Minute Book: February 1700

Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 15, 1699-1700. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1933.

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, 'Minute Book: February 1700', in Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 15, 1699-1700, (London, 1933) pp. 43-52. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-treasury-books/vol15/pp43-52 [accessed 29 May 2024].

. "Minute Book: February 1700", in Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 15, 1699-1700, (London, 1933) 43-52. British History Online, accessed May 29, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-treasury-books/vol15/pp43-52.

. "Minute Book: February 1700", Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 15, 1699-1700, (London, 1933). 43-52. British History Online. Web. 29 May 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-treasury-books/vol15/pp43-52.


February 1700

Feb. 2.
Friday morning. [Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.]
Present: all the five Lords.
The letters to the Earl of Ranelagh and the Navy Board for 4211l. 17s. 10d. for the Company of Capt. Ellis Cooper and eight other Companies and for 551l. 4s. 8d. for the Company of Major Weberley (Wibberly) are read and approved.
The sum of 78,484l. 11s. 10½d. remaining of last year's fund for the Navy is to be issued as ordered on 31 Jan. last. See the former minute and write the letters [of direction accordingly].
[Order for] 792l. 9s. 3½d. to be paid by the Master of the Horse out of the 400l. per week furnished for extraordinaries of the Stables.
[Order for] letters [of direction to the Exchequer] to be signed for 2000l. to the Treasury Lords for last quarter's salary; 200l. to Lord Lucas; 55l. to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield; 200l. to Mr. Jodrel and 20l. to Mr. Alsop.
Prepare the warrant for what is due to the Vicars of Lichfield.
[Write] to the Trustees for Exchequer Bills to be here on Tuesday.
[Write] to Mr. Montagu to be here then.
[Write] to Mr. Aldworth to attend on Wednesday morning.
[Order for] 500l. to the Usher of the Exchequer upon his liberate. Ibid., p. 264.
Feb. 3,
forenoon. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Earl of Tankerville; Sir Stephen Fox; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
Resolved that no more additions be made to the list of slain officers' widows.
The letter for 792l. 9s. 3½d. to Monsieur Auverquere for Ad[miral] Aylmer is read and approved.
[Order for] 100l. for Capt. Scott: [to be issued] out of any disposeable [unappropriated] money [in the Exchequer].
The letter for 78,484l. 11s. 10½d. for the complements to the Navy on the last year's fund is read and approved.
Mr. Smith [the Chancellor of the Exchequer] comes in.
Speak to Mr. Abbot [and tell him] to get credit for a fortnight's subsistence for the Forces in Jersey and Guernsey or to furnish it out of some remains [of moneys in the Army Paymaster's hands] not being Disbanding money. Treasury Minute Book XI, p. 265.
Feb. 5,
Present: Earl of Tankerville; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Hill.
[Write] to the Postmaster General to be here on Thursday morning about settling a post between Bristol and Chester.
On Friday afternoon the doors to be shut. Ibid., p. 266.
Feb. 6,
Present: Earl of Tankerville; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
A letter [of direction to the Exchequer is ordered] for 400l. to Serjeant Ryley for enclosures in New Forest.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners and Mr. Whiston to be here next Tuesday afternoon.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners to be here then.
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [attend].
Mr. Boyle comes in; and Mr. Hill.
Desire the Navy Commissioners to be here on Thursday morning.
Mr. Neal to attend on Friday morning. Ibid., p. 267.
Feb. 7,
Present: Earl of Tankerville; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Hill.
Mr. Aldworth will, within a week, bring his report concerning the fees of the officers and others at Hampton Court.
Mr. Hume's memorial is read concerning 218l. 5s. 1½d. wanting [missing] in Palmes' Office [as a Teller of the Receipt]. Presgrave says he has found vouchers for 103l. and 50 guineas since the last examination. Mr. Herne will re-examine on Saturday next and give my Lords an exact account.
Speak to Mr. Sansom to cause Mr. Delaval to be instructed in the business of the Customs in order to an employment. Ibid., p. 268.
Eodem die, afternoon. Kensington. Present: all the five Treasury Lords.
The King comes in.
