Treasury Minutes: December 1716

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 30, 1716. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1958.

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December 1716

Dec. 7. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Lord Torrington, Mr. Edgcumbe.
The Treasurer of the Navy [is] called in. Upon reading his memorial wherein he desires that in order to ease the growing charge of the Navy the sum of 100,000l. might be immediately supplied to pay off and lay up several of his Majesty's ships lately arrived from foreign parts, my Lords agree that the following sums remaining in his hands be applied to that service: viz.
£ s. d.
money raised on Land Tax tallies anno 1716 2,126 19
money received on Land Tax tallies anno 1715, the same coming in course of payment without being disposed of 13,000 0 0
the dividend of 3 per cent. on 170,000l. South Sea Stock which was in his name for the use of the publique at Xmas 1711 5,100 0 0
the allowance for prompt payment on the Contributions in your [the Navy Treasurer's] name for Bank annuities [1 Geo. I., St. 2, c. 12] 2,536 5 6
the dividends on such of the said Bank Annuities as have from time to time remained in his [the Navy Treasurer's] name for the use of the publique 2,423 6 3
£25,186 11
and that so much of the sum of 60,188l. 10s.d. still remaining in the Navy Treasurer's hands on Land Tax tallies anno 1716 as can be disposed of at par with [allowance of] interest at 4 per cent. per an., from the time of disposing thereof, be applied to the said service.
Ordered that the Earl of Lincoln dispose of 5,278l. 17s. 5d. in Malt tallies anno 1716 at par; with [allowance of] 4 per cent. interest from the day the sale shall be made: [and is intended] for the services following; viz.
£ s. d.
for subsistence of the rebel prisoners and pay of officers employed about them to 31 Oct. last 1,617 13 8
for Thomas Missing, Esq., on his contract for victualling the Garrison of Gibraltar to 7 Oct. last 3,661 3 9
£5,278 17 5
Ibid., p. 54.
Dec. 10. Present: ut supra.
My Lords consider the state of the debt on her [late] Majesty's Civil List and do thereupon order the following sums to be issued out of the moneys [of arrears of Queen Anne's Civil List revenues] remaining in the Exchequer applicable thereto: viz.
£ s. d.
to the Office of the Works for the months of July, Aug. and Sept. 1713 10,711 10
to ditto for Mr. Vernatty in part of 768l. 0s. 11d. for setting up, repairing, lighting and maintaining the lamps for the accommodation of both Houses of Parliament for the Sessions 1711, 1712 and 1713 500 0 0
to ditto for Mr. Wise for keeping the Gardens at Windsor and for keeping and shelling the Mall in St. James's Park 172 10 0
to Mr. Edwyn in part of 1,674l. 2s.d. for necessaries delivered to the officers of the Exchequer in Michaelmas and Hilary terms 1713 800 0 0
to Edward Nicholas to be paid over to William Phillips pursuant to a warrant dated 27 July 1714 [ut supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVIII, p. 392] 100 0 0
£12,284 0
Ibid., p. 55.
Dec. 14. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Edgcumbe.
[My Lords direct the sum of] 4,000l. in the Exchequer [of loan money] on the Land Tax 1715 to be issued [to the Navy Treasurer] on the head of wages.
[My Lords order] 40,000l. to be borrowed by the Treasurer of the Navy for three months certain upon a deposit of 10,000l. Land Tax tallies anno 1715; and 30,000l. [on a deposit of like tallies] anno 1716 [repayable with interest] at 4 per cent. per an., [such interest] to commence from the 12th inst.: and [the principal] to be repaid out of the first Supplies to be granted by Parliament: and whatever charge of brokerage &c. arise Mr. Aislabie [Treasurer of the Navy] is to make an account thereof and lay it before my Lords.
Upon reading a representation from the Auditors of Imprests my Lords are of opinion that they [the Treasury Lords] should insist as far as they legally may to oblige the Auditors to produce their books and papers required: and therefore [my Lords] desire Mr. Cracherode to attend the [Attorney and Solicitor General and other the] King's Counsel to know how far they may most effectually proceed to obtain that end.
Prepare a warrant for 500l. to Mr. Cracherode in consideration of his extraordinary services in prosecutions &c.
[My Lords order a royal] warrant for a privy seal to discharge Lord Townshend's plate [delivered to him by indenture out of the Jewel House and due to be returned by him].
Write to the Master of the Jewel Office to know what quantity of plate has been returned into his Office and by whom.
See what will be due at Xmas out of this year's supply [in the way of payment of the Annuity Fund debt due] to the South Sea Company. Ibid., p. 56.
Dec. 18. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Lord Torrington.
My Lords order 20,000l. to be borrowed by the Treasurer of the Navy for three months certain upon a deposit of 1,000l. Land Tax [tallies] anno 1715 and 20,000l. [Land Tax tallies anno] 1716 [with allowance of interest] at the rate of 4 per cent. commencing from the 18th inst.: the said loan to be repaid out of the first Supplies to be granted by Parliament.
