Minute Book
March 1711

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'Minute Book: March 1711', Calendar of Treasury Books, Volume 25: 1711 (1952), pp. 21-37. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=85825 Date accessed: 21 September 2014.


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March 1711

March 2,
forenoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
The Agents for Taxes [are] called in. Mr. Cowper is also called in. The Agents' account is read of what he is in arrear upon the several [Land] Taxes and Window Duty, amounting to 12,917l. 19s. 6d.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer asks him what he offers in discharge thereof.
He [Cowper] says there is a list of bills of exchange which the Agents [for Taxes] have for the value of 3,296l. 14s. 6d. and that there are several other sums sending up by his clerk in the country and that he will take care the whole shall be paid.
My Lords direct him and the Agents [for Taxes] to attend again next Monday morning with a proposal how he intends to clear the said debt.
The draft of a letter proposed to be sent by the Agents [for Taxes] to the Receivers [General of Taxes for the respective counties] to quicken their payments [of their receipts into the Exchequer] is read and approved.
A memorial is read from Mr. Bendish relating to the sending away the poor Palatines. My Lords agree thereunto.
Mr. Auditor Harley is called in and Mr. Guard: and a letter which he [Guard] wrote to Auditor Harley which had been read is shewn to him, which he owns to be his hand, concerning what passed between him and Mr. Carkesse &c. in relation to the Duties on unrated East India goods.
My Lords desire Mr. Gard to recollect himself and put in writing what he can concerning the loss by the present method of computing the Duties on the said unrated East India goods and what he can offer for the remedying the same for the future. Mr. Auditor Harley [is] also desired to be here then.
Mr. Lowndes is [ordered by my Lords] to lay before the House [of Commons a statement of] the debt due to the Elector of Hanover in the late war to the value of 36,000 Crowns.
Mr. Brydges [is] called in and his memorials are read relating to the offreckonings due to the clothiers and what is due to Monsieur Pangaert for arrears of forage. My Lords direct [the issue of] the tallies proposed by him [Brydges] to be applied thereunto.
My Lords also consider his memorial relating to the advance money to be paid [on the contract] for bread and bread waggons for the year 1711 and direct the same to be satisfied, to wit 10,000l. out of the [tallies earliest in rank or priority of payment on the register of] Land Tax tallies in Mr. Brydges' hands and the rest out of tallies to be now levied thereupon. Ibid., pp. 166–7.
March 3,
forenoon.
Present: all the five Lords.
[The draft of a] letter to Mr. Howe [Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons] is read and approved [directing him] to apply to the several uses therein mentioned the sum of 53,347l. 5s. 0d. of the several tallies and orders in his hands struck on the fonds of last year.
[My Lords direct] 1,428l. 8s. 8d. to be issued to Mr. Compton out of any Civil List money in the Exchequer: to be [by him] paid over to Mr. Sorrel for the ch[arge or working expense] of the Lottery.
[My Lords direct the issue of] 80l. to four chaplains going to the West Indies.
[My Lords order] directions to be given to the Receivers of the Lottery money that they keep a distinct account of what they receive in money [specie] and what in [Exchequer] Bills and what [sort of the said Exchequer] Bills whether specie or non-specie Exchequer Bills [and what in] bank notes &c.
My Lords think it unreasonable to allow any poundage for receiving the money of this new Lottery.
My Lords resolve that such Exchequer Bills as shall be brought into the Exchequer upon this Lottery shall not be issued thence till a limited time, to be agreed on with the Bank.
[Send] to Mr. Bridges to certify to my Lords whether the 13th Company in each of the Regiments of Hamilton and Sutton which have been upon the Establishment were ever paid.
[My Lords direct the issue out of Civil List moneys of] 1,200l. on the order in Mr. Lowndes's name for secret service. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, p. 168.
March 5,
forenoon.
Present. Earl Poulett, Mr. Paget, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
Mr. Gold, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, is called in with other Directors.
My Lords resolve that the money due to the Bank upon the deposited tallies of last year shall be satisfied out of the first money coming in by the Lottery for 1711.
My Lords do not insist on the minute of the 3rd inst. against allowing poundage [on the receipts of Lottery moneys], but they will have it submitted to them by the Bank what consideration shall be allowed for receipt of the Lottery money.
"And my Lords do not insist ..." Ibid., p. 169.
March 6,
forenoon.
Present: Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansell, Mr. Benson.
The Board of Ordnance [is] called in. [They] present a memorial in behalf of their artificers. My Lords answer that if [the Office of] Ordnance will desire the artificers to be easy for about a week or ten days my Lords hope by that time to give them entire satisfaction.
Mr. Gold and several of the Directors of the Bank of England are called in. Mr. Gold names the Cashiers [of the Bank whom] they intend to be [employed as] Receivers of the Lottery money, to wit Thomas Maddockes, Joshua Odams, William Stubbs and Conrade de Gols: to which my Lords agree.
My Lords acquaint the Bank that they are of opinion that the appointing more places than one to receive the money at, would be an ease and convenience [to the public] and would give despatch to that service and that one of the places should be at this end of the town and [my Lords] name a room at the Banqueting House.
Mr. Gould says he will lay it before the Court this evening.
My Lords desire the Bank will cause the acquittances to be prepared and all other matters that are necessary to be done with all possible expedition and to prepare such advertisements to be inserted in the next Thursday's Gazette as they shall think proper [in order] to notify the places at which and the times when the said moneys will be received.
All the letters from the Secretaries of State [which remain yet] unanswered [are ordered by my Lords] to be brought in to-morrow morning. Ibid., p. 170.
