Minute Book: November 1711

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Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 25, 1711. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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November 1711

Nov. 1. Present: [attendance not stated].
Pursuant to my Lord Treasurer's direction,
Sir John Lambert and partners are discoursed with for a remittance of 25,000l. to Portugal. They insist upon [an exchange rate of] 5s. 6d. sterling per milrei and to be paid on the last of December next in money.
Mr. James Milner offers a proposal to supply 25,000l. in Lisbon to be repaid in money the 1st December next and a reasonable deposit of South Sea Stock for his security for the said sum until he is repaid: he to give his bills for that sum payable to the Honble. James Brydges at 30 days' sight at the exchange rate of 5s. 4d. per milrei.
This proposal is agreed to with this difference that half the bills are to be at sight and the other at 30 days' sight and that the security be 30,000l. in South Sea Stock [and he] to be repaid the last day of December.
Mr. Milner having agreed to give his bills for the said 25,000l. to go by to-morrow night's post for Lisbon, direction is to be given per Mr. Bridges to Mr. Morris (pursuant to my Lord Treasurer's pleasure in this behalf signified) that out of the said sum he do apply 12,000l. for subsistence of the effectives at Gibraltar and [for] the necessary charges attending the reinforcements which by order of the Earl of Portmore are sent or to be sent to that Garrison from Portugal and for other necessary uses most conduceable to the support thereof: a particular account of all which [after the application thereof] is to be transmitted to my Lord Treasurer.
Mr. Brydges is to advance to the Commissioners for inspecting the Public Affairs relating to the war in Portugal, Spain and Italy and to their Secretary two months' pay on their Establishment, to commence from their departure; and afterwards to furnish them with their said pay, as the same shall grow due, by remittances or credits abroad: and if they desire it they may always have one month's pay by way of advance during the continuance of their Establishment.
Issue to Mr. Brydges the sum of 1,037l. for two months' advance as abovementioned upon a memorial presented by Mr. Sloper in that behalf. Ibid., p. 85.
Nov. 2. Present: [no attendance stated].
The Postmasters [General] are called in. They say 'tis most advisable that the letters now in their Office be sent by the first safe conveyance; and [it is agreed that they] will send them accordingly. Ibid., p. 86.
Nov. 6. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
My Lord Treasurer directs Mr. Cæsar [Treasurer of the Navy] to attend the Bank and desire them to advance 100,000l. for the services of the Navy on a deposit of 110,000l. in tallies and orders on Malt anno 1711: to be repaid with 6 per cent. per an. interest in [ready] money within two months of the time of advancing the same.
[My Lord directs] 3,000l. to be issued [to the Navy Treasurer] for Parliamentary tickets [for seamen's wages viz. of turned over men &c. under the Act 4–5 Anne, c. 6, clause 12] for the month of October last.
My Lord Treasurer directs that Mr. Bridges do write to Mr. Morris to apply (out of the money in his hands) 2,000l. for subsistence of such Officers en second as are now actually in Portugal; and that Mr. Bridges do transmit hither a list of the names of those Officers. Ibid., p. 87.
Nov. 10. Present: [attendance not stated].
[Send] to Mr. Meriel to attend on Monday morning about the out-pensioners [of Chelsea Hospital]. Ibid., p. 88.
Nov. 14,
Present: [attendance not stated].
Pursuant to my Lord Treasurer's direction, (fn. 1)
Write to Mr. Brydges intimating that the whole subsistence of the British Troops and full pay for the Foreign Troops in Flanders has been furnished to 23 Oct. 1711; and that Sir Solomon de Medina alleges that out of the same he should have received a proportion every two months for the bread furnished to the said Troops: and that there is a large sum deducted from the Troops which hath not been paid over to him and that the want of this money puts him to great distress: and direct Mr. Brydges to write over to his Deputies in Flanders to send a particular state of this matter with the causes or reasons (if any) why the said money has not been paid to him. Ibid., p. 89.
Nov. 19. Present. Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Prepare the warrant for the quarter due to the Maids of Honour and the [Queen's] Dressers [the Women of the Bedchamber].
[My Lord directs the issue to Mr. Lowndes out of Civil Service funds] of 1,000l. for secret service. Ibid., p. 90.
