Minute Book: August 1698

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 13, 1697-1698. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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August 1698

August 9,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Send to Mr. Blathwait [for the King's signature] the warrant for the Duke of Gloucester, the warrant for Dr. Leslie, the warrant for Col. Gusta. Hamilton.
William Stuart to have some small place in the Custom House on a vacancy [happening].
[Write] a letter to Mr. Secretary Vernon to remind him of the standing rule against making any grants save during pleasure: [this] on occasion of Mr. Vanhuls' docquet.
"My Lords have since spoken with the Secretary [Vernon]."
Send [to Mr. Blathwait for the King's signature] a new warrant for the Earl of Dorset instead of that lost; and another for the purchase money; and Mr. Wrag's warrant.
[Write] to Mr. Blathwait that Williamson's warrant for [a grant] for life is against the rule, though if it be his Majesty's pleasure to dispense with the rule my Lords think it may be done in his case as soon as any [he] being a deserving person.
[Write] to the Commissioners or Receivers of the Two Millions [East India Company subscription] to be here tomorrow morning.
The Earl of Rivers' petition [is read and ordered] to be referred to the C[ustoms] Commissioners.
Mr. Overton and Mr. Williamson to be heard this day se'nnight.
Mr. Babe to be heard on Friday next.
The cash now in the Exchequer [arising out] of loans on the Coal Act [is ordered] to be issued to the Navy for wages and 50,000l. more for the same use by tallies to be levied on that Act; as in further part of 250,000l. appropriated [for seamen's wages]; being intended for ships bound on foreign voyages.
Mr. Sheppard and company come in [concerning the East India Company Charter]. They complain that the clause for searching is struck out of this schedule. Their counsel must advise. They desire a clause that they may license their captains, factors and servants to adventure. Their counsel must prepare a clause for this.
A sign manual [is to be prepared for the King's signature] for 9691l. 15s. 0d. to make good the King's subscription to the Two Millions [East India Company subscription] (the rest [309l. 5s. 0d.] being allowed for discount and prompt payment) in the name of Sir Theodore Janssen.
Notice to be sent to the [Two Million] Commissioners for [or touching] the particular applications of [private subscriptions to] the 2,000,000l. No interest to be paid but by warrants from my Lords. They need not come to-morrow morning.
My Lords will on Thursday morning next settle the Commission for Hawkers and Pedlars. The merchants will attend.
[Order for] 8389l. 8s. 9d. out of loans on the Poll Act to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh on his memorial of this day.
The clothiers' debt [the sum due to them for army clothing is ordered] to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh out of contributions by him [to the Two Million Subscription].
[Write] to Mr. Hall to be here tomorrow morning.
The Transports Commissioners [attend].
The case between Col. Vaughan and Mris. Vaughan is to be heard next Friday afternoon. (Treasury Minute Book X, p. 210–11.)
August 9,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Order for the issue to the Earl of Ranelagh of 2205l. out of loans to be made by said Earl on credit of the Coal Duty: to be to satisfy a Contingent warrant to the Count de Frize.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to consider the Act of last session to prevent the exportation of wool and to report their opinions what orders may be necessary to be given by my Lords for better execution of that Act.
[Order for] 100 guineas each to the Commissioners who executed the Act for the Malt Lottery Tickets.
[Order for] 300l. per an. to Mr. Humes and 200l. per an. to Mr. Creamer.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to attend on Thursday morning about Sir Edw. Seymour's accounts and other affairs of the Navy.
My Lords cannot stay the process which is directed by the King for finishing my Lady Griffin's accounts. (Ibid, p. 211.)
August 10,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: ut supra.
[Write] to the Trustees for Exchequer Bills to be here tomorrow morning. In the margin: Respite.
[Order for] a warrant to the [King's] Remembrancer to prepare and present to my Lords in schedules fairly written all the Supers and Ipsums in the accounts of the taxes and revenues since the 5th Nov., 1688, containing the particulars as they are set [in charge in the foot of the various accounts].
The Victuallers [attend]. Their memorial is read.
This day week in the afternoon my Lords will hear the business of Mr. Green of Cork. Notice [to be given] to the Attorney General.
The Victuallers will attend then.