The Earl of Ranelagh's memorial is read. My Lords are [directed by the King] to pay the subsistence as far as the surplus of the Customs in the Exchequer will go.
All pensions to superannuated servants and others on the Household Establishment are to be transferred to the Exchequer.
My Lords are to consider the new Establishment for the Household now delivered to them by the King.
A paper presented to the King by the Lord Chamberlain, proposing Regulations to reduce the King's expense, is read; and the King directs it to be complied with: and my Lords are to give direction for so much as concerns the Treasury.
The petition of John Morton is read. The King will have some consideration of him as soon as he can conveniently.
The case of Mr. Colt is deferred till next week.
The account of 5240l. 11s. 11d. for works at Hampton Court is to be sent to the Office of the Works to examine, view and admeasure.
The sum of 2552l. 14s. 7½d. and 2000l. due 4 Nov. 1699 to the Robes is to be satisfied by weekly payments.
James Roch [is ordered by the King] to have 50l.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1000l. for secret service.
When the 1000l. is paid by Sir Thomas Cook and Mr. Cash, reserve it till the King gives particular direction [as to the disposal of it]. Ibid., p. 269.
Feb. 8.
forenoon. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Hill.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1400l. for secret service.
The Victuallers [attend]. Out of money remaining in their hands they are to pay so much as is further necessary for Short Allowance Money, being about 3000l., and the foreign bills of exchange and to discharge their labourers.
The Navy Commissioners and Mr. Dodington attend for an order of the Admiralty for the late [Navy] Paymaster's paying over to the present Paymaster 23l. 3s. 6d. on account of thirds and 6013l. 12s. 4d. on tenths of prizes. My Lords concur in that order and direct a warrant to be prepared accordingly.
The money which was at first ordered for four Companies of the Marines viz. Shovel, Mitchel, Leigh and Williams is to be imprested to the Colonels as is done for the other Companies.
[Write] to Mr. Hubbald to be here to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 270.
Feb. 9,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Hill.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to be here on Monday afternoon.
Mr. Neal he'll look amongst his father's papers for the securities [given by the officers] of the Country Mints.
Issue 1112l. 2s. 0d. to the Earl of Ranelagh by tallies [of anticipation] on the Receivers of the Two Millions payable by the new East India Company: [same to be] to clear the subsistence of the four Companies at New York to 1699 Dec. 24.
Ellis Meredith Esq. is to be Cursitor and Keeper of the Seal for the counties of Denbigh and Montgomery: during pleasure.
Out of the surplus of the Customs in the Exchequer issue 301l. 11s. 8d. to the Earl of Ranelagh for 14 days' subsistence to "11 Feb. last" to the Regiment of Fuziliers at Guernsey and Jersey (which money was advanced by Mr. Abbot):
and 8822l. 11s. 0d. for 14 days subsistence to the 15th inst. for the Troops [in England].
A list of the poor pensioners (as well those paid by Mr. Nicholas as the rest) is to be prepared against Wednesday.
[Order for] 200l. to be paid to the Earl of Oxford on his order.
[Order for] 70l. to be paid to the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield and 30l. to the Vicars. Ibid., p. 271.
Feb. 12,
Present: Earl of Tankerville.
[No entry of any minute]. Ibid., p. 272.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Hill.
The Customs Commissioners and Mr. Whiston [attend] about Mr. Whiston's proposal. His papers are read. He proposes that Spanish [silver] bars imported be registered and have the King's mark at the Tower "and so exported"; and that all goldsmiths carry their silver to Goldsmith's Hall to be melted: that all wine from St. Sebastian &c. pay as French wine (but Mr. Godolphin thinks the merchant should swear he believes the wine to be of the growth of the country from whence its entered): that wine be charged by weight allowing a certain tare for the cask.
The Commissioners think the merchants should import in casks containing aliquot parts of a tun or lose the 12 per cent.
Whiston would have the King to be at liberty to go either way: that stalks are one sixth [the weight] of tobacco and [proposes that they] be burned: which the Commissioners think unreasonable. He thinks 3l. or 4l. a pipe more [than the present Duty] may be put on Canary.
