Minute Book: June 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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June 1709

June 1. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Directions are to be sent to the Excise and Post Office to pay what remained due to the Prince of Denmark at Michaelmas 1708 on his appointments payable out of those revenues: to be paid to Mr. Compton [struck through] the administrators or whom they shall appoint.
[My Lord directs] 200l. to Mr. Ryder to complete his order out of money come in from Lord Griffin's estate.
Mr. Bridges [the Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] is called in. His papers [memorials for money for said Forces] are read and answers [of my Lord Treasurer thereupon are minuted] upon them. Treasury Minute Book XVII, p. 30.
June 2. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Agents of Taxes are called in about arrears of last year's Land Tax and they receive my Lord's directions to write to several Receivers of Taxes to hasten them [to get in their moneys and pay same into the Exchequer]. Ibid., p. 31.
June 7. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[No entry of any minute.] Ibid.
June 8, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Brydges and Sir Henry Furnese are called in. Sir Henry exhibits a memorial as follows which is read and agreed to:—
Mr. Morrice wanting directions for sending up money to Barcelona by ships under the command of Sir John Jennings I ordered my correspondents to send by those ships the value of 250,000 Crowns which they have done accordingly; as appears by the annexed bills of loading and Sir John Jennings' letter. I propose to make over the said sum to go upon her Majesty's account and risk upon the foot [or terms] of my agreement for money paid at Lisbon, the charges for shipping being allowed me: viz.
£ s. d.
250,000 Crowns at 53 pence each 55,208 6 8
for commission at Lisbon and shipping off 1 per cent.; for freight 1 per cent.; for commission at Barcelona 1 per cent. 1,656 5 0
£56,864 11 8
This sum to be delivered to Mr. Mead clear of all charges. This comes out at 54½ [pence] per Crown.
The abovesaid sum [of 56,864l. 11s. 8d.] is ordered to be issued out of the Land Tax tallies in Mr. Brydges's hands with two months' interest on them [on condition or] so that the interest is to commence from 8 April last. (In the margin: A mistake in this memorial was rectified by another memorial dated the 11th inst. entered at large on that day.)
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 1,200l. to Mr. Burchett is read and approved. Ibid., p. 32.
June 10, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
The Attorney and Solicitor General come in.
Mr. Horsley and Mr. Mason are called in.
The Attorney General's report of 7 Dec. last is read.
Mr. George Granville comes in.
My Lord Treasurer directs the several persons who have debts on the manor of Clewer and Mote Park or either of them to attend the Attorney and Solicitor General and Mr. Traverse, the Surveyor General of Crown Lands, to make out their debts and to have them adjusted: and Mr. Granville will attend for the same purpose and thereupon a report is to be made to my Lord whereupon my Lord will consider what may be proper for him to advise her Majesty.
[The draft of a] letter for repaying the taxes to the Navy [Office] officers is read and approved.
[My Lord directs] 19,886l. 8s. 9d. to the Cofferer of the Household for 1708 Xmas quarter: to be paid by 2,000l. a week from the 8th inst. Ibid., p. 33.
June 11, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The complement [to make the total up] to 650,000l. on Malt 1709 is to be struck in tallies as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
to James Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, for the Forces under his pay 100,000 0 0
to John How for Guards and Garrisons and other Forces under his pay 48,812 8 3
to James Brydges for the Forces under his pay 87,086l. 2s. 1d. or such other sum as together with the loans already made on the said Duties on Malt or transferred thereto shall complete the sum of 650,000l. authorised to be registered thereupon 87,086 2 1
£235,898 10 4
Mr. Brydges is called in and a memorial of this day's date from Sir Henry Furnese about a mistake in his proposal made the 7th inst. is read and agreed to in lieu of the former viz. as follows.
according to the bills of loading and Sir John Jennings' letter the Crowns are more than 250,000, viz. 32,000 moidores shipped by Ste Basse as by bills of loading 153,600 m[ilreis]
10,364 8/16 by Sir John Jennings 49,750
off which I deduct towards paying freight and other charges 3,350
£ s. d.
which at 750 Reis per Crown is 266,6662/3 Crowns at 53 pence 58,888 17 9
for shipping off at Lisbon, freight and commission at Barcelona 3 per cent 1,766 11 0
£60,655 8 9
Ibid., p. 34.
