Treasury Books and Papers: January 1731

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 2, 1731-1734. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1898.

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January 1731

January 4.
1. Letters patent by the King revoking the letters patent of 1730, May 8, which appointed Spencer Lord (now Earl) of Wilmington Lord Privy Seal, and constituting Abraham Stanyan and Robert Jackson Commissioners for the Privy Seal, with a fee of 365l. per annum. [King's Warrant Book XXX. pp. 120–1.]
January 5. 2. J. Scrope to the Comptrollers of Army Accounts transmitting for examination from the Lords of the Treasury Thomas Missing's lists of the garrison victualled at Gibraltar, 1730, October 19 to November 15. [Letter Book XIX. p. 22.]
3. Same to Mr. Burchett, for the Commissioners of the Navy and victualling to transmit the estimates proper to be laid before the House of Commons in the ensuing session for the Navy and Victualling, 1731. [Ibid.]
4. Same to the Paymaster General of the Forces for similar estimates for the service of the forces; to the Master General of the Ordnance for same, for land and sea services; and to the Commissioners of the Navy for an account of the debt of the navy as it stood 1730, Christmas. [Ibid, pp. 22–3.]
January 5. 5. Report of Dun. Forbes, Lord Advocate of Scotland, and Ch. Areskine, Solicitor General of Scotland, to the Lords of the Treasury on the petition of the town of Cupar, presented through John Drummond, their representative in Parliament, for a lease of the tithes issuing out of the town lands. The family of the Earl of Rothes has enjoyed the said tithes under repeated leases from 1674 to 1711, in which latter year the present earl's father, who was Provost of Cupar, obtained a, renewal of his lease for 19 years. From the Reformation down, it has been the care of the Scottish princes to prevent strangers having a title to demand tithes of other men's properties, and that by establishing certain rules whereby the proprietor might have in most cases a judicial valuation of his tithes and buy them at nine years' purchase. By an Act of 1633, cap. 17, a general provision to the above effect was made, except as for tithes belonging to bishops and other dignified clergymen. This provision has been further explained by several succeeding Acts, and is now the law of the land. Tithes belonging to bishops were not subject to this provision, yet as often as by the abolition of episcopacy bishops' tithes have come to be vested in the Crown, the Exchequer, has generally shown the same equitable favour to proprietors of lands from which bishops' tithes arose by preferring them to the lease of such tithes at moderate compositions. As a matter of grace, conformable to the general intention of the law of uniting tithes with the property, the Crown, upon the suppression of episcopacy, directed, by letters under the sign manual, that the Lords of the Treasury of Scotland should prefer proprietors of lands to leases of all bishops' tithes, and give public notice of this royal benevolence, to the end such proprietors might be prepared to farm the tithes of their own lands. Notwithstanding this practice of the Exchequer Court, it is in His Majesty's power to order the letting the lease of the tithes in question to any person as freely as the bishops might have done; but submit it, whether there are any circumstances in the Earl of Rothes' case of weight enough to dispense with the general rule established as above.
Edinburgh, 1731, January 5. 3 pages.
—Copy of a sign manual of Wm. III. dated 1696–7, March 12, directed to the Lords of the Exchequer in Scotland, declaring the King's pleasure that when leases of tithes belonging to bishoprics expire and new leases come to be granted, proprietors should be preferred in the first case to the lease of their own tithes, they offering a reasonable duty. Publication to be made of this so that those concerned may come in and claim. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 1.]
January 7.
6. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Sir Geo. Oxenden, Mr. Clayton.
Mr. Grey's petition for a term in reversion of the term in being upon a grant of the lighthouses at Orford Ness, &c. which has been long in his family, read and referred to the Attorney General for report.
John Airy's petition read for extraordinary charges in making his remittances as receiver of the taxes for Durham and Northumberland in regard the receivers of Westmorland and Cumberland have been allowed the same. As the allowance is made with respect to the smallness of the receipt and not to the remoteness of the place, and as the receivership of Durham and Northumberland is not one of the small receipts nominated for the said allowances by a former resolution, their Lordships do not think fit to deviate from same.
A petition of the Governor and Company of Copper Mines in Wales for the silver which they bring into the mint to be coined into large money as well as small, as they shall see occasion, and for the large money to be marked with distinguishing letters and marks in manner as the small money used to be, read and the necessary warrants ordered.
