Minute Book: July 1707

Pages 37-39

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 21, 1706-1707. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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July 1707

July 1, afternoon. [sic for forenoon]. Present: ut supra.
[The draft of a] letter [to the Navy Commissioners] to make out Navy bills to Mr. Ferne [the Customs Cashier, for reimbursing him] for money paid [by the outports Collectors] for raising seamen is read and approved. Ibid., p. 96.
July 1, afternoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. My Lord Treasurer communicates to them a letter from Scotland sent by the Commissioners for the Equivalent dated June 25 and directed to the Duke of Queensbury et al. They [the Bank] say they are willing to be security for Mr. Madocks that he shall pay the moneys which he shall receive of the Equivalent here in London to the orders of the [said] Commissioners; but make difficulty of being obliged that he shall pay the money in Scotland. My Lord says that the danger of the carriage is intended to be excepted in the security and that [same] exception is proposed by the Commissioners themselves.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their reports are read and [my Lord's decisions and] answers are [endorsed or minuted] upon them. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 96.
July 2. The jury [of Goldsmiths] present to my Lord Treasurer the two Standard Trial Pieces for Scotland with their verdict signed by them. Ibid., p. 97.
July 30, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 5972l. 15s. 5d. to Mr. Compton for [last] midsummer quarter [for the Queen's pensions and bounties]: out of Civil List money.
[Likewise] 27,081l. 19s. 9d. to the Commissioners of Transports for their course: [out of Exchequer Bills].
My Lord agrees to the proposal of Sir Henry Furnese for remitting to Lisbon 100,000 crowns at sight at 54 pence per crown; 50,000 ditto at 40 days at 53 pence and 50,000 ditto at 60 days at 52 pence per crown.
A docquet is presented to my Lord of a warrant to the Exchequer for paying to Nathaniel Estwick (whom her Majesty has appointed to be Secretary to the Commissioners of Inquiry into the losses at St. Christopher in America) 250l. whereof 100l. to be advanced; also his incident charges therein as by bills to be allowed by the Principal Secretaries of State.
A like docquet is presented for Mr. Chr. Rhodes, appointed [Secretary] to a like Commission of Enquiry at Nevis.
My Lord Treasurer observes that the warrants for these two persons have been procured by a Secretary of State and not regularly (as they ought to have been) by his lordship. Nevertheless in regard the business they go upon requires haste he does not think fit to stop them or delay the service by causing new warrants to be drawn; but orders notice to be taken hereof and that the same shall not be drawn into a precedent.
My Lord also directs (upon his signing an order for paying 102l. 5s. 1d. to Mr. Progers for taxes and repairs in and about Middle Park at Hampton Court and hay for the deer there between 1705 May 12 and 1707 March 27) that nothing shall hereafter be allowed to the said Mr. Progers on account of taxes. Ibid., p. 98.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners attend. Their papers are read and [my Lord Treasurer's decision and] answers [are endorsed in the form of minutes] on them. When my Lord comes next to town he will appoint a day for the Customs Commissioners and the East India Company to be here about the allowance [of discount which] the latter is to have of or for their [paying down the Customs on their imports at once without regard to their charter allowance] time of six and six months. Ibid., p. 99.