Minute Book: April 1700

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April 1700

April 2,
Present: all the five Lords.
My Lords read and approved the two letters to the Marquess of Carmarthen and Sir Cloudesley Shovel about the accounts of the [Marines'] deductions and the payments thereof to the proper hands.
The Customs Commissioners and Mr. Yates [are] called in.
[Order for] 50l. to be issued upon Mr. Edw. Howard's warrant.
[Write] to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint to be here to-morrow.
Write to Mr. Aldworth and Mr. Young to be here on Friday morning.
[Order for] 2600l. to be issued to the Earl of Manchester upon his ordinary: to be issued out of Civil List Funds.
[Ordered that] 50l. a week from Lady day last is to be paid to Mr. Richard Brayne, upon his own receipt, as a bounty until 2000l. is paid: to be issued out of Secret Service [money in the hands of William Lowndes]. Treasury Minute Book, p. 17.
April 3,
Present: all the Treasury Lords.
Mr. Ryley to be here on Friday morning with Mr. Young.
Sir John Packington and Mr. Welsh [are] called in. The report on the petition of Thomas Ellis is read. My Lords will speak with the Excise Commissioners about this.
[Order for] 875l. to be issued to Mr. Hume and Mr. Cremer and 50l. to Mr. Edw. Howard.
Sir Scroop How [attends] with a memorial for an allowance for clerks for the Salt Duties [Office]. My Lords will determine in a few days.
[Order for] a quarter's allowance [payment] to each of the Secretaries of State for [their] Secret Service [money].
The [Principal] Officers of the Mint attend. A new indenture for the Mint is to be prepared. Ibid., p. 18.
April 3.
afternoon. Kensington.
Present: all the five Treasury Lords.
Write to the Farmers of the Royal Oak Lottery forthwith to clear their rents or they will be prosecuted for the same.
The King comes in.
Mr. Blathwayt [is] called in. The King orders payment of the bills for keeping of the prisoners at Arnheim.
Sir Charles Wyndham's petition is read. Not granted.
Sir Basill Dixwell's petition [is read]. To be considered at a more convenient time.
The memorial of Lady Dorchester and Lady Anglesey [are read].
The King will appoint a day to hear them by their counsel.
The petition of the widow and children of Thomas King Esq. [is read]: not granted.
The petition of the Gentlemen Pensioners [is] read. State how much they are taxed.
The petition of the inhabitants of Colebrook [is read. The King orders them] 50l. towards paving their town.
Sir Charles Hedges' petition [is read] for filling up his lease to 99 years. The King cannot grant such a term.
Capt. James Waller's [petition is read] for 200l. a year till 2000l. is paid him. Granted.
Thomas, Lord Fairfax [his petition is read] for the arrear of 600l. per an. [Ordered] to be paid out of Civil List money [in the Exchequer] in some convenient time.
Tho., Visct. Duplin [his petition is read] for arrears of [his pension of] 1000l. per an. and for the future payments [to be secured]. My Lords are to examine Lord Duplin's patent and see if the pension affects the revenue of the Four-and-a-Half per cent. Duty before it [the receipts of the said revenue] comes into the Exchequer.
The letter from the Lords Justices [Ireland] is read for [in behalf of] Tho. Price, Town Major of Dublin. Ordered [to be paid] out of Concordatum money.
Lord Cornwallis's petition is read for making copper halfpence in Ireland. Referred to the Lords Justices [Ireland] to state the case and give their opinion.
[The petition of the] officers of Lord Lifford's Regiment [is] read. Speak to Lord Coningsby about it.
The King will allow nothing for riding charges to Mr. Beaubuisson.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1000l. for secret service.
The petition of Hugh Bethell Esq. is read for filling up his lease to 99 years. Referred to the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands] to report how much [the fine would be] to fill up the life and how much to make up 99 years.
Mr. Chase's memorial [is read]. To be laid before the King at a more convenient time.
Capt. John Writtle [his petition is read] for the King's share of a seizure he hath lately made. Referred to the Customs Commissioners. Ibid., p. 19.
April 5.
Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Earl of Tankerville, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Hill.
[Order for] 750l. to be issued to the Earl of Jersey for secret service.
Write to the Attorney General to be here to-morrow.
The letter for 361l. to the poor of Windsor et al is read and approved. Ibid., p. 20.
April 9,
Present: all the five Lords.
Two letters for 40l. 13s. 9d. for the innkeepers of Northampton are read and approved.
The Receivers of the Two Millions [attend].
The Trustees for Circulation [of Exchequer Bills] will be here again on Thursday morning.
Mr. Bertie and Mr. Mordant [are] called in. Mr. Mordant says he consented that Mr. Bertie should have the salary to July 1. Mr. Bertie does not demand Mr. Mordant's salary but a reward for his service from 1st July to 22 Dec. 1699.
[Order for] a s[ign] m[anual for the Treasury Lords to direct the Auditor of the Receipt] to pay at the Exchequer a year's salary to those officers who were paid out of the rent payable by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.
Mr. Young is to bring his patent. Ibid., p. 21.
April 12,
Friday, forenoon.
Present: Earl of Tankerville, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Hill.
[Order for] the quarter for the Duke of Gloucester to be paid.
Nicho Baker to be here on Tuesday morning with a list of all his [Crown law] causes.
[Write] to Sir Cloudesley Shovel to be here on Tuesday morning about Capt. Rodney's men; and to bring with him an account of the particular payments actually made by Mr. Povey out of the money lately paid to Sir Cloudesley for that Company.
