Minute Book: November 1701

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 16, 1700-1701. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1938.

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November 1701

Nov. 4,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
The letter [? of direction] for 1,682l. 5s. 7d. for the Bank is read and —.
Mr. Hall and Mr. Ferne are called in. Mr. Hall says he has observed that bad money increases. Mr. Ferne [says] the same, 5s. or 10s. in 100l. Mr. Hall says they weigh every guinea at the Excise Office and find 1s. 2d. or 2s. 6d. want of weight.
My Lords admonish them to be careful in executing the Act [9 & 10 Wm. III c. 21] upon all suspicious money coming to them. The Tellers' clerks are admonished in like manner. They say they are careful in their offices to observe the Act.
My Lords order that out of the moneys in the Exchequer of the second 4s. Aid and of the Duty on cynders [10 & 11 Wm. III c. 21] and of the Plantation Duties not appropriated there be issued 1,500l. to the executors of Ralph Williamson on the unsatisfied orders in his name for rewards and charges; and 527l. 13s. 0d. to Nathaniel Molyneux. But send this letter [of direction] to the Agents for Taxes and direct them to take care that these sums be applied towards the discharge of their respective debts and particularly to take care that Mrs. Williamson do first pay in 3,044l. 4s. 11d. pursuant to the order of July 22 last and according to her own promise.
The Agents for Taxes are called in. Mr. Auditor Shales is to be hastened to despatch the accounts of Sir Thomas Cudden particularly those of the Capitation [8 & 9 Wm. III c. 6] and last Poll [9/10 Wm. III c. 38]. Sir Thomas Cudden says he does destroy bad money as the Act requires.
Direct the Agents for Taxes to write to all the Receivers [of Taxes] to do the same.
Write to Mr. Chetwynd to come to town forthwith to finish the account of Morgan Whitley, in which delays have been used tending to the public prejudice.
[Order for] 150l. to Agent's for Taxes for incidents.
The Wine Licence Commissioners [are called in]. Direct them to pay into the Exchequer the money according to the letter of the 1st inst. Order process to issue against Mr. Young and partners for not accounting for the Wine Licences.
Mr. Lancelot Burton is called in.
[Write] to the Greencloth to send to my Lords the copies of the contracts for the year 1701 for the provisions of the King's Household. Ibid., p. 59.
eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
[Order for] 1,000l. to be paid on Mr. Blathwait's order.
Sir Thomas Cook et al are called in: also the Customs Commissioners. The Old East India Company will pay to the [Customs] Receiver so much presently as will pay off the tallies on the 15 per cent. [11 Wm. III c. 3], and [they will pay] the rest of that 15 per cent. and the moneys they owe for subsidies and new imposts as fast as they can raise money by their next sales.
Direct the [Customs] Receiver General to call upon the persons who owe the 80,698l. 10s. 5½d. for new Subsidy of tobacco to pay same into the Exchequer as expeditiously as may be.
Write to the Customs Commissioners to cause the money which is paid by the merchants upon the compositions for wines imported from St. Sebastian to be paid into the Exchequer as fast as the compositions for each ship can be completed.
Memorandum: to enquire how the interest upon Exchequer Bills hath been computed at the Exchequer. Ibid., p. 60.
Nov. 7,
Friday forenoon.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Pelham.
The letters for the Solicitors [of the various Offices] to take tickets [as receipts or vouchers] from Counsellors and others are read and approved.
The auditors to attend on Friday morning about the account of Sir Richard Hadock and partners. Ibid., p. 61.
Nov. 11,
(No entry of the attendance or of any minute.) Ibid., p. 62.
Nov. 12,
Wednesday. Hampton Court.
Present: the King: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
The Earl of Ranelagh is called in and his memorial [for money for the Forces] is read. Order for 7,224l. 7s. 2d. for two weeks' subsistence: to be paid in money.
The clearings to be paid by tallies for the Forces in England.
And for 11,426l. for clearings for 4 months to the Troops in Holland [order is hereby given for the same or?] my Lord Ranelagh is to attend the Treasury.
Also he [the Earl of Ranelagh] is to lay before my Lords the report from him and Mr. Blathwayt for an Establishment for fire and candle[for the Garrisons].
He is to put my Lords in mind of finding 100l. or 200l. for Major Bings.
[The King orders] Lord Cornbury's 10l. a week to cease.
The propositions sent by the Earl of Rochester concerning the Barracks [in Ireland] are approved.
The Earl of Manchester's paper is read. [Order for] 1,397l. to be paid to him by 300l. a week [commencing] after the 1st Jan. next.
[The King orders] Mr. Cresset to have half a year paid on his extraordinaries forthwith.
The report about Greenwich Hospital, for 2,000l. a year [is read and] respited.
The Countess of Dorchester [her petition is read]. She challenges a promise the King knows nothing of.
