Minute Book: April 1712

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 26, 1712. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1954.

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April 1712

April 1. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Brydges [is] called in and his memorial of this day's date is read for 150,000l. to pay the remitters for their bills given for the Forces in Flanders as follows, viz. 50,000l. on Jan. 18 last, 50,000l. on Jan. 29 last, and 50,000l. on Feb. 1 last; for payment whereof (and of the interest agreed to be allowed till paid) they had a deposit of 180,000l. in South Sea Stock continued to them. My Lord Treasurer orders 60,000l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges out of loans in the Exchequer on the Land Tax anno 1712 and 90,000l. out of loans to be made thereupon by Sir John Lambert and others [the said remitters themselves]; and as to the interest [my Lord directs] the accounts thereof to be stated and then paid [and that upon completion of payment of principal and interest] the 180,000l. of South Sea Stock is to be transferred back to Mr. Brydges [by the said remitters].
Another memorial [from Mr. How, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] is read for 2,210l. 4s. 9d. to be issued to Mr. How on account of pay to Col. William Kerr's Regiment of Dragoons on the Establishment of Guards and Garrisons; "and the said sum being to enable the said Regiment to complete their recruits my Lord orders it to be issued out of loans in the Exchequer on the Land Tax anno 1712 accordingly."
Another memorial dated 25 March last [from Mr. Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] is read for 9,937l. 16s. 9d. to be paid to the Officers on this side belonging to Regiments in Flanders and to be placed to account of their subsistence to April 22 inst. My Lord says that having already made ample provision for paying the whole subsistence to that time abroad, the Officers or their agents must negociate this their demand with the Bank who possibly may take their bills on the Paymaster Abroad for the same (see supra, p. 19, under date March 21).
Another memorial [from the said Mr. Brydges] dated the 19th Feb. last is read for my Lord Treasurer's directions whether he [Brydges as Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] should accept bills mentioned therein for 14,174l. 17s. 3d. drawn by Mr. Hammond from Spain. My Lord agrees to the accepting of these bills in case they be towards making good the 25,000l. which was sent back from Barcelona to Genoa to answer Mr. Chetwynd's bills.
Another memorial [from the said Mr. Brydges] dated 31 March last is read for 60 days' subsistence for several commissioned and non-commissioned Officers of Col. Frank's and Col. Tyrrell's Regiments taken prisoners coming from Portugal: and my Lord observing these to be Officers of a reduced Regiment and on no Establishment orders this to be brought in when the Secretary at War shall have framed an Establishment for reduced Officers: and my Lord is of opinion that in the meantime the non-commissioned Officers should be broke.
Another memorial [from the said Mr. Brydges] dated the 31st March last is read relating to my Lord Portmore's drawing money by his [own] warrant out of the [Deputy] Paymaster's hands in Portugal and putting it into the hands of another to account for it. It is ordered to be sent to the Auditors for them to consider and report upon.
Mr. Brydges is to bring a state of what is due to the King of Portugal on his subsidy: as also of the demands to be paid out of the same to Mr. Clark on his contract with the King of Portugal: and [of the sums to be demanded thereout as due] to her Majesty's Forces for mule maintenance.
The Duke of Ormonde, Lord Lansdown and Secretary St. John come in. My Lord Treasurer takes into consideration the Duke's proposal for an Establishment of General Officers to serve in Flanders in the ensuing campaign; which [proposal] exceeds the sum allowed in 1706 [by] about 14,000l.; towards making of which 'tis alleged there may be reduced several Officers in the Duke's list, by whose pay and forage [there] will be saved above 6,000l. and that there will likewise be saved in this year by the difference in the daily wages to the bread waggons from what was allowed last year near 6,000l. more. The Secretary at War will prepare the Establishment for the said General Officers against Thursday next according to the reduction now agreed to by the Duke of Ormonde.
The Secretary at War [is by my Lord Treasurer] desired to prepare a list of all the second Officers and [also] to receive her Majesty's pleasure for placing them to particular Regiments and to allow those that actually serve abroad full pay, and only half pay to such as stay at home. Ibid., pp. 162–3.
April 2. Present ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their reports are read. As to their report concerning the draw-backs on leather exported (which the Commissioners say are not duly guarded by the Leather Duty Act &c.) my Lord orders a copy of it [the said report] to be sent to the Commissioners for the Leather Duties with direction to prepare the draft of a clause to be inserted in some Act this Session for remedy of the mischief complained of; and to send it hither for my Lord Treasurer's perusal: and then my Lord will order it to be transmitted to the Customs Commissioners to consider whether they have any objection to it before it be offered to the House.