March 7,
forenoon.
Present: Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
The Deputy Governor and several Directors of the Bank are called in. They propose that the 45,000l. per an. [fund] for exchanging all the Exchequer Bills upon demand may be agreed to be paid to them thus: viz. out of the Lottery money so much as shall be due on the 31st July 1711; out of the Duty on Hops 45,000l. for one year to end 31 July 1712; out of Land Tax tallies [anno 1711] to be reserved 90,000l. for two years to end 31 July 1714.
My Lords are willing that so much as shall be due on the 31st July 1711 be paid out of the Lottery money as desired and that 80,000l. more be reserved in tallies and orders on the first part of the Duty voted upon hops and that the remaining 55,000l. be reserved in tallies and orders on the Land Tax 1711 [with some priority rank] within 1,802,000l. [being to wit the total of tallies of loan so far registered on the said Land Tax]: but the interest on the said tallies and orders is to go to the Queen's use till the respective quarter days incur in which the payments shall become due to the Bank.
"My Lords [tell the Directors that they] will not appoint the time for the commencement of the Bill for the said 45,000l. per an. till the money due to the Bank upon deposited tallies be satisfied out of the money of the said Lottery."
[My Lords order] Mr. Brydges to borrow of the Bank 3,000l. for the service of Spain: to be repaid with 6 per cent. per an. interest out of the Lottery money: or if there be sufficient in the Exchequer [then my Lords direct this sum] to be issued [to Mr. Brydges in ready money] upon the proper [relative money] order [already drawn in said Brydges' name and remaining unsatisfied]: without troubling the Bank. Ibid., p. 171.
March 9,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
[My Lords order] Mr. Brydges to give them an account what tallies he has on this year's Malt [Duty] and to distinguish which of them are reserved for Sir Henry Furnese: and the account as soon as it comes is to be sent to the [exchange] remitters who will make their proposal for [remitting] 100,000l. for Flanders next Monday morning.
A memorial of Brigadier Hans Hamilton is read praying my Lords' directions to the Secretary at War to order the Commissary General and Paymaster General to muster and pay a thirteenth Company which is ordered to be raised for his regiment and is provided for in the Estimates of Parliament.
My Lords say if the commissions are signed for [the Officers of] this thirteenth Company and it be within the provision made by Parliament the Secretary of War is [as a matter of course] to procure the usual warrants or significations of her Majesty's commands relating thereunto for the guidance of the Commissary and Paymaster General and not their Lordships.
Upon reading a letter from my Lord Dartmouth [Secretary of State] with the extracts of two [letters] from Mr. Chetwynd, Envoy at Genoa, and Brigadier Lepell, representing the necessity of supplying Catalonia with corn from Genoa; and the Queen's pleasure being [thereupon] signified that Mr. Chetwynd should be [by my Lords] enabled to pay for 70,000 quintals of wheat and 100,000 quintals of barley which he has her Majesty's commands to buy for that purpose, my Lords do order a letter to be sent to Mr. Chetwynd by this night's post signifying that in regard the price or value of the corn is not mentioned in any of the said letters their Lordships are of opinion it will be the best and easiest satisfaction to the merchants for him to draw bills for what he shall buy up in pursuance of the said order [he to draw the said bills] upon James Brydges, Paymaster General of her Majesty's Forces: and [my Lords do therefore] desire him to draw accordingly and care will be taken that the same [the said bills] shall be duly accepted and paid. [My Lords add in their letter] a clause that he use good husbandry in making the contracts for the said corn and in all other matters relating thereto and to take proper vouchers from the persons to whom he delivers the same [to the end] that they may be duly charged therewith: all which is to be done on her Majesty's behalf.
[My Lords order a] letter to the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland to prevent as much as may be the bringing back from thence any of the poor Palatines: and that they direct their officers that any trading vessels that have any of them [Palatines] on board in order [with intent] to bring them to England, are not to be cleared outwards [from Ireland] till they have re-landed them. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, pp. 172–3.
March 12,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
[My Lords order a] letter to Mr. Brydges to bring on Thursday next the last accounts he has had from [his deputies] Mr. Mead, Mr. Sweet and Mr. Morrice.
Mr. Brydges and the [exchange] remitters [are] called in. My Lords direct 160,000l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges out of the first money that shall be brought into the Exchequer for the Lottery: which sum is intended to be applied and paid over to the remitters for what is due to them for bills [of exchange by them] given some time since for the service of the Troops in Flanders. And my Lords having considered of the underwritten proposal made by them [the said remitters] for remitting 100,000l. more for the service of the said Troops are pleased to agree thereto and that they [the remitters] shall be [re-]paid for the same in the manner contained in the said proposal: the same being of this day's date and signed by [Sir] John Lambert. Sir Theodore Janssen. Richard Hoar, E. Gibbons: to wit:
We humbly propose to supply your Lordships with bills for [on] Amsterdam and Antwerp for 100,000l. viz. 40,000l. to-morrow and 60,000l. on Friday, the bills for [on] Amsterdam payable at 2½ months and those for [on] Antwerp at sight and to take in payment for the same 40,000l. to be subscribed now into the Lottery and 40,000l. out of the [moneys of the] second [instalment] payment [to the said Lottery] and 20,000l. out of the third [like] payment and to allow [as the exchange rate for this remittance] 10 guilders 9 stivers current money per pound sterling.
Ibid., p. 174.