[Write] to Sir Christopher Wren, Mr. Talman, Mr. Banks, Mris. Simons and Mr. Ball to be here on Tuesday morning next.
Desire Mr. Boyle [struck through]. Write to all my Lords to be here to-morrow morning.
Prepare a new [scheme of] distribution [for the Civil List].
[Order for] 20l. a week to be added to the 150l. a week for the Works: and this 20l. a week is to be applied to pay for the work done by Stacy and Grove.
Mr. Allet and Mr. Glover [attend]. They demand a moiety of 1600l. and odd pounds recovered from the Royal Africa Company. They will advise with Counsel and my Lords will consider.
[Order for] 107l. 5s. 0d. to be issued to the Treasurer of the Chamber for Mr. Norris [joiner of the Privy Chamber, being] due on two bills.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 500l. for secret service. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 22.
April 13,
Saturday, forenoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
If Mr. Percival Brunskel will accept 50l. and promise never to importune the King or trouble this [the Treasury] Office any more my Lords do order the said sum to enable him to go to New York.
[Write] to Mr. Baker to be here on Tuesday morning with a list of pensions paid by him.
[Write] to Col. Codrington to be here on Wednesday morning.
[Write] the Customs Commissioners to attend next Tuesday afternoon.
[Write] the Excise Commissioners to attend next Friday afternoon.
Lord Coningsby [is] called in.
The Agents for Taxes to attend next Tuesday morning with a list of Receivers.
[Order for the issue of] half-a-year to the late Queen's servants to Xmas 1698; to wit for all that were then alive.
[Order for the issue of] 300l. to the Speaker [of the House of Commons].
[Order for] a s[ign] m[anual] for 2000l. in the name of Mr. Brayne.
One entire list of the pensions [of the late Queen's servants and pensioners &c.] which have been paid per Mr. Nicholas is to be prepared.
Those persons which have been paid their pensions in the several offices [including Mr. Nicholas's] are to be continued only in Mr. Nicholas's Office and to receive no more than was payable to them in the said Nicholas's Office.
Write to Mr. Blathwait for inserting on the [Army] Establishment for half-pay from Michaelmas 1697 such persons as by the Votes [of the House of Commons] now sent him are entitled thereunto.
[Order for] 400l. to be issued to Serjeant Ryly upon his order for New Forest. Ibid., p. 23.
April 16,
Tuesday, forenoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1250l. for secret service: pursuant to the King's pleasure.
[Order for] 400l. more to Serjeant Ryly for New Forest.
Sir Christopher Wren, Mr. Tallman, Mr. Ball and some other officers of the Works [are called in]. Mris. Symonds is to quit the house before the 24th of June next.
Look out all the orders about paying the Four-and-a-Half per cent [Duty].
[Write] to Sir Cha. Hedges to be here on Friday morning.
Let Mr. Powys make a collection of all the payments [payable] by dormant warrants.
Mr. Jeremiah Bass and Mr. George Wilcox [attend and] consent that Nicho Baker shall file a Common Bail in Trover and Conversion inter Bass et al plaintiffs and Richard, Earl of Bellomont defendant in the King's Bench and to try the cause at bar next term: and my Lords do promise that whatsoever shall be recovered [against the plaintiffs] for damages or costs in that action shall be made good and paid by this Board to the plaintiffs.
[Order for] a warrant for 500l. to Mr. Nicho Baker [for Crown law charges]. Ibid., p. 24.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: all the five Lords.
The Customs Commissioners attend. Their papers are read and answers [are endorsed or margined] upon them.
My Lords leave it to the Customs Commissioners to do what they think reasonable upon the complaint against Capt. Ellesden.
In reducing the number of extra tidesmen my Lords are of opinion that the Commissioners [should] dismiss those that are least fit for the King's service before midsummer next. Ibid.
April 17,
Wednesday, forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to be here on Tuesday morning about the Yards, wear and tear and other services of the Navy.
Write a letter [of direction to the Receipt] for payment of the warrants for two quarters for the Duchess of Cleveland at the Post Office by 150l. a week from the 2nd April inst.
Write [like] letters for the second quarter for the Duke and Duchess of Grafton, the Duke of Northumberland, the Duke of Southampton and the Duchess of Buckingham: [by tallies] on the 18th payment [of the Two Millions].
[The like for payment of] half-a-year to the [clerks and incidents of the] Commissioners of Trade: [by tallies] on the 19th and 20th payments [of same].
A [like] letter for paying Serjt. Pershouse's warrant forthwith.
[Write] to Mr. Hillyard to be here on Friday week. Ibid., p. 25.
Eodem die, afternoon. Kensington. Present: the King: all the five Treasury Lords.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt [are] called in.
[The King orders] Elizabeth Smith to have 4l. a week from this time till further orders.
Mr. Lowman's bill for the Gardens at Hounslow is to be paid when the house is put off and the King discharged from any further charge there.
Mr. Granville is to be heard by his Counsel before my Lords.
Hugh Bethell Esq. [his petition is read]: a third life to be added [to his lease on his] paying the fine [thereof].
The ground of the late Clockhouse [in Westminster] is to be leased for 31 years at a moderate rent to the inhabitants of St. Margarets [Westminster] on their petition.
The Heralds' petition for their Coronation fees [is read. The King orders it] to be considered by my Lords who are to give their opinions to the King.