The [Principal] Officers of the Mint [attend].
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded and Mr. Povey to attend on Wednesday next.
Mr. Bridges and Mr. Smith [attend] from the Bank. They will discount tallies on the Receiver of the two Millions to the amount of 60,000l. (struck through and replaced by) on the Coal [Duty] Act to the amount of 60,000l. for the Treasurer of the Navy.
[Write] to the Customs Commisssioners to attend on Tuesday afternoon upon an order of Council concerning the exportation of wool. (Ibid, p. 212).
eodem die afternoon. Present: the same.
Petitions are read [and my Lords' decisions are margined or endorsed thereon].
Mr. Killigrew to have 60l. [and he is] to pay Mr. Tailor out of it and to be told my Lords can pay him no more till the King's return. (Ibid.)
August 11,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: ut supra.
John Grainger is approved by my Lords and sworn into the place of first clerk in the Office of John, Lord Fitz Hardinge one of the four Tellers in the Receipt, upon a certificate from the said Teller and upon my Lords' enquiry concerning the fitness of the said clerk.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. My Lords desire to know how the state of Sir Edward Seymour's accounts stands at this time. [They reply] He was Navy Treasurer from 1673 to 1681. His ledgers are all signed except the last, which is not done till he gives account of the defalcations [credit allowance] for the slopsellers by producing [the slopsellers'] receipts for the same: the [Navy] Commissioners cannot allow that account but [save] upon those vouchers unless they have a superior order [from the Treasury or the King], because of an instruction to the contrary: and there may be money in his hands that never has been or will be called for.
This matter having depended so long and giving a stop to subsequent accounts and there having been so many fruitless endeavours to finish this account, my Lords will signify so much to Sir Edw. Seymour and that they can no longer justify the stopping of the process [against him ad computandum] unless he clears the account with the Navy Commissioners before the end of next term.
Write to Mr. Dodington to know how far my Lord Falkland's accounts [as former Navy Treasurer] are passed [and why and] where stopped; and to desire that they may be forthwith proceeded in. And the like for the accounts of the present Treasurer.
There being with Auditor Bridges a ledger for the beginning of my Lord Falkland's account, of which the [Navy] Commissioners have signed the Credit but not [Debit part containing] the voluntary charge, [write to] direct the [said] auditor to transmit it to the Navy Board that it may be perfected.
Memorandum: tomorrow money is to be provided for the subsistence of the Marine Regiments.
[Order for] a warrant to issue 30,000l. to the Navy [Treasurer] for wages for the Squadron going to the Straits; to be by tallies on the Commissioners or Receivers of the Two Millions.
The merchants concerned in the Transport debt [attend and] offer a settlement for the business of Hawkers and Pedlars, to which my Lords agree with amendments.
[Write] to Mr. Abbot to attend tomorrow morning.
The Commissioners of the Mint [attend]. Mr. Robert Yate [Deputy Master of the Mint] of Bristol, Mr. Edw. Tompson, [Deputy Master of the Mint] of York, Sir John Elwill [Deputy Master of the Mint] of Exeter, Francis Gardner [Deputy Master of the Mint]of Norwich [are ordered] to have 200 guineas a piece; and Mr. James Manwaring (Deputy Master of the Mint] of Chester to have 100 guineas for the service they performed at the several [Provincial] Mints in taking in the clipt moneys and plate before the 4th of November 1696 and carrying it to be coined and receiving the new money proceeding from it, etc: [these five sums] to be paid out of the money in Mr. Hall's hands. The Warden of the [Tower] Mint [Mr. Isaac Newton] to have 500l. and Mr. Hall 500l. out of the same for their extra service in the coinage of the new moneys; and the Assaymaster to have 200l. out of the same for his extra charge. The rest of the money in Mr. Hall's hands is to be employed towards paying off private importers [of silver and plate to or] in the country Mints.
The Commissioners of Stamped Paper [attend]. They present a paper for an additional [salary and incident grant to meet the extra office) charge upon doubling the Duty, which is agreed to with amendments. Their Commission is to be renewed with the same Commissioners as in the old.
[Order for] a new sign manual for [money for] the Privy Purse (Treasury Minute Book X, pp. 213–4).