Peter Nice attending a petition concerning a concealment made by the late Sir John Lambert, one of the South Sea directors, is to be told that the same concerns the South Sea Company and their Lordships will not interfere therein.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 386.]
January 7. 7. Order from the Lords of the Treasury confirming a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for the delivery to the Hon. Grey Maynard, Yeoman of the Removing Wardrobe, of furniture, specified, for the Council Chamber of His Majesty's German Chancery at St. James's.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 342.]
January 7. 8. Warrant from same to the Clerk of the Pipe or his deputy for the preparation of a lease to George Earl of Cholmondeley, for 28 years from 1752, December 19, at the old rent of 30l. and a fine of 50l. of a parcel of land with a messuage and closets thereon in Whitehall Court on the north side of Whitehall Palace, abutting south on Whitehall Court, cast and north on Scotland Yard, and west on the War Office, all being parcel of the possessions of the Crown of England within the Palace of Whitehall and leased to George Earl of Cholmondeley by letters patent of date 19 December, 8 Geo. I.
Prefixing:—Particular of the former recited lease.
[Crown Lease Book II. pp. 177–81.]
9. Same from same to same for preparation of a lease to Edith College, spinster, for 30 years from 1749, February 12, at the ancient rent of 6l. 13s. 4d. without fine, of the tenement situate in that part of the Palace of Whitehall called the Cockpit, abutting ex anteriore parte on the garden late of James Lord Stanhope, north on a passage of the Archbishop of Canterbury's, east on the staircase of the Commissioners of Trade, and south on the passage leading from St. James's Park to the Treasury Chambers, and leased by letters patent of 12 February, 5 Geo. I. to Edith College.
Prefixing:—Particular of the premises. [Ibid, pp. 182–4.]
January 7. 10. Same from same to the Auditor of the Receipt, to draw an order for paying to James Moore and Arthur Moore, junr. Paymasters of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners, 718l. to the Gentlemen Pensioners, being 6s. 8d. per day each for their attendance, 1730, Michaelmas and Christmas quarters, on His Majesty at Windsor and Hampton Court on Sundays and other days of solemnity, and 13s. 4d. each for the charges of going and returning.
Appending:—List of pensioners, with their attendance in detail, certified by the Duke of Devonshire to George Turner, Clerk of the Cheque, and by the Duke of Grafton to Sir Wm. Wynn, Receiver and Paymaster of the Band of Gentlemen Pensioners.
[Money Book XXXV. pp. 411–4.]
January 8. 11. The petition of Henry Grey, Esq. representing that he is possessed of five several lighthouses erected at Orford Ness and Winterton Ness, in Norfolk and Suffolk, by a grant from the Crown for 35 years, of which 24 unexpired on April 13 next and that he has spent above 2,000l. in rebuilding and repairing same which he found in a ruinous condition, and had lately the misfortune to have one of them washed away by the sea; and praying a longer term in the premises in consideration of his attachment to the Protestant succession; referred to the Attorney General for his opinion. [Crown Lease Book II. p. 149.]
January 8. 12. Report of the Commissioners of Customs, London, to the Lords of the Treasury, on the petition of Mark Weyland and 14 other merchants, traders to Valencia, concerning the tare on Denia raisins imported. A dispute concerning this arose in February 1728–9, the merchants demanding 4 lbs. per basket as tare on Denia raisins, agreeably to the book of tares printed with the book of rates. On a careful taring of some of the baskets, they did not come out 2½ lbs. but 3 lbs. was allowed as the turn of the scale, and the said practice has been observed ever since. The allowances set down in the table of usual tares are not settled by law, and are frequently altered upon cause. In cases of disputes, the merchants and officers usually choose a number of packages and tare them, and the merchants often demand and are allowed more, as well as less, than is set down in the tare table.
Minuted:—1730–1, January 12: “My Lords will speak to the Commissioners of Customs about this before they determine.”
Appending:—(a.) Petition in question to the Lords of the Treasury from several merchants, on behalf of themselves and others trading to the kingdom of Valencia. Minuted:—With minute of reference dated 1730, December 2. 1 sheet.
(b.) A paper of “instances in the port of London where the merchants have insisted of being allowed more than is set down in the table of tarifs.” 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 2.]
