Minute Book: January 1705

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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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January 1705

1704-5. Jan. 3 forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer [Lord Godolphin] ; Chancellor of the Exchequer [Henry Boyle].
Order Mr. Fox to apply the 4500l. in his hands to discharge the levy money for 1500 recruits sent to Portugal from Ireland, taking care that this 4500l. be charged to the Regimental accounts of the Portugal Forces according to such proportions as shall be signified by Lord Galway. And Mr. Fox is to direct his deputy Mr. Morris to call on my Lord Galway for the said proportions.
Issue to Mr. Fox the sum of — for levy money for — recruits for the Regiment of the Earl of Donegal sent to Portugal : and 5000l. to buy 1000 horses in Ireland for the services of Portugal.
[Order for] 4751l. 14s. 9½d. to Mr. Nicholas to complete the pensions in his hands to Xmas last.
[Order for] 2300l. to Mr. Lowndes for Secret Service.
[Send word] to the Auditor of the Receipt, the Clerk of the Pells, the four Tellers of the Receipt and the chief clerk to be here on Tuesday at 10 o'clock about matters relating to the Exchequer.
[Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of] 122,191l. 4s. 0d. for the course of the Victualling [to carry same] to the end of January 1703.
[Send word] to Mr. [Isaac] Newton to come to my Lord Treasurer's house to-morrow morning.
[Order for] 21,500l. to be paid to Mr. Sweet by Mr. Drumond out of the money advanced on the tin in Holland. "And issue 21,500l. to Mr. Fox upon account of subsistence for the 40,000 men ; who is to pay the same into the Exchequer in the name of John Aynstys as the produce of tin, to be applied for the repayment of loans in course [on the said tin] and the interest thereof." Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 37.
Jan. 5 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Order for the following] issue to Mr. Fox out of loans on the Land Tax.
£ s. d.
to complete the subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Troops composing the 40,000 men to Feb. 23 next 16104 5
to complete to the same time the subsistence to the four English Regiments and full pay to the Foreign Forces composing the 10,000 men in the Low Countries 7256 9 5
to complete the subsistence of the Regiments in Portugal to same date 3764 13 4
[Same for the issue] to Mr. Whitfield, out of same, of 10,168l. 9s. 4d. for subsistence of the Marines for Dec. 24 last to Feb. 24 next. Ibid., p. 38. Disposition Book XVII, p. 186.
Jan. 8 forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Chamberlain of London is desired to procure loans on the Land Tax [anno 1705] and the Lord Treasurer will allow him 5s. per 100l. for paying in and receiving back [such loans] and keeping accounts [thereof]. (This minute is re-drafted so as to include the Malt Duty as well as the Land Tax.)
[Send word] to the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army to be here to-morrow morning. The Duke of Marlborough will be here then. Prepare an account of all the sums voted and the particulars upon which the Votes were passed in relation to the 40,000 men and the 10,000 men.
[Send] to the Commissioners of Stamp Duties to be here to-morrow morning. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 39.
Jan. 9 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Agents [for Taxes] are called in. The Lord Treasurer exhorts them to use their diligence in getting in the public moneys.
The officers of the Exchequer are called in. Mr. Presgrave's examination is read. They are to consider with my Lord Halifax [the Auditor of the Receipt] whether the examination is likely to contain a true discovery of the frauds purchased in the Exchequer and what means will be best to prevent such practices for the future.
[My Lord orders] a year to be paid to the Mathematical boys [of Christ's Hospital on the annuity for their support].
The Duke of Marlborough comes in. [My Lord Treasurer discourses him and orders the] issue to Mr. Fox out of loans on the Land Tax of the two sums of 6725l. and 24,665l. voted this sessions for recruit horses and levy money. Mr. St. John will make a distribution of these sums.
The Duke mentions the extraordinaries of last year.
Mr. Cardonel's letter of the 5th inst. is read and the resolutions [thereon minuted by the Lord Treasurer] are in the margin [thereof]. Ibid., p. 40.
Jan. 11 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Petitions are read [and the Lord Treasurer's resolutions thereon are minuted in the margins thereof].
My Lord orders so much to be issued to the Treasurer of the Ordnance as will pay for the guns for which the Office of Ordnance is indebted to the Prize Office : to be issued out of loans to be made by [the Treasurer of the Ordnance] himself on the Malt Act anno 1704 : without interest : [to be taken] as part of the proportions [voted] for the Office of Ordnance anno 1704 : and the said Office is to deliver over the tallies and orders for the said loans to the Treasurer of the Prize Office in satisfaction for the said guns.
[Send word] to Monsieur Jollivet to be here to-morrow morning about Mada[me] D'Auverquere's affair.
[Order for the issue of] 10,000l. to the Cofferer on account for last Xmas quarter [for the Royal Household.] Ibid., p. 41. Disposition Book XVII, p. 188.
Jan. 12 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Order for the issue of] 10,000l. for the Household.
