Minute Book: December 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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December 1704

Dec. 1 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord directed] 750l. to be issued to Secretary Hedges on the order in his name for Secret Service. Ibid., p. 23.
Dec. 5 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Sir Henry Furnese [attends and undertakes that he] will this day give bills for 25,000l. for [the Forces in] Portugal and [my Lord Treasurer agrees that by way of reimbursement he] is to be paid out of the first money [voted by the House of Commons] of the funds pro anno 1705.
[Send word to] the [exchange dealers or] remitters to attend to-morrow morning.
Whereas at a late attendance of the Commissioners of the Navy, Sir Thomas Littleton and Mr. Nathaniel Herne about a new lease of the [Navy] Pay Office in Broad Street for 21 years, the said Mr. Herne insisting upon a fine of 1500l. besides the present rent the Lord Treasurer ordered Mr. Travers and Sir Christopher Wren to survey the premises and rate the value of such a lease : and whereas the said Sir Thomas Littleton hath this day attended my Lord Treasurer and acquainted his Lordship that the said Mr. Nathan[iel] Herne (who acts for a son of Mr. Ryder deceased late landlord of the said Pay Office) is now willing to take 1333l. 6s. 8d. which was offered him at his last attendance, for a fine for renewing the lease of the said Office for 21 years from Michaelmas 1706 at 160l. per an. rent, saving that he desires the said house may be insured at the Phœnix Office at her Majesty's charge from fire, which as is alleged will cost 16l. for each seven years of the said term, my Lord Treasurer is pleased to approve thereof, and that 1000l. be ensured thereon for 7 years and so from 7 years to 7 years to the end of the new intended lease provided the charge of such insurance do not exceed 16l. for each 7 years of the said term : and this matter being thus adjusted the said Sir Thomas Littleton is ordered to renew the said lease in the usual form and with the usual covenants and to pay the fine upon ensealing thereof : and the survey [commanded by my Lord] to be taken by Sir Christopher Wren and Mr. Travers is countermanded. Ibid., p. 24.
Dec. 6 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Sir Stephen Evance and partners [to wit Sir Theodore Janssen and Nich. Santini] and Sir Henry Furnese and [likewise] Mr. Tourton [for his partners] are called in and their [respective] proposals for remitting 100,000l. to Amsterdam for subsistence of the Forces are opened : and my Lord finding those of Sir Stephen Evance and his partners and of Sir Henry Furnese are most for the advantage of the public is pleased to agree that they do remit the same by moieties ; their proposals dated Nov. 21 last being alike viz. for 50,000l. payable at 40 days' date at the exchange rate of 10 guilders 7 stivers per £ sterling and 50,000l. at 60 days' date at 10 guilders 8 stivers.
Mr. Pauncefoot presents a memorial signed by Mr. Fox dated the 5th inst. representing it as necessary that provision be made for 70,612l. 8s. 3½d. to wit 59,215l. 8s. 7¼d. for subsistence and pay to the 40,000 men to the 23rd January next and 11,396l. 19s. 8¼d. for the like for the 10,000 Additional men to the same time. It is agreed that if the [exchange houses or] remitters will give their bills for the same or part thereof on Friday next they shall be paid for the value of their said bills as soon as the Land Tax [Act] is passed. Ibid., p. 25.
Dec. 7. forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Write to Mr. Fox for an account of the money in his hands which he hath received for the extraordinary charge of the King of Portugal's 13,000 men, which is to be computed only for the time they have not been in quarters.
[Send] to Mr. Fox to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 26.
Dec. 7 afternoon.
St. James's.
Present : The Queen ; the Lord Treasurer ; the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Eliza[beth] Wandesford [her petition is read] praying the Queen's bounty in consideration of the service of her family to the Crown ; [she] being very poor and having lost an estate of 200l. per an. granted to her in the late reign by the Act for sale of Irish Forfeitures. [Her Majesty orders her] 50l. a year from Michaelmas 1704 [to be paid] per Mr. Nicholas.
Thomas Hyde and Elizabeth his wife [their petition is read shewing] that the late King granted them an annuity of 50l. for life in consideration of eminent services performed to his said Majesty ; which annuity is in arrear since the Queen's accession : therefore praying payment thereof.
[The Queen orders them] 50l. a year from midsummer 1702 [to be paid] per Mr. Nicholas.
Philip Ralegh Esq. [his petition is read] setting forth that there is a debt due to him from King Charles ; that he lost his eldest son in the battle of Schellenberg [in July last] and two other sons in the last war, that he is in very mean circumstances and has a wife and three daughters to maintain : therefore prays a small pension towards his support. [The Queen orders him] 100l. a year from Michaelmas 1704.