January 9. 13. The Commissioners of Wine Licences to [John Scrope ?] concerning their account of the five years' arrears. Many of the rents reserved on wine licences are still unpaid. Some will doubtless be lost by death or insolvency, but orders have been given to commence prosecutions immediately, and many of the defaulters are coming in daily. For the future, propose that the tenants should pay their rents for the ensuing year at the time of granting their licences, or that the times of the commencement and expiration of the licences may be altered from Lady Day to Michaelmas, between which time and Christmas, when the yearly accounts are made up for the auditor, the greatest part of the rents due on same will be paid in. Wine Licence Office. 1 sheet
[Ibid, No. 3.]
January 12.
14. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Sir Geo. Oxenden, Mr. Clayton.
The report of the Commissioners of Customs of the 8th instant read on the petition of several merchants trading to Valencia concerning the tare of Denia raisins. The Commissioners report that in taring the packages the usual practice has been observed, which they see no reason to alter. The merchants represent that the reducing the tare by this practice to 3 lb. from 4 lb. a basket, allowed them without innovation for 20 years past, will be a great prejudice to their trade. The Commissioners to attend on Tuesday next.
The Earl of Sutherland to be paid the quarter on his annuity due Christmas last.
An anonymous letter, dated December 31 ultimo, to the Chancellor of the Exchequer read, to call on the York Buildings Company to clear their account with the Government, and also an extract of the several minutes and proceedings at the Treasury relating to the said company. There still remains due 12,000l. from the Company on the purchase of Widrington Estate in England, and 18,000–19,000l. on account of other estates in Scotland, as by the minute of 1729, May 21. Mr. Paxton to be ordered to forward the cause depending in the Exchequer against the Company on the Widrington Estate account, and the Barons of the Exchequer in Scotland to be requested to state what proceedings are carrying on there against same to compel them to complete their purchases, and to quicken same.
Order for the issue of 1,000l. to the Treasurer of the Chamber for the messengers on account of their foreign voyages, as by the Duke of Newcastle's letter of the 9th instant.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 387.]
January 12. 15. Warrant from the Treasury to the Commissioners of Excise, to direct the Collector of Excise for Norfolk to pay to the “owners, adventures, and fishermen” of Great Yarmouth, 160l for the year ended 1730, Michaelmas, in consideration of their payment of the duties of Excise for strong beer provided by them for the North Sea and herring fishery.
[Money Book XXXV. pp. 414–5.]
January 12. 16. Memorial of John Rollos [to the Treasury] for 851l. 14s.d. for public seals as below, made pursuant to His Majesty's sign manual; referred to the principal officer of the Mint:—For the Leeward Isles; Bahama Islands; New York; Nova Scotia; the counties of Denbigh, Montgomery, and Flint; Glamorgan, Brecon, and Radnor; Carnarvon, Merioneth, and Anglesey; Carmarthen Cardigan, and Pembroke; Seal for the Order of the Garter; a signet in steel for the same; a large double silver seal for North Carolina. [Reference Book IX. pp. 422–3.]
January 12. 17. Warrant under the royal sign manual to John Hammerton, Esq. Receiver General of the Revenues in Carolina, for the payment to George Barrington, Esq. constituted Captain General and Governor in Chief of North Carolina, by letters patent of 1730, April 29, of the salary of 700l. per annum out of quit rents of North Carolina; to date from said date of appointment.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 130.]
January 12. 18. Royal sign manual to Henry Pelham, Esq, for the payment to John Plumptre, Treasurer and Paymaster of the Ordnance, of 862l. 14s. 8d. for expenditure in repairing the victualling storerooms at Gibraltar, used by Thos. Missing, the contractor for victualling that garrison, from the damage they had received by bombs, &c. thrown into that fortress during the late siege.
Appending:—An account of the money expended in the above repairs. [King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 131.]
19. Same to the Clerk of the Signet attending, to prepare a bill to pass the Privy Seal for the payment to Spencer Earl of Wilmington, declared Lord President of the Council on 1730, December 31, of the allowance of 4,000l. per annum established for the Lord President in lieu of all other allowances by a Privy Seal, dated 1730, June 17. [Ibid, p. 132.]
January 12.]
20. A copy of several minutes of the Lords of the Treasury from 1727, June 8, to 1730–1, January 12, concerning the accounts of the York Buildings Company. 2 pages.
—An abstract of the accompts of the purchase moneys of the several estates purchased for and by the York Buildings Company in Scotland.
