Minute Book: July 1705

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20, 1705-1706. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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July 1705

July 3, forenoon.
Windsor Castle.
Present : ut supra.
Papers [of reports and petitions] are read and minutes [are endorsed] upon them.
[My Lord Treasurer] directs 2000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of money in the scheme [of Naval cash and is to be] for the head of Wear and Tear and to be paid over to Mr. Gould and Mr. Hall on their contract for pitch and tar.
likewise 1333l. 6s. 8d. to same on the same head, being to satisfy a fine for a new lease of the Office of the Treasurer of the Navy.
[My Lord directs] 600l. to Henry Baker for [Crown] law charges, to satisfy pensioners &c. to June 30 last and other uses : to be issued out of Civil List money. Ibid., p. 103.
July 11, forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : ut supra.
On Mr. How's memorial of this day [as Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, the following issues were by my Lord Treasurer] ordered out of the funds of this year viz.
£ s. d.
in part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons anno 1705
for clearings to June 24 last, in cases where the [muster] rolls are returned 7970 2 6
ditto for Garrisons to the same time 1654 13
fire and candle [for the Garrisons] to same time 950 0 0
Contingents to the same time 1984 12 11
subsistence to Dec. 23 next for the Company at Bermudas 330 14 2
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men for sea service anno 1705
for clearings for Rivers' and Paston's [Regiments] to 24 June 1705 1306 18 6
ditto for the Regiments of Handasyde, Livesay and Whetham to same time 324 16 6
for 6 months' subsistence to the 23rd Dec. next for the last named 3 Regiments 10131 6 9
as in part of 5000l. for Invalids anno 1705 817 1 0
"for other payments see the [said Howe's] memorial."
[Letter of direction for the] issue of 16,312l. 10s. 1d. to the Navy Treasurer in part of 49,100l. for wages demanded by the Navy Commissioners' letter of the 5th inst. : to be issued out of 5295l. 10s. 1d. of loans on the Land Tax anno 1705 [3-4 Anne c. 1] and 11,017l. of loans on Low Wines &c. [3-4 Anne c. 18].
likewise 13,451l. 13s. 4d. to same as in part of 3 months to the Navy for the Course : to be issued out of loans on the Land Tax [anno 1705].
[Letter of direction for] 35,776l. 10s. 0d. to Mr. How on his additional memorial of this day for Guards and Garrisons.
[Same for issues as follows to the Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] on Mr. Bridges' memorial of this day viz.
one month [for subsistence] for the 40,000 men
one month [ditto] for the 10,000 men
one month [ditto] for the Forces in Portugal
one month [ditto] for the General Staff Officers there
Contingencies there [in Portugal] for 2 months
one month [on the subsidy] to the King of Portugal
two months [on the subsidy] for the Duke of Savoy
Appoint [by advertisement in the Gazette] this day week in the forenoon for receiving proposals for remitting 24,888l. 14s. 8d. [as the sterling equivalent] for 106,666 Crowns to Turin at 82 sous, money of Piedmont, for each Crown.
[Request] Mr. Fox [as late Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] to make a demand for the Prussians to 24 June 1705.
[My Lord orders] 681l. for two warrants to Col. Hill.
Write to Mr. Methwyn that my Lord Treasurer has put his account into my [William Lowndes's] hands to examine and I have proposed sending it to an auditor to state : then there must be a privy seal to allow it, because the articles [items] are too general and it wants vouchers ; and that the balance shall be paid him [after declaration of said account]. The account is [by my Lord Treasurer] referred to be stated accordingly.
[It is agreed that] Sir Henry Furnese is to lend 9000l. on the tin after the sum already lent : and out of it he is to be paid 4500l. to complete 12,500l. for 50,000 Crowns by him remitted to Hamburg for the King of Denmark.
[My Lord directs the issue to William Lowndes of] 1000l. for secret service.
Mr. Griffin and Mr. Asgill are called in. The Attorney General's report and Mr. Griffin's last memorial is read.
