Minute Book: December 1702

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 17, 1702. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1939.

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December 1702

Dec. 1,
Present: ut supra.
[Write] to my Lord Coningsby to be here on Friday morning about the claims of the officers of the French Regiments. Ibid., p. 283.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: [attendance not stated].
[The draft of a] letter of direction [to the Exchequer for payment of various sums being in all] for 8059l. 3s. 5d. to the 12 Judges et al is read and approved.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read and answered [and the answers are endorsed on them].
The Commissioners of Salt Duties are called in. Their papers are read and answered [and the answers are endorsed on them].
The Excise Commissioners are called in. Ibid., p. 283.
Dec. 2,
Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Order for the issue of 1164l. 15s. 4d. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of appropriated money in the Exchequer; being to discharge a bill for the freight of a ship to carry powder to Barbary and soldiers to the West Indies.
likewise for the issue of 600l. [to same] out of same: to be for transporting the equipage of the Earl of Peterborough to his Government in the West Indies.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayte [are called in]. The petition from the Officers of the six Marine Regiments is read and also the Duke of Orm[on]de's certificate.
The officers and soldiers of "that" Regiment are to be paid to the 24th of August last in such manner as was directed for the 5 Regiments sent to Ireland; and from the said 24th of August the pay is to be governed by their muster rolls only. Ibid., p. 284.
Dec. 4,
Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Desire Colonel Blakiston to attend the Attorney General.
Upon [reading] the Earl of Ranelagh's memorial of this day for [issues for the Forces totalling] 36,541l. 9s. 0½d. my Lord Treasurer directs issues as follows:
£ s. d.
for subsistence of the Forces out of the cash in the Exchequer 6952 0 3
[for ditto] by tallies on the overplus of the Malt Duties 29589 8
£36541 9
and for one day's subsistence more viz. 24 Dec. 1702 283 8
Order for the issue of 6000l. for the Office of the Cofferer of the Household on account.
Write to the Commissioners of Prizes that the Queen has appointed some of the Lords of the Privy Council to be present at the opening of the galeon at Woolwich to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock.
Direct their whole [the Prizes] Board to attend for that service at Woolwich and to give all necessary orders for the despatch of that business.
Also write to the Customs Commissioners for some of their number to attend the same service. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 285.
Dec. 7,
Present: ut supra.
The Commissioners of Prizes are called in. My Lord Treasurer directs them with the Customs Commissioners (two of each Commission at the least) to find proper warehouses for the goods of the first galeon and to meet this day about it and report to him.
Order the Comptroller of Prizes in his accounts to add a column for the appraized value of all prize ships and goods.
Write to the Excise Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon about Mr. Molyneux.
Write to the Customs Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon about a proposition for allowing further time for exportation of goods imported.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to call here the first day they come down to the Admiralty, instead of this afternoon.
Mr.—Chetwynd to be Sub-Commissioner of Prizes in the room of Mr. Boyce. Ibid., p. 286.
Dec. 8,
Present: ut supra.
The Commissioners of Prizes are called in. Ordered that on Thursday next they do unlade the first galleon and that 2 at least of the Customs Commissioners be then present. This order is made on a report of the said Commissioners of the 7th inst. concerning the warehouses. Give notice to the Council of the Prince [as Lord High Admiral] to direct a Flag Officer to be present if they please.
Also give notice to the Dutch Envoy that the first galeon will be then unladed and if the Dutch Ambassadors or himself have a a mind they may appoint any person to be present at the unlading thereof.
[Order for the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 10,000l. on the head of the Ordinary of the Navy and is intended for bills of exchange, imprests and other services proper to that head.
likewise 10,000l. to [same and is intended for] the Victuallers for bills of exchange &c. as in their letter.
likewise 80,000l. to [same for same and is intended] for the Course of the Victualling.
The Bank agrees to advance 100,000l. on the tallies and orders charged on the Land Tax and Subsidies upon the like terms they advanced former sums upon such tallies and orders. Write the necessary letters on this occasion.
Prepare a warrant for 50,000l. a year to the Prince of Denmark during the joint lives of her Majesty and himself. Ibid., p. 287.
eodem die, afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. The proposition for enlarging the time for [allowing ? in the case of the prize goods from Cadiz] exportations to have drawbacks is considered. Mr. Clerk thinks it will occasion greater frauds. Let the paper be sent to the said Commissioners for their opinion.
