Minute Book: June 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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June 1697

June 1,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] a letter to Sir Ro. Howard to issue 5,200l. to Mr. Humes out of the new money that shall proceed from the hammered money of loans on the Malt Act; viz. to repay 5,000l. advanced by Mr. Floyer and 200l. for advancing the same: and this is to be complied with notwithstanding any direction to the contrary.
My Lords having received an account from Mr. Charles Bertie [Treasurer of the Ordnance] of the tallies in his hands for the service of the Ordnance (amongst which are these, viz. 222,000l. on the Salt Act, 70165l. on the Poll, 26,400l. on the three-fourths of the Customs and 2,300l. on the first 4s. Aid, making 320,865l. in all) my Lords are pleased [to direct] that the Office of Ordnance may issue these tallies to its creditors with an allowance of 15 per cent. with the same: and that he [Bertie] do certify what tallies remain in his hands besides these, on what funds, and in what course of payment they stand. Letters to be written [to Bertie] to this purpose.
Sir William Scawen, Mr. Sedgwick et al [are called in] about 8,000l. and odd in bills drawn by Mr. Hill on the Earl of Ranelagh payable to Mr. Bateman for the Bank. My Lords will pay it in Exchequer Bills. These gentlemen will inform the Court of Directors [of the Bank of England of this proposal] to-morrow and will inform my Lords of the result before the bills be returned.
The like direction as above for 1,301l. on [the Duties on] marriages and 10,000l. on the fourth 4s. Aid for the Ordnance: with 15 per cent. [allowance to the creditors].
My Lords resolve that 8,000l. of the first ticquets given out of the Exchequer on the Malt Act shall be issued to the Office of the Ordnance for the Company of Gunsmiths to satisfy them for the arms delivered in the three quarters ended at Lady day last: they accepting their payments for the preceding three quarters as other artificers have done. Ibid., p. 173.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
There being 4,000l. necessary to be furnished to the contractors for the Ordnance and the Train of Artillery in Flanders my Lords do agree with Mr. Gibbons, Paymaster of the said Train, that in case bills be drawn for that sum upon the Office of Ordnance, payable at double usance, my Lords will furnish money to the said Office for payment of the said bills when they become due.
The Customs Commissioners are called in, viz., Sir Wal. Yong and Mr. Clerk. Papers [from them] are read and answers [are endorsed] thereon.
The Commissioners of Excise and of Appeals [in Excise are called in]. There is a prohibition of the King's Bench Court to the Commissioners of Appeals as to reading in evidence the depositions of witnesses taken before the Excise Commissioners. It must be complied with. But it will, nevertheless, be proper to take in writing what the witnesses say; [so] that if upon the hearing before the Commissioners of Appeals they vary or say more it may be taken notice of. They [the Commissioners of Appeals in Excise] are to advise with the Attorney-General how costs taxed by the said Commissioners are to be levied.
[Write] to Mr. Story to be here this day sevennight in the afternoon.
My Lords recommend it to the Commissioners of Appeals to be expeditious in appeals where the officers must appear, because otherwise perhaps the officers may be removed to other stations and may be detained from their business.
The Commissioners of Appeals withdraw and the Victualling Commissioners come in.
[Order for] 5,000l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh in Exchequer Bills in part of the subsistence for the Danish Forces in Flanders: to be paid over to Monsieur Smetteau.
[Ordered] that the money to be paid to the Brandenburg Troops (who came lately from Piedmont), pursuant to his Majesty's warrant, out of the Land Tax tallies, shall be at the rate of 9 guilders for the £ sterling.
[Inform the King per Mr. Blathwaite] that the commands my Lords received to provide for the sending over the 8 Battalions and other extraordinary services directed by his Majesty, have occasioned the not remitting the last 50,000l. to complete the 200,000l. for subsistence, so soon as was intended. However my Lords by the last post did send away 10,000l. in part thereof and shall proceed in the rest as far as the Exchequer Bills will extend, with [or having] regard to the other services signified by Mr. Blathwaite from the King: and that my Lords are trying to make use of the credit on the Malt Act to make further provision for the subsistence in Flanders; but at present find great difficulties therein because the tickets cannot be issued on the Malt Act till after June 24 and in the mean[time my Lords] find few or no contributions made for the Lottery ticquets:
that 150l. is paid by W[illiam L[owndes] to Mr. Baker for carrying on the prosecutions committed to his care; which my Lords think will be sufficient for the present:
that 20,000l. in Exchequer Bills is directed to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh in part of Mr. Hill's bills payable to Mr. Clifford for subsistence in Flanders:
that as to the bills drawn by the Count de Frize for 5,000l. payable the last of this month my Lords will take the best care they can to answer them when they become due. And my Lords are now in treaty with Mr. Boyt and other merchants about the 4,000l. to Lindau and hope to be able to give his Majesty a good account of that transaction in a little time,
A letter to be written by William L[owndes] to Mr. Blathwait to desire him to represent these particulars [as above] to his Majesty.
[Add a] postscript: that as to his [Mr. Blathwait's] own particular my Lords have ordered his warrant for 1,000l. for his equipage: [to be paid] in Exchequer Bills, which is the most they can appoint out of that fund; and as to his warrant for his allowance my Lords intend to satisfy the same when they can make a distribution of the credit on the Malt Act.
[Order for] 1,500l. to Nich Baker out of tallies on the Hereditary and Temporary Excise: for law suits. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 174–5.
June 2. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Order for] 500l. to be issued to W[illiam L[owndes] for secret service for the plate at Newmarket [and for] Monsieur Soligny and other uses directed.
Mr. Corbet [attends]: his papers are all read.
[Order for] 100,000l. to be issued to the Navy for wages in Exchequer Bills not exceeding 5l. each.
The clothiers come in, the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Clerk being present. The clothiers pray an allowance [to be added] with the Salt tallies. My Lords refer to the agreement of 12 Feb. last. They are to attend again at the end of this month for the remaining half of their clothing [account] for 1696.
Mr. N. Fox, for Mr. Lloyd's burial, is to have 20l.
[Order for] 100l. to the Earl of Ranelagh for the Forces: in Exchequer Bills.
[Write] to Mr. Packer to hasten the printers entrusted by Sir R[obert] H[oward, Auditor of the Receipt] about the making of the Exchequer Bills; their dilatory proceedings being taken notice of.
[Write] to Mr. Shallet to be here on Friday morning and to give notice to his friends concerned in the Transport debt to come with him then, about settling the charge of the Duties on hawkers and pedlars.
Sir Benj. Titchborne offers to do service in discovering the forfeited estate of the Lord Stafford. My Lords (in case he does service) will represent it to the King that he may have a suitable reward.
My Lord Morley and Monteagle to have 50l. by a tally on the Malt Duty. Ibid., p. 176.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:ut supra.
Dame Penlope Tynt and Mr. Mogg are heard by their counsel concerning a lease of coal mines parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall. The Solicitor General for Lady Tynt says the Act for the Duchy says the lease must not exceed 31 years, if a lease [is] in being the further lease must make up but 31 years. It's a mistake in point of law in Mogg's lease that Tynt's lease was void, the reservation being in the disjunctive and no office found. Mogg was bailiff and should have levied these rents but conceals them to get an advantage for himself. This pretended discovery is not made in Sir Hugh Tynt's time (who could have given an answer) but tarries till Sir Hugh is dead. There is no merit in Mogg, no demerit in her [ladyship] and being tenant she hopes her petition will be granted.