The King leaves it to my Lords to decide the matter upon Mr. Bertie's demand [of payment] for the time he executed the Office of Paymaster of the Ordnance [after the appointment of Mr. Mordant as his successor: but only] so as the King does not pay double.
Mr. Latton is to have the Stewardship of Richmond.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes] of 1000l. for secret service. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 26.
April 19,
Friday morning. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Hill.
Warrants to be prepared for half-a-year to the Gentlemen and Grooms of the Bedchamber to pay them up to Xmas 1698.
Mr. Stanyon, Secretary to the Embassy in France, [is ordered] to have six months on his ordinary [viz.] to Feb. 29 last; being 364l.
Sir Charles Hedges [is] called in. The Chancellor of the Exchequer acquaints him that they desired to speak with him to know how the merchandise brought home with Capt. Kid ought to be taken care of. Sir Charles says that the Marshal of the Admiralty should take them in arrest and give notice on the Exchange for persons to make their claims: and that some person be appointed by the Treasury to attend the prosecution of the matter and that the Solicitor of the Treasury may be proper to take care of it: that Mr. Crawley, the Register of the Admiralty, may be proper to take care of any of the goods that are not bulky.
Mr. Crawley, Register of the Admiralty, [is] called in and acquainted that Sir Charles Hedges has informed my Lords that he is the proper officer to take charge of the money and jewels brought home with Kid and of the money [price] of the bulky goods when sold, which [goods] in the mean time are thought fit to be lodged in the Customs warehouse: which Mr. Crawley promises to do.
Capt. Hunt who brought home Capt. Kid's cargo comes in [and is] asked if any goods were in the ship which did not belong to Kid and his associates. He answers, no, not that he knows of.
Mr. Cheke [is] called in [and is] told that he is to take care of arresting the goods &c. as Marshal of the Admiralty; and to give the proper notice: which he promises to do.
The Victuallers [are] called in. Their memorial is read. My Lords will consider it on Wednesday morning next; at which time the Victuallers are to attend. The Navy Commissioners are to attend then.
[Order for] 100l. to the poor of [the parish of] St. Martin's and 50l. to [the poor of] St. James's [parish]. Ibid., p. 27.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: all the five Lords.
The Excise Commissioners come in. Several reports are read. The minutes are taken [and endorsed or margined] upon them.
The Customs Commissioners [are] to attend on Wednesdays in the afternoon instead of Tuesdays.
The Excise Commissioners [are] to attend next Wednesday afternoon, and the Deputy Chamberlains [of the Exchequer as custodians of weights and measures] about the measures to be sent into the several Corporations pursuant to the late Act of Parliament.
Mr. Hildeyard to be here on Wednesday morning.
[Order for] the judges to be paid for last term.
The administratrix of Mr. Smith late undersheriff [of London is] to be paid 1000l. due on two [money] orders for the surplus of his [shrievalty] accounts: to with by 500l. a week in the two first weeks in June. Ibid., p. 28.
April 23.
forenoon. Hampton Court.
Present: the King: all the five Treasury Lords.
The King acquaints my Lords that he has ordered Mr. Blathwayte, who is present, to make an Establishment [for the Forces], which will be sending in few days, which will bring down the expense for the Troops to 300,000l. per an.
The Earl of Ranelagh presents a paper concerning the respits and other things: which is read: and the papers with the King's resolutions thereupon are as follows:
General Objections.
Objections of the several Regiments to the accounts made out by the Earl of Ranelagh.
1. Provisions.
They all object to the charge of provisions supplied by the Transports Commissioners, Mr. Feilding, Mr. Pereira, and Mr. Hill; alledging that they never made any deduction for provisions, having no order to that purpose: and upon reducing and disbanding they had orders to clear without making any deduction whatsoever; the men who received those provisions are since dead, deserted or dismissed the service and have left no arrears in their Regiments to answer any such charge.
Answer to the objections.
Upon the former clearings, particularly after the reduction of Ireland, all provisions were charged to the accounts of the Regiments: but this account being of so long a continuance, if the deduction was not from time to time made by the Officers it will now be difficult to find upon whom it can properly be charged.
The King's determination thereupon.
The King will give all the provisions for the transportation of the men of the Horse, Dragoons and Foot: but the Horse and Dragoons are to be charged with the forage at the rate of 12d. a day for each horse and 8d. a day for each Dragoon, if, upon examining the account of the transport, the charge of the forage doth amount to so much.
2. Respits.
They all likewise object against the respits contained under several heads in a particular account thereof, alleging they are chiefly occasioned by detachments and desertions and that they were at the charge of recruiting [officers] and new clothing without having received any consideration for the same; and particularly such Regiments as were employed in the Arsenal at Camaret Bay do allege that to have been the occasion of great respits on them, a muster being taken in a short time after their landing.
Where the respits shall appear to have been occasioned by detachments and drafts out of any Regiments, and no allowance made for recruit or clothes, or in case of absence by leave or sickness, it seems to be reasonable that such respits should be taken off: and in the case of the loss at Camaret Bay it seems reasonable that the muster of the Regiment concerned there taken immediately after landing should be governed by those [musters] taken last before their imbarcation.
The King's determination.
The King agrees to the answer to this objection.
3. Arms and Tents.
The several Regiments in whose accounts there is a charge from the Office of Ordnance for arms and tents object against both.
It seems reasonable that allowance should be made for what arms shall appear to have been lost in service.
The King's determination.
