Minute Book: March 1714

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 28, 1714. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1955.

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March 1714

March 1.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
[Write a] letter to the Admiralty to cause a bill to be made out for the Duke of Leeds’ [flag] pay for Xmas quarter as usual.
A memorial from the Treasurer of the Navy is read representing that there remains in his hands of the 200,000l. borrowed from Sir William Fazakerly and others on [security of] 266,000l. of South Sea Stock a sum of 6,163l. 0s. 8d. [This sum my Lord] ordered to be applied according to the said memorial: viz.
£ s. d.
for answering two bills made out by the Navy Commissioners and Victualling Commissioners for dividends paid to persons possessed of those bills 2,991 11 9
for satisfying bills which my Lord directs to be made out for three quarters’ pay to the Duke of Leeds as Vice Admiral, to Xmas last 687 10 0
the remainder to satisfy such bills as the Navy Commissioners have made out or shall make out for Exchequer fees and other disbursements by the Navy Treasurer relating to his Office. 2,483 18 11
£6,163 0 8
Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 182.
March 1. Papers Read.
A state is read of the case of the extra-parochial tithes in the Bedford Level &c., from the Earl of Torrington, praying a grant of her Majesty's moiety &c. [Referred] to the Surveyor General.
An order of Council [read] referring [to my Lord Treasurer] the Earl of Orkney's memorial relating to a mine in Virginia. [Referred]to the Commissioners for Trade.
A representation from the Commissioners of Wine Licences about their Secretary. Read.
Petition [read] from Tryamore Sparke, riding officer, waiter and searcher at East Bourne in Sussex desiring to be removed to the port of London. [Referred] to the Customs Commissioners. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 75.
March 2. Papers Read.
Petition [read] from Col. Parker. [Referred] to the Commissioners for Disbanding Marines.
Petition read from Lieut. William Dawes praying repayment of money borrowed and advanced by him to pay the Detachment that was ordered to Dunkirk. [Referred] to Mr. Hunter and Mr. Layton. [Their] report read 12 March. [My Lord directs] Sir Roger Mostyn to make a demand in case he has no objection. Sir Roger's report read 6 April 1714. [Referred] to the Commissioners for Disbanding.
Petition of Lieut. William Dawes and Col. Pallisor [Thomas Palliser] praying the repayment of money borrowed on their bonds for subsistence of General Wills’ Regiment. [Referred] to Mr. Hunter and Mr. Layton. Report read 12 March. To be sent to Sir Roger Mostyn. Sir Roger Mostyn's report read 6 April 1714. Send this to the Commissioners for Disbanding Marines. The Commissioners’ report upon both these petitions read 22 April 1714. To be sent to Sir Roger Mostyn. Report read 12 July 1714. My Lord sees no cause to give any orders herein. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury, I, p. 76.
March 3.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Commissioners for Taxes and Sir William Fazakerley [are] called in. A memorial from Sir William is read concerning arrears standing out on his accounts [as Receiver General for London &c.] of the Land Tax. My Lord says he apprehends that the Commissioners for London have directed the money of this year's Land Tax to be applied towards clearing the former year's Land Taxes and are about to make a reassessment for deficiencies of former years’ assessments and [my Lord discourses of] the great illegality of such a practice.
Sir William Fazakerley says the Lord Mayor and the other Commissioners upon receipt of my Lord's letter are doing what is necessary for rectifying the said assessments.
Sir William Fazakerley is to give notice to the Commissioners concerned that if the money due as above be not forthwith answered they will be set in super for the same. The said Commissioners and Sir William Fazakerley are to attend again on Friday next the 5th inst. with as clear a state [of this matter as possible]. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 183.
March 3. Papers Read.
An account [read of the state] of the fence of Bushy and Middle Park [Hampton Court. Referred] to the Surveyor General of Woods.
Petition [read] from the Subaltern Officers of the four Marine Regiments lately disbanded, praying to be cleared &c. [Referred]to the Commissioners for Disbanding the Marines. Report read March 27. To be the sent to Sir Roger Mostyn to lay an account before my Lord of what is due and what is necessary to direct for that demand. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 77.
March 5.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present. Lord Treasurer.