My Lords commend his zeal and direct the Commissioners to order their officers to be civil to him.
The papers concerning the affairs of the Customs are read. See the minutes [endorsed or margined] on them.
The extracts of several letters from Lord Bellomont are delivered to Mr. Sansom junr.
Write to Mr. Popple to know if he has any other papers to make clear the charge against Gardner, deputy collector.
My Lords read and approve the letter for the pay of the Regiment of Miremont from 1st March 1694 new style to Dec. 31 following. Treasury Minute Book XI, p. 272.
Feb. 14,
afternoon. Kensington.
Present: all the five Treasury Lords.
[Ordered that the] 3525l. 13s. 4d. due to the Judges &c. for last Michaelmas term is to be paid out of the cash now in the Exchequer for the Civil [List or] Government; and the money due to them for Hilary term will be paid the first day of next Easter term.
The King comes in.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt [are called in].
My Lords lay before the King the memorial of the Victuallers for money to furnish victuals for the soldiers at Newfoundland and acquaint his Majesty that they cannot apply the Navy money for that use.
Mr. Hill is to procure bills of exchange from the Bank or others for payment of 1,300,000 guilders which were borrowed from Monsieur Van Ellemeet, Receiver General of the States of Holland; [Hill furnishing security] for the said bills by giving the Salt tallies which were deposited in the Dutch Ambassador's hands; and he is to take care that bills [of exchange] be given as well for the interest due as for the principal: and that the States General in the [English Exchequer's] account with their Ambassador be charged with the sums which have been [by the said Ambassador] received at the Exchequer for interest.
The King orders [the Great Wardrobe to provide] the furniture for the Presence Chamber, Privy Chamber, Drawing Room and the next room to it at Hampton Court [the whole being] estimated by the Earl of Montagu at 1578l. 17s. 6d.
[Order for] 200l. a week for the Gardens at Hampton Court till the work now doing, amounting to about 6600l., be paid for. Write the letter [of direction] for 6000l. In the margin write the letter for 150l. a week and specify the [particular] works.
[Write] to Mr. Talman, Mr. London and Mr. Wise to attend the Treasury on Friday morning about the works at Hampton Court.
Sir Basil Dixwell's memorial is read. He shall be put on the next Establishment [of the Forces] and be paid as other Governors [of Garrisons] are.
Mr. Killigrew to have so much of the 300l., which is to be paid by two of Hunt's searchers, as will remain after the King's charges are deducted.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 500l. for secret service. Ibid., p. 273.
Feb. 16,
forenoon. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Hill.
[Write] to the Agents [for Taxes] and Mr. Mason and his sureties to attend on Tuesday morning.
Sir Henry Furnese et al [attend] about remitting 120,000l. or thereabouts to Holland to pay off a debt to the States General. They will bring their proposal in writing on Tuesday morning. Ibid., p. 274.
Feb. 19.
Present: [no names of Treasury Lords attending: no entry of any minute]. Ibid., p. 275.
Feb. 20,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Hill.
The warrant for assigning the trust of a mortgage which was in John Caryl to the other trustees for the benefit of Mr. Charles Fox et al is read and approved.
The Earl of Tankerville comes in; and Mr. Boyle.
Mr. Charles Montague comes in. Mr. Ferne, chief clerk to Mr. Godolphin the Teller is called in. On behalf of his Teller and by power alleged to be given him in this behalf, Mr. Ferne doth offer to Mr. Charles Montague, the present Auditor of the Receipt, that for a rent of 40l. a year from Lady day next payable quarterly to the said Teller or his chief clerk by the said Montague or the Auditor of the Receipt for the time being, that he the said Montague or auditor for the time being shall from the said date enjoy the messuage or tenement wherein the said Ferne now lives in St. Stephen's Court Westminster (adjoining to the Auditor's house) with the garden, brewhouse and appurtences thereto during such time as the said Teller, in respect of his office, is or shall be entitled thereto: with power to convert and alter to his convenience: to which offer Mr. Montague fully agrees.
