Treasury Books and Papers: March 1732

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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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March 1732

March 7. 30. The Commissioners of the Customs, Edinburgh, to the Treasury, concerning their removal from their present custom house office. “The house or houses we at present keep the office in” have long been complained of for bad accommodation, high rent, and the constant nuisances and danger from fire by the many tipling houses that are below it. Have accordingly secured a lease of the Duke of Queensbury's house, at 125l. per annum. This removal from one part of the street to another is no injury to anybody and the clamour about it can only be the declamatory words of a restless faction. The objection of the house being without the town's jurisdiction is only calculated to raise a clamour, the Canongate being a part of the town's jurisdiction (though the Duke of Queensberry's house may by some old privilege be excepted out of it). 4 pages.
—(a.) Copy of the new lease of the Duke of Queensberry's house, dated 1731–2, February 15. 3 pages.
(b.) Memorial for the magistrates, Town Council, and community of the city of Edinburgh, objecting to the proposed removal. 2 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVIII. No. 27.]
March 7.
31. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
The credit on the duties on malt, 1732, to be supplied by issuing the whole 750,000l. in Exchequer bills. Warrant signed accordingly for placing that sum in bills as cash in the Teller's Office, to be dated and issued thence on notifications as public service requires.
Memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy, of 22 February ultimo, read, for 215,042l. 3s. and 2,000l. for services. Ordered to be issued out of the above sum in Exchequer bills.
Like order for 30,000l. upon account to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for service of that office.
Like order for 125,373l. 17s. 7d. to Paymaster of the Forces to complete the 230,204l. for services as by his memorial of 17th ultimo.
Like order for 100,795l. 9s. 10½d. to same “for such services as shall from time to time require same.”
Thos. Tomkyns' petition read for leave to bring in a bill to compound for his debt as late cashier to the Commissioners for Hawkers and Pedlars. “My Lords say they have no objection to his applying to Parliament.”
John Northin's memorial complaining of seizures of two packs of Irish yarn shipped from Bristol for Wells, referred to Customs Commissioners.
Thos. Weaver to succeed Thos. Watkins, deceased, as boatman at Gloucester.
“Report of the Board of Works, dated the 16th February, for repair of the stairs leading to the Round Tower at Windsor, read and agreed to.” [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 99.]
March 8. 32. Renewal, by way of endorsement by the Treasury, of the Bank of England's contract for exchanging and circulating a further sum, not exceeding 750,000l. in Exchequer bills on malt, 1732, “and that the said covenants, articles, and agreements, mutatis mutandis, shall be duly performed, observed, and executed with respect to the said bills, not exceeding 750,000l., and every of them, and the paying the like interest and premio thereupon from the times of issuing thereof to the expiration of the said articles, as fully and effectually as if the said bills not exceeding 750,000l. and the Act of Parliament on which they are founded had been recited at large, or a separate contract made in the terms hereof.”
[Warrants not relating to money XXIV. p. 446.]
March 8. 33. Report from the Commissioners of the Revenue, Ireland, to the Treasury, concerning hops imported from the Plantations to Ireland. Recite the Acts. 7 & 8 Wm. III. cap. 12, and 9 Anne, cap. 12, and the Act of last session for importing unenumerated goods direct into Ireland from the Plantations. Hops are not mentioned or excepted in said last Act, and a cargo has accordingly been imported from New England. On legal advice that the merchants had the right to import, have admitted the goods to an entry, but represent it for consideration it being the first and only instance of this kind 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVIII. No. 28.]
March 10. 34. Papers of accounts as follow:—
(a.) Gross and net produce of the Civil List Revenues, Scotland, arising from Crown rents and other revenues, viz. feu and blench duties, compositions of signatures, rents payable by the royal burghs, casualties payable by the sheriffs, and fines of justiciary, 1715, Michaelmas, to 1727, Lady Day (total produce, gross, 69,035l. 10s. 10½d.; net, 54,638l. 11s. 37/12d.). 1 page.
(b.) Duplicate of (a), giving the net produce as only 27,540l. 4s. 10¼d. 1 page.
(c.) Same of the several branches of the same revenues, Scotland, under the management of the Commissioners of Excise in same period (total, gross, 326,376l. 3s. 5d.; net, 222,491l. 4s.d.). 1 page.
(d.) Sums paid out of the Customs, Excise, and other branches of the same revenues, Scotland, for keeping up the three Courts and for the Civil Government there for same period (total, 415,037l. 6s. 4d.). 1 page.
(e.) Duplicate of (d) with details. 1 page. [Ibid, No. 29.]
March 14.
35. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Sir Geo. Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Wm. Loyd's petition to stay prosecution against him as surety for Wm. Gwyn, late collector of Swansea, referred to Customs Commissioners.
The Commissioners of Taxes to hasten the affairs of Mr. Reed, a surety of Wilkinson, late Receiver General of Taxes for Yorkshire.
“Transmit to the Commissioners of Customs the South Sea Company's representation concerning the whale fishery, as also an extract of so much out of the draft of a bill as relates to the premium or bounty proposed to be given for the future encouragement of the said fishery, for them to report their observations and opinion thereupon to my Lords as soon as conveniently may be.”
Wm. Alix to be paid 124l. 1s. 8d. out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands for the inland duty on coffee brought over by the Algerian Ambassador for his own use.
