Minute Book: January 1702

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January 1702.

1701–2. Jan. 2,
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
Order for the issue of 1700l. for secret service.
The sums due this Xmas to the poor of the several parishes [in London and Westminster] are to be paid.
Write to the executor of William Aldworth [late Auditor] to bring hither all accounts and vouchers in his hands relating to Wine Licences.
Write to the two Auditors [of Imprests] to certify the produce of the revenue of Wine Licences and of the fines and forfeitures [thereon] for the 8½ years [during which the said revenue stood under farm or management] and how much, including debts, became due for each of the said 8½ years. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 89.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. The memorial is read concerning their warehouses for prohibited goods.
Sir Thomas Cook et al of the Old East India Company are called in. They say that the 4 warehouses at Buttolphs Wharf are not fit for their goods and desire that their goods may be deposited in their own warehouses at St. Helens and offer to give security to comply with the Prohibition Act [to wit the Act 11–12 Wm. III, c. 10 clause 6 which prohibited the wearing after 29 Sept. 1701 of wrought silks, Bengals and stuffs mixed with silk or herba of the manufacture of Persia, China or East India and ordered all such goods to be brought into a public warehouse in order to their being re-exported].
The [Customs] Commissioners think there will be danger of embezzlements and mingling the prohibited goods (that have no drawback) with remains of goods entitled to a drawback.
Sir S. Dashwood says the prohibited goods may be lodged [separately or] by themselves and that their own warehouses are incomparably the safest: those at Buttolph Wharf are such that none can come to see them to buy there.
Mr. Godolphin says those that buy the goods practise frauds every day. A draper may buy some of these goods and get a drawback as for goods entitled to a drawback. Mr. Godolphin [sic ? for Sir S. Dashwood] says that "these" [? proposals or warehouses] are meant only for the prohibited goods of the ship Anne and not for what shall hereafter come in.
Send to the Exchequer for an account of the principal and interest unpaid upon the first 15 per cent. [Duty on East India silks and muslins, on their sale] by the candle.
At length by the advice of the Customs Commissioners it is the opinion of my Lords that the goods imported in the ship Anne may be carried to such warehouse of the Old Company at St. Helens called the Blewhouse where no other goods or remains of goods are lodged and there [to be] examined and sorted, [on condition or] so that the goods prohibited as wares in England do remain in the same warehouse and not be carried thence but [save] in order to exportation, and further so that the other part of the cargo of the said ship be removed to some other separate warehouse not being in the same range or having any communication with the warehouse where the prohibited goods shall be lodged: the whole being to be complied with to the satisfaction of the Customs Commissioners. Treasury Minute Book XIII, pp. 89–89b.
Jan. 5,
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Pelham.
Write to the [Principal] officers of the Works to attend to-morrow week and meantime to send an account how all the money they received last year has been applied: and also a state of the present debt of the Works.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners for a certificate by to-morrow of what quantities of saltpetre have been entered inwards last year; and by whom; and how much exported.
Upon a certificate of the Earl of Ranelagh my Lords do order 14610l. 14s. 6¾d. to be issued to him out of loans to be made by himself on the Low Wine Act to complete the clearings of the Guards and Garrisons to Decr. 24 last.
Cast up how much has incurred for subsistence to the Forces in Holland till this time by the Regulation [the King's Regulation for Subsistence]: [and] how much [has been] paid for Subsistence, Offreckonings and Clearings. Ibid., p. 100. (fn. 1)
Jan. 7,
Present: Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
[Order for the following issues] to the Navy
£ s. d.
for recalls (whereof 200l. out of loans on Low Wines; 67l. 6s. 6d. out of the 5s. per ton on French Shipping; 4l. 13s. 3d. out of the 22d. per poundweight on silks; 7728l. 0s. 3d. out of the 25 per cent. on French goods) 8000
for wages to ships (of which 775l. 19s. 1¼d. out of the 25 per cent. on French goods and 8254l. 0s. 3½d. out of arrears of Customs at Xmas 1699) 9029 19
Ibid., p. 101.
eodem die, afternoon. Kensington. Present: the King: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
Lady Riche's petition [is read] concerning an extent for 866l. The King gives her 400l.
