Minute Book: October 1698

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October 1698

Oct. 4,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to Sir Charles Hedges to be here on Thursday morning about the sloop seized at Hamburg.
The examinations concerning the embezzlements of prize goods in the Anglesey and Dover are to be stated in a brief method, to be laid before the King.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1,000l. for secret service: out of any disposeable money in the Exchequer.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
Mr. Hall will prepare an account against Thursday or Friday of the particular debts comprehended under the name of the arrear of [army] subsistence in Flanders for which money was voted last session.
[Order for issues as follows] to the Earl of Ranelagh, out of loans on the Coal [Duties] Act viz.
£ s. d.
for 2 years' clearings on account for Col. Collingwood's Regiment 2025 0 0
for arrears of subsistence in Flanders due to the same Regiment 2300 0 0
£4325 0 0
My Lords direct Lord Coningsby's warrant to be sent to him at Dublin, pursuant to the King's command. Deliver it to Col. Edgworth.
[Order for] 15,403l. 16s. 10d. to be issued to the Navy [Treasurer] out of loans on the [Duties on] Coal and Culm: to be for seamen's wages as in further part of 250,000l.
[Order for] 40l. due to the servants of the House of Commons: to be paid out of any disposable money [in the Exchequer]. Ibid., p. 253.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: all the five Lords.
The warrants for 3,000l. to Lord Paget; for woodland for the Earl of Rochester; and for the Earl of Ranelagh for his house are read and approved.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners to attend on Thursday afternoon about Mr. Brawne and other matters.
Mr. Crumpton shews my Lords three Malt [Lottery] tickets suspected to be counterfeit. My Lords gave him directions for tracing [the forgers of] them.
[Write] to Mr. Sansom to direct the officer that is to deliver the gundalow (gondola) imported from Venice by the Earl of Manchester to take such care thereof and of the parcels belonging to it that they suffer no damage.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to attend on Thursday morning. [Write] to Mr. Povey to be here then. (In the margin: out of town).
[Write] to the Receivers of the Two Millions to attend on Thursday morning. Ibid.
Oct. 6,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
A paper discovering some frauds in the [Chamber] Messengers' bills is delivered to Mr. Vanburgh to be examined.
Mr. Vaughan and Mris. Vaughan are to be heard this day week. Sir Thomas Littleton comes in.
[Write] to Mr. Brawne that my Lords have read the reports concerning his being security for Mr. Allen; and desire him to send word when he will be in town so that they may appoint a day of hearing and [to] determine that affair. Mr. Townsend will take care that proceedings be stayed in the mean time.
Sir Pol[ycarpus] Wharton, the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance, and the Auditors [of Imprests] are to attend this day week.
The Receivers of the Two Millions [attend]. They say they have actually furnished 80,000l. to Mr. Hall and given their note for the other 20,000l. They have received from him tallies for 90,000l. and desire that they may have tallies for 5,000l. on the seventh payment [of the Two Millions] and for 5,000l. on the eighth [payment of same]. Ibid., p. 254.
eodem die, afternoon. [No attendance entered]
[No entry of any minute.] Ibid.
Oct. 7,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambess.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Crumpton [attends] about the Malt [Lottery] tickets. He has made a plain discovery upon some of the offenders [counterfeiters]. He is to report to my Lords his [further] proceedings in this discovery.
Mr. Israel Haies [attends]. He says 500l. was delivered to one Spicer, weigher and teller in the Mint at Exeter. He has not charged it in his cash book. Mr. Hays says himself had not a penny of it. He cannot clear this till the books are examined. It is a dispute between him (Haies) and the Master of the Mint. He desires his Commission to the East Indies may not be stopped for this, for he will enter into security to answer this.
Write to Mr. Hawson to attend my Lords when he can conveniently come up without prejudice to his [taxes] receipt.
Mr. Edwd. Howard to have 50l. but [must] not come [begging] again this half year.
