Brought forward 36 16 2 To the Master of the said Packet

2 0 0 To the Master of the Calais Packet

1 1 6 From Dover to London

2 2 6 To 13 days' expenses from Ciudad to London

6 10 0 Expenses in returning

30 0 0

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Hampton Court, Sept. 19th, 1717. I have received the honour of two letters from your Grace, of the 7th and 10th instant, both of which I have laid before his Majesty, who approves your Grace's answer to the persons who applied to your Grace for leave to present a petition to the House of Commons, in behalf of the College of Dublin, for a sum of money to finish their library. At the same time H. M. is pleased that you should let them know, that he is willing, by this mark of his royal favour, to encourage those honest and loyal principles, which (as he hears with great satisfaction) begin to revive among them. As to your

Grace's letter of the 10th instant, containing an account of the proceedings of the House of Lords, in relation to Mrs. Sherlock's petition, H. M., having received the opinion of the Lords of the committee upon that matter, is pleased to direct, that your Grace should use your utmost endeavours to hinder that affair from being brought to any decision till the money-bills are passed the House of Commons. And, as H. M. is sensible of the ill consequences which may arise from a rupture between the House of Lords in this kingdom and that in Ireland, and as the sum of money which gives occasion to this dispute is too inconsiderable to be put in balance with the good understanding that ought to be kept up between the two kingdoms, H. M. had rather allow it out of the public revenue of Ireland than that the peace and tranquillity of the kingdom should be endangered. If therefore


Grace can by this means procure the petition to be withdrawn, or, by any other private application to the parties contending, moderate the proceedings in this case, it is H. M.’s pleasure that such a sum should be employed for so good an end. And whatever assurances your Grace

I The Duke of Bolton.

shall give on this occasion, will be made good here by an order from H. M. on the Treasury.

I am commanded by H. M. to transmit to your Grace the enclosed answers to the addresses of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons, that your


may communicate them to the two Houses in the usual manner.

I am, &c.,




Hampton Court, Sept. 19th, 1717. Mr. Cornish, one of the most eminent citizens of London, has informed some of his Majesty's ministers, that Mr. Anthony Cornish, his son, having lost a great sum of money at play, has gone off with £2500 of his father's, and sailed from Dover on Sunday last, with a design, as is supposed, to proceed to Paris. His father makes it his request, on this occasion, that your Excellency may be desired to give such orders as you shall think proper for the finding out of the young gentleman. And it will be looked upon as a great favour, if your Excellency will be so good as to persuade him in private conversation to return to his father, who will receive him with all possible kindness, and freely excuse what is past. His interest is so highly concerned in this point, that one would not think it should be difficult to bring it about; and the father hopes the more from

your Excellency's good offices, as his son has boasted of the civilities you were pleased to show him when he was at Paris about a year ago. But, in case he refuse to comply in that particular, you are, in his Majesty's name, to desire leave of the Regent, if it be necessary, to secure his person, and send him over to England.

I am, &c.,



Whitehall, Sept. 26th, 1717. His Majesty having been pleased to appoint Captain Woodes Rogers to be governor of the Isle of Providence and

See note, page 477.

the rest of the Bahama Islands, the Lords Commissioners of Trade have thereupon signified their opinion to his Majesty, that it would be necessary for the security of those parts, and likewise for the further answering the intent of the said Rogers's commission as governor, that there should be a garrison formed and maintained in the said Isle of Providence. In pursuance of which opinion, Captain Rogers has been directed to give in a list of the stores requisite for the said intended garrison, together with a computation of the charge thereof, which having been approved by his Majesty, I am commanded to transmit the same to you,' and to signify his Majesty's pleasure, that you give the proper directions for furnishing the said Captain Rogers with the said stores, pursuant to the enclosed list, and that his Majesty's service requires the same should be done as conveniently as may be.

I am, gentlemen,
Your most obedient, humble servant,



Having laid before his Majesty the enclosed Me. morial of the Lord Archibald Hamilton, late governor of Jamaica, setting forth his demand of money advanced by him for the subsistence of the forces belonging to that island, and complaining of the disaffection and ill practices of several members of the council of the said island, as likewise of the deputy secretary thereof; I am commanded to transmit the same to your Lordships, together with the copy of a letter from the said deputy secretary to the said Lord Archibald Hamilton, and the extract of another letter from Mr. Bernard to his Lordship, that you may please to consider thereof, and report to his Majesty what you think proper to be done thereupon.

I am, my Lords, your Lordships'
Most obedient and most humble servant,


· It has been thought unnecessary to print the list of stores, which is long and of no particular interest. The gross amount of them is £1946 3s. 10d.

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