March 13,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
My Lords resolve that such persons as have demands [on or] to be paid in the Offices of the Navy [or Victualling] or the Paymasters of the Forces do apply to the proper officers there, and that the proper officers (if there be occasion) do represent those demands to this [Treasury] Board: and that my Lords do think it unreasonable that any such persons should apply here in the first place.
Mr. Brydges is called in. His memorial is read with the extracts of two letters to him from Mr. Morrice, one dated 14 Feb. the other 18th Feb. 1711 [old style], in the last of which he gives an account that he had not then received above 30,000 milreis of the 100,000l. sterling which Sir Henry Furnese's correspondents are to pay, they alleging that the six weeks of notice are not yet expired, but that against [the time] they [the said six weeks' notice] do [expire] they will have it ready.
Another of Mr. Brydges's memorials is read wherein he represents that there is due 73,229l. 15s. 1d. from him to the Bank to complete (together with the produce of the gold from Lisbon) all moneys borrowed by him upon deposits [of security in the form of tallies &c.] and a further 5,464l. 3s. 6d. (making together 78,693l. 18s. 7d.) for interest of the abovesaid sum to March 1 last or to the respective dates of repayment of parts thereof.
The Gentlemen of the Bank, attending, are called in. Mr. Gold, the Deputy Governor, acquaints my Lords that their officers, the Receivers of the Lottery money, have for the despatch of that affair been receiving money by deposits; and upon casting of it up they find 'tis for above 29,000 tickets more than the 150,000 contained in the Act. They therefore pray my Lords' directions in the case.
Lord Poulett says he is glad it filled so soon, but thinks it a matter of too great moment for the Board to give orders in; nevertheless will consult the Attorney General and Solicitor General this afternoon.
[Send a] letter to them [the Attorney and Solicitor] to be here half an hour after four and send them copy of the Lottery Act and a state of the case.
The [Gentlemen of the] Bank will be here at 5 this afternoon. Ibid., p. 175.
Eodem die,
afternoon.
Present: ut supra.
My Lords upon consideration of what was represented to them by the Bank this morning did at their [the Bank's] attendance here this afternoon give them the following answer, viz. Their Lordships are glad to find so much zeal in so many people to support the Queen's service in the public affairs by such large contributions on the Lottery Act and do desire the Bank to use their best endeavours that so many persons that have freely paid in their money may not have just reason to complain, not doubting of their prudence and justice in a matter of this great consequence and [my Lords do] expect that the Receivers [of subscriptions] will duly perform the trust reposed in them according to the Act of Parliament and their Lordships' commission grounded upon it [the said Act] and that they will punctually pay the Lottery money into the Exchequer according to this condition of their obligations [their respective surety bonds as Receivers] in that behalf.
The Attorney General and Solicitor General were present when my Lords gave the above answer to the Bank.
[Write] to the Bank to certify my Lords to-morrow forenoon how much money hath been actually received upon the Lottery and is ready to be paid in. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, p. 176.
March 14,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
[My Lords order] letters to the several [service or Departmental] Paymasters to bring hither by six o'clock this afternoon an account of what is owing by them respectively for interest to the Bank for loans by them made on deposits of tallies for the service of the Navy, Forces &c.
[My Lords sign a letter of direction to the Auditor of the Receipt to] issue out of the Lottery money the following sums:
£s.d.
to Robert Walpole to clear the principal money owing to the Bank for loans by them [the Bank] made on deposited tallies for the service of the Navy167,00000
to James Brydges, Paymaster General of the Forces [Abroad], to clear the principal money lent by the Bank on tallies deposited by him for the service of the said Forces73,229151
to John Howe, Paymaster of Guards and Garrisons, to satisfy the principal money borrowed by him of the Bank on deposited tallies for the service of the Forces under his pay101,16630
£341,395181
My Lords direct her Majesty's Advocates to attend this afternoon in relation to the treasure on board the two Genoese ships now lying at Port Mahon which were taken by two of her Majesty's men of war and which the English and Dutch claimers have offered to deliver to her Majesty's order upon a deposit being made to answer the judgment of the Admiralty Court. Ibid., p. 177.
Eodem die,
afternoon.
Present: ut supra.
[My Lords direct] 40,000l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges out of the Lottery money now paying into the Exchequer: which sum is intended to be paid over to the [exchange] remitters in part of 100,000l. [now remitting by them] for the pay of her Majesty's Forces in Flanders, for 50,000l. whereof the said remitters gave their bills last night and for the remainder are to give bills by next Friday's post.
Her Majesty's Advocates attending by order are called in. They acquaint my Lords that some of the claimers of the treasure on board the Genoese ships now lying at Port Mahon which were taken by two of her Majesty's men of war have offered to the Court of Admiralty to deliver the same to her Majesty's order upon a deposit to be made in Court to the value thereof in the presence of my Lord Forbes in behalf of himself and the other captors, and that the Judge of the Admiralty assigned the Queen's Advocate and Proctor to answer on or before Thursday the 15th inst. whether her Majesty will be pleased to accept thereof.
Lord Poulet says 'tis a matter of consequence and a thing so wholly new that their Lordships must receive the Queen's particular command (which they shall not be able to do by to-morrow) before they can signify the Queen's consent to the offer; and that besides, before it will be ready to be laid before the Queen 'tis necessary an account should be brought of the value of the effects and a proposal in what manner the same shall be delivered. And therefore my Lords desire the Advocates in the best manner they can to acquaint the Judge with the reasons why the Queen's pleasure cannot be signified by the time appointed by the Court and that they [the Advocates] will intimate to the Queen's Proctor that my Lords desire him to lay before them an account of the value of the said effects to be delivered as soon as may [be so] that their Lordships may receive the Queen's commands in this matter.
