Minute Book
January 1704

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1938

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'Minute Book: January 1704', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 19: 1704-1705 (1938), pp. 1-6. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84517 Date accessed: 22 August 2014.


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January 1704

Jan. 3
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers, forenoon.
Present : Lord Treasurer [Godolphin] ; Chancellor of the Exchequer [Henry Boyle].
[Send word] to Mr. Pauncefoot to come to-morrow morning with a particular of the disposition of the 145,017l. 9s. 0d. granted anno 1702 to make good the alliances with Denmark "and use the words of the Act."
Mr. White is called in about a proposition he has to make to prevent counterfeiting the stamps for paper and parchment. He [undertakes that he] will make known his method to my Lord upon this assurance that it shall not be put in practice unless he have the reward of 3000l. which he insists upon. He'll come again on Wednesday morning. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 177.
Jan. 4 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Send] to the Customs Commissioners and the East India Companies to be here to-morrow afternoon about settling the Duties for unrated goods.
The Agents for Taxes and Mr. Aynstis [attend. The Lord Treasurer gives order to] issue 12,000l. out of the Civil List money to Mr. Scobel on his order for tin : which money is intended to be paid again into the Exchequer on account of Mr. Wood [for] 6000l., Mr. Burage 3000l. and Mr. Manaton 3000l. who will supply the like sums in Cornwall to Mr. Scobel to buy the tin.
[Order for the issue of] 654l. 5s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh : out of the Malt surplus reserved for the service of the year 1702 : and is to complete the sum of 18,750l. for half a year's subsidy to the King of Denmark to Xmas 1702 and is to be paid over to Mr. Stratford on that account.
[Order for the issue of] 40,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy : out of the loans on this year's Land Tax : and is to be for wages towards paying ships to 1703 June 30.
Likewise for the issue to same of as much more as will pay 6 months to the Course of the Navy. Ibid., p. 178.
Jan. 5 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Order for the] issue to Mr. Fox of 4000l., of which 3073l. 3s. 10d. is to be out of loans on the sixth 4s. Aid anno 1703 and 926l. 16s. 2d. is to be out of the 25 per cent. on French goods : [same to be applied] towards the sum of 19,401l. 0s. 10d. due to Sir Henry Furnese for bills of exchange received from him Nov. 23 last and sent to Mr. Methwin for 833,333⅓ [sic for 83,333⅓] pieces of Eight to complete the Queen's two thirds of 500,000 pieces of Eight payable to the King of Portugal for preparations &c.
All persons appointed for this morning are put off till next Monday morning.
[Order for the issue of] 50,000l. to Mr. How on account for Guards and Garrisons : out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1704 and is to serve instead of the like sum on Subsidy tallies not yet in Course.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
Memorandum : four Regiments of Foot are to come from Ireland and serve in Flanders viz. two to be part of the 40,000 men and two to be part of the Augmentation Troops and 3l. per man is to be allowed for the additional men to fill them up to 60 in each Company for those of the 40,000 men and to 55 in each Company for those of the Augmentation Troops : [to be issued] out of the money given [by Parliament] this year : and the pay of those which come from Ireland is to commence from the time of embarcation from there and the pay of the new raised men is to commence from the time they shall be mustered.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 310,380l. for the Navy is read and approved.
[Order for] 10,300l. for salaries and pensions due to the Household at Xmas last.
[Send] to Lord Halifax to be here on Monday morning about Mr. Bertie's account. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 179.
Jan. 5
Cockpit. Treasury Chambers, afternoon.
Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read and the answers [are endorsed] on them.
The Gentlemen of the East India Company are called in. They will put down in writing the charges upon their goods after the importation till the time of sale and give them in to the Treasury Office to be given to the Customs Commissioners who are to consider same and give their opinions. The said Commissioners and the East India Companies are to be here again on Friday afternoon.
