Treasury Books and Papers: March 1730

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 1, 1729-1730. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1897.

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March 1730

(after 3rd).
106. Memorial of Lord Cadogan to the Lords of the Treasury. Has passed the late Earl of Cadogan's final accounts as Master of the Robes and Governor of the Isle of Wight. Encloses a certificate from Auditor Jett, by which it appears that the balances upon the Isle of Wight accounts amount to 537l. 4s.d. As said balances are due upon accounts of His Majesty's land revenues prays a warrant upon Mr. Auditor Jett for paying same out of the like revenues as upon former accounts. 1 page.
—Certificate of Thomas Jett, Auditor, referred to, of date 1729–30, 3 March. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 26.]
March 4. 107. The memorial of the Sheriffs of London for stay of the proceedings against them for the escape of George Pilborough, committed to Wood Street Compter for running goods, read. Referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
The memorial of the Paymaster of the Forces of the 2nd instant for 112,799l. 2s.d. for offreckonings, &c. anno 1729, read and ordered.
The report of the Commissioners of Taxes of February 28 last, for stay of process against the securities of John Shermer, a late receiver of taxes, county Berks, read and agreed to.
The letter of the Commissioners of Customs in Scotland of February 19 read relating to debentures claimed for foreign salt delivered over to the officers of the Customs at Anstruther in 1719, and representing that a great sum of money has on this account been illegally detained from the Crown. Agreed that for the subsisting pretensions on that head, no debentures be made out or delivered to the merchants until the Commissioners shall be thereunto compelled by due course of law.
The representation of the Commissioners of Stamp Duties of the 3rd instant concerning a deficiency in the cash of Wm. Thompson, Esq. late receiver of those duties, read. The Commissioners to take the proper method of recovering and securing the debt.
The Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland to order the “Princess Louisa” sloop to sail to the Tower Wharf, to take in tools and other ordnance stores, to be employed in carrying on the roads of communication in the Highlands.
Monsr. Chammorel's letter on the case of Peter Live and the ship “Four Suns,” under seizure in Yarmouth, referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
Ingram Bromley's petition for entry of a non pros. to the information against him for smuggling, referred to the same.
Hezekiah Ogle to receive 5l. additional from Mr. Lowther.
Sir Robert Munro attended concerning the demands of the late Commissioners for Forfeitures in Scotland. The final settlement of their demands to be deferred till the York Buildings Company have conveyances executed to their satisfaction, and authentic certificates are made forth and signed of forfeited effects yet standing out unrecovered in Scotland.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 289–90.]
March 4. 108. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for execution of warrant from the Duke of Grafton to James Brudenell, Esq. dated February 21, for the delivery to His Excellency Robert Johnson, Esq. Governor of South Carolina, of two little flagons, 1 chalice, a paten, and a receiver to take the offerings in, for the use of His Majesty's chapel there.
Memorandum by R. Sedgwick: “This warrant will amount to 80l. or thereabouts.”
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 317.]
March 4. 109. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu, dated February 21, for the delivery of the following to Robert Johnson, Governor of South Carolina, for the use of His Majesty's chapel there, viz. 1 large Bible, 2 large and 12 small Common Prayer Books, 2 cushions for the reading desk, a cushion and cloth for the pulpit, a carpet for the altar, all of crimson damask with silk fringe, 2 linen cloths for the altar, and 2 surplices.
Memorandum by Tho. Dummer and John Halls, comptroller: “This warrant will amount to 110l. or thereabouts,” 1729–30, February 26. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 318.]
March 6. 110. The Duke of Newcastle to John Scrope. Desires the issue of 200l. to Colonel Lascelles, who is ordered to set out immediately for Dunkirk. Whitehall, March 6. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 27.]