Send to the Commissioners of Excise, and the Commissioners of Prizes and the Attorney General to be here on Monday morning about the Duty of prize brandy.
Sir Jacob Ashley et al. are called in with the Commissioners of the Stamp Office about the distribution of stamped paper &c. in co. Norfolk and Norwich. The Lord Treasurer will consider [of it]. Barnes, [William] on giving sufficient security, is to be officer for both [Co. Norfolk and Norwich City], "the like being generally practised in almost all other places. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 42.
Jan. 15 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Commissioners of Prizes and the Excise Commissioners [attend] concerning the brandy at Plymouth. The Attorney General is present and says there is no doubt but that the brandy may be reduced to single brandy by the Lord Treasurer's warrant and Duty paid accordingly. Prepare a warrant on the report of the Excise Commissioners.
Send to the officers of the Exchequer to attend to-morrow till 3 o'clock. Ibid., p. 43.
Jan. 17 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders the issue to the Paymaster of the Ordnance of] 20,000l. for sea service and 20,000l. for land service out of the funds of the year.
[My Lord orders] 30l. to be paid for the mill at Windsor.
Mr. How is to contract with Sir Jeffery Jefferys for remitting the money to New York.
[My Lord orders] 50,000l. to the [Treasurer of the] Navy : out of Contributions for Annuities : to be for Wages.
And 5000l. to same on the head of Wear and Tear and 8000l. on the Ordinary : out of the like Contributions : [the whole 13,000l. to be] to pay [naval] bills of exchange and imprests.
And 51,956l. (being 32,356l. on the head of Wear and Tear and 19,600l. on the head of Ordinary) to pay the Yards for Lady day quarter 1704.
And 24,000l. for the Victualling : to pay foreign bills of exchange &c. as in the [Victualling Commissioners'] letter of the 15th inst.
[Order for] 10,000l. to Mr. Scobell out of the Civil List money : for bills of exchange [for buying tin]. Ibid., p. 44.
Jan. 20 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders] 17,457l. 3s. 7d. to be issued to Mr. How [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] out of loans [to be made] by [How] himself on the Malt Duty for the year 1704, without interest : to clear the Forces in his care of pay to Dec. 24 last : the particular uses thereof are to be expressed [in the letter of direction].
When he [How] has the tallies for these loans [my Lord orders the] issue to him of the like sum out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1705, that he may be at liberty to save the interest of the said tallies to the public by applying the ready money to the present occasions.
Lieut. William Sibbald is called in, after his memorial was read relating to frauds in the taking up of transports. He says that the Mr. Evans mentioned in his information is master of a transport ship and lives at Redriff. My Lord Treasurer ordered that Mr. Evans do attend on Monday morning.
Memorandum : a letter was sent accordingly but the messenger brought back word that the said Evans is now in the service at Gibraltar. Ibid., p. 45.
Jan. 23 forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord orders] 75,000l. to [be issued to the Treasurer of] the Navy for Wages : out of the funds of this year :
and 12,000l. more on the head of Wages, to pay the Flag officers to the end of December last, with their table money and the pay of the chaplains and the muster masters.
My Lord directs the following issue to Mr. Fox [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] : out of the funds of this year : viz.
£ s. d.
for providing saddles and other accoutrements for 144 men to be added to Brigadier Cunningham's Regiment of Dragoons at 3l. per man 432
to complete 25,694l. 8s. 11d. for two months' full pay for the King of Portugal's 13,000 men from the 1st of this instant January to the last of February next (for which Mr. Fox is to procure a royal warrant) 11589 17 11
for 59 days' subsistence to the English Forces there [in Portugal] from Feb. 24 next to April 23 next 26197 4 7
for the pay of the General and Staff Officers for same [time] 1839 6 8
for two months' subsistence for the Duke of Savoy being 106,6662/3 crowns at 82 sols [each, money of Piedmont] at 563/8 pence English per crown 25055 11 1
in part of 27,364l. 3s. 8¼d. for subsistence of the Subject Troops part of the 40,000 men from 24 Feb. next to 23 March next 5000
£70114 0 3
Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 46. Disposition Book XVII, p. 198.
Jan. 26 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Commissioners of Prizes are called in. Their papers are read [and my Lord Treasurer's decisions] and answers [are minuted and endorsed] on them.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in. Ordered that 10,000l. be issued to Mr. Fox out of the funds of this year viz. 8000l. on the order for the 40,000 men and 2000l. on the order for the 10,000 Augmentation Troops : and is intended for extraordinaries, to wit towards recruiting the foreigners' horses lost by the great distemper among horses.
One month's subscription more is ordered for the 40,000 men and the 10,000 additional men.
5000l. more is ordered to Mr. Fox on the order for the 40,000 men : [and is to go] towards recruiting the horses of the English Troopers and Dragoons lost by the distemper.
[My Lord orders the issue of] 3000l. more for tin.
Prepare new contracts for Monsieur Machado [for supplying bread and bread waggons]. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 47.
Jan. 31 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
No entry of any minute. Ibid., p. 48.