Minute Book: December 1706

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

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December 1706

Dec.2. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer directs the issue to the Treasurer of the] Navy of 5000l. for bills of exchange.
[Likewise to the Treasurer of the] Ordnance of 5000l. towards the sum for gunning eight new ships.
Mr. Brydges is called in and his [usual weekly] memorial is read containing several demands amounting to 30,054l. 10s. 8d. [for the Forces abroad etc.]: which my Lord directs to be issued to him on the proper orders in his name.
Also another memorial of the said Mr. Brydges is read whereon he represents that the reversionary [Annuity] tallies of 46,332l. transferred to him by Mr. Fox are more than will satisfy the net clothing money for 6 months ended 23 Dec. 1705 by 3000l. which [sum] is applicable to clearings for that time which must be satisfied in money: and therefore he proposes that my Lord would give direction for the disposal of such of the said annuities as can be sold at the rate settled by Parliament, upon authentic certificates that the lives [of which the reversions are] so purchased are in being at the time of making such purchase. My Lord agrees to this.
In the said memorial Mr. Brydges further represents that my Lord Coningsby is unwilling to receive the 2700l. lately ordered to be paid to him to satisfy to Col. Wynne, Col. Lillingston and Col. Lepell for levy money at the rate of 3l. a man for 900 men detached from them to recruit several Regiments in Portugal. Mr. Brydges therefore desires he may pay over the same to the said respective Colonels upon their producing proper certificates [proving] to whom the said detachments were delivered, to the end the Regiments who received the same may be duly charged with the said levy money. My Lord Treasurer orders this accordingly.
[My Lord directs] 8814l. 0s.d. remaining in the Exchequer of the loans on the Land Tax anno 1705 to be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy and to be applied to the Victualling; to wit to satisfy bills of exchange.
Mr. Lowman to be here on Wednesday morning.
[My Lord Treasurer directs] 7000l. to Mr. Brydges to reimburse the like sum expended per the Duke of Marlborough for extraordinary charges upon the march of her Majesty's Forces to Schellenburgh in 1704. Ibid., p. 8.
Dec.5, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord reads the memorial containing] Mr. Brydges' demands for the Forces abroad for the service of the year 1705 as followeth viz.:
£ s. d.
for clearings to the 40,000 men from 24 June to 23 Dec. 1705 16831 6
for 2 months' pay to the General Officers to 23 Dec. 1705 2717 1 8
for 2 months' Contingencies “for the same time” 1666 13 4
for clearings to the 10,000 Additional Forces from 24 June 1705 to 23 Dec. 1705 2965 2 5
£24180 4
Towards these demands my Lord directs the issue to said Brydges of 12,667l. 11s.d. in orders of loan [remaining] in the Exchequer on the eighth 4s. Aid.
Sir Henry Furnese is called in. He acquaints my Lord that he has gone on with the remittances ever since his last written contract ended, which was on the 13th February last but has no minute or agreement entered [in the Treasury Books to guarantee him the repayment for same]; that some time ago he did humbly represent the great losses he had sustained by the failure of several merchants from whom he had taken bills and that the allowance of 11s. per 100l. for the risque of bills, commission, brokerage and other charges was too little an encouragement for the same: and that thereupon he had my Lord's promise to make it up to 12s. per cent.: and therefore he hopes my Lord will be pleased to order a minute to be entered accordingly.
Upon consideration hereof my Lord Treasurer agrees on her Majesty's behalf that he shall be allowed only 11s. per 100l. from the 13th of February to the 13th of August last upon the foot of his last contract and 12s. per 100l. for all the moneys which since the said 13th August he hath remitted and hereafter shall remit until the 13th of February next to Amsterdam or Antwerp for the service of the Forces in her Majesty's pay in the Low Countries or Germany: and the like for all moneys that shall be drawn upon him from thence for the said Forces: [the same said allowance to be as] in full satisfaction for the risk of all the said bills and for commission, brokerage and other charges relating thereunto. But all other matters contained in the agreement made the 13th of February 1704–5 as well for and on her Majesty's behalf as on the part of the said Sir Henry Furnese are to be duly observed and performed. To which the said Sir Henry hath consented and agreed as is attested by his signing hereunto.