William Strong's petition [is read praying] to be allowed his taxes as a late Commissioners of Excise in like manner as the rest of the said Commissioners had their taxes allowed. Granted.
Sir Lambert Blackwell [his petition is read. The King orders him] to be paid half a year on his ordinary and to be paid on his extraordinaries as far as the others are.
William Pawlet, Gallery Keeper, his petition is read. [The King orders that] his old salary is to be continued on the Establishment.
Henry Paget [his petition is read] praying some relief from his Majesty until the return of his brother the Lord Paget from Turkey. The King directs the like sum for him as was paid him last year.
Robert, Lord Hunsdon [his petition is read] praying the King's bounty. [The King] orders him 100l.
Thomas Baston's petition is read praying a reward for making draughts of some lighthouses. [The King orders him] to have 30l. in full [of all his pretensions].
The French pensioners [their petition is read. The King orders them] to be paid 15,000l. about the same time as last year: and in the meantime the Household to have half a year.
The widow of Mr. Vanloon [her petition is read. The King orders her] to be paid her arrears.
La Mellionère [his petition is read] about 500l. which he received. Speak to Lord Coningsby about it.
Mr. Ralegh [his petition is read. The King orders him] to have the allowance of a Page of Honour from this time [onwards].
The Earl of Ranelagh [his petition is read. The King orders that he] is to have the benefit of the recognizances forfeited [by] — Poictevin and his sureties.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1000l. for Secret Service. Ibid., p. 102.
Jan. 9,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: The Earl of Carlisle; Chancellor Boyle; Mr. Hill; Mr. Pelham.
Direct the officers of the Exchequer to reserve the loans on the two Votes of Wednesday last [the Votes of Credit of the House on Jan. 7 for 600,000l. to be borrowed for the Navy and 50,000l. to be borrowed for Guards and Garrisons].
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to be here next Tuesday morning about the application of the remaining funds of last year.
Sir L. Blackwell to be paid half a year on his ordinary and 2 bills of extraordinaries.
Send to the two East India Companies to know what quantities of saltpetre are in their [respective] custodies and desire them not to dispose of any to private uses till the King's pleasure be signified for furnishing the [Ordnance] Stores.
Lord Halifax informs my Lords that Presgrave, clerk to Mr. Palmes [out of the 4 Tellers of the Receipt] is run away and 4500l. is wanting in the cash [in that particular Teller's Office]. My Lords desire his lordship to make issues of the money chargeable upon Mr. Palmes as fast as he can.
[Order for] 1500l. to be issued to Mr. Stratford; making 19500l. [in all for the Swedish clothing].
Let 7076l. 14s. 5¾d. out of the cash that is or shall be in the Exchequer of last year's funds be issued to the Navy Treasurer for the arrears of Sick and Wounded as by the List [or Scheme of Exchequer payments]: to be paid over to Mr. Povey for that service in further part of 20,000l. and the former directions of this Board are to be observed in the application of this money.
[Write] the Agents for Taxes to attend on Tuesday morning.
Order for the issue of 3873l. 6s. 4d. to the Earl of Ranelagh upon account of Subsistence for the Forces in Holland: out of loans on the last part of the [3700l.] weekly payments [out of the Excise]. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 103.
Jan. 13,
Present: Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Gentlemen of the Bank to be here to-morrow morning.
A warrant is ordered for issue of Exchequer process viz. diem clausit extremum against the estate of Spendelove, late Receiver [General of Taxes for co. Stafford] and of Rowly, one of his sureties; and of scire facias against his sureties now living.
The Agents for Taxes are to hasten the sureties of Mason to pay their proportions [of his debt as late Receiver General of Taxes for co. Cambridge].
In case Mrs. Williamson (or Sir William St. Quintin who is her husband's surety) do within 14 days pay into the Exchequer 3485l. 18s. 2¾d. or such other sum as will fully clear all her husband's accounts [as late Receiver General of Taxes for co. Yorks. &c.] then my Lords will pay the sum of 2000l. in part of Williamson's allowances out of such arrears as are applicable thereto. Ibid., p. 104.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
Desire the Bank to lend into the Exchequer 10000l. upon the latter part of the weekly payments: and order 6000l. thereof to the Earl of Ranelagh to be remitted into Holland for subsistence of the Forces there.