Wm. Pardue to succeed Wm Landeck, resigned, as tidesman and boatsman at Falmouth.
Order for the issue of 5,000l. to the Earl of Scarborough for the extraordinary expense of the Stables.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 100.]
March 16.
36. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
Order for a sign manual for 600l. to Thos. Bowen for His Majesty's special service without account.
Petition of Wm. Barnsley, mortgagee of Sir Humphrey Howarth, for Howarth to perfect his accounts as Receiver of North Wales, read. To be considered Tuesday next, when their Lordships will consider the means to stop Howarth's intermeddling with the receipt of the revenues payable Lady Day next.
Memorial of the magistrates of Edinburgh read, complaining of the Customs Commissioners removing their office in prejudice of that city. Mr. Scrope is to show to Lord Ilay the said Commissioners' representation thereupon.
A letter from the Commissioners of Revenue, Ireland, of the 8th instant, read, concerning the importation of a cargo of hops into Dublin from New England. “My Lords say the House of Commons have been informed thereof, and a bill is now depending there to prevent the mischief arising thereby.”
Customs Commissioners' report on Benjamin and Samuel Longuet's memorial concerning the tare of Denia raisins read. Their Lordships adhere to their opinion of 1730–1, January 19, but agree to an amicable trial of the case.
Thomas Robe and John Mathews applying to be paid at the Exchequer a salary of 20l. per annum as Clerk of the Market of His Majesty's Household, the extract of the patent of grant to be transmitted to the Surveyor of Greenwax to propose how same may be paid without making it a charge upon the Exchequer, “where it does not appear that this salary hath ever been paid.”
“Report of the Board of Works dated the 9th instant, estimating the charge of fitting up stalls in Henry VII.'s chapel for the Knights of the Bath is read and agreed to.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 101.]
March 21.
37. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Sir Wm. Tonge.
Mr. Bowen is to pay the 600l. issued to him for special service, to the Earl of Chesterfield.
Benjamin Wall's petition as a surety of Smart, late receiver of house money, Herts, referred to the Agents for Taxes.
Edward Young's petition for 129l. 5s.d. for surplusage on his accounts of imprests for works in forests, parks, &c. as late surveyor thereof, read and referred to the proper auditor.
Order for 243l. 15s. to John Walthoe out of the King's money in Mr. Lowther's hands for 750 Double “Courants” sent to the Post Office every post day from 1731, November 22 to February 21 following. [Ibid, p. 102.]
March 23.
38. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
A second memorial from the magistrates, Town Council and city of Edinburgh against the removal of the Custom House read. “My Lords resent the proceedings of the Commissioners herein in regard they were not apprised by them thereof until an agreement for the Duke of Queensberry's house was actually concluded by them with his Grace, and order Mr. Scrope to signify their commands to the Commissioners to continue their office in the city of Edinburgh where it now is and not presume to remove from thence.” [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 103.]
March 23. 39. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General and the rest of the officers of the Board of Works to take care that the stalls for the Knights of the Bath and their esquires, as in report appended, be made and carved in the best and cheapest manner that may be, at a cost not exceeding the estimate.
Appending:—Report of the officers of Works, Whitehall, March 9, 1731–2. Find that, though fewer are desired in the memorial of the Knights of the Bath, there are wanting 12 stalls for the knights, and 22 for their esquires. The charge of making and carving same in the manner those already there are, may amount to about 716l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. p. 388.]
March 25.]
40. Statements of accounts as follow, relating to Ireland, and certified by Luke Gardiner, Deputy Receiver General, Ireland:—
(a.) Payments made on account of concordatuins, 1731, Lady Day, to 1732, Lady Day (total, 10,725l. 1s.d. on a total established allowance of 5,000l.). 6 pages.
(b.) Same on account of military contingencies, same period (total, 4,567l. 3s. 10½d. on a total established allowance of 3,000l.). 5 pages.
(c.) Same on account of barracks, same period (total, 18,343l. 5s.d. on a total established allowance of 13,336l. 10s.). 7 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVIII. No. 36.]
March 27. 41. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt for an order for 105l. for 1732, Lady Day quarter, to John Lawton, gent. appointed to sort, methodise, and reduce to order the records in the Court of the Receipt of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Lawton's certificate that “Mr. Stewart, Mr. Smart and Mr. Whiston have been employed in sorting bills, answers and depositions of the Court of Star Chamber and also writs of the reign of King Charles II. lately sent from the office of Custos Brevium.” [Money Book XXXVI. p. 276.]
March 28.
42. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
The Treasurer of the Navy's memorial for 9,425l. 18s. 11d. to answer services read and ordered out of funds, 1732, in the Exchequer.
Order for a warrant for Lady Day quarter to the Earl of Sutherland on his pension of 1,200l. per annum.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 104.]
March 31. 43. Memorial to the Treasury from Thos. Clarke, secretary to the Court of Assistants of the Copper Miners' Company in England on behalf of said Court. On 18th July 1729. contracted with John Conduitt for delivery of 100 tons of copper in fillets, at 13¾d. per lb. The scissel taken back at same price amounted to about 2/5ths of the whole delivered. Copper is now 8 per cent. dearer than on date of said contract. Nevertheless contract has been executed faithfully and to the public satisfaction. Propose to contract for 100 tons more at 14½d. per lb. 1 sheet
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVIII. No. 39.]