Mr. Ryly's report about the canal [is read]. The King says it cannot be done in winter.
Consul Loddington [his petition is read]. The King does not think it reasonable to pay any part of his bill of 110l.
The report [on] Mr. Warner's [petition is read and] respited.
Mr. Killigrew [his petition is read].
My Lords appoint to attend the King here [Hampton Court] every Tuesday morning. Treasury Minute Book III, p. 63.
Nov. 14,
Friday forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to attend on Monday. The same for the Excise.
Write letters [of direction to the Exchequer] for satisfying the list of warrants payable to Lord Jersey et al amounting to 11,603l. 12s. 6½d.
[Order for] 200l. to Mr. Borret.
Write to the Exchequer to send hither to-morrow morning an account of moneys stopped at the Exchequer for the [Land] tax, viz. from pensions for the year 1699, 1700 and 1701 and how much of the money assessed on the pensions is not yet stopped or paid over to the collectors.
Issue 460l. due to Mr. Robert Harley, the Speaker [of the House of Commons] and 270l. to Signor Verrio.
[Order for issues to the Earl of Ranelagh as follows for the Forces viz.]
£ s. d.
for 2 months' clearings to 24 Oct. 1701 14740 18 4
for same time to the Garrisons 2318 11
for the Staff Officers from 25 April to 24 August 1701 832 19 11
for clearings to the Companies at New York to June 24 last 244 17
to clear the 12 Battalions in Holland to 1st Oct. last 11826 18 6
£29964 5 10¾
the above to be paid by tallies and orders in course on the Low Wine Act.
Sir Henry Furnese is called in. He resigns his place of Trustee for Exchequer Bills.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [are called in]. They are to demand 120 tons of salt petre from the Old [East India] Company.
The Auditors of Imprests and Sir Polycarpus Wharton are to be here this day week with the accounts of Sir George Wharton.
Order for issues to the Ordnance as follows, viz.:
£ s. d.
out of loans now in the Exchequer on the first part of the 3,700l. a week, in part of 12,850l. 11s. 8d. for land service 5000
out of tallies and orders on Low Wines, to complete the above sum 7850 11 8
out of ditto for sea services 2855 12 3
Sir Thomas Cook and Sir John Fleet [attend as for the Old East India Company]. They say the old East India Company has about 120 tons saltpetre. They desire they may have liberty to dispose of it to glass workers and others that need it. They expect two ships about Xmas with 300 or 400 tons and that the Ordnance has 1,000 tons by them. My Lords desire them to speak to the Officers of the Ordnance about this.
[Write] to Mr. Humes to be here this afternoon. Ibid., p. 64.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
Sir Walter Young and Sir William St. Quintin [attend]. They say they have been with the King and have his Majesty's leave to resign their places of Commissioners of the Customs, and they desire my Lords to discharge them from any further attendance on that commission: to which my Lords consent.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to attend on Monday morning.
Mr. Delarose is called in. My Lords adhere to the Excise Commissioners' report on his case. He offers to farm the Excise of Hampshire and part of Wilts. My Lords can do nothing upon that proposal.
Mr. Taylor is to prepare a list for Mr. Nicholas's office. Ibid., p. 65.
Nov. 17,
Present: ut supra.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. Send for Mr. Papillon junr. to answer the letter of the Navy Board [here before my Lords] on Friday morning concerning 219l. 13s. 0d.
Order for 5,000l. to the Navy Treasurer out of loans on the last part of the 3,700l. a week: to be for the Course. Out of this sum as much as will complete 8,500l. to the executor of Sir Peter Paravicine is to be applied thereto, the executor making a reconveyance to the King of the security which Sir Peter had upon the Navy Office.
My Lords order that the tallies and orders for 32,331l. 6s. 3d. on the 3s. Aid anno 1699 and the interest to the 14th inst. be applied to the debt of the Navy on the second book according to the letter of the 6th December 1700: or [alternatively] the interest is to be computed to such day in this November as will make the computation terminate with whole months.
Order likewise for 5000l. to the Navy Treasurer out of loans on the last part of the 3700l. a week: to be for the Ordinary of the Navy: and 19,685l. 6s. 4¾d. for wages, out of same.
Write to Mr. Sizer to be here this afternoon. Ibid., p. 66.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: Mr. Chancellor; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
[Order for] 1,000l. to the Earl of Albermarle for the Robes.
The Customs Commissioners are called in Direct them to order their Solicitor to give notice to such of the importers of wines from St. Sebastian as have not paid in their composition money that if they do not comply forthwith the Solicitor must proceed to trial.
— Bincks now collector at Shoreham to be Collector at Chichester loco James Whitwood deceased and — Rhodes to be collector at Shoreham loco Bincks.
The Excise Commissioners [attend]. Their papers are read. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 66.
Nov. 18,
Hampton Court.
