In the Appendix to Vol. XVII of this Calendar, pp. 104 and 436,
an account was given of the Treasury Alphabetical Register of
Papers read and minuted at meetings of the Treasury Board. At
the same time the difficulty was explained of reproducing in chronological
form the various entries in this Alphabetical Register. That
explanation applies to the present instalment with the further
particular that when the papers were read to the Queen by the Lord
Treasurer whether at St. James's or Windsor or Bath the decision
which is taken and is recorded as a Minute is to be understood as
Queen Anne's own decision.
The Alphabetical Register itself so far as it survives is very broken
in its sequence. After a gap of 2 years and 9 months it resumes in
March 1704-5, thus covering only the last month of the Treasury
Minutes reprinted in the present volume. For that month there
were four occasions on which the Treasury Board read and
considered papers viz. March 21, 23, 27 and 29 see supra pp. 76, 77.
It is not possible to allocate the following papers as between these
four Board meetings.
The entries occur alphabetically, those under the letter A being
on 4 pages succeeded by 24 blank pages : then the entries on B on
6 pages succeeded by blank pages and so on through the alphabet to
the letter W. But the entries for K, Q and Y are displaced and
occur at the end of the volume.
The volume also contains a loose sheet of paper headed
10 June, 1706
At Windsor Castle
present : her Majesty, Lord Treasurer, Mr. Chancellor [of the
Abstract of papers to be laid before the Q.
Thereupon follow 27 entries of the decisions or minutes taken :
the first entry being as follows :
"Mr. Stuart: if some employment in Ireland it would be
This paper will be found in situ under its own date in the present
Its contents make quite clear the procedure then in use at the
meetings of the Treasury Board when petitions were considered.
The Secretary attended with the originals and with an abstract of
them. As each item was decided upon he took a rough hasty note
of the decision on the abstract. Thereafter when the meeting was
over he made an entry of the paper and its minute in the proper
place or sequence in the Alphabetical Register running his pen
through each item in the abstract as he entered it up. In this way
he has struck through 12 items out of 27 which occur on this particular
paper. The remaining items he did not enter up : evidently his
work was interrupted by some accident or intrusion : or alternatively
the Alphabetical Register method of entering up may have been
re-considered at about June 1706 and a different method adopted
for a time.
The reference for the record here abstracted is T 4/16 (Index