Sir Gilbert Gerard, bart. [his petition is read] praying the Queen's bounty to [enable him to] put himself into a condition of service in the army in consideration of the many services and sufferings of his family in the reign of Charles I and II. Speak to the Duke of Marlborough about him.
Nahum Tate, Poet Laureat [his petition is read] praying her Majesty's bounty towards printing a supplement to the new Version of the Psalms. Query [inquire] about this.
Barbara Colenbine, widow of Brigadier Colenbine [her petition is read shewing] that her late husband died on the last Expedition to the West Indies leaving her and two daughters in a mean condition, therefore praying such a pension as may support them. [The Lord Treasurer informs the Queen that] Mr. Blathwayte and Sir Jos. Tredenham have reported the pay due to the late Brigadier Colenbine to amount to 222l. and that of his son as Major of Brigade to 143l. 10s. 0d. making together 365l. 10s. 0d. : and as to several articles amounting to 393l. 18s. 0d. alleged to be disbursed by the Brigadier out of 500l. ordered for contingencies they report [that these cravings] deserve a favourable consideration, most of the services being known to be performed. [The Queen orders] the arrears due are to be paid.
Hellen Vaughan, widow [her petition is read] praying some small pension or [alternatively the] payment of a year and a half's arrears of pension due to her when the [Lottery pensions on the] Royal Oak determined, to enable her to put herself in a way of livelihood, she being very poor. To be paid the arrears due.
Judith Fitzharris, daughter of Edward Fitzharris [her petition is read shewing] that Charles II granted her a pension of 4s. a day in consideration of her father's sufferings and her grandfather's loss of an estate of 2500l. a year, which pension was paid in the reign of Charles II and James II and Wm. III : therefore prays that the said pension may be put in some new Establishment for payment of her debts and future support. [The Queen orders her] 20l. a year [to be paid] for Mr. Nicholas.
Her Majesty in Council having recommended Capt. Thomas to the Duke of Ormonde for a pension or otherwise in Ireland his Grace thereupon reported the said Captain too old for any military employ and that 80l. per an. pension might be a reasonable allowance. The said Captain has 50l. per an. on Mr. Nicholas's Establishment. [The Queen orders him to have] 80l. a year in Ireland but nothing here [in England from Mr. Nicholas].
Mr. Baber [his petition is read] on behalf of the Countess of Sunderland praying payment of last midsummer quarter on a pension of 1000l. per an. lately payable at the Exchequer out of Tenths during the life of the Countess of Clancarty and on 1000l. [per an.] more payable by the hands of Mr. Nicholas and that the last mentioned pension may be continued. [The Queen's answer is] the quarter cannot be paid : the other part is respited.
Mr. Lowman, Housekeeper and Wardrobekeeper at Kensington, [his petition is read] setting forth that he had [allowed to him] 150l. per an. for servants and necessaries in the execution of that employment and the profit of some grounds there which were put into his custody : that since her Majesty's accession to the Crown the grounds have been disposed of and the said allowance discontinued. He therefore prays that the said allowance may be re-granted and that he may have a compensation for the loss of the grounds. The Queen's [answer is that she] did not think he expected any consideration for the ground [but he shall have] 100l. a year for both pretensions from Michaelmas 1704.
James Cardonel, Esq. [his petition is read] praying leave to surrender his place of Court Post to Henry Andrews, Esq. The Queen fears it is sold [corruptly by Cardonel].
The Victualling Commissioners [their petition is read] on behalf of themselves, their officers and clerks praying that their taxes may be repaid them. The taxes to be allowed.
The Excise Commissioners [their petition is read] representing their extraordinary services and expenses in performing the business of riding surveyors as well as Commissioners and thereby saving 1800l. per an. in salaries formerly allowed to such officers : therefore pray some consideration may be had thereof. My Lord Treasurer will speak to them.
Henry, Lord Walden, Commissary General of the Musters, [his petition is read] for a Deputy Commissary to be established in the West Indies at an allowance of 10s. a day. Granted.
Earl of Clarendon [his petition is read] praying that his annuity of 1500l. which is advanced for the quarter to end at midsummer next may nevertheless be paid to him or his assigns quarterly as from Midsummer last or else that he may continue to receive it so as to keep it one year still in advance from time to time until her Majesty's pleasure shall be signified to the contrary : and [desiring to know] whether any part of this allowance may be paid to one Snagg to whom his Lordship hath given a general authority to receive the same until the said Snagg shall revoke his pretension to the same. The Queen is contented at present he should be one year in advance.
