Minute Book: January 1715

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 29, 1714-1715. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1957.

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January 1715

Jan. 3.
Present: Earl of Halifax, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Wortley.
Refer to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland the draft of the signature for James Areskine of Grange concerning the lands and barony of Preston. Treasury Minute Book XXII, p. 50.
Jan. 4. Present: ut supra.
[My Lords direct] the year due [on the annuity] to Christ's Hospital at Xmas last to be paid. Ibid., p. 51.
Jan. 7. Present: ut supra.
The Trustees for Sale of South Sea Stock are called in. My Lord Halifax acquaints them that there is occasion for a further sum of about 60,000l. for payment of seamen's wages in order to put ships out of pay and about 40,000l. more for other pressing services, and desires they will lend the same on the said Stock; which the [Treasury] Board will take as a favour and believes they shall not have occasion to give them any more trouble of this kind.
Sir James Bateman says the Court of Directors of the South Sea Company being to make a dividend of 3 per cent. [the said Company doth] pray that my Lords will order their quarter [on their Charter annuity] due at Xmas last in money instead of in Malt tallies. My Lords [tell Sir James Bateman that they] will consider how to accommodate the matter. Ibid., p. 52.
Jan. 10. Present: ut supra.
Some papers are read and minutes are taken thereupon [and endorsed thereon].
[My Lords direct] 10l. [as royal] bounty to Mr. Palmer: [to be paid] by the hands of Mr. Lowther.
[My Lords direct] a quarter to be paid on the several [salary and secret service] allowances to the three Secretaries of State. Ibid., p. 53.
Jan. 12. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Martin, one of the Commissioners of the Stamp Duties, and Mr. Price, Register of the Duties on Pamphlets, are called in.
The complaint of Mr. Price against Mr. Martin is read and upon hearing the matter my Lords are of opinion that he hath not made out any of his allegations: but if he can bring any proofs my Lords will be ready to receive them.
My Lords direct 5,000l. to Mr. Molyneux upon the order in his name for the use of the Prince. Ibid., p. 54.
Jan. 13. Present: Earl of Halifax, [Sir Richard Onslow] Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Wortley.
[My Lords order a money] warrant for 400l. to Mr. Brocket (Broket) on account of his allowance of 400l. per an., which was payable to him in Mr. Nicholas's Office: and to be deducted as the arrears there shall come to be paid.
Mr. Edwards presented by Sir Roger Mostyn to be his first clerk in his Office of one of the four Tellers of the Receipt of the Exchequer [appears this day before my Lords and there] makes a voluntary oath that he gives or allows nothing directly or indirectly for the said office or employment: and then he is sworn and approved according to the Act of Parliament [8–9 Wm. III., c. 28] in that behalf.
[My Lords order a] letter to desire Mr. Methuen to meet the rest of the Lords of the Treasury here to–morrow morning.
[My Lords order a] letter to the Earl of Oxford to send hither his lease of the house at St. James's in order to the drawing a surrender thereof to his Majesty's use in consideration of a sum of 7,000l.
[My Lords order a] letter to the Attorney and Solicitor General [enclosing there] with the Commission now returned from Scotland under the great seal there to the Marquess of Tweeddale pursuant to a warrant whereof a copy was sent to them [the said Attorney and Solicitor General] the 24th of December last [supra, p. 239]: and [to] desire them to peruse it and hasten their report thereupon to my Lords as soon as possible.
Send to the Commissioners of Customs and of Excise and other Offices who have not already sent in states how their Exchequer accounts now stand, to send the same to the Treasury forthwith. (In the margin: “public Offices to send my Lords a state of their accounts.”)
The Trustees for Sale of South Sea Stock come in. Sir J. Bateman acquaints my Lords that they have agreed to lend 100,000l. more tomorrow morning to be repaid out of the first money arising by the [sale of the said] Stock after satisfaction of the moneys already lent by them, and the interest thereof, in the same manner as the said former loans and interest are directed to be discharged: and in regard the said Trustees borrow this money of the Bank who are to have their interest at 5 per cent. computed and paid every two months, my Lords will cause the interest to be computed and paid to the Trustees accordingly, together with their contingent charges relating to this affair. Treasury Minute Book XXII, p. 55.