Endorsed:—To be considered on Thursday morning. 7 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 4.]
January 13. 21. A state of the Exchequer bills to date. viz. the amounts outstanding uncancelled and the funds out of which same are to be repaid. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 5.]
January 14. 22. Privy Seal dormant directed to the Lords of the Treasury and the Chancellor and Under Treasurer of the Exchequer for the payment from time to time of 4l. per day in lieu of the ancient diet of 16 dishes of meat heretofore settled and allowed to the Keeper of the Privy Seal, to Abraham Stanyan and Robert Jackson, appointed Commissioners for executing the office of Keeper of the Privy Seal during pleasure; the first payment to commence from 1730–1, January 1.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 133.]
23. Warrant from the Lords of the Treasury countersigning a warrant under the royal sign manual, dated 1730–1, January 9, and directed to Henry Pelham, Esq. Paymaster of the Forces, for the payment of 1,500l. per annum without deduction to Thomas Spencer, appointed paymaster of the pensions to the widows of officers who have died in service on full pay; same to be by him distributed to the widows of half-pay officers married before 1716, December 25, in accordance with the grant of Parliament of the last session. [Ibid, pp. 133–4.]
January 14. 24. J. Scrope to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland, desiring an account to be given to the Lords of the Treasury of the proceedings taken and now carrying on against the York Buildings Company in order to compel them to complete their purchases out of the Forfeited Estates, and for them to hasten such proceedings in order to bring same to a speedy issue.
[North Britain Book X. p. 67.]
January 14.
25. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
Sir Luke Schaub, His Majesty's Minister at the Court of the King of Poland, to be exempted from the 4s. per £ tax on his pension of 600l. per annum payable in Ireland.
Mr. Milling, a minister of the English Church at the Hague, having had during the time when Lord Townshend was Secretary of State 50l. per annum paid him, it is the King's pleasure that the same allowance should be paid him. Mr. Lowther to pay same from time to time; the first payment to be for the half year ended Michaelmas past.
A petition of James Cornwall for leave to apply to Parliament to obtain a clause to import 13,152 lbs. of tobacco duty free in consideration of the like quantity destroyed by fire in his house, read and referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
The reply of John Halls, Comptroller of the Great Wardrobe, to Mr. Keen's answer to his report touching Keen's bills for work and goods for the service of the Removing Wardrobe, of which he is one of the pages, read. Considering the many and gross abuses and impositions laid on His Majesty by the bills for the said work their Lordships order a copy of same to be transmitted to the Lord Chamberlain for his Grace strictly to examine into this affair and to take measures against such abuses.
Horace Walpole's representation as Auditor of the Plantations, dated the 13th instant, stating the condition in which the account for the duties of 4½ per cent. in Barbados and the Leeward Islands lie at present, read. A copy ordered to be sent to the Commissioners of Customs for them to consider some method of removing the difficulties complained of.
“The Governors of Christ's Hospital, with the mathematical boys attending, are called in and exhibit to their Lordships some drawings in perspective of their performing, and their Lordships order a warrant to pay the perpetuity to that hospital up to Christmas last.” [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 388–9.]
January 14. 26. A state of the supplies of the year 1730. (Total of “services,” 2,655,462l. 8s. 61/8d. total of “sums paid,” 2,428,607l. 6s. 4d.). 1 sheet.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 6.]
January 16. 27. A list of the persons who paid the 2s. 6d. levy per head of negroes for the year 1729 in Barbados. Names of owners arranged alphabetically, with the number of negroes, windmills, and cattle mills. (Total proceeds of tax for 11 parishes, 1,866l. 1s. 8d.) 42 pages.
“In Governor Worseley's letter, 16th January, 1730–1.” [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 7.]
January 18. 28. Report of the Commissioners of the Customs, London, to the Lords of the Treasury on the memorial of the sureties of Mr. Nathaniel Smith, late Collector of the Customs at Liverpool. 7 pages.
—Memorial of Matthew Lyon, Sylvester Moorecroft, John Seacome, Jno. Martindale, John Huddleston, sureties for Nathaniel Smith, late Collector of Customs at Liverpool, concerning Smith's services in discovering frauds in the Customs there, and his losses consequent upon actions brought against him thereupon, and craving the allowance to him of such losses and expenses. Together with tabular statement of the entries of tobacco stopped by Smith.