Of this sum 5,000l. is to be immediately applied by the Navy Treasurer according to his memorial of [this day] the 18th inst., viz. for Short Allowance [money] and the [balance of] 15,000l. is to remain in his hands for future directions [from my Lords]: and whatever charges of brokerage &c. do arise Mr. Aislabie is to make an account thereof and lay it before my Lords.
[My Lords order] 200l. to Mr. [Col. John] Armstrong and Mr. [Jacob] Ackworth in satisfaction and reward for their extraordinary services in demolishing Mardyke.
[My Lords order] Mr. Schaub, late Secretary at Vienna, to be paid his allowance to the day Mr. Stanyan arrived there. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 57.
Dec. 20. Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir William St. Quintin, Lord Torrington, Mr. Edgcumbe.
The following proposal from Mr. Beranger to the Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster of the Forces] for remitting the subsistence for the Forces at Minorca and Gibraltar is laid before my Lords by Mr. Sloper and agreed to: viz.
I humbly propose to your Lordship to furnish my bills for the subsistence of his Majesty's Forces at Minorca and Gibraltar: viz.
3,800l. for Minorca at 54½ pence per piece of Eight.
3,000l. for Gibraltar at 54 pence per piece of Eight.
the bills to be payable at sight in gold and the value to be paid to me here [in London] two months from the date of the delivery of my bills.
London, 14 Dec. 1716.
to the Earl of Lincoln.
Write to the Auditor of the Land Revenue to make a state of the manor of Richmond with all the rents and the certain and casual profits thereof; and to give [my Lords] his opinion how the same may be regularly brought in charge [before the Auditor] for the future.
Mr. Cholmley, Surveyor General of his Majesty's Lands, attending according to order, was called in, and several reports of his being read my Lords were pleased to direct that in all reports and particulars hereafter to be [made] by the Surveyor General in order to reversionary leases from the Crown the following orders should be observed:
(1) that 12d. per an. or some other small rent be made payable to the Crown during the lease in being until the reversionary lease depending thereupon do take place, the better to ascertain and make known the lands and tenements to be leased and the tenants thereof upon which the future rents upon the reversionary leases are to be payable.
(2) that mention be made of the rent reserved upon the leases in being and the yearly value of the premises rated at the time of granting, [so] that it may appear that as much rent be reserved on the reversionary lease as is required by the Statute 1 Anne, c. 1.
(3) that all assignments of the present leases or any parts thereof be recorded with the proper Auditor of the Land Revenue before the reversionary lease pass under seal and that a condition be inserted in every reversionary lease for enrolling the same with such Auditor within six months.
These orders to be carefully observed by the Surveyor General and the respective Auditors of the Land Revenue for the time being: to which end copies of the [above] orders and instructions to be signed by their Lordships in this behalf are to be publicly affixed in their [the Auditors' and the said Surveyor's] respective Offices. Ibid., pp. 58–9.
Dec. 31. Present: ut supra.
The Auditors of Imprests and Sir Robert Furnese [are] to attend on Wednesday morning next about the late Sir Henry Furnese's accounts.
[My Lords] order issues as follows as royal bounty out of [Civil List] money in the hands of Mr. Lowther: viz.
to Lady Areskine 43
to Nathaniel Rich, Esq. 40
to Mrs. Margaret Terret 10
to Sarah Bradbury 20
to Alice Silick 10
to Hannah Crew 20
to Hugh Hughes 20
to Dame Mary Fitzharris 50
to William Powel 20
to Henry Eelbech 10
to Charles Gildon 20
to Anne and Elizabeth Curl, each 5l. 10
to Mrs. Wait 3
to Mrs. Ann Smith 5
to James Phelan 20
to Thomas Green, struck through and replaced by John Higdon 20
to Mr. Philips, a clergyman 20
to Mrs. Watkins 5
to Richard Longbottom 10
My Lords order the sum of 13,338l. 19s. 9d. remaining in the hands of the Navy Treasurer to be applied to the services following: viz.
£ s. d.
to the head of Wages.
to pay off ships
4,000 0 0
for subsisting sick seamen, all on shore 4,338 19 0
to the head of Victualling.
for Short Allowance money to the Companies of his Majesty's ships lately come home from the Baltic
5,000 0 0
£13,338 19 9
Ordered that the Earl of Lincoln dispose of 50,000l. [resting in his hands] in tallies on Land Tax anno 1716 [viz.] at par; with [allowance of] interest at 4 per cent. from the day the sale shall be made: and [that he] apply the same to the services following: viz.
upon account of pay to Guards and Garrisons 48,500
upon account of ditto to Forces in America 1,500
upon account of Half Pay 5,000
Treasury Minute Book XXIII, pp. 60–1.