Treasury Books and Papers: October 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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October 1731

October 5.
251. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
A warrant for taking in 400,000l. at the Exchequer for the purchase of annuities at 3½ per cent. is to be laid, before their Lordships this day week.
The Commissioners of Customs to give directions for Robert Parker to be instructed in the business of the Customs at the waterside.
The memorial of the Treasurer of the Navy of the 5th instant for 12,967l. 10s. read and ordered.
Order for the issue to the Cofferer of the Household of 31,180l. to clear the establishment of the Household, 1731, Michaelmas quarter, according to the estimate of the Board of Greencloth, and the Cofferer's memorial in that behalf.
On reading the petition of Wm. Fazakerley and Samuel Skinner, their Lordships agree to non pros. the information against them for the forfeiture of two parcels of gold, seized by Jeremy Idle, upon production of certificates from the East India Company and the said officer of satisfaction for their respective shares in the said seizure.
Mr. Scrope is to write to my Lord Ilay upon the subject matter of a letter now read, signed Lyndsay, giving an account of running goods in Scotland by the Custom House boats, and of other malpractices there.
Write to the Commissioners of the Customs to appoint proper officers to attend the Duke of Lorraine's arrival, who is hourly expected here from Holland on board the “Fubbs” yacht, and to pass his and his retinue's equipage with the greatest civility.
The Duke of Cumberland's establishment of 6,000l. is to commence from Midsummer, 1731, and the blank left in the King's warrant for that purpose is to be filled up accordingly.
A second petition in the name of Adomo Tomo is read. To be transmitted as the first petition was to the Africa Company.
Order for preparation of a warrant for Lord Sutherland's annuity, due 1731, Michaelmas.
Write to the Postmasters to cause the receiver to pay Thos. Hudson 30l. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 68.]
October 5. 252. Treasury order for execution of a warrant from the Duke of Montagu to Thomas Dummer, “my deputy, as Master of His Majesty's great wardrobe,” for the delivery to the Dean of Westminster of a mantle of crimson satin lined with white taffeta, with a badge of the Order of the Bath and placed on the left shoulder also a robe string of white silk with crimson and gold tassels.
Memorandum, dated 15th September. This warrant will come to 25l. or thereabouts. Thomas Dummer. John Halls, Comptroller. [Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book I. 372.]
October 5. 253. Treasury order for execution of warrant, from the Duke of Grafton to the Duke of Montagu, for the deliver to the Hon. Grey Maynard, Yeoman of His Majesty's Removing Wardrobe, of furniture, detailed, for St. James's for the Queen and the Duke, for the Prince of Wales's apartment, and Mrs. Rupton's bedchamber; also same for Richmond and Kew for the Prince of Wales's house and the Princess Royal's house there; also same for Hampton Court for the Queen, Prince, Duke, and Princess Royal, Mrs. Howard, “a large mahogany table for the Queen to play on … window curtains for Mrs. Purcell, in lieu of what Mrs. Kemps have now,” &c.
Memorandum, dated 21st July, and signed as above. “This warrant will come to 1,285l. or thereabouts” [Ibid, pp. 373–4.]
October 5. 254. J. Scrope to the Auditor of the Receipt, enclosing a state of the Sinking Fund, with order for the issue of 1,000,000l. (out of a total from said fund of 1,204,907l. 19s.d.) to the South Sea Company for redeeming part of the said Company's capital.
[Disposition Book XXIX. p. 412.]
October 5. 255. Royal sign manual, countersigned by three Treasury Lords, appointing the establishment of officers and servants detailed, of William Duke of Cumberland, to date from 1731, June 24 (total, 6,000l. per annum).
[King's Warrant Book XXX. p. 299.]
October 6.
256. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
Stephen Whatley is to be paid 50l. as the King's bounty by Mr. Lowther.
Order for the transmission to the Secretary at War of the following letters now read:—
From Mr. Missing, dated Portsmouth, October 4, for the Governor of Gibraltar to have orders for issuing one species of provisions in lieu of another, as the service shall require, and for himself to be informed what number of men to provide for for the ensuing year.
From Sir Charles Wager, from Gibraltar, dated 1731, August 23, concerning a like order to the Governor for issuing Lieus where it shall be found necessary.
From Mr. Wilson and Mr. Beaver, Mr. Missing's agents at Gibraltar, dated Gibraltar, 1731, September 2, for the magazine for stores lately allotted to them by the Governor to be continued to them.