March 6. 111. Warrant under the royal sign manual directed to William Earl of Essex, Ranger and Keeper of St. James's Park, to permit Sir William Willys, who is in possession of a lease from Thomas Railton of a house in St. James's Place, the back, front, and garden whereof adjoin to that part of the said park called Constitution Hill, to open two or three lights into the said park from the back kitchen, and to place rails there, and to make a bow window in the room he intends to build in his garden, not to extend above eight feet into the park, the wall included. Given at the Court at St. James's.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 469.]
112. Royal sign manual directed to the Clerk of the Signet attending, for the preparation of a bill to pass the Privy Seal authorising the acquittance of Stepten Poyntz, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Congress at Soissons, from the charge of 6,964 ozs. of gilt and white plate, delivered to him out of the Jewel House by an indenture of date 1728, April 10.
[Ibid, pp. 470–1.]
March 10. 113. The Duke of Newcastle to the Lords of the Treasury, desiring the issue of 1,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber, to defray the expenses of the messengers sent abroad. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 28.]
114. Report from the Commissioners of Stamp Duties to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of John Webber, town clerk of the borough of Bridgwater, to Sir Robert Walpole. Webber as town clerk was entrusted with a “Licenced-book,” for the entry of actions, plaints, bails, appearances, and freemen to be admitted to the said borough. On the 9th September 1726, he gave a note under his hand for the payment of 17l. 0s. 6d., but has neglected to pay same. An information was exhibited against him in the Attorney General's name in the Exchequer for contempt, on which an attachment is awarded. Webber is old, infirm, and in reduced circumstances, and has quitted the office of town clerk. Stamp Office, Lincoln's Inn, March 10. 1 page.
—Webber's petition as above. Has paid the 17l. 0s. 6d. due for stamp duties on warrants entered as above, to one John Slape, of Bridgwater, who promised to pay same into the Stamp Office, but died insolvent before doing so. Prays relief from expenses of the proceedings against him.
Minuted:—With a reference, dated 1729–30, February 27, from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners for Stamp Duties.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 29.]
March 10. 115. Lord Hobart, Treasurer of the Chamber, to the Lords of the Treasury, requesting their order for 400l. being the established allowance of royal bounty on Maundy Thursday. 1 page.
[Ibid, No. 30.]
March 11. 116. Order for 1,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber, for messengers to perform foreign voyages.
Mr. Lowther to pay Benjamin Martin 50l. as royal bounty.
Warrant to be prepared for a quarter's pension to last Christmas to Lord Byron. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 291.]
March 12. 117. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 1,121l. 1s. 9d. to John Tysoe, King's goldsmith, for gilt and white plate delivered into the Jewel Office for the royal service, for the quarter ended Christmas, 1729. Given at the Court at St. James's.
Appending:—Detailed certificate of the plate.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 474.]
118. Same directed to same for the issue of 200l. to Thomas Lascelles, to enable him to proceed in the service of inspecting the demolition of Dunkirk, as commissary for that work.
[Ibid, p. 475.]
March 12. 119. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt, conveying the desire of the Lords of the Treasury, in accordance with two orders of the House of Commons, for the preparation of an account of the moneys received at the Exchequer for the land tax, 1727–8, and an account of the sums remaining in the Exchequer on account of the arrears of former land and malt taxes.
[Letter Book XVIII. p 428.]
March 13. 120. Same to the Commissioners of Customs, transmitting from the Lords of the Treasury, for such order therein as is usual, a letter from the resident of the Landgrave of Hesse Darmstadt, concerning some furniture from his house arrived here from abroad. [Ibid.]
March 13. 121. Alured Popple to John Scrope. The Lords Commissioners for Trade and Plantations having formerly recommended the late Mr. Hintz to have care of the transporting the Palatines from Germany to Nova Scotia, His Majesty approved thereof. Hintz's son was sent for from Ireland to assist him therein, and is willing to undertake it in place of his father. Begs that the money to be paid by warrant of the Lords of the Treasury to the father may be paid to the son. Whitehall, March 13. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 31.]
March 14. 122. J. Scrope to the Postmaster General to hasten the report as to the new erected offices or employment under them.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 429.]
123. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt conveying the desire of the Lords of the Treasury, in accordance with an order of the House of Commons of the 13th instant, for an account of the produce of the funds granted 8 Anne for raising 1,500,000l. by a lottery, 1720, September 29, to 1729, September 29.
[Ibid, p. 428.]
March 16. 124. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to Edward Harley, Esq. one of the Auditors of Imprests, authorising the passing the accounts of Anthony Cracherode, Solicitor for the affairs of the Treasury, of the money spent by him in public prosecutions, 1723, June 1, to 1727, June 11.
Prefacing:—Harley's statement of the account, in detail. Total of discharge, 26,927l. 15s.d.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. pp. 242–8.]
March 16. 125. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland, to grant a release and discharge to James Grant, yearly, of the annual sum of 12l. 1s. 1⅓d. sterling for the feu and blench duties arising Urquhart and Glencairn, and 17l. 15s. 92/12d. sterling for feu and other duties out of lands of Finlarig.
Appending:—(a.) Report from the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury, dated 1729–30, February, on Grant's petition for the above.
(b.) Copy of Grant's petition.
[North Britain Book IX. pp. 413–6.]
March 17. 126. Order for 5,000l. to the Earl of Scarborough on account for the extraordinary expense of the stables.
James King to be a tidesman on the inferior list, London port.
The memorials of the late Commissioners of Forfeited Estates in Scotland, read, representing that the conveyances to the York Buildings Company are not now to be executed by them, but by the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland. A statement ordered to be made of the Barons' powers therein under the Act 13 Geo. I.
Appending:—Statement of same, ibid.
Charles King, late chamber keeper to the Treasury office, to have 50l. royal bounty.[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 292.]
March 17. 127. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for the King's Remembrancer in the Exchequer or his deputy to take John Conduitt's securities, Sir William Willis and himself, each for 2,000l. for the due execution of his office, as master and worker of His Majesty's Mint.
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 248.]
March 18. 128. Memorial from Lord Wilmington, Paymaster General of the Forces, to the Lords of the Treasury, requesting payment of sums amounting in all to 60,052l. 15s. 2d. for subsistence of the forces from 1730, March 26, to April 24, and for pay of the troops of the Landgrave of Hesse, from 1729, December 25. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 32.]
March 18. 129. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 200l. to the corporation of Lyme Regis as royal bounty, towards keeping up the pier, commonly called the Cobb, erected in the sea near that town. Given at the Court at St. James's. [King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 476.]
March 19. 130. Same settling the establishment for the Princess Royal, Princess Amelia and the Princess Carolina. Given at the Court at St. James's.
Appending:—Establishment in detail. Total established annual sum, 6,671l. 10s. [Ibid, XXX. p. 53.]
March 19. 131. J. Scrope to the principal officers of the Mint, conveying the directions of the Lords of the Treasury, in accordance with the address of the House of Lords to the King, for an account of the bullion coined since 1713. [Letter Book XVIII. p. 429.]
March 20. 132. Report in duplicate (original and copy) of Charles Wither, Surveyor of the Woods, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the memorial of Edward Young, concerning the proceedings against him by several Regarders of New Forest, for wages due to them for attending wood sales. On a second suit the Court of Exchequer adjudged them 2s. 6d. per day, as wages, with costs, all of which will come to 306l. 7s. 1d. Recommends him as entitled to their Lordships' favour in passing his accounts, he having only resisted a charge on the Crown which he thought unnecessary. 2 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 33.]
March 21. 133. The petition of Richard Backwell, son of Edward Backwell, deceased, to the Lords of the Treasury. Has served as a collector of the Excise and Salt for 30 years, and accounted for over a million of money. Is incapacitated by palsy, and has only the usual allowance of 25l. per annum out of a fund to which he has been a contributor upwards of 30 years. Petitioner suffered greatly by the stop of the Exchequer under Charles II. his father's patent thereon being for 300,000l. by reduction of which by Parliament petitioner is a loser of 50,000l. on his own property. In 1671, petitioner's father advanced King William, then Prince of Orange, 40,000l. which was never repaid him, but was part of the above 300,000l. 1 page.