Write to the two East India Companies and the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance to be here on Friday morning about furnishing saltpetre according to their [the said Companies'] covenants.
The Commissioners of Customs and of Excise [attend]. Mr. Dod [appearing of counsel] for the Customs queries whether Excise officers can seize brandy for being imported in unsizeable cask. He says they have no power to seize for a forfeiture.
The Solicitor General, for the Excise officers, says they do not pretend to such a power but have applied to get such a power.
Mr. Cowper thinks any one has a right to inform [enter an information] in the Exchequer [Court] and the Excise officers informed first but they consented that the Customs officers might proceed [therein]; which was done in deference to this [the Treasury] Board which would be judge of the respective officers' merits.
Mr. Bridges insists that the Customs Officers have tried the cause and the right belongs wholly to them.
The Solicitor General says the Customs officers alleged a collusion in the Excise officers against their having any part of the forfeiture, and they come to defend themselves against that pretended collusion.
The petition of William Farnolls in this cause is read.
Mr. Dod says Crawford, Scarfe and Edes, on pretence of going to Rochester for faggots went to Dunkirk to fetch brandy: when they came back Scarfe, an impotent person, was left in the ship; Edes and Crawford went off and sent two men who holloed to the master who brought them aboard and they seized [the brandy] and put on the broad arrow and the master with the seamen bring the brandy into Ramsgate: if the brandy were worth 9s. and it be valued at 6s. of which the King has 3s. and these men got something it was worth the while.
Mr. Bridges says no man takes this but as a fraudulent seizure: it was all done by consent, for the master of the ship and the seamen could have carried those men where they would, but at the desire of the brewer and the shoe maker the ship was brought up.
The affidavits of Witherden and Trapham are read.
Mr. Cowper says Crawford gave Mr. Onslow previous notice that he would make this seizure; he carried them to the public warehouse; sent notice to the Excise Commissioners before the Customs officers intermeddled: [he] owns that Crawford betrayed the master of this vessel; he had intelligence that they would come where they did; waited six nights for them.
Mr. Banister [speaks] to the same purpose and that if the Excise officers had any design to smuggle they might have done it.
Mr. Clerk says the Duty comes to 6s. 4d. a gallon and if it were [ap]praised at 6s. a gallon and the seizers would give their moiety to the proprietor something might be saved.
Mr. Onslow says the officers in this matter pursued his directions.
Mr. Cowper says if the King has half and the officers have any competent share there could be no gain by forfeiting the goods to save the Customs and it would have been more profit to have run the goods as might have been done.
[My Lords decide] as to Edwards' seizure [that] all proceedings [are] to cease: the brandy to be sold to best advantage and the money to attend my Lords' determination.
My Lords determine that out of the seizer's moiety the charges of prosecution be deducted and that one fourth part of the remainder be given to the Excise officers as reward for their service.
The [gentlemen of the] New East India Company [attend.] Their paper about their discount [for prompt payment of their Duties] is referred to the Attorney General. They promise not to dispose of any saltpetre now in their warehouse or [which is] to cone in their next ships till the King's [Ordnance] Stores are supplied.
Write to Mr. Wallinger to be here on Friday morning.
See what is due to the Gondola Keeper. Ibid., pp. 105–6.
Jan. 14,
afternoon, [sic for forenoon.]
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
Direct the Navy Commissioners to assign the bills, upon their [the Navy] Course, for payment out of the tallies and orders for that purpose in the Navy Treasurer's hands on the present Land Tax, so far as the same will extend.
Issue 21595l. 2s. 7½d. to the Navy Treasurer to complete 275000l. for wear and tear for the year 1701: out of loans to be made on the Low Wine Act: and to be applied to the Course.
Likewise 62746l. to complete 190,000l. for the Navy Ordinary for the same year: out of the like loans and to be applied to the Course.
Likewise 4833l. 7s. 7½d. in part of 13,660l. 6s. 8d. remaining for extraordinary repairs: out of the like loans: to be applied to the Course.
Likewise 87,508l. out of loans on the Vote [of Credit of Jan. 7 inst. for 600,000l. for the Navy: and is to be] for Wages for half a year due at Midsummer last.