The King will allow for so many only as were lost in service at Landen, Steinkirk, Namur, Camaret Bay, Dixmuyd and Deynse.
4. Reduced men in Flanders.
The Horse and Dragoons which came from Flanders do object that they have not credit for the reduced men to the 1st November 1697 to which time they were subsisted by the Officers.
The reduced men are allowed but to the 18th Oct. 1697 inclusive, Monsieur Auverquerk having certified that they were then reduced. But if they were accounted with by their officers to the 1st November it seems reasonable they should be allowed to that time.
The King's determination.
They are to have credit in their accounts to the 1st November.
5. Offreckonings.
They desire that the offreckonings may be continued for the reduced men and disbanded Regiments till it answer the debt due to the clothiers.
Where Regiments were disbanded or men reduced before the offreckonings would [suffice to] pay for the clothes which they then wore, it seems reasonable that allowance be made to discharge the same.
The King's determination.
As to the offreckonings where an officer clothed for two years and the Regiment was broke in the meantime before the offreckonings would pay for that clothing the King will allow so much of the offreckonings of those two years as will suffice to discharge that particular clothing according to the Establishment.
6. Forage and Waggon money.
Some Regiments object that they have no allowance for forage and waggon money in Flanders.
The King has been pleased to grant his warrant [for this] and part of it hath been paid by Mr. Hill.
The King's determination.
The arrears of the waggon money is to be paid by debentures.
7. Chirurgeon's mates.
Several Regiments object that they have no credit for a Chirurgeon's mate, which [officer] they always maintained.
There are seven Regiments of Horse and Dragoons who have been allowed subsistence whilst in Flanders for a Chirurgeon's mate for whom there is no Establishment; the want whereof should be supplied by contingent warrants.
The King's determination.
The King agrees to this answer.
8. Duke of Schonberg's Horse.
This Regiment complains that they are doubly charged with the sum of 600l. for horses, in the account to 31 Dec. 1691: for which they desire to be allowed in this account.
This demand is during the time they were on the Irish Establishment. But if upon examination it appears to be just it seems proper that it should be allowed by contingent warrant.
The King's determination.
The double charge, if the fact be proved, is to be taken off.
9. Col. Ross's Dragoons.
This Regiment complains that a sum paid [to] two Troops carried to Dunkirk is charged to their account; which [sum] they looked upon as bounty.
This payment appears to be on account of subsistence, there being no warrant to allow it as bounty.
The King's determination.
The money paid to these two Troops must be put to account of subsistence.
10. Lord Jedburgh's Dragoons.
This Regiment craves credit for the pay of two additional Troops for all the month of March (whereas in the account they commence pay only from the several days in which they were mustered), alleging that the Captains of these Troops were at a great charge in raising them in a little time and have been since disbanded without any allowance or half pay.
They have allowance from the days of raising according to the muster rolls and cannot be otherwise [considered], without the King's favour by particular warrant.
The King's determination.
Their demand disallowed.
(11). Col. Gibson's Foot.
This Regiment craves allowance for the charge of provisions supplied them in Newfoundland, [the officers] having charged none of it to the soldiers, being ordered to the contrary (as they allege): and likewise that the Colonel left great part of the provisions (which he received from the merchants there) for the use of the detachment he left behind, and delivered in what remained after his arrival in England.
The bills of exchange for provisions supplied them in Newfoundland, amounting to 434l. 10s. 4d. were paid and placed to the account of subsistence of the Regiment by order of the Treasury Lords.
The King's determination.
The 434l. 10s. 4d. is to be allowed them.
(12). Scots Regiments.
(a) Most object against the charging of a payment made to the officers shipwrecked in the James galley, in their accompts. (b) They also object against Col. Hamilton's charge for transporting recruits and a loss he sustained by discounting of tallies. (c) They likewise object against a charge of so much paid [to] Col. Bochan for subsisting recruits.
(a) The officers shipwrecked in the James galley received 45 days' pay on account, which is charged to the Regiments, there being no directions to the contrary.
(b) This charge is directed by Mr. Lowndes's letter of 3 July 1699 to be deducted in proportion from the 14 Scots Battalions who received the recruits. (c) This payment was made to Col. Bochan for so much expended by him in subsisting recruits and placed to the account of the arrear of Flanders subsistence by [royal] warrant dated 7–17 July 1697.
The King's determination.
(a) Allowed. (b) the 14 Battalions are to bear this. (c) to stand charged upon the Regiments.
(13). Royal Regiment of Foot.
(a) This Regiment objects against the sum of 103l. 6s. 7d. paid to Mr. Bower at the Hague, being (as they allege) a debt from Sir Robert Douglas who never had any credit in this Regiment: (b) and likewise against a sum of 50l. paid to Capt. Oglevy which they allege was his Majesty's bounty for wounds received.
(a) This payment to Mr. Bower, Minister at the Hague, is charged by Mr. Hill as paid on account of the clearings of the Regiment. (b) The payment to Capt. Oglevy is charged by Mr. Hill as paid on account of his arrears.
The King's determination.
(a) The money paid Bower is not to be put to the account of the Regiment. (b) The 50l. to Oglevy is to be allowed him as a contingent.
(14). Lord Tiveot's Dragoons.
This Regiment complains they have credit in their account only to 7 Feb. 1697–8 though they were not allowed on the Scots Establishment till the 15th March following.
