Treasury Books and Papers: September 1735

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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 1735

Sept. 1. 131. — to [Sir Robert Walpole], dated Ironmonger Row, Old Street, proposing an additional duty of 3d. per yard on printed linens, being informed that the drapers and linen printers will apply to Parliament next Session for a repeal of the clause in the Act against the wearing of printed calicoes, which prohibits the wear of any stuff mixed with cotton, printed, painted, stained, or dyed; also proposing the imposition of a licence for every retailer of spirituous liquors, to prevent many little chandlers' shops from selling spirits, “at which places they only sell gin, and where servant maids and labouring men's wives, under pretence of going for other things, debauch themselves with that liquor. About a year or two agoe I related to Humphrey Thawyer, one of my honourable masters, the observations I made in visiting my relations in Kent and Sussex, viz., that in every place I went they drank no tea but what was run.” To prevent this clandestine trade proposes to rate the tea not at so much per lb. as now, but at so much per cent., as sold at the candle, which would put ordinary teas on an average with fine, and lower their price. Unfinished. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 41.]
Sept. 3. 132. Sir Charles Wager to Same, dated from Parson's Green. Encloses a translation of Basha Hamet's letter (a.), with whom the treaty was made, and to whom Mr. Solicoffre's bill was given for the redemption money agreed upon, viz., about 12,600l., being 350 crowns each for 144 captives, which were brought away accordingly. About 5,000l. of the money has not yet been drawn, and some of the bills drawn have gone back protested. “I presume you will think that it is absolutely necessary all those bills should be paid, least, as the Basha threatens, he should pay himself by taking of our merchant ships, which may occasion a new war, and then we shall be obliged to begin a new treaty with the Moors, and it would be the more inconvenient at this time, when the Dutch have sent an Ambassador to endeavour to make peace with those people.” The trustees of the different charities for the redemption of captives profess to be willing to pay their receipts to anyone authorised to receive them. The ship which General Sabine says was carried into Tangier was not taken in as a prize, but by way of caution to prevent it giving intelligence of a Dutch ship taken by the Moors at the same time. Sir John Norris has sent some ships on the Barbary coast to prevent their cruisers, who were going out, from carrying in any English ships if they should happen to take any. 2½ pages.
—(a.) Said translation of Basha Hamet's letter to Sir Charles Wager, dated from Tangier 1735, July 6–17, concerning said bills. Signed B. Hamet Bn. Ally Bn. Abdalla. 1 page. (b.) General Sabine to Sir Robert Walpole, dated from Gibraltar, 1735, August 7, concerning the above and the threatened reprisals by the Basha of Tangier. A Scotch vessel from Stranraer has just been taken into Tangier. Two other vessels of Gibraltar are also detained there. Presses the due honouring of the bills, “for, if on this occasion our commerce with Barbary is cut off this garrison can expect no fresh provisions from any other part, the Spaniards having long ago taken care to prevent the bringing of anything of that kind from their country. I, some time ago, sent his Grace of Newcastle and Sir Charles Wager a copy of a letter wrote to me by the Bashaw on the death of Mr. Solicoffre, wherein he says the peace cannot be ratified without another Ambassador comes, but, at present, the affairs of Barbary are in such confusion that it is impossible to know who is the reigning king or person in authority: notwithstanding which Nedjar, the Commander of their cruisers at Sallee, is ready to put to sea with three ships, and has been heard to say that altho' our captives are redeem'd there is no peace signed between the two Crowns.” Encloses a translation [wanting] of a letter from Mequinez to show the state of anarchy the country is in. 2½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIX. No. 44 ]
Sept. 4.
133. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Earl of Cholmondeley.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 40,612l. out of supplies anno 1735 for services as in his memorial of the 2nd instant.
The Taxes Commissioners to be called on for their report touching the allowance to be made to Receivers to better their employments when the land tax is only 12d. per £.
“Write to General Sabine to contract for building victualling storehouses at Gibraltar according to the plan and estimate of the charges transmitted by him, which amounts to 13,539l. 18s.
Order for warrants for clearing foreign ministers on their ordinary and extraordinary allowances to Midsummer last.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 347.]
Sept. 5.]
134. Petition to the Treasury from Margaret, widow of Matthew Buchanan, late Prebendary of Tullycorbet, in the Diocese of Clogher, Ireland. Prays relief for her six daughters and one son, her husband having served as a chaplain to Major Gen. Lacy's regiment, and written a book against Popery, which made many converts, and having been instrumental in discovering an intended invasion from Spain, “and also happily discovered the invasion when, the Pretender landed in Scotland and apprehended one of the emissaries sent by the late Earl Mar to Ireland.”
Endorsed:—With certificate in petitioner's behalf by Edmund, Bishop of London, of date 1735, September 5. 1 page.
