Treasury Minutes
June 1717, 3-29

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'Treasury Minutes: June 1717, 3-29', Calendar of Treasury books, Volume 31: 1717 (1960), pp. 20-25. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85395 Date accessed: 01 August 2014.


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June 1717, 3–29

June 3.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Chancellor [of the Exchequer, Stanhope], Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Mr. Chancellor [of the Exchequer] comes in and signifies his Majesty's pleasure that the three undernamed pensions be paid at the Exchequer: viz.
Lord Ross, 1,000l. per an. to commence from Michaelmas last.
Lord Byron, 600l. [per an.] from Lady day last.
Lord [Thomas Grey, Earl of] Stamford, 1,500l. [per an.] from Michaelmas last.
Prepare [royal] warrants accordingly.
The Chancellor likewise signifies his Majesty's pleasure that a [royal] warrant be prepared for 400l. per an. to Sir William Gostwick to commence from Lady day [last anno 1717] and to be payable by Mr. Clayton.
Issue 7,500l. to the French Protestants on the order for 15,000l. signed in that behalf.
Write to [Lord Lieutenant of] Ireland to [order the Government there to] repay to the Office of Ordnance [in London] the money remaining due for arms, ammunition &c. [supplied to Ireland and still remaining due] to that Office. Ibid., p. 116.
June 4.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
My Lords direct a warrant to the Auditor et al. of the Receipt to issue to John Aislabie, the Treasurer of the Navy, the sum of 28,718l. out of loans to be made by himself on credit of the Land Tax 1717: interest at 4 per cent. on the tallies and repayment orders for same is to commence from the dates [of the loan or loans]: the said sum to be applied as follows: viz.
£
to the head of Wages.
for paying Chatham and Sheerness Yards; and is to complete the sum of 80,728l. for the half year's pay to 1716 Lady day to all the Yards
21,718
to the head of Victualling.
for paying half a year's pay to the officers and labourers employed at the several ports for victualling his Majesty's Navy, to wit for 1715 Xmas quarter and 1716 Lady day quarter
7,000
£28,718
(The Treasury letter of direction hereon is dated June 5.) Ibid., p. 117. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 295.
June 5.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Chancellor [of the Exchequer, Stanhope], Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Prepare a sign manual to the Keeper of the Seal which is kept in lieu of the great seal of Scotland and to the Barons of the Exchequer [there] and all other officers concerned, not to proceed in the execution of a warrant lately signed by his Majesty in favour of John Ewing [appointing him] Chamberlain and Collector of the Feu Duties payable out of the Earl of Mortoun's estates in Orkney and Zetland.
Prepare a [royal] warrant for 300l. as of his Majesty's royal bounty to Henry Schröder [on the which of which sum] Mr. Lowther [is] to pay the [Exchequer] fees. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 118.
June 6.
Thursday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read. (fn. 1)
Petition of Drew Whotley. To be laid before the King. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Corbiere.)
Mr. Parishe's petition. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.)
Representation about Mr. Bangham. My Lords agree to the report and order his commission to be delivered. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Lowndes.)
Mr. Secretary Methuen's letter for Mr. Hall. Agreed. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.)
Several querys. Referred to the Attorney General (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen. Sent away.)
Petition of John Hopkins. Referred to the Postmaster General. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen. Taken out.)
Mr. Secretary Addison's letter about Mr. Brand. See what precedents there are of the like cases. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.)
Memorial from the Duke of Bolton. A warrant to be prepared and the memorial referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands]. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Webster.)
Memorial of Richard Martin. Allowed. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bunbury.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 1.
June 7.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
[My Lords order a letter of direction to the] Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster of the Forces] to raise the sum of 20,000l. by an absolute sale of tallies and orders for that sum on Land Tax anno 1717 at par and to negotiate the said loan at an interest after the rate of 4 per cent. from the day the sale shall be made: and to apply the money so raised to the service following: viz.
£
in part of 85,000l. voted for Half Pay Officers anno 1717.
for the said Half Pay Officers on account
20,000
(The letter of direction hereon is dated June 13.) Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 119. Disposition Book XXIII, p. 297.
June 7,
Friday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Benj[ami]n Jowells. The Navy Commissioners to send to Mr. Townsend at Portsmouth to certify the quantity of clay dug in the ground claimed by the petitioner. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.)
Dr. Briggs' and Downes' petition. To be paid by Mr. Cracherode. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.)
Memorial from the Earl of Lincoln for Half Pay. Ordered 20,000l. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.)
Ordnance [Office Board's] report on Mr. Munroe's petition. To be paid by Board of Ordnance, all but the 30l. 8s. 0d. to the Gunners. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.)
Representation of Sir Biby Lake. My Lords appoint Thursday sevennight peremptorily for hearing the parties. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Kelsall.)
Petition of the King's tenants in the manor of Bray, Co. Berks. Referred to the Surveyor General of Woods. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. King.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 2.
June 12,
Wednesday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Report [of the] Commissioners of Hackney Coaches about ‘clasues’ read. My Lords direct the first vacant licence to be given [to] the widow Gunnel. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Kelsall.) Ibid., p. 3.
June 14.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
My Lords direct [the issue of] the sum of 8,280l. 1s.d., being what remains to complete 1716 Xmas coinage [of tin in Devon and Cornwall] to be issued to Mr. Edward Elliot, Receiver and Paymaster [of tin], out of money in the Exchequer arisen by sale of tin and loans on sale of tin.
Repeat the orders to the Agents for Tin in the counties of Cornwall and Devon [viz. for them] to give my Lords an account what money is in their hands arisen by sale of tin in the country. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 120.
June 17.
Monday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
[The Crown Lands] Surveyor's report on Sir Mathew Decker's petition for renewing a lease. Agreed. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 4.
June 18.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
