Treasury Books and Papers: November 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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November 1731

[After November 14.] 267. Review and criticism of Mr. Byng's account as Receiver of Rights and Perquisites of Admiralty, 1720, November 14, to 1731, November 14. “This office more than a canker hath gone much beyond devouring the body it should live upon and ought certainly to be reformed. Mr. Byng seems sensible hereof, because the above arrear being paid he says in his memorial that he is unwilling to create any further charge and desirous to resign the employment. If a Lord High Admiral was in being, these perquisites would be his in right of his office, and the Commissioners for executing that office would also have claimed the same but that they are reserved to the Crown during the vacancy of the office of High Admiral by an express clause in their commission.
The royalties are great though the income thereby to the Crown is but small and the office of receiver should not be suppressed. Therefore it is proposed that the Register of the Court of Admiralty be appointed the receiver, at the allowance of 18d. in the £ upon the net money arising by his receipt for reward and charges.”
Endorsed:—“Mr. Byng to pass his account.” 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVII. No. 27.]
November 17. 268. Report [to the Treasury] from the Commissioners of Customs on the petition of Wm. Taff, merchant of London, concerning English coin seized on board the ship “Mores,” said coin being intended only for buying corn at Dover.
Endorsed:——“Prepare a warrant for the delivery of this money to the petitioner upon his satisfying the officer.” “Warrant signed.” 2 pages.
—(a.) Taff's petition to the Treasury with reference, dated 1731, August 3, to the Commissioners of Customs. 2 pages.
(b.) Affidavit of John Moores, dated 1731, July 23. 1 page.
(c.) Same of Wm. Taff. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 28.]
November 30. 269. Treasury order for execution of a warrant from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu for delivery to Grey Maynard of furniture and repairs, detailed, for His Majesty's service at Hampton Court, including umbrellas for Lord Delawarr's lodgings, mahogany table for the Countess of Suffolk, and brass candlesticks for the play house; also same for Richmond, including bedding for Mr. Brinckman; also same for St. James' including tables for the apartments, late the Grand Marshal's.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. pp. 375–6.]
November 30. Whitehall, Treasury Chambers. 270. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
“Write to the Exchequer to send the orders hither for the annuities of 3½ per cent. with all possible expedition.”
The Board of Works to report the terms upon which the business of lighting the lamps for the accommodation of both Houses of Parliament may reasonably be performed upon appointing John Walker to succeed to that business now Mrs. Vernatti is dead.
Lord Ashburnham's memorial about the house lately burned where the Cotton Library was kept, to be transmitted to the Board of Works to report the agreement made with his Lordship for same, with the damages occasioned by the fire and their opinion what is fit to be done therein.
Richard Richards, at the nomination of Mr. Dodington, is to succeed Wm. Crue, a superannuated tidesman, Chester port,
Henry Pulleine is on the first opportunity to be preferred from the inferior to the superior list of tidesmen, London.
John Pughe, at the recommendation of Richard Lloyd, Esq. is to be waiter and searcher at Aberystwith, Cardigan, loco Jones, alleged to be discharged.
Thomas Lloyd, at the recommendation of John Philips, Esq. is to be surveyor of windows for certain Welsh counties, locoMeredith, deceased.
Wm. Dounton, late a salt officer at Chepstow, is to be surveyor of the Customs at that port, loco Stephen Hervey, in case he be dead.
Order for the preparation of a commission for appointing eight of the managers of the late lottery to be the commissioners for taking in the tickets and giving out certificates in lieu thereof.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 78.]