Mr. Secretary Vernon gives my Lords an account of the examinations of the persons suspected for the counterfeit Malt [Lottery] tickets.
[Order for] 200l. to Stephen Callaud to be paid upon his pension; per the Earl of Ranelagh.
Mr. Roberts and Mr. Babe [attend]. Babe's petition is read. Roberts says the cause of his suspension was [his] endeavouring to defame the [Excise] Commission. His accusation was voted malicious and groundless.
Sir Henry Ashurst and Mr. Clerk [attend]. My Lords agree that Sir Henry [on] paying 594l. 8s. 6d. to Mr. Clerk pursuant to Treasury warrant of Sept. 21 last shall be allowed the remainder of the 3,000l. which was put into his hands [the said remainder] being about 170l.
Mr. Dickens' patent [as Woodward of New Forest] is to be revoked. Ibid., p. 255.
Oct. 11,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
Mr. Secretary Vernon, Mr. Solicitor General and Mr. Crumpton come in.
My Lords desire Challoner may be put in the Gazette with 50l. reward to any that shall apprehend him.
Mr. Crumpton presents a report of the 7th inst. concerning the [counterfeit] Malt [Lottery] tickets.
Mr. Hawly [Edmund Halley] to be paid 100l. to buy instruments to be used in his voyage for ascertaining the theory of the magnetical direction.
[My Lords order] 200l. to be imprested to Nicho Baker for [Crown] law suits, out of which he is to prosecute the recovery of Bird's estate lately executed for coining and from henceforth he (by the advice of Mr. Newton [Warden of the Mint] on each case as it arises) is to pay the charge of prosecuting clippers and counterfeiters.
[Write] a letter to the Navy Board to imprest 500l. to Mr. Culliford and Mr. Evernden upon account of their sail cloth.
Order for 500l., for the above purpose, to be issued out of loans on the Coal [Duties].
The Commissioners of Transports [attend].
Write to the Commissioners of Glass to attend this day week. Ibid., p. 256.
eodem die, afternoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Write] to the Solicitor of the Customs to take care of instructing Counsel and preparing for the hearing of the complaint against the magistrates of East Looe before the [Privy] Council on Thursday next.
"Mr. Mulcaster, servant to John Busfield, a Blackwell Hall factor, near Blackwell Hall."
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon.
An order [to be sent] to the [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes to hasten in their accounts.
Petitions are read [and the answers are endorsed thereon]. Ibid., p. 257.
Oct. 12,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
Mr. Shallet [attends]. He is to attend [again] when the Excise Commissioners come.
Mr. Edward Ashe [is] to be Comptroller at Plymouth [port] instead of Mr. William Fall deceased.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Hall [attend]. My Lords will consider their memorials to-morrow morning.
The Earl of Bellomont is to be acquainted that my Lords have ordered 500l. to answer the bills he has drawn for subsisting the four Companies of [Foot at] New York, but the Parliament not having made provision for the arrears of subsistence due to the said Companies before Jan. 1 last his lordship is to take care that the money he shall hereafter draw is to be for the growing subsistence incurring since that date and not for any arrears due before that date. My Lords think it necessary to give him this notice for his private information and guidance in drawing his bills; and [order the Treasury Secretary to] desire his Lordship to transmit an account of the musters of these Companies taken since his lordship's landing [in New York].
[Order for] 500l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh out of the Two Millions: to be upon account of subsistence of those two [of the above] Companies incurred since Jan. 1 last.
The business of Sir Polycarpus Wharton (about which the [Principal] officers of the Ordnance and the Auditors were to attend) is to be heard to-morrow week. All parties to have notice.
Williamson and Tonstall to be heard on Friday week.
[Order for] 330l. to be issued to the Commissioners of Transports out of loans on the [Duties on] Coals: to be to provide bedding and other necessaries for Col. Collingwood's Regiment.
Mr. Israel Hayes is to be required to give security for answering and paying such moneys as shall appear to be in his hands upon any account of the Mint at Exeter.