Their report is read concerning the East India Company's debts at the Custom House. [Thereupon my Lord] ordered that the Solicitor of the Customs do attend the Attorney General upon the several points therein mentioned to be in dispute between the said Commissioners and the said Company.
[My Lord directed the issue of] 1,000l. to Secretary St. John for secret service. Ibid., p. 164.
April 3. Present: ut supra.
Lord Lansdown, Mr. Brydges, Mr. Sloper and Mr. Merryll [are] called in. The Secretary at War's paper of extraordinaries for the Forces in the last year [anno 1711 which is] proposed to be laid before the House, is taken into consideration and some alterations are made therein.
Upon reading a memorial from Mr. Brydges of this day's date [shewing] that pursuant to a minute of March 18 last the Bank did agree to advance 81,182l. 12s. 2¾d. upon a deposit of 90,000l. in Malt tallies (which sum was intended for paying bills of exchange drawn from Spain and Italy according to a scheme thereof agreed unto) and that the said tallies have since [instead thereof] been deposited [as security for bills] for the last remittances sent for the Forces in Flanders, and therefore praying that the deposit of 90,000l. for the said 81,182l. 12s. 2¾d. may be directed to be made out of any other tallies and orders that are remaining in his [Brydges'] hands, my Lord Treasurer is pleased to agree to this proposition and orders the deposit to be made accordingly.
My Lord will look over the draft of the Establishment for Guards and Garrisons next Saturday and Lord Lansdown will then be here.
The Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. Their proposal for remittances for the Troops in Flanders is read: to wit they offer [to give bills for] 100,000l. or 200,000l. at 2½ [months'] usance for Holland at 10 florins 5 stivers current money; whereof 30 per cent. [in bills] on Antwerp at half [a month's] usance: [the Bank to be recouped or] to be paid in money or a desposit of tallies and a [Treasury] minute [to be put on record] for repayment in two months with 6 per cent. per an. interest from the date of the bills.
Upon discoursing with them my Lord agrees in manner following, viz. that they shall give their bills at the rate aforesaid for 50,000l. to go by to-morrow night's post payable at 2½ uso for what shall be sent to Holland and at half usance for that part of it which is to go to Antwerp: and for 50,000l. more to-morrow sevennight at 2½ uso for so much as goes to Holland and at sight for the proportion to be remitted to Antwerp. And if the exchange alters in favour of England before the next 100,000l. is wanted my Lord is not to be held to this proposal for the next 100,000l. but to have a better bargain of them for that remittance: which the Bank readily consent to.
My Lord desires they will make the remittances in small bills for the easier accommodation of the service if there should be occasion for discounting them: and my Lord orders 65,000l. to be now issued to Mr. Brydges out of loans to be made by him [Brydges] on the Land Tax [anno 1712]. Out of the said 65,000l. Brydges is to make deposits with the Bank for the bills they give upon Holland and Antwerp to-morrow night.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 133,833l. to the Navy Treasurer for uses to be appointed: [to be issued] out of loans to be made by him [the Navy Treasurer] on the Land Tax anno 1712: and is intended to make up a quarter's interest to the South Sea Company [on its fund].
The 65,000l. for Mr. Brydges [as above is] to be struck [on the Land Tax] after the above 133,833l. for the Navy.
The persons concerned in the New England bills &c. [for the Canada Expedition] are called in and the said demands being in part considered my Lord appoints next Saturday to take them into further consideration. Treasury Minute Book XIX, pp. 165–6.
April 5. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Sir Roger Mostyn [is] called in and acquaints my Lord that he has not yet received the money directed to be paid over by Mr. Whitfeild [his predecessor in the office of Paymaster of the Marines]; and that a petition has been presented to the House by some of the Marine Officers for part of the said money and that Mr. Whitfeild has desired a copy of the warrant [in order] to advise with counsel whether he can safely pay it over.
My Lord orders that an account be made of all the money that has been imprested to Mr. Whitfeild and what to Sir Roger and that they respectively show to what uses it has been applied and how much remains due [and unpaid] as well in Mr. Whitfeild's time [of being Paymaster of Marines] as since Sir Roger became Paymaster thereof.
