Minute Book
May 1706


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'Minute Book: May 1706', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 20: 1705-1706 (1952), pp. 72-79. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=84799 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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May 1706

May 2, forenoon Present : Lord Treasurer.
Papers are read and [my Lord's] answers taken [thereon are margined or endorsed] on them.
[Send a] letter to Mr. St. John to prepare a [royal] warrant for paying to Brigadier Shrimpton 500l. as a mark of her Majesty's royal bounty for extraordinary services and expenses at Gibraltar.
[My Lord orders] 500l. to Mr. Borret for [Crown] law charges.
Ibid., p. 221.
May 3, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Send to Mr. Wilcox to acquaint my Lord Treasurer with the quantity and values of the pales taken down in Hyde Park which are desired by Mr. Portman. Ibid., p. 222.
May 6, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Mr. How delivers in his account for the year 1705 [as Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons : which my Lord Treasurer] referred to Auditor Harley.
The Victualling Commissioners are to attend on Thursday afternoon. Ibid., p. 223.
May 8, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills are to attend on Friday morning next.
The Victualling Commissioners are put off till Friday afternoon next.
[My Lord Treasurer] orders the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance to cause the tallies in the Ordnance Treasurer's hands on the Two Thirds Subsidy to be disposed of [to be deposited as security for loans] and the interest to be allowed from the time the money is advanced ; and to signify to my Lord when they shall have gotten money upon the said tallies "and for what uses you desire the same may be directed."
Mr. Dod and Mr. Waters to attend on Friday morning.
The [Principal] Officers of the Works to attend on Friday morning.
Mr. Cartwright to attend on Friday morning about the West India Regiments.
[Send] to the Deputy Chamberlains of the Exchequer for an account of the Standard Weights and Measures in their custody. Also to the [Principal] officers of the Mint for a certificate of the Standard of our gold and silver coins with respect to weight and fineness and the Standard of the plate for fineness and the verdict of the Jury at the last Trial of the Pyx. Ibid., p. 224.
May 10, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
The Trustees for Circulating Exchequer Bills are called in and their memorial is read. They propose that a new Contract [for circulating] be made and that 150,000l. subscription at 1 per cent. will be sufficient to maintain the credit of them. My Lord approves thereof and directs them to prepare a new contract accordingly and that they give the like publication as usual.
My Lord orders 3500l. out of the Contribution money (as soon as it comes in) for the premium etc. of last year's [Circulating] Contract and refers their [the said Trustees'] account of incidents to the auditor. My Lord approves of their salaries for the ensuing year as for the last [year] and also of their officers, amounting in all to 1300l.
The Victualling Commissioners are called in. My Lord asks what progress has been made in the Victualling accounts since the addition of Commissioners for that purpose. Mr. Tilghman says that they have examined the petty bills and have made returns thereof to the Navy Commissioners and answered all their queries relating to Mr. Papillon's accounts and that they are now ready to proceed on Mr. Sturt's account. My Lord observes that what the Commissioners have done relates only to the [Navy] Treasurer's accounts and not to the particular accounts of the Agents for the Victualling and pursers etc. Mr. Colby says no : those accounts are no forwarder than they were some years ago. My Lord directs them to proceed with all the despatch they can on the accounts of the Agents etc. that so people may not be set causelessly in super in the [Navy] Treasurer's accounts.
My Lord tells them that he thinks twill be for the credit of their office to cause the interest of the Victualling bills to be paid [at the same time] with the principal. Mr. Colby, Mr. Vincent and Mr. Tilghman are of the same opinion. My Lord then asks why it has not all along been done. They say their warrant was to allow and pay interest on the Victualling bills in the same manner as was practised in the Navy, which is the method they have hitherto used.
My Lord orders that from this day on all bills that shall be made out by the Commissioners for Victualling on any contracts or for any uses whatsoever that are to carry interest according to the usage of the Victualling, the said interest shall be computed and paid at the same time with the principal.
The [Principal] Officers of the Works are called in. My Lord tells them there are three persons, Mr. Hopson, Mr. Fort and Mr. Swalwell, petitioners for the place of Master Joiner. My Lord says Mr. Hopson as he, my Lord, is informed has a place of good profit already in the Works. Sir Christopher Wren says he is Purveyor but that the said place [of Purveyor] doth not interfere with this office [of master Joiner] ; that he is very excellent in his art and has a great stock and every way qualified for the employment.