Nov. 20. Present: ut supra.
[Send] to Mr. Brydges to know what direction is given to the Agents [probably means the Agents for Taxes] for issuing [sic for advancing out of tax receipts in the hands of the respective Receivers General in the counties concerned] of money for the immediate recruiting of the Forces in Flanders.
Mr. Brydges' report is read on Sir Solomon de Medina's memorial.
My Lord agrees that Mr. Brydges do pay Sir Solomon 15,000l. upon account of what is due to him, by giving him [Medina] his [Brydges's] bills for it payable in Holland upon the same foot [or rate of exchange at which] the Bank made their last remittance [thither]: the said sum to be re-drawn on Mr. Brydges at two [months'] usance "which will fall due about the middle of April next." Treasury Minute Book XIX, p. 91.
Nov. 21. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Write a letter [to the Customs Commissioners] for Count Gallas's goods to pass [be examined at his house] as usual [for Ambassadors' goods].
[Write to the] Commissioners of the Stamp Office not to put any [person] into George Mackey's place till they hear from my Lord.
[Send] to Mr. Bridges to know how much of the money advanced on the last contract for bread has been stopped; and that he cause so much as is stopped to be issued to [the head of] subsistence of the Troops in Flanders.
"To consider of a method that the Master of the Great Wardrobe may (according to a clause in his patent) account in the ordinary course of the Exchequer." Ibid., p. 92.
Nov. 22. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord orders] Thomas Johnson to be a clerk in the Stamp Office (in the room of Mackey, deceased) under Mr. Ashurst, the Comptroller [of the Accounts of Stamp Duties] if Mr. Ashurst has no objection; Mr. Johnson having done good service in relation to that revenue.
My Lord directs that whatsoever [exchange] advantage hath been made by paying the Forces in Flanders or Brabant over and above the respective sums remitted, be made part of the Paymaster's voluntary charge [in the front of such Paymaster's annual account] and in order to it that the Paymaster do forthwith make a state of such gains and deliver the same into the Treasury, [to render it possible for Auditors to see him the said Paymaster General] to be surcharged accordingly. Ibid., p. 93.
Nov. 23. Present: ut supra.
The [Principal] Officers of the Ordnance are called in. My Lord [on reading their memorial] agrees that 16,592l. 8s. 6½d. in orders on Low Wines anno 1705 and 6,174l. 3s. 7¾d. [in orders] on Malt anno 1710 and 15,178l. 7s. 6d. in ready money be applied to the Ordnance Course for last June and September quarters. They are to bring the orders to be endorsed [for allowance of interest to the assignees thereof from the date of the assignments], but the interest due up to the time of the assignments is to be surcharged on the Treasurer [of the Ordnance] for the service of the Office [of Ordnance] and the growing interest from that time is to go with the principal to the artificers [to whom the orders are so to be assigned].
[My Lord ordered issues as follows to the Treasurer of the Navy] on Mr. Cesar's memorial: viz.
£ s. d.
for wages to ships which are to be laid up at Chatham and Portsmouth 40,000 0 0
for wages of the company which belonged to the Resolution 10,000 0 0
for Flag pay due to several officers at Xmas last 1,191 12 6
£51,191 12 6
[Write] to Mr. Meriel to attend to-morrow about subsistence [of the Guards and Garrisons].
The sum of 150,000l. having been advanced to Sir Solomon de Medina on this year's contract for the bread, which [advance] by the said contract was to be made good again [to the Queen] out of the pay of the Forces during the Campaign, my Lord Treasurer supposing that the same hath been deducted accordingly doth direct Mr. Brydges to write to his Deputy in Flanders forthwith to apply the money, so deducted, for the subsistence of the same Forces and to let my Lord know as soon as he can how his directions in this matter shall be complied with. Ibid., p. 94.
Nov. 24. Present: ut supra.
The Directors of the South Sea Company in taking in tickets to be made part of their Capital Stock are to be careful that no [South Sea] Stock be had [in return] for any ticquet until it hath been checked in the same manner as by the Rules of the Navy it ought to have been checked in case it had been paid in money in the usual Course of the Navy.
Look out of [sic for if or what] directions have been given for transferring [to the present Navy Treasurer] any remains in the hands of the executor of Sir Thomas Littleton, late Treasurer of the Navy.