This Regiment is allowed in their account but to the said Feb. 7 inclusive and it appears by certificate from the Commissary General of the Musters in Scotland that they were received on the Scotch Establishment as follows viz. two Troops on 10 March 1697–8; three Troops 13 March; three Troops 16 March: so that it seems reasonable they should be allowed either in England or Scotland for the intermediate time.
The King's determination.
They are to be allowed it in England according to the times in the answer.
(15). Col. Lillingston's Regiment.
It is represented on account of this Regiment that it wanted two thirds of its number when they came home, [which was] occasioned by the great hardship of the service and the sickness of the climate; and that his Majesty was pleased to declare that for the encouragement of the officers to recruit their Companies they should be allowed full [muster] to the 1st of May next following after their landing, having arrived in England about the latter end of the year 1693; upon which the Officers recruited and fully completed their respective Companies within the time limited without one penny of levy money or other assistance from the Treasury. They desire their Companies may be allowed complete from 1 Nov. 1693 to 1 May following according to the King's said gracious declaration. It is further prayed that (in regard the offreckonings were very much anticipated by a double clothing [one] had by Col. Foulk and another provided by Col. Lillingston) the offreckonings may be allowed for the whole time, which will otherwise fall in the arrears of the Officers. They complain that the Paymaster has computed their pay from 1st Jan 1692–3 according to the muster taken for November and December preceding wherein many men are wanting, though the Regiment was fully completed at their going on board by a draft out of the Regiments of Lloyd and Beaumont then in garrison at Portsmouth, for whom the officers paid a guinea a man; and by Mr. Fotherby's certificate now in the Paymaster's [of the Forces] hands there were but 55 men wanting in June following at a muster taken at Barbados: therefore it is humbly prayed that the Regiment may be relieved in this particular also.
Such Companies as appeared complete the 1st May 1694 are computed so from the 1st January preceding, and the rest [are computed] according to the numbers that appeared [mustered] the said 1st of May; according to the King's warrant in that behalf.
The King's determination.
The answer is allowed.
(16). Col. Colt's Regiment.
It is represented on account of this Regiment that at their going to the West Indies in 1692 Col. Goodwin was assured by his Majesty that if the Regiment could be made complete for that service it would be taken very kindly and considered at a suitable time. The Regiment was complete[d] accordingly, at the great charge of the Officers. Soon after landing in England they were mustered, which occasioned great respits and 10 months after there was a detachment of 26 men taken out of the Regiment and sent for Flanders with their clothes, without any consideration [to the Officers for same]. The year following they had 220 men detached to Jamaica and [these] were all respited at the next muster taken of the Regiment. In consideration whereof the Officers humbly hope the King will order the removal of the respits on this Regiment.
It seems reasonable that allowance be made for the detachments from this Regiment.
The King's determination.
Respited in order to be further considered.
The time for bringing in the proposals for the Excise is prolonged to the 8th May 1700.
My Lords are to consult with the Chancellor of Ireland about the matters that concern that kingdom.
The work done at Hampton Court is to be admeasured and cast up and an estimate is to be made of the [said] works which are to be done by Talman, Wise and the Office [of Works]. Treasury Minute Book XII, pp. 29–32.
April 24,
forenoon. Treasury Chambers Cockpit.
Present: all the five Lords.
Desire Mr. Methuin to be here on Friday morning.
The Navy Commissioners are called in about the interest of six per cent. claimed by the creditors of the Navy upon the tallies which were levied on the Two Millions (without interest) from the time they were levied till they came in course of payment.
My Lords are of opinion that the payment by those tallies was very good [prompt] and that they [the creditors] ought not to insist upon the said interest.
[Write] to the Earl of Orford, the Navy Commissioners and the Auditors of Imprests to attend next Wednesday about the said Earl's account [as late Treasurer of the Navy].
Write to Mr. Levi to be here on Monday morning.
The Victuallers are called in. [Ordered that] 5000l. is to be issued to the Navy for the Victuallers in further part of their proportion out of the 364,000l. appropriated out of loans on the 2s. Aid.
The Victuallers [are] to give my Lords an account how many tallies upon the salt duty do remain unassigned and an estimate of the unsatisfied debt to which these tallies are applicable. Ibid., p. 33.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: all the five Lords.
The Usher of the Receipt is to bring in a certificate of what is due to him, [for necessaries by him provided for the Receipt] distinguishing the service for the respective Offices.
Mr. Hooper and Mr. Hamilton are called in. They desire some [copies] of the printed Acts for the Irish Forfeitures and the accounts. My Lords order one of each sort for every county of Ireland and one for each [of the] Commissioner[s] [of Forfeitures] and their secretary.
Send to the Attorney General the case (which Mr. Townsend will state) upon the Act concerning the measures [for ale and beer 11 Wm. III. c. 15]: and let Mr. Townsend with Mr. Low and Mr. Le Neve attend him: and desire the Attorney General to give his opinion thereupon. Ibid.,
April 26,
Present: ut supra.
Write to Mr. Blathwaite that the King having acquainted my Lords that a new Establishment [for the Forces] should be prepared in very few days, my Lords desire him to hasten the same with all expedition and to transmit it to the [this] Board as soon as possible.
Mr. Pauncefoot [attends]. My Lords order 20,000l. out of the loans on the 2s. Aid to be issued to the Earl of Ranelagh upon account for or towards the discharging of the half pay for the half year ending March 25 last:
likewise 24,000l. more to him for arrears which became due to the Guards and Garrisons in the year ended 1699 Dec. 24, other than the money due for clothing.
