Minute Book: September 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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September 1697

Sept. 1,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Mr. Corbet [is called in]: an estimate for buying the Pontchartrain is read. A memorial for the Registry Office for 400l. [is likewise read] and several letters for money [for the Navy] for bills of exchange and imprests.
[Order for] 2,500l. in Exchequer Bills [to be issued to the Navy Treasurer to pay] for one week upon Mr. Tailor's hemp contract: making up [the total paid so far] 42,500l.
[Order for] 13,000l. in the like [to the Earl of Ranelagh] for two weeks' subsistence for the Forces in England ending Sept. 11 inst.
[Write] to Mr. Abbot to desire him to give notice to the [regimental] Agents of the Army to be here tomorrow morning.
[Order for] 2,500l. in Exchequer Bills [to the Earl of Ranelagh] to answer small bills of Mr. Hill for subsistence [of the Forces] in Ireland:
and 5,000l. in the like to same to answer the bills of the Count de Frise and Monsieur Vandermaar for payment of his Majesty's Forces on the Rhine.
Write to the Earl of Ranelagh to receive back from the Dutch Ambassador the 120,000l. of salt tallies deposited in his hands and instead thereof to deliver to him 100,000l. in malt ticquets without any benefits.
The Victuallers [attend]: order for 7,200l. in Exchequer Bills to them, to pay over to Sir Joseph Herne: being due to him on a bill of exchange for the Victualling at Cadiz: he is to have interest at 5 per cent. from the time the bill became due; but he is to indemnify the Victuallers against all charges and damages.
[Order for] 5,000l. more to same for so much supplied at Cadiz for the convoy of the East India ships.
And 15,000l. more for the course of the Victualling and 5,000l. for imprests.
[Order for] 2,000l. in Exchequer Bills to the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded viz. 1,200l. [to be charged] on the head of Wages and 800l. on the head of Victualling.
Mr. Stanyan to be paid in malt tickets but the Tellers are to reserve the benefits. Ibid., p. 251.
Sept. 2,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
The Agents for Taxes come in. [Write] to Ralph Williamson to attend next Tuesday.
Mr. Oades [is called in]: he says he pays in Mr. Blowfeild's money as fast as he receives it: he will pay all within 10 days.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
[Order for] 10,000l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Mint in further part of the recompence for hammered money (for plate); whereof 5,000l. for [the] London [Mint] and 1,000l. a piece for each country Mint. This makes 20,000l. [ordered up to the present].
[Order for] 10,000l. in Exchequer Bills for the Navy on the head of wear and tear, being for imprests and bills of exchange.
[Order for] 400l. in Exchequer Bills for the Registry Office [of Seamen] as by the memorial [for money from said Office].
The [Regimental] Agents of the Army are called in. They are told that notwithstanding the punctual payments by my Lords of the subsistence in England since Aug. 1 the same is not applied [by the Regimental Agents] to [the discharge of] the quarters in the country. Memorandum: Mr. Moyer, Agent to Tidcomb's [Regiment], who is particularly complained of, does not appear. My Lords tell them the victuallers ought to have the interest with the bills. Mr. Moyer comes in. He has received a month's subsistence (he says) for Tidcomb's Regiment. He says he has paid it to the officers and has vouchers for it. He is to shew his vouchers to Mr. Abbot and to write to his Colonel of the complaints in the country. He [says he] shall have an answer on Monday how the quarters for August have been paid. My Lords tell them their Lordships expect the Agents forthwith from time to time to deliver the bills to the officers and that they do the like to the [victuallers in the] country.
[Write to] Henry Baker to be here on Tuesday morning.
[Order for] 200l. to Mr. Porter and 100l. to Mr. Harris.
[Order for] 500l. to be issued to Mr. Henry Baker in malt ticquets without benefit; but in the earliest course. Ibid., p. 252.
Sept. 7,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
The [Principal] Officers of the Mint [attend. Order for] 23,500l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Mint for discharging the recompence upon the hammered money [for plate] and the charges for coining same. Mr. Roettiers is to have his dies and puncheons that are useful only for medals and which have no relation to the coining of money. Mr. Neal will pay him 50l. for the dies for the country Mints. Ibid., p. 253.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Mr. Row's petition to be referred to Mr. Baker.
The Customs Commissioners [attend and their] papers are read.
[Write] to the Prizes Commissioners to attend tomorrow.