Simon Sandford is recommended by Capt. Atkinson to be surveyor at Harwich port loco Bishop [who is said to be] dying. Speak with the Custom Commissioners about this.
[Write] to the Auditors to attend here to-morrow morning at 10 a clock peremptorily. Ibid., p. 258.
eodem die, afternoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Sir Edward Hussey and Sir John Bolles [attend] about a parcel of silver coin seized going [attempted to be transported] into Ireland. My Lords read the statute 19 Hy. VII, c. 5, and can give no relief.
The Customs Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read and the minutes [are endorsed] upon them. Ibid., p. 259.
Oct. 13,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
My Lords enter into the consideration of the distribution of the funds.
Tallies [are ordered] to be levied for 35,674l. 2s. 9½d. on the next November payment of the Two Millions; upon account for subsistence of the Forces in England.
Write to Mr. Dodington and Mr. Corbet to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 260.
Oct. 14,
Present: all the five Lords.
[Write] to the Cofferer [of the Household] that out of the moneys or tallies in his hands of the Two Millions he pay 500l. to Mr. Frampton upon his allowance for keeping the running horses for half a year to Sept. 29 last.
Sir Charles Hedges [attends] representing that the goods of the Frederick sloop at Hamburg are claimed and perishable [and therefore he] is of opinion that it may be most safe and for his Majesty's interest that the goods be sold at Hamburg. My Lords concur with him therein.
Mr. Butts will undertake to go [as] Com[missary] with Col. Collingwood to the West Indies to disband Col. Holt's Regiment and make up the accounts; for which he is to have 250l. in hand; 250l. more, certain, on his return; and such further reward for his service as he shall deserve in my Lords' opinion if they think it well performed. A warrant [is ordered] for his [first] 250l.; on the contingencies of the Forces.
The officers of the Greencloth come in. The Earl of Bradford delivers a paper in answer to Mr. St. Loe's of the 4th inst concerning retrenchment; which is read.
[Order for] 100 guineas to be paid to Mr. Antho Row for the plate at Newmarket.
[Order for] 1,000l. of the tallies in the Cofferer's hands to be applied towards debts incurred by the Czar of Muscovy and his retinue.
Send to the Greencloth for the last Establishment of [the Household under] Charles II; that of James II; and that now in being. Copies [to be made] of them.
Whosoever clothes Col. Collingwood's Regiment (which will come to about 1,800l.) my Lords will take care that the same provision shall be made for payment thereof as shall be made for the clothing of the Regiments in England, notwithstanding this Regiment's going to the West Indies, "or if they should be disbanded or otherwise lost." Mr. Collingwood is to bring in an estimate of the charge.
Mris. Vaughan [attends] with her counsel (Sir Thomas Powys and Webb) and Col. Vaughan [also attends] with his agent Mr. Mason.
Sir T. Powys says she is his [Col. Vaughan's] wife: he had 800l. with her: lived with her 7 years: at last denied his marriage: final sentence was given in 1690 by the Delegates that she is his wife: the pension is in recompence of his service.
The decree of the Delegates is read. He has two children by her.
Sir Thomas insists the pension was bounty for good service and not for debt [owing by the King to Col. Vaughan].
A certificate of Eben. Sadler is read that no money was due to Col. Vaughan for clothing the Regiment late the Earl of Salisbury's.
He [Vaughan] says he undertook for all the Troops of that Regiment except my Lord Salisbury's.
Mr. Webb says the pension was always paid to Col. Vaughan himself and not to [clothiers] creditors.
An affidavit of Mark Parker to that purpose is read.
A certificate of Michaell Cope to the contrary is read.
Col. Billingsley says when Vaughan was Lieut.-Col. to Lord Salisbury he engaged for him for 500l. to Mr. Colby for the clothing.
A certificate for Henry Rogers is read. Rogers is present to verify his certificate.
The order of [the Privy] Council is read for the moiety of the pension [to be payable] to Mris. Vaughan.