August 12,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Petitions are read and answers are [margined or endorsed] upon them.
Ordered that Mr. Baker pay a sum not exceeding 200l. a year to be distributed according to an Order of Council of 23 June 1698 for 2d. a day to each Dragoon quartered in Kent to hinder the carrying out of wool etc.: and [for Mr. Baker] to be supplied [with] the same out of seizures.
[Order for] 892l. 3s. 0d. [? to be paid to the Earl of Ranelagh out of loans by him] for 14 days' subsistence to the 14th inst. for the Regiments of Mordaunt, Seymour and Colt: and 1000l. more upon account of subsistence to the two Marine Regiments out of [? the like loans to be made] on the two Millions per the Navy Treasurer.
[Order for] 1000l. "out of ditto" [out of the like loans per the Navy Treasurer] to be issued to the Navy [Treasurer] for Admiral Aylmer for Contingencies "and if Colonel [Admiral] Aylmer has occasion in the Straits for a credit not exceeding 1000l. for the service of his squadron care shall be taken to answer his bills [of exchange]."
[Order for] 2800l. to the Earl of Ranelagh as a contingency: to be to answer Mr. Robinson's bills [of exchange] for his extraordinaries etc in] Sweden to be issued "out of ditto." (Ibid, p. 215).
eodem die, afternoon Present: ut supra.
[Write] to Mr. Twitty, Mr. Ferne, Mr. Herne and the chief clerk to the Clerk of the Pells to be here to-morrow morning with Mr. Sheppard, Sir Henry Furnesse &c.
There being 1170l. 16s. 7d. due to Sir William Scawen and partner by three bills of exchange drawn by Richard Walter from Barbados on the Commissioners for the Sick and Wounded my Lords will speak with those Commissioners to-morrow morning. [Write] a letter to them [to attend here then]. (Ibid.)
August 13,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: ut supra.
Sir H. Dutton Colt's petition [is read and ordered] to be referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General to report whether the King has a probable title.
Mr. Disney [is ordered to have] 10l.
Mr. Babe [attends]. When Mr. Roberts comes to town Mr. Babe is to give notice and my Lords will hear them together.
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded [attend: ordered to have] 1170l. 16s. 7d. (to wit three fifths thereof on the head of wages and two fifths on the head of Victualling): to be issued to the Navy [Treasurer] to be paid over to the said Commissioners for Sir William Scawen's bills: [to be issued] out of loans to be made by the Navy Treasurer on the Coal Duty Act.
Send [to Mr. Blathwaite for the King's signature] the royal warrant for the [Stamped] Parchment Commission with a blank for the [Commissioner to be therein] last named but [acquaint him with] my Lords' opinion that the place [of this extra Commissioner] be sunk to save charge to the King. (Ibid, p. 216).
August 16,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Commissioners for Circulating Exchequer Bills [attend]. Their memorial is read and [my Lords'] minutes are entered upon it.
Sir Thomas Powys and Mr. Bernard [attend as Counsel] for Mr. Williamson; Mr. Soll[icitor General] and Mr. Pooley for Mr. Overton. Overton's petition for the Chief Searcher's place [London port] is read. Mr. Williamson's petition with his affidavit and case are read.
Mr. Solicitor General says Pooley is a trustee; the head searcher is to control the [five] under searchers: in 1672 Long was head searcher, the under searchers agreed with Long to surrender to Fowlys in trust for the under searchers; they paid the deputies and received the profits; Williamson was deputy to Pierce an under searcher who assigned to him not only the benefit of the under searchers' place but a fifth of the head searcher's place; this [assignment without Treasury approval] would be a forfeiture of the office; Williamson assigned both to one Walker, this being found out by the Customs Commissioners: now Williamson that hath quitted all [his rights and claims] sets up again for the whole head searcher's office; he had lately nothing in his own right but received something for Widow Goodlad but now by agreement between Fowlys and the under searchers and Williamson he sets up for all again.
Pooley says there is a forfeiture [of the office] for not taking the oath pursuant to the Act of 6 Wm. and Mary c. 1 section 5 and that is not pardoned by the Act of Oblivion.
