Minute Book: December 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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December 1712

Dec. 2. Present: ut supra.
[Write a] letter to Mr. Borret to prosecute such interest in the estate late of Sir William Robinson as may belong to her Majesty or is designed for any charitable uses. My Lord Keeper will give direction to the Attorney General how to proceed.
Mr. Borret is also [ordered by my Lord] to prosecute at her Majesty's charge the two persons that robbed Mr. Annesley.
[Write a] letter to the Secretary of the Admiralty for a list of all the ships already directed to be paid off and laid up, and what are still intended to be put out of pay. Ibid., p. 4.
Dec. 3. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Ordered that 2,050l. 1s. 3d. which Mr. Eversfield is to receive for the dividend of 3 per cent, for South Sea Stock assigned to him for the use of the public be applied towards three months' payment to the artificers and [to the] carrying on of other services in the Office of Ordnance.
Mr. Power [is] called in. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 5.
Dec. 4. Present: ut supra.
Look out all the propositions or papers concerning making more halfpence and farthings.
[My Lord ordered] 3,463l. 0s. 5d. to be issued to Sir Roger Mostyn for subsistence of the Marines, being due on the musters from 25 June last to 24 Aug. last.
Mr. Cæsar's memorial [for money for the Navy and Victualling] is read. [Thereupon my Lord] ordered 15,000l. for wages [of seamen]; 15,000l. for the new Course [of the Navy] and 3,501l. 14s. 8d. for bills of exchange. Ibid., p. 6.
Dec. 5. Present: ut supra.
Write to the Customs Commissioners that the cessation of arms between her Majesty and the Crown of France and Spain is renewed and that in the beginning of next week it will be sent to them in form, and in the meantime they are to give notice hereof to the merchants that there may be no interruption in their trade.
The Commissioners of Taxes [are] called in.
[Write] to Mr. Sloper to attend the Chancellor of the Exchequer at 10 o'clock to-morrow at his house about my Lord Ranelagh's accounts.
[Send] to Mr. Borrett to come to Mr. Lowndes to-morrow morning.
Prepare an order to pay the Speaker [of the Commons] up to Xmas.
A proposal made by Mr. Matthew Decker for remitting 20,000l. to Amsterdam for the Troops in the Low Countries is considered and approved of, being for bills at two days' sight at the exchange rate of 10 guilders 15 stuyvers to the pound sterling. [My Lord directs that] he is to give his bills for the same by this night's post and Mr. Brydges is to make a memorial for the money to be ordered [to said Brydges] for his [Decker's] payment. Ibid., p. 7.
Dec. 9. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs the] issue to the Ordnance of 20,000l. out of the funds of the year 1712 as in part of the deficiency of the grants for 1711: whereof 10,000l. is to be for sea service of the Office of Ordnance and 10,000l. for land service.
[My Lord directs the] issue of 20,000l. to Mr. Bridges on his memorial of this day (being the sum in the minute of the 5th inst.), on the head of Subsidies as part of the agio, bread and forage to the 12,000 Prussians serving on the Rhine.
Likewise 15,000l. to said Bridges on the deficiencies of 1711; being for the pay of the Palatine Troops in Catalonia for her Majesty's proportion [of the said pay] to the last of December 1712.
Likewise 1,900l. to said Bridges upon his memorial of the 28th ult,: and is for the Commissioners of Inspection [into the accounts of the Army in Spain &c.].
[Write] to the Commissioners of Taxes to caution the Receivers [of Taxes in the respective counties] against advancing money for recruits to any Troops that are not now in the Queen's pay. Ibid., p. 8.
Dec. 12. Present: ut supra.
[Write to the] Commissioners for the Tin [affair], Mr. Beranger and Mr. Aynstys to attend on Tuesday next.
[My Lord directs] 23,500l. 15s. 2d. to be issued to Mr. How [Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] on his memorial of this day: [to be issued] on the head of Deficiencies of the year 1711.
[Write] to Sir Roger Mostyn and Mr. Whitfield to attend on Tuesday.
His Grace the Duke of Ormonde [Commander in Chief] and Sir William Windham [Secretary at War] come in. A paper relating to the reduction of the Forces in Flanders is read. My Lord Treasurer will lay it before the [Privy] Council.
Sir William Wyndham will take care that no more beating orders be issued unless by particular direction, wherewith my Lord Treasurer shall be acquainted: and Sir William will take particular care as to Scotland that the public be at no charge for recruiting the Dutch Regiments.
And my Lord Treasurer will move for an order of [the Queen in] Council to stop recruits.
A memorial is read relating to forage furnished by the High Qu[arter] of Gueldre to the Prussians during their winter quarters 1710–11 and 1711–12.