[Write] to Mr. Sadler to attend here at the next hearing. In the meantime search is to be made in the Treasury and [Army] Pay Office and in Mr. Colby's books to see if there be any footsteps of this debt. And my Lords will hear all parties again this day fortnight.
[Order for] 50l. out of secret service money to be paid to Mris. Vaughan "and my Lords will consider how [out of what fund or account] they can stop [and recover] it." (In the margin: paid). Ibid., pp. 161–2.
Oct. 18,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Order for] Henry Baker to have 500l. upon account [for Crown Law charges].
Mr. Secretary Vernon gives my Lords an account of the pretences of Challoner and Carter concerning the Malt [Lottery] tickets counterfeited.
[Order for] 30 guineas to be paid to — Morris for taking Challoner.
[Order for] 7,000l. to be issued to Mr. Hall in further part of the sum not exceeding 530,000l. for paying off tallies on the Excise and Post Office [revenues respectively: to be issued] out of the Two Millions, to wit [out of] the payment [thereof due] to be made in November, 1699.
Mr. Shelmerdine to have 20l. [as royal] bounty.
Write to Mr. Blathwaite to know [ascertain] his Majesty's pleasure whether the three chaplains of the three Regiments that are made Marines are to [be] put upon half pay or [to be] cleared their arrears.
The officers of the Greencloth come in. They bring abstracts of the several establishments of the Household, beginning with that of 1674.
[Write] to the Auditors and Lady Wood to attend on Friday morning. Ibid., p. 263.
Oct. 19,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all my Lords.
[Order for] 2,000l. to be supplied for the quarters of Sick and Wounded at Rochester, Chatham and parts adjacent.
[Order for] 35,029l. 3s. 3d. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh to complete 250,000l. for disbanding the Forces: to be issued out of moneys in the Exchequer of loans on the 3s. Aid. The last [named] sum is to be but 34,251l. 19s. 11½d. according to Mr. Abbot's certificate.
Sir Edward Seymour comes [in] upon my Lords' letter concerning his accounts [as late Navy Treasurer]. He says his [former] paymaster is and has been sick these three months.
[Write] to the Navy Board to be here on Tuesday morning next about Sir Edward Seymour's accounts and to be prepared to give an account what steps have been made in that matter and what obstructions there are at present.
[Order for the following payments by the Navy Treasurer viz.] 3,000l. to pay the workmen at the new dock at Portsmouth; 1,200l. to discharge men at the Yards at Plymouth; 500l. to officers employed to register seamen at several ports; 1,277l. 3s. 11d. for quarters and charges relating to Sick and Wounded: making 5,977l. 3s. 11d. in all: to be paid out of the tallies in the hands of the Navy Treasurer (on the Two Millions) reserved for such uses as my Lords should direct.
[Write] a letter to the Navy Board to know what a year's pay to the Chest at Chatham will amount to.
Write to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to know what is necessary to clear private importers [of plate and bullion to the Mint] and such other debts as must be paid: to encourage people to bring in their bullion. Treasury Minute Book Vol. X, p. 264.
eodem die, afternoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Write] a letter to the Earl of Ranelagh that out of the money in his hands for disbanding, he pay 250l. to Mr. Daniel Butts upon his warrant for [that] sum; he being going to the West Indies to disband Col. Holt's Regiment. Ibid., p. 265.
Oct. 20,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Smith.
The account of Col. Codrington and papers concerning the same are [read and ordered] to be referred to the Customs Commissioners with direction that they consult the Comptroller [and Auditor] General [of the Plantations] and inform themselves from him, and by such other means as they can, whether all the revenue (in money or specie [goods]) of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty in Barbados and the Leeward Islands received by Col. Codrington or his agents be duly and fully charged in the said accounts and at the rates at which they should be [so] charged; and to make such observations on this account as they think to be for his Majesty's service: and to return the same to my Lords with Mr. Povey's report. Afterwards the whole is to be referred to the Earl of Ranelagh to examine whether the payments to the Forces in the West Indies contained in this account have been duly placed to the accounts of those Forces.
