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February 1706

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'Minute Book: February 1706', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20: 1705-1706 (1952), pp. 57-62. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84796 Date accessed: 22 July 2014.


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February 1706

February 1, afternoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer orders] 3000l. for the works at Woodstock.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their report of this day's date concerning the wine merchants is read. The Minutes taken by the Secretary of the Customs 29 Jan. 1700-1 are read concerning the wine merchants.
Mr. Holt is called in. He'll come again this day week.
The Commissioners' presentments of Nov. 22 last and Dec. 13 last are read concerning the arrears of Coal Duty. Mr. Holt says he will give a particular answer to each.
The wine merchants and tobacco merchants are called in. A long paper of the wine merchants is read, not signed. Sir Samuell Shepherd says about 200,000l. is standing out on bonds for wine, tobacco &c. and if a limited time were set [for the bondees] to pay without interest he does not doubt but the money will be paid. Mr. Clayton [speaks] to the like purpose. And they are willing to submit to a clause to pay interest for the future in case the bonds be not satisfied or discharged at the times limited in the conditions of the bonds.
The merchants withdraw and will prepare a draft of a clause [for Parliament to grant such time allowance].
The Counsel for Mr. Thomas Whitley is called in with the Agents for Taxes. The affidavit of Lady Mainwaring is read. [My Lord Treasurer] re-refers the papers to the Agents for Taxes together with that affidavit.
Write to the Secretary of State to amend the errors in Lady Wood's privy seal. Ibid., p. 186.
Feb. 4, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Sir Henry Furnese proposes to furnish a quantity of pieces of Eight, viz. Pillar [dollars] and Mexico [dollars], to the value of 31,000l. as follows viz. half to be paid here, the other half to be delivered at Lisbon, all in weighty pieces of Eight, Pillar and Mexico : the whole at 59 pence per piece of Eight : and to receive in repayment for the same, tallies and orders for 2000l. a year on the Annuities for 99 years.
My Lord Treasurer agrees to this proposal at 58 pence per piece of Eight and Sir Henry to have interest from the time he delivers the money to the day in which the Annuity Act passes.
Issue 38,967l. 1s. 1d. to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] for services as follows : out of loans to be made by Sir Henry Furnese on the Land Tax anno 1706 : viz.
£ s. d.
on the order for subsidies to the Allies
for the King of Portugal in further part of the subsidy for the 13,000 men to be maintained by him and is upon account of the 2 months from May 3 1706 to July 3 following 21822 10 0
on the order for 250,000l. for Catalonia
for the King of Spain in further part of 103,530l. payable to him and is to answer to Sir Henry Furnese the value of sundry foreign coins to be sent to Catalonia for the said King's use, together with said Furnese' commission thereon : viz. 14,623l. 18s. 1d. for 60,000 pieces of Eight weighing 51,900 ounces at 5s. 75/8d. ; and 1750l. for 2000 French and Spanish Pistoles at 17s. 6d. each ; and 676l. 17s. 6d. for 475 Portugal Crusados at 28s. 6d. per piece, the whole computed to make 772 Pistoles ; and 93l. 15s. 6d. for commission to the said Sir Henry Furnese at 11s. per 100l. 17144 11 1
£38967 1 1
Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 187.
Feb. 6, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My Lord Treasurer agrees to the proposal of Sir Theodore Janssen to remit 106,6662/3 Crowns of 82 sous, money of Piedmont, at 59d. English [per Crown] amounting to 26,222l. 4s. 4d. : which my Lord prefers to another proposal made at 58d. because the service is of so much consequence that it doth [will] not admit of any uncertainty in the remittance.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in. On [reading] Mr. How's memorial [for money for the Guards and Garrisons my Lord Treasurer orders the issue of the following sums] viz.
29,057l. 14s. 7½d. for the year 1705 out of money and tallies in his [Mr. How's] hands.
10,741l. 9s. 1d. for subsistence to the Guards to Feb. 24 inst. and
4469l. 8s. 0d. for subsistence of the Battalion of Guards in Holland and Portugal to the same day : out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1706.