Margaret Blanchville [her petition is read] on behalf of herself and two sisters, Ann and Grace Blanchville, in regard of the hardships they suffer by being unjustly deprived of their estates by the late Trustees [for Forfeitures] in Ireland for want of timely application there : therefore praying some allowance on the [Pensions] Establishment of that kingdom. The Duke of Ormonde to whom this petition was referred has transmitted the opinion of the Attorney General there whereby it appears that if the petitioner or any of her family had applied to the Parliament or late Trustees on their articles of marriage they would have been relieved but cannot now, in regard the estate is settled in several purchasers ; and his Grace is of opinion that the deplorable circumstances of this unfortunate family render them great objects of her Majesty's compassion. [The Queen orders them] 50l. a year on the Irish Establishment from Michaelmas 1704.
Mr. Wilcox [Surveyor General of Woods Trent South, his report is read containing] estimates of repairs in [several of the Queen's] forests, with two reports on the petitions of Mr. Portman and Mr. Mildmay. [The repairs are] ordered and Hyde Park is to be walled.
Marquis de Miremont [his petition is read] praying [the grant of] a Commission for finding [some] derelict lands in Lincolnshire. Not granted.
Mr. John Peters [his petition is read] praying in consideration of his great losses in the Exchequer during the time of the recoinage that he may have a grant of several of the particulars mentioned in the Surveyor General's report. Not granted.
Alice Stedman [her petition is read] praying a pension in Ireland in lieu of some arrears due on a pension which she formerly had [paid] in the Office of the Paymaster of the Forces [Ireland. Hereon] the Duke of Ormonde has reported that he is sensible of the petitioner's sufferings and that her condition deserves her Majesty's compassion ; but that the [pensions] Establishment of Ireland is at present much loaded. Not granted.
The Earl of Sussex [his petition is read] praying a lease of some ground and buildings near the Old Spring Garden described by the Surveyor General's report and plan annexed [thereto]. The Queen [says she] will not dispose of any part of the ground within the wall of the Wilderness.
The Countess Dowager of Marlborough [her petition is read] representing that she is the tenant for life of a house, lately part of Mrs. Whitaker's estate now seized into the Queen's hands, that she is indebted for two years' rent due at Michaelmas last which she is summoned to pay to her Majesty's Receiver on Saturday next but is no way able to pay the same ; therefore praying that same may be remitted to her in regard of her great poverty. [The Queen's decision is] remit it or give her so much.
The clergy of Ireland [their petition is read shewing that] having petitioned for a grant of the First Fruits and Twentieths the same was referred to the Lord Lieutenant and by him to the Revenue Commissioners, Ireland, who report that the Twentieth Parts [amount] to 563l. a year and the First Fruits to 450l. a year by a medium or average since the year 1682. Suspended till the [Irish] Establishment be in a better condition.
Sir Thomas Willoughby, bart. [his petition is read shewing] that he and his ancestors by assignment of letters patent of Edward I have enjoyed the profits and royalties of the office of bailiff of Peveril co. Notts, and Derby on payment of the rent of 14 marks per an. ; that leases have been obtained of the perquisites of Courts and quarries in the said manor as believing the petitioner's grant not fully to comprehend them, but no lessee will venture to dispute the same [by trial at law] ; that to prevent trouble petitioner has taken an assignment of the lease in being [of such perquisites and quarries] and hath petitioned for a grant in fee [thereof] with the title of high steward : upon which [petition on reference from the Treasury] the Surveyor General hath proposed a fine of 900l. and 100l. for the mines for three lives at a reserve rent of 50s. per an. : therefore praying that the grant may pass without fine. [The Queen orders] my Lord [Treasurer] to moderate the fine.
Mary, the widow of Anthony Rowe Esq., [her petition is read shewing] that her husband has left her in a very deplorable condition being ruined by a long suit in the Exchequer carried on by the Lady Wood and others in the Queen's name for not passing the accounts of the late revenue of Hearthmoney though no money is due to the Crown [on the foot of the said accounts] : therefore prays some allowance for the support of herself and two daughters or that Mr. Rowe's estate may be seized for the money due to the Queen which was imprested to him for buying hay for [the army in] Ireland and that a grant may be made of some part thereof for their support. An ill precedent.