Minuted with order of reference thereupon, dated 1729–30, January 9, from the Lords of the Treasury to the Commissioners of Customs. 3 pages. [Ibid, No. 8.]
January 19. 29. Warrant under the royal sign manual to the Advocate General and Procurator General in the Court of Admiralty and Courts Ecclesiastical, commanding them to appear in the royal interest before the Ecclesiastical Court of the Archbishop of York, in order to assert the King's right to the estate of Thos. Badcock, late of Bexton, in the parish of Rostherne, Cheshire, a bastard, deceased intestate.
[King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 135.]
January 19.
30. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Sir Geo. Oxenden, Mr. Clayton.
Petition read from Matthew Beechcroft and others for leave to unload a cargo of currants from the “Braganza,” now at Harwich, to a smaller vessel for Amsterdam, where the “Braganza” was first consigned but refused admittance on supposition of coming from places infected. Referred to the Commissioners of Customs.
Sir John Stanley and Mr. Walker, attending for the Commissioners of Customs concerning the merchants' demands of tare on Denia raisins, inform their Lordships that the merchants have for many years uninterruptedly had an allowance of 4lb. tare on each basket. But of late the packages have been observed to be lighter, and on taking new tare (which is not to be refused) they found that the baskets averaged not above 2¼lb. Yet they allowed 3lb. giving the turn of the scale. The difference in value for goods now in question is not much, but the consequence of yielding may be great, as there are 200–300 sorts of goods subject to tare. It is the more unreasonable for the merchants to insist thereupon, because at all times they have had the advantage of being allowed more than is set down in the Table of Tare upon trial at their request, which is never refused. Many instances of this were read to their Lordships out of a paper exhibited by the said Commissioners. The merchants attending being called in, urged the badness of the fruit trade, the difficulties of clearing at the Custom House, several causes of the lightness of the package, the great want of their goods, but principally the many years the allowance of 4lb. tare has been made them, and then withdrew. Their Lordships, consulting with the Commissioners, are of opinion that the Tare Table annexed to the book of rates is the rule to be adhered to, subject nevertheless to alterations either on behalf of the Crown or of the merchants, as occasion arises. As a matter of favour to the merchants in this instance alone, their Lordships agree that the deposits, made by them to answer the duty for the difference of tare between 3lb. and 4lb. demanded, be restored to them.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVI. pp. 390–1.]
January 20. 31. Warrant dormant from the Lords of the Treasury to the Auditor of the Receipt to draw orders from time to time for paying to the United Company of Merchants of England trading to the East Indies the reduced annuity of 128,000l. on their capital stock of 3,200,000l. from Michaelmas, 1730, by quarterly payments, as their late annuity of 160,000l. was payable, in accordance with the Act of the last Session of Parliament for reducing the annuity or fund of the said Company; same to be charged on the Aggregate Fund.
[Money Book XXXV. p. 420; Order Book XIV. p. 457.]
January 22. 32. Warrant from same to Anthony Cracherode to retain for himself out of money imprested to him for law charges 106l. 0s. 6d. for six months and eleven days on an allowance of 200l. per annum for perusing all the printed pamphlets and newspapers published between 1730, June 11, and December 22, the day on which he surrendered his employment as Solicitor for the Affairs of the Treasury, and observing upon them to His Majesty's Secretary of State when the King or Government are traduced or slandered thereby. [Money Book XXXV. p. 427.]
January 22.
33. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Geo. Oxenden.
Sir Wm. Strickland lays before their Lordships the estimates for the guards, garrisons, and land forces for 1731, with an account of extraordinary services incurred and not provided for by Parliament, which amount to about 42,000l. To be further considered with the rest of the estimates before they be delivered into the House.
Order for the issue of 7,835l. 10s.d. to the Paymaster of the Works to clear the debt in that office, Christmas quarter, 1730, according to the particulars certified by the Board of Works the 19th instant.
Order for Mr. Lowther to pay out of the King's money in his hands 96l. as royal bounty to Elizabeth Andrew, Frances Daniel, Alice Sellick, Mary Douglas, Jane Steward, Mrs. Territ, Susan Fisher. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 392.]
January 23. 34. Copy of the opinion of Sir P. Yorke, Attorney General, on a case submitted concerning the seizure of parcels of gold shoes, same having been found on five gentlemen in a boat by an officer going from Dover to meet and guard an East India ship then come into the Downs. 8 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 9.]