The Earl of Anglesea and Earl of Rochester come in. The papers transmitted by the Duke of Shrewsbury concerning the revenues and expenses in Ireland are read.
Sir H. Bunbury [is] called in. My Lord Treasurer asks him whether there may not be some arrears of the Additional Duties in Ireland that expire at Lady day next. He says he believes they will not be considerable.
Mr. Southwell says he thinks it will be proper to finish the Armory [at Dublin].
My Lord Treasurer desires the Vice Treasurers [of Ireland] to send for an account of what may be necessary for finishing the said Armory and what would suffice to secure the buildings already made. My Lord says the Queen will dispose of four Regiments of Foot on the Irish Establishment and perhaps of a Regiment or two of Horse.
The next thing considered is the list of Half Pay, amounting to above 30,000l. per an. Mr. Southwell says when the Regiments are broke from time to time in Ireland the Queen's pleasure has always been declared that she would allow half pay to the Officers.
[Write a] letter to the Secretary at War for an account of what sum will be necessary for disbanding four Regiments of Foot, one of Horse and one of Dragoons in Ireland: also to send my Lord [Treasurer] word whether orders have been given to forbid any new contracts for clothing in Ireland; if not that he [the Secretary at War] will [please] forthwith receive the Queen's pleasure therein and signify it to the Government of Ireland. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 184.
March 9. Papers Read.
Letter [read] from Mr. Portman concerning the Ring [in Hyde Park], representing that both it and the way leading thereto wants gravelling and the rails are decayed. [Referred] to the Works to consider, estimate and report what is allowed for watering. Report read. Mr. Portman's memorial for 156l. 13s. 0d. for that work to be paid to Tho. Haughton read 31 May 1714. To be laid before my Lord with the [weekly] paper of [Civil List money or] cash.
Petition [read] from the under clerks of the House of Lords for her Majesty's bounty for [their pains over] public business and in recompense for their losses by the orders made relating to the passing of Private Bills.
My Lord says the revenues will not admit of any new charges, but in regard the under clerks and messengers of the House of Commons and also the Messengers of the House of Lords have had something given them, as a bounty upon a pretence of losses in their fees during the time the Act [7 Anne, c. 5] for a General Naturalization was in force, my Lord will give these petitioners something on that account in proportion to what has been allowed the clerks of the House of Commons.
The [Army Account] Comptrollers’ report is read upon the pretensions of four persons soliciting for arrears of subsistence while they were prisoners [of war in Spain]. Mr. Brydges to take care that if the demands of the petitioners are just they be satisfied and brought to account of the Regiments to which these men belong. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury, I, p. 78.
March 10.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Send a] letter to the Auditor of the Receipt for a list of all the officers, clerks and others belonging to the Receipt of the Exchequer, distinguishing who belong to the old Offices [therein], who to the new Offices, and their respective salaries and allowances.
[Send] letters to Mr. Moore, Mr. Sloper and Mr. Merryll to attend to-morrow about the debts and demands in their respective Offices: and also to Sir Roger Mostyn about the debt to the late Marine Regiments.
[My Lord] ordered [issues] out of her Majesty's Civil List moneys as followeth: viz.
£ s. d.
to Mr. Scobell for buying of tin: for two weeks 4,600 0 0
to the Cofferer to clear last Michaelmas quarter [for the Household] 13,309 6 11½
to the Privy Purse for two weeks 1,000 0 0
to Mr. Martin, Secretary to the Commissaries for Trade 100 0 0
to Lord Lexinton for extraordinaries within the Regulation 330 0 0
to the Sheriff of Essex for the surplusage on his account 20 7
to the Sheriff of Cheshire for the like 101 5 2
to Mr. Portman, two orders 300 0 0
to Mr. Smethin, the goldsmith, to complete 3,939l. 3s. 3d. 1,939 3 3
to the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise for two weeks 150 0 0
to Mr. Nicholas for Mr. Paterson, Eddowes, the Lord Almoner, Mrs. Feilding, Drummond et al 600 0 0
to the Commissioners for Trade for half a year to Xmas last 3,786 1 8
to the Under Clerks of the Council for a year [for Plantation business] 200 0 0
to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for providing lace and linen for the Queen's use and for a [chair and canopy, &c., of] State for Lord Bingley going Ambassador to Spain 1,000 0 0
£27,436 4 3
[Send a] letter to the Master of the Great Wardrobe that in regard my Lord has ordered the above sum of 1,000l. for providing lace and linen for the Queen's use and the State for Lord Bingley my Lord Treasurer expects that the same should be provided at a ready money price.
