Minute Book: February 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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February 1701

Feb. 3.
Present: ut supra.
Put off to to-morrow the meeting [here] of the Commissioners of Customs and of Excise. Ibid., p. 199.
Feb. 4. Present: Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
Write to Mr. Jones to be here this day week. Ibid., p. 200.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill. Desire the Attorney General to call here at 10 o'clock at farthest. Ibid., p. 201.
Feb. 5. Present: all the five Lords.
Write to the Exchequer forthwith to issue to the Navy [Treasurer] 20000l. in full for the ordinary; 615l. 4s. 0d. thereof out of the Surplus of the Customs; 6429l. 9s. 8½d. out of the 25 per cent. on French goods and 12955l. 6s. 3½d. out of the overplus of the Civil List funds. Ibid., p. 202.
Feb. 7,
Friday forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
The letters [to the Warden of the Mint] for cutting the clipt and counterfeit moneys are read and approved.
[Write] to the Postmasters [General] that my Lords having signed a dormant warrant for 20s. a day to the Court Post and observing in the bill of incidents [of the Post Office] that the King is charged for the carriage of Court letters, my Lords do direct them for the future to save that charge to the King by directing the Court Post to perform his duty; and if his Majesty be hereafter put to any charge for carrying such letters and dispatches as by the nature of his office should be carried by him that the same be made good out of his salary.
John Fellows gent. (per Mr. Thomas Wootten) will lend the Navy Victualling Commissioners forthwith 15000l. to be repaid within 6 months from this day or sooner, with 6 per cent interest, upon the security of tallies and orders on the fourth 4s. Aid dated 1695–6 Feb. 17 for 10300l. and dated 1695–6 March 11 for 10000l. or in all 20300l. principal money: which tallies the Victualling Commissioners will this day cause to be so delivered to Mr. Fellows at Mr. Wootten's shop and they are to remain in his hands as a security till the said 15000l. with interest shall be repaid. Mr. Fellows lends this money as follows viz. 6405l. 13s. 10d. in Bank sealed bills and 8594l. 6s. 2d. in Exchequer orders directed [duly authorised by Treasury letters of direction to the Auditor of the Receipt] and lying ready for payment.
[Write] to the Admiralty that my Lords have put 15000l. into the hands of the Victualling Cashier, and [do] desire to speak with them on Monday about the distribution of it to the most necessary services.
Sir Tho. Cook [is called in and] says the old East India Company have about 280 ton saltpetre. My Lords will speak with the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance about this.
Direct Mr. Ferne to be here at 5 in the afternoon.
[Write] to the [Principal] officers of the Ordnance to be here on Tuesday morning. Ibid., p. 203.
eodem die afternoon. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
Send the account of the Prizes to the Commissioners of Accounts.
Mr. Ferne, Mr. Lancashire, Mr. Casseres et al [attend]. My Lords leave the matter between them to the Exchequer Court.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to be here on Tuesday afternoon.
[Write] to Mr. Randolph to be here then. Ibid., p. 240.
Feb. 10,
Monday afternoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
The Admiralty Lords come in. My Lords acquaint them that they have provided 15000l. to be advanced to the Victuallers on their tallies.
The Extraordinary Necessary Money is not paying the purser[s] anything but furnishing him with money upon account to supply his ship.
The Navy Board is of opinion that the coopers be paid in course.
The Victuallers are called in. The Navy Commissioners are called in. The Victuallers are [ordered] not to break their course for the coopers unless there be a necessity and till my Lords be first acquainted with it; and in 2 or 3 days they are to come again.
Send the Admiralty the draft of the report concerning the [naval pay] defalcations. Send same to the Attorney General for his opinion on it.
Desire the Attorney and Solicitor General to be here on Wednesday morning. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 205.
Feb. 11,
Tuesday forenoon.
Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
[The Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend. They] say if 200 tons of salt petre be delivered to them at present the East India Company may be at liberty to furnish the merchants out of the residue provided the Company takes care to reserve so much that they may be able to supply the Office of Ordnance with 300 tons more within a year's time. The price now by the covenant in the charter is 38l. 10s. 0d. per ton. Ibid., p. 206.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: all the five Lords.
[Write] to Mr. Jones and Mr. Hewit to be here on Friday morning.
Memorandum: to speak with the Agents [for Taxes] about the voluntary charge [to be made in the accounts] of the Receivers of Births, &c.
The Customs Commissioners attend. Their papers are read. [My Lords' minutes or] orders [are endorsed or margined] upon them.
Mr. Randolph [attends]. His papers are read. He is to lay them before the Commissioners for Trade. Ibid.