Elizabeth, the widow of Major Peter Minshall, who died in the Queen's service in the West Indies in Nov. 1702, [her petition is read] praying the Queen's consideration of her, being left with eight small children wholly unprovided for and reduced to great misery. [The Queen orders her a pension of] 50l. a year from Michaelmas 1704 [to be payable] per Mr. Nicholas.
The inhabitants of Westminster [their petition is read] praying liberty that a door may be opened into St. James's Park in the new square called Queen Square, a little below the Royal Cockpit. The Queen says there are doors enough : but Lord Dartmouth to have a particular door giving assurances none shall use it but himself.
Sir John Cotton of Cambridgeshire [his petition is read] setting forth his title to the office of Gamekeeper at Newmarket and his right to the lodge built for a gamekeeper there. To have his right.
Isaac De Roset and others [their petition is read shewing] that they were sent last year into Piedmont by the Marquis de Miremont and put on board a Tartan by Mr. Hill for the expedition designed from Villa Franc and having saved their lives by swimming are returned to England : therefore pray the Queen's compassion on them. [The Queen orders a distribution of] 50l. amongst them by the letters patent.
Lucius, Visct. Falkland [his petition is read] praying that the pension of 200l. a year which the Queen was pleased some time since [to grant] payable to his mother by the hands of Mr. Nicholas for his support and maintenance may now be paid to himself or to such guardian as he shall choose in that behalf. Pay it to his mother.
The [Queen's] servants above stairs [their petition is read] representing that by the Establishment [of the Household] they are only allowed one week's travelling charges for their attendance at Windsor or Hampton Court the whole season : therefore pray to be put upon the same foot with the servants on the Cofferer's Establishment who are allowed half riding charges during the time of their attendance after the first week. [On the said petition] Mr. Vanbrugh reports that the servants below stairs are so allowed. The Queen agrees that the servants above stairs shall be upon the same foot as the servants below stairs as to their travelling charges.
The Gentlemen of the Chapel [Royal] and others thereto belonging [their petition is read] praying an increase of travelling charges. Mr. Vanbrugh to whom their petition has been referred reports that in 1683 the allowance to the Organist, Master of the Children, Gentlemen of the Chapel, Serjeant of the Vestry was 6s. a day each and to the Children of the Chapel and Yeoman and Groom of the Vestry was 3s. a day [each as travelling charge] for their attendance at Windsor and that the same was paid for the whole time of their attendance : that by the present Establishment [of the Household] the Gentlemen [of the Chapel] are allowed only 3s. a day and the Children of the Chapel only 2s. without mentioning the other officers thereof [of the Chapel] and that [such allowances are] only for one week though her Majesty's stay may be of long continuance : that he is of opinion for the reasons in his report that the rates be advanced to the rates allowed by the last Regulation [of the Household] of King Charles [the Second] and that when her Majesty continues abroad above a week they be allowed one half thereof for the continued time. Agreed.
Thomas Herbert, watchmaker [to the Queen his petition is read] representing that besides his established salary he has been constantly allowed for keeping in repair and cleaning the clocks in the several Palaces until the present Queen's reign [such allowance being authorised] by warrants from the Lord Chamberlain : therefore prays that the Lord Chamberlain may be authorised to sign warrants for his bills as formerly. [Upon this matter William Lowndes the Treasury Secretary informs her Majesty and the Lord Treasurer that] upon his application for payment of the warrants made out [by the Lord Chamberlain] for his last bills in the late King's reign to wit in January 1701-2 there was this [Treasury] Minute taken "the warrants to be paid ; but the Treasury Lords will speak with my Lord Chamberlain about ascertaining [fixing] the allowance for the future." By searching in the Treasurer of the Chamber's Office [it appears that] these bills did usually amount to above 130l. per an. [The Queen orders him] to have 100l. a year in lieu of bills and above his present salary. Treasury Minute Book XV, pp. 27-30.
Dec. 11 forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Issue 124,508l. 10s. 4½d. to Mr. Fox on his memorial of the 5th inst. : out of Land Tax, anno 1705 : for uses as follows viz. :
£ s. d.
for subsistence to the 40,000 men from Dec. 24 inst. to Jan. 23 next 59215 8
for subsistence to the Additional Troops for the same time 11396 19
for subsistence to the 10,200 men in Portugal to the same time 14736
for two months' ordinary pay of the 13,000 men to be maintained [in Portugal part] by [her Majesty and] part [by the States General] 14104 11 0
for two months' subsidy to the Duke of Savoy 25055 11 1
£124508 10
[Write] a letter to Mr. How to apply 27,414l. 19s. 4¾d. out of Land Tax tallies anno 1704 in his hands to the subsistence and clearings of the Guards and Garrisons : and out of the money in his hands arising out of Contributions for Annuities to apply 12,655l. 8s. 7d. to subsistence and clearings of the 5000 men for sea service : and out of the like money to apply 1463l. 0s. 8d. for the Invalids : all in accordance with his memorial of the 8th inst. Ibid., p. 31.