Send the list (they being goods from Vigo and Cadiz) to the Commissioners of Prizes to see if it agrees with the account they have and to return same.
The Excise Commissioners are called in. Refer to them Mr. Molyneux's last memorial. They acquaint my Lord that they attended the Attorney General whose opinion was clear that the arrear which was due to Mr. Williamson [must] be discharged [it being so prescribed] by the Act, which grants a growing annuity in lieu thereof.
Make a paper of the [state of the] cash to-morrow.
Shut the doors to-morrow morning [for the consideration of petitions]. Ibid., pp. 287–8.
Dec. 8.
St. James's.
Present: attendance not stated [the Queen, the Lord Treasurer].
Sir Richard Blackmore [his papers and case are considered]. The Lord Chamberlain has reported him to deserve a recompense in consideration of his attendance on the late King at Hampton Court and Kensington for 2 years during his [Majesty's] indisposition, over and above his salary of 200l. per an. as Physician [to the King]. Minute hereon: 200l. [is ordered to him].
The Officers of the Ordnance [their memorial is read concerning the] query made by the Auditor of the Imprests to Mr. Bertie's account [as follows as former Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance] viz. if when there is no Master General [of the Ordnance] the [Principal] Officers of the Board of Ordnance are entitled to the Master General's allowance or by what authority they are allowed 4125l. for their executing the place of Master General for 2¾ years ending July 1693; with the answer of the said Officers thereupon, wherein they say that having executed that office during the vacancy they look upon themselves to be entitled to that salary. Minute hereon: disallowed.
The petition of Lord Mountjoy [is read] praying a longer lease of the Castle of Mountjoy and lands thereto belonging wherein he has 10 years to come: on which the Earl of Rochester [Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] and the Lords Justices [Ireland] reported the petitioner as deserving a further term. Minute hereon: granted as far as in her Majesty's power.
Edward Progers Esq. [his papers are read] he praying to be provided for, being 81 years of age and in consideration of several grants made to him by Charles II which have not taken effect. On the said petition the Earl of Rochester has reported that he had a pension granted him of 200l. per an. in the late King's reign out of the revenues in Ireland and that same is fallen by the late King's demise: but his lordship further observes by a former report made by him that Charles II's grant to petitioner was 400l. per an. until the sum of 4000l. should be paid to him in one entire payment: and petitioner's prayer was for 400l. per an. for 14 years certain. Minute hereon: the Queen will continue the 200l. a year during pleasure in the same manner as it was granted by the late King.
Col. Shrimpton and Collector Mathews [their petition is read] praying that 200l. more than the late allowance of 250l. per an. for fire and candle for the Foot Guards may be paid them for the year ended at Xmas last, they alleging the expense to be as great as formerly. Hereon the Earl of Ranelagh reports the establishment of that expense for the year 1700 to be 482l. 18s. 3¼d. and has nothing to object to the allowance craved. Minute hereon: when there is any room for this upon the [head of Army] Contingencies [it may be put thereon].
Thomas Povey prays the usual bounty of 100l. upon Mr. Nicholas's list. The last payment to him was 100l. in Sept. 1701. Minute hereon: the Queen will continue this.
John Latton Esq. [his petition is read showing] that he received his Royal Highness's command to take care of the Harriers (which office he enjoyed in the late King's reign) until further order: that pursuant thereto he kept them till Michaelmas last when they were ordered to be laid aside: and there being an allowance of 800l. per an. for that service on the Establishment of the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office (which is paid to Xmas last) he therefore prays payment of 600l. due at Michaelmas last. Minute hereon: the Queen thinks that 200l. is all that ought to be demanded.
Edith College, the late King's sempstress, [her petition is read] shewing that her salary was stopped for many years to make good an abuse committed by one who was in partnership with her; being very poor she prays the Queen to bestow a pension on her. Minute hereon: no pension.
Henry Wise his estimates [are considered] for putting St. James's Park in repair and for the yearly charge of keeping same. Minute hereon: The Queen would have this finished.
Mary Huntingdon relict of the late Bishop of Raphoe, Ireland, [her petition is read] praying some allowance out of the mesne profits of that see during its vacancy in consideration of the great expenses her husband was at. Hereon the Earl of Rochester [Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] reports that there is 3 quarters' rent due to the Queen out of which her Majesty may bestow one quarter on the petitioner above the quarter due to her said husband at his death: and further that the present bishop of Raphoe may be allowed the other 2 quarters' rent upon consideration of the expense of his translation to that see, provided that the money expended by the Queen's officers in preserving the mansion house and making good some necessary repairs be first allowed. Minute hereon: agreed.