All which the Advocates promise to do and then withdraw. Ibid., p. 178.
March 16,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
The Attorney General and Sir Nathaniel Lloyd, her Majesty's Advocate, [are] called in. Sir Nathaniel lays before my Lords a paper of some part of the effects on board the two Genoese ships which he says he received from the Queen's Proctor, which [paper] he looks upon to be general: and therefore he is desired by my Lords to pray him [the Proctor] to make out a more particular account of the contents in the said two ships and of the offer made by the claimers to deliver the same to her Majesty's order upon a deposit: and that Sir Nathaniel will then meet the Attorney General in order to draw up a proper state thereof to be laid before the Queen for her Majesty's pleasure to be signified thereupon.
Sir Nathaniel says he will attend the Attorney General to-morrow morning and my Lords desire Sir Nathaniel to let the Queen's Proctor know they would have him attend here next Wednesday morning.
[Write] to the Ordnance to send an account this afternoon what tallies and orders of any kind are in their hands.
Mr. Madocks is called in with Mr. de Gols. My Lords upon hearing what is offered by them do direct that [they] shall make up their books [as Receivers of the Lottery subscriptions] and pay in the money due from them for their receipts of the Lottery money pursuant to their obligations.
[My Lords direct] 4,000l. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the [arrears of the] eleventh 4s. Aid [the 1708 Land Tax]: being to be applied to the payment of Parliament [Navy pay] tickets for the month of February 1710–11. Ibid., p. 179.
March 17,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Sloper offers a paper of demands for six of the eight Regiments going upon foreign service, amounting to 27,827l. 3s. 11½d.
[My Lords thereupon order that] so much of the sums allowed [now by my Lords] upon the said paper as is to be paid out of the funds of the year 1710 is to be satisfied out of tallies on the Candle Duty Act, and so much of the said sums as is to be paid out of the funds of the year 1711 is to be satisfied out of the earliest tallies, in Mr. Brydges' hands, on the Land Tax [anno 1711], reckoning the interest due on all the said tallies to go in part of the payment of the said sums.
Mr. Merial presents a paper of demands for two of the aforesaid eight Regiments, amounting to 5,907l. 3s. 0d. [My Lords thereupon decide that] the sums allowed [now by my Lords] on the said paper are to be satisfied out of the earliest tallies in Mr. How's hands on the Land Tax of 1711, reckoning the interest to go in part of payment.
[My Lords further order that similarly] Mr. How is to apply 5,246l. 8s. 0d. of the like tallies to the Royal Regiment of Horse and the Regiments of Temple, Carpenter and Kerr which are ordered to Flanders, to wit for 32 days' subsistence to 24 April next.
[The draft of a direction] letter for 15,000l. to Sir Theodore Janssen et al. is read and approved.
[Write] to Mr. Chetwynd to be here on Monday morning. His memorial is to be sent to the proper officers and desire them if possible to make their reports on Monday morning, the Queen having ordered despatch because Mr. Chetwynd is to go for Italy.
[Send word] to Mr. Bridges to be here on Monday morning and [to] bring Mr. Stanhope's letter with him.
[My Lords direct] 5,000l. to be issued to the Treasurer of the Ordnance: out of the Lottery money in the Exchequer: [and is intended] to be paid over to the Bank in satisfaction of the principal money lent by them on deposited tallies for the service of that [the Ordnance] Office. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, p. 180.
March 19,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
My Lords direct Mr. Brydges to lay before them an account how far the troops in Spain are paid by Mr. Mead.
Mr. Brydges desires that directions may be given to the Muster Masters in Spain and Portugal not to muster any but effectives.
My Lords say they have already given directions to that purpose and direct Mr. Crawford to attend to-morrow morning and bring with him a copy of the Instructions given pursuant to her Majesty's commands to his deputies in Spain and Portugal not to muster any more men than were real effectives.
My Lords refer to the Secretary at War the copy of Mr. Stanhope's letter which my Lord Dartmouth transmitted to my Lords.
A memorial from Mr. Brydges is read praying money to satisfy two bills of exchange drawn by Mr. Morrice payable to Capt. Hart. My Lords say that when they direct the payment of other bills drawn by Mr. Morrice they will order payment for these bills; but in regard of the inconveniences that may be to her Majesty's service by this practice my Lords direct Mr. Brydges to write to his respective deputies not to draw any bills of this kind for the future.
[My Lords order a] letter to Mr. Granville [as Secretary at War] to prepare the Establishments [of Guards and Garrisons and of the Forces Abroad] for the present year as soon as conveniently he can. Ibid., p. 181.
March 20,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
My Lords direct Mr. Brydges to deposit with the Bank 48,000l. in General Mortgage tallies and orders remaining in his hands, upon their advancing him 40,000l. which they lately agreed to: which sum is to be repaid to them with interest at 6 per cent. per an. out of the second [instalment] payment of the Lottery. The said 40,000l. is to be applied towards 160,000l. due to the [exchange] remitters for bills some time since given by them for subsistence of the Troops in the Low Countries.
The Deputy Governor and several Directors of the Bank are called in. They will come again on Friday afternoon.
[My Lords order a] letter to be writ for issuing to Mr. Brydges 40,000l. out of the second [instalment] payment of the Lottery money and 20,000l. out of the third [like] payment thereof; both which sums are to be applied to complete the satisfaction of 100,000l. (for 50,000l. of which the [exchange] remitters gave their bills on Tuesday last and for the remainder are to give their bills by this night's post) for the services of the Forces in the Low Countries: 10,000l. of which is to be applied in advance for forage in this year.
