Minute Book: October 1699

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

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October 1699

Oct. 3,
Present: ut supra.
My Lords cannot pay the Earl of Castlehaven's pension till they receive the King's direction for it.
Mr. Papillon [attends. Write] to the Auditors of Imprests to be here this day week about the accounts of the old Victuallers.
Richard Bovet [is] called in. He complains of the officer at Gravesend for disaffection and corruption in his office. His name is Parker. He desires Thomas Randall and others may be summoned but afterwards says he'll bring them here without summons this day week.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. They are to discourse with the East India Company concerning their salt petre.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners to excuse their attendance [here] this afternoon. Ibid., p. 182.
Oct. 4,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Boyle.
The letter to the Earl of Ranelagh for Lieut. Col. Duncanson and also [that] for the late Com[missioners] for the Leeward Islands is read and approved.
[Order for] a warrant to imprest 500l. to H. Baker [for Crown Law expenses].
The Trustees for Exchequer Bills [are] called in. They say they have money for the 80l. Bills and desire they may be called in. My Lords leave this matter to the Trustees.
[Write] a letter to the Exchequer to pay to Sir Theodore Janssen the 3000l. remaining unpaid to him on his order for the King's subscription to the Bank.
[Write] to Mr. Paschal and Mr. Cock, deputy to Mr. Herbert, to be here on Thursday week; and Mr. Paschall will [is to] then bring an account how they would dispose of the cash in the Treasurer's hands.
[Write] to Mr. George Clerk, Mr. Abbot and Mr. Corbet to be here this day week about the adjutants and chirurgeons of the Marine Regiments. Treasury Minute Book Vol. XI, p. 183.
Oct. 5.
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith.
[Write] to Mr. Crummelin to be here this day week. Ibid., p. 184.
Oct. 6.
Present: ut supra.
The letter to Mr. Clerk for the money due for half pay to the Marine officers is read and approved.
Mr. Poyke is called in. His petition is read. He says Bromage died in 1695 and there was a meeting of the Messengers [of the Chamber] where Mr. Chapman proposed to have Mr. Atterbury bo[ught] into the place of clerk of the cheque at the cost of the society [the Messengers]. There has not been any miscarriage but through the 7 men that are witnesses against him and they have been turned out but still found ways to come in again: that Mr. King (that swore against Mr. Poyke) had a French spy ordered to Newgate and he kept him under pretence of being sick for which he was turned out and came in again (as he informed King [sic for Poyke]) by giving 30 guineas to Mr. Coling: that King made bills for above 1000l. for keeping persons that really were not kept by him: that he had a warrant to take one Connell and took money of Watkins a chirurgeon to give Connel notice [so] that he might not be taken.
Poyke confesses that he himself passed some of King's bills:
[He further says] that King was Collector] in St. Martins, altered the books, was indicted by the parish and that Freeman, the oilman in the Pall Mall, can prove his composition and will justify this [statement]:
[Poyke further says] that Mr. Sutton (who swore against Smith) let Sir James Montgomery escape and pretended the centinels took the lock off the door; whereas Mr. Gibbs (another messenger who swore against Poyke) was the man that actually took the lock off the door and Poyke can prove it:
that Jones, a messenger, took a traitor in Pepper Alley and never took 2 blunderbusses that were in the same house nor dangerous papers that were in his pocket: but Jones is dead since:
that Mr. Young (another messenger) used a scandalous argument at the 'George' alehouse in Oxenden Street 3 years ago against the King's title whilst King James lived: Young was sent with an express from the King in Flanders to Admiral Russell and the vessel was taken without his throwing the express overboard:
that Mr. Chapman was sent from Hampton Court to London with an express which he lost by the way and the King ordered him to be turned out but Mr. Atterbury, then clerk of the Cheque, sent him out of the way to Copenhagen that the King's order might not be obeyed: that Chapman with one Gethings (who sold his place a little before the breaking out of the plot) drank King James's health and confusion to the Confederates; which [statement] Mr. Kainge will justify.
[Poyke further says that] Richard Hayward let Newburne and Buttler (who were lately condemned for treason) escape when he had them in custody and this Hayward had a warrant to take Sir John Freind and went with Haycock, a footman, and acquainted Sir John Freind with it and did not bring him to town or his papers:
that Mr. Knight has been twice suspended, once for that he having in custody one Montigny (that cost the King 200l.) did suffer him to go at large so that he was taken in breaking open the house of one Marais a messenger.
