Minute Book: July 1704

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 19, 1704-1705. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1938.

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July 1704

July 3 forenoon.
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present : ut supra.
[Send word] to the Navy Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon with the Auditors of Imprests about the [Navy] Treasurer's accounts. Ibid., p. 269.
Eodem die afternoon. Present : ut supra.
[The drafts of] letters [of direction] for 15,000l. to French Protestants, for 10,000l. for the King of Spain and for 6470l. for the Duchess of Marlborough et al. are read and approved.
[Send word to] the Earl of Ranelagh and the out pensioners [of Chelsea Hospital] to attend [my Lord Treasurer] on Friday morning.
[Send word to] Mr. [Isaac] Newton and Mr. White to attend to-morrow morning.
[Send word to] the Victualling Commissioners to attend to-morrow afternoon.
[Send word to] Sir Christopher Wren to be here to-morrow morning. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 269.
July 4 forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Issue to Mr. Fox 600l. more to complete a bill of 3600l. for transporting 1500 recruits from Ireland to Portugal :
Likewise 195l. 10s. 0d. for levy money and clothes for 34 men drawn out for Portugal : [to be issued] out of [the voted] Portugal money and to be charged to the Regiment receiving the men :
Likewise 304l. for carr[iage of] clothes from Chester to Harwich. [The above three items are to be issued] out of money saved by respits.
Write to Mr. Sweet that there being great profit made by exchange of the money remitted from Holland to Germany or drawn from Germany to Holland, and Mr. Fox having directions three weeks or a month ago to write to him [Sweet] for an account thereof, my Lord Treasurer on speaking with Mr. Fox finds he has received no [such] account. Write to him peremptorily that my Lord expects a very exact account of this matter forthwith. My Lord is informed the profit hath been above 30 per cent.
Mr. [Isaac] Newton and Mr. White are called in about a method to hinder the counterfeiting of the stamps [used in the Stamp Duties].
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 3900l. for a quarter's salary to the Lord Treasurer et al. is read and approved.
Order the Officers of the Works to take care that none of the officers who are entrusted to make contracts or to allow any accounts be employed by themselves or by any others in their behalfs in any building or work on her Majesty's account. Ibid., p. 270.
Eodem die afternoon. Present : ut supra.
The business of [appointed for] Friday morning next is adjourned till Monday morning at Windsor. Ibid., p. 271.
July 10 forenoon.
Windsor Castle.
Present : ut supra.
Ordered that her Majesty's pleasure be signified to the officers of the Works to make the greenhouse at Kensington pursuant to the alteration of the draft proposed by Mr. Vanburgh.
[Send a] letter to Mr. St. John to prepare a warrant to be signed by the Queen to authorise Mr. Fox to pay to my Lord Galway (whom her Majesty has appointed Commander in Chief of her Forces in Portugal) any sums not exceeding 2000l., without account, towards furnishing his lordship with equipage there, in order to his taking the field : and that the same be placed to Mr. Fox's account of incidents for the said Forces.
The Auditors of Imprests are called in with the Earl of Ranelagh. My Lord Treasurer directs the Earl forthwith to deliver to the Auditors his two remaining accounts, to wit his final account [as Paymaster] of the Forces and his account of the Hospital [at Chelsea] : which he promises to do accordingly.
[My Lord orders] Mr. Robert Montfort, who is going a volunteer to Portugal, [to have] 30l. out of secret service : as the Queen's bounty.
[My Lord Treasurer orders] Sir Alexander Bruce to be told that in regard he [my Lord] cannot conveniently pay the 500l. (as was proposed) to him for [or in lieu of] a grant of the debts owing from several persons in Scotland to her Majesty's Post Office here, her Majesty has thought fit to defer coming to any resolution about granting the said debts : but is willing to allow him 100l. as of her royal bounty, out of secret service moneys : towards the charge of his journey to Scotland. Ibid., p. 272.
July 17 forenoon.
Windsor Castle.
Present : ut supra.
Several petitions are read. The minutes [of my Lord Treasurer's decisions thereon are endorsed] upon them.
Mr. Fox is called in and his memorial is read. [My Lord] ordered that Mr. Fox take up 20,000l. on the Land Tax tallies in his hands for the 40,000 men at 5 per cent. interest : out of which he is to apply 17,324l. 15s. 4d. according to his memorial of this day's date.