Present: the King: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
Mr. Mainwaring is to be a Commissioner of Customs; Mr. William Culliford likewise. My Lords are to consider and resolve whether Mr. Clarke or Mr. Culliford be the Commissioner that shall be entrusted with the further power of examining the vouchers: also to consider whether the place of keeping the account of all imports and exports to adjust the balance of trade be of any use to be continued.
The paper of Minutes concerning the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office is read and approved in every article except the following which are determined as follows: [compare supra p. 80–1.]
14 Grooms of the Chamber as they die or are removed are to be reduced to 10 and to have their old salaries.
Messengers [of the Chamber] to be reduced to 30 as they die or are removed.
Mr. Vanburgh to be Comptroller of the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office and Mr. Chudleigh to have 100l. a year till he has something else.
The Master of the Barges to have 100l. per an. in lieu of all bills and to keep the Gondola into the bargain.
The pond keeper to have no bills. The King will be at no charge from the time he gave orders for sinking that charge.
My Lords are to cause a new Establishment [for the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office] to be prepared according to these Minutes with the above alterations.
Mr. Crips to have 20l. a year during his life but not upon the Establishment.
Mr. Jackson to be Master Mason [of the Works].
The King resolves that hereafter no plate shall be delivered out of the Jewel Office to Ambassadors or to the Great Officers [of State]. Endeavour to recover the plate standing out.
My Lord Galway's warrant for the payment on his pension is to pass.
James Louuaine [Louvaine] is to be discharged.
Lord Fairfax is to be paid the first of his warrants for 138l. 1s. 6d. out of the Civil List money.
Edwd. Proger Esq. is to have 200l. per an. from the date of the Irish Establishment during pleasure out of the revenue in Ireland in lieu of all pretension to any pension or pensions out of that revenue.
[Order for the issue of] 1000l. for Secret Service: to [be paid direct into the hands of] the King. Ibid., p. 67.
Nov 21,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
The Customs Commissioners to attend this afternoon. Likewise Mr. Culliford.
[The drafts of] letters to [the Revenue] Commissioners, Ireland, about Mrs. Boyle are read and approved.
The Customs Commissioners' papers are read and minutes [are endorsed] upon them. Ibid., p. 68.
eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. The Chancellor of the Exchequer acquaints them with the warrant signed by the King some time ago relating to the appointing two of their number to particular services and that my Lords were considering who should be appointed to examine the vouchers relating to the Receiver General's Account. But Mr. Culliford who was sent for to attend this afternoon being sick the consideration of this matter is deferred until he can be here. Ibid.
Nov. 24,
Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners and Mr. Culliford to be here next Friday afternoon.
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded and Mr. Povey to be here on Friday morning. The Auditors of Imprests to attend then about Mr. Povey's accounts.
The King's pleasure is signified to my Lords by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that Clere Wyndham Esq. be joined with Mr. Anthony Meek in the patent for one of the undersearchers in London port locoChristopher Walters aliasStockdale. Ibid., p. 69.
Nov. 28,
Present: Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
[Order for the issue to the Earl of Ranelagh] of 7,224l. 13s. 2d. for subsistence from the 26th inst to Dec. 9 next: to be paid out of the money of the first part of the 3,700l. a week.
likewise 10,000l. for the Forces in Holland for their subsistence: out of the money to be lent by the Bank upon the latter part of the [same] weekly payment.
The Commissioners of the Sick and Wounded are called in. My Lords order the issue of 7,705l. 3s. 6d. out of loans now in the Exchequer on the first part of the [same] weekly payment: to be applied for the Sick and Wounded as follows:—
£ s. d.
at Deptford 626 4 6
at Gravesend 257 18 4
at Rochester 3509 2 0
at Deal and districts 3311 18 8
£7705 3 6
and is in part of the second 10,000l. for such services.
Write the letter [of direction to the Exchequer] for 7,191l. 16s. 8d. for the Foreign Ministers according to the scheme [of payments out of Civil List moneys].
Write a letter [of direction] for 9099l. 10s. 4d. and 1236l. for the Queen's servants and pensions out of the Civil List moneys. Ibid., p. 70.
eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read. My Lords are of opinion that the Debentures and Certificates be examined and tryed by the several Commissioners and their clerks for that purpose in the same manner as they now are: and that once a week, to wit before the Receiver General transmits his Certificate to the Treasury one of the Commissioners do see that the Receiver General hath all the Debentures and Certificates with the parties' receipts thereupon for all the sums he takes credit for in that week as paid upon Debentures and Certificates: and that the clause in the warrant for the new Commission of the Customs concerning the inspection of the vouchers be omitted because my Lords can [whenever they wish] give instructions to the Commissioners to use this method.
Let the doors be shut on Monday morning at 10. Treasury Minute Book XIII, pp. 70–71.