Minute Book: February 1707

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 21, 1706-1707. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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February 1707

Feb.11, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
Sir Henry Furnese is called in and presents a proposal for remitting 600,000 Crowns to Spain for the service of the King of Spain and [for the service] of the 6000 men of his [the said King's] own Troops viz. to give his [Furnese's] own bills on Lisbon immediately and to take the value of 400,000 Crowns in tallies on Malt anno1707 and the remainder in money: the exchange to be at 54 pence per Crown and the bills to be drawn for 150,000 at sight; 150,000 at one month; 100,000 at 2 months; 100,000 at 3 months and 100,000 at 4 months.
The Lord Treasurer agrees thereto, amounting in sterling to 135,000l. and directs the same to be issued to Mr. Brydges upon the order in his name, to wit 90,000l. in orders of loan on Malt anno1707 and 45,000l. in money out of funds anno1707.
Mr. Howe is called in and presents a memorial [for money for the Guards and Garrisons] which is read [and thereon my Lord directs. him to raise 8588l. 9s. 8d. as follows] out of the 11,261l. 9s.d. still remaining undisposed of tallies in his hands on Low Wines anno 1705 [and to dispose of same for purposes as follow] viz.:
in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men [in sea service] anno 1705 £ s. d.
for 60 days' clearings for Col. Rivers' Regiment to 23 Dec. 1705 1007 4 2
to complete the clearings of Brigadier Handaside's and Col. Whetham's Regiments to same date 947 19 5
on account of respits of Brig. Handaside's and Col. Livesay's Regiments; to be paid over to the [Regiments] late of the Earl of Donegal, Lord Charlemont, Lieut. Gen. Erle and Major Gen. Gustavus Hamilton for 56 men delivered over by each of these 4 Regiments to the Regiments of Handaside and Livesay: as by the royal warrant of Sept. 4 last 1120 0 0
on account of the respits of said Handaside's Regiment [and is] for levy money of 27 men to complete their number to the present Establishment 81 0 0
on account of respits of Lord Paston's Regiment to supply arms lost at sea: as by the royal warrant of Oct. 12 last 83 19 0
in part of 98,969l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 additional men anno 1705
to clear Lord Charlemont's Regiment from 25 May to 23 Dec. 1705 5348 7 1
£8588 9 8
[and likewise to raise for services as follows the sum of 4704l. 8s. 2d.] out of 11,764l 5s. 0d. tallies still remaining in his hands on Malt anno 1706: to be as in part of 87,125l. 10s. 0d. for 5000 men [for sea service] for the said year viz.:
£ s. d.
to clear Col. Whetham's Regiment from the 24th Dec. 1703 to the 23 Dec. 1706 1784 7 10
to clear Brigadier Handaside's Regiment from the 24th Dec. 1705 to the 24th June 1706 1584 18 9
to clear Col. Livesay's Regiment from the days of raising the 10 Companies, and from Feb. 25 for the 2 additional Companies, to Dec. 23 last 1335 1 7
£4704 8 2
[and likewise to raise for services as follows the sum of 3020l.] out of loans on Malt [sic for Land Tax] anno 1707 as in part of 264,874l. 10s. 0d. for Guards and Garrisons
on account of subsistence for the 4 Companies at New York: to be paid over to Sir Jeffry Jeffrys in advance at the rate of 70l. a week from the 25th February instant to Dec. 23 next 3020l.
Ibid., pp. 34–35. Disposition Book XVIII, pp. 242–4.
Feb.12, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. St. John's letter of January 8 is read relating to the augmenting the four Companies of Invalids to 100 men in each Company the better to enable them to do duty. My Lord Treasurer approves thereof and desires Mr. St. John to prepare an Establishment for them accordingly.
[My Lord Treasurer directs the issue of] 7000l. to the Duke of Somerset for the extraordinaries of the Stables, to wit 4000l. this week and 3000l. next week. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 36.
Feb.13, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
Sir Henry Furnese is called in. He prays to renew his agreement for remitting the money necessary for her Majesty's Forces in the Low Countries for 6 months from the expiration of his former contract which determines the 13th inst. Accordingly my Lord agrees that he shall be allowed 12s. per 100l. for risk of bills, commission, brokerage and other charges relating to the remittances which he shall make to Amsterdam or Antwerp for the service of the Forces between the 13th inst. and Aug. 13 next, upon the foot of his last contract. (Autograph signature of Sir Henry Furnese). Ibid., p. 37.
Feb.17, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs the issue of] 300l. to Col. Peper out of [Army] Contingencies [and is] for his journey and losses.
