Minute Book
April 1703

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'Minute Book: April 1703', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 18: 1703 (1936), pp. 30-43. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84290 Date accessed: 19 September 2014.


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April 1703

April 6,
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer] for 7742l. 6s. 7d. to Mr. Nicholas's office is read and approved.
Likewise of a letter for 20,000l. to the Privy Purse for one year.
[My Lord orders] 315l. 14s. 0d. out of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. to be issued to Mr. How for Contingencies and 1265l. 19s. 1d. out of 5000l. for Invalids : all on Mr. How's memorial of the 5th inst.
Let Mr. Ryly bring hither an account of his contracts for wood cut or to be cut in Dean Forest, so that my Lord Treasurer may give order concerning it.
The Navy Commissioners are called in. They and Mr. Madocks are to attend this day week viz. on Tuesday the 13th inst. concerning Edward Seymour's accounts.
[My Lord orders a] quarter's salary and 1500l. for incidents for the 5 Commissioners of Accounts [the Commissioners for Army Debts] to be paid. Ibid., p. 62.
April 7, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer orders the issue of] 6047l. 12s. 9d. to Sir Benj. Bathurst [the Cofferer of the Household] to clear the Household to Xmas last.
The officers of the Jewel House [attend : their account of plate not returned to that Office is read]. Direct them to certify what plate delivered out of the Jewel House by indenture in the reigns of Charles II, James II, and Wm. and Mary is undischarged in their Office by privy seals passed in that behalf.
The officers of the Greencloth [attend]. My Lord Treasurer takes notice of the extravagant heads of expence viz. at the Coronation, entertainment of Ambassadors. My Lord will represent [same] to the Queen that she may signify her pleasure to the Lord Steward.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [are called in. On their memorial my Lord orders the issue to the Paymaster of the Ordnance of] 20,000l. for sea service and 20,000l. for land service of the Office of Ordnance out of this year's funds.
[Likewise my Lord ordered the issue of] 6891l. 16s. 8d. for [Civil List] salaries [to the Bedchamber et al] as in a letter of direction of this day [entered in the Disposition Book XVI, p. 186, under this day's date].
Let the list which was approved by the [late] King for payments before his death be transcribed, with an account how much is paid and how much unpaid.
The Earl of Sussex attends. My Lord [Treasurer says he] will desire an account from Sir Stephen Fox of the payments that have been made.
Send to the two Auditors [of Imprests] to be here on Monday morning. Ibid., p. 63.
April 9, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : my Lord Treasurer.
My Lord says it is the Queen's pleasure that a second 1000l. be paid to my Lord Clarendon : But memorandum that both sums amounting to 2000l. be deducted out of such allowance as the Queen will be pleased to resolve that he shall have from midsummer 1702. [The said sum is to be issued] out of secret service.
The Duke of Marlborough having in a letter of 29 March last from Utrecht acquainted my Lord Treasurer that the prohibition of commerce by letters was agreed upon and that money was wanting for the Queen's part of the money for the Additional Troops, my Lord Treasurer orders 20,000l. out of the loans in the Exchequer for this year's service to be issued to Mr. Fox towards the Queen's part of the charge of 20,000 men, Additional Troops, and that it be remitted by Sir Stephen Evance and partners at the exchange rate of 10 guilders 6½ stivers as part of their last agreement for [remitting] 100,000l. and to be applied to the said use pursuant to such particular directions as the Paymaster shall receive from the Duke ; and that a distinct account be kept of this additional charge and a separate certificate thereof transmitted weekly by the Paymaster [to my Lord Treasurer]. And let Mr. Fox direct Mr. Sweet to transmit hither an account of the expenditure of the said money on the other side [i.e. in Flanders, see footnote infra p. 33].
And write to Mr. Cardonal to acquaint him with these directions to the end the Duke of Marlborough may judge what services are most necessary to be furnished out of this 20,000l. ; and give order for applying the same accordingly.
Prepare a warrant for a quarter's salary to the Agents for Taxes.
Let the Chamberlain of [the City of] London and the Receiver [of Taxes for the county] of Surrey transmit to the Agents for Taxes weekly certificates of their receipts and payments.
[Send] to the Customs Commissioners to attend on Tuesday afternoon.
Direct the Exchequer not to issue the 1000l. coined out of Vigo silver or with [the word] Vigo underneath without a particular direction.
[My Lord orders that] 13,774l. 11s. 8d. is to be issued on Mr. How's memorial of this day : [to be for subsistence] for the Forces in his pay. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 64.