My Lord says the Queen had a mind to be satisfied whether there was any impediment from the office which Mr. Hopson already has, to his being appointed Master Joiner : and now his Lordship has spoken with them he will represent what they say to her Majesty who is inclined to give it to Mr. Hopson. Treasury Minute Book XV, pp. 225-6.
May 11, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Letter of direction for] 1000l. to Mr. Lowndes on the order in his name for secret service.
[Same for] 10,000l. to the Navy Treasurer for the Victualling, to wit for bills of exchange etc. : to be issued out of loans on Malt anno 1706.
[Same for the following] issues to Mr. Brydges on a memorial of Capt. Cartwright of this day's date : out of annuity Contribution money in the Exchequer viz.
£ s. d.
in part of 250,000l. for prosecuting the successes in Spain anno 1706
for satisfying 2 bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Methuen at Lisbon April 19 last for 24,000 milreis payable to Sir Henry Furnese at 6s. 0½d. per milrei 7250 0 0
for a bill of exchange drawn by Mr. Langhorne at Genoa March 27 last for 800 pieces of Eight at 58½ per piece payable to John Skinner 195 0 0
for another bill drawn by same the same day for 700 pieces of Eight payable to same 170 12 6
£7810 12 6
in part of 10,000l. for extraordinary charges relating to the defence of Gibraltar
to pay a bill of exchange drawn by Ambassador Methuen at Lisbon April 19 last for 10,000 milreis at 6s. 0½d. payable to Sir H. Furnese 3020 16 8
in part of 886,223l. 18s. 6d. for the 40,000 men anno 1706
for offreckonings for the Subject Troops of this body from 24 Dec. last to Feb. 23 last 8668 11
for clearings to ditto for same time 7541 16
£16210 8 4
in part of 177511l. 3s. 6d. for the additional 10,000 men in Holland anno 1706
for offreckonings for the Subject Troops of this body for the above time 1417 9 11¼
for clearings to ditto for same time 910 12
£2328 2 0
in part of 222,379l. 5s. 10d. for the 10,200 men in Portugal anno 1706
for offreckonings for Major General Harvey's Regiment of Horse, Earl of Portmore's, Lieut. Gen. Stewart's, Brigadier Blood's, Col. Wade's and Brig. Brudenell's Regiments of Foot for 61 days from Dec. 24 last to Feb. 22 last and for Col. Hill's from Dec. 24 to Feb. 24 2603 5 0
for clearings to ditto for same time 2084 19 6
£4688 4 6
on the order for 250,000l. for prosecuting the successes in Catalonia anno 1706
for offreckonings for the Regiments of Foot of Lieut. Gen. Hara, Bretton, Sir Cha. Hotham and Col. Soams, for 63 days from Dec. 24 last to Feb. 24 last 1412 8 6
for clearings to ditto for same time 1129 16 6
£2542 5 0
But at the same time that the aforementioned sums now directed to be paid out of [annuity] Contribution Money in the Exchequer for offreckonings shall be received by the clothiers they are to be paid what remains due to them for the clothing of last year out of the orders for reversionary annuities in the [Army] Paymaster's hands for that year's service.
[The items in the above minutes are detailed in 2 letters of direction of May 11 and May 21. Disposition Book XVIII, pp. 117, 122. The former of these 2 letters contains a further item of 4608l. not authorised by this minute.
Another memorial of Capt. Cartwright is read representing that Sir Theodore Janssen, pursuant to his agreements, did give 2 bills of exchange for 4 months' subsidy to the Duke of Savoy, to wit one for 106,6662/3 Crowns at 59½ per Crown dated 12 April last and the other for the like sum and at the same rate dated 26 April which carries the said subsidy to 3 Dec. next : and [Cartwright] prays direction for satisfying the same, amounting to 52,888l. 17s. 8d., by applying 25,000l. in tallies on Malt anno 1706 and that the residue (being 27,888l. 17s. 8d.) may be issued on the order in Mr. Brydges' name for subsidies anno 1706.