[My Lord directs] 3,500l. to Mr. L. [William Lowndes] for her Majesty's secret services. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 185.
March 10. Papers Read.
Report [read] from the Commissioners for making up the Accounts [of] and [for] Disbanding the Marines, of their proceedings in the execution of their office. [Referred] to Sir Roger Mostyn.
Memorial [read] from James Sargent (struck through and altered to) Thomas Herbert about frauds committed in making hard cake soaps. [Referred] to the Excise Commissioners.
Representation [read] from the Commissioners for Wine Licences concerning their officers [and] proposing their giving securities. Approved.
Letter [read] from Mr. Popple desiring an account of the annual expense of the Plantations; and a letter from Mr. Ferne [Customs Cashier] concerning the money of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty. Referred to Mr. Blathwayt, the Auditor of the Plantations; [also] to the Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons; [also] to the Ordnance.
Petition [read] from Lieut. Henry Power praying the command of one of the sloops to be employed by the Customs Commissioners to prevent the running of wool. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Report [read] from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Mr. Lowndes on the memorial of Auditor Harley and Auditor Done (Auditor Done's executors) for accompts &c. Agreed.
Letter [read] from Sir Beby Lake about Peters's debts. Another [letters also read] from Mrs. Whitfield. They may be heard as soon as the accounts of the Marines are made up from the muster rolls, which is directed to be done with all the speed that may be. Mrs. Whitfield's petition [is read] relating to Peters’ debt. She shall be heard before any order is made.
Memorial read from the Trustees for the Genoese Loan due the 29th August last. My Lord would know if Xmas dividend be included. See the state of the account and Como's pretensions to be heard.
Letter [read] from John Goldham, Custom House officer at Seaford, concerning his confinement and illtreatment on board a French sloop belonging to Calais that was to have run goods; also a particular of several things taken from him while on board. [Send] to Lord Bolingbroke to procure satisfaction for the officer. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, pp. 79–80.
March 11.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
Sir Roger Mostyn, Mr. Moore, Mr. Sloper and Mr. Merryll [are] called in. My Lord Treasurer directs them to prepare an account of what is due or claimed for arrears in the respective Offices to which they belong, in order to be laid before the Parliament. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 186.
March 11. Papers Read.
Representation read from the Commissioners of Stamp Duties touching the allowance of poundage and incidents to the distributors [or sellers of stamps] on occasion of an objection made by the Auditors of Imprests to the general accounts of the Stamp Office for the years ending 1 August 1711, 1712 and 1713 in relation to those allowances. Send this to the Auditors [of Imprests] to state the case and report their opinion. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 81.
March 12.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
Direct Mr. Fern and the rest of the persons, who have received dividents on the South Sea Stock in their names for the use of the public which ought to be paid into the Exchequer for the uses to which it is applicable, forthwith to pay in the same.
Mr. Musgrave [is] called in. His estimate of the charge of the Ordnance is read. My Lord says the sum for the [Artillery] Train at Gibraltar is estimated too high and directs that no more than 1,600l. be inserted for that expense.
My Lord observes that there is no occasion for an Engineer at New York and that the charge of the Ordnance at Port Mahon and Gibraltar should be considerably lessened: and [my Lord orders] that Mr. Musgrave and Mr. Lowndes do meet at Secretary Bromley's Office to-morrow morning at 10 of the clock in relation to these reductions and others in the Office of Ordnance according to minutes taken on the abovementioned estimate.
[My Lord orders] the Commissioners of the Customs to consider of what proper rates are to be laid on unrated East India goods to fill up the blanks in the Bill [before Parliament] and to transmit the same to my Lord as soon as they can. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 187.
March 12. Papers Read.