The Excise Commissioners attend. [My Lords direct] an order to the Exchequer; [to wit, for the Collectors of] Excise and Customs not to receive any foreign gold coins for [the service of] his Majesty.
Mr. Powel [is called in]. He complains of the leather Duties being managed by the Excise officers. If he will propose anything to improve that duty my Lords desire it may be in writing and they will be very ready to consider it. Ibid., p. 253.
Sept. 8. Present: all the five Lords.
[Order for] 135l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh for subsistence of the four Companies at Berwick in order to reimburse Major Moncal so much advanced by him.
60l. more [in same] for the subsistence of the same Companies in order to satisfy money for which Col. Billingsly is engaged.
Mr. Abbot attends with a memorial. See it for the orders [endorsed, being my Lords' decision] thereon.
The Prizes Commissioners attend. My Lords recommend to them the prosecution of the ships claimed per the Swedes and having French goods [on board].
[Write] to John Club at Norwich that my Lords have taken notice of his letter; if he will come and make good the matter of fact alleged therein he shall be paid the charge of his journey and the officer [shall be] punished and he, the said Club, shall have right done him: and if he can give notice and make out any ill practices in the officers of the Mint at Norwich he is desired to bring up any others that can make it out and their charges shall be borne as well as his.
Mr. Powys to procure the docquet of the last grant of the receivership of the Duchy of Cornwall.
Write to Mr. Tailor, Deputy Auditor [of the said Duchy] to be here next Tuesday and to bring a state of the last account of the Receiver of the Duchy. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 254.
Sept. 8,
Present: all the five Lords.
Petitions are read [and my Lords' answers and decisions are endorsed thereon.]
[Order for] 1,000l. on malt ticquets (of the remotest dates in course) to be paid to Mr. Packer on his liberate.
My Lords have resolved that from henceforth nothing shall be allowed or paid at the King's charge for money bags either at the Exchequer or in the public offices: but the Tellers, Receivers and collectors must find them at their own cost. Ibid.
Sept. 9,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
The Navy Commissioners [attend]. The money for the 12 ships anno 1696 was issued to the Navy in salt tallies since transferred to the Victuallers.
The Agents for Taxes and Mr. Cob [attend]. He says his brother the Receiver did refuse to change Bills on the 3s. Aid and as for Mr. Norton's Bill it was visibly altered and rased. Mr. Oades, here present, owns they did refuse (by mistake) Exchequer Bills from collectors for the 3s. Aid. Several affidavits are read to that purpose: 24th July and 29th July last the Agents for Taxes wrote to Mr. Cob to take the Exchequer Bills for the 3s. Aid.
My Lords order an information [in the Exchequer] against the Receiver, his brother and Mr. Oades. The Agents for Taxes will prepare a letter to give the gentlemen of the country [county] notice.
The clerks to make copies of all Mr. Packer's bills for the melting.
The Commissioners for Sick and Wounded are to [arrange for the] discount [of] the 5,000l. in malt ticquets at as low a rate of discount as they can. Ibid., p. 255.
Sept. 10,
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Clayton and Mr. Thrale [attend]. My Lords give them direction to take care that nothing be wanting in carrying on the service relating to the Exchequer Bills, in case Mr. Packer should neglect the same and to give my Lords notice from time to time of what may be necessary for the King's service.
[Write] to Mr. Kent, Receiver of Lancashire (lives in Winchester Street, London) to be here on Thursday morning.
[Write] to the Excise and the Customs [Commissioners] that my Lords do not intend to meet on Tuesday.
Mr. Abbot is to exchange one half of the salt tallies (which he gave my Lord Bellomont for the clothing of the soldiers in his government) for malt ticquets of the same values but the remotest in course.
Mr. Henry Killigrew to have 30l.
[Write] to Anthony Benso[n], an officer of the Customs and Moses Barrow, broker, to attend here tomorrow morning and Mr. Clayton to be here. Ibid., p. 256.
Sept. 15. Present: Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Order for] 2,500l. in Exchequer Bills to be issued to the Navy for a further weekly payment to Mr. Tailor on his contract for hemp; making 45,000l. [paid thereon].
Serjeant Bearcroft and Dr. Otes [attend]; [order for] the remainder of his [Oates's] 50l. viz. 30l.
Sir Stephen Fox comes in.
