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May it please yor Lordp.

In obedience to yor Lordps Order of Reference of 9 March last {illeg}|o|f of\upon/ the Bills of Mr Robt Wedda|e|l wth the in for prosecuting coyners during the sp{h}|a|ce of about 20|19| months ending last Christmas was a twelve month, to{t}|g|ether wth\& upon/ ye memorial of the Warden of the Mint thereupon\concerning the same/: We have considered the services alledged to be done & examined the reasonableness of the said Bills, & humbly represent to your Lordps that the services {illeg}|s|o far as we can find were \usually/ done, & allowing \to Mr Weddel/ for travelling charges \to Mr Weddel/ 6d pr mile, {1}|2|s per Post-stage & 15d|s| per day abroad, ({illeg}|a|s was allowed by the late Lord Treasurer & by the late Lords Commrs of ye Treary) & to the men who assisted him in apprehending & prosecuting fals coyners & putter{.} those that putt off their counterfeit moneys the\criminals/ 6s 6d per {pr} day for each man & horse \during their journeys/: the bill amounts to 3{illeg}|2|[1]0.li. 0[2]s. 0[3] wch we think reasonable|, besides such incident charges as admitt of no vouchch {sic}ers.|

These incident charges are fees of Council {illeg}|&| Court charges upon trials of persons accused (vizt for indictments, swearing witnesses,{illeg} attending wth records &c) \amounting to about 62li. 10s./ & allowance of meat & drink to witnesses during their attendance on the prosecutions, & pocket expences in apprehending & examining people accused & |in| attending on Iudges & Iustices of the peace & paying for their Warrants & for stationary ware & post Letters: for all wch the sum of about 139li. 13s. 8d is set down set down being set down in the Bill amounts to in several articles amount into ye sum about 139 13 8 amount further to about 77|68|. 3. 8. more. And considering that Mr Weddel has advanced about one half of this Bill the money set down in this bill out of his own pocket \without interest/ for carrying on the prosecutions{, &} & was a very good prosecutor & that the charges of receiving the moned|y| due upon the {illeg}|b|ill are not set down in the Bill: |[|We are humbly of opinion that the Bill be allowed amounting in the whole to 467li. {illeg}|15|s. 2 be allowed.] & that if Prosecutors be discouraged they will \may be induced to/ pay themselves by taking money of persons criminals to let them escape: We are humbly of opinion that the Bill amounting in the whole to 467li. 15s. 2d be allowed.

All wch &c

the articles of travelling c{illeg}|h|arges will amount unto {illeg}|186|li. {illeg}|12|s. {illeg}|6|d wch wth other articles Mr Weddels salary, a Bill of Mr Fords, the fees of receiving the lost money allowed upon the last account, & the charges {illeg}|o|f a law suit wth a Coyner, make um the summ{e} of ~ 33{3}|7|l. 1s. 6d wch we humbly think reasonable to be allowed.

That there are other charges wch admit of not vouchers or examination{s} whereof the fees of Council & \other/ Court charges fees & charges upon the trials of persons ({illeg}|v|izt for Indictmts, swearing of witnesses, attending wth {illeg}|R|ecords &c) amount unto \abut {sic}/ 62li. 10s. 0d. And these charges being necessary, {&} being we are humbly of opinion that the Prosecutors Account of them (where nothings appears to ye contrary\fals or unreasonable/{)} should be accepted. A{illeg} |And further, the main{s}|t|enance of witnesses during their| |atten|Andance or c|C|ourts of justice, & pocket expences in apprehending & prosecuting & examining people accused & in attending or courts of justice Iudges & Iustices of the peace & paying for their warrants & for stationary ware & Post letters amount further unto 6 about 68li. 3s. 8d.

But considering that Mr Weddel has about one half of the money set down in Mr Weddels bill hath been advanced out of his own pocket without interest \for carrying on the prosecutions/ & |yt| the charges of receiving the money due upon the Bill are not set down in the bill both wch may amount to above 40li., & that Mr Weddel was a {very} good prosecutor & if Prosecutors be discouraged they may be induced to pay themsel{ves} by taking money for favouring or protesting coyners: We are

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