Minute Book
December 1713


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William A. Shaw and F. H. Slingsby (editors)

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63, 64, 65, 66, 67


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'Minute Book: December 1713', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 27: 1713 (1955), pp. 63-67. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=86057 Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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December 1713

Dec. 3.
Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present: ut supra.
[My Lord] ordered [issues as follows] out of her Majesty's Civil List money [in the Exchequer]: viz. to
Mr. Scobell for tin 3,000
the Keeper of the Privy Purse 500
the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75
the 13 Judges of England for last Michaelmas term 3,250
the Judges of Wales 675
the Masters in Chancery 275
[My Lord orders] a certificate to be produced of the payment of the taxes by the inferior officers of the Post Office before my Lord will sign the warrant for repayment thereof. Ibid., p. 151.
Dec. 4. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Treasurer of the Navy is called in. His memorial is read [and thereupon my Lord] ordered 20,000l. for the new Course of the Navy: out of unappropriated money in the Exchequer. Ibid., p. 152.
Dec. 8. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Borret is called in: his state of account [of moneys for Crown law suits] is read and minutes are taken [upon it and are endorsed or margined] thereupon.
My Lord directs that Mrs. Whitfeild do cause the money remaining in the hands of Mr. Jackson and partners belonging to the public, not stopped by any proceedings in the Courts of Chancery or Exchequer, and for which she is answerable, to be forthwith paid into the Exchequer.
My Lord directs 300l. to be advanced to Mr. Frampton on his allowance of 1,000l. per an. for keeping the Queen's running horses. Ibid., p. 153.
Dec. 9. Present: ut supra.
The Board of Ordnance are called in. The Attorney General's report is read about repairing the banks at Hull. Ordered to be sent to Lord Bolingbroke to advise with my Lord Chancellor thereupon.
[Write to] the Mayor of Berwick to send my Lord an account of what has been expended of the 100l. per an. allowed for the support of Berwick bridge and how much thereof now remains in Bank.
[My Lord] ordered [issues as follows] out of her Majesty's Civil List money [in the Exchequer]: viz. to
Mr. Scobell for tin 3,000
the Privy Purse 500
the Commissioners for the Stables 1,500
the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75
the Cofferer of the Household for Mr. Frampton; in advance 300
Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 154.
Dec. 10. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Send a] letter to the Secretary at War that my Lord Treasurer being acquainted that there has been great desertion from the Regiments in the West ordered to be embarked for Ireland my Lord desires he will send the proper directions that due musters be made of them upon their arrival there so that the Government may not pay for more men than shall actually appear to be effective upon the said muster.
[My Lord directs a] warrant to be prepared for what is due to Mr. Marshall on his bill for her Majesty's stud. Ibid., p. 155.
Dec. 16. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[Send a] letter to Mr. Shales to come to Mr. Lowndes immediately upon receipt thereof.
[My Lord directs the issue [to William Lowndes] out of Civil List funds of] 1,000l. for secret service: on Mr. Lowndes's order.
Mr. Blunt, who was appointed Receiver of 993,000l. of the Class Lottery of 1711, having this day produced his quietus for that receipt, my Lord directs his 300,000l. surety bond to be delivered up or cancelled.
[Write to] Mr. Churchill to send my Lord an account of what manuscripts Mr. Rymer has left behind him. Ibid., p. 156.
Dec. 17. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Shales's memorial is read. My Lord says that Mr. Shales must be sent to, to put an advertisement in the public prints “that he and the rest of the gentlemen concerned with him in a proposal relating to the Lottery tickets that they will proceed no further therein.”
[Send word to] the Attorney General and Solicitor General to be here to-morrow morning at 12 of the clock.
[My Lord] ordered [issues as follows] out of her Majesty's Civil List money [in the Exchequer]: viz. to
£ s. d.
Mr. Scobell for tin 3,000 0 0
the Privy Purse 500 0 0
Mr. Rhodes towards the charge of the Lottery 800 0 0
Mr. Nicholas for Mr. Marshall and several others 2,411 6 3
the [two successive] Chancellors of the Exchequer for last quarter [to be divided between them according to the time] 400 0 0
Mr. Lowndes for secret service 1,000 0 0
the Commissioners of the Stables for the current service 1,500 0 0
the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75 0 0
£9,686 6 3
Ibid., p. 157.
Dec. 22. Present: ut supra.
The Secretary at War and Mr. Slooper are called in. [My Lord requests] Mr. Sloper to make [and present] a memorial for what will clear the Holsteyners to the day they shall touch the money and fifteen days after, that so the bills [of exchange for the amount] may be sent away to-morrow. Mr. Decker [is to be] desired to give his bills for what it shall amount to upon a sufficient deposit of South Sea Stock, to be repaid within three months from the date of the bills with 6 per cent. per an. interest.
[My Lord directs] 59,543l. 5s. 11d. of the South Sea Stock in the hands of the Navy Treasurer to be applied to satisfy bills of exchange drawn from foreign parts for the service of the Victualling and the dividend due thereon at Xmas next [is] to be allowed to the merchants.