April 9, afternoon,
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Petitions are read [and my Lord's answers are minuted thereon].
[My Lord orders the issue to William Lowndes of] 2000l. for secret service.
Shut the [Treasury Chamber] door again on Monday afternoon [when my Lord will further consider petitions]. Ibid., p. 65.
April 12, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
Write to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] to speed his report upon the petition or paper of Mr. Peters.
Mr. Howe and Mr. Pauncefoot are called in. [On discoursing them my Lord Treasurer] ordered that out of the loans in the Exchequer there be issued to Mr. How 1801l. 2s. 6d. for the pay of the Company [of Foot] at Newfoundland for one year from 24 Dec. 1702 to 25 Dec. 1703 : and direct him out of the same to pay to the [Navy] Treasurer, for the Victuallers of the Navy, so much as the victuals for the said Company at 6d. per diem for each man to be furnished by the said Victuallers shall amount unto. And let a sign manual be prepared to pay this over to the said Treasurer of the Navy ; and let the warrant be entered with the Auditor that he [the Treasurer of the Navy] may be charged therewith. And write to the Victuallers to furnish this victual.
Direct Mr. Blathwait to prepare a warrant for Mr. How to pay the Invalids.
The Auditors of Imprests are called in. My Lord exhorts [them to press forward all accounts in hand for declaration].
The doors are to be shut at 5 o'clock but Mr. Southwell [is to be allowed] to come in. Send to Mr. Southwell to be here with his memorial at 5 o'clock. Ibid., p. 66.
April 12, afternoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders] Mr. Southwell to be paid half a year's arrear as Clerk of the [Privy] Council : to be issued out of arrears [of the late King's Civil List revenues due] before 8th March 1701-2.
The Commissioners of Excise and the Salt Commissioners are to attend to-morrow afternoon.
Desire the Attorney General to attend the Lord Treasurer as he [the Attorney General] comes from Westminster Hall next Wednesday.
Shut the door on Wednesday afternoon [when my Lord will resume the consideration of petitions]. Ibid., p. 67.
April 13, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders] 45l. to be paid to Mr. Latton by virtue of the letters patent dormant [for the general payment of Civil List and Exchequer salaries and other like payments &c] : to be for 14 loads of hay for the deer in the Little Park at Windsor and for [Exchequer fees or] charges thereupon.
The Earl of Ranelagh is called in. Direct him to make up an account showing how much the charge (reckoning by the Establishments) of the 10,000 men sent into the Low Countries anno 1701 and 40,000 men there anno 1702 would amount to, computing to Xmas 1702 ; distinguishing the respective times when those Forces came on those Establishments.
[My Lord Treasurer] ordered that out of the loans in the Exchequer there be issued to Mr. Fox 45,412l. 7s. 6d. (whereof 20,000l. lately directed is part) on his privy seal now passed for the Additional Forces (fn. 1) in the Low Countries. This sum is to be remitted by Sir Stephen Evance and partners at the exchange rate of 10 guilders 6½ stivers according to their late agreement for remitting 100,000l. This sum is intended to defray one moiety of 937,765 guilders, 10 stivers for the Troops of Munster, Osnaburg, Gottorp, East Fries, Wolfenbuttel, Ost Frise, [Baron] Walef, Jamart and Saxe Gotha according to a computation grounded on the Treaty transmitted by Mr. Stanhope to Secretary Hedges.
The Navy Commissioners and Mr. Madocks attend. They are to be here again on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 68.
April 13, afternoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read [and my Lord's decisions are minuted thereon in dorso]. Ibid.
April 14, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders the issue of] 928l. 15s. 2¼d. due to the Bank of England for their deficiency for the year ended 1st June 1701 (pursuant to the clause in the Bank Act) : to be satisfied out of branches of the revenue as follows viz.
£ s. d.
out of money [arrears] of the first 2s. Aid 5 19 4
out of ditto of the first aid of 12d. per £ 2 19 8
out of ditto of the second 4s. Aid 919 16
£928 15
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer for the issue] of 4596l. 18s. 8d. for the Forces in the Low Countries is read and approved.
The Attorney General and Mr. Rowe attend. Prepare a warrant [to authorise the Attorney General] to acknowledge satisfaction on record of the 250l. issues [in the matter between Rowe and Lady Wood]. Ibid., p. 69.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present : the Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Parkhurst, Mr. James Herbert with Auditor Bridges and Mr. Harley are to be here this day fortnight in the afternoon about the accounts of prizes.