Write to the Commissioners of Customs in Scotland to send my Lords a list of the collectors and tidesurveyors employed under them, with the character of each officer as to his skill and ability in executing his office.
Upon hearing the Countess of Dorchester and Lady Letitia Russell upon the subject matter of the account transmitted by the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland of the money remaining in the hands of the said Countess's agent applicable to an annuity [of] 600l. granted to the said Lady Russel out of the rent of 1,500l. per an. reserved on the grant made to the said Countess of certain quit rents in Ireland, my Lords do direct the Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland to hear all the parties and all the officers that are or have been employed in the collecting or receiving the quit rents granted [by James II] to the Lady Dorchester under the rent of 1,500l. per an. out of which a grant of 600l. per an. was made to Lady Letitia Russel, and to state the account as it appears to them upon the hearing, as well as [of] what money arising by the said rents above the 3,500l. per an. (which the Lady Dorchester is entitled to receive) remains in the hands of her agents or the collectors or tenants of those rents respectively. Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 121.
June 18,
Tuesday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Report [from the] Comptrollers of Army Accounts on Mr. Conduit's demand. The principal [is] to be paid and his demand for interest [is] to be further considered. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.)
Lady Dorchester's memorial. Commissioners of the Revenue in Ireland to hear all parties concerned and state the account as it appears to them. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 5.
June 19.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Michlethwaite.
Issue 40,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of loans to be made by himself on credit of the Land Tax anno 1717 [by an absolute sale of the tallies and orders for same at par, the loan for which he is to negotiate at an interest] at the rate of 4 per cent. per an. [from the date of the sale thereof: the proceeds thereof to the said amount] to be applied to the following services: viz.
£
to the head of Wages.
for Half Pay to the Sea Officers due at Xmas last
30,000
for [Navy] Officers who have passed their accounts5,000
to the head of Wear and Tear.
for answering bills of exchange and imprests
8,000
£40,000
Treasury Minute Bool XXIII, p. 122.
June 20.
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Mr. Wallop, Mr. Baillie, Mr. Micklethwaite.
General Wills and Sir Biby Lake attend and a representation of Sir Biby's is read praying that my Lords will please to give immediate directions that either the estate of Peters (whose debt to the Crown as Receiver [General of Taxes] for Hertfordshire Sir Biby has engaged to pay) may be granted and assigned to him or that the clothing assignments deposited by him in order to pay the said debt (which assignments are claimed by General Wills) and the 2,257l. 14s. 10½d. already paid into the Exchequer in part of the [said Receiver's debt of] 13,149l. 10s.d. may be re-delivered to him upon his giving Mr. Wills security for the same and for what interest the General [Wills] can make appear he hath in them. Ibid., p. 123.
June 20,
Thursday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition and certificate of Edward Speake. Referred to Commissioners of Customs. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.)
Mr. Wall's petition. Referred to Mr. Cracherode. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.)
Memorial [of the] Consul of Algier. See what allowance is made to the chaplain at Algier. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Powys.)
[The] Dean [of] Sarum's petition. To be further considered. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Powys.)
Recommendation for Hugh Quellin. The Customs Commissioners to present him. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Powys.)
Memorial of Robert Hewitt. See what was done upon a former petition. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Kelsall.)
Petition of John Rope. [To be] sent to the Commissioners for Stating Army Debts. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. King.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 6.
June 21,
Friday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Letter from Mrs. Walker offering a discovery of 4,000l. My Lords will allow one fifth part of what shall be recovered [as the result of such discovery.]
General Nicholson's report on the petition of Francis Fox. Ordered. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.)
Petition of William, Lord Strathnaver. A copy of Lord Strathnaver's grant and the report of the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland [thereon is] to be produced, when this matter shall be again considered.
Memorial of the Corporation of Berwick upon Tweed. A state of this whole affair to be made.
Mr. Negus' memorial. Ordered 4,399l. 6s. 5d.
Petition of Jacob Janeway. Ordered if the Customs Commissioners have no objection. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Bowen.)
Petition of John Mercer. A copy to be sent to the Board of Works for their answer.
Memorial of the Consul of Algier. To be laid before the King.
Thomas Harper petition. Ordered 200l. [as royal] bounty. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Frecker.) Ibid., p. 7.
June 27,
Thursday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. read this day.
Petition of Richard Wolley. Referred to Mr. Cracherode. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Glanville.)
Petition of Robert Gardner. Referred to Auditors of Imprests. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Glanville.) Ibid., p. 8.
June [? 28].
Treasury
Chambers,
Whitehall.
Present: Lord Torrington, Mr. Wallop, Mr. Micklethwaite.
The Receivers of the Lottery called the [late] Queen [Anne's Civil List] Lottery for 500,000l. having passed their accounts thereof, and it appearing by the quietus produced that they are even and quit thereupon, my Lords at their request order that the [fidelity] bonds which were taken of them and are now lying in this [Treasury] Office be delivered up and cancelled.
My Lords consider the state of the Civil List debt and do thereupon order the following issues to be made:
£s.d.
to clear the Civil List to Xmas 1716.
to the Great Wardrobe
3,757170
to the Master of the Robes62000
to the Works6,8463
to the [head of] Fees and Salaries [payable at the Exchequer]3,7378
to the [head of] Pensions and Annuities [payable] there6,13393
£21,094182
towards clearing the Civil List to Lady day [1717].
to the Cofferer of the Household
21,34368
to the Treasurer of the Chamber10,766510¼
to the pensions [payable] per William Clayton, Esq.10,34853
to the Band of Pensioners1,50000
£43,95717
(total 65,052l. 15s. 11¼d.)
Treasury Minute Book XXIII, p. 124.
June 29,
Saturday.
Entry of petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
Petition of Jno. Etheridge. Prepare a warrant if there be a vacancy. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Glanvill.)
Petition of Francis Brace. Referred to Mr. Cracherode. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Glanville.)
Petition of Charles Tyrrell. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Glanville.)
Petition of Jno. Heathcote. Referred to the Surveyor [General] of Woods. (Delivered to the hands of Mr. Glanville.) Register of Papers T 4/20, p. 9