A warrant is read and approved for placing 3,011l. 5s. 0d. to the account of Wolseley's Regiment in Ireland for arrears due before 1691–2, Jan. 1 [and is to be sent to the King for his signature].
A warrant is read and approved for enlarging Pierce Row [and is to be sent to the King for his signature].
Sir Polycarpus Wharton's business is to be heard this day week in the morning at ten o'clock: and all parties are to have notice. Ibid., p. 266.
Oct. 21,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Pelham.
All the papers concerning my Lord Preston's estate [are to be looked out and brought hither] against Tuesday afternoon; and the auditor is to be here then.
Some petitions are read [and the answers to them are endorsed thereon].
Mr. Crumpton produces a certificate by one Spatman who had it of one Edwards. Carry it to the Secretary [of State].
The Auditors of Imprests and Lady Wood [attend]. Mr. Rowe's memorial is read. The state of the account is read "and the minutes are [margined] upon it." The Auditors will attend on Tuesday week [with it].
Mr. Tonstall and Mr. Williamson [attend]. Mr. Tonstall's case is read and given back to him. Mr. Williamson's answer is read. The matter is argued by them on both sides. It is ordered that Mr. Williamson do pay to Mr. Tonstall's wife the arrears of her annuity [payable] out of his office [as searcher of the port] at Newcastle after the rate of 30l. per an. in time of war and 50l. per an. in time of peace; the said arrears to be paid by equal portions in 2 three months' time; and that he continue [to pay] the said pension at the respective rates aforesaid during his continuance in the [said] office; and that he forthwith give a bond for this purpose.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Excise that [upon] the tallies on the Hereditary and Temporary Excise being cleared or [sufficient] money reserved for [clearing] them they do pay weekly into the Exchequer the moneys arising from those [Excise] revenues as was heretofore accustomed.
[Order for the issue of] 5,000l. to the Victuallers out of the loans on the Duties on Coals: to wit 3,000l. for the [Victualling] Course and 2,000l. for Imprests.
[Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer] of 7,000l. for wages [to seamen: to be issued] out of the like loans. Ibid., p. 267.
Oct. 25,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
The Receivers of the Two Millions come in and desire that tallies may be levied on themselves for the 16,000l. agreed to be allowed them for their expenses and pains relating to the Two Millions. My Lords intend to give direction therein.
The Navy Commissioners and Sir Edward Seymour come in. Sir Edward acquaints my Lords that Mr. Maddox who is chiefly employed in [the preparation of] his accounts is not well but that the state thereof as made by him differs very much from what the Navy Commissioners make it to be. The Navy Commissioners say that will appear when Mr. Maddox can attend. Sir Edward says he will get him hither as soon as he can. My Lords desire Sir Edward to let them know when that may be and they will then direct the Navy Commissioners to attend with him. In the meantime the said Commissioners are to send to my Lords what papers and letters may be necessary to give them light into the said accounts.
[Order to the] "Navy Commissioners to put the ships paid off since the war ended into the same method as to Recalls as the ships paid off during the war" and my Lords will take care to supply money for that service.
Ordered that [out] of the 4,022l. 16s. 1d. in tallies of anticipation in the Navy Treasurer's hands 500l. be paid to Admiral Benbow for contingents for the West Indies; 1,300l. to discharge workmen at Portsmouth; and the rest to be applied for imprests and bills of exchange.
Letters to be written to the [respective] Governors in the West Indies to supply Admiral Benbow with credits for his squadron and upon his drawing bills on the Navy Commissioners or Victualling Commissioners, as the case may require, my Lords will take care to order money for answering the same.
[Write the] Excise Commissioners to attend this afternoon.
Order for issues as follow to the Earl of Ranelagh: out of loans on the Duties on Coals: viz.