Look out the p.s. [privy seal] to the Earl of Romney and Mr. Glover [relating to their grant of a moiety of prizes unaccounted for during the late war ut supra Tr. Cal. Vol. X p. 940, under date 1694-5 March 6].
[My Lord orders] 2632l. to be issued to Mr. Fox for levy money of the Regiments of Evans and Elliot which are to be raised to supply [the place of] the Regiments of Churchill and Portmore sent into Holland, as part of the 20,000 men Additional Forces.
[Send] to the Auditors [of Imprests] to be here this day week in the morning. Ibid.,
April 16, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Send] to the Agents [for Taxes] to certify how much is come in of the Land Tax and Capitation [1 Anne c. 6] anno 1702 and how much [is still] standing out upon either [head of the said tax] and upon whom [same is chargeable] : and see how much is lent thereupon and how far the pr[incipal money of such loans] is paid off.
Mr. Blathwait is [directed by my Lord Treasurer] to prepare a warrant for continuing 4s. a day to Ralph Cook for looking after the fire and candle [and for care of the rooms for the use of the Horse Guards].
The sum remaining due to the King of Denmark to complete 36,191l. 10s. 0d. for the subsidy [to him] to the 25 of December 1702 is to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh by tallies on the overplus of the Malt Duties without interest. My Lord Ranelagh will certify the exact sum.
[My Lord] ordered that one quarter of the sum for the King of Denmark's subsidy due 25 March last old style be satisfied out of money to be borrowed on the Land Tax tallies of 200,000l. in Mr. Fox's hands [registered on the said tax and to be] payable after 1,086,528l. [already registered thereon.] Mr. Blathwait is to certify the exact sum for the quarter's [? other] Subsidies.
Desire the [Gentlemen of the] Bank to be here on Monday morning about advancing 100,000l. part of 200,000l. on this year's Land Tax registered ut supra [after the said 1,086,528l. and the abovesaid quarter of the treaty subsidies].
[My Lord] ordered that out of Prize money to be brought into the Exchequer the sum of 5518l. 1s. 1¾d. be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh ; out of which he is to complete the clearings of all the Forces in the Low Countries to the 25th of December last according to the Establishments and the muster rolls ; and to certify my Lord how much he saves of the said sum by paying according to the muster rolls.
The remainder of the 700,000l. [granted by Parliament for the 40,000 men anno 1702] is to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh towards the bills of 10,000l. in Mr. Eyles's hands. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 70.
Eodem die afternoon. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit. Present : ut supra.
The Navy Commissioners [are called in] and Mr. Madocks. Mr. Madocks excepts against [? the Navy Commissioners' disallowance of] 303l. 12s. 11d. [claimed by him] for dead men's clothes for [on the ground of his] not producing the necessary vouchers. He says he had the vouchers 22 years ago : his papers were inconveniently lodged in the Office and several times removed.
Mr. Lyddal says these [vouchers] never were produced : the executors of the dead men should have had this money.
Mr. Madocks says there never was any claim.
Lyddal says there was an instruction to charge [the Navy Treasurer's account with] such money and [he] thinks if it be not claimed the Crown should have it.
A certificate of Robert Trever's is read of removing the papers and several being destroyed by rats and mice.
He [Madocks] excepts against [the item disallowed by the Navy Commissioners of] 383l. 2s. 0d. for tobacco money stopped on the ships' books and not allowed for want of vouchers and says this money belongs to the pursers who would claim it (if due) in 22 years.
Mr. Lydal says this [money] belongs chiefly to two pursers whereof one, Brooking, has an account with the Crown [which is still due] to pass [but remains unpassed] to this day.
Mr. Madocks says these pursers borrowed money of him and gave bonds which ought to discharge what is due to them.
And he [Madocks] excepts against [the Navy Commissioners' disallowance of the item of] 177l. 6s. 5d. not allowed for want of receipts for money stopped for dead men's clothes since there was a separate column [for that item in the Navy Treasurer's account] and says this is of the same nature with his first exception.
He excepts against several small sums [disallowed by the Navy Commissioners] on the Victuallers' account &c. amounting to 104l. 9s. 6d. and says these were allowed formerly and my Lord Brouncker [then a Navy Commissioner] was satisfied.
The [Navy] Commissioners say they were not satisfied when the former accounts passed and therefore laid their hands on the last account to [make it] answer all articles of this kind.
The [Navy] Commissioners say that Mr. Madocks craves allowance of 1931l. 9s. 5½d. as due from the [Chatham] Chest, whereas they say that on their examination that debt is but 398l. 6s. 5d.