Likewise another memorial relating to the forage furnished by the States of Liege and the County of Loos to the Prussians in their winter quarters 1710–11 and 1711–12.
Refer these two memorials to Mr. Bridges and the Comptrollers of the Accounts of the Army.
The report of the Comptrollers of the Army Accounts is read concerning the Invalid Officers doing duty at the Tower. The 807l. 2s. 0d. is [ordered by my Lord] to be paid as proposed in the report out of money given [by Parliament] for half pay.
And after the next review they and the soldiers [in the Tower] are to return to the provision which they had in the Hospital [at Chelsea] or otherwise before they were formed into Companies.
The report of the Comptrollers of the Army Accounts of the 3 Nov. last is read concerning the pensioners belonging to Chelsea Hospital. Also a report of the Commissioners of the Hospital without date concerning the same. The latter is approved [by my Lord Treasurer] with this explanation, that twenty years' service is not to be understood [to be] a qualification unless it were twenty years together without any intermission. And the Secretary at War is to speak to the [Hospital] Commissioners to propose a reward to those that shall discover anything contrary to these regulations.
[My Lord directs the issue to Mr. Cæsar as Treasurer of the Navy of] 10,000l for the new Course of the Victualling and 5,000l. for short allowance money. Ibid., p. 9.
Dec. 22. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 15,000l for the new Course of the Navy.
[Write] to Sir John Lambert and Mr. Sloper to be here to-morrow morning about the affairs of Minorca. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 10.
Dec. 23. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Commissioners of the Privy Seal [are] called in. They acquaint my Lord that they have attended the Judges who are of opinion that the privy seal for Scotland (fn. 1) contains powers too extensive and cannot be granted but by Act of Parliament.
Sir John Lambert and Mr. Clayton [are] called in concerning three bills of 10,000l. each for the Forces going from Spain to Port Mahon, to wit for October, November and December. Sir John exhibits an answer in writing. He says the first bill was paid in money. Mr. Neal says he has letters of 22 November, new style, which he will bring to my Lord on Friday morning. Mr. Clayton will give notice to Mr. Sloper to attend then at my Lord's lodging at St. James's.
[My Lord directs Mr. Lowndes] to prepare a collection of all things [minutes, orders &c.] relating to the remittances for the said months in Spain or Port Mahon.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Transports to acquaint my Lord what advice they have concerning the Transport ships sent to Bayonne.
[Write] to Sir Roger Mostyn, Auditor Harley and Mr. Whitfeild to attend at my Lord's lodgings at St. James's on Friday morning.
[My Lord directs the issue] to Mr. Lowndes of 1,000l. for secret services. Ibid., p. 11.
Dec. 24. Present: ut supra.
Upon Mr. Jett's certificate [my Lord orders that] 4,989l. 18s. 0d. is to be issued for making good to the [various county] Receivers' accounts the Recruit money [paid by them to recruiting officers].
[My Lord directs] 50l. to be issued to Mr. How: on account of Contingencies [of the Guards and Garrisons] and is for half a year's allowance to widow Harris for the support of herself and children from the 25th of June to the 21st December inst. Ibid., p. 12.
Dec. 26.
St. James's
[at my Lord
Present: ut supra.
Sir John Lambert and Mr. Henry Neal with Mr. Sloper are called in. Sir John affirms his bill of 10,000l. for October is paid in money and that Mr. Shallet and Company have offered in case the Duke of Argyll would send a man of war to Barcelona they would pay the November bill [on] the day due and that they had written so to his Grace; and Sir John produces letters to that purpose.
The bills are payable in Port Mahon.
Sir John says 'tis impossible to pay there unless the money be carried in a man of war.
Mr. Neal says Sir John's bills will be punctually paid in Barcelona as they become due.
Write to Mr. Milner to know when his bills for one third of 40,000l. for the month of October was paid and how, and that he send an extract of his letters from thence concerning the same.
Send a copy of the foregoing minutes to Mr. Sloper [for him] to prepare a letter to be sent concerning all the bills of Sir John Lambert and Mr. Milner pursuant to such directions as my Lord hath given him.
He is also to lay before my Lord an account of the numbers of men by which they are paid.
On reading a report concerning the Marines, Sir Roger Mostyn observes that the clothing is paid six months further than the clearings.
[Write and] desire Mr. [Auditor] Harley to be here on Tuesday with Sir Roger Mostyn's paper of objections to the report.
He has no objections to the report as [far as relates] to Quarter Respits. As to clearings (about 35,000l.), his [paper of] observation[s] is with the Auditor. Ibid., p. 13.


  • 1. Probably the Privy Seal relating to the passing of accounts in Scotland, see infra, p. 294, under date 26 May 1712, and p. 515, under date 15 Nov. 1712.