The Victuallers [attend. Write] to the Navy Board to desire them to come on Friday morning and not tomorrow.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh to desire him to advance to Mr. Clements 600l. out of the remotest [dated] malt ticquets in his lordship's hands upon account of what is due to said Clements (the Ms. reads "to him from him to the King") for service relating to the war, taking an obligation in the King's name and to the King's use to repay to his Lordship the said sum as soon as the said Clements shall receive as much out of any moneys due to him for any service relating to the war.
The [Assessment] Commissioners of the Subsidy in London desire that Mr. Dodington be ordered to pay to the collectors the money of the Commissioners and officers of the Navy which he has stopped and to stop the rest that is due from them. My Lords will speak to Mr. Dodington.
Charles Nevill to have 5l. more in part of his debt [due] from the King's mother. (Ibid., p. 257).
Sept. 17. Present: Mr. Smith [sic for Chancellor of the Exchequer], Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Order for] 200 guineas to be paid to Mr. Prior out of secret service [money] for bringing the account of signing the Treaty of Peace.
Mr. Pelham comes in.
The Agents for Taxes [attend. Write] to Mr. Briggs and Mr. Whitley to attend next Thursday and to Mr. Hosyer in the same terms with that to Mr. Williamson for [him to be here] this day fortnight.
[Write] to Mr. Blofield of Norfolk to attend this day fortnight.
The Navy Commissioners [attend]. They think since the great ships are coming in to be paid that the short allowance money may be paid at the same time.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners that in case they can get credit at Cadiz for 3,000l. or 4,000l. for stores for Admiral Nevill's Squadron at their coming in, to be repaid by Exchequer Bills, the bills of exchange which [by way of repayment] shall be drawn on the Navy Board for same will be carefully complied with.
Mr. Dodington to be directed as by the minute of the 15th inst.
The Trustees of Exchequer Bills [attend]. See their memorial and the [endorsement of the] minutes on it.
Mr. Tailor to examine the bill of the Commissioners for Ingrafting.
Mr. Heathcott and Mr. Floyer propose Luke Singleton to be a surveyor for the Duties on paper imported. Speak with the Customs Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon.
Sir John Fleet [attends]. Ordered that it is my Lords' opinion that upon [the Ordnance Office] settling the account with the East India Company for the powder furnished in Holland there be the same allowance for discount for the 1,000l. furnished by Sir John Fleet upon one of the Land Tax tallies as is to be allowed to the said Company for the other 9,000l. tallies in the same account; and to acquaint my Lords why the officers [of the Ordnance] do not fetch away the salt petre reserved by the said Company for them.
Mr. Durphy: [order for] 20l.
Mr. Whittle: [order for] 20l.
Mr. May: [order for] his quarter due at Midsummer.
[Write] to Phillip Bertie Esq., Auditor of the Duchy or his deputy, that he keep the audit for the Duchy of Cornwall at the ancient Duchy town of Lostwithiel, notwithstanding it hath been lately removed from thence to Liskeard.
Lord Culpeper and Lord Evers [order for] 200l. apiece out of the remotest [dated] malt ticquets.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners forthwith to send my Lords an estimate of what will pay off the First and Second Rate ships.
A warrant for 50,000l. [to the Navy Treasurer] in new Exchequer Bills for wages to ships. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 258–9.
Sept. 21,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[The Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. They desire the [issue of the] rest of this year's funds, being 123,931l. 9s. 1¾d.
My Lords will speak with the East India Company to adjust [with them] the funds for this year's salt petre.
Mr. Smith comes in and Sir Stephen Fox.
Mr. Hall of the Mint [attends]. He desires money may be provided for the works of the Mint. [My Lords order him to] endeavour to borrow money on the Paper Act.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend]. They make a presentment about an Exchequer Bill falsified. Mr. Marryot comes in. He says he is very sorry: that one Marriot a tailor came to him and told him one Warburton came to him and desired him to help him off with a Bill of 100l. Mr. Marriot owns he wrote the name of Dowse [on the back of said Bill] and he owns he wrote the words put to the name of Dowse. He says Mariot the tailor desired him to do this to get that bill off and to get it into money for him. He owns he promised Mr. Tailor that he would be kind to him for his trouble if this matter were put up.
Mr. Richard Tailor owns the paper by him presented.