11,283l. 16s. 5d. in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 additional men for sea service anno 1706 : out of ditto.
The Lord Treasurer agrees to his [Mr. Howe's] proposed distribution (as in his [present] memorial) of the 15,000l. in Reversionary Annuities.
Prepare the contracts for bread and bread waggons as last year.
When the winter quarters are adjusted for the Luneburg Troops the same must be allowed.
The Comptrollers of Army Accounts are to be at the Lord Treasurer's house on Friday morning upon Mr. How's report about the offreckonings of the First Troop of Guards. Ibid., p. 188.
Feb. 8, forenoon.
at my Lord Treasurer's house.
Present : ut supra.
Mr. Howe [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] and the Comptrollers of the Army [Accounts] are called in. Mr. Howe's report on the memorial of the three Troops of Guards is read and thereupon my Lord Treasurer agrees that the money in Mr. Howe's hands on account of a deduction for offreckonings shall be paid in the usual manner by way of clearings to the said Troops.
[My Lord directs] 1000l. to Lady Waldegrave. Ibid., p. 189.
Feb. 11, forenoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : ut supra.
[Write] the Navy Commissioners and Victualling Commissioners to attend my Lord this day week about paying the interest of the bills made out by the said Commissioners respectively when the principal is paid.
[Write] Sir H. Furnese to be here tomorrow morning. Likewise Mr. Pauncefort. Ibid., p. 190.
Feb. 12, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The report of Mr. Wilcox dated Jan. 21 last on the memorial of Mr. Foley is read and Mr. Foley's answer. My Lord orders that Mr. Wilcox prepare the draft of a contract [for cord wood in Dean Forest] upon the said memorial.
My Lord orders that Sir Thomas Littleton do dispose of 100,000l. of the tallies on the Land Tax anno 1706 lately put into his hands to such persons as will advance [money on] the same. The interest thereupon is to commence from the time of advancing. The said 100,000l. is to be applied to the services following viz. 80,000l. for wages to ships now fitting out to sea and 20,000l. for the Victualling, to wit for paying bills of exchange, Necessary Money and Extra Necessary Money, Short Allowance [Money] and other Contingencies.
Ordered that 100,000l. be issued to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans to be made by himself on the first part of the Malt Duties for the service of the year 1706 as soon as the Act (fn. 1) passes : to be reserved in his hands for such uses of the Navy or Victualling as shall be directed. The orders for the said loans are by agreement to be drawn without interest.
My Lord is pleased to direct that out of the abovesaid 80,000l. intended for wages 20,000l. be paid over to Mr. Whitfeild upon account for the Marines. Ibid., p. 191.
Feb. 15, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Sir Theodore Janssen is called in and presents a proposal for remitting money to Geneva : to wit 66,6662/3 Crowns at 58¼ [pence sterling] per Crown payable at 2 months and to receive the money [in repayment by instalments] in 4 weeks, viz. each week one fourth part, being 16,180l 11s. 0d.
Upon consideration thereof the Lord Treasurer is pleased to agree to same and directs that Sir Theodore do give his bills to Mr. Brydges for the said sum to be sent by this night's post to Monsieur Darsiliers, her Majesty's Resident at Geneva, being for particular service relating to the war in Italy. Ibid., p. 192.
Feb. 18. forenoon. Present : ut supra.
My Lord Treasurer directs the issue of 145,601l. 6s. 6½d. for the uses following : out of loans to be made by the respective Treasurers and Paymasters concerned as follows, on credit of the Two Thirds Subsidy anno 1705 [3-4 Anne c. 3] : viz.