[Order for the issue of] 30,000l. to Francis Eyles et al on the order for the same in part of 40,000l. appropriated for the charge of circulating Exchequer Bills: to be issued out of loans ut supra.
[The Irish] Lord Chancellor Methwyn [comes in]. The Irish papers are considered.
[Write] to the Agents for Taxes (not this afternoon) and the Commissioners of the Stamp Office to be here on Monday morning.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 1600l. for secret service; by 100l. a week.
Prepare an additional scheme [of the distribution of the funds] for the rest of the 29 weeks.
Walter Devereux [is] called in. He offers his method for preventing exportation of wool, which my Lords will consider. Ibid., p. 34.
April 29,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Hill.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 2000l. for secret service: viz. 300l. forthwith and the rest by 100l. a week.
My Lords direct the copies of the several privy seals formerly passed for the rent of Mote Park to be sent to the Attorney and Solicitor General to peruse: and desire them to fix a day on which my Lords may hear them as for the King and Mr. Granville by his Counsel. And Mr. Nich Baker is to attend with the said copies in the mean time.
The Agents for Taxes are called in. My Lords direct them to inspect the accounts which passed before Aug. 24 last and where any of them passed by the Receiver's oath without duplicates the Agents are to get the duplicates returned and to compare the charge in those accounts with the said duplicates; and if there be any errors they are to see they be rectified in the next account: and where the [local Assessment] Commissioners are negligent the Agents are to apply to the Exchequer Court to compel them to return the duplicates.
And my Lords direct the Agents to write to all the Receivers as well of the Land Tax as of the Births, Burials &c. to pass their accounts every year before Michaelmas; otherwise my Lords will proceed against them: and that the Receivers use their diligence in procuring the duplicates to be returned and signify to the Agents timely where there is any default of that kind.
My Lords direct the Agents to proceed against Whitley and his sureties. State the case of Mr. Whitley and consult with the Attorney General whether my Lords can take him into custody by a serjeant at arms.
The Commissioners of the Stamp Office [attend].
The Earl of Tankerville comes in. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 35.
April 30,
forenoon. Hampton Court.
Present: the King: all the five Treasury Lords.
Memorandum: that the report of the Office of Works for the debt at Windsor be brought here next Tuesday.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt [are called in].
The new Establishment for the Forces is signed amounting to 272,156l. 3s. 4d. per an.
The King orders that 9½ pence per diem and no more be charged for the forage of each horse and 8d. per diem for each Dragoon [to wit, the forage] which was furnished by the Commissioners of Transports.
Send to Mr. Secretary Vernon to write to Mr. Stanhope to send over George Murray.
Sir James Jeffrys to have 20s. a day as Governor of Cork in Ireland.
The letter [praying] for [increase of the salary of] the Masters in Chancery in Ireland [is read]. The King does not think fit to grant any additional salary.
[Order for] 100l. a year a piece to two sons of Lord Bophin from Lady day last.
Jasper English's petition [is read]. The King will not grant it.
Col. John Farwell [his petition is read]. The King will not be at the expense of his house.
Count Frize to be paid one year's allowance out of the Civil List money as a bounty.
Major Goldstein [his petition is read. Order for] a contingent warrant for 597l. 2s. 6d.
[A petition is read from the] two Independent Companies at St. Christophers. My Lords are to consider the case of those Companies.
Mr. Rigbey's (Rigby's) petition is read. Half is granted.
Ann Sheldrake [her petition is read]. Not granted.
Ann Somerfeild [her petition is read]. Granted.
There is to be no stay of prosecution against William Penn on his bond.
Duke of Schonberg [his petition is read] for a lease of his house &c. To be considered.
Archibald Hamilton [his petition is read. Order for] 50l. [as royal] bounty.
Mr. Methuen [his petition is read for] 500l. Respited.
Household Drums and Fife [their petition is read. Ordered that their pay is] to be continued out of Contingent money.
Signor Varrio [Verrio his petition is read. Ordered] to be paid 200l. on account of his [painting] work.
The money is to be furnished to subsist those [that are] come from Algiers to buy arms.
[The King directs] my Lords to consider the report concerning New York.
Mr. Robinson's bill is to be paid out of Civil List money [in the Exchequer].
Lord Somers' allowance of 4000l. a year is to continue till the 24th June 1700. Ibid., p. 36.
May 1.
forenoon. Treasury Chambers, Cockpit.
Present: all the five Lords.
[Order for] 2871l. 4s. 6d. on Mr. Hume's [money] order: [to be issued] out of Civil List money.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Customs and of Excise not to attend this afternoon.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwait to be here this afternoon at 6 of the clock.
The Earl of Orford [is] called in and Mr. Papillon junr. He is to prepare a memorial concerning the difference between Lord Orford's account and his own.
The Navy Commissioners [are] called in.
[Write to] desire the Admiralty Lords to speak with my Lords on Friday morning at 10 o'clock at which time my Lords have ordered the Navy Commissioners to attend. Ibid., p. 37.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Blathwayte [attends].
Write to the Earl of Ranelagh to be here to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock. Ibid.
May 2,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle; Mr. Hill.
Mr. Beaubisson is to be paid 253l. 1s. 3d. [to pay him up] to midsummer 1699.
The letter for 44,423l. 17s. 2½d. for the Guards and Garrisons is read and ordered to be signed.
[Write] to the Victuallers to be here to-morrow morning.
Prepare a sign manual for a privy seal to pay the accustomed fees of the officers at Hampton Court (amounting to — per an.) out of the Exchequer. Ibid., p. 38.