[Send] to Mr. Mountstephen and Mr. Corker to advise how the [Queen's] tin may best be shipped and brought [from Cornwall and Devon] to London : and signify to the Managers of the tin that upon the deposit of tin in the Coinage Hall the poor Tinners may have the proportion of the money to be lent gratis till the next coinage.
My Lord leaves it to them [the Tin Managers] to appoint a Register when there shall be occasion for answering the intention of the contract.
Order them to give warrant for paying the Post Groats to the farmer [of said Duty of Post Groats].
Direct them to take care that a register be duly kept of all the loans [to the tinners]. Order them to pay to the Receiver General of the Duchy [of Cornwall] so much as the Coinage Duty amounts to. Ibid., p. 180.
January 7 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Order for the issue of] 14,915l. 4s. 0d. to Mr. Fox for the Augmentation Troops in the Low Countries : to be issued out of loans [to be made] by Fox himself on the Coal Duty Act anno 1703 :
likewise for 15,401l. 0s. 10d. to same : out of Civil List money in the Exchequer on the 28th inst : to be on his order for 200,000l. for Alliances anno 1703 : and is to be paid over to Sir Henry Furnese to complete 19,401l. 0s. 10d. for his bills of exchange for 83,333⅓ pieces of Eight to complete the Queen's two thirds of 50,000 [sic for 500,000] pieces of Eight payable to the King of Portugal for his preparations &c.
[Order for the] issue to Mr. Fox of another month's subsistence for [the Forces in] Portugal from March 18 next.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 500l. [to William Lowndes] for secret service is read and approved.
[The like approval of a similar] letter for 3993l. 8s. 2d. for the quarter's pensions payable by Mr. Nicholas at Xmas last.
Write to the [Queen's] printers to send to Mr. Lowndes a set of Acts of Parliament of King William's reign and the Scotch Acts. Ibid., p. 181.
Jan. 8
at the Lord Treasurer's house at St. James's.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
Write to the Customs Commissioners to put them in mind of what my Lord Treasurer said to them concerning the constitution for Arnold Sansom and desire them to send their opinion in writing as soon as they can.
Order for 70,000l. for wages to the ships which are directed to be paid at Portsmouth, Plymouth and the Nore : to be issued out of loans on this year's Land Tax.
Order for 10,000l. for Sick and Wounded : to be issued out of the like loans : whereof 6000l. to be for Sick and Wounded and 4000l. for prisoners of war. Ibid.
January 10
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers, forenoon.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Earl of Clarendon, Mr. Thrale and Sir Jeffery Jefferys and Mr. How are called in. My Lord Treasurer says he will issue to Mr. How the money for the Independent Companies at New York and he must take care to apply it duly.
Mr. How says when he receives any money for them it shall be set up at the Office door [as a notice or advertisement] and Mr. Thrale shall not have it till Sir Jeffery Jefferys comes with him.
[Send] to the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Pauncefoot to be here to-morrow morning.
On Wednesday afternoon my Lord will read petitions : the doors [of the Treasury Office] to be shut.
Mr. White called in. He shews my Lord his method to prevent counterfeiting the stamps. [Write] to the Stamps Commissioners to be here on Wednesday afternoon with Mr. White. Ibid., p. 182.
Jan. 11 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 6831l. for Envoys and Foreign Ministers is read and approved.
Send to the Customs Commissioners for an account or the best estimate they can make by to-morrow morning of the allowances on damaged wines in the year 1700 and of the quantities by computation of damaged wines for which those allowances were made in London port and the outports.
Prepare a warrant for bringing into the Exchequer forthwith 11,506l. 14s. 2¼d. upon account of the Queen's part of prize money to complete the pay of the Augmentation Forces to 25 Dec. last according to Mr. Fox's memorial of this day.
The Duke of Marlborough, Earl of Ranelagh, Lord Coningsby, Mr. Blathwait and Mr. Fox come in.
Sir Henry Furnese will remit the money necessary for the Forces in the Low Countries as long as my Lord pleases and run the risk of the bills for 12s. 6d. per cent. for commission, brokage and risk of the bills : and if my Lord finds the exchange by this means comes forth more to the advantage of the public than the remittances were last year for the same time my Lord Treasurer will add 2s. 6d. per cent. more. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 183.