Edward Harris Esq. late Lieut. Governor of Jersey, [his petition is read. Hereupon my Lord Treasurer informs the Queen] his petition was read to your Majesty the 5th of August last and was answered 'something shall be done for him': he now prays your Majesty's relief. Minute hereon: 100l. [as royal] bounty.
Memorandum: to receive the Queen's pleasure as to what the Queen will be pleased to allow to Mr. William Killegrew per an. and where [in what Office] it shall be paid. Minute hereon: 150l. a year from midsummer last on Mr. Nicholas' list.
[A petition is read from] several housekeepers within the City and Liberty of Westminster who have subsisted the poor pensioners payable in the Earl of Ranelagh's Office; praying payment of the money due to them, alleging they had your Majesty's promise for their relief. Minute hereon: the Queen doth not remember this promise.
Henry Killigrew [his case is considered]: Memorandum. There has been paid to Mr. Hen. Killegrew since the Queen's accession (over and above his allowance of 4l. a week and his Lottery pension of 400l. per an.) 50l. on the 10th August last as royal bounty. Minute hereon: 50l. more against Xmas.
Henry Holmes [his petition is read] praying a lease for 31 years of pieces of ground near the Horse Guards on which his father built a small house for his own dwelling and that the fine of 450l. thereon may be moderated to 300l. Minute hereon: granted.
John Felton Esq., High Sheriff of Co. Montgomery, [his petition is read] praying remission of the Queen's moiety of a fine of 500l. laid upon him for not making a return of the writ for electing Members for that county within the time prescribed by the Act of Parliament, he alleging that this his misfortune proceeded purely from omission without any contempt of the said Act or favouring any party. Minute hereon: granted.
Major Foubert [his petition is read] praying to be paid what is due to him for keeping up the Academy and to be allowed time to dispose of his horses in case her Majesty does not think fit to continue the allowance of 500l. per an. Minute hereon. The Queen doth not think fit to continue 500l. per an. but would encourage the keeping the Academy at Oxford. Treasury Minute Book XIII, pp. 289–290.
Dec. 9,
Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Ordered that the following funds amounting in all to 6069l. 15s. 6¼d. (viz. 243l. 11s. 10½d. remaining in Mr. Povey's hand on the 6 Nov. 1702 according to an account from the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded; and 5826l. 3s. 7¾d. part of 100,000l. to be advanced by the Bank as by the Minute of the 8th inst. supra p. 97) be applied as follows in further part of the arrear due on the account of Sick and Wounded: viz.
£ s. d.
for [quarters and cure &c in] the West Indies 1416 9 0
for [ditto in] the Mediterranean 1368 5 10¾
for transport and subsistence of prisoners 1011 1
for apothecaries, hospitals and trusses 2143 1 2
for stationery wares 130 17 10
£6069 15
On Friday morning my Lord Treasurer will hear the business between the late Bishop of St. Davids and Mr. Lucy. All parties to have notice.
The first galeon is not to be unladen to-morrow but on Saturday next at 10 o'clock. Notice to be given to all parties.
Petitions are read [and my Lord's answers are endorsed thereon].
Pay to the Works, Mr. Shales and Sir Stephen Evance so much as is due to them since 8 March last. Send for the [Principal] Officers of the Works on Friday morning to satisfy my Lord [that] the money shall be applied to debts incurred since 8 March last only.
Issue the 3731l. 13s. 11¾d. [now resting] in the Exchequer of Civil List arrears due before 8 March last, to satisfy the list of warrants payable out of those arrears, as far as it will extend.
Issue 500l. [to William Lowndes] for Secret Service:
likewise 500l. more for ditto. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 291.
Dec. 11,
Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[The draft] letters to the Navy Commissioners and the Treasurer of the Navy for 10,000l. for the Navy, Victualling and Sick and Wounded are read and approved.
[The draft] letter for Mr. Wise's works in St. James's Park is read and approved.
[Ordered that on] 12,000l. out of the remainder of the tallies in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy and drawn on the Land Tax and Subsidies [the value thereof] is to be borrowed and paid over to Mr. Whitfield, Treasurer for the six Marine Regiments, upon account of subsistence [of same] from August 24 last.