£ s. d.
for Col. Collingwood's Regiment in full of 3,420l. 18s. 0d. due to 1697, Dec. 18 742 11 4
for ditto for forage money due in the winter of 1696–7 460
[for ditto] for medicines for that Regiment 50
(Treasury Minute Book, Vol. XI., p. 1.)
eodem die, afternoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers. Present: all the five Lords.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. Their report about the vinegar beer is read. [Write] to the Attorney and Solicitor General to be here this day week about the case touching vinegar beer.
Sir Basil Dixwell to be allowed 60l. per an. for one additional clerk from the time of the commencement of the Duty on leather; and a direction [to be given him] that he do audit the accounts of the Malt and Leather [Duties].
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh to be here to-morrow morning. Treasury Minute Book, Vol. XI, p. 2.
Oct. 26,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Clark [attend].
The [Principal] Officers of the Mint will be here on Friday afternoon.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh to be here to-morrow morning and to Mr. Clark [to come] this afternoon. Ibid., p. 3.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
Some petitions are read. The minutes [are endorsed] upon them.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Clark [attend]. On Friday morning the Earl will acquaint my Lords of the person that he shall pitch upon to be the Commissary for disbanding Holt's Regiment in the West Indies.
[Order for] 50l. to be paid to widow Clench in full of all arrears of her son's pension; and the pension [is thereafter] to cease.
[Write] to Auditor Shales to attend this day week with the accounts of Lord Preston's estate.
Make a list of what hath been usually paid out of seizures.
The Agents [for Taxes to attend] on Tuesday morning. Ibid.
Oct. 27,
afternoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
The Instruction prepared by the Commissioners of Trade that the Naval Officers in the Plantation [are to] give security for their offices and that such officer's certificate for clearing ships shall be signed also by the Collector of the Customs [in the same port] is approved [by my Lords] and is to be laid before the Lords Justices [England].
My Lords will allow 6 per cent. per an. interest from Monday last the 24th inst. upon the tallies of 62,000l. now in the hands of the Navy Treasurer, for the pay of the Yards, being struck upon the Two Millions and payable in March next; whereof 50,000l. are dated Sept. 9 last and 12,000l. Sept. 16 last; [to wit, interest] until the said tallies shall be paid off.
[Order for] 6,000l. of the tallies in the Cofferer's hands to be applied for the service of the [portion of the Royal] House[hold attending the King] in Holland; according to Mr. Burton's letter. Ibid., p. 4.
Oct. 28,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: all the five Lords.
The 2,000l. [salary] due to my Lords [for the quarter ended] at Michaelmas last is to be paid out of Excise money in the Exchequer.
The Earl of Ranelagh proposes Capt. Taylor of Westminster to go to Mevis [Nevis] [as Commissary for the disbandment]. My Lords have no objection and are pleased to allow him the same terms as Mr. Butts.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend]. Their proposition for advancing 60,000l. is read. My Lords conclude with them at six per cent. per an. with an allowance of 1 per cent. for their care and pains in this service.
Send Nich. Baker's account [of Crown Law expenses] to the Solicitor General to examine and to report what is fit to be allowed.
A warrant [is ordered] for 500l. more to the said Baker: out of the fourth payment of the Two Millions.
Mr. Web [appears] for Mris. Vaughan and Mr. Sloane for Mr. [Col.] Vaughan. Mr. Web says Lord Salisbury's Regiment was raised by Independent Troops which were clothed before [such raising]; that Col. Vaughan's commission bears date about the [time of the] King's landing: so 'twas impossible a debt could be due to him: that they can find nothing of this in Colby's book; and if there were a debt on former accounts as he was officer, that will not concern his present Majesty: that it is incumbent on the Colonel to make out the debt.
Mr. Sadler says my Lord Salisbury's Regiment was of Independent Troops: that he himself clothed my Lord Salisbury's own Troop and Sir William Holford's; Mr. Heath did it for [the Troops of] Sir John Yates, Sir John Gifford and Lord Baltimore; Mr. Medcalf for Capt. Eccleston, which were the six Troops that composed the Regiment.
