Minute Book: January 1709

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 23, 1709. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1949.

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January 1709

1708–9. Jan. 5, forenoon. Whitehall Treasury Chambers. Present: Lord Treasurer [Godolphin] [and John Smith], Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord directs for the] Ordnance 40,000l., viz. 20,000l. thereof for land service and 20,000l. for sea service.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read and minutes [of my Lord's decisions thereon are endorsed] upon them. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 284.
Jan. 8, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord] ordered that out of the loans on the Land Tax as they shall come in [there be issued to the Navy Treasurer] so much as is due for bills of exchange on the Navy and Victualling and for the [Navy] Ordinary.
And likewise 5,000l. to the Treasurer of the Transports, being intended to pay for corn sending to Spain. Ibid.
Jan. 15. Present: ut supra.
Resolved that for what sum soever Sir Henry Furnese hath furnished or shall furnish for the service of Spain or Catalonia [to go thither] by Sir George Byng's squadron now going off to Port Mahon (exclusive of the agreement made at the Treasury Dec. 9 last) he shall be allowed 1½ per cent. provided he will take tallies and orders for the whole on the Land Tax; to be registered after 1,000,000l. thereon. He agrees to accept the same.
[My Lord directs] 15,000l. to the Transports; for providing corn to be sent to Catalonia.
The Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. They will consider how far they can be useful to the public in relation to Ways and Means.
[Send] to the Customs Commissioners to attend on Wednesday next in the evening. Ibid., p. 286.
Jan. 21, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The Commissioners of Hawkers and Pedlars are called in. Their report about the Cryers of old cloaths &c. is read. The Commissioners are to tell them that they shall not be troubled till midsummer next provided they will then take out licences.
[Send] to the late Commissioners of Prizes and the two late Receivers [of prizes] to be here [at the Treasury] on Tuesday morning next.
A proposal dated the 19th inst. from Sir Theodore Janssen for remittances to Turin is read and agreed to as follows:
“The usual time for an ordinary subsidy to the Duke of Savoy being so far spent that the bill cannot come to Turin before the said subsidy is due, and another [month's] subsidy being due the 23rd inst. and Count Briancon very pressing to send them both together, I humbly offer to give my bills for Turin, viz. one bill for 106,6062/3 [crowns] payable at sight and another for the like sum payable at 60 days' date, both at the rate of 58½ pence per crown of 82 sols, each, money of Piedmont. And as I am sensible your Lordship may have other occasions for the money that's coming in upon the loans and that I am always ready to do the utmost of my power for the services, I humbly offer to take in payment for the whole sum, tallies on the Land Tax, and engage myself not to dispose of any of them at any discount whatsoever for the time of six months at least.” Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 287.
Jan. 24. Present: Lord Treasurer [Godolphin] [and John Smith], Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read and [minutes of my Lord's decisions are margined or endorsed as] answers upon them. Ibid., p. 288.
Jan. 25, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[No entry of any minute.] Ibid., p. 289.
Jan. 26. Present: ut supra.
[The draft of] a letter to Mr. Consul Cole at Algiers is read and agreed to, concerning a prize ship called the St. John Baptist taken with three English letters of mart men.
Mr. Brydges and Sir Henry Furnese are called in. Ibid.
Jan. 28. Present: ut supra.
[The draft of a] letter [to the Navy Commissioners] for making out a bill for 849l. 3s. 11d. paid by Sir Thomas Littleton [Treasurer of the Navy] to the Bank for interest, as per an account enclosed [missing], is read and approved.
[Send word to] Sir Henry Furnese to attend my Lord to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 290.