Letter [read] from the Commissioners of Sick and Hurt Seamen touching several persons under prosecution for personating sick and hurt seamen &c. [In the margin]: Cloud [meaning Samuel Cloud]. The Commissioners are best judges what course is fit to be taken.
Petition [read] from Mary Hill, widow of Nicholas Hill, messenger [of the Chamber], deceased, for arrears due [to] her husband in King William's time. There's no money applicable to demands of this kind.
Memorial [read] from Sir William Giffard touching repairs of the Lodge and keeping the deer and gardens in Greenwich Park, and a letter touching the repairs wanting to the park walls and fences. [Referred] to Mr. Wilcox so far as concerns the repairs. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 82.
March 14. Papers Read.
Memorial [read] from the Commissioners for Sick and Hurt Seamen in relation to the Hospital at Port Mahon. My Lord agrees to this proposition, the Lords of the Admiralty being present, and that they do contract in most effectual manner accordingly.
Representation [read] from several merchants in relation to the embezzlement of their ships’ cargoes when they are, by stress of weather, stranded or driven on shore, praying my Lord's countenance. [Referred] to the Attorney General to consider and report what may be a proper remedy. Report read 31 March. What the petitioners have to propose [is] to be put into a Bill [for the House of Commons] and then my Lord Treasurer will consider it.
The Attorney General's report [is read] on the case of Saltmarsh and Crispe in relation to a forfeiture they have incurred by putting themselves into a nunnery at Brussels. [My Lord orders] a warrant for a Commission of Inquiry.
Petition [read] from John West, Keeper of the Inner Bailywick Walk in the New Forest, Co. Hants, praying that the woodward may fell and sell as much wood as may amount to 300l. to be applied to the repairs of his lodge. [Referred] to Mr. Wilcox. Report read 31 May 1714. No additions without warrants under the Queen's sign manual. As to this [particular case] Mr. Wilcox is to certify the money and timber wanting. Mr. Wilcox's return [hereon] … Ibid., p. 83.
March 17.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord] ordered [issues] out of her Majesty's Civil List as follows:
£ s. d.
to Mr. Scobel for tin 2,300 0 0
to the Privy Purse 500 0 0
to the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise. 75 0 0
to the Master of the Great Wardrobe for the Maundy 370 0 0
to the Treasurer of the Chamber for ditto 379 15 0
to Mr. Nicholas, to be paid to the Lord Almoner for a quarter on her Majesty's private charities ending at Lady day next. 225 0 0
£3,849 15 0
Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 188.
March 18. Papers Read.
Letter [read] from Lord Bolingbroke with an extract of a letter from one Brady of Dublin relating to recruits for the Pretender through Dover. [Referred] to the Customs Commissioners, the Postmasters General, the Warden of the Cinque Ports. Copies [are to be sent to them] for them to take care and govern themselves accordingly.
Memorial [read] from the Managers of the present Lottery praying a reward. [My Lord orders] 100l. each for their reward.
Letter read from Capt. Desborow for furniture for the Fubbs yacht, out of her Majesty's Wardrobe, [being] to attend my Lord Peterborough. [Referred] to my Lord Bolingbroke.
Proposal [read] from James Maculla, pewterer in Dublin, to dispose of 3,000 pounds worth of block tin in that kingdom [of Ireland] upon the terms therein mentioned. Send this to the Mint.
Memorial [read] from the Commissioners of Sick and Hurt Seamen for 300l. to be imprested to Mr. Whitworth for the Hospitals. Mr. Cæsar, the Navy Treasurer, to make a demand [for this].
Mr. Henry Baker's memorial [is read] in answer to an objection made by the Auditors to an article in his accounts. [Referred] to the Auditors [of Imprests].
Sir Roger Mostyn's report read upon the petition of the clothiers of the Marines. To be considered when the [Marines] Paymaster's report comes or the Muster Master's letter about the time required for making up the General Muster Rolls to the time of their being disbanded.
Petition [read] from Charles Gibbs for leave to sell his place of Surveyor and Comptroller of the port of Gloucester. My Lord cannot consent to the selling of any place in the revenue.
Petition read for an allowance for dinner for an additional number of Justices at their Assizes besides the 24 already established. Mr. Borrett to consider and certify their times of meeting and whether they have not the allowance for 24 when a lesser number attend and whether the number be not restrained by Act of Parliament.
