Treasury Calendar: December 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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December 1696

December 1,
Present:—All the four Lords.
My Lords order Mr. James Mainwaring to be [appointed] in the place of Alderman Street deceased, for the Mint at Chester.
[My Lords order] 2,000l. to be issued to Mr. Neal to be distributed (struck through) Mr. Hall to pay the recompense of 6d. per ounce [due] in the Country Mints: [to be issued out of the new money expected from the Mint [arising] from the clipt money lent at 5s. 8d. an ounce].
[My Lords order] a privy [seal for a sum] not exceeding 30,000l. to Mr. Hall for that [aforesaid] use.
[My Lords direct] 2,000l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh for Mr. Eyles: to be issued out of the aforesaid new money.
[Send] to Mr. Hoare to be here on Friday afternoon. Ibid.
December 4, Present:—All the four Lords.
[Send word] to the Excise Commissioners and the Attorney General to be here on Tuesday afternoon.
[Request] the French [Protestant] Ministers to be here at the same time about the estate of La Bretoniere.
[My Lords order] 250l. of the tallies on the Excise to be issued to Mr. Henry Baker for executing a commission for the estate late of Sir John Freind and for other charges for his Majesty's service.
Mr. Hoar comes in with the [Principal] Officers of the Mint. My Lords require Mr. Hoar to deliver up the books and papers relating to the Mint which were in the custody of his grandfather Mr. Hoar late Comptroller of the Mint. He answers that he does not know of any such. Ibid., p. 42.
December 5,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Eyles is called in and Monsieur Schulenberg's letter for money due to him in bills is read. [My Lords order that] on Monday morning Mr. L[owndes] is to direct to [draw a letter of direction for the issue to] the Earl of Ranelagh for Mr. Eyles of all the money proceeding from the clipt money which was lent on the Exchequer in General after the moiety to be first repaid to the lenders is taken out.
My Lords [decide that they] cannot interpose in the business of the timber cut down on my Lord Kilmare's [Visc. Kenmare's] estate in Ireland and which is distrained by the Earl of Bellomont. Ibid., p. 43.
December 8. Present:—All the four Lords.
The Excise Commissioners are called in. They [promise my Lords that they] will be here on Friday morning with the Attorney and Solicitor General about a dispute concerning party guiles.
[Send word] to Mr. Standlake to attend my Lords on Friday morning.
My Lords order that publication [advertisement] shall be affixed at the Excise Office that all persons owing money to that Office upon bills of exchange shall pay them as they become due or else they shall be forthwith put in suit and Mr. Parry the [Excise] solicitor shall prosecute them.
[Send word] to Mr. Duncomb to be here on Friday morning.
[My Lords direct that] the Bank Bills lent into the Exchequer be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh. Ibid., p. 44.
December 11. Present:—Sir Stephen Fox.
The Commissioners of Excise and the Commissioners of Appeals in Excise are to be here on Monday afternoon with the Attorney General. Ibid., p. 45.
December 14,
Present:—Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Sir Thomas Littleton.
Mr. Corbet is called in. He demands 12,000l. for foreign convoys and 25,000l. to pay 5 ships.
[Send word] to Mr. Papillon that he may depend to have 10,000l. for the Victualling this day week and 10,000l. more by the end of next week out of the moneys that are [in process of] sending to the [Mint in the] Tower to be recoyned: and my Lords desire him to take such care that the service may not suffer in the mean time for want of this money.
The Attorney and Solicitor General come in with the Excise Commissioners about party guiles. The Attorney General's opinion is read and debated. My Lords are of opinion that delivery to the drayman is not sufficient but it must be delivered to the customer and the proof thereof lies upon the brewer [in order to] discharge him of the high duty.
Mr. Shallet and others come in about the bills of exchange for Excise [moneys remitted to London] which they would pay at the rate of 5s. 8d. per ounce [of silver]. Upon hearing the matter on both sides my Lords are of opinion they must pay their bills in good money.
The Commissioners of Appeals [in Excise] come in about a rule which is said to be given in the King's Bench to stop proceedings before [them] the said Commissioners of Appeals in the cause of Breedon. If there be no such rule my Lords think they may proceed but [they are] to consider whether in point of discretion they should not tarry till next term.
Mr. Duncomb is [heard and is] directed to pay back to Mr. Warner the sum of 800l. which he [Warner] paid here [in London on condition] to receive [it] at Newcastle, because Mr. Warner is disappointed of it there; and the Commissioners of Excise must inform themselves why Mr. Cowley the [Excise] officer at Newcastle did not pay the money to the said Warner. My Lords recommended it to the Excise Commissioners to press Mr. Shallet for the payment of the money he owes.
[Send] a letter to the [Excise] Commissioners to dismiss Mr. John Cowley Mr. Dashwood and Mr. Taylor (struck through) late [Excise] collector of Durham now removed into Shropshire.
[My Lords decide that] for guineas and new money to be lent at the Exchequer in part of 600,000l. the lenders are to have a discount of 10 per cent. out of the principal and that the said discount is to be allowed on the accounts of the Earl of Ranelagh or other Paymasters. Treasury Minute Book IX., p. 46.
December 18,
Present:—All the four Lords.
My Lords order 100l. to Mr. George Smith on the letters patent dormant: [to be as repayment] for so much expended by him in prosecuting clippers and coiners.
[My Lords order] the Bank Bills in the Exchequer to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh who is to raise money thereupon and to pay the same to Mr. Eyles in discharge of Monsieur Schuylenberg's bill for subsistence in Flanders: (in the margin 4363l. 4s. 2d.).