Mr. Asgill says the Attorney General of Ireland founds his report upon a copy of a claim and decree which he hath not truly recited and if it were truly recited yet he is mistaken in point of law, and that the lands are not in the Queen ; and he desires that the Attorney General of England may examine if the Attorney General of Ireland has stated the fact right and whether his conclusion be true : if so, Mr. Asgill will acquiesce in the opinion of the Attorney General of England. If he be of a contrary opinion Mr. Asgill hopes my Lord Treasurer will not proceed upon it.
[My Lord] ordered accordingly : and the Attorney General here [of England] is to peruse the said report and the claim and decree therein mentioned and Mr. Broderick may attend the Attorney General in behalf of Mr. Griffin.
The [Principal] Officers of the Works are called in. Mr. Jackson says he has not wrought since the order to the contrary. Mr. Vanburgh says he has wrought since, in Mr. Palmer's name.
Mr. Vanburgh says he imployed Kidwell.
Sir Christopher [Wren] says he should have been brought to the Board [of Works].
[My Lord Treasurer] resolved that the former order (that no person sitting at the [Works] Board shall be concerned in any work in his own name or [under the name of] any other) be renewed and that the offender shall lose his place.
Resolved : that no person shall be employed to perform any work [for the Office of Works] till a previous contract be made at the Board by the Chief Officers [of the Works] or the major part of them.
Renew the order that no new or additional work shall be done without order.
When the article of 40l. for fees is explained, write a letter [of direction for the payment of salaries] for last Xmas quarter for the Works.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance are called in. Write to them to take the security from Mr. Mordant according to their report of the 10th inst.
[My Lord orders preparation of] a p.s. [privy seal] to transfer the 20,700l. tallies in Mr. Bertie's hands [as late Treasurer of the Ordnance] to Mr. Mordant [as present same].
[My Lord directs] 9771l. 6s. 5¾d. to the Cofferer to complete last Lady day quarter to the Household. Treasury Minute Book XV, pp. 104-5.
July 11, afternoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer,
[Send word] to Mr. Charlton to be here this day week in the forenoon.
Reports and petitions are read [and my Lord's answers are endorsed thereon]. Ibid., p. 106.
July 12, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord directs the] Privy Purse to be paid constantly 500l. a week the year round from the 8th day of March last.
[My Lord orders the] Auditors of Imprests to attend next Wednesday morning about the Earl of Ranelagh's accounts etc.
[My Lord decides that] Mr. Parke's allowance for getting in arrears of prizes etc. [is] to be only 2s. in the £.
[My Lord directs the issue to William Lowndes of] 2000l. for secret service.
[My Lord directs the] issue of 6629l. 14s. 10¼d. to Mr. Fox on Mr. Pauncefoot's memorial of this day : out of funds anno 1705 : and is "to complete her Majesty's proportion of the subsidy to the King of Prussia payable monthly till the 4th of July 1705 for the 8000 men sent into Italy." Ibid., p. 107.
July 18, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My Lord Treasurer will take the Queen's pleasure [on ... ?].
[My Lord directs that the] 15,000l. for the French Protestants [is] to be paid.
[My Lord directs] 4000l. for the subsistence of the Marines [to be paid to the Paymaster of the Marines by the Treasurer of the Navy] out of money already issued [to the said Treasurer] for wages [of seamen].
The Auditors of Imprests are called in. Write to the Earl of Ranelagh to perfect the accounts of the [Chelsea] Hospital to Xmas 1692 [now] lying before the Auditors and forthwith to bring in the accounts for the remaining time of [his executing] the Treasurership of the Hospital.
The state of his [Ranelagh's] accounts of the Forces to Xmas 1702 is re-referred.
Memorandum : to speak to the Commissioners of the Victualling about employing two Commissioners by name to carry on the [perfecting and passing of the] old accounts.
The [Imprest] Auditors' paper of [the state of] all accounts before them is read and [my Lord Treasurer's decisions and] answers are [written] in the margin [thereof].
Proposals for remitting money to Turin are opened and read : and Sir Theodore Janssen being willing to remit 106,6662/3 Crowns to Turin at 56 pence per Crown (in lieu of the contract made 27th March last supra Tr. Cal. XIX, p. 77) my Lord agrees thereto. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 108.
July 18, afternoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Petitions and reports are read and answered [and my Lord's answers are endorsed or margined thereon].