Direct him further to raise 1595l. 1s. 0d. on the like letters in his hands for the 10,000 men at the like interest : to be applied to the uses of the said men as in his said memorial.
Direct him also to take up 12,564l. 2s. 7d. on the like tallies in his hands for the Portugal service and to apply same in part of the 150,000l. payable to the King of Portugal for two thirds of a million patacoons for [the charge of] maintaining 13,000 men in Portugal.
Issue 156l. 5s. 0d. to Mr. Fox out of loans on the one third Tonnage and Poundage : which sum, with 9375l. already received by him, is to pay for 37,500 Rix dollars to be paid in bank money at Hamburg by Mr. Stratford at 5s. 1d. per dollar.
The Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army are called in. Their memorials are read and the minutes taken [are endorsed] thereupon.
The Commissioners for Sick and Wounded are called in. [On being] asked what money may be necessary for subsisting the prisoners of war they say about 50l. a day and that it should begin from 1st August. My Lord Treasurer resolves that 1400l. every calendar month shall be paid for the subsistence of those prisoners and that the first payment shall be made on the 1st of August next.
Mr. Dod and Mr. Waters are called in and present a memorial which is read. The minutes are taken [and are endorsed] thereon.
The memorial of Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Roope is read [and my Lord Treasurer orders] 3089l. 8s. 2¾d. of loans on the one third Tonnage and Poundage to be issued to Mr. Fox for the Contingent charges of the 8000 men in Portugal ; the same being intended to be paid over to Mr. Nutin to be applied according to the direction of Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Roope for transporting a battalion of the Guards to Portugal with 20 officers' horses and 15 [horses] for the Earl of Galway. Ibid., p. 273.
July 25 forenoon.
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present : ut supra.
Let Mr. Howe take up any sum not exceeding 50,000l. on the Land Tax tallies in his hands, at 5 per cent. interest : out of which sum he is to pay 17,937l. 6s. 11¾d. as in his memorial of the 22nd inst. and to apply the rest for subsistence of the Guards and Garrisons.
Issue to him 12,394l. 13s. 8d. out of loans in the Exchequer on the Land Tax and on the one third Tonnage and Poundage : being (as in the same memorial) as in further part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for sea [Marines'] service anno 1704 : and likewise 731l. 7s. 8d. as in further part of the 5000l. in the same memorial for Invalids.
The Ordnance may take up 30,000l. on their Land Tax tallies at 5 per cent. interest : to be applied for land service [of the Ordnance]. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 274.
July 25 afternoon. Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Petitions are read : minutes [are taken thereon and are endorsed] upon them.
Give notice that my Lord Treasurer will at Windsor next Monday receive proposals for remitting 100,000l. to Amsterdam, to wit one third at 30 days and two thirds at 60 days after date. Ibid.
July 26 afternoon. Present : ut supra.
[Write a letter] to the Treasurer of the Navy to take up 40,000l. at 5 per cent. on the Land Tax tallies in his hands and out of the same to apply 20,000l. for Wages and 6000l. for Wear and Tear [to wit] to pay bills of exchange and 10,000l. for the Victuallers [to wit] to pay bills of exchange.
The Navy Commissioners, Mr. Dodington and Mr. Papillon and the Auditors of Imprests are to attend this day fortnight, Aug. 9, about the accounts of the Earl of Orford and the said Papillon. Ibid., p. 275.
July 31 forenoon.
Windsor Castle.
Present : ut supra.
Brigadier Shrimpton is called in ; prays (1) that half a year may be advanced to him on his pay as a Brigadier, the better to fit him to repair to his command in Portugal. (2) And he presents a memorial by order of the Earl of Galway wherein 'tis prayed that he may have a store of shoes, stockings, shirts and cravats laid up at Lisbon forthwith for the use of the Army, there being no such things to be had there. (3) He further prays that the Queen be pleased to sign a new Establishment for General Officers [for the service in Portugal] to the number of one Lieut. Gen., two Major Generals and four Brigadiers and that the Queen will name what General Officers shall be paid [out] of the great number now in Portugal.