Sir T. Powys [says]: we come to defend [against] what is in Overton's petition and had no notice of anything else: agrees the grant to Fowlys has taken place in possession and the office [is actually] in him: they should shew he has not taken the oath and produce certificates from the proper officers [to that effect]: the Act for the oath passed about Xmas, [officers] to take an oath by 4 Feb following: Sir William Fowles was then in Yorkshire, his father a dying and [it was] bad weather: admits he did not take the oath [by the prescribed date]: the Act says the office shall be forfeited: his Majesty's favour has been extended where there was no wilful default; but the Act 6 & 7 Wm. III [c. 20] has pardoned this: the Act [6 Wm. and Mary 6 c. 1] does not say the office shall be ipso facto void; there [or in such case] a pardon does not restore but where the words are as in this Act "shall be forfeited" the pardon clears it as the Attorney and Solicitor General have given it [as their opinion] under their hands: there is no doubt of this: we never heard or saw [?anything to the contrary]: deputy Mr. Clough took the oath, Williamson took the oath; but [in case of] the oath not being taken by the trustee I suppose the King would not take the advantage [thereof]: but the pardon coming afterwards 'tis cleared.
The opinions of the Attorney and Solicitor General are read.
Mr. Solicitor General owns he thinks 'tis pardoned because there must be a prosecution for the forfeiture, and prosecutions are pardoned.
Pooley [says] the Act required the [taking of the] oath to be certified next sessions and it not appearing on record [that] he did take the oath it makes the office void without any prosecution and the King is entitled to grant; then it is a forfeiture [and so] not pardoned by the Act of Oblivion and this [question] was not in the case [submitted for the Attorney and Solicitor General's opinion].
Powys [says], according to this if he did swear and the Commissioners did not certify the place would be void.
Pooley [says]: he is left to his remedy against the officers for not certifying.
This seems hard doctrine in the Treasury Lords' opinion.
Powys [says] the head searcher is no cheque or control upon the under searchers.
Mr. Solicitor General [says] if the first grant were for the under searchers I think 'twill be a forfeiture; and if a Sciri facias be directed all this matter must be set forth by Sir William Fowlys.
Mr. Overton desires he may open this matter.
Mr. Overton [is ordered] to give in his charge as to this matter to-morrow: Mr. Williamson to have a copy of it and put in an answer by Monday next and then my Lords will appoint a day of hearing of these new matters.
The Victuallers [attend: ordered to have] 10,000l. viz. 6000l. [for the Victualling] course and 4000l. for imprests [to be issued or satisfied] per tallies on the two Millions.
[The Principal Officers of the] Ordnance [attend: and are ordered to have] 10000l. for land and sea service per the like tallies "but these must not be struck till the tallies for the first [? the abovesaid Victuallers'] payment are levied."
The merchants [attend and ask payment] for victuals taken out of their ships at Newfoundland. The debts, for which they now produce vouchers, amounting to 838l. 17s. 3d. are [ordered] to be paid per Sir Henry Ashurst out of the money imprested to him. A warrant [is ordered] for this; and when the other [? Newfoundland Expedition victualling] debts are adjusted my Lords will give further direction.
Warrants to be sent to Mr. Blathwait [for the King's signature are] read and approved viz. (1) for a new Commission for the Duties on Stamped Paper &c. inserting [the name of] Mr. Farrington; (2) for a new patent for Pennyman the Receiver [General] of those Duties; (3) for Sir Basil Firebrace for discharge of [his baronetcy for of] 1095l. (Treasury Minute Book X, pp. 217–18.)
August 16,
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Customs Commissioners and Mr. Baker [attend]. The order of Council of 23 June 1698 against the owlers is read. The minutes are [endorsed] upon it. Instructions to be sent to the Customs Commissioners accordingly.
My Lords discourse the Commissioners upon a scheme of theirs for better guarding the coast round England. My Lords direct them to finish it and present the same to my Lords.
Mr. Sansom to bring a scheme of the method practised when the prohibition of French goods was first made.
[Write] to the [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes to give my Lords an account of all prize wine and brandy condemned in the islands of Jersey and Guernsey and how much thereof remains undisposed.
Reports are read concerning Custom House affairs; and minutes are [endorsed] on them. (Ibid, p. 219.)