[My Lord orders] 6,000l. to be paid over by the Treasurer of the Navy to Sir Roger Mostyn: out of the 50,000l. lately borrowed of the Bank [by the Navy Treasurer]. This 6,000l. is to be applied for subsistence to the Marines, to wit to discharge their debts in quarters.
[Write] to Mr. Burchett that demands are made at the Treasury by several persons for moneys due on bills drawn by Sir Hovenden Walker; but my Lord Treasurer (not being satisfied that the accounts for which the said moneys were taken up have been yet passed) does desire that he [Burchett] will lay the matter before the Lords of the Admiralty and that their Lordships will be pleased to give the necessary orders that the said accounts be passed as they ought to be for the service of the public, so far as relates to the Navy and Victualling [to wit as to their liability on the said Walker's bills on account of the Canada Expedition].
[Write] the like letters to the Board of Ordnance with respect to the bills drawn by Sir H. Walker: and likewise to the other public Offices concerned [as to their respective shares of liability on account of the said bills].
My Lord orders that two thirds of the bills drawn by Col. Arnutt amounting to 15,631l. 13s. 11d. [for the Canada Expedition] shall be forthwith satisfied.
As to Col. Dudleigh's bills my Lord respites the payment thereof till he [Col. Dudleigh] has accounted for the money he owes to her Majesty; which is near 5,000l. as my Lord is informed.
My Lord will direct [payment of] two thirds of the bills drawn by Col. Dudley and Mr. Nicholson jointly because the proper accounts attend [accompany] the said bills.
My Lord also agrees to direct [payment of] two thirds of the bills drawn upon the Victualling Office on account of the Canada Expedition.
As to the bills drawn for transporting the French Garrison from Annapolis to Rochelle my Lord directs that the Commissioners of Transports do examine that whole affair and report to him a true state thereof and what now remains jointly due for the same.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 17,656l. 13s. 4½d. to Mr. Brydges out of money in the Exchequer of loans on the Land Tax anno 1712: being intended to be applied as follows: viz.
£ s. d.
for satisfying two thirds of 23,447l. 10s. 11d. due on bills drawn by Col. Arnutt on account of the late Expedition to Canada 15,631 13 11
for satisfying two thirds of 2,892l. 5s. 8½d. due on bills drawn by Col. Dudley and Col. Nicholson jointly on account of the said Expedition 1,928 3
for two thirds of 145l. 3s. 6d. due on bills drawn by Col. Hunter and Col. Nicholson jointly on account of the said Expedition 96 15 8
£17,656 13
[My Lord directs a] letter for issuing 12,842l. 16s. 4d. to the Treasurer of the Navy whereof 8,871l. 2s. 1½d. on the head of Victualling and is to satisfy two thirds of 13,306l. 13s. 2d. drawn by Sir Hovenden Walker and others on the Victualling Commissioners, on account of the late Expedition to Canada: and 3,971l. 14s. 2½d. on the head of Wear and Tear, being to answer two thirds of 5,957l. 11s. 4d. drawn by the said Sir Hovenden on the Navy Commissioners for the said late Expedition.
[Write a] letter to the Secretary at War to make a list of the several constant allowances payable out of the sum on the Establishment of the Guards and Garrisons for contingents [Contingencies of the Guards and Garrisons] and to take care in framing the Establishment to provide for the payment thereof.
[Write a] letter to the Agents for tin in Cornwall to send an account of what money [is] in Mr. Corker's hands arisen by sale of tin in Cornwall. Treasury Minute Book XIX, pp. 167–8.
April 9,
Present: Lord Treasurer.
Ordered that the Treasurer of the Navy do borrow of the Bank of England 50,000l. for the service of the Navy upon a deposit of 55,000l. in Land Tax tallies [anno 1712]: to be repaid within two months of the time of advancing the same, together with 6 per cent. per an. interest.
Write to the Navy Commissioners for an account what has been paid for premiums for Naval stores imported from the Plantations since the passing the Act [3–4 Anne, c. 9, clause 1] for allowing thereof.
[Send a] letter to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts to send my Lord their report on the memorial of the Earl of Clarendon which was some time ago referred to them relating to money alleged to be due from Mr. Thrale's executors for subsistence of the Independent Companies at New York when his Lordship [the said Earl] was Governor there.
[Send a] letter to recommend Mr. Short to the Customs Commissioners for such employment as they shall find him qualified for.