Order for the issue of 30,000l. more to the Earl of Ranelagh by tallies on the overplus of the Malt Duties: to be for remittances and as in part of 700,000l. [for the 40,000 Troops].
likewise for 1000l. to same out of the cash in the Exchequer applicable to the Forces: to be as in further part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. [for the Marines anno 1702]; being intended to be paid over to Col. Columbine's Regiment for pay to the day of their going to the West Indies.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
Write to the Customs Commissioners to cause an appraisement to be made of the [Cadiz] "plunder contained in the memorial" and to deliver same.
Upon receiving an account from the Earl of Ranelagh of what is due by the musters to the Regiment of Haro, issue that sum to the Earl of Ranelagh without further order.
Order for the issue of 50,000l. to said Earl for subsistence to the Forces in Ireland, whereof 33,889l. 8s. 2½d. [is to be satisfied] by tallies of pro on the overplus of the Malt and 16,110l. 11s. 9½d. out of cash in the Exchequer. Ibid., p. 292.
Dec. 14,
Present: ut supra.
The debt in the Office of the Works from March 8 last to Michaelmas [is ordered] to be paid. Ibid., p. 293.
Dec. 15,
Present: ut supra.
Write to the Earl of Ranelagh to come to-morrow morning with an account of the sums he has received upon the 700,000l. [for the 40,000 Troops]; what payments have been made out of the same and upon what heads and how much remains in the hands of him or his deputy and how much will complete the charge of the 40,000 men to Dec. 24 inst. and particularly how far the payments hitherto made have carried on their subsistence, offreckonings and clearings.
Sir Henry Furnace and partners will give their bills this evening for 44,000l. and they are to have the money [in repayment for same] by Xmas next. Ibid., p. 294.
Dec. 16,
Present: ut supra.
The Duke of Marlborough and the Earl of Ranelagh come in. The Earl's memorial concerning the 40,000 men is read and considered. Mr. Sweet is writ to for a more exact account.
Ordered that 37,000l. be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh by tallies on the overplus of the Malt Duties upon account for the pay of the 40,000 men and as in further part of the 700,000l.: and it is intended that all the offreckonings due to the clothiers to Dec. 24 next be satisfied out of the same. Ibid., p. 295.
Dec. 18,
Present: ut supra.
Mr. How comes in.
Order for the issue of 1000l. [to William Lowndes] for Secret Service.
Prepare an advertisement that on Tuesday the 29th inst. my Lord Treasurer will be ready at the Treasury Chambers near Whitehall to receive such proposals as any persons will make for remitting to Holland the money which will be necessary for the maintenance of her Majesty's Forces in the Low Countries for 6 months from 24th December [inst.]; and such persons are in the meantime to deliver their proposals sealed up to his Lordship's secretary.
This to be in next Monday's Gazette [and also to be] set up at the Excha[nge] and at the door of this [the Treasury] Office. Ibid., p. 296.
Dec. 21. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[Write] to the [Gentlemen of the] Bank to be here on Wednesday morning.
Let [John] Tailour [William Lowndes's assistant] inquire and certify what allowance the Almoners have had since the Restoration from time to time.
Write to the Customers Commissioners that my Lord Treasurer understands that the stationer that served them is dead and the Archbishop of York desires that his brother may serve the [such stationery to the Customs] Office which he will at as reasonable rates as any other, [and that] thereupon my Lord is pleased to recommend him in case they have no objection.
On Wednesday my Lord Treasurer will hear all parties about Lucy's account.
Write to the Agents for Taxes and William Holbeach to be here on Wednesday morning. Ibid., p. 298.
Dec. 22,
Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
In case the Bank do advance 12,000l. upon part of the tallies on the Land Tax &c. remaining in Sir Thomas Littleton's hands and the fund [thereof] shall prove deficient to repay the said 12,000l. and the interest thereof, my Lord Treasurer resolves that the same shall be made good out of some other money applicable thereto.
Order for the issue of 279l. 19s. 0d. to Mr. Roberts for the Duke of Northumberland for repairs at Windsor Castle.
The Earl of Rochester [Lord Lieutenant of Ireland] comes in and also the Lord High Admiral's Council.
The Navy Commissioners are called in.
The said Commissioners say as to Wear and Tear they take their naval stores in Ireland for the ships that have their stations there and instead of declaring for the Victualling there for 12,000 men it may be for 24,000 [struck through] a greater number, Ireland being proper to furnish victuals and the Victuallers have had offers from Ireland to serve on their Course. It is not unpracticable to pay wages there, but what will become of the men's families ? They can pay only the men on board there, the recalls must be [paid] here and there is hazard in sending the [ships] books to Ireland, and it will not answer much [produce much profit] to Ireland.