Upon reading Mr. Brydges' memorial of this day's date [my Lord] ordered 19,000l. to be issued to him out of the money in the Exchequer of this year's funds: [and is intended] to be paid over to the Regiments of the Subject Troops serving in the Low Countries to enable them to recruit: which money is to be charged on them as part of their subsistence from 23 Oct. to 22 Dec. 1711. Ibid., p. 95.
Present: ut supra.
The [draft of a] letter to Mr. Granville is read [to direct him] to prepare the [royal] warrant for 15,000l. to Sir Solomon de Medina upon account.
Write to the several [Departmental] Offices to send a particular account of all the sums which have been paid upon account of Gibraltar. Ibid., p. 96.
Nov. 28. Present: ut supra.
[My Lord directs] 10,900l. 13s. 10d. to be paid to Mr. Compton for a quarter due at Xmas 1710 to his Office [as Paymaster of the Queen's private pensions and charities &c.] in part of half a year intended.
[Write to] Mr. Staunton to attend to-morrow morning about his memorial in relation to [Sir D. O']Carol's late Regiment.
[My Lord] on Mr. Cesar's memorial ordered 100,000l. [to be delivered to him as Treasurer of the Navy] in South Sea Stock [and is intended] for bills registered on the old Course of the Navy since Michaelmas last.
[My Lord likewise] ordered [the issue to him of] 28,605l. in [ready] money on the same [memorial and is] for Midsummer and Michaelmas quarters anno 1710 for Chatham and Sheerness Yards; and 6,521l. 9s. 10d. for bills of exchange from Dublin, Hamburg, Shields &c.; and 10,000l. for Recalls.
[Send to the] Auditors of Imprests to attend on Friday morning in relation to the accounts of the Marine Regiments.
[Send to] Mr. Merryll to attend about the subsistence [of the Guards and Garrisons] and to bring an account how much [is still] unissued to Mr. Howe of the quota [of Parliamentary funds anno 1711] for Guards and Garrisons.
[Write to the] Commissioners of the Navy to make and transmit to my Lord a state of the debt of the Navy and Victualling &c. to Michaelmas last as soon as conveniently they can. Treasury Minute Book XIX, p. 97.
Nov. 29. Present: Lord Treasurer, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
[Write] to Mr. Bridges to send a state of the Offreckonings and what will be necessary to enable the Regiments in Flanders to clothe [themselves].
And write to Mr. Grandvill [Secretary at War] to know what non-effective money remains in the hands of each Colonel or his [Regimental] Agent.
Col. Staunton offers to make good his charge against Sir Daniel [O']Carrol by the testimonies of Mr. Irwyn of the Temple and Major Purcell. The Colonel lives at Mr. Lewis's in Manchester Court, Westminster. Ibid., p. 98.
Nov. 30. Present: ut supra.
The Directors of the Bank are called in. Upon [their] bringing any of their orders on hops [on Malt] my Lord will direct interest of 5,250l. from Oct. 31 last, being the complement of 11,250l. then due to them.
[Write to] the Commissioners of the Victualling to attend next Monday morning.
Sir John Lambert, Mr. Hoar and Mr. Gibbon [attend and] make the following proposal dated Nov. 27 inst. viz. to supply the Lord Treasurer with bills on Amsterdam at 2½ usance and on Antwerp at sight for 100,000l. or 150,000l. at the [exchange] rate of 10 guilders 10 stivers current money per £ sterling: [they by way of repayment] to be paid for the same in [ready] money on or before the last day of January next with interest thereon at 6 per cent. per an. from the date of their bills [so to be given to the Lord Treasurer] to the time of [re-]payment; or if paid in tallies [then they] to be allowed the discompt then current on the same; and that in the mean time the South Sea Stock be transferred to them as a security with a defeazance [clause] at the rate of 120l. stock for 100l. with power to sell the same if [they be] not paid at the [agreed] time; "and if required our Correspondents shall discount our bills immediately as formerly."
Upon this proposition my Lord Treasurer agrees for the sum of 150,000l.
Memorandum: the said remitters gave their bills for 50,000l. thereof [in time to go] by the last post [this day]. Ibid., p. 99.


  • 1. See footnote supra, p. 106