Minute Book: April 1697

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 12, 1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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April 1697.

April 2,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Sir Joseph Herne will send a copy of his obligation to Monsieur La Tour before Monday night.
Sir William Scawen and other gentlemen of the Bank [attend]. An account is produced by Mr. Abbot by which they [the Bank of England] are [shown as] debtors to the King in 10853l. 7s. 5d. for balance of several tallies delivered by the Earl of Ranelagh to the Bank for remittances [to Flanders] upon account [for the Forces]. They will refund this sum in tallies on the Continued Impositions [to wit] part of those for 17823l. 18s. 3d. struck May 11 last, the Earl of Ranelagh at the same time delivering to them the tallies for 75,000l. on the Salt Act pursuant to the King's warrant for their loss by remittances.
The commission to be prepared for taking subscriptions on the Bank Act, 8 and 9 Wm. III c 20, lately passed.
The Victuallers [attend]. Their memorial is read. [Write] to Sir John Parsons to be here on Tuesday afternoon. The Victuallers having by my Lords' direction sent a credit to Cadiz for providing victuals for 9 men of war arrived there and likewise for furnishing Admiral Nevil's squadron upon his return thither, my Lords resolve that money shall be provided to satisfy the bills for the said credits as they shall become due and the Victuallers shall be allowed 1½ per cent. for the said service.
The 7,000l. now in the Mint for Monsieur Schuylenberg is to be made up to 10,800l. in [Exchequer] Bills or [ready] money and the rest due to him is to be paid one half in Exchequer Bills and the other half in Land Tax tallies.
[Write] to the Commissioners of the Stamp Office to be here on Tuesday next.
[Write] to Mr. Roberts of Windsor to be here this day week on a complaint of the Earl of Portland. [Write] to Mr. Hooker to be here then.
Mr. Henry Baker to have tallies on the Excise for 600l. Treasury Minute Book, Vol. IX, p. 114.
April 7,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present:—The King: all my Lords.
[Write] to Sir Joseph Herne to attend the King here [Kensington] on Friday afternoon with the copy of his obligation to Monsieur La Tour for the tallies in his hands. Write Mr. Attorney General to be here then.
My Lords are to speak with Mr. Lamb about his money for the Hospitals.
[The King directs] an order for recalling all the King's plate into the Jewel House [from the ambassadors and officers of state who have received same by indenture from the Master of the Jewels].
The gentlemen of the Bank come to thank the King for the making good their loss by remittances.
The 3,000l. [which is] to be borrowed by the Earl of Ranelagh upon Land Tax tallies [is] to be applied [as follows] viz., 2,000l. to the arrears of Col. Gibson's Regiment for pay and 250l. for contingencies to that Regiment in its expedition to Newfoundland and the remaining 750l. is to be lent to the Transports Commissioners to [enable them to] send the recruits to Flanders. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 115.
April 10,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Ordered that a letter from Noah Neal be delivered to Mr. Justice Packer, same being from Stamford in Lincolnshire to my Lords touching several counterfeiters of money in those parts and particularly touching one Harrison a surgeon by profession to whom a box was sent with several instruments fit for coining and [touching] one Moore, a merchant in Bunhill Fields near White Cross Street and one Wheream a victualler at the Dolphin on New Fish Street Hill [therein alleged] to be correspondents with the said coiners, as also one Jones, that keeps the Bell Inn in West Smithfield: which letter with several things brought to my Lords therewith was accordingly delivered to the said Mr. Packer this day with order to take care that the persons therein mentioned be prosecuted. Ibid., p. 116.
April 13,
Present:—All my Lords.
Sir Francis Child and other the jurors lately sworn to make the indented Trial Pieces for plate of the fineness of 11 oz. 10 dwt. [are called in and] present the same to my Lords, with a presentment for the same in writing in 6 parts. The presentment [is ordered] to be delivered to Mr. Hall of the [King's Remembrancer's Office in the] Exchequer.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to be here on Thursday morning at 9 o'clock about the Yards and artificers.
The Victuallers to have 10,000l. more of the tallies on the 3s. aid [which are] in the hands of the Navy Treasurer: [to be] for the Navy victualling.