Feb. 12,
Wednesday forenoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
Write the letter [of direction to the Exchequer] for 1000l. for the poor of London; 100l. for the poor of Westminster [and Charles I's Hospital]; 100l. for [the poor of] St. Martin's [in the Fields] and 50l. for the poor of St. James's.
Col. Selwyn [attends and] desires that the Company of his Regiment going to Bermuda may not be [made] an Independent Company but continue as a Company of his Regiment, because he now clothes them and ought to have the offreckonings.
Write to the Auditors of Imprests [to permit Mr. Borrett to inspect N. Baker's accounts].
Desire the Attorney and Solicitor General to be here on Friday morning at 10 o'clock at farthest about the defalcations [made from Naval pay] per the Navy Treasurer. [Write] to Mr. Dodington to be here then.
Hester Walker to have 10l. Ibid., p. 207.
Feb. 14.
Friday forenoon.
Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
Mr. Jones called in says 6 years ago he petitioned in behalf of the creditors of the Navy and has followed it ever since for above 400 families who are in a most deplorable condition; they have such faith in him that they have entrusted him to receive above 11000l. of the money [whenever it shall be paid]: the money is due to the principal creditors [direct, they having made] no assignments [to others of their debts]. He shews a book of them. Of the 11000l. which he is concerned for there is but 130l. sold [negotiated] which was sold about 14 years ago. He leaves his book.
[Order for] 30l. 18s. 8d. and 20s. 4s. 6d. to be issued to the Works for (Monsieur Cousin) the gilder at Windsor.
Write to my Lord Halifax, Sir Tho. Littleton and Mr. Hall to be here on Monday morning.
The Auditor and the Comptroller of Excise are to attend next Tuesday afternoon. Ibid., p. 208.
Feb. 15.
Saturday forenoon.
Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
[Order for] 545l. to be paid to Mr. Pople for the clerks of the Commissioners of Trade.
The letter for the French Ambassador's goods is read and approved. Ibid., p. 209.
Feb. 17.
Monday forenoon.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
Mr. Hall acquaints my Lords that pursuant to their directions he had found 2 persons viz. Mr. John Parsons and Mr. William Ball who will buy the King's stock in the new East India Company at 113 per cent, each taking a moiety and to enter into articles by which the stock is to be forthwith transferred to them, they agreeing to pay for the same at some short days to be limited in the articles. My Lords approve this and direct Mr. Hall to proceed accordingly.
[Order for] 500l. to be paid to Mr. Henry Baker upon account [for Crown Law charges]. But direct him to lay before my Lords a list of his weekly payments [a weekly list of his payments].
Order Mr. Done to hasten the accounts of the 2 old Marine Regiments and to make a state thereof for my Lords. Ibid., p. 210.
Feb. 18,
Present: all the five Lords.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills are called in.
[Letter of direction to the Exchequer for] 300l. to be paid on Bernard Grenvile's order. Ibid., p. 211.
Feb. 19.
Wednesday forenoon.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
My Lords will on Monday morning consider all the papers of the Marines. Ibid., p. 212.
eodem die. afternoon. Kensington. Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Hill.
Ordered that Mr. Lowndes do write to the Exchequer to take in the loans which any persons will make upon the [Commons'] Votes of this day not exceeding 500,000l. for the Fleet and 50,000l. for the Guards and Garrisons.
Direct my Lord Ranelagh, out of the money that will come into his hands for the Guards and Garrisons, to pay to Mr. Charles Norden so much as 6 months' subsistence comes to for the company of Foot (of Brigadier Selwin's Regiment) going to Bermuda; which sum is to be recouped out of the subsistence of the said Regiment: and Mr. Norden will forthwith give a credit for 8 months' subsistence for the said Company, payable fortnightly to the Governor [of Bermuda]: and at the end of 6 months my Lords will furnish more money for the subsistence of the said Company.
[Write] to the Trustees of the Subscribers for Circulating Exchequer Bills to be at the Treasury on Friday morning.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1000l. for secret service. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 213.
Feb. 21.
Friday morning. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Hill.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend]. They desire there may be new Trustees elected.
[Write] to Mr. Hall to be here on Monday morning.
The Victualling Commissioners are called in. They present a memorial for the application of 15000l. lately put into their hands: whereupon my Lords are pleased to direct as follows, viz.:
for payment of bills of exchange and other contingencies 3400
for Necessary Money to the pursers and Short Provision on foreign voyages 3000
for flesh 8100
for Short Allowance [money] 500
Ibid., p. 214.
eodem die afternoon. Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Hill.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to be here on Monday upon their letter concerning hemp for the Navy: and desire them to come prepared.
Mr. Arundel and Lady Perkins [appear, represented respectively] by their counsel.
