Treasury Books and Papers: September 1736

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Calendar of Treasury Books and Papers, Volume 3, 1735-1738. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1900.

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September 1736

Sept. 1. 83. J. Scrope to Mr. Paxton: concerning the great complaints of an infamous and audacious practice used by alehouse keepers and others who border on Hyde Park at Knightsbridge and other places, of conveying continually by night as well as by day people backwards and forwards over the King's wall by means of ladders, an illicit practice which may be attended with very ill consequences not only with respect to the deer and fish but to the safety of people passing through the park in the close of the evening. Their Lordships direct various persons to be written to in the strongest and sharpest terms forbidding the above practice or otherwise to be proceeded against. [Letter Book XIX. p. 417.]
Sept. 2.
84. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Winnington.
Edward Hart to be waiter and searcher at Lynn Regis, loco Francis Charlton, deceased.
Order for a sign manual for the issue of 700l. to Mr. Whitworth, Surveyor General of Woods, upon account of works done or to be done about Richmond New Park.
Burward and Chambers' report touching the estate of the Duke of Buckingham referred to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands, with the survey and all other papers accompanying same.
Mr. Lowther is to pay out of the King's money in his hands 892l. 5s. for “Daily Gazetters” sent to the Post Office between 1736, March 30, and June 29 following, as also 1l. 17s. 6d. for notices in the public papers that no persons could hunt in Richmond Park without hunting tickets.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII, p. 402.]
Sept. 6. 85. Royal sign manual by the Queen to the Treasury to pay Denis Chirac 120l. for the charge of making and fashioning a coronet for H.R.H. the Princess of Wales and for the loan of the brilliant diamonds set therein.
[King's Warrant Book XXXII. p. 226.]
Sept. 7.
86. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Winnington.
“The state of Mr. More's account as late Paymaster of the Army Debentures being under consideration of their Lordships and Mr. Bangham, the deputy auditor, called in, and the said state with the Auditor's observations thereon and also the several acts of Parliament which, appointed Commissioners for Stating the Debts of the Army and gave power to the Lords of the Treasury to appoint a person to make out debentures on the said Commissioners' certificates, were read and their Lordships were of opinion that Mr. More could be accountable only for such debentures as were made out pursuant to the certificates of the said Commissioners and that the Auditor [of Imprests] ought to allow in his accounts all such debentures for which proper receipts had been given; and direct a warrant to be prepared accordingly.”
Mr. Kelsal's letter from the Hague of the 31st ult. to Mr. Scrope read. Ordered that Kelsal may draw on the Commissioners of Taxes for 100l. Order for a warrant to empower him to settle, adjust and certify the account with the auditors of Mr. Burridge [late receiver of Devon].
The report of the Comptrollers of the Army read on the memorials of the executors of Thos. Missing for 2,727l. 0s.d. due at 1734 September, on the termination of his contract for victualling Placentia, Annapolis Royal and Canso. Warrant ordered accordingly.
William Hodoll's petition relating to a house in the Savoy read and referred to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands.
Same of George Grew concerning a debt due to the Stamp Office, referred to Stamp Commissioners.
The report of the Surveyor General of Crown Lands on the petition of Thos. Morley relating to some houses in the Savoy read. Warrant ordered accordingly.
The letter from John Martin, Esq., to the Chancellor of the Exchequer with an account of the expenses of the Justices of the peace, Deputy Lieutenants, &c. at their attendances in Spitalfields during the late riot, read. Mr. Lowther ordered to pay him 50l.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 403; Letter Book XIX. p. 418; Reference Book X. p. 78.]
Sept. 9.
87. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Winnington.
The Customs Commissioners to deliver Prince Cantimir's pictures seized at Dover, which he represents to be his own drawings.
Mr. Hinxman's representation read complaining that the tenants of the manor of Lyndhurst cut down and carry away great quantities of timber in New Forest. To be transmitted to Mr. Paxton to prosecute the offenders with vigour.
The memorial of the Surveyor General of Woods for 1,100l. for repairs at Cranbourne Lodge in Windsor Forest to be paid out of the land revenues, read, and a warrant to be prepared accordingly.
The report of the Customs Commissioners of this day on the memorial of Robert Parsons, Comptroller General of the Accounts of the Customs read and agreed to, for continuing the allowance of 250l. per annum for six additional clerks in his office and for a further allowance of 100l. per annum to the Comptroller himself; to be paid from time to time on condition that the accounts of his office are kept up as they are at present.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 404; Letter Book XIX. p. 418–9.]
Sept. 10. 88. Royal sign manual by the Queen as Guardian of the Kingdom, to the Treasury to pay 246l. to Samuel Buckley to reimburse the like sum expended by him for several sets of Thuanus provided for His Majesty and the rest of the Royal family.