Sir Thomas Powys for her says Tynt's lease is in being, not expired by effluction of time: there is proviso that for non payment of rent or for want of an account the lease shall be ipso facto void. Nevertheless to make Mogg's lease good the King should have been informed how the matter stood, otherwise the King was deceived. Mog did not show by any office found or by anything said in his lease how Tynt's lease came to be void. Secondly his lease is not good because the ancient or most usual rent, or the rent reserved for the greater part of 20 years last past, is not reserved. The rent for above 20 years past has been the sixth part [of the clear profits]: his lease only reserves the tenth part. The [then] Attorney-General, now chief Baron, in his report gave his opinion that Tynt's lease was good and Mog's void. If both were void Tynt stands fairest for favour being the old tenant and giving the better rent. In the 11th of Charles I's reign Mog's grandfather is said to have a lease but that is remote.
The Attorney General for Mr. Mogg says Tynt never answered any rent for 23 years and there is a clause to make the lease void, and he thinks the lease is void without any inquisition. They have brought an ejectment and if it should appear thereupon that Mog's lease is void my Lords can consider then who should have it. She [Lady Tynt] has married the bishop of Durham who stands on privilege and, in the meantime, desire a scire facias in the King's name against Mogg. He says it appears by Mog's particular that Tynt's lease was void for non-payment of rent and Mog's lease grants to him all the profits after Tynt's lease because void, for which Tynt's estate is answerable, he being no more than a bailiff after the lease was void. If the bishop of Durham will waive privilege they'll try it presently. The rent in the statutes is not the most usual rent but the rent for the greatest part of 20 years before the year 1660 and Mog's grandfather had it at a tenth part for 20 years before 1660.
Mr. Montagu, for Mog, says if the rent payable by Mog be not such as the statute requires there would need no scire facias, for the statute would make it void: that there was no need of [finding an] office as Mr. Ward says; the King needs no office but where an entry was necessary and the King being too great to make an entry must have an office found, but this is but a chattel, for which no entry could be necessary. They desire only to bring an ejectment and try it in a court of judicature. It's certainly a fault that Tynt did not pay his rent.
Mr. Solicitor says if an office had been found Lady Tynte would have pleaded to it. It cannot be hard to have a lease over Mog's head for he obtained his lease in that manner; that he never heard of an ejectment till now. It had been regular for Mog to have first avoided Tynt's lease before he obtained one for himself. He [Mog] knows nothing of the ejectment or the privilege. He deserves at his own charge (not the King's) to bring a scire facias. This case is not like Throckmorton's to make Tynt's lease void for here is matter en pays as in Ward's Report. The ejectment was brought in 1693.
Sir Thomas Powys desires according to the ordinary course where there are two grants a scire facias be brought against the latter [of the two] at Tynt's charge. In case of an ejectment it will be tried by one judge and a jury; in case of scire facias it will be a matter of law determined by four judges.
Mr. Attorney-General: The ejectment was brought in 1693 and though Mog knew not of the marr[iage[ privilege was alleged and he brought on his knees in the House of Lords: that if Mog's lease be good on the scire facias. that will not give possession; but he must then bring an ejectment to which privilege will still be pleaded.
Sir Thomas Powys says they will deliver the possession as judgment shall go in the scire facias.
Mr. Montagu for Mog says in the case cited the reservation [of rent] was [payable] into the Exchequer or to the Receiver General. The lease was adjudged void but the tenant not subjected to penalty as an intruder.
This being a matter of law my Lords see no reason why they should intermeddle or give any direction upon the petition: which is therefore dismissed. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 177–9.
June 3,
Present:—Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners that by reason the Excise money, or Exchequer Bills for same, are not brought to the Exchequer every Wednesday till about 1 o'clock, the money or Bills cannot be charged and the Bills tried in such due manner as they ought to be and my Lords being informed that the money from the Excise Office formerly used to be brought by 9 o'clock and charged by 10 o'clock and at this time it being more necessary than ever (because of examining the Bills and locking up the same or the money) that the said former practice should be revived, do direct them to make their weekly distribution [of cash] every Tuesday in the evening and that the Excise Cashier do bring the money or bills every Wednesday morning so timely that the tallies may be levied by 10 or 11 o'clock.
[Write] to Mr. Knight, Customs Cashier, to bring his money, or Bills, [the Customs Office cash] every Wednesday morning by 9 o'clock.
The Navy Commissioners attend: [order for] 6,000l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Navy Treasurer upon the head of wear and tear being intended to be imprested to Mr. John Tailor upon his contract for hemp: and for 500l. more in Exchequer Bills to be issued to him [the Navy Treasurer] on the head of wages in part of 3,000l. [due] to be paid to Sir Geo. Roke, Admiral of the Fleet, for the contingent charges of the Fleet.
[Write] a letter to the Navy Commissioners transmitting to them the account for Mr. Meesters for the machines and the two accounts of the Marine Regiments made up by Auditor Bridges and Mr. Lowndes; with direction to make out perfect bills to discharge the imprests.
[Write] to the same to write to [their fellow] Commissioner Greenhill at Portsmouth to deliver the presents there which were designed for the Deys of Algiers and Tripoli; to be delivered to such [persons] as the Master of the Great Wardrobe shall appoint.
My Lords will settle the debt to the East India Company (for salt petre [altered to] powder, furnished in Holland) with the officers of the Ordnance next time they come.
Memorandum: To speak to them about the salt petre.
George Guy recommended by the gentlemen of the East India Company [is] to be qualified as a broker to deal in tallies.
Mr. Lambert says nobody spoke to him in prejudice of the Bills of the Exchequer or the Exchequer. Mr. Philbert speaks to the same purpose. Some persons when they gave a good rate smiled and wished them a good bargain.
De Casseres says Philbert told him when he had agreed for 10 guilders 8 stivers a certain person said if he had tarried a week he might have done it at 8 guilders. Mr. Philbert is unwilling to say who it was, he being a good friend. Mr. Casserez says Philbert had named to him Sir H. Furnese or Sir Theodore Janson or both of them.
The Glass Commissioners, [and] Mr. Crumpton, Mr. Bateman, Mr. Allumbridg [are called in]. Mr. All[umbridge's] petition is read and the report of the [Glass] Commissioners on the petition of Staples is read.
Allumbridge and Tho. Lovel say that several parcels of parchment and paper seized by them were discharged. I. bid, pp. 180–1. For a paper inserted between p. 180 and p. 181, see supra p. 17.
Eodem die, [afternoon] Present:ut supra.
Mr. Richardson comes in with Mr. Babe and Mr. Wharter, Richardson says his chief business is [that] in 1694 he took part of [?in] the Hea[rth money] in Ireland. (He is still landwaiter at Derry). He had notice from John Or, of Letterkenny, that the revenue was underlet and he can prove the King was betrayed in it. Afterwards the Lords Justices caused the Commissioners to break the bargain. He means to charge Mr. Carlton particularly.
Mr. Babe says he does not believe any other of the Commissioners [of the Revenue Ireland] had any hand in the matter complained of. Mr. Richardson says he will put his matters into writing.
Mr. Babe has leave [granted to him by my Lords] to make answer to an accusation against him from Ireland transmitted some time since.
