Minute Book: March 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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March 1707

March 5, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The Auditors of Imprests are to attend next Tuesday morning about Mr. Vander Esch's accounts.
The Duke of Marlborough comes in.
Mr. St. John will make a proposition for applying the money which will be saved on the Spanish Establishments towards the new Regiments which are to be raised.
My Lord Treasurer orders that Sir Thomas Littleton may take up 40,000l. more from the Bank of England on the tallies in his hands on the Land Tax anno 1707 to wit at 5 per cent. per an. interest [discount] from the day the money is advanced and upon the like condition as in the case of the last 50,000l. which was advanced by the Bank on the 28th ult. The said sum is to be applied as follows viz.:
£ s. d.
for Wages to seamen 31088 16 0
for Victualling, to pay bills of exchange 8911 4 0
£40000 0 0
Ibid., p. 44.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in. Their reports are read [and my Lord's decisions are endorsed thereon].
Write to the Attorney General to hasten the trial of the cause between the Crown and the Farmers of the Prizage [and Butlerage of Wines] relating to the Duties on those wines deposited with the Receiver General [of Customs].
My Lord Treasurer will speak with the Lord Chief Baron about this matter. Ibid.
March 7, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[A letter of direction is ordered for] 4000l. to be issued on the order [privy seal] for building at Woodstock. Ibid., p. 45.
March 11. forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer. Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Agents [for Taxes] are to attend on Thursday morning about naming Receivers [for the Land Tax anno 1707].
The Navy Commissioners and the Attorney General are called in with the wife and daughters of Mr. Higons with Mr. Dod, their Counsel. The petition and representation concerning three acres alleged to be [taken in to] the Docks at Chatham are read. They submit the [decision as to the] matter to the Lord Treasurer. The Attorney General says the title is doubtful. The Navy Commissioners think the Queen's title is good. My Lord refers the papers to the Attorney General and Surveyor General of Crown Lands to report what they think reasonable for quieting the Queen's possession of the lands demanded by the petitioner.
Desire some of the Bank and Lord Halifax and Mr. Herne and Mr. Clayton to be here on Friday morning about making preparations for the [issue of] Exchequer Bills. Ibid., p. 46.
March 13. Present: ut supra.
The Auditors of Imprests are to attend next Monday morning.
The Agents for Taxes are called in. The list of Receivers is read [and the state of their past accounts is discussed] most of them are continued [for the collection of the Land Tax 1707]; the others [who have not passed or prosecuted their last accounts] are respited.
My Lord Treasurer having been made acquainted with the answer of the Bank of England to a message sent to them by his Lordship in this behalf is pleased to agree that the Bank shall be repaid as they propose: the said answer being in the form of a Resolution or order made at their General Court held this morning as follows:
Ordered that 80,000l. be advanced for the service of the Government on a deposit of tallies which are now in the hands of Sir Henry Furnese on Malt anno 1707 [ranking on the Malt Loans Register] after about 210,000l. on [condition of] a minute [being made at the Treasury by authority] of my Lord Treasurer to repay the same with interest at 5 per cent. per an. in a month. Ibid., p. 47.
March 14. forenoon. Present: ut supra.
Lord Halifax, Mr. Clayton, Mr. Herne are called in with several Directors of the Bank. The latter propose the Exchequer Bills to be made forth thus
12000 Bills of 100l. each 1,200,000
4000 Bills of 50l. each 200,000
4000 Bills of 25l. each 100,000
The number to be 1 and upwards in every specie both on the Bills and the counterfoils.
My Lord approves this proposition. Mr. Ayres and Mr. Sturt will engrave the plates. Lord Halifax will cause his clerk to prepare the form and offer it to my Lord Treasurer.
Send to Mr. Wilcox to be here on Monday morning. Ibid., p. 48.
March 18, forenoon. Present: Lord Treasurer; Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[My Lord directs] Sir Thomas Knatchbull to be paid out of the money in the hands of the Navy Treasurer.
Mr. St. Leger's petition is to be sent to Sir John Standley.
[My Lord directs] 10,803l. 11s.d. to the Cofferer to complete last Michaelmas quarter [for the Household Establishment].
Send a letter to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint that my Lord Treasurer agrees with their report that 'twill not be for the Queen's advantage to send any more of her Majesty's tin to Holland or any other parts abroad by way of commission. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 49.
March 21, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer directs] 4000l. to Mr. James Brydges on the order in his name for Subsidies anno 1705: to be issued out of Malt moneys in the Exchequer for that year: and is to complete the subsidy to the King of Portugal for that year.
Sir Thomas Littleton is called in and two letters from the Navy Commissioners are read requesting money for Wages and bills of exchange. [My Lord] ordered [that the Navy Treasurer] may take up 30,000l. at 5 per cent. on the tallies remaining in his hands anno 1707: and thereof 6000l. is to be applied to bills of exchange and 24,000l. to Wages.