—With minute as under date 1729–30, March 21.
[Ibid, No. 34.]
March 21. 134. Preparation of a warrant ordered for taking in a loan of 100,000l. at 3 per cent. on the land tax, anno 1730.
Order for the issue of 39,947l. 4s. 10d. out of the said loan to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for carrying on the services in that office.
Same for 60,052l. 15s. 2d. to the Paymaster of the Forces out of the same loan.
Order for the usual signification to Mr. Cracherode on his memorial of the expense attending the seizing and vesting in the hands of the Crown the estates of Colonel Francis Chartres, convicted of felony.
Petition of Richard Backwell, late a collector of Excise, for relief, read, 50l. ordered in like manner as the 100l. ordered him September 5 last.
William Thompson's petition for the assigning to him the security he took from his clerks when Receiver General of the Stamp Duties, to discharge him of a debt incurred by his clerks, referred to the Commissioners of Stamp Duties.
William Baker, late a ferryman at Fulham, to have the first boatman's place vacant at the Custom House, London.
Jane Daniel to be paid 20l. by Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hands. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 293.]
March 23. 135. Royal sign manual directed to the Lords of the Treasury for the issue of 4,000l. to John Hedges, Esq. for the use of Frederick Prince of Wales. Given at the Court at St. James's.
Memorandum:—Warrant signed March 24.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 475.]
March 23. 136. J. Young, Collector of Customs at Holetown, Barbadoes, to Sir Robert Walpole, concerning the abuses, mismanagements, and violations of the acts of trade within his cognisance, and enclosing copies of letters passed between himself and Mr. Lascelles, collector, and Mr. Upton, comptroller, relating to the management of the Customs at Barbados. At least 3,000l. a year is lost by the present usages and practices. In the case of rum it is the custom to take the duty at the market price at the time of passing entry. The merchants, coopers, &c. therefore take out entries at the beginning of the season when the price is only half what it advances to in 2, 3 or 6 months. These entries may lie dormant till they think fit to take out a cocket. The abuses in respect to the duties on sugars are equally notorious, but the whole island is so generally concerned in the maintaining them that it will not be easy, suddenly, to rectify them. Has tried to stop it in his own district by destroying the usage of entering sugars with one collector, and shipping them in the district of another. Further represents the evil of allowing the collector or comptroller at Bridgetown power to make what cockets they please without any control or any possibility of its being known whether entries have been made of the commodities for the shipping of which a cocket is granted. “It is a custom here for the collector and comptroller to sign these cockets for one another, which cockets may be paid, away as bank notes to any person who has sugar to export and renewed at any time after with fresh dates and for other ships, and for anything I know, in other names ten times over for two bits a time each cocket, so that when ships are cleared and the cockets taken up by the searcher, it is impossible to check or compare these cockets with the entries.” 5 pages.
—(1.) A sheet of rules as to the entry of goods shipped in each port with the collector of that port, and as to the signing of cockets by the collector and comptroller jointly. 1 page.
(2.) A booklet (very much damaged) of 26 pages (19 written) containing copies of letters and depositions, &c. with regard to the administration of the Customs in Barbadoes ranging from 1727–8, January 13, to 1729–30, March 7, lettered as follows:—
(a.) Charles Dunbar, Surveyor General of His Majesty's Customs of Barbadoes, to John Young, dated Antigua, 1727–8, January 13, on Young's appointment as Collector of “the Hole” in Barbados.
(b.) J. Young to Henry Lascelles, Collector, and Arthur Upton, Comptroller of the Customs in Bridgetown, dated Hole, 1728, March 27, against the present practice of carrying goods subject to duty from one port or creek to another under the umbrage of a cocket, and the endorsing of such cockets for part or whole after completion.
(c.) Hy. Lascelles and A. Upton, to John Young, 1729 (sic for 1728), March 29, in reply to (b.).