[My Lords order that] 1,100l. be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh upon account of subsistence for the Troops in England, being to pay for the charge of the marching of several Troops upon the late remove of their quarters: to be issued out of the new money in the Exchequer lent upon the Vote [of the House of Commons] for 600,000l.
[My Lords order that] the rest of the new money lent on the aforesaid Vote be issued to the Navy for the Victuallers (in the margin Victualling 13,000l.).
[Write] to the Chamberlain of the City of London to be here on Monday evening at 6 o'clock. Ibid., p. 47.
December 21. Present:—All the four Lords.
[My Lords order] old Mr. Nevill to have 20l. in part of his debt on the Stables.
[Send word] to the Customs Commissioners and the Attorney General to be here to-morrow afternoon about allowing a discount upon bonds at the Customs House [in cases] where the money [on such bonds] is paid sooner than the utmost days at [the equivalence of] 5s. 8d. an ounce [of silver].
[My Lords direct] 10,000l. for the Victuallers out of the new money come from the Mint this day.
[My Lords order] so much to be imprested to Lord Berkeley's Regiment out of the tallies on the Coal Duties Act as will make that Regiment [to be paid up] equal with the other Marine Regiment.
[My Lords order] next Lady day quarter's [payment] to be completed to Dr. Otes [on his pension]. Ibid., p. 48.
December 22,
Present:—All the four Lords.
The Customs Commissioners [attend] about discount [to be allowed] for time where merchants pay down their hammered money [before the ultimate days fixed for payment of their Duties]. The Commissioners are of opinion that as to the bonds for Additional Duties on tobacco where part of the time is expired there [should] be no [allowance of] discount for the rest of the time because the merchant had it in his choice at first either to pay down the whole by discount or to give the bonds. My Lords agree thereunto.
Counsel appear [on both sides] on the informations transmitted by Sir Richard Nudigate against Mr. Newsham, Receiver for Warwickshire. My Lords order that affidavits be left here [at the Treasury] for Newsham to have copies: and if he produce any affidavits the copies thereof are to be delivered to Sir Richard or his order a week before the day of hearing. The counsel for Sir Richard (struck through) Receiver's son will produce John Evetts and William Knight, Mr. Grascomb and Mitchener the Receiver's man. The hearing [before my Lords is] to be on Friday the 22nd of January next: no affidavit is to be used at the hearing that is not delivered into this [the Treasury] Office ten days before [that date], to the end that copies may be taken as above.
[Write] to the Chamberlain [of the City of London] to pay forthwith into the Exchequer all the new money or guineas by him received for the House [Duty] money and to carry all the hammered money by him received for the same [Duty] at [the equivalence of] 5s. 8d. an ounce into the Exchequer to be coined. Ibid., p. 49.
December 23,
Present:—The King, all the four Lords.
[The King orders] Mr. Killigrew to have 20l. and Mr. Grenville 20l. on account of his rent [of Mote Park].
[The King orders] 2,308. 13. 4 to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh to complete a bill of 16,441l. of Monsieur Schuylenberg for subsistence in Flanders.
The King directs that better care be taken to prosecute the estates of persons convicted or outlawed for treason. Ibid., p. 50.
December 24,
morning. Treasury Chambers, Whitehall.
Present:—All the four Lords.
[My Lords order] 400l. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh on account of subsistence in Flanders to answer the discount of [the abovesaid] 2,308. 13. 4 ordered yesterday to complete the subscription of Monsieur Schuylenberg's bills and also the interest due on them from the days they fell due etc.: to be issued out of loans on the Vote [of the House of Commons supra p. 68]. Ibid., p. 51.
December 29,
Present:—ut supra.
[My Lords order that] 4 dozen of wine found in Westfield's hoy at Battle Bridge and now in the King's warehouse belonging to the Earl of Dorset and the Earl of Romney be delivered [to the said Earls] upon paying his Majesty's Duties and giving reasonable satisfaction to the officer. Ibid., p. 52.
December 30,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present:—The King; all the four Lords.
The Admiralty Commissioners and the Victuallers are called in. The state of the Victualling as presented by the Victuallers is read as also another paper demanding 20,000l. per week presently till the Parliamentary funds are settled and then a good sum in Exchequer Bills or [Bank of England] notes; and 20,000l. credit in the outports [to be furnished] by the Commissioners of Excise.
The Chancellor [of the Exchequer in reply] said that as to the weekly payment there is no prospect and the Excise Commissioners will not give the credit; but tallies may be struck for the Victuallers on the 600,000l. credit given by the Parliament.
The King recommends it to the Commissioners of the Victualling to do their utmost and the Treasury Lords will supply them with as much money as they can.
The King orders the ship ordered for the West Indies to be first provided for.
[The King orders the issue of] 3,000l. in Bank Bills to Mr. Medina: and that the rest of those Bills and the new money from the Mint do go toward satisfaction of Mr. Hill's bills for subsistence in Flanders, amounting to 26,421. 9. 1¼.
The gentlemen of the Bank come in. They desire allowance of their loss arising by remittances [of exchange for subsistence of the Forces in Flanders and that same for paid out of or] by tallies on the Salt Act.
The King [replies that he] will consider [and the gentlemen of the Bank go out].
The gentlemen are called in again and are told that the papers [concerning this matter] shall be brought [up for consideration again] next Treasury day and his Majesty will [then] come to a determination of the matter. Treasury Minute Book IX, p. 53.