The Commissioners of Transports and Mr. Mason are called in. Mr. Mason says he will immediately comply with my Lord's order in locking up the cash and the Commissioners are to inform my Lord Treasurer if it be not done. Ibid., p. 38.
Feb.19, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer directs the issue of] 3950l. to the Judges et al. for last Hilary term.
Likewise 2000l. to the Great Wardrobe, viz. 1000l. this week and 1000l. next week.
Sir Thomas Littleton, the Treasurer of the Navy, represents to my Lord the pressing occasions for money for paying the ships which are under sailing orders and for satisfying bills of exchange already due. My Lord orders that Sir Thomas may dispose of 50,000l. of the tallies and orders in his hands on the Land Tax anno 1707 at an interest [discount] of 5 per cent. per an., the interest to commence from the respective times of receiving the money. The intermediate interest from the date of the orders [to the time of their pledging or disposal] is to be saved to the public. Of the said sum 45,000l. is to be applied to wages of seamen and 5000l. to bills of exchange. Ibid., p. 39.
Feb.21, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
On Tuesday fortnight my Lord Treasurer will consider the case of Mr. Higgons and his wife and 4 daughters and the Attorney General is to attend with the Commissioners of the Navy. Notice is to be given to all the parties.
My Lord Treasurer approves the two letters [of direction] of this [day's] date for 50,000l. for the Navy and 9950l. 13s.d. on Mr. How's memorial.
[My Lord orders that] the first two articles in Mr. Brydges' memorial of the 17th inst. amounting to 90,476l. 3s.d. as below, for the Forces in Spain or Portugal, be issued out of loans on Land Tax or on [Malt anno 1707] as those loans shall come in.
The Attorney General is to be here next Monday morning and to bring with him the several deeds relating to the purchase of Cotton House.
Sir Theodore Janssen is called in and presents his memorial for remitting 25,000l. to Turin viz. at 60 days' date at 58 pence per crown of 82 sols each, money of Piedmont: payment for same to be made in Exchequer Bills when they are made out.
My Lord Treasurer agrees thereto and Sir Theodore promises to give his bills to Mr. Brydges for the same so as to be sent away by this night's post.
Write to Mr. Lister and the rest of the Commissioners for stating the accounts of the Army, Transports and Prizes that my Lord has read their report on the petition of the Company for Hollow Sword Blades relating to some deb[entures] lost at sea and that “my Lord has no objection to their [the said Commissioners] taking [a letter of indemnity under] the common seal of the said Company for security as they propose.”
Speak with the Attorney General next Monday about the report concerning the reversionary lease of a lighthouse desired by Sir Isaac Rebow.
Mr. Brydges is called in. Upon his memorial of the 17th inst. [my Lord ordered issues as follows] out of such money as is or shall be lent on Malt or Land Tax anno 1707 viz.:
in part of 445,350l. 14s. 2d. for 20,562 men to be employed in Spain or Portugal anno 1707 £ s. d.
for subsistence of the Forces in Spain and Portugal from March 24 next to June 23 next 60232 14
for 3 months' full pay to the General Officers for the same time 4045 18 9
for ditto to the General Officers of the 13,000 Portuguese 63
in part of 186,296l. 4s. 2d. for the Additional Forces to be employed in Spain anno 1707
for 61 days' subsistence for the Troops under Earl Rivers from 1706 April 24 to June 23 next [following] 23952 3 2
for the same 61 days' pay to the General Officers 1882 7 2
£90476 3
Ibid., pp. 40–41. Disposition Book XVIII, p. 248.
Feb.24, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are to attend next—.
[My Lord orders a letter of direction for the issue of last] Midsummer quarter to the Works.
[Likewise for] 5000l. to the Cofferer this week and 5000l. the next week.
[Send a] letter to my Lord Sunderland to signify that the Queen at the instance of the bishop of London has appointed Mr. Geo. Holme, clerk, to reside with her Majesty's Consul at Algiers and to allow him 100l. a year from Lady day next: which is to be inserted for him from time to time in the bills of the extraordinary expenses of the said Consul. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 42.
Feb.28, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord Treasurer is informed of the] resolution of the Bank of 27 Feb. inst. that they will advance 50,000l. at 5 per cent. on tallies struck to [or in the name of] Sir Thomas Littleton upon the tenth 4s. Aid [to rank] next after the tallies on which the like sum was advanced the 20th inst., upon [the said Littleton] assigning the said tallies to the Bank and on Sir Thomas's note to repay the money with interest and to take up the tallies in two months if desired. My Lord Treasurer agrees thereto and orders the said money to be applied as follows viz. 40,000l. to the head of seamen's Wages and 10,000l. to the head of Victualling, to wit for bills of exchange. Ibid., p. 43.