—(a.) An account of the public services done by the Rev. Matthew Buchanan as laid before the Lord Lieutenant, and attested by affidavits and by Sir Alexander Cairnes, and recommended by the Lord Primate of Ireland. Together with certificate by the Earl of Egmont of date 1735, June 12. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIX. No. 45.]
Sept. 8. 135. The Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to same, dated Whitehall, forwarding (a.), and praying a royal warrant for an established allowance of 1,006l. 4s. 5d. to be inserted on the military establishment of Ireland, and payable out of any His Majesty's revenues at large there, as an addition to the present fund of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham. 2 pages.
—(a.) A state of the fund of the said Hospital upon the foot of the present military establishment (showing a deficiency of the above-named sum). 1 page. [Ibid. No. 46.]
Sept. 11.
136. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon, Earl of Cholmondeley.
“My Lords reconsider the minute of July 8 last about paying agent Stephenson's debt to the two independent companies at Jamaica out of imprest money repaid per Earl of Wilmington, and give no orders therein until they have an account from Mr. Paxton of the proceedings that have been or are now carrying on against Stephenson's representatives, and whether anything is likely to be recovered from his estate or effects towards answering the said debt.”
The executors of Governor Hunter to be asked for an answer to the letter of July 9 last for an account of provisions, belonging to the Grown, sold at Jamaica.
A memorial from the Board of Works of the 28th ult. read for raising the roof of the Removing Wardrobe at an estimate of 260l. Approved of: as also another memorial of same date for impresting 500l. towards the charge of making the new road in Hyde Park.
Order for the issue to the Treasurer of the Navy of 21,931l. 9s. 9d. out of supplies 1735 for services as in his memorial of the 11th instant.
The Taxes Commissioners' report of the 30th ult., with a schedule annexed, touching additional allowances reasonable to be made to the Receivers of the land tax aids of 12d. in the £ 1732 and 1733, read and agreed to. The 3,284l. 9s., proposed as such addition, to be issued out of arrears of land taxes in the Exchequer. “Which said additional allowances appear by the said schedule to be the whole charge which the said Receivers were at in taking out the commissions and passing their accounts for the said two years' land tax, except only as to the Receivers of Cumberland and Westmorland and Wales, to whom 3d. per £ more is added.”
A report from same of same date read ut supra p. 46, touching ipsums and supers on the accounts of the Receivers of Taxes, which have been recovered and paid into the Exchequer by means of said Commissioners. Ordered to pursue this branch of their business to the best of their power.
Mr. Robe's salary as Clerk of the Markets within the verge of the Court is to be paid at the Exchequer from the time it was last paid there.
“See what the proceedings in Parliament were when the money by sale of land in St. Christopher was taken to pay the Princess Royal's portion.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. pp. 348–9.]
Sept. 14.]
137. Estimates of services incurred anno 1735, not provided for by Parliament (total, 7,144l. 1s. 11¼d.), in triplicate, 6 pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIX. No. 47.]
Sept. 16. 138. Treasury warrant to General Sabine to contract for building new storehouses and small houses in the South port at Gibraltar at the estimate, appended, of 13,539l. 18s. (“Cancelled by order of the Lords Commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury.”)
[Letter Book XIX. p. 385–6.]
Sept. 16. 139. Same to the Customs Commissioners to pay, out of paper duties, 19l. 16s. 3d. to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, being duty on paper used at the University Press at Oxford in printing off in one vol. quarto Xenophon's Κυρου Αναβασις and Λογος εις Αγησιλαον Τον Βασιλεα on account of the Rev. Thos. Hutchinson of Hart Hall.
Prefixing:—Affidavit by Thos. Wood, deputy of Stephen Richardson, chief manager of said printing-press, as to the paper used as above.
[Warrants not relating to money XXV. pp. 291–2.]
Sept 16.
140. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Earl of Cholmondeley.
Jonathan Oldfield to be riding officer at Climping, in Arundel port, loco Felix Magnus, deceased.
Order for a sign manual for 700l. to the Earl of Tankerille, as Master of the Buckhounds, mentioning therein that it is in consideration of extraordinary charges and expenses for executing said, office for 1734.
A minute of 1734, May 7, read for paying Justice Probyn 200l. for making alone the Midland Circuit 1733, Lent, on the death of Justice Price. Payment thereof having been stayed it is now ordered to be paid. Warrant ordered for signature by the Queen accordingly.
The petition of the University of Glasgow touching the renewing their lease of the rents and revenues of the Archbishopric of Glasgow referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
Same from John McNeil, collector at Fort William, for an augmentation of salary, referred to Customs Commissioners, Scotland.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII p. 350; North Britain Book XI. p. 316.]
Sept. 16. 141. Treasury warrant to General Sabine to enter into a contract for the erection of new victualling storehouses for the garrison of Gibraltar to be built within the South port, as by estimate below. 2 pages.
—(a.) An estimate of the designed victualling office (total, 13,539l. 18s.). 1½ pages.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIX. No. 48.]