August 17,
forenoon Cockpit.
Present: ut supra.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners to attend this afternoon.
The Vice-Chamberlain [of the Household is] to be paid a year and a quarter when one year more is paid to the Household.
Mr. Taylor, clerk to the Surveyor [General of Crown Lands] is to be here in the afternoon.
[Order for the issue to the Earl of Ranelagh of] 13400l. for 2 weeks' subsistence [for the Forces, England] to the 28th instant: to be paid per tallies on the two Millions.
[Write] to Mr. Dyves to deliver forthwith to Mr. Abbot a list of the lives in being whereupon annuities may be purchased by the last Act.
[Send] a letter to Sir Robert Howard [Auditor of the Receipt] that 48,354l. 2s. 6d. be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh out of loans [to be made] by [the said Earl] himself on the Poll Act; [to be applied] to satisfy the bills of Mr. Hill, being such as are within the sums voted in the last session to be raised within the year for the subsistence [of the Forces late] in Flanders.
[Order for] 372l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh out of loans on the 3s. Aid (in further part of the sum not exceeding 250,000l.): to be for clearing disbanded men out of Marquis Puissar's Regiment; which sum completes 1172l. for that purpose, on the Earl of Ranelagh's report of 6th April 1698.
[Order for] 4398l. 15s. 10d. to be issued to said Earl in money and tallies on the 3s. Aid: in further part of 250,000l.: to be to clear with the several Regiments for what is due to the officers and soldiers ordered by his Majesty to be reduced.
300l. for two weeks for the Hospital at Chelsea to the 28th inst.
1337l. 7s. 0d. for two months to the garrisons to Dec. 24 last.
1000l. in part of 3069l. 8s. 3d. for a year's fire and candle to the garrisons to April 1 last.
540l. to Brigadier Lomley for recruit horses, as per the King's warrant.
The above four items totalling 3177l. 7s. 0d. to be issued out of the cash of loans on the Duty on coals. (Treasury Minute Book X, p. 220).
August 17,
afternoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The Attorney General and the Victuallers [attend] concerning the business of Nicho. Green and make a report that Green or any on his behalf have not appeared to shew cause why the prosecution against him for the value of a lading of provisions carried away for France should be stopped. Upon discourse with them my Lords are induced to think Green a very ill man; that he with others contrived the carrying away the ship; and it is my Lords' opinion that order be sent into Ireland to prosecute him effectually for the value of the said provisions. (Ibid, p. 221).
August 18,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: ut supra.
Col. Harris [is ordered] to have 60l. to complete 120l. due to him. [Write] to the Excise Commissioners to attend to-morrow morning at nine.
Mr. Hall [is] to pay the 2 per cent. per an. [premium or reward] for the loans (about 60,000l.) on the Exchequer in General for the Civil List which are now to be transferred [and to be charged for repayment] on the two Millions.
Japhet Crook of St. Margarets Co. Herts, maltster, agrees with my Lords for the part which Sir John Freind had in the Phoenix brewhouse and in the tenements, utensils, stock &c. thereof for 5500l., to be paid by 1500l. on signing the docquets, 1500l. in six months and the remaining 2500l. in three half-yearly payments. He is to take on him the arrear due for Excise and Mr. Baber will put him in possession and my Lords are to procure the grant under the great seal at the charges of Mr. Crook. (Crook's autograph signature is appended to this entry: followed by a later attestation dated 1699 Oct. 27 by Sir Edw. Ward of the exhibition of the above entry to William Lowndes Esq. "on his examination on the complainant's part.")
Tomorrow in the afternoon my Lords will hear Col. Vaughan and Mris. Vaughan. Notice to be given to all parties. (Ibid, p. 222.)
August 19,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Lord Robert Russell [Clerk of the Pipe] or his deputy is to be here this day fortnight upon a complaint of making forth process into Westmorland against one Benson and others without cause (as is alleged).
The order to Holland and Score is to be satisfied by tallies on the two Millions.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. My Lords recommend unanimity amongst them. The Commissioners [are] to make a presentment how the accounts stand and what is necessary to forward them.