A clause is desired [by Arundel's counsel to be inserted] in her grant to charge it with about 200l. paid by Mr. Arundel to take in a prior mortgage on an estate sold to him or one Crane (under whom he claims) about 19 years ago per Sir William Perkins.
On her part it is alleged she does not pretend to any grant of that estate. Mris. Fuller mortgaged the estate: Sir William joined and covenanted to pay the money to one Rany; afterwards Crane bought the estate and Sir William never joined in that sale. They have no covenants against Sir William Perkins to indemnify them against incumbrances.
[Arundel's Counsel say] 3 years ago Arundel petitoned the King for this relief.
Montagu [says] Mris. Fuller took up the money for the benefit of Sir William and Sir William paid the interest whilst he lived. Sir William had the consideration money.
Jenings [says] the mortgagee doth not complain and Sir William was no party in the sale to the purchaser that now complains or [to] Mr. Arundel under him.
Montagu [says] Sir William Perkins was a witness to the purchase deed.
Jenings [says] if Sir William were living Mr. Arundel could have no remedy against him. This is no part of his estate and never was.
[My Lords decide to] report to the King.
[Write] to Mr. Harnage to be here on Monday morning.
[Write] to Mr. Auditor Done to be here then about his stated account for the 4 Marine Regiments.
There being demanded 153l. 18s. 4d. upon a book for Capt. Overton's Company Mr. Jett is to subtract the sums due to those men that are noted not to have appeared and [Mr. Lowndes is to] prepare a letter [to the Earl of Ranelagh] for [payment of] the residue.
The like upon Capt. Barington's book amounting to 139l. 11s. 8d.
The other Captains are to make up their books in the same form.
Desire the Earl of Ranelagh and Lord Coningsby to be here on Tuesday morning about the arrears due to the French Regiments of Foot. Ibid., pp. 214–5.
Feb. 24,
Monday forenoon.
Present: Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Hill.
Memorandum: to speak to the Victuallers about a bill of Sir William Hodges payable to Mr. Houblon.
Mr. Heathcote desires to be discharged from the Trust concerning the Exchequer Bills: whereupon my Lords will consider.
All that were to attend this day are to be here to-morrow morning.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon and to come prepared to inform my Lords how far the accounts of the Salt Duties are passed. Ibid., p. 216.
Feb. 25,
Tuesday forenoon.
Present: Lord Godolphin; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
The letter for taking [for authorizing the acceptance of] Exchequer Bills [in payments for] the loans for the Fleet and the Forces is read and approved.
The letter for 715l. 18s. 6d. for the Secretaries of State is read and approved.
[Write] to the Attorney and Solicitor General to be here this afternoon about Mr. Williamson's business.
Make an account how the 600000l. for the Disbanding &c. was issued and how many of the French [Reformed] officers [on half pay] do appear now that should have appeared at the pay in Ireland and how much their pay comes to.
Memorandum: to speak with Mr. Blathwait about contingent warrants.
[Write] to the Auditors of Imprests to be here on Friday morning about the Earl of Ranelagh's accounts.
My Lords do leave it to the Navy Commissioners to treat with the merchants to furnish hemp on commission and to acquaint my Lords from time to time with their proceedings therein. Ibid., p. 217.
[eodem die] afternoon. Present: all my five Lords.
[Write] to the Agents [for Taxes] to be here on Friday morning about Mason's debt.
The Excise Commissioners [attend and their] papers [are] read. Ibid.
Feb. 27.
Thursday forenoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
[Order for] 94l. 4s. 0½d. to be paid on the order for Tho. Hardye.
The Victuallers [attend and] present a memorial. My Lords direct them to attend to-morrow morning for an answer thereto. The Navy Commissioners to attend to-morrow morning about same and about the tallies in the Victuallers' hands.
All the letters and Minutes relating to the Prize accounts are to be looked out against to-morrow morning.
[Write] the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] and Sir Christopher Wren to hasten their report about the Hartshorne Brewhouse. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 218.
Feb. 28,
Friday (altered to Feb. 27, Thursday) forenoon.
Present: the King; Lord Godolphin; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
The Earl of Ranelagh's memorial [is read, praying] to be repaid 240l. disbursed by him for repairing the road between Kensington and Chelsea town: and also 100l. which he paid the Lady Joan Howard as his Majesty's bounty. Ordered to be paid per Mr. Lowndes.
Thomas Doleman's petition [is read] to have his own life [inserted] in the patent for [the place of] Customer of Newcastle port instead of the life of John Cocks which is in trust for him. Granted.