Upon a memorial from the Navy Treasurer the sum of 6,092l. 8s. 7½d. remaining in the hands of the said Treasurer out of the last 50,000l. borrowed [by him] from the Bank is now directed [by my Lord Treasurer] to be applied for payment of Parliament ticquets [for seamen's wages under the Act 4–5 Anne, c. 6, clauses 10 and 12] due in March last and [likewise for] answering several defalcations &c. on the head of Wages. Ibid., p. 169.
April 10. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord directs] 1,237l. 10s. 0d. to be issued out of Civil List money: upon the order in the name of Mr. Drummond.
[Write] a letter [of direction to the Exchequer] for paying the Commissioners of Trade the half year's salary for which an order is already signed; and a warrant [is now ordered] to be prepared for three quarters further, which will bring up their salaries to Lady day 1711. Ibid., p. 170.
April 11. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 955l. to Mr. Breton, going Envoy to Prussia: on an order in his [Breton's] name for this purpose.
[The Principal] Officers of the Ordnance are called in and their memorial for money is read. My Lord says he has ordered tallies for that Office [of Ordnance] and they may borrow money upon them for the service thereof.
[My Lord reads] a memorial for 40,899l. 19s. 1d. for the advances [payable to the contractors] for bread and bread waggons for the ensuing campaign according to the contracts in that behalf. My Lord orders one third thereof in [ready] money to be now issued to Mr. Brydges; one third [more] to be satisfied or secured by a deposit of tallies or South Sea Stock, and the other third part to be paid out of the last part of the 200,000l. which the Bank have agreed to remit for the service of the Troops in the Low Countries.
[Write to the Auditor of the Receipt a direction] letter for issuing to Mr. Brydges out of loans in the Exchequer on the Land Tax [anno 1712] 13,633l. 19s. 1d. to be paid over to the Sieurs Vanderkaa and Castagno in part of 40,899l. 19s. 1d. to be advanced to them on their contracts for bread and bread waggons as above.
The Agents [Commissioners] for Taxes and Mr. Campion are called in. Mr. Campion in behalf of Mr. Gott, late Receiver General of Taxes in Surrey, acquaints my Lord that if he will be pleased to indulge Mr. Gott six weeks more he will by that time have cleared his debt or given satisfactory security for it. My Lord directs that a memorial be given to him in writing and he will refer it to the Commissioners for bringing in Arrears of Taxes. Ibid., p. 171.
April 12. Present: ut supra.
The East India Company [are] to be heard upon their memorial relating to the computation of their Duties [the Duties on their East India goods] next Wednesday, when the Customs Commissioners are to attend: and my Lord Treasurer orders that the Attorney General be here at that time.
Mr. Nibley [Mr. Smith of Nibley] and Mr. Bond to be heard next Monday.
A memorial from the Transports Commissioners is read praying leave to dispose of tallies on Malt anno 1710 now in the hands of the Treasurer of the Transport Service, in order to raise 13,984l. 18s. 6½d. to defray the charge of freight and provisions of horses and men and for clothing, for recruiting the Army in Flanders and for two months' imprests to four ships taken up to carry a Regiment of Foot to the West Indies and bringing another back and for transporting of clothing sent to Spain and Portugal and for recruits to the West Indies. My Lord orders that the Paymaster of the Transports [Service] do dispose of 14,000l. of the tallies remaining in his hands on malt as aforesaid and do assign [to the lenders] the interest on the orders which are to attend [accompany] the said tallies, [which interest is] to commence from the day or days on which the moneys shall be advanced thereupon. And my Lord will sign [endorse] the warrants for paying [such interest on] the same accordingly. Ibid., p. 172.
April 14 Present: Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Smith of Nibley and Mr. Bond [are] called in. Mr. Smith's petition is read praying leave to bring a writ of error to reverse the outlawry against his brother, who is outlawed for murther: also a petition of one Bond with an account of some personal estate belonging to the said outlaw. All the said papers are referred to the Attorney General to consider and report what her Majesty may fitly do therein.
Several petitions and reports are read and answers [and minutes are] taken thereupon [and endorsed thereon]. Treasury Minute Book XIX, p. 173.
April 15 Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Commissioners of Transports [are] called in. My Lord asks them how they came to take up shipping for carrying a Regiment from Ireland to the West Indies, which is like to cost above 10,000l., without acquainting his Lordship. They say they had very pressing orders for the doing of it from the Secretary at War. My Lord says he did last night lay this matter before the Queen in a Committee of Council and that 'tis her Majesty's pleasure that a stop shall be put to the taking up any transports or any provisions for carrying the Regiment mentioned to the West Indies until the Lords [of the Privy Council Committee] have considered this affair again and delivered their opinion to the Queen thereupon.