(d.) John Young to [Lascelles and Upton], 1728, March 30, in reply to (c).
(e.) Upton and Lascelles to Young, 1728, April 26, concerning a new form of permit or cocket given by Young.
(f.) J. Young to Lascelles and Upton, undated, in reply to (e.).
(g.) Lascelles and Upton to Young, 1728, April 27, desiring a sight of the instructions of Young's predecessor.
(h.) Young to Lascelles and Upton (date eaten), concerning large quantities of sugar shipped in their names without entry made with Young, and insisting on putting a stop to the irregular practice of paying the duty on sugar to one collector and shipping it in the district of another.
(i.) Hy. Lascelles and A. Upton to J. Young, dated 1729–30, January 27, concerning the making up his accounts quarterly, and the balance due from Young to the Crown of 270l. 6s. 10¾d. in sugar at 12s. 6d. per cwt. which balance in sugar will amount to 450 pounds at least.
(k.) J. Young to Lascelles and Upton, dated 1729–30, January 28, in reply to (i.) Pursuant to instructions balance must be paid in sugar, and there are no sugars in the country, “as you well know.”
(l.) Lascelles and Upton to Young, dated 1729–30, February 16, concerning Young's refusal to receive entries of rum and other charges, (m.) Deposition of Richard Harrold, merchant, of the parish of St. Michael, Barbadoes, concerning Young's refusal to pass entry for rum.
(n.) Deposition of Richard Moorcroft of the same parish concerning same.
(o.) Joint depositions of Wm. Butcher, gent, accountant in the Custom House at Bridgetown, Barbadoes, and of Richard Moorcroft aforesaid, concerning Young's receiving the duty on rum in specie and not in money at the market price, according to the usual custom of the island.
(q.) R. Moorcroft to John Young, 1729, April 12, requesting him to pass entry.
(r.) Young's defence of himself to Lascelles and Upton against the above depositions, and against the charges laid by them against him before the Surveyor General, Dunbar, dated 1729–30, March 2, and concerning irregularities in the making of entry.
(s.) Young to Lascelles and Upton, dated 1729–30, March 7, concerning same. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 35.]
March 25.
137. Memorial from Robert Jacomb, Deputy Paymaster to the Lords of the Treasury, for the issue of 6,250l. one quarter's subsidy to the Duke of Brunswick Lüneburg Wolfenbüttel. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 36.]
March 25. 138. Statement of the excess or surplus of the several duties, revenues, and incomes, commonly called the Aggregate Fund, established by several Acts of Parliament of the 3rd, 5th, and 6th of George I. [Statement of Surpluses I. pp. 284–5.]
139. Same of same of such duties or revenues, part of the South Sea Company's fund, as were established by Act of Parliament of the 3rd and 5th of George I. for answering payments to the South Sea Company and others. [Ibid, pp. 286–7.]
140. Same of the produce at the Exchequer of the duties and revenues which, by an Act of 3 George I. p. 303, were charged towards making good a General yearly fund of 724,849l. 6 s. 10⅓d. with the deficiency thereof, and the overplus of the same General Fund stated at Lady Day, 1730, which overplus ariseth over and above all the moneys which then or before became due or payable according to subsequent Acts out of the said duties, revenues, or General Fund. [Ibid, pp. 288–9.]
141. Fifteenth half-yearly statement of the account between the Exchequer and the Sinking Fund, the debtor side, as presented by John Scrope, comprising the surpluses of the above three funds, Aggregate Fund, South Sea Company's Fund, and General Fund, together with the income by the tax on Papists.
[Ibid, pp. 290–1.]
March 25. 142. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt conveying the desires of the Lords of the Treasury, in accordance with the order of the House of Commons of the 23rd instant, for an account of the Exchequer bills and loans on land and malt taxes which were standing out at Christinas, 1727, and what bills have been since issued and loans made and how discharged.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 429.]