Mr. George Townsend to be their Secretary at 450l. per an. for himself and his clerks from this time: the allowance to Mr. Noel and his clerk to cease now: and Mr. Whitlock Bulstrode to be Solicitor of Excise loco Mr. Townsend at 200l. per an. for himself and his clerks: to commence [from date hereof] as above.
[Order for the issue to the Earl of Ranelagh of] 2017l. 19s. 1½d., to be paid out of loans on the 3s. Aid: to be for the chirurgeons disbanded according to the said Earl's report: being in further part of the 250,000l.
Write to the Earl of Ranelagh to stop so much out of the pay of the disbanded officers as they exceeded their subsistence in quarters "and to pay the same" [to the innkeepers &c. concerned].
Sir Theodore Janssen and Sir Hen. Furnese [attend and undertake that they] will immediately give to Mr. Lancelot Burton for subsistence of the [part of the royal] Household [attending the King] in Holland bills for 3000l., to be sent away this evening, at the rate of 10 guilders 12 stivers. They are to be repaid in money at four months.
[Write] to the Attorney and Solicitor General to be here this afternoon.
[Order for] 100l. to be imprested to the Secretary for Registering Seamen for defraying the contingent expenses of that Office and 100l. more for paying his Majesty's allowance of 2d. a day to sick and wounded seamen in the hospitals &c.: [to be issued] out of the 17000l. tallies struck this day on the July payment of the Two Millions.
[Order for] 500l. to Mr. Baber [for Crown Law charges, to be issued] out of the two Millions.
[Order for] 500l. to the Commissioners of Transports: by tallies on the two Millions. (Ibid, p. 223).
eodem die afternoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mary Price, widow of Lieut. Price, late of Selwyn's Regiment is to be inserted in the [Army widows'] list. He died of wounds received at Landen.
[Order for] 3000l. to the Stables: out of the two Millions.
Mr. Greenway, the [King's] Smith is to have 400l. upon his bill: to be paid out of the two Millions.
Mr. Ryly to have 400l. in part of his bills: out of the two Millions.
The three new Marine Regiments of Seymour, Colt and Mordaunt are to have 892l. 3s. 0d. for 14 days' subsistence to the 28th inst.: out of the two Millions.
[Order for] 200l. to Mr. Rymer in part of his expenses. (Ibid, p. 224).
August 23,
forenoon Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Clerk in his list of [Army] widows is to distinguish them under these several titles viz. "husbands killed and arrears [of pay] due," "husbands killed and no arrears due," "husbands not killed but arrears due," "widows in former lists but not under any of the former qualifications."
[Write] to Major Dickens to attend this day fortnight to answer the matters charged against him relating to his office of Woodward [of New Forest] by Mr. Ryley, "and which were intended to have been heard in May last."
[Write] to the [King's] Remembrancer or his deputy to attend my Lords on Wednesday week with the Commission which was issued by [in accordance with the] Act of Parliament for the inclosures in Dean Forest, and the return thereon. Deliver the letter to Mr. Watts.
The warrant for Mr. Crook's [grant] is to be referred to the Attorney and Solicitor General and when the warrant is approved and sent [to Flanders for the King's signature my Lords decide] to represent several just debts claimed [out of Parsons' estate] which my Lords think ought to be considered before the purchase money is disposed of [by the King], several of them appearing to have been contracted long before the treason committed.
Send [to Flanders for the King's signature] the warrant for Whitlock Bulstrode to be Solicitor of Excise; the reason [for the appointment to be therein recited as] because Mr. Townsend is by the Excise Commissioners made their Secretary and Mr. Bulstrode is recommended by them and approved by my Lords as Solicitor.
The Receivers of the two Millions [attend]. My Lords discourse them about a method of answering the tallies with ready money.
The sum of 221,724l. 10s. 25/8d. (out of contributions to be made by the Earl of Ranelagh on the last Annuity Act for purchasing of further terms in the annuities therein mentioned) is to be issued to the said Earl on his order for the Forces; and to be applied for payment of the offreckonings of the year 1697, according to an account signed by Mordecai Abbot the 18th inst.
The [four] Messengers of the Receipt [are] to be paid 308l. out of [any] disposeable money [in the Receipt]. (Treasury Minute Book X, p. 225).