Mr. Brydges is called in.
The Attorney General comes in.
My Lords upon reading an account exhibited by Mr. Brydges of what sums are wanting to carry on the services in Portugal to the 23rd of April [next] amounting to about 83,000l. do desire Mr. Brydges to write thither by this night's post that they intend in a few days to enter into an agreement for [exchange] remittances for the same.
[My Lords order that] Lieut. Gen. Web's contingent warrant is to be paid out of Malt tallies anno 1711 in Mr. Bridges's hands and he is to have the interest [thereon] from the date [of said tallies] and the same is to be paid without deduction [for Exchequer or other fees].
[My Lords direct a] letter to issue 3,500l. to the Cofferer [of the Household] to pay for some wines bought in Holland for her Majesty's service. Ibid., p. 182.
March 21,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
Mr. Shoreditch [is] called in.
[My Lords direct the Agents for Taxes to] continue the stay of process against Robert Pain till the first day of June next.
My Lords resolve that John Cowper, Receiver [General] of the Land Tax for Co. Northampton, shall receive [taxes] no more and that they will appoint a new Receiver not only for the quarter's tax growing due on the 25th inst. but also to receive such arrears of the preceding quarters as are in arrear and have not been received by the said Cowper. The like [step to be taken] for the Window Tax [receipt for the said county].
The said John Cowper is called in. He says 6,873l. and no more is in his hands on both [the Land Tax and the Window Duties] accounts [for his county of Northampton]. He says he has 3,793l. 2s. 6d. in money and bills [of exchange falling payable] in town which will be paid within a month or six weeks. He proposes to pay the rest [of the balance of his receipts] by 1,000l. a (struck through) monthly.
My Lords do order that the 3,793l. 2s. 6d. be paid within a month and the rest within a month after and in default thereof process is to issue.
The Agents [for Taxes] will [by my Lords' order] write to the Sheriff of Northamptonshire that Mr. Cowper is to receive no more [tax money of that county] or any of his agents.
The Agents for Taxes are to be here again to-morrow morning.
Sir Solomon de Medina and his son are called in. Sir Solomon's memorial is read.
[Send word] to the Auditors of Imprests to be here on Friday afternoon at five o'clock about Mr. Bridges' accounts.
Mr. Sloper is called in; and upon reading a demand made by Sir Solomon de Medina of about 53,000l. for bread and bread waggons and loss by the enemy the last year, my Lords observe that all the said demands (except what relates to the loss by the enemy and the extraordinary price allowed for the bread [that is the excess thereof] more than is to be deducted from the Troops remain [provided] for Sir Solomon either in the hands of Mr. Sweet or the [respective] agents for [the several Regiments of] the said Troops) and [my Lords] do direct that Mr. Brydges do write to Mr. Sweet by this night's post that their Lordships are very much surprised to hear that what ought to have been deducted from the Troops has not been paid over to Sir Solomon, and that his [Sweet's] answer [thereto] be returned as soon as possible.
Sir Solomon's demands are referred to Mr. Brydges, who is to make a state thereof and to distinguish how much is provided for already by payments or remittances [of bills of exchange sent] to Mr. Sweet and how much [is] to come out of the provision for extraordinaries in this Session of Parliament.
As to the advances for bread and bread waggons for this year which is directed to be paid in Land Tax tallies, my Lords will allow him [Sir Solomon Medina] the interest incurred thereupon in regard of the discount which Sir Solomon says they go at and that his agreement was for ready money.
Mr. Greenville [Secretary at War is] called in. My Lords desire him to lay before them the instructions he was desired to prepare in relation to the extraordinary disbursement [the disbursement of extraordinaries] in Italy &c. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, pp. 183–4.
March 22,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
[Send] to the Commissioners of Transports and Mr. Miclethwayt to attend to-morrow morning.
Ordered that the Agents [for Taxes] do take care that the money upon the bills in Mr. Cowper's hands be renewed and paid directly into the Exchequer.
The Queen's warrant for 710l. to Capt. Gilman et al. is to be forthwith satisfied upon Mr. Brydges proposing the fond out of which he would have it paid.
Direct the Secretary at War and the Paymasters [of Guards and Garrisons and of the Forces respectively] to give my Lords a particular account how much money has been already applied for the service of Spain and Portugal which must be put to the account of the 1,500,000l. voted for the service of Spain and Portugal and to propose to my Lords an apportionemnt of the remainder to the most necessary uses for which it was voted, including Gibraltar.
My Lords direct that 390l. shall be paid to each of the five Battalions which suffered extraordinarily before Aire the last year: to be paid out of the next remittances for the Forces in Flanders pursuant to her Majesty's warrant signed for that purpose: and that the 710l. contained in another warrant signed by the Queen, for bounties to several maimed Officers, be issued to Mr. Brydges out of any of the public money remaining in the Exchequer not particularly appropriated.
Mr. Hawes and the Commissioners of Sick and Wounded will attend [here] on Tuesday next.
The Commissioners of Sick and Wounded are now called in. They will against next Tuesday morning consider and represent what sums in their memorials are most necessary to be furnished at present. Ibid., p. 185.
March 23,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
[My Lords order a money] warrant for paying to the Constable of the Tower so much as the allowances of 40s. a week to each of the Lord Melfort's two sons (who are prisoners of state) comes to from the time of their being made prisoners: which [weekly sums] her Majesty is pleased to allow for their subsistence.
The letters from the Navy Board dated the 22 March 1710–11 for [money for] wages and bills of exchange are [read and are ordered by my Lords] to be read again on Tuesday morning when Mr. Hawes is to be here.
