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April 1705

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'Minute Book: April 1705', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20: 1705-1706 (1952), pp. 1-5. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84786 Date accessed: 30 July 2014.


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April 1705

1705. April 2, forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer [Lord Godolphin], Chancellor of the Exchequer [Henry Boyle].
Sir Henry Furnese is called in. My Lord tells him there will be occasion of 6000l. to be remitted to Portugal to-morrow night to answer credits which have or may be given there for the support of Gibraltar, and that if he will give his bills for that sum it shall be [re]paid him out of the Civil List money by 1000l. a week.
Sir Henry agrees to do it. My Lord orders (if there be no warrant or order already [drawn] proper to make the said issue upon) that a sign manual be prepared for any sum not exceeding 10,000l. for this service, in regard there may be further occasion.
Sir Henry prays payment of 12,500l. which he advanced about a month ago towards paying [subsidy] arrears due to the King of Denmark and proposes to take 8000l. out of prize money and the rest out of loans to be made by [Furnese] himself on the Malt anno 1704. My Lord [tells Sir Henry that he] will take care that the same shall be satisfied as soon as possible.
[Order for] 100l. to Col. Phil. Howard : out of secret service money.
[My Lord orders] the papers for the Queen to be abstracted.
Sir Henry Furnese offers to take tallies on the Land Tax anno 1705 for the remittances he is obliged to make, as often as ready money shall be directed for the same, for an allowance (after the rate of 5 per cent. if the tallies are struck within ..., struck through being itself written over an erasure which runs to the end of the present minute) of a month's interest after the rate of 5 per cent. over and above the running interest of 5 per cent. per an. to be assigned [to] him on the orders [of repayment], from the days only on which he gives his bills.
My Lord Treasurer agrees to this proposal. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 72.
April 3, forenoon,
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : Lord Treasurer.
Ordered that Sir Thomas Littleton [Treasurer of the Navy] do take up 52,0001l. at an interest of 5 per cent. on the Land Tax tallies anno 1705 in his hands ; the said interest to commence from the time he receives [borrows] the money : and my Lord will endorse the orders [for interest] accordingly : out of which sum there is to be applied as follows :
£ s. d.
to the Victualling, for bills of exchange, Necessary and Extra-necessary Money to pursers, short allowance to seamen and contingencies, according to a memorial of the Victuallers of March 28 last 20000 0 0
to be paid over to Walter Whitfeild, Paymaster of the Marines, on account of subsistence from Feb. 24 last for such of the marines as are still on shore 4000 0 0
to Walter Whitfeild for offreckonings to several Companies [of Marines] according to the Establishment and muster rolls as in [his] memorials of March 15 last (18,886l. 9s. 10d.) and March 30 last (1888l. 4s. 0d.) 20774 13 10
to same upon account of recruits at the rate of 100l. a Company to each Company of the 6 Marine Regiments, according to said Whitfeild's memorial of the 30th ult., to enable them to recruit forthwith : being part of the savings by respits 7200 0 0
£51974 13 10
The residue of 25l. 6s. 2d. is to remain in the Navy Treasurer's hands for uses to be directed.
Mr. Whitfeild is to be told that whereas he mentions in his memorials on several occasions that he is commanded by his Royal Highness [the Lord Admiral] to lay the particulars therein specified before my Lord Treasurer, my Lord is of opinion that where his Highness's pleasure is necessary to be signified to his Lordship in any matter relating to the Marine Regiments it should most properly be signified by his Highness's secretary.