(autograph signature) Henry Furnese.
Ibid., pp. 9–10.
Dec.6, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord directs] 1500l. to be issued to the Cofferer of the Household upon account for paying for wines bought for the service of the Household. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 11.
Dec.9, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 23,244l. 7s.d. to be issued to Mr. How on his memorial dated this day for Guards and Garrisons anno 1706.
[Likewise] 3407l. 13s. 4d. more on the same memorial for the 5000 men on sea service anno 1706.
Likewise 676l. 8s. 0d. more on the same memorial for Invalids.
All the above issues amounting to 27,328l. 8s.d. are to be made out of [Annuity] Contribution money in the Exchequer.
Memorandum: to speak to Mr. St. John about inequality in the numbers of the Regiments: and that where men are respited it be mentioned on the Muster Rolls [whether] the cause be death or desertion &c.
Write to Auditor Parsons to send his report relating to Mr. Wilcox's accounts against tomorrow morning. Ibid., p. 12.
Dec.11, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of] 5000l. more on the head of Wear and Tear: and is for bills of exchange. Ibid., p. 13.
Dec.13, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The Commissioners of Transports and Mr. Mason are to attend on Monday morning. Ibid., p. 14.
Dec.18, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs the issue out of Civil List moneys of] 10,000l. to the Wardrobe: [to be issued] by 2000l. a week.
[Likewise] 811l. to Mr. Roberts for the Works at Windsor for the months of January, February and March 1706.
[Likewise] 4716l. to Mr. Dartiquenave for a quarter to the Works to Lady day last.
[Likewise] 5238l. 17s. 11¾d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber for a quarter to midsummer last.
[Likewise] 5000l. to Mr. Tailer for [building at] Woodstock.
Sir Theodore Janssen presents a proposal to my Lord for remittances to Savoy as follows:
I propose to give my bill on Turin to be dated the 23rd Nov. last for 106,6662/3 Crowns payable at 60 days' date after the rate of 58 pence for each Crown of 82 sols, money of Piedmont.”
My Lord Treasurer having considered thereof is pleased to agree thereunto and will direct the [sterling equivalent of the] said sum to be issued to Mr. Brydges as soon as the Act for the Land Tax passes. Ibid., p. 15.
Dec.20, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord directs] 1000l. on the order in Mr. Lowndes's name for Secret Service. Ibid., p. 16.
Dec.21, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord reads the usual weekly memorial of demands of money for the Forces abroad &c. and thereon directs] 100,000l. to Mr. Brydges out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1707 as in part of 121,821l. 16s. 2d. for 62 days' subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Forces composing the 40,000 men in Holland, to wit from December 23 inst. to February 23 inst.
[My Lord likewise directs a] letter for issuing to the Treasurer of the Navy 200,000l. out of loans to be made by the said Navy Treasurer himself on the Land Tax anno 1707 the orders for which loans are by agreement to be drawn without interest. This sum is to remain in the Navy Treasurer's hands for such services of the Navy as my Lord Treasurer shall from time to time direct.
[My Lord likewise directs] 100,000l. to Mr. Howe on the order in his name for Guards and Garrisons anno 1706: to be issued out of loans to be made by said Howe on the Land Tax anno 1706 [sic? 1707]: the orders to be without interest ut supra and to be reserved in said Howe's hands for such uses of the Guards and Garrisons as the Lord Treasurer shall direct. Ibid., p. 17.
Dec. 23. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Lord Chief Baron, and the Attorney and Solicitor General come in.
The draft of a privy seal relating to Mr. Fox's account [as late Paymaster of the Forces abroad] is read and with some amendments is approved.
The Lord Chief Baron goes away.
The Salt Commissioners are called in. Upon reading the report of these Commissioners concerning Mr. Johnson, and finding that the Attorney and Solicitor General are of opinion the matter [should] be decided at law my Lord Treasurer coincides therein and [says] it will be of no use to hear Counsel for him here.
