Present : Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Bridges is called in and his memorial is read.
[My Lord ordered the following issues] thereupon :
for Major General D'Offarrel et al. on the order
for 150,000l. for the King of Portugal : and
is to be issued out of loans on Low Wines
[3-4 Anne c. 18] or on the Two Thirds
Subsidy [3-4 Anne c. 3]
for 4 months' subsistence to the Dukes of
Hanover and Zelle in lieu of douceurs &c.
to 23 Oct. next : and is to be issued out of
loans or other money [and on the order]
for the 40,000 men anno 1705
to complete 5000l. to Mr. Churchill and
Mr. Harnage for small clothing &c. sent
to Portugal : on the order for 10,200 men
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 8000l. out
of loans on Low Wines or [the Two Thirds] Subsidy : and is intended
for Wages to seamen.
My Lord Halifax comes in. My Lord Treasurer asks him if he
hath any objection to the granting a pardon to Robert Presgrave
concerning the fraud committed by him in the Receipt of the
Exchequer. He says he hath none. Treasury Minute Book XV,
Present : Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord directs the issue to William Lowndes of] 500l. for secret
The Agents for Taxes with Sir Michael Bydulph are called in.
The reports of the former and the reasons of the latter for an abatement
[on the composition proposed by said Agents to be set upon
him as a surety of Morgan Whitley] are considered. It being insisted
on Sir Michael's behalf that the valuation of 4 years' purchase for
his life (he being in a bad state of health) is too high, my Lord
Treasurer condescends to abate one year's purchase, provided the
composition money be paid viz. 2500l. by Xmas next and the rest
by the 1st of March next. The Agents for Taxes are forthwith to
adjust the sum and to propose to my Lord, in a report, upon what
taxes and in what proportions on each tax it is to be paid in.
The Navy Commissioners and the Victualling Commissioners are
called in. The two points concerning Mr. Papillon's account for
1698 are adjusted. See the report of the Victualling Commissioners.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Paymaster of the Ordnance of]
10,000l. for land service of the Ordnance : out of loans on the Two
[Likewise to the Paymaster of the Works of] 1323l. 1s. 0d.
to complete Mr. Wise's first bill.
[Likewise to] Mr. Tailer of 2000l., on the order in his name for
[building at] Woodstock.
[Likewise to the Master of the Great Wardrobe of] 5000l. on
account of the debt in the Office of the Great Wardrobe incurred in
her Majesty's reign. Ibid., p. 114.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Ordered that the officers of the Exchequer do take in any loans
upon the tin from time to time so [long] as that the loans remaining
thereon unsatisfied do not exceed 100,000l. in principal] money.
See the agreement with the Duke of Albemarle concerning Mote
Park as contained in the privy seal.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 500l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber :
on account to defray the extraordinary charge of her Majesty's
progress to Winchester. Ibid., p. 115.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 1500l. to be imprested to the Cofferer against
her Majesty's remove to Winchester.
The landwaiter at Weymouth is to be searcher in the room of Mr.
Ellesden deceased, and Mr. Wilkins is to be presented for the [said]
landwaiter's place. Ibid.
Present : ut supra.
The Auditors [of Imprests] and the Earl of Ranelagh are to attend
[my Lord Treasurer] on the 19th September next about the said
Earl's accounts as late Paymaster of the Forces.
Sir Henry Furnese will accept from the Victuallers 9000l. in Land
Tax tallies and orders, so [long] as they [the total tallies and orders
drawn on said fund] be under 1,820,000l., as in satisfaction of bills
of exchange drawn from Lisbon for the Victualling. My Lord
Treasurer resolves that in case these tallies and orders prove deficient
they shall be made good out of some other fund.
Ordered that 9000l. be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy to pay
bills of exchange drawn for the Victualling : to be issued out of loans
which are to be made by [Sir] Henry Furnese on the Land Tax
Likewise 10,000l. more in [ready] money, to same : for the
Victualling and is to pay bills of exchange, Necessary Money to the
pursers, Short Allowances and other contingent charges of the
[Victualling] Office : to be issued out of loans on Low Wines and
on the Two Thirds Subsidy.
[My Lord directed] 1500l. to be issued to Mr. Bridges : to be paid
over to the King of Portugal on his order in further part of his
subsidy : to be issued out of loans in the Exchequer.
Likewise 4000l. to same : out of same : for the 40,000 men : as on
account of their pay.
Likewise 5000l. to same out of loans on Low Wines and 5000l. out
of loans on the Two Thirds Subsidy : and is for the 10,200 men in
Portugal : [the orders for the said loans are to be] without interest till
it be directed [specially by the Lord Treasurer that such interest
shall be allowed on them]. Ibid., p. 116.
Present : ut supra.