March 25. 143. Same to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue of 320l. to Hugh Howard, Esq., to be paid to George Brownlow Doughty, in consideration of a conveyance, dated 1729, December 8, made by him and Frances his wife to Thomas Ripley and Nicholas Dubois, in trust for the Crown, of an entry and divers rooms situate under the two towers and gateway between the two Palace Yards in Westminster, which were ordered by His Majesty to be pulled down, that coaches might conveniently pass and repass from and to the Houses of Parliament.
Appending:—Letter from Scrope to the Board of Works concerning same of same date.
[Disposition Book XXIX. pp. 261–2.]
March 26. 144. An account of the quantity of all foreign salt imported into Cornwall for five years to Christmas, 1728. (Total, 14,015 weys 27 bushels.) 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXIII. No. 37.]
March 26. 145. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for execution of warrant, of date 1729–30, March 6, from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for the provision and delivery to Jonathan Martin, one of the children of the chapel, now removed because his voice is changed, the annual allowance of one suit of plain cloth, one hat and band, two holland shirts, two cravats, a pair of cuffs, two handkerchiefs, two pairs of stockings, two pairs of shoes, two pairs of gloves.
Memorandum:—By Tho. Dummer and John Halls, Comptroller. “The particulars of this warrant will come to 10l. or thereabouts.” March 17.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 319.]
146. Same from same for execution of same from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for the delivery to Grey Maynard of the following, for His Majesty's service at Kensington, viz.:—Two glass lanterns with iron supporters, a looking-glass in a walnut tree frame, with a table and stands, suitable for the Grooms of the Bedchamber in Waiting, two dozen of small brass candlesticks, handles and loose sockets, silvered. Also to put brass castors to the Queen's chair, and to take down and repair a bed and some window curtains and umbrellas, and to order the upholsterers, joiners, and cabinet-makers to take down furniture at Kensington and put it up at St. James's and repair same. Likewise, at St. James's, three crimson harrateen cushions for the Duke, and to mend one, to mend and cover a square stool with crimson harrateen, and to mend and alter some beds, window curtains, and other furniture. To take down the canopy and tapestry hangings in the ball room and fix them up again…. A wainscot flap table for the chaplains, two forms covered with crimson serge for the side closets in the-chapel, a deal press bedstead for His Majesty's service, a door curtain of crimson harrateen, and a new bedstead to put in an old press with green “cheyney” curtains, and a pair of brass arms for Mr. Brinkman, two wainscot boxes to hold bedding for the Princess's service, two Japan red and six tin receivers and fix them on the Queen's plate sconces, and repair some cabinet work in Her Majesty's state bedchamber. To order the chandeliers in the ball room to be mended with iron work, the iron work to be painted of gold colour and the gilding made good on the bottoms. To polish some chairs at the House of Commons and mend and varnish 22 chairs in the Council Chamber at the Cockpit. To fix up the Traverse in the chapel and take it down again, and to piece three kneeling stools for the Princess.
Memorandum:—This warrant will amount to 198l. or thereabouts. Tho. Drummer. John Halls, Comptroller. February 4. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 319–20.]
March 26. 147. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for execution of a warrant, dated 1729–30, March 6, from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for the provision of the following to Grey Maynard, for His Majesty's service at St. James's, viz.:—A wainscot table for the King's private dinner, four new walnut-tree frames for four footstools, to be stuffed and covered with the damask of the old footstools for the Prince of Wales and Princesses, a four-post field bedstead with green camlet furniture and counterpoint complete, trimmed with lace of the same colour, and a complete set of bedding, two festoon window curtains, valance and cornices of green camlet trimmed with lace suitable, six matted-bottom chairs, a small folding wainscot table and a hanging glass in a walnut tree frame for Mrs. Pearing, dresser to the Princess Royal, a wainscot chest of drawers for Mrs. Smith, governess to the Duke, a green taffeta window curtain for St. James's Chapel, a dancing table of wainscot for the Duke, four large tin receivers for the large double-branched plate sconces in the Queen's dressing-room, for repairing two dozen of matted-bottom cane chairs, and to order the state [hangings and canopy] in the ball room to be taken down and fixed up again. Likewise, for Kensington, one pair of single brass branches, six strong brass sockets silvered, and eight brass extinguishers, a green harrateen door curtain for the Council Office in the Cockpit. Also to give orders for mending, cleaning, and new lining the tapestry hangings in the House of Peers.
