Treasury Books and Papers: July 1737

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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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July 1737

July 5. 98. Royal warrant, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to Richard Arundell, Master and Worker of the Mint at the Tower, to coin all gold and silver, which shall be imported into the Mint for coinage, into the current coins of the realm, according to the rules and directions in the last indenture with John Conduitt, then Master and Worker of the said Mint, until a new indenture for the like purpose shall be passed with the present Master and Worker, so that the minting of moneys may not be hindered by the death of said Conduitt.
[King's Warrant Book XXXII. p. 379.]
July 5. 99. Treasury warrant to the Commissioners and Trustees for Fisheries and Improvements in Scotland, approving said Commissioners' report to the Treasury of Christmas last, and authorising in accordance therewith said Commissioners to lend out at legal interest 4,000l. (derived from the surplus on the Malt duty), to support the execution of the plan of improvements, by creating an annuity of 200l. to be applied to the improvement of the linen manufacture: further empowering said Commissioners to publish and establish for three years from Christmas last a plan for distributing the moneys applicable to improvements; said plan, detailed at length, including premiums, amounting to 2,650l., for the improvement of herring and other fisheries, the Adventurers of Aberdeen and Alloa, &c., and similar premiums of 3,650l. for the improvement of the linen and hemp manufactures, sowing ground with linseed and hempseed, encouraging spinning schools, Dutch weavers, &c., &c., and similar premiums of 700l. for the encouragement of the coarse wool manufacture: and further sanctioning the propositions from said Commissioners for the employment of 633l. 15s. (being part of 668l. 1s.d., the savings of the previous year, in the hands of the Cashier of said Commissioners) in manner detailed, for the further encouragement of said fisheries, flax, and wool manufactures. [North Britain Book XII. pp. 94–6.]
July 5.
100. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Dodington, Mr. Winnington.
The various papers, memorials, reports, &c., read, concerning the dispute between the Earl of Pembroke and the Countess of Portland, they being present, but not represented by Counsel. To be heard by Counsel thereupon the first Thursday after their Lordships' recess.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. p. 34; Letter Book XIX. pp. 443–4.]
July 6. 101. The Board of Works to the Treasury,concerning the error in the estimate of 200l., instead of 2,000l., for work, as below. 1 page.
—(a.) Copies of (1) the petition of Joslin Sidney, Gentleman Porter of the Tower of London, to the Treasury, concerning the ruinous condition of the small house by the gate entering the Tower, which is his by virtue of his place. (2) The report thereupon by the Earl of Leicester, Constable of the Tower, and upon the need of repairs to his own house, which is in several parts joined to the Gentleman Porter's Lodge. (3) The Treasury order of reference thereupon, dated 1736, August 10. (4) The report of the Board of Works thereupon to the Treasury of date 1737, March 29. “Part of the Constable's Lodgings and particularly the Gentleman Porter's apartment and gateway adjoining is in so ruinous a condition that it is not adviseable to repair it. There is also adjoining to it part of a tower, called the Bell Tower, very much out of repair…. If it be your Lordships' pleasure to rebuild the Gentleman Porter's house and take away the several ragged timber buildings that obstruct the gateway, and do the other works above-mentioned the charge thereof will amount to 200l.” (5) The Treasury warrant, dated 1737, June 1, to the Board of Works to execute the works, as above. 3 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCV. No. 45.]
July 6. 102. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands to make forth a constat or send to the proper auditor for a particular of several houses at Charing Cross and in Westminster, parcel of the Manor or bailiwick of Westminster, and of which Humphrey Edwin prays a reversionary lease.
