Minute Book: July 1710

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 24, 1710. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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July 1710

July 4.
Present: ut supra.
[My Lord orders a direction] letter for 7,000l. to the Cofferer [of the Household] in part of last Michaelmas quarter [for the salaries and expenses of the Household]: to be issued out of loans in the Exchequer on tin. Ibid., p. 165.
[Eodem die] afternoon. Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners are called in: their papers are read and minutes are taken thereon [and endorsed on the same].
Mr. Merryl is called in and presents a memorial in behalf of the Guards and Garrisons &c. He acquaints my Lord that the Bank is willing to advance for subsist[ence to] the Guards and Garrisons for four months on a deposit of tallies to the value of 30,000l. to be repaid with 4 per cent. interest in [ready] mo[ney] at the end of four months. My Lord agrees that he may take up money on the said deposit for the service of the troops under Mr. Howe's pay.
[My Lord directs] 1,500l. to Secretary Boyle for secret service. Ibid.
July 8. Present: ut supra.
Let Mr. Aynstys prepare a body of instructions for a General Officer to be appointed to inspect the [tin] Blowing Houses [in Cornwall and Devon] and to obviate the running of tin from thence without paying the cust[omary] Coinage Duty and to hinder the vitiating of the tin especially by the reverberatory furnaces and the unlawful exportation of tin, whereby the vending of the Queen's tin be obstructed and the whole commodity [of tin prices] may be brought into disgrace.
[My Lord directs] 6,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber out of loans on tin: in part of the half year [on salaries &c. payable in the Office of the Treasurer of the Chamber] to Michaelmas 1709.
[Likewise] 4,000l. to the Cofferer in further [part of last Sept. 29 quarter for the Household].
A memorial is read from Mr. Howe for subsistence [for the Guards and Garrisons] amounting to 31,783l. 2s. 7d. Mr. Merrill his [Howe's] agent proposes to borrow 32,000l. upon a deposit of tallies with the Bank for 35,000l. principal money.
Whereupon my Lord agrees that if the Bank will advance to Mr. Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, the sum of 32,000l. in Exchequer Bills for subsistence of the Guards and Garrisons upon a deposit of 35,000l. in Land Tax tallies anno 1710 payable after about 1,750,000l. [standing prior charged on the register of loans on the said Land Tax] the same shall be repaid to the Bank in [specie or ready] money within four months of the day or days of advancing the same, with interest at 4 per cent. per an. to the time of repayment. Treasury Minute Book XVII, p. 166.
July 13,
Present. Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Upon reading Mr. Courtney's memorial for a reversionary lease of the Post Groats my Lord Treasurer says that if his Lordship thought it reasonable for the Crown to dispose this to anybody he would think it most proper for Mr. Courtney [to have it] but thinks it unreasonable to move the Queen to grant it to any.
My Lord directs 1,000l. to Mr. L. [Lowndes] for secret service.
Likewise 2,000l. to the Privy Purse.
Mr. Hawes from the Navy Treasurer acquaints my Lord that the Bank of England have agreed, for supplying the pressing needs of the Navy, to give Exchequer Bills for 15,000l. [on credit of a deposit] in tallies on the twelfth 4s. Aid; and [similarly for] 50,000l. [on security of a deposit similarly of tallies] on the thirteenth 4s. Aid; and to advance 27,000l. in like Exchequer Bills upon a deposit of tallies and orders on the Candle Duty: the said 27,000l. to be repaid in specie in four months with 4 per cent. per an. interest from the day of advancing same.
My Lord consents thereunto; and upon reading a memorial from the Navy Treasurer directs the application of the said several sums (making together 92,000l.) as follows: viz. £
for [ships'] wages in general 44,000
to pay Parliamentary tickets [of turned over seamen as by the Act 4–5 Anne, c. 6, clauses 10 and 12] 5,000
for the Ordinary of the Navy 4,200
for bills of exchange due for the Victualling 22,800
for Col. Hunter on account of the Palatines, being to complete 8,000l. for which Mr. Perry gave bills for 12,000l. in mo[ney] of New York 4,000
for subsistence to Marines: to be paid to Mr. Whitfeild 6,000
for short allowance money to the Fleet in the Channel 6,000
Ibid., p. 167.
July 14,
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Trevanion [is to be] desired to come to Mr. Lowndes.
Write to Dr. Bentley taking notice of the present condition of the [Cotton] Library and desire him to make his proposition for the keeping the same for the future. And desire the Trustees to view the same and to inform my Lord in what condition the books and manuscripts are, with such remarks as they ... Ibid., p. 168.
July 18,
Present: ut supra.
[My Lord orders a] letter to the Agents for Tin in Cornwall [to the effect] that my Lord is informed some disorders have been committed by the tinners in Cornwall by insisting on some things not contained in their contract. His Lordship directs the Agent to acquaint them that if they do not submit in every particular very exactly with their part of the contract my Lord will look upon it that her Majesty is disengaged from performing her part thereof.
[My Lord directs] 1,000l. to Mr. Travers: [to be issued out of or] by tally on [the produce of her Majesty's] tin.
[Send notice to] Sir G. Byng, Mr. Baker and Mr. Gosselyn to be here to-morrow morning.
The Attorney General to be here to-morrow morning with the Solicitor General.
[My Lord directs] 3,000l. to Mris. Thomas for the Robes.
[Likewise] 271l. 14s. 6d. to Mr. Compton to satisfy two warrants payable by him.
Sir Ambrose Crowley, Mr. Gold and other creditors of the Navy are called in. My Lord will speak with Mr. Walpole to-morrow about the tallies on the General Mortgage anno 1709.
