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April 1695, 11-25

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'Minute book: April 1695, 11-25', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 10: 1693-1696 (1935), pp. 1365-1369. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=82196 Date accessed: 20 August 2014.


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April 1695, 11–25

April 12. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Montague (Chancellor of the Exchequer), Sir William Trumbull, John Smith.
[Write] the Postmasters General to be here in the afternoon.
The Governor, Deputy Governor and others of the Bank of England [are] called in and are desired to continue the advance of 60,000l. a week for the subsistence and other uses of the Army on [the security of] tallies on the 300,000l. per an. of the Customs; and are told that the King is dissatisfied with the answer which they gave on Tuesday. They will consider and give another answer on Monday.
[My Lords order] 4,940l. 14s. 7d. to be paid in full of the account due to Holt's Regiment in the West Indies: out of tallies on the Customs.
[My Lords order] 10,000l. to be issued to the Victuallers out of loans on the third 4s. Aid.
[Write] to Mr. George Clerk to be here at six this evening about the Irish officers.
Mr. Newsham to have 5l. to go away into Ireland.
[My Lords order] 297l. 4s. 0d. to be allowed to the clerks of [and] inferior officers of the Victuallers to pay their assessments to the second 4s. Aid.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 1.]
eodem die Afternoon. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Roberts and other Commissioners of the Irish Revenue are called in and inform my Lords that Mr. Babe has exhibited a complaint against some of the said Commissioners before the Commissioners of Accounts. The [said Revenue] Commissioners are to be here again on Monday.
The Postmasters [General] come in and are told that they must pay such bills of exchange (the particulars being first allowed by a Secretary of State) as shall be drawn by Consul Blackwell at Leghorn for the charge of an Advice Boat which the King has directed to be employed in the Mediterranean at least so long as the Fleet is in those seas. They will comply therewith pursuant to Secretary Trenchard's letter of the 8th inst.
The Navy Commissioners [are called in and are] asked how the money paid by the Excise Officers for the impresting of seamen shall be brought to account. They answer that Navy bills should be made out for the same. The Excise Commissioners are to send an account of these bills to W. L[owndes].
The Excise Commissioners offer a clause for explaining the Salt Act in some particulars. My Lords would have Mr. Clerk take the best opportunity to offer it to the House of Commons.
My Lords tell Mr. Brooksby (who says the King is defrauded 50,000l. a year in the London Excise) that if he with good partners that are responsible [people] will give for a farm 30,000l. a year more than “it” now makes they may have the other 20,000l. a year for themselves.
[Write the] Victuallers and Mr. Tredenham to be here on Tuesday morning.
Lord Herbert and Mrs. Robson [are] to be heard by counsel on Tuesday afternoon.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. pp. 1–2.]
April 15. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull.
Sir John Houblon with others of the Bank [are called in and] say that they have resolved that 126,510l. 0s. 7d. be lent on the tallies struck on the second year of the Customs for the Forces: but if the clause for a further power of issuing bank bills do not pass [the House] then at their choice [they are] to be repaid on the said tallies or out of the first money of the Annuity Act.
[Ibid. p. 3.]
April 16. Present: All the five Lords.
[Write the] Navy Commissioners to be here on Friday afternoon.
[Write to] Mr. Clerk to be here this afternoon about the Irish officers.
[Ibid. p. 4.]
eodem die Afternoon. Present: All except Lord Godolphin.
[Write] to Sir Leon. Robinson to be here to-morrow morning.
If Mr. Tredenham will take 100l. a year for 21 years for rent of the Victualling Office near Chatham my Lords will agree to that. Otherwise the Surveyor of the Navy must be directed to take a view and make an estimate of the yearly value.
Lord Herbert and Mrs. Robson are heard by counsel on their respective pretensions, the first to the forfeiture of Bevis Lloyd's office of Receiver [of Crown Revenues] of South Wales, the other to the extended profits of that office. The arguments for Lord Herbert had to make it out that the 5,000l. granted to Robson upon Lloyd's debt is paid or might (without Robson's wilful default) have been paid. The counsel on the other side say that above 2,000l. is still unpaid to Robson and that she and her husband have done all they can (being for their own interest) to get it and that the matter between my Lord and her and others depends by bills and answers in the Exchequer and they desire the same may be determined in that Court and not extra judicially here. My Lords will report to the King the matter: the question is a wilful default in Robson's not getting his money: [and] that the King may give direction accordingly or leave it to the determination of the Exchequer Court.
[Ibid. p. 4.]
April 17. Kensington. Present: The King, Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Smith.
Lord Godolphin acquaints the King with the resolution of the Bank concerning the advancing 126,000l. The King thinks the terms too hard to be complied with, and my Lords must endeavour to make this good by borrowing of others for the subsistence and giving assignments for the rest [of the items contained] in this [week's] and the last week's [letter of] disposition.