Mr. Alexander Johnstowne and Mr. Nicholas Baker [are called in]. Mr. Baker says when Mr. Johnstown got a grant of 300l. a year out of the estate of Sir Roger Strickland he promised to pay part of the charge of recovery: afterwards when he got a promise for the whole estate instead of paying the whole charge he left him to pay the whole being 245l.
Mr. Johnstown complains that Baker would proceed by English bill against the opinion of Mr. Aaron Smith and of Mr. Grange, Lord Chief Justice Treby and the Lord Chancellor for a demurrer; and at last the King recovered at Johnstown's prosecution on the demurrer: half the estate appears to be entailed and there are mortgages for 7,106l.: and that Mr. Baker never demanded money of Johnstowne, who bore the charge from time to time except some small matter; and he will pay the money Baker hath paid as soon as the grant is passed under seal.
Mr. Aaron Smith says he gave the papers, &c., to Baker with a replication drawn by advice. Baker afterwards was of opinion to proceed by English bill; after that he thought again the demurrer to be good: 'twas long before the demurrer was filed: they had time to look into their plea and to amend it which was done in all points but one upon which judgment was given.
Mr. Baker says nothing was done by Mr. Smith in 6 years after the inquisition. He was told by Mr. Smith there was a demurrer by good advice but he could never see the causes till Michaelmas term and then they came from Johnstowne and as soon as the Attorney General had the causes of demurrer he directed the filing of the same.
Mr. Tompson, Clerk in Court, says when the demurrer was brought to him he filed it.
My Lords will speak with the Attorney-General.
Mr. Johnstowne desires his warrant may be stopped no longer.
Mr. Snow says Sir Roger applied to have leave to come to England having never been concerned in any service abroad.
Mr. Johnstowne desires with his warrant he may have a constat.
Mr. Baker is to deliver the 20l. in his hands to Mris. Bishop.
To speak with Mr. Fox to-morrow morning about Martha Dillon.
Remember to ask Mr. Solicitor [General] whether the UnderSolicitors [the Treasury Solicitors] have brought their bills to him to be examined. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 181–2.
June 4,
Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Order for] 10,000l. in Exchequer Bills [to be issued] to the Earl of Ranelagh to be remitted for subsistence to Flanders.
[Order for] 10,000l. in Exchequer Bills [to be issued] to the Victuallers, 5,000l. thereof for short allowance money and the rest for current service: in the margin respited.
Jean de With to have 20l.
[Order for] 4,000l. to the owner of the ship Lion to be paid out of the tallies and orders on the Additional Impositions; and 500l. to Col. Huitson out of the same. Ibid., p. 183.
June 8,
Present:—All the 5 Lords.
Sir Henry Colt, Mr. Tully and Mr. Marshall, Justices of the Peace, come in. They acquaint my Lords that at a meeting yesterday of the Justices above 200 of the victuallers were assembled and complaining that they could no longer furnish victuals (or money as directed by Act of Parliament) for subsistence of the Blue Guards quartered upon 'em, they propose they may have a little money advanced and directions given in order to procure a credit.
My Lords will speak with the Earl of Ranelagh to-morrow and some of the Justices will then attend. They likewise complain that the [Exchequer] Bills are too great [in denomination] to be exchanged.
The Governor of the East India Company is called in.
Mr. Herne desires a letter [of direction] on his warrant for 300l. for the contingent charges of the Exchequer Bills directed to be paid by tallies on the Malt Act.
The Trustees of the Exchequer notes [Bills] are called in. They desire an advertisement in the Gazette to give notice to the subscribers to pay in their eighth part according to a former notice, least they forfeit their first part.
They likewise desire they may have an account of what bills have been issued, received and cancelled to this day [and for such account] to be continued weekly every Thursday morning. Letters to be sent to the Tellers and Mr. Clayton to observe this.
The Trustees to attend on Thursday morning instead of Tuesday.
My Lords will speak to-morrow to the Victuallers concerning Mr. Heathcott's bills of which he has given in a list. They will likewise speak to "ditto" concerning Sir Jos. Herne's bills.
Sir Jos. Herne presents a petition of the inhabitants of Dartmouth for the subsistence [of] sick and wounded seamen. My Lords will speak with the Commissioners. Likewise a report of the Transports Commissions on the petition of Thomas Teat et al. My Lords will speak with the Commissioners.
Mr. Clerk comes in and reads several letters and papers relating to the garrison at Berwick.
[The Principal] Officers of the Mint are called in.
[Send] a letter to Mr. Floyer to attend my Lords to-morrow morning.
Mr. Fouquiere (Fauquiere) to be made a Receiver for the Lottery.
Warrants [are ordered] to Mr. Hall to pay such incidents as my Lords allow of for the country Mints, according to the several accounts thereof.
[The Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. My Lords enquire what quantity of salt petre is required for the next year's service. They say 300 tons will be sufficient for the present.
[Some directors of] the East India Company come in. My Lords offer "30 per cent. with interest" to discount the tallies in their hands viz. on the fourth 4s. Aid after 1,600,000l. They will consult the rest and return an answer to-morrow.
Mr. Clayton called in: [he is] to attend my Lords to-morrow morning with an account in what sums the Exchequer Bills for the first 270,000l. "for quarters in England" were issued.
Two letters for Col. Hewetson pursuant to a former minute are read to my Lords and signed. Ibid., pp. 184–5.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—The same.
The Customs Commissioners come in. [Their] report [is read] on a memorial from the [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes touching the lading of the ship S. Peter of Ostend. Speak with the Attorney General about this.
[Their] report [is read] on the petition of John Simpson junr. of Yarmouth. [The petition is] granted.
[Their] report [is read] on the petition of Fran Gosfreight et al and agreed to.
[Their] report [is read] on the petition of John Houghton. Agreed to.
[Their] presentment [is read] for Robert Lee to be Register of Certificates in Guernsey. Agreed to.
[Their] presentment [is read] for John Marshall to be tidesman at Plymouth. Respited till my Lords speak with Mr. Lunt.
[Their] report [is read] on the petition of Sir Alexander Rigby et al. To be reconsidered by the Customs Commissioners.
The petition [is read] of the waiters and landwaiters of London port. Referred to the said Commissioners to consider how far the quay men are necessary and whether they are not a burthen to the revenue; and to report the whole matter of the petition with their opinion.
The said Commissioners desired directions for prosecuting several bonds for impost which have not been signed by the principal merchants concerned. The Commissioners are to make a presentment of this matter against the next time they come.
To speak with the Attorney and Solicitor General about the orders for examining the accounts of the Solicitor of the Customs.
Sir Thomas Cook and Mr. Crisp come in. Sir Thomas desires to have the benefit of his debenture for the pepper by him exported, a report whereof was formerly made by the Customs Commissioners and if he may not have the benefit of his debentures [he desires] that he may go to trial by consent this term and that he may have his papers. My Lords order his petition and affidavits to be delivered to him and leave him to the law.
The gentlemen of the Bank come in. They say they have stopped the 8,000l. bill till Tuesday next.
The Excise Commissioners come in. They read a letter from their collector in Yorkshire about paying Exchequer Bills. My Lords say the collectors are to pay as far as they have money of the funds of this year for the war. They complain that the Commissioners of Appeals have appointed a hearing on Friday next, that they had not notice of it till Monday last which was 4 days after the appellants had notice. My Lords direct that as soon as any orders are made for the future the Excise Commissioners have immediate notice sent them.