My Lord directs that the said 25,000l. be assigned to Sir Theodore in part of the said 52,888l. 17s. 8d. at an [allowance of] interest of 4 per cent. per an. only from the time he gave his bills, in regard that since he made his agreements the exchange in Italy has proved more favourable than was expected : and that the remainder be issued out of loans to be made on the same [fund of the Malt Duties] after [satisfaction of] the loans already charged thereon.
Memorandum : Sir Theodore at his last attendance offered to take the tallies in the Paymaster's hands on Low Wines as part [repayment] of what he should remit to Savoy provided the interest were allowed from the day he gave his bills : which my Lord Treasurer approved of, to the amount of 18,158l. 2s. 6d. in principal money : so that the like sum of the tallies now to be struck on Malt are to be applied to the services for which the said Low Wine tallies were struck.
Sir Henry Furnese is called in. He presents a memorial dated the 10th inst. shewing that pursuant to a minute of 1704 July 31 he provided for the use of her Majesty's Forces in Portugal 3000 pairs of shoes, 3000 pairs of stockings, 3000 shirts and 3000 neck cloths at 9s. 6d. making together 1425l. : which were delivered to the Earl of Galway. He therefore prays payment of said sum. My Lord Treasurer orders that Mr. [Capt.] Cartwright do make [application for money for same in his weekly] memorial as soon as any account is produced from my Lord Galway or the Commissary of the Provisions in Portugal that the same have been received into her Majesty's stores for the use of her Forces there : and Mr. Morrice to have notice thereof to the end due care may be taken for deducting the value according to the said account from the Regiments who shall receive the said small clothing.
A draft of a new contract with Sir Henry Furnese for the remittances to Holland [is ordered by my Lord] to be drawn with a blank for his allowance for commission and risk of bills.
[My Lord directs] 3000l. on the order for the buildings at Woodstock. Treasury Minute Book XV, pp. 227-230.
May 17, afternoon. Present : Lord Treasurer . . . ; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Excise Commissioners are called in : and a paper of Mr. Newman is read. Mr. Newman is called in and is told that the Excise Commissioners are ready to give him an orderly meeting when and where he pleases in order to receive his propositions for improving the revenues of Excise, particularly that branch arising by the distillery. He desires it may be at the Crown behind the Exchange at 5 of the clock to-morrow in the afternoon.
[My Lord orders] a warrant to be drawn for what is due to the Vice Chamberlain of the Household.
[Likewise] a warrant for another quarter of the arrear to the Lord Stamford as soon as any arrears of the late King's Civil List money [come] in the Exchequer.
[Likewise] 100l. to the Paymaster of the Works for repairing the roof of the buildings in Cotton House where the library is kept.
[Likewise] 500l. to the Cofferer [of the Household] for defraying the weekly charge of entertaining the Morocco Ambassador. Ibid., p. 231.
May 20, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
Mr. Howe [Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] is called in and his memorial is read. [Thereupon my Lord Treasurer] ordered that on the tallies [put] in his [Mr. Howe's] hands [Feb. 22 last] on Malt anno 1706 he may raise the sum of 14,952l. 5s. 3d. at an interest of 4½ per cent. as there shall be occasion ; and [that he] apply the same as follows :
£ s. d.
for the Guards and Garrisons anno 1706
for 33 days' subsistence from May 23 to June 24 next 9781 9 0
for 59 days' clearings for Col. Carpenter's and the Earl of Essex's Dragoons from Feb. 25 last to April 24 last 1293 1 4
for the 5000 men for sea service anno 1706
for the like subsistence for the Regiments of Brigadier Mordaunt, Lieut. Gen. Erle and Lord Paston 2609 1 3
the like for Col. Livesay's and Col. Whetham's additional Companies 268 13 8
on account of subsistence for Col. Livesay's 10 Companies and Col. Whetham's additional men 1000 0 0
£14952 5 3
[My Lord directs] 5000l. to the Great Wardrobe.
[Likewise] 15,473l. 19s. 3d. to Mr. Brydges [Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] on the order in his name for 10,210 men in Portugal for the year 1706 : out of loans to be made by [Mr. Brydges] himself on Malt anno 1706 : for which loans the orders are to be drawn without interest and to remain in the hands of the said Paymaster [Brydges] for such services of this body as shall be directed. Ibid., p. 232.