June 14, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their report on the memorial of the States of Guernsey is read. My Lord Treasurer takes it with him to the [Privy] Council this afternoon.
The Commissioners exhibit an account of corn lately shipped for exportation and not yet cleared. My Lord takes that paper also. 'Tis alleged that the exporters are willing to give bond that none of it shall be carried to France. Treasury Minute Book XVII, p. 35.
June 17. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Send] to the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to be here to-morrow morning.
The Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. My Lord recommends to them to use their endeavours to obviate the discount of Exchequer Bills and to make them most useful to the public.
[Send to the] Navy Commissioners to attend next Monday afternoon.
Sir Theodore Janssen is called in and presents a memorial for remitting two months' subsidy to the Duke of Savoy, which is considered and agreed to as follows:—
I propose to give my bill for Turin payable at 60 days' date for 106,6662/3 Crowns of 82 sols each, money of Piedmont, at the rate of 58½ pence per Crown and to take Exchequer Bills in payment for same.
The Lord Treasurer orders the said remittances to be satisfied as to 8,000l. out of Exchequer Bills and the remainder out of tallies on malt anno 1709. Ibid., p. 36.
June 18. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] an order to be prepared that the several Paymasters who receive Exchequer Bills for the public services, when they issue the same shall take care that the interest then due on each bill shall be reckoned with the principal towards making the payment; and that they do make a voluntary charge upon themselves of so much as the interest so taken in payment amounts to and keep a particular account thereof from time to time and transmit monthly abstracts thereof to the Treasury.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 13,550l. to Mr. Brydges in Exchequer Bills in part of 1,081,083l. 0s. 4d. for [the Forces in] Spain and Portugal anno 1709 as per his memorial of the 17th inst. Ibid., p. 37.
June 22. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 44,464l. 2s. 1d. to Mr. Brydges on his memorial for Subsidies dated 11 May last: and 57,614l. for the Augmentation Troops on his memorial of June 14 inst. Of this total of 102,078l. 2s. 1d. the sum of 21,523l. 16s.d. is to be provided out of the 100,000l. tallies on malt put into said Brydges' hands and the residue out of Exchequer Bills.
[My Lord likewise directs] 13,333l. 6s. 8d. to said Brydges out of Exchequer Bills for the arrears due to the King of Prussia, being 140,000 Guilders.
[My Lord orders a] letter to Mr. Cardonel that his lordship takes notice that bills come from Mr. Sweet drawn on Sir Henry Furnese for considerable sums notwithstanding his lordship hath and does constantly take care that remittances are made for a month or two months' subsistence beforehand; that this drawing of bills is not only a great prejudice to the public in the price of exchange but is otherwise very irregular as either not mentioning the services for which they are drawn or being for such uses which my lord knows nothing of: and to desire that he will lay it before the D. of M[arlborough] with my Lord's desire that his Grace will please to direct Mr. Sweet and Mr. Cartwright to forbear drawing any bills of the like nature for the future.
[My Lord directs] 42,000l. to Mr. Brydges out of Exchequer Bills towards answering bills of exchange drawn from Spain by Mr. Mead: and 21,891l. 7s. 0d. for bills of exchange for prisoners from Spain also: to be issued out of Exchequer Bills.
[My Lord directs] 29,974l. 12s. 11½d. to Mr. Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons: out of Exchequer Bills: and is for a month's subsistence according to his memorial of the 8th inst.