Footnotes

1 The record from which this and the subsequent like entries are taken is entitled “Memorials, petitions and other papers read before the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury and the directions given by their Lordships thereupon.”
This record represents one of the several attempts at evolving a Register of [incoming] Treasury Papers. A previous volume, T. 4, 19, covering from the 14th Oct. 1713 to 2nd Nov. 1714, has been calendared in situ, supra, Calendar of Treasury Books, Vol. XXVII, pp. 384–489; Vol. XXVIII, pp. 1–70; Vol. XXIX, pp. 1–23.
A still earlier form of Register of Papers called the Alphabetical Register covering the period 1 May 1702 to 14 July 1702 is printed as an appendix to Vol. XVII, pp. 436–80 of this Calendar and succeeding portions in Vol. XIX, pp. 79–88; Vol. XX, pp. 101–217; Vol. XXIV, pp. 563–606. See the note Vol. XVII, p. 104 and p. 436 concerning the nature of that record.
Although the record here calendared, T. 4, 20, commences with an entry of the Treasury Lords' names on the 6th June 1717 it will be noticed that the Treasury Minute Books contains no entry of a meeting of the Treasury Board on that day. This is followed by entries of date June 7, on which day there was a Board meeting, and then of 12 and 17, on both which days there is no entry of a Board meeting. The explanation can only be that the Chancellor of the Exchequer as being then the first Lord made these orders of reference on his own authority as a more matter of Office routine. It will be seen from the Board minutes that these orders of reference were not reported to the Board nor confirmed by it.
Throughout this volume, which extends from 6 June 1717 to 10 July 1718 the entries are arranged in three columns headed respectively:
(1) petitions, memorials &c. this day read.
(2) the directions [made thereupon].
(3) to whose hands the said petitions &c. were delivered. The names of the Treasury clerks in this column afford a clue as to the early division of Treasury work into separate compartments or divisions.