[Write] to Sir Theodore Janssen to attend on Monday morning with a proposal for a remittance for the Duke of Savoy.
[Write] to the Navy Board and other Offices to send account of what has been furnished [to them respectively] of this year's fonds and what each Office will necessarily want for the carrying on the service to the end of the year.
Mr. John Chetwind is called in. He desires that his brother's bills from Genoa [which are] due be now paid and that the remainder of the extraordinary expenses of the last campaign computed at about 32,000l. be also now paid and that the extra subsidies for the ensuing campaign be provided for (struck through) settled. He thinks these things absolutely necessary. He says the contracts he has made are expressly for and on behalf of her Majesty and says he cannot stir with any advantage to the Queen till these things are done.
My Lords are of opinion that it will make no difference (as to the credit) whether Mr. Chetwyn be here or in Savoy.
He says he has above two years due to himself [on his ordinary Ambassadorial allowance] and that he is not able to stir till my Lords enable him [by some payment thereon]. His petition for his arrears [of ordinary] as Envoy and for a reward and [for payment of his extraordinary] charges of his former services is read. He also desires that Mr. Boyer may have some reward for his good services.
My Lords tell Mr. Chetwyn they will give order as to his own allowances forthwith.
He withdraws and my Lords order him a quarter more on his ordinary entertainment [to be paid] in [ready] money, over and above the sums ordered already [on his ordinary] to Xmas 1709, he being now upon his departure for Savoy.
Mr. Bridges is called in. He presents the drafts of several Instructions.
Those for Mr. John Chetwynd are read.
Likewise those for the Commissary of Provisions in Spain.
Likewise those for Mr. William Chetwynd, Envoy at Genoa, relating to Embarcations &c.
Likewise those for the Deputy Paymaster of the Forces in Spain.
Ordered that the three former [of the above] drafts be referred to the Auditors of Imprests to consider the same and give their opinions thereon. The fourth [draft] is to be read again in the [this] afternoon.
Mr. Bridges and Mr. Granville will be here to-morrow morning about matters referred to them.
[Send] to the Agents for Taxes to attend this afternoon and [likewise] weekly for the future.
[My Lords direct the issue of] 1,000l. to Mr. Lowndes for secret service. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, pp. 186–7.
Eodem die,
afternoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansel, Mr. Benson.
The petition of the Receivers of the Lottery money is read.
The Directors of the Bank are called in. The Directors consent that my Lords may by a writing to be publicly affixed to the Royal Exchange of London and to be also notified in the London Gazette to-morrow prefix the time for the commencement of the undertaking of the Governor and Company of the Bank of England for the exchanging of Exchequer Bills for ready money according to the Act [9 Anne, c. 7] passed in this Session of Parliament for this purpose [to wit for the said commencement] from and after the 25th day of this instant March.
[Send a] letter to the Navy Commissioners to make out a [Navy] bill or bills according to the method of their Office for allowing to the Treasurer of the Navy in his accounts the sum of 9,624l. 11s. 9d. paid to the Bank of England for interest for loans on deposited tallies and for discount of Exchequer non-specie bills as per the particular annexed to the memorial of this day's date presented to my Lords by Mr. Hawes.
The Agents for Taxes [are] called in. My Lords direct them to make a distinct account of what is owing by the Paymasters of her Majesty's Land Forces and Marines to the respective [County] Receivers General of Land Tax for moneys paid by the said Receivers pursuant to the Recruiting Acts; and to lay the same before my Lords as soon as possibly they can.
[Write] to Sir Henry Furnese that if he intends to come to-morrow he be here by 10 a'clock.
[Write] to Sir Theodore Janssen to desire him to be here on Monday morning by nine a'clock because my Lords intend to go early to the Parliament. Ibid., p. 187.
March 24,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Paget, Mr. Benson.
Mr. Bridges is called in and Sir Henry Furnese.
[My Lords tell Sir Henry that] Mr. Morris wrote on 7 Feb. [last] Old Style that no more than 30,000 milreis were then received by him of Sir Henry's advance of 100,000l.
Sir Henry says he [himself as remitter of exchange] had time to Feb. 26 O.S. [within which to complete the remittance] and that he has had [exchange assets] at Lisbon more than sufficient to answer the same.
Mr. Bridges says that the 100,000l. and 50,000l. more was to be reserved in Mr. Morris's hands and that the money drawn since by Mr. Morris was for the current service. Mr. Morris gave his bills for the whole 100,000l. at 5s. 11d. in which he owns the receipt of the money: but at the same time he writes that he did not receive the same except the 30,000 milreis.
Mr. Bridges thinks that Mr. Morris gave his bills to fix the rate [of exchange] for the whole, which [rate] might otherwise have risen upon him.
My Lords tell Sir Henry that the tallies are kept for him, to be delivered as soon as advice comes from Mr. Morris that the money is received.
Sir Henry Furnace goes out and Mr. Granville [the Secretary at War] comes in.
My Lords do resolve that the bills of Mr. Bacalan for 6,273l. 9s. 8d. be paid and on Thursday next my Lords will consider the method of paying the same: and will then consider how the prisoners at Oviedo may be more regularly subsisted for the future.
As to the prisoners with General Stanhop, Mr. Stanhope's letter together with Mr. Grenville's report hereon are to be laid before the Queen.
[Send word] to Mr. Bridges to attend on Thursday morning.
[As concerning the demand of] 30,000l. for the Treasurer of the Navy my Lords [are] to be put in mind of ordering it on Monday morning next for the Yards. Ibid., p. 188.
