Minute Book
December 1703

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William A. Shaw (editor)

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1936

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'Minute Book: December 1703', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 18: 1703 (1936), pp. 92-99. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84298 Date accessed: 21 August 2014.


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December 1703

December 1, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord directs the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of] 40000l. for wages to seamen : to be issued out of the money in Sir Thomas Littleton's hands on the Land Tax [anno 1703].
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer for the issue] of 3875l. for the Judges et al [out of Civil List moneys] is read and approved.
My Lord orders that 587l. 2s. 8d. on Mr. [Thomas] Newsham's order [as executor to his father John Newsham late Receiver General of Taxes for Co. Warwick for his extraordinary charges therein, his accounts being all passed] is to be paid out of arrears.
[Send word] to my Lord Coningsby to be here on Friday morning about the Regiments [which are] come to Ireland from the West Indies. Ibid., p. 162.
December 3, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
Prepare privy seals for next year's services according to the Votes [of the House of Commons of Nov. 27 and 30 last].
[My Lord orders] Sir Godfrey Knellar to be paid what is due to him for the Queen's time. Ibid., p. 163.
Eodem die, afternoon. [No entry of any attendance or minutes.]
December 6.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
Send word to the Lord Treasurer [sic for? Lord Coningsby] to be here to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock.
The Commissioners for Stamps and the officers [the Accountant of the said Duties] and others appointed to attend this afternoon are to be put off till to-morrow morning.
The Officers of the Ordnance and the Commissioners of the Prizes are called in. Ibid., p. 164.
December 7, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[Send word] to my Lord Coningsby to state the pay due to the 24th December 1703 to the 3 Regiments of Lucy, Handaside and Whetham in the West Indies according to the establishments and the Muster Rolls.
[Send word] to the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Fox severally to transmit an account of the loss by exchange in the years 1702 and 1703 [on remittances for the Forces in the Netherlands and Portugal].
The Commissioners of Stamp Duties will attend in the afternoon.
Write to the [exchange houses or] remitters to bring in proposals on Friday morning for the remitting of 100000l. for the service of the Forces in Flanders [in return] for ready money : viz. by bills at sight for 30000l., bills at 21 days after sight for 30000l., and bills at 30 days after sight for 40000l.
[My Lord orders] Arnold Sansom to succeed Mr. [Richard] Trevor [as Comptroller of the issues and payments of the Receiver General of Customs and Examiner of his vouchers &c]. Ibid., p. 165.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present : ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in.
Write to the Judge of the Admiralty that when any process commences for adjudications in his Court of any prizes brought into Jersey or Guernsey, he do at or before the time of condempnation of such, give notice in writing [to the Prizes Commissioners or to the Treasury] of such ship and her lading, expressing the time when she was taken and all the circumstances of the capture as they shall appear to him.
[My Lord orders that] Mr. Cocks one of the Commissioners of the Four and a Half per cent. Duty at Barbados is to be dismissed and another officer is to be presented in his stead. But write to Mr. Pople [to desire him] to acquaint the Commissioners of Trade therewith ; desiring that when any matter relating to the Customs occurs [in the correspondence or proceedings of the Commissioners of Trade] it may be transmitted first to my Lord [Treasurer] and then, as is regular sent [referred[ by my Lord to the Customs Commissioners [for report thereon].
[Send word] to Mr. Ferne to be here to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock to give my Lord an account what cash is in the [Customs] collectors' hands in any of the Western ports.
The Commissioners of Excise are called in. Their papers are read and [my Lord's decisions and] answers are [minuted or endorsed] on them.
[My Lord orders that] 10000l. is to be issued to Mr. Scobel on his order for buying tin : to be issued out of Civil List funds : and he or his deputy is to pay same to the Excise Commissioners who will give him bills for the same upon such of their [Excise] Collectors in the West as are nearest to the Coinage towns.