Sept 17. 142. Petition to the Treasury from the Masters of the University of Glasgow. King Wm. III. and George I. granted to them 470l. sterling out of the revenues of the Archbishop of Glasgow. This grant will expire with the crop 1735. George I. also granted a further 33l. 6s. 8d., on which there is an unpaid arrear of 9l. Pray a grant of the latter and a renewal of the lease for 19 years from 1735, September 17. Referred to the Barons of the Exchequer, Scotland.
[North Britain Book XI. p. 311.]
Sept. 18. 143. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay to the various Receivers General, detailed, of land tax, 1732 and 1733. sums detailed amounting to 3,284l. 9s. in all, by way of additional allowances for said years when the land tax was only 1s. per £.
Prefixing:—Report to the Treasury dated 1735, August 30, from the Commissioners of Taxes, with a detailed account of each Receiver's poundage on the 1s. aid; the charges on taking out commissions, giving security and obtaining quietuses, the clear profit to said Receivers after deduction of such charge; and the additional allowances proposed to be made for said years.
[Affairs of Taxes IV. pp. 149–152.]
Sept. 18.
144. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Earl of Cholmondeley.
John Munn to be paid 100l., as royal bounty, by Mr. Lowther out of the King's money in his hands.
Orders for the issue of 6,000l. to the Cofferer of the Household in further part of the debt in said office to Midsummer last; and of 6,726l. 4s. 2d. to the Treasurer of the Chamber to clear the debt in that office to same date.
“Enquire after the Lord Chamberlain's warrant on the Jewel office for plate to the Speaker on his being chosen last Session.”
Henry Price to be boatman at Rochester, loco George Young, deceased, at David Polhil's recommendation.
Order for a warrant for the quarter's subsidy to the King of Denmark, due the 19th instant, at the like rate per crown as was payable for the preceding quarter.
Auditor Harley's report of May 30 last read on Benjamin Sweet's demands towards discharging an in super of 3,841l. 19s. 10¾d., set on him in the Duke of Chandos' accounts as Paymaster of the Forces abroad to 1713, August 24. Agreed to, excepting his demand for travelling charges, in regard to which their Lordships think fit to allow one-third part only for charges which he might sustain by reason of said journey, which charges are not to extend beyond 1712, August 24, when he was succeeded in his employment by Mr. Walcot.
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 351.]
Sept 23.
145. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Earl of Cholmondeley.
Order for the issue to the Paymaster of the Forces of 14,583l. 6s. 8d. out of supplies 1735, for one quarter's subsidy to the Danish King, due the 19th instant.
[Ibid. p. 352.]
Sept. 25.
146. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sir George Oxenden, Earl of Cholmondeley.
Order for the issue to the Cofferer of the Household of the sum that shall appear to be due to clear the expense thereof to Midsummer last, not exceeding 5,110l.
Same for same of same that shall be wanting to clear the foreign ministers on their ordinary and extraordinary allowances to same date.
John Francis is to have the custody of the reservoirs for the water to supply the new Treasury and offices and buildings belonging thereto with the engine or machine that is to work same, at a salary of 40l. per annum from Michaelmas last.
[Ibid. p. 353.]
Sept. 29.]
147. Account of debts due to the King in money and bonds by the several late collectors of the old duty on Scotch salt on the 29th September, 1735, with the bonds then due and how many thereof are in process. Certified by Wal. Morison. 1 page.
[Treasury Board Papers CCLXXXIX. No. 49.]
Sept. 30. 148. The Duke of Richmond, Lennox, and Aubigny to the Treasury, requesting the imprest to himself of a further 10,000l. for the extraordinaries of the Stables. 1 page.
[Ibid. No. 50.]
Sept. 30.
149. Present: Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Sundon.
Order for the issue of 57,243l. 10s. to the Treasurer of the Navy for services as in his memorial of this day; and of 20,000l. to the Treasurer of the Ordnance for land and sea services.
“Mr. Lowther is to pay the sum of 24l. to the messengers of the [Treasury] office and John Shepherd, their assistant, for extraordinary service in delivering great numbers of letters to members of Parliament on special meetings in the years 1734 and 1735, taking care that these extraordinary allowances be not inserted in any of their bills payable at the Exchequer.”
[Treasury Minute Book XXVII. p. 354.]
Sept. 30. 150. Treasury warrant to the Auditor of the Receipt to pay to John Lawton 105l. for Michaelmas quarter for himself and his clerks for methodising, &c., Records in the Court of the Exchequer.
Appending:—Lawton's certificate, dated Exchequer, September 27. “Mr. Stewart has proceeded in digesting old Records of divers natures; Mr. Smart and Mr. Strachey in sorting Star Chamber Records; Mr. Whiston in making indexes to Forest Rolls; and Mr. Farley in methodising the books of the Court of Wards and Liveries and Court of Requests.”
[Money Book XXXVIII. p. 38.]