Jan. 12
Cockpit. Treasury Chambers, forenoon.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Issue to Sir Thomas Littleton for the Victuallers 80,000l. in part of 215,735l. 13s. 10d. for their [the Victualling] Course for the months of 1702-3 Jan. to 1703 June inclusive. Ibid., p. 184.
January 14 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Send word] to the Directors of the Bank that my Lord desires to speak with some of them on Monday morning at 10 o'clock.
[Send word] to Mr. Fox that my Lord Treasurer finds that when [after] the money is ordered here for the Forces great difficulties and delays are used in his [Fox's] Office [of Paymaster of the Forces] and that my Lord must desire him to remedy all unnecessary delays and difficulties that there be no more complaints of this nature.
Issue to Mr. Fox 25,000l. for the 40,000 men and 5000l. for the Augmentation Troops in part of 118,402l. 17s. 11d. (whereof 100,249l. 3s. 5½d. for subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the foreigners in the 40,000 men for 8 weeks from the 22nd inst. to March 17 next ; and 18,153l. 14s. 5½d. for subsistence for 2 English Regiments and pay to the Foreigners in the Augmentation Troops for the like time) : to be issued out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1704.
Issue to him out of the same 3000l. more upon account for the 40,000 men.
The Stamp Commissioners and Mr. [White attend]. Ibid., p. 185.
January 17
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
Enquire whether the [Prizes] Agent in Sir Cloudesley Shovell's fleet and his salary be continued ; and what account he gives [of the receipts of prizes].
[My Lord reads the] Salt Commissioners' report on Mr. Johnson's petition about fish imported from Ireland to Liverpool and now under seizure. Ordered that the Attorney General be desired to come about this to-morrow afternoon.
Issue 4635l. 2s. 3d. to the Navy Treasurer for Mr. Whitfeild for a month's subsistence to the 6 Regiments of Marines under his pay, viz. from Jan. 24 inst. to Feb. 24 next.
Upon reading Col. Villiers' information about arms seized at Tinmouth [Tynemouth] Castle my Lord orders the Customs Commissioners to enquire very strictly whether any of their officers have been faulty or negligent in the matter therein set forth.
The Excise Commissioners' memorial is read for increase of salary.
[My Lord orders] a warrant to be prepared on Mr. Borrett's report for granting the custody of William Collins, found an idiot de nativitate, to his mother Hannah Tucker. Ibid., p. 186.
January 18
Cockpit, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Some reports [and petitions] are read. The doors are to be shut on Thursday morning [when my Lord Treasurer will resume consideration thereof.]
The business for this afternoon is put off till Friday afternoon. Ibid., p. 187.
January 21 Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders] 4000l. more to be issued to Mr. Scobel for tin.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 875l. for a quarter to the seven Commissioners of Accounts is read and approved.
[My Lord orders the issue to the Navy Treasurer of] 10,000l. for the Sick and Wounded in the usual proportions [of three fifths to be charged to the head of Wages and two fifths to be charged to the head of Victualling] : to be issued out of loans on Malt.
The Gentlemen of the Bank are called in. They [inform my Lord that they] cannot lend the money [my Lord desires] on [credit of] the last part of the Coal Act.
[Order for the issue of] 4000l. to the Household in further part for Xmas quarter.
[Send] to Mr. Whitfeild for a state of the pay of the Marine Regiments, how far they are cleared and what respites have been [made] on each muster. Ibid., p. 188.
Eodem die afternoon. Present : [attendance not stated].
The Attorney General thinks Mr. Johnson's fish are not forfeited. Send for the Commissioners of Salt Duties on Monday morning. Ibid.
The Commissioners for Stamp Duties attend with Mr. White. My Lord Treasurer is pleased [to decide] that the Commissioners shall not make use of his [White's] method [of preventing counterfeiting the stamps] unless he have his premium. He will attend again on Monday between 5 and 6 o'clock and so will the Commissioners. Ibid.
