Minute Book: March 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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March 1710

Mar. 14,
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Brydges and Mr. Walpole come in. My Lord Treasurer orders a letter to Mr. Walpole to prepare a [royal] warrant to pay Sir William Douglas his full pay of 30s. a day as Brigadier on the Establishment, notwithstanding any stop [thereon] formerly.
A memorial from Mr. Brydges is read for 20,000l. due on Mr. Chetwynd's bills for the service of the Troops in Catalonia: and is ordered out of any money in the Exchequer of this year's funds.
A proposal of Sir Henry Furnese is read and agreed to for 6,000 moydas to be sent up the Straits for the service of the Troops in Spain as follows viz. "My correspondents at Lisbon having shipped on board her Majesty's men of war bound for Barcelona 6,000 moydas of gold, 3,000 thereof on the Ranelagh, Capt. Faulkner, 1,000 on the Hampton Court, Capt. Mighells, 1,000 on the Dartmouth, Capt. Cha. Stewart, and 1,000 on the Elizabeth, Capt. Underdown, making in all 38,400 Crowns, which I humbly propose to make over for her Majesty's account and risk clear of all charges at 55½ pence per Crown which will amount to 8,880l. sterling."
[My Lord orders] a letter to Mr. Burchet to desire the Lords of the Admiralty to give orders for the convoy going to Lisbon to take on board 4,000 pistolls for the Troop of Dragoons under the Earl of Galway.
Another memorial from Mr. Brydges is read and thereupon [money is] ordered for buying up 4,000 Spanish pistolls at the instance of the Earl of Galway for buying horses in Spain to remount his Regiment of Dragoons, at the rate of 17s. 6d. per pistoll, amounting to 3,500l., and for 17l. 10s. 0d. for commission upon buying up the said coin at½ per cent.; further for 630l. 18s. 11d. to answer a bill drawn Jan. 12 last by St. Leger de Bacalan payable to Arthur Crean of Madrid the 24th ult. for the use of the prisoners in Spain; and further 114l. 13s. 8d. to answer her Majesty's warrants for reimbursing several officers the charges they were at for horse hire and other expenses in attending the Justices of Peace to put in execution the late recruiting Act: making a total of 4,263l. 2s. 7d. for the said Brydges' memorial. Treasury Minute Book XVII, pp. 109–10.
Mar. 16. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Lord Coningsby and Mr. Brydges and Mr. Walpole are called in. My Lord Treasurer acquaints them that application is made to him by Col. Moor for subsistence for his Regiment transferred from the Establishment of Spain to the Irish Establishment and reduced to their numbers upon the embarcation of Lord Inchiquin's Regiment: to wit from the time of its being placed upon the Irish Establishment to the day of its embarcation for that kingdom.
It is ordered that Mr. Brydges do make a demand for it and Mr. Walpole is to prepare the necessary [royal] warrant for remitting from Ireland so much as the same shall amount to with a clause to be inserted therein for surcharging Mr. Brydges with the said sum.
[Issues as follows are] ordered upon a memorial of Mr. Brydges now read:
£ s. d.
to answer bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Chetwynd from Genoa, the last of which according to his list was due the 12th inst. 32,800 0 0
to answer several bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Mead from Barcelona, the last of them due the same 12th of March 7,489 8 3
£40,289 8 3
Another memorial of Mr. Brydges is read and several articles thereof are ordered as by the minutes [endorsed] on the memorial, amounting to 48,810l. 19s. 6½d.
Mr. How is called in and his memorial is read: upon which issues amounting in all to 35,580l. 10s. 4d. are ordered: the above three sums amounting in all to 124,680l. 18s. 1½d. Ibid., p. 111.
Mar. 18,
Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 500l. and 200l. for secret service: upon the order in Mr. Lowndes's name.
[My Lord directs] 14,880l. upon a memorial of Mr. Brydges dated the 17th [inst.]: out of loans on Land Tax or Contributions for Annuities: to be for services as follows viz. 6,000l. to satisfy bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Morice for 20,000 milreis which will be due the 23rd inst.: and 8,880l. for the value of 6,000 moydas put on board by Mr. Morice at Lisbon in Feb. last upon the squadron commanded by Sir John Norris bound for Barcelona; being at the rate of 55½ pence sterling to the Crown and is for the subsistence and other occasions of her Majesty's Forces in Spain. Ibid., p. 112.
Mar. 23. Present: ut supra.
Mr. Walpole, Mr. Bridges and Mr. Medina [are to be desired] to be here to-morrow at 10 o'clock about the execution of the contracts for bread and bread waggons. Ibid., p. 113.
