|Feb. 1.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Mr. Newport.|
Issue 900l. to Conyers Darcy and Francis Negus, Esq., Commissioners for executing the office of Master of the Horse: upon account for the expense of the Stables [incurred] from the date of their commission.
The Lieutenant Governor of Gibraltar's certificate dated the 17th Dec. last is read of provisions imported by Mr. Missing, the contractor for the supply of the Garrison. [Thereupon my Lords] ordered that the said certificate together with a copy of Mr. Missing's contract for victualling the said Garrison be sent to the Comptrollers of the Army Accounts for them to examine and report what is due to be paid to the said Mr. Missing for the provisions so imported pursuant to his contract. Treasury Minute Book XXII, p. 226.
|Feb. 2.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Lord Finch, Mr. Newport.|
Mr. Secretary Stanhope having signified his Majesty's pleasure by letter dated Jan. 31 last that a credit of 1,000l. be lodged with my Lord Justice Clerk at Edinburgh for the use of the Earl of Sutherland, my Lords order that a warrant be prepared to authorise the Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster of the Forces] to pay [credit] 1,000l. to the Earl of Sutherland on the head of [Army] Contingencies and that thereupon his Lordship do take care that the said credit be lodged in the Lord Justice Clerk's hands accordingly. Ibid., p. 227.
|Feb. 3.||Present: ut supra.|
Send to Mr. Cracherode a copy of the report from the Attorney and Solicitor General upon a letter from Lord Townshend about the wastes committed in the estates of the rebels taken at Preston by their servants and bailiffs. Mr. Cracherode is to govern himself thereby accordingly. Ibid., p. 228.
|Feb. 7.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Mr. Newport.|
Issue 400,000l. to the Forces and 200,000l. to the Navy out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1716.
[My Lords direct] 500l. as [royal] bounty to Dr. Benjamin Hoadly.
Write to Mr. Tho. Broderick to send hither the four persons that complained to the House of Commons.
Mr. Atkinson and Mr. Roop [are] called in. My Lords will to-morrow order the money due to Mr. Godfry et al. and [my Lords order their Secretary to] send for Mr. Hill to be here to-morrow.
The draught of a privy seal for allowing several payments on Lord Carnarvon's accounts for [the Army in] Spain and Portugal [in the late war] for the years 1707, 1708 and 1709 is read and agreed to.
Prepare a warrant for Lord Sunderland and Lord Rochester to be Vice-Treasurers of Ireland.
[My Lords order] 20l. for Hugh Hughes when the list is settled for his Majesty's bounty.
Prepare a warrant for 900l. for Sir Lambert Blackwell upon account of his negotiating the affair of the Genoese loan. Ibid., p. 229.
|Feb. 8.||Present: ut supra.|
Papers are read and minutes are taken [and are endorsed] thereupon. Ibid., p. 230.
|Feb. 10.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Lord Finch, Mr. Newport.|
My Lords upon reading a representation from the Commissioners for Building the 50 New Churches concerning the money in the hands of Mr. Smith, late Treasurer to the said Commission, do order a letter to be writ to Mr. Smith to pay the balance in his hands into the Exchequer immediately. Ibid., p. 231.
|Feb. 13.||Present: ut supra.|
[My Lords order a] warrant to be prepared for 200l. for Lewis Morton, who came express from Gen. Cadogan with the news of the Rebels having abandoned Perth.
A like warrant for [500l.] to Major James Stewart, who came express from the Duke of Argyll with the like news.
See what is unpaid to the Ordnance upon the fonds of last year and the like [deficit] in all other Offices.
Send to the Secretary at War a copy of her late Majesty's commission to General Hill to inspect the demolition of Dunkirk and in his absence to Mr. Clayton, Sir James Abercrombie and Mr. Armstrong; who [the Secretary for War] is to state what is due to Mr. Hill upon an allowance of 3l. a day and what is due to the said three Commissioners upon an allowance of 20s. a day while they attended in his absence.
Prepare a warrant for 1,000l. to Mr. Cracherode for [Crown] Law charges: out of which the bill drawn by him upon Mr. Lowndes for 400l. is to be satisfied.
The draft of a privy seal for allowing some payments in Lord Carnarvon's accounts [as Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] for the service in Flanders for the year 1711 is read and agreed to.