The Principal Commissioners of Prizes are called in. [My Lord orders Mr. Lowndes to] direct them to write to the sub commissioners of the Prizes at Plymouth to pay out of the prize money in their hands any sums not exceeding 2000l. to Mr. Scobel, the receiver and paymaster appointed to buy tin for her Majesty's use, and to take a bill from him to repay it here in London.
The Commissioners of the Stamp Duties are called in and also Mr. Pawling, [Accountant of the said Duties]. The said Commissioners' presentment of the 11th ult. is read. My Lord orders that a copy of this presentment and of the paper of errors in his [Pawling's] accounts be sent to him for him to make particular answers ; and then the presentment with his answers is to be sent to the two Auditors of Imprests to examine the same and make report to my Lord. He [Pawling] will send his answer on Monday next.
The Commissioners of Stamp Duties are to consider the proposition of the person who sent the letter in [or under] the name of C— and if they approve thereof they are to report to my Lord what reward they think he will deserve for the same. Treasury Minute Book XIV, pp. 165-6.
December 10.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My Lord orders 4000l. to be issued to Mr. Scobel out of Civil List money to buy tin. He or his deputy are to pay over this sum to the Receiver General of Customs who is to give bills for the same on the Collectors of Customs at Exeter, Falmouth and Plymouth.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
My Lord Treasurer orders that 1500l. be issued to Mr. How out of public moneys in the Exchequer of the year 1703 : and is to be paid over to Col. Rivers on account for his Regiment and to be in part of the sum of 87125l. 10s. 0d. for the 10000 men for sea service ; it being intended to enable him to recruit.
The Comptrollers of the [Accounts of the] Army come in.
[Send notice to the exchange houses or] the remitters to bring in their proposition on Monday morning. Ibid., p. 167.
December 13. forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[Send word to] Mr. Ward, Mr. Isles, Mr. Hearnes and Mr. Casseres to come to Mr. Lowndes in the afternoon [of this day] at the Treasury at 5 o'clock.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in. [My Lord Treasurer orders that] Mr. Blathwait is to prepare a warrant according to the report from Mr. How and him [Blathwait] on the memorial of Sir Charles Hara.
Desire my Lord Coningsby to be here to-morrow morning about the pay due to the Regiments from the West Indies.
[Send word] to the East India Company and the Customs Commissioners to attend next Friday afternoon about [East India] goods paying ad valorem.
The hearing of Dr. Brady and Lady Milbanck is put off till the same time.
Send word to the Queen's Remembrancer and the Treasurer's Remembrancer to be here on Friday next in the afternoon to shew cause why process is not made out duly for [prosecuting the] supers [resting on sub-accountants] in declared accounts.
Prepare a warrant for Robert Delaval.
Refer the petition of Brewster to the Attorney and Solicitor General to give their opinion as to whether the Queen should be at any further charge [or not]. Ibid., p. 168.
December 14.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord orders] John Evelyn, junr., to be Receiver of the Stamp Office in the room of [Thomas] Pennyman. Ibid., p. 169.
December 15, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
[Send word] to Mr. How, Sir Jeffery Jefferys and Mr. Thrale to be here on Friday morning.
Mr. White is called in. He will come again on Friday morning.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer for the issue] of 430l. for a present for the Emperor of Morocco is read and approved.
[Likewise the draft of a] same for 458l. 19s. 5¼d. for the Usher of the Black Rod.
My Lord orders the Register of loans on the Land Tax for the year 1704 to be charged as follows :
Tallies without interest. Loans in money.
to be registered in tallies without interest 300000
loans to be taken in, in money 350000
to be registered next after 650000l. in tallies without interest 300000
after this total of 950000l. loans are to be taken in in money for 300000
then there is to be registered in tallies without interest in course after 1250000 300000
and after the above 1550000l. loans are to be taken in, in money for 300000
Total 1,850,000
The abovesaid tallies for 900,000l. are to be issued [for services or to departments] as follows
£ s. d.
to the Navy for 6 months on the course 270380
to the Victualling for the course for the months of January, February, March, April, May. 193294 2 5
to ditto for Mr. Sheppard's bills 10259 14
to the Ordnance for land service 30000
to ditto for sea service 30000
to Mr. How for Guards and Garrisons a month's subsistence 12061 5 4
to ditto on account for the 10000 men for sea service 7420 14 0
to Mr. Whitfeild for a month's subsistence to the marines in his pay 4635 2 3
to the sick and wounded 20000
to Mr. Fox for the 40000 men, a month's subsistence from the 24th Dec. 1703 49096 19
to ditto for the Troops of Augmentation, for the like [period] 8890 15 10¼
to ditto for the Portugal Forces, for the like 8738 6 8
£644777 0 11¼
Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 170.