Then the report of the Attorney General on the petition of Mr. Jackson is read. My Lord Treasurer agrees to that report.
The Commissioners of Transports and Mr. Mason are called in. He will comply with the order for locking up the cash. Ibid., p. 18.
Dec.24, forenoon. at my Lord Treasurer's house. Present: Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Hanbury's memorial is read. My Lord says if St. James's Library be removed to Cotton House the present Library Keeper will go along with it: but as to appointing Mr. Hanbury to be a Justice of Wales those employments are not in my Lord's disposal. But when an opportunity offers my Lord will be very ready to recommend him to my Lord Keeper for the same.
[My Lord directs the] issue of 20,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy: out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1707: and to be for [the head of] Wages.
[Likewise] 1500l. to same out of the funds anno 1706: and to be for Mr. Gould and Mr. Hall by way of imprest for pitch and tar, and to be placed to the head of Wear and Tear.
[Likewise] 50l. to Mr. Cornwallis, 50l. to Mrs. Edith College, 20l. to Mrs. Rebecca Pride and nil to Mrs. Stanyhurst: to be paid by the hands of Mr. Nicholas.
[My Lord Treasurer orders the] officers of the Exchequer to attend in their respective offices on Friday next in order to make issues to the Navy and Forces. Ibid., p. 19.
Dec.27, forenoon. Whitehall. Treasury Chambers. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Issue as follows to Mr. Howe: out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1707 viz.:
£ s. d.
in part of264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons for subsistence to same from Dec. 23 inst. to to Jan. 20 next 8336 17 8
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men on sea service anno 1707
for the like subsistence 3847 2 8
The Attorney General to attend next Monday morning.
The Duke of Marlborough and Mr. St. John will be here next Monday morning.
Mr. Gilliver is called in. My Lord acquaints him that though he has done service in collecting divers arrears, yet if he abuses the authority he has by using my Lord's name in matters that don't concern the Queen's revenue to the disturbance of the country my Lord cannot continue him in the business [in which] he is.
Mr. Howe's memorial relating to an establishment for the Invalids is to be referred to Mr. St. John.
[Write] Mr. St. John to bring with him on Monday his drafts of the Establishments for Spain and Portugal.
[The drafts of] two letters to Mr. Morrice are read and approved.
See how the place of Housekeeper of Whitehall is granted.
Write to the Navy Commissioners and Victualling Commissioners to send an account of what each month's course in their respective Offices amounts to monthly from the time to which the same is already paid up.
Issue 14,827l. 10s. 3d. to the Navy Treasurer on the head of Wages: to be issued out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1707: and is intended to be paid over to Mr. Whitfeild, Paymaster of the Marines, to be applied to the uses mentioned in his memorial.
Issue to the Treasurer of the Navy half a year due to the Yards: to be issued out of loans ut supra. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 20.
Dec.30, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Brydges is called in and his memorial of this day's date is read. [Hereon my Lord Treasurer directs issues as follows to him viz.:]
£ s. d.
125091 7 8 on the order for the 40,000 men and for the several services thereof as mentioned in said memorial.
28687 10 10 on the order for the 10,000 men [and for like services].
46628 19 6 on the order for 100,000l. on account of Subsidies anno 1707.
£200407 18 0
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
My Lord Halifax [Auditor of the Receipt] comes in and acquaints my Lord Treasurer that Sir John Cotton, who is now upon going out of town, has promised him to accept 4500l. for the purchase money of Cotton House and Gardens in the old Palace Yard. Whereupon my Lord Treasurer is pleased to consent on her Majesty's behalf to the payment of the said purchase money upon the perfecting of the conveyance thereof to the Crown.
“I Sir John Cotton having perused the above written minute do testify my agreement to take the said 4500l. for the house and gardens abovementioned and will do all in my power towards the perfecting a speedy and effectual conveyance thereof to the Crown.”
Witness my hand this 30th Dec., 1706.
(autograph signature) John Cotton.