[My Lords direct the] issue of 28,184l. 5s. 9½d. to the Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster General of the Forces]: out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1716 [and is for the services following: viz.]
|to complete four months' subsistence to the Forces and Garrison of Minorca anno 1716 and for Contingencies||15,254||2||7|
|the like for the Garrison and Forces in Gibraltar||10,165||5||8½|
|to pay for surtout coats for Serjeants and centinels in Scotland; and to be charged to the offreckonings of the respective Regiments who received the same: according to the Earl of Lincoln's memorial dated this day||2,764||17||6|
|Ibid., p. 232.|
|Feb. 14.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Mr. Newport.|
A draft of a privy seal for allowing several payments in Lord Carvarvon's account [as late Paymaster of the Forces Abroad] for the service in Flanders for the year 1710 is read and agreed to.
A draft of a privy seal for allowing several payments in the said Lord's [Carnarvon's] account for Flanders for the year 1711 is read and agreed to. Ibid., p. 233.
|Feb. 16.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Mr. Newport.|
Prepare a warrant for 500l. to Mr. Lowther. Treasury Minute Book XXII, p. 234.
|Feb. 17.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen.|
Issue 5,000l. to the Duke of Somerset, late Master of the Horse, towards the debt in that [the Stables] Office.
Issue 2,500l. to the French Protestants to complete half a year's payment. Ibid., p. 235.
|Feb. 18.||Present: ut supra.|
See what South Sea Stock was vested in Trustees to be sold and how much of the proceed has not been made good to those Treasurers and Paymasters [respectively the Navy, Army and Ordnance] who transferred the same [to the said Trustees to be realised]. Ibid., p. 236.
|Feb. 20.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Lord Finch.|
Prepare a warrant for 30,000l. a year for the Privy Purse. Ibid., p. 237.
|Feb. 24.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Lord Finch, Mr. Newport.|
Issue 225l. to Mr. Clayton, viz. 200l. due to the small pensioners at Xmas last and 25l. for two Arabic stud[ents].
My Lords are of opinion that the Establishment of the Dutch Forces [temporarily in British pay and employ] is to commence from Midsummer last.
Send to know how much has been paid into the Exchequer for the Land Tax anno 1712 since the transference made [of the unsatisfied loans thereon] to the Land Tax anno 1715; and how the same has been disposed of.
[Write to] Mr. Aislabie to be here on Tuesday morning.
[Write to the] Customs Commissioners to be here on Monday afternoon at five o'clock.
[Write to the] Board of Ordnance to be here on Tuesday morning.
[My Lords direct the] issue of 74,451l. 16s. 11½d. to the Earl of Lincoln [Paymaster of the Forces]: out of loans on the Land Tax anno 1716: [and is] for the uses following: viz.
|in part of 993,015l. 4s. 5d. voted for Guards and Garrisons &c. anno 1716.|
for a month's subsistence 24 Feb. to 24 March next to the several Regiments, Troops and Companies in Great Britain
|in part of 34,837l. 17s. 10½d. voted for Forces in America anno 1716.|
for the same month's subsistence for the said Forces
|in part of 126,033l. 4s. 9d. voted for the pay of 6,000 men taken into his Majesty's service from the States General.|
for the same month's pay of the said Forces with their Generals and Staff Officers
|Ibid., p. 238.|
|Present: ut supra.|
The Customs Commissioners are called in.
[Write] to the Postmasters [General] to give order that no persons be brought in any of the packet boats from France unless they have a pass from my Lord Stair.
[Write] to Mr. Wind to attend on Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock.
[Write] to Mr. Cracherode to be here on Friday morning about the estates of the rebels attainted. Ibid., p. 239.
|Feb. 28.||Present: ut supra.|
[The Principal] Officers of the Ordnance [are] called in. Ordered that 10,000l. out of the money in the Exchequer of Contributions for Annuities anno 1715 and 30,000l. out of loans on Land Tax anno 1716 be issued to the Treasurer of the Ordnance, viz. 10,000l. for [Ordnance] sea service and 30,000l. for land services of the Ordnance.
The Solicitor General comes in and advises that the proceedings against the Auditors of Imprests for extortion of fees and other abuses in their Office be by Information in the King's Bench.
Write to the Attorney and Solicitor General to proceed accordingly and direct Mr. Cracherode to take care of the prosecution.