They present a q[uery] concerning a composition for the Duty on malt made in private families. My Lords direct that the AttorneyGeneral's opinion thereon be taken.
My Lords order that upon all appeals [in Excise] Mr. Baker do attend the Excise Commissioners and take their directions as to the summoning of witnesses, drawing of breviats, and instructing of counsel and Mr. Baker is to fee counsel.
Mr. Everard's particular answer to Mr. Delarose's paper is read. The [Excise] Commissioners will make a report on [this] his reply as soon as possible.
The [said] Commissioners pray an increase on their salaries in respect their service is doubled by the new Duties under their management. My Lords will consider of it.
Mr. Story is called in. My Lords direct the last account declared to be brought hither. Mr. Story is to take as many more hands to his assistance as he shall think necessary to despatch the accounts of the Excise; and he and Mr. Brewer are to attend this day sevennight. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 185–6.
June 9,
Present:—All my Lords.
Mr. Corbet and Mr. Dodington come in.
[Order for] 500l. to Sir Geo. Rooke and 3,000l. to Mr. Taylour on his contract: to be issued in Exchequer Bills.
Mr. Abbott [is ordered] to make an estimate what will pay the [soldiers'] quarters to June 1.
Mr. Medina brings a list of bills due to himself and correspondents. Mr. Abbott to speak with him concerning it.
Mr. Abbott to bring to my Lords to-morrow a list of all the Exchequer Bills remaining in the Earl of Ranelagh's hands.
My Lords speak with Mr. Pauncefort upon a report of Mr. Fox's on the petition of Martha Dillon. My Lords say she shall be paid when the Irish arrears are paid.
Mr. Wardour and Mr. Twitty [attend]. My Lords recommend to 'em to give all possible despatch in registering the assignment of orders.
Mr. Clarke comes in. [Order for] 1,435l. to be issued out of Exchequer Bills to the Earl of Ranelagh for one week's subsistence to the 7 Battalions marching to their encampment.
[Order for] 400l. to be issued to same upon account of the arrears due to Northcott's and Farringdon's Regiments.
[Order for] 150l. [to same] to provide carriages for the march of Bellasis', Brudenell's and Coote's Regiments upon account of their subsistence.
[Order for] 224l. more [to same] out of Exchequer Bills for a month's subsistence to 4 Companies of Sir John Jacob's Regiment at Berwick. Mr. Clarke will write to the Governor there that this being one month's subsistence will be paid them and that their Exchequer Bills should be changed for lesser bills and they should state their arrears of subsistence to the 1st June.
20l. [to same out of] same on account of contingencies to be paid [over] to Capt. With as of the King's bounty.
Mr. Stratford is called in. He moves for the money furnished by him to the Duke of Holstein's Troops in his Majesty's service. He will come again on Friday morning when my Lord Ranelagh is in town.
The Victuallers come in. Their memorial is read. They represent a great inconvenience by not having 100l. tallies, those now in their hands being for greater sums. Mr. Dodington is to change 15,000l. or 20,000l. of these tallies for 100l. tallies. My Lords recommend it to them to put some of the tallies in their hands on the 4s. Aid into ready money.
Mr. Philip Papillon's petition is read. My Lords will shortly give answer to it.
The East India Company come in. They propose to have liberty to dispose of the 10,000l. tallies in their hands in part of payment for the powder brought from Holland and to see the issue thereof, my Lords promising them to have regard to the loss they shall sustain thereby.
[Order for] 1,000l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Transports Commissioners.
The Commissioners for Sick and Wounded [attend]. They are to bring an account on Friday what will pay off 1½ years of their debt. Ibid., pp. 187–8.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—All the 5 Lords.
The owners of the transport ships [their petition is read]. To speak with the Earl of Ranelagh.
Sir James Hayes [petition read]. Rejected.
Sir Robert Howard [petition read]. To be considered when the whole service is performed.
Mr. Young, Mr. Aldworth and auditor Bridges are to attend on Tuesday morning next about the account of the Wine Licences.
The Commissioners for inquiry into Lord Stafford's estate [their petition read]. Approved.
Mr. Evelyn [his petition read] about Greenwich Hospital: to be considered after midsummer.
Mr. Ryley [is] to take care of the sewer in St. James's Park.
Sarah Davis [her petition read]. Referred to Dr. Richards.
John Povey, his petition [is read]: to be laid before the King.
Joseph Askin [his petition read]: to be paid 40l. by Mr. Lowndes.
Thomas Vivian [his petition read]: referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands].
Lewis Gervaize [his petition read]: to apply where an employment falls [vacant].
Earl of Bellomont [petition read]: my Lords will speak with him.
Lieut. Thomas Barry [petition read]: to speak with the Earl of Ranelagh.
Dr. Staggins [petition read]: cannot be done this year: he is satisfied [paid up] out of the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office and cannot be paid this salary.
Capt. James Moody [petition read]: to speak with the Prizes Commissioners and they to attend [my Lords] to-morrow.
Henry Nuncle [petition read]: it cannot be done.
Thomas FitzGerald [petition read]: referred to Hen. Baker to enquire for what he is convicted.
Alexander Fort [petition read]: to have 1,000l. out of the money for this year's service of the Civil List.
Robt. Greenway [petition read]: to have 600l. out of ditto.
John Richardson [petition read]: my Lords will, on Thursday, March 17th inst., hear him to make good his charge and receive any proposal he shall put in writing for the improvement of the revenue.
Robert Alcock [petition read]: to speak with Mr. Baker.
Thomas Wilson [petition read]: the place is disposed of.
Quarterly pensioners [on the Lotteries]: [their petition read].
Capt. Daniel Woods [petition read]: referred to Lord Rumney and Lord Coningsby as desired.
Capt. Vaughan [petition read]: the whole pension to be stopped till the King's return.
Serjeant of the House of Commons [petition read]: to be referred to be examined according to former precedents.
Sarah Harrold [petition read]: referred to the Earl of Ranelagh to see what is due to her husband; and take care that the petitioner receive it when it comes to be paid.
The inhabitants of Windsor [petition read]: the Receiver [of the Honor of Windsor] to report what arrears he hath in his hands and how they are engaged and to send a state of the revenue of the Castle [of Windsor] as it now stands.
Mr. Lansdowne [petition read]: to be heard on Thursday fortnight.
Ann Moody [petition read]: a state of these pensions is to be made.
Arch[ibald] Hutchinson [petition read]: referred to the Earl of Ranelagh.
Mr. De La Rue [petition read]: to speak with Mr. Baker.
Roger Wright [petition read]: the places are disposed of.
And[rew] Leask [petition read]: the place is disposed of.
William Cliphant [petition read]: referred to the Earl of Ranelagh.
Samuel Green [petition read]: referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Mris. Hamilton [petition read]: to speak with the Receiver [of First Fruits] and to know what the First Fruits and Tenths for 3 years past have produced and what is charged upon them jointly or severally.
John Rayner [petition read]: to speak with Mr. Travers or Mr. Tailer.
John Oliver [petition read]: referred to the Surveyor General.
Capt. Walters [petition read]: to speak with the Prizes Commissioners.
Pierre De La Val [petition read]: to be considered when there is money for the pensions.
William Lambert [petition read]: agreed to according to the Surveyor General's report.
Thomas Cook [petition read]: to be laid before the King.