Mr. Mariot comes in again. He says he has no deputation from Mr. Howard; that he acts by Mr. Howard's appointment to Mr. Burton. When Mr. Burton was made Treasurer of Excise he bid him do his business at the Exchequer and he gave no consideration for it [for the said post or deputation].
[Write] to Sir Robert Howard to give my Lords a list of all the officers, clerks and substitutes that are in the Exchequer and how the Act of the last Session hath been complied with in the swearing the chief clerks.
My Lords will consider the business of Mr. Baber and Mr. Parry tomorrow afternoon. Ibid, p. 260.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
The Customs Commissioners [attend and their] papers are read and answered [and the answers are endorsed thereon].
The Excise Commissioners attend. Mr. Story is to come with them next time. Mr. Noel will acquaint him.
Mr. Stanyon to attend tomorrow fortnight with his accounts and the reports concerning his petition. Ibid.
Sept. 22,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Prizes Commissioners that a peace being concluded my Lords think a good part of the charge of managing the prizes may be reduced from Michaelmas next; and desire them to consider how far that charge may be lessened at present and to give my Lords their opinions in writing forthwith and to attend my Lords therewith and [with a copy of] their establishment.
[Write] to Mr. Attorney and Solicitor General to attend from time to time the Committee of Appeals [in Excise] to take care of his Majesty's interest in the ships which are claimed by the Swedes.
[Write] to the Chamberlain [of the City of London] or his deputy to attend [my Lords] tomorrow morning.
[Order for] 2,500l. in Exchequer Bills [to the Navy Treasurer] for another week upon Mr. Tailor's contract for hemp: making 47,500l. [in all so far paid thereon]: and 2,500l. more which completes his 5,000l.
[Order for] 13,000l. in Exchequer Bills to the Earl of Ranelagh for a fortnight's subsistence for the Forces in England to the 9th Oct. next.
5,000l. [to same] in Lottery ticquets without benefits and payable in course after about —; to be applied for fire and candle for the several Garrisons and Guards.
600l. [to same] in the like ticquets to be paid to Lord Fairfax for one year due as Xmas last to him on the establishment.
100l. [to same] in the like to [be paid over to] Major Cely, Town Major of Plymouth, upon account of his pay.
[Write] to the Trustees for Exchequer Bills that two or three at least of their number be here this afternoon at 5 o'clock about the business whereupon they attended yesterday. Ibid, p. 261.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: all the five Lords.
Petitions [are read and the answers are endorsed on them].
Write to Mr. Dyves, a clerk in the Exchequer, and Mr. Desaret to be here tomorrow morning. Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer will acquaint Mr. Desaret.
Sir William Trumbul and the Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend] with Mr. Tailor (about counterfeit Exchequer Bills taken from Monsieur Domingos). The affidavit of Mr. Tailor is read. Mr. Callowell is called in. He says he bought bills of Mr. Crainch; he bought them to make interest of his money; he cannot tell at what discount, about a week before Domingo went away, he says he believes about 7 per cent; he had occasion in a week to pay money to his brother; he bought about 100l. [in] Bills; that he knew Domingos by sight; he parted with them in 2 or 3 days; that Mr. Bermingham asked him if he had any Bills and he sold him five 10l. Bills; he sold them at 7¼ [per cent. discount]; he did not lose by them; he sold Bills to Bermingham once or twice before; he cannot tell whether [at] any profit; he says he is newly out of his apprenticeship and keeps no cash book but may have some papers.
Mr. Tailor observes he could have the Bills but 3 or 4 days and that Callowell did not fairly inform him when he first enquired about this Bill.
Mr. Bermingham, a barber, says he bought some 10l. notes and 5l. notes of Callowell and they are in his book; he said the Bill was brought him yesterday and was received by him for a 10l. Bill and he sold it for a 10l. Bill to Domingos; he dealt with Callowell before but never with Domingos till now; he gave Callowell 6 per cent. for these Bills, about 7 or 8 [of them during the course of] this month and he sold them to Domingos at 5½ [per cent.] or thereabouts; he got a quarter; that he had these bills about 2 hours; Domingos went with him to Shepard the goldsmith and paid him [Bermingham] for them [there]; he [Bermingham] paid Callowell for them at Graves's Coffee House after he received the money of Sheppard but the same day within an hour or two; he says Callowell delivered him the Bills before he paid him the money but he [Callowell] had his [promissory] note for the money; he thinks it was the 7th or 8th of this September.