May 3,
Present: Earl of Tankerville; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
The letter to the Exchequer for 89,223l. 0s. 11¾d. as distributed [among the items of expenditure] by a scheme of this day's date is read and approved.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. They acquaint my Lords that they together with the officers of the Mint and Works have taken a survey of the Tower and can find no convenient place to build a new house for the smith of the Ordnance.
My Lords considering the same and that a new building in another place (if it could be found) would occasion an extra expense and that the smith of the Ordnance hath long possessed the house in the Mint, are pleased that he do continue in possession of that house: And the Officers of the Ordnance are to proceed in the new building of the same for him.
The Lords of the Admiralty come in about the distribution of the money remaining of the funds of this year.
The Navy Commissioners are called in.
Ordered that 21,547l. [be issued] for Lady day quarter 1699 and 34,749l. for midsummer quarter 1699 to complete the pay of the Yards for the two years, being together 56296l.: [to be issued] out of the money in the Exchequer:
[Issues are further] ordered of 30,000l. for the course and 20,000l. for the ordinary [of the Navy] and 10,000l. for recalls [the said last item] to be placed to the head of wages and to be paid by 500l. a week.
It's generally concluded that the 20,000l. for Sick and Wounded must be taken out of wear and tear.
The Victuallers are called in.
An account is to be taken of the remain in the hands of Lord Orford [late Treasurer of the Navy] and it is to be delivered over to the present Treasurer Sir Thomas Littleton.
[Write] to the Earl of Ranelagh to be here on Monday morning.
Write to the Ordnance to provide long Fusees to the value of 400l. and ammunition to the value of 100l. according to the memorial received from the Commissioners for Trade and deliver them to Mr. Champante, Agent to the Earl of Bellomont, who is to send them to New York to be disposed as part of a present to the Five Nations of the Indians.
Write to Mr. Champante that my Lords desire him to provide clothes to the value of 300l. according to such directions as he shall receive from the Commissioners for Trade; to be disposed as part of the [above] present to the Five Nations of Indians: and to apply to my Lords with his bill of charges for the said clothes not exceeding as above. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 39.
May 6,
Present: all the five Lords.
Sir John Conyers and Mr. Price, security for Mr. Mason late Receiver [of Taxes for Co. — are called in]. They desire that process may be issued against Mason and his estate real and personal and that they may have leave to follow it at their own charge: which my Lords direct.
The Earl of Montagu [is] called in. He lays before the Board an estimate of goods to be furnished at Hampton Court amounting to 1044l. 7s. 4d. per an.; which is [ordered] to be laid before the King.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwaite are called in. [Issues as follows to the said Earl for the Forces are] ordered.
£ s. d.
Out of the money of the Salt tallies which were deposited in the Dutch Ambassador's hands and [which] is to be repaid to the Earl of Ranelagh by Mr. Hill:
for 14 days' subsistence to May 12 next for 54 men to be disbanded out of the Royal Regiment of Horse [by] six out of a Troop 75 12 0
bounty money at disbanding for the same men, being 12 days' full pay to each man 81
for Major General Lumley's Regiment for the same number of men 156 12 0
for 14 days' subsistence for 24 men of Col. Wood's Regiment to be reduced (four out of each Troop) for the same time 33 12 0
for bounty [as above] to the same men 36
the like for Col. Windham's Regiment 69 12 0
the like for the Duke of Schonberg's Regiment 69 12 0
Out of the money of the loans on the 2s. Aid, in part of 300,000l.:
for subsistence to be advanced to the Troops that are to march to the Review at Hounslow Heath viz. the Royal Regiment of Horse, for two weeks' subsistence from the beginning of their march 614 12 0
Major General Lumley's [Regiment] ditto 614 12 0
Col. Wood's [Regiment] ditto 410 11 0
Brigadier Windham's [Regiment] one week 205 11 0
Duke of Schonberg's [Regiment] ditto 205 11 0
Lord Raby's Dragoons for four weeks 634 8 8
Col. Lloyd's Dragoons for two weeks 317 4 4
Out of the money of the Salt tallies as above:
for the subsistence for four weeks to the 26th inst. of the two Regiments of Horse and one of Dragoons that are to go for Ireland and the three Companies of Fusiliers [which are] to be broke 2564 7 4
for subsistence to the Regiment in the West Indies of Col. Fox from Jan. 1 last to—
If any person will advance to Col. Codrington 2704l. 6s. 9½d. due to him for arrears of his father's salary as Chief Governor of the Leeward Islands my Lords will cause the same to be repaid out of the Four-and-a-half per cent. Duty with five per cent. interest as soon as so much arises from that branch [of the revenue] sufficient to satisfy same.
Send for Mr. Ferne and Mr. Thrale to be here on Wednesday morning. Ibid., pp. 40–1.
May 7.
Hampton Court.
Present: the King: all the five Treasury Lords.
The King will have the Companies in New York to be supplied by the men to be disbanded in Jersey and Guernsey and Ireland.
The estimate for the Wardrobe is read. See the minute [endorsed] upon it.
Upon the address for the Clerks of the House of Commons the King resolves to do something for the under clerks.
The King will discharge Mr. La Rue's bond, and he is to state his case upon this point whether the value intended him can be made good out of forfeited estates by the saving of his grant; and my Lords will refer it to the Attorney General.
[Order for] 50l. to the Countess of Cavan to carry her to Ireland.