Col. Vaughan says there are nine Companies [Troops, viz. the above six and those of] Sir Thomas Burton, [Vaughan] himself and an Irish gentleman.
Sadler [says] Sir Thomas Burton had a Troop but he does not know whether he was in the Regiment: that he took out Lord Salisbury's commissions just when the King landed and upon taking out the m[oney] for clearing the Regiment Col. Vaughan produced letters for allowing for 200l. odd which was deposited with Mr. Wallis and afterwards paid to the Colonel [Vaughan] and the Colonel had then no further demands on the account of that Regiment: there was one Baptist that my Lord [Salisbury] designed to be agent [for the Regiment] but he came from beyond sea at the latter end of October and went away presently again and Sadler acted in the mean time till he came and after he went: Sadler never heard that the Colonel [Vaughan] furnished one horse nor does not believe it: my Lord Salisbury bought the horses and everything with ready money: the 234l. was made up of the pay of 7 officers and his [Vaughan's] own: Brown and Tidsley came to him afterwards for their parts of it: they said they never gave letter of attorney to Vaughan and never would have trusted him with 6d.
Web insists that Vaughan was not liable to answer one penny on that Regiment.
Sloane says Vaughan was in Scotland when the sentence of the Delegates [as to Vaughan's marriage] was obtained: that he can bring a bill of Review: he insists on the privy seal which affirms the debt: that Mr. Grey saw the account and it was examined per Mr. Toll: that the money is now actually owing either upon his estate or to other creditors: they are willing to let the money go [to] the creditors: that Col. Vaughan undertook for 106 of the Troopers and brought them in with their horses and clothes to the King's service and that these horses were bought with Vaughan's money and credit.
Web says Sir William Holford was here this morning and that his certificate (which is read) may be artificial.
Mr. Sadler says if Col. Vaughan can prove he provided one horse of Holford's Regiment he'll be bound to pay for it.
Ralph Lorton certifies he lent 1,200l. to Vaughan which (as he hears) was for clothes.
Mr. Rogers' certificate [is read] that the Colonel undertook the clothing of three Troops.
Mr. Web says Colby's books have been searched and nothing is found in them.
Rogers says Haynes of Bristol had 250l. which he paid to him for clothes for Lord Salisbury's Regiment.
This Rogers was the witness in the Prerogative Court to swear he was gallant to the wife.
He denies that.
Mr. Sloane speaks of a debt to one Thornicroft for clothes in King James's time, which [debt] is assigned [by Col. Vaughan for payment] on this pension."
This seems to be on account of another Regiment.
Mr. Sloane offers a proof in Westminster Hall that this was a real debt.
Mr. Cope's certificate to whom the money was paid is read.
[My Lords order] a report to be drawn upon these and the former minutes.
[Write] to Henry Baker to attend on Monday morning.
[Order for the issue] to the Victuallers of 4,000l. out of loans on the Coal [Duties] Act; 2,000l. thereof for imprests and 2,000l. for the [Victualling] course.
[Order for] a warrant for 113,674l. 2s. 9½d. [to the Navy Treasurer] for wages [of seamen]: to be by tallies on the fourth payment of the Two Millions. Treasury Minute Book, Vol. XI, pp. 5–6.
Oct. 31,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon upon Mr. Baker's survey of Kent and Sussex.
The book of that survey is read. The King's part of a seizure of wool at Herne by farmer Pritchard and others amounting to 48l. and upward is to be given to those persons in reward for their fidelity and diligence to prevent owling.
Upon reading the petition of Edward Hall and others my Lords are pleased that 120l. composition money for fines set at Quarter Sessions at Lewes and Hastings be given to the five petitioners in reward for their services and hazards.
[Write] to Mr. Abbot to be here on Wednesday morning. Ibid., p. 7.