He [Madocks] shows an adjustment of 19 May 1684 signed by the Governor of the Chest. He says poundage is due [to the Navy Treasurer on or] for the money defalked [from seamen's wages] for the Chest : which [statement] they [the Navy Commissioners] deny. The difference is 1533l. 3s. 0½d.
Mr. Madocks claims [the allowance of] bills for about 270l. of one Slaughter, a messenger. He says he will give the Navy Commissioners satisfaction in this or else waive it.
Mr. Madocks will bring his voluntary charge to be signed.
Direct the Navy Commissioners to transmit [to my Lord Treasurer] the instructions of 25 Sept. 1671 concerning poundage [defalked from seamen's wages for the Chatham Chest as above].
The Navy Commissioners [promise my Lord that they] will make a memorandum for the imprest roll "and Mr. Madocks promises as soon as tis renewed it shall be carried to them to be entered."
The Navy Commissioners say they will proceed in my Lord Falkland's account and the process [ad computandum] against his heirs and executors is to be stopped till after Hilary term next.
My Lord approves Mr. Nathaniel Gold and Mr. Urban Hall to be the persons to act by commission for the importation of pitch and tar this year for the Navy at an allowance [of commission] not exceeding 2 per cent.
[My Lord signs a letter of direction concerning the application of the] 11,844l. 8s. 9d. [which by the letter of 17 Feb. 1702-3 supra Tr. Cal. Vol. — p. — is remaining] in the said Treasurer's hands reserved for such uses as my Lord [Treasurer shall appoint].
[Send] to the Commissioners of the Victualling to be here on Monday morning about the old tallies reserved for the Victualling debts.
[My Lord decides to] put off the hearing concerning the [lease of the] coal mines of Stratton till Wednesday fortnight 5 May next.
Direct the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to certify what pieces of Eight remain in the Mint that were delivered in by the Commissioners of Prizes. Ibid., pp. 71-2.
April 19, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Blathwayte and Mr. Fox [are called in and my Lord Treasurer ordered the following issues] upon Mr. Fox's memorial : to be paid out of the money to be advanced on the Land Tax tallies in Mr. Foxe's hands viz.
£ s. d.
for a quarter's subsidy to the Elector of Treves due 25 March 1703 old style 1513 6 4
for the like to the King of Denmark 9079 18 0
for the like to the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel 3026 12 8
£13619 17 0
Write to the Commissioners of the Victualling that whereas there is in the [Navy] Treasurer's [the following sums viz.]
tallies and orders on salt bearing interest due from 23 Nov. 1700 12329 7 8
[the like] on the fourth 4s. Aid bearing interest due from 17 Nov. 1700 10300
[the like] on the same bearing interest due from 11 Dec. 1700 10000
£32629 7 8
[that it is my Lord Treasurer's pleasure that] in case they can procure [money or loans] to be advanced [on or for] all the [said] principal and interest or more (without any discount or loss) his lordship directs them to dispose of the said tallies and orders to the best advantage for her Majesty's service ; and to apply all the money arising thereupon to their [the Victualling] course. But they are to take care that the Treasurer of the Navy be surcharged with the interest upon the front of his ledger. And if there be any old [Navy Victualling] debts contracted before May 1697 which might have been satisfied out of these tallies those debts when adjusted are to be placed on the [Victualling] course.
[My Lord] ordered [issues as follows to the Navy Treasurer] out of cash in the Exchequer of this year's funds ; [to be] for the Victualling : viz.
£
for bills of exchange from Jamaica and other foreign parts, [and] Short Allowance to the seamen, Necessary Money to the Pursers and several contingencies 15000
for 6 months' Short Allowance Money for the seamen of the Fleet under Sir Cloudesley Shovel 11000
£26000
[My Lord ordered that the] 11,884l. 8s. 9d. resting in Sir Thomas Littleton's hands of the money which was advanced on the 500,000l. tallies on the Land Tax anno 1702 and reserved for such uses as my Lord should direct [all as] by a letter [of direction] dated 17 Feb. last, is now to be applied to the payment of seamen's wages.
On this day fortnight in the afternoon my Lord will proceed upon the old Victualling account of 1701 and 1702. Send notice to the Auditors [of Imprests], Sir Thomas Littleton, Mr. Papillon and Mr. Twitty to be here then.
Order the Commissioners of Prizes to receive from Sir Cloudesley Shovel 1000l. and to deliver to him the value thereof in Spanish money at the current price [of exchange], if they have so much, or else to supply him with part thereof at the same price.
[My Lord] ordered 3000l. of the money [which is] to be advanced on the Land Tax tallies in Mr. Foxe's hands, to be paid over to Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Roope upon account of transporting her Majesty's Forces from England to Holland since 24 December 1702.