[My Lord Treasurer desires that] the Navy Commissioners will consider this matter further and report. Treasury Minute Book XIII, p. 297.
Dec. 23,
Present: ut supra.
The account of Mr. Lucy is examined and settled.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
Mr. Blathwait is to prepare new Establishments for [the Forces in] Holland and England.
Write to the Earl of Ranelagh to send a state of his account as to Poundage [deductions from Army pay] and [Army] Contingencies for last year.
The Agents for Taxes and Mr. Holbech [are called in]. [My Lord directs that] they are to examine his [Holbech's] discovery. Ibid., p. 299.
Dec. 24,
Present: Lord Treasurer.
Order for 500l. to the Earl of Winchilsea and 955l. to Mr. Robinson. Ibid., p. 300.
Dec. 29. Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Upon a memorial from the Navy Board it is ordered that 30,000l. be issued [to the Treasurer of the Navy] out of loans on the Land Tax passed this Session: to be for pay of the Kingfisher and other ships named in the said memorial.
likewise 10,000l. for carrying on the pay of the ships at Portsmouth.
likewise 20,000l. for pay of the ships at Chatham.
likewise 96,000l. for half a year's pay to the Yards to Sept. 29 last: but know first to what heads this 96,000l. must be applied.
Write to the Agents [for Taxes] to know what is come in of the last year's [Land] tax.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
Write to Mr. Sweet that by reason of the fall of the agio and the exchange the English Forces from Dec. 24 'last' [inst.] can be supplied at the rate of 10 guilders 15 stivers for a pound sterling and no more and that remittances will come by the next post to be paid to the Foreign Troops as usual and to the English [Troops] at this rate, although the exchange at this time is not higher than 10 guilders 3 stivers and no undertakers offer more.
[Write] to my Lord Ranelagh to certify my Lord Treasurer by to-morrow morning how he hath remitted the money put into his hands for the Danish subsidies and how far the same hath been applied.
Order [is made by my Lord Treasurer] for the issue of 200,000l. to the Navy Treasurer out of loans to be made by himself on the Land Tax at 5 per cent. interest; taking care that if he receive interest thereupon he be charged therewith in the imprest certificate: and [my Lord likewise makes] order that the [repayment] order for 300,000l. already lent by him on that fund bear no interest, he having agreed thereto.
Order for the issue of 200,000l. to Mr. Fox for the Forces in Holland: to be issued out of loans to be made by himself on the same fund: to bear interest at 5 per cent.; taking care ut supra: and let these [letters of] direction be executed at the Exchequer to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 301.
Dec. 30,
Present: Lord Treasurer.
[Write] to the Officers of the Jewel House, Mr. Shales and the present [Queen's] Goldsmith to be here on Monday morning at 9 o'clock.
State what is due to the 10,000 men [Marines] for sea service to 24 Dec. 1702, how much thereof for offreckonings and how much for clearings; and how much is unissued to the Earl of Ranelagh to complete the 87,000l. [87,125l. 10s. 0d. for the Marines] and how far the 12,000l. lately advanced by the Bank extends on the Register [of orders repayable in course upon or] for the last year's Land Tax and Subsidies.
Sign the letters [of direction] for 14,179l. 4s. 2d. for the [Queen's] goldsmith and jeweller.
Mr. Ward and others of the Bank are called in.
In case the Bank do advance 10,000l. more upon part of the tallies on the Land Tax and Subsidies of last year remaining in Sir Thomas Littleton's hands and the fund shall prove deficient to repay the said 18,000l. and the interest thereof at 5 per cent, my Lord Treasurer resolves that the same shall be made good in [ready] money to the Bank by Michaelmas next at the furthest.
The money due to Mr. Auditor Done for making up the accounts of the Marine Regiments is to be paid out of the unappropriated moneys of the 25 per cent. Duty on French Goods.
[Write] to the Auditors of Imprests and Auditors of the Revenue to attend on Saturday morning with representations of all accountants behind in their accounts: and desire the Chancellor of the Exchequer to be here then.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to be here on Tuesday.
Order for the issue of 1000l. for the Messengers [of the Chamber on their] bills: to be issued out of [the late King's] Civil List moneys due before 8 March last.
Order for 20l. to Samuel weely. Ibid., p. 302.