They [the Transports Commissioners] say they have already paid the two months' imprest to the four ships taken up for carrying the said Regiment, which [imprest] was about 1,100l.: but that the ships (if it be thought fit) may be employed in any other service.
My Lord directs them to consider how they may be employed with least loss to the Government and that hereafter they should not undertake anything but the very ordinary service of their Office without first laying an estimate of the charge thereof before his Lordship and having his concurrence or approbation thereof.
My Lord asks if the victuals are yet furnished for the said Regiment. They say no: whereupon my Lord orders that letter be sent to the Victualling Commissioners that if they have any directions for victualling transport ships going to Ireland or the West Indies they should forbear to execute the same; and that they should send my Lord word by to-morrow whether they have any such orders or not.
Capt. Wade [is] called in. He produces several papers proving the frauds committed in auditing and rating the New England bills. My Lord Treasurer directs them to be sent to the Auditors of Imprests, and [to] the other officers to whom the stating of the demands on the bills drawn for the Canada Expedition was referred, to peruse [the same and directs] that they will send to Capt. Wade to attend them in the matter as soon as may be because he stays from his ship by leave of the Admiralty purposely on this affair. Ibid., p. 174.
April 16 Present: Lord Treasurer.
The Navy Treasurer's memorial is read proposing an application of the last 50,000l. borrowed by him from the Bank. [My Lord thereupon] ordered that 20,000l. thereof do go to the Course of the Navy: 10,000l. more to the Course of the Victualling and 1,674l. 3s. 11d. to the Treasurer for Sick and Wounded to clear their Course to the end of December last: the rest to be reserved for my Lords' further disposition.
The Customs Commissioners are called in with the East India Company [Directors] and the Attorney General. The Company's memorial is read relating to time [which they desire] to be allowed for entry of their goods. Two reports signed by the Attorney General and Solicitor General are also read, and upon debating the matter the Attorney General says he thinks nothing but an Act of Parliament can be sufficient to relieve them.
Mr. Godolphin is of the same opinion.
My Lord, for [the purpose of] making the matter as easy as may be, desires that the Company will direct their counsel to prepare such a clause as they think proper and to attend the Attorney General and Solicitor General therewith and that the Customs Commissioners may be consulted therein.
[My Lord orders the] Attorney General and Solicitor General to attend on Thursday the 24th inst.: at which time Mr. Edwyn is to be heard by his counsel in relation to his claim [as Usher of the Receipt] "to provide the order" [to provide the stationery and printing for the orders for the 1,500,000l. Lottery anno 1711].
A clause prepared by the Excise Commissioners for giving relief to exporters of hops is [read and] delivered by my Lord's order to the Attorney General, who is desired to peruse it and to make such alterations therein as he thinks fit "and to move the House that it may be received." Ibid., p. 175.
April 17. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Ordered that the Treasurer of the Ordnance or his Deputy do borrow 18,000l. of the Bank of England for the service of that Office upon a deposit of 20,000l. in tallies upon the fifteenth 4s. Aid [Land Tax anno 1712]: to be repaid within two months with 6 per cent. interest from the day of advancing the money.
[Write a] letter to Lord Lansdown and the Comptrollers of Army Accounts to consult about a method of reducing the Establishment for Spain and Portugal so as that the expense thereof may come within the sums voted for the same by Parliament.
[Write] letters to Mr. Brydges, Mr. Merryll and Mr. Lyn to attend next Saturday about the Establishments for the present year.
[Send notice to] Mr. Dodd and Mr. Waters to be here on Saturday with a state of the Droits of Admiralty, how far the same have been accounted for and how much money now remains in hand for the same. Ibid., p. 176.
April 19. Present: ut supra.
[Send to the Auditor of the Receipt a direction] letter for issuing 842l. 6s. 6¼d. to Visct. Rialton [late Cofferer of the Household] upon the proper order in this behalf; to clear the debts in the Cofferer's Office to the end of March 1711.
[Send to same a like] letter for satisfying the order in Mr. Scobell's name for 40,000l. for buying tin [to wit to satisfy same] by 3,000l. a week till 39,000l. be paid and the 1,000l. in the subsequent week after the 39,000l. is satisfied.