Mr. Callowell comes in again. He says he cannot tell the day; that the barber told him he had thoughts of selling them to a Portuguese or to that effect and he understood it was for that person; that the barber paid him new money at about 7 or 7¼ [per cent. discount]; that he gave him no note but paid him soon after; he knew him and where he lived; he paid him in a coffee house or ale house near the Exchange; that when he paid him the money he told him he had sold them again; it was the next house to Hamlett's Coffee House.
Bermingham comes in again. He says he took up his note from Callowell when he paid him the money; that he did not tell Callowell he bought them for Domingos; he will not be positive that he gave Callowell his own note.
Mr. Lazaro says he was formerly acquainted with Domingos and used to do business for him and a fortnight ago Domingos desired him to discount 200l. notes; he discounted them; one he sold to Barbonel and one to Sweetapple 100l. each; each allowed him 8 per cent.; twas this day fortnight, the 8th; 'twas the same day he had them of Domingos; he told Sweetapple and Barbonel he had them of Domingos; he says he got nothing directly nor indirectly; that Barbonel paid him at Martyns; that Barbonel had no jealousy; that he told him 'twas Domingo Antunes's Bill and he told Mr. Sweetapple the same; Barbonel never spoke to him, Lazaro, afterwards but he supposes he did to Domingo; that he brought the money to Domingo but Domingo desired him to bring Shales's note for it; the next day when he heard upon the Exchange that a Bill which a woman had received of Domingo was suspicious he went to Sweetapple to know whether it was a good Bill.
Mr. Barbonel says he had a Bill of Lazaro which he said he had of Domingos; he bought it of Lazaro the 8th of September about 12 or 1 [o'clock] on the Exchange; Lazaro allowed him 7¾ that he parted with it to one Maryot in half an hour; that Maryot had spoke to him for such a note; that he, Barbonel, paid Lazaro with Maryot's money; that upon the 9th there being a doubt on the Exchange Domingos came on the Exchange and he went to him and said yesterday you sold me a Bill by Lazaro and go with me to Martyn's House that we may see it is a good Bill. Martyn said Maryot had it. Martyn was his friend and he had seen Maryot with him; when Domingo came to Martyn's house Maryot had the note and was tother end of the town; Domingos would have given him a goldsmith's bill for his security and he received the bill and went to see for Maryot who was not within but afterwards found him with Martyn; Maryot said the Bill was very good and that he discharged Barbonel before witnesses; then he told Lazaro he might have the goldsmith's bill to secure him and Sweetapple; on Friday the 10th he met Sweetapple on the Exchange who has attached the money in his hands but he, Barbonel, keeps the Bill still.
Mr. Tailor observes when he came to Barbonel he did not own he knew Marriot.
Mr. Barbonel comes in again. He says on the 8th of September Maryot who stood by Martin wanted such a bill.
Mr. Tailor observes he was a week after with Barbonel who then denied his knowledge of Maryot but said it was probable Mr. Martin could tell but doubted it. This is Maryot the tailor hitherto named.
Barbonel says he did not know Maryot on the 8th but the next day Martin told him: that on Monday the 13th or Tuesday the 14th he understood on the Exchange that Callowell had sold five 10l. notes; and he asked Callowell and told him the number of the Bill in dispute and Callowell said that was one of his Bills in his paper (9540); he does not know whether Callowell sold them directly to Domingos or to Bermingham: he denies that he enquired of Callowell to whom he sold it: that the number [amount] in Callowell's note was 10l.; but when he (Barbonel) bought it of Domingos by Lazaro it was 100l.: that after this he told Martin on the Exchange it was a counterfeit Bill: that on Saturday night Mr. Martyn in comp[any] of Warner a goldsmith came and desired if any asked who he sold the Bill to I should say I did not know; and they came again on Sunday night and desired him to keep the goldsmiths' note. This was Sunday Sept. 12.