My Lord ordered 240l. to be paid out of secret service money [in Mr. Lowndes's hands] to such person as my Lord Nottingham shall appoint to receive the same. Treasury Minute Book XIV, pp. 73-4.
April 19, afternoon.
St. James's.
Present : the Queen : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Wise's estimate is read of alterations to be made in Kensington Gardens, together with the report of the officers of the Works thereupon.
Major Hill [his petition is read]. Enquire what his pension was, when granted, how long discontinued.
The Marquess of Carmarthen [his petition is read]. The Queen gave him 500l. last year but did not intend a pension.
Mr. Burchett and Mr. Clark [their petition is read. The Queen decides that they are] to be repaid for the tax of 1702. But her Majesty resolves not to continue it [such refund of taxes] to them or those of the Navy or Ordnance [Office] for the future.
Widow Hill [her petition is read for some consideration in view of the loss of] her husband slain at Vigo. [The Queen orders her] to be considered with others when rewards are [ordered to be] made out of the booty taken there.
The Commissioners of Transports [their] Establishment [is read and considered. The Queen orders that] my Lord Treasurer is to inform himself what occasion there will be hereafter for transports.
Lord Coningsby and Mr. Fox [their petition is read]. The Queen will not allow the double payment.
Lady Waldegrave [her petition is read]. The Queen is sensible there was a valuable consideration paid for this pension and though she cannot take any cognizance of the arrears she will be willing to give order for the growing pension when her Majesty's revenue shall be free from the engagements it lies under during the present war.
The officers of the Ordnance [their petition is read]. "Refer to what is above."
Evert Jollivet [his petition is read]. Not granted.
Edward Herbert his petition [is read and the Queen's answer thereon is] he hath his allowances.
Capt. Thomas [his petition is read]. See what [the said] pension [was, and when] granted and [when] discontinued.
Dame — Vernon [her petition is read]. Not granted.
The Duke of Newcastle [his petition is read. The Queen orders] the keepers to be paid what they usually have had.
Cornet Dudley [his petition is read]. The same [decision] as above.
Five poor Gentlemen of the [King's Body] Guard [their petition is read. The Queen's reply is that] there is no fund [out of which they can be paid].
Mr. Rowe, the fowl keeper [in St. James's Park, his petition is read]. The Queen says she gave him no orders. My Lord Treasurer is [ordered by the Queen] to put an end to the charge.
The Countess Dowager of Marlborough [her petition is read. The Queen says] give her 50l.
Mr. Sankey [his petition is read. The Queen decides that he may have] 30l. more.
[The Queen reads the draft royal] order for Seymour's Regiment to be [made into] Marines. The Queen will speak to the Prince [her husband the Lord High Admiral] or to my Lord Nottingham [thereupon].
Michael Wadding [his petition is read]. The Queen does not remember she made any promise to him but [orders the Lord Treasurer to] give him 10l. in the margin : Paid.
Deborah Rolleston [her petition is read]. "See whether she be on the list [of royal bounty for widows] for the future."
Oliver de la Muce and Peter La Touche [their petition is read. The Queen orders] Mr. Nicholas to certify what they had on his list [of the late Queen Mary's or King William's private pensions].
The [Queen reads the] Duke of Somerset's letter [and orders] the repairs to be under the care of the Duke of Somerset who may receive the money on account of the Extraordinaries of the Stables.
Mr. Blathwayte [his petition is read for] 2105l. per annum. [The Queen decides to] continue 365l. a year and 1000l. per annum but for the 730l. per an. it is to be respited till my Lord Marlborough comes.
James Grahme [his petition is read. The Queen orders the] 1250l. imprested [to him] to be discharged by a tally.
La Martiniere [his petition is read. The Queen answers] nothing can be done, he not having been upon the Establishment.
Mrs. South [her petition is read. The Queen orders] 3000l. to be issued to Sir Benjamin Bathurst, out of which he is to pay her debts.
Desire some [of the Gentlemen] of the Bank to come [to the Treasury] to-morrow morning by 10 of the clock.
[Send word] to Mr. Brittain to come to the Treasury to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 75.
April 20, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer] for 5939l. 11s. 6d. for Serjt.-at-Arms Greg et al is read and approved.
Prepare a sign manual upon the privy seal dormant for issuing 3000l. to — Hodges gent. upon account for the service of her Majesty's Robes from the time of her accession to the Crown until 25 March 1703 and to be applied according to the order of the Duchess of Marlborough.
The Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. They are desired by my Lord to advance by proportions [instalments] within 10 days the sum of 100,000l. upon tallies and orders in Mr. Foxe's hands on this year's Land Tax, [ranking on the register as] payable after 1,086,528l., with interest at 5 per cent. ; which tallies are to be assigned to them for the money to be advanced and the 5 per cent. is to commence from the time or respective times of advancing the money. [They say] they will return an answer to-morrow.
[My Lord orders] 5000l. out of Prize money to be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy to be paid over to the Treasurer for Sick and Wounded seamen on account of what is owing for Sick and Wounded before the 25th of December last.
[My Lord orders] 100 guineas to be paid to Lord Wharton for the plate run for at Newmarket in this present month of April.
[My Lord directs the issue to Mr. Lowndes of] 350l. for Secret Service [out of Civil List moneys]. Ibid., p. 76.
April 26, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[The draft of a] letter to Mr. Fox concerning assigning 100,000l. to the Bank of England is read and approved.
[My Lord orders for] Bohaz Pinchar 20l. more.
[Send word] to Mr. Blathwait to be here to-morrow morning.
[Send word] to Sir Stephen Evance and partners to be here to-morrow about remittances.
[Send] to the Auditors of Imprests to be here on Wednesday.
[My Lord orders] [William] Naylor to have the vacant weigher's place [in London port].
[Write] to Sir Benjamin Bathurst to be here on Wednesday morning. Likewise to the [Principal] Officers of the Works to be here then.
Sir Joseph Tredenham Kt. and William Duncomb Esq. [are] to be Comptrollers for the Army [Accounts] with 1500l. per an. for them and their clerks.
[Send] to Mr. Borret to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 77.
April 27, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders the issue to] Mr. Borret of 200l. upon account [of Crown law suits].
[My Lord directs the issue to Mr. How of] 18,654l. 15s. 2d. on the said How's memorial : [to be applied] for clearings &c. [of the Guards, &c.] and to be issued out of loans now in the Exchequer.
[My Lord reads and] accepts Sir Henry Furnese's proposal to remit [subsistence money for the Forces in Flanders at rates as follows viz.] 20,000l. at sight and 30,000l. at 30 days at the rate of 10 guilders 7 stivers per £ and 50,000l. at 40 days from the date of giving the bills at 10 guilders 7½ stivers, making 100,000l. in all.
[My Lord directs issues as follows for the Forces viz.] 61,742l. 12s. 1¾d. as in Mr. Foxe's memorial of this day for the 40,000 men and 2000l. for the Additional Troops : [the first item] to be issued out of the first money advanced by the Bank of the 100,000l. on the Land Tax : and the 2000l. to be issued out of loans in the Exchequer.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 30,000l. for wages [of seamen : to be issued] out of loans in the Exchequer.
[My Lord reads] Mr. Blathwayt's report on the petition of Col. Matthews and Col. Shrimpton. [My Lord gives order for] a new warrant for payment of 270l. 5s. 3d. for extraordinary fire and candle for the First and Second Regiments of Foot Guards from 1 April 1698 to the last of March [1699]. [Send a] letter to Mr. Blathwayte to prepare a royal warrant accordingly. Ibid., p. 78.
April 28, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
Direct the Deputy Queen's Remembrancer to attend this afternoon.
[My Lord orders that] Mr. Window is to have a certain salary of 300l. a year for him and his 2 clerks.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer] is read and approved for 61,742l. 12s. 1¾d. to be issued to Mr. Fox [for the Forces abroad] out of the 100,000l. advanced by the Bank of England on the Land Tax tallies.
[Likewise the draft of a similar] letter for 30,000l. [to be issued to the Navy Treasurer] for wages.
[Likewise the draft of] the letter to Auditor Shales concerning Lady Griffin et al.
[Likewise the draft of] the letter [to the Paymaster of the Forces] for taking off the respits on the Troops of Grenadier Guards.
[Likewise the draft of] the letter to Auditor Bridges concerning new instructions [to be given to the Auditors of Imprests to replace those given by the Earl of Rochester when Lord Treasurer relating to the certifying of accountants and the omitting of such as are Privy Counsellors, &c.].
[Likewise the draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer for the issue] of 2000l. to Mr. Fox for the Regiments of Churchill and Portmore.
The [Principal] Officers of the Works are called in. My Lord Treasurer admonishes them to restrain the expense in their Office as much as they can (observing it to be much increased of late) and orders that no warrants for repairs or new works be proceeded upon till those warrants be laid before him, to the end that the Queen's service may be considered before her Majesty be engaged in the expense. His Lordship further ordered that they bring in a more particular account of the last quarter, whereupon he will direct payment.