Petition [read] from William Taverner appointed Surveyor of Newfoundland at 1l. per diem praying my Lord's directions how to proceed in the said survey [and] that his salary may be placed on some establishment and that so much thereof as is already due may be paid him. See letter to Lord Bolingbroke 5 Aug. 1713. There is nothing alleged to induce my Lord to alter his opinion [supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVII, p. 308].
Mr. Lynn's case [is read] as Muster Master General of Marines. Referred to Sir Roger Mostyn to consider and make his observations and to report his opinion. Report read 1 April 1714. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, pp. 84–5.
March 22. Papers Read.
The Attorney General's opinion upon Mr. King's letter relating to a mortgage of Mr. Whitfield upon his estate. Read.
The report from the Commissioners for Taxes [read] upon Mr. Conway's petition for stay of process. Mr. Conway to apply to the Commissioners and lay what he has before them [to induce them] to ease his debt, that they may come prepared on Thursday to give their opinion what is fit to be done. Ibid., p. 86.
March 23.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
Sir Christopher Wren [is] to cause an estimate of the wall, ironwork &c. which is to be set up to fence in the new plantation in the House Park at Windsor, to be made and transmitted to my Lord Treasurer as soon as may be.
Mr. Brydges [is] called in. His memorial [is read] relating to 17,470l. 1s. 0d. advanced to several Regiments sent to Ireland, which [sum] is to be repaid [to him] from thence. A warrant to be prepared accordingly.
Mr. Hawes [is] called in. The Navy Treasurer's memorial is read.
[My Lord] ordered that the sum of 8,062l. 6s. 11¾d. appearing to be in his hands be applied as follows:
£ s. d.
for the new Course of the Navy 7,762 6 11¾
to be paid over to Francis Lynn, Esq., Cashier for Sick and Hurt Seamen, for Francis Whitworth, Esq., upon account for subsistence to sick seamen that shall happen to be put on shore at the Hospital at Port Mahon, at the rate of 12d. a man a day, according to his contract in that behalf 300 0 0
£8,062 6 11¾
Mr. Wilcox [is] called in. His memorial relating to Holt Forest is read complaining of great abuses committed there. The Attorney General is to be sent to for his report on the several matters formerly referred to him concerning this forest. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 189.
March 23. Papers Read.
An account [is read] of several charges of her Majesty's Forces incurred which are not provided for in Mr. Brydges’ Office, between the 22nd Dec. 1712 and the 24 Aug. 1713. Brought by Mr. Brydges and left in this [the Treasury] Office.
Letter from — Brochado [Dom José da Cunha Brochado, Envoy Extraordinary from Portugal] for 2,000l. in part of subsidies [to his master, the King of Portugal]. Mr. Brydges is to prepare an account to be laid before Parliament.
Memorial [read] from the Navy Treasurer relating to the Course of the Navy. Agreed. “but 300l. for imprest to Mr. Whitworth which is to be paid out of this money."
Mr. Brydges’ memorial [is read] for a warrant to receive from Ireland the money he paid for subsistence of the Regiments on the Establishment of that kingdom, applicable to the pay of General Officers in Flanders to the 23rd June 1713. Let a warrant be prepared.
Mr. Wilcox's memorial [read] with the state of Holt Forest and a letter from Mr. Watson. Send this memorial with the case to the Attorney General for his opinion.
Letter read from Lord Abingdon enclosing a representation from the Lord Warden and other officers of New Forest [with] the state of what has been done there in compliance with the Act of 9 Wm. III., c. 33, and of methods proposed for the more effectual putting the same in execution. To be sent to the Surveyor [General of Woods]to inform my Lord of the reasons of the insufficiency of the fences and of the omissions therein mentioned.
Memorial [read] from the Trustees for the loan upon South Sea Stock. They are to acquaint the lenders that they shall be paid out of the first money that shall be granted by Parliament. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, pp. 86–7.
March 24. Papers Read.
Letter [read] from the Ordnance enclosing the petition of the Officers of the Train of Artillery to the House of Commons praying to be admitted upon half pay. To be sent to Mr. Windsor to be presented.