Mar. 27,
Present: ut supra.
Sir William Scawen, Col. Godfrey and Mr. Cornish [are] called [in]. They acquaint my Lord Treasurer that there remains a charge upon them on account of some contracts they made soon after the Revolution [of 1688] for clothing although they have done all they can to pass their accounts of it.
My Lord directs the Auditors [of Imprests] to attend about these accounts next Thursday morning.
The petition of Mr. [Daniel] Peck, late Receiver of [Crown Lands for North Wales and Co.] Chester, is [read and] referred to the Commissioners of the Salt Duty.
[My Lord orders a] letter to Mr. Walpole [Secretary at War] to prepare a warrant for paying Sir Solomon de Medina for the bread and bread waggons according to his contracts.
E. Rutter who is concerned in the prosecution of the money owing from Weeks's executors [is to have notice] to attend my Lord Treasurer here some morning. Ibid., p. 114.
Mar. 28. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord orders] 4,086l. 10s. 9d. to Mr. Brydges for the Prince of Savoy for a moiety of 34,000 Crowns for Imperial recruits. [This order is] respited.
[My Lord directs] 25,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy for wages: out of the Land Tax tallies anno 1709: [to rank] after about 1,770,000l. [already charged thereon: the orders of repayment to be drawn] with interest to commence from Jan. 23 last to the persons to whom they are assigned.
and 9,000l. to same out of the funds of this year: and is for the Ordinary of the Navy.
and 6,000l. more for recalls of ships; according to a letter from the Navy Board to the late Treasurer [of the Navy] dated Nov. 21 last.
and 1,000l. more for contingents: to be imprested to Mr. Corbet, Secretary to Admiral Aylmer, upon security to be first given by him for his accounting for the same. Ibid., p. 115.
Mar. 30,
Present: ut supra.
The Auditors of Imprests are called in and Sir William Scawen, Col. Godfry and Mr. Cornish. Mr. Godfry says that notwithstanding they were contractors for clothing in King William's time and it plainly appears that they did fully comply therewith by delivering the clothes yet they are set in super for the money they received for the same because they cannot give an account what Regiments received same.
My Lord says he thinks it reasonable that in regard the clothes were delivered by the contractors and sent to Ireland, that they should be discharged: and therefore directs that the Auditors do prepare a privy seal for that purpose: and to charge the Commissaries therewith who received the same in Ireland.
Mr. Dodington comes in and says his case is the same with that of Sir William Scawen. Mr. Auditor Harley says that they had a warrant to prepare Mr. Dodington's accounts and to set in super the persons who received the clothes and that he has proved who received all except about 1,400l. worth which were provided for General Churchill's Regiment.
My Lord gives the like order for this clothing as in the above case of Sir William Scawen, Col. Godfrey and Mr. Cornish.
Mr. Brydges is called in and the Auditors' state of his account is read and the minutes taken [thereupon are margined or endorsed] thereupon.
The memorial of Mr. Medina is read about his accounts for bread and bread waggons. My Lord directs that he do apply himself to the Auditors to make [up] the accounts in due form.
The report from the Auditors of Imprests [is read] about Sir Edward Seymour's account. [My Lord orders that] the sums allowed by the minutes thereupon are to be paid out of the balance: and the rest to be paid into the Exchequer by the executors; and when is appears what part thereof is disbursed by General Seymour my Lord will be ready to move the Queen to extend her favour to him in that respect.
Monsieur Vryberg's letter is read relating to Mr. [Hiob] De Wildt's account [who as Secretary of the Admiralty of Amsterdam was appointed by Wm. III to take up shipping for transporting Forces from Amsterdam to Ireland]. [My Lord orders that] the vouchers are to be transmitted to the Auditors and they are to make a state thereof as soon as may be and lay it before my Lord: but my Lord doth not think it reasonable that the accountant should be allowed any salary. Treasury Minute Book XVII, pp. 116–17.
Mar. 31,
Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Mr. Medina's memorial is read. My Lord directs 20,000l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges in part of the advance money [which is] to be paid for bread and bread waggons for the ensuing campaign.
[Direct the] Commissioners of Excise and of the Stamp Office to attend next Wednesday afternoon with their schemes relating to the management of the Duties on candles and apprentices. Mr. Whetham [is] to attend at the same time about that part of the candle Duty which is to be raised in Scotland. [Direct] the Customs Commissioners to attend then.
[Direct] the Commissioners of Transports to attend next Thursday morning about their report relating to Mr. Dymond and Mr. Lloyd. Ibid., p. 118.