[Write to] Mr. Sloper to attend next Thursday about remittances [abroad]. Ibid., p. 158.
Dec. 23. Present: ut supra.
My Lord upon inspecting the list of the [late] Prince [George of Denmark's] servants who had pensions payable by Mr. Compton is pleased to direct that letters be prepared for all of them except the Lords [of his Bedchamber] and such of the rest upon whom queries are made, who are to be respited till after the holy-days.
[My Lord] ordered [issues as follows] out of the Civil List money [in the Exchequer]: viz.
£ s. d.
to Mr. Scobell for tin 3,000 0 0
the Privy Purse 500 0 0
the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75 0 0
Mr. Nicholas by particular warrants, viz. for Mr. Cornwallis et al. 330 0 0
ditto for a quarter to several persons by the Queen's command to Xmas 1713 753 0 0
ditto for the Lord Almoner for same quarter 225 0 0
ditto for Col. Phil Howard 100 0 0
ditto for Mr. Paterson 100 0 0
ditto for Col. Hugh Owen 100 0 0
ditto for Hugh Hughs 20 0 0
ditto for John Williams 10 0 0
ditto for Mris. Ann Feilding et al. 62 10 0
ditto for Hugh Speke, two warrants 60 0 0
ditto for Mrs. Farqhar's children 20 0 0
ditto for the [late] Prince's watermen 20 0 0
the Earl of Strafford to complete 400l. for extraordinaries 100 0 0
Mr. Cox, late Sheriff of Wilts, for the surplusage of his account 34 15 1
£5,510 5 1
Ibid., p. 159.
Dec. 24. Present: ut supra.
[Write to] the Customs Commissioners and the Auditors of Imprests to attend next Tuesday.
Mr. Lowe, the Coroner of Westminster, being called in and examined concerning the cutting the coal measure, he says that as to such as demanded of him to have their bushels sized by the Winchester bushel he thought he could not refuse them, but will proceed no further in that matter. Treasury Minute Book XX, p. 160.
Dec. 30. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[Write] to Mr. Mostyn to send a list of the particular warrants from the Admiralty Lords amounting to 82,640l. 9s. 0d.
[My Lord] ordered [issues as follows] out of the Civil List money [in the Exchequer]: viz. to
Mr. Scobell for tin 2,300
the Keeper of the Privy Purse, 500l. and 1,200l. 1,700
the Paymaster of the Works for Mr. Wise 75
the Lord Treasurer for Xmas quarter's salary 2,000
the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the like 400
Mr. Borrett for half a year's salary 250
Mr. Wekett and Farra 105
Mr. Matthew Decker is called in, Mr. Moore, the Paymaster of the Forces Abroad, being present. His [Decker's] proposal dated this day is considered and agreed to, being as follows: the agreement I made with your Lordship the 11th July last being near expiring, I offer my bills on Messrs. Andrew Pels & Sons at Amsterdam for the sum of 40,241l. 2s. 0d. at eight days' sight, for three months' subsistence for the Troops in the Low Countries, after the [exchange] rate of 10 guilders 18 stivers per pound sterling: the value to be secured to me with 6 per cent. interest and to be repaid within three months from the date of the bills, when the interest is to begin: and after the 11th day of January next I offer my bills upon the same persons from time to time during three months then next ensuing for such sums as your Lordship shall have occasion for at the same sight and rate: the value for these last bills to be paid [to me] at the delivery of the same.
The Customs Commissioners and Auditor Harley are called in. A report of the said Commissioners is read concerning Mr. Weeks, [formerly] Comptroller [of the Plantation Duties]. My Lord says he has been told that upon a state formerly made of Mr. Weeks' debt it appeared that he owed above 40,000l. The Commissioners say it could never be adjusted. Mr. Auditor Harley says the Court of Exchequer referred the examination of the matter to him and Auditor Mainwaring; that they spent above three months' time with a good deal of application and were attended by Mr. Rutter, who was directed by the Treasury [to attend them] for that purpose, but were never able to fix what the debt was by reason of the intricacy of the matter, it being alleged on the one hand that several of the bonds which were craved to be allowed to the accomptant had been discharged by the merchants and therefore ought not to be allowed to him [Weeks] in discharge of his balance; and on the accomptant's side it was alleged that they were not discharged and they would put it to a trial upon any of them [any one of the said bonds which] the Commissioners should think fit; that several of the vouchers were seized and taken out of the accomptant's custody by the [Customs] Commissioners’ orders and were embezzled.
My Lord Treasurer says 'tis reported Weekes has left a great estate which he had no visible way of getting and [which] makes it probable that he may therefore be considerably indebted to the Crown.
The Commissioners say they have narrowly inquired into that matter too, but do not find his estate is near what it was called. Ibid., pp. 161–2.
Dec. 31. Present: ut supra.
[The Army] clothiers are called in. My Lord Treasurer acquaints them that all that can at present be applied towards their debt is 35,000l. in South Sea Stock. [My Lord orders that] Mr. Sloper is to bring my Lord by Wednesday next an apportionment of it [the said sum] to the respective clothiers, particularly [to each seriatim] and how much is due to Mr. Peters and his assigns, with the names of the persons to whom assigned, the sums and the dates of the assignments.
[Write] Mr. Fitch or his Deputy and the Paymaster of the Classes [Lottery] orders to attend my Lord to-morrow at one of the clock. Ibid., p. 163.