[My Lord directs] 1,000l. to Mr. Compton: out of Civil List money: and is for the Poor Palatines.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of] 10,000l. for land service and 10,000l. for sea service of the Ordnance: out of Exchequer Bills. Ibid., p. 38.
June 25. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Treasurer of the Ordnance of] 12,000l. for land service and 12,000l. for sea service: out of Exchequer Bills.
[Send] to the Agents for Taxes to be here on Monday. Ibid., p. 39.
June 27, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 2,000l. on the head of wages: to be for the [Chatham] Chest: [and to be issued] out of Exchequer Bills.
Sir Thomas Littleton, the Navy Treasurer, having orders in a near course [of payment] on the eleventh 4s. Aid [or Land Tax anno 1709 write him that my Lord Treasurer agrees he] may dispose of 50,000l. [thereof] to the Bank [to raise money] for wages and recalls: and my Lord will endorse the orders with interest at 5 per cent. from the time he receives the said 50,000l.
The Commissioners of the Stamps Duties are called in. My Lord orders them to send the bills upon which the allowance of 2,600l. is craved and to send their answer to the report dated 1707–8 Jan. 3 from the Attorney and Solicitor General.
The late Commissioners of Sick and Wounded are called in. My Lord orders the Auditors [of Imprests] to prepare their [the said Commissioners'] account for declaration according to a state thereof now read. Ibid., p. 40.
June 29, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The lodges and the barn in Hyde Park are to be forthwith repaired.
[My Lord orders the Poor] Palatines 1,000l. more.
[My Lord directs the issue to Mr. Lowndes of] 1,000l. for secret service.
On Mr. Bridges' memorial [my Lord] ordered 97,601l. 14s.d. to him for a month's subsistence [to the Forces] in Flanders to Aug. 23 next; and 20,000l. to answer Mr. Chetwyn's bills. For these sums Exchequer Bills are to be issued.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Commissioners for the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded of] 3,166l. 12s. 4d. to complete two years to the small ports [for quarters of sick men] and one year to the great ports for sick and wounded: to be issued in Exchequer Bills.
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded are called in. They will take the medicines prepared for the Expedition. Their memorial is read and the minutes [of my Lords' decisions thereupon are endorsed] upon the same.
[My Lord directs the issue to Mr. Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, of sums as follows for the Marines to wit] 22,337l. 14s. 5d. for offreckonings and 56,456l. 12s. 8d. for clearings of the six Marine Regiments to 1708 June 24 (the muster rolls till then being complete) and to be satisfied out of tallies and orders for 122,889l. 10s. 4d. on the Half Subsidies &c. anno 1708 in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy: the said 22,337l. 14s. 5d. to have the preference upon the said 122,889l. 10s. 4d.: and Mr. Whitfeild and Mr. Cornish do severally promise that these tallies and orders shall not be delivered out so as to be discounted to the prejudice of the credit [fund on which they are drawn].
[My Lord further directs to the Navy Treasurer the issue of] 7,779l. 18s. 0d. in Exchequer Bills: for subsistence to the Marines: according to Mr. Whitfeild's memorial of this day's date.
[My Lord directs the issue of 5,666l. 11s. 10d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber: to be issued by 1,500l. a week from the 8th inst. and is for services as follows:—
£ s. d.
for last Christmas quarter's salaries payable in the office of Treasurer of the Chamber 5,088 15 7
for John Lenton 10 0 0
John Walsh 20 6 0
Walter Martyn 28 19 0
Mr. Randue, Lady day quarter's salary 80 0 0
Mr. Bedford 377 1 3
Jeremy Hancock 61 10 0
£5,666 11 10
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 9,400l. in Exchequer Bills: for the [Navy] Ordinary.
[My Lord directs] 41l. 17s. 6d. to the [Paymaster of the] Office of Works: for Capt. Studholme, whereof 30l. to be paid by him to John Piggot and the rest for repairs at Kensington &c. Treasury Minute Book XVII, p. 41.