My Lord will speak to Secretary Bromley and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Wilcox's report read upon Lieut. Gen. Webb's representation concerning a barn near the Park House in the Isle of Wight belonging to her Majesty, blown down. What is become of the timber of the old barn? Whether the barn do not belong to a farm in the hands of tenants and whether if the Queen is to be at charge it may not be better to contract for building it upon the place.
Letter [read] from Auditor Godolphin concerning the repairs of his house [which he had held of Mr. Vanbrugh who enjoyed it as Comptroller of the Works]. Send this to the Works.
A narrative [read] from Sir Edward Knatchbull concerning Buck employed by the Postmaster. A copy to be sent to the Postmasters [General]. Report read 22 April 1714. The gent. concerned may have a copy if desired.
A memorial [read] of the hardships and inconveniences that the owners and occupiers of lands in East Bourne and the adjacent places in Co. Sussex now lie under since the peace with France by reason of the late order made by the Commissioners of Customs forbidding the shipping off any corn or grain from [East] Bourne Stadth to any market abroad or coastwise unless they first go to the port of Rye to make entries thereof, which is 30 miles distant. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Petition [read] from all the ships’ Companies’ wives belonging to her Majesty's ship Dunwich to order that ship to be paid off. They must apply to the Admiralty.
Letter [read] from the Customs Commissioners enclosing one from their officers at Dover concerning Irishmen sent to Calais by —, an Irish Papist of Dover. Send to Lord Bolingbroke. (In the margin:. Irish recruits for France.)
Petition [read] from Rachel Briggins praying leave to live in one of the empty houses in the Savoy. She has [had payment of] her debt and must be content.
Letter [read] from Capt. Meyrick for an employment. Send this to Mr. Lambert.
Letter [read] from Lord Lansdown recommending Mr. William Bernard for an under clerk in the Stamp Office. Referred to the Stamps Commissioners.
A state [is read] of the pretensions of the Baron Walef for his pay as Brigadier and Major General. Referred to Mr. Brydges.
Letter [read] from Mr. Eversfield recommending John Ellis to be a riding officer for Winchelsea. Referred to Mr. Lambard.
A request [is read] from Sir Stephen Fox for changing two lives in [his] patent of the Receipt [Receivership of Crown Revenues] of Wales. Send to the Auditor [of Wales] to report the state of that Office so as the same may be laid before the Queen for her pleasure. Report read 28 April. To be laid before the Queen. Ibid., pp. 88–9.
March 25. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
Lord Stairs comes in. His memorial is read for 1,796l. for forage for his Regiment in Flanders (now ordered home) due from her Majesty for the last year. Ordered to be referred to Mr. Watkins; and if it appears to be due Mr. Moor is to send immediately upon sight thereof to his deputy in Flanders to satisfy the same, that so the Regiment may not be stopt, to put the Government to a further charge.
[Write the] Postmasters General to give my Lord an account of what rules or methods are used about taxing the letters from Minorca to Marseilles. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 190.
March 25. Papers Read.
Petition [read] from four poor prisoners in Spain, Herrar [Herrera]etc. Referred to Mr. Brydges. Report from the Comptrollers [of Army Accounts read and ordered to be] transmitted to the Referees [Comptrollers] of the Army Accounts.
Petition [read] from Bridget Nicholson, widow, for a Queen's waiter's place [in London port] for her son. Referred to the Customs Commissioners.
Petition read from William Bond touching the forfeitures of Smith of Nibley. Mr. Borrett to enquire concerning this affair and let my Lord have an account thereof.
Mr. Moor's memorial for 65,796l. 10s. 6d. advanced by Mr. Decker in bills of exchange to 23rd and 24th Dec. 1713. Read.
Memorial [read] from Henry Smithson touching his expenses in prosecutions of false coiners &c. Referred to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint. Another memorial read April 16 and sent in the same letter with the former.
Memorial [read] from — Pembruge, landwaiter at Bristol, touching frauds committed in the tin [affair], with a Representation from the pewterers there to the same purpose. Send to the Customs Commissioners and copies to the Agents for Tin in Cornwall and to the [Principal Officers of the] Mint. Letter [read] from the Agents in return. April 21: [Referred] to the Customs Commissioners. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 90.