December 17.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Send word] to Sir Stephen Evance to be here on Monday morning.
All the things appointed for this morning and afternoon are put off till Monday noon and afternoon. Ibid., p. 171.
December 20, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
My Lord orders the issue of 66726l. 2s. 3¾d. to Mr. Fox out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1704 [representing the 3 last items in the above list of Dec. 15] likewise 12061l. 5s. 4d. to Mr. How ; likewise 4635l. 2s. 3d. to the Navy for Mr. Whitfield [which was] agreed to on the 15th Dec. 1703.
My Lord ordered that the officers of the Exchequer do proceed to pay the annuities due at Michaelmas last out of the money of the 9d. per barrel appropriated to that use : taking care to reserve so much as is due upon any preceding quarters.
[My Lord orders the issue of] 4648l. 14s. 7¾d. out of Civil List money to the Cofferer to clear the quarter ended at Michaelmas last : and 3000l. out of ditto [as part of the Queen's contribution of 100000l. and is] on account of the Portugal Expedition.
My Lord resolves that from the 24th December instant the subsistence for the 4 Companies at New York be issued to Mr. How 'and by him to Sir Jeffery Jefferys as his deputy' to pay and account for the same : but as for the arrears of the year 1703 they are to be received and accounted for in the course they have been in.
[My Lord orders] 3364l. 6s. 2¾d. to be paid to the Works for Michaelmas quarter : and likewise 1248l. 3s. 7¼d. to same for Mr. Wise et al upon his [the Works Paymaster's] bill allowed for the officers.
Ordered that out of the money in the hands of the Treasurer of the Navy [arising out] of the Land Tax of the year 1703 there be applied 70,000l. on the head of Wages ; the same being intended to pay the wages and bounty money of the ships cast away in the last storm [the late storm].
My Lord likewise ordered the issues as follows to the Navy Treasurer out of the loans on the Land Tax of the year 1704 : viz.
on account of the Ordinary of the Navy 16500
on account of Wear and Tear 29500
£46000
Likewise 12000l. to same out of same : to be to answer bills of exchange and imprests : whereof 8000l. is to be charged on the Ordinary and 4000l. on Wear and Tear.
Likewise 10259l. 14s. 7½d. to same out of same : to be for the Victualling and is intended to pay Mr. Shephard's bills of exchange for furnishing Sir Cloudesley Shovel's Fleet in the Straits with wine and oil.
Send to the Earl of Ranelagh to be here to-morrow morning about the acquittance in full [of Subsidy arrears] to be taken from the Envoy of Denmark.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer] for the issue of 1885l. 11s. 0d. for Mr. Hall is approved. Memorandum : 930l. 11s. 0d. of this is for public service and to be reckoned for part of the Queen's donative [given by her] out of Civil List moneys : the same being intended for the Vaudois. Ibid., pp. 172-3.
Eodem die afternoon. Present : ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read and [my Lord's decisions and] answers are [endorsed] on them.
[The gentlemen of] the East India Company, Old and New, are called in. Their answer to the presentment of the Customs Commissioners is read [concerning payment of Duty ad valorem on unrated East India goods] the Attorney General being present. He thinks the value of the goods should be taken as they are worth on the importation in the port of London, where the oath is taken. So also say the [Customs] Commissioners and this value is exclusive of the Duty. And as to East India Goods unrated, the Commissioners think there can be no good method but by the sale by the candle, deducting the Customs Duties and 6½ per cent, allowed to the buyers for prompt payment.