Upon consideration of the papers relating to the lands of the late Lord Cheyne taken in for the service of Chelsea Hospital my Lord is satisfied that the demand of the present Lord Cheyne of 20 years' purchase for Swede's Court with the house thereon (after the rate of 3l. per acre amounting to 868l. 19s. 10¾d.) and 25 years' purchase for the other 14 acres at the like rate of 3l. per acre is just and reasonable in case a good title thereof be made to the Crown; and is satisfied with the computation whereby it appears that 602l. 2s. 5d. remains due to the present Lord Cheyne for principal and interest of the said purchase moneys. Ibid., p. 50.
March 24, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs a] letter for issuing 12,715l. 3s. 11½d. to Mr. Brydges: out of [Annuities] Contribution moneys anno 1706: and is for purposes as follow viz.:
£ s. d.
in part of 222,379l. 5s. 10d. for the 10,210 men in Portugal anno 1706
for clearings of Major Gen. Harvey's Horse and the Regiments of Foot of Portmore, Stewart, Blood, Wade and Brudenall for 121 days from 1705–6 Feb. 22 to 1706 June 23 for which time their muster rolls are come in 4224 17 10½
for clearings of Brigadier Killigrew's Dragoons and of the Foot Regiments of Mountjoy, Donegal and Hans Hamilton from 1705 Dec. 23 to 1706 June 23 3340 12
for offreckonings of the Foot Regiments of Barrymore, Mountjoy, Donegal and Hans Hamilton for the above 6 months 4415 15 6
for same of Col. Hill's Regiment from 22 Feb. 1705–6 to 1706 June 23 5149 13
[should be 733 18 3½]
£12715 3 11½
[My Lord approves the draft of a direction] letter for issuing 3842l. 7s. 6d. to the said Mr. Brydges: out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1706: as in part of the order in his name for extraordinaries of the war: and is intended for levy money to recruit the horses of the Foreign Troops in her Majesty's pay that were killed or died of the common distemper in 1705 and is to complete 34,607l. 13s.d. allowed for that service.
[Send word to] the Attorney General to be here to-morrow morning.
The Duke of Ormonde will be here on Wednesday morning.
The Customs Commissioners to attend on Wednesday afternoon.
The Auditors of Imprests to attend on Thursday morning at 10 of the clock precisely.
[My Lord directs] 500l. to Mr. Tailer for [building at] Woodstock: to be paid over to Mr. Bray in part of what is due to him. Ibid., p. 51. Disposition Book, p. 257.
March 25. forenoon. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord Treasurer directs the issue out of Civil List moneys of] 2000l. on the order in Mr. Lowndes's name for Secret Service. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 52.
March 26, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
The Duke of Ormonde comes in. He presents several memorials which are read and [my Lord Treasurer's decisions and] answers are endorsed on them. Ibid., p. 53.
Eodem die afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners attend. Their report about settling the management of the Customs in Scotland is read. My Lord Treasurer thinks a surveyor should be appointed to go to Scotland to see what ports are there and to report as the said Commissioners advise. Ibid.
March 27. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Brydges' memorial is read for 106,041l. 13s.d. for several uses of the Forces abroad and same is ordered to be issued out of the money which will be brought in for the purchase of annuities on the Act now passing. My Lord also orders that what remains unsatisfied to the said Brydges on the former letters of direction is to be satisfied out of purchase money for the said annuities.
My Lord appoints the Auditors [of Imprests] and Mr. Hallungius to attend to-morrow morning about Mr. Vander Esch's account.
My Lord asks how long the Auditors think it will be ere Lord Orford's [Navy] account will pass. Mr. Manwaring says about three months. My Lord directs that they give all the despatch thereunto that's possible, Lord Orford being very pressing for the same. Ibid., p. 54.
March 28, forenoon. Present: ut supra.
Lord Halifax presents the seal for the new Exchequer Bills; which my Lord Treasurer approves.
The Ordnance Officers [the Principal Officers or Board] are called in. Towards their deficiency of the year 1704 my Lord directs the issue of 3483l. 19s. 4d. out of [arrears for that year of the] seventh 4s. Aid, and 7366l. 14s.d. out of [the surplus of the] One Third Tonnage and Poundage which determined the 8th inst. being so much more than is sufficient to repay all loans charged thereupon and the interest thereof: making together 10,850l. 14s.d.: [the said sum to be] for sea services of the Ordnance.
[For the Ordnance service of the current year 1707 my Lord likewise directs] 20,000l. for sea service and 20,000l. for land service of the Ordnance: to be issued out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1707. So much as the said Annuity money shall not at present extend to pay is to be supplied out of loans coming in on the Land Tax or Malt anno 1707.
[My Lord directs] 28,827l. 1s. 5d. to Mr. How on his memorial [of this day for money for Guards and Garrisons]: to be issued out of Contributions for Annuities anno 1707.
Memorandum: to speak to the Directors of the East India Company, when any of them come, concerning prizes taken in the East Indies. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 55. Disposition Book XVIII, pp. 259–60.
March 31. Present: Lord Treasurer. Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[No entry of any minute]. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 56.