March 27.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
The Earl of Roseberie [is] called in with the Chief Baron of the Exchequer in Scotland and Mr. Scroope, another of the Barons of the Exchequer there. The said Earl's memorial is read relating to cravings in his accounts as Chamberlain of Fife and Strathearn; as also the report of the Barons thereupon. My Lord Treasurer will lay the matter before the Queen and receive her pleasure as to the said cravings. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 191.
March 27. Papers Read.
Petition [read] from Major General Trelawney for his fee of 56s. per day as Governor of Plymouth. [Referred] to Mr. Howe to state this case.
Mr. Brydges’ report read on the petition of the executors of Thomas Morrice, Esq., relating to allowance craved by him for money shipped by him from Lisbon to Catalonia. [Referred] to the Auditors [of Imprests] to (state in order to be laid before her Majesty struck through and replaced by) consider and report. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 91.
March 29.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
[Write] the Victualling Commissioners to attend to-morrow at 12 a'clock in relation to the victualling the Garrison of Gibraltar.
[Write the] Commissioners for Hackney Coaches and Chairs to attend to-morrow at 12 of the clock and bring a copy of all their By-laws.
Q[uery]: the grants of K. I. [? King James II's] stock in East India Company &c.
Mr. Nicholas to make a list of the Danish servants to the late Royal Highness [Prince George of Denmark].
[Write to the] Officers of the Works that her Majesty intends to make a new Regulation for that Office to take effect from Lady day now last past and that therefore they do not meddle with any works or repairs (till the said Regulation is made) without particular warrant signed by my Lord Treasurer for that purpose.
[Write] to the Secretaries of State that her Majesty has resolved to settle a yearly allowance for each [? Secretary of State's] Office for providing stationery ware and all other necessaries and that therefore they will be pleased to take notice that no [? items in] bills will be allowed for any necessaries that have been or shall be furnished to any of the Secretaries [of State's] Offices from Lady day last 1714. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 192.
March 29. Papers Read.
Sir George Parker's case [is read] in relation to money paid by him (on the balance of prize money) for Mr. Goring. Let the Auditors [of Imprests] state this matter in order to be laid before the Queen.
Letter from the Postmasters [General] about the postage of letters between Port Mahon and Marseilles. Read. The Postmasters’ report at large read 22 April 1714. Agreed.
Letter [read] from the Secretary at War about provisions for Gibraltar, with a letter from Mr. Conduit &c. The Victualling Commissioners to attend to-morrow. Register of Papers Read at the Treasury I, p. 92.
March 30.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
The Commissioners for Hackney Coaches and Chairs are called in. According to my Lord Treasurer's order they deliver a copy of their By-Laws. My Lord tells them he has frequent complaints that they do not duly execute the laws, that many of the chairs and coaches have their figures obliterated.
The Victualling Commissioners are called in. My Lord directs them to peruse Mr. Conduit's papers relating to provisions which he alleges are wanting at Gibraltar, and to report what they think fit to be done thereupon.
[My Lord] ordered [issues] as follows out of her Majesty's Civil List funds: viz.
£ s. d.
to Mr. Scobell for tin 2300 0 0
to the Privy Purse 500 0 0
to the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75 0 0
to the Managers of the Queen's [Civil List] Lottery 1,806 0 0
to General Nicholson on his allowances 1,818 15 0
to Mr. Gomez Serra for a jewel 1,135 0 0
to Lord Lansdown for rent of Mote Park &c. 175 17 6
to the Band of Pensioners 1,500 0 0
£9,310 12 6
Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 193.
March 31.
Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: ut supra.
[My Lord] ordered [issues] as follows out of her Majesty's Civil List moneys:
to Mr. Scobell for tin 2,300
to the Privy Purse 500
to the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75
to the Cofferer of the Household 400
to Mr. Arthur for a bill drawn by Mr. Prior [from Paris] 1,100
to Mr. Nicholas for the [late] Prince [of Denmark's] servants et al. 4,000
to the Lord Treasurer 2,000
to the Chancellor of the Exchequer 400
Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 194.