Likewise 83661l.: out of same: for Wages to seamen.
The Earl of Halifax and Mr. Palmes [attend.] The memorial of Mr. Palmes's son is read. Ibid., p. 107.
Jan. 14,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present: the King: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
The memorial of Lord Fairfax [is read. The King orders him] to be paid another year upon his pension within this year.
The Countess of Dorchester's memorial [is read]. Nothing is ordered.
[The King orders] half a year to the Duchess of Grafton and to the others that used to be paid when she is paid viz. Duchess of Cleveland, Duke of Southampton, Duchess of Monmouth and Duchess of Buckingham.
Examine the particulars of the sum expended last year in the [Office of] Works at Whitehall.
The King [says he] ought not to be at the charge of any works [? on private lodgings] at St. James's.
[The King orders that] the 50l. a week to the Gardens and the money for the mason, plumber and others at Hampton Court are to be paid weekly; and my Lords are to consider of paying the present debt to the Works: and my Lords are to have a state of all the works ordered to be done this year.
My Lords acquaint the King with Mr. Palmes's loss of 6700l. or thereabouts [by fraud in his Office of one of the four Tellers of the Receipt]. The King directs that no more money be charged in his office [of Teller] till the rest of his remain be near issued and vouchers be produced for it; and then he may go on with receiving and paying provided he do in a reasonable time make good this loss.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1000l. for Secret Service.
The Speaker [of the House of Commons] is to have a service of plate. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 108.
Jan. 16,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
Sir John Conyers, Mr. Appreece, junr. and Major Farrer are called in. Sir John pays this day his proportion of Mason's debt and my Lords will stay the process against him till it can be seen whether the rest of Mason's debt can be recovered by proportion from the other sureties. Mr. Appreece will forthwith get a private bill prepared to sell his estate to pay his father's proportion and in the meantime if desired, will convey all his estate as my Lords shall direct towards raising the King's debt. My Lords will stay the process upon his father's bond till next Lady Day. Major Farrer promises before Lady day to raise money to pay his proportion and within 15 days to bring his son to give satisfaction that he will join in mortgage or sale of his estate. If he fails in either, process is to issue against him. Direct the Agents for Taxes to write to Mrs. Williams (who lives at Buckden in Huntingdonshire, she is another of Mason's sureties) to pay in the money she is bound for or else process against her is to issue presently. And direct them to take forth process immediately against John Pickering, another of the sureties, and to take especial care of this last process because the King's debt as to him is in some danger, as my Lords are informed.
Mr. Twitty and Mr. Pelham, Deputy Clerk of the Pells, are called in: also Mr. Palmes. Mr. Pelham says as fast as Mr. Clayton can make the old [Exchequer] Bills into new Bills they shall be issued. Mr. Twitty thinks Mr. Palmes should not receive again till the money lost is made good.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [are] called in. Write to the Old [East India] Company to send hither an account of the quantity of saltpetre which they can now furnish from their stores or [from] their ships newly arrived; and desire some of their number to be here on Tuesday morning concerning same.
Write to the Officers of Ordnance to be here on Tuesday morning.
The letter [of direction] for 89,174l. 10s. 3d. for the Navy is read and approved.
The letter [of direction] for assigning the [Navy debt] bills in course upon the Land Tax talllies [is read and approved].
The letter [of direction] for 2175l. for the Secretaries of State is read and approved.
[Write] to Mr. Strickland to be here on Tuesday morning.
[Write] to the Victuallers to be here on Tuesday with an account what is due upon each month for their [Victualling] Course. Ibid., pp. 109–10.
Jan. 20,
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners to attend at 6 o'clock this afternoon.
[Write] to the Auditors to state the accounts of the Post Office and present the same to this Board.
[Write] to Lady Katherine O'Brien and Mr. Sprott to be here on Tuesday morning next.
[Write] to Mr. Lilly to be here to-morrow morning.
[Order for] 200l. to be paid to the Earl of Ranelagh as superintendent of the Works for half a year due at Xmas last: [to be paid] per the Office of Works.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. Issue 30,000l. to the Ordnance for sea service: out of the loans on the Vote (fn. 2) [of Credit of Jan. 7 inst.].
[Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of] 14449l. 6s. 9d. for 4 weeks' subsistence to the 21st inst: to be paid out of the loan of 50,000l. for Guards and Garrisons.
The letter [of direction] for 2876l. 16s. 6d. to be issued to P. Hume to pay Mr. Robinson's bill is read and approved.
Sir Thomas Cook says the Old East India Company has about 240 tons of saltpetre which shall be furnished to the Office of Ordnance at the price by the covenant: and [my Lords order that] the Office of Ordnance is to pay for the same.
The Victuallers [attend]. Ordered that 142,684l. 1s. 11d. be issued [to the Navy Treasurer] out of the loan of 600,000l. to the Navy Treasurer for the Victualling: to be applied to the Course of the Victualling for the months of April—Sept. 1701.
[Order for the issue to same of] 2000l. more out of same for rebuilding the offices and storehouses of the Victualling, by direction of the Admiralty.
[Order for the issue to same of] 20,000l. for Short Allowance Money, Necessary Money to pursers, bills of exchange and other Contingencies of the Victualling: to be issued out of same.
[Order for the issue out of Civil List money of] 1000l. for the Speaker's equipage.
Mr. Guy Palmes presents Mr. Charles Medlicott to be his first clerk [in his Office of Teller of the Receipt].
[Write] to Mr. John Pelham to be here to-morrow morning.
Mr. Green's order of 344l. 10s. 0d. is to be paid out of unappropriated arrears after 2000l. to Mrs. Williamson.
The Commissioners of Wine Licences to be here on Tuesday morning next with a state of their Office. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 111.
Jan. 20,
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill.
The Excise Commissioners [attend.] Their papers are read and answers [are endorsed] on them.
[Write] to Mr. Wallinger to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 112.
Jan. 21,
Present: Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
Write to the Auditors of Imprests to despatch the accounts of the Post Office and not to insist on any fees till the accounts are declared.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to take care to inform themselves and my Lords what goods [are] liable to the 15 per cent. Duty till Michaelmas last [when the prohibition of wearing East India silks &c. commenced]. They'll bring this account on Tuesday.
Mr. Wallinger is called in. He insists upon his fee of 12d. per tally. Query: whether it be in the inquisition taken temp. James I. He says he will proceed in examining the tallies and submit the fees to my Lords' determination. My Lords think 50l. will be a reasonable compensation [for his fees].
Give notice to Sir Edw. Seymour and Mr. Maddocks and the Navy Commissioners to be here on Tuesday morning about Sir Edward's [Navy] account.
Francis Mose to be collector of Shoreham in the room of James Rhodes who is to be dismissed.
Mr. Twitty says Mr. Palmes has no reason to complain that money is not delivered [out at the Exchequer] to pay the [letters of] directions [drawn] upon him. Mr. Pelham says till now he has had money for all the directions on him but now 8000l. is demanded. Mr. Twitty sees no safety till the cash [embezzled from Palmes's Office of a Teller of the Exchequer] is made good.
Ordered that the respective officers and clerks [in the Offices of the four Tellers of the Receipt] who are entrusted to open the chests and examine the vouchers daily do take notice of such directions as are or shall be made by the Auditor of the Receipt to be satisfied by Mr. Guy Palmes the Teller; and do open the chests in his Office and see the money taken out to satisfy those particular directions; and that they or some of them do also see the actual payment thereof to the parties upon such directions, and that the vouchers for the same be duly taken to discharge the Exchequer; [all] so far as the cash (whether it be in [Exchequer] Bills or in specie) will extend thereunto.
And write to my Lord Halifax [Auditor of the Receipt] to certify my Lords how much actually remains in Mr. Palmes's Office of cash, either in money or [Exchequer] Bills and how much of the cash chargeable in that Office is wanting and to certify to my Lords of what particular taxes, branches and revenues his whole remain doth consist.
Mr. Palmes says that before all the money actually in his son's Office is paid away he will replace the money now wanting there.
And [my Lords further order that] no more money is to be charged in Mr. Palmes's Office till further order. Send a copy of this minute to Lord Halifax.