[Write] a letter to my Lord Irwyn that my Lords are informed he has given some discountenance to the due execution of the Act for the Land Tax, &c., that my Lords are obliged to take notice of it and desire that he will not do anything to hinder the due execution of the Act; and hope for the future they shall hear no further complaints of this nature because they rather expect he should encourage the taxation.
[Write] Write to Sir Stephen Evance to be prepared to-morrow morning to speak to my Lords in the House [of Commons] about the credit of 3 or 4,000l. for Col. Gibson at New England.
[Write] to the Victuallers to know how far they have proceeded in providing and putting on board the provisions for 450 men for 9 months for the land soldiers going to Newfoundland.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney General and Sir Joseph Herne to be at Kensington to-morrow afternoon. (Ibid., p. 117).
April 14,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present:—The King: all my Lords.
[Write] letters to the country Mints to know what hammered money each Receiver [of Taxes] has paid into the [respective] Mint and what new money he hath received back.
[Write] to Sir Joseph Herne to attend [my Lords] on Friday afternoon at Whitehall.
Write to the said Herne, Sir Henry Furness, Sir Theodore Johnson, to be at the Treasury to-morrow morning.
Carter's petition [is read and] granted [by the King].
The arrear due from Mr. Harbord on his account [is] to be demanded [to be paid in].
The petition of the Judges [is ordered] to be respited.
Londonderry [petition is] not granted.
"Many other petitions are read and the [King's] answers are [endorsed] upon them." Ibid., p. 118.
April 15,
afternoon. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Navy Commissioners demand half a year's pay to the Yards due at Michaelmas last amounting to 75,000l.; also 30,000l. for bills of exchange and imprests; "and as much as can be spared for the course."
Sir Joseph Herne must have 4,000l. on his bills by Tuesday next, to wit 2,000l. on his bills on the victuallers and 2,000l., the remainder of his bill on the Navy Board. Ibid., p. 119.
April 16. Present:—All my Lords.
Mr. Eyles is to have 4,500l. remaining due to him to complete 30,000l. for remittances [to Flanders]: [to be issued] out of Exchequer Bills instead of the tallies for 4,500l. out of the 3s. Aid lately directed.
Mr. Lowndes is to write to Mr. Abbot to acquaint the gentlemen that are the subscribers for the Exchequer Bills that my Lords being informed it is made an objection to the subscription that 1,200,000l. last ordered in [such] Bills may interfere with the 1,500,000l. and consequently lessen their security, do intend for their satisfaction in that matter that upon the issuing 1,200,000l. those Bills shall be registered but not paid till after all the Bills for the 1,500,000l. are first cancelled.
Sir Joseph Herne, Sir Henry Furness, Sir Theodore Johnson and Mr. Bateman [attend] about remittances for Flanders. They offer [to give bills] for 80,000l. at 9 guilders 10 stivers at double usance on [credit of repayment by] Exchequer Bills.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor General to attend on Monday morning when Sir Joseph Herne will be here with his counsel about the tallies in the hands of the said Herne. If my Lord Keeper sits in the morning then they are to be here in the evening.
Sir Theodore Johnson for his 1,500l. part of 10,000l. which he remitted to Flanders [is] to be [re]paid in Exchequer Bills [in the same manner] as the 4,500l. to Mr. Eyles. Supra, p. 3.
Mr. Killigreew to have 5l.
Of the tallies for 10,853l. or thereabouts received back by the Earl of Ranelagh from the Bank upon the Continued Impositions so much is to be discounted per Mr. Abbot as will raise 2,000l. for Mr. Bateman upon account of Mr. Hill's bills.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh to examine the payment of a bill of Mr. Hill's of 10,000l. to Sir Joseph Herne and to inform my Lords how long it remained unpaid after 'twas due.
Sir Henry Ashurst is desired by my Lords to recommend it to the Government of New England to give his Majesty credit for 4,000l. [to be paid] to the hands of Col. Gibson or of the Commander in Chief [pro temp. of the Forces as follows] or to [his] order for the service of the Forces under his command now going upon an expedition for Newfoundland; upon which credit, whatsoever money shall be advanced is to be repaid by my Lords to their [the New England Government's] agent, Sir Henry Ashurst, or such other person as shall be appointed to receive in New England the value of the money so advanced. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 120–1.
April 16,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present:—The King; all my Lords.