Capt. Shedholme [Studholme, petition read]: to be provided when my Lords provide for the Civil List.
Arthur Shallett [petition read]: my Lords can do nothing in particular cases of the Victualling.
Eleazar Mint [petition read]: my Lords cannot yet make any further payments to the Engineers.
Cha. Whitaker [petition read]: to be considered with the Civil List.
Magdalen Thomas [petition read]: to be considered when a list is made.
Joshua Simpson [petition read]: to bring another petition and to be referred to the Customs Commissioners.
The sweepers at Whitehall [their petition read]: to be paid a year when my Lords consider the Civil List. Ibid., pp. 188–9.
June 10,
Present:—All the 5 Lords.
[Write] a letter to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to attend my Lords to-morrow morning.
The Navy Commissioners come in and Mr. Corbett. My Lords order that Mr. Dod [is] to discount the 15,000l. tallies on the 3s. Aid at the best rate he can and to receive as much money as is possible on what Bank Bills or other tallies [are] in his hands.
My Lords agree that an advertisement be put in the Gazette that there shall be one year's pay to the Chest at Chatham the 20th of July next and [they] will provide Exchequer Bills for that service.
Lady St. George [comes in: her] petition read: a sign manual to be prepared for placing her pension on the Navy.
Sir Henry Ashurst and the purveyors going to New England [are] called in. Mr. Lydd reads their instructions. Sir Henry Ashurst's representation is read. My Lords agree that 1,000l. shall be advanced to the 4 purveyors, viz. 500l. to those of the Navy and 500l. to Sir Hen. Ashurst for the two appointed by the Government of New England; and these purveyors to draw bills on the Navy Commissioners for such stores as they shall provide from time to time.
Sir Henry Colt comes in. He represents the necessities the Blue Guards are under for want of their subsistence and desire[s] [that] what Chequer Bills are in the Victuallers' hands for greater sums may be exchanged into less. Mr. Abbott shall have directions accordingly; and my Lords will speak to the Earl of Ranelagh about the officers of [the Earl of] Oxford's Regiment who refuse to pay their quarters on pretence they are not paid the 8d. [eightpences].
The Prizes Commissioners come in. Their report on the petition of Capt. Moody is read. My Lords direct 'em to show all the favour they can to him. Capt. Moody promises my Lords the best information he can of the embezzlement of the goods of the two prizes taken by Capt. Rigby.
Capt. Walters petition is read to them [? the Prizes Commissioners]: to speak with the Officers of the Ordnance about this.
The Agents for Taxes [attend]. They represent that several of the Receivers are in great arrear, particularly Morgan Whitley has not paid the money into the Exchequer [which] he has received [back re-coined] out of the Mint.
[Write] a letter to Mr. Whitley to come forthwith to London and pay the money he has received out of the Mint into the Exchequer. The Agents to prepare such a letter for my Lords to sign.
Mr. Charles Dartquenave to be appointed one of the Agents for Taxes in the same capacity as Mr. Clayton.
Lord Bellomont comes in. His memorial is read and the order of Council relating to his salary as Governor of New England, New York and New Hampshire. Report to be made [by my Lords] that the salary should be 1,200l. per an. as Governor of New England and 600l. per an. as Governor of New York.
Mr. Twitty to send an account to my Lords of all surrenders which were made of any patents or salaries payable at the Exchequer since Christmas, 1684.
A warrant to be prepared and to be signed by the Lords Justices [England] for Sir Henry Hobart to be a Commissioner of Customs loco Mr. Chadwick. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 190.
June 11,
Present:—All the 5 Lords.
Mr. Abbott to speak to Major Board that the Officers of the Earl of Oxford's Regiment [are to] pay their quarters as far as they have been paid their subsistence notwithstanding the eightpences are not yet paid.
Lord Stamford comes in and acquaints my Lords that he hath received a letter from the Mayor of Plymouth complaining that the Chequer Bills sent thither are all [for large denominations such as] from 80l. to 100l. except one of 20l. and that they were detained in the agents' hands 14 days. Mr. Abbott will change them for smaller Bills.
Phillip de Golse [is ordered] to be admitted a broker at the recommendation of Mr. Eyles.
My Lords propose to Mr. Eyles the paying 10,000l. in Chequer Bills and 10,000l. in tallies on the Land Tax in part of Mr. Schuylenbergh's debt of 38,000l. He says he will acquaint Mr. Schuylenberg but can do nothing in it without his directions.
The [Principal] Officers of the Mint [are] to recall their authority from Matthews at Exeter.
The Victuallers come in. Their memorial is read: [they are] to have 5,000l. in Exchequer Bills. Their report on Nunale's petition and Mr. Phillip Papillon's is to be reconsidered when they attend again.
The Commissioners for Sick and Wounded bring a state of the debt of their Office, which is read. My Lords will direct 'em 5,000l. out of Exchequer Bills: and to speak to Mr. Dodington concerning the tallies in his hands that some of them may be applied to their debt.
Sir Robert Cotton comes in with a memorial of the PostmasterGeneral relating to some further allowances to their officers: to be laid before the King.
Oxenbridge's petition is read: to be respited till a full Board and [until] both Postmasters [General] are present.
Mr. Franklyn's petition is read and referred to the Customs Commissioners who are to make a speedy report.
Mr. Floyer to bring a proposal to my Lords on Tuesday for advancing money for the taking in the plate at the country Mints.
[Order for] 200l. to the Earl of Oxford in further payment: out of the Malt tallies.
Hen. Baker to bring an account of the prosecution of the nonjurors in London and Westminster, that my Lords may direct a warrant to the Clerk of the Pipe.
Mr. Popple: [order for] 150l. for incidents [of the Board of Trade]: by tallies on the Malt. Ibid., p. 191.
June 15,
Present:—All the 5 Lords.
Sir Robert Howard [Auditor of the Receipt] comes in. He tells my Lords that there are 29,416 orders on the Salt Act, with interest, to be registered before June 24; which shall be done by that time, he having 7 clerks employed in that service.
He proposes that those [Exchequer] Bills [drawn] in great sums which have been issued may be exchanged into 5l. Bills. My Lords know not if that may be done securely but direct the remaining bills to be issued all in 5l. [denomination].
He desires a consideration for this service which has been extreme laborious and difficult: as also for the book of the duplicates of the Exchequer Bills: he leaves it, if my Lords please, to be referred to and examined by Mr. Lowndes: which my Lords consent to.
He presents a petition of Mr. Clayton to succeed Mr. Fillingham, which is read. My Lords will consider of it.
The Earl of Ranelagh comes in: says President de la Tour has given Sir Jos. Herne directions to deliver up the tallies to the King upon [his] paying money for some clothes furnished to the Troops in Piedmont.
Mr. Seignoret and others [attend]. Monsieur Nulein says that having a proposal to furnish clothing to some of the Troops in Savoy [but] not being satisfied with the manner of the payment out of the finances there, it was agreed to by the Duke of Savoy that he [Seignoret] should be paid out of the subsidies he [the Duke] received from England, which was promised him by Lord Galway, whereupon he furnished clothing to the said Troops to the value of 5,000l.
Sir Joseph Herne comes in and shows my Lords a letter from the President de la Tour, consenting to the delivering up the tallies in his hands upon his payment to Monsieur Nulein of what is due to him for the clothing in Savoy.