The Earl of Ranelagh says that by letters from Mr. Hill of the 3rd and 8th of April he [Hill] has received no money on the bills sent for subsistence of the Army in Flanders. [Write] to the gentlemen of the Bank to come to my Lords to-morrow morning and [they are then] to be told the King is extremely dissatisfied that the money is issued here and interest paid them from a day in February and their bills are not answered in Holland for that money to the great hazard of the Army.
[The King directs the following] to be paid out of the tallies in the Earl of Ranelagh's hands on the Customs, viz.:
30,000l. for subsistence [of the Forces] in Flanders.
7,600l. for ditto in England.
5,000l. for Schulenberg.
6,400l. for battalion waggons: to complete 11,800l.
5,000l. omitted last week for General Officers.
5,000l. for General Officers.
5,000l. for bread and bread waggons.
Archbishop Tillotson's widow is to have 400l. a year from Michaelmas last out of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty.
Lord Coningsby's petition [is read and ordered] to be referred to the Surveyor [General of Crown Lands].
James Walsingham's petition [is read and] granted.
[Write] to Sir Christopher Wren to come to my Lords tomorrow.
The King agrees to the lists presented for the Household and other officers and persons in the Civil List.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 5.]
April 18. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull.
[Order for] 13,154l. 3s.d. for the Victuallers: to be paid out of loans on the third 4s. Aid: which [sum] completes the proportion of 218,238l. 14s. 3d.
The Governor, Deputy Governor and others of the Bank come in and are told [of] the advice that came yesterday from Mr. Hill. They answer that the next post will bring a better account of the answering their bills in Holland. They will give an answer to-morrow about the advancing only 77,160l. 0s. 8d. for subsistence instead of 126,000l. [which was] before desired to be advanced on the second year of the Customs. They say Monsieur Delatour is entirely satisfied with the care they have taken for the payment of the Duke of Savoy's money.
Sir William Gore will write to his correspondent to pay such sums to Mr. Stepney, the King's Minister at Saxony, for which the King's pleasure shall be signified by Mr. Blathwaite.
[My Lords order] 200l. a piece to be paid to Consul Blackwell at Leghorn, Consul Kirk at Genoa, Consul Broughton at Venice on account of their extraordinary expense in the King's service upon occasion of the Fleet's being in the Mediterranean seas.
Mr. Clerk to be here on Friday afternoon at six a'clock.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 6.]
April 19. Present: All the five Lords.
[My Lords order] 35,984l. 4s. 1d. for the ordinary of the Navy; to be issued out of loans on the third 4s. Aid: and out of it they [the Navy Commissioners] are to supply 4,150l., viz. 2,000l. to answer bills of imprests charged on the [Navy] Treasurer by order of the Admiralty, 2,000l. to answer bills of exchange and 150l. to pay Mr. Wallis for freight of the residue of soldiers sent to New York.
[My Lords order] 500l. to be paid to Sir Richard Atkins to complete his levy money: [to be paid] by Mr. Fox out of loans on the 300,000l. per an. of the Customs.
Mr. Clerk (about the Irish petitioners) says what was promised on the surrender of Limerick is complied with; but as to these men he knows nothing of them, but refers to a list made by him and Mr. Fox.
[Write] to the gentlemen of the Bank that my Lords have expected all this afternoon to see them, but they not coming my Lords intend to meet to-morrow morning by nine a'clock and would gladly speak with them. (In the margin: Done.)
The Deputy Governor and other gentlemen of the Bank [attend and] say they will lend the sum of 77,160l. 0s. 8d. for subsistence on the tallies in the Earl of Ranelagh's hands upon 300,000l. per an. of the Customs.
[Write] to the Chamberlain [of the City of London] to be here to-morrow morning.
[My Lords sign a letter of direction for] 3,750l. on the order to those gentlemen that executed the commission of the Bank and 341l. 0s. 10d. to Mr. Ince on his order: to be paid out of loans [to be made] by themselves on the Hereditary and Temporary Excise, with interest at 6 per cent. and no more.
[Ibid. p. 7.]
April 20. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Smith.
(No entry of any minute.)
[Ibid. p. 10.]
April 22. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Smith.
Mr. Hill to be heard to-morrow week.
[Ibid. p. 11.]
April 24. Kensington. Present: The King, Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Sir William Trumbull, Mr. Smith.
The Earl of Ranelagh desires leave to raise money on the tallies in his hands on the second year's Customs for 48,000l. lately directed for Schuylenberg, battalion waggons, bread waggons. The King agrees to it, but would have my Lords speak first to the Directors of the Bank.
[Write] to the gentlemen of the Bank to come to the Treasury to-morrow morning.
If Sir John Jacob can complete his Regiment per 1st July the King will allow him something for levy money.
Lady Anglesey to have 100l.
My Lords to speak with Mr. Neale about his petition for half his salary as [a] Commissioner of the Transfer Office.
[My Lords order] 600l. for secret service.
The Duke of Ormonde's term [of the lease of Prizage and Butlerage, Ireland, is fixed at] seven years: rent 1,500l.
Memorandum: This evening the King was graciously pleased to bestow on me the place of Secretary to the Treasury, for which I kissed his hand. And his Majesty at the same time approved the table of fees for the office. W. Lowndes.
[Treasury Minute Book VIII. p. 12.]
April 25. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall. Present: Lord Godolphin, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
[My Lords order] 4,000l. for transports: out of loans on the 300,000l. per an. of the Customs.
[Ibid. p. 13.]