Minute Book: August 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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August 1707

August 4, forenoon. Windsor Castle. Present: Lord Treasurer.
Lord Halifax comes in. An instrument which has been prepared for a new grant and confirmation of the office of scriptor talliorum &c. [or Auditor of the Receipt] to him is read.
Samuel Travers, the Surveyor General [of Crown Lands], comes in. Several officers of the Exchequer attending are called in, to wit James Vernon one of the four Tellers [of the Receipt], Arthur Maynwaring one of the Auditors of Imprests, Peter Le Neve, one of the Deputy Chamberlains, and William Clayton, one of the Agents for Taxes. Then my Lord signed and sealed the said instrument and administered to the said Lord Halifax the oath for the said office which he took together with the oath of Allegiance and supremacy (appointed by an Act of 1 Anne c. 16) the above-named persons being present.
The Chancellor [of the Exchequer] comes in.
The officers who were called in [as above] withdraw.
Some papers are read and [my Lord Treasurer's] minutes taken [are endorsed] upon them. Ibid., p. 100.
August 5. Windsor Castle. Present: ut supra.
A memorial brought by Mr. Sloper in behalf of Mr. Brydges [Paymaster General of the Forces Abroad] is read and thereupon my Lord Treasurer directs issues as follows out of Exchequer Bills authorised by the late Act [6 Anne c. 21] and according to the scheme of the said memorial, viz.
£ s. d.
in further part of 893,706l. 8s. 6d. for the 40,000 men in Flanders anno 1707.
for one month Sept. 24 next to Oct. 23 next for subsistence for the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreigners composing that body 59928 9
for same time for full pay to the General Officers of this body and to complete the pay of the Additional General Officers and of all the Aides de Camp and Majors of Brigade 3863 5
for same time for Contingencies to this body 833 6 8
in further part of 211,762l. 16s. 10d. for the 10,000 additional men in Flanders and her Majesty's proportion of 3000 additional Palatines in Italy anno 1707
for same time for subsistence to the Subject Troops and full pay to the Foreigners composing this body 14830 0 0
in further part of 20,000l. for an additional subsidy to the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel for augmenting his troops and marching into Italy and for defraying the expense of bread waggons, carriages and hospitals for Sick and Wounded anno 1707
as in further part of 174,490 guilders 13 stivers being her Majesty's share of 104,694 Crowns 20 sols agreed by a late Treaty with the Landgrave of Hesse Cassel to be paid for the expense of the bread waggons and Hospitals for the Hessian Troops in Italy anno 1707 4136 4 7
as in part of 95,129 guilders 12 stivers for her Majesty's share being two thirds of 57,077 crowns 38 sols agreed by the said Treaty to be paid to the said Landgrave as a subsidy for the augmentation of 2 Regiments of Hessian Horse in Italy from 20 May [last] to 30 Nov. 1707 4529 19 8
on any unsatisfied order for extraordinary services of the War not provided for by Parliament
to be paid over to Sir Theodore Janssen for the value of 105,263 Crowns 13 sols by him remitted to Turin to the Duke of Savoy by bills of exchange dated July 23 past payable at 60 days' date at the rate of 57 pence per crown of 82 sols each, money of Piedmont: and is intended for the extraordinary service of the Troops of the said Duke anno 1707 25000 0 0
[To the above items the letter of disposition in the Disposition Books adds the following, creating a final total of 114,650l.: viz.
for subsidies to the Duke of Savoy anno 1707: in part of 160,000l. to be paid over to Sir Theodore Janssen for the value of 6436 Crowns 65 sols in bills of exchange dated July 23 last payable as above: and is to complete 640,000 Crowns for subsidies to the said Duke of Savoy anno 1707 1528 14 8
£114,650 0 0
A letter from the Navy Commissioners is read desiring 20,000l. on the head of Wages. [My Lord Treasurer] ordered [the issue of that sum] out of Land Tax tallies in the hands of the Navy Treasurer and he is [directed by my Lord] to dispose of so much thereof at 5 per cent, interest [as will raise the said sum].
Another letter is read from the said Commissioners for 5,000l. on the head of Wear and Tear, to wit for bills of exchange. [This sum my Lord] ordered out of subscription money for Annuities as it shall come in.
[Write] Sir Theodore Janssen to make a proposal for remitting the 25,000l. to Turin for extraordinaries for the Duke of Savoy.
[My Lord directs] 5000l. for the buildings at Woodstock: out of Civil List moneys.
[Likewise] 7118l. 9s. 11½d. to the Cofferer of the Household to complete last Xmas quarter [for the establishment of the Household]: out of Civil List moneys.
[Send a] letter to Mr. St. John [Secretary at War] to prepare a royal warrant to authorize Mr. Brydges to pay 400l. to the Marquis de Miremont in full of all his demands for services and expenses relating to his intended Expedition for the assistance of the Duke of Savoy.
Likewise for 300l. to David Flotard in full of his demands for services and expenses relating to the war in Italy. Both these sums are to be placed to the head of Contingencies relating to the war but are to be satisfied out of Civil List moneys. Ibid., pp. 101–2. Disposition Book XIX, p. 33.
August 7. Whitehall. Treasury Chambers. Memorandum: The underwritten proposal having been transmitted to my Lord Treasurer at Windsor Castle, his lordship was pleased to send back the same with a signification of his agreeing thereto: viz. a proposal dated August 6 from Sir Theodore Janssen offering to give his bill on Turin dated July 23 last at 60 days for [105,262 crowns of 82 sols each, money of Piedmont, being the equivalent of] 25,000l. at the rate of 57 pence per crown: “And whereas I gave 2 bills in Feb. and March last amounting to 206,896 Crowns 44 sols which should have been for 213,333 Crowns 27 sols 4d. to make it 4 months' ordinary subsidy [to the said Duke of Savoy] I also humbly offer to give my bill for the said difference, being Crowns 6435. 65. 4 at 57 pence per Crown.” Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 103.