Sir Joseph desires he may have his commission money [as] agreed to by the President de la Tour, being 2 per cent. for the whole [amount of the] tallies, which he says he has well deserved for his service in this affair. My Lords advise him to draw a state of it to be sent to his Majesty.
Mr. Seignoret and the rest come in again. My Lords tell 'em that the King being apprised of the whole matter, as appears by the President de la Tour's letter to Sir Joseph Herne which they read, my Lords [tell them they] cannot give them a further answer on it till they have writ to Mr. Blathwayte to know his Majesty's pleasure herein and that they will do well in the mean time to write to my Lord Galway to send my Lords a particular account of what he knows of it.
The Victuallers come in. My Lords recommend to 'em the payment of Sir Joseph Herne's bills. They say they have no bills [sic for money or Exchequer Bills] in their hands but what are appropriated to particular services. My Lords tell Sir Joseph they will take care to satisfy them as soon as they can.
The Victuallers' memorial and other papers are read. Mr. Pauncefort's memorial relating to provisions furnished in Ireland to the value of 8,000l. is delivered to the Victuallers who are to report what is wanting to the making the payment regular.
The Victuallers complain that Mr. Wardour refuses to register the assignments of orders without [their] making the oath as required by the Act, without my Lords' directions; and they desire that their orders may be registered upon their certifying that they are allowed only the 15 per cent. given by my Lords. My Lords will speak with Mr. Wardour about this to-morrow.
The petition of Brigadier Trelawney is read. To be laid before the King.
The Earl of Ranelagh's report is read on Mr. Hutcheson's petition. To direct the Commissioners to pay him 500l. out of the 2,000l. Exchequer Bills in their hands.
Mr. Young, Mr. Auditor Bridges et al [attend] about the account of the late contractors for the Wine Licences. Auditor Bridges [is ordered] to prepare a state of these accounts to be laid before my Lords.
Mr. Palmes comes in. He says he has paid 10,000l. of the 27,000l. charged on his Office [of Teller], and has 15,000l. more in Chequer Bills and money and hopes to have the rest in a few days. My Lords desire him to be present when any money is taken out and to see the same paid as directed.
The [Principal] Officers of the Mint [attend]. A state of the coin of Scotland is read. My Lords to have copies of it.
Mr. Newton says that the Receiver of the Tenths of Bath and Wells hath made a fuller affidavit that he did receive the money, by him to be paid into the Mint, at 5s. 8d. per ounce.
Mr. Hall is directed to pay the incident bills of Mr. Thompson and Mr. Gardner relating to the York and Norwich Mints in like manner as he did that of Mr. Yates for Bristol [Mint].
Sir Joseph Herne to send [to my Lords] a copy of President de la Tour's letter to him. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 192–3.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners come in. Some letters are read concerning a seizure by their officers at Barnstaple of two vessels laden with malt from Ireland. My Lords will speak with the Excise Commissioners.
The Customs Commissioners complain that some of their collectors who have received money [back] from the Mints and remitted it to the [Customs] Receiver General (not mentioning it in their bills to be paid in new money or guineas) the persons on whom they draw [such bills] refuse to pay them except in Exchequer Bills. They present a letter to my Lords to prevent this inconveniency for the future; which is read and approved of [to be sent by the said Commissioners to the various Customs Collectors].
The said Commissioners' second report on Sir Alex. Rigby's petition is read and agreed to.
[Order for] 100l. to Mr. Manley: [to be paid] out of incidents in reward of his service for preventing the transporting of wool into France from the coasts of Kent and Sussex.
Mr. Bridges desires money may be imprested to him for carrying on prosecutions. My Lords order the Commissioners to imprest to him 200l. more and he is to make up his accounts at the end of every term. My Lords will speak with the Attorney and Solicitor General about his accounts.
Mr. Villiers' memorial is read [praying] that he may appoint another deputy for some time and that Mr. Baron may have leave to be absent for the recovery of his health. Agreed to.
The Excise Commissioners come in. The papers relating to the seizure of the 2 ships at Barnstaple are read. My Lords will speak to the Attorney General about it.
The [said] Commissioners' answer to Mr. De la Rose's letter is read. My Lords recommend to them that upon Mr. De la Rose's submitting himself to them as he ought to do in regard of his good affection and zeal for the Government they employ him again in such a collection as they think him capable of.
The [said] Commissioners will bring an account next Tuesday of the fines and forfeitures of Excise.
Mr. Packer's letter is read: [ordered] to have 1,090l. 13s. 1¾d. out of [tallies on] the Malt Act. Ibid., p. 194.
June 16,
Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Mr. Clerk [attends] about orders by Justices to allow for dust in the malt, part of the stock in hand.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney-General to call here as he goes to the [Westminster] Hall to-morrow morning or as he comes from it, about those [aforesaid] orders, or this afternoon if it be more convenient for him.
[Write] to Sir Joseph Tyley that my Lords take notice that bills drawn on him from Exeter payable to the Excise Commissioners remain unsatisfied, and to desire him that they be forthwith satisfied in money as was received for them at Exeter.
The Attorney General comes in. He thinks the Justices' order about the malt dust not to be warrantable by law. They may relieve in a particular case but not make a general law. [Write] a letter to the Justices that my Lords have advised with the King's counsel [and] show his opinion; and though their Lordships do not believe they had any intention to prejudice the Duty yet considering how many have paid without such allowance and what disorder it may occasion in the collection and that it is in the power of the officer to measure the malt (which it's believed would be more to the advantage of the revenue but a great trouble to the owners) my Lords desire they will recall that order, for that otherwise the King's counsel are so clearly of opinion against the order that the cause must be brought to a decision at law.
Mr. Clerk and Mr. Abbott [are called in. Order for] 1,435l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued [to the Earl of Ranelagh] for a week's subsistence to the 7 Regiments ordered to encamp: also 75l. more for a week's subsistence for the detachment [which is] to attend the Princess at Tunbridge: also for 40l. for the Lord Denbigh's Dragoons on account of subsistence: also for 615l. more for a week's subsistence for the 3 Regiments now to embark for Flanders: also for 400l. more upon account of arrears of pay to the Regiments of Northcott and Farington: also for 180l. more for 200 loads of straw for the encampment on account of contingencies. [Total, 2,745l.]
A warrant to the Remembrancer to make out a constat for Mr. Johnstown.
[Write] to the Chamberlain [of the City of London] to be here to-morrow morning.
[Order for] 3,000l. in Exchequer Bills to the Navy for Mr. Tailer's contract: which will make 12,000l. [issued up to the present].
[Order for] 1,000l. in Exchequer Bills to the Commissioners of Transports for the charge of embarcation to Holland, being intended to [enable them to] take up tallies deposited [as security for loan].
Cardel [a] broker [is ordered to be licensed or] qualified to deal in tallies. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 195.
June 16,
Present:—Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Dr. Chetwood, being a creditor to the late Lord Preston, offers to discover arrears of rent owing to the King out of the said Lord's estate, not comprehended in the auditor's account, if he may have them for his own satisfaction. My Lords think this reasonable and do consent thereunto so as the grant may not exceed his debt.
[Write] to the Lords of the Admiralty desiring them to meet my Lords to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock about the affair of the Victualling. [Write] to the Victuallers to be here then: and to the Navy Board to be here then.
[Write] to Sir James Houblon to be here on Tuesday morning with Mr. Long.
