Minute Book: March 1706

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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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March 1706

March 5, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The report made by the Agents for Taxes on Thomas Whitly's [petition] is read. See the minute endorsed upon it.
The like as to [the report on the petition of] Luke Lloyd's executors.
Desire Sir Cloudesley Shovel to be here to-morrow morning about some tin to be carried on board her Majesty's ships to Genoa and Leghorn.
Direct Mr. Jett to certify how much is paid towards the first year's interest and how much will complete the same [interest] as [far as relates] to registered debentures [for Army arrears charged on Irish Forfeitures].
On [reading] Mr. How's memorial of this day [my Lord Treasurer] ordered [issues as follows for the Guards and Garrisons viz.] 3613l. 19s. 0d. and 12l. 8s. 0d. out of funds for the year 1706 and 1130l. 19s. 2d. out of money in said Howe's hands for the year 1704.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
[My Lord Treasurer directs] the money due to Machado on this year's contracts to be paid by advance : out of Contributions for annuities [anno 1706].
Issue to Mr. Bridges, on his privy seal for 100,000l. for Extraordinaries [of the war], 5073l. for horses of the Troopers lost since 31 Oct. 1705 and 2500l. for horses of the Officers lost since that time : to be issued out of the like Contributions.
On Mr. Bridges' memorial of this day [my Lord Treasurer] ordered the issue of the following sums viz. 58,930l. 0s. 6¾d., 11,775l. 3s. 6d., 14,312l. 3s. 8¾d., 900l., 246l. 17s. 6d. and 484l. 2s. 0d. [for services under his care of pay to wit for the 40,000 men, the 10,000 additional men, the 10,200 men in Portugal for the service in Catalonia and for Extraordinaries] : out of the like Contributions. Ibid., p. 200.
March 6.
Wednesday morning at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : the Lord Treasurer.
Sir Cloudesley Shovell says he will acquaint my Lord in a day or two whether any of the tin can be carried to the Straits in her Majesty's ships of war. Ibid.
Eodem die afternoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord Treasurer directs that] Sir Thomas Littleton is to dispose of 100,000l. of the tallies and orders in his hands on the Land Tax [by raising loans thereon] at 5 per cent, [interest, reckoning same] from the time the money is advanced to him.
The Customs Commissioners and the Attorney General are called in with Mr. Dod and Mr. Scroop, the Counsel for Mr. Weeks [Wicks]. The said Counsel insist that nothing appears to be due from Mr. Weeks, but upon hearing the Customs Commissioners my Lord Treasurer thinks there is a wilful deliberate fraud and proposes that two persons to be indifferently chosen for the Queen and for Mr. Weeks may examine the books and bonds [of the Plantation Duty in London port] and state the account : "which not being agreed to, my Lord doth not think there is any ground to proceed to a composition." Ibid., p. 201.
March 18. forenoon.
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer directs] a memorial to be laid before the Queen [in Council] in behalf of Mr. Morrice that her Majesty in regard of his good and faithful services be pleased to bestow on him some employment at his return from Portugal equivalent in value to the place he now executes there.
[My Lord directs] the Agents for Taxes to attend to-morrow morning with a list of the Receivers [for this year's Land Tax].
[My Lord directs] 10,901l. 10s. 10½d. out of loans on Land Tax [anno 1706] to be issued to Mr. Jett to complete the interest due on unsatisfied debentures for the first year.
Direct the Customs Commissioners to pay 115l. 10s. 0d. to Sir Gilbert Heathcote in satisfaction of a bill of exchange drawn by Sir William Beeston, late Governor of Jamaica, on the Navy Commissioners viz. for the hire of a store house there from August 1696 till April 1700 at 30l. per an. including 5l. 10s. 0d. for the said Governor's commission. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 202.
March 21, forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord Treasurer directs] 6000l. to be issued to Sir Thomas Littleton : out of loans in the Exchequer on Malt : on the unsatisfied order in his name as Treasurer of the Navy and is to be for bills of exchange and to be charged to the head of Wear and Tear.
[Likewise that the] 100,000l. residue of tallies in his hands of loans on the Land Tax anno 1706 be disposed of and applied to the head of Wages.