That King has put [him] Poyke to 30l. charge in the Spi[ritual] Court upon pretence that he called King's wife whore at the Treasury Board.
That King suffered one Burnel to make an escape from him without being examined.
John Simpson [is] called in. He was Mr. King's servant and gives in a list of bills [to a total] of 956l. which Mr. King had for prisoners that Mr. King never maintained.
John Keite, named in the said list for 159l., says he never lay one night at King's house and at most he dined with him but once. Mr. Keite's affidavit to this purpose is read; and an affidavit of Susan Simpson concerning King's hearing Capt. Hamilton drinking King James's health without rebuking him.
Tho. Aldridge (named in Simpson's list for 33l.) says he never was in Mr. King's keeping, but he eat with him once.
David Buck (named in the list for 28l. 10s. 0d.) says on muster days he came to King's house and eat there 5 or 6 times but no oftener,
Simpson says that by chance on muster days these prisoners might eat at Mr. King's.
Simpson says King gave leave to Brabason, a priest, Tho. Nicholson and James Stuart (when in custody) to go to mass.
Solomon Smith's affidavit concerning King's accusation against Poyke is read; and Tho. Smith's affidavit concerning the same is read.
John Egan says that in Aug. 1698 King had a warrant against him but Egan had a licence to stay in the kingdom. King took his word and [Egan] never eat or drank in King's house: and for this King has charged in his bill about 20l.: that he, John Egan, has heard that King had a warrant against Connell and took money of him and did not serve the warrant for a good while but afterwards did serve it.
Simpson says that Rutland (for whom King charges 41l.) did lie one or 2 nights in King's house and not afterwards.
Rowland Freeman says that Burgesse Lawne, upon King's indictment, made peace with the parish or he [King] had been punished.
Francis Clerk says he heard Mr. Young at the 'George' alehouse say that he believed there were many honest gentlemen had not taken the oaths to the Government.
William Buckingham says he heard Young, at the 'George' say that King William had no right to the Crown of England as long as King James lived. This was soon after Secretary Trenchard died.
George Simpson, who kept the 'George' alehouse, heard Young hold an argument in which he wondered in whose power it was to dethrone King James and crown King William and by what law it was; or to that effect. He was something in drink.
Solomon Smith says a Dutch soldier undertook to blow up Kensington House and De Brien's footman was there; but it was a contrivance between those two to hang anybody they could draw in.
Mr. Poyke will attend again next Thursday morning. Treasury Minute Book XI, pp. 185–7.
Oct. 10,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Boyle.
Mr. Papillon [attends. Write] the Auditors of Imprests to attend this day week about the accounts of the Contractors for the Victualling in the year 1672. Ibid., p. 188.
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Excise Commissioners come in and present a memorial concerning arrears of Excise standing in the Collectors' accounts for beer alleged to be brewed for the Victualling. My Lords direct Mr. Tow[n]send to attend the Attorney and Solicitor General therewith and to inform them of the nature of the matter contained in the said memorial and then, if the Commissioners desire, a day shall be appointed for them and the Attorney and Solicitor General to attend my Lords thereupon.
Several petitions relating to the Excise are read. The answers are taken thereon. Mr. Thompson's petition being read touching the office of Register of Excise granted to him and Mr. Noel and complaining that Mr. Noel refuses to pay what he promised to allow a deputy and also the King's tax for his share of the salary, it is ordered that the said Thompson and Mr. Noell attend this day week with the Excise Commissioners.
A letter from Mr. Yard is read signifying the direction of the Lords Justices [of England] that 25l. be paid to Thomas Shorter for his attendance on them this year as Chamber keeper. Ordered accordingly. Ibid., p. 188.
Oct. 11,
Present: Mr. Montague, Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer [Mr. Smith], Mr. Boyle.
[Write] Mr. Henry Baker to attend to-morrow morning about the business of Sir John Freind's brew house.
Petitions are read and the answers are [endorsed or margined] upon them.
Mr. Bernard Granville to have 150l. out [of] secret service [money in the hands of William Lowndes].
Mris. Grove to be put down in the list for 100l. bounty.
Mr. Gostlin to have his 100l. out [of] secret service [money as above] forthwith; he being to go into the country to his parsonage.
Lord Montagu and Auditor Done to be here on Friday morning. Ibid., p. 189.