January 24 forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer.
Mrs. Curtis to have 3l. for her journey to discover smugglers in Sussex.
[The draft of a] letter [of direction] for 15,714l. 15s. 7¼d. to Mr. How is read and approved.
Likewise the draft of a same for 4635l. 2s. 3d. to the Navy [Treasurer] for Mr. Whitfield [for the Marines].
The Salt Commissioners are called in about Mr. Johnson's fish. They are directed to attend the Attorney General for his opinion in writing.
[Send] to the Commissioners of Prizes to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 189.
Eodem die afternoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Stamp Commissioners and Mr. White are called in. They will come again on Friday in the evening.
[Send] to the Navy Commissioners to speak with them on Friday afternoon about the state of the Navy accounts. But if it be inconvenient for them to attend then because of the great hurry of business now in the Navy let them appoint some other time. Ibid.
January 25 forenoon.
Cockpit. Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Prizes Commissioners are called in. They say their account will pass in 6 days. My Lord thinks a Commissioner [one of their number] should go with the Fleet to Portugal. They will come again on Friday afternoon.
Prepare a warrant for Mr. [William] Window's salary and allowance according to the [Prizes] Commissioners' presentment [as Prizes Agent in Shovell's Squadron].
Shut the door to-morrow afternoon [when my Lord will consider petitions].
As [and when] loans come in on this year's funds 20,000l. is to be ordered for land service of the Ordnance and 20,000l. for sea service.
Issue 6300l. to Mr. Fox : out of loans [on the funds for] this year's service : to be on his order for the Forces for Portugal and is to pay a bill drawn on Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Roop for refitting the transport ships which were damaged in Holland by the late storm and for 2 months' freight in hand to others [ships] hired in the place of those disabled and also for provision for the soldiers in their passage. Treasury Minute Book XIV, p. 190.
January 26 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord orders] Mr. Borret 200l. on account [for Crown Law expenses].
[Likewise] 4000l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh to be paid over on account of the arrears due to the Regiments of the Earl of Donegal, Charlemont and Gustavus Hamilton from the 25th Oct. to 24th Dec. 1702. Hereof 140l. is to be issued out of fines on maltsters and 3860l. out of the Malt surplus [anno 1702]. Ibid., p. 191.
January 28 forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The business of the Commissioners for Stamp Duties and Mr. White is put off till next Wednesday afternoon.
Order Mr. Newton and Mr. Harris of the Mint to be here then.
Let Mr. Tilson search and state how much was paid within a year or two [last past] to the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. How to clear the Invalids : and look out their memorials [the demands from said Earl and from Mr. How for money for same].
Direct the Auditors [of Imprests] to send to the Lord Treasurer a state of the accounts of the Forces delivered in by the Earl of Ranelagh as late Paymaster : to wit from 1 April 1692 to 24 Dec. 1701.
Send to the Auditor of the Receipt and Clerk of the Pells to hasten the Earl of Ranelagh's imprest rolls from 1701 Dec. 24 to this time.
[My Lord orders] Richard Littlehale, Isaac Graffart, Jacob Vinck and Heyman Browner to have 40l. a piece per Mr. Nicholas.
[Order for] 29,200l. 18s. 11½d. to be issued to Mr. Fox, out of loans on the Malt Act pro anno 1704 ; to complete a month's subsistence to Feb. 18 next to the 40,000 men and the Augmentation Troops in the Low Countries : as according to his memorial of this day :
likewise 2954l. [to said Fox] for Col. Cadogan, Brigadier Ross and Col. Macartney as by the said memorial :
likewise 8738l. 6s. 8d. [to said Fox] for subsistence of the Forces for Portugal ; which will carry on their subsistence to May 12 next.
Send for the Agents [for Taxes] to be here on Wednesday afternoon.
Those appointed for this afternoon are to attend on Wednesday afternoon. Ibid., p. 192.