[Likewise that] Oldfeild be Customer of Boston loco Charles Northcote who is preferred to be Customer of Plymouth. Ibid., p. 203.
March 26, forenoon.
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : ut supra.
Mr. Brydges is called in and presents several memorials [for money for the Forces Abroad] which are read [and thereupon my Lord Treasurer directs issues as follows] to him out of Contributions for annuities anno 1706 : viz.
£ s. d.
for the 40,000 men as in part of 886,223l. 18s. 6d. for the year 1706
for subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the foreign Forces and is (together with 20,000l. issued on or about 14 Jan. last) for 31 days from May 24 next to June 23 next 41398 17
for 61 days' full pay to the General Officers from 24 April next to June 23 next 2717 1
for Contingencies for the same time 1666 13 4
£45782 12
for the 10,000 men as in part of 177,511l. 3s. 6d. for the year 1706
for subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Forces and is (together with 5000l. issued on or about Jan. 14 last) on account of pay in general for 31 days from May 24 next to June 23 next 7167 13 4
on his order for 100,000l. for extraordinaries of the war
for levy money to make good the horses (belonging to the Foreign Troops in the 40,000 men and the 10,000 men) that were lost in action or died of the common distemper in the campaign anno 1706 [sic for 1705] according to Mr. Brydges' memorial of this day 30765 5 11½
total this day to Mr. Brydges 83,715l. 11s. 5¼d.
Ibid., p. 204.
March 27, forenoon,
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
[Issues as follow are by my Lord] ordered out of the Civil List money : viz.
3000l. to the Cofferer of the Household in further part of last Xmas quarter.
2000l. to John Tailer on the order in his name for building at Woodstock.
2000l. for secret service on the order in Mr. Lowndes's name.
1605l. to Paul Methuen ; being 650l. in full of his ordinary as late Envoy in Portugal ; 500l. for his equipage as Envoy to the Duke of Savoy ; 455l. for 3 months' advance of ordinary [as same].
A memorial of Sir Theodore Janssen is read setting forth that on the 15th Feb. last he gave bills on Genoa for 66,6662/3 Crowns at 58¼ pence [sterling] per Crown amounting to 16,180l. 11s. 0d. for which he was promised satisfaction by 4 weekly payments from that day out of Civil List money : but that he has received only one week's payment being 4045l. 2s. 9d. and that there remains due to him 12,135l. 8s. 3d. He offers to take his payment out of loans to be made by himself on tin as fast as there shall be room to fill up the loan allowed to be made thereon [on the credit of said tin to wit] not exceeding 100,000l. Ibid., p. 205.
March 30, afternoon,
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Brydges is called in and presents a memorial for 2 months' subsidy to the Duke of Savoy, amounting to 106,6662/3 Crowns.
Sir Theodore Janssen is called in. My Lord asks him at what rate he is willing to give his bills [on Genoa or Turin for the said Duke]. He says the exchange is very much risen and demands 60 pence for a Crown of 82 sols of money of Piedmont. My Lord says that is very high. Sir Theodore answers that he has made great provision in those parts and that he believes nobody can do it cheaper. My Lord desires him to make a proposal in writing at the lowest rate that possibly he can. Which accordingly he doth and is as followeth :
I humbly propose to give my bill for Turin dated the 23rd inst. and payable at 60 days' date for 106,6662/3 Crowns of 82 sols each of [money of] Piedmont at 59½ per Crown.
My Lord agrees to the said proposal and directs Mr. Brydges to compute the same in another memorial and that then it be immediately issued to him [Brydges to pay to Janssen] upon the proper [relative] order out of [annuity] Contribution money in the Exchequer, that so the bills may be sent away by next Tuesday's post.
On Mr. Brydges' second memorial for the said 2 months' subsidy to the Duke of Savoy, being by advance from June 4 1705 [sic for 1706] to Aug. 3 following my Lord ordered 26,444l. 8s. 10d. to said Brydges out of [annuity] Contribution money in the Exchequer : on the order in said Brydges' name for subsidies anno 1706.