Upon all which my Lord Treasurer resolves (1) that Brigadier Shrimpton's pay shall be advanced to Xmas next and that in order thereto he is to bring a certificate from the [Army] Pay Office what it amounts to.
(2) that 3000l. shall be paid by Mr. Fox to the order of the Earl of Galway on account of subsistence to the Forces in Portugal ; to be employed in providing a store of shoes, stockings, shirts and cravats for the army in Portugal ; to be laid up at Lisbon : which necessaries are to be charged to the accounts of the respective Regiments from time to time as they shall receive the same, and the value thereof deducted out of their pay to make good the money that is intended be advanced for this service.
(3) As to a new Establishment for the General Officers my Lord will speak with Mr. St. John about it.
[My Lord orders] letters to be sent to the Queen's Remembrancer, the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer and the Clerk of the Pipe forthwith to send him an exact account of all fees claimed or taken by them upon passing the accounts of any accountants in which their offices are any ways concerned.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] to the Auditor of the Receipt is read and approved for issuing 13,126l. 1s. 4d. to Mr. How out of loans in the Exchequer on the seventh 4s. Aid and on the one third Tonnage and Poundage ; for uses as in the said Howe's memorial of the 22nd inst.
[The draft of a] letter to Mr. St. John is read and approved for him to prepare a warrant to authorise Mr. Howe to pay (out of the abovesaid 13,126l. 1s. 4d.) the sum of 10,649l. 12s. 9d. for six months' subsistence to three Regiments in the West Indies to the 23rd Dec. next, computed from the last muster rolls returned ; and a clause [is] to be inserted in the warrant for setting [charging] the same upon the Colonels till they produce the muster rolls in due form : [the said sum is to be applied to the said three Regiments as follows] :
£ s. d.
for Col. Handasyde's Regiment 3576 17 9
for Col. Livesay's Regiment 3573 16 9
for Col. Whetham's Regiment 3498 18 3
£10649 12 9
[The draft of a] letter to the Navy Commissioners is read and approved for them to imprest 1400l. (out of money in the Navy Treasurer's hands) to Mr. Povey, Treasurer for Sick and Wounded, upon account for paying her Majesty's allowance for subsistence to prisoners at war ; in [ready] money ; from 1 August, 1704. [The draft of a] letter to the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded to cause the said 1400l. to be applied accordingly is read and approved.
[My Lord Treasurer orders a] letter to be sent to the said Mr. Povey to pay into the Exchequer all the money remaining in his hands as part of the imprest moneys received from the Treasurers of the Navy on account for the charge of Sick and Wounded during the late war with France.
My Lord opens the proposals offered for remitting 100,000l. to Amsterdam for subsistence of the Forces ut supra p. 42 : viz. : (1) from Mr. Tourton and partners (2) from Sir Stephen Evance and partners (Theodore Janssen and Nicholas Santini & Co.) and (3) from Sir Henry Furnese. The two last being equal and more for her Majesty's advantage than Mr. Tourton's my Lord accepts same [to wit] as for 50,000l. to be remitted by Evance and partners and as to the like sum by Furnese : one third at 30 days and two thirds at 60 days : at the exchange rate of 10 guilders 6½ stivers of current money per £ sterling.
Upon reading the memorial of Andrew Alvez Nuguera (Neguera) and Abraham and Jacob Henkell my Lord is pleased to assure them that by the 1st of Sept. next the value of 100,000 pieces of Eight equal to 75,000 milreis shall be furnished to Mr. Fox to be by him paid over to them (in case they have sufficient power from the King of Portugal [for the receipt thereof]) for corn and other provisions which they are buying for the Portuguese army : and this sum is to be reckoned part of the subsidy for the King of Portugal.
Write to the Postmasters [General] that they proceed to settle the matter before them wherein Mr. Dummer is concerned, and when they have adjusted the same (leaving blanks for the rates and [date of] commencement) they are to present the same to my Lord Treasurer.
Upon reading a memorial of Mr. Howe of the 26th inst. [my Lord Treasurer doth] order that 550l. be issued to him out of the money in the Exchequer arisen by the 25 per cent. on French goods, upon account to clear the servants and soldiers belonging to the Royal Hospital near Chelsea to the 25th Dec., 1703. Ibid., pp. 276-8.