£ s. d.
to Mr. Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, for the King of Prussia for the 8000 men sent to the assistance of the Duke of Savoy anno 1705 7630 0 0
to ditto for account of the 40,000 men anno 1705 6594 15
to ditto for the additional 10,000 men anno 1705 10506 17
to ditto for account of the 10,200 men in Portugal anno 1705 5000 0 0
(the total of the above 4 items being 29,731l. 1s. 8½d.)
to Sir Thomas Littleton, Treasurer of the Navy, for wages to seamen 37405 0 0
to ditto more for the Victualling 10264 5
(the total of these 2 items being 47,669l. 5s. 6½d.)
to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer of the Ordnance, for sea services of the Ordnance 25407 11
to ditto for land services of same 20000 0 0
(the total of the above 2 items being 45,407l. 11s. 5½d.)
to James Brydges more in full of an arrear of subsidy of 180,000 Crowns owing to Prussia according to a vote of the House of Commons of 1697-8 Feb. 11 (fn. 2) 22792 16 10
£145601 6
The orders for all the above loans, except for the 22,792l. 16s. 10d. for the debt to Prussia, are to be drawn without interest ; but interest at 6 per cent. is to commence for the said 22,792l. 16s. 10d. from the time of lending the same, "being to be delivered over to the King of Prussia's Ambassador here for his [Prussian] Majesty's use."
Issue to Mr. Brydges out of loans [in the Exchequer] on Malt anno 1706 [by 4-5 Anne c. 17] the sum of 26,222l. 4s. 4d. for the value of 106,6662/3 Crowns remitted by Sir Theodore Janssen to the Duke of Savoy at [in Crowns of] 82 sols money of Piedmont at the exchange rate of 59 pence English per Crown as by the agreement of Feb. 6 inst. supra p. 58 : to be issued as in part of the order for subsidies to the Allies [anno 1706].
[Issue to Mr. Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] 1204l. 19s. 0d. out of any unappropriated money : to pay the out-pensioners of Chelsea Hospital the other moiety of their arrears between 1701-2 March 9 and 1704-5 Feb. 24.
Issue 31,000l. to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] : out of Contributions for annuities [anno 1706] : to be as in part of his order for 250,000l. for Catalonia : and is to pay Sir Henry Furnesc for the value of pieces of Eight delivered here and at Lisbon at 58d. each as by the agreement of Feb. 4 inst. supra p. 57.
Likewise 23,068l. 3s. 6d. to same out of same : to pay bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Hill : on the order for said 250,000l. for Catalonia.
Issue 50,000l. to Mr. How [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] : in tallies on Malt without interest : to be as in part of his order for Guards and Garrisons anno 1706.
And 50,000l. to Mr. Brydges in like tallies on the order for the 40,000 men anno 1706. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 193.
Feb. 19, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Issue] 13,211l. 3s. 0d. on Mr. Howe's memorial of this day [for Guards and Garrisons] : to be paid out of loans on Malt anno 1706.
[Issue to Sir Thomas Littleton, Treasurer of the Navy] 163,473l. for the Course of the Navy for November and December 1704 and January 1704-5 : and 127,485l. 9s. 5d. for the Course of the Victualling for the same months : [both sums] to be paid out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706.
[Issue] 45,000l. on Mr. Brydges' memorial of this day : to be for subs[idies] to the Allies : to be paid out of Contributions for annuities [anno 1706].
Desire some of the [Directors of the] Bank to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 194.
Feb. 20. forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[Issue] 587l. 16s. 9d. to Cha. Mason, Paymaster of the Transports, for so much due to Mr. Dummer on his contract for the passage of soldiers to the West Indies belonging to Handasyde's Regiment : to be issued out of loans [in the Exchequer] on Malt anno 1706.
Issue to the Treasurer of the Navy 40,479l. 18s. 0d. [out of Contributions for annuities] : to be paid over to Mr. Whitfeild, Paymaster of the Marines : whereof 32,479l. 18s. 0d. is for offreckonings and clearings and 8000l. is on account of subsistence [to the Marines]. Ibid., p. 195.
Feb. 22. forenoon.
at my Lord Treasurer's house at St. James's.
Present : ut supra.
[Issue] 92,000l. to Sir T. Littleton [Treasurer of the Navy] out of money in the Exchequer of the funds for the year 1706 : to be issued upon any unsatisfied order in his name for the service of the Navy : and to be applied as follows viz. 90,000l. to the head of Wages, and 2000l. to the head of Wear and Tear, [the latter sum] being intended for Mr. Gould and Mr. Hall on their contract for pitch and tar.