[King's Warrant Book XXXII. p. 228.]
Sept. 11. 89. Certificate by Robert Harris, deputy clerk of the Privy Council, concerning the claim made by William Palmer, usher and keeper of the Council Chamber [Ireland] for the fee of 20s. for every public and private Act of Parliament passing the Council of Ireland. 1 page.
(a.) Copies of papers relating to [Palmer's] claim for such fees. 6 pages, mutilated.
(b.) Palmer's petition. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCII. No. 23.]
Sept. 14. 90. Report to the Treasury from the Customs Commissioners, London, on the petition of the Mayor and Burgesses of Newcastle upon Tyne for a fresh grant from the Crown of the office of Tronor and Peisor granted to them for three lives by William III. By virtue of said office the Corporation of Newcastle have claimed a right to weigh all goods landed from or laded for coast shipment and all lead exported. Advise the insertion of a proviso in the re-grant, if made, that the Corporation shall not interfere with the power of the revenue officers to weigh and measure all goods, however imported or exported. 2 pages.
—(a.) Said petition, with Treasury order of reference, dated 1735–6, March 4. 1 sheet. [Ibid. No. 24.]
Sept. 14. 91. Treasury warrant to the Customs Commissioners authorising and establishing the allowances of 250l. and 100l. per annum to be paid to Robert Parsons, Comptroller General of the Accounts of the Customs, on condition only that the said accounts of the customs “are kept up as they are at present.”
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury from the said Commissioners dated 1736, September 9, on the memorial of Robert Parsons, “setting forth that at the time of his being appointed to the office in July, 1725, he found the general accounts of the Customs delivered to the Auditors of His Majesty's Imprests no further than Christmas, 1719, and the general accounts of the coal duty only to the 15th May, 1708. That in the year 1728, upon application to the Customs Commissioners, an allowance of 250l. per annum was made to him for 6 additional clerks with whose assistance and his own diligent application he has now delivered to the Auditors the general accounts of both Customs and coal duties to 1733, Christmas, and that the general accounts of Customs and coals for the year 1734 are now preparing, and will be delivered at Christmas next, which from the nature of the accounts is as forward as they can possibly be brought.” Find the facts as stated and propose the continuance of the above allowance of 250l. per annum for the clerks and a further allowance of 100l. per annum for the Comptroller General himself. [Customs Book XIV. pp. 196–7.]
Sept. 14.
92. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Mr. Winnington.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of supplies, anno 1736, of 3,000l. for bills of exchange and 1,000l. for short allowance money on the head of victualling.
Same for a warrant for paying Mr. Finch what is due to him at Midsummer last on his allowances as Envoy Extraordinary to Sweden. [Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 405.]
Sept. 21.
93. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Winnington.
“My Lords are of opinion, in as much as the appropriation of the present duties on low wines, strong waters, &c., are altered from 1736, September 29, according to the Act passed last session for laying a duty upon the retailers of spirituous liquors, that the accounts of the said duties on low wines to 29th September, 1736, should be kept separate and apart from the accounts of the duties on low wines, &c., after the said 29 September, 1736, so as the monies may be distinctly paid into the Exchequer and applyed to the different appropriations before and after the said 29th September, 1736: which is to be signified to the Commissioners of Excise and Customs accordingly.”
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Chamber of 6,473l. 4s. 11d. for the established allowances in that office, 1736, Midsummer quarter.
The unsatisfied warrants for allowances to sheriffs are to be paid as the parties concerned shall from time to time apply for the same.
Thos. Banister's petition concerning an escheated recognisance read and referred to Mr. Paxton.
The report of the Comptrollers of the Army of June 7 last read on Thos. Cowper's petition for 519l. 6s.d. due on clothing assignments of Lord Hinchingbroke's regiment in 1718, and for 140l. 12s. due on the late king's warrant to Thomas Murphy for stoves for Guards in the barracks at the Savoy in 1719. “As my Lords have no fund in their power to answer demands of this nature, they do not enter into the consideration thereof.”
Christopher Bond, jun., is, at the request of Christopher Bond, sen., to be conservator and supervisor of the Forest of Dean.
Mr. Revell's letters and estimates of June 17 last for 423l. 8s. for the increase of building at the victualling store houses at Gibraltar, and of the 16th instant for 1,949l. for enlarging the mole, &c., there, read and agreed to.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 406; Letter Book XIX. p. 419.]
Sept. 24. 94. Memorial to the Treasury from Francis Whitworth, Surveyor General of Woods, for an imprest of 1,000l. towards the works directed by Her Majesty to be carried on forthwith in Hyde Park in order to secure the head of the Great Canal in said park and to carry off the waste waters which on hasty rains and in the winter time come in with great violence. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCII. No. 28.]