Order for the issue of 14,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy, 4000l. thereof on the head of Wear and Tear, 3000l. on the head of Ordinary and 7000l. on the head of Wages: to be issued out of loans [forming] part of the 600,000l. and is intended for Contingencies relating to the Fleet. Ibid., pp. 113–4.
Jan. 21,
[afternoon] Kensington.
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to Mr. Salathiel Lovel and Sir John Stanley to attend on Friday week about the forfeited estate of — Horton.
The King comes in.
Lord Ewers [Eure, his petition is read. The King orders him] to have 100l. as of royal bounty.
Lord Falkland [his petition is read]. The King will not make a settlement on him but gives him 100l.
The Yeomen of the Guard their petition and Mr. Vanbrugh's report are read for 2556l. 13s. 0d. [By the King's direction] my Lords are to speak with the Lord Chamberlain about them.
The money allowed in my Lord Portland's bill of extraordinaries for the master of the ship hired to carry his equipage to and from France is to be paid out of Civil List moneys. But see what has been paid already thereupon at the Transport Office.
Mr. Latten's [petition is read. The King directs that his] salary as Master of the Harriers for 6 months at Xmas is to be paid.
The Staff Officers of the King's two Regiments of Foot Guards [their petition is read and] referred to the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayte.
[The King orders] 500l. to Major General La Meloniere out of the revenue of Ireland in consideration of the like sum the King ordered him in 1691 as a bounty but which is since placed to the account of his pay.
Dr. Christian Harrell [his petition is read. The King orders him] to be continued on Mr. Nicholas's list for so much as he had there.
Mr. Speaker [of the House of Commons his petition is read. The King orders that he is] to have 2 services of plate. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 115.
Jan. 23,
forenoon. Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present: Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill.
Direct 125l. [to be issued] upon the warrant for the mayor and churchwardens of Windsor [for Windsor poor].
[Ordered that the] 6250l. which by the list [of Civil List payments] is placed for the Wardrobe to be paid on the 25th June 1702 is to be paid presently; and the 6250l. which is now placed on [same as to be paid on] 12 March 1701–2 is to be placed on 7 May 1702.
Order for 1000l. to be issued to the Usher of the Exchequer upon his bills.
The letter [of direction] for 89,174l. 10s. 3d. for the Navy is read and approved.
Order for 1500l. to be issued to Mr. Roberts on his order of the 1 Feb. 1699–1700 for lands bought and works performed about the Little Park at Windsor.
A warrant [is ordered] to stay the process against Sir John Conyers because he has paid his proportion according to the Minute of the 16th inst. supra p. 6.
Stay the process against Apreece till Lady day as by the [same] Minute.
Major Farrer says his son refuses to join.
[My Lords] direct process to issue against Farrer and Mason.
The letter [of direction] for 1027l. 2s. 0d. to satisfy the warrants for the poor of several parishes is approved. Ibid., p. 116.
Jan. 27,
Present: Earl of Carlisle, Chancellor Boyle, Mr. Hill, Mr. Pelham.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners not to attend this afternoon.
The Duchess of Cleveland's warrant of 2350l. [is] to be paid by 100l. a week.
The letter [of direction] for 5600l. to the Duke of Grafton et al is read and approved.
[Order for the issue of] 1000l. for Secret Service.
Mr. Gauntlett [order for] 90l. for him.
Lady Katherine O'Brien and Mr. Sprott to be heard next Tuesday afternoon.
Sir John Standly and Mr. Salathiel Lovel to be heard then.
Lady Mary Howard's executors [are] to be paid the arrear of 150l.
Order for 100l. a year from Xmas last to be allowed to Mr. Borret (in addition to his 400l. a year) for keeping 2 clerks and all other charges incidental to his office [of Treasury Solicitor].
Prepare a list [or scheme of payment] for the [Messengers'] bill money in the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office.
Issue 40,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh out of loans to be made by him on the weekly payments out of the Excise: to be for the subsistence of the 12 Battalions in Holland.
Write to Mr. Blathwayte to prepare a [royal] warrant for paying 1682l. 5s. 7d. to the Bank for the allowance of 2 stivers per £ on 168,228l. furnished to the Forces in Flanders in 1695 before the commencement of their [the Bank's] contract: [to be issued] without any deduction of poundage [and to be] instead of the warrant of 23 March 1697 for the same sum.