The memorial of Guicciardine Wentworth is read praying a
recommendation of his son-in-law, Mr. John Horncastle of the
kingdom of Ireland, to the Revenue Commissioners there for the
next place that falls [vacant in the revenue] there if he is capable
of it. My Lord Treasurer orders a letter to be writ to the said
Commissioners recommending him for such employment as they
find him qualified for.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 14,216l. to the Treasurer of the
Navy out of money remaining in the Exchequer of loans on this
year's funds : and is intended to be paid over to the Treasurer for Sick
and Wounded for discharging 3 months' quarters for Sick and
Wounded from Xmas 1703 to Lady day 1704 : whereof three fifths
is to be placed to the head of Wages and two fifths to the head of
The Duke of Ormonde will be here on Friday morning.
[My Lord directs the] issue of 5240l. 10s. 0d. [to the Transports
Commissioners : out of loans in the Exchequer : and is to be issued
on the order for 68546l. 19s. 6d. to make good the extraordinary
services of the war anno 1703 : and is intended] for transport services
as follows : viz.
for 2 months' imprest for shipping and
necessaries for the 5000 landmen sent with
the Fleet as also for a ship of sea coal
for half the freight of a ship to Jamaica with
2 Companies of Handasyde's Regiment [on
board] and for bedding, medicines, spirits
for an addition of medicines, spirits and
for answering bills of exchange from Portugal
for ships taken up [hired] there to attend
the Expedition, by order of Mr. Methuen
and the Earl of Peterborough
more for the like service
Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 117. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 2.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
On [reading] the letter of the 16th inst. from the Principal Officers
of the Ordnance [my Lord Treasurer orders a letter to] direct
the Treasurer of the Ordnance to procure money to be advanced
on the 20,700l. tallies and orders in that Office which have about 68l.
[? 6 or 8] per cent. interest due on them, [provided or] so as he do
receive from the advancers of the money all the interest due together
with the principal, allowing only a discount of 2 per cent. according
to the said letter. And when this money is received it is to be
reckoned [as] in discharge of so much of their [the Ordnance Office]
deficiencies on the former years of this war. Let the order express
the proportions in which the same is to be applied towards making
good the said deficiencies. Ibid., p. 118.
Present : ut supra.
Issue 1109l. 1s. 4½d. [to the Paymaster of the Works to be paid
over for so much] due to Mr. Wise for half a year on his contract
of 1600l. per an. [for keeping the royal Gardens] and three quarters
on his allowance for St. James's Park.
Reports and petitions are read and answered [and my Lord's
answers are endorsed or margined upon them].
Write to the Commissioners of Transports to send to Mr. Martin
Tucker forthwith to transmit to them his account of the Transport
service during the time he has had anything to do therewith.
My Lord Treasurer agrees with Sir Henry Furnese to remit the
money to Holland upon the foot of his last contract, to wit for 6
months longer from the expiration of his said contract, which was
on the 13th inst.
[My Lord directs] 1837l. 10s. 0d. to be issued to Sir Thomas
Littleton, Treasurer of the Navy, out of loans to be made by Sir
Henry Furnese on the Two Thirds Subsidy : the same being intended
to satisfy bills drawn from Lisbon for the service of the Victualling.
My Lord agrees that if Sir Henry Furnese will give his bills for
50,000 dollars to be remitted to Hamburg at the rate of 5s. a dollar
(as he avers the exchange thither is at this time) to be paid over to
the King of Denmark to complete the satisfaction of 100,000 d[olla]rs
for arrears of subsidy due to that king before Xmas 1704, he shall
be paid the 12,500l. for the same out of loans to be made by himself
or any others after this day on credit of the tin as fast as the same
can be lent thereon, with [due] regard [had] to the direction lately
given that the said loans shall not at any one time exceed 100,000l. ;
and the said 12,500l. shall be issued to Mr. Fox on the proper order
[therefor] and paid over to Sir Henry accordingly.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 2000l. for secret services on the
order in Mr. Lowndes's name.
Send to the Agents for Taxes the address from the Grand Jury of
Exeter &c. and direct the Agents to consider of proper methods as
well to recover the money already discovered as for finding out and
recovering the money which the Crown has been defrauded of in
other parts of the county of Devon and to present the same in a report
to my Lord Treasurer. Ibid., p. 119.
Present : the Queen : the Lord Treasurer, the Chancellor of the
Papers are read as follows [and decisions are taken thereon by the
Queen as printed below in italics].
Mr. Incledon [his petition] setting forth that he holds the office of
Keeper of her Majesty's House at Westminster called the House of
Peers, for the life of his wife with a fee of 6d. a day : that the house
or lodgings belonging to that office are very ruinous and will cost
near 400l. to repair : that he and his wife are desirous to surrender
their present term together with a debt of 237l. 6s. 8d. owing
to them from the late King William and to be obliged to keep the
premises in repair if they may have a fresh 31 years' grant therein.