Sept. 24. 95. Petition to the Treasury from the magistrates, &c., of the city of Glasgow. Represent that “since the Union a deputy collector and comptroller of the customs has been stationed there to grant such despatches by order of the Commissioners of the Customs as were sustained upon the exportation of tobacco and other foreign goods, to which the merchants made oath before the said deputy collector and comptroller: that of late the Commissioners residing in Scotland have ordered that a certificate of the collector inwards together with the oath of the importer and exporter shall be made out before any foreign goods be allowed to be exported and that these oaths shall be made before the head collector and comptroller where the goods were imported and that the exporter himself shall swear to the exportation upon the debenture, which was formerly done by his agent, having the charge of shipping off the goods and taking out the debenture; that by reason of these regulations and that the port of Glasgow is 14 miles from the city, the travelling backwards and forwards is so expensive that they must either leave off their business or remove to some other port.” Pray that the deputy collector and comptroller at Glasgow may receive the shipmasters' reports and the merchants' entries inwards and outwards, performing all the offices of deputy collectors and comptrollers to the account of the land officer, or else that the collector and comptroller of the head port may reside at Glasgow for the despatch of business. Referred to the Commissioners of Customs, Scotland. [North Britain Book XI. p. 475.]
Sept. 27. 96. Royal Warrant by the Queen, as Guardian of the Kingdom, countersigned by three Lords of the Treasury, establishing a yearly payment of 200l. to George Frederick Handel as music master, and 73l. 10s. to Paoli Antonio Rolli as Italian master to the Princesses Amelia and Caroline, same to date from 1734, Lady day, the date from which the salaries payable under the establishment of 1734, July 2, for the said Princesses commenced; the above two sums having been omitted to be inserted in said establishment. Dated at the Court at Kensington.
[King's Warrant Book XXXII. p. 244.]
Sept. 29. 97. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to issue to John Lawton 105l. for himself and three clerks for Michaelmas quarter for sorting, digesting and methodising the records and writings in the Exchequer Court.
Appending:—Lawton's certificate of work done during the quarter. “Mr. Steuart continued sorting Star Chamber Records, Mr. Whiston and Mr. Farley have been methodizing the books in the Court of Wards and Liveries and Mr. Strachey has been sorting Star Chamber Records.”
[Money Book XXXVIII. p. 234.]
Sept. 30.
98. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon.
Order for a sign manual for 500l. to be imprested at the Exchequer to Mr. Whitworth, Surveyor General of Woods, for works about the head of the canal in Hyde Park.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy out of public funds anno 1736 of 25,312l. 10s. to answer services in his memorials of the 28th and 29th instant.
Same for the following issues out of the Civil List Revenues:—
£ s. d.
To Mr. Paxton for law charges 1,000 0 0
To Mr. Paxton for purchase of some houses near St. James's 898 2 1
To Mr. Whitworth for works in or near Richmond Park 700 0 0
To the Duke of Cumberland 2,000 0 0
To the Princesses Amelia and Caroline 1,257 0 0
To the Privy Purse 3,000 0 0
To the Judges et al. Trinity Term, 1736 6,582 10 0
To the Band of Pensioners 1,500 0 0
To the Paymaster of the Works 6,506 10 4
To the Cofferer of the Household 10,000 0 0
Same for a sign manual for 200l. in the name of Sally [Charles de Sailly] for the person who writes letters signed “le Connu.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 407.]
Sept. 30. 99. Memorial to the Treasury from Thos. Walker, Surveyor General of Crown lands, on the report of Mr. Burward and Mr. Chambers touching the manors of Mulgrave and Seaton, co. York, reverted to the Crown by the death of Edmund, late Duke of Buckingham, without issue male, and touching the alum works there. In accordance with John Scrope's instructions of August 25 last, has advertised the Treasury's intention to let the said estate and works for 31 years. Has only received one tender thereupon, and that from Zachary Harnage Moor, a Yorkshire gentleman, who has an alum works on his estate at Lingbury about 6 or 7 miles from the King's works. Does not doubt that much better terms can be had from the Duchess of Buckingham, who by letter from the Spa of the 1st instant has signified her intention of tendering.
Followed by a further letter from same to same of date 1736, September 30, concerning a new proposal from Mr. Moor (c., infra). 4 pages.
—(a.) Copy of instructions dated 1736, August 25, from the Treasury, upon Burward and Chambers' report of August 19. 2½pages.
(b.) H. More to [T. Walker] 1736, September 17, containing a tender for the lease as above. 3 pages.
(c.) Same to same of date 1736, September, containing fresh tender for same. 2 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCII. No. 32.]