Prefixing:—Reports from said Surveyor, dated 1737, April 27, and May 4, on Edwin's petition for the above. By indenture under the Great Seal of 22 July 30 Charles II. the Manor and bailiwick or reputed Manor and bailiwick of Westminster, with divers lands and tenements thereto pertaining, were demised to Sir Joseph Sheldon, Knt., and Nicholas Charlton at the nomination of John Hall for 80 years from 1676, Christmas, under a rent of 7l. 3s. 4d. per an., excepting out of the said grant the Palaces of Whitehall and St. James's, the Exchequer, Star Chamber, the Old and New Palaces of Westminster, the Great Hall there, and such other buildings and places as were in His Majesty's possession or employed for public or common use. The premises, being parcel of the then Queen Catherine's jointure, a concurrent lease to the same persons was passed under her Great Seal 1678, December 23. “The said mannor and bayliwick, tho' demised to Sheldon and Charlton as above-menconed, were never enjoyed by them or their assigns. The Courts leet with the fines and amerciaments, and other powers and royalties atendant thereon, all waifes, estrayes, profitts of markets, goods of felons, and the like for some time have been held and injoyed by officers appointed by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster by virtue or under colour of several ancient charters granted to the Abbott and Convent of Westminster, and said to be renewed to the Dean and Chapter by letters patent under the Great Seal, bearing date 21 May, in the 2nd year of the reign of Q. Elizabeth. Whether or no those officers have not on some late occasions extended their jurisdictions beyond its due bounds may not be an improper enquiry, if your Lordships shall so direct, in order to prevent any encroachment on His Mat's. adjacent Mannor of St. James's in time to come.” All the benefit that has arisen to Hall by said grant has been by such tenements and small parcels of land, lying dispersed in the City of Westminster and parts adjacent, as are therein particularly mentioned. Details petitioner's interest in a portion thereof.
[Crown Lease Book IV. pp. 233–6, 244–6.]
July 6. 103. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor General of Crown Lands to make forth a constat, &c., of the forest and Manor of Exmoor in the counties of Somerset and Devon, of which Robert, Lord Walpole, prays a reversionary lease.
Prefixing: —Report from same dated 1737, June 30, on Lord Walpole's petition for the above. By letters patent of 21st July 12 Car. II., said King demised said forest to James, then Marquis of Ormond, for the lives of his sons, Thos., Earl of Ossory, and Richard, Lord Butler. The last of these died 1688, July 21, at Kingston Hall in Dorsetshire, and was buried at Kilkenny. By further letters patent of 15 January 12 Car. II., premises were granted to said Marquis for 31 years, from the expiry of first grant, which term expired 1719, July 21. By other letters patent of 29 December 30 Car. II. premises were demised to Richard, then Lord Arundell of Trerice for 31 years, from expiry of above prior grants, which term will expire 1750, July 21. Premises consist of a large Chace or Forest, containing 18,927a. 2r. 24p., valued by the Parliament Surveyors at 473l. 1s. 6d. per an., together with rents certain, payable to the Lord of the Chace by the Lords of the Manors owing suit and service at the Courts, valued at 6l. 15s. 3d., and profits and perquisites of Courts, valued at 13l. 6s. 8d. yearly. Out of this is to be reprized the rent to the Crown of 46l. 13s. 4d. per an. Some consideration is also to be had to the charge of officers and keeping Courts within said forest, and to the liberties and privileges of the free suitors there, who claim and present by a jury of themselves, which they have enjoyed time out of mind, a liberty of depasturing cattle in any place of said forest at all times of the year, and of cutting turf, heath and fern, which necessarily render the profits precarious, “and seems rather a matter of honour in the country, where a considerable part of the memoralist's estate lyes, than of profit to the leasee.” As the previous grants have passed without fine proposes a grant for 18 years from 1750, July 21, without fine and at the old rental of 46l. 13s. 4d.
[Crown Lease Book IV. pp. 249–50.]
July 8.]
104. Memorial to the Treasury from the Company of Vintners and Dyers of London. The present King has a Royalty of swans on the river of Thames. Said companies have respectively from time immemorial been entitled to a Royalty of swans on said river, the swans being every year marked to distinguish those of the King from those of the Companies. The number of the swans decreases yearly, owing to the stealing of eggs and destruction of young. Propose to join with His Majesty in the offer of a reward for the detection of offenders.
Minuted as under, July 8, infra. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCV. No. 47.]
July 8.
105. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr. Dodington, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
“Mr. Brown, who pretends to the discovery of public moneys concealed, and applies for a reward to be ascertained to him upon such sums as shall by his means be recovered to the Crown, is heard thereupon, but not explaining himself to my Lords' satisfaction about the said discoveries, nor giving them the least insight thereto, their Lordships promise nothing in certain, but say when any effects of his service shall appear to them they shall be ready to allow him a suitable reward.”
The report from the Board of Works, dated March 15 last, for fitting up a room in the Tower for receiving Records from the Six Clerks' Office agreed to, at an estimate of 265l.
The petitions of John Hyslop et al., who came from Edinburgh to London on summons of the Parliament to attend the proceedings there on Captain Porteous's account, referred to Mr. Paxton to report their services, and what is reasonable to be allowed them.
The Earl of Essex's memorial for 98l. 17s. 6d., for extraordinary works and services in Hyde Park, read and agreed to.
A memorial of the Companies of Vintners and Dyers of the City of London, who together with His Majesty have the Royalty of the swans on the Thames, read. Mr. Mason, who has the care of the King's Royalty, is to give their Lordships an account what the said Companies expect the King should do jointly with them for discovering the offenders who destroy the breed of swans.
The report of the Taxes Commissioners on the petition of Langley Banks for his extraordinary charges as late Receiver of taxes for part of Lincoln to be looked out. “If no report let his petition be referred to the Commissioners of Taxes to examine and report what is reasonable to be paid him thereupon.”
Mr. Kelsall's representation concerning the estate of Samuel Burridge, deceased, in Holland and Flanders, read. To be transmitted to the Taxes Commissioners to consider what further authority is necessary to be given, and to whom, for receiving 4,941l. 12s. 4d., due to Burridge there. Forty shillings per day ordered to Kelsall for reward and charges from the day he shipped to Holland to the day of his return.
Order for the issue to Lord Masham, out of the late Queen's arrears, as Cofferer of Her late Majesty's Household, of the following sums: —
£ s. d.
Arrears to his Lordship, as Cofferer 313 14 8
Arrears to his clerks 70 7 0
Arrears to his William Linger of the Pantry 43 5
Arrears to Martha Warden, pensioner 4 7 6
Arrears to Richard Adamson, Stable pensioner 5 5 0
Order for the issue, out of the said late Queen's arrears, of the following:—
£ s. d.
To executors of Lady Masham, as Bedchamber woman to Her late Majesty 87 16 10
To Mrs. Alice Hill, another of the said Bedchamber women 87 16 10
Same for same, out of the Civil List Revenues, as follow:—
£ s. d.
To the Works 1737, Lady Day quarter 6,545 14 0
To Thomas Lowther 2,000 0 0
To Nicholas Paxton 1,500 0 0
To Monsr. Chavigny 545 16 6
To the two Secretaries of State 2,425 0 0
To the Earl of Godolphin and other Great Officers, particularized in a letter of this day 7,900 19 7
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 35–6.]
July 9. 106. Warrant under the royal sign manual, countersigned by the Lords of the Treasury, to the Board of Works and all others concerned, concerning the emoluments to Thomas Ripley, Keeper of His Majesty's private roads, gates and bridges, and Conductor or guide of the royal person on all the royal Progresses. By virtue of said office Ripley is entitled to the yearly fee of 82l. and 97l. 6s. 8d. per an. for travelling charges. “And whereas we are given to understand that when any works, alterations or repairs have been to be done in the said private roads, gates and bridges the said keeper has been the contractor or undertaker for the same, and a profit has arisen to him by means of such contract or undertaking, now we being minded that all contracts or undertakings of this kind for the future should be made with our Board of Works under the same orders and regulations as are to be pursued with respect to other contracts and agreements made on our behalf with them, and that all profit heretofore accruing to the said Keeper by means of such contracts or agreements be avoided and suppressed for the future,” in consideration of this change a further salary of 200l. per an. for said office is hereby allowed and appointed.
[King's Warrant Book XXXII. pp. 389–90.]
July 9. 107. J. Scrope to Nicholas Paxton, transmitting from the Treasury the memorial of John Hislop and ten others, detailed, who came from Edinburgh to London on summons of the Parliament to attend the proceedings in relation to Captain Porteous' murder. Their Lordships are of opinion that the expenses of the memorialists, detailed, amounting in all to 301l., ought to be paid.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 443.]