[On reference] the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] is of opinion
that the proposal is reasonable, the repairs now wanting being very
Lady Lawson [her petition] shewing that her late husband by a
codicil to his will bequeathed 600l. to the Queen in recompence of
taxes which he ought to have paid to the present or late sovereign
by way of common assessment : that she is left with several children
and under mean circumstances : therefore prays the Queen to bestow
said legacy on the family. [On reference] the Attorney General
reports that the codicil containing the bequest is so worded that it
carries a presumption with it that the testator was not in his senses
when he dictated it, and in regard to the circumstances he thinks the
petitioner and her family are objects of your Majesty's charity.
The legacy is given to her by the Queen for the benefit of her children.
Edward Ashe, Comptroller of the Customs at Plymouth, [his
petition shewing] that he hath 7 nephews, Members of the House of
Commons, well affected to your Majesty ; that the profits of his
employ are much diminished by the war ; therefore praying that his
condition may be mended by some better employment or some
addition to what he has. [The Queen's answer is] : The war will not
Paul and Mary Pigout, children of Stephen Pigout deceased, French
refugees [their petition] praying a grant of the Queen's title to what
is due from the estates of their father and brother, Stephen and James
Pigout, deceased, to James Baron an alien enemy now residing in
France, in regard their said father Stephen left 100,000 livres in
France to which the said Baron was entitled as next Roman Catholic
relation to their said father. This petition having been referred to
Mr. Borrett he reports that the several allegations therein are true,
that the petitioners are maintained by their mother and that he
thinks them very fit objects of royal compassion. Granted. But in
all these cases the Queen's charges is to be first reimbursed.
Charles Scarborough Esq. [his petition shewing] that he is entitled
in right of his wife to the remainder of a term in the late dwelling
house of Sir Alexander Frazier within Whitehall Palace : that the
said house was built at the proper charge of Sir Alexander and that
it was so much damaged by the fire in Whitehall that it has been
uninhabited ever since and will require a large sum to rebuild or
repair : therefore praying a further 31 years' term therein. On
reference the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] advises a lease at
a fine of 150l. and with a clause of re-assumption to the Crown.
Granted with the clause of re-assumption. But upon the re-assumption
the charge [of compensation to the lessee for his building expense] to be
determined by the discretion of the Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Charlton's certificate of plate standing out on indentures at
the Jewel House [and not duly returned to the Jewel Office is read
The Earl of Abercorn [his petition] praying the Queen to accept of
a surrender of 6 lighthouses in Ireland and of a Duty on foreign ships
of 500l. a year out of the Exchequer for the support of the said
lighthouses and to grant him an equivalent. This petition having
been referred to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and by him to the
Attorney and Solicitor General there, the Lord Lieutenant is of
opinion the request is a matter of grace and favour, that petitioner
is a fit mark of royal bounty, and that he has actually surrendered his
patent: therefore proposes 1000l. a year to him for 3 years out of
the revenue of Ireland. [The Queen agrees and grants him] 1000l.
per an. for 3 years out of the Irish revenue.
Mr. Travers, Surveyor General [of Crown Lands, his petition
shewing] that there is 750l. due to him on 200l. a year for riding
charges and other extraordinary expenses in the execution of his
office, of which 350l. incurred in the late reign : therefore praying
payment. To be paid so much as is reckoned for the time since
8 March 1701-2 [i.e. since her Majesty's accession].
William Palmes Esq. [his petition] praying a lease of Cookham
and Bray and several other things mentioned in a report from the
Surveyor General of Crown Lands. The Queen doth not think his
petition proper but if he can discover anything else that is proper she
will be willing to gratify him.
Mr. Borrett's report on several petitions relating to some orders
for annuities and reversions worth about 600l. which belonged to one
Stephen Cantolive [Cambolive] an alien who died intestate. Borrett
is of opinion the same ought to go to his [Cambolive's] sister Eliz.
Murat who is come from France but [who is] taken up upon some
information, and that she ought to be set at liberty. Stephen
Cambolive's estate to go to his sister according to Mr. Borrett's report.
The Earl of Clarendon [his petition] praying that his 1500l. a year
may be granted for 31 years if her Majesty so long lives. The Queen
says it wilbe much better to lett it stay as 'tis.
Mr. Norton's [Richard Horton senr. one of the clerks of the Crown
Office in the Queen's Bench : his] reply to the Earl of Scarborough's
complaint against him for stopping the execution of his warrant for
3 brace of bucks yearly out of Bere Forest. My Lord Treasurer to
try to agree the matter with Lord Scarborough [so] that the Queen may
hear no more.
Mr. Cornwallis [his petition] praying that the Queen will be pleased
to allow him something for his support. Move the Queen for 50l.
[The Queen orders him] 50l.
Countess Cassillis [her petition] praying the Queen's bounty. [The
Queen orders her] 100l.
[My Lord directs the] issue of 4500l. to Mr. Brydges on the order
in his name for 222379l. 5s. 10d. for the 10,200 men in her Majesty's
pay in Portugal : to be issued out of loans to be made by said Brydges
on Low Wines ; the orders for which loans are to be drawn without
interest and are to be reserved in said Brydges' hands for such uses
of the said men as the Lord Treasurer shall direct. Treasury Minute
Book XV, pp. 120-2.