The [Navy] Victuallers' memorial is read. A general scheme is to be made of the supplies, how much paid and how much remains on each head.
[Write] to the Governor and Directors of the Bank, Sir Joseph Herne and Mr. Eyles to attend the King at the Treasury Chambers Whitehall on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The Earl of Ranelagh to be there then.
Col. Godfrey [is] to have his 800l. a year transferred from the Establishment of Ireland to the Establishment of England from midsummer last and the arrear [thereon] to midsummer last is to be paid by the addition of 400l. a year more till that arrear is cleared; and from thence the 800l. only is to be continued.
[Write] to the Lords Justices [Ireland] to certify a list of forfeited lands of 300l. or 400l. a year for Mr. La Rue [Larue] and in the mean time my Lords [of the Treasury are] to furnish him with 100l. for his relief.
[Mrs.] Lawson to be transferred to the Navy for her growing pension only.
The demand [of the Navy Commissioners for a number] of trees for the Navy is left to the Treasury [? officers].
Malt Tax. This tax is to be managed by the Excise Commissioners. A letter to be written to them to send a scheme to the Treasury how they propose to manage it: with a list of what new officers they want and at what salaries and where to be employed.
Leather Duty. To consider whether [to be managed by] new Commissioners and what number must be settled for the management of this Duty or whether it may be settled in some of the Commissions now on foot and [if so] which. The like [letter] then to be writ to the like purpose [as to staff &c.] as above. This letter to be sent to the Glass Office. In the margin: the like letter [as above] to the Excise Commissioners as to Leather Duty. [This is probably an error for Glass Commissioners].
[For the Duties on] Births and Burials: [a similar letter] ut supra [to be sent] to the Agents for Taxes.
For the Window Money: [a similar letter] ut supra [to be sent] to the Agents for Taxes (In the margin: Duty on Births and Burials and Window Money to be managed by the Agents for Taxes).
[For the Duties on Stamped] paper: "already placed in the Glass Office." Ibid., p. 121.
April 17,
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present:—All my Lords.
Such accounts from the country Mints as are already in and as shall from time to time come in are to be referred to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint at the Tower, to state and report their opinion what is fit to be done therein.
Mr. Thomas and his brethren will attend on Monday morning next with a scheme for managing the Duties on leather.
Write to Mr. Hooker to be here on Tuesday morning.
[Order for preparation of] a sign manual for 12,000l. to Sir Francis Child for his Majesty's particular use and service, without account: and [in addition] for the [amount of the Exchequer] fees thereon. Ibid., p. 122.
April 19,
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present:—The King, all my Lords.
The Governor, Deputy Governor, and Directors of the Bank are called in and are told that the King is informed they would be assistant by their subscription to give a credit to the Exchequer Bills and the King recommends it to them. Sir Jno. Houblon says they are forward to promote these Bills and would have a Court to-morrow morning for that purpose. At the King's desire they will have a Court this afternoon.
They withdraw and being called in again say they do not intend (if the money to be subscribed is to be under their management) that they should have any other powers over it than the Trustees are to have by the Subscription Deed, and they expect that my Lords should appoint overseers for the King that should be acceptable to the Bank and to act with the Directors jointly "and should see daily that the Bank has the sum of 100,000l. by them."
[Write] to the Governor and Deputy Governor of the East India Company to be here this afternoon.
Mr. Bartholomew Burton is to be Cashier of Excise instead of Mr. Charles Duncomb. [Write] a letter to the Excise Commissioners to recommend Mr. Burton by the King's direction.
The King will allow a discount for loans on the Malt Act upon the 200,000l.: but my Lords are to agree [for such loans] at as low a discount as they can. Ibid., p. 123.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
The Commissioners for the Duty on Glass &c. offer a scheme for managing the Duties on Leather by them and their present officers with an addition of 5,000l. per an. [to their establishment].
The Governor and Deputy Governor of the East India Company, being acquainted by my Lords that the subscribers for the Exchequer Bills will meet here to-morrow morning and choose their Trustees, do declare their acquiescence therein.
The Agents for Taxes present a scheme for managing the Duties upon Marriages &c. and the Duty upon Windows pursuant to the new clauses [in the Bills before the House].