Oct. 12,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Boyle.
Mr. Paschal and Mr. Cock are called in. They will be here again this day week.
[Write] a letter to the Earl of Ranelagh to pay (out of the Disbanding money [in his hands]) 676l. 10s. 8d. and 410l. 18s. 0d. to the Navy Treasurer to clear the adjutants and chirurgeons of the 2 Marine Regiments according to two certificates of the agents [of the said Regiments].
[Ordered that] 11086l. 10s. 8d. (as in Mr. Abbot's memorial of this day) is to be issued [to the Earl of Ranelagh] out of loans on the Land Tax viz. 9080l. 10s. 2d. for subsistence to the Troops to the 23rd inst and 2006l. 0s. 6d. for subsistence to the Garrisons to 1699 June 24.
[Write] to the Earl of Montagu and Auditor Done to attend on Tuesday morning next and not this afternoon.
A letter [of direction is ordered to be written to the Exchequer] for 300l. to the Speaker of the House of Commons, on his order.
Write to Mr. Poyke and his witnesses to attend to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 190.
Oct. 13,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Boyle.
Mr. Poyke [is] called in (for the hearing between the clerks of the cheque and the [Chamber] Messengers. He charges King for betraying his warrant in the case of Connell.
Ferdinando Watkins says about 5 months ago he was at the "Blue Posts" and one (he knows not his name) that is an interpreter at the Portugal Ambassador's gave King 10l- but Watkins says King told that man he had no warrant against Connell.
Charles Marcus says King said he would turn out Poyke or lose his own place.
Poyke says Knight let Montigny (when he should be in his custody) break open Marais' house and he was taken in the attempt.
Marais says he knows nothing of this [he then] being out of town but his family knows something of it. Marais says he heard Chapman propose the Messengers should lay down 5l. apiece to bring in Atterbury again, or he said it would be better for them to do so.
Cha. Kainge says he was in company with Chapman and one Gethings and one Bromidge at the 'Rose and Crown' in Rotterdam where Chapman and Gethings drank King James's health and cursed the States and Bromidge gave information of this to Lord Dursley at the Hague; for which Chapman and Gethings were suspended but afterwards restored by the Earl of Dorset.
Poyke says Chapman was concerned about Mris. Gaunt: and then [Poyke] goes out.
The gentlemen and others of the Bank are called in. They demand 5000l. for a deficiency of their fund for the last year ended at 1 June 1699. They are to produce a certificate in [due] form from the Exchequer.
Poyke [is] called in again. He offers an affidavit of Tho. Smith against Sutton, the messenger, for suffering Sir James Montgomery to escape.
Poyke says all the miscarriages are amongst the 7 men [who] have accused him. These 7 men would have 6d. in the £ allowed [to] Mr. Vanbrugh for soliciting (as there was [allowed] to Dr. Richards) and because Mr. Vanbrugh is possessed by them [with the idea] that he (Poyke) did oppose it Mr. Vanbrugh is become Poyke's enemy, whereas in truth he never opposed it and about two or three and thirty have signed it: that Mr. V[anbrugh] has allowed the 10s. a day for keeping [prisoners] but made the deductions on the riding charges.
Thomas Widdows says he formerly gave intimation of unreasonable allowances and he heard Mr. Vanbrugh since say they were before Mr. Standly and nothing could be made out; but he supposes it hath been made fully appear to my Lords.
Poyke says Vanbrugh will not allow Marais one farthing for keeping Goodman because he is his friend and a bill happens to be lost, whereas every one knows the keeping of Goodman was a charge to Marais.
He says the Messengers sue him for the money he received of his poundage of 6d. the £, whereas he produces their own agreement and Lord Dorset's warrant for 6d. in the £ in lieu of 12d. per £ formerly allowed.
Widdows says there is no such ancient allowance; but the occasion was at first that the clerk of the cheque would give a messenger the best warrants for such allowance.
The copy of a letter from Widdows to Vanbrugh is read shewing how the Messengers' allowances are increased. He says Atterbury was the first that made bills for keeping prisoners and if 2 messengers went to Newmarket the others contributed without putting the King to charge; and so if they went to Oxford: their salary is 50l. a year within half a crown: he gave 300l. to the Lord Chamberlain [?for his post] presently after the Restoration.