A memorial of Charles Fox [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] dated March 30 last is read [and my Lord Treasurer thereupon] ordered that a sum of 34,601l. 8s. 8½d. be issued to him upon the proper orders in that behalf : out of loans to be made by [Fox] himself on the Land Tax anno 1705 : and to be applied to the following uses mentioned in his memorial :
£ s. d.
on the order for the 40,000 men
for carriages for 18 English Battalions of Foot at 200l. each which they are to provide themselves with before they can take the field 3600 0 0
for one half of 12,659l. 15s. 0d. allowed by Parliament to the General Officers and Regiments for Forage Money 6329 17 6
for a quarter of the sum allowed for pay of the General Officers 4075 12
for a quarter of the sum allowed for Contingencies 2500 0 0
on the order for Subsidies
for a quarter's subsidy to the King of Denmark to June 24 next by way of advance 9375 0 0
for half a year's subsidy to June 24 next to the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel, to be also reckoned by way of advance 5813 19 0
for half a year to the Elector of Treves to June 24 next 2906 19 6
£34601 8
On Mr. Howe's memorial of March 30 last [my Lord] ordered the issue [to said Howe as Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] of 3010l. 4s. 6d. out of money that is or shall be in the Exchequer of loans on the Land Tax anno 1705 : for the following uses :
£ s. d.
in part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons anno 1705
for levy money for 280 men to recruit the several Companies of the First Regiment of Guards [so as to increase them] from 60 to 70 private men in each Company, at 3l. a man pursuant to the royal warrant of March 20 last 840
ditto for 140 men to recruit the several Companies of the Coldstream Regiment to the same numbers, at the same rate and by the same warrant 420
ditto for 190 men to recruit the several Companies of the Royal Regiment of Fuziliers from 40 to 59 men in each Company, at the same rate and by the same warrant 570
ditto for 110 men for 2 additional Companies to the said Regiment, at the same rate by the royal warrant of March 24 last 330
for 6 months' subsistence for the Companies at Bermudas from Dec. 24 last to June 24 next 330 14 2
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men for sea service for the present year
for 61 days' subsistence for the additional Companies to Col. Handasyde's and Col. Livesay's Regiments [for sea service] to June 24 next, the said Companies being ordered to the West Indies 519 10 4
£3010 4 6
Mr. St. John [Secretary at War] desires that the levy money for the six new Regiments may be issued, in regard the commissions are [in the process of] making out and the orders [are] preparing for raising them. [My Lord Treasurer replies that] a memorial must be presented in form and he will then direct the money.
Ordered that bills [of exchange] be sent by this night's post for a quarter of the 200,000 Crowns payable by her Majesty to the King of Prussia towards maintaining 8000 men sent to the succour of the Duke of Savoy : [and is] for one year : and as soon as the privy seal for that purpose is passed my Lord will issue the value out of loans to be made on the Land Tax anno 1705.
A list of the French pensioners on the Irish Establishment is to be copied for my Lord. Treasury Minute Book XV, pp. 73-5.
April 5, forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Fox [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] is called in. His memorial is read for levy money for 6 new Regiments of Foot to serve at sea, amounting to 10,872l. My Lord ordered 5000l. in part thereof : out of loans on Low Wines anno 1705.
Order for 125l. to be issued to Visct. FitzHardinge : out of the late King's arrears [of Civil List revenue] : and is to satisfy what is due to said Viscount at the Exchequer on his salary to Xmas 1701 as Keeper of the Mall.
[My Lord ordered] 12,000l. to be issued to Mr. Fox on the proper [or relative] order : out of loans to be made by himself on the Land Tax anno 1705 : and is to satisfy one fourth part of her Majesty's proportion of 300,000 Crowns to the King of Prussia pursuant to the late Treaty [of 28 Nov. 1704, see C.J. XIV, pp. 501-2].
Mr. Brewer, Receiver General of Prizes, is called in. My Lord Treasurer acquaints him that twill be a service to the public if he can immediately pay into the Exchequer 8000l. on account of the Queen's share of prizes and if he has not so much in his hands at present my Lord will take care that if he shall want any part thereof before he receive so much prize money as will make it good, the same shall upon signification from Mr. Brewer be immediately supplied him out of the Civil List money.
[My Lord orders] 10l. to Barbara Curtis : out of Secret Service money : as royal bounty in consideration of the loss of a cable and other tackle belonging to a vessel of hers at Seaford taken away by the French.
likewise 50l. to Henry Killigrew : out of Secret Service money : as royal bounty.
likewise 1036l. 9s. 10¾d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber for a quarter's wages to the servants abovestairs [sic for below stairs] who are appointed to attend her Majesty to Newmarket [viz. for the quarter] due at Lady day 1705 according to a list signed by Sir John Stanley. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 76.