[My Lord directs] 1,000l. to the D[uke] of Newcastle for the salaries to his officers &c. at Sherwood Forest.
[Send word] to the [Principal] Officers of the Mint that it has been observed several pieces of counterfeit money have gone about of late and direct them to use all diligence in discovering and prosecuting. Ibid., p. 169.
July 19,
Present: ut supra.
Sir Geo. Byng [is] called in with Mr. Baker and Mr. Gostlin. The memorial of Sir George Byng and Capt. Swanton is read and a paper exhibited by Mr. Baker and Mr. Gosslin [is likewise read].
Mr. Gosslin says they have affidavits that goods to a considerable quantity were taken out of the Thetis before she was burnt. Sir George says they belonged some things which belonged to the lady of the French Captain who was killed and she [the said ship] was not plundered.
Mr. Leigh, the Solicitor [for Prizes is] called in and says that Sir George was not prosecuted in the Admiralty Court, but Capt. Swanton who acted under Sir George: so the prosecution was not well grounded and was dismissed in the Admiralty.
[My Lord Treasurer decides that] when Sir George has put in his answer to the bill in the Exchequer, Mr. Baker and Mr. Gosslin are then to represent to my Lord how the case will stand upon the bill and answer.
The Attorney General and Solicitor General (who were present when the papers relating to Sir George Byng were read and considered) continue [in attendance] and Mr. Bendyshe is called in about the demurrage demanded by the masters of the ships who contracted to carry the Palatines to New York. The report of the Commissioners of Transports concerning the said demurrage is read. The Attorney General and Solicitor General both say the charter-parties are broke and the demurrage is due [to be paid].
The Commissioners of Transports are to be here on Friday morning on the report about this demurrage. Treasury Minute Book XVII, p. 170.
July 20,
Present Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Send word to the] Customs Commissioners to be here on Monday afternoon next. [Send] to Mr. Wilcox to be here then.
Memorandum. to speak with the Commissioners of the Customs about the fonds relating to the General Mortgage.
The rest of the Annuity money is to be applied (as it comes in) to the subsistence [of the Army] in Flanders. Ibid., p. 171.
July 21. Present: ut supra.
Sir Henry Furnese and Mr. Sloper [are] called in. [Send a letter to] desire [that] some of the Directors of the Bank will be here [struck through]. A month's subsistence for the Forces in Flanders and other sums amounting [in all] to 108, 138l. 5s. 4¾d. is to be now directed out of the moneys of the Annuity Act [anno 1710, 8 Anne, c. 12] as it comes in: according to Mr. Bridges' memorial.
The Turkey Company's petition is read. My Lord says the Queen will not export more tin in her men of war.
Several persons concerned in a debt of 4,273l. 7s. 7d. for goods &c. furnished to the Palatines sent to New York [are] called in and their petition is read. My Lord says he remembers in case the collection [on the royal brief for collections for the poor Palatines] did not produce sufficient for these uses he did say at the Committee he would take care it should be made good out of her Majesty's revenue: but he is not satisfied as to that particular [of the sufficiency of the collections]. Nevertheless in regard they [the creditors] have stayed so much longer for their money than was intended he is willing to order 500l. a week towards the debt. But before he makes an end of this affair his Lordship expects to be satisfied as to the produce and application of the collection money. Ibid., p. 172.
July 24,
Present: ut supra.
The Customs Commissioners [are] called in. My Lord directs them to be careful in getting in the arrears of those Duties that are comprehended in the Second General Mortgage [in order] to prevent a deficiency [occurring thereon] and to obviate the damage that may accrue thereby to the public credit.
The report of the Customs Commissioners in Scotland dated May 31 last concerning the Establishment [of Customs officers there] is read and also Sir David Dalrymple's report against the reducing the number of the ports in Scotland; likewise a second report from the said Commissioners dated the 4th inst. Send these papers to the Customs Commissioners here [England] to consider them more deliberately and to return same with their observations thereon and their opinion on the whole.
Several papers [of petitions &c.] concerning the Customs of England are read and the minutes [made by my Lord Treasurer thereon] are [endorsed] on them. Ibid., p. 173.
July 26. Present: ut supra.
[Send word] to the Auditors of Imprests to attend on Monday morning with a state of Mr. Hewer's account for Tangier.
[Send] to Sir Gilbert Heathcot and Mr. Gold to be here on Friday morning.
Mr. Morrill [Merrill] from Mr. Howe [Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] presents a memorial for several particulars amounting to 37,260l. 5s. 9¾d. [for the Guards, Garrisons and Marines]. My Lord agrees that he [Merrill as agent for Howe] endeavour to get the Bank to advance on [credit of] a deposit of tallies in Mr. Howe's hands on the last General Mortgage [anno 1710] to wit for 35,000l. on the like terms as they did the last [loan for him] or better if he can; and thereout to pay the said particulars except 4,472l. 15s. 0d. to the outpensioners of Chelsea Hospital.
[My Lord directs] 4,000l. to the Cofferer [for the service of the Household] whereof 2,000l. is to be issued out of Civil List money and 2,000l. out of loans [on the Exchequer] on tin.
The Ordnance [Board's] memorial is read. My Lord would have them endeavour to borrow what they can on a deposit of the tallies in their Treasurer's hands. Ibid.; p. 174.
July 28,
Present: ut supra.
My Lord directs Mr. Brydges to attend the Bank with a proposal that if they will advance to him 100,000l. in Exchequer Bills on a deposit of 110,000l. in tallies and orders on the Continued Impositions [the said advance being intended] for paying bills of exchange drawn by Lieut. Gen. Stanhope, my Lord will agree that they shall be repaid in gold on or before the 25th day of December next with interest after the rate of 4 per cent. per an. Ibid., p. 175.