The Gentlemen of the Company say their own Directors shall attend the Commissioners from time to time and adjust the values to their satisfaction.
The 5 per cent. Duty belonging to the Company [under the Two Million Act 9-10 Wm. III c. 44] is ascertained by [sale by] the candle.
The Customs Commissioners say it will be a difficulty to them to adjust from time to time the value.
The Attorney General thinks it improper that 2 members of the Corporation should swear the value ; otherwise 2 members might swear the values of all their unrated goods except [goods from] China &c. and the latter might be charged by the candle value.
An instance is given of unvaluing [undervaluing] the goods imported in the [ship] Dashwood.
My Lord Treasurer desires the Companies to come to a regulation in this matter very speedily.
Counsel is called in for Lady Milbank and Francis Anderson and [on the other side counsel] also for Dr. Brady. The reports of the Commissioners of Excise and of the Attorney General are read. My Lord is resolved that if the petitioners do forthwith pay to Dr. Brady the sum of 250l. without charge my Lord, pursuant to the covenant for defalcation, will allow the remainder, unsatisfied and unlevied, of the debt of 1572l. 2s. 9d. in consideration of Sir Henry Brabant's loss by the plague. Treasury Minute Book XIV, pp. 173-4.
December 21, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction to the Exchequer for the issue] of 7302l. 1s. 10½d. to the Earl of Ranelagh for making good the loss by change [exchange on remittances for the Troops in Flanders] in the year 1702 is read and approved.
Ordered that Mr. Parkhurst do prepare and present to my Lord a state of all the arrears of prizes taken in the last war and now standing out, with an account how to be disposed as they shall be recovered : and that he do particularly state those arrears [which are] in the hands of any persons in New England, the Leeward Islands or any other parts of the West Indies.
Lawrence Galdy and Company will furnish at Turin the value of 200,000 pieces of Eight at 4 livres 5 sous money of Piedmont for every piece of Eight viz. 100,000 pieces of Eight at 15 days' sight and 100,000 pieces of Eight at 6 weeks' time after sight. He will give the bills this night to Mr. Fox to be sent to Mr. Hill to whom the same are to be payable, who is to pay the same to the Duke of Savoy, taking proper discharges from his Royal Highness. For which Mr. Galdy and Company are to be paid by Wednesday the 29th inst. the value in ready money computing 57 pence for every piece of Eight. Ibid., p. 175.
December 22, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders the Exchequer to] issue 47500l. to Mr. Fox for the Duke of Savoy. The [drafts of the] letters [of direction] for this 47500l. are read and approved.
Mr. White is Called in. If he will open his discovery to my Lord and will rely on his Lordship [for a reward] my Lord promises he shall be rewarded. He [promises my Lord he] will attend again on Wednesday next.
[My Lord orders] 1489l. 16s. 8d. to be issued to Mr. How on his memorial for the Regiments of Lucas and Rivers.
My Lord appoints next Wednesday forenoon to settle the payment of the money for the 4 Companies at New York. Give notice to the Earl of Clarendon, Mr. Thrale, Sir Jeffery Jefferys and Mr. How. Ibid., p. 176.
December 23, forenoon.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
My Lord ordered issues as follows on Mr. Fox's memorial : to be issued out of loans on the Land Tax of the year 1704 : viz.
for pay of the Portugal Regiments to the 17th March next 17476 13 4
for pay of the General Officers to the 24th March next 2669 6 8
My Lord likewise ordered the issue of 20000l. to the Navy Treasurer on the head of Wages : and is intended for pay to June 30 last to the Lanc[aster], Suffolk, Greenwich, Panther, Swallow, Lark, Newport, and Firebrand fireship going to Portugal.
My Lord likewise ordered 250l. to the Earl of Clarendon on his allowance of 1500l. per an. out of secret service money by way of advance ; which sum together with 3500l. already paid to the Earl will complete the said allowance (commencing from midsummer 1702) to Xmas 1704.
[My Lord likewise ordered] 1000l. to be issued on the order in Mr. Lowndes's name for secret service. Ibid.