Mr. Secretary to be desired to consider same, and to obtain such orders thereupon as to him shall seem fitting.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 69.]
October 12. 257. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt, &c. to take into the Receipt, on or before October 19, from any persons, sums not exceeding 400,000l. for purchase of annuities at 3½ per cent. from 1731, Michaelmas, as by the Act of last session for raising 1,200,000l. [Money Book XXXVI. pp. 140–1.]
October 12.
258. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
Their Lordships signed a warrant for taking in the 400,000l. for the purchase of annuities at 3½ per cent. and the blank left for the time of taking in same was filled in with “on or before the 19th instant.”
Fees for the 6,000l. per annum payable at the Exchequer to Mr. Poyntz, being the establishment for his Royal Highness the Duke, from 1731, Midsummer, are to be defrayed by Mr. Lowther in like manner as the fees on the establishment for the Prince and the three eldest Princesses are defrayed.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 70.]
October 13.
259. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
The memorial of the Treasury of the Navy of the 12th instant for Greenwich Hospital, read and ordered.
The Attorney General's report of the 4th instant on the case of John Barber and Sir John Williams, late Sheriffs of London, with respect to the escape of George Pilborough out of Wood Street Compter, read. Their Lordships order stay of all further proceedings.
The report of the Commissioners of Salt Duties of the 8th instant, read, on William Bullock's petition for drawbacks on waste certificates for salt going coastwise. Their Lordships adhere to the report. Notice to be sent to Sir Richard Lane as well as to said Bullock. [Ibid, p. 71.]
October 19.
260. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
Their Lordships agree that for the safer despatch of the business in taking in the 400,000l. at the Exchequer for purchase of annuities at 3½ per cent. the time of doing thereof be prolonged from the 19th to the 26th instant. The officers of the Exchequer to conform themselves accordingly.
The memorial of Edward Young, late Surveyor of Woods, for 360l. 13s. 3d. for expenses in law suits, and 374l. 12s.d. for poundage at the rate of 1s. per £ for timber delivered by him by indenture with the purveyor of the Navy, read; their Lordships agree to pay him 600l.
Mr. Auditor Harley's report of 1729, November 14, read, on Mr. Robert Byng's memorial for the contingent disbursement of his office as Receiver of the Rights and Perquisites of Admiralty. Their Lordships observe that the demand for incidents alone, exclusive of salary for himself and clerks, nearly equals the total of his receipts, therefore desire the auditor to transmit a full state of his accounts.
Philip Payn, at the recommendation of Lord Cobham, is to be register of certificates in Jersey, vice Mr. Delabere, deceased.
George Fitzgerald and James Smith's petition read, for the free importation of jewels and a watch set with diamonds, run away with to Holland by Gilbert Langly, a bankrupt. Their Lordships recommend same to the serious consideration of the Commissioners of Customs, and direct them to give the ease desired if it may legally be done.
The representation of the Africa Company of the 7th instant, on the respective cases of Bulfinch Lambe and the black called Adomo Tomo is read, and Mr. Parsons and Mr. Hays, two of the directors of the said company, are called in. Their Lordships are of opinion there is no manner of ground for the King's being at the charge of sending a present to the King of Dahomey therein mentioned, but leave it to the Company to do therein at their own charge as they shall think fit. Further, their Lordships think that Adomo Tomo should be sent back to Africa by the Company at the first opportunity. Said representation and other papers to be transmitted to the Duke of Newcastle, through whom this affair came to their Lordships, for him to give orders to the Africa Company to proceed therein accordingly.
Mr. Pelham's memorial of the 5th instant, enclosing Sir Joseph Eyle's proposal for remitting the subsistence money to Minorca and Gibraltar, 1731, October 25 to December 24, read, and agreed to as follows:—
19,000 dollars for Minorca at sight payable in gold at 55d. per dollar.
16,000 dollars for Gibraltar at sight payable in gold at 54½d. per dollar.
The memorial of same of the 19th instant, for 100,722l. 14s. 8d. for the two months' subsistence of the forces to December 24 next, read and ordered.
Mr. Paxton is to attend here to-morrow.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 72–3.]
October 20. 261. Report by Nicholas Paxton to the Treasury on the memorial of Mr. Treby concerning the estates of Elizabeth Stafford, claimed by the representatives of Alexander Stevenson, deceased, agent to the Independent Companies at Jamaica.