[My Lords] ordered 36,900l. out of loans on Land Tax anno 1716 to be issued to the Earl of Lincoln on Mr. Sloper's memorial of the 23rd inst.
[My Lords order] Monsieur [John] Birendorf of Hungary to have 200l. as [royal] bounty.
[My Lords order] Mr. How's pension to be increased to 500l. a year.
[My Lords order] 40l. a year to each daughter of Sir Robert Killigrew, whose widow had 150l. per an.
[Write] to the Customs Commissioners to send my Lords an account what the Duties of unrated East India goods for 11 years past have amounted to yearly by the computations thereof which have been in use during that time and what the Duties thereof would have amounted to according to the rule settled by the Court of Exchequer: with their differences in each year. Ibid., p. 240.
|Feb. 29.||Present: Mr. Walpole, Sir William St. Quintin, Mr. Methuen, Mr. Newport.|
[My Lords direct] 14,000l. out of Civil List money to be issued to the Cofferer [of the Household] to defray the expense of provisions in his Majesty's H[ousehold] to Michaelmas 1715, including the diets of their R[oyal] H[ighnesses] in that quarter as well as his Majesty to that time; and all the provisions in the Stables to Michaelmas 1715.
Mr. Ayslaby [is] called in. [My Lords] ordered [issues for the Navy as follows]: viz.
|out of the [Contributions for] 5 per cent. Annuities anno 1715.|
for the old Course of the Navy for the months of Dec., Jan. and Feb. 1714 [1714–15] and of March, April, May and June 1715
|for the old Course of the Victualling for the same months||8,177||17||7|
|for bills of exchange on the Navy||12,000||0||0|
|out of money arisen by sale of tallies on the fifth 2s. Aid anno 1715, 92,042l. 14s. 1d.: and out of 9,173l. 3s. 4d. remaining in the [Navy] Treasurer's hands of money arisen by sale of South Sea Stock 4,300l. 18s. 1d.; and out of money that is or shall be in the Exchequer for 5 per cent. Annuities anno 1715, 29,808l. 13s. 11½d.; and out of loans in the Exchequer upon the Land Tax anno 1716, 112,025l. 16s. 8½d.: making altogether 238,178l. 2s. 10d.|
to the Yards for Xmas quarter anno 1714 and Lady day [quarter] anno 1715
|for the new Course of the Navy for June, July, August and September 1715||48,916||0||0|
|for the new Course of the Victualling for the same months||35,591||6||0|
|pilotage &c. for the same months||1,506||0||0|
|for seamen's wages||30,000||0||0|
|for [sea] Officers who have passed their accounts||5,000||0||0|
|for sea pay to Flag Officers||2,616||7||0|
|for half pay to sea Officers for half a year to Midsummer 1715||17,500||0||0|
|for bills of exchange on the Victualling||9,093||14||6|
|for Short Allowance money on original lists||5,000||0||0|
|for Exchequer fees and other contingencies||3,000||0||0|
|for Sick and Wounded in quarters||3,000||0||0|
|[Write] to the Navy Commissioners to make out a bill for 4,872l. 5s. 3d. to Mr. Ayslaby [Treasurer of the Navy] for the discount on 68,693l. 4s. 0d. South Sea Stock sold by him.|
Upon reading a memorial of Mr. Cracherode their Lordships are pleased to order that Sir Francis Page, his Majesty's Serjeant at Law, and Mr. [Lawrence] Carter, one of his Majesty's Counsel and Solicitor to his Royal Highness, shall have for their service on the special Commission for trying the rebels in Lancashire 200l. a piece besides the 100l. already paid them: and that Mr. Wyndham and Mr. Bootle, the two other Counsellors at Law that were concerned for his Majesty in the said trials, shall have 100l. a piece more than the 100l. a piece they have likewise already received for the said service: and that the several Officers employed on the said Commission shall have double the sum they received respectively for their service at Bristol on the special Commission thither, viz. the Clerk of Assize 100l., the Clerk of the Arrains 50l., the Clerk of Indictments 60l.: as likewise that the several other contingent expenses as coach hire, horse hire &c. be paid by Mr. Cracherode.
And my Lords order a warrant for 2,000l. to be issued to him [Cracherode] accordingly. Treasury Minute Book XXII, pp. 241–2.