1711.
March 26,
forenoon.
Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansell, Mr. Benson.
[My Lords direct] 29,703l. to the Treasurer of the Navy out of the Lottery money remaining in the Exchequer: being for a quarter to Michaelmas 1709 for the Yards at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Harwich.
The Agents for Taxes are called in. They lay before my Lords a representation that Mr. Whittingham, Receiver [General of Taxes] for part of Lincoln, has in his hands 11,434l. of the Land Tax besides what he owes for House money.
My Lords direct the Agents to take special care that no part of the quarter's Land Tax due at Lady day 1711 be received by him or his agents nor any arrears of Land Tax or House money due from the country [the said county]. And my Lords resolve to appoint another Receiver as well for the growing receipt as for the said arrears.
But the Agents proposing in discourse that they are of opinion it will be best for her Majesty's service (in regard the next receipt is appointed for the 29th of this month and that there will not be time to consider of a proper Receiver and to take his security) that they [the Agents] appoint a particular person to go along with Mr. Whittingham on the next [the present quarter's] receipt and to take care that he [the said particular person] brings away the money and immediately pay the same into the Exchequer [my Lords do agree thereto].
Mr. Merryll and Mr. Sloper [are] called in. Mr. Merryll demands money as follows for the Troops going abroad: viz.
£s.d.
for 32 days' subsistence for Col. Kirke's Regiment to April 24 next1,016108
for six weeks' subsistence to the said Regiment from that time1,33440
for 32 days' subsistence to April 24 next for Lieut. Gen, Seymour's Regiment1,016108
for six weeks' subsistence from that time to the said Regiment in advance1,33440
£4,70194
My Lords direct that Mr. Howe [the Paymaster General of Guards and Garrisons] do pay the abovesaid demand out of the Land Tax tallies remaining in his hands [ranking in the Loan Register on said Land Tax] after about 1,000,000l.: and to the end the said Troops may have this money full and complete my Lords agree that he shall allow the interest incurred on the said tallies (which Mr. Meryll says is about two months) which will answer any discount which may be [demanded or may have to be paid in the open market] upon the said tallies at this time.
As to the demand made by Mr. Brydges in his memorial of the 23rd inst. for 14,823l. 17s. 7d. for six months' subsistence in advance to the [those] Regiments in his pay which are ordered upon an Expedition, my Lords direct the same to be satisfied as follows, to wit 10,000l. out of the Malt tallies anno 1711 in his hands [ranking as] payable after the 70,000l. to Sir Henry Furnese; and the remaining 4,823l. 17s. 7d. out of money to be borrowed by him on a deposit of tallies to be repaid out of the third [instalment] payment of the Lottery money.
[My Lords order] the money due to the Secretaries of State for secret service to be now paid and letters [of direction to the Exchequer are ordered] to be written accordingly. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, pp. 189–90.
March 27.Present: Earl Poulett, Mr. Pagett, Sir Thomas Mansell, Mr. Benson.
[Send a] letter to the Agents for Taxes to propose to my Lords a fit person to be Receiver General for part of Lincolnshire in the room of Mr. Whittingham.
[My Lords order] Mr. Brydges to transmit to them some time to-day a list of all the bills of exchange drawn upon him from Italy, Spain and Portugal and to distinguish those drawn by Mr. Chetwynds [the two Misters Chetwynd] from the rest.
Mr. Hawes [is] called in. My Lords direct him to attend the Bank and to desire them to advance 30,000l. on a deposit of tallies [now] remaining in the Navy Treasurer's hands: to be repaid with 6 per cent. per an. interest out of the second [instalment] payment of the Lottery money. This said sum of 30,000l. is to be applied to such uses of the Navy as my Lords shall appoint.
Mr. Brydges [is] called in. My Lords desire him to procure a loan of 80,000l. from the Bank on a deposit of tallies now remaining in his hands, the loan to be repaid with 6 per cent. per an. interest out of money coming in for the second [instalment] payment to the Lottery. The said sum when borrowed is to be applied to such uses of the Forces under his pay as my Lords shall direct.
My Lords order that the Treasurer of the Navy do forthwith assign 20,000l. to the Treasurer for Sick and Wounded, viz. out of the Land Tax tallies and orders anno 1711 in his hands: [same to be] for the service of that [Sick and Wounded] Office. But before any part of it is applied by the Commissioners for Sick and Wounded they are to lay before my Lords an account of what they think the most pressing services of that Office to be supplied thereout, for my Lords' consideration and direction.
Charles Trench [is] to be Surveyor of the Window Tax, Co. Northampton, loco Obediah Smith.
My Lords at the request of the Earl of Orkney do direct that in the warrant to Mr. Granville for preparing a sign manual for allowing 390l. a piece to the five Battalions under his Lordship at the seige of Aire, the words "without deduction" shall be interlined.
My Lord Poulett acquaints the Board that his Lordship having laid before the Queen a memorial of Mr. Brydges dated the 24th inst. with a letter from Lord Galway concerning bills drawn by Col. St. Leger de Bacalan amounting to 6,273l. 9s. 8d. for subsisting the prisoners who were taken on the frontiers of Portugal, her Majesty orders that the said bills shall be paid but that due care is to be taken that what is paid for subsistence of prisoners be charged to the account [respectively] of the Regiments to which they belong.