Desire the Attorney General to be here at 5 this afternoon.
[Send word] to Mr. Pauncefoot to bring on Friday morning [a statement of] what is due to Col. Seymour's Regiment for clearings to the 25th December last. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 79.
April 28, afternoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Attorney General comes in. Mr. Bruce, [counsel for] Mr. James Herbert, and Mr. Parkhurst, are called in with Mr. Bridges and Mr. Harley. Mr. Bruce says that Auditor Bridges has made several queries on Mr. Herbert's accounts [which are more] proper to be answered by the late Commissioners of Prizes.
Those queries are read.
[My Lord thereupon] ordered that Mr. Bruce do apply himself for procuring the vouchers and other things required by Mr. Bridges and that Mr. Parkhurst be diligent in assisting him to obtain the same.
[My Lord orders that the Queen's Remembrancer do] stay the process against Mr. Herbert till next Trinity term.
[Send word] to Mr. Glover to be here on Friday morning and Mr. Parkhurst to be here then. And desire Mr. Travers and Mr. Baldwyn, merchants in London, to be here then.
[My Lord orders] the accounts of Aaron Smith deceased to be referred to the two Auditors of Imprests, the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands], Mr. Barker and Mr. Clayton or any 3 of them.
[My Lord orders] Edward Wilcox gent, to be Surveyor General of the Woods [Trent South] instead of Mr. Ryley. Ibid., pp. 79-81.
April 30, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
Mr. Blathwait is called in. My Lord agrees to the report from him and Mr. How for [payment of] Lord Lucas to 24 August last.
Mr. Blathwait's report about the 4 Foot Companies at New York is read. The matter having been before the House of Commons my Lord [decides that he] cannot intermeddle therein, though to his Lordship the case seems very reasonable.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh to state what is due to the four Companies at New York and to report why they are not cleared.
[Send word] to the Navy Commissioners to be here on Tuesday morning.
Mr. Glover [is called in and] submits to my Lord his pretension to the [Prizes moiety] money in the hands of the executors of Thomas Warren ; and my Lord thinks there is no colour of any right to this money by the privy seal [which granted to the Earl of Romney and said Glover a moiety of prizes unaccounted for]. And John Travers and John Baldwyn [the said] executors of Capt. Warren are willing that the cause in the Exchequer be heard upon the bill and answer, and they consent that the balance due be paid as the Court shall direct, they having a decretal order of the Court for their indemnity. Ibid., p. 82.

Footnotes

1 The above minute is one of some constitutional importance and at the same time it presents several difficulties. The British quota or contribution to the Allied fighting force at the outset of the war with France consisted of 40,000 men as against 102,000 Dutch and 90,000 Imperial troops. Although the British contingent of 40,000 men was all paid for by Queen Anne the bulk of it consisted of foreign troops, viz., 21,046 Danes, Prussians, Hessians and Hanoverians, as against 18,328 British. The rates of pay etc. of the foreign portion of this 40,000 contingent was provided for by separate treaty with each of those States and the respective Treaties were communicated to the House of Commons when the question of Supply was in debate. In this way the Parliament which was sitting at William's death and which continued to sit for the first 3 months of Anne's reign accepted the composition of the 40,000 men and the rates of pay as provided by treaty or as proposed by the Queen (10 Jan. 1701-2) and thereupon voted a sum of 700,000l. on account (27 Jan. 1701-2) to carry them on to 25 Dec. 1702. In the following financial year 1702-3 the composition of the 40,000 remained unchanged and the House voted the specific sum of 833,825l. 19s. 2d. for them for that financial year (10 Nov. 1702). But in December 1702 the Dutch began negotiating for an increase of the British and Dutch quotas and proposed a joint force of Augmentation of 25,000 men. Queen Anne submitted the correspondence to the House of Commons by a message on the 4th Jan. 1702-3 (C.J. xiv. 96). In reply the Houses addressed the Queen assuring her of their support if she should think fit to negotiate for an increase of the Forces. It was thus left entirely in the hands of the Queen to fix the composition and rates of pay of any Troops of Augmentation as she should think fit and her reply to the Address shows that she accepted the responsibility. "It is with great satisfaction that I receive this Address which enables me to join with the States General in augmenting our Forces" (C.J. xiv. pp. 103, 108). The ensuing negotiations were carried through by Marlborough and took the form of a general treaty with the States General (15th March 1702-3) for a force of Augmentation of 20000 men to be composed of various foreign contingents but to be financed jointly by the British and the Dutch on the principle of half and half. This Treaty went hand in hand with a series of subsidiary treaties with the Prince Bishop of Munster (13 March 1702-3) for furnishing a Contingent of 3 battalions of in all 2,400 men ; the Duke of Holstein (15 March) for 2 Regiments of Dragoons of 561 men each and 2 Regiments of Foot of 881 men each ; the Duke of Saxe Gotha (27 March) for 2 Regiments of Dragoons of 446 men each and 2 Regiments of Foot of 854 men each ; the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel (31 March) for one Regiment of Foot of 800 men ; and the Elector Palatine (17 May) for 4 battalions of Foot of 2600 men in all.