Mr. Solicitor General [appears] as also Sir Joseph Herne with his counsel, Sir Bartholomew Shore and Sir Thomas Powys, about tallies in the said Sir Joseph's hands.
Sir Thomas says Sir Joseph desires to be rid of the tallies so as may be consistent with his Majesty's pleasure but desires to be safe. He gave a receipt for 96,000l. for subsidies for the Duke of Savoy for one year from 10 Oct. 1695 and 4,000l. for the exchange [thereon], in all 100,000l. by tallies and orders. His receipt for [money paid by] authority from the President de La Tour [for the Duke] and his [La Tour's] letters own his [La Tour's] having the money and he [Herne] has paid 75,000l. [legally or] regularly. If he can be safe in parting with the remaining 25,000l. he is ready. One Monsieur Caillé here demands them [the 25,000l.] for the Duke of Savoy. He [Herne] has effects in Italy and other parts in amity with the Duke of Savoy where the Duke may recover them and if a peace be concluded the Duke may recover them here.
Sir Bartholomew Shore says Sir Joseph is subject to suits abroad and here. They [Herne and his counsel] only desire that Monsieur Caillé may give a receipt for them [the 25,000l.]. If a man receives public money for a particular use he is answerable at law for that use. Or if La Tour will countermand his order to Caillé and direct the tallies otherwise his order will be complied with.
Mr. Solicitor-General says if these tallies were for the use of the Duke of Savoy pursuant to an agreement and part of that agreement was not performed, in equity the Duke of Savoy ought not to have the remainder of the money and cannot recover it.
Counsel of the other side [Herne's] say that the money being actually received Sir Joseph Herne is accomptable only to those for whom he received it: and that no man will part with his money to depend on a suit in equity: that if La Tour has advanced this 25,000l. to the D[uke of Savoy] Sir Joseph can have no equity against him.
My Lords will be ready to give such security to Sir Joseph Herne as is proper for the King to give for his indemnity in case he deliver up the tallies for the 25,000l. to the King's use.
The counsel on both sides will meet at Mr. Attorney General's to-morrow afternoon [in order] that the King may have an answer on Wednesday.
The Excise Commissioners say they have taken care of the collection of the new Duties on Malt.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney General that my Lords being informed that a decree is like to pass in the beginning of the ensuing term against Nicholas Oursell, George Moor, and Thomas Merrit for the High Duties of corn imported from foreign parts, do direct him to state the whole matter in a report to them [my Lords] and in the meantime to forbear pressing for the decrees being pronounced against them. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 124–5.
April 20. Present:—All my Lords.
A great number of subscribers for circulating the Exchequer Bills of credit come in. Their business is the choosing of Trustees to manage their advance money. Amongst them are the Earl of Portland, Admiral Russell, Earl of Ranelagh, Sir Richard Onslow, Sir John Elwill, Mr. Germain, Mr. Thomas Foley, Sir Joseph Herne, Mr. Sheppard, Sir Wa. Yong, Lord Coningsby.
They are acquainted by Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer with the resolution of the Directors of the Bank to subscribe 50,000l. (besides the subscriptions of [their several shareholders or] particulars) in case they may be part of the Trustees.
The resolution is read. Mr. Tho. Foley desires to withdraw his subscription. Mr. Lambert likes the proposition. Several others declare their consent. Mr. Sedgwick, Deputy Governor of the East India Company, thinks it reasonable and gives his consent. It is proposed that there be 6 chose by the Bank and 6 by the other subscribers; which is not gainsayd but seems to be generally approved. Every subscriber to have a single vote. The 6 who are not to be chosen by the Bank are to be such as have no interest in the Bank. All persons concerned are to meet at the Guildhall to-morrow at 3 in the afternoon.
[Write] to Mr. Roberts to attend on Monday.
The King comes into the Treasury. [Send to] the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt to attend.
The Earl of Ranelagh is to raise 1,000l. by discounting tallies for marching some of the Forces to attend the embarcation.
Mris. Jones to have 100l. a year pension in Ireland from Lady Day last.
The Queen Dowager to have 12,210l. out of the third 100,000l. on the Malt Duty.
Lady Dorothy Bourk's petition [is] to be carried [to the King] again to-morrow with those of Lord Mountjoy, Mr. Annesley, Mr. Barry and Lord Bellomont. Ibid., p. 126.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Excise Commissioners are called in. They will take care of the duties on Malt and Leather.
