Treasury Calendar: November 1696

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 11, 1696-1697. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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November 1696

Nov. 2,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox.
Memorandum: On Saturday last being the 31st October my Lord Godolphin obtained the King's leave to retire from his place at this Board.
[Order is given for] 10,000l. to be issued out of the next money coming in [to the Exchequer] from the Mint: [to be issued] upon the head of loans on the Continued Impositions: and to be for the Ordnance for sea service.
likewise 10,000l. to the Earl of Ranelagh: to be issued out of seizures.
likewise 2,000l. to Mr. Nicho. Baker: to be issued out of tallies on the Hereditary and Temporary Excise.
Write the letter to the Navy Board for [them to order] the pay of the officers of the Marine Regiments for the year 1695 according to the Act of Parliament.
[Send word] to Mr. Corbet to come to me [Lowndes].
[Memorandum] to lay before the King that the Queen Dowager is not paid for Lady day, Midsummer and Michaelmas quarters out of the Excise.
[Order for] Dr. Otes to have 10l. on [account of] the Lady day quarter. Treasury Minute Book IX., p. 33.
November 6. Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
The tallies for 2,000l. directed for the Hospital at Greenwich may be discounted by the [Navy] Treasurer at the cheapest rate for which it can be done: and my Lords will allow the discount at the King's charge. Ibid., p. 34.
November 9,
Present:—ut supra.
[Send word] to the Customs Commissioners to be here with Mr. Knight to-morrow afternoon about the payment of debentures.
[My Lords direct] 10,000l. to the [Navy Treasurer for the] Victuallers: to be issued out of the new money of the loans on the Continued Impositions. Ibid., p. 35.
November 10,
Present:—All the four Lords.
[My Lords direct] Mr. Nicholas Baker to discount 1,000l. of the tallies in his hands on the Excise at as cheap a rate as he can: and the papers in Mr. Smith's hands are to be delivered to him.
[Send] a letter to the Exchequer to take in such loans [up to 600,000l.] as any person will make upon the Exchequer in General pursuant to the [House of Commons Credit] Vote of yesterday's date.
The Customs Commissions and Mr. Heysham [are called in] with Mr. Knight about the payment of debentures for Impost [drawbacks] out of the Customs. My Lords are of opinion that the debentures ought to be paid as desired.
Mr. Holt is called in; his warrant is settled and my Lords recommend to him to employ the present clerks and to allow them suitable encouragement; [and they impress upon him] particularly that Mr. Pope do find his account in it.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance are called in. They demand money for the [artillery] Train in Flanders. My Lords recommend it to them to procure money to be lent on yesterday's Vote of Credit [in the House of Commons].
[Send word] to Sir Christopher Wren to survey the [building] work done at the Mint at the Tower and to examine and settle the bill for the charge thereof. Ibid., p. 36.
November 19,
Present:—ut supra.
[No entry of any minute.] Ibid., p. 37.
November 20,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Send word] to Mr. Nicholas Baker to put into the hands of Mr. Henry Baker 500l. of the tallies in his hands on the Excise for the use of Mr. Porter and other gentlemen.
[Send] to the Excise Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon and the doors to be shut: [to wit] at 5 o'clock.
The Patentees for Copper Farthings are to be here to-morrow afternoon.
Write to Mr. Rudy that it is the King's pleasure that my Lord Torrington should have all the arrears of rent [arising] out of the estate which is granted to him which were in the tenants' hands at the time of passing his grant [and which are yet] not paid into the Exchequer: and a warrant is to be prepared for the King's hand in that behalf.
[Write a] letter to the Navy Board to know how much the fifth part of the money for the hemp delivered doth amount to which [money or? fifth part] the merchants now expect.
Send to the Navy Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon.
[My Lords order that] the expense and pains of Mr. Geo. Smith of Nibley, county Gloucester in prosecuting clippers and coiners be forthwith taken into consideration.
[My Lords order] Mr. Joseph Beverton to have his 60l.
A bill of exchange for 2,000l. is represented per the Commissioners of Transports to become due to-morrow week. Care must be taken to provide the money against the day.
[Send directions] to Mr. Henry Baker to prosecute the King's right to the bona proditorum within the city of Westminster.
[My Lords order] 2,000l. to be issued to Mr. Neal for the charges of the Mints: to be issued in tallies on the Excise, part of those in Mr. Burton's hands: and he [Neal] is to raise money [or the said tallies] by discount at as cheap a rate as he can and to apply the money to the uses most necessary. Ibid., pp. 37–38.
November 23,
Present:—ut supra.
The Victuallers [are called in and] demand money for the cheesemongers and brewers and to buy oxen. My Lords tell them [that as yet] no money is lent [into the Exchequer on the credit of the Exchequer in General] on the Vote [of Credit by the House of Commons ut supra p. 68].
[My Lords direct] 37,914l. [to be applied] for last Lady Day quarter to the Yards: to be issued out of the new money in the Navy Treasurer's hands.
[Send word] to the Glass Duties Commissioners and the Excise Commissioners to be here to-morrow afternoon at 6 o'clock: and the Principal Commissioners of Prizes are to be here then. Ibid., p. 39.
November 24,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Send a letter to the [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes to direct their Treasurer to pay forthwith to the Treasurer of the Navy the whole share of the cash due to the Navy from his [the Treasurer of Prizes'] Office.
Mr. Lowndes [is directed] to tell Mr. Dodington that he may take this [the above prize] money in Bank Bills and that the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded will take from him [Dodington] their part in like manner.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer comes in.
The Excise Commissioners attend. Several projects for raising money [for supply by means of new Duties on the Excise] are delivered to them to consider against Thursday morning.
Ordered that the solicitors of the revenue (the solicitors of the Treasury and of the Customs and of the Excise) make use of none but the King's Counsel in the King's business unless directed by the Attorney General or Solicitor General to make use of any other Counsel [such as] either of them shall name for a particular business.
Ordered that the accounts of the Solicitors of the Treasury and of the Customs and of the Excise for the King's law business shall not be allowed unless first allowed of and signed by the Attorney and Solicitor General besides other proof made of the truth of the same as is usual: and that those solicitors and those who are to take their accounts do have forthwith notice of these orders. Treasury Minute Book IX., p. 40.
November 26,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
[No entry of any minute.] Ibid., p. 41.