January 26.
35. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Geo. Oxenden, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy, out of the supplies, anno 1730, of 17,366l. for services detailed in the said Treasurer's memorial of to-day.
Mr. Paxton is to attend Mr. Attorney General with Mr. Vansittart's title to Mote Park, and the same being approved by Mr. Attorney, is to take care that proper conveyances be drawn and executed for vesting that park in trustees for the use of the Crown, His Majesty having determined to pay the sum which by a former grant from the Crown is made payable on resuming the same. [Treasury Minute Book XXVI. p. 393.]
January 26. 36. Warrant from the Treasury confirming a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu, for the delivery to the Hon. Grey Maynard of furniture for His Majesty's service at St. James's, including inter al a footboard covered with crimson damask for the Queen's bed, two quadrille tables covered with green velvet, one trimmed with gold lace, the other plain, 3 walnut tree tables with drawers for the Princesses, a small mahogany dining table on a claw foot and a hand umbrella for the Princess Royal, a square wainscot close stool with double pewter pans for Lady Bell Finch's lodgings, a wainscot flap table for the Prince of Wales's laundress, a pair of crimson harrateen window curtains trimmed with lace for the Earl of Grantham's lodgings, a pair of walnut tree stands for the Prince of Wales's waiting room, window curtains and valance trimmed with lace for Mr. Delabing's bedchamber, 2 night chairs with double earthen pans for their Majesties, 2 pairs of crimson paragon window curtains and valance trimmed with lace for the Queen's necessary woman; yellow silk line for curtains for the Duke of Cumberland; wrought brass arms for the Duke's new apartment, a 4 post bedstead with new paragon furniture trimmed with lace for the Prince of Wales's porter, a press bed and settle bed for the Vice Chamberlain's apartment, a 4 post bedstead for Mr. De Grave, a squab for a window of green harrateen for Mr. Stilingfleet, belonging to the Prince of Wales, 12 ordinary matted bottom chairs for Mr. Malebone and Mrs. Hamling, and 12 ordinary matted chairs for Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Dearing; 1 arm chair and 6 back stools for Mr. Ernest, valet to the Prince of Wales.
Memorandum:—The particulars of this warrant will come to 481l. or thereabouts. Thos. Dummer; Jno. Halls, Comptroller.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. pp. 342–3.]
January 27. 37. J. Scrope to Mr. Paxton, to lay Mr. Vansittart's title to Mote Park before Mr. Attorney General for his perusal and to take his directions for conveyances of the said Park to trustees for the use of the Crown, a right being reserved when the said park was granted out of the Crown of resuming same upon paying a certain sum of money therein mentioned. Same is to be pursued with all diligence, the King being desirous that this purchase should be completed as soon as possibly it can. [Letter Book XIX. p. 25.]
January 28. 38. Memorial from Spencer Earl of Wilmington, President, and five members of the Privy Council, Henry Duke of Kent, Richard Earl of Burlington, Richard Earl of Scarborough, George Viscount Torrington, and Horace Walpole to the Lords of the Treasury, requesting the issue of 200l. to Thos. Beake, for the under clerks of the Council, for their pains in writing letters to the Lords Lieutenants, sheriffs, and various public offices for the year ending 1730, December 25. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXV. No. 10.]
39. Petition of William Palling and Elizabeth his wife, and Elizabeth Scrutton, widow, all of Yarmouth, to the Lords of the Treasury concerning Robert Scrutton's bond of surety for Wm. Pacey, collector of the duty on houses for part of Norfolk.
Minuted with reference to the Commissioners of Taxes, l¼ pages.
—(a.) Affidavit of Benjamin Scurry, senior, of Great Yarmouth, dated 1730, November 13, to the effect that no such bond of surety as above was ever executed in his presence. 1 page.
(b.) Same of Sarah Willeston, of Great Yarmouth, and of Rebecca Wiley, widow, of the same, dated 1730–1, January 5, of Scrutton's being bedridden with palsy from April 1715 to his death, 1715–6, February 4. 1 page.
(c.) Same of Elizabeth “Scroutten,” of Great Yarmouth, widow, dated 1730, November 13, to effect as above. 1 page.
[Ibid, No. 11; Affairs of Taxes III. p. 340–1;
Register of Papers VI. p. 185.]