Dec. 12 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Issue 300,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy : by tallies on the Land Tax 1705 without interest : to be applied to such uses of the Navy and Victualling as shall be appointed [by my Lord Treasurer]. Ibid., p. 32.
Dec. 13 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Issue 21,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy : out of loans on the Land Tax newly passed : for services as follows
£ s. d.
for Mr. Gould and Mr. Hall on their contract for providing pitch and tar : to be placed to the head of [Navy] Wear and Tear 3000
for imprests and bills of exchange 10000
for the [Navy] Ordinary 8000
£21000 0 0
Mr. Borret to attend on Friday morning. Ibid., p. 33.
Dec. 19 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer directs] 2000l. for the Cofferer ; for wines bought for her Majesty's service and other uses.
Mr. White to be tidesman, London port, instead of Mr. Uriel, deceased, as soon as any presentment for that vacancy comes up.
Sir Thomas Littleton comes in : and upon reading the Navy letters [the Navy Treasurer's memorial for money for the Navy the following issues were by my Lord Treasurer] ordered out of loans on the Land Tax newly granted viz. :
for bills of exchange 5000
for three months on the Course of the Navy 150615
Mr. Howe comes in and presents a memorial for subsistence to the [Guards and Garrisons] Troops and Regiments in England &c. [Upon reading same the following issues were by my Lord] ordered out of the loans on the said Land Tax :
£ s. d.
for 28 days' subsistence for the said Troops and Regiments from the 24th inst. to the 20th of January next : and is in part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. 10451 18 8
for 28 days' subsistence to the same date to the Regiments of Rivers, Rook and Paston and six additional Companies of the Regiments of Handasyde, Livesay and Whetham 2574 5 0
£13026 3 8
Mr. Fox's memorial is read [and my Lord] ordered 30,000l. thereon out of the like loans [on the Land Tax, anno 1705] as in part of 74,860l. 14s. 10½d. for subsistence of the Subject Troops and pay of the Foreign Forces as well of the 40,000 men as of the additional 10,000 men, to carry the same on to the 23rd February next.
Ordered 4134l. 10s. 2½d. to the Paymaster of the Works : out of Civil List money : for a quarter due in the Office of the Works to Michaelmas last.
Ordered 20,000l. to the Ordnance : out of loans on the Land Tax [anno 1705] : whereof 10,000l. is for land service of the Ordnance and 10,000l. for sea service thereof. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 34.
Dec. 20 forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Write to Mr. Brewer to pay into the Exchequer such money as he has in his hands for [or as on account of] the Queen's share of prizes.
[My Lord Treasurer orders] James Vezian to have 130l. 14s. 4½d. in part of 1430l. 14s. 4½d. appearing to be due to him as Purveyor of the Stables in the late King's reign : to be issued out of arrears of [King William's] Civil List moneys.
[My Lord orders] 50l. to Hen. Killigrew : out of Secret Service money.
Mr. Whitfeild's memorial of this day's date is read. Ordered thereupon that the 15,624l. 9s. 8d. for subsistence, offreckonings and clearings to such of the Marines [as are] therein mentioned be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy to be paid over to him [Whitfeild] for those uses : to be issued out of loans in the Exchequer on the Land Tax newly granted.
Mr. St. John and the Comptrollers of the Army are to attend on Friday morning. Ibid., p. 35.
Dec. 22 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in. Major Gen. Erle, Lord Coningsby, Mr. St. John, Mr. How are called in. Resolved that three of the six Regiments [which are] to compose the 5000 men last voted be taken in England and the other three in Ireland. The Duke of Marlborough will speak to Secretary Hedges about them.
Issue out of [the Queen's share of] prize money 2000l. to Mr. How on account of clearings to the 24th Dec. 1703 for the Regiments of Donegal, Charlemont, Erle and Hamilton.
Order the Auditors [of Imprests] forthwith to send hither a state of the Earl of Ranelagh's accounts for the year 1702.
[My Lord Treasurer orders] 10,000l. to be issued to Mr. Fox on account of subsistence to the Forces in Portugal : to be issued out of loans on the Land Tax. Ibid., p. 36.