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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Present : The Queen ; the Lord Treasurer ; the Chancellor of the
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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. :
for subsistence to the 40,000 men from Dec.
24 inst. to Jan. 23 next
for subsistence to the Additional Troops for
the same time
for subsistence to the 10,200 men in Portugal
to the same time
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]
for two months' subsidy to the Duke of Savoy
[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.
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.
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
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
for imprests and bills of exchange
for the [Navy] Ordinary
Mr. Borret to attend on Friday morning. Ibid., p. 33.
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
for three months on the Course of the Navy
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 :
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.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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.