Sir Edw. Seymour [is] called in. He desires my Lords to peruse the demands in his Navy account and that it may be finished. Mr. Stephens' account of cash is first read and then that of Mr. Maddocks.
Send to the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance the paper containing the quantity of saltpetre which the New East India Company has; and direct them to make a contract with that Company for that whole quantity at the price regulated by their covenant, and to pay for the same on delivery.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. Write to Mr. Maddocks forthwith to deliver to the Navy Board the Voluntary charge (in all its parts) proper to be applied to the last half year's account of Sir Edw. Seymour, late Treasurer of the Navy. And direct the said Commissioners forthwith to examine the ledger of the said account with preference to all other accounts; and if there be allowances demanded for which no regular vouchers are produced the Commissioners are speedily to certify same to my Lords for their final direction thereupon.
Order for 300l. out of the Civil List money to the Earl of Ranelagh to pay half a year's pension to Lord Fairfax, but specify the time when due and the term for which the pension is granted.
[Order for] half a year to be paid to the Commissioners for Trade, their Secretary and incidents. Ibid., pp. 117–8.
Jan. 28,
Present: ut supra.
My Lords being informed that the C[ommissioners] of C[ustoms] have not granted their deputation to Mr. Merrick according to the direction of this Board, do command that his deputation be despatched forthwith.
The Commissioners of Wine Licences are called in. Direct the Comptroller to keep a control of all the moneys growing due for the Wine Licences so that the same may be a full and certain charge upon the Commissioners in their accounts annually.
Direct the [said] Commissioners to take security from their cashier Mr. John Hill. Direct them to send my Lords an account of all arrears, distinguishing those which were due at the end of the 8½ years' contract from those incurred since up to the date of the present commission.
The letter [of direction] to the Exchequer to pay 237084l. 13s. 9½d. as in the list [or scheme of Civil List payments; being] for the Household et al is read and approved.
Write to the Customs Commissioners to attend on Tuesday afternoon.
Order for the issue to the Earl of Ranelagh of 7224l. 13s. 2d. for 2 weeks' subsistence [of the Forces] to 4 Feb. next: to be issued out of the loans on the Vote of Credit.
Desire the Earl of Ranelagh to be here next Tuesday. Ibid., p. 119.


  • 1. Pages 90–99 are missing in this volume. The omission is clearly due to wrong pagination as there is no sign of the excision or loss of any pages.
  • 2. The Vote of Credit on the 7th Jan., 1701–2 was twofold viz. (1) 600,000l. "for the Fleet" and (2) 50,000l. for Guards and Garrisons. (C.J. XIII. 656.) Neither Vote made any reference to the Ordnance; and no estimate for Naval Ordnance (Ordnance Sea Service) was submitted to the House in this Session. But on the 13th January the House voted supply for 40,000 men in the sea service at 4l. per man per month for 13 months "including the Ordnance for sea service." The above Treasury Minute can only be based on this Vote of the 13th Jan. although that vote neither specifies the amount intended for Naval Ordnance nor makes any reference to the Vote of Credit. For the Land Service of the Ordnance on the other hand the House called for Estimates on the 17th Jan. These Estimates were submitted on the 19th Jan. and detailed Votes of Supply were taken thereupon on the 5th Feb. Furthermore on the 10th Feb. the Chancellor of the Exchequer acquainted the House that whereas 650,000l. hath been paid into his Majesty's Exchequer pursuant to the Votes of this House for the loan of the like sum for the use of the Navy and Guards and Garrisons; that in regard some of the money lies dead and that there is occasion to apply some of the money upon account of the Land Forces who are to be put on board the Fleet and that in case the House shall not object against it the same will be done accordingly. in which the House acquiesced. (See C. J. XIII. 683, 695, 701, 719, 738.) If this paragraph has any meaning (or grammar) it would seem to be that the explicit appropriation of 600,000l. to Navy and of only 50,000l. to the Army was being over-ridden and that the interpretation by the Treasury of the terms of the Vote of Credit was so loose or arbitrary that it was thought better to obtain the consent of the House to it.