Robert Jenkinson says the door of the messengers' chamber was broke open a little before the difference between the messengers and the clerks of the cheque.
Poyke says he then lost several copies of the bills of the men that accuse him.
Poyke says he has not increased the allowances. Treasury Minute Book XI, pp. 191–2.
Oct. 17,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Order for] 500l. to be issued to Mr. Hen. Baker upon his order [for Crown Law expenses].
[Write] to Mr. Butts, the two Auditors of Imprests and the Commissioners of Transports to attend this day fortnight about Mr. Butts's accounts.
The Earl of Montagu and Auditor Done [attend] about the said Earl's demand. The Auditor's report of 29 Sept. 1699 [is read]. The Auditor thinks the allowance of 2200l. per an. should be made but he wants a power [authorisation] to make it because of the patent of revocation. The opinions of the Attorney and Solicitor General and several other lawyers are read importing that the patent of revocation is void. [Write] to the Attorney and Solicitor General to attend on Thursday morning about this.
[Sir Thomas Littleton a former contractor for the Victualling and now] the Speaker [of the House of Commons attends] with others of the old Victuallers of the Navy, and Mr. [auditor] Done. The auditor's report is looked over on which all the articles were formerly settled except that of 5196l. 8s. 0d. for extra charge of carrying provisions beyond the limits. The Victuallers recede from this article. Let the auditors prepare a privy seal according to the resolutions in this report; and let the auditors state their interest account and lay the same before my Lords.
[Order for] Mr. Charles Boyle to be Receiver of the Alienation Office in the room of Mr. Nicholas.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [attend]. They propose buying 500 tons of saltpetre.
Lock the [Treasury Chamber] doors on Thursday morning except for Lord Montagu and Mr. Done.
[Write] to the Excise Commissioners, Mr. Noel and Mr. Tompson to attend next Tuesday afternoon and not this afternoon. Ibid., p. 193.
Oct. 18,
Present: Mr. Montagu; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
My Lords read the list of sums claimed on [orders on] the Civil List [money in the Exchequer] and make a [direction of the] distribution thereupon. Ibid., p. 194.
Oct. 19,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
The Earl of Montagu, Auditor Done, and the Attorney and Solicitor General come in (for the hearing about the said Earl's demand of a salary for his office). The Attorney General acquaints my Lords that when he and the Solicitor General gave their opinions about the salary to the Earl they thought the proviso in the letters patent granting the 2200l. per an. to the Earl in lieu of his fees of measurage and poundage, during life, with power to his Majesty to discontinue the said salary and for the Earl thereupon to [again] take his ancient fees of measurage and poundage, was intended as a benefit to the said Earl.
The Solicitor General says 'twas by way of exchange and that if that proviso had not been in the grant he thinks his lordship could not have had recourse to his fees of measurage and poundage without applying to the King.
Lord Montagu says a great part of his office [functions and profits] was taken away and put into the office of the Master of the Horse and this 2200l. was settled for that reason; and he has never taken any fees since the settlement thereof.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer observes that in the account of 1695 his lordship has not made any demand of the salary but in the account for 1696 he demands for the whole time from his suspension in 1683.
Lord Montagu says it might be a neglect in his deputy but that his lordship has always deducted it out of the issues that have been made to him for the Wardrobe: perhaps his deputy might omit charging of it in expectation that some money might have been issued for the Wardrobe and then he might have exchanged some of the payments which his lordship had been forced to take in tallies and [Lottery] ticquets [the losses on] which with his taxes have lessened his 2200l. per an. so that he has not received clear above 1200l. per an.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer thinks there is authority enough for allowing it from the time the Earl was restored to the Office; and that having heard his lordship with the Auditor and the King's counsel the Treasury may discourse this matter at a full Board without giving his lordship any further trouble of attending. His lordship goes out.
Auditor Done says he has no objection to the allowance but cannot make it without an authority.
The Attorney General thinks the best will be a patent of grant and confirmation of the 2200l. per an. from the time of his lordship's suspension and for the payment thereof for the future.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer says my Lord Montagu perhaps will think it a weakening of his grant of the office.
The Solicitor General thinks a privy seal to authorise the auditor to allow it for the time past and to come will be sufficient.
The Attorney General says that will be a greater weakening of his patent.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer says there is no doubt but my Lord must be allowed the salary from the time he was restored but in regard Lord Preston has been paid it for 3 years in King James's time if it [that interim of 3 years] be likewise allowed to Lord Montagu the Crown pays double and therefore for that time it ought to come out of Lord Preston's estate.