Petitions are read. Ibid., p. 196.
June 17,
Present: ut supra.
[Write] to Mr. Williamson to be here to-morrow morning.
Warrants [are ordered] to the Auditors to allow the deficiences to the Receivers of the fourth 4s. Aid according to the Act folios 167, 168, 169.
A dormant warrant for every Surveyor of the Duties on windows, births and burials, &c., for his salary, according to the Act, folio 324, half out of the Window Act and half out of the other Duties.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
Mr. Williamson is directed to hasten the bringing in of the money of his receipt.
James Causton, broker, is to be qualified to deal in tallies.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend]. My Lords at their instance will cause an advertisement in the Gazette [calling] for [payment of] another eighth part which will make 50 per cent. on the whole subscription.
A warrant [is ordered] to issue the 40 odd thousand £ bills [in Exchequer Bills] on the order for the year's interest to the Contractors for the Exchequer Bills.
The Lords of the Admiralty come in.
The Chamberlain of London and Mr. Dodington are called in. The Chamberlain says he shall bring new money into the Exchequer. Mr. Dodington will attend with Exchequer Bills for seamen's wages.
It is resolved that the tallies and orders put into the Victuallers' hands shall pay their debt and the money to be issued from this time to the Victuallers shall be paid [shall be for payment] in course. The Victuallers are called in and acquainted herewith. There must [be] some part allowed for imprests. It is recommended to the Victuallers to propose the method for this course.
The Admiralty Lords go out.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. [Order for] 50,000l. in Exchequer Bills, to be issued for the course of the Navy. A letter [to be writ] to the Navy Treasurer to pay the turned off men in the Yards. The Commissioners say they will speak to the [Navy] Treasurer for this. So no letter needful.
A sign manual to be prepared for 1,000 trees in New Forest for the works of the Navy at Portsmouth. Ibid., p. 197.
June 18,
Present:—all the 5 Lords.
[Write] to Mr. Knight and Mr. Abbot to be here on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Clayton to have the old salary of 200l. per annum as [an] Agent for Taxes and Mr. Dartiquenave to have the additional allowance: but Mr. Clayton must quit his clerkship in the Aud[itor of the Receipt's] office other than that of the Bills.
Mr. Hewet to be paid his salary for five quarters due.
[Order for] 788l. 15s. 8d. for Mr. Heathcott's bills of exchange for Jam[aica] upon the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded: to be satisfied in Exchequer Bills.
[Write] to Mr. Aaron Smith to come to W[illiam] L[owndes] who is to direct him to attend the Attorney General.
The Victuallers attend with a memorial about establishing the course of payments in their Office.
[Write] a letter to the Honble. William Montagu, Esq., that Sir Francis Molyneux desires to be heard by counsel about the lott and cope of the lead mines in Co. Derby; and my Lords desire to know of him what time will be most convenient for him to appoint the said hearing. In the margin: George Saracold and George Gregson petitioners.
[Order for] 10,000l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Victuallers, of which 5,000l. to be in further part for the short allowance [money] due to the ships in the line of battle and the other 5,000l for their [the Victuallers' Office] course of payments.
[Order for] 2,000l. for my Lords' salaries: to be paid out of loans on the Duties on malt. Ibid., p. 198.
June 22,
Present:—all the 5 Lords.
Mr. Stinnet [attends] from Mr. Hunt with a discovery of Michaell Wicks's [frauds or estate].
A plate to be prepared for the 1,200,000l. [Exchequer] Bills. [Write] to Mr. Clayton to come to W[illiam] L[owndes] about it.
[Write] to Mr. Floyer to be here to-morrow afternoon.
[Write] to Mr. Vernon to deliver over to Mr. Henry Baker the gold and other things which were transmitted to him per the D[uke] of Devonshire and which belonged to one May, a pirate lately executed.
Mr. Long comes in with Sir James Houblon et al about a discovery of gold in America. Mr. Long having agreed with the D[uke] of Shrewsbury on the King's behalf [to wit] that a voyage be made to America to discover and gain gold and silver; that the King be at the whole charge of a ship; that the King have the first 10,000l. for the charge of planting; that afterwards the King have ninetenths and Mr. Long have one-tenth for 7 years and afterwards the King to have the whole.
A warrant for 100l. for Richard Long. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 199.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—all the 5 Lords.
Write to the Chamberlain of London to be here this afternoon.
Mr. Rymer to be paid his salary to this time.
The Customs Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read. The answers are [margined or endorsed] upon them.
The Excise Commissioners attend. My Lords deliver to them the petition of Mr. Dawson and recommend him earnestly to them to employ him.
[Write] to Mr. Noel to present to my Lords a full account of all fines and forfeitures; what judgments have been given and what forfeitures [have been] upon them; how much levied; how much discharged or not otherwise answered; and how the money received [thereon] hath been disposed [of] from the time of the last account which (my Lords are informed) was in 1684.
Write to Mr. Story to be here this day sevennight.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read. The answers [are margined or endorsed] upon them.
Order for 40l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to Mr. Fox for Richard Aplyn for arrears of pay as a Captain at Londonderry: and for 20l. for Joshua Bowes as a Lieutenant: and for 20l. for Martha Dillon in part of her demand.
[Order for] 100l. a year addition to Mr. Ryly and Mr. Dewy and Mr. Dartequenave to have 100l. a year. [The marginal entry is "Mr. Ryly, Mr. Dewy and Mr. Dartiquenave 100l. additional salary."] Ibid., p. 200.
June 23,
Present:—all the 5 Lords.
[Order for] 40l. to Mr. Gainsford out of the first disposeable money [in the Exchequer].
My Lords agree the form for the [Exchequer] Bills for 1,200,000l. and order the plate to be prepared.
[Order for] 1,000l. in Exchequer Bills for the Agents going to New England: to be issued to the Navy [Treasurer for them].
To direct the officers of the Exchequer to attend to-morrow although it be an holy day.
[Write] a letter to Mr. Attorney General to direct a commission [of enquiry] for the Earl of Stafford's estate.
[Order for] 477l. 14s. 2d. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh, in Exchequer Bills; which with 5,263l. 2s. 2d. (the remainder of 6,000l. Exchequer Bills which were intended for Mr. Bateman on Mr. Hill's bills but not accepted) completes one month's subsistence to the Forces ordered to encamp at Blackheath.
[Order for] 1,000l. (of the 4,000l. lately issued to the said Earl for remittances to Col. Gibson at New England, of which only 3,000l. was used) to be applied by said Earl to the arrear due to several officers who are ordered to encamp at Blackheath.
[Order for] 100l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to said Earl on account of subsistence for Col. Colt's Regiment: to be applied to the use of the 2 Companies now quartered at Gosport.
[Order for] 10,000l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to said Earl on account of subsistence of the Forces in Flanders and to be applied towards satisfaction of Mr. Hill's bills payable to Mr. Medina for the same. Ibid., p. 201.
June 23,
Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
The Commissioners of the Alienation Office and Mr. Cook [attend]. It appears that by a warrant of 1688-9, Mar. 16, there was 40l. ordered to be paid to the relict of Edward Courthop [out of Alienations]. Mr. Whitacre says it is passed in account but owns the money was taken up by Courthop before hand. Mr. Humfreys is to attend this day week with the account in which that sum is allowed and then the [said] Commissioners and parties will attend again.
The Victuallers come in. Their memorial is read.