[My Lord directs the issue of] 4000l. to Mr. Fox out of Civil [List] money [and is intended to be paid over] to Mr. Machado in part of 8000l. on his warrant for extraordinaries [for extraordinary loss of horses and bread waggons during the 1704 campaign and for 52 extra days' pay for the bread waggons in that campaign] anno 1704.
[My Lord orders] the Treasurer for Sick and Wounded to have 2800l. out of the funds designed for that service as soon as money comes in thereupon.
Prepare a warrant for Col. [Henry] Durel [Adjutant General and aide de camp to the Duke of Marlborough] for 500 guineas [for bringing the news of the forcing the French lines near Neerhespen and Heilissem]. Ibid., p. 109.
July 20, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Commissioners of Prizes and Mr. [Charles] Bargrave [late agent for prizes at Deal are called in]. The whole matter is re-referred to the Commissioners of Prizes.
Several Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. It is desired [by my Lord Treasurer] to borrow 100,000l. on the Land Tax. They will acquaint the Directors.
Desire Mr. Palmes to be here on Wednesday morning about Mrs. [Mary, widow of Anthony] Stephen's debt [on the loan order on the second 4s. Aid ut supra Tr. Cal. XIX, p. 495].
[My Lord directs the] issue of 20,000l. to Mr. Bridges out of loans to be made by himself on Low Wines [Act 3-4 Anne c. 18] and 20,732l. 16s. 3d. [out of loans similarly] on the Two Thirds Subsidy [Act 3-4 Anne c. 3] : and is for the Portugal services as in his memorial of this day. Ibid., p. 110.
July 25. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord directs the] issue of 24,888l. 17s. 9d. to Mr. Bridges out of loans to be made by himself or Sir Theodore Janssen on the Two Thirds Subsidy anno 1705 : and is for 2 months subsidy from Oct. 4 next to Dec. 3 next to the Duke of Savoy by way of advance, being 106,666 crowns of 82 sols [each] of money of Piedmont at 56 pence English per crown.
[My Lord directs] 1608l. 10s. 0½d. to be issued to the Duke of Somerset upon account for the Stables. Refer his last account to one of the Auditors of Imprests to make a state [thereof in order to its being declared].
Send to Mr. Johnson [Johnston] to pass his account [of 2750l. issued to him in 1702 for the use] of the Stables.
Mr. Hawksmore in the account of the Stables is to be allowed 50l. for 2 years' service.
[My Lord orders] Sir Christopher Wren and Mr. Travers to view Serjeant Darnell's stables at Windsor and report the condition they are in, and their opinion as to the yearly value and the purchasing of them.
John Williams is called in with others. Their proposal about tin is read. My Lord [decides that he] will make no agreement with others upon such a proposition as this.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of] 32,787l. 9s. 11d. for wages [of seamen and is] to complete 49,100l. to be issued out of the funds in the Exchequer.
The Duke of Ormonde comes in. [My Lord Treasurer discourses him and decides] to represent to the Queen that the Earl of Abercorn have 1000l. a year for 3 years out of the revenue of Ireland in lieu of 500l. a year and the [Duty on] tonnage of foreign ships by him surrendered.
Petitions and reports are read and answered [and my Lord's answers are endorsed or margined thereon].
Col. [Daniel] Park is called in. He desires his passage money [to the Leeward Isles whither he is going as Governor].
My Lord [determines that he] will sign no more [Lord Chamberlain's] warrants for paying for any jewels till he have a certificate of the value of them from Mr. Charlton, Master of the Jewel Office. Ibid., p. 111.
July 31, forenoon.
Windsor Castle.
Present : ut supra.
Papers [of reports and petitions] are read [and my Lord's decisions and] answers [are endorsed or margined] upon them.
Upon reading a petition this day of Nathaniel Boothe Esq., Surveyor of the Green Wax, for payment of his salary of 250l. per an. at the Exchequer [instead of out of the Hanaper] in regard the revenue [of the Greenwax] doth not suffice to satisfy the same, my Lord Treasurer agrees that one year shall be paid him at the Exchequer out of Civil List money but says that the petitioner must never expect any more to be paid him that way. Ibid., p. 112.