[Order for] 50l. to Capt. Bourk as [royal] bounty. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 42.
May 8.
Treasury Chambers. Cockpit
Present: all the five Lords.
[Order for] 500l. to be issued to H. Baker [for Crown Law charges], out of which he is to pay 200l. to Mr. Armitage on his bills.
Write to my Lord Carmarthen that upon consideration of the matter between Capt. Ash and Capt. Bradbury my Lords are clearly of opinion that every book ought to be made up by the Captain that was in commission for that time.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 3000l. for secret service: to wit 1000l. this [week] and 1000l. in each of the subsequent weeks.
If any person or persons will lend any sum not exceeding 6000l. upon credit of the Exchequer in General for reducing the Troops and lessening the expense my Lords will take care that it shall be repaid with interest at six per cent. within six months' time.
[Order for] 3333l. 6s. 8d. to be issued on the [money] orders [already made out, as] in further part of 40,000l. for charge of circulating Exchequer Bills: to be issued out of loans on the 2s. Aid. Ibid., p. 43.
May 10,
Present: all the five Lords.
My Lords approve the letter [of direction] for 1822l. 0s. 4½d. for Capt. Dering and other Marines.
[Letter of direction for the issue of] 400l. more to Serjeant Ryly upon his [money] order; he bringing in his account in the first place.
[Write] to Mr. Parry, Mr. Noel and their partners to be here tomorrow morning.
Mr. Parry and company [attend]. They will be here to-morrow.
Hasten the Solicitor General for his report concerning the last payment of advance money by the New East Indies Company.
[Write] to Mr. Ryly to be here on Monday morning with Mr. Young. Ibid., p. 44.
May 11. Present: all the five Lords.
Francis Parry Esq. and partners, proposers for the Excise are called in. They are told the rent they would ascertain [guarantee] is less than this year's neat produce and much less than the medium of the neat produce for five years past: that my Lords take the offer of 760,000l. to be better than that of 780,000l. because there is no certainty of the 30,000l.
Mr. Parry says the neat produce at midsummer 1699 was no more than 730,000l. and they offer 30,000l. more: that the charge of management (excluding the drawback) hath been and must be 114,700l. that 2267l. was charged in the last year's account for the King's brewhouse and [was] never answered; and the drawbacks are 3855l. 15s. 5½d.; and the bad debts and overcharges last year were 5000l.
Mr. Parry says there is an increase in the first half of the present year because the Malt Duty went off but in the third quarter it sunk.
They reckon that out of the 110,000l. there must be deducted the charge of the King's Commissioners and officers and incidents, which are to be continued on the King's account.
My Lords observe that Dashwood and partners [former Farmers of Excise] ascertained a quarter rent in proportion to the Duty, whereby the surplus was lessened and they were contented with 12d. [per £ on that surplus] whereas these [proposers] demand 2s. 6d. on a great surplus.
Mr. Parry says Dashwood et al ascertained on an increasing Duty.
It is replied that the revenue is now rising, there is a prospect of plenty; the Act for the measure[s of beer and ale] will mend the Duty.
My Lords observe that the proposers take the lowest year for produce and the highest for charges of management: and that by reason of the low rent the hazard is less and yet they ask 10,000l. reward. My Lords tell them they cannot admit of seven weeks' suspension of the rent. They also tell them they shall hardly make difficulty about the sum [amount] of the advance so as it be sufficient, with the covenants, to secure the rent.
My Lords desire them to mend their proposal as to the ascertained [fixed] rent and poundage and to ascertain the charge of management better.
They will attend again next Monday morning.
And my Lords desire them to review their proposal as to salt and to make it more certain. Ibid., p. 45.
May 13,
Present: Earl of Tankerville, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Hill.
Issue 40,000l. to the Navy for wages, out of loans on the 2s. Aid.
Write the Attorney and Solicitor General to attend next Wednesday morning upon the matter contained in the enclosed papers concerning some jewels lately seized on board the Neptune. Write the Customs Commissioners to attend then; and to the Governor &c. of the East India Company for some of them to attend then. And the parties concerned are to have copies of any of the papers referred to my Lords.
The Excise Commissioners are called in. My Lords direct them to make an account of the Salt Duties for the year ended Xmas 1699.
Write to the Exchequer for an account of all the payments on the Salt Duties in the said year.
Mr. Parry and Company are called in. He says they do offer 30,000l. more than it [the Excise] made last year.
They are told that the computation of 30,000l. is made by reckoning into the charge of management the charge of the Leather Duty. My Lords shew them a list of the officers of the Leather Duty now discharged or discharging amounting to above 8000l. per an.
The Earl of Tankerville reads the report received this day from the Excise Commissioners wherein the whole present charge of management is affirmed to be 105,797l. 7s. 7¼d. and no more and for the future it will not exceed 103,000l. per an.
Mr. Parry says as there is a prospect of a plentiful year for corn so there is of fruit for cyder; the latter is a prejudice to the revenue.
My Lords say [the first] plenty extremely overbalances that loss.
My Lords ask them if they have their proposal amended.
They say they will answer 30,000l. a year beyond the last year's produce ended at midsummer 1699, let the produce be what it will: but they insist that the charge of management is 114,700l. per an. They insist still on 5000l. for bad debts and overcharges which the Commissioners make [only] about 3000l. per an. They do not insist on having the salary of those officers employed at present in making up their accounts and they are not in their paper. They insist upon all other parts of their proposal. Treasury Minute Book XII, p. 46.