July 24. 108. Articles of agreement indented and concluded between the Lords of the Treasury and the Governor and Company of the Bank of England for circulating Exchequer bills at three per cent. per annum for one year to July 24 1738.
[Warrants not relating to Money XXV. p. 288.]
July 28.
109. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Mr. Winnington.
“The foreign ministers are to be cleared their ordinaries and extraordinaries to 1737, Lady Day, so let the Exchequer be ordered to satisfye the warrants signed in that behalf.”
The Band of Pensioners are also to have directions to the Exchequer for the 1,500l., payable to them for the same quarter.
Order for the following issues, out of the public funds for 1737:—
£ s. d.
To the Treasurer of the Navy, to answer services as in his memorial of the 28th instant 51,424 0 0
To the Treasurer of the Ordnance, for same, as in his letter of the 19th instant 30,000 0 0
To the Paymaster of the Forces, for such services as shall be directed 126,965 1 6
Write to the Paymaster General of the Forces to apply 126,965l. 1s. 6d., out of funds anno 1736, to complete all services of that year, according to the particulars in his memorial of the 22nd instant, “if this service shall require such direction.”
The King and the Companies of Vintners and Dyers of the City of London, having the Royalty of swans on the Thames, and it being proposed to offer a reward of 5l. for the discovery of persons destroying the breed, payable in the proportions of ⅓ by the King and 2/3 by said Companies, their Lordships, on reading a memorial of John Mason, Keeper of the King's Royalty of swans, agree thereto, and order Mr. Paxton, in His Majesty's behalf, to comply therewith.
The Taxes Commissioners are to attend on Tuesday next on the business of appointing Receivers of the Land Tax 1737, and to bring with them all such accounts and papers as are proper for their Lordships' consideration on this occasion.
The Duke of Richmond's letter concerning repairing the house in the Mews belonging to the Gentleman of the Horse, to be sent to the Board of Works to view, estimate and report.
The hearing of the Counsel in the matter of the dispute between the Earl of Pembroke and the Countess of Portland, being appointed for August 4 next, is put off to a more convenient time, Counsel having most of them gone the Circuits.
“My Lords, being of opinion that the tax of 6d. in the £ ought not to be deducted out of the sum of 4,000l., payable to the Dean of the Collegiate Church at Westminster and others, signifye the same to the Auditor of the Receipt, and desire him to acquaint the officers of the Exchequer concerned therewith that they may govern themselves accordingly.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVIII. pp. 37–8; Letter Book XIX. p. 445.]
July 28.]
110. A statement of the case relating to the issues of public money to the Trustees for Georgia, with regard to the deduction of 6d. in the £ from such payments.
Endorsed:—With minutes of 1733, August 14, and 1734, October 10, relating to this question, and of 1737, July 28, relating to the similar question in the case of payments to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCXCV. No. 52.]
July 29. 111. J. Scrope to the Taxes Commissioners for their attendance at the Treasury on Tuesday next with a full and particular account of the several sums of money in the hands of each of the present Receivers General of land tax and of their arrears in the country, together with other papers and certificates usually laid before the Treasury on the like occasions, their Lordships intending on that day to appoint the Receivers General of this year's land tax.
[Letter Book XIX. p. 444.]
July 30. 112. Treasury warrant to the Surveyor and principal officers of the Board of Works to perform works, as below, at the estimate of 265l.
—Report to the Treasury from the said Board of Works, dated Whitehall, 1736–7, March 15, on the petition of the Six Clerks for an additional room in the Tower for their Records. Have viewed the rooms proposed for keeping the Records that are to be sent from the Six Clerks' Office, and find that there are two store-rooms under same in possession of the officers of the Ordnance, which are not arched, neither are they willing to be at the expense of arching them, therefore the room proposed for the Records cannot be arched, which it ought to be for the greater security of the said records, in case of fire. The expense of fitting up presses, shelves and other necessary works will amount to 265l.
[Lord Chamberlain's Warrant Book II. p. 79.]