Mr. Martyn says one Maryot bought an Exchequer Bill of Barbonel; on Tuesday [the] 7th Maryot came to him and told him he had some money of a gentleman in the country to lay out in Exchequer notes and desired his assistance: next day just before Exchange time he came with a bag of 100l. to Martyn's house: Martin enquired the price and told Marryot and shewed him Barbonel and B[arbonel] sold him the Bill and whilst Martyn was casting the interest the man for B[arbonel] fetched the money and had it: on Thursday Bar[bonel] comes with Dom[ingo] to him, Martin, and would be satisfied for this Bill before he parted with him: then Martyn told him where Maryot lived and sent him, but in the mean time Martyn enquired for Maryot at Batson's Coffee House and found him there and told him what Barbonel said: Maryot seemed unconcerned and said the same thing to Barbonel's bro[ther]; he said he was satisfied in the Bill: Barbonel came again on Friday morning to Martyn and brought Sweetapple about an attachment: that Martyn told him he was not concerned in the matter but he might be satisfied from Marryot who declared himself satisfied. On Saturday afternoon Maryot came to him Martyn and told him he found the Bill was false but desired his name might not be spoken of about it. Mr. Warner came with Maryot on Saturday and desired Martyn to go with them to the Jews to desire them Maryot's name might not be mentioned. Mr. Warner came again on Sunday afternoon and they went together on the same errant the second time.
Mr. Tailor says Mr. Maryot of the Exchequer came to him and said he was sorry for the loss Tailor was like to have by this Bill and he thought the Trustees [for Exchequer Bills] would make it good: Tailor thought not: then this Maryot said that it would be so much to the publique prejudice that he and the clerks of the Exchequer would make good the money by contribution: on Thursday morning Tailor gave Maryot a note and on the stairs for the Lottery ticquets: he told him a friend came to him with a Bill and desired him to make it a specie Bill and that he did it and if he would let him have the Bill he would make such a present as Tailor should think fit: Tailor answered he had already told some of the Trustees and he must answer there: Marryot called on him another day and desired Tailor to be secret.
Mr. Hern says Tailor did from time to time acquaint him with this matter.
Write to the Attorney and Solicitor General desiring them to attend tomorrow morning between 11 and 12 o'clock.
Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 260–4.
Sept. 23,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
My Lords approve the letters for Sir John Goodwyn; [for] the Prizes Commissioners; [for] the Earl of Ranelagh about the benefits of ticquets; and [for] the Serjeant of the House [of Commons].
The sign manual drawn for the 10 per cent. [rebate] for the second subscription [instalment for circulating Exchequer Bills] is to be sent to Mr. Blathwaite and notice [is] to be taken that the Earl of Portland's warrant is sent back because there was no signification of the King's pleasure [for my Lords] to countersign it, which [formality] hath always (as he knows) been used in cases of warrants signed [by the King whilst] in Flanders or Holland and seems to be necessary because the countersigning is expressed by his Majesty's command and signified by Mr. B[lathwaite] and the date [of the document] is [the date] when the warrant is signed.
Sir Thomas Littleton comes in.
The letter for Mac Elligot is approved.
The Agents for Taxes come in.
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
The Agents will prepare a letter to Sir John Mainwaring about Mr. Whitley's debt.
[Order for] 50,000l. [to be issued to the Navy Treasurer] in Exchequer Bills for wages to ships.
[Write] to Mr. Redhead, the pewterer at Snow Hill by Holborn Bridge, to attend tomorrow morning.
The Navy Commissioners [attend]. My Lords desire them to begin the pay of the great ships with the money and [Exchequer] Bills in the [Navy] Treasurer's hands.
Mr. Dessaret and Mr. Dyves [attend]. The former complains that he went to the Exchequer and agreed to purchase a reversion on the life [of —] and this was on Friday and on Monday it was gone. The officer is in no fault.
Copies of the affidavits and minutes [of evidence] concerning Marryot et al are to be sent to the Attorney and Solicitor General. Ibid., p. 265.
Sept. 24,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Agents [for Taxes] are called in. Mr. Roger Whitley, brother of the Receiver [for Chester &c.], comes in: he says he [the said Receiver] has paid in 1,160l. and that he has 2,200l. to pay in this day; the rest he has bills [of exchange] for to make up [the total to] 8,000l. My Lords tell him if the money be not paid in quickly they will prosecute him and his sureties with rigour.
4,793l. 8s. 3d. (struck through). The Malt ticquets in Mr. Fox's hands [are ordered] to be delivered to the Commissioners of Transport who are to apply the same to the service of that Office.
[Write] to Mr. Clayton forthwith to despatch the Bills for the 13,000l. [for] sub[sistence as hath been] directed [in order] that the Earl of Ranelagh may have them immediately; notwithstanding any former direction.