[Write] to Mr. John Smith, undersheriff, to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 127.
April 21,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
(No entry of any minute) Ibid., p. 128.
Eodem die, afternoon, Kensington. Present:—[the King:] all my Lords.
The King orders the allowances to the Commissioners for the Capitation Tax to be paid out of the tax.
An advertisement, detailed verbatim, was ordered to be inserted in the Gazette desiring the subscribers for circulating the Exchequer Bills to meet at the Guildhall at 3 p.m., on Friday next to choose Trustees for Managing the moneys that are or shall be subscribed for the said Bills; which Bills (after the issuing of the King's Proclamation pursuant to the Act of Parliament in that behalf) are to be received in all payments to his Majesty as well for Customs and Excise as for all other taxes, aids and revenue [payments] whatsoever. Ibid., p. 127.
April 23,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present:—The King; all my Lords.
The Earl of Oxford to have 2,000l. [as royal] bounty by 200l. presently and 200l. a month.
The Earl of Portland to have 4,000l. to-morrow for the Privy Purse and 2,000l. a week afterwards.
The King will allow 10 per cent. discount for loans in new money or guineas on the Malt Act but no discount for [such loans in] hammered money.
Memorandum: My Lords are to agree with Mr. Boyte for a remittance of 4,000l. to the Rhine.
Each of the Commissioners for Trade to have 1,000l. a year; their Secretary 500l. a year; the rest as my Lords think reasonable. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 129.
April 24,
afternoon. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The scrutineers having presented a list of 18 persons who have the majority of voices to be Trustees for managing the money to be advanced for circulating the Exchequer Bills of Credit, the first 6 named who have the greatest number of voices, viz., Mr. Francis Eyles, Sir Theodore Jansen, Mordecai Abbot, Gilbert Heathcott, William Sedgwick and Geo. Dodington are to be the Trustees for the subscribers and the six [following] viz., Bartholomew Burton, Sir William Ashurst, James Bateman, John Knight, Sir Henry Furnese, and Sir Joseph Herne are named by my Lords (out of the other 12) to be the Trustees for the King.
[Write] to Mr. Pottinger to be here on Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Ibid., p. 130.
April 26,
Monday morning.
Present:ut supra.
Mr. Lamb is to be paid 26,844l. 5s. 0d. in the following manner, viz., (1) 4,843l. 14s. 0d. by Exchequer Bills (486l. 14s. 0d. thereof for [costs of exchange in the] return of money; 657l. for Tilbury Hospital; 2,000l. for advance on this year's contract; 1,700l. for advance on the establishment for 2 months' pay for the officers of the Hospital).
(2) 20,000l. for the charge of the Hospitals for 1697 upon account (12,000l. thereof to be paid by tallies on the 3s Aid and 8,000l. on the Malt Act).
(3) 1,200l. to be allowed for discounting the said 12,000l. (Total 26,043l. 14s. 0d.)
Write to the Agents for Taxes to be here to-morrow. Ibid., p. 131.
April 27,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Dumar and Mr. Brunskel to be heard this day sevennight in the forenoon about the derelict lands at Shoreham.
[Ordered that] 6,000l. out of loans [made] by Mr. John Smith be issued to the Earl of Portland for the Privy Purse: [such loans being made] on the Malt Act.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Prizes to attend on Friday morning.
The Trustees for the Exchequer Bills present to my Lords a paper of their minutes of yesterday.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney General to be here in the afternoon.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh that my Lords desire him to treat with Sir Jos. Herne for the immediate delivering up to his lordship for the King's use of 20,000l. part of the 25,000l. tallies remaining of those [100,000l.] which were formerly struck for the Duke of Savoy: and that my Lords are willing the other 5,000l. should remain with him as a security for any damage that he may sustain by this transaction and to answer his provision [of exchange] &c., in such measure as his Majesty shall be pleased hereafter to direct. Ibid., p. 132.
April 28,
Present:—all my Lords.
Lord Sherrard's fine [is] to be distributed [as follows viz:] 300l. to Mr. Henry Baker, 300l. for secret service and 600l. for the Mint.
Mr. Nicholas [is] to pay 5l. to Benj. Cotton a servant of the Queen's.