Likewise 27,023l. to Mr. Brydges out of the like Contributions : and is in part of his order for the 40,000 men for the year 1706 ; and hereof 6000l. is upon account of clearings, being intended to be applied towards defraying the charge of the Hospitals for the said year ; 2709l. 19s. 2d. is for forage and waggon money for General Officers, Foot and Dragoons from April 24 next to June 23 next ; and 18,313l. 9s. 0d. is on account of clearings in general.
Memorandum : The last mentioned sum of 18,313l. 9s. 0d. is intended to be applied to the following uses : viz.
£ s. d.
for the Duke of Wurtemberg and Prince of Hesse for their pretensions on account of of sick and wounded men in the last Campaign 1100 0 0
for Monsieur Vanderkaa for transporting sick and wounded men anno 1705 700 0 0
for Mr. Teal, apothecary, for 27 chests of medicines for the 40,000 men and the 10,000 men 542 16 7
for the service of the Hospital 7598 17 7
(the abovesaid 4 items, making 9941l. 14s. 2d. in all, are to be replaced out of the poundage of last year as soon as there shall arise sufficient by the [army pay] clearings of that year)
for the Hanover Forces in lieu of all douceurs from 1704 Dec. 24 to 1705 June 23 as per Treaty 4428 18 0
to clear the subsistence to the 40,000 men anno 1705 3942 16 10
(which last two sums are to be made good again by the tallies of [drawn on] last year's funds now remaining in the hands of Mr. Brydges, so soon as they shall be disposed of)
£18313 9 0
[My Lord further orders the] issue of 20,000l. to Mr. Brydges on account of pay to the 10,000 additional men in Holland for the service of the year 1706 : to be issued out of [annuity] Contribution money. This sum is to be applied to clear the subsistence to that body for the year 1705 and is to be made good out of the tallies remaining in his [Brydges'] hands for that use as soon as same shall be disposed of.
[Likewise] 5466l. 14s. 5½d. to said Brydges on his order for 68,546l. 19s. 6d. granted in 1705 for extraordinaries not provided for in former years : whereof 3142l. 2s. 2d. is to be out of money coined from gold dust brought from New England ; and 42l. 19s. 8¾d. is from arrears of Customs at 1699 Xmas ; 14l. 10s. 0d. from the Duty of 5s. per ton on French shipping. The said total of 5466l. 14s. 5½d. is to be applied for clearing the extraordinaries of the Saxe Gotha Troops as follows : viz. 1585l. 5s. 8½d. for the year 1703 ; and 1614l. 6s. 2¼d. for the year 1704 ; and 2267l. 2s. 6½d. for the year 1705.
[My Lord orders the] issue of 8000l. to Sir Thomas Littleton on the order in his name for the service of the Navy [anno 1706] being for the Ordinary of the Navy : to be issued out of [annuity] Contribution money [in the Exchequer].
[Likewise] 2974l. to Mr. Methuen in full of his extraordinaries as late Envoy in Portugal.
Likewise 2500l. to the Cofferer of the Household : upon account : for paying for wine bought for her Majesty's use according to a letter from the Board of Greencloth.
[Likewise] 4558l. 12s. 11d. to Edward Nicholas : out of Civil List money as soon as there shall be sufficient [Civil List money in the Exchequer : and is] for last Lady day quarter's pensions payable by his hands.
[Likewise] 300l. to the Paymaster of the Works on a memorial of Sir Christopher Wren for several particular works done at Newmarket by the Queen's special command.
[Likewise] 1100l. to be issued at the Exchequer to Sir Charles Cotterell without account : whereof 900l. for the value of a ring presented by the Queen to Monsieur [Willem] Van Buys who came lately from Holland with the character of Envoy Extraordinary on some special affairs : and 200l. to be paid him [Cotterell] as a present from the Queen to Monsieur Vandernath [Gerhard, Count Von Dernath], Minister from the Duke of Holstein.
[My Lord orders that] so much is to be paid as is due to Mr. Stepney, Envoy at Vienna, on account of extraordinaries within the regulation [of ambassadorial extraordinaries]. Treasury Minute Book XV, pp. 206-8.