Memorandum: to speak with the Customs Commissioners about the Duty of paper imported. Ibid., p. 202.
June 24,
Present:—all the 5 Lords.
Mr. Richardson to be heard this day week and Mr. Annesley to have notice in the Inner Temple.
The business about the lott and cope [of lead] in Derbyshire to be heard the first Thursday in next Michaelmas term.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend]. They will prepare a paper for a new subscription to circulate the said Bills.
[Write] a letter to the Lords Justices that the lands intended for Mr. Abbot be not granted in [the form of] reprisals but that the King's pleasure be expected [awaited] concerning them.
Order for 53l. to be paid to the Earl of Ranelagh in Exchequer Bills for subs[istence] to the Dutch Guards that attend the Princess. Ibid., p. 203.
June 25,
Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
To see when the allowances to former Governors of Ireland commenced and a report to be transmitted to the King concerning my Lord Galway's demand.
As to Stapleton's debt a hearing is appointed after which my Lords will report to the King.
As to Mr. Cresset and Mr. Stepney with the rest of the for[eign] ministers my Lords will be possessed of the Malt ticquets next week and then they will take care to discharge the arrears of their [ambassadorial] ordinary entertainments.
Order for 20,000l. in Exchequer Bills to the Navy; viz., 5,700l. to pay bounty money; 6,770l. for the Victuallers to pay short allowance and 7,530l. for the Victuallers for their course of payment.
Mr. Stephens to be a supernumerary Agent for Taxes without salary upon the next vacancy that shall happen in the present number.
[Order for] 1,000l. to be imprested to B[artholomew] Burton, per the Excise Commissioners: for incidents.
[Order for] 200l. to be issued to Mr. Henry Baker in tallies on the Malt Act. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 204.
June 29. Present:—all the 5 Lords.
[Write] to the Agents [for Taxes] to be here on Thursday morning and to come prepared with their thoughts what may be the best method to ascertain and pay the 30s. per diem directed by the King to the Commissioners for the Land Tax and Capitation Tax.
The Commissioners for taking subscriptions to the Bank [attend and] inform my Lords there is subs[cribed a sum of] 1,001,171l. 5s. 0d. Mr. Baker will bring the account of the incident charges of that Commission.
Sir William Scawen demands 500l. on a bill of exchange drawn by Richard Walter from Barbados upon the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded due at 30 days sight and [which] was presented 24 Sept., 1966.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills present a proposal for a further subscription as well for the 1,200,000l. as the 1,500,000l.
An advertisement to be [inserted] in the Gazette for [payment up of the instalment of] another 8th part but not to be inserted till next Monday.
Thomas Lewes, broker, to be qualified [licensed] to act for [negotiating] tallies.
[Order for] 1,319l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh to discharge two bills [of exchange] of Mr. Hill for subsistence [of the Forces] in Flanders, which bills are in the hands of Mr. Walter Kent.
[Order for] 10,000l. more in Exchequer Bills to the said Earl to be paid over on Mr. Hill's bills for [the like] subsistence in Flanders payable to Mr. Schulenberg, which bills are now in the hands of Mr. Eyles. And Mr. Eyles agrees to take 10,000l. in Land Tax tallies, to wit on the 3s. per £ [tax], in further part of Mr. Schuylenberg's bills. [Send] a letter to the Earl of Ranelagh for both [the above payments].
The Eastland Merchants [attend]. Ibid., p. 205.
Eodem die,
Present:ut supra.
Dr. Chetwood [attends]. A warrant [is ordered] to authorise —Burdett, Esq., to collect and levy the arrears of rent and mesne profits of my Lord Preston's estate which became due to the Crown during the forfeiture and before Lady Day, 1693, except such moneys as were received by and remain in the hands of —Ryvington or any other formerly authorised to collect or levy the said rents or profits for the Crown.
[Write] to Mr. Wardour, Mr. Williamson, Mr. Hume, Mr. Cremer, and all the Tellers' clerks to be here on Thursday morning next.
The Customs Commissioners [attend]. Their reports are read.
Write the Attorney General and Solicitor General to be here this day week about the 3d. per pound on merchant strangers for goods imported.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. A direction [is ordered] to the officers of the Exchequer that if they meet with any suspicious money they cut it whether new or old: if it should prove good they keep it; otherwise to deliver it to the party.
[Write] a letter to the Excise Commissioners that they give my Lords an account of all the causes depending concerning the Excise, when they commenced and how they have proceeded from time to time and in what condition they now stand. That letter must be [addressed] to Mr. Stanlake [and not to the Commissioners].
Write a letter to the [said] Commissioners to send an account of the debts owing by [Excise] collectors that have been dismissed and what care is taken for recovery of them.
[Write] to the Commissioners for Appeals [in Excise] to come to my Lords on Thursday morning next.
Tilson to lay before my Lords a particular of all appeals, when brought, when heard, what costs taxed and how much recovered, beginning with Felix Feast. Ibid., p. 206.
June 30,
Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox' Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Rymer to have 200l. by tally on malt [Duties].
[Order for] 100l. to the Duchess of Buckingham in part of the King's bounty.
The 300l. to Mr. Harington [is] to be paid out of Lottery ticquets.
[Order for] 222l. 16s. 2d. to Mr. Ryley for the great sewer and drains in New Park: to be paid out of Lottery ticquets.
[Order for] 5,500l. in Exchequer Bills to the Navy for wear and tear; being intended to be imprested to Mr. Tailer in further part of his contract.
The [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes to be here on Thursday morning about the debt owing to the Sick and Wounded and to the Chest at Chatham.
[Order for] 115l. in Exchequer Bills to be paid to the Earl of Ranelagh upon account of [Army] contingencies; being intended for marching money for Trelawney's Regiment.
Also for 53l. in Exchequer Bills to said Earl for subsistence to the D[utch] Guards that attend the Princess.
The Victuallers attend. They demand money or Exchequer Notes to be carried down to Torbay.
[Order for] 5,000l. in Exchequer Bills to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded, 3,000l. thereof [to be charged] on the head of wages and 2,000l. on the head of victualling.
[Order for] 20,000l. in Exchequer Bills for the Victuallers, 10,000l. thereof for imprests and 10,000l. for their [the victualling] course.
My Lords are resolved to pay the 1,300l. due to Mr. Cox et al (for subsisting the soldiers in Southwark) out of the first of the Exchequer Bills for 1,200,000l.
"The like for Mr. Headley and Mr. Yates at Bristol." Ibid., p. 207.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present:—all the 5 Lords.
Mr. Henry Baker to take care that the Exchequer Court be moved to award and issue process against those which have refused to take the oath according to the statute of 7 and 8, Wm. III. c. 27.
Mr. Cook, Mr. Bertie, Mr. Humfreys, and Mr. Whittacre [attend for the Commissioners of Alienations]. The 40l. claimed by Mr. Cook is not due to him but (for want of a voucher from the relict of Courthop) ought to be surcharged per Humfreys in the next account.
Write to the Glass Commissioners to be here to-morrow morning with their answer to the accusations against them.
Mr. Shales to have 6,000l. (part of 10,254l. 3s. 4d. due to him for plate); to wit, so much by tallies on Malt as will complete 200,000l. [in such tallies] and the remainder out of Lottery ticquets.
A distribution to be made [of the funds raised upon or] for the Lottery ticquets. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 208.