The Attorney General is of opinion Lord Montagu should give an account of what he recovered of Lord Preston.
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to attend to-morrow morning.
Mr. Abbot to be here to-morrow morning with an account of what remains of the money issued to Lord Ranelagh for the Disbanding and an estimate of what will carry to Jan. 1 next the subsistence and other payments authorised to be made, by Act of Parliament, out of the provision for the Land Forces for this year.
Capt. Studholm's estimate for the repairs of the road to Kensington is to be referred to Sir Christopher Wren. Treasury Minute Book XI, pp. 195–6.
Oct. 20,
Present: Mr. Montagu; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
[Order for the issue to William Lowndes of] 2100l. for secret service.
[Order for the issue to the Earl of Ranelagh of] 9080 10s. 2d. for a fortnight's subsistence to the Forces to Nov. 6 next.
[Write] to the [Principal] Commissioners of Prizes to be here next Wednesday.
Sir Thomas Cook [is] called in. He desires to know what is done in his case relating to a debt [due to him] from Sir John Freind. The papers are to be looked out.
My Lords inspect the accounts of the Hanaper, out of which the [King's] printers' bills were formerly satisfied and [they also inspect] the printers' bills since the King's accession which have been paid at the Exchequer. Upon considering same, which appear of late years to be extremely increased, my Lords are of opinion
that the printed Forms of Prayer and Proclamations from time to time delivered to the Archbishop of Canterbury for his own diocese and the dioceses of the other bishops may be reduced to lesser numbers of each kind:
that the charge of printed Acts of Parliament, Votes and Speeches usually inserted in his Grace's bills may be entirely saved to the King or the future:
that the charge of printed Acts, Votes, Speeches, Proclamations, and Orders which in the printers' bills are put to the account of the bishop of London may also from henceforth be saved to the King:
that (as to the Treasury Office) no Forms of Prayers, Proclamations, printed Orders of Council, Speeches, Votes, bound or unbound be delivered into the said Office; nor any printed Acts of Parliament save only at the end of each Session when the printers are to deliver only one book of all the Acts passed in that Session for the service of the [Treasury] Office in general:
that immediately upon the passing of any Land Tax the printers shall with all speed provide the usual number of printed [copies of the said] Acts and deliver them to the Agents for Taxes to be speeded away to the [Assessment] Commissioners of the several counties and places; and shall at the end of the Session furnish the said Agents with one book of all the Acts passed in that Session for the service of their office: and the King to be at no further charge for prints in that Office:
that the whole charge of printed Acts, Proclamations, Votes, Speeches, Forms of Prayer and other prints which are usually inserted in the printers' bills as [having been] delivered to the Lord Chancellor, the two Secretaries of State, Privy Seal, Lord Chief Justices, Lord Chief Baron, Mr. Blathwaite, the Attorney and Solicitor General and the Master of the Rolls be from this time wholly taken off and [the expense thereof] saved to the King:
that the King be at no charge for prints in the Crown Office. Ibid., p. 197.
Oct. 24,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Boyle.
The money due for the [Trial of the] Pix feast [is directed] to be paid.
[Order for] 15l. 12s. 6d. to be paid to the Sheriff of Bucks, being due on his [sheriff's] account.
The letter to the Navy Board for 1602l. 6s. 2d. for Mordant's late Regiment is read and approved.
Direct 160l. [being 20l. each] to the eight clerks going [as chaplains] to the West Indies.
[My Lords] to have the particulars of the emptions in the Wardrobe for last year.
The like for the Works as to the 6370l.
[Order for] 3750l. to the Duke of Gloucester on his allowance at the Exchequer.
A particular to be made of all the works performed between 1697 Xmas and 1699 Sept. 29 and how much same come to. (Ibid., p. 198.)
Eodem die, afternoon. Present: ut supra.
Write to the Hudson's Bay Company that my Lords desire to speak with them here next Tuesday morning.
Prepare a s[ign] m[anual] for 500l. to the Earl of Selkirk without account to defray the charge of his journey to condole with the King of Denmark on the death of his father.
likewise for 500l. to Mr. Yard for his services to the Lords Justices [during the King's absence: same] as last year.