April 7, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord signs a] letter [of direction] to issue 8000l. to Mr. Fox [Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] out of the Queen's share of prizes, on the order in his name for 25,000l. for arrears of subsidy to the King of Denmark due before Xmas 1704.
[likewise a like] letter for 12,000l. to said Fox out of loans to be made by Fox himself on the Land Tax anno 1705 : towards satisfying her Majesty's quota of 300,000 Crowns agreed to be paid to the King of Prussia for one year for 8000 men sent to the succour of the Duke of Savoy. This is to be issued on an order for 50,000l. for this purpose.
[likewise a like] letter for 6000l. to said Fox on an order in his name for 10,000l. for extraordinary charges and disbursements relating to the defence of Gibraltar : to be issued out of Civil List funds by 1000l. this day and 1000l. a week in the 5 subsequent weeks.
[likewise a like] letter for 5000l. to said Fox out of loans in the Exchequer on Low Wines &c. anno 1705 : and is in part of a memorial for 10,872l. for levy money for 6 new Regiments at the rate of 3l. a man.
Sir Thomas Littleton [Treasurer of the Navy] presents a letter from the Navy Commissioners desiring 50,000l. for carrying on the payments of wages at the Nore and Spithead. My Lord ordered that Sir Thomas do take up [borrow] 48,000l. at an interest of 5 per cent. per an. on the Land Tax tallies in his hands anno 1705 ; the said interest to commence from the time he receives the money [from the lenders] and my Lord will endorse the orders [to make them bear interest] accordingly : which said sum of 48,000l. is to be applied to the payment of wages as above. Ibid., p. 77.
April 25, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My Lord Treasurer hath received the Queen's pleasure that the pay of the Earl of Peterborough as Captain General of the Land Forces to serve on board the Fleet, or so much as the said pay shall amount unto, shall be continued and paid unto him or those claiming under him until Xmas 1705 although he should [happen to] sooner die in her Majesty's service. Write to Mr. St. John [Secretary at War] to prepare a warrant accordingly.
[My Lord ordered] 5872l. to Mr. Fox : out of Low Wines : to complete 10,872l. for levy money for 6 Regiments of Foot [to be raised] in lieu of those which are to serve on board the Fleet : as per Mr. Pauncefoot's memorial of this day.
Prepare orders for issuing to the Navy and the Forces the contribution money for purchasing all the Reversionary Annuities not purchased already [under the Act 3-4 Anne c. 2]. Ibid., p. 78.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present : ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their papers are read and answered [and my Lord Treasurer's answers or minutes of decision thereon are endorsed on them].
[My Lord orders] 10,000l. to the Paymaster of the Ordnance for sea service [of the Office of Ordnance] : out of loans on Land Tax anno 1705.
The Attorney General comes in. Several papers are read and answered [and the minutes of my Lord's decisions or answers are endorsed thereon]. Ibid.
April 27, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[Send word] to the Agents [for Taxes] to be here on Monday morning with an account of what is paid off on the last year's Land Tax.
The officers of the Exchequer are to be here then about Presgrave's Information.
[My Lord orders] 50,000l. [to the Treasurer of the Navy] out of loans in the Exchequer : and is in further part of 3 months for the Victualling.
Mr. Fox is [to be desired] to raise money at 6 per cent. interest [wherever he can] on the tallies for 75,500l. on the Low Wine Act [3-4 Anne c. 18] and on the 50,000l. tallies on the Two Thirds Subsidy [3-4 Anne c. 3].
[My Lord Treasurer will consider] the Earl of Ranelagh's memorial on Monday morning. Ibid., p. 79.
April 30, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer.
The officers of the Exchequer are called in. Mr. Presgrave's affidavit is read. My Lord Treasurer admonishes them to be very careful for the future in locking up the cash according to the orders. Send to Presgrave to come hither.
Order for the issue to Mr. How [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] of 19,272l. 6s. 8d. out of loans on the Land Tax ; as by his memorial signed by Mr. Merrit. Ibid., p. 80.