Mr. Roberts says he never obstructed my Lord Portland in receiving his rents.
[Write] to Mr. Roberts, Mr. Shales and Mr. Smith to attend on Monday afternoon.
Mr. Hendly will bring on Friday a computation of the charge of embarking 8 Battalions for Flanders.
[Write] to the Navy Board and Ordnance to be here on Friday afternoon: and Mr. Dodington and Mr. Corbet to be here then with accounts of the tallies in their hands.
My Lords will send a warrant to his Majesty [for his signature] for Lord Coningsby to have 1,000l. a year as Vice-Treasurer of Ireland; representing at the same time the state of that matter. Ibid., p. 133.
April 30,
Present:—all my Lords.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney-General to be here in the afternoon with Mr. Solicitor General.
[Write] to Mr. Machel, Mr. Palmer and Mr. Peters to attend on Monday morning at 10.
The Earl of Shrewsbury's letter of April 28 inst. is read. A new Commission of the Customs is to be prepared accordingly.
A warrant to be prepared for 1,000l. for the Marquess of Winchester's equipage.
The [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes come in. My Lords direct them to lay before their Lordships all their warrants for grants out of prizes; which they promise to do, with the values of same: and [they are to do] the like for the future before anything be done. The like for all Droits of Admiralty and an account of all ships [is to be given in], to whom given or delivered and when, since [after the time of] this warrant.
A presentment [is read from] the Commissioners of Prizes, with a case annexed, charging that Sir Roger Langley has a share in the grant to Lord Sidney and Mr. Glover. Sir Jonathan Jennings says that Mr. Paschal and Mr. Parkhurst after the case was signed put out Sir Jonathan Jennings' name and put in Sir Roger Langley's name. Sir Jonathan and Sir Roger own themselves to have each one third in the grant [deriving their title] from Glover. Morton is for Sir Roger and Christopher Watkinson is for Sir Jonathan, each for one third part of Glover's share. Sir Jonathan and Sir Roger say they opposed the grant to Glover and say Mr. Pascall advised it.
The privy seal and Glover's declaration are read, by which it appears that Sir Jonathan (and Sir Roger's declaration is the same) has a share in the prizes taken in those parts where Mr. Peter Jennings (son of Sir Jonathan) is going as Agent for Prizes.
Mr. Pascall quotes Glover for saying Mr. Jennings was going to receive Sir Jonathan's share. Mr. Parkhurst says that Mr. Glover at the Board lately declared that Sir Jonathan first discovered these prizes to him and that he was not contented because he had not a share in a new grant.
Sir Jonathan says he never read the grant under the privy seal.
[Write] to Sir Joseph Herne to be here in the afternoon.
On Saturday sevennight in the morning my Lords will hear John Tutchin and George Rhodes and Mathew Johnson of Reigate upon their complaints against the Victuallers.
Sir Samuel Morland to have a warrant for 200l. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 134–5.
April 30,
Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. My Lords will take the best measures they can for money for [seamen's] wages and the Yards.
The Commissioners will be here again on Tuesday afternoon.
The memorial of Earl of Romney and the [other Principal] officers of the Ordnance is read.
A memorandum [is ordered] to be endorsed on the indenture for the subscriptions for the Exchequer Bills denoting that it was agreed at a General Meeting of the contractors on the — day of — that every subscriber should give in a list of 18 of the subscribers and that 6 of them should be [Trustees] for the King, to be named by the Treasury Lords [out of the said 18 with most votes], and 6 others of them having the majority of voices should be for the subscribers; and expressing how and when the election was made and upon whom the choice fell, and how the 6 for the King and the 6 for the subscribers were pitched up prout in the minute of the 24th inst. supra p. 8.
Sir Joseph Herne comes in, Mr. Attorney General and Mr. Solicitor General being present. He is not willing to deliver up 20,000l. of the 25,000l. tallies in his hands. He says he told my Lord Ranelagh he would deliver up 10,000l. presently and 10,000l. more when there should be a decree for it and he thinks he deserves the remaining 5,000l. for his service; and he desires to be referred to what passed between the Earl of Ranelagh and himself.
My Lords order that no warrant shall be prepared but such for which a minute in this [the Treasury Minute] Book shall be first entered. Ibid., p. 135.