The Customs Commissioners [are] called in. Sir William Ashurst is also called in. A petition of Tho. Crab and John Harris and [the said Commissioners'] report [thereon] is read concerning a seizure of wool by some of the officers of the Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament [for suppression of wool exports]. Sir William takes the petition and report and will consider it with [his colleagues] the others [of the said] Commissioners.
Mr. Godolphin says the double quantity of wool now allowed to be carried to Jersey and Guernsey [gives] occasions [for] their carrying a quantity to France.
The Excise Commissioners are called in with Mr. Noel and Mr. Tompson. The petitions of Tompson & Burgess are read. Noel says he never had any constitution but the patent for [the place of] Register and when he was turned out he had nothing more to do: calling him Secretary was nothing but courtesy: he did all as Register: that the offices of Register and Secretary are all one and the office of Register was granted to him for life and the reason why he doth not meddle with his salary is because he is turned out, but he thinks himself entitled to the office still.
Mr. Tompson says in the patent it's said they had been secretaries and it grants to them the office of Register. Treasury Minute Book Vol. XI, p. 198–9.
Oct. 25,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox.
When Mr. Ryley is well my Lords will speak with him and Mr. Tallman together. Ibid., p. 200.
Eodem die, afternoon. Kensington. Present: Mr. Montagu; Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
The Earl of Ranelagh and Mr. Blathwayt [attend]. The Earl's paper is read shewing how far the Troops are subsisted &c., and how much is necessary. Order for issues as follows out of loans on the Land Tax.
£ s. d.
for 3 months' subsistence to the Garrisons to Sept. 9 last (making a year) 2006 0 6
for 3 months' half pay to Disbanded Officers to Sept. 29 last (making a year) 11299 13 10
£13305 14 4
A letter is read from the Lords Justices [Ireland] desiring several directions concerning the pay of several Troops and for Barracks. Mr. Blaythwayt takes the papers and will prepare a letter according to [what may be] the King's pleasure.
Mr. Bland is to add the price to the several goods in his list for the year ended 1699 Sept. 29.
The minutes of the 20th inst. concerning the printers are read and approved and the King's pleasure is to be signified that the printers comply therewith; and no allowance is to be made them for anything they serve contrary to these minutes.
The report is read on the petition of Richard Cull for several reversions amounting to 16008l. value. [The petition is] granted. Ibid., p. 201.
Oct. 26,
forenoon. Treasury Chambers. Cockpit,
Present: Sir Stephen Fox; Chancellor of the Exchequer; Mr. Boyle.
[Order for] a warrant for 1623l. 18s. 11d. to the Bank for their deficiency due 1st June 1699.
[Order for] a warrant for the printers' bills.
[Order for] a warrant for 200l. to Mr. Nicho. Baker. Ibid., p. 202.
Oct. 31,
Present: Mr. Montagu, Sir Stephen Fox, Mr. Smith, Mr. Boyle.
Write to Mr. Tallman and Mr. London directing them not to proceed in the railing or boxing any trees in the King's parks at Hampton Court till the matter is heard between Mr. Ryly, the Surveyor of the Woods [Trent South], and them. All parties are to attend to-morrow morning upon that matter.
[Write a] letter to the Exchequer for paying 79581l. 8s. 1¾d. according to the [list or] scheme approved by my Lords to be issued out of Civil List money [in the Exchequer].
The letter to the printers is read and approved.
Upon all informations in the Exchequer [Court] where the forfeiture or penalty or part thereof is to accrue to the King in case the same concern any branch of the Revenue let the Solicitor [General have notice and take care therein.]
The Trustees for Circulating Exchequer Bills [attend]. They will continue their loan or credit of 60,000l. for circulating the said bills from 1st Nov. 1699 for 6 months longer at the rate of 4 per cent per an. interest.
The gentlemen of the Hudson's Bay Company [attend and] are desired to be here again this day week.
The [Principal] officers of the Ordnance [attend. They] say the East India Company expects money or tallies equivalent to money for their salt petre.
Write to the Governor and Committees of the said Company to be here this day week about their saltpetre.
Auditor Done and the Commissioners of Transports [attend] about Mr. Butts's account. The Commissioners say Mr. Butts did not charge the masters of ships with the sums which he now craves to be allowed: so their debentures are made forth without deduction of the money he paid the masters: and that he has lately recovered some of the money again from some of the masters.
[Write] to the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded to be here to-morrow. Ibid., p. 203.