Jan. 14. Present: all the five Lords, viz. the Earl of Halifax, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Wortley, Mr. Methuen.
The Attorney General comes in. My Lords ask what method is to be used to oblige Mr. Eversfeild to pay over the money in his hands as late Treasurer of the Ordnance.
He says [in reply that] in regard the said accountant has delivered in his accounts to the Auditors and is prosecuting the same there is no other way of proceeding but a scire facias to hasten him therein.
But it appearing [to my Lords] that Mr. Eversfeild entered into a bond of 10,000l. for his faithful accounting, which [bond] remains in the custody of the Board of Ordnance my Lords order a letter to them [to direct said Board] forthwith to send to the Attorney General a copy of the said bond.
[My Lords order a] letter to Mr. Walpole, a Commissioner of the Revenue in Ireland, to give him leave to come over for some time about his private affairs.
Mr. Hawes [is] called in. [On reading in his presence the Navy Treasurer's memorial for money my Lords] ordered [issues as follows] out of loans on South Sea Stock, viz.:
£ s. d.
to the Treasurer of the Navy for Chatham and Sheerness Yards to complete Midsummer and Michaelmas quarters anno 1713 15,049 11 10¾
for wages to ships ordered to be laid up 44,950 8
£60,000 0 0
Ibid., p. 56.
Jan. 17. Present: Earl of Halifax, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen.
The Attorney General comes in. He acquaints my Lords that he hath received from the Board of Ordnance a copy of the bond entered into by Mr. Eversfeild, but it is only for his faithful paying and accounting for the money which should be imprested to him for the service of the Ordnance: and therefore a Distringas is all at present that can be directed. Ibid., p. 57.
Jan. 18. Present: Earl of Halifax, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Wortley. [Send word to the] Commissioners of Customs to be here this afternoon at five of the clock. Ibid., p. 58.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: [attendance not entered].
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Some of their papers are read and minutes [are] taken thereupon [and are endorsed thereon]. Ibid.
Jan. 20. Present: Lord Halifax, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Wortley, Mr. Methuen.
A letter is read from Mr. Micklethwayte to the Treasury Lords’ Secretaries dated this day, an extract whereof is as followeth: viz.
“Gent.: I desire you all to do me the favour to inform the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury that I was several times at the Treasury to wait upon them to let them know that I have his Majesty's permission to resign my place of Receiver and Paymaster for the Transport Service which accordingly I do resign and do herewith deliver my Constitution to the said place.”
Memorandum: the Constitution above mentioned was signed by her late Majesty Queen Anne dated 14 April 1708 and countersigned Godolphin: and the surrender thereupon is in the words following:
“ Having his Majesty's permission for so doing I do hereby resign the within written Constitution to the office of Receiver and Paymaster for the Transport Service. Witness my hand this 15th day of January 1714.”
of which resignation my Lords do take notice and have ordered the same to be entered accordingly. Ibid.
Jan. 25. Present: Earl of Halifax, Mr. Wortley, Mr. Methuen.
[My Lords direct] 885l. 19s. 10½d. to be issued to the Earl of Carnarvon out of the unappropriated money in the Exchequer grown due before 12 June last; the same being intended to be paid over to the Marquis D'Almases (Dalmases) [Delmasas] pursuant to his Majesty's warrant dated Oct. 16 last, in satisfaction for corn which belonged to the Catalans and was seized by Brigadier Petit for the use of the Garrison at Minorca.
[Write] to the Auditors of Imprests [to inform my Lords] what accounts they have now lying before them, how long since the same were exhibited and the reasons why the same are not passed.
Mr. Burrard's memorial is read praying leave to go into the country for a month about his private affairs and the same is agreed to by my Lords. Treasury Minute Book XXII, p. 59.
Jan. 26. Present: Earl of Halifax, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Wortley.
[My Lords order a direction] letter for issuing to the Paymaster of the Works so much as is in arrear of the weekly sum of 100l. intended for finishing an apartment at Hampton Court not completed in her late Majesty's reign. Ibid., p. 60.