Endorsed:—“To be considered when application is made on the other side.” 3 pages.
—(a.) Treby's memorial, with reference to Paxton, dated 1731, April 9. 3 pages.
(b.) Petition to the Treasury from Wm. Dodd, Lieutenant of the Independent Company in Jamaica, lately commanded by Henry Duke of Portland, concerning bills not met by Stevenson.
Minuted as under 14 December, 1731, infra. 2 pages.
(c.) Royal warrant, dated 1717 [July] 30, appointing Stevenson agent as above, followed by copies of the said dishonoured bills. 2 pages. [Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVII. No. 19.]
October 20.
262. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Clayton.
Order for the preparation of a sign manual for determining the King's pleasure with respect to the pension of 400l. per annum payable by Privy Seal to the Earl of Essex for the use of Lord Cornbury.
The report of the Commissioners of Taxes concerning the removing of Mr. Wilkinson from Newgate to the Fleet, read. Their Lordships order that the Commissioners attend Wilkinson to demand that he swear to his account.
Mr. Finch's letter about the chaplain of Minorca is read, and Mr. Chancellor took the same into his possession to speak to the Bishop of London thereupon.
Mr. Gore is to attend the Chancellor in Arlington Street on Tuesday next in the forenoon.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 74.]
October 26.
263. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
The Agents for Taxes attend and acquaint their Lordships they have been with Mr. Charles Wilkinson, late Receiver of York, Durham, and Northumberland, and that he absolutely refused to swear to his account for the duty on houses unless removed from Newgate to the Fleet. They further exhibit Mr. Attorney General's opinion, dated October 23 instant, that the Crown has no remedy to effect the settled estate unless the account be regularly passed and declared according to the course of the Exchequer. Their Lordships agree to his being so removed.
Their Lordships, being acquainted by Mr. Zacchary Chambers that many books and papers belonging to the Surveyor General's office, late Dr. Sayer's, are in the hands of Mr. John Cartwright, an attorney in Bury Street, the said Cartwright to be written to to bring all the books and papers in his custody belonging to the said office to the Treasury to-morrow morning.
“Write to the Exchequer to prolong the time for taking in the securities of 3½ per cent. to this day se'night.”
Wm. Saunders, a boatman at Mostyn, is to succeed Thos. Ridley, one of the boatmen at Chester, lately deceased, and Jeremiah Sellers, is to succeed Saunders. [Ibid, p. 75.]
October 28.
264. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Order for the preparation of warrants and orders to be signed by the Chancellor on Friday morning next to clear pensions and salaries at the Exchequer to 1731, Michaelmas
Same for preparation of a sign manual for 2,000l. for the Prince. “Get the warrant and order thereupon to be signed at the same time.”
Their Lordships having received no satisfaction from Sir Humphry Howorth as to his accounts as Receiver of Land Revenues for North Wales and Chester, order that Mr. Paxton be directed to threaten him with process of Exchequer.
On reading a petition of Sir Richard Lane, their Lordships agree to a stay till Hilary Term next of prosecution against him and Wm. Bullock, of Worcester, on their bonds given for salt duties.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 76.]
October 29.
265. Present:—Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer,Mr. Clayton, Sir Wm. Yonge.
Warrants and orders are signed for clearing all pensions and salaries payable at the Exchequer to 1731, Michaelmas, and a letter is to be writ for satisfying the same accordingly.
The Commissioners of Excise, Scotland to be written to, to report a state of Mr. Cockburn's case with respect to the sum of 125l. 4s. 11d. now demanded of him for the charge of a commission passed long since, and to desire them to stay all proceedings against him meanwhile.
Mr. Chancellor going into Norfolk on Sunday next, their Lordships adjourn for three weeks or thereabouts. [Ibid, p. 77.]
October 31.]
266. Memorial from Lieutenant General Wade to the Treasury for 281l. 4s. 8d. being remainder of the account for construction of the new road for wheel carriage from the new fortress of Fort Augustus to join the great road made in preceding years from Crieff to Inverness. The soldiers worked from April to October 31. The road is 28 miles long “and made through a part of the country that was scarcely passable for man or horse, being carried over the Corryarrick mountain, one of the highest in the Highlands,” and contains five stone bridges, one over the Spey of two arches and 180 feet long. 1½ pages.
—(a.) The account of the wages and incident charges for the above work (total, 3,281l. 4s. 8d.). 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXVII. No. 24.]