May 24, afternoon. Present : Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Cartwright's memorial of this day's date is read. [Thereupon my Lord Treasurer] ordered that Mr. Brydges do apply the sum of 73,061l. 2s. 1d. out of the tallies in his hands on Malt anno 1706 to the uses following viz.
£ s. d.
in further part of 886,223l. 18s. 6d. for the 40,000 men anno 1706
for 31 days' subsistence for the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Forces composing this body from July 24 next to Aug. 23 next 60893 8 9
in further part of 177,511l. 3s. 6d. for the 10,000 additional men anno 1706
for the like subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreign Forces composing this body 12167 13 4
£73061 2 1
[My Lord desires] Sir Henry Furnese to give his bills for this remittance to go by this night's post and [promises that he is] to be allowed interest on the tallies at 4½ per cent. from the date of his bills.
When the several reports of the Attorney General, the Customs Commissioners and the Salt Commissioners are come my Lord will send to Mr. Townsend, Mr. Ryley and some others of the Commissioners of Excise who had formerly the management of the Salt Duties and consult them thereupon.
The Board of Ordnance to be here next Tuesday morning at 10 of the clock.
Mr. Crawley to attend next Wednesday morning at 9 of the clock.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 3000l. on the order for the buildings at Woodstock.
[Likewise] 3685l. 13s. 0d. to be issued to Mr. Brydges on his unsatisfied order for 250,000l. for prosecuting the successes in Spain ; being for subsistence of Sir Cha. Hotham's and Col. Soams' Regiments of Foot for 2 months from 24 April 1706 to 23 June following.
[My Lord orders a] letter [of direction for issues out of Civil List money for in all] 5148l. 12s. 6¾d. to Mr. Shales et al. Treasury Minute Book XV, p. 233.
May 29, forenoon. Present : Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 3950l. for last Easter term to the Judges et al.
[Write to the gentlemen of the] East India Company to attend next Tuesday morning about the debt owing to them by the Ordnance for saltpetre.
[Write the Principal] Officers of the Ordnance to prepare a memorial for my Lord to offer to the [Privy] Council for an order for paying for 10,000 arms bought in Holland and that [such memorial] should propose that the order should mention to whose hands the same should be delivered to be accounted for.
[Write] Mr. Cartwright to attend next Tuesday morning about the money paid for the 10,000 small arms bought for her Majesty's service in Holland which he charges at 10 guilders 10 stivers whereas my Lord thinks the exchange was higher and ought to be accounted for more to the public advantage.
[My Lord directs] 2000l. to Mr. Howe : out of prize money.
Mr. Weston and the [Assessment] Commissioners [for co. Surrey] that complain of him are to be heard this day fortnight in the forenoon. Give notice to them accordingly and send to Mr. Weston a copy of the complaint.
Mr. Crawley to be here on Friday morning.
[My Lord orders payment of] 200l. out of secret service money to Mr. Eyres.
[My Lord directs] 5000l. to the Cofferer [of the Household] in part of last Lady day quarter. Ibid., p. 234.
May 31, forenoon. Present : ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 1000l. to Mr. Brydges on the order for the 10,200 men on the Portugal Establishment, upon account of levy money and subsistence for the recruits "he" is raising in lieu of the men delivered by "him" to Col. Peirce by order of the Earl of Peterborough.
Issue to Mr. Brydges (on the order in his name for the 250,000l. for the service of the King of Spain) so much out of loans to be made by himself on the Land Tax anno 1706 as will fill up the 1,850,000l. authorised by Parliament to be borrowed on that fund : which sum together with — of the last tallies in course in his hands on that fund are to be applied to satisfying Mr. Harnage and Mr. Churchill for [clothing &c. sent to Portugal].
[My Lord directs] 9375l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges on the order in his name for subsidies to her Majesty's Allies anno 1706 : out of loans to be made by Sir Henry Furnese on credit of Malt Duties anno 1706 : the same being intended for 3 months' subsidy to the King of Denmark from March 15 last : to wit for the value of 37,500 Rix Dollars, Bank money of Hamburg at 5s. each. Ibid., p. 235.