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Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Joseph Addison to be his last will in the presence of us who have in his presence and by his order subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto:
Probatum fuit hujusmodi Testamentum apud London Vicesimo Die Mensis Junij Millesimo Septengentesimo Decimo nono Coram Venerabili Viro Exton Sayer Legum Doctore Surrogato Venerabilis et Egregij viri Johannis Bettesworth Regum etiam Doctoris Curiæ Prærogative Cantuariensis Magistri Custodis Sive Commissarij legitime constituti Juramento Prænobilis et Honorandæ Feminæ Char lottæ Comitissæ De Warwick et Hollandiæ Relictæ Dicti Defuncti et Executricis in Dicto Testamento nominat. Cui comissa fuit Administratio omnium et singulorum bonorum jurium et creditorum dicti defuncti De bene et fideliter Administrando eadem ad Sancta Dei Evangelia Jurat.
Chas. Dyneley, )
***The Editor has advisedly omitted as valueless a number of short official letters, mostly transmitting addresses of the House of Commons to the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury,''the Secretary at War,' 'the Lords Commissioners of Trade,' or, 'the Master-general of the Ordnance,' directing certain accounts to be laid before the House. They have no other interest than the frequency of them, which proves, in contradiction to a received opinion, that Addison was anything but an idler during his eleven months' Secretaryship. They are all dated from Whitehall in 1717-18. Besides these we have many letters written during this period, in the name of Addison, by his Secretaries TEMPLE STANYAN and THOS. TICKELL, which, excepting that they generally allege the illness of Addison, are drily official.
The dates of those signed by Addison are as follow:
April 30. To the Lords Commissioners of Trade, For their Lordships to consider and report to his Majesty as to the policy of permitting the king of Spain to appoint a consul at Gibraltar.
To Ed. Hughes, Esq., Judge Advocate, Postponing
To the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury,
To Thomas Coleby, Esq., on the same subject.
23. To the Lords of the Treasury, For the vouchers of
To the same, For account of what is due to sufferers at the Islands of St. Neve's and St. Christopher's. 14. To the Duke of Marlborough, Announcing the appointment of Col. Armstrong and Col. Lascelles as Commissioners for the demolition of the works at Dunkirk, and requesting his Grace's directions to them.
20. To the Lord's Commissioners of Trade, Enclosing Tariff of the new rates or valuations of the English Goods in Spain, with directions to consider how far the proposed rates may be for the advantage of our trade, &c.
August 6. To Lord Montgomery, Informing him that he had
received directions for the delivery of his papers, (which had been seized,) and that "in case the person seized at Dover belongs to your Lordship's family, he will be delivered up at the same time." Oct. 18. To the Lords Commissioners of Trade, Enclosing Memorial of Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of
Jamaica, praying a dormant commission for a
25. To the same, "The Lord's Proprietors of the Ba-
Nov. 28. To the Lords of the Treasury, For accounts of the deficiencies of the grants for 1717; and of the net produce of the funds for payment of the National Debt, &c.
To the Secretary at War, For account of garrisons and land-forces, lists of officers on half-pay. To H. G. the Duke of Marlborough, for army estimates.
To the Lords of the Treasury, For Ordnance ac
To the same, For an account of £20,000 granted for contingencies of the land-forces, of £28,245 9s. 2d. for fire and candle for the garrisons of Great Britain, and of £23,927 3s. 6d. for General and Staff Officers.
29. To the Secretary at War, For an account of the number of each particular regiment contained in the estimates for guards and garrisons; of the land-forces disbanded, and what the saving doth amount to.
To the Lords Commissioners of Trade, Enclosing a letter from Mr. Worsley, H. M. Envoy in Portugal, in vindication of Mr. La Roche, who had refused to accept the office of Treasurer of the English Factory at Lisbon.
To the same, For an account of Bullion exported. To the same, Letter enclosing petition of Amarantha Somers.
Further Analyses of Official Letters signed by Addison.
St. James's, To Mr. Secretary Bromley, Requesting him in
St. James's, To Mr. Secretary Bromley, Conveying their August 11. Excellencies' commands that he shall lay before them the Draughts of all letters written to his Majesty's Ministers in foreign courts before such letters are sent away.
St. James's, To Mr. Secretary Bromley, Informing him in August 12. respect to a Petition of Peter Hambleton, that he, not having made such discoveries as he promised, the Lords Justices will have no further regard to it, and desiring him to be informed that he need not flatter himself with any vain hope of a further reprieve.
St. James's, To Lord Bolingbroke, Enclosing by command of August 18. the Lords Justices, a statement of the difficulties which remain upon the Assiento contract laid before them by the South Sea Company.
St. James's, No Address, (probably to Mr. Secretary BromSept. 10. ley,) Enclosing a Petition from John Thomeur, a merchant at Portsmouth, complaining of a riot there to obstruct him in a loyal and beneficial trade to this kingdom. The Lords Justices desire you will write to the Mayor to suppress this riot and punish the offenders.
Query, about July 19, 1715.
To the Lord Treasurer, Requesting in the name of the Lords Justices, an advance of £200 to Capt. Robert Monroe, M. P., he being on his departure thither, (name of place torn off,) upon business that requires the utmost de spatch.
1717. Whitehall, June 1.
To the Lord-Lieut. of Ireland (Duke of Bolton), Transmitting Memorial of Lord Stockalan, desiring a post in the army suitable to his seniority, or the Government of Athlone. Whitehall, To Lord Cornwallis and James Craggs, Esq.,
Postmasters-General, Enclosing, by their Majesty's commands, the Petition of several merchants of London trading to Oporto, Viana, and Galicia, praying for the establishment of two Packet-boats between Great Britain and the Groyne. The Petition states that there is exported from Great Britain in woollen and fish to the value of £100,000 per annum; and that letters being obliged to be sent by way of Lisbon take ten weeks before they can get an answer.
Whitehall, To Solomon Dayrolles, Esq., Stating that the King, having been informed of his desire to be recalled from Geneva, letters of revocation would be transmitted by the first opportunity; and the necessary directions be given to Lord Sunderland for fixing him at the Hague. To the Earl of Sunderland, by desire of the King, Empowering him to countersign a Commission appointing Capt. Adam Williamson to be Captain of Carisbrook Castle, Isle of Wight.