Minute Book: July 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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July 1709

July 1, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
Count Briancon, Envoy from the Duke of Savoy, having by his memorial of this day's date represented to my Lord Treasurer that by a contract dated the 30th of May last he hath agreed with Joseph Brooksbank for clothing for the Troops of the said Duke at the price expressed therein, which are to be delivered by the 10th of this instant July amounting to 8,357l. 15s. 9d. and that he the said Comte has orders to pay for the same out of the subsidy that shall be payable to the said Duke, within six months from the time of delivery according to the said contract: but in regard he the said Envoy may be recalled before the said [subsidy] money becomes payable, he hath desired my Lord Treasurer for the better satisfaction of the contractor that a minute be entered [at the Treasury] that he shall be paid accordingly out of the said Duke's subsidy: my Lord Treasurer is pleased to consent thereto and orders that care be taken when the money becomes due for the said clothing that the same be detained out of the said subsidy to the Duke of Savoy and be paid according to the said contract[or]. See also 42.
July 11, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Several reports from the Customs Commissioners are read and minutes are taken upon them. One relating to Jersey and Guernsey my Lord Treasurer takes to lay before the Queen in Council.
[My Lord directs] 1,000l. to Mr. L[owndes] for secret service.
[Likewise] 1,200l. to Mr. Compton, whereof 1,000l. for the Poor Palatines and 100l. each to Dame Anne Silvius and Dame——Waller.
The Duke of Newcastle's warrant is to be drawn over again with the commencement of the 1,000l. per an. [made to date] from Michaelmas 1707. Ibid., p. 43.
July 15, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
Sir Theodore Janssen exhibits to my Lord Treasurer a proposal for remitting 100,000 Crowns for extraordinaries to the Duke of Savoy; which is read and agreed to as follows:—
I propose to give my bill for Turin for 100,000 Crowns of 82 sols each, money of Piedmont, at 60 days at 59 pence per Crown and to take in payment for the same 13,000l. in Exchequer Bills and the remainder in tallies on the General Mortgage.
Ibid., p. 44.
July 22, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Sir Henry Furnese and Mr. Brydges are called in. Mr. Brydges presents a memorial which is read and the minutes taken [are endorsed] thereon. As to the article for clearings of last year my Lord orders it to be satisfied out of Malt tickets as to two-thirds and Exchequer Bills as to one-third.
Upon Sir Henry Furnese's producing an acquittance of Mr. Chetwynd dated 6 July inst. for 34,178 pieces of Eight my Lord agrees he shall be [re]paid the same when due as a bill of exchange at single usance from Italy at the rate he has agreed for and in like manner for another acquittance of Mr. Chetwynd dated the 6th June 1709 for 20,000 piastres, making [in all] 100,000 livres.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 10,000l. for seamen's wages: out of Exchequer Bills. Ibid., p. 45.
July 28, afternoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
The Customs Commissioners and the agents for the islands of Jersey and Guernsey are called in. My Lord tells the agents that for their greater satisfaction he had desired to hear them with the Customs Commissioners about the matter of their complaint against the Rules proposed by the Customs Commissioners.
After many arguments the agents say they are ready to submit to any Rules that may be necessary to prevent the running of goods from those islands to England.
My Lord says what is desired by him and the Commissioners is nothing more.
The agents say the Rules proposed by the Commissioners are improper for that end and are oppressive and troublesome to the islanders and recite some instances.
My Lord says perhaps though in former times the officers proposed to be established now might not be very necessary because the Duties then were not so great and tempting as they are at this time and asks the Commissioners what effect they have had from the officers settled in these islands.
Mr. Culliford says they have several times detected their trading contrary to the laws of Trade and Navigation and carried wool to France and licensed Dutch ships to trade to the Plantations.
The agents deny that any one instance can be given: that as for exporting or running wool to France they count it as bad as treason in regard that their whole trade consists in making stockings and carrying them to France and an exporter of wool is looked upon as a common enemy to the inhabitants: and they use very many arguments to prove the uselessness of the Custom House officers and of the hardship and inconvenience there will be in the power intended them by the Commissioners of administering oaths &c.
The agents withdraw.
My Lord tells the Commissioners he is of opinion the inhabitants do labour under a great many hardships and difficulties and would be glad [if] they could find out a way to make them more easy; and directs them to consult with the agents to-morrow morning and to attend him here with their resolutions at five in the evening.
They withdraw and the agents are asked to attend the Commissioners to-morrow morning accordingly. Treasury Minute Book XVII, pp. 46–7.
July 29, forenoon. Present. Lord Treasurer.
Upon reading a letter from the Board of Ordnance acquainting my Lord that they can now dispose of their tallies on last year's Land Tax (being 33,500l.) at par and praying my Lord's directions for so doing in regard of the pressing circumstances of that Office, my Lord is pleased to agree thereunto and directs order to be sent to the said Board for that purpose.
My Lord directs that when any payments are made by Mr. Brydges on this side [the Channel] upon any emergency before they can be directed by my Lord Treasurer he [Brydges] do put them down in his very next memorials from time to time, with the reasons for his having made the same. Ibid., p. 48.