My Lords do fully approve thereof and are contented and are fully resolved (so far forth as lies in them) that this agreement may take place between the said parties and all future Auditors [of the Receipt] and Tellers so entitled for the better convenience of the respective officers. [This minute is signed in autograph by Cha. Montague, Hen. Ferne and F. Godolphin].
[Write] to the Attorney General to be here on Friday morning about an affair of the Earl of Carlisle.
The Agents for Taxes [attend] with Mr. Mason and his sureties Sir John Conyers (struck through), Mr. Robert Apprice, and Mr. John Pickering. Apprice and Pickering promise, on behalf of themselves and the rest of the sureties that as soon as Mason's debt is adjusted they will give security for payment thereof in six months' time absolutely into the Exchequer.
The Agents for Taxes will forthwith send hither the debt [as] adjusted.
Upon the giving of the said absolute security my Lords do intend to obtain a grant to be made to such as the sureties do nominate (viz. John Farrer the younger, gent and Edward Farrar his brother) of all the estate of William Mason liable to the said debt, that so they may sell the same in parcels to raise the money. In the meantime the process against Mason and his sureties is to be superseded and stopt and if any issues are returned the same shall be discharged.
A copy of the sign manual enjoining the officers of New Forest to perform their duties is to be sent in a letter to the Duke of Bolton.
Sir Hen. Furnese, Sir James Bateman and Sir Theo. Jansen are called in and it is agreed that for 112,000l. in Salt tallies (now in the Dutch Ambassador's hands) they will give good bills payable in Amsterdam about two months from the date, at 11 guilders current money per £ sterling in the said tallies as well for the interest grown due as the principal: which money is to be applied to pay a debt owing to the States General to wit the remainder of principal and interest due for 1,000,000 gilders and 300,000 gilders: and Mr. Hill will take care in the transacting this matter.
[Write] to Mr. Hen. Baker to be here to-morrow morning.
[Write] to Sir Benjamin Tichborn to be here this day week.
The Agents [for Taxes are] to state the case of Kiftgate Hundred and sign it and set forth particularly how much by the duplicates was charged on the City of Gloucester and on the said Hundred and the rest of the County of Gloucester, particularly to the first 4s. Aid; and how much is to be charged on them severally to an Aid of 2s. in the £: and to do the same for the 3s. Aid: and have the duplicate ready as soon as they can: and to bring the account of Mr. Mitchel, the Receiver anno 1692–3.
They are [likewise] to bring the duplicates of the first 4s. Aid for the Isle of Wight and Hampshire. Ibid., pp. 275–7.
Feb. 21,
Present: all the five Lords.
My Lords direct Mr. Hen. Baker that no further proceeding be made against Japhet Crook or the brewhouse late of Sir John Freind or the stock or debts thereto belonging: and that as soon as Sir Thomas Cook and Mr. Cass shall have paid the 1000l. into the Exchequer they have possession [of the brewhouse] delivered to them by Mr. Baker and Mr. Crook.
Write to the Attorney General to prepare the bill upon the King's warrant for Sir Thomas Cook and Mr. Cash.
[Write] to Mr. Radford, Mr. Charles Pultney and Mr. Thomas Beal to come here on Tuesday next.
On [reading] H. Baker's report on the petition of Robert Orton et al my Lords order Baker to attend the Lord Chief Baron with his [said] report.
Write to Mris. Eden and all those that contest the payment of 300l. upon her order to attend [my Lords] on Tuesday. Ibid., p. 278.
Eodem die, afternoon. Kensington. Present: the King: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
The Earl of Castlehaven [is ordered] to have 200l. on his pension.
The King peruses the lists for the Civil List and directs a new distribution [retrenchment regulation ut infra] to be made.
The Duchess of Buccleuch [is ordered] to have half-a-year's pension: and a list to be made against next Treasury day of the others that are to be paid with her.
The King agrees to a Regulation of the [Civil List] expense for this current year except some articles which my Lords are still to settle: which Regulation is as follows.