Memorandum:—This warrant will amount to 183l. or thereabouts. 1729–30, March 17. Tho. Dummer. John Halls, Comptroller. [Ibid, pp. 320–1.]
March 26. 148. Royal sign manual to Spencer Lord Wilmington, Paymaster of the Guards, Garrisons, and Land Forces, for the issue to the Duke of Brunswick Lüneburg Wolfenbüttel, of sums not exceeding 25,000l. for one year's subsidy, pursuant to a treaty dated 1727, November 15. Given at the Court at St. James's.
[King's Warrant Book XXIX. p. 475–6.]
March 26. 149. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland to grant to Edinburgh town 100 guineas for a plate to be run for on the sands at Leith, at such time and according to such rules as shall be settled and agreed upon by the Provost and Town Council of Edinburgh. Given at the Court at St. James's. [North Britain Book IX. p. 416.]
March 26. 150. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Customs countersigning and enforcing an order of the Privy Council taken at St. James's, 1729–30, March 16, on a report of their Committee, dated 1729–30, February 25, concerning the petition of merchant shippers against the heavy exaction of fees taken upon the frequent renewal of Mediterranean passes. Upon a representation of the Lords of the Admiralty to the King it appeared that several passes of the old form might have fallen into the hands of foreigners, who under colour of such passes might carry on their trade to the prejudice of the King's subjects. On the 31st December last His Majesty therefore issued a proclamation directing that all passes of the old form should not continue in force longer than 12 months from the succeeding March 1, except for ships on long voyages, and requiring all old passes to be returned within 12 months from March 1st to the Admiralty office, or Collector of Customs of the outports, or the Governors of the Plantations, and passes in a new form to be taken out for their several ships according to the treaties subsisting between Great Britain and the Governments on the Coast of Barbary, and according to the regulations of the late King in Council of 1722, June 14. The complaint is against the fee on renewal, viz. 25s. at the Admiralty Office, and the additional fees demanded by the officers at the outports. By an Order in Council of 1676–7, March 23, the fee of 25s. was allowed to be taken by the Admiralty Office on the issuing a Mediterranean pass, though at the time there was no stamp duty in being. The like fee was again approved by Order in Council of date 1717, July 13. Propose to continue same fee, but to add that renewals of passes should not be obligatory in less than 12 months, and that 15s. only should be charged on such renewals, and that the officers of the outports should be restrained from taking more.
[Customs Book XIII. pp. 45–8.]
151. Same from same to the Commissioners of Customs, authorising the payment by the collectors of Customs in the outports of the established salaries of the officers of Customs of the outports for the quarter ended 1730, Lady Day, as by the account of Robert Parsons, Comptroller General of the Accounts of the Customs. (Total, 11,919l. 0s. 4d.) [Ibid, p. 52.]
March 26. 152. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Receiver General and Cashier of Customs to pay the Lady Day quarter's bill of salaries of the officers of the Customs in London port, amounting to 7,894l. 3s.d. [Customs Book XIII. pp. 45—8.]
March 26. 153. Same from same to the Auditor of the Receipt to draw an order for paying to John Lawton 105l. for one quarter due 1730, March 25, for himself and clerks, he having been appointed by an instrument under the hands of the Lords of the Treasury of date 1727, November 25, to sort, digest, methodise, and reduce into order the records, papers, and writings in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer, with an allowance of 420l. to wit, 200l. per annum to Lawton, 100l. per annum for his first clerk, 70l. per annum for his second clerk, and 50l. per annum for his third clerk.