The King orders the respits on Capt. Geo. Collings Troop in the Earl of Essex's late Regiment to be taken off, upon reading the Earl of Ranelagh's report.
The report from the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayte on Dr. Hutton's petition for a salary for the time he served as Physician General is read. Ordered that for those particular years in which he served during the campaigns in Flanders or Ireland he is to be paid as Physician of the Army but not for the other: and the King orders the Establishment to be supplied by a warrant accordingly.
[My Lords read the petition of] Monsieur de Gually for Brigadier Du Cambon's arrears. Answered that he was upon no Establishment and cannot have deb[entures] upon the Irish Act [11 Wm. III, c. 2].
The King orders that the respits on Col. Hill's late Regiment of Foot in the Island of St. Christopher be taken off: on reading the report of his widow's petition for that purpose.
Capt. Munden's bill of disbursements for his Majesty's service in the Straits is read and ordered to be paid.
Sir Edward Sherburn's memorial for his Majesty's bounty is read. Ordered that 100l. be given him.
The Countess of Dorchester's memorial for the arrears of the allowance she formerly received for the maintenance of the Lady Kath. Darnley is [read and] ordered to be respited for the present.
An estimate of the charge of making new ridings in New Lodge Walk and Cranbourne Walk in Windsor Forest [is read and] ordered.
Sir Christopher Wren's representation upon the Lord Chamberlain's warrant for liberty to Mr. Vanburgh to erect lodgings in Whitehall is read. Ordered that my Lords give permission but the ground is to be bounded [the bounds are to be set out].
A petition of Joane Sayce [is read] for 20l. levied and paid into the Exchequer upon her prosecution. Ordered that the King's pleasure be signified to the Barons of the Exchequer to give her this 20l.
Ordered that the 1260l. due for Burgundy wines be paid to the Cofferer, over and above the 800l. a week for emptions.
The report from the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance touching work done at Chester Castle by Albion Gray is read and ordered to be paid when the Ordnance has money applicable thereto.
Francis De La Rue's petition [is read] setting forth his case in relation to the grant which he obtained of lands in Ireland and praying the arrears of his allowance of 5l. a week and the continuance of same. Write to Ireland for a state of this matter. Meanwhile the 5l. a week is to be continued but no arrears [are to be] paid.
Mr. Wise's memorial for 2644l. 16s. 0d. for work in [the Royal] Gardens is read. My Lords are to speak to him about this and to settle an additional allowance.
A petition of Robert Ittersum Esq. for a pension of 120l. per an. as late one of the Pages of Honour is [read and] granted.
Capt. Saurency's memorial [is read] for 205l. 4s. 5d. payable per Lord Coningsby as by the King's warrant. There is no fund at present. As soon as there is any fund that can be applied to this arrear the King orders it to be paid.
Dr. Wallis' memorial [is read] for 100l. per an. for instructing a gentleman in the art of decyphering. See from what time Dr. Hyde's payment was settled; for this is to commence from that time.
The letter from Mr. Sandford, the Mayor of Harwich, [is read] touching poor soldiers there who have deserted the French service. Mr. Blathwayt is to write to him that he shall be reimbursed the charge he shall be at, taking care that the men do take service on board the Fleet according to the Proclamation.
Mr. Verrio for painting at Hampton Court is to have 100l. for February and 100l. in March.
[The King orders] half a year to be paid to the Staghounds.
All [his Majesty's ambassadors or] foreign ministers are to have half a year in the next [payments] list.
Ordered 100l. each to Col. Phillips, Thomas Povey and Mrs. Leslie as of his Majesty's bounty. Ibid., pp. 219–220.
Feb. 28,
Present: Lord Godolphin; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
[Order for] 15000l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh out of loans to be made by himself on the Vote of Credit: for the subsistence of the Forces: the said sum to be applied in part of 10 weeks' subsistence from 1700 Dec. 25.
[Order for] 12000l. [to the Navy Treasurer] out of loans for the Fleet: to be for the Victuallers to buy flesh: [likewise for] 15000l. out of the like loans to be made by Sir Thomas Littleton: to be issued to him as Navy Treasurer: to be for the Victualling in general, being intended to redeem their salt tallies: [likewise for] 4050l. out of the loans for the Fleet: to be issued to the Navy Treasurer: to be paid by bills of imprest to be made forth by the Navy Board to the Vice Admirals or their deputies; according to the Order in Council of the 26th inst.: [likewise for] 2000l. out of the like loans: to be issued to the Navy on the head of Wages: to be advanced to the Captains of men of war for the procuring of seamen.
Desire the Admiralty Lords to be here to-morrow morning about the order of Council for impresting money to bring [up pressed men to the ports]. Ibid., p. 221.