Household 7000
ditto extraordinaries 10000
Treasurer of the Chamber 25000
ditto bills [and riding charges &c.] 5000
Wardrobe ordinary 4000
ditto extraordinary 4000
Robes 4000
Works ordinary
ditto extraordinary
Gardens 4800
ditto extraordinary 3000
Stables; for Liveries 5876 5 6
ditto for buying horses 2500
ditto, extraordinaries 10000
Foreign ministers 28000
The extraordinaries of [Ambassadors &c. as allowed by the State] Secretaries [are] to be retrenched and from this time his Majesty will allow no bills but such as come within the Regulation of the [Privy] Council of 13 Dec. 1689. The Secretaries of State will signify this to the [King's Ambassadors or] foreign ministers and my Lords are to take notice of it.
Fees and Salaries [payable at the Exchequer]
pensions and perpetuities
Band of pensioners 6000
Queen's Treasurer
— Charities established
— other bounties
— French Protestants 15000
Queen Dowager 12209 15 2
Princess of Denmark 50000
Duke of Gloucester 15000
Secret Service [payable] per Mr. Lowndes 25000
ditto per the Secretaries of State 5000
Privy Purse 40000
Jewels and Plate 10000
Contingents 50000
Ibid., p. 279.
Feb. 23,
forenoon. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle, Mr. Hill.
A letter [of direction to be sent to the Receipt] to pay Mr. Rymer's order for 150l.
Sir Samuell Morland's petition is read. My Lords order him a dormant warrant for his pension on the Tenths but he must depend on that pension without expecting anything on his Excise pension or the arrears thereof.
Write to Mr. Mordant to be here on Tuesday.
My Lords order 1572l. 2s. 5d. to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh by tallies [of anticipation] on the Two Millions: to be by him paid over to the Treasurer of the Navy to pay the soldiers of several Marine Companies the moneys abated for their clothes in excess of the value thereof viz. 87l. 10s. 11d. for Capt. Gibbons' Company, 256l. 6s. 2d. more for the same; 243l. 3s. 2d. for Capt. Weaver's Company; 699l. 17s. 6d. for Capt. Phillips' Company and 285l. 4s. 8d. for Lord Berkley's own Company.
The Earl of Tankerville comes in.
My Lords having, pursuant to the King's command, considered the complaints against Mr. John Dutton Colt, Collector of Bristol port, are resolved that he be forthwith dismissed: and do order that a letter be now written to the Customs Commissioners for his dismission and that they present another fit person for that employment and do therein consider the importance of the trust (in the margin "leave out these words") and that in the vacancy they take care of the receipt of the said port that his Majesty suffer no damage.
[A draft] letter to Mr. Hill concerning the tallies in the hands of the Dutch Envoy is read and approved. Treasury Minute Book XI, p. 280.
Feb. 26,
Present: all the five Lords.
[Write] to the Agents [for Taxes] to be here to-morrow morning about money received by Mr. Spendlove "which he had set in super."
William Hart Esq. [is] to be Collector of Bristol [port] in the room of John Dutton Colt Esq.
The Postmasters [General] to be here next Friday about the Penny Post. Ibid., p. 281.
Feb. 27,
Present: all the five Treasury Lords.
Sir H. Foster et al [attend and] desire that the money ordered [for] Mris. Eden may go towards making good the money deposited in Court for which they are sureties.
Mr. Vaux prays an allowance for his pains in making the book of the Taxes &c. Refer his petition to the Agents [for Taxes].
Write to the Customs Commissioners not to make forth a deputation [in pursuance] of Mr. Hart's warrant until further order.
Sir Benj. Titchburne, Humfrey Greaves and Mr. Herbert [attend] with Mr. Radford et al, Commissioners [for the inquisition into the Earl of Stafford's estates], and Mr. Henry Baker. The petition of the two former is read. They say Sir William Scawen ar[tic]led with them for discovery of Lord Stafford's estates. They are asked for the order mentioned in the petition for their going down [into the country ad inquirendum] and say that Mr. Baker directed them to go into the country.
Mr. Radford says the tenants were examined and told them what estates were found. Mr. Pultney says the same.
Mr. Baker says he sued out the commission for finding Lord Stafford's estate: that he furnished Mr. Herbert with two 10l. malt tickets who went into Gloucestershire a month; he had 10l. more to bring him up [to town] again and afterwards he went down with the Commissioners.