Appending:—Certificate by John Lawton to the Lords of the Treasury, dated the Exchequer, 1729–30, March 24. “This humbly certifies that since Xmas last I have with three clerks (Mr. Stewart, Mr. Smart, and Mr. Whiston) clean'd and placed in order in the Chapter House the rolls of the Court of Common Pleas of the reign of King Henry III. and a great part of the assize rolls of divers counties of the reign of Kings Edward I. and II.” [Money Book XXXV. p. 171.]
March 26. 154. Petition [to the Lords of the Treasury] from Thomas Upton for an extension to 50 years of the lease on the south side of Piccadilly granted to the late Lord Dover by Her late Majesty Dowager. Referred to the Surveyor General.
[Grown Lease Book II. p. 17.]
155. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Surveyor General to send to the proper auditor for a particular of the hundreds of Faircross, and Kintbury Eagle, with the appurtenances, in the county of Berks, and the offices of steward and bailiff of the said hundreds, and to rate same in order to the passing a lease thereof under the Exchequer seal to Wm. Lord Craven for 24 years from 1731, June 13, without fine, at the ancient rent of 12l. 6s. 8d.
:—Report, dated 1725, May 4, from J. Pulteney, Surveyor General, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of William Lord Craven praying reversionary lease as above.
[Ibid, pp. 19–21.]
March 26. 156. J. Scrope [to the Auditor of the Receipt] to issue 550l. to Charles Bridgman for 1730, Lady Day quarter, on the allowance of 2,200l. for keeping His Majesty's gardens and plantations, consisting of 148 acres, at 15l. per acre, and 125l. to Charles Dartiquenaue for the same quarter on the salary of 500l. per annum as Surveyor of His Majesty's gardens.
[Disposition Book XXIX. p. 264.]
157. Same to the Paymaster of the Works to pay same accordingly. [Ibid.]
March [26?]. 158. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury for the execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to James Brudenell, of date March 16, for the delivery of two silver trumpets to Thomas Lund, trumpeter of His Majesty's second troop of Horse under the Earl of Hertford.
Memorandum:—This warrant will amount to 20l. or thereabouts. Edwd. Yardley.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 318.]
159. Same from same for execution of same from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for the provision and delivery to Grey Maynard, for furnishing the Prince of Wales's Council Chamber and the apartments thereto belonging at Somerset House, the following, viz. a plain wainscot table 10 feet long and 4 feet broad, a table for the Clerk of the Council, 2 green cloth table cloths, 4 pair of brass candlesticks, and 4 pairs of snuffers for the Council table for wax lights of 4 in the pound, 1 pair of brass candlesticks and snuffers for the clerk's table, 1 green flowered damask elbow chair for His Royal Highness, 12 green cloth chairs for the Council Chamber, and curtains for the windows. In the Clerk of the Council's office, 1 pair of brass candlesticks and snuffers for tall lights, a green curtain for the window, 6 cane chairs, 2 high ones for the desk. In the ante-chamber, 1 table, a green cloth table cloth, 12 cane chairs, a close stool, 1 brass pair of candlesticks and snuffers for tall lights, 6 small brass sconces for lights round the room.
Memorandum:—By Tho. Dummer and John Halls, Comptroller. This warrant will amount to 108l. or thereabouts. 1729–30, March 12. [Ibid.]
March 27. 160. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt for the issue of 1,837l. to Thos. Spence to discharge annuities payable on benefit tickets in the 1710 Lottery, not subscribed into South Sea Stock, and for the account of “incidents “due to Sir Charles Farnaby as late Auditor of the Lottery account and salaries for several officers of the said lottery. [Disposition Book XXIX. p. 264.]
March 30. 161. Same to Mr. Carkesse transmitting from the Lords of the Treasury a letter from Mr. Delafay concerning the equipage of the Chevalier D'Osorio, Envoy Extraordinary from the King of Sardinia to His Majesty, for all possible civility to be used therein by the Commissioners of the Customs.
[Letter Book XVIII. p. 431.]