[Send a] letter to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland recommending Mr. Tho. Hand to be employed in such place in the Customs under their management as they shall find him qualified for.
[Send to the Auditor of the Receipt a direction] letter for issuing 160l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber to satisfy half a year's allowance to Michaelmas 1711 to Mr. Randue [on his salary as] housekeeper of Windsor Castle.
[Send a] letter to the Attorney General to be here next Thursday in relation to the hearing desired by Mr. Edwyn about providing the orders and other [stationery] necessities for the Lottery of 1,500,000l. anno 1711.
Mr. Lyn and one of the clerks of Mr. Brydges' Office are called in. A letter or memorial from Lord Lansdown is read representing the case of several Irish Officers who quitted the enemy's service on the invitations contained in Proclamations issued by the Generals abroad, but who not being provided for by the said Generals are come hither for relief. My Lord Treasurer says there is no provision made for them by Parliament and some of them have formerly had money to carry them back. My Lord orders that Mr. Sloper do certify which of them had [such grants of bounty] money, and when and how much.
[My Lord directs] Mr. Merryll to inform himself of the condition and circumstances of the Company under the command of Capt. Lloyd at Newfoundland and to lay a state thereof before my Lord.
Mr. Lyn is directed to take care that orders be given to put off the next muster for three weeks or a month till the reductions can be made pursuant to the votes in Parliament. (fn. 1) Treasury Minute Book XIX, p. 177.
April 23. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Direct the] Attorney General to be here on Thursday May 1 in relation to Mr. Edwyn's claim to provide [the stationery for the] orders for the 1,500,000l. Lottery of last year.
Mr. James Milner [is] called in. His memorial is read proposing to furnish in Lisbon 25,000l., [he] giving his bills for the same payable at 30 days' sight at 5s. 6d. per milrei: [he by way of repayment] to be paid out of the first payment of the Lottery with 6 per cent. interest until [he is actually] paid: and [on] a security of 30,000l. South Sea Stock [to be] transferred to him.
My Lord agrees to this proposal with this alteration, viz. that if Mr. Milner shall be paid within two months from this time then he is to be allowed no interest for the said sum. Mr. Milner consents hereunto and will give his bills immediately. Ibid., p. 178.
April 24. Present: ut supra.
[Send word to] Mr. Brydges and Mr. Lyn to attend to-morrow morning.
[Send a] letter to the Customs Commissioners to cause William Greenwood to be instructed [in the business of the Customs at the waterside in order to his being employed]: "this at the request of Mr. Surveyor General" [of Crown Lands]. Ibid., p. 179.
April 29,
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Brydges [is by my Lord] desired to borrow of the Bank of England 12,000l. on a sufficient deposit of tallies: to be repaid within two months from the time of advancing together with interest at 6 per cent. per an.: the same being intended to be applied to the payment of the Officers in Spain and Officers en second.
Some letters which Mr. Brydges presents relating to the Troops in Spain are read and minutes are taken on them [and endorsed thereon].
[My Lord directs the Auditor of the Receipt to] issue 12,000l. to Mr. Brydges out of loans on Land Tax anno 1712 towards answering Sir John Lambert's demands on bills of exchange drawn from Spain for the subsistence of the prisoners there.
Mr. Brydges applying to my Lord to know out of what fund the 1,000l. ordered [to] Lord Forbes (in consideration of his good services about procuring a loan of 800,000 dollars for Spain) shall be paid, my Lord agrees that the same be paid out of the profits which arose by recoining the said dollars at Barcelona. Ibid., p. 180.
April 30. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners [are] called in. Several of their reports are read and minutes [are] taken thereon [and are endorsed thereon].
Mr. Sloper and Mr. Decker [are] called in. Mr. Decker's memorial is read praying that in regard he has delivered a bond signed by Mr. Vanderkaa and Mr. Castagno for performing their contracts for bread and bread waggons anno 1712 he may have up the bond which he had signed on their behalf. Mr. Sloper says he knows of no objection to it, provided he [Decker] will give Mr. Brydges a note to obtain a bond for 20,000l. more from two substantial merchants in Holland as further security and [provided he] deliver it to the Treasury before the last third part of the advance money is paid to him [Decker] for their use: "which note Mr. Decker gives to Mr. Sloper accordingly and Mr. Decker's bond was this day delivered up to him to be cancelled." Ibid., p. 181.


  • 1. See votes 2 and 13 of the 15th April 1712, Commons Journals XVII, p. 190.