[Issue] 60,000l. to Harry Mordaunt, Treasurer of the Ordnance, out of funds anno 1706 ut supra : on any unsatisfied order in his name for the service of the Ordnance : half thereof for land service and half for sea service of his Office.
Enquire of the Customs Commissioners at their attendance [at the Treasury] next Monday how much [Customs Duties money] is due on the East India Company's bonds. Ibid., p. 196.
Feb. 25, afternoon.
Whitehall, Treasury Chambers.
Present : ut supra.
The Navy Commissioners and Victualling Commissioners are called in. My Lord Treasurer will consider their reasons against paying interest [along] with their bills in course when it is known to what ports (for which no provision is yet made) money is to be sent to subsist the men raised there. The money is to be imprested by the Victuallers to the Receiver General of Customs.
[My Lord] ordered 30,000l. more to the Victuallers for bills of exchange &c.
Ordered that the Prize money [realised from prizes taken] in Portugal be applied according to the Victuallers' [the Victualling Commissioners] memorial which has been read this day.
The Victualling Commissioners and Navy Commissioners go out.
The Customs Commissioners are called in : their papers are read and [my Lord's decisions or] answers are [endorsed or margined] on them. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 197.
Feb. 26, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
[My Lord Treasurer orders the issue to Mr. Brydges, Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, of] 10,322l. to be paid out of Contributions for annuities : being the remainder of the sums allowed by Parliament for recruit horses in Holland.
[Likewise] 1146l. more for additional levy money for 382 Dragoon horses at 3l. each, the computation having by mistake been made at 9l. only in the estimate laid before Parliament.
[Likewise] 1514l. and 1650l. and 148l. 2s. 6d. upon Mr. Bridge's memorial of this day for bills drawn by the Earl of Peterborough, Mr. Hill and Mr. Langhorne : to be similarly paid out of Contributions for annuities.
The letter to Mr. Bridges for paying 20,473l. 15s. 0d. to Mr. Mason for Transport service is read and approved.
Issue 1380l. 5s. 11d. to Mr. Brydges on the order in his name for 100,000l. for such extraordinary services relating to the war as are not provided for by the Acts of the present Session of Parliament : to be issued out of Civil List money : and is intended to be remitted to Mr. Sweet and to be by him paid over to such person as shall be authorised by the States General in that behalf, as in satisfaction for the balance of an account between England and Holland relating to the Cevennois ended Sept. 1 last, being 14,631 guilders 3 stivers at the exchange rate of 10 guilders 12 stivers to the pound sterling. Ibid., p. 198.
Feb. 27. Present : ut supra.
[Issue] 500l. on the order in Mr. Lowndes's name : for secret service.
[Order for] 10,000l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges on his order for 250,000l. for prosecuting the successes in Spain ; to be applied toward the charge of the clothing sent there by Mr. Churchill and Mr. Harnage for the Spanish Forces.
Mr. Foley and Mr. Wilcox are called in. Mr. Foley is to have [an agreement for] 8000 cords in Dean Forest yearly for 6 years at 6s. per cord for thorny wood and 6s. 6d. per cord for the better wood and if in any year more be cut than 12,000 cords Mr. Foley is also to have two thirds of the overplus above the said 12,000 cords at the same rate.
On Mr. Bridges' memorial of the 19th inst. [my Lord directed the issue to him of] 47,500l. out of loans on the Malt Act [anno 1706] pursuant to a royal warrant : [to be payable] to the order of Prince Eugene for service of the war in Italy : and is for the value of 200,000 ducats remitted by Sir Theodore Janssen at 57 pence per ducat. Ibid., p. 199.

Footnotes

1 The Act for Continuing the Duties on Malt, Mum, Cyder and Perry 4—5 Anne c. 17 finally passed the Lords on the 16th Feb. and received the royal assent on the same day. Lords Journals XVIII, p. 106.
2 C.J. XII, p. 97, 11 Feb. 1697-8. Resolved that there is due to the Elector of Brandenburg, as appears by an abstract of the Treaties for Subsidies and Payments, an arrear of subsidies to the 1st November last [1697] of 180,000 Rix dollars.