August 11, forenoon. Windsor Castle. Present: Lord Treasurer.
[My Lord directs] 3000l. to Sir David Nairn: out of Civil List moneys: as in further part of the order in his name for 12,000l. towards subsisting the Troops in Scotland for the present year.
[Likewise my Lord directs the] issue to the Great Wardrobe of 6000l. out of Civil List Moneys.
[Likewise my Lord directs the] issue for the extraordinaries of the Stables out of the like moneys of so much as shall be demanded by the Duke of Somerset for that service in a memorial which he shall send to the Treasury: to be paid in 3 weekly payments from this day.
Upon reading a letter from Colonel Parke, Governor of Barbados, concerning the sending home of her Majesty's Duty of Four and a Half per cent, on the transport ships coming from thence, my Lord Treasurer resolves to speak with the [Customs] Commissioners about the matter at their next attendance on him. Ibid., p. 104.
August 14. Windsor Castle. Present: Lord Treasurer.
Upon reading a letter from the four Commissioners of the Equivalent that went hence, by which they desire that 50,000l. may be sent to them to exchange so much in Exchequer Bills, the better to carry on the service of paying the said Equivalent, and proposing that the same should be in gold, my Lord Treasurer [at the request of the Bank signified by Mr. Ince their Secretary) agrees that the charge of sending the said 50,000l. shall be borne by her Majesty; and directs that the Tellers of the Exchequer do furnish the Bank with 50,000l. in gold for value in silver, if they have so much gold in the Exchequer; if not, to make up the same as fast as it comes in: and that the Board of Ordnance be writ to to furnish them with a carriage to be delivered back at the return from Edinburgh: also that notice be given to Mr. St. John, Secretary at War, to appoint a convoy of 20 men.
The said Commissioners of the Equivalent having signified that they conceive it would be of great use that public notice be given in Scotland that Exchequer Bills should be taken in all [payments by the subject to the State or by the State to the subject on account of] public revenues there; and the Attorney General having given his opinion thereon, my Lord Treasurer orders the same [opinion] to be sent to the Commissioners of the Equivalent in order for them to attend my Lord Chancellor [of Scotland] and the rest of the Ministry of Scotland about issuing such public notice as they shall think proper about the currency of the said Exchequer Bills. Treasury Minute Book XVI, p. 105.
August 18,
forenoon. Windsor Castle.
Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My Lord Treasurer orders that Capt. Studholme do make an estimate for repairing the way from Datchet Bridge to Windsor by the way of Frogmere.
A warrant from Sir Hen. Furnese is read representing that General Shrimpton has drawn more than the 50,000 Crowns credit given him the 10th of May last for subsisting the prisoners with him which were taken at the battle of Almanza and desiring directions whether he should accept the same.
My Lord orders that Sir Henry do accept them but when his bills come to be paid Mr. Brydges must take care that they be placed to the proper accounts of subsistence.
A letter from Mr. Hinde is read desiring that two persons which are evidences in the matter which he is to make out to Mr. Borret and Mr. Hen. Baker upon a reference to them in that behalf, should be stopt in regard (as he alleges) some persons are bribing them to keep out of the way. My Lord says he [Hinde] must tell the names of the two persons and then the Attorney General must be advised with what is proper to be done therein.
Mr. Blinco [Blencowe] the decipherer is to be paid what is due on his salary to midsummer last.
Mr. Howe is called in and his memorial [of his demands of money for the Guards and Garrisons] is read and the minutes taken [of my Lord's decisions thereupon are endorsed] thereon. Ibid., p. 106.
August 25,
forenoon. Windsor Castle.
Present: Lord Treasurer.
[My Lords directs the issue of] 500l. on the order for buildings at Woodstock: out of Civil List moneys.
[Likewise] 300l. to Sir Charles Cotterell as a present to the Comte de Fuen Calada [Fuencalada], Envoy from King Charles III of Spain: out of same.
[Likewise] 7691l. 14s. 2d. to the Cofferer of the Household in part of Lady day quarter 1707 [for the Establishment of the Household] [out of same].
Likewise 200l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance: out of same: and is to be paid over to Mr. Orlebar and Mr. Powell for making an engine to convey liquid fire: and my Lord directs that as soon as 'tis made they acquaint the [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance therewith and shew them an experiment of it.
[My Lord orders] warrants to be prepared pursuant to her Majesty's pleasure as signified by a Lord Chamberlain's letter for allowing a salary of 100l. per an. to the housekeeper of Somerset House and 50l. per an. to the garden keeper there; both to commence from Lady day.
[My Lord orders] 100l. to Lord Duffus: out of secret service money [in the hands of William Lowndes] and 10l. more to Mrs. Strother: out of the same.
[My Lord directs] 20,000l. for the Privy Purse: [out of Civil List moneys]: to be satisfied by 500l. a week from the time the last order was cleared.
[Likewise] 50l. to Mr. Alexander Rennols: out of [any] arrears [of taxes] in his late Majesty's reign: and is to satisfy a warrant signed by the Chamberlain of the said late King's Household dated July 1692.
My Lord orders 25,000l. to be raised by the Treasurer of the Navy on the Land Tax Tallies in his hands: and is to be applied to the head of Wages, according to a letter from the Navy Commissioners in that behalf.
Desire the Attorney General to attend my Lord here on Saturday morning.
Write to the Customs Commissioners and Excise Commissioners in Scotland to appoint Mr. Dalrymple to be assistant to their respective solicitors and that they propose what may be a proper allowance for him.
Several papers are read and minutes [of my Lord's decisions are endorsed] thereon. Ibid., p. 107.