These are the Treaties as submitted to the House of Commons in the following November 1703 when the House was considering supply for the then coming financial year 1704 for the 20,000 Troops of Augmentation as well as for the original 40,000 men. As printed in the Journals of the House of Commons (xiv, pp. 215-226) on that occasion and in Lamberti (II pp. 343-6) the text does not account for the composition of the 20,000 Troops of Augmentation as referred to in the above Treasury Minute or as set out in C.J. xiv, p. 228.
But a more serious difficulty connected with this minute is the constitutional aspect of it. Although the House of Commons assured Anne of their support they adjourned on the 27 Feb. 1702-3 without any vote of Supply for the proposed Augmentation or even any Vote of Credit on account. During the whole of the period April-Dec. 1702 the 10,000 English moiety of the 20,000 Troops of Augmentation was financed by the Treasury without any form of Parliamentary supply and merely on the strength of a promise of support. When the Parliament reassembled on the 9th Nov. 1703 Anne referred to this curious situation in the following words :—
"I must take notice to you that though no particular provision was made in the last Session either for the charge of our present Expedition to Portugal or for that of the Augmentation Troops—, yet the funds given by Parliament have held out so well and the produce of the prizes has proved so considerable that you will find the public will not be in debt by reason of either of these additional services." (C.J. xiv, p. 211).
These ambiguous words were probably intended to cloak a constitutional illegality. But they had the effect on the House of wiping out entirely any thought of retrospective Supply for the period April-Dec. 1703 for these 20,000 Troops of Augmentation. The House passed over the whole subject in silence and contented itself with voting Supply for this body for the succeeding year 1704.
The net result is that all the Treasury Minutes and warrants for payment of the Troops of Augmentation during the period April to Dec. 1703 were devoid of Parliamentary authority. The Treasury financed the English moiety of the 20,000 Augmentation Troops for 3 or 4 quarters of a year without any Parliamentary supply and with very dubious Parliamentary authority.
The final difficulty presented by the Minute in the text above is the actual figures involved. The computation in the text here is explained by the following Treasury Board Paper, which is doubtless the paper on which Godolphin acted. T. B. P. lxxxv. No. 37.
Memoire des sommes qu'il faut payer promptement aux trouppes qu'on vient d'engager nouvellement dans la la service de le Reine et d l' Etat : formé le 27 March 1703 [New style].
Florins per long month of 42 days.
Munster. By Treaty of 13 March 1703. 3 Battalions of 817 men each from 25 March : a full month to be paid on arrival at the frontier 40017 0 0
plus a douceur of 60,000 écus or 150,000 florins to the Bishop at the exchange of the ratifications and the remaining moiety 2 months later 75000
Osnaburg. By Treaty on 22 Feb., 1703. Regiment of 810 foot : payable 15 days before their arrival on the frontier where they have been expected for a few days. 12729 14 0
Holstein Gottorp. By Treaty of 15 March 1703. 100,000 écus, a moiety 15 days after ratification and the other moiety on the arrival at the frontier of 2 Regiments of Dragoons each of 561 men and 2 Regiments of Foot of each 881 men 250000
one month of 42 days on arrival at the frontier 66296 16 0
Oost Frise. By Treaty of 23 Feb. 1703. Levy money for 1 Foot Regiment of 800 men 41250
one month's pay of 42 days 13050
Walef. By Treaty of 22 Feb. 1703. Levy money for 1 Dragoon Regiment of 624 Dragoons 79380
one month's pay of 42 days 17657
Jamart. By Treaty of 19 Feb. 1703. Levy money for one Foot Regiment of 799 men 41250
one month's pay of 42 days 13050
Saxe Gotha. Levy money for 2 Regiments of Dragoons each of 449 men and 2 of Foot each of 857 men 231900
one month's pay of 42 days 56185
Total 937765 10 0
Whereof one half to be paid by England,