Minute book: September 1695, 1-15

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 10, 1693-1696. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1935.

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September 1695, 1–15

Sept. 2. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
My Lords agree that Mr. Henry Shales shall have the keeping of the Navy accounts (which are kept by his father) at 100l. per an. salary in lieu of the 500l per an. which his father had; and to have the auditors' places (which his father had) with the old fees without the salary of 200l. per an. which his father had; but he is to take care that the account of the Navy for the time his father was the [Navy] Treasurer's Paymaster under the late Visct. Falkland be made up, so that the passing of the several accounts of the Navy may not be stopped for want of that.
[Letter of direction for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 9,994l. 14s. 3d. for victuals out of loans on the Annuity Act, whereof 2,000l. [is to be applied] to the old credit [granted] per the Excise Commissioners.
Mr. Abbot to be here on Wednesday.
[Ibid. p. 79.]
Sept. 4. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
“Mr. Abot to admonish the Agents [for Taxes] that they receiving no guineas from him do not impose them on the country.”
[My Lords order] Mr. Durphy 50l. out of secret service.
The old Commissioners of [Hackney] Coaches are to be paid a quarter's salary [due] at Midsummer.
[My Lords order] Sir Christopher Wrenn to view and certify what repairs are necessary of the highway in Hyde Park.
[Send word] to Mr. Smith that my Lords will meet to-morrow at nine o'clock.
[Ibid. p. 80.]
Sept. 5. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
[Send] to Mr. Coling . . . .
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 81.]
Sept. 6. Present: All my Lords.
[Letter of direction for the issue of] 9,000l. to the Victuallers: out of loans on the Annuity Act.
Mr. Gregory to have a place relating to the Coals [Duties].
The 600l. tallies for Mr. Cole are to be made ready money per Mr. Burton and Mr. Knight.
The officers of Col. Northcott's Regiment are to receive three months' pay on their embarcation for the Straits in the same manner as was paid to those that went with Col. Stuart: Mr. Clerk will send the sum.
[Ibid. p. 82.]
Sept. 10. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
William Wright, esq., Recorder of Oxford, . . . .
[Ibid. p. 83.]
eodem die Afternoon. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Smith.
The Customs Commissioners to be here on Friday.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend] with the powder makers and the members of the East India Company upon a complaint of the powder makers that part of the 500 tons [of salt]petre last delivered was Dutch [salt]petre not as good as the sample, and secondly that the [East India] Company has not allowed the tare as usual. Sir John Fleet says that of the 500 tons the Company has delivered 420 of their own impo[rtation]; that those concerned with the powder makers have exchanged theirs for Dutch peter and the Company's invoices falling short he went and bought Dutch peter at 70l. a ton for the remainder (their own being sold at 60l.), and it refracted at 7½ per cent., so no cause to complain. (The King has it at 45l. per ton.) Their invoices fell short because when the Modena was cast away the goods in the Charles II and other ships were extremely damaged.
Mr. Richason says 7½ per cent. is only the allowance in Holland, but it will not refine the peter.
Sir John [Fleet] says the powder makers shall have none of the Dutch peter, but they [the East India Company] will supply it out of the ship Hawk, now come from India. As to the tare, Sir John says the Company will deliver 500 tons turned out of the bags and no more can be expected.
It is proposed that if the cloth of the bags be the same as formerly the tare be the same. They [the powder makers] are to satisfy themselves whether the cloth is altered or not.
[Ibid. p. 83.]
Sept. 11. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
Mr. Aaron Smith [is to be ordered] to prosecute at the King's charge the recovery of the fines that are in farm to Mr. Benjamin Coling.
Several glassmen object against Mr. Bowles being a surveyor for glassworks because he is interested in three of the four companies of Glass Workers. Mr. Bowles denies it. They are to produce the bookkeeper who (as they pretend) told them he had real shares in glass works.
The Navy Commissioners, Mr. Madocks and Mr. Hook are to be here on Friday week.
The Earl of Ranelagh says there has not been above 700 guineas in his office for a long time past; he has enquired and found one Powny, an Agent [for one of the Regiments, who] put off guineas at 30s. 6d.
[My Lords order] Mr. Lowndes to speak to Mr. Burton and Mr. Knight to procure money on the tallies in the hands of the Earl of Ranelagh on Coals and Glass amounting to—and [struck through] for the subsistence [of the Forces] in England.
The Receiver General of Customs and Comptroller of Customs are to be here on Friday afternoon. Memorandum: Mr. Humes to be remembered then and Mr. Thraile.
[Send] to the Excise Commissioners to be here on Friday afternoon.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 84.]
Sept. 13. Afternoon. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Smith.
The Customs Commissioners come in about settling the management of the Coal Duties.
The Excise Commissioners and the Navy Victuallers come in about the debt of the Victuallers to the Excise and about the [said Commissioners] giving the Victuallers further credit.
[Ibid. p. 85.]