Mr. Radford says he did the Commissioners no service but to give summons; in Gloucestershire he brought one Raymond who knew the tenants: in the other counties he did no service but to give summons to the tenants.
The minute of the 2nd June 1697 is read.
The Commissioners say nothing was prepared by Herbert before their going down: that Lord Stafford was a noted man and his estate [well] known.
Mr. Radford says a friend of his had a mortgage on the greatest part of the estate: that Aaron Smith brought him the names of all outlawed, amongst which was Lord Stafford's: that he knows of no service done by any discovery of theirs.
[Order for a letter of direction for] 300l. to the Speaker [of the House of Commons] upon his order.
[Order for] 850l. to Sir Godfrey Kneller on his bills.
[Order for] 200l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber for the Maundy. Ibid., p. 282.
Feb. 28,
Present: Earl of Tankerville, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Hill.
Write to Mr. Blathwaite [about Col. Codrington's account] to admit the copy attested by Mr. Popple for Col. Codrington as if it were an original.
[Write a] letter to the Board of Greencloth for the contracts.
The distribution [of public funds, in the Exchequer] for 29 weeks from the 1st inst. amounting to 182,260l. 14s. 3¼d. is read and approved and ordered to be sent to the Exchequer with direction for payment accordingly. Ibid., p. 283.
Eodem die, afternoon. Kensington. Present: the King: Earl of Tankerville, Sir Stephen Fox. Mr. Boyle, Mr. Hill.
The King will give Mr. [Nahum] Tate a sum for reprinting the version of Psalms, but leave [s the amount of] it to my Lords.
[The King orders] Mris. O'Hara and her sister 50l. a piece to carry them into Ireland.
[Order for] a week's subsistence to the Troops: [to be issued] out of the overplus of the Customs.
Mr. Hill reads the observations made on the Household Establishment and the King directs several alterations whereof Mr. Hill takes notes.
Mris. Lesly, Col. Philips and Mr. Povey to have 100l. a piece.
The petition of officers in the late Lord Lifford's Regiment [is read] praying to be paid off here in London upon their personal appearance or in Dublin upon their letters of attorney in the same manner as other officers present there have been paid off, they [petitioners] not being in a condition to repair thither.
[It is] ordered that the said officers be paid in Dublin upon their letters of attorney which are to be signed and approved here by Lord Coningsby before whom the persons are to appear and make out their pretensions pursuant to the order of 8 March 1698–9.
Ordered that Mr. Blathwait do make warrants as was usual in the time of the war for payment of the forage delivered by Farriscan in the years 1695–6–7 and for the forage delivered by the said Farriscan, Goris and partners anno 1697–8 as by the accounts signed by Mr. Hill, amounting to —
[The] estimate of the charge of a chain, capstand &c. [which is ordered] to be sent to Newfoundland, amounting to 509l. 15s. 0d. is read. [Ordered] to be provided by the Navy on the head of Wear and Tear.
A letter from the [Navy] Victuallers is read with a copy of the order to them from the Admiralty to provide a whole year's provisions for 61 soldiers in Newfoundland at the rate of 6d. per diem [being] the prime cost as the same was furnished the last year: to be sent by the Tilbury now in the river Medway.
Write to the Victuallers to furnish and ship these provisions and my Lords will take care that they be repaid.
An order of Council dated 25 January last is read relating to provisions for Newfoundland, to wit, for erecting new and finishing the old fortifications in the harbour of St. John and directing that such workmen and quantities of bricks, lime and planks be sent thither as the Office of Ordnance (upon consulting with the engineer come from thence) shall find requisite for that service and for building barracks for the Company of men there: and a chain and boom with an iron bridle and a crab or capstone for the security of the harbour: and also for several other provisions for the said Company as belts, cartouche boxes, shoes, kettles, platters and other particulars mentioned in a schedule to the said order annexed amounting to 133l. 15s. 4d.: and also for a year's subsistence [amounting to] 307l. 4s. 2d. and one year's contingents [contingencies] 50l. for so much as is to be performed by the Ordnance. Write [to the above effect] to the Earl of Romney [Master of the Ordnance]. Treasury Minute Book XI, p. 284.