[His Lordship further reports] that upon laying before her Majesty the Secretary at War's report on several memorials of Lord Portmore relating to the affairs in Portugal her Majesty agrees that the two Regiments formed there out of the Irish and Spanish deserters shall consist of six Troops of 60 men in each Troop instead of nine Troops of 45 men each: and that as to the allowances desired by his Lordship [Lord Portmore] for another physician to be added to his Establishment for the Flying Hospital, [and] an assistant apothecary and another clerk to the Director of the Hospital as also an augmentation to the Contingencies of his [Army] Establishment [the Queen said] it shall be granted when an active campaign is likely. Ibid., pp. 191–2.
March 29,
forenoon.
Present: ut supra.
Sir Theodore Janssen makes a proposition dated this day and signed by himself and [Sir] John Lambert proposing to give their bills for [on] Turin for 106,666 2/3 Crowns at 45 days' date, the like sum at 60 days' date and the like sum at 75 days' date, making in all 320,000 Crowns of 82 sols each, money of Piedmont, at the exchange rate of 58 pence sterling per Crown; and offering to take in payment one half out of the third [instalment] payment of the Lottery and one half out of the fourth [instalment] payment thereof.
My Lords approve this proposition and order the issues to be made accordingly.
Mr. Philip Howard is to have 100l [as royal] bounty.
My Lords order that Christopher Tilson, John Edmonds, Samuel Ongley, Charles Blunt and William Lowndes, junr., do in the interim take care that the business of the present Lottery be forwarded in all things as much as may be until the commission for managing the same be settled by my Lords.
[My Lords] ordered 1,427l. 8s. 0d [to Mr Brydges] out of loans in the Exchequer on Malt anno 1711 for subsistence to Officers here [in England but payable] by the hands of Mr Brydges [being Officers] that are forthwith ordered to their posts in Portugal: [the said sum is to be accounted as] in part of 1,500,000l. granted for [the British Forces in] Spain and Portugal anno 1711.
My Lords direct that the person signing a letter C. F. [shall] have notice given by an advertisement in the Gazette that according to the desire of the said C. F. the Bank Bill of 10l. enclosed in his said letter is paid into the Exchequer to aid the Public Debts. Ibid., p. 193.
Eodem die,
afternoon.
Present: ut supra.
My Lords approve the demands of Mr. Bridges for 15,858l. 19s. 8d. vide postea.
The [exchange] remitters are called in: their proposal dated this day and signed by S. Shepheard and Sir Theodore Janssen is read proposing to give their bills for 200,000l. viz. 100,000l. to-morrow and 100,000l. to-morrow sevennight on Amsterdam at 2½ usance and on Antwerp at sight at the [exchange] rate of 10 guilders 7 stivers current money per pound sterling [and by way of repayment they] to be paid in [ready] money out of the first Aid to be granted by Parliament "with a deposit of tallies for 220,000l. to remain in our hands till we are paid by the next [granted] Aids."
My Lords agree to this proposal with this alteration, [viz.] that the remitters shall give their bills to-morrow for 100,000l., next Tuesday for 50,000l. and to-morrow sevennight for the remaining 50,000l. [Send] a letter to the remitters to give their bills accordingly.
The Bank of England having this day agreed to advance to Mr. Brydges the sum of 80,000l. upon a deposit of tallies, [the loan] to be repaid out of the first money coming in upon the Lottery; my Lords direct that the same shall be applied and paid over by him [Brydges] to the [exchange] remitters in part of 120,000l. resting due to them for bills formerly given for the service of the Forces in the Low Countries.
And my Lords direct 40,000l. to be issued to Mr. Brydges upon the proper [relative and unsatisfied] order in his name: out of the Lottery money remaining in the Exchequer: which is intended to be paid over to the said remitters to complete the said 120,000l. due to them as above.
My Lords direct the sum of 30,000l. (which the Bank have this day lent to the Navy Treasurer upon a deposit of tallies pursuant to the minute of the 27th inst., supra, p. 34) to be applied as follows: viz.
£
for Wages, being to pay the Defyance and Salisbury before they sail to the West Indies7,500
for Wear and Tear, being to pay bills of exchange7,000
for the Victualling, being to satisfy bills of exchange already due15,500
£30,000
[Send a] letter to the Secretary at War to attend next Monday morning at nine o'clock about the three months' provision desired by the Earl of Leven to be supplied to the Garrisons of Edinburgh, Stirling and Dunbarton, and other affairs relating to his [the Earl of Leven's Office as Commander in Chief of the Scottish Forces] Office.
Mr. Sloper is directed to attend at nine a'clock next Monday in relation to Mr. Brydges' memorials for Spain and Portugal.
[Send] to the Auditors of Imprests to hasten their report upon the draft of the Instructions for Mr. Chetwynd.
[Write] to the Receivers of the Lottery money to take care to pay into the Exchequer every day the money they shall have received the day before, according to the directions of their commissions and the [surety] bonds which they have entered into.
[My Lords order the] Marquis de Montandre's memorial and the report thereupon to be read next Monday morning.
Upon reading a memorial of Mr. Brydges for 14,606l. 5s. 0d. to answer several bills drawn by Mr. William Chetwynd between August 15 and November 15 last, my Lords direct that 10,000l. thereof shall be satisfied out of the second [instalment] payment of the Lottery money and the rest out of the third like payment and [my Lords say they] will have further consideration of the articles therein [in said memorial] contained for interest and discount of Exchequer Bills.
My Lord Poulett acquaints the Board that having laid before the Queen a petition of Anne McLean her Majesty is pleased to direct that she shall be put on the Scotch Establishment of Charities, upon the first vacancy that shall happen, for 20l. a year. Treasury Minute Book XVIII, pp. 193–5.