[Write] to Mr. Bridgman that my Lords desire to speak with my Lords of the Admiralty on Wednesday at 10 in the forenoon about the Victualling. Ibid., p. 266.
Sept. 28,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
"Mr. Knight says that 70,000l. be remitted &c. See underneath."
[Order for the issue of] 50,000l. (to the Earl of Ranelagh in) Exchequer Bills for the service of the Forces in Flanders.
Sir Hen. Furnese and Sir Theo. Jansen [attend] and Mr. Knight struck through. They will remit 120,000l. for the Forces in Flanders viz. 70,000l. on the malt ticquets (within the course of 500,000l.) at the rate of 10 guilders for the £ sterling and 50,000l. on the Exchequer Bills [being the sum as] supra at 10 guilders 10 stivers: and they will give their bills [of exchange] to the Earl of Ranelagh this night for 50,000l. of the said [total] sum and on this day week 50,000l. more and 20,000l. on the Friday following: which my Lords agree to.
[Write] to the officers of the Exchequer to attend [in their places] tomorrow though an holy day.
[Write] to the Navy Board to make a state of the account of the money received for building the 27 ships of war, how much hath been paid for that use, how much remains to be paid and how much the overplus in the [Navy] Treasurer's hands may be: and to despatch this to my Lords as soon as may be.
[Write] to Mr. Wardour to be here this afternoon.
The Commissioners of Transports [attend. Order for] 1,200l. in Exchequer Bills for the service of the Transports: and hereafter my Lords intend to furnish them with 300l. a week to defray the charges of the transportations from Holland.
Robert Maryot comes in [about counterfeit Exchequer Bills]. He says he bought a Bill (the first he ever bought) to get something by: he paid a discount of 7l. 5s. 0d.: he bought it for himself: he offered it to a mercer on Ludgate Hill at the Inda. Gowne [sign of the India Gown]: he would not take it at the full value and at night he proposed it to his namesake to change it and gave it him: he bid him come to the Exchange the next morning: he took it and wrote on it [endorsed it] and bid him go to the [Exchequer Bill] Trustees Office: so he went thither: that Mr. Tailor took the Bill of him and gave him a specie Bill on the Bank: that he never suspected it to be counterfeit: he took the Bill on Wednesday morning: afterwards at Batson's Coffee House he bought Exchequer Bills with the specie Bill: he confesses he told his namesake 'twas a gentleman's Bill [in order] to induce him to change it: he heard 'twas a false Bill on Saturday afterward: his namesake sent for him and said he had undone him for the Bill was nought: so he went to Acton, afterwards to Kensington and after coming to his wife and hearing that his namesake had confessed, he was coming to surrender himself and the messenger found him at home: he believes he bought in [sic for it] on Tuesday: the Saturday following he knew it a false Bill by what his namesake said: on Monday he got Warner to go to Martyn and look after the Jew about the Bill and to speak to the Jew that he should not tell whom he sold it to because it made such a noise and his namesake said he was undone: but before, to wit the next day, the Jew questioned the Bill and he told him 'twas good because he had passed it: he received the Bill at Change time and the specie Bill for it next morning. The mercer's name is Mr. Fielder.
My Lords approve Mr. Herne to be a Clerk in the Exchequer (as chief clerk) under Mr. Howard. Treasury Minute Book IX, pp. 267–8.
Sept. 28,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Customs Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read and answered [and my Lords' answers are endorsed thereon].
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. Ibid., p. 268.
Sept. 29,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith and Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Preistman, Mr. Kendal and Mr. Wharton.
The memorials of the Victuallers are read for money to be furnished at Cadiz for the squadron of Nevil and Meez: and the memorials of the Navy [Commissioners] for the same. There is 5,000l. credit already sent for the Victualling.
Order for 5,000l. [more] in Exchequer Bills to the Victuallers for their course. Ibid., p. 269.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Petitions and memorials are read and answered [and the answers are endorsed thereon].
Mr. Stepney to be paid 2,949l. 12s. 6d. due to him out of malt ticquets in nearest [dated] course, having no benefits.
Mr. Hen. Baker and Mr. Moor to be heard this day week.
[Order for] 400l. to be issued out of Exchequer Bills of 5l. apiece for the freight of the ships going to New England with Ordnance stores and the Governor's goods.
Write to the Attorney General and Mr. Twitty to be here tomorrow morning. Ibid.